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Aug 30, 2015

Franchise India launches its Branch in Patna

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Franchise India
Patna, 29th August 2015: Franchise India Holdings Limited (FIHL) is Asia's largest integrated franchise solution company since 1999, and an absolute authority on franchising and licensing opens its branch in Patna today. The company would provide hundreds of business opportunity to the people of Bihar and neighboring states. They have range of International & National Brands tie-up.

The customers can choose brands according to their financial stature. Franchise India has helped hundreds of investors in selecting the right franchise and, in turn, assisted numerous organizations in international and domestic franchise expansion. Knowledge, Opportunity, Network and Success are FIHL's key ingredients.

“In the last seventeen years of successful franchising we have laid these 3Ps as our foundation. Principle, People and Partnership and understands the importance of an investor centric to work towards his interest. All our businesses are dedicated to inform and assist the investor. As pioneers in Indian franchising, all our divisions are either franchise supply or profitable franchise opportunities. Along with principle, we believe in our PEOPLE. Franchise India is a people’s company” said Gaurav Marya, Chairman.

“People are becoming brand conscious in Bihar nowadays. So we are helping brands to expand their presence in Bihar. With emergence of brands, people’s living standard & lifestyle will also change and this change is what we want to bring “said Himanshu Sekhar, COO, Franchise India, Patna.
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Aug 28, 2015

Ashley Madison founder quits

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Noel Biderman, founder and chief executive of dating site, Ashley Madison has stepped down on Friday, according to media reports. Until the appointment of next chief executive office, top management of the firm will look after the operations. It is noteworthy that around 33 million accounts were stolen from the dating website. 
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US India Business Council concludes Food Processing & Food Security Mission

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US India Business Council
August 28, 2015, New Delhi- The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) concluded a Food and Agriculture Executive Mission to India. The two-day mission in New Delhi focused on ways to increase investment in food processing and improve food security in India, and ways that industry in both the U.S and India can work with the central and state governments to achieve mutually beneficially solutions in the food and agriculture sector.

In meetings with U.S. and Indian Government officials, Council members discussed ways to partner with the Indian government to advance Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" initiative, which calls for greater foreign investment in production and manufacturing in India. The committee also discussed policies that the Government of India could pursue that would enhance foreign investment in the food processing sector, food safety and security, foster innovation, boost the competitiveness of local industry, and increase the speed at which new products are introduced to market.

"The Council's Food and Agriculture member-companies represent every aspect of the farm-to-market supply chain, which affirms the U.S. industry's position as a collaborator with shared interests in advancing India's agriculture economy and food industry," said Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman of Cargill Foods India and Mission Co-Lead. "Through this mission, and through our work in both the U.S. and India, our efforts are focused on enhancing bilateral commercial relations and engaging in a regular dialogue on the topic of agricultural productivity and food security in India."

Council members were able to connect with government and corporate leaders and reinforce industry's position as a collaborator with shared interests in advancing India's agriculture economy and food processing industry. The delegates held meetings with the Minister of Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and the Secretary of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Amitabh Kant. The delegation also had productive discussions with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), presenting FSSAI CEO, Y.S. Malik with a plan for a capacity building program to make the agency more efficient and effective in its mission.

Following the mission, Shilpa Divekar Nirula, CEO, Monsanto India Region and Mission Co-Lead commented, "As India charts its growth journey, agriculture has tremendous potential of being transformed into a vibrant sector contributing to millions of our farmers and to the economy. This is an opportune time to recognize the needs of our farmers and synergize Central and State Government initiatives with public and private sector investments towards addressing those needs. Policy impetus and a predictable operating environment for participants will encourage solutions focused on enhancing agronomic practices, managing farm risk, leveraging information technology for capacity building and integrating the value chain thereby contributing to making agriculture productive, efficient, remunerative and sustainable for our farmers"

The mission also featured the first of what may become an annual event- the USIBC - Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) "Dialogue on Strategies to promote Value Addition in Agriculture". The event, sponsored by YES BANK and Blumberg Grain, focused on ways that U.S. and Indian government and industry can work together to improve the food processing industry in India and featured a discussion on how Indian states have partnered with Industry to promote food processing on a smaller scale.

