Friday, December 31, 2021

COVAXIN® for Children: Study demonstrates robust safety and immunogenicity in 2-18 Volunteers.

 COVAXINÒ is the one of the first COVID-19 vaccines in the world to generate data in 2-18 year age group.

·        Phase II/III, Open-Label, Multi-centre Study was conducted to evaluate the Safety, Reactogenicity, and Immunogenicity of the Whole-Virion Inactivated SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (COVAXIN®) in healthy children and adolescents in the 2-18 age group.

·        Whole-Virion inactivated SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (BBV152) has proven to be safe, well-tolerated, and immunogenic in paediatric subjects in phase II/III study. Neutralizing antibodies in children on an average 1.7 times higher than in adults.

·        No serious adverse event was reported. Pain at the injection site was the most commonly reported adverse event. No cases of myocarditis or blood clots were reported, as expected with inactivated vaccines.


Mumbai, December 31, 2021: Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL), a global leader in vaccine innovation and developer of vaccines for infectious diseases, today announced that BBV152 (COVAXINÒ), its whole-virion inactivated COVID-19 vaccine candidate, has proven to be safe, well-tolerated, and immunogenic in paediatric subjects in phase II/III study.


Bharat Biotech had conducted phase II/III, open-label, and multicenter studies to evaluate the safety, reactogenicity, and immunogenicity COVAXIN® in healthy children and adolescents in the 2-18 age group. The clinical trials conducted in the paediatric population between June 2021 to September 2021 have shown robust safety, reactogenicity, and immunogenicity. The data was submitted to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) during October 2021 and received emergency use nod for children aged 12-18 from DCGI, recently.

In the study, no serious adverse event was reported. 374 subjects reported either mild or moderate severity symptoms with 78.6% getting resolved within 1 day. Pain at the injection site was the most commonly reported adverse event.


Dr. Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Biotech, said, “COVAXIN®’s clinical trial data from the pediatric population is very encouraging. Safety of the vaccine is critical for children, and we are glad to share that COVAXIN® has now proven data for safety and immunogenicity in children. We have now achieved our goal of developing a safe and efficacious COVID-19 vaccine for adults and children. Vaccines are a great preventive tool; the power of vaccines can only be harnessed if used prophylactically.”


About COVAXIN® Phase II/III study analysis for pediatric use


For the trial, 976 subjects were screened for SARS-CoV-2 by RT-PCR and ELISA testing. Out of these, 525 eligible participants were enrolled. Based on the age, participants were distinguished into three groups in an age de-escalatory manner. Group I consisted of children of age 12-18 years (n=175), group II consisted of children of age 6-12 years (n=175), and group III consisted of children of age 2-6 years (n=175).


Seroconversion was documented at 95-98%, in all three groups four weeks after the second dose, indicating superior antibody responses in children when compared to adults and also displayed Th1 bias. In earlier COVAXINÒ studies in adults, cross reactive memory T cells against all variants of concern was reported. Studies are underway to evaluate T cell responses against the Omicron variant. Since COVAXINÒ, is an inactivated vaccine corroborative results are expected. 


COVAXINÒ, is formulated uniquely such that the same dosage can be administered to adults and children alike. COVAXINÒ is a ready to use liquid vaccine, stored at 2-8°C, with 12 months shelf life and multi dose vial policy.


Immunogenicity and safety of an inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (BBV152) in children from 2 to 18 years of age: an open-label, age-de-escalation phase 2/3 study


