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24 FPS International Animation Awards celebrates 10 glorious years
MAAC 24 FPS Awards is an endeavour to recognize animation talent across the globe
Mumbai, Friday, December 6, 2013: Shining spotlight on student animators, independent artists and studio professionals, Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) – leader in 3D Animation and VFX training in association with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), announced the results of its 10th 24 FPS Annual International Animation Awards 2013 at The Lalit Intercontinental In Mumbai. MAAC strengthens its association with UNIC for the third time this year. The theme selected for this year’s awards, ‘MY World 2015’ was in support of the United Nation’s mission to bring to the fore, some of the world’s biggest priorities like education, security, food and clothing through creative minds and showcasing such issues through animation on the 24FPS stage to a global audience.
A prestigious jury panel of industry stalwarts around the world comprising of Shelley Page – DreamWorks, Subhajit Sarkar – Rhythm & Hues, Viral Thakkar – Pixion, Hari Varma – Toonz Animation Pvt Ltd, Merzin Tavaria – Prime Focus, E Suresh – Eeksaurus, Vaibhav Kumaresh – Vaibhav Studio among others participated in the judging process to determine the Finalists and then the Gold, Silver and Bronze 24 FPS Award placements.
More than 300 submissions from studios and students from nations such as France, Singapore, Canada, China were submitted to the awards this year for consideration in categories including, Best VFX Short Film: Student, Best 3D Animated Short Film: Student, Best 2D Animated Short Film: Student, Best Game Design 2013: Studio/ Professional Category, Best Visual Effects Feature Film 2013: Studio/ Professional Category, Best TVC 2013: Studio/ Professional Category, Best TV Series 2013: Studio/ Professional Category, Best Animated (2D/3D) Short Film 2013: Studio/ Professional, Best Experiential Animation: Student/ Studio/ Professional/ Freelancer, Best Photography (Theme – Life in India): Student/ Professional/ Freelancer.
UNIC Director Mrs. Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman said that “We have had a fruitful collaboration with MAAC so far – it is wonderful to see young people at MAAC pick up on the themes we set out and create these pithy, striking films on subjects ranging from sustainable energy and HIV/AIDS to discrimination against the girl child, the value of education and tackling poverty.

Through the 24FPS awards, and the category that we created, we think – and hope that the UN’s messages on these subjects found a wider audience.
This year, we decided to go with another forward-looking theme that asks people to spell out the kind of world they would like to see. ‘The World We Want’ is a platform created by the United Nations and other partners to highlight people’s voices. And the question being asked is: how do we draw up a global agenda for sustainable development?”
24 FPS Awards were hosted by MAAC to reward the creativity of young and talented animation artists across the globe. Over 1500 animation enthusiasts comprising of students and industry experts from animation fraternity attended the grand awards ceremony.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Ninad Karpe, MD & CEO, Aptech Ltd. said, “It gives me immense pleasure to see that the 24 FPS Awards have celebrated a decade this year. All the films that participated in the festival were extremely well crafted and executed. I hope that we are able to host these awards with even more grandeur every passing year”.
Spellbound at the successful completion of the event, Mr. Ram Warrier, Vice President at Aptech Ltd and Head of Business, MAAC said, “MAAC has always prided itself on providing world-class quality education in the sector of animation and now visual effects. I’m immensely proud that this year we are celebrating the 10th year of the 24 FPS International Animation Awards. We look forward to showcase the 24 FPS Awards on an even larger scale in the coming years and make them one among the foremost animation awards globally”.
This year’s award surpassed all expectations with the magnificent show that had various categories for India like Best Animated Short Film – Gold, Best Visual Effects Short Film – Gold etc and few International categories like Best Visual Effects Feature Film 2013 – Studio / Professional, Best Animated Feature (2D/3D) film 2013 – Studio / Professional etc. To address UN theme in the most effective manner and promote it on global platforms, ‘Best of 3D Animation challenge’ and ‘Digital Film Making’ were introduced in the ‘Open’ category for external participants for this year’s awards
It was a one day festival that had interactive sessions with industry experts, exhibitions and entertaining competitions such as MAAC’s Got Talent, National Level Gaming Tournament, workshops and many more. The event was hosted by the famous Indian TV Sports journalist Ms. Mayanti Langer. Stunning

Dance performance from ‘Bad Salsa’ by Sumanth and Sonali from a renowned TV show and a stand-up comedy act by ‘Suresh Menon’ captivated the audience.
(For a complete list of 24 FPS Award winners and more information, please refer to the annexure.
About 24 FPS Awards:
24 FPS Annual International Animation Awards was initiated by MAAC in 2003 to recognize animation talent across the globe and reward the young, talented artists for their creativity. 24 FPS films have received global recognition at various national and international film festivals like Asia Apollo Awards – Singapore, Annecy Awards – France, FICCI BAF Awards, Japanese International film festival and Golden Cursor Awards to name a few. Over a decade, 24 FPS Awards has gained momentous support from the global animation fraternity and has been a key promoter of fresh animation talent in India.
For further details, please visit: www.24fpsmaac.com
About MAAC:
Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) is India’s leading educator in high-end 3D Animation and Visual Effects. Founded in 2001 & a major brand of Aptech Ltd, MAAC has trained over 30000 students across the country. It has over 80 centers with cutting-edge infrastructure in over 40 cities. MAAC offers industry relevant Career courses on 3D Animation & Visual Effects. It offers Real-life training environment to the students backed by an excellent faculty, infrastructure, and the latest technical educational tools.
MAAC’s students are placed as Modeling Artists, Lighting Artist, Render Artist, Character Animator, Layout Artist , Digital Sculptor, Rigging Artist, FX Artist, Roto Artist, Match Mover, Video Editor, Motion Graphics Artist, Compositors, Visualizes, Content Developers and Pre and
Post Production executives in blue chip animation studios and entertainment companies like Prime Focus, Rhythm & Hues Studios, Crest Animation Studios, BIG Animation, Cornershop, EFX, Toonz Animation, DQ Entertainment, Paprikaas Animation Studios, NDTV, Studio 9, Redchillies.VFX, Vaibhav Studios, IBN7, Animax, Pixion and Tata Elxsi Ltd. to name a few.

For further information please visit http://www.maacindia.com/Default.aspx
About UNIC:
UNIC is the information hub of the United Nations in India. It serves as a focal point for news and information about the UN for audiences in India and Bhutan. It provides information on the United Nations to media, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and educational institutions, academic and other research centers and think-tanks, educators and students, among others.
Its activities also include publicizing UN initiatives and agenda, organizing briefings on the work of the United Nations, assisting UN agencies in India with their communication strategies and information needs, partnering with national and state government ministries and departments in the observance of International days, and partnering with civil society to organize seminars, colloquiums, conferences and dialogues on diverse UN themes and priorities.
For more information, please visit www.unic.org.in

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ZIMA presents Master Mantra by ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ Producer Sunil Bohra

– Master Mantra is an initiative by ZIMA which offers opportunities for students to interact with industry experts from different fields of film making –

Mumbai, December 7, 2013: Zee Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA) today hosted MASTER MANTRA, an interactive session with acclaimed Bollywood producer, distributor and exhibitor Sunil Bohra. With movies like Tanu Weds Manu, Shaitan, Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 & 2 and Shahid in his portfolio, Sunil Bohra has had a successful journey in the industry.

With 250 students participating, the session focused on topics related to film production and distribution, his journey in the industry and the challenges faced in the business. Master Mantra is an exposure for the students with renowned film personalities to understand the dynamics of the industry.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Sunil Bohra said, “This is a great platform for those who are keen on entering the industry. The experience of addressing this session is an overwhelming one mainly because of the kind of enthusiasm the students possess. Sharing my learning’s and understanding with students about film-production and distribution, helped revisit my initial days in the industry. ZIMA is molding the young creative minds in the right direction and providing the resources that bring out the best in them”.

