Thursday, 17 January 2019

Maharashtra Act Applicable on Defaulters in Punjab and Haryana: NSEL to HC

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Chandigarh 17th Jan,2019:- The high court of Punjab and Haryana is all set to hear a bunch of petitions filed by LOIL group of companies, Lakshmi Energy and Food Limited and ARK Imports challenging attachment of their properties under the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) Act for their alleged involvement in Rs 5,600 crore National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) scam.

The Economic Offence Wing (EOW) had registered an FIR against NSEL in 2013. Following which notifications were issued by EOW in June 2016 attaching properties of various defaulters, including the properties of LOIL group of companies, Lakshmi Energy and Food Limited and ARK Imports. These companies then approached the HC contending that the MPID Act cannot be applied outside the jurisdiction of Maharashtra. They have also claimed that their properties, which are based in Punjab, cannot be attached under the MPID Act. Also, NSEL has filed intervention applications in all these petitions as it was not included as a respondent. According to NSEL, MPID Act is applicable on the petitioners as they have carried out business on their exchange, which has a registered office in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

NSEL has been working towards the recovery of money from the defaulters and has successfully obtained decrees of about 3,600 crore. In the intervention applications, the spot exchange has stated that the properties were attached by the EOW "in order to secure interest of the investors and secure the amount due and payable by the petitioners". 

Urging the HC to allow the concerned authorities to go ahead with the legal process, NSEL has said that the stay order (by HC) would only delay the process of recovery of dues from the petitioners and investigation in Maharashtra.

The HC had earlier stayed attachment of properties of the petitioner till final order. Seeking removal of the stay orders, NSEL has said that the said orders were obtained by the petitioners by "concealing material facts.

"The present petition has been field merely to derail the recovery process which is against the interest of all the counterparties/ investors who are to receive the money from this recovery process," reads the intervention application filed by NSEL in the Lakshmi Energy & Foods Limited.

The petitions by LOIL group of companies, Lakshmi Energy and Food Limited and ARK Imports prays that the high court pass an order observing that sections 6(1) and 14 of the MPID Act cannot be applied beyond the state of Maharashtra. They have also sought that quashing of the notifications by EOW attaching their properties.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

F & B Brands from Tier One Cities Seasoned with Some Favourites from Chandigarh to Be Part of 'The Travelling Kitchen'

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Chandigarh 16th Jan,2019:- India's first travelling food showcase 'The Travelling  Kitchen-Winter Garden' is all set to kick off in Chandigarh at the plush lawns of the Chandigarh Golf Association(CGA) driving range in Sec 6 here from January 18-20. A press conference was held at The Lalit in IT Park, Chandigarh, where organisers gave media a sneak peek into the delightful offerings at TTK. Curtains were raised on TTK & details given about participation of the trendiest F&B brands from around the country seasoned with some favourites from Chandigarh, with food that's exclusively showcased at The Travelling Kitchen! The festival will curate 16 different cuisines from around India and the tricity area.

Bharat Atwal, Founder of 'The Travelling Kitchen, said that the Fun -Food -Feast Fest will offer lip smacking food, a fabulous line-up of retail & lots of music as renowned musical bands  will take centre stage at TTK. Big brands will coalesce with emerging names to present a spectacle that would be every foodie's dream. The best names in the Indian culinary circuit are being brought to Chandigarh. He added that we are getting three major Hotel chains of the country with their head chefs to TTK. We will see the Sarovar group of hotels participating with Park Plaza and Hometel. The Lalit's pan Indian fine dining restaurant Baluchi and its panasian restaurant Oko will be there. Fairmont is another brand we are getting. Haryana tourism which has associated with us will be sending its hospitality & tourism students who will put up a stall at the festival.

Some of the respected names of Indian F & B Industry which have confirmed their participation are Anandani Himalaya tea; Anamika Singh, India's celebrated tea-whisperer, will be present with her wonderful cup of tea to beat the winter chill.  IHOP a chain from NCR serving a wide variety of American diner fare will be there.  Daidokoro by Yuko - a passionate chef will also  be debuting at the festival.  The festival will not only celebrate the well established names of F & B scene of Tier 1 cities but will also display the talent of individual chefs from tricity. Chandigarh based chefs like Aditya Prabhu who is a specialist in coastal food will present their craft. Bhagirathmal , Jaipur is also putting up its fare at TTK.

