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March 2014



Bengaluru: Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecommunications service providers and ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, today announced the launch of ‘M-Pesa’ – a unique mobile money transfer and payment service in Karnataka‘M-Pesa’ is the trademark of Vodafone.The service was formally launched today by senior officials from Vodafone India viz.  Suresh KumarOperations Director – SouthAtanu Batabyal,Business Head – Karnataka and Suresh Sethi, Business Head –M-Pesa. 

 ‘M-Pesa’ empowers the unbanked and under-banked sections of the population gain access to financial services via the mobile phone. ‘M-Pesa’effectively leverages the combined strengths of Vodafone’s global expertise in the domain of mobile payments and significant distribution reach in India plus the security of financial transactions provided by ICICI Bank. This service will now be available across 137 Tehsils, 30 Districts through 2500specially trained authorized agents including 600 Vodafone exclusive stores in Karnataka.

 The innovative use of mobile technology makes it possible for customers to enjoy a fast, simple and secure way to transfer money and make payments. Using their ‘M-Pesa’ account, customers can at their convenience:


·         Deposit and withdraw cash from designated outlets

·         Transfer money to any mobile phone in India

·         Remit money to any bank account in India

·         Make payments to recharge mobile, clear utility bills and for DTH service subscription

·         Shop at select shops

·         Deposit Money & Earn interest

·         Participate in e-commerce/m-commerce.

Highlighting the relevance of ‘M–Pesa’ for the residents of Karnataka, Atanu Batabyal, Business Head – Karnataka, Vodafone India said, “Vodafone is always at the forefront to introduce innovative products and services that enrich the lives of our customers. We are delighted to bring to Karnataka, ‘M-Pesa’, a world class mobile banking service, in partnership with ICICI Bank. ‘M-Pesa’, is a safe, secure and convenient service to transfer money and make payments beyond the reach of traditional banking channels. For households where the earning members migrate to larger cities for earning livelihood, ‘M-Pesa’ will be the best way to send money back home to their families.”

Added Suresh Sethi, Business Head – M-PesaVodafone India,“Vodafone is the world’s largest and leading provider of mobile payment services through ‘M-Pesa’, which offers millions of people including the unbanked and underserviced sections of society, basic financial services. Today, less than 5 percent of villages in India have a banking outlet. Financial inclusion is a national priority and we believe that with ‘M-Pesa’,we now have the ideal offering to facilitate the same across the country in compliance with all applicable regulations.”

 Apart from Karnataka, ‘M-Pesa’ has been rolled out in Delhi, Mumbai,Kolkata, West Bengal, Punjab, UP East, UP West, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Assam & North East, Odisha, Haryana and Tamil Nadu & Chennai and will be made available pan India in the next few months.

Disentangling Pokes in Business

ImageBangalore, 25th March, 2014: Business that gets jabbed by competition, confronts inconveniences, stoppers and umpteen challenges is now provided a disruptive solution by Shombit Sengupta’s Strategic Pokes – the Business JalebiThis new book was launched in Bangalore today by Jacques Vincent, Board Director and former Vice Chairman & COO of $28 billion French worldwide giant, Groupe Danone.

 “I went through different stages in reading Strategic Pokes; it challenged me, made me feel enthusiastic, bitter, seduced, moved, but never indifferent,”  said Mr Vincent who had appointed and worked with Shombit Sengupta, the author and international business strategy consultant to top management, since the mid-1980s on several Groupe Danone brands in different countries.

This second book in Shombit Sengupta’s Jalebi Trilogy extracts the googly aspect of the jalebi while making it analogous to business. The jalebi’s crookedness gives the strategic pokes. Why jalebi? According to Sengupta, it’s perhaps the only sweet connecting poor and rich, old and young across heterogeneous India. His book sensitizes readers on the unsavoury pokes in business they are already experiencing implicitly. These pokes are varied, increasing every day and becoming sharper, both globally and locally.

Subroto Bagchi, Chairman of Mindtree and himself an author of business books, said on the occasion, “Shombit’s mind is primal; he is a rainforest thinker. This book is an invitation to you to step into his mind and explore its synaptic charges. Raw, fresh, original. In the course of the journey, he delivers you the truth without seeking sophistication. He does not intellectualize, he gives you authenticity.”

 S Raghunath, Dean and Professor Corporate Strategy & Policy of IIM Bangalore said, “With a fine blend of live examples and a set of practical templates, Shombit makes a compelling case for placing deep customer sensitivty and insight at the centre of the strategy execution dialogue of the Indian industry that is striving to make a mark in the global market.”

“This sequel to Sengupta’s Jalebi Management book has very truly taken me on that same breathtaking journey of social insights he has picked up from around the world,” continued Mr Vincent who is among the world’s most admired corporate transformers. Along with his Chairman, he co-disrupted the French conglomerate BSN from being in 18 different industries to converging into single focus Groupe Danone, now a world leader in dairy, spring water and baby nutrition and present in over 140 countries.

