Saturday, May 15, 2021

Tech Mahindra Announces Appointment of ‘Wellness Officer’

                                          The new role has been created to institutionalize holistic wellness of all associates, partners and vendors amidst the COVID crisis

Mumbai – May 15, 2021: Tech Mahindra, a leading provider of digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering services and solutions, today announced the appointment of Meghna Hareendran as the ‘Wellness Officer’, with immediate effect.

In order to address workforce well-being amidst the COVID crisis, the new role has been created to institutionalize holistic wellness of all associates, and to ensure the access to medicine, hospitals and other medical supplies, while maintaining the mental well-being of the Tech Mahindra family. Meghna will work as a central program manager to take care of the healthcare needs of the associates and will also be responsible for managing relationships with Tech Mahindra partners and vendors to ensure a comprehensive suite of wellness offerings to them.

Harshvendra Soin, Global Chief People Officer & Head – Marketing, Tech Mahindra, said, “Guided by our values and culture of driving positive change, celebrating each moment, and empowering all to Rise, we at Tech Mahindra, have always prioritized the well-being of our associates. Meghna is one of our bright young HR leaders who is passionate and already making a positive difference to the lives of many. Her appointment as a ‘Wellness Officer’ reiterates our belief in ‘Wellness before Business’ and underscores our commitment towards ensuring holistic wellness of our associates.”

Tech Mahindra has also collaborated with leading hospitals to convert some of its campuses into COVID care units. Additionally, the company also launched an exclusive COVID-19 vaccination drive for its associates and their dependent family members across India and will also be covering the cost of vaccination for its associates globally and the third-party employees. As a company with a purpose, Tech Mahindra has extended its support to Mission Oxygen to set up 50 oxygen plants for charitable and government hospitals across India.

Meghna Hareendran, Wellness Officer, Tech Mahindra, said, “The pandemic has taken a significant toll on lives across the world, and it has created a unique challenge to ensure both physical and mental wellness of people. To combat this, the key is to build a wave of ‘collective well-being’, with humans and technology at the center. I want to thank Tech Mahindra for recognizing this early on, and for enabling a culture where everyone comes together to ensure each other’s well-being.”

Tech Mahindra has a 360-degree approach to employee well-being with a huge emphasis on mental health and wellness program, aimed at lending a helping hand to its associate in these difficult times. This includes regular outreach to associates which focuses on 8 different aspects of wellness - emotional, physical, financial, occupational, spiritual, environmental, intellectual, and social. The company also has a comprehensive COVID-19 risk screening test, called Mhealthy, to test the presence of anti-bodies along with all the vital health stats for COVID-19 co-morbidities. By generating real-time reports, the solution ensures that every individual stepping into the Tech Mahindra premises is healthy, making it a safe place to work.

Airtel rolls out Covid support services on its digital platforms

Integrates easy to access Covid resources on Airtel Thanks app


Enables businesses to set up FREE helpline for employees with Airtel IQ  


Mumbai, May 15, 2021: Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s premier communications solutions provider, has rolled out a range of Covid support initiatives for customers by leveraging its digital platforms.


Covid services on Airtel Thanks app


Airtel has integrated easily accessible bouquet of Covid support resources and related information in the Airtel Thanks app’s Explore section.    


  1. Covid SOS: Covid SOS aggregates verified and updated contacts for important supplies such as medicines, oxygen, plasma donors, ambulance, hospital beds (regular, O2, ICU), and testing centres. With a few clicks, the platform connects users to these service providers/resources and tries to ensure that users do not have to waste precious time to access this data. All the information available on Covid SOS is painstakingly verified by their teams. The platform is powered by Airtel IQ.            


  1. Cowin: Airtel Thanks users can also book a vaccination slot for themselves and their loved ones through the app. With the Cowin platform APIs integrated with Airtel Thanks app, information on nearest vaccination centres and available slots is updated on real time basis.


Users need to download the latest version of Airtel Thanks app (iOS, Android), go to the Explore section and click on the Covid support banners to access relevant resources.


Business can create FREE Helpline for employees with Airtel IQ   


Business of all sizes can set up FREE Covid Helpline for their employees within two minutes with Airtel IQ – a cloud communication platform. Airtel is giving 5000 minutes with each Helpline account so that businesses can stay connected with their employees and organize their efforts.


This feature is particularly useful for medium to small sized companies who can set up a secure helpline instantly without any in-house telco infrastructure. To get started a business just needs to log on to



About Bharti Airtel 

Headquartered in India, Airtel is a global telecommunications company with operations in 18 countries across South Asia and Africa. The company ranks amongst the top three mobile operators globally and its mobile network covers a population of over two billion people. Airtel is India’s largest integrated telecom provider and the second largest mobile operator in Africa. At the end of December 2020, Airtel had approx. 458 million customers across its operations. Airtel’s portfolio includes high speed 4G/4.5G mobile broadband, Airtel Xstream Fiber that promises speeds up to 1Gbps, converged digital TV solutions through the Airtel Xstream 4K Hybrid Box, digital payments through Airtel Payments Bank as well as an integrated suite of services across connectivity, collaboration, cloud and security that serves over one million businesses. Airtel’s OTT services include Airtel Thanks app for self-care, Airtel Xstream app for video, Wynk Music for entertainment and Airtel BlueJeans for video conferencing. In addition, Airtel has forged strategic partnerships with hundreds of companies across the world to enable the Airtel platform to deliver an array of consumer and enterprise services.  

