Thursday, May 30, 2019

P.D Hinduja Hospital & MRC proposes Mumbai’s First ‘No Smoking Street’


More than 3500 Mumbaikars pledge their support via the signature campaign to declare a part of the iconic Cadel Road (Veer Savarkar Marg) as a no smoking street  

P. D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre announced the launch of a first of its kind initiative in the city, a proposal for Mumbai’s first ‘No Smoking Street’. The hospital proposes to declare the 1.8 km stretch on Cadel road between the Kaapad Bazaar Junction (including the PN Kotnis Rd) and Chaityabhoomi (Sant Dyaneshwar Marg) as a No Smoking Street. This stretch houses a hospital, school, a religious institution, parks and the iconic Shivaji Park playground. The aim is to protect the schoolchildren, patients, senior citizens, sportspersons and the residents from the harmful effects of passive smoking.

To garner public support, the hospital launched an on-ground as well as online (via its social media handles) signature campaign. Mascots garbed as cigarettes handed out pamphlets, urging the citizens to sign the petition for Mumbai’s first ‘No Smoking Street’ in interest of the health and wellbeing of the citizens. As of now a total of 3500 people with their signatures have pledged support to the initiative of a No Smoking Street. The hospital will now be submitting a petition to the Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra urging the government to take the step.

Mr. Joy Chakraborty, COO, P.D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC said, “We feel proud to spearhead this initiative that calls for Mumbai’s first ‘No Smoking Street’. We launched this campaign in the interest of citizens who are passively being exposed to the harmful effects of smoking. We would also like to encourage citizens of Mumbai to get involved by signing the petition and having a say in creating a healthy environment. For us, this is a big step towards being a precursor for change and we hope to drive more such initiatives in the future as well. This concept can be further extended to other streets as well which have similar institutions.”

According to WHO, more than 10 million people die every year due to tobacco related illnesses. Currently, India is home to 12% of the world’s smokers. “Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical, and most individuals who smoke, despite wanting to quit, find it extremely difficult to do so. The withdrawal effects, including irritability, a lack of concentration, and constant cravings are what people experience when they try to quit, and failing to sustain such quit attempts is what makes individuals lose their confidence in being able to quit. Social initiatives, such as creating smoke free zones, disincentives such as taxation and warnings on packs, along with adequate behavioural and medication support is what individuals need to help them overcome the addiction,” Dr. Lancelot Pinto, Consultant Respirologist, and Head - Tobacco Cessation Clinic, P. D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC.

This year, the global theme for World No Tobacco Day focuses on tobacco and lung health, where the focus is on tobacco use and its grave effects on lung health. Of the 4,800 chemicals used in tobacco, 69 are known to cause cancer.  Smoking also damages the lining of your arteries, leading to a build-up of fatty material that narrows the arteries causing angina, heart attack or stroke. Despite, the harmful effects of tobacco being well documented, the city has only seen a rise in tobacco usage. This is an attempt by P.D. Hinduja Hospital to help reduce tobacco usage in the city and help protect vulnerable citizens from the harmful effects of passive smoking.

About P.D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre:
P.D. Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Center, which started off as a clinic in 1951, is today ranked as one of the leading Multi-Specialty tertiary care hospital in the country. For over six decades, this institute has worked to ensure that world-class healthcare delivery is provided to all. The hospital has always been an early adopter of technology in delivery of care; being amongst the first few hospitals in the country to have Gama Knife technology, Digital Broadband MRI with ambient themes, True Beam Linear Accelerator and more. The hospital has on-board some of the best nationally and internationally recognized doctors. Quality care being the focus, it was amongst the early few hospitals that has been accredited and certified by NABH, CAP, and ISO. P.D. Hinduja Hospital was also one of the pioneers in its space to launch Care@Home and Short Stay Service in 2007 and 2008 respectively. It continues to partner with leading International Institutes, latest being an arrangement with The Division of AIDS (NIAID, NIH), U.S.A, to establish a center of excellence for infectious disease research in India. For its contribution to quality healthcare delivery, the hospital has also been bestowed with Best Multi-Specialty Hospital awards by different industry bodies. In line with one of its guiding principles “Work to Give”, the hospital runs the Serve with Passion rural health programme, under which free healthcare services are provided to the tribal areas in Maharashtra.

