concludes the coveted Tech & Auto Awards for 2017, one of India’s top breaking news websites, held its annual marquee offering – The Tech and Auto Awards in New Delhi amidst the presence of industry veterans. The awards ceremony celebrated and honoured Technology and Automotive products and innovations that have set the bar high in the respective sectors.

Commenting on the occasion, Manish Maheshwari, CEO, Network18 Digital said, “At News18. Com, it is our constant endeavour to connect with our consumers through different channels and make a difference to their lives by offering content that is most relevant to them. Tech and Auto Awards is one such platform to bring together the two most important sectors where today’s consumer spends most time on. These awards have established themselves as the benchmark for facilitating Indian consumers in choosing the best technology and automobiles by making informed choice.”


Talking about the awards, Siddhartha Sharma, Editor – Technology & Auto, said, “ has been a pioneer in leading discussions in auto and technology sectors. With the conclusion of the first tech and auto awards, we are proud to celebrate the collective achievements from these prominent consumer oriented sectors.”

Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Cabinet Minister, Law and Justice and Ministry of Information Technology, graced the awards night as the Chief Guest. The highlight of the evening included a Key Note speech by Mr. Larry Paulson, Vice President and President, Qualcomm India and a special video address by Shri. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping.

Selected by a Jury that included veterans from auto and tech industry, the awards night witnessed brands like Maruti, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo, Audi, Mercedes and others go head-to-head for coveted awards like Car of the Year, Sedan of the Year and Hatchback of the Year and more. While Tech brands like Samsung, Apple, Nokia, Xiaomi, LG and others were seen fighting it out for awards in the Smartphone of the Year, Design of the Year and other categories, tech savvy personalities like Vijay Shekhar Sharma of Paytm, Amitabh Kant of Niti Aayog and others were vying for the Tech Personality of the Year award.

The Tech & Auto Awards 2017 brought the best of Technology and Automobile industry on the same platform and were trending on #TechAndAutoAwards17


Multiple FIRS’ registered against PVR Cinemas and its promoters

The Gurugram Police has registered FIR under section 420, 406, 120BIPC and other sections against  Ajay Bijli his brother Sanjeev Kumar Bijli daughter Ms. Niharika Bijli alongwith PVR Limited and Eight persons including Ms. Renuka Ramnath, Mr. Amit Burman, Mr. Vikram Bakshi and others. The FIR got registered for their alleged involvements in fraudulently inflating the share prices and selling the same for an exorbitant price of 820 crores.

 The case came to light when the complainant ELAN GROUP lodged a complaint in the court, which then directed the local police on 17.11.2017 to register an FIR against Mr. Ajay Bijli, (Chairman and Managing Director, PVR Ltd.)  and directors of PVR namely Ms Niharika Bijli, Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Ms Renuka Ramnath, (Founder, MD and CEO Multiples Alternate Asset Management) Mr. Amit Burman, (CEO, Dabar Foods) Mr. Vishal Kashyap, (Managing Director and Co-head Warbug Pricus LLC) Mr. Sanjay Vohra, Mr. Sanjay Khanna, Mr. Vikram Bakshi( Managing Director, Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. McDonald’s India (North & East) and Chairman, Ascot Hotels and Resort Pvt Limited), PVR CEO Mr. Kamal Gyanchandani, PVR CFO Mr. Nitin Sood

 PVR Limited, which was approximately operating with 400 screens started showcasing that they were going to have 1000 screens by the Year 2018.

 PVR entered into MOUs with builders of commercial space and AJAY BIJLI made sensational statements to the press that PVR was in the process of achieving its target of 1000 cinema screens by the year 2018, thereby inflating the share prices of PVR based on false statements.

Projections of anticipated business and profits had been made by PVR on the basis of Contracts/Memorandum Of Understandings (MoU’s) by contending that the real estate projects relating to which the agreements had been entered into work in the offing and all these contracts would translate into actual business for PVR. Once PVR sold its 14 % stakes (by overpricing) to Warbur Pincus (a U.S. based fund), PVR fraudulently/malafidely tried to  terminate the MOU’s.

Upon investigations made by the complainant, the complainant found that the accused PVR never had any intention of taking on lease the multiplex proposed to be developed in terms of the aforesaid MOUs. The complainant found that the accused had hatched a well-planned conspiracy with the malafide intent to allure investors so as to increase the share value & worth of the accused PVR in Global Market. Once the shares of PVR were sold, they dumped the Contracts/Memorandum Of Understandings (MoU’s) and fraudulently tried to terminate it.

