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Conrad Hotels & Resorts Opens the Doors to Conrad Makkah in the Heart of the Holy City

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Conrad Hotels & Resorts today celebrates the opening of its first hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – the 438-room Conrad Makkah. Set in the heart of the Holy City and overlooking the Sacred Mosque, Al Masjid al Haram, and the Holy Kaabah, the hotel is designed for today’s smart luxury traveller, combining intuitive service with sophisticated, locally inspired surroundings.


John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, said, "Conrad creates inspired experiences for our guests in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations. We are delighted to open our first luxury hotel in the Holy City and begin welcoming pilgrims and guests.”


Rudi Jagersbacher, Area president, Middle East & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, "The arrival of Conrad Hotels & Resorts to Makkah marks the addition of our second brand into the city and our 11th hotel into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With another 28 Hilton Worldwide properties in development, we are extremely proud to offer incredible variety and choice for travellers to the region.”


Conrad Makkah connects guests to a world of style in 438 elegant rooms, including 62 suites in two towers. For an exquisite stay, the luxurious suites – ranging from 56 square meters to 247 square meters for the Royal Suite – have a separate living area, a comfortable dining space with a kitchen, access to a private butler service, and direct views of Al Haram and the Holy Kaabah.


The hotel also features stunning interior décor inspired by both modern and traditional Islamic design and complemented by contemporary art works.


Conrad Makkah delights guests to a wide array of onsite dining options, from the elegant steak restaurant, Prime, which features an engaging open kitchen and magnificent views of Al Haram, to all-day dining at the Al Mearaj restaurant, which features everything from local favourites to international classics.


Conrad Makkah offers an on-site Masjid for up to 1,000 guests with audio connection to Al-Haram. The hotel also has 12 elevators that go directly to Al Haram, providing quick direct access during peak prayer times.


For intimate meetings, the hotel offers two meeting spaces for up to 100 guests as well as a business centre and Executive Lounge.


The hotel’s full time Concierge will assist guests in planning a variety of local activities through the Conrad 1/3/5 programme, a curated collection of inspired experiences in art, shopping, adventure, and gastronomy, where guests can discover local culture from an insider’s perspective.


Guests booking a stay at the hotel can also utilize the popular Conrad Concierge mobile app, which gives global luxury travelers the ability to customize details of their hotel stay before, during, and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it's pre-selecting bath amenities or checking-in while in-transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features by using the app.


Conrad Makkah participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest loyalty program where guests who book directly through www.conradhotels.com have access to benefits including complimentary Wi-Fi at 24 Conrad hotels worldwide.


Conrad Makkah is located at Ibrahim Al Khalil, Makkah 21955, Saudi Arabia Telephone: +966 12 530 8777 or visit here to book.


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About Conrad Hotels & Resorts


Conrad Hotels & Resorts is the destination for the new generation of smart luxury travelers for whom life, business, and pleasure seamlessly intersect. Conrad offers its guests an innovative way to Stay Inspired through a curated collections of 1-hour, 3-hour, or 5-hour experiences, available through www.stayinspired.com or through the intuitive Conrad Concierge mobile app. Consisting of 26 properties across five continents, Conrad is part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Connect with Conrad by booking at www.conradhotels.com. Learn more about the brand by visiting http://news.conradhotels.com or following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


About Hilton Worldwide


Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, comprising more than 4,660 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties with nearly 765,000 rooms in 102 countries and territories. For 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of 13 world-class global brands includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including exclusive member rates, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn and Instagram.





Boehringer Ingelheim and Harvard scientists establish a research alliance to find novel treatments for severe fibrotic diseases

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Boehringer Ingelheim announced it has established a research collaboration with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute’s – Harvard Fibrosis Network to discover new ways of treating fibrotic diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), chronic kidney disease (CKD) and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The Harvard Fibrosis Network unites Harvard investigators in several of the University’s schools and at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Fibrosis is the formation of excess fibrous connective tissue in an organ or tissue and is typically associated with irreversible injury, scarring and inflammation of organs. The biology and mechanisms of progression of fibrotic diseases are poorly understood. The diseases can affect many organs, including liver, bone marrow, lung, kidney, gastrointestinal tract, skin, eye, and the heart, which may lead eventually to organ failure, severe disability and even death. They are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Currently, treatments for fibrotic diseases are limited and new approaches are eagerly awaited by patients and physicians. Deeper insights into the common causes of fibrotic diseases are consequently urgently needed to enable the discovery of new therapeutic approaches and better treatments.


