“DIFFERENT STROKES” painting Exhibition

Bangalore 27th Oct 2015 :  Group painting exhibition named as ‘Different Strokes to be held  in the city.  The brilliant paintings  featuring works by renowned artists Deepak Mukherjee, Amitava Sengupta, Anita Mukherjee, Alok Sengupta at Chitrakala Parishath, Art Complex, Kumara krupa Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001 from 2nd to 8thNovember 2015 Time- 10:30 am to 7:30 pm.


Kiccha Sudeep Returns With Bigg Boss Kannada Season 3

Bangalore, 21st October 2015: Karnataka’s much loved show – Bigg Boss, returns for its third season on COLORS Kannada. Starting October 25th, 2015 with its grand premiere at 6pm – this show promises wholesome family entertainment with interesting tasks and an emotional connect.  The show will yet again be hosted by Super Star Kiccha Sudeep who will exude both charm and his trademark hosting skills, making the contestants at home in the intriguing Bigg Boss House. Produced by Endemol Shine India Pvt. Ltd, this season will witness 15 celebrities from different walks of life, living as one family for 100 days, surrounded by 55 cameras that will capture their every move.  

Talking about the reason of bringing the show back to the channel, Ravish Kumar, EVP Viacom18 and Project Head – COLORS Kannada, COLORS Bangla and COLORS Odiya said, Bigg Boss is a show that is the perfect combination of drama and reality making the show a hot topic for dinner table and water-cooler conversations. The 9pmprimetime slot allows us to cater to the entertainment needs of the entire family and coupled with the charisma that Sudeep brings to Bigg Boss, the show is sure to strike a chord with viewers.”

Speaking about the theme for this season, Parameshwara Gundkal, Business Head of COLORS Kannada says, “You are going to see an undivided Kannada family at the Bigg Boss house this season. Father, Mother, son, daughter, daughter-in-law, cook, and comedian – the house will have every character imaginable. How they survive the 100 days living together under one roof is the essence of the show. This season however, there is no room for drama – this will not be a controversial Bigg Boss, but an emotional one.”

The much loved super star, Kiccha Sudeep, will continue to host the show and talking about his return to the show, he said, “Sometimes, the housemates will feel a little low and at times they will be happy. I will be talking to them every weekend. I like hosting this show because it gives me an opportunity to maintain a balance in the house by pacifying those who are sad and reining in the hyperactive. I assure you that this time too, the show will be highly entertaining.”

In Season 3, the Bigg Boss house has transformed into a regular Kannada house, but of course, with the characteristic twists and turns that are involved with the show. What’s more, the show will not be held in Lonavala near Pune as in previous years, but in Bidadi near Bangalore where a palatial 14,000 sq. ft. house is decked and ready to host its housemates. In fact, this is the biggest Bigg Boss house ever seen on Indian television.

Elaborating on the same, Abhishek Rege, Chief Operating Officer – Television, Endemol Shine India, said, “This year too Bigg Boss Kannada will live up to its promise of providing unlimited and un-paralleled entertainment. With our new theme ‘No Room for Drama’ this season, there is no space for controversies and fights but instead the unpredictability and the twists & turns of the show will help churn out a mixed bag of reactions from contestants.”

As the tagline “No room for drama” suggests, a lot of groundwork has gone into the selection of the housemates to steer clear of controversies. The housemates have been selected carefully from among achievers in various age groups and backgrounds. The challenge this time is to play the game with a clear conscience and win the coveted prize of 50 lakhs.

As an added element for our viewers this season, select audience members will get an opportunity to witness the eviction episode ‘Vaarada Kathe Kicchana Jote’ live.

The show opens with an explosive event at 6 pm on October 25, 2015, following which it will air every night at 9 PM only on COLORS Kannada.


Havells redefines domestic switchgear business; to focus on solutions based approach for new age & smart consumers

Bengaluru, October 19th, 2015: Havells India Limited, a $1.4 billion leading Fast Moving Electrical Goods (FMEG) Company with a strong global footprint, today shared its new approach to domestic switchgear business in the state. The company for the first time is looking at offering solutions in-line with consumers demand for latest technology matching modern day décor. The new range of products will provide enhanced safety, security and appeal, keeping in mind the growing base of young consumers. The company already is a market leader in domestic switchgear business in the country with over 28% market share.

The company launched its innovative range of switchgear products comprising of Automatic Changeover with Current Limiter (ACCL), Euro II series MCBs & RCCBs and premium & super premium range of distribution boards. These latest & safest yet aesthetically appealing switchgears would safeguard residences from any electrical issues. Havells has different solutions for commercial and industrial applications.

Havells ACCL is a fully automatic high precision microcontroller based ‘Source Changeover’ device that offers easy and ‘controllable’ changeover between main power supply and generator supply, and helps in overcoming the problem of increased downtime and disruption in key activities. Havells is also the first organized sector company in India to manufacture ACCL.

