Wednesday, June 28, 2017

YES BANK becomes First Indian Bank to be certified with ISO 31000 for its Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Framework




Mumbai, June 27, 2017:  YES BANKIndia’s fourth largest private sector bank has become the first bank in India, and among a select few globally, to be certified by British Standard Institution (BSI), United Kingdom, for Enterprise Risk Management Framework
(ISO 31000)
. With this accomplishment, YES BANK joins the league of top multinational companies lauded for their robust risk management processes.
YES BANK has developed an integrated comprehensive ERM framework establishing better standards in the industry for identifying, assessing, reporting and monitoring risks, among several other pioneering initiatives resulting in improvements in the efficiency of operations, effectiveness of tactics and the efficacy of the strategy of the organization.
In order to be ISO 31000 compliant, YES BANK conducted comprehensive internal assessments and identified gaps to be addressed, followed by business risk assessments, documentation and implementation audits. YES BANK was awarded Certificate of Compliance, along with a detailed Compliance report for 2017 on successful completion of the audit process.
Commenting on the development, Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES BANK, said, “YES BANK has time and again demonstrated its commitment towards strengthening risk management processes and in establishing benchmarks in the industry at par with global leaders. We are pleased to become India’s first bank to be ISO 31000 certified. This accomplishment bolsters our continued efforts in building a robust organization with a superior risk architecture geared towards our vision of becoming India’s Finest Quality Big Bank by 2020.”
YES BANK believes in imbibing best practices based on global standards across its organization and is also certified for ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), 27001 (Information Security Management System), 22301 (Business Continuity Management System), 14001 (Environment Management System) & ISO 29990 (Learning Management System).
YES BANK was recently declared one of the top 5 private sector banks to get AA rating (highest) among 51 banks surveyed by Code Compliance Rating of banks done by the Banking Codes and Standards Board of India (BCSBI) 2017.

Shrimad Rajchandraji’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations







Tuesday, 27 June, 2017: 2017 marks the 150th birth anniversary of the great Indian saint and spiritual luminary – Shrimad Rajchandraji (1867 – 1901). Hailed as the spiritual guide of Mahatma Gandhi, Shrimad Rajchandraji had a tremendous and formative influence on the Father of the Nation.

Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur’s aim is to spread Shrimad Rajchandraji's values of ahimsa and satya, that shaped Mahatma Gandhiji's beliefs, and to bring his illuminating and spiritually uplifting teachings to the maximum number of people from all walks of life.

The celebration was as though launched from the Red Fort itself by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi who in his uplifting speech on the occasion of India’s 70th Independence Day said, “The country is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Shrimad Rajchandraji, Mahatma Gandhiji’s Guru. In one of His letters to Gandhiji, Shrimadji writes ... the principle of non-violence has existed ever since the existence of violence. What is important is which one do we utilise for the welfare of mankind.”

Shrimad Rajchandraji is the epitome of spirituality. He was a perfect blend of pure knowledge, selfless devotion, and complete detachment. Shrimadji attained self-realisation at the age of 23. His preachings have been published in an invaluable volume ‘Shrimad Rajchandra,’ which continues to quench the thirst of true seekers. Through ashrams, temples, and institutions dedicated to Shrimadji around the world, lakhs of devotees are benefiting from his teachings and progressing on the spiritual path.

Elaborating upon Shrimadji’s influence on Gandhiji, Shri Abhay Jasani, President of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur said, “Gandhiji met Shrimadji for the first time in Mumbai, upon his return from England as a barrister in 1891. Shrimadji’s inner equipoise, absorption in spiritual pursuits, enlightening wisdom, knowledge of the scriptures and moral earnestness left a deep-rooted impression on Gandhiji.”

“The more I consider His life and His writings, the more I consider Him to have been the best Indian of His times.”
               - Mahatma Gandhi - Letter to HSL Polak, April 26, 1909

“Their relationship blossomed over profound interactions in the two years that Gandhiji spent in Mumbai. Upon moving to South Africa, Gandhiji corresponded with Shrimadji through letters. Shrimadji’s insightful thoughts ignited the fire of spiritual inquisitiveness in Gandhiji. Their close association contributed in moulding Gandhiji’s moral fibre. Shrimadji’s inherent adherence to the principles of satya, ahimsa and dharma later crystallised as the fundamental tenets of Gandhism,” Abhay Jasani said.

