Saturday, 9 April 2016

CEAT Joins Hands with Candida Louis to Amplify Awareness on Road Safety in Delhi

To cover 4000 KMs from across the country covering 13 cities and 8 states

The cause aims at raising funds for people with disabilities suffered due to road accidents

 

New Delhi, April 7, 2016: Candida Louis, supported by CEAT, who embarked on an intriguing road trip to promote road safety awareness, reached the Delhi pit stop today. The thrilling solo ride that commenced on 5th April 2016 from Chandigarh will cover 13 cities across 8 states to end in Siliguri. The initiative aims to amplify the message of “Road Safety” across major cities in the country. It will also look at raising funds for people with disabilities suffered due to road accidents. 

Delhi is crucial in Candida’s mission to spread awareness on Road Safety and also doubles as an important pit stop for her journey. As the country is witnessing an upward trend in the number of automobiles gracing city roads as well as highways, Road Safety has become one of the primary concerns for millions of motorists in the country. Taking this message, Candida will cover over 4000 KMs of challenging terrains in different places across Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam. During her journey she will engage with the local biking communities to educate them on the nuances of safe driving as well.

Sharing her experience, Ms. Candida Louis said, “Being a biking enthusiast I have always had the passion to explore the length and breadth of India on my bike. I am glad to partner with CEAT on this journey and am extremely proud to a part of road safety awareness drive. Road safety is the need of the day and we are confident that the initiative will have a positive impact.”

Speaking on the initiative, CEAT spokesperson said, “CEAT has pledged to sponsor this unique endeavour in line with our initiatives that champion awareness towards road safety. We are happy to associate with Candida Louis and encourage the initiatives which will an important step towards an optimistic change in the society.” 

Earlier this year, Candida became the first female biker to ride through the largely unexplored Gurez Valley in Kashmir and was part of a TV program that covered 10 riders in their journey across India. Candida has ridden solo across Southern India to champion various causes.

About CEAT Ltd:
CEAT, the flagship company of RPG Enterprises, was established in 1958. Today, CEAT is one of India’s leading tyre manufacturers and has strong presence in global markets, and has a capacity of over 95,000 tyres per day. CEAT offers the widest range of tyres to all segments and manufactures world-class radials for: Heavy-duty Trucks and Buses, Light Commercial Vehicles, Earthmovers, Forklifts, Tractors, Trailers, Cars, Motorcycles and Scooters as well as Auto-rickshaws. CEAT enjoys a major market share in the light truck & truck tyre market and its tubes and flaps are renowned for their superior quality and durability.

RPG Enterprises (www.rpggroup.com):
Mumbai head-quartered RPG Enterprises is one of India's largest industrial conglomerates. With over 15 companies in its fold, the group has a strong presence across core business sectors such as Infrastructure, Tyre, IT and Specialty. Established in 1979, RPG Enterprises is one of India’s fastest growing business groups with a turnover a turnover in excess of Rs 20,050 crore.

Delhi emerges as the most health conscious city in India

Delhi emerges as the most health conscious city in India’: Flipkart Insights

BengaluruApril 09, 2016: India tunes in to niche health products to celebrate the 66th ‘World Health Day’. Shopping patterns on Flipkart reveal some interesting facts about the most health conscious cities in India. Rapid increase in pollution levels, long work hours and stressed work-life balance have opened up a whole new market for health and fitness products.
With chart topping demand numbers for air purifiers and fitness bands, Delhi has been identified as India’s most health conscious city followed by Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. Indians are proactively taking preventive measures in their everyday lives to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. For example: Fitness bands are most popular between the age group of 20-35 years. Air purifiers are a big hit amongst 35-50 year olds.
In the last six months, there has been a huge spike in the average daily sales of health and fitness products. A study conducted by Flipkart has pointed out some insights on what the health conscious cities in India are purchasing:
·         Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai are the most health conscious cities in India.
·         Air purifiers, advanced water purifiers, air fryers, fitness bands, glucometer, BP monitor and weighing scales are the most popular products.Health and fitness category has witnessed a 2X growth in the last six months.
·         High pollution levels have increased the risk of air and water borne diseases in metro cities. Air and advanced water purifiers are the top selling products in cities like Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai with 1.7X growthKent, Eurekaforbes, Philips and Prestige are the most sought after brands for these products. 
·         Fitness bands have emerged as the must-have heath accessory for every Indian. This is one of the fastest growing product segments on Flipkart with top selling products from brands like GoQii, Fitbit, Garmin, Moov.
·         Specialized health products like BP Monitors and Glucometers have witnessed 1.5X growth. This range of products is extremely popular amongst 35-50 year olds. Omron, Accuchek, Dr. Morepen and Johnson & Johnson are the top selling brands.
·         Weighing scales and juicers have also witnessed a significant rise in demand. Compact juicer sets are extremely popular amongst young Indians.Health Sense, Venus, Philips and Bajaj are the top brands for these products