Following the dialogue, Mr. Rana Kapoor, Managing Director, CEO and Co-Founder of YES BANK said, "India's economy is predominantly agrarian, with agriculture and allied sectors contributing 18.2% to our GDP (FY 2013-14). Growth in high value agriculture, increased farm productivity and enhanced investments will further boost the sector's contribution. YES BANK and USIBC believe that an efficient agri-marketing infrastructure is vital to facilitate effective price discovery and transaction functions of the rural economy. The Government's proposal to set up a Unified National Market for agri commodities, in close coordination with NITI Aayog and State Governments will promote seamless movement of produce from farm to fork, accelerate growth of the sector and ensure food and nutritional security for all Indians."
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Quizmaster Siddhartha Basu motivates the Students

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Quizmaster Siddhartha Basu motivates the Students
The father of Indian television quiz shows, Mr. Siddhartha Basu conducted an inter school quiz competition at Suncity School, Gurgaon today. 33 schools of Delhi NCR participated in this competition. The competition was open to students from VIII – XII standard. 100 pairs of students participated in the preliminary round. DAV School Sector 14 Gurgaon, DPS sector 45 Gurgaon, New Era Public School Mayapuri, Chiranjeev Bharti School, Amity School sector 43 Gurgaon, and Suncity School Gurgaon were selected for the final round. In the final round, Kartikay and Pankaj of DAV School sector 14 Gurgaon were adjudged as 1st, while Ishan and Shubham of the DPS School Sector 45 Gurgaon were adjudged as 2nd and Harsh and Dushyant of Chiranjiv Public School were adjudged as 3rd winners.

The inter school quiz competition ‘Quiz Decathlon’ was organized by Suncity School Gurgaon at their school premises. The quiz hall was jam packed with students and parents to witness the show being hosted by Basu. Mr. Laxmi Narayan Goel, Chairman,Suncity School, Mr. Ankit Goel, Vice-Chairman, Suncity School and Mrs. Rupa Chakravarty, Principal, Suncity School were also present on the occasion.

Mrs. Rupa Chakravarty, Principal said at the occasion, “We are delighted to have Mr. Basu at our School; it’s an honor for us that he is hosting Quiz Decathlon 2015. I thank all the schools for being a part of this.”

Basu thanked Suncity School saying, “I thank Suncity School and its management for having me here. It’s a privilege for me to be in Gurgaon and be with such a wonderful crowd. I congratulate Suncity for completing 10 years and wish them the best for the future. He also said that communication skills are the most important for the overall development of a child. We have been conducting quizzes in different schools across the country and our quiz competitions are knowledge based and audio/video interactive. ”
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Foodhall celebrates Health & Wellness festival in August

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National, August 2015: Motivation comes in many forms. Maybe it’s the inspirational poster on the kitchen wall, that weekly date with a running buddy, or simply going the Vegan way and learning how to cook them at home. Want to know where the health lovers are pumping up their proteins this monsoon? Head to Foodhall – India’s premium lifestyle food superstore for their Health & Wellness festival! The store is set to offer the latest in healthy living products, cooking demos, free workshops, fostering its patrons to celebrate a healthy life. The festival begins from 5th August to 5th September 2015 across all Foodhall stores in India.

Foodhall is synonymous with superfood. Packed with rich and powerful nutrients, this month Foodhall introduces superfood such as Cacao Nibs, Spirulina, Matcha powder, Kale Chips along with the existing range of Chia Seeds, Avocados, Goji Berries etc.

Healthy yet delicious, Foodhall’s live kitchen will make your mornings nutrition-savvy. Hop on to healthy breakfast habit with Mixed Berry Yogurt Parfait, Peach & Cinnamon Yoghurt Parfait, Coconut & Lime Parfait (dairy free), Vanilla Chai Chia Pudding and Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding. For those evening hunger pangs, Foodhall adds variety of snacks like Baked Sweet Potato chips, Baked Beetroot Chips, homemade granola such as Cranberry Almond & Walnut Granola, Blueberry Flax & Chia Seed Granola and Blueberry Hazelnut & Pinenut Granola. Boost up your energy with delectable energy balls such as Coconut & Raw Cacao balls and Raw Ginger & date balls at Foodhall.

Following a low-carb diet doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite sandwiches or morning toast. You just have to make a few swaps for your regular slices of bread. Foodhall has introduced range of gluten-free, sugar-free breads, Walnut Almonds & Oats bread, Gluten-free Pizza Base, Multigrain Bread which are extremely rich in fibre.

