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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 00:00

COLORS INFINITY and Vh1 present Born Stylish

Born Stylish' is India’s first series in a chat show format dedicated to Fashion and Style. The aim of Born Stylish is to highlight Style Icons that embody the seductive concoction of talent, drive, and trend setting choices. This show will map the professional journey of Style Icons, talk about their evolving fashion choices that have shaped their careers and inspired millions.

Each episode has a unique theme attached to it and will feature a chat with a Global Style Icon.

On the launch of the show, Karan Johar said, “Born Stylish on COLORS INFINITY has been created keeping in mind the Indian audience’s aspirations to learn about their favorite celebrity’s style quotient on-screen and off-screen as well as learning more about fashion and couture at an international level through global style icons. It will be quite a stylish treat for our viewers.

The show is hosted by India's foremost designer, stylist and celebrity - Pria Kataria Puri.

The first episode will witness Pria Kataria Puri catch up with The Alphamale Akshay Kumar on his personal style, his fashion transition from the start of his career until today and what influenced the transition. The interview with this alphamale will then be complimented with a short interview with a world-renowned fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

On his personal style statement, Akshay Kumar said, “I personally feel fashion is not about buying ‘big’ or buying labels; it is about how you go and dig stuff and how you search for the right outfits.” Speaking about blending fashion with comfort, he added, “At a red carpet event, if there were no paparazzi, I would love to wear my British nightsuit. I may be the only person at night who still sleeps in his ironed British pyjamas; and I look forward to it!”

The show is all set to air on 28th November 2015 on COLORS INFINITY and Vh1.

Intex Technologies has emerged as the No 1 Indian mobile handset player in the country as per the latest IDC Q3, 2015 report (July - September 2015).

In the last quarter (July - September 2015), Intex sold a whopping 87,55,697 mobile phones, a 42.5% growth viz-a-viz the last quarter. Intex Technologies has shown an incredible growth in a short period of two years and has consolidated its position in the last six months backed by vast product portfolio, innovative offerings, robust distribution and increased service touch points penetration across India.

“Becoming the No 1 Indian mobile brand is a reiteration of our commitment to bring the best in class products to our consumers and we are thankful to our consumers for their love and support. We are all very excited with this achievement and will continue to work towards strengthening our market leadership in the coming months,” stated Mr. Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Business Head Mobiles, Intex Technologies

Beginning this year with a bang, Intex Technologies has followed an aggressive approach towards its growth by successfully launching a slew of of models in the first half of 2015. Some of the key products launched include Aqua Power+, Aqua 4G+, Aqua Trend, Aqua Dream II, Cloud Swift. The objective is to reach to consumers across segments and cater to their diverse requirements.

CNN-IBN, India’s Most Awarded English News Channel, was once again recognized for its exemplary journalism and bagged 3 awards at the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards at a grand ceremony held on Monday, 23rd November 2015, at ITC Maurya, in New Delhi.

Karma Paljor (Senior Editor) won the award in the category of ‘On the Spot Reporting’ for his coverage of Cyclone Phailin in the year 2013 while Deepa Balakrishnan (Bureau Chief - Bengaluru) was awarded in the category of ‘Reporting on Politics and Government’ for exposing the nexus between mining and politics against the backdrop of the impending elections in the state. Marya Shakil (Senior Associate Editor) bagged the award in the ‘Reporting on Politics and Government’ category for her outstanding coverage of the General Elections 2014. The awardees were felicitated by Chief Guest Shri Arun Jaitley, Honourable Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting.

Commenting on this, Avinash Kaul, CEO, IBN Network & President, A+E Network | TV18 said,At   CNN-IBN, we hold ourselves to the highest standards in terms of journalistic excellence. Our teams constantly push the envelope to bring content to our viewers that is relevant, insightful and impactful. It is thus heartening and humbling to be recognized for our work.”

Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards are one of India’s biggest and most prestigious awards. These awards recognise print and broadcast journalists, who do stories that create a far-reaching impact. Started in 2006 to honour the late Ramnath Goenka, freedom fighter and founder of The Indian Express Group, these awards acknowledge accuracy, courage, credibility and fairness in journalism, and honour the best and the brightest in Indian media every year.

To launch the first café in New Delhi, followed by 10 cafes across India in the next 5 years~

FLYP@MTV to operate on the exciting concept of WORK.CHILL. PLAY

Viacom18 Consumer Products, the consumer products arm of Viacom18, is all set to extend the iconic youth brand MTV, from broadcast and digital space to an always on on-ground experience by introducing the first ever café - FLYP@MTV in association with Funbars Hospitality Pvt. Ltd, the master licensee that conceptualizes, develops, executes and operates India’s one of its kind urban hospitality experience. FLYP@MTV will make its debut globally by opening in New Delhi in the month of December. Following the first café in New Delhi, Viacom18 Consumer Products and Funbars Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. plan to open 10 more cafes in the next five years beginning with Mumbai and Bangalore.

FLYP@MTV promises to provide patrons the opportunity to actually experience MTV in its entirety and interact with it through engaging touch points at the café, specially curated entertainment and an exclusive menu created by celebrity chef Ranveer Brar. FLYP@MTV is an authentic representation of the independent professionals, free thinkers, creative minds: a progressive destination to WORK. CHILL. PLAY. A unique facet of the café is its nature of being an exclusive place to work during the day and transforming into a place to chill in the evening and a play zone at night. The café is consistent with MTV’s DNA of being fun, irreverent and entertaining.  There is something for everyone at this one of its kind new MTV hangout.