Economic Times & License India presents - India Licensing Expo 2019 on 8-9 of July’2019

Economic Times License India presents the only expo, conference and awards in Brand Licensing in the country-  India Licensing Expo 2019 (ILE-2019) scheduled for the 8-9 of July’2019 at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre – India’s exclusive brand licensing show.
                                                                                                                                                                  
Licensing exhibitions have proven to be an essential business event for thousands of licensing professionals around the world, with the Exhibitors and attendees representing all facets of this growing industry. Taking the growing licensing industry and the emerging Indian market in consideration, we came up with the event which is one of its kind and the first brand licensing expo to be organized in India on the lines of other international brand licensing exhibitions around the globe. We are backed by India’s largest business opportunity group ‘Franchise India’, and this show would be organized by their absolute licensing subsidiary, License India.

Our format for the event would be Exhibition | Conference Awards Night

LABELS Conference 2019( Licensing in Animation, Brand, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Sports) presented by Economic Times, LIMA and License India scheduled on 8th July’2019 will bring one full day of insights and opportunity, learning new strategies, innovative ideas and practical solutions to Brand Licensinggathering a presence of 150+ delegates addressed by a panel of noteworthy speakers from the world of licensing across the globe.

Past speakers:

Dan Frugtniet, VP – Licensing & Business Development, Nickelodeon Viacom Consumer Products | Maura Regan, Executive Vice President, LIMA | John Erlandson, Chief Business Officer, Authentic Brands Group | Jiggy George, Founder & CEO, Dream Theatre and Head of LIMA India | Samir Jain, Executive Director and COO, Green Gold Animation Anurag Sachdeva, Director (India & South East Asia), Rovio Saugato Bhowmik, Business Head - Integrated Network Solutions & Consumer Products, Viacom18 Media Ishmeet Singh, Country Manager, Mattel Toys (India) Pvt. Ltd Roberto Bré, Director and Board Member, Private Collection & Co LLC | Chris Evans, MD, University of Oxford | Anuj Sawhney, Managing Director, Swiss Military Worldwide | Archana Keskar, Senior Director-Consumer Products, Licensing & Retail, WWE | Juan de Lascurain, Chief Dreamer, Dream Big | Shivram Saran, AVP & Head - Consumer products, JCB Siddharth Chury, Senior Director - Global Merchandising - NBA India Vishal Sinha, Business Head, Sanjeev Kapoor Brands | Jason Sutton, Director – Licensing, Polaroid |Yannick Colaco, Managing Director, NBA India | Sandeep Dahiya, Director & Business Head – Brand Extension, BCCL | Bhavik Vora, Founder & CEO, Black White Orange Brands | Deepak Chhabra, MD & CEO,  Crocs Animesh Maheshwari, Vice President – Retail, Suditi Industries Limited | Joy Bhattacharjya, Project Director, FIFA U-17 World Cup | Kamal Punwani, Director and CFO, Exceed Entertainment (HRX) | Pete Canalichio, Managing Partner, Licensing Brands, Inc. | Nitin Kalra, Director, AI Licensing | Pankaj Sikka, Chief Visionary and Brand Strategist, Invision Brand Consulting

WHO SHOULD REGISTER?

Brand Owners | Potential Licensors | Retailers from all industries Manufacturers from all industries Wholesalers/ Distributors Product Sourcing Professional Buyers Product Development Teams | Promotional Strategists Marketing Professionals | Creative Professionals |Management Students

CONFERENCE TAKEAWAYS
360 degree analysis of the concept 'Brand Licensing | Insights on global & domestic licensing practices | Network with retailers and manufacturers | Understanding of Indian licensing marke|Insightful case-studies | Know how on IP protection and other licensing legal aspects in India and globally | Interactive sessions and debates to ask your questions
We extend an invitation to be a part of this magnificent event, whether you’re new to licensing or an industry veteran, you take back expertise and targeted know-how to upscale your business avenues. The event agenda has been attached. For conference participation and registration, the nominal fee wouldbe: INR 12,000 +Taxes per Delegate (which includes Lunch, High Tea & Attendee kits) 

