ADDRESS HOME launches the Yellow and Grey Spring Summer 2017 Collection

Address Home, the luxury home décor brand, now introduces the yellow and grey spring summer 2017 collection, reflective of the contemporary chic aesthetic in home decor. The new collection of cushions from Address Home gives a modernist twist to Old Persian Geometric Patterns. Creating an atmosphere of sophistication and playfulness, the embracing grey with refreshing yellow will exemplify your summer.


This contemporary cool color palette for spring summer season by Address Home is all you need to transform your home. As the “funand vibrant yellow meets the subtle yet edgy grey”, it energizes your room, makes a stunning statement and sets your home apart.

The spring summer collection of cushions comes into being with intricate needle work, bead embellishments, silk embroidery and gold foiling to give it a glamour quotient. The textures are generously employed to imbue the room with a snazzy style. The geometric pattern decorates plain fabrics in silk, velvet and cotton. They create a perfect tranquil space for summers, adding just the right amount of zing to your den. Although made with simple elements they have the capacity to transform a bland space into an opulent retreat reflective of a high degree of beauty and elegance.

Address Home has combined different techniques in each piece of the collection to bring out the design elements that bring in a layer of variety in your eye movement and breaks the monotony. It’s not only edgy and fun, but also encapsulates age old weaving, embroidering and embellishment techniques thereby bringing together the best of both worlds.

UC News brings #MasalaCommentary with Celebrities for the ongoing Cricket League

 

Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Sunny Leone, Virendra Sehwag and Sunil Grover Take to the Mic

–          6.6 mn daily views on UC News app; 75 mn views on UC News YouTube Channel

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In a clear success of its strategy for digitizing entertainment, UC News, a content and news distribution platform that is part of Alibaba Mobile Business Group, garnered an average daily views of 6.6 million on the UC News app for its innovative IPL campaign “Match ki Kahaani, Celebs ki Zubaani” with #MasalaCommentary. UC News ran a first-of-its-kind campaign, bringing together Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Sunny Leone, Virender Sehwag, Sunil Grover, Rakhi Sawant and Kamal R Khan to give commentary in their witty and inimitable style on the ongoing IPL matches. UC News also got the celebrity commentators to take interesting cricket-based challenges. The chat and activities were live streamed on the UC News app. The videos have clocked another 75 million views on the UC News’ YouTube channel, UC Talks.

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“Total time spent consuming content on the mobile has seen a sharp rise among Indian audiences with sports, especially cricket, being one of the most popular content category for UC News readers. Not just that, multiple new-age digital media platforms are challenging the traditional mediums. The success of our app-only videos with celebrities is a clear testament to that”, said Young Li, Head of UC News.

 

On April 5, Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta revived their popular on-screen pairing after 12 years to live comment on the opening ceremony of IPL followed by the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Hyderabad Sunrisers.

 

Video Link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWw0y0dqxZE&t=23s

Comedian Sunil Grover donned his famous on-screen persona of Dr. Mashoor Gulati and partnered with actress Sunny Leone to comment on the match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), causing a laugh riot. After losing the challenge, Sunny Leone also danced to the tunes of a Punjabi number with Sunil on the occasion of Baisakhi.

Video Link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_Nqk7ye1nk

Former cricketer Virendra Sehwag and Bollywood actress Sunny Leone teamed up for a fun-filled session during the Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad match, causing a major buzz on social media.

 

 

You can watch all the videos at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCw9RMvxEVUZNl1Vz9rvKwQ

 

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About UCWeb

UCWeb Inc. (UCWeb), a business within Alibaba Mobile Business Group, is a leading provider of mobile internet software and services. Since the inception in 2004, UCWeb’s mission has been to provide better mobile internet experience to people around the world. The international product portfolio of UCWeb includes UC Browser (mobile browsing service), UC News (content distributor), 9Apps (Android app store), and UC Union (mobile traffic and monetization platform). UC Browser is one of the world’s top 3 mobile browsers (as per StatCounter). UC Browser has reached 420 million Monthly Active Users as of August 2016, while 9Apps has clocked over 250 million. Additional information about UCWeb and its products can be found at www.ucweb.com.

