A Publication of the Embassy of India, Washington, D.C.
December 1, 2010
I Vol. 6 Issue 12 I www.indianembassy.org
From left: Kumar Barve, Majority Leader of the Maryland House of Delegates, John P McDonough, Secretary of State of Maryland, and Ambassador Meera
Shankar with the proclamation certificate dedicating November 5 as ‘Diwali Day’ in Maryland.
Embassy celebrates Diwali
n Indian economy n Infrastructure n Nikki Haley is the
grows 8.9 percent in sector output grows first Indian-American
the second quarter of by 7% in October, woman in US to win
the fiscal year 2010- compared to 3.9% Governor’s race in
11, says data on GDP in October last year South Carolina state
AmbAssAdor Addresses business
softwAre AlliAnce event
mbassador Meera Shankar enues during the same period were
and U.S. Under Secretary close to $73 billion. In addition to
of State for Economic, adding value to the economy it had
Energy and Agricultural also played a major role in employment
Affairs Robert Hormats addressed the generation, especially in the urban
Business Software Alliance (BSA) on areas, and service delivery to rural
November 30 on the topic ‘Emerging areas. She said, “India is confident that
Trends in India-U.S. Economic the IT Industry in India would remain
Engagement’. Thanking Robert a leader in shaping business responses
Holleyman, President and CEO of to the emerging global trends in this
BSA, the Ambassador said that in area.”
recent years India-U.S. ties had Ambassador Shankar said that in the
evolved into a strategic partnership. field of cyber security, which is linked
Referring to U.S. President Barack to IT, both the governments were now
Obama’s recent landmark visit to India closely engaged. The International
from November 6-9, the Ambassador Observer Program of the U.S. Cyber
said, “During the visit, building on the Storm III national cyber incident
successes in our relationship, Prime response exercise included representa-
Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and U.S. companies had booked export tives from India for the first time.
President Obama reaffirmed that the orders worth $10 billion, contributing She said, “Experts of the two coun-
India-U.S. strategic partnership is to over 50,000 jobs in the U.S. It was tries are also exploring how they can
indispensible not only for their two clear that enhanced trade and com- work together to develop recommen-
countries but also for global stability mercial interaction had, in fact, dations for norms of behavior and con-
and prosperity in the 21st century.” brought mutual gains. fidence building measures in cyber-
She said that a key factor in the She underlined that innovation was space.”
growing India-U.S. trade and com- a key theme during the visit of She also touched upon opportunities
mercial engagement was the changing President Obama to India and there in other high technology areas, such as
face of India and its economy. were many business opportunities for biotechnology, renewable energy,
The Ambassador said that India’s companies from the two countries to health care, and nuclear energy, and
growth story; its ability to withstand partner in the technology and innova- said that it was a reflection of India’s
the global economic downturn in the tion sectors. unique strengths in the knowledge
last couple of years; its paradigm of Ambassador Shankar remarked that economy that a large number of U.S.
domestically driven growth and our the Indian IT industry had been the companies now conducted their
desire and effort to develop India into face of India’s strength in the knowl- advanced research and development
an innovation hub had all contributed edge economy. India’s global software (R&D) in India.
to constructive India-U.S. economic and services exports touched $50 bil- The Ambassador informed the audi-
engagement. lion during 2009-2010; and its rev- ence of the robust intellectual property
Highlighting the achievements of the regime in India and how the
Indian economy, Ambassador Shankar The Ambassador Government was taking steps to fur-
2 said that the Indian economy had remarked that India’s ther strengthen it in ways which would
regained momentum and was poised global software and promote innovation while taking care
to grow at 8.5 percent in 2010 and 9 of India’s development needs. She
percent next year. Growth in the first services exports said, “Recently a bill has been intro-
half of this fiscal year had exceeded touched $50 billion duced in Parliament to amend and fur-
projections at 8.9 percent. during 2009-2010; and ther strengthen the Indian Copyright
She spoke about the growing Act and provide protection to digital
momentum in bilateral trade, including its revenues during products, which would bring the
trade in services which was broadly the same period Indian act in conformity with the
balanced. Indian direct investments in were close to WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and
the U.S. were growing rapidly. WIPO Performances and Phonograms
During President Obama’s visit, $73 billion Treaty (WPPT).”
diwAli celebrAtions At embAssy
From left: Kumar Barve, Majority Leader of the
Maryland House of Delegates, John P .
McDonough, Secretary of State of Maryland, and
Ambassador Meera Shankar welcoming Ambassador Meera Shankar with the proclama-
guests during ‘Diwali’ celebrations at the tion certificate dedicating November 5 as
Embassy Residence on November 21. Children singing the invocation song on the occasion. ‘Diwali Day’ in Maryland.
Artistes presenting a variety of musical performance on the occasion.
A section of the guests at the Residence.
diwAli celebrAtions in montgomery county
Executive Ike leggett, State
Senator Rob Garagiola,
Maryland House Delegate
elect Aruna Miller, Minister
Embassy of India Datta
Padsalgikar, Dr. Suresh C.
Gupta and others at the
Diwali celebrations at the
Executive office building on
he Embassy of India hosted Fulbright Scholars. In her address, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
a reception to commemo- Ambassador Shankar noted that Clinton conveyed her felicitations on
rate the 60th Anniversary of besides the bilateral contacts at the the occasion through a recorded mes-
the Nehru-Fulbright political levels and the business trans- sage played at the event, saying that
Educational Exchange Program on actions, the long-term engagement of the program had truly enriched and
November 16. students, scholars and researchers transformed the lives of students
Ambassador Meera Shankar and made possible by programs like the from India who had come to the US.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Nehru-Fulbright Educational Secretary Clinton also said on the
Steinberg addressed the gathering Exchange has significantly con- occasion that External Affairs
that included prominent members of tributed to the progressively strength- Minister S.M. Krishna was one of the
the U.S. government and many ening India-U.S. relations. notable Fulbright alumni.
Ambassador Meera Shankar addressing guests at a function to commem-
orate the 60th Anniversary of the Nehru-Fulbright Educational Exchange US Deputy Secretary of State Mr. James Steinberg addressing the gather-
Program at the Embassy on November 16. ing on the occasion.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton conveying her felicitations on the
occasion through a recorded message played at the event. Artiste Ms. Divya Uma playing the veena on the occasion.
Artistes performing at a briefing hosted for the South Asian Literary and Theatre
Arts Festival (SALTAF) at the Embassy on November 12. A section of the guests in attendance.
WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCILS OF AMERICA bRIEFINg
D eputy Chief of Mission Arun K. Singh briefed the members of the
World Affairs Councils of America on the contours of India’s for-
eign policy, the India-U.S. global strategic partnership and the
challenge posed by terrorism.
Deputy Chief of Mission Arun K. Singh addressing members of the World
Affairs Councils of America (WACA) at the Embassy on November 4. A section of the audience.
WhARtON CLUb AND hARvARD bUSINESS SChOOL CLUb bRIEFINg
D eputy Chief of Mission Arun K. Singh briefed the members of the
Wharton Club and Harvard Business School Club on the out-
comes of President Obama’s visit to India from November 6-8, 2010
and explained how the growing opportunities in India for coopera-
tion in trade and investments is a win-win situation for the two
Deputy Chief of Mission Arun K. Singh addressing members of the
Wharton Club and Harvard Business School Club at the Embassy on
November 15. A section of the gathering.
he Office of Global Women’s Chairperson of the Indian NGO, The against women had to be addressed as
T Issues hosted an event in
honor of the International
Day to Eliminate Violence Against
People’s Rights and Development
(ICPRD), Dr. Nandini Azad, were
for part of the larger effort to empower
Ambassador Shankar described the
Women and 16 days of Activism among the panelists. work of ICPRD as a valuable compo-
Against Gender Based Violence on In her remarks, Ambassador nent of bringing change in the attitude
November 29 at the U.S. Shankar said that the principle of of men and women toward gender
Department of State. Madam gender equality was enshrined in issues in India.
Melanne Verveer, Ambassador at the Indian Constitution, which At the event, Ambassador Verveer
Large for Global Women’s Issues, offers equal opportunities for also announced that ICPRD was one
moderated a panel discussion on women and also empowers the of the recipients of the Avon Awards
“Changing Attitudes: What Men and State to adopt positive measures for the Elimination of Gender Based
Boys Can Do to Address and Prevent towards ending discrimination Violence and applauded ICPRD’s
Violence against Women”. against women. youth forums against gender based
Ambassador Meera Shankar and She noted that the issue of violence violence.
