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December 2014

Grannies and Old Mothers – Cricket

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Bengaluru, Dec23:  Who says Cricket is a game of fools ? But not at least for these old women of sportive spirit of this Garden City of Bengaluru.  They are planning to take part in a rare Cricket Championship being organised for them on December 27 at Basavanagudi in the city.

President of  Spurthi Mahila Samaj and Keerthi Mahila  Samaj  R Chudamani Ramachandra  told reporters here today that  they are conducting  the Grand Mothers and Mothers  Cricket match in the age groups of  50 to 75 years for the second time in the city.

“The championship conducted in 2008 was a big hit and it even entered a record of sorts and in near future we plan to enter the Guinness Records in conducting such a rare cricket matches for older women,” she said.

She said that the four teams are having a daily rigorous field practice for the last two months to take part in the Championship.  The Championship will be played between the members of Spurthi Mahila Samaj of Hanumanthanagar and Keerthi  Mahila Samaj of  Uttarahalli of the city,  she said.

Stating that the matches will be played by four teams comprising of grannies and old mothers, she said adding that the matches will be played in limited overs of 12 to 15 and the winners will be awarded a Championship cup and a Woman of the Match for excelling in the game.

“In 2008 also the similar event was held by them  and it became an instant  success and entered  a Limca Book of  Records and now we plan to aim  to enter the Guinness Records,”  she said adding that it will an extraordinary occasion to watch  where senior women will be  playing  cricket.       Famous cine artistes and VIPs will grace this unique occasion taking place at Kohinoor Ground, she said.

Sparkle in the spotlight this Holiday season with DKNY timepieces

DKNY gives watch aficionados the chance to add some sparkle to their wrist as they unveil the latest pieces from their festive collection. The time pieces play with sparkle and add that extra edge to your look, and not too forget that you will radiate in its lustre.

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The NY8713 amalgamates style and lustre with a never before edge.  The sequin leather strap pops against the base colour of champagne gold.The rectangular gold ion-plated stainless steel case are accented with gold-tone stick markers and hands. An equally stunning variant of this design is the NY8714.Themulti-hued sequin leather strap watch stylishly interlinks the white tone casing. The timeframe is an example of a mix of simplicity and flair, and the unique detailing lends to its allure.

All that sparkles in not just gold, but black too. The NY8712 brings black sparkle to your wrist. The black sequined leather strap emphasizes the simple rectangular dial. And with no embellishments on the bezel, the strap takes all the attention, making a striking statement.

Priced from Rs9,495/-onwards, the DKNYFestive collection is available at  Watch Station International stores, select Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Helios, Ethos, Just in Vogue and other leading watch retail outlets across the country.

21st Century Sarees Debuted in First-of-a-Kind Fashion Show

DuPont, Reliance and Vipul Sarees Collaborate to Launch Premium “Green” Saree Collection

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Bangalore, 23 December, 2014: DuPont, Reliance Industries and Vipul Sarees are collaborating to launch an exclusive collection of “green” sarees made with DuPont’s latest innovation for the textile industry, DuPont™ Sorona®, a renewably sourced fibre. DuPont, a pioneer in fabric innovation for over a hundred years with innovations such as rayon, nylon, and Lycra®, is joining forces with Reliance and Vipul to offer the modern Indian woman a saree that has not only environmental benefits, but performance, luxury and high fashion.

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“It is increasingly clear that the market is demanding more sustainable products without compromise on quality or performance,” commented Balvinder Singh Kalsi, president – South Asia & ASEAN, DuPont. “As a science company, our goal is to respond to that demand with solutions like Sorona®, a fibre that is developed with less impact to the environment yet offers premium performance as well as comfort and the feel of fabrics like silk.  By partnering with industry veterans Reliance and Vipul, we are able to bring together all the elements necessary to offer a compelling new product for today’s evolved Indian consumers.”

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The saree collection is made using a yarn of Sorona® fibre, which is developed from renewable plant based sources instead of traditional synthetic fibres which are sourced from fossil fuels.  This green fibre is then spun into a high-fashion collection that is inspired by the four seasons of spring, summer, monsoon and winter and made in chiffon, crepe and satin material. They are light weight, luxuriously soft, flattering to the figure and are designed keeping the style and comfort of the wearer in mind.

