Qatar Airways Presents its Business Class Experience in Bengaluru

22 February 2018

BENGALURU, India – Qatar Airways welcomed guests in Bengaluru to enjoy a Business Class meal-tasting experience showcasing the airline’s exquisite culinary menu, presented by Senior Development Chef Syed Sirajudeen, as part of Qatar Airways’ bespoke à la carte, dine-on-demand menu.

 The three course meal-tasting experience featured expertly-crafted dishes served on board Qatar Airways Business Class, including balik-style salmon with oscietra caviar, arabic mezze, tandoori hariyali paneer, chicken kabsa, dal makhani, saffron rice, citrus salad and lemon tart.

Senior Development Chef Syed Sirajudeen of Qatar Airways interacts with media for Qatar Airways Business Class Experience

 Qatar Airways Senior Manager Indian Subcontinent, Mr. Naveen Chawla, said: “Qatar Airways is thrilled to bring its five-star Business Class meal experience to guests in Bengaluru. We offer the very finest quality produce on board our flights, as part of our unrivalled five-star service. At Qatar Airways, we are committed to providing an unrivalled experience in the skies, and will continue to offer the highest quality food, and service to our valued customers on every step of their journey.

 “Our attention to detail, and use of the finest quality produce and ingredients prepared to the highest standards, means passengers flying with Qatar Airways can enjoy a wide variety of the world’s delicious cuisines as part of the airline’s five-star experience.”

 Qatar Airways is globally recognised for its Business Class offering, including its patented, award-winning Qsuite. Qsuite features the world’s first-ever double bed in Business Class and a new customisable quad configuration that is perfect for families, friends, or business colleagues travelling together, as well as for individual travellers seeking the ultimate in privacy and comfort. Sliding panels enable passengers to transform their space into a shared area customisable for groups of two, three, or four, allowing them to work, dine or socialise at 40,000 feet.

Qatar Airways flies to thirteen destinations in India, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa, Trivandrum, Kochi and Kozhikode, connecting passengers to more than 150 destinations across its extensive global network.

Qatar Airways has added many new exciting destinations to its network in 2017/18, including Auckland, New Zealand; Dublin, Republic of Ireland; Nice, France; Prague, Czech Republic; Chiang Mai, Thailand and Penang, Malaysia, to name a few. The airline will continue its rapid expansion throughout 2018 by adding many more new destinations to its global route map, including Cardiff, United Kingdom; Thessaloniki, Greece and Malaga, Spain and many more.

 

 

 

LAHARI.K.B.

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APICON 2018 – Academic Feast for Physicians

Bangalore,  22 February 2018 – Association of physicians in India (API) was formed in 1944 with the objective to encourage and advance medical knowledge and promote research in field of medicine. At present national API has about 18000members. In order to give all its members a chance to present their research material and update their knowledge API conducts this conference APICON. APICON is conducted in different cities every year.

 API Karnataka chapter is hosting this year’s conference at Dr.Babu Rajendra Prasad international auditorium, University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) campus, G’K-V-K’ Hebbal, this year between 22nd to 25th February. Earlier API Karnataka has hosted 5 APICON meetings in Karnataka.

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 Theme of the conference is “ Dawn of a new era in medicine”.We are discussing about newer innovation in the field of medicines,newer techniques,medical devices and patient care. Experts from different subspecialities of medicine will discuss and share current concepts with participants.

 Total number of delegates registered are Eight thousand Physicians. About twenty international experts are participating as faculty from USA,UK,Australia Bangladesh. Some of the highlights of the conference are :

A live endoscopic workshop by Dr.Nageshwar Reddy, internationally acclaimed gastroenterologist. He is going to demonstrate newer techniques in the field of gastroenterology.

Dr.BeviShetty, well known cardiothoracic surgeon in the city is discussing on affordable health care to transform Indian economy.

 Dr.Bibhuthi Saha is discussing on vaccine development in malaria. Despite preventive methOdS and treatment, malaria remains a burden in our country.

