Ganesha Festival in Hamburg on 21st and 22nd of September 2012

हैम्बर्ग में गणेश पालकी उत्सव (21.9.) और सार्वजनिक गणेशोत्सव (22.9.)

The group Anivasi Bharathi is planning a Ganesha festival on coming weekend. On Friday, 21st Sept. there is a „Ganesha Palaki Utsav“, which would involve a procession in Harburg. Saturday will see a „Sarvajanik Ganesha Utsav“, a public Ganesha festival, in the Hindu Temple in the Billstrasse. Further details can be found in the PDF file enclosed here or see the message by Anivasi Bharathi posted below. For any further information, please contact the organizers directly.


(Message from 18.09.2012 / 22.55h)

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Anivasi Bharathi, Hamburg, Germany, once again, We invite you all for the 5th Anniversary  of Public Ganesha Festival – 2012, which is planned on Friday, 21st t and Saturday, 22nd  September 2012.

With reference to our previous mail, we are happy to inform you that we have received permission to hold the PALAKI Utsav of Lord Ganesha in Harburg Rathaus on the previous day (21st September 2012 evening).

We have already completed one mega event, the ART AND SPORT MEET on 8th September 2012 successfully. Please find the updated invitation and the information for the remaining programmes.

EVENT 1 : ART AND SPORT MEET  —– Completed on 8th September 2012


Date      :   Saturday, 22nd September 2012

Time      :    15:00Hrs and 22:30 Hrs

Venue   :   Hindu Temple, Billstrasse 77, 20539   Hamburg, Germany

Note: Program shall begin exactly at 15:00Hrs with pooja. For more info contact


Date      : Friday, 21st September 2012

Time     : 18:30Hrs and 20:30 Hrs

Venue   : Harburg Rathausplatz , 21073 Hamburg, Germany

Route    : Harburger Rathausstraß – Deichhausweg –

Lüneburgerstraße -Harburgber Ring – Schloßmühlendamm – Sand

– Neue Straße – Am Centrumshaus – Harburger Rathausstraße

Note : Traditional dress is prefered.

For more info contact

During the Palaki Utsav demonstration of Indian Culture through dress, decoration and dance is being planned.

Please extend this invitation to your family and friends and bring them to make this celebration a grand success.

Please contact if someone wants to be a volunteer for any of the above mentioned events.

Mit freundlichen Gruß | Best regards

Harish Babu V



Hamburg, Germany

E-mail :

Website :

Indian govt. restricts mobile connections for foreign tourists

According to a report appearing in the Economic Times (Sept. 2, 2012), the Government of India „has asked Telecom Service Providers not to provide mobile connection for more than three months to any foreign tourist visiting India“.

„Any mobile connection issued to a foreigner should not have a validity beyond the validity of the visa. In case of foreign tourist, the validity of connection should not be beyond the visa period and also not exceed three months at a time even if the validity of the visa is beyond three months,“ the fresh guidelines, which have been vetted by Union Home Ministry, said.

[Read the complete report]

The fresh regulations are set to cause hassles to foreign tourists, who regularly travel to India and wish to keep their local mobile number unchanged. It may be subject to question, how effective such a policy is going to be in achieving its stated objective, i.e. to check misuse of SIM cards by terror groups. Those bent on harming India can probably use the numerous STD/ISD booths, WiFi networks, or satellite phones without getting detected easily. It is a common, innocent tourist, who will have to face the hassles, despite registering him- or herself and thus being identifiable at any point of time. The regulations are especially and unnecessarily harsh, because they do not even allow a connection for the full period of visa validity and restrict it to a maximum of 3 months, as if a terrorist would misuse his or her connection only after 3 months.

This goes in the same direction as the (incomprehendible) restriction on entry within less than 2 months on a tourist visa, despite having a „valid“ visa for the complete duration. Those who wish to harm India probably do not necessarily apply for a visa and rather infiltrate the country in an illegal manner. But it is a commoner who usually suffers the consequences of a short-sighted policy.

„Erfindersuche in Indien: Billig, genial, völlig unbekannt“

„Keine Waschmaschine läuft ohne Strom? Doch, wenn man ein Moped anschließt. Solche Erfindungen sammelt der indische Wirtschaftsprofessor auf Reisen durch die Provinz. Ein tönerner Kühlschrank, eine Flaschenzugbremse und eine Windelmaschine haben es schon auf den Markt geschafft.“

Weiterlesen auf Spiegel Online….

Indo-German Trade has grown significantly

According to a report by Federal Statistical Office (FSO), Germany’s trade with the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) has grown 7-folds within past 15 years (between 1996-2011). In comparison the trade volume as a whole grew only 2.5 folds.

Trade with India also registered significant growth. While German exports to India rose from € 2.4 billion in 1996 to € 10.9 billion in 2011, Indian exports to Germany rose from €2.0 billion to € 7.5 billion in the same period.

Detailed information  in German are available in press release issued by FSO on 29.08.2012.

An English version without detailed information on the matter (but contact details for further enquiries and methodological description) is also available at FSO website.