Ustaad Vilayat Khan Music Foundation hosts musical evening in Delhi

The Ustaad Vilayat Khan Music Foundation has hosted a musical evening at Modern School Barakhamba Road in New Delhi with a jugalbandi by Shujaat Khan and Zakir Hussain on the Sitar and Tabla respectively.

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After a gap of many years the duo performed together and marked a momentous example in Delhi’s cultural calendar, a media statement issued by the Foundation said.

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The guest spotted at the event were Najeeb Jung, Designer Anju Modi, Naresh Kapuria, Sharon Lowen, Uma Sharma, Rekha Modi and Mona Maliah, Raja Randhir Singh, Ravi Jhunjhunwala including others.

With music that touches your soul, Shujaat Husain Khan is one of the greatest North Indian classical musicians of his generation. He belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana of the sitar and his style of playing sitar, known as the gayaki ang, is reminiscent of the delicateness of the human voice.

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Truly international, Shujaat Khan has performed at all the prestigious music festivals in India and has performed throughout Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe. Audiences around the world are captivated by his unique style of sitar playing, his exceptional voice, and his intuitive and spontaneous approach to rhythm.

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In 1999, Khan performed as a soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and in 2007, he was the featured artist at musical concerts celebrating India’s 50th anniversary of independence at Carnegie Hall in New York, Paramount Theatre in Seattle, and Meyers Symphony Theater in Dallas.

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Khan made us proud by being the solo artist representing India in a special performance at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in Geneva commemorating India’s independence the same year. His album ‘Rain’ has been nominated for the Grammy Awards. The Boston Herald has listed Ustad Shujaat Khan along with Luciano Pavarotti as top 25 cultural events. Amazon.com has honored his album as ‘the hundred greatest World Music albums of all time.’

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With hands that are capable of producing magic, Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. His consistently brilliant and invigorating performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his home soil but also gained him worldwide fame.

A classical tabla marvel of the highest order, his playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational proficiency, found in formidable knowledge and study. The favorite accompanist for many of India’s greatest classical musicians and dancers, he is never satisfied by his genius and is constantly working towards improving the music scene globally.

He is widely considered one of the chief architects of the contemporary world music movement. His contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations, including Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, Remember Shakti, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, Tabla Beat Science, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, YoYo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Mark Morris, Rennie Harris, and the Kodo drummers. His music and extraordinary contribution to the music world were honored in April, 2009, with four widely-heralded and sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Artist Perspective series.

Grohe AG bags CSR Award of German Government 2017

Grohe AG, the global major of sanitary fittings, received the CSR Award of the German Federal Government 2017 in the “companies with 1000+ employees” category recently, according to a company statement.

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The decision by the eleven expert judges expressly lauded the role taken by GROHE’s management team who have made sustainability a top management issue, acting as role models and trailblazers both for their own workforce and for other companies. Other nominees in this category included Unilever Deutschland GmbH, Flughafen München GmbH, Ford-Werke GmbH and FRoSTA AG. The award was presented by Professor Josef Wieland, juror and expert in business ethics at Zeppelin Universität in Friedrichshafen.

Michael Rauterkus, CEO, Grohe AG, when receiving the award at the event in Berlin’s Humboldt Carré, said: “Sustainability is our passion and remains deeply rooted in our DNA. We are delighted to see the world around us acknowledge our enthusiasm for, and commitment to, corporate social responsibility (CSR). Our 360-degree approach to sustainability embraces our employees, suppliers, factories, processes and our contribution to society in equal measure. Seeing our policies being accepted as a standard of reference for our industry and inspiring others as well, we feel vindicated and honoured at the same time.”,” .

Products for a sustainable future – Championship ‘Made in Germany’

The sustainability strategy pursued by this global company is primarily reflected in its products. One example is the GROHE Blue Home water system, which transforms tap water into a filtered, chilled and great tasting – and even bubbly – refreshment. This system obviates the need for bottled mineral water and the associated processing, bottling and transport activities. According to a study conducted at Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, GROHE Blue Home contributes approximately 60 percent less to a household’s carbon footprint compared to conventional bottled water.

