Wednesday, December 11, 2019

India’s Best 100 Real Estate Brands List 2019.

Mumbai, India:  International Brand Equity – IBE announces India’s Best 100 Real Estate Brands List 2019, an annual study conducted by IBE research across major cities in India to analyse the most successful real estate brands. The best Indian real estate brands list 2019 will be launched on 13th December 2019 during the inaugural ceremony of the IBE “The Best Brand 2019 India Awards”, to be held at Mumbai.The real estate sector is a critical driver of India’s economic growth. The sector has been sailing in turbulent waters over the past few years with a lot of challenges. To analyse how various challenges are tackled by the individual brands, International Brand Equity announces the best real estate brands for residential, commercial and other real estate consultants in India.
The primary factors for evaluating the real estate brands in India are consumer satisfaction, brand valuation, brand awareness, and brand strength.

“This list is based on a market survey and hard data. International Brand Equity continued pre-eminence as the leading brand research and consultancy company with niche branding news, lists and reports for our viewers and branding industry,” said Kumar Saurabh Head Marketing & Sale, International Brand Equity (IBE Media and Research)
  “Creating a brand is a mix of years of activities which creates trust and faith in the eyes of one’s target audience. We are enthralled to be the part of research team and help create the list of top real estate brands in India. The research was based on multiple factors provided by IBEF team and we are happy to unveil the final list. Best wishes to the brands in all their endeavours.” 
Dushyant Sinha, Founding Director, ICCPL.   

Disclaimer: The list is not a ranking list but a compilation of renowned brands in the field of real estate in India.

Some of the best real estate brands in India are:

Embassy Group
DLF LTD
Sobha Limited
Godrej Properties
K Raheja Corp
Oberoi Realty
Brigade Group
JLL India
Birla Estates
Salarpuria Sattva Group
Piramal Realty
Total Environment
Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate
PropTiger
Square Yards
Anarock
CBRE India
M3M India
Bren Corporation
Hiranandani Group
PURAVANKARA LIMITED
Evervantage Consulting LLP
Mahagun India
MRG World
PACIFIC GROUP 
OMAXE INDIA 
WEALTH CLINIC 
RAHEJA DEVELOPERS 
Shriram Properties Ltd
GOHO – Goyal Housing
Meenakshi Infrastructures Pvt. Ltd
Ashiana housing
Sai Estate Consultants Chembur
Sumadhura Group
Signature Global
L&T Realty
WeWork India
Magic Bricks
Central Park
HDFC Home Loans
Lodha Group
TATA Housing
Runwal Group

मुंबई में 'इन्वेस्ट बिहार' रोड शो का आयोजन


रोड शो का उद्देश्य G2B गवर्नमेंट-टू-बिज़नेस संचार द्वारा निवेशकों को बिहार में एक उपयुक्त मंच प्रदान करना

मुंबई, 10 दिसंबर 2019 :-  बिहार सरकार ने अपने माननीय मंत्री श्री श्याम रजक, उद्योग विभाग, बिहार सरकार के कुशल नेतृत्व में, भारतीय उद्योग परिसंघ (CII) के सहयोग से मुंबई, पुणे, सूरत, अहमदाबाद में चार रोड शो जिन्हें 'इन्वेस्ट बिहार' रोड शो का सफलतापूर्वक आयोजन किया है। इस रोड शो की शुरुआत 5 दिसंबर को सूरत से हुई, उसके बाद 6 दिसंबर को अहमदाबाद, और फिर 7 दिसंबर को पुणे होते हुए 9 दिसंबर 2019 को मुंबई में इसका समापन हुआ। इस रोड शो को आयोजित करने का मुख्य उद्देश्य G2B यानी गवर्नमेंट-टू-बिज़नेस संचार द्वारा निवेशकों को एक उपयुक्त मंच की सुविधा प्रदान करना, इन शहरों के संभावित निवेशकों की पहचान करना और बिहार को निवेश के लिए उनका पसंदीदा स्थान बनाना है। इस रोड शो के दौरान स्थानीय निवेशकों और उद्योग विभाग के वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों के बीच कई बैठकें भी हुईं।

श्री श्याम रजक, उद्योग मंत्री, बिहार सरकार ने कहा, “हम गुजरात और महाराष्ट्र राज्य के निवेशकों से मिली सकारात्मक प्रतिक्रिया से अभिभूत हैं। इस प्रकार की शुरुआत के द्वारा, हमारी सरकार का उद्देश्य गुजरात एवं अन्य राज्यों से कपड़े, हीरे और अन्य क्षेत्रों के निवेश को अपने राज्य में आमंत्रित करके अपने कामगारों को उनके शहर में रोजगार के स्थिर अवसर उपलब्ध करवाना है। बिहार के भविष्य को बड़ा और उज्जवल बनाने के लिए भारतीय उद्योग परिसंघ के सदस्यों से मिल रहे लगातार सहयोग के लिए भी हम उनके भी बहुत आभारी हैं।”

