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Economic alliance with India is important, says H.E. Mohd Sharaf,UAE
DUBAI - September 27, 2017: More investment flows between the UAE and India should be promoted, and the scope for investments should be widened to address new rewarding sectors, said H.E. Mohammed Sharaf, Assistant Foreign Minister for Economic and Trade Affairs, UAE. H.E. Mohammed Sharaf was delivering a keynote address at the 'Economic Times India UAE Strategic Conclave 2017, organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, in Dubai. The two-day event, attended by business leaders and senior government officials, kicked off giving a further fillip to the bilateral and business relations between the two countries. "There are direct economic gains to cover the strategic goal of safeguarding and boosting both countries' status as major trade hubs and key gateways to regional and international markets. The significant economic interconnectivity in quantitative figures to emphasise on the alignment of the UAE's and Indian economic interests, and to stress that the prosperity of one country's economy will yield flourishing trade and investment flows to the other," H.E. Mohammed Sharaf added. He reiterated the interconnectivity of the UAE and the Indian economies is evidenced by the $35.8 non-oil trade and $6.9 billion oil trade in 2016. With this volume of bilateral trade, India remains as the second top market for UAE's oil and non-oil exports, while the UAE represents the second biggest market for Indian goods worldwide. The maritime sector, which includes ports, shipping and blue economy, is one example of the not fully realized potentials that can be targeted by UAE-India bilateral initiatives, he added. He highlighted the visit of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to India at the beginning of this year, and the inauguration of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the UAE and India, exemplify a major milestone that aims to take the already strong relationship between our countries to a higher altitude. The distinguished relationship between the UAE and India is the result of the insightful vision of both countries' leaderships, and following accumulative efforts demonstrated by the public and private sectors in our countries. The strategic partnership will build upon a concrete economic base to unlock the potential of enhanced cooperation and materialize all possible synergies in existing and new sectors. The alignment of economic interests, in addition to close political, security, and cultural ties are vital motivators and enablers to materialize our leaderships' aspirations for an effective and fruitful strategic partnership. While speaking at the Conclave, HE Vipul, Consul-General of India in Dubai, said, "This is the continuation of the relationship founded on the success of the two countries continued commitment to boost mutual bilateral ties. The bilateral, trade and strategic relation between the UAE and India is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. India is looking for a significant amount of investment from the UAE that will help substantially augment the trade and investment relations between the countries. The economic ties between India and the UAE dates back hundreds of years and we are proud of the two countries' sustained efforts to strengthen this relationship further." Commenting on successful start of the Conclave, Mr. Deepak Lamba, President of Times Strategic Solutions, said, "The Economic Times India UAE Strategic Conclave 2017 has been conceptualised as a platform to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between policy and business leaders of the two countries. We are happy to bring all these leaders together at the Conclave aimed at exploring the potential of bilateral and business ties between India and the UAE." "The Conclave includes focused sessions on some key areas of mutual interest and cooperation between the two countries. As we have witnessed today, the Conclave will discuss challenges and opportunities concerning investments in both the countries,"he added. Being held in Dubai on September 27 and 28, The Economic Times India UAE Strategic Conclave 2017 will strengthen the bilateral trade and investment ties between India and the UAE as top policy makers and industry leaders from both countries congregate at the Conclave. The Conclave includes a variety of panel discussions and sessions aimed at addressing the policy framework and guidelines needed to attract investors, sovereign wealth funds, large corporate houses and industries. The two-day Conclave will focus on areas that should be tapped for growth. This includes matters of defence, energy, security and maritime trade, among other issues. Another significant pillar of India-UAE ties that will be discussed is the geopolitical and economic impact of strong India-UAE relations on the Asian region. Given the current state of flux in West Asia, both countries can be critical drivers to maintain peace and stability in the region. The Conclave will also announce the launch of the second edition of the Economic Times Best Asian Healthcare Brands coffee table book in India.
