Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Children from Metros welcome Nanhi Kalis from rural towns back-to-school with 3M’s unique program


~3M partners with Reliance Smart to promote girl child education ~


It’s a common question asked to every child in a Metro city – “What do you want to become when you grow up?”. Through good education system and good mentorship from their parents, these children get great exposure to all the right facilities to help them pursue their dreams.

However, did you know that 70% of the girls who are studying in remote towns also want to pursue higher studies, and 74.3% of those girls want to work after studies and have a specific career in mind*?[1] Every child is curious and deserves an education. Project Nanhi Kali managed by K C Mahindra Education Trust is one of the largest community programs imparting education to underprivileged girl children in India. The project provides academic, material and social support that allows a girl child to access quality education, attend school with dignity and reduces the chances of her dropping out.

To strengthen their commitment to support early stage education to the girl child, 3M India has come up with a unique program in partnership with the K C Mahindra Education Trust and Reliance Smart stores. The programme, called “From You to Her”, is all about a child in a Metro city wishing a Nanhi Kali good luck for the new academic year, with a gift of a hand-made craft, and a personalized message.
To execute this, 3M India is organizing craft camps across select Reliance Smart stores during the Back to School season this year. Crafts made by metro city children at these camps, with their personalized messages will be sent to girls in Nanhi Kali schools in Maharashtra as a welcome-back-to-school gift at the start of the academic year.

As a continuation to the gesture, the Nanhi Kalis will send back their hand-written ‘thank you’ notes, which will be given to the children who participated in the craft camps.

It is the endeavor of all three organizations to promote a feeling of empathy and one-ness with girl children pursuing education in rural areas of India, by providing this unique platform for children living in Metro cities.

Apart from the greetings during the ‘Back-to-School’ season, 3M India has also committed to contribute Re.1/- from the sale of every 3M stationery product that is sold from Reliance Smart stores across Faridabad, Mumbai and Bangalore towards education of the girl child.

Commenting at the launch of ‘Back-to-School’ program, former MD of 3M India, Ms. Debarati Sen, who forged the 3M-Nanhi Kali partnership said, “In order to truly raise the awareness on the significance of girl child education, this year, we decided to extend this program to our consumers as well. We are delighted to partner with Reliance Smart who have enabled us to take this initiative to hundreds of households in India.” Ramesh Ramadurai, MD, 3M India also added, “The back-to-school program aims to create a path towards a more empathetic society and we are committed to nurturing education for disadvantages girls through our partnership with Nanhi Kali”

Trustee & Executive Director, K C Mahindra Education Trust, Sheetal Mehta commented: “Education is not just about reading textbooks and writing exams. It is the means to holistic growth of the society and for that, it is of utmost importance to educate our daughters as well as we do our sons. At Project Nanhi Kali, we strive to keep the educational support to our girls as interesting and innovative as possible, with our Yellow Tablets and fun group activities. We are delighted to partner with 3M for their ‘From You to Her’ initiative which will keep our Nanhi Kalis enthused, and at the same time, help imbibe a sense of empathy in the young minds of those from more privileged backgrounds.”

Commenting on the partnership Mr. Damodar Mall, CEO, Reliance Retail Value Format (Grocery Retail) said, “Our stores are significant members of the community they are located in. Working along with the 3M team to invoke awareness and participation amongst our citizen customers about education of the girl child, makes us proud”.


About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

3M in India
3M was established in India in 1988 and has completed 30 years of operations. 3M’s headquarters in India is based in Bengaluru with branch offices at Mumbai, Gurgaon, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai. 3M leverages its global innovation expertise to develop homegrown solutions that address the unique needs of diverse customers in Indian markets. 3M’s Innovation Centers at Bengaluru and Gurgaon help boost innovation in India for India and its manufacturing footprint is spread across Bengaluru, Pune and Ahmedabad. Today 3M science is improving the lives of millions of Indians - from products that improve manufacturing efficiency and healthcare delivery to safety solutions that enhance road visibility and worker safety and everyday home cleaning solutions. 3M Design Center at the Innovation Center in Bengaluru is one of five 3M Design Centers in the world where 3M takes a proactive route in developing meaningful brand experiences through design.

