Friday, November 30, 2018

Masala King Dr. Dhananjay Datar ranks 18th amongst ‘Richest Indians in the UAE’

 Dhananjay Datar, Chairman & Managing Director of Al Adil Trading was recently ranked on number 18 amongst the richest Indians in the United Arabian Emirates (UAE) in 2018 by Arabian Business.

Dr. Datar, a dynamic leader heading the Al Adil Trading group has performed a key role in bringing more than 9000 Indian products to UAE. The group also produces more than 700 products within categories like readymade flours, spices, pickles, jams, Namkeen and instants, under its own brand ‘Peacock’. His group’s Indian arm, Masala King Exports (India) Pvt. Ltd. is successfully operating from Mumbai. Al Adil Group is in active expansion mode and increasing its outlets in other gulf countries. It has established special trade routes in USA, Canada, Kenya, Switzerland, Italy, Eretria, Kuwait, Oman and UAE.  For the record Dr. Datar has been consistently rising in the rankings in the rankings as in 2017, he was on the 19th position and in 2016 he was ranked 39th.   

Speaking about the development, Dr. Datar, said, “It is a great honor to be recognized by Arabian Business, which is one of the most credible and responsible entity in the region that recognizes passion and contribution to the advancement Arab by various individuals and organizations. “The aim of the listing is to recognize the powerful and influential Indian leaders shaping the Arab world through their vision and investment. These trailblazers have set up some of the most successful companies in the Middle East, using their vision, ingenuity and formidable leadership to bring capital to their shareholders and into our economies.”
The ranking is the result of in depth research and analysis into Indian professionals residing and/or operating businesses in the Arab World.  

Dr. Datar further added, “Honors and recognition add more responsibility to what we do. I strongly believe that we will strive to provide enhanced value to our customers in a socially responsible manner. It is also a reflection of the dedicated team effort of our entire organization. I wish to thank the Rulers of this great country who support and encourage us in our endeavors. It is evident from the fact that a majority of the Top Leaders and Business owners are based in UAE, which is a clear reflection of the support that we get from the leaders of UAE”. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Rasna announces Saina Nehwal as the brand ambassador for Rasna Native Haat Honey and Honey Vita

Rasna to launch an ad campaign with Saina Nehwal around the new product range

 Rasna, the world’s first manufacturer of instant fruit-based concentrate, believes in giving its consumers what they want. Today’s consumer has become very health conscious and wants to go back to their ethnic roots with natural ingredients like honey, essential oil, spice oil, badam powder etc. Keeping this in mind, with a promise of no chemicals and preservatives, Rasna has given birth to a new brand ‘Rasna Native Haat’.

Rasna Native Haat comes with a one-line promise to consumers to, ‘go back to nature’. This is best exemplified in the product offerings Rasna Native Haat Aampanna, Shikanji which are available in powder form as well as ready to drink form. Now as an addition to the product portfolio, Rasna is pleased to announce launch of Rasna Native Haat Honey Vita & Badam Vita Powder and Honey in following SKUs:

  • Honey Vita (Chocolate Flavour) - 18g, 100g (75g+25gFree), 600g (450g+150gFree), 500g
  • Badam Vita (Badam Flavour) - 12g, 200g
  • Honey (Natural) - 750g, 500g, 250g, 50g

Badam Vita powder is enriched with 21 Vitamins, minerals, almond extract while Honey Vita Powder has the goodness of honey and has 21 vitamins, minerals, malt extracts, cereal extracts, making it a complete energy drink.

To further promote the products, Rasna Native Haat is pleased to announce its new Brand Ambassador, Ms. Saina Nehwal, who has shot a TV Commercial for both, Honey and Honey Vita products.

Speaking at the event today Mr. Piruz Khambatta Chairman of Rasna Pvt. Ltd said, “We are extremely happy to collaborate with Saina Nehwal for our new ad campaign. Saina embodies the attributes of Rasna’s Native Haat range which focuses on health products that are chemical and preservatives free. We are committed to providing our consumers with new and innovative products.”

Speaking about her association with Rasna, Saina Nehwal said, “Rasna is one of the most trusted brands in India. It has been one of my favourite drinks growing up. I am thrilled to associate with the brand for Honey and Honey Vita under the Rasna Native Haat umbrella that focuses on natural and healthy products.”

