Shoppers Stop creates India’s largest Santa Claus!


The 71 feet high installation is set to enter the Limca Book of Records ~


Mumbai, December 24, 2015: Shoppers Stop has created India’s largest Santa Claus at its store at Inorbit Mall in Malad, Mumbai.  This gigantic Santa Claus stands at a whopping 71 feet! With this installation, Shoppers Stop is set to make an entry into the Limca Book of Records.


The magnificent installation of Santa Claus has been made in a record time of 12 days by the in-house Visual Merchandising team. Over 30 people worked round the clock to construct it.


Catch India’s largest Santa Claus installed at Shoppers Stop, Inorbit Mall, Malad in Mumbai till 31st December 2015.


Bentley Continues to Advance Commercial Innovation withCloud Services SubscriptionProgram

Program Encompasses Comprehensive Range of Bentley Services, Including

ProjectWise CONNECT Edition as a Service



Bangalore, 23rd December 2015: The Year in Infrastructure 2015 Conference – 2 November 2015 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions foradvancing infrastructure, today announced a new, comprehensive subscription program for cloud-based access to collaboration services and apps, managed services, administration of term licenses, professional services, Bentley Institute LEARNservices, and new CONNECT Edition Cloud Services. With the new Bentley Cloud Services Subscription program, user organizations can subscribe to any or all of these offerings within the framework of a predictable annual budget.

The Bentley Cloud Services Subscriptionprogram is designed to be equitable and flexible:


• organizations will set their subscription level to an annual budget that matches their anticipated usage;

• only services actually used will be charged quarterly against the subscription balance;

• the subscription balance never expires, so when actual usage does not match anticipated usage, any remaining balance rolls forward – in other words, there is no “use it or lose it” risk.


Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “Connecting through cloud services is so fundamentally valuable to our users, their projects, and their enterprises that we want to eliminate any commercial deterrent to user organizations’ taking full advantage. As an enterprise user of many cloud services, I think we have worked out how to improve on the vendors’ business models we’ve seen to date. We’re introducing all the benefits of being connected, but with full visibility and accountability for costs, and without headaches or risks to budget. We believe that our Cloud Services Subscriptionprogram, like our many commercial innovations that have preceded it, provides our users with the simplest and fairest approach possible.


“Our user organizations will continue their SELECT subscriptions for Bentley software licenses they already own, and our larger accounts will continue with their Enterprise License Subscription at a fixed annual fee. However, our ProjectWise passports, visas, and CONNECT Edition cloud services for collaboration, and our other CONNECT Edition cloud services, will be provided through this new commercial approach so that our incentives directly align with the value users generate from their actual utilization.”


The Cloud Services Subscription is comprehensive. Under this program, project delivery or owner-operator organizations can subscribe to:


• ProjectWise CONNECT Edition as a service, cloud provisioned, on premises, or in hybrid implementations;

• new CONNECT Edition cloud services, including Scenario Services and Catalog Services;

• professional services for Bentley Institute learning and for other implementation and configuration requirements;

• managed services offerings, inclusive of computing resources, software, implementation, and operational support; and

• term-licensed applications for design, analytical, construction, and/or reality modeling.


The Cloud Services Subscription program offers ProjectWise CONNECT Edition as a service and greatly simplifies ProjectWiselicensing. With this program, user organizations will no longer need to pay for, limit, or even keep track of ProjectWiseservers – as ProjectWise CONNECT Editionfees are only associated with quarterly passport and visa utilization. Access toProjectWise services begins with aCONNECTIONS Passport, with more advanced services charged through service-specific visas. User organizations can choose managed (hosted) services, on-premises servers, or any combination, in a hybrid environment. Organizations that wish to use on-premises servers have complete flexibility to deploy any number in whatever architecture best suits their requirements, for optimal performance without additional software cost.


ProjectWise CONNECT Edition (CE) extends the scope of ProjectWise from a “behind the firewall” engineering work sharing solution to an enterprise-wide project delivery environment. ProjectWise CE spans the entire project ecosystem, allowing the extended project team to collaboratively participate throughout the project lifecycle.


ProjectWise CE is availed through BentleyCONNECTIONS Passports and service-specific visas, with actual usage for each logged and settled quarterly:


• CONNECTIONS Passport – Provides authenticated access to desktop, Web, and mobile apps, including Navigator;

• Project Collaboration Visa – AddsProjectWise Design Integration andProjectWise Deliverables Managementcapabilities. Project stakeholders can share information and collaborate effectively with the entire project team, including owners, managers, and all other participants;

• Engineering Content Management Visa – Provides organization-wide support of project delivery processes across projects –with support for document control, records management, tag data management, field data management, design configuration management, and project standards. Benefits of these capabilities include controlled management of documents and data, reuse of design knowledge and standards, and propagation of best practices across all projects;

• Enterprise Visa – Combines theProjectWise Collaboration and Engineering Content Management Visas.


