Sunday, 16 December 2012

Great day


How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it. George Elliston Today, have a beautiful day.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Press Information Bureau English Releases

A Round Table on Corporate Regulation
Stresses the need for Such Regulation to be Growth-Oriented, Transparent and Inclusive

Deliberating upon various contours of corporate regulation, experts at a High Level Round Table here today agreed that new age corporate regulation has to be growth oriented, transparent and inclusive. The Round Table, organised by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA, under the aegis of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs) and George Washington University of the U.S.A., brought together judges, lawyers, researchers, industry professionals and policy makers from the USA and India to discuss contemporary issues in corporate regulation.

Discussing the attributes of enlightened regulation, Competition Commission of India (CCI) Chairperson Ashok Chawla underscored that competition law and sectoral regulation are not mutually exclusive phenomena; rather both have to complement each other to achieve enlightened regulation. He emphasised the need of greater consultations between regulators to delineate boundaries and address overlaps.

Busting a popular myth surrounding principle-based regulation versus rule-based regulation, SEBI Chairperson U. K. Sinha clarified that it is most often a combination of both which delivers the most efficient public policy outcomes. Rules, duly informed by the sound principles, are framed and enforced by regulators while exercising their mandate to regulate a sector.

Touching upon the role of human capital in building effective regulatory regimes, Paul Schiff Berman, Dean of George Washington Law Faculty, emphasized the greater need of fostering partnerships between Indian and US institutions of higher learning.

Former chairperson of CCI and currently Principal Advisor at IICA, Dhanendra Kumar discussed the complex perspective in which corporate regulation has to be understood and assessed. Speaking at the event, he highlighted the role of think-tanks and capacity building institutions in ensuring efficacy of regulatory regimes. He also discussed the key lessons learnt from India’s evolving competition regime.

Industry perspective on the regulation was also discussed by the representatives of the Industry who touched upon the evolving role of the regulators and their accountability and independence. They also highlighted the contribution of regulation in boosting innovation and cited several examples banking sector.

The day-long roundtable was divided into four technical sessions covering competition law; intellectual property laws; banking laws and FDI – all intensely debated themes in Indian context.

The who, what and how of lobbying - The Economic Times

Walmart's disclosure about lobbying expenditure in the US has produced more heat than light in India, with the political debate often taking leave of facts. Lobbying is both unexceptionable and controversial in America.

Here's ET's ready reckoner.

Walmart’s disclosure about lobbying expenditure in the US has produced more heat than light in India, with the political debate often taking leave of facts. Lobbying is both unexceptionable and controversial in America. Here’s ET’s ready reckoner.
Walmart’s disclosure about lobbying expenditure in the US has produced more heat than light in India, with the political debate often taking leave of facts. Lobbying is both unexceptionable and controversial in America. Here’s ET’s ready reckoner.
Walmart’s disclosure about lobbying expenditure in the US has produced more heat than light in India, with the political debate often taking leave of facts. Lobbying is both unexceptionable and controversial in America. Here’s ET’s ready reckoner.


When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? Eleanor Roosevelt Today, one tiny act to prevent human misery—perhaps an act of kindness.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Ministry-wise PIB releases

Ministry-wise PIB releases

Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Marianne Williamson

Today, express yourself at a time when you usually withdraw or remain quiet.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Press Information Bureau English Releases

Setting up of National Skill Development Council

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                Government has set up Prime Minister’s National Council on Skill Development as an apex institution in July,2008 with following functions:


(i)                lay down broad policy objectives, strategies, financing and governance models to promote skill development;

(ii)              review progress of activities relating to skill development periodically and provide mid-course corrections, including changes in part or whole of current schemes under implementation;

(iii)             orchestrate Public Sector / Private Sector Initiatives in a framework of collaborative action.


The composition of the council is at annex - I.


             Ministry of Labour & Employment has proposed to set up 5000 Skill Development Centres in the country during 12th Plan Period. The Project is at the stage of consultation and formulation. State-wise details have not been worked out.


                 The Minister of State for Labour & Employment Shri  K. Suresh gave this information in reply to a written    question in the Rajya  Sabha today .





The composition of the PM’s National Council on Skill Development is as follows:-


Prime Minister 



Minister of Human Resources Development



Finance Minister



Minister of Heavy Industry and

Public Enterprises



Minster of Rural Development



Minister of Housing and Urban

Poverty Alleviation



Minister of Labour & Employment



Minister of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises



Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment



   Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports



Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Women and Child Development



  Deputy Chairman, Planning    Commission



Chairperson, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council



Chairperson of the National Skill Development Corporation



Shri S. Ramadorai,

Vice Chairman of  TCS



Mr. NandanNilekani,

Chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)