About Rasna Pvt.Ltd.
Rasna is India’s most reputed FMCG business house and No.1 family owned brand selling in more than 53 countries. We have 8 manufacturing plants with ISO-22000-2005, HACCP, HALAL, FSSAI certified. We have a strong distribution network with 26 depots across India, 200 Super stockists, 5000 stockists, 900 sales force covering 1.6 million outlets. Rasna has strong marketing network across the breadth and length of India and abroad. . Rasna got various awards such as prestigious SUPERIOR TASTE AWARD 2008 instituted by THE INTERNATIONAL TASTE AND QUALITY INSTITUTE, BELGIUM  CANNES LIONS LONDON, Monde Selection Award,Master Brand The world Brand Congress Award,in the august presence of Mr. Christian De Bauw. of  iTQi for its new product Rasna Fruit Plus which is world’s fastest dissolving  powder.
Rasna has seen as an innovative company be it product launch, marketing or distribution and is enviable 100% recall and almost 80% market share which makes it a role model company

RBL Bank and IIMA Alumni flags off the 5th edition of ‘Umeed 1000’ Cyclothon

·        An initiative by RBL Bank to raise funds for the education of under-privileged girls at Udbhav School, Hyderabad.
·        30 cyclists are set to cycle 1000 Kms. over a period of 10 days from Mumbai to Bengaluru.
 In a step towards promoting education for under-privileged girl children, RBL Bank flagged off the fifth edition of ‘Umeed 1000’ - a 1000 km Cyclothon in the city today. The team will ride from Mumbai to Bengaluru to raise awareness and funds for the education of less privileged girl children. The Cyclothon was flagged off by Prof. Srinath Jagannathan from IIM Indore today and will conclude on December 10th.
The Cyclothon will be covering Pune, Satara, Kolhapur, Belagavi, Hubli, Ranebennuru, Chitradurga and Tumkur. This initiative is being led by Jasmeet S. Gandhi, a cycling enthusiast, who is passionate contributing towards girl education, along with 30 RBL Bank employees. These cyclists will be joined by 50 women police officers of Karnataka Police who will cycle the entire Karnataka stretch to raise awareness and funds for this cause. The Karnataka Police and Maharashtra Police are actively supporting Umeed 1000 Cyclothon throughout the course of 10 days.

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Commenting on this event, Shanta Vallury Gandhi, Head, HR, CSR and Internal Branding at RBL Bank said, “As an organisation, we are deep rooted in our belief to strive for greater good and give back to the society. For us at the Bank, CSR is not just a mandate but it is a way of life and we are committed to create a positive impact in the lives of many through collaboration and coalition with our partners. The 5th edition of Umeed 1000 Cyclothon is a testimony of our commitment towards our mission community as the cause.”
Commenting on the occasion, H. Sitaram, Correspondent, Udbhav School (beneficiary) run by IIM Ahmedabad Alumni Association Hyderabad Chapter Charitable Trust (IIMAAA HCCT) said “IIM Ahmedabad Alumni would like to provide every child with the same opportunity that they got when they were young.  We are very delighted that RBL Bank Ltd has chosen IIMAAA as a partner and Udbhav school as the beneficiary”.
This year RBL Bank is going to support IIMAAA Hyderabad Chapter Charitable Trust to build and support another underprivileged school in Fathehnagar that has been catering to the education needs of students coming from urban slums in the vicinity. This is the first time that three IIMA Alumni Chapters are coming together to partner with RBL Bank for this initiative.
So far, RBL Bank’s Umeed 1000 Cyclothon has raised in excess of INR 4 Crores for the benefit NGOs such as Iksha Foundation, IIMPACT and Udbhav School. 

Reflextion Bar & Kitchen launch with celebrities galore

 The heart of Mumbai welcomes a brand new all-day hang-out junction in Andheri West, right behind the YRF Studios, named Reflextion Bar and Kitchen, which opened it’s doors on the 23rd of November.

As the name suggests, the lounge-bar moulds the basic idea of reflection with its interiors and ambience, divided into sections where an individual can find fresh greenery with open air, an ocean inspired section with subtle positivity, two other sections showing the two different shades of human natures along with self-reflections all around. Speak of gastronomy - an amalgamation of futuristic Indian food with traditional Indian flavours along with global cuisine, their kitchen redefines Indian cuisine where culinary art meets the alchemy of modern presentations.

At the launch event, Mr.Nikesh Dave (one of the partners/directors) said, “We at Reflextion Bar and Kitchen opt to give you the best in the industry and cater to all your needs. Hence we have four unique conceptualised segments under one single roof to meet the taste of every individual, also including a pet-friendly section, a kid-friendly section, a super chilled alfresco and so much more. You need to visit us to experience the variety-on-a-plate.”
The launch event, which was co-sponsored by Motocult and 104 Power FM, was graced by a parade of celebrities and social influencers like Pooja Chopra, Aahana Kumra, Ashish Kapoor, Sachin Chaudhary, Deepshika Nagpal, Mrunal Jain, Rachel White and Co-director of Fast & Furious series Mr.Josan Sandeep. It featured Duane & Pritam as the DJ for the night. With its quirky interiors, the lounge is a visual retreat.