Mr. Anshuman Choudhary Business Head – ZICA said, “It was a great session with Mr. Sunil Bohra wherein the students got an in-depth knowledge about technicalities, film production and distribution”.

ZIMA combines the technical aspects with core design and aesthetic skills. All the courses offered have been developed by veteran & renowned industry professionals keeping with the demand of the industry. It is fast becoming a benchmark in producing production ready artists in the industry with the help of its stimulating environment, distinctive training style and industry relevant curriculum. ZIMA offers globally-accepted standards of media education in the field of Film Making, Direction, Acting, Voicing & TV Presentation, Screenwriting, Executive Producer, Ad Filmmaking, Cinematography, Sound Engineering, Editing, Autodesk Smoke & Flame and other related fields for a successful career.

About Zee Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA):

It is an integral part of Zee Learn Limited, education division of Zee Networks, which is a leading entertainment and media conglomerate. ZIMA Digital Academy for film is the latest media education hub and a new talent hot spot for Bollywood and the media world.

ZIMA has been a gateway to the exciting and fast-growing world of Media and Film making built on the rich heritage and strong foundations of the Zee Network. ZIMA was envisaged by its founders to be a hub of cutting-edge technology and traditional expertise to provide platform of limitless opportunities to a career in film making and media world.

Today, ZIMA is a digital academy film school which equips youth with skills and nurture talents.

Visit ZIMA at www.zimainstitute.com

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Playboy Girl Shanti Dynamite Beats Sunny Leone, Veena Malik and Poonam Pandey and got Listed in Asia’s Sexiest Women

Asian women are believed to be amongst the most beautiful in the world. But then, who are the sexiest amongst all the Asian women? Britain’s leading Asian newspaper Eastern Eye annually compiles a list of the 50 sexiest Asian women. With the likes of Priyanka chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Aishwarya Rai and many others prevailing as some of the hottest women in Asia, Shanti Dynamite has come nothing short of a blast as she just joined the exclusive list of 50 most sexiest women from Asia.Shanti Dynamite was ranked at number 48 as a latest entrant, by beating Bollywood most controversial actress Sunny Leone, Veena Malik and Poonam Pandey. The top 3 are Katrina who tops the rank, Priyanka coming second, and Drashti Dhami third. Playboy popular TV star Shanti Dynamite who hosts adult chat show in UK , she began her career as a teenager, starting as a glamour model on the popular hotel Voyeur, A UK based topless show and she is all set to enter bollywood.

Clearly delighted, Shanti Dynamite said: “I’m hugely flattered. That’s a nice surprise and a lot of fun to hear. Who wouldn’t want to have a title like this bestowed on them! A big shouts out to everyone who voted for me.”

Shanti Dynamite spokesperson Satish Reddy said, “Yes I have been handling Veena Malik and Poonam Pandey and now I am happy that Shanti had made her entrant into the list very soon. I am lucky that my client got listed in top 50 Asia’s Sexiest Women list.”

Other notable stars in this year’s list include Sonam Kapoor (5), Parineeti Chopra (14), Sophie Choudry (21), Mehreen Syed (22), Sunidhi Chauhan (28), Ankita Lokhande (29), Hina Khan (31) and Shreya Ghoshal (43). The oldest women in the list were Bollywood icons Madhuri Dixit (23) andSridevi (40).


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Anoushka Shankar relives her father’s rich legacy at the Taj

~Ravi Shankar Suite graced by legend’s heir~

Mumbai, December 8th, 2013: For more than a century, the Taj has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, hosting royalty, rock stars and eminent personalities from across the globe. On her recent visit to Mumbai, Indian sitar player and composer, Anoushka Shankar resided in the acclaimed ‘Ravi Shankar’ suite which is dedicated to her late father, Pandit Ravi Shankar.

The suite occupies a prime location at the centre of the Taj’s sea-facing elevation, an exalted location being part of its very inception. Adorned with original artifacts and memorabilia from the Ravi Shankar foundation and artworks of painters like Jamini Roy, Raja Ravi Verma and Raza, every facet pays homage to the legendary composer. A whimsically luxuriant atmosphere pervades every space making it a retreat extraordinaire. There is a sense of musical harmony in the way every element of the suite comes together as one iconoclastic and eccentrically hospitable paradise. There is even a gallery with a collection of concert recordings of Pandit Ravi Shankar and George Harrison. In fact, from the colours of the sitar that are used as the main colour theme throughout, to memorabilia and sitars that the genius once played, this suite is an inspiration, much like the man himself.

In 1966, George Harrison checked into The Taj Mahal Palace under an assumed name and studied sitar under Pandit Ravi Shankar. And it was to commemorate this legendary occasion that the Ravi Shankar Suite was created.

Anoushka will arrive on the 7th and leaves on 9th.December. She will return with her family on 11th till 13th December

About The Taj Group of Hotels

Established in 1901, The Taj Group of Hotels is one of Asia’s largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 104 hotels in 64 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. The Taj Group of Hotels is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house.

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Mumbai witnessed the 4th edition of TEDxGateway

~ 24 influential speakers from across globe share their innovations and ideas for the first time in India~

Mumbai, December 8th, 2013: With renowned speakers giving inspiring speeches, the atmosphere at NCPA was almost contagious with enthusiasm as Mumbai welcomed its 4th edition of TEDxGateway on Sunday morning. The event saw an eclectic mix of participants and audiences partaking in the activities, intently rooted to their seats through the event.

The first segment kicked off with Jonathan Rives, a frequent TED contributor, showcased his poems, and hosted the audience to the speakers. This was followed by a lot more ideas that left the audience truly inspired and hungry for more. Dr. Sarah Kenderdine, Pioneer of panoramic and stereoscopic display systems as well as content creation, exposed us to an amalgamation of cultural heritage with new media art practice. Yashraj Khaitan, the co-founder and CEO of Gram Power, an energy technology company working on introducing a new paradigm of power distribution in rural India. Through these strong personalities, there many others who left the audience spell bound by showcasing the Shark kits projects was, Angad Daryani, child prodigy, little genius and inspiring teenager.

Giving its audience more ideas to take in, the further sessions of TEDxGateway stage was taken over by Sharad Devarajan, a creator, media entrepreneur, professor and self-professed comic book geek who wants one to break some rules and help to spark a creative renaissance in India. TEDxGateway also showcased an exclusive video from legendary creator, Stan Lee, entitled “Secrets of Great Superheroes.” Through the video, the comic book legend revealed his process and storytelling secrets for making great superhero characters. Lt. Cdr Abhilash Tomy, who embarked on a brave journey to circumnavigate the globe, solo and non-stop, he took us through his arduous sail around the globe and how he started his mornings meditating. 150 days of solitude had taught him the pleasures of spending time all by himself on a yacht.

Adding to the excitement of the day were the concluding sessions which were conducted by Dr Shashi Tharoor, a widely-published critic, commentator and columnist, inspired the audience by his kind thoughts on education ecosystem, Orchestra conductor Itay Talgam redefined the art of leadership by showing how musicians work together and how these techniques apply to challenges outside of the concert hall.

With this, TEDxGateway, home to ideas that inspire people to change their lives, their communities and ultimately, their world was concluded with an intent to leave every participating individual inspired and have them take back an idea, the courage and the motivation to excel in their respective fields of work.

On this special occasion, the curator of TEDxGateway, Yashraj Akashi, ecstatically said “We are extremely happy with the response we have received this year at TEDxGateway. We saw the sessions to be houseful, with free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. Next year we plan on having more such special editions for which we are extremely excited about.”

Mrs.Sangita Jindal, Chairperson, JSW Foundation, added, “It was a privilege to be associated with TEDxGateway, third year in a row. Each time it gets even better with an overwhelming response of the audience to the inspiring ideas. We are looking forward to a continued association.”

The TEDxGateway conference had left the audience completely enthralled by being in the presence of these magnificent entities whose ground ideas could possibly change the world in the fields of technology, education and design.