“As an industry leader and innovator, Reliance has been at the forefront in bringing specialty products for value-addition to the Indian textile industry. We are pleased to bring yarns based on Sorona® to the Indian textiles through this collaboration with DuPont now,” commented Rakesh Gaur, Sector Head – Reliance Polyester.

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Anil Agarwal, managing director, Vipul Fashions commented, “We are happy to associate with a global science company like DuPont. We have designed these sarees to appeal to the modern Indian woman who is looking for luxurious softness like silk. Our premium collection of sarees made with Sorona® offers the superior softness and colour brilliance of silk, are light weight, easy to maintain and offer excellent drape.”

 Sorona® Sarees by Vipul will be available across1000 stores in over 100 cities across India.

‘Salt of the Earth- The Story of Tata Chemicals’ releases in Bangalore

Bangalore, December 22nd, 2014: Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL), India’s top chemicals enterprise and a leading producer of fertilisers, food products and food additives, today unveiled ‘Salt of the Earth: The Story of Tata Chemicals’, a chronicle of the company and the people who shaped it over the 75 years of its existence. The book was released at an event in Bangalore by Mr. S Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder and Former Vice Chairman, Infosys Limited, in the presence ofMr. R Mukundan, Tata Chemicals’ Managing Director,andauthors of the book, Mr.Philip Chacko and Ms.Christabelle Noronha.

DoctorC Expands, Arrives in Bangalore

Unveils growth roadmap planned for the city over the next 2 months       

image001                              Bangalore, December 22, 2014: Hyderabad-based health-tech startup, DoctorCtoday announced the official launch of its services in Bangalore, along with its growth roadmap for the next two months. The company has already partnered with leading diagnostic centers in Bangalore, including Elbit Medical Diagnostic Center, Dr. Lal Pathlabs, Santosh Diagnostic and Scan Center and PathCare Labs and is in the process to tie up with more over the next two months, to offer its services to citizens in the city.

Being hailed as the ‘Make my Trip’ of medical tests [by YourStory.in], DoctorC is a mobile and internet application that brings transparency in medical testing. The company was launched in October 2013, and is already selling at an annual run rate of over Rs. 1,70,00,000 worth of tests per year.

DoctorC enables consumers to compare prices and quality across various tests that include MRI, CT Scans, Ultrasound, Blood tests, ECG, and EEG amongst others, across a variety of diagnostic centers in the city and book appointments. They organize local information about healthcare providers and services which help consumers make educated choices. In the process, they also provide discounts and allow the tests to be booked on the phone, online or through a mobile app.

“Bangalore is a key market for us, with its higher concentration of tech-savvy demographic, who look for service delivery on-the-go. The city also has a large number of healthcare service providers, and we feel the time is right for us to forge partnerships that will take us to the next level of growth,” said Mansi Gandhi, COO and co-founder of DoctorC. “The ecosystem of users and investors is maturing fast in India. Consumers look for more options to transact online, while investors are showing greater interest towards creating an environment conducive for healthcare startups in India.” she added.

The company which has been on an aggressive growth drive, recently announced in September, that it had raised INR 2.5 crore through seed funding from California-based Leviathan Investments, Hyderabad-based Spice Capital, and Indian Angel Network members Sanjay Jesrani, founder and CEO of Go North Ventures.

The healthcare sector in India is fast emerging as a promising area for investors and innovators, with ample room for collaboration between various stakeholders to address the diverse healthcare segment in the country.  Technology is helping to address issues of affordability and accessibility using non-traditional models that can be implemented fast and are scalable. With the burgeoning popularity and accessibility of internet & mobile platforms, healthcare entrepreneurs like DoctorC, by offering the right mix of technology expertise and a compelling idea can make a difference to the delivery of comprehensive healthcare solutions to the masses.

MAX CLEAN BANGALORE


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Bengaluru, 20 December 20: MAX Fashion in association with Times Foundation and BBMP started the campaign “MAX Clean Bangalore”.

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This activity was inspired from the “Swachh Bharat” initiative started by our Honourable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi on 2nd October, 2014, on the eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s 145th birth anniversary, The aim of this campaign is to make India one of the cleanest cities of the world in the next five years.

MAX as an organization want to make a serious contribution to the cause. Max had identified an area in Indiranagar which was cleaned during this activity. Employees and customers of Max took part in the activity enthusiastically. The activity was also attended by famous Kannada Movie actress Meghna Gaonkar.