About Project Nanhi Kali
Project Nanhi Kali is jointly managed by K.C. Mahindra Education Trust and Naandi Foundation. The project has been providing 360-degree educational support to disadvantaged girls from Class 1-10. The intervention includes academic support, through Nanhi Kali Academic Support Centres, where trained tutors engage the girls in concept-based learning. In addition, the Nanhi Kalis are given a Dignity Kit which includes a school bag, stationery, notebooks, feminine hygiene material and a pullover/raincoat (depending on the seasonal needs of the location), every year. The project also works extensively with parents and communities to sensitise them on the importance of sending their girls to school. A recent addition to the project has been the introduction of digital tablets, preloaded with engaging audio-visual education content for secondary school girls. Currently, the project is reaching out to over 154,000 girls in 11 states across India.


About Reliance Smart:
Reliance Smart is a new age supermarket serving the needs of today’s smart and value seeking customers. Reliance Smart provides one-stop shopping experience by offering a wide range of products under one roof, ranging from Grocery, Fruits & Vegetables, Dairy to Kitchenware, Homeware etc., making it a complete shopping destination.
Reliance Smart’s incredible value proposition rewards shoppers more & more for bigger purchase, every single time they shop with 100% assortment being offered below MRP all year round, while delivering a world-class shopping experience.
Over the years, Reliance Smart has catered to the needs of its customers from every day to special occasions across price range. With maximum focus on customer, Reliance Smart continues to offer one of the best in class experience shopping experience in the large format supermarket category with its wide range of offering and its physical proximity to the consumer. Today 165 Reliance Smart stores operate in 100+ cities across the country.

RED Indies- RED FM’s initiative to promote Independent Music on World Music Day


93.5 RED FM, one of the largest and most awarded private radio networks, today launched ‘RED Indies’ to promote Independent Artists and grow independent music scene in India. Launching on World Music Day, RED Indies will serve as a platform to engage and bring out the independent music talent in the country. As part of the launch, RED FM unveiled the logo of RED Indies in presence of multiple independent artists.
 Over the years, Indie music has gained significant popularity in India with new talent emerging from all corners. With RED FM present in 69 cities, it sees potential of discovering new talent, supporting them and gives them an established language agnostic platform that will help bring out their music in front of the audience it deserves.
 Commenting on the launch, Nisha Narayanan, COO & Director, RED FM and Magic FM, said, “In the era of evolving music, independent artists are changing the scenarios by bringing out the versatility. They create music that is powerful, unique and reaches an equally diverse audience. However, there are many talented artist who miss out on showcasing their potential for different reasons. Recognizing this gap, RED FM has launched ‘RED Indies’ to give opportunities and platforms to these artists to showcase their talent and get the audience they deserve. We are confident that this will provide a fillip to many upcoming artists who are just waiting to be discovered. RED Indies has planned a number of initiatives to grow this tribe of independent artists, the details of which will be announced in due course.”
Over the last decade, the rise of digital media has empowered independent artists from regional states across India to showcase their talent and reach out to a wider set of audiences. With Independent regional music being the next big thing, RED Indies will play an important part to bring out the hidden talent in India. Independent labels provide variety and repertoire to the music industry. As a mass medium, radio can be an enabling platform to showcase the talent by promoting them on the medium.

About 93.5 RED FM:
We are Irreverent; we are young, cool and trendy. We are the voice of today’s Millennial. We are one of the largest radio networks in the country. We are RED FM. Based on the internationally successful CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio) format we play only Super Hit music. With the brand philosophy and attitude that is ‘Bajaate Raho!’ at RED FM we always speak up for the right, for the people. Our listeners are at the heart of everything we do and so we are called the ‘station for expression’ by establishing an emotional connect with them. We do things differently; we don’t follow the herd and its testament to the fact that RED FM boasts of over 380 award winning campaigns including BEST BRAND, BEST FM STATION & BEST RJs.

Shine all the way this monsoon with Dhanraj jeweller’s Sapphire collection!


