Saturday, September 29, 2012

BWI: Indian Company Sets World Record in Africa

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Source: KIBOKO Group
Saturday, September 29, 2012 06:04 PM IST (12:34 PM GMT)
Editors: General: Entertainment, People; Business: Business services, Healthcare, biotechnology & pharmaceutical, Media & entertainment; Healthcare
Indian Company Sets World Record in Africa

New Delhi, Delhi, India, Saturday, September 29, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- KIBOKO Group of Companies today created the world's largest carpet from medicated soaps. Witnessed, judged and recorded by representatives of LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS, this carpet was made from 350,000 bars of soap which will now be distributed among school going kids. The record not only marked the company's 20th anniversary but also the launch of a health and sanitation campaign covering over 200 schools across Uganda.

Speaking about this achievement and the company's ongoing CSR initiatives, Mr. Sanjeev Gupta, CEO, Kiboko enterprise, said "It is a moment of great pride for us. The youth here are affected by generally preventable diseases like cholera and diarrhea which can be avoided by simply following basic hygiene habits, like washing hands regularly with soap and taking a bath daily." Committed to making a difference, the Group's social responsibility intends to contribute to 'Health and Education', which are the two priority sectors for most developing nations.

Arthy Muthanna Singh, senior editor, Limca Book of Records, said Kiboko Group's record was first of its kind. She declared that it will be recorded as the world's largest soap carpet.

"This is like a sea of soaps. I have never seen so many soaps at a time," Rebecca Kadaga, speaker of Ugandan Parliament, said while referring to the soaps spread on the shores of Lake Victoria on Friday.

Kadaga lauded the contributions of Indian entrepreneurs and business people in Ugandan economy. "Kiboko have played a very important role in Ugandan economy. They are creating employment opportunities and contributing to the economy directly and indirectly," she said.

Indian companies like Kiboko are setting trends in social responsibilities in Africa and Kiboko's effort has been endorsed by the Ministry of Education and one of the highest government office of The Rt. Hon Speaker of the PARLIAMENT OF UGANDA.

The celebration witnessed a stellar performance by Grace Nakimera who composed and executed a corporate anthem for Kiboko Group of companies. The afro pop singer and song writer delivered Hindi lines with ease as she enthralled the audience at Speke Resort Munyonyo

Kiboko Group of companies has diversified interest in Manufacturing and Distribution representing multiple sectors including Pharmaceutical, FMCG, and Consumer Durables & Engineering Projects for some global brands like Procter & Gamble, Phillips etc.

The Group Chairman, Mr. Chuni Shah, noted "KIBOKO is grateful to the Government of Uganda and its welcoming people for all their love and affection in these 20 years. As Uganda ushers into post 50 Years of independence in 2012 on a fresh note with commendable milestones that include Stephen Kiprotich wining the Olympic Gold in 2012 and KIBOKO Groups has set a World record for the country.'

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BWI: New Delhi to Host India’s First and Largest Ever Multistakeholder Discourse on Internet Governance

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Source: IIGC
Saturday, September 29, 2012 04:30 PM IST (11:00 AM GMT)
Editors: General: Consumer interest, Economy; Business: Banking & financial services, Business services, Financial Analyst, Stock exchanges
New Delhi to Host India's First and Largest Ever Multistakeholder Discourse on Internet Governance
60 of the best minds from India and 12 other countries will engage in an open, consultative, multistakeholder dialogue on a range of issue that impact the future of internet in India

New Delhi, Delhi, India, Saturday, September 29, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- FICCI, Ministry of Communications & IT and ISOC are hosting India's first internet governance conference titled India Internet Governance Conference (IIGC) 2012. The theme of the conference is "Internet for Social and Economic Development: Building the Future Together". The conference would be attended by over 350 delegates and will see participation from over 60 speakers representing 12 countries.

At the curtain raiser to launch the India Internet Governance Conference (IIGC) 2012 to be held in New Delhi on October 4th and 5th, Telecom Minister Shri Kapil Sibal and DoT Secretary Shri Chandrashekhar sought "balanced views representing consensus across stakeholders who will discuss the future implications of governance and policy that will shape the Internet in the future.

-- The conference will see thoughtful key notes, enlightened conversations, high octane debates, informed discussions, evolved and opinionated panels across 14 sessions, discussing issues that range from net neutrality, to balancing cyber security, data protection and privacy, to making broadband accessible to all, to global internet Governance models

-- FICCI, the Ministry of Communications & IT, and Internet Society will host India's first comprehensive multi stakeholder India Internet Governance Conference (IIGC 2012) with the theme - Internet for Social and Economic Development: Building the Future Together in New Delhi

-- The India Internet Governance Conference (IIGC) 2012 aims at promoting internet policy dialogue for improved governance for imparting innovation, creativity and business opportunity and to maximize internet penetration and adoption.

-- It will engage with and understand the state of current policy dialogue on Internet Governance in India.

Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon'ble, Minister for Communications & IT urged that participants at the conference should "peep into the future and settle the present, where issues of internet governance is concerned". He said, "There should be no formal government interference in the dissemination of information through the media which is perhaps the quintessential representative of democracy in the world." It is clear that India needs a modicum of consensus which must evolve through honest, open, dialogue with all the key stakeholders.

From the conference outcome we are looking for a consensus which will lay a road map for the future. Highlighting the need for greater public consultation", Secretary DOT, R. Chandrashekhar said. "While internationally the multi-dimensions of the problem and views is well recognized, perhaps in India we have not had as intense, as frequent and heavily participative discussions. That phase is just beginning", he added.

Virat Bhatia, Chairman, Communication and Digital Economy Committee, FICCI concluded that "India's position on internet governance is pivotal and we expect that the conference will help build consensus to inform further policy dialogue."

The immediate background to the conference is the release of the National Telecom Policy 2012 (NTP 2012) where the internet and broadband have earned recognition as key drivers of economic and social development, along with telecom, in an increasingly knowledge-intensive global environment in which India aims to play a leadership role.

This event will follow the format provided by the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) - an annual global event. The Conference aims to provide a platform for an open and inclusive policy dialogue that involves government, business, civil society, the technical community and academia. It will traverse a wide range of topics: from network neutrality, to global internet governance models; from effective management of the transition to IPv6, to making broadband access available to all; from balancing cyber security to data protection and privacy to the challenges the internet poses to traditional media, to the challenges hate speech online poses for all. This conference will bring together multiple sources of knowledge and expertise from within India and outside.

The IIGC 2012 thus aims to identify crucial emerging issues at a domestic and global level and flag these for the attention of relevant Indian bodies, as well as help expand India's existing internet governance capacity. The timing of the conference also allows for a discussion ahead of the IGF in Baku in November 2012, and the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai in December 2012. The objective is to ensure that that the dialogue will not stop with this event. As experiments elsewhere have shown, national Internet Governance Forums related processes can be a key avenue through which to foster dialogue and engagement across stakeholders and to develop robust national internet governance policies that find broad acceptance amongst the citizenry. The IIGC, and the budding multi stakeholder organisational processes that feed into it, will hopefully be only the beginning of such a long-term engagement in India, that ultimately will result in a full-fledged India IGF in future years.

