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Embassy of India, Tel Aviv


March - May 2012

Visit of Minister of Communications, Information Technology & Human Resource Development to Israel

enhanced collaboration in information technology, wireless broadband, communications and other fields, given Israel’s expertise in these hi-tech areas. The two Ministers agreed to set up a Joint Working Group which will identify specific areas of collaboration. Minister Sibal held discussions with Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Finance and Mr. Gideon Sa’ar, Minister of Education to explore possibilities of cooperation in research and development. Both Governments decided to set up a Joint Research Fund that will invest up to US$ 5 million each over a period of three years.

Meeting with President Shimon Peres

The Minister chaired a Round Table discussion with CEOs and Presidents of Israeli companies specializing in telecommunications and information technology. The Minister highlighted opportunities for investment in the telecom sector including R&D, manufacture, telecom services and so on. Israeli companies made presentations at the Round Table, about their capabilities, expertise and areas of potential for collaboration with India. The Round Table was organized jointly by the Embassy of India in Israel and the Israel International Cooperation and Export Institute. Mr. Sibal laid a wreath at the Indian World War I cemetery in Talpiyot in Jerusalem to honour the memory of Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the region. The Minister also visited various organizations of interest including

Minister Kapil Sibal laying a wreath at the Indian war cemetery, Jerusalem

Photo by Mookie Swartz

Meeting with Minister of Communication, Mr. Moshe Kahlon

Check Point, Tower Jazz, RSA Security Israel, Ceragon and Septier. The Minister was accompanied by senior officials dealing with higher education, Chairman of University Grants Commission, Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education and Heads of premier higher education institutions in India including the Banaras Hindu University, Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore) and the Indian Institute of Technology (Hyderabad). The higher education delegation met the Vice-President for External Relations in Bar Ilan University, President of Tel Aviv

Photo: Jossef Avi Yair Engel

H.E. Mr. Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications, Information Technology and Human Resource Development, Government of India visited Israel from April 3-8, 2012, at the invitation of Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Finance, Mr. Gideon Sa’ar, Minister of Education and Mr. Moshe Kahlon, Minister of Communications. Minister Kapil Sibal called on H.E. Mr. Shimon Peres, President of Israel to review the India-Israel bilateral relationship, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary. The Minister also met the Minister of Communications, Mr. Moshe Kahlon and explored the potential for

Meeting with Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Finance and Mr. Gideon Saar, Minister of Education

University, Vice-Rector of Hebrew University and the President of Weizmann Institute of Science. During these interactions, both sides discussed possibilities of collaboration in higher education, including through link ages between educational institutions on both sides. In this context, the Indian side welcomed the recent initiative of the Government of Israel which announced scholarships for students from India to pursue post-doctoral programs in universities and research institutions in Israel.


India's participation in Agritech 2012 The 18th International Agricultural Exhibition, Agritech 2012, was held in the Exhibition Grounds, Tel Aviv from May 15-17, 2012. India’s participation in Agritech 2012 included an 8member delegation from the State of Haryana led by Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Paramvir Singh; a 3-member delegation from the State of Minister of Agriculture, Mrs. Orit Noked and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andhra Pradesh led by Mr. Dani Ayalon meet the Indian Ministers at the Special Panel on India Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Kanna Laxmi Narayan; the Minister of Agriculture of the State of Maharashtra, Mr. Vikhepatil Eknathrao; the Secretary of Agriculture of the State of Tamil Nadu; a 10-member delegation

agriculture, the official delegations visited Carmel Agrexco, NaanDanJain, Netafim, Hof Hasharon Dairy Farm (Afimilk), Politiv, Volcani Center (Agriculture Research Or ganization), Shafdan Sewage Water Treatment Plant, and Hemek Hefer Sewage Water Treatment Plant. On May 15, the Embassy organized a B2B meeting in

