International launches Indian version of Sesame Street
Turner International India has announced the launch
of Gali Gali Sim Sim, the Indian version of its
internationally famous series, Sesame Street.
65-episode series will start broadcasting nationwide
on Cartoon Network from August 15 and will address a
host of issues related to early literacy, creative thinking
and reasoning, family and community life, health and
hygiene and significance of cultural plurality.
series targets children between two and six age group
and features animated segments, live action films with
music, story and art drawn from various elements of
Indian culture and regions of the country. The series
will also be aired on Doordarshan for an effective reach
in the rural areas.
unveils anti-ageing product
Global health, beauty and household products company,
Amway India, has launched its anti-ageing product, Artistry
Time Defiance Intensive Serum.
to the company, "The product has been designed
to reduce wrinkles, protect the skin from seasonal changes
and premature ageing." The product priced at Rs
9,999, has been on offer in other countries for some
time now and is available in India through Amway distributors.
health and beauty segment has contributed 8 per cent
to the company's total turnover of Rs633 crore in the
last fiscal and the company expects the segment to grow
to 10-12 per cent within a couple of years.
liquor brands may soon be sold in Food Bazaar
Mumbai: Soon Johny Walker Whisky and Smirnoff
Vodka may be available on retail shelves of Food Bazaar
in Bangalore. Diageo India, the maker of these famous
spirits is said to be in talks with Kishore Biyani's
Future Group (formerly Pantaloon Retail) for selling
the Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker brands. At present Karnataka
is the only state in the country where the laws allow
liquor retailing through modern day retailers.
India is lobbying with the Government to make changes
in the law pertaining to liquor retailing in the rest
of the country too. The company has taken on the onus
of `redefining the liquor retailing environment' and
has created teams to cater to the modern trade. Moving
away from small liquor shops, it will now create merchandising
space within Food Bazaar.
also plans to innovate in packaging and introduce party
and celebration packs at the Food Bazaar outlets. Apart
from liquor, the shelf space would accommodate bar accessories
and even soft drinks to go as mixers with the drinks
in `kirana' stores coming soon
One may have serve service in neighbourhood kirana stores
if Bangalore-based retail consultants RAMMS' project
is a success. The consultants are working on a project
along with an FMCG company to incorporate the concept
of self-service in `kirana' stores and the pilot project
may be kicked off in Delhi this week. Under the project,
`kirana' stores, having 500-sq.ft retail space, will
offer self-service convenience like in a supermarket.
Nair, head, marketing, RAMMS said, "Studies show
that 70 per cent of buying happens on impulse. To encourage
this, we need to give consumers a touch-and-feel experience.
And our pilot study has shown us that `kirana' storeowners
are willing and eager to add this feature in their shops."
The project will be carried out in Delhi and Mumbai
to begin with and will subsequently be rolled out nationally.
Sky launches DTH service
Tata Sky, a joint venture between the Tata and Star
group, has launched its direct-to-home television service.
DTH service would offer 55 channels that provide entertainment,
sports, movies, music, news and documentaries at an
introductory price of Rs200 per month.
Sky is also planning to increase the number of channels
on offer and would have a pan-India presence. The service
would provide Star, Sony, Discovery, Disney, MTV, NDTV,
ESPN Star Sports, NDTV and National Geographic channels
customer would have to pay Rs2,999 for a set-top box
(STB), Rs1,000 as installation charges apart from the
introductory special price of Rs200 per month. The DTH
service has established an extensive customer service
network across the country including having three 24
/ 7 call centres to solve customer problems.
company would retail the hardware and pre-paid recharge
vouchers through popular consumer electronic stores
and has also tied up with LG, ITC and Indian Oil for
sale of the pre-paid recharge coupons.
