Saturday, June 23, 2018

India’s youngest entrepreneur, the 13-year-old founder of Papers N Parcels wins honour at the India Maritime Awards

  A special felicitation was given to Tilak Mehta during the awards function organised by Daily Shipping Times and attended by the captains of the logistics and maritime industry

  Tilak Mehta, the 13-year-old founder of the Mumbai-based courier company Papers N Parcels and India’s youngest entrepreneur, was given a special felicitation at the 3rd edition of the prestigious India Maritime Awards constituted by Daily Shipping Times, the pioneer and the oldest among shipping newspapers. The awards function held in the city on Friday was attended by the captains and who’s-who of the shipping and the logistics industry.

Tilak Mehta was honoured for being the country’s and the logistic and maritime sector’s youngest entrepreneur and for having pioneered a digital disruption in courier services industry. His company, Papers N Parcels, marries the power of mobile technology with the efficiency of the Mumbai dabbawala network for a courier-delivery service that’s faster, cheaper and much more reliable.

Speaking about the achievement, Tilak Mehta, Founder, Papers N Parcels, said: “I am extremely thrilled and honoured that India Maritime Awards chose to felicitate me amidst the presence of the bigwigs and industry captains. This honour indeed means a lot to me as it is the first formal recognition to my innovation. I am encouraged to work harder for making PNP a bigger success. At the same time, I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of my teammates, my family members and the dabbawala dadas for believing in me and in my idea and making the venture a success.”

“We are delighted to award Tilak Mehta. It is heartening to know that a 13year old is drawn to entrepreneurship and that too in our logistics sector. He has blended traditional with digital to deliver a unique customer experience as also augment job opportunities for the common man. Our industry and India as a country certainly has a bright future with the likes of him. Children today are so much more than the iPad, mobile playing minds we think. These awards aim to also encourage people towards the sector but Tilak came up with the idea himself. I am proud and happy with this wonderful development in Indian maritime and logistics. Wish him every success.” says Mr Kalpesh Modi, Editor in chief and Managing Director Daily Shipping Times

Paper N Parcels is still on its Beta testing phase and the app will be launched soon in next 20 days. The innovative solution adopted by Tilak to make courier services within the city limits faster, cheaper and safer by using technology and the dabbawala network for deliveries was backed by his father, who is an established businessman himself, and put to execution by a team of highly-qualified and experienced professionals at the leadership position.

PNP deploys the network of Mumbai’s dabbawalas for ferrying couriers across the city, apart from having its own dedicated team of delivery boys. Each of these deliverymen is equipped with a smartphone loaded with the PNP app, which enables them to register pick-up and delivery requests on the go.

The courier company offers various benefits to its customers such as same-day delivery option, door-to-door pick up facility, a user-friendly app and direct dedicated customer service helpline to register requests and complaints, along with lowest prices for courier deliveries. The Real Time Tracking feature provided in the app enables customers to track their package on a real-time basis and also provides details of the person carrying the package, which enhances the safety factor. The company plans to employ 2,000 people with a pick-up in the business by next year.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Ankur Textiles expands into multi-fibre fabrics for womenswear

Ankur Textiles, Lifestyle Division of Arvind Limited, part of the US$ 1.7 billion textile-to-technology conglomerate, launched a wide range of modal, viscose, cotton Lycra blended fabrics as an alternative to traditional cotton for the new-age Indian woman. These include fabrics like Zoya, Glam and Glory, BlossomCharm-me and Lilac which can be tailor-made into western and ethnic womenswear such as dresses, blouses, kurtis and tunics. Available in a wide range of colours, textures, and prints, these fabrics will be available at womenswear MBOs (Multi Brand Outlets) in the price range of Rs. 180 to Rs. 300 per meter.

Zoya: Be prepared to leave a mark at every place you go, when you are wearing a stylish Kurti made from this brilliant fabric. Among the various man-made regenerated cellulosic fibres, modal has achieved a prominent place. It’s a fashion designer’s delight due to its excellent drape, lustre, softness, absorbency and colour brilliance.
Glam and Glory:  This poly viscose quality has a liquid drape and is versatile in its applications as it can be used both in womenswear and menswear. Its excellent absorbency makes it ideal for summer season at the same time giving a soft feel to the wearer.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Brijesh Bhati, CEO, Ankur Textiles, (A Division of Arvind Limited) said, "The launch of this collection marks our expansion into multi-fibre fabrics as a fashionable alternative to cotton. Our expertise in textile fabrics, combined with the use of technology, has enabled us to develop fabrics that offer both style with comfort for consumers. Our in-house design team will continue to introduce more such trendy collections in future to delight our customers.”

