Monday, 13 July 2020

ரஞ்சித் ஜெயக்கொடி இயக்கும் 'யாருக்கும்

ரஞ்சித் ஜெயக்கொடி இயக்கும் 'யாருக்கும் அஞ்சேல்'!

பெருந்தொற்று நோயின் சர்வதேச பரவல் அனைத்து தொழில் துறையையும் வெகுவாக முடக்கியிருக்கிறதென்றாலும், திரைப்படத் தொழில் வெகுவாகவே பாதிக்கப்பட்டிருக்கிறது. அரசாங்கத்தின் கட்டுப்பாடுகளில் சில தளர்வுகள் அறிவிக்கப்பட்டிருப்பது, பிரச்சனைகளை சற்றே இலகுவாக்கி பல படங்களின் பின் தயாரிப்புப்பணிகளை துவக்கச் செய்திருக்கிறது. அப்படிப்பட்ட படங்களில் ஒன்றுதான் பிந்து மாதவி மற்றும் தர்ஷனா பாணிக் பிரதான பாத்திரங்களில் நடித்த, இயக்குநர் ரஞ்சித் ஜெயக்கொடியின் 'யாருக்கும் அஞ்சேல்'. கோவிட் 19 பிரச்னைக்கு முன்பே, படக்குழு முழு படப்பிடிப்பையும் பூர்த்தி செய்துவிட்டது என்றாலும், பிரச்னை தீவிரமானதால்,தொடர்ந்து பின் தயாரிப்புப் பணிகளைத் தொடர முடியவில்லை. தற்போது படக்குழு டப்பிங் பணிகளைத் தொடங்க, பிந்து மாதவியின் குரல் பதிவு பணிகள் இன்று நடைபெற்றன. சமூக இடைவெளி மற்றும் அரசு அறிவித்த அனைத்து பாதுகாப்பு ஏற்பாடுகளையும் சரியான முறையில் பின்பற்றி தொடர்ந்து மற்ற நட்சத்திரங்களின் டப்பிங் பணிகளையும் முடிக்கத் திட்டமிட்டிருக்கிறது படக்குழு.



















ஊட்டியில் உள்ள தங்கள் பாரம்பரிய சொத்தை விற்பனை செய்வதற்காக வெளிநாட்டிலிருந்து வரும் சகோதரிகள் இருவருக்கும் ஏற்படும் உயிருக்கு ஆபத்தான பிரச்னைகளையும், அவர்கள் அதை எவ்வாறு எதிர்கொண்டு போராடுகிறார்கள் என்பதையும் விறுவிறுப்பாக விவரிக்கும் படம் 'யாருக்கும் அஞ்சேல்'. தர்ட் ஐ என்ட்டர்டெயின்மெண்ட் சார்பில் தேவராஜூலு மார்கண்டேயன் தயாரிக்கும் இப்படத்தில் பிந்து மாதவியும் தர்ஷனா பாணிக்கும் துணிச்சல் மிக்க சகோதரிகளாக நடித்திருக்கின்றனர். சவால் மிகுந்த ஊட்டியின் தட்பவெட்ப சூழ்நிலைகளை வெற்றிகரமாக எதிர்கொண்டு, தொடர்ந்து முப்பது நாட்கள் ஒரே மூச்சில் படப்பிடிப்பை நடத்தி முடித்திருக்கிறது படக்குழு.

Ranjit Jeyakodi’s Yaarukkum Anjael

Ranjit Jeyakodi’s Yaarukkum Anjael

The pandemic crisis has eventually turned out to be a major barricade for every industry, especially showbiz. With the Government placing some relaxations over the restrictions, it has eased up the situations for few films that had to complete the post-production work.

















One among them is director Ranjit Jeyakodi’s “Yaarukkum Anjael” starring Bindu Madhavi and Darshana Banik in lead roles. While the team had completed shooting before the COVID 19 issues had popped up, the postproduction work was put on hold eventually due to the ongoing problems. However, the team is happy that the works have resumed with Bindu Madhavi dubbing her portions today. This will be followed by others in the star-cast and the team is keen on completing the postproduction full swing by ensuring that the social distancing and safety precautions as insisted by Government are followed.

Bankrolled by Devarajalu Markandeyan for Third Eye Entertainment, the film revolves around siblings (played by Bindu Madhavi and Darshana Banik), who face some life-threatening encounters on reaching Ooty from abroad to sell their ancestral property and how they combat the hazardous situation. The entire shooting of this film was completed in a span of 30 days in Ooty amidst challenging climatic conditions.