The Haryana delegation visits NaanDanJain

Hotel Herods, Tel Aviv which was attended by around 100 people including Indian delegations, senior representatives of leading Israeli agricultural companies, and the Chambers of from Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Commerce. Industry (FICCI); a 13-member delegation from MEDC A special panel about India-Israel cooperation in the area of (Maharashtra Economic agriculture was organized by the Development Council); and a 20Israel Export and International member delegation from FAPCCI Cooperation Institute on May 15, (The Federation of Andhra Pradesh 2012 on the sidelines of Agritech Chambers of Commerce and 2012, to mark the 20th anniversary Industry). of India – Israel diplomatic relations. The Ministerial delegations met the Minister of Agriculture, Mrs. Orit Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Mrs. Noked; Deputy Minister of Foreign Orit Noked; senior representatives Affairs Mr. Dani Ayalon; the Minister from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of Agriculture from Haryana, Mr. Mashav and Cinadco. Paramvir Singh; and the Minister of To study Israel’s expertise and Agriculture from Andhra Pradesh, innovation in the area of agriculture, Mr. Kanna Laxmi Narayan addressed horticulture, micro irrigation, dairy Ministers of Agriculture from Haryana and Andhra Pradesh visiting the official and industry delegations farming, and recycling water for the AFIMILK booth at the Exhibition Grounds in this occasion. Minister of Agriculture from State of Maharashtra, Mr. Vikhepatil Eknathrao visiting NaanDanJain



Jain Irrigation acquires remaining 50% stake in NaanDanJain India’s Jain Irrigation has signed NaanDanJain subsidiaries an agreement with Kibutz Naan worldwide. on May 14, 2012 to acquire the Minister of Industry, Trade and remaining 50% of the jointly Labor, Mr. Shalom Simhon owned company NaanDanJain presented to senior with an investment of around US$ representatives of Jain Irrigation a 34 million. letter of appreciation from the The scope of the company’s Government of Israel for its activity will remain in Israel until contribution to the Israeli 2020, with the aim of expanding it economy. in the future. This acquisition Mr. Vikhepatil Eknathrao, realizes the call option that Jain Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon inaugurates the NaanDanJain booth Ir rigation has held since from State of Maharashtra and during Agritech 2012 acquiring the first 50% in Mrs. Vani R ao, Cd’A and NaanDan in 2007. Counsellor were present on this in innovative drip irrigation and Jain invested more than NIS 125 million sprinklers both in Israel and in occasion.

Israel-India Business Conference

Infosys signs an Agreement with Israel’s Chief Scientist

Counsellor Vani Rao addressing the gathering

The Israeli Export and International Cooperation Institute in cooperation with Meda Conferences organized the “Annual Israel - India Business Conference” on March 1, 2012 which was held in the Leonardo City Tower Hotel in Ramat Gan. Key note speakers at the conference included Counsellor Vani Rao, Embassy of India; Mr. Yigal Haccoun, Deputy Director General, Resources & Infrastructure, Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute; Chaim Mer, Chairman foreign trade committee Manufacturers Association of Israel; Mr. David Keynan, CEO, BDO I2I and other distinguished guests. The conference was attended by several senior executives, of Israeli leading companies, and entrepreneurs who are considering collaboration with India, and investing in India.

India’s software company Infosys signed an Agreement for R&D cooperation with the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, in the presence of Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor, Mr. Shalom Simhon in Jerusalem. The agreement will enable Israeli technology companies to conduct R&D projects with Infosys, while receiving assistance from the Government of Israel. Minister Simhon invited Infosys to establish an R&D center in Israel and noted that this agreement with Infosys was very important, since it will present a platform for the assimilation of Israeli IT companies in the global markets.



Visit of robotics delegation to Israel

Photo: Liat Mandel

the presence of H.E. Mr. Navtej Sarna, Indian Ambassador to Israel. The EOI seeks to promote the robotics sectors in India, Israel and worldwide in order to enhance competitiveness; protect business interest and facilitating market access for products/ services/project. The robotics delegation participated in a business seminar organized by the Israel-Asia Chamber of Commerce where they interacted with leading Israeli robotics companies.

