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Cathérine Bergeyck 03-12-2005 05:25 AM

Philippe and Mathilde's Economic Mission to India; March 12-17, 2005
 
Prince Philippe presides a Belgian trade mission to India, starting on 12th of March 2005.

His wife Mathilde accompanies him and has her own program.

For both of them, it isn't their first visit to India since Philippe also lead other trade missions to this country, and Mathilde travelled India when she was still a student.

And finally, the couple spent a part of their honeymoon in India...

Cathérine Bergeyck 03-12-2005 05:26 AM

Prince Philippe of Belgium to lead trade mission to India
14.02 IST 10th Mar 2005

By Agencies

Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium will lead a 250-member strong high-level business delegation to India to explore joint venture and investment avenues in the country.

The mission, which will tour India for eight days beginning Saturday, includes Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Marc Verwilghen, the Belgian Federal Minister for Economy, Energy, Foreign Trade and Science Policy and Mrs. Fientje Moerman, Vice Minister-President of the Flemish Government.

Besides, 186 businessmen representing 126 companies interested in investing in India or trying to get a partner for joint venture are members of the delegation, sources said.

About 30 to 35 officials from various administration and agencies and media men accompanying Prince Philippe shows the Belgian government's keen interest in boosting trade and economic links with India.

The mission is visiting New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune.

The vast market available in India has prompted the industrialists to venture for a new trade mission. They are very much interested in investing in IT sector, biotechnology, food processing, steel, high technology and textiles, the sources added.

Hannelore 03-13-2005 08:26 AM

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This mission will end on the 19th.


It seems Mathilde isn't in India yet (she often leaves earlier -a day or so- or arrives later so she can be a bit longer with the kids).

Here are the first pics from Filip in India


1.Prince Philippe listens as minister Marc Verwilghen speaks as they visit the Qutab Minar Complex in New Delhi, 13 March 2005. Philippe, who will be accompanied by Princess Mathilde has started a seven day official visit to India during which they will meet with India's President and Prime Minister and visit the cities of Bamgalore and Bombay in addition to India's capital.

2&3. Prince Philippe listens to an official of the Archeologial Survey of India speaking about restoration work as he visits the Qutab Minar Complex in New Delhi.

8. "Mathilde, come and save me !!"
Prince Philippe is watched by media representatives as he stretches his arms around an iron pillar during a visit to the Qutab Minar Complex in New Delhi, 13 March 2005.

Hannelore 03-13-2005 11:46 AM

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Prince Philippe takes his seat as he arrives to attend a meeting prior to a reception at the Belgian Ambassador's Residence in New Delhi, 13 March 2005, marking the twentieth anniversary of the residence.

Prince Philippe speaks with architect Satish Gujral and his wife Kiran during a reception at the Belgian Ambassador's Residence in New Delhi.

Mette2 03-13-2005 05:17 PM

At this link from VRT there's a video and a piece of text about the trip to India so far:

https://www.vrtnieuws.net/nieuwsnet_m...dia/index.html

Btw great pictures, thanks for posting them and I look forward to see more from the trip. :)

Danielle 03-13-2005 11:35 PM

India: Belgium Crown Prince arrives

10 Hours,46 minutes Ago
[India News]: New Delhi: Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium arrived here today on a week-long visit to India, leading a high-level Economic Mission.

This is the third visit of the Crown Prince to India, the earlier visits being in 1995 and 1998.

Crown Prince Philippe is accompanied by Princess Mathilde, several ministers and representatioves of 126 Belgian companies.

The Crown Prince will tomorrow call on President A P J Abdul Kalam while Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat will host a banquet in his honour in the evening. He will also have meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Minister of Commerce and Industry Kamal Nath. The Crown Prince will attend a Business Luncheon meeting organised by Confederation of Indian Industry.


The Crown Prince will also visit Bangalore and Mumbai between March 15-19 during which he will have meetings with State Government officials and interact with trade and industry.

The programme in Bangalore includes Joint Business Luncheon meetings organised by Bangalore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and visits to HAL, ISRO and a number of private companies.


