Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Suu Kyi meets Park Geun-hye on trip to South Korea.

South Korea’s designated and incoming president Park Geun-hye and Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi have held their first meeting.
Two met in Seoul on Tuesday, one day after the Nobel peace laureate arrived on a five-day visit, her first trip to South Korea.
At the meeting, Park praised Aung San Suu Kyi for her dedication and sacrifice in bringing democracy to her country.
Park expressed her sympathy for the difficulties Aung San Suu Kyi underwent. She said she understands the meaning of giving up personal happiness and living for the sake of the nation.
In response, Aung San Suu Kyi said she hopes the democratic progress in Myanmar will lead to peace and prosperity not only in her country but around the world.
Both Park and Aung San Suu Kyi have become leading political figures in Asia. Both of their fathers met with violent deaths. Aung San Suu Kyi’s father General Aung San was killed by assassins in 1947, while Park’s father was killed by his intelligence chief in 1979.
Park will be inaugurated as South Korea’s first female president on February 25th.
Aung San Suu Kyi was freed in 2010 after spending more than a decade under house arrest. She was elected to Myanmar’s parliament last year as head of the country’s largest opposition party, the National League for Democracy.
The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate will be given a human rights award in the city of Gwangju on Thursday.
She won the award in 2004 but could not receive it as she was under house arrest.NHK inputs

Canon India intensifies marketing plans
Launches a first-of-its kind Out-of-Home initiative in India

New Delhi, January 29, 2013: Canon India Pvt. Ltd., India’s No. 1 complete digital imaging company, today unveiled a first-of-its kindOut-of-Home initiative in India. Proving its reputation as a technology innovator, Canon India went a step further by setting up unique Neon Signs at International Airports in New Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai.

This is the first such initiative by any Japanese company in India. Designed by advertising giant, Dentsu India, the concept lies in the growing popularity of Neon Signs in the country that surround consumers with unique and ubiquitous visual impact.

Expressing his views on the launch, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India, said, Canon is a powerful brand, both in India and worldwide. Today, we have pioneered the ‘Out of Home Media’ initiative by launching the Canon Neon sign at specific locations in three major cities of India becoming the first Japanese Company to create such a major launch in India. This is part of our growth strategy for 2013 to create a powerful brand recall for our customers. This would be the first strategic step to create a positive image for the Brand as well as the Company. As part of our Vision and Mission, we want people to be proud of associating themselves with the Canon Brand; this initiative would pave the way for creating that association together with our state-of-the-art technology and quality service network.”

Expressing his views, Dr. Alok Bharadwaj, Executive Vice President, Canon India said, “As part of the company’s commitment to India and its growth, we, at Canon India, are delighted to launch the Neon signs at prominent international airports in India today. An example of innovation and digital expertise, the Neon signs will help Canon stand out as a company which drives innovation in every aspect of its business – be it product or marketing. Initiatives like these also help improve the brand awareness and are an assurance of the long term commitments.”

In 2012, the company rolled out a new marketing campaign by roping in young Bollywood actress, Anushka Sharma, as the brand ambassador for Canon’s cameras. After it’s highly successful and innovative ‘What Makes Us Click’ campaign, Canon is determined to extend its marketing initiatives to reach out to a niche target audience and retain the exuberance, energy and appearance of the brand. In the past decade, Canon has undertaken several pioneering advertising and marketing campaigns with renowned brand ambassadors from the field of sports and Bollywood.

Canon Hong Kong was also recognized for delivering the first revolving neon sign in Asia and LED lighting wall as part of the Symphony of Light Show in Hong Kong.

About Canon Inc.
Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leader in the fields of professional and consumer imaging equipment and information systems. Canon’s extensive range of products includes copying machines, inkjet and laser printers, cameras, video equipment, medical equipment and semiconductor-manufacturing equipment. Originally established in 1937 as Precision Optical Industry, Co., Ltd., a camera manufacturer, Canon has successfully diversified and globalized to become a worldwide industry leader in professional and consumer imaging systems and solutions. With over 200,000 employees worldwide, Canon has manufacturing and marketing subsidiaries in Japan, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania; and a global R&D network with companies based in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Canon’s consolidated net sales for fiscal 2011 (ended December 31, 2011) totalled $45.6 billion (at an exchange rate of 78=US$1). Visit the Canon Inc. website at:

About Canon India
Canon India targets a growth of Rs. 1850 crore in 2012 which is 21% growth over last year. Canon focuses on multiple market segments of consumer, SME, B2B, Government & Commercial. Canon’s product portfolio extends over a vast variety such as copier MFDs, fax-machines, printers, scanners, All-in-ones, digital cameras, DSLR, Cinematic imaging products,  camcorders, cable ID printers and card printers.
Canon India Pvt. Ltd. is a 100% subsidiary of Canon Singapore Pvt. Ltd., a world leader in imaging technologies. Set up in 1997, Canon India markets over 140 comprehensive range of sophisticated contemporary digital imaging. The company today has offices in 10 cities, warehouses in 13 cities across India and employs over 1100 people. Canon has approximately 400 primary channel partners, 14 National Retail Chain partners, and over 6000 secondary retail points. Canon has over 93 own retail stores called the Canon Image Square across 48 cities in the country.  Canon’s service reach extends to over 2800 towns with over 200 service engineers, 7 Canon owned service centers and 37 Canon Care Centers.

