Nagashree wins the 6th edition of Femina Stylista South 2020

~ Manya Girish and Gomathi Reddy were announced as the first and second runners-up respectively~

Femina, India’s veteran and trusted women’s brand successfully hosted the 6th Edition of Femina Stylista South for all the future glamorous fashionistas in the region. The brand has already set its footprints across the nation with successful editions across North, West, and South. The gala-night took place at Hotel Royal Orchid, Bangalore. The beautiful divas were filled with enormous energy, confidence, and grace while facing the jury and the audience. The winners for the night were Nagashree Ramamurthy the title winner, while Manya Girish and Gomathi Reddy won the 1st and 2nd runners-up titles, respectively.

The esteemed jury consisted of Priyanka Upendra- Senior and Multi-lingual actor, Spoorthi Vishwas- Socialite and Entrepreneur, Anupama Gowda – Actor and television personality, Shraddha Kamdar- Production editor, Femina magazine, Mr.Kumaravel – Co founder Naturals Salon and Ms. Rajathi Kalimuthan from Dr. Jamuna Pai’s Skin Lab . The beauties were judged on their beauty and their overall personalities and intelligence. The contestants had to undergo three rigorous rounds to prove their talent by competing for a tough battle to win the prestigious title.

Tanya Chaitanya, Chief Community Officer, and Editor, Femina magazine, said, “Since its inception, Femina Stylista has been a platform that aims to provide an equal opportunity to the ones who dream to achieve success with their talent. I congratulate all the winners of the 6th edition of Femina Stylista. We have always been on the forefront of empowering and encouraging women with opportunities that allows them to explore and enhance their talent.”

Adding to the glitter and glamour quotient of the event, popular comedian Rupen Paul tickled the funny bones of the guests with his hilarious and witty jokes. The beautiful and multi-talented singer Soundarya Jayachandran enthralled the audience with her soulful and melodious voice. The fashion show presented by Garden City University students received immense applause and recognition from the audience.

The event was powered by Sponsor1 – Garden City University, Powered by Sponsor 2 – Naturals Salon, The Associate Sponsor was Silk Mark India, The Hospitality partner was Royal Orchid, The Confidence partner was Vstar.


iProspect India wins global mandate of VFS Global

Starting the year on a high note, iProspect India, the digital performance agency from the house of Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN), has been named the global media agency for VFS Global – world’s largest outsourcing and technology services company that serves governments and diplomatic missions, worldwide. The account was won following a multi-agency pitch and will be serviced from the agency’s Mumbai office.

It is pertinent to note here that VFS Global is an integrated win for iProspect India. The digital agency will now work with other DAN specialists – Carat and Posterscope – to service the account. While Carat will lend its services in media, Posterscope will handle the brand’s out-of-home mandate.  DAN Data Labs too will partner on the account. The agencies, together, will help the brand create favourable brand imagery among its current and prospective customers through sustained campaigns in India and globally.

Talking about the win, Rubeena Singh, CEO, iProspect India said, “We are excited to partner VFS Global on their digital and mainline marketing efforts. VFS Global is a marquee global brand in the outsourcing visa and passport services space. We are thrilled that they have chosen iProspect India for our data-driven creatives and tech-enabled approach.”

Commenting on the association, Belson Coutinho, CMO, VFS Global added, “We look forward to working closely with iProspect India on all our media requirements and an insight-driven decision-making approach. Given our global nature of operations, it is important for us to have a partner who deeply understands consumer behaviour and habits, who is agile in its approach and will be able to deliver efficiencies across mainline and digital media. With iProspect India, we plan to bring in greater automation and a data-driven approach to marketing and media planning.”

The company has a Swiss-Swedish ownership and is present in 151 countries with more than 3,400 visa application centres.


Alphabet Media wins PR mandate for Cambridge Apparels

~ Alphabet Media will drive communication programs across various media vehicles and build the company’s share of voice around the brand’s positioning in the market ~

Alphabet Media, Public relations advisory specializing in strategic integrated communications, commence 2020 by announcing the public relations mandate won for Cambridge Apparels, the brand that has revolutionized the garment industry in India, by introducing elegant clothing at a value-driven price. As a Public Relations adviser for Cambridge Apparels, Alphabet Media will drive the communication programs across various PR vehicles and build the company’s share of voice around the brand’s positioning in the market. The account was won following a multi-agency pitch.

Commenting on the association Mr. Prashant Bhatia, Director, Cambridge Apparels said, “Over six decades ago Cambridge Apparels revolutionized the garment industry by introducing stylish clothing for men, at an affordable price range. We want to take forward our story with the new generation, hence we welcome Alphabet Media to help us to achieve our goals through strategic communications. Their team, creative ability and thorough understanding of the brand task gave us the confidence to award this mandate to them.”

Commenting on the win, Ms. Tejal Daftary Mehta, Founder & CEO, Alphabet Media said, “It gives us tremendous pride to partner with Cambridge Apparels, an iconic brand with a rich legacy. Today, it is one of the leading apparel retail brands for men, with multiple offerings. The team is geared up to employ a multi-channel approach to drive opportunities for an impactful brand engagement”

Alphabet Media works with national clients from various sectors like Corporates, Start-ups, Retail, Lifestyle, Fashion, Beauty, Hospitality, Education, Healthcare and many others, offering public relations, marketing communications and digital communications services.


