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


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. 

THE SCHINDLER GLOBAL AWARD 2019


THE SCHINDLER GLOBAL AWARD 2019 : A SUCCESSFUL STEP AHEAD TO LEAPFROG DEVELOPMENT URBAN TRANSFORMATION IN MUMBAI, INDIA

One of the most prominent student urban design competitions, the prestigious ‘The Schindler Global Award 2019’ was held this month in the megacity of Mumbai under the leadership of the Schindler Group, in collaboration with the ETH Zurich, Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Professor Kees Christiaanse. Prof. Christiaanse is SGA Co-Chair together with Prof. Peter Staub, of the University of Liechtenstein. The SGA 2019 was also supported by the expertise of the Mumbai-based Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI).

A huge success, ‘Schindler Global Award 2019’ was attended by the nominated team representatives, students from leading Design and Architect Schools and Colleges in Mumbai and leading names and members from the Indian and International Industry fraternity.

Adding an interesting facet to the awards evening was an engaging Live Sand Art Performance on
‘Urban Mobility’ followed by an interactive panel discussion centred on ‘What is Mumbai’s position as a financial center in the regional or South Asian Urban System’. Moderated by Mr. Uday Kulkarni,
President, India and South Asia, Schindler, the esteemed panellists comprised of Mr. Kees
Christiaanse, Architect, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH, Zürich, Switzerland;
ETH Zürich, Founder, Partner, KCAP, Rotterdam, Netherlands and Zürich, Switzerland), Mr. Deepak
Parekh, Chairperson, HDFC, Mr. Peter Staub, leading architect who leads the Chair of Architectural
Design and Theory and serves as Head of Institute of Architecture and Planning at the University of
Liechtenstein, Mr. Raj Bajaaj, Chairperson, Lerch And Bates and Mr. Satish Bhujbal, Vice President
-Kalpataru (Retired).

The Global Schindler Award is a competition for students of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning, where they are asked to submit outstanding concepts for new urban forms related to mobility, in response to global urban change. A jury of internationally renowned professionals in urban design and architecture will assess the competition entries.

For any additional details:
https://www.schindler.com/award/internet/en/global-schindler-award.html
https://www.schindler.com/in/internet/en/about-us/company-profile.html

COMMUNITY HELATH CARE..NEED OF THE HOUR


Swathi Kantamani
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Natco Trust

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Indian ranking on a global healthcare access and quality (HAQ) index is at  145 amongst 195 countries , lower than neighboring Bangladesh and even sub-Saharan Sudan and Equatorial Guinea, while Iceland ,Norway and Netherlands take the first top 3 positions , while China is at 48 and US at 29  position !
  
The only way to provide palliative care , an interdisciplinary approach to specialized medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress at any stage of illness  to a huge number of people in need in India is through community participation, which can be achieved by improving the awareness of the people about palliative care.

Achieving community participation in health-related activities has remained a challenge for health programs in India. Although Kerala has exhibited unique standards of community participation in providing and managing palliative care services through neighborhood network of palliative care, the same has yet not been replicated in the rest of India. High levels of awareness of the need and motivation among community volunteers for providing palliative care are required. Such community mobilization is possible through health awareness campaigns using various methods of health education such as short films, street plays, hand-outs, and medical camps. 

Strategies that improve access to clinical preventive services (such as screening and counseling), community-level activities, and appropriate medical treatment have been shown to reduce and prevent disease in communities. Collaborations between clinical, community, and public health organizations offer a win-win scenario for participating organizations, clinical teams, and patients.
  
With an effective clinical-community
 ·         Patients get more help in changing unhealthy behaviors.
·         Clinicians get help in offering services to patients that they cannot provide themselves.
·         Community programs get help in connecting with clients for whom their services were designed.

Community health services cover 'cradle-to-grave' services that many of us take for granted. They provide a wide range of care, from supporting patients to manage long-term conditions, to treating those who are seriously ill with complex conditions. Most community healthcare takes place in people's homes.

