Friday, 26 June 2015

Chhaaya… a splash of young talent!

Chaaya is an exclusive Art exhibition, the first of its kind in Bangalore that showcases the creativity and talents of budding artists from various states of India.

With a vision to foster promising artists of the future and a mission to boost upcoming art enthusiasts, Kalpavriksha has joined hands with Mazumdar Shaw Medical Foundation to create this unique platform. 

Chhaaya will be formally inaugurated by Shri Bose Krishnamachari The Biennale Director of International Exhibition of Contemporary Art.

The expo is open to all art lovers, an opportunity to perceive and appreciate the incredible imaginations of our participants.  A special chat session “Dialogue with Bose” is also included, a golden chance to meet and interact with the internationally acclaimed painter!

Bose Krishnamachari is an internationally acclaimed Malayali painter and Artist-Curator based in Mumbai, India.

His work comprises vivid abstract paintings, figurative drawings, sculpture, photography, multimedia installations and architecture. Since 1985 he lives and works in Mumbai. Bose is the founder member and President of Kochi Biennale Foundation and Biennale Director of international exhibition of contemporary art, Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

He was a recipient of the award of the Kerala Lalita Kala Akademi(1985), British Council travel award (1993), Mid America Arts Alliance Award(1996), Chales Wallace India Trust Award (1999–2000), Life Time Fellowship Award- Kerala Lalita Kala Academy and was first runner up for the Bose Pacia Prize for Modern Art, New York, 2001.

His paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally. He also actively curates exhibitions and projects of fellow artists around India.

Diljit On A Social Spree



International singer, actor, and performer Diljit Dosanjh, who is all set to make his Bollywood debut with Udta Punjab, recently created history by being the first Asian celebrity to visit the headquarters of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google all in one day.

The star, who was recently on a tour to North America surprised everyone with a completely different kind of expedition —A special social media tour. Diljit had the privilege of visiting the hub of some of the most popular social media outlets and seeing the day-to-day operations. He received an in depth tour of the facility, heard the story behind the brand, and connected with the culture that has redefined communication altogether. What makes his tour all the more interesting is the fact that the Punjabi heartthrob did all this in just one day.

Diljit began his tour with the social media giant — Facebook. After an interactive session with the team members behind this innovative social network, he headed to explore the workspace of his favorite networking site — Instagram, where he shared the glimpses of his day with his followers.

Next, on the cards was the Twitter headquarters in downtown San Francisco. He enjoyed an interactive Q&A session with the employees of twitter and also spoke about his North American tour and upcoming concerts in Michigan, California, Texas and New Jersey. The team members were excited to hear about his forthcoming movies Sardaarji and Udta Punjab.  One particular employee, who happened to be a big fan of his, wrote a poem for Diljit and recited it to him.

After the meet and greet with the employees, Diljit also picked up some tips from the staff such as downloading the periscope app, which has been gaining popularity with users. Diljit’s posts continued to be retweeted and shared across all platforms as the tour carried on.

Post Twitter, Diljit’s next destination was YouTube headquarters in San Bruno. Here, Diljit was introduced to a new tool that’s being launched by YouTube, where certain artists, who meet the criteria, are able to receive data analytics for their content. Not everyone is in this database, however, Diljit definitely was.  A snapshot was shared where Diljit could view how many total views he has had, which was over 23 million, and which videos were the most viewed. This type of information is new from YouTube and Diljit was one of the first, from the South Asian market, to see it firsthand during the visit.

The actor’s social media tour was concluded at the Google headquarters in Mountain View. The Google visit was equally fun as the others.Diljit sang for the team members and took a group selfie with everyone there.

No doubt, this popular star is active across all social media platforms, but this one of its kind tour, not only made him the first Asian to visit all these hubs in one day, but also made Diljit an expert about all the social media technologies. 

Mick’s Kawachi unveils new accessory range for men

New Delhi, June 16, 2015: Mick’s Kawachi- the men accessory label, that was launched by Mickey Singh - the popular Indo- American Singer in collaboration with Delhi based designer Sachi Singh, has come out with a new range of bow ties.
 
The latest collection displays a wide range of bow ties with studded diamonds, rich leather base and funky gold spike with quirky beetles and bugs set in semi precious stones. Bow ties are a personal style statement of Mickey Singh and he is always seen donning one.
 
Mickey, who is appreciated for his sex appeal as much as he is for his performances, becomes a cult statement when it comes to men’s' fashion. His unique style and personal fashion sense culminated into him into launching his range of diamond studded bow ties under his label “Micks Kawachi” in association with India based jeweler Sachi Singh.
 