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Management Board member Thomas Fuhr pointed out: “Our understanding of quality and our advances in terms of sustainability are very much driven by our commitment to manufacturing in Germany. In order to secure our company’s competitiveness going forward, we continue to invest heavily in our German locations, which set the standards for our international factories. As of 2011, we have launched regularly our GROHE Sustainability Trophy as an internal competition between our manufacturing sites. This trophy acknowledges our employees’ efforts and incentivises them to continue working on their ideas and solutions for even more sustainable production processes and even more resource efficient manufacturing of a given product.”

Beyond day-to-day business

GROHE’s belief in corporate citizenship is encapsulated in GROHE Dual Tech, a programme jointly undertaken with Don Bosco Mondo e.V. The two partners have teamed up to offer professional training for disadvantaged youths in emerging economies. Three training workshops in India and the Philippines assist young people in improving their life chances by learning a trade in the sanitary sector. This makes them eligible for employment in an industry with great promise and will even enable some of them to set up their own businesses in the future.

Moving forward with clearly defined sustainability targets

GROHE has set itself the target of raising energy efficiency by 20% and shrinking its carbon footprint by 20% by the year 2020. Among other things, this will be achieved by two new cogeneration plants commissioned in Hemer and Lahr and by converting lighting equipment to LED operation. Another milestone on this journey was marked in December when the company’s energy management system was certified to ISO 50001; it will be instrumental in improving the overall energy efficiency on a sustained basis. Moreover, the company has committed itself to becoming the global sanitary industry’s sustainability leader by 2020. GROHE’s stance and actions on sustainability are laid out in greater detail in the company’s sustainability brochure. Titled “WATER ENJOYMENT – A CLEAN CONSCIENCE WITH EVERY DROP”, it can be downloaded from grohe.com/sustainability.

GROHE India Pvt. Ltd. (GIPL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of GROHE AG. With a decade of its presence in the Indian market, it has acquired a dominant position in the market as one of the largest selling international brands. GROHE recently launched its state-of- the-art ‘GROHELive! Centre’ in Bengaluru. The centre offers a great opportunity for people to come and experience the world of GROHE. Besides featuring the entire range of GROHE products, the Live! Centre also showcases the GROHE elements.

GROHE India also recently announced the launch of its second GROHE Dual Tech in India, in New Delhi in association with Don Bosco Learning Center. The two centres in Mumbai and New Delhi train young people from economically challenged backgrounds, imparting them high-quality training programme in certified plumbing. The programme addresses the dual need of the industry – on one hand it supports the youth with skill development, while on the other, fill the skilled-labour supply gap.

GROHE is the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings. Since many decades, the global brand GROHE relies on the brand values of quality, technology, design and sustainability, to deliver “Pure Freude an Wasser”. GROHE is part of the LIXIL Group Corporation and benefits from the active knowledge transfer within the group and the opportunity to open up new product segments and develop innovations faster and more efficiently. LIXIL is the global market leader in the sanitary ware industry as well as Japan’s leading provider of housing and building materials, products and services.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru launches ICSI Secretarial Standards in New Delhi

Justice Vibhu Bakhru, Senior Judge of Delhi High Court launched on April 23, 2015 at Hotel Le Meridian New Delhi, the Secretarial Standards, according to a statement released by ICSI.

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Congratulating ICSI as pioneer and only institution to have issued Secretarial Standards in the world so far, Justice Bakhru said

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it is a tool in furtherance of the Secretarial Standards would benefit the industry and the regulators and would further help repose more confidence in the institutional investors about the adoption of robust processes and systems in companies.

 

Justice Dilip Deshmukh, Chairman Company Law Board and the guest of honour said that it would definitely result in better corporate accountability and disclosures leading to better value enhancement to stakeholders including shareholder, regulators and international investors.

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M.M. Juneja from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs said that in the Secretarial Standards standard practices were articulated, and comprehensively available at one place, adherence to same by the corporates were greatly eased, the stakeholders were clear of what they should expect and what their rights were. The Secretarial Standards would help in ease of doing business, improved governance, confidence building in minds of investors, improved compliance level, ultimately leading to flow of capital in India and achieving the government’s objective of make in India.

