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  • 1. official publication of indo-american society President: Mr. Dilip Dalal august 2013 landmark India’s Mahatma Gandhi inspired & continues to inspire world leaders like Nelson Mandela & Barrack Obama even today !
  • 2. Dear Member, A Hearty Greetings! Taking a tip from the speech of Vice President of America, Mr. Joe Biden during his recent visit to India, trade between India and America is $100 billion; the same can be multiplied five times within next five years with efforts from both governments and business community. IAS, as an NGO has a role to play and we can contribute our might to facilitate for raising revenue by promoting cultural, educational and economic activities between two countries. Other NGO’s like us are already actively working on the same mission. Thisisthe4thandlastissueofIASquarterlymagazineofLandmarkduringmytermasPresident. I heartily congratulate and thank devoted faculties, the secretarial staff, members of Executive Committee and members at large of IAS for giving their full support to carry out activities of IAS during my Presidentship in 2012-13. I have tried my best with my above team to deliver our best. On revenue front, service tax front, additional academic activity, organising lectures-seminars- conferences, workshop, members participation during meeting, IAS has done quite well. It is rare that Past Presidents of any institution are remembered. This year on IAS’ 55th Founders Day we celebrated by honouring our Past Presidents and also 16 citizens of India who contributed towards India’s growth. It was our honour to have Mr. Peter Haas, Consul General of USA, as our Chief Guest during Founders Day and Guests of Honour like Mr. Satyapal Sing, Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, Mrs. Indu Sahani, Former Sheriff of Mumbai and Dean of H. R. College, Mr. Joseph Massey, MD of MCX and Mr. Keshav Murugesh, Global CEO, WNS & Co- Chairman, NASSCOM BPO Forum, who delivered their presentations to the 350 strong audience at IES Auditorium on 29 April 2013. All good things come to an end and now I shall be passing President Batton to new President from September 2013. A lot is needed to be done to raise IAS’bar and, I am sure our new President will have all cooperation and support which I have received during my regime in 2012-13. The 53rd Annual Report of IAS has covered all activities carried out by IAS during this period. I have actively enjoyed being with IAS, during this year and I am available at IAS back whenever my services are required. God bless you all! Dilip Dalal 39 th President, Indo-American Society Dear Advertiser, Every issue of ‘LANDMARK’ (Indo-American Society’s quarterly magazine), which allows businesses like yours to benefit by grabbing advertising space. Landmark has a huge circulation and readership among elite groups of Society. Call us now, to place advertisements in the next issue, and bring your products and services to the notice of our readers. For more information or to place an AD, Please contact: Ms. Maria Jojo Assistant Secretary, Indo-American Society Kitab Mahal, 5, D Sukhadwala Marg, Fort, Mumbai 400 001. Tel: 2207 4882 /83 Fax: 2207 1831 Email: maria@indoamericansociety.org / info@indoamericansociety.org LANDMARK ADVERTISING TARIFFS Pages Size in cms Rates Back Cover Page 24 x 19 cm Rs. 15,000 Front & Back Inside Cover Page 24 x 19 cm Rs. 12,000 Full Page 24 x 19 cm Rs. 10,000 Half Page 12 x 19 cm Rs. 5,000 Quarter Page 6 x 19 cm or 12 x 9 cm Rs. 3,000 Note: For a contract of four insertions you will get a discount of 10 % Advertise in LANDMARK President Speak Landmark | Indo-American Society 3
  • 3. Editorial On Sunday 30th June American President Mr. Barrack Obama donned a teacher’s hat to tell his young daughters how Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Satyagraha’ had influenced South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela to fight apartheid and injustice in his country. On 18th July the entire South African nation celebrated the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela who blazed a trail against racism by non-violent means by following the example set by Mahatma Gandhi. While visiting robben island prison in South Africa President Barrack Obama told his daughters Sasha and Malia how Mahatma Gandhi had started his non-violent political struggle in South Africa . He emphasized ‘one thing you guys might not be aware of is that the idea of political non-violence first took root in South Africa because Mahatma Gandhi was a lawyer here in South Africa’. Thus Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela became celebrities and world leaders in today’s history . The United Nations observed 18th July 2013 as Nelson Mandela day when the Secretary General and former President of USA Mr. Bill Clinton paid tributes to the world re known human rights leader Mr. Nelson Mandela (who is ailing from a recurring lung infection), for his dedicated services to civil rights & racism in South Africa. We at “Landmark” Indo-American Society pay our tributes to Mr. Nelson Mandela and greet him for celebrating his 95th Birthday on 18th July 2013 and appreciate President Obama’s gesture of paying a personal visit to him and remembering India’s Mahatma Gandhi on this occasion. K. V. Satyamurty Editor Profile: Mrs. Kiran Kamath is a MBA (Master of Business Administration (HR) from United Business Institutes of Brussels, Belgium. A professional with verifiable and extensive experience (28 years) in public relations, fund raising administration, event management and HR activities. A proactive planner with expertise in strategic planning, plan execution, as well as general management. She has worked with corporate, Maharashtra Economic Development Council, and Indian Merchants’Chamber. Indo-American Society is proud to have Kiran on its rolls. Mrs. Kiran Kamath has been appointed as the new Secretary General of Indo-American Society from 1st August, 2013. Landmark | Indo-American Society4
