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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

APASL Announces Hepatology: The Next Genre at its 27th Annual Conference

·         Attended by Best Liver Experts in the World with over 3000 Doctors
·         Sharing latest Technological Innovations in the field of medical science pertaining to  LIVER

 Asia Pacific Association for Study of Liver, and Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, organized its 27th Annual Conference of Asian-Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL). With around 3000 delegates from over 50 countries are participating in the five days event.The conference hasprovided New dimensions and approaches in the treatment of liver diseases.

The inaugural function of APASL 2018 was held today, which was presided by Shri J P Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India along with Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General of Programs, WHO as the Guest of Honor.

The Hon’ble Health Minister, Govt of India, Shri J P Nadda, announced for free vaccination against hepatitis B for all health care workers across India. He spoke about active implementation of the Hepatitis-C program all over India and said that availability of free drugs against hepatitis Chas been finalized and would be launched very soon across the country. He also mentioned that a full program on Hepatitis-B will be soon developed with availability of free drugs against this deadly virus. He agreed with the view that the Liver diseases should be given greater significance and gave a green flag that these will included in the Non-Communicable diseases program in the near future. Seeing the huge attendance at the event and the lead taken by the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), he declared to provide support to the International fellows and students, if they want to study at ILBS.

Monday, March 19, 2018

MSCDA Collaborates with Medipta Solutions as a Technology Partner in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra State Chemists & Druggists Association (MSCDA) & Medipta a medical services aggregator announced their collaboration in the city today. The MSCDA is encouraging & assisting the drug trade industry to promote the development of pharmaceutical sector. Medipta is India’s first such innovative app which connects patients, Doctors, Diagnostic labs and Chemists and every entity in healthcare industry.

Minister of State Food & Drug Administration Mr. Madan Yerawar officially launched Medipta in Mumbai today. Mr. Jagannath Shinde President of MSCDA was present during the moment & announced Medipta as a Technology Partner for all Chemists and Druggists around Maharashtra. While addressing media he said, ‘MSCDA intends to channelize the entire pharma logistics into organized manner which will minimize wastage, optimize operating cost and working capital. In collaboration with Medipta all chemists & druggists will become as organized force to strengthen present pharmacy retail chain. Through Medipta they will get opportunity to increase business by connecting people in the same field.’ Online drug supply system is a major threat to all Retailers, Distributors & all allied Medical Services. Medipta will be aggregating all retailers to reach patients in 20 minutes over digital prescription and delivery management software, he added.


Through this collaboration, not only Stockists can supply medicines to chemists as per necessity, but Chemists/Pharmacists can also supply medicines to patients, doctors & maintain records of prescription. Chemists & Druggists can get advantage of stock inventory information on this app. Chemists can get reminder if medicines not delivered to patients on time.  One app for 16 entities covering over 150 features in just 15mb space makes Medipta innovative. Another major benefits of Medipta app are –

·         Patients in need of any kind of medical guidance or treatment right from medicine reminder system with a pregnancy app too.
·         Doctors/ Hospitals/ Clinics can get access to patients information and guide them accordingly
·         Test labs/radiologist/diagnostic centres can provide lab tests and diagnostic facilities to patients and upload reports online 
·         All the allied medical services like Labs, Blood Bank, PHCs, Ambulance and Insurance also can be availed through this platform.  

Mr. Rahul Bojalwar, Founder and CEO of Medipta said, “Medipta Solutions is a health care hub where anyone can come for e- health services. It’s the only app in India which connects every entity on one platform. It is connecting people with health experts to live a healthy life. By creating and perfecting a comprehensive healthcare platform we are setting up a new era in Healthcare. One important aspect of this app is its absolutely free for patients, doctors, ambulance and blood bank.’’

Srija Mallipudi : India’s spelling champ of Classmate Spell Bee

Soha Ali Khan announces Srija Mallipudi as India’s spelling champ of Classmate Spell Bee Season 10

 Classmate, India's No.1 Notebook Brand by ITC and Radio Mirchi’s spelling extravaganza Classmate Spell Bee Season 10 culminated today with an exhilarating finish as Soha Ali Khan announced Srija Mallipudi of Narayana IIT Olympiad School, Vijayawada as the National Champion of India’s largest spelling competition. Preetham R of Ryan International School, Kundalahalli, Bangalore was the first runner up. The theme for the contest this year is ‘Be Better than Yourself’ that encourages everyone to strive for continuous improvement. . The competition this year was conducted across India and engaged with more than 3 lac students across 1000 schools in 30 cities by testing their mettle in English spellings.