 Obesity continues to be an epidemic in our country. The problem it causes to the individuals are well known. Less known respiratory complications which are important are being discussed by Dr.Geoff Chadwle.

Newer diseases like Dengue,Typhus are discussed in detail. Also Zika a newer viral infection which causes serious problems in Americas and elsewhere are also discussed. Few laboratory confirmed cases also reported from our country. Chances of its threat to Indian population will be discussed.

 This four day conference facilitates a chance to showcase Karnataka’s Culture & Heritage. This will be a wonderful Opportunity to practicing physicians and medical students. About one thousand scientific research papers are being presented by physicians and post graduate students

 This conference also gives opportunities to manufacturers of different Newer instruments to exhibit their products.

 Inauguration of the conference will be held on 22″d February at 6:30 pm at Dr.Babu Rajendra Prasad international auditorium,(UAS), Hebbal. Bharatratna Dr.C.N.R. Rao will inaugurate the conference. Dr.Sharanaprakash Patil, Honourable Minister for Medical education & Mr. Krishna Byregowda,

Honourable Minister for Agriculture will be the guest of honors.Dr.Pritham Gupta National chairman of API will preside the function.

Indian College of Physician a part of APl also conducts its Annual Convocation ceremony on 23rd Feb at 6 pm. Where more than 100 senior physicians from India and two international faculty will receive fellowship.

 

 

 

 

LAHARI.K.B.

India’s music diva Shreya Ghoshal enthralled Bengaluru at Phoenix Marketcity

“The Phoenix Marketcity, Bengaluru once again laid down, an exquisite celebration of joy and happiness that thrilled music, and entertainment lovers with the melodious voice of India Ms. Shreya Ghoshal. The huge and tremendous crowd gathered at Phoenix Marketcity on 17 Feb evening to enjoy, experience and to celebrate the rich festival of music throughout Alive India In Concert season 6.

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The hub of everything Phoenix Marketcity, Bengaluru keep its shopper’s, foodies and entertainment lovers always buzzing with excitement. This time the hub took the music lovers to a new level of excitement by laying a platform for the sweetest voice of Indian music and melody Ms. Shreya Ghoshal, singing for the more than six thousand audiences. 

 By now each wall of the largest shopping mall must have heard and know the greatest hits and the voices. Phoenix Marketcity, Bengaluru with Ms. Shreya Ghoshal made it possible to engraved one more voice to hearts and souls of Bangalore. The heart-warming diva herself entered the stage singing Deewani Mastani song followed by all her new and old hits like Jaadu Hai Nasha, Agar Tum Mil Jao and to the latest Ghoomar song from Padmaavat fulfilling hearts with joy, love, and ecstasy.

 5J3A3289Bangalore crowd gathered for the success of every event as they know what they want and was ready from 4 in the evening to get the glimpse of the melody queen herself. 

 As music has its own beautiful way to bring together people regardless of age or gender. The show was a huge success as one can hear as the crowd was humming their favourite with a beautiful and much satisfying smiling faces by the end of the show knowing that the joy of music has just begun for 2018 at Phoenix Marketcity, Bengaluru”

 

 

 

K R BALAJI 

SAVE KODAGU AND CAUVERY CAMPAIGN Started by Kodagu People. They Are Against Railway.

Kodagu People Started The PEOPLE’S MEGA PROTEST RALLY which is being held to highlight the dangers due to the unwanted and destructive projects of Railways and Multi-lane highways through Kodagu (Coorg).

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  • Kodagu district has an area of Just 4108 Square Kms. The landscape comprises  mainly of Forests,Coffee Plantations under shade and paddy fields.Kodagu is the principal cathment of River Cauvery and contributes over 70% of the total inflow into the KRS Dam. The Cauvery River is the life line for South India and sustains  over 8 crore people and 600 major industries across the region .
  • It is therefore obvious that protection of the landscape and environment of Kodagu is crucial for the food, water and economic security of South India.
  • During the last few years , over 60,000 trees were felled in Kodagu for the purpose of a 400 KV Mysore-Khozhikode High tension power line. The annual rainfall in Kodagu is showing a decreasing trend and open wells in several parts of Kodagu had gone dry during the peak of the monsoon season this year.

