Escape the Ordinary with a Spunky and Sassy Scoot!

ü  Fly to Singapore in INR 5,599 one way

ü  Single brand and operating licence for Scoot and Tigerair

ü  5 new destinations to be added

ü  New uniform for Scootees and new brand tagline

Bengaluru – Nine months after Scoot and Tigerair announced their intention to pursue a single brand and operating licence under the enhanced Scoot brand, the airline industry today bade farewell to Tigerair Singapore as its last flight departed Singapore for Tiruchirappalli at 2305 on 24 July.  From today, all previous Tigerair flights will be operated under the Scoot brand and Scoot flights will operate under the TR flight designator code. This marks the completion of the Scoot-Tigerair integration process that began last May when the airlines were brought under a common holding company, Budget Aviation Holdings.

 After successfully commencing operations in India last year, award winning value airline Scoot is all set to take up new destinations under its umbrella that were running under Tigerair. These include Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, Tiruchirappalli and Lucknow which will now operate under the single brand name – Scoot from 25 July 2017.

 Scoot CEO Mr Lee Lik Hsin said, “As we come to the end of Tigerair’s journey, we open up a brand new chapter for Scoot. Building on what Tigerair and the old Scoot had achieved since their respective inceptions, we are stronger than we have ever been before, and consequently in an even better position to offer our guests more choice, connectivity and value. The enhanced Scoot that we are introducing today is spunky and sassy, and promises to create more travel opportunities for our guests.”

 To celebrate the merger to the single Scoot brand, special one-way promotional fares from Bengaluru will start from as low as INR 5,599 to Singapore, INR 9,799 to Bali, INR 10,499 to Hong Kong, INR 12,499 to Melbourne/Sydney among others. Additional 10% discounts are also available through promotional codes for a booking period from 25 July to 6 Aug 2017.

 “Scoot was very well received after the launch of our first three destinations in India last year, the response was remarkable. We hope to create the same impact in Bengaluru, Tiruchirappalli, Kochi, Lucknow and Hyderabad by bringing great prices without compromising on the safety and comfort of the passengers. When flying with a young and passionate airline like Scoot, our guests can expect a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude – Scootitude.” saidBharath Mahadevan, Country Head, India, Scoot.

 New Destinations

In conjunction with this single brand celebration, Mr Lee also disclosed the five new destinations that Scoot will call at by June2018.  Among them are Honolulu, Scoot’s maiden USA destination, and Harbin in Northeast China. The remaining three are short-haul destinations – Kuching and Kuantan in Malaysia, and Palembang in Indonesia.

 Coupled with the addition of the previous Tigerair network, the five new services will bring Scoot’s total destination count to 65across 18 countries.

 New Uniform

Beyond new destinations, Scoot’s crew members, affectionately named Scootees, will be outfitted with new uniform designs bearing a refreshing, yet distinctively Scoot look.  The new uniform for female crew members cuts a flattering silhouette with its asymmetric dress design and higher waistline, while that for male crew members features sharper angles for the yellow highlights on the polo shirts.

 Both male and female crew uniforms also feature fun details, such as black buttons sewn on with yellow thread to provide a subtle feature for the male crew uniforms, and thicker fabric for the Scootees to stay warm during cabin service. The new uniforms represent a fresh start for crew of both airlines, while Scoot’s signature black and yellow colour combination have been retained, carrying on the spirit of fun and spontaneity of the Scoot brand.

Escape the Ordinary

In conjunction with the brand enhancement, Scoot has also changed its Get Outta Here! tagline and adopted a new slogan,Escape the Ordinary.

 “Scoot’s new tagline, Escape the Ordinary, is reflective of our growth as an airline brand,” said Mr Lee. “It is more relevant to the global market now that our network has grown as it is aspirational to our inner wanderlust, and inspires us to travel and explore the world.”

 Scoot also rolled out its first A320 aircraft, previously operated by Tigerair and repainted with the Scoot livery, named “Conscious Coupling” in commemoration of the integration between Scoot and Tigerair. The current Tigerair fleet will be progressively repainted and the complete livery change is targeted to be by mid-2018.