Mickey Singh, famous for his hit numbers 'Double Addi', 'Galliyan' and 'Bad Girl' is praised for his action packed performances and is often dubbed as a “total package” which he candidly proves as he shares a unique connect with his audience on stage and off stage both. You will always see him engaging the audience with his charming looks and offbeat renditions. Singh, whose genre is American fusion mixed with Punjabi and a pinch of Jazz, is a hit among the youth.
 
“Since I lived for many years in India and then moved to America, it made me learn what I wanted to in both the markets and then blend the music accordingly,” says Mickey Singh. He further adds, “at the age of 15, I started working in an American studio. From there I went to school for mixing to learn the art of mastering my genre. I only worked with American producers and learnt how the sound system works. Meanwhile, I continued listening to Bollywood music at home. I felt the urge to connect with both Indian and American genre as I stayed in India during my formative years. I also felt that this type of genre needs to be developed which can cater to wide audience.”
 
On stage Mickey ingeniously incorporates Hip Hop and Bhangra dance and is sure to get you out of your seats. His energetic music and enthusiasm, creatively laces the best of east and west in a way that audiences everywhere can relate to.
Not being afraid to think outside the box, this singer/songwriter/producer/composer is a breath of fresh-air in a market of overly commercial manufactured sounds. Sky is the limit for this enigmatic personality who will soon be redefining the Indian music industry.

Trendy Divva launches high – summer’ 15 collection


A melange of floral and laser cut designs


Trendy Divva, a high fashion brand for contemporary Indian women announces the launch of its high – summer, 2015 collection. The collection features a mélange of floral and laser cut designs which creates an interesting mix of dramatic atmosphere and varied styles.

Since the summers are a vibrant explosion of life and colour, Trendy Divva has put forth quirky and interesting floral prints in its collection with huge colour palette from vibrant yellow, to quirky green, all time favourite black, the subtle brown and many more to choose from. These colours are used in sync with the latest trends in the high – fashion.  

The line embraces silhouettes that fit and flatter, from easy floral dresses that clinch at the waist, to peplum tops, evoking the fun and flirty image. Perfect for hot dates, weekend getaways, exotic vacations and club nights, the brand offers affordable fashion to young women who want to look confident, glamorous and bold. 

Bajaj Auto attains leadership in hi-end Super Sports segment; ahead of all international competitors combined

 Pulsar RS200 & KTM help grow share from 10% to 59% in 2 years


·         Helps Super Sports category to grow by 50%


New Delhi, 22nd June 2015: Bajaj Auto has had a dominant position in the sports motorcycle segment for more than a decade now with its Pulsar brand enjoying more than 40% market share. Recently Bajaj has extended its leadership to   the Super Sports segment of high end bikes priced at Rs one lakh and above.

In a period of two years Bajaj Auto has dethroned the Japanese manufacturers by rapidly gaining market share   from a meagre 10% in June 2013 to a staggering 59% in May 2015. Bajaj Auto entered the segment with KTM and has further strengthened its postion with the recent success of its  Pulsar RS200 launched in March 2015. Riding high on the back of these  successes, Bajaj Auto has not only rapidly gained absolute leadership but also grown the Super Sports segment by 50%.

Says Mr. Eric Vas, President (Motorcycle Business), “The all new Pulsar RS 200 has met with a phenomenal response and has been a runaway success with customers. Within three months of launch, the Pulsar RS 200 has clocked over 7000 bookings and has a two month waiting period. Together with the KTM’s manufactured by Bajaj, we today dominate this hi-end segment and are driving its growth. This rapid domination in hi-end Super Sports segment, well ahead of all international competition, along with the sustained leadership for more than 10 years in the sports segment is testimony to the fact that when it comes to performance bikes, Bajaj is number 1 by far.”

The Super Sports segment in India is poised for rapid growth driven by evolving customer preferences. There are a large number consumers who seek high technology and world class performance  from their bikes. Bajaj Auto is geared up with the KTM’s and the new Pulsar RS200 to fulfil that need.

Monday, 22 June 2015

IMT Ghaziabad’s innovatively designed Foundation Program proves to be an inspirational platform for new breed of entrepreneurs at IMT



~Startups and established brands shared their vision and experiences to nurture and inspire the new students at IMT~

~One-of-its-kind orientation program brings entrepreneurs, industry experts, IMT Alumni and students on a single platform of idea, interaction and inspiration~

~The Program aims to prepare students for today's global and highly competitive market~

Delhi NCR, June 22, 2015:- In its endeavor to foster the entrepreneurship skills in young generation and create employment opportunities while following best business practices, IMT Ghaziabad, a premier top ranked B-School in the NCR region announces a unique two-week Foundation Program that inspires students to think big and build an understanding of starts ups and entrepreneurship. Started on June 15, the program covered the four pillars of learning i.e. People, Perspectives, Periods, and Processes and witnessed new-age entrepreneurs bringing inspiration and vigor to the new PGDM batch at IMT.

