Friday, September 20, 2019


The ‘KEEL-LAYING’ ceremony of First of the series (CSL Hull No. BY 110) of Three (3) Nos. Marine Ambulance Boats being built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd. (CSL), for the Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Kerala was carried out today at CSL premises, by Smt. J. Mercykutty Amma, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Harbor Engineering & Cashew Industry in the presence of Senior Officials from State Fisheries Department, BPCL & Indian Register of Shipping. The Directors and Employees of CSL were also present for the ceremony. CSL Director Operations, Sri. Sureshbabu N.V explained the expansion plans of CSL (upcoming new Dry-dock within CSL premises and the new Ship-Lift facility at the premises of Intl’ Ship Repair Facility) to the Hon’ble Minister. The Hon’ble Minister appreciated the fact that the technical capabilities of CSL that is normally utilized for large size Defence & Commercial sectors is now available for the service of the domestic & local segment as well.

These Ambulance Boats have an approximate length of 22.5 Mtr, beam size of about 6.0 Mtr and a maximum speed of 14 knots. The modern vessel, designed in-house by CSL will be of high quality and fuel efficient. CFD analysis and Model Test at IIT Chennai was done to optimize fuel efficiency and firming up the power requirement. 3-D Modelling of the entire boat has been done in-house to improve ergonomics and lay-out.

The vessel will be able to accommodate Two (2) patients and will have a crew capacity of 7, including the paramedical staff. The vessel will also have various paramedical facilities like examination and nursing room, medical beds, mortuary freezer, refrigerator and medical lockers. There will be a Jason’s cradle to safely rescue people from sea. Marine ambulances will be used for the rescue and instant treatment to the marine fishermen in distress as well as for normal patrolling.

The vessels are due for delivery in early 2020. BPCL is also supporting the project as part of its CSR initiatives.

TiE Mumbai partners with New Jersey to Help Fast Track High-growth Startups from India

TiE Mumbai hosts Meet and Greet in honour of New Jersey Governor, Philip Murphy
 Over the years, TiE Mumbai plays a significant role in promoting, mentoring, helping, and funding startups in this region. TiE Mumbai, New Jersey City University (NJCU), and Choose New Jersey, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purpose of promoting technology and technology-based investment exchange between New Jersey and India. To advance these strategies, the organizations will collaborate to support research and in the areas of common interest.

Atul Nishar, President of TiE Mumbai, Tamara Cunningham, Assistant Vice President for Global Initiatives, New Jersey City University, and Margie Piliere, Chief Economic Development Officer at Choose New Jersey, signed the MoU in the presence of Governor Murphy.

“I am thrilled to welcome TiE Mumbai to New Jersey,” said New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy. “As our state continues to build a world-class innovation ecosystem, we remain rooted in making the right investments for New Jersey’s economy. These investments emphasize our state’s history as the place where the modern world was invented and building upon that to be the place where tomorrow’s world will come to life. New Jersey is ready to have TiE Mumbai join us so we can lead the innovation economy together.”

“We are pleased to announce New Jersey City University’s partnership with TiE Mumbai,” said Jose Lozano, President  & CEO of Choose New Jersey. “We are excited by the way our Indian community is joining us in helping to grow and reinvent New Jersey’s economy. There is no better environment for businesses looking to grow than New Jersey, and we are confident that TiE Mumbai will be a key partner to help support and attract the next generation of entrepreneurs.”
“It is an absolute honour to have Governor Philip Murphy with us today. This MoU presents excellent growth opportunities for our member startups and will enable us to offer them an access to knowledge, markets, funds and talent in the state of New Jersey,” said Atul Nishar, President, TiE Mumbai.

“New Jersey City University (NJCU) is honored to be part of Governor Murphy’s Delegation Trip to India,” said Dr. Sue Henderson, President, NJCU. “The Governor’s vision to strengthen ties between India and New Jersey affords NJCU the opportunity to enter into a timely partnership with TiEMumbai and Choose New Jersey to promote cross-border innovation and technological exchange.   This international collaboration with NJCU’s School of Business will support startup companies and enterprises as they extend their footprints into North America.  It will also give our faculty and students a chance to work closely with these startups as they integrate into the ecosystem of the United States.  NJCU looks forward to being the conduit of access to opportunities and investments, specifically in the financial technology sector, for our new partner and its members.”

NJCU will offer the following services to the TiE Mumbai members (both pre-revenue and post-revenue stage technology start-ups) who are interested in exploring business and investment opportunities in New Jersey:
● Soft-landing platform, co-working space, and private office space within the NJCU campus will be available for TiE Mumbai members to use as an initial base or launchpad to explore and develop business opportunities in New Jersey;
● Guidance and mentorship will be offered to learn about the market, regulatory, commercial, and technological aspects of conducting business in New Jersey;
● Introductions to potential business partners, clients, and investors; and
●Joint workshops and projects for collaboration between TiE Mumbai members and NJCU members to collaborate on developing new technologies, products and solutions.