बिहार सरकार ने सितंबर 2016 में राज्य की विकास दर को 15% तक बढ़ाने के उद्देश्य से, रोजगार के और अधिक अवसर पैदा करने और राज्य में निवेश को आकर्षित करने के लिए, निवेश प्रोत्साहन नीति तैयार की थी। इस नीति में खाद्य प्रसंस्करण, चमड़ा, कपड़ा आईटी, ईएसडीएम, पर्यटन, स्वास्थ्य, अक्षय ऊर्जा, और शिक्षा को उच्च प्राथमिकता वाले क्षेत्रों के रूप में शामिल किया गया है। साल 2017 में स्थानीय युवाओं को उद्यमिता की ओर प्रोत्साहित करने के लिए बिहार स्टार्ट-अप नीति की शुरू की थी। इस नीति को मुख्यमंत्री अनुसूचित जाति / अनुसूचित जनजाति योजना के साथ श्रेणीबद्ध करने पर भी विचार किया गया है।

उद्योग विभाग, बिहार सरकार अधिक से अधिक निवेश अवसरों को पैदा करने के लिए कई अलग-अलग विभागों जैसे कि खाद्य प्रसंस्करण निदेशालय, बिहार औद्योगिक क्षेत्र विकास प्राधिकरण (BIADA) राज्य में औद्योगिक क्षेत्रों के नियोजित विकास और उद्योगों को बढ़ावा देने के लिए, इन्फ्रास्ट्रक्चर डेवलपमेंट अथॉरिटी (IDA) राज्य में निजी सार्वजनिक भागीदारी (पीपीपी मॉडल) की सुविधा के लिए, बिहार फाउंडेशन, हाथचरखा और रेशम निर्देशालय, बिहार राज्य खादी ग्रामोद्योग बोर्ड और उद्योग मित्र, उद्यमियों के लिए सिंगल विंडो निकासी प्रणाली’ का प्रचार प्रसार भी कर रहा है। नीती आयोग की रिपोर्ट, ईज ऑफ डूइंग बिज़नेस: एन एंटरप्रेन्योर ऑफ सर्वे ऑफ इंडियन स्टेट्स 2017’ के अनुसार बिहार- युवा और नए उद्यमों के बढ़ते प्रतिशत के मामले में भारत के शीर्ष-सबसे अधिक तेज़ी से उभरते राज्य में से एक है।

जनवरी -2019 CRISIL (क्रेडिट रेटिंग इनफार्मेशन सर्विस ऑफ़ इंडिया) में प्रकाशित विकास दर 2.0 की रिपोर्ट के अनुसार, बिहार आंध्र प्रदेश और गुजरात को भी पछाड़ते हुए 11.3% की उच्चतम विकास दर के साथ भारत का सबसे तेजी से विकास करने वाला राज्य है।

Hotstar decodes the online video consumer, unveils India Watch Report 2019


Leverages the platform’s expansive reach and deep audience connect to showcase the trends shaping the Indian video streaming landscape
Mumbai, December 10, 2019 - Hotstar, India’s largest premium streaming platform, released India Watch Report 2019 today – a comprehensive  study of online video consumption behaviour and trends. Based on Hotstar’s pan-India consumer base, the third edition of the report presents revelatory insights on how evolving content preferences, progressive gender shifts, and increasing accessibility continue to shape the modern Indian digital consumer.

Speaking about the report, Varun Narang, EVP & Chief Product Officer, Hotstar, said, “The accelerated growth of the Indian video entertainment ecosystem has had an unprecedented impact on the consumer. Today, the Indian consumer enjoys a plethora of content to choose from, has moved beyond metro cities, and isn’t limited by gender or language. More importantly, this growing accessibility has opened doors to new thoughts and ideas that are shaping a stereotype-defying consumer.

