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14633 मामलों में की गयी कार्रवाई, हर दिन आते हैं 100 नये मामले

रांची : रांची जिले में मुख्यमंत्री जनसंवाद के तहत अानेवाली शिकायतों का निबटारा प्रमुखता से किया जा रहा है. अब तक 15670 मामलों में से 14633 पर कार्रवाई हुई है. वहीं, 11269 मामलों का निबटारा हुआ है. शिकायतों के निबटारा के आंकड़े में रांची अन्य जिलों की अपेक्षा सबसे ऊपर है. 

मुख्यमंत्री जनसंवाद के तहत जिले में प्रत्येक दिन औसतन 100 नये मामले आते हैं. इसके अलावा अन्य माध्यमों जैसे ऑनलाइन, ई-मेल, व्हाट्सऐप, डाक, सोशल मीडिया, जनता दरबार व जिले में बने विशेष काउंटर के जरिये शिकायतें आती हैं, जिनका निबटारा हर स्तर से किया जाता है. शिकायत निवारक समन्वयक, उपायुक्त राय महिमापत रे व नोडल पदाधिकारी पूनम झा के द्वारा विभिन्न कार्यालयों व विभागों से समन्वय स्थापित कर शिकायतों का निबटारा किया जाता है. 

जन शिकायतों के निबटारे में रांची का आंकड़ा सबसे अधिक

राजस्व निबंधन एवं भूमि सुधार के सर्वाधिक मामले

रांची जिले में सर्वाधिक मामले राजस्व निबंधन एवं भूमि सुधार के दर्ज किये गये हैं. इस विभाग से शिकायत निवारण कोषांग को 3101 मामले आये हैं. वहीं, श्रम नियोजन के सबसे कम शिकायत प्राप्त हुए हैं. श्रम नियाेजन से संबंधित 115 मामले दर्ज हुए हैं. 

हर स्तर से किया जाता है  प्रचार-प्रसार

बताया जाता है कि मुख्यमंत्री जनसंवाद के प्रति लोगों में जागरूकता आये इसके लिये हर स्तर से इसका प्रचार-प्रसार किया जाता है. इस आयोजन के दौरान सक्सेस स्टोरी भी दिखायी जाती है. इसका सोशल मीडिया पर प्रसारण भी किया जाता है.  

किस विभाग से कितने मामले आये

राजस्व निबंधन एवं भूमि सुधार : 3101 मामले

नगर विकास एवं हाउसिंग  : 2323

गृह कारा एवं आपदा प्रबंधन : 2016

ग्रामीण विकास विभाग : 1565

पेयजल एवं स्वच्छता : 1320

आपूर्ति-जन वितरण प्रणाली : 1209

कल्याण शाखा : 586

महिला एवं बाल विकास : 568

स्कूल  शिक्षा एवं साक्षरता : 554

स्वास्थ्य एवं परिवार कल्याण : 348

योजना वित्तीय शाखा : 213

कृषि, पशुपालन एवं सहकारिता : 191

उत्पाद मद्य : 116

श्रम नियोजन :115

परिवहन : 135

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India’s move to energise every village in the country with electricity is one of the greatest success stories in the world this year; providing clean cooking fuel to people is another laudable achievement that will reduce premature deaths from pollution, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.

IEA, the global energy watchdog for the developed world, said such initiatives boost productivity that improves economic well-being, and can spur innovation that can boost micro businesses, farm yields and help growth of schools, banks and medical services, experts in the IEA said.

The government is now making rapid progress in the next phase of its programme by ensuring that power lines are connected with major institutions and administrative centres of every village as well as every household that asks for access to electricity.

This has helped taking electricity lines to 95% households as on October 11this year, up from 86% a year ago as 19 million of the 30 million homes without access were energised, mostly in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Jhakhand, government data showed.

“India’s success, in electrifying all villages households, is far more noteworthy given the large population, distances, and low affordability. The last 10-15% of the target is always the most challenging, and it took a strong political will and diligent work by the utilities to get it done,” PwC partner Kameswara Rao said.

He said a bigger task was to ensure viability as new consumers may take a few years to afford electricity. “Policy makers must look at setting up community level renewable energy generation to reduce reliance on costlier conventional power.”

Supplying electricity to people was an important milestone in the path to provide modern energy to every person on the planet, the IEA said.

“This means that for the first time ever, the total number of people without access fell below 1billion, according to new data from World Energy Outlook 2018. In particular, one of the greatest success stories in access to energy in 2018 was India completing the electrification of all of its villages,” the Paris-based IEA said in its latest assessment in the World Energy Outlook 2018.