Genpact Schedules Earnings Announcement and Conference Call for First Quarter 2016 Results

NEW YORK, April 9, 2016 – Genpact (NYSE: G) will announce results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 before market open on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

The same day, Genpact’s management will host an hour-long conference call beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss the company’s performance for the first quarter 2016. To participate, callers can dial +1 (877) 654-0173 from within the U.S. or +1 (281) 973-6289 from any other country. Thereafter, callers will be prompted to enter the participant code, 81979254.

A live webcast of this event will also be made available on the Genpact Investor Relations website at http://investors.genpact.comFor those who cannot participate in the call, a replay and podcast will be available on the Genpact website after the end of the call. A transcript of the call will also be made available via the website.


Genpact (NYSE: G) stands for “generating business impact.”  We are a global leader in digitally-powered business process management and services. We architect the Lean DigitalSM enterprise through our patented Smart Enterprise Processes (SEPSM) framework that reimagines our clients’ operating models end-to-end, including the middle and back offices.  This creates Intelligent OperationsSM that we help design, transform, and run. The impact on our clients is a high return on transformation investments through growth, efficiency, and business agility. For two decades, first as a General Electric division and later as an independent company, we have been passionately serving our clients. Today, we generate impact for a few hundred strategic clients, including approximately one-fifth of the Fortune Global 500, and have grown to over 70,000 people in 25 countries, with key offices in New York City. The resulting business process and industry domain expertise and experience running complex operations are a unique heritage and focus that help us drive the best choices across technology, analytics, and organizational designFor additional information, visit www.genpact.com

INDIAN PLATINUM JEWELLERY RETAIL SALES GREW BY 24% IN 2015I


  
India, 07 April, 2016: Platinum Guild International (PGI) today announced the result of its third annual Retail Barometer.  This research is conducted by a 3rd party agency, StratWon Business Consulting. The Retail Barometer gives a unique view of platinum demand from the retail sales perspective and trade sentiment for the forthcoming year.
The research survey covered over 21 retail companies, with approximately 310 retail outlets across the key platinum markets across India. The research was conducted between January and February 2016.

Key Highlights of the Report
  • Platinum Jewellery was the bright spark for the industry with a retail sales growth of +24% in 2015. It was also the only category to consistently grow every quarter
  • PGI’s Strategic Partners have delivered a growth of 25% at an all India level
  • Platinum jewellery is on a growth curve with growing consumer acceptance, increasing distribution and successful branded programs
  • PGI Retail partners are optimistic about 2016 with all types of jewellery, but especially platinum and diamond jewellery. Forecasted a growth rate of 23% with Strategic Partners estimating a higher growth of 25% in 2016
The key findings of Retail Trade Barometer for India are:
Platinum Jewellery (PJ) trends 2015
  • Platinum rings and bands launched in 2009 on the back of Platinum Day of Love, is now considered a main stay category, though there is still potential to drive incremental volumes. There is a high acceptance of platinum in the category of Couple Bands due to the PDOL campaign
  • Platinum Evara the bridal jewellery brand was launched early last year, Evara provides the retailers with an opportunity to increase piece weight, margins and the size of their platinum business
  • The Evara advertising and marketing program has driven both consumer enquiry and sales for Evara and also had a positive effect on driving men’s jewellery sales
  • Although Evara is still in the nascent stage of the product life cycle it has seen great response from consumers. Retailers are of the opinion that it will typically take about 2 years to establish a brand
  • Increasing acceptance of platinum by men has ensured a high growth in Men’s Jewellery fuelling the growth of plain platinum sales which now contributes to 47% of sales
  • Platinum jewellery grew by 24%, out of this 53% was dominated by studded platinum jewellery
Overall Jewellery Category
  • Jewellery demand rebounded in H2 CY15. Q4 pushed sales and improved consumer sentiment. However, sales for the heavy bridal sets, the mainstay of most retailers was much lower in 2015
  • The primary focus for retailer’s remained in the bridal segment which contributes to 60% of the overall jewellery market in India.
  • The retailers reported a gold jewellery growth of 8% while diamonds were flat
International Retail Barometer Findings
The research survey covered over 400 jewellery retail companies with approximately 23,000 retail outlets in the four main international markets of China, India, Japan and the USA. The research was conducted between January and February 2016.
§  The low platinum price has created a buying opportunity for more consumers, as well as a margin opportunities for retailers
§  In China retailer chains and PGI’s strategic partners significantly outperforming the market
§  In Japan demand for platinum jewellery coupled with a shift in share of heavier product led to an overall growth of +2.7%
§  In the US market had an overall growth of +10%, owing to the low platinum prices

