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Say Cheese with François Robin

Julian Hoarau - 30-mars-2017 14:24:20

  The best cheese in the world comes undoubtedly from Europe where artisans and big producers use their ancestral know-how to produce a wide variety of fine cheese. From French Camembert to Italian Burrata, the range of cheese is very diverse. Today, the dairy industry in the European Union is the most productive and the most successful in the world. Its strict regulations by the European Union and the CNIEL ( National Interprofessional Center of the Dairy Economy, France ), a privately run organization whose main objective is to promote dairy products and to facilitate relationships between dairy producers and processors, makes cheese from Europe, the best and safest products for the consumer.   The European Union & the CNIEL have several initiatives lined up to create more awareness about cheese in India, especially to showcase the wide & rich cultural diversity of French cheese. As a continuation to the promotional campaign of 2015, a Press event & a Networking cocktail of Cheese tasting of Vegetarian Cheese was organized on Monday 27 th March at Indigo, Mumbai for members of the media (food journalists, critics, bloggers and culinary specialists), food importers, chefs & restaurateurs.   French Chef François Robin who has been awarded Best Cheese Monger of France demonstrated exclusive recipes based on the available vegetarian cheese (without any animal rennet) and add a unique Indian touch to create fusion food, using the cheese as the main ingredient. All cheese presented and available for tasting will allow all Indian guests to safely taste and enjoy the best France has to offer.   Furthermore, two workshops for food bloggers will be organized on the 28 th March at Artisan, Sofitel, BKC Mumbai and on the 29 th March at Chérie , New Delhi . Following these 3 events, a major consumer promotion campaign with a series of cheese tasting sessions will take place at Foodhall and Hypercity stores in New Delhi from 30 March to 23 April 2017 .   Cheese consumption in India   Positive trends indicate that sales of cheese in 2016, are estimated at 23 billion INR i.e 60 400 tons & should almost double in value to 40 billion INR with sales of 100 000 tons in 2021.   Even though the consumption of cheese has increased by 15-20% in India in recent years, Indian consumption of cheese is quite low compared to world consumption (200gms vs 7kgs) but food habits are changing. This is largely due to the fact that disposable incomes are increasing & today Indian consumers are open to acquiring new tastes. Also traditionally Indians are big consumers of dairy products and cheese is consumed as a part of meals or as a snack.   France ranks 3rd as a supplier of cheese to India after Italy & Denmark, with a market share of around 13% and the consumption of French cheese has been steadily rising in India. Spreading awareness about the variety, textures and qualities of the French cheese is very important & an adaptation to local tastes is necessary to increase consumption since cheese is tasty & also an important source of protein.   Distribution of cheese & the regulatory environment is still a challenge, however the availability of imported cheese in gourmet stores across India and the innovations offered by companies are helping to develop the market.       About François Robin: "François Robin takes his first steps in the world of cheese by helping his parents in the Vendée region of France. This experience allows him to discover the secrets of making goat cheese but does not convince him to continue in this way. He then directed his studies on science and mathematics, but subsequently favored more artistic professional experiences (film festival, contemporary art center ...). Finally, the need to return to the source is felt, so he decides to enroll in a 9-month training center to prepare a Certificate of professional qualification of "Crémier Fromager". He began his career as a cheese specialist with Nicolas Julhès in Paris where cheeses, wines and delicatessen of high quality are found. Francois learns to tune the cheeses with the finest dishes while appropriating their history. These new skills permitted him to join the famous Fauchon delicatessen where he found his place in the cheese department, which he animates and develops in close collaboration with Hervé Mons, a world-renowned refining cheese maker and manages to create a real synergy with the other departments of the grocery store. He participates in the contest of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France that he wins in 2011 from his first participation after only 4 years of experience in this field.       Cheese is divided into Four types:   Soft: Ripened from the outside in with a white rind, often runny at room temperature.   Examples: Brie, Camembert, Reblochon, Mont d’Or   Semi-soft : Smooth or creamy interior with little or no rind. Flavor ranges from mild to pungent   Examples: Raclette, Abondance, Morbier, Port Salut   Hard: Firm texture with tastes ranging from mild to pungent; easy to grate   Examples: Emmental, Beaufort, Mimolette, Tomme de Savoie   Blue: Green or blue veining caused by the addition of the mould penicillium roqueforti during production   Examples: Saint Agur, Bleu de Auvergne, Bleu de Gex       About Business France   Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. Business France has 1,500 personnel in 80 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr and youbuyfrance.com.in   Contacts:   Julian Hoarau-Bouaziz Marketing and Communication Dept Email: Julian.hoarau@businessfrance.fr   Téléphone: +91 (0) 11 43 19 63 03   M obile: +91 837 689 50 05   Purva Marwaha   Marketing and Communication Dept Email: purva.marwaha@businessfrance.fr Téléphone: +91 (0) 11 43 19 63 06  

