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Rajasthan Royals to partner South Australian Government in exclusive cricketing endeavour

Royals to select Dream Team 15 – a squad of young Indian players who will receive cricket coaching in Adelaide as part of Adelaide’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 program

NEW DELHI, 20 AUGUST 2014: Rajasthan Royals today announced its association with the South Australian Government in an exclusive cricketing endeavour that will give 15 young Indian cricketers an opportunity to travel to Adelaide, Australia to experience South Australia’s world class cricket facilities as part of Adelaide’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 program. Rajasthan Royals will use its expertise to select 15 young cricketers who will make up the Dream Team 15.

Youngsters born between 1st January 1997 to 31 December 1999 will qualify to enter the competition for a chance to be selected. The program will reach out to students from schools from different parts of the country while the selection trials will be held in Delhi and Mumbai in late October / early November 2014 in the search to identify a group of 15 cricketers.

South Australian Premier, The Hon’ble Jay Weatherill who is on an official visit to India today announced that Members of the Dream Team 15 will receive training from top coaches of the South Australian Cricket Association and will play matches against teams of South Australian school boys of the same age.

Addressing the media, Mr. Raghu Iyer, CEO Rajasthan Royals said, “As a team, Royals have identified, nurtured and given playing opportunities to many of India’s top young cricketers. Therefore, it is a privilege for Rajasthan Royals to partner South Australia in a unique endeavor that will help Indian school children receive fine training from top coaches of the South Australian Cricket Association. We thank the South Australian Premier, The Hon’ble Jay Weatherill for taking forward such a commendable undertaking.”

Unmukt Chand was also present from Rajasthan Royals. “I consider myself fortunate to be part of the wonderful Rajasthan Royals family. I use the word family because that’s exactly what we are like when we come together in the form of a team made up of the game’s finest experienced cricketers, fantastic management, and young cricketers like me. I am sure an exciting endeavor such as this will go a long way in inspiring young players to take up the sport professionally and one day, play for the country,” said Unmukt.

Mr Weatherill said “Our objective with this program is to harness the passion that Indians have for the game and provide an opportunity to good cricketers who have the skills and love for cricket, but have not enrolled in a formal training program.”

Adelaide Oval will host what is considered to be one of the biggest matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 program when defending champions India take on Pakistan on 15 February 2015. The members of the Dream Team 15 will be watching the event which is expected to be a thriller of a match and will leave an aspirational imprint on them.

Ever its inception, the team has been at the forefront in terms of nurturing and promoting new talent.

About Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals, champions of the inaugural IPL in 2008 and Runners-up of the CL T20 2013, is the Jaipur franchise cricket team that represents the state of Rajasthan in the Indian Premier League. The Rajasthan Royals team exemplifies the royal elegance, style, valour and class of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The Rajasthan Royals emblem is a reflection on the golden past and a promising future for the team. The Rajasthan Royals emblem, in royal blue and gold, is a reflection on the rich history of the region and their promising future ahead. The team’s mascot is a lion named Moochu Singh.

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Celebrate this Onam in your own style with Whirlpool

Win assured gifts on every Whirlpool purchase


Let the world know your Onam story


Kochi, August 01, 2014: This Onam, Whirlpool of India, a subsidiary of Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, is reaching out to the people of Kerala and giving them an additional reason to celebrate Onam in their own style. Commencing from today and continuing till September 15 2014, Whirlpool of India has unveiled an exciting promotion for the Onam festival.


Every person who buys a Whirlpool appliance between 01 August and 15 September will get an Arrow or Revlon gift hamper or a Yera Bowl set as assured gift as well as an opportunity to enter a unique contest. Along with the entry form, couples can send in their own story of Onam, explaining how their way of celebrating the festival is unique and different, and what they add as a special touch to the festivities. The 10 most interesting entries will be eligible for a grand prize.


The grand prize – offered to all 10 winners – consists of a complete beauty treatment for a couple, a bouquet of Whirlpool appliances consisting of Frost Free Refrigerator, Fully Automatic Washing Machine, Microwave Oven and Split Air Conditioner, and an opportunity to get featured in Grihalakshmi magazine along with their story and photograph.


