Saturday, December 5, 2020


                                  ~ Debjit Roy tapes a tale of his undying passion and his ever-fulfilling aspirations! ~





5th December, Mumbai; ‘Believe and you are halfway there’ is what we have always heard and asked to be pumped up with motivation. Such is a story of this young-aspirer who dares to dream and has the audacity to make it happen, come what may! Debjit Roy, Founder & CEO, Wolf Pack Entertainment, states his journey that might just be a kick-start for all those who strive to go after their dreams and aspirations.


Having arrived in Mumbai in the year 2012 with ‘not-so-little’ dreams and a desire to be free from an orthodox culture, little did he know anything about how to start his career; the first step that he took was to work on his physique. With 66.66 percentile marks in his 10th Boards, he landed up at the Lourdes Junior College. The on-going liking towards fitness led him to take up fitness as a profession to explore, helping him get certified from Golds Gym Fitness Institute. Debjit has trained and consulted over 30+ individuals and transformed over 16+ of them. 


He has always believed that “we all are a product of our career choices and marketing is one of the essential tools to elevate career growth”. He began to identify an inclination towards marketing that resulted into grabbing the position of Marketing Manager at BodyPower India Pvt LtdOne of the largest fitness media MNC event companies and was fortunate enough to get mentored by the CEO Nick Orton who built the company from a UK based brand to a global brand. Debjit truly believes that “Networking is the biggest asset and foundation of a career growth. How you nourish your network is going to define whether you are going to build positive relationships”.



His next opportunity was to work with a visionary start-up founder Of Fitzoh Fitness. Holistic Healthy Living, Chait Jain, the man who taught him the meaning of "Being Resilient in Business". However, the emergence of COVID-19 allowed him to develop a resilient and optimistic attitude towards his freelancing business and eventually launched his own Marketing and Athlete Management Agency- Wolf Pack Entertainment along with his friend turned Co-Founder, Nisarg Kharat.


Three years since its inception, he has been working with global brands like Optimum Nutrition, My Protein, EVOGEN and Reputed brands of India like Beardo, The Man Company, Bombay Shaving Company, Cross Beat, MIVI, Sony, Jack Daniels, Alpino Health Foods, My Protein India, Nykaa Man, Fast and Up, Muscle Blaze, and many more. Apart from working with brands, he has also managed influencers like John Lucas, Olly Esse, Arun Bhattacharyya, Mahir Pandhi, Bharat Raj, Bharat Singh Walia and other 140+ Influencers. 


At Wolf Pack Entertainment, the prime objective of the agency lies in helping the brands build their products and services in the market through strategic business planning, a combination of Digital Marketing, Influencer Marketing, and Content Marketing to leverage the right influencers to build their portfolio endorsing the right brands. 


             ~ Singer-Composer Ami Mishra is all set to drop a heart wrenching melody on 5th December 2020 ~





5th December 2020, Mumbai: From Humaari Adhuri Kahaani’s ‘Hasi Ban Gaye’, ‘Lost Without You’ from Half Girlfriend, his 1st Independent Release Jao Hi Na Tum’, to his 1st Non-Film Single Release ‘Bin Puche Aajana’, the multi acclaimed personality and a profound singer Ami Mishra is back with yet another stunning track for his listeners!
Ami is all set to introduce his yet another independent new track 
‘Rone Do’ today, 5th December 2020. Featuring the talented Ansh Bagri and Riya Subodh, beautifully penned by Kunaal Vermaa and directed by Sumeet Khanwani, ‘Rone do’ is now live on Ami Mishra's official YouTube channel and streaming on all major DSPs (Digital Streaming Platforms).


With ‘Rone Do’, Ami Mishra along with his team of enthusiasts, carves a path to bring an intense heartbreak song to create a benchmark in the independent music genre! The song is here to weave the broken pieces of your soul, making it one of the melancholy musical pieces! ‘Rone Do’ makes a low-key entry into the chambers of your heart without asking for much space and reminds you of the pain your heart holds and grieves to let the tears flow. A lovely ode to the heartbreak, and to the wandering heart; that struggles to settle for the outgrowing love. 