Speaking at the event Mr. Jiten Mahendra – AVP Marketing, Max Fashion said – “Max Clean Bangalore is a unique initiative where employees & customers of Max have enthusiastically volunteered for a cleaner city. We wish to continue this effort in many more cites.”

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CELEBRATION FOR A NOBLE CAUSE

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Bangalore: December 20, 2014: The students of Canadian International School celebrated the festival of Christmas by bringing smiles to the needy who lack the comforts of life. As part of the initiative, Students, parents & staff of the CIS Community have come together in supporting the students with disability / underprivileged at Shrandhanjali Integrated School. This school is one of the oldest inclusive school based in Bangalore run by the APD (NGO). Their aim is to create an inclusive society, where people with disabilities are accepted into the mainstream economy and social life. The school also held CIS Christmas drive to collect food, stationery, clothes and funds for the less fortunate organizations.

As a part of Christmas Celebration, the Canadian International School was tastefully decorated, giving a festive feeling, with the happy sound of pealing bells, lights sparkling everywhere, and hymns of joy and peace. The classrooms were decorated with Christmas festoons, hand-made cards, snowflakes, hollies and Christmas Trees. Santa distributed gifts & candies to the children.

Christmas concert at CIS this year was again really spectacular….. from kindergarten kids with full of energy on stage in colourful costumes to middle and high school young ones showing of their talents with wonderful performances.

“What could be better than celebrating Christmas and sharing smiles with less fortunate members of our society who lack the comforts of life, unlike most of us who celebrate the day with loads of goodies, new clothes and gifts to flaunt? We at CIS look for ways to reach out to the needy and make an effort to make Christmas season a little brighter. A time to share our good fortune with all those in need across the world” adds Ms Shweta Sastri, Executive Director, Canadian International School.”

For Further details visit – http://www.canadianinternationalschool.com

Comedy Central lights up lives this holiday season with ‘Spread the Cheer’ campaign

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Bangalore, 20th December, 2014: Taking forward the promise of inducing happiness one laugh at a time, Comedy Central, India’s leading 24-hour English Entertainment channel, mobilized India to spread happiness through one random act of kindness at a time. Bringing this movement to life through a unique ‘Spread the Cheer’ campaign, Comedy Central took the season’s celebrations to various parts of India to NGOs, Hospitals, Drug Rehabilitation Centers and Jails. Yes, you read correctly, JAILS!

Commenting on this Cheerful campaign, Ferzad Palia, General Manager & Executive Vice President, English Entertainment, Viacom 18 says, “Christmas is the season of giving and we’ve taken this a step further with our ‘Spread the Cheer’ Campaign. The idea was to break away from regular TV programming and undertake a campaign that gets India to smile more! We got our funniest men on the job and managed to spread some laughter across schools, hospitals, NGOs, drug rehabilitation centers, old age homes, orphanages and even jails. We hope we’ve achieved our endeavor to touch people’s heart and leave a smile at every place we visited while encouraging them to pay it forward with their own random acts of kindness.”

Comedy Central hosted a laughter-inducing evening with Cyrus Broacha atApollo Hospitals and schools in Bangalore, Bharti Singh, Amit Tandon and Zakir Khan at Tihar Jail and a few NGOs in Delhi and Cyrus Sahukar at Make a Wish foundation, Teach for India and drug rehabilitation centers in Mumbai. These renowned and immensely talented comedians engaged in interactive sessions with the unique audiences and encouraged them to participate in fun activities and celebrate the festive season with laughter.

It was a warm, heartening experience to watch faces cheer up. Children at Make a Wish Foundation and Teach For India immediately recognized Cyrus Sahukarand thoroughly enjoyed the various activities that were lined up for them, such as Caterpillar Walk and a balloon popping game called Burst them all.  The patients at Apollo hospitals were in for a treat while they interacted with ‘funny man’ Cyrus Broacha through eclectic interactive stand-up comedy acts and comedians Bharti Singh, Amit Tandon and Zakir Khan were received warmly by the inmates of Tihar Jail.

To take this initiative forward the channel also has a TAB on their Facebook page asking people to share their good deeds while encouraging others to go out & spread the cheer.

Comedy Central’s commitment of making people smile goes beyond just programming and translates into touching lives through their actions. The channel’s ‘Spread the Cheer’ campaign is supported by a 360 degree promotion plan which includes an extensive online leg, PR activations, Radio promotions, trade awareness campaigns and so much more.