Announcing the Onam bonanza for Kerala, Mr. Shantanu Das Gupta, Vice President – Corporate Affairs & Strategy, Whirlpool of India, said, “At every Onam, Whirlpool tries to give its customers in Kerala a special reason to cherish the festival. This year we have created a platform for couples to share how they make Onam memorable….what is that special touch they add, what is the style in which they celebrate… to make an age-old tradition enjoyable and meaningful.  The 10 best stories will be publicized in Grihalakshmi, along with pictures of the winning couples.”


With this initiative we not only help our customers celebrate Onam in their own style, we also wish to consolidate our leadership position in Kerala. We are targeting a growth of 20% and turnover of Rs 180 Cr during the season.” Mr. Das Gupta added.


Keeping the celebration spirit, Whirlpool has also launched new range of products across categories for its customers in Kerala. The new range includes Whitemagic Royale and Ace 8.2 Royale in the washing machine category. Whitemagic Royale is the first fully automatic washing machine with SPA wash system. The new SPA wash system delivers the whitest white wash with the newly designed prime mover and drum combination along with 40% less tangling. Ace 8.2 Royale has smooth edges, curvaceous body and a convenient work station to sort and stack clothes at one place.


Maintaining its legacy, Whirlpool has launched its frost free range of Neo ichill in a wide variety of colours and finishes. Its deep freeze technology controls the cold air movement in the refrigerator resulting in up to 40% faster bottle cooling and up 50 % faster ice making.


In the air conditioners segment,3D Cool Climate Control is a new engineering marvel ‘designed to delight’ the customers. The revolutionary patented dual fan based compressor cooling technology enhances the performance of the compressor to perform even under extreme hot ambient conditions of 55 degree Celsius.  In an endeavor to provide homemakers a magical cooking experience the new range of ‘Magicook’ Microwaves has also been introduced with 93 Auto Cook menus to delight the family.


Whirlpool of India has also launched a robust 360 degree communication campaign across mediums like television, print, radio, cinema, outdoor, digital, retail activation etc. to support its Onam promotions.


About Whirlpool Corporation


Whirlpool Corporation is the world’s leading global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion in 2013, 69,000 employees, and 59 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.  The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names. We earn the trust of consumers in nearly every country by focusing on what matters most. Additional information about the company can be found at


1996 – 2015: Surging ahead with confidence, Aircel Chennai Open to celebrate two decades of world-class tennis in India


Thanks to the support of the Government of Tamil Nadu, the Twentieth Year celebrations of India and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event to include host of exciting activities, new initiatives, and renewed enthusiasm for the game



CHENNAI, AUGUST 20, 2014: With Thomas Enqvist and Mark Petchey’s first tennis match, the seeds of India’s first and only ATP World Tour stop were sown in 1996. 20 years down, the tournament has grown into a marquee ATP tennis event in South Asia, giving birth to many a tennis champion, attracting some of the finest names in the world tennis circuit, and spawning a multitude of fans across the nation. The 2015 edition of the Aircel Chennai Open will mark 20 years since the very first game was played in India and the organizers are all set to celebrate the occasion with a host of activities in Chennai. The event is scheduled to be held at Chennai’s SDAT Stadium from January 5th to 11th 2015.


The celebration includes the launch of a special logo created to mark the occasion, a renovated SDAT Stadium that has hosted the event proudly since 1997 after it shifted from New Delhi, and a host of special activities targeted at fans and tennis enthusiasts including schoolchildren and the youth, apart from exciting marketing initiatives across India.


As a tournament that has been India’s only ATP World Tour stop for two decades, the tournament has had a long and exhilarating journey in India. This has been made possible thanks to the constant support of the Government of Tamil Nadu, the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA), the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, the All India Tennis Association (AITA), the ATP, and organizers IMG Reliance that put together all their resources into developing the tournament into a bigger and better property each year.


