Wednesday, December 27, 2017

ABC Clinic launches its 17th clinic at Koregaon Park, Pune.

Bollywood Actress ManjariPhadnis inaugurates the ABC Clinic

A beauty cosmetic clinic chain that offers cosmetic treatments for both men and women.

Pune, December 27, 2017: ABC Clinic, the fastest growing cosmetic clinic chain and a premium destination for advanced beauty and cosmetic treatments for both men and women, today launched its 17th clinic in Koregaon Park,, Pune. The new clinic at No 479 C, 480 A 3rd Floor, PS Bedi House,, North Main Road,Koregaon Park,, Pune-411001, Maharashtra,was inaugurated at the hands of  Bollywood Actress Manjari Phadnis. The move is in line with ABC Clinic’s overall target of unveiling 100 clinics in the next 36 months with further expansion plans in India and Middle East.

Spread across 2,000 sq.ft. the new clinic assures skin, hair, slimming and dental cosmetic treatments using the latest innovations and technologies. Comprising four service brands - Advanced Grohair, Maya Skin, Minus Cosmetic and Dr.Dentist. ABC clinic spreads out an entire gamut of advanced services sourced from all over the world that are safe and cost-effective.

Beauty standards are constantly evolving and  especially in recent times have seen a colossal impact of this on the masses. It's not just men or not just women but everyone out there who is eager on adding that extra glamour quotient to their looks. Can we blame the never ending glamour that we see every single day on the social media and fashion magazines? Or, just accept the fact that beauty standards is an element which keeps changing with time and era and we adapt to it. After all, seeing those slim waist models, with their flawless skin and almost perfect lives, who wouldn't wish for all that extra bling? 

Well, with ABCAdvanced Beauty and Cosmetic treatments your wish is no more a far fetched one.  

Advanced Gro Hair is a complete one stop hair solution destination with advanced technology in treating hair restoration with the latest in hair growth techniques, internationally trained surgeons, high standard of hygiene and customised customer care. 

A place that takes care of your skin as well. Maya skin clinic offers an assortmenr of skin care treatments using the latest skincare technology and innovations in the world. The finest cosmetic dermatology clinic understands that every man and woman desires to look poised everyday of their lives. Maya skin procedures are with world class technology and includes cosmetic treatments like skin whitening, dermal fillers, organic facials to wart and mole removal and every thing under one brand. 

They also give utmost importance to all the women who have just undergone pregnancy. They understand that this phase for any woman can be quite challenging and therefore we focus on specialised treatments that helps them to restore their before pregnancy confidence and appearance.

Exterior alterations can't always be the only solution and hence we have something called the 'Minus Cosmetic'. Minus cosmetic clinic is a one stop for your weight loss treatments with proven advanced technology. Minus offers international quality services where you could find the right blend of a surgeons’ artistic ability and scientific knowledge. ABC offers an advanced Cryolipolysis (Cool body sculpting) which is a fat reduction treatment. Cool body sculpting is a nonsurgical treatment with side effects.

Oh last but not the least, wish for that perfect smile? Their Dr. Dentist offers cosmetic dentistry treatments which includes teeth whitening, composite bonding treat chipped, broken, discoloured or decayed teeth. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Annapurna Pariwar Celebrates Baldin