In collaboration with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and the Harvard Fibrosis Network, Boehringer Ingelheim is initially sponsoring three projects to explore novel pathways and molecular targets for the treatment of IPF, CKD and NASH. Through the research collaboration, the project teams will also have access to the chemical compound collection and siRNA library at the ICCB-Longwood screening facility and will be supported by Shannan Ho Sui’s bioinformatics team at the Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute’s Center for Health Bioinformatics to discover new drivers of fibrosis.


Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to investigating unprecedented underlying pathophysiological mechanisms to enable the discovery of new treatments for diseases with high unmet medical need. Consequently a fibrosis cluster has been established in Discovery Research to support the identification of new targets for CardioMetabolic Diseases and Immunology and Respiratory Diseases. This research has already enabled the development of nintedanib (Ofev®), a compound intended for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which led to approval in the US, EU and other countries and is currently also being studied in systemic sclerosis with interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD) in a phase III clinical trial (SENSCIS™ ).


“We are very excited about joining forces with this renowned group of fibrosis researchers,” said Clive R. Wood, Ph.D., Senior Corporate Vice President Discovery Research at Boehringer Ingelheim. “We strongly believe that the integration of deep medical and preclinical research expertise across multiple fibrotic disorders is centrally important for the discovery of new treatments for patients”. Furthermore, Wood emphasized, “the Harvard Fibrosis Network and Boehringer Ingelheim’s fibrosis cluster team will work closely together to translate new findings and chemical starting points into drug discovery programs at Boehringer Ingelheim.”


Joseph V. Bonventre, MD/Ph.D., Executive Committee Member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and Chief of the Renal Unit and Director of the Bioengineering Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital added, “The breadth and depth of this collaborative effort is yet another reminder of Harvard Stem Cell Institute’s power as both a convener and a driver of research and treatment development. HSCI has brought together researchers across the Harvard biomedical ecosystem who are working in multiple organ systems with a leading pharmaceutical company with the goal of bringing new therapeutic approaches to a problem which is pervasive in medicine.”


All research projects will be sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim for an initial period of three years with additional projects added upon selection by the joint steering committee. Further details of the agreement are not disclosed.


About the Harvard Stem Cell Institute


The Harvard Stem Cell Institute brings together more than 1,000 scientists in the schools and affiliated hospitals of Harvard, to fund novel research, and implement new collaborative academic and industrial models, all focused on advancing basic understanding of human development and disease, and on using stem cell science to develop cures and treatments for a wide range of human diseases and conditions.


About Harvard Fibrosis Network


The Harvard Fibrosis Network is a scientific collaborative of distinguished Harvard researchers led by Joseph Bonventre, Executive Committee member of Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) and Chief of the Renal Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Further leaders of the Network are, Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers Andrew Tager, Principal Investigator at the Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Raymond T. Chung, Principal Investigator and Vice Chief of Gastrointestinal Unit at MGH; and Alan Mullen, Principal Investigator in the Liver Center at MGH.


About Boehringer Ingelheim


Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, Boehringer Ingelheim operates globally through 145 affiliates and a total of some 47,500 employees. The focus of the family-owned company, founded in 1885, is on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing new medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.


Social responsibility is an important element of the corporate culture at Boehringer Ingelheim. This includes worldwide involvement in social projects through, for example, the initiative “Making More Health” while also caring for employees. Respect, equal opportunity and reconciling career and family form the foundation of mutual cooperation. The company also focuses on environmental protection and sustainability in everything it does.


In 2015, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of about 14.8 billion euros. R&D expenditure corresponds to 20.3 per cent of net sales.