For Further information, please contact:                                             
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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Delhi Darts buoyed by Rahil Gangjee, Edfors and Scott Barr
New Delhi, January 28: Delhi Darts will be buoyed by the resurgence of Rahil Gangjee, who will lead their challenge in the Pearls Golf Premier League, which tees off at the Aamby Valley Golf Course from February 8. The three-day event will be preceded by a star-studded Pro-Am.
Gangjee, who returned from Hua Hin, Thailand, where he regained his Asian Tour card at the Asian Tour Qualifying School, is excited about the new concept of a Golf Premier League.
“It is totally new in golf and to have such an event on the lines of the successful IPL in cricket is great. I am looking forward to the event, where our team Delhi Darts will include the flamboyant and long-hitting Johan Edfors, Scott Barr of Australia and the hugely talented Ajeetesh Sandhu, who won his maiden pro title late last year,” said Gangjee.
He added, “We have Ajai Gupta as our coach and that should help even more. He is also my coach, so I expect to benefit a lot from there.
Gangjee, opens his season at the Gujarat Kensville Challenge, following which he will proceed to Aamby valley for the path-breaking event.
Gangjee spent the last two years playing in the United States on the Web,com Tour, where he missed keeping his card this year. He said “I am hoping events like Pearls GPL and then a spate of Asian Tour events in India will help me find my rhythm again and get back to higher Tours. I was runner-up at Kensville last year and am looking at improving on that this time.”
The eight-team Pearls GPL will 32 leading players representing various teams for a prize pool of $ 400,000. The players were picked at the auction held in Mumbai earlier this month.
The field will include five Major winners, who between them have six Majors. The Major champions who will assemble at Aamby Valley will include Angel Cabrera, the 2007 US Open winner and 2009 Masters Champion, Darren Clarke, the 2011 British Open winner, Rich Beem, the 2002 PGA winner, Shaun Micheel, the 2003 PGA winner and Michael Campbell, the 2005 US Open winner.
The eight teams and the players are as follows:
Shubhkamna Eagles: Anirban Lahiri, Daniel Chopra (Sweden), Michael Campbell (New Zealand), Shamim Khan
Delhi Darts:  Rahil Gangjee, Scott Barr (Australia), Johan Edfors (Sweden), Ajeetesh Sandhu,
Maharashtra 59’ers:  Shiv Kapur, Scott Hend (Australia), Angel Cabrera (Argentina), Ashok Kumar
Punjab Lancers: Gaganjeet Bhullar, Thaworn Wiratchant (Thailand), Shaun Micheel (US), Rashid Khan
Gujarat Underdawgs: Digvijay Singh, Jarmo Sandelin (Sweden), David Howell (England), Gaurav Ghei
Uttarakhand Lions: Shankar Das, Chapchai Nirat (Thailand), Darren Clarke (N Ireland), Mukesh Kumar
Colombo 6’s: Chiragh Kumar, Jason Knutzon (Australia), Simon Dyson (England), Mithun Perera (Sri Lanka)
Tamilnadu Pullees:
Himmat Rai, Siddikur (Bangladesh), Rich Beem (US), Harendra Gupta


IAAPI all set to host 13th Amusement Expo in Pragati Maidan

Mega leisure-entertainment industry event to showcase the best & the latest

 New Delhi, 28th January, 2013: Amusement parks and Family Entertainment Centres (FEC) are a sunrise sector in India. There are 100 amusement parks and the same number of FECⳠin India and the number is likely to increase more than five times in the next decade.

Keeping in sync with the growth dynamics of this sector, Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries (IAAPI) a 260 member association is hosting its 13th Amusement Expo in DelhiⳠPragati Maidan from January 29th to 31st.

IAAPI is an apex, non-profitable organization established in January, 1999. Their members comprise of amusement park operators, manufacturers, importers, traders, suppliers, distributors and other affiliated sectors of the amusement and leisure industry.

“Our members vary from manufacturers to operators and suppliers of amusement related equipment. We also assist new entrants in sourcing technical knowhow in setting up their own amusement parks,⒠says Yogesh Dange, 1st Vice President IAAPI.

There is need to tap foreign visitors who at present comprise only 2 to 3 per cent of visitors of these parks in India. Compared to this around 59 per cent foreign visitors visit amusement parks in countries like US, Singapore and Australia.

A sure way of increasing footfalls in these parks is through publicity both done by the private sector and also through the government.

“Over a decade back when Anant Kumar was the tourism minister, he had said that there was a need to introduce information about amusement parks in their tourism brochures,⒠says Santokh Chawla, President IAAPI.

