Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bland Slogan: Panasonic ideas for life / Brand Promise: Panasonic generates ideas for and tomorrow. Through innovative thinking, we are committed to enriching people's lives around the world.
Mr. Daizo Ito, President
Mr. Manish Sharma, Managing Director, Consumer Product Division
Cordially invites you to witness Panasonic’s most innovative offering this festive season “Celebrations for Life”
 Panasonic business strategies and marketing plans
Event shall be graced by Dazzling
 Dia Mirza
Let’s celebrate this festival with Panasonic
DATE: Monday, October 1st , 2012
VENUE: Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi
TIME: 12:00 noon onwards

For media RSVP, please contact:
Malvika Sinha
Richa Sethi

Best Wishes,

Aaruni Garg
Senior Associate
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SportzPower Daily
Sep 29 Vol 01, Issue 1039
Sportsman and Red Bull becomes new global partner of FIA WRC
The promoter will be responsible for investing and developing the WRC with a view to increasing its profile, reputation and commercial value
Cricket Australia appoints 3 independent directors onto new 9-member board
3 top corporate leaders nominated to take their place as independent directors on the new, streamlined nine-member Cricket Australia board next month
Lewis Hamilton to race for Mercedes AMG Petronas from 2013
Following signature of commercial agreement with FOM earler this week, Mercedes F1 confirm that Lewis Hamilton has signed a three-year agreement to race for the team
Rajasthan Royals launch talent hunt program ‘Cricket Star Rajasthan’
Rajasthan Royals and Dainik Bhaskar announce launch of Cricket Star Rajasthan, a talent hunt program that seeks to uncover cricket talent in Rajasthan
FIA renews agreement with Eurosport Events till 2017
This is the second renewal of the agreement among the parties, since the FIA appointed Eurosport Events as WTCC championship promoter back in 2005
Tissot becomes official timekeeper of 2014 Asian Games
Tissot has been named official timekeeper of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea
Puma launches new TVC 'evoSPEED'
The quirky commercial features Usain Bolt alongside a galaxy of Puma sports stars such as cricketer Yuvraj Singh, golfer Rickie Fowler, footballer Sergio Aguero and F1 racer Fernando Alonso
Competition Commission greenlights News Corp buyout of ESPN from ESS JV
News Corp’s proposal to buy out Walt Disney owned ESPN's stake in the ESPN Star Sports 50:50 joint venture gets green signal from Competition Commission of Indiao
IPL 2013 likely to a 10-team affair; high possibility of Deccan Chargers and new team participation
All fingers point towards terminated franchise Deccan Chargers getting fresh lease of life for at least another year and BCCI issuing a tender to bring in one more team
'UFC does not look at SFL as competition; we will concentrate on doing our thing right'
POWER INTERFACE - Ultimate Fighting Championship chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta asserts UFC is putting serious money to ensure that brand grows and maintains its leading position worldwide
'BCCI at liberty to advertise for another franchise'
POWER INTERFACE - BCCI president N Srinivasan announces the various new committees and shares some other highlights after the board's EGM
Rhiti Sports taps top Nokia exec and former ESPN India finance head as COO
Rhiti Sports ropes in Sanjay Agrawal, business controller at Nokia India, earlier ESPN Software India director - Finance & Operations, as its new chief operating officer
TEN ready to telecast Fed Cup if IMG-R provides feed: Atul Pande
Speculation raised for first time since IMG-Reliance secured 15-year commercial rights to Indian football in December 2010 that its partnership with AIFF could be headed for splitsvilleo
29-yr-old Abhishek Matoria elected IBF president; Chautala made chairman in newly created post
Barred by Sports Ministry from making constitutional changes that could have facilitated continuation of incumbent set of office-bearers, Indian Boxing Federation works around ito
IBF polls: 2 newly-elected office bearers decline to accept their posts
The IBF election results, which were "scripted" to ensure that outgoing president Abhay Chautala retained control over the association, appears to be unravellingo
Cricket Australia asks players to skip IPL 2013; could affect Indian league’s star power
CA worried that participation in the IPL during April-May will tire the players and the team’s fortunes in the Ashes tour to England in early June could be affected
Big opportunity for TATA Motors would be to manufacture their own F1 engines
PIT STOP PUNDIT - Sahara Force India now 21 points clear of Williams and chasing down 6th place Sauber, who are 26 points ahead; battle of mid-field teams will only get more exciting
About Loosening The Choke
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY - In living up to excessive expectations, few things can help as much as having access to the counsel of someone, who has been there and done that
Doubling Up
INSIDE OUT - In an era of uncertainty, the irony is that the single-handed backhand has been the most reliable and bankable aspect of the golden era in tennis
Centre gives go-ahead to AIFF to bid for hosting U-17 Fifa World Cup
Fifa executive committee, which meets on 26-27 September, can discuss India's candidature to host the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 after Centre gives its approval to providing necessary financial and security guarantees
BCCI dependence on IPL earnings grows; nearly 70% comes from cash awash league
BCCI's surplus earnings have risen by nearly 102% to Rs3.82bn in 2011-12, up from Rs1.9bn; total income up 63% to Rs33.08bn from Rs20.26bn
IOA announces poll date; terms age, tenure guidelines 'illegal & unconstitutional'
IOA announces elections to the apex sports body will be held on 25 November and a general body meeting has been called on 18 October to announce the poll process
SFL teams with Invicta to develop women talent; Mary Kom face of Friday Night Fight Nights
SFL partners Invicta Fighting Championships to develop women's MMA talent out of India; Mary Kom is brand ambassador for Friday Night Fight Nights, which kicks off 12 Oct
HC sets 18 Oct date to hear IHF plea; rules maintain status quo till then
Delhi High Court to hear petition filed by "HC recognised" IHF challenging IOA decision to declare HI as the central body for administering hockey in India
Pune to host Asian Rugby Sevens Women C’ship on 6 Oct
15 teams, including defending champion China and runner-up Kazakhstan, confirm participation in continental championship, where top 3 finishers will qualify for the 2013 World Cup
TEN Sports extends TV rights for US Open Tennis C'ships for 4 yrs
Four-year television rights cycle covers India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh; includes rights to mobile, internet and video-on-demand
Court asks police to work with CBI on Sheila Dikshit CWG 2010 corruption charges
A Delhi court has now asked the police to work with the Central Bureau of Investigation on charges against the Delhi chief minister relating to the scam-tainted Games
EFLI adds Pak entrepreneur and 'American football mom' to its board
Laila Hamdan, a US based entrepreneur and "first lady" of American football in Pakistan, joins EFLI's board of directorss
Headliner – What a Racket! Fair Play and the Olympic Games
In the recently concluded London 2012 Olympic Games (“Games”), eight female badminton players from three Asian nations were disqualified by the International Olympic Committee (“IOC”) and the Badminton World Federation (“BWF”) for trying to lose their matches on purpose in order to gain a more favourable draw in the knockout stages of doubles competition.


