Thursday, 19 April 2018

TCS:Business 4.0 Powers a Strong Finish to FY18

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Chandigarh 19th April:- Tata Consultancy Services (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), the leading IT services, consulting and business solutions firm reported its consolidated financial results according to Ind AS and IFRS, for the quarter and the financial year ended as on March 31, 2018.
Commenting on the Q4 performance, Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO and MD, said that strong demand in digital across all industry verticals and large transformational deal wins have made this one of our best fourth quarters in recent years. The strong exit allows us to start the new fiscal on a confident note.
Gopinathan added that as customers move forward in their Business 4.0 journeys, TCS is helping them leverage digital technologies to drive their growth and transformation agendas. The multiple mega-deals that we won this year are evidence that TCS is their preferred partner in such strategically important initiatives. By pioneering methodologies like the Machine First Delivery Model (MFDM™) and Location Independent Agile, we are upholding the spirit of innovation and leading change that has been a hallmark of TCS’ fifty year history.
N. Ganapathy Subramaniam, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director, said that we are executing on our Business 4.0 strategy and that is paying off very well. Our participation in our customers’ digital spending is expanding ahead of the industry. Six of our industry verticals grew above the company average in FY 18, four of them growing double digits. Strong deal wins and a good pipeline positions us very well in the new fiscal.
V. Ramakrishnan, Chief Financial Officer, said that disciplined execution delivered an all-time high cash conversion in Q4. We stayed geared for higher growth, and continued to invest in our people and in the business. With revenue growth improving, and our digital business scaling up, we expect our margins to remain in a stable range.

Volkswagen Celebrates its 10th Year of Association with Lally Motors

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Chandigarh 19th April:- Volkswagen, Europe’s leading car manufacturer, today celebrated its 10th year anniversary of its association in Punjab with its dealer partner, Lally Motors Pvt. Ltd. Over the years, this ten-year association has developed into a thriving partnership between two definitive brands, both driven by impeccable standards of quality and a constant pursuit of excellence.
Under the leadership of Saravdeep Singh Lally, Director, Lally Motors Pvt. Ltd. the network has sold over 10,000 units across carlines from Volkswagen India and has received numerous accolades. With significant recognition from Volkswagen India, including a Platinum Award for Service, the team at Lally Motors Pvt. Ltd. are also two-time recipients of the prestigious Volkswagen Gold Pin Award. The Lally Group has also successfully managed to retain its No. 1 position for customer satisfaction over the last ten years and was recently named, ‘Dealer of the Year 2017’ by FADA (The Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations).
Speaking on the occasion, Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars said that through this long-standing partnership, Volkswagen has successfully, over the last ten years, been able to strengthen its presence in North India. Our dealer partners are an integral part of solidifying our presence in the country and this milestone achievement stands testament to the collaborative efforts towards bringing the impeccable standards of Brand Volkswagen to the country.
Adding to this Saravdeep Singh Lally, Director, Lally Motors Pvt. Ltd. said that it has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of this association for the past ten years and look forward to the next milestone. We will continue to fortify our relationship with the brand as well as our premium customers in the region and are confident that we will maintain Volkswagen’s world-renowned standards of customer care and service at every touchpoint.
In the last ten years, the partnership has evolved from a single touchpoint to a network of world-class facilities in North India. With four dealerships and workshops in, Chandigarh, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Ludhiana, each dealership is equipped with a state-of-the-art 3S (Sales, Service and Spares) set-up.