Among the new CONNECT Edition Cloud Services are Scenario Services and Catalog ServicesScenario Services provides users of Bentley’s analytical modeling applications with access to cloud-based computing power to analyze alternatives and understand and evaluate trade-offs through scenario reporting. The initial analytical modeling applications supported are STAADand SACS, with more to come. Catalog Services helps project teams manage and deliver access to content. Users can employCatalog Services to create enterprise-specific, owner-specific, and project-specific catalogs, combining content, specifications, and functional components from Bentley, manufacturers, standards bodies, and more.


In providing commercial access toProjectWise CONNECT Edition and otherCONNECT Edition cloud services, the Bentley Cloud Services Subscription supersedes the notion of “named users.” Organizations will be relieved of the painstaking and impossible task of annually predicting usage requirements for each of their respective users, and escape the inevitable inaccuracies and turnover that result in shelf-ware, underutilized software, or unwarranted fees.

Malcolm Walter, Bentley COO and champion of many of Bentley’s other commercial innovations, said, “It is pretty simple, actually. We have two decades of experience with subscription programs, beginning with our SELECT program. One of the things we’ve learned is that our user organizations want a predictable, annual budget. The other is – and this is perhaps most important of all – they only want to pay for the software and services that they have actually used. Our new Bentley Cloud Services Subscription program hits the mark in each case, enabling our users to take full advantage of all of our collaboration apps and cloud services with no ‘Gotchas!’”


For additional information:


•The Bentley Cloud Services Subscription

•The Be Inspired Awards Program

•The Year in Infrastructure 2015 Conference


About Bentley Systems 

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompassMicroStation applications for information modelingProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWiseoperations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by worldwide professional services and comprehensive managed services.


Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2008 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.


Additional information about Bentley is available at and in Bentley’s annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure 2015 Conference website for highlights of Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event, being held November 3-5, 2015, in London, U.K. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’sInfrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.


To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.


Daughters of Mother India Documentary Film Screening


Viacom18 Adopts Daughters Of Mother India, The Award Winning Documentary On Gender Violence In India, to be aired on Sunday, 27th December, 2015 on the below channels and timing as per the channels:


·         4pm on Vh1

·         10pm on MTV


Viacom18 Adopts Daughters Of Mother India(DoMI), The Award Winning Documentary On Gender Violence In India

In a first of its kind initiative for a National Network like Viacom18, they have adopted the documentary Daughters of Mother India. Most recently the film was awarded the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. The documentary talks about how society and law enforcement need to join hands and work collectively to build a safer society for women in the country. This is a documentary that aims to keep the discussion around gender violence alive and bring awareness to the masses.


Stand up against gender violence, watch DoMI across Viacom18’s networks!

Toyota Kirloskar Motor develops eco-consciousness in young minds through the “Green-Me Campaign”


December 23, 2015, Bangalore: Toyota Kirloskar Motor(TKM) in association with the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) has joined hands in conceptualizing, strategizing and implementing the “Green Me Campaign”. “Green-me” is an intervention program that aims at sprouting eco-consciousness in the next generation, so they become champions of sustainable development. The first phase of this 3 year initiative will run for the next four months by instilling a sense of responsibility in school children towards the environment. Launched in November this year with the support of the State Education Department, the Green-me Campaign is a pilot project in 20 Government schools which will involve 5th-9thstandard students in Bidadi  Taluk in Ramanagara district. 

Through the program, TKM and CEE will promote the five important themes of Waste, Water, Biodiversity, climate change and community interventions amongstschool children. Following the launch, a teacher training program was conducted to train the teachers on the program guidelines, by experts from CEE. For the first phase of implementation, a team of experts from the CEE and TKM will work together with the schools to ensure effective execution.The team of TKM volunteers will guide the teachers to understand the outline, achieve the objectives of the program and encourage the participating schools to perform better.

Speaking on the intervention program, Mr. Raju B Ketkale, Senior Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “Children are naturally curious and are very keen on knowing about things happening around them. With the increasing global warming and environment threat, it is imperative to create necessary awareness and involve the future generations to minimize impact on environment. Toyota Kirloskar Motor, as a responsible corporate has always been committed towards environmental protection, from fuel efficient vehicle to developing path breaking technology, our focus is on environmentally sustainable solutions in everything we do and every vehicle we make. With the Green Me campaign we aim to develop environment consciousness at an early age and ensure that the schools are actively engaged in solving local environment issues. In order to make this approach more successful and sustainable, we have also developed an Eco-CSR road map involving the Education Department, NGOs and Local Panchayats.”

