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News Economy & Business March 2011 Highlights ► ECONOMY Economic Growth. According to finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, India should be able to achieve a 9% growth in the new fiscal year. The leading economic think-tank CMIE





ment. In 2010, India attracted $4 billion in

The facility would focus on equipment for

private investments, ranking 10th among

the energy sector, besides aviation and

the G20 countries. Worldwide, it also

health areas.

ranked 10th for five-year growth rates for renewable energy capacity and 7th in the

Coffee Day. Café Coffee Day, part of the Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Com-

amount of installed capacity.

pany, is looking at expanding its base in

Economy) projects real GDP to grow by

Automotive. With passenger vehicle sales

East European and Southeast Asian mar-

8.8% while global rating agency Standard &

expected at 2.5 million in FY11, India‟s mar-

kets in its bid to be a global player in the

Poor„s said India„s GDP would moderate to

ket for such vehicles is the world‟s seventh

coffee retailing segment. The coffee retailer

8-8.5% in 2011.

largest, larger than markets such as the

has 19 stores across the world, of which 18

UK, France and Spain by volume. It is esti-

are in the Czech Republic and Vienna

mated that by FY16, the Indian passenger

along with one store in Pakistan.

Exports. Maintaining a steady growth momentum, India„s export touched $208.2 billion in the April-February 2010-11 period, already exceeding the government„s target of $200 billion for the entire financial year.

vehicle market will touch 4.85 million in annual sales, representing a 10.8% CAGR

Carbon Foam Battery. The world‟s first facility to manufacture carbon foam batter-

over the next five years.

ies will be set up at Bavla near Ahmedabad.

In February, exports rose 49.8% to $23.6



Firefly Energy India is planning to build a

billion, up 21.2% over last year. Commerce

Volkswagen is planning to invest $24 mil-

plant to produce carbon foam batteries at

secretary Rahul Khullar said exports for the

lion in India for the establishment of a non-

an investment of $28 million. About 20% of

2010-2011 period would be in the range of

banking financial arm. Volkswagen Finan-

the production would be exported, while the


cial Services (VWF) India Chairman Jörn

rest would be used for electric vehicles,

Achim Kurzrock said India being one of the

UPS, telecom and locomotives.





expected to cross $350 billion. FDI. In order to liberalise the FDI regime, the government is likely to dispense with a norm that requires foreign investors to seek local partner approval for setting up units in the same area of business. India„s FDI



fastest growing economies, VWF India wants to present itself in the India market as a mobility provider with products which fully respects the needs of VW, Skoda and

25% to $17 billion from $22.9 billion in the

facturers plan to start operations in India,

same period last year.◄

buoyed by rising opportunities in the world‟s fast growing truck market. Beiqi Foton Motor is close to finalising locations for its Indi-

SMEs. Underpinned by an increasingly

an subsidiary. Shandong Shifeng has al-

positive outlook on the economy, Indian

ready started making vehicles with Kolkata-

SMEs plan to increase capital expenditure

based Hindustan Motors. In the past, cou-

and hire more staff in the next six months

ples of JV were announced, among which

and a growing number are eyeing an off-

Force Motors of Pune started a JV with

shore expansion for their business. The lat-

German MAN AG.

among Indian SMEs surged in the fourth quarter of 2010, increasing more than any oher SMEs in the Asian market.

gy and equipment for the production of so-

launched its Bangalore-based Indian subAutomotive/Trucks. Chinese truck manu-

est HSBC research states that confidence

voltaics AG, a supplier of process technolo-

lar silicon, solar cells and solar modules,

Audi customers.

during April-January 2010-11 declined by


Solar Energy. German Centrotherm Photo-



Water Systems. German pump and pumping system manufacturer Wilo SE has inaugurated a hi-tech manufacturing plant at Kolhapur. Built at an investment of $22.5 million, the new facility will manufacture standardized water handling pumps and systems. The company plans further expansion with investments of $45 million in India in the next five years.




nounced plans to set up a multi-facility infrastructure manufacturing unit in India, employing at least 3,000 people. The initial in-

Clean Energy. India continued its ascent

vestment shall amount $50 million and total

as a top destination for clean energy invest-

investment should surpass $200 million.