Health services consist of medical professionals, organizations and ancillary health care workers who provide medical care to those in need. Health services serve patients, families, communities, and populations. They cover emergency, preventative, rehabilitative, long-term, hospital, diagnostic, primary, palliative, and home care. These services are centered around making health care accessible, high quality, and patient-centered. Many different types of care and providers are necessary in order to offer successful health services. Health services cover many different types of medical issues. Many people think of primary care, outpatient care, and emergency care when they need an illness managed or are generally not feeling well. However, there are more health services that are dedicated to certain illnesses or issues. However, there are more health services that are dedicated to certain illnesses or issues (repeated twice). These include

·         Timely assistance to support the needy
·         Reaching out to enhance the well-being of people
·         To support various hospitals in the form of infrastructural aid and assistance.
·         Construction of OPD blocks
·         Dental care
·         Child care
·         Pharmaceutical care
·         Transportation
  
Natco Trust are committed to enhance the health and well being of the targeted communities.Theirr activities work to improve the health seeking behavior of the communities regarding nutritious food, mother and child health, communicable diseases, preventive mechanisms through community based health services and health awareness. As a part of our referral services, our 11 counselors in 6 major Govt. Hospitals reach out to 5 lakh patients annually guiding and counsel rural patients and help them avail healthcare services.

A healthy nation is indeed a Wealthy Nation!!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Boss Every Road: The all-new BMW X5 launched in India.

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Fourth generation of the BMW X5 to continue its trailblazing success in the premium SAV segment.
A distinctive new BMW design language with unmistakable BMW X genes, commanding road presence and robust proportions.
Everything multiplied by X: More athletic, more luxurious, more functional, more spacious and more adventurous.
Supreme sporting prowess, outstanding off-road abilities and absolute driving comfort with BMW xDrive, an intelligent all-wheel drive system.

The all-new BMW X5 was launched in India today. Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary sportsman unveiled the all-new BMW X5, which demonstrates a fresh modern design with refined interiors and authoritative driving attributes. Locally-produced, the all-new BMW X5 is available in a diesel variant at BMW dealerships from today onwards. The petrol variant will be available later in 2019.

Dr. Hans-Christian Baertels, President (act.), BMW Group India said, “BMW established the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment with the launch of BMW X5 in 1999. The BMW X5 has been the best-selling car in this segment for many years and has become one of our most successful models. The fourth generation embodies this model’s typical characteristics – versatility, sovereignty and luxury. The all-new BMW X5 is bound to add another chapter to this success story by introducing a new interpretation of the letter X. Combining an elegant and strong design with supreme on and off-road ability, the all-new BMW X5 has an even greater blend of premium luxury performance, technology and comfort.”

The all-new BMW X5 exhibits versatility by offering customers a choice of vehicle that expresses who they are and conforms to their personal preferences and lifestyle. Locally produced, the all-new BMW X5 is available in three design schemes - Sport, xLine and M Sport. Sport celebrates the gust of adrenaline with sporty style and self-confidence. xLine puts on a powerful character that enhances the car’s off-road looks. M Sport enhances the dynamic character distinguishing itself as an elite sports model.

The all-new BMW X5 is available in two diesel models – BMW X5 xDrive30d Sport and BMW
X5 xDrive30d xLine. The petrol variant BMW X5 xDrive40i M Sport will be available later in
2019.

The ex-showroom prices are as follows –
BMW X5 xDrive30d Sport : INR 72,90,000
BMW X5 xDrive30d xLine : INR 82,40,000
BMW X5 xDrive40i M Sport : INR 82,40,000

*Price prevailing at the time of invoicing will be applicable. Ex-showroom prices inclusive of GST (incl. compensation cess) as applicable but excludes Road Tax, Tax Collected at Source (TCS), RTO statutory taxes/fees, other local tax cess levies and insurance. Price and options are subject to change without prior notice. For further information, please contact the local authorised BMW Dealer.

The all-new BMW X5 is available in the following metallic paintworks: Mineral White, Phytonic Blue and Black Sapphire. The all-new BMW X5 features Fine upholstery Leather 'Vernasca' as standard with the following combinations - Ivory White | Black, Coffee | Black, Cognac | Black and Black | Black.

