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November 2015

Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL launch in India

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Bangalore, 30th November 2015Microsoft today announced the launch of Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, the first Lumia phones to come pre-loaded with Windows 10, in India. Designed to offer consumers the best of Windows 10 combined with powerful and performance driven technology, the new flagship devices include innovative features like Cortana, Windows Hello beta for Lumia and Continuum for phones.With stunning HD displays, new PureView cameras with 20 megapixel sensors and triple LED natural flash that shoots 4K video, as well as the latest in processing power, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL represent the best innovation from Microsoft.

Starting today, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will be available for pre-booking at Microsoft Priority Resellers across the country, Microsoft Store on and retail chains of Croma, Reliance and Sangeetha at a best buy price of INR 43,699/- and INR 49,399/- respectively. Consumers will get Microsoft Display Dock free as a limited period offer.

Airtel consumers can double their data for free on purchasing their Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL. 

“With the launch of Windows 10, we have ushered in an era of more personal computingwhich is all about interacting more easily, more naturally and more securely in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Now, with Windows 10 on Lumia we take innovation to the next level and build upon the unique experiences of Windows 10 for phone users,” said Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India. “Designed for Windows fans and mobile professionals who desire a premium phone that takes full advantage of Windows 10, the new flagship devices are powerful, performance-driven, unique and innovative he added.

“Smartphones, along with the other gadgets we use on a daily basis are expected to add value to our lives and to make us more efficient and productive. The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL have been designed to be the most productive smartphones to fulfill that expectation,” said Ravi Kunwar, Director, Microsoft Mobile Devices. “The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL deliver a seamless experience that extends across one’s Windows devices, including innovative features like Cortana, Windows Hello beta for Lumia and Continuum for phones, ushering in the next level of innovation.”


Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL: The Most productive smartphones on the Planet

·         Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are the first Lumia phones to come pre-loaded with Windows 10 – delivering on our promise of one familiar and consistent experience that transitions seamlessly across Windows devices from key apps like built-in Office to access all your files, both personal as well as professional, via OneDrive and the cloud.

·         Both Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL feature Continuum for phones, enhanced by the optional Microsoft Display Dock accessory. This Windows 10 feature allows people to use their phone like a PC by connecting it to a monitor and transforming it for larger-screen entertainment, or adding a keyboard and mouse to work like a PC with Windows 10 apps like Microsoft Office, while simultaneously taking calls or performing other tasks[1].

·         As the latest premium handsets, these phones boast superior performance. Both devices feature a QuadHD AMOLED display featuring 518 ppi for Lumia 950 XL and 564ppi for Lumia 950, which means photos, videos and even simple reading show up well, even in sunlight.

  • Microsoft’s PureView technology is built into both Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL cameras, boasting a 20MP sensor and triple LED natural flash. The camera captures the perfect image, even in the most challenging conditions, and those photos can be automatically synced across all Windows 10 devices with the Windows Photo app and shared easily with friends and family. Both Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL come with 5MP wide angle front camera.
  • Integrated with Cortana, these phones are perfect for those who want to stay organized and efficient. Cortana works across your entire Windows 10 device family, but is with you all the time with these phones. Set her up to give news updates, calendar reminders, messages, appointments or even flight information.[ii]
  • To make this all possible, both phones also have the latest-generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors to get these things done faster.


Glam-up this winter with ayesha accessories


It’s time for the sun to hide as the fall is just around the corner, but you can still shine bright like a diva with the latest ayesha accessories Autumn-Winter collection 2015. As the winter blues cover up the glamour quotient with bulky covered clothes you can style up your look with the valiant and super stylish accessories.

bronzey metallic chain choker neckpiece wth pearls and florals Rs.998

ayesha accessories brings to you some super stunning Ear dropping danglers, extravagant neck pieces, bold, and statement making finger rings and a wide range of accessories to totally transform your dull and covered up winter look into an ultra-stylish glamed up avtar.

black stone studded ear jackets Rs 598

The collection is metallic inspired by gold and silver with the subtle use of stones which gives ayesha accessories a very elegant and poise look. So what are you waiting for ladies go and grab your Autumn-Winter accessories from the nearest ayesha accessories store.