About Bharat Biotech


Bharat Biotech has established an excellent track record of innovation with more than 145 global patents, a wide product portfolio of more than 16 vaccines, 4 bio-therapeutics, registrations in more than 123 countries, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Pre-qualifications. Located in Genome Valley in Hyderabad, India, a hub for the global biotech industry, Bharat Biotech has built a world-class vaccine & bio-therapeutics, research & product development, Bio-Safety Level 3 manufacturing, and vaccine supply and distribution. Having delivered more than 4 billion doses of vaccines worldwide, Bharat Biotech continues to lead innovation and has developed vaccines for influenza H1N1, Rotavirus, Japanese Encephalitis (JENVAC®), Rabies, Chikungunya, Zika, Cholera, and the world’s first tetanus toxoid conjugated vaccine for Typhoid. Bharat’s commitment to global social innovation programs and the public-private partnership resulted in introducing path-breaking WHO pre-qualified vaccines BIOPOLIO®, ROTAVAC®, ROTAVAC® 5D, and Typbar TCV® combatting polio, rotavirus, typhoid infections, respectively. The acquisition of Chiron Behring Vaccines has positioned Bharat Biotech as the world's largest rabies vaccine manufacturer with Chirorab® and Indirab®.


Bharat Biotech has established COVAXIN® manufacturing to reach an annualized capacity of 1 billion doses by the end of 2021. Technology transfer activities are in progress to companies in India, United States and other countries.


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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

LIC Chairman inaugurates “LIC Digi Zone


The Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India inaugurated “LIC Digi Zone” to enhance the 

Digital Operations of LIC i.e. sales and services for its customers. It was inaugurated at the 

hands of LIC Chairperson Shri. M.R. Kumar, in the presence of Managing Directors – Shri Raj 

Kumar, Shri Siddhartha Mohanty, Shri B C Patnaik and Shri C. Vikas Rao, Zonal Manager, 

Western Zone and other senior officials of the Corporation, on 29th December 2021.

With an intention to become a tech driven life insurer, LIC will offer information regarding LIC 

products and services through kiosks installed in the premises. Customers can use LIC’s Digi 

Zone to buy policies online, pay premium and avail other services as well. Soon after the 

inauguration, the operation went live by walk-in customers who made digital transactions in the 

new “LIC Digi Zone”.

On this occasion, Shri M R Kumar said, "The launch of LIC Digi Zone is a big day for our 

Corporation. LIC plans to undertake the next wave of digital transformation to unlock several 

benefits of accelerating growth, driving customer satisfaction and improving intermediary 

productivity and loyalty".

Dated at Mumbai on 29th


For Further Information please contact: Executive Director (CC)

LIC of India, Central Office, Mumbai. 

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Vistas Media Capital strengthens the bridge between Abu Dhabi and Bollywood for film shoots


~ The Indian delegation comprised of Amit Deshmukh, the Minister for Culture - Maharashtra, along with Mr. Kailash Pagare - Managing Director of Dadasaheb Phalke film city - Goregaon and Sanjeev Vijay - Secretary, Government of Maharashtra ~


Mumbai/ December: Vistas Media Capital, by creating its presence in Abu Dhabi Media Authority Zone, has collaborated with Abu Dhabi Film Commission to bridge the gap with intent of bringing the best shooting facilities, postproduction, rebate programs and other benefits of world class cinema creation for the Bollywood and Regional Film Makers. To mark the occasion, Mr. Amit Deshmukh, the Minister for Culture - Maharashtra along with his delegation members Mr. Kailash Pagare - Managing Director, Dadasaheb Phalke film city and Sanjeev Vijay - Secretary, Government of Maharashtra recently visited Abu Dhabi Media Zone.


The delegation was received by Hans Frankien, Abu Dhabi Film Commissioner and Sanjay Raina, Vice President - ADFC where discussions on ways to collaborate and create exchange programs for talent across India and Abu Dhabi took place. Honorable Minister and his delegation also met the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Chairman, HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak and discussed prospects for both locations to become hubs where world-class content can be created. The delegation also visited the new World Class facility of Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority which is being completed and will start operations early in 2022.


