Saturday, 25 March 2017

Switch off the Lights and Celebrate EARTH HOUR DAY with Candle Light Dinner

Switch off the Lights and Celebrate EARTH HOUR DAY with Candle Light Dinner

On 25th March, 2017      At Level2 & Indyaki

With a Complimentary “Earth Hour Special Mocktail”

About : On 25th March 2017, to celebrate the annual 'Earth Hour Day', Radisson Blu Paschim Vihar will be organizing a special candle light dinners for all their guests and patrons!

Every year, 'Earth Hour' is observed across the world from '8:30 pm to 9:30 pm' during which people demonstrate their commitment to planet earth by switching off unnecessary lights for an hour and taking part in outdoor activities such as night walks, night treks and candle light dinners.
Radisson Blu Paschim Vihar is all set to support this initiative by creating a memorable evening for their guests. Across the entire hotel, the lights will be dimmed to conserve energy. To make the night even more interesting, guests can indulge in a candlelit dinner at Level 2 and Indyaki. Oro Bar and lounge will be serving unique Earth Hour cocktails and mocktails along with live music - Violinist and Lantern flying. First Earth Hour mocktail will be free of cost.
With the observance of the Earth Hour Day Celebrations, the hotel aims at giving back to the community by taking a step in the right direction towards combating climate change and global warming.
Observe the Earth Hour Day Celebrations at Radisson Blu Paschim Vihar.


The style loaded new avatar of Girggit promises chic & oomph for both the sexes

New Delhi, March 24, 2017: As summer is the best season to flaunt one’s groovy personality, the India’s most revolutionary apparel brand is all set to raise the mercury with its exclusively coolest fashion collection for men and women. Girggit, once known for its colour changing men’s Solar T-shirts has diversified its apparel range to meet the demands of both the genders. This newly extensive range comprises tops, shirts, tunics, mesh dresses, kimonos, camisoles, and a much more for fashion-conscious women. Boys shouldn’t lose their hearts, as Girggit offers a vibrant & comfy range of shirts and t-shirts for them, too. From round neck melange cotton T-shirts to over-dyed Pique Polo T-shirts, and moonlight ocean full sleeves casual shirts to all over geo print bright white full sleeves shirts with silicon wash, men have all reasons to go dash and dandy.

This time, Girggit doesn’t only extend its product range, but efforts are also made to extend its reach in the online as well as the online format. The brand is available in MBOs, major retail chains, and on all the leading e-commerce portals such as Flipkart, Amazon, Jabong, Snapdeal and Limeroad.

On Girggit’s revamping, the founder Himanshu Thakur said, “The astounding performance of our Solar T-shirts and the trust of our customers in quality and comfort have influenced us a lot. And by getting inspired from their invaluable love and constant urge for more Girggit, we have decided to fulfill their demands without making further delays. Today, we are ready to enthrall them with the grand version of Girggit”.

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JanaJal Awarded for Outstanding Community Water Plants

New Delhi, 25th March 2017

The "Nirmal Khora Village” project implemented by JanaJal in June 2016 has recently been awarded for outstanding Community Water Plants by Network 18 under Jaldaan. The award was given away at a function held at Hotel Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai on March 24, 2017.

Water has been one of the biggest problems in the colony for decades. With this project, JanaJal has demonstrated commendable skills by not only implementing it but also operating and maintaining the systems on 24 x 7 basis. The project, the first of its kind in Asia’s largest labour colony was the initiative of Gen VK Singh, Hon'ble MP Ghaziabad and MoS External Affairs, Government of India who also inaugurated the project himself in July 2016.

It includes installation and operation of 5 community water plants that are providing safe drinking water at only 30 paisa per litre to the residents of Khora colony. Given the poor conditions of ground water in Khora, JanaJal is delivering safe drinking water compliant with global drinking water standards for quality and is committed to scaling up the project in Khora and further in Ghaziabad. Through its unique inclusive model, JanaJal has provided gainful employment to members of the Khora community who operate the systems on the day to day basis and are able to earn a sustainable livelihood.

The company already has an agreement executed with GDA to build 33 safe drinking water kiosks in various public places in Ghaziabad. Initial surveys have already been completed and the company will commence installation in April 2017. With the summer season fast approaching, the residents of Ghaziabad are poised to get tremendous relief through this project.

JanaJal has recently received investment from a US based social impact fund to the tune of USD 5 million and plans to install over 1000 systems by 2018. The company is based in New Delhi and has active operations in various cities and States in India. “We are deeply committed to making Right to Water a reality for every citizen of our country” said Parag Agarwal, Founder & CMD of JanaJal.

