Friday, 10 November 2017

3-Day 17th All-India Poetess Conference Begins in City

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 10th November:- Navjot Singh Sidhu, Minister for Cultural Affairs &  Tourism, inaugurated the 3-day 17th All-India Poetess Conference ( AIPC ) at Punjab Arts Council here today.  The conference is being organized in collaboration with the Punjab Art Council.
Over 350 poetess from all parts of India and 14 foreign countries, attired in their traditional dresses, took part in the conference.
The prominent poetess who are taking part are ; Dr Stream Lete from Shillong, Pooja Gupta from Nepal, Guridner Gill from Malaysia , Veena Budki from Kashmir and Dr Supriya P and Dr C. Radhamani both from Kerela, Sunita Murti from Karnataka , Rana Meer from Dubai and Surjeet Kalki from Canada.
While welcoming  Navjot Singh Sidhu, Simrat Sumera, conference convener said that we at AIPC feel honoured and privileged to have full support of him. It was under his patronage that we have succeeded to conduct such a large scale conference.
Speaking during occasion, Navjot Singh Sidhu said that women occupy a prominent place in the society and they are the axis of purity, goodness and gentleness around which the well-being and progress of any society revolves.
He said that such occasions symbolize the women power and clearly signifies the trend that sees them taking their deserving and rightful place in the society around the globe.
Calling the present occasion a special one in the annals of Punjab, the minister said that it is heartening to see famous poetesses from all around the country lending grace to this prestigious event. He also said that such events act as a unifying force with people from diverse backgrounds gathering at a common place and getting to know about the culture, traditions, art, literature, customs and history of the other states thus strengthening the ideology of unity in diversity.
Divulging about the steps being taken to give a fillip to the art, literary and cultural activities, Navjot Singh Sidhu announced the approval of Rs. 2.01 crore grant to the Punjab Kala Parishad and Rs. 33 lakh to the each of the 3 academies, Punjab Sahit Academy, Punjab Lalit Kala Academy and Sangeet Natak Academy, functioning under the Punjab Kala Parishad.
Padmashree,  Surjit Patrar , Cha irman of PAC said that lingual harmony is the need of the hour as it is a perfect way to achieve synchronization among the vastly different cultures existing in the country. He also reiterated that the Punjab Kala Parishad would leave no stone unturned to ignite the fire of renewed awareness about Punjab's culture and historical heritage at the grassroots level.
Dr. Lari Azad, founder-AIPC said that apart from Punjabi, poetess of languages ​​such as Kannada, Bangla, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Urdu, Hindi, Kashmari are taking part in it. The conference is a great platform for the people of India to share literature, culture and culture of Punjab.”
On first day of conference today, sessions on Multilingual Kavya Dhara , Parvasi Punjabi Kavita and South Indian Kavya Dhara were held.
During occasion, around 2-dozne books of poetess including AIPC own souvenir, Journal of Humanities and Social Science (JHSS) and International magazine ‘Kaljayee’  November editions were released by Navjot Singh Sidhu.
The other released books are; Dr Anju Singh’s authored ‘Rashtrapati Saashan’, Dr Sandeep’s authored ‘Gandhi ji aur Hindi patarkaarita’ and Dr Shakti Bodh’s authored ‘Karamveer were also released. The there books are published by AIPC itself.  
Jyoti Narayan from Telegana English poetry book ‘Shabd Jyoti’ was also released besides Krishan Bhanot from Canada Punjabi book ‘Gazal Di Bantar’ and Surinder Singh Seerat from US Punjabi book ‘Aroope Harf’.