  • 4. Dr. S. Natarajan spoke on the awareness on the Complex Disorders of Eye and the Need for Eye Care at a medical lecture held on May 29, 2013 at Indo-American Society. Dr. Natarajan emphasized on the different categories of disorders they are as below: Corneal Opacities Causes: Infection, injury, or inflammation of the eye are the most common causes of corneal opacity. Risk Factors: Vitamin A deficiency, Measles, Foreign body, Chemical injury, Herpes simplex keratitis, Conjunctivitis, Contact Lens abuse. Treatment: 1. Scar tissue may be removed surgically. The surgery may be performed using a laser, called phototherapeutic keratec- tomy (PTK). 2. Cornea Transplant. Prevention: Eye protection, Safety goggles, Proper care of contact lenses, no abuse. Glaucoma These are disorders with a characteristic type of optic nerve dam- age. The most effective way of preventing this damage is to lower the intraocular pressure. On Visual field test – Characteristic field loss due to damage to the retinal nerve fibres. Treatment includes Intraocular pressure lowering eye drops or oral mediacations, in resistant cases, filtering surgeries and drainage devices may be useful. Recent Programmes Management of Complex Eye Disorders Uveitis Inflammation of the uveal tissue – pain, red- ness, blurring of vision. May be infectious or non infectious. A battery of tests may be performed to confirm the etiology. No treatment/under- treatment may cause permanent visual loss due to abnormally high intraocular pressure (glaucoma), clouding of the lens (cataract) or cornea, retinal detachment, etc.. Diabetic Retinopathy Patient is symptomless or may have fluctuating vision or floaters. Progressive stages may present with severe complications like Vitreous hemorrhage, Retinal detachment, Neovascular glauco- ma, Premature cataract. Investigations include Fundus fluorosce- in angiography (FFA) and Optical coherence tomography (OCT) to detect macular swelling and neovasculariation. Managment includes laser treatment as the main stay therapy. Intravitreal ste- roid/ anti-VEGF injections may be advised. Tractional retinal de- tachment and Non resolving vitreous hemorrhage may require surgical vitrectomy. Dr. S. Natarajan (L to R) Mrs. Jayshree Sampat, Dr. G.B. Parulkar, President Mr. Dilip Dalal, Dr. S. Natarajan, Dr. V. Rangaraj, Mr. N. M.Brahmbhatt, Mr. Pramod Shah, Ms. Vimla Dalal Landmark | Indo-American Society 5
  • 5. Macular hole Difficulty with reading and close work, blurred and distorted cen- tral vision. Home amsler’s test and OCT may be performed. Surgi- cal closure is the only treatment is patient is symptomatic. Vein Occlusions More common in patients with systemic disorders, mainly hyper- tension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, heart disorders, history of smoking. Patient presents with sudden loss of painless vision, mainly due to macular swelling. Treatment mainly includes Intravitreal steroid / anti-VEGF injections & proper control of underlying systemic disor- ders. Laser treatment may be required after FFA testing. Age Related Macular Degeneration ARMD is a condition that occurs when cells in the macula degen- erate. Damage to the macula affects your central vision which is needed for reading, writing, driving, recognising people’s faces and doing other fine tasks. Smoking is associated with higher rates of progression. Home Amsler’s chart monitoring at home is an easy test to detect the progression. Treatment includes anti- VEGF drugs include Ranibizumab (Lucentis®), Pegaptanib (Macu- gen®), and Bevacizumab (Avastin®). Repeated injections are usu- ally required and OCT is done to access the prognosis. Retinal Detachment It is a serious and sight-threatening event, occurring when the retina becomes separated from its underlying supportive tissue. The President Mr. Dilip Dalal organized a ‘Thank You Dinner –Post Found- ers Day Celebration’ at the Banquet Room, West End Hotel to felicitate the brains behind the celebration to make it a grand success. The Taskforce core members Mr. Rusi B. Khambatta, Mrs. Asha A. Vakil, Dr. V. Rangaraj, Mrs. Jayshree Sampat, Mr. Daksesh Parikh, were honoured with a shawl by President Mr. Dilip Dalal and the rest of the Taskforce mem- bers were presented with a bouquet by Past President Dr. B. R. Barwale. The Secretariat staff were also appreciated for the work that they carried out from day one.They were presented with bouquet by President Mr. Dilip Dalal. The Faculty members of the Indo-American Society who are also the back- bone were also honoured this day by