This conference is being hosted in New Delhi at FICCI, Federation House, Tansen Marg. Participation is free. All stake-holders are welcome to attend. Seats are limited. Please register online.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

BWI: Bosch Power Tools Associates with National Institute of Design to Launch ‘India Changers’- Designers at Work for a better India

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Source: Bosch Power Tools
Friday, September 28, 2012 04:20 PM IST (10:50 AM GMT)
Editors: General: Consumer interest, Entertainment, People; Business: Advertising, PR & marketing, Business services, Education & training, Heavy industries, Major diversified industrial groups, Media & entertainment; Technology
Bosch Power Tools Associates with National Institute of Design to Launch 'India Changers'- Designers at Work for a better India

Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Friday, September 28, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- -- National design competition inviting innovative, ergonomic and world class design in the public amenities space

-- Top 3 winners to be awarded with INR 1 lakh, INR 50,000 and INR 30,000 respectively

Bosch Power Tools along with the National Institute of Design (NID), today, announced the launch of its socially relevant industrial design competition called "India Changers- Designers at work for a better India", for students with an engineering, design or art background. The competition is based on the theme of social innovation, wherein participants are urged to create world class designs pertaining to public amenities such as signage, rain shelter, drinking water fountains, public seating and others. 'India Changers' will reach out to design institutes present across the country, thereby giving students an opportunity to create state-of-the-art designs that have the potential to be implemented across various cities, towns and villages of India. The winners will be announced on 7 November 2012 and will be awarded with cash prizes of INR 1 lakh, INR 50,000 & INR 30,000 respectively.

Bosch Power Tools enjoys an enviable reputation worldwide for its high-quality power tools that reflect thoughtful engineering and design, delivering efficient, creative and satisfying experiences for professionals and consumers. With a long standing German history spanning 125 years, it is the leader in power tool design and ergonomics to ensure not only long-lasting tools, but also more effective and efficient operating practices for its users.

The "India Changers- Designers at work for a better India" initiative is the first of its kind from Bosch Power Tools in India to promote and recognize industrial design that will help provide innovative and socially relevant solutions to better lives. Judging the creations will be a panel of renowned design experts, namely - Mr. Michael Foley of Foley Designs; Mr. Vijay Pandey-Vice President, Bosch Power Tools division, India; Mr. Satish Gokhale of Design Directions and Mr. Vijai Singh Katiyar, Activity Chairperson, Professional Educational Programmes, NID and Senior Designer.

The registrations will be open from September 25th 2012 until October 31st 2012 and entries can be sent to . The nominations will be evaluated based on the conceptual strength of idea, visual quality of submission and details related to the execution of proposed concept, all of which will carry a weightage of 30%. 10% weightage will be given to concept note. The evaluation will result in top ten poster entries being selected, out of which, top three winners will be adjudged.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Vijay Pandey-Vice President, Bosch Power Tools Division, India said, "We are pleased to associate with NID to launch the "India Changers- Designers at work for better India. By encouraging talent from all parts of India, Bosch Power Tools is fuelling the imagination of an enormous pool of young innovators who have the caliber to challenge the conventional and create something unique. The Challenge will recognize edgy and practical designs that have the power to provide solutions to some of the country's most pressing issues". He added, "We are positive that the response to the competition will be outstanding and we look forward to socially relevant, ergonomic designs from the student fraternity".

The initiative is being seen as a positive encouragement to innovative industrial design projects that can influence the quality of life.

Bosch Power Tools, a division of Bosch Group worldwide has maintained its leadership position in India over the years. The company has built a strong foothold in the market based on superior technology and utmost trust of its customers to provide a comprehensive portfolio of power tools in the professional and consumer segment.

On the occasion, Mr. Vijai Singh Katiyar, Activity Chairperson, Professional Educational Programmes, NID said, "Synergy on live research and development agenda is considered crucial for the academic and creative development of young minds. NID's collaboration with Bosch is expected to contribute to many new developments aimed at Indian needs and work environments. We at NID look forward to this collaboration & meaningful interaction amongst faculty, students and Bosch".

About National Institute of Design

The National Institute of Design (NID) is internationally acclaimed as one of the foremost multi-disciplinary institutions in the field of design education and research. The Business Week, USA has listed NID as one of the top 25 European & Asian programmes in the world. The institute functions as an autonomous body under the department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. NID is recognised by the Dept. of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR) under Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, as a scientific and industrial design research organisation. NID has been a pioneer in industrial design education after Bauhaus and Ulm in Germany and is known for its pursuit of design excellence to make Designed in India, Made for the World a reality. NID's graduates have made a mark in key sectors of commerce, industry and social development by taking role of catalysts and through thought leadership.

About Bosch in India

In India, Bosch is a leading supplier of technology and services in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods and building technology. Additionally, Bosch also has in India, the largest development centre, outside Germany, for end to end engineering and technology solutions. The Bosch Group operates in India through six companies, viz, Bosch Limited, Bosch Chassis Systems India Limited, Bosch Rexroth India Limited, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Limited, Bosch Automotive Electronics India Pvt Ltd, Bosch, Electrical Drives India Pvt Ltd.. In India, Bosch set up its manufacturing operation in 1953, which has grown over the years grown to include 13 manufacturing sites and 4 development centres. Bosch Group in India employs over 25,000 associates. As per preliminary figures it generated consolidated revenue of over Rs. 11,000 crores in 2011.

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BWI: The Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance Helps Organizations Improve End Point Security and Achieve Regulatory Compliance

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Source: Dell India
Friday, September 28, 2012 02:38 PM IST (09:08 AM GMT)
Editors: General: Consumer interest; Business: Business services, Electronic appliances & components, Information technology; Technology
The Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance Helps Organizations Improve End Point Security and Achieve Regulatory Compliance

Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Friday, September 28, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- -- Expanded visibility and audit trail capabilities made possible by new machine inventory API and enhanced reporting capabilities

-- New support for Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Ubuntu and SUSE Linux Enterprise as well as Mac OSX Mountain Lion to enable better visibility into the corporate network

Tweet This: @DellKACE unveils latest version of K1 Appliance for improved endpoint security and compliance

Dell KACE is making it easier for organizations to improve their endpoint security and achieve regulatory compliance through expanded visibility and audit trail capabilities. The latest version of its flagship product Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance unveiled today includes expanded visibility into the network through support for new operating systems such as Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, SUSE Linux Enterpriseand Ubuntu Linux and Mac OSX Mountain Lion.

The Dell KACE K1000 is an easy-to-use, comprehensive and affordable appliance that fulfills all of the systems management needs of organizations of all sizes, including initial inventory and discovery, software distribution, configuration management, patching, security vulnerability remediation, asset management, service desk and reporting.

"Today's organizations face a wide range of IT challenges including end point security, regulatory compliance, server management and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), which can make it difficult for resource strapped IT teams to provide the services and responsiveness that their businesses are demanding," said Lubos Parobek, vice president of product for Dell KACE. "The Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance provides a highly cost effective computer management solution to help organizations improve endpoint security and achieve regulatory compliance rapidly and without a steep learning curve."

Dell KACE's appliance-based approach brings improved security and better regulatory compliance to companies of all sizes. In addition to expanded OS support, some of the new key features and functionality include:

-- New OS Support
Extended OS support for Windows 8, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Red Hat 6, Ubuntu and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2, and for Windows Server 2012 and existing and legacy Windows and Mac OSX versions, as well as SUSE Linux Enterprises and Red Hat Enterprise Linux enables IT to support multiple operating systems in a secure and scalable way. As the Windows 8 x86 based tablets hit the market in the coming months, the new release positions IT to support organizations and users that adopt Windows 8 x86 based tablets.

-- Machine Inventory API
New machine inventory API give IT teams the ability to view, track, report on and asset manage all IT assets from a single web-based console. For those systems where the KACE agent cannot be deployed, the API allows the inventory information to be scripted at the endpoint and pushed to the K1000 by uploading the generated XML file over a secure, authenticated and authorized HTTP connection.

-- Automated Agent Updates
Keeping the agents up-to-date is the first step toward implementing and maintaining security compliance. Automated, one-click agent updates enable IT teams to streamline the download and push out agent updates to end-points in a reliable and scalable way.