Sohail Khan at the launch of Being Human's news tore at Seawoods Grand Central Navi Mumbai

Sohail Khan, dressed in his casual best, launches another store of Being Human Clothing in Mumbai yesterday. 

The newly opened store at Seawoods Grand Central mall in Navi Mumbai is the 53rd exclusive brand outlet of the clothing line with a heart and its first in Navi Mumbai. 

The sprawling new store is spread across 2660 sq cms and is located at the Upper Ground Floor in the city’s largest mall.

From Narasimha Rao to Narendra Modi

Launch of ‘From Narasimha Rao to Narendra Modi’ by Swaminathan Aiyar

24 March 2017, New Delhi: Centre for Civil Society, in partnership with FICCI, is hosting the launch of ‘From Narasimha Rao to Narendra Modi’ authored by Swaminathan Aiyar, published by Times Group Books. The book will be launched by Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India, at FICCI on 24 March 2017 at 6.30 pm.

The launch will be preceded by a panel discussion on ‘25 Years of Economic Reforms: From Liberalisation to Demonetisation’. Panelists will include SwaminathanAiyar, Journalist and Columnist, Swaminomics; SwapanDasgupta, Journalist and Rajya Sabha MP; Praveen Chakravarty, Senior Fellow, IDFC Institute; BimalJalan, Rajya Sabha MP and Former RBI Governor; and Sidharth K. Birla, Former President, FICCI and currently Chairman, Xpro India Limited. The speakers will discuss the progress India has made in the 25 years since the economic reforms of 1991, and the future agenda that will make India truly liberalised. 

Mr.Aiyar’s book explores India’s transition from elephant to tiger in the last 25 years. India used to be called the world's biggest beggar for foreign aid, and is now poised to become a potential super-power.But despite being the fastest growing major economy in the world, the euphoria over fast growth has faded with public outrage over corruption, dismal government services of every kind, and sectarian tensions. The 25 years from Narasimha Rao to Narendra Modi have been an era of private sector success, government failure, and eroding institutions. New controls and permits have emerged even as old ones have been abolished. The future agenda must include deeper economic reform to make India truly liberalised, an overhaul of all government services to improve quality and accountability, and strong independent institutions that promote merit over political connections.

About Centre for Civil Society: Centre for Civil Society advances social change through public policy. Our work in education, livelihood, and policy training promotes choice and accountability across private and public sectors. To translate policy into practice, we engage with policy and opinion leaders through research, pilot projects and advocacy. We are India’s leading liberal think tank, ranked 50 worldwide by the annual study conducted by the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

RISC-2017 Awards presented to Indian rural startups and innovators by NIRD&PR

National, 24th March 2017 :
The National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati  Raj (NIRDPR) today presented India’s first focused 'Rural Innovators Startup Conclave Awards 2017'. The ceremony was held at NIRDPR, Hyderabad. The 'RISC 2017 Awards' were conceptualized to encourage the rural youth and bring to the fore the creative young minds of the country to showcase their innovations for rural development.

The award ceremony was graced by Chief Guest Shri N. Ramesh Kumar, IAS (Retd), State Election Commissioner, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad. The RISC 2017 Awards received 200 entries from across India. Out of the 200 entries, 110 were shortlisted and 12 were awarded under the categories of “Best Innovators” and “Best Startups”. The  6 best startups were awarded a cash prize of Rs 1lakh each and the 6 best innovators were were awarded a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each, along with a certificate and  glittering memento.

The winners of the RISC Awards 2017 were adjudged  under the following six categories : Agriculture and Allied – Exabit System (Startup category) and Mr D Babu Rao (Innovator category); Green Energy Technologies – Divyanga Thrift and Credit Society (Startup category) and Mr Amol Koli (Innovator Category); Drinking Water, Health and Sanitation– Mr Soujanya Bodha (Innovator category) and Cerela Nutritech (Startup category); Waste to Wealth – Allika (Startup category) and Mr Chandra Dass (Innovator Category); Sustainable Housing – Pipal Tree (Startup Category) and Mohammed Ismail Khan (Innovator category); Suatainable Livelihoods – Ms Ambica Eco Green Bags (StartUp Category) and Mr Tirupati Rao (Innovator category).

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. W.R. Reddy, IAS, Director General NIRDPR, Hyderabad, said, “We thank all the innovators and start-ups for coming out with their inventions and making this event a great success. NIRD&PR will put in efforts to ensure that these products which are at their nascent stage, will receive the kind of support and facilitation required to package them attractively for end users. Going forward, NIRD&PR will be opening up a new front for them – we will be enaging a large number of volunteer service providers for design improvement of these products and integrate these designs in the rural ecosystem.”