BMW Service Inclusive and BMW Service Inclusive Plus are optionally available with the all-new BMW X5. These service packages cover Condition Based Service (CBS) and maintenance work with a choice of plans from 3 yrs / 40,000 kms to 10 yrs / 2,00,000 kms and starts at an attractive pricing of Rs. 1.55 per km. The all-new BMW X5 also comes with optional BMW Repair Inclusive that extend warranty benefits from third year of operation to maximum sixth year, after the completion of the standard two-year warranty period. Together, these packages provide complete peace of mind and freedom to enjoy unlimited driving pleasure.

The design of the all-new BMW X5 makes a powerful statement. It has grown in all dimensions compared to its predecessor while retaining its character and proportions. Its design language has become more athletic, with more clearly defined surfaces and even more precise lines. The enlarged one-piece hexagonal kidney grille paired with a sculptured bonnet and short overhangs gives the iconic front an imposing appearance. BMW Laser Light technology with blue X-shaped elements makes a distinctive visual proclamation. The car makes a solid and dynamic impression on the road because of its muscular stance - an effect that is supported by the 3D wrap-around LED taillights that reach far into the sides.

The interior boasts an exceptional level of comfort and functionality in an extremely sporty ambience. Together with an elevated seat position and generously proportioned interior, the front and rear occupants enjoy ample accommodation. Folding down the 40:20:40 split rear seat backrest increases boot capacity from 650 litres to 1,870 litres, making the all-new BMW X5 suitable for all kinds of journeys. The absolute highlight in the interior is the new unique feature – ‘Crafted Clarity’ – which is a host of operational features crafted in exquisite glass that embellish the insert of the gear selector, the iDrive control wheel, the audio control button and the start/stop button. The Panoramic glass roof Sky Lounge with LED light graphics, Welcome Light Carpet appeal to the senses in many ways.

The Comfort Access System remotely detects the key within a 1.5 meter radius and unlocks the doors and the two-section tailgate. The Luggage-Compartment Package includes slide rails for easy loading and an electrical luggage compartment roller blind. Soft close function for doors adds to the increased levels of comfort for the all-new BMW X5.

A host of BMW ConnectedDrive technologies continues to break the innovation barrier in automotive industry – BMW Gesture Control, BMW Display Key, Wireless Charging, BMW Head-Up Display and Wireless Apple CarPlay®. The modern cockpit concept BMW Live Cockpit Professional running on latest BMW Operating System 7.0 includes a 3D Navigation, with a high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a 12.3” screen and a control display also measuring 12.3”.

The spread of driver assistance systems is more extensive than ever. Parking Assistant Plus with Surround View Camera makes parking in tight spots easier by taking over acceleration, braking as well as steering. The new Reversing Assistant provides unmatched support in reversing out of a parking spot or through narrow driveways. It keeps a record of the last 50 metres driven and assists by taking over the steering.

Thanks to the unrivalled BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the petrol and diesel engines meld maximum power with exemplary efficiency and offer spontaneous responsiveness even at low engine speeds.The three-litre six-cylinder diesel engine of the BMW X5 xDrive30d produces an output of 195 kW / 265 hp and a maximum torque of 620 Nm at 1,500 – 2,500 rpm. The car accelerates from 0 -100 km / hr in just 6.5 seconds. The three-litre six-cylinder BS VI compliant petrol engine of the BMW X5 xDrive40i produces an output of 250 kW / 340 hp and maximum torque of 450 Nm at 1,500 – 5,200 rpm. The car accelerates from 0 -100 km / hr in just 5.5 seconds.

BMW xDrive, an intelligent all-wheel-drive system, monitors the driving situation constantly and is quick to respond. Electronically controlled ‘Automatic Differential Brakes/Locks’ (ADB-X), extended ‘Dynamic Traction Control’ (DTC), Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control help to conquer every terrain. Dynamic Damper Control improves ride quality and suspension by stabilizing all irregularities of the surface. The Adaptive 2-Axle Air Suspension enables raising and lowering of vehicle at the touch of button and automatically adjusts the height of the car to suit any given driving situation.

