Wednesday 30 September 2015

Blood Bank Society Celebrates Blood Donation Day

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Chandigarh 30th September:- The Blood Bank Society, Chandigarh celebrated Blood Donation Day with great fervor. A Candle Light Walk was organised in Sector 17, at the Plaza, where around 700 people walked together holding candles, to enlighten the public about the importance of blood donation.  Amongst them were students from schools, colleges, rotractors, and the public and blood donors, including a couple of Centurion donors.

Mrs.Sonya Vijay Dev wife of the Adviser and Vijay Kumar Dev flagged off the Walk and urged the public to come forward and espouse this life saving cause. Their presence helped carry the message of Voluntary Blood Donation to a much larger audience and motivated us in our endeavours to carry on with our mission.

A large blood drop, made with hundreds of candles,glittered in the dusk. A great way to throw 'light' on these very important social causes that the Society has been working for, for the past 51 years, and involve the public in this life saving cause

DCH to Give Platform to Cricket Players in Punjab and Haryana

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Chandigarh 30th September:- India is diverse with many languages and dialects, but one language that everybody speaks in India, is cricket it is favorite Indian past time and you can see the kids and grown-ups a like playing cricket, sometimes even in the small fields or the narrow streets. This is India's love for cricket. The cricketers that crown our national team have struggled a lot to make their place. There is lot of talent that stays hidden and limited to the streets and small play fields.

To provide an opportunity to anyone who has ever thought of being the one to take the final wicket, or the one to score that much needed boundary, Desi Cricket Heroes (DCH) was launched here today by Harbans Singh Ghuman DCH president. He was accompanied by Gurpreet Singh, DCH vice president and Surender Kumar Saini, general secretary.

While talking to media here Harbans Singh Ghuman said that cricket is not just a game for India's but it's a religion for them where cricketers are treated next to God's. He said that almost every young boy has a dream of becoming a batsman like Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar ad bowler like Anil Kumble, adding that they came up with an idea of starting "DSH" which will be the biggest platform to promote local cricket talent of the North. He said that the DCH league will be held in the months of November and December and Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag is the brand ambassador of DCH.

While speaking on the occasion DCH vice president Gurpreet Singh said while our national team is star-studded but they have reached at such a level after a long struggle. He added what is required is a lot of talent and hard work, adding that a lot of hidden talents remain confined to small playgrounds. He added that firstly it will be a platform for youth from the states of Punjab and Haryana and the idea is to expand the platform for more states in future and that cricket in this region has never been played before on such a big platform.

DCH general secretary Surinder Kumar Saini said without any big resources it is a big beginning, adding that it will not just remain confined to Punjab and Haryana as it will be taken to other states as well. He added the matches will be played keeping in mind international standards.

Prize Money: DCH president Ghuman announced the matches will be played in Punjab and Haryana and both states have been divided into four zones each. The winning team will be awarded Rs 3 lakh while the runners up team will get Rs 1.5 lakh prize money. The second and third prize winning teams will get Rs 71,000 and 41,000 respectively. Final Man of the Match will get Rs 9100 while Man of Series 12,000, Best Batsman and Bowler will get Rs 7100 while Best Fielder will get Rs 5100.

Venue of Matches :

Punjab: Zone 1: Amritsar, TaranTaran, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala; Zone 2: Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Pathankot, NawahShahr; Zone 3: Bathinda, Sangrur, Faridkot, Moga; Zone 4: Patiala, Mohali, Ludhiana, and Ropar.

Haryana: Zone 1: Ambala, Panchkula, Yamuna Nagar, Kurukshetra, Kaithal; Zone 2: Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonepat, Panipat, Karnal; Zone 3: Jind, Rohtak, Sirsa, Hisar, Bhiwani, Mahendergarh; Zone 4: Jhajhar, Fatehabad, Mewat, Palwal and Rewari.

How to Participate:

Surender Kumar Saini informed to be a part of DCH the age limit is 15 years or more. Any school, college, academies, university, organization, private firm or hospital teams can participate. Each participant will be required to produce valid identity card and photograph. Interested teams can submit applications till November 5, 2015 at Mohali DCH office at 666, second floor, Sector 70 or submit online applications by visiting website

ItzCash Card Ties Up with Flipkart for Facilitating Online Shopping

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Chandigarh 30th September:- Itzcash today announced their partnership with Flipkart to reach out to the next billion segments, primarily the ones without having access to either a debit or a credit card. This partnership is in the form of a co branded online store, which will be available across all the 75,000+ franchisee stores of ItzCash called ItzCash World (ICW). With festive season around the corner, this is the right time to launch this service, as both franchisees and ItzCash Prepaid Card users will enjoy valued offers and discounts on the site.

Speaking on this development Naveen Surya, Managing Director ItzCash said that ItzCash has been a pioneer in serving the under banked segment through its prepaid payment instruments since 2006 and this association with Flipkart has opened doors for the said segment to transact online and fuels their aspirations further. He added that we are witnessing a digital revolution across the country and this is another novel way of enabling the underbanked get acquainted with e-commerce and Enjoy the benefits which accrue thereof.

The partnership will leverage the existing retail presence at 75000+ ItzCash world outlets and opens up Flipkart's online shopping channel to customer in T3 &T4 towns and cities.

