Yamaha Motor India Sales announces winners of the fifth edition of the National Technician Grand Prix 2014

                                                     Winner has the opportunity to compete for the World Technician Grand Prix 2016 in Japan

                                                                                        Over 900 registrations received from all over India


Surajpur, 8th December 2014: The fifth edition of the National Technician Grand Prix (NTGP) 2014 organized by Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd, concluded with the announcement of winners at Surajpur in Greater Noida. The contest spanned across a period of three days (30th November – 2nd December, 2014) wherein 20 finalists from across India competed for the coveted title of “No.1 Yamaha Technician” in India for 2014. Mr. Ravinder Singh, VP-Strategy & Planning along with Mr. Kimura Hiroshi, Director-Marketing from Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd were present at the prize distribution ceremony to felicitate the winners. Mr. Chandan Kumar of M/s Empee Motor, Chandigarh, Punjab won the first prize while the second and third prize were awarded to Mr. Santosh Kumar of M/s Shree Kunj Automobile, Jagadhri , Haryana and Mr. Swapnil Nagvekar of M/s Naman Auto Sales, Alibag, Maharashtra respectively.

In this unique nationwide contest which aims at strengthening the role of Customer Service Engagement, 932 contestants from all over India competed for the prestigious title and an opportunity to compete for the World Technician Grand Prix (WTGP) 2016 in Japan. From the Regional round, 100 winners were selected from 4 Zones in Zonal round. From the Zonal round 20 winners (5 from each zone) were selected to compete in the final round which concluded on 2nd Dec 2014.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ravinder Singh, VP-Strategy & Planning, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd., said, “Post India’s prestigious win at the WTGP in 2014, we are more committed to our aspiration of developing world class technicians and make India stand out in terms of customer service especially in our industry. We are happy that our undertaking is supported by the encouraging number of participation which has been continuously increasing over the years. This highlights the fact that more and more dealerships and technicians are realizing the importance of a holistic development in today’s customer centric market scenario. We, at Yamaha, not only want to better ourselves in the most important aspect of sales i.e. Customer Service, but also create newer benchmarks in the industry. This contest seeks to raise the service mechanic’s consciousness of their importance in the Yamaha business, stimulate the desire for improvement and strengthen the Yamaha Service. With such unique initiatives we go one step ahead to accomplish customer delight instead of mere customer satisfaction and create differentiation for ourselves. Saying this, we want to congratulate the winners and we wish them best of luck for their future endeavors.”

The contest is designed to judge the contestants’ skill in the areas of “proper service knowledge”, providing service that “communicates the image of the Yamaha products” and providing amiable customer service. To judge the level of these skills, the contestants are tested in Theory, trouble shooting, repair on actual motorcycles and skill of dealing with customers (customer and vehicle reception). The winners are decided based on cumulative points earned in these three test areas.

National Technician Grand Prix (NTGP) was first held in India in 2010. It is a contest which is a part of the Yamaha Technical Academy (YTA) program promoted by Yamaha Motor Co., Japan.  The Yamaha Technical Academy (YTA) is the cornerstone of Yamaha’s Technical Training Program. Yamaha’s YTA Instructors combine comprehensive technical model information from the Yamaha Factory with ‘real-world’ diagnostic and troubleshooting skills developed over many years of actual dealership experience. The winners of NTGP have so far given representation in the World Technician Grand Prix’s (WTGP)of 2012 & 2014. Mr. Meenakshi Sundaram Subramanian from Alagendran Autos, Madurai had won the No. 1 Technician Title in the Commuter Class at the Yamaha World Technician Grand Prix 2014 (WTGP) that was held between 30 September and 1 October 2014.

