Sunday, May 19, 2019

Volvo Car organises a women-only car drive to boost awareness on gender equality

Volvo Car India flagged off an all women drive today under the global ‘Equal Vehicles for All’ (E.V.A.) initiave to promote gender equality. The rich data of over 4 decades and 40,000 investigations involving car crashes has now been provided to the world free. The E.V.A. initiative centres around safety for all and not just safety developed by testing the traditional ‘Male Crash Test Dummies’. Women have a different anatomy and hence different effects in crashes. Our cars are tested with Female Crash Test Dummies as well delivering safety for all. The seats are ergonomically designed with WHIPS to reduce the whiplash risk for male and females by half. The Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) relies on an intelligent structure to boost overall safety. In fact, SIPS, together with the side-impact airbag, reduces severe chest injuries by more than 50% for all passengers.

The gender equality does not stop just at product development, it is an integral part of our corporate mission and culture. Volvo Cars is aiming at one-third of all leadership positions by 2025 to be females and has a healthy 23% women workforce.

Mr. Charles Frump, Managing Director - Volvo Car India said“We are very proud of our campaign to generate awareness about gender equality. It is something very close to our brand and the corporate mission to have atleast one-third women in all leading positions globally by 2025. We have a healthy 23% ratio of women globally and in India. Our global E.V.A initiative involves creating a Female Crash Test Dummy, therby delivering safety for all”.

Volvo Car India
Swedish luxury car company Volvo established its presence in India in 2007 and has since then, worked intensively to market the Swedish brand in this country. Volvo Cars currently markets products through its dealerships in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi NCR – South Delhi, West Delhi, Gurgaon & Noida, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Surat, Vishakhapatnam and Vijayawada.

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Masala King Dr. Dhananjay Datar and Vandana Datar received International MahaBrand Award

Masala King Dr. Dhananjay Datar and Vandana Datar of Al Adil Company were felicitated as International MahaBrand by Arthsanket in “Maharashtra Cha Lokpriya Brand” Glorious, Historical and Prestigious Ceremony of Maharashtrian Entrepreneurs at the Asia's First and Oldest Stock Exchange Bombay Stock Exchange, International Conventional Hall on 18th May 2019 at the hands of Mr. Ashishkumar Chauhan, Managing Director & CEO of BSE in the presence of Mr. Amit Bagwe & Mrs. Rachna Lachke Bagwe Founder of Arthsanket and MahaBrand, Mr. Tushar Bhagat , Mr. Mahesh Karande, Mr. Shankar Jadhav MD Bse Investment & Mr. Balasaheb Kamble ,Chairman Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal, The Hall was filled with Maharashtrian Brands and their followers
Dr. Datar spoke about his Journey of becoming a Masala King and shared his experiences which was valuable for all Brands and upcoming entrepreneurs. He talked about Importance of Branding and why it is Important to create a Brand in today’s world. He said by giving his Son’s  example, How today’s younger generation are keen on buying Branded products. One should create value in our products and services and should have good presentation to make a big Brand. Entrepreneurs should not only earn money but should also use it for their better living and enjoy every moment of life.
While thanking Mr. Amit Bagwe and Mrs. Rachna Bagwe Dr. Datar further added that 'It is a great honor to be recognized as International Mahabrand especially by the people from Maharashtra, my homeland'. He thanked his life and business partner Vandana, who played a major role in his life, personally and professionally. It was a Wonderful evening in the presence of Stars of Marathi Business World. This was 3rd year of Mahabrand. It was started with 13 brands in the year 2017 and in year 2019 it has achieved new height by felicitating 40 National brand and 1 International Brand. 



One of the most prominent student urban design competitions, the prestigious ‘The Schindler Global Award 2019’ was held this month in the megacity of Mumbai under the leadership of the Schindler Group, in collaboration with the ETH Zurich, Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Professor Kees Christiaanse. Prof. Christiaanse is SGA Co-Chair together with Prof. Peter Staub, of the University of Liechtenstein. The SGA 2019 was also supported by the expertise of the Mumbai-based Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI).

A huge success, ‘Schindler Global Award 2019’ was attended by the nominated team representatives, students from leading Design and Architect Schools and Colleges in Mumbai and leading names and members from the Indian and International Industry fraternity.