black choker neckpiece with florals and stones Rs 998

“Kere Habba” organized at Byrasandra Lake


November 28, 2015, Bengaluru: In a remarkable example of citizens struggle against vested interests, Shri Venkata Subbarao and RBI Colony Residents waged a determined legal battle for 20 years to reclaim Byrasandra lake! To celebrate and recognize this inspiring victory, Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF) in association with Byrasandra Lake Savers (RBI Colony Residents)organized Kere Habba at Byrasandra Lake. The event witnessed the presence of eminent guests such as Sri N. Santosh Hegde-Former Lokayukta and retired judge of the Supreme Court, Sri BN Manjunath Reddy- Mayor, BBMP, and Sri Ramalinga Reddy-Hon’ble Minister for Transport, Karnataka, Smt. Gangambike Mallikarjun-Corporator, Jayanagar Ward, Sri L Raghu-Executive Engineer, BDA and Sri Sathish-Chief Engineer, BBMP.

Sri. N Santosh Hegde looking at the developments near the  lake

Cultural activities- Dollu Kunitha

Mr. Ramalinga Reddy during Byrasandra Kere Puje

Children with Sri. N. Santosh Hedge

The lake fest featured activities ranging from marathon, Kere Pooje procession, Dollu Kunitha, March past by School Children, Cultural activities, Sugama Sangeetha and many more. Residents came together from all walks of like and encompassed activities that truly evoked community participation making it a true blue people’s movement to revive the essence of Bengaluru and its lakes.

Envisaged as a series of lake festivals, Kere Habba intends to bring together people for fun, entertainment, environmental concern, community participation and awareness of local lake issues. The objective of this celebration is to encourage people to connect with their surroundings, explore and participate in preserving it and become a stakeholder in keeping it alive. NBF intends to conduct Kere Habba from 2015-2019 for a period of five years, covering 12 lakes each year and reaching to a total of 60 lakes at the end of 2019. Previously, Kere Habba has been organized at Kaikondrahalli, Puttenahalli, Madivala, Chellakere, Allalasandra and Horamavu.

“Shri Venkata Subbarao and RBI Colony Residents are truly an inspiration for every Bengalurean. 20 years back, a citizen’s movement was started against illegal encroachment of Byrasandra lake and today we are here to recognize and celebrate this inspiring victory. As an organization committed to Better Bengaluru, NBF continues to be the voice of people and encourage and support any citizen centric initiative. With Kere Habba, we relentlessly aim to rejuvenate the lakes in Bengaluru and create awareness about lake restoration “said Mr. Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation.

Shri Venkata Subbarao from Byrasandra Lake Savers (RBI Colony Residents) said, “Today, Bengaluru lakes are barely surviving with garbage being dumped, toxic chemicals being let in, inflow of sewage, encroachment, low maintenance and many more. Needless to say, this is directly affecting our health and need of the hour is creating awareness and restoring these lakes. We need more and more civic groups and people who are ready to put in efforts and safeguard lakes across Bengaluru. Citizens should take lead in creating citizen-friendly cities with clean water bodies and lush green ambience. It is possible only if people take keen interest in protecting environmental assets”.


Students Demoed their Talent in a 3 Day Long Exhibition Organised by LISAA School of Design

Bangalore, 28th November 2015: The ‘Open Days’ exhibition, aimed at showcasing the art and design capabilities of the students, wrapped up with the eminent fraternity members coming together to celebrate the creativity and mark the importance of such initiatives.

The three-day long “open days” exhibition, organised from 27th to 29th November by LISAA School of Design,  offered an excellent opportunity to the participating students to interact with the industry experts, artists and academicians and a platform to showcase their talent and interest in artwork, short films, photographs and skits.

The biggest challenge, which students of the creative field often face, is finding a right platform to showcase their talent. Such initiatives not just help fill this gap but a competition free platform also offers space for creativity and helps bring out the best from the students. As part of the fraternity, I want to congratulate LISAA School of Design for organising such an open and innovative event,” says Mr. Prakash Belawadi, a well-known Indian theatre, Film, Television and Media Person.

From left Avi Keshwani, Prakash Belawadi & Laurent Guichoux with students

While students from CREO Valley School of Film and Television undertook activities like photography exhibition, students film and documentaries screening, skits, dance performances, and internship fair, students from LISAA School of Design were divided into Foundation Year, 2nd Year Interior and Production Design, 2nd Year Graphic Design, 2nd Year Fashion Design, 3rd Year Interior and Production design, 3rd Year Graphic design, and 3rd Year Fashion Design to showcase their talents accordingly.

