Tuesday, January 28, 2020

TiE Mumbai announces its Hall of Fame - Excellence in Entrepreneurship & Enablers of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

9 awardees chosen after a rigorous selection process Ratan N. Tata honoured with Lifetime achievement award

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Mumbai, is in its second year of initiating a "Hall of fame" series that is aimed at recognizing outstanding Entrepreneurs, Investors, Investment Bankers, Corporates, Public Sector & Government change agents who have contributed tremendously to the development of the Economy and the Ecosystem in India and Globally. These recognitions are given to high achievers, impactful value creators, marquee individuals and institutions who have brought about positive change through innovation, disrupted the norms and are wealth creators.

The “Hall of Fame” awardees were recognized at the 11th edition of TiECon Mumbai, which was held today 28 th January 2020 at NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai. The Chief Guest for this year's prestigious "TiE Mumbai's Hall of Fame" was Shri Narayana Murthy, Founder Infosys who is a veteran Industry leader and a strong proponent of the Entrepreneurial landscape in India.

This year, TiE Mumbai had the privilege of honoring Sri Ratan N. Tata with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution that spans across years of focus and dedication.
Atul Nishar, President, TiE Mumbai said, “Sri Ratan Tata’s lasting legacy is the highest standards of ethics and integrity that will guide entrepreneurs in their journey for decades to come. The awardees of the Hall of fame have shown exemplary courage, passion and foresight in being disrupters who have created wealth and opportunities for thousands.”

About the Awardees
This year’s Hall of Fame 2020 inductees includes the following illustrious Entrepreneurs, Investors and Achievers of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem -
1. Outstanding Indian Entrepreneur: Ashish Hemrajani – CEO & Co-founder, Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
2. Outstanding Entrepreneur B2B e-Commerce: Amod Malviya, Sujeet Kumar, Vaibhav Gupta - Co-founders, Udaan
3 Outstanding Entrepreneur Deep Tech: Sneh Vaswani - Co-founder & CEO, Miko
4. Outstanding Entrepreneur Fashion & Life Style: Anita Dongre - Founder, House Of Anita
5. Outstanding Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor: Anupam Mittal - Founder & CEO,
People Group
6. Outstanding Social Change Agent: Vineet Rai - Founder Chairman, Aavishkaar Group
7. Outstanding Value Creating Institution: NPCI - Dilip Asbe, MD & CEO
8. Outstanding Angel Investor: Sanjay Mehta - Founder & Partner, 100X.VC
9. Outstanding Institutionalized Angel Investors: Venture Catalyst - Dr. Apoorv Sharma, Anuj Golecha, Anil Jain, Gaurav Jain

TiECon Mumbai is the largest Entrepreneurial Leadership Conclave that takes place once a year in Mumbai. TiEcon Mumbai 2020 will focus on how start-ups are going to drive the future by changing how we use and consume goods and services, interact with technology and deploy them to solve pressing problems. The innovation driven by start-ups may make many current businesses redundant and create opportunities for new ones. TiEcon Mumbai 2020 will spotlight all of this, and more.

About TiE
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.

Delve into a spectacular collection of Necklace &Bangle Mahotsav by PNG Jewellers

As the year 2020 begins with the advent of an extended wedding season, the 187 Years legacy brand PNG Jewellers is introducing its new collections through the ‘Necklace & Bangle Mahotsav’ from the 24th January to 29th February 2020 across all its stores in India. The campaign will showcase a wide collection of Bangles and Necklaces ranging from traditional to contemporary, crafted individually for the discerning buyer.

Our lives are made of defining essential moments. Jewellery helps us connect with those moments, the people we meet, the occasions we celebrate, and the people we love. PNG Jewellers houses a range of contemporary and modern designs. Carving masterpieces that can be adorned as a legacy for generations; each piece is unique and contemporary and can be worn with traditional as well as modern attire making it a trousseau must-have.

The Bangle & Necklace Mahotsav will be celebrated from 24th January to 29th February 2020 across PNG Jewellers’ 34 stores across Maharashtra, Goa & Madhya Pradesh. The mahotsav includes a wide variety of necklaces and bangles, every piece of jewellery you put on is simple yet significant and becomes the focal point of every outfit you wear. The products will be available in 18KT and 22 KT Gold and diamonds.

Dr. Saurabh Gadgil, Chairman & Managing Director, PNG Jewellers commented, “Necklace
& Bangle Mahotsav is another unique event curated especially for our customers. We brought an exclusive variety of designs and options in necklace and bangles. While carrying forward the rich legacy, we have worked on designs that suit our traditional customers and the aspirations of the young generation".

About P.N. Gadgil Jewellers:
PNG Jewellers is one of the most reputed Jewellery brands in India with 187 years of excellence in creativity, jewellery design and value for money propositions across their stores helping women discover their beauty through jewellery. PNG Jewellers today stands tall with 37 branches globally. The brand enjoys an annual turnover of about 2,500 crores and employs more than 1200 people. Under the leadership of Dr. Saurabh Gadgil - a strong and dynamic visionary, PNG Jewellers is creating a brand that caters to the taste of modern Indian women. 