Mr. Subramanian Sarma Inducted as

Mr. Subramanian Sarma Inducted as Executive Director
on L&T Board, Mr. S V Desai & Mr. T Madhava Das elevated

The Board of Directors of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) at its meeting held on July 11, 2020, decided to induct Mr. Subramanian Sarma, Non-Executive Director on the Board, as an Executive Director and elevate Mr. S V Desai and Mr. T Madhava Das to the Board. The slew of Board level appointments reflects L&T’s resolve to chart an aggressive future in its businesses.
Mr. Sarma is at present CEO and MD of L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering, a wholly-owned subsidiary of L&T. In his new role, Mr. Sarma will be designated Whole-Time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President (Energy). Effective August 192020, he will hold Board level responsibility for L&T’s Power business, in addition to his current responsibility in the Hydrocarbon business.
Mr. Desai and Mr. Madhava Das are both members of the Company’s apex-level Executive Management Committee and have been elevated to the Board with immediate effect.        Mr. Desai has been designated Whole-Time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President (Civil Infrastructure) and will be responsible for the Heavy Civil Infrastructure and Transportation Infrastructure businesses. Mr. Madhava Das will be designated Whole-Time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President (Utilities) and will be responsible for the Power Transmission & Distribution and Water & Effluent Treatment (WET) businesses.


Commenting on the board appointments, Mr. S N Subrahmanyan, CEO & Managing Director, L&T said: “Internationally, the hydrocarbon and power businesses are generally viewed as a cluster, and L&T will now adopt the same integrated strategy. Mr. Sarma’s experience and business insights especially in the intensively competitive Gulf markets are going to add great value to our Energy thrust. Both Mr. Desai and Mr. Madhava Das bring to the Board their expertise and competence across diverse fields both in the domestic and overseas markets, that will add a cutting edge as we look to take our Company’s business to the next level. We require a global vision with a strong local orientation. All these colleagues have proven their worth in extremely testing circumstances and are well-equipped to take on the added responsibility of steering the future course of their respective businesses.”
Mr. Subramanian Sarma, designate Whole-Time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President (Energy) said: “L&T’s power business has carved a niche for itself as an EPC player backed by strong, indigenous manufacturing capability that covers the full spectrum – boilers, turbine generators and balance of plant. The team has done well, given the circumstances. I am looking forward to the challenge of handling an integrated ‘Energy’ portfolio encompassing both hydrocarbon and power. Given the excellent track record of L&T and its subsidiary L&T Hydrocarbon, I am sure that we will be able to make a positive impact on the industry while ensuring that the company meets its growth objectives.”
Mr. S V DesaiWhole-Time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President (Civil Infrastructure) said: “It is a great honour and I am conscious of the enormous responsibility of leading these businesses at a challenging time in the Company’s history. L&T has done pioneering work in building some of the country’s largest and marque Infrastructure projects. We will continue to be Nation-builders. Given the institution’s capabilities and inherent strengths, I am confident that we will do well, and ensure that we realize our true potential.”

Mr. T Madhava DasWhole-Time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President (Utilities) said: I have always believed that one of the pillars that L&T is founded on is meritocracy and this honour of being inducted on to the Board is a reflection of that value. L&T has done unique work both in power transmission distribution and in urban rural electrification works. We have taken Power & Water Infrastructure to the hinterland of the country and have brought the essentials of water and light to many citizens of the country. These two businesses have developed a significant footprint in the GCC, ASEAN and Africa. I look forward to the challenge ahead. I am fortunate to have a fine team, and all of us re-dedicate ourselves to take the Company’s interests forward.”

Brief profiles of the board appointees:
Mr. Subramanian Sarma, designate Whole-Time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President (Energy) is a graduate in Chemical Engineering, Mr. Sarma completed his Masters from IIT Bombay. A seasoned professional, he has over 37 years of experience, with 28 years being in the Middle East. During his career span, Mr. Sarma has handled the complete Oil & Gas value chain including Executive Management, Business Development, Project Management and Process Engineering. He has established L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering as a leading provider of Oil & Gas and Petrochemical services in India, Middle East and Africa. Mr. Sarma is the recipient of the CHEMTECH CEW, Business Leader of the year 2017 for Engineering Services. Immediately before joining L&T, Mr. Sarma served as Managing Director of Petrofac - Onshore Engineering & Construction, with complete responsibility for all the company’s onshore projects worldwide. Mr. Sarma joined the Board of the Company on August 19, 2015.