The monsoon season is here and we are all set to welcome the breezy-fizzy weather bringing out all necessary items back from our wardrobe. We all love monsoon for its refreshing experience. Every rainy-day washes away the staleness and brings newness to life. Like every season, this one too inspires you to look your best with trendy accessories.
Many of us avoid wearing jewellery this season. But, if you know how to sashay it with right choice of jewellery, then nothing can stop you from being a fashionista. This season is all about cool blues and blooming flowers. It’s ideal for your little floral dress. You can perfectly wear coloured stone jewellery and make a statement at any party. An elegant pendant with a shiny blue stone is all you need to grab some eyeballs. A chunky design with lots of detailing can make you look elegant and a true fashion icon.
This monsoon, Dhanraj jewellers brings you their latest collection of sapphire stone jewellery. The suite of jewellery pieces complimenting the monsoon season. The collection showcases sapphire jewellery encrusted with diamonds thereby adding a charm to each piece. The versatile jewellery with extraordinary designs is something that is a must in your list for this monsoons.

About Dhanraj Jewellers:
Dhanraj Jewellers is one of India's leading Jewellers, specializing in handcrafted dreams. Years have coupled three generations together, which form the legacy of Dhanraj Jewellers. This legacy has crafted priceless jewellery, delighted hearts and fulfilled promises. Every piece of their jewellery gleams with the brilliance of integrity, which is crafted with unmatched expertise.
To know more:
Visit: www.dhanrajjeweller.in
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Monday, June 24, 2019

SHAGUN GUPTA LAUNCHES NOUVEAU CONTOUR - THE MASTERS IN PERMANENT MAKEUP

                                   

 Beauty Influencer Shagun Gupta today officially launched Nouveau Contour, the masters in permanent makeup (PMU). The brand officially forayed in India with an extravagant event at Taj Lands End Mumbai that saw full attendance from celebrated dermatologists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, socialites and beauticians. Headquartered in Netherlands, Nouveau Contour is the innovator and knowledge leader in permanent makeup. Shagun Gupta, a practicing aesthetician and micropigmentation specialist is the Indian partner for Nouveau Contour. She has been at the forefront of emerging techniques that has been immensely popular in the Indian beauty market. The first Nouveau Contour PMU centre has been launched in Mumbai.

Announcing the launch Shagun Gupta said, “We are delighted to partner with Nouveau Contour in India. Permanent makeup as a sector has significantly evolved over the years from modest procedure to a superior technique. Nouveau Contour has been the innovator in developing new techniques at the highest standards across the globe. We have seen a great demand for permanent make up applications in the Indian market, thanks to the changing lifestyle and trends. Presently we are in the process of launching 5 centres in Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Raipur and plan to expand to 10 centres in the first year of operations. We are now celebrating the launch of our first centre in Mumbai. We are also pleased to introduce Nouveau Contour Fundamental and Advanced Training program in Permanent Cosmetics in India. We believe there will be great degree of acceptance for Nouveau Contour permanent make up applications in the Indian market”

Armand Hoes, CEO, Nouveau Contour said, “After having established our presence in 34 countries worldwide we are now pleased to introduce Nouveau Contour in India. We are privileged to partner with Shagun Gupta as she perfectly understands our brand values and treatment procedures. We are confident of her capabilities, passion and foresight to manage the brand in this region. I take this occasion to congratulate Shagun Gupta on the launch of Nouveau Contour centre in Mumbai. Nouveau Contour remains a leader in each of the countries we are presently distributed. We are extremely optimistic that India will be our biggest market for our global growth”.  

Permanent makeup subtly gives your features a whole new shape and definition to boost your self confidence and also saves quite a bit of time on makeup applications. For those who are fed up drawing brows every single day due to hair loss then micopigmentation is the perfect solutions for your eyebrows. With permanent make-up this problem will disappear completely. With the micorpigmentation of lips you can make them look vivid and expressive again. Some of the bespoke packages include Eyelash Eyeliner, Plain Eyeliner, Lip Micro Pigmentation, Advanced Ombre Lips, Icy Lips and Fashion Powder Brows.

The development of micropigmentation and microblading has become one of the fastest growing specialties in the beauty industry worldwide. Semi permanent make up is increasingly being used to enhance natural look without having to carry around regular makeup applications. Nouveau Contour techniques create the most natural cosmetic solutions for anyone seeking permanent makeup. The treatment is safe and is carried out with the highest hygiene standards.

