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A successful car is now even more attractive – the new
Audi A4
A bestseller is now even more attractive: Audi has updated the A4 model
series. New drivetrain, chassis and infotainment solutions, along with an
even more attractive design, attest the “Vorsprung durch Technik”
achieved by the A4 Sedan.
The Audi A4 is the best-selling Audi model. Now in the eight generation, it is the
focal point of the brand. Over the last 39 years, Audi has sold roughly 10 million
units of the A4 and its predecessor, the Audi 80.
The design is even cleaner and more distinctive. The horizontal lines at the front
are more pronounced, and the engine hood is more arched. The upper corners of
the single-frame grille are tapered, and the cross ribs and the Audi rings are
highlighted three-dimensionally. The redesigned bumpers are striking with their
angular air inlets, their new grilles and the flat front fog lights.
The headlights have also been updated. Their lower edge forms a subtle wave;
their interior has been restructured. With the standard xenon plus headlights, the
LED daytime running lights form an elegant clasp.
The design of the headlights carries over to the tail lights, which are optionally
available with LED strips. The bumper with the diffuser insert has been
redesigned. There is a selection of 6 paint finishes.

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Cafe Mangii supports “Safe Riding” in association with Harley Owners India (HOI) Group

Becomes the first restaurant to host HOI in Mumbai

Mumbai, 6th May 2012: Mumbai’s favorite Italian restaurant, Café Mangii hosted the annual celebration party of the country’s premier independent motorcycle community – “Harley Owners India”, at its spacious Powai outlet.

On Sunday, Mumbai witnessed a throng of Harley Davidson bikers riding their bikes from Bandra to Powai with the object of promoting the message of “Safe Riding”. The sight of a flock of Harley Davidson bikes and tough bikers with gears riding together campaigning for a cause of a safer Mumbai brought a pleasant smile on every Mumbaikar’s face. These proud Harley Davidson owners came from all parts of India and rode to their destination – Café Mangii, Powai.

Café Mangii became the first Mumbai restaurant that HOI has associated with; another feather in the hat after winning many accolades for serving the best Italian food. The evening saw Café Mangii dressed to the occasion, a live band performance by Beach Dog, along with rounds of scrumptious delicacies and exotic wines in an intimate ambience of the café.

Not only the bikers showed strong support for “Safe Riding” but were also joined by well-known faces such as Ash Chandler, Aryan Vaid with wife Alexandra, famous South Indian actor Habib Aidroos, and model Aram Chaudhury amongst others.

Bikers were seen enjoying the food and conversations complemented with the warm and hospitable service provided by Café Mangii.

On this occasion Prashant Chaudhri, promoter of Café Mangii said, “It was a pleasure hosting Harley Owners India and extending our hospitality to the avid bikers. Café Mangii is privileged associating with India’s premier independent motorcycle community for Harley Davidson owners. “Safe Riding” is a major concern for the people of Mumbai and we are glad to be a part of the campaign.”

Address: Cafe Mangii, No.3, Transocean House, Lake Boulevard Road, Hiranandani Business Park, Powai, Mumbai- 400076. Contact: +91-22-25705136/37/38/39

About Café Mangii:

Owned by Mangii Cafés Pvt Ltd, and part of the Mirah Group, Café Mangii offers an epicurean slice of Italy with scrumptious delicacies, exotic wines and music in a warm and intimate ambience, blending exquisite tastes and aromas with contemporary style. The pride of Café Mangii is the Napolitana wood-fired oven pizza, one-of-its-kind in the country, amongst many other Italian delicacies. Café Mangii opened in 2009 in Bandra, Mumbai and now is present pan India with 7 outlets and more on the cards.

About HOI:

HOI is the country’s premier independent motorcycle community for Harley Davidson owners. Started in 2010 by a few passionate owners it now boasts of more than 160+ riders across the country. Getting into HOI is not automatic for a Harley Owner, he or she needs to share a commitment to a particular style of riding.. . Better Safe than Sorry is our motto and we strongly believe that safety and disciplined riding is our main priorities when it comes to either wearing the right riding gear or the proper riding formation while going on trips. And the best part is we ride for the thrill of being in a group, the warmth of the sun on our backs, the colours of the countryside refreshing our eyes and the sound of our V Twin engines on the highway.

