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Banking sector dominates Out-of-home industry in the first quarter- Sanjeev Gupta

Advertising in India - Full Train Painting
Advertising in India - Full Train Painting

Outdoor advertising in India is growing at a rate of 13 percent and is expected to touch Rs 3000 crore by the end of 2016. As per the current trend at Global Advertisers, we are witnessing growing investments in outdoor advertising by the Indian and International banks. Their outdoor campaigns are largely focussed on promoting tax saving schemes, home loan advertisements and technology-enabled services including mobile banking and app-based products for their customers.This has shaped our industry quiet positively.

Soha Ali Khan Announces India's Spelling Bee Champion

Soha Ali Khan Announces Ananya G Upadhya as India's Spelling Champ of Classmate Spell Bee Season 8
Soha Ali Khan Announces Ananya G Upadhya as India's Spelling Champ of Classmate Spell Bee Season 8

Classmate, one of India’s leading notebook brands by ITC and Radio Mirchi’s spelling extravaganza Classmate Spell Bee Season 8 culminated today with an exhilarating finish as Soha Ali Khan announced Ananya G Upadhya of Sri Kumaran Children’s Home CBSE (Mallasandra Campus), Bengaluru as the National Champion of India’s largest spelling competition. Samyukta Shrivatsa of PSBB Learning Leadership Academy, Bengaluru was the first runner-up. The theme for the contest this year ‘Every child is unique and so is every word’ is inspired by Classmate’s brand thought of celebrating uniqueness. The competition this year was conducted across India and engaged with more than 3 lac students across 800 schools in 30 cities by testing their mettle in English spellings.

Manasi Scott: The "bare-it-all" Women’s Day interview (Video)

Manasi Scott

Mumbai, March 8 - Manasi Scott is undoubtedly one of the most enigmatic personalities of the music industry. The powerhouse of talent, recently gave a rather candid and honest interview for Women’s Day. From being a single mother to talking about sex outside marriage, Manasi spoke about it all without any hesitation.

Read: Manasi Scott Rocks South Mumbai

Sukanya Samriddhi Account: A promise of security for the Indian girl child

The old RBI Building in Mumbai

The old RBI Building in Mumbai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The practice of female foeticide, driven by the archaic and flawed mindset of having preference for a male child, has attained genocidal proportions in India. The country recorded a child sex-ratio of 914 in the 2011 census – the lowest ever since attaining Independence.

Meet Bros and Khushboo Grewal Rock College in Gandhinagar

Meet Bros and Khushboo Grewal Live Concert

Meet Bros & Khushboo Grewal have been touring  all around the world with their power-packed performances. They gave the students of Gujarat a taste of their Punjabi style at GIT College, Gandhinagar recently.

Tagore Beyond Frontiers: Rajlakshmi Syam, Meeryung Hall and Ipshita Nandi Banerjee Boost Indo-American Cultural Exchange

Meeryung Hall and Rajlakshmi Syam
Meeryung Hall and Rajlakshmi Syam

Kolkata-based  pianist and  fashionista Rajlakshmi Syam recently paid tribute to Rabindranath Tagore in an evening of piano recitals and vocal renditions in a program titled "Tagore Beyond Frontiers." Meeryung Hall, wife of Consul General Craig L. Hall, impressed all with her vocal performances.

The Modern Gurukul: Sonali Bendre Celebrates Success of Her Book

Sonali Bendre Behl (WBRi File Photo)
Sonali Bendre Behl (WBRi File Photo)

The gorgeous Sonali Bendre Behl recently celebrated the success and reprint of her book – The Modern Gurukul. The guest of honor was none other than the honorable Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his wife Amruta. The event was anchored by Sonali’s nephew and popular comedian Amogh Ranadive.

Abhishek Bachchan inaugurates festival at prestigious university connected to three Bachchan generations

Abhishek Bachchan at Spandan Festival, Benaras Hindu University

Actor Abhishek Bachchan has been inspiring the youth with his commitment and passion towards sports in the country. The actor has been going all out to promote any new and upcoming talent not only in the field of sports but in other fields as well.

