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Evelyn Sharma packs a punch at Donald Trump's 'National Prayer Breakfast'

With the mind of a deft German and the heart of an emotional Indian, Bollywood actress and fashion philanthropist Evelyn Sharma gave her first international speech at US president Donald Trump's 'National Prayer Breakfast' in the Hilton's International Ballroom at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington DC this week.



Representing the Christian faith, Evelyn joined the high ranks of leadership from various countries and religious backgrounds giving inspirational speeches, at the massive event hosted by members of the United States Congress and organized on their behalf by The Fellowship Foundation, a Christian organization.

Red Chillies Entertainment Wins Two Awards at CMO Asia

Red Chillies Entertainment bagged two awards for Dear Zindagi’s brilliantly executed digital marketing campaign at the CMO Asia's Social Media Marketing Awards. The marketing team won two titles for the film that included- ‘Best Viral Marketing Campaign’ & ‘Best Use Of Social Media In Entertainment Industry’.


Kunal Kapoor starrer Veeram finds its place in the Oscars!

The excitement towards Veeram just increased a manifold! Adapted from the Shakespearean classic Macbeth, the film Veeram’s soundtrack ‘We will rise’ has been nominated for the Original Song category at the 89th Academy Awards. The song finds its place in a list of 91 songs from eligible motion length pictures. Sung by Kari Kimmel, it has been composed by Jeff Rona who has also composed the music for movies like Phantom, God of Water, and Traffic III amongst others.


Tata Motors generates employment opportunities for over 200 candidates in J&K, through Project Udaan

Tata Motors generates employment opportunities for over 200 candidates in J&K, through Project Udaan

Mumbai/Kolkata, December 14, 2016: Tata Motors, India’s leading Commercial Vehicle manufacturer, recently completed training of over 200 candidates under the Prime Minister’s Udaan Scheme, through ‘Tata Motors Certified Works Manager’programme.


After becoming the first automobile company to enroll under the scheme in 2013, the collaborative effort has resulted in training and generating employment opportunities for three-year engineering diploma holders and professional degree holders of Jammu & Kashmir, through a collective action oriented agenda.


Under the Tata Motors Certified Works Manager’ programme, fresh graduates from engineering colleges of Jammu & Kashmir are recruited and trained for a period of 6 months at Amity Noida and Tata Motors’ STC (Service Training Centers). On completion of their training, these graduates are placed at Tata Motors dealerships as ‘Service Managers’.


Out of the 230 UDAAN candidates enrolled under this program in last four batches, 218 candidates have completed their training and have been assured a job. The table below represents the success rate of Project UDAAN-Tata Motors Certified Works Manager Program.

Candidates Joined Training


Completed Training


Joined Work



Commenting on the association, Mr. Sanjeev Garg, VP & Global Head - Customer Care-CVBU said, “At Tata Motors, our constant focus is on providing quality technical education that is focused on employment. Through this initiative, we aim to provide job opportunities to over 1300 youth in Jammu and Kashmir, in the next 5 years. With an increasing number of vehicles plying on the road, quality repair and maintenance is an important aspect, and schemes like these help us equip a pool of skilled candidates, in turn helping strengthen our service. We will continue to invest in such training programs, for aspiring youth who wish to work with corporates.”


Speaking on the occasion, Deepak Verma, Batch-II trainee, now placed as a Customer Support Manager said, “The training sessions were insightful and helped me build my technical skills. In Jammu and Kashmir, the availability of industrial courses is limited; and opportunities, scarce. Owing to Tata Motors’ initiative on skill building, we have been empowered to explore our capabilities, at par with the Nation’s best.”


Tata Motors has been at the forefront in creating the right set of talent pool for the automobile engineering and manufacturing industry. With a first-of-its-kind MoU with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Tata Motors has over the past few years, has signed over six such agreements with leading institutes and organisations, to develop skilled & highly competent manpower to be future ready.


About Tata Motors:

Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 2,75,561 crores (USD 41.6 billion) in 2015-16. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India.  With over 9 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.


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Sir Surendranath Banerjea: Making of India’s first ‘national’ leader

This 1869-batch ICS officer could have evolved into a seasoned civil servant. 

Sheikh Hasina – Brave daughter of a brave father and why India needs her

Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh has been impaired by a spate of political violence and terrorism in the recent times. The ’Daughter of Democracy', PM Sheikh Hasina, remains steadfast in such trying times. How has her father's vision influenced her personal and political growth in consolidating India-Bangladesh relationship? Trace the background and current impact with Nirendra Narayan Dev.

Dhaka terror strike: A season of melancholy and the Lost Travelers

Bangladesh Terror Attacks

Aawazon ke baazaron mein khamoshi pehchaane kaun!! 

.......Sadiyon sadiyon vahi tamasha, Rasta rasta lambi khoj !! 

Lekin jab hum mil jaate hain, Kho jaata hai jaane kaun!!  


Woh mera aaena hai aur main uss ki parrchhai hun. 

Mere hi ghar mein rehta hai, mujh jaisa hi jaane kaun !


It is the season of melancholy in India, in Bangladesh and perhaps also rest of South East Asia. The line from the above song quoted tries to lay emphasise on the "lost individual".

"Perhaps, like me there is another individual looking like me in the mirror..." 

Bollywood Actor Abhishek Bachchan Inaugurates New Facebook Office in India

English: Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan with w...

English: Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan with wife/actress Aishwarya Rai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Facebook, the online social networking service with more than one billion users, have inaugurated their India corporate office in the commercial business district of Mumbai, in BKC (Bandra- Kurla Complex). The guest of honor for the event was none other than the very suave and social media savvy Abhishek Bachchan.

Abhishek Bachchan Has Over 9 Million Followers

Narendra Modi's 'Somalia' remarks: Bongs and Malayalis - The bond is beyond Karl Marx ! - By Nirendra Dev

So what does this bring about? Mallus and Bongs have something common to talk about.

My wife articulates it in her own wisdom: “West Bengal’s politics for last five decades has been essentially based on violent control of territory and merciless elimination of political rivals. Every Bengali worth his or her salt knows this. But when it comes to glib talks, most Bhadraloks will talk about jungle-raj in Bihar and insurgency-related killings in Assam and beyond”.

Hence my mallu friends are wasting no time to suggest that Modi has insulted Keralites!

6 reasons to celebrate Sid Mallya

Sid Mallya (WBRi File Photo)
Sid Mallya (WBRi File Photo)

One of the most eligible bachelors, Sid Mallya celebrates his birthday today! Whether it’s shunning his detractors with his witty comebacks, or graduating from a prestigious drama school in London, Sid has added a long list of achievements and accolades to his kitty as he turns a year older.

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