Adding an interesting facet to the awards evening was an engaging Live Sand Art Performance on
‘Urban Mobility’ followed by an interactive panel discussion centred on ‘What is Mumbai’s position as a financial center in the regional or South Asian Urban System’. Moderated by Mr. Uday Kulkarni,
President, India and South Asia, Schindler, the esteemed panellists comprised of Mr. Kees
Christiaanse, Architect, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH, Zürich, Switzerland;
ETH Zürich, Founder, Partner, KCAP, Rotterdam, Netherlands and Zürich, Switzerland), Mr. Deepak
Parekh, Chairperson, HDFC, Mr. Peter Staub, leading architect who leads the Chair of Architectural
Design and Theory and serves as Head of Institute of Architecture and Planning at the University of
Liechtenstein, Mr. Raj Bajaaj, Chairperson, Lerch And Bates and Mr. Satish Bhujbal, Vice President
-Kalpataru (Retired).

The Global Schindler Award is a competition for students of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning, where they are asked to submit outstanding concepts for new urban forms related to mobility, in response to global urban change. A jury of internationally renowned professionals in urban design and architecture will assess the competition entries.

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Swathi Kantamani
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Natco Trust


Indian ranking on a global healthcare access and quality (HAQ) index is at  145 amongst 195 countries , lower than neighboring Bangladesh and even sub-Saharan Sudan and Equatorial Guinea, while Iceland ,Norway and Netherlands take the first top 3 positions , while China is at 48 and US at 29  position !
The only way to provide palliative care , an interdisciplinary approach to specialized medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress at any stage of illness  to a huge number of people in need in India is through community participation, which can be achieved by improving the awareness of the people about palliative care.

Achieving community participation in health-related activities has remained a challenge for health programs in India. Although Kerala has exhibited unique standards of community participation in providing and managing palliative care services through neighborhood network of palliative care, the same has yet not been replicated in the rest of India. High levels of awareness of the need and motivation among community volunteers for providing palliative care are required. Such community mobilization is possible through health awareness campaigns using various methods of health education such as short films, street plays, hand-outs, and medical camps. 

Strategies that improve access to clinical preventive services (such as screening and counseling), community-level activities, and appropriate medical treatment have been shown to reduce and prevent disease in communities. Collaborations between clinical, community, and public health organizations offer a win-win scenario for participating organizations, clinical teams, and patients.
With an effective clinical-community
 ·         Patients get more help in changing unhealthy behaviors.
·         Clinicians get help in offering services to patients that they cannot provide themselves.
·         Community programs get help in connecting with clients for whom their services were designed.

Community health services cover 'cradle-to-grave' services that many of us take for granted. They provide a wide range of care, from supporting patients to manage long-term conditions, to treating those who are seriously ill with complex conditions. Most community healthcare takes place in people's homes.

Health services consist of medical professionals, organizations and ancillary health care workers who provide medical care to those in need. Health services serve patients, families, communities, and populations. They cover emergency, preventative, rehabilitative, long-term, hospital, diagnostic, primary, palliative, and home care. These services are centered around making health care accessible, high quality, and patient-centered. Many different types of care and providers are necessary in order to offer successful health services. Health services cover many different types of medical issues. Many people think of primary care, outpatient care, and emergency care when they need an illness managed or are generally not feeling well. However, there are more health services that are dedicated to certain illnesses or issues. However, there are more health services that are dedicated to certain illnesses or issues (repeated twice). These include

·         Timely assistance to support the needy
·         Reaching out to enhance the well-being of people
·         To support various hospitals in the form of infrastructural aid and assistance.
·         Construction of OPD blocks
·         Dental care
·         Child care
·         Pharmaceutical care
·         Transportation
Natco Trust are committed to enhance the health and well being of the targeted communities.Theirr activities work to improve the health seeking behavior of the communities regarding nutritious food, mother and child health, communicable diseases, preventive mechanisms through community based health services and health awareness. As a part of our referral services, our 11 counselors in 6 major Govt. Hospitals reach out to 5 lakh patients annually guiding and counsel rural patients and help them avail healthcare services.