Speaking on the release, Ami Mishra says, “It’s been an incredible journey for me to work with skilful personalities from the industry. I have always aimed at launching my independent singles and I feel blessed to work with a team who is equally dedicated and supportive in every aspect. With my every new release, I do make a point to notch it up a level offering a one-of-a-kind experience to my listeners. Today I feel honoured to announce, ‘Rone Do’ to my audience, taking them on a journey which I am sure they will relate to.”


Shree Cement’s initiative – “NAMAN” to provide free cement to the families of Armed forces Martyrs to build houses

5 December 2020, Jaipur: Lt Gen Alok Kler, PVSM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Southern Western Command, Indian Army, formally released the “Project Naman” - a National initiative of Shree Cement to provide free cement to the families of Armed Forces Personnel martyred in the past twenty years. The release of Naman Project comes as a run up to the Vijay Diwas which is observed each year on 16 December to mark India’s victory in 1971 Bangladesh War and remember the sacrifices of Indian soldiers.


Under the Naman scheme, the family or the next of kin (NOK) of a Martyr who died in battle between 1st January 1999 to 1st January 2019 (20 Years), would be provided free cement to build a house on a plot size area of up to 4000 sq ft. The family of a Martyr may procure the cement in person  from any of Shree Cement’s manufacturing facilities spread across India.


Addressing the house on the launch of ‘Naman’ initiative, Lt Gen Alok Kler, PVSM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Southern Western Command, Indian Army said, “It is a wonderful gesture by Shree Cement to extend their support and solidarity for our veterans, martyrs who have given their lives for the country. This kind of recognition is rare and unique. This initiative in true sense has cemented a place for the company in the annals of the army history for the welfare for our martyrs and I sincerely hope that other large industries take a page out of this book and look towards the army and especially the people who have laid down their lives for the human service while forgetting their families.”


He further said that there is a lot more that needs to be done for the army and our soldiers who have laid down their lives in their line of duty and other corporates should also come forward for the welfare cause in the same lines.


“Since cement is the most vital input for building a house, we felt that the Naman scheme would be extremely helpful towards meeting the housing needs of the families of Martyrs. It is a great honour for us to make a humble contribution to the families of our soldiers who rose above the call of service and laid their lives for the motherland. We salute the Martyrs of our nation. I take this opportunity to thank Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh Ji for his guidance and support in implementing the scheme,” said Mr Prashant Bangur, Joint Managing Director, Shree Cement Ltd.


The scheme would be implemented in association with Kendriya Sainik Board and executed by the Rajya Sainik Boards (RSBs) and Zilla Sainik Boards (ZSBs), Ministry of Defence, Government of India. Smt Sunita Devi and Smt Sudesh, family members of martyrs, were among the first beneficiaries of Naman to be handed over Naman cement release order by the GOC-in-C in the presence of Mr Sanjay Mehta, President (Commercial) & Chief Happiness Officer and Mr Arvind Khicha, Jt President (Commercial), of Shree Cement Ltd.



Shree Cement Ltd (SCL), founded in 1979 is registered in Beawar (Rajasthan) with corporate headquarters in Kolkata, is one of India’s largest and fastest growing cement manufacturing group with popular cement brands such as BangurCement, Bangur Power,Shree Jung Rodhak, Roofon and Rockstrong . Shree Cement has achieved many milestones and awards for innovative use of technology; meeting sustainable development goals; efficient use of energy; waste management; pollution control and carrying out numerous social welfare activities as a part of its corporate social responsibility initiative. The company has been awarded among the Best Places to Workin Cement and Building Materials Sector across the country and among 100 Best Places to Work for across all sectors by Great Places To Work Institute®,India.

Gen Alok Singh Kler, PVSM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Southern Western Command, Indian Army, at `Naman' function with Shri Arvind Khicha (left) and Sanjay Mehta of Shree Cement Limited in Jaipur. Project Naman is a national initiative of Shree Cement to provide free cement to the families of Armed Forces Personnel martyred in the past twenty years.

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Smt Sudesh, one of the first beneficiaries of Naman receiving Naman cement release order from Lt Gen Alok Singh Kler, PVSM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Southern Western Command, Indian Army

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Smt Sunita Devi, one of the first beneficiaries of Naman receiving Naman cement release order Lt Gen Alok Singh Kler, PVSM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Southern Western Command, Indian Army

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"World will aspire to the beauty of kindness if we make specially-abled children equally inclusive in our society". - Devangi Dalal (Audiologist and Speech Therapist)

Theme for IDPwD 2020 is “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 World”. 