 “The platform aimed at bringing out the best from the students. The idea was to offer them a knowledge and skill sharing platform, without creating a sense of competition. This was like celebrating excellence, without mapping their interests and talents on any preset scale. We are hopeful that the initiative will not give students the necessary exposure but confidence in their talent and work,” says Mr. Laurent Guichoux, Academic Director, LISAA.

The three-day long talent exhibition was marked by the display of movement of animal in abstract way, sunset out of cliché, creative techniques like mind mapping and story boarding, architectural design to work with 3D sculptures using ice cream sticks, supermatism poster, body adjective posters, pop-up cards, panton magazine cover, recipe illustrations and photography, logo charts, motion posters, clay animation – story boards, shadow animation, rebranding mockups, packaging design, motion videos – kyoori us and photography. Another interesting aspect of exhibition was display of 30 best works in sketching, water colour, human figures, and so on by the Foundation Year.

In the event, the 2nd Year Interior and Product Design students of LISAA School of Design focussed on semiotics – the science of symbols, product design and visual communication and Fashion Design students focused on design and stylism, illustrations, fashion history and cad. The 3rd year Interior and Product Design students showed their talent in product design, visual communication and photography and Fashion Design students in mood boards, premier vision board, research books, fabric development board and collection plan.

Such initiatives are exceptionally significant in Indian setup, where art and film making is yet to be recognised as an important stream to be pursued on academic level. Along with giving students exposure, such events help people identify art as an important career option with excellent future prospects,” says Dr. A Senthil Kumaran, Principal Counselor, Education Excellence & Anchoring the Education Excellence Initiative.

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Consulate General of France in Bengaluru hearalds the arrival of “Beaujolais Nouveau” Thursday, 26th November 2015

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Bengaluru, Thursday, 26th November 2015. “Beaujolais Nouveau”, the uncorking of the first wine of the year took place today in keeping with tradition, by the Consulate General of France at the hotel Novotel Bengaluru Techpark.

The event brought together Indian and foreign associates and partners working in close collaboration with France. This initiative was supported by the French flagship carrier, Air France; the France Tourism Development Agency – Atout France along with its regional partner – Rhone-Alpes Tourisme and Novotel Hotel.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is an annual celebration of the end of the grape harvest and the first taste of the new wine. From a local festival, this day has now grown to become an international phenomenon used for heavy marketing, with a worldwide race to be the first to uncork this very young wine. It is said that the various means of transport that have been used to rush these millions of bottles to their destinations include balloon, Concorde jet, and elephant! Released exactly one minute past the stroke of midnight on the third Thursday of November as per French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is a bright flavourful red wine made from the Gamay grape. A harmonious wine with well-balanced flavours, the 2015 label can bring a harvest-to-table freshness to any holiday gathering.

Reflecting on growing tourist numbers from India, Mr François Gautier, Consul General, said, “This year again, the French consulate has issued a greater number of visas as more and more Indian nationals are going to France, for business or for tourism. France remains the top tourist destination in the world, and Rhône-Alpes is a lovely place to discover. With this event, we bring a little bit of France to Bengaluru and hope to encourage more people from Bengaluru to travel to France, to discover and to share our traditions, our culture, our gastronomy and our art de vivre. And that is what Beaujolais nouveau is all about – tradition, conviviality and art de vivre!”

Enthusiastically endorsing the event, Ms Sheetal Mushaw, Director – Atout France India, said, “We are delighted to partner with the Consulate General of France in Bangalore, Air France, Hotel Novotel and Rhone-Alpes Tourisme in heralding the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau. Wine and gastronomy are intrinsic to France’s art de vivre and we hope that tonight’s revelries will tempt the discerning traveller to plan a rendezvous with the Beaujolais villages in the Rhone-Alpes region soon!”

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Speaking on the occasion, Max Smits, General Manager, Indian Subcontinent, Air France-KLM said, “Air France is pleased to partner with Novotel Bengaluru to celebrate the age-old French tradition of uncorking the freshly produced Beaujolais Nouveau and rejoice in the most anticipated event of the year with Indian travellers. We are honoured to be a part of the ceremonial uncorking and delighted to celebrate this tradition and give our customers an opportunity to relish the fresh flavour of France.”

Last minute tips to ace CAT

The Gold Standard for students aspiring to study management in India, the Common Admission Test or CAT is written by over 1.5 lakh aspirants every year. With the 2015 exam round the corner, anxiety is high among students as they enter the last lap of preparation.