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Anshu Ahuja
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Veena Malik rushes mom to a Hospital

Recently as per the sources report ,Veena Malik was coming back from Dubai this week but, had to stay back for another one. Her mom is not doing well, so she had to reschedule her plans.

Source includes, days before Veena`s departure date, her mother wasn`t feeling well. So, she was rushed to one of the best hospitals in Dubai. All this happened so suddenly that she cancelled her plans and stay back with Ammi dearest. Her family is a very closely knitted one, that comprises of five sisters and one brother. Veena has already made it clear in her past interviews that her family remains her top priority. She more than proved her words with her recent course of action. She accompanied her to the hospital and a numerous tests were done. Later on, her family was informed that she was out of danger and all were relieved

Another source informs us that, she spoke to her producers and co-ordinated her ongoing shoots. On some days, the shoots were even halted. The producers incurred a huge loss but they opined that, no money is as important as someone`s life. So, no one complained, and after the reports, Veena resumed the shoot and everything was well.

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PARANTHE WALI GALI

(Releasing on 17th January 2014)

SYNOPSIS

The story of Director Sachin Gupta’s (Theater Stalwart & National Award Winner) debut feature film ‘Paranthe Wali Gali’ starts from the famous and popular lane in Delhi and then moves into the lives of the characters living there. This film can be considered the story of unsung love that blossoms in very famous lane of paranthe in Old Delhi, and deals with affair of emotions and caring between the couple. Set in the backdrop of theater, it is about their journey giving inroads into life in theater. A romantic comedy, it also has various other dimensions. It is a sensitive film of dreams, success, failure and relation. It is something that everybody who dreams, can relate to.

The film is trying to touch parts of Old Delhi from Dariba Kalan to Kinari Bazaar and Khari Bawri – places that have not been explored till now.

It is a place of much nostalgia for many people. The name itself has romantic foodie connotations. As a allegory to life, one can fantasize about plates of steamy, crispy, puffed up Paranthas, drowning in lots of gooey, yummy ghee, stuffed with an array of vegetables and meats.

Technical Details

Banner : Chilsag- Civitech presents a Chilsag Motion Pictures production

Producer: Sachin Gupta

Director: Sachin Gupta

Co-Producer : Civitech

Marketing & Promotional Partner : YTE (Yuva Tiger Entertainment)

Story, Screenplay & Dialogues : Sachin Gupta

Cinematographer: Debasish Banerjee
Editor: Vinay Chauhan
Executive Producer: Rajat Bansal

Music Director: Vasundhra Das, Vikram (2Songs)

Lyricist: Vipin Mishra, Viraj Mishra
Sound Designer: Vikram Biswas

Media Consultants: Neelam Gupta

NR2-The Image Engineers

Cast
Anuj Saxena as Maulik

Neha (introducing) as Naina Kaur

Mohinder Gujral as Naina’s mother Rimjhim Kaur

Jaspreet as Naina’s Sister

Vijayant Kohli as Saluja

Himanshu Thakkar, Yuvraj Haral, Prabhakar Srinet (friends of Maulik)

Shooting Locations

Meerut
Delhi

· KHARI BAWLI

· NAI SADAK

· SADAR BAZAR

· LAL QILA

· DARIBA KALAN

· KINARI BAZAAR

· PARANTHE WALI GALI

· NOVELTY CINEMA(THAKURDWARA DHARMASHALA)

Length of the film

100 minutes

Media Consultants

Neelam Gupta – +91 9820070564

Mayank Mishra- +919892897203

Kirti Mudeshwar – +91 9867605335

nr2image@gmail.com

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Telly Calendar shoot kicks off in Malaysia!

December, 2013: Following the success of Telly calendar last year, India’s biggest entertainment component, its television industry has alighted to Malaysia for the 2014 calendar shoot. It’s the most awaited moment of the year where our small screen beauties come together for a glam session coupled with some behind the screen action, gossips and bundle of entertainment. Like every year, Marinating Films create the best look for the small screen divas with interesting concepts and awe-inspiring locations that sets the calendar apart from the rest in the industry.

Known for its picturesque locations, natural attractions and the tranquil beeches, Malaysia is an ideal choice for Telly calendar 2014. This time around the 13 divas have explored the breathtaking locations from metropolitan cities with ultra-modern buildings and infrastructures to rural landscapes and culture of Malaysia to add to the extravaganza of Telly calendar shoot this year.

The idea of the calendar is to depict each television actress in an avatar that is completely different from their reel life. With an aim to captivate the best picture, Marinating Films and Tourism Malaysia came together to discover the most exquisite hotspots of the country.

Malaysia has a sizeable Indian population and Indian television following is equally popular here as in India. Malaysia offers plenty of scenic locations for photography and filming purposes such as the lush tropical islands, the crystal clear beaches, the rich wildlife and modern metropolitan cities. This advantage adds to the excellence in the shoot of the calendar.

Captured within beautiful outdoors which are also the tourists hotspots such as Sunway Lagoon, I City, Botanical Garden, Merdeka Square, Putrajaya Mosque, gives our television bahus a chance for some sightseeing while touring the city for the calendar shoot. We peep into the making and behind the scene action as they all strike a pose for the calendar and catch glimpses of Pooja Gor, Barkha Bisht, Rucha Hasbanis, Divyanka Tripathi and many more while they stroll around the streets of Malaysia.

A new year and all new set of images with incredible locations of Malaysia. Brace yourself to witness the hot avatars of our television bahus in the Telly calendar 2014.

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About Tourism Malaysia

Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, popularly known as Tourism Malaysia, was established to promote Malaysia as a top-of-mind tourist destination showcasing Malaysia’s unique wonders, attractions and cultures; develop domestic tourism and enhance Malaysia’s share of the market for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE). Tourism Malaysia’s objective is to promote Malaysia as an outstanding tourist destination and make the tourism industry a major contributor to the socio-economic development of the nation. In India, Tourism Malaysia offices are conveniently located in cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.

In 2014, Malaysia will celebrate its fourth VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR (VMY) with the theme “Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia”. The VMY 2014 promotional campaign has started this year with a series of year – long special events and activities leading to VMY 2014. It will contribute to the Government’s target to receive 36 million tourist arrivals and RM 168 billion in receipts by 2020, as outlined in the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan (MTTP) 2020.

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Thomson Reuters Releases 2013 State of Innovation India Report

Analysis of patent activity in India shows pharmaceuticals the most prevalent field for country

NEW DELHI, December 9, 2013 – The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of information for businesses and professionals, today unveiled the results of its analysis of patent activity for inventions originating in India in a 2013 State of Innovation India report. This information was made publicly available at the recent Innovation Awards 2013 ceremony the company held acknowledging India’s top innovators.

Using data from the Thomson Reuters proprietary Derwent World Patents Index, the world’s most trusted, authoritative source of patent information for 50 years, analysts uncovered that the largest sectors of innovation activity by Indian companies are Pharmaceuticals and Transportation. Computing & Control and Communications, which ranked second and third following Pharmaceuticals and before Transportation in total volume, respectively, have a mix of domestic and foreign (non-Indian) patent owners.

The most prevalent area of India innovation overall is in organic Pharmaceuticals. This technology area comprises 54 percent of the entire Indian Pharma sector with 1,065 unique inventions in 2012. Computers was the next most prolific area, representing 82 percent of the Computing & Control technology area with 949 patents/published applications. Pharmaceutical Natural Products & Polymers was the next most active, with 500 inventions, followed by Telephone & Data Transmission Systems, part of Communications, with 462 unique innovations.

“Thomson Reuters is uniquely positioned to provide insight into the state of innovation in India given our deep data resources and analytic expertise,” said Bob Stembridge, senior patent analyst, Thomson Reuters. “This year’s report confirms the powerhouse India has become in the pharmaceutical sector, as more drug manufacturing, especially for generics, occurs here. There were more than 1,000 inventions related to organic pharmaceuticals last year, and we anticipate this pace to continue in the future.”

