Thursday, 23 January 2014

Rajiv Takru inaugurates IBEX INDIA 2014 in Bandra

IBEX INDIA 2014  inaugurated by Shri Rajiv Takru, Secretary, Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, GoI

·         Shri Rajiv Takru, Secretary, Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India, today inaugurated the 3rd Edition of India’s only Trade Exhibition & Conference for Banking Technology, Equipment & Services.  

·         The 3 day show at MMRDA Grounds, BKC, Mumbai is being held upto January 25 2014.

Shri. Rajiv Takru also delivered the keynote address at the IBEX India Conference on  “Conducive Framework to Drive Banking Experience Transformation”.  The plenary session of the IBEX India Conference also included stalwarts of the industry such as: Mr. M. V. Tanksale, Chief Executive - Indian Banks’ Association; Mr. Benjamin Thorpe, Director - Global Marketing & Strategy, Glory Global Solutions; Mr. S. S. Mundra, Chairman & Managing Director - Bank of Baroda; Mr. R. K. Dubey, Chairman & Managing Director - Canara Bank & Dr. Deepali Pant Joshi, Executive Director – RBI among others.

IBEX INDIA 2014 features an extensive trade exhibition that will showcase the latest in banking technology for all banking profiles & functions. With an eye on the requirements of the industry, Exhibitors across the profiles of security, banking automation, ATMs, access control, payment and more have already booked space, ensuring an extensive display of technology for the banking industry.

More than 100 Exhibitors bringing together world class banking technology products & services are participating in IBEX India 2014. 

In line with the previous editions, the current edition of IBEX India 2014 too will see the extensive presence of senior members of the banking fraternity coming together for engaging and stimulating discussions. While IBEX INDIA 2013 saw a delegation of banking officials from Iran, the current edition welcomes bankers from across the SAARC region. Banking officials across countries like Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia and Iran, amongst others, have been enthusiastic in their response to IBEX INDIA 2014 and will be visiting the show.  

IBEX INDIA 2014 is supported and endorsed by Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Dena Bank, ICICI Bank, ING Vysya Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, The Shamrao Vithal Cooperative Bank Ltd., Syndicate Bank, Union Bank of India, The Maharashtra Small Cooperative Banks Association, National Institute of Bank Management and Small & Medium Business Development  Chamber of India amongst others.

Leave no Pin Standing at Neptune Magnet mall

Neptune Magnet Mall at Bhandup West in Mumbai, is organizing a Bowling Tournament on 25th January 2014.

The entry fee is Rs 500 - which includes the game charges.

The winner card a card preloaded with 100 bowling games.

The 1st runner-up would get a card preloaded with 75 bowling games.

The 2nd runner-up would get a card preloaded with 50 bowling games.

The event would take place from 10 am to 3 pm on this Saturday at the mall.

Neptune Magnet Mall is on LBS Road in Bhandup West in Mumbai.

Regisgration can be done at the Cash counter in advance or on the day of the event at the venue itself.

More details and information can be had from:  022 66977687

Exclusive pics of Sunburn, Goa

Exclusive Pictures of Mohammad Fasih’s Showman Entertainment and Sunburn in Goa

Showman Entertainment Mohammad Fasih in partnership with Sunburn Harindra Singh brought Goa festival 2013 which was an out of this world experience.  

The biggest crowd India has ever seen came together from all corners of the globe, to be a part of Asia's #1 Festival. 

History was created in size and scale and in the emotional connects of Sunburn and Showman Entertainment fans and now preparing for 5 times #1 DJ, Armin Van Buuren in Mumbai on 24th Jan 2014 at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, NSCI, Mahalaxmi.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Mumbai’s largest Anti -Cancer Express at the Stan Chart Marathon-2014

Mumbai’s largest 11th Edition Standard Chartered Marathon-2014-

Anti -Cancer Express was presented by Kohinoor Hospital

Photo 1-Over 50 employees from Kohinoor Hospital participated in Mumbai Marathon this year to create awareness about cancer.

