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stona 2018
13th international Granites & Stone Fair
7th to 10th feb 2018
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“Inauguration ceremony of STONA 2016 fair was held on 3rd Feb 2016 at BIEC and inaugurated by Dr. Ram Shankar Katheria, Hon’ble Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. Key note address was made by Sri. Balvinder Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Government of India.

The following dignitaries were present during the ceremony on the dais :

»  Sri. Vinay Kulkarni, Hon’ble Minister for Mines & Geology, Government of Karnataka,
»  Sri. Balvinder Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Government of India
»  Mr. Luis Cabello, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of Embassy of Peru in India.
»  Sri. R. Sekar, President
»  Sri. R. Veeramani. Founder President, Chairman, Stone Panel , CAPEXIL
»  Sri. J.B. Surana, Immediate Past President, FIGSI
»  Sri. Ishwinder Singh, Chairman, STONA 2016
»  Dr. K. Subba Reddy, Vice President
»  Sri. Sidda Hanumantha Rao, Vice President
»  Sri. S. Krishna Prasad, Vice President
»  Sri. Rakesh Sharma, Vice President
»  Sri. Jitendra Kothari, Vice President
»  Sri. N.K. Aswathrama, General Secretary
»  Sri. Manoj Kumar Singh, Treasurer

 


For the first time the Federation presented eleven awards to encourage our stone fraternity to follow the above aspects. Following are the awardees.

Categories of Awards
Awardees
EXPORT EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR 2014-15
- For Marble Exports
M/s. Classic Marble Company Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai
EXPORT EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR 2014-15
- For Industrial Granite Products Exports
M/s. Technospark Industrial India Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru
EXPORT EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR 2014-15
- Top Exporter of all Granite Products
M/s. Madhucon Granites Ltd., Khammam
EXPORT EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR 2014-15
- For Export of Polished Slabs and Tiles
M/s. Pacific Granites (India) Pvt. ltd., Hosur
EXPORT EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR 2014-15
- For Monuments Exports
M/s. GTP Granites Ltd., Salem
EXPORT EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR 2014-15
- For Export of Other Stones
M/s. Stone Age Pvt. Ltd.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AWARD
M/s. Mount Victoria Granites Ltd., Lalitpur, UP
FIGSI-FIMI-MODEL GRANITE QUARRY AWARD - 2014-2015
» M/s. Shakti Stone and Marble, Gujarat
» M/s. Anand Granite Exports Pvt. Ltd, Chennai
» M/s. Pokarna Limited, Secunderabad
FIGSI-FIMI-MODEL MARBLE QUARRY AWARD - 2014-2015
M/s. Vipul Marble Company, Gujarat

 


To encourage students to opt for geology as a course subject, so that sufficient man power will be available for the industry, the federation awarded cash award and citation to the following two students.

1. Mr. Naseer Ahmad Parry - for his achievement in Studies in Geology, M.Sc. applied Geology during the year 2014-15 in Karnataka University, Dharwad.

2. Mr. Aarif Ahmed - for his achievement in M.Sc. Geology in Academic year 2014-15 in Mangalore University, Mangalagangotri

 


Valedictory Function of STONA 2016 Fair was held on 5th Feb 2016 at BIEC.

The following dignitaries were present during the ceremony on the dais.

»  Sri. Raj Kumar Rinwa, Hon'ble Minister for Mines, Forest, Environment (Independent), Government of Rajasthan
»  Smt. Peethala. Sujatha, Hon'ble Minister for Women Empowerment, Child Welfare and Disabled & Senior Citizens Welfare, Mines &
    Geology, Government of Andhra Pradesh
»  Sri Raghava Rao Sidda, Hon’ble Minister for Transport, Roads and Buildings, Government of Andhra Pradesh
»  Sri. Nirmal Nahata, Worshipful Mayor of Jaipur
»  Dr. Niranjan K. Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Government of India
»  Smt. Ratna Prabha, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Commerce & Industry Department, Government of Karnataka
»  Mr. Richard Flohr, An expert in the field of Granite from Germany
»  Sri. R. Sekar, President
»  Sri. R. Veeramani. Founder President, Chairman, Stone Panel , CAPEXIL
»  Sri. J.B. Surana, Immediate Past President, FIGSI
»  Sri. Ishwinder Singh, Chairman, STONA 2016
»  Dr. K. Subba Reddy, Vice President
»  Sri. Sidda Hanumantha Rao, Vice President
»  Sri. S. Krishna Prasad, Vice President
»  Sri. Rakesh Sharma, Vice President
»  Sri. Jitendra Kothari, Vice President
»  Sri. N.K. Aswathrama, General Secretary
»  Sri. Manoj Kumar Singh, Treasurer