Speaking on this development Mausam Bhatt, Sr. Director, Growth at Flipkart said that next big base of adoption for e-commerce will come from SEC B, C segments as well as Tier 2 and 3 cities.  Engaging with customers in these markets using innovative ways has been very crucial for Flipkart. This partnership should help us communicate with and handhold a certain segment of offline consumer base through channel partners of ItzCash.

ItzCash Card Ties Up with Flipkart for Facilitating Online Shopping

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Chandigarh 30th September:- Itzcash today announced their partnership with Flipkart to reach out to the next billion segments, primarily the ones without having access to either a debit or a credit card. This partnership is in the form of a co branded online store, which will be available across all the 75,000+ franchisee stores of ItzCash called ItzCash World (ICW). With festive season around the corner, this is the right time to launch this service, as both franchisees and ItzCash Prepaid Card users will enjoy valued offers and discounts on the site.

Speaking on this development Naveen Surya, Managing Director ItzCash said that ItzCash has been a pioneer in serving the under banked segment through its prepaid payment instruments since 2006 and this association with Flipkart has opened doors for the said segment to transact online and fuels their aspirations further. He added that we are witnessing a digital revolution across the country and this is another novel way of enabling the underbanked get acquainted with e-commerce and Enjoy the benefits which accrue thereof.

The partnership will leverage the existing retail presence at 75000+ ItzCash world outlets and opens up Flipkart's online shopping channel to customer in T3 &T4 towns and cities.

Speaking on this development Mausam Bhatt, Sr. Director, Growth at Flipkart said that next big base of adoption for e-commerce will come from SEC B, C segments as well as Tier 2 and 3 cities.  Engaging with customers in these markets using innovative ways has been very crucial for Flipkart. This partnership should help us communicate with and handhold a certain segment of offline consumer base through channel partners of ItzCash.

Kotak Life Insurance Launches Kotak Premier Pension Plan

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Chandigarh 30th September:- Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance Limited (Kotak Life Insurance) announced the launch of Kotak Premier Pension Plan, today. This is a participating plan that helps one achieve financial stability, financial security and earn a steady income while pursuing an active retired life.

The provision of post-employment income in the form of pension and/or lump sum wealth is a necessity to ensure the well-being of ageing population. The plan promises assured guaranteed benefit available on death or on vesting. This assured benefit will be equal to 105% of the total premiums (excluding taxes and rider premium, if any) paid till date of death. At any time during the tenure of the contract the death benefit equal to sum of assured benefit, accrued guaranteed additions and accrued revisionary bonus plus terminal bonus (if any) shall be payable. On Vesting, a corpus consisting of sum assured plus accrued guaranteed additions plus accrued revisionary bonus plus terminal bonus (if any), will be used to buy an annuity from Kotak Life Insurance in line with the option chosen which will provide regular income to the customers.

Sunil Sharma, Appointed Actuary and Chief Risk Officer, Kotak Life Insurance said that the Life expectancy of Indians is increasing year on year and therefore living longer is a significant risk. Planning for retirement is crucial to ensure an active retired life in today's fast evolving times. Kotak Premier Pension Plan will facilitate retirement planning at an early age in a systematic manner to enable you to manage your longevity risk. He added that retirement should be about living life to the fullest, and not just confined to taking care of rising medical bills. We believe that early planning for retirement enables customers to pursue their passion, challenge their limits, work for a social cause or learn something new with confidence post retirement.

Kotak Premier Pension Plan has an exclusive advantage of guaranteed additions in the first five years as a percentage of the basic sum assured. For regular and limited premium payment terms, it is 5% per annum and for single premium payment term, it is 2% per annum.

Kotak Accidental Death Benefit and Kotak Permanent Disability Benefit rider options can be availed along with this unique plan.



State Bank of India Ties Up with KLV Builders

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Chandigarh 30th September:- State Bank of India top officials announced their newly formed relations with KLV Builders and Developers constructing Signature Towers and Signature Homes, situated at Sector 66 A, near International Airport, Mohali.

In a get-together with SBI officials and customers, Managing Director of Signature Towers and Homes Varun Dham said that we have promised to complete this project by March 2016, and we already have completed 85 per cent of the job. Total structure and finishing upto fourteen-fifteen floors of the project have already been completed in record time.

While sharing his experiences, Rajeeva Srivastava DGM, SBI, Main Branch, Sector-17, Chandigarh, said that we have checked all the legalities and possibilities before this tie-up with Signature Tower and Homes in JLPL City of Mohali.

 Rabindra Sharma, AGM, SBI, said that there is a strict protocol that we follow. Our lawyers check 30 years record of the land and only after getting a clearance we do tie-up. 
A customer and business-woman, Nidhi Mahajan, shared that she had heard that builders promise lucrative delivery offers, but later many customers are not satisfied with the final product and the quality of material used. Investing huge money is not a joke. But here, she is contented to see that whatever has been promised has been delivered in time and the material used in furnishing the flats is also top class.

PGI OPDs Closed on Gandhi Jayanti

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Chandigarh 30th September:- All OPDs in PGI shall remain closed on 2nd October, 2015 on account of Gandhi Jayanti, a gazetted holiday. Emergency services will function as usual. 