8 12 2014

Delhi cab rape exposes alarming negligence about women safety

Delhi cab rape exposes alarming negligence about women safety
From: Media Cell AAP <mediacellaap@gmail.com> Sun, 7 Dec ’14 5:18p
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 Sunday (December 7)
The shocking incident of rape of a young woman in a cab on Friday night exposes the alarming situation about lack of women safety in the national capital.
The shameful incident brings back the horrific memories of the Nirbhaya episode almost two years back and reminds the country about the harsh truth that nothing seems to have changed on the ground despite widespread outrage across the country.
The latest incident raises serious questions about the inefficiency of Delhi Police, particularly the traffic police and the wrong priorities of the unresponsive Delhi administration.
The Aam Aadmi Party wants to know from the BJP’s central government, particularly union home minister Mr Rajnath Singh, whose ministry is controlling Delhi through the backdoor, what steps are being taken to ensure women safety in the national capital ?
The central government also needs to explain whether accountability will be fixed in this case so that such shameful incidents are not repeated since the facts are too glaring to be ignored.
The facts that have out in the public domain so far like that no verification was done before the accused driver was hired by the cab company, the cab was without a GPS system and the driver could tamper with other gadgets to destroy evidence – all prove unpardonable  negligence of the cab company and expose the dangers to which passengers hiring such cabs are exposed.
Women’;s security is one of the most pressing issues before the people of Delhi. The Aam Aadmi Party is of the considered view that following steps need to be immediately taken to address this extremely crucial issue :
1. Delhi should be free of Darkspots : Street lights need to be installed and made functional in all streets of the capital and all pavements.
2. Suraksha Button on every Mobile Phone with emergency connectivity with Delhi Police via Wifi.
3. CCTVs in Buses and Bus Shelters. Deter and stop crime in every form of public transport.
4. Bus Marshals on every bus. Zero tolerance against molestation, eve teasing and violence against women.
5.  Ensuring Last mile connectivity by expanding grameen sewa services, shared auto rickshaw services and e-rickshaw services through delimitation and fixed routes
6.   2,00,000 (two lakh) toilets for women with 50,000 toilets in public spaces and 1.5 lakh toilets in slums.
7.  Swift and effective Justice in Crimes Against Women. More Fast track courts required.
8.  Women’s Security Force required. Delhi’s 12,000 New Delhi Home Guard and Civil Defence Force should be utilised.
The latest incident has yet again shown the need for these steps. Not only does the Aam Aadmi Party reaffirm its commitment to these promises, but also demands that all political parties in Delhi put forth their agenda and concrete plan for ensuring that Delhi is a safe city for women. (ENDS)

8 12 2014




India, Dec 2014

The most colourful of Christmas trees year after year in the widest variety of designs and laden with generous gifts: On 22nd December 2014 in Badrutt’s Palace Hotel 20 fabulous trees, each decorated by a different sponsor, will be auctioned by Christie’s in aid of  local charities at the ›16th Christmas Tree Auction‹.


Charity shouldn’t miss out: this is not only the belief of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, but also one shared by brands such as Bang & Olufsen, Bulgari, Chopard, de Grisogono, Gübelin, La Prairie, Remida Tornaghi, Swarovski and many more. They are all contributing an exquisite Christmas tree to the exclusive Charity Auction. The proceeds which last year exceeded SFr 87,000 are equally distributed between locally based Engadin organisations Avegnir, Ufficina, Kinderkrippe Engadin and the St. Moritz Blind Ski School.


›16th Christmas Tree Auction‹ in Badrutt’s Palace Hotel


18.30 pm cocktail in ›Le Grand Hall‹ & presentation of the Christmas Trees

19.30 pm auction by Christie’s in the ›Embassy Ballroom‹

20.30 pm gala dinner & tombola in ›Le Relais‹


Committee members:

Prof. Dr. Dirk Boll, Olivier Echaudemaison, Jürg und Raquel Marquard, Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, Herzogin Pozzo di Borgo, Dr. Ellen Ringier, Nadja Swarovski, Hans and Martha Wiedemann

Compere: Bianca Gubser

Event  Organisation: Extra-Vagance Switzerland


For more information and reservations go to jlinke@badruttspalace.com


Press Accreditation on request via pr@badruttspalace.com


8 12 2014


Workshops on Wheelchair Basketball and Boccia being held in five locations in India this month

New Delhi, 7th December 2014: The Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India, in collaboration with Choice International, the International Red Cross and other partners, is conducting workshops on Wheelchair Basketball and Boccia for disabled persons in five locations in India from 5th-24th December 2014.

