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March 2016

Vijaya Bank inaugurated of Kathriguppe branch in Bangalore


Vijaya Bank MD & CEO Sri Kisore Sansi inaugurating our Bank’s Kathriguppe branch today. Also seen are Sri Y. Nageswara Rao, Executive Director, Sri Chandrashekar B. Yallur, Regional Head Bangalore South, Sri Sridhara Murthy, Regional Head Bangalore North and Sri Santhosh Kumar V., Branch Head Kathriguppe Branch and others.

Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy open registrations for ‘Summer Slam’

31st March, 2016, Bengaluru: After its highly successful launch earlier this month, the Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy announces the commencement of registrations for ‘the RBTA Summer Slam’, an innovative and fun coaching summer camp for children between the ages of 4 to 14 beginning from 10th April to 20th May, 2016. In line with their vision of making tennis learning a wholesome experience, the RBTA Summer Slam coaching camps will include a strong fitness development component structured to build strength, agility and balance for young children. Participants will also interact with Rohan and train under RBTA mentor coach Pietie Norval from South Africa along with a team of qualified coaches and fitness trainers during the 40 day camp.
The RBTA Summer Slam offers sessions for the following age groups: Summer Starter, for ages 4-7; Summer Player, for ages 8-10; and Summer Slammer, for ages 10-14. While the essence of the coaching sessions remains constant, the duration and structure of the coaching program differ within each age group.
The children signing up for Summer Starter will take part in a 1 hour 15 minutes session. They will be introduced to the sport of tennis through mini-tennis coaching routines and exciting drills that develop their movement and agility skills. The Summer Player program includes a 1 hour 30 minute session, which is an intermediate tennis coaching camp. It comprises full court tennis drills and fitness workouts to build speed and strength. The final category is calledSummer Slammer and is for those children who are hoping to and/or already competing on the tournament circuit. Their needs being different, their coaching sessions is for a 3 hour duration and is wholly focussed on improving their match play through intensive tennis and fitness workouts. Each category has a 3 days a week package or 5 days a week package.
Prospective participants can schedule their sessions according to the allotted timings given below. The 40-day Summer Slam coaching program fees range from Rs 7,500 to Rs.17,000. For details on timeslots, fee structure and registration, please log on to



Plus: The ultimate travel and vacay guide with fashion and beauty essentials for every kind of adventurer.

Jabong, India’s leading fashion e-tailer, has launched the April issue of its monthly style guide, The Juice. The issue features Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez on the cover, who turns on the heat in a white jumpsuit from TOPSHOP, available exclusively on Jabong.

The Juice got the Bollywood diva to spill on one of her favourite subjects – travel. In a candid interview, she talks about her cross-continental genes, her multi-cultural background and how she saved up enough money to buy a ticket to London at the age of 16. Leading fashion photographer Abhay Singh captures the beauty at her fierce best.

The issue also offers the ultimate travel guide, with a glimpse of the key fashion trends one should be wearing this season. From the must-have beach totes to the perfect swimsuit for your body type, fragrances to keep you fresh through the heat along with the must have sunglasses to brave the sun in style; the issue is your one-stop shop for everything summer. The beauty section in the magazine highlights the latest metal trend, with gold, silver and bronze setting the tone, a guide to sexy summer legs and a crash course on how to wear the right sunscreen and never fear sunburn again.

A highlight of this edition of The Juice is the photo-essay by the environmental photographer and journalist Arati Kumar-Rao who documents her enduring love for the Asian elephant, who she’s followed and photographed for years.

Here are some interesting excerpts from the interview with Jacqueline Fernande

As a kid, what did you want to become?

I did a bunch of things from the age of 14. I hosted TV shows on local channels in Bahrain and did some modelling. I was always comfortable in front of the camera. I knew I’d be doing something in the entertainment industry, something that required me to be on television or required me to be a journalist or a broadcaster. I wanted to intern with CNN or BBC. Their invest investigative reporting inspired me.

I even thought I’d be a documentary filmmaker, because I loved travelling. At the age of 16, I earned enough money from modelling and TV and bought my first ticket to London. I travelled on my own for 10 days. It was a crazy experience. On the second day, I ended up spending all my money and I still had eight more days to go – my first time there and I had no cash and was lost. There were no mobile phones then. One really sweet Indian lady me helped me out.

One place on your travel lust list

Japan. Also, Antarctica.