UAE leaders trust friendship with India, says UAE Minister for culture
DUBAI - September 28, 2017: The UAE and India will have to further explore possible areas of synergy to advance bilateral trade between India and the UAE, says His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. Both the countries understand the economic and social benefits that come from openness to the world with focus in trade, investment, and culture, said H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan while delivering his speech titled, "the way forward for India-UAE relations" at the first edition of the Economic Times India UAE Strategic Conclave 2017, held in Dubai on Wednesday. The two-day event, attended by business leaders and senior government officials, kicked off giving a further fillip to the bilateral and business relations between the two countries. "There is more room for discussions to attain deeper integration between the two countries to build even stronger business and economic links for mutual prosperity, and develop common understandings of our shared challenges and opportunities, manage globalisation and share the benefits of modern technologies. This will help take advantage of the emerging position occupied by both India and the UAE in the world economy," he added. H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan elaborated that the UAE and India have been friends for many centuries and that extended through several generations of families from both countries. Leaders of the modern UAE have exercised their wise judgement in favour of friendship with India for over 45 years. "Earlier this year, the Prime Minster of India Narendra Modi signed a Memorandum of Understanding with H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who was India's Chief Republic Day Guest. The MoU pertains to a wide range of bilateral economic activities and an ambitious roadmap for engagement and strategic partnership," he remarked. H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan reiterated,"This partnership has furnished outstanding results, as the UAE is India's third largest trading partner, and the UAE ranks ninth among all nations measured by their foreign direct investments in India. Indian expatriates in the UAE have led the world by remitting almost 25 per cent of the total $62.7 billion dollars of foreign transactions received by India in 2016". In his keynote address H.E. Navdeep Suri, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, said, "There has never been a better time to expand the business connections links between India and the UAE. There are enormous Indian investments in to the UAE. We want to see much more business and investment interests from the UAE into India, and I hope that a conference like this would certainly take that forward. The strategic partnership signed between India and the UAE at the beginning of this year is being progressively translated into reality, and the links between India and UAE are getting strengthened in entirely new areas." In his welcome address, Mr. Deepak Lamba, President of Times Strategic Solutions, expressed his gratitude on behalf of The Economic Times for receiving an overwhelming support to the Economic Times India UAE Strategic Conclave 2017. "The Conclave took a deep dive into some of the micro issues that carve the way forward for substantial investments and greater cooperation both on the business and government front. Business leaders from both the countries deliberated on macro structural issues that need to be addressed to build confidence. Much has been talked about the USD 75 billion infrastructure fund from the UAE, throwing light on the action points which can speed up the investments," he said. At the Conclave, H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan launched the Economic Times Best Asian Healthcare Brands coffee table book; and felicitated listed brands. H.E. Navdeep Suri felicitated investment agencies that have helped enhance bilateral investment between the two countries. The business leaders' panel titled "Remodelling Globalisation: Co-functioning in a fast-changing world and the opportunities between India and the UAE", deliberated on developing a medium and long-term strategy for key industry sectors to increase bilateral trade. The panel included CP Gurnani, MD & CEO of Tech Mahindra; Sanjay Modi, MD-APAC & ME, Monster.com; Sunil Kanoria, Co-Founder & Vice-Chairman - SREI Infrastructure; Sharafudheen Sharaf, Co-Founder & Vice-Chairman-Sharaf Group; Manish Dhameja, MD & Head of Commercial Banking UAE-Standard Chartered Bank; H.E. Abdulla Al Darmaki, CEO of Khalifa Fund for Entreprise Development; Khalid Al Mansouri, CEO of Emirates Driving Company. Another panel discussion deliberated on making the USD 75 billion infrastructure fund work for India. The panel included K Ramchand, Group CEO of IL&FS; Ravi Khanna, CEO of Aditya Birla Solar; Rajiv Agarwal, MD & CEO of Essar Ports; Capt. BVJK Sharma, CEO & JMD of JSW Infrastructure; Jayant Mhaiskar, Vice Chairman & MD of MEP Infrastructure; Edwin Lammers, VP Commercial of Abu Dhabi Ports.
The living Zen: The Dalai Lama carves a way for a happier Life
Neither the blistering humid heat of August nor the enthusiastic crowd could disturb the tranquil spell as His Holiness Dalai Lama graciously conducted the "Art of Happiness" talk, organized by the Association of British Scholars in collaboration with Speakingtree.in at the Siri Fort Auditorium in the capital on August 10. With his trademark smile, effervescence and warm aura, the 14th Dalai Lama started the talk by modestly accepting that he is not different from any of us, physically or mentally, rather it is our actions that make us different from others, for better or for worse. He further added that our basic human nature is in fact compassion and anything cultivated beyond that (anger, greed, jealousy or hate) is something that arises from our own understanding of the world. In his own words, "Just like other things create energy, anger too creates energy all around, the only difference is that this is blind energy that forces us to do things the wrong way." Sharing his wisdom on education, he said that it should go beyond books and games, rather it should include study of basic human nature and how compassionate it is - something that we all struggle to achieve. Talking about how happiness is sometimes measured by yardsticks of physical beauty and money, His Holiness said, "There is no point in applying make-up, if you are ugly from the inside. Real beauty lies within us". Similarly, something as pure as friendship requires two souls to connect, regardless of caste, creed, colour and gender. However, what he really emphasized on was the art of forgiveness --- a noble practice, but a difficult one to follow. His Holiness said that to forgive someone, you must first learn to let go of prejudices and negative thought processes. "If you reasonably, nobly and respectfully deal with an enemy, he might even become your friend, this time next year!" Expressing his concern about today's youth, The Dalai Lama stressed that the youth are impressionable and must be dealt with in the right manner. "There is no substitute for a mother's physical touch. The more a mother loves a child, the more he will love the world. Also, education about different human emotions and their repercussions in the society will go a long way in making this world a happy place for our children." Considered as one of the wisest men in the world, he said that the only way to achieve unparalleled wisdom is to study, but not just the books. We should also indulge in analytical mediation or Vipassana, which would empower and revitalize us mentally. The Dalai Lama concluded his talk by stating that we might have different ways of praying to the Almighty, but our motive is the same. He signed off by saying, "I pray that I am around till the time the world is suffering so that I can serve one and all, always".