 

About UC News

UC News is a big-data powered content distributor, serving as a one-stop source of trending and curated news content covering all popular categories that Indian users can consume on the go, with 20+ featured channels including news, cricket, technology, entertainment, movies, lifestyle, health, humor, etc. UC News integrates trending content from social media and partners with traditional media, self-publishers and key opinion leaders for original content. UC News is now available in 3 languages including Hindi, Indonesian and English. UC News is major product of UCWeb Inc. – a business within Alibaba Mobile Business Group. UCWeb’s flagship product UC Browser now integrated with news feeds from UC News, is the No.1 mobile browser in India according to StatCounter.

 

Crossword bookstores hosts a delightful tete-a-tete around the controversial Koh-I-Noor

William Dalrymple and Anita Anand fascinate listeners during interactive session at Crossword Bookstores

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It is not everyday that a venerable historian of William Dalrymple’s ilk and erudition is available for an interaction.

Naturally, Crossword Bookstores at Kemps Corner was buzzing with excited fans on Tuesday evening who had come to interact with acclaimed writer William Dalrymple and BBC journalist Anita Anand on their latest book Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond published by juggernaut books

In their talk Dalrymple and Anand spoke about their new discoveries around the diamond and bust many of the myths and legends surrounding the world’s most ‘infamous’ diamond.

We realized that the Kohinoor story is about passion, nationalism and pride and very little about facts, historical evidence and proof. That’s why we decided to write a book that will not take sides on this debate but excavate the facts,” said Dalrymple.

The irony is that we have the hardest substance in the world which is surrounded by insubstantial nonsense. We therefore laid out what we think are the true facts of the case,” he added.

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During the session, readers asked many interesting questions to both the authors.

One of the readers asked Anita Anand about the diamond being cut into two halves to which Anita had to say, ”one theory is that in those days they had a very fast spinning wheel to grind off the facets and the bits were burnt off. There are also people who claim to have chips from the diamond.”

“Here’s a story that readers can never have enough of! It’s a heady mix of controversy, exaggeration, and mystery. Very excited to host William and Anita, for our readers, at Crossword,” said Kinjal Shah, CEO Crossword Bookstores.

 

About the book

Kohinoor: The Story of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond unearths fascinating new information and is a gripping historical saga of loot, murder, torture, deceit and colonial greed. Using previously untranslated Sanskrit, Persian and Urdu sources, and the discoveries of modern gemologists, William Dalrymple and Anita Anand blow away the legends to reveal the Kohinoor’s true history – stranger, and more violent, than any fiction.

The story sweeps from the century the Kohinoor spent embedded in the Mughals’ fabulous Peacock Throne to the months it spent hidden in a prison cell in a remote Afghan fort; from the years it languished unrecognised on a mullah’s desk, used as a paperweight, through to the torture chamber where a Persian prince was crowned in molten lead in an attempt to extract the truth about the gem’s hiding place. Once worn on Ranjit Singh’s turban, Duleep Singh’s armband and Queen Victoria’s crown, it is now locked in the Tower of London, where it continues to arouse passions as India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran all demand its return.

 

About Crossword Bookstores

Crossword Bookstores Ltd. is a chain of bookstores in India based in Mumbai. Crossword has stores in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Cochin, Coimbatore, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Indore, Kota, Lucknow, Nagpur, Raipur, Siliguri, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Nagpur, Thane, Udaipur, Nasik, Vadodara, Vapi, Vijayawada, Pune, Surat, Durgapur, Mangalore and Ahmedabad. The most recent outlets opened in Ranchi, Calicut.

 

About Juggernaut

Set up in 2015 by Chiki Sarkar and Durga Raghunath, Juggernaut Books aims to create a world-class Indian publishing company that gives authors both a digital and physical platform. Its authors include Arundhati Roy, William Dalrymple, Prashant Kishor, Twinkle Khanna, Sunny Leone, Rujuta Diwekar, Husain Haqqani, Svetlana Alexievich, Rajdeep Sardesai, Rajat Gupta, Kanhaiya Kumar, Sourav Ganguly and Pankaj Mishra.

With over 300,000 downloads on the iOS and Android apps, Juggernaut titles are also available on www.juggernaut.in and web browsers globally. Its print books are available in bookstores across India.

