Renowned hairdresser Jawed Habib showcased new summer cuts for 2017 and discussed future expansion plans for Pune city

Renowned hairdresser Jawed Habib was in town and showcased various styles and cuts that are trending in 2017. Along with this he also gave styling tips and special hair care tips that one should ideally follow during the summer season.

At the very onset of summer, Jawed Habib was in Pune to promote healthy hair habits. He addressed a seminar on advanced haircuts, colouring techniques and treatments. Jawed has been a pioneer in hair education industry and introduced many techniques to this field. As India is fast adapting to global trends it is imperative that the technical staff are first empowered with hair education. Every hairstylist provides consultation to the customer because he is the hair advisor to him. Having a vocational skillset is very important. As India’s population is getting more fashion concious there a lot of salons who have ample opportunity for growth. Our government has also been encouraging Skill India Movement aggressively. These factors have given a big boost to the employment market in salons. There is a huge need for skilled technicians. Anyone who enrolls in Jawed Habib academies have also ended up taking a job with a decent salary. Once they complete their course in Jawed Habib academies they get life time career support.

Summing it up Jawed said “Pune is such an important market with a cosmopolitan culture. We promise to make every grooming experience a pleasure”. Jawed Habib Hair and Beauty Ltd. has more than 50 plus outlets in Pune and is expanding to promote its latest brand “HAIR STUDIO”. They have appointed a Master Franchisee Ms.Hina Patel.

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1) Renowned hairdresser Jawed Habib demonstrating a haircut on one of the models

2) Renowned hairdresser Jawed Habib demonstrating a haircut on one of the models and interacting with the audience.

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Renowned hairdresser Jawed Habib and his son Anosh Habib interacting with the media.

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Press briefing On behalf of Jawed Habib

Press briefing where Jawed Habib will showcase the new summer cuts for 2017 and also discuss their future expansion plans for Pune City

Present at the occasion to address the media will be:


Ms. Hina Patel (Master Franchisee for Pune)

Date: Monday, March 20, 2017

Time: 2:45 pm

Venue: Mantraa Banquet Hall, Sai Sayaji building, Next to CNG Pump, Near Kothrud Police Station, Paud Road, Kothrud.


Jawed Habib (JH) group of companies and associates is one of the leading hair & beauty salon and academy chains in India. Their companies and associates currently operate a total of 636 outlets across 24 states and 110 cities in the country. Their mission is to organize the hair industry in India and bring it at par with global standards by imparting training and regularly upgrading skills to benefit people connected to Hair.


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Western QSR market to cross Rs 24,665 crore by 2021: Restaurant India

Western India Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) market, which remains a top region to invest in for both global as well as domestic investors, is expected to grow by 22 per cent to cross Rs 24,665 crore by 2021.

This announcement was made on Sunday at Restaurant India’s Western Edition themed around ‘A Bite of West India– Innovation with Growth’, at Westin Pune.

With rising disposable income and time poverty, eating out has tremendously grown in India with consumption expenditure accounting for 60% of the total GDP.

Many global chains as well as domestic restaurants have expanded at a rapid pace in the Western region. Over 30% of all chain QSRs and highest share of Cafe outlets at 45% are present in the Western region indicating strong demand and growth.

“The Restaurant Market in West India is clearly calling for an exponential expansion, requiring brands to open more restaurants at faster pace and in optimal locations,” says Mr. Gaurav Marya, Chairman, Franchise India, adding that, as Indian palate gets more diverse, restaurant owners must find a niche market, distinguish themselves from their peers, and maintain a nimble attitude. Majority of the beneficiaries will be the stand alone restaurant operators expanding in an organised format.(Restaurant India is part of Franchise India)

Western region was the first region to create nightlife scene in Indian market. It is also home to the lost Iranian cuisine and local regional delicacies, including coastal cuisine, Marathi cuisine amongst others.

Anurag Katriar, ED & CEO- deGustibus Hospitalitysaid “With a very low entry barrier, restaurant industry attracts people from various walks of life. The Restaurant Congress provides them a credible platform to understand the various finer nuances of the trade from experienced industry professionals. The meet also provides an opportunity for trade people to share their experience & wisdom”

Interestingly, the Pubs, Bar cafes & Lounges (PBCL) is expected to growat 22 % for the next five years and has 43% share of all PBCL outlet in India.

Riyaaz Amlani, President- NRAI & CEO & MD- Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality said “ The food biz growing at 7% per cent year on year and it is projected to grow at 10% compounded for the next three years making Indian market an exciting market to look into. Restaurant Congress is a great platform to share and discuss ideas and opportunities with the leaders of the industry”.

Not surprisingly, 95% of Fine Dine Restaurants are present in metro and mini metros dominated by West and North region as customers in these regions like to spend more for fine dining meals.

