Friday 30 October 2015

China abandons its decades old One Child Policy !

China, world most populous country has announced to abandon its three decades-long one-child policy and changed it two-child policy.
   The ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) in this regard has issued an official communiqué at the end of party’s 4 day plenary session headed by President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
The change of policy is intended to
- Balance population development world’s second largest economy.
-Address the challenge of unnatural negative demographics due rising numbers of old age population as well as concerns over declining labour force.
    This announcement comes amid slowdown of China’s economy which has plunged for the first time below the 7 per cent figure since the 2009 global economic crisis. 
- China had introduced its One-Child Policy in 1978 and was implemented in 1980 to rein in population growth in order to alleviate social, economic and environmental problems in China.
- It main intention was reduce population growth of the country by limiting most urban couples to only one child. In case of rural couples it was limited to only two children if the first child was a girl.
- Under this policy only few ethnic minorities were exempted including Tibetans, Uighurs.
- The policy was considered controversial as it had forced many abortions and is still being criticised by Human Rights groups and activists. However, Chinese authorities have claimed this policy was one of the main reason for its economic prosperity.
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Thursday 29 October 2015

Joyalukkas 3rd showroom at Bengaluru Malleshwaram

Bengaluru : Joyalukkas, the world’s favourite jeweller, continues its massive expansion drive with the opening of five brand new showrooms in choice locations across India in the last week of October. The back-to-back inaugurations were in keeping with Joyalukkas Chairman and MD, Mr. Joy Alukkas’ objective to make the brand more accessible to all jewellery lovers. The opening of the new showrooms, just before the historically frenzied gold and jewellery buying months of November and December, is a move that was welcomed by loyal customers.The showroom at Malleshwaram was inaugurated by Mr.Dinesh Gundu Rao, Cabinet Minister, Government of Karnataka. 
      Mr. Joy Alukkas says, “We are very pleased that our goals to expand rapidly across India and the GCC are coming to fruition according to schedule. It is our 3rd showroom in Bengaluru , proving that there is quite a demand for the unique Joyalukkas experience. I personally thank each and every customer for the support and encouragement offered to us in the last 28 years.” 
    The showrooms feature the brand’s signature bright and spacious interiors, showcasing the jewellery collections world-class craftsmanship, as well as the high quality of service Joyalukkas is known for in all its locations.


- Ministry of Culture,Government Of India announces Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav.