Mr. Dilip Dalal who presented them with a memento for their association with the Society. Nostalgia – sharing experience by Mr. K. V. Satyamurty, Dr. V. Rangaraj, Mr. Pramod Shah, Mrs. Asha Vakil were a great treat to watch. Unless the retina is reattached soon, permanent vision loss may result. Most common causes are Injury to the eye or face, Myopia, Lasik Sx, Cataract surgery & Diabetic Retinopathy. Treatment is surgery, as soon as possible, after cong-firming the patient is med- ically fit to undergo the surgery. Scleral Buckling and Vitrectomy with gas/silicone oil injection are the 2 main forms of repair done. Endophthalmitis Intraocular inflammation predominantly involving the anterior chamber and the vitreous cavity of the eye. Typically patient complains of severe red painful eye after intraocular surgery. Po- tential risk for vision loss & collapse of the eye if not treated early. Treatment includes topical antibiotic and pain relieving drops, though this is less effective in most cases. Intravitreal injections of higher antibiotics with vitrectomy and proper microscopy and culture sensitivity is recommended. There are many complex disorders of the eye, some may have a favourable course with management and some may not. But all that takes to make one content is Hope. The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul, reflecting dreams on its bay, ready to take the leap of faith. The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason. Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing. Lets awaken and arise to serve the faith. In all, the lecture was very interesting and informative to the members present. The audi- ence exceeded the hall capacity. Recent Programmes President Mr. Dilip Dalal honouring Mr. Rusi B. Khambatta Thank You Dinner – Post Founders Day Celebration continued from page 5 Landmark | Indo-American Society6
  • 6. Recent Programmes President Mr. Dilip Dalal honouring Mrs. Asha A. Vakil President Mr. Dilip Dalal honouring Dr. V. Rangaraj Past Presidents Dr. B.R. Barwale, Ms. Vimla Dalal and President Mr. Dilip Dalal President Mr. Dilip Dalal honouring Mrs. Jayshree Sampat President Mr. Dilip Dalal honouring Mr. Daksesh Parikh Thank You Dinner – Post Founders Day Celebration Landmark | Indo-American Society 7
  • 7. Recent Programmes (L to R) Mr. Sunil Bhandare, Mr. Dilip Dalal & Mr. Daksesh Parikh at the event on ‘Rupee Volatility & Impact on Indian Consumers’ held on July 9, 2013 (L to R) Dr. Janmejaya Sinha, President Mr. Dilip Dalal and Mr. Rusi B. Khambatta at the event on ‘Best Period in the World History’ held on July 26, 2013 Dr. Manisha Talim, speaking on ‘Living Well with Diabetes’ held on June 26, 2013 (L to R) Mrs. Prabha Narayan, Mrs. Jayshree Sampat, Dr. G.B. Parulkar, President Mr. Dilip Dalal, Dr. Subodh Kulkarni, Dr. Manisha Talim, Mr. Rusi B. Khambatta, Mr. Vinod Parekh, Mr. Hemant Ghia, Mr. Pramod Shah Dr. Shreepad Khedekar speaking on “New Role of Homeopathy in Disorders of Mind, Genetics & Severe Complex Disorders” held on May 30, 2013 Dr. G.B. Parulkar, President Mr. Dilip Dalal, Dr. Shreepad Khedekar with his father & Mrs. Jayshree Sampat Landmark | Indo-American Society8
  • 8. Recent Programmes Indo-American Society recently conducted a lecture of Dr. Pettarusp Wadia MD DNB (Med) DM DNB (Neuro) a distin- guished neurologist who is a consultant at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre where he also runs Movement Disorder clinic spoke on Aging of the Brain. He has also done a 2 year fellow- ship on Movement disorders from Toronto Western Hospital University of Toronto. He is actively involved in conducting clinical research, has many publications in international jour- nals and presented several papers at national and international Dr. Pettarusp Wadia Audience at Dr. Wadia’s lecture Aging of the Brain: A Neurologist’s Perspective Movement Disorders So- ciety, Indian Academy of Neurology, Maharashtra Academy of Neurology, and Associations of Physi- cians in India. He is govern- ing council of Parkinson’s disease an Movement Disorders Society of India and NGO ac- tively involved in improving the quality of life of patients with Parkinson’s disease. He has been recipient of many awards in- cluding ‘The Young Investigator Award’ for his paper in “ Epi- lepsy in elderly”in 26th International Epilepsy congress at Paris. Dr. Wadia spoke on 3 main disorders of the brain Strokes, Par- kinson Disease Dementia & Alzheimer’s disease. In a very interesting and educative power point presentation he explained the reasons why the above disorders happen and which remedies are available. Physical and mental exercise can reduce cognitive decline associated with aging. In addition to pharmacotherapy neuro rehabilitation is important in man- agement of neurologic disorders of the elderly. He rightly said “THE BRAIN IF YOU DON’T USE IT YOU LOOSE IT” so always keep your brain mentally active. The lecture was followed by lively question and answer session. IAS Members posing with Dr. Pettarusp Wadia after the event Landmark | Indo-American Society 9