-- On-demand Patch Optimization
With the ability to selectively download patches on a need-to basis, IT teams can support complex and diverse environments with multiple languages/OS versions without being limited by storage bottlenecks. This optimizes the patching process and makes it more efficient and scalable to broader OS environments.

-- Multi-object Reporting Wizard
Multi-object reporting offers more powerful insights into the state of the IT infrastructure enabling IT administrators to report on multiple criteria thereby allowing them to view insightful correlations between different aspects of the IT infrastructure like patching schedules, software versions, hardware etc.

Dell KACE partners and customers herald the new version of KACE K1000 Appliance:

"SUSE today maintains deep relationships with major hardware partners such as Dell. In fact, more than 13,500 hardware, storage and networking devices are certified and supported on SUSE Linux Enterprise," said Phillip Cockrell, global alliance director, SUSE. "We're pleased to see that Dell KACE supports Linux in the K1000 Management Appliance so our joint customers can improve end point security in both mixed and Linux-based IT environments."

"The technology landscape is becoming more and more diversified as IT departments increasingly see the value in open source operating systems, a trend that's evident in the growing enterprise adoption of Ubuntu. To manage these environments, IT teams need reliable ways of supporting multiple operating systems in a secure and scalable way, which Dell KACE will clearly help deliver," said Mark Murphy, director of global alliances for Canonical.

"Our IT team was fighting fires daily in order to keep our systems up and running which didn't leave us lot of time to effectively address other critical IT initiatives," said Aaron Weinberg, director of information technology for The Kirlin Group. "With Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance we're literally able to 'set it and forget it' to efficiently deploy patches and new applications saving us a significant amount of time and resources."

The Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance will be available for purchase starting Oct. 24, 2012. Pricing starts at $8,900.

To learn more about how Dell KACE can help organizations secure endpoint and achieve compliance, register for upcoming webinar, "Meet the Latest Dell KACE Management Appliance: Enhanced Systems Management and Security via Full Device Visibility" on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. PT. You can also download the whitepaper, "Managing Multiple Operating Systems: Five Best Practices."

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. Dell provides system-management solutions for customers of all sizes and system complexity. The award-winning Dell KACE family of appliances delivers easy-to-use, comprehensive, and affordable systems management capabilities for organizations of all sizes. For more information, visit or follow the conversation at @DellKACE .

Join us atDell World 2012 - The Power to Do More. Technology professionals will learn from one another and identify key challenges and opportunities connected to the top forces changing business today. Learn more at or follow #DellWorld on Twitter.

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BWI: CA Technologies Reports Digital Literacy Key to Driving Revenue

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Source: CA Technologies
Friday, September 28, 2012 02:33 PM IST (09:03 AM GMT)
Editors: General: People; Business: Business services, Education & training, Information technology; Technology
CA Technologies Reports Digital Literacy Key to Driving Revenue
CIOs Can Play a Vital Role in Educating Business Leaders

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Friday, September 28, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- Business leaders must embrace the true value of technology according to CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) global 'The Future Role of the CIO; Digital Literacy' report. The study reveals that 84 percent of the North American CIOs interviewed believe a lack of digital literacy amongst senior executives could be hampering business growth.

CIOs fear senior-level digital illiteracy is causing a lack of market responsiveness, missed business and investment opportunities, poor competitiveness and slower time to market. Further, a fifth (22 percent) of the CIOs interviewed believed that the C-suite does not understand the impact of new and emerging technologies.

A company that is getting the strategic leadership piece right is Jaguar Land Rover. "CIOs have to find radically different ways to move very quickly and spend low amounts of money to get to a position where they can demonstrate something of worth to the business," said Jeremy Vincent, CIO of Jaguar Land Rover.

He believes CIOs are well positioned to identify strategic business thinking from an IT perspective. But, to do this successfully will take leadership, innovation and a holistic view of technology and the business.

The report also highlights that 44 percent of CIOs believe senior executives see do not understand the potential of IT to grow the business, make processes more efficient, and introduce greater agility and competitiveness.

As a result, it is not surprising that only 43 percent of CIOs globally are involved in the strategic decision making process, impeding the digital strategic thinking of the senior leadership team.

Professor Joe Peppard, Director of the Information Systems Research Centre at Cranfield School of Management, believes senior managers must acknowledge that the value from IT comes not from technology, but from the ability to manage and exploit information. "A lot of organisations just wouldn't be able to survive for very long without their IT systems," says Peppard.

"CIOs are transitioning into the role of brokers of IT services. They will also be orchestrators of decisions concerning the architecture of the enterprise, innovation with IT, compliance and policies, and will have closer involvement with line of business managers in realizing value from their digital strategies," he continued.

Peppard believes that by working in this way, both the IT organization and the CIO role will evolve and be able to lead discussions and education about how they drive the business forward through IT innovation.

"CIOs are in a good position to become more involved in strategic discussions. This will enable them to demonstrate how a particular digital strategy or project can deliver value, and win the credibility to take it forward," Peppard concluded.

Vincent agrees, noting, "[CIOs] need to be able to stand their ground, show people they have an opinion and be able to demonstrate business value and understanding."

"We regularly work with CIOs to help ensure they have the tools they need to communicate value effectively to the business," said John Michelsen, chief technology officer, CA Technologies. "We see CIOs becoming more involved with their business colleagues and communicating the value of technology more effectively."

"CIOs are much more in tune with their businesses than they were ten or twenty years ago; however, they are fighting the belief that technology can create process efficiencies, but it can never deliver value on its own," he added.

To download and read the complete research report, visit

About the Research Methodology

CA Technologies commissioned independent specialist technology market research company Vanson Bourne to undertake the research upon which the report is based. 685 telephone interviews were conducted amongst CIOs in organisations of 500 or more employees in the telecommunications, retail, financial and manufacturing sectors. In each of the following countries, 30 CIOS were interviewed: UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Benelux, Austria/Switzerland, Israel, the Nordics, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Canada. An additional100 interviews were conducted in the USA and 15 were interviewed in Portugal.

About CA Technologies

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) is an IT management software and solutions company with expertise across all IT environments - from mainframe and distributed, to virtual and cloud. CA Technologies manages and secures IT environments and enables customers to deliver more flexible IT services. CA Technologies' innovative products and services provide the insight and control essential for IT organisations to power business agility. The majority of the Global Fortune 500 relies on CA Technologies to manage evolving IT ecosystems. For additional information, visit CA Technologies at

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BWI: As India’s Water Woes Increase, Desalination Emerges as a Sustainable Solution, Finds Frost & Sullivan

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Source: Frost & Sullivan
Friday, September 28, 2012 11:10 AM IST (05:40 AM GMT)
Editors: General: Environment, People; Business: Business services, Information technology, Water; Technology
As India's Water Woes Increase, Desalination Emerges as a Sustainable Solution, Finds Frost & Sullivan
Urbanization plays a major role in bringing desalination into focus

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Friday, September 28, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- The rapid industrial development in India is escalating demand for fresh water in the increasingly water-stressed country. Owing to India's large coastline, desalination is considered one of the most viable water supply alternatives.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, Analysis of Growth Opportunities in the Indian Desalination Market, finds that the market earned revenues of INR 1.12 billion in 2011 and estimates this to reach INR 7.48 billion in 2015.

The desalination market is in its growth stage and has substantial opportunities for the next ten years, as industries such as power, refineries, and chemicals are adopting efficient and sustainable technologies for the supply of fresh water.

Apart from industrialization, economic diversification and urbanization make a robust case for desalination. Urban centers account for more than 30 percent of the total population of India and the rate of urbanization is estimated to be 2.5 percent during 2010-2015. This directly translates to declining per capita water availability.