Transformative ideas showcased at Airbus Bizlab Bengaluru

Season two successfully completed, call for applications for season three is now open


Bengaluru, 20 July 2017 – Airbus BizLab announced the successful culmination of its second season through a flagship event in Bengaluru. At the event, the start-ups who were selected to work with different Airbus teams in India and across the world over the last six months showcased their concept models and ideas of transforming the aerospace sector.

 The season two was launched in January 2017 in the presence of the then French Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault. It had received 137 applications from nine countries. All the five selected start-ups – Neewee, Stelae Technologies, EFLIGHT, SYmbosim and Qualitas Technologies have today either started working with Airbus or are associated with the aerospace sector.

 The event was attended by Bruno Gutierres – Head of Airbus BizLab, Pierre de Bausset – President and MD at Airbus India, Srinivasan Dwarakanath – President, Commercial Aircraft at Airbus India and Siddharth Balachandran – Airbus BizLab Leader, India. The importance of B2B start-ups across various sectors was also discussed over a panel discussion.

 Commenting on the success of the second season, Bruno Gutierres said, “We are thrilled to have worked with such exciting start-ups in season two. It is re-assuring to see the potential and quality of entrepreneurs in the Indian start-up ecosystem. We are hoping to create more opportunities for start-ups to work in the aerospace and defence sectors.”

 Apart from working with the start-ups in the cohort, Airbus BizLab in India will soon be launching a community of B2B start-ups working in areas such as Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Electric Propulsion, Factories of the Future, Space Tech & Solutions, Image Processing, Cyber Security, IOT & Robotics.

 Elaborating the importance of the community Siddharth Balachandran said, “Every season we can accelerate only five or six start-ups but we keep receiving adhoc requests from Airbus teams globally checking if we have a start-up working on a specific problem that they face. So, from now on, we will have a ready pool of registered start-ups in the community to pick from. We will also organize regular events for the community to help these start-ups better understand the world of Aerospace & Defence.”

 Bizlab is a part of Airbus’ innovative strategy to bring together start-ups and Airbus “intrapreneurs” to work and speed up the transformation of their innovative ideas into valuable businesses. Through its six month “acceleration programme” for early stage projects, Airbus Bizlab gives access to a large number of coaches, experts and mentors in various domains.

 The call for applications for Season three in Bengaluru is now open and BizLab is inviting interested B2B startups to apply for the acceleration program.



Brigade wins two Awards at CREDAI Karnataka’s CARE Awards 2017.

Bangalore, 18 July 2017: Brigade Enterprises Ltdwon two awards at the CREDAI Karnataka’s CARE Awards 2017 held on 1st July 2017 at Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru.


Brigade Palmgrove, Mysuru won the award in the Villas & Row Houses category while Orion East Mall, Bengaluru won in the Shopping Malls category.


According to Mr. M.R. Jaishankar, Chairman & Managing Director, Brigade Enterprises Ltd “It is an honour to be recognised by the fraternity we belong to. We are delighted that two of our projects received awards at the CARE Awards 2017.”


Brigade Palmgrove on Bogadi Road, is the first of – its – kind villa and apartment development in Mysuru. Its thoughtful architecture and design brings to life everything that is important in the living space.

eOrion East Mall in Banaswadi, is Brigade’s second operational mall. It has a delightfully fulfilling range of brands and categories to please the most ardent shop-a-holic.


Radha Ramana showcases the best of Queensland, Australia to the viewers of Colors Kannada

Episodes shot at picturesque locations across the state of Queensland to be aired from 17th July 2017

Bengaluru, 15th July, 2017: Tourism Australia, along with Tourism and Events Queensland, has collaborated with Colors Kannada, to showcase unique Australian experiences and the stunning locales of Queensland in the popular television series ‘Radha Ramana’. The episodes showcasing Gold Coast, Moreton Island, and Brisbane is all set to go on air starting 17th July, 2017. Viewers can tune into Colors Kannada from Monday to Friday at 9.00 pm to watch the spectacular beauty of Australia on the show. Repeat telecasts will be broadcasted at 9.00 am and 2 pm the following day.

Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager, India & Gulf, Tourism Australia said, “Karnataka continues to be one of our top three focus markets in the country and we’re delighted to collaborate with Colors Kannada for Radha Ramana, a top-rated show amongst viewers in the state. During the year-ended March 2017, arrivals from Karnataka to Australia grew by 19 per cent to 25,000 visitors. These tourists spent AUD 128 Million (INR 640 crores) on their Australia holiday, with a per capita spend of AUD 5,150 or over INR 250,000. Through impactful integrations like these, our endeavour is to increase awareness and build aspiration for Australia for travellers from Karnataka. We’re confident that Radha Ramana, given its massive popularity among viewers, is an ideal platform for us to showcase Australia’s unparalleled beauty and offerings and will help us further drive visitation to the country”.

The Radha Ramana shoot has taken place at some popular locations in Queensland including Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island that’s famous for its dolphins, Kangaroo Point cliffs, Brisbane Story Bridge, Southbank and the tram in Gold Coast. Radha Ramana will also showcase some interesting Australian adventure experiences such as sand boarding, quad biking, sky-diving, that travelers can undertake on their holiday to Queensland. One of Bangalore’s leading travel agency, Travel Tours, has come on board as the travel partner for the integration project, and will launch attractively priced packages to encourage travel to the regions highlighted during the course of the show.

Ryna Sequeira Country Manager – India, Tourism and Events Queensland said, “Tourism and Events Queensland is delighted to present Gold Coast, Tangalooma and Brisbane through a well-established and widely popular show Radha Ramana on Colors Kannada. Queensland is a famous Australian holiday destination that caters to diverse age groups and varied segments of travel.  Adventure activities range from Skydiving, Stand up Paddle in Gold Coast to Island experiences like Tangalooma and vibrant city experiences in Brisbane, there’s something for everyone visiting Queensland. We are confident that the integration of Australia in the current track of the show will definitely inspire travellers to take a trip ‘Down Under’.

Parameshwar Gundkal – Business Head of COLORS Kannada and Colors Super said, “We would like to thank Tourism Australia and Tourism and Events Queensland who made it possible for us to shoot in some of the exotic locations in Brisbane city and parts of Gold Coast. This shoot has added richness to the show and will further help in its popularity, as viewers can now watch exotic locations along with their favorite show and characters. Queensland has added a charm to Radha Ramana’s story.”

The upcoming track will showcase the progression of the relationship of the lead characters Radha and Ramana. The two lead characters end up in Australia as Ramana who has completed his MBA degree in Australia has plans of expanding his business in the country while Radha has a series of bucket list activities that she plans to fulfill while in Australia.

For the month of May 2017, Australia welcomed 31,000 visitors, recording the highest ever visitation in any given month from India. For the year-ended May 2017, Australia witnessed 274,500 Indian visitors, recording a growth of 15.3 per cent over the previous year, and is set to achieve fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth from India.





Quotes from Real Estate spokespersons about RERA’s impact on real estate in Bengaluru

1) Mr. Om Ahuja, CEO- Residential, Brigade Group

It is a positive step for both the customer and the industry. The three “T” (Transparency, Trust and Timely Delivery) will now be a reality. The Real Estate sector will be more transparent owing to RERA’s which will engage large institutional players and open up avenues for FDI into this sector. Trust and Timely delivery will be a great help to consumers. Protection of the consumer under RERA is primary and will see a considerable improvement. The industry will now work under the norms dictated by RERA.
The dynamics of the real estate sector will be guided by this act. 60% is a decent benchmark with regards to coverage. Take a gander at industry players who have as of now contributed so much and opening the tenets of the game totally will just effect the project completion. It’s great that projects under 60% will be under full coverage.
2) Mr. Harish Achar Brahmavar, Founder and Director, Homz n Space

Home buyers looking to buy their dream homes from properties which are under construction/ ready to move in will not be affected much. Be that as it may, costs of recently launched property may shoot up.
The manufacturers can inhale a bit now as state government has excluded under construction property (60 % Completed) under RERA. If State govt would have included ongoing projects also it would have directly impacted the rate/ Sq.ft. Besides, 70% reserve, penalties for delay, borrowing rates & input cost would have forced builders to increase the rates and this would have ended up in higher property prices.
It will be better if builders of repute start compensating home buyers as per RERA norms, if there should be an occurrence of venture deferrals of their under construction properties. With RERA it will be a win – win situation for home buyers and developers.
There is no clear meaning of 60 % fulfillment. In the event that 60% margin is considered towards number of floors built it is a decent margin for both developers and prospective home buyers.