For more information, visit: www.pngadgil.com

Synergies launches ‘ Magic Black’ - World’s first Black Chrome plated wheels

·       Synergies is the First company to produce & launch these wheels  in the world!!
·      Manufactured at state-of-the-art fully automated chrome plating plant at Visakhapatnam!!

SYNERGIES CASTINGS LIMITED, India’s leading aluminium alloy wheel manufacturer announced the production and launch of Worlds first Black Chrome Plated wheels – MAGIC BLACK manufactured at its Visakhapatnam plant.

‘Magic Black’ – a Black premium Chrome plated wheels is manufactured using the World’s First Chrome Plating System has been introduced by SYNERGIES. The extraordinary ‘Magic Black’ chrome finished wheels are as remarkable for their uncompromised quality, precision engineering, advanced materials and revolutionary manufacturing processes as they are for their stunning finish and looks.

The new technology combines the best of traditional electroplating, and new age requirement for environmentally safe and compliant ‘black’ color. The ‘Magic Black’ premium electroplating system is a full-fledged chrome plating process that guarantees a rich, lustrous, silky smooth chrome plated ‘black’ness. It follows the entire Copper-Nickel-Special-Chrome plating, which ensures better corrosion resistance due to even deposition and performs better in all quality aspects, meets demand to eliminate Cr(VI), has unique warm dark homogeneous look, increases longevity, has excellent durability and resistance to abrasion and protects the metal from corrosion, chemical damage, and wear. Alloy wheels are not just functional but have a dramatic aesthetic impact / appeal on cars, apart from safety .  Car aficionados have long used alloy wheels to differentiate their vehicle.

 Mr. Shekhar Movva, President SYNERGIES CASTINGS LIMITED said  “ At Synergies we always endeavoured to be amongst the best in the alloy wheel business.  Innovation has been the hallmark of our progress and growth as a world class wheel manufacturer.  Necessity breeds invention, and innovation. The needs and aspirations of the customers  with the existing black chrome finish options presented both an opportunity and a motivation for our innovative minds.  More than 2 years of intense research, development of several custom processes, creation of new rinses, have finally yielded success. Impeccable finish, terrific functional performance, and stunning looks were the result of this work – Black Magic. We are proud to bring out the first Magic Black in the world from our  Visakhapatnam plant   ”

“These wheels are meant for the ultra-premium segment of the car market, with an overall  market share of 3 - 5% and most suited to the luxury and ultra-luxury segment.  The technology used for making these wheels  combines the best of traditional electroplating, and new age requirement for environmentally safe and compliant ‘black’ colour.  These wheels are manufactured at  our state-of-the-art fully automated chrome plating plant in Vizag ” Mr. Shekhar Movva added

Technically, Black Magic wheels far exceeds all OEM requirements comfortably, including the CASS, thermal, micro porous requirements which guarantee resistance to corrosion, pelleting, pitting, waviness, sputtering and  looks Stunning!!  Finally, a no compromise solution to give your wheels that cool, rich, black chrome finish!!

About Synergies : SYNERGIES the pioneer and leader in manufacturing alloy wheels in India, located in the VSEZ Visakhapatnam, has been supplying to leading OEMs in India and overseas for more than 17+ years now.  Its wheels have adorned several iconic vehicles such as the Hummer, the Escalade, the Jeep, amongst others.  SYNERGIES is a globally approved alloy wheels supplier to several automobile majors like General Motors-USA, Ford-USA, Chrysler-USA, General Motors-India, Ford-India, TATA Motors, Toyota, Hyundai, Fiat, Volkswagen, Honda and Mahindra & Mahindra amongst others, and is amongst India’s leading exporters. 

The Company has earned several prestigious awards over the years including awards for the highest exports, for the highest quality from Toyota, Chrysler, etc., as well as Global Best Quality Supplier Award from General Motors in 2013 and 2015

Can Immortality be achieved in this generation? “The Secret of Liberation” book launched by Talat Aziz discusses the same

 "THE SECRET OF LIBERATION" authored by Devaseer E. Lankadieu and published by Partridge India, was launched at the Mumbai Press Club. The book is compiled by Lankadieu for the people who will enter into Dharma Yuga or Millennium. His main aim is to spread the unadulterated truth of the almighty and the “Gospel of the Supreme Sacrifice” all over the world.

The launch was done by Paul Uphaz N. Lawrie, D. Nirmal Kumar and M Prabhudas. The esteemed chief guests for the event were Singer & Composer Mr. Talat Aziz and Ms. Gauri Yadwadkar (A & R Head, Times Music). The author Mr. Devaaseer Lankadieu has been a proficient teacher of Indian scriptures. As the Bhagavad Gita verbalizes, “The person, who offers the highest love on Me, will teach the most profound Gospel of Supreme Sacrifice or Gita to My devotees and shall attain me there is no doubt about it. 

