Saturday, 26 November 2016

FDCI presents ‘Crafted In India’


Nine designers paid homage to the virtuosity of the crafts of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan under the shadows of olive trees

 New Delhi, November 25, 2016: The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the apex body of fashion design in India, showcased the reverenced heritage of the craft-seeped states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan, as seen through the prism of brilliant designers at a fashion extravaganza held at the Italian Embassy in New Delhi.
The fashion show was part of the inaugural event hosted by the Italian Ambassador His Excellency Mr Lorenzo Angeloni to celebrate the association of the Italian Embassy with Heritage 365, an exhibition celebrating art and craft, garments and textiles, gems and jewellery, as well as lifestyle products and heritage travel of these three beautiful places.

Nine coveted designers including Aneeth Arora, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rohit Kamra, Rina Singh, Samant Chauhan, Sanjay Garg, Swati Kalsi, Swati Ubroi and Ashish, Vikrant and Viral of Virtues presented their riveting ensembles representing the state they have been associated with. The energising fabrics, embroideries and techniques representative of the chosen states, interpreted in the unique idiom of each designer.

The Ambassador hosted an exclusive sit down dinner by Michelin starred celebrity Chef Viviana Varese, to mark the occasion.

President, FDCI Mr Sunil Sethi, said, “Taking forward the vision of Make in India, we have seamlessly enlivened the innate intensity of Indian craft and textiles. The rich treasure trove of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh has been unveiled in the most magnificent manner through ubiquitous ensembles by these style gurus. We would like to thank the Italian Ambassador His Excellency Mr Lorenzo Angeloni and Mr Aman Nath, Founder Trustee, TNM Foundation for providing us this platform.”    

The rendering of Madhya Pradesh was presented by Sanjay Garg, Samant Chauhan and Swati Kalsi. The colour palette, in the drama of black with variations of black and silver, black and gold and black and white. Each designer presented five outfits, in their inimitable style. Gujarat followed through the Indigo story, where Aneeth Arora, Rina Singh and Virtues presented their line, bearing their signature language in the hue. While the vibrancy of Rajasthan was captured by Swati Ubroi and Rohit Kamra and executed in khaki and catechu. Veteran designer Rajesh Pratap Singh presented his state Rajasthan, in a collection that primarily had ecru and red executed in khadi, encompassing the barren landscape of rural Rajasthan.

Interestingly, models wore exquisite hand-crafted jewellery by Shri Hari DiaGem, who were the exclusive jewellery partners for the Heritage 365 - FDCI fashion show.

Withdraw Cash at all Big Bazaar & fbb Stores

Customers Can Withdraw Upto Rs 2000 at 258 stores across the country

Big Bazaar has announced starting 24th November, Thursday, all its stores, along with all fbb stores will be enabled to allow customers to withdraw upto Rs 2000 from their own bank accounts, using their Debit/ATM cards. This facility is now available in 258 Big Bazaar and fbb stores in over 115 cities and towns across the country.
 State Bank of India has helped Big Bazaar enable this facility through the bank’s Cash at POS machines. Customers can withdraw cash from their bank accounts of any scheduled bank in the country.

 Commenting on the development, Mr. Kishore Biyani, Chairman, Future Retail Limited said,  “We are trying hard to ease any difficulties faced by customers due the demonetization of some currency notes and support the government’s initiative in meeting its objective. Now with customers being able to withdraw cash at Big Bazaar stores, they are welcome to visit our stores instead of qeueing up at banks and ATMs."

