Friday, August 7, 2020

‘Inspired by Nature, Ficus Fine Living Open and Safe’

Ficus Fine Living is a fresh new concept in branded furniture and home accessories. Ficus draws inspiration from nature to create a style that seamlessly blurs the boundaries between the outdoors and indoors to merge materials, textures, colours, forms and finishing in ways that are contemporary yet timeless. Ficus keeps introducing new styles and product lines by keeping an eye on global trends to ensure that the brand experience of customers stay fresh and vibrant. Ficus offers range of furniture, furnishings, home decors, lightings, artifacts and more. Our store is spread across 2000 sq.ft which helps us maintain social distancing effectively.  We also have ample car parking space.


We are committed to safety for all and have taken effective steps to ensure customer safety, Ficus has stringent standards for product handling; ensuring that shopping can be done without hesitation. Come visit us at Ficus Fine Living, which is spacious and calming; one can easily browse for hours, enjoying a cup of coffee and going through the beautiful curios, furniture and art all of which make a delightful experience.

Address: The New Great Eastern Mills,

Inside Salsette 27, 25-29,

Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Rd, Byculla East,

Mumbai, Maharashtra 400027

‘BharatBenz Exchange’ Taps Used CV Market


·       Daimler India Commercial Vehicles’ launches used vehicle business with ‘BharatBenz Exchange’

·       Customers able to trade-in used CVs of any brand for used or new BharatBenz vehicles at dealerships across India

·       Mr. Satyakam Arya, Managing Director & CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles: “As the number of BharatBenz owners rapidly increases, we feel it is the right time to tap the massive potential presented by the used commercial vehicle segment. We look forward to delivering BharatBenz’s superior quality, service and TCO to an even larger customer base.”


Mumbai – Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) today announced the launch of ‘BharatBenz Exchange’, its new offer to the used commercial vehicle segment. By leveraging its growing customer base and nation-wide dealer network, BharatBenz Exchange will supplement its existing new vehicle sales model by offering an exchange platform where customers can exchange their used vehicles of any brand for new or used BharatBenz vehicles.

Mr. Satyakam Arya, Managing Director & CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles said, “As the number of BharatBenz owners rapidly increases, we feel it is the right time to tap the massive potential presented by the used commercial vehicle segment. We look forward to delivering BharatBenz’s superior quality, service and TCO to an even larger customer base.”


BharatBenz Exchange will provide buyers with a carefully-picked pool of used trucks that have undergone thorough quality checks, made available via its nationwide dealership network.

With BharatBenz Exchange, used vehicle sellers and buyers no longer have to haggle over the right price or worry about incomplete paperwork. Our trained experts will ensure that both parties have the best customer experience. We see enormous potential here to show even more customers the quality of BharatBenz products and services. This also ensures the complete lifecycle of the vehicle is taken care of,” added Mr. Rajaram Krishnamurthy, Vice President Marketing & Sales and Customer Service.

BharatBenz Exchange aims to provide customers with the best resale value and smooth management of the end-to-end documentation process for optimum customer satisfaction. The experts at BharatBenz will also support used vehicle buyers (both individuals and companies) with a large portfolio of vehicles suitable to their application by providing the right AMC and Extended Warranty options for their range of refurbished trucks. The team will even assist in identifying the right financing partner.

DICV is in the process of digitalizing services to better promote the used vehicle business. Interested buyers and sellers can check the BharatBenz used vehicle sections on and browse the catalogue. DICV is also looking into tie-ups with leading online Used Vehicle platforms and auction houses in order to reach a larger customer base.

About Daimler India Commercial Vehicles

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, Germany and operating under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia, is a full-fledged commercial vehicle player in the Indian market

and the only Daimler entity worldwide with a brand dedicated to its home market: BharatBenz. DICV produces and sells in India above 9 to 55 tons trucks as well as BharatBenz buses, Mercedes-Benz coaches and bus chassis. DICV’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at Oragadam near Chennai spreads over 400 acres (160 hectares) including a highly modern test track and is home to the company’s headquarters, R&D and training operations. With one global quality standard, it also produces for Daimler Trucks’ brands of FUSO, Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner. Products and parts are exported to more than 50 markets in the Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. DICV represents an overall investment of more than INR 5,500 crores.