The readers will find the values of the “art of purification of the self.” The book includes 18 virtues that a human being needs to practice to attain the joy of peaceful living. The book reveals to its readers the secret to living an ideal life which is something that people seek clarity on for their whole lives. People in the past were aiming to procure health, wealth, joy, peace and the most aspired deathless life; but in vain. The craving for deathlessness was one thing which was not achieved by anybody in the planet. 

According to Devaseer Lankadieu, it paves the way for immortality. “The eighteen virtues mentioned in this book are like gems of a crown,” says Lankadieu “By practicing these virtues, one is sure to reach to achieve the goal of being immortal.”

Indian singer and musician Talat Aziz said, “Being a spiritual person myself, I was extremely curious about the book. It answers several questions that I as an individual had in mind about life and immortality.”

Mr Shantanu Nagarkatti (MS Oncologist & Surgeon) said, “Lankadieu puts together 18 virtues in this book that teach you the perfect way to live a life that will generate joy and peace in abundance. It reveals secrets to living a life that is ideal, a life that everyone desires to have and to be able to achieve the ultimate goal that is Mukti towards the end of it”. 

An excerpt from the book reads: ‘The Magnificent’ sustains the whole world, both animate and inanimate things. When we realize the mysterious power of the Creator, we will be filled every minute with gratitude. You must be always full of joy when your heart is full of gratitude for this life on earth.
You can avail this book on Amazon, Flipkart, Goodreads and Kindle.

Monday, January 27, 2020

BharatBenz premieres all-new CV portfolio for India

·        New generation of trucks and buses premiere with ‘ProfitTechnology+’ benefits package.
·        Best-in-class fuel efficiency, superior safety and comfort paired with unmatched reliability and connectivity to offer reduced maintenance costs.
·        BSVI-compliance achieved months ahead of April 2020 deadline.
·        Mr. Satyakam Arya, MD & CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, said, “BharatBenz’s new CV range offers Indian customers the solution they need for the future, setting new benchmarks for medium and heavy duty trucks with improved fuel efficiency, safety and connectivity. Going forward, we will move away from tonnage and focus on customized solutions for different applications.”
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) today showcased its all-new range of BharatBenz vehicles. On display were over a dozen medium and heavy duty trucks, and buses updated inside and out. The new product portfolio, compliant with BSVI, is now available for pre-bookings and will be introduced depending on the fuel availability in each region. DICV has already begun receiving orders from customers.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Satyakam Arya, MD & CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, said, “BharatBenz’s new CV range offers Indian customers the solution they need for the future, setting new benchmarks for medium and heavy duty trucks with improved fuel efficiency, safety and connectivity. Going forward, we will move away from tonnage and focus on customized solutions for different applications.”
Daimler’s new generation of CVs offers ‘ProfitTechnology+’, a package of technologies and features ensuring industry-leading fuel efficiency, safety, comfort and reliability. With the new generation of BharatBenz trucks, DICV moves away from the traditional tonnage classification. Instead it will focus on creating ‘the best truck for every need’, customizing vehicles for use applications and targeting specific sectors such as e-commerce.
Increased focus on digitalization for customers
Key among the technologies showcased was Proserv, its customer service digital platform, and the new telematics solutions ‘Truckonnect’ and ‘Bus Connect’. These connectivity-enhancing services allow operators to track and analyse their vehicles in real time. The benefits of this include improved fleet and fuel management, reduced running costs, increased utilization of assets and improved driver performance. 
The Proserv application is enabled with 65+ features including advance booking, parts ordering, renewal of contracts, extended warranty, insurance, fleet maintenance, 24x7 RSA and integration with all types of online payment options bringing everything for the customer at their fingertips.
Upgraded features on BharatBenz BSVI range
The new BharatBenz range introduces numerous new features. The exteriors get a bold and solid styling and are equipped with a distinctive front grille with a bumper spoiler, giving the trucks a mighty look. The cabins are more comfortable, thanks to air suspended seats. The vehicle comes with soft cruise control that helps drivers maintain a constant speed and thereby improves fuel efficiency. The instrument cluster will also have a gear-shift advisory, bringing more awareness to driving in the right gear.

BharatBenz buses will come with the new future-ready electrical and electronic architecture ‘ETec’ that offers an advanced human interface, easy fault detection, chassis-body CAN interface, and next generation electronics.