For more information please visit www.boehringer-ingelheim.com





Shop CJ Brings 2nd Generation Instant-hair-building Technology

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Bringing in an advanced solution to the problem of thin and scanty hair, Shop CJ, Asia’s No. 1 home shopping network, has introduced a 2nd generation technology hair product ‘Hair4Real’ – a microfiber product for hair that gives the desired density to the hair instantly. ‘Hair4Real’ has been inspired by nature and provides volumising effect with added shine to the hair which works in 30 seconds. The product comes with a moisturizing hair lock spray which nourishes hair with ingredients like Aloe Vera, Rosemary, Lavender and number of Vitamins.
Available in Black and Dark Brown for Indian hair, ‘Hair4Real’ boasts of colour lock technology that gives natural and seamless look. This colour lock technology protects against sun damage and preserves the colour of hair. The colour will not run even if you sweat.
According to reports, more than 58% of men in the age of 30-50 years suffer from hair problems greying of hair and hair loss due to stressful lifestyle. Recommended by dermatologists, ‘Hair4Real’ is made up of consistently sized micro fibers which does not get stuck in pores and lets the skin breathe.
Dhruva Chandrie, COO, Shop CJ Network, said, “The demand for hair care product in India is growing high in number and natural products have made their way back in fashion. People now are becoming increasingly aware of the ingredients contained in the products that they use in everyday life. Hair4Real a natural product made of 2nd generation technology is an incredible product used in around 70 countries in the world. We are certain that our consumers will love the product.”
The product is available in all the platforms of Shop CJ at Rs. 799/. It delivers premium experience and fantastic results without harsh chemicals that people wish to avoid.
About Shop CJ Network Private Limited (“Shop CJ”)
SHOP CJ Network Pvt. Ltd. (Formerly Known as STAR CJ Network India Pvt. Ltd) is a 50:50 joint venture between the South Korean home shopping major, CJ O Shopping Co. Ltd. and Providence Equity Partners group. It operates a 24×7 home shopping channel called SHOP CJ (formerly STAR CJ Alive) and a web-based portal www.shopcj.com (formerly www.starcj.com), apart from its programs being available on many other channels. SHOP CJ channel is available on major DTH and analogue & digital cable platforms. It reaches more than 85 million households in India. One of its promoters, CJ O Shopping Co Ltd (“CJ”) operates Asia’s No.1 home shopping network  (in terms of  Gross Merchandise Value as per Technopak’s Report dated 2nd April 2015) operating in 10 sites, including Korea, China, Mexico, India, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Turkey and Philippines. CJ Shopping brings “shoppertainment” and trendy lifestyle products with value to its customers.
For further information on SHOP CJ, please visit our website http://www.shopcj.com/

Amplus Solar Gets National Excellence Award from Government of India for Rooftop Project Development

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Amplus Energy Solutions Private Limited (“Amplus”), a portfolio company of I Squared Capital and one of India’s leading solar developers, has been selected for the National Award for Rooftop Project Developers by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The award was presented as part of the first ever National Workshop on Rooftop Solar in India, organised by MNRE.


Sanjeev Aggarwal, Managing Director and CEO, Amplus, said, “We are delighted that the Government of India has recognized Amplus Solar as National leader in the distributed solar generation segment. Amplus provides best-in-class solar facilities under a PPA model, reducing technology and investment risk commercial and industrial customers across Asia.”


Guru Inder Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Amplus added, “Amplus Solar has grown rapidly since the equity investment by I Squared Capital in June 2015. The company now has nation-wide capabilities providing project delivery, operations and maintenance to our customers. We continue to develop our rooftop portfolio and evaluate acquisitions in India and Asia. Amplus prides itself on the quality of its plants and the service provided through its remote monitoring center in Gurgaon and in-house SCADA system, which maximizes uptime for distributed generation and rooftop systems in Indian operating conditions.”


Amplus has recently partnered with Walmart to provide solar power at 15 Best Price Modern Wholesale stores across five states. In April 2016, Amplus commissioned India’s largest single-location rooftop solar installation for captive use of 4,000 kilowatts for Yamaha Motors.


