Citizens' Issues
Hurun Report to felicitate Kerala's billionaires
Five Kerala billionaires would be felicitated for their achievements by the Shanghai-based Hurun Report here on August 10.
 
They are M.A. Yusuf Ali of Lulu Group, Paul John of Kumarakom Lake Resort and John Distilleries, P.N.C. Menon of Sobha Developers, T.S. Kalyanaraman of Kalyan as well as Azad Moopen who owns a string of hospitals in the Middle East and here.
 
Around 100 Kerala millionaires too have been invited to the felicitation function.
 
Hurun Report is a leading research house and luxury publishing group, tracking changes among high net worth individuals. 
 
In a press release on Tuesday, the event organisers said Rupert Hoogewerf, global chairman of Hurun Report, would attend the function, named '109 - The Journey'.
 
The Hurun Report said it was expecting Chinese investors and billionaires at the event that will help showcase Kerala for foreign direct investment from some iconic brands. 

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Mamata in London with 66-member delegation; but no senior leaders available to meet
With just five days to go before West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrives here leading a 66-member delegation on a four-day visit to draw investment to her financially-depleted state, not a single British cabinet minister, let alone Prime Minister David Cameron, may have time to meet her.
 
Cameron is supposed to be in the Far East during Banerjee's trip, while Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Business Secretary Sajid Javid, a counterpart of Indian commerce and industry minister, are also unavailable. 
 
Even Hugo Swire, the minister of state at Britain's Foreign Office, at whose official invitation Banerjee is scheduled to undertake her sojourn in the British capital, will be unable to receive her.
 
A diplomatic source described her visit to RAY as "ill-timed". The British parliament goes into its summer recess on Friday, when most ministers and MPs will either proceed on an overseas tour or on a vacation. 
 
The only politician meeting Banerjee here will be Priti Patel, Britain's minister of state for employment and of Indian origin.
 
In fact, Banerjee's proposed get-together with the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group too is uncertain because of fears of a poor attendance, and may be cancelled in favour of a function at the London Business School. 
 
However, Adam Pollard, spokesman for the UK India Business Council (UKIBC), which on July 27 is jointly hosting a seminar with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), said the UKIBC "is delighted to be supporting the British government and the government of West Bengal and will give all possible assistance to the Chief Minister (Mamata Banerjee) in order to support her visit's objectives".
 
"We very much hope to help take forward Bengal-UK business ties and people to people partnerships," he said.
 
The UKIBC seminar will cover investment opportunities in West Bengal.
 
Recently, the UKIBC with UK Trade & Industry, an agency of the British government, published a detailed report entitled "West Bengal Urban Regeneration and Development", which examines possibilities from Kolkata to Santiniketan. 
 
This together with areas such as education and health are anticipated to be subjects of collaboration between London and Kolkata. 
 
The Indian High Commission in Britain expressed optimism about cooperation between Britain and West Bengal. 
 
Banerjee, though, according to a tentative programme, is not expected to attend the UKIBC seminar and West Bengal's Finance Minister Amit Mitra is slated to represent the state government at this meet. 
 
The chief minister is expected to commence her engagements on July 27 afternoon by attending a reception for her at the Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Queen Elizabeth II, hosted by Prince Andrew, younger brother of Prince Charles, the heir to the throne.
 
That will be followed by a meeting with Patel and signing of memoranda of agreement at the Foreign Office.
 
Other items in Banerjee's itinerary include a round table conference at the Asia House and paying floral tributes at statues of Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi.

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COMMENTS

Subin Das

2 years ago

It seems none of British Ministers or high officials wants to get contaminated with incurable disease carried to this shores from W. Bengal. What a shame and insult. But who cares or understands such British snub offs?

Mayur Ganapatye

2 years ago

It is really not a well scheduled program.

Alok Mishra

2 years ago

This is part of Indian System enjoying on tax payers money Bengal is now A BIMARU state . 30 Years continous loot left and Mamta both

Alok Mishra

2 years ago

This is part of Indian System enjoying on tax payers money Bengal is now A BIMARU state . 30 Years continous loot left and Mamta both

Rajee

2 years ago

At last someone is learning something from Mr. Modi.

Raj Kishen Kashyap

2 years ago

The West Bengal CM and her massive 66 member delegation planned their visit to the UK
with perfect timing so that they can convert their business visit into a wonderful Holiday
at public expense.Way to go,Madam CM.Here's wishing you
many more such wonderful Jaunts.Keep it up.

