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THE YEAR AHEAD [DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)]
[January 02, 2013]

THE YEAR AHEAD [DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)]

(DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) "2012 was a bag of highs & lows, but 2013 begins on a promising note with four new hotels, better realty deals and faster cars. Gujarat also is poised on the brink of power struggles that may alter India's political equations in coming years. But till then, as they say, tel juo ane tel ni dhar juo... ""Car launches in 2013 Hatchbacks Maruti A-star facelift, Chevrolet Beat facelift, Toyota Etios Liva Sport and Etios facelift, VW Cross Polo, Fiat Punto Evo, 2nd gen Hyundai i10 (diesel), BMW 1-series, Tata Nano diesel & CNG, Merc A-Class, New VW Beetle, Mini Cooper Diesel, Mahindra E20 (electric)""Sedans Honda Amaze (diesel), Mahindra sub-4m Verito, Tata Manza CS (sub-4 m), Chevy Sail sedan, Nissan Sunny and Renault Scala automatic, Jaguar XJ Ultimate, Skoda Superb facelift, Audi S6, Mercedes E-class facelift, New Honda Accord, New Skoda Octavia, Audi A3 sedan, Fiat Linea facelift, Ford Fiesta facelift, Jaguar XF 2.2D, New BMW 7-series""SUVs Facelifts of BMW X1, Audi Q5, Honda CR-V, Mahindra Thar, LR Freelander 2, and Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster 4WD variant, Volvo V40 Cross Country, Hyundai Santa Fe Fluidic, Force Gurkha (<4 m), Nissan's Duster-based SUV, , New Ford Endeavour, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Maruti  XA Alpha-based compact SUV""Dandi Bridge restoration The 'fire-y' damage caused to Dandi Bridge in 2012 drew much criticism from all quarters, but the civic body has promised completion of its restoration this year. First phase of repair of the historic bridge began in September last year, which will see completion in a year's time. AMC currently is replacing damaged wooden parts of the bridge and strengthening the iron parts. The Rs2.49-crore restoration project also involves upkeep of the immediate premises. The second phase will include developing the landscape of areas close to the bridge. ""Cyclathon After marathons, AMC has taken a step ahead and organised a cyclathon on January 27. The date is in accordance with the international cycling calendar, which shows how enthusiastic the civic body is to achieve global standards in the event. Proposal of holding the cyclathon was approved in September 2012.""Vibrant Gujarat Summit The sixth edition of the biennial Vibrant Gujarat Summit will take place from January 11-13. The event, CM Narendra Modi's first big one after completing a hat-trick of wins in assembly elections, will be a grand affair. The who's who of the India Inc and envoys of several foreign countries will be in attendance. The event will see several Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) of astronomical sums being signed, as was the case in 2011. Also expect chants of "Modi-for-PM" getting louder at the summit. ""HDIIT expected After four years and a pilot project for Home Department Integrated Information Technology (HDIIT), 2013 may finally see implementation of this high-profile computer-based criminal identification system in the state - if the state government approves it.""Four new hotels in ahmedabad Amdavad is attracting more tourists than ever and better accommodation this year will only aid the trend. Four new high-end hotels - The Lalit, Crowne Plaza, Aloft and Narayani Heights & Resorts - are set to come up this year. Ista is going to adorn a new name too, that of Hyatt. The more the merrier, we say.""buy that house, now! 2013 promises good opportunities to buyers scouting for property. Prices are expected to remain stagnant in first half of the year and there won't be much change after that. EMIs too are headed southwards in 2013, with RBI likely to slash key policy rates in January in its bid to support growth. A cut of 50 bps is expected. If US policymakers falter in avoiding Fiscal Cliff, then expect sharper correction in interest rates.""Tough year ahead for Grand Old party Gujarat Congress faces serious challenges in the New Year - of sagging cadre morale, leadership crisis, by-elections and representation in Parliament. Shankarsinh Vaghela and Vitthal Radadia, both originally from BJP, are set to emerge as new faces of the party, causing severe heartburn among Congressmen.""Smartphones iPhone 5s - Expected Spring 2013 BlackBerry 10 - BB re-invented Samsung Galaxy S IV - Bigger, possibly unbreakable display, 13 MP camera Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 HTC M7 - 5-inch 1080p, 13 MP camera ZTE Apache Octo-core - First smartphone to have an 8-core processor MS, Amazon - Both have deals with Foxconn to make affordable smartphones FB smartphone - The SNW and HTC are rumored to be working on a smartphone Tablets MS Surface - Three variants with 8.6 & 14.6-inch display Aakash 3 - Successor of "world's cheapest" tablets being readied at IITM Gadgets Apple Macbook Air with Retina display, Google Touch Chromebook, Sony PS4, New MS Xbox, Apple iTV, Toshiba 4K TV and Google Project Glass, if Google co-founder Sergey Brin has his way.""New Seat of Power CM Narendra Modi and his ministers will soon move to a new ministerial enclave, which is currently under construction. This new complex is right next to the old one in the Sachivalaya premises.

Offices are almost ready and the move-in could happen as early as January. The two buildings, being built at a cost of more than Rs110 crore, will be equipped with the latest security features and other facilities. This could mean fewer security hassles for the common man going to Sachivalaya for work." Credit:Team DNA (c) 2013 @ 2013 DILIGENT MEDIA CORPORATION LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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