About BharatBenz


The BharatBenz brand is tailored for the Indian market and its demanding customer requirements by Daimler AG, the world’s leading CV manufacturer with a global reach. First unveiled in February 2011, the brand was launched in September 2012 with the introduction of its heavy-duty haulage trucks. The portfolio was expanded with the launch of medium-duty haulage trucks (2013), construction & mining trucks and tractors (2014), and buses (2015). The pan Indian BharatBenz sales and service network of more than 235 touchpoints is being continuously expanded. Within eight years after the market launch, BharatBenz has already produced over 100,000 vehicles – an unprecedented ramp-up in the world's toughest commercial vehicle market.

Ormax Media launches India’s first Approval Rating Poll of Prime Minister & Chief Ministers

~PM Modi’s Approval Rating consolidates over the lockdown period; Naveen Patnaik, Jai Ram Thakur, Yogi Adityanath and Sarbananda Sonowal are the most popular CMs~


Mumbai, August 7, 2020: Media consulting firm Ormax Media has announced the launch of The Ormax Prime Minister & Chief Minister Approval Rating. Based on continuous nationwide tracking across 22 states and one Union Territory, the polling tool covers 275+ cities and towns in India, with a monthly sample size of 12,000+. The Ormax Approval Rating will be India’s first through-the-year poll to track the public perception of the nation’s leadership. The tracking is being done independently by Ormax Media, with no affiliations to any media organizations or political parties.


Approval Rating is a measure out of 100 (%) of the proportion of eligible voters who approve of the governance of the Prime Minister or the Chief Minister of their state. Speaking on the launch of the Ormax Approval Ratings, Shailesh Kapoor, CEO - Ormax Media, said: “Approval Ratings are a norm in many democracies in the West, including the US. Hence, it is surprising to note that there has been no continuous tracking on the public perception of the political leadership in India all these years. After piloting this project for many months since mid-2018, we are now ready to roll out these ratings in the public domain. In a country with many political opinions and biases, including in the media, credibility and political neutrality are the cornerstones on which this poll has been conceptualized. We will not be sharing any ratings by religion, caste or any other such variable that can take the discourse around these ratings away from actual governance”.


As per the Ormax PM Approval Rating report released for the month of July 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Approval Rating is steady at a high 68% since the 3rd week of July. The peak in July (70%) was seen in the week when the PM went to Ladakh to examine the situation at the border with China. His popularity is the highest in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Punjab, where he enjoys 75%+ Approval Rating in July 2020.




Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Himachal Pradesh’s chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur are by far the most popular Chief Ministers across the 22 states covered in the track currently, with an Approval Rating of 69% each in July 2020. Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Adityanath and Assam’s Sarbananda Sonowal rank 3rd & 4th on the list.




About Ormax Media:

Headquartered in Mumbai, Ormax media is India's first specialized media analytics & consulting firm. Using its proprietary consumer research, forecasting and data analytics tools, Ormax media provides strategic solution for businesses operating in media & entertainment sector in India, in areas such as content testing, campaign tracking, brand equity research, audience and category understanding among others. Since its inception in 2008, Ormax media has built a slate of more than 20 proprietary products in the areas of forecasting, modelling and business analytics that are used extensively by the industry as a gold-standard in decisions related to content selection, brand & content strategy and strategic business investments.


Ormax Media partners with more than 85 leading media & entertainment brands in India, including Star India, Viacom 18, Zee, Sony Pictures Networks, Amazon Prime Video, Radio City, Times Network, Disney+ Hotstar and many others.