The Restaurant Indiashowfocused on the juggernauts of restaurant business in West market which has created an impact in the overall restaurant business by introducing the best of concepts and bringing the best menu to the table.

Indian Restaurant Congresshas become an important destinations for Restaurant and Food service brands to discuss and debate about the key trends in Indian food business after doing six mega editions in Delhi, thought of capturing the regional markets by doing Restaurant India at all the four regions India has.

The congress was attended by more than 300 restaurateurs and over 50 restaurant industry leaders, and chefsalong with an incredible speaker line up including Riyaaz Amlani, President- NRAI, Sanjay Vazirani, CEO& MD- Foolink Services Pvt Ltd, Akshay Bector, CMD- Cremica Food Industries, Chef Vicky Ratnani, Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi, Anurag Katriar, ED & CEO- deGustibus Hospitality, Tanmay Kumar, CFO- Burger King India to name a few.

About Restaurant India 2017

Restaurant India 2017 is the unified voice of Restaurant and Food business in India. Restaurant India works with all the stakeholders for creating the right environment for the growth of the modern food and restaurant industry in India. It encourages, develops, facilitates and supports restaurants to become modern and adopt best futuristic business practices that leave a positive impression in the customers mind. Restaurant India 2017 has a threefold aim of disseminating information through congress, felicitating the achievers and best practices through awards and showcasing leading industry products through exhibition.

Franchise India is on a mission of bringing the Food & Beverage industry from across the country at one platform. Franchise India launched Indian Restaurant Congress & Awards 6 years ago in Delhi. The show has become the most premium platform for F & B industry. Last year we announced the regional editions of Indian Restaurant Congress & Awards by the name of Restaurant India. The first regional edition was held in Bangalore and was a stupendous success. This year we are hosting the West edition in Pune, East edition in Kolkata and again the south edition will be hosted in the city of Bangalore. The national edition will be held on 28th and 29th August in Delhi.

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1- Mr. Tanai Shirali, Director –Operations, Bellona Hospitality Services Pvt. Ltd.
2- Mr. Anurag Katriar, CEO- DeGustibus Hospitality
3- Ms. Ritu Marya, Editor-in-Chief: Franchise India
4- Mr. Sahil Jain, Co-Founder, DineOut
5- Mr. Khodu Irani, Owner, High Spirits

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Tune into some soulful sufi music as Malang performs at Amanora Mall!

Come witness a power house performance by Pune’s very own homegrown band, ‘Malang’ at Amanora Mall this Saturday!

Malang, a “Sufi – Ethnic Rock” band from Pune with members from various distinct regions. Their motto is to enlighten Music, Expression and Freedom – a fusion of classic rock with Urdu/Hindi lyrics. So drop by at Pune’s favourite shopping destination and catch this band live as they deliver yet another power packed performance this Saturday!

DATE: Saturday, March 18th , 2017

TIME: 7:30 Pm Onwards

VENUE: Oasis at Amanora Mall

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Dig into an authentic spanish buffet at ‘Tipico Espanol’!

Experience an authentic like never before spanish cuisine in the city of Pune! ‘TipicoEspanol’ is for sure to do justice to its name by providing you with delicious, mouth watering traditional Spanish food. There is a wide range of variety for one to choose from- right from the Spanish Omelette which is known as ‘Tortilla Espanola’, the most cherished Spanish dish ‘Paella’ which is rice cooked in either chicken/seafood or vegetables to the drool worthy dessert ‘Flan con caramelo.’

Dig into their special lunch buffet which Offers food which is full of flavors as well as moderately priced. In starters they have the garlic bread, garlic chicken, cold shrimp salad, chicken balls and a lot more. In the main course they offer the traditional chicken paella, chicken stick, etc. Complete your meal with some drool worthy desserts. This place is a must go for every foodie who enjoys exploring different cuisines!

DATE: Ongoing

TIME: 12:00 Pm- 4:00Pm

Gandhi empire, next to vespa showroom, lullanagar, kondhwa Pune.

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“Ride To Be One” Dr. Maral Yazarloo and Pankaj Trivedi take on a motorbiking Journey across the Seven Continents

: For quite a number of people, riding a motorcycle is an everyday thing while for others; it’s a way of life. Now imagine doing that across multiple continents. Tiring much isn’t it? Well it’s tiring but worth it! Motorbiking across multiple international boundaries is an exhilarating experience. It is an once in a life time opportunity for any biker. Here we have Dr. Maral Yazarloo and Pankaj Trivedi who are all set to take on the journey “Ride to be One” which will commence on March 15, 2017. Ride to be One will be a journey where they will be riding & travelling for about a year and a half across the seven continents, which covers approximately more than 50 countries. Covering the seven continents on the bike will make Dr. Maral and Pankaj the second in the world to attempt such an intense adventure. The main sponsor of Ride To Be One is Panchshil Realty, the support for their ride.

