Friday, February 15, 2019


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Ballantine’s launches an exciting experience that extends to radio, digital and on ground, across cities with a great cast of gigs and stand-ups by India’s leading Comedians – Rahul Subramanian & Kumar Varun. With an exciting twist: an opportunity for corporates to take the stage by storm with their comic timing and stand up acts. 

New Delhi, 14th February 2019: Ballantine’s India today announced the launch of its on-ground multi-city campaign – Un-official evenings, in the country. In line with the brand’s philosophy of staying true to one’s self and not conforming to prevalent norms without questioning them, Un-official evenings would discuss the current state of affairs in the corporate world, albeit in a lighter vein. 

Ballantine’s India has roped in stand-up artists Rahul Subramanian and Kumar Varun for the show. Interestingly both ventured into this genre after quitting their corporate jobs, to follow their passion. The performances would be witnessed in the key cities across India. Bengaluru would host the first Un-official evening on the 15th of February.

Speaking about the launch of the Un-official evenings, the company’s International brands head, Mr. Girish Patil said “As a brand, Ballantine’s ethos lies in being true to one’s self. We strongly believe that success is no longer restricted to those in the corner office. With this launch, we intend to bring together and celebrate those who believe in themselves, let go of their inhibitions, question the norm and do things the way they feel would help them secure their goals and ambitions. As a brand we would continue to create platforms which would bring together these people in a fun and convivial setting.”

For the corporates, Ballantine’s stands with them en route success and celebrates their self-belief, encouraging them to succeed at their own terms and by unfollowing the herd. Ballantine’s would continue to champion the belief that success can be achieved by living the ‘real you’. 

About Pernod Ricard:
Pernod Ricard is the world’s no. 2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,682 million in FY16. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin & Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin and Malibu, Mumm and Perrier- Jou√ęt champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, BrancottEstate, Campo Viejo and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of 18,500 people and operates through a decentralized organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index. 

Tata Motors along with Tata Motors Finance Group enters into a strategic tie-up with Kool-ex Cold Chain

-Supplies and funds 200 Fully Built Reefer Trucks for the Cold Chain Logistics Service Provider-

Key highlights:
  • Structured financing by Tata Motors Finance Group
  • Specially designed fully built Reefer trucks to support the fast growing Cold Chain Pharma transportation industry
  • Tie-up to strengthen Tata Motors position in the Cold Chain Industry
Mumbai, February 14, 2019: In a first of its kind transaction, Tata Motors along with Tata Motors Finance Group entered into strategic tie-up with Kool-ex Cold Chain Limited – a leading Pharma Cold Chain Logistics Service Provider to supply 200 Fully Built Reefer Trucks manufactured by Tata Motors.
Developing a unique one stop solution for Kool-ex Cold Chain Ltd, this tie up includes manufacturing of the specially built pharma compliant reefer trucks which will be covered under the Tata Sampoorna Seva umbrella of value added services and a complete funding plan by TMF Group with a mixture of Equity and Debt, making the entire transaction a single window structure. The reefer units used for this deal will be built on the popular Tata LPT 1613 MCV trucks and the Tata LPT 2518 Multi axle truck.
According to Mr. Shyam Mani - MD, Tata Motors Finance Group – “We are elated to be a part of this one of a kind tie up to provide complete financing solutions to Kool-ex Cold Chain Limited. As a part of this tie up, we will not only be providing vehicle financing through Tata Motors Finance Limited (TMFL) but will also provide mezzanine equity financing to the company through Tata Motors Finance Solutions Limited (TMFSL), making this a structured financing deal. We are confident that this complete package will deliver the best for all companies who are a part the deal and will lay a strong foundation for a continued association ahead.”  
On this occasion, Mr. R T Wasan, Head, Marketing & Sales, CVBU, Tata Motors said, “Tata Motors as the leading CV player in the Industry continues to work closely with its customers and their clients to develop total solutions for their transportation and logistics requirements. With a sectoral approach, Tata Motors has worked with Kool-Ex to co-develop the fully built reefer unit to meet the sophisticated logistics requirements of the Pharma Industry which will meet the rapidly growing needs of the Pharma Industry due to the anticipated changes in the regulations related to transportation and storage”
Kool-Ex which has over 21 years of experience in this segment is all set to become one of the largest Pharma Cold Chain Logistics Service Provider in the country, with this partnership. Kool-ex will also shortly enter the Cold Chain warehousing segment, with its first commercial project likely to come up near Pune along with foray into last mile deliveries, thereby making it a completely integrated 3PL Cold Chain Logistics Service Provider
Speaking on the tie-up, Mr. Rahul Agarwal, Director, Kool-ex Cold Chain Limited said, “Tata Motors has been an integral part of Kool-ex story since the beginning of our journey and this fresh order is a testimonial to their smart, customer-friendly and innovative offerings. We are methodically expanding our product portfolios and reinforcing our expertise in various segments, meeting the growing customer requirements.We believe specialised needs of the burgeoning e-commerce and cold chain industry will spawn a range of opportunities for niche organised logistics players in near future.”
Kool-ex has been one of the loyal customers of Tata Motors, with over 15 years of association. Through its single window seamless approach, Tata Motors was able to get Kool-ex as a key customer and offer structured schemes for financing the expansion.