SAI International School to organise eSAIMUN 2020, the annual Model United Nations (MUN) Conference on August 13th – 14th, 2020

SAI International School, one of the leading schools of India with a commitment of purposeful education in the K-12 educational space of the country has shared details today about eSAI Model United Nations 2020 (eSAIMUN 2020), the annual Model United Nations (MUN) Conference which it is organising on August 13thand 14th, 2020 adopting the digital route, the first ever such Conference being organised virtually at SAI International.  


SAI Model United Nations (SAIMUN) Conference is considered as one of India’s largest MUN.SAIMUN is a duly accredited registered event of United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC), under the aegis of the United Nations (UN) and follows the UN4MUN procedures. Initiated in the year 2013, the maiden event of SAIMUN was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik. The objective of SAIMUN is to seek, through discussion, negotiation and debate solutions to the various problems of the world, enabling the participating students learn to adopt views and attitudes, other than their own and break away from the confined self-interest and develop international cooperation and tolerance. SAIMUN is held every year to build leadership skills, increase global literacy and expand critical thinking in students by exposing them to the working of the UN. The theme of SAIMUN is "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam"- One world one family, which inspires the participants to work collaboratively and come out with innovative solutions to the various challenges outlined in the agenda.  


Dr. Bijaya Kumar SahooFounder and Mentor - SAI International Education Group & Advisor and Working President of Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya Sangathan, Government of Odisha said “The pandemic is a challenge thrown to the humanity to re-think and rediscover that is yet untouched and unexplored, to make learning more meaningful. Across the globe, the pandemic has sparked uncertainties of an unparalleled magnitude, not only on the economy of the countries but also on the education sector. eSAIMUN has given us an opportunity to connect with luminaries across the globe who will provide a great input on the working of the UN, insight on the contemporary global challenges and stimulate the young minds to ideate and come out with rational solutions”. 


The conference will be attended onlineby Ambassador Kelly CraftPermanent Representative, U.S. Mission to the United Nations at New YorkMr Joel Riefman, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General HyderabadMr Daniel Sim, Deputy Consul General, Australian Consulate KolkataMr Nick LowDeputy High Commissioner United Kingdom, Kolkata, and Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder and Mentor SAI International Education Group & Advisor and Working President of Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya Sangathan, Government of Odisha as the key note speakers on the opening day of eSAIMUN 2020.  


The valedictory session will be attended by Ms. Barbara Wickham OBE, Director of British Council in IndiaMr Kyewalabye Male David, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Palaces, Buganda Kingdom, Uganda and Ms Archana Soren, UN Youth Advisor on Climate Change as the key note speakers. Around 750 delegates 20 committees and 10 countries will be participating in eSAIMUN 2020. 


This year, the students will discuss, delve and deliberate on global issues in twenty different committees including United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), United Nations General Assembly - Disarmament & International Security (UNGA-DISEC), United Nations Security Council (UNSC), United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL), United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) and International Labour Organization (ILO). 


Participants from countries like Pakistan, Australia, Japan, UAE, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, USA and India along with 18 Round Square Schools are participating in the mega event. 


The first ever eSAIMUN assures to be a more dynamic and intellectually stimulating event and will bring about a prolific change in the learning horizon of all the participants. Apart from the enriching debates and interesting agendas, a lot of global interactions would take place during the two-day Conference which would complement the learning experiences of the delegates. For easy monitoring and better interaction, two different groups are formed, one for Classes IX and X and another for Classes XI and XII. Each group will have ten different Committees with interesting and contemporary agendas and will be chaired by extremely competent Executive Board.

5 benefits of buying second-hand cars online

When it comes to finding a quality used car that both suits your needs and your budget, buying through a traditional car dealer may be the last thing you would want to do. With limited space on inventory lots, used car dealers quite often try to push out the inventory that is less appealing to make room for new ones.  You are most likely to get convinced to go for a car they want you to buy.

By shopping for a used car online with a nationwide service like, you manage to avoid many of the pitfalls of shopping at a dealer’s used car lot. Making purchases online saves times and the process is hassle-free. You can just browse the internet and scout for offers that suit you best.

