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RELIANCE FOUNDATION AND NBA EXPAND RF JR. NBA PROGRAM IN SECOND YEAR OF PARTNERSHIP IN INDIA
– Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Program Promotes Health and Fitness to Boys and Girls through Comprehensive School-Based Program –
– Program expects to engage over 750,000 youth and train PE teachers at more than 1,000 partner schools across 8 cities–
MUMBAI, 2nd September, 2014 – Reliance Foundation and the National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program, a comprehensive youth basketball initiative that applies the positive values of basketball to engage and impact the lives of Indian boys and girls, will expand from three to eight cities in 2014-15. The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program focuses on inspiring youth to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle by integrating basketball into each participating school’s physical education curriculum.
The eight cities are Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Kochi and Kottayam. The program, which runs from September 2014 to February 2015, expects engage more than 750,000 youth across 1,000 schools. Fifteen coaches will oversee the program and anticipate training more than 1,000 local physical education instructors as coaches over the course of the program’s second year.
On the occasion Jagannatha Kumar, Head, Reliance Foundation commented, “We are happy to announce the expansion of our Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program for the second year in succession and are confident that this initiative will instill strong values in the children in their formative years. It is very gratifying to learn that the implementation and the start of the program is eagerly awaited not only by the children but also by their parents, as they too are looking forward for their children to excel in sports! This program is also aimed at unlocking the aspirational energy of the youth in our country by allowing young upcoming talents to blossom. Further, this initiative will empower the youth to participate effectively in making this basketball initiative a great success.”
“The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program reflects our commitment to increase participation in basketball among the youth of India, and to promote a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Yannick Colaco, Managing Director, NBA India. “The Reliance Foundation continues to be an excellent partner in this commitment, and we look forward to working with the children, coaches and educators from these eight cities.”
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After the summer holidays, which some of us spent at the seaside and others on the continent, after a longer or shorter summer break, having recharged our batteries, we are returning to the usual urban rhythm of life.
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Unlike UPA – I & II which had one Power Center in Sonia Gandhi and
everything revolved around her, there are Three Power Centers plus 280
in NDA – II, Capitalists Supporters and Pro Farmers pulling government
in opposite direction and Shunting of RSS as third power center and in
addition there are 280 small power centers who create small mischief
but create big nuisance. NDA-II Flight is not yet in Right Direction.
Principal of the Government Prime Minister of India takes Class of all
his Ministers, every weak who have to give Power Point Presentations
on the programs to be implemented and PM then Fine Tunes programs to
be implemented. Yesterday he was in a Japanese taking Class of
Japanese School and College students.
His ministers enjoyed Extra Long Weekend when they are not required to
get up early in the morning and wait by the side of land line phone to
answer early morning update.
It was impossible to remove Entire Planning Commission staff so he
decided to Shunt Out Planning Commission and replace it with new
institutions to be headed by hand picked loyalists. Sam Pitroda,
Montek UPA Governors had be Shunted out.
FM wanted PSU banks hand them their equity to private companies but PM
wants PSU Banks to expand to serve all the households who have no bank
Energy Minister wants to promote polluting Coal based power but PM
assured Nepal to buy all the surplus power produced in Nepal but EM is
only interested in Coal based – even if 200 million tones is to be
imported. Solar power too is located in deserts and cost over Rs.25/-
unit delivered when long term cost of Solar Power Rooftops is barely
Rs.1 per unit. Energy Efficiency too is not supported by Corporate and
not GOI priority.
Water Minister was busiest of all – Cleaning Ganga River at Varanasi
is her sole passion but was told Ganga Basin has 100,000 MW Hydro,
around 200 BCM of water storage, and 25 million hectare flood
But after 100 busy days Map of Varanasi is delivered to Kyoto Mayor
for Cleaning Varanasi City and Water Minister shall no longer lead
Clean Ganga Mission.
Telecom Minister has proposed 5 times Larger Spending Program than UPA-II.
Broadband services are likely to be delayed as most of it is based on
Wireless Technology and Wireless Technology needs SPECTRUM which is
under Supreme Court monitoring.