The great food will be to the accompaniment of  superlative music which will be dished out by some of the country's most followed bands. The festival will opens its doors on Friday the 18th January with 'The Copy Cats', singing the tunes of the renowned & phenomenal International music group - 'Coldplay'. 'Rajasthan Roots', 'The Collective Projekt', 'Shubham Semwal', 'Blue Munch Factory' and  Sanjeeta Bhattacharya will also perform.

The festival will offer authentic cuisines like Pan Asian, Japanese, Goan , Konkani , Rajasthani and many more. A decor themed with recyclable paper is on the anvil. What's more, the food would be affordable and portion sizes good. TTK promises to be a gastronomic delight.

Vodafone Spreads Joy This Makar Sankranti in Haryana

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Chandigarh 16th Jan,2019:- This Makar Sankranti, Vodafone has taken an initiative to bring a smile on faces of specially- abled people to share the festive celebrations of Makar Sankranti with them. Keeping with the commitment to share joy, Vodafone under 'Gift a Smile' initiative is introducing a new trend of celebrating the festival by sharing.

A donation box will be kept at selected Vodafone stores in Ambala, Bhiwani, Hisar, Jind, Karnal, Sonipat, Rewari, Panipat, Rohtak and Yamunagar between 13th January- 15th January 2019. People can walk-in these stores and generously donate woolens, clothes, toys and gadgets. In return sweets will be distributed among customers. The accumulated items will then be distributed among specially-abled people in collaboration with Sarthak Education Trust.

Talking on the occasion Sanjeev Govil, Business Head, Vodafone Idea, Haryana said that in this current world we have become accustomed to celebrate festivals in very materialistic fashion and leave out on the core value of the festival. What can be a better idea to share the spirit of Makar Sankranti by donating something with people who need it much more than us. Vodafone has always believed in the power of sharing and with this campaign we hope to inculcate the spirit of sharing among people this festive season.

Sarthak Educational Trust is a Civil Society Organization working for the mainstreaming of people suffering with disability through early intervention, inclusive education, skill development and employment generation.

Oil & Gas Conservation Drive ‘Saksham -2019’ Launched

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Chandigarh 16th Jan,2019:- To create mass awareness about the need for judicious use and conservation of petroleum products, oil industry under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) is organizing an oil and gas conservation month from 16th January to 15th February, 2019. The campaign called 'Saksham 2019' (Sanrakshan Kshamata Mahotsav) was inaugurated at Tagore Theatre here today by CSR Reddy (IPS), DGP-Investigation, Lokpal, Govt of Punjab.

CSR  Reddy inaugurated the awareness drive at a colourful programme by releasing balloons and flagging off a Fuel Awareness Van, which will travel across the length of the state of Punjab with conservation messages and relevant literature. He appreciated the efforts of PSU Oil & Gas Companies in spreading the message of conservation of precious petroleum products. He further stressed upon the need for conservation of natural resources and thereby environment to ensure a better future for the coming generations.

Sandeep Jain, State Level Coordinator for Oil Industry in Punjab and Chief General Manager, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Punjab, J&K and Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, in his welcome address outlined the various activities carried out by Oil Industry towards oil and gas conservation in association with PCRA. He also highlighted the constant endeavours of the oil companies in improving the quality of fuels and lubricating oils, thereby enabling the Indian consumers to to save fuel and the environment by reducing fuel emissions.

Gagandeep Singh Sodhi, State Level Coordinator for oil industry at UT Chandigarh and Deputy General Manager, Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd.said that by adopting simple tips in our day to day life, one can achieve judicious utilization of available resources. Oil companies in India are actively engaged and are investing in renewable and cleaner sources of energy like bio-fuels, wind energy, solar energy etc.

Conservation tips were given by Mr Sanjeev Verma, Additional Director, PCRA. A short play on conservation was presented by Samwad Group. Various activities with the theme "Indhan Sanrakshan Ki Zimmedary, Jan Gan Ki Bhagidari" are planned for housewives, school children, drivers, mechanics, industrial and agricultural users as well as general public. Mass awareness campaigns will be held by PSU oil companies in Punjab during the month.

Sony SAB’s Tenali Rama Completes 400 Episodes Milestone

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Chandigarh 16th Jan,2019:- Sony SAB's historical comedy drama Tenali Rama has successfully completed a milestone of 400 episodes. Having impressed viewers with intelligence and wit demonstrated by Rama (Krishna Bharadwaj) and the comically evil intentions of Tathacharya (Pankaj Berry), the show continues to be a favorite amongst its audience. The characters of this show have managed to find a space in the hearts and minds of viewers, right from kids to adults.

