Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Better Photography launches in Hindi

Nksagar-Sagar Media Inc:
India’s No.1 photography magazine ‐ Better Photography launches in Hindi
New Delhi, 29th November 2011: Better Photography, India’s No.1 photography magazine announced the launch of its Hindi title at a grand ceremony in Eros Hotel, New Delhi. Targeted at the Hindi speaking markets, the magazine is the first nationally circulated Hindi photography magazine in India.
The magazine was unveiled by Pablo Bartholomew, legendary photojournalist and two‐times World Press Photo winner; Bandeep Singh, Photo Editor, Fortune India magazine; Neeraj Priyadarshi, Photo Editor, The Indian Express, Dr. Alok Bharadwaj, Senior Vice President, Canon India, Gurjender Singh Virdi, Executive Editor, Better Photography, K Madhavan Pillai, Editor, Better Photography, & Sandeep Khosla, CEO publishing, Infomedia18 Ltd.Also present on the occasion were Harish Tyagi, Chief photographer, Indian Subcontinent, European Pressphoto Agency; photojournalist and activist Ram Rahman; Jitendar Chug, Deputy General Manager sales and marketing, Nikon; Nitin Goyal, General Manager, Tamron Co. Ltd. (India); independent professional photographer Amit Pasricha and other numerous photo industry stalwarts, and senior photographers from Delhi.
Answering to the media, Better Photography editor, K Madhavan Pillai said “With so much of emphasis placed on English media, I am absolutely thrilled that we are the first to launch a significant, nationally circulated monthly magazine on photography in Hindi. Photography is soon becoming an affordable hobby and art in India. It is an enjoyable, healthy and environment friendly art, which does not
differentiate between age and class.”
“ With so many issues, socio‐economic or otherwise, photography is the one language that breaks the barriers of the spoken or written word. It helps people ‘see’ the truth for what it is. I am very optimistic
about the new Better Photography Hindi. With Hindi speaking audiences numbering more than the populations of many other countries and with smaller cities and towns fast becoming the primary growth drivers in consumer technologies, I believe that Better Photography Hindi will eventually go on to have more subscribers than our English edition,” he added.
Addressing the media, Sandeep Khosla, CEO publishing, Infomedia 18 Ltd, said “The decision to launch the Hindi magazine has been based both on a constant feedback from across North India. Better Photography Hindi will be priced at Rs.60 and will reach out to a huge market, especially in the northern
and central belt of the country. The reader profile will be similar in both English and Hindi versions, except for the fact that people are more comfortable with Hindi as a language in large parts of the country. The content will not just be a translation of our English edition. It will have unique content and
will focus on techniques, buying advice and tests, tips & tricks, interviews from all over the world and the very latest news.”
Speaking about the promotional plans of the magazine, Sandeep adds,“ The group has plans to promote the new magazine across Network18 medium including television channels (IBN7, CNBC Awaaz, CNBC TV18, CNN IBN, Lokmat, Colors, MTV, History TV18), websites (Web 18), magazines (Infomedia 18) and also other Hindi newspapers, outdoors, radio and point‐of‐purchase promotions in major Hindi
speaking cities such as Lucknow, Jammu, Chandigarh, Kanpur, Delhi among others.”
Harish Tyagi, Chief photographer, Indian Subcontinent, European Pressphoto Agency complimented Better Photography on the initiative. “I am glad to know about the initiative from Better Photography.
As a regular reader of Better Photography in English, reading the same magazine in Hindi will make more sense to me as the Hindi edition is going to be entirely different and not just the translation of the English magazine. I am sure it will be nice to read photography tips and comments in one of our own Hindi language from the best Indian photography magazine,” he said.
Starting from the December 2011 issue, Better Photography Hindi will be available in the beginning of every month on the newsstands. As a special introductory offer, the December, January and February issues will also carry separate Hindi Pocket Guides on people photography, wedding photography and nature photography.

