Saturday, 30 March 2013

Golden Glam Doll Hrishitaa Bhatt walks for Neeta Lulla





That one star studded evening where everybody came to support the ace fashion designer Neeta Lulla at her fashion show Shehnai at a post suburban hotel.
Hrishitaa Bhatt, who has made a comeback recently & how! She looked stunning in her golden netted outfit walked graciously for the ace designer!
The fashion show attended by who’s who of bollywood and television industry was hosted by Karan Grower. Also present were Bhagyashree who looked simply beautiful in her Saree, Rohit Roy & others.
Hrishitaa Bhatt’s outfit & new look created a stir & was well appreciated, she exclaims, “Neeta just called me & I’m here. No questions, nothing. Everyone wants to don Neeta lulla outfit. She is Just fabulous.”
Neeta who looks every stylish & chic mentions, “That’s one of my personal favorite outfit which Hrishitaa’s been wearing. She simply justifies it.”


J W MARRIOTT SHOWCASES WEDDING TRENDS FOR 2013
~ A fashion extravaganza by Neeta Lulla and Varuna D Jani at Shehnaai 2013 ~
Mumbai, 29th March 2013:
Celebrated Bollywood fashion designer Neeta Lulla and trendsetting jewellery designer Varuna D Jani, presented wedding trends for 2013 through a lavish wedding fashion show Shehnaai 2013 at JW Marriott, Mumbai.
The popular wedding fair, featuring the most luxurious and personalized services to make your dream wedding come true, saw Mumbai’s most eminent and stylish personalities walking the ramp such as Sonal Chauhan, Rohit Roy, Bhagyashree, Hrishita Bhatt, Vidya Malavade and Kiran Bawa to name a few. Karan V Grover hosted the show while television stars such as Arjun Bijlani, Krystle D’Souza, Mahesh Shetty, Neha Ahuja, Narayani Shashtri, Deepika Singh and Vishal Singh walked the ramp.
At Shehnaai 2013 onlookers got to witness the bridal fashion show featuring haute wedding couture from none other than Neeta Lulla, who presented her exclusive line of wedding apparel curated with the trendsetting jewellery designed by Varuna D Jani. Elaborate jewellery and designs with a mélange of colours and a blend of the old and new patterns, created a high fashion impact.
Expressing her delight on the occasion Neeta Lulla commented, “It gives me immense pleasure to showcase my wedding couture for 2013 at Shehnaai. Every year the wedding wear trend undergoes a change as brides expect something new. Over the years I have noticed brides are becoming more and more contemporary and that’s the look that I have tried to portray here at the show this evening. Shehnaai 2013 is extremely close to my heart as 25% of the collection of Shehnaai will be donated to Beti, a charity of Anu Ranjan.”
A delighted Varuna added, “Shehnaai is a platform to be associated with the brides and update them with the latest trends in jewellery for their D-Day. Being an ‘adornologist’, I believe in having one to one interactions with the brides themselves and give each one of them my personal attention right from what suits their face, to their choice of stones, to what look enhances their personality. I design jewellery which compliments every individual woman into becoming a showstopper in herself. My mantra for the coming wedding season would be ‘vintemporary’, an amalgamation of contemporary and vintage designs true to the roots and that’s exactly what I have propagated through my collection here at Shehnaai 2013”.
Hema Hariramani, Director Sales and Marketing JW Marriott Mumbai “With Shenaai 2013 we want our guests to experience what makes JW Marriott Mumbai the most preferred destination for elite weddings. JW Marriott for over a decade has been the preferred wedding destination owing to its one stop shop repute. Shehnaai 2013 is a unique opportunity for our guests to interact with the country’s leading fashion and jewellery designers, celebrity wedding planners and various other key influencers for the big fat Indian wedding. Shehnaai 2013 offers a unique chance to envision your perfect wedding by indulging in the finest gourmet tastings by the award winning chefs of JW Marriott Mumbai. We are very excited to partner with celebrated designers such as Neeta Lulla and Varuna D Jani to make this a truly unforgettable experience!”
JW Marriott Mumbai offers couples-to-be another reasons to marry in the form of attractive ‘Marry with Us’ wedding packages to add more meaning to this very special moment of your life. Avail of exclusive benefits including a complimentary night stay in a suite, personalised wedding webpage, 2 complimentary nights of stay in an international destination at a Marriott property, Marriott preferred cards, room amenities, and complimentary wedding cake during the wedding, discounts on the bridal package at Quan Spa and consultations with our in-house astrologer. This is not all; you can also look forward to an exclusive dinner rehearsals for guests by our chefs, complimentary lunch at Lotus Café for the bride & the groom’s family and a surprise gift on your 1st anniversary.
About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 45 JW Marriott hotels in 19 countries; by 2013 the portfolio will encompass 73 properties in 28 countries.
About Marriott International
Marriott International is a leading lodging company with more than 3,400 lodging properties in 68 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites Inn and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, The Ritz-Carlton Residences and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland USA, and had approximately 137,000 employees at 2009 yearend. It is recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2009, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $11 billion. For more information, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com