Mumbai, December 2020

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated on 3rd December. It is also celebrated as National Disability Day to show compassion and be inclusive of those who have a disability of some kind. Eliminating the stigma associated with them. This day doesn’t discriminate between mental and physical disabilities, and the spirit of the day is to ensure that all people in the world have equal opportunities for work, play, health, and success. People with disabilities can be and very often are contributing and valued members of society and today is all about appreciating them.

WHO totals that more than one billion people - about 15% of the world's population - experience some kind of disability. This figure is indicated to rise given population aging and an increase in the majority of non-communicable diseases. While disability connects with disadvantage, not all people with disabilities are equally disadvantaged. It actually depends on the context in which they live, and whether or not they have equal access to health, education, and employment, among others.

Audiologist and Speech Therapist Devangi Dalal is a contributor to assisting the disabled to achieve equal status and rights in society. She is a social worker and the co-founder of JOSH Foundation, an NGO that works towards the upliftment of hearing-impaired children. Recently she’s been appointed as the National Coordinator for Private Practitioners of Audiology in India, by the same. Devangi is the first Indian Hearing Health Advocate for the Coalition for Global Hearing Health (CGHH) in association with the World Health Organisation (WHO). She, actively, organizes, and participates in events where she can spread awareness about hearing-impaired children. So far, her foundation has distributed 1200+ hearing aids to children and has, successfully, been able to provide children of 12 schools with 100 % digital hearing aids. She has been instrumental in collecting funds to the tune of more than Rs. 3.5 Crore so far, to support these hearing-impaired children.

The theme for the Annual International Day of People with Disability 2020 is   “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 World”.  

This theme expresses a growing understanding that disability is part of the human condition. Almost everyone will be temporarily or permanently impaired at some point in life. It’s Devangi’s ongoing mission to generate acceptance in society for the disabled and make them part of the community we all share.

Devangi Dalal says, "World will aspire the beauty of kindness if we make specially-abled children equally inclusive in our society". 

Friday, December 4, 2020

Uday Shankar is President-Elect, FICCI (2020-21)

NEW DELHI, 04 December 2020Mr Uday Shankar is the President-ElectFICCI for the year 2020-21. Mr Shankar will be succeeding Dr Sangita Reddy, President, FICCI, and Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group during FICCI’s 93rd AGM on 11,12 & 14 December 2020. 

Mr Shankar is the President of The Walt Disney Company for Asia Pacific and the Chairman of Star and Disney India. He is the first-ever media and entertainment executive in India to lead a national industry chamber such as FICCI, which is India’s oldest industry body. 

Mr Shankar presently leads Disney’s direct-to-consumer business in over 30 countries. He has been credited with the creation of pathbreaking entertainment shows and bringing world-class sports broadcasting to India. He also envisioned the digital transformation of Star by creating Hotstar, which has now expanded globally as Disney+ Hotstar.

In addition to his leadership at Disney and Star, Mr Shankar has played a key role in shaping the growth trajectory of the media and entertainment sector in India, to benefit industry stakeholders as well as consumers. He has been at the forefront of landmark initiatives in television broadcasting, such as self-regulation of content and digitization of the broadcasting sector.  He has earlier been the President of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) and the Chairman of FICCI’s Media and Entertainment Committee. 

A trained journalist, Mr Shankar also pioneered the development of the television news ecosystem in India. Prior to Star India, he was the CEO and Editor of Star News, the country’s first 24-hour news channel. He has also been the Editor and News Director at TV Today Group, where he spearheaded the launch of Aaj Tak in 2000 and Headlines Today in 2003. Mr Shankar holds an MPhil in Economic History from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

Chowgule Brothers makes largest cargo ship’s berthing at Visakhapatnam Port a resounding success

National, December 03, 2020: Chowgule Brothers, India’s leading Shipping Service Provider, and part of the Chowgule Group, announced the successful management of W Oslo, the largest cargo ship to be handled at the Inner Harbour of Visakhapatnam port. The vessel’s entry to the port was orchestrated by Chowgule Brothers in close association with the Vizag port, thereby establishing its expertise in handling cargo as well as charters of all sizes.


