Tuesday, August 16, 2022


 16/08/2022 PANINDIA LIC brings a distinctive Special Revival Campaign from 17.08.2022 to 21.10.2022 for its 

customers to revive their individual lapsed LIC policies. 

This Special Revival Campaign is a unique drive as it extends to all non-ULIP Policies with 

very attractive concession in late fee. Under this Special Revival Campaign except ULIP 

policies, all policies can be revived within 5 years from date of the First Unpaid Premium 

subject to policy conditions

Total Receivable 

Premium % late fee concession Maximum Concession 


Up to Rs.1,00,000 25% Rs.2500/-

From 1,00,001 to 3,00,000 25% Rs.3000/-

From 3,00,001 and above 30% Rs.3500/-


There is a 100% waiver of late fee for Micro Insurance Policies to facilitate affordable 

restoration of risk cover.

 There are no concessions in medical requirements.

Policies except ULIP Plans which are in lapsed condition during the premium paying term 

and not completed policy term as on the date of revival are eligible to be revived in this 


The campaign is launched to benefit those policy holders who were not able to pay 

premiums due to unavoidable circumstances and their policy lapsed.

Life Insurance cover is a risk management, for contingent, unexpected loss of life. This 

campaign gives a rare opportunity for LIC’s valued policy holders to revive their lapsed 

policies and continue the benefit of insurance to protect the financial interests of their family.

Dated at Mumbai on the 16th August,2022

For further information, please contact –

Executive Director (Corporate Communications)

LIC of India, Central Office, Mumbai. Email id ed_cc@licindia.com

Visit us at https://www.licindia.i

MGL revises PNG and CNG price

Consequent upon upward revision in allocation of domestically produced natural gas by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) is pleased to reduce its Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) price by Rs. 6.00/Kg and Domestic Piped Natural Gas (PNG) by Rs. 4.00/ SCM in and around Mumbai effective midnight of August 16, 2022 / morning of August 17, 2022.

Accordingly, the revised MRP inclusive of all taxes of CNG will be Rs.80/Kg and Domestic PNG Price will be Rs.48.50/SCM in and around Mumbai.

The revised MRP of CNG offers attractive savings of about 48% compared to petrol at current price level in Mumbai. MGL’s Domestic PNG offers around 18% saving as compared to current MRP of Domestic LPG while delivering unmatched convenience, safety, reliability and environmental friendliness to consumers.

All our valued customers may please take note of these revisions.

Taiwan Excellence made its mark at Automation Expo 2022 with best-in-class Automation technologies and products

Mumbai, 16 Aug 2022 : An exemplary display of top-notch technological advancements, and modern automation equipment, Taiwan Excellence brought some of its most cutting-edge and up-to-date products to the Automation Expo 2022 in Mumbai — India’s biggest and Asia’s second largest automation expo that started from August 16.

For the first time, Taiwan Excellence had put up a physical pavilion with five top most Taiwanese automation solution providers, including Advantech, GMT Global, HIWIN, TOYO and Techman Robot. The pavilion offered a glimpse into Taiwan’s automation industry, the precise manufacturing techniques, massive ICT technologies and production optimization solutions such as articulated robots, strain wave gears, desktop robots, high rigidity tiny cylinders, electric cylinders, two-fingers electric grippers, embedded computing systems, fanless embedded box PCs and all-in-one touch computers & kiosks.

In addition to the pavilion, Taiwan Excellence’s product launch session — ‘The Future of Automation is Here’ remained the highlight of the first day. In addition to offering insights about Taiwan’s most progressive automation companies, the session emphasized on how Taiwan’s automation industry helps build high efficiency, high flexibility, and high rigidity product lines in reasonable costs.

In the session, Advantech introduced the applications of its industrial computing systems and AI equipment on production lines, and showed how the company helped customers import industry 4.0 for improving performance; HIWIN presented their IIoT based machines and components, with the characteristic of IoT, operators can check the operation and wearing condition of machines, and prevent malfunction happens during production; Techman Robot explained how traditional manufacturing such as metal processing and plastic molding industries applies collaborative robots to realize automatic production and inspection; Toyo introduced its linear slides and compact robots, their compact size and high accuracy can simplify the process of USB drive assembling and semiconductor production, and improve the efficiency of production and inspection.

Making an opening remark in the product launch, Mr. Poyi Edison Hsu, Director of Taipei World Trade Centre Liaison in Mumbai, said, “Taiwan’s automation industry integrates precision machinery technologies and modern ICT applications to provide a wide variety of smart manufacturing solutions. These come with reasonable prices and high quality to meet different production demands, from mass production to “small amount, large variety” needs. Therefore, if India’s manufacturing industries hope to reach their full potentials, Taiwan can be the best partner” 

The Indian industrial automation market was valued at USD 10.72 billion in 2021, and it is expected to reach USD 23.09 billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 14.26% over the forecast period (2022 - 2027).

About Taiwan Excellence 

The symbol of Taiwan Excellence was established in 1992 by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs. It was created to recognize the excellence of Taiwan’s most innovative companies. Taiwan Excellence believes that innovation makes a difference in everyone’s life.

Every year, experts gather to award innovative Taiwanese products. Taiwan Excellence Award based on R&D, Design, Quality, and Marketing. Taiwan Excellence Award winners range from high performance laptops to live-saving health management software. Award-winning products are promoted by the government in the international market.

Please visit www.taiwanexcellence.org for more information.