 Customers can follow four simple steps to withdraw cash: Visit the dedicated Cash Counter at the store, Swipe their Debit/ATM cards, enter the PIN and withdraw upto Rs 2000 from their account.
 Big Bazaar and other Future Group stores have taken a number of steps towards easing any difficulties faced by customers over the past two weeks. Big Bazaar has announced 5% discount on all food and grocery items, 10% on all garments and fashion items and similar discounts on a wide range of products. All stores allow more than eight ways to make non-cash payments including, all debit/ATM cards, credit cards, FuturePay mobile wallet, Mobiqwik, PayTM wallets, Sodexo coupons, Gift Vouchers and Big Bazaar Profit Club cards. In addition, the stores have taken a number of steps to ensure adquate supply of all food, gorcery and daily essentials, waiver of parking fees at standalone Big Bazaar stores and increase in store opening hours at various locations.

 The cash withdrawal facility will be subject to all applicable restrictions imposed by banks, Reserve Bank of India and government notifications from time to time.

Onlymobiles.com enters into an exclusive tie-up with BlackBerry Mobiles

Becomes the only authorized online platform to sell BlackBerry mobile phones in India

New Delhi, November 24, 2016: - OnlyMobiles, an omni-channel online platform that sells pocket gadgets like Mobile Phones, Tablets & Accessories, announces its exclusive alliance with BlackBerry. With this partnership, Onlymobiles.com becomes the authorized seller for the latter’s mobile handsets in India. Adding to the delight of its customers, BlackBerry, a global leader in wireless telecommunications software and mobile hardware, has revamped its entire portfolio and has now introduced a whole new range of android mobiles with its signature BlackBerry charm.

Expressing his delight and talking about the scope of the brand in India, Mr Sanejeev Bhatia, Co- Founder, Onlymobiles.com said, “With mobile gadgets being at the center of our business, this tie up adds to the vision and values of our company. With BlackBerry’s recently launched devices DTEK50 & DTEK60, in India, there is a lot of buzz among Indian customers.”
He further added, “We are getting great response from customers & we are happy that we are able to connect with die-hard fans of Blackberry brand. Now, customers can buy newly launched Blackberry mobiles and accessories, without worrying about warranty.” 

The DTEK50 priced at Rs 21,900, features 5.2-inch full-HD display, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera with LED flash. The device has 2TB of expandable memory and houses 2,610mAh battery. Likewise, the DTEK60 valued at Rs 46,990, features 5.5-inch quad-HD display, 4GB RAM, 21MP rest camera and an 8MP front camera. The device houses 3,000mAh battery and also packs a fingerprint sensor. 


Optiemus, a Delhi-based telecom enterprise, assigned to distribute and promote BlackBerry’s handsets in India, the company will supply products to both online and offline platforms. While there are multiple offline players who will be dealing in BlackBerry’s latest mobiles phones in India, Onlymobiles.com will be their exclusive online sellers in the country.


Founded in early 2016, based out of Surat, Gujarat, OnlyMobile is an online and offline omni-channel, selling pocket gadgets such like Mobile Phones, Wearables, Tablets & Accessories. The company currently have a PAN India reach across 17,000 plus pin codes in India, which is contributing to almost 80% of their mobile business. They also have 96 brick and mortar offline retail outlets across the country.

OnlyMobiles key differentiators that sets it apart from their contemporaries in the ecommerce space include non-predatory pricing policies, wide reach via a network of ware houses and call centres, genuine and company authenticated products and a unique 30-day price protection policy for consumers. The ecommerce venture sources all its products directly from the major brands and retails the same to consumers at affordable price points.

The inspiration behind OnlyMobile was that – frequent fluctuations in gadget prices was a huge area of concern for consumers and this is the space where the online retailer chose to intervene. The company realized quite early that customer loyalty is very much difficult to achieve especially in Mobile Phones retailing business where there is not much value addition from the retailer side. A price consistency and stability in this increasingly volatile marketplace will go a long way in retaining existing customers and attracting new ones.

OnlyMobile aims to become the most favored destination for gadgets purchase having an OmniChannel presence. The company is presently targeting to foray into 300 towns in India and have also tied up with logistics partner Delhivery to set up warehouses across India. After setting up a facility in Chennai in the coming months, it will look at setting up two more ware houses by March 2017.

