Thursday, 29 September 2016

Cathay Pacific Group raises HK$20 Million in 2015 to support deprived children worldwide and disaster recovery in Nepal


The Cathay Pacific Group and the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) today announced that close to HK$20 million was raised from passengers through the Change for Good inflight fundraising programme and the Group’s staff appeal during the 2015 programme period.

Of the total donation, HK$13.9 million has been used to support UNICEF’s ongoing efforts in improving the lives of vulnerable children worldwide, while HK$6 million has been used to provide life-saving supplies, services and other relief work in Nepal following the devastating earthquakes that struck the country in April last year.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Ivan Chu said, “We are delighted to partner with UNICEF HK, running Change for Good and encouraging our passengers to donate their unused currency for a meaningful cause. Since its launch in 1991, more than HK$165 million has been raised to support UNICEF’s ongoing efforts. We wish to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our passengers for their generous contribution, and to our staff, especially the many who have volunteered with UNICEF HK to support the programme.”

Ms Judy Chen, Chairman of UNICEF HK, expressed her appreciation for the airline’s support: “Change for Good is a well-established direct funding programme, contributing significantly to the sustainability of UNICEF’s life-saving initiatives in over 150 developing countries. In 2015, 55% of UNICEF’s regular resource programmes have been dedicated to impoverished regions and villages in Sub-Saharan Africa, 19% towards the Middle East and North Africa, 17% towards Asia, and 9% to the rest of the world. Funds have been used to support the strategic outcomes of health, education, child protection, nutrition, social inclusion, water and sanitation and HIV/AIDS. I sincerely hope more people can join us in making a difference for children by donating through Change for Good.”

In times of major natural disasters, Cathay Pacific has responded quickly, through mobilizing its staff, making donations and offering its services to transport emergency supplies, relief personnel and volunteers to the affected region. In May 2015, passengers of Cathay Pacific and Dragonair extended their generosity to the people of Nepal by donating HK$2.6 million within two weeks of the earthquakes, which is equivalent to more than two months of regular donations. Together with HK$1.7 million raised through Cathay Pacific staff donations, a figure matched by company funds, the Group was able to contribute a total of HK$6 million to aid UNICEF’s emergency relief work in the country.

Ms Chen added, “UNICEF responded to the earthquakes that struck Nepal in 2015 with a humanitarian action plan by calling for US$120 million, of which 80% has been directed towards education, water and sanitation, health, child protection and nutrition to meet the needs. For instance, emergency care centres were established to support life-saving health services and prevent outbreaks of communicable diseases. To treat children with malnutrition, ready-to-use therapeutic food and supplementary feeding were provided. UNICEF also provided emergency and sustained water supply intervention through the distribution of water treatment products and hygiene kits to the local communities. As such, the additional HK$6 million raised by Cathay Pacific has given heart-warming relief towards the life-saving and recovery work for children and their families in Nepal.”

A team of 11 staff volunteers from Cathay Pacific took part in a UNICEF-led field visit this July to Birgunj and Kathmandu in Nepal. The team saw at first-hand how passenger donations were effectively transformed into disaster recovery needs. With many homes and schools having been destroyed by the earthquakes, UNICEF immediately set up Temporary Learning Centres to provide children with safe environments in which to learn.

Cabin Crew member Tara Tjhang, who was part of the Cathay Pacific volunteer team, said: “It was a humbling, yet very encouraging experience to meet and interact with those children whose lives have been touched through UNICEF’s projects. It is meaningful to know that the simple task of distributing the Change for Good envelope during our flights makes a difference in many people’s lives.”

An average of one month’s proceeds from Change for Good raised in 2015 has also been donated to the Cathay Pacific Wheelchair Bank, a charity set up in 1996 to improve the mobility of Hong Kong children suffering from severe neuromuscular diseases.

Healthy Lifestyle score of India found to be 68 out of 100

Saffolalife Study releases a research-backed lifestyle score of India. The Healthy Lifestyle Score of India found to be 68

 (The Healthy Lifestyle Score for India has been calculated basis research in 5 cities Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore & Chandigarh)
Saffolalife Study releases Mumbai’s Healthy lifestyle score of 67 with Bangalore leading the Healthy Lifestyle score at 71.

28th September, Mumbai: Saffolalife releases a research-backed India’s lifestyle score with India
reporting a Healthy Lifestyle Score of 68. While Bangalore leads with a score of 71, Mumbai’s healthy lifestyle score was found to be 67.