Bilateral & Consulate
Agreement for setting up Joint clean energy
research and development center
n agreement for setting up Joint Clean and Development Center. Its aim is to facilitate and experience to undertake first-rate collabo-
Energy Research and Development joint research and development (R&D) and rative research programs. The consortia will
Center was signed between the deployment for clean energy technologies. The leverage existing resources and physical infra-
Ministry of Science and Technology, initial priority areas to be addressed will be structure and bring together talents from both
Government of India and the U.S. Department solar energy, second generation biofuels and countries. The agreement will be valid for 10
of Energy, during the US President Obama’s building efficiency. It will involve active partici- years and can be renewed for periods of five
visit to New Delhi. Dr. M.K.Bhan, Secretary, pation of academic and private sectors of both years so long as bilateral S&T agreement is in
Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of the countries working in a consortia mode. The force. The Government of India will provide
Science and Technology and Mr. Timothy consortium will be self-selecting teams with equivalent of $5 million each year for 5 years
Roemer, U.S. Ambassador to India signed the entities or individuals from national labs, aca- and the same amount of $5 million would be
agreement that would facilitate the establish- demic institutions, NGOs etc. Awards will be provided by U.S.Government each year for 5
ment of an India-U.S. Clean Energy Research made to the consortia which have knowledge years.
diwAli celebrAtions At cgi, new yorK
Diwali celebration was held
at the Consulate General of
India, New York on
November 13. It was attend-
ed by over 200 members of the Indian
community in the Tri-State area.
Welcoming the guests, Ambassador
Prabhu Dayal, Consul General said
that this year’s Diwali had an added
significance for Indian Americans
because of two major factors. Firstly,
Consul General Prabhu Dayal welcoming the Ambassador Hardeep Puri, Permanent
Diwali coincided with President guests during the Diwali celebration Representative to the U.N.
Obama’s visit to India. which was an
outstanding success. A large number U.N. Security Council elections. He
of bilateral agreements were signed recalled that India secured 187 votes,
during his visit and the warmth and which was the highest achieved by any
friendship displayed by the two sides country not only in this year’s elections
was unprecedented. President Obama but a record for the past several years.
had said that the Indo-American He said that the Government of India,
strategic partnership would be a defin- and especially the Ministry of External
ing relationship of the 21st century, Affairs had played a stellar role in
and this indicated the great heights to achieving such an outstanding success
which the relationship has risen. in the elections.
6 Ambassador Prabhu Dayal congratu- He also pointed out that A section of the audience
lated the Indian-American community Ambassador Hardeep Puri, Permanent
for their outstanding role in helping to Representative to the UN, who was had been secured by team work at all
build such a close friendship between present at the function), and his team levels. He also said that in several other
the two countries, and exhorted them deserved accolades and applause for recent elections in the UN, India had
to continue playing such a useful role having ensured such a thumping victo- achieved thumping success and regis-
in future also. ry for India. tered victories.
The Consul General said that anoth- Speaking on the occasion, He stated that it was only a matter of
er reason why this year’s Diwali was Ambassador Hardeep Puri warmly time before India would achieve the
highly significant was because it came reciprocated the Consul General’s sen- status of a Permanent Member in the
on the heels of India’s victory in the timents and said that India’s victory U.N. Security Council.
AmbAssAdor visits orlAndo diwAli
Ambassador Meera Shankar and Mayor of Orlando, Buddy Dyer, (center), had a meeting on
November 19 during her visit to Orlando. Others in the picture are (from left): Mr. Earl M.
Crittenden, Chief of Protocol for the City of Orlando, Mr. Ajay Shankar, former Secretary,
Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Government of India, Consul-General Sanjiv Arora
and Dr. Jogi V. Pattisapu, a community leader.
seminAr on indiA And un
Indian Students at Rice (ISAR), an associa-
tion of international students from India at
Rice University, Houston, celebrated Diwali
on November 14 at a function titled
“Deepotsav 2010”. In his remarks as the
Chief Guest, CG Sanjiv Arora compliment-
ed ISAR for organizing this event on the
birthday of India’s first Prime Minister
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, which is celebrat-
Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, Permanent Representative of India to the UN in New York, deliv-
ed as Children’s Day. He highlighted Pandit
ered a keynote address on “India and the United Nations” organized by the International Speakers’
Nehru’s seminal contributions to the build-
Association (ISA), a student body at University of Texas, Austin. Here, Mr. Puri is seen with ISA
ing of modern India, and also spoke about
office bearers and members, CG in Houston, Sanjiv Arora (far left) and Vinod Jacob, First Secretary,
India’s rich cultural diversity.
PMI, New York (3rd from right).
doing business with indiA summit
The Indo-American Chamber of
Commerce of Greater Houston
(IACCGH) organized a “Doing
Business with India” Summit in
cooperation with the Indian
Consulate and Greater Houston
Partnership on November 18.
The speakers at the inaugural ses-
sion are seen in the picture (from
left): Mr. Madhukar Prasad,
President, IACCGH, Consul-
General Sanjiv Arora, Harris
County Judge Ed Emmett and
Greater Houston Partnership
Chairman Patrick Oxford.
cArrie trybulec visits indiA
nder the “Distinguished of the Gandhi Memorial Center of the Chairs of various Gandhian institu-
U Visitors Program” of the
Indian Council for Cultural
Relations, Carrie Trybulec, Director
Washington, DC, visited India in
October 2010. During her visit,
Ms. Trybulec met with Directors and
tions and cultural centers in Delhi,
Ahmedabad, Wardha, Kolkata and
Ms. Carrie Trybulec, Director, Gandhi Memorial Center, Ms. Carrie Trybulec as Chief Guest at a Valedictory Function on “Concerned Citizenship
Bethesda, Maryland, with Shree Narayanbhai Desai, Workshop” held at Indian Society for Community Education, Ahmedabad.
Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith.
Ms. Carrie Trybulec is seen spinning the ‘charkha’ at the Ms. Carrie Trybulec with students and Professor Mehendale at the Institute for Gandhian
Gujurat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad, India. Studies (established in memory of Jamnalal Bajaj) in Wardha, India.
Ms. Carrie Trybulec with
Director, Dr. Varsha Das,
and staff of National
Gandhi Museum in New
economy grows 8.9 Percent in Q2
he Indian economy grew by percent, financial services 8.3 percent
8.9 percent in the second and mining 8 percent.
quarter (Q2) of the fiscal Reacting to the figures, Finance
year 2010-11, latest data on Minister Pranab Mukherjee said, “In
gross domestic product (GDP) the first two quarters we have grown
showed on November 30 beating the nearly 8.9 percent. So now I can con-
Government’s expectations of an 8.5- fidently say that the annual growth will
percent expansion this whole fiscal. not be less than 8.75 percent.”
The growth was identical to the 8.9- He said, “Our economy not only 9
percent expansion during the first recovered rapidly from the global
quarter (Q1) and 0.2 percentage ture during the second quarter, com- downturn, but also took the monsoon
points above the 8.7 percent registered pared to a mere 0.9 percent in the failure last year in its stride and is now
in the July-September period of the same period last year. showing robust growth.”
previous fiscal year, data released by The output of manufacturing was up Chief Economic Advisor in the
the Central Statistical Organisation 9.8 percent, while trade and communi- Finance Ministry Kaushik Basu said,
showed. cations expanded 12.1 percent during “The GDP numbers seems exciting
The most striking aspect was the the quarter under review. This apart, and highly endorse the India’s growth
4.4- percent growth logged by agricul- the construction industry grew 8.8 story.”
growth pegged at 8.5 percent infrastructure output rises 7
percent in october
in fy11: rbi survey T he country’s infrastructure sector out-
put grew by an impressive 7 percent in
ccording to an RBI survey, which was derived on the basis of their
October, compared to 3.9 percent in the
professional forecasters have individual growth forecasts. same month last year, indicating a positive
revised their projections for The forecasters assigned the highest signal for the Index of Industrial Production
GDP growth in the current fiscal to probability to 8.5-8.9 percent growth (IIP) for October to be released next month.