Monday, 25 March 2013

Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Shiv Nadar


XLRI honours Mr. Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman, HCL with ‘Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace’ at the 57th Annual Convocation
Mr. Rajiv Kaul, CMD,  Nicco Corporation presenting the Medal to Mr. Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman, HCL  at the 57th annual convocation. Fr. E Abraham, Director, XLRI looks on.

25th March, 2013 – 
The momentous occasion of Convocation is celebrated at XLRI with great zealStudents donned their hats and gowns and received their diplomas at the 57th Annual Convocation in presence of the pioneer as well as doyen of the Indian IT industry, Mr. Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman, HCL and Shiv Nadar Foundation.

After two years of strenuous schedules and academic rigor the batch of 2013, comprising 236 students of Post Graduate Programmes in Management, 6 students of Fellow Program in Management from Jamshedpur Campus and 25 students from Ex-PGP course from Dubai Campus, received their graduating certificates and medals displaying a sense of pride and sorrow. Pride was apparent as they joined the elite club of XLRI alumni and sorrow was not far behind as they realized that tomorrow they leave an exciting and fun-filled learning environment to enter into the harsh realities of working life in the demanding corporate world.  

At the ceremony, in continuation of almost forty-five years tradition XLRI conferred the prestigious ‘Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace’ on Mr. Shiv Nadar for his contribution towards the shaping of Indian IT Industry. Mr. Rajiv Kaul, Member of Board of Governors, XLRI and Chairman and Managing Director Nicco Corporation, presented the prestigious medal to Mr. Nadar.

Expressing his gratitude to XLRI, Mr. Shiv Nadar said, “I feel privileged to be recipient of ‘Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Social and Industrial Peace’ and to join its illustrious club of past recpients”. Congratulating the students, he said “I am delighted to hear that the entire batch has been placed. It also means that they are all placing a confidence and bets on you. The future of this nation cannot be created without the best leaders, managers and the topped. We have great hopes from each and every one of you”.

“Leadership is a state of mind. A leader has a vision. He may not know exactly how to reach those; but he get to find his way to reach his goals” he added.  

On this significant occasion, reading out the annual report of the institute Fr. E Abraham S.J., Director of XLRI focused on the achievements and milestones of the leading institute during the academic session 2012- 13. “Today is an important day in the life of every student, faculty, and staff. It is the high-point of all the efforts put in by an individual during their time at the campus. This academic year has once again brought laurels to XLRI in different spheres that have done us proud. XLRI has made its presence felt particularly at the international level. Two international programmes have been launched. Our collaborators have displayed a keen interest in both the programmes” he said.

“We are honored to have Mr. Shiv Nadar among us to receive the Sir Jehangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial and Social Peace. Shiv Nadar: IT pioneer, global Citizen, and a great visionary who has helped in building a sustainable humane world; at a time when India had a total of 250 computers, he is a true visionary, led a young team of eight which passionately believed in and bet on the growth of the IT industry From designing India’s first PC at the same time as global IT peers in 1978; to working on the Boeing Dreamliner's airborne systems today, HCL has stayed a true Pioneer of Modern Computing he added.