Entertainment tax levied on some of these parks acts as a deterrent in growth of business, this should be rationalized. Some states in a bid to give a boost to this segment have exempted these parks from paying entertainment tax.

“IndiaⳊfirst amusement park was Appu Ghar in Delhi which was set up during the Asian Games in 1982 in Pragati Maidan. Since it was the only of its kind, people visiting Delhi would make it a point to visit this place. Now with technological advancement the amusement parks are much more sophisticated and of international standards across the country. As a result there is a steady increase in the number of visitors in these parks,⒠says Ajay Sarin, Chairman Trade Show.

The cost of investment in an amusement park ranges from Rs 3 crore to over Rs 40 crore. The break-even period varies from 2 years to 5 years. The highest earnings come from tickets, followed by food and beverage sales and the last is merchandising.

IAAPI had commissioned Ernst and Young to conduct a study on this segment. According to the report, the amusement industry in India is worth over Rs 2,750 crore at present and is expected to reach Rs 5,400 crore by 2020.

The study further points out,“apart from providing entertainment, the growth of parks will act as a stimulus for the development of ancillary industries by building a social infrastructure within suburban and rural areas where these parks are generally located. Amusement parks are also known to create opportunities and generate employment in related sectors including raw material and equipment manufacturers, suppliers, transporters etc.Ⓖ/span>

“The upcoming Expo is expected to give a boost to this sector in India which is growing at a rate of 15 to 20 per cent. The Expo will have participants from across the globe including countries like Argentina, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, UAE, UK and USA. Out of the total 120 exhibitors there are 30 international equipment manufacturers taking part in the Expo,⒠says Dange.

This Expo will primarily be a B2B event wherein visitors would include architects, builders, developers, consultants, engineering firms, hoteliers, government officials, park operators and resort owners.

IAAPI will also organize training programmes and conferences during the course of the three days of the Expo.

“The amusement industry has huge potential and we have seen only increase in the footfalls over last couple of years which indicates that more number of people are looking for wholesome family entertainment destinations and amusement parks provide that opportunity where a family can spend quality time together,⒠says Dange.

For further information contact

Yeshi Seli, Head, Wular Media Strategy Consultants (M) 9811153128༯span>,༯span>

Vipin Labroo (M) 9873981975༯span>

Monday, 28 January 2013

Tourism Minister to Visit Spain
Union Minister for Tourism Shri K Chiranjeevi will be on an official visit to Spain from 29 January to February 3.

During his visit the Minister will inaugurate India Tourism Pavilion in FITUR and will hold discussions with Spanish Tourism Minister Mr. Jose Manuel Soria Lopez on cooperation in the tourism sector.

On the sidelines of this visit Shri Chiranjeevi will be meeting Mr. Artur Mas, President of Catalonia province. On 31st January, Tourism Minister will be meeting Mr Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of UNWTO.

India and Spain share similarities in their tourism products with both the countries being looked upon as cultural destinations. Both the conutries endeavour to develop common approaches to address new and emerging challenges in tourism sector.

In 2009, India signed an MoU with Spain in the field of tourism, which provides a roadmap for cooperation in a number of tourism related areas. India is also exploring the possibility of hosting 1st Joint working group meeting on tourism cooperation between India and Spain at a mutually agreeable date and venue.
Global Research Team Decodes Gene Sequence of Chickpea

Will lead to fast development of varieties with higher yield, drought tolerance and disease resistance
In a scientific breakthrough that promises improved grain yields and quality, greater drought tolerance and disease resistance, and enhanced genetic diversity, a global research team has completed high-quality sequencing of not one but ninety genomes of chickpea (=gram / chana).

Nature Biotechnology, the highest ranked journal in the area of biotechnology, has featured the research in its latest issue, dated 27 January 2013.

The research milestone was the result of years of genome analysis by the International Chickpea Genome Sequencing Consortium led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). The project team had 49 scientists from 23 organizations in 10 countries, including ICAR from India.

The global research partnership succeeded in identifying - 28,269 genes of kabuli variety of chickpea. Re-sequencing of additional 90 chickpea types provided millions of genetic markers. This has great potential in developing drought tolerant and disease resistant varieties of this important pulse crop.

Chickpea or gram is the second largest pulse crop in the world, grown in about 11.5 million hectares. It is grown mostly by poor farmers and in dry areas. It is is highly nutritious. While India is the largest producer (also importer and consumer) of chickpea, it is grown in a number of African countries including Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya. Chickpea is also an important component of the pulse industry in Australia, Canada and USA. 

Over 50 groups wrtie to MoEF

Over 50 groups individual and groups from all over have written to the Union Minister of state of Environment and Forests Smt Jayanthi Natarajan, Secertary MoEF and members of the Expert Appraisal Committee on River Valley Projects, urging them to reject the Environment Clearance for the 775 MW Luhri hydropower project on Sutlej river in Himachal Pradesh. The letter has been endorsed by over 50 individuals and groups from 15 states all over India, including prominent organisations like the Kalpavriksh, Narmada Bachao Andolan, Kerala Sasthra Sahitya Parishad, Bharat Jan Andolan, National Alliance of People's Movements, All India Forum of Forest People, People's Science Institute, Save Rivers Campaign of Uttarakhand, Matu Jan Sangathan, River Research Centre, River Basin Organisation, People's Union of Democratic Rights, Socialist Party, Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha, Nature Conservation Foundation and ATREE. The letter has been endorsed by two of the former secretaries of Govt of India, a former ambassador, well known columnist, environmentalists, among others. 

