Thursday, June 30, 2022

Group Legrand India supports 'Team Sea Sakthi' to participate in Monaco Energy Boat Challenge 2022

Monaco Boat race supports 100% zero emissions propulsion and Sustainability in yachting 

Mumbai, June 30th, 2022: Legrand India, the global leader in electrical and digital building infrastructure extends its support to the first Indian participation in Energy Boat Race Challenge which will be conducted at the prestigious international forum in Monaco on 4th July, 2022. This boat is designed by ‘Team Sea Sakthi’ - 14 students at Kumaraguru College of Technology Coimbatore, Tamil Nādu, which is assembled keeping in mind sustainability with zero emissions rate. 

The Monaco Energy Boat Challenge is a competition uniting yachting projects around zero emission propulsion and sustainability. The event gathers teams participating in the races and the industry taking part in the exhibition and conferences resulting in a Sustainability Hub at the heart of the Yacht Club de Monaco. University Teams and professionals will be challenged on water and during tech talks reflecting on the future of zero emission propulsion.

This event occurs annually, positioning Monaco as the ‘World Capital of Yachting’ which is owned and managed by the Yacht Club de Monaco. Initiated in 1904, when Monaco welcomed the first powerboat meetings trialling the first combustion engines at sea, it is now a testing ground for green innovation where students, engineers, researchers, owners, and the industry can meet.

Team Sea Sakthi is the first and the only Indian energy-boat team to participate in this event. These students will represent India in Monaco among 32 other teams from other countries such as the USA, Canada, Greece, Dubai, Indonesia etc. The team is competing in the Energy Class boat building, which comprises just two power sources, which are solely renewable and have an electric propulsion system under the guidance of Chief Technical Advisor Mr. Sandith Thandasherry (Founder & CEO -NavAlt Solar & Electric Boats Pvt Ltd)


Mr. Tony Berland, CEO and Managing Director, Group Legrand India said, “We are privileged to extend our helping hands for the students to represent India for the first time in Monaco Energy Boat Challenge 2022. It our continuous focus to be an environment friendly company across the globe. Through MEBC, we wish to encourage young creative minds to showcase their pioneering ideas in form of models and talks. We want to encourage them to produce solutions towards low carbon transition in the Marine Industry” 

About Legrand Group in India:

A global specialist in the electrical & digital building infrastructure, Legrand is a Euro (6.6)5.5* billion (470.2864 cr) group based in   Limoges, France. The group has manufacturing facilities   in   90 countries   and   its products   are   sold   in   over   180   countries. Globally, Legrand is a leader   in wiring    devices    and    cable management with a global market share of over 20% and 14% respectively. Legrand also enjoys leadership positions in at least one of its major business areas in a (several) number of countries including France, Italy, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, China, and of course India.

Legrand India offers a wide range of products in the categories of Energy distribution, Wiring devices, Home    Automation, Structured    Cabling, Lighting    Management    Solutions, Cable Management, and Industrial application products. It is an undisputed leader in MCBs, RCDs and DBs and a strong No. 2 in wiring devices Apart from this, the company also holds a leading position in Home Automation, MCCBs and Cable management systems.

The company’s geographical reach, across market segments, caters to new requirements of customers with smart solutions that make Legrand a multipolar group. And this multipolar nature, and the global philosophy of Listen, Design, Make and Support has enabled it to provide innovative and smart solutions. Legrand’s products are amongst the top in the market and have undisputable brand equity.

Legrand products and services comply with the three criteria of simplicity – simplicity of use, simplicity of installation and simplicity of distribution - which enables the company to quickly penetrate new markets. With an employee base of over 5500 in India, the company is fast emerging   as   a   leader   in   its   core business by extending products and services that suit every segment in the local market.

Headquartered in Mumbai, Legrand operates across India over 300 offices, (800)600 stockiest, 18000 retail outlets with three state-of-the-art manufacturing units, (thirteen) seven training centers and 3 R&D centers. Technological innovations, simple   and   rapid   product   combinations   to   form communicating systems, clever installation ideas etc. are the focus of the R&D team at Legrand 

Update on the Progress of Exercise to Determine Indian Embedded Value (IEV) of LIC of India.

Further to the press release dated May 30th 2022 by LIC of India, it is informed 

that the exercise of determining the Indian Embedded Value (IEV) as on March 

31, 2022, may take some more time to get completed. Once completed and after 

requisite approvals, the required public disclosures of the same, will be made in 

this regard, by LIC of India. As of now, we expect the required public disclosures, 

to be made by July 15th, 2022. 

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Women’s World Banking and Bank of Baroda announce the Rollout of ‘Baroda Jan Dhan Plus’ in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to Inculcate Savings Behaviour in Customers

Phase 3 of the project to roll out in 25 districts of Uttar Pradesh and all 13 districts of Uttarakhand with the aim to increase access to and improve engagement of low-income women with formal financial services

Mumbai, June 30, 2022: Bank of Baroda, one of India’s leading public sector banks, has partnered with Women’s World Banking (WWB), a global non-profit committed to giving low-income women access to financial tools for long-term financial security and prosperity, to roll out the third and broader phase of the ‘Baroda Jan Dhan Plus’ programme across 25 districts of Uttar Pradesh and all 13 districts of Uttarakhand. The third and largest phase of ‘Baroda Jan Dhan Plus’ will reach out to a wide base of existing Jan Dhan customers of Bank of Baroda through financial literacy camps and business correspondents, to disseminate the benefit of savings and provide access to formal credit by way of PMJDY Overdraft facility and other social security schemes. The programme will also train and work with over 2000 business correspondents (BC) and 1000 BC Sakhis (women business correspondents) to empower them to help women customers in their regions.

‘Baroda Jan Dhan Plus’ builds on the robust infrastructure of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), which has brought around 25.11 crore or 251.1 million women into the banking ecosystem with Jan Dhan bank accounts. These women account holders need a strong reason to engage meaningfully with banks to reap the benefits of full financial inclusion. ‘Baroda Jan Dhan Plus’ brings a compelling proposition to encourage women account holders to save money in a systematic manner by motivating them to deposit Rs. 500 monthly for five months, building a relationship that can lead to a PMJDY overdraft loan facility of up to Rs. 10,000. 

The  ‘Baroda Jan Dhan Plus’ model rests on 3 core pillars: making the bank ecosystem a welcoming one for low-income women, making savings relatable and rewarding for women, and training and capacity building of business correspondent (BC) agents on soft skills with a gender focus to make them better understand and fulfil the needs of women customers. Banks, in turn, learn more about an important customer base and how to address this segment effectively with customised products and services.

Shri Vikramaditya Singh Khichi, Executive Director, Bank of Baroda said, “Financial inclusion of women, especially women with low income, requires a more nuanced approach. A long-term approach that involves ongoing engagement and creating a supportive environment is key. ‘Baroda Jan Dhan Plus’, created in collaboration with Women’s World Banking, is a tested approach to go beyond financial inclusion to help women attain financial empowerment by opening access to a wider bouquet of PMJDY benefits and not just a bank account.”

The initial two pilot projects of ‘Baroda Jan Dhan Plus’ were conducted with 170 Bank of Baroda branches (with over 650 BCs and over 100 BC Sakhis) across Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh between Jan 2020 to Jan 2022. The pilot projects underscored that when financial products and services are designed to overcome women-centric barriers, they successfully engage women as well as the entire customer base. 