'UFC does not look at SFL as competition; we will concentrate on doing our thing right'

ULTIMATE Fighting Championship (UFC) chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta


Doubling Up

INSIDE OUT - In an era of uncertainty, the irony is that the single-handed backhand has been the most reliable and bankable aspect of the golden era in tennis


   5th October, 2012, Hotel Sarovar Portico, Indore (M.P.)

I am delighted to inform you that APEDA in association with FICCI is organizing an Interactive Workshop on Export of Organic Cotton Textiles on 5th October 2012 at Hotel Sarovar Portico, Indore.

The objective of having an interactive session with exporters is to identify and discuss issues that are perceived as hampering expeditious growth of exports of organic Cotton textiles from India, it is proposed that by the end of the workshop the delegates would have enhanced awareness on potential for export ; import regulations of select countries; role of testing, certification ; Understand of the role of APEDA, Export Financing Institutions and other government initiatives such as the market Development\ assistance and the Market Access Initiative schemes and also be sensitized about investment opportunities in infrastructure and R&D.

We invite you to grace the event with your presence and be a part of the discussion. You may nominate 2-3 persons from relevant departments of your organisation to participate as well. A tentative programme is attached for your kind perusal.

Please forward your confirmation / regret to the undersigned to enable us to make necessary arrangements.

I would look forward to your kind and positive response.