The workshops are free of cost and are being conducted by international coaches from around the world. Mr. Mark Walker from Australia, Mr. Jess from the USA, Mr. Mike from Nepal, Mr. Manoj Soma from the United Kingdom and Mr. Aram Voerman from the Netherlands are the international coaches involved in this initiative. Former Captain of the Indian National Basketball Team and Asian All-Star, Mr. Jayasankar Menon, is also extending his support to the initiative.

The workshops were inaugurated at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi on the 5th of December 2014. The Chairman of the ISIC, Maj. HPS Ahluwalia was present at the inauguration and said, “While Wheelchair Basketball is one of the leading international paralympic sports, it is hardly played in our country. We need to promote the sport not only to create professional sportspersons but also for rehabilitating people with disability.”

The workshops aim to increase awareness on the positive impact of disability sports, specifically Wheelchair Basketball and Boccia, among disabled persons in India. The workshops specifically target the disabled persons, coaches, community leaders, referees, physiotherapists interested in disability sports. The organisers seek to use disability sports as a tool to promote equality and access to disabled persons and also, to develop and train disabled sportspersons to enable them to compete at national and international disability sports tournaments.

The workshops will cover various areas on Wheelchair Basketball such as the fundamentals (basic basketball skills with an introduction to the rules of the game), contact, stretching, basic chair skills, ball handling and passing.

The workshops will be rounded off by a mini-tournament in Chennai with the best wheelchair basketball players selected from the workshops competing against each other.

The schedule for the workshops and the tournament is provided in the attached flyer.

10.9 Million New jobs: Obama

8 12 2014

Barack Obama
6 December at 22:32 ·

“10.9 million new jobs. 10 million more Americans with health insurance. Manufacturing has grown. Our deficits have shrunk. Our dependence on foreign oil is down. Clean energy is up. More young Americans are graduating from high school and earning college degrees than ever before…

The United States of America continues to outperform much of the world. And we are going to keep it up until every American feels the gains of a growing economy where it matters most—in your own lives.” —President Obama

RBI allows banks to extend loans against infra bonds

7 12 2014




In order to provide liquidity to retail investors investing in long-term bonds issued by banks for financing infrastructure and affordable housing, the Reserve Bank of India announced that banks can extend loans to individuals against these bonds. It has also stated that Boards of the banks should lay down a policy in this regard prescribing suitable margins, purpose of the loan and other safeguards. Further, such loans should be subject to a ceiling of Rs.10 lakh per borrower and tenure of loan should be within the maturity period of the bonds. However, banks are not permitted to lend against such bonds issued by other banks.


It may be noted that, the RBI had issued detailed guidelines for banks to raise long-term resources to finance their long-term loans to infrastructure as well as affordable housing in the month of July 2014. (A detailed note on Issue of Long Term Bonds by Banks – Financing of Infrastructure and Affordable Housing is enclosed herewith for your ready reference)

Warm regards,


Dr. S P Sharma

Chief Economist


7 12 2014



All India, 2nd December 2014 : Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) has unveiled three major events which will headline a vibrant ‘partners in action’ approach for this year’s December 2nd  National Day celebrations throughout the emirate.

A series of National Day concerts featuring some of the biggest Arab and Arabian Gulf musical performers will raise the curtain on the celebrations and be staged in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and three prime public areas throughout Al Gharbia western region for two nights from December 1.

“This will be an impressive, entertaining and interactive public programme which will reflect our passion for the nation and our joy and willingness to celebrate the ‘Spirit of the Union’ on the country’s 43rd anniversary,” said Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director Tourism, TCA Abu Dhabi.