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CS Atul H Mehta, President, ICSI expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for according its approval under section 118(10) of the Companies Act, 2013 to the Secretarial Standards (SS) namely, SS:1 Secretarial Standard on Meetings of Board of Directors and SS:2 Secretarial Standard on General Meetings submitted by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and said that it is a historical moment for the Institute, since, The Institute of Company Secretaries of India is first institution to issue SECRETARIAL STANDARDS anywhere in the world and that will be effective July 1, 2015 around 8 lakh companies in India will have to comply with these Secretarial Standards to be fully compliant under Companies Act 2013.

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Secretarial Standards will create enormous confidence in minds of investors particularly fund managers and overseas investors as these investors are very much concerned about good governance practices and sound procedures. Consequently, this will lead to more flow of capital into India, new projects, more modernisation and expansion.

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CS Pavan K Vijay, Past President, ICSI and Chairman of the Secretarial Standards Board said that The Secretarial Standards were formulated by the Secretarial Standards Board constituted by the Council of the Institute. It comprises experienced members of the CS profession, the representatives of regulatory bodies such as the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Reserve Bank of India, representatives from the industry associations and chambers such as CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM as well as the nominees of sister professional bodies, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.The mandate of the Companies Act, 2013 with regard to the Secretarial Standards can be attributed to the fact that the Standards have sufficiently evolved as these are being voluntarily followed by followed companies.

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CS Mamta Binani Vice-President, ICSI, while speaking about the stakeholders’expectations on the governance issues such as transparency disclosure, timely dissemination of information, uniformity in practices etc., said that Secretarial Standards would act as one of the benchmark in stakeholders’assessment of companies. CS Vineet Chaudhary, Council member, The ICSI and Chairman of the Corporate Laws and Governance Committee welcomed the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and others.

 

 

Kushagra Juneja from FIITJEE wins IJSO 2014

Kushagra Juneja, an young Science enthusiast from Delhi and a student of engineering entrance training institute, FIITJEE has made India proud by winning the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) held in Mendoza, Argentina this month. The IJSO, held between December 2-11,2014 has declared Kushagra Juneja as the World Topper among all the participants represented in IJSO 2014. He won a Gold Medal on the basis of the Individual Performance and Silver Medal in the Experimental Exam.

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Kushagra, a student of Four Year Classroom Program at FIITJEE Punjabi Bagh centre, is currently studying in class X and his achievement has made FIITJEE proud. The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is a competition among brightest students of various countries across the world in the Natural Sciences, a statement issued by FIITJEE said.

Other FIITJEE students who bagged Gold Medals are Irin Ghosh from Durgapur (WB), who also has been declared as Runner Up (2nd World Topper) followed by G. Pradeep from Chennai and finally Debaditya Pramanik from Kolkata. Kushagra was among the top six students from India who were selected through a multi staged competition and filter process to represent the country at the international stage. There were 32 countries across the globe participated and total 19 gold medals were given based on overall performances out of which India won 6 Gold medals. And out of 6 Gold Medals FIITJEE students have grabbed 4 Gold Medals.

 

In India, The International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is conducted in total four stages. The first stage is National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS) which is conducted by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT) for HBCSE. Indian students who are 14 years of age as on January 1 of the competitive year (Stage-I) and in addition in class X or lower are eligible to appear in the exam. If they qualify in NSEJS, they are eligible for subsequent stages leading to their participation in International Junior Science Olympiad. Every year, around 300 students qualify in NSEJS for the selection to appear in Stage-II of exam i.e. Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO). On the basis of performance in INJSO, top 35 students of India are selected for Stage-III i.e. Orientation Cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Junior Science. And through 2-3 weeks session of Camp organized by HBCSE, top six students of the country are selected and trained through stage-IV [Pre-Departure Training (PDT)] to represent India in final stage of Junior Science Olympiad i.e. International Junior Science Olympiad where extraordinarily brilliant students are coming from various countries. Kushagra from FIITJEE was selected to represent India in the international level and became the World Topper in the final stage.

