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Public Sector
Jugal Kishore
former IAS,78
appointed as
SK Sharma
appointed as
the CMD of
Nuclear Power
Corporation of
India Ltd.
Capt Arvind
Kathapalia, selected for the
post of Director
Air India Ltd.
C K Dey, Director (Finance),
Coal India Limited
hold additional
charge of CMD,
Anoop Kumar
Mittal, CMD,
NBCC new President of Delhi
Management Association (DMA).
Ms.Kiran Bedi
former IPS,72
appointed as
Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.
former IAS,79
Chief Prl. Sec. to
the Gujarat CM
has been given
1year extension.
V C Pharkha
appointed as the
Chief Secretary,
Rajiv Yadav
IAS,81 is likely to
be appointed as
Chief Secretary
to the Government of Assam.
Sudeep Lakhtakia,IPS,84 appointed as Additional. DirectorGeneral in CRPF.
Rajender Kumar IAS (Gujarat
2004) presently posted in home state
cadre Government of Gujarat has
been appointed as Deputy Secretary
in the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) Government of India..
Garib Dass IPS (Jammu &Kashmir 1997) presently posted as DIG,
North Kashmir. Range Jammu &Kashmir Police,has been appointed as Director, Vigilance (Police), Railway Board
New Delhi.
Manish Thakur IAS (AssamMeghalaya 1998) presently posted as
Commissioner & Secretary, Higher
Education Department, Soil Conservation Department, Government of
Assam, has been appointed as Joint
Secretary, Department of Defence, Ministry of Defence, Government of India.
Vivek V. Phansalkar IPS (Maharashtra 1989) presently posted as Additional Director General of Police
(ADGP),Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS)
Maharashtra Police, has been transferred as ADGP Anti Corruption
Bureau(ACB) Maharashtra Police in place of Shri
Atul Chandra Kulkarni IPS.
Gyanesh Kumar IAS (Kerala
1988) presently posted as Resident
Commissioner, Kerala House, New
Delhi, has been appointed as Joint
Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs,
Government of India.
Ms.B. Sandhya IPS (Kerala 1988)
presently posted as (ADGP) Additional
Director General (Modernisation)
Kerala Police, has been appointed Additional Director General (South
Zone)Kerala Police
Ms.Meeran Chadha Borwankar
IPS (Maharashtra 1982) recently appointed as Director General of Bureau
of Police Research & Development
(BPR&D) has taken over the charge
as DG BPR&D, Ministry of Home
Affairs(MHA), Government of India.
Surendra Singh Yadav IPS
(AGMUT 1997) presently posted as
DIG/Addl.CP, Anti Corruption Bureau
(ACB) Government of Delhi has been
promoted to the rank of IGP/ Joint
Commissioner Delhi Police by UT Division, Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA), Government
of India
Tarun Shridhar IAS (Himachal
Pradesh 1984) presently posted as
Additional Chief Secretary, Personnel,
Revenue, Shimla Government of
Himachal, will be appointed as Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
Ms. Amita Prasad IAS (KN 1985),
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and
Ganga Rejuvenation, has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
U P Singh IAS (Orissa 1985), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
Ratan P Watal IAS (Retired) (AP
1978), Former Finance Secretary ,has
been appointed as Principal Adviser
(Social Sector), NITI Aayog on usual
terms of appointment for a period of
three years.
Snehlata Shrivastava lAS (Madhya
Pradesh 1982) presently posted as
Special Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance
has been appointed as Secretary,
Department of Justice.
Nikhilesh Jha IAS (Manipur 1984)
presently posted as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources,
River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Government of India ,has
been appointed as Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, Department of Food and
Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs.
Rajani Ranjan Rashmi IAS
(Manipur 1983) presently posted as
Additional Secretary, Department of
Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and
Industry Government of India has been
appointed as Additional Secretary,
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Ms Shalini Prasad IAS (Uttar
Pradesh 1985) presently posted as
labour Commissioner Kanpur Government of Uttar Pradesh,has been appointed as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power Government of India.
Ms. Sushma Chauhan IAS (
Jammu & Kashmir 2009) presently
awaiting on posting has been appointed as Director Tourism, Jammu
& Kashmir Government in place of Shri
R.K Verma IAS.
June, 2016
Anurag Jain Gets Two-Year Extension
As Joint Secy PMO
New Delhi: Senior IAS officer Anurag Jain, who
is working as Joint Secretary in Prime Minister’s
Office, was today given two years of extension in
central deputation. He is a 1989-batch IAS officer of
Madhya Pradesh cadre.
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has
approved the extension of central deputation tenure of Jain for a period of two years beyond June
28, 2016, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said. An IAS officer normally
gets a minimum of five-year central deputation tenure which is further extendable for two more years.
However, the Centre can extend the deputation
period further under exceptional circumstances. Jain
took over as the Joint Secretary in the PMO on
January 1, 2015. He had been on central deputation since June 29, 2011. He has held various posts
both in the Centre and in the state including of Collector of Bhopal, Secretary to
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Joint Secretary in the
Finance Ministry.
Jaya Goes For Bureaucratic Shake-Up
Hours After Taking Charge
Chennai: Hours after J Jayalalithaa assumed office
as Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu government today effected
shuffling of senior IPS officers besides transferring several IAS officers, reversing several changes made in the
C KudawlaKaran Singha IPS (Tamil
run up to polls under the directions of Election CommisNadu 1987) presently posted as
Addl.DGP, Intelligence Tamil Nadu PoThe government brought back former Chennai Police, has been appointed as ADGP CBlice Commissioner T K Rajendran, DGP and IG prisons,
CID, Tamil Nadu Police.
as Chennai Police Commissioner replacing Ashutosh
Shukla. S George, DGP and Chairman of Tamil Nadu
Uniformed Services Recruitment Board will hold addiT K Rajendran
tional charge as IG prison. Shukla has been posted as
Chennai Police
ADGP, Enforcement, in place of J K Tripthy, an official
Dr A V S Ramesh Chandra IFS
release said. Tripathy is back as ADGP, Law and Order,
(1989) presently High Commissioner
of India to Uganda, has been ap- vice C Shylendra Babu, who was transferred and posted as ADGP, Coastal Secupointed as the Ambassador of India to rity group.
Rajendran and Tripathy were transferred on the directions of EC following comRomania.
plaints from DMK. Karan Singha, ADGP, Intelligence, was transferred as ADGP CBMs Namgya C Khampa IFS CID and K N Sathyamurthy, IGP, was transferred as IGP, Intelligence.