DIPP is not RECLAIMING Shut Downed Factories that may avoid waste of
Investing in New Green Field projects. Patent Office has been Crippled
so High Skilled Engineers and Inventors can’t get IPR protection and
research & Developed is crippled.
Agriculture is in crisis – large part of India is experiencing Drought
this monsoon season but there is Drought Relief dispersed so far.
Price Rise has hit records – 5-6 Commodities retailed above Rs.100 per
kg in Ahmadabad. Some states have Farmers Market but ruling party
looks other side.
Unemployed MPs are researching Interfaith Marriage Records & Boys &
Girls in love.
Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary.
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Narendra Modi’s 100 days in office Hits misses promises to be kept
What we now know (and what we don’t) about Prime Minister Narendra
Modi and his NDA government – Livemint
New Delhi: Far-right economists, some of whom appear on Mint’s opinion
pages, had one view. Subsidies would go. State-owned firms would be
sold to the highest bidder. Labour and tax laws would be reformed.
Growth would return.
Left-leaning liberals, who too find a place in Mint, had another.
History would be rewritten. Forests would be despoiled. The media
would be muzzled. 2014 would become 1984—George Orwell’s version of
That was during the elections, once it became clear the Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) would form India’s next government.
Three months and a bit later, neither scenario has panned out
entirely, although bits of both have; it is entirely possible that
with time, one or the other may indeed come true.
Tuesday marks the 100th day since Narendra Damodardas Modi was sworn
in as India’s 14th Prime Minister. There have been a rash of analyses
to commemorate the event. Sure, the BJP-led National Democratic
Alliance (NDA) ruled India for 13 days, and then 13 months, both
starting in 1998, and then again, for five years between 1999 and
2004, but the Modi government is India’s first, true BJP government.
The performance of a government and a man, both just getting
started—many say, perhaps rightly, that Modi is the NDA and the NDA is
Modi—can’t really be assessed in 100 days.
Still, 100 days is enough time to try and understand both man and
machine. The NDA took charge on 26 May, India’s strongest government
in nearly three decades. Its dominant constituent, the BJP itself, won
282 seats, well over the 272 needed for a simple majority in the Lok
The new government inherited considerable problems, mostly to do with
governance or the lack of it, in the second half of the United
Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) 10-year tenure. The sense of drift was
most palpable in the economic arena, where there were issues related
to structure, sentiment and administration. Through an acronym- and
platitude-rich campaign that resonated with the masses, Modi may have
given off the impression that he could wave a wand and sort out the
fiscal mess, stare inflation into submission, and put his shoulder
(sitting atop a 56” chest) to the economy to get it moving again, but
everyone, including the man, knew that was not going to be the case.
Modi and the BJP would have also known that it was not really going to
be possible to push through all the radical reforms they wanted to.
Despite its majority in the Lok Sabha, the NDA is in the minority in
the Rajya Sabha.
There have been enough points of data in these 100 days to help
understand what Modi the Prime Minister, and his new government,
stands for. The piece that follows may merit revision after another
100 days because in the days and weeks that come, with the first
session of Parliament over, Modi is certain to induct more ministers,
shuffle portfolios, create the new Planning Commission alternative he
has spoken of, and get a little more radical and imaginative. There
may be yet another revision called for after coming state elections
that the BJP wants to win, especially in Maharashtra and Haryana, that
will necessarily entail populist measures but for now, this is what we
know (and what we don’t).
In keeping with the spirit of the times, with a nod to both Modi and
Buzzfeed, let’s look at 11 things we now understand about India’s new
government and its leader.
1) The new NDA government is as flat an organization as it gets. There
is one leader and that’s it. This is a significant change from the UPA
where Congress president Sonia Gandhi was the political leader of the
alliance that governed India; Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the
administrative head of the government; and most senior ministers saw
themselves as leaders in their own right.
