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Business meets pleasure: Top CEO’s conduct world’s first underwater conference in Kerala

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Top companies around the country had their CEOs gather and conduct an underwater conference, a first in the world, in Gods Own Country

For most, Scuba Diving is an adventure sport, something to relax and unwind, and to experience something new. From time immemorial, it has been said that mixing business with pleasure is always a bad idea. But, Bond Safari Kovalam, the underwater adventure company that recently made news for hosting India’s first underwater wedding, has broken their previous record and successfully managed to mix work with pleasure.

The participants included Hema Menon, the Centre Head of UST Global, Dinesh P. Thambi, Vice President and Delivery Centre Head, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Rony Thomas Zacaria, CEO of Avon Mobility Solution Pvt Ltd, Chennai. Dr. Shyam Kumar, NeoLogix and Rajagopal Iyer, CEO UDS group of Hotels.

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The World’s First Underwater CEO’s Conference is part of the organisation’s campaign titled – Ocean Love. According to Jackson Peter, Managing Director,, about 13 million tonnes of plastic are being produced per year. Approximately 9 million tonnes of plastic is often discarded into the ocean after being used. Based on a study published in March 2017, 34 percent of the animals in the sea were affected by plastic. “Many are unaware of the fact that the oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein. These water bodies represent 99 percent of the living space on the planet,” Jackson explained.

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“I love the ocean. The blue water, the way it kisses the shore over and over again, is a sight that you cannot get enough of. It should be noted that over three billion people in the world are dependent on the marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihood. Hence, it is up to each one of us to help prevent the ocean from degrading over a period of time,” said Dinesh P. Thambi, Vice President and Delivery Centre Head, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

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After having a basic training session a day before, all the participants spent approximately 35 minutes underwater, after which they headed back to the shore to conclude their session. “As the effects of marine pollution including coral bleaching, ingestion of microplastics by fishes etc. are not visible to us, awareness about the ocean is the need for the hours. Our Swachh Bharat initiatives should also focus on keeping our water bodies clean,” said Rajagopal Iyer, CEO of Udaya Samudra Group of Hotels.

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Rajagopal Iyer, CEO of Udaya Samudra Group of Hotels said that efforts are being made towards launching the “Beach and Marine Environment Protection Club” on June 8, 2017. This club would focus on educating citizens about the careful disposal of waste substances as well as take care of the aquatic life. The club would be formed in association with various hotels and resorts established in various parts of southern India. This activity would be monitored and assisted by experts such as Bond Safari Kovalam who’s focused on underwater diving and marine studies so as to keep the marine habitat safe from toxic wastes and pollution. The team at Bond Safari Kovalam & UDS group of Hotels have also decided to educated over a 100 school and college student this year, regarding the various aspects of marine life and the need to preserve the aquatic habitat.

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Sufjan Stevens, Andra Day and many more will be performing at 90th Oscars 2018

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The 90th Oscars will have a live performance of this year’s best-nominated songs

Text Credits: Nikhil Wilson

The 90th Academy Awards is sure to be a magical ride as some of the great names in the music industry will be seen performing the Oscar-nominated songs during the event. Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia LaFourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Common will perform the Oscar-nominated songs at the 90th Oscars. With a huge number of talents competing for one of the most prestigious awards, these performances are sure to give the competitors a change of  ambiance. Here is the list of songs and artists that will be seen performing at the 90th Oscars

  • Remember Me from the movie ‘Coco’ by Gael García Bernal, Natalia LaFourcade, and Miguel
  • Mighty River by Mary J. Blige
  • Stand up for Something from  ‘Marshall’ by Common and Andra Day
  • This is Me from ‘The Greatest Showman’ by Keala Settle
  • Mystery of Love by Sufjan Stevens

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The Announcement was made by the Academy Awards show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. Late night show host Jimmy Kimmel will be seen hosting the 90th Oscar awards.

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Justin Trudeau Is In Town And This Is All You Need To Know

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits India along with his wife and children, and we LITERALLY can’t stop talking about it.

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If India is gushing about something right now, it is the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau’s visit to India along with this wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and children Hadrien, Ella-Grace Margaret and Xavier James Trudeau. The Trudeaus landed in Delhi as the first stop of their week-long visit to India, which is expected to deepen the ties between India and Canada. Making a halt at Agra on the first day of their visit, he visited the iconic Taj Mahal along with his family. With a nostalgic caption to his image on his personal Instagram page, he recollected his first trip to Taj Mahal that he made almost 35 years ago.

Following their visit to Taj Mahal, the Trudeaus flew to Gujarat and visited Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram and paid respect in front of a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. During his visit to Gujarat, he, along with his family also visited the famous Akshardham Mandir, which is considered to be an architectural marvel which was built from 6,000 metric tons of pink sandstone. He and his sons, along with the religious leaders paid tribute to Swaminarayan and his life and teachings at Gandhinagar.

Making Mumbai the next stop on his visit to India, he met with various leading business leaders of India including Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman of Aditya Birla Group, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, Salil Parekh, CEO of Infosys and Chanda Kochhar, CEO of ICICI Bank, and spoke about the importance and benefits of women empowerment in a country. They spoke about the key investments that these Indian business tycoons have made in Canada, resulting in increased number of jobs for Canadians and more than $1.1 billion in contracts and deals. Though this is a great news for Canada and its people, it is no less of a news for us as it has strengthened the Indo-Canadian partnership to a greater extent.