(2000) presently posted in cadre, has
In the IAS-level transfers, T N Venkatesh, who was posted Collector of Tiruvarur
been appointed as Director in the District during the run up to the polls, was posted as MD of Tamil Nadu Handloom
Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for a Weaver Cooperative Society, replacing A Gnanasekaran. M Mathivanan, who was
period of three years.
Tiruvarur Collector till last month, will resume his previous posting.
Woman police officer from Adilabad conquers Mt Everest
Additional superintendent of police of Adilabad district GR Radhika
created a new record by scaling Mount Everest. Radhika, 36, has
become the first woman police officer from South India to climb the
highest peak in the world. Also, she was the only woman member of the
team that scaled the Everest. She climbed Mount Everest from the
northern side at a height of 8,850 metres in 36 days. On April 11 she
reached Kathmandu in Nepal and from there Radhika, along with her
team, reached the base camp No.1 near Lhasa in Tibet on April 14.
However, she had to wait for 10 days at the base camp as the Chinese
government delayed clearing her immigration. Also, tremors kept the
team of mountaineers away from trekking. The 10-member team included three foreigners, six Indians and an NRI from Dubai. After the
10-day delay, the team went on to climb Mount Everest and achieve
the rare feat on Friday.
Mother of two children, Radhika is also the first Indian woman to
conquer the 7,077-metre Kun mountain, the twin of Nun, located in the
inhospitable Zanskar range of the Himalayas in Jammu and Kashmir,
on September 7, 2015 after a gruelling climb for over 10 days.
The Indian Mountaineering Foundation declared her to be holding
the record for an Indian woman. She finished her basic and advanced
mountaineering courses and climbed the 5,980 metre-high Golep Kangri
peak, also in the harsh Zanskar Range in 2013. A native to Anantapur
district of Andhra Pradesh, she was selected as deputy superintendent of police in 2007.
She also served as an assault commander in the elite anti-Naxal
force, Greyhounds. Radhika served as DSP of Nellore district from
2009 to 2011. In 2012, she was posted as Karimnagar Range DSP and
elevated as additional SP in 2015 and posted in Adilabad district. Radhika
is a lecturer-turned-police officer. On the policing front, Radhika was
instrumental in bringing about a change in Kajjarla village in Talamadugu
mandal of the district, which she adopted. Radhika took the initiave of
making the village liquor-free and brought about the change by counselling the villagers on the ill effects of consuming alcohol.
Atulchandra Kulkarni New Maha ATS Chief
Mumbai: IPS officer Atulchandra
Kulkarni today assumed charge as the new
chief of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad
(ATS). Kulkarni, a 1990 batch IPS officer, served as Joint Commissioner
of Police (Crime) for last one year,
and has replaced Vivek Phansalkar,
who has been transferred to the AntiCorruption Bureau (ACB). The crime
branch under Kulkarni detected several cases of murder and robbery besides putting a tight leash
on activities of underworld in the city. Apart from working as the
city’s crime branch chief, Kulkarni had worked in counter terrorism department. He began his career from Nanded district as an
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additional SP and worked in Jalgaon, Buldhana, Nagpur (anti
naxalite operations), Bhandara and in Kosvo for UN mission.
With Smile
Come with a wish and it is fulfilled !That’s
the charisma of big boss Anurag Sharma ,who
listens to his team with patience, understands
their problems, needs and help them out with
some easy solutions. They come tensed and
leave with a big smile.Their grievances are
resolved once they meet him and it is done !
Things are pretty cool under his command,
be it policing, transfers or postings.A real super cop !
June, 2016
The Telangana Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma will be in for
another three months till next August 30.The CM himself brought
this matter to the notice of the PM, this shows the impact & the
need of Sharma's services for the government.
King-Size Kallam
Ajay Kallam is one of the preferred officer in all the
governments.The officer who has top portfolios like commercial taxes,excise, registration & stamps is also work for
finance department.That's why we said king-size Kallam….!
Not Again
As per the sources AP government’s proposal to grant three months extension to DGP
J.V.Ramudu, with this news the officer who
missed the chance earlier has to wait again.All
know who are the officers in the race, not to
mention their names, as already they are in distress. That's why we say not again.
No Pending
Officer PV.Ramesh, who is posted as principal secretary
environment,forests,science & technology will also be development commissioner & ex-officio principal secretary to the
AP CM.He will handle pending related issues...! Now he will be
on ‘no pending ‘campaign.
Jai ho
GHMC Commissioner Dr.B.Janardhan Reddy had
a hectic month followed by many initiatives.First comes
the 24x7 emergency services during the recent stormy
winds followed by heavy rains in the city. Officer called
a meeting with various departments to save the
trees.Another one is the Job Mela through which around
489 youth got employment. The corruption is controlled
because of the immense use of online services.Now
the officer is busy in Ramazan festival arrangements.
That’s the reason he is endorsed as ‘Jai ho’.
Social Singh
Shamsher Singh Rawat will be now in the role of ‘social’, the officer will now look into social welfare work, as
secretary of the SW department.
Lav in Revenue
Just Watch
A team of the officers visited US & UK to study
the surveillance system in place in cities like Washington DC and London.The Hyderabad Police Chief
M.Mahendar Reddy already took a step ahead in
installing the CCTV cameras around the city.We want
to endorse that after the trip the officer will definitely
go for implementation, whichever is needed for city
police.That's why we said to watch the new additions
from the officer, who is very particular.
Why !
Why the Visakhapatnam city Police Commissioner
Amit Garg has been transferred is a discussion in the
power corridor, it's a well known fact that the politicians
were not able to continue their ‘netagiri’ in Amit's regime,
so they started influencing the CM whenever he visited
the city. It’s an unfair trend and a loss to the government.
In transfer the officer is posted as IG (P&L).
Hello Vizag
Offcier T.Yoganand took over as commissioner of police of Visakhapatnam. It’s a
key posting and some of the officers were
dreaming for it, but ultimately the government picked a officer with a clean profile for
the posting. Best choice…!
The cool cop B.Malla Reddy, who is promoted to rank
of IG is posted as Managing Director of newly-formed
Telangana State Police Housing Corporation.As till now
DG rank officer held the post,but now this post is scaled
down to IG rank.So, Mr.Reddy will be the first MD of the
Corporation.Mr.Reddy is a very soft & a sincere officer.
Laddha in IB
Vijayawada city Addl. CP Mahesh Chandra Laddha
has been promoted to IG and posted as IG intelligence, which is considered to be the crucial posting.In
fact this is the best choice,as the officer profile suits
for a department like IB.
