Plaza Premium Lounge Opens Its “First Transit Hotel” in Bengaluru, India

Bangalore, September 29th, 2014: Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited, the pioneer and industry leader in providing Premium Airport Services, introduces its “First Transit Hotel” in Bengaluru – the Day Hotel by Plaza Premium Lounge in Domestic Departures at Kempegowda International Airport.

Unlike other hotels, the Day Hotel by Plaza Premium Lounge is a short stay hotel located within an airport terminal with a flexible hourly rate payment offering. It allows travellers to rest during long transits or extended waits between flights.

The new hotel will join the two recently opened Plaza Premium Lounges in Bengaluru to further enhance the world class service at Kempegowda International Airport, providing comfort, convenience and value to all travellers. With easy access from the Domestic Departures check-in area, the Day Hotel is set to impress travellers with its cosy rooms, modern décor and excellent services.

Equipped with 20 rooms with different configurations, including single rooms, studios, twin rooms and family suites, the Day Hotel has been designed to cater to the needs of all travellers, whether they are seeking arelaxing sleep, refreshing shower, soothing massage, or simply want to catch up on work in a private space away from the hustle and bustle of the airport. All the rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi connection, desks, a comfortable bed, storage space, international newspapers and magazines, TV channels and hot shower with amenities. In addition, premium organic massage services as well as a range of Indian and international dining options are available.

Designed by Australian Architect Mitchel Squires from MSA, the Day Hotel features a natural yet stylish ambience with combinations of soft and warm lighting, lush greenery and earthy timber. It provides a comfortable hotel experience in the midst of a bustling airport.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Bangalore International Airport Limited to develop the facilities at Kempegowda International Airport, and we commend our partner for their vision for growth of the airport in Bengaluru. As the pioneer and industry leader, we are committed to providing Premium Airport Services by way of innovation, and we are confident that our new facility will add to the landscape and make the travel experience better for passengers flying to and from Bengaluru.” said Mr Song Hoi-see, Founder and CEO of Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited. ”

 “Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru is a reflection of the city and has a distinct passenger profile emerging from its reputation of being a business destination and start up capital. Availability of a Day Hotel is of very high significance to this audience as they transit frequently for shorter durations. We are glad to have made this service a reality within the terminal building together with our partner- Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited. This new service addition ranks high in establishing Bengaluru as a Gateway to South India” said Mr. G V Sanjay Reddy, MD, Bangalore International Airport Limited.

The new Day Hotel brings Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited’s India offering to 13 facilities.


A Flair of colors for the Heart; From the Heart

Bangalore, 28 Sept 2014: When its art, Bangaloreans have a heart. Nearly five thousand people from three years old to eighty years old from all walks of life came together for Fortis Colorothon Season 2, A Concept of Breathe Entertainment a painting extravaganza held at the Whitefield Park behind Whitefield Club, near Forum Value Mall to mark World Heart Day.

The large gathering of amateurs and painting enthusiasts were also joined by thirty renowned artists for the social cause. Three hundred best paintings at the event judged by well known artist Mr.Shashidhar of Palette Art School Jayanagar, will be auctioned to raise funds for Omashram Trust, an old age home, said Mr.Kishore Joseph, the organizer.

Inaugurating the event, Mr.Karthik Rajagopal, Regional Director-South, Fortis Hospitals said “it was a creative outreach to provide people, irrespective of age and ability, a common platform of expression”.

Ms.Usha Mohan, Director, The Bangalore School said  that “Colorothon was the right platform for kids and adults to express their feelings”.

Mr.Kishore Joseph, Director, Breathe Entertainment, and the brain behind the concept, said “the people of Bangalore had responded with full enthusiasm for the second edition of Colorothon just like they had done for the first edition of the event. Choosing World Heart Day for the event is our way of attempting to bring people together” he added.

Ms.Bani Anand, Founder and Managing Director, Hairline International, said “Colorothon aimed to make a better world, and what better way to express it than drawing, painting and colors”.

We hope that people will develop their awareness for Heart Day through the medium of COLOROTHON Season 2. We also seeks to appeal to as many people as possible about the importance of environmental conservation by showcasing the winning entries at exhibitions and printing them onto postcards and calendars for distribution.

