9th Mango Festival 2017 held in New Delhi

The 9th Mango Festival, organised by the National Media Club got over at Constitution Club of India, New Delhi on July 26, 2017. The one-day festival cum exhibition had seen the lovers of the King of Fruits thronging at the venue with great enthusiasm and verve. There were around 250 different varieties of mangoes which were on display.

6Purushottam Bhai Rupala, Minister for State, Agriculture inaugurated the Mango Festival. Mango orchard owners from different parts of the country including Malihabad and Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Malda in West Bengal and Pant Nagar in Uttrakhand and other destination were also present, who were explaining the peculiarities of their produce. There were many ministers including Sanjeev Baliyan and Giriraj Singh, who took part in the one-day event.

Largest producer


India is the largest producer fo mangoes in the world with around 1,100 varieties of the fruit grown in different parts of the country. Rightly so, the festival offered an opportunity to taste different varieties of mangoes such as Neeleshwari, Sikri, Royal SP, Neelam, Papitiyo, Langra, Kesar, Sensation, Nazuk Badab, Fazli, Amrapali, Tommy Atkins and Alphonso.


Speaking at the event, Sachin Awasthi, President, National Media Club said, The aim of this event, is to provide exposure to the domestic mango industry in India. Also the festival provides encouragement to all the farmers to grow more healthy varieties of mango”.


There are more than 1,365 mango varieties grown across the globe, and India cultivates around a 1,000 different types of the fruit. India is the largest exporter of mangoes and ships in excess of 50,000 tonnes. NMC is being doing this event from last nine years in order to promote mangoes in the domestic markets as well.


National Media Club (NMC) is India’s largest community of Regional Journalist Media Professionals. Founded in way back 90’s, to help Urban & Rural area talented journalist/media person to get the opportunities they deserve. Hence connecting urban India with rural India. National Media Club’s primary mission is to expand digital media literacy, promote standard technologies, encourage ethical behaviour and share best practices.Our Strength is extended network of journalist working in rural and far flung regional areas.


Hyundai India bags 32 awards in 2014-15

The Chennai-based Korean auto major, Hyundai Motor India Limited has become the most awarded auto brand in 2014-15, bagging as many as 32 awards, according to a company statement.


Apart from bagging awards with trendsetter cars such as Hyundai Elite i20, Hyundai Xcent and Hyundai Santa Fe, the car manufacturer from Tamil Nadu has also won the coveted automotive award in the country, Indian Car of the Year 2015 (ICOTY) for Hyundai Elite i20. With this, Hyundai has become the only auto brand to win two concecutive ICOTY awards in India, which symbolises the car manufacturer’s commitment to Indian patrons by offering world class standards of quality products, design and experience.

The awards have been instituted by the most eminent jury of all the prominent automotive publications in the country like Top Gear, Autocar, Motoring World, Car India, Zigwheels, Overdrive, Auto Bild, AutoX, Hindu Business Line, NDTV, EVO, Motorbeam, Vikatan Group, Flywheel and Car Dekho. Earmarking 2014 as the Year of Excellence, Hyundai Motor India had set record sales in 2014 at over 4.10 lakh units driven by growth across segments like the Hyundai Grand i10, Hyundai Xcent, Hyundai Santa Fe and recently launched Hyundai Elite i20.


Celebrating this moment of success, BS Seo, MD & CEO, HMIL said: “We are overwhelmed by winning an unprecedented number of awards and recognitions from India’s most respected and influential automotive media. These awards demonstrate strong appreciation and acceptance of our trendsetter products and making them a huge success. With this, we intend to thank all our customers, media and jurors who have chosen our products making Hyundai as the most loved, caring and trusted car manufacturer in India. We intend to continue with our growth in 2015 by entering newer segments and will continue to offer world class products to the Indian market.”

As a commitment to the Indian market, Hyundai Elite i20 was launched within five months of the successful launch of Hyundai Xcent and Hyundai Santa Fe improving the domestic volumes and increasing market share. Earlier, Hyundai Grand also received strong customer and media response making it the Indian Car of the Year in the year 2014. Hyundai Elite i20 has a strong fan following and is seen as ‘Elite companion’. Hyundai’s signature design language, the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 has captured the attention of customers and has created a new design benchmark in the segment, setting a trend of future cars that Hyundai is making for global markets.
Hyundai Xcent with its premium features and stylish design has made its mark amongst the first time buyers of compact sedan, up-graders and additional car buyers. What is more, Hyundai Xcent has generated high interest level amidst the young families in metros as well as Tier-II cities.