Top innovator organizations in India include the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research India, which appeared in the top assignee lists for ten of the 12 technology areas; the Indian Defence Research & Development Organization, appearing in six of the 12 areas; and, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and the Indian Institute of Technology, both of which appeared in five sectors. The top areas of innovation in India, by 2012 patent volume, are Pharmaceuticals; Computing & Control; Communications; Transportation; Food & Fermentation; Cosmetics, Disinfectants & Detergents; Instrumentation & Measuring; General Chemicals & Dyestuffs; Metallurgy; Agriculture; Polymers & Plastics; and Conveying, Packaging & Storing.

Access the report, 2013 State of Innovation India, and learn more about Derwent World Patents Index

About Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minn., Thomson Reuters employs approximately 60,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. For more information, go to http://www.thomsonreuters.com

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FIRST LOOK: SIDHARTH MALHOTRA & SHRADDHA KAPOOR – THE NEW ROMANTIC PAIR IN “THE VILLAIN”

Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor who pair up for the first time in Balaji Motion Pictures’ ‘The Villain’, are looking spectacular together. We bring you the first official film pic of this new-age romantic duo that is sure to set hearts fluttering.

As much as Shraddha was comfortable riding a bike and plans to buy one herself in the near future, she would loudly say, ‘Jai Mata Di’, every time the director said ‘action’ for her to ride her bike alone.

The romantic thriller, currently under production in Goa, will be additionally shot in Mumbai and Bangkok, and release in mid-2014. It also stars Riteish Deshmukh in a pivotal, never-seen-before role.

Directed by Mohit Suri, among the industry’s most formidable directors, with three consecutive blockbusters to his credit – ‘Raaz-2’, ‘Murder-2’ and ‘Aashiqui-2’, ‘The Villain’ is among the most keenly anticipated features of 2014.

In line with Suri’s enviable track record of creating chart-busting music, the keenly awaited soundtrack of ‘The Villain’ will boast of five evergreen melodies.

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Ratnakar Bank embraces Citrix XenDesktop® solution to align IT infrastructure with business growth

India – December 9, 2013: Ratnakar Bank, an emerging private sector scheduled commercial bank with 70 years of heritage, announced a large scale implementation of Citrix desktop virtualization solution, resulting in streamlined manageability of IT infrastructure with greater efficiency, enhanced security and better end-user mobility.

Being a technology forward organization, the Bank has always stayed ahead on the technology curve to achieve high standards in service, quality and operations. With a focus on improving its customer interface, the bank raised its capital base to around USD 250 million from USD 50 million in the last two years to upgrade people, systems and processes. To keep pace with the changing business requirements, the bank charted a three pronged agenda of embracing BYOD, reduce cost of application delivery and increase end-user experience without increasing the cost of IT.

In its pursuit of achieving these objectives, Ratnakar Bank recognised the potential of transitioning to a cloud-based application delivery architecture which would enable managing 150+ branches from a central location. In effect, the Bank replaced its traditional desktops with Citrix XenDesktop – an impactful desktop virtualization solution, thereby enabling central management and supporting seamless transition to a new core banking platform. The implementation of Citrix solution was facilitated by Anunta technology Management Services Ltd., a company specializing in Application Delivery as a Service (ADaaS).

Commenting on the implementation, Anup Purohit, Head-IT, Ratnakar Bank said, “The adoption of Citrix XenDesktop solution is a milestone in our technology transformation journey. The IT centralization process aided by desktop virtualization has significantly improved process efficiencies and service effectiveness, while boosting our strategic and operational imperatives as a Bank.”

Sanjay Deshmukh, Area Vice President, Citrix India said “Our association with Ratnakar Bank testifies the increasing trend of banks embracing technologies such as desktop virtualisation to reinvent end user computing. Through this partnership, we are pleased to support the bank’s transformational initiative towards achieving greater productivity, efficiencies and delivering a high quality banking experience to its stakeholders.”

As part of the desktop virtualization roll-out, over 1250+ users from 150+ branches across India, National Operations Center and Regional Processing Center in Mumbai transitioned from a physical infrastructure to a cloud-based one. To ensure optimized end user experience, the implementation of the Citrix solution went through custom designing of application delivery architecture using private cloud based solutions on extensive user-profiling. By leveraging Citrix’s Flexcast technology which allows different types of desktops delivery according to the role of the user, Ratnakar Bank assigned desktops as per the needs of the user. The implementation process took just six weeks to complete which was accompanied by a change management initiative to ensure a seamless switch. During the course of the deployment, a new core banking platform was also rolled out seamlessly across all 130 branches, with zero business interruption.

Post the deployment of the solution, there has been a significant improvement in the time taken for opening a new branch which now gets completed in two days instead of two weeks. The deployment has also resulted in lowering the cost of application delivery/user/month by more than 25 percent. A centrally-hosted, remotely monitored model with enhanced security allowed the Bank to increase IT effectiveness and return on investment (ROI). Ratnakar Bank has also been able to benefit from reduction in power consumption by over 65 percent and cooling requirements by as much as 50 percent.

About Citrix

Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) is the cloud computing company that enables mobile workstyles – empowering people to work and collaborate from anywhere, accessing apps and data on any of the latest devices, as easily as they would in their own office—simply and securely. Citrix cloud computing solutions help IT and service providers build both private and public clouds – leveraging virtualization and networking technologies to deliver high-performance, elastic and cost-effective services for mobile workstyles. With market leading solutions for mobility, desktop virtualization, cloud networking, cloud platforms, collaboration, and data sharing, Citrix helps organizations of all sizes achieve the kind of speed and agility necessary to succeed in an increasingly 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.

Citrix XenDesktop® software is a trademark of Citrix, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries.

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I love my Saarang: Faisal Khan

Maharana Pratap Aka Faisal Khan of India’s most loved historical show Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap on Sony TV’s is winning the hearts of millions with his acting and has been climbing the ladder of success.

These days young Faisal has found a new friend on the sets of Maharana Pratap, guess who? It’s none other than his co actor his horse Saarang. Faisal has always been an animal lover and with the role like Maharana Pratap he got a chance to learn horse riding. These days Saraang has been grabbing all the attention of young Faisal, so much so that every break he gets from his busy shoot he goes and feeds him Misri (Sugar),Jaggery, and Chana, to strengthen his friendship with Saarang.

Talking about his new friend, Faisal says. Initially, when I sat on Saarang I used to get scared but with time we have become more close to each other.

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Mumbai all set for a unique Pink Treadathon

Men and women ran collectively at Treadathon for Breast Cancer Awareness

Mumbai leg of ‘HCG Pinkathon International Women’s 10K Run’ to be held in city on Sunday, 15th December 2013

Mumbai, 9th December 2013: HCG Pinkathon International Women’s 10K Run is the first ever, all women’s 10km running event in the country, organized by Maximus Events and spearheaded by avid runner, actor and model Milind Soman.

In a unique build up to the event, the fitness enthusiast yesterday launched Treadathon – HCG Pinkathon’s promotional run, as an activity where men and women volunteered and ran on treadmills to show their support and help create much-needed awareness against breast cancer.

Milind Soman took part in the Treadathon, at Phoenix Market City, Kurla as a build up to the upcoming HCG Pinkathon 2013 that will be flagged off in the city on 15th December 2013.

In teams of 12 each, employees, running communities and organizations such as Xtreme Sports India, Road Runners, Dirty Dozen, Mumbai Mirror, and Extreme Pink hit the treadmills as Milind spoke about breast cancer awareness and cheered, guided and mentored the teams.

The teams of men and women across the city ran a 12-hour non-stop Treadathon at Phoenix Market City, Kurla. At the event, 5 teams ran on 5 treadmills in a relay format, non-stop from 9am until 9pm, covering around 580.34 km. The winning team Xtreme Sports India completed 147.9 Km and will be felicitated during Pinkathon 2013 in the city. The participants were extremely enthusiastic about the cause and encouraged women at the mall to register for the upcoming Pinkathon 2013.