TiE Mumbai will actively seek to educate and inform its members on New Jersey’s economy and its business eco-system, as well as the government policies and initiatives of the state with respect to various sectors of common interest and the different opportunities for business and investment available in the various technology-driven sectors of the state. Additionally, TiE Mumbai will organize webinars, discussions, and talks to enable interactions between NJCU and TiE Mumbai members.

Choose New Jersey will act as an interface between TiE Mumbai and NJCU, facilitating interactions and engagements between the two organizations. Furthermore, Choose New Jersey shall provide guidance and assistance, either in partnership with NJCU or separately, to TiE Mumbai members planning to set up business activities in India, in the matters of  business incorporation, choice or legal form, office location, government regulations and initiatives/incentives, tax planning, investment and fund-raising opportunities, among others. New Jersey is a preferred location because of its proximity to New York and offers attractive tax regime.

About TiE Mumbai
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. Since 1992. TiE has been supporting entrepreneurs by offering education, mentorship, networking and funding opportunities. The mission of TiE is to foster entrepreneurship globally through the 5 pillars of TiE : mentoring, networking and education, funding and incubation. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community. TiE’s focus area is to generate enable the next generation of entrepreneurs. There are currently 11,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 60 chapters across 17 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education.

About New Jersey City University (NJCU)
It was established in 1927 and is an accredited institution located in Jersey City, New Jersey. NJCU's College of Arts and Sciences, Education, Professional Studies, and School of Business offer 52 undergraduate degree programs and 28 master’s programs and 3 doctoral programs, including emerging and interdisciplinary fields.

About Choose New Jersey
It was founded in 2010 and is an economic development organization with a mission to encourage and nurture economic growth throughout New Jersey, with a focus on our urban centers. Through their integrated marketing and business attraction and retention efforts, they stimulate job creation and capital investment. They also collaborate with the state’s universities to encourage research, discovery, and innovation. Choose New Jersey’s economic development activities are supported by a prominent group of leaders from many of the state’s Fortune 500 and other top companies, labour organizations, associations, and higher education institutions. These organizations represent 1.25 million people, or nearly one-quarter of the state’s private-sector workforce.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Global Survey Reveals Major Shift in Education Toward Do-It-Yourself Learning

81% of learners worldwide say education is poised to become more self service
  • China, India, Brazil and Hispano America are outpacing US and UK in upskilling
  • 78% of Indian learners believe that using technology to support their learning, makes it easier and more fun
 Pearson, the world’s learning company, today released the results of its Global Learner Survey, a new study capturing the voice of learners worldwide. The findings point to massive global transformation in education driven by the shifting economic landscape of the new talent economy, the vast influence of technology and perceptions that education systems are out of step with learners. The study shows that learners around the world are now taking control of their education through a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) mindset, adding to their formal education with a mix of self-teaching, short courses and online learning to keep pace with the talent economy. The survey also shows that learners are thinking beyond the traditional notions of learning, signaling a massive opportunity for education providers to reinvent learning to meet the needs of a new economy.

Pearson conducted the study with Harris Insights & Analytics to give learners in 19 countries including India, the opportunity to voice their opinions on primary, secondary and higher education; careers and the future of work; and technology. More than 11,000 people, ranging in age from 16 to 70, participated in the poll. The survey is the most comprehensive and wide ranging global public opinion survey of learners to date. In addition, Pearson released today Opportunity for Higher Education in the Era of the Talent Economy, a guide to the survey’s implications and opportunities for higher education. 

“Gig jobs, unconventional careers, tech disruption and lifelong learning have ushered in the talent economy. Now more than ever, learners understand the need for lifelong education,” said John Fallon, chief executive of Pearson. “People are meeting the demands of this new world of work by taking control of their own learning. Now, technology and innovation are giving educators, governments and companies the greatest opportunity in human history to rise to the occasion and improve lives through education.”

The Global Learner Survey’s top findings include:

  • A DIY mindset is reshaping education: People are layering on to their traditional education by mixing and matching what works and what they can afford to get trained up for the new economy. Globally, 81% of people say that learning will become more self-service as people get older. Americans, Australians and South Africans agree most strongly. When they have to retrain for work, 42% of learners in the US and 50% of learners in China and India self-taught using internet resources. When asked what learning methods they prefer when upskilling, about 80% of learners in China, the US, Australia and Europe cited professional short courses or online tools. In India, 79% believe that learning will be more self-service the older you get. India, along with China is the market where parents do not expect the educational systems to do everything for them, but actually play a large role in supplementing their children's education, whether it comes to hiring tutors, consultants or English classes to help their kids succeed or get admitted to college.