In Mumbai, he will participate in a Business Luncheon meeting organised by FICCI and Flanders Investment and Trade and in a business interactive session organised by the Belgo-Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

According to an external Affairs Ministry release, the Indo-Belgian relations have been traditionally warm and friendly.

They are based on rich cultural heritage and commitment to common values of multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-linguistic society and democracy. There is considerable mutual interest of trade and business. Bilateral relations are underpinned by strong mutual interests in trade and investment. Belgium is India’s second largest trade partner in the European Union.
https://www.keralanext.com/news/readn...id=148351&pg=2

Dennism 03-13-2005 11:54 PM

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8. "Mathilde, come and save me !!"
Prince Philippe is watched by media representatives as he stretches his arms around an iron pillar during a visit to the Qutab Minar Complex in New Delhi, 13 March 2005.

"Mathilde, come and save me !! I knew we´d be popular but not this popular!"

HMQueenElizabethII 03-14-2005 12:24 AM

Thanks for pictures everybody.

paulette 03-14-2005 02:59 AM

where's CP Mathilde?

agisele 03-14-2005 08:11 AM

i can't wait to see Mathilde in India, i hope that there will be plenty of pictures of her taking part in cultural activities, similar to that of their trip to China a couple of months ago.

Hannelore 03-14-2005 01:21 PM

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1&2.prince Philippe with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a meeting in New Delhi, 14 March 2005.

3. with Indian Finance Minister P.Chidambaram

6.Prince Philippe pays his respects to the father of the Indian nation, Mahatma Gandhi by laying a wreath at Smriti Gandhi (Gandhi Memorial) in New Delhi, 14 March 2005

HMQueenElizabethII 03-14-2005 01:27 PM

Thanks lots for photos Hannelore.

Hannelore 03-14-2005 01:31 PM

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1. Prince Philippe and Minister for Economy and Trade Marc Marc Verwilghen (L) flank India's Minister of Commerce and Industry Kamal Nath (C) at a Confederation of Indian Industry meeting in New Delhi, 14 March 2005.

2. speech

3&4. Prince Philippe shakes hands with Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam prior to a meeting at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, 14 March 2005.

5. Philippe shakes hands with Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh

6. Prince Philippe speaks with the Chairperson of India's UPA government and Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi

9. with Indian Vice President Bhairon Singh Sekhawat.

Hannelore 03-14-2005 01:34 PM

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More pics from today. Filip met with the crème de la crème of the Indian politics :)


I believe Mathilde will be present tomorrow as well, to add a bit of glamour (and the socio-cultural part of the agenda) to this heavy business trip.

pdas1201 03-14-2005 04:58 PM

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Prince Philippe with Union Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath during a business session in New Delhi.

Later, the Prince visited "The Gandhi Smriti", the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

pdas1201 03-14-2005 05:15 PM

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Actually, there is a popular belief that anyone who stands with his back to the pilar and encircles it with his arms is bestowed with good luck.

More photos of Philippe during the visit to the Qutab Minar on March 13, 2005

pdas1201 03-14-2005 05:18 PM

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Visit to the Qutab Minar

Monalisa 03-14-2005 06:21 PM

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Monday 14 March 2005, Philippe who is accompanied by Princess Mathilde has started a eight day official visit to India during which they will meet with India's President and Prime Minister. Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium will lead a 250-member high-level business delegation to India to explore joint venture and investment avenues in the country. EPA/STR

leon 03-15-2005 10:40 AM

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Today...

Source: Polfoto

Hannelore 03-15-2005 01:31 PM

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From yesterday's business meetings

Hannelore 03-15-2005 01:39 PM

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Princess Mathilde has arrived!!

Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde hold their tickets before boarding a metro train in New Delhi, 15 March 2005.

Hannelore 03-15-2005 01:42 PM

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Belgium's Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde speak with Director Rolling Stock of Delhi Metro Satish Kumar (L) as they ride in a metro carriage in New Delhi, 15 March 2005.

Hannelore 03-15-2005 01:46 PM

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1. Princess Mathilde is welcomed by Indian Congress Party Senior Leader Oscar Fernandes to a luncheon meeting in New Delhi, 15 March 2005.