Concerts will take centre stage at the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival stage at Al Wathba and Madinat Zayed Park on December 1st and 2nd, while the public parks on Delma Island and Al Sila’a play host to singing stars on December 2nd. All concerts will start at 9pm.

Performing at the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival Stage in Al Wathba City on December 1st is Emirati star Fayez Al Saeed and UAE national songstress Aryam. The next night Emirati classical ballad performer Eidha Al Minhali and the UAE’s very own Fatima Zahr Al Ain – the flower of Al Ain.

Meanwhile, the iconic Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain will burst into colour from 8pm on December 2nd and 3rd. At the stadium on December 2nd audiences can hear Eidha Al Minhali and Mohammed Al Minhali in concert. The following night, the stadium will rock to the sounds of UAE star Hussein Al Jasmi and Balqees.

In addition, a series of firework displays on December 1st to 3rd will coincide with public events at primary spots around the emirate. “It will be choreographed to reflect our pride in the nation, history and culture and allow us to celebrate these in a modern context,” said Al Dhaheri. “The display will reflect the national identity by focusing on the red, green, white and colours of the UAE national flag set against the black canvas of the emirate’s night sky.”

The firework shows will be held at the Khor Al Maqta area and at Abu Dhabi Corniche at 9pm on consecutive nights on 1-2 December, and the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival in Al Wathba will host a spectacular display at 9pm on December 2nd. Running in parallel with the concert performances, the firework shows in Al Ain will centre on the iconic Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium a new landmark for the Oasis City at 9pm while Al Gharbia will host three shows on December 2 at 9pm at Madinat Zayed Park and the public parks on Delma Island and at Al Sila’a.

The Delma concerts feature Palestinian star Saud Abu Sultan and Arab pop sensation Eissa Abdallah on December 2 while Kuwaiti Yousef Al Omani and the UAE’s own Hassah take to the stage in Al Silaa Public Park the same night. At Madinat Zayed on December 1st, audiences get to see Bahraini prodigy Hala Al Turk and UAE winner of ‘Gulf Star’ Mouadhed Al Kaabi with Emirati Rouwaida Al Mahrouqi and Arab crooner Adel Ibrahim heading up the bill on December 2nd.

Also taking to the skies over Abu Dhabi and Al Ain for National Day will be the UAE Armed Forces premier aerobatic team, Al Fursan – The Knights – which will amaze crowds with its breath taking displays and gravity defying moves.

Meanwhile, the world’s biggest and most popular action sports show – Nitro Circus – will make its Arabian debut on Friday, December 5 with a special one-off show in Zayed Sports Stadium to mark the National Day weekend. The show is being brought to Abu Dhabi by leading UAE event promoters Alchemy-Project with TCA Abu Dhabi support.

Over the past four years, Nitro Circus Live has sold over 1.5 million tickets globally, selling out shows in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Asia and across Europe, cementing itself as a premier live action sports touring brand.

For the first time in Nitro Circus Live history, action sports icon and Nitro Circus ringleader, Travis Pastrana, will travel with his crew of 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes to the UAE, to perform the one massive Abu Dhabi date.

Fans will witness some of the most difficult and dangerous stunts in freestyle motocross, BMX and skate with star athletes from across the world performing their biggest and best tricks off Nitro Circus Live’s multi-million dollar set and famous 50-foot high Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp. The Nitro Circus Live crew will perform the biggest FMX and BMX tricks and  will push their limits and skills on skates, scooters and a range of crazy contraptions; including, a rocking horse, Barbie car, kids tricycles, bath tub, lazy-boy couch, boogie board and many more. One of the new show’s craziest stunts includes the extraordinary ‘hole-in-one’ – where riders launch 50 feet into the air off the Gigant-A-Ramp and attempt to land with pinpoint accuracy inside an inflatable Zorb ball.

Tickets for Nitro Circus Live in Abu Dhabi start from AED199 and are now on sale, exclusively at www.TixBox.com.