Annapurna Pariwar recently celebrated Children’s day with slum children in Pune. A children’s day is celebrated in December every year to showcase the talents of these young children and to spread awareness about child rights to improve their welfare.
Annapurna looks after over 600 children under their  ‘Vatsalyapurna’ project.  It runs a unique chain of low cost Day Care Centers for children of poor working women.  Annapurna Pariwar has been working for the empowerment of slum women since last three decades. An early childhood development intervention for slum children has thus become the focus of Annapurna.
A variety entertainment programme was organised for the kids from every centre to display their skills and enjoy by singing and dancing to the tune of local songs. In last 14 years Annapurna has set up 16 Day Care Centers in 14 slums in Pune and 4 Day Care Centers in Mumbai and has given an opportunity to 40 women to have self-employment. These Centers today look after more than 600 slum children in Mumbai and Pune.
Dr. Medha Purao – Samant, MD Annapurna Pariwar said, “Slum children are almost always left unattended when parents are at work or are looked after by their eldest sibling. Children thus miss out on their childhood as a result of poverty. Poverty deprives them of the capabilities needed to survive and develop.”
She further stated that, “Around the world, poor girls and boys are victims of sexual abuse and are deprived of education. We are therefore working everyday on all fronts to provide long-term, sustainable and positive change for children, to ensure their protection, to end violence against children and to provide them with their right to education and offer good prospects for the future.”


Special offer: FREE Gold Coins with every jewellery purchase*
Tanishq, India’s most trusted jewellery brand, today celebrated another landmark in jewellery retailing by opening their showroom at Viman Nagar Road, Pune. This is the 239 th showroom in TANISHQ’s network. It will provide jewellery lovers a world class shopping experience and easy access to high quality traditional and contemporary jewellery from Tanishq.
This new showroom owned by Mr.Satyen Gathani and Mrs. Urvi Gathani is spread across 2,500 sq.ft. carpet area. It offers a wide range of Tanishq jewellery from grand and opulent wedding jewellery in gold, kundan polki and diamonds to contemporary jewellery, the showroom offers it’s every customer, the divine craftsmanship in over 5000 exquisite designs, that the people of Pune look for.
The new showroom was inaugurated today by Mr. Sandeep Kulhalli, Senior Vice President, Retail and Marketing, Jewellery Division and Mr. Arun Narayan, Associate Vice President and Regional Business Head – West, Titan Company Limited along with the proud owners of the franchise Mr Satyen Gathani and Mrs Urvi Gathani.
To celebrate the occasion, Tanishq has announced a special offer wherein customers will be gifted 0.2 grams gold coin FREE on every purchase of 10 grams of gold jewellery or Rs.10,000/- of diamond jewellery. Customers can avail this offer at our new showroom from 23 rd Dec to 25 th Dec 2017.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Sandeep Kulhalli, Senior Vice President, Retail and Marketing, Jewellery Division, Titan Company Limited said, “Tanishq has been a pioneer in setting new benchmarks in the jewellery industry. This new showroom embodies Tanishq’s commitment towards providing customers a world-class retail ambience and superior customer service”
Tanishq, which bears the hallmark of Titan and the assurance of the TATA group, has always been at the forefront by offering the best-in- class jewellery. The showroom also has a state-of- the-art karatmeter which guarantees the most accurate way of measuring the purity of gold and also promises best exchange value for old gold.
Besides this, Tanishq has a unique jewellery purchase plan i.e., Golden Harvest, which helps the customers plan their jewellery purchase with an extra benefit at the end of the tenure.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Stuart Kippelman Joins the Advisory Board of SRKay Consulting Group to Help Accelerate its Global Footprint

Florida and Pune, 21st December 2017: SRKay Consulting Group, a London-headquartered private equity venture of the multi-billion dollar SRK Group, announces the joining of Stuart Kippelman on its advisory board. Stuart is a highly acclaimed business and technology leader in the U.S., and is the former Senior Vice President and Global CIO at Platform Specialty Products, based in Florida.

Stuart has an illustrious track record receiving multiple industry awards including Top 100 CIOs in STEM 2015, Computer world’s 2014 Premier 100 IT Leader Award, and the CIO Top 100 Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014 in areas such as business and ERP transformation, cloud migrations and business intelligence. Stuart has been a WSJ guest columnist, and a featured blogger on He is an author, and holds multiple patents in data mining, and business intelligence. As an accomplished speaker, he has frequently presented at many major industry conferences.

