What every bride needs: 4 trending jewellery designs for brides by Motisons Jewellers

All the brides-to-be, we understand that you are running on your toes, shopping, planning events, booking salons and make-up artists, but still we seek your attention. Motisons Jewellers has listed the top 4 bridal jewellery trends that will save your hours of research and your visits to Chandni Chowk. Motisons, better than none, understands the value of your time. So, take a look and you might just get what you are looking for.


1. Polki

Uncut diamonds are less expensive than the cut ones. But that’s not the reason it’s on number 1 on the list. Though it’s raw, it’s a bigger and bolder statement and as courageous as the brides are and ought to be today, polki is beautiful, believes Motisons Jewellers.

2. Colored Stones

Brides are getting more and more novel with their attires today. Another thing in town is colorful jewellery. Team it up with single-toned lehenga to bring out its best. Beyond rubies and sapphires, experiment with some corals and tourmalines. They will never disappoint you, we bet.

3. Chandelier earrings

It is a fancy day and so should you don a fancy pair of statement earrings. Go for traditional chandelier earrings or put on cocktail earrings for a more contemporary look.

4. Victorian designs

Going classic is never a bad idea, so yes, Victorian designs are awesome, says Motisons Jewellers. Their intricate cuts and elegant style will add a feather to your beauty.



Punj Lloyd bags Rs 308 crore infrastructure project in Dubai

EPC giant Punj Lloyd recently announced winning an infrastructure project worth Rs 308 crore in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai.

Punj Lloyd bags Rs 308 crore infrastructure project in Dubai Punj Lloyd bags Rs 308 crore infrastructure project in Dubai.
Punj Lloyd has received the contract by Front Line Investment Management Co. LLC, a subsidiary of Damac Properties Development LLC, for the construction of 168 villas at Trixis Cluster of the Akoya Oxygen master development offering a luxury lifestyle at the heart of nature in Al Yufrah 2, Dubai.

Speaking on this win, Shantanu Karkun, President and CEO, Buildings & Infrastructure, Punj Lloyd said, “Dubai is today synonymous with luxury and it is our privilege to win this contract for a premium luxury development. The Akoya Oxygen community will have the region’s first rainforest and will be fully completed before EXPO 2020. Punj Lloyd Group has delivered several luxury spaces including the Jumeirah Islands Villa in Dubai, the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore and the many integrated iconic entertainment resorts in Singapore.”

Only 25 minutes from the center of the city along the Umm Suqeim Expressway and spread over 55 million square feet, Akoya Oxygen is a breathtaking community offering cleaner air, naturally cooler temperatures and a carefully designed master plan and road network system to reduce pollution, with dedicated spaces for bicycles and hybrids.

The community will feature a selection of opulent homes set within endless green with 18-hole championship golf course, luxurious five-star hotel as well 2,000 hotel apartments, luxury Retail Strip (Vista Lux) encompassing 1 million square foot entertainment and retail district featuring a waterway and more than 1.5 km of the walkway.

With this win, the Group’s order backlog stands at INR 25,708 crore. The order backlog is the value of unexecuted orders on December 31, 2015, plus new orders received after that date.

Make in India only a first step, say CEOs

Although the week-long Make in India event managed to create a buzz to boost manufacturing in India, a lot is still to be done to take the share of manufacturing from the current 17 per cent to 25 per cent of the gross domestic product, say chief executive officers (CEOs).

On Thursday, the last day of the Make in India week held in Mumbai, the central government announced it received investment commitments worth Rs 15.2 lakh crore or $222 billion during the week, But, a quick perusal of investment commitments shows many of these had been announced earlier.

Make in India only a first step, say CEOs Take, for instance, the Digital India conference held by the Narendra Modi government held in July last year. During the event, Anil Agarwal-owned Sterlite had announced Rs 40,000 crore of investments in liquid crystal display (LCD) unit in India. This week, Vedanta announced an Rs 68,000-crore LCD unit in Maharashtra. Similarly, many companies only reiterated their capital expenditure plans as fresh investments during the Make in India week.

