Accolades for Intercoiffure Mondial (ICD) India @ 22ndICD WORLD CONGRESS OSAKA/KYOTO JAPAN, MAY 2017


After a string of eventful and successive years, it was all showers of praises and accolades for Intercoiffure Mondial (ICD) India at 22nd ICD World Congress held in Osaka/Kyoto Japan, from 15-17 May, 2017. The first felicitation was when ICD India was awarded with the ‘Best Section’ amongst its peers for the last 10 years at the congress.Dr. Kochhar was also bestowed with the prestigious ‘Knight Award’ there for her contribution to the world of beauty and hair as well as her continued efforts towards strengthening ICD India’s position at International level.Education for Life (EFL) India project which is a training and education programme for the youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds got thumbs up and an honorary certificate. The project in India is carried out Blossom Kochhar College of Creative Arts and Design (BKCCAD) under the patronage of ICD India. Samantha Kochhar was also announced as the Ambassador EFL-India at the congress.Adding another feather to the country’s cap, Dr. Kochhar was also declared Vice-President Oceania Region by Mr. OCHS at the congress. India is also a part of the Oceania region created by ICD representing members from Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Conveying her gratitude, Dr. Kochhar expressed, “I feel very proud and humbled at this honour. I would like to dedicate this award to ICD India members, to their incredible creative genius and artistry which has shown through at the ICD world stage and got India such notable praise and accolades from the international community. I wish ICD India grows by leaps and bounds in future.”
ICD India members Richa Agarwal and Samantha Kochhar were also being felicitated with their respective awards for the STYLIST OF OCEANIA THE BEST OF THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2016 at the congress. Richa Agarwal was applauded with the ‘HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARD’. Her work has been highly commended by the judges and audience at large. Samantha Kochhar was awarded with ‘INDIA OVERALL WINNER TROPHY’. We are proud of them and congratulate them on this accomplishment.

Breakthrough and inspirational gala shows featured Klaus Peter OCHS, President of Intercoiffure Mondial and the Intercoiffure USA/Canada and ICD Japan teams. The young talents of the Fondation Guillaume (a sub-organization of ICD where young hairstylists from across the world are fostered on an international level) brought to life a dynamic, anti-conformist, and trendsetting show.
All on all, the whole event spanning three days was a delight for the who’s who of the hair and beauty industry attending it from across the world. The Congress was attended by 12 ICD India members.

CEOs Sing for GF Kids Mumbai is Back and Promises to Rock!



Mumbai, June 7, 2017: They excel in their respective fields, they set examples for the people they work with, they inspire, they lead and occasionally, they also sing and dance to Save Little Hearts with Genesis Foundation. The 18th edition of Genesis Foundation’s CEOs Sing for GF Kids is scheduled for June 17 and promises to be even better than the previous ones.


The ITC Grand Central, Mumbai is all set to resound with music by CEOs from various companies, and all for a very significant cause. The rehearsals are on in full swing—the guitars, flutes and saxophones have been dusted off, the costumes are being chosen, the melodies are being polished and the corporate leaders are getting set to take the stage by a storm.


Genesis Foundation works towards supporting the treatment of critically ill, under-privileged children with heart disorders. Corporate leaders from across the spectrum of industries come together every year to support and help raise funds for the cause. Taking time out from their busy schedules, these extremely influential people come together to sing, dance and do their bit to ‘Save Little Hearts’. One of the closest and most dedicated supporters of Genesis Foundation, YM Deosthalee, Past Chairman, L&T Finance Holdings, and our Patron will be leading the host team this year.