Mr. Manish Sabharwal,

CEO, Team Lease



Smt. LailaTayabji,

Chairperson of Dastkar



Smt. RenanaJhabwala,

National Coordinator, SEWA




Chairman & Co-founder NIIT Group



Principal Secretary to PM

      Member Secretary


Ministry-wise PIB releases

Ministry-wise PIB releases

Proposals for Approval under Archaeology and Museum Directorate
  • Protection of Historical Chaurasi Khambe Ki Chhatri
  • Grant for Setting up Chairs of Studies in IGNOU
  • Cultural Heritage Youth Leadership Programme
  • Programme for Development/Upgradation of Textiles Workers
  • Impact of Recession on Handloom Sector
  • Shortfall in production of Cotton
  • Cotton Production
  • Position of India in Cotton Export
  • Packing of Foodgrains and Sugar in Plastic Bags
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket declines to 105.29 US$ /bbl on 11.12.2012
  • Funds for Craftsmen Training Scheme
  • Status of Employment
  • Domestic Workers under RSBY
  • Investment by EPFO in Equities
  • Setting up of National Skill Development Council
  • AI Ground Handling Business
  • Scanners at Airports
  • Services Per Week of Scheduled Foreign Carriers
  • Bailout Package to Airlines
  • Auctioning of Departure Slots at Airports
  • Aviation Carbon Footprint Report
  • Global Property Consultant for AI
  • Outdated Aircraft
  • Unsafe Bungalows in Lutyens Zone
  • Metro between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar
  • Influx of people into Cities
  • Commissioning of Indian Coast Guard Ship H-188
  • Meeting of Defence Acquisition Council
  • Sightings of UFO in Ladakh Region
  • Condition of Families of Defence Personnel
  • Incidents of Molestation of Women by Army in Assam
  • Delivery Schedule of INS Vikramaditya
  • State Roads and NHs Taken Over by BRO
  • Welfare Schemes for Ex-Servicemen
  • Defence Exports
  • Delay In Delivery of Admiral Gorshkov
  • One-Rank-One-Pension
  • Job Scam in NDA
  • Probe Int! o Purchase of VVIP Choppers
  • Successful Flight test of Agni-1
  • Visa on Arrival Scheme Registers A Growth of 25 Percent
  • National Seminar on Food Safety Inaugurated
  • Amount and age limit of Widow Pension enhanced
  • Centre concerned about inadequate utilization of funds by the States
  • The new Land Bill has provision for return of unutilized land
  • 30 lakh housing units will be built this year under Indira Aawaas Yojana-Jairam
  • Monitoring Mechanism for Real Estate Projects
  • Rehabilitation of Slum Dwellers
  • Assistance for old Aged
  • Special Welfare and Rehabilitation Scheme for Mentally Retarded
  • Financial Help for Opening Widow Homes
  • Assistance to Old Aged Persons Belonging to Scheduled Castes
  • Consumer Price Index Numbers on Base 2010=100 for Rural, Urban and Combined for the Month of November, 2012
  • Quick Estimates of Index Of Industrial Production and Use-Based Index for the Month of October, 2012 (BASE 2004-05=100)
  • Agreements for Welfare of Overseas Indian Workers
  • Indian Workers in Gulf
  • Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre
  • Council for Promotion of Overseas Employment
  • Remittance from Abroad
  • Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre
  • Polymetallic Nodules Programme
  • Can be done, can't be done

    The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it. Chinese Proverb

    Today, decide what you will do for the love of doing it and do it.

    Wednesday, 12 December 2012

    R.I.P. Pandit Ravishankar






    A very sad day indeed for Indian Music today. The great Sitar Maestro Pt. Ravishankar is no more. I read about this first on Twitter from a post by Rajeedp Sardesai.


    While I have listened to his Music on Magnetic tapes and Records, I was very fortunate to hear him live only once in my lifetime.  I do not remember the exact year but it was during 1979-83 period when I lived in Satna - Madhya Pradesh and was a regular visitor to the Maa Sharda Devi Temple of Maihar. It was about 40 km away and driving on Enfield Bullet was easy.


    Baba Allaudin Khan Sangeet Mahotsav – Maihar, MP became a famous festival for few of my friends and me to visit and listen to divine Music every year spending overnight in the Shamianas - Taping it on our Bush portable stereo of those days and listening to the magnetic tapes later at home.


    We were lucky that week.  We heard Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Kumar Gandharv and many famous singers.  As luck would have it we also had Ustad Alla Rakha Khan and it was probably the first of the performances of Ustad Zakir Hussain SoKhan on Tabla.  What a rare show the Jugal Bandi of the Father and Son Live.  I wish technology was better or I had means to Video record it. I am not sure, they filmed it. 


    Those were cold winter nights, we would carry 'Kambals' to keep us warm and to keep us awake I was lucky to have friends for company who were great music listeners and at every nuance would give 'Daad' with Mukta Kanth ( Loudly). 


    Suddenly, we saw Pt. Ravishankar on stage and we recorded his Sitar Vaadan.  Which was with me for years on the tape.  In a short break we saw Panditji coming down and touching Ustad Alla Rakha Khan's feet.  It was learnt that the Great Ustad made a request to Panditji that he should SING ! No one knew that Pt. Ravishankar would be asked to Sing ! We saw Panditji praying to the Great Ustad that " Gaayaki hamare Gharane me nahin hai" - We are not traditional singers"  but the Great old man of Indian Music was not prepared to listen. Finally, Pandit Ravishankar sang and sang till early morning !  We saw the great father son duo of Ustad Alla Rakha Khan and Ustad Zakir Hussain giving company and it was a listener's delight.


    What a rare occasion that was and all of us who listened to them rightfully bragged about it with those who missed it.  It was sheer luck.  


    R.I.P. Panditji - India and Indian Music shall always miss you.


    Clever ? Kind !

    If we cannot be clever, we can always be kind. Alfred Fripp

    Today, enjoy the kindness that is always available.

    Tuesday, 11 December 2012

    Ministry-wise PIB releases

    Ministry-wise PIB releases

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