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    Indian bag maker on competing with international brands
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23631325



    As the purchasing power of India's middle classes grows, there is an increase in the number of foreign brands reaching the country's shelves.

    So how are Indian brands coping with the new competition? India Business Report puts that question to some of the country's successful companies and products, in its strand Made in India.

    Luxury handbag maker HiDesign is based in Pondicherry in southern India - its president and founder Dilip Kapur said his firm's survival in the international market was because, "we were unique, we had a clear story to tell".

    And he said when his company first started, his "counter-culture" designs would have been hard to sell in India - but it was now seeing "unbelievable" growth there, averaging 30% per year.
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    Re: Now India wants to take on the World !

    I say..."Bring it on, buddy !!!"

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    Indian youth fine with live-ins but want virgins for partners

    The December 16 gang rape of a 23-year-old student in Delhi not only sparked protests across the country, but also began many a drawing room conversation on gender politics and attitudes towards women. Yet, results of the HT-MaRS Youth Survey show that when it comes to mindsets, even the young think the same old way.


    More than half of the youth surveyed, women included, feel that the right age for a woman to get married is between 21 and 24 years. Less than 2% think that it is acceptable for a woman to marry after 30, but for 12.3%, the right age for a girl to settle down is below 21 years. More bad news?

    Almost 42% males surveyed still think that whistling or catcalling women is harmless fun, though a significant 58.1% view it as harassing. Needless to say, more women find such behaviour problematic, with 67.7% viewing it as harassment.

    While only 26% of those polled thought that girls who smoke or drink are no different from boys who indulge in similar habits, half of them believed that such girls were of ‘bad character’. “I recently heard someone say that while boys may hang out or flirt with girls who smoke or drink, those aren’t the kind of girls they marry. What hypocrisy!” says marketing professional Ankita Biswas.



    These double standards – held by both young men and women –can prove to be dangerous. In the past, whether it was the Park Street rape in Kolkata last February or when a teenaged girl was molested by a mob in Guwahati and the whole incident filmed, victims of sexual violence have been subject to character assassination because they visited a nightclub or were drinking.

    According to activist Kavita Krishnan, it is a myth that patriarchal attitudes stem from lack of education or rural India. “Our families, schools, communities are the factories for such ideas. You cannot have the factories running and be surprised that these ideas exist,” she says.

    Increasing awareness and education is however, sowing the seeds for some change. 52.7% women professed themselves to be feminists. Rising cases of sexual violence have also made women more careful. More than 40% say they call to let family or friends know their whereabouts while travelling alone, while 17.8% carry pepper sprays or maces to protect themselves. 26.3%, however, don’t take any precautions in particular.

    When it comes to looking for a spouse, the young are still hemmed in by considerations of religion and caste. Only 27.4% of those polled would marry someone from another religion. While youngsters in Ahmedabad were most likely to marry within their faiths, Bangalore emerged as more broad-minded with 38% willing to wed someone from another religion. Caste seems to be less of a constraint, with 33.8% saying they would consider marrying someone from a lower caste.





    When it comes to their attitudes to sex and relationships, India’s youth appear to be a bundle of contradictions, walking the tightrope between the traditional and the liberal.

    A majority say their parents know everything about them, but for 22.2%, parents are on a need-to-know basis. According to 37.3%, homosexuality is an acceptable sexual preference. Most young people think that pre-marital sex is no longer a big deal in India and 44.3% are okay with live-in relationships, but 64.4% would still want their spouse to be a virgin.

    24.5% of youngsters surveyed admitted to having cheated on their girlfriend or boyfriend, with Delhi leading the unfaithful at 36.5%. But most young people still think that marriages are meant to last forever, with 54.8% saying that divorce is not an option for them.

    This contradiction is a reflection of the transition we are going through as a society, says lifestyle expert Rachna K Singh. “Indian youth is juggling two value systems. We are still holding on to the old value system we inherited, but exposure to Western culture has changed many perceptions. It’s a tough period of change,” she says.
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    Rupee's fall gives a boost to steel exports

    Rupee's fall gives a boost to steel exports



    By Krishna N Das
    NEW DELHI | Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:39pm IST
    (Reuters) - Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL.NS), the country's largest domestic steel producer, expects its exports to double this fiscal year as a weak rupee makes its products more competitive.

    Steelmakers such as SAIL and Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JNSP.NS) have been looking to raise foreign sales to offset soft local demand, and SAIL's chairman C.S. Verma said the fall in the rupee over the past few months has helped.

    "We are exporting mainly to the Middle East and neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bhutan," Verma told Reuters on Wednesday.