The rooftop segment is expected to grow rapidly from a current capacity of around 525 megawatts to the Indian government’s target of 40,000 megawatts by 2022. Distributed solar has inherent advantages including speedy implementation, no transmission losses and use of “idle spaces,” like factory sheds and building terraces, making it ideal for generating renewable energy, especially in markets like India where land is at a premium.


About Amplus Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd.


Amplus Energy Solutions is a leader in providing distributed solar and energy solutions to industrial and commercial customers in India. Amplus owns and manages a portfolio of operational and under-construction plants totaling more than 30,000 kilowatts, serving more than 25 customers at over 200 locations under its brand Amplus Solar and M+ Solar. Amplus is a portfolio company of I Squared Capital, a global private equity fund focused on developing long-term sustainable infrastructure assets globally. Amplus employs more than 70 people with offices in five major cities across India and has one of the largest specialised team of experienced professionals for the rooftop and distributed generation segment.


For Further details about the Amplus Group, please contact Sanjeev Aggarwal, sanjeev.aggarwal@amplussolar.com, +91 98715 16999. For new business enquiries or for installing solar power at your location, contact go.green@amplussolar.com or 1800-3070-8080.



Holostik Showcases its Innovative Anti-counterfeiting Solutions at Drupa 2016

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Holostik, the largest manufacturer of Security Holograms in the world is participating at Drupa 2016 taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany to showcase its futuristic technology such as latest applications, products in the Anti-Counterfeiting space.

Drupa – world's largest trade fair for the printing and print media industry that happens once in every four years. It brings together the global suppliers of print and print media industry including international exhibitors, products and services in the areas of media pre-press, printing machines, bookbinding, paper processing and Druckaterial. Drupa gives an insight into the latest developments, trends, services and products from the different areas in the sector.

This year Holostik is presenting its wide range of product portfolio including Security Holograms, Tax Stamps, Hot Stamping Foil, Shrink Sleeve, Wads Labels, Pouches etc. All these products are a result of Holostik’s concerted efforts towards Research & Development, in respect, to create solutions that protect the brand and ensure that the right product is a part of supply chain.

Speaking on the on the participation, U.K. Gupta, CMD at Holostik India Limited, “As per a recent research report, Counterfeiting costs more than 2% of total global economic output which adds up to around $1.8 trillion per year. Hence the world requires a call to action to fight the problem of counterfeiting. At Holostik, we have created innovative applications and products in the anti-counterfeiting space so as to bring authentic products to the end consumer, thereby, making the difference on a macro level. All such products will be on display at Drupa 2016.”

Holostik is showcasing at stall number E16 in Hall No. 3 at Drupa 3016 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Drupa will take place till June 10, 2016.
About Holostik:

Built with the DNA of innovation and technology, Holostik® has set milestones by being the largest manufacturer of security holograms in the world to today being an integrated IT enabled authentication solutions provider selling in 75+ countries. In the last 25 years of its existence, from being the undisputed leader in India, to being the largest exporter in anti-counterfeiting solutions; Holostik has always been the perfect brand's authentication partner. Holostik is one of the trusted and leading names in the Authentication Solution Provider of Holograms and holographic products in India.

Mega Attacks Hits New Record; Repeat Attacks Surge; Booter/Stresser Sites Launching Multiple Attack Vectors Simultaneously

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Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, today published the Q1 2016 State of the Internet – Security Report. The quarterly report provides a detailed view of the global cloud security threat landscape and in-depth analysis and insight into malicious activity observed across the Akamai Intelligent Platform. Download the latest State of the Internet – Security Report at stateoftheinternet.com/security-report.

