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June 2014


Bangalore, June 2014: Aroma Fresh, part of Aroma Group of Companies, a unique food retail chain of pesticide-free food products, today launched three stores in Bangalore and thus made its entry into the Karnataka market. The store, ranging from 1,600 sq.ft to 3,000 sq.ft, offers over 200 varieties of food products which are “zero-pesticidenutrient balanced and natural products”, retailed in a modern trade format. All products are grown in the company’s own farms using eco-friendly precision farming techniques, or at outsourced farms that follow strict quality and production protocols, set by Aroma Group of companies. The stores located in Jayanagar, Bellandur and Kalyan Nagar, were inaugurated byactresses– Ramya, Suhasini and Vani Ganapathy in the presence of its Chairman and CEO Sajeev P K and Managing Director Ms. Anne Sajeev.

With own farms located in Gundlupet, Hunsur in Karnataka and in various pockets of Kerala, the company also sources organic products through its association with several farms and farmers across these markets. The farming activities are quality assured at every point, which is an incorporation of modern techniques and Indian traditional farming systems.

Aroma Fresh uses the technique of precision farming, which prevents the onset of pests and diseases by using organic and natural products. Precision farming directs the micro-nutrients into the plant root without disturbing the balance of the soil. The products available at the store are of a specific quality – high nutrition value, balanced with micronutrients like iron, zinc, magnesium etc. along with essential vitamins and minerals.

Commenting at the launch, Sajeev P K – Chairman and CEO, Aroma Group of Companies said, “Our entry into the Karnataka market was decided after understanding that there is a segment of potential customers, who understand products of this kind. With modern food retail being well appreciated and accepted, we opened three stores in Bangalore simultaneously, and aim to expand to other parts as well soon.”


The store stocks G.A.P-certified, pesticide-free product range which include fresh fruits & vegetables, cereals pulses, oils and a variety of food products and other lifestyle products, such as cleansers without detergents, aromatic oils, and others. Besides fresh farm produce, the outlets also stock pesticide-free pulses, millets, cereals and spices, tea, coffee, vegetable oils, produce from the wild – such as honey and bamboo shoot specialties, natural cosmetics, neutral soaps, aromatic and essential oils.


Commenting on the products sourced and stocked in the stores,Ajithkumar G S, Technical Head, Aroma Fresh, said, “Aroma Fresh as a chain believes in stringent quality protocols, while avoiding all classes of chemicals like pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. The chain takes preventive measures for pest and disease control, and employs precise bio-control agents and organic management.”

Aroma Fresh has devised an Internal Quality management system that is implemented in the farms by development organizations and NGOs. The production units are Global G.A.P certified, a prominent globally accepted certification mark for Good Agriculture Practice and sustainable agriculture.

With a dedicated R&D team, regular research and trials are conducted on various crops. The company has also been testing modern techniques in soil fertility management, control of pest and diseases with bio-control agents, controlled pollination, irrigation techniques and traditional crop management practices and techniques.

 Aroma Fresh currently has five stores in Kerala and now, three stores in Bangalore

K2 Learning Seminar offers Timely Tips for CA/CS Aspirants

No short-cut to success, work hard: Sripal Jain’s advise to young CA/CS aspirants


Bangalore, 29 June, 2014: K2 Learning – a premier Bangalore-based institute for commerce education today organized a seminar on career prospects for aspiring Chartered Accountancy (CA) and Company Secretary (CS) students enlightening them on how to take it up as a full-time career option. The seminar held at Hotel Taj Vivanta in Bangalore saw a large number of students evincing keen interest in becoming CAs and CSs and making various inquiries from industry experts about the profession. Guest speakers on the occasion Sharada SC, Director of ICSI Bangalore Chapter and Vikas Pallival Founder Director, PEAK, Jodhpur, provided useful guidance to young commerce students on various aspects of how they could go about the exam preparations to pursue their CA/CS career.