For more than five decades, Ankur has been designing high-quality voiles ranging from 100% cotton to all fancy blends that are available throughout India and exported to Switzerland, Middle East, China, Thailand and Africa. A heritage brand, Ankur develops high-quality fabrics for womenswear and menswear.

About Arvind:
Arvind is a $1.7 billion conglomerate with interests in textiles, branded apparel and accessories, engineering and real estate and is one of the leading textile to retail and brands conglomerate in India. Arvind Limited, manufactures and sells about 300 million meters of fabrics and over 30 million pieces of ready to wear apparel. Its denim, woven and knit products are known for being innovative and sustainable, which are sourced by some of the most iconic apparel brands around the world. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Urban Thinkers Campus in Mumbai, with Safecity , Developmatrix and The Urban Vision

 SafecityDevelopmatrix and The Urban Vision are co-hosting a 2 day programme -Creating Resilient and Inclusive Cities on behalf of The Swedish Institute and The UN Habitat as part of the Urban Thinkers Campus on 21-22 nd June at ISDI ACE, Mumbai. 

This programme is being conducted in partnership with the U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai, Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI), Tata Capital and BMW Foundation.

The Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) model is an initiative of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, conceived as an open space for critical exchange between all stakeholders and partners aims to promote sustainable urbanization. Only 27 such UTCs have been approved for 2018 from around the world and we are honoured to be one of them.

Creating Resilient and Inclusive Cities, is a platform to bring together diverse voices to deliberate on existing barriers to gender equality and women empowerment and finding localised, community driven solutions for addressing the same. This is envisaged as a yearly program comprising of the following:

a) Stakeholder dialogue sessions with interactive innovation labs that generate action plans
b) Social incubator to engage youth to work on hyper local, community based solutions through a 5-month programme.

The platform includes the following activities:

a)21 June - a Stakeholder dialogue session for 150 people comprising from Government, Corporate, NGOs and Citizens (including youth). We will specifically be talking about gender in regards to Safety, Mobility, Urban environmental challenges and involvement in the planning/governance process.
b)22 June - Kick off for the Youth Design Innovation challenge, a 5 month social incubator programme commencing with an introductory session on how to define a problem and design solutions from a user's perspective. This will be followed by a formal application to apply for the challenge through submission of ideas to create Women Friendly cities toward the youth studying in the colleges of the Mumbai Metropolitan area. 10 teams of diverse gender will be selected for mentoring through experiential sessions, expert mentoring and capacity building support. The final working prototypes will be pitched to a jury in December and top 3 solutions recognised.
c) A white paper will be published for future reference on the UN Habitat's website as well as can be used to initiate dialogue with relevant stakeholders from Government or Corporate.

We will have influencers like Faye D’Souza and Meghna Pant moderating our panel discussions; Harish Iyer will be leading an Innovation Lab and Sapna Moti Bhavnani will be doing a spoken word piece.

Key Highlights:-
 The UTC will reach approximately 300 people
 Mentorship on design thinking and urban planning (to 100 + the 10 teams)
 Participation by youth on contributing to making our city resilient and inclusive
 Hyper local solutions for the city of Mumbai
 UNDP India will be mentoring potential projects ideated by female led teams and help pitch them to Start Mission Launch (Government of Maharashtra).
 BMW Foundation will be sponsoring the youth retreat in August and September.
 The U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai is our knowledge partner and the final pitch session will be on 14 December at the Dosti House, U.S. Consulate Mumbai.

About the Co-Hosts:-
Safecity is a platform that crowdsources personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces. The idea is to make this data useful for individuals, local communities and local administration to identify factors that causes behavior that leads to violence and work on strategies for solutions.

Connect with Safecity on social media: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Developmatrix is a women-led social enterprise working in the area of sustainability - environment and CSR. Some of its partners are Adani Port & SEZ, Larsen & Toubro Infotech, Safecity.
Connect with Developmatrix on social media: Facebook and Twitter.

