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Raanjhanaa continues its dream run at the box office scoring Rs. 68.50 crore gross worldwide till second weekend

Monday, July 1, 2013: Eros International Media Limited (Eros International), a leading global company in the Indian film industry has announced a hugely successful run of Raanjhanaa at the box office with an impressive Rs. 68.50 crore worldwide up to its second weekend.

The film in its opening weekend netted a NBOC (Net Box office collections) of Rs. 20.08 crore in India and held strong through the week and closed at an impressive Rs. 34.98 crore (NBOC) for week one. The second weekend was equally impressive garnering a collection of Rs. 10.70 crore (NBOC)

The film has so far grossed a total of Rs. 59.50 crore (Net collection Rs. 45.68 crore) and overseas Rs. 9 crore in 10 days.

Produced and distributed by Eros International worldwide, Raanjhanaa released across 1400 screens in India and 220 plus screens overseas.

Ambikapathy, the Tamil version of the film released across 300 screens in India last Friday and has grossed an impressive Rs. 2.95 crore at the box office during the opening weekend with a net collection of Rs. 2.05 crore.

Speaking on its successful run, Nandu Ahuja, Sr. VP, Distribution, Eros International Media Limited, “This beautiful small town love saga with exemplary performances by its lead actors has won the hearts of audiences. The tremendous response has been very encouraging with both single screens and multiplexes indicating good box office results. The footfall on Monday was higher than the Friday of the opening weekend. Tuesday’s numbers surpassed Monday’s clearly indicating its increased acceptance with audiences. It is noteworthy that the second weekend collections are more than 50% of the first weekend. With the fabulous word of mouth, we are looking at the film continuing its rock steady performance through its run”.

Commenting on the overseas success, Pranab Kapadia, President- Marketing and Distribution, Eros International Plc, “Raanjhanaa has done equally well in the overseas markets. The chemistry of Dhanush and Sonam combined with compelling screenplay and soulful music is a winning combination. With the film holding up so well in its second week too, we expect the film to continue entertaining audiences and enjoy a good run at the box office.”

Raanjhanaa stars National Award winning south actor Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor in lead roles and is directed by Aanand L Rai. Music of the film is composed by Oscar winning musician A. R Rahman.

About Eros International Media Ltd (Eros International)

Eros International Media Ltd. (BSE Script Code: 533261; NSE Script Code: EROSMEDIA) is a global player within the Indian media and entertainment arena. It operates on a vertically integrated studio model controlling content as well as distribution & exploitation across multiple formats globally, including cinema, digital, home entertainment and television syndication. Eros International is part of Eros International plc which is the first Indian media Company to get listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

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Cisco Integrates Citrix NetScaler into Cloud Network Services Portfolio

Cisco and Citrix Extend Strategic Alliance with Network Services Innovations

India, 2 July 2013 – Cisco announced the evolution of its network services strategy for virtual and cloud networks by integrating the market-leading Citrix® NetScaler® application delivery controller (ADC) technology into the Cisco Unified Fabric Cloud Network Services portfolio.

The best-in-class virtual application delivery controller will be tightly coupled into Cisco’s virtual networking framework to provide superior network service provisioning and performance. Citrix NetScaler 1000V will be sold by Cisco and its channel partners worldwide and supported globally by the Cisco Technical Assistance Center.

Cisco’s Cloud Network Services architecture is designed to simplify and accelerate cloud network deployments without compromising the critical security and application services that key data center applications require. It is comprised of a comprehensive portfolio of integrated, application-aware network services and security offerings designed for virtual and cloud environments. The delivery of Citrix NetScaler 1000V brings intelligent application delivery capabilities to Cisco Cloud Network Services. This unified, integrated approach represents the next evolution in ADC technology, fundamentally changing and uniquely enabling a tight integration with the Cisco network infrastructure that is unmatched by any other ADC on the market.

This technology collaboration delivers on the vision outlined at Citrix Synergy Barcelona in October, 2012 when the two companies announced they would expand their strategic alliance around three pillars: cloud, mobility and networking. Cisco and Citrix are turning the promise of that vision into reality with the first wave of joint innovation around application delivery services.