The lovely officer Lav Agarwal is the new commissioner of
disaster management and ex-officio secretary of revenue (DM)
department. Khass baat is, where ever the officers goes sets
an example.
Return to Regime
The communication advisor to CM, AP Parakala
Prabhakar is back to the regime after a series of
heart surgeries.He was on complete rest and now
after recovering he held the command again.
June, 2016
The Home
Officer A.R. Anuradha is posted as principal secretary of
the Home Department in the existing vacancy.She also holds
full additional charge as the Director-General Vigilance and
Enforcement wing.If we are not wrong she is the first lady to
hold this position.
JC Sharma @ GAD
Officer Jagdish Chandra Sharma will be holding the
full additional charge of principal secretary political
(GAD).Earlier Mr.Sharma got the opportunity to serve
as ex-officio member of TTD.
Big Role
Officer Anjani Kumar is set to play a big role in the
state police, as he is appointed as Addl. DG (L&O) , a
crucial posting.In fact from the beginning the officer's
name was making rounds for the above post and ultimately he got an opportunity to serve in the state.His
performance in city police was just outstanding.
No stoppage
As always the lady officer Smita Sabharwal is on
working mode, no question of stopping for a while.
Whether cleaning of files or any issues pertaining to
her subjects, things move perfectly & on time.So,
better to agree, appreciate the officer and accept this
rather than interfering unnecessarily.Let the intelligent media also understand it.
Go green
Bullet Speed
The HMR MD NVS.Reddy is now in bullet speed
mode.During the last inspection he directed the
officer to speed up the corridor-3 work,so that the
project is completed in time. He is committed towards the metro project from the beginning.
The SCB will plant 1 lakh sapling from this month
and more over ATMs will be installed to supply pure &
safe drinking water free of cost.The SCB CEO Sujatha
Gupta will lead the go green campaign.The awesome &
the outstanding lady officer is still in the headlines.
This cop is again on screen and this time his efforts are been appreciated on national level.Talking
about Cyberabad police chief C.v.Anand and the ‘snake
gang’ because of his efforts the dangerous gang is
been punished by the judiciary. This case has increased
more trust & faith on the khakis and created a fear into
the people who are involved in the illegal act.
Good one
Officer Y.Nagi Reddy posted as IGP, North
Zone, the officer was serving as Addl.CP (SB) earlier to the posting.The officer is known for his hard
work in the bureaucracy, his performance earned
him this, which is quite a ‘good ’ post.
New Task
Dr. Akun Sabharwal, who has shaken the drug industry with his tight monitoring is the new DIG of
Hyderabad range.In fact the young officer was also holding the Director post in Prohibition & Excise.So, after the
best performance he is all set for a new task.
Dana Kishore is back again as MD of HMWS &
SB.The government wanted the officer like Kishore
for the Water Board and that’s the reason he is
posted back to the same post.This shows Kishore’s
style of working.
Took Over
The young officer Avinash Mohanty, who head
the Traffic department of Cyberabad for a long time,
where he put lot of efforts to set the system is now
enters the Hyderabad city police.The officer took over
as D.C.P., CCS & DD and begin his work.
New Avtars
New officers enters as DCP in Hyderabad
& Cyberabad Police.Smt. B.Sumathi, SP,
Medak district is transferred and posted as
D.C.P. North Zone and where as Sunpreet
Singh A.S.P. Bellampally, Adilabad transferred
and posted as D.C.P. Shamshabad.Best
wishes to both the officers.
‘Bharosa’ continues
Recently the Hyderabad police started a novel 24x7
one-stop center called ‘ Bharosa’ for the safety of women &
children.The Center will provide integrated services related
to police, medical,legal, prosecuting and psycho-therapeutic counselling. The versatile lady officer Swati Lakra is leading the initiative,which is moving tremendous like ‘She teams’.
Public Sector
NLC Bags ‘National Award’
NLC has been conferred with the
‘National Award for Outstanding Industrial Relations’ for the year 2014-15 by
All India Organization of Employers
(AIOE) an allied body of FICCI, for its
Industrial Relations. Bandaru.
Dattatreya, Minister of Labour & Employment, Government of India presented the award to NLC. Shri
Thiagaraju, GM/HR received the award
on behalf of NLC at the Annual General Meeting of AIOE held on May 9,
2016 in Federation House, Delhi.
All India Organizations of Employers (AIOE) is an allied body of FICCI which has been serving the cause of Indian enterprises
by promoting sound industrial relations and better understanding between employers and
workers on the mutuality of interest. This Award is awarded to the companies, who have given
innovative approaches to foster harmonious industrial relations through bipartite mechanism,
reducing conflicts, loss of mandays, promoting employers’ welfare and development avenues,
contributing to higher motivation, moral and productivity improvement.
As part of the competition, NLC competed with the 20 organizations ( Both Private and
Public Sector) in the south Zone and was shortlisted for final presentation. Finally the National
level presentation round held with ten finalists. The Jury comprising of famous and respected
personalities of India like Hon’ble Former Chief Justice of India declared NLC for First runnerup for the award. The award recognizes such organizations across the country that has
outstanding industrial relations. Senior Executives and Employees of Industrial Relations Dept.
and Human Resources Dept. handed over the award to Sarat Kumar Acharya, CMD, NLC at
Corporate Office on 21.05.2016. Shri Acharya congratulated all Executives of IR&HR for
winning the significant award.
SAIL clocks record sales of 3.79 MT in Q4
New Delhi The audited financial results of Steel Authority of India
Limited (SAIL) for the financial year 2015-16 were taken on record by
the Board of Directors here today. The Company witnessed all round
improvement in performance in Q4, FY16 clocking record sales of 3.79
Million Tonnes (MT), which is the highest ever in a quarter by the Company and higher by 30% over Q3, FY16 and 20% higher over corresponding period of last year (CPLY).
During the quarter ending March 2016, the EBIDTA improved by
26% over the quarter ending December, 2015 inspite of a lower NSR.
The debt equity ratio of the Company improved to 0.85 on 31st March
2016 from 0.90 on 31st December 2015. The management initiatives towards cost reduction
and improved inventory management also contributed to the improvement in financial parameters. Expenditure per tonne of saleable steel came down by around 10% during Q4, FY16 as
compared to Q3 on account of reduction in cost of production, higher volumes and other
management initiatives.