Thank Foodhall later. Those days when we are completely occupied with work and cannot focus on our eating habits, Foodhall brings varied healthy on-the-go food options such as Vegetable Sticks with Mint Greek Yoghurt, Whole Wheat Pita Chips with Carrot Hummus and Raw Zucchini Noodles to keep your diet in check. If you are a salad lover, Foodhall is whipping out some delicious Salad in a Jar options for you such as Seven Layer Grain & Vegetable Salad with Basil Vinaigrette, Sprouts Salad in a Buttermilk Dressing and Lean Chicken Salad with Creamy Salsa Dressing.
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Aug 26, 2015

Google to Mentor the Top 5 Shortlisted Teams announced by MyGov

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Google to Mentor the Top 5 Shortlisted Teams
MyGov today announced the final shortlisted top five teams to build the official mobile app for India’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). This contest, initiated by MyGov and Google in March, is a first of its kind crowdsourcing effort to build a mobile app for a public office. One app out of the five will be chosen as the official app of the PMO.

In Phase 1 of the contest, MyGov had invited ideas for the mobile app. Based on over 50,000 ideas received, MyGov prepared an app blueprint for developers, who could register as teams to build and submit mockups. In Phase 2, more than 110 mockups were received, and ten were shortlisted. A Jury of eminent professionals and government representatives chose five teams to build the app on the basis of detailed presentations.

The shortlisted teams represent the breadth and diversity of talent in India. They come from across the country – two from Chennai, two from NCR and one from Pune – and from a wide range of backgrounds – two of the teams are led by students, while one of the teams is led by a female entrepreneur.

The shortlisted teams will now be mentored for the next six weeks by Google engineers, who will help them develop a world class app based on the latest design and Android technologies.

Speaking on the occasion, Chetan Krishnaswamy, Country Head Public Policy, Google India said, “As increasing number of Indians get online with their smartphones, we’re delighted to be working MyGov in an effort to build a world class mobile App for the citizens to connect with the Prime Minister's Office. Easy access to information and empowering citizens with the benefits of Internet are a big part Prime Minister Modi’s “Digital India” initiative, and this app is one step in that direction.”

Gaurav Dwivedi, CEO MyGov said “With the short listing of the finalists, the contest has now entered its last phase of actual App development. The role of Google’s team in mentoring will be critical at this stage and we are working closely to unveil of the official Mobile App for the Prime Minister’s Office”
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Aug 25, 2015

Orient Electric bags ‘Make in India Awards for Excellence – 2015’

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Orient Electric
Orient Electric, part of the diversified Indian conglomerate CK Birla group, has bagged the prestigious ‘Make in India Awards for Excellence – 2015’ in the Consumer Electrical Products category at a grand ceremony held last week at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar in Gujarat in presence of Sh. Kalraj Mishra, Hon’ble Minister, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). The award ceremony was attended by Ministers from State & Central Government, senior government officials and renowned industrialists from Gujarat.

Rakesh Khanna, Chief Executive Officer at Orient Electric expressed his delight and cited, “It’s truly an honour to receive this award. At Orient Electric, we believe in ‘Make in India’ and understand the importance of indigenous manufacturing in economic development of the nation. We are today the largest manufacturer of fans in India and we are also the largest exporter exporting to over 30 countries having a share of 60% in fan exports.

We take pride in our in-house R&D capabilities, spirit of continuous innovation and manufacturing prowess. We are amongst the very few who have started producing the LED range of lighting in India with standards comparable to the best in the international markets. We have state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities based in Kolkata, Faridabad and Noida manufacturing Fans, Lighting & Switchgears.”

He further added, “Following the brand vision of ‘Switch to Smart’, Orient Electric is committed to manufacture cutting-edge lifestyle electrical products that meet the needs and expectations of evolving Indian consumers. We have already earned the status of being one of the India’s most trusted brands in the year 2014, and this new recognition further serves as a testimony to Orient Electric’s commitment to deliver the best to the consumers. “

The Make in India Awards for Excellence is a unique initiative that recognizes valued contributions enabling India to establish its position as a global leader. It honours the contributions of companies, organizations, institutes and individuals who have shown exceptional performance and growth in their respective areas of interest.

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Odisha Sishu Bhawan Toll 26

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As many as 26 infants died at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics, popularly known as Sishu Bhawan in Cuttack, Odisha in last five day.