Milind Soman, Founder, Pinkathon said, “HCG Pinkathon is an activity that not only promotes fitness and well being but also raises resistance levels and improves health, to help fight diseases such as cancer. As a build up to it, Treadathon gives men a fantastic opportunity to volunteer, run on treadmills, and show their support. I would like to congratulate all the teams here for helping us spread awareness about breast cancer while raising adequate funds to fight the disease in our country.”

The first Treadathon, in Mumbai, had 12 men participate and complete 163 km. HCG Pinkathon was next held in Bangalore in April 2013, where Bangalore Runners covered 177 km. NCR Runners from Delhi broke Bangalore’s record by covering a distance of 184.3 km in September.

Maximus Events has joined hands with the Women’s Cancer Initiative (WCI) led by Deveika Bhojwani and the Tata Memorial Hospital for the unique initiative and Former Miss India and fitness enthusiast, Gul Panag is the event ambassador.

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Sidharth Malhotra, who is currently In Goa shooting for his film with Shraddha Kapoor, The Villain, has requested the production team to arrange for a bike for him to travel for shoots in Goa.

Goa is generally considered as paradise for the bikers because of the lanes and scenic beauty around. Sidharth Malhotra, who loves rustic and tough high end bikes compared to luxury cars, wants to move around in Goa on a bike.

Sidharth, who will also be seen riding the bike in a lot of scenes in the film, wants to absorb the environment and get comfortable riding in the lanes of Goa.

The actor will be playing an intense character in the film compared to his lover boy image in Hasee Toh Phasee.

Spokesperson of Sidharth Malhotra confirms the news.

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The audiences have seen Abhishek Bachchan performing hard core action stunts on the bike in Dhoom as well as Dhoom 2. This time around, the actor goes desi with his action.

Abhishek Bachchan has learnt to ride an auto rickshaw for his upcoming next big film, Dhoom 3. For the first time, the actor will be seen doing action on the unusual mode i.e. a rickshaw.

In the introductory shots of the actor, there are some action scenes he will be doing in the auto rickshaw. Abhishek, who plays the character of an intelligent cop, Jay Dixit, was loved by the audiences in the previous franchises of Dhoom.

The trailer of the film, Dhoom 3 was launched by Aamir and Abhishek Bachchan, who plays a pivotal role in the film, in the IMAX format and it is slated to release on 20th December.

Spokesperson of the film confirms the news, “Abhishek learnt to ride a rickshaw for some action scenes in the film”

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Actress Kanika Maheshwari and her husband flooded with praises by Nach Baliye Judges Sajid Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Terence Lewis

When someone as majestic as Sajid Khan praises you, it’s no less than any achievement. It’s not an easy task to impress all three judges of Nach Baliye 6 Sajid Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Terence Lewis, but it looks like Kanika Maheshwari and Ankur Ghai with their stellar performance in Nach Baliye 6 has won the megastar’s heart. These day’s Kanika Maheshwari and Ankur Ghai are on cloud nine when they received 500 rupees from Sajid Khan on Nach Baliye 6 Set. They performed on Bollywood sexiest song “Tip Tip Barasa Paani Pani Me Aag Laga” and sets fire on stage.

Kanika Maheshwari said, “It was a glad moment for both of us. And we are happy that our performance appreciated by Sajid Sir, Shilpa mam and Terence sir. It was honoured to receive money as a gift from Sajid sir.”

The industry is going gung about Kanika and Ankur performance in Nach Baliye6. They have grown strength to strength with each performance having more nuances. Kanika has looked breathtaking and brings a lot of energy to the stage.

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Canon India successfully accomplishes Sixth year of ‘Gurukul’

· A two-day residential program to enhance skill sets of Channel partner’s FOS (Feet On Street)

· Reinforce the Commitment of Collaboration Canon holds with the Channel

· Aimed at enhancing the Channel to achieve the common goal of Most Preferred Brand in Office Solutions

New Delhi, 09 December, 2013: Canon India Pvt Ltd., India’s No. 1 Complete Digital Imaging Company, today announced the successful conclusion of a two day residential program ‘Gurukul’ designed specially for its Channel partner’s sales team. Organized successfully for the last six years, this year’s theme was “CONQUERING NEW FRONTIERS” with focus on creating value for customers, product awareness, technical and soft skill set which will help them grow beyond ordinance of regular expectations and possibilities.

Gurukul, an annual property of Canon marks the strong commitment Canon holds towards its customers and even stronger collaboration it has established with its Partners.

The program was well received and attended by Channel’s FOS at Hyderabad with their insatiable desire of learning. Gurukul’s sessions included episodes aimed at enhancing their proficiency by providing them with extensive knowledge on the technological advancements and innovations taking place at Canon India.

The two day session acted as a platform for the channel partner’s sales team to build relationship with Canon senior leadership. This year the program was attended by channel partners from across the country, covering sales team of more than 100 from 68 cities.

Commenting on this, Mr K Bhaskhar, Senior Director, OIS Division, Canon India said, “Gurukul – into its sixth year is continuing to instil new confidence in Canon’s Channel partner’s sales team. It is the highest level of motivational programme strategically designed to enhance team’s expertise and turn them to Brand Ambassadors of Canon. This forum, over the years has witnessed many participants attending the event consecutively for 5 years, and has worked as an effective retention programme.”

As a morale boosting activity, Gurukul brought to fore success-stories, hard work of channel’s sales team along with rewarding high achievers for outperforming their targets. This event was also targeted at making the sales teams feel a part of Canon at large and create a sense of mutual pride and confidence.

Canon India takes pride in its extensive channel network to provide reliable, high-quality products and solutions, local and specialized expertise and a simplified experience with technology to its customers today.

About Canon Inc.

Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leader in the fields of professional and consumer imaging equipment and information systems. Canon’s extensive range of products includes copying machines, inkjet and laser printers, cameras, video equipment, medical equipment and semiconductor-manufacturing equipment. Originally established in 1937 as Precision Optical Industry, Co., Ltd., a camera manufacturer, Canon has successfully diversified and globalized to become a worldwide industry leader in professional and consumer imaging systems and solutions. With over 200,000 employees worldwide, Canon has manufacturing and marketing subsidiaries in Japan, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania; and a global R&D network with companies based in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Canon’s consolidated net sales for fiscal 2011 (ended December 31, 2011) totalled $45.6 billion (at an exchange rate of 78=US$1). Visit the Canon Inc. Website at: www.canon.com

Canon in India

Canon India achieved a growth of Rs. 1850 crore in 2012 which is 21% growth over last year. Canon focuses on multiple market segments of consumer, SME, B2B, Government & Commercial. Canon’s product portfolio extends over a vast variety such as copier MFDs, fax-machines, printers, scanners, All-in-ones, digital cameras, DSLR, Cinematic imaging products, camcorders, cable ID printers and card printers.

Canon India Pvt. Ltd. Is a 100% subsidiary of Canon Singapore Pvt. Ltd., a world leader in imaging technologies. Set up in 1997, Canon India markets over 140 comprehensive range of sophisticated contemporary digital imaging. The company today has offices in 10 cities, warehouses in 13 cities across India and employs over 1100 people. Canon has approximately 400 primary channel partners, 14 National Retail Chain partners, and over 6000 secondary retail points. Canon has over 100 own retail stores called the Canon Image Square across 51 cities in the country. Canon’s service reach extends to over 2800 towns with over 200 service engineers, 7 Canon owned service centers and 37 Canon Care Centers. Visit the Canon India website at: www.canon.co.in

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Paint the Town RED THIS CHRISTMAS with Stalkbuylove.com

New Delhi, December 2013:- Stalkbuylove.com, is a premier fashion portal for women that offers instant access to internationally inspired styles, making the latest trends and fashion just a click away for all their fashion forward patrons. This season indulged into the colour of Christmas with stunning party wear outfits for women at stalkbuylove.com

Ruby Red – This rich and difficult to ignore colour is all set to make a statement in the Party Wear collection available at Stalkbuylove.com. Inspired by the opulent shade of red reflected in rubies, Stalkbuylove.com has created a line that pays detailed attention to this majestic hue. Shades of Ruby Red can be seen in dresses, party shirts, blazers and even accessories at stalkbuylove.com

Baroque is the next inspiration in the party wear fall winter 2013 line. Associated with exaggerated motion, aristocracy and beautifully handcrafted style, there is no better season to don baroque patterns that are bound to make you a head turner at any get together. Spot the influence in blazers, bags and dresses at Stalkbuylove.com.