Mr. Pratip Chaudhuri, Chairman, State Bank of India delivered the convocation speech to the graduating students. He congratulated and inspired the students with his words and shared some of his experiences on common challenges which they can face in their future lives as employees.
                                            
Congratulating the students, Mr. Rajiv Kaul, Chairman and Managing Director Nicco Corporation said, The alumnof XLRI have reached high levels of excellence in both the corporate world as well as the academia. Todayyou too are joining that privileged group. Your future is in your hands. I am sure you will do exceedingly well”.

At the ceremony, XLRI also felicitated Mr. Rakesh Kapoor, CEO, Reckitt Benckiser with the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’Reckitt Benckiser is a British multinational consumer goods company which boasts international brands such as Dettol (the world's largest-selling antiseptic), Strepsils (the world's largest-selling sore throat medicine), Veet (the world's largest-selling depilatory brand), Air Wick (the world's second-largest-selling air freshener), Calgon, Clearasil, Cillit Bang, Durex, Lysol, and Vanish. Mr. Kapoor also congratulated the students and faculty on the occasion of convocation and shared words of inspiration with the students.

At the event, the graduating batch of XLRI announced to donate an amount of Rs. 1,77,000 to provide educational support to tribal girls of Jharkhand.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Babli Badmaash is a smash hit with the masses


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SHOOTOUT AT WADALA’S SENSATIONAL song
‘BABLI BADMAASH’: A SMASH HIT!!

~The song across multiple platforms covering social media, online media, FM radio & music channels has created a rage and is trending on youtube ~

Babli Badmaash, the much awaited sizzling item number of 2013 from the movie Shootout At Wadala has already caught the fancy of countless music lovers. Officially released on March 15th  the song featuring sensuous Priyanka Chopra has garnered a prompt visibility on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. 

With its rapidly increasing popularity the song is on its way to becoming the biggest dance hit of the year. Shootout at Wadala is set in 80s, and the song’s choreography, costumes and sound is inspired from that era

The song is a tribute to late Feroz Khan and late RD Burman whom Sanjay Guptadirector of the movie, had always wanted to work with. The song is composed by Anu Malik and sung by the versatile singer Sunidhi Chauhan. It is  an ode to the dance and disco classics from the 70s and the 80s.

With the success of this item number Sanujeet Bhujabal, Marketing Director Sony Music India said, “ It gives us immense pleasure to work with producers and directors of this stature. Anu Malik’s songs are remarkable and grab people’s attention immediately. With the success of Babli Badmaash we plan to unveil all the songs of Shootout At Wadala with a different twist.”

High fuel costs lowers Cathay Pacific's profits


The Cathay Pacific Group reported an attributable profit of HK$916 million for 2012 – an 83.3% fall compared to the profit of HK$5,501 million reported for 2011. Earnings per share fell by 83.3% to HK23.3 cents. Turnover for the year increased by 1.0% to HK$99,376 million.

CATHAY PACIFIC ANNOUNCES 2012 ANNUAL RESULTS

Results

        2012
         2011                 
Change
Turnover
HK$ million
99,376
98,406
+1.0%
Profit attributable to the owners of Cathay Pacific
HK$ million         
916
5,501
-83.3%
Earnings per share
HK cents
23.3
139.8
-83.3%
Dividend per share
HK$
0.08
0.52
-84.6%



In 2012 the Group’s core business was adversely affected by the high price of jet fuel, pressure on passenger yields and weak air cargo demand. Economic uncertainty, particularly in the Eurozone countries, and an increasingly competitive environment added to the difficulties. It was a challenging year for the aviation industry generally. The Group’s share of profits from associated companies, including Air China, showed a marked decline.

Passenger revenue for the year was HK$70,133 million, an increase of 3.5% compared to 2011. Capacity increased by 2.6%. The two airlines carried a total of 29.0 million passengers in 2012, up 5.0% on the previous year. The passenger load factor fell by 0.3 percentage points. Yield increased by 1.2% to HK67.3 cents, largely due to higher fuel surcharges consequent upon a 1.7% increase in average fuel prices. Uncertain economic conditions and strong competition on key routes put pressure on yields while premium class yields were affected by travel restrictions imposed by corporations. The high cost of fuel made it more difficult to operate profitably, particularly on long-haul routes operated by older, less fuel-efficient aircraft.