8.5 percent from the earlier estimate this fiscal year and 8-8.5 percent The six core industries — crude oil,
of 8.4 percent. “Forecasters have expansion next fiscal, but the maxi- petroleum refinery products, coal, electrici-
revised their real GDP growth rate mum number pegged economic
forecasts marginally growth at 9.2 percent
upward to 8.5 per- this fiscal year and 9
cent in 2010-11 percent in 2011-12.
from 8.4 percent in The forecast for
the last survey, driv- agriculture growth
en mainly by this fiscal has been ty, cement and finished steel — grew by
increased agricultur- revised upward to 2.7 percent in September.
al growth and 4.9 percent from 4.1 The six industries have a weight of 26.7
increased growth in percent in the RBI’s .
percent in IIP The growth in October was
services in the subse- last survey of profes- propelled by a robust rise in cement pro-
quent quarters,” sional forecasters. duction, crude oil and electricity genera-
according to the Reserve Bank’s 13th For industry, the growth forecast has tion.
Round of Professional Forecasters been maintained at 9 percent, while for The April-October cumulative perform-
report. services, it has been revised from 9.1 ance remained unchanged at 4.5 percent
The central bank said the forecasters percent to 9.2 percent for 2010-11. from the previous year, according to data
had also pegged inflation at 6-6.9 per- “Forecasters have assigned the high- released by the Ministry of Commerce and
cent by the end of this fiscal year, as est 34.3 percent chance that it (infla- Industry.
against the RBI’s own projection of 5.5 tion) will fall in 6-6.9 percent in end During the April-October period, crude
percent. March of 2010-11,” the survey said. oil sector registered 10.7 percent growth
However, the 30 forecasters sur- Inflation fell to a nine-month of low against a contraction of 1.3 percent in the
veyed by the RBI did not all subscribe 8.58 percent in October from 8.62 same period in 2009-10.
to the 8.5-percent growth projection, percent in September.
InDIA’S GDP to GRow 9.1 India Inc’s M&A deal tally
touches $42.76 billion
PERcEnt In 2010-11: oEcD
I ndia Inc’s shopping spree for October
remained unabated with 46 merger
he Indian economy is pro- and acquisition transactions (M&A) worth
jected to grow by 9.1 over $530 million taking place during the
percent in 2010-11 on the period and the year-to-date deal touch-
back of a strong rebound in ing a whopping $42.76 billion in value
the agricultural sector, according to a terms.
recent forecast by the Organization for According to global consultancy firm
Economic Cooperation and Grant Thornton, there were 46 M&A deals
Development (OECD). A grouping of worth $530 mil-
mostly developed nations, OECD had lion in October
earlier pegged the country’s gross withdrawn, a pick-up in consumption 2010. So far this
domestic product (GDP) growth at spending, aided by a recovery in farm year corporate
8.3 percent for the year ending March incomes and robust business invest- India has announced 546 M&A deals
31, 2011. ments are expected to be the mainstays worth $42,759 million — the highest in
One of the key observations made of growth,” it added. the last two years, both in terms of value
by OECD was that the economy was In the 2011-12 fiscal year, Indian as well as number of deals. Outbound
shifting from the recovery phase to GDP is estimated to grow 8.2 percent deals, wherein Indian companies acquired
one of sustained high growth. “The and by 8.5 percent in the 2012-13 fis- businesses outside India, were the flavor
Indian economy expanded very cal year, OECD maintained. of the month as deals worth $390 million
strongly in early 2010. The agricul- “With domestic demand strong and were struck in this space. The major M&A
tural sector enjoyed a sharp rebound, the current account deficit widening, a deals in October include Fortis Healthcare’s
following a return of normal rainfall steadfast commitment to timely fiscal acquisition of Quality HealthCare for $195
patterns, while recovery in non agri- consolidation and further moves to million, followed by Venkateshwara
cultural sector continued to strength- normalize the stance of monetary pol- Hatcheries’ takeover of Blackburn Rovers
en,” OECD said. icy will be important for ensuring bal- for $68.09 million.
“As fiscal stimulus continues to be anced growth ahead,” OECD said.
Dr Reddy’s launches
Economy can grow at double-digit in anti-asthma tablets in US
two years: Finance minister
inance Minister Pranab reminiscent of the pre-slowdown
F A fter receiving regulatory approval
Mukherjee expressed hope years, though some concerns on its from the U.S. Food and Drug
that the Indian economy would growth momentum have emerged in Administration (USFDA), pharmaceutical
soon grow at 9 percent annu- the last month or two,” major Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories on
ally and even have a double- Mukherjee said. He said that November 20 launched its anti-asthma
digit expansion in the next India’s macro-economic out- tablets in the American market. The
couple of years. The Finance look was strong and the approval by the USFDA came after a dis-
Minister said this on country would register robust trict court’s decision on the non-infringe-
November 14 in New Delhi growth in the coming years. ment of the patent for the tablet. This deci-
10 during the 26th India “Savings and investment sion paved the way for the product’s
Economic Summit, co-organ- rates have reached levels that launch. “On November 15, the U.S. district
ized by the Confederation of even ten years ago would court of New Jersey granted Dr. Reddy’s
Indian Industry (CII) and the Davos- have been dismissed as a pipedream motion for summary judgment of non-
based World Economic Forum for India. On this important dimen- infringement against Astra Zeneca, clear-
(WEF). sion, India is now completely a part of ing the way for the launch of the product,”
The Union Minister said that the the world’s fast-growing economies,” the company said. The company said that
recovery was yet to “attain the pre- he said. Mukherjee said economic soon after the judgment, USFDA approved
2008 momentum” given the industrial recovery in India had been driven by Dr. Reddy’s new drug application (ANDA)
output numbers. “The manufacturing increasing investment and private con- for Zafirlukast tablets.
sector has been showing buoyancy sumption.
novEMBER cAR SAlES zooM BMw to expand
G erman luxury car maker BMW will
increase its investment in India to $40
million by the end of 2012 and start rolling
out the X1model from its plant near here by
the end of this year, a top official said in
Chennai on November 24. The BMW group
had set up a car plant near Chennai in 2007 11
with a capacity to roll out 5,400 units per
year. The plant produces the BMW 3 Series,
ndian automobile manufactur- Chennai-based auto manufacturers as also the BMW 5 Series sedans in petrol
ers reported good sales figures Hyundai and TVS also closed the and diesel variants.
for November on the back of a month with good sale numbers. By end of 2010, the plant would also
spurt in demand during the fes- Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) start producing the BMW X1, said Andreas
tive season. Market leader Maruti reported a 12 percent rise in domestic Schaaf, the president of India operations.
Suzuki reported a 28-percent rise in sales for the previous month. Sales
vehicle sales in November this year, stood at 31,540 units as against
with 112,554 units sold during the 28,162 units in the like period of 2009.
month as against 87,807 sold in the “Spurred by the festive season
corresponding period last year. The demand in November, HMIL contin-
sales included 10,051 units of exports ued to maintain steady growth in the
last month. ’s
domestic market,” HMIL director
November was the second consecu- (marketing and sales) Arvind Saxena
tive month, when the sales crossed said.
100,000 unit mark in the domestic Meanwhile, driven by its new model While the auto giant has a central spare
market with 102,503 units. Figo, Ford India closed last month parts warehouse in Mumbai, it is focussing
India’s biggest auto maker by sales with a sales of 7,504 units as against on developing a dealer organization across
Tata Motors saw total sales of cars, 2,520 units sold during November major metropolitan centers of the country.
sport-utility vehicles, trucks and buses 2009. From January to November Schaaf said the company aimed at main-
climb marginally by 1 percent at 2010, the company sold 79,586 units taining a leading position in the Indian mar-
54,622 units as against 54,108 units as against 27,906 units sold for the ket by now embarking on the second wave
sold in the corresponding period of last same period last year. of India strategy.
year. Two- and three-wheeler manufac- “We are confident that we will be able to
General Motors India also saw a rise turer TVS Motor Company also increase sales substantially over the coming
in sales for November which grew by reported stellar sales figures for the years with new products, now produced in
17.67 percent at 8,376 units in the month of November, with a 29 percent India and the ongoing expansion of our
month this year as against 7,118 units increase in sales as compared to the dealer network to reach out to more of our
in the corresponding month in 2009. corresponding period last year. potential buyers,” he added.
october exports touch $18 billion
he exports touched $18 billion registering a than the growth of imports,” said
T in October, posting a 21.3-per-
cent growth as compared to the
corresponding period in 2009, while
Khullar. All sectors, including engi-
neering, gems and jewelery, marine
products, petroleum and its products,
imports rose by 6.8 percent to touch during the leather and leather products, had per-
$27.7 billion, according to Commerce same period formed well, Khullar further said.