FICCI CASCADE Holds Candle Light Congregation at Shimla

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Chandigarh 30th September:- As a part of its series of nation-wide awareness campaigns to highlight the issue of growing menace of counterfeiting and smuggling, FICCI CASCADE (Committee against Smuggling & Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy), organized a seminar and candle light congregation at East Bourne Hotel, Shimla . Over 100 students with candles in their hand and banners stating buy 'Make in India' and 'Say No to Smuggled Goods' participated in this congregation with much zest and zeal.

Speaking during occasion, Anirudh Singh, MLA from Kasumpti who was Chief Guest at the function said that counterfeits and smuggled goods were threatening the key elements of India's growth strategy vis-à-vis technology, invention and innovation which were the key elements in India's economic developmental agenda.

Congratulating FICCI CASCADE for taking the initiative to generate awareness among consumers on the perils of counterfeits and smuggled goods, Anirudh Singh emphasized that illicit trade curbed the country's economic independence.  He urged citizens to take a pledge against using fake products and to fight the menace of smuggling which was in the larger interest of the nation's economy.

P C Jha, Advisor, FICCI CASCADE & former Chairman, CBEC highlighted that amongst the various sectors, the maximum revenue loss to the exchequer on account of counterfeiting and illicit trade was attributed to tobacco products at 23%, estimating a revenue loss of Rs. 9139 crores.

Deep Chand, Advisor, FICCI CASCADE & former Special Commissioner, Delhi Police, stated that the Indian Government had initiated steps to address counterfeiting, piracy and smuggling. Despite these actions, however, a study by FICCI revealed that counterfeit, piracy and smuggling rates were still remained high.


GJIMT organises Blood Donation Camp

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Chandigarh 30th September:- Gian Jyoti Institute of Management & Technology organized Blood Donation Camp under the banner of NSS & Rotract Club.  As many as 234 students, Faculty and supported Gian Jyoti group & donated the blood. The Blood Donation Camp was inaugurated by J S Bedi, Chairman, Gian Jyoti Group of Intuitions.

Chairman J.S. Bedi complimented the staff and the students for this noble social cause. He appreciated the enthusiasm among the students who donated the blood. He further said that if we could motivate people, they will also come forward to donate blood. It creates awareness among the masses that by donating blood we do not lose anything but through this noble act, they could potentially save precious lives of some one. He further added that there was hardly any other service to humanity as noble and virtuous as the donation of blood. He lauded the philanthropic services being extended by GJ-IMT to mankind and appreciated the blood donors.

The pre-donation and post-donation care was done under the expert supervision of the team of doctors from the Blood Bank Society of PGI.

PGI Celebrates World Heart Day in Advanced Cardiac Centre

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Chandigarh 30th September:- World Heart Day 2015 was celebrated at Advanced Cardiac Center, PGIMER, Chandigarh. The theme for this year's unique inspirational activity first of its kind was "Heart Healthy Environment". It is the world's largest event for promotion of healthy habits to decrease Cardiovascular risk globally. Department of Cardiology, PGIMER and renowned Artist and Painter Prof. Ravindra Sharma from Govt. College of Arts Sector 10, Chandigarh organized a painting workshop with participation by school children in cardiology section of Advanced Cardiac Center. The participants of the event witnessed a heartwarming painting session by the Professor of Arts assisted by children and teenage students who took part in the event. The paintings depicting the importance of maintaining a healthy body and environment were exhibited at the Cardiac Center along with sand sculpture displays.  The event was presided by Chief Guest Sanjay Tandon, President of BJP unit Chandigarh and Guest of honour Prof. Y. K Chawla Director, PGIMER and Prof. Y.P. Sharma HOD Department of Cardiology, PGIMER.

Patients and visitors were educated about the theme for this year "Creating Heart Healthy Environment". Heart being an important organ supplying blood and nutrients to all other organs of the body including the brain is in a delicate balance with their proper functioning and well being. So any kind of stress mental or physical can directly and indirectly affect the heart adversely. A good relaxing sleep, stress free environment, clean and unpolluted surroundings and a healthy life style were stressed upon for protection against cardiovascular disease.

Psychosocial stress is one of the most important factors for premature coronary artery disease. Measure to reduce stress such as sports activities, painting, arts, leisure time walks for at least 30-40 minutes five days a week   would go a long way in reducing daily stress.  Weekend activities like picnics, watching exhibitions and making efforts to be close to nature significantly reduces psychosocial stress and hence decrease the cardiovascular disease risk.

Dr. Yash Paul Sharma Prof. & Head Department of Cardiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh said that on this World Heart Day we would like to spread the message that at least 80% of premature deaths from Cardiovascular Disease could be avoided if the four main risk factors namely tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol are avoided.

Saplings of flowering plants were planted in the Cardiac Center campus as a symbol of clean and healthy environment. The event was concluded by Prof. Yash Paul Sharma HOD Department of Cardiology, PGIMER by thanking Prof. Ravindra Sharma, Sanjay Tandon and Prof. Y.K Chawla Director PGI for making the awareness programme a resounding success.



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Chandigarh 30th September:- The American Society of Safety Engineers is proud to announce that the Honorable Minister of State for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Government of India, Yalamanchili Satyanarayana Chowdary will inaugurate Safety India 2015 by sharing his thoughts on why this professional development conference is important to the future of India.