OPPO is set to redefine its design statement with its #OPPOF11Pro Campaign

Celebrities join a wagon to enhance the power and style quotient through #OPPOF11Pro campaign

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National, 14th Feb 2019: OPPO, a leading global smartphone brand kick started the #OPPOF11Pro campaign today in collaboration with popular Indian celebrities. 11 Celebrities like Soha Ali Khan, Yuvika Chaudhary and Karan Patel expressed their support in the value of high-end back aesthetics of OPPO’s upcoming smartphone. The latest digital campaign highlights the powerful back of OPPO F11 Pro along with a camera set up which provides an edge to make the smartphone look stylish and classy. The campaign also aims to strengthen OPPO’s efforts in showcasing its technological innovation that is quintessentially focused on enhancing the power and style quotient of its consumers enabling them to match their own uniqueness.

While continuing to offer incredible features and functionality, OPPO redefines the elegant look with its new OPPO F11 Pro. It is designed for the style-conscious consumer looking for a smartphone with premium design and eye-catching aesthetics. Being first in the industry to apply the Nano Printting, the new smartphone will offer effects like ink-wash paintings, 3D and triple-color gradient. To enhance further, it will add glamor to user’s aura with its color transition which are more natural and purer.

OPPO’s F11 Pro campaign will be launched to kickstart the announcement for the brand’s upcoming smartphone which will not only define beauty but will be a perfect companion for users who are open to explore various valuable aspects.

To unleash this beauty, stay tuned for more details. You would not want to miss this!

Vigo Video Users Recreates the Chemistry of Popular Bollywood On-Screen Pairs This Valentines’ Day

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This Valentine’s Day - Vigo Video has brought together their most influential content creators grooving on classic romantic Bollywood tracks.

The app introduced a  contest in which they challenged the creators to re-create moments from some of the best romantic films.

They immediately witnessed participation from content creators across. Even influential creators like Sumit Verma and Chandrika Saha participated to recreate moments from the famous movies such as Mohabbatein, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and so on.

The app has been abuzz with love videos and the interactions has been on an all-time high. Content creators are creating innovative videos to depict love and mark this special occasion.

links from the creators of the app

About Vigo Video
Vigo Video is an original short video platform that allows users to create and share compelling stories and showcase their talent. Vigo Video provides users with professional editing tools, creative stickers, awesome filters and special effects to capture the little moments that make up each day and share them with a community of users with similar interests.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Swedish luxury arrives in South Mumbai Volvo Cars opens a showroom in Prabhadevi

Mumbai, 13th February 2019: Volvo Car India continues to bolster its network by opening a new boutique showroom in Prabhadevi under the ownership of KIFS Motors. It is the 2nd showroom in Mumbai and highlights the focus of the fastest growing luxury car maker in one of the largest luxury car markets in India. The showroom is located in the main street that connects to the affluent areas of Mumbai, this is the place where the brand belongs. With South Mumbai added, Volvo Cars now has 25 Showrooms across India. The showroom was inaugurated by Mr. Charles Frump - Managing Director, Volvo Car India.

Speaking at the official launch of the showroom Charles Frump, Managing Director - Volvo Car India said, South Mumbai is the largest population of affluent families in India and Volvo’s presence here raises the bar in luxury car segment. KIFS Motors has proven to be an outstanding partner for us in the Western Suburbs. Their new showroom in South Mumbai will add to the growth of Volvo Cars in Mumbai and India.”

Mr. Vimal Khandwala, Dealer Principal - KIFS Motors said, Our second showroom is a reflection of the confidence Volvo car management has in us. This showroom, located in the heart of South Mumbai will bring in the affluent customer base for Volvo cars. We are committed to contributing to Volvo’s growth in this key market.”

Volvo Car India
Swedish luxury car company Volvo established its presence in India in 2007 and has since then, worked intensively to market the Swedish brand in this country. Volvo Cars currently markets products through its dealerships in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi NCR – South Delhi, West Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Surat, Vishakhapatnam and Vijayawada.