Aug 11, 2017 - SpeakingTree
SpeakingTree.in brings the 2nd Good Karma Retreat
With an aim to help people find their inner strength and connect with themselves, SpeakingTree.in, a Times Internet brand and part of The Times of India Group, is organizing its 2nd Good Karma Retreat at Bekal, Kerala. The residential retreat will be held during 27th – 30th July, 2017. The program will include workshops by eminent masters, yoga sessions, meditative discourses as well as cultural events to help participants embark on a soulful journey to relax their body, calm their mind and rediscover their soul. This time, the hand-picked venue is the scenic, rejuvenating and tranquil Vivanta by Taj at Bekal, Kerala. Extensive beaches, numerous estuaries and backwaters, the pristine beauty and languid pace of this quaint beach town in “God’s own country” - make it ideal for those looking for solitude. At the retreat, spiritual masters and speakers will guide you and provide you with many practical tools to set your journey on a new and exciting trajectory. You can expect enlightening discourses and wellbeing workshops by learned masters such as Swami Sukhbodhananada, Ms. Anu Mehta, Ms. Jalpa H Vithalani and other renowned persons in the field. Commenting on the planned retreat, Avinash Agrawal, COO – SpeakingTree.in, Times Internet said, “This is a one-of-its-kind spiritual retreat which is not about a cult following of a single master, so people of all faiths feel welcome here. After this retreat, people leave with a clear mind, rejuvenated self and a personal plan just like Dr A Shaija, an Educationist, from Kerala, who thoroughly enjoyed our first Good Karma Retreat which was held in Orissa in April 2017. She shared that it helped her clear her doubts and grow as a person.” He further shared views of another participant from the previous retreat. “Parag Kumar, an industrialist, from Delhi liked our retreat because it didn’t “preach”– rather it worked as a guiding light for him to find his own way. We are committed to organize more such events, thereby contributing to peoples’ individual journeys as spiritual beings.” Book your place to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul, and also invite your loved ones. For more information, please visit http://www.speakingtree.in/retreat.
Jun 22, 2017 - SpeakingTree
The Challenge of Work-from-Home in India Inc. - A TimesJobs Study
When 90% employees say that they want an option to work-from-home, what’s stopping India Inc. from embracing it? Work-from-home is one of the prime workplace debates lately and there exists a huge perception gap between employers and employees when it comes to having or not having a recognized work-from-home policy. According to a survey of over 1,100 employees and almost 800 employers by TimesJobs, nearly 60% organizations do not have a formal work-from-home policy. Incidentally, 75% employers are not even comfortable with this idea, whereas 90% employees are keen on having such a policy at work. “To survive in today’s competitive business world, companies need to transform from a command & control culture to an empower & enhance value system. Organizations that are able to create a culture that nurtures agile, high-performance teams will thrive. Policies such as work-from-home and flexi-working create a culture of trust and communicate the company’s belief in its high-performance employees, which in turn attracts and retains top talent,” says Ramathreya Krishnamurthi, Business Head, TimesJobs. Productivity & Performance Mismatch The TimesJobs study further reveals that 70% employers still believe that productivity gets hampered when employees work from home. Contrary to this, 44% employees feel that work-from-home helps boost productivity. Also, 80% organizations say no to work-from-home as they say that they have no tracking mechanisms to manage workforce who opt for it. Risks outweigh Benefits While employers do believe that work-from-home has certain benefits. Nearly 40% see its biggest impact in boosting their employer brand, 30% see it as useful in curbing attrition and another 30% find it beneficial in improving employee productivity which is further linked to organizational output and profitability. However, the risks outweigh the benefits as about 40% employers see a lack of control as the biggest challenge of a work-from-home policy, reveals the TimesJobs survey. Resistance from top management in acceptance and implementation of work-from-home strategy is another big challenge cited by 30% surveyed organizations. A lack of employee interest for work-from-home options is stated as a deterrent by 5% employers. Roles are not Suitable Moreover, 25% employers believe that there are many jobs, which are not conducive to work-from-home arrangements and that is a hindrance in creating such a policy. Of these employers, 42% say work-from-home doesn’t not work well in IT related areas of work, 40% say it is not practical for logistics, supply chain management and procurement roles and another 40% find it is not useful in customer service functions. Nearly 35% employers feel work-from-home policy is unsuitable for those working in hospitality and related domains, another 35% say this for administrative profiles, 30% feel it doesn’t work well for engineering profile, 25% see it inappropriate for accounting and finance roles. For 10% work-from-home is useless for sales, business development roles and 5% feel it is irrelevant for those working in entertainment, media and journalism segments. Future Outlook Amid all these reservations about work-from-home, while 35% organizations are unsure of adopting any such policy in near future, 40% employers say they already have a work-from-home policy but they will modify it to suit the changing needs of employees. And 25% organisation plan to implement this policy in near future.
Jun 1, 2017 - TimesJobs
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