Sounding ecstatic after the win, Mr. D Babu Rao added “We are are grateful to NIRD&PR for intitating this first of its kind platform that encourages rural innovators like us to do more for our country and promote entrepreneurship amongst all strata of society.”

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Jabong adds Virat Kohli’s breakaway fashion brand ‘WROGN’ to its product portfolio

India’s flamboyant cricket captain to meet top 2 highest spenders on the day of launch

New Delhi, 

India’s leading online fashion portal Jabong, has announced the addition of Virat Kohli’s breakaway fashion brand WROGN to its product portfolio. The men’s fashionwear brand will be available on Jabong in 450 variants with prices ranging from Rs. 799 to Rs. 3599.

The launch will be supported by digital and social media campaigns including Virat’s selfie video announcing the brand’s launch on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. A separate Shop-In-Shop promotion will highlight the WROGN’s latest campaign images, videos, main categories & brand description on Jabong’s website & mobile app as well as the Jabong’s digital fashion blog. The top two highest spenders on the day of launch will be invited for a Meet & Greet with Virat Kohli while the remaining five highest spenders will receive merchandise signed by the Indian cricket captain.

Rahul Taneja, Chief Business Officer, Jabong said, “We are pretty stoked to launch WROGN on Jabong, which comes from a similar philosophy of being comfortable in your own skin, and therefore, is a great fit for Jabong’s core shoppers. Virat Kohli is a true Indian icon, especially amongst the youth and is a great example of rising above the ordinary by just being himself. Jabong speaks the same language and it’s exhilarating that we will bring more joy to our customers with WROGN on board.”
Kalyan Kumar Gunasekaran, Chief Merchandising Officer, Jabong added, “It brings great pleasure to us to launch WROGN on Jabong. The collection exudes candid and comfort fashion and allows one to carry their own style effortlessly. Each brand uniquely differentiates itself in its language, WROGN for us is just the right click and we are elated to welcome the brand in the cartel.” 

Anjana Reddy, CEO Universal Sportsbiz & owner of WROGN, said, "WROGN is one of the fastest growing men’s youth fashion brand in India, and we are very excited to partner with Jabong and launch our latest SS’17 Collection. Jabong has a strong base of fashion forward consumers and I am sure WROGN as a brand will fulfill their needs”.

Jabong is known to have introduced a multitude of fashion and sports brands in India in the past such as TOPSHOP, TOPMAN, Dorothy Perkins, Missguided, Next, ASICS, ALCIS, Hummel, DC and New Era Caps to name a few.

Virat Kohli has made into the heart of millions and is touted as the best of all times with Kapil Dev even comparing him to the legendary Don Bradman. Virat has been the highest run scorer for India for 6 years straight and was the fastest in the world to reach 25 centuries in ODIs. He also holds the record for the fastest century by an Indian cricketer in ODIs (in 52 balls), the fastest to reach 7,000 runs in ODI’s, first cricketer to score three centuries in his first three innings as Test captain, first Indian Test captain to score a double century overseas and first Indian Test captain to score two or more double centuries.

Jabong is a major fashion multi-brand e-store that offers a wide selection of over 350,000 products across footwear, apparel, jewellery and accessories categories. With more than 1500 international high-street brands, sports labels, Indian ethnic and designer labels from over a thousand sellers, Jabong brings to its customers the latest trends from across the globe.

Built to cater to an untapped sports and entertainment ecosystem in India, Universal Sportsbiz under its brand ‘Collectabillia’, is every sporting enthusiast’s dream. USPL offers opportunities to fans to own memorabilia personally autographed by their icons, and assists celebrities with extending their brand connects beyond endorsements. Incorporated in 2011, India’s first celebrity-commerce company, Collectabillia launched its auction platform during the 2012 season of the IPL partnering with master blaster Sachin Tendulkar exclusively to auction limited edition merchandise post his historical ‘hundredth, hundred’. Moving forward as a company that encourages the collection of sports memorabilia for personal joy or as a strong investment proposition, Collectabillia aims to extend the global market of memorabilia into India, allowing the ownership of personalized merchandise along the same lines as that of art, numismatics and philately. Promoted by Anjana Reddy - also a sports enthusiast and national level badminton player - and backed by the Accel Partners, of the Angry Birds and Facebook fame, Collectabillia aims to bridge the gap between celebrities and their ardent fans by offering a sense of pride and possession.