List of Awards          

Publication Award
                                                                                                   Hyundai Elite i20
ICOTY 2015 ICOTY Car of the Year 2015
Autocar India Car of the Year
Viewer’s Choice Award
Hatchback of the Year
Top Gear Readers’ Choice Car of the Year
Hatchback of the Year
NDTV Premium Hatchback of the Year
CNB Viewers’ Choice Car of the Year
Design of the Year
Overdrive Car of the Year
Premium Hatchback of the Year
Zigwheels Hatchback of the year
Car of the Year
Readers’ Choice Car of the Year
Motorbeam Reader’s choice Car of the year 2014
AutoX Best Car of 2014
Car India & Bike India Car of the Year
Premium Hatch of the Year
Vikatan Group of Publications Car of the Year
Best Hatchback of the year
Fly Wheel Hatchback of the Year
Car Dekho Premium Hatch back of the Year
Car Dekho Best Design of the year
                                                                             Hyundai Xcent
Top Gear Value Car of the Year
NDTV Subcompact Sedan of the Year
Vikatan Group of Publications Best value for Money
CarDekho Value for Money
                                                                                     Hyundai Santa Fe
NDTV Premium SUV of the year
Motorbeam Premium SUV of the year
Flywheel SUV of the Year
Top Gear Best Manufacturer of the year
Vikatan Group of Publications Best Manufacturer of the year

Shashi Kiran Shetty conferred Distinction of Commander of the Order of Leopold II

Shashi Kiran Shetty, Executive Chairman of Allcargo Logistics Limited was awarded the highest civilian honour by the Royalty of Belgium, ‘Distinction of Commander of the Order of Leopold II’. The visionary entrepreneur was coferred with the highest honour by His Royal Highness King Philippe, King of Belgium.


From (L-R): Eddy Bruyninckx – CEO Antwerp Port Authority; NN Kumar – Chairman JNPT; Marc Van Peel – Chairman Antwerp Port Authority; Shashi Kiran Shetty – Executive Chairman Allcargo Logistics Ltd; Alok Shrivastava- Additional Secretary of Shipping; Jan Luyx Ambassador of Belgium to India; Karl Van Den Bossche – Consul General of Belgium in Mumbai.

According to a media statement, the felicitation event was held in Mumbai during the Annual Port of Antwerp reception over 300 top representative of India’s corporate fraternity including the shipping and logistics industry were present to witness this decoration. Representing the port of Antwerp were Marc Van Peel, Chairman; Eddy Bruyninckx, Chief Executive Officer and Karl Van Den Bossche, Consul General of Belgium in Mumbai. Jan Luykx the ambassador of Belgium to India presented the honorary medallion to Shetty during the evening.

This decoration has been awarded for Shetty’s glorious efforts in strengthening business relations between Belgium and India, particularly due to the economic initiatives of Allcargo and ECU-LINE. Spanning a marvelous career of over four decades, Shetty is the pioneer and a visionary who has taken India’s logistics industry on a global scale. Under his leadership today Allcargo is India’s largest logistics company in the private sector listed on BSE & NSE. With presence in over 90 countries and over 200 offices globally Allcargo is India’s truly multinational whose consolidated revenues are expected to cross over USD 1 billion by end of this financial year.

Some of the other renowned India citizens to have received this honor were, the late SP Godrej, Former Chairman of Godrej Group of Companies; Naresh Goyal, Chairman of Jet Airways, Dr. RK Pachauri, Director General of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI); Sonia Gandhi, President of Indian National Congress,

Speaking on the occasion Shetty said: “As an Indian and as a global citizen, this is one of the proudest moments in my entire professional life. Receiving this honor for the first time in India’s maritime industry makes me feel extremely privileged. I would like to dedicate this award to my industry colleagues and mentors who have guided me through these years. The support of my family, friends, colleagues and well wishers was also very important for me to achieve this honor. We at Allcargo and ECU-LINE will continue in our endeavour to foster stronger relations between India and Belgium, as well other European countries”.

The Order of Leopold II is an order of Belgium and is named in honor of King Léopold II. The decoration was established on 24th August 1900 by Leopold II. It is awarded for meritorious service to the sovereign of Belgium, to both Belgians as well as foreign nationals. The Order of Leopold II is awarded by Royal Decree. This decoration is one of the highest honours along with Order of Leopold and the Order of the Crown in the Belgian honours hierarchy.

