BLS International wins five Gulf country contract for Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

BLS International signs contract with Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar

BLS International Services Ltd., world’s largest Indian specialist service provider for outsourcing of visa, passport and attestation services to the governments and diplomatic missions globally, signs the contract with Embassy of Afghanistan in UAE representing the Afghanistan Mission in UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait. Under this partnership, BLS International will be providing consular services through registration of Afghan citizens, etc.

Afghanistan Ambassador in UAE, H.E Mr. Abdul Farid Zikria while signing the contract with senior officials from BLS International

As per the contract, BLS international will open Application Centers in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar for the Embassy of Afghanistan. This contract has been signed to provide efficient and well-organized services to Afghan citizens who are living in Gulf Zone Countries.

On this occasion, Mr. Shikhar Aggarwal, Joint Managing Director, BLS International Services Limited said, “Our endeavor has always been to facilitate state-of the-art services to our clients by creating value for our stakeholders around the globe. We at BLS have reinvented the wheel of Citizen Services by making it a holistic solution with dedicated and professional teams that bring highest level of customer satisfaction. We are glad to partner with Afghanistan Embassy in UAE to provide a framework to enable registration and identification Management for Afghan citizens in Gulf countries.”

While signing the contract, Afghanistan Ambassador in UAE, H.E Mr. Abdul Farid Zikria said, “We have partnered with BLS International looking at their outreach across the world and strong foothold in Gulf region and we hope this association to be fruitful. We at the Embassy intend to provide Quality services with efficient processes to our citizens in Gulf countries in which BLS has expertise.”

The contract was signed by Afghanistan Ambassador in UAE, H.E Mr. Abdul Farid Zikria in the presence of Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Naser Jamal along with senior officials from BLS International.

With this contract, the registered citizens can exercise a wide range of rights such as the one to property, privacy, freedom of movement and obtaining passport, person’s eligibility to vote and free choice of place of residence, as well as access to social services like education, health care and retirement pension.


Indo-German Young Leaders Forum, 2017 commences in Berlin to encourage bi-lateral Indo-German business and cultural ties.

Prof. Rajeev Gowda, national spokesperson of the Congress party.

Under the patronage of Michael Muller, Governing Mayor of Berlin, four-day flagship conference of Indo-German Young Leaders Forum, 2017 commences in Berlin to encourage bi-lateral Indo-German business and cultural ties.

  • Indo-German Young Leaders Forum (IGYLF) hosted flagship conference from May 11-14, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.
  • Prime themes of IGYLF 2017 conference included vocational training systems, digital transformation and energy alliance among others, including site tours.
  • Bernd Mützelburg, former German ambassador to India and a keynote speaker at IGYLF2017: “Indo-German partnership goes beyond economic collaboration. The cultural and societal exchange has never been as strong as it is now, and both governments are committed to further strengthen Indo-German relations in the years to come.” 

Berlin (Germany), May 14, 2017: The Indo-German Young Leaders Forum (IGYLF), an entity supported by the embassy of both the countries, kick-started its first conference from Berlin Chamber of Skilled Crafts in Berlin, May 11-14. The IGYLF is a platform for strengthening and nurturing Indo-German ties.

A total of 50 young innovative leaders from India and Germany participated in the conference to discuss a range of topics including vocational training systems, energy collaboration and impact of digital transformation on societies, among others. The three-day event brought together a host of high profile bureaucrats, corporate leaders, academicians and accomplished participants from both the countries on a single platform for invigorating discussions and workshops.

The Indo-German Young Leaders Forum was initiated by Indian and German professionals in early 2016 and rests on the promotion of common values of mutual respect and cooperation between the two countries. The goal of the forum is to involve young thought-leaders for an exchange of ideas and for implementable solutions that concern fostering of smooth bi-lateral ties.


Speaking on the significance of the conference, Mr. Dirk Augustin, Head of South-Asia Division, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin said,“ The conference, which coincides with the run-up to the 4th Intergovernmental consultations between India and Germany, complements  both the governments’ effort to work for more connected, prosperous and open societies, harnessing the youth power.”

Besides the prime theme of skill training, energy alliance and digital transformation, the conference included other stimulating speeches and discussion on challenges related to Indo-German cooperation, future perspective on partnership, on the future of urban mobility and intercultural cooperation. Site visits to Handwerkskammer skills training center, the German Parliament and Audi city were also part of the event.

Day One of the event packed an interactive workshop on vocational training and a guided tour of Handwerkskammer skills training center.


