Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bhangra Legends RDB Back To Winning Form With New Upbeat Track Bajatey Raho

Bhangra Legends RDB Back To Winning Form With New Upbeat Track Bajatey Raho

International Bhangra music pioneers RDB are back on top form with their new high-energy party track Bajatey Raho. The highly anticipated offering is the title song from the upcoming Bollywood comedy-thriller film Bajatey Raho, which releases internationally on 26th July 2013 through Eros.  

The feel-good anthem has been expertly produced using state-of-the-art music mixing technology by RDB brothers Surj and Manj with the lead vocals coming from Manj himself. The song’s lyrics have been written by music connoisseur Kumar.

Bradford’s very own ‘Bhangra boys’ Surj, Manj and Kuly formed RDB (Rhythm Dhol Bass) over a decade ago and have enjoyed international success with a string of hit songs, including Singh Is KingAloo ChaatSadi Gali and Shera Di Kaum. They have collaborated with such music heavyweights as Snoop DoggT-PainLudacris, Public EnemyElephant Man and Bollywood’s A-list superstar Akshay Kumar, amongst others.

RDB are widely regarded as having instigated the change in perception to UK-Asian music by introducing the likes of Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and T-Pain to the Bhangra-Bollywood scene. As well as creating their own unique RDB sound, the brothers have also produced tracks under their Three Records label for a host of musical talent, including Nindy Kaur, Raftaar, SmoothJind Mahi, Binder Pasla, UDN and others. RDB have successfully taken the unique and eclectic fusion of Western Hip-Hop and Rock together with the infamous Punjabi ‘drum and Dhol’ beat to a mass global audience.

Bajatey Raho released internationally on 26th July 2013 through Eros.

Sony Pictures to release epic new sci-fi thriller ‘Elysium’ in India

Sony Pictures to release epic new sci-fi thriller ‘Elysium’ in India 

Starring Oscar-winners Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, Neill Blomkamp’s next masterpiece will hit Indian theatres on August 23, 2013

Mumbai, July 26, 2013: This AugustSony Pictures is all geared up to release the summer’s biggest futuristic science fiction movie Elysium in Indian theatres. Set 146 years in the future, on a ravaged Earth and a luxurious habitat called ‘Elysium’, the blockbuster stars Academy Award winners Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity), Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs) and Sharltey Copley (District 9) in major roles. Produced by Bill Block, Simon Kinberg, Neill Blomkamp and written and directed by Oscar nominee Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame, the film will touch upon political and sociological themes such as immigration, health care and class issues and is inspired by the South African director’s own experiences. 
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Elysium takes place in the year 2159 A.D, where two classes of people exist: the extremely affluent, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated Earth ruined by poverty, war and crime. Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) will stop at nothing to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium – but that doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. Max (Matt Damon) agrees to take on a life-threatening mission, one that could bring equality to these polarized worlds. 
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Neill Blomkamp’s last outing District 9 was an outstanding critical and commercial success. The movie earned four nominations in the 2010 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and a writing (Best Adapted Screenplay) nomination for Neill Blompkamp.
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will hit Indian theatres on August 23, 2013. It will be releasing in English and Hindi.

Release Date in India - August 23, 2013
Director - Neill Blompkamp
Writers - Neill Blompkamp
Producer - Bill Block, Simon Kinberg, Neill Blomkamp
Starring - Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharltey Copley

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

MUSIC RELEASE OF” MAIN HOON SURYA SINGHAM II”

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MUSIC RELEASE OF” MAIN HOON SURYA SINGHAM II”

They say if a film’s music is a hit, half the battle is won. ‘Main Hoon Surya Singham II’ starring south megastar Surya has not only won the box-office battle across South but its music has also topped the charts.
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So after hitting all the right notes in Tamil and Telugu, the music of the Hindi version of ‘Main Hoon Surya Singham II’ was launched across the nation on Monday, 22nd July, at Mumbai’s Sun-n-Sand Hotel.