COSTA CRUISES CELEBRATES UPCOMING MUMBAI SAILINGS ONBOARD THE COSTA LUMINOSA

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Europe’s number 1 cruising company, Costa Cruises, together with the Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai, welcomed guests onboard the Costa Luminosa, for an evening of celebration of Italian hospitality and entertainment.  The Costa Luminosa, which is sailing around the world in 98 days, is currently docked at the Mumbai port as part of its impressive itinerary. The event saw the launch of Festa Italiana 2016 in Mumbai and celebrated the upcoming homeporting of the Costa neoClassica in Mumbai from December 2016.

For the first time, Indians can look forward to embarking on a cruiseliner from Mumbai and going to enchanting destinations within India such as Goa and Cochin and also to the very popular Maldives and Colombo. Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly sailings from 16th Dec 2016 – 18th March 2017.

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Speaking about the launch, Mr. Buhdy Bok, President of Costa Group Asia said, “We are delighted to bring cruising to Indians at their doorstep. For many travellers, the holiday often starts after some sort of a long journey. Now like never before, Indians will have the opportunity to start holidaying — right from their door-step — from India’s largest metropolis, Mumbai”

Commenting on the home porting of Costa neoClassica in Mumbai Port, Mr. Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman of Mumbai Port said, “It is a proud moment for us to have Costa neoClassica to be homeported at India’s premier Mumbai Port. The Mumbai Port has long been the principal gateway to India, playing a crucial role in sea trade and the development of the national economy, trade & commerce and the prosperity of Mumbai city in particular.”

Cruise Tourism has been termed as one of the most potential and sustainable segments and now with the launch of cruising between Mumbai and the Maldives, Costa Cruises has confirmed its strong interest in India.

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Costa neoClassica will be the very first large cruise ship that cruises between Mumbai and the Maldives. This classic cruise ship has a total of 654 cabins (with a capacity for 1700 passengers), including sea view cabins and suites with private balconies. Fully-equipped with a Casino, Theatre, Disco, Ballroom, Grand Bar, it aims to provide plenty in entertainment. The wellness centre is spread across 1,300 sq. m with a gym, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room. It also has an outdoor jogging track, 2 Jacuzzis and 2 swimming pools. For those who would like to go shopping, the cruise ship has a huge duty free shopping centre, and also offers a wide selection of books in the library for those who love to unwind with a book.

Enhancing the cruising experience further is the gastronomy: the food & wine offer is based on Italian regional menus with a choice of dishes representing different regions of Italy and proudly reflecting the country’s rich and unrivalled culinary heritage. In addition to this vast range, guests can also take advantage of tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes. On board Costa neoClassica, guests will also have the chance to taste the real original Neapolitan pizza at Pizzeria “Pummid’oro”: thanks to an agreement with the Università delle Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo, Costa Cruises offers pizza prepared using only sourdough and selected ingredients such as San Marzano DOP tomato. In addition, cruisers will be able to enjoy a variety of Indian cuisine and the restaurants on board are fully equipped to cater to special diet requirements of Indians, which includes Jain food.

Ms. Nalini Gupta, Managing Director, Lotus Destinations (GSA of Costa Cruises India) feels the modern Indian traveller is now seeking a different kind of thrill and cruise holidays are now featuring on the Indian traveler’s ‘must-experience’ list. She further adds, “The fact that Indians can now embark directly from Mumbai, not only makes the process hassle-free and visa-free, but also saves the traveler costs and time.”

Lotus Destinations (GSA of Costa Cruises India) http://costacruiseindia.com/

Costa Cruises (www.costacruises.com) is the Italian Cruising Company part of the Carnival Corporation & plc, the largest cruise company in the world. For 68 years, the ships of Costa fleet have plied the seas of the world being the ambassador of the pleasant mood of Italian hospitality and the true Italian holiday, with delicious food, selected wines, unique shopping experience, completed by a vast selection of Italian famous brands. Currently the Costa fleet, the largest in Europe, has a total of 15 ships in service, all flying the Italian flag. Moreover two next- generation cruise ships will be delivered in 2019 and 2021: they will feature a revolutionary “green design” and will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel, representing a major environmental breakthrough. Other 2 new ships will be delivered in 2019 and 2020 to be deployed in Asia. Costa embodies the Italian excellence surprising its Guests everyday with unique holidays, experiences and unforgettable memories thanks to 19,000 Costa’s associates worldwide who are passionately working everyday to offer “Italy’s finest” cruise vacations through 137 different itineraries, 261 destinations and 60 embarkation ports.