Stuart is actively engaged in helping and guiding the next generation of IT leadership and serves as a
career mentor both for Columbia University’s Executive Master of Science in Technology Management program, as well as the CIO Executive Council Pathways program.

Prior to joining Platform Specialty Products, Stuart was SVP and CIO at Covanta, and held many
leadership, technology engineering and research roles of increasing responsibility at Johnson and Johnson.

With SRKay actively looking at expanding its global footprint with its innovative products and services ventures, we are lucky to have someone like Stuart to guide and advise us to help us succeed in new global locations like the U.S., Australia and Europe with its ventures’ said Alok Kumar, Partner and Founder of SRKay Consulting Group.

Our upcoming data sciences venture will benefit a lot from the knowledge Stuart brings in the field of
data sciences with a practical business outlook," said Kesavan Srinivasan, Chief Data Scientist and CTO of SRKay.

Since its inception in September 2016 by Alok Kumar, a leading name in the technology industry, who started SRKay after his tenure as the Managing Director of Sears India, the group is leaving no stone unturned to build the best leadership team and advisory board. Recently, SRKay announced the
appointment of Vinit Teredesai, ex-Global Head of Finance, HSBC GLT’s as Advisor Finance and Global Strategy for the group and Stuart adds a technology dimension to the board.

16th PIFF will be held between January 11th and 18th

·  ‘Youth’ is the theme of this year's film fest
·  Movies selected for World Competition Section announced
·  Total 1008 entries from 91 countries were received
·  Ingmar Bergman and Raj Kapoor's movies to be showcased in 'Retrospective Section'

Pune, December 18 The Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), one of the most awaited and admired film festivals of India will take place in Pune between January 11th and 18th. Organized by the Pune Film Foundation and the Maharashtra Government, this is the 16th consecutive year of this prestigious film fest, which will have ‘Youth’ as the central theme.

This was announced by Dr. Jabbar Patel, Festival Director, during a Press Conference held in the city today. Ravi Gupta, Secretary,PIFF, Dr. Mohan Agashe, Trustee, Satish Alekar, Trustee and Selection Committee Member, Abhijit Randive, Creative Head & Selection Committee Member and Sabina Saghvi, Trustee were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Patel said, “The 8 day long PIFF will showcase about 200 plus films carefully selected from 1008 films received from across the globe. Out of the films received 14 have been selected for the World Competition Section.”

PIFF 2018 will be showcased in 10 screens at 5 different venues located in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. City Pride Kothrud is the main venue for the festival. City Pride Satara Road, Mangala Multiplex, National Films Archives of India (NFAI) are the other venues. A venue in the Pimpri Chinchwad area would also be announced shortly. As always, the festival would be loaded with workshops, seminars, panel discussions”, he added.

Ravi Gupta said that the movies of two great directors- Ingmar Bergman and Raj Kapoor are to be showcased in the Retrospective Section of the festival, which will be a treat for the cinephiles. As a part of the Bergman Centenary Celebrations this retrospective section will add a great value to the festival.

Commenting on this year’s theme Dr. Patel said that this year PIFF will be based on the theme ‘Youth’. The greatest wealth andstrength of any nation is in its youth. The entire world is eyeing India as a source of skilled young and energetic manpower. India being a youth centric country, films could be the best medium to motivate the masses and create awareness about it. PIFF being renowned for providing a responsible platform for such initiatives, will contribute towards encouragement through creativity.

The films under the section World Competition includes the following.