  • In the next decade digital and virtual learning will be the new normal. 80% of Americans believe that smart devices and apps will be used to help learners, with people in countries like China and Brazil even more enthusiastic about their use. Globally, 76% of people believe that college students will be taking online courses within 10 years and 67% believe more primary and secondary students will too. 70% of Americans believe that print textbooks will be obsolete in five years. Nearly 70% of people in the US, UK and Europe and 90% of people in China believe that AI will have a positive impact on education. 78% Indians believe that students today have the benefit of using technology to support their learning, which makes it easier and more fun. There is a strong belief (74%-79%) that smart devices will play a greater role in learning, virtual learning will become more common, print textbooks will become obsolete, and YouTube will become a primary learning tool.

  • Lifelong learning is not just a philosophy, it’s the new reality: Globally, there is wide agreement that people need to keep learning throughout their career to stay up-to-date in their careers. 87% of Americans embrace lifelong learning, believing that learning doesn’t stop at school. That belief rises to 96% of people in China and 94% of people in South Africa. 73% of Americans like to reinvent themselves by learning new skills, and 52% intend to “retire” the traditional concept of retirement by pursuing a second career or part time job, starting a business or taking classes. 84% of Indians end up choosing a career based on what they majored in out of which 31% ended up switching careers eventually. 76% believe that the notion of working for one employer your entire career and the idea of traditional retirement is old-fashioned 25% of Indians aspire to start their own business post retirement; followed by a second career doing something they love (20%) or a part-time job to get some sort of income (15%). 60% of Indians believe that the world is shifting to a model where people participate in education over a lifetime.

  • Confidence in education systems is wavering, especially in the US. 60% of Americans say education systems are failing the current generation. That perception is just as strong in Europe and even stronger in South Africa, Brazil and Hispano America. 67% of Americans believe college is getting more out of reach for the average student. Almost as many in the US don’t believe colleges and universities are teaching the right skills for today’s jobs. However, this does not hold true in India as a large percentage of the population (59%) believe that the education system in the country works well for the current generation and helps them keep up with the latest trends in technology and changing workforce.

  • Gen Z thinks you can be successful without a traditional college education. Despite statistics showing a higher lifetime earnings with a college degree, half of Gen Z learners in the US, UK and Australia think you can do “ok” in life without it. Globally, 68% of learners think you can do just as well with an education from a vocational or trade school. In India, 22% learners indicated that a formal education is nice, but not necessary or relevant today as one can create their own success and prosperity without it. 39% of college goers say that given a choice, they would get trade or vocational training instead of college while 15% say they would go straight to work after leaving high school.

  • China, India, Brazil and Hispano America are outpacing the US and UK in the upskilling race and defining a new global economy.  More than anywhere else in the world, people in China, Brazil, India and Hispano American believe education is driving the global economy. More than two-thirds of learners in these countries have been looking to re-skill in the past two years, compared to only 31% of Americans and 24% of British learners. Workers who do upskill are enrolling in short courses, taking courses offered by their employers or professional associations, degree programs or are self-teaching.

  • Soft skills have an advantage over automation: While STEM skills aren’t forgotten, many also realize that uniquely human skills will give them the edge over machines and that they are very hard to learn. Globally, 78% of people say they need to do more to develop soft skills like critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, while 85% of Americans and 91of Chinese believe universities need to increase their focus on teaching these skills in preparation for the job market. In India, most agree that they need to do more to develop their STEM/tech skills (76%) there is also a high percentage that says they need to do more to develop their soft skills (78%).

  • Americans also feel strongly about safety in schools and access to education: 84% of Americans say schools are less safe than 25 years ago, the highest percentage in the world and just as many say bullying (online and in person) is making school more difficult for children. Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, 71% of Americans agree that government should provide some kind of free higher education. On the heels of the college admission scandal, 72% of Americans say universities care more about their reputation than educating students.

  • Learners in the UK have their own concerns: 77% of people in the UK say social media has made the school environment more difficult for students, while less than half say it actually improves learning. 46% of those in the UK would rethink their higher education decision and get vocational training or go straight to work. More than anyone else in the world, UK learners felt higher education didn’t prepare them for their chosen career.

About Pearson
We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.

India scores big in WorldSkills Kazan 2019; Walchand PeopleFirst and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) collaborate

 Walchand PeopleFirst Ltd. (WPFL) partnered with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to boost the performance of Indian participants for WorldSkills Competition 2019 which was held in Kazan, Russia. The Indian participants were selected based on WorldSkills India competition, an initiative by NSDC under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India. NSDC has been leading the country’s participation at WorldSkills International competitions since 2011.