The receiver of the cargo, Sharda Metals approached Chowgule Brothers to be their shipping agency for the large vessel with coal from South Africa. The specific requirement was to enable the movement of the gigantic ship into the inner harbour at Visakhapatnam port. Chowgule Brothers worked with the port authorities in the smooth berthing of the vessel with a beam measuring 38 meters that is almost twice the size of two lawn tennis courts.


Commenting on this achievement, Mr. Aditya Chowgule, Director, Chowgule Brothers Private Limited, said, “The entire exercise of enabling the berthing of W Oslo at Visakhapatnam Port is an example of Chowgule Brothers belief in adding value and going the extra mile for making the client’s requirement possible. We are thankful to the Vizag port authorities for helping us in this very challenging execution. The successful completion of this project has driven us to set the bar higher when it comes to delivering logistical solutions to clients.”  


Port of Visakhapatnam created a new record by handling the said vessel.  The Merchant vessel W. OSLO was carrying 87,529 tonnes of Steam Coal from Richards Bay, South Africa for M/s Sarda Metal and Alloys, Sarda Energy Minerals for discharging at Visakhapatnam Port. The port agency for the entire shipment was Chowgule Brothers Private Limited. The vessel is expected to sail from the port on 7th December 2020.


About Chowgule Group:

The Chowgule group is over a hundred-year-old Indian industrial conglomerate with 14 successful businesses in variety of sectors ranging from mining, shipbuilding, boat building, ship repairs to construction chemicals and automobile dealerships. With some businesses that are decades old, and others that have been opened in recent years, the Group is always looking for opportunities for sustainable growth. The Group is headquartered in Goa, India.

Razorpay and PayPal Partner to Help Indian MSME’s and Freelancers go Global

                                    The partnership will make international payments seamless and safer

Razorpay is the first payment gateway to offer an integration with PayPal without code



INDIA, Bengaluru, 2nd December: Continuing its efforts to empower businesses with easy access to digital payment technologies, Razorpay, India’s leading full-stack financial solutions company, today announced a partnership with PayPal, a global leader in digital payments to enable seamless international payments for MSMEs and Freelancers. The company’s partner businesses can now integrate with PayPal and accept payments from international customers from across 200 markets in a convenient and secure manner, reducing wait time from days down to minutes.


After having faced stiff challenges due to the ongoing pandemic, Indian SMEs are hoping to bounce back by leveraging digital technologies as they believe it’ll help them increase their revenues. Even the freelancer economy is flourishing, a recent study revealed that India saw a 46% increase in new freelancers. While the potential for MSMEs and freelancers continues to grow, businesses still lose out on prospective global clients due to highly complex payment and banking infrastructure, processes and systems in place that lack seamless integration. Traditionally, micro-entrepreneurs have found it difficult to accept international payments on cards via payment gateways as many of them could not pass the eligibility checks at the banks’ end. By integrating PayPal into Razorpay’s payment platform, freelancers and MSMEs will now be able to accept international payments without having to write a single line of code. Having heavily-reduced wait-times for statutory approvals, this new service will be one of the fastest ways to accept digital payments, a boon for Indian entrepreneurs. 


Commenting on the partnership, Amitabh Tewary, Chief Innovation Officer, Razorpay, said, “MSMEs have been impacted the most by disruptions caused by the ongoing pandemic. While they are making their best efforts to adapt to the changes and embrace a digital way of doing business, we at Razorpay are striving to help them overcome their payment and banking-related challenges to accelerate the pace of adoption of digital. Our association with PayPal is an important step towards realising that goal. Partnering with a globally recognized organization like PayPal with the expertise and experience of enabling digital payments for SMEs and Freelancers will allow us to further empower our businesses and open new growth avenues for them not just within India but internationally. We hope this partnership will help us serve our resilient MSME customers better and enable them to gear up for the new normal.”