One of the child who participated in the event said “I love painting. Colorothon Season 2 has given me chance to express my emotions on our environment”. His colorful and lively painting that depicted a family engaged in gardening came in for much praise.

While the theme for the juniors was World Heart Day and Eco Friendly concepts, the seniors had to choose from Heart Attack Awareness and “Attack the Attack” concept from of Fortis Hospital. Paintings based on scenes on the Environment depicted on growing more trees and encouraging health through exercise and planting new trees.

“Such events do wonders for developing talent among children, all Thanks to Colorothon Season 2” said a parent., who brought his daughter all the way from Jayanagar for the event.

Both parents and children felt that the venue, facing the Bangalore School, provided the right ambiance for the event.

“The focus was on creativity and the right mix of colors. This one looked like a canvas and touched me. It is nice to motivate kids by hosting such events,” said Mr Kishore .

The title sponsor of the painting competition was Fortis Hospital

Several top companies came together to support the event such as Fortis Health Care,  The Bangalore School, Aviva Life Insurance, VAHE Global Academy, Times Foundation , Kotak Mahindra Bank, Hairline International , Surabee  Essar Machinery & Co,  Prachar PR, Coco Cola,, Fever Radio & Joseph Welfare Trust.

The Best 15 Paintings of Fortis Colorothon Season -2  

Best 3 Paintings from 3- 9 years category


Arnay Choudhary

Dhrusti S. Shetty

Best 3 Paintings from 10 -12 years category

Sneha Rose

Trisha Pradeep


Best 3 Paintings from 13 -20 years category

Sadaq Khan

Angelina S

Bhavani NS

Best 3 Paintings from 21-30 years category

Jayasree P Kaimal.

Ankur Batra

 Akshay Kamble

Best 3 Paintings from 30 years & above category

Nitin Singh

Sachin Pathak

Ashish Mohanty

The need for quality healthcare at home sees an upward scale in India

Bangalore, 26th September 2014:  India is seeing a significant increase in the life expectancy combined with changes in patterns of diseases affecting the population. This will lead to an increase in the number of people affected by chronic conditions which does not require hospitalization and quality healthcare at home will eventually become mandatory. India Home Healthcare, one of the leading home healthcare providers in India organized a panel discussion on the “EMERGING AND INCREASING NEED FOR QUALITY HOME HEALTHCARE IN INDIA”.

India has the second largest geriatric population in the world. According to a United Nations Population report, population with the age limit of 60 and above in India will increase to 300 million by 2050; this means one in every five Indian will be above the age of 60. Of the 300 million over-60s, 200 million are likely to be suffering from chronic ailments. Already, non-communicable diseases including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer cause around 50% of all deaths in India.

Highlighting the transformation that is required in the healthcare sector, the panel discussed ways and means to improvise the patterns of healthcare services offered at the comfort of a patients’ home. Mr. J Mark Baiada, Founder of BAYADA Home healthcare, U.S brought in his 39 years of expertise in the home healthcare field to the panel.

Eminent doctors from the city including Dr. Dominic Benjamin, Geriatrician – Baptist Hospital; Dr. Mathew Varghese, Psychiatrist – NIMHAMS, Dr. Santanu Chattopadhyay, CEO – Nationwide Hospitals, Dr. Ajay Shetty, Urologist, Sakra World Hospital and Mary Jose, Director of Nursing – Apollo Hospitals.

Speaking at the panel discussion, Mr. J. Mark Baiada, FounderBayada Home Healthcare quoted, “The need for home healthcare is growing at a steady pace owing to various factors like time, money, comfort and the like. Over the years we have observed patients recover remarkably faster after availing healthcare at home. What one needs to understand is that home healthcare and hospital care go hand in hand. Organized home healthcare industry will go a long way in shaping the sector in India in the coming years. Home health care in India is estimated to be worth 12,600 crores market while the global home healthcare market is expected to cross 19 lakhs crores by 2018”.

Dr Santanu Chattopadhyay, Founder & CEO – NationWide, said, “NationWide’s objective has been always to be a holistic healthcare provider. Our partnership with India Home Health Care brings together complementary synergies – NationWide’s high-quality medical expertise and IHHC’s comprehensive home nursing services. We feel that customers will benefit greatly from the combined, doctor-led multidisciplinary home health care services we can provide them.”

