Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Single Window Clearance To Promote India as A Films Hub and Destination – Secretary (I&B)

I&B Ministry Develops Sop for Film Shooting in India Online Portal and Website to Facilitate Applications Ministry Convenes National Workshop on ‘Single Window’ Clearance
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will be working to mainstream a synchronized ‘Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)’ for obtaining permissions for films shooting in India for both Indian and foreign film producers. This would lead to institutionalization and standardized benchmarks for each critical stakeholder involved in the process. The benchmarks identified in the SOP would clearly identify the responsibility of critical stakeholders in terms of clearances / timelines/ permissions required for films shooting. This was stated by Secretary (I&B), Shri Bimal Julka while delivering his inaugural address at the National Workshop on ‘Single Window Clearance for Film Shooting in India’ here today.

Regarding the initiative of the Ministry, Secretary mentioned that the Ministry was in the process of developing a dedicated online portal for operationalising the ‘Single Window Clearance’ System. The website would include the data on various requirements such as custom clearances, visas, cultural sensibilities etc. A Production Resource Guide highlighting different aspects of production as well as logistics and a digital location library of panaromic images of potential production locations would also form an important component of the online portal. The website will also include information on state-wise facilities like transport, hospitality, medical and other local information for the applicants.

Highlighting the importance of Social Media in the changed communication paradigm, Shri Julka said that the Ministry would actively utilize the new media platforms to provide real time information and facilitate active engagement and interaction with key stakeholders on the single window clearance mechanism. This would enable the seamless transition to online application process.

Elaborating further, Shri Julka said that the challenge before the ministry was to outline steps that would encourage producers to avail of the facility. The roadmap needed to include steps involving the simplification of the process, incentivization of various principles and inputs which would lead to India as a filming hub and synergize the link between films and tourism as the case world over.

During the inaugural session, Shri Raghvendra Singh, Joint Secretary (Films) made a presentation on facilitation of film production in India highlighting the growth of Indian Film Industry in view of the surge of domestic theatrical revenue which grew by 24% and contributed 76% to the Rs.124 billion Indian Film Industry. The relevance of digital dominance was also touched upon highlighting the share of digital format increasing to 80% in 2012. The presentation also touched upon the revenue assessment in view of the exponential growth in theatrical revenue. An overview was also provided regarding the increasing number of co-productions in the country and the deliberations of the Inter-Ministerial Committee constituted to fast track the process.

The day long workshop included interactions with key stakeholders including senior officers from key departments involved at the central level, state government representatives, film producers/ line producers and bodies such as FICCI. A first of its kind, the workshop was organised to review the experiences of the past and the obstacles that many a times led to delays in providing timely clearances/ permissions. 