The Urban Vision has been initiated with the core belief that cities offer a remarkable way to create a socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant society. It profiles best practices and the finest thinking in the key components of city building –Urban Design, Architecture, infrastructure planning, policy strategies et cetera.
Connect with The Urban Vision on social media: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.
For more information on the  Urban Thinkers Campus – Facebook /Twitter.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Launch and Unveiling of Dr. Namita Jain's book 'Low Fat, Low Guilt' with Tennis Icon, Mr Vijay Amritraj

June 19, 2018  witnessed the launch and unveiling of Dr Namita Jain's 12th book titled Low Fat Low Guilt: Recipes & Lifestyle at The Leela Mumbai. The book was unveiled by India's Tennis Icon and Fitness Extraordinaire Padma Shri Vijay Amritraj

Fitness expert and author, Dr Jain was seen in discussion with Vijay Amritraj on 'Dispel fitness myths' followed by sharing of personal diet regimens and fitness mantras by both the personalities. 

Low Fat, Low Guilt is an essential guide to following a healthy diet without compromising on the taste. It features low-cal recipes of delicious soups, salads, wraps, toasts, rice dishes, pastas and dips, making healthy eating a pleasurable experience.

Dr Namita Jain, recipient of Post Doctorate award from the Young Scientist University, USA for excellence in the field of healthcare and wellness is a name synonymous to health an fitness. She is an author of 12 books and a wellness specialist at Bombay Hospital. She is also a consultant to the Food Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) and a leading columnist for newspapers and magazines.

Namita has been a recipient of many international and national awards. Dr Jain was nutrition partner for the Miss India pageant 2012, and a celebrity nutritionist on the Food Food tv channel. Namita Jain is the Managing Director of the heritage brand, Kishco and has curated an educational film on Dining Etiquette as a part of Kishco Initiative.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Dabba full of Love from Nickelodeon this Father’s Day

Nicktoons Celebrates Father’s Day with the Dababwalas and their Kids

The Mumbai Dabbawallas play an important role in the life of every Mumbaikar. Irrespective of rain or sweltering heat they are always on the go, delivering hot food from our homes to our families at work.

This week of Father’s Day, India’s leading kid’s entertainment franchise channel Nickelodeon set out to celebrate this relentless spirit of the Dabbawalas by bringing some magic and love into the life.

The Nicktoons created some magical moments for the Dabbawallas to enjoy with their kids. A fulfilled evening of games with their kids, entertainment with the Nicktoons Motu Patlu, Shiva, Ninja Hatori and Rudra ensured that each of our spirited Dabbawalla’s had the time of their life, celebrating Father’s Day with their children.

Monday, June 11, 2018


Mr.Subhomoy Bhattacharjee, Consultant, RIS, Mr. Deepak Mukhi, Head, FICCI – Maharashtra State Council,  Mr. Sujoy Bose, CEO, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, Dr. KV Pratap, Joint Secretary (IPF), Ministry of Finance, Mr. Shailesh Pathak, Chief Executive, L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Limited and Mr. Jaspal Bindra, Chairman, FICCI Maharashtra State Council and Executive Chairman, Centrum Capital Ltd., at a discussion during the THEMATIC SEMINAR ON PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN RESOURCE MOBILIZATION in Mumbai 

~ Experts call for a holistic approach on Private Sector Participation and Risk Mitigation ~

The infrastructure segment is a key propeller for the Indian markets, contributing significantly to the growth of the national economy. Consequently, the Government of India lays special emphasis on this industry, initiating and establishing several regulatory structures to ensure the advancement of this sector. With this backdrop, the event, hosted by Ministry of Finance, Government of India in collaboration with Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) as knowledge partner in partnership with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI), aims to address the critical dimensions of infrastructure project funding and underline the need for financial support, from private sector players.

During the Inaugural Session, several eminent personalities, including Mr. Sujoy Bose, CEO, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, Mr. Shailesh Pathak, CEO, L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Limited and Dr. Kumar V. Pratap, Joint Secretary, (IPF), Ministry of Finance, Government of India, shared their expert perspectives of the investment landscape in the infrastructure sector.

