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									Monthly Newsletter of the Consulate General of Israel, Mumbai – August 2007

60 Years of Indian Independence

The Consulate General of Israel, Mumbai greets the Government and people of India on completion of 60 years of Independence.
To mark the occasion of the completion of 60 years to the Independence of India, a number of activities were organised by the Indian Embassy in Tel-Aviv in collaboration with the ICCR and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Renowned Odissi dancer Kavita Dwibedi and Sitarist Prurbayan Chetterjee performed at the Erez Israel Museum. It was followed by an Indian Film Festival in Israel. The main attraction of which was ‘Dosar’ directed by Rituparno Ghosh, who was present for the screening. Indian Cinema is very popular in Israel and as a part of the festival, 10 films will be screened in Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Haifa and Rosh Pina in coming weeks. On 29th January 2007, Israel and India completed 15 years of full diplomatic relations. The cooperation between two countries is growing from strength to strength in different areas. We hope that this issue of the Israel Today will contribute further in this direction.

Economic and Cultural News (From the Press)
IAI signs $2.5 billion deal with India YNet News 15 July 2007 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd has signed a $2.5 billion deal with India to develop an anti-aircraft system and missiles for the country, in the biggest defense contract in the history of Israel. The Indian government has already approved the project, in the framework of which the IAI will develop for the Indian Navy and Air Force the Barak-8 missile that is capable of protecting sea vessels and ground facilities from aircraft and cruise missiles. The missile has a range of over 70 km. Medigus to launch another clinical trial in India – Globes 07 August 2007 Medigus Ltd. plans to launch another clinical trial of its SRS System treatment device for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) in India at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Center in Pun e. Lehman Brothers to join Big in India projects – Globes 05 August 2007 Lehman Brothers Inc. will invest $15 million Big Shopping Centers (2004) Ltd. subsidiary Big India Mall Private Ltd. for 25% of voting rights in the company. Big India purchases, builds and manages open malls in India. The company currently manages nine malls. Israel Chemicals and Zuari in joint Indian fertilizer plant – Globes 31 July 2007 Israel Chemicals Ltd. and Zuari Industries Ltd. will set up a joint venture that will build and operate a soluble NPK fertilizer production facility and its production throughout India. Zuari is an Indian multinational conglomerate, and a major producer and distributor of fertilizers and agricultural products. IDE wins two Indian desalination projects – Globes 16 July 2007 IDE Technologies Ltd. is expanding its activity in India. The company has won two projects to supply a total of three desalination plants for $9.5 million. Both projects are repeat orders by customers, and deliveries are due over the next 12-15 months. Warburg Pincus joins Indian co to acquire Alliance Tyre Co in Israel for $150 million – MINT 13 July 2007 New York-headquartered private equity (PE) firm Warburg Pincus, the largest PE investor in India by investments, has joined hands with Indian tyre industry entrepreneur Yogesh Mahansaria to acquire Israel-based Alliance Tire Company Ltd for $150 million (Rs606 crore). Alliance Tire Company produces specialty off-highway and passenger vehicle tyres for customers across the US, Europe, Japan and Latin America. Meshulam Levinstein Group plans to invest up to $50 million in Indian Realty - YNet 24 June 2007 The Tel Aviv-based Meshulam Levinstein Group announced that it has opened an office in India in order to invest in the local real estate market. The construction company and its partners said they planned to invest up to $50 million in various projects there. The office is located in the city of Bangalore, the capital of India’s high-tech industry, but officials said the company is looking into several projects throughout the entire country.

Israeli-developed microcapsules deliver active agents straight to the skin Israel 21C- 30 July 2007 Tagra Biotechnologies groundbreaking micro-encapsulation technology heralds the brave new world of skin care. Tagra has developed a micro encapsulation system that delivers active materials to the skin when they are needed. This is the brave new world of skincare, and also has applications for the dental and pharmaceutical industries.