CAT is an important prerequisite for admission into more than 100 leading management institutes across India, and a good score can put your career on track with a sound seat in a reputed management institute.

With the exam to be held on November 29, most students might have by now covered their syllabus by and large, and would be hoping to get a favourable question paper. While the appearing students have undoubtedly left no stone unturned to prepare themselves to crack one of the toughest entrance examinations in India, the last moment nervousness often leaves them with cold feet.

As the D Day draws closer, preparation is just one of the worries facing students. Many students are concerned whether they will be able to finish the entire question paper in due time, some also suffer from nightmares such as them going blank during the main examination. While it is too late to start studying afresh, the last days leading to your exam can be utilized to perfect your skills and calm your mind. The following tips will help you the last few days in the best possible way and turn anxiety into confidence.

  1. Time to Revise: Since the time left is very less now, do not try on learning something new. Instead, perfect the knowledge you have already gathered. Utilise the last few days in revising the learnt techniques, practising the tricks and short cuts that will save your time. Try to achieve an equilibrium in all the three subject sections of the examination.
  2. Take Mock tests: Some students who have prepared well feel intimidated entering the examination and take a few minutes to get accustomed to the exam setting. These few minutes can amount to precious time lost. Use the last few days to simulate the examination atmosphere, pressure and get yourself accustomed to what it would actually be like. Keep yourself in sync with the pressure and atmosphere of the real CAT examination by taking some mock tests through online websites. This would not only give you an opportunity to you to test your skills and knowledge, would also get into the groove of things. Additionally this would also train you to take the complete exam within the set time limit.
  3. Self Analysis: While the mock tests would help you to take a review on your preparation, the analysis of the tests will help to understand your strengths and weaknesses. The Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (i.e. SWOT) analysis can help you channelize tour last minute preparations/revision. Besides, the analysis would also give you a better understanding of the pattern of CAT exam with giving an idea of the appearing questions. At this point of time, you should focus on your strengthen and further work upon them, rather than spending time to your weaknesses.
  4. Relative scoring has its advantage vis-a-vis absolute scoring. A tough question may be tough for many others too, so rather than spend a disproportionate time on one question, one shall make sure that all the easy picks are covered in each section.
  5. Practice for perfection: The more you practice the less it appears. When it comes to Mathematics and Reasoning, it is practice that delivers you through in time. You should essentially utilize the last days to hone your skills by practising harder and honing your skills at problem solving rather than learning anything new.
  6. Get hold of the mouse & the computer screen: The entire time you have been preparing in by scribbling papers and darkening the correct options by yourself. Therefore, the sudden transformation of reading the questions and selecting the options on a computer screen can be a bit of tardy and time consuming. Therefore, make use of these last few days to make good hold of mouse and make yourself comfortable with reading, retaining and understanding the questions on the screen, rather than the book.
  7. Strategize the actions: While taking mock tests will help you judge your preparations, you can also utilize the efforts to strategize your plan of action on the D-day.  Device some tricks so that you can attempt as many questions as possible.
  8. Target accuracy more than quantity: CAT exam is judged by the quantity and quality together. While it is important to attempt more number of questions, it is equally important to get them all correct, as the negative marking format of the exam can reverse the game for you. Therefore, try to attain accuracy along with quantity.
  9. Scan the question paper properly: On the main day, do not panic if you find the question paper tougher than expected. Instead, give a good read to the question to scan the easily doable, doable, time taking questions. This skill would automatically come if you have practiced enough mock tests. And remember, a tough question paper will be tough for all aspirants. Panicking will only make you lose comprehension and time.
  10. Time your timings: If you are not able to solve a question having tried for about 1 to 1.30 minutes, don’t make it a prestige issue. Leave that question and go to next question. You may decide to take up this question in second attempt.
  11. Catch good sleep: Sleep for minimum 6 hours every night, and avoid sleeping during daytime. Eat healthy nourishing meals and drink water at regular intervals. Do not eat heavy meals and avoid eating outside in the few days in run up to the exam to prevent any health issue.  Keep yourself relaxed as much as possible and gear up to appear for the exam with a positive outlook.

We wish you all the best and good luck for CAT 2015.