· I am nobody, Director - Muharrem Özabat, Country – Turkey
· REQUIEM FOR MRS. J, Director - Bojan VULETIC, Country – Serbia
· FREE AND EASY, Director - JUN GENG, Country – China
· WOMEN OF THE WEEPING RIVER, Director - Sheron Dayoc, Country – Philippines & France
· EUTHANIZER, Director - Teemu Nikki, Country – FINLAND
· Goliath, Director - Dominik Locher, Country – SWITZERLAND
· THE LONGING, Director - Joram LÜRSEN, Country – NETHERLAND
· ZAMA, Director - Lucrecia martel, Country – Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Mexico, USA
· MORE, Director - Onur SAYLAK, Country – TURKEY
· The Nothing Factory, Director - Pedro Pinho, Country – PORTUGAL
· I'M A KILLER, Director - Maciej PIEPRZYCA, Country – POLAND
· Djam, Director - TONY GATLIF, Country – TURKEY, GREECE, FRANCE
· The Quartette, Director - Miroslav Krobot, Country - Czech Republic

The non competitive section of PIFF 2018 include Student International Section, Just Juries,  Global, Asian, Indian Cinema, Country Focus on Argentina and Italy, Kaleidoscope, Retrospective, Youth, Documentaries, Marathi Cinema Today and Tribute.

The online registration for delegates is available at which has started from 11th December. Interested delegates can fill the form online and get an acknowledgement number for reference. Once the online registration is completed they can visit spot registration desks at the venues City Pride Kothrud, City Pride Satara Road and Mangala Multiplex. The spot registration will commence from December 20th and will be available from 11.00am to 7.30pm.

For students and Film Club members (with valid ID) and senior citizens (over 60 years), the catalogue fee is at a discounted rate of Rs.600/-  whereas for open category it is Rs.800/-.

Friday, December 22, 2017

deAsra Foundation helps entrepreneurs to ‘Go Digital’ and increase the marketing potential of their business.

deAsra, an organization aimed at empowering budding entrepreneurs, recently organized a workshop to help entrepreneurs understand digital media and bring their business online.
deAsra is trying to address the growing need of businesses that are suffering from a loss of customer’s who now prefer to buy goods and services online. Statistics show that 65% of people in India did all their festive shopping online. This was a big hit for traditional businesses.
Conducted by Miss. Neha Sarwal, Marketing Head at deAsra Foundation, the workshop was a big success. entrepreneurs were shown how to Go Digital by using social media, online marketplaces such as Amazon and websites to build their businesses.
“Digital marketing is about connecting to your audiences in real time and making them the hero of your activity.” said Miss. Sarwal.
She also added that, “Before entrepreneurs ‘go digital’, they should be prepared with the message they want to send and strategys on how to engage with their prospective customers.”
The other key takeaways shared, covered ways to register and operate social media and online sales channels. Tips and tricks to increase reach and engagement of the audiences. And how to generate leads from online channels and sources. All these takeaways helped the audience walk away with easy and actionable ideas to start and grow their online business activities. Additionally deAsra also shared useful Social Media Marketing Checklists with those present at the workshop which was held at Morya Hall, Pimpri Chinchwad.

Take ‘Asra’ from deAsra to Start Your Own Business

The trend of setting up own business in India is picking up these days. However, not everyone is well equipped to manage the processes involved in doing so. In a bid to help such entrepreneurs and make them aware of the process involved, deAsra Foundation had arranged a workshop “Start Your Own Small Business” on Friday at Alpa Bachat Bhavan, Aga Khan Road, Agarkar Nagar Pune.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that for the success of the “Start-up India, Stand up India” campaign, the youth of India must “turn from job-seekers to job-creators”. Taking a step towards this deAsra Foundation helps entrepreneurs to start their own business, helps them to manage their business, as well as grow their business.
For, those who want to start small enterprises; business growth can make use of social media and guidance by Mentors from deAsra who have more than 35 years of rich experience in banking and financial sector.
Speaker at the event and deAsra’s Mr. Prakash Agashe said, “Once you start a business, you have already achieved 50 % of what you dream about,” he further said, “The once actual work starts, this need to keep a close eye what you do and make strategies for consistent and ensure the sustainable development of scalability of a business”.
Mr. Agashe a entrepreneur facilitator at deAsra added that, “The long term success of your business requires that you assemble right talent at right time, which helps to build your brand.”
  As yet another December the 31st comes closer, deAsra is encouraging want to be entrepreneurs to make their start-up new year resolutions, and to ensure that you see them through, they’re offering that entrepreneurs use their system succeed.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Protect your Pout this winter with Lip masks!!!