2) Modi believes more in hard work and administrative efficiency than
big ideas. This is actually a good thing because, as Mint’s Anil
Padmanabhan pointed out in a recent article for Mint Asia, the need of
the hour is to fix governance and that is all about operational
effectiveness (or OE as it is called in management lingo), not
3) Modi will tolerate cantankerous fringe elements, although he may
not really subscribe to their extreme views. Will he act on their
wishes and views? We don’t know.
4) The new government lacks bench strength and governance experience.
It can’t really be faulted for either—both are built by being in
power, and the party hasn’t been in power for a decade. Still, it
won’t do to have one minister handle several important portfolios. The
lack of governance experience also means some ministers are working on
the basis of their understanding of what will please the boss—not
exactly the best way to go about nation-building.
5) The environment and environmental issues are secondary to growth,
at least for now.
6) Modi doesn’t forget; nor does he forgive. He runs a tight ship and
appears to be keeping a close eye on what each of his ministers is up
7) Like many governments that came before it, the NDA doesn’t really
believe there is any pressing need to communicate (which has surprised
people who were swayed by Modi’s campaign into believing the man would
over-communicate once in power). If anything, the only change has been
the attempt to hide the lack of real communication through an overdose
of banal news releases.
8) We do not know if Modi trusts external advisers (he did, during the
campaign that brought him to power, but it isn’t clear if he does so
9) Modi is truly business-friendly, but he also wants to send out a
strong message that his government doesn’t indulge in crony
capitalism. That fits in well with the emphasis on OE and the intent
to move more government processes online—where things work on the
basis of rules, not exceptions.
10) The NDA’s values are those of Middle India. This is not a liberal
11) As the whole WTO (World Trade Organization) issue showed, Modi’s
belief in free markets doesn’t necessarily mean he leans to the right
on issues such as subsidies—the bugbear of all right-leaning
economists. The NDA government is a centrist one that leans marginally
to the right.
It was always clear, even before he came to power, that Modi would not
be a prime minister in the Nehruvian mould. Many analysts, including
several who supported him, believed he would be more like Margaret
Thatcher (and then expressed disappointment when he didn’t go down
that road). Based on the 11 points above, it is clear that India’s new
Prime Minister believes more in the Lee Kuan Yew school of managing a
country, as astutely pointed out by economist Sanjeev Sanyal in a
column last month. That kind of micro-management, attention to detail,
and emphasis on execution will not work in India, we’ve always been
told. Can Modi prove that wrong?
Ananta Aspen Centre
‘100 Days of the New Indian Government’
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Registration: 10:30 am)
WWF Auditorium, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110003
|Dr. Shankar Acharya, Honorary Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
Ambassador G Parthasarathy, Honorary Research Professor, Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi
Mr. Ashok Malik, Senior Columnist and Author
|CHAIR||Mr. Swapan Dasgupta, Senior Columnist and Public Policy Analyst|
ABOUT THE EVENT
|Dr. Shankar Acharya, Honorary Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
Dr. Shankar Acharya is one of India’s leading policy economists. As Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India (1993-2001) he was deeply involved in the economic reforms of the 1990s. He also served on the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), 1997-2000, and, more recently, as a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (2001-2003) and Member, Twelfth Finance Commission (2004).
|Earlier, 1971-82, he worked in the World Bank, where he led the World Development Report team for 1979 and was Research Adviser to the World Bank, 1979-82. He was Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, 1985-90. He has authored eight books and numerous scholarly articles in academic journals. His five most recent books are Essays on Macroeconomic Policy and Growth in India (2006, Oxford University Press, Delhi), Can India Grow without Bharat? (2007, Academic Foundation, Delhi), India and Global Crisis (2009, Academic Foundation, Delhi), (edited with Rakesh Mohan), India’s Economy: Performance and Challenges (2010, Oxford University Press, Delhi; paperback edition, 2011) and India after Global Crisis (2012, Orient BlackSwan, Delhi). Currently he is Honorary Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He serves on the governing boards of other national research organizations and some corporates. He recently completed four years as a member of the National Security Advisory Board (2009-2013) and is a member of the Reserve Bank’s Advisory Committee on Monetary Policy since 2005. He is non-executive Chairman of Kotak Mahindra Bank, a member of the Aspen India-China and India- Turkey Dialogues and a member of the Indo-UK Round Table. He writes regularly in the Business Standard and is a consultant to international organizations. Dr. Acharya has a Ph.D (1972) from Harvard University and a B.A. (1967) from Oxford.|
|Ambassador G Parthasarathy, Honorary Research Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
Gopalaswami Parthasarathy is a career diplomat who retired from Service in June 2000. He was a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army prior to joining the Indian Foreign Service. He has served in Indian Missions in Moscow, Dar es Salaam and Washington and as Consul General on India in Karachi.
