New Year brings new possibilities and we wish that each possibility brings you success. We are looking forward to meet you soon at the book gala of the year starting this week. GBO is at the New Delhi World Book Fair and there are lots of opportunities to meet and interact with us at events and at our stand. Below is all the information on where to find us!
Team GBO New Delhi
Visit us at the New Delhi World Book Fair.
Books have a magical ability to transport mortals instantly to a new world!. GERMAN BOOK OFFICE NEW DELHI invites you to open the magical portal to the world of Germany at the NEW DELHI WORLD BOOK FAIR, PRAGATI MAIDAN ( HALL NO-7 C, STALL NO-7-8) from 7th-15th January,2017.
A different country means a different world. A different world means a different thought process, way of life, culture, stories etc. What better way to enjoy winters thansitting in a warm quilt, with a steaming cup of hot chocolate and exploring a different world?
Visit us at the NDWBF,2017 and buy yourself auniquely portable magic (in the words of the greatSTEPHEN KING) and discover books about GERMANY (in German) in the following genres:
Beer culture in Germany
We look forward to seeing at the NDWBF,2017!
GLOBAL MEETS LOCAL.
Saturday, 7thJanuary 2017 6:30pm Oxford Bookstore New Delhi
Walk into the world of ARTS+ and Visual culture at an evening jointly organised by GBO and IFD to bring together publishers and innovators to talk about Illustrated books. In the back drop of the new initiative of the Frankfurt Book Fair THE ARTS+, a new hub for business in the cultural und creative industries, this meet is for professionals looking forward to engage and understand the business of visual books.
Tuesday, 10thJanuary 2017, 2 to 4 pm GlobaLocal : France at the Frankfurt Book fair 2017 International Events Corner of the NDWBF, Hall 7A
Come and network with publishers from India, Germany and France to talk about markets, trends, collaborations in a session jointly organised by IFD and GBO at the NDWBF. Presentations from Indian language publishing, trends in French Book market and German book market will inform you about the highlights and happenings in the book world. This will be followed by a networking session.
News from the German Book Market.
Highlights of 2016 : Give way to digitalization!
Germany is well-known for it’s pioneering role in the field of technology. What’s new is that it’s looking to use it’s technological resources and ability to revolutionize the field of education. The education minister of GermanyJohanna Wankawants to strengthen the role of technology in education and invest5 billion euroin this particular field. Furthermore publishing biggies likeCornelesenandBrockhaus have also acknowledged the change in trends and are directing their resources towards creating digital content to make children learn better.
The German Law on fixed book which came to power on 11.September,2016, will also regulate the prices of E-books ( excluding the self-publishing titles).E-books from major publishing housesare available onSkoobe (E-books spelled backwards!) on a flat rate (Pay a flat rate and enjoy limitless access to E-books for the entire month. How cool is that!) . To add to the excitement, epub extension developersIDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum)and theWorld Wide Web Consortiumare coming together to merge the web technology and the E-book technology.
Although some remain sceptic towards the digitalization of education, claiming that nothing can replace the traditional methods of learning like the classic teacher-student dynamic and learning through paperback books (after all the computer has no IQ) but the publishing houses are busy adapting the new methods and techniques in writing. WithAmazonandTolino-Allianzleading the way, Aldirecently included an E-book catalogue in its online services.
All said and done one cannot completely do away with printed books. Even with introduction ofvirtual reality, e-books, smartboards etc. ,the sale of printed books is holding its court. Well, the present seems sorted….let’s see what the future brings!
CAIT SUGGEST FORMATION OF DIGITAL PAYMENTS PROMOTION BOARD
ANNOUNCEMENTS BY PM HAS SET GUIDELINES FOR BUDGET
With Prime Minister laying great emphasis on adoption of digital payments in the Country, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has suggested the Government to constitute a Digital Payments Promotion Board comprising of senior government officials, representatives of different verticals of non corporate sector including trading community and payment technology providers, Banks & other financial institutions to intensify steps to encourage more and more people to adopt digital payments and to monitor digital payment landscape in the Country. Currently various organs of the Government are promoting digital payments in one way or the other. However, a comprehensive policy for promotion of digital payments is need of the hour and as such the proposed Board can act as a catalyst in ensuring faster adoption of electronic payments in the Country-said the CAIT.
Meanwhile, the CAIT has hailed announcements made by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi providing relaxations in banking facilities for small traders and small industry and said that it shall promote easy lending by banks and will certainly bring informal economy to formal economy to a large extent-said the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). The initiative of Prime Minister would encourage small traders to borrow money through banking channels and would also encourage acceptance of payment through digital mode of payment. CAIT opined that PMs announcements has set tone of the Union Budget to be presented next month.