The Group’s cargo revenue in 2012 was HK$24,555 million, a decrease of 5.5% compared to 2011. Yield for Cathay Pacific and Dragonair remained the same as last year at HK$2.42. Capacity was down by 3.1% while the cargo load factor dropped by 3.0 percentage points to 64.2%. The airlines’ cargo business was affected by weak demand in major markets, particularly from Asia to Europe. Demand for shipments from the two key markets of Hong Kong and Mainland China, was well below expectations, although there were short-term upturns in March and in the last quarter. Capacity was adjusted in line with demand.

Fuel remained the most significant cost. Throughout much of 2012, fuel prices were at sustained high levels and this had a major impact on operating results. The Group’s fuel costs (disregarding the effect of fuel hedging) increased by 0.8% compared to 2011. Fuel accounted for 41.1% of total operating costs – a decrease of 0.4 of a percentage point from the previous year. Managing the risk associated with high and sometimes volatile fuel prices remains a key challenge. The Group took advantage of a reduction in fuel prices in May and June to do more hedging with a view to mitigating the impact of future fuel price increases.

In May 2012, Cathay Pacific announced measures designed to protect its business in an environment of high fuel prices and weak revenues. These measures included the accelerated retirement of the less fuel-efficient Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft; the withdrawal from service of four Boeing 747-400BCF converted freighters; and an adjustment of schedules and reduced capacity on some long-haul routes. At the same time as addressing the challenges to its business, the Cathay Pacific Group kept a clear focus on its key strategic goals: developing its network and its Hong Kong base; maintaining and enhancing the quality of its services; strengthening its relationship with Air China; and maintaining a prudent approach to financial risk management.

The airline continued with its major investments in new aircraft and new products, and opened its own cargo terminal at Hong Kong International Airport in February 2013. Despite the need to adjust schedules in 2012 in light of the challenging business environment and the high cost of fuel, the Group remained committed to maintaining the integrity of its network. On the passenger side, Cathay Pacific added frequencies on routes to India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam and introduced a new service to Hyderabad in India last year. Dragonair added frequencies on routes to secondary cities in Mainland China and introduced or resumed flights to eight destinations in 2012. In the first quarter of 2013, Dragonair is launching another four new destinations. On the cargo side, Cathay Pacific introduced freighter services to Zhengzhou, Hyderabad and Colombo last year.

The upgrading of the Cathay Pacific and Dragonair fleets continued in 2012, with 19 new aircraft received. As at 31 December 2012, the Group had 92 aircraft on order for delivery up to 2020. An order was placed for six Airbus A350-900 aircraft in January 2012. In August the Group ordered 10 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft and converted an existing order for 16 Airbus A350-900 aircraft into an order for 16 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. In March 2013, Cathay Pacific entered into an agreement with The Boeing Company under which it agreed to buy three Boeing 747-8F freighter aircraft and cancel the agreement to purchase eight Boeing 777-200F freighters that were entered into in August 2011. Under the agreements, the Company also acquired options to purchase five Boeing 777-200F freighters and The Boeing Company agreed to purchase four Boeing 747-400BCF converted freighters, which were taken out of service in 2012 and early 2013. The transaction is part of a package of transactions between the Group, The Boeing Company, Air China Cargo Co., Ltd and Air China Limited.

In an increasingly competitive environment it is crucial to maintain and develop passenger loyalty by providing high quality products and services. This remains a key focus of the Cathay Pacific Group. To this end, Cathay Pacific has introduced a new Premium Economy Class product, a new long-haul Economy Class seat and a new Regional Business Class seat. The airline’s long-haul Business Class was named World’s Best Business Class in 2012 at the World Airline Awards run by Skytrax. Dragonair will also get new Business Class and Economy Class seats from March 2013. On the ground, refurbishment of the Level 7 Business Class Lounge in The Wing at Hong Kong International Airport was completed in January 2012 and the First Class Lounge was reopened in February 2013. In August 2012, Cathay Pacific opened a new lounge in Paris.

Cathay Pacific Chairman Christopher Pratt said: “The Cathay Pacific Group operates in a volatile and challenging industry, one that will always be highly susceptible to external factors that remain largely beyond our control. The cost of fuel remains the biggest challenge, particularly for an airline such as ours where long-haul operations form a significant part of our total operations.