As part of the Avvashya Group, Allcargo Logistics is an integrated logistics multinational, headquartered in India. Allcargo is India’s largest logistics company in the private sector listed on BSE and NSE. It operates across 90 plus countries through 200 plus offices globally. Its services comprise global Multimodal Transport Operations (NVOCC, LCL and FCL), pan India CFS/ICD operations, Project and Engineering Solutions (Project Logistics & Equipment Hiring Solutions), Ship Owning and Chartering and Contract Logistics services. Allcargo’s consolidated turnover as of March 2014 is Rs. 4,888 crore. Allcargo employs over 8,500 team members globally.

Escorts Farmtrac Heritage tractors launched at East africa Agri Business Exhibition 2015 in Tanzania

Escorts Limited, one of India’s leading tractor major launched its popular Farmtrac Heritage Series of tractors at Tanzania’s biggest agriculture show, East Africa Agri Business Exhibition 2015.


After Farmtrac Heritage Series had received well at Agritechnicia 2013 in Hannover, Germany and NAMPO 2014 in South Africa, Escorts had introduced the same in Tanzania. The 6075 four wheel drive (4WD) tractor was unveiled by Mohamed Gharib Bilal, Vice President, United Republic of Tanzania. With world-class technology and impressive features delivering maximum productivity and safety – this Classic, Simple and Efficient new tractor series is set to bring about generational change in the tractor markets of Tanzania and contribute towards an agricultural transformation, a company statement said.
With this product, Escorts Limited brings in a stunning mix of Indian engineering excellence and world class design. Farmtrac 6075 is a futuristic technological marvel that is amenable to tough front and reverse haulage operations, and it comes across as a custom made self-contained tractor for rural roads offering good value for money.
The ergonomically engineered Farmtrac Heritage 6075 is the most fuel efficient tractor in its class. It makes more economical proposition than the archaic two wheel drive technology based tractors with similar horse power from other market players. This tractor delivers maximum machine control and safe driving experience without any technological complexity.
Delivering extra traction with better economics, it is most suitable for all kind of agri and commercial haulage and multiple hard soil farm applications as required by farmers of Tanzania. The new offering is aimed at driving a revolution in sub 80 HP farm market through world class, competitively price product.
Speaking on the occasion, Rajesh Kumar, Vice President International Business, Escorts Agri Machinery, said: “Escorts group has more than 2000 satisfied customers in Tanzania. We take pride in having had the opportunity to bring our tractors under the KILIMO KWANZA (Agriculture First) programme to accelerate Tanzania’s march toward becoming a food surplus country. Cementing further our ties with this land, I am today happy to announce the launch of our premium range of powerful yet fuel efficient Farmtrac Heritage tractors. Ergonomically engineered and custom designed for African market. Escorts’ Farmtrac Heritage 6075 tractor is ideal for Tanzania’s farmers who seek maximum productivity along with harvest benefits. We hope that our technology will help us to achieve our shared vision of a prosperous and bountiful Tanzania.”
Max Mhagama, Sales Manager, Noble Motors Limited said: “We are very happy today in bringing the Farmtrac Heritage Series of tractors to the doorsteps of Tanzania farmers. I am confident that these tractors with European style and comfort will enable our farmers to work more and earn more at ease. Noble Motors Limited has been a proud partner of Escorts Ltd., the brand synonymous with trust and reliability across countries. Together with Escorts, Noble will continue to offer technologically advanced products that bring prosperity to the Tanzanian farmers.”
The launch is followed by a road show across country from 31st January to 8th February 2015, starting from Dar-Es-Salaam and ending in Hanang. The ESCORTS GROUP is among India’s leading engineering conglomerates operating in high growth sectors of Agri Machinery, Material Handling and Construction Equipment, Railway Equipment and Auto Components. The Group has earned the trust of over five million customers by way of product and process innovations over six decades of its existence. Escorts endeavours to transform lives in rural and urban India by leading the revolution in agriculture mechanization, modernization of automotive and railway technology and transformation of Indian construction.

Korea honours Venu Srinivasan by conferring Honorary Citizenship of Busan

Venu Srinivasan, Chairman of TVS Motor Co, one of the leading two-wheeler and three-wheeler major in India and part of TVS Group, has been conferred with the title: Honorary Citizen of Busan by the Mayor, Suh Byung-soo this morning. Srinivasan is also the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Chennai, is now in the metropolitan city of Busan on a three-day visit, meeting local entrepreneurs. He is the first Indian industrialist to be granted this honorary citizenship. After the event, Srinivasan also visited the headquarters of BS Financial Group, besides attending the Busan International Art Fair in BEXCO.


According to a statement issued by TVS Motor Co., this is yet another honour to be bestowed on him in appreciation of his relentless efforts and dedication to enhance the friendship and cooperation between the Republic of Korea and the Republic of India, as Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Chennai.

