Thursday, August 30, 2012

Reassuring Verdicts

Reassuring Verdicts

The Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of India (CPI) has issued the following statement on August 30, 2012 on conviction of the accused in the Naroda Patiya riot case in Gujarat:
The CPI welcomes the verdict of the special court on August 29, 2012 convicting former BJP minister Maya Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case in Gujarat along with 30 others. The court found BJP MLA Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi guilty under Sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder) of the IPC in the post-Godhra riots case in which 97 people belonging to the minority community had lost their lives.
The state government misused the state administration to get the culprits exonerated. The Supreme Court appointed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in 2008 at the request of Zakia Jafri and the NHRC. The Supreme Court has gone to great lengths in bringing the powerful vested interests before law by setting up the SIT.
The verdict clearly vindicates the secular parties’ stand that Gujarat chief minister and the state machinery were behind the post-Godhra killings. This is probably the first case in Modi’s Gujarat where conviction has taken place on the powerful personalities, who were involved in the attacks on minorities.
CPI also welcomes the Supreme Court judgment on Ajmal Kasab, who is responsible for killing a large number of innocent people in Mumbai, as part of terrorist onslaught on India.

    South Asia Social Development Unit (SASDS) & South Asia Health Nutrition and Population Unit (SASHN)

Cordially invite you to the   
South Asia Gender Initiative
Speaker Series 
Gender-Inclusive Nutrition Activities in South Asia
Chair: Maria Correia, Sector Manager, SASDS
Speaker: Dr. Rukshana Haider, TAHN Bangladesh

Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Time: 8:30 am (DC), 6:30 PM (Dhaka)
Location: MC 3-850 in HQ. Other VC venues and times given below for Dhaka, Delhi, Islamabad, Kathmandu, Kabul and Colombo.
Audio Dial In Number:  +1-202-414-3526 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +1-202-414-3526      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

(Breakfast will be served)
Agenda: 1. Findings from the Gender-Inclusive Nutrition Activities in South Asia Mapping Study

    The dissemination note for the study is attached below, and the full report can be downloaded by clicking here.
    (See attached file: GenderNutritionSAR_Mapping_DisseminationNote.pdf)
2. Presentation by Dr. Haider on TAHN Bangladesh

    Dr Rukhsana Haider is Chairperson of the Training and Assistance for Health and Nutrition (TAHN) Foundation in Bangladesh. Under Dr. Haider's leadership, the TAHN Foundation supports community-based peer counsellors for improving infant and young child feeding and nutrition, as well as adolescent and maternal nutrition. She is also a senior Technical Adviser to the Gates Foundation's Alive and Thrive project in the country. Prior to TAHN, Dr. Haider spent several years at the World Health Organization (WHO)'s South East Asia Regional Offices as the Adviser for  Nutrition for Health and Development and before that, with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). Dr. Haider holds a PhD in Public Health Nutrition from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. 

3. Discussion. External participants should email Mona at for more details.

VC Venue, Dial Information and Time

|Location |Dial Out Number            | Time   |
|Dhaka-1      |Dial Out-      | 6:30 pm|
|New Delhi-12 |Dial Out- | 6:00 pm|
|Islamabad-5 |Dial Out- | 5:30 pm|
|Kathmandu-4 |Dial Out- | 6:15 pm|
|Kabul-2      |Dial Out- | 5:00 pm|
|Colombo-2 |Dial Out- | 6:00 pm|
|MC3-850VC |Dial Out-      | 8:30 am|

The SAGE Speaker Series is also supported by AusAid. The authors of the report gratefully acknowledge the support of the South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (SAFANSI) for this research. SAFANSI is supported by both AusAID and UKaid from the Department for International Development.
Sharmila Nicollet storms into lead in second leg of Hero-WGAI Tour

Bangalore, August 29: Sharmila Nicollet stormed into lead with a very steady two-under 68 that put her one shot ahead of Nalini Singh Siwach (68), who, too, carded a fine 68 in the second round of the second leg of theHero-WGAI Women’s Pro Tour at Clover Greens in Bangalore.

Sharmila, who was in a tie for second overnight, was three-under through 13 holes, before her first and only mishap of the day in the form of a bogey came on 14th. She then parred the last four holes for a 68, which was the best round thus far in the tournament.