“We believe we have taken the right measures to deal with current challenges and will take whatever further measures are necessary should the business environment not improve. Our focus will remain on protecting the business and managing short-term difficulties while remaining committed to our long-term strategy. Our financial position remains strong and we will continue to invest in the future. Our core strengths remain the same as ever: a superb team, a strong international network, exceptional standards of customer service, a strong relationship with Air China and our position in Hong Kong. These will help to ensure the success of the Cathay Pacific Group in the long term.”

Shri and Vivek to perform live in Mumbai


Sony Music’s Folktronic artists
ShriLektric and Vivek Rajagopalan to perform LIVE at Blue Frog
with an all new set and collaborations!





Folktronic, India’s first concept label that brings the culture of Indian classical & folk or ethnic Indian music to the youth in an urban format presents two of their artists - multi instrumentalist ShriLektric a.k.a Shri from UK and renowned percussionist Vivek Rajagopalan’s Rhythm Lab LIVE on Saturday March 23rd at Blue Frog from 10:-00 pm onwards.

Text Box: Folktronic Presents
ShriLeKtric and Vivek Rajagopalan’s Rhythm Lab

Date: Saturday March 23
 
Venue: Blue Frog

Time: 1030 pm onwards

Shri, now a popular name in India with multiple LIVE gig keeps traveling to his home country to present his music in different styles. This acoustic, electric, electronic and computing based concept sees Shri combine the use of Tabla, Bass, Flute, Bowed Bass, and more through computers and loopers. For ShriLektric performance, Shri will be joined on stage by three illustrious musicians:

Nandini Srikar - one of India's most versatile singers who has lent her vocals to several Bollywood chart-toppers including songs from films such as Ra.One, Agent Vinod and Shanghai.

Suman Shridhar – a vocalist who has performed at several major music festivals across the world, Suman Shridhar has lent her unique voice to songs such as of films such as Shaitan & Talaash.

Lindsay D’Mello – Lindsay is one of India’s best drummers today, constantly on tour, Lindsay regularly performs with KK, Vishal-Shekar, Lucky Ali, and has performed to sold out audiences backing Amitabh Bachan during the hugely successful “Unforgettable Tour”

And will also feature Dhruv Ghanekar, - With virtuoso arrangements, peaceful orchestration and an ability to bridge Jazz and contemporary Indian sounds, Dhruv is a complete guitarist, musician and song-writer

One can expect sounds that are as earthy as they are electronic, and as rooted as they are progressive!

The evening will also witness Vivek Rajagopalan’s Rhythm Lab- a concept centered on a one-of-a-kind drum kit. While this act displays a whole new side of Vivek, the instruments and effects employed remain rooted to his signature sound - the distinctly raw and earthy interpretation of traditional drum and bass and electronica.

Vivek’s performance will feature renowned composer/ singer K C Loy, violinst Finix Ramdas, upcoming bassist Shovon Mukherjee & last but not the least Greek folklore singer Veronica Iliopoulou.

Date: Saturday March 23
Venue: Blue Frog
Time: 1030 pm onwards
Contact details: +(91)-22-61586158 | 65251716 | 65251718

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About Folktronic : India’s first concept label that brings the culture Indian Classical & folk music to the youth in an urban format. From label, publishing, LIVE to A&R development & management, Folktronic takes a 360 degree approach to represent Indian music on a global stage. http://youtube.com/folktronicindia. Folktronic is an Sony Music Independent Initiative.

Kalyan Jewellers to invest 1300 Crores this fiscal


Kalyan Jewellers to make
its presence felt in Mumbai

With its 3 new showrooms in Mumbai, projects 10,000 Crores turnover

15 new showrooms in FY 2012- 13 with a total investment of Rs. 1300 Crores.

Mumbai  18th March, 2013: 

Kalyan Jewellers, India’s leading jewellery retail chain is all set to open three showrooms in Mumbai. All three showrooms will open on 24th March 2013 .The showrooms are located in Vashi, Thane, and Borivali and will be inaugurated by Kalyan Brand Ambassador Aishwarya Rai.