Photo 2 - 'Anti -Cancer Express' by Kohinoor Hospital was seen presenting different causes of cancer at the Mumbai Marathon.

Photo 3- Employees from Kohinoor Hospital gathered in the form of a train- called 'Anti -Cancer Express' .

Photo 4- Over 50 employees from Kohinoor Hospital were seen with placards and slogans promoting cancer awareness.

24x7 international helpline for pancreas launched in Mumbai

The first-of-its-kind an international 24x7 helpline for patients suffering from pancreatic diseases was launched at the 10th International Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Symposium in Mumbai

MUMBAI, January 18: The 10th International Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Symposium begun on Saturday (18th January) here at Hotel Palladium to present a comprehensive overview of the rapidly changing EUS landscape. The first-of-its-kind an international 24x7 helpline for patients suffering from pancreatic diseases was launched during the two-day symposium.

The 24x7 helpline will help create awareness about the most neglected and vital organ of human body, the pancreas. In addition to remedies for acute attacks, the helpline will also provide free consultation for patients who want to know more about their existing pancreatic conditions. “This is a first-of-its-kind 24x7 international helpline that will patients from worldwide to provide free consultation about their pancreatic conditions. The aim is to connect the caller with the high quality doctor for tele consultation,” he added.

Emphasizing that today’s busy scheduled, Dr. Rathod said that the convenience of speaking to doctor on phone is ‘priceless’. “We have a team of full-time doctors, who will be working according to the rotational shifts and the patients from across the globe can avail free consultation 24x7 on any day. This initiative is one more step from our side to make high quality care accessible to patients worldwide,” he added.

In order to access this service the patients just need to call on the helpline numbers 9167778228 / 9320091763 and avail free consultation, routine cases of pancreatic conditions or even during any pancreatic emergency. “This helpline is a part of our continuous efforts in introducing a multidisciplinary approach to pancreatic cases management within the country”, adds Dr. Rathod.

The launch of the international 24x7 helpline for pancreas was attended by over 500 participating Gastroenterologist, Surgeons, Physicians performing Endoscopy including internationally renowned experts from 27 countries like Canada, United States, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Japan, Egypt and India in the two-day symposium.

Having pioneered Interventional Pancreato-Biliary EUS, Dr. Rathod has been successfully treating the most complicated cases of pancreas at Endoscopy Asia, which were beamed live during the symposium across the world and to International world pioneers and national experts who have converged in Mumbai to share their knowledge, wisdom and experience on the changing landscape of Endoscopy and Endoscopy Ultrasound. Experts demonstrated live the latest therapeutic endoscopy techniques, treatments and assessments from Endoscopy Asia as the course attendees observed from two large screens in the Ballroom of the hotel.

Endoscopy is the examination of the gastrointestinal tract – the esophagus, stomach, bile duct, pancreas, small bowel and large bowel – with a flexible videoscope. Therapeutic means the procedure can provide treatment (therapy), in addition to a diagnosis.

Second semester of Global MBA commences at XLRI

The second semester of Global MBA Programme commences at XLRI

Mr. H.M. Nerurkar, MD- Tata Steel and Chairman, XLRI’s Board of Governors, flags off India’s first truly Global MBA program in the institute’s new International Center

16th January, 2014: 

The second semester of the first ever ‘Global MBA Programme’ launched in partnership by three leading management institutions in the world- XLRI, Jamshedpur- IndiaWeatherhead School of Management of Case Western University, Cleveland- USA and School of Economics & Management of Tongji University, Shanghai- China commences at XLRI- Xavier School of Management.

Mr. H.M. Nerurkar, MD- Tata Steel and Chairman, XLRI’s Board of Governors, inaugurates Indian leg of the program in the institute’s newly constructed state-of-the-art International Center. The event was attended by the pioneering class of 47 students from five countries- India, China, USA, Belgium and Iran in presence of Fr. E Abraham, S. J.Director of XLRI, DrJittu Singh, Chairman of International Relations at XLRI and Director of the Global MBAprogram and other dignitaries.