Glimpses of Tradition and Culture at Jharkhand Day celebration

Glimpses of Tradition and Culture mark Jharkhand Day celebration at India International Trade Fair 2016,New Delhi

A cultural evening on Jharkhand Day was Inaugurated by Jharkhand Governor DraupadiMurmu

The extravaganza of tribal folk music and dances witnessed more than two hundred visitors at Hasndhwani Theater

New Delhi, November 24, 2016: Visitors of India International Trade Fair IITF 2016 in the city were mesmerized by several groups of tribal dancers and musicians on the occasion of Jharkhand Day that was celebrated today here. The celebration of Jharkhand Day was inaugurated by the Governor DraupadiMurmu at the Hansdhwani Theatre at PragatiMaidan hat witnessed a plethora of traditional and cultural activities showcasing the art and dance forms of different regions of Jharkhand state.
This cultural evening at hansdhwani theatre was a worth visit for all those people who had passion to learn and know about the culture of this State. Its unique touch of ethnic tribal collection, Santali dance, Paika dance, Manbhoomchhau mesmerize and allure hundreds of visitors at the theater.
The cultural activities at the Hansdhwani Theatre included by the popular dance forms from the state such as Santhali Dance, Nagpuri Dance, Oraon Dance, Paika DanceChau and collective group performance.The artists had come all the way from Jharkhand and their performance kept the spectators spell bound.
The governor also visited the state Pavilion in the fair where numerous artisans from the state are showcasing exotic handicrafts, tribal art forms apart from state government departments showcasing the progress made by the state in the field of health, education, employment and ease of doing business. The state is also focusing on its Momentum Jharkhand campaign to promote upcoming Global Investors Summit in Ranchi early next year.A

5 experts advice for clearing JEE mains

As the JEE mains are around the corner and the aspirants are gearing up for the life changing event. Studying from IIT makes the student feel prestigious. But not all can join coaching institutes to get them through the hurdle – JEE.

Aspirants have to overcome the falsehood that preparing from home doesn’t make them competitive enough to survive the battle with those who have regular coaching classes. As over half the students qualified for JEE advance this year, were from rural areas and did not join any coaching institutes.
Good news for such aspirants who are deprived from such perks – Distance Education. Here are some expert tips on how one can crack JEE (Main) without coaching classes:

Tip #1: Utilize the resources efficiently
Strengthening the concept is must, so choose the easiest to understand study material. Make use of the periodic physical interactions with the expert faculty to clear doubts. A hybrid system of distance learning is also provided by some leading institutes where the student gets the exposure of not only the study material but also the test series, online test series, Concept based teaching methodology.

Tip # 2: Manage your time effectively
Discipline is the key to follow the time table. Make a study time table that utilizes the time effectively. Allocate enough time so that each subject is paid due attention. Keep one hour daily for self analysis and correction. Segregate the time for covering the syllabus concept wise. Allocate extra hours every week for the difficult subjects and doubt clearing sessions.

Tip # 3: Keep your concepts clear
As the questions in the mains exam doesn’t follow a pattern, having clarity about the concept will help you succeed without difficulty. Though it is good to solve questions, but focus more on making the concepts transparent.

Tip # 4: Study in groups, make summary, short notes for revision
Group study clarifies doubts and students can make self written short notes for long term memorising. This helps in memorising the concept for longer time and easy to brush up while revising. Group study can give a better understanding of the topics and also to judge their current position through online tests.
Tip # 5: Soothen your mind by relaxing and stay positive
Meditating can be a way of relaxing yourself. Spending time with your family and friends can keep the burden out. Never over burden yourself with the content and give some time to the brain to get on track. “Never say die” should be the attitude. Fill yourself with as much as positive energy, time to time. Believe in yourself, work hard and stay focussed with positive energy.