Mr. Frank Priess, Deputy Head of the Department of European and International Cooperation, Konrad-Adenauer opened the Day Two of the conference that proceeded with panel discussion on the future perspectives of the Indo-German partnership. Mr Ashok Aram discussed on cross-national collaboration in times of globalization and importance of Indo-German ties. Prof Rajeev Gowda, national spokesperson of the Congress party made his speech.

The concluding day of the conference packed stimulating discussion on digital transformation and societal impact at Spielfeld Digital Hub with a tour to Audi city.

The other key participants in the event included: Johannes Strittmatter, Program Director at the Delhi Office of GIZ German Development Agency, Ashok Aram CEO for Europe, Middle- East & Africa at Deutsche Bank, Dr. habil. Christian Wagner Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs and Nidhi Sarin Technical Expert at the Delhi Office of GIZ (German Development Agency among others.

The next IGYLF conference will be held in Delhi in 2018.

About Indo-German Young Leaders Forum ( IGYLF):

The Indo-German Young Leaders Forum was initiated in early 2016 with the goal of nurturing Indo-German ties. The aim of the Forum is to provide a ready platform for innovative young change makers to discuss ideas and provide sustainable answers for some of the most pressing issues towards strengthening the bi-lateral ties. The Forum focuses on diversity of people and ideas. This diversity is also reflected in the IGYLF‘s Board of Trustees which include distinguished ministers, well-known business representatives, and prize-winning researchers from both the countries who believe in the power young minds and new ideas for a better bi-lateral future.

ASSOCHAM and Videocon Gear Up for GST, launch Awareness Drive for consumer electronic traders

Pledges to hold ASSOCHAM VIDEOCON GST Summit for traders across 200 towns in 25 days

In a view to generate awareness and educate retail partners around GST implications, ASSOCHAM and the leading Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances Company, Videocon, organized the first-of-its-kind GST Summit today for Traders. The daylong ASSOCHAM VIDEOCON GST Summit for traders witnessed deep discussions around GST, addressing retailers’ queries, and offering them a clearer understanding of the GST concept. The seminar was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance, Ministry of Finance. The Seminar was also addressed by Shri R. N Dhoot, Member of Parliament and Shri Manish Sharma, President, CEAMA.

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Being the most pro-active Chamber of Commerce, ASSOCHAM has taken a step towards imparting knowledge on immediate as well as far reaching impact of GST on the businesses through the ASSOCHAM Videocon GST Summit. Emerging as the fountainhead of Knowledge for Indian industry, ASSOCHAM has always worked towards creating a conducive environment for India business to compete globally.


Congratulating on organising the GST Summit and taking it to over 200 districts, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Finance, Government of India, said, “GST will be beneficial in promoting level playing field and giving an overall boost to supply. In the context of traders, GST will bring down logistics costs massively and bring us at par with the developed nations. It will also simplify filling returns. With India’s biggest tax reforms of the 21st century, the country will be known for its leadership, and the year 2017 will be marked for bringing wholesome economic betterment.  While there is an opportunity there is also a need to generate awareness and such seminars are the need of the hour.  As a representative of the Government, I promise that businesses will be simplified including the MSMEs. With GST, India will rise up to paying taxes than evasion.”


Speaking about the initiative, Shri. R.N Dhoot, Member of Parliament said, “Announcement of GST in the country has been a revolutionary step. Not only will it lead to lower tax burden on several commodities, but will also bring ease of doing businesses in the country. I congratulate ASSOCHAM and Videocon to take this initiative and address retailer queries related to implementation of GST.”


Commenting on the occasion Mr. Sandeep Jajodia, President ASSOCHAM, said, “It’s a nationwide observation that in general, the trade (mostly MSMEs) are not in line with knowledge with GST. Therefore, ASSOCHAM & Videocon have embarked upon the process of training and awareness of GST in a big way, which will be of paramount importance in the smooth roll-out of GST. As the contours of GST law are more or less known, the purpose of such programs is to sensitize the trade across India to make them aware of the salient features of GST”


Videocon has been delighting customers and trade partners with its wide array of quality product offerings for over 3 decades. Being a responsible corporate, Videocon is committed to serve the industry and all its stakeholders passionately. Understanding the industry ambiguities with regards to GST, Videocon organized the GST summit with ASSOCHAM to ensure that all members of the industry move positively at a pace which is in line with the nationwide rollout of India’s greatest tax reforms.