There is an urgent need for the people of South India to unite andfight for protecting our environment.Our struggle must be supported by all those who are sustained by River Cauvery , and especially by the enlightened citizens of South India.

We need to wake up to the fact that the inflow into River Cauvery has reduced over 40% over the last 50 years and with rampant deforestation, this inflow will further reduce drastically.

The main reason for this is the environmental destruction of this principal catchment of River Cauvery in the Western Ghat district of Kodagu(Coorg).

 

We want to respecctfully convey to Honorable Chief Minister that the first duty of the Karnataka  Government is to protect the interests of its own people. When the Railway projects will result in increased deaths and injuries in Kodagu due to elephant attacks and when more farmers in Karnataka will end their lives due to the vicious cycle of drought and death, the CM sshould take a firm stand and refuse the destructive projects through Kodagu for the benefit of Kerala.

 

 

 

K R BALAJI.

Little Buddy Kindergarten Launches End to End Integrated Franchisee Model

Bengaluru: Little Buddy Kindergarten, a latest entrant to the branded preschool market space in the country, has launched an ‘end to end franchisee model’. At a brand launch event, Little Buddy promoters spoke about the company’s core offerings and the differentiators.

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Highlighting the concept and approach of learning at Little Buddy Kindergarten, Ms Manjula Raman, pedagogist and mentor of Little Buddy, Kindergarten said “Children up to the age of 5 have tremendous ability to learn and adapt, provided the learning environment is explorative, non-restrictive and multidimensional. At Little Buddy Kindergarten a child’s curiosity and interest is encouraged through experiential and inquiry-based learning delivered through a specially curated curriculum and teaching model. This will help children grow up with greater potential, attain independent thinking and take responsibility of themselves.”

 Emphasizing on the uniqueness of the curriculum at Little Buddy Kindergarten, Ramya Gangadharan, Director – Learning and Development, said,“Drawn from ‘Early Years Foundation Stage UK’ and curated for the Indian outlook, our curriculum is an activity-based cognitive and constructivist learning. This helps in social development, language development, creative play, imaginative play, physical play, constructive play and mathematics. The curriculum delivery is designed to empower innateabilities in a child. Interestingly, our curriculum also extends to parents. It is on how to facilitate progress of their children and provide required parenting atmosphere at home.”

 Speaking about the training for teachers and counselling for parents, Grecia Sanguino, program coordinator, Little Buddy Kindegarten, said, “Our teachers are trained by British Council certified trainers from UK. The training is for 4 days of every month and on-site. This is to ensure that the curriculum delivery is uncompromised in quality, at all franchisees. In addition, there is also round the year training support provided by our learning and development team. The counselling sessions for parents will enhance their ability to observe the progress of the child, understand their inherent abilities, interest and behavioural development”

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 Elaborating the Little Buddy Kindergarten franchisee model, Dr Shivashankar M Rao, Director – Corporate Alliance and Finance, said, “Little Buddy’s Franchisee Model is End to End. The franchisee investment can range from Rs 8 lakh to Rs 13 lakh. It includes setting up of the franchisee and operational infrastructure, on- site teachers’ training by certified trainers from UK, round the year training and functional support, international curriculum, workshops for teachers and parents and IT support along with branding and marketing.”

 “Our Model provides fastest ROI for the franchisee. We are targeting 50 franchisee units across Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh collectively in the next one year”,added Dr Rao, reflecting the company’s target for the 2018-19 fiscal.

 

 

 

 

 

LAHARI.K.B.

TVS Motor Company launches its first 125cc scooter: TVS NTORQ 125 Loaded with Style, Performance and Technology!