Speaking on the partnership, Ashish Tandon, Director, Channel Partners said, “MSME’s form the backbone of the India economy. At PayPal our focus has been to help these businesses leverage the global opportunity and in light of the current pandemic, our cross-border business has become even more relevant. We firmly believe in the power of partnerships to serve our consumers and merchants and our partnership with Razorpay will be instrumental in enabling Indian small businesses and freelancers to go global and tap into our 333 million consumer base across 200 markets.”


Last year, Razorpay launched its support for 100 International currencies via Internationally issued Credit and Debit cards - including all popular currencies such as USD, EUR GBP, CAD and SGD. Razorpay’s International payments are integrated across its product offering including Payment Gateway, Payment Links, Payment Pages, Subscriptions and Invoices. With the PayPal integration, businesses of all sizes can enable over 300mn PayPal users across 200 markets world-wide through the PayPal wallet.


The leading full-stack financial solutions company is witnessing a 40-45% month-on-month growth. This newly crowned FinTech Unicorn currently powers payments for over 8 Million businesses including the likes of Facebook, Airtel, BookMyShow, Ola, Zomato, Swiggy, Cred, ICICI Prudential among others and is all set to reach 10 Million businesses by the end of this year.



About Razorpay

Razorpay, a full-stack financial services company, helps Indian businesses with comprehensive and innovative solutions built over robust technology to address the entire length and breadth of the payment and banking journey for any business. Established in 2014, the company provides technology payment solutions to over 5Mn businesses. Founded by alumni of IIT Roorkee, Shashank Kumar and Harshil Mathur, Razorpay is the second Indian company to be a part of Silicon Valley’s largest tech accelerator, Y Combinator. Marquee investors such as Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital India, Ribbit Capital, Matrix Partners, Y Combinator and MasterCard have invested a total of $206.5 Mn through Series A, B, C & D funding. Around 33 angel investors have invested in Razorpay’s mission to simplify payments and banking and redefine how finance works in India.


About PayPal


PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution for more than 20 years. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, the PayPal platform is empowering more than 350 million consumers and merchants in more than 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy. For more information, visit

EuroKids International emerges as the Most Trusted Brand in the Education category in TRA’s Brand Trust Report (BTR) 2020

Mumbai, December 04, 2020: EuroKids International, one of India’s leading pre-school networks, has emerged as the Most Trusted Brand in the Education category of TRA’s Brand Trust Report (BTR) 2020. The BTR is the result of a comprehensive primary research conducted on TRA’s proprietary 10-Brand Behaviours which make up the Brand Trust Matrix. EuroKids International was ranked 52 in the Super Category and Number One in the Education by the Brand Trust Report 2020.


Since its launch 19 years ago, EuroKids International has been focused on redefining early childhood education to offer a fun-based learning environment and a ‘Child-First’ ideology at the core of its pedagogy.  EuroKids International believes that a child’s development, safety and engagement needs must be met in a home-like environment.


Speaking about this, Prajodh Rajan, Co-founder and Group CEO, EuroKids International said, “We are delighted to have been listed as the most trusted brand in the entire education category by TRA Brand Trust Report. Over the span of 19 years, EuroKids International has partnered with over 3 lakh parents to offer children innovative and contemporary learning journeys that will help them succeed in their lives and become responsible, caring citizens. I would especially like to thank our 1,100 EuroKids pre-school franchise partners and our educators who have put in a lot of hard work to ensure uninterrupted learning, as well as to all the parents and children who have reposed their trust in us.”


N. Chandramouli, CEO, TRA Research stated, “We congratulate EuroKids International in achieving this coveted position as the Most Trusted Brand in the category of Education this year. This achievement is indeed very commendable and consumer trust is an essential intangible that every brand should strive to achieve.”

EuroKids International’s leading education brands – EuroKids Pre-School, Kangaroo Kids Pre-School, Billabong High International & EuroSchool services over 1.25 lakh students. To ensure uninterrupted learning during this pandemic lockdown, the Group has undertaken multiple new initiatives in structured digital learning programs and Home Schooling to ensure that learning continues for its students even during the pandemic.