Prior to this, the cohort of students started the first semester of the programme in Shanghai, China in August, 2013 and after the completion of the second semester in India in April, 2014 they will be travelling to Case Western University,Cleveland, USA for the third semester. Thereafter, students will return to their respective ‘home schools’ for their final semester to complete courses in line with their local graduation requirements.

Welcoming the students and guests on the occasion, Dr. Jittu Singh, Chairman of International Relations and Director of the Global MBA program, pointed out in his introductory address that the Global MBA program was conceived with multiple objectives in mind. Apart from developing proficiency in the functional disciplines of management, it aims to develop a new breed of executives well versed in different cultures, and capable of being effective anywhere. It also seeks to build bridges of understanding to connect India, China and USA—three of the most important countries in today’s world.

In his inaugural address, Mr. Nerurkar pointed out that the business world is rapidly becoming borderless. Products may be manufactured in one country for markets in another country or continent; and the talent required for related activities may be sourced from several nations. Under these circumstances, it is essential that corporate executives develop a broader global mindset than in yesteryears when businesses tended to be localized. He too emphasized the need for firms to go beyond profit-making to identify themselves with, and enrich, the communities in which they operate.

Fr. E. Abraham, Director of XLRI, spoke with justifiable pride about the huge investments the institute has made in upgrading and expanding its infrastructure for its various ongoing as well as the Global MBA programs. He cited the new International Center as an example. Added to it soon will be a new Learning Center with state-of-the-art classrooms, and a new residence to accommodate 400 students. He also highlighted the Jesuit mission to develop socially conscious citizens.

The distinctive feature of the program is the opportunity it provides to students of different nationalities to live together, study together, travel together, and play together—and learn from the best that each of the three schools has to offer. In addition to the functional disciplines of management, they are expected to gain first-hand experience of organizational life in each country through internships in local companies.

On successful completion of the MBA program, students of each nationality group will receive the degree of their ‘home school’ along with a certificate awarded jointly by the three partners. Interested students can also acquire a formal degree or diploma from any one of the foreign schools by completing some additional courses in the respective schools.

Aaj Tak launches “AANDOLAN”

A Special feature on the biggest movements that changed the face of Indian Politics

 New Delhi, January 16th 2014 –

The show ‘Andolan’, chronologically highlights & talks about the major movements & revolutions that proved to be a milestone in the Indian political scenario and changed the course of it.

“Aandolan” kick starts from January 18, 2014 and would be aired in the prime time slot of 8-9 PM. The weekly show will be anchor based & will be narrated by the bollywood Actor Mr. Om Puri. The show will have a unique set-up and will carry footage of historical relevance to add originality to it while making it more interesting and closer to reality.
The show will feature all the key movements in Indian politics like The JP Movement started by Loknayak Jaiprakash Narayan in 1970 which gave a totally different direction to Indian politics, The Mandal Movement of 1990 (Aarakshan) around the reservation divide and the Kamandal Movement (Ram Mandir) concerning the communal tension in Ayodhya on the construction of the Ram Mandir.
Aandolan, will not only cover the movements from the past but will also focus on the significant developments of the recent times such as the Lokpal Movement started by Anna Hazare in 2011 followed by the Aam Aadmi Movement, wherein Hon’ble Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal fought on a plank of a corruption free Delhi. One of the most significant movements, Nirbhaya Andolan for which the whole country came together in huge numbers will also be aired.
The show will not only reveal the interesting facts & stories surrounding the movements but will also tell the unheard tales & will bring to fore, the heroes of these revolutions & their impact on  the country.

SHAKIRA unveils 'Cant remember to forget you' on Sony Music




anuary 15, 2014: Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, philanthropist, and global recording artistShakira unveils today the worldwide release of her brand new single entitled “Can’t Remember To Forget You” featuring Rihanna available now via Sony Music worldwide. Shakira will also be releasing her forthcoming studio album on March 25, 2014

The single premiered today on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show “On-Air With Ryan Seacrest” at 9 am ET/6am PT and is being released worldwide today simultaneously at to all digital providers.

