Chandigarh, September 17, 2014 (Yes Punjab News)
Ascending a step forward to put Punjab on fast track of industrial growth, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal is all set to meet top industrial tycoon in Chennai and Hyderabad to display investment opportunities in Punjab as well as congenial business atmosphere.
Earmarking the industrial sectors having unprecedented opportunities to grow, Mr. Badal will focus on the information technology, healthcare, food processing, bio-technology, light engineering and infrastructure. During the two day tour startingtomorrow from Chennai and Hyderabad Mr. Badal will meet more than a dozen chief of business houses.
Mr. Badal will arrive in the city today evening and will start off his campaign to attract investment in Punjab by visiting the Tube Investments’ Muruguppa Group tomorrow followed by a high level discussion with Dr Prathap C. Reddy Chairman of Apollo Hospitals. He will be holding a one to one meeting with Mr. Ashok Dhawan of Flextronics followed by TAFE group Chairman Mrs. Mallika Srinivasan. While visiting Rane Group of industries, Mr. Badal will also have discussions with its Chairman Mr. Harish Laxman under the tag of investments in Punjab.
In Hyderabad on Friday, Deputy CM will start his day by holding a meeting with Mr. Uday Naidu COO of GMR (MRO) followed by meeting with Ms. Deepanwita Chattopadhyay of IKP (ICICI Knowledge Park) and Mr. Amritanshu Roy of Alexandria Biotech Park. Later in the evening Mr. Badal will also meet Mr. Prabhakar Rao of Nuziveedu Seeds and late evening GVK group. He will also hold a detailed discussions on why invest in Punjab with Mr. Ashok Atluri of Zen Technologies. Deputy CM will also hold meetings with industrialists on one to one basis to woo investments for Punjab.
Describing his proposed meeting with industrial giants another big leap in state’s development, Deputy CM said that SAD-BJP Government has taken massive steps and new initiatives to provide conduce and business friendly environment in industrial sectors. He said that they will showcase the investment opportunities available in the state, incentives being provided by government and the most important congenial business environment. He said that Punjab was on the way to achieve its target to make Punjab No. 1 investment destination in the country and it has achieved a lot in this regard.
Declaring Punjab as an easiest state for investment and getting instant approvals/sanctions, Mr. Badal said as Punjab has best road and air connectivity, power surplus state, technical/engineering/education infrastructure and higher per capita income as compare to national average. He said the State government has already established Punjab Investment Promotion Bureau for quick approvals and rolled out attractive package of incentives under which investors under various heads could retain VAT (Value Added Tax) and CST (Central Sales Tax), electricity duty exemption, stamp duty exemption and exemptions from payment of property tax.
Focusing on submission and online approvals to applications for investment purposes, Deputy CM said that Punjab has introduced online form submission with a centralized application besides online tracking by both applicant and the relevant department. He said all applications would be treated as deemed approvals in case they were not approved within two weeks adding applications could now also be self certified.
Deputy CM said that the state was heading towards a major revolution in the field of industry generating more job avenues for the unemployed youth would become peerless state in the area of industrial investment.
Washington, Sep 17, 2014 (Agency)
Louisiana’s Indian-American Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has acknowledged that he’s considering a 2016 run for president, and will make his decision after the November Congressional elections.
His decision would not hinge on polls or fundraising, he told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast here Tuesday.
Only 3 percent of Republican primary voters backed him in a new CNN/ORC poll of Republican presidential possibles in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary in the US presidential election cycle.
The governor finished at the bottom of a field of 11 potential presidential candidates. But he says that would not be a factor, the Monitor reported.
“If I were to decide to run for 2016, it would have nothing to do with polls or fundraising,” said Jindal.
"It would simply be based on the same calculation that I made when I ran for... Congress or governor.”
He lost the Louisiana governor’s race in 2003, won a US House seat in 2004, and won the governorship in 2007 and was overwhelmingly reelected in 2011.
The determining questions, he said, were, “Do I think I can make a difference, do I think I have something unique to offer?”
"I think at this point polls are measuring name ID," Jindal was quoted as saying by CNN.
"The first time I ran for office, I was... polling within the margin of error, which means I was at zero."
"There's no reason to be coy," he said. "I am thinking, I am praying about whether I'll run in 2016."
Jindal, who is vice chair of the Republican Governors Association, also touted the progress that Louisiana has made while he has been governor.
Louisiana is becoming a state where more people are coming than going; boasting an economy that’s growing at twice the rate of the nation; creating more than 50,000 jobs, he said.
Jindal called President Barack Obama the worst American president since Jimmy Carter.
"Carter believed in American exceptionalism. I don't think Obama does," he said.
"Obama's the most radical president, ideologically, in my lifetime. And I think he's the most incompetent president."
"Jimmy Carter," he added, "was just incompetent."
Bangalore, Sep 17, 2014 (Agency)
India born Amrita Narlikar, presently with the University of Cambridge, has been named the new president of the world renowned German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg.
Her term is set to begin on 1 October 2014. She has also been appointed by the president of the University of Hamburg (UHH) as a professor in the Department of Economics and Social Sciences of that institution, according to a release from Germany's Foreign Office made available here.
Probably the only research institute of its kind, GIGA is an independent, federally and state funded social-science research institute that studies the most important global issues and analysis the impact of policy perspectives of the non-Western world upon global governance.
It analysis political, social and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East and combines this with innovative comparative research on international relations, development and globalisation, violence and security and political systems. On the basis of this research, GIGA advises political, economic and social decision-makers.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who was visiting India last week, congratulated Narlikar on her selection as GIGA's new president, saying: "With her selection, an excellent scholar with noteworthy international expertise will lead the research institute", which, he said, has been making significant contributions to the formulation of German foreign policy for 50 years.
A world class researcher in the area of international relations, Narlikar is a senior research associate at the Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford and founding director of the renowned Centre for Rising Powers.
Narlikar's research expertise lies in the areas of rising powers (particularly India), multilateral negotiations and international trade. Her work on the World Trade Organization has offered coalition strategies for developing countries - and also directions for reforming the institution.
"Her research on international negotiations offers ways in which the West can negotiate more constructively with the rising powers," the release said.
Narlikar served on the first Warwick Commission on the reform of the multilateral trading system, has given expert testimony to the European Parliament, and is currently a member of the World Economic Foru''s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals.
Narlikar grew up in India and graduated with a B.A. (Hons) from St Stephen''s College and an M.A. from the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi in 1996. Prior to arriving in Cambridge she held a permanent lectureship at the University of Exeter and a visiting fellowship at Yale University and a visiting professorship at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.