Price starts from Rs 800 Onwards

Availability- http://stalkbuylove.com/

About Stalkbuylove.com:

Working at the pulse of international fashion, Stalkbuylove.com was born to revolutionize high-street fashion in India and provide young women with lifestyle pieces at addictive prices and unbeatable quality. With bases in New Delhi, Berlin and London, the brand seeks to present a wide range of apparel and accessories that suit the tastes and preferences of fashion forward ladies. Stalkbuylove.com is the first label to provide to you instant access to internationally inspired trends and the power to swamp your wardrobes with an envious selection of fashion. The brand endeavours to democratize high fashion by ensuring that a fresh selection of the latest and trendiest designs reaches their audience at addictive price points every day.

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From Yaariyan to the Youth !

Divya Khosla Kumar makes her directorial debut with Yaariyan,a contemporary young film that takes audiences through the trials and tribulations of the best years of their life.Much like their characters in the film, this young ensemble starcast talk about their tips surrounding hostel life,love,ambition and above all friendship –

The Casanova Himansh Kohli (Lakhsya)- “Much like my character in the film,I too studied in a hostel and one big tip I would always give out is to have a big group so that no one dares mess with you. Also, in my days, sneaking in a girls’ hostel was like a matter of pride and any guy who did it used to be looked at with respect”.

The Biker Devanshu Sharma (Neil)- The most important tip for hostel students is to make friends with the ‘mama’s boys’ and always protect them from bullies. Reason being they always get the best food from their mothers and if they look upto you, you get to share the food! Also, make friends with the watchman and always tip him some money even if you don’t have money to spend on yourself because he is the one guy, who will always help you sneak out or sneak in.”

The Hottie Nicole Faria (Jia)- I was the kind of girl, who would file her nails in class and make others do my homework just by smiling sweetly at them. Another tip would be to always have a pal on the outside to sneak stuff into the hostel for you”.

The Responsible Rakul Preet (Saloni)- You need to concentrate on your studies because at a hostel, you won’t have your parents around you to push you to make an extra effort. Also, never bunk classes and don’t hang out with the trouble-makers (sneaks a look at Himash and Devanshu).

The Yaaron Ka Yaar Shreyas Pardiwala (Pardi): You hostel group is like your family because you spend almost all your time with them to the extent that at times, your actual family seems secondary and my tip would be to always share with your hostel-mates, whether it be food or your clothes or any other goodies that you get from your home because that’s what friends are for.

T-Series’ Yaariyan directed by Divya Khosla Kumar is scheduled to release 10th January 2013.

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Vivek Oberoi Inaugurates Fundraising Event For An NGO

Actor Vivek Oberoi recently dropped in at a venue in South Mumbai to inaugurate a fundraising event titled ‘For A Good Cause’ organised by SNEHA, a
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NGO that works towards issues related to health, nutrition and education of women and children.

Sporting a signature white shirt and sunglasses, Vivek participated in the exhibition and spent a considerable amount of time visiting the stalls, which sold everything from old Hindi film posters to paintings to chocolates to home décor.

Talking about the event, Vivek said, “…………………..”

Vivek, who was last seen playing the menacing Kaal in superhero flick ‘Krrish 3’, is currently in the process of reading scripts before he announces his next project.

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John Abraham on a roll !

While his last hit Madras Café, reiterated that John Abraham is one of the industry’s most bankable stars , the actor-producer is on a roll with his projects next year , a mixed bag of commercial and contemporary cinema , something he has always managed to maintain a perfect balance between.

Talking about Welcome Back and Dostana 2, John says, “Anees Bazmi’s Welcome Back has gone on the floors. So it’s an exciting time. For Dostana 2 whatever I’ve heard of the script is beyond hilarious. And I’m always excited about working with Abhishek Bachchan. I love him.”

Despite having a choc-o-bloc schedule as far as his on-screen projects are concerned, John is also quite excited about his role as a producer and talks about his future plans for JA Entertainment, “After working with Nishikanth Kamat in ‘Force’, I am doing another home production with him. It would be in the same action space, though the action would be way beyond what we did in Force.”

John Abraham has also bought the remake rights of a Telugu film titled ‘Prabhas’, which will be remade in Hindi as ‘Mirchi’. “It’s an amazing script. I am also producing a film based on a script called J-39. We are trying to zero in on a director for this one,” he says.

Ask the actor-producer about how the industry raves about the new “John-re” he has introduced and he is quick to reply,“It’s a good feeling. People tell me I am trying to make a change in cinema. I was in a flight from Mumbai to Delhi. And I could see the way other passengers had positioned me in their heads. At the same time, there are people congratulating me for my personality.”

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RICOH AND AIRCEL CHENNAI OPEN STRENGTHEN THEIR PARTNERSHIP

Ricoh to continue to offer critical state-of-the-art printing and copying services to tournament

CHENNAI, DECEMBER 09, 2013: The organizers of the Aircel Chennai Open today announced that the tournament had extended its association with Ricoh as an Official Sponsor. Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.

The 19th edition of India and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event will be held at Chennai’s SDAT Stadium from December 30th 2013 to January 5th 2014. The player field for the 2014 tournament will see an impressive line-up of both Indian and international players.

In its capacity as an official sponsor, Ricoh will continue to offer critical state-of-the-art printing and copying services and aid in the smooth conduct of Aircel Chennai Open 2014. As a global ATP partner, Ricoh has been associated with leading global tennis events that include the coveted Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Their third year of continued association with India’s only and South Asia’s premier ATP World Tour tennis event is testimony to the significance and stature of the tournament.

Nobuaki Majima, Managing Director of Ricoh Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd stated, “Ricoh’s partnership with Aircel Chennai Open been mutually beneficial and a very rewarding experience. As India’s only ATP World Tour event, it has grown in significance to become the leading tournament in this part of the continent. Our association complements our aspiration to be associated with leading sporting events all around the world. We wish the organizers the very best as they prepare for the 19th edition.”

Ashu Jindal, COO IMG Reliance said, said, “Aircel Chennai Open has been privileged to garner support from leading global brands like Ricoh. Chennai has become the definitive ATP World Tour destination in South Asia and as we grow from strength to strength each year, we acknowledge and express our gratitude to partners such as Ricoh for their long standing support to us and to the sport.”

Having a strong player field, tennis fans in Chennai can certainly expect some great competition and solid tennis. The Title Sponsor for the tournament is Aircel and the event is supported by a consortium of sponsors in the Platinum category.

About Aircel Chennai Open 2014:

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 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 19th edition of the event in India and 18th in Chennai will be held from December 30, 2013 to January 5, 2014 at the SDAT Tennis stadium in Nungambakkam, Chennai. The tournament is conducted in Chennai under the aegis of the All India Tennis Association (AITA) and is organised with the active collaboration of the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) and Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA).

