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Painting workshop for children at British Council

The British Council is delighted to announce its workshop on painting for children between 5 years to 15 years of age. The workshop will be held on 22nd  August 2015 , between 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m at  British Council, 737 Mount Road,Chennai 600 002. For details contact  Susan Chettri , +91-8939831721,E.Mail : susan.chettri@in.britishcouncil.org

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Mutual interest and opportunities for Etihad Airways to support economic growth

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, met the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Hon. DevendraFadnavis, to reaffirm the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s commitment to the Indian state and its capital Mumbai.Mr Hogan, accompanied by Vijay Poonoosamy, the airline’s Vice President, International & Public Affairs and Neerja Bhatia, General Manager – India, met Chief Minister Fadnavis at his official residence in India’s commercial capital.During the meeting the Chief Minister outlined the priorities of the state, identifying areas of mutual interest and opportunities for Etihad Airways to support economic growth.The Chief Minister and Mr Hogan discussed new areas of collaboration between Maharashtra and Etihad Airways, especially in tourism and cargo exports.

PCEO Chief Minister 1In turn, Mr Hogan gave the Chief Minister an introduction to Etihad Airways, its operations into India and the significant benefits that come from the airline’s commercial and strategic partnership with Indian carrier, Jet Airways, for both India and Jet Airways.Etihad Airways and Jet Airways together operate more than 220 flights between India and Abu Dhabi each week, including five daily flights from Mumbai and a daily flight from Pune. Etihad Airways was the first foreign airline to invest in an Indian carrier under the current FDI policy of India, making a USD750 million investment which includes a 24 per cent equity stake in the airline.

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Monthly provisions donated

Daasya (an NGO, 12th Avenue, Ashok Nagar) donated Rs. 15,000 worth of monthly provision to Bavishya Deepam Home for the Mentally Challenged (6, Samavathpuram Salai, Old Pergunalathu, Chennai) on 18th July 2015.P. Raman (President) said that trust has been conducting medical camps, annadhanam to Leprosy and social awareness program in regular intervals.Those who are interested to support the activities can contact 99406 38972.

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Volvo Buses and ASRTU drive public transport

Close to 1,500 Volvo buses serve passengers within 30 cities. And about 2,000 coaches operated by state transport undertakings connect prominent tier I and II cities. These statistics bear testimony to the long and successful journey that the Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU) and Volvo Buses have made over the last 14 years.In recognition of this fruitful partnership, Volvo Buses is actively participating in the celebration to mark the 50th year of the foundation of the ASRTU. “The ASRTU has extended tremendous support to Volvo Buses in our shared aim of modernising India’s bus-based public transport system.It is thanks to their progressive mindset that we have been able to bring in products and solutions that have become benchmarks,”said Akash Passey, Senior Vice President–Business Region International, Volvo Bus Corporation.Volvo Buses has been in India since 2001 and has built considerable experience when it comes to high-performing bus applications. Volvo Buses has been driving change in the industry by introducing various firsts in India including the true-bus chassis and the low-floor city bus.

Hyderabad_volvoBreakthrough concepts such as the Volvo 9400 multi-axle coach in 2008; India’s first 14.5m multi-axle coach with tag-axle in 2012; all new Volvo 8400 city bus as per the Urban Bus Specifications II (UBSII). These buses are distinguished by class-leading specifications such as an electronic rear engine, electronic braking system, retarders, electronically controlled air suspensions, vehicle diagnostics features, air-conditioning,and luxurious seating for passengers and an ergonomic work environment for the driver.“These features are in keeping with core values of the Volvo Group – quality, safety and environment care,”said VRV Sriprasad, Managing Director, Volvo Buses India. Today Volvo Buses has a population of 5,300 buses on the road.

In 2006, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) inducted low-floor city buses. Public transport operators in Pune and Chennai followed suit. That number has risen to 1,500 now, with 30 cities taking possession of Volvo buses.“Hearteningly, we find a number of tier-II cities, including those in the North East are also stepping forward to acquire Volvo Buses.

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DISCOVERY CHANNEL completes 20 years in India on 15th August

Discovery Channel will celebrate the completion of its 20 years in India with a special line-up of its most iconic programmes on August 15 and 16, from 8 AM to 6 PM. The weekend 20-Year Celebration Marathon will cover the wide spectrum of Discovery genres such as natural history, science, technology, adventure, wildlife, survival and engineering which have entertained the viewers across the urban and rural landscapes. The special line-up will also feature the finest India stories, further enriching the television viewing experience.