The two-day professional development conference and exposition runs October 15-16 at The Lalit Hotel, Mumbai, followed by one-day workshop on CSP/ASP Professional Certifications. This event will attract safety practitioners from a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, construction, oil and gas, automotive, IT, biotechnology and many others.

The participation of Minister Chowdary and other prominent government officials from the Ministry of Labour and Employment of India should be a signal to all Indian safety professionals on the importance the government is placing on improving workplace safety throughout the country and advancing the profession in India," said Michael Belcher, President - ASSE. "Safety India 2015 brings together the best minds in the industry globally who will share their expertise. Safety India 2015 will be the benchmark for all conferences to follow.

Keynote speaker Rixio Medina, president of Rixio Medina and Associates, will give a presentation on how to run a risk-based process safety management system. There will be two global executive leadership forums on occupational safety and health featuring Darryl Hill, Vice President of Global Health and Safety at Johnson Control, Ms. Treasa Turnbeaugh, CEO of Board of Certified Safety Professionals, R. A. Venkitachalam, Vice President of Public Safety Mission at UL and Mr. Suresh Tanwar, Chief of Group Safety & Health at Tata Group.

Safety India 2015 is expected to attract hundreds of participants and numerous exhibitors from India, Asia, North America and Europe.For more details, updates, or to register for the upcoming conference, please visit or contact

LIC Awarded Meritorious Student of Ashmah International School

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Chandigarh 30th September:- The meritorious students of Ashmah International School Honoured by LIC who performed exceptionally well in academics and brought laurels to both his family and school. The honored students at were Prabhleen Kaur, Rachit Dhiman, Nikhil puri, Ravjot Kaur, Anand Verma, Sahil Singh, Aditi Panday, Mehak Sood, Ravneet Kaur, Komalpreet Kaur from different classes .  Ahwani Negi Branch Manager & Rajesh Singh Chief Advisor LIC encouraged the students to work hard to bring better results in life while honoring them.

While encouraging the students Director J.S Kaser said that at the moment that such honors nurtur talent and allowing the exceptional performance to blossom in students. He further added that honor is a huge achievement for the students not because of the monetary aspect because of the sense of pride and recognition attached to it.

While speaking at the moment Principal of the School Monica Mann Said that honored Students have become great example of success which is possible only through hard work and good values.

Affixing of High Security Registration Plates on CH03-Y” and “CH03-Z” Series Vehicles Starts

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Chandigarh 30th September:- The Registering & Licensing Authority, UT, Chandigarh has started process for affixing of High Security Registration Plates on vehicles already registered in UT, Chandigarh at three notified locations i.e. the offices of R&LA, Sector-17, SDM(S), Sector-42, SDM (E), Indl. Area, Phase-I, Chandigarh.

The owners of the vehicle having registration number of"CH03-Y" and "CH03-Z" series shall apply for affixation of HSRP at their respective offices with the request on plain paper mentioning the detail of Chassis Number, Engine Number, Make, Model, copy of Registration Certificate of the vehicle, copy of valid insurance and copy of Identity Card of the owner within one month from the date of 01.10.2015. The original Registration Certificate (RC) is mandatory at the time of applying for the same. In case, if, the owners of the vehicle of above series do not affixed HSRP plates within the stipulated period on their vehicles, the Traffic Police, UT, Chandigarh will be asked to initiate the process for Challening of their vehicle.

Chandigarh Administration Decide to Enhance DA

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Chandigarh 30th September:- Chandigarh Administration has decided to enhance the rates of Dearness Allowance from the existing rates of 113 % to 119 % (6% Increase) with effect from 01.07.2015.  This enhancement of DA will be applicable to all the employees of U.T. as well as employees on deputation from state of Punjab.

RGNIYD organizes 2nd SAARC Youth Leadership Summit

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Chandigarh 30th September:- Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Regional Centre (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India) in collaboration with Yuvasatta today organized 2nd SAARC Youth Leadership Summit under the  guidance of Global Youth Peace Fest at RGNIYD Regional Centre Campus. The summit was attended by over 60 delegates from SAARC countries. Vijay Dev, Adviser to the Administration, U.T, Chandigarh was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Adviser to the Administration launched "Yuva" a quarterly newsletter of RGNIYD RC, which highlights initiatives and impacts of its programmes across the region.

The Adviser while, addressing the delegates said that ours is a region of thriving democracy; of rich inheritance; the unmatched strength of youth; throbbing with the optimism of our youth. We can capitalize demographic dividend provided our youth are physically fit, mentally sound and skillful, hence we need to invest in youth development. This summit will facilitate and strengthen trust, faith, optimism and friendship among young people from SAARC.

Speaking on the occasion, Stanzin Dawa, Regional Coordinator, RGNIYD said that in last year we have benefitted over 17,567 people that include young people, youth work professionals, NSS POs, NYK Officials, NCC Officers, academia, government officials and civil society organizations from 22 states and 13 countries by developing partnerships with over 30 organizations and implemented 47 innovative programmes. He affirms that this year RGNIYD RC aims to reach more people, touch more lives, strengthened more organizations, developed more partnerships, so that our young people can have a future by choice not by chance.