ICAI Elects New Torchbearers for the year 2019-20

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is a statutory body established under the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 for the regulation of the profession of Chartered Accountancy in India. ICAI is celebrating 70th year of its meaningful existence with excellence, anchoring the aspirations and bringing inclusive growth for its stakeholders ever since its inception.

The affairs of the ICAI are managed by a Council in accordance with the provisions of the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949 and the Chartered Accountants Regulations, 1988. The Council constitutes of 40 members of whom 32 are elected by the Chartered Accountants and remaining 8 are nominated by the Central Government generally representing the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Securities and Exchange Board of India and other stakeholders.

The 24th Council of ICAI was recently elected for a term of 3 years (2019-22) & has been notified in the Gazette of India.

Today, on February 12, 2019, ICAI elected its new Torchbearers CA. Prafulla P. Chhajed as the President and CA. Atul Kumar Gupta as the Vice-President for year 2019-20.

Brief Profile

CA. Prafulla P. Chhajed, President, ICAI

A crusader of inclusive growth in accountancy profession, CA. Prafulla P. Chhajed has been elected as President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India on February 12, 2019 for the term 2019-20. He is 67thPresident of the Institute.

With commendable professional acumen and standing, at present, he is the Chairman of Board of Directors of ICAI-ARF (Accounting Research Foundation) and XBRL India. He is also one of the Directors of Indian Institute of Insolvency Professionals of ICAI, which incidentally is the first Insolvency Professionals Agency (IPA) of India. He is also on the Boards of various other reputed companies/ corporate and banks.

Coming from the industrial capital of India, i.e. Mumbai, CA. Prafulla Chhajed has a very well-defined vision and mission, which is to pursue the agenda of inclusive growth and take the Institute and accountancy profession of India to greater heights so that its members could stand tall and strong before the accountancy fraternity of the world.

In the last 16 years, CA. Prafulla P. Chhajed has contributed more than 600 articles and write-ups on Taxation and Investments in the well-known Marathi daily- Maharashtra Times. 

CA. Atul Kumar Gupta, Vice-President, ICAI

CA. Atul Kumar Gupta is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India, besides a Law Graduate. Hailing from Delhi, he is also member of various other professional bodies and Institutions. CA. Atul Gupta is a thorough scholar and has qualified CA examination with All India Rank.

An altruistic hard-worker bestowed with exceptional organisational, networking, administrative and leadership skills, at present, he is serving as Director of Accounting Research Foundation (ARF) of ICAI for promoting research in field of Accounting and XBRL India and is Member of more than 15 Committees of ICAI. He is also a Member of Advisory committee for GST in GSTN Board (Government of India IT Initiative for implementation of GST in India) and Member of Finance Committee of Delhi Management Association.

CA. Atul Gupta has authored several books & his articles have also been published in leading newspapers and various professional magazines across the country.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Om Books International LAUNCHES How I Got My Belly Button By Anju Kish

Om Books International celebrated the launch of How I Got My Belly Button at Title Waves Bookstore, MumbaiThe sex education books for kids was launched by Manisha Koirala and Boman Irani.

On the occasion author Anju Kish shared her experience of putting together the book with moderator Pooja Bedi and the audience.

Present on the occasion were Priya Dutt, Manasi Joshi Roy, Manjeet Raju Hirani, Tara Sharma, Bhumika Chawla amongst others.

About the book
This is a fun, and easy to understand book for children on puberty, growing up and sex. It answers all their questions in a gentle and factual manner, opening doors for parents and kids to start engaging in fruitful discussions on these sensitive topics

Actor & Producer Boman Irani- I have known Anju for a long time and this book is much needed. I am so proud to launch this book every parent should read this to their kids.

About the author

Anju Kish has been a lawyer, journalist, copywriter, author, a trainer and is also a sexuality educator. She has to her credit a book on Mother Teresa. Being passionate about sex education, she started her company UnTaboo dedicated to this cause. When she isn’t conducting a workshop or writing, she could probably be found doing stand-up comedy or counselling someone! One can see her work on and catch her blogs at

Ajay Mago, Publisher, Om Books International: How I Got My Belly Button by Anju Kish is a much-needed ready reckoner on all those questions child would like to ask about sex, their own body and its relation with the world, without either parents or children feeling awkward or squeamish about a healthy exchange on the subject. In fact, it also invites parents and instructors to teach children to ensure their physical well-being, thus ensuring their psychological well-being too. A very timely book indeed, it would make for a great addition to any curriculum.