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192 countries celebrated International Yoga Day
A total of 192 nations, including 44 Islamic countries, celebrated the inaugural International Yoga Day on June 21, it was announced on Wednesday.
 
"The (union) cabinet was briefed that out of 193 countries (that are members of the UN), 192 countries (except Yemen) celebrated Yoga Day, including 44 Islamic countries," Press Information Bureau director general Frank Noronha tweeted.
 
International Yoga Day was part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiatives to popularise yoga across the world. 

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Vaibhav Dhoka

1 year ago

Applauds for our Honorable Prime Minister.

'Consumer demand to force companies to change business rules'
EMC corporation, provider of IT storage hardware solutions, in a study released on Wednesday said that mega trends of social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) have changed consumer expectations, thereby forcing companies to change business rules.
 
According to the report, globally nearly 96 percent of business leaders surveyed believes that new technologies have changed the rules of business. In addition, 93 percent reported that recent technology advancements are resetting customer expectations and nearly all leaders say this will accelerate over the next decade.
 
"The top reported consumer expectations are faster access to services, 24/7 and everywhere access and connectivity, access on more devices and a more unique personalised experience," said Amit Mishra, country manager at the Isilon storage division of EMC corporation.
 
The report also identifies five make or break business attributes that would be the result of the digital drive among consumers and claims that emphasising on the attributes would aid the company from being disrupted. The attributes include predictively spotting new opportunities in markets, demonstrating transparency and trust, innovating in agile ways, delivering unique and personalised experiences and operating them in real-time.
 
The report also reveal that nearly 76 percent of businesses in India think that the mega trends of SMAC have changed consumer expectations. As per the report, though Indian businesses exhibit a high degree of importance towards the identified attributes, they admit that they are not future ready.
 
"While 79 percent of Indian organisations understand the importance of delivering a unique and personalised experience organisation wide, only 36 percent of business leaders say their organisation can act in real time, and a further significant portion (48 percent) say they can do so, but not always with the insights that they need," Amit Mishra added.
 
"Also, 88 percent of business leaders say they are demonstrating transparency and trust organisation-wide and 89 percent of organisations expressed a desire to innovate in an agile way," he added.
 
The research was conducted by Institute for the Future and Vanson Bourne on behalf of EMC. Vanson Bourne surveyed 3,600 business leaders across 18 countries from mid-size to large enterprises in nine industries to determine top business imperatives required for success in the current day scenario and over the next decade. 
 
Institute for the Future led the creation of the study to identify and forecast the imperatives and shifts in the new digital world.
 

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Stock manipulation: Birdhi Chand Pannalal Agencies

Despite terrible financials, the stock price of Birdhi Chand Pannalal Agencies appreciated by more than 3451%, or 36 times in 9 months

 

Birdhi Chand Pannalal Agencies Limited (BCPAL) was earlier in the textiles business. In May 2015, the management decided to change the name of the company to BPCL International Ltd. Earlier, BCPAL had also announced plans to diversify into financial services and take over control of a non-banking finance company. Further, it plans to apply for a dealership of Steel Authority of India’s products. All this is rubbish. Over the past four quarters, BCPAL reported total revenue of just Rs40 lakh and a loss of Rs11 lakh. Yet, over the past nine months, the stock price appreciated by more than 3451%, or 36 times, to Rs559.25 on 11 June 2015, from Rs15.75 on 8 September 2014. In other words, if you had invested Rs10,000, in just nine months, you would be richer by over Rs3.55 lakh. Just one to four stocks were traded in each trading session over the past year, except in a few bulk deals. Each time, the stock hit the upper circuit. However, from 3 June 2015, the trend reversed direction, hitting the lower circuit in each session. Another pump & dump operation? The regulator doesn’t seem to care. The company has some 1,200-odd shareholders. Who are they? 

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