 

Additionally, sstarting this December, travellers will for the first time ever, be able to embark on a cruise from right here in India. Europe’s number 1 cruising company, Costa Cruises, is launching the Costa neoClassica in India, which will be homeporting in Mumbai from December 2016. Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly sailings from 16th Dec 2016 – 18th March 2017.

This December Embark On The Highly Anticipated Mumbai-Maldives Cruise With Costa Neoclassica

~ Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly Mumbai-Maldives sailings from 16th Dec 2016 – 18th March 2017 ~

 

COSTA CRUISES CELEBRATES UPCOMING MUMBAI SAILINGS ONBOARD THE COSTA LUMINOSA

 

Europe’s number 1 cruising company, Costa Cruises, together with the Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai, welcomed guests onboard the Costa Luminosa, for an evening of celebration of Italian hospitality and entertainment.  The Costa Luminosa, which is sailing around the world in 98 days, is currently docked at the Mumbai port as part of its impressive itinerary. The event saw the launch of Festa Italiana 2016 in Mumbai and celebrated the upcoming homeporting of the Costa neoClassica in Mumbai from December 2016.

For the first time, Indians can look forward to embarking on a cruiseliner from Mumbai and going to enchanting destinations within India such as Goa and Cochin and also to the very popular Maldives and Colombo. Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly sailings from 16th Dec 2016 – 18th March 2017.

Speaking about the launch, Mr. Buhdy Bok, President of Costa Group Asia said, “We are delighted to bring cruising to Indians at their doorstep. For many travellers, the holiday often starts after some sort of a long journey. Now like never before, Indians will have the opportunity to start holidaying — right from their door-step — from India’s largest metropolis, Mumbai”

Commenting on the home porting of Costa neoClassica in Mumbai Port, Mr. Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman of Mumbai Port said, “It is a proud moment for us to have Costa neoClassica to be homeported at India’s premier Mumbai Port. The Mumbai Port has long been the principal gateway to India, playing a crucial role in sea trade and the development of the national economy, trade & commerce and the prosperity of Mumbai city in particular.”

Cruise Tourism has been termed as one of the most potential and sustainable segments and now with the launch of cruising between Mumbai and the Maldives, Costa Cruises has confirmed its strong interest in India.

Costa neoClassica will be the very first large cruise ship that cruises between Mumbai and the Maldives. This classic cruise ship has a total of 654 cabins (with a capacity for 1700 passengers), including sea view cabins and suites with private balconies. Fully-equipped with a Casino, Theatre, Disco, Ballroom, Grand Bar, it aims to provide plenty in entertainment. The wellness centre is spread across 1,300 sq. m with a gym, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room. It also has an outdoor jogging track, 2 Jacuzzis and 2 swimming pools. For those who would like to go shopping, the cruise ship has a huge duty free shopping centre, and also offers a wide selection of books in the library for those who love to unwind with a book.

Enhancing the cruising experience further is the gastronomy: the food & wine offer is based on Italian regional menus with a choice of dishes representing different regions of Italy and proudly reflecting the country’s rich and unrivalled culinary heritage. In addition to this vast range, guests can also take advantage of tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes. On board Costa neoClassica, guests will also have the chance to taste the real original Neapolitan pizza at Pizzeria “Pummid’oro”: thanks to an agreement with the Università delle Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo, Costa Cruises offers pizza prepared using only sourdough and selected ingredients such as San Marzano DOP tomato. In addition, cruisers will be able to enjoy a variety of Indian cuisine and the restaurants on board are fully equipped to cater to special diet requirements of Indians, which includes Jain food.

