Sustainable Futures: Technology's Evolution in Real Estate Development

Gaurav Mavi

The landscape of the Indian real estate sector continues to thrive with each passing year, marked by dynamic shifts in technology and sustainability trends. It is undeniable that the forthcoming trend in real estate is intricately interwoven with the seamless integration of technological innovations, coupled with a steadfast commitment to sustainability. This amalgamation not only reflects the industry's adaptability but also heralds a new era where cutting-edge technology converges with eco-conscious practices to redefine the very essence of real estate development. Gaurav Mavi, Co-founder of BOP Group, underscores key points of significance for the upcoming technology-driven real estate sector...

Efficiency Boost through Technology: Technological advancements, ranging from innovative construction methodologies to sophisticated building management systems, play a pivotal role in optimizing resource utilization and reducing waste throughout the real estate development lifecycle...

Intersection of Sustainability and Technology: The synergy between sustainability and technology, exemplified by technologies like Building Information Modeling (BIM) and regulatory frameworks like RERA, is transforming the industry. Smart grids and energy-efficient systems contribute to sustainable operational practices, aligning economic viability with environmental responsibility.

Innovative Use of Eco-Friendly Materials: Recent real estate projects showcase the harmonious integration of technology with eco-friendly materials. Advanced sensors effectively monitor and regulate energy consumption, 3D printing enables sustainable structures using recycled materials, and sensor-based gating systems enhance overall experiences for residents and visitors.

Challenges and Opportunities in Sustainable Urban Development: The incorporation of eco-friendly materials and technology presents challenges such as initial investment costs and navigating regulatory frameworks. However, the long-term benefits include resource efficiency, reduced environmental impact, and heightened market competitiveness.

Consumer-Driven Change: Consumer demand for eco-friendly features is reshaping the real estate market. Buyers increasingly prioritize energy-efficient homes, sustainable materials, and smart home technologies, compelling developers to align their offerings with these evolving preferences.

Emerging Technologies for Sustainability: Emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain hold immense promise for revolutionizing sustainability. AI optimizes energy consumption, while blockchain ensures transparent and traceable supply chains for eco-friendly materials.

Collaboration for Future Success: Real estate professionals can stay at the forefront of sustainable practices by collaborating with technology experts. Cross-disciplinary partnerships, participation in industry-specific tech conferences, and continuous upskilling of teams ensure a seamless integration of eco-friendly materials and sustainable technologies into projects, shaping a more sustainable and efficient future for the industry.

SIA-India's Advocacy Triumph: Telecom Bill 2023 Revolutionizes India's Satellite Landscape

In a historic and transformative decision to promote structural reforms in the telecom sector, the Indian Parliament approved the Telecom Bill 2023 on Thursday, December 21, 2023. This landmark move repeals the colonial era 138-year-old Indian Telegraph Act, 1885. and underscores a commitment to the development, expansion, and operation of telecommunication services in an unprecedented manner, bringing a modern and future-ready legal framework.

The bill aims to ensure widespread access to telecommunication services through satellite spectrum assignment in a liberalized and technologically neutral manner. The approved bill adopts a non-auction route and proposes to assign the satellite spectrum through administrative method aligning with global best practices, and emphasizing global harmonization and standardization for satellite spectrum assignments. In this context, SIA-India gratefully recalls and quotes the words of Hon’ble Prime Minister in the Parliament, which are to be engraved in golden letters in annals of space history in India.  During his intervention, he emphasized that ‘the non-auction route for the allocation of satellite spectrum is essential for national security.”. This groundbreaking step seeks to bridge the digital divide, enhance rural and remote connectivity, and support critical sectors, thereby transforming India's satellite landscape facilitating the entry of new technologies and competitors into the market, promoting innovation.

SIA-India, backed by its satellite operation and services members such as Viasat/Inmarsat, Asiasat, Hughes Communication, SES, Intelsat, Telesat, Lamhas, and Omnispace, has steadfastly advocated for progressive satcom policies, particularly emphasizing spectrum assignment through administrative licensing. The association assumes a crucial role in shaping the future of satellite communications in the country, with its unwavering advocacy efforts extending over 33 months and culminating in this pivotal legislative milestone. At this momentous juncture, SIA-India is pleased to record that the Association's continuous and dedicated efforts and engagement with higher echelons and policymakers at all concerned levels in the government during this period has proven fruitful, in fostering the growth of a robust satellite industry in India.

"The Telecom Bill represents a significant stride in aligning India's satellite industry with global standards. We extend our appreciation to the Ministry for their efforts in understanding and incorporating the industry's perspectives. SIA-India also expresses gratitude to the DoT, ISRO, INSPACe and TRAI for their valuable support. Our association remains steadfast in working collaboratively with the government to foster the development of a vibrant and competitive satellite sector," commented Dr. Subba Rao Pavuluri, President of SIA-India.

"The Telecom Bill recognizes the pivotal role of satellite digital connectivity in India's strategic initiatives, enhancing rural connectivity, national defence, disaster management, and supporting sectors like agriculture, health, and education. With over 1300 Gati Shakti projects and various national missions, the demand for broadband connectivity is crucial. This aligns with the blurring lines between remote and near in sectors like shipping, ports, waterways, tolls, roads, and highways. The ongoing dynamics of migration, amplified by Covid-19, highlight the need for resilient and efficient connectivity. National missions like SMART CITIES, UDAAN, National Health Mission, New Education Policy, and PM WANI require multiple access technologies, where space-based satellite services become crucial. The Telecom Bill's spectrum assignment for satellite services reflects the government's foresightedness commented Anil Prakash, Director-General of SIA-India.

SIA-India is keenly looking forward to the New Telecom Act and its provisions being implemented and enforced accordingly. SIA-India is committed to ensuring that the regulatory framework supports the growth of the satellite communication industry. The association commits itself for continued collaboration with the government and industry partners, promoting policies that drive innovation and growth in satellite communications.

Unleashing the Power of AI: Transforming IT Thought Leadership

In the dynamic dance of the IT sector, staying ahead of the curve is the rhythm of success. Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as the hottest DJ, not only remixing technical capabilities but also redefining the beat of thought leadership. This article explores this electrifying fusion, guiding you through how organizations can leverage this synergy to ignite innovation, spark collaboration, and dominate the digital dance floor.

From Cassette Tapes to Cloud Storage: The Evolution of IT Thought Leadership

Thought leadership used to be about rocking the mic with subject matter expertise and visionary ideas. IT gurus navigated organizations through tech mountains, charted strategic journeys, and decoded industry trends. But as we groove into the digital age, AI has become the hype man, amplifying the way ideas are generated, shared, and executed.

AI's Impact on Thought Leadership: Dropping Beats of Brilliance

Data-Driven Insights: AI crunches data like nobody's business, extracting golden nuggets of wisdom. IT thought leaders can use this to analyze market grooves, customer vibes, and industry trends, making their decisions sharper than a well-tuned EQ.

Automated Research: Forget sifting through endless reports – AI robots do the dirty work, keeping thought leaders at the forefront of the latest tech breakthroughs. This frees up time for brainstorming killer strategies, and not getting lost in research rabbit holes.

Creativity on Steroids: AI isn't just a data cruncher, it's a creative collaborator. Thought leaders can use it to brainstorm next-level ideas, generate groundbreaking solutions, and even automate content creation, leaving more time for strategic headbanging.

Personalized Engagement: No more one-size-fits-all speeches. AI helps tailor communication to individual preferences, making thought leadership resonate like a perfectly personalized playlist. Targeted content, laser-focused outreach – AI turns thought leaders into relationship rockstars.

Predictive Prowess: Forget crystal balls, AI uses predictive analytics to see the future of the industry, customer needs, and potential roadblocks. This foresight lets thought leaders position their organizations at the cutting edge of innovation, always one step ahead of the competition.