About Ricoh:

Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).The majority of the company’s revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees. For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com/about/

About IMG Reliance:

In 2010 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, announced the formation of an equal joint venture to develop, market and manage sports and entertainment in India. The joint venture company, IMG Reliance Pvt. Ltd., will create and operate major sports and entertainment assets in the country. In its first initiative, IMG Reliance entered into an agreement 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. IMG Reliance signed a 15-year agreement with the 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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Mumbai all set for a unique Pink Treadathon

Men and women ran collectively at Treadathon for Breast Cancer Awareness

Mumbai leg of ‘HCG Pinkathon International Women’s 10K Run’ to be held in city on Sunday, 15th December 2013

Mumbai, 9th December 2013: HCG Pinkathon International Women’s 10K Run is the first ever, all women’s 10km running event in the country, organized by Maximus Events and spearheaded by avid runner, actor and model Milind Soman.

In a unique build up to the event, the fitness enthusiast yesterday launched Treadathon – HCG Pinkathon’s promotional run, as an activity where men and women volunteered and ran on treadmills to show their support and help create much-needed awareness against breast cancer.

Milind Soman took part in the Treadathon, at Phoenix Market City, Kurla as a build up to the upcoming HCG Pinkathon 2013 that will be flagged off in the city on 15th December 2013.

In teams of 12 each, employees, running communities and organizations such as Xtreme Sports India, Road Runners, Dirty Dozen, Mumbai Mirror, and Extreme Pink hit the treadmills as Milind spoke about breast cancer awareness and cheered, guided and mentored the teams.

The teams of men and women across the city ran a 12-hour non-stop Treadathon at Phoenix Market City, Kurla. At the event, 5 teams ran on 5 treadmills in a relay format, non-stop from 9am until 9pm, covering around 580.34 km. The winning team Xtreme Sports India completed 147.9 Km and will be felicitated during Pinkathon 2013 in the city. The participants were extremely enthusiastic about the cause and encouraged women at the mall to register for the upcoming Pinkathon 2013.

Milind Soman, Founder, Pinkathon said, “HCG Pinkathon is an activity that not only promotes fitness and well being but also raises resistance levels and improves health, to help fight diseases such as cancer. As a build up to it, Treadathon gives men a fantastic opportunity to volunteer, run on treadmills, and show their support. I would like to congratulate all the teams here for helping us spread awareness about breast cancer while raising adequate funds to fight the disease in our country.”

The first Treadathon, in Mumbai, had 12 men participate and complete 163 km. HCG Pinkathon was next held in Bangalore in April 2013, where Bangalore Runners covered 177 km. NCR Runners from Delhi broke Bangalore’s record by covering a distance of 184.3 km in September.

Maximus Events has joined hands with the Women’s Cancer Initiative (WCI) led by Deveika Bhojwani and the Tata Memorial Hospital for the unique initiative and Former Miss India and fitness enthusiast, Gul Panag is the event ambassador.

For any further queries, please contact:

Concept Public Relations Ltd.

Neha Kandalgaonkar / Amrita Shivdasani

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Warm Regards,

Amrita Shivdasani
PR Executive,
Concept Public Relations,
M – 9820578800
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Email Id : amrita@conceptpr.com
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Sunburn Arena DJ AVICII Concert in Mumbai

The movers and shakers in the city are back in action! Yes, the party people who were so laying low were back into the groove on Friday night. It’s hard to believe but aye, the day came and went with a gang of good party people. Showman Entertainment in partnership with Percept, Asia’s biggest dance music festival continues its prolific march to the very end, but before that they planned up some ridiculously electrifying events they give a taste of the big thunder by presenting the Platinum selling No #03 on the worldwide Dj Mag polls; the maker of stupendous hits such as ‘Le7els’, ‘Bromance’ & ‘Silhouettes’, artist extra-ordinaire and ‘Wake Me Up’ super-star of all time- AVICII. Spinning at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse 10000 party people were dope especially rocking the stage with one of their favorite DJ Avicii a dream come true event. Spirits were at an all time high when youngsters of the city trooped in at a bash to have a rocking time together. Dressed nattily were party goers who were seen at their trendiest best. Sending waves of energy into this already enthusiastic do was the upbeat music being thrown in the air by the DJ as he spun tracks at his console. Bigg Boss 7 fame Candy Brar was seen spending her special time with Percept Live Harindra Singh and their friends. Candy Brar said, “It was an awesome night. Grooving on AVICII hits makes people go crazy.”

Showman Entertainment’s CMD, Mohammad Fasih said, “Fans and followers alike of our festival and Avicii lovers had enjoyed the concert. We bring the magic of Avicii world #3 ranked DJ to India who had thrilled the rest of the world for more than a decade with his brand of top class music and now giving Mumbai the amazing experience”.

Naved Jaffrey having blast at the party and said, “It was a memorable moment for me. I enjoyed the party.” Yash Birla and Avanti Birla were seen tapping their foot on rocking music. Vindu Dara Singh wife Dina Umarova was seen enjoying the DJ music night with her friends. Actress Madhu was seen chatting with Beena Aziz about the awesome music. Russian Musician Sarah and her friend Eshmi were seen shaking their legs on music. Rehan shah was seen enjoying the party till the last track. Actor Annkit Narayan and Mansi were seen shaking and moving their bodies in different array of music. Actress Meghna Patel, Gazal Singer Mallika Rajput and Helena Kurtz were raised the temperature of party through their dancing skills. Vasant Bhandari, Satish Reddy and Kailash Surendranath were seen grooving on the music.

Poised perfectly Avicii made the dance floors rock, Avicii has put together an album by the name of ”TRUE” that gives us in to the realms of Country and Rock influenced tracks that show-case the diversity of the artistic vision Avicii stands for. ‘True’ is well on its way to being one of the most coveted chart- topping releases this year. It was a remarkable full packed event that demonstrated AVICII’s distinctive style and influential tastemaker appeal.

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Vidya Malvade and Anaida celebret ” PAINTING SOIREE ”

PAINTING SOIREE an evening of colours, paintings & wine with Larra Shah was attended by actress Vidya Malvade and singer Anaida at Jahagir Art Gallery. At the event Painted Rhythm Gallery presents “Colour & Art” Now know more about Colors, how it affects human emotions,Moods & personality. During the exhibition,well-known Feng Shui expert Larra Shah conducted a seminar on Know more about Colors. Understand your personality based on your favorite colors.How colors affect our emotions, moods & personality.Know how the right paintings at the right place can enhance your life.Feng Shui Art Paintings will be available in Bandra at Painted Rhythm Art GalleryUnderstand your personality based on your favourite colours.Learn how the right paintings at the right place can enhance your life. This event was a part of exhibition featuring exquisite paintings & sculptures of 30 renowned Indian artists like Satish Gujral, Ashif Hussain, Totha Vaikuntham, Suhas Roy to name a few. Held at Jehangir Art Gallery, one of the famous and oldest art studios in Mumbai ‘PAINTED RHYTHM ART GALLERY’ is the brain behind this show with the aim to celebrate the art of painting.

About Painted Rhythm Art Gallery

PAINTED RHYTHM ART GALLERY was started with a quest to explore the dimensions of Indian Art in 1987. The art gallery has always strived to bring rarest of rare hidden gems of Indian palette & brush. In this process, they have proven their commitment to the cause of Indian Art by carving out a niche for themselves as the torch-bearer of Indian Art. The art gallery possesses paintings of not just contemporary artists but also upcoming ones. These paintings which hold re-sale market value is the most sought after amongst NRIs, Film Celebrities, Industrialists, etc. The belief in ‘Art for everybody’ comes across through the paintings as people of all ages demand these pieces of art.

About Larra Shah

Larra Shah is a woman of great versatility. To meet her is to be drawn into a world of

infinite possibilities. Larra has an inborn and intuitive connect with the astral world, a definite advantage for any Feng Shui – Vastu consultant. Her conviction in the holistic way of life and passion for the metaphysical led Larra to explore diverse forms of alternate wellness solutions, a search that culminated in “Feng Shui Studio”

Larra primarily believes in harnessing the auspicious energies of a space to achieve holistic well-being for its occupants. According to her, the optimal state of all prime areas of life such as health, wealth, relationship, finance and career help achieve complete well-being and peace of mind.