A healthy nation is indeed a Wealthy Nation!!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Boss Every Road: The all-new BMW X5 launched in India.

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Fourth generation of the BMW X5 to continue its trailblazing success in the premium SAV segment.
A distinctive new BMW design language with unmistakable BMW X genes, commanding road presence and robust proportions.
Everything multiplied by X: More athletic, more luxurious, more functional, more spacious and more adventurous.
Supreme sporting prowess, outstanding off-road abilities and absolute driving comfort with BMW xDrive, an intelligent all-wheel drive system.

The all-new BMW X5 was launched in India today. Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary sportsman unveiled the all-new BMW X5, which demonstrates a fresh modern design with refined interiors and authoritative driving attributes. Locally-produced, the all-new BMW X5 is available in a diesel variant at BMW dealerships from today onwards. The petrol variant will be available later in 2019.

Dr. Hans-Christian Baertels, President (act.), BMW Group India said, “BMW established the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment with the launch of BMW X5 in 1999. The BMW X5 has been the best-selling car in this segment for many years and has become one of our most successful models. The fourth generation embodies this model’s typical characteristics – versatility, sovereignty and luxury. The all-new BMW X5 is bound to add another chapter to this success story by introducing a new interpretation of the letter X. Combining an elegant and strong design with supreme on and off-road ability, the all-new BMW X5 has an even greater blend of premium luxury performance, technology and comfort.”

The all-new BMW X5 exhibits versatility by offering customers a choice of vehicle that expresses who they are and conforms to their personal preferences and lifestyle. Locally produced, the all-new BMW X5 is available in three design schemes - Sport, xLine and M Sport. Sport celebrates the gust of adrenaline with sporty style and self-confidence. xLine puts on a powerful character that enhances the car’s off-road looks. M Sport enhances the dynamic character distinguishing itself as an elite sports model.

The all-new BMW X5 is available in two diesel models – BMW X5 xDrive30d Sport and BMW
X5 xDrive30d xLine. The petrol variant BMW X5 xDrive40i M Sport will be available later in

The ex-showroom prices are as follows –
BMW X5 xDrive30d Sport : INR 72,90,000
BMW X5 xDrive30d xLine : INR 82,40,000
BMW X5 xDrive40i M Sport : INR 82,40,000

*Price prevailing at the time of invoicing will be applicable. Ex-showroom prices inclusive of GST (incl. compensation cess) as applicable but excludes Road Tax, Tax Collected at Source (TCS), RTO statutory taxes/fees, other local tax cess levies and insurance. Price and options are subject to change without prior notice. For further information, please contact the local authorised BMW Dealer.

The all-new BMW X5 is available in the following metallic paintworks: Mineral White, Phytonic Blue and Black Sapphire. The all-new BMW X5 features Fine upholstery Leather 'Vernasca' as standard with the following combinations - Ivory White | Black, Coffee | Black, Cognac | Black and Black | Black.

BMW Service Inclusive and BMW Service Inclusive Plus are optionally available with the all-new BMW X5. These service packages cover Condition Based Service (CBS) and maintenance work with a choice of plans from 3 yrs / 40,000 kms to 10 yrs / 2,00,000 kms and starts at an attractive pricing of Rs. 1.55 per km. The all-new BMW X5 also comes with optional BMW Repair Inclusive that extend warranty benefits from third year of operation to maximum sixth year, after the completion of the standard two-year warranty period. Together, these packages provide complete peace of mind and freedom to enjoy unlimited driving pleasure.

The design of the all-new BMW X5 makes a powerful statement. It has grown in all dimensions compared to its predecessor while retaining its character and proportions. Its design language has become more athletic, with more clearly defined surfaces and even more precise lines. The enlarged one-piece hexagonal kidney grille paired with a sculptured bonnet and short overhangs gives the iconic front an imposing appearance. BMW Laser Light technology with blue X-shaped elements makes a distinctive visual proclamation. The car makes a solid and dynamic impression on the road because of its muscular stance - an effect that is supported by the 3D wrap-around LED taillights that reach far into the sides.