Israel's Solel to build largest solar park in world in California – Israel 21 C An Israeli company is doing its part to help Americans develop renewable, environmentally-friendly energy, and at the same time reduce dependence on foreign oil. Beit Shemesh-based Solel has announced that it has signed a contract with Pacific Gas and Electric Company to build the world's largest solar plant - to be established in California's Mojave Desert.
Jajah's technology developed in Israel enables Rs. 3 call to and from India Israel21C 05 August 2007 – Business Standard News on 10 August 2007 Jajah technology (developed in Israel) enables computer users to make free or minimal cost phone calls using VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) without the cumbersome use of headphones, microphones, and software downloads. It doesn't even require high speed Internet connections. Jaja recently enabled phone calls from India to US and Europe at Rs 3 per minute which will get further cheaper in near future. Impressive Byzantine church discovered in excavations in Tiberias - Israel21C 07 August 2007 Israel Antiquities Authority excavations in Tiberias exposed a Byzantine church paved with mosaics and dedicatory inscriptions, one of which reads: "Our Lord (Jesus), protect the soul of your servant…" The discovery, in the heart of the ancient Jewish city, refutes the theory that the Jews of Tiberias prevented the Christians from establishing a church in the middle of their neighbourhood. Israeli-Jordanian team set up first artificial coral reef in the Red Sea - Israel21C 13 August 2007 A team of Israeli and Jordanian scientists has developed the world's first artificial coral reef. The reef proposes a unique new approach to conservation of the sea and has widespread potential use around the globe. The reef was developed by the Israel Nature Parks Authority and a team of academics from the National Center for Mariculture, the Inter-University Institute for Marine Sciences, the Hebrew University, and the Marine Science Station in Aqaba. The International Arts and Crafts Fair, Khutsot Hayotser – (07-18 August 2007) The 32nd International Arts and Crafts Fair, Khutsot Hayotser was held from 07-18 August 2007. It is one of the largest tourist attractions of the Jerusalem summer season. The fair spreads over 5000 sq. meters and draws 10000s of tourists. Every evening, musical events, children’s activities including creative workshops take place in the fair. Theatre performances and International Food Fair are among other attractions. This year’s festival featured Kerala based shadow puppet show artists K.K. Ramachandra Pulavar and his son Koonathara Rajeev. Their puppet plays were based on selected verses from the famous Tamil Epic “Kamba Ramayana”.

The Office of the Chief Scientist
In past six decades, Israel has successfully transformed itself from an agriculture based economy to a Hitech and R & D based economy. Today Israel is among the leading countries in the Hi-Tech industry as a result of the availability of Scientists and Engineers, technological readiness and quality of research institutions. This transformation is an outcome of Government policy of support and encouragement to scientific establishment and R & D activities. The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) has major contribution in the success story of Israeli High-tech industry. The Office of the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labour was established in 1973 with objectives to assist the industry in the development of new technologies, encouraging technological entrepreneurship, leveraging Israel’s Science-skilled resources, supporting value added R & D and promoting cooperation in R & D, both nationally and internationally. The OCS tasks include:  Expansion of industries technological and scientific infrastructure.  The development of science intensive industry.  Employment placement for scientific and technological manpower.  Improvement of the competitiveness of the Israeli industry  Increase national industrial production and balance of trade. Eli Opper, Chief Scientist
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Special Programmes (Pre Seed - Seed Programmes) Magnet programme is designed to transfer technology from academic institutions to industry. Noffar programme supports applied academic research in Biotechnology and Nanotechnology. Tnufa programme encourages and supports technological entrepreneurship and innovation at pre-seed stage. Technological Incubator programme provides a framework and support for nascent companies to develop their innovative technological ideas and forms new business ventures in order to attract private investors. The programme gives a chance to private investors to invest in start up companies at an early stage, enabling a greater return on investment. In Heznek, which is a seed programme, the government invests in start-up companies along with private companies which have an option to purchase Government shares at a later stage. International Activities: OCS participates in a number of Bi-lateral and Multilateral programmes through Israeli Industry Center for R & D (MATIMOP). The Government of Israel, through the OCS, has signed agreements and created funds together with the other governments to actively support and encourage industrial R&D cooperation between Israeli and foreign industries. Important among them are ISERD with EU countries, Eureka and the Global Enterprise R & D cooperation framework. Israel government's policies and OCS activities have created an environment of good investment opportunities and support that has attracted hundreds of international companies including well-known multinationals, to set up research centres and enterprises in Israel. Bilateral R & D Programme with India The OCS through the MATIMOP is collaborating with the India’s Ministry of Science & Technology on i4RD- the India-Israel Initiative for Industrial R & D. i4RD provides active support for collaborative R&D ventures between Indian and Israeli companies. It has initially focussed areas like biotechnology, nanotechnology, space science and technology, water management and non conventional energy sources (particularly solar).

i4RD has called for proposals for funding for the 4th year and last date of submission of applications is 27 September 2007. The financial support to the selected projects will be up to an amount equivalent to US$ 500,000 per project, split between the Indian and Israeli partners. Interested Indian companies can contact Indian Authorities (Ministry of Science and Technology, DST) and Israeli Authorities (Ministry of Industry Trade and Labour, OCS, with a copy to MATIMOP). For further details…… Click here Contact Information: Office of Chief Scientist 5 Bank Israel St. P.O. Box 3166 Jerusalem 90136, Israel Tel: 972 (0) 6662486 Fax: 972 (0) 6662928