Filled with new aspirations, the new batch welcomed the Foundation Program with much enthusiasmwhich added a new energy, magnetism to their orientation program. IMT Alumni and start up holders like Ashutosh Kumar Burnwal Founder & CEO, Buddy4Study, Kanika Kohli, Founder & Director, Natural Instinct VegaLyfe Pvt. Ltd and Pronoy Dutt, Co-Founder & Executive Director- HR, 360 Engineering and Consulting Services Ltd. shared their experience of their entrepreneurial journey and highlighted the core functional areas of management education in IMT, guiding new students on entrepreneurship and start-ups theories and practices.

Addressing the program, Dr Bibek Banerjee, Director, IMT Ghaziabad said, “The IMT Foundation Program is designed to break the old convention of orientation program that is currently aligned more towards course, rather than the individual growth to excel in business and entrepreneurship. The Program is to foster the knowledge and prepare the students to manage the challenges during the PGDM program and prepare them for the big roles within business, social, economic, political cultural contexts.”
The IMT pass out entrepreneurs motivated students to think broadly about the ever-changing dynamics of business and entrepreneurship and their impact on the world. They also encouraged students to consider their role at IMT and seize the unparalleled knowledge and career opportunities that the Institute provides to them.

Sharing his inspiring entrepreneurial journey with the students, Ashutosh Kumar Burnwal Founder & CEO, Buddy4Study, a PGDM- 2012 batch pass out said, “Everything is in our hands only, we just need to listen to our heart and believe in ourselves. I started my entrepreneurial journey while studying in IMT and stepped forward with the utmost support of the Institute, faculties and batchmates. IMT offers strong network and world-class facilities to pursue your dreams.”

Delivering the most entertaining and engaging session, Pronoy Dutt, Co-Founder & Executive Director- HR, 360 Engineering and Consulting Services Ltd, a 2005, PGDM- Executive batch pass out said, “The global business environment is changing rapidly and creating new opportunities  for innovation and smart working abilities. The focus should be on making difference and to go beyond your limits. Always select the profession you are passionate about. Personal Branding is the need of the hour and IMT is a great source to transform you into a great future leader.”
Kanika Kohli, Founder & Director, Natural Instinct VegaLyfe Pvt. Ltd, a 2005, PGDM- Executive batch pass out shared her entrepreneurial journey and said, “IMT helped me to create a mission of making a difference in people’s life. The objective to start my own venture was to impact people one to one and creates new job opportunities for individuals who deserve to shine in their life.”   


Creating a platform of knowledge, interaction and inspiration, industry experts like Dr. Rishi Bhatnagar, VP, Head –DES, Tech Mahindra, Sudeep Ralhan, GM- HR, GSK Consumer Healthcare Ltd, Prateek Rajvanshi, AVP (Risk Assessment), Barclays India and others underlined the core elements of management education In IMT and shared their views on how to generate fresh ideas that drive any business forward. 

Dr. Rishi Bhatnagar, VP, Head – DES, Tech Mahindra, a 1998 pass out of PGDCA batch said“With the developments in technology and innovation in services, the future is challenging and you need to learn a lot to stay forward in the competition. To accomplish that, the students should chose to become a master of all trades and get out of the feel of a specialist. The focus should be on your objectives and how to achieve them within a targeted time frame. IMT offers all the opportunities which are required to bring change in the society”
Sudeep Ralhan, GM- HR, GSK Consumer Healthcare Ltd, India and a PGDM- 2001 batch pass out shared his views on leadership quality and self-improvement skills and said, “Life is not about the destination, it is about the journey. To lead the people, one should need to lead oneself. So push yourself into uncomfortable zone and come out of as a leader and conquer the world. IMT is a great platform to do things differently and achieve your life goals.”
Prateek Rajvanshi, AVP (Risk Assessment), Barclays India, a GMBA- 2006 batch pass out underlined the necessities of today’s business world and said, “Networking has become a vital element of business and corporates and this process starts from your class and classmates. Keep yourself engaged with constructive interactions and do not limit yourself to a particular field. IMT is the best place to give wings to your dreams and go high in your life.”
IMT’s PGDM program consists of two parts including The Foundation Module and The Core Module. The Foundation Module is an on-campus two-week program wherein the students get to work on their interpersonal skills and expose to business ethics, corporate social and legal responsibilities, corporate governance and globalization. Also, the program let the students know the evolution of management theories and practices at different periods and introduce students to various learning tools including expert session, alumni interaction, experiential learning, presentations etc.