Highlights

The joint offering announced will include the following key capabilities.

Integrated Solution: Bringing Cisco and Citrix technologies together into an integrated solution will help enterprise and service provider customers deliver true cloud service automation, speeding up service deployment and simplifying networking services.
Easy Provisioning with Nexus 1000V: Unlike other ADCs, Citrix NetScaler 1000V will integrate with the Cisco Nexus 1100 Cloud Services Platform and vPath service insertion architecture to uniquely link to the Nexus 1000V. Cisco’s vPath technology allows for the seamless insertion of application services – such as NetScaler – into virtual and cloud networks.
Seamless Deployment with Nexus 7000: As part of the Cisco and Citrix collaboration in next-generation data center and cloud architectures, the Citrix NetScaler SDX service delivery networking platform and the Citrix NetScaler MPX hardware-based line of ADCs will also attach to the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches in the future. This capability will provide customers the benefits of higher resiliency, plug and play installation, improved agility, and increased leverage of both their switching and ADC investments.
Interoperability with Broader Cloud Network Services: A full portfolio of virtual services for the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual networking environment will be available. These include the ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall, Virtual Security Gateway virtual firewall, virtual Wide Area Application Services WAN optimization solution, Cisco Prime virtual Network Analysis Module, and Cloud Services Router 1000V. The portfolio also includes best-of-breed third party virtual services offerings that are seamlessly integrated into the framework. Citrix NetScaler 1000V will seamlessly co-exist and interoperate with the broader Cisco Cloud Network Services family.
Application Delivery in the Unified Data Center: Cloud Network Services form the virtual network services strategy of the broader Cisco Unified Data Center framework, which brings together a seamless architecture of virtualization and cloud-ready compute servers (Unified Compute Servers), network fabric (Unified Fabric) and automation platform (Unified Management). This new set of offerings delivers Intelligent Application Delivery services into Cisco’s Unified Data Center framework.
Simplified Go-to-Market: The two companies are also collaborating on go-to-market initiatives, including the publication of Cisco Validated Design (CVD) reference documents to assist customers gaining full leverage from Cisco’s Unified Data Center strategy.

Quotes:

Jeff Jack, Group General Manager, Network Integration, Dimension Data

“Dimension Data welcomes the collaboration between Cisco and Citrix to provide clients with a truly integrated network services solution in the data center. As long standing partners of both Cisco and Citrix, we look forward to leveraging our skills and experience in this space to deliver the innovative, next-generation data center solutions our clients are demanding.”

Rohit Mehra, Vice President, Network Infrastructure, IDC

“As enterprise IT aligns itself with cloud rollouts and virtualization, datacenters are becoming the cornerstones of business, driving the need for closer integration between functional elements, and optimizing how applications are delivered over IT and network infrastructure. In that context, the cloud network services-focused partnership between Citrix and Cisco is clearly a step in the right direction.”

Ram Appalaraju, Vice President, Products, Data Center Group, Cisco

“With the addition of the Citrix NetScaler best-in-class application delivery controller tightly coupled into our virtual networking framework, Cisco is furthering our Cloud Network Services strategy. By partnering with Citrix, we will be able to offer critical application delivery services to our virtual networking and cloud customers on the Nexus 1K platform.”

Sunil Potti, Vice President and General Manager, NetScaler Product Group, Citrix

“Both Cisco and Citrix believe that the data center is undergoing a fundamental transformation, driven by cloud, mobility and virtualization. Successfully managing application workloads in these modern data centers requires a flexible, scalable, application-aware network. To help customers make this transition, Cisco and Citrix are collaborating to unify best-in-class technologies based on Citrix NetScaler and Cisco Nexus to accelerate the transformation to new network service delivery models in the Mobile-Cloud Era.”

Availability

Citrix NetScaler 1000V will be available via the normal Cisco sales and worldwide channels in Q3 of 2013.