  • 9. President, Mr. Dilip Dalal, presenting memento to Mr. Ashok Chowgule, Industrialist & Economist This talk by Ashok Chowgule, Industrialist & Economist was held on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at The Lincoln Auditorium, Indo-American Society. Mr. Chowgule spoke about the post-independence period, where there was a general consensus amongst economists all over the world that for India to quickly deal with the problem of poverty there was a need to plan the use of resources in an optimum way. These plans were worked out on the basis of knowledge available then. However, by the end of the 1950s, it was clear that the objectives were not being achieved. Mr.ChowgulefeltthatInsteadofrevisitingtheinitialassumptions made, the economists thought that what was needed was more planning, rather than follow another paradigm. Yet, the objectiveswerenotbeingachieved,andthecountrygrewatrate of 3% p.a. up till 1980. In a sort of desperation, some important Why India Has Not Lived up to its Expectations in the Economic Field, and What can be Done Recent Programmes changes were made. The economy started to grew by 5% p.a. However, the basic issues were not being addressed, and there was a sort of crisis in 1990. More reforms were implemented on a piecemeal basis. This interactive lecture was well presented & ended with the optimism & hope that India would do well in the economic field in the years to come. Given what has happened in the last two or three years, it is once again necessary to make an attempt to analyse the past in a dispassionate manner, so that we can come out with enduring solutions. This interactive lecture was well presented & ended with the optimism & hope that India would do well in the economic field in the years to come. About the Speaker: Mr. Ashok Chowgule was born in Goa in 1948 and completed schooling in Belgaum in 1964. Then did Graduation in Economics and Statistics in UK (Bristol University) and Post- Graduation in Business Studies in USA (Case Western Reserve University). He returned back to India to join the family business with interests in Iron Ore Mining and Exports, Shipping, Shipbuilding, Industrial Explosives, etc. The family also runs Education Institutes, including a College in Goa. Presently in charge of Shipbuilding, based in Goa. He has kept his interests in the subject of economic development, and have contributed in his own way in discussions at Industry Forums. Landmark | Indo-American Society10
  • 10. Dr. G. B. Parulkar, Chairman - Medical Programmes, President, Mr. Dilip Dalal presenting memento to Dr. Rahul Joshi, MD, Homeopathic Medicine. This workshop by Dr. Rahul Joshi, MD, Homeopathic Medicine, held on Monday, August 19, 2013 at The Lincoln Auditorium, Indo-American Society. The convener of the workshop was Dr. G. B. Parulkar, Chairman Medical Committee, Indo-American Society & Dr. Zinobia Madan, Indo-American Society. This was a unique program aimed at bal- ancing one’s mind and body, creating a harmony in the body and making it healthy. Dr. Joshi spoke about the work- shop which aims at reducing one’s stress levels, so people can enjoy every moment of life. According to Dr. Joshi music can help one achieve their goals, shed one’s bad habits, attain inner peace and more. • The program focussed on singing together of meaningful and philosophised songs, based on devotion and spirituality and focussing on Musical Yoga. • The program also emphasized on Goal Setting and Mental Strength with Music and Pranayama and Omkar Sadhana in different Ragas. • The program was designed to help participants forget all their worries, stress & live in the present. It helped to learn to live without discrimination and with eauality igniting the emotitional and spiritual quotient, manage anger, help forgive and channelize oneself to fruitful activity. The program ended with good feedback. About the Speaker: Dr. Rahul Joshi is MD in Homeopathic Medicine & Hon. Homeo- path to Governor of Maharashtra practising at Malabar Hill & Charni Road. He is an eminent Homeopath and teacher attached to Saifee, Elizabeth, Larsen & Toubro and Police Hospitals. He is the Hon Professor in CMP Homeopathic Medical College, at- tached to the MUHS. He is a visiting faculty in many colleges. He is a Sangeet Visharad and Topped Mumbai University Music Exams twice. He is MA in Music with Distinction. Blessed with a sonorous Voice quality, Dr Joshi is a versatile singer who likes to Sing Classical, Ghazals, Film numbers and Bhajans. Music & Homeopathy for Good Health airconditioned terrace hall, banquet room & terrace room for wedding reception 45, New Marine Lines, Mumbai - 400 020. Tel.: 4083 9121 • Fax: 4083 9100 E-mail: mail@westendhotelmumbai.com Website: www.westendhotelmumbai.com monsoon wedding 10 June - 30 sept west end hotel Recent Programmes Landmark | Indo-American Society 11