Ms. Nalini Gupta, Managing Director, Lotus Destinations (GSA of Costa Cruises India) feels the modern Indian traveller is now seeking a different kind of thrill and cruise holidays are now featuring on the Indian traveler’s ‘must-experience’ list. She further adds, “The fact that Indians can now embark directly from Mumbai, not only makes the process hassle-free and visa-free, but also saves the traveler costs and time.”

Lotus Destinations (GSA of Costa Cruises India) http://costacruiseindia.com/

Costa Cruises (www.costacruises.com) is the Italian Cruising Company part of the Carnival Corporation & plc, the largest cruise company in the world. For 68 years, the ships of Costa fleet have plied the seas of the world being the ambassador of the pleasant mood of Italian hospitality and the true Italian holiday, with delicious food, selected wines, unique shopping experience, completed by a vast selection of Italian famous brands. Currently the Costa fleet, the largest in Europe, has a total of 15 ships in service, all flying the Italian flag. Moreover two next- generation cruise ships will be delivered in 2019 and 2021: they will feature a revolutionary “green design” and will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel, representing a major environmental breakthrough. Other 2 new ships will be delivered in 2019 and 2020 to be deployed in Asia. Costa embodies the Italian excellence surprising its Guests everyday with unique holidays, experiences and unforgettable memories thanks to 19,000 Costa’s associates worldwide who are passionately working everyday to offer “Italy’s finest” cruise vacations through 137 different itineraries, 261 destinations and 60 embarkation ports.

 

Additionally, sstarting this December, travellers will for the first time ever, be able to embark on a cruise from right here in India. Europe’s number 1 cruising company, Costa Cruises, is launching the Costa neoClassica in India, which will be homeporting in Mumbai from December 2016. Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly sailings from 16th Dec 2016 – 18th March 2017.

This December Embark On The Highly Anticipated Mumbai-Maldives Cruise With Costa Neoclassica

~ Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly Mumbai-Maldives sailings from 16th Dec 2016 – 18th March 2017 ~

 

JP Infra’s master-planned neighborhood- North, set to elevate Mira Road

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JP Infra Mumbai Pvt Ltd, one of the leading Real Estate Major, today announced the Masterplanned Neighbourhood- ‘North’ would be undoubtedly the new residential destination at Mira Road with the world class amenities. Surrounded by lush greenery, ‘North’ is going to redefine living habitat at Mira Road. Moreover, JP Infra announced their factual developments and upgradation about their project in the Press Conference at Intercontinental Hotel.

While launching North earlier, JP Infra had announced a macro view of the project with a limited factual details. The group has signed up with internationally acclaimed master-planners P&T (Singapore) to come on board and turn landmark project into a master planned neighborhood. Initially, the project was planned on 22 acres land and now it is being built on 27 acres land.  The master planned neighborhood would now be having 33 different kinds of gardens with a very well equipped resort style clubhouse of 29,ooo sq. ft. Further addition to the list of commitments, JP Infra has planned to built an International school and Ganesh temple in the premises.

North is the result of the collaboration between the company and leading acclaimed master planners who addressed the media at the Press Conference. They are the prominent names like Richard Soon, Architect, P&T Singapore, Mr. Rohit Kumar – Tesla (Water conservation consultant), Mr. Ashwin D’Silva  – 3 S Envo (Solid waste management consultant), Dr. Siddharth Saxena  – KWatt Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Vijay Jain – CMD JP Infra, Mr. Shubham Jain – Director JP Infra, Mr. Vivek Joshi – Sr. VP Projects, JP Infra Mr. Amit Rede – GM Architecture, JP Infra. They illustrated the evolved design and layout of the project during the conference. JP Infra has also collaborated with Reza Kaboul and WAHO (New Zealand) as design and landscape architects.

While addressing the Press Conference, Mr. Manoj Asrani, VP Sales and Marketing described the project as, “The Project aims to define the concept of living space by offering much more than a home. North would be a community where you and your family can stroll to work, your children can walk or cycle to school and a local convenience to stores, temple, sportsground, lifestyle club and beautiful parks.”

This is one of its kind masterplanned neighbourhood in the entire Mumbai’s western built to Mira Road. North will offer an exceptional quality of living to the people residing. The residents will be able to save money and energy with solar powered heating, water harvesting, underground water tanks and waste management- all combined with careful resource management.  North will offer a variety of residences ranging from 1-BHK and 2-BHK luxury apartments. In addition, it will have cycling and jogging track, and water bodies.