WATConsult wins e-commerce planning & management mandate

WATConsult, the digital and social media agency from the house of Dentsu Aegis Network, has added yet another significant brand to its client roster. The agency has bagged the e-commerce planning and management duties for Avvatar Sports Nutrition, a brand owned by Parag Milk Foods. As their e-commerce consultants, WATConsult will focus on scaling the brand and its products across a variety of e-commerce channel partners. This will be done through strategic interventions over organic and inorganic means, using creative and other media platforms 

Rajiv Dingra, Founder and CEO, WATConsult said, “It is our pleasure to have Avvatar Sports Nutrition on board. With so many fitness apps and brands making a foray, the sports nutrition market is witnessing an encouraging surge and is indeed expected to grow in the coming future. With our ecommencify consult suite, we ensure that our clients have the right mix of strategy, technology and organisational construct to persevere, compete and scale in commerce solutions. Thus, we look forward to helping the brand strengthen its digital journey.”  

Akshali Shah, Senior VP – Sales and Marketing, Parag Foods said, “We are delighted to announce that we have selected WATConsult ecommencify as our e-commerce partner after a meticulous selection process. We believe their expertise will take the brand to the next level through a more performance-driven approach. Through this partnership, we are sure we will be able to strengthen our brand’s outreach on e-commerce platforms multifold.” 

The vertical has been handling brands such as Merck Consumer Care, Faces Canada, Piramal Consumer Care, Microcotton and Bioderma. ecommencify is working with partners like Magento, Shopify, Flipkart, 1mg, Netmeds, Myntra, Jabong, Nykaa, Snapdeal and many more. Apart from consulting brands with their expertise, the division also believes in helping the industry at large by releasing in-depth reports. For instance, it had released a one-of-its-kind report on the Ecommerce industry last year, that highlighted the changing consumer behaviour and their perspective on the current e-commerce market in India.


Sintercom India Limited wins “Make in India Award”

Sintercom India Limited, one of the leading automotive sintered components manufacturer located in Pune, was honoured with the “Make in India Award” at SME Business Excellence Awards 2019 organized by Dun & Bradstreet – RBL Bank. The Award recognizes Sintercom’s commitment towards providing innovative solutions to its customers.

This award acknowledges Sintercom’s efforts of developing various latest technologies locally in India. During the past twelve months, the company has developed cam to cam split gears – Zero Backlash Gears locally along with the development of rotor sensors for the engine which are currently being imported by the customers.

In addition to these various other components are at the testing stage with its customers.  Localization has helped to provide a cost advantage to its customers.

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Amit Panghal wins gold at Asian Boxing Championships

Asian Games champion Amit Panghal (52 kg) gave India its first gold medal at the ongoing Asian Boxing Championships here on Friday.

Panghal, who had won the Asian Games gold medal last year, defeated Korea’s Kim Inkyu in a unanimous decision, thereby clinching his second gold of the year. The 2017 Asian Championships silver medallist had earlier decimated China’s Jianguan Hu 4-1 to march into the summit clash.

The 23-year-old, who was participating in his maiden international competition since moving up to 52kg from 49kg earlier this year, had come into the tournament on the back of a gold at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in February.

However, national champion Deepak Singh and Kavinder Singh Bisht had to settle with silver medals after losing their respective finals.

While Singh lost to Nodirjon Mirzahmedov of Uzbekistan in the 49 kg category, Bisht went down fighting in the finals of the 56 kg category against current Asian Games champion Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov of Uzbekistan.

In women’s event, Simranjit Kaur Baath also had to remain content with silver after losing to reigning world champion Dou Dan of China in the finals of 64 kg category. Simran had lost to the Chinese in World Championships last year in the semi-finals.




Faridabad-based student team wins Microsoft’s Asia talent hunt contest

It was the moment for the Indian Tricolour to fly high as the student team from Faridabad-based Manav Rachna Institute of Research and Studies won the Microsoft Imagine Cup Asia Regional Semifinals here on Tuesday and moved one step closer to win the grand prize of $100,000 at the world championship in the US.

The team developed “Caeli” (meaning air) which is a smart automated anti-pollution and drug delivery mask specifically designed for asthmatic and chronic respiratory patients.

“Caeli” implements breakthrough features to improve the quality of life for respiratory patients living in polluted areas like in north India and especially in the Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).

“At a time when air pollution is a big concern in various countries including India, we are collecting the real-time air pollution data that can be used by relevant stakeholders and the Indian government. They can integrate our APIs into their projects and gain more insights,” Aakash Bhadana from the “Caeli” team told IANS.

The winner at the Asia competition received $15,000 and secured a spot in the world championship to be able to win the grand price of $100,000 at Microsoft’s Redmond-based headquarters in May, while the first runners-up received $5,000 and the second runners-up $1,000.

The first runner-up was the “Rail Nova China” team that built a Rail Component Inspection Robot (AI+IoT) which operates through automatic positioning and identifies various defects through multi-sensor fusion in order to realize the replacement of workers in a rail inspection project.

The second runner-up was from Philippines “USCAid” who build the Aqua Check app that utilises Microsoft Azure’s Custom Vision to empower anyone to analyse for contamination by taking a photo of a water sample through a microscope.

There were three Indian teams among the 12 Asia finalists.

The other two teams were from the Tamil Nadu-based Vellore Institute of Technology and Bengaluru-based R.V. College of Engineering.

Considered as the “Olympics of Technology”, Imagine Cup is a global annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft.

Over the past 10 years, more than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in the “Imagine Cup”.

(Nishant Arora is in Sydney at an invitation from Microsoft. He can be contacted at [email protected])