20 YEARS DiscoverybigThroughout the last 20-years in India, Discovery Channel has demonstrated its commitment to satiate the curiosity of viewers by showcasing them some of the most fascinating stories from the past, current and future; breathtaking locations across geographies, continents and universe; and astonishing and most passionate personalities from across the world. A testimony of the reach and popularity of the channel, Discovery is today watched in five languages in India including Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu and Bangla, from the biggest cities to the smallest village, across digital and analogue platforms.

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Savings Bank deposits recorded growth of 16%

Chennai, 12 August 2015 – The Board of Directors of CITY UNION BANK LIMITED at its meeting held in Chennai, has approved the working results for the first quarter of FY 2015-16. Gross profit for Q1 FY 2015-2016 went up by 14% to ` 197.16 Cr. and PAT grew by 12% to `111.56 Cr. The Net interest income rose by 20% to ` 223.63 Cr.

CTotal Deposits of the bank increased by 12% to `25111 cr as on June 30, 2015 from `22383 cr as on June 30, 2014. Gross Advances went up by 11% to `17901 cr as on June 30, 2015 from `16153 cr as on June 30, 2014. The Savings bank deposits recorded growth of 16% and growth in CASA was 17% as on June 30, 2015. Percentage of CASA on Total Deposits is 19%. The Bank’s Balance Sheet size increased by 14% to `29115 cr as on June 30, 2015 from `25516 cr as on June 30, 2014. Net Interest Margin for the quarter stood at 3.59% and Return on Assets at 1.57%. Cost to Income Ratio for Q1 FY 2016 decreased from 41.94% corresponding last year to 39.99% in Q1 FY 2016. Gross & Net NPA level stood at 2.01% & 1.32% respectively as on 30 June 2015. The Provision Coverage Ratio as at June 30, 2015 stood at 61%.

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Aircel connects with migrants through ‘The Joy of a Little Extra’

A member of the audience engaging with the Aircel street play team in Gr...Chennai, August 13th, 2015: Reinforcing and strengthening it’s connect with customers, Aircel, one of India’s leading innovative mobile service providers, kick-started a series of street plays in Chennai to spread awareness about some of Aircel’s most-popular products and services relevant to the city’s large migrant population. Communicating their services and products in an innovative and engaging manner through street plays, Aircel promises to simplify intricate details about the products and services for the migrant population. These street plays which promise to engage with the audience in a meaningful way and draw huge crowds who are keen to explore the products and services by Aircel, will be implemented in more than 18 areas across Chennai over the next 10 days. Sankara Narayanan K., Strategic Business Head, South, Aircel said, “At Aircel, our steadfast endeavor has been to understand the pulse of our valuable customers and create products and services that will eventually delight them.

We realized that a large number of our customers in Chennai- among the others – hail from different parts of the country, so we kept their interests central while creating some highly affordable and valuable products. As a traditional and a powerful means of communication, nukkad natakks or street plays always leave a strong impression amongst the audience and we’re very proud and excited to be the first telecom operator to organize them in Chennai. We’re confident that through these nukkad natakks, we will be able to reach out and build a strong bond with our valuable audience”.

The audience left feeling extremely upbeat about Aircel products and services customized for the migrant population. An even greater turnout of people is expected to be inspired by the street plays throughout the week-long run of the engagement program.

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Will play an active role in growing Accenture’s business

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has announced that Rekha M. Menon will be chairman of Accenture in India and Anindya Basu will be country managing director in India. These appointments are effective August 21, 2015.As chairman, Ms.Menon will play an active role in growing Accenture’s business and further strengthening the company’s presence in communities across India. She will continue to be deeply engaged in the company’s Inclusion & Diversity and Corporate Citizenship initiatives and will also be responsible for institutional relationships with public authorities and industry associations. Ms. Menon is currently managing director, Human Resources, for Accenture’s growth markets and has been leading the development and execution of the company’s human capital strategy for Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Russia, Turkey and Latin America.

LADY JUNCTION Previously she was managing director, Geographic Operations for India, ASEAN and the Asia Pacific Delivery Centers, where she supported the growth and development of Accenture’s Global Delivery Network. She has over 24 years of industry experience, and she has been consistently named as one of the most powerful women in business in India. “Rekha has made impressive contributions to our people and our communities,” said Gianfranco Casati, Accenture’s group chief executive, growth markets. “Her experience will be extremely valuable as we continue to build our brand and enhance our reputation as a leader in India.”In his new role,Mr. Basu will be responsible for driving Accenture’s domestic business in India and building relationships with key clients by leveraging the company’s capabilities in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Mr. Basu will continue his role working with Accenture’s Products clients in India, as well as serving as the APAC regional lead of the company’s Automotive, Industrial, Infrastructure and Travel & Transportation Industry practice.