"Mumbai has high per capita water consumption, while the demand for water in Chennai is expected to increase four times by 2025," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst. "As both Mumbai and Chennai are located near the coast; desalination is deemed the most feasible option."

However, despite the large market for desalination, plant owners have to depend on external financing agents such as national and foreign banks. This slows down the financial approval process for municipal projects and therefore, the market as a whole.

With appropriate government initiatives and legislations on water treatment and private partnerships, the desalination market is expected to pick up steam after 2012. The market will get a leg up from larger government funds, municipal desalination projects, and coastal industry power projects.

"Reliability, efficiency, and technical experience are the other key factors considered by end users while choosing desalination suppliers," noted the Analyst. "A company that provides end-to-end solutions and lowers the operational and energy consumption cost to the end-user will occupy a central position in Indian market."

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

BWI: Brickwork Finance Academy Announces Session on “Understanding True Value of a Firm”

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Source: Brickwork Finance Academy
Thursday, September 27, 2012 07:25 PM IST (01:55 PM GMT)
Editors: General: Economy; Business: Banking & financial services, Business services, Financial Analyst
Brickwork Finance Academy Announces Session on "Understanding True Value of a Firm"

Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Thursday, September 27, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- Brickwork Finance Academy announces session on "Understanding True Value of a Firm" at its campus in Kalena Agrahara, Bannerghatta Road, on Saturday, September 29, 2012 between 2.00 to 5.00 pm.

"Good companies are not necessarily Good Investment".

A variety of factors like an investors' investment objective, investor time horizon, risk appetite, liquidity preference need to drive investment choices made.

In addition, corporations need to be evaluated both internally and externally to determine whether they would facilitate the ultimate goal of wealth maximization for investors.
The decision pertaining to what qualifies as a "good" investment or a "bad" investment is not always easy. Markets are very dynamic and continuous monitoring of fundamental and technical factors is required.

The session on Company Valuation is an attempt to address some of the aspects that need to be considered while investing in a company's stock and would cover the following:

-- Understanding Firms: Lessons from Warren Buffet

-- Company Valuation Models: The Quantitative Approach
- Dividend Discount Model
- P/E - EPS Approach
- Discounted Cash Flow Method

-- Company SWOT: The Qualitative Approach

-- Case Study

The session is part of promoting financial literacy and discussions amongst interested professionals.

For participation, you are requested to mail a small brief about yourself along with your contact details to by 28 September, 2012, or please call Raghavendra @ +91 80 4040 9950/ +91 97434 37999.

Attendance to the session is by invitation only.

About Brickwork Finance Academy

Brickwork Finance Academy (BFA), a non-profit organization, offers 9-month Post Graduate Program in finance. The coursework includes 18 modules in basic finance, investments, credit and risk management. The course uses popular international text books and covers course material relevant for both the US and Indian stock markets, mutual funds, insurance firms and commercial banks. The program is intended for students aspiring careers in domestic and international BFSI sector. Those already in the outsourcing industry can undergo this Program to change their career to finance or develop client facing skills via advanced finance domain expertise. For more information please visit

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BWI: QASymphony Seeks Beta Users for New Test Management Application

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Source: QASymphony
Thursday, September 27, 2012 06:20 PM IST (12:50 PM GMT)
Editors: General: Consumer interest; Business: Business services, Information technology; Technology
QASymphony Seeks Beta Users for New Test Management Application
Cloud-based qTest provides simple, scalable solution for managing testing activities and artifacts

Dublin, California, United States, Thursday, September 27, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- QASymphony (, a leading developer of Quality Management solutions, today announced it is releasing a beta of qTest, a cloud-based software testing management application. qTest organizes and streamlines the testing process with the goal of creating reliable market-ready applications. The qTest application is ideal for small and growing QA teams that need to find a low-cost and easy path towards formalizing their quality control procedures.

qTest provides a highly flexible and collaborative work environment for teams to manage requirements, design test cases, plan test execution, track defects, and generate status and quality-metrics reports.

QASymphony's goal with qTest is to provide a SaaS solution that is comparable to enterprise-class test managers such as the likes of HP Quality Center, yet is low in cost, simple to use, and flexible enough to accommodate small agile teams of several testers as well as large sophisticated test teams with mature processes.

"We highly encourage the software development community to sign up and get a free account," says Vu Lam, CEO, QASymphony. "Try out qTest and see how it could help you be more efficient and effective and get more visibility into your application's quality. Sign up takes less than five minutes so please don't hesitate."

qTest has been in closed beta for the past six months and arrives with robust functionality and pre-built integration with popular development lifecycle tools and defect tracking systems. Some of the qTest features and modules include:

-- Test Planning
-- Requirement management
-- Test case management
-- Test cycle management
-- Defect tracking
-- Dashboards and Reports
-- Built in workflows and collaboration

qTest integrates with VersionOne, Fogbugz, Jira, and Bugzilla defect trackers as alternatives to the application's built-in defect tracking tool.

qTest also integrates seamlessly with the qTrace screenshot capture and defect capture tool, which can submit bug reports directly into qTest to increase the testing team's productivity.

Newly released to the market in February 2012, qTrace has created a new category of testing tool. qTrace not only captures images of software screens, but also the user's actions such as mouse clicks and entered text. By leveraging the screen images and generated text narration, a tester can describe and submit software defects in full detail quickly and easily.

About QASymphony

Founded in June 2011 with offices in Dublin, Calif. and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, QASymphony is a software company built to revolutionize how software is tested, adopted, and supported. We are an early stage, self-funded, software-loving team, united by a common belief that software could be better, and better tested. For more information, visit (


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BWI: Gartner Names eMudhra in “Who’s Who in Text Analytics”

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Source: eMudhra
Thursday, September 27, 2012 06:07 PM IST (12:37 PM GMT)
Editors: General: Consumer interest; Business: Business services, Information technology, Media & entertainment; Technology
Gartner Names eMudhra in "Who's Who in Text Analytics"

Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Thursday, September 27, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- eMudhra is proud to announce that Gartner, Inc., the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry, has placed eMudhra's Veda Semantics in 'Application Specialists' Category in their 'Who's Who in Text Analytics', report published on 14th September 2012.

Gartner Analysts Daniel Yuen and Hans Koehler-Kruener selected 28 vendors for the report after reviewing 55 Global vendors, including the likes of IBM, SAS, SAP and Autonomy. eMudhra, an Indian company appearing in this list clearly assures and demonstrates the growing innovation spark in India.

What is Text Analytics?

Data in the digital world is exponentially growing primarily due to emails, social media, blogs and news sites. Though such data can provide vital and critical intelligence for every organization and Government, deriving any meaningful information from such unstructured data is very challenging and the traditional tools that depend on looking at tables, rows and models can't address this challenge. In recent times, using Semantic technology, a few large organizations, Political parties and government agencies across the globe could derive insights that benefitted them to understand the world's perception about themselves and their competition. By extracting the relevant words from the huge volume of unstructured data, Semantic technology has the ability to understand the meaning behind any unstructured data and further has the ability to understand the sentiment, intent, context of the unstructured data.

Amongst many capabilities of Semantic technology, understanding and deriving meaningful information from large volume of text is referred to as Text Analytics. One very critical aspect of Text Analytics is identification/ extraction of relevant information from the huge pile of ever growing unstructured data. Using Semantic tools the volume of data from various sources say social media sites, news sites, internal applications, emails, blogs, etc are crawled to check if any relevant direct or implied entity mentions exist; defining various entities relevant for the business can be achieved by mapping the key concepts of the business in ontological form. Once identified, the relevant data can further be analyzed to understand the intent, sentiments and context of the message or data.