 Two FIR’s (FIR No 630 and 631 both dated 22.11.2017) which was lodged at the Sushant Lok I Police Station, Gurgaon alleges that the abovenamed accused in connivance with each other had fraudulently planned and sold stocks at high price and duped lots of builders.

The complainant then approached Ajay Bijli and other Directors, who in high headedness openly proclaimed and boasted that they were extremely well-connected. It was openly stated by them that no one would dare to initiate any action against them.

 The complainant then filed complaints with various departments and police, but was shocked to see that no action was taken against them. The complainant then, filed petition in court which in turn directed the police station to register FIR against the accused persons.

 Now that the FIR has been lodged, the police is on lookout for the accused for arrest. The main accused may be arrested anytime.

 The Complainants stated that the accused right from the beginning had dishonest intent and in order to cause wrongful gain to themselves and wrongful loss to us. The accused has illegally terminated the MOU on vague and baseless reasons. The entire gameplan of PVR and its promoters was to earn illicit profits at the cost of us. The complainants are also moving to SEBI (Security Exchange Board of India) for highlighting the frauds of accused.

Grown In Australia, Made In India a nationwide campaign Woolmark Company’s

The nationwide consumer-facing campaign Grown in Australia Made in India by Woolmark Company will bring to the forefront the farm to fashion journey of Merino wool from Australia to India, and champion both the woolgrowers of Australia, as well as the handloom sector in India. It aims to connect those present across the wool supply chain including brands, manufacturers and the Government of India, while also allowing consumers to be a part of this beautiful journey.

Capturing the stunning view and landscape of a sheep farm in Australia, the campaign film features Indian Wool Ambassador Shravan Reddy with international model Aleyna FitzGerald, exploring the farm while donning chic Merino wool attire. The progressive relationship between brands in India and Australian woolgrowers is a key highlight, as Indian labels such as Manish Malhotra, Dhruv Kapoor, Dhruv Vaish, Nachiket Barve, Ekaco by Rina singh, Rahul Mishra, Troy Costa and brands including Van Huesen, Raymond Ready to wear, Park Avenue, Color Plus, Ambassador shawls, Shinghora, Zeven, Monte Carlo and Louis Philip have all contributed carefully selected fashion pieces for the campaign video. The overarching theme of cross-country linkage comes to the frontline as the stunning background of Australia and its Merino sheep are juxtaposed with Indian brands and talented actor Shravan Reddy.

“A four-month long project that began in Kullu, the Grown In Australia, Made In India highlights the journey of Merino wool from grassroots to a global level, connecting this versatile raw material to India’s rich culture” said Arti Gudal, The Woolmark Company Country Manager India. “This 360° campaign including television, print, outdoor and digital media will be rolled out progressively in the next three months, tying in Australia’s unique Merino wool fibre and passionate woolgrowers with India’s commercial brands, manufacturers and talented local weavers.

“We wish to implement a positive change along the wool supply chain in India and in-turn increase wool consumption in the market. We are also ecstatic to have had the chance to work with the Government of India and gain their support on this campaign.”

“I am honoured to be a part of the Grown in Australia, Made In India campaign as it not only represents – but also develops – a cultural link between the Australian woolgrowers and Indian craftsmen,” commented Shravan Reddy, Wool Ambassador in India. The campaign integrates the different aspects of Merino wool, be it versatility, breathability or functionality with fashion pieces that represent the Indian fashion industry. I am excited to share this enriching experience with consumers.

The media plan for the campaign will begin with in-film advertisements in movie cinemas across Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore in October and December.

East edition of India Today Conclave will be happening in Kolkata

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The East edition of India Today Conclave promises to be a power packed event with Chief Ministers and top ministers, legends of cinema and icons from sports, all on one platform. The two day conclave will be happening in Kolkata on 24th and 25th Nov 2017.

With every passing year, the India Today Conclave has become bigger and better. Buoyed bythe success of India Today Conclave South, India Today Conclave megabrand shines its light this time on the East and promises an elite gathering where it isready to set a new gold standard in summits.


India Today Conclave East is going to exploreareas of politics, art, culture and sports. The biggest names in sports, cinema and politics come together to share, discuss and critique the burning questions faced by the Eastern States.As a forum, India Today Conclave aspires to unite the common voice of these states and promote culture, politics, entertainment and investment growth, in line with the states’ and the Centre’s socio-economic development agenda. Chief ministers, icons from sports and cinema will be on stage telling their stories.


Announcing the event, Kalli Purie, Vice Chairperson, India Today Group said, “As a group we have always believed in democratic dissemination of information. With our credibility to host some of the biggest events in the country, we are bringing our flagship event to the East this time. We are ready to deliver an unforgettable experience through the conclave.”