Mr. S V Desai, Whole-Time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President (Civil Infrastructure) is a civil engineer with Post-Graduation from IIT Madras. He started his career in 1986. Beginning his journey with L&T in 1997, he has served as Head-Contracts (Buildings & Factories), Head-Procurement & Contracts (Delhi International Airport), Segment Head – Integrated Projects, Segment Head – Metros, Business Unit Head of Metros & Defence BU till his present position as Head – Heavy Civil Infrastructure IC in a 23-year association with the Company. He has extensive experience in bid estimation, finalization of large value projects like Riyadh & Doha Metros and other Joint Ventures. Riyadh and Doha Metros are some of the largest contracts executed by L&T in a Joint Venture and successfully taken forward.

Mr. T Madhava Das, Whole-Time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President (Utilities) a graduate in Electrical Engineering from NIT Calicut and MBA from XIM Bhubaneswar, joined L&T in 1985 and has held various key positions in the electrical business of L&T-ECC such as Regional Projects Manager (Hyderabad Region), Sector Projects Manager – UAE & Chief – Business Initiatives & Contracts (Transmission Lines (TL)). He was instrumental in expanding tower manufacturing capacity by setting up a plant in Pithampur and in modernizing other manufacturing units. Subsequently, he headed the TL business in India and later moved to GCC as Head of the International (Cluster – 1). He assumed his present position in 2014 and under his leadership, the domestic Power Transmission, Substation, Distribution and the PT&D business in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman & Kuwait have grown significantly, besides moving to new geographies in ASEAN & Africa. He has also successfully incubated the Solar business besides adding microgrid & energy storage capabilities making PT&D as one of the largest transmission and distribution EPC businesses.

VELAMMAL LEADERS TAKE NEW ROLES


 VELAMMAL LEADERS TAKE NEW ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This momentous day of Velammal Vidyalaya, Alapakkam (12.7.2020) dawned to bestow responsibilities on the deserving young talents of the school to lead their school from the front  with their commitment, confidence and competence. In order to scale the heights and reach the pinnacle of success, the school always strives to inculcate a sense of responsibility and commitment among the students with their heads held high, ready to shoulder responsibilities as leaders. With the beginning of the new academic session for the year 2020-2021, investiture ceremony was organized on the 12th of July. Investiture Ceremony was held with great enthusiasm through online, with a lot of excitement and exuberance .

The solemn occasion  commenced with the lighting of the auspicious Lamp of Knowledge by the chief guest Mr. Santhosh Babu, a Medical Doctor turned IAS officer of the 1995 batch. It was followed by the soulful rendition of the School Prayer. It was a proud moment for the parents to present their children with badges and sashes invested with great responsibilities while embarking on a new journey as leaders. Students also performed a western dance on live, to keep up the viewers’ spirit.




The young, energetic and zealous set of students were all set to take up the responsibilities entrusted to them. As they donned the mantle of leadership and responsibility they pledged to serve the institution whole heartedly, with a strong sense of commitment and dedication.

As the Covid-19 outbreak made everything online, we conducted the student council election also online - online nomination, online interview, online polling through google form.

The polling was held in two phases, Internal and external. In the internal polling people from the school management like teaching and non teaching staff and students cast their votes to their favourite candidate. Where as in external polling general public, parents, friends and relatives of the candidates were made to vote. Around 40 thousand people responded the google form.

On 12th July, 2020 ( Sunday) at 10.30 am the enthronement of the leaders went viral. Dr. Santhosh Babu, a doctor turned IAS officer and Mr. Niranjam Navalgund, a professional chess player and trainer graced the ceremony and blessed the leaders. Their extraordinary speech was highly motivational. 

Aditya Birla Capital’s subsidiaries record over

Aditya Birla Capital’s subsidiaries record over four million
customer interactions on digital service platforms

Aditya Birla Capital Limited (ABCL), the holding company of the financial services businesses of the Aditya Birla Group, recorded a significant rise in customer interactions on the digital channels of its subsidiaries. These interactions on platforms such as WhatsApp, Chatbots, Websites and Apps crossed the four million mark in the past three months during the Covid-19 lockdown, witnessing an almost 2X jump when compared to the same period last year. ABCL’s subsidiaries have been at the forefront of adopting new technologies for customer convenience. Several services like change of address on the website for the stock broking business or using WhatsApp for renewal of Health Insurance policies or registering SIPs for Mutual fund were introduced for the first time in the industry. The Mutual Fund business recently introduced Google Assistant based voice bot for the top customer queries. The Lending business and Mutual Fund business have developed a machine learning (ML) based email bot for automated servicing of over 30,000 customer queries a month

Over the last one year, ABCL’s subsidiaries have significantly ramped up their digital services across Websites, Chatbot and WhatsApp to ensure availability of over 94 per cent of their services online, as compared to about 71 per cent last year. This has been a huge advantage during the lockdown when customer and distributor onboarding and purchase journeys have been enabled digitally. The WhatsApp/Chatbot channel is now one of the most comprehensive in the financial services industry, offering over 180 services across the mutual fund, lending, housing finance, life insurance and health insurance businesses. The businesses witnessed WhatsApp emerging as one of the most preferred channels, with almost a million customer interactions since March’ 20.



