HYATT REGENCY HUNTINGTON BEACH RESORT & SPA COMPLETES PROPERTY-WIDE REIMAGINATION

Sprawling Southern California Oceanside Destination Resort Unveils a Fully Enhanced Resort Experience with Redesigned Guestrooms, New Room Categories, Outdoor Spaces and Sun-Soaked Activities 

Mumbai, 21st June 2018 — Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, Surf City’s premier oceanfront destination resort, has completed an expansive and multi-phase series of enhancement projects, presenting a reimagined resort experience for the 2018 summer season. Stunning renovations to the resort’s 514 guestrooms, the addition of two distinctive new room categories, a revamped poolside experience, and new activities and amenities, reflective of the destination’s active beach lifestyle, mark the beginning of a new chapter for the iconic resort.

“The heart of our vision for the refreshed Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa experience was the desire to evolve with the needs of today’s travelers and elevate the guest experience, while maintaining the distinctive character and spirit of this special seaside community,” said Peter Rice, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. “A welcoming and relaxed sense of sophistication is a hallmark of the Southern California coastal lifestyle, and it was important to us to weave that common thread throughout each of our newly enhanced settings and offer our guests the quintessential Huntington Beach experience.”

Enhancements to Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa include:

  • Breezy Guest Room Renovation – A study in Mediterranean coastal elegance, each of the resort’s 517 guestrooms and suites have been redesigned to exude a residential Mediterranean vibe with a color scheme that echoes the sand and sky, custom furnishings with intricate design features, grass cloth wall coverings and vintage coastal artwork. Attention to detail is woven throughout with faceted wood features on oversized dressers with unique coastal pulls, distinctively mismatched bedside tables that one might find in a private home, stylized carpet and drapery patterns that exude Spanish style authenticity, coral sculptures, hand painted framed Mediterranean tile, and wrought iron accents. Thoughtful modern conveniences complete the redesign with an illuminated bathroom mirror featuring integral clock, a mounted 65” flat screen television, glass front mini fridge and wine cooler, headboard reading lights, and ample outlet connectivity throughout the room.
  • Home-Away-From-Home Room Categories – Two new guestroom categories offer distinctive and thoughtful accommodations. Six new firepit guestrooms provide a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living, each with a lushly landscaped outdoor oasis complete with private fire pit, perfect for sparkling cocktails and conversation. As one of Southern California’s top family-friendly properties, the new family guestroom category is uniquely suited to the resort. Nineteen oversized guestrooms feature the rare combination of both a king and a queen bed, luxurious bathroom with roomy bathtub and separate shower, and an expansive walk-in closet
  • Refreshed Poolside Experience – With a striking backdrop of uninterrupted ocean vistas, the resort’s revamped main pool, Mankota’s, has been transformed into a relaxed location for guests seeking endless sun-splashed fun in a contemporary setting with expanded seating, rich tropical landscaping and comfortable gathering areas. A new elevated nautilus deck and six spacious new cabanas, appointed with flat-screen televisions and personal refrigerators that can be stocked with summertime favorites, present a picture-perfect space for special events to experience technicolor sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.

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  • So-Cal Inspired Activities – An array of programs reflective of Southern California’s active beach lifestyle are designed to appeal to all guests. Families can find zen together with their toes in the sand during Saturday morning beach yoga instruction. Further options for sandy fun include surf lessons for all ages with on-site surf shop Toes on the Noes, or beach architecture with the resort’s sandcastle concierge Dig It! who assists guests in constructing Instagram-worthy sand structures. Continuing the trend young travelers flip for, a 90-minute “Mermaid Magic” experience takes over the main pool every Sunday morning, complete with mermaid tail rental, water games, story time and instruction from a certified “Mermaid Master.” For wellness seekers, the 20,000-square-foot Pacific Waters Spa goes beyond the massage table with fitness classes, and pairing options for bites and treatments from an inspired menu that targets 12 spices, renowned for their internal and external benefits. 

About Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa features 517 tastefully appointed guestrooms, including 57 suites, offering guests sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort is home to four dining outlets that include the resort’s signature culinary concept, Watertable, the recently renovated, Pete’s Sunset Grille, Mankota’s Grill and Tower 15 Pizzeria. Additional resort amenities include the 20,000 square foot oasis, Pacific Waters Spa, Slyders water playground, a tranquil lagoon-style swimming pool, Shubee’s, and “The Village,” an eclectic retail plaza with everything from surf gear at renowned Orange County surf school, Toes on the Nose, to gourmet snacks deli items, wine, desserts and Starbucks Coffee at Surf City Grocers. The resort is also home to the largest collection of function space along the Orange County coastline with over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. For further information call 714.698.1234 or visit huntingtonbeach.regency.hyatt.com

 

About Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency brand prides itself on connecting travelers to who and what matters most to them. More than 180 conveniently located Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in over 30 countries around the world serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion – from efficient business meetings to memorable family vacations. The brand offers a one-stop experience that puts everything guests need right at their fingertips. Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts offer a full range of services and amenities, including the space to work, engage or relax; notable culinary experiences; technology-enabled ways to collaborate; and expert event planners who can take care of every detail. For more information, please visit hyattregency.com. Follow @HyattRegency on FacebookTwitterand Instagram, and tag photos with #AtHyattRegency.

Min,Mr R K Singh: Book Release on “Renewable Energy Technology”

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Book on “Renewable Energy Technology”  Release by Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, New and Renewable Energy

New Delhi, June 22nd, 2018 . Hon’ble Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, New and Renewable Energy, Shri R. K. Singh released a book titled “Renewable Energy Technology” co-authored by Shri I.S. Jha, CMD (POWERGRID), Shri Subir Sen, COO (CTU Planning & Smart Grid) POWERGRID, Shri Manish Kumar Tiwari, Asst. GM (Smart Grid) POWERGRID and Prof. D.P. Kothari in the august presence of CMD, POWERGRID, senior officials of Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, CERC, CEA and POWERGRID.

The book covers in depth about the renewable energy generation resources, the technologies related to renewable energy systems such as; solar, wind, hydro, biomass, geothermal, tidal, wave energy etc., grid integration & balancing technologies, Energy Storage Systems, Electric Vehicles, Smart Grid and enabling framework for renewable energy in India. Detailed mathematical derivation, wherever needed, is presented for better understanding of the reader.

Combined with professional and academic experience of authors and balanced with theoretical as well as practical aspects, this book intends to meet the needs of a diverse range of groups like academicians, student community, researchers, utilities, developers, power sector experts and analysts, industry.

India’s Smart Cities Mission: Smart for Whom? Cities for Whom?

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Dr Partha Mukhopadhyay, Senior Fellow, @CPR_India, releasing a report by @HLRN_India on ‘India’s Smart Cities Mission: Smart For Whom? Cities For Whom?

New Delhi, 22 June 2018 :Highlights the Lack of an Integrated Approach and Focus on Marginalized Groups As the Smart Cities Mission completes three years on 25 June 2018, at an event in New Delhi, Housing and Land Rights Network, India (HLRN) launched its report titled, India’s Smart Cities Mission: Smart for Whom? Cities for Whom?

Justice A.P. Shah, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi and former Chairperson of the Law Commission of India, who was to release the HLRN report, could not be present due to exigent circumstances and instead sent a message of support. In particular, he highlighted that, “The report has raised important human rights concerns that the Smart Cities Mission should definitely address.” The report release was followed by a panel discussion at which independent experts discussed diverse dimensions of the Smart Cities Mission, while raising concerns about its challenges.

Stressing the need for a gender equality approach, Ms Suneeta Dhar, Senior Advisor, Jagori, elaborated that, “Smart cities should be inclusive of women, in all their diversity. A women’s human rights approach would transform the way cities are planned, by addressing structural inequalities and inequities. Women have an autonomous ‘right to the city’, to its opportunities and services, as equal citizens. They have a right to safety at all times, both at work and public spaces. When cities are built without the voice of women in local governance systems, and without considering age- and genderspecific factors, then girls and women bear huge costs in terms of lack of well-being and unpaid work. There is ample evidence to substantiate these observations.”

In his remarks, Dr Partha Mukhopadhyay, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research also commented that, “This report is a critical but thorough and extensive examination of the government’s Smart Cities Mission. It brings together a wide array of sources, including a valuable compilation of parliamentary questions related to smart cities, to try and answer some very important questions relating to the nature of citizenship and governance in our cities, and provides a perspective on housing and human rights that link to India’s international commitments. Regardless of one’s position with respect to smart cities, this is a report that should be engaged with.” Housing and Land Rights Network presented the major findings and conclusions of its study, which are described below.