“Can’t Remember To Forget You” feat. Rihanna was co-written by Shakira and Rihanna, John Hill, Tom Hull, Daniel Ledinsky, and Erik Hassle and produced by Shakira, John Hill, and Kid Harpoon.

Both Shakira and Rihanna shared the news and cover art for the new single with their fans via Twitter and Instagram last week: /

Shakira is currently in the studio recording her brand new album working with a who’s who list of top collaborators including John Hill (Santigold, Jay Z, The Vaccines), Kid Harpoon (Florence + The Machine, Calvin Harris), Greg Kurstin (P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry), Steve Mac (Kelly Clarkson, One Direction), Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts), Busbee (P!nk, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry), and The Messengers (Pitbull, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera) set for release March 25th on RCA Records/Sony Latin Iberia.
Over the course of her career, Colombian singer-songwriter and Grammy winner Shakira has sold over 60 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards including two Grammys, eight Latin Grammys, four World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and five Billboard Music Awards, to name a few. She is the only artist from South America to have a number one song in the US, and has had four of the 20 top-selling hits of the last decade. At the age of 18, she founded the Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation which currently provides education and nutrition to over six thousand impoverished children in Colombia and is expanding its work to other countries, including newly launched projects in Haiti and South Africa.  In October 2011, Shakira was named a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.  Shakira served as coach on the 4th season of "The Voice," NBC's hit reality vocal competition series that searches for the nation's best voice. She will return to the show on season 6. 

Peninsula Builders Secure their IT Network with eScan Security Solutions

Peninsula Builders Secure their IT Network against Virus Outbreak and Data Loss through eScan Security Solutions
Peninsula Land Limited, known for its concept based architectures in the commercial, retail and residential sectors of international repute secures their IT infrastructure through eScan Corporate Edition. Using this solution, Peninsula Land has been able to secure their sensitive data and IT infrastructure across all their offices.
Peninsula Land expertise in real estate and wanted a comprehensive Security Suite to overcome several loopholes that were discovered in their IT infrastructure such as latency when it came to downloading updates, product support and malware outbreak management. Moreover, their current security suite also hogged memory and CPU, making it slow and tedious to carry out daily tasks. Peninsula Land was looking for a central administrative utility for viewing, logging and updating all functional aspects, virus outbreaks as well as detection along with an advanced notification system.
eScan Corporate Edition was deployed as it featured a central management interface for managing, logging, alerting and configuring multiple connected computers over the network. The solution provided by eScan resulted in minimal virus outbreaks and zero data loss thus increasing productivity.
Mr Govind Rammurthy, MD & CEO at eScan said, "We understand the common problems faced by real estate and project industries. Peninsula Land Limited was also facing the similar kind of problem. They wanted their resources to be fully safe from virus outbreaks and were looking for a solution where the aspect of managing multiple machines was centralized, scalable and easy to deploy. We felt that our security solution was the best choice to solve such kind of issues."
Mr Sandeep Sane, Senior Manager - IT at Peninsula Land said "eScan Corporate gave us exactly what we wanted and with that we got a central administrated and updating solution. This allowed us to deploy or change policies remotely. The biggest benefit of eScan Corporate for Peninsula Land was the fact that the product balanced out in terms of security and cost. We were able to execute and deploy multiple solutions that were specifically designed to take care of nitty-gritty issues without taking a major hit in finances and complexity. We have realized an 80 per cent decrease in issues with regard to malware outbreaks, which was considerably better than what we had estimated."
eScan, one of the leading Anti-Virus & Content Security solutions for Desktops & Servers is developed and marketed by MicroWorld. It is powered by innovative and futuristic technologies, such as MWL Technology, DIRC Technology, NILP Technology, and sophisticated Anti-Virus Heuristic Algorithms that not only provides protection from current threats, but also provides proactive protection against evolving threats. eScan provides 24x7 free remote support facility, integrated in the software to help customers to get their malware related issues resolved in the fastest possible time-frame. It has achieved several certifications and awards from some of the most prestigious testing bodies, notable among them being Virus Bulletin, AV-Comparatives, ICSA, and PCSL labs. Combining the power of various technologies, eScan provides Multi-level Real-time Protection to Computers and Networks. For more information, visit
Marching steadfast, building trust one brick after another, Peninsula is known for creating projects of international repute. With development of many landmark projects, and a huge line of projects in the pipeline, in less than a decade since their inception in 1997, they continue to bring real value and expertise to the real estate industry. They are known for their professional corporate management, international landmarks and value additions. Due to the varied nature of their projects, they possess thorough knowledge of key issues and challenges of developing properties. Peninsula's stronghold is visible in Western India - having established a solid footing in Mumbai; they are now spreading into other parts of India.