The agency said in another report that “while this next ‘last mile’ challenge will be not be easy to meet, particularly in a country as large and geographically diverse as India, the social and economic benefits are significant”.

It said electric lighting makes the use of candles, kerosene and other polluting fuels for lighting redundant, which saves money and improves health.

“Electricity can increase productive hours in a household leading to positive outcomes on education and economic wellbeing. It can also spur innovation and lead to entrepreneurial micro businesses ventures and, in time, lead to greater agricultural yields. Benefits also flow to the likes of schools, banking and medical services,” the agency said.

The IEA said globally, gains in access to electricity often go hand in hand with access to clean cooking fuel. In this context, the IEA lauded India for the success of its mission to provide liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to poor households.

“In India, 50 million free LPG stoves and initial refills have been provided to poor households via the high-profile Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana since 2015, and the government has set a target of providing LPG connections to 80 million households by 2020,” the agency said.

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Muscat: A series of events in line with the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW 2018) kicked off in the National Business Centre (NBC) at the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM) yesterday.

The inauguration event featured success stories of Kuwaiti and Omani entrepreneurs, in addition to an accompanying SMEs exhibition.

Speaking at the opening event, Malak bint Ahmed Al Shaibaniyah, Director General of NBC, said, “The GEW series of events come to spread awareness on entrepreneurship and encourage Omani youth to turn their innovative ideas into real projects”.

She added, “The theme of this year’s week is ‘Failure taught me’. It is the sixth consecutive year that we are organising events in line with the GEW. The week is globally celebrated by 167 countries to highlight the significance of entrepreneurship and inspire talented individuals to start their businesses”.

Success stories

The event underscored the successful story of the Kuwaiti entrepreneur Dawood Marafie, who is recognised as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the Arab world.

Marafie began his career path as food service worker at McDonald’s and then worked in several bodies in various fields including sales, insurance, world stock markets, and banking.

Marafie has successfully initiated a number of companies including Emtidad Company and Shiraa for Projects Management Company, as well as he is a founder of the Union of GCC Entrepreneurs and Association of Small and Medium Enterprises of Kuwait.

He is also a member of several committees in government bodies including the National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprise Development and Public Authority of Manpower.

The event highlighted the successful journeys of three Omani entrepreneurs. Khalid Al Abri went through several failure points in his entrepreneurship journey until he finally found his passion in the coffee business after having an experience with an advertising company in 2010. He is today the founder and partner of Ostool Al Bon Café, which is specialised in a variety of coffee types made with high standard of excellence and great passion. It should be noted that Mashura event will be held on the second day of GEW Oman 2018, which will be held at Riyada incubator to enhance entrepreneurship awareness among owners of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

On the third day, Reyooq event will be held to highlight employment challenges in SMEs. Reyooq events offer a platform for interactive discussions and exchange of views on major sectors in the Sultanate and thus encourage entrepreneurs to start businesses in these sectors.

An evening event under the title of ‘Speed Networking’ will also take place on the third day. The event’s fourth day will witness a workshop on investment readiness in addition to a discussion gathering called ‘Lamma’.

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एंकरिंग, टीवी सीरियल व राजस्थानी फिल्मों में काम करने के बाद अब बॉलीवुड पहुंचे तारानगर तहसील के गांव बुचावास के 28 साल के सोनू मिश्रा के संघर्ष से जुड़ी ये कहानी किसी फिल्मी स्टोरी से कम नहीं है। छोटी सी उम्र में पढ़ाई के दौरान ही दो किस्सों ने सोनू की पूरी जिंदगी ही बदल डाली। संघर्ष, जुनून और जिद के चलते वे बॉलीवुड में एंट्री कर चुके हैं। मार्च में सोनू की फिल्म रिजवान रिलीज हो रही है। हाल ही में साउथ अफ्रीका से शूटिंग कर मुंबई लौटे हैं।

13 साल पहले यानी वर्ष 2005 की बात है। सोनू सीकर में पीएमटी की तैयारी करने गया। एक दिन जय जीण माता फिल्म के कुछ कलाकार जीण माता के दर्शन के लिए आए थे। तब वहां राजस्थानी फिल्म के कलाकारों के स्वागत में ही हेलिकॉप्टर से फूलों की बारिश की गई। ये देख वह दंग रह गया। सोचा कि एक राजस्थानी फिल्मों के कलाकारों की इतनी अहमियत और क्रेज है, तो बॉलीवुड के कलाकारों के लिए तो पता नहीं क्या होता हाेगा। तब ये बात जेहन में बैठ गई और तय किया कि वह भी एक दिन फिल्म स्टार बनेगा। पीएमटी में सलेक्शन नहीं होने पर सरदारशहर के सरकारी एसबीडी कॉलेज में एडमिशन लेकर बीएससी की पढ़ाई शुरू की।