The summit resulted in significant outcomes that include broader understanding about young people's contributions to democracy and development, bout the issues and challenges of youth leadership in the region, young people's contributions to policy and decision making at national, and regional; enhanced knowledge about good practices youth initiatives in the region, improved leadership skills of the youth leaders to influence policies and programmes related to youth and their communities and in creating an enabling environment for youth participation.



Ruchi Soya Bestowes Globoil Diamond Awards for Being ‘No.1 Importer of Edible Oil in 2015’

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Chandigarh 30th September:- Ruchi Soya Industries Limited (Ruchi Soya), has been conferred the Globoil Diamond Award for being 'No. 1 Importer of Edible Oil 2015'. Ruchi Soya was acknowledged for its leadership in the Indian edible oil industry at Globoil India Awards 2015. The visionary Founder and Managing Director of Ruchi Soya Dinesh Shahra received the award on behalf of the company at a glittering ceremony held last evening in Mumbai.  Ruchi Soya was also bestowed Globoil Diamond Awards for being 'No. 1 Exporter of Oil Meals 2015' and for being the No.1 manufacturer of branded palm oil.

On receiving the recognitions, Dinesh Shahra – Founder and Managing Director, Ruchi Soya Industries Limited stated that it is indeed a privilege to receive this award. I accept it on behalf of the entire Ruchi Soya family, who have made this possible. This award acknowledges our company's efforts and contribution towards the industry and sector at large. Going forward Ruchi soya will expand its indigenous procurements. Ruchi has pioneered Palm oil cultivation in India and has already activated production from 50 thousand hectares across India.

On receiving the award for being the No.1 Brand in the refined Palm Oil Category, Satendra Aggarwal, COO, Ruchi Soya mentioned that we can see a clear shift of consumer preferences from loose oil to packed oil. Ruchi Gold is clearly a market leader with dominance over 35% of the market share. Last year we appointed Madhuri Dixit as our brand ambassador for our brand Mahakosh. We have plans to harness the opportunity in branded packed oil segment to its fullest. We are targeting a two folds increase in branded oil sales within three years.

Jazzy B and Snoop Dogg Collaborate for New Party Track

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Chandigarh 30th September:- Jazzy B is one Punjabi artist who makes news with his every new track. This time, it is something bigger and international. The Bhangra artist is collaborating with American rap sensation Snoop Dogg for his next song 'Most wanted'. The party track is for the launch of the new season of MTV's popular rap and hip-hop based show 'MTV Spoken Word'. 'Most Wanted' also features artist Mr. Capone E with music by Ji Madz.

Jazzy B is thrilled to have worked on this 'one-of-a-kind' song with Snoop Dogg who had earlier worked on the title track of Akshay Kumar starrer 'Singh is Kinng'.

In a statement Jazzy B said that collaborations are always exciting because you get to see two or more artists bring their own unique styles together to create something entirely new. And when the artist you are collaborating with is someone as celebrated as Snoop Dogg, you know the result is going to be nothing short of spectacular. He further said that Snoop Dogg is an amazing artist and along with Capone E and Ji Madz, we have created a song that's going to rip the charts apart. Our song 'Most Wanted' is bound to become the party anthem for the youth once it hits the air waves, I am absolutely sure about that.

The song which will be released on MTV next month has been created especially for the launch of the second season for 'MTV Spoken Word', a unique music property which focuses on the use of rap to create songs that deliver a message.


Tuesday 29 September 2015

CGC Jhanjeri College organizes Traffic Awareness Camp

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Chandigarh 29th September:-  Chandigarh Group of Colleges Jhanjeri in association with Traffic Police, Mohali organized a camp for creating awareness amongst the students regarding traffic rules. The team of the Traffic Police was headed by Shavinderjit Singh Bains, SP Traffic & Security, Mohali. A number of Sarpanches and Panches of nearby villages were also invited for creating awareness among the youth of their respective villages. The police team highlighted the importance of various rules like wearing helmet and seat belts, not over jumping the traffic signals of, red light & yellow light, stopping before the zebra crossing, not using mobile phones while driving, not to indulge in triple riding on two wheelers etc. The team requested the parents not to hand over bikes or cars to their wards not possessing proper driving licenses & to ensure that all the necessary papers are available in the vehicle while driving.

Dr. G D Bansal Director General CGC expressed deep concern over a large number of deaths due to road accidents and  said that these accidents can be minimized by a strict compliance of traffic rules. He appealed to the students to wear ISI, marked helmets not around their arms but on their heads.


Oakridge International School organizes Junior Sports Saga

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Chandigarh 29th September:-  Oakridge International School provided the children of Primary segment a day full of fun and enjoyment. The junior sports saga conducted the students participate in a range of sports activities.  From enthusiastic swimmers to the courageous skaters, from committed athletes to fun loving racers, each child was seen participating with complete joy in the sports events. Children were given the freedom to choice between swimming, skating and track events. The sports coaches provided an obstacle course for the children in order to help them explore their gross and motor skills on the field. Majority of the children took part in all events of their segment so that they try their potential in a range of sports events.

The school Principal Ramanjit Ghuman stated that sports is one such domain where if given proper boost children showcase immense talent and potential.

​winners in the various categories were:

In swimming under the various age groups the winners in boys were Aryan, Tanveer, Devansh, Nishit, Arjun, Neel Kanth, Ashmit, Harsh and Armaan. In girls the winners were Manveer, Nehmat, Samreet, Janya, Jeena, Eshmeet, Ashwika and Keiryn.