The event was managed by one of the director’s wife Anushka Dave and Rudra Rajparia from S & V hospitality, the company that manages various pubs and lounges across the city, with CNP hospitality partners Nikesh Dave, Chintan Patel, Prakash Ravariya,Javed Quraishi.

Introducing the world’s Most Secured Communication Suite, ‘’DirectBaat’’

In a packed house of media persons and journalists at the Press Club Mumbai, former encounter cop Sachin Waze today unveiled the most secured communication suite on earth,’’DirectBaat’’ offering features including direct messaging, file sharing, audio-voice calls as well as video calls.

DirectBaat ensures optimum safety, enabling you to seamlessly share your data through your smartphones. The cutting-edge communication suite is the brainchild of Mr. Sachin Waze and Mr. Sanyog Shelar and has undergone rigorous security assessments and testing on multiple benchmarks.

The communication suite adheres to all applicable regulations in India and offers unprecedented security for common citizens who are eying a reliable and secure mode of communication and document sharing platform.

Harnessing end to end encryption, DirectBaat furnishes you with the confidence to message, talk, share files with colleagues and clients via a single state of the art application.

It is important to understand that unless you encrypt them your communications are not private. Every activity you perform over the web passes through a layer of servers before it reaches its destination. It could be intercepted midway and read at any point. Then endless possibilities of analysis of your conversation/communication and sharing further to various unknown vendors for various purposes.  This is where encryption comes into the picture for ensuring your privacy.

The End to End encryption leveraged by DirectBaat also ensures that no third party can comprehend the communication between you and your conversational DirectBaat partner. Furthermore, the dynamic generation of crypto-keys makes the decryption of the messages impossible, making it the most secured communication tool on the earth.

’’We have launched this application to build a real privacy environment for the citizens of our country. This application will help you to keep your privacy intact. Since DirectBaat operates on very secured and practically un-snoopable software and hardware platforms even we can’t read anything other than user’s registration information,’’ said Mr. Sachin Waze, Former Encounter Specialist, on behalf of SIGMA SSG and VNT. “It's a small contribution to India's step ahead towards creating a real sense and effect of 'Privacy' as well as marching towards a great feeling of un-snoopability which will result into confident communication." He further said.

The application is priced for ₹ 25,000 which is the costliest app on the earth. But on the request of a student Mr. Sachin Waze has reduced the pricing from ₹ 25,000 to an Introductory offer ₹ 500. It is till 31st December, 2018 that the most secured communication suit will be available in this price.

To further bolster the security and privacy of the platform users, DirectBaat ensures that no data of the users under any circumstances is stored on its servers. Guaranteeing a secured and fluidic conversation, it is the only solution for the large section of privacy-concerned individuals who need a communication medium which will have virtually no vulnerabilities related to privacy.

DirectBaat is available for download on Google Play store. The application post installation involves a brief registration process before you step into the world of secured communication.

Bandhan Jewels announces Isabelle Kaif as Brand Ambassador

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 Bandhan Jewels announces Isabelle Kaif, as the Brand Ambassador of Bandhan Jewels at a
Press Conference at ITC Maratha today.

Bandhan Jewels is the latest entrant in the Jewellery Market and is the store brand under the
umbrella of Style Quotient Jewellery Private Limited.

Led by a team of enterprising entrepreneurs and jewellery industry stalwarts, Bandhan Jewels is a
multi-brand retail platform. It’s a retail partnership programme which is based on a concept like Oyo
rooms, Ola/Uber etc. where it’s a service platform provided by bunch of professionals who
understand the industry very well.

Bandhan Jewels intends to give support to the jewellery retailers by inviting them to be retail
partners with them. When united under a same brand, jewellers can compete with big brand stores.
This helps the jewellery outlets to be a part of perceived retail jewellery chain.

Speaking on the occasion, Prasad Kapre, CEO & Director, Style Quotient Jewellery Private Limited, said, “There has been no retail organization that is collaborating with investors and jewellers by supporting them in their endeavour of building a long term sustainable and profitable jewellery
business. Bandhan Jewels was created as an answer to this existing gap. Isabelle soon makes a debut
in the world of Bollywood and brings this freshness in the jewellery world”.

Addressing the media, Brand Ambassador Isabelle Kaif said, “I am excited to be associated with
Bandhan Jewels, which I think is a phenomenal concept. The jewellery pieces are exquisite and finely
crafted. They are pure indulgence for the women of today”.