Company’s sales turnover in Q4, FY16 was Rs12,612 crores as against Rs 9,928 crores
in Q3, FY16 on account of higher volumes. Inspite of 20% higher sales, SAIL’s gross turnover
for Q4, FY16 was impacted by lower NSR and it stood at Rs 12,612 crores as against Rs
12,886 Crores in Q4, FY15. The Company’s sales turnover for FY16, inspite of higher volumes, was also lower at Rs 43,337 crores compared to Rs 50,627 crores in FY15 due to
reduction in NSR. Speaking on the occasion, Chairman, SAIL, Mr P.K. Singh said, “The challenging conditions faced by domestic industry received some respite after introduction of the
conducive policy measures by Government in the form of Safeguard duty and MIP. We have
witnessed better figures in the last quarter of FY16.
ONGC Q4 net grows 12 percent on
exceptional gain
State-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) on Thursday reported an over 12 percent rise in net profit for the fourth
quarter ended March on the back of an exceptional gain, on a day
when global crude oil prices touched $50 mark for the first time this
year. ONGC’s net profit on a standalone basis was Rs.4,416 crore
for the January-March quarter, compared to the Rs.3,935 crore in
the same period a year ago, the company said in a release here.
However, total income from operations fell 24 percent to
Rs.16,384.77 crore from Rs.21,647.49 crore in the same quarter
last year.
The company said its other income quadrupled to Rs.3,392 crore, adding it partly reversed a previously taken charge resulting in an exceptional gain of Rs.852.2 crore in the
quarter in question, against exceptional loss of Rs.3,994 crore in the previous quarter.
The ONGC board also recommended a final dividend of Rs.3.25 per equity share of Rs.5
each for fiscal 2015-16. “The board recommended a final dividend of 65 percent. The company
had earlier declared interim dividend of 105 percent for the year. Thus the total dividend for
FY’16 has been 170 percent,” the statement said.
“ONGC crude oil production recorded a rise for the second consecutive year. Offshore oil
production has gone up by 2.1 percent rising from 16.19 million tonnes (FY’15) to 16.54 MT
(FY’16),” it added. Profit for full fiscal 2015-16 fell 9.8 percent to Rs.16,003.7 crore compared
to previous year due to exceptional loss of Rs.3,142.2 crore, ONGC said.
BHEL bags Rs.1,600 Crore order for setting
up Thermal Power Project in Odisha
gainst International Competitive Bidding (ICB), Bharat Heavy
Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged an order for setting up a coalbased thermal power project in Odisha. The 1×250 MW coal-based
thermal unit will be set up at Rourkela Power Project on Engineering,
Procurement & Construction (EPC) basis. Valued at over Rs.1,600 Crore,
the order for the Stage-III of the brownfield power project, located in
Rourkela district of Odisha, has been placed on BHEL by NTPC-SAIL
Power Company Private Limited (NSPCL), a Joint Venture of NTPC & SAIL. BHEL had earlier
executed the coal-based 2×250 MW Bhilai Expansion power plant for NSPCL. BHEL is the
leading supplier of power plant equipment to NTPC and its Joint Ventures, having contributed
more than 80% share of their coal based installed capacity. BHEL’s scope of work in the project
includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, construction, erection, testing & commissioning of the 1×250 thermal power plant on EPC basis.
June, 2016
Coal India to offer 79 million tonnes coal for e-auction
Coal India would tentatively offer over 79 million tonnes of coal for eauction for power producers and also for non-power sector consumers
in the August to March period of the current fiscal, the state-run mining
company announced. The coal company notified tentative schedule for
“information and advance planning by the prospective consumers”.
Of the total coal to be offered, over 63 million tonnes will be offered for
special forward e-auction for power producers and 16 million tonnes will
be earmarked for exclusive e-auction for non-power consumers. The
notice said over 33 million tonnes of coal to be auctioned for power
producers under special forward e-auction will be made available through road transport and
over 29 million tonnes will be sent by rail.
NBCC Posts a Substantial 32% Growth in Topline
NBCC, the state owned Navratna Enterprise, under the Ministry of
Urban Development, Govt. of India, has registered a substantial 32%
Growth in Top line during FY 2015-16 as compared to the previous
year. The Annual Financial Results for FY 2015-16, announced on 16th
May 2016, shows the Company posting a Profit of Rs.311 Crore while
its total Income has surged to Rs.5838 Crore. Speaking to the Media
on the occasion, Shri Anoop Kumar Mittal, Chairman-cum-Managing
Director of the Company said that the Company had been consistently
performing well and informed that the Order Book position of the Company as of now, stood at
more than Rs.35000 Crore and was likely to touch the figure of approximately 60,000 Crore in
next few months. Elaborating upon the business outlook, Shri Mittal stated that the Company’s
focus areas in the coming years would primarily be PMC and Redevelopment works. He said
that NBCC already had huge work orders from the Government in respect of the redevelopment of properties which included Rs.5000 Crore East Kidwai Nagar Redevelopment; Rs.2149
Crore Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre for ITPO; AIIMS Redevelopment Works of
Rs.5828 Crore etc. In this context, he also informed the Media that very soon NBCC would be
adding to its kitty, three more Works of redevelopment of Govt. properties valuing approximately Rs.25000 Crore and located at Netaji Nagar, Sarojini Nagar and Nauraji Nagar in Delhi.
UBI posts Rs.413 crore net loss in Q4
State-run United Bank of India eported a net loss of Rs.413.04 crore for
the quarter ended March 31, 2016 due to fall in net interest income and high
provisions to cover bad loans, as against a net profit of Rs.104.52 crore in
the same quarter last year. The public sector bank’s net interest income fell
by 42 percent to Rs.405.45 crore in the quarter under review as compared
to Rs.711 crore in the corresponding period last year, and operating profit
stood at Rs.245.32 crore as against Rs 791.93 crore in the year-ago quarter. The gross non-performing asset (NPA) was Rs.9,471 crore or 13.26 percent largely on
account of impact of asset quality review (AQR). The net NPA was Rs.6,111 crore or 9.04
percent as on March 31, 2016, the bank said in a BSE filing. “The slippage increased sequentially due to economic slowdown and also during the quarter as a part of asset quality review…” it said. The bank said that the total NPA recovery and upgradation for 2015-16 was
Rs.2,093 crore with cash recovery of Rs.541.42 crore and reduction of the net NPA assets
amounted to Rs.890.35 crore through cash recovery and upgradation. During January-March
quarter, the bank’s interest expended was Rs.1,973.40 crore due to increase of its deposit
base by Rs.3,925 crore. Provisions and contingencies of the bank for the quarter was at
Rs.658.36 crore as compared to Rs.687.41 crore in the corresponding period last year.
