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The event witnessed participation from Industry Leaders, Thought Leaders and Policy Makers from around the world.

The focus was on creating a roadmap for the power sector and envisioning energy security for the country 

Network18 hosted the India Power Conclave, an Idea Leadership Forum on the energy sector, yesterday at Hyatt Regency in New Delhi. The day-long conclave witnessed key stakeholders from the Central and State Governments and some of the biggest and most influential leaders from the industry – all of them were present together on a common platform to chalk out a roadmap for the sector and envision energy security for the country.

Moderated by Senior editors from Network18 including Shereen Bhan, Manisha Natarajan, Nithya Balakrishnan, Anshu Sharma and Shruti Mishra, the conclave was designed to carry out conversations around the future, the new-age practices introduced and at the same time, analyse the significant changes seen so far - factors that have contributed to the development of the power industry.

The different sessions took a holistic look at the energy perspective in Indian states, energising DISCOMs, next-gen technologies, energy entrepreneurs, renewable energy, global best practices and more, with participation of CXOs from public and private companies in the power sector.

The Chief Guest of the day, Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India shared his vision on the Indian power sector in an interaction with the Industry Leaders present at the conclave.

Some of the key statements made at the India Power Conclave:

R.K. Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy:

We were given about 18,000 villages, which were not electrified. We have already covered 15,400. Govt will be calling in bids for 20,000 MW of wind and solar energy.As the India growth story advances, the demand for power will grow. This is a good time to invest in India. Expect a major announcement regarding the power sector from PM Modi on the 25th of September.

Shrikant Sharma, Energy Minister, Uttar Pradesh:

We have a commitment to give power to all, under the vision of PM Modi and our UP Chief Minister. Earlier electricity was provided in only five districts of Uttar Pradesh, which has increased to 75 districts now. Our vision is to light up all villages in UP by 2018. Power theft is a national crime. Legal action will be taken against people who try to hinder it. PM Modi's Digital India dream will now come true as all energy related facilities are being made available online.
Before October 2018, under the Power for All scheme, 1 crore 10 lakh un-electrified families and 59,000 primary schools will be provided with electricity.

Some of the key statements made by other speakers were:

Peter Nicholls, Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre - India can be a hub of innovation in the power sector. The issue is not investment, its mindset and determination.

Nina Vaskunlahti, Ambassador of Finland to India - India needs to be more innovative to answer the challenges of the power sector. Surroundings and needs defer, hence solutions need to differ to answer demands.

Dr. Rahul Tongia, Fellow, Brookings India - Commercial and industrial tariffs for power in India are too high. The richest states in India have some of the highest residential subsidies.

MM Nayak, CMD, Southern Power Distribution Company of AP Ltd - Franchising in the power sector focuses more on urban areas, we need to focus on rural areas too.

Dayal Nathan, Founder, Energyly - The challenge of the power industry is awareness and incentives. This needs to be addressed.
New-age entrepreneurs can’t compete with the big players. They need to focus more on technology.

Vikram Kailas, CEO, Mytrah - Powering a Billion Dreams - There is a fourth revolution going on in the energy sector. We should look into the future and invest in batteries, electric vehicles, renewable energy, which will in turn address a gamut of issues.

Sunil Jain, CEO, Hero Future Energies - Large scale adoption of waste to energy technologies in Smart Cities is a must.

Along with Indian leaders and experts, the Conclave witnessed participation from 10 international speakers and delegates from over 20 countries. India Power Conclave’s official partners included top Indian and International organizations such as Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), McKinsey & Company, Brookings India, India Smart Grid Forum, WBCSD and International Solar Alliance. Finland was the Country Partner for the conclave and Andhra Pradesh was the State Partner.

Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

News18 India Presents ‘Shri Ram Yatra’

A Special Series on the Journey of Lord Ram from Ayodhya to Sri Lanka

Starting 23rd September, News18 India has lined up a special series - ‘Shri Ram Yatra’, which will trace Lord Rama’s journey, exploring places as described in the seven kands of Ramayana. The channel’s team will bring stories from Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Ram, historical sites like Chitrakoot, the first stop during his exile; from Panchavat in Nashiki, where Sita was abducted, and Ashok Vatika in Sri Lanka, where Sita was kept captive.

Shot in a documentary style, the series, spanning 4 episodes, will be a captivating mix of past and present, showcasing many untold tales for the first time on television. Remembering the stories associated with these places, the show promises to present a gripping narrative which will be both - informative and engaging.

Watch ‘Shri Ram Yatra’, from 23rd September till 14th October, every Saturday & Sunday at 9 PM on News18 India

Hosts the millionth follower, Manjiri Sonar and her family in Mumbai over lunch

Urges all leaders to take such special steps to motivate the youth, who are the future of the country

On touching the momentous milestone of ‘One Million Followers’ on Twitter, Mr. Punit Goenka, Managing Director and Chief Executive Office of ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (ZEEL) surprised his 1 millionth follower, Ms. Manjiri Sonar by inviting her to his office in Mumbai for an exclusive interaction. Ms. Sonar, who is a resident of Pune, was driven across to Mumbai, along with her family, in a chauffeur-driven luxury car. Mr. Goenka then spent some quality moments with her and family, exchanging thoughts and interests.