The 45th WorldSkills Competition brought together more than 1,300 young professionals who represented 63 countries and competed in over 56 skills. Indian contingent won four medals and 15 medallions of excellence, taking India to the 13th position out of 63 countries that participated. S Aswatha Narayana from Odisha won a gold medal in water technology, Pranav Nutalapati from Karnataka won a silver medal in web technologies, Sanjoy Pramanik from West Bengal won the bronze medal in jewellery and Shweta Ratanpura from Maharashtra also won the bronze medal in graphic designing.

Gold medal winner S Aswatha Narayana said, “The overall experience of participating in WorldSkills Kazan 2019 was amazing. This journey began ten months ago with the national competition and ended with a dream-come true result. It has been a great learning experience for me. Sessions conducted by Walchand PeopleFirst made me more adaptive, helped me strategize and structure my tasks well. The domain knowledge along with the self-developing courses conducted prior to the competition helped me attain victory.”

Commenting on this glorious win, Pallavi Jha, Chairperson and Managing Director, Walchand PeopleFirst said, “This year’s WorldSkills Competition participants have set new standard of excellence for this global platform. Our experience with the participants was exciting and enlightening. We are extremely happy to be able to successfully play the role of catalysts in helping them develop and prepare for this global stage. I congratulate each participant and wish them luck for their future endeavours.”

The sessions conducted during this three-day training were basically on self-developing subjects like high-energy, self-motivation, open & supportive environment, fun & engagement and experiential learning. There were also personal, one to one coaching sessions for each participant that worked on their stress, motivation and focus. This was done over a 12-week period.

Over a workshop that spanned for three days, WPFL worked together towards excellence by building on skills to help the participants emerge as a winner. The expert team from Walchand PeopleFirst was the catalyst in helping them transform into a more confident, resilient and self-aware individual. These three days triggered a reaction that lead to the success in Kazan'19.

About Walchand Peoplefirst
Walchand PeopleFirst Ltd (formerly, Walchand Capital Limited) has ventured into the services sector, embarking on a new phase of growth, focusing on Talent Development and Consulting. Pallavi Jha, Chairperson and Managing Director, has steered the company's business direction into Consultancy Services for performance enhancement and business skills development in partnership with Dale Carnegie & Associates, the world leader in performance-based training and skills development. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A Spellbinding Start To Food & Hotel India (FHIn) 2019 India’s premium food & hospitality trade show

Bombay Exhibition Centre,  18th -20th September 2019

 ‘Luxury is more than just a 5 star Hotel’‘Delivering unique & differentiated experiences has become a priority for the Industry’

 Informa Markets in India (formerly UBM India), India's leading exhibition organiser, launched the 2nd edition of the Food & Hotel India Expo (FHIn)- a B2B platform for the Food, Beverage & Hospitality industry at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai today.

The expo was inaugurated by Guests of Honour Mr Anurag Katriar, President, NRAI. Other Guests of Honour included who included Mr. Param Kannampilli, Chairman and Managing Director Concept Hospitality;  Special Guest Chef Manjit Singh Gill - Corporate Chef ITC & President IFCA;  Mr. Thomas Shlitt, MD, Messe Dusseldorf India; Chef Vernon Cohelo - President WICA; Mr. Pankaj Shende, Senior Portfolio Director, Informa Markets in India and Mr. Abhijit Mukherji, Group Director, Informa Markets in India amongst an august gathering.

Moderating the first session of the three day summit, Subhajit Mazumder, Director (Transformation: Customer & Operations) KPMG India, led the discussion on Leading through Disruption and Staying Ahead of New Consumer Trends; wherein Panelists Rajneesh Malhotra, VP Operations & Asset Management, Chalet Hotels and Zia Sheikh, CEO, Svenska Design Hotels responded to the disruption in Hospitality Market. ‘Luxury is more than just 5 star Hotel’, said Mr. Sheikh elaborating how new age Millennial prefer unique & differentiated experiences. “With the rapidly changing dynamics of business - new concepts, technologies and a highly competitive Industry, delivering exciting experiences for consumers has become all the more priority”

“Personalisation – Try and gorge through the tastes & styles of customers. Understanding their nuances becomes important. One can learn a lot about their personality through their social media.”, Sheikh further stated.

Themed on Food & Beverage and Hospitality trends, the show is positioned to provide industry players an entire array of products and solutions pertaining to food & Beverages, Tea & Coffee, Beer, Wine & Spirit, Sea Food, Meat, Bakery, Commercial Kitchen Equipments, Hospitality Technology and Interior Designs, Housekeeping, Tableware, Retail & Hospitality Food Services under one giant umbrella.