“In my moments of spiritual crisis, Shrimadji was my refuge.”
- Mahatma Gandhi -The Story of My Experiments with Truth (Ch. Raychandbhai)

As part of Shrimad Rajchandraji’s 150th birth anniversary, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur (SRMD) has organised a year-long celebration. A part of the celebration is a profound spiritual relationship between Shrimadji and Gandhiji is depicted through an inspiring play titled ‘Yugpurush - Mahatma’s Mahatma' which premiered on 14th November 2016. The play surpassed all milestones of success, having completed over 600 shows in 216 days, reaching over 425,000 people in 210 cities across the globe. The play is currently being showcased in 5 languages - Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali and 2 languages Tamil and English are under production.

Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will be celebrating Shrimad Rajchandraji’s 150th birth anniversary celebration in which various Shrimad Rajchandra organizations from across the country such as Shrimad Rajchandra Adhyatmik Sadhana Kendra - Koba, Shrimad Rajchandra Nijabhyas Mandap and Vihar Bhavan Trust – Ahmedabad, Vadva & Idar, Shree Raj Saubhag Ashram – Sayla, Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram Sadhana Kendra – Kukma, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram - Patan and many more, will be present. Members of these organizations will jointly participate in the grand celebrations taking place in Ahmedabad on the 29th of June, 2017; in the august presence of Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai, founder of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, the Hon’ble Prime Minister, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, and other luminaries.

Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai, is an ardent devotee of Shrimad Rajchandraji and the torchbearer of Shrimad Rajchandraji’s mission. He is a spiritual visionary and a modern day mystic. He is illuminating thousands of lives globally through enlightening discourses and an array of meditation retreats. His divine benevolence has uplifted a multitude of underprivileged lives through inner augmentation and societal development.

Several initiatives in India and across the world have been launched through His inspiration, some of which are:
  1. Naming of roads and chowks in the memory of Shrimad Rajchandraji
  2. Construction of Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital – a new 200-bed multi-specialty charity hospital for the economically underprivileged in South Gujarat. The rural populations of the Valsad district of Gujarat are amongst the poorest in the state, facing poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, and lack of health awareness, resulting in a myriad of health concerns.
  3. Shrimad Rajchandra Educational Aids Distribution – An initiative through which notebooks and stationery items are distributed at highly subsidised rates to rural children of Gujarat, reaching out to over 1.2 lakh families.
  4. An engaging and interactive travelling exhibition showcasing Shrimad Rajchandraji's virtuous life, compositions and teachings.

About Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur (SRMD):
Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur is a global movement that endeavours to enhance the spiritual growth of seekers and benefit society. With its international Headquarters at Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram, Dharampur (Dist. Valsad), the Mission has over 102 Satsang centres, 39 Youth Groups and 227 Children Value Education Centres - spread across the globe in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur is playing a key role in universal upliftment by actualising its Mission Statement - Realise one’s True Self and serve others selflessly.

Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care (SRLC) is a social initiative of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur to offer service and bring joy to the lives of the underserved sections of society. Inspired by Shrimad Rajchandraji and guided by Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai, SRLC’s holistic, multi-pronged community support and development programmes are powered by genuine empathy, love and care of highly motivated volunteers. SRLC constantly endeavours to deliver high quality, charitable and sustainable initiatives for the welfare of mankind, animals and the environment.

The SRLC has touched over 2.3 million lives, across 50 cities worldwide, through a holistic portfolio of over 50 charitable initiatives, a majority of them being centered in one of the poorest rural areas of India.



Friday, June 23, 2017

OnePlus 5 has been launched in India.

 The 6GB RAM option of OnePlus 5 costs Rs 32,999, while the 8GB RAM variant will be available for Rs 37,999. OnePlus 5 was unveiled globally on June 20. Pop-up events, where users will be able to experience and OnePlus 5 will be held in four Indian cities including New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai, from June 23 to June 25. Open sale for OnePlus 5 begin June 27.
OnePlus 5 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, clocked at up to 2.45GHz. It comes in two variants based n storage – 6GB/8GB RAM with 64GB/128GB ROM. OnePlus 5 starts at $479 in the US,
The 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant is expected to be priced at Rs 32,999 here, while 8GB RAM+128GB ROM option could cost somewhere between Rs 36,000 to Rs 38,000. OnePlus 5 is available in two colour options – Midnight Black and a Slate Grey.
OnePlus 5 sports 16MP+20MP (telephoto lens) dual rear cameras and a 16MP camera on the front. The rear cameras in OnePlus 5 are capable of taking ‘bokeh’ style images. They offer Portrait mode, Smart Capture, White balance, Pro mode, as well as auto focus. The front 16MP camera comes with selfie flash as well.