New Delhi : The Ministry of Culture, Government of India, today announced that it would be hosting the most diverse cultural festival of India - RASHTRIYA SANSKRITI MAHOTSAV, which will be held from November 1 to 7, 2015 at the IGNCA, New Delhi. This seven day festival will showcase the spectacular diversity of India, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari through folk, tribal and classical art forms in all its dimensions - dance, music, drama, entertainment & food.
       The 24-acre IGNCA campus, near India Gate, will come alive with more than 150 art forms, 1500+ artists, star performers every evening and also performances by artists and performers from across the country. In addition to this, renowned artists including Gurdas Maan, Sharda Sinha, Roopkumar Rathod, Sonali Rathod, Toufiq Qureshi, Malini Awasthi, Pt. Sandeep Mahavir among others will be performing adding enormous glitz to the event. 
      The Mahotsav has been conceptualizedto promote, Preserve and Popularise India’s rich heritage and it is an open entry programme.The Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav willalso present a food and shopping extravaganza featuring the very best of indigenous handicrafts and flavours. Guests can indulge themselves in dishes prepared by Traditional Masterchefs featuring a menu that includes Kashmiri Wazwan (traditional multicourse meal), Amritsari Kulcha and Makki Roti from Punjab, Litti Chokha (a Bihar specialty made out of wheat and sattu), Malai Makhan (milk based sweet), Jhunka Bhakar (the meal that revolutionised rural food in Maharashtra), Akki Roti (a rice based roti from Karnataka),authentic Hyderabad Biryani amongst other delectable dishes. The venue will be a shopping destination with wide array of arts and crafts like Haveli paintings from Punjab, Rogan artworks from Gujarat, Banaras silk, Kalamkari (hand-painted or block-printed cotton textile) &Tanjore paintings amongst others. 
      Talking about the RASHTRIYA SANSKRITI MAHOTSAV, Shri N.K. Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, said: “The thought was to create an Annual Festival that popularizes and showcases the cultural diversity of India be it art, artisans, dance, handicrafts or flavours from cross the nation. The seven day festival will attempt to recreate the vibrant culture and its diversity”.      
      The RashtriyaSanskritiMohotsav, will go a long way in preserving and documenting the cultural diversity of India by showcasing ancient art forms such as Dhal Talwar Raas (dance using real swords and shields) from Udaipur, Dollu Kunitha (musical dance form) from Karnataka, Lai Haroba (traditional dance to please the god) from Manipur, Ghoomar (traditional folk dance form of Rajasthan), Godambaza (Tribal dance from MP), Rikampana from Arunachal, amongst several others. 
     The festival began with a precursor, Rashtriya Sanskriti Yatra, which is a programme to introduce the youth to the various facets of our culture by entertaining and engaging them. The youth outreach programmes involve institutions like DeenbandhuChhotu Ram University, Delhi Haat, Village Shilana, and across other schools, colleges and universities of India. 
      With an objective of connecting the younger generations with the sheer diversity of Indian culture, this festival will present a unique opportunity to witness folk, traditional, tribal and classical art forms of India at one destination. The festival will also involve schools, colleges and the younger generation from all walks of life thus creating a connect across audiences by entertaining and educating them at the same time. 
      14 premier organizations dedicated towards the support, promotion and growth of Indian Art and culture are coming together to celebrate this unique ensemble of India. 
      The seven Zonal Cultural Centre's of India [ZCC's of East, West, North, South, North Central, South Central and North East], Buddhist and Tibetan Institutes of India [BTI], National School of Drama [NSD], Sahitya Akademi [SA], Lalit Kala Akademi [LKA], Sangeet Natak Akademi [SNA], Kalakshetra Foundation [KF]have come together to create the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, as part of which, they will be presenting the arts, culture and heritage from their respective regions via unique displays in their respective courtyards, also called Aangans. 
      The North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala has been entrusted with the responsibility as the nodal agency to carry forward the execution of the National Cultural Festival.

Wednesday 28 October 2015

Union Government launches e-Sahyog Pilot Project to facilitate Taxpayers

New Delhi:Union Finance Ministry has launched an e-Sahyog pilot project of Income-Tax Department to facilitate taxpayers to reduce their need to physically appear before tax authorities.
     It was launched by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at a function in New Delhi in line with Union Government flagship Digital India initiative.
 Key facts about e-Sahyog project :
    Aims to reduce compliance cost, especially for small taxpayers and provide an online mechanism to resolve mismatches in Income-tax returns. As part of the digital initiative, IT Department will provide an end to end e-service using SMS, e-mails to inform the tax assesses of the mismatch. Henceforth, by using this service taxpayers will simply need to visit the e-filing portal and log in with their user-ID and password. It will help them to view mismatch related information and submit online response on the issue without physically appearing before tax authorities. Apart from it, Union Finance Minister also launched a campaign to provide public service at peoples’ door step by holding special PAN camps in remote areas. Under the campaign, special camps will be held over for two days at 43 remote, semi urban and rural locations across the country. It is the first instance IT Department facilitating in such areas for obtaining of PAN card by persons residing.

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Maruti Suzuki launch the Premium Hatchback Baleno

Bengaluru: India’s leading passenger vehicle company, Maruti Suzuki India Limited announced the global launch of its premium hatchback 'Baleno', here today. 
      The car comes with two engine options, both offering best-in-class fuel efficiency: the acclaimed DDiS 190 diesel engine (1.3 litre) with a fuel efficiency of 27.39 km/litre and the proven VVT Petrol (1.2 litre) with a fuel efficiency of 21.4 km/litre. Baleno also comes with a CVT option (Continuously Variable Transmission) in the petrol variant.
       Dynamic, energetic and premium, Baleno is packed with features many of them being offered for the first time in the premium hatchback segment. Baleno is built on a brand new Suzuki platform which is lighter (by 100 kg), stronger (by 10%) and more rigid compared to existing platforms in the industry. At the introductory price announced by Maruti Suzuki today, Baleno offers substantially more value to customers and is set to redefine the premium hatchback segment in the country. 
     Baleno to be manufactured exclusively in India, will be sold in over 100 countries. It is a real global model, to satisfy Maruti Suzuki’s customers not only in India but also across global markets. It is a proud moment for the company that this model will be exported to Japan from India and is opening a new chapter in the long history of Maruti Suzuki. The Government of India has been always supporting to bring up India as a production hub of small cars. Now it’s time to meet the “Make in India” expectations of the Government and Baleno is the first answer. 
     Baleno is the first car to offer Apple CarPlay in India. Apple CarPlay offers the bestincar experience for iPhone users and lets the driver control all the multimedia functions via voice commands. It helps users to get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, listen to music and audio books through this remarkable user interface. 
      Baleno hosts an impressive array of advanced safety features. Built on Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT), this premium hatchback offers an optimum package of safety and stability. Extensive use of High Tensile Steel makes the body stronger, safer and lighter. Dual airbags, seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters, front disc brakes with ABS & EBD are available on  Baleno from base variant onwards. Driver seat belt reminder buzzer with lamp and rear parking sensors with camera are among the other safety features on Baleno.