Sripal Jain, Founder Chairman of the K2 Learning, himself a CA and having penned numerous books with Pearson on the subject of commerce, initiated the programme. Speaking on the occasion, he highlighted the basic requirements for succeeding as CA/CS. He also spoke on his key topic “All about CA-CPT” at the seminar. “Among all the competitive commerce exams, CA/CS is believed to be the toughest one. However, this should not discourage and de-motivate any student from pursuing their career in CA/CS. There are many aspects to CA/CS its curriculum which actually makes it interesting and at the same time important for one’s professional life. With the current rise in demand for the commerce professions, through such seminars, we aim to provide a platform for the students to completely fathom various aspects of the profession they strive to pursue,” says Sripal.


The day-long seminar coincided with the launch of a book – “Is CA my cup of tea?”penned by Sripal Jain. Speaking on some of the salient points of his book he said: “Is CA my cup of tea? seeks to identify and address myriad confusions in students’ mind that arise while  deciding their  career paths. The book helps them to understand and explore the various aspects of Chartered Accountancy. The book has been written in an effort to burst the numerous myths surrounding this course. It will help students make an informed decision with respect to their career in CA” adds Sripal.  The book has been co-authored by Shruti E N. Bhavesh Rajni, Professor, Christ University, was also another speaker at the seminar who provided guidance on the subjects of “How to Plan, Approach & Clear IPCC in first attempt”.

The seminar, open to both students and parents, is an attempt by K2 Learning to ‘connect’ students effectively to a future that hold great promise of a career as CA and CS and  will give them ‘recognition, respect, authority, freedom and identity’ as a professional CA/CS.

RR GOLD PALACE 3rd Yelahanka Inaugurated by Film Actress Challenging Star Darshan MLA Vishwanath , R Ramesh, MD, RR Gold Palace, MR Kodandaram & Tallam Nanjunda shetty, Former  Kfcc  President



Audi the German luxury car manufacturer, announced the launch of its 3rd edition of the Audi Q-Drive 2014 which will be held across more than 30 cities this year. Audi enthusiasts will get to experience the superlative style, performance  and  quantrio technology of the Audi SUV’s – AudiQ7, AudiQ5 and AudiQ3.


The drives will be  held over two days in each city and people will get a chance to drive the Audi Q SUV’s under trained supervision to understand all the nuances of the advanced technology that Audi SUV’s offer.

Greytip Software Bangalore Gets Funding from Blume Ventures


Bangalore, June, 2014: Greytip Software today announced that it has successfully raised funding from Mumbai based venture fund, Blume Ventures. Greytip will use the funds raised to accelerate their growth in the domestic cloud HR and Payroll automation space.

“Indian SMEs are hungry for quality software solutions that can give them a competitive edge.  It’s just that they are not aware of good solutions like GreytHR that help them streamline HR and payroll processes within the organization. Our vision is to help tens of thousands of such businesses thrive and succeed.  The funding will help us scale our marketing and sales efforts in reaching out to SMEs”, said Girish Rowjee, CEO of Greytip, adding “In Blume, we find an ideal partner who shares this vision.”

Mr. Karthik Reddy from Blume Ventures said, “In Greytip, we found a unique opportunity to enter a relatively mature company with a founding team that had worked together for almost two decades. They had successfully reinvented the business to a rapidly scalable SaaS business and Blume and the founders thought it was a great idea to partner before the next leap of growth. We think Greytip is poised to be a great SME SaaS story in India and globally, and are happy that we managed to make it one of the final investments in Fund I”.

Greytip is the leading cloud HR Company in India with nearly 2000 organizations using their SaaS application – GreytHR.  These customers are spread across in 60+ cities in India and across all types of industry segments. An early mover in the cloud HR automation space, Greytip is the winner of several awards from NASSCOM and Product Nation.