This year’s National Day celebrations in Abu Dhabi are characterised by cross-stakeholder partnerships aimed at spurring and promoting integrated community and private sector celebrations. As part of a ‘Responsibility In Partnership’ approach, TCA Abu Dhabi is engaging a host of public, private and community stakeholders to deliver a celebration which resonates with residents and visitors alike.

“Our role is to stimulate the development of the events industry in the emirate through co-ordinating and supporting processes with partners, as well as organising a series of seasonal events,” said Al Dhaheri. “The authority’s contribution to the 43rd National Day celebrations reflects a positive shift in collaborative partnership with the events sector through mutual marketing and promotion, resource integration, the spread and quality of events, a strengthening of participation, knowledge sharing and private sector engagement.”

TCA Abu Dhabi is working with 12 government organisations for the National Day celebrations to develop an agreed calendar of events. To add to the festive atmosphere Abu Dhabi city will be illuminated with lights and decorations from November 28- December 2 courtesy of Abu Dhabi Municipality while illuminations will decorate landmarks in the Eastern Region from November 26-December 2 courtesy of Al Ain City Municipality.

“We are looking to encourage, support and motivate strengthened partnerships across the public and private sectors and all community segments,” explained Al Dhaheri. “Our private sector partnerships will embrace shopping malls, tourist and recreational facilities, hotels and resorts.”

Meanwhile, the authority’s priorities for the stimulation of emirate-wide community engagement focus on local councils, educational institutions, cultural and social centres, social online networks, centres with special needs, graduates of both the Abu Dhabi Tourism Ambassadors and Tourism Youth Summer Camp programmes as well as communities, clubs and cultural social groups of national embassies represented in the UAE.

“This is the true ‘Spirit of the Union’ in action,” said Al Dhaheri.

Abu Dhabi’s National Day calendar now includes: the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival which runs at Al Wathba from until December 21st organised by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and the Camel Race Association; entertainment activities at Al Bateen Beach presented by the Emirates Red Crescent; a National Day rowing race from the Corniche Breakwater on December 2nd from 2pm-4pm organised by the Emirates Heritage Club.

7 12 2014

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

cordially invites you to a Seminar



at 3.00 pm on Tuesday, 9th December, 2014

in the Common Room, Annexe Building




‘Gift Exchange and Reciprocation in Late Eighteenth-Early Nineteenth Century India:

Equality or subordination’




Ms. Sonal,

Ramjas College,

University of Delhi, Delhi.



Colonialism among many other things was characterized by materiality. Exchange of commodities in the form of gifts/ ceremonial gifts or trade   was an integral part of conflicts, negotiations for power and diplomacy among the British officials and the Indian rulers. The period from the late eighteenth to early nineteenth centuries is seen as one in which the Mughal authority was gradually waning while the British power was rising. This paper is an attempt to study gift exchange in a historical perspective by focusing on the gradual shifts in meanings associated with and forms of gifts exchanged between the Mughals and the British. How did the changing equations of power between the two affect gifts exchanged between them? During this period, correspondence between the British officials in Indian courts and the Governor General indicate an emphasis on ‘equal reciprocity’. In an arena where conflicts for power were the order of the day and political relationships necessarily unequal in nature, implications of reciprocity and equal reciprocity in particular, need to be explored in detail. A study of these exchanges, shall enable us to understand how in the formative years of British imperialism in India, the British understanding of and responses to Indian political customs were fractured and a concurrence was the outcome of processes occurring in India as well as in England.



Ms. Sonal is presently a doctoral candidate in the Department of History, University of Delhi. She has taught at Lady Shri Ram College for Women and is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Ramjas College, DU.

GAIL subsidiary signs agreement to procure natural gas for liquefaction at Cove Point, US

6 12 2014

US-based WGL Midstream Inc. to supply natural gas to produce 2.5 MTPA LNG

New Delhi, December 5, 2014: GAIL (India) Limited today announced signing of a sourcing agreement between its subsidiary GAIL Global USA LNG LLC (‘GGULL’) and US-based company WGL Midstream Inc. (‘WGLM’) for procurement of natural gas required to produce about 2.5 MTPA of LNG at the Cove Point Terminal located in Maryland, US.  WGLM is a subsidiary of WGL Holdings Inc., a prominent natural gas company of the United States.