Running in its fifth year, Saffolalife study is a research on factors impacting heart health. This year, Saffolalife has studied the healthy lifestyle of India, through a composite lifestyle score, and has ascertained the impact that lifestyle has on heart health.

The Saffolalife study 2016 was conducted in 5 cities of India namely Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chandigarh. The study saw participation by 586 urban Indian males and females in the age group 30-55 years. The Healthy Lifestyle Score, presented by Saffolalife, was developed by Medical Nutrition Foundation, and is endorsed by 3 professional bodies – Hypertension Society of India, Indian Academy of Diabetes and the Association of Physicians of India. The Research survey was conducted by Nielsen India Pvt. Ltd. and the diagnostic survey was conducted by SRL Ltd.

Talking about the Saffolalife study, Padmashree Professor Shashank Joshi, President of Hypertension Society of India, Senior Endocrinologist,Lilavati Hospital and Research Institutesaid, “The complete healthy lifestyle score is based on three component scores- stay active score, eat better score and be happy score, which encapsulates all key aspects of one’s lifestyle. This is, in fact, an empowering tool that will help people to assess and understand their life style and its impact on heart health, monitor changes in their lifestyle and thereby empower their life in order to be more heart healthy.”

Commenting on the study, Dr. Shweta Rastogi, Chief Dietitian & Lifestyle Medicine Consultant, Guru Nanak Hospital & Research Centre said, “Diet is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you eat a nutritious breakfast. Add more wholegrains, nuts, and fruits and vegetables to your plate. Not just diet, but staying active and being active are essential for a healthy lifestyle” 

KEY FINDINGS OF THE STUDY

Lifestyle score
·         Saffolalife releases a research-backed lifestyle score of India
·         Saffolalife Research releases Mumbai’s Healthy lifestyle score of 67 which lags behind the All India score(The Healthy Lifestyle Score for India has been calculated basis research in 5 cities Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore & Chandigarh,), and Bangalore leading the Healthy Lifestyle score at 71. Mumbai’s Healthy lifestyle score however seen to be ahead of Delhi which is the lowest at 65
·         38% of Mumbai people found to have a Lifestyle score of less than 65 which is defined as a low lifestyle score

PARTS OF LIFESTYLE SCORE
·         Lifestyle Score comprises of 3 Factors – The Eat Better Score, Happiness Score and Active Score*
·         Saffolalife Research releases India’s Eat Better Score at 58, Happiness Score at 55 and Active Score at 35. This showcases how the sedentary lifestyle of India is pulling its healthy lifestyle score down*
·         As compared to India, Mumbai’s Eat Better Score is at 51, Happiness Score at 81 and Active Score at 31.In contrast to this, Delhi’s Eat Better Score is at 58, Happiness Score at 59 and Active Score at 28. This shows that both Mumbai and Delhi have a sedentary lifestyle but the Happiness Score of Mumbai is significantly higher than Delhi*

Impact of Lifestyle on Heart Health
·         INDIA : Saffola life Research has found that the Incidence of heart health related problems such as Cholesterol is 10 percentage lower among those who have a higher lifestyle Score In India ( HLS > = 65 considered as healthy and HLS<65 considered as not healthy)
·         Cholesterol levels a concern for Mumbai with more than 38% have high cholesterol; more than any other city


IDENTIFYING KEY REASONS BEHIND MUMBAI’S LIFESTYLE SCORE
Eat better Score:
·         Mumbai Eats out more often than other key cities, only 3% never eat out vs. All India average of 13%. This is also reflected in Lowest Eat Better Score (51) of Mumbai as against other cities and All India Average (58)
·         59% of Mumbaikars end up skipping a meal
·         Regularity in eating Wholegrain Foods is seen to be lower  in Mumbai at 38% as compared to all India Average of 58%
·         Only 35% of people in Mumbai regularly consume fruits vs. Delhi at 49%
·         Consumption of Green leafy vegetables is lower in Mumbai than Delhi (Mumbai at 38% vs. Delhi at 47%)

HAPPINESS SCORE
          68% of the people in Mumbai sleep for an optimum 7-10 hours duration per day – the highest among cities, above the All India average of 53%
          Mumbai and Bangalore lack in the quality of sleep. Only 33% people in Mumbai and 32% people in Bangalore seen to have a sound sleep
          People pursuing hobbies is much higher in Mumbai at 70% and Delhi at a 46%
          80% people in Mumbai have a positive outlook of life and are hopeful about the future vs only 57 % in Delhi

ACTIVE SCORE
          Only 36% of the people in Mumbai exercise regularly vs. 56% of the people in Delhi
          One of the reasons for Active Score amongst people in Mumbai, is found to be- travel in public transports (Mumbai, at 62% vs. an all India average of 50%)