Related Links

· Citrix Blog Post: Citrix and Cisco: A New Playbook for New Times

· Cisco Blog Post: Citrix and NetScaler 1000V Taking Cisco Cloud Network Services to the Next Level

· Related Announcement: Cisco and Citrix Extend Partnership into Networking, Cloud and Mobility

· Related Announcement: Cisco and Citrix Simplify Go-to-Market with New Partner Accelerator Initiative (June 2012)

· Cisco and Citrix Overview Website

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About Citrix

Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) is the cloud company that enables mobile workstyles—empowering people to work and collaborate from anywhere, securely accessing apps and data on any of the latest devices, as easily as they would in their own office. Citrix solutions help IT and service providers build clouds, leveraging virtualization and networking technologies to deliver high-performance, elastic and cost-effective cloud services. With market-leading solutions for mobility, desktop virtualization, cloud networking, cloud platforms, collaboration and data sharing, Citrix helps organizations of all sizes achieve the speed and agility necessary to succeed in a mobile and dynamic world. Citrix products are in use at more than 260,000 organizations and by over 100 million users globally. Annual revenue in 2012 was $2.59 billion. Learn more at www.citrix.com.

Forward-Looking Statement
This release may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, among others, statements regarding the IT industry being on the verge of the next major architectural transition, collaboration between the companies to unify best-of-breed technologies, significant joint investment, joint integration of the companies’ products and development of integrated solutions, delivery of virtual desktop solutions, acceleration of the alliance into cloud, networking and mobility, bringing new innovations to the companies’ joint customers and statements by executives of each company. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results due to a variety of factors, including, among other things, the ability of the companies to partner successfully; the ability to achieve expected benefits of the alliance; business and economic conditions globally and growth trends and uncertainty in the information technology and networking industries; competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the network market, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; changes to product development timelines; demand for new products and services as well as risks associated with their development and distribution; revenue growth; Cisco’s and Citrix’s ability to protect their proprietary technology; and Cisco’s and Citrix’s ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; customer markets and various geographic regions; global economic conditions and uncertainties in the geopolitical environment; and other risk factors set forth in Cisco’s most recent report on Form 10-K filed on September 12, 2012 and most recent 10-Q filed on May 21, 2013; and Citrix’s most recent reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q filed on February 21, 2013 and May 7, 2013, respectively. Any forward-looking statements in this release are based on limited information currently available to Cisco and Citrix, which is subject to change, and neither Cisco nor Citrix assume any obligation to update the information after the date of this release.

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Hrithik Roshan amazed by Manisha Koirala’s Strength

Hrithik Roshan who was returning from Newyork with his family after his holiday. he met Manisha Koirala on the same flight. He was suprised to see Manisha on the same flight.
Hrithik asked Manisha about her well being.
Manisha was with her family as she was returning to mumbai.
Hrithik is amazed by the strength of spirit within her and all around her in her family. Later, the actor was also glad to meet her “extremely loving and gracious” family. “It was sheer joy to receive love from them.”

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Let us fight our fears, let’s heal the world,”

Pilot turned Actress Tanya Mallik lends her helping hand for the victims of nature’s fury at U’khand by supporting Indriya!

Tanya Mallik, pilot who turns actress with her Bollywood debut in Sunil Darshan’s ‘Karle Pyaar Karle’ who is a philanthropist & an entrepreneur running Indriya Healing Center with her mother Preeti Mallik has been extensively helping the U’ khand victims through their organization undertaking spiritual healing.

Too young to achieve ‘High Achieving Women’ award in 2011 by the Ministry of Maharashtra, Tanya despite her busy schedule gearing up for her debut, she is pretty much active in helping & supporting Indriya with her mother, she mentions, “It is nature’s fury or a man made calamity, we don’t know but now is the time for action. People at U’khand need us, Indriya camps help in Spiritual healing, it is very necessary for the victims who have seen death so close try to forget it, they need to psychologically heal their minds.”

Tanya who has been an author to various articles on Health, Fitness & Motivation further mentions, “Helping others gives me this different pleasure altogether. My upbringing has been such, Indriya was my dream project which my mother helped me accomplish it & we run together. Indriya is my baby; we help victims not only financially but also psychologically.”

The gorgeous Tanya Mallik with a more gorgeous heart mentions, “We are all wounded. But wounds are necessary for his healing light to enter into our beings. “

She concludes, “Let us fight our fears, and let’s heal the world.”