Chennai, where TVS Motor Company is headquartered, is a mecca for the Indian automotive industry as it represents 40 percent of the car production in India and 60 percent of the cars manufactured in India is exported through Chennai. Over 150 Korean companies are now in operation in Chennai, notably Hyundai Motor Company, Lotte Confectionary, Samsung Electronics and other auto parts manufacturers. Among the Busan companies operating in India is SUNGWOO HITECH, an auto spare parts manufacturer with about 1,200 employees.
With the year of 2013 (last year) marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between Korea and India, President Park Geun-hye made a state visit to India earlier this year (January 15-18, 2014) and agreed with the
Prime Minister of India on the need for upgrading the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and the expansion of economic cooperation, further enhancing the bilateral relations between Korea and India.
In November 2014, Venu Srinivasan was appointed as Honorary Commanding Officer of Korean Naval Vessel, ROKS Choi Young (DDH-981). The honour was bestowed on him in appreciation of his dedication to enhance the friendship and cooperation between the Republic of Korea and the Republic of India, as Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Korea. Venu Srinivasan was earlier felicitated in January 2010, by the President of the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Lee Myung-bak with a distinguished civilian honour ‘Order of Diplomatic Service Merit’ (Heung-In Medal) in recognition of his valuable contribution in promoting Korea-India bilateral relations.

Apollo Tyres appoints Mathaias Heimann as European operations head

Apollo Tyres Ltd., one of India’s leading tyre manufacturers announced the appointment of Mathias Heimann as President of Europe & Americas and CEO of Apollo Vredestein B.V., yesterday, a company statement said. Heimann, 48, is a German national with over twenty years of experience in sales, marketing and production. His career within the automotive industry has included OE suppliers as well as retail and service organisations for large international automobile companies in Europe and Asia, noted the statement.

Mathias Heimann

Neeraj Kanwar, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Apollo Tyres Ltd said, while talking about the new development, said: “Heimann’s rich experience in the tyre industry in particular and in multi-cultural environments in general will be of immense value to Apollo as we consolidate our current operations in Europe and prepare for the next phase of growth which will be driven by the already announced Greenfield plant in Eastern Europe.”

After finishing secondary school and military service, Mathias was educated in Germany (at the Witten/Herdecke University) and the United States (at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and holds a degree in economics. He started his career in the engineering division of Linde AG, selling Air Separation Units to India, among others, before moving on to support the establishment of Linde’s first subsidiary in China (in Xiamen) for the production and sales of technical gases. He worked for many years at Continental A.G. in Europe, South America and Asia, accumulating a deep understanding of the tyre industry. Heimann will be based out of Apollo’s European Operations headquarters in Enschede, The Netherlands.

Reacting about his appointment, Heimann said: “With Apollo’s investments in the manufacturing capabilities of the Enschede plant and expansion in Europe, coupled with significant investments in brands and marketing, I look forward to work with the team to rapidly expand our presence in the market and capture new opportunities.”

Chandrajit Banerjee, CII DG: Encouraging Indian investments into Bangladesh with an objective of re-export to India would address the existing trade imbalance

Encouraging Indian investments into Bangladesh with an objective of re-export to India would not only address the existing trade imbalance but would also increase the investment led trade, Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, the Confederation of Indian Industries told Senior Journalist, Jayashankar Menon.

CBIn an exclusive interaction, Banerjee discusses a gamut of issues between India and Bangladesh to Senior Journalist, Jayashankar Menon. Excerpt:

JM: The CII has said that India-Bangladesh trade could double to $10 billion by 2018, how realistic is this aspiration?

CB: At present India-Bangladesh trade is pegged at $6.6 billion. The trade has more than doubled the value of $2.7 billion five years ago. The CII feels that encouraging Indian investments into Bangladesh with an objective of re-export to India would not only address the existing trade imbalance but would also increase the investment led trade. Also, addressing Non Tariff Barriers and the infrastructure bottlenecks could double the bilateral trade to $10 billion.

JM: How do we tackle the issues of non-tariff barriers at the same time getting infrastructure related issues redressed?

CB: The CII has suggested addressing Non-tariff barriers (NTBs) such as harmonization and classification issues and non-recognition of Technical Standards to grow trade. Infrastructure bottlenecks related to power, ports, energy, and telecommunication also should be alleviated. Improving the investment climate by developing single window clearance for new business proposals, repatriation of profits, setting an Industrial Park for India in Bangladesh outside EPZ with all the needed infrastructure facilities, upgrading the tax holiday system and improved transport connectivity will further strengthen the economic partnership between the two countries.