Implementing AI-Driven Thought Leadership: From Idea to Execution

Building the AI Arsenal: Organizations need a robust AI infrastructure to support their thought leadership mosh pit. This means integrating AI tools for data analysis, research automation, and predictive modelling. Think of it as your high-tech band equipment.

Level Up Your Skills: Thought leaders and IT teams need to learn the language of AI. Training programs and workshops are like music lessons, teaching them how to leverage AI effectively and turn data into chart-topping insights.

Collaboration Nation: AI thrives on teamwork. Integration of AI-powered collaboration platforms creates a space for sharing ideas, insights, and expertise like a virtual jam session. The more instruments, the better the music!

Ethics in the Spotlight: As AI takes centre stage, ethical considerations become the opening act. Organizations need to establish guidelines for responsible AI use, ensuring transparency, fairness, and accountability. Think of it as a soundcheck, making sure everything is in tune.

AI-driven thought leadership in IT isn't just a technological upgrade, it's a cultural revolution. It's about embracing the transformative power of AI to conceive sharper ideas, make smarter decisions, and lead with true vision. So crank up the volume, let AI be your hype man, and get ready to dominate the IT sector with the thought leadership that rocks the house.

By: Amit Goswami



Geo-Political disruptions, climate change, pandemics predicted to take its toll and impact Businesses in 2024

International SOS Risk Outlook Report 2024

Extreme weather conditions, Ukraine and Israel-Hamas crisis, decrease in workforce travel due to global geo-political disruptions are among the major factors that could drastically impact employee wellbeing leading to Burnout that will have a significant impact on Businesses. 

The global perma-crisis is set to continue to take its toll in 2024, as extreme weather events continue to impact organisations and global instability deepens. This situation is giving rise to concerning levels of employee burnout. According to the latest International SOS Risk Outlook Report 2024, 80% of surveyed global senior risk professionals predict burnout will have a significant impact on businesses in the next year[1]. But only 41% of them feel that their organisations are equipped to deal with it.

It also provides a detailed view of some of the major risks which organisations must address in 2024 including the climate crisis, the power of AI, the evolution of employees’ expectations and worldwide unrest.

Udit Mehta, Executive Vice President and Director of Operations for International SOS comments "2024 will likely be a year that redefines a crises conundrum, with multiple risks driven by instability causing a considerable impact and consistent insecurity that organizations need to address. This coupled with the crisis management functions being continually challenged for a fourth year running since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic implies organizations would need to re-assess not just the resourcing of this critical function but also its placement in management structures.”

Mehta adds, “Concurrent to the survey forecasting an increase in risks faced by organizations in 2024, organizations would need to ensure proactive principles of mitigation are implemented in conjunction with instituting pre-emptive intelligence and analysis capacities. Organizations would also need to ensure partnerships with experts to understand their mobility and location linked exposure while juxtaposing the same with geo-political, geographical and industry-specific risk accrual. A forward leaning approach to address the challenges brought by this era of perma-crisis including expansion and evolution of the crisis and risk functions is critical for organizations to ensure endurance and resilience in the course of fulfilling growth objectives amidst the prevailing volatility.”

The International SOS Risk Outlook Report 2024: The Top 5 Predictions

Running on Empty – The Perma-Crisis Takes its Toll

In recent years, as the disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic began to subside, the emergence of the Ukraine/Russia conflict unleashed new waves of supply chain and service disruptions across various industries. With these ongoing stressors accumulating without respite, the risk of employee burnout is becoming increasingly tangible. The report’s findings noted that organisations have experienced a noticeable surge in stress-related absences. Surveyed respondents emphasise that the perceived risk level for the next 12 months is the highest ever recorded – 65% believe that global risks will continue to grow in 2024 – compounding their crisis management fatigue beyond pre-pandemic levels.

Climate Crisis – Climate Change Comes Home

Over the last 2,000 years, global temperatures have increased faster in the last half century than any other similar period, highlighting how relevant climate risk is now for businesses across the world[1]. One in four organisations reported that they have already seen their operations affected by events attributed to climate change, and this year the second biggest category out of the thousands of alerts issued by International SOS in 2023 was extreme weather events.

This comes as only half of respondents say they have factored climate change into their health and security plans, emphasising how vulnerable many organisations could be. This issue is certainly not going away, as approximately three-quarters of businesses report extreme weather as a challenge to their employees and operations in the coming year.

The continued impact of climate change on human health and wellbeing is now being acutely felt across the world. Dr Vikram Vora, Medical Director – Indian subcontinent comments, “The past few years have seen a rapid and unpredictable rise in unfavourable climate events like heat waves, floods, cyclones and earthquakes, which affect the physical and psychosocial health of the workforce”. The recent floods in Chennai due to the severe cyclone Michaung are an example of the devastation and disruption extreme weather events will continue to cause in the foreseeable future.

The impact of air pollution (as is being witnessed across India and other subcontinent countries), post-flood vector-borne diseases, potable water scarcity and challenges in accessing healthcare, compounds the risk to organizational resilience. 

It is now imperative that all current and future organisational climate action planning includes employee health and wellbeing as a key driver of sustainable business operations.

Global Instability Deepens

The second-highest security concern identified by respondents in this year's survey revolves around geopolitical tensions. As a striking three out of four respondents expressed the belief that their organisations will face significant impacts in the coming year. Notably, the ongoing crisis in Israel and Gaza, as well as the persistent conflict in Ukraine, contribute to this unstable global environment. Civil and social unrest, coupled with political instability, rank as the next largest worries for organisations. The unpredictable nature of these events highlights the need for businesses to adopt robust security measures, proactively navigating the challenges arising from the dynamic global geopolitical landscape.

AI – Risks and Opportunities

AI has inspiring potential to create a new industrial revolution. However, for now, it further complicates the vital task of sorting reliable information from misinformation and deliberate disinformation for businesses. More than two out of five respondents of the Risk Outlook research said they were worried about the effect of medical misinformation and disinformation on their workforces. This rises to three in five when asked about inaccurate political information – a potentially difficult situation as the United States heads into a highly consequential election year.

The New Employment Contract

Three-quarters of surveyed organisations report increased employee expectations for Duty of Care. A similar number are now also shouldering duties previously seen as government responsibilities, including two-thirds who acknowledge extending responsibilities to support workers' families in times of need. This underlines how the era of offering only basic occupational health services for work-related conditions is over. While still essential, occupational health provisions must be enhanced with diverse support and interventions to safeguard and nurture employees globally.

Room to Read Children's Literature Awards (CLA)-USAID awards open up opportunities for Children's Literature creators

Room to Read Children's Literature Awards

Awards for Literature for children and Picture Books for Children were the two broad categories  presented this year by Celebrated author Gurcharan Das at the inaugural edition of Children's Literature awards held in Delhi.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Room to Read India successfully concluded the first edition of its Children's Literature Awards, a pioneering initiative aimed at addressing the dearth of age-appropriate children's literature, particularly in vernacular languages. The Awards, supported by the USAID under the Scaling-Up Early Reading Intervention(SERI) Project, underscore the critical need for quality children's literature in India.

The Room to Read Children's Literature Awards (CLA) were conceived as a response to the shortage of quality children's literature in India, especially in vernacular  languages. Committed to recognizing and promoting high-quality children's literature, CLA seeks to create awareness and evolve a culture of reading through collaborations with like-minded organizations.

The awards serve as a platform to acknowledge and provide new opportunities to book creators while offering high-quality books to children nationwide. In its inaugural year, the awards focused on literature published in the Hindi language and intends to expand to other Indian languages and Room to Read presence countries in the upcoming editions.

This year, the awards were presented under two broad categories, Teacher-Librarian’s Choice Award (where teachers and librarians voted for the best books for ages three to eight and eight to twelve) and Picture Book Creator Award (where Young Picture Book Authors, illustrators and publishers were awarded for their books for ages three to eight and eight to twelve). Celebrated Author and Management Guru, Gurcharan Das, was the Guest of Honour for the day and felicitated the winners.