Speaking about the initiative, Mr. C. M Singh, COO Videocon, said, “We are extremely happy to launch ASSOCHAM Videocon GST Summit which aims to bring the entire industry together on one platform. As the GST date inches closer, Videocon hopes to equip all its partners and make them GST ready. We plan to hold more than 200 of such seminars to raise GST awareness across the country. Videocon has always taken initiatives to ensure industry growth and welfare. Through these GST Summits, Videocon will try to ensure that all queries of consumer electronic traders with regards to GST implementation are resolved and they are GST ready. Videocon is happy to contribute in its small way in the smooth implementation of GST.”


The ASSOCHAM Videocon GST Summit provided a freewheeling dialogue between experts from Videocon and ASSOCHAM, and Consumer Electronic retailers on GST. The session imparted knowledge on the fundamentals of GST and educated the retailers on the impact of GST on the consumer durables. With the inaugural event in New Delhi, the ASSOCHAM Videocon summit will go to 200 cities ahead of its nationwide rollout on July 1. The takeaways from the Delhi event will be utilized in other cities towards familiarizing the industry players on GST.


  • Launches India’s first ever true value based stone quality benchmarking with price tag to hitherto unorganized stone mandi
  • Targets Rs. 350 crore revenue in FY 2017-18 through innovation and expansion

Stonex India Pvt. Ltd., one of the largest natural stone companies in India, today announced world’s first ever true value based quality benchmarking with corresponding price tags for marble. This heralds a never before era of quality and price assurance along with hassle free institutionalized market experience for retail and bulk buyers of natural stone, including marble across the country. The market pricing is now scientifically based on parameters like colour variation and ingrained vein pattern in marble slab along with thickness, size and uniformity of shape.

In its 16th operational year now, Stonex India Pvt. Ltd. is already an entrenched market leader committed to standardization in stone with transparent product valuation and assured quality to customers of natural stone. Dealing exclusively in imported marble, the company has today pioneered the quality based benchmarking for pricing in marble slabs to fill the long felt gap between expectations of high end customer and their low end purchase experience in traditional stone mandis. With this price innovation, stone traders’ deceptive haggling based on ambiguous nomenclatures and information imperfection will become a thing of past.


Says Mr Saurav Aggarwal, MD, Stonex India, “The imported marble market in India is worth Rs. 5,000 crore and but the buyer experience could still be reminiscent of ordinary commodity market from stone-age. Stonex India will now change the face of Indian marble market experience forever. As we soar towards target of Rs. 350 crore in next fiscal, we are committed to bringing to Indian customers the world class buyer experience in branded marble products with assured quality and value for money. This will make the marble market in India more transparent and amenable to institutional transactions. We will further accelerate our growth momentum and make Stonex a preferred construction partner with branded solutions in marble, tile and stone for domestic & international corporate houses along with discerning buyers.”

Stonex India procures marble, exotic granite and quartz in bulk from Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, Iran and Brazil and is committed to extending the cost savings from economies of scale to domestic buyers. It currently offers 400 different types of product in marble, onyx, travertine, granite and quartz stones. The company has a state of art marble processing facility in Kishangarh, Rajasthan, apart from Experience Centers in Delhi & Ahmedabad. It intends to expand from current 1 City stockyard limited to Delhi to 10 points of sale across India in next two years to deal with burgeoning demand.

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Aimed at providing a platform to share knowledge and explore avenues for nurturing innovation

NXP India; a world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications; recently concluded its technical symposium, with hundreds of enthusiastic attendees across multiple NXP sites in India. The symposium highlighted the key trends which are driving the company’s growth such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Internet of Things (IoT), security, automotive, and payments. The inaugural edition of the event was attended by NXP Global leaders such as Lars Reger, Senior Vice president and Chief Technology Officer for Automotive, Richard House, Vice President, Digital Networking Software, and Chris Collins, Senior Vice President, Product and Technology Enablement.


During the three-day symposium, leaders shared their insights on the automotive industry and emphasized on the importance of innovation. There were different themes on each day, from paper presentations on key innovations to special technical presentations from tech streams to global market insights and trends by the global leaders to name a few. Further, a panel discussion was organized on IoT security that was driven and conducted by NXP global leaders and industry experts across India. The leaders discussed various aspects of IoT and highlighted the importance of secured connectivity for the IoT revolution to grow. Furthermore, Prof. M. Balakrishnan, Deputy Director (Strategy & Planning), Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Delhi, gave the key-note speech on ASSISTECH: Technology Solutions for the Mobility & Education of the Visually Impaired. It highlighted the key role technology plays in improving the life of the differently-abled.

