The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Sultan and people of Brunei Darussalam on the eve of their National Day

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Sultan and people of Brunei Darussalam on the eve of their National Day (February 23, 2017).

In a message to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me immense pleasure to extend warm greetings to Your Majesty and the people of Brunei Darussalam on the auspicious occasion of your National Day.

India and Brunei Darussalam have traditionally enjoyed close ties of friendship and cooperation.  I am confident that bilateral relations between our two friendly countries will continue to be strengthened and further deepened for the benefit of our two peoples in the years to come.

Please accept, Your Majesty, my best wishes for you continued good health and personal well-being and for the continued progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Brunei Darussalam”.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on the eve of their Republic Day

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on the eve of their Republic Day (February 23, 2017).

In a message to His Excellency Brig. (Retd) David Arthur Granger, the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to felicitate you on the occasion of the Republic Day of Guyana.

Relations between Indian and Guyana are based on the solid foundations of shared values and convergence of views.  The recent visits of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo to India and the meeting between the Hon’ble Foreign Minister of Guyana with Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs of India on the sidelines of UNGA in New York in September, 2016 have added further impetus to our bilateral ties.  I am confident that our cooperation will be further enhanced in the years to come.

I take this opportunity to convey to Your Excellency my best wishes for your well being and for the continued progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Guyana”.

House wife from Tirupur wins Rs. One lakh under Lucky GrahakYojana for promoting digital payments

29-year-old Jayanthi is an ambitious homemaker who has recently enrolled into a Masters in Engineering in Communication Systems in Tirupur, Tamil Nadu. She has a six year-old daughter and her husband is an employee at a software firm. Jayanthi and her husband have been using debit cards for their regular purchases and have recently started using RuPay for making payments. Post demonetization, Jayanthi faced some problems in making payments digitally as she was not fully aware of the different payment methods and was hesitant to give up using cash. But eventuallyshe began making majority of her payments with herRuPaycard. Jayanthisays, she was delighted to see a credit of Rs. 1,00,000 in her account under the Lucky GrahakYojana for promoting digital payments. She believes that more and more people should start using digital modes of payment as this would help the Government to curb black money in the country.

Mahindra Drives in itsNew Electric CitySmartCar, the ‘e 2 oPlus’ in Chennai

Chennai, February17, 2017:Mahindra Electric, part of the diversified USD 17.8 billion Mahindra Group and a pioneer in the development and production of electric vehicles in India, today announced the launch of its new  electricCitySmart car, the‘e 2 oPlus’in Chennai. With zero emission, the ‘e 2 oPlus’ is set to usher in a whole new concept in urban mobility and is priced at an attractive Rs. 7.70 lacs (for the P4 variant ex-showroom Chennai, post FAME incentive). On a full charge, the Mahindra e 2 oPlus can travel for upto140 kmsand can achieve a top speed of 85kmph.Powered by the latest electric drive train technology from Mahindra Electric, the e 2 oPlus can effortlessly cruise through city traffic and drives Mahindra’s vision of the Future of Mobility. The tall-boy design and spacious interiors make for a compact city car that can comfortably seat four adults. Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric mentioned, “As the pioneers in integrated and electric mobility solutions in India, it has always been our endeavour to make electric vehicles more accessible across segments. The e 2 oPlus is a near perfect amalgam of the dramatic

advancements in automotive technology, electronics and information technology, combined with minimal running costs. As a listening organisation, the e 2 oPlushas been evolved keeping in mind the feedback from our potential customers. I am confident that with its technologically advanced features, home charging facility, easy manoeuvrability and affordable ownership, the e 2 oPlus will soon be accepted as a mainstream car. There has never been a better time to embrace electric vehicles as it not only serves the purpose of a smart city car, but also fulfils the need to contribute positively to the environment.” At the core of the e 2 oPlus is a collection of connected features that have been developed to make the car both easier and more enjoyable to drive and maintain. Whether it is planning a route, checking the health of the car, or remotely cooling the car, the e 2 oPlus seamlessly  integrates technologies to offer functionality and is aptly designed for easy urban commuting. The host of innovative features include remote diagnostics through telematics, connectivity through smart phone app, new and advanced infotainment system, regenerative braking, Hill Hold control for easy driving in hilly terrains, REVive® for reserve charge and automated messages amongst others. Copyright © 2017 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. All rights reserved. *some of the features mentioned here are available in the top end variant Charging the e 2 oPlus is as simple as charging a mobile phone. Customers can choose between 3 trim levels (P4, P6, P8) and 4exciting colours namely Coral Blue, Sparkling Wine, Arctic Silver, Solid White. Key features of e 2 oPlus Hassle free drive