Annual Arts Festival organized by Canadian International School (CIS) Bangalore


Canadian International School (CIS) Bangalore organized its Annual Arts Festival on 16th March. “Art beyond limitation” was the theme this year with Kindergarten & Elementary School students learning a range of activities from painting like Michelangelo, painting with foot, marble painting, and a Musical workshop (created musical instruments), to pottery sessions, an art fair and a Parent Child Activity with bubbles.

The Secondary school had various scheduled events planned over the week, which kicked off with Music performances, Monologues, theatre performance, Solo theatre pieces, a Shakespeare workshop, the IB2 collaborative theatre Piece and ended with CIS Family BBQ with an awesome band performance by the Rock Band “Salvation Creed”.
The school also provided a platform for various artists whose objectives were to revive the arts and crafts and support folk and traditional artisans and the underprivileged.

Speaking at the event, Shweta Sastri, Executive Director, said “Witnessing the Festival of Arts this year was a treat! Our students are really talented and showcased their flair for visual and performing arts. We had 4 days dedicated to celebrating the arts and ended the festival with our Family BBQ which was very well received”

With the presence of multi-media centers, a state-of-the-art performance theatre - the biggest in North Bangalore, CIS also boasts of a spacious 14 acre campus which allows for a variety of activities- football, basketball, cricket, tennis, badminton and swimming. Students also have the opportunity to get involved in several community projects, by way of the contextual learning program and the IB CAS program.

Knowledge@Wharton High School invites applications for its third annual summer program for international students

More than 600 students from over 50 countries have already registered their interest for the KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy, which will host four programs in 2017. High school students aged between 15-18 years are encouraged to apply.

Past participants have described the program as an “exhilarating experience”; “enriching and a must-do”; and one that prepares them to “function independently”, providing “insight into college life at USA” and an opportunity for “meeting people from different countries.”

New Delhi, March 18, 2017Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS), a member of the Knowledge@Wharton global network, part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is accepting applications to its upcoming summer program, KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy. KWHS promotes global financial literacy, entrepreneurship and leadership among high school students and educators around the world. The program also provides a deeper understanding of business and personal finance and equips students with the skills to excel in a global marketplace. The program includes a session on U.S. college admissions to help students understand the experience of applying to American colleges and universities. The participants also get a chance to be part of a community-service project and receive a certificate that recognizes their volunteer hours. Additionally, students receive a certificate from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania upon successful completion of the program. 

The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy will conduct four two-week sessions from May to August in 2017, at the Philadelphia campus of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. High school students aged 15-18 years are eligible to apply through BrainGain Magazine, a study-abroad portal that is collaborating with KWHS on this program. The two-week program costs $5,110 per student, including tuition, ground transportation and medical insurance coverage during the program, lodging and boarding. The program fee does not include international travel costs, international travel insurance and visa costs.

KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy is a unique opportunity for high school students to experience a high-level business and finance education. In the past, more than 125 students from 21 different countries, including Turkey, Azerbaijan, Greece, China, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Singapore, and India, have attended the program. Last year’s sessions were oversubscribed, with a 400% jump in the number of registered students compared to the previous year. For the 2017 sessions, the program has already received interest from more than 600 students from over 50 countries.

Diana Drake, Managing Editor, Knowledge@Wharton High School, says, “Leadership and entrepreneurial skills are important for the growth and development of students in today’s innovation-driven global economy. The KWHS Global Young Leaders Academy helps to build these skills in students of different nationalities, and prepares them to overcome the uncertainties of the future so they can be successful in life.” Students had an opportunity to meet and discuss the program details with Diana Drake, who recently traveled to India to participate in BrainGain Magazine’s student session at the One Globe Forum 2017 last month. BrainGain Magazine is a partner of the annual One Globe Forum, India’s leading platform exploring the intersection of technology, innovation, smart cities, skills, regional collaboration and education and how they contribute to the 21st century knowledge economy.

Several students who attended the KWHS Summer Program have shared their positive experiences:

Priyavrat Gupta, a student of Vasant Valley School in New Delhi, says, “It was an exhilarating experience which gave me invaluable insights into the world of entrepreneurship. My favorite thing about the program was the classes taught by the professors. I learnt to be independent, confident and also hone my oratory skills.”

Another alumnus of the program, Adit Mukherjee from Jamnabai Narsee International School, Mumbai, says, “Enriching and a must-do, it gives significant insights into life at University. I learnt how to stick to deadlines, how to live on my own, make my own choices, and function independently.”