HEART HEALTH
·         Close to half the people in Mumbai have never checked their BP and blood sugar levels
·         Cholesterol levels a concern for Mumbai with more than 38% have high cholesterol; more than any other city
·         Mumbaikars still ignorant on the cause of Women’s Heart health (70% under the false perception that women rarely suffer from Heart diseases vs. 51 % at an all India Level)

Saffolalife Study
Saffolalife is a not-for-profit initiative started by Saffola around 15 years ago. The Saffolalife initiative addresses heart health and nutrition aspects of preventive healthcare and seeks to impart accurate, credible and expert-led information. Over the past decade, Saffolalife has driven thought leadership in the space of heart health through and has been committed to the cause of educating and inspiring people on the importance of taking care of their heart.



*Eat better score, Stay Active score and Be Happy score are all top box scores in %


Kriti Sanon gets Ms.Taken with USPL


September 29, 2016, New Delhi / Mumbai: Kriti Sanon, the talented film actor has made a foray into the world of fashion. The actor has collaborated with Sachin Tendulkar-backed celebrity fashion company Universal Sportsbiz Pvt. Ltd. (USPL) to launch Ms.Taken, a signature western wear line. The collection sports casual and semi-formal garments with categories including Tops, Tunics, Dresses, Trousers, Jackets, Denims and so on.  Ms.Taken epitomizes the young, confident and independent Indian woman who expresses her individuality and walks her own path. The brand was launched with an offbeat fashion walk showcasing the fall-winter 2016 collection with Kriti Sanon being the showstopper.           

Speaking on the occasion Kriti Sanon said, ‘’An Indian woman’s demeanour is often misconstrued when she expresses herself. Ms.Taken asserts the young woman’s aspirations and confidence. My aim is to provide affordable western wear attuned to our Indian sensibilities. Ms.Taken is also a reflection of my own sense of style and allows me to connect with people beyond my films. I am delighted to collaborate with Anjana and her team to bring to life our vision of launching a stylish range of clothing in India.’’    

Anjana Reddy, Founder and CEO of Universal Sportsbiz said, ‘’Ms.Taken collection embodies the progressive, carefree and graceful young Indian woman with its cuts, styles, silhouettes, fits and colours. The extensive range of casual and semi-formal wear is eclectic and vibrant. Ms.Taken will help recreate a woman’s wardrobe for everyday as well as special occasions. Kriti’s style quotient is exemplified through this collection.’’

‘’As most modern Indian women are now shifting to adorn western wear, Ms.Taken is likely to put an end to their search with a comprehensive collection of more than 400 options. With the segment growing at more than 20% annually we are confident that Ms.Taken will offer a strong and compelling proposition in the western wear segment.’’ Reddy added.       
Salil Nair, Customer Care Associate & CEO, Shoppers Stop Ltd commented that,In line with our brand philosophy of ‘Start Something New’, we are excited to launch Ms.Taken, a signature women’s western wear line by Kriti Sanon from the house of USPL. With Ms.Taken on board, we continue to build and expand our partnership with USPL. This collaboration is testimony to our joint commitment to offer customers the best in class encompassing international designs, differentiated silhouettes, unique color palette and fashionable styling. The premium, progressive and carefree positioning of Ms.Taken fits seamlessly into our diverse portfolio of fun and chic women’s wear brands. We are confident Ms.Taken will find a multitude of takers in Shoppers Stop customers.”

Ananth Narayanan, CEO, Myntra said, "We have been working successfully with USPL to retail their youth focused brands Wrogn and Imara which are poised for 3x growth on Myntra in FY17. The launch of Ms. Taken exclusively online on Myntra will help drive this growth further. We are confident that USPL's focus on long term brand building and our cutting edge consumer insights will continue to strengthen our partnership, and will make Ms.Taken a leader in the women's western wear segment."
The collection is priced between Rs. 699/- and Rs. 2999/- and will be available at select Shoppers Stop outlets across the country and www.myntra.com.


USPL is the only homegrown Indian company with significant presence in the multi-billion dollar celebrity fashion lines business. Founded in April 2012, USPL’s portfolio of leading brands includes Wrogn, a premier fashion brand inspired by Virat Kohli and Imara, a contemporary women’s ethnic fashion brand with Shraddha Kapoor.