FieldFresh Brings Authentic Oriental Flavours to India through Strategic Partnership with Japanese Brand KIKKOMAN

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 10th November:- FieldFresh Foods Pvt Ltd., a Joint venture between Bharti Enterprises & Del Monte Pacific Limitedtoday announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with the Japanese Heritage Food Brand, KIKKOMAN, to introduce its globally acclaimed Soy Sauce in India.With this partnership, FieldFresh Foods will have the exclusive rights to manufacture and market Kikkoman products in India, thereby strengthening its condiment portfolio in the market.
Speaking about the partnership  Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Chairman, FieldFresh Foods Pvt. Ltd. said that we are delighted to partner with Kikkoman Corporation. This is a significant milestone and in line with the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. We are confident with Kikkoman’s expertise in the premium oriental condiments segment and our deep consumer understanding of the Indian market will help both the companies to emerge as a leading player in the segment and achieve market leadership in the next 3-5 years.
Rakesh Bharti Mittal added that with a surge in specialized restaurants offering Oriental cuisine, we are expecting the partnership to also give a significant boost to our B2B business.
Osamu Mogi - Director, Executive Corporate Officer of International Operations Division, KIKKOMAN added that we are very excited to partner with FieldFresh Foods in India to introduce KIKKOMAN. The partnership will not only allow us to enter the vibrant Indian subcontinent, but also help us build and develop Japanese food culture in the country. KIKKOMAN is committed to promote international exchange of food culture, and with Del Monte’s well-established presence in both modern trade (supermarket chains) and foodservice, a tie-up with them allows us to leverage our combined strength which will be enriching for customers. As we continue to promote excellence through our products, we are hopeful that the collaboration will familiarize people with Kikkoman offerings and define us as one of the most trusted companies in the world.
The KIKKOMAN range of products will be manufactured at FieldFresh Foods’ state of the art manufacturing facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, which was set up with an initial investment of approx. Rs.150 crores in 2009-10.
The size of the Indian Soy Sauce market is estimated at INR. 100 Cr in retail and foodservice combined, and is expected to grow at 20% YoY. Given the massive opportunity that the sector presents, Del Monte is targeting to lead the premium oriental condiments category in India over the next 3-5 years.
Yogesh Bellani, CEO, FieldFresh Foods Pvt. Ltdsaid that we have been expanding our oriental condiments portfolio with the combined efforts of Del Monte’s global heritage, and now with KIKKOMAN’s expertise in Japanese cuisine, we are hopeful to expand our footprint in growing the condiments segment. We aim to achieve a market leadership position in the premium oriental condiments segment.
Currently, Del Monte in India is present in four categories including Culinary, Beverage, Italian and Packaged Food, and has a strong condiments portfolio of ketchups, mayonnaise, pizza sauces etc. With the growing appetite for Pan Asian cuisine in India, FieldFresh Foods collaborated with KIKKOMAN to expand and strengthen its footprint in the Oriental condiments space, both in retail and in foodservice segments. KIKKOMAN is the number one Japanese Soy sauce brand in the world and one of the global leaders in Oriental condiments.  They manufacture and sell soy sauce, soy sauce-based seasonings, and foodstuffs worldwide.

Asahi India Glass Ltd. Announces Commencement of Commercial Production at Their Taloja Float Glass Plant

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 10th November:- In a move aimed at further strengthening the position of Asahi India Glass (AIS) as India’s leading value-added and integrated glass company, AIS is all set to commence production at the Company’s Taloja plant.
Along with the Company’s fifth auto glass plant in Gujarat, the AIS Taloja plant will further add to the scale and flexibility of AIS in providing seamless supplies to customers in the architectural and auto segments, which includes all leading automotive OEMS.
Very extensive and highly modernised new float glass plant equipped with the latest in glass manufacturing technology, the Taloja Plant will have the capability to produce high-quality value-added glass for both, the architectural and the automotive glass segments, with an installed capacity to manufacture 550 tonnes of glass per day.
Speaking about the plant, Sanjay Labroo, MD & CEO, Asahi India Glass (AIS) said that the Taloja Pant will not only increase our capacity by approx. 60% but it will have the ability to make the highest grades of glass for the architectural market directly, and for value-added purposes like mirroring, hard-coating, soft-coating and high-level processing. Most importantly, it will have the capability to make the highest standards of automotive raw glass giving AIS 100% capability to make our own automotive glass.
Sanjay Ganjoo COO, Architectural Glass, AIS, added that this initiative will further strengthen our competitiveness in both the architectural and automotive glass value chain, helping consolidate AIS’s position as India’s leading integrated glass company.
The formal inauguration of the Taloja Plant will be held on 9th November and will be attended by Masahiro Takeda, Regional President–Asia Pacific, Building & Industrial Glass, Asahi Glass Co. (AGC), along with Sanjay Labroo, MD & CEO, Asahi India Glass Ltd (AIS), Sanjay Ganjoo COO, Architectural Glass, AIS, along with other senior management members.

