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Saturday, February 28, 2015

May 18 - World Hypertension Day

World Hypertension Day - May 18
Hypertension - India's silent killer 
by Sreeparna Chakrabarty

Fast-moving lifestyles, unearthly hours at work, stress, addiction to alcohol and unhealthy meals are making more and more Indians fall prey to high blood pressure at a very young age.
"The biggest problem with hypertension is that there are no symptoms. Thus people tend to be unaware that they have hypertension," Mr. Ravi Kasliwal, Senior cardiac consultant, Medanta-the Medicity, told IANS.

"High blood pressure (BP) is a major public health problem in India and its prevalence is rapidly increasing among both urban and rural populations. In fact, hypertension is the most prevalent chronic disease in India," he said.

A classic case is of Samir Soni, who like any other 23-year-old, was coping with work at a call centre and the demands of a fast moving city till one day he suffered a stroke at work.

Doctors say the Soni case is typical of urban Indian youth who silently suffer from high blood pressure without realising it and which ultimately leads to such major health problems like strokes.
Blaming Indian food habits and a sedentary lifestyle, Kasliwal said: "Most of us grab snacks like namkeens and samosas when hungry between meals. Not only do these have a high salt content but they are also sources of trans-fats."

Vipul Roy, senior consultant at the Indraprastha Apollo hospital told IANS: "Youths are very casual about their health. Most of the time they are glued to TV sets or computers and have very little time for exercise."

Roy advocated an awareness regimen among the young about the perils of hypertension, including special health classes at the school level.

In India, experts say a large number of people are in the pre-hypertension category - BP of 130 / 90 against the normal range of 120 / 90. People with BP of above 140 / 90 are considered to be in the hypertension category.

The prevalence of hypertension ranges from 20% to 40% in urban adults & 12% to 17% among rural adults.

Experts estimate that the number of patients in India with high BP is likely to rise from about 140 million in 2008 to nearly 215 million by 2030 along with an increase in the risk of complications such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney problems and other serious illnesses.
Given the seriousness of the problem, WHO has selected hypertension as its theme for 2013.
High BP is, however, both preventable and treatable.

For many people, lifestyle changes such as cutting down on salt, eating a balanced diet, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, getting regular exercise and avoiding tobacco use are sufficient to control blood pressure.

For others, medication is required, which is effective when taken as prescribed.
Kasliwal said a simple measure like restricting the salt intake per person to less than five grams per day and half an hour of exercise can help control hypertension that is assuming epic proportions in the country.

Sreeparna Chakrabarty can be contacted at

PE Investment in Indian Real Estate Doubles in 2014

According to real estate consultancy Cushman & Wakefield, Private equity (PE) investments in the real estate sector stood at Rs. 15,410 crore in 2014, up from Rs. 7,360 crore recorded in 2013.
This is also the highest level of investment since 2008 (Rs.17,440 crore), indicating renewed interests among domestic and foreign investors for the Indian real estate sector.

The year 2014 saw high level of interest in leased office assets with a number of foreign investors acquiring IT parks and IT-SEZs. Investment activity in under-construction projects in the residential segment also improved significantly.

Mr. Sanjay Dutt, Executive Managing Director South Asia, Cushman & Wakefield, in a statement, said: “Aggressive acquisitions by foreign funds in the Indian real estate assets in 2014 is an indicator of renewed interest in the sector. With increasing capital requirements of the Indian real estate sector & in anticipation of improving macroeconomic conditions, private equity funds are likely to invest even more in the next few years.”

Delhi-NCR witnessed the highest level of transaction activity in 2014 with investments of Rs. 5,910 crore, nearly four times the quantum of investments in 2013.

Given the liquidity issues faced in the residential segment as developers saw subdued sales and highly restricted access to debt funding, private equity funds have emerged as an important source to meet funding requirements.

A few fund houses have now tweaked their strategy and are collaborating directly with residential developers (to garner higher returns). Some funds are underwriting apartments in under-construction residential projects.