Speaking, on the occasion, Dr. Kumar V. Pratap says, ‘Developing at an extremely fast pace, India’s Infrastructure Sector has received an investment of ~$1 trillion in the period from 2007 to 2017, of which, more than a third of this capital was contributed by the private sector. India aims to invest ~$200 billion annually; has been able to do only ~$110bnTo encourage private participation, the Government of India has launched several initiatives. Schemes such as the Brownfield Asset Mobilization for Infra Investments (BAMII), Credit Enhancement Fund for raising bond ratings issued by infra companies and the New Credit Rating scale for infrastructure projects creates opportunities for private investors, thereby promoting a steady flow of financial resources into this sector’.

Sharing his thoughts on this subject, Mr. Sujoy Bose said, ‘India is a preferred destination for investments, with an improving economy, government led infrastructure projects and an increase in the flow of foreign direct investments. To ensure financial investments in the infrastructure sector, the Government of India has financed various projects under National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs) and Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) to bridge the gap in the funding space.’

Earlier delivering the Welcome Address by Mr. Jaspal Bindra, Chairman, FICCI - Maharashtra State Council and Executive Chairman, Centrum Group welcomed the panel and spoke about the opportunities in the infrastructure sector relating to private financing. He added, “The global population will witness a growth of ~2bn people by 2040. The Global Infrastructure Hub Report states that, investment worth $97trillion is needed in the global infrastructure sector of which 50% is required by Asia.  India needs around $4.5 Trillion investments in the Infrastructure sector by 2040.”   Mr. Subhomoy Bhattacharjee, Consultant, RIS noted the paradigm shift in the definition of infrastructure in the 21st century and highlights the need for private sector participation and innovation in resource mobilization in Government projects. Further to laying the framework for today’s Sessions, he stated the importance of understanding the current infrastructure scenario and the financial, institutional and regulatory operations, when investing in this segment.

The Session on Risk Management was chaired by eminent panelists like Mr. Sajjid Z Chinoy, Chief India Economist, JP Morgan, Mr. Sudip Sural, Senior Director, Infra and Public Finance, CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory, Mr. Praveen Gupta, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Raheja QBE General Insurance, Mr. Suneet Maheshwari, Founder and Managing Partner, Udvik Infrastructure Advisors, Mr. Raghwendra Pande, Head Infrastructure and Real Estate sector, Investment banking, ICICI Securities Limited and Mr. Soumyajit Neogi, Associate Director, India Ratings deliberated on various risks that one foresees once a project is bagged, right from Regulatory Risks, Political risk, market risk, sponsoring risk, judicial risk, etc.  The risks determine the payoffs that private companies will want to negotiate before contracting any projects.  The contract needs to be viewed holistically.

Friday, June 8, 2018

La Birra Cosmetics from Thailand Organic Way Of Life

La Birra ( by Rai Boon Chaluay ) creates amazingly natural & organic cosmetics with the ingredients from their own farms which are beneficial in daily lives. Raw materials from Rai Boon Chaluey farm are certified by Thailand Organic farming standard of GMP and Halan. 

Rai Boon Chaluay was founded for the purpose of eating healthy and natural for better health in our daily life. The best products emerge from the Earth. All Rai Boon Chaluay products are organic. They are rich in tradition , value , and effectiveness 
La Birra products are available at Tops Supermarket and online through their website  

Organic Kaffir Lime Shampoo:
Gently cleanses and detoxes the scalp, stimulates hair pigmentation to restore natural black hair, reduces hair loss , reduces scalp oil, reduces dandruff-itching.

Organic Aloe Vera Shower Gel :

Reduces damages caused by UV rays and restores moisture for naturally soft skin. It is enriched with enzymes, amino acids and Vitamin E & Vitamin C to reduce skin wrinkles.

Honey Herbal Cleansing Gel :

Contains the antioxidant, Vitamin C and Vitamin B. It helps slow down the degeneration of skin cell, protects the skin from UV Sun-rays, suitable for sensitive skin , maintains youthful skin, protects from all day activities and smoke. 

Organic Fuk Kao - Premium Rose -Body lotion :

It rejuvenates soft, smooth skin and protects skin from UV rays, prevents premature ageing, helps blood circulation and makes skin naturally pink

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Shankara debuts with its 100% natural luxury Ayurveda beauty range in India

Shankara ~ Announced its entry into India with a first of its kind luxury Ayurvedic product line ~

After delighting consumers in the west for close to two decades, Shankara is all set to create a wave in the Indian luxury Ayurveda beauty industry. Shankara was conceptualized by combining Ayurvedic wisdom from the East with scientific and modern processes of the West to introduce sustainable skin care products. The brand will offer natural, result oriented skincare products that are rich in actives and herbs and infused with pure essential oils to promote wellness and healing.