French Luxury brand Roche Bobois opens its first exclusive store in Bengaluru


The renowned French Luxury Furniture Brand, Roche Bobois opened the doors of its first exclusive store at the up market Ulsoor road, in Bengaluru, today. The impressive store spread across 7500 sq ft, located in the city center, has been designed to allow customers a first – hand opportunity to experience the French Art de Vivre, or Way of Life. With an unrivalled passion for creativity and quality craftsmanship, Roche Bobois is synonymous with innovative and sophisticated furniture design.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Samvit Tara, Managing Director, Roche Bobois India says, ’’ Roche Bobois is a niche brand that is rich with heritage and positioned as a luxury lifestyle product. The growth and demand for quality luxury furniture from the decerning consumers in Bengaluru, has encouraged us to launch our first exclusive store in the city. The brand symbolizes  sophistication and excellence and we offer the best furniture and accessories to design concious customers who appreciate only the finest in life.’’


 At its store in Bengaluru Roche Bobois showcases, its two collections Contemporary and Classic, respectively called Les Contemporains and Nouveaux Classiques.  Releasing two new collections each season, Roche Bobois relishes the challenge of spurring on new trends whilst maintaining a timeless aesthetic. Both the Contemporains and Nouveaux Classiques collections reflect the brand’s values and fine European quality craftsmanship.  As the names suggest the Contemporains collection features sleek, refreshing contemporary pieces whilst the Nouveaux Classiques focuses on updating traditional designs with original prints and textures. Customization is available in any detail, choice of dimensions, colors, leathers, woods and finishes.

Roche Bobois regularly collaborates with leading international designers to ensure it is at the forefront of design trends. Over the years the brand has established a close bond with renowned designers such as Sacha Lakic, Stephen Burks, Christophe Delcourt, Ora-Ito and Cédric Ragot. The brand has also enjoyed a fruitful relationship with some of the world’s finest high-fashion houses, such as Missoni, Sonia Rykiel , Jean Paul Gaultier and Ungaro.

Roche Bobois is a global leader in high-end furniture design and distribution and is a dynamic company that is engaged in futuristic product development. Today Roche Bobois ranks among the most cutting edge luxury furniture brands in the world, with an enviable international reputation. The new store in Bengaluru reflects the spirit of the brand through its interior architecture, the selected models, the collections displayed, and the quality of the proposed services

With a turnover of more than €400 million in 2014, Roche Bobois is now present in 50 countries with a network of 250 exclusive stores. As a testimony of the brand dynamism, Roche Bobois opens one store per month in the world. In 2015, Roche Bobois scheduled the opening of 15 new showrooms across the globe. With the brands increasing international presence in key cities across the globe, Bengaluru, one of the world’s leading international technology hubs, was a natural and logical step. With its creativity, modernity and dynamism the city perfectly matches Roche Bobois’ core values.

Address:  Roche Bobois Bengaluru, No.7/1 Ulsoor Road Opp.Purvankara Head Office, Bengaluru-560042.
Tel: +91-80-41233336 / 41433336

Dr. Varaprasad Reddy Awarded with ‘Best Paper’ for Presentation at Bangalore Orthopaedic Society Monthly CME Meet

Bangalore, November 26th, 2015: Dr. Varaprasad Reddy of St. Martha’s Hospital was recently awarded with the “Best Paper” for his presentation at the Bangalore Orthopaedic Society Monthly CME (Continued Medical Education) Meet that was held recently at API Bhavan, Vasantnagar. The paper was titled “A Case Report of Complete Transection of Brachial Artery with Elbow Dislocation”.

CME Meetings are conducted every month by the Bangalore Orthopaedic Society and brings together Orthopaedic specialists from across the city to present papers on rare experiences that they have dealt with. The meeting at API Bhavan saw 10 papers being presented. Dr Varaprasad’s presentation was of a case of elbow dislocation that also had extensive blood vessel damage surrounding the joint. This is not usually the case in a dislocation, especially if there is no external wound. The patient, in this case, further added to the complications by delaying approaching a hospital for medical treatment by around 3 days. Dr. Varaprasad’s presentation covered how the orthopaedic team dealt with this unique case.

Speaking on receiving this award Dr. Varaprasad  Reddy said, “It is important that we have a forum to present such unique experiences to peers in the orthopaedic world. It gives us all an opportunity to learn something new, which is essential to our field. I am glad that my paper was recognized to be of value to all those present at the meeting.”

Speaking on this award, Jayakar Jerome, the Director of St. Martha’s Hospital said, “We constantly encourage our doctors to participate in such interactions that give them new ideas on approaching unique cases.”

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