About IMT Ghaziabad:
IMT Ghaziabad is a top ranked business school with more than 35 years of legacy. It has been consistency ranked top 10 by various credible ranking agencies like Business Today, Business World, CRISIL, Careers360, CNBC TV 18 etc. It has the most extensive & exclusive international and industry partnerships in the B school arena today. In the words of IMT’s President Shri Kamal Nath “The world is shrinking. The corporate world even more so… Economies across the globe are rapidly integrating into a mega world economy. In this era of strategic alliances, joint ventures and unpredictable market conditions cross-cultural capabilities combined with visionary leadership are requisites for worldwide Corporates. Clearly the need of the hour is LEADERS with a global perspective on economic, technological, cultural and political interfaces with business.”

IMT grooms its students with this objective into leaders who are adaptable, flexible and sensitive to the cross-cultural context of business. Students are made aware of their social responsibility in all IMT’s PGDM programs.

IMT Ghaziabad’s faculty is all respected professionals who have been recognized and globally rewarded for their achievements in their respective fields. Many of them are internationally acclaimed scholars who lead executive programs at IMT and are strongly focused on synthesizing partnerships with global institutes.

DJSheizwood Ashish records INDIA’S FIRST TRANCE YOGA SONG

 *ON THE WORLD MUSIC DAY, DJ **SHEIZWOOD ASHISH RECORDS INDIA’S FIRSTTRANCE YOGA SONG ON THE OCCASION OF “INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA”*


 *Telly stars Nandish Sandhu & Mrunal Jain in support for the talented
music composer DJ Sheizwood Ashish *

 Looking for a little inspiration to practice yoga on International Day of
Yoga? Though exercise does the body good and the spirit wonders, one
definitely needs good music to sway one through yoga asanas.

Holding a penchant for composing and singing, Music composer *DJ Sheizwood*
*Ashish* records India's first trance yoga song on the occasion of World
Music Day for International Day of Yoga. Post triumphing upon the hearts of
people with his chartbuster songs,  *DJ Sheizwood* *Ashish* gears up to
deliver India’s first ever trance yoga songs.

Song composed by *DJ Sheizwood* *Ashish* had the support of his friends
from the Television industry including *Nandish Sandhu, Mrunal Jain, Aneel
Murarka, Director Dinesh Tiwari Anil Jain, and Producer Mansi Sen Gupta,
female singer of the song Taranum Malik*. The song by *DJ Sheizwood* will
take the listener on a magical journey far away from the hussle and bussle
of the mind.

Presenting India’s first ever trace yoga song, *DJ Sheizwood* *Ashish* says
“*The song we are recoding today will produce the best of melodies which
will boost the enthusiasm of people to perform yoga asanas. This song is my
gift to all my fans on the occasion of International Day of Yoga. I would
like to thank Nandish Sandhu, Mrunal Jain, Aneel Murarka, Director Dinesh
Tiwari Anil Jain, and Producer Mansi Sen Gupta, female singer of the song
Taranum Malik to support the song”*

Yoga the new way of living

Yoga is art of living which involves liberation of the self from its non-eternal elements or states. It is about the union of a person’s own consciousness and the universal consciousness through the uses of asanas, focused concentration on specific body parts, and pranayama. The aims of the yoga enthusiasts are extremely varied. The beauty of Yoga is that it is accessible to everyone, as the session can be adapted to each person’s level of fitness or state of health. The ultimate aim of yoga is to reach kaivalya (emancipation).

Dr. Anjali Sharma, Consultant, Naturopathy and Yoga, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institution, says; In our race to success today, we have lost the balance between our Physical self and the Spiritual, Mental and Emotional Being. A simple an small session of Yoga can make us strong in all aspects. Yoga is the gift given by our sages to bring back this balance in our life by following Yogic lifestyle (Dincharya). We give all our hours to our professional duties; a little time to ourselves with yoga can change your perspective of life. It is said that just one hour of Yoga can pave a way to good health; and believe you me it is doable and worth it for ourselves and for our loved ones. Easy of all is Suryanamaskar, it consist of 12 asana wit regular breathing and takes just 20 mins; It’s a complete exercise and a health rejuvenator.

Yoga and Ayurveda self-healing and self-realization, Ayurvedaacharya, Dr Partap Chauhan, Jiva Ayurveda

As everybody is preparing for the first ever World Yoga Day to be celebrated in 192 countries simultaneously on June 21, Yoga and Ayurveda forms a good fusion in order to achieve a better mind and healthy body. It is usually said that “Ayurveda is the science and yoga is the practice of science”. Yoga and Ayurveda are inseparable. Yoga originates in the Yajur Veda, while Ayurveda originates in the Atharva Veda and Rig Veda.