Currently, The Gems and Jewellery industry is witnessing changes in the consumer’s preferences
adapting to a western lifestyle. Consumers are demanding new designs and varieties in jewellery,
and branded jewellers are able to fulfil their changing demands better than local unorganised

Bandhan Jewels’ differentiating factor is that they are a multi brand outlet with a huge mix of
generic jewellery and brands being sold under one roof. They have a wide range of jewellery that
covers every look ranging from casual wear, traditional look, party wear, bridal wear and many
more. Exclusive generic jewellery in Gold and Diamond will be marketed under Bandhan Gold and
Bandhan Diamond collections. Their generic gold and diamond line can be customized according to
the customers’ wishes.

OSH India 2018: Minimizing Risks & Maximizing Productivity at Work Places

Over 150 brands showcased at the 7th edition of the expo·         South Asia’s largest trade show for Occupational Safety & Health industry in Mumbai by UBM India
·         A congregation of 130 exhibitors and over 150 renowned Indian and Global brands
·         Two-Day industry conference on Occupational Safety & Health
·         OSH India Safety Awards to recognize and celebrate the excellence, triumphs and innovations of key stakeholders in the occupational safety and health
Announcement of the preview edition of OSH Bangladesh in Dhaka from April 18-20, 2019

UBM India today launched the 7th edition of the Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) India (29th- 30th November) safety show at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre,  Mumbai. The show brought together internationally renowned exhibitors, consultants, business experts and key government officials under one common platform, to discuss global best practices and seek solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the field of workplace safety and health.

The inaugural ceremony of OSH India, 2018 took place in the presence of Key Dignitaries, Mr. Hemant Sapra, President, SAMA; Shri H.R. Jagannath, CEO, Air India Engineering Services Ltd; Mr. Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, British Safety Council; Guest of Honours -  Shri Lalit Gabhane, Director-General, National Safety Council;  Shri Santosh Warrick, CFO & Advisor, MIDC and Shri Sudhakar Prabhu Rathod, Director, DISH, Govt of Maharashtra along with Mr. Pankaj Jain, Group Director, UBM India Pvt. Ltd and Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India amidst an august industry gathering.

One of the key announcements made at the inaugural session was that OSH, the global brand, is now extending its wings to the SAARC region by launching a preview show in Dhaka, Bangladesh scheduled for April 18-20, 2019.

India, as compared to most countries in the world, has a demographic advantage with regard to its youth population. Approximately half of India’s 1.2 billion people are under the age of 26, and by 2020, it is forecasted to be the youngest country in the world, with a median age of 29. Recent reports say, 250 million people are set to join India’s workforce by 2030. As a big chunk of the population shifts to the working age group, organizations need to look at the safety and health along with emotional well-being of these employees on priority to retain the best of talent and ensure good productivity.  Companies in manufacturing and allied sectors such as automobile, oil and gas, construction etc. in particular are becoming aware of occupational hazards and are working towards creating a safer working environment.  Governments are emphasizing on developing infrastructure and providing resources centered around workplace safety, coupled with increasing global investments. Although, many organizations have taken the initiative to organize training sessions to create awareness, a concentrated and cohesive strategy is clearly not in place. UBM India’s OSH India is geared to filling this vital gap.

The participation of leading exhibitors from across the industry reaffirmed the need and focus of OSH India as an industry event.  These include industry leaders and key partners such as ‘Innovation Zone Partner’ – Amazon;‘VIP Partner’ – Jayco; ‘Gold Partners’ – Acme Safetywear and Venus Safety; ‘Silver Partner’ – Atlas Protective; ‘Registration Partner’ – Karam; ‘Lanyard Partner’ – Allen Cooper (Superhouse); ‘Visitor Bag & Cafeteria Partner’ – Black & Decker; ‘Badge Partner’ – Uviraj Global; ‘Safe Escape Partner’ – Prolife Autoglo; ‘Confined Space Entry Partner’ – Drager; ‘Technology Partner’ – Tata Communications; ‘Safety Footgear Partner’ – Sketchers; ‘Health Partner’ – Narayana Hospital; ‘Associate Conference Partner’ – Youngwoo; ‘Conference Session Partners’ – Safestart, Godrej Interio and FALL Arrest System & Technologies  amongst others. This year, the show has a presence of over 150 brands and is witnessing international participation from countries such as  USA, China, UK, Sri Lanka, Japan, Korea, Germany, Ireland, Middle East and Malaysia.

Speaking at the inauguration of OSH India 2018, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said,Workers represent almost half the population and are the major contributors to the social and economic development of the world today. Taking care of health, favorable working conditions, social and emotional well being of employees should be on priority to retain the best of talent and ensure good productivity. Despite a greater focus on occupational safety and health by organizations and Government, there is still inadequate education at various levels and public awareness. OSH India 2018, addresses the pressing need for raising OSH awareness and standards by providing tangible solutions to organizations to meet and  network with suppliers and service providers from across the world  that will showcase their innovations and knowledge amidst a vastly untapped Indian market. With the Indian Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) industry  expected to grow to over USD 1.5 billion by 2020, the conference on the sidelines of the expo will host discussions touching upon the OSH best practices in MRO in civil aviation & Ergonomics for the first time, along with a series of sessions, panel discussions and workshops on Day 1, something our visitors and delegates are looking forward to.”