2. Belgium's Princess Mathilde listens to Indian Congress Party Senior Leader Oscar Fernandes as he speaks at a luncheon meeting in New Delhi.

Hannelore 03-15-2005 01:50 PM

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1.Prince Philippe is welcomed by Chairman, CII International and Chairman and Managing Director Triveni Engineering and Industries limited Dhruv M. Sawhney during a India-Belgium CEO's meeting in New Delhi, 15 March 2005.

2.Prince Philippe looks at AIDS/HIV posters prior to an India-Belgium CEO's meeting at the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) headquarters in New Delhi.

Hannelore 03-15-2005 01:58 PM

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Belgium's Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde pose for photographers prior to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between the Archaeological Survey of India and Belgian company Janssen Pharmaceutical in New Delhi, 15 March 2005. The MOU has identified the Hampi Temple Complex and Tipu Sultan's Palace in the southern state of Karnataka as those to be protected.

Hannelore 03-15-2005 01:59 PM

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Prince Philippe speaks with former President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Sudh Bhargava prior to a India-Belgium CEO's meeting at CII headquarters in New Delhi.

Hannelore 03-15-2005 02:04 PM

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Indian models display handcrafted diamond jewellery from ORRA at a fashion preview in Bombay, 15 March 2005. Belgian company ORRA-part of the world's largest diamond manufacturing company Rosy Blue, will showcase their dazzling display of handcrafted diamond jewellery at a fashion show 17 March, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Belgo-Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry(BICCI) which will be attended by the Belgian royal couple Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde.

Woudn't it be great if Mathilde could borrow some of this jewelry for the gala night...

HMQueenElizabethII 03-15-2005 02:39 PM

Really lovely,thanks so much for pics.

Hannelore 03-15-2005 02:41 PM

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Prince Philippe with Union Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath during a business session in New Delhi.

Later, the Prince visited "The Gandhi Smriti", the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

Thanks for the pics, and a very apropriate avatar I must say :)

Monalisa 03-15-2005 05:48 PM

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Belgium's Prince Philippe looks at AIDS/HIV posters prior to an India-Belgium CEO's meeting at the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) headquarters in New Delhi, 15 March 2005. Philippe who is accompanied by Princess Mathilde has started a seven day official visit to India during which they will visit the cities of Bangalore and Bombay in addition to India's capital.

Hannelore 03-16-2005 02:24 PM

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Filip taking part in an inauguration ceremony for the new offices of Belgian based information technology firm Capco in Bangalore, 16 March 2005.

Hannelore 03-16-2005 02:27 PM

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with the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Karnataka Dharam Sing after a meeting in Bangalore, 16 March 2005.

I think he looks really tired, it have been days full of meetings and running from here to there...

pdas1201 03-16-2005 05:06 PM

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March 16, 2005: Princess Mathilde visited the ruins of Hampi.

By the way, she is in Karnataka, a state in the Southern part of India. Whereas, Philippe is probably still in New Delhi meeting with the ministers. She must have travelled down there for the day to visit the ruins.

pdas1201 03-16-2005 05:09 PM

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Mathilde visiting the ruins at Hampi

pdas1201 03-16-2005 05:15 PM

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Several pics of the couple entering the hall where they signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

pdas1201 03-16-2005 05:22 PM

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Several pics of when they toured the Metro.

Metro has newly opened in New Delhi, so its still a "Big Thing", therefore they were being shown around and also given a ride in the Metro.

HMQueenElizabethII 03-17-2005 12:13 AM

Great,thanks for pics pdas1201.

agisele 03-17-2005 08:38 AM

mathilde's hair looks a bit different. or is it just me?

Lyonnaise 03-17-2005 11:37 AM

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BOMBAY, INDIA: Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium holds flowers presented to her by handicapped children during a visit to The Bombay Institution for Deaf and Mutes in Bombay, 17 March 2005. Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium are in Bombay on their last leg of a seven day official visit to India. AFP PHOTO/Indranil MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

Lyonnaise 03-17-2005 11:39 AM

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BOMBAY, INDIA: Belgium's Prince Philippe speaks at a gathering of Indian corporates organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) 17 March 2005 in Bombay.