Speaking about the programme, Ms. Kalpana Ajayan, Regional Head, South Asia, Women’s World Banking said, “Women are some of society’s most active and committed savers and, in many cases, hold the key to their household’s savings and financial resilience. Right from the start we have recognised that women account holders are an extremely important customer base for the financial sector and if we can nurture them to become confident participants in the banking sector, we can create significant opportunities for the women as well as the financial service providers and the economy as a whole. We are heartened to see a leading institution like Bank of Baroda taking this forward. We would also like to thank The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Visa Foundation, The Walmart Foundation, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who have helped incubate the project and are also supporting us in scaling it further.” 


About Women’s World Banking 

Women’s World Banking designs and invests in financial solutions, institutions, and policy environments in emerging markets to create greater economic stability and prosperity for women, their families, and their communities. With a global reach of 62 partners in 35 countries serving more than 139 million women clients, Women’s World Banking drives impact through its scalable, market-driven solutions, gender lens private equity fund, and leadership and diversity programs. To learn more about Women’s World Banking, visit 

About Bank of Baroda

Founded on 20th July, 1908 by Sir Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, Bank of Baroda is one of the leading commercial banks in India. At 63.97% stake, it is majorly owned by the Government of India. The Bank serves its global customer base of over 150 million through over 46,000 touchpoints spread across 17 countries in five continents. Through Its state-of-the-art digital banking platforms, it provides all banking products and services in a seamless and hassle-free manner. The recently launched bob World mobile app provides customers with a saving, investing, borrowing, and shopping experience, all under one single app. The app also serves non-customers by enabling account opening through video KYC. The Bank’s vision matches its diverse clientele base and instills a sense of trust and security. It is moving well in that direction and bob World is a testimony of its roadmap towards Digital Transformation.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

P.D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC becomes the first hospital in Mumbai and Western India to introduce ‘FDG labeled Leukocyte PET-CT scan’ for early infection detection in occult & difficult cases

Mumbai, 29th June 2022: Over time it has been established that early and accurate yield for detection of infection reduces the time and cost involved in providing accurate treatment and more importantly reduces the period of patient suffering. With this objective, P.D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC recently introduced ‘FDG labeled Leukocyte PET-CT scan’ for early detection of infection in occult & difficult cases. Currently, P.D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC is the only hospital in Mumbai and the whole of Western India to offer this test.

Differentiating infection and sterile inflammation is the main clinical concern of clinicians. While routinely performed scans using high-resolution imaging modalities are useful in various aspects and give answers in most of the cases, however, infection detection may be difficult in some challenging cases where clinical dilemma is still not answered. Here 'FDG Labelled Leukocyte PET-CT scan’ imaging procedure has higher specificity whilst maintaining high sensitivity and resolution, and has functional + anatomical information, and can easily be a whole body survey wherever required, so higher yield to diagnose/detect more accurately, and can even be performed in patients where the conventional imaging modalities are not possible, making this scan a powerful tool in the clinical setting.

Dr. Natasha Singh, Consultant & Head of Nuclear Medicine & PET-CT, P.D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC shared, “This different kind of technically advanced high-resolution ‘FDG labeled leukocyte PET-CT scan’ is an important tool to assist doctors in challenging cases of suspected infection, and aids towards better treatment management. It is superior in some clinical applications as compared to other advanced infection imaging modalities, and has been found to be particularly useful in peri-prosthetic or orthopedic implant infections, occult infection, diabetic foot, Charcot joint, etc. It is also a safe procedure even in patients with kidney dysfunction were contrast-enhanced CT and MRI studies are contraindicated.”

Gautam Khanna, CEO, P.D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC stated “It is a new age method that has made it possible to detect early signs of infections in complex and tough to-detect cases. ‘FDG labeled Leukocyte PET-CT scan’ is superior in some clinical applications as compared to other advanced infection imaging modalities. We at P.D. Hinduja Hospital constantly strive to provide quality patient care with the use of the latest Global Technology and are extremely excited to be the first hospital in Mumbai and Western India to provide this scan.”

Time is always of the essence and early detection only further helps in finding the right cure and stopping the infection from being debilitating/life-threatening. Many diseases can be cured just of early findings – that is the information that should be passed on. 

Asian Paints has launched their 2022 collection in Home Décor


The new launch has taken place across Fabrics, Wallpapers, Rugs, Furniture, Lights and a brand-new category of Bedding under our Royale umbrella

28 June, 2022: As we leave behind the uncertainty of the pandemic and lockdowns, as we begin rebuilding our day-to-day to the normalcy that we have all craved for the last two years, we are now ready to make our present more special and beautiful. 

Bringing the vision of beauty into daily life in the constant pursuit of excellence in Home Decor, Asian Paints is taking this year by storm. Asian Paints is excited to step into its first year of expansion into the Furnishing Fabrics retail trade channel. What started in April 2021 as a journey into a new category as well as a new channel has now grown to be a delightful consumer offering across four successful brand launches, and a significant national presence to reckon with.

Asian Paints is proud to unveil its new launch collections for 2022 in Home Décor. There are now 63 new books in furnishing fabrics across our brands Ador, PURE-Royale and The Pure Concept for Nilaya. After the successful launch of the three fabric ranges over a year ago, the company is excited to add an even bigger collection of fabrics with new designs, trends, colour palette and innovative techniques and fabrics to existing collections. 

Speaking on New Launch collections for 2022 in Home Décor, Amit Syngle, MD & CEO, Asian Paints Limited said “AP continues to push the envelope of constantly enriching its home decor offering for the consumer and the new launches are a testimony to this.  After a stellar first year in furnishing fabrics, we are back with our 2022 Launch Collections in Home Decor- across Fabrics, Wallpapers, Rugs, Furniture, Lights and a brand-new category of Bedding under our Royale umbrella. This is in line with our stated vision to be a significant home décor player and to provide a complete portfolio of home décor products and services.”

Taking their decor proficiency into a brand new territory, Asian Paints Nilaya collaborated with Jaipur Rugs to produce a range of hand-tufted rugs and flat-weaves. Developed by AP’s in-house Design Cell and Jaipur Rugs, the collection offers designs ranging from rustic and minimal to heritage and contemporary. Jaipur Rugs has transformed the carpet industry by creating an entirely new business model of working directly with artisans and empowering them and their local communities with a sustainable form of livelihood. It is this commitment to a thoughtful business model that led Asian Paints to collaborate with the brand. 

Nilaya wall-coverings have always been the first choice for architects and designers, and the brand continues to make the best design collaborations with new launch collections across essentials and designer series. Seventeen new collections have been added to the mix in 2022, with more than 1000 offerings that include customised designs, and large colour, print and material options. This year also saw the launch of Eijffinger natural wall coverings handmade in Asia. An array of natural fibres such as jute, hemp, sisal, reed, sea grass, arrowroot grass, bamboo, raffia and cork is used to create a wealth of textures never seen before.

A highlight of the year has been the landmark collaboration between the visionary Maximiliano Modesti’s Les Ateliers 2M and Asian Paints’ Jaipur atelier to launch the brand INK and its debut collection Wandering Lines. Redefining homegrown craft in a contemporary language, Modesti and his team of designers worked with diverse inspirations—from traditional motifs, architecture, nature and abstract concepts—and reimagined them through embroidery. This collection comprises six distinct patterns and is a one of its kind offering that combines technique of screen-printing, block printing and embroidery in one powerful collection.