Force Motors expands its Personal Vehicle Range

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New Force One Superior with advanced safety features of ABS and EBD.
New Force One Executive at an attractive ex-showroom price of Rs. 8.99 lacs
Delhi, July 31, 2013 : Force Motors expands it presence with the launch Force One SX and Force One EX. The 4×2 Force One SX comes with advanced safety features of Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) along with high end, new age comfort and convenience features like driver information system, progressive cruise control, steering mounted audio controls, electrically operated OSRVM with side indicators, reverse parking sensors and plush leather seats.
The sixteen inch alloy wheels coupled with the 205mm high ground clearance give the FORCE ONE SX formidable road presence. Its 2.2 litre Common rail, 16valves, OHC, Turbocharged diesel engine developing 141Ps is made under license from Daimler AG Germany. The entire onboard electronics is audited and validated by Mercedes-Benz Technologies Germany. The ride and handling has been fine tuned by Lotus Engineering UK. FORCE ONE SX is priced Rs. 11.99 lakhs (ex-Showroom Delhi).
The Force One EX is targeted specifically at the glue minded customer in the Tier 2 and Tier 3 towns. It is powered by the proven 82 Ps Mercedes OM616 derived TCIC DI Engine which is mated to the trustworthy Mercedes G1-18 derived 5 speed synchromesh gear box.
All front facing seats offer best-in-class head room, legroom in second as well as third row. The new sturdy C-in-C chassis, the independent front suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bars in the front and the rear offer unmatched ride quality both on tarmac and rough rural roads. Powerful ventilated discs with twin pot four piston calipers in the front and vacuum assisted hydraulic drum brakes in the rear ensure sure stop braking.
Other premium features of the Force One EX include projector head lamps, body color bumpers, wheel arches, electrically operated ORVMs, central locking, power windows with individual control, 3-row air conditioning (HVAC) and sleek tail gate spoiler with brake light. The FORCE ONE EX is priced at a very attractive Rs. 8.99 Lacs (ex-Showroom PAN India)
Its reliability, low cost of operations and generous space make it an ideal choice not only for personal use but also for comfortable inter-city travel. No other vehicle in this class offers so much space and ride comfort at such an attractive price point. With introduction of SX and EX, Force One will cater to needs of the discerning SUV buyers who are looking for an impressive, spacious and comfortable vehicle.
Both the Force One SX and EX come with an unmatched warranty of 3 years or 1 lac km and will be available across the country through Force Motors nationwide network of exclusive Personal Vehicle Dealers. The Force One SX is available in four metallic colours Bold Black, Fierce Red, Robust Blue, Emphatic Grey and one solid Intense White whereas the Force One EX will be available in metallic Moon-dust Silver, Bold Black and solid Intense White.
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ABOUT FORCE MOTORS
Force Motors, was established in 1958 by Shri N. K. Firodia, with the vision to provide affordable commercial transport for the masses by harnessing the best available technology and offering economical, reliable and efficient products. Force Motors continues in his vision of providing efficient, utilitarian vehicles that empower the individual entrepreneur to meet his and countryⳊever changing needs.
Today, Force Motors is a fully vertically integrated automobile company, with expertise in design, development and manufacture of the full spectrum of automotive components, aggregates and vehicles. Its range includes Trump small commercial vehicles, Trax multi-utility and cross country vehicles, Traveller light commercial vehicles and the Balwan range of Agricultural Tractors.
Force Motors has recently entered into the personal vehicles arena with the launch of a genre leading sports utility vehicle, the FORCE ONE in August 2011. The Gurkha was the second vehicle to be launched under the Personal Vehicles Division and was launched in 2013.ࠗith addition of Force One EX and SX, the Personal Vehicle dealers will cater to a wide range of price points starting from 6.25 lacs to 11.99 lacs.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Japan's industrial output in June fell for the first time in last five months.
Official  data released on Tuesday by the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, industrial output dropped 3.3 percent in June compared to May.The index of output at factories and mines stood at 94.5 against the base of 100 for 2010.

Production of cars for domestic and European markets was down, amid falling demand for new vehicles.
Semiconductor output also dropped for Asia-bound smartphones due to part to the slowdown in the Chinese economy.The July index for industrial output marked a bigger decline than expected but the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry says overall production shows signs of picking up moderately.
Media agencies 

Interactive Business Meeting with H.E. Dr Khairallah Hassan Babiker
Minister of Trade, Republic of Iraq

5th August, 2013 – New Delhi

I am delighted to inform you that on the occasion of the visit of H.E. Dr Khairallah Hassan Babiker, Minister of Trade, Republic of Iraq to India, FICCI is organizing an Interactive Business Meeting on 5th August, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi.


India and Iraq enjoy strong and friendly relations which go back tens of centuries. Today, the bilateral business ties are being steadily expanded and further strengthened by continuous interaction and cooperation. The bilateral relations between Iraq and India have traditionally been friendly and collaborative. Economic trade between ancient India and Mesopotamia date back to 1800 BC. The 1952 Treaty of Friendship established and strengthened ties between contemporary India and Iraq. By 1970s, Iraq was regarded as one of India's closest allies in the Middle East.


The visit of the Hon’ble Minister is in line with increased bilateral economic relations between the two countries in the recent past, and also holds significance in the backdrop of highly successful recent visit of Minister of External Affairs of India to Iraq in June 2013.


Keeping in view the importance of the meeting, may I request you to kindly join us and participate in this important event. Please send the filled –in registration proforma for confirming your participation at: arab@ficci.com; fax: 011-23765316. For any further query feel free to contact Mr Kurnal Kapoor, Asst Director at 011-23487507.


I look forward to your positive response.


Yours sincerely,

 
Goutam Ghosh
Director , FICCI

Bus crash in southern Italy

 Italian tour crushed through a sidewall of a highway bridge in southern Italy, and plunged some 30 meters (100 feet) into a wooded ravine, killing at least 38 people, authorities said on Monday.

Rescuers wielding electric saws cut through the twisted wreckage of the bus overnight, looking for survivors after it had plunged to the ground on Sunday night.

At least 10-meters of the wall was torn away, large chunks were visible in a clearing below.

The bus lost control near the town of Monteforte Irpino in Irpinia, a largely agricultural area about 40 miles (60 kilometres) inland from Naples and about 250 kilometres (160 miles) south of Rome, hitting several cars before plunging off the viaduct.

Traffic on the stretch was slowed due to road work, officials said.