The Luhri project will have the world's longest tunnel (38.14 km), bypassing last 50 km stretch of flowing Sutlej river, in addition to submerging 6.8 km of the river in the reservoir. This is the last stretch of the mighty Sutlej river that is still flowing, in an otherwise over developed river basin. Forgetting its own norms the Expert Appraisal Committee on RVP did not even note that there is zero distance of flowing river between upstream Rampur and Luhri upstream of the project. Similarly there is zero distance of flowing river between downstream Kol dam and Lurhi project, downstream of the project. This is against the recommendation of at least 5 km of flowing river between any two projects by the Himachal High Court appointed committee headed by former additional Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh Avay Shukla. Even the EAC has been following the norm of 1 km between two projects, which is highly inadequate, but the EAC has not followed it in this case, the letter says. 

The letter notes that the overdeveloped Sutlej river basin does not have any credible cumulative impact assessment including carrying capacity of the basin from various aspects. Without such an assessment, it is not even possible to know if the large number of projects in the basin are viable or sustainable, as even directed by the Supreme Court in its 2006 order. The project has seen violations of several norms from the stage when it applied for the Terms of Reference in 2007 to when the Expert Appraisal Committee recommended clearance to the project in Nov 2012, the letter highlights. 

Another letter, endorsed by the same groups, on similar lines have been sent to the EAC, asking it to reconsider its decision on the project. The Environment Impact Assessment of the project has been so shoddy that even the EAC noted it is meeting that the EIA is inadequate and the EIA consultant has submitted poor quality material. The letter notes that in spite of this and even as the public hearings of the report had seen numerous violations and the government officials have been manipulating processes to bring pressure on the gram sabhas to give their consent for the project, the EAC recommended clearance to the project without resolving the issues raised by the EAC. This is completely against people, environment and legal norms and the EAC should immediately review the decision and reject the environment clearance to the project. 

The letter and the annexures send to the MoEF and EAC are attached. 

Himanshu Thakkar 

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to

the Seminar
(in the series ‘India and the wider World’)

Title : ‘Making sense of cross-border migrations in South Asia’

Speaker : Prof. Partha Ghosh, Senior Fellow, NMML.

Date : Tuesday,  29 January 2013 
Time : 3:00 p.m

Venue : Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, New Delhi.  

(Please find the abstract of the lecture attached)

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Bhutan King chief guest at Republic Day parade

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was the Chief Guest at the 64th Republic Day Celebrations in New Delhi on Saturday becoming the third emperor from the tiny kingdom to grace the event, signifying the importance that India attaches to its neighbour.

The Oxford-educated 32-year-old Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, who did her schooling in Himachal Pradesh, are visiting India for the second time in the past two years.
The young king, who is known for inviting his subjects for tea at his palace in the picturesque Bhutanese capital of Thimphu, shares the honour of being the Chief Guest with his father Jigme Singye Wangchuck and grandfather Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
While Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who abdicated the throne in 2006 in favour of his son, had the honour of being the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations twice in 1984 and 2005, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck received the honour in 1954.
Wangchuck came to Rajpath along with President Pranab Mukherjee escorted by horse-mounted presidential bodyguards.
The King, who married his girlfriend Pema in October 2011, was received by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the VVIP enclosure at the Rajpath following which he greeted him with a "Namaste".
Wangchuck, who attended the National Defence College in the capital, is well-versed with Hindi and is adored by his subjects for his simplistic nature.

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Press Release                                                                          For immediate release

Come Together at the Goa Carnaval, Food & Cultural Festival 2013
Five-day extravaganza will kick-start on February 8, 2013

New Delhi, January 26: The Goa Carnaval, Food & Cultural Festival 2013, a grand celebration of its rich culture and heritage, will take place from 8th to 12th of February, 2013.

Designed to get people to ‘Come together’ for several days of music, dancing and other activities, this public party and float parade is expected to draw tourists from the country and all over the world.

In recognition of Goa’s diverse population including its vast tourist populace, the event promotes a message of tolerance, friendship and inclusiveness. The Opening Ceremony will kick off at D.B. Marg, Panaji on the 9th of February, 2013.

Goa Tourism has left no stone unturned to take the 2013 Carnaval experience to a heightened level of excitement and entertainment. The festival, as usual, will feature float parades in four cities i.e. Panaji, Margao, Vasco and Mapusa.