India to Host “18th World Congress of Criminology” for the First Time




Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences (JIBS) a part of the O. P. Jindal Global University (JGU) in collaboration with the International Society of Criminology (ISC) is organizing the “18th World Congress of Criminology” in India for the first time. The summit will be held from 15-19 December 2016 at the O.P. Jindal Global University campus in Sonipat, Haryana.
The trending phenomenon of urbanization and unrelenting migration is leading to wide economic disparities and scarcity of resources for certain sections, which in turn breed fragmentation, conflict and criminality. There is an increasing need for formulation of new policies and reforms that can guarantee the stability of societies. Even as countries strive to control crime within their borders, growing globalization has underlined the need for a broader and international collaboration in criminological research.

The 3-day Congress is a congregation of experts, think-tanks, thought leaders, scholars, professionals discussing and deliberating on some of the most pressing issues related to crime and deviance that we face in the 21st century and their subsequent prevention.
Speaking ahead of the conference Prof. (Dr.) C Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, JGU, said, “The 18thWorld Congress of Criminology will feature some of the most important voices on the challenges faced by the criminal justice systems in developing economies and will seek to address critical issues surrounding criminological research in great detail. Forums such as these present an opportunity to globally discuss some of the most serious challenges relating to the rule of law in our societies and we, as an educational institution have always tried to create meaningful platforms and enable deliberations that can reflect upon such issues in an intellectually rigorous manner.”
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director of Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences called on experts in criminology and related disciplines to come together and engage in rigorous discussion and debate on the universal challenges faced in developing crime prevention policies for effective intervention and prevention.

He said, “We are privileged to be hosting the 18th chapter of the World Congress of Criminology, for the first time in India. We hope that scholars from this part of the world, India and the neighboring countries, will avail of this opportunity to facilitate scholarly discussions on the issues that are persistent in their regions and be able to garner solution-based debates and policy reforms that can hopefully be carried forward by the government, community and non-government organizations.”

The main theme of the Congress will be Urbanization, Globalization, Development& Crime: Opportunities & Challenges of the XXI Century. Panel discussions will also focus on critical issues pertaining to Extremism, Terrorism & Warfare: Mass Violence and its Impact on Society, Victimization of Vulnerable Populations: Crimes against Women and Children etc.

According to the President of the International Society of Criminology, Dr. Emilio Viano, “Participating in the Congress is a unique opportunity to present your work to the world community of criminologists and to begin, or expand and strengthen your interdisciplinary connections, multi-disciplinary cooperation, and the successful advancement of your career and standing in the profession.  In an increasingly competitive academic world, the World Congress of Criminology gives you the best chance to shine presenting your work and to advance building your future.”

This prestigious forum is being organized since 1938 under the auspice of the International Society of Criminology, and will bring together leading academicians, researchers, professionals and policy makers from across the globe. Platforms such as these provide an opportunity for intellectuals from diverse disciplines and areas of work to exchange ideas and formulate policies and solutions that can help in effective prevention and intervention of crime.

The 18th edition of the Congress is being organized in India by the Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences, a value based research institute of O.P. Jindal Global University which is committed to understanding, developing and applying human process competencies through continuous experimentation, research and learning related to applied and experimental behavioral science.

JINDAL INSTITUTE OF BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCES (JIBS)

Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences is a value based research institute of JGU which is committed to understanding, developing and applying human process competencies through continuous experimentation, research and learning related to applied and experimental behavioral science. JIBS focuses on broad areas like social sciences, mental health, neurosciences, neural decision sciences, cognitive sciences, psychobiology management sciences, forensic sciences, social psychology, criminal behaviors etc. Our vision is to expand and strengthen interdisciplinary and collaborative research programs. The institution is committed to enhancing educational opportunities and community engagement and seeks to establish a world class institute in Asia which conducts and applies best behavioral and social science practices in innovative education, research, scholarship and clinical care.

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY

The International Society of Criminology (ISC) was founded in Rome, Italy in 1937. Its objective is to promote activities and research designed to produce a better understanding of the crime phenomenon on an international scale. The Society promotes the prevention of crime and improving the procedures used by the various criminal justice systems. Its activities, therefore, focus both on scientific and practical issues. The International Society of Criminology is a non-governmental organization and many of its members occupy senior positions in their countries and in international institutions. The Society enjoys advisory status at the United Nations and the Council of Europe, and participates in UNESCO’s work.


