Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia opens on a high note

· Record number of trade visitors on opening day – 15 percent increase
· Industry influencers and key dignitaries attended the inauguration ceremony
· Accompanying programs: Innovation Exchange well received; cfi – Ceramic Forum International and brick industry workshop on day two and three

Leading international trade fairs for suppliers to the ceramics industry, Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia opened on a high note as the event welcomed 15 percent more trade visitors on the opening day as compared to the past edition. 2017 marks as a strong year with 300 exhibitors showcasing over 400 represented brands.

Taking place from March 1 to 3, 2017 at Gujarat University Exhibition Centre, Ahmedabad in Gujarat, the grand opening of Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia saw presence of industry influencers and dignitaries such as Mr. G G Trivedi, President of Indian Ceramics Society; Mr. K Muraleedharan, Director – Central Glass & Ceramics Research Institute; Mr. Hakimuddin Ali, Chairman – Indian Refractories Makers Association; Mr. K G Kundariya, President, (Vitrified division) – Morbi ceramics Association; Dr. Francesco Pensabene, Trade Commissioner – Embassy of Italy; Mr. Gerhard Gerritzen, Dy. Managing Director – Messe Muenchen GmbH and Mr. Amen Liao, President – Unifair Exhibition Service Co. Ltd.

Igor Palka, COO of Messe Muenchen India says: “We are delighted to receive such overwhelming response on the opening day. With live technology on display, high-knowledge conferences and networking programs, there is so much to experience at the trade fairs. The energy at the show floor is very positive and we expect the momentum to continue for the next two days as well.”

Ken Wong, General Manager, Unifair Exhibition Service Co., Ltd. adds: “We are pleased to see a tremendous visitor growth as compared to the past edition. Our participants will be able to explore more business opportunities in the coming days too.”

Technology on display
Spread over 11,000 sqm. of total space, the trade fairs bring more machinery and raw materials for the ceramics industry. Concurrently, India Brick and Roof Tile (iBaRT) and India Engineering & Technical Ceramics trade fairs are taking place. About 300 global and domestic exhibitors from countries like Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and India are showcasing innovative solutions for the ceramics industry.

Networking and educational programs
Day one saw attendees engaging in the Innovation Exchange where new-to-market technologies and solutions are being showcased. Buyers got the chance to interact with participating exhibitors and enquire about their new offerings.

Interested in exploring newest technologies, buyers attending from across India participated in the Buyer-Seller Forum which is one of the new attractions of the event. Over 100 meetings were conducted at the Buyer-Seller Forum and 40 buyers participated in the program.

With more networking programs and knowledge rich conferences lined up for the next two days, the trade fairs look promising for the coming days. Palka concludes by adding: “It is great to see that the trade fairs began on such a high note and will continue to offer value to the attendees, by combining knowledge, technology and networking opportunities.

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CREDAI Conclave 2015 closes with some breakthroughs for the Real Estate sector

· Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana agrees to consider the Real Estate sectors demand for keeping ongoing projects out of the purview of the proposed Real Estate Regulatory Authority of India (RERA); Agrees to look into the demand for providing a Single Window Clearance for Real Estate projects across Haryana
· With this development both Gujarat and Haryana agree to look at the possibility of keeping ongoing projects out of the purview of RERA
· CREDAI – Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) white paper on Smart Cities released at the Conclave highlighting what makes a Smart City and their difference from traditional cities

The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) today announced that the Haryana Govt. has agreed to consider the real estate sectors demand for keeping ongoing projects in the State out of the purview of the proposed Real Estate Regulatory Authority of India (RERA). This was announced today by Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana during the concluding ceremony of the CREDAI Conclave, which was held in Delhi. In addition to this, the Haryana Chief Minister has also agreed to look into the demand for providing a single window clearance for upcoming projects across the state in line with his government’s commitment to being industry-friendly.

This is a major development for the Real Estate sector in the NCR region and closely follows the decision of Smt. Anandiben Patel, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat who had yesterday agreed to look into CREDAI’s submission to keep ongoing projects out of RERA’s purview in her state. In another significant development, Shri Akhilesh Yadav, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh stated his governments’ intent to develop international airports in Jewar, Greater Noida and Hiran village, Firozabad to promote tourism in Agra and has written to the Prime Minister requesting for faster clearance of the projects. Establishing new airports in the state will provide a major opportunity to the real estate sector and open new growth avenues.

