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October 2014

Bangalore celebrates village folk culture


Bangalore, 31st October, 2014: Pearson Schools, a part of the world’s leading learning company Pearson in association with Amara Jyothi PU College celebrated an inter School and college event, ‘Halli Chitra’. It was an attempt to revive the culture & heritage of the villages in Karnataka and bring up the true spirit of folk performance in Karnataka. More than 25 schools and colleges of Bangalore participated in the cultural Programme. The event witnessed the presence of chief guest, the famous theater personality Master Hirannaiah, Rajyotsava & Gubbi Veeranna award recipient.


Speaking at the occasion chief guest, Master Hirannaiah said “It is indeed a great effort to bring out the hidden spirit of Karnataka Folk Culture and making our youths aware of the deep and rich cultural heritage of Karnataka. It is our duty and is of utmost importance to help our younger generation to understand the culture and tradition of Karnataka. Such cultural events help in bringing out the dying spirit of Karnataka Folk Culture and encourage people to reach out to the corners of the world.”
Karnataka folk dances like Dollu Kunitha, Somana Kunita, Kangeelu Kunitha, Huttari Dance and Krishna Parijatha are some of the beautiful folk dances performed by the students.
Ms. Taranum Iqbal, Principal, Amara Jyothi PU College said “In the effort of making our students globally ready, we at Pearson Schools and colleges constantly try to make them future all-rounders. Such events not only become a source of entertainment for the students but also create a great learning platform for them to know and understand the deep cultural essence of our state.”




Vijaya Bank – a prime Nationalized Bank  celebrated its 84th Foundation Day today  with many cultural and CSR activities across the country.  While the celebrations were held at all the Regional Offices and branches of the Bank, the main function was held at the Head Office at Bangalore.

The function began with the Chairman, Executive Directors, along with Board of Directors, General Managers, Leaders and representatives of various Unions of the Bank assembled at the Head Office and garlanded the busts of Founder Chairman of the Bank, Late Shri Attavara Balakrishna Shetty and Architect of Modern Vijaya Bank, Late Shri Mulki Sundar Ram Shetty.  This was followed by the  Mulki Sunder Ram Shetty Memorial lecture which is being conducted on the eve of the celebrations, which was delivered by the former Chairman of Bank of Baroda and former IBA Chairman, Shri M D Mallya on the subject, “Strategic Dimensions of Emerging Banking in India”.  Chairman of the Bank, Shri V Kannan, welcomed the gathering.  ED, Shri K. Ramadas Shenoy presented a profile of Shri M D Mallya.  ED, Shri B S Rama Rao proposed vote of thanks.

The evening function was held at the Auditorium of Bank’s head office where 11 celebrities/ reputed personalities/ and achievers were honored; prominent  among them are :

Padma Bhushana Poojya Rajarshi Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade,  Dharmadhikari of Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala, Dakshina  Kannada Dist. Karnataka, Shri Pradip Kumar Dhoot, Founder Director of Videocon group, Dr. Ramadas M. Pai, President & Chancellor of Manipal University, Manipal and other Manipal group institutions, Padma Shri V R Gowri Shankar, Administrator & CEO of Jagadguru Shankaracharya Maha Samsthan of Sringeri Shri Sharada Peetha,    Sringeri.), Dr. Kolyuru Ramachandra Rao, Famous Yakshagana artist and winner of Karnataka State Award winner, Shri N. Lingappa, Dronacharya award winning athletic coach

On this occasion, as a part of its CSR activities, Bank also donated a full fledged Ambulence to the medical facilities of Taralabalu Brihanmath, Chitradurga.  Responding to the call of Hon’ble Prime Minister on rural sanitation, bank also unveiled plan of action to construct 84 toilets for girl children at various Govt. schools at villages across the country.

These programmes were followed by a superlative musical programme, a saxophone recital by the famous artist, Padmashri Kadri Gopalanath,which enthralled the audience. On this occasion, ED, Shri K R Shenoy welcomed the gathering.  CMD, Shri V Kannan addressed the meeting and ED, Shri B S Rama Rao proposed vote of thanks.

