Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Piano Recital I 13th September 2016 at 7:00 pm I Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre

Dear Friends,
We are pleased to invite you for a solo recital by the young and dynamic Hungarian Moroccan pianist, Marouan Benabdallah on Tuesday, 13th September 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre. 
Not yet thirty-five, acclaimed pianist Marouan Benabdallah is indisputably the leading representative of his native Morocco on the international concert stage, having recently performed debut recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Aspen Music Festival, Teatro Colon with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, the Castleton Festival Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel.
With a musical heritage deeply rooted in the Hungarian tradition, Mr. Benabdallah received his formal training at the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and in 2008, was presented with the Medal of the Hungarian Parliament for his achievement in music – an honor he shares with such artists as Placido Domingo, José Cura and others.
Please find attached the invite for the same. Looking forward to your gracious presence. 
With kind regards,
Senior PR & Marketing Officer

Six Machine” by Chris Gayle

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WorkApps releases first-of-its-kind industry product

WorkApps releases first-of-its-kind industry product for the advertising and media sector

New Delhi, 6th September 2016: In a first-of-its kind move, WorkApps, an enterprise workflow collaboration company (EWC), has introduced its first digital inside enterprise management product, which will cater to advertising agencies and media groups. This innovation aims to fulfill each need of the creative and media teams with the full arsenal of data and technology solutions to build business-changing ideas that meld creativity and hard numbers.

Rudrajeet Desai, CEO, WorkApps, said, “Collaboration is very intrinsic to the advertising industry. It is almost as if the entire agency runs a sort of 3-legged race that requires creative, servicing, planning, media teams to work together. The collaborative ability of WorkApps allows large enterprises to create inclusive solutions, involved innovation, and a work culture that is collaborative from the inception of thought.”

MVS Murthy, COO, WorkApps, further added, “The more creative we are, the more chaotic it is! It is this chaos that needs minimization and channeling for better quality output. Imagine sharing real-time information and knowledge so that teams can get off the blocks and discuss simultaneously as the blocks originate.”

As industry research shows, the double whammy is that, apart from chaos at work, the industry as a whole is afflicted by: Loss of productivity, high employee attrition, cost of replacement of staff, porus knowledge management systems and strained client relationships. Now companies are also discouraging the use of WhatsApp for office communication because they fear losing sensitive data due to loopholes in the app.

In a recent study, The Boston Consulting Group found that “over the past fifteen years, the amount of procedures, vertical layers, interface structures, coordination bodies, and decision approvals needed…has increased by anywhere from 50% to 350%.” What’s more, in the most complicated organizations, “managers spend 40% of their time writing reports and 30% to 60% of it in coordination meetings.”

This customized product has been created specifically for Advertising, Event Management, Public Relations, Digital Marketing, Consulting Services and Media Groups. It consists of tools such as Plan and execute campaigns with projects, File manager for storing and sharing creatives, Timesheets to record time spent on client campaigns, Task lists to track all work related to campaigns, collections and payments with workflows, pitch planning and client interaction with discussions etc. benefitting each level and area of employee-employer groups. It aims to increase the productivity and efficiency of creative and media teams by 20% increasing the cost by just 0.2%. 

About WorkApps

Founded in 2015, WorkApps is an Enterprise Work Management SaaS company, which uses technology to increase efficiency and productivity of individuals and teams. The company has tapped into the enterprise workflow collaboration space and its product aims to augment communication efforts, improve efficiency and change the way people collaborate and work together. It is based on three core utilities – Task Management, Project Collaboration and Team Communication.

Their clientele consists of large enterprises from 500 to 70,000 employees. WorkApps has secured USD 1 million funding from SRI Capital and plans to scale up and roll out their products in global markets creating a deeper impact for industries. The core management team includes Rudrajeet Desai, MVS Murthy and Shankar Borate. Rudrajeet is a serial entrepreneur along with MVS Murthy whose expertise lies in BFSI companies. The company’s third co-founder Shankar Borate is a computer scientist from IIT.

