Friday, 6 October 2017

Mercedes-Benz India Continues its Strong Growth Momentum: Scripts its Best Ever Q3 Sales

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 06th October:- India’s largest luxury car brand Mercedes-Benz sustained its growth story in the Indian market by registering its best ever 3rd quarterly sales, primarily supported by an attractive product portfolio including an exceptionally high demand for the all New Long Wheelbase E-Class Sedan. Continuing its growth momentum from H1 2017 (Jan-June), Mercedes-Benz India registered a robust 41% growth by selling 4698 units in the July- Sep 2017 period. This growth also marks the brand’s highest ever sales in the January-September period with 11869 units, up by 19.6% (January-September 2016: 9924 units). The exceptionally strong sales performance in the Q3 2017, reiterates Mercedes-Benz’s consistent customer preference, which is a product of the relentless and customer centric approach adopted by the brand.
Roland Folger, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India commented that we firmly continue with our leadership position in the Indian luxury car market by clocking our ‘best ever’ sales results. Growing by a record 41% percent in Q3, we are glad to better our Q2 performance and continue to receive customer preference. This growth story is a direct result of our strong customer focused strategy, which has been bearing fruit. This performance gives us confidence that our strategy is in the right path and our patrons prefer our products and service. The unprecedented demand for the Long Wheelbase E-Class Sedan in particular has contributed immensely to our sales success. All our products across segments were highly appreciated by the customers resulting in a steady growth across the NGCs, sedans, SUVs and the AMG cars.
Sales success of the new Long Wheelbase E-Class Sedan continues: Mercedes-Benz India’s record sales growth is supported by a young and comprehensive product portfolio comprising the New Generation Cars, the sedans, the SUVs and the AMG cars. The Long Wheelbase E-Class Sedan continued its sales success across markets and continued to remain the single highest selling model for the brand in January-September 2017 period. The launch of the Long Wheelbase E 220 d proved to be strategic in enabling Mercedes-Benz to cater to the increasing demand of this segment benchmark luxury business sedan. Similarly, the C-Class and the S-Class continue to remain on top of customer preference.
The luxury SUV segment grew strongly and recorded a robust growth in the January-September 2017 period. The SUV growth was followed by the sedan segment which grew strongly in the Jan-Sep 2017 period. The dream cars and the high performance AMG models also sustained their growth momentum in the performance segment and achieved steady year on year growth.
Roland Folger elaborated that we are glad to witness our India strategy working and our volume contribution to the luxury car industry on the rise. As inventors of automobiles globally and of luxury wheels in India, we remain bullish on the fast changing dynamics of the Indian automotive industry. Our market experience, impeccable customer trust and proven competitive market advantages, combined with our global competencies makes us uniquely positioned to play a leading role in defining the luxury automotive space in India. However, it always gives an additional momentum to our growth plans when the policy framework is supportive, given our contribution to the economy.

Festival Season: Food Safety Officers Conducts Raid at Sweets Shops

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 06th October:- As per the orders of Designated Officer, Food Safety Administration, a joint team of Food Safety Officers was constituted for conducting special raid in the area of Daria and Sector 30 of UT, Chandigarh. In view of the reports of illegal and unauthorized sweets shops mushroomed due to the coming festive season, a special drive was conducted in the said area. The team inspected various shops in Daria and Sector 30 of UT Chandigarh and five samples of sweets consisting of three samples of Khoya Burfi, one of Kalakand and one sample of Gurpara sweet were lifted for analysis & examination. In addition to this about 5 quintals of sweets were destroyed under Epidemic Act as they were being prepared under highly unhygienic and unsanitary conditions and were using prohibited food colours. Along with this three challans were issued to the vendors who were operating without having food licence and were working in un-hygienic conditions. The Food Business Operators were also instructed to keep hygiene and quality standards as per Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006 and were advised not to use any prohibited colours in preparation of sweets and keep the food articles covered.