Chistiya International School inaugurated at Gunjoor


Bangalore, 30th October, 2014: To bring a high moral and values in its students, Chistiya International School was inaugurated by KPCC President Dr G Parameshwara, at Gunjoor, near to Vartoor Ward,in Bangalore, on this occasion Karanataka Ministers, Minister Kimmane Ratnakara, KJ, Jeorge,Ramalinga Reddy, Krishna Byregowda,Dinesh Gundu Rao.and many dignitaries were also present.

This season, Diesel introduces its signature dazzle in the new collection of dynamic denim timepieces!




Bangalore, October, 2014: Known for style redefinition and rulebook aversion, Diesel Timeframes is back with a Denim collection that makes good on the brand’s reputation of being stylishly bold.

Diesel puts its denim signature on the global fashion map of time with its new design for men. Available in three colour options royal blue, rich black and camouflage, this collection celebrates both the rich denim history and bold, edgy watch design of Diesel. Cool denim and genuine leather combines with gunmetal-tone case and dial details for a sleek-yet-everyday look for styles DZ1669, DZ1670 and DZ1671. The watches are offered in a masculine sized 45 millimeter case. All timepieces are accented by oversized markers at the “9” hours for an ironic Diesel touch.

No matter your choice, the Diesel Denim Limited Edition timepiece collection sets a standard in past-meets-present collaborative fashion.

Designed by the Diesel Creative Team, these timeframes are priced from Rs. 9,495/- onwards. The collection is available at Watch Station International stores, select Lifestyle, Shoppers Stop, Helios, Ethos, Just in Vogue and other leading retail stores across the country.

Pune Anmol Ratn all set to debut at Box Cricket League – Season 1


Mumbai, October 29, 2014: Popular faces of television came together for India’s favorite sport which is eponymous to excitement, passion and gutsy spirit. With a resounding success of Anmol Jewellers Box Cricket League – Season 0, here comes the first season of Box Cricket League which will be aired on Sony from 25 November 2014 with a Christmas finale.

After being the title sponsor for the BCL – Season 0 India’s finest and most revered jewellery brand Anmol Jewellers was keen to experience the fervor themselves, resulting to own a team which lead to the inception of Pune Anmol Ratn (PAR). PAR is also backed by Mantri Developers, South India’s leading real estate developers. The company has projects in residential, retail, hospitality, commercial office space and educational segments in Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad and is soon coming up with luxurious residential projects in Pune.

Pune Anmol Ratn is primed to host a J.A.W dropping event on 29 October 2014, 12:30 pm onwards to will unveil their Jersey,Anthem and Website, It is going to be a DHAN DHAN DHAN DHAN…PUNE ANMOL RATN moment apt to their anthem.

Pune Anmol Ratn (PAR) is a team in flight, considering it’s their debut season they bring a spirit of sportsmanship making this journey an affair to remember. Team PAR, is owned by Mr. Ishu Datwani, Founder Anmol Jewelers and Mr. Navin Sadarangani of NYUZ.

Actor Shaleen Malhotra will lead the team. Prachi Mishra, Femina Miss India Earth 2012, Kunickaa S Lall, Rishika Mihani and Vrinda Dawda are the female players of the team. Actor Rahul Roy will make a comeback to the public scene through BCL. Sahil Anand, Behzaad Khan, Sumit Suri, Mayank Gandhi, Vineet Kumar, etc will be the part of the team. Dapper Actor Shabbir Ahluwalia will don the hat of the Goodwill Ambassador for team PAR

Mr. Ishu Datwani, Founder, Anmol Jewellers and Owner & Chairperson Pune Anmol Ratn says, “We have always thought of doing something innovative which brings together ABC – ANMOL, BOLLYWOOD & CRICKET! We were glad to be associated with the property last year and this year we believe with ‘Pune Anmol Ratn’ team we would add sparkle to the design of this unique cricket tournament and would create a difference! ”

“I was umpiring the matches in the trial season and I was in close proximity to the thick of things. Being a sportsman myself, I saw the magic that could be weaved in this format in the Play & Perform mode and hence have taken charge of building this venture with Shaleen Malhotra as Captain, Rahul Roy as Strategist and Shabbir Ahluwalia as Goodwill Ambassador” shares Mr. Navin Sadarangani, CEO Pune Anmol Ratn.