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Vivanta by Taj Bentota – Sri Lanka, Reopens after an extensive renovation

Description: TeamC:CLIENTS:TAJ:2013:Images:Images:_VIVANTA:Vivanta by Taj – Bentota, Sri Lanka:Pool new low.jpgJune 2013 – Surrounded by the whispers of rustling palms, near-virgin sands, the music of the waves, glorious pink and orange sunsets and undisturbed hours lies Vivanta by Taj -Bentota, Sri Lanka, an exclusive beach and spa resort on the southern coast of Sri Lanka.The hotel announced the completion of its USD 12.5 million ( Rs 65 Crore ) extensive renovation .

“With its unparalleled natural surroundings, Sri Lanka has become one of the world’s most coveted destinations. The recent investment in Vivanta by Taj – Bentota, Sri Lanka has enhanced a resort that is widely appreciated for its Indian Ocean views, pristine beach, wide-ranging culinary offerings and Ayurveda Jiva Spa” said Mr Manoj Mathew General Manager.

Located on the island’s south west coast, the resorts new design is a perfect blend of contemporary style with colonial charm .Nic Proud is the interior designer.

Each of the stylish 160 rooms offer stunning ocean views or the beautifully landscaped gardens with private sit-outs or terraces. The look and feel of the rooms was inspired by the adjacent beaches and the rich colors and heritage of the Bentota region. The cerulean waters, cinnamon spices and carved elements of the local architectural traditions are combined together to give a sense of place.Locally sourced finishes and workmanship contribute to the eco friendliness of the resort.

Amidst lush gardens and swinging palms, the hotel’s dining options include al fresco grilled seafood at S.H.A.C.K., fine dining at Sea View and international cuisine served 24/7 at The Palms. The extensive buffet available at The Palms wraps around a central seawater aquarium and creates a dramatic contrast to the feature wall, which is made of trays, filled with red seeds from a local tree. Fish trap pendant lights, coconut husk ceilings, river stone walls and other natural local materials add drama to the interiors.In addition, The Oriental Pavilion, the only authentic Chinese restaurant in Bentota, can inspire guests with its flavours of the Far East.

For those seeking a secluded retreat away from the main resort, the 7,500 sq. ft. six-treatment room Jiva Spa celebrates ancient Indian wellness traditions and Ayurveda. The spa celebrates Sri Lanka’s heritage with open verandahs wrapped around a central courtyard dotted with sacred temple trees and a reflecting pool. Each treatment room has a private garden and an outdoor Jacuzzi.

Vivanta by Taj – Bentota, Sri Lanka has over 6500 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for meetings and conferences.

Each Vivanta by Taj hotel presents ‘Vivanta Motifs’, signature experiences rooted in the local culture. At Vivanta by Taj – Bentota, Sri Lanka guests can take a boat safari on Madu River to learn about the traditional lifestyle of the locals or delight in whale and dolphin watching in nearby Port of Galle. Animal lovers can get involved in the Kosgoda Turtle conservation project and visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

Vivanta by Taj – Bentota, Sri Lanka is a 2 Hours & 30 minute drive from the Colombo International Airport. For reservations email reservations@tajhotels.com or call 00 800 4588 1825.

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Work hard and play hard. Relax and energize. Ideate and confer. Evolve and transform. Revel in a spirit that presents the normal with an unexpected twist. Stylish and sophisticated, Vivanta by Taj delivers premium hotel experiences with imagination, energy and efficiency. Currently comprised of 27 hotels and resorts in India and the Indian Ocean region, Vivanta by Taj is represented across key metropolitan capitals as well as popular holiday destinations like Goa, Kerala, Rajasthan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Vivanta by Taj offers an imaginative, vivacious and stylish take on ‘cool luxury’. With innovative cuisine, energetic spaces, unique motifs, the smart use of technology and experiences that seek to constantly engage, invigorate and relax, it appeals to the cosmopolitan world-traveler immersed in a sensory lifestyle.

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Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia’s largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 102 hotels in 62 locations across India with an additional 17 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house.

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