Yoga and Ayurveda incorporates an understanding of how the body works and the effect that food and medicines have on the body. In treatment, both Yoga and Ayurveda advocate for the regular practice of pranayama and meditation as well as the use of herbs, body purification procedures, food and chanting of mantras for physical and mental health. Performing yoga on a daily basis improves the overall functioning of the organs. It also improves the circulation of blood into the body and also acts as an efficient stress buster.

From waking up in the morning to going to bed to sleep, to the changing of seasons, from time immemorial, the classical texts of Ayurveda have recommended detailed guidelines for healthy living. These are called dincharya (daily routines), ratricharya (night routines) and ritucharya (seasonal routines).This article elaborates on the two routines, dincharya and ratricharya.
These are systemic routines in Ayurveda which have been developed to ensure proper hygiene and dosha balance in the human body. It varies according to day, night and season. These guidelines ensure proper hygiene, tridosha harmony, internal balance, and reduction of stress on the body and mind. Once these daily and nightly regimens are sustained, they become a natural part of life and easy to adhere to. These routine are not just 'rules' but practical guidelines for healthy living on a daily basis.

Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences, with Yoga as a spiritual science and Ayurveda as the "science of life" or, put another way, a system of medicine and healing. While distinct in key respects, Yoga and Ayurveda share many essential elements, including emphases on purification of the physical body and movement of prana, or the life force, for health and spiritual growth. Ayurvedaacharya, Dr Partap Chauhan, Jiva Ayurveda," recommends the savasana pose for asthma relief because of the breath and stress management it provides. Sukasana pose is another relaxing pose for natural asthma relief. Just like savasana, its focus on breath and stress control makes it a great exercise to help asthma and lung function in particular. Finish your yoga routine with pranayama, a simple breathing pose that makes a great exercise to help asthma. Ayurveda asks the same thing that yoga asks of us - to be aware, to pay attention to how we feel in body, mind and spirit. By looking at where we are out of balance, our constitution, the season and the time in our life, or how we feel on a particular day, we can use the principles of Ayurveda coupled with our asana practice to support ourselves and create balance.

Jain Irrigation IQF Plant inaugurated by Maharashtra CM

Facility to earn over Rs.100 crores in foreign exchange annually



Mumbai, 22nd June 2015:  The IQF plant of Jain Irrigation’s fruit and vegetable processing division, was inaugurated in Jalgaon by Shri Devendra Phadnavis, Hon’ble CM of Maharashtra on 20th June, 2015 in Jalgaon in the presence of a large number of dignitaries including Shri Eknathrao Khadse, State Revenue and Agriculture Minister; Shri Girish Mahajan, State Water Resource Minister and MPs A.T. Patil and Raksha Khadse.

The IQF plant incorporates both Individual Quick Frozen (IQF) and Block Quick Frozen (BQF) technologies and has 40 TPD IQF capacity and 16 TPD BQF capacity.  The IQF plant is designed to handle around 60,000 MT of fruits like mango, banana, pomegranate, papaya, jamun, strawberry, sapota, etc. annually.
 
The plant has all quality standard certifications like BRC, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 50001, Halal and Kosher. 

The products from this IQF facility would be exported to USA, Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East from which the company expects to earn Rs.100 crores in foreign exchange annually.

Endoscopic Surgery for Slipped Disc

Back Pain



New Delhi June 2015 : Slipped disc is a common problem, which affects approximately 1% of the population at any given time. It usually affects people between the ages of 30 to 50 years. It is more common in males and frequently occurs in people whose occupation involves frequent bending and lifting.

Disc is cushion like material between the numerous small bones of the spine column called vertebrae. This gelatinous material is enclosed in a fibrous capsule. Any tear in this capsule predisposes to prolapse of the disc. Prolapse of the disc causes compression of the nerve that lies very close to it. This problem is more common in lower portion of spine called lumbar spine. The slipped disc typically causes low back pain, which travels to buttock and further down to back of thigh and calf muscles. This leg pain is also called as Sciatica because it radiates along distribution of sciatic nerve. This pain increases on sneezing or straining, walking etc. Pain may be accompanied by numbness or weakness in leg muscles and in severe situations bladder and bowel disturbances.

Slipped disc, is not only cause of backache/leg pain  but many other diseases can cause it like spinal tumor, infection, T.B ,cancer spreading to spine, osteoporosis, arthritis, spinal stenosis, fractures, congenital diseases etc.