Some of the leading education providers like FIITJEE and myPAT offer a unique portal where a student can see his/ her overall performance in the all India tests and analyse the same over several parameters, including comparative analysis as well as progressive analysis of all past examinations which helps students plan their path of preparation accordingly.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Koch Agrees to Invest over $2 billion in Infor

Provides Growth Capital for Cloud Software Leader to Drive Digital Transformation across Industries

MUMBAI, India – Nov. 17, 2016 – Infor, a leading provider of business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced it has reached a definitive agreement in which Koch Equity Development LLC (“KED”), the investment and acquisition subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., has agreed to make an investment of more than $2 billion in the company.  The investment will provide Infor access to additional growth capital to accelerate innovation, expand distribution, and continue disrupting the enterprise applications industry.

KED’s investment is strong validation of Infor’s strategy and growth – a journey fueled by product investment, innovation, and an entrepreneurial culture. Koch Industries is an American multinational corporation that employs 100,000 people globally and is estimated by Forbes to be the second largest privately-held company in the United States with annual revenue of approximately $100 billion. The investment by KED significantly strengthens Infor’s capital base and provides an entrĂ©e into a large ecosystem of businesses contemplating digital transformation.

Infor became the first company to move mission critical industry applications to the cloud, and now counts more than 66 million users of its cloud applications. The company’s double digit revenue growth in its most recent quarter was fueled by a 130% annual increase in SaaS revenue; more than half of Infor’s software revenues are now derived from cloud applications.

Infor’s unique cloud strategy uses Amazon Web Services, enabling the company to invest in deep industry functionality with capital that would otherwise be needed to maintain its own data center infrastructure. Infor’s broad set of applications running on a hyper-scale cloud with cutting-edge data science and design provide a foundation for modernizing companies in healthcare, fashion, retail, distribution, public sector, and discrete and process manufacturing.

The Infor management team is headed by Chief Executive Officer Charles Phillips, who is leading the company into a new phase of growth, investment, and innovation.

“Koch is one of the largest private companies in the world with diversified holdings and immense resources to support the next exciting phase of growth at Infor and we are thrilled to have their support,” said Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor.  “Some of the largest companies in the world have approached Infor looking for a modern alternative to the legacy options available for mission critical business applications.  Infor has the scale and capital to provide a digital platform for the Global 5000.”

Under Phillips’ leadership, Infor invested approximately $2 billion in product design and development over the last five years and delivered more than 400 new products, 1,700 integrations, and 16,000 industry features in its CloudSuite product line. Infor now has 15,000 employees and operates in more than 170 countries. Key milestones include:

  • First Industry Cloud Company – By building deep industry features directly into its applications instead of leaving that critical content to third party consultants, Infor became the first company to run mission critical applications in the cloud for healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and public sector organizations. Companies no longer want the expensive consulting engagements that were historically required to add industry enhancements to generic software products. 

By putting thousands of micro-vertical industry features into the applications, all customers in that specific industry can share those features in a multitenant cloud environment.  Applications rich in industry domain lower the cost and time of deployment and make future enhancements and upgrades far easier.  By enabling mission critical processes to be managed and integrated with applications for CRM, HCM, Marketing, and more in the cloud, Infor delivers a

complete CloudSuite for its target industries, which has led to significant growth and larger deal sizes.  

  • Dynamic Science Labs – Just off the campus of M.I.T. in Kendall Square, Infor built a data science team with more than 70 PhDs and former professors to deliver predictive analytics, machine learning, and optimization for use-cases specific to select industries.  Recent innovations around retail assortments, inventory optimization, and pricing segmentation were made possible because of Infor Dynamic Science Labs and access to data on a hyper-scale cloud with unlimited compute power.

  • Creative Agency – Infor was the first enterprise applications company to build a captive creative agency in New York. The agency, dubbed Hook & Loop, focuses on user experience and design, a historical weakness for enterprise applications.  By leveraging the vast pool of design talent in Manhattan, Hook & Loop has re-defined user experience in the business application category. Infor recently launched H&L Digital, customer-facing consultancy for digital transformation projects.