Speaking at the CREDAI Conclave, Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana, mentioned that Haryana has a lot of scope for real estate development considering the location advantage which the state enjoys. The Haryana Government has proposed the construction of an international airport between Kurukshetra and Karnal in order to boost industry in the state. He also agreed to look into the request for not applying RERA to new projects in the state, which was welcomed by CREDAI. The Haryana Govt. has also launched a New Integrated Licensing Policy (NILP) 2015 for development of Hyper and High Potential Urban Complexes (HHPUC). These HHPUC will be created in Gurgaon-Manesar, Faridabad-Ballabhgarh, Sohna, Sonepat-Kundli, Panipat and Panchkula-Kalka-Pinjore. Village development is a key focus area for the Haryana Government and they have initiated development of a new working body called “Nagar Panchayats”. The Chief Minister also announced the Global Investor Summit to woo investors from across the globe to invest in Haryana.”

Mr. Getamber Anand, President, CREDAI National said, “A Single Window Clearance system is required to reduce the time and cost involved in navigating the complex web of permissions between various departments. This accounts for 25% of the cost paid by the buyers. Duplication of taxes levied through ESI and BOCW should also be removed. We request both the Central & State governments to ensure that judgments by any High Court should be considered valid across the country. This will not only save time and effort for the developers but will also benefit the end consumer. The real estate sector contributes to 7% of the country’s GDP and is the driving force for the Make in India initiative. Since we propel demand in the manufacturing sector of multiple ancillary industries, we must be granted industry status”.

With the central theme of ‘Clean India-Skilled India-Strong India’, the CREDAI Conclave 2015 also saw the release of the CREDAI – Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) white paper on Smart Cities. The white paper spoke about the opportunity to transform Indian cities into global destinations. It showcased how real estate sector will play a major role in smart city development & Housing for All by 2022.The paper shares brief comprehensions on strategy for smart city development, section & funding of smart cities, implementation by PPP, Foreign countries interest in development of smart cities in India & real estate development.

The CREDAI Conclave also saw discussions on the proposed Goods & Services Tax (GST) & its impact on the real estate sector. A report by KPMG on the multi-fold impact of the proposed GST regime on the real estate sector and property buyers and the need for corrective steps was also presented during the Conclave. Presently the GST has been passed by the Lower House of Parliament, but pending before Upper House. There will be an interesting transition when the GST will be implemented.

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Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) to host CREDAI Conclave 2015 – “Clean India-Skilled India-Strong India

– With focus on developing ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in the Real Estate Sector

– Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development; Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Hon’ble Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon’ble Minister for Labour & Employment and Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister for Environment & Forests to address at the Conclave

– Chief Ministers of four Indian states including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Gujarat to talk on different sessions at the Conclave

The Conclave is slated to be held on December 16th-17th, 2015 at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi. Taking forward last year’s Conclave 2014 theme ‘Clean India-Skilled India-Strong India’, this year’s Conclave 2015, will highlight the contributions of the Real Sector in building the Indian economy and the pressing need for Government policies to enable ‘Ease of Doing Business’ for driving growth. More than 1000 + delegates from across India are again expected to participate in the Conclave 2015.

The two-day event will provide a common platform to all the stakeholders, housing finance institutions and industry stalwarts to deliberate, discuss and strategize the issues in achieving ambitious goal envisioned by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi ‘Housing for All by 2022″.

As per the industry report, nearly 28 per cent of India’s population lives in Urban spaces, which is expected to rise to 40 per cent by 2020. Over 300 million people are expected to shift to urban areas over the next decade, which will result in a housing shortage of epic proportions. The solution to this critical component of holistic socio-economic development of our country lies in exponential growth of affordable housing sector. India lags way behind other emerging markets in dealing with the cumbersome nature of the approval process required for the real estate projects. The multiple regulations and approvals due to complexities of Central and State archaic laws delays the project, hence increases the buying cost to the customer. Considering the challenges faced by the industry, there is a dire need for conducive environment to operate the business. Hence, ‘Ease of Doing’ is the way forward.

CREDAI Conclave 2015 will witness the gracious presence of distinguished Union Ministers – Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development; Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Hon’ble Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon’ble Minister for Labour & Employment and Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister for Environment & Forests.

At the Conclave Hon’ble Chief Ministers of four Indian States – Smt. Anandiben Patel – Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, Smt. Vasundhara Raje – Hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Shri Manohar Lal Khattar – Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana and Shri Akhilesh Yadav – Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, will share the initiatives taken by their states for addressing the bottlenecks faced by the real estate sector.