The three day FHIn Expo offers an excellent opportunity for the delegates from across 10 countries to network with top Hoteliers & Chefs, India's Leading Restaurant Chains, captains of industry, top notch entrepreneurs, premium start up investors, global experts and other distinguished representatives. Over 70 exhibitors from India and abroad have participated at the show which include prominent food, hospitality and hospitality equipment companies.

Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, for Informa Markets in India said, “With the growth of the Indian population and the economy, the demand for food and beverages has correspondingly increased. It is also driving the expected growth of the food processing and packaged food and beverage sector. With this comes potential for continuous innovation in the industry. Driven by the insatiable consumption of its 1.30 billion strong population, the hospitality food sector continues to grow and will further see a further rise in investment to the tune of an annual investment of $0.5-0.6 billion during 2019-2023 and a total investment of up to $2.8 billion by 2023. Also, our country has a great scope for worldwide trade in the agricultural industry too. The FHIn19 provides a platform for India’s food, hospitality and tourism industry to establish business opportunities for international brands. It offers companies the best channel to explore the great market potential available in Asia and helps customers connect with the largest gathering of decision makers, specifiers and end users in India. We see a lot of latent potential as well as dynamic trends that are critical for industry professionals to have a pulse on.”

The Expo in FHIn 2019, over the next three days, will have compelling interactive sessions including Hospitality Strategy Summit: HSS2019 ( for industry knowledge exchange); Raw to Refresh: (Workshop converting food products into gourmet dishes) ; Prowein Education Campaign India: (discussing the liquor business game plan for the future); a Hospitality Tech Conclave in the form of a Panel Discussion  embracing Smart Technology in Hospitality; India International Culinary Classic: (IICC - where culinary talents across India display their food mastery); India Barista Championship:(IBC - a platform for coffee professionals and enthusiasts to share their knowledge; Journey to Entrepreneur: (Interactive session held by a premium start up investors), The Purchase Punch (Where The procurement function is headed in the lead up 2030), Housekeep Seminar (Laundry Lessions – Leading Housekeepers tell us whats hot and whats not), Food Trend (Whats Trending in the Food Space?); Kitchen Design and Planning to name a few. The Expo will end on the 20th September 2019 at 6:00 PM, with IICC Award Ceremony, and conferring awards to winners from the Food, Beverage and Hospitality Industry.

FHIn 2019 is also being supported by a number of key associations such as HPMF (Hospitality Purchase Managers Forum) PHA (Poona Hoteliers Association), iPHA (i Professional Housekeepers Association), FIFI (Forum of Indian Food Importers), WICA (Western India Culinary Association), AFSTi - Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), and AHP (Association of Hospitality Professionals).

About Informa Markets
Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. Our portfolio is comprised of more than 550 international B2B events and brands in markets including Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure, Construction & Real Estate, Fashion & Apparel, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, and Health & Nutrition, among others. We provide customers and partners around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, specialist digital content and actionable data solutions. As the world’s leading exhibitions organiser, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit

About Informa Markets and our business in India
Informa Markets is owned by Informa PLC, a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organiser in the world.  Informa Markets in India (formerly UBM India) is India's leading exhibition organizer, dedicated to help specialist markets and customer communities, domestically and around the world to trade, innovate and grow through exhibitions, digital content & services, and conferences & seminars. Every year, we hosts over 25 large scale exhibitions, 40 conferences, along with industry awards and trainings across the country; thereby enabling trade across multiple industry verticals. In India, Informa Markets has offices across Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. For further details, please visit –

Picture Captions

Picture 1 – Chef Manjit Singh Gill - Corporate Chef ITC & President IFCA

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L-R : Mr. Rajneesh Malhotra, VP Operations & Asset Management of Chalet Hotels; Abhijit Mukherji, Group Director, Informa Markets in India, Pankaj Shende, Sr. Portfolio Director, Informa Markets in India; Mr. Thomas Schlitt, MD, Messe Dusseldorf India; Mr. Anurag Katriar, President, NRAI; Mr. Param Kannampilli, Chairman and Managing Director Concept Hospitality and Mr. Zia Sheikh, CEO, Svenska Design Hotels at FHIN 2019.

10th Edition of Jagran Film Festival comes to Mumbai

~ Star stubbed In-conversations and Q&A lined up for the festival.