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based Norit group, a major global player in the field of water purification and management technologies, announced it will expand its presence in India by targeting both industrial sector as well as the home seg-

News March 2011 Highlights (cont'd ) ment, while it will focus more on desalina-

next 18 months. The Turkish firm is an air-

target of $5 billion by 2012 and $10 billion

tion projects like the one being implement-

port service provider and apart from han-

in the next 10 years. This announcement

ed in Chennai.

dling cargo at the Delhi airport, the compa-

followed a bilateral meeting in Turkey.

ny is looking after ground handling at Delhi

Trade between India and Turkey has grown

and Mumbai airports.

at a CAGR of around 27% and reached

Warehousing. India„s Voltas Limited and Germany„s





$3.14 billion in 2009-10 from $1.2 billion in

agreed to set up a joint venture in India for

Banking. Bank of India plans to open sub-

the development, manufacture, marketing

sidiaries oversies. It plans to start by ac-


quiring small-sized or mid-sized banks in






warehousing equipment.

African countries, New Zealand and Cana-

Engineering. The global engineering, infrastructure and project management firm Meinhardt Group has acquired India‟s leading provider of advanced engineering services to the global construction industry,

da. The bank is also looking at the organic route in other countries, said a top offi-

2005-06. ASEAN. India and the 10-nation ASEAN bloc aim to increase trade by 40% to $70 billion up from $50 billion by 2012 on the back of a free trade pact and push for deeper economic integration.


USA. The U.S.A plans to boost its ties with


India in two key areas of defence and eco-

Internet. India‟s government plans to invest

nomic partnership as a follow up to presi-

more than $13 billion to bring fixed-line

dent Obama‟s November visit to India. The

broadband internet services to most of the

U.S.A is also actively working to elevate its

population. The national open-access core

G2G economic partnership with India to be


fibre network would reach all villages with a

commensurate with their robust global stra-

Rexel SA enters Indian market with 74%

population of more than 500 people. The

tegic partnership.

stake acquisition in Yantra Automation, an

initial target is to connect around 160 mil-

Africa. India and Africa have set a target to

industrial automation and control products

lion of India‟s 275 million households to

take two-way commerce to $70 billion by


broadband services by the end of 2014.

2015 on the back of increasing economic

Eigen Technical Services Pvt. Ltd. Meinhardt expects the investment to enable it consolidate its presence in India. Industrial






French firm‟s first foray into the Indian market.

Europe-India Gateway. Bharti Airtel, in collaboration with 16 other global telecom

engagement between the two sides. Currently, bilateral trade between India and Africa stands at about $45 billion.

Health. Fortis Healthcare, India's second

companies, announced the Europe-India

biggest private healthcare chain, has joined

Gateway (EUG) cable system that will en-

Norway. India and Norway signed a new

hands with technology solutions provider

hance bandwidth between Europe and In-


TotipotentRX Cell Therapy Pvt Ltd, to set

dia. The 15,000 km cable has received in-

(DTAA) that would, among other things,

up centres of excellence offering cellular

vestment of around $700 million and has a

pave the way for exchange of banking-

therapies and stem cell clinical trials, across

capcity of 3.84 terabits per second.◄

related information between the two coun-


tries for tax administration purposes. The

select Fortis hospitals. Telecommunications.



new DTAA provides for lesser rate of taxa-


provider of solutions and services to the telecommunications industry, has inaugurated a new development centre in Bonn, Germany. The facility encompasses fully-equipped infrastructure to service clients in Germany as well as Central Europe. The company already operates in Munich and Düsseldorf.

EFTA. A broad-based trade and investment agreement between India and four-nation European Free Trade Organization (EFTA), which includes Switzerland, Iceland, Liech-

Holdings is to invest $100 million in its ground handling business in India over the

country. The new rate will be 10% as against the existing 15% or 25%.◄


tenstein and Norway, is expected to conclude this year to facilitate closer economic cooperation. India is also deeply engaged with the 27-nation European Union for a

Airport Ground Handling. Turkey‟s Celebi

tion of dividend and interest in the source

bilateral trade and investment agreement. Turkey. India and Turkey have set a trade

"Within Cisco, now we recognise that India is an innovation centre for what we call smart connect communities." Wim Elfrink Vice-President, Cisco Services