RL Trikha, Director, FIITJEE said: “International Junior Science Olympiad is one of the most prestigious competitions at this level, and the world’s best young minds compete in it. It is a matter of extreme pride for FIITJEE that we were able to nurture a talent that has made India proud at the global stage.”

Fant@stic 15 Shopping Festival: ICICI Bank and PayUMoney steal the show

PayUMoney is bringing to Indian citizens, Fantastic Fifteen Shopping Festival, in association with ICICI credit and debit cards. This is by far the biggest online shopping festival spanning over 15 days for Indian shoppers with 35 exciting online brands to choose from on a platter. What’s more – shoppers get up to 40% off on shopping with ICICI Bank Credit and Debit Cards. Further, every consumer will get an assured discount of upto 15% on every transaction done through PayUMoney.
ShoppirateAptly named ‘Fantastic Fifteen,’ the shoppers can start filling their shopping carts from August 26, 2014 till September 9, 2014. Interestingly, to make the shopping experience even more fulfilling, shoppers stand a chance to win two Moto-G smart phones every day and 3000+ gift vouchers across the span of 15 days.
The Fant@stic 15 shopping festival is a class apart from any other online shopping festival that the shoppers would have witnessed so far as it spans over 15 days and provides ample amount of time to shoppers to choose from a variety of brands and avail exciting discounts on each transaction. The popular brands to lookout for during the festival are – Jabong, Dominos, adidas, Shopclues, BookMyShow, Goibibo, Red Bus, Zovi, Fabfurnish and Infibeam.
Open to all shopaholics and expecting a huge rush of shoppers starting day 1, the shopping festival is a great opportunity for all online buyers and discount lovers to make the most of the discounts offered. *“We’re extremely delighted to partner with ICICI bank for the fantastic 15 shopping festival. In fact it’s for the first time that a bank and an online payments company have joined hands to put a shopping festival of his scale. Not only one gets the best of brands to shop from and best of the offer to avail, the festival assures that one is rewarded while buying.
This means one is literally getting paid to shop! A consumer stands a chance to win two swanky Moto G smart phones every day, apart from 3000+ gift vouchers. We hope that festival will attract buyers across the country and wish to roll out such festivals more frequently.” *quoted Shailaz Nag, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at PayU India. The consumers can look for all offers at: payumoney.com/fantastic15.html.
PayUMoney is a FREE and unique online payments solution for anyone who wants to collect payments in India, be it individuals, brick and mortar start-ups, Freelancers, Schools, Hotels, Utility companies, Residential societies, Telcos, Insurance companies and traders retailers.
PayUMoney is from the house of PayU India, which is India’s fastest growing online payment company. In just two years PayU has achieved the feat of becoming the numero uno player in e-commerce category and second largest player in overall payments Industry. PayU serves more than 30,000 businesses today with proven success records. The firm’s clientele includes Goibibo, Snapdeal, Bookmyshow, Jabong, and Ferns n Petals, Freecharge, Zomato, Tradus, Rechargeitnow, Micromax Mobiles, Groupon India to name a few.

Dipali Sarin, Sunayana Chibba team up to exhibit ‘My Best Friend and Me’ Season 3 at The Lalith in Delhi

It was the perfect ceremony when curator, stylist and makeup artist Dipali Sarin, event promoter Sunayana Chibba and event management company Tab events teamed up together and exhibited India’s first exclusive accessories trunk show, MY BEST FRIEND AND ME season 3, at The Lalit Hotel, New Delhi.
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The guests sported at the event were Promila Bahri, Renu Hussain, Nelofer Currimbhouy, Anu Kant Dubey, Puja Bahri, Gaurav Jagatani and Ritika, Priya Jain, Sangita Gupta, Bipasha Sen Gupta, Bhavna Minocha, Sunaiana Malhotra, Kanchan Kapur, Amrita Verma,  Ashwani pai Bahadur, Renu Hussain, Anu Kant Dubey, Payal Verma Munjal to name a few.
Guests were seen shopping a variety of lifestyle products as the exhibition showcased an assortment of exclusive lifestyle products from fashion accessories like cocktail earrings, statement neck pieces, bracelets, cuffs, beaded handbags, shoes, clutches, to young and trendy styles in Indian and western clothing along with  an eclectic mix of contemporary home accessories and Linen.
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Dipali said: “Over the years we have witnessed an increasing demand and an emerging need for exclusive statement pieces in any category of lifestyle products…be it jewellery to clothing or any home decor accessory..! The idea of doing MY BEST FRIEND & ME was to address this increasing demand’. We at MY BEST FRIEND & ME have plans to take this concept to other cities in North India like Chandigarh, Ludhiana etc.”