ABOUT BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY – India’s No.1 Photography Magazine
Better Photography has been the leading photography magazine in India and South Asia for over fourteen years now. It is published by Infomedia18 Ltd, one of India’s best publishing houses. The magazine’s primary audience includes serious enthusiasts and amateurs and covers a wide variety of content. Basic and advanced level techniques, reviews of latest cameras and photography gadgets along
with interviews with the most reputed photographers from around the world forms the core of the content of Better Photography.
ABOUT INFOMEDIA18 LIMITED
Informedia18 [BSE: 509069; NSE: INFOMEDIA], the printing and publishing arm of Network18 is one of the leading publishers of business publications in the country. Its stable includes a number of leading publications like Overdrive, Chip, Better Photography, Entrepreneur, Better Interiors, T3, AV Max, Noise Factory. Apart from these, it also publishes a large number of business to business publications and
Yellow Pages. The latest in its kitty is the newly launched Overdrive hindi, which through a pioneer initiative is also available as an ipad app. After Market targeted at the automotive aftermarket industry
is another

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Vote on bringing back torture.

Dear Naresh,
Today, as Congress returns from Thanksgiving break, Senators are poised to take a vote on bringing back torture.
An amendment filed by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) would effectively revive so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques”, overruling the Executive Order issued by President Obama on his second day in office that banned the use of torture and shut down the CIA’s secret interrogation program.
As the retired admirals and generals who stood with President Obama on that historic day have made clear, torture undermines our national credibility, hinders our ability to effectively fight terrorism, and betrays our core values. And as the interrogators we at Human Rights First have worked with over the years know, torture is counterproductive in interrogations.
In addition, the defense bill this year contains several alarming provisions related to detainee policy, including ones that would undermine our federal courts. Fortunately, an amendment filed by Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) would strip these troublesome provisions from the legislation.
Votes on these amendments could take place as early as today.
Tell your Senators to support the Udall amendment #1107 and oppose the Ayotte amendment #1068. Take action on this pressing issue now!

Sincerely,
C. Dixon Osburn
Human Rights First

Monday, November 28, 2011

Iran parliament votes to expel British ambassador

TEHRAN: Iran's parliament voted Sunday to expel Britain's ambassador in retaliation for fresh Western sanctions imposed over Tehran's nuclear programme.Iran parliament vote majority of 179 lawmakers  in favour of reducing diplomatic relations to the more junior level of charge d'affaires within two weeks and paring economic relations with Britain to a minimum, according to a live broadcast on state radio.
Four deputies voted against, and 11 abstained.The lawmakers also raised the possibility of punishing "other countries that behave in a manner similar to that of Britain." "This bill is only the beginning," parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani warned.The bill now has to go to Iran's Guardians Council for approval before it takes effect.After the parliamentary bill was introduced on Wednesday, Britain said "it would be regrettable" if its ambassador to Tehran, Dominick Chilcott, were to be expelled. Chilcott took up his post last month.

Britain, whose City of London is the world's biggest financial market alongside New York, said November 14 it was "ceasing all contact" between its financial system and that of Iran.Media agencies

Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail

Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail








28.11.2011 14:11:57 - Nksagar-Sagar Media Inc: New Delhi:A nation where PDS System and the consumer right are in state of jeopardy and with passing of each day the common man food is getting dearer and dearer thus a cause of poor health and low return of country demographic health with low nutrition wealth.

(live-PR.com) - Foreign Direct Investment, FDI, in multi-brand retail is too specific with brand word which supposedly applies to the branding companies but with developed countries in this branding goes well but with countries namely China and Myanmar,South Asian and far East countries in developing state for their opening their store without any brand may have difficult to get clearance with this Categorical namely allotted by the government of India.
Supermarkets a very old concept and the retail brand can be in thousands category of variant nature with respect to cultural and eating habits of trade getting globalized thus the name must have common analogy to accommodate the global trade when FTA are in vogue.

We,the nation run our governance,in way of oligarchy rather than for the masses or the people.The decision of food for all needs compressive decision as it affect both the food and employ ability.

Consultation with stakeholders for getting the policy approved is necessity. Retail trade is dominated by backward class and minorities,quintessentially the aam admi. Cabinet decision to allow foreign direct investment in India's retail sector has stupefied. Foreign retail giants has tendency to destroy domestic competition. They are accused of adopting bad labour practices, squeezing manufacturers and following predatory pricing policies and small retailers run the risk of being eliminated not by market forces but by the pricing and marketing policies of these multinational giants, each one with a
proven track record of anti-competitive policies.

The fear of forming conglomerate of prices by foreign companies in produce like onions,tomatoes, potatoes and apples by storing the eatery in cold storage's to stir a fake shortage in the market and speculating the prices has given aam admi real headache.Managing controlled supply to the open market, the foreign companies manage the retail prices when the government act mute spectator to check the malpractice,fear is greater when foreign companies manage to control various eatery products.


