Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Best of @Queensland @Australia on @ColorsKannadaTV channel soon

Tourism Australia, along with Tourism and Events Queensland, has collaborated with Colors Kannada, to showcase unique Australian experiences and the stunning locales of Queensland in the popular television series ‘Radha Ramana’. The episodes showcasing Gold Coast, Moreton Island, and Brisbane is all set to go on air starting 17th July, 2017. Viewers can tune into Colors Kannada from Monday to Friday at 9.00 pm to watch the spectacular beauty of Australia on the show. Repeat telecasts will be broadcasted at 9.00 am and 2 pm the following day.

Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager, India & Gulf, Tourism Australia said, “Karnataka continues to be one of our top three focus markets in the country and we’re delighted to collaborate with Colors Kannada for Radha Ramana, a top-rated show amongst viewers in the state. During the year-ended March 2017, arrivals from Karnataka to Australia grew by 19 per cent to 25,000 visitors. These tourists spent AUD 128 Million (INR 640 crores) on their Australia holiday, with a per capita spend of AUD 5,150 or over INR 250,000. Through impactful integrations like these, our endeavour is to increase awareness and build aspiration for Australia for travellers from Karnataka. We’re confident that Radha Ramana, given its massive popularity among viewers, is an ideal platform for us to showcase Australia’s unparalleled beauty and offerings and will help us further drive visitation to the country”.

For the month of May 2017, Australia welcomed 31,000 visitors, recording the highest ever visitation in any given month from India. For the year-ended May 2017, Australia witnessed 274,500 Indian visitors, recording a growth of 15.3 per cent over the previous year, and is set to achieve fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth from India.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Company Secretaries need to master advocacy skills & courtroom etiquette

Bengaluru: Company Secretaries must have advocacy skills and courtroom etiquette to be successful in their profession said Prof Dr. Nandimath O V, Reg.National Law School of India University (NLSIU) at the he 42nd Regional Conference of Company Secretaries in B'luru yesterday.
"Advocacy refers to the process of trying to persuade others to support your position or point of view. One has to be strategic in ones advocacy. This trait was ideally associated with lawyers from time immemorial. NCLT has opened this new arena for professionals like Company Secretaries and, Chartered Accountants.

Etiquette is essential for making a good impression; especially true in the courtroom, where there are many stated and unstated, rules of conduct for litigants, attorneys, jurors and other attendees. A good courtroom etiquette can aid in a case decision being made in your favour,"
he added.
It may be noted that Central Government constituted National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) under Section 408 of the Companies Act, 2013 w.e.f from 1st June 2016 to handle corporate civil disputes arising under the Act.
D. P. Nagendra Kumar, IRS, Principal Commissioner of Customs & Central Excise, Ritvik Pandey, IAS, Commissioner of Commercial Taxes, Rostow Ravanan, CEO & Managing Director, Mindtree Ltd,CS Sethuraman K, Chief Compliance Officer and Group Company Secretary, Reliance Industries Limited were some of the other speakers at the conference.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Demand for Kannada in banking activities #NammaBankuKannadaBeku

Bengaluru: As the debate over the use of Hindi in Namma Metro rages on, the demand for use Kannada in banks is now gaining momentum. Kanada language proponents have now launched a new twitter campaign to with the Hashtag #NammaBankuKannadaBeku. Ramachandra M wrote on twitter "By not serving Kannadigas in their language, the banks have made a literate kannadiga to look for help from other." Srivatsa wrote Why deny people banking services in their own language & in their own state? This must be implemented.

Despite repeated requests by karnataka state government none of the nationalised banks so far have not implemented the compulsory ‘Tribasha Sutra’ (three-language policy) while preparing challans, passbooks, loan applications, account opening forms, fixed deposit certificates, etc.
During the State-Level Bankers Committee meeting earlier Chief Minister Siddaramaiah urged nationalised banks and local banks to conduct day-to-day business in Kannada. Facilities provided by nationalised banks and local banks were not reaching the rural masses because of the language problem. The use of Kannada in day-to-day banking activities will generate employment opportunities for persons knowing Kannada in the banking sector.

.@AxisBank to facilitate trade with Latin America and the Caribbean

Mumbai: Axis Bank in collaboration with Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) will help traders boost relations between India and Latin America and the Caribbean. Axis Bank is the first Indian Bank to participate in the Trade Finance Facilitation Program (TFFP) as a confirming bank.
The IIC, acting on behalf of the IDB, is recognized as an honest broker in the region. The value comes from being able to unite the experience of the public sector with the expertise and agility of the private sector.
Latin America, over the past decade has emerged as a flourishing export-import market for India and rivals the other developing continent Africa. With increasing trade relations between the two and considering the potential for the overall economy, the collaboration aims to foster bilateral trade relations by allowing ease of transactions.
Commenting on the announcement, Sidharth Rath, Group Executive, Corporate Banking and Transaction Banking, Axis Bank, said “We are pleased to announce our relationship with the IIC as our partner in Latin America. By virtue of this collaboration, we will further strengthen our international trade relations in the region. We are looking at growing trade financing overseas and this is another step towards serving our customers internationally. We are confident that this partnership will accelerate trade relations between India and the South American continent.

Medical startup @PrimecareBlr celebrated 100th baby birth at Embrace in Frazer Town #Bengaluru


Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Syed Naveed Azam, Group Medical Director said, “Our team of doctors, clinical staff and non-clinical staff couldn’t be happier with the progress Embrace by PRIMECARE has made since first opening its doors in January 2017. The fact that we have more than 250 families we are taking care of at present, is a testimony to our commitment of providing quality healthcare clubbed with best supporting infrastructure and services.”