OnePlus 5 India price, specifications, features

OnePlus 5 gets a 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. OnePlus 5 sports a metal unibody design, and the screen gets 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. The home button in OnePlus 5 doubles up as a fingerprint scanner, which is claimed to unlock the smartphone in 0.2 seconds. This is a dual SIM smartphone that supports 4G VoLTE. There’s no microSD card slot in OnePlus 5.

SALMAN KHAN’s ‘TUBELIGHT’ TO BE RELEASED ACROSS 4400 SCREENS IN INDIA


22nd June, 2017; Mumbai: One of the most awaited movie of the year ‘Tubelight’ will bee released in 4400 screens across India. Keeping in mind the huge fan following and the excitement among the audiences, ‘Tubelight’ will get the biggest release any Bollywood movie has ever seen in India. The trailer of the movie has been viewed over 10 million times on Youtube and the Music has also gained massive acceptance among the audiences. The fan following of Salman Khan is huge in India and across the globe. The combination of Kabir Khan and Salman Khan has proven themselves year after year. They have won hearts of people at all levels of society. Keeping the content of ‘Tubelight in mind, the Indian distributors, NH Studioz are confident it will be loved by both the single screen goers and the multiplex audiences.
“We have a lot of trust in the content and the makers of ‘Tubelight’. They have consistently delivered brilliant movies and this Eid again 'Tubelight' will be a treat for the fans across India. In the recent past, we have released some of the most popular Bollywood movies. The entire team of ‘Tubelight’ has worked hard and I believe that it will pay off tomorrow, when the goes on the floor across 4400 theatre screens in India”, said Mr. Shreyans Hirawat, Managing Director, NH Studioz.
Tubelight is the story of a man's unshakable faith in himself and the love for his family. In a small picturesque town in North India, Laxman (Salman Khan) lives with his younger brother Bharat (Sohail Khan). The two have no other family and are inseparable. Laxman's world comes crashing down, when war breaks out and Bharat gets drafted into the Army. A helpless Bharat leaves a devastated Laxman behind. News from the border only worsens, as the tension continues to escalate. Seeing the carnage around him and worried for his brother, Laxman decides he must stop this conflict and get his brother back.

Spacewood Office Solutions unveils “ANND” Think outside the cubicle by Tim Wallace, renowned UK Designer



Mumbai, June 22, 2017: Spacewood Office Solutions (SOS), a venture of Spacewood group is one of the fastest growing Office Modular Furniture manufacturers in India that offers comprehensive & innovative office space solutions.

In pursuit of advancing with the trend in office work environment, SOS unveiled ANND- by Tim Wallace. “ANND” is a flexible furniture system based on a collection of a few intelligent components capable of creating fundamentally different workstations. “ANND” can accommodate collaborative and individual work, privacy and communication, panel based and freestanding requirements.

Office work is no longer about fixed reporting, location, or postures. Mobile devices and information technology has effected a paradigm shift and the work environment has begun to evolve from fixed uniform spaces into a broader range of work settings. Released from the shackles of designated desks SOS has the freedom to work whenever, wherever and however best suits the task.

Mr Nitin Sudame, Co-Founder & Director, Spacewood Office Solutions, said, “We are very proud to present ANND, a suite of office furniture skilfully designed by Mr. Tim Wallace, renowned UK Designer”. Investing in a well-designed furniture system is an asset that creates an inspiring work environment for any office team. SOS offers product range which includes workstations in desking and partition form, Cabin Furniture Solutions, Full Height Partitions, Worksmart Range of lose furniture and executive chairs. He further added, Creative designers work together with Team SOS for creating and refining indigenous product offerings that are sensitive to the workplace needs and also give SOS the design edge.

SOS’s state of the art manufacturing plant is based in Nagpur, Logistically most well connected to major parts of India. For quality and precision they have fully automated production line with European CNC machines, automated drilling, cutting, routers and edge-banding machines. Metalworking section is equipped with press shop, paint shop, metal pre-treatment and Wagner powder coating facilities. SOS has the capacity to produce more than one lakh workstations in a year.