The interior boasts an exceptional level of comfort and functionality in an extremely sporty ambience. Together with an elevated seat position and generously proportioned interior, the front and rear occupants enjoy ample accommodation. Folding down the 40:20:40 split rear seat backrest increases boot capacity from 650 litres to 1,870 litres, making the all-new BMW X5 suitable for all kinds of journeys. The absolute highlight in the interior is the new unique feature – ‘Crafted Clarity’ – which is a host of operational features crafted in exquisite glass that embellish the insert of the gear selector, the iDrive control wheel, the audio control button and the start/stop button. The Panoramic glass roof Sky Lounge with LED light graphics, Welcome Light Carpet appeal to the senses in many ways.

The Comfort Access System remotely detects the key within a 1.5 meter radius and unlocks the doors and the two-section tailgate. The Luggage-Compartment Package includes slide rails for easy loading and an electrical luggage compartment roller blind. Soft close function for doors adds to the increased levels of comfort for the all-new BMW X5.

A host of BMW ConnectedDrive technologies continues to break the innovation barrier in automotive industry – BMW Gesture Control, BMW Display Key, Wireless Charging, BMW Head-Up Display and Wireless Apple CarPlay®. The modern cockpit concept BMW Live Cockpit Professional running on latest BMW Operating System 7.0 includes a 3D Navigation, with a high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a 12.3” screen and a control display also measuring 12.3”.

The spread of driver assistance systems is more extensive than ever. Parking Assistant Plus with Surround View Camera makes parking in tight spots easier by taking over acceleration, braking as well as steering. The new Reversing Assistant provides unmatched support in reversing out of a parking spot or through narrow driveways. It keeps a record of the last 50 metres driven and assists by taking over the steering.

Thanks to the unrivalled BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the petrol and diesel engines meld maximum power with exemplary efficiency and offer spontaneous responsiveness even at low engine speeds.The three-litre six-cylinder diesel engine of the BMW X5 xDrive30d produces an output of 195 kW / 265 hp and a maximum torque of 620 Nm at 1,500 – 2,500 rpm. The car accelerates from 0 -100 km / hr in just 6.5 seconds. The three-litre six-cylinder BS VI compliant petrol engine of the BMW X5 xDrive40i produces an output of 250 kW / 340 hp and maximum torque of 450 Nm at 1,500 – 5,200 rpm. The car accelerates from 0 -100 km / hr in just 5.5 seconds.

BMW xDrive, an intelligent all-wheel-drive system, monitors the driving situation constantly and is quick to respond. Electronically controlled ‘Automatic Differential Brakes/Locks’ (ADB-X), extended ‘Dynamic Traction Control’ (DTC), Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control help to conquer every terrain. Dynamic Damper Control improves ride quality and suspension by stabilizing all irregularities of the surface. The Adaptive 2-Axle Air Suspension enables raising and lowering of vehicle at the touch of button and automatically adjusts the height of the car to suit any given driving situation.

BMW EfficientDynamics includes features such as 8-speed Steptronic Automatic Transmission, Auto Start-Stop, ECO PRO mode, Brake-Energy Regeneration, Electronic Power Steering, 50:50 Weight Distribution, Driving Experience Control switch and many other innovative technologies.

BMW safety technologies includes six airbags, Attentiveness Assistance, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Cornering Brake Control (CBC), electric parking brake with auto hold, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor, ISOFIX child seat mounting and integrated emergency spare wheel under the load floor.