The cast of Tenali Rama celebrated this joyous occasion with a celebratory event, thanking viewers for their endless support and love.

Krishna Bharadwaj, playing the titular role of Rama said that the success of this show is because of our lovely audience who motivate us to work harder every day. It has been an amazing experience shooting with such a talented and fun cast. We hope to entertain our viewers even more with many such milestones to come.

In the coming weeks, viewers will see Rama convincing Krishnadevaraya to build a new Gurukul in Vijayanagar, due to Gundappa's urge to study. While the king agrees, Tathacharya makes it difficult for Gundappa to join the Gurukul by putting forward a tough entrance exam for the selection of only the meritorious Raajputras. To everyone's surprise, Gundappa passes the exam; however the King comes up with another test for him to prove his eligibility.

Realme Offline Sales Extend to 150 Cities in 2019: Partners with 20, 000 Real Partners

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Chandigarh 16th Jan,2019:- Realme, the No. 1 emerging smartphone brand in India, today announced to expand the offline sales to 150 cities in the forthcoming year. The young brand will start with top cities of the country, gradually moving towards 150 cities phase by phase. The "Proud to be Youngbrand has partnered with offline retailers which will be known as Real Partners and will give a value addition to customer experience. 

Realme will start with ten cities across the country in January 2019, eventually adding 50 cities every quarter. With the city expansion the smartphone brand will establish 20,000 outlets throughout the country. The retail outlets will have all the models of that the smartphone brand has launched. 

Commenting on the expansion, Madhav Sheth, Chief Executive Officer, Realme India said that Realme as a young brand is committed to delivering the best consumer experience to our customers. Strengthening our commitment, we are expanding our footprints to meet the rapidly growing customer demands. With the new offline store, we are extending our sales channels reaching out to our offline customers in every region. This is the extension of our sales strategy and ultimate target of 'Realme for Every Indian.

He shared further that in Chandigarh, there will be 60 top Real Partners (multi brand retail outlets) along with 300 Real Partners across Punjab in January 2019. Going forward the brand targets to establish 500 stores in the entire Punjab & Chandigarh region by end of March 2019. Initially the brand will focus on Chandigarh Tri-city (Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula), with top 45 towns of 22 districts of Punjab, eventually covering the entire region by end of March 2019.  M/s Akash Dhingra Sales Pvt. Limited, a company floated by Mr. Harish Dhingra in 2014 will be the priority partner with Realme to run a large number of stores in the region. 

Previously, Realme got in to an exclusive partnership with Reliance stores for offline sales of the products. Realme smartphones have been getting sold at more than 130 cities across 1300+ Reliance Digital & My Jio stores. The brand has been successfully performing on e-commerce platforms from May 2018. Realme has secured the position of No. 1 Emerging brand in the country as quoted by CMR and according to Counterpoint, Realme was No.3 in overall market share during Diwali, and specifically No.2 in online sales. The latest Realme U1 sold 2 lakhs during its first sale. The 3+32GB variants of the SelfiePro are open for sales on, while 4+64 variants will be open sales every Wednesday at 12 noon onwards.

Fortis Mohali organizes First Ever Sports Medicine Course in North India

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Chandigarh 16th Jan,2019:- Keeping in mind how Sports Medicine is emerging as a specialty which has a huge demand in North India, Fortis Hospital here organised the first Chandigarh Sports Medicine Course (CSMC). The objective behind was to discuss various sports injuries, their treatment and to work out solutions to the fact how Indian athletes suffer because they do not have access to world-class healthcare.

Dr. Manit Arora, an Australian Consultant Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Surgeon at Fortis Mohali, conducted the said course here today in association with Indian Medical Association (IMA) and International Society for Knowledge for Surgeons on Arthroscopy and Arthroplasty (ISKSAA).

This course was attended by stalwarts from the field of Orthopaedics and Key Sports Medicine leaders in the area. The course was enlightening for those who are working in this field, and surgical and non-surgical aspect of care was discussed in detail.

45 delegates including top PGI doctors also attended this course. The speakers from different disciplines addressed all the aspects involved in prevention of sports injuries. The course would next year be conducted in collaboration with PGI, Chandigarh, involving several doctors from PGI.

It may be recalled that Fortis Hospital, Mohali had last year announced the first dedicated "Sports injury clinic" in North India in collaboration with Abhinav Bindra. It is entirely dedicated to athletes and injuries related to sports.  