JM: How Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Dhaka has helped boosting trade and investment between India and Bangladesh?

CB: The first foreign visit of Sushma Swaraj since taking over as the External Affairs Minister of India to Bangladesh was successful in boosting and further intensifying trade and investment between the two countries. The visit focused on infrastructure development, relaxed visa regime, Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati bus service and allowing import of 100 MW electricity from India which augurs well for closer people to people contact and connectivity thereby reinforcing closer ties between the two neighbours.

JM: The two-way trade between India and Bangladesh was pegged at $6.6 billion in 2013-14, with India’s exports standing at $6.1 billion and imports from Bangladesh at $462 million. What will be the figure for the current fiscal?

CB: The bilateral trade for the year 2014-15 may touch $7 billion as we see a surge in exports of cotton, sugar, cereals and more.

JM: There is a trade imbalance in favour of India and decline in Bangladesh exports to India. How the two countries can tackle this issue?

CB: As I said earlier, the trade imbalance can be addressed by encouraging more Indian investments into Bangladesh and by addressing Non-Tariff Barriers and infrastructural impediments.

JM: Do you think that there will be more investment by Indian firms in Bangladesh in the coming days?

CB: Indian companies are spreading their wings and are investing overseas in their quest to become global multinationals. Indian companies are increasingly looking at Bangladesh as a major investment destination. A large number of Indian firms from both public and private sector have been working on different turnkey projects in Bangladesh in sectors such as power, transmission lines, telecom, textiles, chemicals and pharmaceutical, glass, plastics and engineering.

JM: So far, Indian investments in Bangladesh stand at $2.5 billion as of 2013. Do you think there will be a major boost in the coming years?

CB: Indian Investments have seen a surge in the recent past with Indian investment from $ 1.2 billion in the year 2012 to $ 2.5 billion in 2013. Major Indian companies such as Godrej, Bharti Airtel, Tata Motors, Sun Pharmaceuticals, Asian Paints, Marico, CEAT, Venky’s Hatcheries, Forbes Marshall had invested in Bangladesh in the recent past.

To further promote economic cooperation, the CII feels that an investment route must be targeted to increase trade. Indian industry is keen to undertake investments in Bangladesh to leverage its advantages of competitive workforce, natural resources and stable environment. Such investments could be strategized to produce goods for the local Bangladeshi market and third country, including Indian markets, working within the framework of the LDC benefits. For example, garments, textiles, jute, leather, light engineering goods and frozen foods could be sourced from Bangladesh.

JM: What are the potential export products you have identified other than the existing ones to be exported to Bangladesh?

CB: Some of the potential products that could be exported to Bangladesh include bamboo, limestone, horticulture products, spices and vegetables. These could be sourced from North Eastern States of India. In addition to this, there is a huge opportunity in the services sector including ICT, pharmaceuticals, hospital and medical equipment, tourism and professional services.

JM: Has the geographical proximity and common language help improve export fortunes of both the countries?

CB: Bangladesh and India offer natural markets for each other’s exports and have advantages of reduced transaction costs and quicker delivery due to geographical proximity and common language.

JM: What are the other issues that need to be tackled to strengthen trade between two countries?

CB: Some of the important issues faced by Indian companies invested in Bangladesh relates to remittances to India (of Taka earned locally converted to US dollar), harmonization and classification issues, technical standards, availability of land and developing single window clearance for new business proposals.

JM: As Bangladesh has done well in pushing social indices upward, what lesson can India learn from our neighbour?

CB: In spite of Bangladesh’s growth being lower than India, it has done exceptionally well in pushing its social indices upward. India can learn a lot from Bangladesh when it comes to alleviating social menaces such as poverty, reducing child mortality, women empowerment, higher life expectancy and gender equality.

JM: Which are the potential sectors for investment in Bangladesh?

CB: To further promote economic cooperation, the CII feels that an investment route must be targeted to increase trade. Indian industry is keen to undertake investments in Bangladesh to leverage its advantages of competitive workforce, natural resources and stable environment. Some of these potential investments include agro processing, automobiles, textiles (including home textile), Chemicals, plastics, light engineering, ICT, pharmaceuticals, hospital & medical equipment, tourism, professional services and Gems & Jewellery.

JM: What are the major Indian export products that are exported to Bangladesh and vice versa?

CB: Major Indian exports to Bangladesh include cotton, sugar, cereals, vehicles and accessories and major Indian imports from Bangladesh include textile fibres, paper yarn, fish, apparel, mineral fuels, salt and cement.