Marina Rauter from Brazil’s St. Paul’s School, says, “I had the best time of my life, meeting people from different countries and attending amazing classes. I cannot thank Wharton enough for this experience.”

Helen Li from China’s Shanghai High School International Division, says, “My experience has been truly amazing. I made a lot of friends from different parts of the world. The campus was mesmerizing…It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in business or not, this program will give you an insight into college life at USA.”

Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The school has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and a powerful alumni network of 93,000 graduates.
Knowledge@Wharton is the online business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The site, which is free, captures relevant knowledge generated at Wharton and beyond by offering articles and videos based on research, conferences, speakers, books and interviews with faculty and other experts on current business topics. Knowledge@Wharton offers content in ChineseSpanish andPortuguese and has a separate site for high school educators and students.

Typhoo's Summer time recpies

The time of the year is here when all we want is a healthy rejuvenating drink. 

To help you relax in this changing weather, Typhoo- the iconic British tea brand has come up with some cool yet healthy 

1)      Iced Peach Mint green tea  -
·         3 cups cold water
·         5 Typhoo Green Tea Moroccan Mint bags
·         112 ounce can peach nectar
·         ½ cup fresh mint leaves, slightly crushed
·         3 tablespoons sugar
·         Ice cubes

Bring water just to boiling in a large saucepan. Remove from heat; add Typhoo green tea bags.

Steep covered, for 5 minutes. Remove and discard bags. Stir in nectar, mint and sugar. Cover and chill for 2 to 4 hours. Strain tea mixture; serve over ice. Makes 5 servings                             

2) Black currant mint green iced tea –
·         3 Typhoo Blackcurrant Bracer Fruit Infusion tea bags
·         3 Typhoo green tea Moroccan mint tea bags
·         4 cups water
·         Blackcurrant
·         Mint leaves
·         Ice

To prepare the iced tea:

1.       Place six tea bags in a heat-safe bowl or container. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, and then pour over tea bags. Let steep for 10 or so minutes

2.       Once steeped, remove tea bags and pour in 3 cups of cold water. Chill until ready to serve

To serve:
1.       Add several blackcurrant and fresh mint leaves to the bottom of a sturdy glass. Using a muddler or a wooden spoon, press down on the blackcurrant/mint leaves and lightly twist. The blackcurrant will burst slightly and the mint leaves will become even more fragrant

2.       Add ice and pour tea over top. Garnish with extra blackcurrant and mint leaves if you like.

Birlasoft Announces TruView CLM - a Salesforce Fullforce Solution for Media & Entertainment industry

Leverages Salesforce’s cloud, mobile and data science technologies and Apttus’ Intelligent Cloud to accelerate business transformation

New Delhi –March 17, 2016 – Birlasoft (India) Limited, a leading global information technology company, and Salesforce Platinum Partner, in partnership with Apttus, a category-defining Quote-to-Cash solution provider, today announced the launch ofTruView CLM, a Salesforce Fullforce solution for the media & entertainment industry. With the Fullforce Solution, customers benefit from Birlasoft’s expertise in media & entertainment. This proven solution can provide faster and more predictable deployments for customers, empowering them to connect with their customers in entirely new ways -- and truly become customer companies.

The partnership combines Birlasoft's global CRM delivery and industry capabilities, built on the Salesforce platform, with Apttus’ unique CLM solution, to deliver a purpose-built solution for the entertainment industry.

TruView CLM is aimed at simplifying the contract management process for the media and entertainment industry. TheConfigurable Guided Deal Entry Wizard and Real Time Analytics features of CLM solution gives greater visibility into talent and license deals. The solution will enhance negotiation capabilities of the organizations by providing a complete view of all data points of past deals, normalizing talent fees by leveraging analytics and increasing visibility into details by extracting dormant data from the contracts seamlessly.

Dharmender Kapoor, Chief Operating Officer, Birlasoft said, “Our rich and extensive experience with media companies inspired us to develop the TruView CLM solution. The solution will provide complete visibility of contracts to various stakeholders in the industry by reducing contracting lag and costs significantly. Our partnership with Salesforce and Apttus provides us technical support to deliver the solution faster and with immense flexibility.”

“We are thrilled that Birlasoft has been recognized as a Salesforce Fullforce Solution partner and is helping companies in the media & entertainment industry connect with their customers in new ways,” said Don Lynch, SVP, worldwide alliances, Salesforce. We work closely with Salesforce Fullforce Solution partners to ensure our customers benefit from Birlasoft’s proven industry expertise with Salesforce’s Customer Success Platform.”