While a meeting with PM Modi is scheduled on February 23, where the two leaders are expected to focus on trade, defense, civil nuclear cooperation, space and education, he made up time to meet the notable faces of Hindi film industry, while he was in Mumbai. While he was decked up in a traditional Indian Sherwani, his wife Sophie draped a detailing off-white saree, making the heads turn. Many celebrities from the Bollywood film industry attended the meeting including Farhan Akhtar, R Madhavan, Anupam Kher, Kalkhi Kochelin and the king of Bollywood, SRK himself. This marked and celebrated a stronger and new co-production opportunities between Bollywood and the Canadian film industry.

Although people on social media can’t stop gushing about the Canadian Prime Minister’s meeting with the Bollywood celebrities, the Trudeaus have landed in Amritsar, as the next destination of their week-long India visit. His family and he were received by Hardeep Singh Puri and Navjot Singh Sidhu at the airport. Later, he visited the Golden Temple along with his family and attended langar, the community kitchen at the Golden Temple. It is stated that the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has arranged a specially crafted 24-carat gold-plated portrait of the shrine and a gold-plated ‘Siri Sahib” (a small six-inch sword) to be presented to the Canadian Prime Minister along with ‘siropa’ (robe of honor) and a shawl.

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Techno Extravaganza with Ash Roy, Dj Ram Nair and DJ Nash

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Atma brings producer and DJ Ash Roy, DJ Ram Nair and DJ Nash to one platform at Casino Hotel on Feb 17, 2018

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Atma is a event label which brings the top electronic music artists from all over the world to Kochi.
They have done many successful events over the past several years in Kochi, which was attended by countless  music and art lovers.

Atma is conducting a techno dance music event at, Casino hotel, Willingdon Island , Kochi on the Feb 17 2018. World famous DJ and Producer Ash Roy from Berlin, will be playing some pumpy baselines and minimal techno beats to get the temperature rising at Casino Hotel, along with DJ Ram Nair aka Modul 8, DJ Nash aka BIAR(boy in a room) from Kochi and Visual Jockey: Bee Vee from Bangalore.

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Ash Roy: Ash Roy’s illustrious 20 year career has seen him perform around the world, including Germany, USA, India, Sweden, Netherlands, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Denmark, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bahrain and more!

Ash Roy

In the year 2014, Ash Roy also won two prestigious awards – MyFav India’s ‘Best Techno DJ’ for the year 2014, as well as VH1 Sound Nation’s ‘Best Electronic DJ’. These coveted awards along with his acclaimed release on Trapez Ltd. were the highlights of Ash’s career in 2014. Also has performed at the magnificent Burning Man festival, which is one of the best electronic festival in the world.

Ash has shared headliner space with The Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Modeselektor and Carl Cox, played with the likes of Richie Hawtin, Sasha, Cari Lekebusch, Fergie, Nic Fanciulli, Ambivalent and Kasey Taylor individually and appeared on publications such as Rolling Stone, Euphoric mag and more. He is a big daddy in the electronic music industry and originally has his roots from Kolkata, India.

Ram Nair

Ram Nair aka Module 8: A South Indian So(u)ldier of Sound, Ram has been owning the decks for over 10 years, playing electronic dance music in over 15 cities in India. Highlights include United by Music Carnival, Café Rasta, Bangalore, Dunes Dessert & Music Festival, Rajasthan, Spring Zouk Music Festival, Malpe and Go Madras Music Festival – the largest music festivals in India catering to electronic dance music. Within his hometown Kochi, Ram has played an instrumental role in building the electronic music scene, Playing the latest tracks from deep house, techno and trance from around the world packaged with his superior mixing skills.

Ram has played with high-profile international artists such as Ad Brown, Matan Caspy, Ben Coda, Ronski Speed, Chris Ortega, Kelly Marie, Chris Montana, Arjun Vagale, Ma faiza, Jalebee Cartel, Dualist Inquiry, Shaair & Funk, Lost Stories, Tuhin Mehta, Sanjay Dutta, and DJ Ivan.

 

DJ NASH aka BIAR (boy in a room):   Nash has an experience of 11 years in DJing and has successfully played all sorts of music for the his audiences. He was the first person in Kerala to start as a resident DJ for Tandav nightclub/discotheque at Le Meridien Kochi, even the place was first of its kind in whole of Kerala, way back in 2006. He is one of the pioneers in introducing the concept of electronic music to God’s own country.  His electronic project called ‘Boiler room’ won the best DJ award in 2015, this competition was held in association with Tenzi Fm and point Blank Music School London. He has been the resident DJ for almost all the clubs in Kerala. To name a few, resident DJ for Longevity Club, resident DJ for AVA Lounge in Dream Hotel and Resident DJ for Club 1100 in Ramada Resort in Kochi. Currently working as resident DJ of a night Club by NOI( Naval Officers institute).

Nash has shared the stage with many biggies of the industry like: Tenishia, Ad Brown, Alexe Sonar, Rohit Barker, Tuhin Mehta, Vachan Chinnappa, Vijay Chawla( Chennai) and Vinayaka( Bangalore).

 

 

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