Talking about the design and architecture, Richard Soon, Architect and Director, P & T, says, “The master plan is located on a large site of 600m length. The site is surrounded by large pockets of rich forested area. This inspired the organic design of the master plan which resembles the form of vine, bringing the idea of connectivity through the site. The result is a seamless amalgamation of soft and hardscape that is environmentally sensitive and responsive, allowing the inward flow of nature into design.”

Mr. Shubham Jain, Director JP Infra concluded, “Our aim is to create spaces where people can truly live. With North, we are actually defining the way life needs to be lived. As a principal, we try to surpass our customer’s expectations in terms of delivering much more than a home to them. With JP North, We had promised to deliver a planned community at Mira Road. And we are happy to change that plan. We have added 5 acres of recreational space, changed the clubhouse into a state of the art health and leisure complex, increased the number of gardens, put in a Ganesha temple and a school. It’s time you experience 27 acres of living space in nature.”

Moreover, JP Infra has also rolled out a radio and digital campaign #BreakPromisesForGood. First time the builders fairly accept that they are breaking promises they made while launching North, Mira Road. However, the promises are broken for good this time. When the project was launched, there were no factual announcement, however, now things are in place and planned, JP Infra is refuting their promises and upgrading their deliverables. The campaign is an eye-catcher and is attracting people’s attention through their quirky phrases. Through this campaign the builders are spreading the message- ‘Not every broken promise hurts’.

About JP Infra: Established in 2006, JP Infra Mumbai Pvt. Ltd. is fast maturing into a business with ambitious growth plans and a powerful vision of the types of development it wants to bring to market.
The business is expanding into new areas, not only in Mumbai (with projects in both the north and south of the city) but in Indore and other regions. It’s also reaching out to a broader consumer base, with initiatives among market sectors like Non Resident Indians (NRIs). With multiple projects in development, and many new ones planned, JP infra is a company with a bright future and a clear upwards trajectory.

National Restaurant Association of India hosts 34th AGM; Celebrates Year of Resounding Success!

 

 

 

~President Riyaaz Amlani reflects on achievements and shares plan ahead~

 

The National Restaurant Association of India held its 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Delhi today which was presided by Shri Shailender Singh, Chairman, MCD Standing Committee, South Delhi, as Chief Guest.

Besides giving the audience an update on activities of the association Mr. Riyaaz Amlani, President, NRAI, shared news on breakthroughs the body has made over the past 12 months on issues it has been pursuing with the authorities across cities.

Some of these that liberated the Food Services’ Sector from restrictions were:

  • Cabinet approval on the Model Shops and Establishments Act that allows shops, malls and other establishments to operate 24×7.
  • Decision on the delivery bikes issue – Ministry of Road Transport and Highways allowed fitment of boxes for delivery.
  • Formation of a subgroup by the FSSAI to amend rules that govern safety standards at eating establishments with NRAI.
  • Announcement by the Delhi government about removal of the tourism license given to restaurants, bars and cafes; and implementation of single window clearance system from 2017 onwards for the restaurant industry.
  • Exemption from providing Effluent Treatment Plants for restaurants having up to 100-seat covers connected with Municipal/ Delhi Jal Board STPs (as against the earlier 36-seat cover clause).
  • Announcement by the Maharashtra government about designing a single-window clearance mechanism to promote restaurant and food services business in the state.
  • Announcement by the Maharashtra government about eating houses, permit rooms, swimming pools and lodges not requiring police permissions to function anymore. Restaurants and bars fell under this order’s ambit.
  • Reduction in the number of licenses required to 31 from the earlier 37 by the Maharashtra government for operating a restaurant.
  • Provision of single license from the BMC to suffice for operating or starting an eatery.
  • Legal nod to rooftop restaurants in Mumbai.
  • Extension of 1 am deadline for bars & pubs from weekends to weekdays as well by the Karnataka government.