The Exhibition showcased a variety of styles and brands under one roof. Some of the leading brands participating are Curio Cottage, Malaga, Confusion and Crimson from Mumbai and Rose Tree and Tokree from the royal ladies of UP and Jaipur.

ASSOCHAM, SriCity felicitate Dr MYS Prasad for the successful launch of GSLV-D5

The ASSOCHAM and SriCity have lauded the efforts of the Indian scientists led by Dr MYS Prasad for the successful launch of GSLV-D5, according to a media statement.
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Dr Prasad with the Consul General of Thailand, Japan and Ravindra Sannareddy.
“The successful launch of  GSLV-D5 with an indigenous cryogenic stage, is one of the greatest achievements of ISRO. This is an important step that the country has taken towards the goal of total self-reliance in space technology. The eminent launch team headed by Dr MYS Prasad deserves praise for the hard work and dedication,” Ravindra Sannareddy, Chairman, ASSOCHAM’s Southern Regional Chapter and MD, Sri City said, while speaking at a felicitation function jointly organised by ASSOCHAM and Sri City, held in Chennai.

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Seshagiri Gao with Sandya Cheriyan, Dr Badarinath and Ravindra Sannareddy.
The felicitation function was held to celebrate the great scientific and technological achievement and to honour the following eminent scientists of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota : Dr  Prasad, Director, V Seshagiri Rao, Associate Director, Dr  SV Subba Rao, Deputy Director, VAST, MS Pannirselvam, Range Operations Director, V Ranganathan, Chief General Manager, SPP, and M Badarinarayana Murthy, Chief General Manager, LSSF.
Speaking after being felicitated, Dr. Prasad said, “I consider this as a great privilege and honour for the entire ISRO community, and thank the ASSOCHAM and particularly Mr. Ravindra Sannareddy for organising such a colourful event.” He said that ISRO is progressing well because of a fantastic teamwork of the entire ISRO community, industries and educational institutions that had contributed to the unalloyed success of various missions, including the recent GSLV mission with indigenous cryogenic stage.
Sharing the details of the pre-launch operations, Dr. Prasad said the launch campaign spreads for about 70 days and throughout this period the entire SHAR community works round the clock. “The teams headed by the distinguished senior scientists, who are present here, demonstrated excellent team work,” Dr. Prasad added. All other scientists also briefly shared their experiences and thanked the ASSOCHAM and Sri City for the honour and felicitation.

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Ravindra Sannareddy welcoming the gathering.
Besides the members of ASSOCHAM and customers of Sri City, the impressive ceremony was attended by  numerous dignitaries drawn from various sectors of business and industry and Media.  Prominent among the guests were, the Consul General of Japan Masanore Nakano, the Consul General of Thailand Mr. Tajtai Tmangraksat, the Labour Attache from the Malaysian Consulate Gunaseelan Natarajan, the Consul General of Federal Republic of Germany Dr Stefan Wayback, Martin Landauer Economic Consul from the Australian Consulate, Padma Bhushan Dr SS Badarinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Neyralaya, Dr KM Cherian, Chairman, Frontier Lifeline, AK Choudhary, Development Commissioner SriCity, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Rajeev Ranjan, Secretary, Department of Roads and Buildings, George Lin, Director, Taipei World Trade Centre, Chennai, and Chris Williamson, Danieli India. The function began with one minute’s silence held in memory of the Legendary Telugu actor Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who passed away on January 22.