  • 11. (L to R) President, Mr. Dilip Dalal, introducing speaker, Mr. Chandrashekhar Thakur, Head-Investor Education, Central Depository Services (I) Ltd. Mr. Chandrashekhar Thakur speaking on “Stock Market: Safety & Transparency” This presentation by Chandrashekhar Thakur, Head-Investor Education, Central Depository Services (I) Ltd. was held on Friday, August 30, 2013 at Lincoln Auditorium, Indo-American Society. The several topics related to Safety & Transparency of Stock Market which Mr. Thakur spoke are as below: • Difference between saving and investing, • Returns from investing in capital markets v/s FDs or gold, Stock Market: Safety & Transparency • Investment options available, Demat, IPO, Book building method, • Stock Exchange clearing process, & Mutual fund concept, • Three in one account mechanism, Protections available to investors. • Internet facilities on demat account, • Centralized KYC, e-voting, Contract note etc. About the Speaker: Mr. Chandrashekhar Thakur, currently Head-Investor Edu- cation – CDSL - Central Depository Services (I) Ltd., proved background of 13 years. He has eminently worked in Bom- bay Stock Exchange for 32 years in Market Operations dept. Apart from being in Bombay Stock Exchange; he also was a Columnist of Lokasatta Marathi newspaper. Zee TV Marathi, Doordarshan Sahyadri and Star Maza Channels have had the privilege of Mr. ChandrashekharThakur’s participation in dial- in programs. A whopping number of more than 900 Investor awareness programs on Share Market have been conducted by him. Marathi Vrittapatra Lekhak Sangh has presented to him the “Arthavedh” award in 2006. Very successfully he has conducted a series of 21 live Dial-in programs on All India Ra- dio on Share Market. Recent Programmes Landmark | Indo-American Society12
  • 12. A hastily written note by former US President Abraham Lincoln just two months before his assassination, ordering the release of a disabled 14-year-old boy from the Army, is expected to fetch $15,000 at an auction. The message saying‘Let this boy be discharged’, and signed A Lincoln was written after a telegram from Colonel Thomas W Harris about his son, Perry. It had been in a private collection and was valued at $15,000 by Nathan Raab of the Raab Collection, which offered the Srikanth Srinivasan previously unknown document for sale in Philadelphia. The letter is considered rare because there are few Lincoln documents relating to children. Lincoln’s order came just two months before he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre on April 15, 1865. Ironically, Perry Harris was discharged from the Army the same day. “It shows the type of person [Lincoln] was and how he was defined by clemency. When you see it’s involving a father and his son, it strikes a personal chord and likely did for Lincoln. He was a father of four who lost all but one of his sons,” Raab said. Harris sent his telegram on February 6, 1865, to Illinois Senator Lyman Trumbull and General John M Palmer, pleading, “My son Perry Harris 14 years old insane crippled has been mustered in 55th Kentucky regiment. Please have Secretary of War order him discharged. Col Thos W Harris of Shelbyville, Ill.” Indian-American Srikanth Srinivasan on Friday scripted his- tory after he was confirmed as the first South Asian judge to America’s second highest court. Described as‘trailblazer’by US President Barack Obama, Chandigarh-born Srinivasan’s nomi- nation to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was unanimously approved by the Senate with 97 vot- ing in favour. With Senate confirmation, 46-year-old Srinivasan has become the first Indian-American to be appointed to the top American court. He was first nominated by Obama on June 11, 2012. On Janu- ary 2, 2013, his nomination was returned to the President, due to the sine die adjournment of the Senate. On January 3, 2013, Obama re-nominated him for the same office. Srinivasan was born in Chandigarh, and grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. He received his BA with honours and distinction in 1989 from Stanford University and his JD (Juris Doctor) with distinction in 1995 from Stanford Law School, where he was elected to Order of the Coif and served as an editor of the Stan- ford Law Review. He also holds an MBA from the Stanford Grad- Srinivasan confirmed as top US Court Judge Lincoln’s ‘life saving note’ put up for $15k uate School of Business, which he received along with his JD in 1995. In Washington, Obama said “Sri is a trailblazer who personifies the best of America. Now he will serve with distinction on the federal bench,”Obama said in a statement. “Sri will in fact be the first South Asian American to serve as a circuit court judge in our history. Born in Chandigarh, India, and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Sri spent nearly two decades as an extraordinary litigator before serving as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States,”Obama said. Meanwhile, prominent Indian-Americans hailed the historic nomination. Congressman Ami Bera, the only serving Indian-American law- maker in the current Congress, said he was thrilled at the unan- imous confirmation of Srinivasan by the US Senate.“I’m thrilled that the Senate confirmed Sri Srinivasan to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals today,”said Bera. Indo-US Relations Landmark | Indo-American Society 13