Friday, February 27, 2015

KPMG Union Budget 2015 on 2 March 2015 at Chennai


 KPMG Union Budget 2015 

 Event on 02 March 2015 


2 March 2015 (Monday)

17.30 onwards

Hyatt Regency, 
Mount Road, 
Anna Salai, 
 Chennai – 600 018.

A detailed analysis and discussion of the proposals to be presented in the Union Budget 2015 by the Honourable Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley.

KPMG will make a detailed presentation on the economic aspects and the potential implications of the direct and indirect tax proposals in the Budget, followed by a Q & A session.

KPMG in India is pleased to invite you to a detailed analysis and discussion of the proposals to be presented in the Union Budget 2015 by the Honourable Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley.
KPMG will make a detailed presentation on the economic aspects and the potential implications of the direct and indirect tax proposals in the Budget, followed by a Q&A session.
We would be delighted if you could join us for this exclusive event.
The itinerary is as follows:
Welcome address
Budget discussion
Cocktail and dinner
18:00 – 18:10
18:10 – 20:00
20:05 Onwards

In addition to our traditional communication channels, we also look forward to engaging with you on social media in the run-up to the Budget, on the Budget Day and during the post-Budget period. We will tweet, post updates, provide interesting facts and feature videos of KPMG Tax Partners and industry leaders with their expectations from the Budget.
Please follow the Union Budget 2015 on KPMG in India's official social media pages.

Railway budget 2015-16 : Share Investments

Report by GEOJIT BNP PARIBAS Research



Railway budget 2015-16

Share Investments

Positive Impact:

L & T, Siemens

Alstom Ltd

Texmaco Rail

Kalindee rail

Negative Impact:


Adani Power


Celebrate this women’s day at Radisson Resort Temple Bay

Celebrate this women’s day at Radisson Resort Temple Bay
Enjoy Interesting package at Waters Edge Cafe

 8th March is celebrated as Women’s day to honour womanhood and to pay tribute to the indomitable spirit of women across the globe. In our Country Woman is worshipped as Sakthi [Strength], Saraswathy [Knowledge] and Lakshmi [Prosperity] and we dedicate this day to recognize their love and motherhood.

Celebrate Women’s day at Radisson Resort Temple Bay with exclusive menu and exciting games at Waters Edge Café on7thand 8th March 2015.  Enjoy a delightful spread  Buffet and Mocktail of the day at Rs. 1475+taxes for Adult and Rs. 800+taxes for Kids and other interesting menu includes Maa Ki Chat, Pasta Live Counter and Cake Mixing, the activity of the day involves Balloon Sculpting, Craft Shop and Magic.

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CONCERT in association with TANSCOPE Government of Tamil Nadu had organised various contests (Elocution, Essay writing, Drawing and Special Drawing) among 8th, 9th and 11th standard students studying in High and Higher Secondary Schools of Chennai District.

All the contests held at 3 levels. The first level school level was held in 107 schools and 5100 students participated.

In the second zonal level, 238 students from 85 schools participated. The final Chennai city level contests held on 27th February, 2015, at Chennai Boys Higher Secondary School, 112, Kodambakkam Salai, Saidapet, Chennai

The titles for the contest are as follows:-
• Elocution Contest: Title A reported Consumer redressal case •
Drawing Contest: Title Prevention of air pollution
 • Essay Writing Contest: Title Safe Drinking water
• Special Drawing Contest: Title Clean India

 Best entries from drawing and special drawing contests displayed for observation of viewers. Seminar titled “STUDENTS AS CONSUMERS” also held on the same day from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm followed by the award and certificate distribution function.