Dr. Manit Arora, said that a number of sports injuries are often reported and we are providing Olympic level care to the general population, and also providing world-class facilities for keyhole Orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation for shoulder, hip, knee and back problems, along with soft tissue injuries. During the course he also spoke on recent developments in knee shoulder and soft tissue surgeries for sports injuries.

He further said that it is not enough to play a sport but your body should be prepared for that sport's demand and this is where exercise comes in. Mental conditioning is the most important and many injuries can be avoided if your mind is focused. He highlighted the importance of need of sports medicine physician in various sports training centre at district/ state level.

He also spoke on Arthroscopy and its role in sports injuries. He shared that with arthroscopic procedures patients recover faster resulting in fast rehabilitation and quick return to sports. It has helped sportspersons to save their carriers which otherwise would have ended abruptly 

Hands on workshops were also a part of the course. These included biomechanics, kinesiology taping, bracing, intra-articular injection in the knee and shoulder, MRI imaging, and model demonstration of diagnostic knee arthroscopy.

Dr. Manan Vora spoke on how injuries can be prevented in sports, while Dr. Abhishek Prasad spoke on imaging in Sports Medicine. Dr. Bhushan Sabnis deliberated on the recent developments in knee surgeries for sports injuries.


Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Makeover Expert Mallika Gambhir Bags Prestigious Award for Her Contribution In Beauty And Wellness Sector: Famous Bollywood Actress Soha Ali Khan Presented the Award

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Chandigarh 15th January:- Innovation in makeover artistry and excellence in creating looks were awarded in this prestigious award ceremony as ace makeover expert Mallika Gambhir from Salon Persona and HNSP bagged prestigious award for being best in makeovers and aesthetics, beautiful Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan presented the award and congratulated Mallika Gambhir while praising her work. Award was unleashed in a way of felicitation and recognition for achievement in the field of beauty and makeovers. Occasion also coincided with launch of World skill calendar. Ceremony took place in Tivoli Grand Hotel, GT Karnaal Road.

Mallika Gambhir said that she feels thrilled and ecstatic to receive this prestigious award and to top it all none other than very beautiful Soha Ali Khan presented this to her, this top slot comes as a recognition for our sheer dedication and hard work that we have put in our work, she owe this to her team. This award remains very special as we were selected on the basis of management standards, customer service, quality of products and innovation on pan India basis. Many players tried to battle it out to earn the top spot in hall of fame and we are proud to have bagged the award.

UIFT &VD-PU Hosts Special Talk by Actor Samaira Sandhu

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Chandigarh 15th January:- University Institute of Fashion Technology and Vocational Development (UIFT & VD), Panjab University, Chandigarh hosted a special session with actor Samaira Sandhu for its students. 

During the candid interaction, Samaira shared her experiences of working in Bollywood  with the students and talked about the challenges of the profession. The actor  mentioned that her long journey in Bollywood had borne fruit when she acted in  Tollywood films. 

Samaira Sandhu said that this (working in Telegu industry) gave her an opportunity to be signed for a Hindi  movie, which is still untitled. Samaira congratulated students from the  Fashion Technology Department for choosing the right profession since the job of an  actor thoroughly depend on the right fashion designer who makes them look presentable  before camera. Samaira also talked about her book "Heaven In A Hell" which is focused  on the issue of de-addiction. 

She concluded her talk by saying, Today is a very lucky day since she addressed young  fashion technology students who are slated to become tomorrow dress designers and join  allied fields. She responded to queries of some inquisitive students regarding her  work. Dr. Prabhdip Brar, Chairperson, UIFT, Panjab University felicitated her and  thanked Samaira for an authentic experience sharing session with the students.


Congress Should Field Woman Candidate from Chandigarh’: Former Mayor Poonam Sharma

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Chandigarh 15th January:- If Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) could field women candidates for Lok Sabha elections so why not Congress President, Rahul Gandhi. If it happens, it would be a landmark decision of the Congress, because so far in the 'City Beautiful' Congress has not taken such a decision despite the fact that woman can run a state as efficiently as she can run a family. This was stated by Poonam Sharma, former Mayor. She has also held the position of Chandigarh Mahila Congress President. Poonam Sharma was addressing the media at Chandigarh Press Club in Sector 27 here today.

In a letter to Rahul Gandhi, Poonam Sharma has demanded that this time woman candidate should be given ticket for Chandigarh MP seat. She added that the candidate should be from city who knows about its issues, who is dedicated and who has the determination to bring about a change in the city. In her letter to the Congress Chief, Poonam Sharma has stated instead of fielding a celebrity, someone from the city should be given an opportunity.