Secretary Rahul Khullar. had grown by The export growth outpacing import
Addressing a press conference in 26 percent at growth during April-October 2010
New Delhi, Khullar said that during $194.2 billion. had taken “us by pleasant surprise”, A
the April-October period, the exports “The growth of exports for first time Sakthivel, president, Federation of
had reached a level of $121.4 billion, (in last three to four years) is higher Indian Export Organization, said.
Kingfisher inks codeshare New Wipro Infocrossing
data center in US
pact with American Airlines W ipro’s IT infra-
ingfisher Airlines and agement services arm
American Airlines, both Infocrossing will set
members of the Oneworld up a new data center
Alliance, will begin their at North Carolina in
codeshare and frequent flyer arrange- the U.S. to support its
ment in 2011, the two airlines have frequent flyer relationship will mean growing business,
announced. The codeshare pact they that Kingfisher Airlines’ guests will the company said on
signed on November 23, when cleared benefit from seamless travel on the November 16. “The new data center will be
by the regulators, will allow American’s routes covered by the codeshare.” built in the building purchased in Cleveland
‘AA’ code on Kingfisher Airlines’ Members of American’s AAdvantage County to support all major platforms,
domestic network; Kingfisher can have and Kingfisher’s King Club frequent including mainframe, Windows, Unix, Linux
its ‘IT’ code on American Airlines’ flyer program will be able to earn miles and iSeries,” the IT bellwether said in a
daily non-stop Delhi-Chicago flight on the codeshare flights. statement in Bangalore. The facility, to be
and on selected AA routes between the “The two airlines are exploring a designed to meet LEED (Leadership in
U.S. and London’s Heathrow. more comprehensive frequent flyer Energy & Environmental Design) certifica-
AA will also codeshare on Kingfisher agreement that will include the ability tion, will also house the company’s cloud
flights from London Heathrow to to earn and redeem miles across each computing services.
Delhi and Mumbai. As part of the 12- carrier’s network,” said a Kingfisher “The vision for the new data center is to
airline Oneworld Alliance since July release. not only increase our data center footprint,
this year, Kingfisher gets to share code The codeshare partnership with but also build such a facility that brings the
with the other members, starting with Kingfisher “offers our customers the best infrastructure technology to our
its first partner British Airways. choice of flying to more cities through- clients,” Wipro Infocrossing president
Manoj Chacko, Kingfisher’s execu- out India and a more convenient trav- Sameer Kishore said.
tive vice-president, commercial, said, el experience,” said Virasb Vahidi, The US-based Infocrossing, acquired by
“The codeshare on American’s flight American’s Chief Commercial Officer. Wipro for $600 million in August 2007, has
to Chicago will mark the first time ever “We look forward to strengthening our been providing comprehensive IT manage-
that Kingfisher Airlines will place its partnership further as Kingfisher com- ment solutions to large and mid-size enter-
code on any flight operating into the pletes the process of joining the prises over the last 25 years.
United States. This coupled with the Oneworld Alliance.”
India’s air traffic up 18.3 Microsemi unveils new chip
percent till October development tech
ed by budget carriers Spicejet, Go Air and alifornia-based semiconductor technol-
IndiGo, India’s domestic airlines registered an ogy solutions provider Microsemi
18.3-percent growth, carrying 41.93 million recently unveiled its new 65-nanome-
passengers in the January-October period this year as ter embedded Flash technology that would
against 35.45 million passengers during the same pave the way for the production of new-gen-
period last year. According to official data released in eration chips that can be used across space communication technolo-
12 New Delhi on November 22, total domestic passen- gy, aviation and defense sectors. The technology was developed by
gers carried by the scheduled airlines increased 18.05 US-based system and power management solutions firm, Actel, which
percent to 4.62 million in October, from 3.91 million it acquired recently through a cash transaction offer of $430 million.
in the previous month. Jet Airways along with its subsidiary Jet Lite The Hyderabad R&D unit of Actel, now a part of Microsemi, had
continued to lead the industry with 26.2 percent market-share in contributed significantly to the development of the new technology
October. However, the budget carriers were picking up fast. IndiGo platform. Esam Elashmawi, vice-president, product development,
controlled 16.8 percent market share, while Spicejet had 13.6 percent Actel, said after the Actel acquisition, the company was ramping up
and Go Air 6.6 percent in terms of number of passengers carried. the Hyderabad R&D facility to make it part of its global R&D network.
With 0.81 million passengers carried in October, the government- “We will look at expanding the scope of the (Hyderabad) R&D unit
run Air India (domestic) controlled 17.7 percent market-share. beyond research to product development for our global market.”
IBM SIgNS deAl WIth IItS FOr FII inflows cross the
pOWer grId eFFIcIeNcy US$ 100 billion mark
T he net foreign fund investments in India
BM has signed a research col- have crossed the $100-billion mark on
laboration agreement with IIT- November 8, ever since the foreign
Madras and IIT-Kharagpur to investors were allowed to invest in the
develop systems that will help Indian stocks in 1992.
power grids become more efficient and With an addition of $1.6 billion, accord-
resilient. The systems will analyze ing to the data from Securities and 13
power grid data for predictive insights. Energy Agency, the global demand for Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the figure
They will also improve grids to electricity is expected to increase sig- now stands at $100.9 billion. Taking a cue
enhance productivity and reduce inef- nificantly during 2006 to 2030 — 1.1 from the trend of a strong inflow of funds
ficiencies in power consumption, said percent per year on average in the by foreign institutional investors (FII) into
the company. Organization for Economic the India market, it was expected that the
IBM Research-India will work with Cooperation and Development coun- inflows would cross this milestone before
these two premier institutes to develop tries. This increase is likely to be about the end of 2010. Significantly, the net FII
open system designs that can boost the 6 percent in India per year. inflows into the market have already
potential of Phasor Measurement In order to lessen pressure on grids, crossed $3.5 billion, during the first eight
Units, a new type of sensor on power it is imperative to make the grid more days of the November 2010. A third of the
grids. IBM researchers and the stu- intelligent by adding sensing, control total inflow came from the Coal India IPO.
dents will develop network architec- and communication components. In addition, so far this year, there has
tures to collect and process data to “The collaboration among IBM been a net FII inflow of $28.3 billion, an all-
provide information to grid operators. Research-India, IIT-Madras and IIT- time peak, according to the SEBI data.
The knowledge and insights gained Kharagpur aims at reducing inherent
from this collaborative research will be inefficiencies of power grid technolo-
made available to the public, and gov- gies and make them optimally produc-
ernments and businesses world over to tive,” said Dr. Manish Gupta,
take advantage of the technology, Director, IBM Research-India, and
according to a company statement. Chief Technologist, IBM India/South
According to the International Asia.
Forex reserves cross Manufacturing sector on a roll
he manufacturing sector expanded to 57.2 in October 2010
from 55.1 in the previous month, as per the latest HSBC
or the week-ended November 5, Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI). The index rose consecutive-
India’s forex reserves rose by $2.26 ly for the 19th month in October.
billion to $300.21 billion, according to The index is based on a survey of 500 companies. A reading above
the data in the weekly statistical supplement 50 indicates expansion in the sector while one below 50 shows con-
released by the Reserve Bank of India. The traction. The rise has mainly been attributed to a sharp rise in new
reserves rose on account of a $2.2-billion increase in the bank’s for- business orders and with accelerating output performance, thus lead-
eign currency assets. For the week under review, foreign currency ing to the expansion in India’s manufacturing sector.
assets stood at $271.29 billion. Indian manufacturers also reported an increase in employment
This is second week in succession where the central bank’s foreign during October 2010, which was attributed to a sustained growth in
reserves have risen. The foreign exchange reserves for the previous output and new orders. “Growing employment suggests that domes-
week stood at $297.96 billion. Foreign currency assets expressed in tic demand will remain robust,” said Frederic Neumann, Co-head of
U.S. dollar terms include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of Asian economics research, HSBC.
non-U.S. currencies such as the euro, sterling and yen, held in “After some bouncy data in the last few months, India’s economy
reserves. According to forex dealers, in the week under review, there has picked up steam again. The manufacturing sector remains sup-
was a valuation gain as the U.S. dollar depreciated against other ported by strong local consumption growth,” said Neumann.
major currencies. Gold reserves remained unchanged at $21.67 bil- India and China posted the strongest expansion in their respective
lion. SDRs rose by $43 million to $5.23 billion. manufacturing sectors during the month of October.