Bus Connect will cater to both passengers and operators. Passengers will be able to select routes, get tracking alerts, access onboard entertainment and also earn reward miles. Operators will get fleet summaries and dashboards with reports that will improve fleet administration.
The BharatBenz trucks and buses will be powered by the OM926 engine and 4D34i.  The key differentiator in technology will be the after treatment systems used in the vehicles. BharatBenz trucks come with up to 6 years standard warranty and industry-best extended warranty upto 8 years. The trucks will have service intervals up to 20 percent longer and will reduce maintenance cost significantly by up to six percent.
The new range further achieves BSVI compliance months ahead of the government’s April 2020 deadline. DICV leveraged Daimler’s global network of technological expertise to quickly and efficiently localize proven EURO6 technologies for use in the Indian market. With an investment of around INR 500 crore, DICV developed new facilities and over 1000 new parts for BSVI, all while achieving localization above 80%.
In addition to completing over 5.2 million kilometers of BSVI testing in India, DICV is also gearing up its after-sales network with learnings from other markets. These competencies have been incorporated into training modules at its dealerships, which now spread across India with over 235 customer touchpoints nationwide.
About Daimler India Commercial Vehicles
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, Germany and operating under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia, is a full-fledged commercial vehicle player in the Indian market and the only Daimler entity worldwide with a brand dedicated to its home market: BharatBenz. DICV produces and sells in India above 9 to 55 tons trucks as well as BharatBenz buses, Mercedes-Benz coaches and bus chassis. DICV’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at Oragadam near Chennai spreads over 400 acres (160 hectares) including a highly modern test track and is home to the company’s headquarters, R&D and training operations. With one global quality standard, it also produces for Daimler Trucks’ brands of FUSO, Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner. Products and parts are exported to more than 50 markets in the Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. DICV represents an overall investment of more than INR 5,500 crores.
About BharatBenz

The BharatBenz brand is tailored for the Indian market and its demanding customer requirements by Daimler AG, the world’s leading CV manufacturer with a global reach. First unveiled in February 2011, the brand was launched in September 2012 with the introduction of its heavy-duty haulage trucks. The portfolio was expanded with the launch of medium-duty haulage trucks (2013), construction & mining trucks and tractors (2014), and buses (2015). The pan Indian BharatBenz sales and service network of more than 235 touchpoints is being continuously expanded. Within eight years after the market launch, BharatBenz has already produced over 100,000 vehicles – an unprecedented ramp-up in the world's toughest commercial vehicle market.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Josh Foundation continues to change lives of underprivileged hearing impaired children by donation of digital hearing aids.

Josh foundation has always supported hearing impaired children, with the state-of-the-art medical
technologies coupled with a rehabilitation program. Josh foundation ends the first month of 2020
with the donation of hearing aids to 45 underprivileged hearing-impaired kids on 24th January 2020
at Josh Foundation Centre, Santacruz West. This Donation is supported by Mr. Bharat Sanghvi from
Automotive Manufacturers Pvt Ltd.

JOSH is a movement founded by eminent ENT surgeon Dr. Jayant Gandhi and a renowned audiologist Devangi Dalal. They have always believed that with proper care and support all such
children can, over a period of time, begin to gear well enough to respond to the spoken word and
better integrate with society. The movement is focused on assisting hearing-impaired children, and
inspired by the fact that scientific studies reveal that more than 95% of the hearing impaired
children have some residual hearing.

On discussing about donation of hearing aid, it came to our light that in contrast to belief of
everyone that a child born with more than 90% deafness cannot speak or hear, he has a limited
education and poor professional career. The Josh with his efforts of not only providing digital
hearing aids as per the need, it also gives them training which makes the child able to speak and
hear as normally as each one of us and their supported children’s have become IT Consultants,
Architects, web designers and entrepreneurs.

JOSH has been working towards this noble cause over the last 14 years supported by philanthropic
donors, NGOs and manufacturers of hearing aid. They have been able to provide digital hearing aids
to more than 1100+ underprivileged hearing-impaired children-while establishing six special schools
that provide education in a totally digital format.

On talking about Josh’s initiative Devangi Dalal said, “We at Josh foundation has always believed that hearing disability is no more a problem. One must not consider themselves as different, as there are a lot of solutions to it now. I always believe in empowering disability with ability, and that is the core motto of Josh foundation too. Our recent initiative is for all the underprivileged kids who are
suffering from such problem as they deserve an equal chance too.”

In conversation with Dr. Jayant Gandhi, he said, “Every human is equal and deserves to be treated
equally despite all the disability. Also, I firmly believe that they don’t need sympathy. We at Josh
foundation believes that the situation can be improved with the state-of-the-art medical technologies coupled with a rehabilitation program, hence, we are able to create asset rather than liability for these individuals.”

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India and Hyderabad to get an iconic structure paralleling the Worlds most recognised structures