Achyut Palav to conduct a Devnagari Masterclass in USA

The renowned calligrapher, Achyut Palav has been invited to conduct a special workshop and a Masterclass during the 6th Calligraphies in Conversation. This International Calligraphy Exhibition is being held in San Francisco. The opening ceremony will be held on 7th June 2019 and the event will showcase works of eminent calligraphers from around the world. Achyut Palav’s Calligraphy Demonstration will be a part of this opening ceremony. Paintings of selected calligraphers will be displayed in the ‘Master’s Section’. A special Masterclass by Achyut Palav is organized on 12th June where he will present various styles of Indian Calligraphy. This session is an opportunity to observe the way American Calligraphers perceive Indian Calligraphy and their attempt at learning Devnagari script from an artist’s point of view.
Apart from America, his paintings will also be exhibited in the 11th World Calligraphy Biennale (S. Korea) in September 2019. He has always been proud of his Indian Heritage and an enthusiast of the Marathi culture and literature. He is known for his unique style and experiments in calligraphy. This year he has chosen the line from Sant Tukaram’s Abhang‘Anadache Dohi Ananda Taranga’ as a base for his painting in America while his paintings displayed in S. Korea use the lines ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ and ‘Jyotine Tejachi Aarati’.
He strives to bring forth the beauty of Marathi Language and Indian Calligraphy before the world with his remarkable creations. Two years ago, he was one of the 6 calligraphers chosen from around the world for a prestigious project in Paris. He used lines from works of noted poets and saints like Sant Dnyaneshwar, Sant Tukaram, Bahinabai, N. D. Mahanor, Mangesh Padgaonkar and many others to show the superiority of Marathi language and literature.
Along with paintings of Achyut Palav, works of his students will also be displayed in the Digital Section of the upcoming exhibition in San Francisco. He expresses his pleasure regarding the growing popularity of Indian calligraphy and especially the calligraphy in Marathi language in the world.

At-home blood pressure monitors can be inaccurate, experts urge to use validated instruments

~10% of people who visit experts complain about inaccurate readings~

~People with hypertension need to be careful while monitoring their BP at home~

At-home blood pressure monitors make it convenient for people to check their readings, but many of them still want assurance that the numbers are accurate for health reasons. Differences between readings at home and at the doctor’s clinic may reveal that something is wrong with an at-home monitor. Hence, if you’ve been checking up on your blood pressure at home, it’s more than likely you’ve gotten skewed results. A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension, in 2017, suggests that 70 % at-home blood pressure monitors are wrong and that inaccuracy could have serious health consequences. City experts advise you to regularly visit the doctor to get accurate readings, and not to solely rely on at-home blood pressure monitor.

Dr Behram Pardiwala, Internal medicine expert, from the Wockhardt hospital, Mumbai Central, said, “About 10 % of the people who visit me complain about inaccurate readings after checking the blood pressure at home. People may notice fluctuation in their readings and this indicates that the readings are inaccurate. Hence, I recommend people to use instruments validated by the hypertension society of British and the World Health Organization. Check with your doctor when there are discrepancies between at-home and clinic readings. Furthermore, you must also ask your doctor to teach you to tie the machine, about the right position of the arm and duration. Avoid drinking a caffeinated beverage or smoking during the 30 minutes before monitoring your blood pressure. People with hypertension need to be extra careful while monitoring their blood pressure at home as hypertension is a ‘silent killer’. Before stopping your BP medication, check with your doctor as it can be dangerous for you.”

“About 5% of patients who come to me say that the readings done at home don’t match to the ones in the clinic. To know whether the at-home blood pressure monitor is accurate or inaccurate, you should get your readings in front of the clinician. This will help you to notice the difference as devices are bound to have some errors and the readings vary from device to device. There are two ways of measuring blood pressure which is lying down in a supine position and while sitting. You should speak to your doctor before measuring the blood pressure at home and while doing so, make sure that you tie the machine properly to help you get accurate results. Blood pressure also varies depending on the arm circumference and size of the cuff. Too tight cuff can give rise high blood pressure and bigger cuff would give us falsely low readings. Once the accuracy of the device is verified from the clinician then measuring blood pressure at home becomes important tool for keeping track on blood pressure," highlighted Dr Dipak Bhuktar, General Physician, SRV Mamata
Hospital, Dombivali.

Dr Bipeenchandra Bhamre, Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon, Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre,  Mumbai, said, “Systolic blood pressure higher than 140 and diastolic higher than 90, is called as hypertension. The prevalence of hypertension in the urban population is 30%, and 20-22%, in the rural population.  Hence, it is imperative for people with hypertension who check their readings at home, to visit the doctor immediately and also go for regular follow-ups. This is so because the ones with hypertension are at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. So, it is the need of the hour to know your numbers properly. Moreover, to bring your numbers down, don’t forget to exercise, opt for relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga which can help you de-stress, and take your blood pressure medications on time.”