Month: January 2017

Former CAG Vinod Rai to head BCCI

Former CAG Vinod Rai to head BCCI

NEW DELHI: In yet another development relating to the embattled Board of Control for Cricket in India, the Supreme Court of India appointed former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai to head the apex cricketing body.

Noted historian and writer on cricket Ramachandra Guha, former Indian cricketer Diana Edulji and Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation official Vikram Limaye were appointed members.

Declining the Government’s request to appoint Sports Ministry Secretary as the member of the committee, the Court referred to its earlier judgment barring ministers and government servants from holding office in BCCI.

The apex court said Amitabh Chaudhary, Anirudh Chaudhary of BCCI and Vikram Limaye will represent BCCI at the International Cricket Council meeting in the first week of February.

The court had on 24 January 2017 rejected all nine names submitted by the BCCI counsel, but granted senior lawyer Kapil Sibal permission to provide suggestions for an interim panel to run Indian cricket.

On 20 January, the centre moved the Court against the implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendations on behalf of the Railway Sports Promotion Board, Services Sports Control Board and All India Universities - three sporting bodies that held full membership of the BCCI earlier but now stand relegated to associate member status without voting rights as per the Lodha panel's "one state-one vote" recommendation.

The court had also said any individual over the age of 70 will not be appointed as BCCI administrators.

After removing Anurag Thakur as BCCI president and disqualifying all the board and its state association office bearers who had failed to meet the new norms set by the Justice Lodha Committee, the Court had on 2 January said cricket administrators would be allowed to hold office for a cumulative period of nine years, inclusive of the time they hold office in their respective state associations as well as the BCCI. But in view of the 18 July last year order which stated that the cumulative tenure would be limited to nine plus nine years (nine years within the BCCI and nine in state associations), the Court had last week offered to clarify and set the ineligibility clause as "an office-bearer of the BCCI for nine years or a State Association for the same period".

KFC rewards attention-deficit consumers for not ‘zoning out’

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KFC rewards attention-deficit consumers for not 'zoning out'

MUMBAI: Ever wanted to be a Jedi and move things with your mind? KFC India has just the solution for you. Introducing ‘Tele-connect to Nashville” - an on-ground experience that gave consumers a chance to pop open a box and unlock the legendary taste of KFC Nashville Chicken by using just their minds.

Monday, 16 January, saw chicken lovers queue up at Mumbai’s Growel’s 101 Mall to test the power of their concentration. Here’s how it worked: All consumers had to do was wear Neurosky  – a mind reading headset that monitored their brain activity and analysed their concentration on a scale of 1-100. Consumers were able to pop open the ‘Nashville Treasure Box’ if their concentration level hit 100.

Legend of Nashville has it that if you challenge your mind and focus your thoughts hard enough, you are sure to be rewarded. True to the legend, KFC had a bunch of surprises in store for consumers. From flight tickets to Nashville, Tennessee, USA; to a year’s free supply of finger lickin’ good chicken; KFC gift cards or a chance to taste the latest global food trend – Nashville Chicken.

KFC India Chief Marketing Officer Lluis Ruiz Ribot said, “The Nashville chicken has a cult-like following across the USA and KFC is the first QSR, to bring this USA original recipe to India. We wanted to make the launch as legendary as the product! In this day and age where our attention span is said to be lower than that of a goldfish “Tele-connect to Nashville” gave our fans a delicious and rewarding reason to challenge their minds.”

Blink Digital co-founder and CCO Dooj Ramchandani said “A new wave of tech such as facial recognition, brainwave readers and biometric sensing can now discern deeper truths about the hidden self. With ‘Tele-connect to Nashville’, we were able to shape an experience that helped our consumers connect with facets of their personality that not only brought them closer to the brand but also to themselves.” KFC has introduced “Tele-connect to Nashville” in Mumbai to start with, and plans to roll it out in other cities as well.

Anooj Kapoor bids adieu to Sony Pictures Network India

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Anooj Kapoor bids adieu to Sony Pictures Network India

MUMBAI: After championing the growth of channel Sab within the fabric of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), Sab TV business head Anooj Kapoor has decided to move on to pursue an independent venture. He will serve his last day tomorrow.

SPNI CEO NP Singh said, "Anooj has played a key role in the curation of SAB as a family humour channel. His contribution has been instrumental in creating a strong viewer base for SAB. As he moves on to embrace a new future, I wish him the best in all his endeavours."

Kapoor added, "My best memories have been shaped at SPN. As I move on to pursue other dreams. I thank my team at SAB for being one of the best teams anyone can get to work with."

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