  • Global Commerce Network – Infor ION, a next generation middleware platform that is far simpler and more open than traditional middleware, leverages the open source Apache ESB and a simple XML-based publish-and-subscribe model using OAGIS standards. The ability to quickly integrate Infor and non-Infor applications led to ION becoming one of Infor’s fastest growing products ever.

Infor is the only business applications provider with a direct commerce network. The company’s GT Nexus network connects over 28,000 businesses, banks, logistics providers, brokers, and carriers to process transactions and enable collaboration and visibility among these trading partners.


Leadership Quotes
 “Over the last 15 years, Infor has grown from a small company to one of the most significant enterprise software companies in the world and it’s been an amazing thing to be a part of,” said Infor Board member Jim Schaper.  

“The support we are providing to Infor marks one of the largest investments KED has ever made and demonstrates the confidence we have in Infor’s technology, team and business model,” said Matt Flamini, KED’s President.

“Infor’s demonstrated capability to help companies across a wide spectrum of industries automate and improve efficiency is relevant to our broad portfolio of invested companies and we look forward to exploring co-innovation opportunities,” said Brett Watson, Senior Managing Director of KED. 

“We are extremely pleased with the progress the Infor team has made in scaling and executing into the massive opportunity in enterprise technology applications,” said David Dominik, Managing Director of Golden Gate Capital, which made its first investment in Infor in 2002. “KED’s investment is a tremendous endorsement and we look forward to working together with them and supporting management as they continue delivering industry-leading software applications to a growing list of world class customers.”

“We remain a meaningful investor in Infor and will continue to support the company in the years ahead,” said Rishi Chandna, Managing Director at Golden Gate Capital.

Transaction Overview
This transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, is expected to close in early 2017.  The KED investment will be a combination of preferred and common equity.
Infor’s existing shareholders, including Golden Gate Capital, Summit Partners, and Management will maintain control of the company.  KED will have the right to appoint four of nine directors on the board of Infor’s parent company.

Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch are serving as Infor’s lead financial advisors, and Gibson Dunn is serving as outside legal counsel.  Credit Suisse also provided financial advice to the company.  Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as outside legal advisor to Golden Gate and Summit Partners.  Rothschild, Inc. is serving as exclusive financial advisor to KED, and Jones Day is serving as outside legal counsel. 

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About Infor
Infor builds business software for specific industries in the cloud. With 15,000 employees and over 90,000 customers in more than 170 countries, Infor software is designed for progress.  To learn more, please visit www.infor.com.

RIPLto organize seminar on Building Information Modelling (BIM) and launch of ARCHICAD


BIM, a much needed technology required to boost Indian ACE Industry

New Delhi, 18th November 2016:

Indian real estate and infrastructure industry is in advancement stage where an effective implementation of technology can make the industry more systematic, transparent, progressive, and canenable on timely completion of the projects. To hone ACE Industry professionals’ skills, Rudrabhishek InfosystemPvt Ltd (RIPL) is coming up with a conference on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and also re-launching ARCHICAD in Indian market. The event will be jointly organized by RIPL andGraphisoft Budapest, Hungry whichwill take place at The Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 22ndNovember 2016.


This conference aims to bring together the government officials, educationalists and BIM Industry experts around the region to present and discuss on the latest development in BIM Technology and its dynamicimpact on Designing Architectural Engineering and Construction Industry.It will provide an opportunity to all delegates, professionals, studentsand young investigators to attend and learn new practices.

Ms Soumya Das, Director, RIPL said “RIPL and Graphisoft have Collaborated on multiple fronts. This strategic partnership would be a highly effective way to build business, boost brand awareness and break into new markets. With this new ARCHICAD we will bring innovation in the entire ACE industry. We will  primarily work in the North and East Region catering to different target groups in the Construction Fraternity and will enhance the usage of Archicad BIM to different parts of the country”.