First PGIMER Interventional Neuroradiology Conference (PINCON-2017) Starts

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 06th October:- The Day-1 of the first PGIMER interventional neuroradiology conference (PINCON 2017) started today and was inaugurated today by Prof Emeritus and Former Head of Neurosurgery department, PGIMER and Former Director of GMCH, Chandigarh Prof. VK KAK. The Guest of Honor was Prof SN Mathuria who spoke about development of neurointervention field at PGIMER Chandigarh. Prof N Khandelwal, Chairperson of the conference and Head, Department of Radiodiagnosis and imaging, PGIMER welcomed the delegates. Vote of thanks was delivered by Organizing Secretary Prof Vivek Gupta.
The first day was attended by over 100 experts and delegates in the field of Neurointervention from India and abroad. Prof Markus from Germany who is a leading figure in this field shared his experiences with microstents use in treating brain aneurysms. Dr R Padmanabhan from UK discussed his technique of balloon assisted coiling of the aneurysms. Prof I Grunwald  from UK, updated the audience on how to treat very small aneurysms. All the leading names in the field on neurointervention in India were present for the conference.
The cerebral aneurysms are a disease in which the artery (blood carrying channel to the brain) becomes weak and dilates leading to aneurysm formation which is like a blood filled balloon in brain. When this bursts it causes bleeding in the brain with devastating results. Traditionally these were treated by opening up brain and applying a clip on them. Now an evolving field of neurointervention is gradually replacing surgery as the treatment is done through a small hole in the groin without any brain handling or scars. This leads to faster recovery with lesser side effects for the patient. The flip side is that this treatment needs skills of high standards hence is not available everywhere and is costly when compared to the clipping.
Patients come to know about this condition either during CT/MRI of brain during routine medical screening or when the aneurysm bursts giving rise to severe headache and vomiting. It’s said that this headache is like having “worst headache of your life” which is not resolved by medical treatment and one should warn patient to seek expert help.

National Conference of Complex Engineering Systems at Mohali

By Tricitynews Reporter
SAS Nagar 06th October:- Semi-Conductor Laboratory ( SCL) , Department of Space, Govt of India, Mohali in association with Indian Society of Systems for Science and Engineering ( ISSE), Chandigarh Chapter is organizing the third National Conference ( INAC-03 ) on October 12, 2017 to October 13, 2017 at Indian School of Business, Mohali.
The Theme for the Conference is "Complex Engineering Systems of National Importance - Current Trends & Future Perspectives" covering topics in the Field of Space Systems, Defence Systems , Advanced Avionics Systems, Electronics & Computer Systems, Digital India, Energy and Environmental Systems and Advanced Materials. As the technology grows, a large number of systems from various technical areas are required to be interlinked in increasingly complex and unanticipated ways. Tackling such complexities requires systems approach and methodologies. This requires systems engineering approach, which the conference is scheduled to address.
Main objective of ISSE is to bring together scholars and practitioners from academia, business, research & development organizations for promoting systems engineering approach. More than 500 delegates and 200 students from all over the country are scheduled to participate in the today national conference.

Wildlife Week Celebration: Maharishi Dayanand Public School organizes Debate and Folk Dance Competition

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 06th October:- Maharishi Dayanand Public School Daria, Chandigarh organized a Debate with Collaboration of Environment Department, Chandigarh Administration on occasion of Wild Life Week. The students told through this competition that deforestation has created problem for wild animals. Chemical wastes and other garbage should not be thrown into the river as they may fatal for the wild animals. They told that the incidence of disease is increasing due to dirty pollution. Rahul, Vivek and Jai Sharma got first, second and third position.
Scouts and guides also performed folk dances of different states.
Principal Dr. Vinod Kumar said that tree plantation is necessary to protect rare species of wild animals. He gave away prizes to winners. He gave away mementos and certificates to winners.

Sathya Sai Seva Organisations Launches 2nd National Cleanliness Programme "Swachata Se DivyataTak" and “ Vriksh Lagao –Jeevan Dilao”

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 06th October:- The Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations India (SSSSO India) - a multi cultural international spiritual service organisation from Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh announced the launch of their nationwide cleanliness programme called “Swachata Se DivyataTak”. Nimish Pandya, All India President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations of India has launch the cleanliness drive on the Gandhi Jayanthi , October 2nd ,2017 in Raipur in the immediate presence of the Governor of Chhattisgarh Balram Das Tandon. The program will culminate on the “Avatar Declaration Day”of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Bab of Puttaparthi i.e. on 20th October 2017. This 18 day initiative across the country is being undertaken in order to promote cleanliness across the country.
This year SSSSO INDIA also emphasized on ‘ Vriksh Lagao – Jeevan Dilao” campaign as well. Speaking on this initiative Nimish Pandya, All India President said, participation in tree planting is an association with the eco system – Plant a tree, Will a legacy. He also thanked the Sate Government’s and Forest Departments for coming forward to support this initiative by helping us source plants enabling the SSSSO INDIA Seva Volunteers viz., Mahila, Sevadal, Bal Vikas children and Youth of the organization to plant the same across various states of India.
More than Eight Lakh (8, 00,000) Seva Volunteers as mentioned above across the country will be participating in this noble nation building initiative. The cleanliness drive will be divided in 3 parts: towns, villages and metros. This year 2500 plus Sathya Sai Seva Samithis are set to take part in the first of its kind Nation-wide Cleanliness programme with more than 1000 activities across 20 states of India. Firstly, the village cleanliness programme will be inaugurated post which the Seva Volunteers start cleaning the pre-decided places. The Bal Vikas Gurus along with Bal Vikas children will be organizing various competitions like Drawing, Essay and Poetry for children. The selfless seva Youth wing of the organization will also be showing short films on cleanliness followed by awareness talk on topics like “Importance of washing hands”, “Importance of personal hygiene in overall child development” etc,.
In the villages there will be an inauguration ceremony post which the Seva Volunteers will visit villages that include Sri Sathya Sai Village Integrated Program adopted villages of the organization, Sathya Sai Bhajan Mandali in villages, Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Jyothi Program adopted 900 schools and villages and also those villages from where number of Seva volunteers go for Prasanthi Nilayam Seva on an annual basis . The following activities will be undertaken by the devoted Seva volunteers i.e. cleaning the school, river banks etc and will also be creating awareness on various topics like hazards of open defecation, use of polythene, failure or absence of drainage system, importance of personal hygiene, source of safe drinking water and source of clean energy viz bio-gas and solar study lights etc.
In cities, the dedicated Seva volunteers will also be going door to door in order to create awareness regarding garbage collection and supporting solid waste management system of Municipal Corporation in slums. Speaking on this occasion,  Nimish Pandya, All India President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations of India said that this is a second year of this cleanliness campaign undertaken by the Sathya Sai Seva Organization inspired by the quote used by our Swami “Cleanliness is next to Godliness. We are very happy to be able to serve our nation by creating awareness amongst them regarding cleanliness.