Speaking on the occasion Mark Tegenfeldt, Director, General Development Office, USAID/India, emphasized, "Promoting children's literature in vernacular languages is essential for building a strong foundation in literacy. The Children’s Literature Awards serve as a platform to spotlight the importance of linguistic and cultural diversity in children's books, promoting relatable literature in India. USAID is proud to partner with Room to Read India on this novel initiative that is set to benefit children across India."

Poornima Garg, Country Director, Room to Read India, stated, "By instituting the Childrens’ Literature Awards, Room to Read India and the USAID aim to establish a foundation to encourage budding writers, illustrators, and publishers to bring creativity and magic to

children's lives. Through such initiatives, we will continue our efforts to contribute towards the national policies in India’s literacy landscape, advancing the realization of the SDG4."


The event featured a comprehensive panel discussion on "Gaps in Original Indian Language Children's Literature and Lack of Book Creators," where literature experts shared insights on the critical issues.

A pivotal moment of the event was the unveiling of the report titled "Bringing Children’s Literature to Classrooms," to support dissemination of learning from the Scaling-up Early Reading Intervention (SERI) project.


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the U.S. Government’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID works to help lift lives, build communities, and advance democracy. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity; demonstrates American generosity; and helps countries progress along their development journey. In India, USAID is collaborating with the country’s growing human and financial resources through partnerships that catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship to solve critical local and global development challenges. To learn more, visit

Room to Read India was established in 2003 and presently has programs in 11 states – Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi NCR, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.

Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education.

Advanced training facilities on Fire Safety by GD Goenka University's C-OHSFE

GD Goenka Univertity's COHSFE

The Centre for Excellence in Occupational Health, Safety, Fire & Environment (C-OHSFE) facility that is dedicated to promoting the study of occupational health & safety and risk engineering was inaugurated by the Hon. Minister Anurag Singh Thakur while he visited the GD Goenka University  in Gurugram, Delhi as Chief Guest for their 9th Convocation Ceremony. 

Key dignitaries and stakeholders from the education and industry sectors attended the inaugural event, witnessing the unveiling of the advanced infrastructure and facilities at C-OHSFE. 

In light of the recently released India Risk Survey report, revealing fire outbreaks as the third most significant risk to businesses and human lives in the country, the University underscored commitment to addressing these concerns through the newly inaugurated Centre for Excellence in Occupational Health, Safety, Fire & Environment (C-OHSFE). The university recognizes the gravity of the situation and affirms its commitment to producing industry-ready professionals who can contribute to enhancing fire safety measures in India. The establishment of C-OHSFE with its advanced infrastructure and hands-on training facilities aligns with the urgent call for a new perspective on fire safety. 


"The launch of the Centre for Excellence in Occupational Health, Safety, Fire & Environment marks a significant milestone for GD Goenka University. We believe in fostering educational excellence and providing our students with the skills and knowledge needed for successful careers. This centre reflects our dedication to producing industry-ready professionals in the critical fields of occupational health & safety, environment and risk management," Nipun Goenka, Managing Director of GD Goenka Group, shared his thoughts further elaborating the main features of C-OHSFE: 

Aircraft Model: The facility is equipped with a Crash Fire Tender(CFT) for fire fighting purposes during aircraft landings that minimizes the risk of fire. 

Vertical Oil Storage Tank: A Vertical Oil Storage Tank with a foam pourer system has been installed in the fire drill ground, addressing fire risks in industries with various types of tanks. 

Confined Space Entry Model: Ensuring worker safety in confined spacesis prioritized with the installation of a model for confined space entry and rescue training. 

Smoke House: A dedicated Smoke Houses emulates real-life scenarios during building fires, providing realistic training for rescue operations in environments with smoke, fumes and vapors. 

Different Categories of Fire Trays: Live demonstrations at the fire drill ground showcase various fire types, guiding students on the proper use of fire extinguishers for different classes of fires. 

Fire Lab: The state-of-the-art Fire Lab features a variety of fire fighting equipment, fire suits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), fire detectors, hydrant accessories, and fire extinguishers for hands-on demonstrations. 

Industrial Hygiene Lab: The lab is equipped with advanced monitoring tools, including Combo PM 10 and PM 2.5 samplers, Handy Sampler for air monitoring, Sound level meter, Benzene sampler, Multi- gas analyzer, Stack Sampler, and Weather Monitoring equipment for practical applications. 

Graduates from C-OHSFE will benefit from practical-oriented education and be well-prepared for careers in diverse industries. The centre offers diploma, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctoral degreeprograms. 


The Savvy Traveler's Playbook for Securing the Finest Private Jets in India to elevate your journey

Booking the best private jets in India reveals a nuanced tapestry of comfort, flexibility, and indulgence for those seeking unmatched travel experiences. With an emphasis on the luxury, comfort, and flexibility of private jets, here is a comprehensive guide for reserving the greatest private jets in India. 

Private Jet  Jet Set Go

Identify Your Needs: Make a detailed list of your trip needs before stepping foot in the realm of private jet reservations. Take into account variables such as the frequently traveled destinations, typical number of passengers, flight length, preferred cabin layout and size,  and frequency of trips. You can customize your private jet experience to meet your unique demands by taking this first step to be clear on your typical travel needs and preferences.

Look Up Reputable Service Companies: Spend some time investigating and locating reliable companies that offer private jet services. Seek out businesses that have a track record of success, satisfied clients, are fully regulated and compliant with DGCA regulations, and offer an aircraft fleet that is modern and well-maintained. Selecting a private jet service with a reputation for safety, dependability,, and quality of service is wise because not all of them are made equal.

Think About Membership Programmes: Investigate the membership plans that some private jet firms provide. Members of these programmes frequently receive special advantages including priority reservations, preferential pricing, flexibility and access to a larger fleet. Examine the numerous membership options and discuss them carefully with the company’s sales team in order to select the one that best suits your travel preferences.

Evaluate your aircraft options: There are several sizes and configurations of private aircraft from smaller turboprops or light jets, to large long range jets. To choose the airplane that best meets your demands, compare the many options and match them carefully to your typical travel needs. This can be complex, so use the services of an expert advisor to help with this step. Think about things like cabin size, number of seats, range, and amenities. Selecting the ideal aircraft guarantees a relaxing and delightful flight.

Recognise Pricing Structures: The cost of a private jet can vary widely according to the type of aircraft selected, the distance traveled, and extra services required. Make sure pricing is transparent and ask prospective service providers for precise quotes. A thorough explanation of the costs should be requested, and you should be aware of any potential hidden fees such as fuel surcharges, and variable costs.

Verify Safety Records and Laws: When it comes to flying, safety comes first. Make sure prospective private jet operators are fully licensed as a Non-Scheduled operator (NSOP) by the DGCA. You can also check their reputation and safety record by talking to an expert aviation advisor. Always seek out businesses who uphold the strictest safety regulations and place a high priority on comprehensive maintenance inspections.

The key is flexibility: Flexibility is one of private jet travel's main benefits. In contrast to scheduled airlines the private aviation sector is ‘on-demand’ so flexibility is the core benefit. Select a service provider that lets you alter the locations and departure timings on your trip schedule as needed. After all your plans can change, and this adaptability makes sure that your time on the private jet fits in perfectly with your itinerary.

Personalized Services: Look for private jet operators that provide individualized inflight service and care. Excellent private jet experiences extend beyond the trip itself, and may include ground connections, unique service requests, accommodating children or pets, customized catering, or particular cabin arrangements. The flexibility to customize the trip to your tastes adds even more luxury.

Examine Customer Testimonials: Read customer testimonials and reviews to learn about other people's experiences using the private jet service company. This first-hand account can yield important insights regarding the caliber of service, dependability, and general satisfaction.

Make a Plan: Planning ahead is frequently necessary to reserve the greatest private jet experience. Demand for private aircraft can be very strong, particularly during the busiest travel times. Make sure you reserve your aircraft as far in advance as possible during peak travel times to guarantee availability and the best aircraft for your trip needs.