BMW EfficientDynamics includes features such as 8-speed Steptronic Automatic Transmission, Auto Start-Stop, ECO PRO mode, Brake-Energy Regeneration, Electronic Power Steering, 50:50 Weight Distribution, Driving Experience Control switch and many other innovative technologies.

BMW safety technologies includes six airbags, Attentiveness Assistance, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Cornering Brake Control (CBC), electric parking brake with auto hold, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor, ISOFIX child seat mounting and integrated emergency spare wheel under the load floor.

Achyut Palav to conduct a Devnagari Masterclass in USA


The renowned calligrapher, Achyut Palav has been invited to conduct a special workshop and a Masterclass during the 6th Calligraphies in Conversation. This International Calligraphy Exhibition is being held in San Francisco. The opening ceremony will be held on 7th June 2019 and the event will showcase works of eminent calligraphers from around the world. Achyut Palav’s Calligraphy Demonstration will be a part of this opening ceremony. Paintings of selected calligraphers will be displayed in the ‘Master’s Section’. A special Masterclass by Achyut Palav is organized on 12th June where he will present various styles of Indian Calligraphy. This session is an opportunity to observe the way American Calligraphers perceive Indian Calligraphy and their attempt at learning Devnagari script from an artist’s point of view.
Apart from America, his paintings will also be exhibited in the 11th World Calligraphy Biennale (S. Korea) in September 2019. He has always been proud of his Indian Heritage and an enthusiast of the Marathi culture and literature. He is known for his unique style and experiments in calligraphy. This year he has chosen the line from Sant Tukaram’s Abhang‘Anadache Dohi Ananda Taranga’ as a base for his painting in America while his paintings displayed in S. Korea use the lines ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ and ‘Jyotine Tejachi Aarati’.
He strives to bring forth the beauty of Marathi Language and Indian Calligraphy before the world with his remarkable creations. Two years ago, he was one of the 6 calligraphers chosen from around the world for a prestigious project in Paris. He used lines from works of noted poets and saints like Sant Dnyaneshwar, Sant Tukaram, Bahinabai, N. D. Mahanor, Mangesh Padgaonkar and many others to show the superiority of Marathi language and literature.
Along with paintings of Achyut Palav, works of his students will also be displayed in the Digital Section of the upcoming exhibition in San Francisco. He expresses his pleasure regarding the growing popularity of Indian calligraphy and especially the calligraphy in Marathi language in the world.

At-home blood pressure monitors can be inaccurate, experts urge to use validated instruments

~10% of people who visit experts complain about inaccurate readings~

~People with hypertension need to be careful while monitoring their BP at home~

At-home blood pressure monitors make it convenient for people to check their readings, but many of them still want assurance that the numbers are accurate for health reasons. Differences between readings at home and at the doctor’s clinic may reveal that something is wrong with an at-home monitor. Hence, if you’ve been checking up on your blood pressure at home, it’s more than likely you’ve gotten skewed results. A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension, in 2017, suggests that 70 % at-home blood pressure monitors are wrong and that inaccuracy could have serious health consequences. City experts advise you to regularly visit the doctor to get accurate readings, and not to solely rely on at-home blood pressure monitor.

Dr Behram Pardiwala, Internal medicine expert, from the Wockhardt hospital, Mumbai Central, said, “About 10 % of the people who visit me complain about inaccurate readings after checking the blood pressure at home. People may notice fluctuation in their readings and this indicates that the readings are inaccurate. Hence, I recommend people to use instruments validated by the hypertension society of British and the World Health Organization. Check with your doctor when there are discrepancies between at-home and clinic readings. Furthermore, you must also ask your doctor to teach you to tie the machine, about the right position of the arm and duration. Avoid drinking a caffeinated beverage or smoking during the 30 minutes before monitoring your blood pressure. People with hypertension need to be extra careful while monitoring their blood pressure at home as hypertension is a ‘silent killer’. Before stopping your BP medication, check with your doctor as it can be dangerous for you.”