Veda's Text Analytics capabilities featured in Gartner Report 'Who's Who in Text Analytics' analyzes text using various algorithms and integrates the same in various industry specific solutions. Besides Text Analytics, Veda Semantics provides capabilities in Context Analysis, Social Media Analysis, Ontology Modeling, and Sentiment Analysis.

Mr. Ravi Jagannathan, Vice Chairman of eMudhra Group said "We are glad that our commitment to provide innovative and niche technology solutions is recognized by Gartner. We are very proud that we could contribute in marking India's presence in this list. To assist those organizations who are keen to implement Semantics based analytics for their businesses, we have established a Semantic Center of Excellence in Bangalore."

Mr. Abhijit Mangalgiri, VP & Product Head, Veda Semantics said "Our global customers are already reaping the benefits of our text analytics capabilities. We believe Gartner's listing confirms our position in the market and our commitment to providing customers with our unique solution to meet their new generation challenges."

About eMudhra: Founded in 2008, eMudhra group provides innovative technology solutions to consumers, banks, government and other business enterprises. eMudhra CA is a licensed certifying authority for issuing Digital Signature Certificate by the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India and Government of Mauritius. Other offerings from this group includes, an authorized eReturn Intermediary in India, YPayCash, a Mobile Wallet authorized under the Payment and Settlement Systems Act by the Reserve Bank of India.

About Veda Semantics: Veda Semantics is a wholly owned subsidiary of eMudhra. Based in Bangalore, Veda Semantics has a strong team of Semantic Technology professionals and has associations with leading global research institutions. Through extensive R&D efforts, Veda semantics has developed number of proprietary Semantic Technology IPs and a host of solutions for today's organizations, which include automated résumé mining, semantic search on patents for prior art search, a context-based content research platform for taxation & legal domain and semantic analysis of social content.


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BWI: TAKE Solutions Awarded as the “Organization with Innovative HR Practices”

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Source: TAKE Solutions
Thursday, September 27, 2012 05:23 PM IST (11:53 AM GMT)
Editors: General: Consumer interest, People; Business: Business services, Information technology; Technology
TAKE Solutions Awarded as the "Organization with Innovative HR Practices"
~At the 2nd ASIAN HR Leadership Awards at Dubai~

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, September 27, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- TAKE Solutions Ltd. [BSE: 532890 | NSE: TAKE], a leader in the Supply Chain Management and Life Sciences domains, received an award for the organization with innovative HR practices, in the ASIAN HR Leadership Awards on 25th September, 2012 at Dubai.

The Asian Leadership Awards is all about Achievers, Super Achievers and Future Business Leaders. The event highlights, recognizes and rewards the organizations' ability to steer their businesses through turbulent times, applying the best of business modules to manage and keep their missions afloat.

Over 20 categories recognized the achievements made by selected high profile corporate business leaders in Asia and honoured their great contributions towards the country's post-recession economic development. An inherent desire to create a culture of interaction between the members of business community is the driving force for the Asian HR Leadership Awards.

The event provided the right environment for the corporate leaders to inter-mingle and share their experiences therefore providing valuable insight on particular aspects of the business world.

The objective of this Award was to mark recognition towards the achievements acquired by entrepreneurs/business leaders and to honour and encourage them.

Sucheta Shetty, Vice President - HR, TAKE Solutions said, "The award conferred by a prestigious forum like the Asian HR Leadership is truly inspiring, motivating and enthuses us to surpass the set standards of excellence. This recognition is an encouragement to all our employees and has exhibited one of the core values of TAKE Solutions "Boundaryless Innovation". This appreciation signifies an organizational culture that promotes openness, sharing, creativity and buzzing with innovative practices. On behalf of TAKE Solutions, I thank the jury members and the institution for recognizing all our effort in this category."

About TAKE Solutions:

TAKE Solutions, Ltd. [BSE: 532890 | NSE: TAKE] is a leading global business technology company with domain expertise in Life Sciences (LS) and Supply Chain Management (SCM). TAKE provides cost-effective and comprehensive solutions for enterprises across diverse sectors including pharmaceuticals, high technology, consumer packaged goods, oil/gas, and automotive. TAKE's SCM product suite includes distinct technology with embedded IP that spans enterprise mobility, trading partner collaboration, and material tracking. In the LS domain, TAKE offers IP-based software and extensive knowledge-based solutions to enable efficient clinical, regulatory, safety and commercialization processes.TAKE has been recognized as a leader by IDC's MarketScape Worldwide Life Sciences R&D IT Outsourcing for 2011. TAKE's global headquarters is in Chennai, India; its U.S. headquarters is located in Princeton, New Jersey. TAKE has a proven track record as a trusted partner in delivering world-class solutions to more than 400 customers worldwide. For more information, please visit .

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BWI: Akosha Touches Over 60,000 Consumers

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Source: Akosha
Thursday, September 27, 2012 05:20 PM IST (11:50 AM GMT)
Editors: General: Consumer interest, People; Business: Business services, Information technology; Technology
Akosha Touches Over 60,000 Consumers
Presents Trend Analysis of Consumer Complaints and Problem Sectors

New Delhi, Delhi, India, Thursday, September 27, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- Akosha, an online consumer dispute resolution forum has recently touched over 60,000 registered consumer complaints on its website in the short span of over a year, firmly establishing itself as a committed initiative in the field of consumer welfare.

"Akosha is committed towards ensuring a better brand-consumer ecosystem in the country and enhancing holistic consumer welfare. Furthering this cause, we have collated complaint data across various sectors to come up with a trend analysis which gives a fair idea of the sector wise consumer dynamics in the country," said Ankur Singla, Founder & CEO, Akosha.

The table below, compiled by Akosha, shows the top sectors in terms of the number of complaints received for each, an average of the amount that is usually disputed in such complaints and the resolution rate based on the operations feedback at Akosha.


Note that the above analysis is limited to the complaint data available with Akosha based on the number of complaints registered with it in last one year.

This table is an approximate overview of how things play out in consumer dispute scenarios in various sectors. The percentage of complaints originating in any sector is the best criteria to judge that sector's consumer efficiency. However, holistically, in the current market dynamics, resolution rate is an equally important parameter based on which consumer friendliness of each sector can be judged.

E-commerce evidently tops the problematic sectors but is somewhat redeemed by a relatively high resolution rate. A product wise analysis indicates that "deficiency in delivery" is an issue which is most often a source of complaint for this sector (over 3000 complaints in one year), closely followed by payment issues.

Telecom is predictably a close second with over 17% of the total complaints originating from this sector. Prepaid connection related issues dominate the complaint scene in this particular sector (over 4000 complaints last year). Resolution rate is decent but not enough, given the fact that this is one of those sectors that constitute a necessity for most of the consumers.

As far this data set is concerned, the mobile phone sector is clearly the winner with highest resolution rate and low % of originating complaints, indicating that the mobile manufacturing industry in the country is by far the most receptive one towards consumer concerns. Though even in this sector, servicing issues are an area of concern and lead to the maximum number of complaints.

White Goods and computer appliances are also pretty close, clearly indicating that these sectors are slowly opening up to a more consumer friendly world. Based on this particular data analysis, in appliances sector, household items like air-conditioner and refrigerator are most likely to be cause of consumer complaint (around 1200 complaints in one year).

Banking and finance continues to remain a remarkably closed sector and is a clear point of concern with high average disputed amount and a shockingly low resolution rate. What is significant is the even distribution of most complaints between ATM and credit card transactions, clearly the two most problematic areas in banking sector.