Discounted Price- INR 10,000 +Taxes per Delegate (till 7th June, 2019)

AWARDS OVERVIEW:

LABELS Awards remain one of its kind recognition platform where the entire brand licensing fraternity comes together to celebrate; right from the brand owners to brand custodians and the entrepreneurial retailers to the latest licensees on the block.

Nomination and Evaluation:
v  Each applicant would be required to fill in a Self- Nomination form and send it to us
v  Only companies, firms or businesses registered and based in India can apply
v  Any organization/individual from education/allied sector can apply. Each applicant can apply for one or multiple categories, except the ones which states 'Jury nomination'
v  Self- nomination forms should be sent along with the prescribed fee to Franchise India. The nominees in each category will be presented to the final jury for determination of winners
v  Information received will be treated confidential and not used for any purpose except for determining the winner of the awards
v  Nomination Fee Rs.15,000/- + GST PER CATEGORY

To see award categories click here- https://www.licenseindia.com/expo/awards.php

Enhance exposure of Indian cinema in US: Oscar Academy head John Bailey · There should be more representation of Indian cinema abroad

 Mr John Bailey, President of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said the Indian film industry is one of the biggest in the world and should increase its presence internationally and at the Academy.

Speaking at the Interactive Session with Stakeholders of Media and Entertainment Industry organized by FICCI on Tuesday, Mr Bailey said, “India is a land of storytellers. I appreciate the enthusiasm of Indian film industry. I would like to see more members from India at the Academy.”

Mr Bailey¸ who was on a visit to India with wife Ms Carol Littleton, also Governor at the Oscar Academyapplauded the large number of movies produced in India.  
“My understanding is that 1,800 movies in a year is produced in India, which is more than four times the number that we make in the United States. It’s important that there should be more representation of Indian cinema abroad,” he said.

On popularity of Indian films at the Oscars, Mr Bailey said, “Indian cinema is not that well known to Hollywood-based Academy members as much as French, English, Italian or, basically, western cinema is.” He said limited distribution and exposure of Indian cinema in the US was the key reason.

“I understand that Indian cinema is doing very well in China and other countries, so it's also up to the Indian industry to increase its efforts in the US,” Bailey said.
The Academy and film institutes around the world are encouraging and supporting diversity without compromising on the artistic values in films, he added.

Ms Vani Tripathi Tikoo, Member, Central Broad of Film Certification said, “Indian film industry has been recognized as the largest producer of content and every corner of the country has diverse stories in different languages that completes the picture.”
Mr Amit Khanna, renowned lyricist and filmmaker, said, “The fault lies within the industry. We are not promoting Indian movies in the international market. There is no restriction in applying for any international festivals. These festivals help the movies get due recognition at the global circuit.”
Mr Rahul Rawail, acclaimed filmmaker, appreciated the efforts of the Academy and requested Mr Bailey to send experts for Master Classes for the Golden Jubilee edition of IFFI which will be organized at Goa in November 2019.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

ESPN BUILDS AND DEDICATES ITS SECOND MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPORTS SPACE IN INDIA

  
  • Dharavi Transit Camp Municipal School, Mumbai celebrates the opening of the new space to play and learn
  • Space will be home to sustainable programs teaching young people life-skills through sports
  • Former Indian Cricketers Ajit Agarkar and Murali Kartik and West Indian Cricketer Daren Ganga also join the celebration  

Community leaders, residents, and youth gathered in Dharavi, Mumbai today to participate in the opening of a new, multifunctional sports space dedicated to the local community and its residents. Built to Play is a global project, led by ESPN. This is the second Built to Play project undertaken by ESPN in India, following one in Bangalore in 2017, and its ninth globally.