You may hire a private jet with confidence if you use these pointers, which will guarantee that your trip is not just smooth but also customized to your particular tastes and needs.

(with inputs from Jet Set Go)

MSMEs boost country's overall economic growth with inclusive development

A unique strategic partnership is formed to educate Small Businesses on Government Schemes and Promote Digital Credit across the Country that aims to empower India's Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME).

U Gro and Laghu Bharti to boost the Indian MSMEs

U GRO Capital, a leading DataTech NBFC focused on MSME lending, and Laghu Udyog Bharati, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting micro-enterprises, today launched a transformative awareness campaign designed to empower India's micro-enterprises with knowledge about government schemes, digital credit, and strategies for success in today's ever-evolving business landscape.

India's MSMEs have long been the backbone of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment generation, industrial production, and overall economic growth. The importance of MSMEs cannot be overstated, as they account for a substantial portion of India's GDP and play a crucial role in poverty reduction and inclusive development. However, for these businesses to thrive, access to credit and financial resources is paramount. This collaboration is set to bring a positive and transformative impact on micro-enterprises in India, promoting their growth and success.

Under this partnership, U GRO Capital, along with Laghu Udyog Bharati, will host a series of seminars, workshops, and events in over 100 micro markets across India. These events are aimed at educating and empowering the network of small businesses empanelled with Laghu Udyog Bharati. U GRO Capital, known for its innovative financial products and proprietary underwriting model, GRO Score 3.0, is well-equipped to support cashflow-based lending to MSMEs. This approach offers an effective means of extending credit to micro-enterprises, aiding them in their growth journey.

Om Prakash Gupta, All India General Secretary, Laghu Udyog Bharati, said, “Laghu Udyog Bharati has always been committed to supporting and promoting micro-enterprises in India – from enhancing gainful employment to their sustained growth. Our collaboration with U GRO Capital aligns perfectly with our mission and vision of helping MSMEs achieve their potential. We believe that providing education and awareness about government schemes and digital credit will be a game-changer for small businesses in India.”

Shachindra Nath, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of U GRO Capital, expressed his enthusiasm for this collaboration, saying, “At U GRO Capital, our mission is to address the credit needs of over 1 million small businesses in India over the next three years. We believe that empowering MSMEs with knowledge about government schemes and digital credit solutions is essential for their growth and success. As part of our ongoing expansion efforts, we are set to establish a presence across 175 locations by the end of this fiscal. We believe that India’s MSME require education regarding the benefit of being part of formal economy and adoption of digitisation. This partnership with Laghu Udyog Bharati will be instrumental in helping us reach, educate, and empower the MSMEs, providing them inputs which enables them ready to embrace credit solutions. We view this collaboration as a significant step toward realizing our mission.”

Laghu Udyog Bharati, since 1994, being the largest MSME association of the country, with presence in 22 states, 550 Districts and 45000 Members, has been key in bring out Financial Environment for Micro & Small Enterprises at the National Capital with Government of India.

Laghu Udyog Bharati, in line with G20 Financial Inclusion Mission, is desirous of fulfilling the huge needs of growing economic demand for Micro and Small Enterprises.  Laghu Udyog Bharati has engaged, as part of its Financial Outreach for Micro & Small Enterprises, with UGRO Capital, to extend Capital Support in 100 Locations of 22 states to Micro & Small Enterprises.

Conference on Global Dialogue on Harassment and Discrimination by Women Inspiring Network & ANVAY

Women Inspiring Network (WIN), a distinguished advocate for women's empowerment and equality has partnered with ANVAY, a global platform dedicated to addressing the pervasive issues of harassment and discrimination. This collaboration marks a significant milestone as it coincides with the commemoration of a decade of the implementation of the POSH law.  


The central theme of the conference Global Dialogue on Harassment and Discrimination revolves around the vital issues of harassment and discrimination. With 14 panel topics addressing specific sub-topics such as women's safety, child safety, the well-being of young adults, and the role of universities, the event promises to provide a comprehensive exploration of these crucial subjects. 


The ANVAY Global Dialogue, a two-day conference and dream project culminating on the 10th anniversary of the POSH law, will bring together expert contemporaries and voices from prestigious institutions and organizations worldwide. Representatives from the United Nations, UNICEF, National Commission for Women (NCW), Harvard University, various ministries, judiciary, and professionals from diverse backgrounds in India and abroad will convene to engage in critical conversations. 

“WIN is honoured to be a media partner for the ANVAY Global Dialogue contributing to this impactful initiative. This partnership is a testament to WIN's steadfast commitment to advancing women's rights and fostering a world free from discrimination.” said Stuti Jalan, Founder of Women Inspiring Network. 

ANVAY's global reach will be further exemplified by Video Insights from experts spanning the globe, representing countries including Pakistan, Nepal, Kenya, Indonesia, the USA, the UK, and Australia. This inclusive approach underscores the universality of the issues at hand and emphasizes the necessity for a collaborative international effort to effect meaningful change. 

"This dialogue is one with a cause and for a cause," stated Divya, Chief Quality Officer (Social Media), The Legal Swan "Our primary objective is to create awareness around 'taboo' topics, fostering an environment conducive to open and honest discussions about harassment and discrimination." 

There will be speakers from different areas of works who will share their distinguished opinions on thought-provoking panels.  A few of the speaker names are listed below:  

Rachel DiBella- Associate Director, Strategic Prevention Initiatives, Office for Gender Equity, Harvard University  

Arvind Rao- Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Legal Counsel – Constitution, Disability Rights & Accessibility  

Nina Jane Patel- Co-Founder, Kabuni, United Kingdom  

Ju’Riese Colόn- Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Centre for SafeSport  

Priyanka Chirimar- Founder at Action Against Prohibited Conduct, United Kingdon  

Eleanor Manley- Co-Founder at Metta Space (Techstars '23), Spain 

Bradley Poynting- Child Safeguarding & Child Protection Consultant, Poynting Consulting & Advisory and Australian Red Cross  

Matt Skallerud- LGBTQ+ Marketing, Advertising, PR & Social Media, World's Leading LGBTQ+ Global Media Company, United States 

Kate Jenkins AO- Chair, Creative Workplaces Council, Former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission 

Sujata Nabar- DGM - Ethics & Governance, Mahindra Group 

Dr. Charlene Doak-Gebauer- Founder/Chair Internet Sense First, Founder and Chair the AICET Council, Global Chair Childcare and Protection, G100 

Luiza Drummond Veado- Human Rights and Gender Specialist, SOGIESC Expert, New York, United States 

Date: 08th & 09th December 2023 | Time: 10AM IST to 6PM IST 

Location: Virtual conference | Registration Link:  

For further information about the ANVAY Global Dialogue, including registration details and a complete list of distinguished speakers, please visit 

A mesmerizing account of the debate between right and wrong -The Bhagavad Gita translated by Bibek Debroy

A mesmerizing account of the debate between right and wrong, The Bhagavad Gita tr. by Bibek Debroy is a mesmerizing account of the debate between right and wrong. 

This beautiful edition of The Bhagavad Gita is a masterful verse-for-verse translation, providing the original Sanskrit verses alongside the English rendition. Penguin set to release a special bilingual edition of the foundational text on Dharma and Hindu Philosophy

About the book

As a spiritual guide, the Bhagavad Gita is a mesmerizing account of the debate between right and wrong, and the bond between action and consequence. One of the core Hindu scriptures, it is part of the great Indian epic, the Mahabharata, and unfolds in the form of a dialogue between Krishna and the Pandava prince, Arjuna.

Bibek Debroy's deep familiarity with the text yields a treasure trove of insights that will delight the scholar and the lay reader alike, making this essential reading for anyone with an abiding interest in Indian scriptures.  