Major Findings and Conclusions of the HLRN Study  Exclusionary approach. By focusing on only 100 cities of the country and on select areas within those cities, the Mission has demonstrated a restrictive approach to urban development. Of the total proposed investment of Rs 2.04 lakh crore (Rs 2,040 billion) in ‘smart cities,’ 80 per cent will be spent on ‘Area-based Development (ABD).’ The city area covered by ABD is less than 5 per cent for 49 of the 86 cities for which information is available. The government claims that 99.5 million people will be covered by Mission projects or only 8 per cent of India’s total population or 22 per cent of the urban population. Disaggregated data on the demographics of the affected population is also not available. The per capita investment on ABD varies from city to city, with Rs 32,159, reportedly, being spent per person in Bengaluru and Rs 43.3 lakh per person in Naya Raipur. The Mission thus Housing and Land Rights Network ,

Absence of a gender equality and non-discrimination approach. There is a limited focus on marginalized groups, including Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and other minorities. In particular, the silence on caste-based discrimination is glaring. While issues related to women, children, persons with disabilities, and older persons find some mention in most Smart City Proposals, the Mission does not incorporate a consistent rights-based or substantive equality approach to address structural discrimination and violence against these groups in cities.

Inadequate participation, consultation, and information. Though every city has reported some form of engagement with residents in the development of Smart City Proposals, people’s participation, especially from low-income communities, has not been adequate. There is also no means of ascertaining whether inputs collated during public consultations have been factored into the final proposals and selection of ‘smart city’ projects in each city.

Absence of human rights-based standards and monitoring indicators. The lack of adequate standards to guide project development and implementation, including for housing, water, sanitation, health, and environmental sustainability, raise questions about whether the Mission will be able to deliver on its aims and ensure the fulfilment of fundamental rights.  Threat of forced evictions, land acquisition, and displacement. While housing for economically weaker sections (EWS) and low-income groups (LIG) has been identified as an area of concern in almost all proposals, none of the cities have recognized housing as a human right or included standards of ‘adequate housing’ for their projects. The goal of several cities to become ‘slum-free’ without including concomitant indicators—such as the number of houses demolished or the number of homeless persons recorded in the city every year—to assess realization of this target, could promote evictions and the destruction of low-income settlements under the guise of creating ‘cities without slums.’ Evictions are being reported in several ‘smart cities.’ In 2017, HLRN documented forced evictions and demolitions of homes in 32 of the 99 ‘smart cities.’ While some evictions were directly linked to ‘smart city’ projects, others were carried out for reasons ranging from ‘city beautification’ to ‘slum clearance.’

Eight of the 99 cities have proposed greenfield development. This could increase land acquisition, resulting in the loss of farmland and the displacement of farmers and other rural communities.

Likelihood of increased segregation and gentrification. The cost of developing these ‘smart enclaves,’ will also have to be borne by the city residents living in these areas, not all of whom may be wealthy. Initiatives to increase user charges for essential services, including of water, have already been proposed in cities like Pune. With improved services and amenities in the ‘smart city,’ housing prices could rise, fueling the threat of market-led evictions and gentrification of ‘smart’ neighbourhoods.

Dilution of democracy and the privatization of governance. The Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to implement the Mission has been incorporated under the Companies Act 2013. This is a violation of The Constitution (Seventy-fourth Amendment) Act 1992, which divests power in local governments and urban local bodies. The SPV’s competing governance mechanism could substantively dilute local democracy with the private sector playing a greater role in city management.  Risks of digitalization and threats to privacy. The rise in digitalization could exacerbate India’s already great digital divide if adequate safeguards are not adopted. Furthermore, the tendency of technology to capture personal information and household-level data gives rise to concerns about the smart city’s propensity to violate people’s right to privacy. In addition, the rights to information and security are also threatened by increased surveillance.