In the initial phase, an on-ground exercise in schools received massive participation. The top 15 spellers from each school then competed in the online city finals round. The top performers from the city finals then competed in the Semi Final stage of the competition. From there only the top 16 students from across India went on to battle it out in the televised National Finals.

The National Finals of Classmate Spell Bee Season 10 saw a grueling competition between the top 16 spellers of India in the search for the National Spell Bee Champion. The National Finals will be simulcast on The Discovery Channel, Discovery Kids and Discovery Tamil.

Mr. R Ravinarayanan, Head of Sales & Marketing, Education & Stationery Products Business (ESPB), ITC Ltd. said, "Classmate has always endeavored to recognize, nurture & celebrate the uniqueness of every child. Classmate Spell Bee Season 10 takes Classmate’s brand thought of celebrating uniqueness further as it gives students yet another opportunity to identify and showcase their distinctive talents and skills on a nationwide platform. Classmate Spell Bee season 10 builds on the scale we achieved last year with the aim of reaching out to even larger number students across schools and cities in India, through a school contact program coupled with a novel mobile app and a dedicated website to engage students. The brand promises to support a child’s dreams with an equally unique & world class set of stationery products like notebooks, writing, drawing, art and math instruments."

Mr. Mahesh Shetty, C.O.O., Entertainment Network (India) Limited said, “Every year Spell Bee is connecting more integrally with students, parents and teachers. Having started off as a spelling competition, it is today a landmark event that propagates the education of the English language at the highest level. It brings together some of the brightest children from across the country on one of the most credible edutainment based platforms. This year the competition has garnered participation from across 30 cities through our on-ground efforts to add to robust participation online. Like every year, the competition will be televised to encourage students to showcase their skills on a national platform and prepare for the upcoming season. What makes the competition special is the pride that participants take in participating in it and in making it what it has become today.”

Season 10 saw Classmate Spell Bee actively engaged with its consumers through a dedicated website. Classmate provided the Students with learning modules, tests, interactive blogs and contests to prepare for the event The focus this year has been to create a holistic educative experience for participants using a versatile mobile app and web based learning and practice solutions. Classmate believes in encouraging children to excel in the field of their choice by striving to continuously improve by competing with themselves and not with others and to be better than themselves.

Classmate Spell Bee serves to build the brand thought on ground, inspiring school students to identify and showcase their spelling skills by providing them with a unique platform to hone and showcase their language and spelling skills
The National Champion of Classmate Spell Bee Season 10 won a grand prize of Rs. 2,00,000/- apart from the opportunity to witness the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee 2018 with a parent in Washington D.C., U.S.A. in an all expenses paid trip. The 4 semi finalists won a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each. The grand prize for the winner of Classmate Spell Bee and those for the semi-finalists have been specifically designed and sponsored by Classmate to help encourage and enable students to follow their hearts true calling.
The competition this year is powered by The Times of India, Times NIE is the education partner, Discovery Kids is the television partner and Victor Tango is the event partner for the property.

ITC made its entry to the education and stationery business with its Paperkraft brand in the office stationery segment in 2002; and later expanded into the popular student notebook segment with its Classmate brand in 2003. By 2007, Classmate became the largest Student Notebook brand in the country. Together, Classmate and Paperkraft offer a range of products in the Education & Stationery space to the quality seeking discerning consumer, providing unrivalled value in terms of product construction & price.

Classmate and Paperkraft have become a natural extension of consumers. Meticulous understanding of consumer needs helped create a relevant and comprehensive portfolio of stationery products created to the highest exacting standards of performance and safety satisfying the needs of different consumer sets.
Classmate’s portfolio today comprises of offerings spanning across notebooks, writing instruments including pens and pencils, scholastic products such as geometry boxes, scales, erasers and sharpeners, as well as Art Stationery such as Wax Crayons, Plastic Crayons, Sketch pens and Oil Pastels.

ITC is the manufacturer of India's first Ozone treated environment friendly Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) pulp, paper and paperboard. It blends its knowledge of image processing, printing and conversion garnered from Packaging & Printing Business with its brand building and trade marketing & distribution strengths resident in its FMCG business to offer superior value products to consumers.