 


Seminar on Natural Stone in Architecture was organized on 4th Feb 2016 at BIEC and was inaugurated by Mr. Farook Mahmood, Chairman & Managing Director, M/s. Silverline Group & President, FIABCI, WCB, Paris. Smt. Leena Kumar, Chairperson of Indian institute of Architects, Karnataka Chapter was the Chairperson for the technical session.

During the seminar a Handbook on "Effective Marketing of Dimension Stones - 2015" by Mr. K. Vikram Rastogi, President, Stone Technology Centre Group of Companies was released.

During the technical session following papers were presented by the speakers :

Mr. Pontjo Widodo & Ms. Shubhra Mutreja
M/s. Belt Collins International Pvt Ltd. Singapore
Stone in Landscaping
AR. Padmashri Gopal Shankar
M/s. Habitat Technology Group
Thiruvananthapuram
Environmental Friendly Architectural Designs
using natural ornamental stones
AR. Jyothi Gupta, Ph.D
Larsen and Toubro Construction
Bengaluru
Ornamental Stones usage in construction of commercial
buildings, airports and residences
Dr. Ravindra Nagar
Dean, Academic Affairs &
Prof. of Structural Engineering
Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur &
Dr. Pawan Kalla
Professor, MNIT
Utilization of waste obtained from ornamental stone quarries
and factories

 


Seminar on Geology and Mining was organized on 5h Feb 2016 at BIEC and was inaugurated by Sri. S.S. Pattana Shethy, I.A.S., Director, Department of Mines and Geology, Govt. of Karnataka. Sri. R.H. Sawkar, Secretary, Geological Society of India, Bengaluru and Dr. N. Nandini, Head of the Department of, Environmental Sciences, Bangalore University, Bengaluru, are the Chairpersons for the technical session.

During the technical session following papers were presented by the speakers

Mr. N.S. Gadagkar
Director, RSAS,
GSI, Bengaluru
Remote Sensing with special
reference to Ornamental Stones
Dr. K. Rajaram, (Retd.)
Addl. Director General,
GSI
Remote Sensing with special
reference to Ornamental Stones
Sri. Sudheendra Kumar
Consultant Geologist,
Mysore
Scanning Technique and
Identification of Good Ornamental Stones
Sri. A. Rajan Babu, FIE
Principal Scientist,
Centre for Testing Services & Head,
Department of Dimensional
Stone Technology,
NIRM, KGF
Modern Quarrying and Recovery
Percentage
Thiru. M. Vallalar, IAS
Managing Director,
Tamil Nadu Minerals Limited
Chennai
International Trade of Ornamental
Granite in Indian scenario
Dr. T.N. Venugopal
Joint Director (Retd)
Dept. of Mines & Geology
Bengaluru
Quarrying of Ornamental Stones
in India and Other Countries - a comparison
Sri. S. Krishna Prasad
Vice President, FIGSI
Bengaluru
Modern Techniques of Quarrying
& Processing, R & D, Environmental Protection
and Corporate Social Responsibility

 


Media Coverage of STONA 2016 Fair

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GALA DINNER OF STONA 2016 Fair was held on 4rd Feb 2016 at The Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru. The programme was attended by Smt. Smt. Peethala. Sujatha, Hon'ble Minister for Women Empowerment, Child Welfare and Disabled & Senior Citizens Welfare, Mines & Geology, Government of Andhra Pradesh

 


Press meet of STONA 2016 Fair was held on 1st Feb 2016 at Hotel ITC Windsor, Bengaluru.