Another landmark collaboration has been with The White Teak Company—Asian Paints’ newly acquired decorative lightings brand with the aim to provide the Indian consumer with an extensive range of designer and decorative lighting products. With a wide delivery reach of over 36,000 pin codes across India, a homeowner can now decorate their house in the city or a remote holiday home with the right set of lights with just a click of a button. The partnership between Asian Paints and The White Teak Company also grows the brand’s network and reach, allowing more and more cities across India to decorate their homes with international designs and high-quality products.

From wall coverings and beautiful embroidery to an exquisitely designed bedding range with Royale, Asian Paints is covering the entire gamut. With unmatched design superiority with best in class manufacturing, this is a range of premium designer bed sheets in 100% cotton with striking print motifs across ethnic Indian florals, paisleys, foliage, geometrics and much more.  

The new launches will be soon available across the country, retailed through our Beautiful Homes Stores and the brand authorised retailers.

About Asian Paints:

Since its foundation in 1942, Asian Paints has come a long way to become India’s leading and Asia’s third largest paint company, with a turnover of Rs. 217 billion. Asian Paints operates in 15 countries and have 26 paint manufacturing facilities in the world, servicing consumers in over 60 countries. Asian Paints has always been a leader in the paint industry, innovating new concepts in India like Colour Ideas, Home Solutions, Colour Next, and Kids’ World. Asian Paints manufactures wide range of paints for Decorative and Industrial use for interior and exterior walls. Their portfolio also includes SmartCare range for waterproofing, WoodTech products for wood finishes and Adhesives range for all surfaces. The company is also present in the Home Improvement and Decor segment and offers bath and kitchen products.  The company also introduced lightings, furnishings, and furniture in its portfolio and offers a range of safe and supervised painting and interior design services.

National Insurance Awareness Day: Time for Gen Z To Consider Life Insurance Vinit Kapahi, Head of Marketing, Aviva India

A recent survey by Deloitte reveals that a high percentage of Gen Zs feel stressed, aren’t confident whether they will be able to retire with financial comfort, and don’t feel financially secure. Most of them lead a healthy and active life which puts them off from thinking of Insurance as a necessity. However, they haven’t been able to connect wellbeing and life insurance yet. The benefits of a life insurance policy start reflecting only in the long run, and it is easy to assume that it is not paying off- but it is! On National Insurance Awareness Day, Mr. Vinit Kapahi, Head of Marketing, Aviva India, shares 3 things Gen Z should know about life insurance.

“Gen Zs are just beginning their career, hustling and are busy working hard in this fast-paced world, has and often don’t have the time and skills to manage their financial portfolio optimally. For such people, Unit Linked Insurance Plans (ULIP) provide an effective way to participate in the market as well as an insurance cover to deal with uncertainties of life.” Kapahi said. 

Adding to that, Vinit Kapahi further emphasized the significance of a guaranteed plan for an easy retirement. “A Guaranteed Plan is a financial product that provides guaranteed payments in a lump sum or as regular payouts over a period of time. One just needs to pay their premiums and choose how they wish to receive their returns – monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, yearly or all at once.”

Lastly, he concluded by suggesting that life insurance is a tax-saving instrument. “Life insurance policy can also help purchasers save money on taxes under Section 80C of the Indian Income Tax Act. One can claim a deduction from their taxable income on the premium paid towards life insurance for self, spouse, or children up to Rs. 1.5 lakhs.” he explained. 

Shell launches used oil management service, as a move towards sustainable business practices

National, June 29th, 2022 – Shell today launched a used oil management service, a new initiative to organise India’s waste oil disposal system and to increase the rate of re-refining, as it aims to achieve circular economy goals while reducing waste. This is part of Shell’s overall commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. As part of the initiative, Shell has partnered with used oil re-refiners to initiate collection and re-refining of used oil on a pan India basis. These partners share the vision of driving circular economy for the lubricants industry.

Shell plans to strengthen its network of partners to further scale-up the initiative in the coming years. The service aims to create an ecosystem for transitioning used oil disposal, which is acknowledged as being the biggest challenge in promoting circularity in the industry, to a formal setup. Shell intends to create awareness about best practices for waste oil management and help set standards for RRBO in collaboration with re refiners and industrial partners.

Speaking at the launch, Ms. Mansi Tripathy, Vice President, Shell Lubricants Asia Pacific, said, “Used oil management service is the latest testament of how we are leading the process of reducing waste alongside the industry’s larger environmental footprint in India. We aim to play a pivotal role to embed circular economy in lubricants and see a high growth potential for this service to reduce waste and thereby, reduce our overall emissions. We will continue to seek opportunities to support our customers in reducing their emissions via our products and services.”

“Being a solutions-driven, customer centric organization is at the core of our business model. This initiative reinforces that value and will help us support our customers with a more holistic value proposition that goes beyond lubricants.  Even more significant is the fact that we now have the opportunity to pioneer towards the first step towards circular economy”, added Ms. Debanjali Sengupta, Country Head, Shell Lubricants India.

Used oil has been categorized as hazardous waste and contains harmful metals. One litre of used oil can contaminate one million litres of freshwater . Without proper disposal procedures in place, 50% of all lubricants end up in the environment. India witnesses the generation of ~1.3 million tons of used oil annually of which, less than 15% is re-refined. Used lubricating oil is a hazardous waste which is disposed for various uses, with fuel being by far the most common method in India. Burning of used oil leads to harmful gas emissions, increasing health and safety risks. Re-refining used oil would help in:

Conserving natural resources

Reducing the emissions related to end-of life of the lubricants, helping India meet its carbon neutral targets

Notes to editors

Shell is one of the most diversified international energy company in India with over 10000 employees and presence across upstream, integrated gas, downstream, renewable energy, and deep capabilities in R&D, digitalization, and business operations. With a retail presence across six states – Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Assam, Shell is expanding its network of fuel stations across the country. It has the entire Lubricants end-to-end value chain in India, from conceptualization and development, to production and distribution. Serving 50000 consumers through a robust network of 200+ distributors across B2C and B2B lines of Sales. This includes a world class lubricant oil blending plant that manages a large supply chain through a network of 4 Regional Distribution Centers and 8 warehouses. The company also fully owns and operates an LNG re-gasification terminal at Hazira. With a focus on digitization and future ready sustainable solutions, the company is nurturing a vibrant ecosystem in India to accelerate energy innovations with Shell E4 for start-ups, Shell Eco-marathon and investments in new energy companies like Husk Power, d.light, Orb Energy and Cleantech Solar. Shell also remains committed to making positive contributions to the communities in which it operates through programmes like NXplorers, Access to Energy and Road Safety across India. Follow @shell_India @makethefuture @shell_ecomar to know how it is redefining the energy space. 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

SIDBI supports first homestay enterprises setting up initiative under its J&K tourism cluster development program


Mumbai, June 28, 2022: Today, on 26th June 2022, first homestay enterprise setting up initiative under SIDBI's J&K tourism cluster development program was launched at Konernag. Around 25 enthusiastic and aspiring youth will undergo capacity building training for a month post which they will be supported in setting up homestays. Besides coming in of homestaypreneurs, the initiative will boost local economy and will be a model for sustainable tourism.

The director- department of tourism Mr. G.N. Itto graced the event with his presence.  Besides, Mr. Qasim Malik, Deputy Director- Department of tourism and Mr.  Mohd. Altaf wani President- Kokernag Development Authority were the guest of honour. Dr. R K Singh, CGM SIDBI addressed the participants virtually and assured SIDBI's support to the program. The programme can eventually be scaled up to cover 75 offbeat tourist destinations identified in the state.