VIJAYA BANK,Head Office, Bangalore:27th June, 2014


The Fourteenth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Vijaya Bank was held on 27.06.2014 at its Head Office, Bangalore. The AGM was attended by about 500 Shareholders. The Board of Directors of the Bank  has recommended a final dividend of Rs.1/- per Share on Bank’s Equity Share Capital (in addition to the interim dividend of Rs.1/- per share (10%) declared in January 2014) for the financial year 2013-14. As per the new SEBI guidelines, the resolutions for adoption of accounts, payment of Dividend and rasing of additional equity share capital not exceeding Rs.600 cr including share premium through QIP, Rights Issue or FPO were put to vote during the AGM. Shri V Kannan, Chairman & Managing Director, Vijaya Bank   addressed the Shareholders and briefed the performance of the Bank for the financial year 2013-14. He also spoke regarding Bank’s future Goals & targets.  Shri K R Shenoy, Executive Director of the Bank welcomed and Shri B S Rama Rao, Executive Director proposed vote of thanks.   

‘Trident Holidays’offer at Trident,Chennai

Bangalore, June 24, 2014Your holiday is about the family having a great time together.Trident Holidays brings you the best there is to offer with a wide range of activities in a warm and caring environment. In short, a perfect family getaway that promises something special for everyone.


Set amongst five acres of lush, tropical gardens, the elegant Trident, Chennai caters to the business community and leisure travellers. Located conveniently close to the airport, the new business districts and at 10 minutes from the Chennai Trade centre, the hotel welcomes its guests for a relaxing stay.

For a two nights stay, the offer at Trident, Chennai is priced at  INR 11,000 and includes:

  • Accommodation in a Deluxe Room on double occupancy 
  • Trident Breakfast for a couple on both days
  • Complimentary additional room for two children up to 12 years, subject to availability

 The offer is valid till 30th September, 2014*Applicable taxes extra. Offer is valid for a minimum stay of two night and for stays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For reservations or further information on the offer, please visit  or call the toll free 1800 11 2122 or email at

ನೈಸ್ ಯೋಜನೆಯಿಂದ ನೊಂದ ಸಾವಿರಾರು ರೈತರು ಇಂದು ಪ್ರೀಡಂ ಪಾರ್ಕ್ ಬಳಿ ರಸ್ತೆ ತಡೆದು ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆ ನಡೆಸಿದರು


ನೈಸ್ ಯೋಜನೆಗೆ ಭೂಮಿ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಯಾವುದೇ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಸಿಗದ ಸಾವಿರಾರು ರೈತರು ಇಂದು ಪ್ರೀಡಂ ಪಾರ್ಕ್ ಬಳಿ ರಸ್ತೆ ತಡೆದು ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆ ನಡೆಸಿದರು. ಲೋಕೋಪಯೋಗಿ ಇಲಾಖೆಯ ಕಾರ್ಯದಶರ್ಿಯವರು ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆ ನಿರತರಿಂದು ಮನವಿ ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸಿದರು. ಹೋರಾಟ ಸಮಿತಿಯ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ನಂಜುಂಡೇಶ್, ಲೋಕೇಶ್, ವೆಂಕಟರಾಜು ಉಪಸ್ಥಿತರಿದ್ದರು

Idea launches ‘No Bill Shock Combo Plans’ for postpaid subscribers


The new Idea plan prevents customers from Data Bill Shock by stopping data billing after pre-defined usage limit!

 Mumbai, 24th June 2014: Idea Cellular, country’s 3rd largest and fastest growing mobile operator, has launched ‘No Bill Shock Combo Plan’ for its postpaid subscribers across major circles. The plan will help users to avoid any kind of data bill shock by capping monthly data usage limit.

 The new Idea ‘No Bill Shock Plan’ comes with pre-defined data usage limit. Within this limit, Idea will offer data service at maximum speed as per plan. Beyond the set limit in order to keep a check on the data usage and billing, data billing will be stopped and data speed will be automatically reduced. If however, the subscriber wants to continue using high-speed data connectivity, then the customer can opt for a speed booster, which will instantly provide additional data at high speed, valid only till the current bill cycle.