Distribution of modified smokeless stoves of MAHAPREIT to the beneficiaries by Public Works Minister Ravindra Chavan

Thane: On the occasion of Independence Day, in a program organized at Niyojan Bhawan of Thane Collectorate, State Public Works (including Public Works), Food and Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection Minister Ravindra Chavan on behalf of MAHAPREIT distributed state-level improved smokeless stoves to the beneficiaries under MAHADIVA initiative.

The program organized on behalf of Mahatma Phule Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Technology Limited (MAHAPREIT), a semi-government company, was attended by District of the Council Chairperson Pushpa Patil, Collector Rajesh Narvekar, Thane Municipal Commissioner Vipin Sharma, Managing Director Mahatma Phule Backward Class Corporation and Chairman and Managing Director of MAHAPREIT Bipin Srimali, Konkan. Special Inspector General of Police Sanjay Mohite, District Superintendent of Police Vikram Deshmane, Chief Executive Officer in charge of District of the Council Dr. Rupali Satpute, Additional Commissioner of Police Datta Karale, Director of MAHAPREIT V. N. Kalam-Patil, General Manager Prashant Gedam etc were present on this occasion.

Mr. Chavan said that various innovative activities have been undertaken by MAHAPREIT and they are useful for the society. The distribution of improved smokeless stoves will help prevent the degradation of the environment that is currently on the rise due to various factors. Fuel will be saved, and women will be helped to maintain good health. MAHAPREIT should implement this program in a dynamic manner. He urged the eligible beneficiaries to take maximum advantage of this.

At this time Mr. Bipin Shrimali explained the purpose of distribution of these improved smokeless stoves. He said that this state-level program is being launched today from Thane in the year of independence, and under this program, 4 lakh smokeless stoves will be distributed to the backward class beneficiaries in the entire state. These improved smokeless stoves are being provided free of cost “under carbon credit” by Enking International.

As these stoves will reduce the suffering of women in rural areas due to smoke, their health will be improved, fuel will be saved and environmental degradation will also be stopped. He said on this occasion that this kind of program is going on at the global level and India has also participated in it.

On the occasion of this inauguration program, distribution of improved smokeless stoves to eligible beneficiaries in Mumbai, Mumbai suburbs and Thane district, Minister Shri. Chavan and other dignitaries.

Beneficiaries belonging to backward communities should register on the app designed for smokeless stoves distribution. MAHAPREIT's By Shri. Vijayakumar Kalam-Patil.


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New restaurant invites guests to Come Hungry, Leave Happy!

Mumbai, Maharashtra, August 16th, 2022 – IHOP® is celebrating the opening of its next franchise location in Mumbai. Located at Phoenix Palladium, Lower Parel, this new restaurant serves up the brand’s World-Famous Buttermilk Pancakes and familiar comfort foods, leaving guests with a smile on their faces. Since 1958, IHOP has been the place where people connect over breakfast, enjoy study breaks, grab a bite before or after sporting events, and so much more. IHOP has seen millions of smiles over the years in their restaurants and continues to be a space to enjoy special moments with family and friends.

The popular American brand has opened in West India in association with Bedrock Food Company Pvt Ltd. Established in 2000, Bedrock Food Company Pvt. Ltd. has been a pioneer in the Indian food and beverage arena and the harbinger of brands such as Subway across India, and Krispy Kreme in North India. They are now foraying into a full-service dining concept with IHOP in Mumbai and look forward to popularising the brand in the region.

At Bedrock Foods, we are very passionate about the hospitality business and the brands we work with,” said Mr. Manpreet Gulri, Director of Bedrock Foods Company Pvt. Ltd., an IHOP Franchisee.Our stint in North India has been stellar with reputed international brands and we are excited to venture into West India with IHOP. We are constantly working with the Dine Brands team to deliver the best quality and the finest offerings to Mumbaikars in line with the brands’ iconic American heritage. We look forward to IHOP receiving the same love and spreading happiness in Mumbai!

IHOP offers an affordable, everyday American dining experience with warm and friendly service. Guests of all ages can enjoy a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, including IHOP’s World-Famous Pancakes, Breakfast Combos, Omelettes, Burritos, Waffles, and more for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

The new restaurant, located at Phoenix Palladium, Lower Parel is open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information call +91-9999184486


For more than 63 years, IHOP has been a leader, innovator, and expert in all things breakfast, any time of day. The chain offers 65 different signature, fresh, made-to-order breakfast options, and a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items, including Ultimate Steakburgers. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. As of September 30, 2021, there are 1,750 IHOP restaurants around the world, including restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam as well as Canada, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, and Peru. IHOP restaurants are franchised by affiliates of Glendale, Calif.-based Dine Brands Global, Inc. (NYSE: DIN).


Established in 2000, Bedrock Food Company Pvt. Ltd. has been a pioneer in the Indian FnB arena and the harbinger of brands such as Subway all across India, and Krispy Kreme in North India. They are now foraying into a full-service dining concept with IHOP in Mumbai and look forward to popularising the brand in West India.

Bank of Baroda launches Baroda Tiranga Deposits

A special Domestic Retail Term Deposit scheme offering attractive interest rates of 5.75% p.a. for 444 days and 6.00% p.a. for 555 days 

Senior Citizens get additional interest rate of 0.50% p.a.