For over two decades Nouveau Contour has been the innovator in developing new techniques at the highest standards across the globe. It was the first to introduce the digital pigmentation device, the only one of its kind in the world of permanent makeup. As a premier brand, Nouveau Contour has since grown to be an international organization with the best production facilities for professional micropigmentation equipments, needles, pigments and training.

Marathon Group launches 2nd phase of Kalyan-Shil township - Nextown

Marathon Group, one of Mumbai’s leading developers and pioneers of township projects in fast growing parts of MMR, has announced the launch of the much-awaited Phase 2 of their successful township project in Kalyan-Shil - Nextown.

Nextown phase 2 will have 8 new towers with a potential of 1500+ affordable homes being developed in the coming years. The tower being launched first is called Pearl. Perhaps the most exciting product in this new tower is the 2 BHK smart. With a RERA carpet area of 520 sq ft, it provides the advantage of 2 rooms, at almost the price of a 1 BHK. It’s great for new families, where the second room can be used as a kid’s room, a work space, or a prayer room. Both 1 & 2 BHK options are available, priced very competitively - 1 BHKs starting at 38 Lakh and 2 BHK starting at 47 Lakh.

All apartments are east-west facing and have excellent natural light coming in, and ventilation. They also get a 2.6ft wide flowerbed, which runs continuously from the living room to the bedroom.

The 1st phase of Nextown has 6 towers of which 3 have been delivered and more than 200 residents presently stay in the township. The remaining 3 will be delivered by June 2021.

Commenting on the launch of the Pearl launch, Mayur Shah, MD Marathon Group & former president CREDAI MCHI has said, "Back in the early 2000's, most developers were focusing on developing high-end residential apartments in Mumbai. We realized that these developments, while profitable, were out of reach for most customers. Our aim was to create great homes with thoughtful floor plans, brilliant views and great lifestyle amenities but within a reasonable budget. We explored locations that had tremendous growth potential and seamless connectivity and conceptualized our Nex-series of projects - modern townships with stunning high-rises in future ready locations. We have launched townships at Badlapur, Panvel, Dombivli, and Kalyan-Shil. Nextown is one of the best townships we are developing, and Phase 2 is set to create more than 1500 new affordable homes in Kalyan-Shil.”

About Marathon Group:

Marathon Group is a 50-year-old Mumbai based real estate development company that has completed over 80 projects in the city. The group is proud to have provided homes for more than 5,500 families, retail space for 400 retailers and offices for 350 businesses.


Marathon is currently building several townships in the fastest growing neighborhoods, affordable housing projects, ultra-luxury skyscrapers, standalone towers, small offices and large business centers, with projects spread across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), with over 18mn sq ft of land currently under development, and a plan to deliver more than 15000 homes in the next 5 years.

Divyaj Foundation announces the Winners of ‘Mitti Ke Sitare’ at the Grand Finale


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‘Mitti Ke Sitare’, the celebration of Musical Talent dedicated to the indigent society of Mumbai, hosted the Grand Finale with glitz and glamour on Saturday, 22nd June 2019 at Dome, NSCI Worli. The Chief Guest for this magnificent event was Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, Honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Other renowned dignitaries included Shri. Raosaheb Danve Patil, Shri. Chandrakant Dada Patil, Shri Sudhir Mungantiwar, Shri Vinod Tawde, Smt. Pankaja Munde to name a few and famous personalities from the music and Bollywood fraternities including Grammy award winner Jerry Wonda as the Guest Of Honour, Padma Shri Shankar Mahadevan as the Special Guest, Shiamak Davar, Shriram Iyer, Kumar Bapi, Darshan Raval, Manisha Koirala, Mr. Khailash Kher, Mr. Anu Malik, Himesh Reshammiya, Mr. Jackey Shroff, Mr. Sailesh lodha among others.

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Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis, Advisor to Divyaj Foundation and also an accomplished singer has ideated this musical talent hunt especially for the underprivileged students of slums and BMC schools. During the Finale she said “I was motivated by Hon. Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modiji to extend musical education to the talented children of the underprivileged section of the society. I am really delighted and overwhelmed by the talent available in our country, especially amongst the underprivileged and with the project Mitti Ke Sitare, these children have now begun their journey towards achievement and self-fulfilment.”