However, for the very first time, the Carnaval experience will include the Food & Cultural Festival which is envisaged over a period of 5 days, from the 8th to the 12th of February 2013 at the NIWS Grounds, Caranzalem, Panaji. It will offer visitors the opportunity to experience cuisine and culture in a positive way, through a unique blend of food, fun, local and national live music performances, fashion shows, and entertainment.

Visitors can expect live music from national level performers like Anushka  Manchanda, Parikrama, Remo and Indian Ocean spread across five days, as well as more than 70 stalls providing food, beverages and lifestyle products. The festival will also feature a line-up of famous local bands. A fashion show by ace designer Wendell Rodricks is touted to be one of the main highlights.
An element of competition has also been introduced with entries being invited for the King Momo Contest and the cooking competition. The cooking competition will take place at the NIWS Grounds during the Food & Cultural Festival.

To make the celebration more inclusive, the Carnaval experience will also comprise live musical performances featuring local bands at Colva and Mapusa from the 9th  to the 12th of February, 2013.

The event management agency entrusted with the responsibilities for conducting the 5-day fiesta of fun, food and frolic is M/s Vinsan Graphics, an agency based in Goa with branches in Mumbai and Delhi.

Commenting on the Goa Carnaval, Food & Cultural Festival, a spokesperson from Goa Tourism said, "We strongly urge people to join the festivities and come out in large numbers to participate. We are reviving the yesteryears fervor of the Carnaval  with larger-than-life d飯r, mask installations and a Food & Cultural Festival – the biggest of its kind in Goa.”

For more details, contact:
Neelesh Jayant / Ramakrishna Prayag

Friday, 25 January 2013

Standing Committee on Coal and Steel invites Suggestions on the Coal Mines Amendment Bill 
The Coal Mines (Conservation and Development) Amendment Bill,2012 , as introduced in Lok Sabha on Dec 22,2012 and pending therein has been referred to the Departmental Related Standing Committee on Coal and Steel of parliament for detailed examination and report. 

The proposed amendment empowers the Central Government to increase the maximum amount of excise duty from existing ceiling of rupees ten per tonne to rupees fifty per tonne for all type of coal. 

Considering the importance of the subject, the committee under the Chairmanship of Shri Kalyan Banerjee, M.P. , has decided to invite memoranda containing views/ suggestions from various individuals/experts/institutions/stake holders/organizations on the subject under the Bill. These can be submitted to Director (CW&CS) Lok Sabha Secretariat, Room No.G1, Ground Floor, Parliament House Annexe , New Delhi-110001 or can e-mail at within fifteen days of publication of the advertisement in this regard. 

Oriental Bank of Commerce announced Q3 2012-13 Results

Oriental Bank of Commerce announce the Q3 Financial Results 2012 – 13 in New Delhi