Social Launches Its First Ever Brewery in India at Sector 7 Social

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Chandigarh 19th April:- Over the years, Impresario has pioneered a slew of generation defining ventures; case in point - the game changing Social. An all-day cafĂ© and bar with 19 outlets in 5 cities, Social has taken Chandigarh by storm and continues to be wildly popular there, and it’s now swung open the doors of its first ever brewery in the City B(rew)tiful’s favourite neighbourhood cafe, Sector 7 Social. Yes, you read that right - Social’s making its initial foray into brewing craft beers right here at their Chandigarh outpost! So *hop* to it - Sector 7 Social will be filling up your pitchers every day with some fresh, full-bodied goodness that’s bursting with flavours galore.
Set on the first floor of the sprawling 10,000 sq ft outlet, Sector 7 Social’s brewery is sure to satisfy every beer lover in the city. Master Brewer Amit Mishra strives to be faithful to the taste of the beers, emphasizing on the fact that no one would ever find a beer here that he wouldn’t drink himself. To that end, recognizing the importance of water in beer’s composition, the profile of each beer is carefully crafted through water chemistry. The yeast, meanwhile, is specially sourced from the US, and is the root of that delicious final result.
These bold brews come in a range of styles to cater to all palates, so every hophead can have their favourite! THE HEFNER, one of the most popular styles in the country, is out to redefine BMW (Bavarian Malt Wheat, silly!), while the FRUIT ALE, with its pineapple and watermelon aromas, will convert even the most reluctant drinker into a beer aficionado. Malt junkies, the WEE HEAVY SCOTCH ALE is the strong, hearty brew of your dreams, while the STOUT will play havoc with your taste buds - with its subtle hints of chocolate and barley, which gives this mixture its distinctive dark colour. The NEIPA, a summery brew bursting with the tang of raw mango and litchi, is currently trending worldwide and has finally made its way to Chandigarh.
Speaking about the launch, Riyaaz Amlani, C.E.O. & MD, Impresario Handmade Restaurants (parent company of Social) said that this brewery promises to offer nothing but the most delicious, freshly brewed beers to our customers. Our clear vision is to make true-to-style craft beers and introduce international styles every other month. We have received nothing but love from Chandigarh and it’s been an amazing ride here for Social so far. We hope that the brewery is as sensational as the city itself.
With this latest introduction, Social is aiming to break the monotony of the everyday after-work beer. Think exceptional brewing skills, authentic ingredients, and an array of aromas - and it seems like they’re all set for a BREW-tiful explosion, the likes of which Chandigarh has never seen before.
So ditch those bottles, grab your mugs, and beat the heat with these craft beers, cause Sector 7 Social’s brewery is #NowPouring.

Chandigarh-based Journalist Chronicles Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s Idea of Revolution

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Chandigarh 19th April:- Prof. Jagmohan Singh, nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh released ‘Discovery of Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s Pistol and his Ahisma’, a book authored by journalist Jupinderjit Singh today at the Chandigarh Press Club.
Jupinderjit chronicles the 86 years journey of  the US made 32 Colt pistol, which was used to kill British Police Officer JP Saunders on December 17, 1928; and how Shaheed Bhagat Singh was perhaps a stronger preacher of non-violence than Mahatma Gandhi.
Jupinderjit Singh said that the idea of this book developed soon after he discovered the lost pistol of the great martyr in November 2016. Bhagat Singh had used it to kill a British Police Officer J. P. Saunders at Lahore in 1928. The last written record of the pistol was in 1931 when a Lahore court handed over it to police for safe keep. As he held the gun before the BSF officers in Indore, He felt Goosebumps and a lump in his throat. He was touching something which the great hero of India’s freedom struggle had carried with him.
The book launch was followed by an interactive session between the authors Jupinderjit Singh, Vivek Atray, renowned author & motivational speaker, and DGP Punjab Suresh Arora.
Speaking about his revelation to write the book on Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the author said that he never imagined he would be writing a book on Shaheed Bhagat Singh one day. He thought himself as someone who would be writing mainly on love, in all its beauty and fall. But then, can any love be higher than the love for one’s motherland and those great heroes who laid down their lives for this love? While writing the book,  he tried to know the martyr, to understand his ideology, his longing to get the nation freed, his idea of revolution and his views on violence and non-violence.
He further added that he was also posed with questions as to what makes the martyr so charismatic that one’s head bows in reverence at the mere mention of his name today, so many years after he went to the gallows. With all these questions, he sat down to write about his journey in tracing the pistol. But the narrative soon became the journey to understand how he is more relevant in today’s India: an India, where religion, caste, and communal sentiments have become the basis of vote-bank politics.
Syncing with his thoughts, Vivek Atray said that the book stands testament to how the one-time use of the pistol, thus, turned out be a symbol of Bhagat Singh’s idea of revolution. Needless to say, no one could have written the book in a well-knit manner like Jupinderjit.
Prof. Jagmohan Singh, who has edited complete works of Shaheed Bhagat Singh & his comrades, and autobiography and speeches of Sardar Ajit Singh, uncle of Shaheed Bhagat Singh said that he was an unsung preacher of non-violence than anyone else and he feel glad that journalists like Jupinderjit are doing justice to the same.
Jupinderjit Singh said that he has tried to put into words his understanding of the mind of the martyr. It is based on the available material on him, and he would like to insist that the aim of this book is a glorification not of his violent act, but of the intellect and wisdom of a young 23-year-old.