70th Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam: Preparations in Full Swing

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 10th November:- A beautiful township of tents and Shamianas is fast coming up in the Capital along Burari Road to host its largest spiritual get together i.e., the 70th Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam.
Navneet Pathak Sanyojak Chandigarh branch said that Presided over by Her Holiness Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji Maharaj, the 3-day Samagam is scheduled to be held from November 18 to 20, 2017. Lakhs of devotees of the Sant Nirankari Mission and other God-loving people from across the world are expected to participate.
Ever since Satguru Mata Ji inaugurated the preparations on the grounds on October 8, all activities from levelling the ground to putting up tents and preparing gates have been going on in full swing to catch with the dates. Sewadal volunteers and other devotees from various parts of the country have been visiting Delhi and participating in the preparations day and night. These batches, however, keep on changing every week so that more and more devotees get a chance for Sewa which is considered here as the best expression of one’s devotion to God. The local followers of the Mission from Delhi and Greater Delhi are coming turn by turn from various colonies on daily basis and working from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm.
All the participants coming from outside Delhi will be provided the boarding and lodging facilities at the Samagam complex itself.  Special care is, therefore, taken to provide the transport, water, electricity, sewerage and other necessary amenities. The various departments of the Government of Delhi and other agencies are giving full cooperation in their respective areas. Langar (free food) will be served in every residential ground separately. 
Besides the main congregation Pandal, various departments of the Sant Niranakri Mandal will set up their offices to assist the devotees coming from outside. An exhibition, Nirankari Pardarshani, will be an important centre of attraction for the devotees, besides the publication stalls. 
Her Holiness Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji Maharaj spends a lot of time on the Samagam Grounds to provide necessary guidance as also to bless those engaged in selfless service. Satguru Mata Ji is keen to see that every devotee coming to participate in the Samagam finds his or her stay comfortable and blissful. 

IIM Shillong Emerges Winner of India’s Largest Case Study Challenge–YES BANK Transformation Series