    He said SAIL expects its exports to jump to 700,000 tonnes, generating sales worth about 25 billion rupees. Total production would be about 15 million tonnes.

    The state-controlled firm is in the process of raising steel capacity to 17 million tonnes by March 2014, and plans to spend 120 billion rupees on the on-going expansion projects during the current fiscal year.

    SAIL's net profit for the April-June quarter fell 35 percent as weak prices ate into a 5 percent growth in sales volume to 2.62 million tonnes.

    But Verma said there was "no scope" for a further decline in prices and that SAIL, which has its own iron ore mines, would continue to run its plants at full capacity.

    Capacity utilisation for Indian steel companies hit an all-time low of 82 percent last fiscal year due to a shortage of iron ore, according to D.S. Rawat, secretary general of lobby group ASSOCHAM.

    (Editing by Greg Mahlich)

    http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/0...97D08Z20130814

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    Re: Rupee's fall gives a boost to steel exports

    It is called Currency Manipulation !!!

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    Re: Rupee's fall gives a boost to steel exports

    Quote Originally Posted by Hafiz View Post
    It is called Currency Manipulation !!!
    talking from your rear again?

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    Re: Rupee's fall gives a boost to steel exports

    Quote Originally Posted by RajPatel View Post
    talking from your rear again?
    Rear of an Elephant.

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    A Picture is worth a thousand words !

    A picture of Pokemon :



    Pokemon and Contract_Lover :


    Grannies greeting Pokemon and Contract_Evil :


    Pokemon having his hair cut :


    Monkey see Monkey do :











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    Re: Rupee's fall gives a boost to steel exports

    I dont think that Indian govt wants its currency so weak

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    Re: Rupee's fall gives a boost to steel exports

    Quote Originally Posted by Wajid47 View Post
    I dont think that Indian govt wants its currency so weak
    I understand since India is the world's largest Arms Importer.

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    Re: Indian youth fine with live-ins but want virgins for partners

    Indian youth fine with live-ins but want virgins for partners
    Good Luck to my Indian Friends in finding a Virgin in India (if there are any left).

    See link below for hint :
    http://www.pakistanaffairs.pk/thread...ho-shook-India


    Did anyone call for a "virgin" ???
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    Re: A Picture is worth a thousand words !

    Identification sign big ears

    شناختی علامت بڑے بڑے کان
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    Hindu Terrorism ?

    Hindu priest arrested in Bodh Gaya blasts case
    http://newindianexpress.com/nation/H...cle1734313.ece

    The National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the serial bomb blasts at Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple, has arrested a Hindu priest, Arup Brahmachari, police said Wednesday.

    "The NIA team, with the help of the police, arrested Arup Brahmachari who was absconding after the blasts," an officer of the Bodh Gaya police station said.

    Brahmachari, hailing from West Bengal and staying at Bodh Gaya, has been lodged in Rampur police station of Gaya town due to security reasons, the officer said.

    "The NIA team will interrogate him," he added.

    A breakthrough still eludes the NIA, investigating the July 7 blasts in which 10 bombs exploded while three other devices were defused.

    The NIA had interrogated several people, including members of the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee and the temple watch and ward staff.

    The NIA also detained at least six people, including Vinod Mistri, a suspect. He was picked up at least three times during the last one month before being released.

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    Re: A Picture is worth a thousand words !

    Quote Originally Posted by Razamustafa76 View Post
    Identification sign big ears ۔۔۔ شناختی علامت بڑے بڑے کان
    He looks like Dumbo (I mean Jumbo, the Elephant with big ears). LOL
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    Two teen Bangladeshi died in India

    (English translation): In Meghalaya state of India, two teen bangladeshi - Hemanta Coach (14) and Shetal Coach (14) died after beaten by some Indian people.

    Both of them are student of class 8. Earlier on 10th August they left home with anger when they did not manage to get money to buy JSC exam form. That day when they went close to border in Shomschura area, some Indian people took them. After 2 days, it has been confirmed that both are died after beaten by Indian people. Right now their dead body in Barangpara Police station in India.

    ????? ????????? ??? ??????? ??????? ?????

    Indians just killed two more cattle smugglers, right Indian ? ! !

    i remember when a Pakistani teen crossed the border with anger, Indian gave him/her back with lots of love. SO it means, Arms talks....

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    an Indian view of China in 2050

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    Disclaimer - This is essay I have written . Completely based on my imagination and personal frank opinions .