The lip masks hydrate and even out the lips – offering a smooth surface, which enhances and improves the finish of lipsticks.

Dr. Saumya Shetty Hegde, Dermatologist at Roots Skin Clinic.
Most women complain about not having fuller and lighter lips. The problem is subjective, as some women complain about dry and chapped lips; whereas it’s the shape and texture which are a concern for most others. With age, lips shrink and wrinkles begin to surface – making the person appear exhausted and stressed out. But whatever the problem is, in my opinion, lip masks are great options to consider. Ideally, a fine lip mask will offer intense moisturising, nourishment and plump up the lips within a short duration. Using a lip mask not only provides deep conditioning, but also helps to achieve a fuller pout.

Additionally, it also treats peeling and flaking lips. One of the most commonly asked questions is whether lip masks can double up as a primer. To which, my answer is an absolute YES! This is for two reasons: Lip masks helps diminish fine lines caused by dry and chapped lips.

The lip masks hydrate and even out the lips – offering a smooth surface, which enhances and improves the finish of lipsticks. Unlike popular beliefs, there is no one-size fits all for lip masks. The ingredients depend on the result expected. Some of the most effective ingredients are organic agave nectar, hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, brown sugar, orange oil, vanilla extract, organic mauka, honey, lanolin, papaya enzymes and marine collagen peptides. Ensure your masks contain at least a few of these.

Precautions: Excess scrubbing of dead skin may ruin the overall texture of your lips in the long run. Since most lip masks are hydrating masks,  no particular precautions are required.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Four Points by Sheraton does a giving mode this Christmas

December 2017, Pune: Four Points by Sheraton, Pune continues to enthral its visitors, this time by giving a new meaning to Christmas celebration. The business hotel has created one-of-its-kind Christmas tree using notebooks. This uniquely designed Christmas tree is created using 2000 notebooks and is the centre piece of the lavish lobby. Patrons of the hotel are invited to join in this noble cause to give the gift of education to the underprivileged with a contribution of INR 200 or 500 only. The notebooks shall be gifted to the children from Teach from India Pune chapter.
Talking about this unique initiative Sapna Jairam, Director of Sales & Marketing added, ‘Christmas is a season of gifting and what better than gift of education that will only empower the kids to create a brighter future. This is our small endeavour to create a difference in the society. It’s heartwarming to see our hotel guests contribute to this cause. We welcome the city patrons to join in as well.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

QNet, KENT Join Hands To Market Next Gen Water Purifier Through Direct Selling Network