Worlds Largest Meditation Centre of its kind to be inaugurated at global headquarters of  Heartfulness, Hyderabad on 28th January 2020
To mark the 75th anniversary of the organisation, Heartfulness Institute is all set to inaugurate the worlds largest meditation centre of its kind at its global headquarters at Kanha Shantivanam in Hyderabad. This centre will be inaugurated on 28th January 2020 in presence of 40000 plus abhyasis or practitioners of Heartfulness. Daaji the global guide of heartfulness will dedicate the centre to the first guide of Heartfulness who was fondly called as Lalaji. Baba Ramdev the renowned yoga guru will be present at the occasion.
The magnificent structure has one central hall and eight secondary halls is spread across 30 acres and can accommodate 100,000 practitioners at one go, making it the largest closed structure meditation centre in the world. The meditation centre when lit up at night looks resplendent and can easily match the grandeur of other popular global structures such as the Sydney harbour. 
Commenting on the upcoming inauguration Daaji guide of Heartfulness said, “Built with the primary aim to impart meditation to largest number of people at one go this meditation centre will be one of the most recognised symbols in the world in years to come. Recognised not just due to its magnificence but as a symbol of human transformation.”
3 three-day sessions during 28-30 Jan, 2-4 Feb and 7-9 Feb 2020 will host 1.2 lakh practitioners as part of mass meditation activity to commemorate the milestone of 75 years. The President of India Mr. Ramnath Kovind and Anna Hazare will address the practitioners on 2nd February and 7th February respectively. While Baba Ramdev will give his address on 29th January 2020. Several state governors are expected to be part of the list of prominent people attending the celebrations and inauguration.
The Heartfulness facility is spread over 1400 acres and is a self-sustained ecosystem that can host 40000 plus people, self-sustained kitchen that can make food 100000 people a day, an upcoming 350 bed Ayush medical facility, nursery of 6 lac saplings several lakh trees planted over last four years , Heartfulness Learning Centre to catch your minds at an early age, water harvesting systems amongst many more.
About HeartfulnessHeartfulness (www.heartfulness.org), is a Raja Yoga system of meditation, which is also known as Sahaj Marg, or the Natural Path. It originated at the turn of the twentieth century and was formalized with the founding of the Shri Ram Chandra Mission in 1945 in India. With several million practitioners worldwide, Heartfulness meditation is a set of practices for self-development that help us find inner calm and stillness in our fast-paced world. The easily adopted practices are appropriate for people from all walks of life, cultures, religious beliefs and economic status, over the age of fifteen. Ongoing Heartfulness meditation training can be found at thousands of schools and colleges, and over 100,000 professionals are meditating in corporations, non-governmental and government bodies worldwide. More than 5000 Heartfulness Centres, known as HeartSpots, are supported by many thousands of certified volunteer trainers in 130 countries.

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby returns for its scintillating 5th edition

An elegant weekend at the races filled with glamour and entertainment

 The most awaited event of the year is here, the dates for the highly anticipated Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby 2020 were announced today. The uber stylish equestrian extravaganza will take place on the first Sunday of February the 2nd 2020 at the prestigious Royal Western India Turf Club. The three day affair will be a celebration of fashion, style, horse racing and much more.

Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby will showcase an impressive line-up of thorough bred premium horses and extremely skilled jockeys coming in from across the globe to prove their mettle and enthral the audience.

It will be a race to behold as competitors go neck to neck for the coveted trophy and prize money of approximately 2 crores.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gurpreet Singh, Head Marketing, United Breweries limited said,
“The Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby is a jewel in the crown of our Ultra experiences. Year on year people wait and anticipate the arrival of the Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby. With a grand line up of performance, the derby is the perfect amalgamation of sport, fashion and entertainment. It is our never ending effort to ensure we provide a good time and stay true our name as custodians of Kingfisher Ultra. We are elated to bring to everyone yet another season of the iconic Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby in all its glory.”

Speaking on RWITC’s long association with Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby Mr. Zavaray Poonawala, Chairman, RWITC said “The RWITC is proud to continue its annual tradition of hosting the most-coveted Indian Derby. We are honored to be home to the most prestigious horses and jockeys from around the world for a weekend of thrill, excitement and entertainment. The RWITC's association with the United Breweries Limited continues to strengthen, as we jointly strive to make this year's 2020 Derby Weekend the greatest, most glamorous and glorious one yet. We look forward to welcoming all our guests and enthusiasts for an experience that goes beyond horse racing."

The Kingfisher Ultra Indian Derby goes beyond just being a horse race and will host a variety of performances by various artists. This year the emperor of Good times brings a racing event like never before, with the best of sports, fashion and entertainment. Get ready for a fun filled weekend in true Kingfisher Ultra style.

Catch the Derby on Sunday, February 2nd , 2020 At the Royal Western India Turf Club, Mahalakshmi Nagar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400034

London Pilsner announces England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes as the new face of the brand


Resonating with the name and popularity, London Pilsner from United Breweries Ltd. has brought one of the cricketing world’s biggest sensations, Ben Stokes, on board as its brand ambassador. After his unforgettable performance at the 2019 World Cup, he went on to win the Sir Garfield Sobers award for the 'Cricketer of the year' by the ICC.  Stokes was also awarded the 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2019.

Speaking on the brand ambassador announcement, Mr. Gurpreet Singh, Marketing Head for United Breweries Ltd. said, “London Pilsner has been a household name for the consumers in Maharashtra for nearly five decades. We believe this association with the swashbuckling England all-rounder Ben Stokes does justice to the rich legacy of London pilsner. This reinforces our commitment to appropriately appeal and reach out to our consumers. London Pilsner has always been a brand with a wide appeal due to its smooth taste and attractive pricing”.

Commenting on the association, Ben Stokes said, “I am delighted to come on board with London Pilsner as its brand ambassador.  I look forward to working with the London Pilsner team over the coming years and building not only a strong association with the brand but also a strong bond with its consumers”.

London Pilsner, or LP, as it is known lovingly, is a high performing brand in Maharashtra under the United Breweries portfolio. LP is available in four SKUs across its two variants of mild and strong beer. LP offers consumers great value in terms of its pricing, striking packaging and refreshing smooth taste. Launched in 1964, LP remains a crowd favorite to this date. 