·         Boasts of superior performance backed by TVS Racing pedigree

·         India’s first connected scooter with TVS SmartXonnect*

·         India’s First App-Enabled scooter

Bangalore, February 14, 2018: TVS Motor Company, a leading manufacturer of two-wheelers and three-wheelers in the world, today, unveiled its first 125cc scooter, TVS NTORQ 125 at a city hotel.  Designed for the youth, TVS NTORQ 125 has been developed based on the TVS Racing pedigree and comes with the state-of-the-art CVTi-REVV 3 Valve engine.  The scooter also marks the launch of an exclusive technology platform – TVS SmartXonnect* – making it India’s first connected scooter.

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•        TVS SmartXonnect*

•        Bluetooth Enabled Scooter

•        Cellphone connectivity

•        Navigation Assist

•        Multi modes – Street, Sport, Ride Stats

•        In-Built Lap timer

•           App enabled parking locator

•           App assistance

•           Engine kill switch

•           Engine Oil Temperature Display on Speedometer

•           Top Speed recorder

Commenting at the launch event, Mr. Aniruddha Haldar, Vice President (Marketing) Commuter Motorcycles, Scooters & Corporate Brand, TVS Motor Company, said, “TVS NTORQ 125 is  sporty, stylish, high performance and a technology loaded scooter.  This scooter has been concpetualized, designed, developed and engineered for the youth. Apart from being a fantastic ride and overall automotive offering, it is also India’s 1st Bluetooth connected scooter. TVS NTORQ 125 has all it takes in form style, performance, features and technology to deliver customer delight to the youth of India.”

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Style

Taking a cue from the design of a stealth aircraftTVS NTORQ 125 embodies a sharp, aggressive style with a signature tail and LED tail lamps.  The well-placed sharp cuts of the scooter accentuate its appeal, lending it a tapering, sporty look.  Equipped with a sporty stub muffler, an aggressive headlamp cluster and textured floor board, it has diamond cut alloy wheels which make a distinct style statement.

Performance

TVS NTORQ 125 boasts of superior performance backed by TVS Racing Pedigree.  The TVS Racing scooter team holds a winning record in the Indian Scooter Racing Championships for the past 4 years.  TVS NTORQ 125 gets the new generation CVTi-REVV 124.79cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 3-valve, air-cooled SOHC engine that churns out 6.9kW@7500 rpm / 9.4 PS @7500 rpm and 10.5 Nm@5500 rpm.   The additional valve in the engine accentuates the performance of the scooter which boasts of a top speed of 95 kmph and an excellent acceleration.  TVS NTORQ 125 also has a unique exhaust note.

Connected Technology

TVS NTORQ 125 premieres the TVS SmartXonnect*, an innovative Bluetooth-enabled technology which is paired to an exclusive NTORQ mobile App which can be downloaded from google play store.  TVS SmartXonnect* enables a host of first-in-segment additions to the fully digital speedometer, which boasts of 55 featuresincluding navigation assist, top speed recorder, in-built lap-timer, phone-battery strength display, last parked location assist, service reminder, trip meter and multi-ride statistic modes such as Street and Sport.

Comfort, Safety and Convenience

The ergonomics of TVS NTORQ 125 is developed with supreme focus on comfort and convenience of the rider.  The scooter gets wider 110x80x12 tubeless tyresalong with telescopic suspension and least turning radius to facilitate travel across all kinds of terrains.  Features such as pass by switch, dual side steering lock, parking brakes and engine kill switch are focused on creating a fulfilling ride experience.  To facilitate convenience of use, TVS NTORQ 125 comes with external fuel fill, USB charger, large under-seat storage and TVS patented EZ center stand.  The scooter is presently available in Disc variant to ensure maximum rider safety.

Equipped with unique Daytime Running Lamps (DRL), TVS NTORQ 125 is available in the colour selection of Matte Yellow, Matte Green, Matte Red and Matte White. It is loaded with 30 industry-first features. The TVS NTORQ 125 will be available at an attractive price of Rs. 61,450 (Ex-Showroom – Bangalore).

For more details visit us at www.tvsntorq.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

K R BALAJI

Budget Reactions 2018 – Real Estate Sector and Health Sector.