Shankara’s offerings are deeply rooted in Ayurvedic principles and scientifically proven procedures using natural ingredients that address the root cause rather than masking symptoms. The rare combination of Ayurveda, the Eastern science of life and Western scientific rigor, Shankara’s line of products are highly effective due to its natural delivery mechanism for visible results. The formulations are focused to balance each individual skin type like Vata (Dry Skin), Pitta (Normal, Combination or Sensitive Skin) and Kapha (Oily Skin). With the launch of this exceptional range Shankara is set to transform the landscape of natural products in India.

All Shankara products are free from parabens, sulphates and synthetic chemicals. They are pH balanced and PETA friendly. Through its ground-breaking natural collection of retail and professional products, one’s skin can be enriched with nutrition, oxygenation, hydration and protection. Made from the highest quality of ingredients, Shankara produces true skin transformation, elevates skin radiance and enriches one’s authentic beauty. With a strong intent to serve humanity, Shankara produces the finest products using responsibly sourced natural ingredients and cruelty free methods.

The products are made by yogis and created with the perfect harmony of nature and science through cold processing. Commenting on this occasion, Astha Katpitia, Head, Shankara India said, “Shankara was crafted by harnessing the rich, ancient wisdom of Ayurveda along with scientific advancements
of the modern world. The vibrant life force of botanicals is preserved through the manufacturing
process to produce an offering that provides a quantum leap towards skin renewal and age prevention. Our vision is to use 100% natural ingredients trusted by the users to deliver exceptional results.

Shankara endeavors to offer an exclusive range of skin care products that work on the physical, mental and emotional levels to promote a sense of well-being. With years of research and understanding about beauty ingredients, they have successfully enhanced the quality of natural skin care. They are excited to introduce our wide array of products to the Indian market and hope to see positive responses.”

Shankara is currently available on, Amazon & Nykaa. The range is from Rs
1050 upwards. Since 2001, Shankara has been creating all-natural beauty and wellness products, handcrafted to the highest standards for exceptional results. Its offerings nourish the mind, body and spirit as they blend the ancient wisdom of the east and modern scientific alchemy of the west. In India, Shankara offers an exclusive range of beauty care products which seeks to work on physical,
mental and emotional levels to promote a sense of well-being. Shankara aims to be a market
leader in the Ayurveda inspired wellness and lifestyle space. Visit their page for further details -

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

German manufacturer Liebherr says Hallo India with mass premium range of refrigerators

Mr. Radhakrishna Somayaji, Chief Sales Officer, Liebherr Appliances India, Mr. Roman Schaefer, Managing Director - Sales, Liebherr Hansgerate GmbH, Mr. Gunther Sproll, International Head of Marketing, Liebherr Hansgerate GmbH and Mr. Shrinivas Jyoti, National Marketing Manager, Liebherr Appliances India at the product launch in MumbaiAdd caption
 Extensive range of 19 different models with prices starting from Rs. 23,500 onwards These refrigerators will bring in cutting-edge German engineering technology tailored to suit the Indian market Robust distribution network spanning across 50+ cities with 500+ Showrooms

 Legendary German refrigerator manufacturer, Liebherr unveiled its product
range for the Indian market today. This unique range of refrigerators in the mass premium segment will be available across its dealership network in major Indian cities spanning across south, west and north regions of India. The price range for these refrigerators begin from ₹ 23,500 for the basic model to ₹ 1,50,000 for the top end models. The refrigerators are manufactured at Liebherr Appliances

India’s Aurangabad Factory which was inaugurated last month. What makes Liebherr products distinct in the Indian market is that they have been carefully designed, post three years of extensive research & development, to bring the best of German engineering technology in a manner that suits the Indian market. 

The company has launched 19 models in multiple capacities ranging from 220 Litres to 442 litres. The refrigerators come with features like central power cooling technology, 5 star energy efficiency BEE ratings & host of other features which are specially designed to cater to India's ever-evolving lifestyle and culinary culture. 