Says Avinash Vankadaru, Operations Manager at Akosha, "The varying resolution rate in various sectors is a reflection of how far each sector has come when it comes to consumer satisfaction, at least in our experience"

This trend report is clearly a small chunk of the larger whole and the data used for this analysis is merely representative of the scale and diversity of consumer issues in the country. However, this trend analysis is sufficient to draw some broad conclusion with respect to the Indian consumers. Apart from the sector specific concerns discussed above, this analysis clearly shows that even though things are looking up at least in certain sectors, there is still a long way to go before we can achieve the aspiration of a truly consumer friendly world.

About Akosha:

Akosha is a New Delh is a based consumer help website which helps consumers and brands in resolving consumer complaints quickly. Akosha takes over the hassle of complaints from the customer and helps him get rid of the head ache. Akosha representatives reach out to the company officials and try to get the complaint resolved quickly. You can see its success stories at

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BWI: Dassault Systemes 3D Experience Platform to Help Industry Leaders Create Consumer Experiences

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Source: Dassault Systèmes
Thursday, September 27, 2012 04:58 PM IST (11:28 AM GMT)
Editors: General: Consumer interest, Entertainment; Business: Business services, Electronic appliances & components, Information technology, Major diversified industrial groups, Media & entertainment; Technology
Dassault Systemes 3D Experience Platform to Help Industry Leaders Create Consumer Experiences
Transforming the way "innovators will innovate with consumers"

New Delhi, Delhi, India, Thursday, September 27, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, has been offering optimum solutions to various industries to design, create, produce and cooperate to provide the best products and services to their own customers or consumers.

Business, in any Industry, is about creating experiences for their own clients, consumers or shoppers (consumers buy experiences). Dassault Systemes provides an on-premise, on line (mobile) and on the cloud platform capable of helping businesses to 'think' at any stage of their product or service creation of the experience they will bring them.

As Businesses can first experience themselves and then let their consumers experience the products, the services or the Brand core values, before bringing them to market, Dassault Systemes provides unprecedented advantage to their business.

Dassault Systemes works towards providing experiences that customers will use to 'foresee' the right value for their products and also share with their consumers (to let them experience the product before producing).

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform by Dassault Systemes offers solutions to target Business Decision Makers in a given Industry, which combine more than a Brand and which serves a higher purpose than just solutions for engineers to tackle the toughest challenges across various industries. The idea behind 3D experience is to use a game-like, realistic experience to express the idea of what one wants to have in the end product. This might be a way to invent what is the product that one is dreaming of.

3D experience universes provide sustainable innovations capable of harmonizing product, nature and life. Dassault Systemes is continuously striving to make the power of its widely recognized 3D creation solutions accessible to a larger audience, empowering designers with intuitiveness while enhancing their creativity. 3DS empowers new users to leverage 3D to express ideas, using innovative online apps that exploit high quality 3D content.

Industries are looking forward to experiences that take into account any business value, from image management to engineering and that are packaged and priced to give the right value at the right price. Furthermore, Industry organization works in view of what their industry values the most and what their users' value the most. The value system and roadmap resulting from the answer that Dassault Systemes gives transforms into an unbeatable offer for the 11 Industries 3DS wants to serve.

3DEXPERIENCE therefore simplifies the understanding of 'having an experience in 3D' for businesses. It also opens the interpretation of experiences beyond the 'engineering ones'. Lifelike experience refers to the world of Product modeling and simulation 'like-in-real-life' and therefore narrows the market reach which is instead that of providing 'Business experiences in 3D.

About Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systèmes' collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 150,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 80 countries. For more information, visit .

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BWI: HR Experts Define the Industry Roadmap at 2nd HT Shine HR Summit

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Thursday, September 27, 2012 04:43 PM IST (11:13 AM GMT)
Editors: General: Consumer interest, Economy, Entertainment, People; Business: Advertising, PR & marketing, Business services, Information technology, Major diversified industrial groups, Media & entertainment, Publishing & printing; Technology
HR Experts Define the Industry Roadmap at 2nd HT Shine HR Summit
Survey released at the Summit reveals 60% use social media as a recruitment tool; and 28% respondents say hiring has stopped for senior level jobs

New Delhi, Delhi, India, Thursday, September 27, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- Top 250 Human Resources professionals and CEOs gathered at the 2nd Hindustan Times Shine HR Summit to define the roadmap for the Indian industry, discussing challenges such as attrition, recruitment, progressive HR policies and the future of current practices. Organized by and Hindustan Times, the Summit, in its second edition, provided a platform for CEOs and HR heads to come together and co-create solutions to current and future challenges.
Starting with the keynote address by Mr. R. Sukumar, Managing Editor, Mint, the audience was treated to an overview of the challenges, and as the head of one of the leading business newspapers in the country, how he sees the challenges of the industry going forward. The conversation was extremely insightful and set the tone for the day with high expectations.
Furthering the discussion on dynamics of the industry, a survey called Shine Organizational Survey, recently conducted by, was released which revealed interesting facts and results on HR challenges in times of business slowdown, employee engagement and acquisition and workplace diversity. The survey reached out to 365 firms across India and, and highlights challenges faced by the HR professionals in terms of talent acquisition, slowdown, retention and hiring. Key insights from the survey were that hiring has become tougher in the last 6 months owing to better prospects available to candidates, and there was increased attrition rate as much as 60% within the first six months.
Following the release of the survey, the first panel, comprising senior CEOs, such as Mr. Dilip Chenoy, MD & CEO, National Skill Development Corporation, Mr. Vineet Nayar, Vice-President and CEO, HCL and Mr. R.C. Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki, the CEO panel set clear expectations from the organization's HR functions, especially keeping in mind today's challenging business agenda.

Bringing the voice of HR professionals to the table, Mr. Aditya K. Roy, Director - People Operation APAC, Google, Dr. Pallab Bandyopadhyay, Director - HR, Citrix, Mr. Rajeev Bhadauria, Director Group HR, Jindal Power & Steel, and Mr. Suresh Ramasubramaniam, Director HR, Max India, put forth interesting points across, and addressed several concerns raised by several business heads in the previous panel.

There were also discussions around the need for progressive policies in order to maximise the potential of the Demographic Dividend and encouraging diversity at workplace. This panel focussed on ways to integrate employees from diverse backgrounds into the workforce and create an empowered set of employees.
On the success of the event, Mr. Amit Garg, Business Head, Internet Business, HT Media, said, "After the first Summit earlier this year, we wanted to curate an event that addressed not only the current challenges for the Indian industry, but also pre-empted the future challenges and encourage conversations between the business heads and HR managers. The 2nd HT Shine HR Summit has been a tremendous success and has provided great insights and opportunities for each one present here."
The Summit provided an interactive platform allowing audiences to converse with each other and the panellists while the sessions were in order. A large screen with live comments and questions sent through SMS and Twitter was witness to several interesting conversations amongst those inside and outside the room, resulting in an engaging atmosphere.
About is India's 2nd largest job portal with over 1cr candidate database and over 150,000 jobs opening on site. It is built on a unique 2-way matching technology to deliver better relevance to both candidates and recruiters. In addition to the powerful portfolio of online recruitment solutions, Shine offers a multi-pronged strategy involving print, online and on-ground events.