Your last holiday

Bahrain. I went to see my parents for three days

Your best travel companion


Thing you hate about travel

Sometimes, I dislike airports, the immigration and the security process. It’s a big mess and is irritating

Greatest travel lesson

Speak to the locals, go where the locals go, eat where the locals eat

Fav thing to do on travels

Eating local cuisine.

One place you’d settle down in

Nice, south of France. It was so stunning

Grab your copy now of The Juice magazine to read the entire interview or log onto for the digital edition.


 singer Alisha Pais performing

India, 31st March’16 –  South Asia’s biggest queer film festival, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival entered its 7th edition by launching the first look of the poster in Mumbai today. Renowned fashion designer Wendell Rodricks and popular actress Simone Singh unveiled the poster and announced Ajoy Das as the contest winner by handing over a trophy and cash prize of RS 20,000.

Wendell Rodricks spoke about the poster and said, “This year’s KASHISH poster design winner is a representation of the state of mind of the KASHISH Queer Film Festival 2016. Not only is the message calm & clear that we have arrived, but the thought process behind the film reel representation and the seven shades of love encircling us all, makes a compelling statement. The most poignant part of the design is the message that everyone is free to love who they wish to love. I wish the winner of the KASHISH Poster 2016, and the festival well deserved success in a year that may change LGBT rights for Indians in a path breaking way.”

Excited about winning the poster contest, Ajoy said, “It was a personal challenge to design a film festival poster for a very special community. It means a lot to win this prestigious award since the competition is of international level. It gives me great personal satisfaction to contribute to the cause of LGBT community.”

Talking about the 7th Edition of the Festival, Sridhar Rangayan, Festival Director said, “Both Greek mythology and Sufism defines ‘7 Shades of Love’ to encompass all forms of love. Through the festival this year we want to emphasize and underline the message that love should transcend age, gender, caste, creed, ethnicity, social status, language, etc. Love is universal and love is cyclical – the more you give, the more you receive. The winning poster design amply illustrates this cyclicity and the diversity of love”.

For the past four years KASHISH International Poster Design Contest has become a celebrated worldwide contest, receiving entries from several countries. KASHISH invited designers across the world to design the official festival poster and overall look for its 7th edition with the theme ‘7 Shades of Love’. India’s top fashion designer Padma Shri awardee Wendell Rodricks selected Ajoy as the final winner. Ajoy’s poster will now be used on hoardings, banners, cinema slides, delegate cards, T-shirts and catalogue cover.

Dolly Thakore

KASHISH 2016 will be held from May 25-29, 2016 at Liberty Cinema and Alliance Française de Bombay. The festival theme is ‘7 Shades of Love’. Love in all its forms has been celebrated as the highest form of human emotions since the beginning of civilization – romantic love or Eros, friendship or the love between friends, the love between a parent and a child, the first stirrings of love between young lovers to the enduring love of committed partners, the love for humanity and the love and acceptance of one’s true self. The festival theme for 2016, ‘7 Shades of Love’ embodies this spirit. It underlines that at the core of human relationships is the capacity to love each other and offer respect so that each person can live with equality and dignity.

Sushant Divgikar, which is India’s leading crowdfunding platform, has come on board as Title Partner for KASHISH 2016. Cofounder and COO Anshulika Dubey said, “Wishberry is a crowdfunding platform for creative projects, especially films. We want to help and encourage filmmakers working on great ideas, especially the ones that give a voice to the LGBT community and question society’s fixed ideas about sexual orientation. Our partnership with KASHISH 2016 is an expression of this very sentiment.”

Ex Mr Gay India Sushant Divgikar performance at the launch

The event witnessed special performances on the theme of love by Mr.Gay India Sushant Divgikar & folk-rock artist Alisha Pais. The evening also featured talks by parents of LGBT children, with Pradeep Divgikar and Vidya Phadnis talking about accepting their sons Sushant Divgikar and Ameya Phadnis. The KASHISH Advisory Board members present at the event were industry stalwarts like theatre personality Dolly Thakore, national award winning filmmaker Arunaraje Patil, president of Whistling Woods Meghna Ghai Puri and professor Nandini Sardesai.

Contest winner Ajoy Das

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Schools & Colleges go cashless with Paytm


New Delhi, 31st March, 2016: Buoyed by the immense opportunity existing in the Indian education sector currently marked at about $ 100 billion, Paytm, the largest mobile payment and commerce platform is committed to provide cashless transaction solutions across schools, colleges, universities and other premium academic institutions.