Also giving Sharmila a run for her money was young Nalini Singh Siwach (68) who overtook overnight leader Smriti Mehra (72) to take the second spot. Nalini was at even par 140, one behind Sharmila whose aggregate is 139. Smriti is lying third at 141.

Neha Tripathi (72) was placed fourth at 143 while Ankita Kedalya (72) was fifth at 147 and Shraddhanjali Singh (74) was sixth at 148.

Sharmila opened with five pars before a birdie came her way on the par-4 sixth. Five more pars elapsed before back to back birdies on 12th and 13th. Then after a lone bogey on 14th, she steadied with four pars.

Nalini was two-under through nine, but then dropped bogeys on tenth and 11th. She birdied the 14th and 15thto come back into red numbers and she stayed under par with three more pars.

Smriti’s day started with a birdie o first, but she dropped a double on the second. One more birdie against two bogeys saw her finish the front nine in 38. A double bogey on 10th meant she was four-over. But three birdies against one bogey retrieved the day and she finished at 72.

Vani Kapoor, who lost the first leg, Hero-KGA tournament, last week, shot a second successive 76 and was placed 11th, while Meghna Bal, who had a fine 71 on first day went to a 80 on second.

The event carries a purse of Rs. 5 lakhs and is the second in the schedule of the Tour which has 12 events.

Tee times for third and final round:
9:00 AM: Nalini Singh (159)/ Mita Gowande (159)
9:10 AM: Nikki Ponappa (158)/ Trisha Sunil (A)(157)
9:20 AM: Priya Puri (156)/ Pallavi Jain (156)/ Rani Sonti (155)
9:30 AM: Preetinder Kaur (154)/ Vani Kapoor (152)/ Meghna Bal (151)
9:40 AM: Ankita Tiwana (151)/ Suchitra Ramesh (A)(150)/ Saaniya Sharma (148)
9:50 AM: Shraddhanjali Singh (148)/ Ankita Kedlaya (A)(147)/ Neha Tripathi (143)
10:00 AM: Smriti Mehra (141)/ Nalini Singh Siwach (140)/ Sharmila Nicollet (139)



A press conference was held at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on 30th August 2012  on Corporate Games .
After having successful introductory Delhi Corporate Games   in February 2012 at Sirifort Sports complex.
Participants  from ONGC,NTPC , Punj Lloyd , TCS ,DUPONT, ARI,BISLERI,HDFC BANK ( TOTAL of 27 Corporates )competed in 12 disciplines . Delhi Corporate Games is ready for its Second Edition from 22nd to 25th November 2012.
Corporate Games: The Corporate Games has been created to provide employees at all levels of businesses and organizations in all industry sectors, to experience the thrill and excitement of participating in a multi –disciplinary sports festival. Corporate Games have been staged annually in 53 cities of 25 countries .