JGU is a non-profit global university established by the Haryana Private Universities (Second Amendment) Act, 2009. JGU is established in memory of Mr. O.P. Jindal as a philanthropic initiative of Mr. Naveen Jindal, the Founding Chancellor. The University Grants Commission has accorded its recognition to O.P. Jindal Global University. The vision of JGU is to promote global courses, global programmes, global curriculum, global research, global collaborations, and global interaction through a global faculty. JGU is situated on a 80-acre state-of-the art residential campus in the National Capital Region of Delhi. JGU is one of the few universities in Asia that maintains a 1:15 faculty-student ratio and appoints faculty members from different parts of the world with outstanding academic qualifications and experience.JGU has established five schools: Jindal Global Law School, Jindal Global Business School, Jindal School of International Affairs, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy and Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities.

Are You Scared of the Big, Bad Blue?


Blue light is taking a toll on your child’s eye health without you even realizing.

Amardeep Wahi was a happy, healthy 15-year-old, until he began getting headaches. His mother realized that he wasn’t getting enough sleep, because when she’d knock on his door to say ‘Goodnight’, he’d be on his phone or tab.

The culprit, says doctors, is blue light. But what’s the deal with it anyway? The sun emits it, after all. True, and that’s for some part of the day. But when your child is on various screens through the day, there’s a possibility that it’ll affect him adversely.

Blue Light Banter
Besides the sun, blue light can also be emitted in the form of HEV (High Energy Visible) light by electronic gadgets such as tablets, smartphones, laptops, e-readers, or even TV sets. It’s the sort of light that brings out the clarity in your TV set or mobile phone. But its flickering, glaring effect, have both short- and long-term effects on the eyes.

Blue light cannot be blocked easily by the human eye, unlike UV rays. So, it penetrates all the way to the retina with ease. Children’s eyes are comparatively sensitive and vulnerable. Over-exposure (for over an hour, especially if there are no breaks in between) can adversely affect a child’s physical and psychological behavior.

Effect Defect
Naturally, increased screen time means overexposure to blue light, resulting in what is known as digital eye strain. Some of the immediate effects include teary or red eyes and the lack of concentration and sleep. Over a period, there may be a change in psychological attitude as well (listlessness and disinterest).

When children focus on the screen, they set aside everything else, and are sucked into the game or social media network. Soon enough, there’s a convergence of the eye muscles, which limits blinking. This leads to dry eyes.

Too much blue light exposure can also give your child sleepless nights—just like the ones Amardeep had. It affects levels of the sleep-inducing hormone known as melatonin. Sleep disruption, in turn, can lead to exhaustion and fatigue, which can make your child unwell.

However, from a long-term perspective, it may lead to juvenile macular degeneration or even partial blindness. Things usually become worse for children who already have poor eyesight or those with cataract.

Game On
Dealing constantly with devices will soon leave your child and you exhausted—you’ll be exhausted from all the nagging! Obviously, there’s no way we can completely avoid digital devices or ban them. But, there are ways to reduce the negative impacts.

Tell your child to be ‘smart’ while using smartphones. Advise him to take frequent breaks and hold the phone at a ‘safe distance’ from the eyes—at arm’s length. There is another aspect to focus on: find out why your child is always on his phone. Is he feeling left out in school or on the playground? Is he making poor online content choices?

You can make a No-Phone-to-Bed rule that everyone in the family follows. Parents set the best examples, so do make good lifestyle choices yourself. But if your child does have eye irritation do take him to an ophthalmologist and get him protective lenses which are able to better filter blue light than the naked eye.

SLG Jewellers Unveils Scintillating Collection For The Upcoming Festival Season


To make the upcoming festival season more exuberant, SLG Jewellers presents its exclusive Festival Collection. The whole assortment weaves a magical spell by blending the warmth of red sapphires & rubies, glow of pearls and the dazzling beauty of diamonds set in glittering platinum, white & yellow gold.

Adorning the delicate beauty and eternal magnificence of Indian women, this impressive collection is a beautiful fusion of traditional and contemporary designs. The precision of gemstones with gold gives extra elegance to the exquisite ensembles. To celebrate the joyous spirit of this Navratri, Dussehra, and Diwali, these striking pieces of jewellery would be best to sport with traditional clothes.

The entire jewellery collection is specially crafted to mesmerise the customers, keeping in the mind the uniqueness of Indian festivals we have ensured to have designs which are distinct and timeless. Our designs are traditional yet modern, and capture the essence of the festive mood,” says  Mr. Pritesh Goyal, the Director and Designer of SLG Jewellers.

The Festival Collection comprises neckpieces, earrings, rings and bracelets in diamonds and gold. Each design is unique which compliments to the feminine beauty and colours play a vital role in this collection.