Yours sincerely

Mallika Verma
Joint Director

Saturday, September 29, 2012

India Can Make Solar the Backbone of Its Economy by 2050” - Mr. Markus Elsasser, MD, Solar Promotion International GmbH
Delhi, September 2012: Intersolar India’s “Opportunities in the Indian Solar Market” media roundtable was recently held in Delhi by Messe Munich International India, Solar Promotion International GmbH & FMMI Freiburg Management and Marketing International GmbH, the promoters of Intersolar India 2012. The media roundtable was organized to facilitate an understanding of India’s position in the Solar Market and also engage the media in valuable information exchange & to position Intersolar India which is India’s largest Exhibition and Conference for the Solar Industry till now.
Prominent speakers were, Mr. Markus Elsasser, MD, Solar Promotion International, GmbH, Mr. Venkateshwara Rao, General Manager, Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited, Mr. Vivek Saxena, Group President - Marketing, PCI Group, Mr. Rohit Dhar, Vice President C&S Electric, Mr. Oliver Herzog, Director, Bridge to India Energy Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Darryl Dasilva– CEO, MMI India
Mr. Markus Elsasser, MD, Solar Promotion International GmbH said, “India has huge potential for solar power generation. As the nation is facing an increasing demand - supply gap in energy, it is important to tap the solar potential to meet the energy needs. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (also known as the National Solar Mission) is a major initiative by the Government of India to promote ecologically sustainable growth while addressing India’s energy needs. With Intersolar India, we play a key role in contributing to the amount of knowledge in this field and also continue to recognize those projects through Intersolar award that helps move the industry forward in this direction.”
The Indian solar market is undergoing sweeping developments. While, according to figures published by the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), India had merely 10 megawatts (MW) of installed photovoltaic capacity in 2009, this figure has risen to over 20000 MW by the end of 2011. India can make renewable resources such as solar the backbone of its economy by 2050, reining in its long-term carbon emissions without compromising its economic & ecological growth potential.”
Mr. Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, shared his key insights and said, “India requires Euro 30 billion investment to develop 20000 MW of grid connected solar power by 2012. Indian policies in renewable energy are welcoming for investors, lenders and financial institutions in India and abroad. As a growing economy with a surging middle class energy resources are much essential. When a wide scope of such a renewable energy source exists, we should utilize it to the maximum.”
Industry Perspective:
“From 1994, the Indian Government is trying to push the development of solar and solar power but due to high investment cost as well as lack of expertise, the project couldn’t take off. But now, the scenario is different, overall cost to such project is reduced because of development of national and international players in the solar market and the various government subsidies towards this industry”, said Mr. Venkateshwara Rao, General Manager - Projects, Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited.
The spokespersons from PCI Group and L& T Construction gave an insight into to the various projects & breakthroughs made in the India Solar Projects division, elaborating on the various grid systems and techniques under experiment across India.
Mr. Shaji John, Chief Solar, Division, L& T Construction, highlighted some of L&T’s experiences in constructing and managing the Rooftop Solar PV system which they had successfully tested in their Chennai campus. He said our primary goals towards this project were “Taking positive steps create and alternative and a reliable source of back-up power for meeting emergency. Most commercial units depend on DG set and diesel oil. Our outlook was aimed at moving towards smart micro grids, energy savings and an initiative to make environment more clean and peaceful.
The speakers during the media roundtable, also stressed on the need of the hour contribution of not just the government but also the corporate companies in India, towards promotion of solar power as a whole, at a urban, state & national level as well as providing impetus & encouragement to the individual home to home basis.
Mr. Vikas Saxena, Group President, PCI Group said, India is facing a perfect storm of factors that will drive solar photovoltaic (PV) adoption at a "furious pace over the next five years and beyond". The falling prices of PV panels, mostly from China but also from the U.S., have coincided with the growing cost of grid power in India. Government support and ample solar resources have also helped to increase solar adoption across many business verticals.”
According to the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), the target is for 20 GW of capacity to be installed by 2022, making India one of the most promising and fastest growing solar markets in the world.
The State of Karnataka, for example, 60 MW were awarded recently as part of a tender and a further 25 MW in Orissa 200 MW in Madhya Pradesh 250 MW are up for tender in Rajasthan while the federal state of Tamil Nadu is planning to have 3 GW installed in the coming three years. With the launch of such ambitious projects, the states have also encouraged small villages to include the power needs based via solar roof top projects, which would be an answer to the overwhelming problem of power shortage across the country. The eventual aim of the government and the various players involved is to make India independent for its power needs in the years to come and shine forth as the beacon of successful Solar Project implementations.
Intersolar India 2012 takes place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Mumbai from November 6–8.
Intersolar's storied history of international exhibitions and conferences spans more than 20 years. Taking place in addition to Intersolar India in Mumbai are Intersolar North America in San Francisco and Intersolar China in Beijing, which was launched in December 2011. The world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry is Intersolar Europe in Munich.
For further information, please visit
About Intersolar