A two –day power packed OSH industry conference will talk on global best practices. Apart from OSH best practices in MRO in civil aviation & Ergonomics, key sessions and panel discussions on DAY 1  of the conference included: ‘The Role and Need for Accreditation in HSE’; ‘The Future of Work & Risk: An update on ISO45001 by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, British Safety Council’, ‘Communication to ensure Safety, Efficiency & Productivity’ and ‘Reducing Error and Influencing Behaviour’; ‘Implementing Laws and legislations to Enforce Industrial Safety, Worker Safety and Industrial Hygiene: Key Responsibilities and Challenges’; ‘Best Safety Practices in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul of Aviation Equipment’ and a Presentation on ‘Fall Arrest Systems and Technologies’.

Day 2 will see a Power Talk on ‘The Human Side of Safety’; Workshops on ‘Occupational Safety and Health: The Role of Indian Standards’ and ‘Practical Safety Training Centre  at Construction Sites’; Panel discussions on ‘Best Practices in Ergonomics and Occupational Health to Safeguard Workers & Improve Organisational Efficiency’ and ‘Redefining Occupational Health and Fire Safety Metrics While Working at Hazardous Places, specially high rise buildings, & While Using Hazardous Substances & Chemicals’; Sessions on – ‘Fix the Tail to Propel Procurement: Attacking the Tail Spend Problem in B2B’; ‘Safety on Rent’ as an Industry Best Practice for Managing Plant shutdowns/Turnarounds Safely’; ‘Improving Business Profitability Through Occupational Health and Safety’; a Partner session on ‘Enterprise Safety: Technology Adoption and Challenges’. The conference is being attended by industry experts from across the country and leading International organizations.

OSH India 2018 will also witness the ‘OSH India Awards 2018’ which is open to Indian operating businesses, organizations, alliances and individuals in the public or private sector with a workplace health and safety initiative. This year, OSH Awards received a total of 120 nominations from across industry verticals that include construction, pharma, chemicals, FMCG, BPO, Banking, refineries, oil & gas, automobiles, logistics & transport, power, SMEs, Agro, Healthcare, food, iron & steel, IT, Rubber industry and more. These Awards have been instrumental in building competitiveness among applicants, in encouraging innovation and have been able to promote and establish thought leadership within the Occupational Safety and Health industry in India. The Awards Night slated for the evening of DAY1 ( 29th Nov ) will be a celebration of luminaries and forerunners of the industry getting together, over a night of insights, networking, glamour and entertainment.

About OSH Mumbai:
OSH Mumbai will be organised by UBM, which in October 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organiser in the world. Please visit for more information on OSH Mumbai and for our presence in Asia.

About UBM Asia:
UBM Asia recently became part of Informa PLC, a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organiser in the world. Please visit for more information about our presence in Asia.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

NMIMS and UNSW sign articulation agreement for Students to get opportunity to study in Australia

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SVKM’s NMIMS and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) through its Faculty of
Engineering have entered into an agreement for the Articulation of Programs here on Saturday. The
agreement which was signed between the two Universities sets out the key administrative
arrangements for the NMIMS - UNSW Engineering Program.

Mr Tony Huber, Australian Consulate General, who was present during the signing of the agreement
briefed the delegates on India-Australia relationship and how education has become the leader in the
global scenario.

Laurie Pearcey, Pro Vice-Chancellor International, UNSW gave an overview of the University. He
stated that unlike some other noted universities worldwide, which cater to a limited number of
students, UNSW with a large strength of 60,000 students, provides world class education at both
levels, at scale and at quality as well.

Laurie Pearcey the youngest Pro-Vice-Chancellor in the Australian higher education sector and who is
one of the youngest university leaders internationally, mentioned that UNSW has 21,000 international
students. The last three years has seen the number of students from India rise from merely 300 to 1200
at UNSW.
Airing his views on the agreement signed, Laurie said that UNSW while engaging with other
Universities worldwide, help in expanding their pathways. He added “the agreement will help
NMIMS students to interact with counterparts at global level, which will encourage them to develop a
diverse perspective and thus enrich their experiences. As students are offered more choice, flexibility
in accessing education, this program will add a lot of value.”