 Regenerative Braking – This revolutionary technology (first in India) charges the battery of e 2 oPlus every time its brakes are applied, helping the car literally recover the energy it dispenses.  Instant Torque – In the absence of a heavy engine or moving parts lagging the power output, the e 2 oPlus provides an instant torque to zoom with maximum momentum from the very minute its engines are cranked.  REVive® – REVive® is a first in the world feature by Mahindra Electric. On the rare occasion that the car runs low on energy, REVive® can be activated to gain an extra 5-10 kms of range, to help the user reach home or the nearest charging station.  Easy Home Charging – The e 2 oPlus can be easily charged through any normal 16 Amp plug point, making it highly convenient and easy.  Small Turning Radius – With a small turning radius of 4.35m and electric power steering, the e 2 oPlus makes maneuvering the tough city traffic highly easy.  Hill Assist – This feature assists in preventing the e 2 oPlus from slipping backwards or forwards on a slope, making it accelerate without any jerks.  Reverse Camera – It assists to spot blocks, gauge distances, and unravel blind spots making it easy and convenient to reverse.  Compact yet spacious – The e 2 oPlus has been designed smart with ample knee room, headroom and cabin space, making it versatile for families of all sizes. Low expenses  Low running costs – At just 70p/km, the e 2 oPlus beats almost all other cars on running costs.  Direct Drive Transmission – The e 2 oPlus operates without a conventional gear box  – which means no clutch.This translates to reduced mechanical losses resulting in maximum efficiency.   Depreciation benefits – Self-employed and businesses can avail tax savings of close to Rs. 1.6 lakhs on purchase of the e 2 oPlus in the first year itself.  Low maintenance – Fewer moving parts in the car accompanied by real time monitoring by Mahindra experts ensure glitch free driving and low maintenance.  Government incentives – Government offers tax exemptions, subsidies and incentives to ensure low purchasing cost for electric vehicles like the e 2 oPlus.

VODAFONE SuperNet TM 4G LAUNCHED IN CHENNAI With a bonanza of special offers for customers, enjoy – 22 GB at just INR 999

Chennai, February 13, 2017: Vodafone, one of India’s leading telecommunication services providers, today

announced the launch of its Vodafone SuperNet TM 4G service in Chennai in the presence of Grandmaster

Viswanathan Anand former World Chess Champion. After successful launches in Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Madurai,