About the translator

Bibek Debroy is a renowned economist, scholar and translator. He has worked in universities, research institutes, industry and for the government. He has widely published books, papers and articles on economics. As a translator, he is best known for his rendition of the Mahabharata in ten volumes, the Bhagavad Gita, the Harivamsha, and the Valmiki Ramayana in three volumes, published to wide acclaim by Penguin Classics. He is also the author of Sarama and Her Children, which combines his interest in Hinduism with his love for dogs. 

Unique Halloween Carnival across India that brings together pet and pet lovers for a spooky evening

Keeping up with the festive season, Zigly organised it’s third Halloween Carnival bringing joy and laughter to pets and their loving parents. Assuring a frightful and entertaining event to remember, Zigly's experience centres were all decked out for Halloween on October 29th. The event was full of surprises and delights, with excited pet parents dressing up their furry companions in eerie but charming costumes and enjoying the Halloween atmosphere at Zigly Halloween carnival organised at experience centres in Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Indore, Dehradun, Bengaluru, Chandigarh and Lucknow.

The Halloween Carnival was hosted across experience centres in Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Indore, Dehradun, Bengaluru, Chandigarh and Lucknow. With more than 500 visitors, the event featured a variety of activities, including a costume contest, fun games and a trick-or-treat trail. The day’s highlight was the Pet-Parent Masquerade, which delighted paw-parents who loved showcasing their creativity and style. The costume contest turned out to be a delightful duel of style, cuteness, and spookiness, with users submitting photos of themselves dressed up in their best Halloween costumes. To keep up with the excitement, prizes were awarded to the most creative pet parents showing the Halloween spirit. Total of 25 Halloween Carnival winners received certificates and gift vouchers.

Speaking at the launch of Halloween celebrations, Pankaj Poddar, Group CEO, Cosmo First said, “As a pet care brand, we are always looking for ways to make pets' lives easier and healthier while providing a quality pet parenting experience. Our Halloween carnival is a fun way to celebrate the spooky season while staying true to our mission of creating a happy place for pets. We are excited to offer a variety of specially crafted on-ground activities that will provide a thrilling experience for our furry companions and pet lovers alike.”

From spooky-themed decor to fun selfies with paw babies at the photo booth, horror movie-inspired games, and more, pet parents had the chance to capture the charm of the day with special photo booths and decorations designed for them and their furry companions.

Apurv Abhay Modi's passion for innovation propels him to the forefront in content and tech industry

Apurv Abhay Modi MD and Co-founder - ATechnos Group of companies, has been appointed as the Co-chair of the ICT, Electronics & Telecom Committee of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) for the Presidential Year 2023-24.-

On his appointment, Apurv Abhay Modi said, “India is on the way to become world’s most highly growing digitally driven economy and in the same time becoming a co-chair of  ICT, Electronics & Telecom committee of PHD Chamber  of commerce make us proud as well as give us a chance to build  footprints on global map with worldwide network of PHD chamber”

Apurv Modi is a successful young entrepreneur who has significantly impacted various industries, particularly in the mobility and mobile tech sector in India and International market. He is doing exceptionally well in Media Broadcasting, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Green Energy, and health tech. His passion for innovation in content, creativity in production, and development in Virtual Events, Games, Gamification, and Enterprise Gamification has propelled him to the forefront of the tech industry, where he strives to improve people's lives worldwide.

With a strong vision for the future, Apurv's group of companies focuses on creating affordable mobile internet products and services that allow the masses to access the latest technology. As the leader of the group's businesses in consumer electronics, technology, and B2B channel engagement, Apurv has successfully built a diverse portfolio of ventures that exemplify his visionary approach.

Apurv started his entrepreneurial journey with Channel Distribution, Content Distribution, laying the foundation for his ventures. However, recognizing the potential of tech-based services, he expanded his business interests and ventured into augmented reality and virtual reality game development. Additionally, he emphasizes the importance of mixed reality experiences.

He has successfully enabled business arms in Enterprise Services, E-commerce Services, and Brand Management Services, further diversifying his group's offerings and reinforcing his commitment to staying at the forefront of innovation.

Apurv also receives exclusive "Director General's Honour" from the Punjab Police, Guest of Honour from Health-A-Thon, and Appreciation award from Startup India. Additionally, Apurv’s entrepreneurial prowess was acknowledged at India’s First Mining Startup Summit.

Festive Spirit Fuels a 61% Surge in Women Applicants in India

With the festive season on the horizon, the job market in India is witnessing a notable shift., a leading jobs and professional networking platform in India, witnessed a significant 61% YoY increase in women applicants during July-September 2023 compared to the previous year. The increase in women applicants indicates a growing demand for women professionals across industries, as companies tend to experience heightened activity during the festive season, especially in sectors like e-commerce, retail and hospitality.

Over 1.2 lacs job openings were recorded in August and September 2023 across key Indian cities, reflecting a surge in hiring demand ahead of the festive season.

Leading companies like Bajaj, Axis Bank, Paytm, Flipkart and Reliance boosted hiring for roles such as Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR and business development.

Job Landscape Highlights

According to insights from, the job market landscape underwent a significant transformation from 2022 to 2023, particularly in the top five job categories: telecalling, accounts, business development, marketing, and delivery. The festive season saw active participation from leading companies like Bajaj, Axis Bank, Paytm, Flipkart and Reliance, who offered attractive incentives to secure top talent, highlighting the dynamic nature of the job market and's role as a key facilitator for both job seekers and employers.

City-wise demand revealed unique patterns such as  in Delhi, there was a preference for roles in Sales & Marketing, Customer Support & Sales, and Accounting Technicians positions, while Mumbai displayed high demand for Finance & HR, Sales & Marketing, and Business Development roles. This diverse demand underscores the platform's ability to cater to a wide range of job preferences and employer needs across different cities.

Job Application Surge

During the period of July-September 2023, witnessed a 25% increase in its user base compared to the same period in 2022. This surge highlights the dynamic shifts in India's job market, with job applications experiencing an impressive 36% increase during this timeframe.

User and Employer Growth

According to, the platform witnessed a substantial increase in employer engagement during July to September 2023, with 78,000 new employers joining the platform, a significant rise from the 42,000 in 2022. This growth was accompanied by a notable increase in job postings, reaching 213,000 compared to 170,000 in the same period in 2022. These trends underscore the platform's significant role in connecting job seekers and employers in India's dynamic job market

Nirmit Parikh, Founder & CEO, commented - “We've observed a significant rise in women applicants and changing job seeker preferences over the past year. At, we're committed to fostering a more inclusive and diverse job market while connecting job seekers with unique opportunities. Looking ahead, we anticipate further transformations in the employment landscape as we continue to empower professionals and bridge the gap between job seekers and employers. We are dedicated to shaping a brighter, more diverse, and inclusive job market for all as we pave the way for the next generation of professionals in India.”

In an ever-evolving employment landscape,'s commitment to inclusivity and empowerment shines through. With a remarkable surge in women applicants and significant growth in job applications, user base, and employer engagement, is reshaping India's job market. These milestones signify a path toward empowerment, backed by a vibrant job landscape and support from top companies. continues to be a beacon of hope for job seekers and employers, fostering a brighter, more inclusive job market landscape for the next generation of professionals in India was founded in 2019, is India’s largest jobs and professional networking platform dedicated to helping India’s rising workforce to unlock unique professional networking and skilling opportunities. apna is on a mission to enable livelihoods for billions in India. With more than 40 million users in 70-plus cities and counting and more than 500,000 employers that trust the platform, India has a new destination to discover relevant opportunities. 

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Fostering legal education, civic engagement, informed debates at among the youth National Youth Parliament, 2023

Engaging in meaningful discussions and debates, the attendees delved deeper into crucial socio-legal and political issues, highlighting our society's fundamental challenges and opportunities, the event served as a transformative platform that witnessed the convergence of 90 bright participants from 27 universities

The unprecedented event was hosted by IILM Law School on October 27 and October 28, 2023, at the IILM University campus in Gurugram, Haryana. It featured extensive dialogues, with the first day dedicated to Lok Sabha discussions on the Bharatiya Nyaya Bill 2023 and the second day incorporated on the All India Political Party Meet regarding the Uniform Civil Code. 