The line-up for this year’s edition of CEOs Sing For GF Kids is:

  • Dennis Taraporewala, Managing Director, Criesse Communications
  • Geetu Verma, Exec-Director, Hindustan Unilever
  • Vinit Store, CEO, The Quadron Business Park
  • V Vaidyanathan, Chairman, Capital First
  • Kerman Lalkaka, GM, ITC, Grand Central, Mumbai
  • Dinesh Mirchandani, Managing Partner, Boyden
  • Subhash Kamath, Managing Partner, BBH India
  • Vinodini Lulla, Trustee, CMCA
  • Ashwin Deo, MD, Trinity Vintners
  • Mehmood Curmally, CEO, JnY Entertainment
  • Kuldeep Bhartee, GM, ITC Maratha, Mumbai
  • Ramesh Iyer, Vice-chairman, MD & President, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd.

Speaking about the event, Prema Sagar, Founder, Genesis Foundation said, “I am grateful to each of these lovely friends and leaders who volunteer for this cause. We are overwhelmed by the encouragement we get each year. Some of these CEOs have been with us for the past 16 years with as much enthusiasm as they had in the first year, and their music and talent always leaves us spellbound. It’s truly a great feeling. The support of these leaders is invaluable in our endeavour to raise funds for the little hearts who need them.”


My association with Genesis Foundation goes back several years and each year, the cause comes closer to my heart. These critically ill children need a fighting chance and I am gratified that I am able to do my bit. It is my pleasure to be a part of sharing smiles and Saving Little Hearts.” said YM Deosthalee, Past Chairman, L&T Finance Holdings.


About Genesis Foundation:

Genesis Foundation facilitates medical treatment for critically ill under-privileged children suffering with Heart Disorders. The support required in the said critical illness varies from specific surgeries (including neonatal), Cath Lab Interventions along with recovery and recuperation post-surgery.


We Save Little Hearts. 

So far, we have supported medical treatment of over 1200 critically ill children. The children supported by the Foundation belong to families with an income of less than Rs 10,000 per month and the parents and caregivers are unable to afford treatment of these children who suffer from a serious life-threatening ailment.


100% of funds raised are used towards treatment of critically ill children as all overhead costs are borne by the trustees.


GF is registered under Section 12-A and 80-G of the Income Tax Act, which entitles 50% tax exemption. GF is also registered under FCRA allowing it to receive foreign funds.


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ITC (ITC IN): Q4 Performance In Line With Estimates; HTI Maintains BUY with TP of Rs370

ITC reported its Q4 FY3/17 results which were largely in line with our and consensus estimates. Key highlight for the quarter was its cigarette division’s (accounted for around 62% and 85% of the company’s FY3/16 revenues and EBIT, respectively) gross revenues, which grew by 4.8% YoY with volumes remaining flat YoY while EBIT for the division grew by 8% YoY. Gross revenues for the other key business, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG; accounted for 18% of company’s FY3/16 revenues) grew 6.5% YoY while EBIT declined by 21.6% YoY on account of inflation in raw material prices and brand building. We believe that with the revenue-neutral impact of announced goods and services tax (GST) rates for cigarettes, a key overhang for investors around high taxation on cigarettes has been removed. As a result, we forecast a cigarette volume growth revival through average annual growth of 3% over FY3/18–19. This coupled with prospects of profitability improvement in FMCG led by economies of scale kicking in, we estimate ITC’s earnings CAGR improving to 15.2% over FY3/18–19 from 4.1% CAGR registered over FY3/16–17. We maintain our BUY rating. Our sum of the parts (SOTP) based target price rises to Rs370 (previously Rs330) as we increase our PER applied to ITC’s cigarette division to 31x (28x previously) with the key overhang of GST going away. Key catalysts are volume growth recovery in cigarette business and improved profitability of FMCG business.

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ITC (ITC IN): Q4 Performance In Line With Estimates; HTI Maintains BUY



Pergo’s wood parquet collection

Pergo is recognized around the world as a leading innovator of high quality laminated flooring brand. Pergo first introduced and invented laminate flooring three decades ago and has been refining its exceptional qualities ever since. The world’s most preferred laminate flooring company presents its Wood Parquet Collection. Pergo has always aimed at making the best use of natural resources in its products, with the way natural resources are depleting; it is reassuring to know that Pergo, uses most part of recycled materials in its manufacturing of Wood Parquet flooring. Built for both living areas and commercial areas with normal wear, Pergo floor is the best starting point for creating beautiful interiors with the Wood Parquet.