State radio quoted a local police chief as saying the bus driver was among the dead.

It was not immediately clear why the bus driver lost control of the vehicle, but prosecutors were investigating technical problems and had ordered an autopsy on the driver.

A reporter for Naples daily Il Mattino, Giuseppe Crimaldi, told Sky TG24 TV from the scene that some witnesses told him the bus had been going at a “normal” speed on the downhill stretch of the highway when it suddenly veered and started hitting cars.

Some witnesses thought they heard a noise as if the bus had blown a tire. The bus was carrying a group of weekend holidaymakers from the Naples.

The group had arrived from small towns near Naples at a hotel at a the thermal spa on Friday afternoon, and had spent the weekend visiting the spa and an early home of Padre Pio, a late mystic monk popular among Catholics, Michele Montagna, the manager of the hotel told Sky TG24. 

All Members,
Macroeconomic and Monetary Developments: First Quarter Review 2013-14
Growth is expected to improve slowly as the year progresses, but recovery is likely to be slow. Various surveys indicate further drop in business confidence with the Reserve Bank's Industrial Outlook Survey showing weakening of business sentiments in Q1 of 2013-14 to a three year low, though expectations showed improvement for Q2. WPI inflation has moderated to below 5%, while consumer price inflation has remained at an elevated level of near double digits. Upside risks persist with recent rupee depreciation and rise in crude prices amidst geo-political uncertainties in the Middle East .
Professional forecasters outside the Reserve Bank project modest recovery in 2013-14 at 5.7%. The latest forecast is a downward revision from 6% in May 2013. Their average WPI inflation projection of 5.3% for 2013-14 marks a sharp downward revision from 6.5% in May 2013.
Summary of macroeconomic and monetary developments in First Quarter Review 2013-14: RBI

Global economy : Global growth stays weak, financial markets enter periods of fresh turbulence -- Global growth remained subdued, with improvements in some advanced economies (AEs), especially the US and Japan, getting counterbalanced by slowing growth in key emerging and developing economies. Global commodity price inflation is expected to remain contained in the near term, in part helped by slowing growth in China . However, upside risks to global crude oil prices remain from rising political uncertainties in the Middle East . Global financial markets have entered into a period of fresh turbulence, with re-pricing of risks from likely tapering of quantitative easing. Going forward, interest rates could continue to harden and financial conditions could tighten further, keeping markets episodically under stress.

Indian economy: Slow paced likely to take shape later in the year -- The Indian economy continued to remain sluggish in fourth quarter of 2012-13. Leading indicators do not suggest immediate improvement in production activity and a slow-paced recovery is likely to take shape only later in 2013-14, supported by good monsoon that could shore up rural demand. The progress of monsoon has been encouraging and agricultural growth is likely to pick up. The Reserve Bank’s production weighted rainfall index indicates that the rainfall so far was 17% higher than the long period average. Water levels in major reservoirs are now 66% above past average. Industrial growth remains subdued and supply-side bottlenecks are constraining core industries. Lead indicators of service sector and the Reserve Bank’s Service Sector Composite Indicator signal moderation in Q1 of 2013-14.

Aggregate Demand: Slack exists with decelerating consumption and investment -- Aggregate demand continues to be weak with deceleration in consumption and investment. Government initiatives have started addressing infrastructure bottlenecks, although the progress is slow. Nearly half of 566 large central sector projects are delayed and have cost overruns of about 18%. Tax collection has remained weak during 2013-14 so far. If the revenues fall short of the budget estimates due to growth slowdown, a cutback in expenditure will be required. Therefore, currently it is important to restrain subsidy commitments and increase public investment to crowd-in private investments

External Sector: Need to reduce the Current Account Deficit and ensure it’s financing through stable flows -- Even though the current account deficit (CAD) to GDP ratio moderated to 3.8% in Q4 of 2012-13 from 6.5% in Q3 of 2012-13, indications are that it may have widened again in Q1 of 2013-14. Trade deficit has widened in Q1 of 2013-14 on account of contraction in exports and sharp increase in imports of gold. Going forward, the current account is expected to show improvement. The demand for gold is likely to decline with increase in customs duty and rationalization of gold import policy. While CAD may fall in 2013-14, risks to CAD financing have increased with firming up of US yields that caused global bond sell off and capital outflows from Emerging and Developing Economies, including India .