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Clearly, one of the most awaited films of 2013, ‘Main Hoon Surya Singham II’ is ready to entertain the audience with its slick action, edge of the seat entertainment and totally dhamakedaar music by none other than the ace singer and composer from South Devi Sri Prasad. The album has a total of 6 racy tracks sung by leading singers like Hariharan,  Shankar Mahadevan, Javed Ali, Baba Sehgal, and Devi Sri Prasad himself.

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Present at this event were producers M Ramesh from Marudhara Entertainment, Chaitanya Swami and Jagdish Thakur from AS Pictures Entertainment and Kalapi Nagada from Cinekorn Entertainment along with the chief guest of the event Ganesh Jain from Venus who officially unveiled the film’s music.
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Directed by Hari, ‘Main Hoon Surya Singham II’ toplines Anushka Shetty, Hansika Motwani and south super star Surya who will be reprising his fiery role from the Singham’s first installment. Singham will roar once again on August 2nd as ‘Main Hoon Surya Singham II’ releases across India.

Hollywood Heartthrob Channing Tatum feels intimidated by co-star Jamie Foxx’s musical talent

Hollywood Heartthrob Channing Tatum feels intimidated by co-star Jamie Foxx’s musical talent

The two actors will be seen together in the upcoming movie ‘White House Down’

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What do you get when you put together two very talented Hollywood actors along with an engaging action plot about the White House? The answer to this question lies in the upcoming presentation by Sony Pictures, White House Down. Starring hunky actor Channing Tatum as a Capitol policeman and the versatile Jamie Foxx as the president of the United States, there is so much talent in this action flick that even Channing Tatum is feeling the heat!

Talking about his co-star in the movie, Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum was all praises. About his musical prowess, he quipped “Let me tell you something about playing with Jamie Foxx. You feel very inadequate at times because the president is on the piano playing Mozart and Chopin. You walk in and you are like, ‘I need to start taking piano lessons!’ But that’s what’s fun about it. I get to learn from all these guys.”

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It is, of course, a well known fact that Jamie Foxx is a talented musician. Add to this the to-die-for looks of his co-star, well, the star power alone makes this move an absolute must watch.

White House Down is the story of Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) who has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx).  Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group.  Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it’s up to Cale to save his daughter, the president, and the country.
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White House Down hit the movie screens on Friday, July 19, 2013.


NEXT DC SUPER HERO MOVIEIN PRE-PRODUCTION Director Zack SnyderUnites Superman and Batman in One Explosive New Film

NEXT DC SUPER HERO MOVIEIN PRE-PRODUCTION

Director Zack SnyderUnites Superman and Batman in One Explosive New Film

BURBANK, CA, July20, 2013 –On the heels of the worldwide success of “Man of Steel,” director Zack Snyder is bringing together the two greatest Super Heroes of all time—Batman and Superman—for the first time on the big screen.The announcement was made today byGreg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The current hit, “Man of Steel,”has taken in more than $630 million at the worldwide box office to date, and climbing.  Along with its star, Henry Cavill, the upcoming film brings back Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.  The new Batman has yet to be cast.
Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who will then pen the screenplay.  Production is expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date in Summer 2015.
Silverman stated, “Zack Snyder is an incredibly talented filmmaker, but beyond that, he’s a fan first and he utterly gets this genre.  We could not think of anyone better suited to the task of bringing these iconic Super Heroes to the screen in his own way.”   Kroll added, “We are thrilled to be back in business with Zack and his team on this next movie.  The success of ‘Man of Steel’ is a wonderful testament to the love and support that both fans and new audiences, worldwide, have for these characters.  We are very excited to see what Zack has in store for all of us.”


Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment, noted, “Superman and Batman together on the big screen is a dream come true for DC fans everywhere. All of us at DC Entertainment could not be more excited for Zack’s continuing vision for the DCUniverse.”
Zack Snyder, who made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con today, breaking the news to audiences there, latersaid, “I’m so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can’t wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter.  Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world.”
The new film brings back Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder as producers. This time, Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers, along with Benjamin Melniker and Michael E. Uslan.
Thomas offered, “Whilst our ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy is complete, we have every confidence that Zack’s fresh interpretation will take the character in a new and exciting direction.  His vision for Superman opened the door to a whole new universe and we can’t wait to see what Zack does with these characters.”

The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.

Production House, Nautanki Films celebrates 300+ episodes of television show, Madhubala –Ek Ishq Junoon , Nautanki Films to get into film production ~

Production House, Nautanki Films celebrates 300+ episodes
of television show, Madhubala – Ek Ishq Junoon
~ Nautanki Films to get into film production ~

Mumbai, 22nd July, 2013: Saurabh Tewari & Abhinav Shukla started their journey into production with their joint venture; Nautanki Film Pvt Ltd. Conceptualized in 2011, the production house is powered by BAG Films and Media Ltd. one of India’s leading broadcasting companies.

The company saw great success with the TV Serial ‘Baba Aiso Var Dhundo’ in 2012 which grew to be one of the country’s most popular TV dramas. Shortly after, Madhubala – Ek Ishq Junoon, aired on Colors TV, was born which took Nautanki Films to greater heights. Recently, the production house completed 300 episodes of the hit soap.

In 2013, Nautanki Films launched its 3rd TV show for Life Ok (Star Network) – Do Dil EK Jaan. Shot amidst the picturesque valleys of Kashmir and complemented with a resplendent soundtrack, the show takes small screen viewing to a whole new level.

Commenting on the occasion, Saurabh Tiwari - Founder-Managing Director of Nautanki Films Pvt. Ltd said, “It is always a pleasure to know that the hard work you put into a project yields success, we have worked hard toward creating quality in 2013, the production shows that will both engage and entertain audiences.”

“It’s a great feeling to launch something new and we hope to see the same kind of success in our film production as we have for our TV shows.” added Abhinav Shukla - Founder-Managing Director of Nautanki Films Pvt. Ltd.

The production house has a strong foundation in the belief that cutting edge content that is both relevant and grounded in real life incidents will establish a strong connect with their audiences. The company strives to discover and nurture fresh talent in a bid to create India’s next big heart throbs and superstars. In August of this year, Nautanki Films will make its foray into film production.

FULL HOUSE SCREENING FOR AKSHAY KUMAR & ASHVINI YARDI’S FIRST REGIONAL FILM, ’72 MILES EK PRAVAS AT ‘LONDON INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL’

FULL HOUSE SCREENING FOR AKSHAY KUMAR & ASHVINI YARDI’S FIRST REGIONAL FILM, ’72 MILES EK PRAVAS AT
‘LONDON INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL’

Grazing Goat Pictures’ hard-hitting regional drama 72 Miles Ek Pravas has had global audiences raving about the film since its screening at the London Indian Film Festival on the 20th of July 2013. The auditorium was packed with film connoisseurs from across the city, who were full of praise for the finely written and directed film. The viewers were an amalgamation of non-resident Indians in the UK, members of the Maharashtra Mandal in the UK, and in totality a spread of diverse nationalities from across the country, who were in London enjoying the wonderful weather and a plethora of thought-provoking Independent Indian films at the LIFF.
What stood out most about the screening was the poitive reviews that the film received from all the attendees who were in awe of the content driven film and were able to connect with the characters despite the language barrier. Some of the  reviews include: "Nice Film, Great Acting by the lead Radhakka & Ashok. Really loved it", while a first time Marathi film viewer said, “"First Marathi film I saw in my life but this one is really excellent". Another viewer said, "Greatly shot and a real content driven film. Thanks LIFF for selecting it as part of this year’s festival."
One viewer called it “A really inspiring film, brilliant..."which manifests what Grazing Goat Pictures set out to achieve.”
The film was highly appreciated and well received to the extent that the audiences were eager for a screening follow up requesting an in-depth discussion with the producers and director of the film.
72 Miles Ek Pravas, which is the duo’s debut into Regional Film production has been stirring waves with its conceptual excellence and moving screenplay. A hard-hitting, poignant tale of a young boy who makes his journey into self-actualization against the backdrop of a rustic India, 72 Miles Ek Pravas, explores a beautiful, coming of age journey for the 13 year old boy Ashok and the companionable relationships he makes through his journey.

