Economy
Rajasthan to hold roadshows to attract investment
Rajasthan chief secretary CS Rajan said the embassies and the high commissioners of different countries where roadshows are proposed have been contacted and the final programme of the roadshows would be prepared soon
 
With an aim to bring investment in the state, the Rajasthan government plans to hold 11 international and nine national roadshows in the coming months, officials said.
 
"These roadshows will be held prior to Resurgent Rajasthan summit that is to be held in November this year," a state government official told IANS.
 
The decision to conduct these shows was taken at a meeting held here on Monday to discuss preparations of the summit. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje presided over the meeting.
 
Raje, while addressing the meeting, said all the state government departments should prepare practical proposals which were in the interest of the state and could attract investors.
 
She asked her cabinet ministers to coordinate with their respective ministries in the central government to bring in more investment. She also asked her colleagues to hold meetings and discussions with the union ministers in order to seek support for the summit.
 
Rajasthan chief secretary CS Rajan, during the meeting, said the embassies and the high commissioners of different countries where roadshows are proposed have been contacted and the final programme of the roadshows would be prepared soon.
 
He also informed about the progress of the proposed drafts of various new policies.
 
Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit is scheduled to be held in Jaipur on November 19-20, 2015 and it will have strategic conferences, panel discussions, round-table deliberations, presentations and one-on-one business meetings.
 
The summit will bring together investors from all over the world for interacting with policy makers, including the political leadership, government officials and, local business leaders on the investment environment and opportunities in Rajasthan.
 
First of all, the roadshows will be organised in Japan and Germany in the month of April.
 
"Besides these two countries, international level roadshows are being planned in the UK, South Korea, USA, Malaysia, Brazil, UAE, Israel, China and Netherlands as well," an official said.
 
Nationally, the roadshows will be organised in Pune, Kolkata, Chennai, Ludhiana, Hyderabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Indore.
 

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Indian wines sparkled at Italian show
The range of products included several awarded wines from Maharashtra's Nashik Valley and from the Solapur area such as Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Sangiovese White, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Zinfandel Rose and Sula Dindori Shiraz
 
A selection of the best Sula Wines and Indivine by Fratelli Wines from India were on view at the just-concluded Vinitaly 2015 international wine exposition at this northern Italian town.
 
"Never in the past has such a broad range of wines from India has been made available in Italy and this allowed visitors and connoisseurs to get an understanding of Indian terroir (a French term that literally translated means earth or soil) and its characteristic flavours," the organisers said.
 
The range of products included several awarded wines from Maharashtra's Nashik Valley and from the Solapur area such as Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Sangiovese White, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Zinfandel Rose and Sula Dindori Shiraz.
 
In addition, there was the Sula Sparkling Seco and Sula Brut, the only Indian "Methode traditionelle" available
 
Vinitaly had a strong focus on business this year, including meetings with delegations and calendar of b2n event, professional seminars and tastings sure to provide effective answers useful for business strategies in the wine sector (www.vinitaly.com ), a statement said .
 
Overall, the wine sector is worth more than 10 billion euros, of which more than 5.1 billion euros is generated by exports.
 

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SC notice to Advani over Babri Masjid demolition
The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani and M.M. Joshi on a petition challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict discharging them of criminal conspiracy in the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992.
 
Besides the two, union Minister Uma Bharti and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh also have been issued notice. The Allahabad High Court on May 20, 2010, absolved them of the conspiracy charges in the 22 years old case.
 
An apex court bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra issued notice as senior counsel Kapil Sibal told the court that a fresh application has been moved by Haji Mahboob Ahmed challenging the high court verdict.
 
 
The court also gave the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) four weeks to get the papers to support its case challenging the discharge of Advani and others.
 
Additional Solicitor General N.K. Kaul told the apex court that the CBI has already filed an affidavit explaining delay in filing the petition challenging the high court order. 
 
Allowing four weeks' time, the court said it would be hearing the matter on the question of law, delay and merits.
 
The CBI, which had moved the apex court on February 18, 2011, nearly nine months after the Allahabad High Court verdict, is yet to persuade the court on the justification for delay of nine months in challenging the high court order.
 
The CBI in its appeal before the apex court has said that the high court verdict discharging Advani and others of the offence of criminal conspiracy "is inconsistent with the previous judgment rendered by the Allahabad High Court on February 12, 2001". 
 
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court by its February 12, 2001, order had held that the trial court committed no illegality in taking "cognizance of joint consolidated charge-sheet" and "all the offences were committed in the course of the same transaction to accomplish the conspiracy".
 
The high court by its order had noted that the "evidence for all the offences was almost the same".
 
Besides Advani, other accused include senior BJP leaders M.M. Joshi, Vinay Katiyar, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Hari Dalmiya, Uma Bharti, Sadhvi Ritambrara, Mahant Avaidyanath and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh.

 

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