To date, Paytm has taken its cashless solutions to campuses through tie-ups with over 150 institutions such as Delhi Public School, India Institute of Technology, Lovely Professional University, Sharda University, Garden City College, Bangalore, Jaipuria Institute, Universal Education and many others.The response has been phenomenal and several institutions have welcomed Paytm’s move and are fast moving away from cash, thereby adopting Paytm as the only payment tool.”

Speaking on this move, Kiran Vasireddy, Senior Vice President, commented, “By the end of next year, 25,000 academic institutions would be Paytm enabled cashless campuses wherein students can pay for admission forms, fee and other expenses using our wallet. “

The company has also tied up with major coaching institutions that enable preparation for the 10 major exams most Indian students attempt such as Medical entrance examinations, IIT JEE, UPSC, CAT, and GATE.

Talking about the early adoption of digital wallet by students, Kiran Vasireddy, Senior Vice-President, Paytm said, “37 % of Indian Internet users are in the age group of 15 to 24 years with about 11 lakh students graduating from college each year.This is a substantial demographic populace for which leading a digital lifestyle is a not just a habit but a way of life. The current trends reflect the younger generation’s preference of transacting through digital wallets over plastic money (credit and debit cards). Academic Institutions too find it a win-win situation with digital payments as it reduces their workload while increasing overall efficiency.”

‘Rotary Ashirvad BMCRI Skin Bank’ inaugurated at Victoria Hospital

Midtown Rotary Ashirvad BMCRI Skin BankDr. Shanrnapraksh Rudrappa Patil inaugurating Midtown Rotary Ashirvad BMCRI Skin Bank-1

Bengaluru 30 March 2016: Rotary Ashirvad BMCRI Skin Bank (RABSB), the first skin bank to be developed and established in Karnataka, was inaugurated by Honourable Minister for Medical Education, Govt. of Karnataka Dr. Sharanaprakash Rudrappa Patil today at The Victoria Hospital, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI).

The skin bank is the dream child of Department of Plastic Surgery and the Rotary Bangalore Midtown, strongly supported by the Dean of BMCRI Dr. Devadass PK and funded by Ashirvad Pipes Pvt. Ltd., Ashirvad Pipes is a National Award winning company based in Bengaluru headed by the Managing Director Mr. Pawan Poddar, Technical Director, Mr. Deepak Poddar and Marketing Director Mr. Vikas Poddar.

Dr. Shanrnapraksh Rudrappa Patil inaugurating Midtown Rotary Ashirvad BMCRI Skin Bank-3

Rotary Bangalore Midtown known for many of its social, educational and medical welfare projects took the initiative and Ashirvad Pipes volunteered to fund for the infrastructure and equipment of the skin bank. The Managing Director of Ashirvad Pipes, Mr. Pawan Poddar,stated “We partnered BMCRI’s Victoria Hospital and MidTown Rotary with the objective of providing cost effective and quality burn care treatment to all burn victims from all sections of society.”He also added “that people in general are not aware about skin donations and the fact that many lives can be saved if skin is donated.”

The Mahabodhi Burns Centre at Victoria Hospital always lacked a skin bank which would complement the treatment of burns and reduce the suffering and mortality of burns victims. Being the second largest in India, this burns care center will admit 160 to 180 burn patients every month. The Dean Dr. Devdass P K is very dynamic and proactive and has been behind many organ donations and progress of many facilities at BMCRI.

Rtn Anil Lala Director Community Services and Rtn Dr. Gunasekar Vuppalapati Plastic Surgeon from Rotary Bangalore Midtown along with the Dean and the faculty of Department of Plastic Surgery Dr. Ramesh K T and Dr. Smitha Segu will work for the smooth functioning of the RABSB and provide the much required skin to save as many lives as possible.

National Burns Centre headed by Dr. Sunil Keswani who provided the technical training and support for RABSB stated that this is a golden day for the State of Karnataka in the field of management of burn patients and the National Burns Centre is indeed very Happy to be a part of this initiative. However, he also said that “the setting up the bank is only 30% of the job done. For the balance 70%, we need to work together for creating awareness for many years till we have Skin Collection Centers across Karnataka and patients can have access to skin for treatment in every nook and corner of the State.

