Happy Dusherra







In a swift and well calibrated operation, Indian Coast
At about 1500 hrs on 29 Sep, a call was received at
Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Mumbai from
VTS Mumbai regarding heavy flooding onboard an Indian
barge Ellysia 05 nm North-west of Colaba (Mumbai).
The vessel was on passage from Mumbai to Bhavnagar.
Immediately, Indian Coast Guard Ship C-154 was
diverted from patrol area to render assistance and by 1530
hrs, all the seven crew of the barge were safely evacuated.
Coast Guard team commenced the de-flooding of sea water
through two de-flooding pumps.
Another Coast Guard Ship Sankalp has also arrived in area to assist in de-
Coast Guard has also mobilized Emergency Towing
Vessel from Mumbai Port for salvage operation. Till the last
report came in, all out efforts are in progress by Indian Coast
Guard to de-flood the barge Ellysia.

India slips a notch in Global Competitiveness Index : WEF


According to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual Global Competitiveness Index, India’s rank is down by a single position at 40th among 137 economies for the 2017-18 report, down from 39th position in 2016-17.  


Switzerland remains the world’s most competitive economy, followed by the United States and Singapore. With Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany stable on first, fourth and fifth spots, respectively, the only changes in the top five positions apply to the United States and Singapore, which swap second and third positions.


The GCI combines 114 indicators that capture concepts that matter for productivity and long-term prosperity. These indicators are grouped into 12 pillars : institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, health and primary education, higher education and training, goods market efficiency, labor market efficiency, financial market development, technological readiness, market size, business sophistication, and innovation. These pillars are in turn organized into three subindexes : basic requirements, efficiency enhancers, and innovation and sophistication factors.


Analysis of the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) points to three main challenges and lessons that are relevant for economic progress, public-private collaboration, and policy action:


Ø  First, 10 years after the crisis, the financial sector remains vulnerable-  GCI indicators of bank soundness have not recovered to pre-crisis levels, new sources of vulnerability have emerged such as increasing private debt in emerging economies and the growth of non-regulated capital markets and governments have less bandwidth than they did 10 years ago to cope with another crisis. That is, ten years on from the global financial crisis, economies still remain at risk from further shock and are ill-prepared for the next wave of innovation and automation.


Ø  Second, more countries are able to innovate, but they must do more to spread the benefits– Major emerging markets such as China, India, and Indonesia are becoming centers for innovation, catching up with advanced economies. However, they would benefit from accelerating progress in increasing the readiness of their people and firms to adopt new technology, which is necessary to widely spread innovation’s potential economic and societal benefits.


Ø  Third, both labor market flexibility and worker protection are needed to ensure shared prosperity in the  Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) era-  As globalization and rapid technological progress continue to test the ability of labor markets to reallocate workers between tasks and occupations, the GCI shows three parallel trends. First, measures of labor market flexibility are converging between advanced and emerging economies; second, more openness and economic integration has been accompanied by increased labor market flexibility; and third, greater labor market flexibility can coexist with protecting workers’ rights and reducing inequality. Together, these issues underscore the overall challenge for both advanced and emerging economies to reallocate factors of production to be flexible and responsive to technological trends while protecting people’s well-being during adjustment periods.  Also, a decade of data illustrates the importance of balancing flexibility with protection in labour markets and why big hoped-for gains in productivity from innovation have remained elusive.


India’s ranking


For India (40th), the score improves across most pillars of competitiveness, particularly infrastructure (66th, up by two positions), higher education and training (75th, up by six positions), and technological readiness (107th, up by three positions), reflecting recent public investments in these areas. Performance also improved in Information and Communication Technology indicators, particularly Internet bandwidth per user, mobile phone and broadband subscriptions, and Internet access in schools. The quality of institutions has increased further, especially in terms of efficiency of public spending (20th), but the private sector still considers corruption to be the most problematic factor for doing business in India.