Personality of the month: Shimon Peres
Senior statesman and Nobel Laureate Shimon Peres was elected as the 9th President of Israel by the Knesset on 03rd July 2007. Peres was sworn in on 15 th July and became the first Ex. Prime Minister of Israel who later got elected as the President. Born in Belarus in 1923, Shimon Peres migrated to Israel at the age of 11. He attended Geula School in Tel Aviv and Ben Shemen agricultural school. He lived on Kibbutz Geva for several years, and was one of the founders of Kibbutz Alumot. As a young boy he wanted to be a shepherd but the War of Independence in 1948 changed his life dramatically. He was chosen by David Ben-Gurion (First Prime Minister of Israel) to work for Haganah (predecessor of the Israeli Defense Forces) and after the independence of Israel he served the military and the Ministry of defense. In 1953, at the age of 29, he became the youngest ever Director General of the Ministry of Defense and played an important role in establishing strategic alliances for Israel. Peres was first elected to the Knesset in the 1959 elections and served as a member of the Knesset continuously till June 2007 except a brief period of 3 months in early 2006. In his political career of more than 65 years, Shimon Peres was Prime Minister of Israel three times (once as acting Prime Minister) and served in 12 Israeli cabinets. He has been Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, and Defense Minister. In the current Olmert government, he was the Vice Premier of Israel and Minister for the Development of the Negev, Galilee and Regional Economy. As Prime Minister: Following the resignation of Prime Minister Rabin, Peres briefly served as Acting Prime Minister in 1977. During his 2nd term as Prime Minister in 1984 for 2 years, Peres visited Morocco to confer with King Hassan. After Yitzhak Rabin's assassination in 1995, Peres became Prime Minister once again. During his 3rd term, Peres promoted the use of the Internet and created the first Website for an Israeli prime minister. Role in Oslo Accords: His pivotal role as Foreign Minister in the Rabin Government paved a way for historic Oslo Accords between Israel and PLO in 1994. He received the Nobel Prize along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat for his work. Visits to India: Shimon Peres was the first Israeli foreign minister to visit India after establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and India in 1992. During his visit in May 1993 he signed an economic Memorandum of Understanding with India's commerce minister. The visit heralded closer cooperation between Israel and India. It was followed by visits to Israel by leading ministers from India. In his second visit in 2002, Mr. Peres held meetings with the then Prime Minister Mr. Vajpayee, President Mr. Narayan and several other ministers. He headed a political and economic delegation and was the main speaker at the annual convention of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Bangalore. Peres Peace Center: In 1996, Shimon Peres, with the aim of furthering his vision in which people of the Middle East region work together to build peace through socio-economic cooperation and development, and people-to-people interaction founded The Peres Center for Peace. The center works in the peace building initiatives through activities like People-to-People Dialogue and Interaction, Capacity-Building programmes, Nurturing a Culture of Peace and Humanitarian Responses. Former Prime Minister of India, Mr. I K Gujaral is one of the International Governors of the center. The center has played a commendable role in the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians through its activities in the areas of culture, IT, Medicine and Agriculture.

Travel Destination- The Dead Sea
Lively Dead Sea is a unique experience which brings 10000s of ‘health and well being pilgrims’ to Israel every year. Situated at 416 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on planet earth. On an average 330 days of Sun Shine a year, atmospheric filters which prevent sun burns, clear and unpolluted air, water in which you can float without knowing swimming and the black mud with healing properties……… there is no shortage of reasons for a visit to the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is 67 km (42 miles) long and 18 km (11 miles) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River. It is called the Dead Sea because its salinity prevents the existence of any life forms in the lake. The quantity of water that evaporates from it is greater than that which flows into it, such that this body of water has the highest concentration of salt in the world (340 grams per liter of water). That same salt, on the other hand, provides tremendous relief to many ailing visitors who come here on a regular basis to benefit from its healing properties. The Dead Sea is not merely a destination for health tourism. The landscape (Syrian-African geological rift) around Dead Sea dates back to 1.64 million years. Many of the chapters in the spectacular history of the Middle East were written on or around the banks of the Dead Sea. King David, King Herod and Jesus were closely linked to it and among its visitors, were Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and Aristotle. The Dead Sea is famous for the Health Spas located on its shores. One can also visit Judean Desert, waterfalls, desert springs and the Bedouin people living nomadic life in mobile goatskin-insulated tents. Alongside these breathtaking natural sites there are also some purely historic sites. Among the most prominent sites are the Massada (Metsada) fortress, ancient Ein Gedi and the Kumran cave site where the Ancient Dead Scrolls were found.