We should not forget that even abdominal tumors and infections can also cause backache and leg pain and numbness. The known factor causing backache are lack of exercises and physical fitness, bad posture, smoking, heaving lifting, bending, twisting, prolonged sitting, anxiety, depression, various games like gymnastics, tennis, football etc. and genetic.

DR. SATNAM SINGH CHHABRA Neuro & Spine Surgeon, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi says In recent years, MRI scanning is becoming available more easily and is the preferred diagnostic test for spinal problems. MRI scan can clearly show the site and amount of disc prolapse and the nerve compression. Majority of patients respond to the non-surgical treatment. Non-surgical treatment is given in the form of bed rest, medicines to reduce pain and swelling. Physiotherapy is gradually started. Surgery is required in 10-20% of patients whose pain persists after conservative treatment or who have paralysis or bladder and bowel dysfunction from beginning.

Now a day, the operation for slipped disc can be performed through a tiny (about 1.5 cms) incision in the back with the help of an endoscope. Patients can go back home in 12-24hr and patients are usually very comfortable after operation and they can start walking or going to toilet same day. They can go back to their work in a few days. Generally people are very scared of spinal surgery because of risk of getting paralyzed, bed ridden or dependent after operation. They would prefer to suffer rather than getting themselves operated and cured. But with modern surgical techniques such complications are extremely rare Dr. Chjabra added.

Human spine is made up of 33 bones calls vertebrae and between each two bones is a soft rubber like disc, which is jelly like in the centre and acts as a shock absorber for the spine and also gives flexibility to the spine. In the centre of the spine runs a canal, which contains the spinal cord. Spinal cord is a big nerve coming from the brain and its branches go into hand and legs. These nerves get compressed, when the disk slips back into the spinal canal and the problem of backache and leg pain starts. Besides slip disc other lesions can also press the nerves and because similar symptoms like tumors, infections, deformities etc. hence a proper diagnosis is essential for the treatment.

Max Life Insurance paid 97.23 per cent death claims in FY2014-15

Paid Rs.251.17cr. to 9,108 claim applications

Outstanding death claims ratio at 0.07%
99.98%% Customer complaint resolved within 14 days

New Delhi, June 22, 2015: Max Life Insurance, one of the leading life insurers in India, today announced a milestone achievement of Claims Settlement Ratio of 97.23% in the FY 2014-15 as compared to 93.86% in FY13-14. The Outstanding Claims Ratio stood at 0.07% as on 31st March 2015, which means that only 6 claims were pending of the total 9,108claims received during the year. 

This is amongst the best performance in claims management in the Indian Life Insurance sector. The Company’s customer complaints incidence rate stands at 0.19 per thousand as on March 2015 and ~99.98%of the customer complaints are resolved within the specified time of 14 days.

Commenting on the achievement, V. Viswanand, Senior Director and Chief Operations Officer, Max Life Insurance, said, “I am delighted that Max Life Insurance has been able to further improve its performance on some the critical customer service parameters. We have kept  our promises made through our Claims Guarantee and Service Promise initiatives. As a Life Insurance company we truly understand the importance of standing by our customers and responding to their needs at the time of a loss. 

At Max Life we have made it our priority to keep the claims process simple and hassle-free. Being able to empathize and respond quickly are imperative factors for us to be able to live up to the Claims Guarantee we made to our customers. Quick and comprehensive response to our customers if they have any query or concern is another area of focus for us.”

The Company is trending well on its promises of claims guarantee to its policyholders. For FY ’15, Max Life has paid 99.88% of all death claims within 10 days of receipt of complete documents/ information. Max Life Insurance offers Claims Guarantee to all its policyholders. As part of the Guarantee, the Company has committed to pay all claims within 10 working days of the receipt of all the death claim documents/clarifications from the nominee against 30 days permissible by the regulations. If the Company is unable to fulfil its above commitment, it will pay interest at the rate of 6% per annum. It also commits payment of all death claims having completed three continuous years from the date of issuance

Additionally, Max Life Insurance commits to pay fund value in case of death claims under the Unit Linked life insurance policies within 48 hours of the intimation by the nominee. To make the claims process hassle-free, the Company also assigns a dedicated Claims Relationship Officer for each death claim case. 


The Company also makes an advance payment of maturity/ living benefits – One month in advance for guaranteed maturity benefit products and within 72 hours from the maturity date for ULIPs.

Max Life Insurance, one of the leading life insurers, is a joint venture between Max India Ltd. and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. Ltd. Max India Ltd. is a leading Indian multi-business corporate, while Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance is a member of MS&AD Insurance Group, which is amongst the top general insurers in the world. Max Life Insurance offers comprehensive life insurance and retirement solutions for long-term savings and protection.  A financially stable company with sound investment expertise, Max Life Insurance has a strong customer-centric approach focused on advice-based sales and quality service.