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 10th November:- YES BANK Transformation Series, India’s largest case study challenge, crowned Team ‘Easy Company’ from IIM Shillong as the winner of the 6th edition of YES BANK Transformation Series – 2017 at the Grand Finale held at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi, on November 9, 2017.
In addition to pre-placement interview opportunities with YES BANK and the privilege of working on a case set by the Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog; the winners from IIM Shillong will receive a prize money of INR 5 lakh, first runner up–IIM Bangalore will take home INR 3 lakh and the second runner up Indian School of Business, Hyderabad a prize of INR 2 lakh. An aggregate of INR 16 lakh in prize money was distributed across the 15 finalists of the challenge.
The Grand Finale was attended by Ramanathan Ramanan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and Shaurya Doval, Director, India Foundation.
Launched in 2010, YES BANK Transformation Series is a one-of-a-kind platform that offers students across the world an opportunity to work on real-life industry challenges faced by the financial sector. Over the years, the focus has been on various disruptive concepts such as digital financial inclusion and complete digitalization. So far, more than 75,000 students have participated in this challenge, making it India’s largest case study challenge.
This year, YES BANK partnered with 10 case partners for the 1st round, including IBM, Nasscom, CISCO, Microsoft,, Numberz, Redcarpet, Rupeeseed, Intellecap and Singapore International Foundation.
The Finalists of this year’s challenge were from IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, XLRI Jamshedpur, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Indore, IIFT Delhi, ISB Hyderabad, FMS Delhi, NITIE Mumbai, IIM Shillong, NMIMS Mumbai, IIM Ranchi and Goa Institute of Management.
The teams presented their ideas to an esteemed jury comprising policymakers, doyens of Indian Inc. and academia such as Ramanathan Ramanan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission; Aditya Khanna, MD & CEO, ART Special Situations Finance (India) Pvt. Ltd.; Karan Bajwa, MD, IBM India; Varsha Tagare, MD, Qualcomm Ventures; Nikhil Rungta, MD, Intuit India; Nandita Mathur, Editor, Mint; Satyavati Berera, COO, PwC; Deepti Dutt, Director- Smart Cities, Microsoft India; Sanjeev Malhotra, CEO, Centre of Excellence- IoT, Nasscom.
Speaking about the competition, Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES BANK said that the Indian economy is witnessing a phase characterized by design, innovation and creativity-led entrepreneurship, against the backdrop of supportive government policies and favourable demographics. At YES BANK, it is our constant endeavour to interact with youth and channelize their entrepreneurial spirit in the right direction, with an emphasis on design thinking and innovation. The YES BANK Transformation Series presents a unique opportunity for students to provide innovative solutions to real life challenges facing India Inc. today, by allowing them to take up the role of business leaders and test their mettle against the world, thereby showcasing their innovative thinking. In the sixth edition of this case study challenge, in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Transformation Series provides a unique opportunity for young innovators to be a part of a national challenge and I am looking forward to the solutions shared by them to transform India into a Smart Agri Nation.
Ramanan Ramanathan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission said that there is a great opportunity to leverage technology in increasing agri productivity, farmer productivity, farmer incomes, reducing costs, reducing climatic dependencies, improving storage and distribution, improving agri-logistics management and supply chain management, food research leveraging technologies such as IoT, big data and analytics, preservation technologies, precision agriculture technologies, irrigation water management and so on. NITI’s/AIM’s vision is to accelerate the adoption of these technologies for the growth of farmer incomes as well as job creations. In this regard, the Atal Innovation Mission synergies with the YES BANK Transformation Series provides a platform for increased collaboration, incentivization and reach to thousands of potential innovators of this country, addressing the smart challenges posed for the benefit of the nation.

Connect Broadband Collaborates with nexGTv

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 10th November:- Connect Broadband, the market leader in wire-line and broadband segment, and Videocon Wallcam, a fast growing brand in end-to-end security & surveillance solutions, have partnered with nexGTv.
 India's favorite entertainment destination to offer world-class, entertainment experience on multiple screens including mobiles, tablets and/or laptops/PCs.   With numerous awards under its belt, nexGTv offers an entertainment bouquet with a wide choice of programs across genres and languages offering  170+ Live TV channels, 1000+ blockbuster movies, and 8000+ hours of choicest Videos on Demand. 
With the rapidly increasing consumption of online content within Indian Homes, more and more internet users want entertainment at the click of a button. The Connect nexGTv association will enable Connect customers to enjoy endless number of options offered by nexGTv, bringing LIVE TV program streaming with just a click to your mobile phone. nexGtv keeps entertainment one notch higher to suit all your moods.
Among its host of unique features, the 'Pause and Resume where you left’;  quickly to discover your preferred content basis the time in hand; and Quick zapping, browsing more content while watching are the most sought-after features. You can also manage your data consumption with the innovative data saving mode available on the nexGTv mobile app. 
nexGTv lets you share what you are watching with friends via SMS, Facebook and Twitter. It has an inbuilt feature that allows you to browse through the app without interrupting your mobile TV by simply minimizing the new video player. The nexGTv mobile app has been reviewed as the most user-friendly app which automatically serves the best video recommendations for viewing pleasure based on the time you choose and has pioneered several technological innovations in the Indian OTT video streaming space.  
Talking about the exclusive tie up with nexGTv, Arvind Bali, Director and CEO, Connect Broadband and Videocon Telecommunications Ltd. said that we have partnered with nexGTv, to offer world-class entertainment experience on multiple screens including mobiles, tablets and laptops/PCs. This association is our attempt to go that extra mile for our loyal customers to keep them entertained, happy and satisfied. We want our customers to rely on us for content, speed, connectivity and of course entertainment. 
Abhesh Verma, COO – nexGTv, added that OTT entertainment today is not just about delivering the best content to viewers, it is also increasingly about ensuring that the entertainment experience remains seamless and immersive across multiple platforms. High-speed internet connectivity is one of the prerequisites of providing an unmatched holistic viewing experience to users, which is why we have partnered with Connect Broadband. We are confident that this strategic partnership will add immense value to all parties involved, and will enable more consumers across the country to enjoy our superior content offerings and innovative tech products.