VFS Global appoints Mukesh Jain as Chief Technology Officer

June 2017                            


VFS Global has appointed Mr. Mukesh Jain to a newly created role of Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Mr. Jain will lead the company’s strategic thrust towards introducing advanced technology-driven projects that involve digital transformation, innovation, analytics and interoperability of systems.
Mr. Jain comes to VFS Global with a rich experience of 21 years in strategic product engineering and innovation, setting up and leading global product engineering teams and building large scale technology products from ground-up along with in-depth analytics.
Prior to joining VFS Global, Mr. Jain worked for Microsoft Corporation and for Reliance Jio, among other companies. During his 13-year stint with the Microsoft Corporation, Mr.  Jain notably designed two solutions specifically for Microsoft founder Bill Gates – one of which is the now widely used ‘Quick Flag’ feature in Outlook to help mark mails for followup, and the other was Microsoft’s first machine learning based Junk Email filter. He has been part of core teams that engineered and delivered large scale high quality products, like Microsoft Outlook, Office Accelerators, Outlook Web Access, Bing Search, Bing Analytics and Advertising (Mobile, Display, Video, XBox & Search Ads) globally.
While at Microsoft, Mr. Jain worked as R&D Engineering Director leading large global engineering teams. In 2011, he moved to India to setup the Microsoft R&D center in Bengaluru and provided strategic & technical leadership for Microsoft-Yahoo! Alliance leading engineering teams in Bing Analytics & Advertising.
At Reliance Jio, he was Vice President & Head at Reliance Jio (4G) for 2.5 yrs leading Media Analytics, Mobile Advertising Platform, Digital Strategy, SMAC & Big Data Analytics Platform. He developed the strategy and built one of the largest Big Data Analytics Platform in India providing real-time dashboard, detailed scorecard, predictive & prescriptive analytics for several Jio Mobile apps.
He is active in academia and regularly delivers lectures at IITs, IIMs, NITs, BITS Pilani, Engg Colleges, Business Schools and international conferences.
Amidst his demanding professional life, Mr. Jain has also published two books in the United States of America (‘Delivering successful projects with TSP and Six Sigma’ and ‘Web Performance Improvements’) and has won several prominent awards and accolades.
Mr. Jain joins VFS Global’s senior leadership team and reports directly to VFS Global Group CEO  Zubin Karkaria. He will be based out of the company’s Mumbai office.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

AJAY SETHI, CHANNEL2 CHAIRMAN, ACHIEVED A FRANCHISEE OWNERSHIP OF PORT ELIZABETH AT T20 GLOBAL DESTINATION LEAGUE!





Monday, 19 June 2017 Mr. Ajay Sethi, Chairman of Channel2 won the franchise ownership at T20 Global League.Nelson Mandela Bay and St George’s Park will play host to him, as he will base his team at the iconic stadium.

Mr. Sethi, a noted visionary realized that the amalgamation of cricket and Bollywood has proved to be a success and has now achieved a big leap in the era of SPORTAINMENT with the ownership. Thus the Chairman of Channel2 with the ability to think ahead of the game won the bet and accredited Port Elizabeth in arena.

A Broadcast pioneer with the first Hindi terrestrial channel outside India, Mr.Sethi has dedicatedly pursued his passionate interest in sports by launching the first ever Radio over the internet – Cricket Radio a Revolution in the field. His obsession with sports also extends to other sports like Football, Tennis, and Golf.

All successful eight franchise owners of T20 Global League were officially announced by Cricket South Africa (CSA) at a well-attended industry launch event at London’s most prestigious hotel, The Bvlgari, London. The event set the tone for a new standard in T20 cricket.  The sporting event- Cricket South Africa T20 Global Destination League will be a 45 day citywide festival centered on Cricket, Fun & Entertainment.

The official eight team owners also includes Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders which will own a team in South Africa’s Global T-20 LeagueDelhi Daredvils franchisee GMR Sports are also the owners of the Johannesburg team.
Commenting on the occasion Ajay Sethi, Team Owner, Port Elizabeth, T20 Global League said that "Port Elizabeth is a beautiful city revolving around the ocean and is deeply entrenched with interesting cricketing history. I am very pleased and proud to represent this city as my franchisee team. In the coming weeks we look forward to working very closely with the Mayor and City Council and put together a robust plan of action aimed to create value for both the city and the team. In addition, I would like to extend my thanks to CSA for accepting our bid and giving us an opportunity to become a part of this exciting T20 Global League journey. This tournament is about the fans, the players, rekindling the magic and reviving the battles, between bat and ball, between heart and mind, showing the world what makes this game extraordinary. Today is a momentous occasion and it is for us to seize the moment and come together to witness the most beautiful carnival of global cricket in South Africa."
The player draft is scheduled for 19th August, with almost 400 players from 10 countries confirming their interest.