“Apttus brings over a decade of experience within this industry to the table, and understands that these organizations are under more pressure than ever to focus on outcomes, not processes,” said Gopkiran Rao, Senior Vice President of Product Management and Vertical Markets, Apttus. “Success requires more speed, flexibility, and agility than ever before, and the solution we’ve developed with our partners allow our customers to become industry leaders.”

Birlasoft, part of USD 1.6 billion diversified CK Birla Group, enables clients in Manufacturing, Banking and Financial Services, Insurance, and Healthcare industries become competitive in their business by providing value based information technology services: in onshore, offshore and near-shore models. Birlasoft’s portfolio of services includes Enterprise Application Services, Custom Application Services and Specialized services like Testing, Analytics and Mobility. Birlasoft’s robust delivery processes embrace digitized project management methodologies, embedded within proven practices of Six Sigma, SEI CMMI Level 5 and a secure services framework. Birlasoft has presence across US, UK, Europe, APAC including India. For further information,

Salesforce Fullforce Solutions are systems integrator or consulting partner offerings recognized for their specialization in priority Salesforce industries and other key solution areas. Fullforce Solution partners have demonstrated proven expertise and customer success, and receive Salesforce go-to-market support, executive sponsorship and guidance as part of the Salesforce Partner Program.
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CA Technologies Named as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for the Second Time

Recognition honors those companies who lead with integrity and align principle with action

Mumbai, March 16, 2017 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company®.

For the second year in a row, CA Technologies has been recognized and is one of only 3 winners in the Software and Services category, underscoring the company’s commitment to leading ethical business standards and practices.

“Companies that want to succeed in the Application Economy – where the world becomes smaller and customers grow more savvy every day – must focus on operating their businesses with the highest ethical standards,” stated Mike Gregoire, chief executive officer at CA Technologies. “We know that to effectively build long-term partnerships with our customers, a foundation of trust is fundamental. That requires an unwavering commitment to conducting ourselves with integrity in every aspect of our business.  Without a strong ethical base, companies simply cannot last. We are proud of everything we do, but we are also proud that we do everything the right way.”

“CA is honored to once again be named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute," states Joel Katz, chief ethics and compliance officer, CA Technologies.  “We believe that a strong ethical foundation within our company is the best way to help ensure sustainable business success.  This recognition would not have been possible without the positive contributions to our ethical culture from our employees - all of whom should take pride in being included on this year's list."

Twenty-seventeen is the eleventh year that Ethisphere has honored those companies who recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders and use their values and culture as an underpinning to the decisions they make every day.

“Over the last eleven years we have seen the shift in societal expectations, constant redefinition of laws and regulations and the geo-political climate. We have also seen how companies honored as the World’s Most Ethical respond to these challenges. They invest in their local communities around the world, embrace strategies of diversity and inclusion, and focus on long term-ism as a sustainable business advantage,” explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "Congratulations to everyone at CA Technologies for being recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company."

Methodology & ScoringThe World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient® (EQ) framework whichoffers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.
This year, 124 companies were designated as World’s Most Ethical Companies. These companies represent 52 industry sectors headquartered in 19 countries. The full list of the 2017 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at

Best practices and insights from the 2017 honorees will be released in a series of infographics and research throughout the year (view or download the 2016 insights). Organizations interested in how they compare to the World’s Most Ethical Companies are invited to participate in the Ethics Quotient.
About the Ethisphere Institute

The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication ofEthisphere Magazine. More information about Ethisphere can be found at:
About CA Technologies

CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at

Greater focus on Biomechanics of the Spine critical to prevent lifestyle related spinal injuries

International workshop organized at Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi covers premiere aspects of the application of clinical biomechanics in treating spine-related ailments

New Delhi, 4th March 2017: Clinical biomechanics is a branch of medical science that uses traditional principles of mechanical engineering to analyze biological systems of human anatomy.  With the increasing incidence of spinal ailments due to sedentary lifestyles, desk jobs, and workout injuries, there is greater need to integrate knowledge of biomechanics of the spine into prevention and treatment modalities, agreed experts at a major international conference organized by Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Vasant Kunj in the national capital.

The high-level international conference-cum-workshop on Clinical Spine Biomechanics was organized jointly by ISIC in collaboration with the Spinal Cord Society (India chapter), IIT-Delhi, and University of Toledo, USA, and is centrally themed around the discussion of integration of biomechanics into treatment modalities and management of spinal cord injuries. More than 200 medical experts, orthopedic surgeons, academicians, biomechanical engineers, research scholars, rehabilitation professionals, and industry experts came together from around the globe to take part in the workshop.