 No Bill Shock Plans are offered at Rs. 199 and Rs. 275 with 2G data and at Rs. 249, Rs. 399 and Rs. 549 with 3G data. All of these plans come with benefits of local & STD voice minutes and SMS along with the 2G or 3G data as per plan. In the initial phase, these plans have been introduced for Idea postpaid subscribers in the Maharashtra & Goa, Uttar Pradesh (East), Mumbai and Delhi. These plans will be gradually rolled out in other markets as well.

Plan Details:

Benefits 2G Plans 3G Plans
Monthly Rental INR 199 INR 275 INR 249 INR 399 INR 549
Local + STD (Mins) 200 275 250 550 550
Data (In GB) 0.5 GB -2G 1 GB – 2G 0.5 GB -3G 1 GB -3G 2GB – 3G
SMS (Local + Nat) 100 100 100 100 100

Idea Cellular has always believed in providing customers with the freedom of choice, personalization and convenience. This plan has been introduced keeping in mind the growing subscriber additions to Idea’s postpaid portfolio, enabling subscribers to make an informed decision of choosing the data plan best suited for their pockets.




Today’s discerning smartphone users not only travel for business but also leisure and in the process gets exposed to many new places. Across major India cities and towns, economic and infrastructure progress is adding to addresses which are increasingly becoming hard to remember and use.Today, digital mapping and location-based services help us navigate our world like never before. At the same time, it has never been harder to get lost.  In a new world of smartphones with GPS, and instant everything, why are we still using addresses to find places? Addresses are hard to remember, addresses are hard to share, and addresses can’t help you find a trail-head, a playground, or a special bench in the park.

 There simply has to be a better way which we call BLIX…

The application uses the GPS in an Android or iOS smartphone to help users record/share places, add photos, notes and tags to further personalize each location. Search and filter features enable users to create custom lists of places – and share them with friends through mail, text and social media. Simply by tagging a specific location, one can ‘Blix’ the area and associate it with a special tag (must visit Indian restaurant; best street food joint in Bangalore etc). Users can also assign dates to these tags so they appear in a preferred order. While on a trip, users can simply click “get directions” and Blix will help them navigate to a specific destination. It saves them the hassle of remembering any address. Moreover, with Blix, saving one’s favorite places and sharing them is just a few clicks away- via notes, pics and a links to digital mapping.

 John Samuel

John Samuel, Co- Founder, Blix says, “We created Blix so that all of the places in our lives – both special and practical – can be saved and organized in one easy to use mobile application. At the same time, we wanted to create an app that would act like a personal travel companion helping users record, track, save places important to them and share it only with people they choose to.” In that sense Blix is the first ever mobile app in the personal directory space in India, available for free download on Android and iOS.

Bruce Woolsey

Bruce Woolsey, Co- Founder, Blix adds, “Sometimes there are locations from a special vacation – a hidden café, a beautiful beach or a unique local boutique- and at times, places that need to be saved for practical reasons – your child’s friends’ house, or office locations of your clients etc. Blix makes it easy to remember places and makes the process of storing destinations and helping you find them easier than before.”

Research reveals premature graying across Bangalore, Mumbai,Delhi up by 30% in 2 years, 50% are students! Hairline launches ‘AntiGray’ – herbal nutrition supplement to arrest Premature Graying


Bangalore, June 18th, 2014: Hairline International, Bangalore-based Hair Research and Treatment Center has launched AntiGray – a herbal nutrition supplement, to combat premature graying.This cosmeceutical initiative has been developed after extensive research by Hairline and is manufactured by Siri 4 life pharmaceutical company.

Speaking on the launch of AntiGrayMs.BaniAnand, Founder and Managing Director, Hairline International Research and Treatment Centersays, “Hairline International has always been a front-runner in hair and skin related research and revolutionary treatments. AntiGray is based on extensive research carried out for a period of a year across 3 cities, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi and clinical trials for 8 months with effect from October 2013. It is with these insights and our understanding of the benefits of natural ingredients that we have created this unique product that is suitable to all age groups and people.”