इसी दौरान एक दिन सोनू सरदारशहर के इच्छापूर्ण बालाजी मंदिर में गया। वहां पर राजस्थानी फिल्म म्हारा श्याम धणी दातार फिल्म के डायरेक्टर से छोटी सी मुलाकात हुई, तो बातों ही बातों में उन्होंने सरदारशहर में शूटिंग के लिए कुछ लोकेशन पूछी। उन्हें कई लोकेशन बताई। इसके बदले डायरेक्टर ने सोनू को फिल्म में धणी दातार के दामाद का रोल दे दिया। यहां भी एक अजीब वाकया हो गया। इसी फिल्म की हीरोइन ने सोनू से यूं ही पूछ लिया कि कभी वह मुंबई गया है? सोनू ने जवाब दिया नहीं। तब हीरोइन ने कमेंट किया कि गांव के लड़के बड़े शहरों के नीचे दब जाते हैं, इसलिए कोई फायदा नहीं है। ये बात सोनू को चुभ गई। उसी दिन तय कर लिया कि वह एक दिन बड़ा कलाकार बनेगा।

हीरो बनने की जिद थी इसलिए शादियों में एंकरिंग कर रुपए कमा मुंबई गया, वहां मजदूरों के साथ सोया, 13 साल के संघर्ष के बाद अब मार्च में रिलीज होगी सोनू की पहली फिल्म

सक्सेस स्टोरी : मुंबई में काम मिलने के बाद चैनल बंद होने पर वापस जयपुर लौटने पर रूम में खुद का बड़ा पोस्टर लगाकर उस पर लिखा कि बैक टू मुंबई..

सोनू को मुंबई में एक चैनल में काम मिला, लेकिन जैसे ही चैनल बंद हुआ तो वह हताश होकर जयपुर आ गया। हालात ये हो गए कि अब वह क्या करें…। मुंबई भी जाना था और रुपए भी नहीं थे। नौबत ये आ गई कि शादियों में एंकरिंग कर-कर के 10 हजार रुपए इकट्ठे कर मुंबई-जयपुर अपडाउन करता। मजदूरी का काम करने वाले 50 लोगों के साथ मुंबई में सोता। जयपुर में अपने रूम में खुद का बड़ा पोस्टर लगाया और उस पर बड़े-बड़े अक्षरों में लिखा कि बेक टू मुंबई। उसे सुबह रोज देखता, बस जिद थी कि वह इसी फिल्ड में नाम कमाना चाहता है। इसके लिए वह महीने में कम से कम दस बार जयपुर से मुंबई जाता। वहां दिन में फिल्म निदेशकों व निर्माताओं के यहां चक्कर लगाता और रात को मजदूरों के साथ सोता। दूसरे दिन फिर ऐसा ही करता। एक दिन ऐसा वक्त आया और मुंबई में काम मिलना शुरू हो गया।

पढ़ें फिल्म की कहानी और कैसे मिला सोनू को फिल्म में काम : म्हारा श्याम धणी दातार, धन्ना जाट, एजुकेटेड बीनणी जैसी फिल्मों में काम कर चुके सोनू मिश्रा अब अपनी पहली हिंदी फीचर फिल्म रिजवान से बॉलीवुड में दस्तक देंगे। अब तक कुछ राजस्थानी फिल्मों के अलावा टीवी शो होस्ट कर चुके हैं। फिल्म की स्टोरी गुजराती मूल के एक व्यक्ति से जुड़ी हुई है। रिजवान नाम का व्यक्ति भारत से निकलकर साउथ अफ्रीका में खुद का बिजनेस शुरू करता है। कई बार बुरे हालातों से गुजरता है। ये एक ऐसे व्यक्ति की बायोपिक है, जिसे लोग जानते नहीं है पर उसकी जिंदगी के घटनाक्रम कुछ ऐसे रहे जिनमें एक अच्छी फिल्म की कहानी कही जा सकती है। सोनू इस फिल्म में एक नकारात्मक किरदार निभा रहे हैं, जिसका नाम जियाद है। ये बंदा न्यूयॉर्क से एमबीए की डिग्री लेकर आया है और रिजवान के व्यापार को हैंडिल करता है। एक पाॅइंट पर आकर रिजवान और जियाद में अनबन हो जाती है। जियाद रिजवान की कंपनी में इतनी दखल रखता है कि वो उसकी कंपनी को खरीद लेता है। रिजवान सड़क पर आ जाता है।

