Excerpt from the report to be released during the Press Conference:

We look forward to hosting you on the 17th August, for what we trust will be an interesting and informative discussion.

Excerpt from the report to be released during the Press Conference:
Political parties are required to submit details of donors who have made donations above Rs 20,000 in a financial year (between 1st April and 31st March) to the Election Commission of India, every year. Parties provide details of the name, address, PAN, mode of payment and amount contributed by each donor who has made donation above Rs 20,000 in their submission.
  • Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), in its earlier report dated 8th January, 2014, specified that various sectors of business houses in 8 years, between FY 2004-05 & 2011-12, donated a total of Rs 378.89 cr to National Parties, constituting 87% of the total contribution from known sources of political parties.
  • This report analyses the donations from corporates to National Parties between FY 2012-13 and 2015-16.
  • Political parties considered for the report are BJP, INC, NCP, CPI and CPM. Though a National party, BSP has not been considered for analysis in this report as the party has declared that it received no voluntary contributions above Rs 20,000 from any donor between FY 2012-13 and 2015-16.

Venue: Lecture Room -2, IIC (Annexe), New Delhi 

Date: 17th August, 2017Thursday

Time: Registration at 9:30 AM, Press Conference at 03:00 PM

Yours sincerely, 

Punjabi puttar and veteran actor Dharmendra to play a god father in ‘Jora 10 Numbaria’



The story of Malwa region, Jora 10 Numbaria is Amardeep Gill’s first feature film.  The movie will showcase the inner friction amongst the political parties, police and the underworld. The central character hogging the limelight will be Jora, played by Deep Sidhu. Jora 10 Numbaria will prove to be a freshly plucked experience for the Punjabi film viewers.

As all the details and uniqueness of the movie is revealed by the cast of the movie Mukul Dev, Deep and actress Kul Sidhu. Along with director Amardeep while interacting with media in Press Conference held in a café at Cannaught Place, Delhi.

A handful of big names from Bollywood will also be seen making their presence felt in this film. One of them is the special character in the movie of legendry actor, Dharmendra who will be seen playing the role of a godfather.

Whereas, for the same the lead actor Deep shared his views and stated, “Dharam Ji holds a very strong character in the movie, as my character of Jora is kind of rebel who have anger in himself, so he gets guidance from Dharmendra Ji and then Jora get to channelize the right and wrong path.” On the other hand Mukul Dev also reveals about the movie and his character, he said, “As movie is based on politics and mafias, so I have character of Shera Thakur who is having grey shades, he is also a mix of Punjabi and Rajasthani.”
The director Amardeep while interacting with media told, “The essence and the storyline of this film can be summed up in a short sentence that- Politics is the last asylum for any criminal.” He also stated that he has been working on this subject since a long time and a lot has gone into preparing and scripting this story.

Jora 10 Numbaria, under the banner of Bhatinde wale bai Films Presents in association with Ohri productions, will be released worldwide on 1 September 2017.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals grows

Foreign Tourist Arrivals grows by 7.4% in July 2017


·         Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) grows by 7.4% in July 2017 as compared to July 2016

During July 2017, the number of FTAs were 7.88 lakh as compared to FTAs of 7.34 lakh in July, 2016 and 6.28 lakh in July, 2015. FTAs during the period January- July 2017 were 56.74 lakh with a growth of 15.7%, as compared to the FTAs of 49.03 lakh with a growth of 9.6% in January- July 2016 over January- July 2015.


 Top 15 source countries for Foreign tourist arrivals in India during  July 2017 (in %)

Top 15 ports in India for Foreign Tourist Arrivals during  July 2017  (in %)

Source: PHD Research Bureau; Compiled from Ministry of Tourism

·         Foreign Tourist Arrivals (on E-visa) grows by 73.3% in July 2017

During the month of July, 2017 total of 1.19 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 0.68 lakh during the month of July 2016 registering a growth of 73.3%. During January-July 2017, a total of 8.36 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 5.40 lakh during January-July 2016, registering a growth of 54.7%.