“Antha Bus Intha Bus”

Public demands common and comfortable bus services for all at “Antha Bus Intha Bus”, a panel discussion organized by Bengaluru Bus Prayaanikara Vedike.

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Vedike members introduced the topic by sharing details about the different types of services that BMTC runs – the large number of general services, a limited number of AC services and the Atal Sarige services operating in some select low income neighbourhoods in the city. While the fares of the general services range from Rs. 6 to Rs. 44 and the Atal Sarige fares are 50% of the general fares, the fares of the AC services range from Rs. 15 up to Rs. 130. While BMTC operates 95 AC routes in the IT corridors of the city, it operates 19 routes in some low income neighborhoods under the Atal Sarige services for the poor.

As per information obtained under RTI by an IT employee, Naveen, while there were 47 Volvo buses plying on the ITPL route, there were only 12 ordinary buses. The Vedike raised the concern that such measures are causing severe inconvenience to regular commuters or forcing them to spend beyond their means on expensive AC bus fares. Referring to the Transport Minister’s statement in Assembly that Volvos are causing loss to BMTC, the Vedike said that there is not enough transparency in BMTC’s accounting and reporting about its revenues and expenditures.

The Vedike quoted a study done by Embarq on Atal Sarige and said that low income families are finding the bus transport unaffordable as they are spending much more than 20% of their income on bus transport. The study pointed out that Atal Sarige service provides extremely limited coverage even among the declared slums.

There was active public participation in the discussion. Naveen said the he asked under RTI how BMTC decided the number of Volvo buses and number of ordinary buses on the ITPL route and BMTC’s reply was that it was based on public pressure. Naveen asked how BMTC measured public pressure and what measures can be taken to indicate the public demand for more ordinary buses for regular commuters including children on the ITPL route. Radha, a researcher, suggested that there have been studies which indicated that its regular buses and commuters who are in effect cross subsidizing the AC services and commuters as the AC services have not been breaking even. There was widespread concern expressed in the discussion about the expensive fares of BMTC, in its regular services, Volvo AC services and the airport services.

The panellists also responded to the issues raised by the Vedike and the public. Sudhira, founder director of Gubbi Labs, who partnered with KSRTC to launch the bus services in Tumkur city, said that BMTC lacks effective transport planning. He said that just like BBMP or any other entity serving public needs, BMTC should have annual plans based on data collected through GPS and other means to decide route allocation, assess efficiency of routes and decide new routes and services. He also said that the bus fares are being determined on the basis of a Government Order issued 15 years ago and there is a need to relook at the applicability of the formula in today’s conditions. Vishwanath, member of Outer Ring Road Companies Association (ORRCA) which partnered with BMTC to launch increase the bus services on Outer Ring Road, shared that even though the initiative was imagined as increased bus services for all, somehow it has ended up being a service primarily for the IT companies. There was strong opposition from the audience about the idea of private companies contracting public buses for their exclusive use even as BMTC is struggling to provide adequate service to the larger public. Nagaraj, from the KSRTC and BMTC Staff and Workers’ Federation, said that the need of the hour is a single grade service that’s comfortable for all sections of society with a reasonable guarantee of seats. He said that this is possible if BMTC can focus on its operations and plan effectively. He also said that the corporation needs to relook at the idea of being a profit making corporation as the policies resulting from this decision is harming the commuters and the workers equally.

Ms. Shyamala, Asst. Manager (Complaints), BMTC, also participated in the discussion and shared statistics of general and AC services, buses and schedules run by BMTC. She also said that there are efforts going on to increase the frequency of ordinary services on the ITPL route and she promised to work with the team who filed the RTI and address their complaints and concerns in the process. She said that BMTC should provide different classes of service as it’s the primary transport provider in the city and it needs to address the different sections of society. To this, however, the strong response from the participants was that there is need for universal good quality service for all in the city and not differentiated services. The forum demanded that adequate support should be provided to BMTC by the state government so that BMTC can run affordable common services for all in the city and provide subsidized passes for different groups of commuters. There was also a demand put forward by the Vedike that BMTC should organize a monthly public adalat like BWSSB and BESCOM does. Ms Shyamala promised to take all the public concerns back to the management and take appropriate action.

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