बुचावास का लाडला सोनू मिश्रा

जयपुर में एमबीए के दौरान ज्वाॅइन किया थियेटर |सोनू सरदारशहर में बीएससी करने के बाद एमबीए करने जयपुर चला गया। जिद यही थी कि वह मुंबई कैसे पहुंचे। जयपुर में जवाहर कला केंद्र थियेटर ज्वाॅइन किया। एक्टिंग सीखी। इसका फायदा ये हुआ कि उसे कुछ सरकारी व अन्य विज्ञापनों में काम मिल गया। जब एमबीए की पढ़ाई पूरी हो गई तो घरवालों को मुंबई में जॉब मिलने की बात कहकर मुंबई चला गया। 2012 में मुंबई जाने के बाद 10 दिन में ही एक चैनल में बिना किसी संघर्ष के एक टीवी सीरियल में मुख्य हीरो के रोल में काम करने का मौका मिल गया, लेकिन किस्मत इतनी खराब थी, कि दो महीने में चैनल बंद हो गया। हारकर फिर वापस जयपुर आना पड़ा और जी मरुधरा चैनल में रियलिटी शो में एंकर का काम शुरू कर दिया।

10वीं में मैथ्स में थे 99 अंक, पापा कहते थे कि तुम चाहे चपरासी लग जाओ, लेकिन ये काम मत करो

सोनू के पिता गंगाधर मिश्रा सरकारी स्कूल में टीचर हैं। वे बेटे को हमेशा कहते थे कि ये फिल्में, टीवी वगैरह कुछ नहीं है। पढ़ाई कर के सरकारी नौकरी हासिल कर लो..। तुम चाहे चपरासी ही लग जाओ, लेकिन ये काम मत करो। बुचावास में ही 10वीं तक पढ़ाई करने वाले सोनू के 10वीं में मैथ्स में 99 प्रतिशत अंक आए थे। 11वीं व 12वीं तारानगर के स्कूल से की थी। सावधान इंडिया, क्राइम पेट्रोल, सब टीवी पर तैनालीराम सहित अन्य सीरियल, चैनल, विज्ञापन व फिल्म में काम मिलने के बाद अफ्रीका में शूटिंग करने गया तो पिता को भरोसा होने लगा। गांव वाले पिता गंगाधर को हमेशा टोकते थे, कि आपका बेटा कहीं नाम खराब नहीं कर दें। इसलिए सोनू के पिता हमेशा बेटे के काम को लेकर परेशान रहते थे।

बुचावास गांव के बेटे सोनू की बॉलीवुड में एंट्री, रिजवान होगी पहली फिल्म, एमबीए पास होने का मिला फायदा

रिजवान फिल्म के लिए सोनू का कोई ऑडिशन नहीं हुआ। पुणे फिल्म संस्थान से पासआउट निर्देशक हरेश व्यास इस फिल्म के निर्देशक हैं। इस फिल्म के लिए ऐसे लुक वाला अभिनेता देख रहे थे जो प्रबंधन की समझ रखता हो और साइनिंग फेस वाला इंसान हो। सोनू के एक दोस्त ने नाम सुझाया। सोनू उनसे मिलने पहुंचा तो एक नजर में ही फाइनल कर दिया। वे और भी खुश हुए कि जब उन्हें पता लगा कि मैंने एमबीए भी किया है। सोनू कहते हैं कि इस तरह 13 साल पहले शुरू हुआ संघर्ष अब जाकर खत्म हुआ है। रिजवान उनकी पहली हिन्दी फिल्म होगी। हालांकि इस फिल्म में सोनू को नकारात्मक रोल की भूमिका मिली है, लेकिन ये रोल काफी प्रभाशाली साबित होगा।

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Updated Sun, 11 Nov 2018 09:05 PM IST

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इंजीनियरिंग सर्विसेज एग्जाम 2018 के इलेक्ट्रिकल इंजीनियरिंग ब्रांच के टॉपर चिराग झा ने अपनी सफलता का पूरा श्रेय आईआईटी कानपुर की पढ़ाई और कैंपस के माहौल को दिया है। चिराग यहां इलेक्ट्रिकल इंजीनियरिंग विभाग के 2016 बैच के छात्र रहे हैं।