Kalyan Jewellers has a predominant position in south India and had embarked to create a national footprint in the beginning of 2012.  The company today has retail store strength of 45 showrooms across the 4 southern states and Gujarat. In the financial year 2012- 13, the company opened 15 new showrooms with a total investment of Rs. 1000 crores.  They plan to increase this by adding 20 showrooms in India and internationally in FY 2013-14 with an investment of Rs 1300 crores.

Speaking on the occasion T.S. Kalyanaraman, Chairman, Kalyan Jewellers said “We feel privileged to serve the people of the great metropolis of Mumbai. We are on track with our plans to be a national player and Mumbai is a major milestone in that journey”. Mr. T.S. Kalyanaraman has made it to this year’s Forbes List of Billionaires, and is ranked 52 in India and 1342 globally.

The company is the single largest self owned jewellery retail chain in the country in terms of number of showroom, and turn over with the single maximum bullion purchase from SBI in jewellery retail crossing 5 tons.  The company has ambitious plans to open 80 more showrooms in the next three years. These are being planned in almost all Tier 1 & 2 cites, Middle East, GCC Countries, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. The projected turnover for 2013 – 2014: Rs. 13,000 crores.

 Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and Mrs. Aishwaraya Rai Bachchan represent Kalyan Jewellers nationally. To represent the company regionally they have stalwarts like Nagarjuna in Andhra Pradesh, Sivaraj Kumar in Karnataka, Prabhu in Tamil Nadu and Dileep in Kerala.

Kalyan has been at the forefront of pioneering efforts to educate the public of cheating and malpractices in gold quality and pricing through their campaign ‘Fight against Impure Gold”.

ABOUT KALYAN JEWELLERS

Kalyan Jewellers is the flagship of the prestigious 100-year old Kalyan Group with its origins in textile manufacturing and retailing. The group’s forayed into jewellery retailing two decades ago in 1993, and has retail store strength of 45 showrooms across the 4 southern states and Gujarat. Kalyan Jewellers is a clear market leader in most of the markets it operates. Kalyan Jewellers is in the midst of a major expansion spree and is poised to enter Gujarat and Maharashtra in 2013. The company has set an ambitious target of 100 showrooms by 2015.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Efforts to shape turstworthy financial industry




CFA Institute Taps Leading Economist John Kay to Lead Future of Finance Project, Unveils Statement of Investor Rights

Long-term effort aims to shape a more trustworthy financial industry

[Mumbai], March 19, 2013 – 

CFA Institute and a team of prominent financial industry leaders including Advisory Council Chair John Kay have launched the Future of Finance project, a long-term global effort to shape a trustworthy, forward-thinking financial industry that better serves society. The project aims to provide the tools to motivate and empower the world of finance to commit to fairness, improved understanding, and personal integrity. Led by Kay, the advisory council is comprised of a diverse group of experts from finance, education and media

“The global financial industry can be an extraordinary force for good, but there is much work to be done to shape the industry for future generations,” said Kay, chair of the Future of Finance Advisory Council. “This project is designed to engage professionals and investors in and outside of finance to help solve problems with the global financial system. We can affect positive change in finance, but change starts with all of us – industry leaders, financial professionals, government agencies, financial regulators and the public. It’s an ambitious project that aims not just to gather the best ideas, but to make them a reality.”

Statement of Investor Rights Helps Investors Demand Ethical Behavior
As a first step, the Future of Finance project has unveiled the Statement of Investor Rights , a list of principles intended to help buyers of financial service products demand the conduct they are entitled to expect from financial service providers. The list applies to financial products and services such as investment management, research and advice, personal banking, even insurance and real estate, and is intended to help investors demand that financial professionals abide by these rights. The document includes rights that investors are entitled to expect such as objective advice, disclosure of conflicts of interest, and fair and reasonable fees.

“The Statement of Investor Rights emphasizes the concept that the investor must always come first, and lays a solid foundation for this project. Our plans are lofty as we develop events, publications and significant research-based tools to reinforce the need for ethical conduct and professional practice to restore trust and confidence in finance,” said John Rogers, CEO and president of CFA Institute. “The Future of Finance project is a critical way for us to encourage thought leadership and engagement, as we seek to shape a more forward-thinking industry. CFA Institute is in a unique position to lead this effort, promoting the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.”