Tuticorin, Trichy, Hosur, Salem, Erode, Puducherry and Vellore Vodafone SuperNet TM 4G was launched in Chennai.Vodafone SuperNet TM 4G will be made available in all major towns and cities across the state by March 2017.Built on the efficient 2100 MHz band, this state-of- the-art network willenable Vodafone SuperNet TM 4G customers to access internet viamobile with speeds across a range of smart devices including Mi-Fi &dongles. Vodafone 4G services can be readily accessed from 4Genabled handsets, offered by leading smart phone nufacturers andavailable across the country.Vodafone SuperNet TM 4G will significantly enhance the mobile internetexperience for customers with faster download/upload of videos andmusic, seamless video chats and will also facilitate greater ease inusing their favourite apps. Customers will also adore features like highdefinition video streaming, mobile gaming and two-way video calling. Vodafone SuperNet TM 4G service in Tamil Nadu is built on a strong fibre backhaul, a new and modern network and also supported by its superfast 3G services. With this launch, Vodafone is now uniquely positioned to offer in Tamil Nadu, 2G/3G/4G services on its own state of the art, convergent radio technology.Leveraging its global network and experience, Vodafone Tamil Nadu also pioneered international roaming on 4G for its India customers visiting in 35 countries including UK, South Africa, UAE, USA, New Zealand, Turkey, Ireland, Singapore, Albania, Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Thailand, Portugal, Russia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Greece & Czech Republic, many more countries to be launched in the near future.Announcing the launch of Vodafone SuperNet TM 4G service in Chennai, S Murali, Business Head-Tamil Nadu, Vodafone India said, “As a steadfast partner to Digital India, we are delighted to launch Vodafone SuperNet TM 4G in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. 4G has the potential to revolutionize the mobile experience through powerful innovation that impacts how we work and live. Vodafone’s global expertise and experience of launching 4G across 20 countries gives us a better understanding of this technology and the needs of the 4G customer. We have received overwhelming response from customers in Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Madurai, Tuticorin, Trichy, Hosur, Salem, Erode, Puducherry and Vellore where Vodafone SuperNet TM 4G is already available. Beginning today, our customers in Chennai and soon across Tamil Nadu, will enjoy the world’s largest 4G network experience.” The Vodafone SuperNet TM 4G launch in Tamil Nadu follows the successful rollout of Vodafone 4G services in Kerala, Karnataka, Kolkata, Delhi & NCR, Mumbai, Haryana, UP East, UP West, Gujarat, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Assam & North East, Odisha, Maharashtra and Punjab circles. With the launch in Goa expected soon, Vodafone Vodafone SuperNet TM 4GAdvantage  Superior network: State of the art 4G LTE network on 2100Mhz with extensive fibre backhaul  High Speed downloads/uploads: a fast and seamless mobile internet experience  Enhances experience: of music, videos, chats, mobile gaming and two-way video calls with faster response time  Vodafone PLAY:3-months Free TV, Movies, Videos & Music  International Roaming on 4G across 10+ countries SuperNet TM 4G coverage will be available in 2400 towns across 17 circles in the country by March 2017. These 17 circles where Vodafone will offer 4G services contribute over 90 percent of Vodafone India’s data revenues. The bonanza of special benefits on offer to enjoy the Vodafone SuperNet TM 4G experience in Chennai is as below: Unmatched value  FREE SIM upgrade to 4G plus 2 GB Data FREE with every 4G SIM upgrade  Prepaid Customers enjoy 4 times 4G data on purchase of 1GB pack  Faster 4G services at 3G prices  Array of Data Packs starting from as little as INR 8 for 30 MB  FREE 3-month access to VODAFONE PLAY-your one stop destination to a world of entertainment- Live TV, Movies, Videos & Music  4G Mi-Fi that supports Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 15 devices  Enhanced customer experience- immediate 4G SIM exchange at multiple touch points  Enjoy 4G international roaming in 35+ countries- UK, South Africa, UAE, USA, New Zealand, Turkey, Ireland, Singapore, Albania, Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Thailand, Portugal, Russia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Greece & Czech Republic, many more countries to be launched in the near future Seamless customer experience  Instant SIM swap at all Vodafone stores and select retail outlets  Vodafone subscribers can also check if their SIM / Phone is 4G compatible by sending an sms <4GCHECK> to 199 Tamil Nadu is a focus and significant growth market for Vodafone India. To cater to the growing volumes of customer usage and their increasing need for speed, the company has invested INR 7000+ crore in Tamil Nadu circle (including Puducherry) till date including INR 350 crore in H1 FY17 to expand, modernize and build a more technology and energy efficient network. Vodafone has a large retail footprint with 800+ Vodafone branded stores spread across prominent localities in the circle, making it convenient for customers to access Vodafone’s products and services within their neighbourhood. About Vodafone India Vodafone India is a 100% fully owned subsidiary of the Vodafone Group Plc. with operations across the country serving over 200 million customers (over 106 million in rural areas). Commencing operations in 2007, Vodafone is today a robust, award-winning business and committed for the long term. Vodafone Business Services serves the needs of enterprises and government by providing total telecommunications (Voice and Data) solutions across mobility and wireline platforms. Our mobile wallet, M-Pesa is a unique and innovative money transfer service from Vodafone that fosters financial inclusion. Committed to optimizing the near-ubiquitous reach of mobile telephony to address national developmental priorities, the Vodafone Foundation partners is actively engaged in community development initiatives especially in the domains of m-Women, m-Agriculture, m-Education and Disaster Relief. Building on its global experience and expertise, an outreach across India and offering a comprehensive portfolio of technologies- 2G, 3G & 4G, Vodafone is uniquely positioned to actualize the vision of Digital India. Globally, Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 49 more, and has fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 September 2016, Vodafone had 470 million mobile customers and 14 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please