Huw Daniel, CEO of PGI, commented“Despite manifold challenges in the luxury category and a difficult year for jewellery in general, jewellery retailers vested in platinum have weathered the storm ahead of their peers. The historically low platinum metal price has benefitted consumers and retailers alike, presenting a unique opportunity to acquire the most aspirational fine jewellery. India is a very exciting market and PGI is bullish about the prospects here, particularly in the light of the launch of the new bridal segment, Platinum Evara. Due to our constant efforts the Indian platinum jewellery market grew by 24%, outperforming the forecast. We look forward to strong growth numbers in 2016.”
Vaishali Banerjee, Country Manager India, PGI said, “Platinum has seen an excellent growth of 24%, despite it being a very challenging year. Insight based focused strategies has helped us deliver growth last year. We fuelled the desire for platinum, by creating new jewellery occasions and fulfilled unmet consumer demands through each of our brands. Through our communication we focused on establishing Evara as a wedding jewellery. And to enhance our reach further, we created a robust digital strategy in jewellery space which is crucial to engage with our core target group. And lastly, we established platinum as the most emotional jewellery metal that can drive higher margins for our trade making platinum both strategic and integral to their business.”
She further added, “The outlook for 2016 is optimistic given that young India resonates with platinum. Through our initiatives and strategies we will continue to build further momentum.”
Vijay Jain, CEO, ORRA said, “While there was an overall slowdown in gold and diamond jewellery sales in 2015, platinum sales saw a robust growth of 24%. Apart from the mainstay category of Love Bands, we have seen an excellent response for Evara, which had a positive rub off on Men’s Jewellery.  Although at a nascent stage, Platinum Evara provides great opportunity for retailers to increase their average unit price and hence the overall sale of platinum.”

Joy Alukkas, Chairman & MD, Joyalukkas Group, said, “Joyalukkas was one of the first brands in India to launch platinum jewellery. Rings, mainly wedding and engagement bands was popular when we introduced platinum jewellery, however at present, our stores are selling a wide range of platinum jewellery for both men and women. Post launch of Evara, in our stores last year, we have seen considerable growth in demand for platinum jewellery, especially from customers shopping for bridal jewellery. Evara is a fairly new brand, so we believe, with a wider awareness the brand has the potential to grow in a very big way in the long run. We saw a 30% growth in Platinum jewellery at our showrooms last year and we feel in 2016 the growth will be even better.”

Kalpanik Choksi, Managing Director, I H Jewellers, Ahmedabad said, “Modern designs combined with the subtle look of platinum has found appeal amongst young men which has helped increased demand for men’s jewellery at our stores. Evara has helped us increase the choice we offer our consumers in the bridal jewellery space.  We are very excited with the consumer response for Evara. With increase in sales of men’s jewellery and Evara, we have seen a growth of 50% in platinum sales.” 

Pratap Madhukar Kamath, Managing Director, Abaran Timeless Jewellery Pvt Ltd said, “Platinum as a category has been growing YOY for us despite gold and diamonds having dropped. We have maintained an optimum stock level across our stores and good marketing support from PGI has helped us achieve good sales. We look forward to a great season of sales ahead.” 
Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds said, “As we expanded our presence in Mumbai & Bangalore, we ensured we took platinum to these cities. Platinum jewellery sales has grown by over 25% across our stores. Rings are the fastest moving categories in platinum followed by earrings & pendant sets. We have also seen increase in men buying into platinum chains and bracelets. With the increasing awareness amongst consumers in tier 2 & 3 towns, we see opportunity this year to introduce platinum in our stores in these cities.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
About the Retail Trade Barometer

The Retail Trade Barometer is an annual report by PGI specifically analysing retail sales and trade sentiment for the forthcoming year in the four key international platinum jewellery markets of China, India, Japan and USA.  The research was conducted in January and February 2016 form a large sample of platinum retail jewellers and was independently analysed and reported by specialist research organisations in each market.