0.15% extra for Non-Callable Deposits

Mumbai, August 16, 2022: Bank of Baroda (Bank), one of India’s leading public sector banks, today announced the launch of the Baroda Tiranga Deposit Scheme, a special term deposit product offering higher interest rates. The Baroda Tiranga Deposits are available in two tenor buckets – offering interest rates of 5.75% p.a. for 444 days and 6.00% p.a. for 555 days. The scheme opens on 16th August up till 31st December, 2022 and is applicable on retail deposits below Rs 2 crore.

Further, senior citizens will earn an additional interest rate of 0.50% p.a., while Non-Callable Deposits will get 0.15% p.a. extra. 

Baroda Tiranga Deposit Scheme w.e.f. 16.08.2022

Callable Non-Callable

Tenors General/NRE/NRO Senior Citizens General/NRE/NRO Senior Citizens

444 days 5.75% p.a. 6.25% p.a. 5.90% p.a.

(5.75 + 0.15) 6.40% p.a.

(5.75 + 0.15 + 0.50)

555 days 6.00% p.a. 6.50% p.a. 6.15% p.a.

(6.00 + 0.15) 6.65% p.a.

(6.00 + 0.15 + 0.50)

Shri Ajay K. Khurana, Executive Director, Bank of Baroda said, “As India marks 75 years of independence, we are delighted to give consumers one more reason to celebrate. The Baroda Tiranga Deposit Scheme offers a higher rate of interest and the flexibility to choose from two tenures, backed by one of India’s leading and most trusted banks.”

Bank of Baroda customers can use bob World to open an online FD through Mobile. 

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.

· Visit us at www.bankofbaroda.in 

· Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bankofbaroda/

· Twitter https://twitter.com/bankofbaroda

· Instagram https://www.instagram.com/officialbankofbaroda/

· YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdf14FHPLt7omkE9CmyrVHA 

· LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/bankofbaroda/

India’s legendary Fitness Icon Milind Soman has embarked on his solo barefoot run, the 2nd edition of the Unity Run from Jhansi to Delhi this morning at 7 am from Jhansi Fort…


He will cover the distance of 450 kms from Jhansi Fort, Uttar Pradesh to Red Fort, Delhi in 8 days from 15th August to 22nd August…


Milind is running The Unity Run to promote unity, peace, and harmony to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day, Aazadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. The first edition of Unity Run was from Mumbai to Statue of Unity, Kevadia. 

Milind will be running across

5 states: Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi…

He has already crossed 45 kms since morning and will be concluding Day 1 with 55 kms. 

Milind will be running through historical landmarks and cities in these states like: Jhansi Fort, Chitrakoot, Gwalior Fort, Vrindavan, Agra and more.


Union Bank of India is the  presenting sponsor, Shaaimu India as fitness partner, JK Tyre as ‘Total Control’ partner and Alkem as Health Partner.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Indian healthcare remarkable progress at 75..needs to do more


How India's National Digital Health Mission Is Set To Revolutionize  Healthcare



·         Life expectancy rose to ~70 years from 33 years

·         Infant mortality dropped from ~200 per 1000 to 27 per 1000

·         Maternal mortality that was nearly 2000 per 100,000 came down to ~100 per 100,000

·         Eradication of smallpox and polio stands out as the single greatest achievement

·         Doctors increased from ~60,000 in the 1950s to ~18 lakhs

·         Ramped up the production of personal protection equipment and COVID testing infrastructure

·         Ayushman Bharat mission are aimed at improving financial protection for nearly 500 million people under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY),


By 2047 when India reaches 100 years of Independence we want


·         People to live long, healthy lives

·         To control our population disease burden and eliminate preventable premature death

·         We want everyone access safe and effective care when they want, where they want, and how they want.

·         No one should face financial hardships in accessing healthcare


Says Dr. Krishna Reddy Nallamalla, President, InOrder Regional Director, South Asia, ACCESS Health International


1947 to present: A remarkable journey


Healthcare in India has come a long way over the past 75 years. Core health indicators then and now tell us the journey India has made thus far. Life expectancy rose to ~70 years from 33 years; Infant mortality dropped from ~200 per 1000 to 27 per 1000; maternal mortality that was nearly 2000 per 100,000 came down to ~100 per 100,000. Institutional births rose to 89% from 39% in the last 15 years. Eradication of smallpox and polio stands out as the single greatest achievement. Doctors increased from ~60,000 in the 1950s to ~18 lakhs (~13 lakhs allopathic and ~5 lakh AYUSH doctors); nurses increased from 16,500 to 35 lakhs during the same period. Nearly 13 lakh ASHA workers connect communities to primary health care services across rural India.


Waiting times to access healthcare services are much shorter in India than in many advanced countries despite the lower health workforce or beds to population ratio. Indian pharma and vaccine industry not only meet the domestic needs but accounts for supplies in many countries. The remarkable turnaround in supplies of personal protection equipment, ventilators, PCR, and rapid antigen tests and vaccines during COIVD-19 is a testimony to the resilience of India’s healthcare industry.


A lag in progress compared to other countries


Despite the progress, India ranks lower in many health indicators compared to countries that gained independence at the same time. We have wide disparities between states, between genders, between rural and urban people, between castes, between the educated and the uneducated, and between formal and informal labor. We account for 15% of global maternal deaths and ~27% of global tuberculosis cases. 43 percent of our children continue to be undernourished and ~20% continue to be vulnerable to diseases because of no or incomplete vaccination. The sex ratio at 935 females to 1000 males places us at 192nd position in country rankings. Our public health expenditure at ~1.2% of GDP is one of the lowest in the world. Though out-of-pocket expenditure as a percentage of total health expenditure has declined from 62.4% in 2014 to 48.8% as per a recent study, it continues to cause financial hardships to many low- and middle-income families. Despite the progress, our health workforce and health infrastructure are grossly inadequate to meet the healthcare needs of people as per the growing disease burden.