Commenting on the reception of the film at the LIFF, Akshay and Ashvini said“The opportunity to have been able to screen 72 Miles Ek Pravas at the LIFF in  itself was a huge honour, but the great appreciation that the film and our efforts have received at the first ever international screening of the film has left us speechless. We are extremely delighted with the positive feedback and feel proud to have nurtured such a great opportunity in the face of 72 Miles Ek Pravas. We regret not being able to make it to London for the screening but send our gratitude to all those who appreciated the love, hard-work and emotion that we have put into the project. We are trying to make this film available to as many viewers’ globally, as possible and will continue to evolve and create memorable film moments for each of our audiences through our production house. The positive response has only strengthened our motive behind spearheading Grazing Goat Pictures and we assure our audiences across the word that we will continually bring  great films to them just like 72 Miles Ek Pravas.”
72 Miles Ek Pravas releases on the 9th of August, 2013
Here’s the trailer of Grazing Goat Pictures’ 1st Marathi film, 72 Miles Ek Pravas, directed by Rajeev Patil, director of the highly acclaimed film, Jogwa.


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Navika 2nd World Kannada Summit Aug 30 to Sept 1, Boston , USA

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NAVIKA 2nd World  Kannada Summit
Aug 30-Sept 1 2013, DCU Center Boston USA |Business and CME Forums Invitation
Namaskara,

One of the greatest Kannadigas, Sir. M.Vishweshwarayya said, "Industrialize or Perish"! True to his vision, the erstwhile state of Mysore became a model state and today's state of Karnataka continues to forge ahead in many fields. As proud Kannadigas in U.S. and in many parts of the world, we have a lots of wonderful examples of success stories of Kannadigas in entrepreneurship, medicine, information technology, etc.
 
NAVIKA Boston offers you an amazing chance to learn about the current strides in entrepreneurship and cutting edge medical research from both sides of the ocean. The Buisness  and accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) forums at NAVIKA Boston 2013, bring together some of the most successful entrepreneurs and medical professionals from around the world! Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet and network with some of the most successful leaders and medical professionals in the field.
 
Register today and be part of the grand Kannada extravaganza at the NAVIKA 2nd World 
Kannada Summit happening this Labor Day weekend. And while you are here, don't miss the opportunity to tour the historic city of Boston! NAVIKA Boston brings to you the best of East and West. 
For more info, please visit us on the web at www.Navika.org/2013 and avail of great prices.

Dhanyavadagalu,
Dr. Raj Rajur
Convenor, Navika 2013
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Innovate Anywhere
Adopt Everywhere 

 
Art & Advances in Medicine
Bridging the Care
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Friday, July 19, 2013

NFDC releases 'The Good Road'

Dharamji wanted to do Arshad's role in Rabba Main Kya Karoon.

Dharamji wanted to do Arshad's role in Rabba Main Kya Karoon.


Not many know but veteran actor Dharamendra and Sagar's go a long way. Dharamji has done 4 films with Sagar's namely Aankhen (1968), Lalkaar (1972), Charas (1975), Bhagawat (1980). 
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So when Amrit Sagar Chopra went to Dharamji to tell him the script of his forthcoming film Rabba main Kya Karoon and get his feedback, Dharamji loved the script. Infact, he was so impressed by the Arshad's role that he even said that If he was young he would have loved to do Arshad warsi's role in the film. 
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Arshad Warsi plays the role of Akash Chopra's (Main lead of the film) elder brother. Acc to Arshad's theory of romance in the film, when a boy reaches adolescent his harmones starts playing games and you feel attracted to lots of other girls except his wife.. So if he flirts around with other girls he will feel guilty and he will be more romantic towards his wife. 