Increased corporatization of cities with high dependence on foreign investment. It is estimated that 80 per cent of total capital outlay for ‘smart city’ development would be required from the private sector. The selected cities are, thus, raising funds through a variety of Public Private Partnership (PPP) models. Several foreign governments and multilateral agencies have also proposed large amounts of funding for the Mission. However, the actual amount of remittances received and the conditionalities attached to these investments are not known. There is thus a concern about the level of control that local governments will have over decisions and Housing and Land Rights Network , Press Release, 22 June 2018 3 outcomes related to ‘smart city’ projects. These trends highlight the transition towards the corporatization of Indian cities, with grave potential implications for residents.

Environmental concerns. Though there is a stated focus on environmental sustainability within Smart City Proposals, the paradigm of development being adopted by the Mission could result in the growing ecological footprint of ‘smart cities.’ It could also pose threats of increased ewaste and loss of forest cover in the pursuit of greenfield development and city-based infrastructure projects.  Apparent lack of convergence with other schemes. Urban development in India is also being governed by several other schemes:

Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Swachh Bharat Mission, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) or Housing for All–2022 scheme, and the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM), among others. A review of these schemes reveals a multiplicity of targets and overlapping areas of intervention. Ninety-two of the 99 selected ‘smart cities’ are also covered under AMRUT, while most of the housing projects in ‘smart cities’ are PMAY projects and shelters for the homeless are being funded by NULM. The question then is: What is the value added by the Smart Cities Mission?  Positive developments have been reported in a few cities. These include restoration of heritage sites in Gwalior, solar energy achievements in Diu, child-friendly initiatives in Bhubaneswar, a waste management project in Jabalpur, and toilet construction in Kakinada.

However, in the absence of a comprehensive assessment framework, it is difficult to ascertain the progress of the Mission, especially with regard to key indicators and outcomes. Recommendations The analysis of the Smart Cities Mission—undertaken by HLRN—reveals the glaring absence of a human rights-based approach to the Mission as well as a neglect of the urban poor and marginalized. While it may be too late to reverse the process that the Mission has embarked on, it is not too late to change the direction of its trajectory by implementing measures to ensure a greater focus on human rights, equality, and social justice. Housing and Land Rights Network has, thus, proposed some recommendations to the government as well as other involved actors.

The Smart Cities Mission needs a human rights-based implementation and monitoring framework to assess the achievement of targets and to ensure that all ‘smart city’ projects comply with national and international law and promote human rights and environmental sustainability. While the Livability Index, announced by the government, is a move in the right direction, it should incorporate human rights indicators, so as to meaningfully assess the quality of life and standard of living in Indian cities, including ‘smart cities.’  Implementation of the Mission should align with India’s international commitments, including under the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, the Paris Agreement, and the New Urban Agenda. It should also aim to implement recommendations from India’s third Universal Periodic Review.

The Mission must develop a special focus on the needs, concerns, and human rights of marginalized individuals, groups, and communities, including children, women, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, migrants, homeless persons, domestic workers, persons with disabilities, religious and sexual minorities, and other excluded groups.  Meaningful participation and engagement should be a priority in the selection and execution of ‘smart city’ projects in all cities. The free, prior, and informed consent of all persons likely to be impacted by ‘smart city’ projects should be obtained prior to project selection.

Human rights-based impact assessments and environmental impact assessments should be mandatory for all ‘smart city’ projects, before they are approved.

Strict measures must be put in place to ensure that implementation of ‘smart city’ projects does not result in the violation of any human rights, including the rights to adequate housing, work/livelihood, security of the person and home, water, sanitation, health, food, privacy, information, must be protected.

The provision of adequate affordable housing in all cities must be strengthened while allying with the targets of PMAY/Housing for All–2022. Cities should define ‘affordable housing’ with clear income-based criteria. ‘Rehabilitation’ and ‘slum-free city’ projects should not be used as an excuse to demolish low-income settlements. Measures must be taken to prevent forced evictions, forced relocation, and displacement.  Efforts must be made to protect the right to privacy, and to prevent surveillance and misuse of big data. India needs appropriately-nuanced data legislation to check against the growing threats of digitalization.

The body created to implement the Mission, the Special Purpose Vehicle, must work within the framework of democracy provided by the Constitution of India and must respect and not circumvent democratically elected local governments and institutions.  The role of the corporate sector associated with ‘smart city’ projects, including multinational companies, should be regulated to ensure compliance with national and international laws. Privatization of essential services must be prevented.  Improved convergence of all government schemes along with better inter-ministerial coordination is required. Common core human rights indicators should be developed to ensure harmonized monitoring of all national urban schemes.