Spectre DVD/Blu-Ray - Latest James Bond Movie Released on Home Video in India

James Bond Spectre Blu-Ray

SPECTRE dominated the worldwide box-office making it one of the most successful Bond movies ever, shattering records in nearly every market it was released, led by a historic performance in the UK. The movie did extremely well in Indian box-office ending as one of highest grossing Hollywood movies in 2015. It also holds a record for the highest opening weekend for a Bond film in India.

Seminar & Discussion on UNION BUDGET 2016 organized by ICAI & EIRC

CA Manish Goyal, Sri Firhad Bobby Hakim, CA Anirban Datta & others during the inauguration ceremony of Union Budget 2016 organized by ICAI & EIRC held at Kala Mandir
CA Manish Goyal, Sri Firhad Bobby Hakim, CA Anirban Datta & others during the inauguration ceremony of Union Budget 2016 organized by ICAI & EIRC held at Kala Mandir

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and Eastern India Regional Council (EIRC) today organized a Seminar & Discussion on Union Budget 2016 at Kala Mandir Auditorium, Kolkata. This Seminar on the Finance Bill was organized with a view to discuss and understand the proposals which have been dealt by the Honorable Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley during his deliberation and the in between comma and lines to provide the professional fraternity clarity on the subject so that they can perform their professional duties in a better manner.

Watch: Pritam on MTV unplugged - the show that took social media by storm


Mumbai, February 26 - Music composer Pritam is busy churning out melodies for film after film. The accomplished composer is currently working on his upcoming releases Jagga JasoosAe Dil Hai Mushkil and Dangal.

BLCF Bangla School in Singapore observes Amar Ekushey

Amar Ekushey - BCLF Singapore

Singapore, Feb 26 -  Two Bangla schools Zhangdi Primary School and Jhuying Primary School operated by Bangladesh Language and Cultural Foundation (BLCF) observed Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day at their school premises.

Bollywood Actor VIR DAS makes his Washington DC Improv Debut March 11-13

Vir Das Comedy Show in Washington DC, USA

Manan Singh Katohora & JMD Creations Proudly Promote'

A SPECIAL EVENT by "The DC Improv"
VIR DAS : India's Biggest Comedy Star
Open to Everyone 18 and Over. All shows will be in English.

Link for Tickets

Roads to Ruins - JNU: Ultra Leftism, Congress opportunism and Intellectual Cowardice | Nirendra Dev

The stories coming out of JNU, labeled a premier university and a communist bastion, have all the classic marks – professionally trained anti-India slogan shouters, a large army of Narendra Modi-haters, an ambitious student politics of ultra Left wings and righter wingers ABVP, political opportunism of Rahul Gandhi and the ability to link a hanged terror mastermind to his religion (Muslim) identification.

Curiously enough one prominent student leader's father has been a former member of SIMI.

The two-page letter from JNU associate professor Badal Ghana Chakravorty’s missive in 1996 (see snap) had clearly cautioned: “Once again the campus is awash with poster campaign by PDSU (financed by Islamic terrorists from Pakistan) asking for withdrawal of army from Kashmir so that Kashmir can fully become an Islamic state outside the territorial jurisdiction of  India”.

Letter from JNU associate professor Badal Ghana Chakravorty
Letter from JNU associate professor Badal Ghana Chakravorty

On this backdrop we have a different regime in New Delhi. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi by inclination is not a coward and perhaps hates playing safe.

This is the sole reason that that a die-hard Congressman and anti-BJP Manishanker Aiyar today (in circa 2016) finds merits in Atal Behari Vajpayee, someone who would always try to inherit the Nehruvian legacy despite his RSS background.

Read on.

Bangladesh High Commission of Singapore urges upholding spirit of historic Language Movement

Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day at Bangladesh High Commission Singapore

Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day was observed by Bangladesh High Commission Singapore with due solemnity and in a befitting manner. The program was held at the prestigious Singapore Polytechnic Institute Auditorium where attended by over 400 invited guests.