India’s resilience in the face of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic


Despite weak and fragile health systems, we, as a nation, displayed courage and resilience in absorbing the health shock imposed by the pandemic. The innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of India was evident in the way we ramped up the production of personal protection equipment and COVID testing infrastructure, the way we developed, produced, and administered our own vaccines, and the way we even supported other countries in accessing essential drugs and disposables, the way we used telemedicine to reach people, the way community health workers connected with rural people, and the way people had access to enough food to eat. The rapid recovery of our economy is a testimony to our ability to absorb shocks and recover from them.


The need to make our health systems stronger and more resilient


We still do not know how many excess deaths India really had over the last two and half years, how many children missed their vaccines, how many people missed their dialysis, how many with cancer, tuberculosis, HIV, etc., missed their drugs, how many people suffered heart and brain strokes at home, how many could not deliver in the institutions, how many lost their jobs, and how many were pushed into debts and poverty. We should know and face the truth so that we introspect sincerely to understand our strengths and weaknesses, learn from our mistakes, and build back our fragile health systems into stronger and more resilient ones.    


Will our current health missions move us towards the goal of ‘Swasth Bharat’ and ‘Ayushman Bharat’?


The National Health Policy 2017 has outlined a road map towards transforming India into a healthy nation with long lives. The establishment of the National Medical Council to drive reforms in medical education, passing of the bill on allied health professionals, setting up of AIIMS in each state, and a medical college in each district, and common entrance and exit examinations to improve transparency and quality are some of the measures at strengthening human resources for health.


Programs launched under the Ayushman Bharat mission are aimed at improving financial protection for nearly 500 million people under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY), strengthening comprehensive primary health care by upgrading subcenters and PHCs into 150,000 health and wellness clinics, building a unique national digital health architecture to drive transformation across health systems under Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM), and strengthening healthcare and public health infrastructure to face future health shocks under Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (ABHIM).


There are many vertical programs directed at child nutrition; mother, neonate, child, and adolescent health; communicable diseases like tuberculosis, leprosy, HIV, vector-borne diseases, hepatitis, antimicrobial resistance, etc.; vaccination; non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, renal diseases and cancers; mental health, elder care, palliative care. While these programs have achieved significant gains, there is still potential to make them more efficient, integrated, and effective.


Initiatives to improve economic and social development and welfare have a significant impact on the health status of populations. Programs that aim to deliver clean drinking water to every household (Jal Shakti), clean cooking gas to prevent indoor pollution (Ujjwala), improve general sanitation and hygiene (Swatch Bharat), portable ration card system to access subsidized food items, clean energy to reduce environmental pollution, financial inclusivity through Jan Dhan accounts to receive social benefits, digital inclusivity under Digital India mission, improving wellness through Fit India and Eat Healthy India program, etc., have a significant impact on health status and longevity of people. The so-called social determinants of health account for three-fourths of the increase in longevity of life.


We can definitely advance in our journey towards the goals of Swasth Bharat and Ayushman Bharat If India can implement all above-mentioned programs in efficient, coordinated, and effective ways. It needs the participation of all the health system stakeholders – governments, non-government, private industry, civil society organizations, and people in a collaborative spirit towards a shared purpose of “Heallth for All” syas Says Dr. Krishna Reddy Nallamalla, President, InOrder Regional Director, South Asia, ACCESS Health International



Where do we want to be by 2047 – 100th anniversary of our precious independence?


1.     We want people to live long, healthy lives

2.     We want to control our population disease burden and eliminate preventable premature deaths

3.     We want everyone, irrespective of age, gender, caste, religion, education, employment, or place of living to access safe and effective care when they want, where they want, and how they want.

4.     We want to ensure that no one should face financial hardships in accessing healthcare

5.     We want to secure people against future health shocks from infections, wars, climate changes, financial recessions & depressions, bioterrorism, biohazard etc.       

Dr. Krishna Reddy Nallamalla,

Regional Director, South Asia, ACCESS Health International

Friday, August 12, 2022

International Friendship Day celebrated at Mumbai GPO on 30th July, 2022 with a Postcrossing meet-up

On the occasion international youth day, Maharashtra Postal Circle released a Special cancellation, a pack of Picture Postcards on the theme saluting the youth icons of Maharashtra and Goa.

 The Chief guest for the event was a Arjuna Awardee Smt. Lalita Babar.

 Speaking on the occasion Chief Postmaster General, Smt. Veena Srinivas, emphasized that nurturing the youth icons is vital for creating social capital in todays globalized world. Shri Amitabh Singh, Postmaster General (Mails and BD), Maharashtra Circle stated that Youth is the future of our nation and honouring the youth icons creates new opinion makers in the society. 

Smt Lalita Babar spoke about the importance of sports in keeping up with a healthy life style

4 offbeat things you can do this Raksha Bandhan to make it super special for your sibling

  1. Get creative with your Rakhi Thali

When you think of Raksha Bandhan usually Indian sweets come to mind. But I am sure your younger siblings completely dread that. This year combine the two and create a Rakhi thali which includes a combination of mithai and chocolates. Much loved brand, Snickers recently launched a unique flavour - SNICKERS® Kesar Pista which makes for a perfect addition to your Rakhi thali!