Entertainment Network India Limited (ENIL), popularly known as Mirchi, owns 73 frequencies and is advertising partner for another 3, across 63 cities, making it India’s largest private FM radio broadcaster. Launched in 2001, Mirchi now operates across the country with 3 distinct brands- Mirchi, Mirchi Love & Ishq (advertising partner of TV today network). With the highest listenership across the country and a track record of developing innovative content, Mirchi has been expanding and retaining its audiences and advertisers through the years.
Mirchi has delighted listeners and the industry with its exciting properties such as Mirchi Music Awards (in 8 languages) & Mirchi Top 20. Mirchi is also the biggest concert player in the country. Mirchi’s initial foray into digital space has helped it gain a strong position- 21 online radio stations, biggest radio website & biggest on Facebook, Twitter & Youtube. Mirchi was also the 1st Indian brand to go international with the launch of the brand in the UAE. Mirchi can also be heard at T3 international airport, Delhi and for the 1st time on Indian railways on Kalka Shatabdi. With such a wide presence, on -air, on-ground & on digital, Mirchi is truly everywhere.

Friday, March 16, 2018

8th Theatre Olympics in Mumbai

      The capital of Maharashtra is one of the co-hosts of the world’s largest theatre festival, held in India for the first time, organised by the National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi.
      Mumbai will play host to 28 performances from 24th March to 7th April 2018, presenting a diverse range of theatre forms from all over the world.
                    ‘An international seminar on dwindling popularity of theatre is scheduled in the city, ‘Who Shrunk My Theatre?’

      This edition of the global theatre festival will cover 17 cities in India with over 25000 artists performing 450 shows, 600 ambience performances, and 250 youth shows.

Upholding its long association with theatre, the financial capital is all set to shine under the spotlight as one of the co-hosts of the 8th Theatre Olympics, world’s largest theatre festival, being held in India for the first time.

The Mumbai chapter of the 8th Theatre Olympics is organized by the National School of Drama (NSD) in collaboration with the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Maharashtra. 

The rich culture of Marathi and other languages theatre offers a perfect backdrop to Mumbai as one of the co-hosts of this global theatrical extravaganza. The city is known for its traditional values and aesthetic sense of performing arts. Therefore, Mumbai boasts of a sizeable theatre loving population who may take this chance to experience a variety of folk, national, and international productions.

The mega event will provide the people of the state to catch a series of 28 stimulating world class performances, including 8 specially invited plays from renowned theatre maestros including “Mohe Piya” (Waman Kendre), “Sonata” (Sohag Sen), “Rashmakirathi” (Ravishankar Khare), “Phera” (Soumitra Chatterjee) and 8 international productions including “Shri 420” (Saba Zaidi and Atul Tiwari, Australia), “Almost Alive” (Sabine Molenaar, Belgium), “Xuan Zang’s Pilgrimage” (Wang Ziangyun, China). Mumbai will also host an international seminar on dwindling popularity of theatre that may be attended by renowned playwrights such as Thomas Stoppard, and popular actors M K Raina, Arundhati Nag, and Dev Shankar Halder.

“Art has been the earliest form of communication and nothing gives an artist more delight than performing in front of an audience that appreciates art, no matter from which part of the world they come. In a way, theatre is a great equaliser and unites people of multiple cultures and traditions under one umbrella. We are extremely proud to bring the world’s largest theatre festival to India. During this 51-day long nationwide celebration of the 8th Theatre Olympics, we attempt to bridge the borders across countries through the call of theatre and engage in creating a global village,” says Dr. Arjun Deo Charan, Acting Chairman of National School of Drama Society.
“For the past 3 years we had the dream to bring Theatre Olympics to India. The dream that we had seen has come true. Since we began to envision and achieve this feat, Dr. Mahesh Sharma and the Ministry of Culture have extended wholehearted support to the idea and have played an instrumental role in making it a reality. Throughout centuries we have seen playwright like Shakespeare and Bertolt Brecht becoming a part of Indian theatre, while despite having our own extraordinary playwrights and theatrical figures, we are still to make similar impact. This is a huge leap towards that direction of putting Indian theatre on the world map. We should be proud of our theatre legacy that is more than 2500 years old,” says Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama.
The city will witness the culmination of the festival on 8th April.
 The Theatre Olympics was established at Delphi, Greece in 1993. The Theatre Olympics presents some of the greatest theatre practitioners from around the world. It is a platform for theatrical exchange for students and masters, where a dialogue despite ideological, culture and language differences is encouraged. So far, the Theatre Olympics has been held seven times in the following countries: Japan (1999), Russia (2001), Turkey (2006), South Korea (2010), China (2014), Poland (2016). The theme of this edition is “Flag of Friendship”.