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इंस्टीट्यूट में पढ़ाई के अलावा वह कई गतिविधियों में शामिल थे। उनकी कप्तानी में एयरोमॉडलिंग की टीम पुष्पक ने अमेरिका में डंका बजाते हुए अंतरराष्ट्रीय प्रतियोगिता में कांस्य पदक हासिल किया था। चिराग बताते हैं कि इन्हीं गतिविधियों के चलते उनमें लीडरशिप क्वालिटी और कम्युनिकेशन स्किल डेवलप हुई और इंटरव्यू में उसका काफी अच्छा फायदा मिला। चिराग आईआईटी कानपुर के एयरोमॉडलिंग क्लब के कोआर्डिनेटर, बोइंग नेशनल एयरोमॉडलिंग फेस्टिवल के टेक्निकल हेड और स्टूडेंट सीनेट के साइंस एंड टेक्नोलॉजी काउंसिल के महासचिव भी रहे हैं।

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SunnyNovember 11, 2018
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As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses and nations across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Published every week, this series charts how businesses and sustainability professionals are working to achieve their ‘Mission Possible’ across the campaign’s five key pillars – energy, resources, mobility, built environment and business leadership. 

From a “climate-positive” and “hurricane-proof” housing development in Florida, to a huge rooftop solar array at London Kings Cross Station, each of these projects and initiatives is empowering businesses and governments to achieve a sustainable future, today.

ENERGY: Network Rail reaps rewards from rooftop solar array at London Kings Cross

 

Network Rail has taken several actions to make its operations more sustainable in recent times, from pledging to electrify its van fleet by 2028, to banning the supply of single-use plastic cups and cutlery by retailers at the stations it manages.

The transport firm this week revealed that it had prevented 40 tonnes of CO2 emissions since installing a 240kWp rooftop PV system at London Kings Cross Station in 2012. Installed as part of a £500m redevelopment of the station in 2012, the array has generated more than one million kWh to date. Posting an update on the array’s progress on Friday (9 November), Network Rail revealed that using the array had generated a £125,000 reduction in energy bills over the past six years.

“Network Rail is committed to being as efficient and sustainable as possible,” Network Rail’s route managing director Rob McIntosh said.”The initiatives we introduced at King’s Cross during the refurbishment are paying real dividends both in terms of reducing our carbon footprint and in saving us money.”

RESOURCES: Tesco becomes first UK supermarket to stock reusable sanitary products

 

While mentions of plastic waste tend to conjure up images of straws, cups or carrier bags, less focus has been placed on the importance of feminine hygiene products in plastic phase-outs. Sanitary towels, for example, can contain up to 90% plastic, with the average woman using around 10,000 in her lifetime.

In a bid to drive plastic reductions outside of its own packaging range, Tesco has moved to stock a range of reusable menstrual cups, plastic-free sanitary towels and organic cotton tampons – a move it claims is the first of its kind by a UK supermarket. The products, made by Welsh startup TOTM, are housed in recyclable cardboard boxes and wrapped in biodegradable packaging. The range has also been certified as cruelty-free by the Vegan Society.

It is great that Tesco is taking a step in the right direction by supplying TOTM’s range of eco-friendly period products across stores nationwide,” green campaigner Ella Daish said. “This is incredibly important because it raises awareness of the environmental issues and gives customers access to a much-needed choice that benefits all.”

MOBILITY: Shenzhen electrifies entire bus network

 

The electric vehicle (EV) revolution continues to gather pace, with sales of EVs widely expected to account for more than half of all new car sales globally by 2040, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). But as carmakers move at a pace to electrify their portfolios, BNEF has predicted that the advance of e-buses will be even more rapid than that of electric cars, with 84% of new buses sold worldwide set to be electric by 2030.

An early sign of this trend can be seen in Shenzhen, China, which this week became the first major city in the world to fully electrify its bus fleet. The city, which is located in the Guangdong province and is home to almost 13 million people, now plays host to more than 16,000 e-buses. In order to support the buses, operator Western Bus Group has installed more than 30 charging poles at its main depot this year, bringing the city’s total charging pole stock to 8,000.

Following the success of the e-buses, Shenzhen’s public transport administration bureau has set a new target of replacing 100% of the city’s taxis with EVs by 2020, up from the current proportion of 62.5%.

THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: ‘Climate-positive’ housing development unveiled in Florida

 

Amid calls for ministers to implement policies that ensure all new buildings are built to carbon-neutral standards by 2030, construction firm Pearl Homes has this week unveiled a project proving that sustainable buildings can be produced and sold at a cost parity to traditional homes.

On Thursday (8 November), the Australian firm launched a 148-home development in Florida that it claims is hurricane-proof, carbon-neutral and climate-positive. Each of the homes is equipped with rooftop solar panels, a battery storage system, a smart thermostat and an EV charger. Located in Manatee County and called Hunter Point, the development has achieved LEED Platinum certification and received praise from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

“‘Pearl Homes’ vision of increasing access to sustainable homes is directly aligned with USGBC’s vision to achieve green buildings for all within a generation,” USGBC president Mahesh Ramanujam said.This community will serve as a model for others to follow for decades to come.”