Friday, May 14, 2021

Sensational fireworks spectacle lights up Yas Island in celebration of Eid al-Fitr

Fireworks show launching from Yas Bay Waterfront will take place for two more evenings over the long weekend


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Mumbai, 14 May 2021: A flurry of fireworks soared over Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s premier leisure and entertainment hub, last evening in celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Launching for the first time from Yas Bay Waterfront, the annual array of pyrotechnics has become one of the most anticipated celebrations in the UAE.

Yas Island live-streamed the spectacle of lights on its Instagram channel, as gatherings are prohibited in line with the island’s precautionary measures.

The vivid firework display will be held for two more nights, on the 14th and 15th of May respectively, kicking off at 9.00 pm. Audiences who want to view Yas Island’s firework displays virtually can visit the destination’s Instagram @yasisland.


For more about Yas Island and its attractions, please visit

For more information on the precautionary measures being taken on Yas Island, please visit


Yas Island

Yas Island ( is one of the world’s fastest-growing leisure and entertainment destinations, located on the golden shores of Abu Dhabi - just 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 50 minutes from Dubai. Yas Island offers holidaymakers a diverse mix of award-winning leisure and entertainment experiences, from one-of-a-kind theme parks, world-class shopping and superb dining, to a links golf course, exciting water and motor sports, and the most enjoyable musical and family events… all within the 25 sq km Island. Today, Yas Island is home to the award-winning theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the record-breaking CLYMB ™ Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit (home to the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIXTM), Yas Marina, Yas Links golf course, as well as Abu Dhabi’s largest mall, more than 160 dining experiences, seven hotels, and indoor and outdoor concert venues - all of which are complemented by a range of visitor services that connect all attractions to one another.

Piaggio launches the Aprilia SXR 125 in India

The most exciting and accolades winning Aprilia SXR range gets another exciting Model range with 125 CC
  • Aprilia SXR 125 is available at a price of INR 1,14,994/- ex-showroom Pune
  • The Aprilia SXR model range, can be booked at all dealerships across India and also through its website


Pune, 14th May 2021: Piaggio India today announced the launch of Aprilia SXR 125, After the most exciting launch of Aprilia SXR 160 creating a new interesting category of free spirited riders who maxify life at every moment, Piaggio India has further sensed that this distinguished consumer wants more options to choose from, The Aprilia SXR 125 is the new  desired choice of delivering the Great Comfort, Style and Performance with another exciting engine option of 125 CC, consumers can now experience the Aprilia DNA through new Aprilia SXR125,   The All new Aprilia SXR 125 will be available at an attractive price of INR 1,14,994/- ex showroom Pune and can be booked for an initial amount of INR 5000/- across all dealerships in India and through e-commerce website

Aprilia SXR 125 incorporates Aprilia’s latest global design language and is fitted with a single-cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled, 3 valve fuel injection clean emission engine technology, that produces peak power of 9.52 PS at 7600 RPM. To deliver the best riding experience and highest level of comfort, Aprilia SXR 125 offers bigger, longer, comfortable and ergonomic seats, crafted in art leather suede feel, detailed with special stitch pattern in grey and red threads. The sharp body lines, geometric contours and high craftsmanship reflect the dynamic premium appeal of SXR 160.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Diego Graffi, Chairman and Managing Director, Piaggio India said, “I am very pleased and enthused today as the Aprilia SXR heads towards completing the range starting from 160 CC and now with 125 CC, The Aprilia SXR 125 is an another exciting experience at the most appealing engine category, the 125 CC, our engines offers best with 3 Valves and Clean emission Fuel injection technology offering interesting combination of riding experience and fuel utilisation, With this launch we will be able to offer the new Aprilia Experience to many followers of Aprilia who strive to Maxify Life!”

Its unique, incomparable looks are complemented with 3 coat HD body paint finish, featuring Aprilia signature graphics, paired with matt black design trims inserts along with dark chrome elements. The wrap around LED technology twin crystal head lights and eye line position lights merges with front indicator blinkers to create its unique light play; the diamond reflection wrap around LED taillights with integrated rear blinkers equally generates the much-sought new age appeal. The SXR 125 comes with a Combi Braking System (CBS) along with ventilated disk brake and twin pots calliper. Aprilia SXR 125 will be available in very attractive Glossy Red, Matt Blue, Glossy White and Matt Black colours.

