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Friday, 21 March 2008

5th World PR Conference at London - Early bird discount till March end

5th World PR Conference, London
5th World PR Conference & Festival programme launched – and booking are open

The programme for the World PR Conference and Festival taking place on 23 and 24 June in London is now available and bookings can be made online at www.cipr.co.uk/wprf08. Early bird discount will be available for the bookings made before 31st March 2008.

The Conference and Festival themed ‘The public benefit of public relations’ includes 30 sessions on issues as diverse as::

■ How cities attract investment – the reputational issues that count
■ Appealing to different audiences and cultures – lessons from the front-line
■ Communicating in London, the world’s most diverse city
■ How businesses such as car manufacturers and gas suppliers can handle climate change and environmental challenges
■ How the ‘New’ was put back into New Zealand and how fundamental change has happened in South Africa

Colin Farrington, director general of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (UK) and chair of the Global Alliance, said: “Hosting the 5th World Public Relations Conference and Festival offers the PR industry globally a tremendous opportunity to communicate to the wider business community just what PR contributes to commerce and society worldwide.

“The programme is the product of extended consultation and it is our aim to maintain this level of interactivity at the event in June, allowing PR practitioners from across the globe the opportunity to come together to discuss some of the key issues facing the industry.”

The 5th World PR Conference and Festival takes place in London on 23 and 24 June at the InterContinental Hotel, Park Lane. Hosted by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (UK) the event is run in association with the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management.

To view the conference programme and to secure your place visit www.cipr.co.uk/wprf08. There is a discount on bookings made before the end of March 2008.

London embraces different people and cultures and what they have to offer: arts and culture, business and commerce, sports and events, food and entertainment. To find out what else is going on in London around the time of the World PR Conference and Festival and to ensure you make the most of your stay in London, visit www.visitlondon.com/ and be inspired.
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Saturday, 15 March 2008

10th PRISM Awards function by IPRS, Singapore

10th PRISM Awards function at Singapore


The Institute of Public Relations of Singapore’s 10th PRISM Awards Gala Dinner, the highlight of the PR industry, was held on Friday the 14th March 2008 at the St.Regis Hotel. His Excellency, President S R Nathan and Mrs Nathan were the Guests-of-Honour. President Nathan presented the Awards to the five winners of the Individual categories.
Held biennially, the PRISM Awards celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year. It unfolded many new chapters, showing strong signs of the industry’s growth and development since its establishment in 1987.


Firstly, it received a record number of over 100 entries from both the private and public sector. It is a clear indication of the importance that organisations place on public relations which contribute much to corporate reputation.

Secondly, IPRS introduced two regional awards. The Outstanding Corporate Reputation Campaign (International) award recognised PR efforts by Singapore based companies in three or more overseas markets.

The Outstanding Corporate Reputation Campaign (Asia Pacific Countries) award recognised efforts by organisations outside Singapore in any markets within APAC (Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, excluding USA. These awards were introduced to highlight standards in corporate reputation, to foster quality networking within the region and provide benchmarks for campaign excellence in this region. These categories had good participation.


Lastly, the IPRS introduced new Individual awards for PRISM Awards 2008.

For the first time, an award was introduced to recognise a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or top executive who is PR savvy. The Outstanding PR Champion of the Year Awards was presented to an individual who contributed towards the PR activities and developments within the organisation to strengthen corporate reputation.

Mr Khoo Teng Chye, Chief Executive Officer of PUB-The National Water Agency walked away as the proud recipient of this inaugural award. The other special awards conferred were the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr Basskaran Nair, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, CapitaLand Limited; another new award, the Outstanding PR Mentor to Ms Winifred Chan, Managing Director of Barr & Chan Communications Pte Ltd;

PR Professional of the Year 2008 to Mr Michael Rose, Chief Executive Officer of MRA Communications Pte Ltd; and finally the Young PR Professional of the Year 2008 to Ms Lee Ling Ling, an Associate Consultant at Bang PR Pte Ltd.

President of IPRS, Ms K Bhavani said " I am very heartened to note that many Singapore organisations are striving to achieve excellence in their public relations efforts which contribute much to corporate reputation. Corporate reputation is slowly becoming a board issue. Senior management realise that reputation should be a critical business asset. The PRISM Awards thus encourages organisations to set benchmarks in public relations and communications."

The awards were presented at a black-tie, gala dinner which was attended by 450 guests. Heads of PR agencies, PR practitioners and CEOs and senior management from the private and public organizations were present. It was a record turnout and an evening befitting an industry which was fast growing in Singapore and internationally.

Created by IPRS, the PRISM Awards was started in 1987 as one way to recognise and reward organisations and individuals for outstanding contributions and achievements in Public Relations and Communications in Singapore. A highlight in the PR industry calendar, the biennial event aims to encourage creativity, originality and best application of public relations and communications practices across all sectors, in commercial as well as non-for-profit organisations. PRISM stands for “Public Relations in the Service of Mankind’.