    To predict future is a tall order because nobody knows how future will turn around .
    Who had imagined Britain and france once arch enemies which battled ‘100 year war’ with each other will forge alliance with resurgence of Germany. Who had imagined The Europe which fought two gruelling world wars will come together within 5 dcades to form a Union .
    Who imagined that the Berlin wall will fall and germany will reunify . Who could have predicted that the mighty Soviet Union will disintegrate so fast . Who had imagined at dawn of 20’th century that man will land at moon and cross bounds of solar system . Mobile phones and Internet could not have been imagined 3 decades back.
    The predict future is a tall order for it’s as good as journey unto unknown. Yet for strategic reasons it’s important . We may not be able to visualise how exactly future will emerge but even if we have crude forecast – we won’t land on wrong side of History of future .

    This is an attempt to surmise how world might look like in 2050. We msut have some forecasting to prepare ourselves .
    World is likely be once again likely to be transformed into Bipolar group by 2050. Yet it won’t have any similarity to Cold war era where it was divided into Capitalist US- NATO alliesCapitalist block and Soviet led Communist block . This time it will be divided in very indistinct , informal – less rival groups between China and US . Race for economic supremacy with military undertone than vice a versa will be major theme of great 22’nd century divide .

    Let us see what will be the likely National positions by 2050 .

    China : China in many ways would have had US displaced from Numero Uno position and that’s not difficult to predict as the process has laready begin. However US will have had advantage of having headstart and technological edge over china . So Number 1 position in the world will be jointly shared ( albiet reluctantly) between China and US . China will be the largest economy in world by sheer size but US will be close second in terms of size but in overall features US will remain the most important economic power .
    Chinese economy – will progressively cool down to annual 5 % growth after 4 decades of mind boggling double digit growth. Loss of demographic dividend , ageing population will put constrains over Chinese economy and China will have to transform from Export based to Consumtion based economy . Unlike other BRIC nations however China will escape the risk of getting stuck in middle income band . China has attained necessary escape velocity from orbits of poverty due to sustained well crafted growth over 4 decades. By 2050 China would have managed to transform itself into Developed country . ( Unlike India which will be caught in economic slowdown and will remain stuck into Middle Income country band). Simiarly China’s rise as Global Superpower will have to be contrasted with India – a moderate regional power ( with which it will have to be content ) . While overall picture looks very rosy for China , some serious chalenges will arise in due course for its establishment . Future of China and world at large will therefore based on how Chinese rulers will handle these challenges ( which they seem to be handling very well ) . The biggest Challenge for China will arise from within. How China will negotiate aspirations for its billion plus population is big question. Net savvy Chian is progressively becoming assertive – so far Chinese polity have handled this very well. The growing Rich poor gap and Corruption are two major ingredients for political distater in China. So far establishment has shown great tactfulness in handling these two burning issues .
    However Revolution is unlikely to take place in China . Chinese populace have accepted sacrifice of individual freedom ( which west has been harping and preaching about ) for National good . China has immensly benifited from current totalitarian system which has given political stability and continuity –necessary for economic growth. Whole chinese nation has rallied around its rulers towrds attaining singular goal of making their country a Superpower. Change in this system will be likely gradual and minutesmal as establishment is unlikely to give up its grip over power of Superstate . We are likely to see Chinse model of Quasi Democracy. Chinese main land may not have great political aspirations but how China will accommodate political aspirations of Tibet and Uighuir will shape up future of China . China is likely to negotiate these two challenges well . The voice of Tibetan separatism and Uighur extremism will be drowned in phenomenal growth China will attain. Cross strait relations will improve . Unification of taiwan with mainland China could be the big unification story of 22’nd Century .
    Rise of China will only mean great headache for countries in South china sea . Any risk of conflict over South china sea territory is unlikely . Any opposition is likelly die down unless China does misadventure – which will only led to forging of ant Chinese alliance . China is shrewd enough not to allow precipitation of Japan led anti Chinese alliance in South china sea .

    China will also face severe constrains as it will have tough race with US to achieve technological parity. Getting close to Uncle Sam is easy but overtaking it is nearly impossible . China and US will be seen to engaged in long drawn neck to neck race .

    Coming age will be totally technology driven. One who has command will have lead and so far US has tremendous advantages in this regard . The sheer magnitude of scientific infrastructure , intellgensia that US has is astounding
    Thank you Indo-guy for your view....
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    Re: Two teen Bangladeshi died in India

    Indian madness is not hidden from anyone
    from the past : Bangladesh is friend of india, but its a victim of madness
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    Re: Two teen Bangladeshi died in India

    India is a big bully in South Asia.

    I hope China will become a Superpower soon and appoint Pakistan as her Deputy Sheriff in South Asia.

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