The 10th Jagran Film Festival, the world’s largest travelling film festival, is close to reaching Mumbai, its final destination. Cinema fans will witness a series of feature films, In-conversations, Masterclasses, Indian and world panorama sections, homage, country focus, shorts and documentaries from 26th to 29th September 2019.
Celebrities like Vicky Kaushal, Kartik Aryan, Vinay Pathak, Mukesh Chabbra, Anees Bazmee, Gureninder Chaddha, Rohena Gera and Tillotama Shome and many more will be a part of the film festival. The movie lovers will enjoy the respective sessions of these celebrities who will be sharing their experience, knowledge and shooting-time anecdotes that we all want to hear.
Commenting on the festival, Basant Rathore, Senior Vice President - Strategy and Brand Development, Jagran Prakashan, said, “the festival has reached its final destination- Mumbai. We are honored to have on board renowned names from various cinematic crafts, such as actors, seasoned directors, casting directors and producers. The movie lovers will enjoy the four-day festival that has been rigorously curated for them.”
The Mumbai chapter of 10th Jagran Film Festival will have premieres of films like “Sir”, “Lihaaf”, “Bad Boy Symphony”, “Satash”, “Darklight”, “Do We Belong”, “Forbidden Tikka Masala”, “#Gadhvi”, “Bhayanakam”, “The Last Elvis”, “Windows on The World”, “Daughters of Winter”, “Shit One Carries”, “Roots”, “Axing”, “Hiroshima Carp Theater”, “Ghawre Bairey Aaj”, “Breast and House” and more.
The festival started in Delhi on 18th July and has travelled through Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Gorakhpur, Raipur, Indore and Bhopal. It will culminate on September 29 in Mumbai.
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Viviana Mall increases its rooftop solar installation capacity

Viviana Mall, a leading retail mall in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, has increased its rooftop solar power installation by over 35% to 1,340 KVA. This means about half the common area electricity the requirement is now being met with by this renewable source of energy generation.

The solar setup at Viviana Mall now generates approximately 1.75 lakh kilowatts of clean energy each month.

In December 2016, Viviana Mall had installed 900 KVA rooftop solar power plant at their premises. This made Viviana Mall the first retail premises to have such a vast rooftop solar installation generating 100,000 kilowatts per month.

The decision to increase the capacity was taken after the mall’s management realized the benefits accruing from generating power through renewable energy.

Now, after having covered about 50% of common area power a requirement, the mall's management is looking forward to covering maximum electricity consumption through green energy.

Post this rooftop solar plant installation, the power bills for Viviana Mall have reduced substantially as well.

Secondly, during power cuts, reliance on diesel-generator sets have also reduced drastically. Thus, it also reduces reliance on fossil fuels (diesel) to a considerable amount.

On augmenting of the installed solar capacity, Manor K Agarwal, CEO, Viviana Mall said, "As a role model for sustainable progress, the Viviana Mall is well on course towards achieving its goal of maximizing the generation of its power requirements through renewable or clean energy sources. Renewable energy has significant environmental benefits making it the single biggest driver to help us meet our carbon emission reduction targets in our fight against climate change. With India being a growing economy, power consumption is only going to rise. The adoption of alternative sources of energy is the ideal way to manage the balance between economic growth and a sustainable environment.”

Viviana Mall has been taking up various environmentally responsible initiatives in the past and installation of rooftop solar power is one such initiative in the same direction.

It is well known that Earth will run out of natural resources if power generation solely relies upon thermal-based electricity production, which also contributes to air pollution. Hence, measures are being undertaken by bringing in renewable energy.

Even the government has set a target of 175 GW of renewable energy to be installed by 2022. Of this target, the government wants to have 100 GW of solar and 60 GW of wind energy and rest from other clean energy sources. Recently, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, in its report had mentioned that India needs faster implementation of rooftop solar to meet India’s 175 GW renewable energy target.

“Having covered 60% of Viviana Mall’s energy requirement, we are moving in the right direction to contribute to meeting India’s renewable energy target in our own way through this initiative. With this measure, Viviana Mall is also leading the way in environmentally friendly operational the model that a retail establishment can have,” said Agarwal.

Rooftop solar not only offer an economical and clean an alternative to conventional energy sources but also delivers reliability in power supply.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

First-Of-Its-Kind Paediatric ART Center Established At Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital For Treatment Of Children With HIV