 Musical Chair, Piyush Canceled GE Diesel Loco Deal  

Not our views: researcher views and reviews

September29, 2017 (C) Ravinder Singh

Soon after the reshuffle of Ministries – World’s Most Weird Ideas are, like Maggi 2 Minute Instant Noodles, thrust upon India without any question asked or undergoing ‘Established Planning Processes.’ Foot Over Bridge stampede exposed Railways Gross Failure in serving Consumers – 10 Mumbai Commuters die daily – will get Bullet Train. 

Our experts Are 100X More Dangerous to Indian Economy. 

India not emerged out of NDA-I Irrational – River Linking; No Multipurpose Dam; Jatropha; Oil & Gas Exploration; Opening Tax Heaven Routes for FDI; Repeal of FERA & Land Ceiling; Banks funding 100% of Project cost than 40% to 66% for Large & SMEs Companies; Company Taking Loan at Low Cost then diverting to new company or project. 

Piyush, Prabhu & Gadkari are least qualified to even think of Development Progress are   – come up with Weird Ideas and without any details, study, would go ahead with their execution, are being rotated than shunted out of government. IR traffic growth is negative, Critical Projects are Stalled – nonviable projects are Pushed largely in 2-3 states that may cost over Rs.15,00,000 Cr, Load factor of power sector has declined to around 50%, worst of all – Rs.15,00,000 Cr are required for 45,000 km NHAI projects – this doesn’t account for State Road Projects & their maintenance. 

Then ‘Suddenly On 21st’ Gadkari would announce 100% Electric Mobility [Automobiles] by 2030 –India Produced 25m Automobiles FY17, 400m Automobiles are to be Junked.  

Next Piyush on 27th announced 100% electrification of Railway Network. Cancelled the Diesel Loco deal. As per his own estimate – Railways to save Rs.1,00,000 Cr in 10 years – half of it is Taxes – Saving of Rs.5,000 Cr a year is likely saving but would need Rs.5,00,000 Cr Investment on Electrification – Power Generation, Transmission & 6000 New Electric Locos, 1% in saving Energy Cost – Electrification O&M Cost 5 times more. 

Diesel Locos Emit 70% Less CO2 Than Electric Locos.   

Centre seeks 100% electric vehicles by 2030 – September21, 2017

Government will go ahead with its plan to have 100% electric mobility by 2030, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday. He said Niti Aayog will send the policy for Cabinet approval soon. Gadkari had a long meeting with Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Wednesday on the electric vehicle policy. Sources said the highway minister has supported the policy, which Niti Aayog has prepared. Two ministries transport and heavy industries and Niti Aayog have a major role to play in preparing the policy. 

Though government officials were tight lipped about the details of the policy, they said there will be enabling provision to accelerate manufacturing of electric vehicles. These would include government incentive as well. They added the government has already pushed the need for mass scale production of lithium-ion batteries, which is crucial for the roll out of the mission.  P-11

Apr-Jul Trade Deficit Doubled from $27b to $51.5b – Economy in Deep Dive.

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,

Smart Cities, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Technologies and Projects


Government Financing of Healthcare in India since 2005:


Accountability Initiative, CPR is delighted to invite you for a session on

Government Financing of Healthcare in India since 2005: Achievements and Challenges
Prof Peter Berman and team, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Friday, 6 October 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research

Government funding for health and primary healthcare in India is clearly insufficient. Low levels of resource mobilisation, however, is only part of the problem when it comes to improving the health outcomes in the country. Poor resource allocation and low budget utilisation exacerbate the inadequacy of financial resources for health. Effective allocation and utilisation is also constrained by public financial management design, operational processes, and governance factors.