The program is designed keeping in mind the school curriculum to expose students to local issue or a condition in the community with a special emphasis on hands on learning, projects and campaigns outside schools. The campaign will involve dedicated engagement of employees from Toyota Kirloskar Motor as volunteers. Volunteers will be identified within TKM by the Environment department, trained on the program guidelines to take charge as activity leaders and implement the plan. 60 members from TKM have been selected to form teams and adopt a school to promote the intervention programs as the Eco-warriors. Moreover the employees will spend minimum 3 hrs every week to closely assess the problems in the school, train teachers, neighborhood, school children, parents on various Environment best practices and monitor the program effectiveness on a monthly basis.


TKM has consistently been associated with environment awareness drives in the local community , demonstrating their commitment towards a greener tomorrow. On World Environment Day in June, over 500 Toyota employees came together and cleaned the Bidadi town as part of their Clean-up and Awareness drive. The company had also organized many activities in that month that aimed at Environmental Conservation. Over 200 saplings were planted inside Guru Bhavana, Ramanagara by 300 students with the support of education department and handouts and posters highlighting the importance of World Environment Day were distributed in 435 schools across the Ramanagara district.

Toyota has constantly strived to implement best practices that promote reuse, reduce & recycle of wastes within the manufacturing plant. The company’s efforts in implementing concepts like solar sludge drying, 100% segregation of waste have played a major role in achieving goal of “Zero Waste to Landfill”. 


About CEE
Centre for Environment Education, CEE is a national level institute engaged in Environment Education and Education for Sustainable Development. CEE was established as a Centre of Excellence supported by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India in 1984.

Over 30 years CEE has worked in 21 thematic areas with a variety of stakeholders including Government departments and boards, educational institutions, communities and industries to name a few.

Overview of TKM

Company name

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited

Equity participation

TMC: 89%, Kirloskar Group: 11%

Number of employees

Approx. 7, 000 +

Land area

Approx. 432 acres (approx.1,700,000 m2)

Building area

74,000 m2

Total Installed Production capacity

Upto 3,10,000 units

Overview of TKM 1st Plant:


October 1997 (start of production: December 1999)




Innova, Fortuner manufactured in India.
Prado, Land Cruiser and Prius imported as CBUs.

Installed Production capacity

Upto 1,00,000 units


Overview of TKM 2nd Plant:

Start of Production

December 2010


On the site of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, Bidadi


Corolla Altis, Etios, EtiosLiva, Etios Cross, Camry & Camry Hybrid

Installed Production capacity

Upto 2,10,000 units


Bask in Comfort with the new Bed collection by Gulmohar Lane

Bangalore, 23rd December 2015: The sight of a tastefully designed bed often lends a desire to relax a day’s tiredness. Headboards complete the look of a bed and add a great finishing touch that enhances the overall appearance. Add textural and dimensional interest to your bedroom décor with Gulmohar Lane’s exquisitely designed and handcrafted range of luxurious and resplendent beds with hand-tufted headboards, upholstered in the finest of Natural Fabrics & Genuine Leatheroffering a wide range of solids, patterns and a variety of textures.

Being aware of how months are spent, choosing Bed designs to suit ones personalized aesthetic sensibilities, studying this behavioral pattern, Gulmohar Lane offers customization and a lot to choose from, to be able to make a selection to go with the bedroom decor. One can mix and match from a collection of aesthetically designed headboards, bed frames and an array of natural fabrics and leather.

From the variety of headboard designs offered, the Paris Headboard design is a perfect example of pure romance of beautiful patterns and stripes. The Chesterfield headboard design on the other hand carves an elegant silhouette with curved side with double rows of hand applied antique brass nail heads that pronounces the headboard’s graceful curves. This spectacular style makes the charismatic bed, a matchless component of your interiors. The collection also includes three Bed frame types to customize from, Wooden Frame,Wooden Box with Storage and Upholstered Frame. All the beds frames are offered in 2 Bed sizes keeping in mind standard queen & king size mattresses. Gulmohar Lane Beds are amply padded throughout, handcrafted of kiln-dried solid hardwood frames.


Adorn your nest, with the impressive Beds Collection expertly handcrafted by skilled artisans, to deliver the comfort you seek. Choose from 2 sizes, 3 frames and several Fabric and Leather options.  

Available at

Price: Rs 48,900 onwards

Indian Music Experience to organise a fundraiser event Sunday 27th December 2015 at Chowdiah Memorial hall – Entry is free

The Indian Music Experience, India’s first interactive music museum, is presenting a fundraiser event on the 27th of December, 2015 at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore.


The event will feature two special music concerts. The first, SAMARPAN, is a tribute to Bharat Ratna M. S. Subbulakshmi in her centenary year, and will feature her popular songs from the classical, devotional and film genres. This interactive concert is presented by Manasi Prasad – Project Director, IME and will also feature young musicians of Bangalore such as Sahana Ramachandra and Aditi Prahlad on vocals, BK Raghu on the violin, Shadrach Solomon on Keyboard, BS Anand on the mridangam and Adarsh Shenoy on tabla.


