Saturday, January 21, 2017

.@MTRFoodsIN brings back authentic #Kannada cuisine under one roof

MTR Foods and its food research division along with noted food historian Chandri Bhat in their attempt to capture the ethnic flavour of food from different regions Karnataka collected home made recopies over the last three years.

More than a thousand recipes that were collected with the cuisine studies were either used for product development or curated and preserved. The Karnataka food festival is a way of giving about a 100 of these recipes back to the people of Karnataka in an easily accessible format,said a press statement by MTR Foods.
"We intend to take all the people in Bengaluru, even those from other parts of the country, on a culinary journey of discovering truly ethnic Karnataka cuisine,” CEO, MTR Foods, Sanjay Sharma.
MTR’s Karnataka Food Festival – Karunadu Swada is happening on January 21st and 22nd at St. John’s Auditorium, Koramangla Bengaluru.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Bengaluru-based offbeat experience marketing firm @thexoxoday plans to enter #US market

Speaking at the announcement of the new move, Kushal Agarwal, Co-founder and Business Head, Xoxoday, said, “We are delighted to see a great acceptance for our products from our guests and hosts owing to our efforts towards enhancing customer satisfaction and impact.”
Mahindra Group-backed Xoxoday, the newly-minted entity was formed by the merger of the experiential gifting solutions firms Giftxoxo and Frogo.

Some of the great hosted experiences are scuba diving, riding a harley, sericulture tours, owning a farmhouse for a day, dining under a helipad, riding a horse, cruising on a yacht and even milking a cow!The Bengaluru-based firm, which had been operating for over four years, and will offer these and many more experiences in the Indian market as Xoxoday from now on. While Giftxoxo catered to the corporates, Frogo was set up to cater for self-consumption.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

.@MicrosoftIndia collaborated with #SankaraEyeHospital #B'luru to launch mobile vision rehabilitation bus Maitri

The service will help to identify visually challenged people in rural areas of Karnataka and provide comprehensive rehabilitation services. With less than 30% of patients receiving rehabilitation services, Maitri was conceptualized to provide rehabilitation to visually impaired patients at their doorstep, helping them become independent and improve their quality of life. Microsoft has contributed funding to build and launch the bus under its commitment to corporate social responsibility and meeting the provisions of Schedule VII of the Companies 2013 Act.

Monday, January 16, 2017

.@CaratLane opens its 2nd store in #Bengaluru

CaratLane, one of India’s largest online jewellery retailer of diamonds and gemstone jewellery, solitaires and gold coins has opened its 2nd store in Bengaluru, at Koramangala.

"Like all our other stores, we've created distinctive warmth and cosy interiors to bring alive a unique shopping experience that encourages “browsing”, similar to shopping on a website, and is equipped with several touch screens and tablets. Spread across 1000 sq.ft. The store also houses a dedicated Solitaire Lounge. Our store here is a testament to our commitment to make modern, affordable jewellery increasingly accessible. ” Mithun Sacheti, Founder & CEO, CaratLane said, while speaking about the launch.

.@Belfrics launches its India #Bitcoin exchange in #Bengaluru today

Belfrics, a Malaysia-based blockchain technology firm, has launched its Indian Bitcoin exchange operations in Bengaluru today.  Belfrics, with its operations in multiple countries, will be providing a highly liquid marketplace for buying and selling of bitcoins in Indian currency. Blockchain is a public ledger that enables historical recording of all transactions that has occurred in a network in a way that it cannot be altered.

Belfrics CEO Praveen Kumar said, “The element of neutrality that the blockchain can bring to the financial system, without the involvement of an intermediary or a regulatory body, is going to redefine the way in which assets are transacted.” Belfrics will be partnering with public and private institutions in India to effect a large-scale blockchain adoption.