Second Edition of the corporate games the multi-sports festival for businesses and organizations would be held in November 22nd-25th ,2012 at Siri Fort Sports Complex  (Badminton, Basketball, Billiards, Chess, Cricket (8a-side), Hockey, Soccer , Golf, Squash, Table Tennis and Tennis  and at  Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Running, Soccer , Cycling)This time there would be 14 sports disciplines. More than 1100 corporate employees from 60 Corporates & public sector undertakings as well as members of SIRIFORT Sports complex and Vasant Kunj Sports Complex would be competing in these games.
Mr. OP Bhatia informed the press that Shri Ajay Maken ,Minister of Youth affairs and Sports has consented to be  Games Patron ( India) of the Corporate Games.The minister has agreed to inaugurate the games on 22nd November 2012 evening at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Corporate Games CEO INDIA  Mr. OP Bhatia ,said in addition to first games participants we have got interests from organizations like ONGC ,HDFC Mumbai , HDFC Delhi , HCL Technologies ,SERCO ,Tata Power, GE (Energy) ,Barclays Bank , Barista Limited  , Tata Sky, Silver skills, PWC,ARI ,Arcelor Mittal, Genpact ,Apollo Munich ,SPML ,Jet Airways , ,HUGHES SYSTIQUE INDIA PVT. LTD, Firefox, NTPC, Sirifort Sports Complex to participate in the games. Plus Dialogue is on with another 30 organizations for participation .He added that biggest advantage of Corporate Games-- that it organizes competitions in different age-groups 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 and above. Corporate Games follow rules of International Sports federations with some modifications to make the games more interesting and to finish the games in 3-4 days .He further added that Cricket is 8 member team with 3 on the bench for rolling substitution and each inning is of 10 overs.Similarly Soccer is game of 2 halves of 30 minutes each and all age-groups are mixed in the team games. In the Corporate Games medals are awarded to winners whereas points are given from first to eighth position and these points are then added to give a special trophy known as medalist award to the Corporate getting maximum points. This encourages Senior management of Corporates to train their players to win maximum medals .Another trophy known a Sports for Life Trophy is given to the company fielding  maximum number of sports persons.
Number of Newspapers has been reporting that doctors are saying that youth is falling prey to heart diseases, due to erratic food habit and lack of exercise. Please see latest INDIA TODAY , in which Dr Naresh Trehan a famous cardiologist, says that most of CEOs of Corporates ,are under stress and more than 15 to 20 % executives miss offices for 20 to 25 days in an year due to life style diseases   .More than 8 hours of sedentary jobs and lack of physical exercise and improper diet increases the risk of life style diseases ,in the age-group of 30-40 years. Corporate Games is an opportunity to come out and play and regularly keep yourself fit by regular exercise. Under our subsidiary scheme we are introducing, Do you play-- where youngsters can book online and they are provided opportunities to play on weekends, team games like basket ball and football and later we will also organize Badminton and Table Tennis.
Mr. K.P Singh Deo ,Former Cabinet minister and patron of Corporate Games in India emphasised ,” It is good that finally Corporate Games have been introduced in India .These games are prevalent world over for last two and half decades .In countries like Australia ,they conduct these games in three cities namely Sydney , Brisbane ,Melbourne .Purpose of these games is to encourage Corporate employees to practice regularly, game of their choice and come to compete with other Corporate employees with a view to retain life-long fitness and also inculcate good qualities of sports i.e. spirit-de-corps, will to win , Magnanimity in victory and defiance in defeat. Needless to say that sports helps to integrate organizations and create feeling of friendship and fraternity, accruing in general happiness of their employees which in turn improves productivity of the Corporates resulting in improvement in the bottom line. It will not be out of place to say that countries become stronger who have widespread sports culture among all age-groups. It is heartening that India has started improving its medal tally in Olympics ,by Winning six medals including 2 silvers though we had the potential to win few more medals. As senior Vice President of IOA, he added that we should now be striving to win about 15 medals in Rio games and more than 25 medals in 2020 Olympics.
Mr. A K Pandya, former Secretary Ministry of youth affairs and sports and Chairman of Organizing committee of Corporate Games, mentioned that Corporate Games at the world level also hold World Corporate Games once in 2 years and medal winners of each country are eligible to participate in World Corporate Games. While thanking friends from Media for their continuous support to promote concept of Corporate Games in India, he mentioned it would help to create sports culture as participants of Corporate Games, who may be young parents would certainly encourage their children to play for fun and play to win.
While concluding Mr. Bhatia thanked the sponsors Li Ning ,leading sports apparel company and Firefox-famous biking company.He further thanked press both print and electronic media for helping us to promote concept of Corporate Games which would cultivate culture of good health among the employees of the corporates and public sector undertakings.
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Domino’s Pizza celebrates new milestone
August 30, 2012

Domino’s Pizza celebrates new milestone Opens 500th store in India!

New Delhi, August 30, 2012: Domino’s Pizza, India’s Pizza Delivery Expert and market leader in the organized pizza home delivery segment today inaugurated the 500th store at Rajinder Nagar, Delhi. The landmark store was inaugurated by Mr. Shyam S. Bhartia, Chairman and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Co-Chairman, Jubilant FoodWorks in presence of Mr. Richard Allison, Executive Vice-President Domino’s Pizza International.