The event will be inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shri S C Gaur, CAP Agra Development Authority (Ex CAP Noida Development Authority), Highlighting and encouraging the adoption and implementation of BIM TECHNOLOGY IN THE CONSTRUCTION Industry along with Ms Soumya Das (Director RIPL), Mr Laszlo Toke (International Sales, Graphisoft) along with Guests of Honour- S M Akhtar (Dean, JamiaMilia), Mr. Manoj Mathur (HOD ARCHITECTURE SPA, New Delhi ), Col N Krishna Rao (Director Projects , VNC).

Some of the prominent guests who will attend the event include dignitaries and keynote speakers like acclaimed Educationalist Dr. V K Paul (HOD BE & M, SPA New Delhi) , Ramesh Sharma BIM Expert, MsRuchi Misra ( Architect) , S N Tripathi ( Services Expert), Sandeep Sharma (PMC Expert),  and many more
renowned  personalities across the Region. We have prominent guests like Mr Pradeep Misra (CMD REPL Group) and Mr P N Misra (Retd VC GDA,ADA,LDA) amongst us. We also have MsEnikoPauko from Graphisoft, Hungary as implementation


RIPL will have the marketing and distribution rights of Archicadfor Northern, Eastern and N-E India, viz., Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Union Territories of Chandigarh, National Capital Territory of Delhi and NE states.


GRAPHISOFT SE, Budapest, Hungary is the largest entity in the GRAPHISOFT Group and the corporate headquarters. GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ARCHICAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner STAR, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2007.


RIPL was established in 2012 with an aim to provide comprehensive and state-of-art software service to the Real Estate Industry. RIPL focuses on helping organizations in creation, conversion, updation, integration and evaluation of data through application of GIS, ERP and other technologies with focus on the AEC Industry. It provides optimum, business driven solutions by undertaking consulting assignments and offers end to end geospatial consultancy and development services. RIPL is a sister concern of REPL (Rudrabhishek Enterprises Pvt. Ltd). RIPL is also the reselling partners for Microsoft. 

