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The Times Group, Federal Bank and Dun & Bradstreet come together to introduce “SME Business Excellence Awards 2014”
to identify and honor leading SMEs in India

 

Mumbai, August 22, 2014: India has a long tradition of entrepreneurship and Indian SMEs have contributed immensely to the country’s economic progress and international standing. With the objective of highlighting the success stories of high-performing SMEs in India, Federal Bank, The Times Group and Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) have joined hands to introduce a new awards initiative.

 

The awards will recognize and felicitate leading SMEs that have demonstrated exemplary performance in their respective fields. The awards are titled “The Times Group presents Federal Bank – D&B SME Business Excellence Awards 2014”. The awards event will be held in New Delhi in the month of November 2014 accompanied by release of the publication “Leading SMEs of India 2014”. SMERA Ratings Ltd is the Ratings Partner and this initiative is supported by NSIC (National Small Industries Corporation Ltd).

 

The essential purpose of the awards initiative is to recognize and applaud the efforts put in by entrepreneurs and to enable them to tell their success story to the world. Accordingly, the theme for these awards is “It’s Time to let the World Know”.

 

The awards programme includes 33 awards spread across multiple categories based on size and nature of business. The awards programme is now open for participation from manufacturing and services SMEs across the country.

 

The awards program will cover four broad segments of awards:

 

  • Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) segment (22 awards)
  • Mid-Corporate segment (5 awards)
  • Theme-based (Special) awards (4 awards) which includes Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards (Woman), Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards (Differently Abled) and Emerging Entrepreneur & Best Global SME
  • Agri-Business segment (2 awards) which includes Best Seed Industry and Best Hi-Tech Agri Enterprise

 

For nominating your business, please write to: smeawards@mail.dnb.co.in or visit www.dnb.co.in/smeawards ; Toll Free Number: 1800 209 3061

 

 

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Germany’s Manuel Friedrich to power Mumbai Franchise of Indian Super League

 

Friedrich has played international football for Germany and been a critical part of world famous Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen and Mainz 05

 

He will be the very first recognizable German footballer to play in India

 

 

Mumbai, August 22, 2014: Striving to build a formidable outfit with world-class football players on board, the Mumbai Franchise of the Indian Super League (ISL) today announced the signing of Germany’s Manuel Friedrich for the inaugural season of the upcoming league. Friedrich comes to the Mumbai Franchise with over 15 years of priceless professional experience as a top quality centre back, packed with a remarkable 413 appearances at various levels of football. He will be the very first recognizable German footballer to play in India and the only team member in the ISL to have played 2014 UEFA Champions League football.

 

Known to be a strong defender and acknowledged for his fantastic aerial duels, the 34-year-old will be the backbone of the Mumbai squad’s defense strategy. The team will rely on decades of experience the German footballer has gained playing in his country’s top leagues. With his abilities, he will also be an asset to the team during set pieces due to his aerial skills.

 

Commenting on the acquisition, team owner Ranbir Kapoor said, “Manuel Friedrich is unquestionably a highly experienced fine international centre back and we are thrilled to have him on board. As a defense stalwart, he will be a critical asset to the team. To top it all, Manuel is passionate about football in Asia. We are delighted to have him amidst us and welcome him onboard.”

 

On joining the team, Manuel Friedrich said, “I am delighted to play for the Mumbai Franchise and be part of the exciting inaugural season of the Indian Super League. Playing in Asia has always been on my mind and I am thrilled to be part of the Mumbai team. I look forward to being in India and doing my best for the squad. The presence of a number of skilled Indian and international players will make the contest very exciting indeed.”

 

Apart from nine international appearances for his home country, Friedrich has represented clubs such as Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Werder Bremen and FSV Mainz 05 during his career. Playing for Borussia Dortmund during the 2014 UEFA Champions League, Friedrich was part of the playing eleven during its match against Real Madrid at their Signal Iduna Park.

 

The talented central defender began his career at SG Guldental 07, making his professional debut with Mainz, which he joined in 1995. In 2000, he made his competition debut, in a home match against FC Energie Cottbus. Following this, Friedrich became known as a defensive stalwart, scoring an astonishing eight goals as Mainz finished fourth, just one point shy of promotion.