BCL Season 1 will be an eclectic mix of Cricket and TV glamour. Over 150 celebrities who include TV actors, directors, bollywood and Ex-Miss India’s are primed up to play an indoor cricket tournament with zest and fervor.




Sr. No

Member Name




Ishu Datwani


Owner – Chairperson


Navin Sadarangani


Owner – CEO


Shabbir Ahluwalia


Goodwill  Ambassador


Shaleen Malhotra




Rahul Roy


Strategist and Player


Prachi Mishra




Rishika Mihani




Vrinda Dawda




Kunickaa Sadanand




Sahil Anand




Behzaad Khan




Sumit Suri




Maqbool Khan




Krisshna Soni




Mayank Gandhi




Viineet Kumar




Rafi Malik




Shravan Reddy



Dipika Pallikal and Harinder Pal Sandhu win the JSW Indian Squash Challenger Circuit, Chennai

29 October 2014, Chennai: Asian Games Medallist Dipika Pallikal won her second consecutive title at the final destination of the JSW Indian Squash Challenger Circuit in Chennao as she defeated Misaki Kobayashi in a 35-minute game 3-0 (11-6,11-2,11-8). Joining her at the podium was now triple Circuit winner Harinder Pal Sandhu. Harinder got the better of Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-0 (11-8,11-3,11-6) in 42 minutes.
As the finals of the JSW Indian Squash Challenger Circuit, Chennai began, crowd favourite Dipika Pallikal gained an early lead, taking the scores 3-2 in the first few minutes of the game against Misaki Kobayashi. As the lead extended, Misaki started to feel the pressure, ending a short rally with a shot into the tin, taking the tally to 5-2 in Pallikal’s favour. Seemingly nerved, Kobayashi missed an easy return and passed the serve to Pallikal giving her a 2-point advantage. Moving ahead, as the game came to a close, Pallikal surged ahead winning the first game 11-6. The second game began in a similar fashion as Pallikal took the first point yet again with a nice corner shot 1-0. A couple of lovely boasts by the top-seed Pallikal soon sent Kobayashi diving to retrieve thereby giving the former a lead of four points. Ultimately after a long, nice last rally Pallikal recovered from a counterdrop by Kobayashi and sent it deep past her opponent taking the game 11-2. Leading two-love after the first two game an encore of a circuit winning performance by Dipika seemed inevitable as inspite of Kobayashi keeping pace better, three lets in a row stall the game and Pallikal gives a gentle drop just outside of Kobayashi’s reach to level the scores 3-3. Over the next few moments both the players played the basics in this rally until corner drop from Pallikal made it 7-6, taking her a step closer staking a claim on the Circuit yet again. Finally as Kobayashi goes for a drop only to hit the tin, Pallikal takes game and match 3-0 (11-6,11-2,11-8) in in 35 minutes.

Delighted to win her second consecutive circuit title Dipika said “Every win is special to me and since I won this at home, this is all the more special to me. I have worked on my game quite a bit and am delighted that all my efforts have yielded positive results.”

After a roaring applause from the crowd, Harinder Pal Sandhu put his best stroke forward as he prepared himself for his third title at the JSW Indian Squash Challenger Circuit, this time competing against Egyptian stalwart Karim Ali Fathi. Both players traded points over the next few minutes until Harinder decided to move ahead 7-4, thanks to a couple of tactical errors by Fathi. As the game progressed some brilliant play by both makes made for lightening quick play until Harry moved further ahead and won the game 11-8 with a lovely drop. The second game began with Harry making his winning intentions very clear, scoring the first four point without Fathi scoring a single one. Determined to make this a quick game ha lead 6-1, giving Fathi plenty to think about. Over the next few minutes though  Fathi got in a nice counterdrop, Sandhu still put it deep, just out of his reach, extending his lead to five points. With the crowd backing him through every stroke, Sandhu won his second game 11-3. Come the third game, Fathi looked better in the front court as he lead the game 2-3, both the gentlemen going head to head, until Harry put the pressure back on Fathi 7-5. Finally it was Harry who won his third Circuit title with three straight games 11-8, 11-3, 11-6.