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Business Interview with John Dineen, CEO of GE Healthcare, on India being its focus market and how innovations made here are going places. GE Healthcare, the $17-billion division of General Electric Company, sees India as a focus market. John Dineen, its President and CEO, spoke to Praveen Bose on the company's plans for India and how innovations made here are going places, literally. Edited excerpts: Q: What are the drivers of your market in India vis-a-vis the West? A: In the developed markets, the growth of the medical devices and equipment industry is driven by the government. Here, it is influenced by the consumer. As a result, it is more Darwinian and more competitive, thus forcing more innovations. It is something we get excited about. Technologies developed here, which we thought were useful for Indian markets, are becoming useful around the world. In India, you bring the cost down by simply de-featuring a product, without compromising on the quality of the job done. So, you go from a $100,000-product to a $10,000-one, just as we are doing here in India. Hence, you are actually expanding the product portfolio. Some believe we are simplifying.

Q: Is the poor penetration of TPAs (third -party administrators) in the country an advantage? A: The lack of involvement of TPAs is both an advantage and a challenge. Consumers are better buyers, and when the consumer gets involved, technology has to be effective. When it is based on government reimbursements, you have very elaborate and costly equipment being used for tests and diagnoses. When you are using a compact product, it is that much cheaper and has just the essentials. It is useful in a clinic outside the city. Q: How are diagnostic products becoming important now? A: The preventive part of healthcare is the screening. We are bringing more products into the market for this. So, digital mammography products, for instance, are important, one of the most important screening programmes we can have. So, electronics-based screening is growing. Now, patients need not go to the hospital for screening. They can go to clinics, with

the diagnostic tools being much cheaper. Go to a clinic and get it diagnosed once in a year or twice in a year. Q: What are the new innovations and developments in diagnostic screening? A: We are investing in biologic screening. It's growing in importance globally and is going to be very important here as well. We have made investments in biological diagnostics. and also in some risk-based biologic screening for cardiology. Some tests are simple ones, like the blood test or the PSA test (prostrate-specific antigen) for prostrate cancer. We are getting into more elaborate tests. Diagnostics is today becoming more directed and more personal. We are going 'in vivo' (within the body). Technology is today going from electronics to biologics. This will enable early diagnosis.â—„

Source: Business Standard March 26th, 2011

Survey India in top 10 manufacturers list India was amongst the top 10 manufacturers in 2010 and together with Brazil and China accounted for a third of the world manufacturing output, up from one-fifth 10 years ago, said a United Nations report. "India is listed as one of the top 10 manufacturers of the world in 2010," the international yearbook of industrial statistics 2011, published by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) said. India along with other leading developing economies such as Brazil and China showed strong performance in economic growth in 2010 and the manufacturing value added of all these countries grew by over 10% last year, the agency said. The share of these three countries in world manufacturing output reached 32% compared to 20% 10 years ago. World manufacturing value added, or MVA,

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rose 5.3% in 2010, as per the agency's estimate. The MVA of industrialised countries was up 3.4% in 2010. India topped developing countries (excluding China) in production of textiles, chemical products, basic metals, general machinery and equipment, and electrical machinery. It overtook Brazil in the production of motor vehicles and now ranks second among developing countries after Mexico. However, its Asian competitors Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines are ahead in the production of electronic goods such as computers and office equipment, radio, television and other communication equipment.â—„