Dr. Mathew Varghese, Psychiatrist – NIMHAMS quoted, “Critical illness or an accident can have a huge impact on someone’s life, both physically and emotionally. Most people find it difficult to recover emotionally even though they have recovered physically. Attention to detail and exclusive care in such cases can only be provided by a good care-taker at home. Home healthcare undoubtedly becomes a blessing in disguises to both the patient and the family”.

“As the population of the elderly is on the rise along with several chronic diseases affecting them in various patterns, quality healthcare at home is the need of the hour. Maintaining proper health post 45 years of age becomes a vital way forward to ensure long and healthy life. Quality health care at home tends to the small yet crucial needs of the elderly”, added Dr. Dominic Benjamin, Geriatrician – Baptist Hospital

Also present were the medical fraternity – general physicians, physiotherapists and nurses, who took back the message with them.  The discussion gave opportunity to the audience to interact with Mark Baiada and understand that quality care at home is essential for a speedy recovery. 

India Home Healthcare recently tied up with Bangalore based NationWide Primary Healthcare Services Pvt Ltdrecently for specialized home healthcare services. Through this tie up Indian Home Health Care (IHHC) will increase coverage to patients more efficiently and effectively across Bangalore.

UBM India inaugurates PharmaLytica India 2014 Its first show in Bangalore

September 26th, 2014,Bengaluru: UBM India, host of CPhI / P-MEC India, the world’s leading pharma trade show and conference launched the maiden edition of its second pharma show in India, PharmaLytica 2014. The event is held at BIEC, Bengaluru from 25-27 September 2014.

The show was inaugurated by the following dignitaries who were present at the event. Sri Raghurama Bhandari, The Drugs Controller for the State of Karnataka, Mr. Jatish Seth, President KDPMA, Sri  M.Maheshwar Rao IAS, Commissioner for Industrial Development  & Director of Industries and Commerce, Govt. Of Karnataka and Mr Milind Dixit, Sr. Group Director – UBM India Pvt. Ltd.

The second day saw the Pharma leaders conclave, wherein a lot of discussions were held in the following subjects by industry leaders – Generics – Development Challenges, Scale up from Lab to Pilot for Bio Batches, Technology Transfer to manufacturing Requirements/packing requirements for Analytical – Quality/Control Assucrance – CAPA Deviation Mgt, APR, Regulatory audits, Quality issues through case studies. Industry stalwarts like Sri Raghurama Bhandari, The Drugs Controller for the State of Karnataka, Dr Rudra Raju Varma, MD, AIZANT, Dr Satya Srinivasan, VP Forumation Development, Mylan, Dr Pramod Dalvi, President, WATSON Pharmaceuticals, Dr Prashanth, Senior VP,Quality Assurance, Kempwell Pharma, Dr G Gurudatta, Director, Estima Pharma solutions and Dr Alan Whiston, QA Resolutions Ltd took part in the panel discussion and the conclave saw a good turn out.

PharmaLytica 2014, along with the exhibition and conference, saw a congregation of R&D heads and decision makers from pharmaceuticals, contract research, clinical trials, and biotechnology. Serving as an industry platform, the event connected the pharmaceutical expertise from India and international markets with the Pharmaceutical manufacturers, outsourcing solution providers, including clinical trials, contract research, custom manufacturing, biotech, IT and analytical services from across India and select global markets.

The event saw participation of over over 100 exhibitors including industry leaders like Aditya Birla Group of Science & Technology, Thermax, Newtronic Lifecare Equipment, Borosil Glass Works, Thermolab Scientific Equipments, Millipore India Pvt, KNF Pumps + Systems (India), Peak Scientific Instrument (India), Clearsynth Labs Ltd, Integrated Cleanroom Technologies and Eureka Forbes Ltd amongst others.

The event is exclusively supported by Karnataka Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers’ Association (KDPMA). KDPMA engages the government agencies on various draft guidelines and represents the Pharma industry amidst various government committees. PharmaLytica has also received support from India Pharmaceutical Association (IPA), Confederation of Indian Pharmaceutical Industry (CiPi) and Association of Contract Research Organization (ACRO).