The Rotary Ashirvad BMCRI Skin Bank has been established with the motto to make the processed skin available to all the burn victims in Karnataka and the region of South India.

Process for skin donation: Like any other organ donation Skin donation needs to be pledged by a living person or needs to be offered for donation by the family soon after death. The skin is harvested within 6 hours of death either at hospital or home. The harvesting is done from hidden areas such as the back and the thigh with no bleeding or deformity to the body. The skin donation does not hamper the rituals of last rites. The process is fairly simple and takes less than 45 minutes. The donor could be anyone above 18 years of age with no skin disease or skin cancer and negative for HIV and Hepatitis C. It may be noted that no blood group matching is required.

The harvested skin is processed and stored as per international protocol in the skin bank ready for dispensing and safe use in burns care as the best biological dressing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This dressing not only saves the life but also relieves the pain, reduces infection increasing chances of survival significantly, especially when the burn area exceeds 40%.

The skin required for the burn victims within BMCRI will be issued through an indenting process. However, burns patients being treated in any other hospital can avail of it with a request letter from a qualified plastic surgeon with details of the patient, percentage of burns and quantity of skin in square centimeters duly mentioned.

A steering committee has been formed with representatives from Rotary Bangalore MidTown, BMCRI, and Ashirvad Pipes, to govern the functioning of skin bank.

foodpanda India launches ‘foodpanda Express Guarantee’; promises to deliver within 45 minutes

foodpanda express gaurantee service

Bangalore, March 30, 2016: foodpanda, India’s largest online food ordering platform, introduces “Express Guarantee” service that promises to deliver food within 45 minutes or money back.

The service will commence from Delhi, and after a week of its operational execution in Delhi, will foray in Pune market. foodpanda has tied up with around 900 vendors in Delhi NCR and Pune and some of the key partnering brands are Burger King, Wendy’s, Biryani Blues, Eatsome, Subway, Ammi’s Biryani, Southy amongst others. Over the next three months, foodpanda plans to take this service national through a partner base of 1500-2000 vendors.

For this service, foodpanda has selectively tied up with restaurants where it uses its own delivery fleet (foodpanda delivery service) for an assured delivery within 45 minutes. This means customers will reap the benefits of piping hot food, reduced waiting time and increased convenience. In case of a delay, foodpanda assures cashback to customers which is subjective to the delay and its cause. 

 Commenting on the new initiative, Saurabh Kochhar, CEO, foodpanda India says, “Customer experience is the core of our business and we constantly strive to innovate and improvise on our offerings and services. The new service is a result of our constant effort to ensure timely delivery of food at the consumer’s doorstep – for which we have streamlined our processes and introduced robust systems and matrix to ensure an efficient end to end service within a timeframe of 45 minutes.”

foodpanda has channelized its processes and uses proprietary technology to track deliveries from the restaurants to the customer’s door. On an operational level, foodpanda has segregated cities into smaller clusters and has deployed adequate fleet to cater to the customer demands. The company has installed robust analytics systems that will not only ensure time management of the fleet but will also forestall and prompt the team of any delays. Currently, the company’s delivery arm fulfils around 30 per cent of vendor portfolio and was launched about a year ago.

BASE Students tops in Karnataka, 33 eligible for fellowships in KVPY

Bangalore, March 30, 2016: Once again the students of BASE bring outstanding results in Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) examination 2016, a Government of India initiative to encourage students of Basic Sciences to take up research careers. 33 out of 37 students from BASE have qualified in the interview round and are eligible for the KVPY fellowship. This prestigious scholarship program is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and administered by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc, Bangalore). Scholarships are provided (up to the pre-Ph.D. level) to the selected students.  Apart from the scholarship, the qualification in KVPY is used as a basis for admission to many premier institutions like IISc, Bangalore and IISERs.

Speaking on the occasion, Vallish Herur, Director of BASE said, “The tradition of creating success in Karnataka continues this year too. BASE students have bagged the top ranks in both SA (Students enrolled in XI Standard) & SX (Students enrolled in XII Standard) in Karnataka. Deeparaj Bhat has bagged 15th All India Rank in SX stream and Ninad Huilgol has bagged 17thAll India Rank in SA stream. 100% of SX and 92% of SA (Gen merit) students who qualified in Aptitude test have cleared the interview round and are eligible for KVPY fellowship. We shall continue our tradition to strive & improve each year”.

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