Merging elegant design and industry-leading technology, the well-designed refrigerators come in three colour variants which are Stainless Steel finish, Blue Landscape and Red Bubble patterns to suit today’s globally exposed consumer needs. For the current range, Liebherr has put in place a robust distribution network of around 500+ Showrooms across 50+ cities in various regions. This includes partnership with organised retailers and local organised players in the country to retail the products.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Radhakrishna Somayaji, Chief Sales Officer, Liebherr Appliances India Private Limited said, “Liebherr has always focussed on creating solutions that puts the contemporary customer’s needs at the forefront. Our refrigerator range for India has been designed keeping this in mind – bringing the best of German technology customized to suit the Indian audience, with features like specially designed SpiceBoxes, ultra-protective VarioSafe, convenient Vegetable Sorter System and Unique CoolPack etc. Along with achieving customer satisfaction, our objective is also to provide products that use energy more efficiently.“

Elaborating on the brand’s Indian journey, he added, “We started the project “Liebherr Appliances India” in 2014. This project was from the very beginning inspired by the idea of “Engineered in Germany, designed for India”. Customer is our prime focus. At Liebherr, we give top priority to customer satisfaction with
competent and fast customer-service geared up to consumer needs.”

The products will be available at retail outlets across the country from 2nd week of June’2018. The new launch across segments will be promoted through a holistic 360 degree marketing activities that includes a robust press campaign supported with a strong digital marketing campaign and region-specific outdoor, BTL activities. 

To Maintain global service standards, in India Liebherr have Registered Office Address CIN: U74120MH2013FTC245571 Site Office Address Liebherr Appliances India Pvt. Ltd. Tel: +91 240 2621111 Liebherr Appliances India Pvt. Ltd. P-5, Shendra MIDC, Fax: +91 0240 2621399 A -1/6, Shendra MIDC Aurangabad 431 154, India Aurangabad 431 154,India already set up service partners at all the locations where they are going to sell and the customer care helpline 1800 2333 444 is already operational to cater to any sort of customer queries.

 The Liebherr Group consists of over 130 companies, in more than 50 countries
covering every continent and employs almost 44,000 people. In 2017, Liebherr achieved a consolidated turnover of more than 9.8 billion euros. This decentralised group of companies is divided into operatively managed and autonomous business units. 

The product areas of the Group are spread over eleven divisions: Earthmoving equipment, Mining, Mobile cranes, Tower cranes, Concrete technology, Maritime cranes, Aerospace and transportation systems, Machine tools and automation systems, Domestic appliances, Components and Hotels. The Group's central holding company is Liebherr-International AG, whose shareholders are exclusively members of the Liebherr family. Liebherr-International AG is located in Bulle, Switzerland.

Liebherr Domestic Appliances: Engineer Hans Liebherr founded the Domestic Appliance division in 1954 in Ochsenhausen (Germany). For more than 60 years now, Liebherr has been a premium manufacturer of innovative refrigeration appliances for both the domestic and commercial sectors. Nowadays more than 2.2 million appliances leave various production plants every year. Domestic Appliances product division manufactures refrigerators and freezers in four countries for private and commercial use apart from the plant at Aurangabad which takes this count of manufacturing units to five. The divisional controlling company is Liebherr-Hausgeräte GmbH in Ochsenhausen (Germany)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

OnePlus 6 Silk White Limited Edition to go on sale on 5 June 2018

‘Notify Me’ is now live on Amazon.inCustomers can avail cashback of INR 2,000 on Citibank Debit and Credit Card and No Cost EMI for up to 3 months on all major banks

 OnePlus, the premium Android smartphone maker, today announced that sales of OnePlus 6 Silk White Limited Edition phone would commence on 5 June 2018 on and The OnePlus 6 Silk White Limited Edition is a much awaited new variant of OnePlus’ latest flagship, the OnePlus 6. ‘Notify Me’ registrations for the new variant are now live on
OnePlus 6 Silk White Limited Edition replicates not just the beauty, but also the smooth texture that made the OnePlus One so celebrated. Precisely polished to create a restrained elegance in both look and feel, the subtle shimmering effect is achieved using a sprinkling of pearl powder. Six different layers of glass have been carefully applied to the device to create a smooth, white texture. The premium device packs the speed and smoothness that comes with Snapdragon 845, 8 GB RAM coupled with 128 GB storage

