Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Talking Point for Secretary (T) during inauguration of

Talking Point for Secretary (T) during inauguration of workshop on Spectrum Management (29.04.2013)
My dear colleague Ms. Sadhana Dikshit Member (Fin), Sri S.C. Mishra Member (Services), Sri Anil Kaushal Member (T), Ms. Sumita Purkayastha, DG. NICF, Senior officers from DoT, Representative of Press and Media and dear friends. 
It is my pleasure to be here in this International Workshop on Spectrum Management organized by National Institute of Communication Finance. I have been told that this is a two day workshop in which Senior Officers from Finance, Accounts and Wireless wing of Deptt. of Telecom, eminent international level speaker, academicians from MDI, Gurgaon and IIT, Mumbai, Senior officers from Competition Commission of India and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India as well as Technical experts of the Spectrum Technology are participating. It is really a rare occasion where all the experts  of the relevant field are gathered hare and ready to share their knowledge and experience in the field of Spectrum Management.
Spectrum Management is the process of regulating the use of Radio Frequencies for its effective and efficient use which ultimately translates into Social benefit. Normally 3KHZ to 300 GHZ Radio Spectrum is used for Wireless Communication. With the increasing demand of Mobile Telephony and new technological innovations such as 3G and 4G Mobile Services and Wireless broadband services importance of radio Spectrum has increased.
Globally Radio Frequency Spectrum is considered as an exclusive property of the state. It is a natural resource like water, land, minerals etc. but biggest advantage of this natural resource is that it is re-usable and not exhausted like other natural resources. The purpose of Spectrum Management is to mitigate radio Spectrum pollution and maximize the benefit of usable radio Spectrum. It is important to mention here that all the available Spectrum is not usable for Wireless Communication.
I would like to mention here that International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the “sovereign right of each state to regulate its telecommunication”. Here it is worth to mention that effective and meaningful Spectrum Management requires regulation not only at National and Regional level but at Global level as well. It means unless we follow a global standard and practice in Spectrum Management it can not be used optimally.
Spectrum Auction is another area where DoT’s Account’s and Finance wing in association with wireless wing of DoT have done excellent job under the supervision and guidance of Member (Finance) Telecom Commission. I must appreciate the hard work done by the WPF wing in conducting smooth and transparent Spectrum Auction process. Now Spectrum auction has become a regular exercise.
As intimated by the DG, NICF Objective of this workshop is to provide hands on training as well as experience sharing on various critical and complex issues involved in Spectrum Management.  In this workshop not only the basic issues of Spectrum Management would be discussed but the important aspects like Spectrum Auctioning and International Experience on spectrum allocation as well as Assessment of Spectrum Charges would also be discussed.
In  this workshop participants will be given exposure to Spectrum Auctioning process, how evidence received from research helps  Policy makers in Spectrum allocation process, Economic Models for Valuing Spectrum, Spectrum Pricing, Spectrum Planning and optimum utilization of Spectrum, Regulation in Spectrum as well as Monitoring, allocation and use of Spectrum. The eminent and best available speakers on the subject (apart from our departmental officers) like Ms. Chris Perera, Sr. Director, Spectrum Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Asia-Pacific, GSMA, Dr. Rohit Prasad from MDI Gurgaon, Sri Abhay Karandidar, Professor and Head, E.E, IIT Bombay, Ms. Payal Malik, Advisor (Eco), Competition Commission of India and Sri Sudhir Gupta, Pr. Advisor, TRAI will interact with participants during the workshop with their knowledge and experience.
The workshop aim at targeting officers involved in Policy making, execution and Planning of Spectrum Management which is a valuable natural resource available with the Government and needs to be utilized, priced, valued, allotted  and  regulated in an efficient, effective, prudent and transparent manner.  
Dear Friends, Whether we are aware or not but even small children, house wife, scientists, Police, Defence everybody is user of Spectrum. Be it remote toy or remote T.V., Mobile, Wireless broadband, Cordless Phone or DTH T.V. service we are using Spectrum. Some of the spectrum are free to use where as some of them are of commercial use and liable to be charged for which government grants license.
Spectrum allocation and Spectrum Auction process is a matter of study and research. Government has collected sizable Non-Tax revenue through Spectrum uses charges and Spectrum Auction. With the increase of Licensees and with increase in demand for allocation of additional Spectrum by the Telecom operators, Deptt. of Telecom has recently decentralized the work of assessment of Spectrum uses charges. Now this work will be done by the respective Controller of Communication Accounts Offices which is the field unit of Deptt. of Telecom.
At last I must congratulate Director General of National Institute of Communication Finance and her team for organizing this Spectrum Management Workshop with International level speaker. I hope this workshop would enrich knowledge and experience to all the participants as well as speakers too. Spectrum Management being changing and challenging area, I expect from NICF to organize more such events in future also in the form of Seminar, Workshop and refresher training etc.
Thank you.