Monetary and Liquidity Conditions: Policy recalibration became necessary with increased macro-financial risk -- The Reserve Bank eased monetary policy in 2012-13 and in early May 2013 with 125 basis points cut in policy rate. The transmission of this easing has reduced weighted average lending rates of banks by 47 basis points. The policy, however, was recalibrated and liquidity was tightened in July 2013, with a view to restoring stability to the foreign exchange market. The Reserve Bank raised the marginal standing facility rate and the bank rate, restricted access to borrowing under liquidity adjustment facility, stipulated higher daily maintenance of cash reserve ratio and undertook open market sales of government securities.

Broad money (M3) growth stayed in line with the indicative trajectory, but the deceleration in domestic growth and deterioration in asset quality of the banking sector has kept credit growth below the indicative trajectory in Q1 of 2013-14. Going forward, the Reserve Bank will endeavor to actively manage liquidity to reinforce monetary transmission that is consistent with the growth-inflation balance and macro-financial stability.

Financial Markets: Contagion from global bond sell off generates stress in Indian financial markets-- The policy statements by the US Fed in May 2013 accentuated the global bond sell off which also made the markets jittery, leading to significant volatility in bonds, currencies, commodities and equities in emerging and developing economies. Contagion from markets across Asia spilled over to India as well. Policy action was taken on a wide front to limit these spillovers. This helped stabilize exchange rate of rupee, though money market rates and bond yields hardened. The exchange rate of the rupee that had depreciated following the Fed's May 22, 2013 testimony by 7.5% till the July 15, subsequently appreciated by 1.9% till July 26 following the Reserve Bank measures.

Price SituationHeadline inflation moderates, but upside risks persists-- Moderation of global commodity prices, negative output gap and past monetary policy actions contributed to fall in headline WPI inflation. Non-food manufactured products inflation declined sharply to its lowest level in the past three years. For the last 15 months, however, CPI inflation has hovered around double digit-levels. Food inflation rose in May and June 2013 and put pressures on general price-level. These pressures could moderate somewhat if the monsoon remains on track during the rest of the season. Recent currency depreciation and upward revisions in fuel prices have increased upside risks to both wholesale and consumer price inflation

Warm regards,

Dr. S P Sharma

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Thimphu new government installed

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King of Bhutan has installed the new government on Saturday ,27 July 2013.
People Democratic party has won 32 seats in parliament out of Total strength of 47 in lower house of the parliament.Election were held on 13 July 2013.
Tobgay installed PM with his members of cabinet ministers by the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Japan to strengthen ties with ASEAN

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said  in Singapore on the second leg of his three nation tour of Southeast Asia.he intends to further strengthen ties with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Abe made the remark in a meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday.

Lee said that Japan's economic recovery is critical for the economic growth of Singapore and other countries in the region.

Friday, July 26, 2013

CM Modi condoles the passing away of Arun Nehru

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Chief Minister Narendra Modi has expressed deep grief over the passing away of former Central Minister Arun Nehru.
 
In his condolence message the Chief Minister lauded the contribution of lateArun Nehru as a member of parliament


 