KPMG’s Pre- Budget Survey 2015 - 16

Budget 2015-16: KPMG unveils expectations of Foreign
Investors, Corporates and the Aam Janta

Budget 2015: Expectations are soaring 

On Saturday, 28 February 2015, Mr. Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget in the Parliament. India

Inc., the country at large, and the global economy keenly awaits this much anticipated budget
particularly due to the current buoyant economic scenario and the positive investor sentiment prevailing in the country. Also, the pending tax and regulatory policy reforms, if undertaken, have the potential to increase investor confidence and put India on the growth pedestal as promised by the government.

KPMG in through its survey, has tried to understand the expectations of India Inc. on various parameters such as policy reforms, clarity on indirect transfer tax provisions, applicability of MAT on foreign companies, amendment in the tax regime for REITs/ InvITs, deductions allowed to individuals, etc.

Over 200 senior professionals across sectors participated in the online survey held during January and
early February.

The key pre-budget expectations have been listed below:

Policy reform expectations:

In order to have a non adversarial and stable tax regime, there is an expectation that various policy
reforms would be introduced or amended. 83% of respondents expect the Government to introduce various policy reforms to promote the ‘Make in India’ campaign a success and turn India into a global manufacturing hub.

As the Commerce Ministry wants the Finance Minister to discontinue minimum alternate tax (MAT)
and dividend distribution tax (DDT) imposed on SEZ units, the respondents feel that MAT and DDT
on SEZ may not be completely discontinued, however approximately 40-50% respondents expect the
MAT and DDT rates to be reduced.

55% respondents are of the opinion, in line with the global benchmarking standards, multiple-year
criteria for bench marking the transfer pricing transactions, would be introduced in the ensuing budget.

About 42% respondents expect the government to partially suggest a roadmap for Base Erosion and
Profit Shifting (BEPS) documentation rules.

Indirect tax expectations:

Goods and Services Tax Constitutional Bill (GST) is the most awaited reform in the Budget 2015.

75% responded positively to introduction of GST along with their expectation that the Budget will lay the road map for implementing the same.

The introduction of GST will bring India at par with developed economies.

Foreign investor expectations:

In line with Modi government’s emphasis on investment friendly environment to boost economic
growth, approximately 45-50% are of the opinion that there will be clarificatory amendments on
applicability of tax provisions on indirect transfer of capital assets located in India to cover only
prospective transactions, on applicability of 10 per cent long-term capital gains tax rate to non-resident shareholders for exit from both Indian private and public companies and also on applicability of Minimum alternate tax (MAT) to foreign companies.

Further, 45% of the respondents are of the view that General Anti Avoidance Rules (GAAR) introduced in Budget 2012-13 to cover impermissible avoidance arrangement will be made applicable, however, in a phased manner.

Personal taxation expectations:

On personal taxation front, there are 53% respondents who expect an increase in the maximum limit of income not to be considered taxable.

Further, almost 70% respondents to the survey expect an increase in limit for deductions allowed under section 80C, thus increasing the amount of disposable income in the hands of individuals.

Real estate sector:

Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi’s promise of housing for all by 2022, has raised the common man’s expectations. There are 60% who expect the government to introduce/rationalise tax incentives to achieve the government’s vision.

Further, Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs) introduced recently to raise fund/capital by developers
lack clarity on various aspects. In order to make REIT more attractive for sponsors and investors, 40% of the view that the ensuing budget will suitably amend the tax regime.

While the expectations of people have been summarised, the common hope is that an environment is
created which attracts investment from various parts of the world by providing clarification and
simplifying the current tax laws and at the same time to reduce the reliance placed on imports by
incentivising companies to produce locally making the ‘Make in India’ campaign possible.

Tax Rate Expectations

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chennai to host 42nd World Bridge Championships 2015


For the first time, India will play host to the biggest event of card games –42nd World Bridge Team Championships 2015. It will be held at Chennai from September 26th to October 10th 2015 at the ITC Grand Chola. HCL is the title sponsor for this tournament. 66 Teams, 660 players from 40 countries will vie for the prestigious Bermuda Bowl Trophy.