In skating the winners were Arshpreet, Manjot, Karanveer, Aarav, Haishneer, Sehaj, Devansh, Arjun, Jashanjeet, Jashandeep, Gurkamal, Vansh, Sukhpinder, Vanshika, Abhijeet, Tanveer and Asees.

In obstacle races the winners were Romair, Rajjasnoor, Lakshveer, Sara, Jasmol, Yashna, Abhimanyu, Manav, Shehbaaz, Harkarman, Paakhi and Anoop.

Sadhna Society for Mentally Handicapped Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

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Chandigarh 29th September:-  Sadhna Society for Mentally Handicapped celebrated its 20th anniversary on 28th September 2015.  Advisor to the administrator Vijay Dev, was the chief guest on the occasion and Smt. Nishu Singal, Director Social Welfare was the guest of honour on the occasion. The special children of the Institute presented a skit on the life of Lord Krishan and presented songs and dances to mark the event.

Advisor to the administrator Vijay Dev, appreciated the efforts of Director Bhavna Tayal and all other members of the society. He told service of these special children is the real penance. 

HP Illegal Cigarette Industry 20% of Total Market: FICCI CASCADE

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Chandigarh 29th September:-  FICCI CASCADE (Committee against Smuggling & Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy), unveiled its nine sector report titled - 'Illicit Market: A Threat to Our National Interest' at a hotel here today.  This is a quantitative study evaluating the impact of illicit markets on various economic aspects in the Manufacturing Industry including sectors like FMCG Packaged Foods and Personal Goods, Computer Hardware, Automobiles, Mobile Phones, Tobacco & Alcohol, and secondly - the Media and Entertainment Industry including the Broadcasting and Motion Pictures sectors.

 As per the report, the total loss to the government estimated for 2014, on account of the illicit markets in respect of the seven sectors manufacturing industry is Rs 39,239 crores, up from Rs 26,190 crores in 2012.  The loss is inclusive of both indirect and direct taxes -- the indirect taxes component is Rs. 34,020 crore and direct taxes is Rs. 5,218 crore. The study has also discovered that during the course of two years from 2011-12 to 2013-14, revenue loss to the Government has grown-up exponentially by Rs. 13,049 crores, an increase by 49.8%. Amongst the various sectors, the maximum revenue loss to the exchequer on account of counterfeiting and illicit trade is attributed to tobacco products at 23%, estimating a revenue loss of Rs. 9139 crores.

While unveiling report, P.C. Jha, Adviser FICCI CASCADE and former Chairman, Central Board of Excise & Customs said that during the last twenty years, the volume of the counterfeiting activity has increased 100 times and the size of trade in counterfeited goods was 10% of the legal international trade (around 2% of the world's overall economic output). Quoting the recently released FICCI CASCADE study, P.C.  Jha stated that the loss to manufacturing related sectors has increased by 44.4% in the two years, from Rs72,969 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 105,381 in 2013-14.

Deep Chand, Adviser FICCI CASCADE and former Special Commissioner of Police, New Delhi said that in the past few decades, leading intelligence and law-enforcement agencies around the world have found conclusive evidence of the increasing involvement of terrorist organizations in counterfeiting, piracy and smuggling activities to fund their activities. While several counterfeiting outfits were transferring portions of their proceeds to terrorist organizations, some of these are set up for the sole purpose of financing terrorism. The need of the hour was tangible actions to increase enforcement and to impose increased punishments. This was imperative to reassure legitimate business owners and consumers that the government was serious about protecting right owners which, in turn, would elicit greater support for government policies.

Sanjay Kumar (IPS), Director General of Police, Government of Himachal Pradesh also shared his views about the extent of the menace in the state and also highlighted the various initiatives taken by HP police to curb this growing socio-economic threat. He also thanked FICCI CASCADE for taking up the issue and said that the masses should say 'NO' to smuggled good.

Inter National Institute of Fashion Design Holds Fresher Bash 2015

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Chandigarh 29th September:-  Inter National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD), Fresher Bash 2015 was held at Hotel Park Plaza in Sector 17 here today. The bash was a salute to the fashion industry as INIFD students set the stage on fire attired in designer wear. INIFD Freshers Party 2015 not only welcomed the new fresh faces with a bash, but also inspired them to develop a fashion insight as they would praise and accolade the contribution of Designers to bring a revolutionary change in the Dressing styles of the Indian masses through Fashion weeks, fashion events and most importantly Bollywood.

While Diljot Singh Sidhu of Interior Design won the title of INIFD Mr. Fresher, Kanika of Fashion Design was adjudged as INIFD Miss Fresher. INIFD Style Icon Award (Male) went to Keshav Mehta of Interior Design while Female Award in the same category went to Nishtha and Surbhi Gupta, both of Interior Design. Rahul Gulati and Samridhi, both students of Interior Design, won the INIFD Fresh Face Award in Male and Female category respectively. Chandani Batra of Fashion Design got the INIFD Best Dressed Faculty Award, while Rohan Grover and Anupreeet, both Fashion Design students, won INIFD Best Dressed Designer Outfit awards in male and female categories respectively.