Lyonnaise 03-17-2005 11:41 AM

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Belgian royals wind down Indian jaunt
from Hellomagazine.com

17 MARCH 2005

Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium and his wife Crown Princess Mathilde are winding down a seven-day trip to India during which they have visited cities from New Delhi to Mumbai.

The royal couple are in the Asian country along with 250 member delegation on a high-level economic mission. However, meetings with ministers and politicians aren't the only thing on the agenda for the Belgian prince and princess.

Among Crown Princess Mathilde's many visits was a tour of the Bombay Institution for the Deaf, where students showered her with pink and red rose petals upon her arrival. She was met with a similiarly enthusiastic greeting at the National Domestic Workers Movement office in Mumbai, where a colourful message reading "Welcome Princess Mathilde" was written on a chalkboard.

While Mathilde and Philippe have had separate schedules for much of their visit, they were able to share at least one "moving" experience. The pair took a trip on the New Delhi metro, trying out one of the underground rail system's new trains.

1. Well-wishers shower Princess Mathilde with flowers as she visits the Bombay Institution for the Deaf
2. The princess greets students at the school, just one stop during her seven-day trip to the country with husband Philippe
3. The royal couple take a trip in one of New Delhi metro's newest carriages

Hannelore 03-17-2005 01:49 PM

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1.Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium interacts with Belgian nationals in India during a visit to The Bombay Institution for Deaf and Mutes in Bombay, 17 March 2005.

2.At the computer centre of the institute

4. with the students

7.with Indian domestic workers during a visit to the National Domestic Workers Movement office in Bombay

8. Some more photos of the deaf and mute institute

Hannelore 03-17-2005 01:51 PM

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Greeted upon her arrival

HMQueenElizabethII 03-17-2005 02:32 PM

Really elegant and beautiful Princess Mathidle!Thanks so much for photos.

Any one know when will they come back?Is it today?

agisele 03-18-2005 08:24 AM

well it's a 7 day trip, and i believe that philippe left on sunday. so they'll probably be back in belgium on the 20th of march.

correct me if i'm mistaken.

Hannelore 03-18-2005 11:18 AM

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1.Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium smiles after she was welcomed with a vermillion bindi-traditional mark of reverence for married Hindu women, on her arrival at the Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC) in Bombay 18 March 2005.

2. Princess Mathilde of Belgium listens to Sheela Patel, Director of the Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC) during the Princess's visit to a slum in Byculla, Bombay.

3. Mathilde addresses slumdwellers

4. Viewing a slum

Hannelore 03-18-2005 01:47 PM

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More of Mathilde visiting the slums

Hannelore 03-18-2005 01:50 PM

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India's largest private sector company Reliance Group's Executive Director Nikil R.Meswani explains the use of a latest technology to Belgium's Prince Philippe and Vice Minister President of Flanders Belgium Fientje R.Moerman at the leading Information Technology Centre of Reliance at Khoparkhairne on the outskirts of Bombay, 18 March 2005.

Hannelore 03-18-2005 01:57 PM

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More pics of the previous days

Hannelore 03-18-2005 02:05 PM

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Visiting Hampi, where Belgian firm Janssen Farmaceutica is starting a project to preserve the archeological sites.

Hannelore 03-18-2005 02:08 PM

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More of the same visit

HMQueenElizabethII 03-18-2005 03:33 PM

Thanks so much,Hannelore.

Monalisa 03-19-2005 12:16 AM

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Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium at the Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC) in Bombay 18 March 2005. Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium are in Bombay on their last leg of a seven day official visit to India. AFP PHOTO/Indranil MUKHERJEE

Hannelore 03-19-2005 11:42 AM

The world of rags and riches:
Princess visits servants
Mumbai, March 17
It was a meeting of two different worlds—the world of rags and that of riches—as Princess of Belgium Mathilde lent an ear to the problems and travails of domestic servants here today.