Dr. Rajan Saxena, Vice Chancellor, SVKM’s NMIMS said that the strengths of NMIMS and UNSW
will work together to create a difference. Dr Saxena shared his vision on NMIMS and education on
this occasion. He explained how the institution has been growing, branching into newer spheres of
specialisation and creating excellent avenues for learning opportunities. Dr Saxena stated that
NMIMS is rated among the first 15 institutions for higher education in the country. He also stressed
on the importance of creating a sound network of educational experts, as it will play a significant role
in the future.

This agreement is a vital step towards ensuring highest quality education. It will make international
education accessible and affordable to NMIMS students, they will be awarded an International
Engineering Degree from UNSW, followed by Internship opportunities and placement in Australia.
Thus it will give them global exposure and help in understanding diversity.
Distinguished former Indian diplomat, author and educator Amit Dasgupta, who is the India Country
Director, UNSW, while mentioning that the India Australia relations sees a game changer through

education, said “purpose of education is to bring people closer, exchanging ideas, and if these aspects
are removed, it becomes soulless.”
This Program is based on the principle of "articulation" in recognition of studies undertaken at
NMIMS. Students who have successfully completed two years of a related Engineering course may
apply to enter the UNSW’s Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Computer Engineering, Mechanical
Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering.
The NMIMS - UNSW Program is expected to involve students studying a total of 4 semesters at and a
minimum of six terms (two academic years) at UNSW, subject to them satisfying progression
requirements at all stages. Students may commence their studies at UNSW in the T1, 3rd year of
study of the Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science program.

During a panel discussion held after the signing of the agreement on ‘Future of Employability’, Dr.
Sharad Mhaiskar, Pro Vice Chancellor, NMIMS said that teaching students to learn and unlearn is
important and that this process has to be carried out for several years. He also stressed on the fact that
faculty development is the biggest challenge faced by the sector.

Dr Veena Vora – Associate Dean, School of Business, NMIMS expressed that the future jobs are
going to be more creative, which will demand skills like cognitive, complex problem solving,
emotional intelligence and more mindfulness.

Blair Slater, Manager Global Employability, Careers and Employment and Prof Richard Buckland,
School of Computer Science and Engineering & Director, First Year Experience, who were part of the
delegation which is on visit to Mumbai for signing the agreement, also participated in the panel
discussion. They stressed on the importance of encouraging curiosity among students.

About NMIMS:

NMIMS has grown into an outstanding academic establishment in India covering varied areas of
academic interests and attracting an equally diverse faculty and student body.
It stands as a large imposing University with 13 specialized schools plus 5 off-Campus operations,
with an intake of over 13000 students and over 700 full time faculty members.

About UNSW:

UNSW Sydney (the University of New South Wales), one of Australia's leading research and teaching
universities. It is a powerhouse of cutting-edge research, teaching and innovation. It offers an
extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs. UNSW is one of the
top 100 universities in the world, with more than 59,000 students and a 7,000-strong research

For more information:
Mr Tarun Saxena,

IFSEC India 2018: Securing the Nation through a Most Influential Congregation of Policy Makers, Regulators and Decisions Makers

Over 300 Indian and Global brands to mark the 12th edition of IFSEC India, South Asia’s largest Security event by UBM India

 The International Fire & Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) India Expo, South Asia’s largest security, civil protection and fire safety show by UBM India, is gearing up for its 12th edition which is slated for December 5th – 7th, 2018 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.  Supported by the Asian Professional Security Association (APSA), American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), Electronic Security Association of India (ESAI), Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)  and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) among others, and with ‘Security Update’ and ‘Security Today’ as the official media partners, the show will see participation from over 20 countries such as UK, USA, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Russia and will bring together over 300 domestic and globally renowned brands, key government officials, consultants and business experts. The visitor profile of the expo will include professionals such as CSOs, Admin Heads, CIOs, CTOs, Facility Heads, Purchase Managers, System Integrators and Dealers & Distributors of organisations.