“Provision against non performing loans and advances has gone up from Rs.100.19 crore as
on March 2015 to Rs.925.15 crore as on March 2016,” the bank said.
June, 2016
Measuring S.P.Reddy
Height 9 floor & Width ground floor
After staying 25 years in US, India got its son back in 2007 in a form of successful
entrepreneur and investor…! This son, who spread Information Technology, Healthcare,
Hospitality and Real Estate business in US, Singapore & Malaysia turned back to the mother
land with a commitment to invest, to serve and to give back to the society which gave him a
lot in his life time. It’s a rare happening, but the startling son of a retired Police Office,Mr.S.P.Reddy
did it, proved it and set a example of his own by his dedication, by his services and by zeal of
giving back. Let’s measure Mr.Reddy, off course which is not an easy task…!!!
Mr.Reddy did his Masters in Computer Science from Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Alabama and B.E (Mechanical Engineering) from National Institute of Engineering, Mysore,
India.Mr.Reddy is been a popular contributor and held several leadership positions in industry
bodies/association such as: being a founder member and President& Chairman of Georgia
Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, founding member of TiE-Atlanta Chapter, member of
Atlanta Hi-Tech CEO Council Executive Vice President, Indian American Political Action Committee and founding member of non-profit and charitable entity called GATeS (Greater Atlanta
Telangana Society)
In Information Technology :
Mr.Reddy is a founder chairman & CEO of enGenius Consulting Group from 1995, the
company offers a broad range of IT-related services ranging from IT strategic planning, eGovernance, software development, business process reengineering, ERP implementation,
Cyber Security and Network Management. The Company’s success has created the opening
of two additional offices for enGenius in Huntsville, AL. and Washington, D.C.
Real Estate :
Mr. Reddy is the Founder & Chairman and Managing Director of Terminus Infrastructure
India Pvt. Ltd, it’s a real estate development company constituted in the year 2007 soon after
getting back from US.SLN Terminus, which is situated at Gachibowli is the first project from
the company.This is the first of its kind of Mix-Used Commercial Complex in entire India built
on 1 million sqft with a theme “retail, fine-dine, officer space &marriott executive apartments”.
The company currently developing a township of high end gated community homes in financial district, Gachibowli, Hyderabad.This will be a high end villas totaling to 47 named
‘Krinss’.Whereas coming out with a 68 exclusive apartments ‘Hamptons’ at Kondapur in the
joint collaboration with ARK Infra Developers. He has 20 years of experience in real estate
development in North America. He has successfully made investments in Self Storages,
Office Complexes, Medical Building, Hotels, Retail Centers, Warehouses and land development.
Hospitality & Health Care :
Mr.S.P.Reddy is an active investor and developer for more than two decades in hospitality
industry in North America and has built and operated more than 17 hotels of international
brands. He has been a franchisee of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Inter Continental Hotels &Resorts , Marriott International &Choice hotels. Mr. S. P. Reddy is also an investor and serves as
Board of Director in two major Hospitals in Hyderabad.
Social Sector :
Mr. S. P. Reddy is an investor and serves as Board of Director in Bollant Industries Pvt. Ltd.
Bollant is in the business of manufacturing of Bio Degradable and Eco Friendly packaging
solutions. The manufacturing plant employs uneducated disabled employees to bring out
various natural leaf and paper based disposable consumer products and customized packaging solutions.
Mr. S.P. Reddy provides financial assistance and advisory services for a NGO
Sparsh.Currently serves on the board of IMPACT (Improving Access to Care and Treatment )
for children with cancer. The survival rate of cancer children in the region was 2%, now with effort
of IMPACT it has increased to over 60%. The abandonment rate of children with cancer among
the weaker sections was 65% and has now been brought down to less than 5%.
Being a son of a retired police officer Mr Reddy knows the importance and always has high
regards to the department and to the uniform. In 2014 in memory of his father Late Sri. S.L.N
Reddy has donated brand new Bolero Jeep and 5 Hero Honda Motor Cycles to Cyberabad
Police. This was the time when Cyberabad Police was in acute shortage of vehicles for the
officers to move around. These vehicles were finally inducted into the Cyberabad Traffic Division.
Mr Reddy continues to support AP Retired Police Officers Association, where his father was
one of the founding members.
Mr Reddy also created annual student scholarship for graduating high school students in his
father name in Hunstville, Alabama.
Technology Sector:
Mr. S. P. Reddy is an investor and serves as Board of Director in iNNOVACXPvt Ltd. iNNOVACX
specializes in customer experience solutions based on Oracle’s best-in-class portfolio of CX
Solutions. Mr Reddy is providing key strategic directions to the business.
Heart to Heart :
During the talk Mr.Reddy stated that whatever I do , I do with heart, it would be business or
any kind of work. I just enjoy working and this joy made me successful.“I strongly believe in
leadership & creating value for stake holders”.I believe in taking care of people working around
me and I believe in working with honesty, integrity & with all moral ethics.”
Says Mr.S.P.Reddy. “My father told not to forget your past” , this punch line is more than a
mantra for me. He added.
Though it’s a king size story, but still something is missing…! Thats why we endorsed him as
‘height 9th floor & width ground floor’.
Mr Reddy believes in the following quotes:
Branded For
New & Natural
New and natural designs with
the shade of Indian culture is the
identity of Raja, the most preferred
interior designer and the architect
of the town. He is a firm founder of
Raja Architects, which is an Interior/Architects design studio with
accomplished architects and interior designers specializing in contemporary and custom house
“The design studio focuses on
the full range of Interior architectural services required by today’s
users of residential, commercial,
recreational and institutional
space.From large to small scale,
the holistic approach of the firm allows to concoct completely integrated design solutions and effective implementation of innovative
architecture, design and art.”
Says Raja.
Raja entered the field in 2007
and has been creating awe-inspiring additions to built environment.
He focuses on all scales of construction, from simple buildings to
urban re-think. His ability to create
spaces that manipulate forms and
surfaces is his most notable feats.
The strength of his designs lies in
the modernity and bases most of
them on natural forms.
Raja strongly believes that the
aesthetic qualities of a building
should sprout from the specific
characteristics of each project
such as its placement, its construction technology and its motive.The
best thing about his designs is that
they are deeply rooted in the Indian culture despite being modern
and classy.His fresh ideas and innovative creativity have taken him
today to heights of fame.