For further information, please contact:
Rujuta Kothari

An adaptation of Saadat Hasan Manto’s short stories NAKED VOICES

An adaptation of Saadat Hasan Manto’s short stories


Light Design: Sh. Daulat Vaid
Set Design : Sh. Deepan Sivaraman
Costume, Music & Direction : Ms. Neelam Mansingh Choudhary

Performances will be held from 8th to 11th Sept. 2016 daily at 6.30 pm with two additional shows on 10th & 11th Sept. 2016 at 3.30 pm at Bahumukh auditorium, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi – 110001.

Director, NSD is happy to invite you for the production, please spare some time from your busy schedule to witness the performance(s) on above mentioned date(s).

It is also requested to please publish the information through your esteemed publication / media house for the wider publicity, we shall remain be obliged for this kind gesture.

Since, the production is being performed in Bahumukh and it has very small space for sitting, hence, it is requested to put your requisition well in advance to undersigned so that proper sitting arrangement could be arranged.

Looking forward to see you at the venue.

With warm regards,

A.K. Barua
Public Relations Officer
National School of Drama
New Delhi

Volvo first in the world with self-driving truck in underground mine

Volvo’s fully autonomous truck is the first in the world to be tested in operations deep underground in the Kristineberg Mine. The self-driving truck is part of a development project aimed at improving the transport flow and safety in the mine. The truck will cover a distance of 7 kilometres, reaching 1,320 metres underground in the narrow mine tunnels.
“This is the world’s first fully self-driving truck to operate under such tough conditions. It is a true challenge to ensure that everything works meticulously more than 1300 metres underground,” says Torbjörn Holmström, member of the Volvo Group Executive Board and Volvo Group Chief Technology Officer.
Volvo Group is now releasing a film showing the opportunities that open up with autonomous trucks. The film was recorded in harsh operating conditions in the Kristineberg Mine 100 kilometres from Arvidsjaur in northern Sweden. Torbjörn Holmström, who takes part in the film, wants to show how safe the truck is. He didn’t hesitate to stand in the middle of the mine gallery as the truck approached him.
“No matter what type of vehicle we develop, safety is always our primary concern and this also applies to self-driving vehicles. I was convinced the truck would stop but naturally I felt a knot in my stomach until the truck applied its brakes!”
The entirely self-driving truck that takes the lead role in the film is a specially equipped Volvo FMX. Using various sensors, it continuously monitors its surroundings and avoids both fixed and moving obstacles. At the same time, an on-board transport system gathers data to optimise and coordinate the route and fuel consumption. The truck is part of a development project and is being tested in real-life operation for the very first time.

GAIL’s Profit after Tax up by 244% for Q1 of FY 2016-17 on year-on-year basis

GAIL’s Profit after Tax up by 244% for Q1 of FY 2016-17 on year-on-year basis
PBT Rs. 1,686 crore up by 180 %; Gross Margin Rs. 2,199 crore up by 95%
New Delhi, September 7, 2016: GAIL (India) Limited registered a 244% increase in Profit after Tax (PAT) in the first quarter of Financial Year 2016-17, boosted by a turnaround in its Petrochemical business and partial sale of stake in Mahanagar Gas Limited. The company’s PAT rose to Rs. 1,335 crore from Rs. 388 crore in the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal. GAIL’s PAT excluding gain from stake sale in Mahanagar Gas Limited is Rs 846 crore, signifying an increase by 118%.
GAIL’s Profit before Tax (PBT) for the first quarter increased by 180% to Rs. 1,686 crores against Rs. 602 crore in the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal.
GAIL’s PAT in the first quarter of FY 2016-17 rose by 70 % vis-à-vis the previous quarter (Q4 FY 2015-16), from Rs. 785 crore to Rs. 1,335 crore.
During the quarter, GAIL’s Petrochemical business has seen a turnaround with production and sales jumping 149% and 121% respectively as compared to corresponding period of the previous year. This resulted in revenue increase in this segment by 95% to Rs. 1,133 crore and the profit stood at Rs. 9 crore in this quarter as against loss of Rs. 397 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year.
The increase in net profit during Q1 of Financial Year 2016-17 was also supported by increase in Natural Gas sales and transmission volumes which increased by 15% and 10% respectively.