18th EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL 2013-Screening of the film MY NAME IS KI



13 May, 5.00 pm, Hungarian Cultural Centre, 1/A Janpath, New Delhi 110001                                                                                                 18th EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL 2013 – Celebrating Women; multiple locations
The Polish Institute, in collaboration with the European Union delegation to India, is pleased to announce the screening of the film My Name is Ki, which was awarded the Jury Prize at KinoPolska in Paris 2011, and was also selected for Venice Days 2011. Roma Gasiorowska, who plays the main protagonist, won the Best Actress Award at the 2011 Gdynia Polish Film Festival.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of EU-India friendship, the European Union is “celebrating women” through cinema that showcases their different shades and nuances. Of the 24 films selected for screening, My Name is Ki is Poland’s entry for the Festival – a movie that does not hesitate to show the dilemmas faced by individuals struggling to make it in a fast-paced city life.
The film documents the experiences of Ki, a young mother keen on escaping the responsibilities of parenthood and intent on living a carefree existence. Her desire for a life outside the confines of the home see her manipulate and exploit others into caring for her young child. Ki offers a commentary on the aspirations and troubles of today’s youth, while maintaining a sympathetic take on its protagonist, in spite of her failings.
My Name is Ki is the debut feature of up-and-coming director Leszek Dawid who has previously been acclaimed for his short films and documentaries.His second feature filmJestesBogiemwas awarded at the Gdynia Polish Film Festival in 2012. Roma Gasiorowska, who plays the chief protagonist in Ki, has also been rewarded for her rich performance; she won the FIPRESCI Award at the 2011 Cottbus Film Festival.
Film: My Name is Ki
Director:Leszek Dawid; Cinematography: Lukasz Gutt; Producers: Malgorzata Jurczak& Krzysztof Gredzinski
Duration:93 min. More on the film: http://www.pisf.pl/en/polish-films/films-from-a-to-z/ki
Note to Editors: The Polish Institute is a part of the Polish diplomatic mission in India with the aim of promoting and fostering an understanding of Poland’s culture throughout the country in a spirit of mutual cooperation. Based in Delhi, the Institute develops events and cultural programming in the genres of the visual arts, film, theatre, music and literature and science in collaboration with established Indian cultural organizations.
Connect with the Polish Institute:                                                                                                             FACEBOOK:www.facebook.com/PolishInstituteNewDelhi        

Large ECBs for Overseas acquisitions in March 2013

ECBs inflows fell by around 11% during FY2013 at US$ 31.99 bn as compared with US$ 35.96 bn in FY2012

Indian firms have raised US$ 5.08 bn through external commercial borrowings (ECBs) in the month of March 2013 by automatic and approval route. The borrowings stood at US$5.08 bn in March 2013 as compared to US$ 3.83 bn in March 2012. ECBs fell by around (-) 11% as compared with the corresponding period last year, as borrowings declined to US$ 31.99 bn in FY2013 from US$ 35.96 bn in FY2012.

External commercial borrowings (ECBs) since January 2011                                                                                   (US$bn)
 Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from RBI
Note: ECB contains both automatic and approval routes

India has received gross ECB worth US$ 209.82 bn between FY2001 and FY2013. The ECBs inflow stands above US$ 25 bn during FY2008, FY2012 and FY2013. The average ECBs inflow stands at US$ 12.06 bn during FY2001-FY2010, while the average ECBs inflow stands at US$ 29.73 bn during FY2011-FY2013 period.

Gross ECB Inflows                                                                                                                                                (US$bn)
Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from RBI
Note: ECB contains both automatic and approval routes

closer look at the ECBs pattern reveals that the lion’s share in ECB during the month of March 2013 is held by the overseas acquisition contributing to about 19% of the total, followed by modernisation at around 17% and rupee expenditure Loc.CG at around 15%.