A jubilant Harry said “This is the first time that I have played so many tournaments back to the back and though it has been exhausting, it has been equally rewarding. Playing at home comes with a lot of pressure, but with the kind of support I’ve enjoyed throughout has been overwhelming and has made this victory closer to my heart.”


Dipika Pallikal and Harinder Pal Sandhu were all smiles as they received the trophies from Mr. Gopal Hosur, Vice President of Corporate Relations, JSW Group
Photo Credit: Nitesh Square

“Future of India lies in its villages” – Mahatma Gandhi

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The villages of Karnataka represent the real identity of the state, with great diversity in their culturally rich heritage and tradition. In an attempt to revive the culture & heritage of villages in Karnataka, Amara Jyoti PU College managed in association with Pearson Schools present – ‘Halli Chitra’.

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Witness more than 25 schools and colleges of Bangalore celebrating the tradition and cultures of villages in Karnataka. Join us for a rich and unforgettable experience

Date: Friday, October 31, 2014 Time: 11am onwards Venue: Amara Jyothi PU College, K. R Puram Entry Fee: Free For more information please call 080 25612555

Merino and Ethos present the 3rd edition of Archumen Pro October 31st, 2014 – 7PM

Archumen Pro was launched in 2010 to commemorate the tenth year of Archumen Quiz, described as India’s Biggest Architecture Quiz for students of architecture. The current episode Archumen Pro, which sees architects participating with great gusto, will be hosted by Merino and Ethos. Archumen has secured an entry into the Limca Book of Records 2013 edition. Episodes of Archumen have been hosted inLahore and Colombo too.

The event is being supported by Merino Industries, Tata Structura, Lubrizol, Akzo Nobel, Saint Gobain Gypsum and Capricot Technologies.

Venue: Hotel Capitol, Raj Bhavan Road, Bangalore More details: or Contact: Gita @ 09831175272

Time: 7 PM Date: Friday, 31st October, 2014


Samsung donates 3,000 smartphones in support of the fight against Ebola

Bangalore, October 27, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that the company will donate 3,000 smartphones, worth about USD 1 million, to support the ongoing fight against Ebola. The smartphones, to be donated through the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA), will be used in the Humanitarian Connectivity Project, the UN’s IT project that utilizes mobile devices to provide humanitarian support in disaster areas.

The donated GALAXY S3 Neo smartphones will be used in 60 Ebola medical clinics in the three worst-hit African countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. By installing the UN’s Smart Health Pro mobile application, medical staff can utilize the smartphones to treat patients and collect medical data, while quarantined patients can contact their families using the devices.

All donated smartphones will be destroyed once the virus outbreak has subsided.

Samsung is also supporting various efforts to defeat Ebola in Africa, including providing financial support for the purchase of hazmat suits in Ghana and distribution of hand sanitizers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as launching an Ebola SMS text service in South Africa.

Carte Blanche 2014- a national level film festival was presided by Mr. Kumar Jahgirdar of CRISP Foundation

The Carte Blanche 2014 was presided by Mr.Kumara  Jahgirdhar of CRISP Foundation was closely twined with the festival, CRISP Foundation awarded the cash Prize of Rs.5000 each for the runner ups of the Film Festival.


Caption: (Left to right) Mr. Kumar Jahgirdar President CRISP Foundationfelicitated by Prof. N Bharathi Principal Garden City College along withManjunath M HOD Media Studies GCC.


Runners up of Best Ad Film bagged by students of Oxford College of Arts of Rs. 5000 by Mr. Kumar Jahgirdar President CRISP Foundation


Students receiving awards at the Carte Blanche 2014 from Mr. Kumar Jahgirdar President CRISP Foundation and Prof. N Bharathi Principal Garden City College along with Manjunath M HOD Media Studies GCC.

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