India’s Defense Forces Evaluate America’s Combat Planes

The Indian Air Force will try out America’s latest version of the F-16 and Sweden’s Saab Gripen fighter aircraft with the advanced AESA radar to select a partner to build 120 combat planes. The deal is estimated at $20 billion. India’s Air Force will replace its ageing fleet of Russian MiG-series of planes by the 120 single-engine fighter jet.

fighter jets

The Indian Navy is testing the American F-18 and the French Dassault for acquiring 57 twin-engine planes for its next Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, reports Business Today. The Navy will consider options for its requirement of twin-engine fighter aircraft, similar to Rafale-36 which India’s Air Force will acquire, only after the single engine fighter aircraft evaluation is completed.

June 13, 2017   No Comments

What’s the Favorite Destination for India’s Tourists?

Google India said that the top travel searches conducted by Indians between the months of February to April this year were on U.S.A. – the most-preferred summer destination for Indian travelers – followed by the United Arab Emirates, and Thailand.

Travel signboard

Other pieces of the Google search data reported by the Economic Times:
  • Interest in Nepal, Indonesia, and Bhutan witnessed high year-on-year growth.
  • Travel-related queries such as planning, transport, accommodation, vacation packages and travel documentation witnessed a 53% year-on-year growth during the same period.
  •  A 70% Y-o-Y growth in travel queries from non-metro cities over the past year, with 40.80% of all travel related queries emerging from cities and towns beyond Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad.
  • Within India, Goa continues to be the most preferred destination; hill stations such as Manali, Shimla and Ooty feature in the top 10 destinations list.
  •  Andaman and Nicobar Islands have witnessed a boom in popularity with 39.8% Y-o-Y growth.
  • Search queries for rail services were nearly twice as high as the combined searches for all other modes of travel: air, bus, taxi, and car rentals.

June 12, 2017   No Comments

India to Become 3rd Largest Military Spender in 2018

According to the latest Jane’s Report, released by research firm IHS Markit on Dec. 12, India will become the world’s third largest military spender in 2018 surpassing UK and Saudi Arabia which currently occupy the third and fourth places.

Craig Caffrey, principal analyst, IHS Jane’s said, “What we expect to see from 2017 onward is a military focused on modernization. India needs new equipment to fulfill its modernization drive. Over the next three years, India will re-emerge as a key growth market for defense suppliers.”


The first and second spot will continue to be occupied by the U.S. with $622.3 billion and China with $191.75 billion, the report added.

India’s government raised foreign direct investment limit for the sector to 49%, helping Indian private firms to partner with multinational defense companies. India needs to spend some $130 billion to modernize its military over the next seven years, reports Defense World.

December 16, 2016   No Comments

Attend Regional Convention of Overseas Indians, Los Angeles November 2015

Persons of Indian origin and Indo-philes alike are welcome to attend the 2015 Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas  (Overseas Indians) Convention hosted in Los Angeles for the very first time.

Sushma  Swaraj,  India’s External Affairs Minister who also runs the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs inaugurates the Convention at 6:00 PM on Saturday evening, November 14 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel followed by dinner.  Discussions resume next morning, Sunday from 9 am until 5 PM.

Sushma Swaraj & John Kerry , September 2015

Sushma Swaraj & John Kerry , September 2015

Register for just $50 per person or $75 per couple.  Here is the registration link

“RPBD Los Angeles 2015”  is subtitled  “The Indian Diaspora: Defining a New Paradigm in India-US Relationship”, capturing the ethos of ongoing US-India relationship and the role played by the Indian diaspora. Amritt’s Gunjan Bagla will moderate one of the sessions.

Morning Discussion on

  • Smart Cities
  • Skill Development
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Waste Management
  • Swachh Bharat (Clean India)
  • Renewable Energy
  • Digital India
  • Cleaning the Ganges River

Lunch at 1 PM

Afternoon discussions on

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Education, Skills & Vocational Training
  • Manufacturing

Other details are avaialble at

Note that the OIFC Business Meeting on Saturday, November 14 requires separate registration and is free.


November 7, 2015   No Comments

Global India Business Meeting, No-Charge, Los Angeles November 14

On Saturday, November 14 2015, from noon to 5 PM at the storied Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the Indian government has organized a free Indian Diaspora Business Meet. Advance registration is required at

Arrive at 11 am to network, enjoy the provided lunch at noon and attend  your choice of exclusive panel discussions starting at 1 PM.

  • Digital India,
  • Renewable Energy (moderated by Gunjan Bagla, India Expert)
  • Investments in Social Impact Enterprises
Bonaventure Hotel

Bonaventure Hotel

The Overseas Indian Facilitation Center, a partnership between the  Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Confederation of Indian Industry is bringing a delegation of business leaders from India from Manufacturing (auto components/ pharmaceuticals); renewable energy (financing of projects), IT & IT applications for healthcare; Real Estate (industrial, commercial, residential); market entry firms who can advise on laws, regulatory aspects of doing business with India; Social Enterprises which provide way for Overseas Indians to give back to roots but not through charity/philanthropy. Accompanying them are senior officials in-charge of facilitation of investments from four Indian states:  Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand and Kerala.