Pearl Homes is now planning to begin a second development, comprised of 720 apartments, in the same district in Florida.

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP: Business giants to support new SASB reporting standards

 

Following warnings from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures’ (TCFD) that corporates must move to integrate environmental information to their financial filings, a group of 11 big-name companies this week pledged to adopt a new sustainability reporting standard in a bid to drive the uptake of standardised and integrated reporting.

The likes of Kellogg, Diageo, Nike and General Motors became the first corporates to adopt the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) new industry-specific accounting standards on Wednesday (8 November), in a move they claim will give clarity to an investment community which is becoming increasingly concerned with green finance issues.

The standards include a commitment to report on all sustainability issues which have a “financially material effect” on signatory organisations – and to measure the positive or negative ramifications of these issues in a monetary way. A further requirement is the disclosure of any fines received for breaching environmental legislation to investors.

SASB chairman Jeffrey Hales dubbed the adoption of the standards, which have received backing from investors with $26trn in assets under management, an “important milestone for global capital markets”.

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Indie devs that have released games on the Switch have shared nothing but positivity and success about the platform since the console released. That trend has continued at PAX Aus 2018, where a panel of 4 indie developers discussed their Switch success stories. SMG Studio’s Ash Ringrose, Henrik Pettersson from The Voxel Agents, Matthew Rowland from League of Geeks and Harmonious Games’ Joe Park had plenty to say, so if you want to see their Switch success stories, all 4 of them can be seen down below.

Ash Ringrose

“Because it was a new platform, we’ve actually been sharing our sales data with a lot of other indies, and by doing that, we kind of have been graphing that anonymously so that not everybody’s data gets out there. We could see we had great success. I think we said we sold more on Switch in three days than we sold on all the other platforms combined over like six months. Just from the response from that. So we came in July last year, so that was just after release. But we’ve been sharing the data and it’s kind of interesting to see who’s been doing well, who hasn’t, and that kind of comparison. And there has been a lot of positive talk and has been doing for well. Maybe for us we’ve sold ten times as many copies on Switch than we have on each platform. We’ve got like a long tail, or a thicker tail. So we sell more per day on Switch than we’d sell on Steam in a week and still after like 400 days of being out. So for us, those numbers really help kind of help long term revenue for us. But I would say compared to other platforms, we sold really badly on the other platforms, so it did well on Switch.

We’ve had other people who have done really well on iOS and haven’t done as well. It does depend on the game. It’s not just put it on Switch and you’ve got an instant hit. I think the audience now still wants a good game. I think for us we got in quite early, we were quite lucky. But even the sales now we’re quite happy with, so it’s quite a healthy platform if you’re quite noisy about your game as well.”

Henrik Pettersson

“I think for The Gardens Between, we saw the same thing – at least in terms of initial sales. The Gardens Between was released four weeks ago, it was released four weeks ago on Steam, PlayStation, and on the Switch. I think 60% of our sales have been on Switch so far, which is tremendous. I think I attribute that a bit to Nintendo’s help in terms of promoting the game and also that this new platform that people are really engaging in. I imagine that Steam sales are going to balance that a bit more, particularly with sales and things like that in the future. You have such a large audience there, but I’m also surprised by how well it’s been going on Switch.”

Matthew Rowland

“With Armello we’ve got a bit of a different situation where we’ve been out for so long on many of our other platforms we don’t really have comparable data on the Switch yet. We’ve only been out for about I guess four weeks now on Switch. But certainly the audience for the Switch for Armello seems more amenable to that kind of game than PlayStation or Xbox as just like a benefit there tonally there I think whereas Steam we’re comparing against like three years of sales, so it’s a bit hard to compare directly there, but certainly the uptake has been really good and we’ll have to see how the tail goes and how the multiplayer community sort of continues to maintain itself over the longer term.”

Joe Park

“With Putty Pals, we’re kind of in a similar boat to Ash of SMG where we’ve only been out for about eight months on PC, and then when we shipped on Switch, on the first day, it outsold the previous eight months on PC. I think that’s also because our game was a local co-op game as well, which don’t do well on PC, which we kind of found out the hard way. And yeah, it’s the same sort of thing. I think it’s like eight times as many units on Switch as PC despite all of the sales. Yeah, financially Switch has been much more beneficial for us than PC has.”

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SunnyNovember 10, 2018
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Muscat: The National Business Centre (NBC), which pertains to the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), is all set to organise a series of events in line with the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW 2018) today under the theme of “Failure Taught Me”.