The CII National Committee on Robotics and Automation organized a special mission to Israel with a focus on Robotics and Automation, from March 19-23, 2012 in Israel. The delegation visited robotics companies and university laboratories to explore possible collaboration and promote transfer of robotics and automation technology. As part of the mission, an Expression of Interest (EOI) was signed between the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and The Israeli Robotics Association (IROB) in Israel on March 22, 2012 in

Photo: Liat Mandel

Signing on the EOI

The delegation meets Ambassador

IIT Delegation visits Israel The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor (MOITAL), Government of Israel hosted a waste and water sector focused mission to Israel from March 3-6, 2012 led by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and ETI Dynamics to discuss the possibility of integrating Israeli companies in the project of cleaning the Ganges River. The Government of India has appointed a consortium headed by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), as an advisor of the project. The consortium will examine the project and determine technical aspects of the Ganges cleanup, including collaboration with other countries. The IIT delegation visited various sites of interest including Mekorot, Ayala Water and Ecology, Arrow Ecology, Aqwise, Whitewater Group and more. They participated in a business seminar organized by the Israeli Export and International Cooperation Institute in cooperation with the Embassy, where they interacted with leading Israeli water related companies.

INDIAN BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC NEWS Number of telephone subscribers reached 943.5 million According to the Telecom Regulatory of India, total number of subscribers reached 943.5 million (as on February 29, 2012). This includes 911.2 million mobile subscribers and 32.3 million land line subscribers. Overall teledensity reached 78.1%. Broadband subscription reached 13.54 million (Feb 2012). India accounts for half of global IT-BPO outsourcing India is the global leader in the outsourcing industry with half of the world's back office being located here. Indian outsourcing revenue at $59 billion for 2011, accounts for 51% of the global offshore market share. The total direct employment by Indian IT-BPO sector (as of 2011) was 1.98 million and 4

indirect employment was 7.5 million. Morgan Stanley study indicates India's urbanisation trend intact Morgan Stanley announced the findings of its latest AlphaWise work concluding that India continues to urbanize at a strong pace driven by a combination of uptrending consumption, robust job creation and growing financial penetration. The study showed that India's urban population has grown by 2.8 percentage points annually over the last decade. Within the top 50 cities, consumer services like retail book stores, restaurants (including fast-food chains) and multiplexes have seen the fastest growth during the past six-month period within the consumption component of the vibrancy index. Also, the pace of growth of each of the

components has been 8%, 4% and 3%, respectively. Of the three components, job opportunities index has grown the fastest. The report reveals that Bangalore, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Pune and Chennai are the top 5 vibrant cities. India launches all-weather satellite RISAT-1 India's first indigenous all-weather Radar Imaging Satellite (Risat-1) was launched successfully on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C19 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, on April 26, 2012. Its images will facilitate crop prediction and disaster management. In a textbook launch, the 1,858 kg spacecraft, the country's first microwave remote sensing satellite was injected into orbit from Satish Dhawan (Continued on page 5)


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Space Centre, Sriharikota, around 90 km from Chennai. RISAT-1, a result of 10 years of effort by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has the capability to take images of the earth during day and night as well as in cloudy conditions. Strides Arcolab unit gets USFDA nod for cancer injection Onco Therapies, a subsidiary of Strides Arcolab, has received US Food and

Drug Administration (FDA) approval for anti-cancer Cisplatin injection. Cisplatin is a chemotherapy drug and is used to treat various types of cancers, including sarcomas, some carcinomas (example small cell lung cancer, and ovarian cancer), lymphomas, and germ cell tumours. Approval is for Cisplatin injection of one mg/ml packages in 50 ml and 100 ml multiple dose vials.