In this talk led by Prof Peter Berman, the team from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will present trends in government financing of healthcare in India from 2005 to 2014 across 29 states. The talk is based on findings from an upcoming study on “Government Financing of Healthcare in India since 2005:  What was achieved, what was not and why”. The focus will be on primary care, and the session will explore the substitution effect of central government funding for primary care in richer states along with systemic and capacity constraints that result in low budget utilisation. The study will focus on specific references to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in contrast with states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Kerala where some of the practices show far better budget utilisation.

About the Speakers

Prof Peter Berman, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Prof Peter Berman (M.Sc, Ph.D) is a health economist with more than 40 years of experience in research, policy analysis, training and education in global health. He is currently a Professor of Practice of Global Health Systems and Economics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he leads several innovative projects on developing primary care systems, strengthening service delivery, health system reform, and improving health care financing mechanisms for better outcomes, with a focus on work in Ethiopia, India, and Malaysia.

Manjiri Bhawalkar, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Manjiri Bhawalkar has nearly 20 years of experience in global health with strong analytical skills and experience in policy research, design and implementation; health system strengthening;  strategic planning; and project management.  Prior to Harvard, she worked at the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria in Geneva, where she led the value for money component for the Fund. Her present academic interest includes understanding of inter-linkages between macroeconomic, fiscal space and health financing issues.

Rajesh Jha, Offbeat Innovations
Rajesh Jha is a health policy and systems expert with 22 years of experience in South Asian countries.  Having worked across 16 states in India, he has in-depth understanding of the Indian health system, its priorities and challenges, and the systemic issues affecting government’s capacity to respond to health. His areas of interest are public private partnerships, health financing, resource tracking for health, strategic planning, systems strengthening and strengthening service delivery.


Panchmukhi Hanuman Darshan

Panchmukhi Hanuman Darshan and many other performances by the cast of LuvKush Ramlila


So, at the day of Navami, the LuvKush Ramleela Committee who is one of the oldest committees in Delhi has narrated the dramatic act of the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana at Lal Quila Maidan, Delhi. Well in today’s plot one of the main highlights was revealing of Hanuman Ji’s several faces which are known as Panchmukhi Hanuman in Ramayana, a Special power of him.

Apart from this, the scenario of other scenes was also revealed such as Ahiravan worships to gain more powers to defeat Lord Ram and Laxman Ahiravan’s death by Hanuman Ji when he abducts Shri Ram and Laxman to his kingdom. And Narantak died in a war while fighting against Lord Ram and Laxman.

Well, Congress Leader Salman Khurshid, BJP Senior Leader and Central Minster for Science & Technology, Dr Harshvardhan along with Ashok Aggarwal chairman LuvKush Ramlila and Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Govt Minister Satyender Garg was also present in the prestigious evening. The entire story of was showcased by the very well known personalities of Bollywood industry, the cast of LuvKush Ramleela this year. Raavan was narrated by Mukesh Rishi, Ahiravan was Asrani, Narad was Ravi Kishan, Manoj Tiwari did Angad, Vibhishan portrayed by Anupam Shyam Ojha. Hanuman by Devrath Chaudhary. Narantak did by Hasam Rajbi. Lord Ram is Vishal Kawar and Laxman by Arun Mandola.

This is all goes up today in Ramleela’s precious evening. The world biggest and famous LuvKush Ramleela will be showcased till 1st October 2017.


Indo-Belgium working session on Sustainable city

Indo-Belgium working session on Sustainable city

Tuesday, 7th November 2017

 Taj palace Hotel,  New Delhi


Dear Sir/Madam,


It is with great pleasure we would like to inform you that ASSOCHAM is co-organizing a business meeting cum panel discussion of Indo-Belgium working session on Sustainable city.


The event will be attended by His Excellency, H.M. Mr. Philippe Léopold Louis Marie, King of Belgium along with key players from Belgium and India in the area of sustainable cities. The panel will be divided into two interactive sections, viz: i) Sustainable Cities are Safer Cities ii) Sustainable Cities are Clean and Healthy Cities


The schedule date and venue for the meeting is as follows:


Day/Date    :  Tuesday, 7th November, 2017
Time           :    11:15 am onwards (followed by Lunch)
Venue         :   Taj Palace HotelNew Delhi


In view of the importance of the event, we request you to kindly participate in the event and utilize the opportunity to interact with the visiting delegation.