Hotstar, with its tremendous scale and reach across the country, is well-positioned to better understand this evolving consumer, and this third edition of India Watch Report does just that. With a comprehensive look at how video streaming is evolving and the fascinating behavioral and entertainment consumption insights behind it, we’re sure the India Watch Report 2019 will make for a very interesting read.”
Hotstar, with 400 Mn+ downloads, is one of the most downloaded apps in India, registering 2X installs and 3X growth in consumption this year as compared to 2018. This growth catalyses from Hotstar's endeavors in taking digital video consumption to new frontiers, where non-metros are outstripping metros in terms of video consumption and regional content has grown to account for 40% of overall content consumption.
Propelled by this, a new generation of users are emerging who are embracing their individuality and cutting across age-old geographical, linguistic, and gender stereotypes. In 2019, men showed as high affinity to family drama as women with more than 40% viewers of family drama being men, breaking the long-held belief that such genres don't appeal to men. Meanwhile, women are also consuming more of their entertainment digitally, making up 45% of the total entertainment consumption online.
Consumers today want a voice of their own, and the opportunity to interact with others and express themselves. As a result, online viewing is transitioning from a passive experience into an immersive and social one. During VIVO IPL 2019, 64 million viewers participated in Watch ‘N Play, twice as many as last year.
It is on the back of these insights and innovative marketing solutions, that Hotstar has emerged as the preferred choice by marketers to build interesting narratives around their brands.
Combining insightful data with entertaining facts, India Watch Report 2019 details the trends shaping the Indian video streaming world.


Some key highlights from the report:
o   Hotstar crossed 400 Mn downloads, becoming one of the most downloaded apps in India.
·        Hotstar registered 2X growth in installs in 2019 vs 2018 with 555 installs per minute in 2019
·        3X growth in consumption in 2019 vs 2018
o   Sports streaming has reached unparalleled heights
·        300 Mn+ platform reach during the VIVO IPL 2019
·        25.3 Mn Liv e Concurrent Viewers during the India vs New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final
·        100 Mn reach crossed in a single day; Multiple times throughout ICC CWC 2019
o   Breaking new grounds on old fields
·        4X growth in viewers for connected TV compared to last year
·        7X growth in consumption for connected TV compared to last year
o   Users don’t conform to stereotypes
·        63% of the total online entertainment consumption came from non-metros. Lucknow, Pune & Patna surpassed Hyderabad, Bengaluru & Kolkata in video consumption
·        'Men have as high affinity to family drama as women; More than 40% of viewers of Family drama are men
·        45% of total entertainment consumption came from women (3.2X growth in video consumption by women compared to last year)
·        41% of Game of Thrones viewers also watched Hindi family dramas
o   Regional languages travel the distance
·        More than 40% video consumption came from regional content
·        Tamil, Telugu and Bengali are the top regional languages. In fact, Bigg Boss Tamil is the highest watched entertainment show having beaten all the Hindi TV Shows
o   Hotstar’s immersive & interactive game, Watch ‘N Play, recorded greater participation
·        During VIVO IPL 2019, 64 Mn viewers (2X that of VIVO IPL 2018) participated in Watch ‘N Play
·        1.5X time spent by viewers who participated in Watch’N Play compared to those who didn’t, during VIVO IPL 2019
·        Approximately 6 billion emojis were used during VIVO IPL 2019
·        Bringing friends closer, 44 Mn comments were shared live during VIVO IPL 2019
The complete report is available to view here.

Devraj Sanyal & Romil Ratra come together as ‘The Bitter Bartenders’ for a Noble Cause.



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(From left- Devraj SanyalKaryna Bajaj, Bboy Vikram, breaking instructor at TDDP, Dolly Rateshwar, Romil Ratra)

December’19, Mumbai: Yauatcha, a dim sum teahouse offering modern Cantonese cuisine, that is one of the common celebrity hangout places in Mumbai recently completed 8 years and decided to celebrate this event in a fun and folly way for a good cause. Adding to this intention, Devraj Sanyal (MD & CEO, Universal Music Group India) and Romil Ratra (CEO, The A Club) came together to host ‘The Bitter Bartenders’- a battle of re-creating cocktails. The idea was to donate the proceeds towards a noble initiative wherein 20% of these cocktail sales was contributed towards the ‘The Dharavi Dream Project’- a hip-hop school for the talented underprivileged children .

Over a splendid evening of fun and fruitful banters, Devraj Sanyal and Romil Ratra battled hard to re-create cocktails in their own unique way from the ‘Infusion List’ created by them which lead to sales of over 300 cocktails in a night. The constant cheering for their favourite bartender and the excitement of the audience to taste the home infused cocktails elevated the level of enjoyment on this occasion which would decide who amongst them deserves the title of the ‘The Bitter Bartenders’. Keeping the enjoyment and laughter intact, this event also worked towards a societal cause.