With over 3,100 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors spanning three continents, Intersolar is the world’s leading exhibition series for the solar industry. Intersolar India is India’s largest exhibition and conference for the solar industry and, as a leading industry platform, focuses on photovoltaic plates and solar thermal technologies. In 2011, a total of 264 companies from 18 countries attended the exhibition. Intersolar India supports the development of the Indian solar market and promotes cooperation between key players from industry, commerce, service providers and politics.
For more information on Intersolar India please visit:
Flipkart presents 4th TiE-Aspire Young Achiever Awards
3 Talented Youngsters Inspire Entrepreneurs and win Rs 1 Lac each
  • Sports Womanandmountaineer with disabilities Arunima Sinha, 26
  • A prodigy Raga Pianist Utsav Lal, 20
  • Whiz-kid Actor and Film Director Kishan Shrikanth, 16
New Delhi, September 29, 2012: Celebrating the spirit of art, culture and sportsmanship, the New Delhi-NCR chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs and Aspire, todayhanded over the 4th TiE-Aspire Young Achiever Awards for three trailblazers. India’s largest e-commerce brand,, joined hands to support these achievers and presented E-Gift vouchers worth Rs 1 Lac each to the three awardees.  
Aspire Human Capital Management, a Gurgaon-based company engaged in the field of employability in education, in association with The Indus Entrepreneurs  and Flipkart honoured the achievements of Arunima Sinha, Trekker and National Level Football and Volleyball player; Utsav LalPianist; and Kishan Shrikanth Actor and Film Director.
The awards were presented to the young achievers by Lord Karan Billimoria, chairman of the UK-India Business Council, a member of the UK-India Roundtable, and of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. .
Arunima Sinha, 26,climbed 21,110 ft of Mt. Chhamser Kangri* with an amputated leg and is a national level Football and Volleyball player. She had to undergo amputation of her left lower limb after she was thrown off a running train in Bareilly for resisting a chain-snatching attempt. Her passion and undying will has become a source of inspiration for all people with disabilities.
Gurgaon -based Pianist Utsav Lal, 20, has earned the unique title of ‘Raga Pianist’ by successfully creating pure sounds of Indian Ragas on the Piano and has won international acclaim and awards for his pioneering foray. He haspresented over 150 concerts of Indian music at worldwide venues and festivals since age 9.
The third prize winner Kishan Shrikanth, 16,is anActor, Film Director, Editor, Sound and Visual Effects Engineer. He has been recognized as one of top 15 genius children on the Oprah Winfrey show and holds the Guinness Record for being the World’s Youngest feature film director, directing a feature film at age 9. Winner of prestigious awards including the National Golden Lotus Award, National Award for Exceptional Achievement, Kishan is currently pursuing Masters in multimedia and animation and doing research in the field of Holography and Optical illusion.
At TieCon Delhi three young achievers shared their experiences and success stories with Mr. Amit Bhatia, Founder & CEO, Aspire Human Capital Management who said, “The 2012 winners are an amalgam of gift, conviction and courage. An inspiration to all, their dedication and determination is the key to success in any walk of life--including entrepreneurship. All of us at TiE take great pride in saluting these individuals who have fought all challenges to achieve their goals .”
Sachin Bansal, CEO and Co-Founder, Flipkart added, “Flipkart is delighted to honour such great young achievers. Their pioneering spirit resonates completely with what we treasure most at Flipkart. We are proud to be part of this initiative and hope to encourage more young Indians to follow their passion and make a difference.”
The last 3 year’s TiE-Aspire achievers are:
Anu Vaidyanathan, Triathlete
Deeya S Bajaj, Cross country Skier and Kayaker
Sucheta Kadethankar, Trekker
Prashant Karmakar, Swimmer
Ashish Kumar, Gymnast
Deepika Kumari, Archer
Tania Sachdev, Chess Grandmaster
Athira Krishna, Prodigy Violinist,                                                                                                                               
Tathagat Avatar, Prodigy Academician
Notes to the Editors:  *Mt. Chhamser Kangri is at 21725 ft height
About The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) founded, in 1992 in Silicon Valley, by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region currently has over 13,000 members and over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 15 countries.
TiE's mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE's focus is on generating and nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs.
About Aspire Human Capital Management
AspireTM is an industry-promoted social enterprise offering Embedded Education for schools, colleges and universities to Enhance Employability and Life Skills. All Aspire products have Global Certifications: ProHireTM and EnglishProTM with University of
Cambridge (ESOL Examinations); ITProTM and RoboticProTM with iCarnegie (subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University); and, MBAProTM with content from Harvard Business Publishing (subsidiary of Harvard University). Aspire products are enabled by an Employability Education Management System (EEMSTM) which includes online learning management, e-learning and assessments (e.g., NESTTM). Declared "Education Czar" by Mint (2008), adjudged finalist of the John P. McNulty prize (2010), and profiled as “Who’s Next” by Fast Company (USA, 2011), Aspire enables Educators, Employers and Employees to Grow More. Please visit for more information.
 About, India’s largest e-commerce brand for physical goods, started with books in 2007, and entered the consumer electronics category with the launch of mobile phones, in September 2010. Since then, it has grown rapidly with the introduction of innovative features like Cash/Card on Delivery (CoD), 30 day replacement guarantee and its own delivery network. Today, the portfolio is spread across 15 categories - from books to music, mobiles, computers, cameras, home & kitchen appliances, TV & home theatre systems, personal and healthcare products, stationery items and lifestyle products like perfumes, watches and health and beauty products. In addition to these, Flipkart has also made a foray into the emerging digital content market with the recent launch of Flyte, the digital music store. Flipkart is rapidly expanding its network of warehouses, distribution centers, procurement operations and 24/7 customer support teams. The company has its own delivery network in 50 cities and is set to expand this in the current financial year. With a team of around 4,800 members, the company operates from offices and warehouses in seven Indian cities.