The definitive gas sale and purchase agreement has been signed for a period of 20 years and supplies are expected to commence from late 2017 when the LNG terminal, in which GGULL holds liquefaction capacity, becomes operational.

Commenting on the development, Mr. B. C. Tripathi, Chairman and Managing Director of GAIL, said “We are delighted to partner WGLM which is a part of a group having a rich history of over 160 years in natural gas supply business in the mid-Atlantic region. This agreement is another milestone towards GAIL’s efforts in sourcing of LNG to meet the rising demand of gas in the Indian market. We are now in the process of chartering of LNG ships thereby entrenching our presence across the complete LNG supply chain and bring more value to the Indian customers”.

On the occasion, Mr. Terry D. McCallister, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, WGL Holdings, Inc. said “WGL Midstream’s long-term relationship with GAIL capitalizes on the growing supply of abundant natural gas from the Marcellus Shale production region. This growing supply source has been providing clean burning natural gas to Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States and now will supply the country of India as well.”

GAIL is India’s leading natural gas company with a presence along the entire hydrocarbon value chain spanning E&P, LNG, pipelines, LPG, petrochemicals, city gas distribution etc. GAIL has signed a 20 year Sales and Purchase Agreement with Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC, a unit of Cheniere Energy Partners, USA for supply of 3.5 million tonnes per year of LNG. GAIL also signed a Terminal Service agreement for 2.3 million tonnes per year of LNG liquefaction capacity with Dominion Cove Point LNG LP, USA.

WGL Midstream handles non-regulated gas business with operations covering midstream infrastructure and energy services. Its parent, WGL Holdings, Inc., is a public utility holding company serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region and is a leading source for clean and efficient energy solutions with activities in 30 states. Washington Gas, its leading subsidiary has been providing natural gas service to customers in the D.C. metropolitan area for over 160 years and serves more than one million customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

M/s Pace Global (a Siemens business), M/s Thompson & Knight & M/s Amarchand Mangaldas assisted GAIL on commercial and legal aspects of the transaction.

WGL Midstream engaged Vega Energy Partners, Ltd., for the execution of these transactions. Vega will also play an ongoing role in the implementation of these contracts.

For further information, please contact:

GAIL (India) Limited
Vandana Chanana, Executive Director (Corporate Communications)

National & International summit of society of salt makers

6 12 2014

National & International summit of society of salt makers,   which will be going to held in Delhi on 6th Dec 2014 at Ambedkar bhavan rani jhasi road New Delhi 110055.

The aim of the Forum is to foster the participation of and dialogue between various castes of salt makers nationally & internationally , including governments, civil society organizations and the scientific and academic communities, so as to promote sustainable policies for worldwide growth of all type of salt makers  , so as to create awareness related problems, motivate commitment at the highest level for their solution, and thus promote better management of this society at local, regional, national and international levels. Some of the esteemed guest includes BIBI Jagir kaur; ex president SGPC, Sh Sangat singh MLA Punjab, CH Balbir singh Ex agricultural minister Punjab, Sh Putaranga shetty MLA karnatkaka , Sh Sh Purushotamananda Mahaswami Ji Karnataka & many known ministers of government will grace the occasion ,

The representatives of the media interested in being accredited to cover the Forum should enter the venue by 11.30 a.m. during the event day.

We kindly inform you that your application will be processed only on the receipt of the affirmation in written and the assignation letter. Post that, you will receive an e-mail with your Confirmation Code from our end which would further enable you to pick up your Accreditation Badge for the event.

Event Day 6 December 2014 , 11.30 am

Place : Ambedkar bhavan rani jhasi road New Delhi 110055.


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