“Ride for Rights – CRY and GoMad organize Festival to stand against Child Labour”





An initiative by Child Rights and You and GoMad Festival to raise awareness about the issue

Bangalore, June 25, 2017: Hundreds took part in a bike rally that symbolized fight against child labour in an event “Ride for Rights” organized by CRY – Child Rights and You and GoMad Festivals in the city today. The rally aimed to raise awareness on the issue of child labour and the need for collective action to ensure that every child goes to school and not work.

It is shocking to note that, in Karnataka, total number of working children under 18 years is 1.7 million out of which a staggering 80 per cent, that is about 1.35 million do not attend school. 

The event was a platform to make people realise the impact on a child when he/she is engaged in labour and the urgency to address the issue.

Speaking at the event Suma Ravi, Regional Director, South, CRY, said, “When children are allowed to work, it deprives them not just their basic right to education, but their entire childhood. Only when a child goes to school and finished education, can he/she break the cycle of poverty and aim for a secure future. Along with a complete policy ban on child labour, it is equally important to change attitudes and behaviour of the community. The event is a great platform to bring people together and have a good time, and at the same time know about what they can do to address this issue. It encouraged people to take notice of how children all around us are working, deprived of their basic rights and under no circumstance should we accept that as a norm”

“It is heart-warming to see the enthusiasm amongst people to come together and take a stand against child labour. The passion among communities, organizations and volunteers to work for bringing about a change, is sure to inspire millions of people in India to do their bit for upholding our children’s rights”, she added.

The bike rally started from Freedom Park and passed through Kalidasa Marg, Palace Road, RC College, Seshadri Road and back to Freedom Park. The bike ride was followed by Live Music Show, Flea Market and Food Trucks with Bangalore’s finest musicians like Peepal Tree, Surajmani and the Tatva Trip, Zehen and Shubham Roy Collective performing.

Talking about the event, Sanjit George, Festival Director, GoMad Festivals said, “The biking community and the music community are so passionate in their commitment to change the world. Music has the power to break all boundaries and bring people together. We as GoMAD Festival believe that this event will impact and get the community to take a stand against Child Labour, create awareness and give children what they deserve … education!  Nothing can be more special than associating with CRY & supporting this meaningful cause. We believe this will help change a lot of Children’s lives.”

The event was organized by CRY and GoMad Festivals in association with Wicked rides, Radio Mirchi, Corp Attire, Aster CMI Hospital, Bonjour events and Freedom Park.

About CRY (www.cry.org)

Child Rights and You (CRY) is an Indian non-profit that believes in every child’s right to a childhood – to live, learn, grow and play. For nearly 4 decades, CRY and its 200 partner NGOs have worked with parents and communities to ensure lasting change in the lives of more than 2,000,000 underprivileged children, across 23 states in India. For more information please visit us at www.cry.org.

Videocon’s GST Summit empowers consumer electronic traders in Bengaluru




Photo Caption- Shri. R.V. Deshpande, Honourable Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, Department of Commerce and Industries, Government of Karnataka rolls out the ASSOCHAM VIDEOCON GST Summit for traders in Bengaluru. Shri. Narayan Swamy, Commissioner – Service Tax, Bengaluru was also present on the occasion.

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Shri Pradeep Dhoot welcoming Shri. R.V. Deshpande, Honourable Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, Department of Commerce and Industries, Government of Karnataka at ASSOCHAM Videocon GST Summit in Bengaluru. 

LtoR: Shri. Narayan Swamy, Commissioner – Service Tax, Bengaluru; Shri. R.V. Deshpande, Honourable Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, Department of Commerce and Industries, Government of Karnataka; and Shri Pradeep Dhoot
Bengaluru, June 24th , 2017: Videocon, a major consumer electronics and DTH company, along with ASSOCHAM and CEAMA, organized a GST Summit for traders where the implications of the proposed ‘one nation-one tax’ were discussed. The summit also addressed doubts raised by consumer electronics retailers. The Bengaluru chapter of the ASSOCHAM CEAMA GST summit powered by Videocon and Videocon d2h was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri. R.V. Deshpande,Honourable Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, Department of Commerce and Industries, Government of Karnataka. The seminar was also addressed by Shri. Narayan Swamy, Commissioner – Service Tax, Bengaluru.



Bengaluru is one of the 200 cities where Videocon plans to spread awareness and impart knowledge about GST, to consumer electronics trade partners. The national rollout of the ASSOCHAM-Videocon GST Summit in Delhi was welcomed by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Honorable Union Minister of State for Finance, Government of India. He commended ASSOCHAM and Videocon for organizing the summit for the benefit of the trader community.



Speaking about the initiative,Mr. Vishal Sharan, Sales Head, Videocon, said, “We are committed to welcome GST and bring everyone in the consumer electronics industry within its ambit. The objective behind organizing this summit was to equip our trade partners in Bengaluru with complete knowledge of GST and prepare them for its implementation. Videocon has always taken initiatives to ensure the welfare and growth of the industry.”



Being a responsible corporate house, Videocon is committed to serve the industry and all its stakeholders. The company recently launched a digital helpline for retailers,GST@vgmail.in, where consumer electronics retailers can email their queries with regards to GST. Videocon will endeavor to respond with the help of experts within 48 working hours.



GST Summit received a tremendous response from traders in Bengaluru. Consumer Electronics retailers, utilized the platform to clarify all their GST queries.