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ Retail Sales Start at Reliance Digital

Bollywood Actress Radhika Apte Hands over Latest Flagships to Pre-booked Customers

Samsung, India’s number 1 and most trusted smartphone brand, started delivering Galaxy S9 and S9+ to pre-booked customers in Mumbai. Select customers were handed the latest flagship by Bollywood Actress Radhika Apte in a glittering ceremony that also saw the presence of Samsung India’s Mr. Mohandeep Singh, Senior Vice President. "I have been using Galaxy S9+ since the last few days and it has been an amazing experience. Galaxy S9+ is a gorgeous phone that gels with my personality and helps me stand out in the crowd," said Bollywood Actress Radhika Apte
Retail sales of Galaxy S9 and S9+ also started today. Galaxy S9 and S9+ are available for a price of
Rs 57,900 and Rs 64,900 respectively for 64GB variants and Rs 65,900 and Rs 72,900 respectively
for 256GB variants. The news flagships come in three colours - Lilac Purple, Coral Blue and Midnight Black.

Galaxy S9 and S9+ come with world’s best camera featuring a Dual Aperture lens. “Galaxy S9 and S9+ are smartphones in a class entirely of their own. With the camera reimagined, now consumers can shoot photos and videos like they can’t with any other smartphone. With cool features like Super Slow-mo and AR Emoji, consumers can express themselves in a way that’s unique and personal to them,” said Mr. Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India.

Users can get a cashback of Rs 6,000 when they purchase the device by scanning the Paytm Mall
QR code at select retail stores. They can alternatively get a cashback of Rs 6,000 if Galaxy S9 and
S9+ are purchased using ‘No Cost EMI’ on HDFC Bank debit and credit cards. Loyal Samsung
Galaxy users will be eligible to get additional Rs 6,000 bonus over the regular exchange price when
they upgrade to Galaxy S9 or S9+.

Samsung has also partnered with top operators in the country to bring amazing value to bring users
unmatched data, unmatched tariffs and unmatched entertainment packages. For more information about Galaxy S9 and S9+, visit: https://news.samsung.com/in/, https://news.samsung.com/bharat/ and http://www.samsung.com/in/smartphones/galaxy-s9/

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Calco Poly Technik bags Best Brand for Plastics and Polymers Industry 2018

Calco Poly Technik has been awarded as the winner of The Economic Times ‘Best Brands for the Plastic & Polymers Industry 2018’ at Grand Ceremony in Mumbai, in the presence of the Chief Guest Shri Madhav Bhandari Sr BJP Spokespoerson, Senior Officials from the Plastic & Polymer Industry, SMEs, Government Institutions, and Tech Giants.

Key Highlights

Pioneers in providing Global Solutions for the Plastic Industry

Gearing up with a Production Capacity of over 20,000MT/Year

World Class Testing Lab as per ASTM standards. Certified with ISO/TS 16949Quality Management System

INNOVATIVE Cost Effective Solutions to OEMs in India & Abroad

Diversified Product Range to serve multiple Industries such as Automotive, Electrical & Electronic Appliances, Industrial and Consumer Goods, Packaging  and  Construction, …to name a few!

Calco Poly Technik is India’s fastest growing enterprise, providing its Customers with Value Added Products, Services and Innovative Solutions encompassing Product Development in diverse Market Verticals. The Calco Group with a turnover of over Rs1000 Millions has reinforced its contribution in the Plastic Industry by setting up its 2ndPlant at, Haryana with an investment of over Rs 500 Millions. It would be a state of the art production facility with World Class material handling equipmentsClean Energy Consumption with Captive Solar Power Plant& Conservation of Water in a built up area of 100,000 sq. feet, planned to be up and running by end of 2018.  

Photo Caption:  Vijay Kumar Gupta Founder Calco Group with Varun Gupta Director Calco Poly Technik receiving The Economic Times Best Brand in Plastic & Polymer 2018 Award from Sh Madhav Bhandari Sr BJP Spokespoerson at a grand function held in Mumbai. 
Mr. Vijay Kumar Gupta, Founder & MD, Calco Group said on the occasion “It is really a great moment to win The Economic Times Best Plastics and Polymers Brand 2018 in the Plastics & Plastic Components Category. This award will definitely help us to empower Innovation and ensure Calco’s growth in positive direction.”
Vijay Kumar Gupta Founder Calco Group with Varun Gupta Director Calco Poly Technik receiving The Economic Times Best Brand in Plastic & Polymer 2018 Award from Sh Madhav Bhandari Sr BJP Spokespoerson at a grand function held in Mumbai

Mr. Varun Gupta, Director, Calco Poly Technik said, “The entire journey was a learning experience for us. After achieving ET’s Best Plastics and Polymers Brand 2018 Award, our team is upsurge to take up new challenges and give the best possible outcome for the organization.”