The GEW events in Oman, which will kick off at the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM), come in line with the Sultanate’s celebrations of the 48th Glorious National Day.

Giving further details on the event, Mulkie Al Hashmi, Director of Media and Marketing at NBC, said, “We are going to host GEW events for the sixth year in a row. The first day of the event will feature success stories of Omani entrepreneurs and an accompanying exhibition.

“An SME clinic will also be present during the week to offer consultations for the SMEs. Moreover, the second day of GEW Oman 2018 will see Mashura event which will be held at “Riyada’’ incubator to enhance entrepreneurship awareness among owners of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)”.

She added, “Reyooq event will be held on the third day at Basta Majan Café, which will highlight employment challenges in SMEs. Reyooq events offer a platform for interactive discussions and exchange of views on major sectors in the Sultanate and thus encourage entrepreneurs to start businesses in these sectors. An evening event under the title of ‘Speed Networking’ will also take place on the third day. The event’s fourth day will witness a workshop on investment readiness, in addition to a discussion gathering called ‘Lamma’”.

Al Hashmi added that NBC will organise Startup Weekend on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week. “This event will be organised for the second consecutive year. The event is a global program that bring together designers, developers, marketers and startup enthusiasts to share ideas, form teams, and launch startups. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event that will kick off on November 15th at 17.00 pm at NBC in the KOM.

Around 20 consultants and experts in entrepreneurship will take part in this event. The event aims at promoting communication and exchange of ideas and views between the participants. The program will conclude with the selection of three most viable and cost-effective ideas. Winners will receive gifts, as well as the opportunity to join NBC’s pre-incubation and incubation phases.

GEW is a global event celebrated by more than 160 countries worldwide.

GEW is recognised as the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

The event aims at connecting experts and entrepreneurs across Oman and sectors to unleash their ideas and transform innovative ideas into reality. It also aspires to encourage entrepreneurs in Oman to be more visible and help them in their efforts to launch and scale.

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Lithuania is doing all the right things to make investing in the country easy and profitable.

According to data from UNCTAD (the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), Lithuania has been receiving fluctuating flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) over the last decade. For example, while 2015 saw 749.3 million euros of FDI into Lithuania, the following year saw a drop to 227.4 million euros. Things picked up again in 2017, when 512.4 million euros poured into the country. According to provisional data provided by the Bank of Lithuania, cumulative FDI stock rose 5.2 per cent to 14.7 billion euros at the end of 2017. The fluctuation is mainly due to the global financial crisis, as well as the regional crisis involving Russia and Ukraine. Such trends can also be observed in neighbouring Baltic countries. The country improved its position and ranks 16th out of 190 economies in the World Bank’s 2018 Doing Business Report, up from 21st position in 2017. The annual Report rates 190 countries on their business environment. Lithuania now sits ahead of the likes of Ireland (ranked 17th) and Germany (ranked 20th). Furthermore, Lithuania is the only country in the Central and Eastern European region to have improved its position in the Doing Business index this year. Amongst the other Baltic states, Lithuania ranks in the middle: Latvia is 19th, whilst Estonia took 12th position in 2018. According to the same Report, Lithuania has undertaken 31 reforms to its business regulatory environment, six reforms to its business incorporation processes, five reforms to bankruptcy proceedings and four reforms to its taxation system. In the EU, Lithuania ranks fifth for investment attraction.

Moreover, Lithuania offers tax exemptions to foreign companies and conditions have made it easier for companies to set up their businesses. The country made positive reforms in four key areas: obtaining construction permits was facilitated, connecting to electricity networks was improved, minority investors were better protected, and the tax payment system became electronic. As such, Lithuania was second in the whole of Europe and Central Asia for the number of reforms leading to an improvement in the conditions for business. Whilst Lithuania’s corporate income tax is 15 per cent, entities with fewer than ten employees and less than 300,000 euros in gross annual revenues can benefit from a reduced corporate income tax rate of five per cent.

Strategic positioning

Emerging Europe got in touch with Simonas Petrulis, CEO of the Baltic Free Economic Zone and President of the Lithuanian Association of Free Economic Zones (LAFEZ). Mr Petrulis gave us a very detailed and comprehensive overview of the business climate in Lithuania, mentioning the country’s location as a key factor that is highly beneficial for foreign investors: “due to our bordering with Poland, Kaliningrad Oblast (Russia), Latvia, Belarus our region offers unparalleled logistical access to major markets (East-West).” This strategic positioning of the country has allowed it to develop good infrastructure: it takes 1-2 hours to reach airports and 2-3 hours to reach sea ports.