Velammal, renowned for its excellence in all round education and discipline was started in the year 1986, inspired by the wisdom of Smt. Velammal, a noble lady and pursued with passion by Shri. M.V.Muthuramalingam, the founder Chairman of Velammal Educational Trust. VelammalVidyalaya, a CBSE School at Alapakkam, located in the heart of the city was started this year. Its holistic approach to inculcate self confidence in children makes all round learning a part of its curriculum. We have also invited eminent personalities to motivate our students such that we believe if students are shown their “ROLE MODEL”, they definitely follow them and become a real hero in their life time. Some of the Eminent Personalities who have visited our institution are His Excellency Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Former Prime Minister Shri. H.D.DeveGowda, Dr. R.Chidhambaram, Dr. K.Kasturirangan, Dr. M.S.Swaminathan, Shri. Rakesh Sharma, Shri. T.N Seshan, Shri. KapilDev, Shri. Shivkhera, Shrimathi. P.T Usha,Shri. DhanrajPillai, Shri. BaichungButia, Mr.Sachin Tendulkar,Mr.VirendraSehwag, YogeshDutt, Ms.MaryKomb, Mr.Vijendra Kumar,Mr.MathewHayden,Mr.Chris Gayle, Mr. MariyappanThangavelu,Mr.DevendraJhajharia, Ms. Deepa Malik, Mr. Varun Bhatia and many Academicians, Nobel Laureates, well known Social Activists, Doctor of repute,etc.,
Highlights of the day :
 The celebrities presided over the function in order to save our culture Various performances from various villages of about 200 Folk Artists along with the celebrities of cultural heritage embellished the campus.
 The amount which was collected through the sale of tickets will be contributed to the farmers for a noble cause.
Various Food Stalls displayed the traditionalistic culture of Healthy foods which was a wondrous delight for taste buds and a feast to our eyes. The Traditional games were showcased to the visitors & students.The spotlight of the event is to inculcate Healthy Food Lifestyle &to bring back the Traditional Values.This event was a tremendous platform for the folk artists to rejuvenate & rejoice for two days (28.01.2017 & 29.01.2017) which was an excellent moment of honour for the entire folk artists & their team.

65-member South African Tourism Trade Delegation visits Chennai


Indian Traveller Spend In South Africa Crosses Zar 1.1billion In 2016; Notched Up To 8th Ranking International Arrivals Market

South African Tourism noted an increased length-of-stay, average spend and an overall increase in arrivals from India in 2016 .

MUMBAI, 31 JANUARY 2017: Even amidst demonetisation woes and a generally gloomy travel outlook towards the third quarter of last year, the Indian market has shown good numbers for South Africa during 2016. The destination closed 2016 on a successful note, noting a 27% growth in arrivals that clocked at 81,429 by the end of the third quarter.

Stats tell a positive story: Overall spendsfrom India crossed an astounding ZAR 1,100,000,000 by the end of the third quarter and average spend per leisure traveller was placed at INR 590,000 (approx. ZAR 150,000) indicating that destination South Africa attracts a variety of pocket-sizes. Market intelligence delivered by trade partners tells the tourism board that the destination sells to travellers with an INR 1.5 lakh budget as effectively as it appeals to travellers with 10.5 lakh budget.“We want to sustain this growth and also attract return travellers. Going forward, we are going to focus on increasing the geographical scope of the market – our biggest sources are Mumbai and Delhi, followed by Bangalore and Chennai,” said Hanneli Slabber, country manager, South African Tourism– India.The average number of nights spent by Indian tourists in South Africa is now at 11 days for holidays and 19 days for business travellers. Slabber added, “I reckon that they’re taking some time off to explore South Africa after the conclusion of their work in SA.  VFR is at 21 days average stay.”