Government today launched a campaign to highlight the advantages of allowing Foreign Direct Investment, FDI, in multi-brand retail. Commerce and Industry Ministry has given a full page advertisement in all leading newspapers today, stating that FDI in multi-brand retail will help farmers, create more jobs and benefit consumers. The advertisement states that domestic retailers will benefit from sourcing their requirements from wholesale cash and carry store at a discount. The Ministry stated that contrary to the mistaken belief that it will result in unemployment, FDI in multi-brand retail will generate 10 million new jobs. It added that farmers will also benefit from the decision as they will receive better prices for their produce. The Ministry also stated that in countries where there is no cap on FDI, small retail stores have flourished.

Official Correspondent reports that the Opposition and some allies of the government have opposed the Cabinet's decision to allow 51 percent FDI in multi brand retail and 100 per cent in single brand retail. Parliament was also disrupted on Friday over the issue.

Meanwhile, the government maintained that all precautions have been taken to protect the interests of farmers and small retailers. Law Minister Salman Khurshid today said that the State governments are free to take a decision on the implementation of the policy in their respective States. He added that BJP should sort out the differences within its own party over the issue.
Posted by Nksagar at 3:30 AM
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Mr. Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland and the accompanying delegation

Day and Date    :    Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Time                   :    10 - 11.45 am - Life Sciences Session
                                             12 -2.15 pm- Luncheon meeting with the Governor

Venue                 :     FICCI Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi – 110001

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen express regret

BRUSSELS: NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Sunday he had written to Pakistan premier Yousuf Raza Gilani to express regret over the "tragic, unintended" deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in an airstrike.

"I have written to the Prime Minister of Pakistan to make it clear that the deaths of Pakistani personnel are as unacceptable and deplorable as the deaths of Afghan and international personnel," he said in a statement. "This was a tragic unintended incident."

Media agencies

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Pak atomic program not safe in Zardari presence: Qureshi

Pak atomic program not safe in Zardari presence: Qureshi


 
GHOTKI: Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Sunday alleged that Pakistan's atomic program was not safe as long as Asif Ali Zardari was the President of the country.

Addressing a large public gathering here, Qureshi said: "Pakistan's atomic program was not safe in the presence of Zardari …. I would make more disclosures on the threat posed by Zardari to the atomic program at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's rally in Karachi (on Dec 25)."

Earlier, Shah Mehmood Qureshi formally announced joining Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the presence of its Chairman Imran Khan.

He claimed that government's rhetoric of reconciliation is nothing but a programme to save their term, calling it a 'kursi bachao program'.

Qureshi regretted that the successors of Benazir Bhutto buried her legacy and vision.

He said today President Asif Zardari was in league with those whom Benazir Bhutto had suspected of plotting to murder her. "If she had been alive today, would she have allowed this to happen?" he asked the charged crowd who responded with resounding "no".Geo news

Friday, November 25, 2011

Employment in MSME Sector


The Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises has been promoting self employment ventures through setting up of Micro Enterprises.  Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), a Credit linked subsidy programme, was launched in 2008-09 and is being implemented through Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) a statutory body under the administrative control of the Ministry.  PMEGP is particularly aimed at generating self employment opportunities through establishment of Micro Enterprises.   Under PMEGP, beneficiaries belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Minorities, Backward Classes, Women etc. are entitled to a higher rate of margin money assistance at the rate of 35 percent in rural areas whereas beneficiaries belonging to General categories are entitled to margin money assistance at the rate of 25 percent in rural areas for project costing upto Rs.25 lakh each in the manufacturing sector and upto Rs.10 lakh each in the service sector through the implementing agencies and loan from banks, etc.


The Ministry is implementing various schemes for creation of new job opportunities through development of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises in the country.  Some of the major schemes includes Credit Guarantee Scheme, Micro and Small Enterprises Cluster Development Programme, Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme, Marketing Development Assistance Scheme, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme, Scheme of Fund For Regeneration Of Traditional Industries, Trade Related Entrepreneurship Assistance and Development, Mahila Coir Yojana, Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme and Skill Development Programme.