Source: The Economic Times March 4th, 2011

News India-Austria Bilateral Trade Snapshot Year

Indian Exports

% Diff. in Indian Exports

Indian Imports

% Diff. in Indian Imports

Total trade

% Diff. in total -trade

Trade Balance





























22.6 1024.0















14.6 1030.0




* January to November 2010

Austrian Companies active in Indian projects Andritz Hydro, a member of the ANDRITZ GROUP, has successfully completed several hydropower projects for HPSEB and Sawra Kuddu, the first hydropower plant realized by the Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd (HPPCL). Andritz Hydro had been active in India for many years and has equipped over 150 hydropower plants totaling more than 11,000 MW. It has an excellent market position in the fast growing Indian hydropower sector. Recently it has signed a Contract Agreement with HPPCL in April 2010, for the execution of Kashang Hydro Electric Project (3x65 MW). In addition, Jaiprakash Industries placed an order with Andritz VA TECH HYDRO to supply four erosion-resistant Francis turbines with a total output of 1,200 MW for Karcham Wangtoo Hydropower Station on the river Satluj. These four units will also go on-stream by August 2011. The Austrian construction company Strabag and its Indian counterpart Afcons have jointly been awarded a huge tunnel contract in Northern India, worth a total of EUR 250 million. The contract was awarded by the Border Roads Organization on behalf of the Indian government. The Strabag share for the construction of the Rohtang Pass highway tunnel with a length of 8.8 kilometers amounts to EUR 150 million. Strabag has been active in India for over 10 years, and was currently working on a subway construction project in New Delhi with its subsidiary Dywidag. M/S VA Tech Wabag (Feb 2010) is awarded the contract worth EUR 165 million for executing India's largest sea water desalination project at Nemmeli, 35 Kms south of Chennai by Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board with a capacity of 100 million liters a day. It will be built on DBO basis within 24 months and thereafter 7 year O&M. The company would provide a world class plant based on modern sea water reverse osmosis technology, which converts sea water into fresh potable water. Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik Aktiengesellschaft (AT&S), Austrian manufacturer of Printed Circuit Boards started its operations in India in 1989 . At present, it has a modern facility at Nanjangud, Mysore, Karnataka. Initial investment was around US$ 60 million and with its expansion plan additional investment for new technology is estimated to US$200 million.


Lenzing AG - an Austrian fiber producer, would invest around EUR137mil in its new facility, a viscose fiber plant 70 kilometers south of Mumbai in India. The plant shall start doing business by the beginning of 2013, with an initial annual production capacity of 60,000 tons and raising to 240,000 tons within 10 years. The plant would create 2,000 new jobs and infuse USD 330 million into the Indian economy within five years as stated by Mr. Dieter Eichinger, responsible for Lenzing‟s textile business in India. Though India is the world‟s second largest textile and fiber producer, cellulose fibers constituted only 4% of India‟s textile production at present, but had the biggest potential growth. The Austrian construction company Angerlehner has set up its own production plant at Sankrail Industrial Park in Dulagarh, Kolkata, to serve their trenchless pipe rehabilitation projects in India with new GRP liners. GEOCONSULT, a globally operating Consultant Engineers company has opened its subsidiary M/S GEOCONSULT India Pvt. Ltd. The Austrian company GEOCONSULT has been working in India since many years and has a substantial track record in India, like for example the ongoing Pir Panjal Rail Tunnel project, design and consultancy services for Delhi Metro Phase I and Phase II and the Strategic Crude Oil Storage project in Vishakhapatnam. Alba Tooling & Engineering GmbH- Situated in Greater Noida, had signed a Joint Venture with Indian company Power Spack for the manufacture of automotive seating systems for the automotive industry in 2009. The Austrian ALBA group focuses on the tools manufacture, mould making and mechanical engineering for PUR (polyurethane) foam technology. PowerSpack is a leading manufacturer of a diverse range of world class seating systems, PU foam pads and seat suspensions. It is a multi-locational enterprise having fully integrated facilities at several locations and having a steady growth in India and abroad. The Vienna-based Gebauer & Griller Kabelwerke GmbH sets up its Indian subsidiary in October 2010 in Bangalore under the name of “GG Cables and Wires India Private Limited” focusing production of cable harnesses and cable assemblies for the elevator and escalator industry. With last reported EUR 852 mil in revenues, the Austrian company Plansee reports the importance of being present in emerging markets. The company has the majority of shares of the Indian company Wolfra-Tech Pvt. The 150employee-large company produces fine wires and evaporator coils. With this strategic positioning, the company already plans further acquisitions in the India. Following the acquisition of the US truck and lifting platform manufacturer ETI in March 2010, Palfinger decides to turn its focus from America to the Russian and Indian markets. Already represented in India, Palfinger plans include the conclusion of the marine crane factory and beginning of its activities still this year. The Austrian manufacturer of hydraulic lifting, loading and handling systems has established an assembly facility in Chennai to develop truck-mounted cranes. This is the company‟s second assembly unit in Asia after China. ◄

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Focus Sector Close-up Telecommunications The Indian telecommunications industry is one of the fastest

market share of the telecom companies reflects the fragmented

growing in the world. The industry has witnessed consistent

nature of the industry, with as many as 15 players. As of

growth during the last few years.

