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A MUSICAL EVENING – RAAG RANG
  Living up to its aim of promoting the art, culture and traditions of India, Spandan Communications presented Raag Rang- the series of Indian classical music on March 18th 2011 held at The India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
 The concert showcased the performance of renowned FATEH ALI (SITAR).
He has embarked on a Career that promises to be illustrious and innovative. Years of training have exposed him to and enriched his music with the artistic aspects and nuances of diverse gharana styles. His distinctive style is strongly rooted in classical music traditions, which appeals to the orthodox as well as progressive. He displays deep insight and understanding of ragas by blending their purity with imaginative experiments. Fateh Ali is advancing his art form and skill in “Sitar” under the personal guidance and training of his father “USTAD GHULAM SABIR KHAN” again a well-known name in India for “SARANGI”.
Commencing the program with Raga Puriya Kalyan Fateh Ali captivated the audience with his musical charm. He ended his performance with Holi special dhun.
He was accompanied by Sh. Rafiuddin Sabri on Tablas. 
On this occasion, Anshuman Pandey gave a sincere thank to the artists for their unusual performance & to the audience for sparing their valuable time. He further added that these musical baithaks called ‘Raag Rang Evenings’ are organized with the purpose of promoting and reviving Indian Classical Music.
 Also present in the gathering were Ravinder Mishra, Murad Ali, Anshuman Jain, Deepak Gupta and others.

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 Fourth edition of CNBC-TV18 and DHL ‘International Trade Awards 2011’


Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, Hon. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry will inaugurate the fourth edition of ‘International Trade Awards 2011’ to be presented by CNBC-TV18, India’s No. 1 business medium in association with DHL, the world’s leading Logistics Company, in the city on March 24, 2011. These awards exclusively aim at recognizing innovation and excellence demonstrated by the Indian importers and exporters at the International Trade facilitation in India.

The Indian import and export industry has contributed significantly to the Indian economy especially by achieving the export target of $200 billion mark for the fiscal year 2010 – 2011. While India’s exports were estimated at $235 billion, the imports are expected to reach the $350 billion mark. As a result, the trade deficit is expected to come down to $115 billion from an earlier projection of $135 billion.
This resultant growth in India’s export and import industry can be attributed to the government’s strategy of encouraging diversification into newer markets of Asia, Africa and Latin America and increasing focus on non-traditional exports to the USA. The government has also proposed measures to boost exports by capitalizing on the engineering and chemical sectors which has a greater demand abroad. Additionally, the government has formulated product strategies that will build on intrinsic strengths of some industries; market diversification; incentivizing research and development; and building a Brand India. This will help the Commerce Ministry to achieve its target of doubling the exports to $450 billion by the fiscal year 2013 – 2014.

While the Commerce Ministry is developing strategies to bring down the fiscal deficit, it is still faced with challenges trying to balance between a strong rupee, the shrinking markets of Europe and the US, hardening interest rates and rising input costs. Facilitating infrastructure development has also been a challenge for the government. Additionally, the weak recovery in the industrialized economies and the recent disasters in Japan will call into question the assumption of world trade bouncing back to pre-crisis levels.

In such a scenario, the major challenge of the Commerce Ministry will be to encourage the Indian exports by every possible means in order to maintain the recent momentum in addition to finding means of balancing the performance of India’s imports which are likely to be affected by the recent hikes in the petroleum prices. 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Anil Uniyal, CEO, CNBC-TV18 and CNBC AWAAZ said, “We are proud to partner with DHL for the fourth edition of International Trade Awards 2011. The Awards will represent the finest of the international trading community and highlight their extraordinary achievements. As we continue to honour and recognize innovation and excellence showcased by the Indian entrepreneurs on a global platform, we feel equally privileged in watching the custodians of ‘Brand India’ being rewarded for making their mark globally.”
Adding further, Mr. R.S. Subramanian, Country Head, DHL Express India said, “DHL India is proud to have created this platform to honour the outstanding entrepreneurs who have braved the times, set new benchmarks and brought a lot of credence to the “Made in India” tag. The International Trade Awards 2011 acknowledges all the fore runners on whose resilience we can only be sure that India will sustain its growth momentum.
Walking the tightrope, the Commerce Ministry is determined to execute their entrepreneurial skills to grow the Indian import and export businesses. However, one of biggest challenges in current circumstance that arises is ‘Can India’s exports touch the $500 bn mark by 2015? On the launch of such an empowering initiative, join Sheeren Bhan as she deliberates with a panel of India’s global ambassadors such as Mr. Ramu Deora, President, Federation of Indian Export Organization; Mr. R. C. Bhargava, Maruti Suzuki India Limited; Mr. R. S. Subramanian, Country Head, DHL Express  along with Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, Hon. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry on questions about how Indian exports will play a major role in India’s double digit GDP targets and what kind of support will Indian exporters receive from the government to achieve their targets.