Speaking about the occasion, Sanjay Gupta, Vice President and India Country Manager said: “We were happy to host the Tech Symposium for our talented engineers and grateful to the entire NXP leadership team for their encouragement and immense support. The symposium aimed at providing a platform for our technical community to share knowledge, showcase niche technological developments, mutual learnings and explore avenues for nurturing innovation across multiple levels”.


NXP is a leader in high-performance mixed-signal semiconductor electronics, with innovative products and solutions, and leadership positions in automotive, broad-based microcontrollers, secure identification, network processing and RF power. A top semiconductor solutions supplier to the automotive industry, NXP also has leading positions in automotive infotainment, networking and safety systems. NXP has a broad customer base, serving more than 25,000 customers through its direct sales channel and global network of distribution channel partners.

NXP recently announced its financial results for the first quarter that ended in April 2, 2017, delivering solid seasonal results, with a revenue of $2.21 billion. The first quarter results are a strong step towards the successful integration of Freescale and NXP. With the divestment of NXPs Standard Products group, the overall product portfolio has a sharpened focus on higher growth, desirable margins, and stickier market segments.

About NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has 31,000 employees in more than 33 countries and posted revenue of $9.5 billion in 2016. Find out more at

ISRO’s GSLV – F09 Launch on 5th May – ‘South Asia Satellite’

India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) carrying GSAT-9, is scheduled for launch on  May 05, 2017. This is being dubbed as the ‘South Asia Satellite’, as it has been developed by ISRO for the SAARC region.  For the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) it will be the eleventh flight, and it will be the fourth consecutive with the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS). The rocket will be carrying the GSAT-9 communications satellite and an electric propulsion system.

The South Asia Satellite is a geosynchronous communications and meteorology satellite by Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) region made up of eight countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

GSAT-9 is a Geostationary Communication Satellite with the objective to provide various communication applications in Ku-band with coverage over South Asian countries. GSAT-9 is configured around the ISRO’s standard I-2K bus, with lift off mass of 2230 kg. The main structure of the satellite is cuboid in shape built around a central cylinder with a mission life of more than 12 years. This is primarily a communications and meteorology satellite for mapping of natural resources, telemedicine, education, disaster management etc.

GSAT-9 will carry 12 Ku-band transponders. It will weigh 2,230 kg and have a payload power of 2,300 W at the time of launch. Only the GSLV Mk-II can lift this mass to the geosynchronous orbit as the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), can only take a maximum of about 1,400 kg to the same orbit. The satellite will be placed at the 48º E longitude.

The participating SAARC countries care Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka – as well as India. Each participating SAARC country will be able to use a dedicated transponder, in the 36-54 MHz range, as per their requirements. They will only have to pay for their ground stations; other costs will be borne by India. According to ISRO, GSAT-9 will enhance direct-to-home services, inter-state disaster management, telemedicine, knowledge-sharing, etc. in the region.

ISRO is experimenting with the electric propulsion system as a satellite station-keeping system, which will adjust the satellite’s position in orbit. This will enable the satellite to carry less fuel and instead carry a heavier payload.

GSLV-F09 will be launched from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota

Syntech Technology Pvt. Ltd. renamed as Gionee India

Syntech Technology Pvt. Ltd., the Indian partner to Gionee’s overseas arm, today announced its official corporate name change to Gionee India, for increased synergy between the corporate and the brand name. Gionee India will henceforth be manufacturing and marketing Gionee smartphones in India. Apart from the name, there will be no changes in the overall corporate and financial structure which was being followed by the erstwhile Syntech Technology Pvt. Ltd.


Arvind R Vohra, CEO and Managing Director, Gionee India, says, “Gionee today is amongst the most prominent smartphones brands in India, with over 1.25 crore loyal customers. Therefore, transitioning to Gionee India was the most apt decision for us, and reinforces our ever increasing commitment to the Indian market. As Gionee India, we plan to double our sales this year to reach the 10,000 crore mark, and garner 10 per cent market share in the smartphone segment in India.”

Gionee has been present in India since 2012, and was one of the earliest Chinese players in the market. Gionee prides itself in launching smartphones that are intuitive, future ready, stylish, durable and stress free. Today, Gionee India is a $1.42 billion firm with over 1.25 crore happy customers. Gionee is credited with bringing in the world’s slimmest phone, the biggest battery phone, the best android camera and many more to India.

The company currently operates through two contract manufacturing units in India, and signed an MoU in 2016 with the Haryana Government to put up it’s own factory. The company plans to establish an entire eco-system around the smartphone manufacturing and retail business, by not just setting up it’s manufacturing unit, but also establishing ancillary facilities like hardware suppliers, design houses and R&D in India.


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