The World Bridge Federation (WBF) is the apex body that conducts the World Bridge Team Championships every two years. This is the premier tournament in international bridge and sees the top teams from each geographic region competing against one another for the Bermuda Bowl trophy. Additionally, there are separate trophies for the top women`s team “Venice Cup“ as well as the top senior team“D`Orsi Trophy” globally.

On his official visit to Chennai to oversee the preparations for the WBTC 2015, Mr. Giannarigo Rona, President, WBF,said he was very impressed with the top class infrastructure available in Chennai to host such a big world event. To quote Mr. Rona, he said “More importantly, the passion and dedication of the entire team of Bridge Federation of India [BFI] led by Mr. N.R. Kirubakaramoorthy, President and Vice Presidents Mr. S. Sundaresan and Mr. Kawaljit Singh, has convinced us that this will be one of the greatest tournaments ever conducted bringing laurels to both India and to BFI.”

Mr. N.R. Kirubakaramoorthy, President, BFI added that “this mega tournament will promote the game in India especially among the youth. BFI has plans to attract younger players from all over India by reaching out and encouraging them to participate in local and national events also. There is lack of awareness and people need to know that card games also encourage strategic thinking which helps in critical decision making.”

Presidents - WBF and BFI
Citing an example, he made a mention of Raibeedpura, a remote village in Madhya Pradesh,  where  over  a  100  children,  were  taught  to  play  Bridge which resulted in a marked improvement in their academics whichhas encouraged BFI to do more for school children. Regional “Bridge” events are also being used as a platform to build additional awareness and visibility for the WBTC - 2015, the recent events being “National winter Bridge championships” held in Jaipur, the TVS Ratnam Memorial, Chennai and the Bridge competition held in Indian Gymkhana, Mumbai.

HCL, the title sponsor for this championship was represented by its Chief Marketing officer Mr. Mahalingam Sundararajan who emphasised the importance of “Bridge” and its association with the corporate world. Mr. Sundararajan spoke about HCL’s commitment in promoting “Bridge” in India.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Mahalingam said “It is a great privilege for HCL to associate itself with the World Championship as its Title Sponsor. As technology brand originally, HCL operates in a dynamic environment that need strong strategic focus and quick decision-making abilities for success which is very similar to the attributes one needs in the game of bridge. This makes the game a natural fit for Brand HCL”.

The WBF team was also represented by Mr. Marc De Pauc, Treasurer, Mr. Fotis Skoularikis, Technological Services Manager, Mr. Simon Fellus, Secretary.

For further details, contact:
Mr. Arul Vel, 98410 76964, Shreshta Communications; Mr. Satyan Bhatt,: 98400 85411, , Prism PR.

Light Art Academy’s Black and White Photography Contest Win prizes worth Rs.20,000

Light Art Academy’s Black and White Photography Contest Win prizes worth Rs.20,000 

Light Art Academy announces call for entries for its 13th edition of monthly photography contest themed “Black & White” for the month of February 2015. Light Art Academy encourages entries from all photographers regardless of their experience from around the world to make online submissions.

The winning photographers of the contest will be awarded choice of camera accessories worth 20,000.Rs and will also be featured in Light Art Academy’s website and social media extensively.

The entries will be judged based on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit by Canon’s Photo Mentor Dharma Chandru. An award-winning, professional photographer, Chandru have been featured in National and international platforms for his impressive photographic work that has won him numerous accolades. Announcing the contest Mr. Dharma Chandru, Founder and Managing Director, Light Art Academy said “The 13th edition of the LAA photography contest is opened, thousands of people across the country participated in our monthly themed contest by submitting their works and voting. We have given away prizes worth Rs. 3,00,000 over the year.

Even more people are expected to take part in this edition, which will be dedicated to black and white photography.”