Speaking on the announcement of the 12th edition of the IFSEC India Show, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “The South Asia region, which the IFSEC India Expo brings within its radar, is a vulnerable as well as a progressive zone with ongoing threats to homeland security, rising urbanisation, proliferating crimes, and low people-to-police ratio being some of the most significant factors. The Government of India recognises this vulnerability and has introduced strict regulations and guidelines that promote the use of security and surveillance in the country -- the security of children within school premises, and the growing need for women’s safety being noteworthy instances. Besides, in a bid to make the country truly modern and secure, it has till date invested around ₹ 48,000 crores for its Smart City initiative that aims to create at least 100 smart cities in India. Owing to these factors, it comes as no surprise that the electronic security market in India is expected to witness a tremendous growth with a projected CAGR of nearly 13 per cent over the next decade.”
“IFSEC India 2018 aims to act as a catalyst for the progress and vision of this proliferating industry, as it provides a platform for industry players to collectively ideate, innovate, spot trends and enable the shift in India’s security paradigm from a defensive approach to a monitoring and responsive one,” he further added.
IFSEC India will include in its already formidable repertoire, products and technologies pertaining to CCTV & Surveillance, Biometrics & RFID, Integrated Systems, Access Control, GPS Systems, Video Management, Parking Automation, Transport, Perimeter Protection, IoT, Smart Homes, Security & Safe Cities in addition to surveillance for the knowledge of end users and providers. Key global brands & distributors include Premier Plus  Partners:Aditya Infotech, Advik, Dahua, eSSL, Globus, Hikvision, Mark, Nuctech, Realtime, TVT and Zkteco; Premier Partners such as  Axestrack, Biomax, Honeywell, Mantra, Panasonic, Road Point, Seagate, Timewatch, Unique Electrovision, Vantage, and Western Digital, among others.
Significantly, in an industry where up gradation of technology is the very key to surviving competition, the IFSEC India Expo provides high-impact, informative demos and a wealth of opportunities for the visitors to network and learn about new technologies, industry best practices and trends, challenges, market insights and discover the best solutions to keep their business and clients secured. One of the novel ways by which the expo this year is encouraging this vital interaction between key exhibitors with cutting edge innovations to offer and big ticket buyers is through the creation of the Regalia Lounge, an exclusive, private 5 star lounge, meant  solely for one-on-one interactions and high octane business on a ‘By Invitation Only’ basis.
With security in India continuing to be an onerous task, IFSEC India 2018 has decided to proactively decipher relevant insights gained in the global security market as well as latest technology such as aerial vehicles and drones by conducting a two day conference with the theme ‘Unraveling the Evolution in Security Tech alongside the exhibition. The conference will witness the presence and participation of eminent industry personalities including Shri D.R. Karthikeyan, Chairman, Assocham Homeland Security Council; Capt. Raghu Raman, President – Risk, Security and New Ventures, Reliance Industries Ltd.; Shri M.S. Upadhye, IPS, Chief Security Commissioner, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation; Lt. and Gen. Sudhir Sharma, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VSM, Former Quartermaster General, Indian Army, among others.
Some of the trending topics scheduled to be discussed at the conference are – ‘Corporate Risk Management: Integrating Standards and BeSomst Practices into Operations’ , ‘The Evolving Role of a CSO in Crisis Management and in Ensuring Business Continuity’, ‘Regulatory Compliance Requirements Related to Corporate Security’, ‘Industry Best Practices in the Manufacture of Security Products by Bureau of Indian Standards’, ‘Technology-Enabled Disruptions’, ‘Emerging Paradigms in Security Architecture’, ‘How AI & IoT Add Value to Video Surveillance Systems’, ‘The Threat of Cyber Attacks on Security & Surveillance Systems’, and ‘How Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Can be Effectively Used to Enforce Homeland Security’
This year, IFSEC India is all set to host the 3rd edition of the IFSEC India Awards. With the impressive growth of the Electronic Security Industry in India, the awards have been crafted to specially get the minds behind electronic security in various industry verticals like BFSI, Retail, Manufacturing, Energy, Healthcare, PSUs, IT & ITES and Infrastructure in the limelight. The awards will recognise the excellence and innovations of CSOs & Security officers who continuously work behind the scenes to ensure robust security. The process advisors for the IFSEC India Awards will be Ernst and Young.
IFSEC India owes its rich legacy to the 40-year-old IFSEC Global and success to the way the Indian edition has modified itself to suit the specific needs of this region. Recommended by industry experts as the pre-eminent authority on the global security and fire industry, the expo has nudged the industry on the path to a completely secure, smart and digitally enhanced world.
About IFSEC India 2018:
The 12th edition of IFSEC India will be organised by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organiser in the world. Please visit for more information and for our presence in Asia.
About UBM Asia:
UBM Asia recently became part of Informa PLC, a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world. Please visit for more information about our presence in Asia.

JSW Cement launches improved ‘Concreel HD’ cement in Maharashtra

 JSW Cement, India’s leading producer of green cement, today announced the launch of an improved version of its flagship cement product ‘Concreel HD’ in Maharashtra. The newly introduced Concreel HD cement comes with an all-new packaging and enhanced properties that improve strength & durability.

Concreel HD is a next-generation cement specially designed for all concrete-based construction requirements. Its long-term strength and durability make it ideal for load-bearing structural elements such as beams, columns, slabs, and foundations. Its improved chemical resistance and superior cohesion offer a higher degree of durability and safety. Concreel HD is an eco-friendly cement.

Speaking on the launch, Mr. K Swaminathan, Chief Marketing Officer – JSW Cement Ltd,said, "We analysed the market requirements and introduced an advanced product, keeping in mind the needs of the customers. We have built a robust retail presence for Concreel HD in Maharashtra. The fresh look and the upgraded properties of the product will help drive demand in the market. We hope to contribute solidly towards meeting the growing infrastructure needs of the state, and we will continue to develop solutions and products that strengthen our leadership position across markets.”