Top 15 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa during  July 2017 (in %)

Top 15 ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during  July 2017  (in %)

Source: PHD Research Bureau; Compiled from Ministry of Tourism, Government of India


Please contact for any query related to this mail to Mr. Rohit Singh, Research Associate at rohit.singh@phdcci with a cc to Dr. S P Sharma, Chief Economist,  at spsharma@phdcci.in and Ms. Surbhi Sharma, Senior Research Officer at surbhi@phdcci.in , PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry


12 Ways the Tech Industry is Hacking Food Waste

Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank <danielle@foodtank.com>
To:Nksagar Sagar
Aug 16 at 9:03 PM
Food Tank
At Food Tank, we are constantly amazed by innovative ideas driving food system change.

Food tech focused on combatting and recycling food waste is changing the way we interact with food; reducing waste and hunger while increasing food savings for producers and consumers alike. From analytic software and apps to biologically engineered solutions, food tech is working to more efficiently grow and distribute food to keep it fresh and out of landfills.

Food Tank is spotlighting 12 food tech solutions working to reduce food waste: Bluapple, BluWrap, BT9 XSENSE, CopiaEdipeelFreight Farms, Gebni, IRRI Super Bag, LeanPath, Smart Packing, Wakati, and Winnow Systems.

Click here to read more about these emerging technologies.

NYC Summit
The James Beard Foundation (JBF) will host its eighth annual food summit (JBF) will host its eighth annual food summit, “Consuming Power,” on October 23 and 24, 2017, at the Convene Conference Center in New York City.  
NYC Summit
The NYC Food Tank Summit is now SOLD OUT. You can still apply to the wait list or watch the event live on the Food Tank Facebook page on September 13, 2017.  
MIT Food Computers
Danielle Nierenberg discusses challenges facing the global food system on the International Food Policy Research Institute’s podcast, Nourishing Millions.
OSA MESA Program
IKEA is one of a handful of businesses making commitments to sustainability, from water conservation to small farmer support.
Ethiopian Coffee Endangered

The Trump Administration’s False Promise to Rural America
According to a recent article, the Trump Administration intends to increase pressure on Europe and China to accept food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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‘India’s Unique Achievement: Triple Transition’ 

Dear Rajiv Jee,
Prudent mind will not deny that India is making an excellent strides.We are in the age where technology innovations are at an accelerating pace of development. Our younger generations who can lead in this acts, don’t find the right eco-system or rightful environment for them either to work, grow, research, or to be innovating in their creativity in India makes us feel sad. Whereas  globally we get statistics that 38% of creativity is done by Indian diaspora where they are in tune with eco-system of work culture with adequate rewards dignity and grace. You are absolutely rights that ISRO and other organisation like DRDO making some advancements but hear stories from the security chaps and scientist as both have done such wonderful jobs to get the scientist know what is happening around the world when we were put in sanctions.
 You have mentioned all humans statistics to be with us but having younger generation in the family without work culture and inclination towards  Mathematics and science we shall remain at the end of the Q.
In manufacturing if we get quick success get to the study which need India attention for its utility and requirements and how far the technology has moved to be crucified to its maturity.
A complete NGO or government departments need to study latest technology in hybrid form can be drawn to our country for the good of the nation.
We need lot of experts and people to work collectively and intelligently with dedication to rope in select-companies from around the globe, China has done to get to the top. Very simple but need lot of energy.
With regards
dedicated one
to dr rajiv kumar
Dr. Rajiv Kumar <rajiv.kumar@pahleindia.org>
Aug 16 at 5:18 PM


Dear nksagar_1@yahoo.com

I request your kind attention for my latest op-ed titled ‘India’s Unique Achievement: Triple Transition’ that appeared in “The Economic Times” on 15th August 2017 (Tuesday).

I hope you will be able to spare the time to go through it. I will greatly welcome your feedback.

Warm regards,


India’s Unique Achievement: Triple Transition

The Economic Times, 15th August 2017

Rajiv Kumar

Three scores and ten years after its independence in 1947, India can look back with a fair degree of satisfaction at its economic accomplishments. The most important in my view has been the decisive victory over food shortages, debilitating hunger and famines. Having been witness to the devastating Bihar famine in the mid-sixties and participated in a ‘miss a meal’ movement led by one of our unsung heroes, Lal Bahadur Shastri, I cannot think of a bigger achievement than to have removed the stigma of starvation deaths from our midst.