On Tuesday, one more infant died at the hospital. Odisha government formed a panel to conduct enquiry into the tragic incident. On the other hand, some political leaders alleged of tender scams in the institution. On Monday alone, four children died at the hospital. Parents those lost their infants alleged the health official negligence as s the major reason for the such tragedy.

Odisha Human Rights Commission has sought a report from the hospital authorities over the death of infants. The commission has issued notice to the state government and hospital authorities and asked them to file details over the issue within a week.  
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Aug 24, 2015

SpiceJet spices up Air Travel with “Red Hot Offers”

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SpiceJet, the country’s favourite low-cost carrier, has teamed up with popular retailers such as Kingdom of Dreams, O2, Archies, Thyrocare, Babyoye, Mom & Me, and Ferns N Petals to offer special discounts ranging from 15% upto 70% to SpiceJet passengers for purchase of products such as kids apparel, gifts and collectibles, health care, footwear, entertainment, and hospitality sectors.

Customers can obtain their discounts simply by producing their SpiceJet boarding pass at these retail outlets, or by using a promo code for online shopping. The promo code will be sent to the registered email ID upon the completion of travel.

The offer is applicable on bookings made on www.spicejet.com, through SpiceJet’s mobile app, airport ticketing counter and SpiceJet call centre. Offers are valid within six months of the issuance of boarding card for all offline redemption. For all online redemptions offers are valid with six months of the booking made.

Discounts can be obtained only on completion of the air travel when you produce your boarding pass or your promo code. Customers can visit the SpiceJet website for more information related to the partner offerings.
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Tata Power ramps up CSR Programs

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Tata Power ramps up CSR Programs
Tata Power, India's largest integrated power company, has always undertaken various initiatives with an aim to improve the quality of life, and ensure holistic development of its surrounding communities. The strategic approach ensured focus on sustainable long term programs across all locations while also looking into location specific needs as well. The company brought in further robustness to systems and processes to align to the intended outcomes, thus benefitting more than 250 villages across 7 states in FY15 through community development initiatives. The Tata Power Community Development Trust acts as development vehicle for driving these initiatives.

At present, the CSR outreach covers half a million people through various initiatives in education, health, livelihood, social capital, and nurturing sustainability. The total CSR spend of the Company in FY15 stood at Rs. 31.1 crore as against the required 2 per cent (Rs. 29.8 crore) as per the Companies Act. In addition to the above, the CSR spend of subsidiaries and joint ventures of the Company was Rs. 18.2 crore, as against the required Rs. 17.2 crore as per the Act.

Responding to the need of the hour, Tata Power distributed more than 3500 relief kits as part of the flood relief efforts in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), and 2000 solar lamps and helped restore power network to those impacted by Cyclone Hud-Hud in Vishakhapatnam district. Various educational initiatives undertaken by the company had a positive impact on more than 1 lakh students across 350 schools. The company also extended Vocational Training and Employability programme to 1000 youth from over 96 villages.

Speaking on these initiatives, Mr. Anil Sardana, MD & CEO, Tata Power, said, “We at Tata Power have always believed that companies must give back to the society on a sustainable basis. Led by its motto of inclusive growth, these initiatives have augmented the potential of the target communities, thereby strengthening our belief of being a Neighbour of Choice. As a part of collective responsibility towards nation building, Tata Power will continue to engage with key stakeholders including community to sustain the desired outcomes in the long run.”

In FY 15, Tata Power launched its flagship initiative, the Model Village program which aims at transforming 53 villages on development with a sustainable approach to work closely with stakeholders at large. These villages would be taken up in phased manner spreading over a decade through a participatory approach based on key priorities of community.

As a part of the ‘Invisible Goodness’ initiative for the centenary year, Tata Power has launched various new initiatives including empowering individuals to become sustainable through the ‘Be Green’ initiative. In line with nation’s vision of Skill Development, Tata Power has set up Tata Power Skill Development Institute (TPSDI) wherein the company plans to train 2 lakh skilled workers over the next decade. Under the ‘Be Green’ initiative, the company aims to motivate consumers to opt for e-bills to donate the collected savings for a noble cause.

The company has also launched ‘Act for Mahseer’ – the largest and the most comprehensive campaign on Mahseer conservation, reaffirming the company’s commitment to the cause of saving the endangered species. Multiple similar initiatives are being worked upon and positive impact is anticipated from all.
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