3) Mr. Zahed Mahmood, Director, Silverline Realty Pvt Ltd

RERA is a positive stride taken by the state government as everybody will benefit from the same. It is a balanced and sensible choice. It is a choice that is reasonable and will make all stake holders happy. As the Act has not been diluted and they have kept in mind the interest of the home buyer, the developer, the agent and it is based on what is being successfully followed in Gujarat and Rajasthan.
It applies to projects that are 60% finished giving the act an all-encompassing perspective. There are sure undertakings that were finished and involved 30 years back what happens to such more established structures. On the off chance that it was not for the 60% edge then the greater part of the old properties would wind up noticeably unlawful. The government has kept in this mind and thought of a reasonable choice.
From the developers perspective any project which has gotten a commencement certificate ought to be kept out as it is hard to liken what 60% would mean.




Arjun Menda gets ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ and B M Jayeshankar gets award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Real Estate Sector’

Bengaluru, July 2, 2017: The Kalinga Hall at The Lalit Ashok was abuzz with anticipation at the 3rd edition of the CREDAI Awards for Real Estate (CARE Awards) 2017. Real estate developers from across Karnataka had submitted their nominations across various categories before an eminent jury panel.  The awards were presented across multiple categories for Karnataka and Bengaluru City.

The awardees list are as follows:

Special Awards

  • Outstanding Contribution to Realty  Sector – Mr. B M Jayeshankar, CMD Adarsh Developers
  • Lifetime achievement award – Mr.Arjun Menda, Group Chairman, RMZ Corp and Founder Member CREDAI Bengaluru


 Dwelling above 1500 sft :  Phoenix  Mills Pvt. Ltd. For Phoenix One Bengaluru West

 Dwelling below 1500 sft:  Prestige Group for Prestige Tranquility

 Villas & Row Houses: Zonasha Estates & Projects for Zonasha Paradiso

 Commercial Complex: Mfar Holdings for Green Heart Phase 4

 Shopping Complex: Brigade Enterprises for Orion East Mall

 All Over Karnataka:

 Plotted Development: Midmach Developers  Pvt Ltd – Hubbali for Midmac Palm Meadows

 CSR : Sobha Ltd

 Other than Bengaluru (rest of Karnataka)

 Villa & Row Houses: Brigade Enterprises for Brigade Palm Grove – Mysuru

 Commercial Complex: Bearys Properties & Development

 City wise residential dwelling awards (other than Bengaluru)

 Udupi : Regal Developers & Associates for Regal Woods

 Mysuru: Sankalp Construction Pvt Ltd  for Sankalp Luxuria

 Mangaluru : SKS Nategate LLP for Planet SKS

 Karwar : A.K. Naik Builders & Developers for Aashirwad

 Gulbarga : Prithvi Infra for Kartik Heights

 Bijapur: Aureus Sonaroopa for Regalia

 Belagavi: Deepak Construction  for Ganesh Baag

The Program was anchored by Mr. Suresh Hari , Chairman of the CARE Awards 2017 and Vice President CREDAI Bengaluru. Members from all across Karnataka attended the awards night.

Mr.Nagaraj Reddy, Chairman,  CREDAI Karnataka says, “The CARE Awards is a way for us to recognize members of the real estate fraternity who have done exemplary work in the field and to encourage others to do the same. It is very prestigious for the members as it is a recognition from CREDAI.”

Mr.Suresh Hari, Vice President of CREDAI-Bengaluru said, “This is a platform to recognize the efforts of real estate development across the state. Let these awards be an inspiration for all to excel in their field.”

These winners were chosen by an eminent jury panel based on presentations made in each category.

Speaking at this event, Honorable Lokayukta Justice P Vishwanath Shetty said, “I am happy to see that these awards recognize efforts not only in Bengaluru but those across the state in tier II and tier III cities of Karnataka. These awards serve as an encouragement to all, to come up with projects that will contribute to the development of the state.”