 


R. Sekar, President, S. Krishna Prasad, Vice President, N.K. Aswathrama, General Secretary, K. Keshava Murthy, Chairman, Seminars and Conferences Sub Committee and Guru Shastrimath, Member had met Sri. Vinaya Kulkarni, Hon’ble Minister for Mines and Geology, Government of Karnataka on 3rd November 2015 to discuss about the problems faced by the natural stone industry in Karnataka

 


R. Sekar, President, S. Krishna Prasad, Vice President, N.K. Aswathrama, General Secretary, K. Keshava Murthy, Chairman, Seminars and Conferences Sub Committee and Guru Shastrimath, Member had met Sri. Vinaya Kulkarni, Hon’ble Minister for Mines and Geology, Government of Karnataka on 3rd November 2015 to discuss about the problems faced by the natural stone industry in Karnataka

 


R. Sekar, President, S. Krishna Prasad, Vice President, N.K. Aswathrama, General Secretary, K. Keshava Murthy, Chairman, Seminars and Conferences Sub Committee and Guru Shastrimath, Member had met Sri. Vinaya Kulkarni, Hon’ble Minister for Mines and Geology, Government of Karnataka on 3rd November 2015 to discuss about the problems faced by the natural stone industry in Karnataka

 


 

R. Sekar, President, S. Krishna Prasad, Vice President, K. Keshava Murthy, Chairman, Seminars and Conferences Sub Committee and Guru Shastrimath, Member had met Dr. G. Parameshwara, Hon’ble Minister for Home, Government of Karnataka on 4th November 2015 to discuss about the problems faced by the natural stone industry in Karnataka

 


 

Mr. R. Sekar, President, Mr. S. Krishna Prasad, Vice President, Mr. N.K. Aswathrama, General Secretary and Sri. K. Keshava Murthy, Chairman, Seminars and Conferences Sub Committee had met SRI. KAUSHIK MUKHERJEE, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka on 17th October 2015 at Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore to discuss about the problem faced by the natural stone industry in Karnataka

 


 

Mr. S. Krishna Prasad, Vice President, Sri. K. Keshava Murthy, Chairman, Seminars and Conferences Sub Committee and Sri. K.B. Munivenkata Swamy, CEO had met SRI. R.H. SAWKAR, SECRETARY AND SRI. N. RAJENDRAN, GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF INDIA on 27th October 2015 at GSI Office, Bangalore to explain about royalty structure, Transportation and other issues before the Government

 


 

Proceedings of the National Seminar on “Dimensional Stone Quarrying, Environmental Issues and Community Welfare” held on 17th January 2015 at The Lalit Ashok at Bengaluru.

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32nd Annual General Meeting held on 14th Sept 2015 at 11.00 am at Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru.

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Gateway Media Private Limited had organized a Conference Containers India 2015 on 21st August 2015 at Hotel Lalit, Mumbai and Mr. S. Krishna Prasad, Vice President, FIGSI was one of the panelist in the conference.

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The Indo Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Bengaluru had organized a Seminar Presentation on 'EU Approach for Building Materials: Eco-Labeling & Product Environmental Protocol Launch' on 25th September 2015 at Hotel Le Meridien, Bengaluru and Mr. S. Krishna Prasad, Vice President, FIGSI was one of the Guest of Honour in the Seminar. Mr. N.K. Aswathrama, General Secretary and Mr. K.B. Munivenkata Swamy, Chief Executive Officer also attended the seminar.

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FIGSI participated in the Marmomacc 2015 to be held from 30th Sept 2015 3rd Oct 2015 at Verona, Italy.

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Centre and States should create conducive business climate: Sri. R. Veeramani, Chairman, Granite, Natural Stone Product Panel, CAPEXIL, & Founder President, FIGSI, Chairman- Gem Group of Companies, Chennai – The Hindu paper – 19.10.2015

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