A contestant can submit a maximum of three photographs in line with the theme not more than 10 MB each. The contest is free to enter and will end on March 15, 2015. For complete set of rules please visit

Light Art Academy Light Art Academy is a Global Community of Photographers. We at Light Art Academy constantly endeavour to create the best learning opportunities for passionate photographers throughout the Globe through our regular Photography Workshops, Exciting Photo Contests, Photo Tours , Photo Walks, Photography Tutorials, Interviews of Legendary Photographers, Reputed Photographers Contribution in Terms of Techniques, Travelogues, Equipment Launches, Equipment Reviews etc., keeping it competitive and ensuring a promising exposure. Light Art Academy is lead by Dharma Chandru (, Brand Ambassador for Canon India and Pentax Medium Format Camera, a well known Professional Photographer based out of Chennai.

He is also the CEO and Founder of Light Art Academy. Has the experience of over 100 Photography Workshops and has judged several Noble Photography Contests for Brands like Canon, Tamron, Infosys, Paypal, Techofes (college of Engineering Chennai),Vanguard to name a few.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015



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Thirumana Nagai Thiruvizha at Sree Kumaran Thanga Maligai...

Thirumana Nagai Thiruvizha at Sree Kumaran Thanga Maligai...

Sree Kumaran Thanga Maligai (SKTM), which is an integral part of The Chennai Silks has organized a fabulous and wonderful jewellery fest in the name of “Thirumana Nagai Thiruvizha” exclusively to cherish the wedding season, at their showrooms in Usman Road and Velachery, Chennai - Tamilnadu. 

SKTM was the first jeweller accredited with the BIS Hallmark certification in Tamil Nadu. This assures quality and guarantees the buyer of full value for the money spent. SKTM with their experience and their understandings of the trends in the market have always mesmerized their buyers with intricate and stunning designs. Weddings in India are the most important family function.

 So, the craftsmen who create these ornaments have worked tremendously to create the exceptional “Mangala Subamugurtha Collections”, which would make brides stand out in their special day.


There is also a 5% discount for all diamond jewellery purchased. A special gold ornaments savings scheme called, “Swarna Thara”, has been introduced which will benefit the customers.

How The Union Budget 2015-16 Affects Property Buying Sentiments..?

How The Union Budget 2015-16 Affects 

Property Buying Sentiments..?

 by Mr. Arvind Jain, 
Managing Director - Pride Group

The Finance Ministry's budget for 2015-‘16 is at hand and as always, every Indian will be waiting to see what it holds in store for them.

The property sector in particular is very sensitive to the annual budget, because it has a direct impact on how the common man perceives the viability of purchasing a home.

Every Indian cherishes the notion of owning a home, and every year sees a new segment of Indians entering the stream of employed and salaried individuals who have this this aspiration.

These individuals are just starting out in their careers, and their purchasing power is at the lowest point. Therefore, they are very sensitive to every factor that influences their current finances.
Arvind Jain,
Managing Director,
 Pride Group

At the same time, there are those who have already moved up a little further in their careers and have been aspiring to buy a home for a longer time. They have been scanning the market for suitable options and are fairly certain of what they want, and are now awaiting the right combination of factors to help them make the final decision.

For the real estate market, this amounts to a very large number of 'fence sitters' - people who are potential buyers but are not committing.

The industry expectation is that after the annual budget is announced, many of these individuals may press the 'commit' button. This is because favourable changes in direct and indirect taxation on individuals can induce greater financial confidence.

For example, if the finance ministry raises the individual income tax exemption limit, it will have positive impact on long-term spending and saving patterns. More disposable income increases investment appetite, and property is the foremost investment instrument of choice for every Indian,
Likewise, if the annual budget increases the tax deduction on home loans, it becomes an additional incentive for people to buy homes. The annual budget also impacts the financial confidence of individuals in indirect ways.

For instance, if duties on consumer goods are hiked, it affects how middle class people will plan their budgets for the year. If the budget announces additional subsidies for utilities such as cooking gas, it will translate into more disposable income.