Its Bollywood calling for Tahira Kochhar - Miss India 2010 finalist






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Its Bollywood calling for Tahira Kochhar - Miss India 2010 finalist

Miss India 2010 finalist, Tahira Kochhar is all set to debut in Bollywood with Rabba Main Kya Karoon, directed by National award
winner Amrit Sagar Chopra.
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Tahira Kochhar's Mother was a teacher at British school in Delhi for 18 years and Dad owns an Advertising business and Realty. Being a fitness freak, her die hard interests include Basket ball, Swimming, Painting and is an expert Jazz dancer. The story of the film revolves around two brothers Arshad Warsi & his younger cousin brother Akash Chopra who is getting married in a lavish wedding in Delhi.

Seven days before the wedding during the marriage preparations his older brother Arshad Warsi and his three mama’s played by Paresh Rawal, Tinnu Anand and Shakti Kapoor teach him the key success to a HAPPY-MARRIED LIFE. According to them, “IN ORDER TO LIVE A HAPPILY MARRIED LIFE, ONE MUST CHEAT ON HIS WIFE!!”
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The Film is a comedy, characterized broad satire and improbable situation. The multi faceted actress is quite excited about her
bollywood debut as she plays the girl next door and love interest of Akash Chopra.

Get ready for the roar of "Main Hun Surya SINGHAM II"…

Get ready for the roar of "Main Hun Surya SINGHAM II"…
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The king is back and this time with twice the vengeance. The successful trio of director Hari, south superstar Suriya and music composer Devi Sri Prasad has joined forces yet again for "Main Hun Surya Singham II".
Releasing in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu across the globe, the second installment of this successful franchise promises double action, thrill and entertainment. Just like its original, the sequel too will have the main protagonist bashing up the baddies and bring them to justice, but "Main Hun Surya Singham II" has many more twists and turns to keep the viewers on the edge of their seats.
Apart from Suriya, the film top lines southern siren Anushka Shetty and Hansika Motwani, who plays a school girl.  Apart from this, Vivek, Vijayakumar, Nassar, and Radha Ravi are reprising their roles from the original.
The film’s music is already topping the charts with compositions that are made for the masses including a sizzling item number. 
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CAST AND CREW…
Directed by : Hari
Produced by : S. Lakshman Kumar
Presents : Marudhara Entertainment, A.S Pictures Entertainment and Cinekorn Entertainment.
Written by : Hari
Starring :  Surya as Duraisingam
                  Anushka Shetty as Kavya Duraisingam
                  Hansika Motwani as Sathya
                  Vivek
                  Santhanam
                  Mukesh Rishi
Music by : Davi Sri Prasad
Cinematography : Priyan
Editing by : V.T. Vijayan
Media Cunsoltant : Revolution Media
PRO : Alia Hasan
Release date :  26 th of July
Country : India
Language : Hindi

"Ek Bura Aadmi set to release on 8th August"

"Ek Bura Aadmi set to release on 8th August"

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Hindi film "Ek Bura Aadmi" is directed by Ishraq Shah. The film starrsArunoday Singh of Yeh Saali Zindagi fame, Raghuvir Yadav, Kitu Gidwani, Yashpal Sharma and Angira who is debuting from this movie. The producer of the movie is Zenaida Mastura and Surendra RajivThe music of the film is given by  Band of BandagiTochi Raina has lent his melodious voice to most of the songs in the film. The film is shot under the banner Philind Motion Pictures Pvt. Ltd.
The film Ek Bura Aadmi is a realistic portrayal of the power politics of the Hindi belt wherein money and muscle power play very prominent roles. Inspired by real life stories of some well-known criminal-turned-politicians from eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
The film is set to release on 8th of August  2013.