Goa Getting Decked Up for Festival of Lights

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 06th October:- Diwali is one of the most important Hindu festivals and is celebrated on a grand scale in the state of Goa. This year, the festival of Diwali is a curtain raiser as it coincides with the commencement of the tourism season.  Goa is gearing up for Diwali and preparations have started with excitement and zeal across the state.
In Goa, this festival of lights has a unique significance as the Goans celebrate Narkachaturdashi on the eve of Diwali. The Narkasur legend of Diwali is well known and is the reason for the Diwali celebrations in Goa.
Legend has it that the demon Narakasura was killed by Lord Krishna and the good defeated the evil. Narakasura had terrorized the locals, killed citizens of the town and exploited them. The day when Krishna came to the rescue of these people falls a day before Lakshmi Puja. Goans celebrate Diwali mainly on Naraka Chaturdashi. This marked the end of darkness and the beginning of light.
Here the people make huge effigies and parade them in processions and are later burnt at dawn amidst a lot of firework display marking the beginning of the festival of Diwali. Narkasur competitions are also held in the major cities of Goa.
The locals celebrate Diwali to signify light triumphing over darkness.  This day is celebrated by distributing various sweets & gifts, and locals decorate their houses with bright lights, which bring good luck and happiness.


Panchkula Doctor Release Video of His Song "Mere Sanam"

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By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 06th October:- Dr. Pardeep Bhardwaj who is believes in simple living and high thinking, may be a doctor by profession but is also a singer and national sportsperson. The doctor launched video of his song Mere Sanam at Chandigarh Press Club here today.
The song has been beautifully shot and among those present for the launch were Sukhpal Sukh, famous music director, Rimpy Prince, video director, Subhash Sharma, lyricist and Rajnish Sharma and Anup Kumar of Zee TV were also present.
The song will be available on YouTube from October 7, besides its telecast on Zing of Z ETC. There are four romantic songs in the album.
Talking to media persons Dr. Pardeep Bhardwaj said all songs are full of happiness, love and send a message of living a tension free life. The songs include, ‘Mar Habba, Tauba Tauba, Zindagi Mein Ek Baar Milta Hai Pyaar and have been sung by himself.
The music director of the songs is Sukhpal Sukh who has to his credit a number of Punjabi albums. Video Director is Rimpy Prince who is a popular Punjabi and Bollywood Director. Lyrics have been written by Subhash Sharma who has written hit Bollywood songs.
Dr. Pardeep Bhardwaj is a doctor by profession who specialises in treatment of allergies. He has an experience of giving stage performances with popular artistes, including Bappi Lehri, singer, Uttam Singh, music director, to name a few. He has also sung songs originally sung by well-known singers like Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi etc. He is well acquainted with popular Bollywood starts like Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmender, Asha Parekha etc.
Dr.  Pardeep passed out from MBBS in 1983 and his name also figures in Guinness Book of World Records. He has also represented several national badminton tournaments and has been felicitated on many national platforms.
While talking to media he said he has been interested in music since he was a child. He was just 5 when he was a keen admirer of neighbour, Pandit Laxmikant who was a well know music teacher.
Dr. Pardeep Bhardwaj informed he developed taste for music and got opportunities to take part in music events. He even won cash prize of Rs. 11,000 when he was in Class X and participated in national level music competition.
He said that there is no price of something which is a passion. However not everyone can pursue his or her passion. What is needed is commitment to take it forward. He added that he is also heading a NGO by the name of Sur Sangam which encourages new singers, and also said video of other songs will also be released shortly.