Mr. M R Jaishankar, Chairman & Managing Director, Brigade Enterprises

The Finance Minister has presented a very intelligent and balanced budget to help all round growth of the Indian economy, with particular reference to rural economy, education, health care, infra and other sectors, although no additional benefits are given to the real estate sector.  I only wish more emphasis was given to the tourism sector, which is a huge employment generator.

Overall, I would give a rating of 8 – 8.5 on a scale of 10.  It is very good for the country on a medium to long term basis.

Mr. Ashish R Puravankara - Managing Director Purvankara Ltd

Ashish R. Puravankara, Managing Director, Puravankara Limited

The Union Budget for 2018-2019 demonstrates an encouraging growth story for India. The pre cursor for Union 2018 for the real estate sector started with the notification of the GST council to extend the concessional rate (of GST) acquired under the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for Housing for All (Urban) Mission/PMAY effectively came into force as on 25th January 2018. This now  brings the current GST at 8% instead of 12% for under-construction homes.

A robust road map for housing for all was laid during the budget last year such as infra status to affordable housing and tax holiday for affordable housing and now the establishing of a dedicated affordable housing fund under the National Housing Bank will give it a huge fillip too.

The extension of corporate tax rate of 25% to companies with the turnover up to 250 crore from just 50 crore till last year, will have a positive impact on the health of corporate India irrespective of any sector. With the focus on development in rural India, infrastructure augmentation, healthcare accessibility, education enhancement, employment benefits and smart city expansion, our country is gearing towards a stronger, healthier and brighter economy. We will be happy to contribute to our nation’s growth story and accelerate development and inclusive growth.

Mr. C N Govindaraju - MD Vaishnavi Group

Mr. C N Govindaraju, Chairman & Managing Director, Vaishnavi Group

The Union Budget 2018 focuses on giving a major thrust  to the rural economy while also seeking to boost growth, jobs and private investment. The budget has also focused on infrastructure including roads and railways which will help in nation building.

The lowering of corporate tax for small & medium enterprises with a turnover of upto Rs. 250 crores will encourage these organizations while at the same time giving a further fillip to the “Make in India” initiative of the government.

The reintroduction of the standard deduction of Rs. 40,000/- for salaried employees and pensioners will provide some relief to these sections.

However, there was nothing of note for the real estate sector which had high expectations of being conferred with infrastructure status. There was also an expectation of a reduction or rationalization of GST rates on property sales apart from bringing stamp duty under the ambit of GST. The industry was also expecting tax sops to homebuyers like increasing the Rs. 2 lakh tax deduction limit for housing loans, and tax incentives for first-time home buyers hiked from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 2 lakh amongst others, all of which would have surely gone a long way in providing a huge boost to the real estate sector.

Mr. Adarsh Narahari - Secretary CREDAI Bengaluru

Mr. Adarsh Narahari, Secretary CREDAI Bengaluru

Smartly devised budget aiming at economic growth; importance has been given to healthcare, senior citizens, infrastructure, rural economy, education, health care, agriculture. Unfortunately no direct tangible benefits to real estate sector have been given. However the tax rate of 25% for companies up to 250cr turnover, dedicated fund for affordable housing and impetus on development of new airports will boost the real estate sector. The proposal for a suburban railway network at Bangalore will have a positive impact on area this network connects

One commendable about this budget is the government’s restraints in doling out goodies at the cost of fiscal discipline especially considering elections around the corner.

Mr. Farook Mahmood - FIABCI World President and Chairman & Managing Director, Silverline Realty

Mr. Farook Mahmood, FIABCI World President and Chairman & Managing Director Silverline Realty

Double taxation of 5% is a positive move and helpful to the industry. It is a good step forward by the government to understand the mood of the industry.

A lot of definite and positive steps have been taken towards infrastructure, housing for all, smart cities and urban housing. Even though the wish list of the Real Estate industry was not fulfilled, it is still a very positive and appeasing budget. 