Ms K Bhavani, President of IPRS, Singapore may be contacted at bhavani_k@mica.gov.sg
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Wednesday, 12 March 2008

GFPR's Conference on "Good Governance" at Hyderabad

GLOBAL FORUM FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS
[India International Association for Values and Ethics in Public Relations]

-An initiative of Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University-

Regd. No: 924/2006
(A report by Sister B K Shalini, Secretary, GFPR, Hyderabad)


Two Day Global Conference ends with recommendations on good governance

A two day Global Conference on Good Governance: Media and Communication Strategies concluded on 9th March, with a powerful recommendations to the Government: At the Inaugural Session Honourable Minister for Labour & Employment graced the occasion besides other dignitaries viz. Sri Atluri Subba Rao, President, FAPCCI, Rajayogi, BK Karuna ji, Chief of Multi Media & PR, Dr. CV Narasimha Reddi, Former Director (I&PR) ; Iranian Diplomat Respected Sri Pariyabi Zadeh; Sis. BK Rachel, Former Director, HRAM, London, Sri A.Chandra Sekhar Reddy, Press Secretary to CM, Sri Nagesh Kumar, Editor, the Hindu, Rajayogini BK Kuldeep behnji, Director, Shantisarovar, and others.

The Conference comprised five different sessions focusing on the key topic dealt by eminent personalities like Smt. Santa Sinha, The Megasase Award Winner, Dr. T.Hanuman Choudhuri, Former IT Adviser, Sri Narendra Luther, IAS, Former Chief Secretary to Govt. of AP, Sri K.Srinivasa Reddy, Member, Press Council of India, Sri Yogesh Joshi, President Associated Business Communicators of India, Sri Dilip Kumar, Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sis. Rachel from London Sri MVVS Murthy, IIS, Dy.Director General of Press Information Bureau, Dr. PJ Sudhakar, Director, Doordarshan etc.

The topics were:

Globalisation and Good Governance: Challenges and opportunities for Corporate India
Corporate Social Responsibility: A road map for reputation management
Changing National Media”: New strategy for Global Public Relations”
Corporate Ethics and Spirituality: Meaningful relations with Stakeholders
India as a Global Player: A Paradigm shift in corporate communication perspective.

At the Valedictory Section, the following recommendations were presented by Dr. CV Narasimha Reddi, Former Director for (Information & Public Relations).

Honourable Minister for IT, Communication, Youth Services & Sports Sri R.Damodar Reddy graced the valediction and complimented the efforts of Global Forum for Public Relations in leading the profession into right direction and he was sure with the intervention and support of an organization like Brahmakumaris this professional forum is going to give excellent benefits to the entire world a new and ideal direction. Sri Parvataneni Updendra, Former Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting greeted the Conference for a great success ahead and shared his views on the role of Public Relations in the world. Others who participated at the valediction were Sri Atluri Subba Rao, President FAPCCI, Rajayogi BK Karuna Bhaiji, Chief of Multi Media & PR, Brahmakumaris, Mount Abu, Rajastan.


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Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Second Anniversary of ezine - Roundtable on Corporate Governance - Gist of discussions

Prime Point Foundation and PR-e-Sense organised a Roundtable discussion on "360 degree Corporate Governance" at Chennai to mark the second anniversary of the ezine. The programme was held on Saturday the 1st March 2008 at Hotel Palmgrove.

Mr N Vittal (Former Cental Vigilance Commissioner of India), Mr T S Krishna Murthy (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India), Dr U Srinivasa Raghavan (Former Chairman of Indian Postal Services Board), Mr Yogesh Joshi (President, Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI), Mumbai) were the expert panelists. Ranging from management students to Senior level CEOs participated in the discussions and shared their views.
Mr Kiruba Shankar, a well known Indian bloger and podcaster was moderating the discussions in an interesting manner.
Second Anniversary issue of the ezine PR-e-Sense was released by Mr N Vittal and Mr T S Krishna Murthy. This issue carries the exclusive interviews of Dr Abdul Kalam and Dr Y S Rajan, duo of India Vision 2020 document.

Narrendiran, Sakthi, Selvakumar, Veena, Shvetha and Satish who are associated with the ezine almost from the beginning were honoured with mementoes.

Please see the snap shots of the event. The gist of the discussions are given below the pictures.

The gist of the discussions are :
1. Corporate Governance
a. Business is a win-win exercise and corporate governance is a measure to ensure transparency in operations
b. Corporate good behavior
c. Corporate legal citizen and should discharge their duties as law abiding citizen
d. Vision and the active involvement of the Board
e. Doing business ethically driven by innovation, for profits and to increase shareholder wealth.
f. Ethical - do actions based on the following questions, is it legal? is it fair? and will the action cause embarrassment?
2. Corporate Arrogance
a. Greed is a root cause of arrogance
b. Insensible communications
c. Not knowing or understanding the needs of the society
3. Corporate Indifference
a. Knowing the needs of the society and not doing anything about it
4. Corporate Social Responsibility
a. What comes from society should go back to the society
b. Knowing the needs of the society and doing something about it

5. Leadership

a. Executing, communicating and motivating the organization on corporate governance and corporate social responsibility

(Main sponsor for this Roundtable - Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited
Co-sponsors : Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited and Corporate Clinic)
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