Talking about the development, Intikhab Chougle, COO – MENA Region, Vistas Media Capital said: “Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority is a one stop shop for all kinds of content production with 360-degree support including every aspect of pre & postproduction. ADFC also offers facilities like single-window clearance for all shooting requirements and a robust rebate program is in place for filmmakers across the globe. Vistas Media has taken the lead to ensure the benefits extended by ADFC for filmmakers are made available to producers of independent films and content to those who want to explore international shooting options.”


Abu Dhabi Media zone is a global hub for creativity and content production. The visit for Maharashtra delegation and Hon' Minister concluded with a visit to the sets of films like 'Tiger Zinda Hai' which has still been kept as it is given its novelty and grandeur. They also visited the sets of the upcoming Bollywood film Vikram Vedha.


Vistas Media Capital has registered ‘Vistas Media FZ LLC’, a company at Abu Dhabi Media Authority Zone which is authorised to plan and execute – both pre and post shoots of films in the Abu Dhabi Region. All desired permissions can be received in a single-window setup for all local activities, something that cannot be done by independent filmmakers directly.  They would require a locally registered company that will facilitate and complete the end-to-end process. Abu Dhabi Film Commission through its local partners give a subsidy / rebate of 30% of the amount spent upfront, without waiting for the release of the film or any other barriers.


Vistas Media Capital continues to grow and has its presence in India, US, UK, Canada, Singapore and now it has established itself in one of the most popular Middle Destination Arab Region of UAE.


About Vistas Media Capital:

Vistas Media Capital (VMC) is a Media Content, IP and Technology company, headquartered in Singapore, that operates and invests in ventures across the ecosystem of the global media and entertainment industry. The businesses and venture investments are diversified across Global Content Production and Distribution, Streaming Platforms across video and music, Animation& VFX Studio, Blockchain Technology and NFT (Non-Fungible Token), Gaming, Digital Media Marketing, Events and Award IPs.


VMC owns multiple intellectual properties (IPs) across film festivals and film awards in Asia, such as the Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (Sg.SAIFF) and the Singapore South Asian Film Market (SAFM). It also co-owns the IPs of the prestigious Critics’ Choice Film Awards (CCFA) and Critics’ Choice Short Series Awards (CCSSA), jointly with Group M’s Motion Content Group & Film Critics Guild of India, which is India’s first registered association of film critics.


VMC is one of the first companies from Asia to list a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) IPO on Nasdaq that is taking Anghami – the leading music streaming platform of the MENA region and the first Arab tech company to list on Nasdaq through a reverse merger in Q4 2021. SPACs continue to be VMC’s key focus for strategic growth over time and the group seeks to launch more SPACs on top exchanges across the world.


VMC has a team of media and content specialists, including former banking and investment management professionals in their management team along with media industry veterans across the globe, who are on the advisory board and have successfully run media businesses and ventures across films, series and television worldwide.


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Monday, December 27, 2021

Sunfeast reimagines centre-filled cookies with the launch of Dark Fantasy Desserts


Unveils exclusively crafted Choco Chunks and Choco Nut Dipped to elevate the Dessert experience



National, 27 December 2021: Sunfeast Dark Fantasy, one of India’s beloved premium cookie brands from ITC Ltd., announced the launch of Dark Fantasy Desserts. It is a collection of two delectable and drool-worthy centre-filled cookies - Choco Chunks and Choco Nut Dipped. With this launch, the brand aims to elevate the choco experience which has been intrinsic to the flagship brand Choco Fills from the house of Dark Fantasy.


This Dessert-in-a-cookie range gives consumers another reason to End their day, the Fantasy way - an extension of the core brand thought ‘Din Khatam Fantasy Shuru’,


Dark Fantasy Desserts strives to be the go-to dessert for the new age consumers.  With a promise of enhanced sensorial experience, it strives to elevate the level of chocolate cookies available in market.


The Dark Fantasy Desserts collection comprises two alluring palatable treats:

1)     Choco Chunks: A gourmet cookie with delicious choco chips embedded in the crunchy crust and filled generously with rich silken molten choco crème. It truly makes for a complete and multi-textural choco indulgence. A 75g pack with 4 cookies comes in a box priced at Rs. 50.