Columbia Asia Hospital - Ghaziabad launches a comprehensive ‘Diabetes Care Program’



Ghaziabad  29th September, 2016 : India is the global diabetes capital with the highest number of people being affected by this disease here, as per statistics from the International Diabetes Federation, India Chapter. World Health Organization (WHO) projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030.  Demanding job hours, erratic lifestyles and increasing prevalence of obesity and physical inactivity are some of the major factors leading to diabetes. An estimated one million Indians die each year due to diabetes. Every adult over the age of 40 is at risk, however, awareness about the disease is still low in the country.

Keeping this in mind, Columbia Asia Hospital - Ghaziabad announced the launch of ‘Columbia Diabetes Care Program – Checkmate for Diabetes’. This is the first time a multi-specialty hospital in India is providing a comprehensive, in house diabetes management program. It will aid patients with prevention and treatment options for diabetes. Also, other diabetes related issues like diabetic retinopathy, renal failure, etc. will be assessed and treated or retarded through this program.

On the occasion, the hospital also announced the plan to launch a mobile application that will be available free of cost. A ‘smart’ glucometer, can be used for blood sugar level screening, by the patient and all the records would automatically get uploaded and will be accessible through the app.  This will not only keep a record of blood sugar monitoring over a period of time, but also intimate the diabetes experts/ diabetic educator, in case of any abnormal report.  

As part of the Diabetes Care program, the hospital also launched a ‘Diabetes Care Helpline’ which will be supported through a full-fledged Call Center and will help patients and caregivers manage diabetes better. Now one can dial in 1800-208-2222 to raise any queries pertaining to diabetes and get a solution or advice from a diabetes educator. Moreover, if the patient is already using the ‘smart’ glucometer, his blood sugar details automatically gets updated in the app, and in case of any abnormal reports, he will receive a call from this call center to guide on the way forward.

The hospital also plans to launch initiatives where Diabetes tests will be conducted at clinics using mobile units.

“We are also providing diabetic patients with a team of dedicated care providers and equipping them with technology. This program will help doctors to understand the pattern of blood sugar for each patient observed over a period of time, and design appropriate treatment protocol, we have evolved this program with help and support from Diabetacare, BD and Bosch” said Mr. Gaurav Khurana, General Manager.

“We have initiated a program in collaboration with expert Industry partners to impart knowledge and intensive hands-on training to Diabetes Educators. This will help equip them with customized solutions and aid clinicians and people with diabetes who are being initiated on insulin, said Mr. Khurana. The diabetes educators have also been trained in retinal screening and foot examination. They shall use specialized tools to educate and guide the diabetic population. They shall provide and facilitate comprehensive support to our patients.   

The hospital will provide dedicated caregivers to help patients with gestational diabetes. These diabetes educators will guide, and train them as advised by the Diabetes experts whenever required, to manage diabetes during pregnancy. Again ‘smart’ glucometers will be given to mothers to enable diabetes educator from the call centre, to touch base, as and when required.

For Type 1 diabetes, which principally affects children and young adults, the hospital is organizing educational sessions for parents and counselling sessions for affected children with specialists to allay their fears and help them lead a normal life.

“Diabetes is a lifestyle disease that can well be kept under control with lifestyle modifications. Life doesn’t stop with diabetes! The comprehensive diabetes management program will cater to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics as well as for those with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). The program will enable participants to lead a healthy and active life at home and at work,” said Dr. Vinay Bhat, Consultant, Internal Medicine, Columbia Asia Hospital-Ghaziabad.

“The program is based on a multidisciplinary approach that addresses the challenges of managing diabetes holistically with involvement of specialists, family physicians, support staff and patient/care giver; all enabled through internationally benchmarked protocols and mobile technology based interventions,” said Dr. Deepak Verma, Consultant, Internal Medicine, Columbia Asia Hospital-Ghaziabad.

Talking about the comprehensive Diabetes Care program, Mr. Gaurav Khurana said, “Columbia Diabetes Care will be a one stop solution for diabetic patients. Right from diabetes experts, to diabetic educators and counsellors, nutritionists and specialists in Neurology, Vascular Surgery, Ophthalmology, we will provide complete support to our patients. Moreover, being a multi-specialty hospital we will be extending support to patients for any diabetes related co-morbid complications.”   

Biggest Roadshow on GST Awareness



·         5000 IT professionals from Marg Compusoft take to the streets to educate MSMEs on GST
·         Fastest growing accounting and inventory software firm, Marg Compusoft,  targets to educate 5 lakhSME businesses on GST

New Delhi, September 27th, 2016GST is still months away, but momentum is fast building up. Leading the way to GST awareness is Marg Compusoft Pvt Ltd., a leading provider of integrated business management software. Marg Compusofttook it upon itself to bring the much needed awareness about GST (Goods and Services) tax regime today.