The event allowed the participants to simulate parliamentary proceedings, enabling them to role-play as members of parliament and contemplate a broad range of social, legal, geopolitical, and economic challenges. 

''The essence of the National Youth Parliament lies in its "learn by doing" approach, allowing participants to enhance their skills in public speaking, debate, presentation and research. IILM University and IILM Law School express their gratitude to all the participants, mentors, and sponsors for making the 2nd National Youth Parliament 2023 a resounding success. We are committed to inspiring and nurturing future leaders who, through informed and active conversations, will bring about positive change in society,'' said Dr Asha Verma, Pro Vice- Chancellor, IILM University Gurugram. 

The occasion was also graced by the esteemed presence of Honourable Shri Dhanpat Singh, Election Commissioner Haryana, who emphasised the significance of youth parliaments in educational institutions. 

''Youth parliaments nurture leadership, public speaking, and negotiation skills, preparing students for future roles in society,’’ said Shri Dhanpat Singh. 

The competition was open to undergraduate and postgraduate students from any discipline and furnished certificates of recognition to all participants. Furthermore, students were also awarded prizes in three categories, including- ₹20,000 for the Best Speaker, ₹15,000 for the First runner-up and ₹10,000 for the Second runner-up. 

Raffles Udaipur's meticulously tailored family bonding adventure, a romantic retreat on Udai Sagar Lake

Raffles Udaipur, Rajasthan

The Jewel on Udai Sagar Lake beckons as the ultimate festive season sanctuary 

Nestled on a private island in the heart of Udai Sagar Lake, Raffles Udaipur proudly announces itself as the quintessential staycation destination for the upcoming festive season with its new ‘Celebration of the Festival of Lights’ package.  

As a symbol of Raffles Udaipur’s commitment to creating unforgettable memories, this mystical oasis welcomes you with a shower of fragrant rose petals upon arrival. This gesture marks the commencement of your enchanting journey, promising a stay filled with festive celebrations, luxury, and unmatched hospitality.  

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The personalized butler service ensures that your every need is not only met but anticipated with care and precision. The suites redefine luxury, offering an opulent and immersive experience that complements the breathtaking beauty of the lakeside sanctuary. At Raffles Udaipur, the culinary journey is nothing short of extraordinary. The world-class restaurants and bars are orchestrated by masterful chefs, offering an array of authentic Rajasthani flavors and international delights.  

Emotional wellbeing is paramount at Raffles Udaipur, where the Raffles Spa awaits as your sanctuary of tranquillity for you to immerse yourself in holistic wellness treatments and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. Raffles Udaipur caters to families and children with a carefully curated selection of activities. From boat rides on the pristine lake to exploring lush gardens and embarking on culturally enriching tours, the offerings cater to adventure seekers and those seeking leisurely pursuits alike. Children will delight in the dedicated play area and engaging activities designed to keep them enthralled throughout their stay. 

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Embark on this joyous journey with the newly launched festive package, the "Celebration of the Festival of Lights," crafted to enhance your Diwali experience. This exclusive offer includes – 

Gracious accommodation for two 

Daily buffet breakfast at The Dining Room 
In-room platter of traditional Indian sweets upon arrival 
A sophisticated afternoon Hi-Tea at The Writers Bar 
A mixology or cooking session with the chef during the stay 
A complimentary diya-making activity 
An enchanting experience of lighting diyas and crafting a floral rangoli on the eve of Diwali 

Booking Dates - 5th October 2023 to 15th November 2023, for a minimum 2-night stay.  

This festive season, elevate your staycation experience by choosing Raffles Udaipur as your destination. Whether you seek a romantic retreat, a family bonding adventure, or simply a respite from the ordinary, Raffles Udaipur has meticulously tailored experiences to cater to your desires.  

Located in the romantic and historic city of Udaipur, Rajasthan, the hotel is reminiscent of a grand country estate that brings a private oasis experience on an island. Set in the midst of Udai Sagar Lake that is home to migratory birds and bountiful flora and fauna Raffles Udaipur, with its evocative experiences gives a reason to discover the city of Udaipur, anew. A scenic 20-minute drive from the airport, followed by a gentle and calming boat ride, transports guests from the real world to the surreal. The 101 rooms and suites offer unhindered, breath-taking views of the lake and captivating sunsets. Bespoke dining venues and programs offer unparalleled gastronomy. The leisurely romantic walks in the outdoor spaces are serene, making it a haven for travellers who are on a constant quest of peace and rejuvenation. Legendary Raffles service coupled with discrete and charming promises to make guests in residence feel the extraordinary emotional luxury that the brand is committed to.  

Founded in Singapore in 1887, Raffles Hotels, Resorts and Residences are places where ideas are born, history is made and stories and legends are created, a lifestyle loyalty program providing access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. 

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Naresh Nandan Prasad's SMALL COGS IN A LARGE WHEEL is an inspiring new book for Civil Servant aspirants

Small cogs in a large wheel

SMALL COGS IN A LARGE WHEEL the book articulates the memoirs of extraordinary journey of an esteemed former IAS officer Naresh Nandan Prasad that would interest civil servant aspirants. 

The book provides a sincere recounting of Mr. Prasad's life devoted to civil service and serves as an inspiration for those who aspire to serve their country in this role. This detailed memoir of a life devoted to civil service offers a well-articulated memoir of a life in the civil service. Amitabh Kant, India's G-20 Sherpa, calls it "a must-read for future generations of civil servants and anyone interested in the lives of civil servants in India."

In his memoir, Prasad retraces his journey from his early days at LBSNAA to his extensive career as an IAS officer serving in diverse Indian states and his subsequent roles at UNIDO and WIPO. He infuses his recounting with humour and provides penned portraits of memorable incidents and cherished memories with colleagues and friends. Prasad's narrative tells of a life rooted in hard work and humility and his unwavering dedication to effecting positive change in the world.

During the posthumous release of her father's book, Urvashi Prasad, Director, Office of the Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, New Delhi, stated, “My father excelled in every role he played during his lifetime. This book primarily chronicles his professional journey as an Indian Administrative Service Officer and subsequently as an international civil servant. However, what stands out in every chapter are the personal values and traits that distinguished him as an exceptional human being.”

Amitabh Kant further commented, “This is not merely a recounting of Naresh's career. It reflects the role of a civil servant in India and the sacrifices required to prioritize service above self. This book covers the fascinating path traversed by a civil servant with vividly narrated anecdotes from some of the most historic events the country has seen. These events are described by Naresh in a slice-of-life manner. This memoir is a must-read for future generations of civil servants as well as those who are interested in getting a peek into the lives of civil servants in India.”

Anil Swarup, Former Secretary, School Education (2016–18) & Coal (2014–16), Government of India, appreciated the book's depiction of the challenges civil servants face. He stated, “The book beautifully illustrates how to deal with these difficulties. Naresh Prasad's hardworking personality is a testament to his commitment ‘The memoir brilliantly documents the path travelled by a civil servant. It contains vibrant anecdotes from some of the country's most historic events and is vital reading for future civil servants and those intrigued about their lives in India. Naresh's honesty, passion, simple language, and humour make the read a true reflection of his personality.” 


The book's publisher Westland Books, that boasts a versatile range of books across various genres has launched the extraordinary journey of an esteemed former IAS officer Naresh Nandan Prasad's memoir titled ‘Small Cogs in a Large Wheel.’ The publication, brought to life by Westland, is available in bookstores since October 13, 2023. 

IN-SPACe to focus on development of space ecosystem as India emergence as the world's space hub with global partners

IN-SPACe (Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre) deliberated with global partners in the space sector on the potential of Indian Space Policy to catapult India's capabilities as a friendly space-faring nation. The deliberation was conducted as a panel discussion as part of the ongoing 74th International Astronautical Congress at Baku, Azerbaijan. 