The spine is a complex but important structure of the human body, comprising of the vertebrae, and multiple cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal segments. Of late, with phenomenal advancements in the management of spinal diseases, study of biomechanics has evolved into an indispensible part treating spine and spinal cord ailments. Spine biomechanics helps in accurately identifying and analyzing changes and pressures that impact the spine during different static and dynamic positions. For example, an increase in lumbar spine translational movement may result in lumbar disc degeneration or lower back pain, explains Dr H S Chhabra, Chief of Spine Service & Medical Director at Indian Spinal Injuries Centre.

Dr Vijay Goel, Co-Director, Engineering Centre for Orthopedic Research Excellence, University of Toledo said, Intra-discal pressures vary with various positions and physical activities that we perform in our daily lives. As a matter of fact, disc pressure is a combined outcome of object weight, upper body weight, muscles forces, load sharing, and so on, and the kinematics of our bodies, and changes occurring internally owing to various factors including age, sex, stress and strain, or trauma. Our findings at the Engineering Centre for Orthopaedic Research Excellence (E-Core), have suggested that a combination of prolonged sitting and vibration along with adherence to sudden loads for 4 to 8 hours can increase the risk of back pain, which means that the average auto rickshaw driver or truck driver in India are usually prone to load alterations and can have huge problems of the neck and spine. Integrated clinical knowledge of biomechanics needs to come out of the textbooks and the practical aspects of this subject must be looked into carefully, which includes dealing with clinical, ergonomical, and surgical issues in orthopaedics. It can also help rehabilitation professionals as well as the industry at large (in designing advanced level inner implants for spine-related ailments)."

Given the fact that this is the first time our country witnessed an advanced level international clinical workshop dedicated to spine biomechanics and its functional excellence, the conference aimed to deliver a 360 degree perspective on the causes, occurrence, and updated treatment mechanisms of various types spinal disorders.
Spine disorders occurring due to degenerative lifestyle factors can impact a person's mobility and other functional abilities over the long term and sometimes need rehabilitation.

While most spinal cord injuries (SCI) are due to traumatic events, an increasing incidence of backaches and spinal ailments today are being attributed to sedentary lifestyles, deskjobs requiring long hours of sitting, lack of physical activity that weakens the back muscles, among others. Keeping this in mind, the workshop has focused on adapting a holistic approach towards implementing biomechanics as an integrated part of management and treatment of several spine-related ailments such as degenerative spine lumbar, degenerative cervical spine, thoracolumbar trauma, cervical trauma, osteoporotic spine fractures, and so on, added Dr Chhabra.

As a part of the scientific agenda, a series of evidence-based case study presentations, lectures, hands-on training modules, and panel discussions took place involving 50+ faculties from reputed healthcare organizations and educational institutions of various states in India. Apart from Dr . Vijay Goel, Dr. Ali Ozer from Istanbul, Turkey (who is the pioneer in the medical practice of posterior dynamic systems) also delivered a special guest lecture.
India presently ranks second in the total number of spinal cord injury patients in the world, registering over 20,000 fresh cases every year. While accidental falls and slips are some of the causes of spinal injury, road accidents are the prime cause of spinal injuries in India and across the world, and pose a substantial risk of physical and emotional trauma among the victims.

With constantly evolving rapid urbanization and development and adhered lifestyle changes, spinal ailments are likely to increase in India in coming years, and the resultant health burden has now become a matter of concern. The workshop witnessed intense deliberations on highly relevant clinical topics including deformity correction, motion preservative surgery, spine trauma, sports injuries, and regenerative research.

The extensive two-day program includes a half-day brainstorming session highlighting the challenges and way forward of setting up a state-of-the-art clinical biomechanics laboratory in India. In this context, it must be noted that IIT-Delhi, University of Toledo, Hamburg University of Technology, and Stanford University have recently joined hands to set up the first-of-its-kind biomechanics laboratory at the premises of Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, which is expected to begin operations from next year.

ISIC is the most advanced Spine, Orthopedic and Neuromuscular Surgical centre in India with the latest state of the art diagnostics and surgical equipment and a highly qualified team of specialists recognized internationally who have been trained in leading institutes of India and abroad.
Indian Spinal Injuries Centre provides state of the art facilities for the management of all types of spinal ailments. It has a team of dedicated, internationally trained acclaimed spine surgeons providing cutting edge medical, surgical technology.