Indian visa application process tourist-friendly now online

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Dr. K. Chiranjeevi, Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) today hailed the Union Home Minister and the Ministry of Home Affairs for the commendable progress achieved in the standardization of visa application forms and the integrated online application system in 120 Indian Missions abroad.
Dr. Chiranjeevi described the progress as yet another major milestone towards making the Indian visa application process tourist-friendly and a boost to Indian tourism.
The Government of India is implementing a Mission Mode Project on Immigration, Visa and Foreigners’ Registration and Tracking (IVFRT) Project with a vision to develop a secure and integrated service delivery framework that facilitates legitimate travellers while strengthening security. This project has global outreach since the scope of the project seeks to network 169 Indian Missions abroad, Immigration Check Posts in India and FRROs/FROs. The envisaged outcomes from the project include authentication of traveller’s identity at the Missions, Immigration Check Posts, FRROs/FROs through use of intelligent document scanners and biometrics, online registration of foreigners at the time of grant of visa and automated updation of the particulars of the foreigners at entry and exit points, improved tracking of foreigners, software aided passenger profiling etc. The project is expected to cost approximately Rs. 1011 crore.
Under this project, visa application forms have been standardized and integrated online visa application system for visa applicants has so far been implemented in 120 Indian Missions abroad.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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GRAVÍSIMO ACCIDENTE DE TREN EN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA QUE CUBRÍA LA LÍNEA ENTRE MADRID Y FERROL 
Asciende a 77 el número de muertos por el accidente ferroviario en Santiago 
Las víctimas mortales en el descarrilamiento del tren ocurrido este miércoles en Santiago de Compostela ascienden al menos a 77, tras los trabajos para mover los vagones siniestrados que aún se prolongan a estas horas y los fallecidos que habían sido trasladados al hospital. ​Teléfono para atender a los familiares: 981.551.100.
ANTES DEL FIN DE LA ULTRAACTIVIDAD 
La Audiencia Nacional avala la vigencia de los convenios pactados 
Así lo establecen los magistrados en una sentencia, la primera que dictan los jueces sobre esta materia, en la que se analiza una demanda presentada por el SEPLA contra la aerolínea Air Nostrum.
LA PROPUESTA DE LA CEOE ESCONDE "UN GRAN ENGAÑO" 
“Rosell quiere un contrato único, con rescisión unilateral" 
El secretario de Acción Sindical de CCOO, Ramón Górriz, acusa al presidente de la patronal de impulsar la contratación sin causa que no solucionaría la fuerte segmentación del mercado de trabajo.
"SE PODRÁ DESPEDIR MÁS BARATO Y SIN CAUSA" 
"Los que piden el contrato único quieren abaratar más el despido" 
El Secretario de Acción Sindical de UGT, Toni Ferrer, ha afirmado que los que ahora “piden en España el contrato único lo que demandan, en realidad, es que se profundice en la parte más lesiva y agresiva de la reforma laboral impuesta por el Gobierno, el facilitar y abaratar el despido”.
CONDENADA A SEIS AÑOS DE CÁRCEL 
El juez manda a prisión a Munar ante el riesgo de fuga 
La Audiencia Provincial de Baleares asevera en el auto que el "desalentador y negativo" horizonte procesal lleva a concluir que el riesgo de fuga por parte de la acusada "existe y es elevado".
EN EL DISTRITO DE CHAMARTIN DE MADRID 
El hijo de Aznar y Botella regenta una terraza sin licencia 
Pipa & Co. carece de licencia de funcionamiento que debe ser otorgada por la Agencia para la Gestión de Licencias de Actividades (AGLA).
CONSUMIDORES EN ACCIÓN 
FACUA denuncia los principales abusos de las aerolíneas en la venta de billetes 
AFECTA A MILES DE CONSUMIDORES EN ÉPOCA ESTIVAL 
Robo de maletas en verano 
Francisco Canals, Director de la Agencia para la Picaresca, nos habla del robo de maletas en verano un clásico de la picaresca que afecta a miles de españoles en julio y agosto.
LA ESCRITORA RELEGADA DE LA GENERACIÓN DEL 27 
Se publica "Astillas", los ensayos y artículos inéditos de Rosa Chacel 
Rosa Chacel, la más importante narradora en castellano de la generación del 27 es casi una desconocida para las nuevas genraciones de lectores. La edición de Astillas, una colección de ensayos y artículos inéditos, es una oportunidad para entrar en su mundo.
EXPROPIACIÓN EN CHILE A UN ESPAÑOL 
‘El Clarín’: el doble rasero de la Marca España 
El Gobierno de Rajoy hace piña con Chile, que se niega a acatar el laudo del Banco Mundial que le condena a indemnizar a un inversor español cuyo periódico fue confiscado por Pinochet en un doble rasero de la Marca España.
SEGÚN DENUNCIA AMNISTÍA INTERNACIONAL 
Las fuerzas de seguridad abandonan a cristianos coptos durante un ataque mortal 
Durante los actos de violencia sectaria, las fuerzas de seguridad dejaron a seis hombres asediados a merced de una turba enfurecida; cuatro de ellos fueron posteriormente asesinados y uno tuvo que ser hospitalizado.
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· Francí Xavier Muñoz¡Ave, Mercatus, morituri te salutant! 
La solución neoliberal a la crisis nos ha conducido a un punto del camino muy peligroso: la transformación de las democracias en mercadocracias...
· Víctor ArroganteRajoy propone una “Cuestión de confianza” 
Con esa premisa va Rajoy a las Cortes, queriendo decir que las cosas como son; es decir como él quiere que sean, que viene a ser como “dios manda”...
· Gustavo Vidal ManzanaresMariano Rajoy existe y se aparecerá el próximo 1 de agosto 
No puede negarse que el uno de agosto, fecha de la operación salida, no parece la idónea para una aparición de tal importancia, toda vez que el presidente “dará su versión”...
· Alberto RequenaEléctricas: luces, sombras y rampazos 
Partamos de algo básico: la electricidad es necesaria en nuestra sociedad. No es banal la aserción. Se podría incluso dudar. Puestos a recortar gastos...
· Pascual Mogica Costa¿De la pena de cárcel al tirón de orejas? 
No solo los caminos del señor son inescrutables, también lo son, en muchos casos, los de la Administración de Justicia, al menos esa es la sensación que tenemos...
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