September 30, 2010, Bharti Airtel led the market with 20.8 per

According to the data released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of

cent share, Reliance (17.1 per cent), Vodafone (16.8 per cent),

India (TRAI), the number of telephone subscribers in the country

BSNL (11.4 per cent), Tata (11.5 per cent), Idea (10.8 per cent),

reached 806.13 million at the end of January 2011 from 787.28

Aircel (6.8 per cent), with the remaining share being held by other

million in December 2010, thereby registering a growth rate of

smaller operators, according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of

2.39 per cent. With this the overall tele-density (telephones per

India (TRAI) database.

100 people) has touched 67.67. The wireless subscriber base has increased to 771.18 million at the end of January 2011 from

Value-Added Services (VAS) Market

752.19 million in December 2010, registering a growth of 2.52 per

Mobile value added services (VAS) include text or SMS, menu-


based services, downloading of music or ring tones, mobile TV, videos and sophisticated m-commerce applications. As per a report, „India Telecom 2010‟ released by KPMG in December 2010, currently, the VAS market is worth US$ 2.45 billion-US$ 2.67 billion, which is around 10 per cent of the total revenue of the wireless industry. The share of VAS in wireless revenue is likely to increase to 12-13 per cent by 2011, on the back of increased operator focus on VAS due to continuous fall in voice tariffs, increasing penetration of feature rich handsets, availability of vernacular


and increased user adoption




Major Investments The booming domestic telecom market has been attracting huge amounts of investments which is likely to accelerate with the entry of new players and launch of new services. According to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the Meanwhile, Indian Global System of Mobile Communication

telecommunications sector which includes radio paging, mobile

(GSM) telecom operators added 14.69 million new subscribers in

services and basic telephone services attracted foreign direct

February 2011, taking the all-India GSM cellular subscriber base

investment (FDI) worth US$ 1.33 billion during April-January 2010-

to 555.06 million, according to the Cellular Operators Association

11. The cumulative flow of FDI in the sector during April 2000 and

of India (COAI). The GSM subscriber base stood at 540.37 million

January 2011 is US$ 10.26 billion.

at the end of January 2011. The sector will witness up to US$ 55.95 billion investments and the market will cross the US$ 100 billion mark in 5 years, according to consultancy firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG). BCG India's Partner and Director, Arvind Subramanian said the industry will continue to grow at 12-13 per cent annually.

The Road Ahead As per the 12th five year plan (2012-2017), the total number of telecom subscribers is projected to grow from the present 780 million to 1,200 million during the five year period. About 25 per cent (roughly 300 million) would be 3G/4G subscribers, which would require scaling up the infrastructure. The total investment in

Key Players

the pan-India broadband rollout is expected to be US$ 16.79

With new players coming in, the intensity of competition in the

billion, while another US$ 9 billion will be invested in augmenting

industry has increased, especially over the last four years. The

the transmission network.◄

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Trade Shows WHAT Exhibition on Technologies for Automotive Manufacturing

WHEN June 10-12, 2011 WHERE Chennai


WHAT International Exhibition on Telecommunication and IT

WHEN July 29-August 1, 2011 WHERE Bangalore

MORE INFO indiaconnect2011

WHAT Expo on cutting edge research and technologies in the field of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles

WHEN August 10-12, 2011 WHERE New Delhi


WHAT Exhibition on Agriculture, Farm Machinery, Equipment and Agri Processing Technology

WHEN September 09-11, 2011 WHERE Bangalore


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Profile Big Players Bharti Founded in 1976, by Sunil Bharti Mittal, Bharti has grown from being a manufacturer of bicycle parts to one of the largest and most respected business groups in India. With its entrepreneurial spirit and passion to undertake business projects that are transformational in nature, Bharti has created world-class businesses in telecom, financial services, retail, and foods. Bharti started its telecom services business by launching mobile services in Delhi (India) in 1995. Since then there has been no looking back and Bharti Airtel, the group‟s flagship company, has emerged as one of top telecom companies in the world and is amongst the top five wireless operators in the world. Through its global telecom operations Bharti group has presence in 21 countries across Asia, Africa and Europe. Over the past few years, the group has diversified into emerging business areas in the fast expanding Indian economy. With a vision to build India‟s finest conglomerate by 2020 the group has forayed into the retail sector by opening retail stores in multiple formats – small and medium - as well establishing large scale cash & carry stores to serve institutional customers and other retailers. The group offers a complete portfolio of financial services – life insurance, general insurance and asset management – to customers across India. Bharti also serves customers through its fresh and processed foods business. The group has growing interests in other areas such as telecom software, real estate, training and capacity building, and distribution of telecom/IT products.