 Sonia Kumar, Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations in Sage Publications, while welcoming the large gathering said the first Jalebi book urging Indian industry to seamlessly interconnect organizations like a jalebi was extremely well received by the market, and was confident this would be too.

 Abhijit Bhaduri, author and Chief Learning Officer, Wipro Ltd was the MC who acknowledged that the book responds to today’s generation that’s always short on time and patience, with each of the 5 major chapters revealing several disruptive pokes on different business subjects.

 Published by Sage Publications, Response Business Books, Strategic Pokes – the Business Jalebi shows how to disruptively change the paradigm to get rid of pokes. This 307-page book is priced at Rs 425.



Liberty Exclusive showroom at Uttarhalli


Bnagalore, 22nd March 2014: SHOE ZONE LIBERTY EXCLUSIVE SHOWROOM, UTHRAHALLI, BANGALORE was opened by Ms K.S.Yalgod Promoter K.S.Yalgod & Sons from Bijapur, . Mr S.K. MANI, RSM, OF LIBERTY GROUP was present on the occasion.

 Liberty, India’s No.1 footwear brand is style personified with some thing for  every need. Be it normal or casual,  at  office or  at the beach,  a  conference  or a social gathering. Liberty fits in effortlessly. Liberty strives its best to bring out styles that keep abreast of the local global fashion trends. Liberty has a  range that’s one of the largest covering every age group and every need.


K.S. Yalgod and Sons are Franchisee for Liberty showroom at Uttarhalli, K.S Yalgod and sons is 40 year old group with business interest in Retail .we are already running Retail stores under the brands such as Megamart, Liberty Etc.,. K.S.Yalgod   is promoting this group has been a pioneer in the field of business with business interest in  Bijapur and Bangalore.






Galaxy Entertainment Corporation Limited launches a new sports bar “SBX”

ImageBangalore, March 2014: Galaxy Entertainment Corporation Limited, India’s best known entertainment conglomerate group launched  “ Sports Box” at Marathalli, in Bangalore. “SBX” aimed at creating an enthralling experience to all sportsaficinado’s who prefer a concocted mix of sports, entertainment and music.Image

Speaking on the launch, Mr Sunil Biyani, Director Galaxy Entertainment Corporation Limited, said “The launch comes at a time when sports enthusiast are increasingly feeling the urge unwind at the place that provides an avenue to enjoy sports, with an offer of great food, drinks and entertainment all at a value for money price. SBX is set to flatter its customers with all of this and much more. We are confident that SBX would be an instant hit amongst the sports enthusiasts and would soon become one of the most talked about destinations to go to, amongst the sporting fraternity.”




Bangalore: March 10th , 2014  – Nokia today announced that the Nokia X, part of the new Nokia X family of affordable smartphones that run Android™ apps, will begin selling in India. The new Nokia X family that includes Nokia X, Nokia X+ andNokia XL is the perfect introduction to the world of Android apps, coupled with signature Nokia experiences, and the most popular Microsoft services.


Text Box: Nokia X: Unique offering

•	Beautifully designed, affordable Nokia smartphone
•	Runs Android™ apps 
•	Access to more than a dozen third party app stores 
•	Signature Nokia experiences e.g. HERE Maps, MixRadio 
•	Popular Microsoft services e.g. OneDrive, Bing, Skype
•	Priced at: Rs. 8599/- MOP
“India is one of the fastest growing markets for smart phones in the world. With the launch of Nokia X, we are adding more ammunition to our smartphone portfolio. We believe Nokia X is a unique combination of Nokia quality and experiences, Microsoft services and Android™ apps. It will resonate with consumers and set a great precedent for the level of quality that can be achieved in the fast-growing, affordable smartphone segment.” Said Mr. P Balaji, Managing Director, Nokia India.

 Nokia X comes with Fastlane, a screen which lets people switch between their favorite apps more smoothly. People can access curated, quality-tested apps from Nokia Store, more than a dozen third-party app stores and by side loading. All devices are also pre-loaded with a variety of very popular third-party apps and games such as BBM, Twitter, Facebook, Plants Vs. Zombies, etc.

 Commenting on the opportunity Nokia X family offers to developers, Mr. Nami Zarringhalam, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Truecaller said, “Truecaller is at a very exciting juncture and it gives us immense pleasure to be associated with Nokia, which has been a preferred brand for many users over decades. Our alliance with Nokia alongside the X Series launch has helped us reach a broader audience.”

Out of the box, consumers can enjoy signature Nokia experiences including free HERE Maps, with true offline maps and integrated turn-by-turn navigation, and Nokia MixRadio for free music streaming and downloadable playlists. The Nokia X is also an affordable introduction to popular Microsoft services, including 7GB free cloud storage using OneDrive and additional 3GB if consumers enable camera back up.

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