All INIFDians posed at the specially created 'A Walk at the Red Carpet' with the props in their hand and got clicked live for their wonderful Designer attire and appearance. The Creative INIFD Design Students stylized themselves by adoring the styles of renowned Fashion Gurus creating their own new fashion statement.

The entire venue was adorned with the spirit of Fashion with props and backdrop reflecting the Designers and the bollywood stars for who the Designers have created the beautiful and much appreciated outfits - designed and executed by the INIFD students of Fashion & Interior Design. INIFD Freshers Bash 2015 - full of colour, fashion & creativity offered a complete entertainment for the crowd all under one roof to celebrate the induction of new students to the INIFD Family.

To welcome the freshers - the talented bunch of INIFD students performed on the hit Bollywood numbers showcasing the role of Designers in creating renowned looks for famous actors and actresses that ruled over our minds. The ambience was full of energy with INIFD students dressed up in beautiful designer outfits, complimented with the dance performances to set up the mood of the audience followed by lavish lunch for all INIFDians.

The INIFD Freshers' Bash was filled with energy and vibrations of the INIFDians grooving in the Fashionable styles to the rocking music of DJ Bhanu at specially created dance floor. INIFD family welcomed all freshers with joyous colors and millions of smiles at this joyful event.


Dedicated Labs to Comes Up at ATS Valley School

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Chandigarh 29th September:- ATS Valley School here today announced setting up dedicated labs like Maths lab (Jodo Gyan), Language lab, Motor labs for pottery and carpentry. Taking a step further to ensure safety of children, the school has introduced cameras inside the classrooms. The school has also installed cameras and GPS systems in its buses even though it has as yet not been mandated by the Punjab government. The mobile app allows parents to track their child's bus at any given moment. Female and male attendants will be present in all buses to enhance the safety of our children till they reach their parents.

The school has also tied up with trained instructors from the Bihar School of Yoga keeping in mind the growing popularity of yoga and its need for a healthy body and mind. The school also happens to be the only one in the area which is running Shiamak Davar dance classes, and is also offering robotics as a part of science curriculum from Class 4 onwards. The school also boasts of a 9-hole golf course spread over 35 acres, which is free for school students and will soon be opened for outsiders. Cambridge for English Language Assessment is also on cards.

Addressing media persons here today, The CMD of the ATS group, Getamber Anand, who had initiated the ATS Valley School project, said that based on the study by British psychologists, we, at ATS Valley School, believe that while every child may not possess a specific talent such as art or music or mathematical ability, every child does possess desire to excel. He informed that the school has built studios for Music, Art and Dance. All these activities are part of the curriculum and are to be done with equal emphasis. Our children are exposed to mental stimulation even when they are not in class.

Getamber Anand added that to move with the times, besides smart boards, there is an ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) Lab while computers abound around the school so that children are exposed to a tech-friendly atmosphere.  The school is in discussions with Samsung to introduce tablet teaching where each child works on one tablet with digitised content. All work in the school is done via e-mail and through the website.

Getamber Anand said that there are many people living in this area who aspire to have a good education for their children. We are not just promoters of infrastructure- we are duty bound to provide world-class facilities to enhance the environment that we live in and create. A fully functional school that provides world-class education in a nurturing environment for children therefore is close to our heart.

Sandeep Sehgal, the School Head, while briefing about the methodology being adopted, said that during the break, there are several boxes of puzzles available at various places in the school so that once children have eaten their lunch, they may sit and solve these puzzles-which many children sit and do. This fosters not just mental growth but team work and patience. Reading is another area that the school focuses on.

He added that trips to various manufacturing plants, adventure resorts and similar excursions are part of the annual curriculum, differentiated by age, so that children are exposed to much more than what is there in text books. Visits to manufacturing plants, historical sites, museums etc. are planned as part of the calendar to aid the teacher in the lesson being taught in the class.

Giving an insight into school infrastructure, Ms. Aprajita Singh, Coordinator (Operations) said that while the school can easily host 1200-1500 students, what is more important is that there are designated spaces for not just classes but art, craft, music, dance, pottery, carpentry etc. We also encourage children to design their own classroom.


Clean Sweep for MCM at PU Youth Fest

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Chandigarh 29th September:- Keeping up its winning streak , MCM DAV College For Women emerged the front runner in most of the events on the first day of the 57th Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival 2015-16(Zone-B). The Fest, which is a vibrant platform to exhibit talent, gave MCMites an opportunity to prove their mettle and carry forward the legacy of victory.

The college bagged as many as 10 First prizes in : Geet Gazal, Still Life (Gursimran), Poster Making (Harpreet), Classical Vocal (Paramjot), Light Vocal ((Rupali Jagga), Folk Song (Simran Chaudhary), Group Song Individual (Paramjot), On the Spot Painting (Tiruchana Bhandari), Collage Making (Rhythm S. Randhawa) and Shabad Bhajan Individual (Paramjot). In Shabad Bhajan (Paramjot, Simran, Kirandeep, Ravpreet, Shefali, Mahima, Amandeep), Mehandi (Tanya Garg), Mitti de Khadone (Harpreet) and Group Song Individual (Rupali Jagga), the college secured 2nd positions. The college also grabbed 3rd position in events: Cartooning (Geetanjali), Still Life (Anushriya), Poster making (Mahima), On the Spot Painting (Anuradha), Ennu making (Ravneet) and Group Song (Paramjot, Simran Chaudhary, Rupali, Mahima, Neha, Pankhuri).