AIG Life offers micro-cover products
Tata AIG Life Insurance has launched three micro-insurance
products designed as per the Insurance Regulatory and
Development Authority's micro-insurance guidelines released
in November 2005.
per the guidelines, the maximum cover (sum-assured)
that can be offered on health and life insurance policies
ranges between Rs30,000 and Rs50,000. The training requirement
for micro-insurance agents has also been lowered to
AIG Life has also set up micro-insurance sales offices
in Kodad, Chitoor, Joanpur, Jhalawar and Kannur. For
distribution, the company has hired 400 women agents
besides tying -ups with NGOs and community groups. Product
information, application forms and training material
have been introduced in nine vernacular languages
new reality programme
Entertainment channel SaharaOne is now giving bollywood
star wannabes a try at becoming a Bollywood star.
television in association with Endemol India is starting
a new reality programme, Super Stars. The programme
will give Bollywood fans an opportunity to showcase
their talents and perform like their favourite stars.
The show will begin with a five-city audition that starts
from August 10. The participants, who have to be above
the age of 18, will be judged on the basis of their
originality and similarity. The programme jury includes
film actress Urmila Matondkar and chorepgrapher Shiamak
launches flat fee for share transactions
Kotak Securities is offering investors the privilege
of a flat fee for shares purchased by them, the company
said here. Kotak Sec is offering a service branded `Kotak
Flat', as a fixed fee-based brokerage model to its Internet-based
traders and customers.
all deliveries up to Rs5,000 and non-deliveries up to
Rs50,000, the brokerage would be Rs9 per deal (statutory
charges extra). For deliveries exceeding Rs5,000, investors
will have to pay an additional Rs9 for every transaction
amounting to Rs5,000. Moreover, `Kotak Flat' is applicable
on all trades delivery, square off and options/futures
and invests on both the NSE and BSE.
trading is very popular and has grown to 12 per cent
of the total trade as compared to just 2 per cent a
couple of years ago. With an easy brokerage structure,
the brokerage house plans to acquire a million customers
online by the end of this year.
launches E-series phones
Nokia has launched its `E-series' range of phones, which
are optimised for business use. The new devices
Nokia E50, Nokia E60, Nokia E61 and Nokia E70
offer secure mobile access, advanced voice and data
functionalities and combine productive features of e-mail,
connectivity options and superior voice quality.
company has announced the prices of all the models except
that of E-50. The other models are priced between Rs19,000
and Rs20,000. The E-series devices are the first mobile
handsets in the industry to support remote device management
based on OMA DM (standard made by Open Mobile Alliance).
companies go on renaming spree
Basmati rice companies are changing their names to align
with the names of their brands in order to enhance recall.
Hence Santnam Overseas a leading basmati rice company
that sells the Kohinoor brand with a large presence
in the export market has changed its name to Kohinoor
LT Overseas that sells the Daawat rice brand, and operated
as Lalchand Tirathram Rice Mills till 1990 when it assumed
its current name has registered a subsidiary, Daawat
Foods Private Ltd.
rice processor to have undergone a name change to convey
a new business focus is
B S Uppal's Rs560-crore Lakshmi Energy and Foods, which
was earlier simply Lakshmi Overseas Industries.
to work up a lather
Ruchi Soya Industries (RSIL) has forayed into the soap
segment, with its new brand `Ruchi No1'. The soap brand
is being made available in two sizes, the 75 gm pack
for Rs8 and the 100 gm pack for Rs10, in three different
fragrances, rose, jasmine and lime.
insecticide developed for commercial use
The Directorate of Oilseeds Research (DoR) has developed
India's first microbial insecticide, branded 'Knock
WP' and is offering it for commercial use. The product
made from Bacillus thuingiensis (Bt),
belonging to the kurstaki variety, is also the
first one to be registered from the public sector for
use against the lepidoptera insect pests, according
to scientists of the DoR.
DoR is also offering the technology for sale on a non-exclusive
basis at a cost of Rs 2 lakh.
The offer includes production methodology, based on
solid-state fermentation, and the Bt-1 strain, along
with the data generated for registration.
senior entomologist at the DoR, said the technology
would help bring Bt within the reach of
the average Indian farmer and encourage its inclusion
in the majority of the integrated pest management (IPM)
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