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  1. Help tick off something on his / her bucket list with an all-inclusive getaway!

Who doesn’t love travel – and better so, who doesn’t love gifts that involve travel? Is your sibling an adventure lover? Do they like to go on hikes? Or are they beach bums? Well, Airbnb has got you covered. Instead of giving a conventional gift – take your sibling on a spontaneous getaway to the hills.

Villa in the hills

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Set against the backdrop of the river Beas, the   breathtaking mountains, and lush green lawns, this stay is perfect for a short holiday in Manali. This five-bedroom, two-storey, minimalistic stay is great for taking some time off, stepping away from the daily hustle, and celebrating this holiday with your entire family. If you and your sibling are looking for some outdoor activity, head out for a hike up the Jogni Waterfalls, take a helicopter ride, or simply enjoy peaceful walks around the area.




  1. Pamper your sibling with a box of assorted chocolates which includes chocolates for all their moods!

From days spent fighting over who gets a larger piece of the chocolate mom gave, to hiding your share somewhere safely in the house so your brother didn’t get his hands on it – every sibling duo can relate to these situations! With the Mars Wrigley Medley hamper there’s more than enough for both siblings to share, and it includes chocolates for every mood. Choose SNICKERS® to curb hunger pangs, GALAXY® to indulge in pleasure, M&Ms® to unlock your mischievous side, BOUNTY® to be teleported to a tropical beach, TWIX® to make your coffee taste better, and MARS® to satisfy your caramel cravings!  But what’s better? This box of delicious chocolates can also double down and make way for a new sibling tradition. Use them to challenge your sibling to a bake off where each of you can make a dessert using your favorite chocolate. And if you are looking for inspiration and need a recipe, check out these Snickers Crepe Cake.


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  1. Bond over your sibling’s favourite meal!

Whether it is fighting over who gets the last leg piece or splitting portions equally, sharing food with your siblings is always a bone of contention. But not with KFC’s Special 15 Ultimate Savings Bucket. Celebrate a bountiful Raksha Bandhan with this value offer which includes 4 Hot & Crispy, 4 Boneless strips, 4 Hot Wings, 3 Dips and 2 Pepsi and save upto 33% off. But that’s not just it. This offer comes with a beautiful and vibrant limited-edition bucket. With this, sort your Raksha Bandhan dinner plans – order in through the KFC app or visit a nearby KFC restaurant to enjoy your special day together



upGrad concludes a valedictorian ceremony for 1200+ learners with IMT Ghaziabad

Mumbai, 12 August 2022: Known for recording career milestones for its learners, upGrad Asia’s higher edtech major recently hosted yet another virtual valedictorian ceremony for over 1200 learners who have completed the Post Graduate Program in Management with IMT Ghaziabad. The program was powered by upGrad.

Gracing the event with their presence were Sumit Mathur - CMO, Kellogg India and Sethunathan L - CMO, JSW Cement who joined as the chief guests, along with Prof. Vishal Talwar, Prof Puja Aggarwal Gulati, and Prof. Sapna Popli from IMT Ghaziabad. 


‘Happy to be part of the valedictory ceremony of five batches of the certificate program in collaboration with upGrad. Online learning has been such a leveller in enabling students to continue upgrading their knowledge despite pandemic-induced challenges and giving flexibility to learn without compromising on their jobs. We congratulate the learners for successfully completing the program and best wishes for their future roles. These learners are now ready to take up the contem,” said Dr Talwar, Director-IMT Ghaziabad. 

The 11-month online program comes with a value-add for professionals wherein they get a chance to earn credits for a Global MBA Degree with Top B-Schools from UK & Australia, that can be used later for continuing their LifeLongLearning journey. Marking another successful Valedictorian ceremony of 2022, upGrad bid the learners farewell in style with live performance by Maati Baani. 

Sumit Mathur - CMO, Kellogg India referred to upskilling as a needle mover, and said, “As automation, AI, and new job models reconfigure the business world, lifelong learning has become accepted as an economic imperative. Eighty percent of CEOs now believe the need for new skills is their biggest business challenge. Learning in the flow of work is a new idea, as it aligns with the industry standards and with people/stakeholders involved. While the curriculum will give you some interesting domain knowledge, there are other practical measures, more on the side of enhancing soft skills would also include Practice metacognition and mindfulness.”

Commenting on the development, Arjun Mohan, CEO - India, upGrad said, “upGrad is committed to bridge the gap through its high-engagement learning modules that offers an industry-like atmosphere for professionals to grow and excel. It’s not just about creating pedagogy but the real ROI is to see our learners complete the program and attain tangible career results. We are  excited to have a university partner like IMT Ghaziabad who’s equally bullish for creating an all-immersive ecosystem for its learners, thereby also creating a wider acceptance for millions who doubted the efficacy of online education a couple of years back.”

JICA Celebrates 75 Triumphant Years of India’s Independence

~ JICA envisions to accelerate India’s development journey as it traverses its path to achieving socio-economic growth ~

New Delhi, August 12, 2022: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) congratulates India on the esteemed occasion of its 76th Independence Day. On the auspicious occasion of India completing its 75 years of independence in the ceremonial year of the 70th anniversary of Japan India diplomatic relations, JICA reiterates its commitment to continuing support to India for building prosperous future of both countries and the global society. 

