CII MSME CONFERENCE – Strategies for the Future”

0930 Hrs; 9th October 2015, Hotel Hilton; Chennai

CII Chennai Zone is organizing the MSME Conference with the theme “Strategies for the Future” on 9th October 2015 from 0930 hrs – 1800 hrs at Hotel Hilton, Chennai. We request all interested BBG Members to participate in the same.


• Automation and Robotics

• Marketing Tools

• New Business Opportunities with PSU’s/Defence Sector

• Effective Marketing through Social Media

• Government policies and schemes for MSME

• New Financing Opportunities & Technologies from the Banking Sector

• Cost Effective Information Technology

• Legislations viz; IPR, GST, Companies Act, etc.


• Mr S Chandramohan, Chairman, CII Chennai Zone & Group CFO & President, TAFE Ltd

• Mr M Ponnuswami, Vice Chairman, CII Chennai Zone &Chairman & Managing Director, Pon Pure Chemicals India Pvt Ltd

• Mr K P Gopal, Director, Stuser Tools Pvt Ltd

• Mr M.S.Bharath, Partner , Anand and Anand

• Mr X Arokianathan, Managing Director, Vitech Enviro Systems Pvt Ltd

• Mr R Mohan, Regional Manager, ECGC Ltd

• Mr Ramachandran , Managing Director, MELSS

• Mr V Arumugam, Zonal General Manger, NSIC

• BBG Member, Mr Vikas Chawla, Co-Founder, Social Beat

• Mr Kumaran Mani , CEO, Tenth Planet Technologies

• Experts from SIDBI will address on government schemes & Subsidies

• Experts from Banks on New technologies & Funding opportunities

• Experts from NSE will add on Role of capital markets in the fund raising for the SMEs

• BBG Member, Mr Alex T Koshy, Director, SAS partners to brief on Exploring Venture capitals as a source of funding

• Mr G L Pedro, Addl GM from Bharat Electronics Limited to talk on Business Opportunities in PSUs and many more to add

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE. For more information, please contact Ms Prashanthi B at / Ph. 044-42444 555 Extn : 516 .

Clearing the decks for the Light Metro project aimed at improving the commuting facilities in Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram cities, the government has granted administrative sanction for the detailed project report and opted for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation as the executing agency. The Kerala Cabinet on Wednesday decided to seek in-principle approval from the Centre for the project. Briefing the media about the meeting, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the government would submit a fresh letter to the Centre seeking clearance for the project.

“The implementation will be taken up after the Union government approves the proposal,” Mr. Chandy said, adding that the Light Metro project would be based on the Kochi metro currently under implementation.

“The same system would be adopted for implementation with the DMRC overseeing the implementation.”

The Light Metro project was conceived after the initial proposal for a monorail system in the two cities was dropped, citing problems about financial viability.

Several hiccups

The government decision to grant administrative sanction comes after a series of hiccups, including the resistance to the project from a section of officials.

Giving in to pressure from various organisations, the government had held several rounds of discussions at different levels to clear the hurdles.

This article appeared in The Hindu.

Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) have unveiled the design for the new Kochi Metropolis train set. The new metro will run on the new fully elevated metro rail network in Kochi. Alstom will supply 27 Metropolis train sets to the line and will be the main supplier of the city’s new metro network.

The design of the train set was designed by Alstom’s Design&Styling department in Saint-Ouen in collaboration with the operator KMRL and TATA Elxsi. The design will enhance the passenger experience along the Kochi metro line.

Alstom Kochi Trainset DesignThe train set is made up of 3 cars. Alstom have designed the train to have open gangways, and enforce the feeling of serenity and security through sections marked in two bright, harmonious colours: green turquoise and lemon. The metro train has a seated capacity of 136 per car but with a capacity of 975 passengers per car.

Xavier Allard, Director Design & Styling, Alstom Transport said, “The design of the Kochi metro has set a new benchmark in urban mobility in India with its aesthetically-pleasing and stylish designs and technological innovations promoting greener urban transportation in the country. The metro for Kochi supports KMRL’s efforts to provide a comfortable, attractive and reliable service to Kochi residents and illustrates one of Alstom’s key strategies to enhance passenger experience”.

UK to showcase products at TN global investors meet

Our Bureau

The UK is a major part of the Tamil Nadu success story and the GIM gives an opportunity to showcase this.

Chennai, September 7:

The UK will showcase the best of British products, services and technologies at the Global Investor Meet being organised by the Tamil Nadu Government.

Nicola Bolton, Managing Director (Global Trade Operations), UK Trade & Investment, London and Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai, will lead the British business delegation to the meet to be held on September 9 and 10 at the Chennai Trade Centre, said a release from British Deputy High Commission. The UK is a partner country at the meet.

Bolton said, “The UK is delighted to be partner country for the first-ever GIM. The UK remains by far the largest G20 investor in India. Our trade with India continues to grow despite global economic fragility and rose to £15.8 billion (Rs. 160,000 crore) in 2014. Last year we invested $1.89 billion (Rs. 12,500 crore) in India, while India’s foreign direct investment projects into the UK grew 65 per cent, more than the rest of the EU combined.”

Joshi said the UK is a major part of the Tamil Nadu success story and the GIM gives an opportunity to showcase this. At the UK Country Session, he will announce UK business successes and new UK partnerships and investments in the State.

At the UK pavilion there will on display the Optare Versa electric bus – they are the largest suppliers in the UK. JLR will display its recently-launched Discovery Sport, and Triumph its cruiser bikes Rocket III, Thunderbird LT and Tiger XRx, the release said