Friday, July 5, 2013

GoAir to shift operations from GVK CSIA Terminal 1B to Terminal 1A from July 1

GoAir to shift operations from GVK CSIA Terminal 1B to Terminal 1A from July 1

Shift to create enhanced passenger satisfaction with quicker turnaround time from check-in to boarding
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Mumbai, July 1st, 2013: GVK CSIA announced today that GoAir has moved its operations from Terminal 1B to Terminal 1A at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Mumbai Domestic Airport) with effect from today July 1st, 2013. GoAir currently operates 360 movements per week from Mumbai. A dedicated aisle of check-in counters at terminal 1A is now available for GoAir passengers. The airline will be also moving its ticketing office to the new premise.
GoAir passengers have been adequately informed about this change through personalized communication and advertising. CSIA GVK on its part will also inform all its passengers through signage, website, social media and other communication material at various passenger touch points across the airport. Information about the shift will also be disseminated to all taxi and auto drivers operating from the airport. For passengers who erroneously reach Terminal 1B, GoAir and GVK-CSIA staff is available to assist and a special coach service has been organized to drop them at Terminal 1A. GVK-CSIA and GoAir staff will be at hand to assist passengers and ensure a smooth transition to terminal 1A. 

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Commenting on the development, Mr. Rajeev Jain, CEO, Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. said, “Being one of the busiest airports in the country, we always strive to make the passenger travel experience seamless and convenient. This development will certainly bring enhanced efficiency in managing passengers traveling at GVK CSIA as it would significantly reduce passenger processing time at terminal 1B.”
Mr. Giorgio DeRoni, CEO, GoAir said, “GoAir passengers can now expect quick turnaround time from check-in to boarding considering that Terminal 1A will now cater to passengers of only two airlines. This will give our passengers a better experience as Terminal 1A is well equipped with passenger amenities. With the large passenger numbers that Mumbai Airport caters to, this Terminal change will offer a significant advantage with lesser crowd and fewer queues.  At GoAir, it is always our endeavour to provide the best fares, convenient flight options and a good experience to our customers who are always on the lookout for new and affordable alternatives.”
About GVK MIAL

Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (MIAL) is a joint venture between the GVK led consortium and Airports Authority of India. MIAL was awarded the mandate of modernizing, upgrading and expanding Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in May 2006. CSIA catered to 30.75 million passengers and 657469 tonnes of cargo in FY 2012. MIAL’s vision is to transform CSIA into one of the world’s best airports that consistently delights customers and to be the pride of Mumbai.
About GoAir

Launched in November 2005, Go Airlines (India) Ltd. is the aviation foray of the Wadia Group and currently operates across 21 cities in India including Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Jaipur, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Ranchi and Srinagar offering more than 750 flights and over 2,000 connections weekly.