The week was held in the backdrop of falling stock markets, rising bad loans of banks, and record low capacity utilisation of Indian factories.

CEOs say even though the investment commitments will take at least two years to fructify, the event has showed the commitment of Modi’s government to take the country forward. “Make in India is a step in the right direction and all the measures are to stimulate the demand for goods and services in the economy. That means, the government must invest in infrastructure that is the prime move forward,” said Ravi Uppal, CEO and managing director of Jindal Steel & Power.

Apart from Modi, finance minister Arun Jaitley, defence minister Manohar Parrikar, power minister Piyush Goyal, road and transport minister Nitin Gadkari, and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis made a plea to investors to start investing in the country – taking into account India’s huge potential. Goyal said the country offers investment potential worth $1 trillion (Rs 68 lakh crore) in power sector by 2030, while Gadkari asked investors to take advantage of $250 billion to construct 50,000 km of roads.

Indian industry has always complained of creaky infrastructure in the country, which has stalled growth. “Infrastructure has not been able to match the pace of growth in the country. What we lacked is thinking big enough for the growth that we could achieve,” said Ratan Tata, former chairman of Tata group.

The good news from the event was that Maharashtra government would award contracts to build the trans-harbour sea link between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai by October this year. The project will cost Rs 17,750 crore and, of this, almost Rs 15,000 crore will be lent by Japan government at very low interest. But, the entire positive atmosphere created by the Modi government was sullied by an income-tax notice to Vodafone — which is fighting a battle with the Indian government over retrospective tax. “The timing of the notice shows the Modi government is not getting support from its own officials,” said a tax advisor.

No wonder that Vodafone reacted angrily saying the government and the tax department are not in sync with each other.

Global defence companies promised to set up units in India if the government gives them orders for defence equipment. The Modi government wants defence imports to fall to 40 per cent from the current 65 per cent and has asked Indian companies including the Tatas, Mahindras, Bharat Forge to set up units in India so that it can pass on the orders to local firms. This, the government says, will help in local job creation and save precious foreign exchange.

Corporate India expects the Budget to be presented by Jaitley on February 29 will include tax and banking reforms, which would help local manufacturing. Says Banmali Agrawala, GE south Asia president and CEO: “The economy needs faster reforms, which would make the entire Make in India initiative more impactful. However, India will have to balance the economic development and social and political side of that.”

Aditya Birla group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla said: “There is no secret sauce of manufacturing that we are not aware of… It is just like making an elephant dance. It just cannot happen in a few months.”

List of Punj Lloyd’s registrations in defence sector

Engineering Procurement Construction major Punj Lloyd has been providing cutting edge integrated design and project management services to the energy and infrastructure sectors. The company has been one of the globally acknowledged conglomerates, with its foray into aviation, defence and upstream, with its subsidiaries and joint ventures. Under its defence sector, the company has bagged the following registrations:

  • Ordnance Factory Board – Machining and integration of parts for artillery guns, armored fighting vehicles and small arms
  • Gun Carriage Factory Jabalpur – Manufacturing of 155 mm Howitzer parts
  • Heavy Engine Factory, Avadi – Precision machining and integration of power packs for T-72 and BMP
  • HAL Kanpur – Precision machining of parts for Aero components for intermediate jet trainer, Dornier aircraft and MTA
  • HAL Nasik – Precision machining of parts for Aero components for Su30
  • HAL Koraput – Precision machining of parts for aero engine components
  • HAL Bangalore – Precision machining of parts for Advance Light Helicopter
  • DLW Varanasi – Precision machining for locomotive engines (Indian Railways)

Private Jets available at the cost of Business Class

A new business venture by Jetsmart with an amazing concept is making errands in the aircraft industry, in other words, the idea is to capitalize on the downtime as well as return journeys of private jets and helicopters which are approximate 100 and 150 in number respectively, when they usually travel without any passengers. The company commits to fly over 1200 cities within the country including Vellore-Mumbai, Kozhikode-Chennai, and Surat- Jaipur.