Iran-born Dr. Maral Yazarloo is a global citizen currently calling India her home. Having excelled at academics, sports and art right from her childhood, her journey of life has led her to designing. With a PhD in Marketing, and a successful corporate career, she leads Retail -Marketing at Panchshil Realty, one of India’s premier realty developers. Balancing her corporate career with an artistic streak, she has showcased her paintings at five exhibitions on ceramic and canvas in Iran and India. She studied Design in Milan and went on to follow her bliss, thus creating the brand “Maral Yazarloo’’ which was launched in Paris and thereafter successfully show cased in Rome, London and Dubai.

With a passion for travel and biking, Maral has backpacked across 67 countries around the world. She has also biked solo from Italy to the Alps. She has been aptly called “Queen of Super bikes” in India. Dr. Maral has founded the first ladies superbike club in India ‘’Lady Riders of India”. She is the First lady owner of Ducati and BMW GS in India.

Maral now looks forward to one of the biggest adventure of her life- “Ride to be One” with her fellow rider friend- Pankaj Trivedi who is the owner of an outdoor pursuits and corporate training company named Outdoors Learning, that has been responsible for addressing the training needs of over 250 corporates, Indian as well as global. An avid photographer traveler & passionate biker is the best way to describe Pankaj.

Pankaj has the record of having ridden his bike to the highest altitude of 5713 meters. In 2007 Pankaj rode from Kanya Kumari to Leh in 5 days,5 hours and 45 Minutes and broke a Limca Book of Record. His journey has been a rather exhilarating one and it has further fueled his hunger for new challenges and now

Pankaj wishes to travel across 7 continents on his motorcycle.

Why ‘Ride To Be One’? Both, Maral and Pankaj after having achieved the prestigious benchmarks in life as per the social norms- great professional achievements and establishing a successful life, they realized that nothing made them happier than being on their bikes.

“Whilst covering various countries, we will be marking the number of tribes in each country that are slowly diminishing. We are going to be spending time with the different tribes and understand and document their food and culture, design of their clothes and accessories, the structure of their huts, and understand the reason behind their beliefs”, said the two riders.

Route Details: Their Route covers the continents of Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, and North & South America. They are also thinking of including the Road of Bones as a part of the route to be taken. Road of Bones is known to be the most challenging route for any biker in the world.

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Atul Chordia (Panchsheel group); Rider Maral Yazarloo; Rider Pankaj Trivedi; Jackie Shroff (Bollywood Actor)

2) Rider Maral Yazarloo and Rider Pankaj Trivedi

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I2IT Celebrates Its First Founders Day!

International Institute of Information Technology (I2IT) Pune celebrated its first Founder’s Day over this weekend. The institute was founded by the Late Shri. Pralhad P. Chhabria (Founder Chairman of Finolex Group) in 1999. Over the years, it has proven to be a pinnacle of an engineering institute in the vicinity of Pune.

The event began with the lighting of the traditional lamp and felicitation of the Chief Guest Padma Vibhushan, Dr. R. A. Mashelkar. Ms. Amrita Katara & Dr. Samita Moolani Katara delivered the inaugural address and went on to introduce a short film titled “I Remain…” that paid homage to the Late Shri. Pralhad P. Chhabria.

The event continued until the most anticipated moment when – Padma Vibhushan Dr. R A Mashelkar along with Ms Aruna M. Katara, Mr. Prakash Chhabria and Dr. Vaishali Patil, unveiled the memorial that pays a tribute to the Late Shri. Pralhad P. Chhabria in the presence of almost over 700 members present at the occasion which included team I2IT, ex-staff, family members, well-wishers, alumni, students and other guests.

Shortly after that Dr. R. A. Mashelkar then graced the audience with some kind words about Shri. Pralhad P. Chhabria and the memorial. Furthermore, the President of I²IT, Ms. Aruna M Katara, distributed awards and scholarships to deserving students and wished them luck in their endeavors.

To conclude the ceremony, Dr. R. A. Mashelkar planted a tree in order to signify that great things come from small beginnings much like the great legacy that the Late Shri. Pralhad P. Chhabria left behind.

