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Netherlands and India to step up cooperation


The two ministers decided during their talk to establish a joint committee on investment and trade, so as to eliminate still existing trade barriers between the two countries and strengthen economic ties. Possibilities will also be explored for technical cooperation and knowledge exchange in the field of food security. There are currently still 800 million Indians living in poverty. Ms Ploumen also talked with the Indian authorities about corporate social responsibility (CSR) and Indian-Dutch cooperation in this field. There have been active... Read More »

EU Report: Trade protectionism still on rise across the world


Although the trend is slower than it was in 2011 and 2012 and despite signs of a recovery in the global economy, there has been a worrying increase in the adoption of certain highly trade-disruptive measures. "All of us need to stick to our pledge to fight back against protectionism. It is worrisome to see so many restrictive measures still being adopted and virtually none abolished," said EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht. “The G20 agreed a long time ago to avoid protectionist tendencies because we all know these only hurt the global recove... Read More »

Essilor launches social business strategy to improve access to vision correction in emerging countries


This is a consequence of a lack of awareness and poor access to eye care professionals. India and China have the largest number of people with uncorrected vision. If no action is taken, estimates show that this major social and economic issue will affect 3.2 billion people by 2050. Essilor has created a dedicated division named “2.5 New Vision Generation” whose ambition is to reverse the current trend with innovative, scalable and profitable inclusive business models that aim to add 50 million new spectacle wearers per year by 2020. The Grou... Read More »

Aviva’s carbon offset programme has improved the lives of 200,000


Now, for the first time, Aviva has been able to robustly measure and report on the additional benefits its carbon offset programmes have had on local communities using the LBG Framework - a peer reviewed methodology which quantifies and measures corporate community investment, developed with ClimateCare. Although Aviva has been carbon neutral for many years, this new methodology reveals that in the last two years alone, Aviva’s carbon offset programme has positively impacted the lives of more than 200,000 people through two projects - LifeSt... Read More »

Asia Pacific consumers are most worried about the economy: GFK


While consumers in Singapore (65%), Thailand (55%), China (51%) and Indonesia (39%) expressed their greatest anxiety towards inflation, those in Taiwan (57%), Korea (51%) and Japan are mostly worried about recession and unemployment. Meanwhile, the topmost concern of half of the Australian respondents revolved around their personal finances. Crime and lawlessness also rank among the top four worries in the region, particularly in Malaysia (67%), Vietnam (55%) and India (51%). “Economic conditions have in most cases stabilized, but there is a... Read More »

Dhanya Theatre introduces Auro 11.1 by Barco for an immersive cinematic experience


Being the first to install this sound system in India’s Kerala region, the Dhanya Theatre lives up to its promise to consistently offer its audience the best possible cinema experience. Traditionally, India has always been a major regional center for film, supported by a vast film-going public and a movie industry that ranks amongst the largest in the world. As a consequence, competition between multiplex cinemas is fierce. Providing audiences with an immersive auditory experience in addition to crisp clear images has proven to be a powerful to... Read More »

Europalia.india, 4 months of encounters


The two main exhibitions, organised at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, will act as central points around which will revolve some twenty other exhibitions and numerous musical, performing arts, literature and cinema events. The exhibition The Body in Indian Art will decode the different perceptions, traditions and beliefs linked to the body in India. Through understanding the body and over 250 art works from numerous Indian museums, the public will be able to understand the key elements that have shaped India from the third millennium B... Read More »

Expanded Coca-Cola bottling plant now operational in Varanasi, India


Coca-Cola plans to invest US$5 billion in India by 2020 in areas such as innovation, access to cold drink equipment and expansion of its manufacturing facilities and distribution network. The brownfield automated plant is now capable of producing 600 polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles per minute following upgrades to its utilities and electrical equipment, as well as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and fire safety systems. Arpan Shah, Mott MacDonald’s project manager said: “In terms of technical achievement, this is a proud ... Read More »

Jaguar F-TYPE launched in India


Joining the XK convertible and coupe models, the new F-TYPE provides Jaguar with a broader line of sports and GT models. Two variants of the F-TYPE will be available in India – F-TYPE S and F-TYPE V8S. They are powered respectively by Jaguar’s new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine in 380PS output and its 5.0-litre V8 supercharged petrol producing 495PS. The range-topping F-TYPE V8S will reach 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 300 km/h. The 380PS V6 F-TYPE S will reach 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 275 km/h... Read More »

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