“With Pergo Wood Parquet, there is more to wood flooring than natural charm. One doesn’t have to worry about bothersome maintenance; the parquet flooring is easy to care. It is the perfect combination of beautiful design and performance to revamp a place with the finest flooring”. Pergo Wood Parquet is strikingly attractive flooring from a design point of view and a residential warranty on “the product against manufacturing defect and Perfect Fold TM 3.0; speaks for itself when it comes to the quality and durability of the collection. Commercial warranty on Perfect Fold 3.0TM is also available on request.


When it comes to adding warmth and personality to a room, nothing does it better than the naturally unique character of a wood floor of Pergo Wood Parquet Collection. The Inherent personality of the material, with the unique variations it offers, makes it the outstanding choice for perfect flooring. Pergo Wood Parquet flooring, seven different designs with the new manufacturing technologies like Brushed Surface, and Sawcut Pattern designer look are introduced. After all, you want your floor to continue looking beautiful as long as possible and Pergo Wood Parquet Collection flooring is exactly designed to do that.


Formats available in this range are: 2200 x 220 x 14 mm, 1820 x 190 x 14 mm, 1820 x 145 x 14 mm, 2200 x 190 x 14 mm.



ICAI set ups GST Sahayata Desks



Goods and Services Tax (GST) is all set to be rolled out from July 1, 2017 as India’s biggest federal taxation reform. GST is an integrated tax which works on the concept of “One Nation One Tax”. The biggest benefit of GST implementation would be removal of cascading effect of multiple taxes and seamless flow of Input Tax credit.

To facilitate small businessmen, traders, shopkeepers and public at large ICAI GST Sahayata Desks have been made operational by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), on pro bono basis at all major cities. To begin with, GST Sahayata Desks will be made operational at approximately 200 locations through 5 Regional Councils, 163 Branches and 48 CPE Chapters of ICAI. The GST Sahayata Desks would be operational w.e.f May 28, 2017 till September 30, 2017 at PAN India level.

The main objectives of setting up these Desks are to facilitate traders, small businessmen and public at large by.

  • Creating basic awareness on GST (An Overview of GST)
  • Informing about benefits of GST in Tax and business environment
  • Guiding  in Migration
  • Helping in filing GST Returns
  • Providing answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Resolving queries of a small Businessmen and traders
  • To spread the message that ICAI and members are assisting in implementation of GST

The salient features of these ICAI GST Sahayata Desks will be:

  • The said GST Sahayata Desks will work for 3 hours every day (from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.) to resolve issues and doubts on GST with special focus on small traders, shopkeepers, small businessmen and small manufacturers etc. without any charges.
  • The Regional Councils/Branches of ICAI would coordinate with the local Trade, Market and Business Associations, RWAs and similar associations to ensure that the benefits of these Desks reach maximum people.
  •  Expert(s) having GST knowledge will resolve the issues raised by stakeholders at the ICAI GST Sahayata Desks.
  •  The FAQs compiled by ICAI and/or Govt. can be made available and circulated among participants.
  • Workshops on GST will be organized on Fortnightly basis inviting small traders, shopkeepers, small businessmen and small manufacturers in the Branch premises as well as other venues identified.


  1. Nilesh S. Vikamsey, President, ICAI saidThe Goods and Services Tax (GST) will replace multiple taxes system in a single taxation system w.e.f from July 1, 2017. Implementation of GST would be a win-win situation for all the three stakeholders viz government, businessman and consumers. It will also boost economic growth in the country because of development of common market. ”


He further added “ICAI has always been supportive & contributing towards various initiatives taken by the Government and will support the Government with smooth implementation of GST.”

