Key economic forecast: Monsoon may disrupt inflation calculations

Real Economy: Dun & Bradstreet expects the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) to remain robust, supported by the improvement in overall consumer demand. Strong growth in infrastructure and construction goods since November 2022 reflects healthy investment activity in the economy and will continue to support industrial production even as exports remain weak. Nonetheless, the monsoon remains a major risk to industrial output. Dun & Bradstreet expects the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) to have grown by 8.0% - 8.50% during June 2023 partly due to the low base of the previous year.

Price Scenario: Dun & Bradstreet expects retail inflation to remain elevated given the food supply chain, especially cereals and vegetables, has been disrupted by an intense heatwave followed by heavy rainfall. The progression of the monsoon and the trend of Kharif sowing will play a crucial role in determining inflation in the coming months. The recent increase in food prices is expected to amplify inflationary pressures and may delay a policy rate cut in the short term. On the other hand, wholesale inflation is likely to remain negative due to the high base of the previous year and the decline in global commodity prices. Dun & Bradstreet expects the Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) to be in the range of 4.3% - 4.5% and Wholesale Price Inflation (WPI) to be around (-) 3.3% - (-) 3.2% in July 2023.

Money & Finance: The impact of uneven rainfall and weather-related uncertainties followed by festival related demand from September 2023 is likely to keep inflation elevated, thereby pushing the possibility of a policy rate cut to early next year. This would keep bond yields elevated. Furthermore, the expected rate hike by the US FED and the consequent rise in US treasury yields will also prevent the yields from moderating. Dun & Bradstreet expects the 15-91-day Treasury Bills yield to remain at around 6.7%-6.72% and 10-year G-Sec yield to be 7.08%-7.10% for July 2023.

External Sector: While the net Foreign Institutional Investors (FII) inflows and the narrowing of the trade deficit will continue to support the rupee, it is expected to remain range bound given the interventions by the Reserve Bank of India. Dun & Bradstreet expects the rupee to remain at around 82.1 - 82.2 per US$ during July 2023.

Dr Arun Singh, Global Chief Economist, Dun & Bradstreet said, “Irregular rainfall has disrupted the supply chain of cereals and vegetables and the consequent increase in prices is expected to further amplify inflationary pressures, thereby delaying the possibility of a rate cut in 2023. Lending rates are likely to remain elevated this year. Despite the rising lending rates, the overall bank credit is growing in double digits. This should not undermine the uneven pace of credit growth across different sectors which points to the underlying challenges faced by some of them. On the other hand, growth in personal loans, vehicle loans and credit card debt shows the healthy consumer demand in the economy. Nonetheless, given the steep increase in the lending rates for personal loans, unsecured credit could see an increase in bad asset”.

Sanjaynagar slum in Ahmednagar witnesses transformation with dignified homes for residents in Phase

"Together, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of these communities," these inspirational words on Empowering the Society from Sandhya Naidu Janardhan, Managing Director, Community Design Agency is in regard to the significant strides taken in transforming the lives of residents in Sanjaynagar, a slum in Ahmednagar, through its innovative slum redevelopment project. With Phase 1 already providing safe and dignified housing for several families who have been residing in their new homes for over a year, CDA is now calling for support to ensure the successful construction of Phase 2.

Sanjaynagar, a community of 298 families who were living in challenging slum conditions, has witnessed a significant change, with 33 families already moving into comfortable and utilitarian homes. This accomplishment was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the residents themselves, Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation, Snehalaya (a local non-profit organization), and CDA, an initiative of Curry Stone Design Collaborative. Construction on the remaining 265 homes under Phase 2 is set to be completed over a 2-year period.

The redevelopment plan for Sanjaynagar extends beyond housing and encompasses the development of essential amenities such as water and drainage systems, roads, street lighting, childcare and community centers, courtyards for healthy recreation, edible gardens, and retail shops. The wide corridors in the design facilitate the utilization of common spaces for social interactions, fostering a strong sense of community. The involvement of the residents in decision-making processes and social issue resolution has been a key element of this transformative project.

With India firmly dedicated to achieving a 45% reduction in the emissions intensity of its GDP by 2030, the Sanjaynagar Redevelopment Project has focused on issues of sustainability and resilience right from the start, with an emphasis on passive cooling mechanisms, building rainwater harvesting and solar lighting systems, as well as using locally sourced fly-ash bricks for construction. CDA-designed houses are engineered to remain several degrees cooler, a feature that is often lacking in slum projects.  