Dressed in a cream apparel with coloured frilled tuffs, the Princess arrived at the office of the Bombay Houseworkers’ Solidarity in Mazgaon to interact with domestic servants and get a first-hand account of exploitation, low wages, physical and sexual assault, hunger, lack of medical amenities as well as old-age services.

According to Arokia Mary, coordinator of the organisation, “The Princess interacted with the domestic help and gathered information about their personal problems. However, there was no commitment either financially or otherwise, so far”.

“We hope the visit of the Princess would highlight the problems of domestic servants, which we have been battling for years. Efforts to table a Bill in 1990 and 1996 in Parliament and in 1998 State legislature had failed.

“The various Acts for organised labour fail to include domestic servants in its purview, hence they are paid less than the minimum wages, often irregularly as well”, she said.

“Child domestic workers are not covered by the Child Labour Act of 1986 making them vulnerable to exploitation. A PIL for a legislation recognising them as workers is pending before the Supreme Court”, Mary said.

The UN has recognised domestic work as a contemporary form of slavery. It is time that India gives due recognition to them, she said.

Eleven-year-old Nisha, employed as a domestic help in two households in suburban Mumbai, narrated her hectic schedule to Princess Mathilde in addition to looking after her younger siblings and dropping out of school out of sheer economic constraints.

”I told her that we would like to have four holidays per month, medical benefits and bonus for work put in for years in a household,” informs Alpana, another domestic help.

“We also spoke of migrant workers who work as full-time servants but we receive a measly remuneration when we go home”, Stella, another participant said.

“We often return home with no savings. Neighbours back home also suspect that we are involved in some flesh trade, which makes it difficult to find a good match”, she said adding “We hope the Princess uses her good office to help us through”.

Later in the day, the Princess visited the Bombay Institute of Deaf and Mute, where the students ‘chatted’ with her through animated gestures.

She planted pecks on the cheeks of several students, who showered her with rose petals and thanked her in halting voices. The students later presented a cultural programme in her honour.

Addressing the students, the Princess said, “Education is very important for children, and more so for students such as you, to ensure a brighter future”.

Referring to Jeane Devos, one of the founders of organisations in Mumbai to work for the less privileged, the Princess said, “She is really a princess of India”. She visited an exhibition and was presented a mural by the students. — PTI

Hannelore 03-19-2005 11:45 AM

15/03/2005: The Archeological Survey of India and Janssen Pharmaceutica sign Memorandumhttps://www.janssenpharmaceutica.be/i...jn_titel_E.gif

The Archeological Survey of India and Janssen Pharmaceutica sign Memorandum of Understanding for the Technical co-operation regarding the Maintenance, Conservation and Preservation of Protected Monuments.

New Delhi/Beerse – March 15, 2005 – The Ministry of Culture of India, represented by Mr. C. Babu Rajeev, Director General, Archeological Survey of India , and Janssen Pharmaceutica, represented by Dr. Alex Valcke, Vice President Plant & Material Protection, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the maintenance, conservation and preservation of protected monuments. https://www.janssenpharmaceutica.be/i...news_India.jpg
The signing ceremony took place in the presence of HRH Prince Philippe of Belgium, HRH Princess Mathilde, Marc Verwilghen, Federal Minister of Economy, Energy, Foreign Trade and Science Policy, Fientje Moerman, Vice-Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister for Economy, Enterprise, Science, Innovation and Foreign Trade.
The Memorandum states that the two parties, the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and Janssen Pharmaceutica will join forces to conduct research on the treatment of biodeterioration to cultural heritage monuments. As a result of this research, effective methods and schemes to treat the biodeteriogens and to prevent their re-occurrence will be developed. Two sites have been identified for this project : the Tipu Sultan's Palace in Srirangapatna and the Hampi complex.

Tipu Sultan's Palace in Srirangapatna
The Dharia Daulat Bagh or Tipu Sultan's summer palace was built in 1784 mainly of teak wood. The beauty of this palace lies in its simple and elegant architecture, which is in sharp contrast to the extravagance of its Indo-Saracenic style interiors. Every pillar, wall and alcove are profusely painted with variegated colors, made of vegetable dyes. The biodeterioration consists of the presence of wood wasps, as well as fungal decay, mainly by white-rot or wet-rot fungi. Mould and lichen attack the canvas and mural paintings.

