T H E H E A R T B E A T O F T H E I N D I A N C O M M U N I T Y
SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
NOVEMBER 15, 2013
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South Asian Diaspora Convention to showcase
bright minds from the fields of business,
politics and the arts
AVOS, in the
best known to play
host to the World Economic Forum
and its annual meeting every year.
It’s a meeting where some of the
world’s best economic and political
minds convene to shape global and re-
Ambassador Gopinath Pillai, the
chairman of the Institute of South
Asian Studies (ISAS), wants Singa-
pore to play a similar role in bringing
together the best minds from the
South Asian region at the South
Asian Diaspora Convention (SADC)
which was launched here in 2011.
Mr Pillai told
that the idea
was suggested to him by a delegate
from Nepal, Binod K. Chaudhary,
who is a speaker at the SADC 2013.
This year’s SADC will be held at Sun-
tec Singapore Convention & Exhibi-
tion Centre on Nov 21 and 22.
Mr Pillai said: “It is an attractive
idea and a realistic goal for Singa-
pore to be the Davos of South Asia.
I think it is a worthwhile aim for us
as there is no other country in the
region that can offer this facility.”
Mr Pillai said the
idea to have a conven-
tion like the SADC
was first suggested to
him by former presi-
dent of Singapore
“He told me Singapore is the best
place for the diaspora of this region to
meet. They cannot meet in each oth-
er’s countries, as is the case with India
and Pakistan. So nothing like a neu-
tral territory which Singapore pro-
vides. He asked to initiate measures
to try and gather the diaspora of
South Asia by bringing them here,”
Mr Pillai said.
True to Mr Nathan’s suggestion,
SADC has become a meeting place
for the diaspora and the best minds in
the fields of business, politics and the
This year the convention is bring-
ing together names like India’s fi-
nance minister P. Chidambaram, who
will deliver a keynote address on Op-
portunities And Challenges For Di-
aspora Investments In India. This
session will be chaired by Singa-
pore’s Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister for Finance Tharman
Mr Shanmugaratnam will also
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Gurgaon gets first
GURGAON has finally got a metro.
The Rapid Metro started to run in
the city onn Nov 14. The metro is
the first fully privately-financed
metro line in the country. It is
being implemented under the
public-private partnership mode
with a DLF and Infrastructure
Leasing & Financial Services
consortium financing the project,
and the government providing
right of way on leasehold basis.
Six teachers for one student
IN DHARWAD, Karnataka, six
teachers at the District Institute of
Education and Training (DIET) are
teaching only one student – Sunil
Kamble. He is the only student in
the institute pursuing the D.Ed
course. Only five students sought
admission to the course, but only
three joined. One of them
transferred to another college,
while the other dropped out,
leaving just Mr Kamble.
Vegetable prices drive up
inflation to 10.09%
THE prices of vegetables and other
commodities like footwear and
movie tickets have pushed retail
inflation in India to 10.09 per cent,
the highest in seven months.
Among vegetables, the prices of
onions and tomatoes continued to
go up. The rise in retail vegetable
prices in October stood at
45.67 per cent.
Prince Charles, Camilla
THE Prince of Wales Prince Charles
and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles
arrived in Kumarakom on Nov 12.
They were welcomed by a
kathakali performance at the
Kerala Folklore Theatre and
Museum in Cochin. The couple,
who are on a tour of India, are
expected to take a houseboat ride
and attend some cultural
programmes in Kumarakom before
they head to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Salt panic buying in Odisha
A RUMOUR in Odisha has led many
people from various parts of the
state to buy salt in bulk. The
rumour was that salt would
disappear from the market, like
potatoes, and would cost as much
as Rs60 per kg. There were scenes
of panic in cities like Bhubaneswar,
Jajpur, Nayagarh and Khurda. The
government, however, denied any
salt crisis and said there was
sufficient stock in the market.
Dravid in favour of WADA’s
FORMER India batsman Rahul
Dravid was a speaker at the
Central Bureau of Investigation’s
three-day international conference
on “evolving common strategies to
combat corruption and crime”.
Dravid spoke at a session titled
Ethics And Integrity In Sports
where he said he was in favour of
sportspersons signing the
“whereabouts” clause of the
World Anti-Doping Agency
(WADA). The Board of Control for
Cricket in India had not agreed to
this clause, nor had the senior
players in the cricket team.
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Camels make their way to Pushkar Fair
THE five-day Pushkar Fair, known to attract tourists from around the
world, began in Pushkar, Rajasthan, on Nov 10. It is one of the
world’s largest camel fairs, where camel owners from around the
desert state of Rajasthan go to buy and sell their camels (above).
More than 20,000 camels are expected to be traded at the fair.
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