While making the significant announcement, Shri. Getamber Anand, President, CREDAI National, said “Real estate sector is the key driver for the Indian economy, having multiplier effect on over 250 ancillary industries. For India to achieve a long lasting and sustainable socio-economic development, it is imperative that the improvement of Real Estate sector is taken up on priority which impacts India’s credibility in the Ease of Doing Business index. This conclave is expected to address all the fundamental hurdles in the sector and analyse its economic impact.”

At the conclave, subjective discussion on the following will be addressed:

· Ease of Doing Business

· Single Window Clearance

· Skill Development in Real Estate

· Challenges related to Environment & Forests clearances

· Labour Issues

· Opportunities of Real Estate Development in PPP

The very first edition of CREDAI CSR Awards will also be unveiled at the Conclave 2015, to honour the efforts of our fellow members towards social causes.

Another key highlight of the Conclave will be the association’s ambitious project, CREDAI Clean City Movement which support & is aligned with Hon’ble Prime Minister’s “Swachh Bharat Mission”. The platform will showcase CREDAI’s initiative to create model cities and make all buildings `Self-sufficient’ for Solid Waste Management.

The Conclave will also witness the remarkable developments with respect to the association’s ‘Skill Development’ initiative, which aims to contribute significantly to National Skills Development Council’s (NSDC) target of training 14 million additional skilled workers in the Real Estate sector by 2022.

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Satin Creditcare Network Limited (SCNL) Receives Approval for Listing of Shares on BSE

Satin Creditcare Network Limited (SCNL), one of the leading microfinance institutions in India, has received permission for listing of its equity shares on the BSE. SCNL was incorporated in 1990 and was listed on the Delhi, Jaipur and Ludhiana stock exchanges in 1996 through an IPO. SCNL is also listed on The Calcutta Stock Exchange (CSE) and got listed on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) on August 26, 2015.

The BSE has confirmed that the 2,90,81,361 equity shares of SCNL are listed on BSE and admitted to dealings on the Exchange with effect from October 20, 2015.

SCNL is a non-deposit taking NBFC-MFI serving over 14 Lakh clients throughout the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Jammu, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand and has recently launched operations in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh. Currently, SCNL has 5 foreign investors – ShoreCap, Danish Microfinance Partners K/S, Microvest, Norwegian Microfinance Initiative Fund and SBI FMO Emerging Asia Financial Sector Fund Pte. Ltd. – who jointly hold 48.98 per cent stake in the company.

SCNL disbursed microloans worth INR 2,366 Crores to 10.55 Lakh micro-entrepreneurs in FY 2014-15.

Speaking on the listing approval, Mr. H P Singh, Chairman cum Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Limited, said, “We are excited about being listed on the BSE as this would allow us to accelerate our growth plans by raising further capital and invest towards business expansion. We are thankful to our investors and our large customer base for supporting us through this journey and look forward to growing with them.”

Post Offices to Start Sale of ‘Penta Bharat’ Phones in Rajasthan

In a bid to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India plan, India Post and BSNL have entered into an agreement with Pantel Technologies Private Limited, a company based in Noida (UP), to sell ‘Penta Bharat’ phone PF 301 through the post offices.

After getting the huge response in Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, the Department of Post (DoP) is all set to launch this project in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan Postal Circle is ready to start sale of mobile phones through its Head Post Offices. More than 70,000 ‘Penta Bharat’ phones have been sold in a period of less than a year.

‘Penta Bharat’ phone comes with 1999 minutes of free talk time from BSNL over its network spread over a period of 18 months. Since the phone is priced INR 1999/-, it may be said that PF 301 becomes free in the hands of the customer.

Penta PF 301 is a keyboard operated phone that has several attractive features, like 2.8” wide screen, dual sim, FM radio, audio player, torch, camera and is internet enabled. It is strong and sturdy with a powerful battery that lasts a week in standby mode without charging. The phone comes with a one year comprehensive warranty.

In the first phase these phones will be sold in all the Head Post Offices in Rajasthan from 19 October onward. The sale will be expanded to many other post offices in due course. Plans are also afoot to launch a couple of low priced smartphones from Penta in the next few weeks.

Besides, customers can also book this phone via our online marketplace Grab The Future.​

Domino’s Pizza Celebrates Navratri with an all-Vegetarian Menu

“164 Domino’s Pizza restaurants across the country to serve 100% vegetarian food during Navratri”

Underlining its undying commitment to offer its consumer greater choice and freedom, India’s largest Pizza delivery chain, Domino’s Pizza, today announced a special treat for pizza lovers for the on-going Navratri season. The country’s most loved Pizza brand announced serving 100% Vegetarian menu across selected 164 of its restaurants in India.