Dr. Bani Anand, Founder & Managing Director Hairline International Hair & Skin Clinic

Health Sector

Dr. Bani Anand, Founder & Managing Director, Hairline International, Hair & Skin Clinic

It is good to see that MSME (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) corporate tax being reduced to 25 percent for turnover of up to Rs 250 crore and covers 99% of companies filling returns.  This makes the scenario competitive for larger corporates considering the tax burden has been reduced. Additionally with the Mudra Yojana target increased to Rs 3 crore, this is a positive step for MSMEs and will go a good way in job creation. It works really well towards the support and growth of the sector. What I would have liked to see more of, are stronger initiatives and support schemes for women entrepreneurs. However, the allocation of Rs 1200 crore for specialized Health & Wellness centers is a clear for the industry.

 

 

 

 

 

LAHARI.K.B.

 

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films defines perfection with master storytellers of the cinematic world

Sumeet Vyas, Aman Dahiya, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Padmapriya, Somnath Pal, Ankoosh Bhatt and Puja Gupta join the panel in a pursuit for cinematic excellence

 Bengaluru, 3rd February 2018: Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films hosted an engaging panel discussion in a quest to find perfection in short films. The event witnessed cinematic maestros like Sumeet Vyas, Aman Dahiya, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Padmapriya, Somnath Pal, Ankoosh Bhatt and Puja Gupta who came together to narrate their stories of perfection.

 Four perfect shorts including ‘Camouflage’ by Aman Dahiya starring Purab Kohli and Sumeet Vyas; ‘Sparsh’ by Ankoosh Bhatt starring Puja Gupta ; ‘Death of a father’ by Somnath Pal and ‘Maya’ by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury starring Padmapriya were screened at the event as these story tellers shared their motivation behind creating these perfect films.

 Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has ushered in a revolution in the field of filmmaking, becoming the torch bearer of short films in India. Through a slew of powerful short films, the platform has successfully redefined movie-watching for cinephiles and has thrown up a reality check for viewers and filmmakers alike. Not only has it gained immense popularity but has become one of the most credible and celebrated stages for short films in India.

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films

 The immensely talented film makers and actors came together and deliberated about their experience with Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films. While they laid emphasis on the freedom the platform gives them to be able to showcase their innovation and creativity in the best possible way, the films showcased were sharp, original and thought-provoking, with the potential to bring about change.

 Commenting on the platform, Raja Banerji, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, Pernod Ricard India, said “The growth of the short film industry in India has been phenomenal and we are proud to be at the helm of this evolution. We are extremely delighted to associate with these incredible story tellers from the world of cinema who have not only created original short films for the platform, but have also elevated the platform’s quest for perfection. In line with the brand’s philosophy of ‘make it perfect’, we will continue to encourage and motivate talented film makers to freely showcase their original creativity through our platform.”

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 Themed on the philosophy of “Make it Perfect”, The Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is a platform for aspiring directors to feature along with mainstream Bollywood directors while still chasing their creative energy to create a niche for themselves in the industry. The platform gives a credible stage to the storytellers to showcase their artistic creativity and reach out to their target audience through the digital world.

 The four short films screened by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films are perfectly unique and incredible works of art.

More about the films:

  • ‘Camouflage’, by Aman Dahiya starring Purab Kohli and Sumeet Vyas is an ode to the heroes who face death every day for us to live in peace. The film showcases a conversation revolving around the moralities of war, presented through the contrasting perspectives of two elite commandos who spend more time on the battlefield than they do at home. The short film aims to show that war is a never-ending process and how true patriots can have an open debate about war, without it turning into a matter of national pride.
  • ‘Sparsh’ by Ankoosh Bhatt is the story of four strangers and a series of events which brings them together. It showcases lives of four individuals who are like the same cogs of a wheel of vicious cycle of hatredness and prejudice. The short features how each one of us lives and dies with our own prejudices.
  •  ‘Death of a father’, an animated short by Chaitanya Tamhane is a story that gives an insight into the life of a young boy who tries to take charge of the situation post his father’s demise. Amidst the circumstances, he finds himself incapable of taking charge and is swept along with the tide of expectations which makes him blindly follow whatever he is asked to do. He still tries to look for opportunities to cope with the loss of his father and eventually death too ends up being just another mundane routine.
  •  ‘Maya’, by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury starring Padmapriya is a unique love story where the boy is in love while the girl is ignorant of his feelings. As the story progresses, the boy approaches her and has conversations on the phone without revealing his identity. Unaware of the fact that he is the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAHARI.K.B.