Here are five reasons why buying used cars online from the comfort of your own home or office is better:


  1. Saves time and money


If there is one thing that sets apart online shopping from shopping in person, it is the time it takes. Narrowing your search with the power of online filtering makes finding that perfect car a quick process. It definitely saves on your energy too by limiting your visits to multiple dealers to look for your one dream car.


  1. Offers a wide choice of cars styles


Online purchasing provides you with a wide range of choices with just the click of a button. One website will feature a wide variety of choices and different models. There will always be something that meets your requirements.


  1. Shop on your terms


Online platforms allow you to list the exact specifications you’re looking for, helping you to make sure the car you buy is the one you want without having to settle for “close enough.” Plus, you are more likely to find a vehicle in good condition and at a fair price by comparing against other similar models, meaning no more overpaying at one dealer and missing out on a great deal at another.


  1. Test Drive at Doorstep


Once you have selected your car online, you can easily order for home test drive service. The dealer will bring the car at your home for physical inspection. You can be doubly sure by driving your selected car and clarify remaining doubts about it with much ease. The online purchase also allows you to have in -person experience of your car which you always want before finally owning it.


  1. Dealer Transparency


This is one of the biggest advantages while buying a car online. You can now be sure about your dealer’s identity and details and get to know if they are trustworthy before making a buy.



  1. Doorstep Concierge Service


Various online car sales companies have now recognized the need for having a complete portfolio management service. Having the right representative taking care of all the necessary steps on a customer’s behalf has ensured that complete buying, selling and maintenance of your vehicle is taken care off without the customer having to leave the comfort of their homes. So, rather than heading down to your local dealership to purchase your next car, you might want to look it up on the internet instead.


Thursday, August 6, 2020

GLOBAL INFRAEARTH ropes in Umesh Jhawar as CEO


The Real Estate Project, Transaction and FDI Consultant, GLOBAL INFRAEARTH has appointed Umesh Jhawar as their Chief Executive Officer. As the CEO, he will now oversee responsible for the overall business of the company in India and Internationally.

“We are extremely happy to have Umesh Jhawar on our board as it would strengthen the expansion plans of the company and will boost the widening and deepening strategy at GLOBAL INFRAEARTH”, said Mr Yogesh, Managing Director.

Global InfraEarth (P) Ltd is one of the reputed and trusted real estate services company in

India with a network across all states in India and plans to spread tentacles internationally. They

are Project & Transaction Consultant and Project & FDI Advisor in real estate. The

promoter has been serving 30+ years esteemed clients be it Builders & Developers, Small &

Medium Enterprises, Indian Corporates and Multinational Companies (MNCs).

Global InfraEarth specializes in Warehousing & Logistic Park, Ecommerce, IT / ITES,

Commercial, Data Centre, Retail, Hospitality, Residential, Education, Industrial, Defence,

Land investments, all government bodies approvals & permissions and FDI related services.

Umesh Jhawar, a seasoned player in the real estate will lead the development and

implementation of the business in the key sectors of real estate which are seeing the green shoots

of growth. Most recently, he was serving Arihant Superstructures Ltd as Vice President, Strategy

and Investor Relations. He was instrumental in the overall development of the company in Sales

& Marketing strategies, Systems and Processes, Investor Relations and Visibility in the real

estate industry in his stint of close to eight years. Umesh has more than 2 decades of business

experience, including leadership roles at Arihant Superstructures and worked with MNC like

Atos Worldline and NewYork Life.

Umesh Jhawar is a distinction holder from UICT (University Institute of Chemical Technology),

Matunga erstwhile UDCT and holds a management degree from Newport University, USA. He

holds the ‘Patterns of Professional Management’ degree by Kinder Brothers International, USA.

To his credentials is the E- learning degree from Atos University on ‘Global Delivery Platform

for Project Management.