Increasing incidence of aggressive cancers in Indian women a major concern


  • Incidence of triple negative breast cancer increasing
  • Almost half of the breast cancer deaths in India preventable
New Delhi, 18th November 2016: As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, oncologists in the capital have expressed concern that not only is breast cancer incidence increasing in the country, but cases of more aggressive cancers that are difficult to treat are also on the rise.
Doctors say it is important to underline that breast cancer is today the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Indian women.
“As compared to 10 years back, the numbers of patients reporting breast cancer has increased, their median age has decreased and the incidence of more aggressive cancers, especially triple negative breast cancer has also increased. The shifting epidemiology of breast cancer in India raises the need for more research to determine the causes and risk factors typical to Indian population. Currently Indian research is focusing on triple-negative breast cancer, breast cancers in younger women and in those with familial history,” says Prof (Dr.) P K JULKA Director, Max Oncology Day Care, Lajpat Nagar.                    
Triple-negative breast cancer refers to the breast cancer that does not express the genes for estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor (PR) or Her2/neu. This means that it is not driven by any of these factors and hence does not respond to treatment targeting these. Since chemotherapy usually target one of these three receptors, triple negative breast cancer is much more difficult to treat.
“We have seen a rise in number of patients reporting this type of cancer (triple negative). More often than not relatively younger women (those under 50 years of age), are diagnosed with more aggressive cancers. It is disheartening to note here that the survival rates for younger women are actually lower than older women because the former tend to have more aggressive cancers that grow rapidly, are more invasive and have poor prognosis,” adds Dr Julka.
In a number of cases, patients who report such aggressive and invasive cancers have a mutation in BRCA 1/BRCA 2 genes. These genes in normal cells have a tumor suppressing ability; however, when in people who carry a mutation in these genes, risk of breast and ovarian cancers is significantly high.
“People who have more than one cancer patients in their families are recommended to undergo a genetic test for gene mutation. Knowing whether they carry a mutation or not helps them be better prepared to deal with the disease. It is important to note here that Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie underwent preventive mastectomy because genetic testing revealed she had a high risk of breast and ovarian cancers,” says Dr Julka, a recipient of Padma Shri.
The factors responsible for rising breast cancer incidence in India include adoption of western lifestyles involving excessive smoking, drinking, and sedentary habits; delayed age of marriages and child birth for women; late age of first term pregnancy or no pregnancy (nulliparity); reduced durations of breast feeding or no breast feeding as well as late menopause.
Shift in reproductive behaviours is associated with increasing risk of breast cancer. Pregnancies and breast feeding are mitigating factors as they reduce the risk of breast cancer. More number of pregnancies, longer duration of breast feeding are breast friendly factors. Similarly, physical inactivity, obesity and sedentary lifestyles are other major causes of increasing breast cancer incidence.
The good news is that survival rates have improved in recent years due to the availability of highly improved therapies and treatment protocols and adoption of a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment has helped a lot. Today, it is possible to successfully prolong the life of a patient using a multi-dimensional approach to treatment, especially if the disease is diagnoses in stage 1 or stage 2.
“According to American Cancer Society, there are around 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. In fact the survival rates in developed countries such as the US, Japan and Sweden are more than 80%. In western countries, regular screening programs have succeeded in early identification and treatment of a large number of women. However, late diagnosis remains a major challenge in India and survival rates here are among the lowest in the world. More than 60% of patients are diagnosed in stage 3 or 4, by when the cancer has spread to more than the immediately affected region,” points Dr Julka.
Most patients who are suffering from highly treatable cancers also lose out the battle because of late detection. Absence of a community based screening program in India puts the onus on individuals. Unfortunately, the number of cases will further increase in the coming years because of a series of lifestyle factors discussed above.
Breast cancer can be defeated by staying alert
Almost half of the breast cancer deaths in India can be preventable if the disease is presented on time. Regular screening not only saves lives by diagnosing the disease at an early stage, but also allows doctors to undertake less toxic and less disfiguring treatments:
  • Monthly self examination starting at 25 years of age: Once in a month after completion of menstrual bleeding, it is recommended that you conduct a self examination to rule out any lump, or change in shape of your breast area.
  • Clinical breast examination is recommended every 3 years after one turns 25
  • Clinical Breast Examination with mammography yearly after the age of 40 years.
  • Undergo genetic testing for BRCA 1/BRCA 2 genes if more than one family member has been diagnosed with cancer. This will help you know your risk

The Great Indian Film and Literature Festival 3rd edition, Gurgaon Chapter opens up at DLF Cyber Hub


Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Ruskin Bond , Prakash Jha, Subhash Gai, Anurag Batra and Sumita Misra inaugurates the event which aims to promote the vernacular spirit of Indian film and literature to showcase of intermingling demographics, varied cultures and multiple beliefs, promoting the diversity of varied cultures and the the same time accepting the world as one family – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam


New Delhi, 19th November 2016Eminent artists of film fraternity will inaugurate a three day-long event showcasing the vernacular spirit of Indian film and literature.
 The Gurgaon chapter 2016 opens at DLF Cyber Hub from 2nd - 4th December from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
 The GIFLIF 3rd edition, will include a play and a music concert, in addition to a plethora of panel discussion on themes hovering around filmmaking, digital media, advertising, publishing, literature, script writing and film screening, as well as cultural stimulants like book readings, Kavi sammelan, and a poetry finale
 “The panelist gracing the occasion will be Padma Vibhushan, Dada Saheb Phalke Winner Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Subhash Ghai, Prakash Jha, Padma Bhushan Ruskin Bond, Kiran Nagarkar, Piyush Misra, Raj Shekhar (Lyricist - Tanu Weds Manu), Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Juhi Chaturvedi (Writer - Piku & Vicky Donor), Major General GD Bakshi, Anjum Rajaballi (Writer - Rajneeti & Aarakshan), Annurag Batra, Anand Neelakantan, Sharat Katariya (Director - Dum laga ke haisha), Rajkumar Gupta (Director - No one killed Jessica, Aamir), Rahul Roushan (Founder faking News), Arunabh (Founder - TVF), Surendra Sharma (Renowned Poet), Dr. Sita Sagar and many more.