Progressive court judgments, including those upholding the rights to privacy and housing, should be complied with. Authorities should also implement recommendations of UN treaty bodies and Special Procedures, including those of the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing pertaining to the Smart Cities Mission. Given the many concerns and challenges related to the Smart Cities Mission, HLRN hopes that all involved agencies—state and non-state—will consider implementing the recommendations presented above.

As Shivani Chaudhry, Executive Director, Housing and Land Rights Network, emphasized, “Though some ‘smart city’ projects may have positive outcomes, the question is whether such a super structure of the Smart Cities Mission—with a competing governance model, private consultants, and large funds— was needed to get cities to perform their mandated roles? Are we headed towards creating ‘smart enclaves’ or inclusive cities? Are ‘smart cities’ the way for India to meet its legal and moral obligations, including implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, or would a more equitable paradigm focusing on the entire country have been a more prudent alternative? The Mission requires a fundamental re-envisioning exercise that places people, not technology and profit, at the centre.” Housing and Land Rights Network believes that it is important for the Indian government, at both the central and state levels, to adopt a strong human rights approach in all its policies and schemes, including the Smart Cities Mission.

A focus on creating ‘human rights habitats’ instead of ‘smart cities’ would ensure that the poor and marginalized are not excluded, their democratic participation in governance is guaranteed, their fundamental rights are upheld, and that improved living spaces are created for all.

The report—India’s Smart Cities Mission: Smart for Whom? Cities for Whom?—is available at: http://hlrn.org.in/documents/Smart_Cities_Report_2018.pdf

BAL SAHITYA PURASKAR 2018

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Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi which met today at Guwahati, under the Chairmanship of its President, Dr. Chandrashekhar Kambar approved selection of 23 writers (as given at Annexure ‘A’ attached) for the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2018. The books were selected on the basis of recommendations made by the Jury comprising of three members each in the concerned language in accordance with the rules and procedure laid down for the purpose.

According to the procedure, the Executive Board declared the Awards on the basis of unanimous/majority vote by the Jury. The Awards relate to books first published during the five years immediately preceding the year of Award (i.e. between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2016). However, during the initial ten years i.e. from 2010 to 2019, the award may also be given to an author based on his/her total contribution to Children Literature.The name of the Jury members on whose recommendations the Bal Sahitya
Puraskar were declared are given language wise at Annexure ‘B’ attached.The Award in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque and a cheque of Rs. 50,000/- will be presented to the awardees at a special function to be held on 14 November 2018.

POETRY DOMINATES SAHITYA AKADEMI YUVA PURASKAR 2018
Sahitya Akademi announced its annual Yuva Puraskar in 22 languages today.Tenbooks of poetry, seven of short stories, three of novel and one of play have won the SahityaAkademiYuvaPuraskar 2018.
The Awards were recommended by distinguished Jury members representing 22 Indian languages and approved by the Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi which met today
under the Chairmanship of Dr. Chandrashekhar Kambar, President, Sahitya Akademi. Those who have won the Awards for their collection of poetry include Samragnee
Bandyopadhyay(Bengali), Esha Dadawala(Gujarati), Aasteek Vajpeyi(Hindi), Wilma Bantwal (Konkani), Umesh Paswan (Maithili), Tongbram Amarjit Singh (Manipuri),Jayadratha Suna (Odia), Dushyant Joshi (Rajasthani),Muni Rajsundar Vijay (Sanskrit), Bala SudhakarMouli (Telugu).
Those who have won the Awards for their collection of short stories include Bipasha Bora (Assamese), PadmanabhaBhat(Kannada), DheebaNazir (Kashmiri), ChhudenKabimu (Nepali), Rani Murmu (Santali), Suneel Krishnan (Tamil), ShahnazRahman (Urdu).
Those who have won the Awards for their collection of Novel include Amal (Malayalam), Navnath Gore (Marathi), GurpreetSehji (Punjabi) and for Play,ChampaChetnani (Sindhi).According to the procedure, the Executive Board declared the Awards on the basis of unanimous or selection on the basis of majority vote made by the Jury. The Award relates to books published by an author of the age of 35 and below as on 1 st January of the year of the award.The Award in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque and a cheque of Rs.50,000/- will be presented to the awardees at a special function to be held at a later date.
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 Latest track of Meet Bros ‘Nachdi Firaangi’ labelled under ‘MB Music’