“About 5% of patients who come to me say that the readings done at home don’t match to the ones in the clinic. To know whether the at-home blood pressure monitor is accurate or inaccurate, you should get your readings in front of the clinician. This will help you to notice the difference as devices are bound to have some errors and the readings vary from device to device. There are two ways of measuring blood pressure which is lying down in a supine position and while sitting. You should speak to your doctor before measuring the blood pressure at home and while doing so, make sure that you tie the machine properly to help you get accurate results. Blood pressure also varies depending on the arm circumference and size of the cuff. Too tight cuff can give rise high blood pressure and bigger cuff would give us falsely low readings. Once the accuracy of the device is verified from the clinician then measuring blood pressure at home becomes important tool for keeping track on blood pressure," highlighted Dr Dipak Bhuktar, General Physician, SRV Mamata
Hospital, Dombivali.

Dr Bipeenchandra Bhamre, Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon, Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre,  Mumbai, said, “Systolic blood pressure higher than 140 and diastolic higher than 90, is called as hypertension. The prevalence of hypertension in the urban population is 30%, and 20-22%, in the rural population.  Hence, it is imperative for people with hypertension who check their readings at home, to visit the doctor immediately and also go for regular follow-ups. This is so because the ones with hypertension are at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. So, it is the need of the hour to know your numbers properly. Moreover, to bring your numbers down, don’t forget to exercise, opt for relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga which can help you de-stress, and take your blood pressure medications on time.”

Masala King Dr. Dhananjay Datar & Vandana Datar to be honored for their successful journey as global business leaders

Dr. Dhananjay (Jay) Datar, Chairman & Managing Director of Al Adil Trading & Vandana Datar would be given a special award as Maharashtra’s Most Popular Brand 2019. The award would be given by Artha Sanket the awards is given in recognition of contribution by business leaders and families from Maharashtra. A gala function will be held In Mumbai on May 18th and the couple will be honored for their successful journey which has been an inspiration to one and all. The award function will be held at BSE International Convention Hall.  

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Announcing this in a press release Dr. Datar, popularly known as the ‘Masala King’ said, it is a great honour for me and my wife to be recognized as global entrepreneurs especially by people from Maharashtra. “The aim of the award is to recognize the powerful and influential Indian leaders especially from Maharashtra who are making their mark at the global level. Dr. Datar said, “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 would also like to thanks my wife Vandana Datar who has played a major role in my life personally and professionally. 

SKF India Registers Strong Performance in 2018-19

The Board of Directors of SKF India Limited, India’s leading technology and solutions provider of bearings, seals, lubrication systems and services, today approved the audited financial results for the year ended March 31, 2019.

The financial highlights are as given below:

The Revenue from operations of the Company for year ended on 31st March, 2019 stood at Rs 30,345 million as compared to Rs 28,048 million in the previous year.
The Profit After Tax for the period amounted to Rs 3,357 million compared to Rs 2,960 million during the previous year, registering a growth of 13.5%.
The Board has recommended a dividend of Rs 12/- (120%) per share.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Manish Bhatnagar, Managing Director, SKF India said, “In a year marked by a slowing growth in the economy and a distinct slowdown in the manufacturing and automotive sectors, SKF India has shown a steady growth due to our continued focus on working extremely closely with our customers with advanced, technology-driven and customized solutions that help them improve their performance. We remain optimistic of India’s inherent potential and continue to invest in the country to harness the growth opportunities it presents.” 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