U.S. and Indian Filmmakers Lead Discussion on Documentary Filmmaking

Anjali Monterio in conversation with Debra Zimmerman, Surabhi Sharma,Shivendra Singh& Patrick Shen

Mumbai, January, 2014:

Women in Film & Television (India) (WIFT), in association with U.S. Consulate General Mumbai, will conduct a panel discussion on ‘The Art of Capturing Reality- Documentary’.  

Participating will be Debra Zimmerman, a U.S. film expert and Executive Director of the non-profit group Women Make Movies; PatrickShen, a multiple award-winning U.S. filmmaker; filmmaker Shivendra Singh (Celluloid Man); and Surabhi Sharma (Bidesia in Bambai).  The discussion took place on 17th January, 2014 evening at St. Andrew’s College.

Anjali Monteiro (Professor and Dean, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences) moderated the event.

Debra Zimmerman has moderated panels and taught master classes on documentary films at the Sundance Film Festival, MIPDOC, Reel Screen, and international film festivals throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. Patrick Shen’s feature length debut, Flight from Death, received seven “Best Documentary” awards at film festivals across the U.S. and has screened all over the world. FilmmakerShivendra Singh has been selected for this year's Bimal Roy Memorial Emerging Talent Award for his widely appreciated documentary Celluloid Man.

For all you documentary filmmakers who have a story to tell,this is the opportunity to interact directly with well-known documentary film experts and learn about the making, marketing, and distribution of documentary films.

Sandip Soparrkar wins Family No. 1 Reality Game Show on DD National

DD National's most awaited program, Family No. 1, becomes one of the most popular shows on television. The show is filled with some fun games for the entire family with prizes such as a Family car, an all expenses paid trip to Hong Kong Disneyland and a full year’s supply of Pepsodent to the entire family. This show is indeed a complete family entertainer.

Recently the show Family No. 1 was graced by the Gurus of Bharat Ki Shaan - Rum Jhum, Sandeep Mahavir and Sandip Soparrkar who make an appearance along with their top two contestants. Show started with a group dance by the top two contestants from each category, Debyashree with Pritesh from Sandeep Mahavir’s Indian team along with Archie and Saddam from Sandip Soparrkar’s Non Indian team.

The two Gurus opened the show with the 90 second game battle in the first segment ‘Ek Se Badhkar Ek,’ followed by the two contestants from each team fighting it out in round two ‘Do Do Haath.’ The battle was not over yet, the next round ‘Hum Saat Saat Hain’ had all the members of the Rum Jhum Family get to the floor with a ball game. ‘Aakhri Daav’ round which is the final decision making round on the show followed, where Sandeep Mahavir and Sandip Soparrkar showed off their childhood skill of bursting balloons by sitting on them. The show was hilarious and complete entertainer till the end with Sandip Soparrkar and his Non Indian team family winning the Family No.1 title.

Kudos to both the Gurus and their dancing families for making the episode a riot of fun and a special congratulation to dance maestro Sandip Soparrkar and his dance family for winning the title of Pepsodent Family No. 1.