Popular Indian Recipes

South Indian snack - Medu Vada

FORTHCOMING EVENTS IN INDIA Forthcoming Events in India Global Investor’s Meet (GIM) 2012 June 7-8, 2012, Bangalore ACMEE 2012 Auto Components Exhibition June 14-18, 2012, Chennai Tex-Trends India 2012 July 16-18, 2012, New Delhi India International Leather Fair Delhi (IILF) July 26-28, 2012, New Delhi India International Jewellry Show (IIJS 2012) August 23-27, 2012, Mumbai

Ingredients: Urad dal - 1 cup Green chillies - 1 (chopped into small pieces) Pepper corns - 3 to 4 or 1/4 tsp freshly powdered black pepper Onions - 2 table spoon (chopped fine) Baking soda - 1/4 tsp Salt to taste Oil for frying

Method: Soak urad dal in water for 5-6 hrs. For those looking to speed up the process, you can soak it in hot water for an hour instead. Wash and clean the dal and grind to a smooth paste in the mixer(with approx 1/4 cup water). Make sure that you use very little water or else you would not be able to shape your vadas perfectly. The right consistency of the batter is extremely important to get the shape right and also for the texture of your medu vadai. Take out from the mixer, add in the chopped onions, green chillies and salt and mix well. Make sure to mix rapidly and continuously for about 5 minutes. This is to make sure that the batter has enough air trapped in it to give you vadas that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. This is especially important for those grinding in the mixer. Apply some water on your palms. Take a small quantity of the batter and make a ball with it. Now with your thumb flatten it lightly and make a hole in the centre. Fry in hot oil till golden brown. Serve hot.

Meditec Clinika 2012 September 7-9, 2012, Bangalore IndiaChem 2012 October 4-6, 2012, Mumbai IFSEC India 2012 November 1-3, 2012 9th India International Textile Machinery Exhibition 2012 December 2-7, 2012, Mumbai

FORTHCOMING EVENTS IN ISRAEL Buyer-Seller Meet with Exporters of Textiles, handlooms, apparel and carpets from India – Hall 10 A, Exhibition Grounds, 5


'Celebrating India in Israel' – 2nd edition

Ambassador Sarna addressing the gathering

To mark the occasion of 20th year of establishment of Diplomatic Relationship between India and Israel, the 2nd Edition of festival of India 'Celebrating India in Israel' commenced on April 27, 2012. The festival began with the screening of Bollywood film Raja Hindustani at Tel Aviv Cinematheque. During the following weeks, it showcased variety of Indian music, dance, film, art, literature, yoga and cuisine to the larger Israeli audience.

community and Indian businessmen attended the function. In the film component five Hindi movies Don-2, Three Idiots, Koi Mil Gaya, Raja Hindustani and Muqqaddar Ka Sikandar were screened at Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem Cinematheques from April 27 – May 11. The highlights of the festival were Dance Workshop by Bollywood choreographer Gilles Chuyen at Northern Deck, Gordon Beach Promenade in Tel Aviv and at Jerusalem Cinematheque in Jerusalem; Yoga workshops by Nivedita Joshi and Dr.

Minister Uzi Landau addressing the gathering

Hanger 11 – Federation Hall, Namal Tel Aviv and folk music Rajasthan Josh at Hanger 11 – Federation Hall Namal Tel Aviv and Zappa Jerusalem in Jerusalem. The performances especially by violinist Dr. L. Subramanium; stage actor Vinay

Rajasthan Josh regaling the audience

Performance by violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam

Ganesh Mohan at Southern Deck, Ellayoga Studio, Marina Promenade in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Cinematheque, Jerusalem; The Annual Israeli Yoga Conference at Bikurei Ha'ltim; Food Festival of Cuisine from South India at Crown Plaza, Tel Aviv; Literature Fest 'Words on Water' at Mishkenot Sha'ananim; Art Exhibition at Tel Aviv