|After completing his term as Spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs and thereafter as Information Adviser and Spokesman in the Office of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Mr. Parthasarathy was posted s Ambassador of India to Myanmar and served as High Commissioner of India to Cyprus, Australia and Pakistan. He is currently Honorary Visiting Professor in the Centre of Policy Research, New Delhi.|
|Mr. Ashok Malik, Senior Columnist and Author
Ashok Malik is a columnist who writes for leading Indian and international publications including the Times of India, Hindustan Times, Asian Age, Pioneer and ndtv.com. He focuses on Indian domestic politics and foreign/trade policy, and their increasing interplay. In 2011, Ashok co-authored a paper, India’s New World: Civil Society in the Making of Foreign Policy, published by the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney.
|It looked at the influence of Indian business, news media and overseas communities on the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. In 2012, Ashok’s book, India: Spirit of Enterprise (Roli Books) was published. It encapsulates the story of the growth of India’s leading private sector industries since 1991, and their role in the Indian economy. In June 2013, Ashok was named to the Australia India Institute-Observer Research Foundation Chair for Indo-Pacific Studies. His work will focus on the bilateral relationship between India and Australia as well as emergent challenges related to maritime and energy security, and new institutional architecture, in the Indo-Pacific region. In 2014, Ashok closely followed and wrote on Narendra Modi’s campaign in the Indian general election.|
|Mr. Swapan Dasgupta, Senior Columnist and Public Policy Analyst
Swapan Dasgupta is a political columnist and public policy analyst with 30 years experience based in New Delhi, India. His columns on contemporary India are published in The Telegraph, Sunday Times of India, Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, Pioneer, Jagran and Free Press Journal. In addition, he is a regular commentator on politics on TV news channels.
|He has occupied important editorial positions in major Indian newspapers and weeklies including Times of India, Telegraph, Indian Express and India Today. He was the London correspondent of Indian Express from 1995 to 1996 and managing editor of India Today until 2003. He was appointed by the Indian prime minister as a member of the India-UK Round Table dialogue from 1998 to 2004. He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) and was a Research Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.|
About Ananta Aspen Centre
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Mumbai, September 1, 2014: Volkswagen India has launched a useful
new mobile service application for its customers, which will provide direct
access to information on network and latest sales and after-sales offers.
Meant for iOS- and Android-powered smart devices, the app provides an
explanation of various indicators on the car’s dashboard, labour charges
at Volkswagen service centers, roadside assistance, and emergency
The new service app provides customer care contact details, and allows
prospective customers to book a test drive. In addition, the mobile
application enables Volkswagen’s existing and prospective customers to
get their queries addressed, and also get information and updates on
Volkswagen’s India line-up of cars.
In keeping with the increasing adoption of smartphone and other smart
mobile devices in India, Volkswagen has introduced this application to
establish a stronger relationship with its customers, and to improve the
car ownership experience.
Mr. Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars,
Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Effective after-sales
measures allow brands to build a stronger connect with their customers.
This helps develop an element of satisfaction and delight that the brand
aspires to achieve. We hope this new service application will help us
better serve the needs of our existing and prospective customers.”
The new Volkswagen app for Android can be downloaded from the
Google Play Store, while the iOS app can be downloaded from the Apple
iTunes Store. Both versions are also available on http://www.volkswagen.co.in