The court and surrounding area, refurbished with the help of community residents and employees, will provide a safe place to play for the surrounding community, as well as offer programs for young people in the community aimed at teaching life-skills and empowering them to fulfill their potential, all through the power of sports. Magic Bus, a non-profit organization with its roots firmly set in India, will deliver the program. Magic Bus will strive to equip children and young people of Dharavi with the essential skills and knowledge to be able to break the cycle of poverty, take control of their lives and become active members of their community.  These life-skills – ranging from education and gender equality to health and employability – will be taught by youth leaders from within the community, with support and training from Magic Bus’s unique mentorship program.

Ramesh Kumar, Vice President, ESPN India and South Asia; Kevin Martinez, Vice President, ESPN Corporate Citizenship; former Indian cricketers Ajit AgarkarMurali Kartik and West Indian cricketer Daren Ganga attended the event along with employees, community volunteers who helped build the space, residents and their families. Raunak Kapoor, ESPN India presenter and RJ Adaa (Priti Jolly), Radio Jockey were the hosts of the day. The celebration comprised cultural performances, special recognition of community leaders who volunteered their time, and sports activities open to the community.

“At ESPN we believe that sports have the ability to transform lives, and we are proud to be able to support and empower communities like Dharavi to unlock the benefits that sports offer,” said Kevin Martinez. “Both love.fútbol and Magic Bus have been outstanding partners on this project, helping build this safe space in a community where there is a need and where it can truly make a difference.”

Spanning two kilometers, Dharavi is one of the most densely populated areas in the world with a population estimated at 1 million people. The area is plagued with severe public health problems, and the overall standard of education and enrollment numbers are extremely low, with only a few children opting for higher education. Due to safety issues, many parents hesitate to allow their girls to go out and play. Matthew Spacie, Founder of Magic Bus said, “Through our program we have seen the impact of sports-based learning on individual behavior. But one of the challenges we face are to provide safe play spaces. With this pitch, ESPN and love.fútbol allow us to reach more children who will benefit from our program, helping them to overcome challenges and enabling a better quality of life. We are very thankful to them.

love.fútbol, which is known for building community sports facilities all over the world, played a key role in selecting Dharavi for the new space based on need, population served and socio-economic status. Speaking on the occasion, Ramesh Kumar, Vice President, Head of ESPN India and South Asia said, “The success of Built to Play is heartening as we extend the program to the second location in India in less than two years. Built to Play is designed to utilize sports as a medium to help address challenges faced by youth in under-served communities. Sports transforms lives and builds communities, it offers social benefits to young people, and inspires them to learn and grow. Our partners in this endeavor, love.fútbol and Magic Bus, will work closely with the community in Dharavi to help address social issues through sports. In the first year of the program, we hope to touch the lives of 1,500 young people and then expand the reach further in subsequent years. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your passion become someone else’s passion too.”   


ESPN Corporate Citizenship: ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplift the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use the power of sport to positively address society’s needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets.  For more information, pleasego to www.espn.com/citizenship.

ESPN India: India is a key part of ESPN’s growth – in the Asia-Pacific region and globally – and its presence in the country is powered by the potent combination of ESPN’s leadership in digital sports and its long-term SONY ESPN collaboration with Sony Pictures Networks India. At the core of ESPN’s strategy in India and the subcontinent is serving the massive and vibrant sports fan community with entertaining, insightful and high-quality products and content across digital devices and television. With offices in Bangalore and Mumbai, it boasts a world-class team that includes technologists, developers, editors, journalists and more that make up ESPN’s largest technology and digital editorial teams outside the United States.
ESPNcricinfo, already the ultimate destination for authentic, unbiased cricket news, analysis, statistics and scores, continues serving Indian cricket fans as it has for over 26 years.

love.fútbol: love.fútbol is a non-profit dedicated to a safe place to play soccer for every child. The organization engages, mobilizes and partners with communities to plan, build, manage, and redefine their own sports spaces as hubs for passion, education and development. Since 2006, love.fútbol has partnered with some of the biggest names in the sport, business and non-profit sectors to create safe sports spaces across five continents for nearly 70,000 children, youth and adults to be active, connect, grow and learn.