About Platinum Guild International (PGI): Founded in the year 1975, PGI is dedicated to promoting platinum jewellery to the consumers and the jewellery trade worldwide. PGI has been providing support to the world's major jewellery markets for over 35 years. The India office was set up in September 2000 and runs a comprehensive marketing programme to build desire for platinum jewellery in India. Also provides platinum Retail Sales Training and conducts a unique Quality Assurance programme to ensure quality and purity of platinum jewellery amongst consumers and trade. For more information log on to www.preciousplatinum.in

One Bedroom, Hall, Kitchen for 5 Lakhs at Maple Group's Housing for All

1BHK for Rs 5 Lakh – Pune’s Maple Group the 1st company to respond to clarion call of “Housing For All”



Pune, 8th April, 2016: Responding to the clarion call for “Housing for All”, two-decade old Pune-based Maple Group has today announced the launch of its Maharashtra Housing Day initiative wherein it will offer home seekers Smart 1 Bedroom-Hall-Kitchen flat for Rs 5 lakh (excluding government levies and development charges).  Under the aegis of its marque brand Aapla Ghar, Maple Group will provide Smart 1 BHK homes ranging from 300 – 350 square feet in Pune. A total of 10,000 Smart 1 BHK flats will be built over a period of 2-3 years starting from 1st May 2016.

These 10,000 Smart 1 BHK flats will be spread across 12 locations in Pune, namely:

1.       Chakan Talegaon

2.       Moshi Annex

3.       Wagholi Annex

4.       Sanaswadi

5.       Ranjangaon

6.       Wai

7.       Shirwal

8.       Urali Kanchan

9.       Kondhwa Annex- Bhopgaon

10.   Paud

11.   Talegaon Dhamdere

12.   Shikrapur





Commenting on the launch Mr. Sachin Agarwal, Chairman & Managing Director, Maple Group said: “Since 1997 Maple Group is a firm believer in providing affordable housing to the common man, without compromising on quality. ‘Affordable’ does not mean ‘Inferior’ and it is with this ethos that we provide modern amenities for a healthy and happy living experience under our brand name Aapla Ghar.  Today we are embarking on a journey to provide mammoth 10,000 homes for which the allocation will happen on single day, Maharashtra Day, that is, 1st May. We have requested the Chief Minister of Maharashtra to handover the allotment letters to the lucky ones. We will be applying for Guinness World Records as part of our endeavour to propagate the Government’s Housing for All program”.

He continued: “Our marketing campaign kick starts from today and the registration process will start from Thursday 14th April till Monday 25th April, 2016. We expect a huge response to the tune of 1,00,000 applications for registration and hence the lucky ones who will make it to the 10,000 club will be given a letter of allotment on 1st May, 2016.”

Maple Group has kept the booking process very simple. Buyers will have to first submit the application to register through a form-fill that will cost them Rs 1,000 (non-refundable) to receive allotment letter on 1st May. These forms will be made available through newspaper advertisements, Maple Group office or by visiting the company website. And that is it!

After receiving the letter of allotment on 1st May, the home seeker will have to pay down payment of Rs 50,000 only. Maple Group has tied up with State Bank of India as its banking partner for this project and the “eligible” customers can apply for home loan. The EMI (equated monthly instalment) will be Rs 5000 for a period of fifteen years. Documents required are Aadhar card, PAN card, Voter ID and Driving license.

It should be noted that as part of the ‘Housing for All’ initiative, formulated under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, the government has charted out four approaches to provide low-cost housing — slum redevelopment on the existing plot, an interest subsidy scheme, creation of housing stock on a public-private participation model, and beneficiary-led individual houses. Using these approaches, the government can create houses of up to 30 SqM for the economically weaker sections and 60 SqM for the lower-income groups. The Union government will provide funding of Rs 1.5 lakh per tenement created under the scheme, while the state government will top it up with another Rs 1 lakh. The state government has also relaxed the income criteria for economically weaker sections and lower-income groups to bring it in line with the Centre’s directive.