Poonam Sharma said that she had already got a feedback from various social organizations and city residents, who are also of the view that a woman candidate should be fielded by Congress. She added further that today women can walk shoulder to shoulder with men and have the capability of working at par with them, which was evident from her performance as a mayor in 2015, when she worked effectively for the betterment of city, she added.

The former mayor said, city needs a person who understands the problems of city residents, and is capable of working for the betterment of city, which would come as a welcome decision of Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi and will set an example. Poonam Sharma said that there is a need for someone who strongly advocates women empowerment and shows keen interest in working for the improvement of city.

She further also announced that she along with other Congress leaders will start door to door campaign in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. She also appealed to the senior leaders of Congress to come forward in support of her demand to field a woman candidate from Chandigarh this time.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Steps Growing Academy Released Baby and Junior Super Kidd Model-2015 Calendar

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Chandigarh 10th Jan,2019:- The Calendar of Baby and Junior Super Kid Model-2015 was released today by Steps Growing Academy Chandigarh. The calendar was released by the six-month-old baby model Dhwani Mahajan. In the Baby Calendar the children of 00 to 04 age group have been included and in the Junior Super Kids Model, children in the age group of 05 to 12 has been included. On the occasion of unveiling the calendar, 11 Babies and 12 Kids models drew attention of everyone by walking on a ramp.

Director of Steps Growing Academy, Shivi Mahajan and Managing Director, Gaurav Mahajan, said that this the first time academy is launching calender for children of  00 to 04 age group and it's fourth time in a row that the calender for the children from 05 to 12 years of age are being presented. They said that the specialty of these calendars is that they are designed in conceptual form. In both calendars 2-2 photos of models are included.

According to Gaurav Mahajan, photos for the calenders have been shot in villages, parks, buildings and markets for the outdoor session. At the same Indoor Photo shoot was done at the Academy. He said that models in the calendar for the age group of  00 to 04 age are Aarav Ranaut, Aarvpreet Singh, Rivaan Verma,  Vedansh Grover, Vedanshi Verma, Nitya Grover, Dhawni Mahajan, Kritisha Kashani, Shanaya Mahajan, Siddhid Manchanda and Vihan Choudhary and in the age group of 05 to 12 Manmudit Mehra, Bhakti Goyal, Charvi Arora, Kanishka Bhagat, Dhruv Bamotra, Abhay Bhagat, Adwiti Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Manvi Sharma, Yashraj Pal, Riddhima Manchanda and Daksh Bamotra are the models.

Shivi Mahajan said that Adwiti Singh, Manvi Sharma, Charvi Arora, Kanishka Bhagat and Manmudit  Mehra have been associated with their academy for the past 04 years. Almost all of these children are spreading their skills in Punjabi films and in different relity shows on National Channels .

Shivi said that the main aim of the academy is to provide a platform to the children, where they can present their skills . According to Shivi, her aim is to highlight the achievements of the 12 super models of the previous year's calendar and to encourage these children.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Bollywood Singer and Performer Akira Unveils Her New Dancing Punjabi Beat Track “Dhamak”

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Chandigarh 09th Jan,2019:- After a huge success of her Song Saqiya with Mika Sing Bollywood Singer and Performer Akira is now presenting her Punjabi song "Dhamak".  Dhamak  is a Punjabi beat song written by Jaggi Jagowal, Composed by Mr. WOW and Directed by Amrinder Goraya.

Akira has already been doing great work in the bollywood industry. She has given her voice in "Mallamal" song  in HouseFull 3 and "Ishq Karle" in Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd movie.

She has done many successful shows in India and Abroad and is known for her versatile voice. Mika Singh is himself promoting and supporting  her in her endeavours.

While interacting with media after announcing of her new song, Akira said that her new single soon going to release on You-Tube. She said that the love and wonderful response she got from the music lover for her previous song, she hope that the same she would get for the new song too.

Akira said that she has started her singing career in a very small age and also became 1st Runner up in Niiki Awaaz Punjab di singing reality show run by MH1. Also she has been in top  finalists of many reality shows on National TV. Her Song Saqiya has received immense love and  appreciation from the viewers as well as the Music Industry.

Akira said that she has sung a lot of songs in Punjabi and Bollywood movies. She has lent her voice for the song 'Ishq Karle Anytime' with singers Mika Singh and Sonu Nigam in the film 'Santa Banta Pvt. Ltd', which was released on 22 April 2016.