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The Star festivities are here!

Special festive show Star Parivaar Khushiyon Ka Tyohaar, with special guest Mary Kom, to air on 6th October at 10 pm on Star Plus

~ Star Plus salutes womanhood this festive seasonྼbr>
Mumbai, 28th September 2012: The festive season is here again and Star Plus will add to the celebrations by giving its viewers a special treat featuring their favourite stars.
India's favorite Hindi general entertainment channel has put together a special show - Star Parivaar Khushiyon Ka Tyohaar - to mark the beginning of festivities.

The show will feature most popular Star Parivaar Members entertaining their fans in an exciting, fun-filled episode. That's not all, a special surprise awaits women of Star Parivaar in their celebration. The special festival episode will feature IndiaⳠmost famous woman boxer Mary Kom.
The male members have decided to pay a much deserved ode to the women in their lives through another surprise celebration. The men will honour the women with a surprise act crafted especially to respect the contribution of their wives, mothers, sisters and daughters in their lives.
This one of its kind special show, Star Parivaar -Khushiyon Ka Tyohaar, will see some serious fun through exciting role reversals!
As Ganesh Chaturthi marks the beginning of a long festive season, the show will be kick-started by the leading men of Star Parivar Ahem, Vikram, Jigar, Nanaji, Pental, Indu and Sooraj, bringing home a Ganesh idol dancing and singing to ᄥva Sree Ganesha⮊The remaining cast of Saathiya, Pratigya, Diya Aur Baati Hum and Pyaar Ka Dard Hain Meetha Meetha Pyaara Pyaara will join Star Parivar's leading men in the celebrations.
The Parivaar house will be filled with absolute revelry, joy, excitement marking a perfect start to all the good things that will follow.
The men from various popular Star Plus shows will come together to prepare for this joyous occasion under the supervision of Babasa. Sooraj will take care of the refreshments for the evening, Indu will decorate the venue, and Aaditya will welcome the guests.
As Star's leading men find themselves wrangled in routine planning - things that usually the women of their house manage - errors, blunders and unforeseen problems crop up. The blunders make the men realize the importance of women in their family and they vow to never take them for granted again. They go the extra mile to make sure it is a very memorable evening.