Hampi monuments
Hampi was once the seat of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire and the temple complex was built between AD 1336-1570. It covers 26 sq. km and is stated to be enclosed by seven lines of fortifications. Temples of the city are noted for their large dimensions, florid ornamentation, bold and delicate carvings, stately pillars, magnificent pavilions and a great wealth of iconographic and traditional depictions, which include subjects from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Hampi was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1984. These monuments are all in granite. The two parties, Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and Janssen Pharmaceutica will join forces to conduct research on the treatment and prevention of mould, algae, lichens and higher plants at Hampi.

Scope of the activities
Janssen Pharmaceutica will
•determine which biocidal compounds, or which combination of products, will be the best suitable to combat/prevent the biodeterioration;•provide their newly developed termite bait technologies for combating the termite infections in the walls and wooden structures•supply free of charge the necessary amounts of compound or compound formulations/combinations to eliminate the moulds, fungal decay and termites, for a period of three years•invite two archeological chemists in the Janssen Plant and Material Protection laboratories in Belgium and provide training to chemists and scientists at the Tipu Palace Site•provide financial support that can be used to buy laboratory equipment necessary for the identification and isolation of fungi and termites and to access the efficacy of the treatments and for documentations in the laboratory. The Archeological Survey of India will•select a representative Monument for each biodeterioration problem•provide all results of its research useful for the co-operation project•provide information on the identification of biodeteriogens on monuments in India to Janssen as well as information on the actual used methods of conservation or bioremediation•carry out the field evaluation of the anti-fungal formulations and termite baits provided by Janssen •provide all technical support•assist Janssen with obtaining the necessary State Registration•develop and provide treatment schedules for the test treatment and for the actual treatment.

Hannelore 03-31-2005 02:00 PM

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Some more photos from this mission, found at clasos.com

At the Hotel Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. They always look so proud of each other.

Hannelore 03-31-2005 02:01 PM

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Taking the subway

Hannelore 03-31-2005 02:04 PM

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Visiting a microcredit project in Mumbai (I must say she's become very active in the microcreditdomaine, and she seems to travel all over the world for it!)

Hannelore 03-31-2005 02:06 PM

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more from this activity

Hannelore 03-31-2005 02:07 PM

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And....I finally found some pics of the gala night!!!

To add to the suspense, first one of Filip reading his speech


Hannelore 03-31-2005 02:10 PM

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Mathilde wore an Indian inspired outfit and quite amazing earrings.

Mette2 03-31-2005 04:52 PM

Wow - great pictures you've found Hannelore, thank you very much for posting them :). I was beginning to think that there hadn't been a gala dinner since there weren't any pictures, but I'm really glad you were able to find some and what sweet gala dinner pictures they are :).

Also thanks to everyone else who's posted pictures earlier :).

Hannelore 04-02-2005 06:47 AM

You're both very welcome ! :)


The pictures of Mathilde in gala were at the evening of the fashion show (with clothes of Pierre Gauthier and diamonds from Antwerp), followed by a dinner. I saw images of it on tv, and Filip & Mathilde held hands all through the fashion show...

Hannelore 04-02-2005 06:49 AM

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Mathilde visiting an institution for deaf students in Bombay

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Hannelore 04-02-2005 07:03 AM

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Visiting the ruins of Hampi

Hannelore 04-02-2005 01:33 PM

princess lives out their fairy taleSix domestic workers talk to Belgium’s Princess Mathilde. And hope the world is listeningExpress News ServiceMumbai, March 17: THE dabbawallahs did it. Now, it’s the turn of the city’s domestic workers. On Thursday morning, six pairs of blistered palms folded in hopeful namastes when the Princess of Belgium, Mathilde glides into the office of the Bombay Houseworkers Solidarity, in a nonplussed Mazgaon apartment complex.