  Pattern showing ECBs during March 2013                                                                                                     (% share in total)
  Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from RBI
 Note: ECB contains automatic& approval route both

Warm regards,

Dr. S P Sharma
Chief Economist

Salwan Boys defeat Mumbai’s Anjuman I-Islam Allana Eng School to reach the finals of the U-16 Inter State leg Coca-Cola Cricket Cup
New Delhi, 29 April 2013: Man of the match winner Nitin Tanwar’s unbeaten 104 runs knock helped Delhi’s Salwan Boys School defeat Mumbai’s Anjuman I-Islam Allana English School by 167 runs and reach the finals of the U-16 Inter State leg Coca-Cola Cricket Cup, played at Jamia Milia University, New Delhi, here on Monday.
In the final Delhi’s Salwan Boys will take on Uttar Pradesh’s CAV Inter College, who defeated Madhya Pradesh’s Christian Eminent by 7 wickets.
Anjuman won the toss and elected field first, Salwan Boys opening batsmen made a brilliant start. Shivam Chouhan 42 runs (37b, 7x4), and Vikas Dixit 56 runs (2x4) gave their team a brilliant 98 runs opening partnership stand. One down batsmen Nitin Kanwar scored an unbeaten 104 runs in 120 deliveries with five boundaries. He got good support from Ahmed Kaif, who made unbeaten 44 runs in 40 deliveries with four boundaries. Salwan Boys scored 264 runs, for loss of just 2 wickets in 45 overs.
In reply, Mumbai’s Anjuman I-Islam Allana English School were bundled down in just 97 runs in 35.3 overs. Suraj Rai was the top bowler, who captured 4 wickets for 28 runs in 9 overs, while Anish Ali took 2 wickets in 23 runs. Devendra Verma was the highest scorer with 23 runs for Anjuman.
Brief Score: (semi finals)
Salwan Boys, Delhi, 264 for 2 in 45 overs: (Shivam Chouhan 42 runs (34 b 7X4), Vikas Dixit 56 runs (76 b 2X4), Nitin Tanwar 104 n.o. (120b 5X4), Kaif Ahmed 44 n.o (40b 4X4); Jaidave 1/46 in 9 overs, Shoeb Khan 1/ 38 in 8 overs) bt Anjuman I-Islam Allana Eng. School, Mumbai: 97 All out in 35.3 overs (Devendra Verma 23 runs (64b 4X4), Hashir Dafedar 18 runs (30b 2X4), Suraj Rai 4 for 28 in 9 overs, Anish Ali 2 for 23 in 7 overs, Vikas Dixit 1 for 21 in 8 overs). MoM: Nitin Tanwar.
Christian Eminent , MP:  98 All out in 38 overs (M. Faiz 37 runs (59b 4X4), Irfan Sheikh 21 runs (41b 3X4); Amar Choudhary 3/23 in 9, Kundan 2/15 in 10, Akshay Verma 2/20 in 6) lost to CAV Inter College, Allahabad, UP: 104 for 3 in 21 overs (Rangrajan Dewedi 44 runs (45b 2X6, 4X4), Anupam Kumar 30 n.o. (54b 1X6, 1X4); Pranjal Puri 2/19 in 5 overs, M. Faiz 1 for 41 in 6 overs).

Today Sports
Final Schedule for tomorrow, Tuesday 30th April 2013 – 9:00 am onwards

Final  - Salwan Boys, Delhi VS CAV Inter College, Allahabad, UP (Jamia Milia University)

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to a Public Lecture
in the ‘Science, society and nature’ series

at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, 1 May, 2013
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building


'Elephant, empire and ecology in ancient India'


Prof. Raman Sukumar,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

The elephant rose from the status of a supreme animal, Gajatame, in early Buddhist India to that of a supreme god, Ganesha, in Hindu Indiaby about the 4th or 5th century. In spite of a rather turbulent relationship with people through history, the elephant has also been widelyrevered across the cultures of south and southeast Asia. This talk traces the unique elephant-human relationship from the ancient Harappancivilization when it is believed to have been first tamed, through the use of elephants in the armies of major kingdoms and empires, to itsrise to supreme godhead in the medieval Hindu period. It also discusses the role of the elephant in the rise, sustenance and eventual declineof the Mughal and the British empires. It concludes by providing sociopolitical and ecological interpretations as to why the largest landmammal was accorded sacred status in Asia, though not in Africa.

Prof. Raman Sukumar is Professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

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