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   The power-packed music directors & singer of Bollywood Industry, the Meet Bros are again all set to keep stage on fire by their latest peppy track ‘Nachdi Firaangi’. As recently, the duos Manmeet & Harmeet Singh were witnessed in New Delhi for the launch of their song. The event took place at Lounge the Lord of the Drinks in Connaught Place. Along with them the talented singer Kanika Kapoor and beautiful Elli EvrRam were also present to grace the event.

   While launching the brand new music label ‘MB Music’ with their latest track ‘Nachdi Firaangi’, the Meet Bros also interacted with media peeps and shared the uniqueness of their party number. As the first ever single track is featured under the label of ‘MB Music’, sung by Meet Bros & Kanika Kapoor and it’s the very first time they are together for a single apart from a Bollywood song. The song is packed with clubbing elements and video also featuring the moves of gorgeous Elli EvrRam.

  Well, talking about the same, Manmeet stated, “this song is special and unique for us because it’s not for a film, this song is for everyone. It holds dependent music.” Talking about the idea of the song, he said, “One day Kanika came to our studio, she scold us like an elder sister and charged us to make this single, our first single apart from film, she motivated and charged us, then on the same night within one hour we prepared ‘Nachdi Firaangi’. We called Kanika and shared our song and we started working together for the same.” On the other hand Harmeet added, “All the girls who wanna dance, and groove on our latest single can make their videos and forward it to us, we will select one of the best video and when it will get viral, its earning will also be shared with them. So guys keep pouring your videos of ‘Nachdi Firaangi’, this song is just for you all.”

   Whereas, Kanika said, “Me and meet Bros are family, we have different equation, I feel highly comfortable and confident while working with them as in studio I can sing openly without any fear in front of them, and we have a great bond.” And, talking about her experience, working in the song Elli EvrRam in Punjabi said ‘Menu Bohot Maza aya.’ Further she added, “It was a wonderful experience, definitely I would love to work again with them. When I got this offer I was so happy and I was happier when I got to know that Kanika Kapoor is also a part of this project, it was really a great time with them all.”

Police Expo 2018:

Police Expo 2018: Predictive Policing & Contemporary Challenges for Indian Police Forces

July 26-27, 2018; BPR&D Hqrs, Mahipalpur, New Delhi 

Greetings from FICCI ! 

I am pleased to inform you that FICCI in partnership with Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India is organising a two-day Police Expo 2018, with the theme ‘Predictive Policing & Contemporary Challenges for Indian Police Forces’ on July 26-27, 2018 at BPR&D Hqrs, Mahipalpur, New Delhi. The objective of this exposition is not limited to showcasing of technologies & solutions, but to go beyond that, and helpindustry in getting their products & technologies evaluated from an expert Screening Committee for subsequent trails / pilot project.

 

We are in process of setting-up Bureau’s Expert Screening Committee which will evaluate products and technologiesof the exhibiting companies and facilitate meetings between Industry/ Solution Providers and user organisations(CAPFs & State Police Forces) to undertake field trials and pilot projects for better customisation and adoption.

 

The programme also aims at creating awareness among young Superintendents of Police from States and Commandants from CAPFs, regarding latest technologies in areas such as Artificial Intelligence; Predictive Policing / Crime Analytics / Big data Analytics; Geospatial Technologies; Cyber Crime; Surveillance Tracking & UAVs; CCTV Equipmentfor effective delivery of Police Services to citizens. Some of the focus areas of the conference are as follows :

 

·         Technologies for Predicting Offenders, Predicting Perpetrator Identities & Predicting Crime Victims

·         Public Procurement in Internal Security – Way Ahead

·         Innovations in Homeland Security – Presentations by Young Minds

·         Next Generation Technologies for Homeland Security

·         Safe cities V/s Smart Cities

·         Talk by visionary Superintendent of Police officers

·         Predicting Cyber Crime Against Women

 

Enclosed are the following files for your reference:

 

  • Brochure of the Police Expo
  • Exhibition Form (In case you would like to exhibit during the Expo)
  • Product Form (To be shared with the Screening Committee and to be filled by the Exhibiting Companies)
  • Delegate Form (In case you would like to participate as a delegate)

 

There are limited partnership opportunities available; your office may contact us for further information / queries.

