Wednesday, September 28, 2016

"Hillary and I have lost a true and treasured friend." —@BillClinton & @HillaryClinton on the Passing of Shimon Peres

Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Shimon Peres

With the passing of Shimon Peres, Israel has lost a leader who championed its security, prosperity, and limitless possibilities from its birth to his last day on earth. The Middle East has lost a fervent advocate for peace and reconciliation and for a future where all the children of Abraham build a better tomorrow together. And Hillary and I have lost a true and treasured friend.


I’ll never forget how happy he was 23 years ago when he signed the Oslo Accords on the White House lawn, heralding a more hopeful era in Israeli-Palestinian relations. He was a genius with a big heart who used his gifts to imagine a future of reconciliation not conflict, economic and social empowerment not anger and frustration, and a nation, a region, and a world enhanced by caring and sharing, not torn asunder by the illusions of permanent dominance and perfect truth. His critics called him a dreamer. That he was – a lucid, eloquent dreamer until the very end. Thank goodness. Let those of us who loved him and love his nation keep his dream alive.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tricog launches new cloud connected-portable ECG machines

Bengaluru-based Tricog Health Services Pvt Ltd which raised $2 million Series A round of funding from Inventus Capital Partners, Blume Ventures and a group of angel investors couple of months back has launched cloud connected portable ECG (electrocardiography) machines.


The newly launched ECG machines upload the data on cloud and returns a diagnosis in 30-45 seconds.Every time an ECG is performed with Tricog’s cloud-connected ECG device, a Tricog specialist interprets it and sends the report through an SMS as well as a message on its mobile app.
“When a heart attack is diagnosed, Tricog facilitates care coordination between the remote location and a tertiary centre that would treat the patient so that even before the patient reaches the hospital, an expert team is ready to ensure the heart attack is treated without delay. We saw proof of Tricog’s effectiveness in a camp we held recently where we conducted 10,000 ECG tests in 300 centres across both urban and rural Karnataka. Over the last year, With Tricog ECG devices, we were able to serve over 110,000 patients and detect 7,500 heart attacks and help coordinate their care,”said Dr. Charit Bhograj, founder of Tricog Health Pvt Ltd.

The ECG machine was unveiled tody in Bengaluru by KR Ramesh Kumar, Min. for Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka.

Monday, September 26, 2016

@PMOIndia chairs meeting to review #IndusWaterTreaty with NSA, Foreign Secretary, Water Resources Secretary & Sr. PMO officials


#ISRO successfully launches PSLV-C35 carrying 8 satellites, with student-built microsatellites by @PESUniversity & @iitbombay

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty-seventh flight (PSLV-C35), launches the 371 kg SCATSAT-1 for weather related studies and seven co-passenger satellites into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). Co-passenger satellites are ALSAT-1B, ALSAT-2B, ALSAT-1N from Algeria, NLS-19 from Canada and Pathfinder-1 from USA as well as two satellites PRATHAM from IIT Bombay and PISAT from PES University, Bengaluru.


SCATSAT-1 was placed into a 720 km Polar SSO whereas; the two Universities / Academic Institute Satellites and the five foreign satellites will be placed into a 670 km polar orbit. This is the first mission of PSLV in which payloads were launched into two different orbits.


PSLV-C35 was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota on Monday morning at 9:12 hrs (IST) on September 26, 2016.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The 58,000 cr #Rafale deal

France and India have signed the contract for the acquisition of 36 Rafale by India.


The conclusion of this contract comes after the announcement by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, during his visit to Paris in April 2015, of his desire to rapidly equip the Indian Air Force with 36 Rafale. This desire was reiterated during the visit to India by French President, François Hollande, in January 2016. The French Minister of Defence, Mr Jean-Yves le Drian and his Indian counterpart, Mr Manohar Parrikar, were instrumental in advancing this project during the course of their numerous exchanges.


Following on from the Mirage 2000, whose effective service with the Indian Air Force played a major role in establishing the reputation of Dassault aircraft, the Rafale was chosen by India in 2012 following a competitive bidding process initiated in 2007. The Rafale has been used by the French armed forces in combat operations for more than a decade now and has proven its operational excellence in various theatres around the world.