Nikki Haley South Carolina’s Indian American
feted for winning Ellis
first woman governor Island honor
ikki Haley, District in Lexington
when, as a virtual
2004, R ao S. Anumolu,
and CEO of a technology
grant par- unknown, she beat the services company, has
ents from Amritsar, longest serving state been felicitated for win-
created history by legislator in a ning this year’s presti-
becoming the first Republican primary. gious Ellis Island Medal
woman to win the In 2008, Haley was of honor, the highest civilian award in the
Governor’s race in sent back to the state U.S. for immigrants.
South Carolina state house with 83 percent Andhra Pradesh-born Anumolu, presi-
and the first Indian- of the vote — the dent and CEO of ASR International
American woman in highest percentage Corporation, received a standing ovation
the country to occupy the office. earned by any lawmaker facing a from a gathering of business leaders, aca-
Haley, born Nimrata (Nikki) contested South Carolina election demicians, technology leaders, and politi-
Randhawa, will be the first woman that year. cians at an event held at Long Island, New
chief executive of the state and Born in Bamberg, South Carolina, York recently.
America’s second Indian-American Nikki’s first job was keeping the Former Congressman George J.
Governor after Louisiana Governor books for her family’s clothing store, Hochbrueckner, who was the chief guest
Bobby Jindal, also a Republican, who when she was only 13 years old. at the event, acknowledged Anumolu’s
became the first Indian-American She went on to graduate from contributions and congratulated him on
Governor three years ago. Clemson University with a BS degree behalf of the New York Congressional del-
The 38-year-old mother of two in accounting. Following her gradua- egation.
defeated Democrat Vincent Sheheen tion, Nikki worked as Accounting The Ellis Island Medal of Honor recog-
with a surprisingly close 51 to 47- Supervisor for the Charlotte, North nizes its recipients for outstanding contri-
percent vote in the most expensive Carolina-based corporation FCR, butions to the community, nation and the
election in the state’s history. Inc. and five of its subsidiaries. Nikki world. Both the U.S. House of
Endorsed by former Massachusetts then went back to the family business Representatives and the Senate have offi-
Governor Mitt Romney, former where she helped oversee its growth cially recognized the Ellis Island Medal of
South Carolina first lady Jenny into a multimillion dollar operation. Honor and the recipients are read into the
Sanford, and former Alaska Nikki and her husband Michael, a Congressional Record.
Governor Sarah Palin, Haley is also full-time federal technician with the In 2003, Anumolu was honored with
part of the populist, conservative and South Carolina National Guard and Congressional recognition on Capitol Hill
libertarian Tea Party Movement. an officer in the Army National for helping to boost homeland security
Haley, one of the strongest fiscal Guard, live in Lexington with their after the September 2001 terrorist attacks.
conservatives in state government, two children, Rena, 12, and Nalin, 8. —IANS
was first elected to represent the 87th — IANS
Indian American doctor eyes stem cell bomb against cancer
14 the article adapted from his book Emperor of
n Indian-American cancer covery would obviously be enor-
physician and researcher mous,” wrote Siddhartha Mukherjee, All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.
holds out hope for a next an assistant professor of medicine in Mukherjee’s comprehensive ‘biography’
generation of drugs attacking malig- the division of medical oncology at traces the origins of cancer. He recounts how
nant stem cells to slay what he calls Columbia University in The New York modern treatments — multi-pronged
the ‘Emperor of All Maladies’ — can- Times. “...and its scientific impact chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, as well
cer. “If stem cells can be found for would be just as profound. Centuries as preventive care — came into existence
certain forms of cancer, and if a drug S i d d h a r t h a after the discovery of cancer as a dis- thanks to a century’s worth of research, trials,
can be found to kill these cells in ease, we are learning not just how to and small, essential breakthroughs around
humans, then the clinical impact of such a dis- treat it — but what cancer truly is,” he said in the globe. —IANS
Kamala Harris is California Indra Nooyi,
attorney-general Vikram Pandit among
top-paid CEOs: Report
our weeks after Gopalan Harris, a Tamilian
election day, breast cancer specialist
Democrat Kamala came to the U.S. from
Harris, daughter Chennai, to pursue her
of an African-American graduate studies at the
father and Indian Tamil University of California 15
mother, finally sealed a nar- Berkeley.
row but historic win making In December 2003,
her the first woman attor- Kamala became the first
ney-general of California. woman to be elected
“I stand before you today
humbled to be chosen to be
District Attorney in San
P epsiCo’s Indra Nooyi, Motorola’s Sanjay
Kumar Jha and Citigroup’s Vikram
Pandit are the three Indian-Americans
the next attorney-general of this state,” A recipient of numerous awards, she among the highest paid CEOs in the U.S.
Harris said, her voice breaking with was recognized as a ‘Woman of listed by the Wall Street Journal.
emotion as she spoke to supporters at Power’ by the National Urban League Nooyi is ranked 67th with a total pay
the Millennium Biltmore in downtown and received the Thurgood Marshall package of $13.97 million, Jha bagged the
Los Angeles. Award from the National Black 377th spot with a total package of $3.45
“I pledge and make a pledge to work Prosecutors Association. She has also million, with Pandit bringing up the rear at
hard every day to make sure the law of been featured on the Oprah show and the 450th position with a pay package of
this state is on the side of the people of in the Newsweek as one of “America’s $1.25 million.
this state,” she was quoted as saying by 20 Most Powerful Women”. Gregory Maffei, CEO of Liberty Media
the Los Angeles Times. Last year, she was named by the Corp, with a pay packet of $87.1 million,
Harris, 46, currently the San New York Times on a list of 17 women was the highest paid CEO in the study of
Francisco district attorney, defeated most likely to become the first lady 456 companies with an annual revenue of
Republican Steve Cooley, Los Angeles President. over $4 billion.
County’s district attorney. Harris’ win cemented a Democratic Maffei was followed by Larry Ellison,
Her final lead stands at 75,000 votes sweep of every statewide post in Oracle’s billionaire founder, who received a
out of nearly 8.8 million votes cast. California, a remarkable feat in a year $68.6 million package and most of that
She was born and raised in the East when Democrats suffered deep losses reward came in the form of stock options
Bay. Her mother, Dr. Shyamala in the rest of the nation. —IANS valued at $61.9 million.
Occidental Petroleum Corp’s Ray Irani
Indian American students develop
bagged the third position with a total com-
pensation of $52.2 million. At the fourth
place is Yahoo’s Carol Bartz who took home
new game application $44.61 million followed by CBS’ Leslie Ray
with $38.93 million.
hree Indian-American students The trio plan to come up with con-
Others on the top 10 list include Philippe
in California have developed a tests on the game to help popularize .
P Dauman of Viacom Inc ($33.7 million),
new game application for Apple the app. Marc N. Casper of Thermo Fisher Scientific
where users try to steer their lost rock- They also plan to launch a sequel to ($33.04 million), Raymond Elliott of Boston
et ship home using the gravity of plan- the game app. Scientific Corp ($32.1 million), Ralph
ets. Rahul Bhatia, Akshay Narayan Pete Murchison, Principal, Irvington Lauren, founder of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp
and Rohan Agarwal, all aged 17, High School in Oakland, California, ($27 million), and McKesson Corp’s John H.
began with the idea of the app in June where the trio study was quoted as Hammergren ($24.5 million).
and went over brainstorming ideas and saying in the newspaper, “This is Overall, median total direct compensa-
worked through the summer, Oakland unbelievably difficult. They (Apple) get tion for CEOs rose three percent during their
Tribune, a local newspaper, reported. a gazillion of these applications, and latest fiscal year. Total direct compensation
The app, called Galactic Odyssey, for these kids to do it, it’s absolutely includes salary, bonuses and the awarded
was sent to Apple a week and a half amazing. Now they’re dealing with the value of stock, options and other long-term
ago and it became available on biggest, the most powerful company in incentives. —IANS
November 22. the world.” —IANS
India successfully tests Agni-I missile
ndia on November 25 success- Developed under India’s Integrated
fully fired its nuclear-capable Guided Missile Development
surface-to-surface Agni-I mis- Programme, the missile was first tested
sile from a test range in Orissa, in May 1989.
a defense official said. The last test of the missile was suc-
The missile, which can strike targets cessfully conducted on March 28 from
700 km away, was tested as part of said. Agni-I is an intermediate range the same defense base.
user-trials from a facility on Wheeler ballistic missile and it uses a solid Agni-I has already been inducted
Island in Bhadrak district, test range propulsion booster and a liquid into the armed forces.
director S.P. Dash said. propulsion upper stage and is derived It is 15 meters tall and weighs 12
“It was a text book... successful from the Prithvi surface-to-surface tons. It can carry a one-ton nuclear
launch. It was tested by the army,” he battlefield missile. payload.