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Highly Appreciated for Social Service Projects

Know Yr Neighbour 1Mahaveer Bothra (resident of Nathamuni Street, T. Nagar and President, Rotary Club of Madras T. Nagar) won the 36 awards from Rotary District 3230 for his social service project between June 2014 to June 2015.
He was felicitated by his club members and Rotary International for his achievements recently held on July 30 at Residency Towers, T. Nagar.He organized more than 200 eye camps under the banner of the club in that nearly 50,000 people were examined, among that 4170 spectacles provided to the freely to needy and 934 catract surgeries operated with free of cost.He also orgnaized special veterinary camps in village, Thiruniravur where number of animals includes treated and medicine provide free of cost.Mahaveer had conducted cultural program for special children where 1500 students participated and he have prize to all the participants and provide assistances.

Under the ‘Education to Girl Child’ program he provide education assistance of Rs. 15 lakhs to 766 students studying in Government, Government aided schools and Corporation Schools.He also conducted blood donation camps, constructed a classroom for Vivekananda Educational Trust, donated Rs. 1 lakh to Vivekananda Rural Development Society’s single teacher schools and conducted annadhanam and donated various materials in oldage homes, orphanages, mentally retarded and other centers.He can be contacted on 98410 72821.

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World Last Week

Saturday 08th August

 Success can’t be measured through ships and revenue alone. The new Suez canal is also meant to inspire confidence in Egypt’s return to democracy.

 France launched a hunt for more wreckage from the ill-fated MH370 plane off Reunion island which has been one of aviation’s biggest mysteries.

 Pop sensation Justin Bieber has revealed that his highly-anticipated LP would come out in September. During the event, Bieber also treated the Music Summit crowd.

 Home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Statue of Liberty and other iconic sites, New York City is a fast-paced, globally influential center of art, culture, fashion and finance.

Sunday 09th August

 The world’s first ever ant map, showing the distribution of the tiny industrious creature around the globe, was launched by University of Hong Kong.

 Astronomers have uncovered a unique process for how the universe’s largest galaxies continue to producing stars long after their peak years of star birth.

 Scientists have found the farthest known galaxy, located about 13.2 billion light years away. This breaks the record set only recently.

 Researchers have used 142 teeth to identify six non-avian dinosaurs of the Upper Cretaceous period that existed in the South Pyrenees Basin in Spain.

Monday 10th August

 A giant robot is helping Nasa engineers to build the largest, lightweight composite rocket parts ever developed for future.

 Breakthrough Prize Foundation chairman Simon Pete Worden says it may not be a ‘great idea’about colonizing Mars and activity directed towards it.

 Health scientists have now identified stem cells in the gland that give rise to functional liver cells.

 Consuming foods rich in refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and white rice, may cause mood changes, says a study

Tuesday 11th August

 The Veggie plant growth system on the orbiting laboratory has yielded a crop of “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce for 33 days.

 The brains of people with epilepsy appear to react to music differently from the brains of those who do not have the disorder, says a finding by medical researchers.

 Researchers used simulations to create short videos that mimic what vision would be like after two different types of sight recovery therapies.

 More than 2.5 lakh Indians require organ transplantation annually. However, less than 10% get timely help, says a medical research study conducted.

Wednesday 12th August

 With its biggest orbit manoeuvre since 2006, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is preparing for the arrival of NASA’s next Mars lander called InSight next year.

 Aircraft debris found on Réunion Island in the western Indian Ocean could originate from the northern half of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s search area.

 A newborn’s first stool can alert doctors whether a child is at risk of problems with intelligence and reasoning, new research shows.

 A newly developed antibiotic-resistant superbugs has been found that these bacteria possess the natural ability to become vulnerable to existing antibiotics. 

Thursday 13th August

 The Union Pacific 3985 Challenger, largest running steam locomotive in the world,which halts at Marysville during the journey.

Researchers studying two ancient Egyptian mummies, dating back to some 3,500 years, have found that they were embalmed with unusual recipes.

A single dose of an experimental Ebola virus (EBOV) vaccine, currently undergoing testing in humans, completely protects monkeys against the current outbreak .

Prof Sood, from the department of physics at IISc, was elected as a fellow by the prestigious institution.

Ben Millam has invented a brilliant machine to keep his cat happly engaged in instinctive hunting skills before each meal.

Friday 14th August

 Hawai’i, the tiny islands in the midst of the Pacific has now been called the “extinction capital of the world” because of the decimation of many of its living species.

 Nasa engineers are developing drones that can fly to areas which are inaccessible to rovers – such as the shaded region of a crater on Mars.

 The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake is an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper’s Hill, near Gloucesterin England.

 Researchers have discovered evidence of an ancient lake on Mars that likely represents some of the last potentially habitable surface .

 There was traffic chaos in the Santry area of Dublin today after a giant inflatable Minion flew loose onto the Old Swords Road in Dublin.