A scintillating and original collection of essays from one of our finest minds

Ramchandra Gandhi’s ‘The Seven Sages’, is a collection of essays that provide brilliant original insights on a variety of topics ranging from sex to spirituality.


Penguin presents
the inspiring
The Seven Sages
by
Ramchandra Gandhi
Edited by A. Raghuramaraju



Eminent philosopher, professor and public intellectual, Ramchandra Gandhi (1937–2007) was regarded as a sage in his lifetime. This book brings together some of his long essays and hitherto unpublished talks and writings on themes ranging from non-violence and karma to svaraj, brahmacharya and modern Indian spirituality, which are contextualized in an introduction by close disciple A. Raghuramaraju.

Bridging the moral, religious and social, the book offers many original insights: on how Sri Ramakrishna’s and Sri Sarada’s catholic vision of religion annihilated exclusivism; the manner in which Gandhi’s martyrdom broke the prevailing power of evil and violence; how, going beyond celibacy, brahmacharya is a joyous renunciation of sex; and on svaraj being ‘a struggle for the kingdom of self and autonomy’, not mere political independence.

Brilliantly argued and inspiring, The Seven Sages brings Ramchandra Gandhi’s ideas to a new audience, beyond his admirers.


The Author:
Ramchandra Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C. Rajagopalachari, studied philosophy at St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, and took his doctorate from the University of Delhi, and DPhil from Oxford University under the renowned Professor
Peter F. Strawson.
Ramchandra Gandhi was the founding head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hyderabad, and had been a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and Indian Institute of Education, Pune. He taught at the University of Rajasthan, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and Bangalore University. Author of several papers and books, he has been one of the most creative philosophers and public intellectuals, incessantly exploring new ideas, and experimenting with new ways of relating modern Indian thought both with classical India and the West.
The Editor:
A student of Professor Ramchandra Gandhi at the University of Hyderabad, A. Raghuramaraju joined the Department of Philosophy there after obtaining his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. His areas of special interest are social and political philosophy, and Indian philosophy. Among his publications are Debates in Indian Philosophy: Classical, Colonial and Contemporary that won the Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2007, and an edited volume, Ramchandra Gandhi: The Man and His Philosophy. The University Grants Commission recently appointed him as Principal Investigator for e-content development for Philosophy for its e-PG Pathshala.
Raghuramaraju also writes in Telugu on Telugu literature. He is the series general editor of Porugununchi Telugu Loki: Charcha Kosam, Vimarsh Kosam published by Emesco, Vijayawada, consisting of translations of books into Telugu.
Engaged in farming for two months a year in his native village near the temple town of Tirupati, he lives with his family in Hyderabad.

Bollywood babe Devshi Khanduri to play a burkha- wearing Muslim character


Like every Bollywood star works to do something special in every film, Devshi Khanduri is happy playing a Muslim woman in her next. Bollywood actress Devshi Khanduri, who was discovered by Dev Anand Sahab is currently busy shooting for her upcoming bollywood movie “Khel Toh Ab Shuru Hoga” opposite Ruslan Mumtaaz. 

The beautiful actress is in Lucknow city where she was spotted in a Burkha and a black laced Veil/Scarf while performing a scene.  This film is Directed by Kunal Singh and produced by Mahesh Narula which is based on a bank robbery. 

Devshi is often seen conversing in urdu off set and we must say these are signs of perfection. She has undergone training to understand the body language, dialogue deliveries, and personna of a muslim woman. Viewers shall also see a svelte Devshi in this film as she has also worked on losing weight for her character.


Devshi Khanduri said, "Since this is my first Muslim character on screen, I had to  prepare myself well to be able to carry it with ease. I'm thrilled to have received this opportunity.”

International Yoga Day Celebrated at Eiffel Tower and Bateaux-Mouche boat in France


In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014, Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi urged the world community to adopt an International day of Yoga. Soon thereafter, on December 11, 2014, the 193 member UN General Assembly approved a resolution co-sponsored by a record 177 countries to establish June 21 as the “International Day of Yoga”. 

The resolution recognises Yoga as a holistic approach to health and well-being. During his visit to France in April 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande signed a Joint Declaration at the Elysée Palace for providing significant visibility to the practice of yoga and allied traditional disciplines in France; and reinforcing the bonds of friendship between India and France through the development of cultural diplomacy.