OnePlus 6 Silk White Limited Edition customers can avail cashback of INR 2,000 on transactions using Citibank Debit and Credit Card. They will also be eligible to avail No Cost EMI for up to 3 months on all major banks.
In addition to this, they will be eligible for 12-month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify on downloading Kotak 811 app. All Amazon Prime Video consumers can avail INR 250 and discounts up to INR 500 on Amazon Kindle e-books. Other partner offers include up to INR 2,000 cash back and Device Insurance for Idea subscribers and benefits up to INR 25,000 on flight and hotel bookings from ClearTrip.

To view the images of the  OnePlus 6 Silk White Limited Edition, please 
click here

Bisleri Launches a Plastic Recycling initiative “Bottles for Change”

Bisleri  “Bottles for Change” initiative aims at educating and changing behaviour of citizens on efficient disposal and recycling of plastic.

Apart from Bisleri’s mission to ensure access to safe drinking water for every Indian, we also make a
conscious effort to keep our environment safe and healthy. It is our endeavour to give back to the
environment and the community at large.

This World environment day, Bisleri hosted a press conference to launch “BOTTLES FOR CHANGE”, a Plastic Recycling initiative that focuses on efficient disposal and recycling of plastic. The idea is to create a positive impact on the environment, ensure that it is sustainable and emphasize on the fact that plastic is a versatile material, has an afterlife and can be recycled to make many products like: Furniture (benches, chair), apparels, home decors, accessories and bags etc. For this initiative, Bisleri has partnered with 3 NGOs (Parisar Bhagini Vikas Sangh, Sampurna Earth &
Garbage Concern Welfare Society) who are associated with the members of “Bottles for Change”
across Mumbai to work towards changing behaviour of the communities in valuing plastic as an
effective resource. Users of plastic have to simply crush, clean and keep the plastic separate. The
members of “Bottles for Change” will pick it up at scheduled days and will take it to their
segregation centre. Together with the NGO’s, Bisleri is conducting plastic collection and educational
drives for communities, corporates, schools, colleges, and other institutions.

When you put plastic in your household waste, it ends up going to the dumping grounds.
Bottles for Change focuses to create a system where the members of “Bottles for Change” pick up
plastic from source, segregate it and sell it to the recyclers. The plastic collected & sold is clean and fetches almost 2x more value leading to the upliftment of the lives of members of “Bottles for
Change” and their children.

Mr Ramesh Chauhan, Chairman & MD, Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd., launched the initiative by
presenting ‘Bottles for Change Kit’ that includes Plastic collection bags, Bottles for change branded
Jackets, Caps, posters and other communication material, to the three partnered NGO’s in the

Highlights of BOTTLES FOR CHANGE initiative:

 The program aims to address the plastic issue in a very strategic manner to spread awareness about plastic being a miraculous material that can be recycled multiple times; thereby bringing a behaviour change amongst individuals, ensuring they clean, segregate and dispose plastic effectively which is then recycled and have a sustainable impact on environment
 The program helps members of “Bottles for Change” to collect large amounts of clean plastic each time, fetching them with good income that also helps in leading them to a respectable life and support to educate their children
 24 wards of Mumbai and parts of Navi Mumbai and Thane will be covered by the members of “Bottles for Change”, ensuring effective execution
 Special collection Vehicles, Collection Bins, Toll free No., Website and a hygiene kit for members of “Bottles for Change” shall be provided by Bisleri Management

Impact of Bottles for Change Programme:

 3800 Tonnes of Plastic Recycled
 3,00,000 Students Reached
 15,00,000 Citizens Reached
 Lives of 2000+ members of “Bottles for Change” Upflifted
 100+ Corporates Engaged

On this proud occasion, Ms. Anjana Ghosh, Director Bisleri International, said “Banning of plastic
has been in news for quite some time now. However, plastic is an integral part of our lives & is not trash. The issue is not plastic but with our behaviour. Plastic has to be disposed and recycled

Bisleri International Pvt Ltd is the most trusted choice for mineral water for the past 50 years. Bisleri has witnessed this successful growth under the leadership of the visionary chairman and managing director, Mr. Ramesh Chauhan. Bisleri has always felt responsible towards the society and Mother Earth, and hence various activities are initiated on regular basis to help preserve the environment.