“We have continued to witness significant growth in the number and frequency of DDoS and web application attacks launched against online assets, and Q1 2016 was no exception,” said Stuart Scholly, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Security Business Unit, Akamai. “Interestingly, nearly 60 percent of the DDoS attacks we mitigated used at least two attack vectors at once, making defense more difficult. Perhaps more concerning, this multi-vector attacks functionality was not only used by the most clever of attackers, it has become a standard capability in the DDoS-for-hire marketplace and accessible to even the least skilled actors.”
DDoS attack activity at a glance
During Q1, Akamai mitigated more than 4,500 DDoS attacks, a 125 percent increase compared with Q1 2015. As in recent quarters, the vast majority of these attacks were based on reflection attacks using stresser/booter-based tools. These tools bounce traffic off servers running vulnerable services such as DNS, CHARGEN, and NTP. In fact, 70 percent of the DDoS attacks in Q1 used the reflection-based DNS, CHARGEN, NTP, or UDP fragment vectors.
More than half of the attacks (55 percent) targeted gaming companies, with another 25 percent targeting the software and technology industry.
Q1 2016 also set a record for the number of DDoS attacks exceeding 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps): 19.  The largest of these mega attacks mitigated by Akamai peaked at 289 Gbps. 14 attacks relied on DNS reflection methods. Last quarter, there were only five mega attacks; the previous record was 17, set in Q3 2014.
During Q4 2015, repeat DDoS attacks became the norm, with an average of 24 attacks per targeted customer in Q4. The trend continued this quarter; targeted customers were attacked an average of 39 times each. One customer was targeted 283 times – an average of three attacks per day.
DDoS metrics
Compared with Q1 2015

  • 125.36 percent increase in total DDoS attacks
  • 142.14 percent increase in infrastructure layer (layers 3 & 4) attacks
  • 34.98 percent decrease in the average attack duration: 16.14 vs. 24.82 hours
  • 137.5 percent increase in attacks > 100 Gbps: 19 vs. eight

Compared with Q4 2015

  • 22.47 percent increase in total DDoS attacks
  • 23.17 percent increase in infrastructure layer (layers 3 & 4) attacks
  • 7.96 percent increase in the average attack duration: 16.14 vs. 14.95 hours
  • 280 percent increase in attacks > 100 Gbps: 19 vs. five

Web application attack activity
Web application attacks increased nearly 26 percent compared with Q4 2015. As in past quarters, the retail sector remained the most popular attack target, targeted in 43 percent of the attacks. But in a shift from last quarter, we saw a two percent decrease in web application attacks over HTTP and a 236 percent increase in web application attacks over HTTPS. There was also an 87 percent increase in SQLi attacks compared with the previous quarter.
As in recent quarters, the US was both the most frequent source of web application attack traffic (43 percent) and the most frequent target (60 percent).
Web application attack metrics
Compared with Q4 2015

  • 25.52 percent increase in total web application attacks
  • 1.77 percent decrease in web application attacks over HTTP
  • 235.99 percent increase in web application attacks over HTTPS
  • 87.32 percent increase in SQLi attacks

Bot activity snapshot

For the first time, we have included an analysis of bot activity in the State of the Internet – Security Report. Looking at bot activity over 24 hours, we tracked and analyzed more than two trillion bot requests. While identified and known, so-called good bots represented 40 percent of the bot traffic, 50 percent of the bots were determined to be malicious and were engaged in scraping campaigns and related activity.
Growth in DDoS reflectors
Using firewall data from the perimeter of the Akamai Intelligent Platform, our analysis showed a 77 percent growth in active Quote of the Day (QOTD) reflectors, a 72 percent increase in NTP reflectors and a 67 percent increase in CHARGEN reflectors compared to Q4 2015. Active SSDP reflectors declined by 46 percent.
Download the report
A complimentary copy of the Q1 2016 State of the Internet – Security Report is available for download at stateoftheinternet.com/security-report.
About Akamai
As the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, Akamai makes the Internet fast, reliable and secure for its customers. The company's advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere. To learn how Akamai solutions and its team of Internet experts are helping businesses move faster forward, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.