Manitou signs an acquisition deal in India

Purva Marwaha - 28-mars-2017 12:14:44

Manitou signs an acquisition deal in India   Paris - France - AFP – The French group, Manitou leader in all terrain material handling announced the acquisition of Indian company Terex Equipment Private Limited (TEPL) on Monday, with an undisclosed amount, in order to expand its activities in Asian countries.  This acquisition should be finalized by July 2017. TEPL is specialized in design, manufacture and distribution of construction equipment, mainly backhoe and mini-loaders, and recorded a turnover of 30 million Euros in 2016.   Manitou is interested in capitalizing on and developing the strong dealership network of TEPL as well as developping new products for Asian markets. 

Annual Report on Foreign Investment in France records over 150 Indian companies in France and 11 new investments from India in 2016

Purva Marwaha - 27-mars-2017 11:15:02

        Annual Report on Foreign Investment in France records over 150 Indian companies in France and 11 new investments from India in 2016             New Delhi, 27 th March, 2017 In the backdrop of the ongoing Creative France global campaign, Business France, the national agency for the international development of the French economy , recently published its “2016 Annual Report: Foreign Investment in France, the International Development of the French Economy”. The report reveals that there are over 150 Indian companies operating in France, where they employ more than 7,000 people. 11 new investments from India were recorded in 2016, creating or maintaining 171 jobs. According to this report, out of the Indian investments made in France in 2016: ·          36 % were in R&D and engineering activities; ·          27 % in decision-making centers; and ·          18 % in services to companies.   The Indian companies’ investments in France have been mainly in the IT, energy, recycling, aerospace and textile sectors. Some of the major Indian investment projects in France from the year 2016 include: - AEQUS (headquartered in Belgaum / Karnataka): After acquiring the SIRA Equipements plant in Besançon (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region) in 2015 and saving 28 jobs, this Indian aerospace components manufacturer and solution provider confirmed it was hiring a further five employees in 2016. Aequs Aerospace is one of India’s fastest-growing precision engineering companies, and continued to further its expansion in France in 2016 by acquiring the SIRA Group. - ROYAL ENFIELD (headquartered in Gurgaon / Haryana): One of the most prestigious brands in the world of premium motorbikes alongside Triumph and Harley Davidson, Royal Enfield has set up its Western headquarters in Paris. It has opened a concept store in Levallois-Perret and an office for prospecting the French and European market. - ETOSHA (headquartered in New Delhi): This company specializes in the manufacture of fragrances, aromas and essential oils for the food industry, personal care and homecare. The company established its European subsidiary and creative laboratory in October 2016 in France, in the city of Grasse, for preparing formulations with French ingredients for the Indian and Middle Eastern markets.   Two Indian firms were among the winners of French Tech Ticket, a program designed for entrepreneurs from all over the world who want to create their startups in France:   1. GUESSWORK , an Indian start-up that provides a mobile app to connect customers to small e-merchants. Thanks to its incubation in Startup42, le Kremlin-Bicêtre (in the Parisian region), Guesswork has adapted its application to the European market. 2. DYMOND CLEANTECH , an Indian start-up which has developed an electrochemical solution for purifying water using diamond electrodes. Dymond Cleantech was incubated in La Paillasse, in Paris’ 2 nd arrondissement, in January 2016, where it benefited from technological workshops and co-working spaces to help it to reach its goal of commercializing its water purification processes not only in Europe but also in India, China and Africa. “The increasing interest in France of foreign and Indian companies and start-ups, such as Guesswork and Dymond Cleantech in 2016, confirms France as an attractive hub for innovation and creativity as a part of India’s expansion strategy in Europe. Indeed, with 100 000 engineers trained yearly, over 6 000 tech startups and over 200 tech startup incubators, acceleration programs, France stands among the leading tech-related entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems worldwide” , said Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India . In 2016, a total of 1,117 investment decisions – up 16%, with an average of 21 per week, representing the best year in the last decade – created or maintained 30,108 jobs (versus 962 decisions and 33,682 jobs in 2015). The number of decisions to invest at new sites in France grew 20%, accounting for a majority (51%) of all investment projects and 38% of all jobs generated (11,520 jobs). Foreign companies invested primarily in production/manufacturing and logistics operations, which accounted for 31% of all foreign investments in France (352 decisions) and 50% of the jobs generated (15,134 jobs). Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler added: “ With a 16% increase in investments in 2016 - that means an average of 21 investment decisions per week - the figures speak for themselves: France is an increasingly attractive investment location for foreign companies” . Key factors behind this success are France’s numerous globally recognised fundamental strengths: its central location in Europe, excellent communication and transport infrastructure, industrial skills in a wide range of sectors, high productivity, a well-qualified workforce and innovation. Thus, France continues to attract investment to ‘strategic’ business activities, and has now been Europe’s leading destination for foreign investment in the industrial sector for more than a decade. Innovation is recognized by business decision makers to be a driving force behind France’s attractiveness as an investment location, as is the thriving “La French Tech” ecosystem. In 2016, the 155 investment decisions in R&D, engineering and design, including 72 in R&D alone, confirmed this trend. This report seeks to shed light on the way the French economy is becoming increasingly globalized, and the trade and investment synergies that are fueling business development throughout the country. France’s strategic location makes it a natural export hub for countries throughout Europe and Africa. In 2016, as in the previous year, 30% of French exports were made by foreign-owned subsidiaries in France. To download the Annual Report, a summary and key extracts, click here   http://en.businessfrance.fr/discover-france/international-development-of-the-french-economy   About Business France Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr   Contacts: Julian Hoarau-Bouaziz Marketing and Communication Dept Email: Julian.hoarau@businessfrance.fr Téléphone: +91 (0) 11 43 19 63 03 M obile: +91 837 689 50 05 Purva Marwaha Marketing and Communication Dept Email: purva.marwaha@businessfrance.fr Téléphone: +91 (0) 11 43 19 63 06        

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Purva Marwaha - 27-mars-2017 07:49:15