PGI Professor Elected as President of Indian Society of Neuroradiology

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 10th November:- Dr. Paramjeet Singh, Professor, Department of Radiodiagnosis, PGIMER, Chandigarh was elected as President of Indian Society of Neuroradiology (ISNR) at its annual meeting held at Gurugram .  This society was formed twenty years back with the first conference held in Chandigarh. The society has  now nearly 400 members practicing diagnostic Neuroradiology for brain diseases and Neuro-interventions for treatment of brain strokes, aneurysm etc. The main aim of the society is to promote latest techniques in diagnosing brain diseases and their treatment, a branch rapidly developing in India.
Dr. Ajay Kumar, Additional Professor from the same department was elected as Joint Secretary and Dr. Vivek Gupta, Professor, as executive member.
The scientific e-poster presented by Dr. Nirmalya Ray, DM Resident from the department of Radiodiagnosis was adjudged as the best poster at the conference.

Haryana is Celebrating "GITA JAYANTI" as International Gita Mahotsav in Kurukshetra

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 10th November:- The hallowed land of Kurukshetra is known as the pivot of Indian Culture and Spirituality through the ages.  On the sacred banks of river Saraswati the epoch ending battle of Mahabharta was fought at the end of Dwaper Yuga.  On the eve of this battle the eternal message of Bhagwad gita was delivered by Lord Krishna to Arjuna to wipe out his delusion and despondency.
Every year on the 11th day of bright fortnight of the month of Margshirsha, the birth anniversary of Bhagavadgita is celebrated, which some time falls in the month of November or in December.  This year it falls on 30th November, 2017.  The Government of Haryana since last year is celebrating the festival of GITA JAYANTI (anniversary of Srimad Bhagwad Gita) as International Gita Mahotsav in Kurukshetra.  Various religious, educational and social organizations from all over India in association with Kurukshetra Development Board, Haryana organizes activities like Gita Path, Yoga Camps, Gita Exhibitions, Book Fair on Gita, Heritage Craft Fair, Mediation Camps, International Gita Seminar and International Cultural Events etc.  The Hon’ble President of India has given his kind consent to inaugurate the International Gita Mahotsav this year on 25th November, 2017.
Looking ahead to the current year celebrations National Integrated Forum of Artists and Activist, a leading socio cultural organisation of Haryana today visited Chandigarh to spread out a message for the International Gita Mahotsav 2017 to be held in Kurukshetra from 17th November to 3rd December 2017.  The Department of Cultural Affairs, Chandigarh Administration organised cultural event for the same in Post Graduate College for Girls, Sector 42 Chandigarh where in members of the Gita Sandesh Bharat Yatra came forward to spread the concept and message of this festival of spirituality and cultural realms.  Rakesh Kumar Popli, Director Higher Education was the chief guest of the event.
Gita Sandesh Bharat Yatra team presented the choreography on Bhagwad GITA with the help of cultural department and screened a documentary on Kurukshetra and International Gita Mahotsav. The Team also presented coffee table book on the historical importance and International GITA Mahotsav to the Chief Guest. 
On the day of Gita Jayanti on 30th November a Global Chanting of 18 Shlokas of Gita is being organized from 12 noon to 15.15 pm with the help of various voluntary & spiritual organizations in different parts of the globe.