Chennai has grown to become the indisputable home of tennis in India and the tournament has helped place the city on the international tennis map. Chennai’s tennis fans have given the tournament their unstinting support, and it is hardly surprising that the world’s best players love playing because the fans they play in front of are knowledgeable and immensely committed to the game. Tennis’ popularity in the city is evident in the fact that the number of spectators attending the tournament in the first round has gone up each year. Rafael Nadal once said, “I like the crowd and their enthusiasm and support and they always push you to give your best.”


Throughout its existence, the event has seen new faces emerge to play tennis for the country. The international nature of the event gives an opportunity to Indian players to compete with the best, understand how they prepare mentally and physically before and after the match and recognize what goes into getting to the top.


The ATP World Tour 250 event has built a strong legacy for being a ‘Springboard of Champions’, with former winners including Grand Slam champions Pat Rafter and Carlos Moya. Apart from Rafter and Moya, players to have graced the courts in the past include Rafael Nadal, Boris Becker, Richard Krajicek, Yvgeny Kafelnikov, Byron Black and India’s own Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi. The tournament continues to attract some of the best-known and emerging players from the world of tennis.


Mr. M.A Alagappan, President of Tamil Nadu Tennis Association said, “As we celebrate two decades of the tournament in the country, it gives us an opportunity to not just celebrate the occasion but look back with pride at our achievements and renew our focus to take the tournament to greater heights in the seasons to come. I congratulate everyone involved and thank India’s tennis community for its support.”


Ashu Jindal, Chief Operating Officer, IMG Reliance, said, “The 20-year journey of the tournament has been nothing short of spectacular. The event has become a role model in the region and we are thrilled with the progress that has been made in every area of the game. Since its arrival in the city, the event has weaved itself into the fabric of Chennai and is now a integral part of Chennai’s culture. We plan to celebrate the occasion with a host of activities and it is a pleasure to have arrived at this landmark year.”


Tom Annear, Tournament Director, Aircel Chennai Open said, “The Aircel Chennai Open has become the longest running annual tennis event in South Asia and I am glad that we are completing the 20th year in 2015. As we endeavor to set new benchmarks with each edition, this milestone gives us reason to celebrate our achievements and congratulate each stakeholder for the fantastic efforts over the years. It has been our aim to place India into the top league of tennis playing nations in the world and I am glad that we are getting closer to that with each passing year.”



About Aircel Chennai Open 2015

The USD 450,000 Aircel Chennai Open, owned by IMG and operated and organised by IMG Reliance, is India’s and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event. Started in 1996, by IMG, a global leader in sports management and marketing, the event has completed 20 successful years of existence, branding Chennai and India on the global tennis map thus creating a legacy of sorts of promoting international tennis in India. Winner of the prestigious ATP’s Player Services Award of Excellence (2006) for its outstanding organization and wonderful hospitality towards the participants and ATP’s Best Marketing Award (2008), the tournament has acquired the status of a much sought-after tennis event for both players and fans alike in the International tennis circuit. The 20th edition of the event in India and 19th in Chennai will be held from 5th – 11th January, 2015 at the SDAT Tennis stadium in Nungambakkam, Chennai. The tournament is conducted in Chennai with the active collaboration of the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) and Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA).


About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 30 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Consulting, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; world-class partnerships with sponsors, brands and broadcasters; and marquee assets across entertainment, events and fashion.
About IMG Reliance

IMG Reliance Pvt Ltd., is an equal joint venture between Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India’s largest and most recognized private sector company, and IMG Worldwide (IMG), the world’s leading sports marketing and management company. The joint venture company will develop, market and manage sports and entertainment in India. Its current assets include India’s premier fashion event, Lakmé Fashion Week and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event, the Aircel Chennai Open. IMG Reliance has entered agreements with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to create a new professional basketball league and manage all aspects of the commercial rights to the game in India and the All India Football Federation (AIFF), to improve, popularize and promote the game of football throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level. IMG Reliance has also created a scholarship program to identify and train talented young Indians from sports including – basketball, soccer and tennis-at IMG’s world-class sports training facilities at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida.

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