Just as everyone is engrossed in the excitement, the lights will be dimmed for a display of some of Star Parivar's most memorable moments in the form of beautiful photos. The Star Parivar members will relive some of their most cherished memories through the showcase, leaving everyone in tears.
The show will have a lot more to offer as the men finally unveil their surprise for the women. The boys woo their women with a romantic dance: Aditya and Pankhuri, Sooraj and Sandhya and Gopi and Ahem take to the dance floor in what will be one of the most heart-warming acts on Star Plus. Ahem will go an extra mile to take care of pregnant Gopi.
Star ParivaarⳠmost-loved characters Gopi, Ahem, Jigar, Pratigya, Murarilal Meghwal, Indu, Sanchi, Bhabho, Babasa, Sooraj, Sandhya, Meenakshi, Aditya and Pankhudi will be part of the special Khushiyon Ka Tyohar. Along with the Parivaar favourites, special guest Mary Kom will also be part of this evening to entertain audiences.
㔨e festivities are all about having a good time, but they are also moments when you reflect and improve relationships with family and friends.
Star Parivaar Khushiyon Ka Tyohaar is an apt amalgamation of fun mixed with a special tribute to women, who are rarely given credit for their vital role in the family. It is a message to all men in Indian families to give a day of rest and joy to women,伯span> says Nachiket Pantvaidya, General Manager, STAR Plus.༯span>

To find out what the men have planned for the women, tune in to STAR Plus on Sunday, 6th October at 10 pm.

About Star India
STAR India has defined India's broadcast space for the last two decades and is today one of the nation's largest pan India, media and entertainment conglomerates.
STAR India broadcasts close to forty channels in eight languages to more than 400 million viewers every week across India and 100 other countries. Its channel portfolio includes Star Gold, Channel [V], Star Jalsha, Star Pravah, Star World, Star Movies, Star Utsav, Life OK, Movies OK and Star Plus, India's No. 1, General Entertainment Channel. STAR India also has leading presence in regional broadcasting through a bouquet of joint venture channels i.e., Asianet channels and Star Vijay.
Star India is a fully owned subsidiary of News Corporation.

Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi Instituto Cervantes  
  6 y 7 de octubre de 2012 / October 6th and 7th of 2012

Sábado 6 y domingo 7 de octubre.
De 4pm a 6:30pm

Los tangos es el palo que no ha de faltar en cualquier fiesta flamenca y la mejor manera de introducirse en el mundo del flamenco. En este taller aprenderás el compás del tango y algunos movimientos básicos –de cuerpo, brazos y zapateado- que te permitan bailar este estilo de una de las músicas que más están impactando en el mundo entero y recientemente declarado por la Unesco Patrimonio Inmaterial de la Humanidad: el flamenco.

Profesora: Rosalía Pérez González es diplomada en Danzas étnico-contemporáneas por el Instituto Universitario de Danza “Alicia Alonso” y monitora de Bailes de Salón. Se ha formado en bailes latinos, flamenco y danzas africanas en España y Puerto Rico. Así mismo ha trabajado como profesora de baile en España, Puerto Rico, Alemania e India.

Duración: 5 horas
Matrícula: 1.000 INR

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th of October. From 4pm to 6:30pm

Tango is the elementary dance for any “fiesta flamenca” and the best way to discover the flamingo world. In this course you will learn the rhythm of tango and some basic movements – body, arms, feet “zapateao” – that will allow you to dance in style to one of the music styles with most impact in the entire world, and recently declared by the Unesco “Intangible Human Heritage”: Flamenco.

Teacher: Rosalía Pérez González has her degree in Etno-contemporary dances by the University Institute of Dance Alicia Alonso, and teacher of ballroom dancing. She has studied latin dances, flamingo and African dances in Spain and Puerto Rico. She has also worked as a dance teacher in Spain, Puerto Rico, Germany and India.

Duration: 5 hours
Enrollment: 1.000 INR

  Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi
48, Hanuman Road
Connaught Place
110 001 Nueva Delhi
Tel. : 91 11 4368 19 00
Fax: 91 11 4356 86 92

Friday, September 28, 2012

British High Commissioner to India, Sir James Bevan KCMG at the TiEcon 2012 at DelhiBritish High Commissioner to India, Sir James Bevan KCMG at the TiEcon 2012 at DelhiBritish High Commissioner to India, Sir James Bevan KCMG at the TiEcon 2012 at Delhi

British High Commissioner to India, Sir James Bevan KCMG at the TiEcon 2012 at Delhi