Dead Sea-Satellite Image

Visitors can purchase packets of the famous mud, as well as other cultural artifacts and handicrafts from local gift shops. It is also home to the world famous Ahava Dead Sea Products and many other brands which can be purchased from outlet stores at cheaper prices. The Israeli side of the Dead Sea is a possible day trip from Jerusalem (39km from Northern Dead Sea), Eilat (220km from Southern Dead Sea), or Tel Aviv (98km from Northern Dead Sea). The main access points are the oases of Ein Gedi and Ein Bokek, both accessible by bus from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Eilat, Beersheva and Arad. For further information contact – Ministry of Tourism, Israel E-mail: info@goisrael.com , Web Site: www.goisrael.com

Recipes from the Israeli Kitchen
Hummus Ingredients: 1 cup dried chickpeas 1 cup tahina 1/2 cup lemon juice, or to taste 2 cloves garlic, or to taste 1 tsp salt freshly ground pepper to taste 1/2 tsp ground cumin, or to taste 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp pine nuts A dash of paprika 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or cilantro Method: 1. Put the raw chickpeas in a bowl with cold water to cover and soak overnight. 2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, then place them in a heavy pot with enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer, partially covered, for about an hour or until the chickpeas are soft and the skin begins to separate. Add more water as needed. 3. Drain the chickpeas, reserving about 1-1/2cups of the cooking liquid. Set aside 1/4cup of the cooked chickpeas for garnish. In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, process the remaining chickpeas with the tahina, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, and at least 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking liquid. If the hummus is too thick, add more reserved cooking liquid or water until you have a paste-like consistency. 4. Heat a frying pan and add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Spread the pine nuts in the pan and stirfry, browning on all sides. 5. To serve, transfer the hummus to a large, flat plate, and with the back of a spoon make a slight depression in the center. Drizzle the remaining olive oil on top and sprinkle the reserved chickpeas, pine nuts, paprika or sumac, and parsley or cilantro over the surface. 6. Serve with cut-up raw vegetables and warm pita cut into wedges.

Roasted Pomegranate Chicken This is a favorite Rosh Hashanah dish of Moroccan Jews. Because of their many seeds, pomegranates symbolize the hope that in the year ahead, Jews will be able to perform many worthy deeds, or mitzvahs. Ingredients: 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 (3 1/2 to 4 pound) chicken, quartered 1 pomegranate, halved

1/4 cup dry white wine Juice of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar Salt and pepper Method: 1. Preheat oven to 375 F. In a cup, mix oil and garlic. Brush garlic oil over chicken. 2. Place chicken in a shallow baking dish. Drizzle any remaining oil over chicken. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, basting several times with pan juices, until skin is brown ed and juices run clear when a thigh is pierced at thickest part with a fork. 3. Remove 1 tablespoon seeds from pomegranate. Set aside for garnish. Squeeze juice form remaining pomegranate through a sieve into a small bowl. 4. In a small non-reactive saucepan, mix pomegranate juice, wine, lemon juice, and cinnamon sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes. Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste. 5. Transfer roasted chicken to a serving platter and pierce each piece several times. Pour sauce over chicken. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve at room temperature.

The Shakshuka Recipe Ingredients: 2 pounds fresh tomatoes, unpeeled and cut in quarters, or one 28-ounce can tomatoes 6 cloves garlic, roughly diced 2 tsp salt, or to taste 1 tsp sweet paprika 2 tsp tomato paste 1/4 cup vegetable oil 6 large eggs

Method: 1. Place the tomatoes, garlic, salt, paprika, tomato paste, and vegetable oil in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, over low heat until thick, for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 2. Ladle the tomato sauce into a greased 12-inch frying pan. Bring to a simmer and break the eggs over the tomatoes. Gently break the yolks with a fork. Cover and continue to cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, until the eggs are set. Bring the frying pan directly to the table. Set it on a trivet and spoon out the shakshuka.

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Consulate General of Israel, Mumbai Earnest House, 16th Floor 194, NCPA Marg Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021 Tel: 0091-22- 22819993/6 Fax: 0091-22- 22824727 E-mail: culture@mumbai.mfa.gov.il ; info@mumbai.mfa.gov.il Website: http://mumbai.mfa.gov.il Embassy of Israel, New Delhi 3 Aurangzeb Road New Delhi, -110011 Tel: 0091-11-30414500 Fax: 0091-11-30414555 Emails: press@newdelhi.mfa.gov.il ; info@newdelhi.mfa.gov.il Website: http://newdelhi.mfa.gov.il Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel 9 Yitzhak Rabin Blvd. Kiryat Ben-Gurion Jerusalem 91035 Tel. 972-2-5303111 Fax 972-2-5303367 Email: feedback@mfa.gov.il Website: www.mfa.gov.il Important Links Israel Government Portal Ministry of Industry Trade & Labour The Israeli Export & International Cooperation Institute Israel’s Investment Promotion Centre Ministry of Science and Technology MATIMOP (Israeli Industry Center for R& D) Technological Incubators Programme Tourism and recreation in Israel www.gov.il www.moital.gov.il www.export.gov.il www.investinisrael.gov.il www.most.gov.il www.matimop.org.il http://incubators.org.il www.goisrael.com


								
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