Magic Bus: From 3000 children in 1999 in Mumbai, Magic Bus has transformed over one million children and young people living in poverty, taking them from a childhood full of challenges to a life with meaningful livelihoods. Magic Bus is one of the largest poverty alleviation programs in India, impacting 3,75,000 children and young people in 22 States and 80 districts of India in FY 18-19. We deliver our sports activity-based sessions in close to 1961 communities and 930 schools in both urban slum clusters and remote rural areas. Since the Livelihood program began in 2015, we have 42 Livelihood centers. We have trained 10,000 youth and placed 70% youth in jobs in the organized sector, career-based trainings or get self-employed, with an average salary of INR 10,287. We also work in Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar with 6000 children, in 40 communities and 31 schools with 81 Community Coordinators.


thinkBeyond: thinkBeyond helps organizations and people that do good, do it better through sport. The agency are global experts in providing consultancy and strategy delivery to brands, sports teams, leagues, federations, talent and governments who want to do good business and create positive social change. Having helped develop the Built to Play initiative with ESPN, thinkBeyond now supports in the implementation of the project around the world

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Aditya Roy Kapur’s fashion brand, SINGLE campaigns against Tobacco this #WorldNoTobaccoDay

SINGLE, a youth fashion brand under Universal Sportsbiz Private Ltd., today, announced their support towards #WorldNoTobaccoDay (observed on 31 st May) and the youth trying to break free from the habit of smoking. The newly introduced brand, SINGLE has launched a campaign to support the youth trying to quit tobacco. As a part of the campaign, they have introduced finger bands that offer a stance of solidarity towards all those trying to quit the habit. The bands will be available from 27 th May onwards at Shoppers Stop & Central stores in Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore and anyone who wishes to support the cause can collect it for free from these stores. Orders placed through singlelife.in will also include the band.

Anjana Reddy, Founder & CEO, USPL said, “More than 10 million people die each year in India due to smoking related complications. India is home to 12% of the world’s smokers which is constantly on the rise. With the launch of this campaign and the ‘I Quit Smoking’ bands, we wish to nurture a community of strong willed young folks trying to kick off this habit. We hope to eliminate tobacco dependency and propagate a positive message to bring about a change in the society.”

An equally hopeful Aditya Roy Kapur added, “SINGLE has received great response since its launch. We have been able to connect with the young and energetic men of the country through our offerings. However, now our endeavor is to communicate with those who comprehend the unwholesome effects of tobacco. These bands will provide a platform to all those trying to live a better & healthier life by making the choice of banishing the habit. We are proud to offer our support towards World No Tobacco Day.”

The brand SINGLE was launched by Aditya Roy Kapur in February this year with the core focus on providing stylish and trendy attire to the young men of the country. Being a huge youth sensation, Aditya Roy Kapur has been able to create an army of enthusiastic followers.

Universal Sportsbiz Pvt. Ltd. (USPL): is the only homegrown Indian company with significant presence in the multi-billion dollar celebrity fashion lines business. Founded in April 2012, USPL’s portfolio of leading brands includes Wrogn, a premier fashion brand inspired by Virat Kohli, IMARA, a
contemporary women’s ethnic fashion brand with Jacqueline Fernandez and Ms. Taken, Kriti Sanon’s western wear line. SINGLE, the latest offering from the brand is targeted at the Generation-Z audiences.

PTE Academic Test now accessible at K.P.B Hinduja College

Pearson, the world’s learning company, today announced the activation of a PTE Academic test center at K.P.B Hinduja College of Commerce as one of the site to take exams. The first slot for PTE Academic session commenced from 15th May 2019. With this, Pearson India aims to increase the reach of PTE Academic test by making it easily accessible for the test takers. Now, the test takers can take the globally-recognized, fast and reliable English language proficiency test for immigration and study abroad in this college.

PTE Academic is a computer-based language test and is gaining immense popularity for giving the most accurate and impartial scoring. To provide test score validity, all Pearson Professional Centers use state-of-the-art and industry leading security measures like digital biometrics incorporating palm-scanning, secure paperless results, randomized test formats and CCTV, thereby ensuring aspirants test in a controlled and secure environment.