private jetTo knock-down empty jets would be of significant benefit to both the involved parties as aircraft owners need to ensure a certain number of flying hours every month to keep their licences and luxury at affordable prices for those who wish to travel in comfort and privacy. The charges to be paid by passenger amounts to only a fraction of cost i.e. not more than Rs. 60, 000 for a one- way seat on an aircraft where flying time is expected to be almost two hours for almost 1,200 km journey. Though the names of all companies which have readied to sign up are still wrapped in covers yet the confidence is laid upon Punj Lloyd Private Jet and airships of Reliance, Tatas, DLF, GMR and Jindals.

Abrar Ahmed, Dubai-based investor, who has made a substantial investment in Bengaluru-headquartered private air travel venture Jetsmart holds strong sentiment for this project due to its peculiarity and cost-effectiveness, accordingly, aims to help air charter operators expand their charter and non-scheduled operations.

Making for India

Besides Tata and Mahindra, several other firms that have jumped into the arms race such as Larsen & Toubro, HCL, Reliance, Rolta, Bharat Forge, Titagarh Wagons, Pipavav Defence and Punj Lloyd.

Over 1,300 Pilatus PC-12 planes have been sold worldwide

Over 1,300 Pilatus PC-12 planes have been sold worldwide

This defence ecosystem is not just important to woo international defence firms but also to win big Indian defence contracts. So far, these contracts have benefited government-owned companies like Hindustan Aeronautics, Indian Ordnance Factories and Bharat Electronics that have gone on to be ranked 41, 58 and 81 among the largest arms producing companies in the world respectively, according to a SIPRI report.
But things are changing. For the first-time ever, a joint bid by Larsen & Toubro, Tata and HCL is in the race to develop battlefield communications in a project baptised Tactical Communications System (TCS) estimated to be worth CHF1.5 billion. Another project open to private players involves developing India’s future infantry combat vehicle. Nine private companies have expressed interest in the project, estimated to be worth around CHF7.5 billion. Eventually, in the quest for more indigenisation, big defence projects will have to be opened up to the private sector and companies with a track record of delivering projects to international standards will be well-placed to win them.

Adele is officially the best-selling artist of 2015

British singer Adele arrives at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012.

Adele, who broke records with her song “Hello” and latest album “25,” has been named the best artist of 2015.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), a global music industry body, said that the British ballad singer was the top-selling musical act last year based on worldwide sales of recordings.


According to IFPI data, Adele,27, sold more than 15 million copies of her latest album “25” worldwide since its release in November, including 2.65 million in the UK alone.

The 10-time Grammy winner achieved the feat for the full year even though she did not release “25” until November 20 and declined to put the album on streaming sites, a rare move at a time when such on-demand services are growing rapidly.

“25,” Adele’s third album which came more than four years after its predecessor, broke records for first-week sales in both the US and UK.

Singer Adele holds her six Grammy Awards at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012.

The first track “Hello,” an introspective ballad in line with Adele’s previous work, was the first single to be downloaded more than one million times in the US in one week. According to Billboard, Adele sold 1.11 million copies of “Hello.”

She has had seven singles chart Billboard’s Hot 100, but “Hello” was the first of her career to debut at No. 1.

IFPI chief executive Frances Moore, in a statement issued from Europe on Monday, called “25” the “runaway global sensation of 2015” and said Adele’s achievement was “simply phenomenal.
Number two for 2015 was another British artist, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, whose career has soared in the past couple of years on the popularity of his ballad “Thinking Out Loud.

US country-turned-pop superstar Taylor Swift, who won the IPFI Global Recording Artist award the previous year when she released her chart-topping album “1989,” fell to number three in 2015.

Rounding off the top five were Canadian pop celebrity Justin Bieber, who in November released his latest album “Purpose,” and British boy band One Direction who called a hiatus in late 2015 after a fifth album and departure of founding member Zayn Malik.