Ajay Srinivasan, Chief Executive, Aditya Birla Capital, said, “Digital enablement to create a superior customer experience throughout the customer journey has been a key part of our agenda. This enabled us to proactively transform our customer journeys to being 100% digital during the period of lockdown. These capabilities held us in good stead when COVID hit the world and helped us to service our customers without any interruptions. We will continue to leverage new technologies to make our customer and distributor experience best in class.”    

Owing to the ongoing lockdown, there has been a shift in demand for zero contact and paperless purchase options. Last year ABCL’s subsidiaries had worked on developing non-contact, paperless, seamless purchase journeys across product lines through mobile apps and tabs. Many technologies such as biometrics, intelligent OCR, Video KYC, e-contracts were used for the first time in the industry. The NBFC and Mutual Fund businesses have been one of the first in the industry to launch video KYC for its customers. Over 90 per cent customers were on-boarded through digital channels alone in FY20, as compared to 72 per cent in FY19. The businesses deployed over 200 robotic processes (RPA) to automate mid-office and back office work.

Muthoot Finance launches cashback scheme for

Muthoot Finance launches cashback scheme for customers amid COVID-19
The company launches Muthoot Online Money Saver program (MOMS)

Muthoot Finance, India’s No.1 Most Trusted Financial Services Brand and India’s largest gold loan NBFC launches special cashback scheme - Muthoot Online Money Saver programme(MOMS) for customers paying interest online. This programme aims to boost digital usage among the customers during COVID-19. The cashback amount will be shown to the customers while making online payments and they can pay the interest amount after deducting the cash back from interest payable.

According to Mr. George Alexander Muthoot, Managing Director, Muthoot Finance, “To accelerate the digital adoption, we are delighted to launch a very attractive assured interest cashback offer for our customers who pay gold loan interest online through Muthootonline.com and iMuthoot App in these unprecedented times.”

The facility has currently launched on Muthoot Online website and would be launched on iMuthoot App by the end of this month. The slab based of interest payment eligible for cash back amount is given below,

Muthoot Online Money Saver ( MOMS )
Interest Payment Value
Cashback Value
> Rs 50,000
Rs 1501
Rs 25,000 to Rs 49,999
Rs 601
Rs 10,000 to Rs 24,999
Rs 201
Rs 5,000 to Rs 9,999
Rs 101
Rs 2500 to Rs 4,999
Rs 51

Vedanta launches phase 2 of

Vedanta launches phase 2 of ‘Meal for All’ program
~Successfully provides more than 11 lakh meals to daily wage earners in Phase 1~

Vedanta Limited a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, a global oil & gas and metals company, has launched Phase 2 of its “Meal for All” program to provide meals to daily wage earners across the country during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The program successfully provided more than 11.08 lakh meals to daily wage earners in the first phase. The project also distributed 49,626 dry ration packets to local communities and engaged more than 15,000 women in mask-making activities. The program not only provided aid to the suffering people, but also extended a helping hand to stray animals in the rural and urban areas. More than 12.70 lakh stray animals were fed in Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Pune in the first phase.




Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Anil Agarwal, Chairman - Vedanta Resources, said, “The spread of Covid-19 pandemic has led to the closure of many economic and employable institutions. This has left a huge number of daily wage earners stranded without any scope of income and daily essentials.  Our initiative is an effort to provide them with the basic necessities and ease their pain as much as possible. We aim to reach maximum number of people with this initiative and provide a ray of hope to the daily wage earners and give them strength.”

The Phase-2 of the ‘Meals for all’ program was flagged off by Mr. Gunvant Patel, noted entrepreneur and philanthropist. It will be a week-long initiative with a target of reaching 38,000 daily wage earners and their families across Delhi, Mumbai & Ahmedabad. They are being provided with ration kits consisting of daily essentials such as Rice, Pulses, Refined oil and Spices along with a pair of slippers. The project aims to provide better living conditions to people in the coming days whilst providing a temporary relief.

Complimenting Vedanta on this initiative, Mr. Gunvant Patel said, “The pandemic is truly a test of our resilience and the strength of togetherness, this is the moment where we have to come together to give, share and reach the people in need. Vedanta’s gesture through the program “Meals for all” is an example of humility and how such initiatives are so important during times like these. I am glad to contribute to the program and look forward to maximize our efforts