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Pankaj Patel elected as FICCI President for 2017

Pankaj Patel was elected as the President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for the year 2017.

He will take over after incumbent Ambuja Neotia Group Chairman Harshavardhan Neotia completes his term in December 2016.

At present Pankaj Patel is Chief Managing Director of Zydus Cadila. He is actively involved in various educational institutions and is on advisory committees and academic councils of several educational institutions such as IISER (Kolkata), IIM Ahmedabad etc.

He is also the Vice President, Executive Chairman and Trustee of the Gujarat Cancer Society and Chairman of the Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute, one of the largest of its kind regional Cancer Centre in India.

About Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

  • FICCI is the largest and oldest apex business organization in India. It is a non-governmental and non-profit organization.
  • Establish: 1927
  • Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Mission: To enhance efficiency and global competitiveness of Indian industry.
  • To expand business opportunities both in domestic and foreign markets through a range of specialized services and global linkages.


India aviation show 2016 begins in Hyderabad

The India Aviation 2016, an international exhibition and conference on civil aviation kicked off in Hyderabad, Telangana.

It is the fifth edition in the biennial series of this international exhibition and was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Begumpet Airport (also known as Hyderabad Old Airport).

Key facts

  • India Aviation 2016 has been jointly organised by Ministry of Civil Aviation and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on the lines of Make in India.
  • More than 200 major participants across the globe are going to part and will be displaying latest aircrafts.
  • Delegations led by Ministers and Senior Government Officials from more than 25 are going to participate in the event.
  • It will also see the participation of leading Aircraft Manufacturers, helicopter manufacturers and engine manufacturers.
  • Global CEO’s at CEO Forum will be also held in the four day event. Major global aviation infrastructure companies are also participating in this event.


Uttar Pradesh Government launches first International festival on Birds

Uttar Pradesh Government has launched International festival on Birds in a bid to promote state as an international bird-watching destination.

The first-of-its-kind festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at the National Chambal Sanctuary (NCS).

It has been jointly organised by the State Forest department in collaboration with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).

The three-day international festival (from 4 to 6 December 2015) on birds will be held the National Chambal Sanctuary (NCS) in Agra. Over 80 Indian ornithlogists and around 25 top international bird experts and are participating in the first-of-its-kind festival.

About National Chambal Sanctuary

  • NCS was set up in 1979 as a riverine sanctuary along the Chambal River.
  • It is managed by the Wildlife wing of the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department and its head-quartered are located at Agra.
  • The sanctuary is the main area for the Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), a fresh water crocodile species reintroduction programmme in the Chambal River.
  • The river supports the largest population of the Gharial in the wild in the country. It also supports more than 320 resident and migrant birds.