The redevelopment of Sanjaynagar showcases the transformative power of collaborative design and emphasises the impact of the built environment on the flourishing of marginalised communities. CDA embraces an inclusive approach and aims to share its expertise with other underserved communities, extending its innovative design principles beyond Sanjaynagar to benefit other slums and informal settlements.

The successful Phase I of the Sanjaynagar slum redevelopment project has been made possible through financial support from both central and state governments under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. For Phase 2, donors, including corporate entities with a strong commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, as well as philanthropists, have a unique opportunity to support the construction and furnishing of such spaces, which will significantly enhance the quality of life for the residents, building upon the government's assistance. In order to help the homeowners make their contribution towards the redevelopment, CDA has collaborated with the peer-to-peer lending platform Rang De to provide loans to the families. Contributions from like-minded and visionary individuals, organizations, and businesses will play a pivotal role in the construction of Phase 2 and in empowering the residents of Sanjaynagar.

Sandhya Naidu Janardhan, Managing Director, Community Design Agency, expressed gratitude, "The positive impact of Phase 1 has been immense, and we are determined to continue this journey by creating even more sustainable housing solutions. We invite everyone who believes in our cause to join us in this endeavour by contributing towards the building of Phase 2. Whether through financial or in-kind support, including building materials, you can become a part of setting a new benchmark in affordable housing."

VARTAH - India’s Largest Summit on Risk Management for Adolescents held in Delhi

An innovative national level school counsellors' summit that brought together school counsellors from across the country for ‘VARTAH: Values - Awareness – Reform – Thrive – Action - Hope. A summit on Managing Risk Behaviour for school children was organized by GD Goenka University in collaboration with Fortis Mental Health Program on 21 & 22 July 2023.


VARTAH aims at nurturing a positive mental health culture within educational ecosystems, offers a distinctive platform for school counsellors and educators to engage in conversations focused on awareness, reforms, and actions concerning the well-being of children and adolescents.


The event featured insightful expert talks led by distinguished speakers from King’s University Canada, James Cook University, Singapore, and several experts from international education. Sessions focused on risk identification, proposing practical solutions to prevalent issues and challenges in child and adolescent mental health and examples of how these issues are managed across various geographical and cultural landscapes globally. 


Dr. Samir Parikh, Chairperson, Fortis National Mental Health Program said “Empowering children in their formative years with skills for life that help them navigate through ups and downs with confidence, self-belief and resilience is essential, that takes them on their individual paths of success, are able to have meaningful relationships and contribute to the society. A focus on mental health and well-being as an integral part of education is critical to ensure positive overall growth.”


Prof. (Dr.) Anjali Midha Sharan, Dean, Research & Development and School of Humanities, Social Science and Education, GD Goenka University said: “VARTAH shall focus on de-stigmatizing mental illness and enabling counsellors with skills required for helping adolescents in vulnerable environments. This shall be an extension of the University’s focus on propagating mental well-being and integrating psychological health into mainstream education. The event brings together mental health experts, school counsellors and teachers creating opportunities for dialogue around action required for propagating psychological well-being of the youth.”


Established in 2013 and located in Gurugram, Delhi NCR, GD Goenka University is a leading multi-disciplinary institution of higher education. Established with a vision to redefine education and empower the next generation of thought leaders, the university rooted in a rich heritage of culture and armed with a forward-looking approach, offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programmes that transcend traditional boundaries and equip our students with the skills and knowledge to thrive in an ever-evolving global economy. Committed to academic rigor, research and innovation, and holistic development, the university is dedicated to nurturing intellectual curiosity, fostering creativity, and producing socially responsible global citizens. 

PRCAI launches a brand new podcast series, Unmute on the 2023 World PR Day

UnMute With PRCAI Marks The Debut Of A New Podcast Giving Voice To 'Opinions That Matter’ By Indian Achievers...

The inaugural podcast series salutes and celebrates brand India, featuring India Inc. including Ravi Venkatesan, Priyanka Gill, Vikram Sakhuja, Arundhati Bhattacharya, and Avinash Pant amongst others. The first episode to roll out on Thursday, July 20, and will be on over 75 platforms including Spotify, Anchor, Bingepods, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts.