Indian bitcoin industry has been growing steadily in the recent months. With the demonetization event, the interest towards the digital currency has increased multi folds in India. Belfricsis set to tap the largely unbanked Indian population by providing a superior, yet simple peer-to-peer digital currency trading platform through desktop and mobile devices.

Belfrics also will be introducing POS and bitcoin payment gateway for online and retail merchants in India. Consumers will be able to transact in bitcoins with these merchants without any additional charges. Belfrics will be utilizing its international expertise in blokchain and decentralized application development to bring transparency, efficiency and neutrality in to the financial sector transactions.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

#Kerala Tourism has lost estimated Rs.1000 cr. due to #DeMonetisation

Kerala’s tourism sector has registered an estimated loss of about Rs 1,000 crore, following a dip in the arrival of foreign and domestic tourists since the Centre announced demonetization of high-value currencies.

Other highlights:-
In Sep 2016, foreign tourist arrivals showed an uptick of 5.61% compared to that of Sep 2015.

The domestic tourist arrivals figure in Sep 2016 increased by 6.01% compared to that of Sep 2015

Foreign exchange earnings for the year 2015 was Rs. 6949.88 cr. which recorded an increase of 8.61% over the previous year.

Total revenue (direct and indirect) from tourism in 2015 is Rs 26689.63 cr. showing an increase of 7.25% over the previous year’s figure.

Kerala Tourism department organized a roadshow in Bengaluru today after Chennai.It plans to have road shows in Hyderabad and Kolkata as well in next few days.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Private Hospitals across #Karnataka not to admit patients under 3 State Govt. subsidised schemes w.e.f. 16th Jan.

Federation of Healthcare Associations (FHA), a newly formed consortium of Registered Private Hospital Associations in Karnataka have decided to stop serving patients under the following schemes (Vajpayee Arogya Shree Scheme or VAS,Rajiv Arogya Bhagya Scheme or RAB,Jyothi Sanjeevini Scheme or JSS) with effect from 16th Jan 2017.

In press statement made by FHA said, 'No timely payment to hospitals for the services rendered to the scheme patients. Not honoring the payment terms as per the contractual terms which is forcing hospitals to stop these schemes till it is completely addressed. We have to wait months together for our payment and are faced with challenge of paying our suppliers, staff and other agencies.'

FHA claims Government or Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust (SAST) has not responded for making prompt payment and not honoring the contract terms FHA has decided not to admit new patients under 3 State Govt. subsidised schemes w.e.f. 16th Jan.Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust was constituted on 20th February 2009 vide Government Order No: HFW 216 CGE 2008 Bangalore.

FHA claims payment of Rs.110 pending under these schemes and bogus BPL card holders are taking away the benefits meant for poor people.

Friday, January 6, 2017

HT Media Ltd to shut down six editions of @htTweets

HT Media Ltd, a BSE listed entity, with a yearly turnover of over Rs 2000 crore has decided to shut down Bhopal, Indore, Ranchi, Kanpur, Allahabad and Varanasi editions of Hindustan Times (HT) with effect from 09 January 2017.

Apart from closing down six editions, According to Brihanmumbai Union of Journalists (BUJ) HT Media Ltd is also illegally "pruning" staff in various departments as well as in The Mint, a sister publication from the Group and has shut down the business bureaus in Mumbai and Delhi, besides the bureau in Kolkata. Hundreds of journalists are likely to lose their jobs as a consequence.HT Media Ltd's third quarter 2016 earnings stood at Rs 602.23 crore.Its official website has projected a total revenue of Rs 662.40 crore, in Q1FY2017, which constitutes an increase of 7.5 per cent over the corresponding quarter of the previous year.  It also maintains a strong balance sheet position with a net cash of Rs 823.40 crore.

It is astonishing that a hugely profitable company like HT Media Ltd has chosen to illegally close down six editions of Hindustan Times and sack several other journalists working in various bureaus rather than implement the Majithia Wage Board Award said  BUJ in press statement.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Who is the top Indian newsmaker of #2016 ?