About EuroKids International:

As India’s leading Early Childhood Education & K-12 Education company delivering the ‘Joy of Learning’ is at the heart of EuroKids International. By enhancing its pedagogy and consistently building a holistic, nurturing and secure learning environment for children, EuroKids is coming closer to its vision of REINVENTING EDUCATION in the country. Over the last 18 years, EuroKids International has played an active role in the evolution of the education landscape. With its portfolio of brands - EuroKids Preschool, Kangaroo Kids Preschool, EuroKids DayCare, EuroSchool & Billabong High International, EuroKids is committed to delivering a robust foundation for future generations. The group’s ‘Child First’ ideology ensures that growth and engagement needs of a child are met in a home-like environment. Child safety focus and ensuring active engagement with parents during these crucial developmental years of the child is what makes EuroKids, a child’s Second Home. EuroKids, with its presence in over 350 cities with 1100+ pre-schools and 30+ Schools, is achieving new milestones in education every day.


About TRA Research

TRA Research, a part of the Comniscient Group, is a consumer insights and brand analytics company dedicated to understanding and analyzing stakeholder behavior through two globally acclaimed proprietary matrices of Brand Trust™ and Brand Desire™. TRA Research conducts a primary research with consumers and stakeholders to assist brands with their business decisions based on TRA’s consumer insights. TRA Research is the publisher of TRA’s Brand Trust Report and of India's Most Desired Brands. 

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Maharashtra Postal Circle celebrated "Swachhta Pakhwada 2020" during fortnight from 16.11.2020 to 30.11.2020.

Various Swachhata activities were carried out during the Pakhwada throughout Maharashtra and Goa. Swachhta pledge was taken by all the staff that they will remain committed towards cleanliness and devote time at least 100 hours per year i.e. 2 hours per week towards voluntary work for cleanliness.

Special attention was given towards cleanliness of toilets in post offices. Social message to “Discourage the use of Plastic carry bags” was conveyed by affixing stamps on Postal articles received for delivery. Online Essay writing competition on Swachh Bharat Mission was organized in Post offices.

To prevent Covid-19, messages about social distancing, washing of hands and wearing of masks were given through beautiful Rangolis. Staff has also prepared projects from waste material i.e. “Best out of Waste”.

IKEA to open its Navi Mumbai store on December 18 with full health and safety measures.

Store Visit will be by registration only.

Mumbai, December 4 2020: IKEA (part of the Ingka Group), the Swedish brand and world’s leading home furnishings retailer has announced it will open the doors to its Navi Mumbai store on December 18, 2020.

IKEA wants to create a better everyday life for the many people with big dreams and thin wallets. The home is the most important place in the world and IKEA’s unique and affordable range is created to improve the life at home. The 5 lakh+ sq. ft IKEA store will inspire people with more than 7000 well-designed, affordable, good quality and sustainable home furnishing products along with ideas and inspirations for every home. It is located on the Thane-Belapur Road, approximately 600 mts from the Turbhe Station. Customers will now be able to test, try and purchase some of IKEA’s iconic products such as BILLY Bookcase, MALM Bed, EKTORP Sofa, among others.


IKEA stated that Safety of customers and co-workers is its first priority. To provide a safe shopping experience during COVID times, it is taking a number of extra precautions from its global best practices and relevant learnings from its Hyderabad operations. To ensure good social distancing, IKEA will initially have a cap on the number of visitors to the store through prior registration on its website, by which customers will be allotted a day and time slot to visit the store. The company is putting together a whole process that will be released soon to public.

Mr. Peter Betzel, CEO & Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA India said, 
“We are very excited, as Mumbai is one of our priority markets in India. We have been present online in Mumbai since early 2019 and soon the many people of Mumbai will be able to shop at our fantastic IKEA store. IKEA will bring alive inspiring home furnishing solutions with its large, unique range and home furnishing knowledge, showcasing many room-sets and homes, and multiple solutions for a more beautiful, smart, sustainable and affordable life at home - all this reflecting how people live in Mumbai. With our long-term commitment to Maharashtra we will create 6000+ jobs by 2030 of which 50% will be women.”  

Mr. Per Hornell, Market and Expansion Manager, IKEA India added, “Lately we have all experienced that our Homes have become even more important. IKEA is passionate about Home Furnishings and when visiting our new Store in Navi Mumbai, customers will find inspiring home furnishing solutions and everything they need for their home at low prices. All to make small or big changes to their homes at an affordable price. We have taken additional measures to create a safe, and inspiring, shopping experience. Looking forward to meet the many people in Mumbai.”  