  • 13. In a first of its kind of reverse technology sharing between India and the US, an innovative Explosive Detection Kit developed by Indian scientists would be manufactured in America and sold globally for quick detection and identification of combinations of explosives. The India-developed US-manufactured Explosive Detection Kit (EDK) was launched at the US Chamber of Commerce building in Washington – a block away from the White House on Friday. This was probably for the first time that technology developed by Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) was being manufactured and marketed in the US, officials and industry partners said. “We are hoping that (technology transfer) would be a two way street,” former US Defence Secretary William S Cohen said, adding that this is a very significant step. He described it as a very “excellent example” of reverse technology transfer. Reny M Roy, the Indian scientist who developed this technology, said the EDK kits have been successfully used in preventing several terrorists’ attacks and even immediately detecting the type of explosive used in the event of a bomb blast. The German Bakery blast is one of such instances, she pointed out.“It is an analytical tool which can avert disaster.This little box can work as a pre-blast analytical tool and as a post- blast investigative tool,”Roy said, adding that they have now also developed a pocket size use and dispose explosive detection kit. BeingcommercialisedaspartofaprogrammecalledDRDO-FICCI Accelerated Technology Assessment and Commercialisation (ATAC), the two sides have entered into a Licensing Agreement with a US based-firm Crowe and Company of South Carolina for manufacturing the Kit. Developed by a constituent DRDO laboratory, High Energy Material Research Laboratory in Pune, the EDK is developed for quick detection and identification of explosives based on any combination of nitro-esters, nitramines, trinitrotoluene, dynamite or black powder. The test results can be obtained in two-three minutes in field conditions as well as in laboratory conditions at ambient temperature. One of the salient features of the Kit is its ability to detect combinations of explosives in IEDs. Plastic explosives based on RDX fail to be detected by most electronic detectors, but EDK being a chemical-based kit can efficiently detect plastic explosives. The Kit is portable, cost effective and can be used in both pre-blast and post-blast scenarios even in contaminated conditions. It is being used by bomb detection and disposal squads of the Army, paramilitary forces and police in India. “It marks an important milestone in the process of evolution of the India-US Strategic Partnership,” Indi- an Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao said, adding that this reflects the next frontier in co-operation, which would in- volve technology, innovation in the field of defence. The event reflects the fact that the In- dian defence research institutions have emerged world class, nation building technologies and solution providers for many global problems, she added. Fay Crowe, president of Crowe and Company, which has established its manufacturing base in South Carolina said that the US Army, the Department of Homeland Security and other American law enforcement agencies are in the evaluation process. “This kit has a much better field deployable position than other items. We have just signed an agreement with a US company to take the technology to South America. The technology would be presented to the Columbian Defense Ministry and to Panama and across the world,”Crowe said. It is India which holds the patent on the technology, and Crowe has paid an unspecified amount to commercialise it in the US and would also pay royalty on the EDK kits sold. “Yes”, she said when asked if Boston bombings could have been prevented if the technology was available in the US at that time.“I believe that it could have been deployed in Boston and with proper training if the kits were in use…at large events, it would every easy to implement a posture where you can detect explosives,”she said. US raves over Indian scientist’s pocket-sized invention! Indo-US Relations Landmark | Indo-American Society14
  • 14. Barack Obama is the 44th President of United States, currently serving his second term in office. He holds the distinction of being the first African-American President of United States, and is also the 2009 Noble Peace prize winner. An influential orator, Obama has played a vital role in guiding America through the great recession. He celebrated his 52nd birthday on August 4th and we wish him all the best. You know him as: Reigning President of United States of America President Barack Obama “Really enjoyed! A great experience interacting with excellent questions and comments from the audience.” – Dr. Bharat V. Shah, M.D, DNB (Nephrology) “It was nice to be at the Society. Very attentive audience. Pleasure to share views and experience. Will be happy to come and share the knowledge with the members.” – Mr. K. C. Jani, Executive Director, IDBI Bank Ltd., Mumbai “I feel honoured having been invited for the lecture on “Divine Instinct Healings”. The audience, the Indo-American Society team was amazing, wonderful and beyond words... Millions of Thanks... I Love You! Love and Light!” – Ms. Janhavi Singh C.Ht. (Integrated Clinical Hypnotherapist) “We are pleased that we can be of assistance to the members of the Indo-American Society, and the important goals that the organization serves.” – Mr. David H. Nachman, Attorney, Nachman & Associates, P.C. “I am a regular visitor to this famous Institution. I enjoyed my visit and lecture today to an elongated audience. I see IAS is doing yeoman service in spreading knowledge. I am looking forward to our association in future too.” – Mr. D. Sivanandan IPS, DGP (Rtd.) “It was wonderful to be back in IAS” – Mr. V. Balachandran, Past President, IAS (2006-2007) “The Indo-American Society is a wonderful organization and I am proud and happy to have been associated with you.” – Mr. Dadi Engineer, Sr. Partner, Crawford Bayley & Co., Advocates & Solicitors “Excellent Forum!!! Thank You” – Mr. Devang Nanavati, Advocate Supreme Court of India Feedback received from eminent speakers Celeb B’Day Bumps Landmark | Indo-American Society 15