BRIDGESTONE India and UNICEF India join hands for ‘Drops of Hope’ - A Project on Water Conservation and Drinking Water Security

 ‘Drops of Hope’ - A Project on Water Conservation and Drinking Water Security,  to be initiated in the districts of Pune, Latur and Osmanabad in Maharashtra, India

Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd, a group company of Bridgestone Corporation joined hands with The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) of India for ‘Drops of Hope’ -a Project on Water Conservation and Drinking Water Security. The partnership has been formed in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra, Department of Water and Sanitation. The first phase of the project will be implemented in districts of Pune, Latur and Osmanabad in Maharashtra India.

Bridgestone India is contributing a sum of 3.9 Cr. INR to the project over a period of three years. The focus of the project is to develop robust drinking water security and safety plans which also involves a baseline survey to understand the existing situation as well as assess the future impact.

Maharashtra state has the highest drought prone blocks due to hard rock areas and shallow aquifers. Only half of rural households in Maharashtra have access to tap water of which only 63% is treated. Nearly 20% of rural household still depend on distant & unprotected sources for their domestic water supplies and nearly 1/6th of rural population depend on public hand pumps. Per capita water supply in state has huge disparities that can range from 21 ~129 liters per capita per day (lpcpd). (National Vision is minimum 70 lpcpd by 2020)This Project is planned with an objective of strengthening village level committees to find local solutions to Safety and Security Planning for Drinking Water throughout the year.

Bridgestone India will provide support to UNICEF in undertaking training and skill development of community members and key officials at the village, block and district level to build water supply structures and ensure their proper maintenance. Another key facet of this program is the use of innovative communication processes and tools to support positive behaviors towards water usage and management.

The foundation of this project is to work closely with the Government of Maharashtra to identify and leverage key resources for enhancing investments in infrastructure.

This partnership involves deployment of models that aim to create a mechanism to ensure drinking water security. Communities will be encouraged to access available funds set aside for village development which also encompasses water security.

Speaking about the partnership, Mr. Yoshikazu Shida, Member of the Board, CEO and COO, Bridgestone Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd said, “Bridgestone Corporation has always believed in contributing to their social surroundings and this belief is reflected through our mission of ‘Serving Society with Superior Quality’. This mission is also a guiding light for Bridgestone’s CSR commitment ‘Our Way to Serve’. The three key priority areas of this commitment are ‘Mobility’, ‘People’, and ‘Environment’. Bridgestone’s partnership with UNICEF is a solidified commitment towards ‘People’ and ‘Environment’. This project in India is aligned with Bridgestone’s global CSR direction, and we will be associating with various partners and causes to provide relevant sustainable solutions.”

Mr. Parag Satpute, Managing Director, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd added, “We are glad to be associated with a prestigious organization such as UNICEF over the cause of water conservation. The state of Maharashtra has one of the highest drought prone blocks and being operational in the state, we feel responsible to aid the people especially our future generations. Water is one of the primary resources needed for the basic survival and being deprived of it has certainly periled the lives of many. Partnering with UNICEF will help us channelize our resources in an organized manner to provide sustainable solutions. We are also thankful to the Department of Water Supply and Sanitation, Government of Maharashtra, in providing their support to the cause.”   

Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative, UNICEF India, mentioned, “The scarcity of water is no longer a myth. We are seeing that around the world and we know when resources go scarce, children and women are especially more vulnerable. We are very happy that Bridgestone is supporting us to be able to demonstrate how communities can be empowered to help manage this situation. Since Maharashtra is a state where the Groundwater Act is enacted, it is most appropriate to support the demonstration to address the drinking water safety and security here. By implementing this programme in partnership with Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Government of Maharashtra we are hoping to find sustainable and scalable solutions to the drinking water scarcity problem in the state which can hopefully be further replicated across the country”.

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Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd started its operations in 1996. In March 1998 with the setup of its manufacturing facility in Kheda, Madhya Pradesh, Bridgestone achieved its objective of running Indian manufactured Bridgestone tyres on Indian Roads. It expanded its facilities by setting up one more facility in Chakan, Pune in 2013. In a short stint of more than 20 years, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd has become one of the leading tyre companies in both the OEM & Replacement market.

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