Hero Indian Super League 2016: Opening Ceremony to Celebrate the Cultural Diversity and Spirit of the Eight States in the North East Region

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The north east region has consistently groomed talented football professionals who have represented some of the biggest clubs in the country as well as the national team. To recognise the region’s immense contribution to the sport, the opening ceremony will celebrate the cultural diversity and spirit of the eightstates in the north east region – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.


NorthEast United owner John Abraham today accompanied ISL Founder and Chairperson Mrs Nita Ambani to Guwahati ahead of the much-awaited opening ceremony.


Abhishek Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Jacqueline Fernandes and Varun Dhawantoo landed today into Guwahati with the latter three slated to put up a spectacular performance.


Mumbai City FC owner Ranbir Kapoor, Kerala Blasters FC owner Sachin Tendulkar and Chennaiyin FC owner M.S Dhoniwill be reaching Guwahation 1st October 2016


Opening ceremony to have a local North East flavour with the famed Shillong Chamber Choir who have enthralled audiences across the globe slated to perform.The scintillating ceremony will see over 500 artistes and drummers from the north east regions come together to perform amidst a spectacular show.


India’s only Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu who brought glory to India at the Summer Olympics 2016 is the star attraction at the grand sports event.


Gates to Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium will open at 3.00pm sharp. The spectacular star studded opening ceremony featuring Bollywood stars to commence at 5.30pm sharp.Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt, Jacqueline Fernandes and Varun Dhawanhave been putting in long hours into the intense practice sessions for the opening ceremony act which promises to be a cracker of a performance.


One can catch the opening ceremony on Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD2, Star Gold, Star Gold HD, Star Jalsha Movies, Star Jalsha Movies HD, Asia Net Movies, Vijay Super and Hot Star (deferred live) from 6.15pm


The first match of Hero ISL between home side NorthEast United FC and Kerala Blasters FC will kick-off at 7.00pm sharp. The two teams missed out on qualification to the semi-finals of the league and they will be looking to go that extra mile this year. This promises to be a cracker of a season with a potentially explosive opening fixture.




Oriflame unleashed their opulent yet affordable range-Giordani Gold

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Oriflame India unleashed their opulent yet affordable range-the all new Giordani Gold.Keeping in mind the brand’s promise on using the best sourced ingredients and with utmost attention to details, Oriflame re-launched their Giordani Gold Range.

The celebration witnessedSergei Kanashin, SVP and Head of South Asia & MD, Oriflame India,Juan Carlos Posada, Senior Marketing Director, South Asiaand Kavita Rahman, Category Manager, South Asia. The trio unveiled the gorgeous Giordani Gold range from Oriflame which gives a fresh and illuminating look. Aakriti Kochar, Beauty & Make-up Expert, Oriflame India was also present at the re-launch.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Sergei Kanashin, SVP and Head of South Asia & MD India, said, “Oriflame’s key focus is to keep in mind the needs of consumers’ through relevant product portfolio and strengthen business opportunity for our consultants globally. We being an International direct selling company believe in going the extra mile to improvise the portfolio at each level with zeal and enthusiasm.”

Talking about the relaunch,Mr. Juan Carlos Posada, Senior Marketing Director, South Asia, said, “We, as a brand always strive to come up with new and innovative products for our potential consumers catering to their Beauty & Skin care needs. Our constant endeavor is to always take a step further in offering value for money in the affordable luxury segment.The products from the Giordani Gold range are perfectly designed for the working women and are reasonably priced as well.Considering the Indian market, we revamped the wholeGiordani Gold Range which is built on the careful selection of expertly sourced ingredients.

The all new avatar of the Giordani Gold range gives an aura of luxury at its best. Aakriti Kochar, Beauty and Make-up Expertsaid, “Keeping the current festive trendin mindOriflame’s Giordani Gold range can give you that perfect flawless look when you are heading out for a party or meeting.It is a complete solution for a quick make-up, giving a glamourous look to your face. My personal favorite in the recent times is Giordani Gold Bronzing Pearls. Just a bit on your cheeks and you are good to go.

Sports Sector Gets the Infrastructure Status

For addressing the issue of deficit of sports infrastructure in the country, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Affairs had moved a proposal for inclusion of Sports in the harmonized master list of infrastructure sub-sectors so that the sports sector becomes eligible for obtaining long term financial support from banks and other financial institutions on the same principle as is available to other infrastructure projects.

The Ministry of Finance after a series of meetings and discussions with different agencies including RBI have decided that sports infrastructure will be included under the Harmonized Master List of Infrastructure Subsectors and that it “includes the provision of Sports Stadia and Infrastructure for Academies for Training / Research in Sports and Sports-related activities” In this connection Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs, had issued a Gazette Notification dated 09th September 2016.