Kerala Blasters announces final squad for Indian Super League 2016

New Delhi / Kochi, September 7, 2016: Kerala Blasters FC unveiled a reinvigorated squad as it prepares to stake a claim to the trophy in the third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). The final squad was announced at a star-studded function in Kochi in the presence of team owner Sachin Tendulkar and new co-owners Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Nimmagadda Prasad and Allu Aravind. Kerala Blasters also announced Nivin Pauly, the most sought-after youth icon in Malayalam cinema as the Youth Ambassador for Kerala Blasters. Muthoot Pappachan Group continues its association with Kerala Blasters as the main sponsor of the team this season.
Kerala Blastershas made significant changes to the teamled by newly-appointed head coach Stephen Coppell, a former Manchester United veteran. The team has an impressive line-upof 27footballers including star marquee player Aaron Hughes, defender Cedric Hengbart, goalkeeper Graham Stack, Michael Chopra, Azrack Mahamat, Duckens Nazon, Kervens Belfort, Didier Boris Kadio and Elhadji Ousseynou Ndoye. Kerala Blasters have also retained Antonio German and Josue who were impressive last season along with Indian star players Sandesh Jhingan, Mehtab Hossain, Sandip Nandy, Mohammad Rafi and Gurwinder Singh for ISL 2016.
StephenCoppell said, ‘’We would like to play an attacking game with width. We are right now focussed on getting everybody fit and becoming a cohesive unit. We will take it one game at a time. The strategy will be fluid depending on the opposition and we will play within our strengths.’’
Sachin Tendulkar, co-owner of Kerala Blasters FC said, “We have a talented team of young and experienced professionals who are hungry to go out on the field and give their best. I am looking forward to a splendid performance from our team and urge all the fans to rally behind us.’’

Kerala Blasters, co-owner and megastar Chiranjeevi said, “I am really excited at being associated with Kerala Blasters and wish the team the very best in their endeavours.’’
“All the teams in the Indian Super League are highly competitive and I am keenly looking forward to seeing the yellow brigade in action,’’ added co-owner and film star Nagarjuna.
Co-owner Nimmagadda Prasad said that the ISL is getting bigger and stronger and that he was confident that the league will contribute to the development of Indian football. Co-owner Allu Aravind said that Kerala Blasters has a huge fan base not just in Kerala but beyond. The support from across the country for the league and new players coming into the fold makes it an exciting proposition for Indian football in the years to come.
Muthoot Pappachan Group Director, Thomas George Muthoot said, “ Muthoot Pappachan Group takes immense pride in continuing our association with Kerala Blasters FC, that is driven by the sporting passion of many legends by their own merits, but in different fields, and that carries the aspirations of millions of football loving fans. We also share the same feelings of the promoters to take football in Kerala to the next level and that is what brings us onboard again, for the third time, to extend our goodwill and services. The philosophy of MPG is to celebrate what millions of our customers choose to celebrate, whether it is film or sports. So, let’s football and let’s celebrate it. “

Following their camp in Thiruvananthapuram, the team will embark on a tour of Thailand where they will playfriendly matches against some of the premier Thai League and first division teams as well as other youth teams at the National Football Training Centre in Phuket, Thailand.Kerala Blasters FC will take on NorthEast United FC in the season opener of Indian Super League 2016 on 1st October in Guwahati.

Head Coach – Stephen Coppell
Asst. Coach- Walter Downes
Asst. Coach – Ishfaq Ahmed
Sport Scientist- Niall ClarkGoalkeeping Coach- Graham Stack
Doctor- Shibu Varghese
Forwards –Antonio German, Kevens Belfort, Michael Chopra, Mohammed Rafi, Thongkhosiem Haokip, Farukh Choudhary and Duckens Nazon
Midfielders – Ishfaq Ahmed, Josue Currais, Mehtab Hossain, Mohammed Rafique, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Didier Boris Kadio, C.K VIneeth, Azrack Mahamat and Vinit Rai
Defenders – Aaron Hughes, , Cedric Hengbart, Gurwinder Singh, Elhadji  Ndoye, Pratik Chowdhary, Rino Anto and Sandesh Jhingan
Goalkeeper– Graham Stack, Sandip Nandy, Kunal Sawant and Mohammad Moniruzzaman Ansari
About Kerala Blasters 

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