Customizing the menu to suit the consumers’ preferences during Navratras, select Domino’s Pizza restaurants across Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh will offer a 100% Vegetarian menu to give consumers the freedom to enjoy their pizzas without any inhibitions .The restaurants have been selected based on the profile of consumers in the catchment areas of that restaurant.

Announcing the initiative, Mr. Ajay Kaul, Chief Executive Officer, Jubilant FoodWorks Limited, said,“Navratras mark the beginning of the festive and feasting season in India and we thought that it would only be fitting that consumers had greater options and freedom to enjoy their favourite food with their families during Navratras.However, we have observed over time that some consumers postpone their eating out plans during the Navratras following certain traditional beliefs. We understand and respect their values and this small initiative of ours is aimed at giving them the freedom to satiate their taste buds while fully adhering to their customs and beliefs.”

“We hope that the 100% Vegetarian menu at the se selected restaurants, will allow more families to enjoy the festival season in its true spirit,” he added.

As part of this industry-first initiative by any pizza chain, these 164 restaurants will serve fully vegetarian menu from the 13th of October to 21st of October, 2015. Consumers can now dine-in at these restaurants or place an order for the 100% Vegetarian menu through mobile app, online and over phone.

Now, Residents Of 790 More Locations In Gujarat Enjoy Faster, Smarter, Better Vodafone 3G Services

– Vodafone ramps up 3G network to cover 790 more towns, over the past 15 months

– Unique Vodafone Mobile Internet Bus will travel across the heartland of Gujarat engaging with locals, providing live demos of Vodafone Faster, Smarter, Better 3G

Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecommunications service providers, is playing a part in the Digital Gujarat story. Gujarat’s no.1 telecom services provider with over 6.5 million data customers in the circle, is taking its faster- smarter – better 3G services to the interiors of Gujarat. Now rural artisans from Ranunj – Patan, farmers in Nardipur, milkmen in Vadasan, primary school teachers in Kherdi, panchayat from Sansrod, can all stay connected with global developments 24×7, thanks to Vodafone 3G. As an endeavour to democratize data and build greater awareness amongst audiences on the benefits of mobile internet and its relevance in their lives, Vodafone has been making significant investments on ramping up an already robust network in the state. At present, Vodafone has 13350 2G and 3G sites in Gujarat, connecting 95% percent of the state’s population.

To support this thrust on 3G, Vodafone is also rolling out the Vodafone Mobile Internet Bus equipped with a live mobile data experience zone that will tour across all the towns and villages in Gujarat which are being brought under the 3G umbrella. Vodafone Mobile Internet Bus is a part of Vodafone’s larger strategy to drive adoption and usage of mobile data in tier two and beyond locations, connecting with locals educating them on the life enhancing benefits of mobile phones beyond basic calling services. Vodafone will demonstrate how with a 3G phone and access to the Vodafone 3G network, they can make video calls, watch live TV, access high speed internet, download large email attachments faster and download music tracks, as well as the usual voice call and messaging services.

Vodafone Mobile Internet Bus was flagged off last week from North Gujarat and will cover the entire rural geography of the state and will be a continuous initiative to connect with our customers

Inviting all Gujaratis to be a part of the Vodafone 3G family, Jayesh Gadia, Business Head – Gujarat, Vodafone India said, “For Vodafone India, Gujarat is one of the largest circle in terms of consumption of data in the country, with data revenues growing at 56 percent Y-o-Y. Over 2.7 million customers of Vodafone’s total data customer base of 6.5 million in Gujarat are 3G users. To take high speed mobile internet services to the doorstep of our customers in the heartland of Gujarat, Vodafone has set up additionally more than 2400 3G sites and 760 2G sites over the past fifteen months. We are now even closer to our customers in Gujarat and are well positioned to serve a wider audience base and diverse customer segments. In addition, with the Vodafone Mobile Internet Bus campaign, we are also trying to highlight how a choice of affordable Vodafone 3G plans can help make lives simpler.”

Alongside the 3G launches across multiple towns in Gujarat and the Vodafone Mobile Internet Bus initiative, Vodafone is also building content partnerships, simplifying pricing, educating retailers and offering a choice of plans to customers, basis their interests and consumption patterns.

Vodafone M-Pesa partners with WaterHealth India to serve the underserved ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ customers

WaterHealth is a global leader in setting up decentralized water purification systems that provides safe drinking water to over five (5) million people globally

Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecommunications service providers has partnered with WaterHealth India (WHIN), a wholly owned subsidiary of US based WaterHealth International, to facilitate its cash collection process across 450 locations in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

A large part of the world faces an acute water crisis today, in that about 780 million people do not have access to clean drinking water which leads to serious health, economic and social repercussions. Water related diseases account for maximum mortality rate among children under age five (5) and about 50% of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients being treated for water borne diseases. Apart from this, women and girls who are expected to fetch water for the household (in many countries) have to trek long distances and spend hours of their time ferrying water. Distressed by the suffering caused by water-related issues, WaterHealth International embarked on the noble journey of providing safe and clean drinking water to the underserved regions of the world.