B o m b a y , l e 2 4 m ars 2 0 17   O FFR E D ’E MP LOI     Le Bure a u B u s in e s s F ra n c e de B o m b a y re c ru t e un(e) C h a rgé(e) d e D é v eloppe m ent   au s ein de s on pôle T e c h & S e r v i c es     Mi s s i on p r i n c i p a l e :       C o ns e il l e r , a c c él é r er et f a i r e r éus s ir l es en t r ep r is e s f r ança i s e s d ans l eur dé ve lo p pement co m m e r c i al e n In d e   S e c t e u rs c o n c e rnés :     T e c h & S e r v i c es Fo c us de c e p o s te : m é d i as et d i v ert i ss e m e n t, s er v i c es In t ern e t, s er v i c es M ar k e t i n g, etc.   D ate de recr u t eme n t :    Juillet / A oût 2 0 1 7 ( CDI de droit local). E n v i ron n eme n t de t ra v ail : L e s b u r e a u x B u s i n e s s F r a nc e so n t l es re l a i s à l ’ étra ng er de B u sine s s Fr a n ce , l ’ A g e n c e fr a n ç a i s e p o u r l ’ i nt e r n at i o n a l i s at i on de l ’ é c o n o m i e fr a n ç a i s e (1 5 0 0 s a l ar i é s , e n F r a n c e e t d a ns 7 3 p a y s) , a v ec u n e tr i p l e m i ss i on  : -   E xp o r t : a cc o m p a g n e m e nt d e s e n tre p r i s es f r a n ç a i s es s ur l es  m a r c h é s extér i e u r s et pro m ot i o n d es exp o r t a t i o ns f r a n ç a i s es ; -   In v e s t : pro m ot i on et f a c il i ta t i on d es i n v e s t i ss e m e n ts  i nt e r n at i o n a u x en F r a n c e ; -   Pr om ot io n - C o m m unic a t i on : pro m ot i on d e l ’i m a g e b u s i n e s s de l a F r a n c e à l ’ ét r a n g er à t r a v ers l a co n d u i t e d e ca m p a g n es du t y pe « C r é at i v e F r a n c e ». S’ a g i ss a n t d u Dé p arte m e n t E x p o r t de B u s i n e s s F r a n c e e t d e s é q u i p e s E x p o r t à l ’ étr a n g er, il s o nt p o u r v o c a t i on : - l e re c u e i l et l ’ a n a l y s e d ’i n f or m at i o n s s ur l es é v o l u t i o n s s e c tor i e l l es e t ré g l e m e n ta i r es d e s m ar c h é s exp o r t ; - l’ a cc o m p a g n e m e n t d es e x p o r ta t e urs et d es i n v e s t i ss e u r s f r a n ç a i s s ur l es m ar c h é s e x tér i e u r s ( d i ff u s i on d ’ i n f or m a t i o n , r é ali s at i on d ’ é t u d es de m ar c h é , m i s e e n co n t a c t a v ec d e s pro s p e c ts et p arte n a i r es p o te n t i e l s , re c h er c he d e d é b o u c h é s ,ca cc o m p a g n e m e n t e n m at i è r e d’ a cc ès a ux m ar c h é s ou de c o m m u ni c at i o n , e t c .) ; un s o u t i en s p é c i f i q u e é t a n t a p p orté a u x s tart - up, P ME et E T I à f ort po t e nt i el d ’ i nt e r n a t i o n a l i s at i on ;  - l a p r o m ot i o n d u s a v o