In the last few years Domino’s Pizza has not only aggressively expanded its footprint, but also has been focused on winning more customer hearts across India through its tasty Pizza offerings, unmatched delivery promise and warm customer service approach. Little wonder then that Domino’s India operations is the fastest growing operations in the Domino’s global system. The company also continues to be market leaders in the organized pizza market with a 55% market share (as per Euro monitor 2012 report) and 70%+ share in the Pizza home delivery segment in India. Having reached the 500th store landmark, the company plans to continue with its aggressive growth path.
Mr. Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Co- Chairman Jubilant FoodWorks Limited commented, “The opening of the 500th store is a matter of great pride for all of us and we are working towards further expanding the Domino’s network of outlets to other parts of the country. In our endeavour to expand, we have focussed not just on merely growing the number of stores but more importantly on our product quality, innovation & customer delight. To achieve this, we have put together efficient processes, talented people and robust machinery which has been able to deliver fantastic growth over last few years. We have been able to set new benchmarks in the food service category by creating many firsts. In the global Domino’s system, we are amongst top 4 countries now in terms of absolute number of stores. Our overall growth has been fuelled by customer’s love for our brand and our products”.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Richard Allison, Executive Vice President, Domino’s Pizza International said, “It is a great honour for me to be present here to witness this remarkable achievement by the Domino’s team in India. Globally, Domino’s is present in over 70 markets but certainly India operations have emerged as one of the largest and fastest growing. Domino’s India is a key market in our scheme of things. The 500th store mark achievement in India is because of dedication and constant brand nurturing efforts of the inspired leadership and team members here. The amazing growth of Domino’s India has set new records for us globally, which will certainly spur other countries to emulate the India story.”

Adding on Mr. Ajay Kaul, CEO, Jubilant FoodWorks Limited – “Every new store launch is an important occasion, as it helps us to reach more customers and offer our range of tasty products. But this 500th store opening marks a significant milestone in our successful journey in India. As a food service company, we believe in innovation; right from our lip smacking products to our exciting consumer campaigns. We are a customer centric brand and our thrust is to delight our customers in every engagement they experience with us. Our relentless focus on winning consumers has helped us to reach this historic landmark today.”

Actress Chitrangada‘s one amongst 2.2 lakh consumers to share her treasured garment story

New Delhi 29th Aug 2012 As per a survey done by A C Neilsen in key metros among women,  this fact came to life that how each one of us has one special garment in our cupboard, which we treasure due to the various emotional reasons. However the fear of it losing its shine & getting it soiled restricts us from wearing it often.

P&G’s Home care product, Ariel, which has always been a pioneer in the laundry industry, has recently concluded their campaign, ‘My Story, My Ariel’. This campaign was aimed at evoking people’s emotional bond with their favorite garments.

During an event in the city, the gorgeous Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh revealed her treasured garment story. She was quoted saying, “I have always aspired to be an actress, but it was my treasured sari which turned the fortune for me and got me here in Bollywood & made me what I am today. If not for my treasured sari I would have been a Nutritionist.  I still remember the day when I auditioned for my first movie & I chose to wear this sari. It’s from that day, that I have treasured it & Ariel helps me keep it shining like new I have always trusted Ariel”.

This has been one of the best ever engagements for Ariel in both quantity and quality on Digital, PR & IVR platforms. The campaign received an overwhelming response from the consumers who through various platforms shared their treasured garment stories. We have received almost 2.2 lakh stories till date & numbers are still growing.

Earlier inspired by this initiative our own “Jassi”, Mona Singh pulled out one of her favorite dress, a blue gown that reminds her of her college days. This was the same gown that helped her win the first title in her College Fashion Show. So, she decided to meet Manish Malhotra, Ariel influencer to take tips on how to contemporarize her gown & preserve it for a longer time.

Manish Malhotra has been endorsing Ariel for many years now & vows by the efficacy of the product and counts on it keep clothes shinning like new for a long time. Manish was quoted saying, “I have seen the proof of performance right in front of my eyes when I visited Beijing Ariel Research Centre with Ariel team. After coming back I had to leave for an important event & had to carry my Favorite black jacket along but couldn’t get it dry-cleaned because of lack of time. I decided to see the proof of performance myself & asked my staff to wash it with Ariel & believe me I was overwhelmed to see the results.”
Do share your Treasured garment story with us on Ariel India Facebook page.
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