  • Ms Shobana Kamineni, Vice President, CII & Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals – India’s top healthcare provider with international presence.
  • Mr Deep Kapuria, Hi-Tech Gears / Mr Randeep Jauhar, Jamuna auto-components.
  • Mr Chandrajit Banerji, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – India’s apex industry chamber with strong connect with industry in India, networking with Govt, presence in every State of India & overseas offices including USA
  • IT :  representatives of Indian IT companies based in US and a couple of IT applications / IT software & services in Healthcare
  • Legal / taxation/ regulatory/ domain sector experts experts – Mr Som Mandal from Fox & Mandal, Mr Ankur Srivastava, Ezy Laws, Mr K K Sharma, KKS Law firm.
  • Solar Energy – Suzlon – wind energy, PTC (power trading & financing), incubation & start – up – renewable energy (Infuse Venture), Solar energy company looking for funding/ collaborations (Sahej)
  • Start – up space: Kunal Upadhyaya – Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship – IIM Ahmedabad
  • Indian Americans giving back and working in India – Evolko group that has a tie up with AIIMS institute Patna for reaching healthcare coverage in remote parts of Bihar
  • Social Entrepreneurs – Shaffi Mather.
  • Banking – several representatives of Indian banks
  • Real Estate advisory –Ramita Arora from Jones Lang Laselle for commercial, industrial &  residential real estate advisory
  • Education : IIT Ropar looking for collaborations/ Intergenerational Centre in Himachal Pradesh for distance education and getting the old & retired to teach the youngsters.

To enable us to help you with business meetings, do register for the OIFC Business Meet at:  and also register your interest for a business meeting with delegation members.  On the Spot registration may also be available.


Here is a current list of delegates, subject to change.

INDIAN DELEGATION (as on 4 Nov 2015)

1.                Mrs Shobana Kamineni (for 15 Nov only)                           One of the largest integrated Healthcare providers in India with international presence

Vice President, CII

Executive Vice Chairperson

Apollo Hospitals

2.                  Mr Deep Kapuria                                                                   Leader of the Business Delegation

Chairman                                                                               Auto-component manufacturing

Hi Tech Gears Ltd                                                                 Robotics & automation

3.                  Mr Chandrajit Banerjee                                                        Head of the largest industry chamber

Director General                                                                in India. Strong connect with Industry in

Confederation of Indian Industry                                  India & Govt. Presence in all States of India & overseas incldg USA

4.                  Mr Randeep Jauhar                                                              Manufacturing (auto components)

Chief Executive Officer

Jamna Auto Industries Ltd

5.         Mr V Ramkrishnan                                                             HR Consulting

Managing Director

AAR KAY Management Consultants

6.         Mr Abhay Garg                                                                    Impact investing financing

Portfolio Manager


7.         Mr P Rama Krishna                                                            Banking (Joining from USA)
Chief Representative & Asst. General Manager
Andhra Bank

8.         Mr Ankur Srivastava                                                          Market Entry – legal & regulatory advice

Advocates & Legal Consultants

Ezy Laws

9.         Mr Amit Khare                                                                    Start-up Healthcare

Director                                                                                 Joining from USA

Evolko Systems Private Limited

10.       Mr Shaffi Mather                                                                 Social Entrepreneur & Lawyer

Founder, MUregency

11.        Mr Kulbhushan K Birnale                                                 (Reference: GOPIO)

President, Converse International Business Network

Director, Free Global Trade Centre Developers

12.       Mr Somabrata Mandal                                                       Market entry/ domain sectoral expertise

Managing Partner

Fox Mandal & Co.

Solicitors & Advocates

13.       Mr Krishnamurthy Ramalingam                                     Consulting/ Technology/IT application in healthcare

CEO & Managing Director

Galactic Medical DataBank (p) Ltd

14.       Dr Harpreet Singh                                                               Education

Associate Dean-Industrial Relations

International and Alumni Affairs

IIT – Ropar

15.       Mr Kunal Upadhyay                                                            Energy incubator/ Start –ups

Chief Executive Officer

InfuseVenture & CIIE

16.       Mr  Navin Budhiraja                                                           IT (Joining from USA)

Sr Vice President & Head (Architecture & Technology)


17.       Ms Ramita Arora                                                                 Real Estate consultants –

Director, Business Devt – International Desk               Industrial/ commercial/ residential

Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants

India Pvt Ltd (JLL)

18.       Mr K K Sharma                                                                    Legal & regulatory advisors


K K Sharma Law Offices

19.       Mr Pawan Singh                                                                  Renewable Energy – power trading & financing


PTC Financial Services

20.      Mr Subba Rao Yenduri                                                       Banking (Joining from USA)

Chief Executive Officer

State Bank of India

21.       Mr.  Shashi Ranjan Sinha                                                  Solar Energy

Saija Finance Private Limited

22.       Mr Akhilesh Tripathi                                                          IT (Joining from USA)

Vice President  & Head of Global Sales of Software

Tata Consultancy services (TCS)

23.       Mr Yachneet Pushkarna                                                    Education / Skills/IT applications

Vice President – Global Strategies

The Intergenerativity Group

24.       Mr Kapil Sharma                                                                 IT (Joining from USA)

Vice President

Government and Public Affairs, North America

Wipro LLC

Official Delegations from State Governments

Andhra Pradesh

1.                   Mr IYR Rao, Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh

2.                  Dr Ravikumar Vemuru, Advisor to Non-Resident Telugu Affairs, Services and Investments, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Office, Government of Andhra Pradesh


3.         Mr Vineet Garg, MD – HSIIDC, Government of Haryana

4.         Mr Manoj Pal Singh, Additional General Manager – HSIIDC, Government of Haryana


5.         Mr Udai Pratap Singh            Principal Secretary, Department of Industries, Govt of Jharkhand

6.         Dr Madhaw Sharan Singh     Dy Director Cum – Dy Secretary – officer in-charge of Single window, Dept of Industries, Govt of Jharkhand

7.         Mr Rai Mahimapat Ray         Staff Officer to Chief Secretary


7.         Mr KC Joseph, Minister – NORKA, Government of Kerala

8.         Ms Rani George, Secretary – NORKA, Government of Kerala

9.         Mr RS Kannan, CEO – NORKA, Government of Kerala


November 7, 2015   1 Comment