India Africa Partnership in Agriculture launched

India Africa Partnership in Agriculture launched
Launching India Africa Partnership in Agriculture (IAPA),  consisting of Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), international Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)  and International Agriculture Consulting Group (ICAG), Dr. S Ayyappan, DG, ICAR said that the new partnership will transform Africa and significantly contribute to the global food security. India is committed to the sustainable agriculture development of Africa under the South South Initiative. “The new platform will take on board various stake-holders and provide the Indian expertise and experiences to support African countries in finding solutions to their food , agriculture and development challenges”, added DG, ICRISAT Dr. William Dar.  
IACG President, Dr. MJ Khan asserted that the collective strength of three powerful partners will be able to make substantial difference to the engagement of India with the African continent. He added that IACG will serve as effective delivery vehicle to execute the projects and programs of varied natures, whether sponsored by Government of India or other national and international organisations or the India’s corporate sector. He said in his welcome address that Indian Government and corporate remain committed to participate in Africa’s development and already a large number of India agri companies are playing significant role.
The high level meeting by organized by IACG in collaboration with ICRISAT and ICAR had a diverse and high level participation from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of External Affair, USAID, EXIM Bank, IL&FS, Agri-industry, Agriculture Universities, Research Institutions and several African Embassies. Among the important participants were Dr. LS Rathore, DG, IMD, Mr. Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary, Agriculture, Mr. Ravi Bangar, Joint Secretary, MEA, Mr. Sanjiv Kohli, Joint Secretary, MEA,  Dr. Purvi mehta, Asia Director, ILRI, Dr. Julian Parr, Asia Director, CIP International, Mr. K Jindal, CEO, NABARD, Mr. Bahiri Dugumu, Head – F&A, USAID, Mr. RK Mittal, Vice Chancellor, RAU, Mrs. Gennet Zewde, Ambassdor Ethiopia, Mr. Mr Ali Illiassou, Ambassdor, Niger,  besides 9 Directors and 3 Dy Director Generals of ICAR and over two dozen of Counsellors of Embassies and agri industry CEOs.
In the opening remarks, Dr.William Dar described the goals of South- South Cooperation that ICRISAT has formulated for taking forward the inclusive development through multipronged action in capacity building, technology induction, institution building in Africa. Representatives from the embassies shared the specific concerns, challenges and issues in food and nutritional security in their countries while sharing the expectations out of the partnership and seeking specific support. Ms. Sumana Sarkar representing Exim Bank said that over 16 lines of credit have been extended to African nations with $ 649 million being the highest for East Africa followed by $150 million for West Africa and $ 40 million each for South and Central African nations. 

Mr. Julian Parr of CIP International pointed that in the Africa Indian partnership, learning has to be both ways, India needs to learn from Africa and at the same there is much that Africa needs to learns from innovation in technologies, practices, processes, institution building that has made India reach where it is now in the field of food and nutritional security and agribusiness development. Dr S. Ayyappan expressed the support for IACG led processes for engaging with Africa for agriculture development. Dr. William Dar said that the new Initiative by ICAR, ICRISAT and IACG shall take forward the recommendations of the critical stakeholders in India Africa partnership in agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and agribusiness sector for assisting African nations realizing the food and nutritional security in ways that are environmentally sustainable.
Mr. Ravi Bangar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs spoke in details of the engagement of India with Africa and the projects and programs under implementation. He assured all the support by the Ministry for any projects that the India Africa Partnership by IACG, ICRISAT and ICAR may take up in Africa.   
ICRISAT launched its website www.is-si.icrisat.org on the occasion, which is focused on providing a platform for focused and systemic relationships critical for a more effective and inclusive development cooperation between india and Africa.

Emcure Pharmaceuticals Limited files DRHP for an IPO

Emcure Pharmaceuticals Limited files DRHP for an IPO

Mumbai, July 2, 2013: Emcure Pharmaceuticals Limited (the “Company” or the “Issuer”) has filed a draft red herring prospectus (the “DRHP”) with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) for offering of equity shares of face value Rs. 10 each (the “Equity Shares”) for cash at a price per Equity Share including a share premium to be determined through the book building process (the “Issue”). The Issue comprises a fresh issue of Equity Shares aggregating up to Rs. 3,000 million (the “Fresh Issue”) and an offer for sale of up to 2,513,057 Equity Shares by certain existing shareholders of the Company.

In terms of Rule 19(2)(b)(ii) of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957, as amended (the “SCRR”), the Issue is for at least 10% of the post-Issue capital where the post-Issue capital of the Company calculated at the Issue Price will be more than Rs. 40,000 million. Not more than 50% of the Issue shall be available for allocation on a proportionate basis to qualified institutional buyer (“QIB”) bidders; 5% of the QIB Portion (excluding anchor investor portion) shall be available for allocation on a proportionate basis to mutual funds only, and the remainder of the QIB portion shall be available for allocation on a proportionate basis to all QIBs, including mutual funds, subject to valid bids being received at or above the Issue price. Further, not less than 15% of the Issue shall be available for allocation on a proportionate basis to non-institutional bidders and not less than 35% of the Issue shall be available for allocation to retail individual bidders, subject to valid bids being received at or above the Issue price. QIBs (other than anchor investors) and non-institutional bidders shall participate in the Issue through the application supported by blocked amount (“ASBA”) process only providing the details of the bank account which will be blocked by the self certified syndicate banks to the extent of the bid amount for the same. Retail individual bidders may also participate in the Issue through the ASBA process.