 

He also reflected on the exponential growth that the restaurant industry is undergoing. Noting from the recently launched NRAI India Food Services Report 2016, he said “The Indian economy is increasingly gaining importance on the global stage. The size of the Indian food services’ market is INR 3, 09,110 crore in 2016. Contributing a total of 11% to the food services market, Delhi NCR holds the highest market size of Rs 32,885 crore. However, it comes a close second to Mumbai when it comes to the number of restaurants in the organized market.” Sharing his concerns, he said, “South Delhi localities like Hauz Khas Village, Nehru Place, Defence Colony, Saket, Green Park and Vasant Kunj have emerged as vibrant entertainment and food hubs. But restaurateurs operating in these locations have been grappling with logistical and policy concerns. For example, municipal authorities are not permitting service in the open spaces and terraces available to restaurants within the premises. Curtailing this only causes loss of business to the restaurateur, loss of revenue to the government and reduces the enjoyment of tourists who are drawn to open air restaurants. Internationally, open air Alfresco cafes add considerably to the charm of the cities. Such service in the open areas should be continued in the capital city as well.”

He further added, “As President of the NRAI, my request to the authorities is to recognize the merits of restaurants and bars as spaces that encourage and enhance city life. NRAI has been successful in many of its endeavors but there’s a long way to go. I am thankful to SDMC for streamlining and making the licensing process online. With government’s support, I am hopeful that together we will resolve the pending issues.”

Addressing the audience during the AGM Shri Shailender Singh, Chairman of MCD, South Delhi, said, “The potential of the F&B sector is visible to us with the number of restaurants, pubs etc. that open up in the city. Restaurants cater to not only the residents of the city, but also act as top tourist hubs for people traveling the city/ country. We have been working closely with the association and have been taking steps to ensure ease of doing business. While we understand that current norms are not suitable to provide a robust nightlife to the city, we are taking steps to make the impossible, possible. In co-ordination with the NRAI, we are hoping to bring many developments for the restaurant sector in Delhi.”

The 34th AGM also marked the two year anniversary of Mr. Riyaaz Amlani as President, NRAI. In 2014, when he took over the baton as President, a decision was taken to streamline the membership process of the association to have substantial members voicing the concerns of the restaurant industry. In less than two years, NRAI now boasts of more than 5000 members.

Expressing gratitude on the accomplishments and collaborations that NRAI successfully undertook during the last year, Mr. Amlani said, “Last year brought us scores of progressive moves from the government bodies across cities as we (as NRAI) were able to table our concerns to the policy makers much effectively. We will continue to do so to bring in the necessary changes required to tap into the immense potential this industry holds. I would like to thank the NRAI Office Bearers, Managing Committee and Members for their continued support, faith, guidance and motivation that helped the NRAI scale new heights.”

The AGM was followed by a grand cocktail reception that witnessed the participation of the city’s most prominent restaurateurs and industry stakeholders. Among those in attendance were  Mr. Kabir Advani from Berco’s,  Mr. Sandeep Anand Goyle from Essex Farms, Mr. Sunil Malhotra from The Embassy Restaurant, Mr. Rohan Jetley from TGI Fridays, Mr. Unnat Varma from KFC India,  Mr. Sumeet Chugh from Nizam’s Kathi Kabab, Mr. Satinder Sarna, President HKV Traders Association, Mr. Vikrant Batra from Café Delhi Heights and many more.

 

About NRAI

National Restaurant Association of India is the voice of the Indian Restaurant Industry. Founded in 1982, NRAI represents 100000+ restaurants, an industry valued INR 3,09,110 crores.

NRAI is the leading association of the Indian restaurant industry and aspires to promote and strengthen the Indian Food Service Sector. The association in its 34th year has a pan India presence with members comprising of restaurants, suppliers and educational institutes associated with it.

The association works closely with a network of State and City chapter partners in Mumbai, Gurgaon and Bengaluru and aspires to lead the Indian Restaurant Industry to greater profitable growth. It represents the interests of members through advocacy, training, research and industry events.

NRAI aims to

  • Advocate changes in the laws governing the Indian Restaurant Industry at local, state and centre levels,
  • Provide opportunities to educate members
  • Play a key role in promoting skilling and career opportunities for industry professionals through the Hospitality Sector Skill Council.