CAIT National President Mr B.C.Bhartia & Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal said that collateral security is one of the major deterrent for small merchants in availing funds from banks & financial institutions. The Credit Guarantee Corporation is used to guarantee loans to traders upto Rs 1 crore. Now, the Prime Minister has announced to increase this guarantee limit to Rs 2 crore which means that now smalll borrowers will not be required to give collateral security for credit limits upto Rs 2 crore. This will make small traders eligible for availing credit from banks. Huge cash will come as working capital in retail market. However, it is a fact that Banks are reluctant in advancing loans to small businesses for unknown reasons which is the major cause for low level lending by banks to non corporate sector. Therefore, the CAIT has demanded that Reserve Bank of India should check all the loans given to small traders to verify whether banks have taken collateral security from them or not. It has further demanded that RBI should also conduct audit of all such loan applications to ensure that PM’s initiative is implemented in letter and spirit.
Both Mr. Bhartia & Mr. Khandelwal also said that the banks used to give cash credit limit for financing working capital upto 20% of turnover. Now PM has announced increase in this limit to 25% of turn over. This will directly help in increase in working capital of small traders. Now they will be in better position to serve their customers by keeping sufficient stock and variety of range. It would also encourage small traders to show maximum turnover in Books of Account through banking channel.
The CAIT has also called for review of the working of MUDRA loans since large number of small traders for whom MUDRA was launched are unable to obtain Mudra loans despite all attempts and are being turned down by Banks on one pretest or the other. They have urged the Government to make MUDRA as an independent regulator and Non Banking Finance Companies, Micro Finance Institutions, Trust & Societies should be linked with MUDRA scheme and Banks should be directed to re-finance to such entities instead of awarding loans directly to the borrowers.
New Delhi.January02, 2017.Vishwa Hindu Parishadwelcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling today barring political parties and candidates from seeking votes in the name of religion, caste, community, race or language. The International Joint General Secretary Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Dr. Surendra Jain said that the politics based on caste, community and religion has harmed the country a lot. Welcoming the decision of the Supreme Court he also said that national integration has also been damaged by this practice. “Vote bank politics would be curbed by this decision & the judgement will prove to be a landmark in nation-building,” he added.
Now it is the duty of the Commission of Bharat to get it implemented in its letter & spirit. We appeal to the election Commission to de-recognize the political parties and debar the candidates who violatesany provision of this verdict.
The apex court on Monday said that seeking votes on the basis of caste, community, religion or language is illegal. A constitution bench headed by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur by a 4:3 majority passed the order on the basis of Section 123(3) of the Representation of People’s Act.
For over 10 years I had found Arvind Panagariya views to be ‘Weird or Lunatic’ and Commented on it as well.
In his own Writings – he claims to be leading a ‘Think Tank’ but has not reported even a Single Achievement – and I had already reported over 99% of its IDEAS directly or indirectly to be irrational. He claimed as Niti Ayog’s major assignment —
1.Promotion of cooperative, competitive federalism;
2. Assisting the central government in policy making;
3. and Serving as the government’s Think Tank.
First of all there is Absolutely No Cooperation & Competition in Promoting Projects and Programs. Think Tank in India today actually means Gadkari, Prabhu, Goyal, Uma Bharati etc – all Extreme Dullards. No Detailed Project of Even The Biggest Project like ‘Bullet Train’ is Made Available on Niti Ayog pages.
Second No One Cares about Niti Ayog – its role is simply to OBEY GoI Orders.
Third – Niti Ayog is not even a Rubber Stamp forget Think Tank.
‘He claims to have Inducted 45 Young Professionals and 12 Senior Officers from Outside But There Was No Transparency in Their Selection’
Arvind Panagariya is assisted by Amitabh Kant has ‘Economics Back Ground Qualification’ is top dullard, so don’t have to comment on it – was with DIPP for since years he has let down India. He totally failed as Head of DIMC Project or DIPP was unfit for Critical Assignment.
India’s experience of milk marketing, which ushered in the white revolution, offers interesting lessons for harnessing its horticulture potential. Milk and horticulture have lot of similarities. Both are high value, perishable, labour intensive, and income augmenting enterprises. Very stable and robust growth in milk production is attributable mainly to three market factors, namely, institution of milk cooperatives, complete freedom to milk producers and buyers for sale/purchase of milk throughout the country and deregulation of dairy sector.
He is Shamelessly Dullard & Dishonest. In the Blog @ Niti Ayog he acknowledged success of Cooperative Model for Milk Marketing that can be applied to Horticulture – and Agriculture also – but recommends ‘Corporate Farming’ > Primary Processing, Preserving & Storage Cost Almost Nothing.
2. Bibek Roy – Member – Though trained but Extreme Dullard like Arvind Panagariya – He can’t even see OPEN frauds by RIL operating 103 subsidiaries, holding equity in 150 or more Listed Companies etc. 300 Companies are advanced roughly Rs.40,00,000 Cr Plus EQUITY of around Rs.60,00,000 Cr by Banks and Financial Institutions like Insurance & Mutual Funds etc.