Commenting on the launch announcement, Mr. Joji George, Managing Director, UBM India said “PharmaLytica 2014 will form a backdrop for all the key players in the Indian pharmaceutical sector congregate to connect, share and ideate. Against the Indian landscape for the Pharma industry, with Karnataka leading the Biotechnology revolution and attracting large investments in the sector, UBM India has opted for the state capital to host PharmaLytica 2014. The choice of city as a venue for the event has been further validated by the fact that the state has over 180 biotech companies in India, amongst which, over 130 companies are based in Bengaluru.”

Commenting on the event, Jatish Sheth, President, KDPMA said, “UBM India and KDPMA jhave worke dosely to bring in participation of industry players at the inaugural event of PharmaLytica 2014. Through this industry event, we look forward to showcase Karnataka and South Region of India as a upcoming Pharma hub with great potential to build business opportunities within India as well as globally, thus making Karnataka, the preferred destination for the Pharma sector.”

To know more about the event and register for a free entry to the event, visit

IT biggies recognize India’s champions at UNICOM’s Technology Olympiad

Bangalore, September 26th, 2014: Over 500 companies from across India participated in the Tech-Olympiad organised by UNICOM Learning, a knowledge sharing forum in partnership with IBM in Bangalore. Companies like CISCO, SIEMENS, HP, KPMG, DELL, TITAN, GE HEALTH CAREand many more participated in the Olympiad and the selected teams represented their companies in the finals held on 25th of Septemberat ‘The Atria’, Palace Road, Bangalore.

Mr.Sachin Malik and Nishant Pundir from Dronacharya College of Engineering, New Delhiemerged as the winner at the Students Technology Olympiad and grabbed the gold medal and also Mr. Harsh Kumar and Arun B from GE Healthcare Bangalore were announced as winners of the Technology Olympiad for Professionals.

Discussing the importance of such contests Mr. Nitesh Naveen, Co-Founder, Director & CEOof Unicom said, “Such events encourage and develop interest in emerging technologies among young professionals and provide excellent networking opportunitiesand encourage studentsfor further education in the field of engineeringand prepares them for future in science and technology.”

“With Unicom’s constant support, we aim to bring technology awareness to as many people as we can. Platforms like these are big opportunities for youngsters to get a recognition and stand out among the crowd” said Sugandha Shri Kanteshwaram, Program Director, Mobility & Emerging Technologies IBM. She also congratulated the winners on receiving the most prestigious and deserving award!!

The Students Technology Olympiad is an initiative taken by UNICOM with support from IBM in order to find India’s most knowledgeable student in the field of emerging technologies. 1000 colleges participated in the students Olympiad which aims to provide a global recognition to students and was supported by various technological institutes. The first round of the Olympiad was online Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) based quiz followed by the finals. Each participating team had two members taking part in the tech- quiz. Some of the topics covered in the Technology Olympiads were Social, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud, Big Data, Programming, Testing and IoT.

Technology Olympiad for Professionals was another big contest that UNICOM organised backed by IBM to find India’s most knowledgeable professional in the field of Emerging Technologies. The winners were selected after three rounds of stringent selection process by the juryconstituting of industry experts. The final day of the conference had multiple MNCs participating from all over India. Both the semi-finals and finals, were complete pen and paper based MCQ rounds

Industry congregates at Pharmalytica 2014

UBM India’s (host of CPHi/P-MEC) second pharma show in India

25th Sept. 2014, Bengaluru: UBM India today announced the opening of PharmaLytica 2014 (25th-27th Sept), at BIEC, Bengaluru. Supported by the Karnataka Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers’ Association (KDPMA), the show features over 100 exhibitors representing 30 countries, and is expected to be attended by 6000 visitors during the three days event.

The event comes at a time when the Karnataka government has made it a mandate to try and boost the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors for the state and ensuring its focus on this sector for attracting investments during the Global Investors Meet (GIM) to be held in January 2015.