Bajaj Auto unveils the all-new 2018 Avengers

  • India’s No. 1 cruiser brand, unveils its leading models Cruise 220 and Street 220 in an all-new 2018 look
  • Both models get new all new LED DRL headlamps, visors, digital consoles and graphics.

Bengaluru, 16th Jan’18:   Bajaj Auto has launched the all-new 2018 Avenger range in Cruise 220 and Street 220 variants. The all-new 2018 Avenger series re-defines the cruiser bike segment to offer contemporary styling whist retaining the Avengers classical silhouette.

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The Avenger 220 Cruise comes with a new classic design headlamp with integrated LED DRL’s flanking the sides. The windshield also gets new contemporary styling. The new console incorporates a blue coloured backlit full function digital display.

The sporty and youthful Avenger Street 220 boasts of an all new roadster design headlamp with LED DRLs incorporated in the bottom section, a bikini fairing and roadster style rear grab. Matching the vibrant look of this bike is an amber coloured backlit full function digital display.

Both the 220 cc bikes come with a completely revised tail fender and an all new halo-effect tail lamp. The rear suspension has been significantly improved with 12 % additional travel whilst retaining the tight wheel and fender packaging of the cruiser style.  The styling and feature changes coupled with new body colours, graphics and a larger Avenger badge come together to impart the new 2018 Avenger 220’s a distinctive premium international look.

Moon White

Avenger Cruise 220 will be available 2 classic colors, Auburn Black and Moon White. Avenger Street 220, on the other hand, will come in contemporary and stylish Matte Black and Matte White colors.

Avenger 220 has been known for its outstanding performance and comfort. These winning technical specifications have been retained. The Avengers come with Bajaj’s trusted 220 cc DTS-i engine to deliver great performance statistics – 19 PS power and excellent low to mid-range grunt with torque of 17.5 Nm.  Both bikes come with an oil cooler to ensure un-interrupted all day riding irrespective of external conditions.

Commenting on the launch Mr. Eric Vas, President – Motorcycles Business, Bajaj Auto Ltd, said “Avenger created and leads the Cruiser bike segment in India. The 2018 Avengers break new ground in the evolution of this style. With its distinctive appearance and rich ride performance, the Avenger 220 shall continue to be the gold standard for Cruiser bikes in its class well into the future.”

Avenger has become a lifestyle statement and choice of the discerning rider, whether for his daily commute or the weekend sojourn. The brand connects deeply with its riders through its ‘Feel Like God’ promise. Bajaj Auto recognises the passion customers have for their Avengers and has encouraged it by organising over 500 breakfast rides and 30 marque FLG tours which has engaged more than 6000 Avenger riders in the last two years.

 

 

 

 

LAHARI.K.B.

Realty Round up for the year 2017 and Outlook 2018

Mr. Adarsh Narahari, Secretary CREDAI Bengaluru

The real estate industry over the year 2017 has seen several ups and downs. Some of the positive highlights of the year are:

RERA, which is a landmark act making the industry more transparent and consumer, focused which will improve the standards of the industry. The act aims to make the industry a more organized sector from a relatively unorganized sector.

GST as a uniform tax code across the country helps in sourcing more organized vendors and suppliers who can ensure better product delivery and higher level of compliance

Additionally, there have been huge office space absorptions of about 30 mn sq ft across the country over the year which leads to more employment creation along with their various benefits

Large investments made in real estate with a long term view by large foreign equity funds such as CPPIB ,GIC ,Black Stone etc which is an assurance of the india growth story

The downs for the industry were:

Demonetization – The demonetization of old currency had a perceived notion of real estate prices dropping due to which most customers held back on purchases.