MG Motor unveils Hector, India’s first internet car

MG (Morris Garages) Motor today unveiled the Hector, India’s first internet car with 50+ connected features. Mr. Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India & Mr. P Balendran, Executive Chairman, MG Motor India were present at unveiling of the car. As India’s first 48V hybrid SUV, the MG Hector comes with 19 exclusive features that make it the new benchmark in its segment.
With 19 exclusive features, the Hector is India’s first 48V hybrid SUV
MG (Morris Garages) Motor today unveiled the Hector, India’s first internet car with 50+ connected features. As India’s first 48V hybrid SUV, the MG Hector comes with 19 exclusive features that make it the new benchmark in its segment.
With internet inside, the next-gen iSMART technology in the Hector promises to deliver safe, connected and fun experiences with the biggest HD touchscreen in its segment at 10.4 inches. The Hector will also be the first car with a sophisticated 48-volt mild-hybrid architecture in its segment. With this, MG Motor becomes the first mainstream carmaker in India to bring 48V technology to the mass market segment.
The 48V mild hybrid technology is the latest global environmentally friendly engine technology that enables reduction in petrol engine emissions. A 48-volt lithium ion battery helps store energy and provide extra torque assistance of up to 20 Nm when required, resulting in a smoother drive.
“The MG Hector, as India’s first internet car, has been built with a high level of localization and comes power-packed with features, inside-out. As MG’s first offering in India, the Hector demonstrates our commitment to provide the best cars to Indian customers, that they love and appreciate,” said Rajeev Chaba, President & Managing Director, MG Motor India.
Equipped with MG’s signature design cues including the famous star-rider grille, the MG Hector heralds a new era for the much-revered octagonal badge in India. Its character lines are defined by geometric shapes, horizontal flow and symmetry. Various sections of the Hector’s interiors are inspired by modern dance forms.
Designed and developed for Indian customers, the Hector has been built to withstand extreme road conditions and has been tested for over one million kilometers in India before entering production at the company’s plant in Halol, Gujarat, earlier this month.
MG Motor India will begin shipments of the Hector SUV within the next few weeks to its widespread network of 120 outlets across 50 cities. The carmaker aims to expand its network to 250 outlets by the end of September this year. Pre-orders of Hector will begin next month; the dates will be announced within the next couple of weeks.
MG Motor India has invested INR 2,200 crores so far to rebuild the Halol manufacturing facility and to roll out the Hector. The company has established an all new assembly line, press shop, body shop, parts distribution centre, testing track and a new state-of-the-art training facility in the plant, within a short span of 18 months. MG’s Halol plant currently has a production capacity of 80,000 units per annum. The carmaker has also set up a captive vendor park at its plant to pursue aggressive localization for its vehicles.
The Hector will be available in both petrol and diesel engines, right from its launch next month. The 1.5 litre turbo-charged petrol engine delivers 143 PS power at a peak torque of 250 Nm and will be available in both manual and automatic transmissions. Its 2.0 litre diesel engine will deliver 170 PS at a peak torque of 350 Nm, with best-in-class fuel efficiency.
48V MILD HYBRID
Select petrol manual trims will come with the globally acclaimed 48V mild hybrid technology, with best-in-class fuel efficiency in the segment. The Hybrid variants will be powered by a 48 Volt lithium-ion battery that is four times more capable than the current offerings in the Indian mass market segment. With three key functions – Engine Auto Start Stop, Regenerative Braking and E-Boost - the combination provides a great driving experience while reducing emissions by up to 12%.
6-SPEED DCT
The DCT is a highly sophisticated and refined automatic transmission that strikes the perfect balance between power and fuel economy. Like the other variants, the DCT has also been tested extensively under extreme climatic conditions globally for more than 2.6 million kms.
MG Motor India is a future-ready organization that is setting industry benchmarks in terms of its young & smart work culture and diversity. Female employees already account for 32 percent of the company’s total workforce of 1,200 employees. With a focus on four key organizational pillars of innovation, safety, experiences and diversity, the carmaker has built a strong foundation for its future operations. The company has also recently invested INR 150 crores to purchase a brand-new corporate office in Gurgaon as part of its commitment to be in India for the long term. 
About MG Motor India

Founded in the UK in 1924, Morris Garages vehicles were world famous for their sports cars, roadsters, and cabriolet series. MG vehicles were much sought after by many celebrities, including the British Prime Ministers and even the British Royal Family, for their styling, elegance, and spirited performance. The MG Car Club, set up in 1930 at Abingdon in the UK, has more than a million loyal fans, making it by far one of the world’s largest clubs for a car brand. MG has evolved into a modern, futuristic and innovative brand over the last 95 years. With plans to soon introduce its brand of vehicles in the Indian market, MG Motor India has commenced its manufacturing operations at its car manufacturing plant at Halol in Gujarat. The first of these modern MG cars - “HECTOR” will be made available to the Indian customers soon.