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- Padma Vibhushan Dr. R.A. Mashelkar garlanding the Memorial of Mr. P.P. Chhabria, also seen in the picture are Mrs. Aruna Katara, President, (I2IT) (in yellow saree) and Mr. Prakash Chhabria, Exec Chairman – Finolex Industries

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Padma Vibhushan Dr. R.A. Mashelkar paying his respects to the Memorial of Mr. P.P. Chhabria, also seen in the picture are Mrs. Aruna Katara, President (I2IT) (in yellow saree) and Mr. Prakash Chhabria, Exec. Chairman – Finolex Industries

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Dr. Vaishali Patil, Principal (I2IT)
Mrs. Aruna Katara, President, (I2IT)
Pada Vibhushan Dr. R. A. Mashalkar
Dr. Vijay Bhatkar
Mr. Prakash Chhabria, Exec Chairman, Finolex after the inauguration of the Memorial of Late P.P. Chhabria of Finolex Group

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Tune into some Russian Masterworks with Natallia Kapylova at the Mazda Hall!

: Natallia has been hailed as a concert pianist of exceptional, brilliant and dazzling ability. Her career is unique in spanning a huge range of musical settings. Exploration of different genres of music, old and new, is her forte. She is now all set to perform this Saturday at the Mazda hall with some breathtaking displays of classical Russian masterpieces which are stirred with love and passion.

So all you classical music lovers drop by this Saturday and witness some breath taking music of Russia as Natallia will play Mussorgsky’s Picture at an exhibition, Siloti’s Bach transcriptions, selections from Rachmaninoff’s Moment Musicaux and a whole lot more which you don’t want to miss out on!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

7:00 pm Onwards

VENUE: Mazda Hall: Dastur Primary School, Opp. Ladies Club, Camp, Pune

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IKEA Foundation Commits € 2.9 million to support the cause of Girl Child Education & Woman Empowerment

Today, International Women’s Day, the IKEA Foundation and the Lila Poonawalla Foundation, India announced a new partnership to advance the cause of girl child education and empowerment in India. The IKEA Foundation’s commitment of € 2.9 million will enable the girls to not only pursue and complete their education but also help them become confident young individuals who become financially independent members of the society.

Apart from just scholarships, this grant will also provide funds to organize various training programs such as Soft Skills Development, Journey to Job and Aptitude Training to the girls. The training programs will help them get practical exposure and also enhance their knowledge. Under this initiative IKEA Foundation is currently supporting 4000 girls from Pune, Amrawati & Wardha to pursue their UG and Post Graduate Studies. The IKEA Foundation-Lila Poonawalla Partnership began in the year 2011 with IKEA Foundation supporting the selected girls to pursue their Graduation and Post Graduation (the girls are selected after a transparent screening process).

The girls supported under this initiative belong to an economically challenged background. Many of the girls come from a variety of backgrounds such as large families, broken homes, orphanages, single parent homes and rural areas where the villages are severely affected by draughts and other natural calamities. A majority of these girls belong to the farming community, where the income largely depends upon the climatic conditions and produces.

Making ends meet is a huge challenge for these girls and their families, so education ultimately takes a back seat, as they cannot afford it. Thanks to IKEA Foundation’s commitment, these girls are not only able to complete their Graduation but also earn a livelihood for themselves and their families. Many of these girls come from families that have a combined income for barely $2000 per annum, which is not sufficient to sustain a livelihood. After completing their education, these girls go on to earn $ 5000-6000 per annum approximately, which is a significant change both financially as well as mentally, as they become independent and confident. One of the most recent success story of the IKEA Foundation –Lila Poonawalla Foundation Association is of Lila Girl 2012 Asmita Patil, a daughter of a Farmer (with a family income of less $2000 per annum) is placed with Visa, Bengaluru with a Package of 13 lacs p.a or $19450 p.a approximately.

Padmashree Mrs. Lila Poonawalla, Chairperson of the Lila Poonawalla Foundation, said “This grant enables us to ensure that the girls not only get an opportunity to complete their education but also train them, so that they can not only contribute towards the betterment of their own households but also towards the betterment of the society and country at large, thus initiating a much needed change in the country”.

Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation said: “Women’s education is a powerful force. It changes not only the opportunities an individual woman has but also those of her children, family and community. Having personally followed several Lila Poonawalla scholars over the years, I am excited and optimistic to see how they use their education to change their lives.”

For 21 years, the Lila Poonawalla Foundation name has become synonymous with girl child education and empowerment in India. The year was 1996, when the Lila Poonawalla Foundation awarded its first set of Post-Graduate Scholarships to 20 academically brilliant girls belonging to the economically underprivileged background in India.

About the Lila Poonawalla Foundation:

Lila Poonawalla Foundation is an Educational Trust in India whose vision is to contribute to the empowerment of Indian women by supporting academically outstanding and financially deserving girls, through scholarship to pursue higher education. To know more about the Lila Poonawalla Foundation, kindly visit the website at:

About IKEA Foundation:

The IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Swedish home furnishings company IKEA, aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income. Learn more at and

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