Discover the shutterbug in you at the Serai & Barefoot photography contest


~ Explore your innate photography skills & showcase your best captured travel experiences at                       The Serai & Barefoot Resorts ~

Bangalore, May, 2017: A great photograph takes a second to click and a lifetime to prepare for… Photography is a painstakingly passionate process, but it can also offer inspiring results. The Serai & Barefoot Resorts has begun their second edition of the inimitable Shutterbug Photography contest which invites visual storytellers to capture the most beautiful moments and experiences of their stay at The Serai and Barefoot Resorts. The Shutterbug Photography contest has been conceptualized with the objective of providing a platform to the guests to capture diverse landscapes during their stay at The Serai & Barefoot Resorts. The photography contest received exceptional participation in the previous year and is now an established annual property by The Serai Resorts that captivates the photography enthusiasts.
From landscape and star trail to time lapse and night photography, guests at The Serai Resorts can explore their photography talent and access numerous visually pleasant sights. The contest is open to all the guests staying at the The Serai Resorts in Kabini, Bandipur, Chikmagalur or Barefoot Resorts at the Andaman. Travel photography is one of the most popular subjects, and there are a plethora of fascinating sights ready to be captured on camera. It gives one the opportunity to engage oneself at the destination, it’s people, the culture, the landscape and nature.
The grand prize includes a cash prize of Rs one lakh and free 2 night stay at any of The Serai properties at Chikmagalur, Kabini, Bandipur and The Barefoot, Andamans. The contest commenced in April and will end in December 2017. Additionally, winners and participants stand the chance to have their work exhibited through various platforms in sync with the brand’s marketing plans.


“At The Serai Resorts, we endeavour to present unique experiences to our guests. In its previous edition, the photography contest has received a tremendous response from our guests who participated with immense passion and enthusiasm. This over whelming response encouraged us to extend this as an annual property and launch the Shutterbug Photography contest in 2017. We are extremely keen to see our guest capture pictures of the resort and the destination & experience a more meaningful & engaging vacation.”, says Mr. M. Venkatesh-Director, Coffee Day Hotels and Resorts.

The Serai Resorts endeavors to create everlasting memories, share the beautiful memories of the guests who holiday with them and promote the uniqueness of the destinations.

There are 4 different categories that contestants can submit photos under:

  1. a) Nature and Landscape– Snapshots of the destination, Sunrise, Sunsets, Wildlife, Beach, Underwater photographs; winning prize- 2 night stay at The Serai Chikmagalur
  2. b) Best Photograph In & Around- photographs of interesting places in and around the resorts- places displaying heritage, the local culture, the people, their lifestyle, cuisine et al; winning prize- 2/3 night stay at The Barefoot Resorts, Andamans
  3. c) Best Photograph My Moments– Selfies, Happiness, moments of Togetherness and Family; winning prize- 2 night stay at The Serai Kabini
  4. d) Architecture– Of the place where they are holidaying, influence/inspiration of the local culture on the architecture; winning prize- 2 night stay at The Serai Bandipur


For further information and a complete overview of the entry rules and guidelines—please visit:

About Coffee Day Resorts

Coffee Day Hotels & Resorts was incorporated in the year 2008 and launched their first property soon after, under the brand name ‘The Serai’ in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. The Turkish interpretation of the word Serai is ‘a palace of the sultan’, the Persian version speaks of comfortable, accommodative environs for intrepid travelers to rest and recuperate after their travels across inhospitable terrain. ‘The Serai Resort’ is the perfect blend of both these definitions offering a tranquil oasis of luxury and peace, to refresh mind and body; a well deserved respite from modern day travails, trials and tribulations!

The Serai experiences are widely spread from a getaway to the coffee country ensconced in the verdant coffee plantations to relaxing and rejuvenating by the water front amidst wilderness. The Serai chain of Resorts crafts the line between the stressful and the serene, the commonplace and the exclusive and resonates with the positive vibes which nature brings. Being true to the philosophy of ‘The Serai’, the company will soon be launching more such experience destinations to make you reconnect with the long forgotten ways.