 ~The number of kids suffering from HIV has gone down, but there are a lot of children who still go undiagnosed~
~ Free HIV medicines will be available for all HIV infected children at the ART center~
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that tends to breaks down certain cells in your immune system (your body's defense against diseases that helps you stay healthy). The causes can be attributed to blood transfusion, sexual abuse, and also children can acquire from parent. Due to the lack of treatment, one with HIV is likely to suffer from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Currently, there is no cure for HIV, but with the help of antiretroviral therapy is can be well-managed. To end the HIV epidemic, Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children has come up with a unique public private partnership (PPP) model of Paediatric ART center in association with NACO which was inaugurated by Dr Srikala Acharya of Mumbai District AIDS Control Society.
Dr Ira Shah, a leading paediatric infectious diseases specialist who has been looking after HIV infected children, since 2001 will be heading the Paediatric ART center. “With the establishment of the Paediatric ART center at B J Wadia Hospital for Children in Mumbai, children with HIV can get a holistic paediatric treatment under one roof with the help of a team of experts. Earlier, around 1.5% infants in Mumbai would get HIV from their mother. But now the percentage is lesser than that.” Wadia Hospital sees several newly diagnosed HIV paediatric patients every month. In addition, it sees follow up patients in the oldest Pediatric HIV OPD in the city of Mumbai at Wadia Children Hospital. 
She added, “At the moment, the number of kids with HIV has decreased due to preventive programme. But they are still a lot of children who are undiagnosed. 

Hence, paediatric patients with HIV and associated infections will get a free HIV medicines - as well as complete Paediatric services for managing opportunistic infections and it’s comorbidities as Wadia hospital has all the facilities related to paediatric care,” highlighted Dr Ira Shah, paediatric infectious diseases specialist, B J Wadia Hospital for Children 
Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia Hospitals said, “The Paediatric and Perinatal HIV clinic at B J Wadia Hospital for Children is the first paediatric HIV service in the city of Mumbai that was started in 1996. Till date, the clinic has treated more than 900 HIV infected children and has prevented HIV in over 1400 babies born to HIV infected mothers. With the help of NACO and MDACS, now free ART will be available to all HIV infected children as part of PPP Paediatric ART center at B J Wadia Hospital for Children.”
She added,  “Even before prevention of parent to child transmission (PPTCT) of HIV was available in the country, B J Wadia Hospital for children was offering the PPTCT programme and had brought down the transmission rate from 40% to <2 and="" constant="" field="" from="" guidelines="" has="" helped="" hiv.="" hiv="" in="" institute="" of="" patients.="" research="" span="" the="" these="" this="" updates="" various="">  

Siddha Group launches Mumbai’s first Rooftop Skywalk - The Epitome of a Lifestyle Change in Mumbai

Siddha Group, East India’s one of the largest & the most trusted real estate developer of East Zone in India (CNBC Awaaz awards 2018/19), today announced the launch of their second project in Mumbai, Siddha Sky (a Sejal-Siddha project), city’s first Rooftop Skywalk in Wadala. A first for the Indian real estate sector, Siddha Group’s craftsmanship brings its architectural innovation of Skywalk to the city of dreams to redefine the city’s skyline. Located well within the city limits, next to GTB Monorail Station, Siddha Sky is set to amaze the residents with its plush features. Siddha Sky will offer elegantly designed 2, 3 & 4 BHK apartments, spread across 4 towers, with Rooftop skywalk as well as a Residents’ Club hosting all modern amenities. Siddha Sky will also have 36,000+ sqft of Retail Spaces christened ‘Siddha Magna’ for various brands to set up their outlets.

The life sized miniature model of the project was unveiled by the directors of Siddha & Sejal group. Also an experience of the 3D Virtual Reality simulation of the project was given to customers in the Virtual Reality tour at the Siddha Sky experience centre.

Commenting on the launch of Siddha Sky, Mr Sanjay Jain, Managing Director, Siddha group said “With increasing pollution and diminishing land areas in cities, homebuyers are looking for living spaces which are away from the chaos and with more open spaces. We, at Siddha with the expertise of our R&D team, have gifted one such innovation-Rooftop skywalk which is going to change their lifestyle and give them a skylife experience. After garnering huge success in Kolkata with Rooftop Skywalks which we had launched in four of our projects there, we are now gifting the city of dreams-Mumbai with its first Rooftop Skywalk in Siddha Sky at Wadala.

The Skywalk will host amenities like Jogging loop, Sunset Lounge, Star gazing area and many more. There will also be a club for the residents and 36000+sqft of retail spaces called Siddha Magna.”

Mr. Samyak Jain, Director who is spearheading the Mumbai projects expressed his views on the launch of Siddha Sky saying, “Technology has evolved rapidly in the last couple of years, bringing massive changes to the real estate industry, changing the way we operate today. At Siddha, we have always added innovations in our projects to make the home buying & living experience for the customers exuberant and of higher quality. Customer experience has always been at the forefront of what we do. The advent of technology in the sector has enabled us to further personalize that experience.” 

Speaking at the launch event, Mr Dhirraj Gada, Director Sejal Group said, “Wadala is growing at a very rapid pace it has become a booming commercial and residential hub due to the influx of business centers and other key developments. We have received an encouraging response. This neighborhood has not only created super normal demand in a highly competitive market such as Wadala but also revived its real estate landscape by reinforcing people’s trust towards appreciation and investment in real estate.”