Project Tackles Key Issues and Challenges in Finance
The Future of Finance project is focused on six primary topics of interest for all who rely on finance, including putting investors first; safeguarding the system; retirement security; financial knowledge; regulation and enforcement; and transparency and fairness. The project plans rigorous research and recommendations to address each area, and will produce accessible tools to encourage broad adoption and widespread change throughout the global financial system. 

The advisory council will issue a call to action on May 20 at the CFA Institute Annual Conference in Singapore, detailing the objectives and future plans for the Future of Finance project. The call to action will include an overview of the primary problems with finance, and how the project will tackle those problems.

Initial members of the Future of Finance Advisory Council are:

Chair
John Kay, Economist and Author

Members
  • Keith Ambachtsheer, Director, Rotman International Centre for Pension Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Paul Chow, Former Chief Executive, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited
  • Elizabeth Corley, CEO, Allianz Global Investors
  •  Tom Keene, CFA, Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg News
  •  Ira M. Millstein, Senior Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Co-Chair of the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, Columbia Law School
  •  Saker Nusseibeh, CEO and Head of Investment, Hermes Fund Managers
  • Robert C. Pozen, Senior lecturer, Harvard Business School and senior fellow, Brookings Institution
To learn more about the project and find ways to participate, visit -  www.cfainstitute.org/FutureFinance  

About CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 114,000 members in 137 countries and territories, including 106,756 CFA charterholders, and 138 member societies.

Tekla’s newest version of building information modeling software is here


Tekla Structures 19 is here – welcome better workflow for all materials


Tekla’s newest version of the building information modeling software, Tekla Structures helps construction companies to take advantage of the constant changes in the industry.

Visibility is clarity. Weld Visualization in Tekla Structures 19 shows the welds directly in the model - no need to interpret additional dialogues. Section View Creation in the drawings is visually guided. Curved shapes become smoother, and as the software interfaces to fabrication machinery, these shapes can be fabricated equally smooth.

With Model Organizer, Tekla users can classify and structure models by submittals, lots or sequencing. And there is a tool to get the tons and volumes quickly for parts, groups, phases and sequences.

“We want to help the construction industry to change the bottom line for the better, regardless the materials they use,” says Tekla’s Executive Vice President, Deputy CEO and GM of Trimble Buildings Structures Division Risto Räty and continues:“Better planning and estimating, understanding what you are doing and minimizing errors with Tekla definitely are competition assets.”

For those who work with concrete, Tekla Structures 19 provides new opportunities. The Cast in Place concrete functions of the software provide concrete builders and designers with the tools they need to model, plan and pour accurately. To make the information flow through the projects, Tekla Structures 19 contains both new and improved links directly to fabrication and other software. Complex shapes such as spiral rebar export nicely to IFC to be used by other project parties.
And now help is closer: Tekla User Assistance, a new interactive online help and self-support service, is just a click away.  This is a great addition into the tool set that helps any Tekla user become a more advanced professional of BIM and the construction trade. 

Tekla Structures BIM software, launched in 2004, is the preferred tool  of  construction professionals around the world to model, detail, fabricate and build many of the buildings, bridges, sports complexes, and other structures that surround us. It works seamlessly with Tekla BIMsight, the free tool for construction project collaboration.

See 
www.teklastructures.com for information and download. For further download of images please  check link:http://tekla.digtator.fi:80/public/8008e1a2f459.aspx

Tekla 
Tekla drives the evolution of digital information models and provides competitive advantage to the construction and infrastructure industry. The company was established in 1966, and today it has customers in 100 countries, offices in 15 countries, and a global partner network. Tekla became part of Trimble Buildings Group in 2011.

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(complex plate)Express complex geometry with multiple parts and combine these to a single part for reporting and drawings. Fold and unfold, and if the plate is flat, it can produce a DSTV output.


In a construction project, insight is a vital asset, and Tekla now offers features that make understanding the job easier and reduce risks.
The new version is available at 
www.teklastructures.com

Vibrant Holi Collection of watches from Espirit


Rejoice the season of spring by celebrating Holi
with Esprit Timewear

 
 



Add a splash of colour to your look with Esprit Timewear’s vibrant Marin 68 collection

Another winter season has come to end and it is time to welcome the very beautiful and enthralling season of spring. It is the season of new beginnings, hopes and aspirations. 