i r - f a i r e, d e s pr o d u i ts et d e s t e c h n o l o g i es  f r a n ç a i s au tr a v ers de l ’ or g a ni s a t i o n d e p a v il l o n s F r a nc e sur  d e s s a l o ns i n tern a t i o n a u x , de c o l l o q u es t e c h n i q u e s , m a i s a u ss i p a r d e s ac t i o ns de c o m m u n i c a t i on d a ns l a pre ss e sp éc i a l i s é e . L ’ é q u i pe de B u si n e s s F r a nc e e n I n d e ( q ui a é g a l e m e n t c o m p é te n c e sur l e B a n g l a d e s h, l e P a k i s tan et l e S r i L a n k a p ar l e b i a i s de p a r t e n a i r es da ns c es p a y s) , e s t c o n s t i t u é e d ’ e n vi r on 35 s a l ari é s r é p a r t i s d a ns l e s 4 b u r e a ux B u s i n e s s F r a nc e d ’I n d e  ( New D e l h i , B o m b a y , B a n g a l ore et C h e n n a i ) .  Pl us s p é c i f i q u e m e n t, l ’ é q u i pe E x p ort s ’ o r g a n i s e a ut o ur de 4 p ô l es s e c tor i e l s ( A G R O T E CH, I n d u s tr i es & C l e a nt e c h , A r t d e V i v r e - S a n t é, T e c h & S e r v ic e s ) et un p ô l e tra n s v er s e ( S er v i c es a u x E n tre p r i s es : a cc ès m a rc h é , c o m m u ni c at i on e t re l at i o ns pre ss e, pro m ot i on et s u i v i d e l a f o r m u l e V I E ) .   Mi s s i o n s p rop o s é es :    1/ S o u s l e p i l ot a g e e t l a re s p o n s a b i l i té du Chef de P ô l e T e c h & S er v i c es b a s é à B o m b a y , l e/ l a Cons e i l l er ( e) E x p o r t au r a u ne r e s p o n s a b i l i té gra n d i ss a n t e d a ns s es r e l a t i o n s a v ec l e s e n tre p r i s es f r a n ç a i s es a cc o m p a g n é e s d a ns l e u r d é v e l o p p e m e n t s ur l e m ar c hé i n d i e n , a l l a nt j u s q u ’ à u n e a u t o n o m i e d a n s l a g e s t i on de s es d o ssi ers c li e nts et d a n s l’ or g a n i s at i on d ’ é v è n e m e n ts c o ll e c t i f s de pro m ot i on d u s a v o i r - f a i r e, d e s pr o d u i ts et d e s t ec h n o l o g i es f r a n ç a i s . 2/ L e /a C o n s e i l l er ( e) Ex p ort c o n tr i b u e r a - e n l i e n a v ec l e re s te de l ’ é q u i pe T e c h & S e r vi c e s - à p r o m o uv o i r l’ é c o s y s t è m e d e l a « F r e n c h T e c h » e t l e prog r a m m e « Fr e n c h T e c h T ic k e t » a u près d e l ’ é c o s y s t è m e d e l ’ « I n d i a T e c h » à B o m b a y (s tar t - u p , g r a n d s c o m pt e s , i n c u b at e urs et a cc é l é r a te u rs , V C s , m é di a s , e t c .). Ces t â c h e s s e r é a l i s eront d a n s l e c a d r e d e s m i ss i o n s g é n é r a l es i n c o m b a nt a ux b ureaux B u s i n e s s F r a n c e , e n a ss o c i at i on