Ritu Phogat aims to continue winning streak at ONE Championship

Largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship (ONE) returns to the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 28 February
 Indian wrestling sensation Ritu Phogat goes for her second win in a row in her budding mixed martial arts career when she locks horns with China’s Pro MMA fighter Wu Chiao Chen at ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE as the largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship (ONE) returns to the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 28 February. Phogat, who belongs to India’s most famous wrestling family, sizzled in her debut late last year when she beat Nam Hee Kim in the first round by technical knockout. 
The 25-year-old will need to be at the top of her game against Wu, who is looking to make an impact in her debut.
“It was quite challenging to leave wrestling and join another sport but the win has increased my confidence. The ambience at ONE Championship has been amazing and I am overwhelmed by the love and support I have received so far from fans and from my teammates here in Singapore. I am looking forward to getting a win again,” said Phogat.
Other than Phogat, there will be 11 other bouts. In the main event, ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex of Thailand is scheduled to defend her ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Title against Janet “J.T.” Todd of the United States. The two were involved in an epic battle at the inaugural ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Championship battle in early 2019 and would reprise their sizzling rivalry with the ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Championship on the line.
In the co-main event of the evening, reigning ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao of Thailand will take on WPMF Bantamweight World Champion, Rocky Ogden of Australia for the ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Title. In a lightweight contest, former ONE World Title challenger Amir Khan of Singapore will take on ONE Warrior Series contract winner Kimihiro Eto of Japan. Veteran Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama of Japan and Korea returns to action against Sherif “The Shark” Mohamed of Egypt in a welterweight mixed martial arts contest.
Top women’s atomweight and former ONE World Title challenger Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi of Japan continues her march to the top of the weight class, this time by facing formidable Chinese adversary, Meng Bo. Unbeaten American bantamweight contender Troy Worthe will take on New Zealand’s Mark Fairtex Abelardo, a ONE Warrior Series contract winner.
Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario of the Philippines battles Thai superstar Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai in a featherweight contest. Fan-favorite and former ONE World Title challenger Tiffany “No Chill” Teo of Singapore makes her highly-anticipated return to action against dangerous grappler Ayaka Miura of Japan.
In a ONE Super Series kickboxing contest, WFKO Kyokushin Karate World Champion Hiroki Akimoto of Japan faces OneSongchai R1 Champion Azwan Che Wil of Malaysia.
Lastly, ONE Strawweight Indonesian Tournament Champion Adrian “The Papua Badboy” Mattheis of Indonesia aims to bounce back from a tough loss to countryman Stefer Rahardian by claiming victory over CMPC 2015 Fighter Of The Year, “Wolf of the Grasslands” Hexigetu. Local hero Radeem Rahman, the first Singaporean martial artist in ONE Championship, goes head-to-head with Canada’s Jeff Chan.

About ONE Championship™:
ONE Championship (ONE) is the largest global sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, ONE is the world's largest martial arts organization, hosting bouts across all styles of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Kung Fu, Silat, Sanda, Lethwei, Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, Submission Grappling, and more. ONE hosts the biggest sports entertainment events across Asia, featuring some of the world's best martial artists and world champions on the largest global media broadcast in Asia. ONE Esports, a subsidiary of ONE Championship, runs Asia's largest global esports Championship Series with some of the biggest blockbuster game titles in the world. With a focus on both martial arts and esports, ONE Championship is currently the largest producer of millennial live sports content in Asia. In addition to its digital platforms, ONE Championship broadcasts to over 2.6 billion potential viewers across 140+ countries with some of the largest global free-to-air and digital broadcasters, including Star Sports, Tencent, ABS-CBN, Astro, ClaroSports, Startimes, Fox Sports, Thairath TV, Turner Sports, Skynet, Mediacorp, Great Sports, Mediaset Italia, ProSiebenSat.1, Dubai Sports, and more.

Inauguration of all women post office will be held on 25 January 2020 at 11am

Inauguration of all women post office will be held on 25.01.2020 at 11:00 hours, Saturday, at the Mahim Bazar Post Office, Mumbai 400016, by Smt. Arundhaty Ghosh, Member (Operation), Department Of Posts, New Delhi in the presence of Shri. H. C. Agrawal, Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra & Goa Circle, Smt. Swati Pandey, Postmaster General, Mumbai Region, and Smt. Kaiya Arora, Director Postal Service, Mumbai Region.

The concerned post office is situated in the prominent market place and residential area where all kinds of postal services are conveniently provided. It is undeniably true that the comfort level eases up when women interact among themselves. Keeping all this in mind the said women post office is set up at Mahim Bazar Post Office where more than 70% of the visitors who arrive for service regularly are women.

In the said women post office all the posts, right from the post of a Postmaster to Postman have been filled with women employees, who will manage and supervise all types of works including Saving Bank Counters, Multipurpose registration booking counters, Aadhar Centre, India Post Payment Bank and Treasury work to name a few. All postal business counters have also been made operational with proper display of services made therein.