Equipped with a large 210 cm sq. multifunctional all digital cluster display, the SXR 125 has a host of features such as digital speed indicator, RPM meter, mileage indicator, average speed & top speed display, digital fuel indicator etc. Customers can also opt for the Bluetooth mobile connectivity accessory which connects the user’s mobile to the scooter to explore host of connectivity features. The SXR comes with a 12V, 5.0 Ah MF battery and a fuel capacity of 7L.

Link to the product unveiling video

"The Road", a Malayalam crime thriller set to release on world's first cinema marketplace ABC (All Bout Cinema) Talkies


Synopsis: The car of Vishwanathan who stays in Thrissur was lying in Police Headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram. Driver Manju goes to Thiruvananthapuram to bring the car to Thrissur. At night, the car is converted into an illegal taxi. Three ladies of different ages enter the car as passengers. Their friendship didn't last long. A Tamilian named Azhakan was needed to bring about some awareness.

Title: The Road
Director and Producer: Rasheed Moideen
Cast:  Anu Varghese, Shreyaraj, Saurabhi Prem, Rinaz Yahiya and 170 new faces (Experimental Movie)
Worldwide Release  Date: 14th May, 2021 
Streaming Platform: ABC Talkies
Language: Malayalam with English subtitles

About ABC Talkies: ABC (All Bout Cinema) Talkies is a Film- tech start-up launched in February 2021 by a group of  professionals from diverse backgrounds. A concept that started developing as a lockdown pursuit,  ABC Talkies describes itself as World’s First Cinema Marketplace.
A one of its kind venture in the country, it is a free trade marketplace for cinema and filmmakers to  thrive. It is the first online marketplace where filmmakers are free to showcase their work of art and  in the process monetize it. ABC Talkies not only aims in providing a digital platform for filmmakers  from independent, amateur and brand new filmmakers where they can showcase and monetize their  work but also assists them in marketing and promoting their creations. The idea to match talent of  unreleased movies and make it easy for film projects to see the light of the day.  
A versatile, analytical and connected marketplace, its mission is to transform the way people make  and watch movies. ABC Talkies intends to bring about a cinematic revolution by allowing talents to  transition into the digital world seamlessly.  
ABC Talkies is also keen on fostering talents from tier 2 cities, smaller towns and states where  opportunities for filmmakers are otherwise few and far between.  

Thursday, May 13, 2021

#FightagainstCovid - Vidyakul providing 80% of educational Content free to use

India, India May 14, 2021 – Helping more than 5cr students in Hindi speaking regions like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, Vidyakul, vernacular e-learning platform has decided to give opportunities to children in tier 2, 3 and tier 4 cities so they prepare better for education with the help of their own platform by providing its 80% educational content free to use in this unprecedented time. The initiative is an effort to help students in this hard time to prepare better for their education. 

Also taking the current situation into consideration, the start-up decided to organise mental stress workshops for students and make them aware of the Covid management and how they can safeguard themselves and their loved ones. 

Vidyakul's solidarity is with the educators who serve as the country's frontline workers during this difficult period, and the company has decided to cover all the educators' and their staff's expenses, including medical, food, and travel. In addition, the start-up has agreed not to reduce the salaries of its employees that have all tested positive, giving them time to heal.

The covid-19 pandemic, followed by an year long lockdown made rural children adapt to online solutions and move to e-learning but only 10% regional and local schools were able to go online hampering the education in rural India. This crisis created a gap of knowledge and education between the students leading as a result of poor infrastructure and development. Under the influence of the digital Bharat campaign,these educational platforms are making way for the future of India led by rural students. 

Tarun Saini Co-Founder and CEO Vidyakul “We are working at the grassroots level of Indian Education System and know how the students of Bharat are going through some bad times. By making our 80% educational content free to use for students, we support them in this hard time and also we are running awareness campaigns for students to safeguard themselves and their families in this unprecedented time. It is our small contribution to show solidarity to students and help them to prepare better for their academics".

About Vidyakul

Founded in 2017, Vidyakul is one of its kind interactive vernacular e-learning platforms that enables teachers to create online courses for K-12 in tier-II, III & tier IV cities. Vidyakul is working on preparing study material, video lectures, study notes & online tests by analysing last 10 years' exam papers & NCERT books with the best teachers across India.  Vidyakul offers live lectures and pre-recorded courses (from Class 9th- 12th in Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, and Hinglish) to help state board students learn academics.

Quote from Mr Ajay Kapoor, CEO, Adhiraj Construction Pvt Ltd for Akshaya Tritiya

"India is a culturally diverse country, and its festivals are considered auspicious occasions for purchasing valuable assets such as gold, vehicles and properties. Real estate is one of the sectors to witness such positive sentiments during the festive period especially when buying a property offers better returns in the long run. One of the many festive occasions is Akshaya Tritiya, known as a festival that brings good fortune, prosperity and luck to an individual. This festival marks a significant time for customers to look forward to great offers & schemes on the homes of their choice. It also allows those who adopted the wait & watch approach to make an informed decision based on their budgets to benefit from the Akshaya Tritiya offers. Such auspicious occasions will not only boost demand but also increase sales."