Over the last decade, Wadala has emerged as an upcoming residential market from being an industrial zone owing to its rapid development in terms of both civic and social infrastructure, connectivity, and residential market. Being conveniently located between South Mumbai and the suburbs, Wadala already benefits from its connectivity with employment hubs across the city.  Its rapid development has placed Wadala on a list of upcoming Mumbai localities to watch out for. Wadala has opened up new avenues for development and homebuyers looking for a holistic development at attractive prices will not be disappointed with their investment.

About Siddha Group

Founded in 1986, Siddha Group has conceived, designed and built residential & commercial units and townships at prime locations in various cities in India.. Spearheaded by Chandra Prakash Jain, Group Chairman and Sanjay Jain, Managing Director, Siddha Group's primary goal is to create world-class spaces with high-design material and construction excellence within committed timelines at competitive prices. Siddha has delivered more than 6000 quality apartments and with over 6200 apartments currently under construction, they will provide homes to about 25000 people by 2021/22.
Siddha has been the winner of more than 25+ prestigious awards including the ‘Most Trusted Real Estate brand in India – East Zone’ by CNBC Awaaz awards 2018/19.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

"COACH TO A FORTUNE" : Arfeen Khan

Picture Courtesy : Arfeen Khan 

Today Arfeen Khan is going to share a secret with you that can help you grow personally and professionally!
There are many ways to grow your career exponentially so you can...
  • Go from unknown to instant expert.
  • Go from ordinary to extra-ordinary.
  • Go from dreamer to achiever...
And more specifically, to teach others what you know and love.
If you know how to coach your prospects and clients in a way that educates them, excites them, and connects with them... you’re going to be very, very successful.
But knowing “HOW” to do this is the big problem.
Which is why Arfeen KHan has created a program called Coach To a Fortune!
In the workshop,he is going to give you the secrets that you can use immediately if you ever have to (or want to) do any talks to groups of people or create your own coaching business.
And as you know this workshop is FREE...!
Want more info on the workshop?
Here’s what you’ll walk away with after you attend:
  • The secrets to get started as a coach.
  • Discover your ideal coaching niche and design your coaching package.
  • How to make a bigger impact in lives of people as a coach.
  • The coaching method that you can use to create a talk with less information, all while your client learns more and has more fun.
  • Feel credible and prepared.
  • And much, much more.
Good or good?
Join  this Workshop “Coach To a Fortune.”
It’s completely free to attend!
To Your Success, Arfeen Khan
P.S. Still wondering if this workshop is for you?
  1. Do you want to become a successful coach?
  2. Do you want to learn how to start running coaching sessions?
  3. Do you want a proven, step-by-step system with all the materials needed to coach people?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the questions above, then this workshop is made for you!
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“Your future is up to you… Only you can create the life you desire!”
This 2019, it is your chance to make a successful career as a coach!
And there are a few rules to becoming a Transformational coach the easy way:
One of them is: You don’t have to be flamboyant or an extrovert to do this!
Look at Mahatma Gandhi, he wasn’t loud!
You can be a completely ordinary person and still be as impactful as any loud person!
“You can be the way you are right now and still make an impact!” – Arfeen Khan
You can make a fortune by becoming a coach.
But are you still confused if you can do it?
Let me give you an example of how Arfeen Khan does it…
He has a client called “Rinku Sawhney”
She was a housewife from Delhi who used to do some social work in prison and then she realized, she wanted to be awesome but her belief was zero!
She joined one of Arfeen Khan's programs and he sat with her and they went through her story and made some fabulous content and a system that she uses to coach her clients!
And today, if he gives Rinku a 5-minute notice before going on stage, she would do it confidently as she knows how to structure her content!
She calls herself a Life Transformational Coach and is doing really well with her coaching business!
Being a coach has given her a new and a powerful identity today!
People know her and look up to her for a transformation in their life personally and professionally, she feels great about herself as she is famous and she helps people get a positive shift in their life and it’s a great feeling of self-satisfaction to help people!
Here is what she has to say:
“Thanks Arfeen for all your support & belief in me. My journey has begun & what an incredible start!”
Rinku Sawnhey Life Transformational Coach
So are you ready, to become a super successful coach and help other people around the globe and at the same time earn a fortune for your family and self?
Don’t worry, Arfeen Khan is going to hold your hand and take you through this journey… Give you his system that will help you coach clients and he will also help you get your first clients!
And this is going to help you in the long run…
In his workshop this weekend, he will share more details about this…
Excited? Yes or yes?