Ø NO STUDY ON GDP CONTRIBUTION BY 300 TOP COMPANIES.
I can’t comment on third Member because Nothing About his Recommendations or Blogs is available @ Niti Ayog.
Ø But Even Worse was appointment of Urjit Patel as RBI Governor with
poor show as Director of GSPC and Executive in Scammed RIL which acquired Oil & Gas Blocks but Scammed & Bungled in Developing Them. CAG indicted both GSPC & RIL for Scams. How can he manage RBI?
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Niti Aayog At Two – Arvind Panagariya
It is performing vital functions that are fundamentally different from the Planning Commission
Niti Aayog turned two years old yesterday. The anniversary offers an opportunity to reflect on how the new institution differs from its predecessor, the Planning Commission, and what functions it performs.
Two key activities of the Planning Commission had been to prepare and implement the Five Year Plans and to allocate financial resources to states. Neither of these activities forms a part of the mandate of Niti Aayog. The Twelfth Five Year Plan, which will conclude on March 31 this year, will be India’s last Five Year Plan.
Likewise, Niti Aayog does not allocate any financial resources to states. The 14th Finance Commission raised the share of states in the divisible pool from 32% to 42%, leaving no additional funds for allocation to states through Niti Aayog. The annual resource allocation exercise that brought state chief ministers to the doorstep of the Planning Commission is now a thing of the past.
Among many functions that Niti Aayog performs, three stand out: promotion of cooperative, competitive federalism; assisting the central government in policy making; and serving as the government’s thinktank. These three functions complement each other instead of being mutually exclusive.
The Governing Council of Niti Aayog, which includes all state chief ministers and lieutenant governors of the Union territories, set in motion the first function at its maiden meeting on February 8, 2015. It appointed three subgroups of chief ministers to advise the central government on the subjects of Centrally Sponsored Schemes, Skill Development and Swachh Bharat Mission. It also set up two task forces at the Aayog on Agricultural Development and Elimination of Poverty, with parallel task forces on each subject constituted in the states and Union territories.
Assisted by the Aayog, the subgroups completed their work and submitted the reports in relatively short time. The two task forces followed. The recommendations in the five reports have been either implemented or are under consideration.
The Aayog has also helped promote reforms in the states. It has formulated a model land-leasing law, which Madhya Pradesh has adopted and Uttar Pradesh has substantially incorporated into a preexisting law. Several other states are actively considering adopting the model law.
The Aayog is also leading a campaign to bring about major reforms in agricultural marketing. Furthermore, it has taken the initiative to help resolve and expedite decisions on numerous issues of states pending for months with various central ministries. It also identifies and spreads the best practices across states in various areas through regular interactions with state officials from relevant ministries.
In its policy making role at the Centre, the Aayog has taken the initiative to identify numerous sick Public Sector units for closure. Action on 17 such units is under way. The Aayog has also identified several functioning units for strategic disinvestment. Finance ministry must now move ahead with the actual sales of these units.
A big bang reform the Aayog has proposed is the replacement of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, by a Medical Education Commission Act to overhaul medical education in India. The proposed Act would require entrance and exit examinations and replace input norms in the assessment of medical colleges by outcome norms. A comprehensive National Energy Policy draft is ready to be placed in public domain for wider consultation. The Aayog is also working on the creation of 20 world-class universities and reform of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 and All India Council of Technical Education Act, 1987. It has also championed the launch of Coastal Employment Zones to accelerate the creation of well-paid jobs.
As a part of its thinktank function, the Aayog has brought out a book of best practices, conducted workshops of state officials to spread these practices, collaborated with thinktanks, created the utility India Energy Security Scenarios 2047, sponsored policy research and published several occasional papers. It is also in the process of bringing out the 15-year Vision, 7-year Strategy and 3-year Action Plan documents.
It also organises the Transforming India lecture series featuring such high-profile speakers as Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore and Bill Gates. The Prime Minister, the entire Cabinet and the top bureaucrats attend these lectures.
The Aayog has also led the way for the creation of a vibrant innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the country through its Atal Innovation Mission. The mission will soon establish tinkering labs in more than 200 schools as well as several incubators to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.
Organisationally, the Aayog had inherited 1,200 positions from the Planning Commission, which it downsized to 500. Subsequently, it has taken the initiative to appoint approximately 45 young professionals and a dozen senior officers from outside. These additions have brought great energy to the institution.
When the Prime Minister invited me to join the Niti Aayog two years ago, the excitement of assisting him in the transformation of India overwhelmed the fear of taking up the challenge. I instantly accepted his generous offer. I feel proud, two years later, of what the hard-working staff of Niti Aayog have accomplished. I hope we can maintain this momentum as we step into our third year.
The writer is Vice Chairperson, Niti Aayog. Views are personal
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