In that instant, the six maidservants—three of them children, aged 10 to 14—pitchfork to global recognition the vexations of a workforce that slaves quietly, without leave and for much less than the prescribed minimum wages— in millions of households across Mumbai




But for those who shook hands with the princess, garlanded her and gave short declamations about their mundane daily routine, the brush with royalty was much more than a platform to find more listeners.

‘‘We met the rajkumari,’’ squealed Nisha Ante (11), who works in two households in Andheri. ‘‘She pinched my cheeks,’’ she continues in the same pitch, ‘‘when we sat next to her for a photograph.’’

Nisha, Geeta Ante (14) and Nayna Hingole (10) told the princess how much they earned and shook their heads guiltily when she asked if they attend school. ‘‘But I’ll remember this day all my life,’’ says Hingole. ‘‘She was a real queen, no?’’

Sandhya Adhavade (30), who did a course in social work and now moonlights as a bai while working as a field worker with the Bombay Houseworkers Solidarity, says they spoke of basic rights for domestic workers—holidays, pension, minimum wages and recognition as a large labour force.

‘‘Can’t believe it, no?’’ asks Stella Miranda (40), a native of Chhattisgarh living in a Bandra slum and working as a maid in a duplex bungalow nearby.

Their disbelief is apparent—hobnobbing with a “rajkumari” is usually reserved for fairy tales.

The princess actually enquired about their household chores, and besides, her highness is far too svelte to be a mother of two.

For Alpana Gujjar (35), the high point was the welcome. ‘‘I garlanded her—the kids were too short to do it,’’ she beams.

Danielle 04-02-2005 07:31 PM

Thank you Hannelore for the photos. Those children (in the article) must have been so honoured to meet Mathilde. I think it's really wonderful when royals not only visit the 'pretty' sights in countries, but see what life is like for people living there. Good on Mathilde!

Cathérine Bergeyck 04-23-2005 03:43 PM

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Mette2 04-24-2005 06:15 PM

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Aaaawwww - more sweet pictures from the gala night :):). Thank you very much for these wonderful pictures Cathérine :).

Cathérine Bergeyck 07-07-2005 03:30 PM







Princess Mathilde of Belgium in Mumbai, India this week
to see first-hand how microcredit works




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16 March 2005 – Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium will be in Mumbai, India this week to see first-hand how microcredit works and the role it plays in the lives of poor and low-income people. During her trip, Princess Mathilde is scheduled to visit Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC) in Mumbai on March 17. The Princess is visiting SPARC as an Emissary to the United Nation’s International Year of Microcredit, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of microcredit and microfinance in the eradication of poverty. SPARC is a non-profit organization that provides advocacy on behalf of poor communities and works to create innovative partnerships and linkages between communities of poor with professionals, community organizations and government agencies who wish to work with them.

Princess Mathilde has a special interest in working with vulnerable people, especially children and is an active and passionate supporter of the Year. “The Year of Microcredit highlights how women’s talents and innovations, together with access to credit and savings can give them the power to make long term investments in their families, communities and their children’s lives.” The Princess is looking forward to hearing about microfinance enterprises in Mumbai from SPARC’s staff and clients.

SPARC’s founder-director Sheila Patel, has been recognized by the prestigious Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. The foundation selects only the most accomplished social entrepreneurs to its network. Foundation Director Pamela Hartigan calls the entrepreneurs “pragmatic visionaries” who have been able to “combine innovation, resourcefulness opportunity, identifying new processes, services, products or unique ways of combining proven practice with innovation to address complex social problems.”

One of the primary aims of the Year is to increase public awareness about the reliability of microfinance clients, especially women, in repaying loans, managing household incomes, building assets and enterprises and contributing to the economy. Several innovative initiatives ranging from hard data collection on the state of microfinance to raising awareness through popular media about microcredit’s critical role in enabling people to move out of poverty are currently underway globally.
For more information about Princess Mathilde’s visit, please contact:



SPARC, Tel.: 2386 5053/ 2385 8785, e-mail:sparc@sparcindia.org

For more information on the Year, please contact:

Christina Barrineau, Tel.: (212) 906-6203, e-mail: christina.barrineau@undp.org
or visit: www.yearofmicrocredit.org


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