For further information please contact:

Zzebra Public Relations:

Saloni Saraf – +91 9833011830 / saloni@zzebra.net

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CordLife adds a golden touch to Mother’s Day

Creates awareness on stem cell banking

Kolkata, May 7, 2012: Whether it’s Madre in Spanish, Mater in Latin, Moer in Dutch, Mother in English or Maa, Aayee, Ammee in any Indian language, that’s the first and the most powerful word a child utters for the first time when she learns to speak. It doesn’t matter what the language is, the love and affection represented by this single word remains the same everywhere and in every language. The word signifies care, love, concern and sacrifice. It has the power to make you feel secure in the hardest of times. Even though the mothers of today have turned Moms, the ‘motherhood’ epitomizing love, affection and care will always remain the same. Even the concept of motherhood has changed for young working mother, as the day is to celebrate every successful belief, her struggle, and the tough choices she has to make. Whether children do anything special for her or not, mothers always shower them with all their love. And that is why Mums deserve any excuse to be pampered with presents.

On the occasion of Mother’s Day, CordLife, Asia’s largest stem cell banking network wishes to salute the mothers of this world. In its unique offering to felicitate every mother, CordLife today announced that for every new enrollment during the month of May, it will present a 24 K Gold plated slider pendant to the would-be mother. CordLife has always been a trusted friend to every mother. And this time around this bonding will be engraved in gold.

“For every mother, her child’s well being is above everything. CordLife understands this concern and cherishes this special bond. Through this initiative we want to reach out to mums-to-be and educate them about the immense benefits of stem cells”, says Mr. Meghnath Roy Chowdhury, MD, CordLife.

CordLife offers the latest technology available in the field of stem cell banking and is one of the most trusted names in stem cell processing and cryopreservation in this part of the world. With tremendous potential in curing critical diseases, stem cell technology is the future of medical science. Stem cells extracted from the cord blood have positively treated conditions like cerebral palsy, autism and thalassemia. The technology is also being used to treat spondylitis & arthritis, and many other disabling diseases.

Mother’s day is the perfect time to recognize the role of every mother for their tireless effort every single day put in to make us feel secured and loved. This initiative will surely create awareness among the future parents to bank their baby’s stem cell.

CordLife has branches all over India. It is also the only stem cell bank providing a quality guarantee of $30,000 to ensure the quality of cord blood stored. Under this programme, families are assured of a viable cord blood unit throughout their contractual agreement with CordLife.

For more details of the offer CordLife can be contacted on 1800 345 6200 (Toll-free) or +91 98301 66200 or can be visited at www.cordlifeindia.com


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Coca-Cola XI to face off with Sri Lankan National U-16 team in a three match series

Grassroots cricket initiative undertaken by Coca-Cola India in partnership with Procam International to unearth the country’s best cricketing talent

Mysore, May 7, 2012:

Fifteen of India’s leading under-16 cricketers will represent the Coca-Cola XI against the visiting Sri Lankan National Under-16 side in a three-match series to be played in Mysore on May 8, 10 and 11, 2012.

This was announced by PN Sankaran – Director Operations, Procam International & Mr.Gautam Trehan, Coca-Cola India.

The 15 players have emerged after seven months of intense cricketing action, covering around 700 schools in 65 districts across ten states and involving the participation of around 11,000 young cricketers.

Following the initial Intra-State matches, ten champion schools, winners from their respective states travelled to Mumbai to play in the Inter-State round of the Coca-Cola U-16 Cricket Cup Tournament. The week-long event saw KDMA, Kanpur emerge the Coca-Cola Cup champions after defeating Springfield Rizvi in the final. KDMA were awarded a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh while Rizvi took home Rss.70000.

The Inter State matches were watched closely by the selection panel comprising of Saba Karim, Lalchand Rajput, Nilesh Kulkarni & Ajit R, who picked 20 of the most talented players. These players then underwent a week-long coaching camp, following which the best 15 were picked to represent the Coca-Cola XI.

