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Vijay Shah to head Piramal Healthcare

Shah would be replacing N Santhanam, who will be retiring from Piramal Healthcare with effect from 31 December 2011.

Piramal Healthcare said the company has appointed Vijay Shah as executive director and chief operating officer with effect from 1 January 2012.

The company has also inducted Shah, who is presently managing director of Piramal Glass Ltd (PGL), as a director on the board of the Piramal Healthcare.
Consequent to his appointment as executive director and COO of the PHL, Shah shall cease to be the MD of Piramal Glass but continue to be a non executive director on the company’s board.

Shah would be replacing N Santhanam who will be retiring from PHL with effect from 31 December 2011. The healthcare firm has also appointed RA Mashelkar and Goverdhan Mehta as directors, replacing RA Shah and YH Malegam, who have stepped down from their positions.

In the late afternoon, Piramal Healthcare was trading at around Rs380 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 0.24% down from the previous close.

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Lava International expects Rs1,000 crore business this fiscal

“Lava will launch Android based smartphones and 3G Tablet within a couple of months,” Lava International co-founder and director S N Rai said.

Mobile handset company, Lava International said it expects to end the fiscal with revenue of Rs 1,000 crore.

“We are expecting revenue of Rs 1,000 crore during this financial year. Lava will launch Android based smartphones and 3G Tablet within a couple of months. Our focus will remain on enhancing our research and development capability,” Lava International co-founder and director,  S N Rai, told reporters. He said Lava is looking for expansion of business in Africa and looking at new geographies namely Peru and Chile. Elaborating on the company’s focus on research and development, Rai said that company has been successful in filing two patents and many more are in pipeline.

“We are soon going to expand our smartphone portfolio for which we will file large number of patents,” he said.

Rai added that within two months, Lava will launch its 3G tablet. He indicated that Lava is more eager to launch 4G devices than building up its 3G portfolio. The company today launched a robust feature phone A16 priced at Rs4,500 in partnership with music TV channel MTV.

Chief marketing officer of Lava, Sunil Raina, demonstrated the phone will remain safe even if dropped from five feet and the screen will remain unharmed even if someone with weight of up to 95 kg jumps on it.

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