Lord Bilimoria, distinguished co-panelists, distinguished guests, I’m delighted to be here. And the UK is delighted to be TIE’s country partner.
It’s said that a diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a nice way that you look forward to the journey.
I’m not going to tell you to go to hell. I am going to tell you how Britain and India – and the rest of the world – can get to heaven. Not the heaven above, but the heaven we all want to see down here on earth: thriving societies in which there is sustainable growth and rising prosperity in which everyone shares, and in which everyone can fulfil their full potential.
Let me illustrate my argument with two case studies: of the countries I know best, the UK and India.
How Britain is thriving and will continue to do so
Let’s start with the UK. The last few years have been tough for us. We have been buffeted by the world economic downturn, then hit again by the Eurozone crisis. Some of the elements which have helped the UK economy in the recent past, such as North Sea oil, have run out.
We could have chosen to accept a future of managed decline, dwelling on Britain’s past glories. We reject that course completely. We think Britain’s best days are ahead of us. While we are rightly proud of our past, we are confident of our future.
Why are we confident? It’s because the UK has some big assets which fit us well for the challenges of the 21st century.
- is and intends to remain one of the world’s largest economies: the seventh largest.
- has the right economic fundamentals: a highly educated and flexible workforce, a strong banking system, a stable democracy, the rule of law, and macro economic policies which support growth.
-  is one of the most business-friendly environments in the world. The current government has cut red tape. It has cut corporation tax. The UK already has the lowest corporate tax rate in the G7: we cut it to 24% this year. And we will bring it down to 22% by 2014, which will make it one of the lowest in the world.
- We make it easy for entrepreneurs: the UK is ranked first in Europe by the World Bank as the easiest place to set up and run a business: it takes just 13 days to establish a business in the UK. And we actively encourage talent to come to the UK and thrive: example – a new type of visa we have introduced for graduate entrepreneurs, which  will allow Indian and other foreign students who have developed world class innovative ideas to stay in the UK and develop their business.
- welcomes inward investment. Example: JaguarLand Rover, acquired by Tata and now hugely successful. Think about that. How many other countries would allow a foreign investor to acquire one of their flagship national companies? The UK didn’t just allow it, we welcomed and facilitated it. And it turned out to be great for Tata and great for us, generating thousands of new jobs and more growth. That openness to foreign investment has meant that the UK has become the largest recipient of FDI in Europe and the second largest recipient of FDI in the world after the US.
- is the place to be if you want to do business in Europe. We offer direct access to the largest single market in the world, that of the EU, and great connectivity to other parts of Europe.
- is the place to be if you want to be a global player. The UK is where the world raises its capital and trades its shares, through the City of London and the Stock Exchange. The UK is in the right time zone, allowing you to talk to Asia in the morning and America in the evening.  HeathrowAirport handles more international flights than any other airport in the world. And the UK speaks the world’s language, English.
- is a world leader in the things which drive prosperity and growth: science, technology, and innovation. Examples – the iPod, designed by a Brit; the Internet, invented by one; and the Higgs Boson, the so-called God particle which explains why the physical world works, predicted by a Brit – and found earlier this year. And we work hard at fostering innovation. Example: TechCity in East London, now Europe’s fastest growing cluster of digital and creative companies.
- is a world leader in education. According to the latest rankings, of the top six universities in the world, four are British.
-  can do difficult things well. Example – the London 2012 Olympics: delivered on time, on budget, with friendliness, good humour and style.
So while we have been going through a difficult period, we in Britain are confident that we will soon see the return of strong and sustainable growth. There are some signs of that already: employment, already much better than the EU average, is rising.  And others agree: UK Government debt has retained its AAA rating. And last year Indians invested more in the UK than in the rest of the EU altogether.
So while Britain may not have experienced chaos, it has experienced turbulence. My message is that we are coming out of it, and we are thriving.
Why India is thriving and will continue to do so
I am equally confident about India’s future. Mostly because of what I see when I travel around this great country.
Shortly after I arrived I met a senior Indian politician – I won’t name him. I asked him what he’d learned from his time in politics. He thought about it, and said: “I’ve concluded that your personal happiness is in direct proportion to your distance from Delhi”. I’ve taken him at his word, and spend as much of my time as possible outside Delhi, in what many people would call the Real India.
And the real India is not the same country as the one you read about in the media or some of the statistics.