Expressing her delight, Ms. Manjiri said, “I feel extremely privileged to be the chosen one to meet and greet with Mr. Punit Goenka as his One Millionth Twitter follower. It was overwhelming to know that such a successful business leader like Mr. Goenka chose to celebrate this milestone with a commoner. I can’t thank him enough to host me and my family in such a grand manner in his office. I was completely awestruck by his simplicity and greatness. His journey to success is an inspiration for me and many others, as I am just stepping into my career.”

Sharing his experience Mr. Punit Goenka said, “It was a pleasure meeting my 1 millionth follower, Manjiri Sonar. This is the least that I can do for my followers. Wish I could do this with all of them. While it's always a pleasure to interact with them on Twitter, this time, thought I must meet & interact in person. As senior leaders of the industry, we must motivate the youth because that’s the future of our Country.”

Manjiri, an aspiring business professional recently graduated with an MBA in HR from Pune University. Even though she joined Twitter in 2015, she has recently become active and is more than happy with her 100 followers, and doesn’t call herself a ‘Twitterazzi’, As an aspiring professional, she sees Twitter as a great platform to follow successful personalities and to learn from them. Manjiri and her family are big fans of Dr. Subhash Chandra and they follow his show on TV.

During the meeting, Mr. Punit Goenka shared his life lessons with Manjiri. He also presented her with a personalised signed copy of the much celebrated autobiography – ‘The Z Factor: My Journey as the Wrong Man at the Right Time’ of Dr. Subhash Chandra, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and Chairman, ZEE & Essel Group.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

PR industry registers healthy growth of 18%

Integrated PR solutions and visual communications hold key to success, new talent core to growth

The Public Relations Consultants Association of India (PRCAI) released this year’s ‘State of Industry Survey 2017’ report at PRAXIS 2017 – India’s largest gathering of communication professionals – in Jaipur on Friday. This year, other than public relations consultancies, in-house communicators were also surveyed to understand the current status of the industry, size, key trends and challenges. According to the report, the industry grew at 18% to reach Rs 1,315 in FY17, which is an up from last year’s Rs 1,120 crore, with boutique firms performing remarkably well. The industry is expected to continue to register a double-digit growth and reach Rs 2,000 crore by 2020.

The growth in 2017 has been driven by the retail, automobile and FMCG sectors. Large firms have reported significant increase of 14% in FMCG & retail revenues. Auto & OEM has seen a growth as compared to FY 16. Interestingly, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, which was last year’s biggest clientele for PR firms in the country, accounting for over 20 per cent of the revenue generated by agencies, is on the decline with a revenue share of only 8%. There has a decline in the revenue share of financial services as well. Overall, the private sector continues to account for 95% of the PPR spends.

Nitin Mantri, PRCAI President and CEO, Avian Media said: “When we started this first-of-its kind study last year we wanted to understand and address the issues facing the Indian PR industry in order to nurture and grow the PR industry. We increased the ambit of the survey this year by including in-house communicators. This year’s report has reiterated the fact that to stay on top of the game we need to work as a team - share experiences, explore new approaches and learn new ways - to reinvent ourselves. Communication trends and tools are changing in a heartbeat. Constant innovation and smart adaptation to the changing landscape are indispensable for PR firms today. Thus, PR firms that have kept a finger on the pulse of global trends and embraced them have grown faster in 2017. Newer customised products and non-traditional PR work are expected to grow in the coming years, with integrated integrated PR solutions and visual communications holding the key to success.”

Commenting on the findings of the report, Ms IV Rajashree, Vice President, Feedback Consulting, said: “It was an honour for Feedback Consulting to undertake the study for the second year running for the PRCAI. This year we expanded our base to cover in house communicators as well. This has provided the industry with a client-side view of future trends.”

The report also examines the challenges facing industry. Availability, attracting and retaining talent continues to be a key concern across stakeholders. As a result, the focus of all firms has been employee growth and motivation. The average spend on training has grown from last year’s average of 1.1%. The efforts are paying off as the attrition rate has come down to 21% from last year’s 28%. Another heartening finding in the report is that large and medium firms are ready to diversify and hire talent from the advertising and media industry due to the growth of content-driven campaigns and use of digital media.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

Starcom wins Godrej & Boyce Media AOR

In a significant development, Starcom has won the media business of Godrej & Boyce and will handle their appliances, furniture and securities portfolio. The mandate covers all media other than digital. The business was won as part of a highly competitive media review.

Godrej & Boyce is the holding company of the Godrej group that also operates across 14 diverse businesses. Founded in 1897, the company started with the manufacture of high quality locks. It has since diversified into consumer goods, office and industrial products & services, infrastructure and real estate. Godrej is one of India’s most trusted brands serving over 1.1bn customers worldwide, every day.

Says Mallikarjun Das, Group CEO, Starcom India, “It’s a privilege to partner with Godrej & Boyce one of India’s leading corporate groups with diversified business interests. Starcom is the Human Experience Company; we are best known for powerful transformative thinking and data-driven, tech fuelled media experiences. Starcom will put in the best of ideas, talent and resources for Godrej & Boyce and help them forge new and greater connections with consumers. As they continue on in their expansion plans, we look forward to bringing in rich returns on their media investments.”

Headquartered in Mumbai, Godrej & Boyce specialises and is a market leader in appliances, furniture and interiors, security solutions, industrial logistics, aerospace etc.

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