With optimism and innocence all around, it is also the time to celebrate one of the most widely celebrated festivals of Holi. It personifies colour, friendship, happiness and a happy life.
Esprit Timewear offers the perfect line of collection for this fun filled occasion. The Marin line displays watches in vibrant and energetic colours of blue, red, purple and more. 

It revives the spirit of Holi and makes for a complete gift to express love and laughter. Toast to the new beginnings by grabbing your favourite colour this season!
Collection available at
New Delhi-
  • All Watches and More outlets
  • Johnson Watch - Connaught Place
  • Ganguly Bros. - Connaught Place
  • Arun Watch Co. - Green Park

Miniscule VESA enclosure to address space constraints of SMBs and SOHOs

Antec India introduces the miniscule ISK 110 VESA Enclosure for SMBs and Enterprises

ISK 110 VESA is designed to address the space constraint issues of SMBs, SOHOs, Enterprises, Government Organizations, Hospitals, BPO Centers etc.



Antec Inc, the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, introduced the miniscule ISK 110 VESA Enclosure for SMBs and Enterprises. The ISK 110 VESA is crafted as a small, efficient build without compromises. It is designed to address the space constraint issues at SMBs, SOHOs, enterprises, government organizations, hospitals call centers, etc.

ISK 110 is just 78 mm in wide and mounted on a stable clip-on base or included VESA mount. It fits two 2.5" drive bays - perfect for internal SSDs. Perforated mesh construction and space for a low-profile CPU cooler provide an ample amount of quiet cooling capability. An incredibly small yet powerful 90 watt adapter completes the package, providing power with up to 92% efficiency. Ideal for corporate builds, kiosks and digital signage, the ISK 110 VESA is a miniscule case solution with massive features.

Kevan LiSales & Operations Head at Antec India, said, "The Antec ISK 110 is a very compact solution available especially for business environments with space constraints. This is an ideal solution for SMBs, SOHOs and other corporate verticals where essentially multiple workstations need to be built in a limited space."

Technical Specifications:
  • VESA mount included
  • 2 x 2.5" internal drive bays
  • ABS plastic / 0.8 mm SECC construction
  • Includes standard case lock slot for integrated anti-theft protection
  • Front ports:
-          4 x USB 2.0
-          HDA/AC'97-compatible audio in/out
  • Motherboard compatibility: Mini-ITX only
  • Includes 90 watt external adapter:
-          Efficiency: up to 92%
-          DC-to-ATX PCB mounted directly inside case
-          Universal Input - works on any 100V - 240V electrical grid
  • No expansion slots
  • Dimensions (chassis only):
-          222 mm (H) x 78 mm (W) x 212 mm (D)
-          8.7" (H) x 3.1" (W) x 8.4" (D)
  • Dimensions (with VESA):
-          226 mm (H) x 85 mm (W) x 212 mm (D)
-          8.9" (H) x 3.4" (W) x 8.4" (D)
  • Packaging Dimensions:
-          260 mm (H) x 125 mm (W) x 340 mm (D)
-          10.2" (H) x 4.9" (W) x 13.4" (D)
  • Net Weight: 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs)
  • Gross Weight: 2.2 kg (4.9 lbs)
Price, Availability and Warranty
Antec ISK 110 VESA cabinet is priced approximately at Rs. 4,600. It comes with a warranty period of 3 years and available with select Antec Channel partners.

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 "The Antec ISK 110 is a very compact solution available especially for business environments with space constraints. This is an ideal solution for SMBs, SOHOs and other corporate verticals where essentially multiple workstations need to be built in a limited space."

Kevan Li
Sales and Operations Head
Antec India


COMPANY INFORMATION

About Antec Inc.
For 26 years, Antec, Inc has been the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets. Antec remains an industry pioneer and market leader for quiet, efficient and innovative products such as the P280 and SOLO II enclosures, and it has been independently recognized as the power supply manufacturer with the lowest return rate.

Antec continues to further the industry with performance-rich enclosures, efficient power supplies, reliable cooling components and cutting-edge Antec Advance accessories. Founded in 1986, Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with international marketing headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Antec has additional offices in The Netherlands, China and Taiwan. Please visitwww.antecindia.co.in  for more information.