Policy paralysis – Certain states had several changes in policies relating to the process of plan sanction and the timelines associated therein, which made it difficult to get approvals for launching new projects

For 2018 we are expecting recovery for the industry with all the pent up demand coming into play. We are expecting the prices to go up as there have been very few launches in the previous year and a fair amount of ready to move projects

Personally, I expect more corporate players to enter the real estate industry and expect the fly by night players to leave the industry. I also expect more equity investments to enter various real estate verticals such as residential, commercial, retail etc.

Furthermore, I expect the new verticals in the industry such as senior living, student housing and co living spaces to become more mainstream.

Mr. Viswa Prathap Desu, Sr Vice President Sales & Marketing 2017

The year 2017 has been an eventful year for the real estate industry. It saw the advent of GST in lieu of VAT and ST thus creating a temporary ruffle in the business but promising to result in a lower cost for the consumer. We then had the RERA Act being implemented across most of the states. The RERA has been brought in to ensure greater transparency for the end consumer. RERA also created a temporary respite in sales as developers were recouping and customers were waiting for things to settle down. So, as the “dust settles down”, We see the customers coming back in droves.

Brigade Group, as always, took up the leadership position by extending special prices to new customers coming on board post GST and running a special campaign to provide the confidence to customers who were hesitant in investing into a new home. The trust of a big brand like Brigade which stands for “Building Positive Experiences” definitely gives the customer the much needed comfort.

The Year 2018 will be a year with a positive outlook. We expect the real estate prices to start showing a slow but steady increase in the rates. Prices in 2017 have been stable, but now with increased costs(due to implications of RERA etc) and in general increase in the offtake would reflect in prices going up. Quite a few developers including Brigade Group are planning to launch new projects. The current trend of customers to invest in ready to move in or nearing ready possession apartments is ensuring the inventory coming down. This will ensure we get new inventory in the market which will be regulated by the RERA and hence instill confidence in the customer.

In 2018, we also expect the Pradhan Mantri Avas Yojna Credit subsidy scheme to get publicised more by the Financial Institutions and developers. This will help the first time buyer to aspire for a bigger home and with a lesser burden.

To sum up, we hope to have a much brighter 2018 with lot of action and revival of the real estate industry.

Mr. C N Govindaraju, Chairman & Managing Director, Vaishnavi Group

The Real Estate industry witnessed substantial turmoil in 2017. Multiple factors such as demonetization and implementation of RERA & GST impacted the sales of residential real estate. This in turn resulted in an overall increase in the quantum of unsold inventory. 2017 also saw fewer launches and a slew of offers from developers to incentivize prospective homebuyers and thus clear available inventory. There was also a marginal fall in prices in some micro markets.

The positives that clearly emerge from 2017 are:

RERA, being a very customer centric Act protects the interest of the customer while also ensuring developer accountability

The Act ensures that only the credible, committed and long-term players are here to stay. This again works favorably for the customers.

New launches have recommenced from the last quarter of 2017 (calendar year)

In terms of trends and milestones for Vaishnavi Group, there is a renewed focus on strategically located land parcels. Most of the buyers are first-time home buyers and the volume of second-time buyers and investors have come down drastically.

We are intensely focused on developing residential projects that are strategically located and well connected. We are emphasizing on offering the customer right-sized and optimally designed homes with better efficiencies. We will be substantially adopting the latest precast technology which will ensure faster delivery and better quality. Our residential projects will offer thoughtful amenities and superior specifications while being right-priced and therefore offering an irresistible value proposition to our customers.

The following area has been sold and developed by us:

Residential: 600 apartments

Commercial: Approx. 0.4 million sq.ft

The Bangalore real estate market has demonstrated very good resilience. The absorption of commercial real estate continues to be encouraging. The steady demand for commercial real estate will in turn act as a feeder for residential real estate.

Residential project launches will pick up, albeit at a slow pace. There will be more focus on the sales of available inventory. A clearer understanding of RERA and GST by the customer will give them the added comfort level and help in quicker decision making which in turn will augur well for the residential real estate sector in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

LAHARI.K.B