‘Catch’ up on International Flavours with ‘Catch Miniz’

Catch introduces an international range of fabulous seasonings and flavoured salts

New Delhi, January 7, 2014: Catch, one of the most premium F&B brands in the country, announces its entrance into the world of international flavours with the launch of ‘Catch Miniz’. India’s foremost spices brand Catch, a part of the Rs. 3300-crore DS Group, has revolutionized the Indian spice industry with its wide range of spices and seasonings.  Further expanding its reach, Catch is enhancing its product basket, by adding an international range of seasonings and flavoured salts developed with recipes sourced from across the world.   Catch ‘Miniz’ is a Premium product offering in portable and user friendly packaging which can be used at home, outside and during travel.

Catch Miniz’ is available in an assorted pack of 9 in 1 with a recipe booklet and is priced at Rs. 200. All products have been developed with superior quality ingredients and special recipes to ensure that the consumers get desired result by using lesser quantities of each product. The assortment encompasses the following flavours-:

1.                  Italian Treat (Seasoning) is developed using premium ingredients, sourced directly from Italy to deliver true Italian taste and enhance the flavour of Italian dishes like Pizzas, Pastas, Risottos, Lasagnas etc.
2.                  Malabar Black Pepper (Seasoning) offers the fine taste of world’s best black pepper sourced directly from the Malabar Coast in India and can be used to enrich the flavour of any dish.
3.                  Tangy Snacky (Seasoning) can be used to add that extra zing and further uplift the taste of snacks making them even more lip smacking and irresistible.
4.                  Xtra Spicy (Seasoning) will instantly spice up any dish, add an enchanting aroma and delight the taste buds with the delightful aroma and taste of the special blend of premium quality ingredients.
5.                  Meal Magic (Seasoning) consists of special ingredients with unique blend of flavours which can make any dish special.
6.                  Salad Surprize (Seasoning) has been developed with finest quality ingredients and a unique recipe which blends with all types of salads and makes them extra special.
7.                  Paprika Punch (Flavoured Salt) will add a peppy punch of the premium quality paprika to all your dishes.
8.                  Salt-Lite (Low Sodium Salt) is a delight for the taste buds and yet a healthy alternative to common salt.
9.                  Silver Flakes (Complementarycan be used to garnish desserts, drinks, salads and other dishes.  These SILVER FLAKES are 100% vegetarian.

The pack comes in an innovative compact packaging and offers the luxury to customize your food in accordance to your taste as this user friendly portable packaging can be carried anywhere from office, while travelling abroad to family picnics or recreational outings.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. O P Khanduja, Associate Business Head, DS Limited said, “With changing times, people have busier lifestyles, they travel frequently, and more and more people are developing a taste for international cuisines. The contemporary products like Catch ‘Miniz’ focus on attributes like personalisation and mobility. This is the first of its kind package available in the Indian market and our product variation is in line   with explicit customer requirement, to cater to their tastes and modern day  lifestyle needs; and expansion of our existing product portfolio, which is focused on convenience, health, and taste. Through this expansion we   are targeting to be a part of the fast growing market of premium international seasonings and spices. The product is available in retail stores across the country.”

Catch was launched in 1987 with the revolutionary Tabletop Salt & Pepper Sprinklers. It has since then expanded its range and is now a preferred household name in the spice industry. Catch Spices has been given the “Master Brand” award for the year 2013. This is in recognition of its market dominance or leadership status, its goodwill and loyalty amongst consumers, brand resilience and positive market feedback.  The conferring of this award further reaffirms the fact that Catch Spices has built up strong brand equity over the years through its constant emphasis on superior quality, innovation and its ability to read the consumer sentiments and market trends correctly. With more than 63 variants across 6 product categories - Sprinklers, Straight spices, blended spices, Straight premium spices, Whole spices and Hing; it  caters to the diverse Indian palate. With new product variants under the brand umbrella and extended product range, there are over 200 SKUs for both household and Institutional buyers.