Mr. Subhash Desai, Industry Minister, Government of Maharashtra said “IKEA’s further expansion with its Navi Mumbai store will create a positive impact in many ways – growing the home furnishings retail and manufacturing sector, creating more jobs, skill development and logistical development in the state. The local community will highly benefit from IKEA’s presence. Welcome to Maharashtra!”

IKEA ‘s presence in Navi Mumbai is expected to boost employment opportunities for the local community. The store in Navi Mumbai store will be employing close to 1200 coworkers out of which 50% are women.  40% of its staff are from the Navi Mumbai area and 70% of its support staff – mainly housekeeping & security are from in and around Turbhe and Ghansoli. IKEA has been actively supporting many vulnerable families in the nearby community during the pandemic. It has also partnered with MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) to provide community relief support.


IKEA continues to develop its omnichannel presence with ecommerce, physical stores and additional services as Click & Collect, Click & Deliver and remote planning. After the Navi Mumbai store, two more city center IKEA Stores will open during 2021 to reach many more people in Mumbai. IKEA is present online in Hyderabad and Pune with over 35 million online visitors so far and it has the ambition to reach 100 million Indian customers by 2022.


Ingka Group (Ingka Holding B.V. and its controlled entities) is one of 12 different groups of companies that own and operate IKEA retail under franchise agreements with Inter IKEA Systems B.V. Ingka Group has three business areas: IKEA Retail, Ingka Investments and Ingka Centres. Ingka Group is a strategic partner in the IKEA franchise system, operating 378 IKEA stores in 30 countries. These IKEA stores had 706 million visits during FY20 and 3.6 billion visits to At the end of FY20, Ingka Group had 58 smaller formats such as IKEA planning studios and IKEA shops, 45 Ingka Centres meeting places in 15 countries, 29 Distribution Centres in 18 countries and 54 Customer Distribution Centres in 16 countries. Ingka Group operates business under the IKEA vision - to create a better everyday life for the many people by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible can afford it.

IKEA India

IKEA India, part of Ingka Group opened its first retail store in Hyderabad in August 2018, followed by online stores in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune. The Navi Mumbai store and two smaller format stores will open in Mumbai during 2021. The ambition is to enter prioritized markets in India with an omnichannel approach with beautiful, affordable, good quality and sustainable home furnishings products.

IKEA has been sourcing from India for over 35 years with over 50 suppliers, 45,000 direct employees and 400,000 people in the extended supply chain in India producing for IKEA stores worldwide. IKEA also works with Indian social entrepreneurs, engaging 1500+ women artisans to produce unique limited-edition products for its global stores.

THE MARIGOLD - The ring of prosperity from Renani Jewels was awarded as "Most Diamond in a Single Ring" by The Guinness World Records


                               THE MARIGOLD - The ring of prosperity

  Renani Jewels achieved the title of "Most Diamond in a Single Ring" awarded by The Guinness World Records with '12638' natural diamonds encrusted in it.



It was a dream project of Renani Jewels’ M.D. Harshit Bansal  S/O Mr. Anil Bansal, to achieve this milestone.


The previous record was 7801 number of Diamonds broken huge difference.


Each and every Diamond was specifically tested natural which contains EF colour and VVS clarity, further these are the best qualities of diamond used in jewellery worldwide.

Ring weights 165.450 grams and 38.08 carat natural diamonds were used in it.


The ring is certified by International gemological laboratory (IGI) which is one of the most prestigious laboratory for Diamond Jewellery certification worldwide.

The ring is human wearable and the design is very comfortable.


The Ring’s each individual petal is uniquely shaped and none of the petal is identical to each other which gives the ring a perfect blend of organic symmetry, design and alignment.

It took approx 3 years for concept development and designing a final product for a beauty like this.


The ring is named as "the Marigold diamond ring" and it is believed in Indian culture that Marigold brings prosperity and luck in everyone's life.