Monday, July 10, 2017

#Modi Govt.plans Rs.50 cr. media blitzkrieg for @appbhim

Bengaluru: In its bid to promote cashless digital economy Narendra Modi led NDA Govt. will soon unleash a Rs.50 crore TV and print advertisement campaign to popularise Aadhaar-based money transfer mobile platform called “BHIM-App". This was disclosed by A. P Hota, MD & CEO of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) in Bengaluru yesterday.

BHIM Aadhaar is based on NPCI’s Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AePS). The AePS volume was 5 crore, 6 crore and 7 crore for April, May and June 2017 respectively. BHIM Aadhar was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 14, 2017 and it is currently being offered by over 1.34 lakh merchants.The union Govt. has also launched two new incentive schemes for the BHIM app users – Cashback and Referral bonus – with an outlay of Rs 445 crore.

Highlighting the nation’s target of achieving 25 billion digital payments transactions mark in FY18, Hota said last year, the volume of digital payments was 9.2 billion of which 3.5 billion had been contributed by NPCI, and this year, “we are aiming to contribute about 11 billion digital transactions.”

Meanwhile, cab-booking company Uber and e-commerce giant Amazon are in the process of integration of BHIM app on their payment platform.Technology giant Google has completed the testing of its Unified Payments Interface (UPI) payment service and is awaiting Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) approval to launch its service in India.WhatsApp and Facebook are also looking to rollout UPI in India but they are still in the discussion phase.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

.@Omega_HMS to hire 1000 people in Bengaluru in next 6 months

Commenting on this, Gopi Natarajan, Co-Founder and CEO, Omega Healthcare, said, “Our business has been expanding both horizontally and vertically as a result of which we have been hiring continuously for the various services we provide. Today we have over 4,000 employees working in the Bengaluru facility alone and have been growing at a CAGR of about 30 percent. This gives us more opportunities to rapidly scale hiring of talented young professionals.”

SV Krishnan, Chief Operating Officer, Omega Healthcare, said, “This is a great moment for us to cherish and we look forward to adding many such feathers to our cap. Truly our people are the reason behind our success!”

Julius Raj Stephen - Joint Head of Operations and Location Head - Bengaluru, Omega Healthcare, said, “We have been able to provide alternate career options to life sciences graduates by training and providing them the required skills. Through the Omega Medical Coding Academy (OMCA) we aspire to train more people in medical coding and give them a platform to grow in this field.”

Omega Healthcare currently serves over 100 clients in the US. With the recent acquisition of WhiteSpace Healthcare, the company has expanded its offerings to include cloud-based data analytic solutions.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

.@CMofKarnataka govt plans Ambedkar International Conf.ahead of the 2018 assembly polls

Bengaluru: In its bid to consolidate the Dalit vote bank ahead of the 2018 assembly polls Government of Karnataka is organizing Babasaheb Dr B.R.Ambedkar International Conference in Bengaluru over three days from the 21st to 23rd of July, 2017.

The conference will host 83 international, 149 national and 80 state-level speakers including the foremost academics, activists and policy-makers. In addition, it will see participation of over 2000 participants from all walks of life.
Human Rights advocate and activist Martin Luther King III and Shri Rahul Gandhi, Vice-President Indian National Congress and Member of Parliament, will be Chief Guests for the Conference.
The stated aim of the conference is coming together of all progressive forces committed to safeguard the constitutional idea of India.The Conference will also launch the Bengaluru Declaration, which will outline specific constitutional, institutional and policy responses to concerns of equity, human rights, freedom and democracy (matters that have become especially pressing in the last three years).

Rs.15,000 cr. Indian sanitary ware industry is growing at 10-15%, says @abukoya #Geberit India head

Indian sanitaryware industry is about ₹15,000 crore and is growing at about 10-15 per cent per annum said Abubaker Koya, Managing Director, Geberit in India.By product type, India Ceramic Sanitary ware market is segmented into wash basins, water closets, cisterns, vanity basins and accessories. Koya addressing reporters to announce the company’s one million concealed cisterns installation in India across residential and commercial properties in India, said: “Concealed cisterns was a new concept to India when we entered the market.From addressing the fear of how hidden cisterns would work, to practising the concept of water and space saving benefits, the team had to articulate and educate both the trade partners and end customers.”

Interestingly the Sanitary Industry in particular, has kept pace with the reality industry (real estate) growth in India at about 10-15% per annum. However, the premium segment within this, where companies like Geberit are major players, has grown at a higher rate >20% per annum.”

“Within the toilets segment, one is seeing a major shift to wall-hung toilets. Due to this change, the new flushing systems (concealed cisterns) market is evolving in a big way and Geberit is a major player in that area today,” he added.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rs.400-crore fund to accelerate #startups in #Karnataka says Min. @PriyankKharge

Bengaluru:Karnataka government will soon launch a startup booster kit to encourage entrepreneurship and business initiatives in the state, Karnataka IT Minister Priyank Kharge said it in his inaugural address at opening of the two-day Global Mobile Apps Summit and Awards 2017 (GMASA2017) in Bengaluru yesterday.

He said the government has a startup policy to stimulate the spirit of entrepreneurship in the state. The government has set up Rs 400-crore fund to accelerate 100 startups from each sector. “The only objective is to help startups succeed. We provide all support including idea validation, legal help, access to funds and mentorship. Karnataka is the only state to set up an exclusive fund to support companies that are into animation and gaming,” Kharge said. Startups will get subsidised plans for high-speed internet, incubator facility, subsidised licence products, mentor facility, financial experts, accounting and legal assistance as well to create a conducive startup ecosystem in the state.

Welcoming Priyank Kharge on to the stage, C R Venkatesh, Chairman, GMASA, said this edition of GMASA is receiving 1,600 participants including mobile app developers, marketers, managers and executive from some of the best companies around the world. The event is being supported by 19 corporate partners and 12 sponsors.