In the real India the growth rate feels like 10% or more, not 5%. In the real India, almost everyone’s standard of living is rising. In the real India a vast and growing middle class, well educated and with a big disposable income, is generating more prosperity and helping ensure lasting stability. In the real India, parents rich or poor are making huge sacrifices to put their children into the best education they can afford – the best of all investments for the future of their child and India.
In the real India, I meet every day astonishing talent, and there’s a lot of it here in this room.  In the real India, I see every day examples of world class excellence, in medicine, research, business, education, the creative arts. One of my enduring memories is visiting the InfoSys campus in Mysore. Now I have been to HarvardBusinessSchool, and the InfoSys campus is bigger and better. For me that sends out a very powerful message, not just about Infosys but about India. The message is: India does not aspire to be good, it aspires to be the best in the world, and in many instances, it already is.
In the real India, I see the unity in diversity of which Nehru spoke, and which is a truly powerful driver of creativity and growth. In the real India, I meet everywhere talented young Indians who have gone abroad for their education and first business startup, but who are now coming home because they see even greater opportunities here in India: and when the talent comes home in this reverse brain drain, you have one of the strongest of all reasons to be confident about India’s future.
And finally, in the real India I see something that is probably more important than any of the other things I’ve identified: I see optimism. Everywhere and at every level, I meet people who think that while today is good, tomorrow will be better. You can’t quantify the economic and social benefits of optimism. But they are huge, and India has them – as it has many other things – in industrial size quantities.
What that means for the UK/India relationship
I don’t like meaningless happytalk. I do like what I call grounded optimism: confidence  which is founded not on simple faith but on facts. And the facts as I have laid them out do make me confident about the future of both the UK and India, and about the future relationship between our two countries.
That relationship is strong, wide and deep. My ambition is to make it even stronger, wider and deeper. And we are seeing progress. In the economic sphere, for example, we are on course to meet the target set in 2010 by our two Prime Ministers of doubling trade by 2015. In 2011, total bilateral trade (goods and services) grew by 16% to £17 billion, and UK goods exports to India increased by 40% to £5.7bn, which means that India is now the UK’s largest market outside the EU.
And investment both ways is growing too. In 2011, a UK company made the largest ever investment in India: BP’s oil and gas joint venture with Reliance. The UK is now the third largest investor in India and India is now the 5th largest investor in the UK.
The state of the UK/India partnership
But I think we can and should do better. Given the ties between us, we should be much more ambitious. I see a real opportunity to create a partnership of equals in building the future our peoples want.
India’s strategic goal is transformation: inclusive development that benefits all its people. The UK offers what India needs to achieve that:
- India needs inward investment to build the country its people want: the UK specialises in raising and delivering investment capital.
- India needs infrastructure: roads, metros, railways, ports, airports: the UK specialises in infrastructure.
- India needs to build new cities and manage the successful expansion of its existing ones: the UK specialises in urban planning and architecture.
- India wants to create a bigger manufacturing sector at the top end of the value chain: the UK specialises in precisely the high tech manufacturing required.
- India needs power, from both traditional sources like oil and gas, and renewable sources like wind and solar power: we specialise in all those areas.
- India wants to educate the 500 million of its young people who will be coming onto the labour market in the next ten years: we specialise in education and skills.
So there is a close match between what India wants and what the UK offers, and between what the UK wants and what India offers. That’s a good basis for an even stronger partnership in the coming years.
I said I’d tell you how to get to heaven, or at least how to get to lasting growth and prosperity. I hope that my reflections on the UK and India have given some hints of that.
But it’s not complicated. In short, countries will succeed, wherever they start from, if they invest in their own people: in health, education; if they invest in the physical infrastructure necessary for growth: roads, airports, power;  if they build the institutions necessary for stable, democratic and open governance and the rule of law; and if governments do the right things. The job of governments is to create the right enabling environment for business and growth, and then get out of the way and let their people’s natural talent and creativity flourish without constraint.
There’s a large European country, which I will also not name, in which there’s a saying: “the economy grows at night, while the government is sleeping”.  We in Britain don’t believe the government should sleep. We do believe it should only get involved in the things it really needs to – and that ultimately growth and prosperity will not be driven by government or bureaucrats, but by the private sector and entrepreneurs like you. Our task is to free you and where necessary, support you. And yours is to let your imagination run wild and invent the future.

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