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40th Regional Conference of SIRC of ICAI on November 28 & 29, 2008 at Chennai
Date: 28-11-2008
40th Regional Conference of SIRC of ICAI
(In the Diamond Jubilee year of ICAI)
November 28 & 29, 2008

Jawaharlal Nehru Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Chennai

Theme: Karka Kasadara
             … Perfection in Learning
The Southern India Regional Council of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India organized the 40th Regional Conference on November 28 & 29, 2008 at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai. The Conference was attended by 4740 delegates, the largest ever Conference of Accountants in Asia. Delegates, not only from Southern Region but also from all over the Country and abroad (Singapore, Dubai, Bahrain, Oman etc.) have attended the Conference.
 
The theme of the Conference “Karka Kasadara” was adopted from the world famous Tamil literary work “Thirukural”. Karka Kasadara – “Thorough learning means going beyond mere learning and understanding clearly whatever is the subject”. Karka refers to learning, Kasadara denotes understanding. This is the first time a native theme has been adopted.
 
The Conference was inaugurated by His Excellency Shri. Surjit Singh Barnala, the Governor of Tamil Nadu on November 28, 2008. Guest of Honour CA. Ved Kumar Jain, President-ICAI delivered the Presidential Address. CA. Uttam Prakash Agarwal, Vice-President, ICAI delivered a Special Address.
 
Speakers from India and abroad shared their experience and expertise in various technical, spiriitual and special sessions spread over two days. CA. R. Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank, Qatar, Mr. Robert P. Garnett, Member, International Federation of Accountants, Sathguru Jaggi Vasudev, Founder, Isha Foundation, Dr. Arjun Rajagopalan, Chief of Medical Staff, Sundaram Medical Foundation, Chennai, Mr. P.S. Saminathan, Managing Director, Pyramid Saimira Group, Chennai, Shri Bharat Goenka, CEO, Tally India, CA. R Bupathy, Past President, ICAI, CA. T N Manoharan, Past President, ICAI, CA. P.V.S.S. Prasad, FCA, Hyderabad, CA. S. Venkataramani, FCA, Bangalore, CA. Ravi Veeraghavan, FCA, Chennai and CA. Pinakin D. Desai, FCA, Mumbai were speakers at the Conference. CA. (Ms.) Bhavani Balasubramanian, FCA, Chennai and CA. P.R. Ramesh, FCA, Hyderabad chaired the Technical Session on Risk Based Auditing and Challenges in Implementation of IFRS respectively.
 
Important and relevant topics like TDS Compliance – Pitfalls & possible solutions, Special Economic Zones – Setting up & Taxation Issues, Future of IT – How can CA’s benefit, Life Style Management for Healthy Living, Changing Face in Financial Services, Unification of Excise, Service Tax & VAT- Challenges & Opportunities were discussed at the Conference.
 
Chief Guest CA. Suresh P Prabhu, Member of Parliament and Former Union Minister for Power delivered the Valedictory Address and Guest of Honour Shri O.P. Vaish, New Delhi delivered Special Address at the Valedictory Session.
 
Grand Gala entertainment performances were arranged on the evening of November 28, 2008. Artists from different parts of Tamil Nadu performed the folk dances and other art forms.
 
A Blood Donation Camp was also organized in association with “Voluntary Health Services” at the conference venue.
 
A Souvenir was brought out on the occasion of the Conference. SIRC also brought a Reference Manual a 450 page Ready Referencer for Chartered Accountants and other professionals containing information on CA Act & Regulation, Accounting Standards, Auditing Standards, Direct Taxation, Indirect Taxation, Labour Laws, Economic Laws, SEBI related matter, Institute's information, etc. The Reference Manual was distributed as the Delegate Memento to all the delegates of the Conference.
 
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