CNBC-TV18 and DHL hopes to create an atmosphere that will enable the stalwarts of the export industry engage in dialogue that will stimulate export and help boost the economy, finally making the Indian growth story viable.                                      
CNBC-TV 18 is India’s No.1 business medium and the undisputed leader in business news. And its leadership epitomizes the fact that India means business. It delivers quality and involved audiences that comprise a comprehensive viewership base greater than similar offerings in the business space across all media. The channel’s benchmark coverage extends from corporate news, financial markets coverage, expert perspective on investing and management to industry verticals and beyond. CNBC-TV18 has been constantly innovating with new genres of programming that helps make business more relevant to different constituencies across the country. CNBC-TV18 is currently available in over 30 million households in India.
DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics Company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 400,000 employees’ worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education.
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 51.5 billion euros in 2010.
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Oxford Bookstores hosted an enthralling book reading session
  Oxford Bookstore, Delhi and NEN hosted an engaging book reading session of The Fresh Brew– Chronicles of Business and Freedom, by Amit Haralalka & Amitabh Thakur. The Fresh Brew is a compilation of inspiring life stories of twenty five IIM Lucknow alumni who gave up their lucrative jobs to follow their heart, their dream and their passion. Nitin Das, a renowned film maker, Saurabh Chopra, a successful entrepreneur and Sumant Bhargava,  An IIM graduate and MD of Stargaze Entertainment graced the evening at the occasion as the Guests of Honor.
The Fresh Brew- Chronicles of Business and Freedom has been written by two IIM Lucknow alumni – Amit Haralalka & AmitabhThakur who have penned down the lives of twenty five young people who did it all to do what they were most passionate about in their life. These alumni chose not to tread the beaten path and became entrepreneurs or pursued alternate careers of their choice. The book is a collection of their experiences and intends to bring out the subtle dilemmas that they negotiated-both personal and professional. The reading session was very engaging and the audience at the event drew a lot of inspiration from the stories that were read out to them.
 Some praise for the book:

“I am sure, this book will inspire the creation of many such leaders who would emerge as employment generators for the nation.” 
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, in his Foreword to the book

“Too many books just focus on the ‘good and successful’ parts of entrepreneurship, but this book makes you feel both the pain and the glory achieved by the entrepreneurs. Read it, read it again and if you have the guts to make the leap, do it.” 
Allwin Agnel, Founder & CEO, PaGaLGuY.com“These fabulous and well-told stories span entrepreneurship from areas as diverse as arts, IT, and football. I found myself inspired by the entrepreneurs’ perseverance and passion. If you haven’t yet decided to follow your dream, after reading these stories, you surely will!”Laura Parkin, CEO and Co-founder, National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN)
About the Book:
The Fresh Brew contains inspiring life stories of twenty five IIM Lucknow Alumni who followed their heart, their dream, their passion! Many gave up lucrative careers with leading banks, consulting firms, marketing firms, technology firms to strike out on their own. They became entrepreneurs or pursued alternate and independent careers. This is a collection of their experiences and learning’s and brings out the subtle dilemmas that they negotiated on their quest for independence – both personal and professional.
About the Authors:
Amit Haralalka is from the MBA class at IIM Lucknow. He has experience across consumer goods, technology and education and blogs at TalkingTails.in,Amitabh Thakur is a fellow at IIM Lucknow. He is an IPS officer and is also associated with social work as President of IRDS and National RTI Forum.

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