Speaking on exploring this space Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18 says, “Viacom18 believes in creation of ecosystems - we identify the opportunity for creating tangible touch points for our consumers through live events, through online offerings and through consumer products where we exist in over 50 categories. A café is yet another ecosystem that we, in partnership with Funbars, are creating as an extension of our iconic youth brand MTV. The launch of FLYP@MTV is a move that further strengthens Viacom18’s bouquet of varied offerings - making us truly unique. Thus for us, FLYP@MTV is about creating an interactive and engaging atmosphere wherein youngsters can interact to work, socialize and party together. The café will continue to set and fuel trends, just the way MTV does, therefore creating a gateway to new experiences for our young consumers.”

Announcing the launch of the brand Saugato Bhowmik, Senior Vice-President, Consumer Products, Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd. said, “Our extensive bouquet of consumer products that covers everything from MTV themed accessories to gadgets to apparel to deodorants - we are now extending this iconic brand to create an always on on-ground offering which will let our consumers experience MTV in all its glory. FLYP@MTV is the beginning of a brand new chapter in the journey of MTV consumer products and we have found the perfect partners in Funbars Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. to create this experience and make it come alive. We are so excited about leading the change…so here is a big shout to everyone to come hang out with us at FLYP@MTV for an endless enjoyable experience.”

Viraj Lamba, Head of Business Division & Co-Promoter, Funbars Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. adds, “FLYP is an initiative by Funbars & MTV that aims to give the new urban youth a significant interaction with the brand. Tapping into the pulsating, dynamic and fresh youth culture, FLYP@MTV is designed to bring together the vibrant potential of young India. Each element in the café gets its inspiration from various themes associated with MTV. Our aim is to make FLYP@MTV a cult hangout destination across the country. With exclusively designed entertainment, a bespoke menu by celebrity chef Ranveer Brar and engaging touch points using cutting edge technology, FLYP@MTV is sure to capture the attention of the youth across the nation.”

What’s in store for you at FLYP@MTV?

• MTV Immersive Museum:

o MTV Virtual Museum will be for the customer created to explore the world of MTV in the previous years through Oculus and Controllers. The customer can also select and play videos from the MTV Archive.

• Book a Bakra:

o To add fun and entertainment, consumers can book pranks which can be recorded through hidden cameras and mics. You can book your buddy for a hilarious Bakra - MTV Style.

• Endless Shelf:

o From MTV’s varied merchandise items, one can view each item in the form augmented products on the shelf. Customers can select and buy different merchandise right through the endless virtual shelf.

• Talent Record Room:

o An MTV style recording studio for the audience who are gifted with the capability of singing.  One can record the songs and upload it after reviewing audio and video file of the song. There will be headphones, touch-screens, microphones and cameras available for the same.

• Glocal Food, Local Inspirations:

o The café’s culinary style hinges upon progressive Indian food - local flavours presented in a global style created by celebrity chef Ranveer Brar.

From moving accounts of the 2012 Muzaffarnagar riot survivors to a series of reports from Syria and Iraq on the havoc wrought by the Islamic State; from sterilization deaths in Chhattisgarh to heart-warming accounts of young girls learning to play cricket in a Maoist-affected village in Jharkhand, the eight edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards for 2013 and 2014 was a celebration of how stories should be told – simply,factually.

Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley, who was the chief guest at the function, gave away awards to 56 journalists who went the extra mile for their stories.

Veteran journalist, columnist and author Kuldeep Nayar was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his far-reaching contribution to the field of journalism in a career spanning over five decades. As Editor at The Indian Express, Nayar symbolised journalism's fight against Emergency and was jailed under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act for leading a protest against the excesses of the administration.

Radheshyam Bapu Jadhav of The Times of India won the Prakash Kardaley Memorial Award for Civic Journalism (2014) for his reports on illegal buildings in Pune and the fear of the residents and Madhvi Tata of the Outlook won the award for environmental reporting for 2014 for her story on how the new Andhra Pradesh capital will destroy farming in Guntur, the state's most fertile region.

Shamni Pande of India Today won the award in the Business and Economic Journalism category for her story on the skilling crisis in the country and how the gap refuses to close.

The Indian Express reporters Dipankar Ghose and VN Apurva bagged the award for On-The-Spot reporting in 2013 for documenting the Muzaffarnagar communal violence. In the 'Reporting from J&K and the Northeast' category, Esha Roy of the Indian Express won the award for her story on the gang rape of a girl in a remote Meghalaya town (2013) and for her 2014 story on Iron Sharmila that captured the life the activist lost and the memories that sustained her.

This year's awards introduced two new categories – Photo Journalism and Feature Writing. Tashi Tobgyal of The Indian Express won the Photo Journalism award for 2013 for his breathtaking image of fog-enveloped mountains as he undertook a three-day trek to Kedarnath temple after the Uttarakhand cloud burst.

In the Broadcast section, Uma Sudhir of NDTV 24X7 won the award in the Uncovering India Invisible category (2014) and Deepa Balkrishnan of CNN IBN won the award for Reporting on Politics and Government (2013) for her documentary exposing the link between mining and politics in Karnataka.

The function was followed by an engaging conversation with Aamir Khan, actor, producer, director, and one of the most influential public figures in India today.

Earlier, welcoming the guests, Viveck Goenka, chairman of the Express Group and the Ramnath Goenka Foundation, said that the record number of applicants this time, 700, and the quality of stories awarded shows that excellence in journalism isn’t in short supply. “You only need to look beyond your smartphone and the remote control,” he said.

Journalists, like economists, he said, have to be students of “human nature, of exuberance and fear”, especially at a time of disruptive change.And listening and learning lie at the heart of good journalism.

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