Photo Caption: Q1 2016 State of the Internet Security Report

Fortinet Wins ‘Network Security Vendor of the Year’ at the 2016 Frost & Sullivan India ICT Awards

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Fortinet, a key vendor in high-performance cyber security solutions, was named the ‘Network Security Vendor of the Year’ at the 2016 Frost & Sullivan India ICT Awards banquet held on June 2, at Hyatt Regency in Mumbai.
Award recipients were judged on multiple parameters that included Revenue and Revenue Growth, Market Share and Market Share Growth, Portfolio Diversity, Technology Roadmap and Vision, Key Deals and Achievements. In-depth primary interviews were conducted with various industry participants backed up by secondary research carried out by Frost & Sullivan analysts. An elite panel of jury members comprising prominent CIOs/CTOs from the industry evaluated the compiled data and incorporated the end-user perspective. Frost & Sullivan then presented the Awards to companies that received the highest number industry rank in each category.
Congratulating Fortinet on winning the prestigious 2016 ‘Network Security Vendor of the Year’ award, Mr. Benoy CS, Director, Digital Transformation Practice, Frost & Sullivan said, “Over the last 12 months Fortinet has created a prominent mark in the market by enhancing its product portfolio that has often generated high customer value, delight and appreciation. The company has focused largely on prominent industry verticals and posted strong YoY growth across BFSI, IT and ITeS, Government and Defense. Fortinet’s mission of generating profitable revenue by providing quality service to its loyal customers is something that is very unique.”
For Fortinet’s network security business in India, 2015 has been another phenomenal year. The company observed high revenue growth with its broad portfolio of end-to-end security solutions. The company managed to increase its market share in the network security segment through improved focus on its existing product lines and introduction of newer offerings. This is a result of Fortinet’s successful investment strategy in customer support, professional services, partner enablement and training backed by its strong technology advantage. Fortinet has helped customers securely build and grow their IT infrastructure so that it remains in line with the changing threat landscape and business requirements. This award has been given to Fortinet for understanding the specific needs of the Indian customers through its range of FortiGate enterprise firewalls and broader security solutions.
Fortinet presents a comprehensive range of Network Security products that effectively meet security needs of diverse enterprises. The company provides an integrated, collaborative and adaptive architecture designed to deliver security for global enterprises providing protections against today’s dynamic threats.
Speaking about this honor, Mr. Rajesh Maurya, Regional Director, India & SAARC at Fortinet said, “We would like to thank our customers and partners for helping us win this prestigious award for the second consecutive year. Fortinet registered a strong growth in India last year backed by our strategic investments in manpower, training and technical infrastructure. In addition to expanding our R&D and technical support teams, we have appointed business heads for every vertical to act as customers’ strategic advisors to help deploy the right solutions. We will continue to protect Indian businesses with our new Fortinet Security Fabric, which weaves together highly sophisticated hardware and software, enabling direct communication between solutions for a unified and rapid response to threats.”
About Fortinet

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world. Fortinet empowers its customers with intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network – today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric architecture can deliver security without compromise to address the most critical security challenges, whether in networked, application, cloud or mobile environments. More than 270,000 customers worldwide trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Learn more at http://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.
About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants. 
Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

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Photo Caption: Mr. Rajesh Maurya, Regional Director, India & SAARC, Fortinet receiving the 'Network Security Vendor of the Year' award from Mr. Vikram Idnani, CIO, Trent Limited in the presence of Mr. Y. S. Shashidhar, Managing Director & Partner, MENASA, Frost & Sullivan

Gateway House and MEA Bring Foreign Policy Debate to Mumbai

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  • Seminal conference, “The Gateway of India Dialogue: Where geopolitics meets business”, scheduled for 13-14 June
  • Foreign Secretary Mr. S Jaishankar to inaugurate the event and deliver keynote speech
  • Union Ministers and Foreign Secretary to chair sessions
  • Foreign ministers of Sri Lanka, Nepal to attend the meet
  • Leading industrialists, bankers and policy experts to participate
  • In further sign of Mumbai’s growing relevance in foreign policy debate, Gateway House also hosts T20, a preparatory meeting for the G20

Mumbai is due to host a seminal foreign policy event, “The Gateway of India Dialogue: Where geopolitics meets business”, on 13-14 June. The event is co-hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs and Gateway House, the foreign policy think tank. The conference will feature a range of prominent foreign policy, trade and security issues.