There have, of course been several other notable successes. Per capita incomes have risen by more than ten times. Poverty has been nearly eliminated with only 12.4% of the population now below the poverty line compared to more than 70% in 1947. Indigenously designed and produced satellites; one of the world’s most successful space programs; vibrant manufacturing sector that produces from pin to rockets; a burgeoning services sector that includes a globally competitive IT industry. Even our staunchest critics will grant that  India has not only proven the Cassandras wrong, it has raised hopes among other emerging economies that democracies can also achieve economic success.

India’s most notable achievement is its success in simultaneously undertaking its Triple Transition- economic, political and social. Independent India inherited an extremely stratified and diverse social order, backward economy and fragmented polity. Indian leaders accepted these daunting initial conditions and launched India’s simultaneous triple transition, which makes for extremely complexity and is perhaps unique in human history.

Other countries have tackled this triple transition sequentially. In England for example the political order was changed well before its industrial revolution. In the US, native Indians were sacrificed and African-Americans given their political or human rights well after the country had completed its economic transition. In the modern period, China has achieved glorious success in its economic transition and pulled a fifth of humanity out of poverty, but its political and social transitions have virtually been left unattended. Korea similarly achieved its economic transition under a dictatorship and only then started on its political transition.

Given our circumstances, India had no option but to adopt the triple transitions simultaneously. Our forefathers had the foresight to realize that pushing forward with only the economic transition could well have implied either a social implosion or a political explosion- that would have mortally wounded the newly independent country. Impatience at our slow economic progress, often displayed by our elite, is simply unwarranted because economic growth has to be in sync with and is constrained by the pace of its social and political transitions.

Enormous challenges remain to be urgently tackled. India’s young population with 65% below 35 years of age and 50% below 25, is increasingly impatient and ever more aspirational. It has to be productively employed. This has to be managed in an economic environment that is characterized by acute uncertainty on account of turbulences generated by the 4th technological revolution that now surrounds us.

India must whole heartedly adopt the latest cutting edge technologies, including AI (artificial intelligence) while simultaneously generating more than 7 million jobs annually. This is a daunting task. Completing them will require bold, innovative and collective thinking by all stakeholders combined with focused implementation. Employment generation, while attaining global competitiveness across sectors and industries must be the exclusive criteria for evaluating government policies and corporate strategies.

With its vibrant democracy and openness to global trends, India does not have the luxury of ignoring critical challenges that emerge as development proceeds. Environment has to be protected; the looming water crisis to be averted; regional and inter-personal inequalities to be reduced; agriculture to be modernized; urbanization to be better planned to avoid slums, squalor and stress; child labour eliminated; better gender balance achieved; and progress made on the entire range of social development goals. The list is long and daunting.

India has the talent, ingenuity and vast reservoirs of entrepreneurial skills to successfully take on these challenges. For harnessing these resources, we have to create an eco-system that will allow our citizens to maximize their potential. The essential condition for this is to put in place a development state that is focused on providing the entire gamut of public services efficiently and equitably.

Therefore, the focus on governance reforms and further deepening them is the right way forward. We have incentivize good performance, discourage laxity and dishonesty and eliminate both petty rent seeking and large scale corruption. First steps have been taken over the last three years. These have to be further reinforced for India to have gotten on to a higher, sustained and inclusive growth trajectory.

Author is Founder Director, Pahle India Foundation, Delhi

http://pahleindia.org/PIF-in- Media.php

Rajiv Kumar


Pahle India

Ramdev FRUSTATED At $1b, World Food Market $10,000b

August17, 2017 (C) Ravinder Singh progressindia2015@gmail.com

Ramdev is getting angry & FRUSTATED these days – even after sinking Rs. Billions, his thousands of products are not getting space in front racks of stores all over India.DABUR INDIA LTD is worth Rs.54,448 Crores, AMUL as a company could be worth Rs.100,000 Crores are Indian Giants – ITC Ltd is worth Rs.3,41,000 Cr. HUL reported Rs.36,128 Cr Turnover is valued at Rs.2,56,911 Cr – every time Ramdev gets angry HUL worth jump Rs.1,000 Cr. When Patanjali started production in 2010-11 HUL share price was Rs.264 that has gone up to Rs.1156 – 338% Growth.