June, 2016
Pakistani nationals own $202 million
worth of real estate in Kerala
After Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh &
Tamil Nadu ,Kerala has the highest number of
properties owned by Pakistani nationals, according to the report.. The property is termed
‘enemy property’ and are vested with the Custodian of Enemy Property (CEP) that comes
under the Union Home Ministry. But the benefits of the property are enjoyed by their legal
heirs. With 45 Pakistani-owned properties,
Malappuram district is on the top of the list,
followed by Kozhikode (9), Kannur (5),
Palakkad (1) and Thrissur (1) districts. “The Pakistani citizens do not have any right over the
land in the state as they belong to the Centre,” Assistant Commissioner (Land Assignment)
Beena B was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express. The Indian government formed
the Custodian of Enemy Property after independence to take over the property left behind by
individuals who migrated to Pakistan. People were given the option either to go to Pakistan or
stay in India following independence. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, 2186 enemy
properties are in India. The state of Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of enemy properties (1468) followed by West Bengal (351), Delhi (66), and Gujarat (63).
KKR invests Rs 145 crore in Mantri Developers
Private equity firm KKR has invested Rs 145 crore in Mantri Developers for a luxury
residential project in Bengaluru. The investment, which is the first in Mantri by the New Yorkbased company, will be used for developing a 1.3 million sqft space. Mantri did not disclose
where the project would come up. “We are thrilled that a global investor like KKR has shown
confidence in our high-end project and is confident about real estate market in Bengaluru’s
realty market,” Sushil Mantri, chairman and MD of Mantri Developers, said.
June, 2016
IPC & Bosch team organised a “Sub-Dealer Meet” at “The Manohar”
hotel in the presence of PK Panish-RSD, Pradeep Anand-GM Accessories, Somasundaram-RM, Varun Sriram-Telangana ASM, & IPC team
Pannalal Baid, Anil Baid, Prakash & Laxman & Mr. Ajay.The dealer
meet got good response and it was quite successful.
Handsome Couple :Here comes another handsome couple Anil & Seema Jain, who celebrated their
wedding anniversary. All friends were expecting for a
blast , but the couple were missing ! As they were on
a foreign trip…! So, who gave the surprise to
whom…!!! answer it,your times starts now…!!!
Tremendous Treat :
Mirza Mohib Baig, great
grandson of H.E.H The VII
Nizam of Hyderabad set an
example by celebrating his
birth day with the children
of Amanvedika School.It
was like a surprise party for
the kids, who are far-far
away from their parents.
Mohib family & friends gathered and had a blast with the
kids.Liked it Mohib ! You
made their day by planning
a get together with the kids.
Booming Brothers : Brothers Mohd
Tauseef & Mohd Kashif both are in discussion, as they are into the business of
convention centers. The news is very
soon a new PVR convention , opp to
Indira Park is coming up in it’s own glory.
In fact their earlier event on mother’s day
was also in news. The screening of film
premiers is also another initiative from
their side. In total both are rocking on
screens ! Brotherhood, partners, friends,
bonding , caring & bhai-bhai ka pyaar are
on the dairies…!!!
Yash achieved ‘Yash’ : The young choreographer Yash Joshi is
making rounds in the town.This chap is rocking on the screen with his
hard work . Yash Dance Institute & YDI EVENTS Presented YDI
ROCKSTARS 2K16 (the most awaiting summer splash dance event) ,in
which 110 students amazed the audience recently. Guest Bina Mehta,
Poonam Sharma & Shanti Devi graced the occasion., Keep rocking
Yash, way to go…!!!
Anniversary Wishes : The beautiful couple
Sudhakar & Sangeetha Rani Gummi celebrated
their wedding anniversary with near & dear.
The gathering was too selective with stunning
guests all around. Smile, selfies, gifts , flowers
,music & off course the cake was on
dairies.One of the special guest wearing ‘red’
color was looking amazing in the party ! Guess
the name to take the return gift from the
couple.Ha ha…!!!
‘Allure’ raise for a cause: Allure Art & Events decided to give the lift to upcoming talent of the town
with the association of The Westin Hyderabad, Mindspace. Applauds for Furhung Singh’s initiative….!
So, artist go for it…! Another news is Allure hosted an art exhibition ‘Layers of Memory’, of artist
Kishore Singh inaugurated by IAS officer Jayesh Ranjan, US Hyderabad Consul General Michael
Mullins & artist Sravanthi Juluri. Hat’s off to Mr. Dietmar Kielnhofer, GM of The Westin Hyderabad
Mindspace , who took the task to promote the art & culture.
Lakdi Ki Kathi
Kathi Pe Ghoda…!
Exclusive for kids.
Yes, cradle ceremony of Mridul &
Sanjana’s cute
daughter Ira took
place recently. Kids
had fun & elders
enjoyed the evening. Awesome
theme & pink-pink
ambiance. Another
pretty girl standing
in group is Ira’s elder sis Dia.
‘Manasvani’ for a change :
The yoga expert Mansi Gulati
announced a new NGO called
‘Manasvani’.The launch is still
in discussion because of the
prestigious guests & elite
gathering.The young lady has
taken a move for a change and
her commitment & zeal shows
that she will bring the smile on
the cheerless faces.Best
wishes to Mansi !
Celebration Time : The happening couple Anand & Vibha
Mehta celebrated their wedding
anniversary. What a day, which
comes once in a year and brings
all that unforgettable memories
of wedding before the eyes. Refreshes and starts the day with
more love ! Wishes to the best
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June, 2016
Aaj ki taza khabar
Madhavi Narulla, once to be the fame of reputed
MNC , is now set to announce her own company
shortly. The name will be ‘wow wash’ ,it’s a online
laundry service with a pick and deliver facility.The
company will handle washing, ironing & dry cleaning service too having a ‘app’ for the convenience.
So, good news for the house wives !
Pooja Chawla,an expert in wedding & hospitality seems to be on a secret operation !
Her recent pictures revealed that she is working for an International ‘food & travel’ channel
and collecting the outputs, that will help the
channel to set soon after it connects with the
satellite ! Hi Pooja comment on this !
Jayaram J Maya is a successful professional. She is into telecom passive infrastructure and handles cell towers ! Wow..! News is
she is the regional business head for three
states. She is also a style icon and has a good
taste when it comes to fashion.Profession &
fashion are moving hand in hand.
Radha Prasad is quite preferred lady
clicker for the corporate & commercial
shoots.Most of the esteemed brands are already with her and the rest are trying to make
a way to reach her studio.She experiments to
give a different and attractive look to her
clicks. That’s the reason she is in news !