The event will be attended by leaders and stalwarts, among them Mamata Banerjee, Sarbananda Sonowal, Sourav Ganguly, Rani Mukerji, Prosenjit Chatterjee and many more.


I hope Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan becomes a superstar, says Karan Johar at Saahitya Aaj Tak

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I hope Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan becomes a superstar, says Karan Johar at Saahitya Aaj Tak

Karan Johar was at his candid best at the Saahitya Aaj Tak event in Delhi.


Karan Johar sent the grapevine into a tizzy with the explosive revelations made in his memoir, An Unsuitable Boy. At the Saahitya Aaj Tak event in Delhi today, Karan opened up about his much-talked-about book, whose title is a tongue-in-cheek reversal of the bestseller, A Suitable Boy. His journey may be seen as unsuitable, Karan Johar believes.


Earlier this year, Karan became a parent to twins, Yash and Roohi, through surrogacy. “I wanted to take my life to second gear. I have always said ‘it’s all about loving your parents’, it’s time I became one,” the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director said, adding that his life has changedfor the better.

While the filmmaker’s son is named after his father, Yash Johar, his daughter Roohi’s name is an anagram of his mother Hiroo’s name. Karan said that he, his father and his mother were very strong as a family unit, and when his father passed away, it left a huge void in his life. When Karan’s son was born, no other name fit better. But he did not want his mother to feel left out, hence he named his daughter Roohi.


In An Unsuitable Boy, he wrote about his fallouts with Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kajol. It is no secret that Karan’s friendship with Kareena soured because she asked for the same remuneration as Shah Rukh Khan when offered Kal Ho Naa Ho. They did not talk for a year, and the filmmaker now realises that it was all “childishness”. “She’s 10 years younger than me, I should have exercised restraint and realised that I was the one who was wrong,” he said. Thankfully, all is well between the two now.

Karan also fell out with his once-upon-a-time best friend Kajol, although they have now rekindled their friendship. “I don’t want to go into detail about what went wrong. I love her a lot. When we love someone that much, we also get hurt more,” he said. Talking about their renewed relationship, he called it the “2.0 version of our relationship” and said that he felt like they have gone back to the time they lost.

He also had developed a distance with Shah Rukh Khan, “but there’s not a single day that (they) stopped loving each other”, despite the ups and downs in their relationship.


Karan has often been criticised for making films only about rich people and their lives, but he feels that he does not get enough credit when he tries to push the envelope. “I made My Name Is Khan, which is a very real story. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil had an unconventional ending. I made a short film in Bombay Talkies which showed homosexuality, but I never got credit for it. If my name was Karan Kashyap, and not Karan Johar, I would have got credit,” he said.


There has been a lot of conjecture, to use Karan’s favourite word, about his sexual orientation. While he addressed the rumours in the book, he did not explicitly state his orientation, something he faced a lot of flak for. “That’s my right, I wished to express it the way I did,” he said, adding that he is proud of who he is.

He has been abused and called horrible names, but it no longer bothers Karan. “Trolling is my breakfast,” he said. What once bothered him has now become enjoyable to him, and in fact, he feels bad if he wakes up one morning and finds that he is not trolled.


If you haven’t been living under a rock, you know all about the Karan Johar vs Kangana Ranaut nepotism debate. While Kangana accused Karan of being the “flag-bearer of nepotism“, he begged to differ. At Saahitya Aaj Tak, Karan admitted that he was “a result of nepotism” – he got an opportunity to become a director only because his father was a producer.

“Yes, nepotism gives you easy access, but it’s true to most industries, whether you’re a businessman or a journalist. It’s very easy to make the film industry a soft target,” he said. He added that while nepotism gives easy access, it is one’s efforts which decide if they will be able to survive and succeed.


When asked if Shah Rukh Khan was the last superstar, he said that there was no doubt that SRK was a bona fide superstar. However, Karan hoped that he wouldn’t be the last. “I hope Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Aryan, becomes a superstar, not because he’s Shah Rukh’s son, but because he is a bundle of talent. I hope he can rise from the criticsm,” he said.


Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has been in the eye of a storm for its alleged distortion of history. Political groups have been raising slogans against the film, something that Karan Johar is no stranger to. From My Name Is Khan to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, he has had run-ins with political parties.

About the Padmavati row, Karan said, “I feel very bad, I hope that he’s protected by people who understand that creativity is a form of expression. He has already clarified that there is no such scene, I watched his video. We should trust and believe that statement and give his film all the love.”