Understanding the individual needs of people and arriving at solutions that best suit their particular situation is Larra’s key asset, as is evident from her impressive list of celebrity clients. It is this strength and experience that Larra brings to the consultation table, a fact that her satisfied clientele collectively vouch for. Among her clientele are real estate developers, property owners, film stars, politicians, sports personalities, and of course interior designers. Larra has hosted a successful television show, and appeared as a special guest on national and international television and radio. In an effort to reach out to people across the world, Larra offers consultation over phone and Skype. A keen philanthropist actively involved in women empowerment, Larra’s hope is to continually cascade the state of complete wellness through her Feng Shui – Vastu consultations.

www.fengshuistudio.in

www.paintedrhythm.com

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Powerful Pink!

Kavita Raha of “Pink Platform” spearheaded panel discussion on “Domestic abuse & battered women “along with Bhagyashree, Nazneen, Sheeba & other members of the Pink Platform.

Kavita Raha, founder of Pink Platform hosted the panel discussion on ‘Domestic abuse & battered women’ pompously on board of Voyager – Seven Seas with the woman achievers!

Kavita Raha held panel discussion of Pink Platform along with Bhagyashree, Nazneen, Sheeba Akashdeep, Amy Billimoria & other members of the Pink Platform.

Announcement followed discussion of the prevalent issues affecting women of our country talking about domestic & sexual abuse

Pink Platform, an online community…the website designed to gather women from different walks of life onto a single forum where they can express themselves freely, discuss issues that matter and share their experiences, in turn helping enrich the lives of other women.

Kavita spearheaded the discussion and Bhagyashree, Sheeba, Amy Billimoria and Nazneen (Actor Ranjeet’s wife) actively participated.

Explaining the mantra of Pink Platform, founder Kavita Raha mentions, “Our mantra is ‘Let start small, but start’… We are forming a ‘circle of trust’, so for those who are interested in contributing and starting small giving projects can register at the Pink Platform online portal. The Pink Platform network covers a vast array of topics that would be relevant for women all over the world, in different age groups, and includes subjects such as parenting, healthcare, and domestic issues to beauty, entertainment, personal finance, food and travel, to name just a few.”

Talking about how Pink Platform came into being, Kavita Raha explains, “Women are constantly balancing their time and priorities between home, children, spouse/ partner, and the workplace with each demanding their share of importance and attention. To add to it all, this constant act of juggling responsibilities is seen as being merely supportive in nature and often doesn’t receive adequate recognition. Between all of this, they get very little time or opportunity to cater to their own needs or discuss their problems and issues. And this is where pink Platform steps in.

Kavita Raha is raising funds via various auctions including a saree designed by Amy Billimoria A contemporary sari influenced by the various aspects of a modern woman… The net symbolizes the transparency of a woman’s heart… The embroidery is ornate and subtle resembling a jigsaw puzzle and the various roles played by a woman… The colors are a beautiful blend of gold and rose emphasizing the strong self and the little girl that always lives in a woman’s heart!

Lot of other support has been extended which is fruitful for the campaign.

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Songs of the Kashmir valley echo in ‘Highway’

Films capture journeys but in Imtiaz Ali’s much-awaited ‘Highway’, the journey has made the film. Presented by Sajid Nadiadwala and starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda, the film traverses six states of north India and captures the landscape of the different regions as it goes along.

Highway Diaries, are short video snippets that capture the journey of the film and all the exciting experiences that the cast and crew had during its making.

In the latest episode of Highway Diaries titled ‘Songs of the Valley’, Imtiaz Ali is seen sitting with Gujari folk singer Begum Jaan and her group, engrossed in their music, while shooting with them at Aru valley in Kashmir. In the episode, he says, “…while it (the song) should connect with the larger experience that Veera (Alia’s character) has in the film, it should still be about that time and place..and its music.”

Watch this episode of Highway Diaries here:
http://bit.ly/HighwayDiariesKashmir

‘Highway’ will release on February 21st 2014.

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CN rolled out the red carpet for its first ever Cartoon Network Super Toons award function

~ Selected by kids, the awards felicitated the best moments & characters in cartoon history ~

~ Star-studded event with Ben 10, Tom, Jerry, Kris, Oggy and many more ~

Description: CN Super Toons – PosterMumbai, December 08, 2013: It was a night of entertainment, humor, excitement and celebration of cartoon legacy! The first ever Cartoon Network Super Toons awards, held at MMRDA grounds, Mumbai, today, was a spectacle to behold replete with mesmerizing performances, laugh-out-loud gags, cartoon mega stars and an audience of over 8000 kids and parents.

The first of its kind award show for cartoons, Cartoon Network Super Toons gave children the opportunity to vote for their favourite characters, shows, gags and other iconic moments from Cartoon Network. In a month long on-air, digital and on-ground (via School Contact Programs and road shows) campaign, kids were asked to log onto www.cartoonnetworkindia.com and vote across categories.

Description: Tom & Jerry

The Cartoon Network Super Toons award categories underlined the traits of the toons that make them popular with the children. Therefore, categories like Badmaash Toon, Biggest Dhamaka, Bhukkad Award, Ha Ha He He Award, Dumb Dumb Award, etc. were included in the list of awards with the biggest award of the evening being CN Description: Ben 10 OmniverseSuper Toon of the Year which was jointly won by Ben 10 and Kris.

Speaking about the initiative, Krishna Desai, Sr. Director & Network Head – Kids, South Asia, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd. said, “At Turner, we have always pushed boundaries when it comes to innovative entertainment for kids and families. Cartoon Network Super Toons gave children an interactive opportunity to not only vote for their favorite shows but also live the experience of Cartoon Network heritage at its biggest and best event yet.”

The winners of the Cartoon Network Super Toons awards are as follows:

Category

Winner

CN Super Toon of the Year

Kris (from Roll No. 21) & Ben (from Ben 10)

Badmaash Toon

3 Cockroaches (from Oggy and the Cockroaches)

Chatur Toon

Kris (from Roll No. 21)

Biggest Dhamaka

Tom and Jerry (from Tom & Jerry)

Bhukkad Award

Scooby (from Scooby Doo)

BFF Award

Gumball & Darwin (from The Amazing World of Gumball)

Loser Villain

Kanishk (from Roll No. 21)

Majnu Award

Oggy (from Oggy and the Cockroaches)

Dumb Dumb Award

Johnny Bravo

Ha Ha He He Award

Mojo Jojo (from The Powerpuff Girls)

ABOUT CARTOON NETWORK INDIA

Launched in India in 1995, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s (TBS) Cartoon Network is the leading kids’ entertainment channel in India reaching more than 34 million households. Drawing from the world’s largest cartoon library of Warner Bros., MGM and Hanna-Barbera titles, the Network also showcases original series including the Ben 10 franchise, Adventure Time and The Amazing World of Gumball. Cartoon Network is currently available in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages. Recognized as the resident kids’ expert with a 360-degree presence through successful on-air and online presence, ground-events, promotional licensing, product licensing, publishing and DVDs.

www.cartoonnetworkindia.com is India’s leading destination for kids’ online entertainment attracting close to 5.6 million page views. Kids can find the largest selection of cartoon character based games, video on demand, and a community site featuring personalized avatars and message boards. (*Source: Omniture Site Catalyst, October 2013).

ABOUT TURNER INTERNATIONAL INDIA PVT. LTD.

A division of Time Warner, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd. is the arm of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. that creates and manages the sales, distribution, marketing of Turner’s news and entertainment brands in India and South Asia region including CNN International, Cartoon Network, POGO and WB. The company also manages advertising sales and distribution for HBO and distribution for HBO Defined and HBO Hits in India.

For further information, please contact:

Genesis Burson-Marsteller

Radhika Mehta/ Surya Nair

radhika.mehta@bm.com/ Surya.nair@bm.com

+9196192 00115/ +91 7506272412

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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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