Speaking about the overall initiative, Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO, Universal Music Group India and South Asia shares It takes a mighty will to give back. It takes an army of genuinely good people to come together, to make that will a reality. When I see a will and a way with the people I love & respect most, working towards a cause that’s closest to my heart, its simple work. I want to say thanks to my old mate Romil for standing shoulder to shoulder all evening, Karyna for hosting us and giving away all the profits of a night to support deserving underprivileged talent. There is no better feeling in the world than to earn the money that you give to a cause by doing something that’s completely out of your comfort zone”

Highlighting the association and the cause, Romil Ratra, CEO, The A Club shares “I saw a bunch of like-minded people come together and support a cause that the people that matter to me care about, if that's not the best way to spend an evening ! I don't know what is ! Winston Churchill was right when he said “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” 

Sharing insights on the evening, Dolly Rateshwar, Co-founder, The Dharavi Dream Project shares “The shares “Passion and Purpose went hand-in-hand at this event. It was overwhelming to see good folks like Devraj Sanyal, Romil Ratra and Karyna Bajaj celebrating one of their important milestones and having "The Dharavi Dream Project" as the charity partner on-board for the authentic work we do. 20% of the event proceeds came to the trust for further enhancement of the after school of hip-hop. The only thing I want to highlight is people like them make the decision to donate with their heart than justify it with their head.”

Speaking about the evening, Karyna Bajaj, Executive Director, KA Hospitality Private Limited shares "Yauatcha as a brand is all about fuelling connections, over delicious food and drinks. As we were completing 8 years in Mumbai, we decided to do something different, and we thought it was best to do it with two people who are passionate and love the brand just as much as I do. We also wanted to support a good cause, and give back to the society in a typically fun Yauatcha way".

Environment Department - Government of Maharashtra Supports ECOMO Eco Footprint 2020 to Launch in Mumbai


9th December 20019, Mumbai: EcoMo Footprint 2020 is supported by the Environment Department - Government of Maharashtra. It is an event conceptualized, curated and organized by Gratitude Entertainment and Media Inc. The event aims at creating awareness about achieving Environment Sustainability in different sectors.
The event will take place at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai on 18th December. Esteemed Panelist for the event is Raveena Tandon- Actor and major supporter of Women Empowerment movement, Shri Kalikesh Singh Deo - Member of Parliament 16th Lok Sabha (2nd Term), Mr. Sudhir Nayar - MD Cisco India Pvt Ltd, Mr. Shuja Ahmad Shekh – CEO Rakyan Beverages Pvt Ltd, and Amrita Bhattacharya – Environment Campaigner - Save the Aarey movement.
The panelist will collectively discuss challenges, best practices, and roadmap in their respective fields to reduce ecological footprints. The event aims to highlight various strategies like Prevention, Preparations for Reuse, Recycling, Recovery technologies (particularly for energy) and safe disposal amongst other practices to achieve Environmental Sustainability.
The event will be attended by various Industry Leaders, Policymakers, Administrators, Celebrities and Influencers. EcoMo has Cwaty – World’s first virtual influencer for animal welfare as its first guest.
There will also be a live demonstration of PET machines and reverse vending machines showcased by Sponsorer of the Event Mr. Abhay Bedi. EcoMo Eco Footprints 2020 has been conceptualized to bring change-makers from different walk of life on a common platform to share their journey and vision that has resulted in actual change in Environment.
Environment Sustainability is the need of the hour. Awareness and well-identified actionable from various Sectors, regulatory bodies, Influencers as well as Individuals are required. EcoMo strives to initiate a movement to get everyone together and collectively take responsibility to make this happen.

Save yourself from the winter chills!


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Crompton brings to you its superior range of water heaters with triple shield technology for the ‘Perfect Hot Water’


December 09, 2019 Mumbai: As the winter season approaches with a drop in the temperatures, water heaters have become one of the saving graces for a relaxing hot/warm shower. One of India’s leading consumer durables and everyone’s go-to brand Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals Ltd. has, therefore, launched a new range of superior high-performance water heaters with triple shield technology to create the ‘Perfect Hot Water’ for you in any situation.