The Equity Shares offered in the Issue are proposed to be listed on BSE Limited (“BSE”) and the National Stock Exchange of India Limited (“NSE”).

The book running lead managers to the Issue are DSP Merrill Lynch Limited, IDFC Capital Limited and Morgan Stanley India Company Private Limited.

The Company is a fast growing Indian pharmaceutical company engaged in developing, manufacturing and marketing a broad range of pharmaceutical products globally. Its core strength lies in in-house development and manufacturing of differentiated pharmaceutical products. The Company focuses its research and development efforts on developing a portfolio of differentiated products across several platforms, including chiral molecules, biosimilars and novel drug delivery systems. The Company commercializes its products through a combination of its own marketing and distribution infrastructure across geographies as well as relationships with multi-national pharmaceutical companies.

The Company believes its competitive advantage in the domestic market lies in its established presence in all major therapeutic areas. It has a pan India marketing and distribution presence with a field force of more than 4,800 personnel, as of March 31, 2013. The Company has a well-diversified income base in terms of geographies, therapeutic areas and business segments within the pharmaceutical industry. The Company has its own sales and marketing infrastructure in the United States through its subsidiary, Heritage. The Company also sells its portfolio of branded generic products to the rest of world. Its products are currently shipped to over 65 countries, where it has established its presence by focusing on important alliances with local and multi-national companies. The Company has subsidiaries in Brazil, Dubai, Nigeria, Singapore and South Africa and branch offices in Morocco and Russia, which play an important role in its international operations. It operates nine manufacturing facilities, eight of which are located in India and one in the United States. Several of these facilities have approvals from various regulatory bodies, including the USFDA and the UK-MHRA. These facilities are capable of producing APIs and pharmaceutical products encompassing a wide range of dosage forms including oral solids, oral liquids, soft gelatin capsules and injectables (both liquid and lyophilized). The manufacturing capability of the Company allows it to manufacture complex products, including cytotoxic products. The Company also manufactures products for certain pharmaceutical multi-national companies and the Company believes that it has emerged as a technologically dependable and quality conscious company of choice for these companies. The Company is led by highly qualified and experienced management team and the board of directors.

Disclaimer: Emcure Pharmaceuticals Limited (the “Company”) is proposing, subject to receipt of requisite approvals, market conditions and other considerations, to make an initial public offering of its equity shares comprising a fresh issue and an offer for sale by certain existing shareholders of the Company and has filed a draft red herring prospectus ("DRHP") with the Securities and Exchange Board of India ("SEBI"). The DRHP is available on the website of SEBI at www.sebi.gov.in; on the websites of the stock exchanges at www.nseindia.com and www.bseindia.com; and on the respective websites of the book running lead managers at www.dspml.comwww.idfccapital.com andwww.morganstanley.com/indiaofferdocuments.

Investors should note that investment in equity shares involves a high degree of risk and for details relating to the same, see the section "Risk Factors" of the Draft Red Herring Prospectus. Potential investors should not rely on the DRHP for any investment decision. The Equity Shares have not been and will not be registered, listed or otherwise qualified in any other jurisdiction outside India and may not be offered or sold, and Bids may not be made by persons in any such jurisdiction, except in compliance with the applicable laws of such jurisdiction. The Equity Shares have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable U.S. state securities laws. Accordingly, the Equity Shares are being offered and sold (i) within the United States to U.S. QIBs in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act and (ii) outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act.

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