Sony SAB’s Jija Ji Chhat Per Hain: Are Pancham-Pintu Hiding a Top Secret

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Chandigarh 19th April:- Sony SAB’s comedy drama Jija ji Chhat Per Hain is winning hearts courtesy the chemistry of its leading pair Hiba Nawab and Nikhil Khurana. The show has been garnering great interest due to the new tracks the storyline offers.
The viewers recently witnessed the series when Elaichi was dressed as a foreigner and flirted with Pancham. However, she was caught by Murari(Anup Upadhyay) and her pranks was revealed.
The next day, news about the sleeper cell being activated in Chandi Chowk is spread across. Daroga(Naveen Bawa) informs Murari about the alias of sleeper cells being newly married couples which makes everyone suspicious of Pintu and Pancham. Increasing the drama, Daroga reaches Murari’s house and asks Pancham and Pintu(Harveer Singh) for a photo or a marriage certificate as a proof.
Agitated about the entire situation, Pancham and Pintu turn towards the talented Elaichi who comes up with a plan and arranges for a fake wedding shoot. During the fake photo shoot, the twist comes when Murari enters the room.
Commenting on the track, Nikhil Khurana who plays Pancham said that now Pancham is in a fix as his secret is about to get revealed. He is also asked to present his marriage certificate that’s when the situation becomes funny and tricky.

Director PGIMER Wins Prestigious “Best Video” Award at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Conference

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Chandigarh 19th April:- Prof. Jagat Ram once again made PGIMER, Chandigarh and India proud by winning the prestigious “Best Video” Award at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Conference held at Washington D.C, USA from April, 13th -17th 2018 for the management of Cataract in a new born baby with Congenital Glaucoma also known as “Kala Motia”. Congenital Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of childhood blindness and the techniques of management of cataract in these complicated cases are very scarcely reported.  It was one of the most challenging and unique cases performed by the team of Advanced Eye Centre where a giant lens was especially designed and customized with the help of BIOTEC Company according to the size of the eye.  
This is the third time when Prof. Jagat Ram won the award at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery meeting which gets representation from over 90 countries and the film festival is like the Oscar’s of Eye surgery. Earlier in 2013, he was awarded the Best of the Best award and for the management of Double crystalline lens at the ASCRS Conference at San Francisco, USA and then again in 2016 he won the Best of the Best Award in New Orleans, USA for a new surgical technique for Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous.  
Prof.  Jagat Ram has attended the 3rd meeting and made the hattrick by winning this prestigious award at the ASCRS, 2018. This surgical technique documented for the first time in the world by Prof Jagat Ram will help millions of small children in near future who are in danger of losing their sight due to congenital glaucoma and related diseases.

Samena Capital Takes 35% Stake in Bloom Hotels at INR 330 Crore Valuation

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Chandigarh 19th April:- Bloom Hotels (“Bloom”) is swiftly moving ahead with its expansion plans after a primary capital injection of Rs 100 crores by Samena Capital in the company’s Series B investment round. The investment values Bloom at 330 crores and will help roll out the company’s innovative affordable brands to all Indian cities. With this investment Samena Capital has taken a 35% stake in Bloom Hotels. 
After pioneering its unique hotel concepts across key India markets like Bengaluru, New Delhi, Gurgaon and Goa, Bloom has recently picked up the pace of expansion in pursuit of its aim to set up 100 hotels across South Asia. The expansion coincides with India becoming the world’s third-largest airline market. Demand growth is also being driven by the emerging middle income group and growing discretionary consumption. 
Commenting on the investment, Shirish Saraf, Founder and Vice-Chairman of Samena Capital said that we are delighted to partner with Bloom, a truly differentiated company that can bring transformational change to the industry. Bloom has proven its unique business model by achieving operational profitability across its current portfolio in a very short period of time.
Sanjeev Sethi, COO of Bloom, said that we are proud to have Samena on board as we grow the Bloom brand across South Asia in quick time. We look forward to benefiting from the Samena team’s proven track record in working with consumer facing companies at the high growth stage.

Fans Gets Chance to Experience VIVO IPL Matches Live with Their Family and Favorite TV Character