This new contract illustrates the strategic relationship and the exemplary partnership maintained between the two countries and marks the natural culmination of the relationship of trust initiated in 1953 when India became Dassault Aviation’s first export customer.

This further success of the Rafale confirms the technological know-how and competences of Dassault Aviation’s employees and of its 500 industrial partners. It rewards the work done by a close-knit “France” team. It represents a decisive step forward in achieving Dassault Aviation’s goal of establishing itself in India with a view to developing wide-ranging cooperation under the “Make in India” policy promoted by Mr Narendra Modi.

“I am honoured and delighted by the decision of the Indian Authorities which gives new impetus to our partnership for the coming decades and I thank them for their confidence. Together, Indian and French companies alike, we will endeavour to ensure ambitious industrial cooperation. I am certain that the Rafale and its performance will hold high the colours of the Indian Air Force. It will demonstrate unstinting efficiency in protecting the people of India and the sovereignty of the world’s largest democracy”, declared Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO.

Stark Communications wins @adclubbangalore ’s Big Bang Awards as best Creative Ad Agency of 2016

Stark Communications was named as best Creative Agency of the Year by Ad Club Bangalore in its
21st edition of annual award. Mindshare & Maxus got awards for Media, Digital, and Social Media Agencies of the year. Saatchi and Saatchi Health won the Healthcare Agency of the Year. Tata Sky won the Client of the Year Award winning across several categories.


 56 senior Advertising, Marketing, Media, PR and Digital industry experts were on the panel of judges.Ad Club Bangalore received 1200 entries for this year's Big Bang Awards.
Commenting on the awards program, Sanchayeeta Verma, President Ad Club Bangalore and Managing Partner, Maxus, South India & South Asia, said, “We had unprecedented interest and participation in Big Bang Awards this year, we had really interesting and spirited work which truly epitomised Connected India. Our heartiest congratulations to all the winners.”

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Brigade Group signs MoU with NestAway for rental solutions for its customers

Bangalore's Brigade Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NestAway, a rental solutions provider company.


Brigade Group will be offering comprehensive rental assistance to all of its existing customers as well as over 10,000 apartments in different stages of construction that are currently in the process of being readied for handover, across our projects. Brigade customers will now be able to avail of a rental default guarantee offered by NestAway.

'Assuring clients of an organised rental and maintenance service is a value-addition that we are offering as a first in the building industry, said M R Jaishankar, CMD Brigade Group.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blenders Pride Fashion Tour launches new TVC with @priyankachopra

Wipro consumer care acquires #Chinese #FMCG company in an all cash deal

Bengaluru-based Wipro consumer care and lighting's Singapore arm Wipro Singapore Pte. Ltd, has acquired a Chinese FMCG company Zhongshan Ma Er Daily Products Ltd in an all cash deal for an undisclosed amount.


Zhongshan Ma Er has its presence in China and Hong Kong and its brand portfolio includes personal care brands Enear, Zici, and Vcnic, comprising bath & shower products, and fabric care brands Pahnli and Sunew.

The funding for this acquisition would be done through internal accruals. So far, Wipro consumer care and lighting has made 10th acquisitions in last six years.

Zhongshan Ma Er has its presence in China and Hong Kong and its brand portfolio includes personal care brands Enear, Zici, and Vcnic, comprising bath & shower products, and fabric care brands Pahnli and Sunew.

"We don't plan to bring these products to India, but we will bring in formulations and enhance our portfolio brands," said Vineet Agrawal, Chief Executive Officer of Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting and Executive Director, Wipro Enterprises.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Finally, US lawmaker @JudgeTedPoe moves a bill to brand #Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism #TerrorStatePak

US Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, along with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), introduced H.R.6069, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act.


According to Chairman Poe: “Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the United States for years.  From harboring Osama bin Laden to its cozy relationship with the Haqqani network, there is more than enough evidence to determine whose side Pakistan is on in the War on Terror. And it’s not America’s. This bill will require the Administration to formally answer this question.  The President must issue a report within 90 days of passage detailing whether or not Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism.  Thirty days after that, the Secretary of State must issue a follow-up report containing either a determination that Pakistan is State Sponsor of Terrorism or a detailed justification as to why Pakistan does not meet the legal criteria for designation. It is time we stop paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a State Sponsor of Terrorism.”