  • 15. INCREDIBLE: Dr. Bose, during his childhood, repaired radios and went on to become the first Indian billionaire in the United States. The news of the death of Dr. Amar Bose of the Bose Sound Inc. in the US is indeed shocking as it indicates the end of a wizard who pioneered the technology on sound acoustics. An electrical engineer by qualification, who got his PHD in the MIT, Boston, in the US. Born to an Indian father Nani Gopal Bose, a freedom fighter in India, who fled from the British-ruled India in 1920 and got married an American school teacher, Amar Bose had interests in radios and elements concerned with sound / music being a violinist himself. From his childhood radio repairing days he rose to be a world famous entrepreneur, was declared as the first Indian billionaire in the US. His sound acoustic technology has been accepted the Sistine Chapel inVatican has his sound system. Many sports stadiums boast of Bose’s sound system. He used to be very proud of his Indian roots through his father. Ratan Tata has lost a good friend in him. R.I.P., dear Amar Bose! US President Barack Obama has nominated an accomplished Indian- American woman admin- istrator as America’s new point person for South Asia to succeed Robert Blake, according to PTI. Subject to confirmation by the Senate, Nisha Desai Biswal, who is currently the Assistant Administra- tor for Asia at the US Agency for International Development ( USAID), will replace incumbent Blake to head the South Asia bureau in the US State Department. Desai is expected to be- come the first person of Indian- origin to head the bureau, which oversees US foreign policy and relations with India, Paki- stan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan. Biswal’s nomination by Obama on Thursday came along with announcements for seven other senior administration level positions. ‘Wizard of Sound’ walks into eternity! Obama nominates Indian American for key post “It gives me great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals have agreed to join this Administration to serve the American people. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come,”Obama said in a statement. Biswal, who received a BA degree from the University of Virginia, has been the Assistant Administrator for Asia at the USAID, since September 2010. Although Afghanistan and Pakistan come under the South and Central Asia Bureau of the State Department, they, however, are handled by the Special US Representatives for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the designation currently held by Jim Dobbins. From 2005 to 2010, Biswal was the Majority Clerk for the State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on the Committee on Appropriations in the US House of Representatives. From 2002 to 2005, she served as the Policy and Advocacy Director at Inter Action. Nisha Desai Biswal Indo-US Relations Landmark | Indo-American Society16
  • 16. Teenagers of Indian origin won a raft of prizes at the annual In- tel science bash in what’s now par for course, but although the top prize eluded them, the most electrifyingbreakthrough came from Indian-American high-schooler. A device she has developed can fully charge a cell phone in 20 to 30 sec- onds in what will be a boon for a gazillion mobile users who need to juice up their cell phones quickly. Eesha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, California received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000 for develop- ing a fast-charging superca- pacitor that fits inside a cell phone, charge the battery in un- der a minute, and hold it for long. Khare says the device will also result in batteries that can last for 10,000 charge-recharge cycles, compared with 1,000 cycles for conventional recharge- able batteries. “My cellphone battery always dies,” she told journalists in Phoenix where the annual Intel science fiesta for young gearheads took place last week, in an obvious explanation for why she had worked on energy-storage technology, besides the fact that it allowed her to focus on her interest in nanochemistry. She said the technology also has potential applications for car batteries and other devices, while declaring she will be going to Harvard this fall to pursue research in nanochemistry. Neither Eesha nor Intel offered any details of the breakthrough, which if validated, would be worth tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars, revolutionizing battery technology across the board, from mobile devices to computers and cars. The award cited Eesha for “Design and Synthesis of Hydrogenated TiO2-Polyaniline Nanorods for Flexible High-Performance,” geek-speak for developing a new kind of supercapacitor. Typically, supercapacitors have higher energy density than conventional batteries. To think that phone and battery companies would have