From the frontlines of change: Corporate titans to shine at India Today Conclave

This annual global ideas platform between March 17th & 18th, 2017, in Mumbai features eminent speakers from India and across the globe

Leading luminaries of the corporate world--Reliance Industries Chairman & MD Mukesh Ambani, Mahindra Group Executive Chairman Anand Mahindra, Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej, HDFC Ltd Chairman Deepak Parekh and Paytm Founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma--are all set to shine bright at the India Today Conclave this year.

The industry titans will fuel new ways of thinking by touching upon relevant topics during the panel discussion spread over two days. On the first day of the event, India Inc will discuss issues ranging from the problem of private investment to the e-economy to the possibilities of making India more attractive as an investment destination. The second day will see a keynote address by Mukesh Ambani who will be speaking on ‘Why Technology Will Change India’ as a ‘21st Century Optimist’.

Talking about the Conclave, one of the notable speaker, Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman and MD of Mahindra Group said, “In the letter inviting me to participate in the India Today Conclave 2017, Aroon Purie said that the Conclave has always “been in constant conversation with the times we live in.”  Conversation… I love that word. In these disruptive times, that is what we need the most. Not heated arguments; not divisive debate; but conversations leading to the promise of greater understanding and better resolution of issues. I believe the India Today Conclave will add enormously to our insights into our increasingly unpredictable world.”

India Today Conclave is a unique platform where the sharpest minds from across the globe converge at a forum to discuss and debate issues from around the world. Taking a break from previous years, the India Today Group's signature event will be held in Mumbai for the first time on March 17 and March 18. The Great Disruption, the theme of the India Today Conclave this year, will feature ground-breaking ideas, innovative experiences and thought-provoking debates.

There will be two days of talking, listening, thinking, doing and experiencing. From the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and former President of the French Republic (2007 -2012) Nicolas Sarkozy, to giants of the corporate world and stalwarts from Bollywood – the list of speakers this year is bigger and bolder, heralding a wave of change.

Speaking on the occasion, Conclave Director Ms. Kalli Purie, said, “This edition of the India Today Conclave is a progressive and directional platform that aims to contribute in rebuilding the disrupted social order. This specially designed multi-sensory experience, spread across two days will be a great opportunity to listen to some of the sharpest minds across the world, get inspired and take some meaningful memories back home. We believe that significant conversations are the way to generate solutions and the Conclave promotes just that. From mobile movie premieres, spell-binding stage performances, curated experiences and gourmet delights – there’s lots that one can enjoy at the Conclave, apart from a powerful thought flow.”

 Come to India's busiest two days at the India Today Conclave 2017 with the world's best sharing one stage:

1.     Abhinav Bindra, Olympic Champion
2.     Adi Godrej, Chairman, Godrej Group
3.     Alia Bhatt, Actor
4.     Amitabh Bachchan, Actor
5.     Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog
6.     Anand Mahindra, Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra Group
7.     Ananya Birla, Founder, Svatantra Microfinance
8.     Anurag Kashyap, Writer and Director
9.     Anushka Sharma, Actor
10.  Arghya Sengupta, Research Director at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy
11.  Asaduddin Owaisi, MP
12.  Abdul Basit, High Commissioner of Pakistan to India
13.  Chetan Bhagat, Author
14.  Deepa Malik, Paralympic Athlete
15.  Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Bank
16.  Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra
17.  Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas
18.  Dipankar Gupta, Sociologist
19.  ElHadj As Sy, General Secretary of International Red Cross
20.  Harish Salve, Lawyer
21.  Kalki Koechlin, Actor
22.  Kapil Sibal, Lawyer, MP
23.  Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs
24.  Leela Samson, Bharatanatyam Dancer
25.  Liz Mohn, Vice-Chairwoman, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany
26.  M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation
27.  Manasi Kirloskar, Executive Director, Kirloskar Systems
28.  Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries
29.  Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic (2007-2012)
30.  P. Chidambaram, Former Union Minister for Finance
31.  Pico Iyer, Author
32.  Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines
33.  Pranab Mukherjee, President of India
34.  Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law, Justice and IT
35.  Rohan Murty, Founder, Murty Classical Library of India
36.  Sabiha Sumar, Filmmaker
37.  Sajad Lone, Minister, Jammu and Kashmir Government
38.  Shah Rukh Khan, Actor
39.  Shashwat Goenka, Sector Head, Spencer's Retail Ltd.
40.  Shivraj Chouhan, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh
41.  Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman, ICSSR
42.  Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO, Paytm
43.  Waris Ahluwalia, Designer, Actor