India is witness to extreme weather conditions and varying temperatures hence making it important for us to adapt to these climate changes. The need for steaming hot water and the eagerness to take the perfect hot water shower in any situation is what one can look forward to for a rejuvenating experience.
However, in the upcoming chilly months, waiting for your tap to deliver hot water can seem like an eternity. The Crompton Water Heaters, therefore, deliver the perfect hot water ‘instantly’ and ‘consistently’ over a period of time. It is also essential for the right installation of water heaters with effective operations and end user safety. Taking cognizance of this, Crompton offers a wide range of best-in-class storage and instant water heaters with triple shield technology that delivers the ‘Perfect Hot Water’ and joyful experience of a good shower

Crompton’s new range of high performance water heaters have been crafted to perfection that carries out a superior performance in every condition. It ensures smart energy management making it extra safe with its high sensitivity capillary and high precision thermostat. Its triple shield technology further highlights:
-          Hard Water Protection: With advanced glass line tank
-          33% Longer Life: With blue glass line enamel incoloy element
-          Anti-Corrosive Protector: With magnesium anode rod
The new range is available in 5 star rating with enhanced aesthetics and fresh designs suited for the modern home. Moreover, it also offers a free installation on select models of the water heaters.

Reinventing itself to appeal to the preferences of young consumers, Crompton has brought about a slew of consumer-focused innovations with best-in-class aesthetics. There has also been an increasing focus on digital and social media in order to attract varied set of audiences from millennials to young couples and homemakers, amongst others.

Speaking about its latest innovation, MrSachin Phartiyal, Vice President, Appliance Business - Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals Ltd. further adds, “While everyone looks for the aestheticism in what they buy, the core decision lies in the functionality of the product; and in the case of water heaters, it is how stable, reliable and durable it is that can last for a good amount of time. Crompton basis every innovation on what the consumer needs and when one starts to feel the chills of the upcoming winter season, we hope to make their life more comfortable, easy and a little perfect.”

Sunday, December 8, 2019

ICAI International Conference 2019 successfully concluded in Mumbai.



The two day International Conference organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) was inaugurated today, December 6, 2019 at Mumbai. The Conference “Accountancy Profession: Catalyzing Reforms, Creating Values” is a part of ICAI’s effort to dwell deeper into emerging paradigm of Accountancy Profession and bring the Indian and global perspective together on issues that are of contemporary relevance while ensuring continuous professional development of its members.

Padma Shri CA.(Dr.) T.N.Manoharan, Past President, ICAI and Mr. Alan Johnson, Deputy President, International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), CA. Prafulla P. Chhajed, President, CA. Atul Kumar Gupta, Vice-President, Central & Regional Council Members of ICAI were present during the inauguration of the Conference at Mumbai.

Addressing the Conference, Shri T.N.Manoharan said “If there is one profession which is an integral part or almost co-existent and growing along with the growth of the economy, it is the profession of Chartered Accountancy.”

He further added “I congratulate ICAI for its commitment to the fundamental principles of excellence, independence and integrity. ICAI has been continuously making an intense and concentrated effort to train and educate its members & students with latest knowledge that helps them in providing sustained resilient reporting practices in the dynamic market place.”

The two day Conference will deliberate on the issues related to Taxation Reforms, Future of Corporate Reporting, Auditing reforms, Creation of Stakeholder Value, Technological Reforms and alike and will provide an apt opportunity for delegates to empathize the challenges and opportunities available while dealing with areas of contemporary and emerging interest in global economy.

Mr. Alan Jonson, Deputy President, IFAC shared “ ICAI is a distinguished member of IFAC family & also a founding member. The Institute is effectively supporting this noble profession of accountancy since 70 years.”

He further added “ This Conference is an apt platform for one to one interaction and exchange of ideas amongst the global and local accounting fraternity. I am glad to share that ICAI is a perfect choice to host World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) in 2022 as ICAI’s vibrancy and contribution to overall development of this profession is commendable.”

The Conference is intended as a forum for establishing interface with regions most influential thought leaders in the field of accounting, finance & business. Participants from academics, researchers, practitioners and policy makers are sharing their insights towards cutting-edge information on global trends, issues and challenges.

CA. Prafulla P. Chhajed, President, ICAI addressing at the Conf. said “This Conference aims to highlight the enabling role of Accountants in catalyzing reforms and at the same time creating economic values including exploration of new pathways to accounting excellence for the next generation of accountants.”

He further added “The Conference would be a forum of communication for academicians, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in the areas of accounting and finance.”

The Conference would have renowned experts in the area of accounting and auditing from international bodies including doyens from Trade and Industry in India. Various sessions are being addressed by eminent personalities from Government Sector, Regulators, Global Accountancy Forums, Industry and practitioners etc.

CA. Atul Kumar Gupta, Vice-President, ICAI said “At ICAI, we attempt to acclimatize our fraternity on various regulatory and technological trends and issues; explore to increasingly meet stakeholders’ expectations and develop new ideas and thoughts for advancing financial reporting, standards setting and innovate new business models for Governance led growth. This Conference is yet another stride towards this direction.”

The Conference was attended by over 1100 professionals from Pan India and overseas.