Trends indicate market evolution and high potential:Holiday choices are increasingly experiential i.e. there has been a marked shift from seeing to experiencing. Indians are signing up for adventurous activities like the world’s highest bridge bungee, shark-cage diving and skydiving, idyllic experiences like Boma dinners and tours of loyal vineyards and an interest in history, culture and local lifestyle in addition to South Africa’s world-famous trademark wild-life experiences.The fact that Indian travellers are delving deeper, exploring wider and also making second and third visits to the destination works conveniently in line with South Africa’s recently launched a campaign – wow in every moment – that has kicked off earlier this year. “Indian travellers are becoming very aware of their personal tastes and often even within a family or group of friends who travel together, there are multiple preferences. This campaign showcases our ability to surpass the expectations of every segment and every type of traveller. It also entices repeat visitors by reminding them that there is so much more to see, feel, taste and experience in South Africa.” Slabber added.

2017 will focus on ‘wow in every moment’:The global campaign will be rolled out in India through joint marketing campaigns with travel agents, a brand-new Facebook page (Visit South Africa India), television and outdoor advertising campaigns. “When travellers to South Africa were asked where they first heard about us nearly 30% said online (articles and social media combined). We knew it was time to start talking to India via Facebook,” Slabber explained. The Facebook page and all other campaigns will be tailored for India.Travel agents will also undergo destination training and all the aspects that make South Africa amazing through a 17-city Learn SA programme slated for mid-2017.

South Africa hopes to cash in on cricket connect:According to a statement by Cricket South Africa, India and Australia will both tour for four-Test series in late 2017 and early 2018. “We eagerly await confirmation on India’s tour of South Africa because it will mean a huge surge in visitor numbers,” Slabber concluded.

HP and Redington launch India’s first Indigo Centre of Excellence in India

Chennai, India, January 25, 2016 — HP and Redington India have launched India’s first Centre of Excellence in Chennai today. The Centre of Excellence which is in Guindy Industrial Estate, Chennai will showcase HP Indigo’s Digital offset Presses along with a host of Pre Press, Post Press and Web to Print solutions for Commercial, Photo, Publishing and Labels & Packaging segments. 

The Centre of Excellence  is currently equipped with HP Indigo 5900, 7900 and the latest 12000 Digital Presses. It also has a wide range Pre Press and software solutions including Esko Graphics, Haiyaa, Color Logic, Human Eyes, Enfocus &  HP Mosaic. The Centre is also equipped with a wide range of finishing equipment’s . Customers who visit the center of excellence will have experience of the end to end solutions which is very important. 

A sizeable portion of the Centre of Excellence is dedicated for Brand Owners and Print Buyers, who can get to see some of the best print applications from across the world and hear the stories behind some of the world’s most successful digital print campaigns. The application gallery also host a Digital super market that has the best of Labels and Packaging applications that can serve as a gold mine of information to Packaging development managers. To provide a superior pre-sale customer experience, the Centre of Excellence is developed on a total budget of USD 3 million.  
Inaugurating the Centre of Excellence, Mr. Alon Bar Shany, General Manager, HP Indigo division said, “This Centre of Excellence is specifically targeted towards customers who are new to the HP Indigo family of digital offset printing presses. The centre will not only give our customers a hands-on experience of the products but also enhance the technical knowledge, enabling them to make the most out of their HP Indigo Presses.”
Also, present at the event, Mr. A. Appadurai, Country Manager, Indigo and Inkjet Web Press, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc. India said, “ HP & Redington India Limited, are extremely happy to announce the inauguration of the first HP Indigo Centre of excellence in India. We believe the printing industry, our customers and the Brands will hugely benefit from this. We are proud to be associated with Redington India Limited which has made this significant investment towards their commitment to the Digital Printing Technology and the Industry overall” 
Mr. Kasturirangan, Wholetime Director, Redington added, “We are proud to partner with HP who are unparalleled champions of digital printing. There is a huge opportunity for HP Indigo digital presses in the country and this Centre of Excellence will help in reaching out to them and give them a one of a kind pre-sale experience.”    

The HP Indigo 7900 and HP Indigo 12000 are the latest digital presses which were first showcased in DRUPA 2016. The HP Indigo 12000 digital press offers two sides photograph printing and guarantees photo life of up to 200 years. Both the Digital Presses offer 40% higher productivity and there is an automatic Alert Agent, which performs real-time error detection while printing, which results in waste reduction and helps increase productivity. 
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