 

Attracting attention from the Bundesliga thanks to his stellar performances, he signed with SV Werder Bremen in 2002 and participated in a number of successful matches including the team’s 2003–04 Bundesliga victory.

 

In early 2004, Friedrich returned to Mainz, still contributing with 17 matches en route to top-level promotion. In May that year, he scored one of four goals in the league, netting the second in the decisive 3–0 home win against SV Eintracht Trier 05 on the final day of the campaign. In the following three seasons combined, he rarely missed a game.

 

As a brilliant defense unit, in 2007, he moved to Bayer Leverkusen, contributing to consecutive home wins against Karlsruher SC and VfL Bochum. He scored ten league goals in his first three seasons combined and was part of the squad that finished as runners-up at the DFB-Pokal (German Cup). Friedrich could only appear in 19 games in 2010–11 due to injury, with Leverkusen finishing in second position and qualifying to the UEFA Champions League. In Europe’s premier club competition, on 23rd November 2011, he headed home in the last minute to help the hosts come from behind against Chelsea FC to win it 2–1.

 

The Bad Kreuznach born player joined Borussia Dortmund in November 2013 and made his debut playing against FC Bayern Munich. He scored his first goal for BVB in February 2014, netting his team’s third in a 5–1 away demolition of former club Werder Bremen. This was also his 16th goal in the German top division.

 

With the signing, the Mumbai Franchise has started building its competitive squad for the tournament, which kick-starts in October 2014.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Pourushasp Mehta/Santosh Barodia/ Madhavi Mhatre

pourushasp@conceptpr.com/ santosh@conceptpr.com/madhavi@conceptpr.com

9820664262/9820509642/9867841985

 

Warm Regards,

Madhavi Mhatre Senior Associate Consultant

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Germany’s Manuel Friedrich to power Mumbai Franchise of Indian Super League

 

Friedrich has played international football for Germany and been a critical part of world famous Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen and Mainz 05

 

He will be the very first recognizable German footballer to play in India

 

 

Mumbai, August 22, 2014: Striving to build a formidable outfit with world-class football players on board, the Mumbai Franchise of the Indian Super League (ISL) today announced the signing of Germany’s Manuel Friedrich for the inaugural season of the upcoming league. Friedrich comes to the Mumbai Franchise with over 15 years of priceless professional experience as a top quality centre back, packed with a remarkable 413 appearances at various levels of football. He will be the very first recognizable German footballer to play in India and the only team member in the ISL to have played 2014 UEFA Champions League football.

 

Known to be a strong defender and acknowledged for his fantastic aerial duels, the 34-year-old will be the backbone of the Mumbai squad’s defense strategy. The team will rely on decades of experience the German footballer has gained playing in his country’s top leagues. With his abilities, he will also be an asset to the team during set pieces due to his aerial skills.

 

Commenting on the acquisition, team owner Ranbir Kapoor said, “Manuel Friedrich is unquestionably a highly experienced fine international centre back and we are thrilled to have him on board. As a defense stalwart, he will be a critical asset to the team. To top it all, Manuel is passionate about football in Asia. We are delighted to have him amidst us and welcome him onboard.”

 

On joining the team, Manuel Friedrich said, “I am delighted to play for the Mumbai Franchise and be part of the exciting inaugural season of the Indian Super League. Playing in Asia has always been on my mind and I am thrilled to be part of the Mumbai team. I look forward to being in India and doing my best for the squad. The presence of a number of skilled Indian and international players will make the contest very exciting indeed.”

 

Apart from nine international appearances for his home country, Friedrich has represented clubs such as Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Werder Bremen and FSV Mainz 05 during his career. Playing for Borussia Dortmund during the 2014 UEFA Champions League, Friedrich was part of the playing eleven during its match against Real Madrid at their Signal Iduna Park.

 

The talented central defender began his career at SG Guldental 07, making his professional debut with Mainz, which he joined in 1995. In 2000, he made his competition debut, in a home match against FC Energie Cottbus. Following this, Friedrich became known as a defensive stalwart, scoring an astonishing eight goals as Mainz finished fourth, just one point shy of promotion.

 

Attracting attention from the Bundesliga thanks to his stellar performances, he signed with SV Werder Bremen in 2002 and participated in a number of successful matches including the team’s 2003–04 Bundesliga victory.