 

Look forward to your kind participation.

 

Best,

 

Sumeet Gupta

Senior Director  

World Cup fans visiting Qatar will never miss a moment of the excitement

A taste of what to expect when Qatar hosts the world’s biggest sporting event in 2022

Interactive fan zones await visitors at airport, temperature-controlled open air stadium, sports venues & cultural hotspots

Indian visitors to Qatar will never have to miss a moment of the World Cup. With a host of immersive and interactive fan zones across the country, the host for the 2022 tournament is showing off its passion for the sport while giving all a peek of what to expect at the 22nd edition of the most-watched sporting event.

Starting from their arrival at the airport and throughout their stay, the country’s variety of fan zones promise visitors an immersive football experience at different venues across Qatar. To celebrate the world’s biggest sporting event, Hamad International Airport (HIA), Khalifa International Stadium, Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena, Katara Cultural Village, as well as malls and hotels have been transformed into fan zones to transfer the atmosphere of the tournament in Russia to people in Qatar.

Right up to the final day of the FIFA World Cup™, Qatar will be abuzz with activities to accompany the live screenings such as football freestylers, football jugglers and impromptu football matches. For a more interactive take on the football frenzy, dies hard fans can take a shot at Robot Goalie, foosball games, virtual football and much more.

Rashed AlQuerese, Chief Marketing & Promotion Officer at Qatar Tourism Authority, commented: “We are very pleased to have so many organisations across Qatar host fan zones for this tournament; it is truly an example of the cross-sector collaboration required for delivering impactful tourism products and events.” He added: “The World Cup’s overlap with the annual Qatar Summer Festival this year gives us the perfect opportunity to build our joint capabilities ahead of Qatar’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 2022.”

 

Airport Fan Zone

In addition to restyling the iconic Lamp Bear area of Hamad International Airport (HIA) to resemble a football pitch, all matches will be broadcast live at three areas close to the boarding gates. Qatar’s award-winning airport and transit hub, fan zone areas are designed to resemble a living room, a stadium and a majlis (a traditional Qatari seating area for receiving guests) to ensure that passengers feel fully immersed in the viewing experience and get a taste of what to expect when Qatar hosts the world’s biggest sporting event in 2022.

Official 2018 FIFA World Cup™ memorabilia will also be on sale at QDF’s stores throughout the airport and shoppers will have the opportunity to take selfies alongside the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ mascot.

This initiative marks HIA’s latest steps on the country’s journey towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. To help prepare Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, HIA is set to increase its passenger capacity from 30 million passengers per year to a target of more than 50 million per year. During the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, HIA is expected to receive approximately 96,000 passengers per day.

Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena

Once in Doha, visitors can check out the fan zone at Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena which most famously played host to the World Men’s Handball Championship in 2015. In addition to its enticing free entry, the zone will feature live entertainment and concerts between games, a designated zone for children and families and more than 40 food carts offering distinctly local flavours.

 

Khalifa International Stadium

Fans can also check out the iconic 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar venue Khalifa International Stadium.

Following extensive redevelopment, the 40,000-seat stadium reopened in May last year when it hosted the 2017 Emir Cup final. The stadium now features innovative cooling technology for the benefit of players and fans and a world-class LED lighting system, amongst other innovations. Khalifa International Stadium has a rich hosting history, having previously welcomed events including the Asian Games, Gulf Cup and AFC Asian Cup, among other events. In 2019, the stadium will host the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

Katara Cultural Village

For a more local take on football fandom, visitors can head to Katara where they can enjoy a drive-in viewing experience. The Katara Fan Zone offers fans an opportunity to watch the matches from the comfort of a personal vehicle and with plenty of street food options delivered straight to your window.

 

Hotels, Malls & Summer Entertainment City

whether at malls or hotels visitors are sure to find a place to kick back and watch a game. Families with young tots can head to Summer Entertainment City which boasts 1,000 mof games dedicated to celebrating football.

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