The panel discussion deliberated on the essence of the Indian Space Policy that seeks to institutionalize the private sector participation in the space sector with the Indian Space Research Organization focusing on the research and development of advanced space technologies and IN-SPACe .

The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Pawan Goenka, Chairman, IN-SPACe and the speakers comprised Valery Aksamentov, Director International Programs. Space and Launch, The Boeing Company from the United States, Victor Joseph, Associate Scientific Secretary & Director, Technology Development & Innovation, ISRO, Enrico Palermo, Head Australian Space Agency, Marshall Smith, Vice President of Exploration and Acting CTO, Voyager Space Holdings, United States. 

Dr. Pawan Goenka, Chairman, IN-SPACe said, “The Indian Space Policy has significantly broadened India’s opportunity for further enhancing its stake in the global space economy. At present, the 60-year-old space sector is becoming a sunrise sector in India with more than 200+ space startups contributing to growth of the commercial space sector in India. IN-SPACe has been striving to create a harmonized collaborative environment that will help position India as a significant player in the global commercial space sector.”

Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) is an autonomous nodal agency under Department of Space, Government of India formed on 24 June 2020 to promote, enable, authorize and supervise nongovernment entities (NGE) to undertake space activities. These activities include manufacturing of launch vehicles and satellites, providing space-based services, establishing a ground station, sharing of space infrastructure & facilities; and establishing new facilities under DOS. 

IN-SPACe is currently functioning with three directorates viz., Promotion Directorate (PD), Technical Directorate (TD) and Program Management and Authorization Directorate (PMAD) and one division i.e. Legal, Finance and Administration Division with its headquarters at Ahmedabad. 

Expect to see innovative, exciting Airport hospitality services that redefine passenger comfort, says Vikas Sharma of Encalm

Airports are increasingly becoming destinations in their own right, offering a wide range of hospitality services to cater to the needs of passengers. Vikas Sharma of Encalm Hospitality lists the four trends that are redefining travelers comfort at airports and delivering special experiences in the arena of Airport Hospitality.

Meet and greet services

With travelers becoming more aware and open about their needs and requirements, Encalm’s Atithya services provide exclusive meet and greet services that are specially curated to ensure travelers’ well-being and luxury. These services offer travelers a hassle-free and personalized experience taking care of everything starting from baggage handling to buggy service, porter service and exclusive lounge access. Travelers can enjoy a stress-free journey as they are guided through the airport and ensuring a seamless transition to their destination

Airport lounges are becoming more luxurious and exclusive

In recent years, there has been a notable transformation in airport lounges services. Airport lounges have evolved significantly over the years, transforming from simple waiting areas into luxurious havens of comfort and convenience for travelers. If you travel frequently, be it for business or leisure, you must spend some hours availing the benefits of airport lounges. These luxurious lounges have premium lounging facilities, Wi-Fi services, gourmet food, drinks, spa treatments, newspapers and magazines. Flyers can just sit back and relax in luxury and home-like comfort while they wait for their flights. Encalm is India's premier lounge service provider, boasting lounges at key airports such as Delhi, Hyderabad, and Goa Mopa airport. Encalm lounges redefine airport hospitality, where comfort, relaxation, and indulgence are the golden standards. Encalm has recently unveiled the ENCALM PRIVÉ lounge, exclusively for premium business travelers at Delhi International Airport. 

Business Centers: Catering to the Needs of Business Travelers

To cater the needs of busy professionals on the go, there are business centers available at airports. If you are a business executive, freelancer, entrepreneur, or want a comfortable and convenient space to work or do meetings while travelling, then business centers are perfect thing for you. These business centers provides an array of facilities like workstations, high-speed Wi-Fi, tea and coffee, printing, photocopy, scanning services and boardroom.

Enhancing Airport Experiences: Spa Services by Airport Hospitality Brand

These days, airport hospitality brands have been providing spa services at the airport in order to give a calming and pleasant experience to the guests. Travelers who are more engaged with their personal and mental wellbeing should definitely try these spa services as they are a getaway for individuals who are looking for ways to rejuvenate themselves during their travel. A few minutes of massage and therapy can nurture, heal, detox, cleanse, and rejuvenate mind and body. It helps to disconnect from the external world and reconnect with your inner self with few moments of calmness.

These are just a few of the trends that are redefining travelers comfort at airports. As airports continue to evolve, we can expect to see even more innovative and exciting hospitality services in the years to come.

Meera, Kabir, Krishna bhajans mesmerize the attendees at Bhakti Sangeet Utsav 2023

The three-day festival of Bhakti Sangeet Utsav by comes to an end with the finest Musical Devotion with an incredible outpouring of spiritual songs that resonated deeply with the hearts of all attendees. The event featured some of the most illustrious voices in the realm of Bhakti Sangeet, capturing the essence of devotion through a mesmerising blend of Meera, Kabir, and Krishna bhajans.,,

The event opened with the mesmerising Sawani Mudgal, whose melodious interpretations of raag-based bhajans by saint poets like Kabir, Meera, Nanak, and more charmed the crowd. Her commitment to playing traditional Indian instruments like the harmonium, tanpura, and tabla created a gripping ambiance. The magic continued by Vidhi Sharma, who brought to life songs by Bhakt Tulsidas, Meera, Surdas, and Dadu Dayal, including well-known songs like "Sanson ki mala pe," "Keshav hari hari nandlala," and Sufi compositions by Baba Bullehshah and Sant Kabir. Hemant Brijwasi, the 2009 "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs" winner, added to the diversity by igniting people's spirits with songs like "Jay Radhe Radhe," "saware tere bin Jiya Na Jaye," and others.

The second day of the Bhakti Sangeet Utsav opened with the melodious Rashmi Agarwal who presented variety of bhajans of Meerabai, Sant Kabir, Chhit Swami, and Baba BullehShah. The audience was deeply influenced by the several devotional songs, including 'Moko kahan dhunde bande', 'Pani mein min pyasi', 'Deewane bande kaun tera yahan sathi', 'Ritu faagun niya rani koi piya se milave', 'Chetavni mukhda kya dekha darpan mein', and 'Man na rangaee rangae jogi kapda' sung by Brijesh Mishra. One of India's best folk singers of Kabir, Shri Prahlad Singh Tipanya, captivated the audience with his heartfelt interpretations to cap off the second day, leaving everyone in awe of his talent.

As the Bhakti Sangeet Utsav approached its grand finale on the third day, Vidya Shah ascended the stage and gave a stirring performance. Her performance was followed by deep bhakti songs like 'Ram Charan Sukhdai', 'Mann lago mero yaar', 'Chadariya jhini re jhini', 'Zara Halke gaadi', 'Iska bhed bata', 'Saanson ki mala mein', 'mera apki kripa', and 'mujhe raas aa gaya', given by Mamta Joshi. Sharma Bandhu then took the stage, captivating the audience with their enchanting voices, delivering evergreen classics like 'Jaise sooraj ki garmi se jalte huye tan to mil jaaye taruvar ki chaya', 'Rama ho rama ho', 'Bhajan chalta rahe', 'Shri Ram sharan', and 'Ram savare sabke kaam', among many more.

Reflecting on the festival, Ms. Atishi, the Hon’ble Minister of Art & Culture, Delhi, expressed, “Bhakti Sangeet Utsav has not only given a beautiful platform to some of the best known musical maestros of our country but also to new emerging artists. It is another one of Kejriwal govt’s attempts to take art and culture out of the elite spaces of the past and to make it more accessible to the masses. Hence the festival was held at an open air venue of Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri and there was free entry for the public. It has been heartwarming to see excitement for the event in diverse groups from senior citizens to college students alike.”

The Bhakti Sangeet Utsav 2023 was an exceptional voyage across the realms of devotion and music. It brought people together in a musical and spiritual festival, filling everyone's hearts with exquisite happiness.