a v ec d ’ a u tres c o l l a b o r at e urs d u P ô l e e t é v e nt u e l l e m e n t d es p arte n a i r es i n s t i t ut i o n n e l s o u o p é r at i o n n e l de B u s i n e s s F r a n c e I n d e . C omp é t e n c e s e t p ro f i l rec h erc h és : In g é n i e ur e n in f or m at i q u e, té l é c o m m u ni c at i o ns o u é l e c tro ni q u e ( i d é a l e m e n t a v ec   u n e   d o u b l e  c o m p é te n c e c o m m e r c i a l e) o u d i p l ô m é e n co m m e r c e o u Ma n a g e m e n t. Une e x p é ri e n c e r é u ss i e de 3 a ns m i n i m u m d a n s l e m o n de de l ’ e ntrep r i s e  - et   n o t a m m e nt  d es   m é d i as   ou   d ’ I nt er n e t -   e s t e x i g é e. - P ar f a i te m aî t r i s e d u f r a n ç a i s et de l ’ a n g l a i s à l’ é cr i t c o m m e à l’ or a l , a v ec c a p a ci tés ré d a c t i o n n e ll e s . - A p p ét e n c e p o ur l es s e c t e urs d ’ a c t iv i tés e n p orte f e u i l l e  ( m é di as et d i v er t i ss e m e n t, In t erne t …) et l ’ i n n o v a t i o n . - Cu l tu r e d u ré s u l t at ( p i l ot a ge d ’ a c t iv i té p a r o b j e c t i f s) . - F i bre c o m m er c i a l e (p r e s t a t i o n s de s er v i c es f a i s a n t l ’ o b j et d ’ u ne f a c tura t i on a u x e ntr e prises f r a n ç a i s es ac c o m p a g n é e s ). - F l e x i b i l i té et c a p a c i té à tr a i ter p l u si e u r s d o ssi ers en m ê m e te m ps et d a ns d e s d é l a i s i m p o s é s . - S e n s d e l ’ or g a n i s at i on e t c a p a c i té à g érer d e s a s p e c ts  l o g i s t i q u e s l ors d ’ é v è n e m e n ts et d é l é g a t i o n s . - T r a v a i l e n é q u i pe. - T r ès b o n se n s du c o n tact et c a p a c i té à d é v e l o p p er u n p o r te f e u i l l e d ’ i nt e rl o c ut e urs pr i v i l é g i és de h a ut n i v e a u. - Ca p a c i t és à r e c h er c h e r , v a l i d e r p u i s a n al y s er de l ’ i n f or m at i o n . - E xc e l l e n te m aî t r i s e d e l a s u i te M i cr o s o f t O ff i c e.  Ce p o s t e s ’ a cc o m p a g n e d ’ un d e v o i r d e co n f i d e n t i a l i t é .     C o n t a c t :                          Dos s i e r   d e   c an d ida t u r e   ( CV   et   l et t r e   de   m ot i v at i o n   en f r a n ç a i s ) et p r éte nt io n s s al ar i al e s à a d r e s s er d ’i c i a u 30   a v r i l  2017 à :                                          M. S y l v a i n B I A RD                                         D i r e c te u r d e B ure a u e t Chef de P ô l e T e c h & S e r v ic es                                          s y l v a i n. b i ar d @ b u s i n e s s f r a n c e. f r