2)     Choco Nut Dipped: The choco and hazelnut filled cookies, with a crust dotted with cashews and almonds.  This is cocooned in silky-smooth choco enrobing to deliver an overall delightful and premium choco experience. A 100g pack with 6 cookies comes in a box priced at Rs. 50.


Speaking on the launch of Dark Fantasy Desserts, Mr. Ali Harris Shere, Chief Operating Officer, Biscuits & Cakes Cluster, Foods Division, ITC Limited, said, “Dark Fantasy is celebrated for its indulgent choco creations. The idea of launching Dark Fantasy Desserts stems from our constant endeavour to expand consumption occasions of the brand. India has long been known as a nation with a sweet tooth. With this new offering, we bring to the consumers an exquisite and indulgent dessert experience. In tune with the evolving preferences of new age Indian consumers, this new offering brings more excitement and an elevated appeal to the brand. We are confident that this launch will open up a new segment – Desserts, for Sunfeast and will create even more interesting avenues for us in the cookie domain.”


Dark Fantasy Desserts will be available across retail stores and select modern trade stores in the Southern and Western region, and metros like Delhi and Kolkata / cross the country along with ITC’s direct-to-consumer channel, The launch of Dark Fantasy Desserts will be supported by a 360-degree communication campaign designed to bring the brand's premium offering to the fore.


Saturday, December 25, 2021

Versatile actor Shatrughan Sinha, Shekhar Suman, Sanjay Nirupam, gathered in the Mahasammelan

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that the Kayasthas have played an important role in the country's freedom struggle and in making the administrative structure in order, and now once again in the national interest, Kayasthas should be given special responsibility in politics. Inaugurating the Vishwa Kayastha Mahasammelan organized under the chairmanship of Global President Rajiv Ranjan Prasad on behalf of the Global Kayastha Conference at Talkatora Stadium today, Shri Kejriwal said that the position in politics and power should not be given only on the basis of religion and caste but also on merit and  Quality should also be given due respect.  He said that the entire nation cannot be compared with the Kayasthas in terms of merit and quality.  The Chief Minister said that whenever there is any kind of crisis or threat to democracy in the country, the Kayasthas have played their part in a big way.  Former Union Minister and MP Ravi Shankar Prasad said that there is no need to tell the specialties of Kayastha society to anyone, but it needs to be given full respect.  He appealed to the Kayasthas all over the world to unite and work for Sarva Samaj.

Versatile actor Anjan Srivastava, superstar Shatrughan Sinha, actor Shekhar Suman and his son actor Adhyayan Suman were part of the Kayasthas  Management's Ragini Ranjan described the role of women in the nation's organization as very important and said that when women come forward, the Kayasthas will be ensured to be empowered in every way. She appreciated the work of the Women's Cell in this direction.

On this occasion, Global Senior Vice President Akhilesh Srivastava, Anand Sinha, Anurag Saxena, National Vice President Deepak Kumar Abhishek, Global President of Education Cell Deepak Verma, Global President of Technical Cell, Anand Sinha, Art Culture Cell and well-known cine artist Anjan Srivastava, of the souvenir.  Chief Editor Kamal Kishore, National Spokesperson Atul Anand Sannu, Sanjay Kumar Sinha Famous playback singer Priya Mallick, Mrinalini Akhouri Media and National President of Art Culture Cell Prem Kumar, Film Producer Ashok Saxena, National Women President Ritu Khare, Avnish Srivastava, Naveen Srivastava,  Shruti Sinha, Pawan Saxena, Mihir Bhole, Rajeev Kant, Prashant Saxena, Nishka Ranjan, CCCI President Naveen Kumar, Naveen Srivastava, Youth Division National President Saurabh Kumar Verma, Youth National General Secretary Kumar Aryan Srivastava, Alok Kumar, Chandra Bhanu Sinha  , Deep Shrestha, Bihar State President Dr. Namrata Anand, Rajesh Sinha Sanju, Ashutosh Brajesh of IT Cell, Priya Ranjan, Dharmendra Prasad Munna, Rajesh  Kumar W, Sushil Kumar Srivastava, Baliram G, Sujit Kumar Sinha Deepu, Advocate Sanjay Kumar Sinha, Manoj Kumar Sinha, W Srivastava, Sujay Ambastha, Captain Tarun Kumar, Rupesh Ranjan Sinha, Saurabh Jaipuriar, Alok Aviral, Shalini Vairagi, Prasad, Nilesh  Ranjan, Sushant Sinha, Piyush Srivastava, Jayant Mallick, Mukesh Verma, Jyoti Das and Raj Kumar Srivastava were present.  This information was given by the President of Delhi Pradesh Media Cell, Prajesh Shankar.