According to the information given to World News Network the Embassy of India in France has organized 28 events across 20 cities in France and Monaco to celebrate the first International Yoga Day on June 21, 2015. In Paris, the IYD was organized at some of the most iconic venues of the city. The main public event  took place at the Grand Halle de la Villette - one of France’s pre-eminent cultural centers. In a fortuitous coincidence the International Yoga Day coincided with the Fête de la Musique, 

The event at the Grand Halle de la Villette was jointly inaugurated at 11 a.m by His Excellency Mr. Mohan Kumar, Ambassador of India to France, Mr. Didier Fusillier, the new President of La Villette and Mr. Jean-Claude Carrière, an internationally renowned cultural personality. As a fitting tribute, the event commenced with a concert of Indian classical music, followed by yoga and meditation sessions by experienced teachers, set to the soothing strains of classical music. People in excess of 4,000 participated in this event at Grand Halle de la Villette .


Mr. Mohan Kumar, Ambassador of India to France, he said, "I am feeling happy as many people joint us on this "International Yoga Day". It is a very good elaboration of Indian Culture and Indian Philosophy."

Another high-visibility event in Paris was the yoga demonstrations on-board the Bateaux-Mouche boat as it made its way past all the bridges of Paris on the Seine. Yoga demonstrations were also organised at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in collaboration with Lolë White, Paris. Synchronised asanas by 2,000 people dressed in white, at the foot of the most-visited monument in the world created a greater awareness of an interest in yoga.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

ACTING & MODELING AS A CAREER OPTION





In today’s fast-paced world, more and more kids are making unconventional and diverse career choices. Gone are the days when the  male child was inevitably expected to either become a doctor or an engineer, and the female child was expected to just get married and raise children.

Today, everyone is career-oriented, and they begin weighing their options quite early. At an age where they should just be concentrating on playing, climbing  trees, getting into buddy fights, and generally having fun, the kids of today’s generation are dancing or singing on Reality Shows, or tattooing themselves, or getting glued to the internet.

The current generation is much more progressive and pro-active than we were, and as a result, they have many more viable career options today than ever before. Tennis, hockey, dress designing, choreographing, hotel management, gym trainers, nutritionists, yoga teachers, grooming coaches, and by far the most popular choice – acting and modelling.

Yes indeed. Becoming a full time actor or model is a very real career option today. All you need is a pretty face and a buff body to be one…or so you are led to believe! But nothing can be further than the truth. Like every other profession, the completion is fierce, with 15-20 aspirants vying for the same role at all times. The producer has a choice, based on availability, looks, money matters etc., but what choice do you have? How do you stand out in such a huge crowd to actually get work? The glamour and the money comes later. First, you have to land roles.

First, you must get some formal training in acting and modelling. There’s no substitute to training for a job. Do not dive in untrained. You will only end up not landing satisfactory roles and become frustrated. Everyone around you will seem to be working, but you. In desperation, you will start making compromises of all kinds, just for some work.

So, the logical thing to do, once you have made up your mind about acting or modelling as a career, is to choose an institute and begin training. The National School of Drama at Bahawalpur House,  New Delhi imparts a 3 year degree course in Dramatics. The Film & Television Institute of India at Pune imparts a 2 year acting course. The fees are fairly nominal, both being Government run institutes, but the entrance exams and interview are tough. Then of course, there are private institutes all over Mumbai, notably Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods, Roshan Tarneja’s Institute, Barry John’s Institute, each loudly advertising the superstars they have allegedly trained. Naturally, being private institutes, the fees here will be on the higher side. But the training is essential, as it prepares you for the industry, teaches you the skill sets required to land you jobs in the industry. Think of the money spent as an investment. Most importantly, it will give you a fair idea of your potential – of course everyone wants to be a hero, but you just might be right to be a great character actor or a villain!   

Watch loads of television and films, and find out what kind of roles you think you’re most comfortable doing. Then practice doing them over and over again. Work especially hard on your diction,since a clear diction and correct pronunciation is always an asset. Train yourself in dancing, fighting and horse riding, as you may be required to do one or the other at any given time during your career. And you don’t want to miss out on say, the role of Maharana Pratap simply because you can’t ride a horse!

But most important of all, you must learn to be patient! It is a very underrated virtue, especially in today’s supersonic age, but everything comes to those who are patient. An old adage sums it all: “Waqt se pehle aur naseeb se zyada kissi ko kuch nahin milta.” Never be discouraged. Tomorrow is another day. And it will be different. Never be afraid of rejection. Embrace it. Learn from it. When the moment is right, you shall get your due. And meanwhile, continue grooming yourself to be better than yesterday. And always give your 100% at work. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Always remember that there are no small roles…only small actors! Even if you’re doing a one scene role, shine in it! All the best to all of you. ENJOY! 

Ashiesh Roy