As the largest and first recipient of Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA), India has been one of the most important development partner for Japan. Japan's ODA to India started in 1958, and over 6,978 billion Japanese Yen (approximately INR 4,10,493 Crore) in ODA loans have been committed to India for more than 310 public projects across various sectors. In addition to ODA loans JICA has been consistently cooperating with India in achieving its goals of economic growth, poverty alleviation, and environment conservation. Through various forms of assistance such as technical cooperation, concessional loan provision, and grant finance provision, among many others, JICA has made significant headway in facilitating advancement spanning sectors of transport, water, sanitation, energy, forestry, agriculture, health, and education. 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. SAITO Mitsunori, Chief Representative, JICA India Office said, “I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to India on its 76th Independence Day. As one of the world’s largest democracies and developing nations, India has made a place for itself on the global map and Japan stands with the country as it journeys ahead towards a sustainable and stable future. Year 2022 is a special year for us as it marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and India. I would also like to reaffirm JICA’s continuous support in India achieving socio-economic development. An amalgamation of the combined strength and values of India and Japan has and will further continue to positively impact global society and we are committed to nourishing and reinforcing bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries”.

As is mentioned in “The Confluence of the Two Seas” speech delivered by the former Prime Minister of Japan Mr. ABE Shinzo in the Indian Parliament in 2007, “forest” and “water” have been one of the recurring themes appearing in Japan’s ODA to India.  The people of Japan treasure the forests and cherish the abundant water, and hope strongly that the Indian people will nurture their forests and enable them to thrive and also be able to enjoy the blessings of an abundance of clean water. This concept is imbedded in JICA’s operation and JICA has continuously extended cooperation in this field along with other flagship projects to support socio economic growth of India.

JICA has evolved its support for forestry and natural resource management sector by synergistically incorporating the key takeaways garnered by projects implemented in the past and by flexibly catering to demands with times. Since the start of its assistance to the forestry sector in India in 1991 JICA has supported 32 projects, with 29 state specific projects covering 15 states, which consists of ODA loans of 304 billion Japanese Yen (approximately INR 18,465 Crore). The total area of afforestation activities under JICA supported projects reaches close to 3 million hectares across Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura and Meghalaya.

Japan's support through ODA loan to water and sanitation sector in India is approximately INR 50,000 crores, through 39 ODA Loans, 4 Grant Aids and 12 Technical Cooperation Projects, located in all around the country. With JICA's projects, water supply has reached approximately 30 million people and 15 million people have received access to sanitation. JICA is committed to keep supporting related projects in the future as well for better living conditions. 

The detail information of JICA’s cooperation in Water sector and Forestry sector in booklet format is available in the following JICA website;



As India works towards expanding its prowess in all socio-economic spheres, its partnerships with Japan are set to give a robust boost to its economy and JICA is dedicated towards further promoting friendship and cooperation between the countries. 

About JICA 

Established, by a specific law, as an incorporated administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's largest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities. 

JICA India Office Web: https://www.jica.go.jp/india/english/index.html 

JICA India Brochure: 


JICA Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/jicaindiapr/

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Josh’s #SurakshaBandhan campaign creates a dialogue on social issues on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan and Independence Day

Winners will get an opportunity to witness the exhilarating Independence Day parade at Wagah border and celebrate the momentous occasion by tying rakhis on the wrists of brave Indian soldiers

India, 11th August 2022: Josh, India’s fastest growing and most engaged short-video app, has launched #SurakshaBandhan campaign on the joint occasion of Raksha Bandhan and Independence Day. The campaign aims to spread awareness on social injustices by encouraging users to pledge solidarity for a host of social causes and protect themselves and others in a ‘raksha-bandhan’ sutra.

Josh has constantly strived to leverage its platform to lead meaningful conversations and raise awareness on important social issues through the power of short-video content. The #SurakshaBandhan campaign is yet another step towards mobilising creator voices and bringing positive impact in the society.

The campaign, running from 7th to 16th August, will enable users to create compelling content using special #SurakshaBandhan filters. Celebrating the spirit of the auspicious Raksha Bandhan and the 75th Independence Day, users can pledge their support to protect fellow Indians from social injustices such as inequality, discrimination, corruption, and crime against women. Winners of the campaign will be awarded a chance to attend the momentous Independence Day parade at Wagah border along with their families. In a symbolic gesture to honour the guardians of the country, the winners will also tie rakhis to our brave Indian soldiers thereby denoting the nation’s gratitude towards them. 

Stakeholders from the police, medical fraternity, and bureaucrats have joined the campaign by sharing stories of people who have been affected by various social injustices.


Challenge video links:





Speaking on the campaign, Head of Creator and Content Ecosystem, Sunder Venketraman said, “At Josh, we’ve always worked towards engaging our user base to elevate socially relevant conversations. #SurakshaBandhan is doubly special for us as we commemorate two significant celebrations in the country - Raksha Bandhan and Independence Day. Through this campaign, we aim to create a dialogue on fighting social injustices and encourage users to pledge their allegiance to the cause.”

About Josh: 

Josh is a made-in-India, short-video app launched in August 2020 by VerSe Innovation. It represents a confluence of India's top 1000+ best creators, 20,000 strong managed community of creators, the 10 biggest music labels, 15+ million UGC creators, best in class content creation tools, the hottest entertainment formats, and formidable user demographics. Josh has been consistently rated as the leading Indian short-video app in India on the Play store with 100 million+ downloads. Josh is currently the fastest growing and most engaged short-video app in India with over 153 million MAUs (Monthly Active Users), 74 million DAUs (Daily Active Users) and 23 minutes average time spent.  