It may be mentioned that SIDBI is principal financial institution in the country and has adopted 5 clusters for soft infrastructure support and tourism cluster in J&K is one of them. SIDBI identifies pain points in coordination with local stakeholders and addresses key ones with strengthening of local service providers such that sustainable solution is arrived at. KPMG is implementing agency.

Endeavour is to align J&K tourism to good practices of other destinations and raise the delights of people dreaming to experience kashmiriat - a rich cultural heritage.

About SIDBI: 

Since its formation in 1990, SIDBI has been impacting the lives of citizens across various strata of the society through its integrated, innovative and inclusive approach. Be it traditional, domestic small entrepreneurs, bottom-of-the-pyramid entrepreneurs, to high-end knowledge-based entrepreneurs, SIDBI has directly or indirectly touched the lives of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) through various credit and developmental measures. 

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KFC’s signature Chicken Popcorn meets the crunchy Nachos to give fans an exciting and flavourful twist

National, 28th June, 2022: Picture this – KFC’s signature flavorful Chicken Popcorn, tender on the inside but unbelievably crispy on the outside, served on a bed of crispy Nachos, and sauced to perfection! Well, we aren’t being dramatic or unreal! In what could be called the crunchiest collaborations in recent times, KFC India has announced an unbelievable partnership with PepsiCo’s Doritos, to launch its newest innovation, KFC Popcorn Nachos! 

Nothing could be as LIT as this, because for the first time ever in India, this collab brings together two crispy OG foods to make THE best version of nachos you have ever had. And wait – it’s not just that. Accompanying KFC Popcorn Nachos are two delectable, specially curated sauces – Masala Salsa and Cheesy Jalapeno – which are sure to tingle the palate. So, Nachos and KFC fans, it’s time to unite because KFC Popcorn Nachos brings two ka crunch in one munch.

With complimentary textures, masala flavors of Doritos, crispy chicken Popcorn, and two spicy sauces, KFC’s Popcorn Nachos is the right amount of drama your mid-meal snack needs. The bold combination will be served in a specially designed triangular box. It will be ready to eat in Dine-in/Takeaway, whereas for delivery, it will be DIY, which means you get to choose how you want to have your KFC Popcorn Nachos. Put the Nachos on KFC Popcorn or the Popcorn on the Nachos and top it off with any of the sauces as per your mood on that day – the zingy masala salsa sauce or the creamy cheesy jalapeno sauce or if so you please - both!

The crunchy KFC Popcorn Nachos will be available across all 600+ KFC restaurants in the country. And as always, this crunchy offering is backed by KFC’s 5X Safety Promise of Sanitization, Screening, Social Distancing, and Contactless service with Vaccinated teams. While all surfaces and frequently touched areas in a restaurant are regularly sanitized, team members and riders are screened regularly for their temperatures. You can get your Popcorn Nachos in a completely contactless & safe manner - through delivery, takeaway, KFC to your Car/Bike and during dine-in. All takeaway orders also come with the added promise of Express Pickup, where orders are readied for pick-up within 7 minutes, failing which, customers are offered a complimentary piece of Hot & Crispy chicken. All KFC favorites can also be easily ordered on the all-new convenient KFC app, available on Google Play and the App Store. 

Ready to try out some crunchy and crackling action, think no more and get your hands on this new crispy, dramatic and finger lickin’ good snacking option! 

About KFC

KFC, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM.), is a global chicken restaurant brand with a rich, decades-long history of success and innovation. It all started with one cook, Colonel Harland Sanders, who created a finger lickin’ good recipe more than 80 years ago, a list of secret herbs and spices scratched out on the back of the door to his kitchen. Today we still follow his formula for success, with real cooks breading and freshly preparing our delicious chicken by hand in more than 26,000 restaurants in over 145 countries and territories around the world.

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Flipkart launches a new brand film “MSMEs - Taking India Forward” as a tribute to the sellers on the World MSME Day


Flipkart celebrates the spirit of Indian sellers and MSMEs who work tirelessly to drive innovation and sustainable growth

The brand film gives glimpses into the struggles, challenges, ambitions  and aspirations of MSMEs and entrepreneurs who work tirelessly to fulfill their dreams

Bengaluru - June 27, 2022: Flipkart, India’s homegrown e-commerce marketplace, launched a film “MSMEs - Taking India Forward” on the occasion of World MSME Day celebrated on June 27th worldwide to celebrate and showcase the journey of all the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises who are integral growth drivers of the country’s economy. 

The film’s narrative is based on the everyday lives of these MSMEs – their struggles, sacrifices, aspirations and success stories. The film salutes the entrepreneurial spirit of MSMEs, who employ lakhs of people and captures a diverse range of activities and situations from the everyday operations of MSMEs, and the emotions of the people associated with each.

"Kaarkhaano mein guzar jaate hai Inke Din, Dussehre, Teej Tyohaar, kyonki inke liye, sabse pehle, aata hai vyapaar!"

The film closely highlights the struggles and sacrifices the MSMEs make to ensure businesses and customers come first. It throws light on the small winning celebrations amongst the small seller communities in parallel to the aspirational big celebrations like “the entrepreneur of the year” award that we see on television. The film also highlights empathy and friendship that exists in the seller ecosystem wherein an employee who wins a loan in a lucky draw willingly hands over his winning chit to a colleague who needs the loan more than he does. The scene alludes to a need that many MSMEs look forward to for support – easy access to formal loans from reliable sources.

Speaking about the idea behind the film, Jagjeet Harode, Senior Director and Head – Marketplace, Flipkart, said, “MSMEs play a crucial role in the business ecosystem and in the overall nation’s economic growth. We need to acknowledge the sacrifices they make and the challenges they face and support them in their journey of modernization and growth. The new ad campaign expresses Flipkart’s gratitude and celebrate MSMEs role in India`s growth journey. We will continue to work to unlock the growth potential for MSMEs across the country and handhold them in availing new benefits and tapping innovations, and opportunities in an increasingly digital economy.”

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Flipkart has been at the forefront in providing extensive support to its sellers and their evolving needs with initiatives such as its recently announced industry-first marketplace policy changes that help MSMEs and small businesses leverage the power of e-commerce to serve their consumer base, gain access to best-in-class solutions and drive their growth.

About the Flipkart Group

The Flipkart Group is one of India's leading digital commerce entities and includes group companies Flipkart, Myntra, Flipkart Health+, Flipkart Wholesale, and Cleartrip.

Started in 2007, Flipkart has enabled millions of consumers, sellers, merchants, and small businesses to be a part of India's digital commerce revolution, with a registered customer base of more than 400 million, offering over 150 million products across 80+ categories. Our efforts to democratize commerce in India, drive access and affordability, delight customers, create lakhs of jobs in the ecosystem, and empower generations of entrepreneurs and MSMEs have inspired us to innovate on many industry firsts. Flipkart is known for pioneering services such as Cash on Delivery, No Cost EMI and easy returns – customer-centric innovations have made online shopping more accessible and affordable for millions of Indians. Together with its group companies, Flipkart is committed to transforming commerce in India through technology.

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Mobavenue enables Rs. 1000 crore loans for banks and NBFCs

Mumbai, June 27, 2022: Mobavenue, an AI-based advertising and media buying platform, has enabled over Rs. 1000 crore loans for many leading private sector banks and NBFCs. The company is currently working with leading banks and NBFCs like ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, KreditBee, Freecharge, Navi Finserv, Nira Finance, Fi Money, Unicard, OneCard, and Policy Bazaar to drive instant loans, personal loans, home loans, savings accounts, credit cards and insurance.

