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Israel’s Netanyahu Hails “New Era” in Ties with India

Benjamin Netanyahu, the first Israeli prime minister to visit India in 15 years, accompanied by his wife Sara on a six-day visit to India, were given a warm welcome by Prime Minister Modi. Driving the growing ties is both leaders’ shared worldview for national-security and free-markets. Both see Israel’s technology-oriented economy as a natural fit for India’s, which needs innovation to improve everything from farming to healthcare.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu during Press Statement, at Metanyahu and Modi at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.

At a press conference in Hyderabad House, New Delhi on January 15, 2018

Netanyahu hailed a “new era” in ties with India as he signed a series of deals on cybersecurity, energy, biotechnology, agriculture, and defense during his first visit. Israel has given initial approval for Indian energy companies to explore oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean. Bilateral trade has jumped from $200 million in 1992, when the two countries opened diplomatic relations, to $5 billion in 2017.

 

Sara and Netanyahu visited Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where Netanyahu tried his hand at a spinning wheel, a pastime Gandhi made popular while he was jailed during British colonial rule. They also visited the Taj Mahal in Agra, and attended a ceremony to name a square in New Delhi ‘Teen Murti’ in honor of the Indian soldiers who died in the fight to liberate Haifa from the Turks in 1918.

Netanyahu addressed the India-Israel Business Summit organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in  New Delhi. On his last night in Mumbai, Prime Minister Netanyahu partied with Bollywood bigwigs such as actor Amitabh Bachchan and director Abhishek Kapoor, and pitched Israel as a film destination: Not just because you can see the snow, the beach, the desert, the salty sea and a sweet-water lake within an hour’s drive, he said, but also because Israel has “great technology for businesses and big ideas.”

 

January 19, 2018   No Comments

Madame Tussauds Museum Launches in New Delhi

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum opened its doors on December 1, in New Delhi. It will be home to around 50 wax figures, including cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara; actors Richard Gere, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Marilyn Monroe; sports personalities Mary Kom, Milkha Singh and Lionel Messi; as well as political leaders Mahatma Gandhi, and current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

Sachin Tendulkar's wax figure at Madam Tussauds Delhi

Sachin Tendulkar’s wax figure at Madam Tussauds, New Delhi

Anshul Jain, general manager and director, Merlin Entertainment Group, India, which brought Madame Tussauds to India said, “60 percent of the wax models are Indian.” The ticket price in India is one-third the charge elsewhere in a bid to make it more accessible to the masses, reports the Indian Express.

December 6, 2017   No Comments

Digital Domain Expands to India

Los Angeles-based provider of visual effects and immersive experiences, Digital Domain, launched a 42,000 sq. ft. facility, in Hyderabad, India, its tenth global location. Digital Domain India is located in Hyderabad’s IT/ITES Special Economic Zone campus, where it joins Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google already have offices.

Digital Domain Logo

India is, and will continue to be, an integral part of Digital Domain’s global expansion plans, as we foresee the region to be a leading consumer of premium content,” said Amit Chopra, COO, Digital Domain, reports Prnewswire. “The escalating demand for premium film and digital experiences in India combined with a highly skilled local talent pool and Digital Domain’s prowess in the visual effects and the interactive content space will prove unstoppable.”

India is the world’s largest producer of movies, an industry that Germany-based online research firm Statista has forecast to be worth $3.2 billion by 2021.

“The world class infrastructure and start-up ecosystem in Hyderabad make it an extremely desirable location for innovative companies like Digital Domain,” said Daniel Seah, Global CEO, Digital Domain. “Combined with the recent projections for smartphone growth and mobile bandwidth expansion in the region, the people of India are primed to demand and expect premium content, and we are ready to deliver on that need.”

 

 

December 2, 2017   No Comments

India’s Manushi Chhillar Is Miss World 2017

Miss India, Manushi Chhillar, won the coveted Miss World 2017 crown at a grand event in Sanya, China. The 20-year-old medical student from India’s northern state of Haryana, stood first among 126 women from all around the globe that took part in the pageant. Stephanie Hill, Miss England, was the first runner up, and Miss Mexico Alma Andrea Meza Carmona was second runner up in the 67th Miss World contest.

Manushi Chhillar, Miss World 2017

The big win for India comes after a 17 year hiatus when in 2000, Priyanka Chopra won the crown. Chopra currently stars in the ABC Television series Quantico
According to the Miss World website, Chhillar aims to be a cardiac surgeon and set up a chain of not-for-profit hospitals in the rural areas of India. A trained Indian classical dancer, Chhillar has a passion for outdoor sports and actively participates in paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkeling and scuba diving. She also sketches and paints, reports the Economic Times.

Her personal mottos: “When you cease to dream you cease to live” and “Courage to give flight to your dreams and the ability to believe in yourself makes life worth living.”

November 18, 2017   No Comments

India to Get its First Cartoon Network Themed Park

Turner International India, a division of New York City-based Times Warnerand the Rajgreen Group of Companies based in Gujarat, India, announced a 10-year partnership in Amaazia — India’s first Cartoon Network-branded amusement park. The Rajgreen Group invested $66 million in the venture which is located at Surat in the state of Gujarat. Amaazia is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2019. 

Spread over 657,00  square feet, the park has been conceptualized and designed by the Sanderson Group, Australia. Planned as a family entertainment destination, the park will have 33 rides and attractions featuring popular Cartoon Network characters, 20 unique water-slides, a water park, a family recreational hub, and a retail shopping area. The venture aims to tap one million footfalls in its first year of operations, reports Business Line

Sanjay Movaliya, chairman, Rajgreen Group, said, “Our audience today is well-travelled and exposed to global entertainment venues. Our aim is to create a similar experience closer home, via our association with a hugely popular global brand like Cartoon Network.” 

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According to a KPMG report, the Indian theme park industry grew at 10.25 per cent in 2016 to reach $466 million, up from $426 million in 2015.

November 10, 2017   No Comments