Your confirmation of participation may please be sent latest 8th October to my colleague Mr. Rohan Mankotia,

(E-mail:, Phone: 011-46550555 Ext-618, Mobile: 9999936948).


The programme and the composition of the delegation shall be shared with you shortly.

Looking forward to your favourable response.


Thanks and Regards,

Shrabani Das

Joint Director and HOD

International Affairs

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India

Tel (D): 011-46550521

Board line: 011-46550500

Address: 5 Sardar Patel Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110021



Realising Poorna  Swaraj Through Entrepreneurship

Ananta – IEF  Entrepreneurship Series

Realising Poorna
Swaraj Through Entrepreneurship


DATE Thursday, October 5, 2017
TIME 6:30 PM  – 8:00 PM (Registration and High Tea: 6:00 PM )
LOCATION Seminar Hall 2, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre, New Delhi
SPEAKERS Mr. Rewaj Chhetri, Founder, Startup Harbour (online entrepreneur hub)
    Mr. Nitin Pradhan, National Bureau Chief, Dainik Jagaran (TBC)
    Ms. Hanna Ruddies, Global Growth and Onboarding Coordinator, Impact Hub
 MODERATOR Ms. Bhairavi Jani, Chairperson, IEF Foundation & Executive Director, SCA Group and Board Member, Ananta Centre

This year, as we celebrate Gandhi Jayanti, the context of “Startup India” and “Make In India” emerge aptly to the foreground. How are we, as fellow citizens of this country, enabling complete economic freedom through self-reliance for those in India’s Tier II towns and rural areas? After all, 60% of India’s population resides in them.

Helping rural industries grow and develop, therefore, directly facilitates self-employment, resulting in more economic and industrial activity within rural areas. It also helps utilise locally available resources and labour more effectively. But due to limitations pertaining to land and seasonality, many agricultural outliers migrate to the closest towns and cities for a regular source of livelihood. India’s towns are, in turn, becoming stepping stones for budding entrepreneurs. In fact, they are abuzz with entrepreneurial activity.

State Governments across India have actively carried forward the mantle of the Start-up India initiative introduced by the Central Government in 2016. And while State policies have been comprehensive and are addressing a large percentage of youth, the question still remains about how they are reaching small towns and rural populations.

The fourth session of the Ananta-IEF Entrepreneurship series discusses how everyone – whether at the level of policy creation, among corporations, as torch-bearers of community creation, individual entrepreneurs, and media – can reignite this spark of self-reliance in India’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, and help achieve Bapu’s dream of Poorna Swaraj.

Panelists comprise active stakeholders of the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

For online registration please click on the link below

Your confirmation may reach us by email at


FIFA U-17 World Cup, India Industry Discussion & Felicitation Sessions


Press Invitation


FIFA U-17 World Cup, India

Industry Discussion & Felicitation Sessions


Tuesday, 3 October, 2017, at 10:00 am

Venue: Hotel Le-Meridien, New Delhi


We have great pleasure in inviting you for ASSOCHAM-FIFA U-17 World Cup, India “Industry Discussion & Felicitation Session” at 10:00 am, Tuesday, 3 October, 2017 at Hotel Le-Meridien, New Delhi.


Chief Guest: Mr Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sport (I/C), GoI


Guest of Honour: Mr Manoj Tiwari, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (LS)


Other Speakers will include: Mr Sandeep Jajodia, President, ASSOCHAM, Mr Kushal Das General Secretary, All India Football Federation (AIFF), Mr Karan Ahluwalia, President & Country Head, Media & Entertainment, Luxury & Sports Banking Group, Yes Bank Ltd., Mr Parth Jindal, Chairman, Mr Sundar Raman, Co-Chaiorman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Sports & Sports Infrastructure and Mr D.S. Rawat, Secretary General.