The complete business solution software provider, Marg Compusoft Pvt Ltd., organized a huge multi-city road show with the objective of educating and establishing clarity on GST for the masses and especially for small and medium size enterprise owners.  A determined team of 5000 ‘MarGuns’ (as they choose to call themselves) consisting of IT professionals from Marg Compusoft and its business partners were associated with the campaign.

Explaining the purpose of this road show, Thakur Anup Singh, Chairman and Managing Director of Marg Compusoft Pvt Ltd. said, “Our aim was to reach out to MSMEs and educate and establish clarity about GST. This is first initiative by any organization to reach out to such huge audience at their doorstep. While most other companies and the media organisations are spreading awareness on GST through online platforms or through television, we are the first to bring this information to your doorstep.” 

Experts say that GST is probably going to benefit the MSME sector most by changing the existing multi- layered tax structure. Hence it is critical that micro, small and medium-sized enterprises understand comprehensively the changing business dynamics with GST and analyze their growth potential, as they prepare themselves to comply with the country’s largest indirect tax reform.

The campaign was organised in all metros and major tier-2 cities of India. It was an all-inclusive mixture of several activities including road show, door-to door meetings with vendors, group discussions and face-to-face interaction with MSME entrepreneurs and business-minded people. Canopy, Flyers, stickers, pamphlets, banners, t-shirts and caps were distributed as a part of the campaign.  The target audience included shopkeepers, retail shops, industrial estates, IT and hardware markets, traders, distributors, start-ups and so on.

“As a company specializing in SME-Business Management Software, we are now aiming to transform the way our customers manage business accounting and reap maximum benefits from the inventory-led model that will come up with the successful implementation of GST. While our immediate aim is to equip and empower SMEs with a GST- friendly software, our long term goal is to facilitate easy of business and take the Indian economy to new heights,” said Mr Sudhir Singh, Managing Director Sales &amp; Marketing, Marg Compusoft Pvt Ltd.  

Myntra appoints Dipanjan Basu as Chief Finance Officer



Bangalore, September 29, 2016Myntra, a Flipkart Group company, announces the appointment of Dipanjan Basu as the CFO. A seasoned leader with expertise in a multitude of Finance and Business functions, Dipanjan brings over 15 years of experience to the fore.  He moves into his new role at Myntra from Wipro, where he was the Chief Finance & Operating Officer for Wipro’s Digital & Consulting Business.

Dipanjan brings with him a wealth of experience in the space of financial management and operations control, building and setting up new businesses, M&A and investments in startups. He also oversaw the finance function for the Manufacturing & Healthcare business at Wipro and has been instrumental in driving billion dollar deals and leading business process reengineering at Wipro. Dipanjan started his career at Wipro as a young professional and built his way up to being one of the youngest Vice Presidents at Wipro. Dipanjan also had a two year stint with Quatrro Risk Management Services where he was the CFO of the company.
In his new role at Myntra, Dipanjan will be overlooking the finance function of the country’s largest online destination for fashion. Dipanjan is expected to streamline and further enhance important processes as the E-commerce major is witnessing strong growth.

Welcoming Dipanjan Basu to Myntra, Ananth Narayanan, CEO, Myntra said, “Apart from being an exceptionally talented individual, Dipanjan is also a people leader. His skills and expertise in finance and operations will be of immense value to Myntra, especially at this juncture as we scale our business to meet ambitious targets. I would like to welcome him on board on behalf of the Myntra family.”

Speaking on his new assignment, Dipanjan Basu said, “I am looking forward to my stint with fashion E-commerce at Myntra. I believe that my new role will be both exciting and challenging and also a great learning experience.  As Myntra is witnessing a steady growth, I should be able to leverage my experience and knowledge to support and further develop the system.”  

Dipanjan is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and was ranked 7th in India in the CA final exams. He is also a rank holder in the intermediate and foundation examination of ICAI.
Dipanjan is slated to join the team at Myntra on the 17th of October.


Myntra is India's leading platform for fashion brands and a pioneer in m-commerce play. Myntra has partnered with over 2000 leading fashion and lifestyle brands in the country such as Nike, Adidas, Puma, Levis, Wrangler, Arrow, Jealous 21, Diesel, CAT, Harley Davidson, Ferrari, Timberland, US Polo, FabIndia, Biba and many more to offer a wide range in latest branded fashion and lifestyle wear. Myntra services over 19,000 pin codes across the country. With the largest in-season product catalogue, 100% authentic products, Cash on Delivery and 30-day Exchange/Return policy, Myntra is today the preferred shopping destination in India.

