Sunday, May 26, 2019

An exclusive tea collection for Mother’s Day

Karma Kettle introduces a collection of teas, specially crafted for all the unsung superheroes who leave us awestruck with their everyday superpowers. This Mother’s Day, we bring to you a specially curated Mother's’ day tea collection that comes in four variations - Zen(Peach and Jasmine), Singalila, Benares and Bliss - everything that goes perfectly with the happiness of being a mother.
Each tea comes in a colorful personalised cadie labeled for a special type of Mother. Be it a Know-it-all or a Sprightly mom, we have something for everyone. One can gift these mementos to not just to their mothers, but aunts, grandmothers, mother-in-law or to oneself too!

Available on our website and various eCommerce platforms till May 12th, these teas are priced at INR 300 each. While the Zen comes in 10 silken pyramid tea bags, the remaining are loose leaf tea variant.

The following offers are available to double the excitement: Buy any tea worth INR 1000 from the website and get a free mother's day hamper worth INR 450. Also, if you are in Kolkata, you can drop by our Karma Kettle Tea room in Ballygunge and get a mother’s day gift on a minimum bill of INR 1000 and above.

Karma Kettle, one of India's finest artisanal tea blenders, offer a delectable selection of thoughtfully crafted 60+ teas and tisanes that evoke elegance and a timeless quality. In 2015, co-founders Dhiraj and Priti Arora sparked a passion for tea right in the heart of the gorgeous tea region - Darjeeling. We believe that tea is a healthy beverage and that in blending tea with the purest botanics we can transform tea to a salubrious infusion that positively impacts our consumers. We currently work in close partnership with reputed five star hotels, top Wedding planners and Retails across India. We also have a retail outlet/tea room in Kolkata along with B&B's in Kurseong and Kolkata.

Menstrual Hygiene day with Loving, Caring and Sharing initiative by Tee Foundation of Dr. Bharati Lavekar

In our rapidly developing India, millions of females do not use sanitary napkins during menstruation and resort to shocking alternatives like unsterlized cloths, ashes, husk sand due to poverty and ignorance. 28th May 'Menstrual Hygiene Day' is an annual awareness day to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management.

The personal hygiene issue related to menstruation is now widely addressed globally and gaining support from all over the world towards the 'Digital Sanitary Pad Bank’ project. This project aims to break the social taboo around menstruation and also provides free sanitary napkins to poor and needy women. Thousands of women and girls are registered with "Tee Foundation " for their monthly sanitary pads.

Dr. Bharati Lavekar is a MLA of Versova as well as an extra ordinary lady who cares for others in a very loving and understanding manner as a qualified doctor. Since two years ago she started a massive awareness campaign regarding Menstruation hygiene through  her 'Tee foundation; with an unique initiative 'Digital Sanitary Pad Bank’.

According to Dr. Bharati Lavekar the provision of low-cost sanitary pads to poor women is not an enough alternative to the myriad problems they face in menstrual management. Apart from the need for a mechanism for ensuring the quality of products and reducing the exorbitant cost of products, the need is for a change in the attitude towards menstruation.

'Tee foundation's' Sanitary Pad Bank aims to bridge a gap between donors, volunteers and needy poor women. Special thanks do our Prime minister Shree Narendraji Modi for encouraging the Tee Foundation initiative towards menstrual hygiene management. Dr. Bharati Lavekar is awarded with the 'First Women Achievers' Award by the Hon. President of India.

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Every year 28th May 'Menstrual Hygiene Day' aims to bring menstrual hygiene to the forefront of developments in the WASH (WAter, sanitation and hygiene) sector.

Menstrual hygiene management day is a global platform that brings together NGOs, government, private sector, corporate sector, the media and individuals to promote Menstrual Hygiene Management.

Menstruation is a normal biological process and a key sign of reproductive health. Unfortunately, the taboo surrounding menstruation prevents women from articulating their needs. Women and girls, the world over, face numerous challenges and & taboos during menstruation which often portray them as inferior to men. Out of ignorance, shame, stigma and poverty, large number of women use unhygienic practices increasing the risk of reproductive diseases.

Teenage girls are often unable to complete their education because their schools lack basic infrastructure required by menstruating girls. In countries like India women and girls often lack access to basic hygienic sanitary materials.

The healthy discussion must break traditional barriers and lead progressively towards better India. The Government has taken great initiative towards promoting menstrual hygiene, through menstrual hygiene management guidelines under ʻSwach Bharat Abhiyan’

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.