Mobavenue has successfully provided unique programming strategies to numerous banks and NBFCs by implementing dynamic creatives and other efficient in-house media tools. Their cutting-edge, advanced mobile advertising solutions have optimized the ROI of banks and NBFCs and helped them achieve promotional brand exposure, faster conversions, improved user acquisition, and customer retention.

The growing demand for personal loans is reflected in CMIE'S recent Economic Outlook report. Outstanding personal loans between December 2021 and March 2022 increased between 2.4 per cent and 4 per cent, it says. With the economy coming out of the shadow of Covid-19, the demand for credit has been growing. CMIE says a revival in demand for bank credit commenced from the second half of FY22, which, according to analysts, seems to be continuing into FY23.

“Short term loans like personal loans and opening of savings accounts, home loans and credit card products are popular among millennials and the self-employed. Of the various types of personal loans, an increase in credit card spending, housing loans, vehicle loans, loans for consumer durables and other personal loans have contributed to the surge," said Kunal Kothari, Co-Founder, Mobavenue Media Private Limited.

“We use technology extensively across the value chain to power our decision making and enhance customer experience. We provide an end-to-end service based on a completely stacked programmatic platform and help the clients grow their business efficiently. We are currently in talks to on-board a few other leading private sector banks and NBFCs,” he further added.

“Mobavenue’s swift execution of campaigns had helped KreditBee to reach its objectives faster and cost effectively. The team has been agile in its execution support which makes working with the team a pleasant experience. We look forward to exploring more initiatives with Mobavenue to support our growth plans,” said Ishan Bose, CMO, KreditBee.

About Mobavenue Media Private Limited


Mobavenue is an AI-based advertising and media buying platform dedicated to empower brands, agencies and media/app publishers with mobile-first solutions to drive their growth and monetisation. The company’s product suite is tailored to design a more valuable experience for the user by creating real connections. Launched in 2017, the company has scaled to new heights and established footprints in Europe, Indonesia, UAE, LATAM, Russia, Australia and SEA regions. The company provides modern and futuristic media solutions to over 100+ direct brands and partners like Myntra, KreditBee, ICICI Bank, Unacademy, Zivame, Winzo, Shopee, Chingari, etc. Mobavenue offices are based in 9 locations namely Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Sydney and London.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Endometriosis Severely Impacts Our Quality Of Life

How Endometriosis Impacts Sex and Intimacy


·         1 out of 10 is diagnosed with Endometriosis

·         25 million Indians suffer from Endometriosis

·         Endometriosis has severe impact on physical, mental, sexual and social well-being of the affected people

·         Endometrioses patients stayed in bed an average of 17.8 bed days per year



Living with Endometriosis and its associated health challenges is something one shouldn’t wish on their worst enemies. 1 out of 10 people assigned female at birth is diagnosed with endometriosis, which equates to around 176 million people worldwide. In India, the number is estimated to be around 25 million. For a condition that’s so widespread, it shockingly takes an average of seven and a half years to diagnose, which shows us there is a clear deficit in understanding it within the medical community as well says Dr Vimee Bindra - Fertility Enhancing Surgery Specialist| Endometriosis Excision Surgery Specialist |Gynecologist |Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgeon | Co-Founder “ENDOCRUSADERS


People with Endometriosis commonly have severe pain and infertility. The symptoms are chronic pelvic pain, infertility, chronic fatigue, dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, dysuria, dyschezia and more. The biggest misconception about Endometriosis is that it’s seen as “just a reproductive disorder”. This could be nothing further from the truth. Endometriosis is a whole-body, multisystem, inflammatory disease and has been found in many areas of the body including the skin, lungs, liver and bowel. Many complications like cardiovascular disease, ovarian, breast, cervical, endometrial cancer, immune disorders and more are related to Endometriosis. Understanding the disease outside of its usual pelvic location is important to develop efficient diagnosis and treatment techniques. 


Lack of awareness in society and unintended misdiagnosis of Endometriosis has a substantial negative impact on the physical, mental, sexual and social well-being of affected people. Planning critical points of one’s life around the disease can be so debilitating that the concept of quality of life goes for a toss.


But how do you explain a medical condition to your peers, professors, or your bosses when no one knows or has heard about the condition? How do people empathize and deal with something that they don’t understand?


This is an unfortunate reality for many people suffering from Endometriosis. Many of these are college students and corporate ladder climbers where the stakes are high in terms of growth prospects. They often cannot arrange their lives around the disease. The deadlines are meant to be reached irrespective of a symptom flare-up. Clients, to-do’s, targets and project deadlines wait for no one! 


About 50% of people with Endometriosis said they stayed in bed an average of 17.8 bed days per year. This means missing more days of work resulting in a substantial loss of productivity. People are also hesitant to participate in sports, social events, or even regular activities that everyone seems to do just fine. It leads to severe mental health problems like depression. Relationships get constrained. People quit their jobs. The issue goes towards affecting marriages as well says Dr Vimee Bindra


Unfortunately, most of the symptoms of Endometriosis show up during critical life stages, from adolescence through childbearing years, when people from their social networks define life goals and start their career-specific education, enter the workforce, establish stable relationships and have children. This is exactly why there is a compelling need for Endometriosis research. More importantly, there’s a need for greater advocacy. We need to understand the condition better. 


We have to discuss early detection and intervention when it comes to Endometriosis. Recent studies have pointed out that the symptoms of Endometriosis show up during the adolescent period as well. If we can detect the condition as soon as possible, then we have a chance of providing timely relief. We need to decrease the time between someone that has symptoms until the time they are given a diagnosis and a definitive treatment.


With enough advocacy and weight behind the voices for Endometriosis, a better outcome is definitely achievable. Speak about Endometriosis to your loved ones today advises Dr Vimee Bindra.


Bengal Club – Shivaji Park donates funds for pediatric blood cancer patients in its centenary year celebrations.

Bengal Club – Shivaji Park, one of the oldest Bengali Clubs in Mumbai, is completing its 100 years of existence in the year 2022. The club is celebrating its centenary year of existence with various activities and functions throughout the year. 

On June 25, 2022 the club conducted a musical program at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Mumbai.                              India’s well known music maestro, Shri. Pritam Chakraborty and his band performed live at this musical evening.   Shri. Pritam Chakraborty generously supported the cause, i.e. funding of treatment for children with blood cancer, by not charging his fees for the event.  He was accompanied by his own band of musicians and the well know, established as well as budding, singers of the Bollywood industry and India. 

The musical evening at Ravindra Natya Mandir, witnessed full house and the audience enjoyed the live performance by Sri. Pritam Chakraborty and his band thoroughly.  Audience purchased donor asses from the various category options that were available. Out of the revenue generated from these donor passes, an amount of Rupees Five Lakhs is being donated to Cancer Patient Aid Association (CPAA), Mumbai. This donation by the Bengal Club - Shivaji Park to CPAA is being made to fund the treatment of kids with Blood Cancer.  

Shivaji Park – Bengal Club, while celebrating its centenary year, has been conducting various such events for the past many years in other formats too. The club is been playing a crucial with its philanthropic role in supporting various social causes in and around Mumbai City.   The club and it’s members have been very active and supportive for the girl child education, meals at school, sports training for children at its center and many more. During Covid-19 pandemic, the club actively distributed food packets for a long time period to a large number of needy citizens of Mumbai who were unable to meet their daily requirements due the pandemic. The club also donated to the Chief Minister’s fund for the same cause. 