Changes in service tax and sales tax are also directly related to the annual expenses incurred by middle class households, and therefore affect financial planning of families.
In short, the upcoming budget can play a big role in moving undecided property buyers off the fence.
It is not surprising that everyone from developer to end user will be paying close attention to what Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has to offer this year.

About The Author ..!

Mr. Arvind Jain is Managing Director of The Pride Group, a world-class property development conglomerate that is changing the cityscapes of Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore.

Established in 1996, Pride Group has built and delivered over 10 million sq.ft. of constructed area. Pride Group has recently launched Pride World City, the 400-acre luxury mega-township at Charholi, Pune.

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Investing Mantra's: - Investment - Commodity

Investing Mantra's
The Price of a Commodity Will Never Go to Zero..!

“The price of a commodity will never go to zero.
When you invest in commodities futures, you are not buying a piece of paper that says you own an intangible piece of company that can go bankrupt.”

– Mr. Jim Rogers



 organised by
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Government of India
in association with
Consumers Association of India, Chennai

Venue: P.S.Higher Secondary school, Mylapore                                   Date:21.02.2015

Consumers Association of India (CAI) was entrusted this pilot program to take the message of “Jago Grahak Jago” to the maximum grass root level through students of high and  higher secondary education.

Smt Kalyanai Rajaraman was appointed as the Project Director.

This pilot program was conducted in 8 districts distributed in 4 regions of Tamil Nadu
            Region             Districts

·          East                  Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur
·          West                 Coimbatore, Erode
·          North                Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur
·          South                Tirunelveli, Madurai
The following contests were planned among the students of 8th, 9th and 11th standards studying in Government and Other Schools in the above 8 districts.
Four different contests were conducted with the following titles
Category of contest
Title of contest
Elocution Contest
A reported  Consumer case
Essay Writing
Safe Drinking water
Drawing contest
Prevention of air pollution
Special Drawing
Clean India

The medium of contest was Tamil .

Eight coordinators and four Nodal officers were appointed to monitor the progress of the  programs in detail.

Intimation letters were addressed to all schools in 8 Districts through post and in person.

The coordinators in consultation with officials of education department at districts, arranged for school level contests and  each  school nominated one winner to represent their school in each category of contest. All the  winners from the  school were directed to meet in groups at a selected school to participate in the  taluk level selection.

This elocution contest was included not only to hunt the talents of students but also to provoke the thought that consumers have rights as well as responsibilities in their day to day life. Hence, the core theme of the title “Jago Grahak Jago” was brought out in the form of a real life incident during the oration.
A success story of an informed consumer on the deficiency of a product or service was recommended to be  the topic for oratorical contest.
One of the rights of the consumers was “Right to Safe Environment”. It gained significance in today’s life, since Air, water and land are polluted by human activities, which lead to increase in Non Communicable Diseases. Most of the pollution could have been avoided if all the consumers felt the social responsibility vested and expected from them. Hence prevention of air pollution was allotted for drawing contest. Best drawings are displayed for views observation.

Now most of the cities and even villages face shortage of drinking water. Population explosion, failure of monsoon, disputes in water  sharing, irrational use of available water etc., resulted in water shortage. It is  high time that all students must be made to understand the  need to conserve and keep  water free from contamination. Students were directed to write an essay of safe drinking water.

This contest was included to high light the Prime Minister’s Clean India Campaign at student’s level.
Some of the best drawings outlined by students are displayed for observation by all.

Winner of Special Drawing:
1.     Selvan. K.V.Pradeesh, Jayarrajesh Matriculation Hr.Sec.School, Thisaiyanvillai, Thirunelveli
2.     Selvan. R.Gopi, Jaiopal Garodia Govt Hr Sec School, Madhavaram, Thiruvallur
3.     Selvi. M.Suvedha, S.S.K.V. Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, Kancheepuram

Breakup details of students participation in different contests are attached separately.

Best entries were selected by an expert team.     


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