WaterHealth India’s business model involves setting up of Community Water Systems (CWS’) called WaterHealth Centers (WHCs) within underserved communities through Public Private Community Partnerships; these WHCs are located in diverse locations across the states. Given the decentralized nature of its operation, one of the biggest challenges faced by the Company is Cash Management. Currently WHIN manages its cash collection through an in-house team of Collection Executives who are exposed to significant risks as they carry large amounts of cash while traveling through public transport and also waste substantial amount of their time in depositing the (collected) money into the bank.

Through this partnership, WHIN plans to address its cash collection issues with the help of M-Pesa whereby Vodafone’s Distributor Sales Executive [DSE] would visit each WaterHealth Centres (WHC) and collect physical cash from the Operator/Business Associate (managing the center). The DSE will then load M-Pesa balance (equivalent to amount of cash collected) to the Operator/Business Associate’s mobile number from where it can be remitted easily in the form of e-money to the WaterHealth Account. This process would result in instant transfer of money from the Business Associate to the Company’s account thereby reducing the risk to cash in transit.

Elaborating on the partnership, Suresh Sethi, Business Head – M-Pesa, Vodafone India said “Vodafone M-Pesa association with WaterHealth International demonstrates our commitment to use mobile technology to support community/social initiatives in the country. We are delighted to partner with WaterHealth International and ease their collections processes significantly. To that extent it is a unique solution for the decentralized business.”

Speaking on this partnership, Vikas Shah, Chief Operating Officer, WaterHealth International said “This solution will increase the operational efficiency of the Company and reduce the cost, time and effort devoted for cash collections. We will continue to use this service as we expand our presence in other parts of the country to achieve our audacious goal of serving 100 million consumers by 2020.”

Expressing delight on this latest initiative, Rohit Tandon, Business Head –Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Vodafone India said, “We see a natural synergy between Vodafone M-Pesa and WaterHealth India (WHI) to offer services to the less privileged community of India. We are delighted to partner with WHI to facilitate their cash collection process using M-Pesa’s safe, secure, and cashless transaction capability. We are confident that M-Pesa will bring transformational benefits to WHI and further drive financial inclusion at the bottom of the pyramid.”

Vodafone India provides customers with a new currency in the form of M-Pesa, the world renowned mobile wallet and money transfer service. Vodafone M-Pesa is an innovative, safe and secure mobile wallet enables complete suite of services like money transfer, bill payments, and recharge on the move from the mobile. It caters to all segments of the society, from the unbanked to the under banked and to the net-savvy and evolved customers. Today, with a pan-India distribution of over 90,000 agents and more than 3 million customers, Vodafone M-Pesa is the largest banking correspondent in the country and is playing a vital role in enabling financial inclusion and m-commerce. Over 50% of Vodafone customer base is rural and Vodafone already has a strong distribution and mobile penetration and the ability to provide banking services on mobile.

In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Vodafone M-Pesa was launched in April 2014. In a very short span, the service has reached out to 923 mandals in 23 districts through a network of 4915 authorized agents and 839 Vodafone exclusive stores, in the region.

Google’s India Get Your Business Online initiative now targets Gujarat

Google has announced that they are bringing their India Get Your Business Online initiative to the state of Gujarat.

Google India has already been running this program in Delhi and some other places.

The company said:

કેમ છો Gujarat! Our “India Get Your Business Online” initiative now comes to Gujarat. We aim to get 50,000 small and medium businesses in Gujarat online by 2014! More details on :

Maruti Suzuki India announces plan to establish two units in Gujarat

Maruti Suzuki India announces plan to establish two units in Gujarat

Haryana’s loss is Gujarat’s gain.

India’s largest automaker Maruti Suzuki has announced that they are going to establish two manufacturing units in the state of Gujarat.

The company continues to face major supply problem for their models like DZire etc. Maruti just cannot make enough of them. Especially the diesel variants.

Maruti would invest around Rs. 4000 crores in the first phase. The company said:

We are looking for a second location and the land is being acquired currently. We are saturated in Haryana with no scope of expansion. We would have a similar two-location model in Gujarat that would be developed and expanded in accordance with market demand.