Congratulating the winners for their commendable performance, MCM DAV Principal Mrs. Neena Dhawan said that this moment of glory is the result of the arduous efforts of the students and faculty. She further added that participation in such cultural events serves the dual purpose of reviving tradition and promoting individual growth.

Music of Punjabi Multi-Starrer Fim ‘Shareek’ Launch in Chandigarh

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Chandigarh 29th September:- One of the most anticipated Punjabi films of the year 'Shareek' is releasing this Dushehra and the film is making news all around. On Tuesday, the music of this multi-starrer family drama was released at Hotel JW Marriott, Sector-35 where the actors and the production team made a presence and talked to the media.

The film is a presentation of Ohri Productions Pvt. Ltd. and Gilco & Green Planet Production. It stars Jimmy Sheirgill, Mahie Gill, Guggu Gill, Mukul Dev, Kuljinder Singh Sidhu, Prince KJ Singh and Hobby Dhaliwal. Newcomers Simar Gill and Oshin Sai are debuting in acting with this flick. Navaniat Singh has directed the film and the producers are Vivek Ohri, R.S. Gill, P.P Saini and K.S. Saini. Karan Parmar has co-produced the film. The story, written by Dheeraj Rattan, is based on a family which gets divided over the issue of land. Many events follow and the feeling of envy deepens.

Released on Eros Music, the album consists of six songs in total out which five have been composed by Jaidev Kumar and one by Kunwar Virk. Apparently the titles are Saiyaan, Maahi, Dil Kaafira, Shareek, High Heels and Boliya. The lyrics for these songs have been penned down by Babu Singh Maan, Davinder Khannewala, Kumaar, Happy Raikoti and Preet Harpal. Singers like Javed Bashir, Sanj V, Shipra Goyal, Shaukat Ali Matoi, Mickey Singh, Sippy Gill, Preet Harpal and Simerjit Kumar have lent their melodious voices to the numbers.

On this occasion, Jaidev Kumar said that the story of the film demanded a very strong line-up of songs and the background score. He had a number of sittings with the writer and director of the film to understand their expectation out of the script. Without any doubt he can say that music justifies the story of our film. The singers have done a commendable job.

Director and producers of the film informed that the film will be distributed pan India by Skyshow Biz. About the music they said that we are thankful to Eros Music for having faith in us and accepting the music of the film with open hands and heart. The audiences are really looking up to this film and music has to be very good when it comes to a Punjabi flick. Every listener will certainly feel connected to the music of Shareek.

All the actors of the film looked quite hopeful about the songs and are feeling happy to be a part of the film. They said that music is an integral part of the Punjabi film industry and somewhere it is one of the big reasons for the films to do well at the box office. As actors we are always dependent on a good music line-up of our film so that the audience is attracted to the screen. We assure you that the songs will not disappoint you.


Steelbird Entertainment Presents “Kaisi Nami”:Nidhi Kohli & Aman Chibber Set to Cast a Magic Spell

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Chandigarh 29th September:- Steelbird Entertainment, has today announced the release of a latest Hindi song "Kaisi Nami" which is beautifully sung by a husband wife duo & extremely talented singers – Nidhi Kohli and Aman Chibber (AMC). This new song "Kaisi Nami" is composed by a famous Indian vocalist and music composer, Aman Chibber who is not only a singer but also owns Production House known as 7N MUSIC PRODUCTIONS. He is married to singing sensation Nidhi Kohli who is a young, beautiful and a versatile singer cum performer, who has come a long way in the entertainment industry.

Through her exceptional singing style, Nidhi Kohli along with Aman Chibber beautifully struck the right chord with heart-touching composition and lyrics. Besides a strong chemistry, this song also reflects a great connection between the couple. 

Under the banner of Steelbird Entertainment, "Kaisi Nami" was uploaded on YouTube Channel and it has already started going viral by roping in thousands of page views. The new song can be viewed on a link

At the launch of the song, Rajeev Kapur, Managing Director, Steelbird Group, said that sometimes talent lives inside seemingly ordinary individuals, the spark, and the talent fading before it can reach its zenith.

 On the other side, expressing her overwhelming feelings, Nidhi Kohli said that for her Rajeev Kapur, MD of Steelbird Helmets & Entertainment came in as a godfather and supported her talent to give heights to it and helped her in fulfilling her dreams.

Nidhi Kohli is exceptionally talented and has been performing since the age of 13. Today, she boasts of having a great experience in entertaining huge crowd, which further helped her to build a good reputation in the music industry. Her unique style of singing has the potential to make even non-dancers groove to the beats. She learnt music for three years under the guidance of Late Guru Baabu Khan Sahib (Muzzafarpur Gharana). Later, she continued learning from Guru Rajender Singh ji (Patiala Gharana) and Guru Chanchal Prasad ji (Kirana Gharana). Besides performing in music shows and events, Nidhi has also participated in one of the best singing and talent shows including Super singer (Channel V). She has also become the Runner Up in Awaaz Punjab Di (MH-1 Channel) and was one of the top 15 finalists in ZEE Saregamapa 2012.