Over the years consumers’ expectations have changed but switchgear sector continued to use technology developed in 70s & 80s. Euro II series of Switchgear is completely designed, developed and manufactured in-house surpassing all the expectations of modern day consumers. The consumers typically use multiple appliances these days that often overload the wiring system. Euro II series not only provides protection against overload, short circuit and electric shock (earth leakage) but it has also been designed as one of the most user friendly Circuit Breakers available in the country in line with global specifications. The entire range of Euro II switchgears would be provided to consumers at no extra cost.

Distribution boards are fast becoming part of the living room. Until now, most people used to hide distribution boards as they did not gel with overall aesthetics of the living room. For the first time in the industry, Havells has launched a range of premium and super premium range of distribution boards that matches with modern day décor and aesthetics. The new range of distribution boards offers unique metallic finish and colours for modern homes. It also comes with magnetic locks, sleek curves, scratch resistant glossy surface with metallic paints and designer handles. Initially, the premium range will be available in metallic silverish grey/golden sparkle and sparkling white colors and super premium range will be available in wood, marble and leather finish. For the first time in the industry, the company would offer a choice to consumers to buy door of distribution box separately to suit their home interiors.

The company manufactures the entire range of its switchgear products in-house at its plant in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. AV Jagdish, Vice President and Head of Switchgear Segment, Havells India Limited, said, “I am happy that once again we are redefining the industry. Consumers and their expectations have changed and the new approach is more flexible and will help us further strengthen our business. The state is among the early adopters for new trends. Therefore, for an innovative company like us, Karnataka becomes a key market. We believe that for catering to a smarter India, one should withstand the tests posed by smarter states. We are excited to build upon our product portfolio and market share by empowering our customers”.

The company has a strong presence in the state with a network of over 400 dealers and distributors in more than 60 cities across the state. At present, the company has 41 galaxies and plans to launch 9 more galaxies by 2016. Through its dedicated efforts in the state, Havells targets total revenue of Rs. 500 cr by 2016. The company is also planning to expand its reach to Tier 2/3 cities and towns and increase the retail network.

India’s organized domestic switchgear market is estimated to be Rs.2100 – 2200 crore per annum for FY15-16. Havells continues to retain its No.1 position in the category with market share of about 28% with a pre-eminent position in both domestic switchgear categories.


It’s celebration & adventure galore in Motu Patlu’s next made for TV movie “Motu Patlu in Carnival Island”

National, 20th October, 2015: It’s time to once again roll out the orange carpet for India’s super cool awesome-twosome Motu Patlu.  The duo are back with their next mega potboiler ‘Motu Patlu in Carnival Island’. Set in the beautiful Carnival Island, the adventure will see Motu Patlu embark on a journey to save the Island from a suspicious bomb threat. The seventh made for television potboiler – ‘Motu Patlu in Carnival Island’ is all set to premiere on 22nd October at 10.30AM only on Nickelodeon.

The new exciting expedition of Motu Patlu in Carnival Island will provide rib tickling comedy, entertainment and high octane action.  The movie will see Motu Patlu embark on yet another adventure, this time Carnival Island where every year a grand carnival is held by its respectful owner- an old man affectionately called Dadaji.  This year, residents of Furfurinagar along with Motu Patlu and his friends are also invited to showcase their own tableaux. However, the celebrations and fanfare are threatened by a bomb planted by an evil contractor named Magral who wants to own Carnival Island. Will Motu Patlu discover the bomb and save the island and his friends, Find out more in the adventure that will premiere on 22nd October.

The amazing Motu Patlu and their endearing comedy of errors has been delighting children and transporting them into a world of comedy, adventure and entertainment over the last 2 years. After their last outings to Wonderland, Mission Moon, the Deep Sea, Treasure Hunting and in Kung Fu Land, this new adventure in the Carnival Island is sure to be a roller coaster of action and laughter. So don’t forget to see Motu Patlu fight to ensure the victory of good over evil this Dusshera.

Catch ‘Motu Patlu in Carnival Island’, October 22nd at 10.30AM, only on Nickelodeon


Ness SES Organizes Walk-A-Thon to Promote Road Safety

Bangalore, Karnataka – 19 October, 2015: Over fifty employees from Ness Software Engineering Services (SES), Bangalore, took part in a walk-a-thon on Friday, an effort to spread awareness on the importance of following traffic rules and pedestrian safety.

Studies have shown that pedestrians account for a large portion of on-road fatalities and the numbers keep increasing by the year. In a bid to help reduce those numbers by increasing awareness of traffic rules, employees marched the sidewalks of the busy streets of Koramangala with signs and placards and distributed stickers. They also spent time at the busy junction at the signal near Forum to reach out to as many motorists and pedestrians as possible.  

This was only one of the initiatives undertaken by the organization to increase road safety awareness under a month-long campaign P.S.* Walk Safe, Drive Safe. Employees took a pledge to be vigilant commuters and follow traffic rules.Pruthvi Nanjappa, Vice President, Human Resources, Ness Software Engineering Services said that Ness has a storied history of getting engaged with the society. “As an organization we believe that we need to be engaged and contribute to the community. Earlier initiatives by Ness have focused on important societal issues such as child education and reducing pollution, to name a few. We shall continue in that spirit in the future as well.”