CREDAI Karnataka has Chapters in all major cities of the State, viz., Bengaluru, Belagavi, Bijapur, Gulburga, Hubbali-Dharwad, Karwar, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Bidar & Udupi, with more than 500+ Members .

CREDAI Karnataka updates its members in State with the latest industry data, technology advancement, industry benchmarks and international business scenario from time to time. CREDAI’s code of conduct is adopted proactively by all its members and promotes ethical practices.



High Octane Performance by Aurko makes Monsoon Sale at Orion East Mall a resounding success

Bangalore, July 3rd 2017: Everybody loves a sale and when that also packs in a high octane show by Aurko, with Bollywood hits playing, you have a winner on your hands. Orion Mall East’s 2-day Monsoon 50% Sale saw a record number of customers walk in and visitors to Orion Mall East were also in for a musical bonanza with the performance by Hindi Folk Rock music sensation Aurko.

Aurko is India’s leading Hindi folk rock band and is notable for its exceptional cause-driven activities. Their enthralling Live Music activity at Orion East Mall over the weekend was a thrilling experience for all spectators. Their shows are a blend of Indi-rock unforgettable and mesmerizing works of art – reprised, Indi-Pop chart busters, and in addition a dash of Indian regional folk rock. With more than 421 effective live concerts in 21 Indian cities, this band has had a great experience overall winning millions of hearts wherever they set foot.


Supratik on lead vocals can get any group to their foot with his melodious voice. Jeet is on lead guitars and handles backing vocals with some astounding strumming and rhythm work that steals everyone’s hearts. His performances had the crowd shouting for more. Avik on Bass guitar and backing vocals gives the band that solid grounding that only an excellent bassist can achieve. Chris Powell is someone who holds the crowd as one as he plays the drums and back vocals; and Joy on the keyboard brings each melody to life that the band plays. The versatility of the band and the music they perform is something phenomenal to encounter as it brings together a stunning melody list together from the inspirations they get from all around.

At Orion, Aurko played a set list that had some of their best hits, chart toppers and classics. The energetic beat of the entire night was euphoric to the point that the group just couldn’t get enough of it. “We came here to shop, having known about the sale. We had a great time picking up some really good stuff with some great deals. The highlight for us was the show by Aurko, which played some classics that we love from our younger days. It brought back memories of college and the fun we had shopping back then” said an enthusiastic spectator who had come all the way from Whitefield for the Monsoon Sale and to savor the great music.




IGNIS Drive Challenge

Bangalore, 30th June 2017: –Ignis is India’s first premium urban compact car. Defying the typical code of automotive design, Ignis is a unique offering for the millennial youth who themselves seek to express their uniqueness.

 In the spirit of creating uniqueness, all initiatives by Ignis have been different across platforms, be it the launch at an EDM concert, its campaigns or associations like Youtube FanFest. Now, we have an opportunity to make a test drive experience unconventional & memorable.

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 To provide an Ignis experience to consumers instead of a regular test drive, we conceived the IGNIS DRIVE CHALLENGE where the actual car is turned into a controller in a virtual game!

 The gamification of the test drive experience gets consumers involved in a very different way from the usual test drive experience.

 The design of the game is based on two riders taking the driving seat of two actual Ignis, where the car becomes the controller to play the game of air hockey! Yes, you read that correctly. Motion sensors are placed on both cars and a big screen is placed on a stage in front of the cars to showcase the game play.A puck on the screen moves from one player to other, and players are expected to drive their Ignis back and forth to hit the puck. Now this is a unique test drive experience!

 The objective of the game – besides the fun of it all – was to get drivers to experience the car’s acceleration, throttle response, braking abilities and the ease of using the Auto Gear Shift (AGS) transmission.

The Ignis is available exclusively at Nexa showrooms and comes loaded with features. It has the 1.2-litre VVT petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine options. AGS is available with both the petrol and diesel engine trims. The petrol option is further available in 4 different variants while the diesel comes in 3 trims. The company offers the Ignis in 9 different colour combinations along with interesting personalisation options to choose from.