In this era of women empowerment, where India like other nations is focusing on guaranteeing equal opportunities to women, ideating and implementing an all women post office is indeed one of the most trail blazing initiatives of India Post, Mumbai Region.

Inauguration of this all women post office will be done by Smt. Arundhaty Ghosh, Member (Operation), Department Of Posts, New Delhi in the presence of Shri. H. C. Agrawal, Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra & Goa Circle, Smt. Swati Pandey, Postmaster General, Mumbai Region, Smt. Kaiya Arora, Director Postal Service, Mumbai Region on 25.01.2020 at 11.00 Hrs.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

10 -Day-Old Farmer’s Baby From Shahapur With A Complex Congenital Cardiac Problem Successfully Treated At Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital For Children

The baby suffered from a Problem known as TAPVC (total anomalous pulmonary venous connection) a heart disease that affects pulmonary veins along with sepsis
~10 in 1,000 babies have congenital heart defects, and 1 in 1,00,000 have TAPVC~
~ Emergency major open-heart surgery spanning 5 hours corrected the baby’s problem and normalized the heart function~
A team headed by Dr Biswa Panda, Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon, Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital For Children, successfully carried out high-risk open-heart surgery on a 10-day old baby boy with total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC), a congenital cardiac problem that lead to breathing difficulty and low oxygen level. The child needed nearly 25 Days of ventilation, and critical care to get out of life-threatening risk. After, open-heart surgery, the child accepts feeds and is growing well.
Parenthood is bliss. Komal Ughade, a housewife, and her husband Ramchandra Ughade, who is a farmer in Shahapur, Thane district, were happy on the arrival of their twin baby boys, 1 weighing 1 kg and the other 2 kg, on December 1, 2019, by cesarean section. But, their happiness was short-lived after they came to know that one of their baby’s condition is critical. Komal and Ramchandra’s world came crashing down when they saw their newborn in pain. However, the baby was shifted from Shahapur to Wadia Hospital in the NICU with breathing difficult and low oxygen level, wherein he was ventilated and stabilized.
Dr Biswa Panda, Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon, Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital For Children,  “On evaluating the baby via echocardiography, it was revealed that the baby had a complex congenital cardiac problem known as Obstructed  TAPVC (total anomalous pulmonary venous connection). 10 in 1,000 babies have congenital heart defects, and 1 in 1, 00,000 have TAPVC. It can be described as a congenital heart disease affecting the pulmonary veins. The pulmonary veins were connected to the right chamber of the heart instead of the left side, and surgery was the only treatment for survival. Also, the baby was extremely weak and septic. The baby displayed symptoms like breathing problems and low oxygen levels, soon after birth. In view of obstruction to this anomalous venous connection, there was no opportunity to wait and treat the baby for sepsis.”
He added, “Emergency major open-heart surgery spanning 5 hours corrected the baby’s anatomical problem and normalized the heart. The pulmonary veins are reconnected to the left atrium and the atrial septal defect is closed. In view of major debility and preoperative sepsis, the child required nearly 25 Days of ventilation and critical care to get out of life-threatening problem. Now, after the open-heart surgery the child is accepting feeds and is growing well. The baby will be discharged soon, and his family has been advised precautions like avoiding taking him to crowded places to keep infection at bay.  
Baby’s father Ramchandra Ughade (28) said, “I am a farmer from Shahapur, and my family belongs to a low socioeconomic status. I have 2 girls and my wife Komal gave birth to the twin boys and one of them required an immediate open-heart surgery, and we couldn’t afford the cost of the surgery. But, Wadia Hospital came forward and offered free treatment to my baby. Today, my family is complete owing to the limitless efforts taken by the hospital. The hospital’s expertise, round the clock services and cutting edge technology helped save my baby’s life.”
This 1-day-old baby was brought in the emergency at the hospital wherein the baby was given timely treatment. The hospital is well-equipped and caters to the need of each and every patient. The hospital works relentlessly to help patients improve their quality of life with its multidisciplinary approach. The hospital aims to come up with various initiatives, drives, and camps for the betterment of the society,” Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, Chief Executive Officer of the Wadia Hospitals.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Inauguration of exhibition of Achyut Palav’s four-decade calligraphic journey and the release of his book “Letterospective” in English

India is not only agricultural country but also the country known for many scripts- Achyut Palav
Noted cartoonist and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray inaugurated the exhibition of depicting four-decade-old calligraphic journey of Achyut Palav, credited with making calligraphy known in India and abroad, and also released his book  “‘Letterospective” in English at Jehangir Art Gallery, Kalaghoda at Fort in South Mumbai. Besides Thackeray and Palav, Anil Gala of Navneet Publications was present.

The exhibition begins with calligraphic painting showing Suvichar”(good thoughts) and it ends with calligraphic painting of zero. The boards, banners, hoardings, nameplates, paper, canvass, walls of interior can be seen in this exhibition. Besides the documents, coins and tools received while studying Modi” language (an ancient variation of the Devanagari) are on display in the exhibition.India is not only agricultural country but is known also for its many scripts.