 

In early 2004, Friedrich returned to Mainz, still contributing with 17 matches en route to top-level promotion. In May that year, he scored one of four goals in the league, netting the second in the decisive 3–0 home win against SV Eintracht Trier 05 on the final day of the campaign. In the following three seasons combined, he rarely missed a game.

 

As a brilliant defense unit, in 2007, he moved to Bayer Leverkusen, contributing to consecutive home wins against Karlsruher SC and VfL Bochum. He scored ten league goals in his first three seasons combined and was part of the squad that finished as runners-up at the DFB-Pokal (German Cup). Friedrich could only appear in 19 games in 2010–11 due to injury, with Leverkusen finishing in second position and qualifying to the UEFA Champions League. In Europe’s premier club competition, on 23rd November 2011, he headed home in the last minute to help the hosts come from behind against Chelsea FC to win it 2–1.

 

The Bad Kreuznach born player joined Borussia Dortmund in November 2013 and made his debut playing against FC Bayern Munich. He scored his first goal for BVB in February 2014, netting his team’s third in a 5–1 away demolition of former club Werder Bremen. This was also his 16th goal in the German top division.

 

With the signing, the Mumbai Franchise has started building its competitive squad for the tournament, which kick-starts in October 2014.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Pourushasp Mehta/Santosh Barodia/ Madhavi Mhatre

pourushasp@conceptpr.com/ santosh@conceptpr.com/madhavi@conceptpr.com

9820664262/9820509642/9867841985

 

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Shatrughan Sinha hosts Aaj Tak’s Vande Mataram

 

New Delhi August 22nd, 2014 – Aaj Tak, the nation’s No.1 News channel is set to launch the ground breaking series – Vande Mataram, to be hosted by none other than Shatrughan Sinha. Amidst the many untold and forgotten tales of sacrifice, Aaj Tak brings to perspective the selfless struggle for freedom in this series.

The history of the freedom movement was penned by the British. What followed was the story of many freedom fighters getting lost in translation and amended in the midst of the ensuing political environment of the times. A lot of the stories of the freedom fighters not only got modified but also got buried with them. Aaj Tak connects the broken links and puts together the pieces to enlighten our viewers with the truth behind the untold tales of bravery and valour.

Supriya Prasad, Managing Editor of Aaj Tak,  adds, “Though there are films and documentaries made on a select few of the well-known freedom fighters, there is no TV series that is dedicated to the unsung revolutionaries of the freedom struggle. It is Aaj Tak’s honest endeavour to immortalise the martyrs who sacrificed everything for our today.”

MP Shatrughan Sinha, the host of the series and former superstar of the big screen explains, “As we move towards the future it is imperative that we remember our past. Our youth needs to acknowledge the sacrifice to appreciate the value of freedom that they enjoy today. With this series we hope to revolutionise the thinking of our youth by revealing the unheard history”.

Vande Mataram season two will stand true to its name by celebrating the valour and supreme sacrifice of the brave freedom fighters. The new season will also feature India’s struggle for independence which laid the foundation for this world’s biggest democracy .This series will be hosted by veteran bollywood star and parliamentarian Shatrughan Sinha while eminent actor Om Puri will be lending his voice.

When we think of revolutionaries, the picture that comes to mind is of violence and men with guns in hand. But this picture is far from the truth and is only an illusion of Indian revolution. Little do people know that Amar Shaheed Bhagat Singh was an avid reader and by the young age of 24 years he had read all the books of over 34 eminent authors. In addition to his fight for freedom, was also the struggle for the betterment of workers and farmers. If in fact had he really been violent, then he wouldn’t have just thrown a bomb to make only sound and smoke on 8th April 1929 at the Delhi Assembly.

The saga of unprecedented patriotism will feature never seen before footage and promises to bring to life the spirit of the revolutionaries by unveiling the stories of the freedom fighters right from Subhash Chandra Bose, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh and many more. These stories may not be  unheard but are not the dominating topics of national conscience either. “Vandemaataram Season 2 is an attempt to remind the public of the bravery, courage and sacrifice of these heroes who brought in a new dawn.

 

The series will be telecast on Aaj Tak every Sat/Sun at 10 pm starting 23rd August

 

For further information please contact:

Ketchum Sampark Pvt. Ltd.

Harpreet Singh

harpreet.singh@ketchumsampark.com

9810276332


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Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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