Nayan Futnani, the Founder of AdvaitInfinite Dimensions is committed to change
the lives of the people with full of happiness & lot of confidence. The lady is expert
in law of attraction,NLP, power of subconscious mind, aura scanning, happiness index & goal setting-manifestation. This training will give the new vision, imagination
and the courage for the better out come.So,
for a change whom to contact ! Ms.
Here comes Alizeh Shirazi ! The princess & the
philanthropist. Spreading happiness and humanity. Branded with compliments ! Elegant & elite….!
She is the CEO of ConfiLaunch & CMD of how to
live king size life….!!! We mean queen size life !!!
Loves travel and to be trendy ! That’s the reason it’s
not that easy to catch her !
Bhavna Bagga, the career consultant & educationist ! A cab is always near to her residence ! Why,
when she has to leave for the trip, she is not aware !
So, to reach airport fata-fat no need to dial the number, just a jingle ‘oye-gaddi laga’ is enough ! Yes !
this lady is working too hard & on the business
trips all the time ! She is all set to announce a big
one !! Guess !
Niharika Sonal is in talk for her unique
concept.The ‘Etch Forever Casting Studio’ is into the casting of the expressions
of hands & feet in metal finishes like gold,
silver & bronze.The variants will be framed
into memorable keepsakes and meant to
be preserved for entire life.Really unique &
Indu Kusuma, the rising star will soon
be on big screen.Yes ! the new face has
bagged a movie, which is on the roll. The
name of the movie is finalized, but still it will
be a suspense for some more time. Indu is
working hard and dedicated herself to the
acting ! Let’s keep the fingers cross for the
premier show !
Chinna Yalamuri is on screen for her new
initiative, which is quite a unique platform.In
fact already people are benefited from it.The
lady is the Director of Yuktha Entertainment
Services Pvt Ltd, this company will help out to
reach the entertainers & celebrities for the
events.As of now the lady is totally dedicated
to the company.
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Oman records 17% rise in Indian
tourist arrivals in 2015
Oman received 17 per cent more Indian tourists in 2015 at 299,022 than in 2014 and the Arab nation
is expanding its basket of holiday-related activities to attract more travellers from the country. "Oman
received 299,022 Indian tourists last year, recording a 17 per cent growth over 2014," according to
Oman's National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI). The statistics also reflects a growth of 60
per cent in Indian arrivals in the nation on the Arabian Peninsula in the last five years. "The increase is very
encouraging and reflects all the hard work we have put in promoting and marketing the destination in India.
"In 2014, we started promoting Oman as an ideal wedding destination for Indians as Muscat is close
to India. Our efforts were rewarded as we witnessed several large-scale weddings in the last two years,"
Oman Tourism Ministry's India Representative Lubaina Sheerazi said in a release here.
She said MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) tourism in Oman has also seen
an increase and the country will make efforts at hosting more such events.
Muscat has recently seen growth in the MICE market and this is expected to expand even faster with
the opening of a new Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in the capital, Sheerazi said.
South Africa to launch campaign to attract
Indian tourists
South Africa has identified India as a key focus market for boosting tourism and it will
shortly launch an aggressive campaign to attract tourists from there.
South African Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom announced this at the INDABA tourism
fair here. He said that the country had received more than 80,000 Indian tourists last year and
his ministry planned to dedicate to India a significant part of its advertising budget of nearly $8
million this year, with the objective of boosting significantly the arrivals from India.
“India has a huge potential and our challenge is to see what is needed in order for this
market to grow and for us to get a fair share of the huge pool of Indian travellers,” Hanekom
told this correspondent. He said Indian travellers felt at home in South Africa as they had a
very large population of people of Indian origin, especially in Durban.
“Mahatma Gandhi had also lived here in Durban. Here, just like in India, we have different
cultures and different religions living in harmony with one another,” he added.
INDABA, which means gathering in Zulu, has positioned itself as the largest tourism fair
in the African continent and attracts participation from all African countries which come to
display their new products and services, as tourism is an essential sector for creating
employment as well as economic growth in the least developed continent in the world.
India expects 9 lakh South East Asian tourists
Some 900,000 South East Asian tourists are expected to visit India this year, up by about
15 per cent as compared to last year, boosted by e-Visas and a wide range of marketing
campaigns carried out in the region. "We are expecting 15 per cent increase in South East
Asian tourists visiting India this year, especially boosted by the introduction of e-Visa and our
promotional campaign across the region," said R K Suman, Assistant Director at India Tourism office in Singapore. Last year, he estimated there was a 10 per cent on the year increase
in South East Asian tourist visitors or over 754,000 to India. This year, some 900,000 tourists
from the region are expected to visit India.
Suman promoted India's tourism sector across seven of the 10 countries in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) region last year. He plans to expand the promotional activities and campaigns to Cambodia, Laos and Bruneinfrom this year, completing the
entire markets in the grouping. "We have a wide range of promotional programmes in the
ASEA region, through media and television network, as well as public buses which are
especially painted with Indian tourist attractions," he said. Suman has an elaborate Indian
tourist destinations programmes, saying he is bullish on the ASEAN tourists and aims to
maintain a strong double-digit annual growth in traffic flow.
In Khajuraho, foreign tourist footfall decreases
Over the last decade the temple
town of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh
has seen a gradual increase in the
number of Indian tourists visiting the
world heritage site. But the number of
foreign visitors has been steadily declining from the peak registered a few
years back. In 2006, only 1.64 lakh Indian tourists visited these temples. But
in 2015, the number rose to 2.79 lakh.
On the other hand, the number of foreign tourists declined from 73,843 in
2006 to 65,034 in 2015. The best seasons in the recent past in terms of foreign tourists were
2011 and 2012, when nearly one lakh each year visited the small town of 30,000 people in
Chhatarpur district. Interestingly, Khajuraho, which depends solely on tourism and has star
hotels and eateries specialising in foreign cuisines, is not celebrating the growing number of
Indian tourists. “We cater only to those who spend at least a night here as tourists, not those
who travel from nearby places carrying their food and water and buy nothing,’’ said Anuj
Shukla, a member of the Dharohar Guide Association, who recently hosted Nobel Prize
winner Kailash Satyarthi. Many cited poor air connectivity and bad press over harassment of
foreign tourists as factors that have hit business. “I am hosting Japanese tourists after a gap
of six months,’’ said Raj Kishore Tiwari, a government-approved guide.