The second concert is Naada Chitra Crossover Project, which is a unique coming together of Carnatic, Hindustani and western music along with free-hand spontaneous painting. The concert features Dr. Suma Sudhindra, Director – Outreach, IME, on the veena, Rakesh Chaurasia on Hindustani flue, Ned McGowan on western key flute, Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma and BC Manjunath on mridangam and Karthik Mani on the drums, and the artist BKS Verma will create paintings that reflect the music. Union minister for Fertilizers and Chemicals, Ananth Kumar and Sukanya Ravi Shankar, wife of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar will be the guests at the event.


The Indian Music Experience is being set up with a vision to increase the understanding and appreciation of Indian music from the traditional to the contemporary. Featuring technology-driven multimedia exhibits, a Sound Garden and a Learning Centre, the IME is being planned as a complete music hub of international standards. Since the completion of the building facility and its inauguration by the Chief Minister Sri Siddaramaiah in 2013, the exhibit design was completed and the manufacture of the musical sculptures for the Sound Garden is underway. The exhibit fabrication is scheduled to begin in early 2016. The Learning Centre wing of the IME is running successfully and music classes in various disciplines are conducted in the acoustically treated classrooms and seminar hall at the premises.  The IME has received donations of precious artifacts and audio visual material from several renowned musicians. Noteworthy among these are the gifting of Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah Khan’s shehnai and Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi’s personal artifacts by their respective families.


The IME continues in its endeavor to source rare and precious content for display in its exhibits.


The cost of setting up the IME is Rs. 41 crore, of which over half the required funding has been raised through government grants, corporate houses and individuals. Subject to the raising of the balance funding, the IME is expected to open to the public in 2016.


The IME is a non-profit initiative of the Indian Music Experience Trust, whose main supporter is the Brigade Group. Several other corporate houses such as Prestige Group, State Bank of India, Chartered Housing, Tandem Allied Servies, Canara Bank and others are supporting the IME, which has also received a grant from the Karnataka Government. The Trust is appealing to art lovers and corporate houses of Bangalore to support this cause. Donations to IMET are tax exempt as per Income Tax Section 80G.


The IME is located in Brigade Millennium, JP Nagar 7th Phase, Bangalore. The fundraiser event is supported by Kamachi Bars, Union Architectural Hardware, Total Solutions Intex, S-FORM and others.


Venue: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Vyalikaval, Bangalore

Date: Sunday, 27th of December 2015

Time: 6 PM onwards

Complimentary passes for the event are available at Chowdiah, Orion Mall and IME.

For more information or call 9686602366.

SKF’s Global Metallurgy and Chemistry (GMC) Laboratory accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)

Accreditation makes SKF the leading bearing manufacturing company in India to have a metallurgy and chemistry laboratory recognized by NABL


SKF India’s Global Metallurgy and Chemistry Laboratory (GMC) situated at the Global Technical Centre, Bengaluru has been granted the distinguished ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 accreditation by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). This landmark achievement makes SKF India the leading bearing manufacturing company in India to get their internal testing laboratory accredited, setting new benchmarks in International Laboratory Quality Management System.


ArunShivaram, Director, Global Technical Centre, India said, “SKF has always been at the forefront of knowledge and development and GTC in India is the conduit through which we bring global knowledge in India. It is a proud moment for all of us as this level of recognition has put our GMC laboratory on the global map. It is a reflection of our belief in offering ‘World Class World Wide’ services and opens doors for us in the international market.” He further added, “We are now in a position to offer a wide range of quality service tests such as metallurgical testing and field return failure analysis for a wide range of products.” 


As a part of this accreditation GMC in India has been approved to carry out a wide range of quality tests within the area of mechanical metallurgy and chemical laboratory disciplines. The scope of accreditation includes both international and national quality standards strengthening SKF’s reputation as the leading company within the bearing industry in India.


About National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)

NABL is an autonomous body under the aegis of Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, and is registered under the Societies Act 1860. NABL has been established with the objective to provide Government, Industry Associations and Industry in general with a scheme for third-party assessment of the quality and technical competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Government of India has authorized NABL as the accreditation body for Testing and Calibration Laboratories. The accreditation services are provided for testing, calibration and medical laboratories in accordance with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standards.

“SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2014 were SEK 70 975 million and the number of employees was 48 593.

 SKF Group started trading operations in India in Kolkata in 1923 and since then the Group’s operations have been consolidated into SKF India Limited. SKF in India has consolidated its operations in three different companies, namely SKF India Limited, SKF Technologies (India) Pvt. Ltd and Lincoln Helios India Ltd. The company has manufacturing plants in Pune, Bangalore, Mysore, Haridwar and Ahmedabad