About Videocon Group

Videocon Group is a global business conglomerate with a strong presence in Household Consumer Goods, Mobile Handsets, DTH, Retail, Oil & Gas, and the Power sector. Videocon group has constantly leveraged a culture of innovation to develop a range of market re-defining products.


Chef Kunal Kapur shares why there’s nothing like Australian food & wine, with #TravelWithKunal web-series





Launches a seven episode series of travelogue capturing his food & wine trails across Australia

Bangalore, 22 June, 2017:  Celebrated chef and restaurateur, Kunal Kapur today announced the launch of #TravelWithKunal – a seven episode web series capturing his food & wine experiences in Australia. The web-series will premiere on June 23, 2017 and take viewers on a unique journey covering Australia’s culinary, cultural, historical, wildlife and iconic experiences. Every Friday the episodes will be aired at 11 am on Chef Kunal Kapur’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

In its first edition, #TravelWithKunal will give viewers a peak into the scenic, mystic and wondrous locales of South Australia. It will capture Kunal’s Australian journey that begins at the hustle bustle of Adelaide, exploring the local produce, food joints, breweries, nightlife and a lot more. It will also cover Kunal’s exploration of the wildlife at Kangaroo Island with South Australia, as the next pit stop. From vineyards to oyster farms and organic honey to friendly seals, #TravelWithKunal captures a unique memorable moments every traveller should try when at Kangaroo Island. Chef Kunal will also introduce audiences to Barossa Valley, one of the world’s great wine growing areas and home to the world-famous Jacob Creeks’ wine along with other renowned vineyards across the state of Australia.

Speaking on the launch Chef Kunal shared“Travel is a dear passion of mine and #TravelWithKunal is my way of bringing it to life, and sharing it with all. I am excited to launch the first chapter with Tourism Australia. I can’t wait for the viewers to enjoy the best of food, wine and local adventures of South Australia through my eyes.’

Commenting on the occasion Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager, India & Gulf, Tourism Australia, “We’re honoured to have hosted Kunal Kapur, one of the most eminent chefs in India today. #TravelWithKunal will help us showcase unique Australian experiences to Indian travellers through the lens of an undisputed food connoisseur. This is well aligned with the growing preference of Indian travellers to consider food and wine experiences over others, while planning their international vacations. As a seamless extension to our Restaurant Australia campaign, we are certain that the upcoming series by Chef Kunal will exhibit some of the finest gastronomic experiences across the states of South Australia and Queensland. Additionally, the series will also give Indian audiences a glimpse of Australia’s distinctive wildlife, coastal and aquatic experiences”.

The debut edition of #TravelWithKunal will be aired through seven episodes:

Ep1: Sipping the best of South Australia

Ep2: The Great Barrier Reef

Ep3: 24 Hours in Adelaide

Ep4: Australian Wildlife Up Close

Ep5: Best Food of South Australia

Ep6: Queensland Food & Wine

Ep7: Adventures in Queensland

 Watch the teaser here

Since the launch of the Restaurant Australia campaign by Tourism Australia in the Indian market, international increment spending on food and wine has increased by more than $1.2 billion or 29 per cent. Research suggests Australia’s fresh produce, fresh seafood, high grade meat, and unique outdoor dining most heartily tempt the taste buds of travellers. Amongst Indians who have visited Australia, the destination maintained its top rank as the world’s best food and wine destination. Indians who have not visited the destination ranked Australia amongst the top five destinations associated with good food and wine. 

To witness the incredible journey of Chef Kunal across Australia, follow him at:

Chef Kunal Kapur – Twitter:@ChefKunalKapur Instagram: chefkunal Facebook: @thekunalkapur

About Chef Kunal Kapur:

Chef Kunal Kapur is a well-recognized Indian celebrity chef, restaurateur, and media personality known for his food-focused television shows, cookbook and hosting High dignitary’ events in the country. Kunal is well recognised as the judge cum host for television shows Masterchef India and Junior Masterchef India. His other very popular shows “My Yellow Table”, “Pickle Nation” & FitFoodie make him a cherished household name. Chef Kunal has also filmed two seasons of the Travel & Food show in the US called ‘The Foodie comes to America’. His other travel & lifestyle shows are Dubai Dairies and Swiss made. Winner of several culinary & television awards, Kunal has been recognized amongst the Best Chefs in India by National Weekly Magazine – India Today. He has been honored with Dr. S. Radhakrishnan National Media network award. The Indian Television Academy awarded him for the Best Jury/ Anchor on television for Junior Masterchef India. Kunal is the proud recipient of the prestigious “Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship 2012” from the Government of New Zealand in the field of Food & Beverage. He has proudly won 6 times best restaurant awards in a row for his restaurants




About Tourism Australia

Tourism Australia is the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting Australia to the world as a destination for business and leisure travel. Tourism Australia’s purpose is to increase the economic benefits to Australia of tourism, supporting the industry’s Tourism 2020 strategy, which aims to grow the overnight annual expenditure generated by tourism to over A$ 115 billion by 2020.


The organisation is active in around 30 key markets, where it aims to grow demand for the destination’s tourism experiences by promoting the unique attributes which will entice people to visit.

Tourism Australia’s activities include advertising, public relations and media programs, trade shows and programs for the tourism industry, consumer promotions, online communications and consumer research.


For more information visit www.tourism.australia.com | www.facebook.com/seeaustralia