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Dilip Chenoy MD CEO NSDC Gautam Chikermane Executive Editor (Business) Hindustan Times Vineet Nayar Vice-Chairman CEO HCL Technologies at Hindustan Times Shine HR Summit
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BWI: Lex Witness Presents India’s First Ever Media, Advertising & Entertainment Legal Summit 2012

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Source: LexWitness
Thursday, September 27, 2012 04:30 PM IST (11:00 AM GMT)
Editors: General: Entertainment, People; Business: Business services, Information technology, Media & entertainment; Technology
Lex Witness Presents India's First Ever Media, Advertising & Entertainment Legal Summit 2012
Put to light the Legal, Regulatory & Compliance issues affecting the fraternity

New Delhi, Delhi, India, Thursday, September 27, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- The capital today hosted its first ever Media, Advertising & Entertainment Legal Summit (MAELS) 2012 at Hotel Le Meridien. A pioneering initiative commenced and conceptualized by Lex Witness - India's first Magazine on Legal and Corporate Affairs presented an ideal platform to media professionals, industry specialists and stakeholders to come together and share their knowledge, thoughts and experiences. During the daylong convention, discussion on wide range of challenges that is affecting today's changing media environment took place.

The forum gained momentum with the presence of the Hon'ble Minister of Law & Justice, Mr. Salman Khurshid, who said He also accepted that there has been a considerable debate about media impact, advertising and entertainment industry in the context of legal implications and regulations keeping in mind its crucial public interest.

The new amendment to the Copyright Act of 1957 highlights a fresh era for the Media, Advertising & Entertainment fraternity in particular as it seeks to protect the rights of authors for their literary works like scripts, lyrics or musical works and grant them an equal share in the royalties earned from exploiting their creations. The move also brings in moral rights for performers, statutory licenses for broadcasting organizations like radio and television, compulsory licensing for foreign works and copyright society for administering performers' rights and broadcasting rights. As the impact of these revisions sunk into the minds of stakeholders, they thoroughly discussed and examined the prospects of all the alterations that might come into effect in consequence.

Speaking in regards to the legal sphere of influence, PBA Srinivasan, Editor-in-Chief, Lex Witness said "The changes in the Copyright bill have been made to bring the home laws at par with the international treaties. However there are some legal ambiguities in the act in relation to the disbursement of the royalties which need to be stressed out. Moreover, as the self regulation and regulatory bodies play an important role in the media and broadcasting business, hence discussion over the present bottle necks and suggesting reforms for the same became the need of the hour."

The discussion initiated with interpreting the changes and its impact focusing on the rights of the author, composer, performer & broadcaster with a special emphasis on Royalty Payments. Emerging implications of the new competition law in the industry, convergence of technology and the legal issues related to it because of the digitalization and the new technologies entering into market, contract management & arbitration in Media business, analyzing compliance challenges faced by Media, Advertising and Entertainment Industry were other important topics for discussion at the Summit. Adding to the dialogue was the latest development of FDI increase in the broadcasting sector from 49 per cent to 74 per cent which received many critical remarks from the gathering.

MAELS 2012 not only focused on the mainstream media & copyright societies but also received a great response from law firms, telecom & internet organizations, radio & FM societies, film & television bodies, creative industry and FMCG companies. The expert speakers' panel includes;

Abhishek Malhotra, Partner, TMT Law Practice | Alan Collaco, Secretary General, ASCI | Anil Fernandes, Anil Fernandes & Associates | Ashish Chandra, Head - Legal (Media & Technology), Reliance Industries Ltd. | Ayan Roy Chowdhury, Senior Manager Legal, Sony Entertainment Television | Geetanjali Mehlwal, Founding Partner, Lex Mantis Legal Consultants | Hemant Kumar, President Legal, Reliance ADAG | Hetal Desai, Legal Head - South Asia, Group M | Himavat Chaudhuri, Executive Director & Senior Counsel, Turner International India | Lalit Bhasin, President, Society of Indian Law Firms | MM Sharma, Head - Competition Law & Policy, Vaish Associates Advocates
Mustafa Safiyuddin, Chairman, Legasis Partners | Pravin Anand, Managing Partner, Anand & Anand | Preet K Dhupar, Director Finance & Operations, BBC World | Rajinder Sharma, Director Corporate Affairs & General Counsel-South Asia, E.I. DuPont India | Satyakki Bhattacharjee, Vice President - Human Resources & Head of Legal, ABP News | Suhas Tuljapurkar, Managing Partner, Legasis Partners & Director, Legasis Services Pvt. Ltd.
Sujeet Jain, Group General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Viacom 18 | V Shyamala, Head - Legal & Regulatory, Media Pro Enterprise India Pvt Ltd | Vanditta Malhotra Hegde, VP and Legal Head, Radio Mirchi

Commenting on the ideation behind the initiative Shyam Grover, Group Editor & CEO, Lex Witness said "MAELS was an attempt by our team to do an in-depth and detailed analysis of the latest Amendments issued in the Media & Entertainment industry so as to bring into light the enigma created by their introductions and to ascertain their impact on respective work realms. I am glad that we could bring together so many professionals from different backgrounds under one roof and know their perspectives from themselves. Whether the reforms would become a boon or the Pandora's Box, the dispute has just begun."

MAELS 2012 initiative was been sponsored by Anand and Anand as Platinum Partners, Legasis as Knowledge Partners, TMT Law Practice as Silver Partner, Vaish Associates Advocates & Lex Mantis as Associate Partner, Laser GRC Solutions as Technology Partner and Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) as Supporting Partners. The Media Partners to the summit includes India Law Journal, Lawyers Club India, Think Legal and National Bar Association of India.

For the Editors:

Lex Witness - India's 1st Magazine on Legal & Corporate Affairs -The Indian legal universe has close to 5 million individuals, one of the highest in the world who, directly or indirectly, are a part of it. This excludes the masses that are facing or fighting cases in numerous courts in India. On the other hand, the media universe in India has been exploding with newer formats on unheard kind of subjects. However, there is not even a single magazine that exclusively deals with legal matters, so to say. Witness is to fill this very greatly felt vacuum. LEX WITNESS vows to be a high quality monthly magazine with the powers of fresh and original content that would deal exclusively with subjects pertaining to legality. Country's top notch practitioners and experts are being invited to contribute in WITNESS with what we feel is relevant to all stakeholders in this profession, aiming at brainstorming between the legal luminaries and hence bettering this practice in all its aspects.

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BWI: Asian Paints Unveils New Brand Identity with Soha Ali Khan

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Source: Asian Paints
Thursday, September 27, 2012 03:05 PM IST (09:35 AM GMT)
Editors: General: Consumer interest, Entertainment, Lifestyle, People; Business: Advertising, PR & marketing, Business services, Commodities & materials, Construction, Household & personal care products & services, Major diversified industrial groups, Media & entertainment, Real estate, Retailers
Asian Paints Unveils New Brand Identity with Soha Ali Khan
Recasts business to design and décor solutions company to better serve the interior décor conscious Indian consumer

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Thursday, September 27, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- Asian Paints today unveiled its new brand identity and logo, with Soha Ali Khan at "Colour with Asianpaints", the Asian Paints consumer experience and décor consulting store in Bandra West, Mumbai. The new logo reflects a more meaningful and personalized engagement with the increasing number of interior décor consumers in the home, retail and commercial segments across India. Asian Paints is now a complete décor and design solutions company, having also launched the first branded home painting service in the world under the brand name 'Asian Paints Home Solutions' and the colour inspiration concept store.

The new identity and logo is expected to be rolled-out over the next month at all the 5277 critical retailer stores followed by the rest of the network. The change was inspired by research insights that revealed that:

-- Upward mobility of the urban middle class has been rising quite rapidly over the past several years - which has resulted in a higher involvement and willingness to invest in home aesthetics.

-- The emerging professionals group consisting of double income professionals or younger influencers such as teenagers/young adults prefer design and décor companies that assist the makeover process through color guidance, paint process guidance and related services.

-- The home makeover process that includes tiling, upholstery, furniture etc. cuts out a significant portion of the home owner's budget. Hence, the paint category has immense potential to use color in an innovative and creative manner to provide more design and decor solutions than ever before.

