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TIMES NOW dethrones NDTV 24*7 to become the undisputed leader in English News space

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 People want news that has substance and is unbiased. Their preferences are changing and these results show. The old order changes in English news genre. 

TIMES NOW the most watched 24 hour English news channel emerges as the no.1 channel in 2008 according to the audience measurement data released by TAM (Television Audience Measurement). The channel’s news-centric strategy combined with its superior content has contributed towards establishing TIMES NOW as the undisputed leader in English News Channel space in India. In terms of channel viewership share TIMES NOW acquired an average channel share of 28% in comparison to NDTV’s 26% & CNN-IBN 22% for the entire year.

Speaking about the year Mr. Chintamani Rao, CEO TIMES NOW says, “TIMES NOW has made it its mission to be ‘Always with the news’ – whether it’s the big events or it’s the daily news; triumph or tragedy. These numbers tell us that what we do is meaningful to the viewers for whom we work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Since its launch in 2005, TIMES NOW has grown in TV news beyond compare to become the most watched and preferred English news channel:

  • News, relevant to an urban audience, in areas of politics, economics, sports, entertainment in India and across the world has resulted in TIMES NOW becoming a daily habit of viewers across the country to catch their news needs.
  • The focus on news as well as responsible and unbiased reporting and an unparalleled passion for news journalism gives TIMES NOW the clear edge over competition, thus dethroning NDTV, to emerge as the undisputed leader in English news space.

 The New Year will see the channel remain committed to asking tough, incisive and often uncomfortable questions to give the viewer the sharpest perspective on news.

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31 December, 2008 at 11:02 pm

State-of-the-art, fully automated stem cell banking facility setup at Bangalore

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Cryo-Save Group announced the launch of its Indian operations through its 100 percent subsidiary –Cryo-Save India. Cryo-Save India offers a depth of expertise and experience in stem cell banking.

Stem cells are the natural repair kit of the human body. In the last 18 years more than 10000 patients have been treated with cord blood stem cells transplantations in over 150 countries. Umbilical cord blood stem cells have been used over the years in an increasing number of treatments including leukaemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, lymphomas, red cell disorders and more. Currently stem cell research is being done for more than 85 diseases.

Speaking on the occasion V.R. Chandramouli, Managing Director, Cryo-Save India, said, “We are very happy to launch the Indian subsidiary and offer our expertise in adult stem cell banking services in India. A world class stem cell banking service was the need of the hour for a huge market like India and Cryo-Save India will be offering this. We are very keen to extend our footprint to India and we are very excited about the immense market potential for adult stem cell banking or family banking in India. The launch of the Indian operations will mark a new chapter in the quality of stem cell banking services offered. Cryo-Save India will bring in our global expertise, best practices and our vast experience to the Indian customer.

Cryo-Save India will be the only company in India with its unique offering of dual-storage system. They are also the only company that does automatic processing to avoid manual intervention and contamination. The company will be offering the collection and storage of ADULT stem cells derived from cord blood. The services will be available across all metros and other cities.
Cryo-Save has never been, and does not intend to become, involved in the storage or expansion of embryonic stem cells.

Cryo-Save India is headquartered in Bangalore with a state-of-the art, one-of-its-kind, fully automated adult stem cell storage facility. The facility at Bangalore covers 10,000 sq ft with a storage capacity of 150,000 samples, extendable to 300,000 immediately. Cryo-Save India is a 100 percent subsidiary of Cryo-Save Group, which is Europe’s largest adult stem cell storage bank and has its operations in 37 countries over three continents.

For further details click on the following link:

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29 December, 2008 at 9:42 pm

“Decoding the Hair” exhibition going on in Mumbai

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A fun-meet-science exhibition “Decoding the Hair” is going on in Mumbai at the Nehru Science Centre. The exhibition is till 28th February, 2009. The Paris Science and Industry Museum called “Cité des sciences et de l’industrie” (CSI) along with L’Oréal, the global leader in cosmetics are the organisers.

“Decoding the Hair” is a surprising, fun and instructive exhibition on a theme that is attractive by its familiarity, its universality and its predominant place in our daily lives. It spans social sciences, live sciences, materials sciences, industry, technology and research. The exhibition will be customised for the Indian audience and hence the text along with the films will be presented in four languages – Hindi, Marathi, English and English Braille.

The exhibition primarily looks into four sections and guides the visitors through the following:

  • Of life and matter: Here, the visitors will get to know about hair – its structure and properties using a model of hair root.
  • The science behind the products: With emphasis on research in the industry related to hair care-shampoos, hair care products, hair colours, etc from the research stage through to product manufacture.
  • The metamorphosis room: The transformation zone is a fun zone where visitors can try over 40 different hairstyles in a multimedia simulation game and get several creative ideas for a new look by changing their hairstyle.
  • Hair of the world: This section enables visitors to explore different cultures of the world in the context of hair, hair paintings, popular idioms related to hair, songs from all over the world that are focused on hair including our very own Bollywood tracks like Ude Jab jab zulfe teri.

Details about the venue and timings:

  • Nehru Science Centre – the exhibition venue is conveniently located between Mahalaxmi station and Worli Naka.
  • The exhibition timing is 10 am to 6 pm and ticket counter timing is 10 am to 5 30 pm.
  • The exhibition is open to one and all.
  • The admission fee for general visitors is Rs 20 with discounts for groups and students.
  • The Science Centre is open to public every day including Sundays and public holidays.

For detailed information on the exhibition refer to the following links and

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28 December, 2008 at 1:35 am

Posted in Haircare, Health

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“Doctor on Call” – mobile service launched by BPL Mobile

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I know I am almost a week late in giving this news. However, I felt this is something which will benefit all those lucky ones who subscribe to BPL mobile

Now coming back to the main news

For first time in India “Doctor on Call”- a service launched by BPL Mobile

Last week BPL mobile launched “Doctor on Call” – a service that is first of its kind in Mumbai.  The service is a 9 to 9 service that offers BPL subscribers a live interaction between doctors and patients over the phone.

Powered by Bangalore based, the service will provide a first time consultation over the phone, where doctors will diagnose the patient’s problems under three categories. This depends on the condition of the patient. The three categories are –

  • Acute
  • Chronic
  • Emergency

When the Doctor attends the call, he will probe to understand the present condition of the patient on the phone, and will offer soothing home remedy to the subscriber under the type Acute Condition.

A further course of action in terms of lifestyle changes, preventive measures and specialist to be consulted will be suggested for the Chronic Condition type.

In case of an Emergency, the doctor will suggest if the calling patient needs to be rushed to the nearest hospital, based on the history and then will immediately end the call.

“BPL Mobile in yet another industry-first offering hopes that this service will be of great utility to its subscribers”

Mr. Sunzay Passari,

VAS & Devices Head, BPL Mobile


  • No need to take time off work, face long queues or take prior appointments.
  • People, who have busy schedules, can now avail of medical advice with ease.
  • The aged or the frail would not need to worry about their mobility as they can call the doctor from their homes.
  • In case of one’s family doctor being away or even when one is on a holiday one can seek the doctor.
  • One can consult the doctor in need of a second opinion.


  • Is a bit pricey at Rs 15 per minute.
  • The service is only from 9 to 9.

You can avail of the ‘Doctor on Call’ by dialling 54887

For more details about the service click the following link:

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27 December, 2008 at 6:50 am

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