We will be grateful if you could attend and cover the event. You are requested to join us for lunch thereafter. We look forward to your cooperation. Please find attached the detailed programme for your reference.





ASSOCHAM initiated its endeavour of value creation for Indian industry in 1920. It was established by promoter Chambers, representing all regions of India. Having in its fold more than 400 Chambers and Trade Associations, and serving over 4.5 lakh members from all over India. ASSOCHAM has emerged as the fountainhead of Knowledge for Indian industry, which is all set to redefine the dynamics of growth and development in the Knowledge Based Economy. More information available on



Date : 4th – 20th October, 2017
Event : `MASTER-PEACE’ an exhibition of drawings of Mahatma Gandhi and his disciples
is being organised in light of the International Day of Non-Violence and the 148th
Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by Suraj Sadan.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on 3rd October, 2017 at 4.30pm.

Venue : IGNCA Svasti Sankul Gallery, C.V. Mess, Janpath, New Delhi
TIme : 10am to 6.00pm


Date :               8th -18th October, 2017

Event :             An exhibition of oil paintings `CHHATRAPATI SHIVRAI MAHOTSAV’ in collaboration

with Durg Foundation.


The exhibition will be inaugurated on 8th October, 2017 at 11.00am by Hon’ble

Speaker Ms. Sumitra Mahajan.


The exhibition showcases the history and life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj as the ultimate Management Guru – His vision explained through the paintings – leadership qualities, warfare tactics, organisational skills, development of trade network, strong human forces, social relations , Fort Raigad and Rajyabhishek and how the monarch helped in establishment of ‘Hind Swarajaya’.


There are 120 oil paintings which had been created by Shri Shrikant Chougule and his son Gautam Chougule who took 15 years to complete the work.


The show has been conceptualized and curated by Deepak Gore under the guidance of Babasaheb Purandare, who is a mentor, an eminent writer and theatre personality from Maharashtra. His works are largely focused on the life of Shivaji, the founder of Maratha empire in the 17th century.


Venue              :IGNCA Twin Art Gallery, C.V. Mess, Janpath, New Delhi

Time               :10.00 am – 7.00 pm


Contact Number: 011-23388155


Date :               11th October, 2017

Event :             The sixth chapter of Sanskriti Samvad Shrinkhla focuses on ‘JP ki Samvaad Kala,’ on                            thinker and social activist Jaya Prakash Narayan. Divided into three sessions, the

first two sessions will have speakers sharing their experience with JP. in the third

session, a documentary film by Shri Rajeev Shrivastava on Shri Jayaprakash

Narayan will be screened. 11 October is the birth anniversary of Shri JP.


Venue :            IGNCA Auditorium, C.V. Mess, Janpath, New Delhi

Time :              2.00pm onwards


Contact No. : 011-23388155



Date:                Thursday, 26th October, 2017

Event:               IGNCA Book Circle  @ Reference Library

Under the Outreach initiative the IGNCA Book Circle has a monthly event held on the fourth Thursday of every month from 4:00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.


Venue:             IGNCA Reference Library, 1st Floor , 11, Mansingh Road, New Delhi.


Time:                4.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.


Contact:            011-23385884/ 9958878920



FILM CIRCLE SCREENING –  2nd & 4th Friday of every month


Date :               13th October, 2017

Event :             Ramlila; the traditional performance of Ramayana


The film explores the mythological and linguistic nuances of Ramlila at Ramnagar, Awaadh, Braj and Madhubani.

Director: R.Bharatadhari   Duration: 1 hour

(Deepawali on 18th October)


Venue :            IGNCA Auditorium, Media Centre, 3 Dr. R. P. Road, N. Delhi

Time:               5.30 p.m onwards