  • The co-branded water purifier with breakthrough Alkaline and Mineral RO Technology will be exclusively available through QNet
  • Unique Alkaline functionality helps maintain optimum pH level of 8+ to give pure and healthy drinking water
  • Patented mineral retention technology using a TDS Controller retains natural essential minerals in purified water
Pune, 14 December 2017: Leading Asian direct selling company has joined hands with KENT, a market leader in Water Purification and Home Appliances, to launch KENTQNET SMART Alkaline Mineral RO Water PurifierThis feature-packed product developed by Kent exclusively for QNet addresses one of the most important public health challenges facing Indian households today— limited access to safe and clean drinking water.
A survey conducted by a state public health laboratory last year had found a consistent increase in the water contamination levels in the Pune circle — comprising Pune, Satara and Solapur. Pune is the second largest city of Maharashtra and one of the fastest growing in the Asia-Pacific region. Analysis of 1,223 drinking water samples taken in Pune district had revealed a 21 per cent contamination. High levels of contamination were found in drinking water samples taken from villages in Pune and Solapur.
The alarming statistics revealed in the survey report is reflective of the state of safe drinking water availability in the entire country. A whopping 80% of India’s surface water is polluted, a recent assessment by Water Aid in 2016, an international organisation working for water sanitation and hygiene has shown. The report ranks India among the worst countries in the world for the number of people without safe water. Our drinking water today contains around 200 deadly commercial chemicals in addition to bacteria, viruses and other inorganic minerals, making it unsuitable, if not deadly, for human consumption.
This partnership comes close on the heels of the launch of Sharp-QNet ZENsational Air Purifier, a collaboration between SHARP and QNet to address the growing challenge of indoor air pollution.
The new KENTQNet Water Purifier uses a combination of Mineral Reverse Osmosis (RO), Ultra Violet (UV) and Ultra Filtration (UF) technology to not only clean water, but also helps retain essential minerals, and maintain an optimum pH level to provide safe, healthy and alkaline drinking water.
Dr. Mahesh Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director of Kent RO Systems said, “The domestic water purification industry is growing at the Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 15 percent. However, the penetration is still low and estimated at 3 percent only. While there is increasing awareness about safe drinking water in the metros, in many Tier 2 cities boiling water is still the preferred mode of purification. The partnership with QNet, whose direct sales representatives have a strong network in many Tier 2 cities in India, allows us to reach out directly to this market through personalised presentations, help create awareness about safe drinking water, and have a direct line of feedback from the end consumer.” 
Unique features of KentQNet Water Purifier:
o    Multi-step purification system uses Mineral RO, UV and UF technology which removes dissolved impurities such as chemicals, bacteria, viruses and salts, making the water 100% pure
o    Patented mineral retention method uses a TDS Controller helps retain natural essential minerals in purified water
o    It maintains pH levels of 8+ giving healthy, Alkaline water
o    Has a purification capacity of 20 Litres/hour
o    Tamperproof RO membrane ensures safety
o    Smart intelligent sensors with interactive Touch Screen Display for Real Time monitoring of purity, performance and service history
o    9 Litre storage tank with water level indicator
o    One-year onsite Warranty
Reverse Osmosis is a water purification technology that uses a semipermeable membrane with capillaries as small as 0.0001 microns to remove dissolved impurities such as salts, contaminants, and heavy metals from water. Reverse Osmosis is capable of removing up to 99%+ of the dissolved salts (ions), particles, colloids, organics, bacteria and pyrogens from waterHowever, while removing dissolved impurities, RO Purifiers also remove some essential minerals from the drinking water and make it acidic in the process. The KENTQNET Water Purifier addresses this with its unique Alkaline-Mineral RO feature that helps the purified water retain its natural minerals and maintain an optimum 8+ pH level, the ideal recommended by doctors for health and wellness.
Commenting on the launch of the new product, Trevor Kuna, Global CEO of QNet Ltd. saysQNet strives to develop unique products
KENT’s Save Water Technology:
The KENTQNet Water Purifier also helps conserve water with KENT’s Save Water Technology. In conventional RO Water Purifiers, only 20% of water is recovered as purified water while 80% is rejected. KENT‘s Save Water Technology employs a computer-controlled process that recovers more than 50% water as purified water. The rejected water is stored in a separate tank that can be utilised for mopping and washing, resulting in less water wastage.
The new KENT QNET Smart RO Water Purifier is available through QNet’s network of Independent Representatives.