The Coca-Cola U-16 Cricket Cup is an initiative undertaken by Coca-Cola India as part of its commitment to promote a sporting culture and healthy active living in the country and is being promoted by Procam International, India’s largest sports and leisure management company.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Gautam Trehan of Coca-Cola India said, “It gives us all at Coca-Cola India, immense pleasure and a great sense of satisfaction that many talented young players have been identified at the grassroots level and will now get groomed to go on to play bigger league games in the future. We are certain that this foundation laid for nurturing cricketing talent in the country will go a long way in taking cricket to the next level. On behalf of Coca-Cola India, I would like to congratulate all the fifteen players for an astounding display of talent and wish them the very best for the future. Coca-Cola India has always believed in promoting healthy, active lifestyle through sports. We believe that India has great sporting talent. Some of the best sportsmen and women have come from the most unassuming of places, and it is our endeavour to give this talent a platform with robust grassroots initiatives like the Coca-Cola U-16 cricket cup. I wish the Coca-Cola XI the very best for the match. We are looking forward to some great cricketing action”.

Mr. PN Sankaran Director Operations, Procam International, said “It’s been an exciting period of competitive cricket that has now reached its climax. So wide has been the net cast by the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup, that the champion school emerging from the Inter-State Leg can truly wear the mantle of the best under-16 cricket playing school in the country and the pool of 20 players selected for the coaching clinic were absolute best under-16 cricket playing talent in the country. We are delighted to have Coca-Cola India as our partners for The Coca-Cola U-16 Cricket Cup and this partnership has enabled us to encourage young cricketing talent in the country and served as an ideal platform to promote grassroots cricket, identify promising talent and groom the country’s next generation of International cricketers.”

Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Saba Karim, former Test cricketer and Chief Mentor of the initiative, had this to say “At the end of the program, three best players –‘the Coca-Cola Cricket Stars’ will be groomed for a period of three years enabling them to realize their dream of donning International colors. Depending on their core strength, they will also get an opportunity to further hone their skills by attending training camps under the guidance of prominent ex-cricketers. The elaborate structure of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup ensured that players played some tough cricket and prepared themselves to face bigger challenges.”

More About the Coca-Cola U-16 Cricket Cup

The Coca-Cola Intra-State Challenge was played in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (all 13 districts), Punjab (six major districts and 14 minor districts), Baroda, Tamil Nadu (6 districts), West Bengal (18 districts), Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow and Kanpur) and Madhya Pradesh. The format of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup was structured to begin with the Intra-State Challenge, which was open to all schools in the respective cities and districts. The centers that have more than one city or district played their own inter-district before one winner emerged from each center. The winners from the ten centers will feature in the Inter-State Challenge.

Coca-Cola Cricket Cup’s Vision

BCCI over the past several years has done a tremendous job of enhancing the growth of cricket in India. They have done so by adopting a result oriented approach of organising age group tournaments all over the country through their state associations.

This has helped immensely in carving out talented individuals on a regular basis. Most of these cricketers have moved ahead and have brought laurels for their states and the country.

Seeing the vast potential and growing popularity of this game, Coca-Cola India has a vision of facilitating BCCI in their quest to tap talent. We believe that the future of Indian cricket lies in these young talented budding cricketers. We intend to provide a perfect opportunity and platform to all the youngsters across the country to showcase their talent, skill and equally important, pride and loyalty to their school. It gives BCCI and their affiliated state units a brilliant arena to scout for potential match winners.

We hope that this initiative will serve as an ideal platform to identify and nurture young talented cricketers for them to be able to get noticed by the state associations and BCCI to represent the country on an International level.

About Procam International

Procam International is a full-fledged sports and leisure management company, involved in sports consultancy, innovative television programming, celebrity endorsements and brand management.

Procam International has promoted and conducted over 45 world events in the last 23 years. These prestigious events have elicited player participation of the highest calibre as well as huge public interest. This has established Procam International as the leading sports events creator in India. The professionalism, attention to detail and dedication has won the company the faith of its sponsors and resulted in long-term associations.