Lithuania’s six Free Economic Zones (FEZ), at Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Kėdainiai, Panevėžys and Marijampolė, have been key for attracting FDI to the country, due to the companies located there receiving special economic and legal operating conditions. Businesses choosing to locate to one of the FEZs enjoy zero per cent corporate income tax during their initial 10 years of operation, 7.5 per cent tax over the next six years, and no tax on dividends and real estate. Kaunas’s FEZ has shown particularly encouraging signs of economic development and increased attractiveness for foreign investors. Of the 661 million euros invested in Kaunas FEZ, 70 per cent has come as FDI, which creates an additional 2.5 working places outside the zone for every one working place created in it. Emerging Europe spoke to Invest Lithuania, the country’s investment promotion agency, who stated that “the latest investment trends in the [Kaunas] region show that smaller scale projects which are more human resource intensive are being developed,” which means that there is increasing demand for highly qualified employees. In addition, the Kaunas FEZ has been focused on attracting investors from the fields of manufacturing, medical technology, aviation and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul).

Government support

Emerging Europe also spoke with Kaunas FEZ’s Marketing Manager Ignas Juknevičius, who pointed out that “there were no legal hurdles that these companies had to overcome,” when setting up their businesses in Kaunas FEZ. Mr Juknevičius added that “the whole settlement was and still is supported by the government as there were numerous meetings with Lithuania’s prime minister and other high-level politicians to ensure best conditions possible in Lithuania.”

“The only requirement for company to settle in Kaunas FEZ or any of Lithuania’s free economic zones is to perform activities which are not prohibited by the law of fundamentals of FEZs,” added Mr Juknevičius. Mr Petrulis, however, pointed out that companies planning to invest in Lithuania require “more and wider developed local infrastructure from local municipalities,” construction permits and other such administrative formalities to be processed quicker, cheaper and greener energy and a greater abundance of qualified specialists.

One of the most well-known companies present in Kaunas FEZ is Continental, the leading German automotive manufacturing company. The company has chosen Kaunas as the site of its new plant, where electronic components for the European market will be manufactured from the second half of 2019. This 95 million-euro investment will span until 2023 and is expected to create around 1,000 new jobs. “The construction of our first plant in Lithuania is an important part of our growth strategy in Europe,” stated Helmut Matschi, a member of the Continental executive board and head of the interior division. “We are glad that with the modern industrial region here in Kaunas, the excellent infrastructure and the highly qualified workforce, we have found the ideal location.”

Continental specifically selected the site in Kaunas, explains Shayan Ali, managing director of Continental in Lithuania: “Kaunas is Lithuania’s industrial centre and the nation’s leading electronics and automation hub. At the same time, its population of students – around 10 per cent of whom are specialising in electronics manufacture – puts a wealth of technical know-how at our disposal, so we are expecting to gain some highly qualified employees. All in all, Kaunas is the perfect location for our new plant.”

Access to talent

With the biggest technological university in Baltic region, Kaunas University of Technology, the labour pool has been a decisive factor for giants like Continental, Hella and Hollister. The university boasts around 53,000 students, with a quarter studying technical programmes. In addition, a quarter of the population already works in the manufacturing industry, therefore, as Mr Juknevičius stated, “this concentration of engineers and other specialists doesn’t possess a challenge. Workers and society perceive international companies very well and look forward to working in these companies.”

According to 2016 census data, the demographics of Lithuania are broadly in favour of foreign investors: 84 per cent of young Lithuanian professionals are fluent in English and 2016 Eurostat data states that the country has second highest share of 25-29 year olds with tertiary education in the EU: 50.4 per cent. Mr Juknevičius adds that “Lithuania is still not saturated in terms of FDI investments (especially manufacturing): there are enough employees to work for new companies and investors.” Furthermore, Mr Petrulis also recognised the country’s talent potential: “[Lithuania] can deliver with a much higher speed of change management … than our much bigger neighbour countries, competitors and mature economies in the west of Europe.”

All in all, for a small country and economy in eastern Europe, Lithuania seems to be doing all the right things to be attracting foreign investors, both small and big. Government incentives, the Free Economic Zones and a reliable talent pool have proven to bring in companies from a variety of sectors to the country. The booming FinTech (financial technology) sector in Lithuania is undoubtedly promising, despite Estonia having established itself as a hub for technology not only in the Baltic region, but the entire EU. Success stories such as Revolut, the platform and app that allows its users to exchange currencies at interbank rates, are proving the desirability of Lithuania as a destination for such start-ups. Not only will foreign investors expect a warm welcome in the country, but also a climate that allows their businesses to prosper.

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