Unveiling the new logo, Soha Ali Khan said: "The Pataudi family has had a long association and deep affinity with Asian Paints. I am honored be a part of this momentous occasion and watch the brand go from strength-to strength and evolve as more than just a paint company. I have had the opportunity to use the brand and services of Asian Paints and I can vouch for the same being a hassle free experience.

Commenting on the new brand identity change initiative, Amit Syngle, Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Asian Paints Limited said: "The change in our brand identity signifies our intent to establish a deeper connect with our customers as well as ensure that the Asian Paints brand is able to stir the consumer's imagination, ignite their creativity as well as expand their vision to a new vista of possibility. Our new logo conveys those elements with the flowing ribbon formation that creates the 'AP' design highlighting the easy flow, smoothness, dynamism and possibility that our solution and offerings will provide. As part of our effort in creating and managing inspiration, we go the extra mile in enabling consumers to design the home of their dreams."

Mr.Syngle further added, "Our aim is to start our interaction with customers by providing inspiration or managing the inspiration of the customer. As part of the process we must ensure a systematic and seamless one-stop-solution for colour and décor guidance, best labor practices, on time and efficient service delivery and follow-up knowledge on maintenance of their newly painted beautiful homes, thereby alleviating the pain usually experienced in the home renovation process. Ideally the transformation of a consumer's home is where we would want to extend our partnership through products and services."

Asian Paints:

Asian Paints is India's largest paint solutions provider and Asia's third largest paint company, with a turnover of Rs. 96.32 billion. The group has an enviable reputation in the corporate world for professionalism, fast track growth, and building shareholder equity. Asian Paints operates in 17 countries and has 24 paint manufacturing facilities in the world servicing consumers in over 65 countries. Besides Asian Paints, the group operates around the world through its subsidiaries Berger International Limited, Apco Coatings, SCIB Paints and Taubmans.

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BWI: ICMG Japan Enters into a JV with Bizworth to Enhance Indo-Japan Trade Ties

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Source: ICMG Co Ltd Japan
Thursday, September 27, 2012 03:00 PM IST (09:30 AM GMT)
Editors: General: People; Business: Banking & financial services, Business services
ICMG Japan Enters into a JV with Bizworth to Enhance Indo-Japan Trade Ties
ICMG Consulting India to advocate Intellectual Capital Management approach

Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Thursday, September 27, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) -- ICMG Co., Ltd, Japan , the acknowledged leader in the field of Intangibles and Intellectual Capital in Japan announced their India entry through a joint venture with Bizworth India Private Limited, a next-generation consulting company specializing in Intellectual Capital assessment, valuation and protection. The joint venture named as ICMG Consulting India Pvt. Ltd is a full-scope JV including equity participation and joint management, with 51% of the equity held by ICMG Japan and 49% by Bizworth India.

ICMG Consulting India Pvt. Ltd seeks to enhance Indo-Japan trade ties by mainly addressing two broad gaps in the consulting space: The Domain gap and the Geo-Economic gap. The Domain gap is a result of the lack of emphasis on intangible assets. The Geo-Economic gap is a result of the tendency to follow west-oriented consulting strategies, in spite of increased Asia centric business prospects.

The reason for the Domain Gap is that companies and consultants have often failed to understand or recognise the role played by intangible assets with the possible exception of patents. Tools and strategies to demystify such intangibles have been hard to come by. ICMG Consulting India is perhaps the only company in India and one of the very few in the world, which looks at all the intangible assets of the company on a holistic basis.

Commenting on the JV, Mr Hitoshi Funahashi, CEO, ICMG Japan said, "We are very excited to announce this JV with BizWorth which will help companies take advantage of their Intellectual capital towards sustainable growth. In the 60th year of Indo-Japanese diplomatic relations, we will also facilitate Indo-Japan cross-border JVs, M&As, collaborations and technology-transfers through this JV. Further, over the next three years, we hope to capture a sizeable percentage of the Indian market through our progressive plan of undertaking 60 projects across IC Rating Assessment and HR development as well as providing 30 customers with ICMG Consulting services."

Adding further, he said, "Although India traditionally suffers from a shortage of Financial and Physical Capital, it has an abundance of Intellectual Capital consisting of intangible organisational value, including organisational capital (Processes, culture), human capital (motivated people, knowledge systems and ideas) and relational capital (brands, networks and customer relations). Through this JV, we will support companies in evaluating and building their intellectual capital, to attain sustainable growth. One of the tools and services will be to provide the universally proven and globally acclaimed - IC Rating ®assessment". ICMG's global network and experience across all continents can provide companies with a truly global perspective.

Explaining the relevance during the economic slowdown, Mr. J. Suri, Director, ICMG Consulting India Pvt. Ltd said, "The Indian market has been identified as one of the most abundant geographies for Intellectual Capital. Through ICMG's offerings, companies in India can now harness their Intellectual Capital, optimize and leverage it. In the current economic scenario, companies can increase their valuations and exploit their existing resources and investment to increase growth."

Mr. S. R Gopalan - Director ICMG Consulting India Pvt. Ltd said, "ICMG Consulting India believes that there is a significant untapped niche in the Indian market for providing services with the Domain and Geo-Economic USP that ICMG Consulting India has. This niche will be among the fastest-expanding niches as India's economic destiny gets increasingly harnessed to the Asian region."

Adding on ICMG Consulting India first client, Mr. Gopalan said, "We have already started consulting for our first Japanese customer, a leader in the telecom equipment space and a subsidiary of one of the large Japanese Conglomorate. We are assisting them with their India entry strategy. Besides providing them with an understanding on the Indian market and the regulatory framework, we have introduced them to potential partners and customers and helped them to conduct techncial workshops. This is an in-depth, on-going engagement which will help them them to strategise their entry for success."

Notes to the Editor

Bizworth India Private Limited

Bizworth India Private Limited is a next-generation consulting company specializing in Intellectual Capital assessment, valuation and protection. Bizworth was founded in 2005 by a team of highly-qualified and experienced Indian professionals.

Bizworth provides both consulting services and execution support to enterprises enabling them to map, measure, manage, leverage, improve and protect their intangible assets. Bizworth brings to India, for the first time, IC RatingT, an internationally-acclaimed and validated methodology, which enables a company to assess, harness, and energize its Intellectual Capital.

Bizworth's deep understanding of intangible assets together with the financial background of its team provides it with a unique capability to provide valuation services at entity or intangible asset level. This is being increasingly sought after for transaction support as well as regulatory and tax reasons. With 200 such client engagements, Bizworth is one the leading practitioners in this area.

ICMG Co Ltd Japan

ICMG Co., Ltd, Japan is one of the acknowledged leaders in the field of Intangibles and Intellectual Capital in Japan and many other countries across the globe. It leads the transformation to a knowledge based society through advocating and practicing the value of intellectual capital management. ICMG Co Ltd Japan owns the globally acclaimed 'IC Rating' methodology for rating of Intangible Assets and Intellectual property of enterprises. Hitachi Ltd of Japan is an important shareholder of ICMG Co Ltd, Japan.

ICMG Consulting India Pvt Ltd

ICMG Consulting India Pvt Ltd is a joint venture between ICMG Co Ltd, Japan and Bizworth India Pvt Ltd. The acronym ICMG stands for 'Intellectual Capital Management Group', and the vision and mission of ICMG is to take the lead in fostering transformation to a knowledge society through advocating and tapping the value of intellectual capital management. ICMG firmly believes that Intellectual Capital represents the latent value of corporations and is an inbuilt natural resource for every company.

S.R. Gopalan, Director ICMG India, ICMG, +91 (80) 41142626,
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