Friday, December 24, 2021

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Thursday, December 23, 2021

BOB Financial and Indian Navy Launch Co-Branded Credit Card

·     The specially curated co-branded credit card with Indian Navy has been launched as a contactless offering on the RuPay network.

·        The co-branded credit card will be offered in 3 variants to the Indian Navy personnel; each variant comes with unique features and benefits.                            

Mumbai, 24 December 2021: BOB Financial Solutions Limited (BFSL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of Baroda (BoB) and Indian Navy have launched a co-branded credit card for the personnel of Indian Navy. The co-branded credit card will be equipped with contactless features and will be offered on the RuPay platform.


The Indian Navy personnel up to the age of 64 years will be eligible to choose from 3 variants of the co-branded credit card. While the base variant will be offered as a Life Time Free (LTF) credit card, the other two variants will be offered at very attractive joining and annual fees, with attractive welcome gifts and easily achievable spend-based fee reversal/waiver. As an introductory offer, the joining fee will be waived off for applications in the first three months from launch. The top variant will offer unlimited complimentary domestic airport lounge access and reduced markup on international spends.


All 3 variants will offer attractive base and accelerated reward points. Features like Personal Accident insurance, 1% Fuel Surcharge Waiver, LTF Add-Ons, EMI offers and periodic merchant offers through tie-ups done by BOB Financial as well as NPCI will also be applicable to all 3 variants.


Speaking on the occasion, Commodore Neeraj Malhotra, Indian Navy said “Indian Navy is appreciative of the products and solutions offered by Bank of Baroda to the Officers and Sailors of Indian Navy. We thank BFSL for incorporating all features and benefits requested, so that the personnel of Indian Navy will be able to make use of the everyday convenience and benefits that the co-branded credit card promises to deliver”


Talking about the launch, Mr. Shailendra Singh, MD & CEO, BFSL said, “We are honored and pleased to partner Indian Navy. The uniquely designed credit cards will offer uninterrupted payment convenience and comfort to the personnel of Indian Navy. This partnership is also a showcase of Bank of Baroda’s commitment towards serving the Indian Armed Forces by offering different banking solutions.”


Ms. Praveena Rai, COO, NPCI said, “We are delighted to associate with BOB Financial to facilitate the issuance of co-branded credit cards on the RuPay platform for the Indian Navy personnel. Through this partnership, we are looking forward to empowering the Indian Navy personnel as well as their near and dear ones with a secure, contactless and fulfilling payment experience. 


About BOB Financial Solutions Limited

BOB Financial Solutions Limited was established in the year 1994. It is a Non-Banking Financial Company, wholly owned by Bank of Baroda. The Company’s primary business is in credit cards with its key differentiator being simple, easy-to-understand products that are fairly priced and efficiently serviced. A pioneer in the space of credit cards, BOB Financial offers an array of products catering to all segments of customers. It is leveraging state-of-the-art technology to provide unique payment solutions to its customers.


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