On this occasion, Joy Chakrabotry, Hon. Advisor of Bengal Club - Shivaji Park said “It is a very significant achievement of Bengal Club - Shivaji Park to have completed 100 years of its existence.  Over the years, the club has not just been celebrating Bengali culture and festivals, but also has been very active in supporting various charitable causes in and around Mumbai City. This year being our club’s centenary year, the celebrations are with more enthusiasm and zeal. I thank Mr. Pritam Chakraborty, the musical maestro of India to have graciously supported our celebrations and also the cause of treatment for cancer in kids. I once again thank Pritam da for his great gesture of not charging his fees for the musical event held today at Ravindra Natya Mandir. Going forward, the club shall continue to support various charitable causes and celebrate Bengali culture in Mumbai”.

Khatabook launches the ‘Naam Hi Kafi Hain’ campaign on MSME Day

The campaign recognizes the power of the ‘NAME’ of MSME businesses that inculcates a strong sense of trust in customers 

Bengaluru/Mumbai, June 27, 2022: Khatabook unveils its latest brand campaign Naam Hi Kafi Hai, Celebrating the goodwill of small businesses on the international MSME day. This two week long multi-video digital media campaign focuses on #NaamHiKafiHain theme honoring MSMEs for providing a distinctive customer experience through personal relationships.   


In India, local businesses run on their goodwill and their name is enough to identify that goodwill, for instance, Naaz tailors, Amulya provision stores, Jaylaxmi sweets and many such merchants we rely on a daily basis.  #NaamHiKafiHain campaign by Khatabook recognizes this distinctive aspect of small businesses in India, where MSMEs build and enjoy a strong brand value and recognition in the niche they serve. Customer experience in small businesses, unlike the technology-oriented customer experience characterizing large enterprises, lies in their human interaction with customers. Social relationships and personal care are at the core of the service delivery of MSMEs. 

Last year Khatabook launched the “Dil Se Local” campaign to urge people to pledge their support to local businesses. Naam Hi Kaafi Hai takes the “Dil Se Local” campaign proposition forward by focusing on a distinct aspect of small businesses which connects us to local businesses more strongly. 

The campaign consists of a video focusing on the names of the businesses which in itself speaks about the quality and value to the customer, saying ‘Kyuki Inka to bas naam hi kaafi hai’, their name is enough for us to trust them with our day-to-day purchases. The campaign was kicked off by teaser videos, followed by a campaign video released on MSME day. Khatabook will also release a video story of Ramesh and Dinesh Sirvee, the owners of Aaiji Super Mart in Bangalore as a part of a video story series called ‘Business hua Easy’ in the first week of July. The story series launched as a part of the MSME Day campaign, will focus on the journey and challenges MSMEs face and how they use Khatabook App to grow their business and be more ambitious. 


Khatabook wants to reaffirm the brand’s mission, purpose, and commitment to MSMEs across the country. The campaign has been conceptualized and produced by the brand's in-house creative team. The concept of this campaign came from the insight that even though there are over 63 million MSMEs spread across the country who contribute around 30% to India's GDP, their stories, challenges, and ambitions are untold. Khatabook aims to bring these stories to life and reiterate that they will stand with them at every step of their business journey. 

Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Ved Prakash Yadav, Head of Marketing and Growth, Khatabook said, “Through this new campaign, we want to share authentic stories of Local business heroes and emphasize on the role they play in our lives. The campaign will remind the audience of the local businesses they purchase their supplies from, be it Guptaji ki sweets, Rambhai Ki Chai, or Babu ke vegetables. We want to celebrate this distinct aspect of MSMEs in India and our relationship with the local businesses. On this MSME day, we are also launching our MSMEs Video stories series called “Business Hua Easy”  focusing on their journey, struggles, and how digital is helping them.”     


To effectively support MSMEs, Khatabook has been making strides with its product offerings since the beginning. For 2022, the focus for the startup will be financial service disbursement through its tech platforms while it continues strengthening its overall tech offerings portfolio for MSMEs. 

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Teaser Video:

MSME Day Campaign:

About Khatabook:

Khatabook is India's fastest growing SaaS company that enables micro, small and medium businesses to increase efficiency and profitability through safe and secure digital solutions. Founded in January 2019, Khatabook today is available in 13 languages and has 10 Mn+ monthly active users.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Vietjet opens four new routes to Vietnam, offering its passengers the most flight capacity between India and Vietnam

(Mumbai, June 22, 2022) – Vietjet has officially launched four more services linking top destinations of India and Vietnam including Mumbai - Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi routes and New Delhi/Mumbai - Phu Quoc services.

The new routes’ launch ceremony was held in Mumbai during the visit of Ho Chi Minh City’s leaders to Mumbai as India and Vietnam mark their 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations. The ceremony witnessed the presence of Phan Thi Thang, Vice Chairwoman of People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, representatives of Consulate General of Vietnam in Mumbai along with Vietjet’s leaders. 

The Mumbai - Phu Quoc route will operate four weekly flights on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, starting September 9, 2022. The services between New Delhi and Phu Quoc will also commence on September 9, 2022 with three weekly flights on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi – Mumbai routes started operation in early June, 2022.

The two countries’ two first direct services connecting New Delhi with Ho Chi Minh City/Hanoi resumed operation earlier this year in April with the frequency of three to four flights per week for each route. Passengers can book these routes’ air tickets now with fares starting as low as US$18 for one way. (*)

Nguyen Thanh Son, Vietjet’s Vice President said: “Vietjet’s Vietnam-India’s flight network expansion will boost and strengthen travel connectivity and trade ties between the two countries. We have been the first carrier operating direct services between Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi and its largest city of Ho Chi Minh with India’s capital city New Delhi.”

“Vietjet’s flight network covering up to six direct routes between Vietnam and India also marks a milestone in the two countries’ 50 years of diplomatic relations, since 1972. We will progressively expand the flight connection between the two countries in the coming time while constantly enhancing service quality along with technology adoption to bring our passengers best flying experience,” Mr. Son added. 

With flight time of just over five hours per leg and diversified flight schedules throughout the week, Vietjet’s direct flights have eased traveling from India to the ‘lands to remember’ of Vietnam including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc. Passengers can now easily connect to Vietnam’s other attractive destinations such as of Ha Long Bay, Da Nang and famous heritage sites in the central region, etc. or quickly transfer across the Southeast and Northeast Asia thanks to Vietjet’s expansive international network. Vietjet’s direct flights between Vietnam and India have also enabled tourists to explore diverse cultures, religions, culinary and tourism attractions in India. 

Vietnam has lifted the arrival regulations relating to Covid-19 and travelers can enjoy a complete pre-pandemic fashion arrival in Vietnam. The S-shaped country is more than ready to welcome international travelers to visit and explore its magnificent scenery. 

(*) Excluding taxes and fees


About Vietjet:

The new-age carrier Vietjet has revolutionized the aviation industry. With a focus on cost management ability, effective operations and performance, Vietjet offers flying opportunities with cost-saving and flexible fares as well as diversified services to meet customers’ demands. 

Vietjet is a fully-fledged member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate. As Vietnam’s largest private carrier, the airline has been awarded the highest ranking for safety with 7 stars by the world’s only safety and product rating website and listed as one of the world's 50 best airlines for healthy financing and operations by Airfinance Journal in 2018 and 2019. The airline has also been named as Best Low-Cost Carrier by renowned organizations such as Skytrax, CAPA, Airline Ratings, and many others.