The Exotic Wedding Planning
Conference 2016, Goa
The Exotic Wedding Planning Conference 2016 to be held on 28 & 29th July in
Goa. A premier event that gives an opportunity to network with 100+ top notch Wedding Planners across the world. We bring
together hotels, designers, luxury brands
and other wedding essential suppliers from
all over the world. This will be a quintessential stage, which will bring the fraternity to discuss the
opportunities & challenges in the industry, strategies to host a Celebrity/ Big Fat Indian wedding
through a series of Case studies, Presentations & Break Out sessions allowing you to benchmark your business against the ‘best in class’. We have Swarovski, Starwood
Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Group, Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces, , Hard Rock Hotel, Thomas
Cook, Narayani Heights Hotel & Club, Jaypee Hotels & Resorts, Blue Sea Banquets &
Outdoor Catering, Yoube Jewellery on board as Supporting Partners and Planet Goa, Midnight
Reporter, IU eMagazine and WeddingPlz as Media Partners.
Few of the Confirmed Speakers: * Gunjan Bansal, CEO, L’amore Weddings * Saurabh
Agrawal, Founder, Red Events * Ankit Bhargava, Founder & Chief Wedding Planner, Regal
Weddings * Jai Raj Gupta, CEO, Shaadionline* Divya Chauhan, Founder, Divya Vithika Wedding Planners* Vithika Agarwal, Founder, Divya Vithika Wedding Planners
Key Topics for the Conference are ‘Top 5 Strategies to host a Perfect Big Fat Indian
Wedding’ and ‘Win the Hearts of Couples with Social Media’.PANEL DISCUSSION will be on
‘How to handle hurdles for destination wedding?’
MP Tourism wins 'Best Indian Destination
for Wildlife' award
Madhya Pradesh Tourism (MPT) has
received the "Best Indian Destination for
Wildlife" award by the Lonely Planet Group.
The award was handed over to MPT at a
function in Mumbai yesterday by actress
Amy Jackson, an official release said today. On behalf of MPT Chairman, his Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Vinod Kumar
Amar received the award. Madhya Pradesh
has 25 wild life sanctuaries including nine
National Parks. Among them Kanha,
Bandhavgarh and Pench are ideal habitat
for tigers. Madhya Pradesh has launched
number of programmes for the conservation of flora and fauna because of which Kanha and
Pench were regarded as the most beautiful national parks in Asia while Bandhavgarh and
Pench are known world over because of tiger reserves.
Kerala Tourism makes further inroads in China
Kerala Tourism has showcased the
best of Gods Own Country at the Beijing
International Tourism Expo (BITE) 2016,
one of the worlds most prestigious travel
and trade fairs.
It was for the second time Kerala was
featured at the annual forum, which
brings together major players in the
hugely lucrative Chinese outbound tourism market, widely considered the
worlds largest by volume, Kerala Tourism said in a statement here today.
Led by Kerala Tourism Director U V Jose, the team saw judicious representation from the
states leading hoteliers, Ayurvedic resorts and tour operators. According to Jose, the state
"aspires to augment the strong destination pull it already enjoys. The modern traveller in
general, and the Chinese visitor in particular, is always expanding his/her horizons, seeking
out ever newer experiences," he said. "The objective of such tourism facilitation initiatives
and participation in such high-profile industry events is to highlight the wondrous possibilities
on offer in Kerala,? the official added. To this end, the expansive Kerala pavilion sought to
renew the focus on the state?s rich legacy of martial arts, holistic medical traditions, the
beauty of its backwaters and its snakeboat races. As was the case last year, the display was
an instant hit with the hosts and the Kerala stand saw an impressive number of footfalls as
also inquiries ? particularly about Ayurveda. "It speaks to the successful branding and
marketing of Kerala that most of the visitors to the state pavilion knew about our Ayurveda,
Kalaripayattu and our backwaters," Jose said.
Government to sell off 14 ITDC hotels
Fourteen out of 16 perennially loss making hotels
owned by state-run ITDC will be sold off and the process to privatise them has already started, Tourism
and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said today. The
Minister said the Finance Ministry is taking forward the
disinvestment plan to totally offload government's
stakes in all the ITDC-run hotels except the Ashoka
and Samrat hotels in the national capital.
He said the government decided to privatise the
hotels to improve the financial health of India Tourism
Development Corporation (ITDC), a public sector undertaking that currently runs 16 hotels in Delhi, Patna,
Jammu, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Bhopal, Bharatpur,
Jaipur, Guwahati, Mysore, Puducherry and Itanagar.
"The process to privatise the 14 hotels has already
been started. There are certain issues with the states and we are trying to address them," he
told. During NDA's first stint in power between 1999 and 2004, the then Vajpayee government
had divested its stakes in 18 ITDC hotels, bringing down the number of state-run hotels from
34 to 16. Asked about the amount of money the government was eyeing to raise from the
sale of the hotels, he refused to give any figure.
The Minister also said the issue of appointing a brand ambassador of Incredible India
campaign was "not pending" before the government. He was asked whether Tourism Ministry has put on hold appointment of Amitabh Bachchan as face of the Incredible India campaign after his name appeared in the Panama Papers controversy. "The issue of appointing
a brand ambassador is not pending before our government," he said.
Land of Origins - Ethiopia, trying to woo
Indian tourists
ADDIS ABABA: In a bid to renew its
historical and cultural ties with India and
boost its economy through tourism, Ethiopia has launched efforts to woo Indians,
who otherwise come to the archaeologically-rich country only for business purposes. "India has a lot of potential. We have
many common things with India including
cultural and political. We have to explore it
and start working to get more Indian tourists to Ethiopia,"Solomon Tadesse , CEO, Ethiopian
Tourism Organisation said. Keeping the interests of the Indian middle-class in mind, Tadesse
said that they are working towards cost-effective methods and Ethiopia Airlines , the national
carrier of Ethiopia has been working in this respect. "A lot of Chinese tourists come here for
business. Indians have been coming to Ethiopia for business but not as tourists. So we are
working to get more Indian tourists and our national carrier 'Ethiopian Airlines' is contributing
to this. This will be cost-effective and would help the Indian middle-class get to know more
about our country," Tadesse said. Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked
country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million
years, it's a place of ancient culture. Since 1960s, many Indians have come to Ethiopia as
teachers and have taught various languages among other subjects.
"Indians came in 1960 as teachers and taught different languages. In fact my headmaster was an Indian. So we have a long connection with India," he said. Asked how the
government plans to popularise Ethiopia as a tourist destination in India, Tadesse said that
they are organising roadshows - which are a threesome of the embassies, airlines office and
tourism organisation.
"We are organising roadshows in India. We are also inviting potential mega tour operators along with our local tour operators. Its a one-day drill where we also make presentation
about Ethiopia's potential," Tadesse added.
June, 2016

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