Prasanta Datta

2 years ago

I think considering all aspects the CM's tour in UK has been arranged. We hope the tour will produce positive results. Improvement in education and health is the need of the hour.It would be a great thing if the CM and the accompanying delegates can impress British industrialists for investment in West Bengal for these two sectors.

Kanai Chakraberti

2 years ago

Respected Chief Minister,

Like all other suggestions/advices sent earlier, since the swearing of your Ministry, this one too is sure to go to the trashes.
However, I am not going to restrain myself from giving honest advices for your LONDON TOUR:
** Since THE BRITISHERES were historically the pioneering NATION for initiating DEVELOPMENT in BENGAL, since 17th Century, any MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, coming to BENGAL, after her forthcoming LONDON VISIT, should be gifted with the entire cost of land ( 500 to 5000 acres)by the Government of West Bengal, as a very special case.

Kanai Chakraberti
Development Consultant
Singur, Hooghly,
WEST BENGAL
91+9433973397

Ralph Rau

2 years ago

Nigeria should be a better place for British investment ?

Your Awareness Is Important To Prevent Cyber-crime
What started with attacks on unsuspecting victims has now become a well-organised industry with clear business plans
 
Cyber-crime and privacy breach in India has been growing exponentially every few months. In this scenario, it is important for every user to understand the risks associated with transactions in cyber space; implications of data leaks and privacy breaches through social media or email transactions and your remedies, said Nandkumar Saravade and Dr Rakesh Goyal, two experts in cyber security and risk management. They were speaking at a houseful seminar organised by Moneylife Foundation in Mumbai. Mr Saravade is a former IPS officer and director for cyber security and compliance at NASSCOM. He has just taken over as chief executive at Data Security Council of India (DSCI).
 
According to Mr Saravade, lack of user awareness about Internet, cyber laws and risks pose a big challenge in India. When we consider the wide strata of users, from tech-savvy to new users, as well as different socio-economic conditions, demographics, culture and age, making users aware about the risk and saving them from cyber frauds is a challenge before law enforcement agencies as well as the government, he said.
 
According to Mr Saravade, what started with attacks on unsuspecting victims has now become a well-organised industry with clear business plans based on understanding of the market, distribution network and business development by going into virgin territories. He said, “Small and medium enterprises in India have seen targeted attacks on their e-mail accounts to give fraudulent instructions to their banks to remit funds to mule accounts abroad. In addition, traditional fraudsters like those running pyramid schemes have taken to the Internet for casting their nets far and wide, the SpeakAsia case being a prime example. The numbers tell the story: 2.6 million investors lost Rs2,276 crore in a Ponzi scheme which ran for a mere few months.”
 
“Cyber criminals exploit jurisdictional arbitrage knowing the practical difficulties faced by the police in investigating cases outside their jurisdiction. The fight against cyber fraud is challenging when the judiciary clubs financial cases along with other kinds of schemes. Therefore, there is a need to revisit current laws—some over a century old; new focused legislation in the domain is an immediate requirement to keep up with the rapidly scaling fraud landscape,” Mr Saravade.
 
Speaking about privacy in cyber space and how it can affect the user, Dr Rakesh Goyal, director-general of the Centre for Research and Prevention of Computer Crimes and MD of Sysman Computers Pvt Ltd, highlighted that advancement of cyber technology has not only made it easier to communicate, socialise, complete financial transactions at a click of a button and a host of other benefits, it has also made it even easier for others to access the data you share over the Internet.
 
Dr Goyal, who has 42 years’ experience, including 24 years in IT security consulting, explained how cyber space works. “There is no free lunch,” he said, “You may get a free service, but companies, in turn, access your personal information to analyse your market-related behaviour. This is then sold to spammers, marketing analysts, blackmailers, competitors or even by State players for surveillance. Cyber thieves look to steal you bank passwords and credit card data.” 
 
In the world of smartphone technology, your mobile phone acts as your personal computer. Many unknowingly authorise applications to access their data. “You use free app, they steal your data,” quipped Dr Goyal. “These apps can effortlessly access your name, age, address, email, phone number, take full network control, call phone numbers, send messages, access your location and record audio and video,” he cautioned.
 
“There are several ways your data can be stolen,” explained Dr Goyal, a PhD holder in cyber security. “It can be by inserting malware, spyware, key loggers, botnet or malvertisement,” he said.  “Even if you access a malicious or unsecured websites your data can be siphoned off. Unpatched bugs in your operating system or applications, too, can be a window through which your data can be accessed.”
 
“Therefore, the next time you put your information on the web, look at the costs versus benefits. Remember, your identity is at stake; your assets are at stake; and your existence is at stake. You should be responsible for your own security,” concluded Dr Goyal.

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