Commenting on this, Vikas Singh, Managing Director, Pearson India said, “We strive to expand our reach to give PTE Academic test takers a greater choice. We are confident students who aim to enhance their English language skills and brighten their chances to make it to abroad can opt for K.P.B Hinduja College as one of the site for exam.”

PTE Academic is accepted by universities and colleges around the world including by Harvard Business School, Yale University, INSEAD and London Business School.  It is accepted by 100% of Australian and New Zealand universities and by a growing number in the USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Singapore and Germany. The test can also be used for all Australian and New Zealand visa and migration applications.

About PTE Academic
PTE Academic is a computer-based language test that offers international students and employment seekers a fast (results typically in five business days), fair (accurate computer marking with no potential for examiner bias) and flexible (test sessions 363 days of the year) way of proving their English language proficiency. The test is accepted by 100% of universities in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. PTE Academic is also accepted by renowned colleges, universities, training providers and professional associations across USA, UK, Canada and Singapore, including Harvard Business School, Yale University, INSEAD and London Business School.

About Pearson India
Founded in 1844, Pearson is the world’s learning company, with 35,000 employees across 70 countries worldwide. We have expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. Our unique insight and world-class expertise comes from our long history of working closely with teachers, learners, researchers, authors, and thought leaders. Our products and services are used by millions of teachers and learners around the world every day.

We are organized around three key stages of learning - a) K-12, b) Higher education and test preparation and c) Vocational and professional education. Established in India since 1998, Pearson has introduced its wide range of products and services in educational institutes as well as directly to the learners. To know more about us visitin.pearson.com and follow us on www.facebook.com/PearsonIn and https://twitter.com/PearsonIn.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Mrs Asia Naavnidhi K Wadhwa wishes to run her own play school


"I want to run my own play school" says Naavnidhi  K Wadhwa.


Mrs Asia Universe Naavnidhi K. Wadhwa is an extra ordinary woman with Multifaceted Talent .
She is a Rapid evolution coach, She has been crowned with the title of ‘Mrs. Asia Women of Universe 2018’. One woman, many facets is the exact thing which can describe her talent and contribution as a rapid evolution coach, mind transformation facilitator meditation and motivation speaker, food coach and other.

When we asked her about the difficulties she faced in the path, she said:
“The journey was challenging too, as I grew up a shy girl. I was not able to talk to anyone and then going ahead to win a crown title. I have learnt a lot and developed myself with time. One thing for sure I take back from this journey is that once you have the confidence in yourself and you celebrate what you have, you should celebrate the magic within you and stop cribbing and thinking about what you don’t have and instead focus on the strengths and what are the gifts you have got from the universe, you will definitely get what you want in life.”  when asked what more she wants to explore  she said " I wanted to In fact I want to run own play school I had many ideas to create a play school which delivers uniqueness and which nurtures the children  in a exceptional  manner.

Today, she uses her inner spirituality and talent to aid students and children who are in need of healthier dietary choices and uncomplicated lifestyle. She has the degree in fashion designing from the prestigious college NIFT, New Delhi. From London, she takes her study forward and learns psychology & metabolism of eating as part of Neuro-Linguistic Programming wherein she specialized with a PhD. And, now she is known as India’s leading NLP healers because she helped numbers of people to achieve the desired goal and maintain the right lifestyle. Furthermore, Naavnidhi is a life healer and ultimate coach who gives advice and guide people for the right eating, meditation, diet planning and she also has a wide knowledge of numerology, graphology and Vaastu Consultant. Well, she has mastered in these all. If the world pushes you back, you can forward with your power and, this is what she proved in her life. She embarked on a journey of the self-discovery, inner beauty and power of spirituality just to challenge the negativity of the world who bullied her for the heavyweight. She never afraid to do hard work and that is why to shed 25 kilo grams and give a kick ass reply to everyone who was involved in the body shaming by her transformation.