Kavya Singh turns Sexy in Saree

In recent time Bollywood actresses and fashion designers preferred saree for their style statement. Madhuri, Priyanka, Riya Sen, Lara Dutta, Kareena, Shilpa, Sonam, Bipasa, Juhi, Deepika and many other actresses were found wearing saree in different occasions. The actresses sheds her girl-next-door image, changes out of her comfort wear and makes some bold fashion statements in Saree. Actress Kavya Singh who had rocked in south industry with her Sizzling body is ready to enter in Bollywood through her sexiest shape and to shook her superbly toned booty to Bounce in saree, The actress had add more oomph in saree than we could ever imagine.

Fans are still recovering from the shock after watching the eye-popping movie of Kavya Singh “I love you teacher”. Where she was seen flaunting her sexiest and boldest performance ever by seducing her student by exploring her cleavage in Saree. However at the sometime Saree is very sexy attire. It can excite your senses if wore in appealing style. Partially hiding and partially revealing your feminine assets is a key to look stunningly beautiful yet sexy in saree. Almost all females look beautiful in saree but only few manage to look sexy and appealing in it. Kavya Singh seems to have mastered this art.

Cathay places order for 21 Boeing 777-9X


Cathay Pacific Airways today announced its latest investment as part of the airline’s fleet modernisation programme – the purchase of 21 Boeing 777-9X aircraft from The Boeing Company. The new airplanes, which have a list price of about HK$58 billion, are scheduled to be delivered between 2021 and 2024.

The 777X is Boeing’s newest family of wide-body airplanes that builds on the 777-300ER that is already deployed extensively around the Cathay Pacific network. The 777-9X is a larger twin-engine jet that will have both a larger payload than other twin-engine aircraft and reduced fuel consumption and lower operating costs.

The 777-9X is designed to seat approximately 400 passengers, but this will vary according to each airline’s configuration preferences. The new aircraft’s operating range of 8,200 nautical miles (15,185 km) makes it particularly well suited for Cathay Pacific’s ultra-long-haul network.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar said: “Cathay Pacific is committed to modernising its fleet to provide a superior experience to passengers while at the same time as delivering cost benefits to the airline and reducing our impact on the environment. The 777-300ER has done a superb job for us – indeed, Cathay Pacific is now the second largest operator of this type – and we are delighted to be an early customer for this next generation of the aircraft. 

“The 777-9X promises us improved payload range capability and reduced operating costs, in addition to a significant reduction in environmental emissions. We think it will be an ideal fit for long-haul destinations in North America and Europe, in particular those routes where we carry high volumes of passengers and cargo each day.”

The 777X family of aircraft will be the largest and most-efficient twin-engine jet in the world, with up to 20% lower fuel consumption than the 777s. State-of-the-art wing and propulsion technology make the 777X significantly quieter than previous-generation airplanes and will help to make it one of the quietest aircraft in its class. The reduced noise signature of the aircraft will allow operators to reduce noise exposure for the nearby community.

The addition of this latest order of 21 Boeing 777-9X aircraft increases Cathay Pacific's order book to 89 aircraft from 2014 to 2024, at an aggregate current list price of approximately HK$215 billion.

As at the end of December this year, there will be 140 aircraft in the Cathay Pacific fleet. From 2014, the airline is set to take delivery of another 12 Boeing 777-300ERs, meaning it will have a total of 50 of this aircraft type in its fleet by 2020. Other aircraft on order include eight Airbus A330-300s, 22 Airbus A350-900s and 26 Airbus A350-1000s.

“The huge investment we are making in new aircraft underscores our confidence in the future of the Cathay Pacific Group as well as our commitment to maintaining Hong Kong’s position as one of the world’s great aviation hubs,” Mr Slosar said.

The 777X family of aircraft will employ advanced technologies to drive efficiency and environmental performance. The 777-9X will be powered by the new GE9X engine which, according to GE, is 10% more fuel efficient than GE90-115B that powers other Boeing 777 aircraft. Other features of the aircraft include a folding, raked wingtip and optimised span that will deliver greater efficiency and significant fuel savings.

Boeing 777-9X