Do not see a liability of more than a rupee: IRB MD Virendra Mhaiskar on Maharashtra land scam

Accusations against the road building company IRB Infrastructure piled up pretty fast. The controversy revolving around the road developing giant IRB is ‘illegal land acquisition’.The company has been dragged into this dispute by the CBI. However; the instance does not have a valid point to stand in the court of law.
On December 6, the anti-corruption branch of CBI filed a charge sheet against Virendra Mhaiskar, the chairman and MD of IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited for alleged association to a 10-year old land scam in Maharashtra. Besides, 17 other people who were linked to the company, have been named in the charge sheet.
Under the sections 120(b), 420, 511 of the Indian Penal Code and sections of Prevention of Corruption Act,a charge sheet has been filed in a court in Pune. Aryan Infrastructure Investments Private Limited(AIIPL), a subsidiary of IRB Infrastructure,is accused of trying to grab over 73.88 hectares of the Maharashtra government’s land.
But the case is far-fetched from reality. It was in 2007, IRB’s subsidiary AIIPL acquired the land from the farmers in Pune’s district Pimpoli village that summed up to 1,200 acres. Furthermore, by 2009, AIIPL discovered that 5% of the total land acquired by them belongs to Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), and they have been robbed by the farmers. The farmers faked the deals, to make some quick money. Upon realization, the company forfeited the agreements to sell these land parcels.
The CBI now questions the price of that 5% land, which is just Rs 6 crore. Moreover, the big question is, how could IRB infrastructure be involved in the ‘land scam’ since there was no real agreement of land parcels, and the agreement stood nulled?
While there are continuous claims being made against the filing of chargesheet by media houses, only few actually know the root cause. The present scenario where most builders are under the government’sobservation, the chargesheetagainst VirendraMhaiskar seems just like a part of the drill.
MD VirendraMhaiskar denies being associated with the scam.He calls it an unnecessary extension of the 10-year-old forbidden case. “We fail to conclude how IRB ‘cheated’ when all rules and regulations were followed closely while purchasing the land parcels,” he said.
The acknowledgement has already been filed by the company with the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock exchange on Wednesday. Also, in reply to Aditya Mongia from Kotak Securitiesabout financial liability concern on the organization, VirendraMhaiskar said: “Zero, because nothing has happened. We do not see a liability of more than a rupee.”
The chairman of IRB Infrastructure added, “We understand that the investigations now stand concluded, and the charges filed in the charge sheet would be argued and contested in a court of law.”

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

E-mobility- a great opportunity for India: Dr Abhay Firodiya

·         ITEC India 2017 Commences in Pune

Pune, 13th December 2017: The electrification of vehicles is going to be the biggest disruption in the automobile industry. India can seize this opportunity to become the leading manufacturer of electromobility devices expressed Dr Abhay Firodiya, Chairman, Force Motors Ltd. He was speaking as a chief guest at the inauguration ITEC India 2017, a conference organised to discuss the nuances of e-mobility.

ITEC India 2017(International TransportationElectrification Conference India) is a 3-day conference on e-mobility. It has a central theme of ‘ElectricalVehicle Ecosystem – Resetting the Future of Mobility’.This conference has been jointly organised by Society of Automotive Engineers India (SAE India), Institute ofElectrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).

It was inaugurated in the presence of Dr Abhay Firodiya along with Doug Patton, President, SAE International, Dr Tomy Sebastian, President, IEEE-IAS, R K Malhotra,President, SAE India and Director General, Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI), Murali Iyer, Executive Advisor-Global Affairs, SAE International. Rashmi Urdhwareshe,Director, ARAI and Ujjwala Karle, General Manager, ARAI and Convener- ITEC-2017 were also present on the dais.

While speaking about the importance of electrification of vehicles, Dr Firodiya said that India has an opportunity to become a global leader in this sector. “It will take collective efforts of the government, automobile manufacturers and the consumers to make e-mobility sustainable and beneficial to all the stakeholders,” he said. He further added that the stakeholders should insist on the ‘Make in India’ policy.

“As we are entering the era of e-mobility, importing devices would mean we are creating wealth and jobs in other countries. We should insist on making these devices in India and aggressively push this agenda forward to make most of the opportunity. We must come up with relevant business models in this sector,” he said. Dr Firodiya also highlighted the fact that India being a global hub of small cars has the means, resources, and technology to be a game changer in the e-mobility sector.