Bangalore Startup Shoots For The Moon Propeled By Nandan Nilekani, Ratan Tata And Others

Purva Marwaha - 06-mars-2017 10:24:17

Bangalore Startup Shoots For The Moon Propeled By Nandan Nilekani, Ratan Tata And Others A team of more than 100 techies--young engineers guided by a group of retired senior scientists from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)--is building a spacecraft to soft-land a rover on the moon by the end of this year and fly the Indian flag up there on the country’s Republic Day (January 26, 2018). The spunky Bangalore startup has already secured a contract with ISRO for sending the spacecraft into orbit around the Earth aboard ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. Team?Indus, cofounded by IIT grad and serial software entrepreneur Rahul Narayan, is one of five teams around the world competing for the $20 million Google Lunar XPrize that is intended to promote entrepreneurial space exploration. The others in the fray are the U.S.’ Moon Express, Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL, Japan’s Hakuto and Synergy Moon (an international collaboration from 15 countries). The winner is required to land the craft and release the rover, which has to move 500 meters on the lunar surface and beam high-definition photos and videos back to Earth. The Indian team has already cleared one milestone, landing technology, and has netted $1 million from GLXP. GLXP’s stipulation is that 90% of the mission cost has to come from private sources. Part of the funding will come from selling taxi services: For instance, competitor Hakuto’s rover will hitch a ride on the Indian spacecraft. "The development of the spacecraft is in progress now," says fleet commander Narayan, 43. "We have all the key alliances in place. We can make this happen." The trip to the moon has big backing from these business leaders: Nandan Nilekani Software giant Infosys’ cofounder, with a net worth of $1.6 billion, is the biggest investor in TeamIndus.   Rakesh Jhunjhunwala Hailed as India’s Warren Buffett, the star investor who stays away from startups has made an exception with the lunar company. Ratan Tata Former chairman of the $103 billion (revenue) Tata conglomerate is a big backer of startups in India. Venu Srinivasan South Indian business leader chairs India’s third-largest two-wheeler maker--the $1.7 billion (fiscal 2016 revenues) TVS Motor Co. Sachin & Binny Bansal Cofounders of e-commerce marketplace Flipkart--referred to as India’s Alibaba--take a leap into space.   Source:  http://bit.ly/2lNqAv6

French company Suez helps south Delhi colony get drinking water from taps.