A reception was hosted at Embassy Residence on April 29 to mark the inauguration of the festival. Energy and Water Resources Minister of Israel, Dr. Uzi Landau, was the chief guest of the opening ceremony. Diplomats of various Missions in Israel, members of Indian

Israeli author Eli Amir with Ambassador Sarna

Pathak in 'Nothing Like Lear' and by Rajasthan Josh, were highly appreciated by the audience. The participants in the dance workshops enjoyed the rhythm and learnt few steps on Bollywood popular songs. As part of 'Celebrating India in Israel – 2nd Edition', 'Words on Water' - the

Bollywood Dance Workshop by Bollywood choreographer Gilles Chuyen


Yoga workshop

Museum; Theatre show 'Nothing Like Lear' at Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv; Music performances by master violinist Dr. L. Subramanium at Jerusalem Theatre, Rebecca Crown Hall in Jerusalem and

Esther David and Ornit Shani in dialogue at Haifa University (Continued on page 7)


Annual Celebration of “Maiboli”

Indian Christian delegation visits Israel His Eminence Oswald Gracias Cardinal Archbishop of Mumbai visited Israel from February 26 – 29, 2012. He is the President of Catholic Bishops of India and Secretary General of the Federation of Asian Bishops. This was one of the most senior Christian delegations from India to have ever visited Israel. He was accompanied by cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests from India.

Mrs. Swati Jha & Mr. Samir Kumar Jha (2nd & 3rd from right) at the Maiboli function

On May 3, 2012 the Indian Jewish Marathi speakers in Israel celebrated the 20th Anniversary of India-Israel Diplomatic relations during the 24th annual gathering (Sneha Sammelan). The function was held at the Mifal Ha Payis Auditorium in Ramle. The First Secretary of the Embassy of India, Samir Kumar Jha along with his wife attended the function.The function was conducted in Marathi and referred by the organizers as a special tribute to the bonding between the people of India and Israel. There was genuine appreciation of the community to the Embassy of India for their continuous involvement and encouragement. Mr. Noah Massil - President & Editor of the Maiboli quarterly - spoke of the strong cultural ties between the Indian Jewish community and its link to The State of Maharashtra and the people of the Konkan Region.

They met senior officials in the Israeli Ministry of Tourism to discuss ways of strengthening of relations between Israel and the Christian community of India. They held a special mass in the Church of Nations in Jerusalem, which was attended by several members of Christian community from across Israel, including members of the Indian community.

Indian Contemporary Art at Tel Aviv Museum

Ambassador Sarna addressing the gathering

An exhibition of Contemporary Art from India was opened at Tel Aviv Museum of Art on May 31. Named as “Critical Mass”, this exhibition will continue till December 8, 2012 and it will showcase works of seventeen well-known and emerging artists from India. Mr. Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv, who was the chief guest on the occasion, was welcomed by Ambassador Navtej Sarna. A large number of art lovers from Israel and diplomats from various countries attended the opening ceremony. The exhibition holds special

Mayor of Tel Aviv Mr Ron Huldai with Ambassador Sarna

signification due to the range of affinities between the two countries and the growing interest of Israeli nationals in India and in Indian culture.

Ambassador with Head of Jerusalem Foundation, Mark Sofer at the Exhibition

‘Celebrating India in Israel'

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literary festival of Indian and Israeli writers, was held at Haifa University on May 17 and at Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem on May 18. It was a festival of interesting dialogue between well-known Israeli and Indian authors, where audience got a glimpse of trends in contemporary writings of both countries. Interaction between the authors also presented a range of narratives reflecting cultural symmetry between the two countries. The participants included well-known Indian writers Arshia Sattar, Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik, Esther David, Vikas Swarup and Navtej Sarna. Israeli writers included Alona Frankel, Arik Moran, Ayelet Ben-Yishai, Dorit Rabinyan, Mohmoud Yazbak, Maya Tevet Dayan, Ornit Shani, Vered Lev Kenaan, Dr. Yohanan Grinshpon and Yoram Kaniuk. The events involved book readings, 'meet the author' opportunities and dialogues between authors.