With a view to expose the creative and artistic form of these scripts and to ensure dialogues, the “Boru Akasharayan” (an optical character recognition engine for Indian languages using “Boru”(wooden writing instrument) was created. With an aim to expose visitors to different Indian and global scripts, a focus is on “Aksharyan 2020”. For this, 13 feet tall “3 D Boru” has been created and traditional “Borus” have been branded as “Aksharyan” and linked to main scripts (Devnagari, Gurumukhi, Gujarathi, Kannada, Telugu, Malyalam, Urdu, Bengali)
The exhibition shows the beginning of this art form in India, its progress till now not only in India and abroad and the people’s response.

While speaking about Achyut Palav’s four-decade-old calligraphic journey Raj Thackeray said that “I have seen his four decade old journey from close quarter. Today whatever he is, is because of his efforts and consistency. The work he has done till now is unparalleled. The work done on computer cannot be compared with the work done by hand. The original is original”. Thackeray gave him well wishes for his future endeavours. He also said that “my hand writing is good and credit for that goes to my father and uncle Balasaheb Thackeray. Even by grandfather used to sign in “Modi” language.

Achyut Palav said that the exhibition has been organised to make people known my four-decade-old journey in calligraphic. The intention behind the release of book “‘Letterospective” is that it should be useful to future generation. The artists should introduce variety in work and reach it up to people. I always try to do this and make attempt to do new experiments in calligraphy. I have presented calligraphy with a fusion of music, dance, rain and wind. The calligraphy gave me recognition not only in India but also abroad. I would like to advise present generation that the success is not easy and constant efforts are needed to achieve success. The success is assured if one works with dedication. India is not only agricultural country but is also known for its many scripts.

Palav’s journey with calligraphy began when Parel’s Dr Shirodkar High school entrusted him the responsibility to write “Suvichar” (Best Thoughts) on the school board in 1973. As the days advanced, “Calligraphy” became more matured and he was credited with taking calligraphy to a broader spectrum of people in India and abroad. In 40 years span from 1973 to 2019, he created different letterings, scripts in different mediums. He founded “Achyut Palav School of Calligraphy” and also organised several editions of “Callifest”, the festival which gives a forum to calligraphists. He also began felicitating the calligraphers with “Callihunt” award.

Till now he has published over 10 books related to the calligraphy. Several countries including Netherlands, Germany, London, China, Dubai, Algeria, Korea, France and Russia, have taken note of his workshops, lectures and demonstrations. 

His calligraphic work finds place in many libraries and museums including: Stiftung Archives,Germany, Klingspor Museum, Germany, The Academy of Arts (German: Akademie der Künste), Berlin, Armenian Consulate, Societe General, Paris, France and Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy, Moscow, Russia.

The exhibition will be open for all between 11 AM and 7 PM till 27 January 2020 at Jehangir Art Gallery, Kalaghoda. Besides, there will be live demonstration by Achyut Palav between 11 AM and 11.30 AM on 26 January, Republic Day.

Singathon 28 discovers 3 new voices in a city wide musical search

·         Proceeds from the show Raah Foundation
 Mumbai based entrepreneurial venture Swarmaanas has been focusing on training amateur singers since the last 18 years. Started by young & dynamic Manasi Kelkar-Tambe, the organization has been trying to break the myth that singing is not only for professionals but for anybody & everybody with their motto “Anybody can sing”. Swarmaanas hosted the 2nd Annual Singathon 28 competition on Jan 12 2020 at Sane Guruji Vidyalaya (Dadar West). The top 15 performed on the 17th January at Veer Savarkar Auditorium, Shivaji Park. The grand finale was graced by veteran musician Ashok Patki, singer Uttara Kelkar and actor Amol Bawdekar from popular Marathi TV series "Swamini". The competition was judged by renowned music composer Ajit Parab and instrumentalist Anupam Ghatak.

Singathon 28 was divided into 3 age groups i.e. 4 to 9years, 10 to 15years and 16 to 80 years. Avani Kumar won the 4 to 9 years category, Ananya Kumar won the 10 to 15 years category and Shivani Gaitonde won the 16 to 80 years category.

ManasiTambe, a music teacher, a practicing psychological counselor and the founder of Swarmaanas shared “Singathon 28 saw a whole range of participants right from bathroom singers to non-singers or rather anyone who wants to sing, we have tried to give them a proper platform to showcase their talent.” Manasi Kelkar-Tambe is the daughter of renowned playback singer Uttara Kelkar.
Shivani Gaitonde, winner in senior category shared, “I had participated in Singathon 28 in its first year as well but I wasn’t selected. I practiced hard, and I am happy that I won this edition. It is an excellent platform where it is a level playing field for all.”
Swarmaanas also donated a cheque to Raah Foundation which is on a mission to make a better world for the tribals of Jawhar & Mokhada blocks of Palghar District. Sonia Risbood, COO, Raah Foundation added, “It is wonderful to collaborate with something associated for a cause. Singathon 28 is non-judgemental as it celebrates the spirit of singing by amateurs. I am happy that together we can work for tribals in Jowahar district on water scarcity issues and better livelihood through education and empowerment.