DRDO conducts maiden
India’s maiden scientific team flight test of Kaveri
reaches South Pole engine
fter traversing over Antarctica, on November
A T he indigenous-
2,350 km in nine days, 13. ly designed
India’s first scientific The expedition traveled and developed
expedition team to the South on four specialized arctic Kaveri engine was
Pole planted the Indian flag at truck vehicles, which did successfully flight
the earth’s southernmost point face slight problems owing tested by DRDO on
on November 22 afternoon. to the intensely cold tem- November 3 dur-
The eight-member team peratures. Each of these ing the Flying Test Bed (FTB) Trials at
reached the South Pole at 4 vehicle, besides its human Gromov Flight Research Institute (GFRI),
Former Minister of
pm India time. “The Indian State for Science & baggage, carried special Moscow, Russia. In its maiden flight, the
flag has been hoisted at the Technology and Earth gears, emergency medical engine was tested from take-off to landing
South Pole,” director, Sciences Prithviraj kit, frozen food, and navi- and it flew for a period of over one hour up
Chavan launched the
National Centre for Antarctic First National South gational and scientific to at an altitude of 6,000 metres at a speed
and Ocean Research and Pole Expedition in New instruments. of 0.6 mach, according to a Ministry state-
leader of the expedition, Rasik Delhi on November 1. Earlier, the expedition ment. With this test, Kaveri has accom-
Ravindran, told reporters over was launched on plished a major milestone in its develop-
phone. “It is snow outside everywhere. November 1 as part of an international ment program.
We are feeling good and feel at the top celebration of the centenary of man’s During the coming months, further 50-60
of the world, though geographically we reaching South Pole in 1911. Prithviraj test flights will be carried out to hone the
are at the bottom of the world,” he Chavan, then Minister of State for engine in terms of reliability, safety and air-
said. The team, consisting of a geolo- Earth Sciences, had launched the worthiness.
gist, glaciologist, geophysicist and a National South Pole Expedition from These trials would pave the way for fur-
meteorologist as well as vehicle engi- New Delhi via video conference and it ther flight trials for Kaveri with a fighter air-
neers, had left Maitri, India’s second was flagged off by Governor of Goa, craft, according to the statement.
permanent research station on the Dr. Shivinder Singh Sidhu in Goa.
India’s first advanced radar system to roll out next year
ndia’s first indigenously-developed Airborne Early Navy could acquire a number of them over the coming
Warning and Control (AEW&C) system is ready and is years.
being sent to Brazil shortly to be integrated with an DRDO’s Chief Controller Dr. Prahlada, one of India’s
Embraer 145 jet. most distinguished military technology scientists, said that
The development is a major milestone in India’s quest the first Embraer was due to roll out in January 2011. The
for self-reliance in advanced radars. Based on the success Indian AEW&C radar is expected to be integrated to
of this system, both the Indian Air Force and the Indian Embraer by 2011-end.
GulShAn GROveR cASt Big Pictures releases
‘Skyline’ with 650
OPPOSIte SAlMA hAyeK prints in India
R eliance Big Pictures has distributed the
ollywood actor Gulshan alien invasion sci-fi thriller Skyline in
Grover has been roped in as India simultaneously with its worldwide
the lead opposite Mexican release. Directed and produced by the
beauty Salma Hayek in Brothers Strause (Colin and Greg Strause),
Hollywood director Bill Duke’s next the movie hit the Indian screens with 17
film The Driver. around 650 prints in English, Hindi, Tamil
“I was in LA (Los Angeles) and Bill and Telugu on November 12.
Duke saw me at a charity event. Later “Skyline is an alien invasion action
on, a meeting was fixed and we met thriller with some heart-pounding moments
where I read the script, liked it and which will appeal to fans of high-octane
signed it on,” Gulshan said. action films. Taking this into account, the
Duke has earlier wielded the mega- film has also been dubbed in Hindi, Tamil
phone for movies like Not Easily and Telugu to maximize its reach,” Sanjeev
Broken, Hoodlum, A Rage in Harlem, Lamba, chief executive officer, Reliance Big
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit and The Pictures, said in a statement.
Cemetry Club to name a few. The film stars Eric Balfour, Scottie
“Because the lead actor in The Thompson, Donald Faison, David Zayas and
Driver will be acting with a range of Brittany Daniel. The movie revolves around
Hollywood stars I wanted to cast an a group of friends, who, after a night of
Indian actor with talent, range, experi- partying, are distracted with beams of light
ence and ability to improvize, I chose that awaken everyone in Los Angeles and
Gulshan Grover over many because he numerous people and situations who attract every person like a moth to a flame.
has what I wanted,” Duke said. inspire and often horrify him, some- As the night progresses, they soon dis-
A story about hope, the movie shows times even pushing and shoving him cover that once exposed to the light, they
Gulshan’s character as a rank and file into giving it all up before he could vanish into thin air, caused by extraterres-
accountant, who does what is expected reach his destiny. trial forces that later threaten to swallow
of him, until he finally decides to risk it Hollywood stars, such as Will the entire human race. Skyline has been
all and drags his wife (Salma Hayek) Smith, Janet Jackson, Whoopie written by first-time screenwriters Joshua
with him on a journey to go after his Goldberg and Queen Latifa, NBA Cordes and Liam O’Donnell and produced
dreams. player Kobe Bryant will play them- by Kristian James Andresen and Liam
Along the way, he encounters selves in guest roles in the movie. O’Donnell. The executive producers of the
movie include the likes of Ryan Kavanaugh,
Anil Kapoor to act In Mission
Brett Ratner, Tucker Tooley, Brian Tyler and
ollywood actor Anil ing a hit, Anil has been able
B Kapoor has got an
offer to act in
Mission Impossible 4, and
to make a name for himself
Now, he will be sharing
he has accepted the offer. the screen with Tom
After the success of the Cruise, Jeremy Renner,
Oscar winning Slumdog Paula Patton, Ving Rhames
Millionaire, Anil Kapoor and Simon Pegg.
has not only earned inter- An overwhelmed Anil
national fame but also con- said, “Someone up there is
siderable influence in international cin- looking out for me. I have been con-
ema circles. With his television tacted for Mission Impossible 4 and I
Hollywood series 24 on AXN becom- have said ‘yes’.”
India will be a major player in international green businesses
y 2020, industry experts say, energy sectors. This confidence stems
renewable energy will be a from the incredible entrepreneurial
nearly $10-billion business buzz in the sector. Clever innovative
in India. At a recent confer- ideas have mushroomed across indus-
ence, Ajay Mathur, Director General of tries, such as clean technology, eco-
the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, said tourism, green building materials,
that India’s energy efficiency market sustainable agriculture, renewable
was worth about $15 billion. energy and water management.
These figures suggest that India “Every day we get three to four pro-
could be a major player in green busi- posals,” says Poonam Garg, assistant
nesses and that Indian companies general manager at IFCI Venture,
could even lead the global eco-brigade. which launched the Green India
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency says Venture Fund in 2008 with a corpus of
to deliver a sustained economic growth $70 million.
rate of 8 to 9 percent in the next 20 Since its launch, the fund has dis-
18 years and to meet the lifetime energy Analysts say India bursed nearly $38 million to five com-
needs of its citizens, India needs to tre- panies. In fact, the fund has already
ble, even quadruple, its primary energy
has definite exited from one of its portfolio compa-
supply and increase its power genera- leadership potential nies, Luminous, with unprecedented
tion capacity by six times. in greening the returns of 42 percent in the first year.
Undoubtedly, India needs careful Luminous manufactures power invert-
planning and creativity to successfully cement, paper, ers, solar inverters and several pack-
execute its green business projects. building and aged power products.
Analysts say the country has definite “In the last two years, both con-
leadership potential in greening its
renewable energy sumers and businesses have shown
cement, paper, building and renewable sectors. awareness of being environmentally
conscious,” says Karan Gupta, direc- Europe, the U.S. and Australia and
tor, Breathe India Ventures, a new ven- the firm is also a New Ventures India
ture capital fund for seeding green portfolio company, which says, “the
businesses. company exemplifies the recycling
Niche areas are emerging too, such spirit by converting trash to trea-
as fuel cell technologies, off-petrol sure”. And they have been fighting
products, and eco-tourism. poverty through fashion.