Monday 26 October 2015

Actress Ms.Priyamani is the Brand Ambassador for “Jewels of India”

Bengaluru : India’s biggest retail jewellery exhibition ‘Jewels of India’ is slated to open in the city from October 30th showcasing jewellery collection from across India. 
     The most eagerly awaited exhibition will be held four days at St. Joseph Indian High School Grounds,  with the most exciting range of Jewellery, Brands and Prices. Popular South Indian actress Ms. Priyamani is the Brand Ambassador for the 17th edition. 
     “I simply love Jewels of India and it is an honor to be the Brand Ambassador of Jewels of India – India’s Leading jewellery show which I have been visiting over the years. I always look forward to the temple jewellery collection and diamond jewellery. The range of designs for the antique jewellery at Jewels of India perhaps is unmatched anywhere. I invite the women of Bangalore and Karnataka to visit the show and indulge themselves in a thoroughly enjoyable jewellery shopping experience”said Priyamani. 
      Jewels of India would be displaying the best of jewellery from across India showcasing Classic Kundan and Meenakari Jewellery from Jaipur, everlasting Temple and Antique Jewellery from Tamilnadu, Exotic Thewa from Rajasthan, Designerwear and Branded Diamond Jewellery from Mumbai, Handcrafted Gold Jewellery from Kolkata, Original Burmese Rubies, North Indian Gujarati Style gold jewellery, best of South Indian Jewellery, Bridal collection, Bangle Collection, Fusion Jewellery, Men’s Jewellery and much more. 
       The special attractions this year at the show are Tibarumal Gems and Jewellery from Hyderabad are showcasing exclusive Nizam’s jewellery collection. Barmecha & Co. from Surat are launching their Diamond jewellery. Senco Gold and Diamonds, one of the leading jewellers from Kolkata will be showcasing handcrafted gold jewellery. Bangalore Refinery will be showcasing for the first time their gold jewellery collections. Shivaraj Lakshmichand Jain Jewellers from Hyderabad are participating for the first time and are showcasing North Indian Bridal Jewellery collections.

Saturday 24 October 2015

Special Fashion Show for Autistic Adults !

Bengaluru: ALFAA(Assisted Living for Autistic Adults)a charitable registered TrustOrganized a special fashion show for Autistic Adults today at Soul Santhe Whitefield.
     Special Fashion Show is to create awareness about the whole concept which in turn will help Autisticchildren tomorrow called ‘TRICKLE DOWN PROCESS’ , where in the teenagers and adults with AUTISM are trained to walk with finesse as a seasoned models. This is the 4th RAMP WALK and the entire program is supported and hosted by non-other than the GURU of Fashion in Karnataka and world over, Mr Prasad Bidapa, the show features children, teenagers and adults with autism spectrum disorders.      
     Mr. Bidapa says, "This is best way we can make these children inclusive in the society. These children are very good looking and can be trained to walk nicely. We can also help them build portfolios and get them accustomed to ramp walks. We are also planning to send across their portfolios to corporate houses and ad agencies to build up a suitable platform for them. With some training, grooming and a little help, they will be as good as any other model." 
    “We constantly work on getting parents empowered through workshops and informative lectures and debates on one hand and create general aware about Autism (Autism is a very complex neurodevelopment disorder that affects the social communication skills in an individual affecting his/her all round development) in the community and amongst people who have not been associated with the disorder directly” said by Ruby Singh, Director of ALFAA