 Oriental Bank of Commerce accompanied by EDs Mr V. Kannan & Mr Bhupinder Nayyar announcing the Q3 Financial Results 2012 – 13 in New Delhi. Also seen in the picture is Mr C. M. Khurana, CFO of the Bank.
                                                                                                                                    (Rs. In Crore)
% Growth (YoY)
Nine Months ended 31.12.12
Nine Months ended 31.12.11
% Growth (YoY)
Operating Profit
Net Interest Income (NII)
Non Interest Income
Growth (YoY)
Business Mix
Total Deposits
Total Advances
Core Deposits
Bulk Deposits
CASA Deposits
CASA Deposits as percentage to Total Deposits
160 bps
Retail Advances
CD Ratio
246 bps
Yield on Advances (9 Months)
23 bps
Yield on Investments (9 Months)
12 bps
Book Value per Share (in Rs.)
Earnings Per Share (in Rs.) -Annualised
o   Total recovery (including upgradation) Rs.392.32 crore during Q3 of FY-2012-13.                   Total recovery (including upgradation) during Nine Months ended 31st December,2012 is Rs.1527.87 crore against Rs.1091.92 crore during Nine Months ended 31st December,2011.
o   Total restructured book of the Bank stood at Rs. 11,798 crore (addition of Rs. 741 crore during Q3) out of which aviation is Rs.1176 crore and Discoms Rs.4110 crore.
o   Capital Adequacy of the Bank is 12.25%(Tier I- 9.14%, Tier-II 3.11%)
o   69 New Branches opened during the current quarter and 11 extension counters have been upgraded.48 new ATMS installed during Q3. Total delivery channels of the Bank are 3283 (1930 Branches, 01 Extension Counter and 1352 ATMs). We look forward to open another 70 Branches in the next quarter to reach 2000 Branches by 31st March, 2013.
                                                                                         Amt.                            (YoY Growth)
Business Mix                          Rs. 2,92,100 crore     (9.45%)
Deposits                                    Rs. 1,68,500 crore     (7.87%)
Core Deposits                         Rs. 1,35,600 crore    (24.43%)
Advances                                 Rs. 1,23,600 crore    (11.68%)
Operating Profit (9 Months)   Rs. 2744 crore          (14.98%)
Net Profit (9 Months)              Rs. 1020 crore          (16.35%)
Book Value Per Share           Rs. 401.72
CD RATIO AT 73.47%
NET NPA AT 2.14%
Performance Highlights for the Nine Months Ended 31st Dec,2012
Ø  Yield on Advances increased by 23 bps.
Ø  Non Interest Income increased by 33.07%
Ø  Net Interest Margin (NIM) stood at 2.84% (Q3).
Ø  CRAR of the Bank is at 12.25% under BASEL-II (Tier-I Capital: 9.14%;                Tier –II Capital: 3.11%).
Ø  Bulk Deposits reduced to Rs. 32,663 crore from Rs. 46,901 crore showing a reduction of 30.36% on YoY Basis.
Ø  Provision Coverage Ratio stood at 63.55%.
Ø  Total Delivery Channels: 3283 (1931 Branches/ECs plus 1352 ATMs).
Ø  Operating Profit of the Bank stood at Rs. 926.38 crore for Q3 of FY 2012-13 as compared to a profit of Rs. 827.08 crore for Q3 of FY 2011-12 showing an increase of Rs. 99.30 crore and 12.01% (YoY).
Ø  Operating Profit for Nine Months ended 31st December, 2012 stood at                            Rs. 2744.16 crore as compared to a profit of Rs. 2386.66 crore for Nine Months ended 31st December,2011, showing an increase of  Rs. 357.50 crore and          14.98% (YoY).
Ø  Net Profit of the Bank stood at Rs. 326.40 crore for Q3 of FY 2012-13.
Ø  Net Profit for Nine Months ended 31st December, 2012 stood at Rs. 1020.01 crore as compared to a profit of Rs. 876.66 crore for Nine Months ended                          31st  December,2011, showing an increase of Rs. 143.35 crore and 16.35% (YoY).
Ø  Total Business of the Bank increased to Rs.2,92,118 crore as on                           31st December, 2012 from Rs. 2,66,892 crore as on 31st December, 2011, registering a YoY growth of 9.45 %.
Ø  Total Deposits increased to Rs. 1,68,492 crore as on 31st December, 2012 from                  Rs. 1,56,194 crore as on 31st December, 2011, registering a YoY growth of 7.87%.
Ø  Core Deposits increased to Rs. 1,35,613 crore as on 31st December, 2012 from                  Rs. 1,08,992 crore as on 31st December, 2011, registering a YoY growth of 24.43%.
Ø  Advances of the Bank increased to Rs. 1,23,626 crore as on 31st December, 2012 from Rs. 1,10,698 crore as on 31st December, 2011, registering a YoY growth of 11.68%.
Ø  CASA Deposit increased by Rs. 5424 crore to Rs. 40,229 crore as on                          31st  December, 2012 from Rs. 34,805 crore as on 31st  December, 2011, registering a YoY growth of 15.58%.
Ø  CASA Deposits to Total Deposits at 23.88%.
Ø  Credit Deposit Ratio at 73.47%.
Ø  Non Interest Income during Q3 of FY 2012-13 increased by 27.95% to                        Rs. 378 crore from Rs. 295 crore in Q3 of FY 2011-12.
Ø  Non Interest Income during Nine Months ended 31st  December, 2012 increased by 33.07% to Rs. 1193 crore from Rs. 897 crore in Nine Months ended                                 31st December,2011 mainly due to recovery of Rs. 433.43 crore in Technical Write Off Accounts.
Ø  Total Income during Q3 of FY 2012-13 increased by 7.90% to Rs.4847 crore from Rs. 4492 crore in Q3 of FY 2011-12.
Ø  Total income during Nine Months ended 31st December, 2012 increased by          14.99% to Rs. 14,363 crore from Rs. 12,491 crore in Nine Months ended                   31st December, 2011.