Steel Users Federation of India (SUFI) organized “ SUFI Steel Award 2021, Jury Meet Mumbai. on 9th August 2022

*This year more than 280 steel companies applied to compete and participate in various categories of SUFI Steel Awards*

 August 2022, Mumbai

While our country’s infrastructure is growing day by day, India is still only at 76kgs/head consumption while the world average is about 238kgs. Therefore it is imperative Indian steel industry is given the required push and support. The government is doing its bit by declaring huge investments in infrastructure projects and thus supporting the consumption of steel.

SUFI “s main objective is to bring all steel take holders onto a common platform and help achieve the objectives of steel policy 2017 which has a target of production of 300 million tons and consumption of 160 kgs/head by 2030.

SUFI STEEL AWARDS is an initiative by SUFI to recognize, applaud and award excellence in the steel sector so that others are motivated by the same.  

On 09th August the Jury Meet for the 3rd edition of SUFI STEEL Awards was held in Mumbai. The Jury consist of

1.       Mr. Rajiv Jalota (Chairman, MBPT),

2.        Mr. Sameer Patil (Chief Business Officer, BSE),

3.        Mr. Pramod  Agrawal (Chief Commissioner, Customs Mumbai Zone I),

4.        Dr. Mukesh Kumar (Director, SRTMI),

5.        Mr. Hinesh Doshi (Past-President, Chamber of Tax Consultants).

6.       Mr. Ramesh Chander, Commissioner, GST Audit-II

During the press meeting when asked, how do you think SUFI Steel Awards help to promote the Indian Steel Industry? Dr. Mukesh stated, “Our country’s steel industry has a lot of opportunity for growth and the SUFI Awards is a motivating factor for all big and small companies to put their best foot forward not only to win the awards but also to have a profitable business.”

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Sara Ali Khan is the face of Shopsy’s latest TVC Campaign ‘Aaj Shopsy Kiya Kya?’

- Focusing on the women consumer segment, the campaign highlights Shopsy’s value propositions of affordability and availability across expansive range of products 

- The TVC will air on major TV channels, digital platforms, and YouTube in multiple languages 

- Shopsy records 1.4X jump in customers from North and West zones with tier 2 and 3 cities contributing to 65 percent of the overall customer base

Bengaluru – August 10, 2022: Shopsy by Flipkart, Bharat's fastest growing hyper-value e-commerce platform, today launched its latest TVC campaign, ‘Aaj Shopsy Kiya Kya?’ with Sara Ali Khan, this time focusing on the women consumer segment. The campaign highlights Shopsy’s unique value proposition of affordability and availability spanning a wide selection of products depicted through its catchphrase ‘Har Din Aisa Sale Jaisa’. With Sara Ali Khan as the protagonist, the campaign aims to reach women consumers, specifically in tier 2 and beyond cities across the country.

Built on deep and extensive consumer insights, Shopsy unveiled the campaign to bolster its position as a value-driven shopping destination providing the best budget-friendly deals that are as good as a sale every day. Created by Tilt Brand Solutions Private Limited, the campaign is led by an ad film that is based on the reality of the current market, where shoppers are accustomed to waiting for sales to stock up on items and make do with quick fixes in the interim. The consumers are then taken by surprise when they receive high-value products at incredibly attractive prices all season round. 

The ad film witnesses a woman at a tailor shop who is there to mend her saree. Upon examining it, the tailor throws it over to his apprentice and says he will fix it to make it appear brand new. Sara Ali Khan catches the saree and tells the woman that she is better off buying a new saree. The tailor frowns at her comment when the woman intervenes, saying a sale is around the corner and she will make do with this saree till then. Whilst the tailor heaves a sigh of relief, Sara whips out her phone to show that every day is like a sale on Shopsy, so why wait? The tailor, at risk of losing a customer, says he will mend the saree in just 25 rupees. While the woman is almost on board with the idea, Sara says that 25 rupees will buy her a brand new saree on Shopsy. The woman is overjoyed to hear this and excitedly looks into the deal on Sara’s phone. The tailor glares at Sara, who looks at him sheepishly and picks up the measuring tape suggesting that the customer will have come back to his shop to get the blouse stitched. This makes the tailor happy again to get better business. 

Talking about the campaign, Adarsh Menon, Senior Vice President & Head - New Businesses, Flipkart, said, “At Shopsy, we are committed to offering a value-based and convenient shopping experience to our consumers by leveraging our deep understanding of their needs. As the campaign title ‘Aaj Shopsy Kiya Kiya?’ suggests, we are looking to develop a habit among consumers to visit Shopsy every day, offering them an opportunity to avail of the exciting deals and offers we have on the platform. A large number of buyers in the country await sale seasons to fulfil their shopping needs. To address this gap, we conceptualised our new campaign that reinforces Shopsy as a one-stop destination for consumers who are looking for a reliable and budget-friendly platform to shop from.” 

Over the past six months, customers from North and West zones have increased by 1.4X  on the platform while tier 2 and 3 cities bring the majority contributing to 65 percent of the overall customer base. Shopsy has also expanded its presence in new tier 2 and 3 cities such as Cuttack, Berhampore, Gorakhpur, Puri, Bankura, Medinipur, Mysore, unlocking the potential of digital commerce for under-served consumers.