Purva Marwaha - 06-mars-2017 10:14:23

In a first, south Delhi colony gets drinking water from taps The inauguration of the scheme saw Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti and Mishra underline the initiative’s importance in bringing Delhi closer to developed countries. On Sunday afternoon, a residential colony in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar became the first area in the capital to get 24×7 access to potable water from taps. The flagship project is aimed at benefitting 1,900 people in the area and will be implemented in other parts of Delhi soon. Done under a public-private partnership with French company Suez, the scheme was implemented by isolating Navjeevan Vihar hydraulically and following the “calculation of losses”, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials said. The supply of potable water at the colony, officials said, is from the Malviya Nagar underground reservoir command area, which provides water to around 4.5 lakh people in south Delhi.   “The project will help 340 families. Consumers will be able to get drinking water directly through taps by closing the inlet of the overhead tanks. As part of the project, a leak detection mechanism has also been put in place, and losses at household levels, checked,” said DJB chairperson Kapil Mishra. DJB officials said that three exercises had to be conducted in order to ensure uninterrupted high-quality water supply. “House service connection levels needed to be changed, overhead and underground tanks needed to be bypassed and a high-end leakage detection system had to be formulated,” a senior DJB official said. Mishra added, “This initiative will help consumers save water from leakages and overflow. It would also help people save money as water bills will get less expensive. It will also end people’s dependency on water purifiers. No water pumps will also be required and hence power consumption will be reduced.” The inauguration of the scheme saw Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti and Mishra underline the initiative’s importance in bringing Delhi closer to developed countries. Stating that while the pilot project might look like a “small step”, Mishra said the scheme will be replicated in other parts of the capital, which has already been divided into 1,010 units. For residents, it is a dream come true. “In this society, we have seen a lot — from laying down of water pipes to bad performance of overhead tanks and shortage of water and milk. Having gone through that, to get water supply 24×7 seems like a dream. But it has happened,” said J Arora, who has been living at Navjeevan Vihar for more than two decades.   Source:  http://bit.ly/2ms0DW1

Dassault sets sights on supplying 200 Rafale jets to India over next decade

Julian Hoarau - 17-févr.-2017 10:16:54

French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation on Wednesday said the Indian order for 36 Rafale fighters was a “bit small,” hoping it would swell to around 200 warplanes over the next decade. The firm has factored in an upcoming naval aviation programme to arrive at the figure. Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier said a bigger order would ensure that transfer of technology was meatier and also position the country as a high-end manufacturing hub under the Make in India initiative. India plans to induct some 400 warplanes during the next 10 years to sharpen its military edge. “Thirty six is a good number to start with but we need to build on that foundation. It is not big enough for transfer of technology,” Trappier told a select group of journalists at Aero India-2017. “We are pushing for more orders. We are aware of the Indian military’s requirements and additional orders could come.” India and France signed the $8.7-billion Rafale deal on September 23, 2016. The jets, equipped with latest weapons and tailored for Indian needs, will be delivered between 2019 and 2022. Indian Air Force fighter pilots and technicians will head to France in 2018 to train on the Rafale. The IAF has also cautioned that the 36 fighters are not enough to check the erosion of its IAF’s strength. Trappier said Rafale was a strong competitor for an Indian programme to build twin-engine fighters in the country. He said Dassault would also compete with global rivals for an order to supply 57 carrier-borne fighters to Indian Navy.   “It makes better sense to equip the IAF and the navy with the same platform as it means good logistics, maintenance and industrial support,” he said. US aerospace giant Boeing will also compete for the naval programme with its F-18 Super Hornet. The IAF’s Rafale fighters will be equipped with European missile maker MBDA’s Meteor beyond visual range missiles. MBDA CEO Antoine Bouvier told HT the missile’s no-escape zone was three to four times greater than other missiles. MBDA has formed a joint venture with Larsen & Toubro to take part in upcoming missile programmes under the Make in India plan. “This is MBDA’s first JV outside Europe. We are willing to transfer most sensitive missile technologies,” Bouvier said. Dassault Aviation has forged a joint venture with billionaire Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence for carrying out its offset obligations bundled with the Rafale deal. Ambani flew in a Rafale fighter at the airshow, pulling 6G (experiencing six times the force of gravity) during the 35-minute sortie. From Hindustantimes.com : http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/dassault-sets-sights-on-supplying-200-rafale-jets-to-india-over-next-decade/story-sICe1UFTRC0RxR3wkpLCZK.html  

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