Annex.-I

State/Union Territory (UT) – wise details of number of units assisted under PMEGP                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                
S. No.
States/UTs
2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12*

1
Chandigarh
16
50
30
8
2
Delhi
1
85
149
55
3
Haryana
484
550
915
592
4
Himachal Pradesh
309
485
961
398
5
Jammu and Kashmir
680
1782
2128
1114
6
Punjab
266
986
823
503
7
Rajasthan
540
1257
2096
1199
8
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
40
96
125
131
9
Bihar
5873
884
1429
1153
10
Jharkhand
498
353
1545
830
11
Orissa
1654
1935
2581
948
12
West Bengal
4002
7197
5679
4340
13
Arunachal Pradesh
114
138
232
132
14
Assam
1226
2430
4756
514
15
Manipur
0
195
204
177
16
Meghalaya
0
399
305
201
17
Mizoram
0
156
380
112
18
Nagaland
5
17
242
261
19
Tripura
25
325
650
190
20
Sikkim
10
60
78
10
21
Andhra Pradesh
865
2995
2743
1493
22
Karnataka
1220
1509
1871
1294
23
Kerala
365
1597
1737
1015
24
Lakshadweep
0
11
25
0
25
Puducherry
48
73
216
30
26
Tamil Nadu
1197
3142
2247
1553
27
Goa
1
94
133
55
28
Gujarat
268
841
1843
640
29
Dadra & Nagar Havel
30
Daman & Diu
31
Maharashtra
1692
3281
4845
964
32
Chhattishgarh
584
464
1576
820
33
Madhya Pradesh
416
1138
1880
1175
34
Uttarakhand
        384
         816
974
397
35
Uttar Pradesh
2724
4161
4421
3005

TOTAL
25507
39502
49819
25309
*upto 21.11.2011
Annex-II
State/Union Territory (UT) – wise details of estimated employment target and achievement under PMEGP
(No. of persons)
S. No.
States/UTs
Estimated employment opportunities created under PMEGP
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12*


Tag.
Ach.
Tag.
Ach.
Tag.
Ach.
Tag.
Ach.
1
Chandigarh
500
160
380
500
1140
302
1110
32
2
Delhi
2370
10
660
348
3100
605
3040
550
3
Haryana
11927
4840
9020
4283
9910
10508
9000
4252
4
Himachal Pradesh
3763
3090
5350
1963
6940
4781
6640
2057
5
Jammu and Kashmir
10830
6800
13050
17820
9770
15986
9740
9890
6
Punjab
15000
2660
10130
8764
9400
8239
9090
4779
7
Rajasthan
23270
5400
14650
13299
27190
24085
26310
7921
8
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
380
400
960
264
1230
321
1190
357
9
Bihar
42930
58730
15570
5112
62580
8316
52980
4884
10
Jharkhand
19716
4980
14910
3250
27910
15450
25860
6235
11
Orissa
24554
16540
18560
17812
31780
25842
30150
9480
12
West Bengal
54160
40020
71400
69203
38170
56794
37930
38949
13
Arunachal Pradesh
1710
1140
650
1380
3080
2320
2500
1320
14
Assam
17083
12260
4590
15280
31930
38473
28900
4045
15
Manipur
3920
0
1480
1166
4320
1626
4500
1352
16
Meghalaya
4030
0
1520
2167
6120
1609
5960
611
17
Mizoram
1980
0
750
1705
3230
3658
3620
1120
18
Nagaland
3580
50
1360
286
5100
1396
4970
2760
19
Tripura
3930
250
1490
1710
3830
2290
4410
712
20
Sikkim
1040
100
400
266
2110
284
2290
52
21
Andhra Pradesh
44337
8650
58510
73417
34990
53808
37160
31762
22
Karnataka
29764
12200
22500
17198
20690
14000
19240
12780
23
Kerala
17695
3650
13380
15970
19190
11375
18180
9760
24
Lakshadweep
52
0
40
120
1110
200
1070
0
25
Puducherry
500
480
380
396
1220
757
1170
140
26
Tamil Nadu
35165
11970
43960
45511
24210
31895
23740
20048
27
Goa
719
10
550
1409
3110
2456
3070
868
28
Gujarat
29073
2680
21960
7892
18160
21232
18160
6379
29
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
30
Daman & Diu
31
Maharashtra
55242
16920
16060
21961
34250
33285
33790
5546
32
Chhattishgarh
14473
5840
10940
7410
21310
18213
19830
4482
33
Madhya Pradesh
30800
4160
12440
12294
38860
17467
36950
11750
34
Uttarakhand
9680
3840
4040
8345
8000
8766
8010
2292
35
Uttar Pradesh
98072
27240
72470
41536
83200
45685
80850
30150