Key Note: Team GIFLIF also conducted preliminary round of poetry contest in rapid metro at Gurgaon on 13th Nov 2016, which was itself an unique attempt whose finale will occur on 4th Dec 2016 at Cyber Hub.
 A devised performance based on Shakespeare’s King Lear. Written and directed by Rajat Kapoor and accepted by Vinay Pathak, a performance of poetry on guitar by Raj Shekhar, and The launch of “Ballimaaraan” - a Piyush Misra band.

“SBI card GIFLIF is all set for the third edition of the festival after the successful execution of previous Gurgaon and Bhopal chapter, respectively in the year 2015 and 2016. The second edition of Gurgaon chapter has added few more dimensions to entire gamut of the festival. Along with film screening, panel discussion, book reading, kavi sammelan we added play and music concert as well” says Amit Sinha, A Hindi poet of exceptional calibre

GIFLIF was started in 2015, from Gurgaon. “Film and Literature festivals were happening in isolation and came the idea of creating a synergy of both the forms of expression and expected it to create new bridges in connecting people and an entertainment value with intellectual stimulation at the core”

Viveurs of times past as the inspiration behind La Martina Autumn/Winter 2016-17 collection

Taking a break to catch a fleeting glimpse of times past can reawaken inspiration more than one may think – as Diana Vreeland used to say ‘The eye has to travel’.

La Martina Autumn/Winter 16-17 collection draws inspiration from a journey across Latin lands, all the way to the sophisticated yet quietly lavish city of Paris, seen through the eyes of viveurs between the 1940’s and 50’s.

Salons, travel, car racing, irresistibly charming women, Polo tournaments and glamorous parties: this was the life of Porfirio Rubirosa, a true hedonist of bygone days, a Dominican diplomat, a Polo player and a playboy from the 50’s as well as the true driving force of La Martina new collection, intended as a tribute to the world of Polo on and off the field, its lifestyle and sophistication.

The collection takes cues from the glory of a former era and revolves around a young man and his fervent passion for Polo - with which La Martina has been most closely associated for over three decades - throughout his daily activities from day to evening: training and competing on the playing field, revelling in the Club House lifestyle and celebrating victory after a star-studded match.

Reading and interpreting, evoking and celebrating, unravelling and recreating, revisiting and evolving, always in keeping with the values of Polo, are the key words of the new AW16 collection. Its new take on iconic pieces featuring new details, timeless staples and classic textiles conveys a new flavour to a collection reminiscent of older days and sophisticated sportsmanship.


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Hyderabad: 573 H & I, Road No-1, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana

Website: - www.lamartina.com

Price: - On Request


La Martina, an iconic international luxury Polo brand forayed into India through Luxus Retail Pvt. Ltd. Ms. Eliana Koulas, Co-Founder & Director, Luxus Retail Pvt ltd-La Martina. La Martina will turn 30 in 2015. In the mid-1980s Lando Simonetti, the Italian-Argentinian who’d had a long and successful fashion and accessories career in the United States, created a brand which was 100% dedicated to the research, development, production and marketing of technical equipment for polo players.

La Martina currently has a commercial presence in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and South-East Asia, with more than 70 exclusive outlets in Buenos Aires, Palm Beach, Miami, Las Vegas, St Tropez, Milan, Lyon, Porto Cervo, Capri, Dubai, Doha, Cancun, Kuala Lumpur and India.