However, investors believe the sun
has just risen. The Green India Venture Solkar
Fund says entrepreneurs were earlier K.E. Raghunathan, who set up the
cautious about inviting investment, but Solkar Solar Industry Ltd., in 1985,
lately, there has been a great thrust. range of clothes, carpets, footwear, personifies the spirit of brave
“For instance, the solar sector has bags and jewelery for a foreign clien- entrepreneurship.
received a lot of attention. Similarly, tèle from a material call “HRP”, An engineer by profession, he start-
things are moving well in wind energy. handmade recycled plastic. It’s an ed his venture at a time when terms
The success of these industries also alternative recycling or up-cycling like renewable energy and green busi-
shows there is much more scope in process that converts discarded plas- ness were not even heard of. His mis-
industries that manufacture and supply tic bags into HRP. sion was “to bring the sun closer to
to them,” explains Garg. She feels that They convert used polythene bags the common man”.
the Government can help by setting up into “renewed” innovative material To begin with, his company manu-
a body similar to the Technology with significantly different properties factured industrial solar heating sys-
Development Board, dedicated to nur- and great visual appeal without using tems. The first company with an ISI
turing green technologies. any colour or dye. certification for this product, Solkar
Other industry observers agree, say- Founded in 1998 as a social mis- has installed nearly 45,000 square
ing that money coming into India is at sion to work in energy efficiency and feet of solar collectors nationwide.
the development stage. They believe waste management, Conserve started Collaborating with a German scien-
that the huge untapped R&D potential making HRP in 2002. tist to make solar meal makers won
will move after the new technologies Products made out of HRP now Solkar the Best Small Scale Industry
start gaining traction with consumers. grace high street shelves across Award in 1996.
Europe and the United States. Such meal makers are made only in
Conserve India It is a successful business model India. Solkar, however, has special-
It is an unusual proposition but one that delivers both high fashion and ized in lighting, spanning a wide
that defines global inter-connected- life-giving opportunities. Its products range of portable, indoor, and out-
ness. Conserve India crafts a stylish sell in 2,500 retail stores across door products.
THE FLUTE PLAYER By Ruskin Bond
own the main road passed towards the horizon. Kamla was used London, she made up her mind and
big yellow buses, cars, to city life. In England, it was London crossed the main road. She did in this
pony-drawn tongas, and Manchester. In India, it was Delhi afternoon when grandmother was
motorcycles and bullock- and Jaipur. Kamla had seen very little asleep and the maidservant was in the
carts. This steady flow of traffic of the English countryside, even less of bazaar. She slipped out of the back
seemed, somehow, to form a barrier India outside the cities. door, and her slippers kicked up the
between the city on one side of trunk Her parents lived in Manchester, dust as she ran down the path to the
road, and the distant sleepy villages on where her father was a doctor. She main road... Kamla ran through the
the other. It seemed to cut India in half went to school in England. But this dust, past the jacaranda trees that lined
— the India Kamla knew slightly, and year, during the summer holidays, she the road, and into the fields.
the India she had never seen. had come to India to stay with her Suddenly the world became an enor-
Kamla’s grandmother lived on the grandmother. Apart from a maidser- mous place, bigger and more varied
outskirts of the city of Jaipur, and just vant and a grizzled old night watch- than it had seemed from the air, also
across the road from the house there man, grandmother lived alone in a mysterious and exciting — and just a
were fields and villages stretching away small house on the outskirts of Jaipur. little frightening.
for hundreds of miles. But Kamla had During the winter months, Jaipur’s cli- The sea of wheat stretched away till
never been across the main road. This mate was cool and bracing; but in the it merged with the hot blinding blue of
separated the busy city from the flat summer, a fierce sun poured down the sky. Far to her left were a few trees
green plains stretching endlessly upon the city from a cloudless sky. and the low white huts of a village. To
None of the other city children ven- her right lay hollow pits of red dust and
tured across the main road into the a blackened chimney.
field of millet, wheat and cotton, Some distance away, Kamla could
but Kamla was determined to see a camel moving round a well,
visit the fields before she drawing up water for the fields. Her
returned to England. Finally, Grandmother had told her not to wan-
when there were only two der off on her own in the city; but this
days left before she went to wasn’t the city, and as far as she knew,
Delhi to board a plane for camels did not attack people.
Suddenly the world became an
enormous place, bigger and
more varied than it had
seemed from the air, also
mysterious and exciting — and
just a little frightening...
It took her a long time to get to the His body had been would take them in his arms and stroke
camel. It was about half a mile away, them. “Can you catch a squirrel?”
though it seemed much nearer. And burnt dark by the sun; asked Kamla.
when Kamla reached it, she was sur- his hair was tousled, “No, they are too quick. But I caught
prised to find that there was no one his feet chalky with a snake once. I caught it by tail and
else in sight. The camel was turning the dropped it in the old well. That well is
wheel by itself, moving round and dust. In the palm of full of snakes. Whenever we catch one,
round the well, while the water kept his outstretched hand instead of killing it, we drop it in the
gushing up in little trays to run down was a flute. He was a well. They can’t get out.”
the channels into the fields. The camel Kamla shuddered at the thought of
took no notice of Kamla, did not look thin boy, with long all those snakes swimming and wrig- 21
at her even once, just carried on about bony legs, but Kamla gling about at the bottom of the deep
its business. felt that he was strong well. She wasn’t sure that she wanted
There must be someone here, to return to the well with him. But she
thought Kamla, walking towards a too, for his body was forgot about the snakes when they
mango tree that grew a few yards away. hard and wiry... reached the canal.
Ripe mangoes dangled like globules of It was small canal, about ten meters
gold from its branches. Under the tree, day. But it eats a lot.” Mention of the wide and only waist-deep in the mid-
fast asleep, was a boy. camel’s food reminded Romi that he dle, but it was very muddy at the bot-
All he wore was a pair of dusty white was hungry. There were some man- tom. She had never seen such a muddy
shorts. His body had been burnt dark goes lying besides him, and he offered stream in her life.
by the sun; his hair was tousled, his feet one to Kamla. “Would you like to get in?” asked
chalky with dust. In the palm of his “There are parrots in the tree,” said Romi.
outstretched hand was a flute. He was Kamla, noticing three or four parrots “No,” said Kamla. “You get in.”
a thin boy, with long bony legs, but conducting a noisy meeting in the top- Romi was only too ready to show off
Kamla felt that he was strong too, for most branches. his tricks in the water. His toes took a
his body was hard and wiry. “They spoil most of the mangoes,” firm hold on the grassy bank, the mus-
Kamla came nearer to the sleeping said Romi. cles of his calves tensed, and he dived
boy, peering at him, for she had not “Where do you swim?” asked into the water with a loud splash... It
seen a village boy before. Her shadow Kamla. “Down in the well?” was a poor dive, but Kamla was
fell across his face. He opened his eyes “Of course not. I’m not a frog. There impressed.
and stared at Kamla. “Who are you?” is a canal not far from here. Come, I Romi swam across to the opposite
he asked a little gruffly. He was not will show you.” bank and then back again. When he
used to waking up and finding a As they crossed the fields, a pair of climbed out of the water, he was cov-
strange girl staring at him. blue-jays flew out of a bush, rockets of ered with mud. It made him look quite
“I’m Kamla. I’ve come from bright blue that dipped and swerved, fierce. “Come on in,” he invited
England, but I’m really from India. I rising and falling as they chased each Kamla. “It’s not deep.”
mean, I’ve come home to India, but other. Remembering a story that “It’s dirty,” said Kamla, but felt
I’m really from England.” This was Grandmother had told her, Kamla tempted all the same. “It’s only mud,”
getting to be rather confusing, so she said, “They are sacred birds, aren’t said Romi. “There’s nothing wrong
countered with an abrupt: “Who are they? Because of their blue throats.” with mud. Camels like mud. Buffaloes
you?” She told him the story of God Shiva love mud.”