TOTAL
612245
255070
464110
419997
597140
482024
571410
237315
*upto 21.11.2011




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Annex-III

State/UTs-wise target and achievement of margin money subsidy under PMEGP                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                             (Rs. in lakh)                                      
S. No
States/UTs
2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12*



Tar.
Ach.
Tar.
Ach.
Tar.
Ach.
Tar.
Ach.
1
Chandigarh
59.94
9.74
45.32
40.63
159.98
28.96
155.51
6.32
2
Delhi
285.51
0.70
679.72
60.00
433.66
103.71
426.04
131.60
3
Haryana
1431.16
1190.28
1081.97
1344.07
1387.82
1889.64
1261.25
1131.66
4
Himachal Pradesh
452.14
392.77
341.82
615.20
971.78
1339.70
929.28
575.35
5
Jammu and Kashmir
1300.00
898.00
565.60
1803.94
1367.81
2941.29
1362.57
1609.78
6
Punjab
1800.00
951.00
1215.68
2106.77
1317.28
1773.04
1272.61
1151.30
7
Rajasthan
2793.42
1503.58
3032.77
2867.87
3807.83
3904.93
3684.1
2147.89
8
Andaman &
Nicobar Islands
46.25
29.53
15.11
50.48
171.83
78.22
166.44
66.80
9
Bihar
5152.18
4201.22
4868.88
1123.50
8760.64
3207.20
7417.30
2469.71
10
Jharkhand
2366.52
958.00
1789.12
779.36
3907.36
2306.05
3620.64
1242.26
11
Orissa
2946.68
2419.53
2227.71
3881.64
4449.26
4925.75
4220.87
2001.74
12
West Bengal
6500.00
5135.37
4168.45
9055.84
5343.17
6719.06
5309.67
5213.90
13
Arunachal Pradesh
205.72
88.45
77.76
97.02
431.09
249.40
349.26
263.00
14
Assam
2050.54
890.20
1550.23
1895.36
4469.66
4808.10
4044.27
542.54
15
Manipur
470.64
0.00
177.90
181.15
604.59
304.55
630.41
461.00
16
Meghalaya
483.96
0.00
182.94
645.03
856.94
571.50
833.42
580.00
17
Mizoram
238.28
0.00
90.07
265.17
451.52
578.67
508.00
215.00
18
Nagaland
430.68
9.62
162.80
33.95
714.16
548.41
695.46
527.00
19
Tripura
472.12
22.45
178.46
120.81
536.5
969.78
618.06
296.62
20
Sikkim
125.80
32.02
47.55
417.25
295.54
153.86
321.12
16.55
21
Andhra Pradesh
5319.86
2582.54
4021.87
8956.39
4898.73
7310.95
5203.3
4661.82
22
Karnataka
3571.24
2510.48
2699.90
3000.78
2896.01
3725.38
2693.96
2667.21
23
Kerala
2123.80
671.33
1605.62
3007.44
2686.19
3141.21
2544.66
1903.56
24
Lakshadweep
6.66
0.00
5.04
6.48
155.39
21.84
150.26
0.00
25
Puducherry
59.94
19.40
45.32
28.33
171.27
103.24
164.32
24.81
26
Tamil Nadu
4220.23
2328.54
3190.54
5677.29
3390.02
4476.99
3323.44
3285.02
27
Goa
86.59
2.10
65.46
168.90
435.71
294.78
430.44
104.22
28
Gujarat
3487.62
659.33
2636.67
1866.06
2542.53
4157.65
2541.96
2580.73
29
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
30
Daman & Diu
31
Maharashtra
6628.91
2455.61
5011.54
4755.29
4793.80
6193.48
4730.15
1412.82
32
Chhattishgarh
1736.78
1318.62
1313.02
1582.05
2983.57
3643.69
2775.96
1903.17
33
Madhya Pradesh
3695.85
1143.48
3492.63
3295.87
5440.13
5195.12
5173.08
3003.48
34
Uttarakhand
1162.25
456.52
485.05
1017.49
1120.18
1189.89
1123.74
500.55
35
Uttar Pradesh
11768.96
7984.31
8897.48
13529.03
11648.05
10650.82
11318.45
10109.58

TOTAL
73480.23
40864.72
14188.18
74276.44
83600.00
90541.01
80000.00
52806.99
*upto 21.11.2011

This information was given by the Union Cabinet Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Virbhadra Singh in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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