Monday, 19 September 2016

PINK - Hindi movie review


Can’t a working girl have a drink and dinner with her friends? What about those girls who stay independently, have a career and once in a while indulge in partying with their friends?
Surely, there is a drift towards the thinking of society towards independent minded girls. It is evident in the metros. Yet, a section of the feudal society still labels them as ‘characterless girls’.
Shoojit Sircar’s PINK, a social thriller film depicts the story of three girls who share an apartment in Delhi. They are career minded professionals, the modern age females.

Monday, 5 September 2016

SONAM KAPOOR JOINS GEMS EDUCATION, UNICEF, RELIANCE GROUP AND THE GLOBAL GOALS CAMPAIGN TO LAUNCH THE WORLD’S LARGEST LESSON INDIA PROGRAMME ON NATIONAL TEACHERS DAY

 
“If we want to reach real peace in this world, we should start educating children” – Mahatma Gandhi
 
INDIA, 5th September 2015 – In September 2016, world leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will mark the first anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These Global Goals are a global plan to end poverty, reduce inequalities and combat the threat of climate change by 2030.
 
The World’s Largest Lesson provides a unique opportunity for children and young people to engage with the SDGs. Launched in September 2015, lessons have taken place in 160 countries. Participating schools used original learning materials about the Global Goals that were translated into 25 languages. The materials included lesson plans, comic books and an animated film introduced by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, tennis champion Serena Williams and international football star Neymar Jr. In India alone, the World’s Largest Lesson reached an estimated 3 million children who watched an animation film on the Global Goals.

On the occasion of National Teachers Day, 250 eminent educationalists, UN Global Goals champions, members of civil society, UN bodies, corporates, youth groups, students, teachers and one of the esteemed ambassadors of the World’s Largest Lesson, Indian Actor and youth icon Sonam Kapoor, gathered at GEMS Academy, Gurgaon, to launch The World’s Largest Lesson India, the India chapter of the programme, which aims to teach every child in India – nearly 360 million - a lesson about the Global Goals.
 
Powered by India partner GEMS Education, the world’s largest K-12 private education provider, and implemented in partnership with UNICEF, The World’s Largest Lesson India will encourage schools to teach at least one lesson on the Global Goals, to make sure children understand and are empowered by the commitments their country has made to ending poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Schools are then encouraged to support students to take action to help achieve the goals.
 
India is a global leader economically and in technology, and has every potential to become a front-runner in ending poverty. The country is at the crossroads of transformation and several strides have been made to address national and global issues, but more can and needs to be done. With over a quarter of the world’s population being under the age of 14 years old and with India having the largest youth population in the world, children and young people will be most affected by the implementation of the goals. The World’s Largest Lesson India initiative aims to engage children and young people in the ambitions of the goals and encourage their participation in this process of change.
 
The World’s Largest Lesson is an initiative by Project Everyone, an organisation conceived by Writer, Director, Comic Relief Co­founder & UN SDG Advocate Richard Curtis to make the Global Goals famous, so that they stand the greatest chance of being achieved. Speaking about the launch of World’s Largest Lesson India, he said, “We are delighted to launch the World’s Largest Lesson India and are grateful to our founding partner GEMS Education for making this happen. We are overwhelmed with the incredible support of partners such as Reliance Group, tGELF, the very talented Sonam Kapoor and countless others for helping us to engage children in the Global Goals.
 
Children and young people are right at the heart of the Global Goals agenda. The World’s Largest Lesson is based on the idea that if children right across the world grow up knowing about the goals and feeling positive that this is practical plan with a deadline that they can fight for, then I truly believe that this will help them become the first generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined generation to fight inequality and injustice and the last generation to be threatened by climate change. The World’s Largest Lesson is just the first step in this but it’s a very important one and we’re delighted that India’s children can take part. “
 
GEMS Education is the founding strategic partner for The World’s Largest Lesson India campaign and powers all activities in India. Speaking about their association, Mr Amreesh Chandra, Group President of GEMS Education said: “With India accounting to nearly 17% of the world’s population, we have a strategic and resourceful advantage to reshape the world’s priorities, provided we are equipped to understand and execute them effectively. Through the World’s Largest Lesson initiative in India, we are leveraging the GEMS network - 175 schools, over 70,000 children and over 6,000 teachers in India - to spread knowledge of the global goals, pivotal to pursuing national and world development.