“I’m the strongest boy in the village,” having a blue throat because he had “I’m neither a camel nor a buffalo.”
said the boy, deciding to assert himself swallowed the poison that would have “All right. You don’t have to go right
without any more ado. “My name is destroyed the world; He had kept the in. Just walk along the sides of the
Romi. I can wrestle and swim and poison in his throat and would not let it channel.”
climb any tree.” go further. “And so his throat is blue, After a moment’s hesitation, Kamla
“And do you sleep a lot?” asked like the blue-jay’s.” slipped her feet out of her slippers, and
Kamla innocently. Romi liked the story. His respect for crept cautiously down the slope till her
Romi scratched his head and Kamla was greatly increased. But he feet were in the water. She went no
grinned. “I must look after the camel,” was not to be outdone, and when a further, but even so, some of the
he said. “It is no use staying awake for small grey squirrel dashed across the muddy water splashed on to her clean
the camel. It keeps on going round the path he told her that squirrels, too, white skirt. What would she tell grand-
well until it is tired, and then it stops. were sacred. Krishna, the God who mother?
When it has rested, it starts going was born into a Yadav’s family like Romi took her by the hand, and they
round again. It can carry on like that all Romi’s had been fond of squirrels and went stumbling along the side of the
channel while little fishes swam in and “Yes, England is across the seas. I stopped playing, everything was still,
out of their legs, and a heron, one foot have to go back to my parents. And my everything silent, except for the soft
raised, waited until they had passed school is there, too. But I will take the wind sighing in the wheat field and the
before snapping a fish out of the water. plane from Delhi. Have you ever been gurgle of water coming up from the
The little fish glistened in the sun to Delhi?” well.
before it disappeared down the heron’s “I have not been further than Jaipur; Kamla stood up to leave.
throat. Romi gave a sudden exclama- said Romi. “What is England like? Are “When will you come again?” asked
tion and came to a stop. Kamla held on there canals to swim in?” Romi.
to him for support. “You can swim in the sea. Lots of “I will try to come next year,” replied
“What is it?” she asked. people go swimming in the sea. But it’s Kamla.
“It’s a tortoise,” said Romi. “Can too cold most of the year. Where I live, “That is a long time. By then you will
you see it?” there are shops and cinemas and places be quite old. You may not want to
He pointed to the bank of the canal, where you can eat anything you like. come.”
and there, lying quite still was a small People from all over the world “I will come,” said Kamla.
tortoise. Romi scrambled up the bank come to live there. You can see “Promise?”
and, before Kamla could stop him. had red faces, brown faces, black “Promise.”
picked up the tortoise. As soon as he faces, white faces!” Romi put the flute in her hands
touched it, the animal’s head and legs “I saw a red face and said, “You keep it. I can get
disappeared into its shell. Romi turned once,” said Romi. another one.”
it over, but from behind the breastplate “He came to the “But I don’t know how to play
only the head and a spiky tail were vis- village to take pic- it,” said Kamla.
ible. tures. He took one of “It will play by itself,” said
“Look!” exclaimed Kamla, pointing me sitting on the camel. He Romi.
to the ground where the tortoise had said he would send me the She took the flute and put it to
been lying. “What’s in the hole?” picture, but it never came.” her lips and blew on it, producing
They peered into the hole. It was Kamla noticed a flute a squeaky little note that started a
about half a meter deep, and at the lying on the grass. “Is it lone parrot out of the mango tree.
bottom were five or six white eggs, a your flute?” she asked. Romi laughed, and while he was
little smaller than a hen’s eggs. “Yes,” said Romi. “It is laughing, Kamla turned and ran
“Put it back,” said Kamla. “It was an old flute. But the old ones down the path through the fields.
sitting on its eggs.” are best. I found it lying in a And when she had gone some dis-
Romi shrugged and dropped the tor- field last year. Perhaps it was tance she turned and waved to Romi
toise back on its hole. It peeped out God Krishna’s! with the flute...
“It is an old flute. But the old ones are best. I found it lying in a field last
year. Perhaps it was God Krishna’s! He was always playing the flute...”
from behind its shell, saw the children “And who taught you to play it?” Cupping his hands to his mouth, he
were still present, and retreated into its “Nobody. I learnt by myself. Shall I shouted across the fields: “Don’t forget
shell again. play it for you?” to come next year!”
“I must go,” said Kamla. “It’s get- Kamla nodded, and they sat down And Kamla called back, “I won’t for-
ting late. Granny will wonder where I on the grass, leaning against the trunk get.”
have gone.” of the mango tree, and Romi put the “Was England home?” wondered
They walked back to the mango tree, flute to his lips and began to play. Kamla. Or was this Indian city home?
and washed their hands and feet in the It was a slow, sweet tune, a little sad, Or was her true home in that other
22 cool clear water from the well; but only a little happy, and the notes were taken India, across the busy trunk road...?
after Romi had assured Kamla that up by the breeze and carried across the Romi watched her until she was just
there weren’t any snakes in that well. fields. There was no one to hear the a speck in the distance, and then he
He had been talking about an old dis- music except the birds and the camel turned and shouted at the camel,
carded well on the far side of the vil- and Kamla... Whether the birds liked it telling it to move faster. But the camel
lage. Kamla told Romi she would take or not, we cannot say, although it is did not even glance at him, it just car-
him to her house one day, but it would true that they were all suddenly silent ried on as before, as India had carried
have to be next year, or perhaps the when Romi began to play. But Kamla on for thousands of years, round and
year after... was charmed by the music. The boy round and round the well, while the
“Is it very far, where you are going?” smiled at her with his eyes and ran his water gurgled and splashed over the
asked Romi. fingers along the flute. When he smooth stones...
UdaipUr: india’s Lake city
daipur is a city of tranquil eral palaces and structures to the orig-
lakes in the state of inal complex. Still, the palace retained
Rajasthan. A city beloved Udaipur is replete with lakes, forts, a surprising uniformity in its design.
of many Hollywood stars heritage buildings and palaces. These The entry to the Palace is from the
because of its serenity and tranquil palaces, built in the medieval and Hati Pol (the Elephant Gate). The
ambiance, Udaipur was named the early modern eras, reflect an aesthet- Bari Pol or the Big Gate brings you to
Best City of the World in 2009 by ic sense of beauty of the people of the Tripolia, the Triple Gate.
travel magazine Travel & Leisure. Mewar. Fateh Prakash Palace: This grand
Also known as the ‘Venice of the City Palace: Maharana Uday Singh heritage palace has now been con-
East’, Udaipur shot also into limelight began the construction of the palace, verted into a luxury hotel. The
when the Indian sections of James but succeeding Maharanas added sev- warmth of royal hospitality greets you
Bond film Octopussy were filmed as you walk along the corridors lined
here, especially in the Lake Palace with large paintings of the Mewar
and the Monsoon Palace. School that flourished during the
The ‘City of Dawn’ has retained its 17th-19th centuries.
pristine beauty in terms of its rich The Lake Palace: The Lake Palace
cultural, social and natural heritage, encompasses the whole of 1.5
aesthetic beauty, and ecological hectares of the Jag Niwas Island in
abundance. the middle of the Pichola Lake. Built
Udaipur’s lakes, serene and opulent by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743, it
hilly ranges of the Aravalis, and lush was a royal summer palace. Now a
green vegetation and gardens and five-star luxury hotel, it is marked by
standard structures of the buildings exquisite craftsmanship.
showcase a spectacular panorama. Bagore-Ki-Haveli: Built right on the
The breathtaking beauty of Udaipur waterfront of Lake Pichola by Amir
leaves tourists spellbound. Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of
Udaipur is a historic city and con- Mewar in the 18th century, the palace
stitutes a part of the medieval capital How to reacH has over 100 rooms and a spectacular
city of the glorious Mewar of By Air: Debock Airport is 24 km from the gallery of costumes and modern art.
Maharana Pratap, a Rajput ruler. city center. Indian Airlines flights connect The glass and mirror works in the
Udaipur, by virtue of its interconnect- Udaipur with places like Jaipur, Mumbai interiors of the haveli are delicate and
ed lakes, has a large water retaining and Delhi. have been well preserved for cen-
capacity. By Rail: Udaipur is the nearest railhead turies.
and the city is well-connected with all
The lakes, hill ranges and habitats In the evening you can treat your-
major cities by train.
of the city present an excellent para- By Road: A wide network of bus service
self to some Rajasthani traditional
digm of harmony between nature and links Udaipur with several destinations. music and dance in the surroundings
human beings. The city is 630 km from Agra and 406 km of the haveli. Indeed an ideal spot for
The city is known for a number of from Jaipur. spending the evening while taking in
historical and religious landmarks. the view of Lake Pichola.
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