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Apollo Cancer Centre in collaboration with Datar Cancer Genetics launches Revolutionary Blood Test for early detection of Breast Cancer

EasyCheck Breast is a giant technological leap in breast-cancer detection 

India, Mumbai, June 22, 2022: Committed to continuous investment in the most advanced technologies in cancer care, Apollo Cancer Centres, ranked as the best private cancer hospital in India, in association with Datar Cancer Genetics brings a revolutionary blood test that can detect breast cancers at early stages in asymptomatic individuals with high accuracy, thus enabling timely diagnosis and treatment to save lives. 

An increase in the number of breast cancer cases and the social construct associated with discussions of breast cancer has led to one of the most important developments in the history of technological advancement in the field of oncology. Led by the same urge to bring cancer conversations to the forefront, Apollo Cancer Centres, via this launch appeals to the women to get screened in the easiest way via a blood test to gain knowledge about their susceptibility to Breast Cancer. With an easy draw of a small quantity of blood, now, EasyCheck- Breast can help in the detection of breast cancer even before the first stage. The EasyCheck will be available across India on 22nd June at all Apollo Cancer Centres. 

Commenting on the occasion, Dr Prathap Reddy, Founder & Chairman, Apollo Hospitals, said, “In line with our mission to spread awareness about early detection of cancers and offer world-class cancer treatment, the launch of EasyCheck Breast marks an important success towards quality technological advancements ensuring timely diagnosis and treatment to lower the mortality rate. This association with Datar Cancer Genetics has made a path-breaking achievement and at Apollo Cancer Centres, we are well equipped to diagnose breast cancers with the best in class advancements and treatments. I, humbly, request the caretakers of the family, the women of India, to step out for themselves and make sure to get themselves tested at least once a year to make sure you are safe from breast cancer. From diagnosis to treatment, Apollo Cancer Centres pledges to stand with their patients at all times and give them Tender Loving Care on the road to recovery.”

Speaking about the test, Mr Rajan Datar, Founder & Chairman, Datar Cancer Genetics, said, “Unfortunately, most cancers are detected at advanced stages which necessitate more intensive and expensive treatments which have a greater risk of debilitating side effects and treatment failures. EasyCheck- Breast is the culmination of years of collaborative international research and innovation and has been developed, tested, and validated on population-sized cohorts. A simple blood draw holds the promise of early cancer detection in asymptomatic individuals and opens the possibilities of successful treatments and improved survival.” 

On the occasion, Mr. Dinesh Madhavan, President Group Oncology and International, Apollo Hospital Enterprises Ltd said, “With the launch of Easy Check Breast, Apollo Cancer Centres and Datar Genetics is committed to ensure that we diagnose cancer at the earliest and this is the first step in winning over cancer. The late diagnosis of breast cancer remains the sole cause of high mortality rate in women with breast cancer in India. With Easy Check Breast, we address this root cause and make it earlier, easier. “ 

On the occasion, Dr Sandip Bipte, Senior Consultant - Oncoplastic Breast Surgery, Apollo Cancer Centres, Navi Mumbai, “In India, breast cancer cases are steadily increasing as a result of increased life expectancy, urbanization, and changing lifestyle. Breast cancer is a treatable disease, and chances of survival are better if identified on time. Thus, early detection is crucial for improving outcomes and survival. With this ground-breaking EasyCheck Breast blood test now we can detect early-stage of breast cancer with a 90% accuracy. We encourage all women to have the test done on a regular basis in order to detect breast cancer at an early stage. With this advancement, we can all fight together to defeat breast cancer”

Breast cancer is the most common malignancy among women globally. It has now surpassed lung cancer as the leading cause of global cancer incidence in 2020, with an estimated 2.3 million new cases, representing 11.7% of all cancer cases. Epidemiological studies have shown that the global burden of Breast Cancer is expected to cross almost 2 million by the year 2030. In India, the incidence has increased significantly, almost by 50%, between 1965 and 1985. The estimated number of incident cases in India in 2016 was 118000. As per data, in India, Breast Cancer accounted for 13.5% (178361) of all cancer cases and 10.6% (90408) of all deaths in 2020.

In line with the mission to spread awareness about cancer & regular screening for early detection with EasyCheck- Breast, Apollo Cancer aims at addressing the pressing need for the right knowledge about early diagnosis, and holistic treatment in cancer care. 


About Apollo Cancer Centres –   


Cancer care today means 360-degree comprehensive care, which requires commitment, expertise and an indomitable spirit from the cancer specialists

Apollo Cancer Centres- are present across 14 cities and has 1000 dedicated beds, over 240 oncologists to oversee delivery of high-end precision Oncology Therapy. Our oncologists deliver world-class cancer care following an organ-based practice under competent Cancer Management Teams. This helps us in delivering exemplary treatment to the patient in an environment which has consistently delivered an international standard of clinical outcomes.

Today people from 147 countries come to India for cancer treatment at Apollo Cancer Centres. With the first & only Pencil Beam Proton Therapy Centre in South Asia & Middle East, Apollo Cancer Centres has all that is needed to strengthen the battle against cancer.

About Datar Cancer Genetics

Datar Cancer Genetics is a leading cancer research corporation specializing in non-invasive techniques for better diagnosis, treatment decisions, and management of cancer. The Company’s state-of-the-art cancer research center is NABL, ISO, CAP and CLIA accredited. The Company serves cancer patients in the UK, European Union, United States, GCC and India.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Maharashtra Postal Circle released a special Cover on “International Day of Yoga 2022” on 21.06.2022, to create awareness about yoga.

On the occasion of “International Day of Yoga 2022” Maharashtra Postal Circle released a special Cover and a Special cancellation to create awareness among people to inculcate Yoga in their daily routine for their healthy lifestyle.

A Philatelic Presentation Pack and a Special cancellation on Summer Solstice was also released as a part of continuous series of innovative philatelic products by Maharashtra Postal Circle. A Unique Booklet of Stamps on “Wandering Minstrels” was also released on the occasion. 

A Special workshop was organised for philatelists and an interactive session was conducted under the leadership of Smt. Veena Srinivas, Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra Circle to chalk out the future strategy for philatelic releases and opening of Philatelic clubs in Maharashtra Circle. Speaking on this occasion, Smt. Veena Srinivas emphasised the need for production of innovative Philatelic products to cater to the needs of the new philatelists and also to promote and popularise Philately amongst the younger generation. 

Duroflex introduces their classic ‘Energise’ range of mattresses in an optimised new avatar

~The renewed Energise range caters to today’s high performance lifestyles promising a deeply energizing, good night’s sleep

National, June, 2022: Driven by innovation and versatility, Duroflex, India’s leading sleep solutions brand has re-launched their classic range of mattresses, Energise in a brand new avatar. Enhanced with new advanced features, the upgraded range is the perfect solution to address the demands of today’s fast-paced and high-performance consumer lifestyles. Energise has been technologically enhanced with a unique copper gel infusion layer and an anti-stress fabric to offer high-strung youngsters the deepest and most energising sleep so that they wake up feeling refreshed and recharged to take on the day.


The renewed Energise range has been crafted using the finest quality materials to provide an enriching sleep experience. The innovative NRG+ layer with copper gel infusion and the 3-zoned support technology which is unique to Duroflex offers peaceful sleep to help recharge the body. Copper is a natural element known to have exceptional anti-microbial properties which keeps the mattress free from viruses, bacteria, and odours. The anti-stress specialty fabric helps in reducing static tension, resulting in a deeply relaxed & re-energizing sleep experience. Each layer of the mattress is carefully crafted to offer optimum comfort and support. With this range, the brand has also taken a step towards sustainability. The anti-stress fabric used in the mattresses is made from 40% recycled yarns made from used PET bottles. The packaging of the range is also fully recyclable. 