Bharti strongly believes in giving back to the society and through its philanthropic arm the Bhati Foundation it is reaching out to over 30,000 underprivileged children and youth in India. Among the group„s companies are: Bharti Airtel, a leading emerging market telecom services provider with operations in 18 countries across Asia and Africa. Bharti Infratel Limited, amongst India‟s leading telecom passive infrastructure service providers. Beetel, a leading global technology brand which offers a wide range of innovative products in the mobile phones, IT peripherals and fixed line telephone segments. Comviva, the global leader in providing mobile solutions beyond VAS. Jersey Airtel and Guernsey Airtel, subsidiaries of Bharti group that offer mobile services on the islands of Jersey and Guernsey respectively in the Channel Islands (Europe). Indus Towers, a JV between Vodafone Essar (42%), Bharti Group (42%) and Aditya Birla Telecom Limited (16%) and is India‟s leading mobile towers company. Bharti Retail, Bharti Walmart, Bharti AXA Life Insurance, Centum Learning Limited, Bharti Realty Limited, Bharti AXA General Insurance, Bharti AXA Investment Managers, and FieldFresh Foods Pvt. Ltd◄

What sets Bharti apart from the rest is its ability to forge strong partnerships. Over the years some of biggest names in international business have partnered Bharti. Currently, Singtel, IBM, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens and Alcatel-Lucent are key partners in telecom. Walmart is Bharti‟s partner for its cash & carry venture. Axa Group is the partner for the financial services bsiness and Del Monte Pacific for the processed foods division. Bharti Enterprises Limited Address:Aravali Crescent 1, Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj, Phase II New Delhi - 110070 Phone: +91 11 46666100, +91 11 42666500 / Fax: +91 11 4166-6137 / Web:

Emerging SME SCOPE T&M Pvt. Ltd. SCOPE is a pioneer in developing portable Testing & Measuring

and solutions for improving efficiency of capital equipment in

instruments for power sector in India and specialises in offering

Power Industry. SCOPE works closely with the manufacturers of

measuring solutions for Users as well as Manufacturers of

power equipment and with leading companies in the power sector

equipments used in generation, transmission and distribution of

like Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, Tata Power Co., and

power. It offers a range of Field Testing Instruments capable of

National Thermal Power Corporation and developed solutions to

working in live switchyards, Automated Test Equipment for OEMs

meet their needs for testing equipment ◄

SCOPE T&M Pvt. Ltd. Address: 12, Ganesh Apartments, 376, L.J. Road, Mahim, Mumbai, 400 016 Phone: +91 22 2444 2129 / Fax: +91 22 2444 0720 / Email: / Web:

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Tourism State Profile Gujarat Tourism in Gujarat offers a Traveler‟s Paradise. It offers a wide

piece of contemporary architecture with designs by Le Corbusier,

spectrum of Tourism sectors which sing in the glory of Gujarat‟s

Louis Kahn and the best known Indian architects. Ahmedabad is a

rich culture and heritage.

convenient base for a number of excursions, Modhera being the

In Gujarat you will discover centuries of history as spanning the

best known. 106 km away, this is one of the very few sun temples

geological core of the earth onto a fascinatingly vibrant future. Gu-

in the country.

jarat is unique in its geological and topographical landscape. From

Palitana, 215 km away, is a hilltop place of pilgrimage for Jains.

volcanic outpourings through bedrock to fossil fields of indigenous

863 temples of all sizes crowd the hilll which has to be approached

dinosaurs; from the art of the Neolithic cave painter to the stone

on foot. Stone and marble spires with their rich detail of carving

masterpieces of a series of civilized architecture. Gujarat has it all.

make for Palitana‟s very special appeal. Portuguese rule in India

Ancient cave paintings to historic murals, natural and man made

included the territories of Goa, Daman and Diu, the last two lying

caves. Art, history, music, culture, all dovetail within each other to

within the state of Gujarat.

form a wondrous matrix that is the cultural exuberance of the peo-

Gujarat‟s loveliest beach – and the state is well endowed with

ple of the state.