This is the first time that such a high-level foreign affairs conference is taking place in Mumbai.  The city is India’s commercial capital and accounts for substantial foreign trade by both value and volume. The Gateway of India Dialogue event will bring together an Indian and international audience consisting of senior union ministers, leading industrialists, foreign ministers from neighbouring countries and policy experts.

The two-day event will be inaugurated by S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary, who will also deliver a keynote address on “Aligning Business and Strategic Goals”. Central ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Kiren Rijiju, as well as a broad range of panellists, will be addressing diverse issues such as global capital, the politics of energy, international trade agreements and cybersecurity.

Several senior international ministers are due to participate in the high-level meeting. These include Kamal Thapa, the Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, and Canada’s former Minsiter of Citizenship and Immigration Christopher Alexander. Global subject matter experts will drive the panel discussions, including Narendra Karmarkar, the creator of “Karmarkar’s algorithm”, who will contribute to the cybersecurity panel.

Leading industrialists like Adi Godrej and experts led by Mohandas Pai, Anshu Jain, and Manish Sabharwal will offer the business perspective on the same subjects.

The two-day meeting will conclude with a closing keynote by V K Singh, Honourable State Minister on “India’s Global Engagement Strategy: greater energy, growing aspirations.”

Further amplifying Mumbai’s increasing relevance to the foreign policy debate, the city is also playing host to “T20: Dialogue on Global Economic Governance” on 13 June.  The event is the official sub-forum of the G20 process, responsible for contributing ideas and research to the G20 on global economic issues. T20 will be attended by experts in international economics from over 30 leading think tanks from across Southeast and South Asia as well as from G20 countries. T20 and Gateway of India Dialogue delegates will be attending and speaking at each event respectively, adding their expertise to both.

Commenting on these forthcoming events, Manjeet Kripalani, Executive Director of Gateway House said: “Geopolitics and international trade are closely linked.  Mumbai is already known as India’s commercial capital and its business community should have a seat at the table when discussing strategic geopolitical affairs.  Gateway House is delighted to offer the platform for this to happen through these events”.
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Know more at www.gatewayhouse.in/goi

At DRUPA, Comiflex Shakes Hands with Uflex to Make In India

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Italian firm Comiflex SRL has shaken hands with India’s largest global flexible packaging solution company Uflex Limited confirming its intent to manufacture Gearless C.I. Flexo Printing Machines under a Technology Transfer Agreement with the latter. This happened at DRUPA where Uflex is currently exhibiting.
The memorandum of understanding has already been signed between Mr. Gianfranco Nespoli, Owner of Comiflex SRL and Mr. Ajay Tandon, President & CEO, Engineering Business, Uflex Limited. Uflex will market and sell these machines across the world.
With 50 years of enriching experience to his credit, Mr. Gianfranco Nespoli, is a renowned exponent in the field of designing and producing high quality C.I. Flexo Machines. Mr. Nespoli is one of the founding members of Flexotecnica that was founded in 1979 in Galganano for manufacturing flexo printing presses for roll to roll printing on films and paper for packaging applications.
Expressing his pleasure, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, Uflex Limited, who is currently attending DRUPA said “We will be manufacturing Gearless C.I. Flexo Printing Machines in collaboration with Comiflex SRL at our Engineering Plant in India. I am glad that Uflex has partnered with one of the sharpest brains of the C.I. Flexo printing machine technology. Innovation to create value added differentiation is the guiding principle at Uflex and our engagement with Mr. Gianfranco Nespoli’s Comiflex SRL testifies it”. “This tie-up furthers the ethos and spirit of my Government’s flagship scheme Make in India,” added Mr. Chaturvedi.