The exceptionally talented 18 contestants, aged between 7 and 15 years, were awarded Rs. 25000 each as cash prize along with Winning Trophies.

The memorable evening began with the lamp lighting and felicitation of the dignitaries present at the event by the Trustees of Divyaj Foundation’s Mr. Sampath Iyer, Mrs. Pallavi Shrivastava and Core Member Mr. Kavin Shahwhich was followed by the beautiful rendition by the percussionist maestro, Sivamani.

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The highlight of the evening was the inspiring and splendid singing of the top semi-finalists who enthralled the audience with the performances.

Commenting on the occasion Mr. Shankar Mahadevan said, “When Shankar Mahadevan Academy was approached for conducting this massive talent hunt across all 1187 MCGM schools in Mumbai, I knew we were more than ready to take on the challenge. This is the first time that an organization has run a contest at such a large scale and our contest platform ensured that each contestant was evaluated fairly and transparently – and all this was done in a matter of 2-3 weeks! The shortlisted 18 finalists have been groomed and coached by our music instructors and I’m proud of the fantastic job they did today

Mrs. Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson Mpower extended her best wishes to the contestants and maintained“Mitti ke sitare has been an amazing journey so far. Mpower has worked with the finalists to help them prepare for the finals by organizing various workshops. Having a good mental health is very important for children to live up to their potential. This ensures that the children live a life that is filled with positive experiences and the willingness to do what is best for themselves and the people around them. These workshops will help the children deal with the possible mental health concerns early on.

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The winning team mentioned “We are thankful to Amruta ji and Divyaj Foundation for this opportunity.  We love the care, discipline and efforts that the gurus have rendered to sharpen our singing skills. Apart from singing, we were also trained in other areas for overall development. We enjoyed every moment of our training

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The evening also featured stunning live performances by Padma Shri Shankar Mahadevan and Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis along with the Contestants, Mr. Jerry Wonda, Shiamak Victory Arts Foundation children to name a few.

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‘Mitti Ke Sitare’ is a social initiative by social activist and Vice President-Corporate Head with Axis Bank, Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis, in association with Mpower, to provide a platform for the hidden talents across indigent areas of the country. To conduct this social welfare project, Divyaj Foundation associated with 1187 MCGM schools to connect, identify and select children from the underprivileged sector - those who are blessed with talent but lack resources to improve themselves.

About Divyaj Foundation:
Divyaj Foundation is the noble dream of Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis.  The Foundation's endeavour is to reach out to the marginalized citizens of the society, engage, empower them and add quality contribution thereby enabling a positive change in the quality of lives. Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis is the advisor to the trust along with Adv. Shri. Sunil Manohar, Ex. Attorney General, Maharashtra along with the Trustees of Divyaj Foundation - Mr. Sampath Iyer, Mrs. Pallavi Shrivastava and Core Members Mr. Kavin Shah, Dr. Mickey Mehta, Mrs. Rajalakshmi Iyer.


About Mpower:
Mpower proactively champions mental health causes, creates awareness, advocates prevention and provides services through a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach.
About Shankar Mahadevan Academy:
The Shankar Mahadevan Academy founded by composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan has extended musical training to these contestants polishing their musical skills.

Detoxify and Destress with Global Beauty Secrets’ Greek Beauty Remedies

Greece has always been well-known for its serene beauty, be it in the glowing skin of their people or the sceneryAncient Greeks were lovers of beauty. The natural beauty of the Greeks makes us curious on their possible skincare secrets.To uncover ancient ingredients and practices, Global Beauty Secrets has curated a special range of products inspired by the Greek beauty ritual which will help you in detoxifying and de-stressing your skin.

Greek charcoal face mask not only cleanses and detoxifies your skin but also removes dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells. This clay mask has ‘activated’ charcoal particles that removes the dullness caused by pollution and makes your skin glow. The Greek yoghurt and lavender body moisturiser is one of the best product for your skin. The mixture of yoghurt and lavender gives you a soothing effect and helps in relaxing and de-

stressing. The Yogurt, being enriched with proteins, vitamins and minerals rejuvenates and hydrates the skin whereas lavender essential oil is very useful in aromatherapy and has a calming fragrance. These Greek Beauty Secrets are some of the best remedies for healthy and glowing skin.

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