India Calls – Hampi, Karnataka Hampi is a town in North Karnataka and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the capital of the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire (the largest empire in post-mogul India) which stretches over at least three states - Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. Hampi lies on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, and it is dotted with the ruins of over monuments. The ruins date back to the 15th Century and are spread over an area of 25 square kilometres. Hampi has numerous temples, monolithic structures, figures and monuments – all exhibiting rich Hindu architectural culture. The Vittal temple, Virupaksha temple, and Kodandarama temple are examples of the same. Most of the ruins are along the road leading from Kamalapura to Hampi. Three kms down the road, on a commanding site, stands the temple of Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy.It is built in the Dravidian style. Strange-looking fishes and marine monsters carved along its outer walls are worth noticing.

Major attractions


The Virupaksha Temple rises majestically at the western end of the famous Hampi Bazaar. The temple has a 120 feet tall tower on its eastern entrance. The temple contains the shrines of Shiva, Pampa and Bhuvaneswari.Parts of this temple are older than the Vijayanagar kingdom itself. The work of this style dates back to the 11th or 12th century. Nearby is the 6.7m tall monolith of Ugra Narasimha. An inscription nearby states that it was hewn from a single boulder in 1528 during the reign of Krishnadeva Raya. Vithala Temple Complex - The most splendid monument of Hampi is the Vithala Temple Complex with its 56 musical pillars. Ugra Narasimha - The 6.7 m tall monolith of Ugra Narasimha is worth seeing. The huge image is situated in the south of the Hemkuta group of temples that contains the Virupaksha Temple. The Narasimha is a seated four-armed figure under a canopy of a seven-hooded snake. Queen's Bath - The most elaborate of the bathhouses is the 'Queen's bath' lying in the citadel area, south of the Hazara Rama temple. The building is a large square structure, noteworthy for its contrasting plain exterior and the very ornate interior. Cultural Festivals in Hampi - Hampi Utsava is popularly known as the Vijaya Utsava, and it has been celebrated since the

time of Krishna Deva Raya. The festival is a mega cultural extravaganza showcasing the dance and music of Karnataka. The festival is scheduled for 3 days each year (usually in end January). The ruins of Hampi provide a spectacular backdrop to the music and dance performance showcasing the rich culture of Karnataka. Yakshagana is the traditional dance drama showcased at this festival. Folk dancers dance to the mesmeric drums of Janapada Kalavahini at the venue. Renowned dancers and musicians perform live at Hampi during the festival, the venues for which are spread across 5 sites. The Hampi festival has numerous stalls selling wooden lacquered toys, leather puppets and brightly coloured handicrafts that Karnataka is famous for. Sandalwood car vings and products such as potpourri sachets, soaps, oils, and perfumes are sold at these stalls. The ruins of Hampi are backlit, and a spectacular light and sound show spotlights the ruins on the banks of the Tungabhadra. The road to the Virupaksha Temple is recreated as it was in the time of the Vijayanagara Empire. Gloriously caparisoned elephants, turbaned soldiers in traditional costumes, and life-size models of monuments give tourists a glimpse of life in Hampi as it was 500 years ago.

Facilities at Hampi

How to reach

Hampi attracts tourists from the all over the world, and most outlets serve Kannadiga and international cuisine. There are a number of budget hotels in Hampi, but staying in Hospet is an advisable option. It takes almost 2 days to explore Hampi on foot.

Hampi is about 350 km away from Bangalore by road. Private and public transport is easily available for the journey, which takes about 9 hours. Hospet is the nearest railhead, and there are private taxis plying the 12 km distance from Hospet to Hampi. The nearest international airport is at Bangalore, although there are smaller airports at Bellary and Belgaum.

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Newsletter March-May 2012  

Quarterly newsletter of Indian Embassy in Tel Aviv covering various economic and cultural interactions between India and Israel