Uflex is in Hall No. 15 at Stand No. C 51 from May 31 to June 10, 2016

About Uflex
Uflex is India’s largest end-to-end flexible packaging company and an emerging global player. Since its inception back in 1983, Uflex has grown from strength to strength to evolve as a truly Indian Multinational with consumers spread across the world. Uflex today has state-of-the-art packaging facilities at multiple locations in India with installed capacity of around 100,000 TPA and has packaging film manufacturing facilities in India, UAE, Mexico Egypt, Poland and USA with cumulative installed capacity in excess of 337,000 TPA.
All Uflex plants are accredited with ISO 9001, 14001, HACCP & BRC certifications. Uflex caters to markets spanning across the globe in over 140 countries like USA, Canada, South American countries, UK and other European Countries, Russia, South Africa, CIS, Asian and African nations. Integrated within its core business profile are allied businesses like Engineering, Cylinders, Holography and Chemicals which further give Uflex a superior edge above competition.
Uflex Limited is also a part of the D&B Global Database and winner of various prestigious national and international awards for its products’ excellence. Uflex offers technologically superior packaging solutions for a wide variety of products such as snack foods, candy and confectionery, sugar, rice & other cereals, beverages, tea & coffee, dessert mixes, noodles, wheat flour, soaps and detergents, shampoos & conditioners, vegetable oil, spices, marinates & pastes, cheese & dairy products, frozen food, sea food, meat, anti-fog, pet food, pharmaceuticals, contraceptives, garden fertilizers and plant nutrients, motor oil and lubricants, automotive and engineering components etc.
Some of Uflex’s clients on the global turf include P&G, PepsiCo; Tata Global; Mondelez, L’ Oreal, Britannia, Haldiram’s, Amul, Kimberly-Clark, Ferro Rocher, Perfetti, GSK, Nestle, Agrotech Foods Coca-Cola, Wrigley, Johnson & Johnson among others.

Photo Caption: L-R: Ajay Tandon, Gianfranco Nespoli, Ashok Chaturvedi

Wipro Partners with Authentise to offer Additive Manufacturing Services

Business Wire India
Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company today announced a partnership with Mountain View based Authentise Inc, a leading provider of 3D printing technologies and consulting services. This strategic partnership between Wipro and Authentise will enable adoption of additive manufacturing among the Global 2,000 companies.
Building on its extensive Engineering and R&D services experience, this alliance will help Wipro to deliver the full spectrum of 3D printing services including consulting, design optimization, software & system integration, product management and testing services. The partnership will benefit customers willing to explore, expand or improve additive manufacturing initiatives across automotive, aerospace, healthcare, hi-tech, consumer electronics, telecom and other engineering-driven industries.
“We see additive manufacturing as an enabler to solve the challenges faced by the limitations of traditional manufacturing practices. We are excited about this partnership and committed to solve the product design challenges in 3D Printing. Wipro’s global expertise in design for additive manufacturing and metal printing, coupled with the software and consulting experience of Authentise, will help deliver fully integrated solutions for additive manufacturing,said Anita Ganti, Senior Vice President & Global Head of Product Engineering Services, Wipro Limited.
“Authentise empowers businesses by taking their additive manufacturing initiatives from lab to production scale. Our partnership with Wipro, a company with deep engineering expertise as well as scale, allows us to serve these clients even better. Wipro’s commitment to 3D printing signals that the technology is now an established manufacturing alternative. The support for this technology will not only benefit existing clients but it will also help in building the entire ecosystem for 3D Printing,” said Andre Wegner, CEO, Authentise. 
About Authentise Inc. 

Authentise Inc. provides modular process automation solutions to leaders in additive manufacturing. It’s fully owned subsidiary, Authentise Services designs and delivers 3D printing strategies for the Fortune 100. Among its publicly announced clients is Lowe’s Home Improvement, for whom Authentise created a long term 3D printing strategy and delivered the first phase of that strategy, an in-store 3D scanning, printing and customization installation. For further information on Authentise, please visit http://authentise.com/ 
About Wipro Limited

Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT) is a leading information technology, consulting and business process services company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360-degree view of "Business through Technology.”  By combining digital strategy, customer-centric design, advanced analytics and product engineering approach, Wipro helps its clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, Wipro has a dedicated workforce of over 160,000, serving clients in 175+ cities across 6 continents. For more information, please visit www.wipro.com
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