overlooked the magic bullet of fast charging battery, manna to all gadget junkies, seems almost inconceivable, but to paraphrase the popular tv program of yesteryears: Kids to the darnedest things. Meantime, the top prize of $75,000, called the Gordon Moore Award after Intel’s legendary co-founder, went to Ionut Budisteanu, 19, of Romania for using artificial intelligence to create a viable model for a low-cost, self-driving car. The teenager’s work found wide appreciation for addressing a major global issue. In 2004, car accidents caused 2.5 million deaths worldwide and 87 percent of crashes resulted from driver error. With 3-D radar and mounted cameras, Ionut created a feasible design for an autonomously controlled car that could detect traffic lanes and curbs, along with the real-time position of the car - and it would only cost $4,000. Again, this is something many companies, notably Google, has been working on. But the technology from established companies is expected to be far more expensive. Indian teens also won other prizes, including the top prize for mathematical sciences going to Vinay Iyengar and the top prize for environmental sciences going to Naomi Shah, both of Portland, Oregon. Eesha Khare (18) of California with top winner Ionut Budisteanu (19) (centre) and second winner Henry Lin (17) at the Intel fair in Phoenix NRI Teen Builds 20-sec Cell Charger Indo-US Relations Landmark | Indo-American Society 17
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  • 18. Since 1963, IAS has been a pioneer in the field of corporate training and development – Its short-term courses and seminars, in the area of self development, particularly, have enjoyed immeasurable success over the years. Today, its training programs topics as varied as Public Speaking & Communication Skills, Fast Reading & Memory Efficiency, and professional training courses like Photography, and many more- The list is almost endless! IAS training programs are much sought after, by small companies and large conglomerates alike. English Usage & Conversation To help improve English conversation, the course deals with conversational style and grammar. It includes basics of tenses, articles and prepositions; and gives you useful tips to carry out conversations in different circumstances. Advanced English Conversation This course helps to develop greater fluency in language. It teaches the participants correct usage of grammar; helps them to develop vocabulary, and instills confidence for expressing thoughts correctly through sessions of debates, impromptu speech practicing, etc. Personality Development The Indo American Society’s Personality Development pro- gramme focuses on you-the participant. It helps you understand yourself and work towards a more positive identity, build your self-confidence and learn the art of problem solving. Public Speaking & Communication Skills The Public Speaking Course concentrates on developing effective public-speaking skills. It gives you the tools you need to develop the courage to address a large crowd, even with just a basic knowledge of English! Overcome problems with expressing yourself confidently and being understood, and learn how to be an engaging speaker. Fast Reading & Memory Efficiency The programme is ideal for students seeking to increase their learning capacities. This program helps you to become smart in a different way - by using your brainpower to the maximum. Photography This course helps you get the whole picture of photography! It makes you understand and master your camera, its accessories, and learn technique in a systematic and scientific way. it teaches you the basic principles behind capturing creative photographs. Introducing New Courses • Music Class Workshops at lAS • Secretaries / Administrative Professionals • Business Communication and Etiquette • Public Speaking and Communication Skills • Mind Mapping for Business • Reception cum Customer Service Skills • Kids Workshop on Speech and Drama Corporate Training • English Usage and conversation • Advanced English Conversation • Communication and Presentation Skills • Personality Development and Grooming • Corporate Etiquette and Social Skills IAS courses INDO-AMERICAN SOCIETY Kitab Mahal, 5, Sukhadwala Marg, Fort, Mumbai - 400 001. Telephones : 2207 4882 / 83, 2200 4769 • Fax : 2207 1831 E-mail : info@indoamericansociety.org • www.indoamericansociety.org Editor: K. V. Satyamurty Designed & Printed by : Fezisons For Internal Circulation only EXIM Course The EXIM program helps you become a successful Exporter- Importer. The course focuses on Markets, Business Methods and EXIM Policies, Customs and Cenvat. It is an in-depth informative and practical training program with individual guidance. To date, IAS retains the reputationof being a trail-blazer in the arena of corporate management, skill development in various fields, and self-development. We offer companies the option of choosing from our various standardized training modules, or going in for customized training programs that meet specific requirements. For More Details Contact: Indo-American Society Kitab Mahal, 5 D, Sukhadwala Marg Next to New Excelsior Cinema, Fort, Mumbai 400 001 Tel.: 2207 4882/3, 2200 4769 Fax: 2207 1831 Email: rashmi@indoamericansociety.org Web: www.indoamericansociety.org