Commenting on the collaboration, Sara Ali Khan said “Consumers in India who shop online look for a convenient, value-based, and a reliable shopping experience. The new TVC campaign of Shopsy by Flipkart ticks all boxes as it brings an incredible variety and affordability of products for consumers across the country. I am excited to collaborate with Shopsy for the second time as the TVC resonates perfectly with the real India. I believe this new campaign will strike a chord with many who love to shop like I do!" 

You can watch the TVC here: https://youtu.be/hv2nzg_l0pA 

Shopsy was launched by Flipkart in July 2021 with the aim to continue its endeavor to offer an expansive range of engaging products for customers at affordable prices while being a value-based and reliable platform. Shopsy has strived to deliver on its commitment to building a community that truly levels the playing field of commerce in the country. Shopsy’s vision is to make digital commerce accessible across India through a zero-commission marketplace. Today, Shopsy has over 2.5 lakh sellers on the platform who provide 150 million products for customers across India. 

About the Flipkart Group

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

For more information, please write to media@flipkart.com 

Friendship Day and Raksha Bandhan : Surprise your loved ones with these Quench Botanics Kits to help them experience glow-y and acne-free skin.

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Cummins India Limited Results for the quarter ended June 30, 2022

Mumbai, India: Cummins India Limited (NSE: CUMMINSIND) The Board of Directors of Cummins India Limited (CIL), at their meeting held today, reviewed and approved the financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2022. 

Performance Highlights (based on standalone financial results) for the quarter ended June 30, 2022:

Total Sales for the quarter at ₹ 1,657 Cr. increased by 42% compared to the same quarter last year and by 13% compared to the previous quarter.

Domestic sales at ₹ 1,172 Cr. increased by 36% compared to the same quarter last year and by 12% compared to the previous quarter.

Exports Sales at ₹ 485 Cr. increased by 58% compared to the same quarter last year and by 14% compared to the previous quarter.

Profit before exceptional items and tax at ₹278 Cr. is higher by 63% compared to the same quarter last year and higher by 14% compared to the previous quarter.

Profit before tax at ₹264 Cr. is lower by 13% compared to the same quarter last year and higher by 8% compared to the previous quarter.

Ashwath Ram, Managing Director, Cummins India Limited, said: 

The new fiscal year started positively with strong demand from most end markets. GST monthly collections, higher highway construction annual targets, and increased consumption of petroleum products reaffirms the strength of underlying trade activities. Geopolitical risk, high inflation, and supply chain disruptions continue to pose challenges. Cummins India can effectively meet demand despite these issues due to its integrated supply chain management with a global network. While we effectively deal with challenges and closely monitor any potential impact of rising interest rates on the demand, we remain optimistic about the short to medium-term demand outlook. 

Future Outlook:

The company believes that the strong demand from various end markets may likely sustain. At the same time, high inflation and supply chain issues will, in all probability, continue to impact the industry. The company, being part of the globally integrated supply chain, is well positioned to manage parts supplies to mitigate the impact on revenue and profitability. We are closely monitoring the result of the geopolitical events unfolding in different parts of the world and their impact on global demand and supply chain. Considering the uncertainty, the company will not provide any guidance for FY 23.

About Cummins India Limited 

Cummins India Limited, part of the Cummins Group in India, is headquartered in Pune since 1962 and is the country's leading manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines for power generation, industrial and automotive markets. Cummins India Limited has a country-wide network of 20 dealerships with over 450 service points that provides products, services, and after-market solutions for uptime of Cummins equipment and engines to customers in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. 

About Cummins Group in India:

Cummins in India, a power leader, is a group of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute, and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, air handling, filtration, emission solutions, and electrical power generation systems. Its technology and pioneering initiatives are bringing innovative solutions and dependable services at the best possible value to users across the country. Its high-performance outlook is based on customer focus, integrity, and capability of its people. Part of the $19.8 billion Cummins Inc. USA. Cummins in India is a Group of seven legal entities across 200 locations in the country with a combined turnover of ₹17,900 crores in 2021 and employing over 10,000 individuals. Learn more at cummins.com.

Continental THIS Premix Coffee - A delightful gift to make Raksha Bandhan extra special

Raksha Bandhan is around the corner and in case you’re still wondering what to gift your sibling, Continental Coffee (CCL) is here to help you with a gift to make your brother or sister’s day extra special. For those who love a flavourful cup of coffee wherever they go - work, or whilst on a holiday in the mountains or in the forests, indulge them in Continental THIS – PREMIX COFFEE – range of delicious ready-to-drink (RTD) coffees that offers cafĂ©-like flavours wherever you are.

The 3-in-1 premix, Continental THIS is one of the most popular coffees for the youth available in 5 refreshing and delicious flavours - Creamy, Hazelnut, Cappuccino, Caramel and Mocha. For Raksha Bandhan, these 5 flavours are on offer in a unique festive pack at a special price making it the perfect gift for your sibling. To make it extra special, this festive hamper comes with a FREE RAKHI! 

The taste profile of Continental THIS is truly unique that will particularly appeal to coffee lovers looking for innovative twists to their classic cup of Joe. This premix coffee is easy to make, and doesn’t require anything other than hot water. All one needs to do is cut, pour and mix and the cafe like coffee is ready!  

So go ahead and gift your sibling to a flavourful sip of coffee that they can enjoy anytime, anywhere. 

Click here to grab this ideal gift pack for your sibling on the Continental Company website.