 Richa Nanda, one of the volunteers of the event, said that she was honored to be spreading an important message. She said, “Every day I walk to the local bus stand, and I have nearly been hit on a number of occasions. I hope people see us and listen to our message as well. It could save lives.”


Toyota Kirloskar Motor Launches the New Liva this Festive Season

Bangalore, October 16th 2015:  Toyota Kirloskar Motor today announced the launch of the stylish, dual toned and feature loaded new Liva. Features include Rear Roof Spoiler, Black Grille & ORVM (Outside Rear View Mirror) to complement its overall looks. The new Liva comes with enhanced safety, equipped with Standard Dual Front SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) Airbags and  Standard Pre Tensioner and Force Limiter Front Seatbelts. Added with best in class cabin space and comfort, it comes with a warranty of 3 years / 100,000 kms, whichever comes first.

Speaking on the launch, Mr. Akitoshi Takemura, Senior Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. said, “It is our endeavor to continuously upgrade our offering in line with the changing lifestyle preferences of our customers and with Etios Series being received “Most Promising Brand 2015” by Economic Times and we are confident, the New Liva will further delight our customers this auspicious season”.

Attractively priced at Rs. 5.76 lakhs (petrol variant) and Rs. 6.79 lakhs (diesel variant), ex-showroom Delhi, the New Liva will be on sale from this festive season.

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Overview of TKM

Company name Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited
Equity participation TMC: 89%, Kirloskar Group: 11%
Number of employees Approx. 6,400 +
Land area Approx. 432 acres (approx.1,700,000 m2)
Building area 74,000 m2
Total Installed Production capacity Upto 3,10,000 units

Overview of TKM 1st Plant:

Established October 1997 (start of production: December 1999)
Location Bidadi
Products Innova, Fortuner manufactured in India.
Prado, Land Cruiser and Prius imported as CBUs.
Installed Production capacity Upto 1,00,000 units

 Overview of TKM 2nd Plant:

Start of Production December 2010
Location On the site of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, Bidadi
Products Corolla Altis, Etios, Etios Liva, Etios Cross, Camry & Camry Hybrid
Installed Production capacity Upto 2,10,000 units


Aircel takes innovative steps to redefine data consumption; offers multiple industry first data products

Bangalore , Oct 15, 2015: In its aggressive bid to augment data consumption in the country, Aircel is encouraging its existing and potential customers to be online by availing an entire gamut of exciting and industry first data offers. In a trendsetting move, that would benefit mobile data users, Aircel has partnered with leading e-commerce website Snapdeal, mobile insurance provider Ingram and with NexGTV, a mobile TV destination, to provide relevant content for the customers.    

Anupam Vasudev, Chief Marketing Officer, Aircel, said, “Our newest innovations are in line with the evolving data and mobile internet scenario in the country. While India’s smartphone base has seen an increase of 55% in 2015, at Aircel we witnessed a 75% increase in our 3G user base. This suggests how more and more people are coming online. Having said that, there remains to be a huge opportunity to get more first time internet users on board as well as help graduate existing data users to faster technologies like 3G. Therefore, our idea is simple- if someone wants to be online, it’s best to be online with Aircel. Our industry first offers are intended to redefine the way mobile internet is consumed in India and we are confident that through these new offers we will continue our data success story in India and remain a brand that offers innovative data products and services. ” 

In order to provide an online shopper an option to buy a Data Recharge, Aircel is offering Paper Recharge through an ecommerce portal wherein an online shopper can choose from two exclusive denomination packs (Rs. 402 and Rs. 602) which are more aggressive and bundled with more benefits than the available market recharges. The voucher will be delivered through a courier service which will collect cash from the customer against physical delivery of the voucher. Aircel has partnered with Snapdeal.com to begin with for the offer and is looking to extend it to other websites as well. 

In another industry first move, Aircel is partnering with Ingram, a mobile insurance provider, for Aircel Cover Plus. Any customer who buys a new smartphone can choose from two variants of this product within seven days of the purchase for getting coverage limited to Accidental and Liquid Damage only. For new smartphones worth upto Rs. 10k, customers can purchase Rs. 499 pack that offers benefits worth Rs. 1200. This will also include 1GB Aircel data for 3 months. Rs. 799 pack will offer insurance against smartphones worth upto Rs. 55k and will include 1GB Aircel data for 3 months and Premium Anti-Virus.

In line with the growing mobile video consumption, Aircel is also revolutionizing the way entertainment is consumed on mobile phones through its tie up with nexGTv to offer a loaded bundled product for the smartphone user. An Aircel customer will enjoy NextGTV’s live TV that offers 130+ live TV Channels and 2000+ blockbuster movies, at a discounted annual subscription for just Rs.749 along with 1 GB Aircel data every month for 3 months.