LifeArc and GVK BIO celebrate a decade of partnership, transforming research into life-saving medicines


·         Partnership evolved from a tactical into a ‘Preferred Partner’
·         Over the decade focused on modulating novel targets with therapeutic potential in disease where there is patient need
·         Novel chemical entities discovered from the partnership advanced to clinical development
·         Shared goal of advancing novel research ideas into potential medicines to benefit patient
·         GVK BIO team has augmented LifeArc’s internal biology efforts, by supporting biochemical assays, carrying out drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics profiling studies
·         GVK BIO team will soon  be supporting in developing cell - based assays and running protein expressions and purification studies   

GVK BIO, a leading global Contract Research and Development Organisation (CRDO), and LifeArc, one of UK’s top medical research charities, are pleased to announce the 10th anniversary of a successful partnership. The collaboration between LifeArc and GVK BIO brings together two organizations with a singular vision: advancing novel research ideas into potential medicines that can make a significant difference to patients.

LifeArc’s novel approach involves levering partnerships with academia and leading service organizations to advance discoveries into promising medicines.  Over the past decade, LifeArc scientific teams have focused their efforts on modulating novel targets with therapeutic potential in diseases where there is patient need, with the GVK BIO team assisting in synthesizing complex molecules rapidly and cost effectively to drive iterative improvement in efficacy and safety.

Promising novel chemical entities discovered from this partnership have been either advanced by LifeArc into clinical development, or have been licensed out to leading global pharmaceutical companies, including a recently announced deal in neuroscience. As the partnership evolved from a tactical relationship into a preferred partnership, the GVK BIO team has augmented LifeArc’s internal biology efforts, by supporting biochemical assays, carrying out drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics profiling studies, and soon, will be developing cell-based assays and running protein expression and purification studies. 

“It has been our privilege to have collaborated with LifeArc and its world class team of scientists that have delivered medicines such as Keytruda®, Tysabri®, and Entyvio® among others”, said Manni Kantipudi, Director & Chief Executive Officer, GVK BIO. “The longevity of this partnership, and the transformative results of the collaboration, serve as a testament to the capabilities of the GVK BIO team and its commitment to work with customers to make a difference in human life. We look forward to continuing this successful relationship with LifeArc in the coming years.”

Commenting on the partnership, Melanie Lee, Chief Executive Officer, LifeArc said:“At LifeArc, we’re committed to translating scientific innovation to benefit patients. Our partnership with GVK BIO is a strong example of how shared goals and collaboration can create real value.”

About GVK BIO
GVK BIO, a leading Contract Research & Development Organization servicing the global Biopharma industry; is headquartered in Hyderabad, India with operations in five sites including California, USA. Established in 2001, GVK BIO has over 18 years of experience across the Research and Development value chain with a focus on speed and quality while ensuring safety and compliance. GVK BIO’s team of over 2100 highly qualified scientists, backed by a no-conflict business model, well-defined and scalable processes, modern facilities, and a strong customer-centric partnering approach, focus on bringing its customers’ products to market.www.gvkbio.com

About LifeArc
LifeArc is a self-funded medical research charity.  Our mission is to advance translation of early science into health care treatments or diagnostics that can be taken through to full development and made available to patients. We’ve been doing this for more than 25 years and our work has resulted in four licensed medicines and a diagnostic for antibiotic resistance. Our success allows us to explore new approaches to stimulate and fund translation. We have our own drug discovery and diagnostics facilities, supported by experts in technology transfer and intellectual property who also provide services to external clients. Our model is built on collaboration, and we partner with a broad range of groups including medical research charities, research organisations, industry and scientists. www.lifearc.org; Twitter @lifearc1