She has added many feathers in her cap as in May 2018, she has been awarded the prestigious and reputed pageant award after competing with the women from all over Asia. Naavnidhi was Mrs. Personality 2017 as well and won the position of 2nd runner up of the Mrs. India Bharat Icon.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

An exclusive tea collection for Mother’s Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Volvo Car organises a women-only car drive to boost awareness on gender equality


Volvo Car India flagged off an all women drive today under the global ‘Equal Vehicles for All’ (E.V.A.) initiave to promote gender equality. The rich data of over 4 decades and 40,000 investigations involving car crashes has now been provided to the world free. The E.V.A. initiative centres around safety for all and not just safety developed by testing the traditional ‘Male Crash Test Dummies’. Women have a different anatomy and hence different effects in crashes. Our cars are tested with Female Crash Test Dummies as well delivering safety for all. The seats are ergonomically designed with WHIPS to reduce the whiplash risk for male and females by half. The Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) relies on an intelligent structure to boost overall safety. In fact, SIPS, together with the side-impact airbag, reduces severe chest injuries by more than 50% for all passengers.

The gender equality does not stop just at product development, it is an integral part of our corporate mission and culture. Volvo Cars is aiming at one-third of all leadership positions by 2025 to be females and has a healthy 23% women workforce.

Mr. Charles Frump, Managing Director - Volvo Car India said“We are very proud of our campaign to generate awareness about gender equality. It is something very close to our brand and the corporate mission to have atleast one-third women in all leading positions globally by 2025. We have a healthy 23% ratio of women globally and in India. Our global E.V.A initiative involves creating a Female Crash Test Dummy, therby delivering safety for all”.

Volvo Car India
Swedish luxury car company Volvo established its presence in India in 2007 and has since then, worked intensively to market the Swedish brand in this country. Volvo Cars currently markets products through its dealerships in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi NCR – South Delhi, West Delhi, Gurgaon & Noida, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Surat, Vishakhapatnam and Vijayawada.

For more information on Volvo Cars, please visit - www.volvocars.in
Check ouour EVA film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o8mJADE7ao
Gender Equality India Film:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW_g9dQNT_I

Masala King Dr. Dhananjay Datar and Vandana Datar received International MahaBrand Award


Masala King Dr. Dhananjay Datar and Vandana Datar of Al Adil Company were felicitated as International MahaBrand by Arthsanket in “Maharashtra Cha Lokpriya Brand” Glorious, Historical and Prestigious Ceremony of Maharashtrian Entrepreneurs at the Asia's First and Oldest Stock Exchange Bombay Stock Exchange, International Conventional Hall on 18th May 2019 at the hands of Mr. Ashishkumar Chauhan, Managing Director & CEO of BSE in the presence of Mr. Amit Bagwe & Mrs. Rachna Lachke Bagwe Founder of Arthsanket and MahaBrand, Mr. Tushar Bhagat , Mr. Mahesh Karande, Mr. Shankar Jadhav MD Bse Investment & Mr. Balasaheb Kamble ,Chairman Lalbaugcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal, The Hall was filled with Maharashtrian Brands and their followers
Dr. Datar spoke about his Journey of becoming a Masala King and shared his experiences which was valuable for all Brands and upcoming entrepreneurs. He talked about Importance of Branding and why it is Important to create a Brand in today’s world. He said by giving his Son’s  example, How today’s younger generation are keen on buying Branded products. One should create value in our products and services and should have good presentation to make a big Brand. Entrepreneurs should not only earn money but should also use it for their better living and enjoy every moment of life.
While thanking Mr. Amit Bagwe and Mrs. Rachna Bagwe Dr. Datar further added that 'It is a great honor to be recognized as International Mahabrand especially by the people from Maharashtra, my homeland'. He thanked his life and business partner Vandana, who played a major role in his life, personally and professionally. It was a Wonderful evening in the presence of Stars of Marathi Business World. This was 3rd year of Mahabrand. It was started with 13 brands in the year 2017 and in year 2019 it has achieved new height by felicitating 40 National brand and 1 International Brand.