Ø  Net Interest Income during Q3 of FY 2012-13 increased by 5.66% to                        Rs. 1204 crore from Rs.1140 crore in Q3 of FY 2011-12.
Ø  Net Interest Income during Nine Months ended 31st December,2012 increased by 10.79% to Rs. 3487 crore from Rs.3148 crore in Nine Months ended 31st December,2011.
Ø  Gross NPA ratio stands at 2.98% as at 31st December, 2012 and Net NPA ratio at      2.14%.
Ø  Provision Coverage Ratio at 63.55%.
Ø  Net Interest Margin (NIM) at 2.84%.
Ø  Return on Assets (RoA) at 0.70% for Q3 of FY 2012-13 and 0.74% for Nine Months ended 31st December,2012.
Ø  Cost of Deposit is at 7.80% for Q3 of FY 2012-13 and 7.91% for Nine Months ended 31st December,2012.
Ø  Yield on Advances for Nine Months ended 31st December,2012 increased by             23 bps to reach 12.32% from 12.09%.
Ø  Cost to Income Ratio is at 41.45%.
Ø  Yield on Investments for Nine Months ended 31st December, 2012 increased by          12 bps to reach 7.43% from 7.31%.
Ø  Book Value Per Share at Rs. 401.72 as on 31st December, 2012 as against                        Rs. 356.54 as on 31st December,2011.
Ø  CRAR of the Bank is at 12.25% under BASEL-II (Tier-I Capital: 9.14%;                       Tier –II Capital: 3.11%).
Ø  Business per Branch stood at Rs. 151.36 crore.
Ø  Business per Employee increased to Rs. 15.35 crore from Rs. 14.91 crore.
Ø  Bank’s Branch Network stood at 1930 Branches besides 01 Extension Counter.
Ø  69 New Branches opened and 11 Extension Counters upgraded by the Bank during Q3 of FY-2012-13.
Ø  140 New Branches opened and 18 Extension Counters upgraded by the Bank during Nine Months ended 31st December, 2012.
Ø  Bank plans to open another 70 Branches and reach 2000 Branches by                     31st March, 2013.
Ø  Bank Installed 48 New ATMs during Q3 of FY-2012-13. The total number of ATMs as on 31st December, 2012 stood at 1352 (including 12 Mobile ATMs, 335 offsite ATMs and 07 Biometric ATMs).
Ø  ATM Coverage is at 70.05% vis-à-vis Branch Network.
Ø  1.87 lac ATM Cards were issued during the quarter taking the total ATM customer base to 36.76 lac.
Ø  5.23 lac internet banking users and 33.38 lac customers availing SMS facility.
Ø  76% of eligible cash transactions happening through ATMs.
Ø  Retail loans at Rs. 13,588 crore constituted 10.99% of Total Advances and grew by 12.57 %(YoY).
o   Vehicle Loan Portfolio grew by 25.07% (YoY) to reach Rs. 1335 crore as on 31st December, 2012 from Rs. 1068 crore as on 31st December, 2011.
o   Direct Housing Loan Portfolio grew by 20.39% (YoY) to reach                         Rs. 6006 crore as on 31st December, 2012 from Rs. 4989 crore as on            31st December, 2011.
o   Education Loan Portfolio increased to Rs.1222 Crore.
Ø  PS Advances grew by 13.56% (YoY) to Rs.43,758 crore as on 31st December, 2012 from Rs. 38,533 crore as on 31st December, 2011.
o   Agricultural advances grew by 18% (YoY) to Rs. 16,374 crore as on                    31st December, 2012 from Rs. 13,876 crore as on 31st December, 2011.
o   Bank issued 36,991 Kisan Credit Cards (KCCs) during the Quarter ended                      31st December, 2012 with disbursement of Rs. 798 crore. Total number of KCCs as on 31st December, 2012 was 4,59,879 KCCs with an outstanding amount of   Rs. 10,395 crore.
Ø  Bank’s Fund Based exposure to MSE (Micro & Small Enterprises) increased to Rs.19,679 crore from Rs.16,649 crore thereby registering an increase of                       Rs. 3030 crore i.e. growth of 18.20% (YoY).
Ø  Bank’s Fund Based exposure to MSME (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) increased to Rs. 24,663 crore from Rs. 18,773 crore thereby registering an increase of Rs. 5890 crore i.e. growth of 31.38% (YoY).
Ø  During Q3 of FY 2012-13, 2886 new MSE Accounts with an amount of                        Rs. 953 crore & 3025 MSME accounts with an amount of Rs. 1147 crore were disbursed.
Ø  During the Nine Months ended 31st December, 2012, 12,569 new MSE Accounts with an amount of Rs. 1953 crore & 12,814 MSME accounts with an amount of Rs.2207 crorewere disbursed.
Ø  17 MSME Specialized Branches and 52 MSME focused Branches were functional as on 31st December, 2012.
Ø  3,86,985 Basic Savings Bank Deposit Accounts were opened during 9 months of FY 2012-13 taking the total number of Basic Savings Bank Deposit Accounts to 25,22,284 as on 31st December, 2012 with an outstanding balance of Rs. 466 crore.
Ø  569 Villages were allotted to the Bank with population of more than 2000 under Phase I and all of them were covered during the last Financial Year itself.  5,20,470 Basic Savings Bank Deposit Accounts / Other Savings Accounts have been opened in these 569 villages  up to 31st December, 2012 covering 3,35,038households.
Ø  336 Villages have been allotted to the Bank under Phase II and all these villages have been covered. 92,150 Basic Savings Bank Deposit Accounts / Other Savings Accounts have been opened in these 336 villages up to 31st December, 2012 covering 1,01,305 households.
Ø  2,45,136 Biometric Cards have been issued in FIP allotted villages and 6,93,013transactions have been done through the same.
Ø  Direct Cash Transfer: Bank has made its CBS Aadhaar number compliant and is ready to implement DCT in 43 identified Districts, in which the Bank has been allotted 107 urban wards and has 187 villages in its service area. These habitations have 1,65,438 households, of which bank accounts have been opened for 1,65,130 households. Aadhaar numbers for 7820 accounts were received from government department/ customer, all of which were seeded to the respective account.