Welcoming the esteemed guests, exhibitors, participants and visitors, Mr. Joji George, MD, UBM India said, “It’s a great moment for us to host PharmaLytica’s maiden show at Bengaluru. The event ushers in a great future for the state, of Karnataka, especially for its Pharmaceutical Industry. The state has proved its metal to the world in the IT sector and courtesy some path breaking work from the Pharma companies based here, Karnataka shall soon feature in the international map as the hub for Pharma sector as well. Our esteemed Prime Minister’s recent visit to the city signifies the growing importance of the state in national platform.”

Commenting about the state’s Pharma sector and the significant of the show, Mr. Jatish Sheth, President, KDPMA said, “UBM India and KDPMA are working closely to bring in participation of industry players at the inaugural event of PharmaLytica 2014. Through this industry event, we look forward to showcase Karnataka and South Region of India as a upcoming Pharma hub with great potential to build business opportunities within India as well as globally, thus making Karnataka, the preferred destination for the Pharma sector.”

On the sideline of the exhibition and conference, the event will be a congregation of R&D heads and decision makers from pharmaceuticals, contract research, clinical trials, and biotechnology actively engaging with participants and exhibitors alike. Serving as an industry platform, the event connects the pharmaceutical expertise from India and international markets with the Pharmaceutical manufacturers, outsourcing solution providers, including clinical trials, contract research, custom manufacturing, biotech, IT and analytical services from across India and select global markets.

Key participants at the event such as Aditya Birla Group of Science & Technology, Thermax, Newtronic Lifecare Equipment, Borosil Glass Works, Thermolab Scientific Equipments, Millipore India Pvt, KNF Pumps + Systems (India), Peak Scientific Instrument (India), Clearsynth Labs Ltd, Integrated Cleanroom Technologies and Eureka Forbes Ltd amongst others have made their presence felt by setting up their visitor engagement centers.

Hilton HHonors And AirAsia BIG Announce Strategic Alliance To Offer Travellers More Ways To Earn Rewards

BANGALORE, 23rd Sep 2014 Hilton HHonorsTM, the loyalty programme for Hilton Worldwide’s 11 distinct hotel brands, today announced entering into a partnership with “AirAsia BIG”, one of Asia’s leading loyalty programmes. The partnership allows members of both AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme and Hilton HHonors to earn BIG Points and HHonors Points when they stay at any of the more than 4,200 hotels and timeshare properties within the Hilton Portfolio around the globe.

“The low-cost carrier sector, particularly in Asia, is experiencing strong growth with massive demand[1] driven by fast-growing economies and rising intra-regional travel”, said Mark Weinstein, vice president, Commercial Services Strategy, Loyalty Programs & Partnerships, Hilton Worldwide. “We continue to build upon our pioneering spirit in being the first global hospitality company to form a strategic alliance with a key regional carrier’s loyalty programme which rewards our Hilton HHonors members with twice the number of BIG Points. We are pleased to be working with a partner that has the experience and standing of AirAsia to offer members more options to earn HHonors Points and BIG Points that can be used to create memorable travel experiences”.

With this partnership, members of both programmes can earn 10 HHonors Base Points plus two BIG Points for every U.S. dollar spent during their stay at any hotel in the Hilton Portfolio.  Members staying at Hampton by Hilton are eligible to earn up to 200 BIG Points.

“Today, we at AirAsia BIG have more than one reason to celebrate.  AirAsia BIG has landed in India, serving Indian travellers an alternative way to fly for free. At the same time, we have partnered with a leading global hospitality company – Hilton Worldwide.  AirAsia BIG members or BIG shots can earn BIG Points from stays at the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio of hotels, also AirAsia flight purchases, AirAsia flight ancillaries’ purchases and more. BIG shots can then use BIG Points to redeem free AirAsia flights to over 100 destinations,” said Loh Wai Meng, chief operating officer, AirAsia BIG.  “In conjunction with the arrival of BIG in India, AirAsia BIG is offering a flight promotion from Bengaluru to Chennai, Jaipur, Chandigarh and more from as low as 500 BIG Points, redemption period from now till 5 October for travel period of 13 October 2014 to 31 March 2015.” 

Hilton HHonors is the only hotel loyalty programme that offers Points & Miles for the same stay with no blackout dates or capacity controls at more than 4,200 hotels and timeshare properties worldwide. 

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