Research on premature graying:Premature graying is an internationally debated subject among the members of the medical community. It has raised issues related to ageing such as it being the marker of early ageing of organs and thus premature morbidity and mortality.Owing to this, Hairline International Research & Treatment Center conducted an extensive year-long research from Jan 1, 2013 and Dec 31, 2013 to assess the extent of premature graying in the country.


Speaking about the research on premature graying,Dr.SwagataChakrabarty, Dermatologist, Hairline International Research & Treatment Centersays “AntiGray is formulated based on the observational study conducted by Hairline International, Hair Research and Treatment Centeracross 3 cities, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. The study was conducted on 2000 patients with the primary aim of identifying the age group of those who are graying currently and their lifestyle patterns. It also aimed to identify causes of graying. Out of the 2000 subjects 34% were females and 66% were males.We found that more than 1000 patients of the 2000 were in the below 25 years age group which is nearly 50% of the patients. This is the age group which falls under ‘premature graying’ category.”

Some of the key observations from this study were: ·        99% of the 1000 premature grayingpatients were in the age group of 15 years-25 years. 10 patients were below 15 years – 2 patients were 7 and 9 years respectively, but they have been excluded for the purpose of this study. ·        More than 50% of premature graying patients were still studying in high school/ colleges/ vocational institutes ·        92% of the 1000 patients were unmarried ·        The percentage of patients graying prematurely has grown by nearly 30% in the last 2 years across Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai ·        98.1% patients were found to be deficient in Vitamin D.  85.4% patients had low Ferretin levels. ·        57.2% patients were deficient in calcium and  13.6% patients had high cholesterol ·        6.36% of them had insulin resistance (HOMAIR more than 2.7).  12.7% patients had vitamin B12 deficiency ·        1.8% had hypothyroidism. ·        Almost all the patients had sedentary life style with high stress levels, late nights either working or socialising, junk food intake and into the habit of smoking and consuming alcohol. ·        Females, when questioned about their lifestyle also revealed stress as a common factor. Along with premature graying they also complained of thin hair and widened hair partition. 

How Anti Gray works:

Explaining about the product formulation Dr.Dinesh D Gowda, Dermatosurgeon, Hairline International says Treatment of premature graying depends on the cause of graying. With this research, Hairline International has been able to create a product like Anti Gray that will help arrest premature graying.” “Each capsule of AntiGrayis a proprietary blend of ingredients. It contains a combination of herbal ingredients such as Neem, Amla, Eclipta Alba and Murray Koenigi. It also contains trace elements like Ferrous Fumarate, Calcium, Selenium and Zinc. It includes probiotics and organic acids like PABA and Vitamin B complexes, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D and CaPantothenate,” explained Dr Gowda.

AntiGray arrests premature graying, dandruff and hair loss. Its herbal formulation ensures that every strand of hair is cared for internally. It also helps maintain a healthy scalp and keeps androgenic alopecia at bay. It does this by enhancing the immune system of the body.

Clinical trials:

Hairline has also conducted clinical trials of AntiGrayon 25 patients from October 2013. The patients were asked to consume the supplement and also apply the serum externally. Dosage depended upon the extent of graying. 

“Out of the 25 patients, atleast 40% patients have shown nearly 50% reversal of graying where 2 to 3 strands out of 5 strands of gray hair have turned to the original colour”claims Dr.DineshGowda.

“Long term results of course depend upon consumption of proper dosage and changing dietary habits to include natural sources of vitamins and minerals,” concluded Dr Gowda.

Anti Gray is currently available at all Hairline outlets and can also be purchased online from the Hairline website.

About Hairline International Research and Treatment Center: Hairline International Research and Treatment Centercarries out extensive research in the field of hair and skin. Hairline also brings state-of-the-art international procedures, machinery and treatment packages to deal with hair, skin and beauty issues across the spectrum for men and women. Hairline has medical as well as beauty professionals for carrying out all procedures at their five centres in Indiranagar, Whitefield, Jayanagar, RT Nagar and Marathhalli.


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