“The new product will ride on the success that Concreel Cement has enjoyed in Southern and Eastern parts of India, and we are optimistic that it will create new opportunities for us in the Western regions. We will continue to work towards creating a self-reliant India by manufacturing the building blocks of the Indian development story with world-class cement”said, Mr. Nilesh Narwekar, Chief Executive Officer – JSW Cement Ltd.

Outstanding properties of Concreel HD:
  • High early strength
  • Most durable
  • Quick setting
  • Resistant to sulphurous attack
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Superior cohesion
  • Green product

About JSW Cement Ltd: JSW Cement Ltd is a part of US$ 13 billion JSW Group, with interests in steel, energy, infrastructure and cement. JSW entered the cement market in 2009 with a vision to ensure a sustainable future for the country by producing eco-friendly cement, using industrial by-products such as slag. Its manufacturing unit at Vijayanagar in Karnataka, Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh, Salboni in West Bengal and Dolvi in Maharashtra utilize slag from steel plants manufacturing units to produce Portland Slag Cement. Through its innovative conversion of industrial by-product into a useful end-product, JSW Cement greatly helps reduce the carbon footprint of the JSW Group. JSW Cement is targeting a manufacturing capacity of 20 MTPA next few years to meet the demands of its customers and the industry.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Queer talks: Mirroring struggles of the LGBTQ community

Actor Ashish Sharma, known for his varied roles on the small screen had recently invited Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip, better known as the No. 1 transgender millionaire in Asia to Mumbai for the signing of the deal of a global release of his latest movie based on the transgender community called 'Khejdi'.

In conversation with us, the duo shared their thoughts on the film, the LGBTQ community and how Khejdi and Anne's own journey are interlinked.
 Based on the short story Sanjha, Khejdi is loosely a true story of a transgender under Ashish's own home production which he recently launched along with actor wife Archana Sharma called Rachayita Films Pvt Ltd. 
 Sharma says that the seeds of the film were planted in him when he had read the short story a few years back. "The story left a few questions inside me and I wanted to ask the same questions to the world." The actor further elaborates that everyone has a place in society, even those born in a certain way. "The question is not about controversy, but rather mirroring harsh reality that we wanted to bring forth," he explains. Ashish adds that the whole experience from ideation to enacting the part on screen was a challenging but enjoyable experience for him. While transforming physically from having a muscular physique to a more feminine one took him three months, the psychological transformation was what took him to his breaking points at times, he opines.
As for her opinion on Khejdi, Anne says that she found the film remarkable. The differences of the film from others, she felt was the way it connected dots and the way it promoted lesser-known artists who have all done a stellar job. But most of all, Anne feels the movie excels in the sense that it gradually educated people to understand the development of each, character including Ashish.”

Voicing his views on the LGBTQ community that Ashish has sought to portray in Khejdi, the actor says that both India and the world have a lot to cover with respect to the community. He feels that foremost the community needs to 'embrace their own identity' and stop categorising themselves. The society, according to Ashish, needs to accept individuals as they are, and stop labelling them. Respect and acceptance are the two keywords, he ponders. It is this acceptance and respect that needs to be of foremost importance even within the community, Anne opines. She elaborates that there is a sense of discord and discrimination even within the community because of a marked lack in education that sensitises people. "In the remote areas, the community, without education or less with education finds it hard to accept anyone who is different from them," she explains, highlighting the need for education.

Anne's own journey towards becoming the richest transgender in Asia started when she was a young boy. Anne confesses that while other children might have wanted to be a doctor or teacher, she just wanted to be a millionaire. This is what helped her is seeing the doors of opportunity much before others had even gotten whiff of it and it helped her lead JKN Global Media to be in Thailand Stock Market in the year 2017 successfully.
Commenting on how it might be difficult for youngsters grappling with their gender identity, Anne confesses that introspection is of paramount importance and once one feels ready they should seek the counsel of elders and the wiser so that they do not live in confusion.
“Speak frankly to their parents, who you are and what you want. Remember being transgender is not a disease it only needs understanding and empathy.”
Notably, Ashish's reason for calling Anne also harbours on the fact that Anne has just started an organisation called LIFT which works for transgender children’s' education.
 Khejdi caters to the same thought and Anne’s own success story is inspiring in many ways to bring credibility to the movie.
As for his film and production house, Ashish says that he is in a great space now and is even ready with his next two scripts. “We will roll early next year and as an actor, I have something very exciting lined up but too early to talk about it. It isn’t for television is all that I can say,” he lets slip