He also emphasized on the need to educate common people, media and the government about the electric vehicles. “We as manufacturers will have to take this responsibility spread awareness about this technology and its benefits,” he concluded. 

While speaking about the dynamic changes taking place in the e-mobility industry, Urdhwaraje said that efficient transportation system always helps the economy of any country grow at a higher rate. “E-mobility is now a buzzword and it will change the transportation scenario completely. We need affordable and adaptive innovations to make transportation much safer and less polluting in the near future,” she said.

Highlighting the importance of the conference, Urdhwaraje said that ITEC Pune 2017 will pave the way for the fruitful discussions on efficient and appropriate eco-system development in the e-mobility sector. She also informed that this conference will feature 120 technical papers, 30 key notes, over 500 delegates from 14 different countries, 35 stalls that have e-vehicles and related technology on display. 

Patton highlighted the issue of cyber security in the transportation. He said, “As all of us are constantly connected through internet, we are also at huge risk. These risks may involve cyber-attacks that can cripple our transportation systems. SAE International has created guidelines to avoid such attacks and all the manufacturers/designers will take advantage of this available knowledge,” he said. He also urged the manufacturers to ensure that more young students are pursuing engineering and are coming in the talent pool to help the industry.

While speaking about the growing research in the e-mobilityDr Sebastian said that currently a lot of research is being conducted for the sector of e-mobility. “Linking this research into the practise and making it beneficial for the Indian automobile market is what we should emphasize on from now,” he said.

R K Malhotra delivered vote of thanks.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Dr Vithal Kamat's pens an ode to his mother: 'Yash Apyash Ani Me'

Dr Vithal Venkatesh Kamat, widely known as India's 'green hotelier', launched his Marathi book, 'Yash Apyash Ani Me' amidst a packed audience of family, friends and colleagues. The book is a heartfelt ode to his mother and explores the relationship between a mother and a son.

The evening saw Dr Kamat addressing the guests, where he spoke about the inspiration behind the book -  his mother. The event was attended by many of city's dignitaries such as Dr K H Sancheti, Founder, Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, and renowned Hindu Scholar Vidyavachaspati Dr Shankar Abhyankar.

'Yash Apyash Ani Me' talks about Dr Kamat's struggles and successes in life and his constant, his mother. The story unfolds the rough period when his mother was diagnosed with Parkinson, Dementia and Alzheimer, and his determination to get her treated. Through the chapters, he wishes to convey a very important message to today's generation, which overlooks the importance of parents in one's life. One of the lines from the book quotes him saying, "If you take care of your parents, Your children will take care of their parents " 

Within a span of two weeks after the book was successfully launched at the Orchid Hotel Mumbai, 'Yash Apyash Ani Mi' is already printing its second edition. As an author, Dr Kamat's first book, “Idli, Orchid and Will Power” earned him many accolades. The book is a delightful read for the entrepreneurs and has been translated in over 9 languages, followed by his second, “Udyojak Honarach Mi”.
DrVithal Venkatesh Kamat - Chairman and Managing Director, Kamat Hotels (India) Ltd

Dr Vithal V Kamat, a second-generation restaurateur, a pioneer in green hotels with Asia's Pioneering Eco Hotels such as The Orchid, an environmentalist, an entrepreneur, aneducationalist, an antiquarian, an ornithologist, an author, a globetrotter, and a black belt holder in karate, is a versatile personality. His journey began from a small vegetarian family restaurant to becoming the Chairman of world’s highest award-winning, and also Asia’s first 5 star Ecotel hotel, The Orchid.

Dr Kamat is a recipient of many national and international awards including ‘Best CEO of Industry Award’ by The Indian Express, ‘Golden Peacock Award’ received from the hands of HisHoliness The Dalai Lama, and the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in Berlin, Germany.

He is a visiting faculty at IIM – Ahmedabad, Bits Pilani, Symbiosis – Pune and many management institutes of India and Abroad.

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