This inclusion would encourage private investment in a public good which has socio-economic externalities in a country with young population. It will also bolster investment in sports infrastructure sector which will contribute to the economy and help in promotion of health and fitness of the people of this country as also provide opportunities for employment in the new and exciting sectors. It goes without saying that investment of the private sector will widen the platform from where the country can become a sporting power in future.

PM delivers inaugural address at INDOSAN – India Sanitation Conference

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today delivered the inaugural address at INDOSAN – the India Sanitation Conference – in New Delhi today.

He said that while no one likes dirt or dirty surroundings, the habit of cleanliness takes some effort to develop.

He said children are increasingly conscious about issues regarding cleanliness. This shows that the Swachhta Abhiyan is touching people’s lives. He added that a healthy competition is now developing among cities and towns, for promoting cleanliness.

Appreciating the media for its positive role, the Prime Minister said that if there is someone who has furthered the cause of cleanliness more than me, it is the media.

The Prime Minister emphasized that cleanliness is not something to be achieved by budget allocations. It is rather, something that should become a mass movement.

Recalling Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha to free us from colonial rule, the Prime Minister said that today there has to be Swachhagraha to make India free from dirt.

The Prime Minister said re-use and recycling have been our habits for a long time. He added that these need to be made more technology-driven.

The Prime Minister congratulated the award winners, and especially appreciated some of them for succeeding through Jan Bhagidaari.

Online shopping may increase sales worth up to Rs 25K crore for Upcoming Festive Season: ASSOCHAM

The upcoming festive season, beginning October 1 is likely to register record-breaking sales, revenues, and highest ever purchase rate per minute for e-commerce giants as most people deferred their purchasing plans during the fortnight of pitru paksha and are now ready to loosen purse strings, an ASSOCHAM survey-cum-analysis has noted.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) interacted with about 2,500 working professionals (almost equal number of male/female respondents) in the age group of 25-40 years from diverse sectors. These include – automobile, biotechnology, BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance), energy, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), information technology (IT), media and entertainment, pharmaceutical, real estate and others.

The ASSOCHAM had carried out the survey during the course of past fortnight across 10 prominent cities of – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai to ascertain their shopping plans for the upcoming festive season.

“About 60 per cent of the total respondents said they are ready with their shopping lists and would prefer online shopping over standing long hours in store aisles, while most of the remaining opted for shopping at physical brick and mortar outlets,” highlighted the survey conducted by the ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation.

Majority of respondents also said they are planning to splurge on lucrative deals and discounts offered by e-tailers on everything from apparels, appliances, cosmetics, jewellery, perfumes, shoes, electronic items like – mobiles, laptop, television, portable media players and others.

Ease of shopping, various delivery options, diverse payment modes, better offers and other such factors are key reasons highlighted by many respondents to shop online in the festive season starting with ‘Navratri’ in October followed by a string of festivals including Diwali and the festivities do not stop until new year.

“This is expected to be the busiest festive season for e-commerce companies as Indian consumers are likely to spend up to Rs 25,000 crore and more as against over Rs 20,000 crore spent in festive season last year thereby registering about 25 per cent growth,” said Mr D.S. Rawat, secretary general of ASSOCHAM while releasing the findings of the chamber’s survey-cum-analysis.

“Most of the e-tailers have already jumped on the bandwagon for running promotional offers like deep discounts, exclusive merchandise, cash-back schemes, and other such deals to cash in on festive season frenzy and have set off marketing campaigns to rake in maximum profits,” said Mr Rawat.

“Besides, introduction of premium services like free shipping, extended return period and others together with rise of high-speed internet usage through smartphones are likely to boost online shopping this festive season and help the e-tailers to register profits after a dull first half of this year,” he added.

As part of its analysis, ASSOCHAM had also sought opinions of various experts in the field of advanced research, analytics and digital intelligence services specialising in communications insights and community trends.

Many of these suggested various things like – the e-tailers must learn from the past and gear up to counter various challenges related to logistics, influx of visitors and avoid losing customers due to technical issues by taking all precautionary measures beforehand like investing in a larger server or cloud hosting service.

Besides easier website navigation together with higher levels of service and festive product categories and a responsive website will entice customers and is a great way to differentiate from competitors that may launch seasonal marketing campaigns and offer similar discounts.

E-tailers must ensure that stock levels are high, however running out stock is often unavoidable, but it should not hamper their relationship with customer by showcasing related products to them that could be of interest.