Flipkart Launches 2GUD Local With The Aim Of Bringing Popular Offline Retailers And Shopping Destinations To Consumers Across India

2GUD Local will showcase the best of single brand/multi-brand stores through long-format videos coupled with engaging narratives

  • 2GUD Local will further assist these stores in creating their digital footprint including cataloging support, consumer fulfillment, advertising and marketing


Bengaluru – December 4, 2020: With an aim to extend e-commerce benefits to traditional retail businesses, Flipkart's independent value-driven platform, 2GUD announced the launch of 2GUD Local - Bringing India’s Favorite Shopping Centers Online. The new format will offer offline stores, brands and shopping destinations an opportunity to unlock the benefits of technology and the social commerce hybrid retail model to reach millions of pan India consumers. 2GUD Local will enable local stores (single brand or multi-brand stores and other shopping destinations) and retailers to expand their digital footprint to connect more effectively with their consumers.


Through long-format videos shot within store premises by influencers, coupled with engaging narratives and conversations, 2GUD Local partner stores will be able to showcase their latest products and collections and offer them to online users. 2GUD Local will assist stores in many important areas, including cataloging, consumer fulfillment, advertising, and marketing. It will provide them with an additional channel for sales and access to new geographies for consumer acquisition.


In light of the pandemic, as consumers continue to stay indoors and take safety and precautionary measures, 2GUD Local enables them to shop for their needs and favorite products from their regular stores virtually within the safety of their homes. Consumers can even check out those products that were earlier unavailable to them due to reach or availability2GUD Local kick starts its efforts to digitize offline brands with KLM Fashion Mall in Bengaluru.


Chanakya Gupta, Head of 2GUD, Flipkart, said, “Value spending and convenience are becoming key aspects of online shopping experiences. We have launched 2GUD Local to help local brands leverage traffic on our already-popular marketplace and take their offerings to a pan-India market. Audience engagement on our platform is very high, and it will allow brands to have more facetime with shoppers. 2GUD Local will enable them to offer as close to an in-store experience as they can, online. We look forward to partnering with more local partner brands and serving consumers across the country in times when social distancing is of utmost importance.”


Being a part of 2GUD Local, Prasad Chalavadi, Founder and CMD, KLM Fashion Mall said, 2GUD is an exceptional platform that can be leveraged by regional retailers to seamlessly capture a large number of customers. KLM Fashion Mall's association with 2GUD is sure to be successful, which benefits us in far-reaching to our customers.


Launched in 2017, KLM Fashion Mall has expanded its reach through 17 showrooms in the last 3 years. They were also awarded as the ‘Affordable Store of the Year’ by Times Icon. KLM Fashion Mall is known to provide value-driven offers throughout the year and is considered a ‘pocket-friendly’ choice for consumers looking for the best prices, wide range and fine quality.


E-commerce has stirred a significant revolution in the retail industry. It has enabled small brands and local players to reach consumers at a time where they are opting for contactless shopping experiences, doorstep delivery, easy billing, personalized offers and curated selections. 2GUD Local is currently available on the app and m-site.


2GUD currently covers more than 600 product segments and offers both new and refurbished products. The platform has more than a million consumers across more than 15,000 PIN codes in India.


Watch the first video on 2GUD Local, which goes Live today at 4 PM only on the 2GUD App. Follow the link here:


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Store front                                  In-store Video                                     Buying Page



About the Flipkart Group

The Flipkart Group is one of India's leading digital commerce entities and includes group companies Flipkart, Myntra, and Flipkart Wholesale. Started in 2007, Flipkart has enabled millions of consumers, sellers, merchants, and small businesses to be a part of India's e-commerce revolution, with a registered customer base of over 300 million, offering over 150 million products across 80+ categories. Our efforts to democratize e-commerce in India, drive access and affordability, delight customers, create lakhs of jobs in the ecosystem and empower generations of entrepreneurs and MSMEs has inspired us to innovate on many industry firsts. Flipkart Wholesale, our digital marketplace, is a testament to our commitment to accelerate the growth of kiranas and MSMEs in India. Flipkart is known for pioneering services such as Cash on Delivery, No Cost EMI and easy returns – customer-centric innovations that have made online shopping more accessible and affordable for millions of Indians. Together with Myntra, which holds a prominent position in the online fashion market and Flipkart Wholesale, the Flipkart Group will continue to steer the transformation of commerce in India through technology.


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