Speaking on the occasion, Smita Murarka, Chief Marketing Officer, Duroflex said, “At Duroflex, we constantly endeavour to redefine the meaning of quality sleep. We strongly believe in reinventing our products with new technology to adapt to the changing needs and demands of the modern consumer. The renewed Energise range is the right fit for today’s young individuals with action-packed lifestyles. It is a high-performance mattress that delivers sound, restful sleep thus allowing the mind and body to get much-needed rest so that they recover well and wake up the next day with renewed energy.”

The Energise range of plush mattresses will be available available at all leading Duroflex retail outlets across the country and can be purchased online on the brand website It is also be available on leading e-commerce portals like Amazon and Flipkart. The price range starts at INR 14,500/-.

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Monday, June 20, 2022

Inaugural Cohort of ATLAS SkillTech University Fellows Achieve Breakthrough Success

1,500 ATLAS Fellows get ready to lead in new age careers across Design, Management, Entrepreneurship, Media, Digital Marketing, Film and Animation

ATLAS SkillTech University Fellows receive the most coveted job offers and admissions to globally ranked universities.

Mumbai, June 20, 2022 – India’s leading multidisciplinary university situated in Mumbai - ATLAS SkillTech University – held its inaugural graduation ceremony for its first batch of Academic Fellows. Chief Guest, Ronnie Screwvala, Indian entrepreneur, philanthropist, opinion leader and author, graced the occasion with his presence. Over 1,500 ATLAS Fellows with an interesting mix of diverse backgrounds, coming from more than 20 different states across India and overseas, participated in the grand ceremony hosted at Jio World Convention Centre. 

Congratulating the students, Dr. Indu Shahani, Founding President and Chancellor, ATLAS SkillTech University, said, “ATLAS SkillTech University offers students a technology-enabled learning environment and represents the university of tomorrow. The knowledge and skills the graduating fellows have acquired at ATLAS during this fellowship has nurtured future-ready digital professionals. We are extremely proud of our talented students and wish them great success as they step out to create the new world order.”

These ATLAS Fellows have completed rigorous, new-age programs in Design (ISDI), Management, Entrepreneurship (ISME), Hospitality, Media, Digital Marketing, Film and Animation created in collaboration with world leaders in education. The cutting-edge innovation-focused interdisciplinary programs are designed to transform young and creative learners into inventors, innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, and technology leaders. The programs prepare students for high-impact careers with an entrepreneurial mindset.

The first batch of graduating ATLAS fellows have secured top placements and internships across various industries in leading organizations such as Apple, Aditya Birla Group, Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Colgate, Deloitte, EY, Gucci, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, HCL Technologies, HDFC Bank, Infosys, KPMG, Mahindra, Nykaa, Phillips, PWC, Reliance Industries, Samsung, Sabyasachi, Siemens, TATA Consultancy Services, Tommy Hilfiger, Viacom and Vogue.

Those wanting to pursue further studies have been accepted for coveted Masters programs at the world’s leading universities such as Columbia University, Imperial College London, New York University, London Business School, London School of Economics, John Hopkins University, Parsons School of Design, University of the Arts London, SCAD and Rice University among many others.

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About ATLAS SkillTech University

ATLAS SkillTech University is a multidisciplinary state private skills university situated in Mumbai. Focused on emerging trends and skills for young India, ATLAS has adopted a futuristic multidisciplinary education model co-created with an international community of scholars, academicians, industry experts, and world leaders in education with undivided focus on academic excellence. ATLAS delivers cutting-edge undergraduate and postgraduate education across the new-age streams of Design & Innovation, Management & Entrepreneurship and Digital Technology. The world-renowned faculty, start-of-the-art infrastructure, and unique corporate connect of ATLAS empowers students to succeed in Industry 4.0 and become global leaders. 

The University is led by the Founding President and Chancellor of ATLAS SkillTech University, Dr. Indu Shahani (Former Sheriff, Mumbai).

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IPRS celebrates our beloved composers and songwriters with ‘IPRS Antakshari’ on World Music Day

India, 20th June 2022: What better way to celebrate World Music Day than by playing the most loved musical game on the planet – the fun-loaded Antakshari? IPRS, the music copyright society representing Music Composers, Lyricists, and Publishers, given its penchant for innovation, has gone on to conjure a unique digital initiative, IPRS Antakshari, to commemorate the occasion of the World Music Day this 21st of June. The event is also a sincere attempt to give the gifted music composers and songwriters the due credit and acknowledgment they are insensitively deprived of at most times. This noble cause has finally evolved into a multi-dimensional digital campaign IPRS Antakshari. Backing and participating in the IPRS Antakshari are popular music creators like Vishal Dadlani, Irshad Kamil, Tanishk Bagchi, Kausar Munir, Mayur Puri, apart from a host of others on IPRS Instagram channel. The initiative will also witness a jingle composed by popular duo Bharat-Hitarth. 


The popularity of Antakshari is so much a part of the Indian ethos that it is a multilingual phenomenon common across Indian households and with the Indian diaspora across the world. This game of music has been bonding friends and families for ages. To say that this delightful game is by now an integral part of the folk culture of India wouldn’t be stretching the truth. Hence, IPRS decided to celebrate the creators through Antakshari, as the game was born and fuelled by innumerable songs by musicians over generations. 


The fun social media initiative will be a six-hour-long activity witnessing participation from our favourite music makers. The activity, open to all, calls for participants to continue the game on the IPRS Instagram page. For the songs mentioned during the online Antakshari, IPRS would add the songwriter and composer's names. Thus, the initiative is to acknowledge and give due credit to the lyricist and composer behind the songs and celebrate the music creators. 


Talking about this initiative, Shri Sameer Anjaan, legendary songwriter and IPRS Board member says, “There is no better way to bring people together than music. And as a Copyright Society, we endeavour to create an ecosystem where the creators behind every piece of music are duly credited and remunerated. In a nation with a rich cultural heritage like ours, we must encourage one and all to acknowledge the music makers who devote a lifetime to create the music that fills our moments of joy and grief with life and hope. Through this initiative on World Music Day, IPRS aims to remind us that while music is an integral part of our life, we must not forget those who have gifted us these timeless melodies”. 


Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Rakesh Nigam, CEO IPRS, says, “India is a thriving music industry, where music has played a significant role in bonding families, friends, and communities. Antakshari, the game of music, usually played during family occasions or gatherings, is both entertaining and nostalgic. On World Music Day this year, through IPRS Antakshari on our social media platform, we intend to highlight the importance of acknowledging the music creators who often miss a mention. As we continue our efforts towards upholding the rights of music creators, our “#CreditTheCreator” campaign launched earlier saw a significant change in the dynamics of how names of the lyricists and composers get mentioned during live/virtual performances.” 

About IPRS: 

IPRS is India’s only Copyright Society registered under the Copyright Act, 1957, and counts more than 8,500 of India’s best-known authors, composers, and music publishers as its members. IPRS is authorized under the Copyright Act, 1957 to carry on the business of granting and issuing licenses in respect of musical works and literary works associated with musical works assigned to it by its members and the affiliate societies for International works. It also collects and distribute the royalties to its members including the authors’ statutory royalties and Sister Societies for the exploitation of these works either by way of live performances and/or recorded music through any medium except when exhibited as a part of a cinematograph film shown in a cinema hall.