Ø  648 Personnel including 148 Specialist Officers recruited during Nine Months ended 31stDecember, 2012 out of which 346 personnel including 43 Specialist Officers recruited during Q3.
Ø  The Bank plans to recruit 100 Specialist Officers (77 through open market and 23 through Campus recruitment from NIBM Pune & ISI Kolkata) shortly.
Ø  The Bank has given mandate to IBPS for recruitment of 800 Clerks.
Ø  The Bank has waived penalty on premature withdrawal of all fresh Term Deposits w.e.f. 01.01.2013.
Ø  Bank is offering Term Deposits for 3 Years and above at one of the highest Rate of Interest amongst all Public Sector Banks i.e. 9.10% for General Public & 9.70% for Senior Citizens.
Ø  Festival Bonanza Offer with concessional interest rate & 100% waiver in process fee for Housing & Vehicle Loan was launched in November,2012 and is extended      up to 31stMarch, 2013.
Ø  Home Loan & Car Loan schemes are liberalized soothing to needs of the customers and for procuring business. Besides constant innovation is done to make our Retail Loan Schemes attractive. Reduction in Interest Rate and modification in margin on Home Loans has been made w.e.f.01.01.2013. Now Bank offers Home Loans at Rate of Interest of as low as 10.40% and Car Loan at 11%.
Ø  Various new Retail Credit schemes have been launched viz.
o   Oriental Mortgage Loan Scheme for Individuals
o   Oriental Personal Loan Scheme for Central / PSU employees
o   Oriental Personal Loan Scheme for Corporate employees.
Ø  The Bank has sent Personalised Calendars to all its valued customers Pan India.
Ø  The Bank has signed an MoU with M/s Bajaj Auto Ltd. for Two Wheeler & Auto Rickshaw Financing.
Ø  The Bank has tied Up with UTI Asset Management Company Ltd. for selling their Mutual Fund products through all our branches Pan India.
Ø  Bank has successfully participated in “Dilli Annashree Scheme” of Delhi Govt. wherein the Direct Benefit Transfer (APBS) through Aadhaar Number has been successfully credited to Dilli Annashree Beneficiaries Account Holder through Aadhaar Number and withdrawal by the beneficiaries through Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) using Micro ATM, Aadhaar Number and Rupay Debit Card.
Ø  Implemented Aadhaar Payment Bridge (APB) and Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) for Direct Cash Transfer scheme of GOI.
Ø  Bank has started sending SMS Alerts to depositors informing them the maturity of their Term Deposits.
Ø  Bank has started sending SMS Alerts to borrowers informing them their Due Date of EMI.
Ø  41 ATMs Deployed during Q3 under OPEX Model as per guidelines of Ministry of Finance.
Ø  Sending and receiving of Letter of Credit (LCs) through Structured Financial Messaging System (SFMS) enabled.
Ø  System enabled for entering Area Code and Aadhaar Number.
Ø  Online issuance of Term Deposit has been enabled.
Ø  As a part of ongoing activities of ‘OBC Rural Development Trust’ (Set Up on 09.12.2005) 79 training programmes on Skill Development have been conducted benefiting 2240 candidates during the Nine Months ended 31st December,2012 through the Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETIs) in five Districts, viz., Jaipur, Sriganganagar, Ferozepur, Dehradun and Palwal.
Ø  The Bank has opened 5 Financial Literacy & Credit Counseling (FLCC) Centresin Karnal and Palwal districts of Haryana, Sriganganagar in Rajasthan, Ferozpur in Punjab & Nangloi in Delhi. A total of 20,528 persons were counseled in these FLCCs, out of which 99 cases were referred for debt restructuring up to  31st December, 2012.
Ø  The Bank has sponsored ‘Hunger Free Delhi’ campaign – ‘Aap ki Rasoi’ under Bhagidari programme of Delhi Govt. to provide food to poor.
Ø  In 202 Primary schools 693 electricity fans have been installed and 31 Toilets have been constructed. Provision for clean drinking water has been provided in                      68 schools. 7 solar panels have also been provided in these schools for uninterrupted power back-up.
Ø  The Bank has donated Stainless Steel Boxes to ISKCON Food Relief Foundation for distributing meal to children of Government Schools.
Ø  A Van has been donated to Arunodaya Charitable Trust for Arunodaya Deseret Eye Hospital, Gurgaon which shall be used by the Hospital for transportation of the patients to and from their Base Hospital.
Ø  An Ambulance has been donated to Maharaja Agrasen Hospital Charitable Trust, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi for medical benefit of the poor and needy patients.
Ø  The Bank has initiated the campaign ‘Smoke Free Jodhpur’ in coordination with local authorities under COPTA.
Ø  Donation of a Bus to an organization in Kolkata, ‘Help us to help them’ for supporting their project of “School on Wheels” for providing basic education to street children.
Ø  The Bank has given support to Alok Charitable Trust for setting up of 5 KW Solar Power Plant in the village Gangagarh, District Bulandshahr, U.P. In recognition of the support given by the Bank to the Trust, a memento was also presented by Hon’ble            Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India.
Place  : New Delhi
Date   : 25.01.2013