Michael Cinco Captivates fashion industry at Fashion Connect Season 15 in Jaipur

Glamour and Elegance Converge at the 15th Season of Fashion Connect that was just held in Jaipur and it instantly became an epicenter of glamour as it played host to the sensational 15th season of Fashion Connect. An evening of spectacular display of fashion, Fashion Connect is an eagerly awaited event, filled with breathtaking display of haute couture and cutting-edge style, making it an unmissable occasion for the fashion fraternity of Jaipur.,,

The star-studded event featured glitterati, opened by the renowned Neeta Lulla, followed by captivating showcases by Mohit Falad, Kalash Parnami, and Pallavi Sethi. The evening culminated in a mesmerizing grand finale by none other than the international sensation, Michael Cinco from Dubai. 

Rajiv Kapoor, General Manager of Fairmont Jaipur, exclaimed, "As the hub for the grandest of events, Fairmont Jaipur had the honor to host The Fashion Connect Season 15 show. Hosting iconic events in style has always been our motto; experiential luxury starts in every detail, and at Fairmont Jaipur, every guest takes back memories to last them a lifetime." 

He further added, "Fashion Connect Season 15 at Fairmont Jaipur was grander and larger than life, with leading fashion designers headlining and adding to the charm of this palatial palace." 

The Nosh at Fashion Connect brought the world on a plate, with cuisines ranging from Mediterranean delectables to divine oriental small plates and flavoursome Indian dishes. The food couture was curated to complement Fashion Connect through embellishment of plates and artistic cooking techniques by the highly experienced Chef's Brigade. 

Fashion Connect Season 15 featured the dynamic Rishee Miglani as the brand ambassador and the talented Lokesh Sharma as the show director. The evening left an indelible mark on attendees and concluded with an exclusive after-party hosted at the opulent outdoor lawns within Fairmont Jaipur. 

Attended by a decorated guest list of art, craft, fashion, and opulence enthusiasts, Fashion Connect Season 15 was an unforgettable showcase of creative inspiration that reflected the future of glamour in Jaipur. 

International Ganesh Festival 2023 to showcase of Maharashtra's illustrious heritage

The International Ganesh Festival is about the soul of Maharashtra, the heartbeat of its people, and the spirit of a nation aiming for self-reliance,,,

The Department of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, proudly unveils a festival that will redefine global cultural celebrations – the International Ganesh Festival 2023. Scheduled between September 18th and 28th, this 10-day extravaganza will encapsulate the vibrant cities of Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri, and Palghar, setting the stage for a grand showcase of Maharashtra's illustrious heritage. Selected travel trade, media and social media influencer participants will be hosted for a familiarisation tour at these locations to experience first hand the glory and grandeur of the festival along with international tourists.

Destinations earmarked for the festival are not mere locations but hold the key to Maharashtra's deep-rooted history and traditions. The revered Siddhivinayak Temple, the bustling shores of Girgaon Chowpatty, the magnificent Tulsi Bagh Ganesh Pandal, and the historical edifice of Shaniwar Wada are just the beginning of this enchanting journey. Attendees will also be introduced to the intricate Warli Art through hands-on workshops, marvel at the architectural wonders of Kelva and Shirgaon Forts, and find spiritual solace at the Ganpatipule Temple. The majestic Ratnadurg Fort and Thiba Rajwada further weave the tale of Maharashtra's royal past.

In a grand effort to encapsulate the soul of Maharashtra and offer travelers an experience unlike any other, a special Cultural Hub will be established at the iconic Gateway of India, centered around the divine presence of Lord Ganesha. The highlights of the Cultural Hub promise an extravaganza for the senses: the intricate beauty of Sand Art, Mosaic Art, and Scroll Art; the mesmerizing spectacle of Projection Mapping on the majestic facade of the Gateway of India; riveting cultural performances that narrate tales of the land; hands-on workshops that plunge participants into the world of Maharashtra’s artistry; expansive Art and Craft exhibitions; and a firm commitment to sustainable practices and community engagement, ensuring that the Cultural Hub not only celebrates but also respects and conserves the traditions it stands for.

Shri. Girish Mahajan, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, expressed, "The International Ganesh Festival isn't just about pomp and grandeur. It's about the soul of Maharashtra, the heartbeat of its people, and the spirit of a nation aiming for self-reliance. We are on the cusp of presenting to the world an unparalleled tapestry of culture, art, and resilience. Through this festival, we hope to magnify our state's and our country's unique treasures on a global stage."

Smt. Radhika Rastogi, Principal Secretary of the Department of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, enthused, "This festival is our clarion call to the world, signalling them to join us at the intersection of ancient traditions and modern celebrations. Through the International Ganesh Festival, we aim to extend an invitation to global travelers, enthusiasts, and connoisseurs of culture to immerse themselves in Maharashtra's vast and profound legacy."

All are invited to join in this 10-day cultural symphony, where history meets the present, traditions embrace modernity, and where every moment is a celebration.

Battling for Water campaign by WaterAid India aimed at access to water for everyone, everywhere

With the aim of reminding the youth and urban India, - water saved is water produced, the WaterAid India launched the 2023 edition of the ‘Batting For Water’ Campaign to ensure full access to clean drinking water in every home, the campaign strives to support women and young girls in rural India. In recent years, rural India witnessed substantial public investment through the government in the form of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) which aims to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections to all rural households by 2024. To have a long lasting impact complementing efforts are required by other stakeholders like private sector, individual citizens, students in schools, colleges to make this a movement owned by everyone everywhere to achieve the dream of 100% water access in a sustainable way...!

After gaining remarkable success in 2021, the ‘Batting For Water’ campaign is continuing its momentum this year as well, emphasising the need for citizens of India to play their role by linking this movement with the great game of cricket, thereby regarding it as similar to playing with a partial bat. Just as a triumph in cricket necessitates the complete bat, so do the aspirations of individuals living in marginalised communities, particularly women and young girls in rural areas hinge upon 100% access to "water". In a nation that has 17.7% of the global population and has only 4% of global freshwater resources, there exists a dire need to address the challenges faced by those who lack full access to clean water by uniting people to attain a shared goal – “Har Ghar Jal”. Collaborations with renowned cricketers and celebrities generated substantial public involvement during the previous campaign. This year's efforts also seek to join forces with such notable figures especially when India is hosting the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup to sensitise the masses and boost active participation to save water through better practices – we need to dedicate this World Cup to a spirit of our collective efforts to compliment the movement of water access to every household. This movement is to remind the public that “water saved is water produced”.  

Looking forward to another year of the campaign and showing enthusiasm about its continued impact, Vikas Kataria, Director of Resource Mobilisation and Communications, WaterAid India, said, "WaterAid India takes immense pride that our endeavours align seamlessly with the UN's Sustainable Development Goal - Safe & Affordable Water to All. With the 'Batting For Water' campaign, we seek to build unity and gain unwavering support from every individual to come forward and align harmoniously with the objective of achieving 100% access to water across the nation through responsive water habits. We believe that access to clean and safe water resources closer to habitation holds the potential to transform lives and uplift the dignity of individuals belonging to the rural community and help build our nation." 

He further added, “The organisation is committed to ensuring safe and equitable access to drinking water for marginalised and vulnerable communities. Through the implementation of community-based piped water supply systems, water quality testing and monitoring, rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge structures, water recycling and the installation of hygiene facilities in schools, urban areas, and villages, WaterAid India is effecting lasting change for millions across the country. The government has achieved great success by taking important strides in this regard over the last few years and it is important that those efforts are complimented by other stakeholders.”

The ‘Batting For Water’ campaign represents a unique opportunity for our cricketers who are celebrated in India and for the change-makers, influencers, and our citizens across the nation to make a tangible difference by taking action towards responsible water usage within their own domains. Through this innovative approach, people can collaborate to achieve the seemingly impossible and empower every rural household for a long lasting, equitable access to drinking water and a dignified life. Together, we can ensure that clean water is not only a basic human right but also a potent weapon in the battle for public health.