Patanjali was introducing ‘Cheap or Low Value Add Products’ even in comparison to Indian Rivals – ‘Onion extract as Eye Drops’ low cost ‘Chawanprash – Amla Power as Main Ingredient followed by Sugar’. Patanjali Energy Bar didn’t replace ‘Kitkat or 5Star Bar.’ People tried but very few repeating it. Patanjali didn’t maintain same Taste and Recipe.


World Food Market alone is $10,000b – Market is so huge that Specialist Companies like – Coke worth $198b, Nestle $262b, Unilever $174b, Anheuser Busch Inbev $200b, Pepsi $170b, Kraft Heinz $105b, Hershey $22b. These Multinationals are Professionally Managed – deliver Maximum return to shareholders and Quality Products to Consumers.


Foods Market alone is like Huge Ocean – Patanjali should focus on few Branded products and sell them worldwide. Ramdev couldn’t beat even COLGATE – it reported more profits PAT Rs.577 Cr than Patanjali.



Colgate Palmolive India sales more than Doubled [Rs.2,025 Cr to Rs.4,490 Cr] since Ramdev introduced ‘Dant Kanti’ is worth Rs.29,168 Cr [$63b Worldwide] and reported installing Large Toothpaste 2014 & Large Toothbrush factories 2016. Colgate publishes Audited Results every quarter – Ramdev doesn’t.



HUL reported Rs.6,396 Cr PBT more than turnover of Patanjali and paid Rs.1,902 Cr Tax. Paid more dividend than RIL. [The total dividend for the financial year, including the proposed Final Dividend, amounts to Rs.17/- per equity share and will absorb Rs.4,394 crores, including Dividend Distribution Tax of Rs.715 crores.]


I was keeping track of Ramdev Products as retailed by BIYANI store much before marketing tieup. I had reported earlier how most publicized –


Ø Patanjali Honey developed ‘Rotting Smell’ after 15 days,

Ø Tried Mix Jam – Three other jars under watch were not sold for a week.

Ø Patanjali Atta was introduced but were costlier than rivals without discount,

Ø MAGGI noodles were banned in India even as India made noodles were exported.


Ramdev don’t have clear plan to compete head on with Multinationals. Livemint reported many of its products are sourced from many suppliers than made in his factories.


‘Patanjali will focus on six areas: Natural Medicine, Natural Cosmetics, Natural Dairy Products and Food, Natural Cattle Feed and Feed Supplements, Bio-Fertilizers and Bio-Pesticides, and Natural Indigenous Seeds, said Ramdev.’


Ramdev is not in Direct Competition with Colgate or HUL or ITC.

Ramdev Should Focus on Few ‘High Value Add’ Products – Mint Tulsi Soap with Haldi will not sell.


Mint Tulsi Soap

Patanjali Mint Tulsi body cleanser 75 gm. A product of Patanjali Ayurved to enhance the natural beauty and glow of skin. Ayurvedic proprietary medicine. Composition: Each 10 gm contains extract of Mint (Mentha piperita 10 mg), Tusli (Ocium sanctum) 5.0 mg, Aama haldi (curcuma amada) 2.0mg, Haldi (Curcuma longa) 2.0 mg, Ghritkumari (Aloe barbadensis) 2.0 mg, Shuddh suhaga (Purified borax) 25 mg. Uses: Useful in rejuvenating, nourishing & glorifying the skin. Useful in removing dryness and roughness of skin. Suggested uses: Rub on wet body surface while taking bath.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS

Y-77, Hauz Khas, ND -110016, India. Ph: 091- 9871056471, 9718280435, 9650421857

Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power, Transportation,

PAF jet crashes

A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-7 PG jet crashed near Sargodha on Thursday, according to PAF spokesperson.

One PAF official, identified as Lieutenant Bilal, suffered a leg fracture as a result of the incident.

The jet was on a training mission, the spokesperson remarked, adding that rescue operation is under way.

According to details, the pilot had flown the jet from PAF Base Samungli, located near Quetta, to participate in training exercise in Sargodha, where the incident occurred.

A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of the accident.Geo news