Ensuring that delivery dates are correct is another significant thing as customers want to be sure of the latest date and time they can order and be certain it will arrive in time. As such companies should provide the customers with multiple delivery options.

ASSOCHAM Appoints Prateek Mittal as the new Chairman of Real Estate & Infrastructure Committee


ASSOCHAM recently announced the appointment of Prateek Mittal, Executive Director of SUSHMA Group, as the first Chairman of Real Estate & Infrastructure Regional Committee. He holds a B.Tech. degree from IIT Bombay, and strongly believes in innovation and customer service being at the core of growth for any industry.

Prateek Mittal called on real estate industry boards “to continuously strive towards building a better tomorrow through better construction technologies and improved designs”. On taking over as the Chairman of the Regional Committee of Real Estate and Infrastructure, Prateek Mittal said, “The Committee would work closely with the State Governments to streamline the implementation of RERA so that issues of all the stakeholders can be resolved in a structured manner.”

“A lot has changed in the sector in the last few years. Clear focus on better product standards, improved team capabilities, and higher understanding of the customer needs has started to change the face of the Real Estate Industry”, said Prateek Mittal.

With ASSOCHAM opening its Northern chapter in Chandigarh, a sector-wise committee has been devised to initiate and encourage collaborative thought process, explore new trends, opportunities & challenges in entrepreneurship and youth empowerment. These committees will work towards creating the required environment for sectors such as Agriculture & Agri-Business, Food Processing, Education & Skill Development, MSME, Health & Pharma, IT & ITES, Infrastructure/ Real Estate, Innovation & IPRs, Banking & Financial Services and Insurance.


MSMEs signed a MoU with World Bank for investing Rs 2,200 crore

The union Ministry for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Bank for investing Rs 2,200 crore to set up training centres for MSME sector across India by 2017, Minister of State for MSME, Mr Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhury said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi on Thursady.

“We will also monitor if the money disbursed by the Ministry has reached the target person,” said Mr Chaudhury while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM conference on ‘Startup Integration in MSME sector.’

“Saudi Arabia is likely to invest up to Rs two lakh crore in India, it is a confidential matter, but since we have opened our defence and aviation sectors for foreign direct investment (FDI) we hope to get significant advantage of the same in MSME sector,” said the Minister.

Highlighting that the government will soon bring a project for promoting honeybee keeping, he said that Ministry had taken various steps like – making databank, introducing credit guarantee scheme, barcode, enabling online complaint and other such initiatives during the course of past two years.

Earlier in his address at the ASSOCHAM conference, a top MSME Ministry official informed that the government was working towards making the sector ready for GSTN (goods and services tax network) and make the sector tax compliant.

“We are working to make MSMEs GSTN-ready and we need the support of various associations to see how the sector can take advantage of the new tax reform which is going to be historic, start up or no start up you have to be tax compliant,” said Mr S.N. Tripathi, additional secretary and development commissioner, MSME Ministry.

He said that the MSME Ministry had notified a framework to enable an entrepreneur to demand restructuring of his loan due to various changes.

“A framework has been notified by the Ministry of MSME for quick restructuring of loans if the banks are convinced, RBI has also conquered it and in fact all banks have been mandated to create a committee at the branch level with representatives from state government and other institutions,” said Mr Tripathi.

He said that MSME Ministry was working towards nurturing academia and entrepreneurs’ budding ideas. “Our ministry is working with about 202 engineering colleges and every year we get 100-150 ideas from each college and out of these till date we have nurtured about 600 ideas of which almost 25 per cent have been commercialised.”

“We want to commercialise such ideas, we are in talks with some investors – venture capitalists and angel investors and we have succeeded in this behalf as about 100 of the 750 ideas have been commercialised and some of these have clocked transaction and turnover of Rs 10-12 crore so we support good ideas in terms of what we call is incubation,” said Mr Tripathi.

He said that the Ministry was working in the domain of start up, scale up and even set up categories.

The top official also said that the MSME Ministry was working on framework to revive the industries that have been rendered inoperational or have been shut down, to unlock their potential.

“We want to create framework to revive industries that have been shut, the banks are working in this behalf as per government’s direction as they have made a committee for corrective action plan whereby an entrepreneur can approach banks for restructuring of loan due to change in technology, management or any other foreseen or unforeseen change on his own and not as per the bank’s terms,” said Mr Tripathi.

He said that considering cash flow based lending is a problem for MSMEs, so banks are working in this direction as per government’s direction.

He also emphasised upon the need to bring about more awareness regarding intellectual property right (IPR) in MSME sector.

“We are promoting awareness about IPR and how to file patents through about 32 institutions which includes chambers, industry bodies, colleges and others,” said Mr Tripathi.