Mahul Brahma wins Brand Leadership Award 2017

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Brand communicator and luxury brand commentator Mahul Brahma won the Brand Leadership Award 2017. The award, given by CMO Asia, focused on recognising Brand Custodians and Brand Writers. Mahul’s book on luxury brands Decoding Luxe, which has received praises from West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee and Mr Ratan Tata, found a special mention at the event at Taj Bengal on November 8, 2017. Mahul’s work was recognised as a commentator and writer on luxury brands and brand custodian of mjunction, India’s largest B2B e-commerce company.


Mahul said, “I am happy that my humbled contribution towards building brands has been recognised by CMO Asia. I thank mjunction and CEO Mr Vinaya Varma for trusting me with the brand. God has been kind that my book Decoding Luxe has received love, appreciation and encouragement from its readers, which include political and corporate stalwarts. Through my writings and my book I have tried to help luxury brands understand the Indian market from a strategic perspective. I also aim to free luxury from a myopic notion limited to price tags and help more and more people to start looking beyond the dazzle.”


Mahul Brahma is a luxury commentator, columnist and award-winning brand communicator, heading corporate communications and branding for mjunction, a Tata group company. He has been a senior journalist for a decade with Economic Times, CNBC TV18, Reuters and India partner of New York Times. His debut short film as an actor was selected and screened at 69th Cannes Film Festival. His feature film is due for release soon. ​Mahul has won Ecommerce Communication Leader of the Year Award in 2017, Certificate of Excellence in Corporate Communications in 2017 and Young Achiever Award in National Awards for Excellence in Corporate Communications in 2016.

Mahul received the award from his former senior colleague Mr Amit Mukherjee, who heads Unigrow Solutions.

Genesis Burson-Marsteller wins India Consultancy of the Year at at SABRE Asia-Pacific Awards

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Genesis Burson-Marsteller PR Company took home a slew of awards at the SABRE Asia-Pacific Awards 2017, including the coveted India Consultancy of the Year, making its milestone year even more special.

It was a proud moment when in the firm’s 25th year of pushing boundaries, Vice Chair, Asia Pacific for Burson-Marsteller and Founder/Principal, Genesis Burson-Marsteller, Prema Sagar, was conferred the prestigious Outstanding Individual Achievement SABRE award for her contribution to the industry.


This was followed by the consultancy winning three Gold awards for its campaigns at the SABRE Asia-Pacific 2017 held in Hong Kong last evening. SABRE Awards recognize campaigns that demonstrate the highest levels of strategic planning, creativity and business results.


Genesis Burson-Marsteller’s GOLD Award-winning campaigns at SABRE Asia-Pacific include:

  • Back To Work campaign for Medela India: Indian Subcontinent category
  • Back To Work campaign for Medela India: Healthcare Providers category
  • Winning Back Trust campaign for Nestlé India: Food and Beverage category

Besides the winning entries, the following campaigns were the finalists in their categories:

  • Sennheiser Top 50 campaign for Sennheiser Electronics India: Influencer Marketing category
  • Keep India Smiling campaign for Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited: Household Products category
  • #CrossTheLine campaign for Star Sports India Pvt Ltd: Entertainment category

On accepting the India Consultancy of the Year and Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, Prema Sagar, Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller, Asia Pacific & Principal/Founder, Genesis Burson-Marsteller said, “Our 25th year of pushing boundaries has indeed been momentous for us. To be recognized in this year as the India Consultancy of the Year, along with a string of award-winning campaigns, just multiplies our joy. I am also thankful to The Holmes Report for bestowing the individual honour on me. It has been a gratifying journey, from the humble basement of a house to establishing Genesis Burson-Marsteller’s presence across the country, catering to the best global and Indian brands. I want to thank everybody who has contributed to this shared success—our partners, clients and most importantly my teams. I have enjoyed learning, exploring and working alongside some of the best minds in the industry to help take our industry to higher levels of professionalism and success.” 


Vishwanath Kannan, Marketing Manager, Medela India, said, “We are extremely happy to have won one of the most coveted awards in the industry. At Medela, we strongly believe that breastfeeding is the best feeding and has endless benefits for the mother and baby. The Back to Work campaign is at the core of our vision and mission of supporting mothers in their breastfeeding journey through our research and evidence-based products. We have been empowering mothers across the world to initiate and sustain breastfeeding while maintaining work-life balance. We would like to thank the esteemed jury for recognising our efforts and initiatives in helping mothers take the breastfeeding decision. 


The Medela India campaign also won Genesis Burson-Marsteller a Gold Award in the Best Use of Integrated Communications category at Fulcrum Awards 2017 held in Jaipur on September 16. Besides the Gold, the consultancy also won two Silver Awards at Fulcrum. While the #MakingMusicSocial campaign for Logitech India won in the Best New Product Launch category, #CrossTheLine with Star Sports India won in the Best Use of Creativity and Innovation category.