About Maple Group (www.mapleshelters.com):

Maple Group was founded in 1997 as Goyal Constructions. Empathising with the struggle of countless families to own a home, Maple Group made it a mission to provide affordable housing to the common man, without compromising on quality. Homes under the Aapla Ghar initiative as well as other residential projects by Maple all have modern amenities for a healthy and happy living experience. Every Maple home is specially designed with care and concern and expectations.

Over the years Maple Group has successfully completed 30,00,000 sq. ft. of excellent construction, handed over homes to 2000 happy families and shops & offices to 550 happy businessmen.

3M and Nobel Media Announce International Partnership

Joining together to inspire learning and address significant global issues



India, April, 2016: To further its commitment towards advancement of innovation, education and scientific research, 3M entered into a strategic partnership with the very prestigious Nobel Media: A company which endeavours to spread knowledge about Nobel Prize-awarded achievements and stimulates interest in science, literature and peace in line with Alfred Nobel’s vision and legacy.

This partnership will take forward the common bond of dedication pursued by both organization on scientific achievement. Another important aspect will be to leverage the shared values of both Nobel Media and 3M to develop new concepts and activities that expand the impact of each organization.

“We are honored to align 3M and everything we stand for with Nobel Media and the values embodied by the Nobel Prize. This partnership gives us the opportunity to jointly focus on educating, inspiring and engaging a broader audience on big issues that impact people’s lives around the world,” says Inge Thulin, 3M Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

3M brings a breadth and depth of scientific expertise and experience. 3M will collaborate with Nobel Media over several years to bring light to important global issues, like the future of scientific education and sustainability. The international partnership with Nobel Media will only extend the reach of the Nobel Prize to millions of people around the world through inspirational events, digital media and special exhibitions and activities related to the legacy of Alfred Nobel and the achievements of the Nobel Laureates. 

“Through science and research we can enlarge the world’s knowledge and actually make the world a better place,” said Mattias Fyrenius, Chief Executive Officer of Nobel Media. “At Nobel Media, our passion is to share that view with the world and to inspire people to engage in areas close to our heart; science, research, education, peace-related topics and literature. We believe we share all those values with 3M and we are therefore proud to announce our new partnership with them today.”

Alfred Nobel’s final wish was to establish the Nobel Prize to reward those with outstanding achievements in science, medicine, literature and peace – those who imparted “the greatest benefit to mankind.” He was an inventor, engineer and entrepreneur and the holder of 355 patents, according to nobelprize.org.

3M was also a sponsor of the Nobel Prize Series Dubai, which took place between March 20-21, 2016 and featured three Nobel Laureates – Martin Chalfie (Chemistry, 2008), George F. Smoot (Physics, 2006) and Kurt W├╝thrich (Chemistry, 2002) as well as business leaders, academics, policymakers and students. The theme for the Dubai event was “Learning for Life,” with the goal of raising increased public engagement in science.

About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.

About Nobel Media AB
Nobel Media spreads knowledge about Nobel Prize-awarded achievements and stimulates interest in science, literature and peace in line with Alfred Nobel’s vision and legacy. The company reaches a global audience of millions through its high quality productions within broadcast and digital media which includes the official Nobelprize.org website and podcast, the Nobel Prize Concert, as well as a series of intercontinental, inspirational lecture events featuring Nobel Laureates. The company also manages a portfolio of publishing licenses, footage sales, and live broadcast rights to the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies.

Please visit: Nobelprize.org, Twitter: @NobelPrize, Facebook: facebook.com/Nobelprize, YouTube: youtube.com/nobelprize, Google +:plus.google.com/+NobelPrize

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Tamannaah Bhatia and Ranveer Singh in Rohit Shetty’s next

Tamannaah to Join Ranveer Singh in Rohit Shetty’s next



Bangalore, 9th April 2016 - He is the Bollywood superstar of this generation. She is the reigning queen of cinema down South. Together, they will create dhamaka onscreen as they pair up for the blockbuster specialist Rohit Shetty!

Tamannaah, the petite beauty from ‘Baahubali’ and many more record breaking hits, will star with Ranveer in this high octane, thrilling project. She has begun preparations for the same in earnest, and will look her absolute best in this exciting multilingual project.

When asked, director Rohit Shetty said, “I really can’t be talking about this. But yes, they are on board. Ranveer’s energy, exuberance and huge popularity make this project more interesting, and Tamannaah is a massive star with South Indian audiences. Wait and watch, it will be worth the wait!”