them – is Ahmedpur Mandviwhose chief attraction is the ethnic

The most convenient entry point into Gujarat is through the me-

beach resort. Cottages modelled on rural Gujarati architecture look

tropolis of Ahmedabad. The city contains some very fine muse-

out onto a secluded beach, one of the state‟s chief centres for wa-

ums, the Calico Museum of Textiles being considered among the

ter sports.

world‟s finest. Ahmedabad‟s walled city is a living testimony to its

Gujarat, the Land of the Legends, is the birthplace of many Free-

heritage of crafts as women walk by in dazzling embroidered gar-

dom fighters like the legendary Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Val-

ments and flashing ethnic silver jewellery. Traditional Ahmedabad

labhbhai Patel and many others who fought the freedom struggle,

combines mosques of inspired workmanship, wooden Jain tem-

infusing the qualities of tolerance, brotherhood, non-violence and

ples, unique stone stepwells and houses with ornately carved

patriotism into Indians. ◄

wooden balconies and window screens. Modern Ahmedabad, just across the River Sabarmati spanned by four bridges, is a show-


Ambaji Temple, Gujarat

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Festival of India 2011 - Visual Retrospective


March 14th, 2011 Radisson Palais Blu Hotel

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FILM WEEK March 18th-25th, 2011 Cinema DeFrance

INDIAN KATHAK SHOW March 20th, 2011 Akzent Theater 12 | India-Austria Newsletter - April 2011

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FAIR OPENING March 25th, 2011 Vรถlkerkundemuseum/Heldenplatz

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INDIAN HANDICRAFTS FAIR SNAPSHOTS March 25th-30th,2011 Vรถlkerkundemuseum/Heldenplatz

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WORKSHOP March 24th, 2011 Radisson Palais Blu Hotel



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India in Austria Agenda March/April 2011 Talk Series "Zu Gast bei Elisabeth Al-Himrani" Nr. 76 - Surya Kumar Bose, Director, BIT April 7th, 2011 - 19:00 Hochhaus Herrengasse 6-8, Stiege I, 10. Stock, T端r 57 Free admission! Donations welcome!

Talk Series "Zu Gast bei Elisabeth Al-Himrani" Nr. 76 - Dr. Ruby Jana Sircar, Artist and Author May 5th, 2011 - 19:00 Hochhaus Herrengasse 6-8, Stiege I, 10. Stock, T端r 57 Free admission! Donations welcome!

April 30th, 2011 09:30-18:00 The HUB Vienna 1070 Vienna

Cinema: Movie "Miral" A co-production of France, Israel, Italy and India Starting April 22nd at Votivkino More information and tickets at:

Seminar "Cognition and Creation in the Rigveda" April 15th at 15:00 Institut f端r S端dasien-Tibet-und Buddhismuskunde, Seminar Room 1 1090, Spitalgasse 2, Eingang 2.7

The India Camp is a space for free sharing of knowledge, information and experience about India; Networking, understanding & inspiration

International Day 2011 International Course on Hotel Management - Presentations and Performances of China, Egypt, France, India and the Philippines Thursday, April 14th, 2011 16:00-20:00. Free Entrance. Tourism College MODUL. Peter Jordan Strasse 78, 1190 Vienna

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Around Europe Zurich: European IT Conference 2011 - Innovate & Collaborate with India

Because creating ever new innovative solutions has become a key driver in the business of information technology. Even companies and institutions active in other market segments, such as trade promotion, business advisory, human resources, legal and tax arechallenged to innovate if they want to grow. Clearly, there is a call for collaborating across geographic, time, technical or mental boundaries. From a European perspective, innovating and collaborating with India is a good idea. Indian IT companies have innovated a whole breadth of business models as well as technologies. Equally, IT companies in European countries continuously innovate. They maintain a leading position with solutions for financial services, industrial automation, mobility, telecommunication and remote infrastructure management, just to name a few. Indian companies show great interest in such innovation.

The conference programme includes a wealth of insights, knowledge sharing, business development and networking. Among the presenters, Mr. Rajendra S Pawar, Vice Chairman of NASSCOM, Chairman & Co-Founder of NIIT Group and Founder of NIIT University and Mr. Franz Probst, Chairman of the Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce. A UNIQUE EVENT IN THE GERMAN-SPEAKING REGION


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