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Chandigarh 19th April:- Star Plus has always endeavored to touch the lives of its viewers through its characters and stories. With ‘Star Plus Dekho, Vivo IPL Jaao’ consumer engagement program,  the channel gives its viewers a dream opportunity to spend an unforgettable day with their favorite character watching the most celebrated sporting event – VIVO IPL 2018. The fans are ecstatic as their loved TV characters like Anika, Naira, Kanak, Kullfi among others become a part of their own family by rooting for their favorite VIVO IPL team watching the match live in stadium with them and their family. This initiative has transformed the strong reel relationship between characters and fans into a real life bond for life by giving fans money can’t buy experience.
The stars of the evening, the fans even get to share an unforgettable moment with a cricketer and take back the memory captured through a picture.
Overwhelmed winner of the contest Rajinder Sethi said that it is not every day that such an opportunity comes our way. He is thankful to STAR Plus for giving us this chance to watch a match live in the stadium. The way the team treated us in terms of hospitality is overwhelming. Also, the icing on the cake is that we watched the match with his favorite actor Shrenu Parikh aka Gauri of Ishqbaaaz. Couldn’t have asked for more. I’m super excited and really happy for this one.
On meeting the fan and his family the ecstatic actor Shrenu Parikh aka Gauri Kumari Sharma from Ishqbaaaz said that she have always been an ardent fan of cricket and she love watching matches in the stadium. She is really excited to meet Chris Gayle if she do get the chance because she is watching her favorite Kings XI Punjab play the match in Mohali. She is extremely excited and thankful to STAR Plus for making her meet fans of the show and giving her a change to spend time with them too.

Director PGI Receives Kayakalp Award from Union Health Minister

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Chandigarh 19th April:- J.P. Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India handed over a citation and an award of Rs 1.5 crore to PGIMER, Chandigarh today in New Delhi during a function held for bestowing Kayakalp awards to different institutes. PGIMER Chandigarh has been ranked second in category A of central government institutions. Along with Prof Jagat Ram Director PGIMER, Amitabh Avasthi Deputy Director and Dr. A.K Gupta Medical Superintendent received the award. 
The award's criteria and weightage were based on internal, external and peer assessment of hospital upkeep, sanitation and hygiene, support services, waste management, infection control, hygiene promotion and feedback mechanism from public on cleanliness. There were two categories of hospital assessed based on infrastructure, patient load, bed strength, support structure, etc. PGIMER, Chandigarh was under Category A. Other hospitals were AIIMS, New Delhi; Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi; Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi; LHMC & Associate Hospitals, New Delhi; JIPMER, Puducherry; RIMS, Imphal, Manipur and Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha.
In 2016-17, PGIMER Chandigarh stood third and in 2015-16 was awarded the first prize.

Manish Arora Comes on Board as Ideation Partner with Pearl Academy

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Chandigarh 19th April:- Pearl Academy, India’s leading institution in design, fashion, business and media, has collaborated with world renowned designer Manish Arora as their ideation partner. As part of this collaboration, he visited the Mumbai campus of Pearl Academy and interacted with students and faculty. During this visit, Manish Arora, whose astute craftsmanship and unique play on colours has elevated him to become one of the most celebrated contemporary designers of our times, shared his experiences with design students. He advised students to work hard and stressed on the need to think globally. Students were completely enthralled by his presence and success stories. This is Manish Arora’s first visit to Pearl Academy’s Mumbai campus.  
Manish Arora has redefined fashion trends not just in India but across the world. In March, nine students from Pearl Academy, including two from Mumbai campus had assisted the fashion designer for his show at the Paris Fashion Week 2018, where he has been exhibiting regularly since a decade. 
The ace designer took Pearl students on an interesting career journey through a motivational presentation wherein he explained how he became one of the leading designers in the country. It was a moment of great inspiration and learning for the students. This was followed by Manish’s interaction with the media and well-known bloggers from the city. 
This collaboration aims to provide the required learning and international exposure to Pearl Academy students enabling them to create a mark across the world. Students from Fashion Design and Luxury Brands course will get to intern and accompany Manish Arora to the Paris Fashion Week, twice a year. Pearl Academy students will also get an opportunity to design a collection under Manish Arora’s ideation guidance and these would then be retailed at Pearl Academy exclusive pop-up store.
Talking about his latest collaboration, Manish Arora said that he is honored to be associated with Pearl Academy as their Ideation Partner and have the students’ intern with him on Paris Fashion Week. The experience will expand their knowledge and horizons on design and business aspects of the fashion industry. He hopes to help nurture these bright and creative minds with the desired knowledge, experience and skills.
Ruchita Verma, Mumbai Campus Director said that our students have had a very enriching experience at Paris Fashion Week this year. There is no one better than him in the industry, with his years of experience and wisdom, to mentor and guide our students as they prepare to enter the professional world.
The association aims to provide international exposure and learning experiences to Pearl students.
Twice a year, selected students across Pearl Academy will get the opportunity to intern with Manish for a period of 2 months prior to Paris fashion week. Students would design a collection of 10 pieces, 5 SKU’s each. Manish and his team would finalize 200 pieces and shall identify minimum 75 SKU’s that shall be produced for the Pearl Academy’s Pop Up store.