“Recently, we signed a MoU for our clients with Government of Maharashtra for investment

in Maharashtra and we were the only Transaction Consultant to be part of the investment done

under MAGNETIC MAHARASHTRA 2.0 initiative. We are here to facilitate investors – large

corporates and MNCs looking for investment opportunities and options in India via ‘Invest

India’ and ‘Make in India’ program. We shall also evaluate the path of opening up branches or

liaison offices of GLOBAL INFRAEARTH in Singapore, Japan and USA”. says Umesh Jhawar.

“We are a trust based, non-hierarchical, democratic organization that leverages knowledge,

research and network to deliver extraordinary value to our clients with our principles of

transparency, commitment and reliability for our customers”, expressed the management at

Global InfraEarth.

PNB Weaver scheme for National Handloom Day - 07 August 2020

“Keeping The Spirit of Khadi High”

Mumbai, 6 August 2020: For Mahatma Gandhi, “Charkha” was the symbol of the nation's prosperity and therefore freedom. For him, every revolution of the wheel spun peace, goodwill, and love for the world at large.


Gandhiji believed that if we, Indians, have the inimitable 'Khadi Spirit' in us, we would surround ourselves with prosperity and simplicity in every walk of life. To unfurl and enhance the spirit of “Khadi,” Punjab National Bank, nation’s second-largest public sector bank, is commemorating “National Handloom Day,” on 7th August 2020 (as aptly to honor the Swadeshi Movement which was launched on this day in 1905 in the Calcutta), highlighting the contribution of handloom sector to the socio-economic development and status of our weavers.


PNB Weaver Mudra Scheme (PNBWMS): The Bank has launched a beneficial weaver credit card scheme - where loans to weavers are granted as per the scheme of Ministry of Textiles - under which the maximum limit is Rs. 2 lakh. With the introduction of MUDRA loan under the PMMY, the Ministry of Textiles wanted options for working capital needs of weavers under SHISHU and KISHORE Category along with the issue of MUDRA card hence the PNBWMS.


Prepared after a detailed discussion with the Ministry of Textile, the new product specifically seeks to finance working capital needs of weavers (up to Rs. 50000 to be categorized under SHISHU and for above Rs.50000 and up to Rs.5 lakh to be categorized under KISHORE category), where the Government of India has agreed to extend financial assistance in respect of margin money subsidy, interest subsidy and credit guarantee fees.


The scheme aims to provide adequate and timely assistance to weavers – for a maximum of upto Rs 5 lakh per borrower, by way of Cash Credit or loan - for their credit requirements such as investments and working capital flexibly and cost-effectively, in both rural and urban areas. As per the Margin conditions, the Government of India will bear a margin @ 20% of the cost of the project (Working Capital) with a maximum of Rs. 10,000 while the rest of the amount will have to be borne by the borrower. Margin money subsidy will be credited to the account of the borrower after sanctioning of the loan.


As per eligibility norms, all existing Handloom Weavers – with identity cards issued by the DC (Handlooms), health card issued as a part of Health Insurance Scheme and certificate or identity cards issued by the State governments - can avail the scheme. Applicants must not be a defaulter of any bank and must have a satisfactory report from CIBIL. All applications will be evaluated under the “PNB SCORE SME MODEL” for loans above Rs.2 Lakh and up to Rs.5 lakh. As per extant guidelines, loans up to Rs. 2 Lakh are exempted from scoring. 


Govt support to handloom sector: To provide working capital loans - at the rate of 6% to handloom sector, the quantum of interest subsidy to be borne by the Government will be limited to the difference between the actual rate of interest as applicable/charged by the Banks and 6% interest to be borne by the borrower. 


The maximum interest subvention would be capped at 7%. Interest subsidy - as applicable - will be provided for a maximum of 3 years from the date of the first disbursement. The interest subsidy will be credited to the account of the borrower quarterly. However, the interest subsidy will not be available from the date the loan account turns Non-Performing Asset (NPA) even within a period of 3 years. 


All these accounts will be covered under the credit guarantee schemes of credit guarantee corporations.