About Coca-Cola India

Coca-Cola in India refreshes millions of consumers throughout the country with an exciting range of beverages including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Thums Up, Fanta, Limca, Sprite, Maaza, Maaza Milky Delite, Minute Maid Pulpy Orange, Minute Maid Nimbu Fresh, Minute Maid Mixed Fruit, Minute Maid Mango, Minute Maid Apple, Minute Maid 100 % juice (Minute Maid Apple, Minute Maid Orange, Minute Maid Grape), Georgia, Georgia Gold, Kinley, Kinley Club Soda, Schweppes and Burn through a network of more than one and a half million outlets. The Coca-Cola India system has invested more than US$ 2 billion in its Indian operations and provides direct employment to more than 25,000 people. For more information and details on the company’s Indian operations please visit:

www.coca-colaindia.com and www.myenjoyzone.com

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Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Chaitanya Padukone dedicates honour to RD Burman

Ace film journalist Chaitanya Padukone who was felicitated with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award, along with legendary awardees like Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar, has dedicated his award to music maestro RD Burman.

Prominent celeb guests at the event included Kajol, Raveena Tandon and Subhash Ghai. Filmmakers Ekta Kapoor and Rohit Shetty congratulated Chaitanya and agreed, he owed his honour to his ‘mentor-guru’ and music legend R.D. Burman, popularly known as Panchamda.

“Way back in mid-eighties, when my initial exclusive interviews with the reclusive RDB appeared in a leading city newspaper, Panchamda seemed impressed. On an impulse, he ‘blessed’ me, whilst predicting that someday in future I would achieve glory,” reminisces the journalist.

“Since I also had this passion for experimental rhythm, we shared a warm personal rapport. Somewhere up there, I can visualize RDB reacting to my Phalke Award and humming one of his popular refrains ‘Yeh toh hona hi tha’,” smiles Chaitanya, who has been a prolific award-winner, also being listed in the Limca Book of National Records.

Earlier, the seasoned journalist who has a large number of ‘breaking-news’ Bollywood stories to his credit, was honoured by superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who conferred on him the KA Abbas Memorial Award and Gold Medal.

Chaitanya’s other credits include carrying out first-exclusive interviews with actors like Vidya Balan, Ameesha Patel, Chunky Panday, Sangeeta Bijlani, Ayesha Jhulka, Manoj Bajpai, Mahima Chaudhary, Riteish Deshmukh, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepika Padukone, when they were absolute newcomers in the industry.

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INDIAN OVERSEAS BANK

MUMBAI

PRESS RELEASE
Part-B

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE QUARTER ENDED 31ST MARCH 2012

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1.TOTAL BUSINESS: Total business grew from ` 299555 crore as on 31st December 2011 to ` 321707 crore as on 31st March 2012 recording a growth of 7.39 % during the quarter.

2.DEPOSITS: Total deposits grew from ` 167006 crore as on 31st December 2011 to ` 178434 crore as on 31st March 2012 recording a growth of 6.84% during the quarter.

3.ADVANCES: Gross Advances increased from ` 132549 crore as on 31st December 2011 to ` 143273 crore as on 31st March 2012 registering a growth of 8.09 %.

4.OPERATING PROFIT: Operating Profit for the quarter ended 31st March 2012 stood at ` 1002.35 crore as against `976.95 crore for the quarter ended 31.03.2011.

5.NET PROFIT: Net Profit for the quarter ended 31st March 2012 is ` 528.81 crore as against ` 434.30 crore for the corresponding quarter of the previous year, recording a growth of 21.76%

6(a) TOTAL INCOME: Total income is ` 5415.09 crore for the quarter ended 31.3.2012 as against ` 3916.58 crore for the corresponding quarter of the previous year, registering a growth of 38.26%

6 (b) NET INTEREST INCOME: The Net Interest Income of the Bank increased from ` 1215.28 crore during 4th quarter of 2010-11 to ` 1340.58 crore during the 4th quarter of 2011-12- an increase of ` 125.30 crore.

7. INTEREST RECEIVED ON ADVANCES: For the quarter ended 31.3.2012, the amount is `. 3740.56 crore as against the amount of ` 2615.64 crore for the quarter ended 31.3.2011, registering a growth of 43%

8.INTEREST EXPENSES: Interest expenses increased to ` 3570.89 crore for the quarter ended 31.3.2012 from ` 2316.83 crore for the quarter ended 31.3.2011.

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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