The Economic Times Best Plastics and Polymers Brand 2018 is A Much Needed Awards Platform for the Plastics Industry Worldwide Media Pvt. Ltd. (WWM) organized by  THE ECONOMIC TIMES POLYMERS, first of its kind red carpet award ceremony for the plastics industry. The big names of plastics industry come together to celebrate the success of the winners. The award bestowed upon the winners who excelled the use of plastics in the categories of raw material, compounds, master batches, Recycling Machinery etc. Besides rewarding the innovations, WWM also acknowledged contribution of the CEOs and industry leaders through People’s Award. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Digiplex Mobile Movie Theater by Picture Time

" Yahoo , what will they play tonight , Janjeer or Deewar at society ground?. Let's go and reserve our spots at 9 ".  We, the children always loved to guess what will be played that night. The whole road would be blocked by the giant white cloth screen tied around two bamboo poles across the road. To hell with the traffic jam. Who cares at night ? and there were hardly any vehicles on that road. Those were the early 80's , when single screen ruled Indian cinema .

Just imagine , if that was the scenario in Mumbai, what would be the situation in rural India. Bollywood is BIG in India as well as abroad . But are we tapping the market real time. How to reach the rural audience who can not afford to pay 100 + rupees for a movie.?

In this ever evolving Digital age , we have solutions to all problems.

PictureTime digiplex raises Rs. 25 Crore in Pre Series A funding led by Ajay Relan of CX Partners

n  The mobile movie theatre start-up offers a high quality movie experience at affordable prices in rural areas
n  Funding will be used to expand PictureTime’s mobile Digiplex cinema theatres to 100 operational units by March 2019

 India's first mobile digital movie  theatre (MDMT) start-up, PictureTime has secured Rs 25 crores at an undisclosed valuation in a Pre Series A financing round from a group of HNIs led by Ajay Relan , Founder Chairman CX Partners.  This follows the initial seed funding by Picture Time Chairman Mr. Rohit Chand, Ashish Gupta and Sanjeev Agrawal of Helion Ventures, Asim Ghosh (ex- Vodafone India CEO) and Abhinav Sinha of Eight Road Ventures.

The funding will be used to expand PictureTime’s mobile digiplex cinema theatres to 100 operational units by March 2019, making it one of the largest cinema operators in the country. Picture Time has created a unique, one-of-a-kind mobile digiplex cinema theatre unit with a fireproof inflatable canopy that can accommodate 120 viewers. Within two hours the air-conditioned mobile digiplex cinema theatre is fully functional, complete with seating arrangements and world-class digital projectors with surround sound for a high quality cinema experience. Tickets are priced in the range of Rs 30/- to Rs 50/-.

The outside areas of the digiplex are converted into a local food court and entertainment and gaming activities giving audiences in small semi-urban and rural areas accessibility to a multiplex cinematic experience. The mobile digiPlex cinema theatres also create digital marketplaces equipped with multiple facilities in the locations they visit. By creating 100-meter-wide intranet sites, they also provide facilities like Wi-Fi hotspot and micro ATMS facilitating villagers to make bank transactions or mandatory Aadhaar linkages.

Speaking on the new round of funding, Mr. Sushil Chaudhary, the founder and CEO of PictureTime said, Our aim is to use technology to not only provide high quality entertainment to rural India, but to also use our mobile digiplex cinema theatres as an outreach vehicle to generate awareness on educational and government schemes on initiatives around Digital India, Skill India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. We are also trying to curb the problems of piracy in remote rural areas by releasing new movies simultaneously in the locations we are present in.”
Speaking on the business model and scalability of PictureTimeMr. Ajay Relan, Founder Chairman, CX Partners said “Picture Time provides unique dual benefits to the rural population of India - a state of the art cinema experience as well as an outreach medium for both social messaging and private advertising all under one umbrella. By offering low cost mobile cinema halls, the venture will help address the severe cinema theatre crunch by increasing the screen count in remote parts of the country.”​

Established in October 2015 PictureTime introduced mobile digiplex cinema theatres in an effort to increase the number of cinema screens in India. Picture Time is currently operating 10 mobile digiplex cinema theatre units and has so far showcased movies in remote villages of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The mobile digiplex cinema theatres also offer government and private organizations the perfect outreach vehicle to promote their schemes to the rural population at large.

About PictureTime
Established in 2015, PictureTime is a mobile digiplex cinema theatre concept specially designed for rural India offering audiences a high-quality movie-viewing experience with HD interactive screens, live chat function and 5.1 Dolby surround sound.  It is an inflatable air conditioned all weather structure with seating to accommodate 120 -150 people. The company currently has 10 mobile digiplex cinema theatres on the ground covering Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.