Crafting the compelling narrative of a bold and progressive India, the Public Relations Consultants Association of India (PRCAI) will debut its first-ever podcast series – ‘UNMUTE with PRCAI’. The collection consists of 10 inaugural episodes that will be unveiled by India's most influential Public Relations professional body, on World PR Day 2023 which is celebrated annually on July 16, saluting brand India and recognizing the contributions of Public Relations professionals in shaping the world.  


The exclusive series brings together business leaders, and valued 'Opinions that Matter', from diverse speakers from the worlds of business, politics and culture, to amplify the voices of thought-leaders shaping the rising India. Thought-provoking, yet light-hearted conversations of individual success stories will empower listeners to critically think about the challenges and opportunities in an evolving landscape. 


The podcast is hosted by Niret Alva, an award-winning television journalist, producer, anchor, director and educator, who has been awarded a National Award (Indian) for Excellence in Visual Science-Based Communication and an International Award (Asian Television Award) for Best Anchor in a Current Affairs Series. Niret, who was also selected as an Asia 21 Leader by the New York-based Asia Society, with his rich and extensive experience, will help bring out interesting and authentic conversations. 


"I have enjoyed interviewing these inspirational leaders and getting them to tell their unique stories. These stories will inspire, motivate and challenge listeners as they listen to how these industry leaders lead, deal with adversity, and find balance in their every day lives.  It’s a great initiative from the Public Relations fraternity,” said Alva, TV journalist and Co-founder of Miditech Studios. 


The show will feature renowned names, including Ravi Venkatesan, Chairperson of The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP); Entrepreneur Priyanka Gill, Vikram Sakhuja, Group CEO of Madison Media, and OOH; Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Salesforce India and Avinash Pant, Former, Director-Marketing for Meta.    

The inaugural 10-part series, sponsored by Adfactors PR, will roll out its first episodefeaturing Ravi Venkatesan, Chairperson Global Energy Alliance for People & Plant (GEAPP) and Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) on Thursday, July 20 on 75 plus platforms including Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Bingepods, JioSaavn and whenever you get your audio content...  

In therapid fire round of the first podcast,Niretasks Ravi Venkatesan to do some crystal ball gazing about the U.S., China, Russia, and India and what lies ahead. This is what Ravi had to say about India, "We need to find a way to become less divided. All our problems today require us to come together as a society and as a country to solve them. I am 60 years old, and it's the most divided I have ever seen. And that's not good for solving the many challenges that we have."


At a time when the communication industry is experiencing an upward trajectory, harnessing the power of effective communication is paramount. According to PRCAI’s research, the Study of Public Relations Insights, Nuggets, and Trends (SPRINT) 2022-23, PR professionals are being increasingly recognised by the C-suite for their invaluable contribution. Eight out of 10 respondents said that India Inc. leadership is working closely with its corporate communications team to devise strategies for brand communication. 

“It is exciting to celebrate our profession and all the hard work of the community on this World PR Day with a new podcast series from PRCAI. We believe that there is an evolution in the value proposition being offered by the communications industry to businesses through credible narratives, powerful storytelling and shaping public opinion. Unmute With PRCAI aims to connect the creative communications world with India Inc, together crafting an honest narrative of a bold new India, saluting India’s compelling story in what could be the Indian century,” concluded, Deeptie Sethi, CEO, PRCAI. 

Athena's curse didn't work on this Medusa

Medusa Beverages Celebrates a Remarkable 5-Year Milestone of Success and Growth

- Aims to target 160 Cr of Revenue for 2023-24 

Avneet Singh, Founder Medusa Beverages
Probably it is Medusa Beverage's unique and quirky image in the market with modern and unconventional designs that make it stand out from other brands that works. The logo was inspired by the captivating and beautiful Medusa in Greek Mythology, who was later cursed by Athena...


Medusa Beverages stepped into the beer market in 2018, driven by a vision of its Founder, Avneet Singh, to create affordable beers for the millennials. Ever since the inception of the brand, they have been on an extraordinary journey. The brand is making great progress towards surpassing the remarkable goal of 160 crores in revenue for the year 2023 – 24. Moreover, they have accomplished impressive sales numbers and grabbed a market share of 17% in the canned beer industry in Delhi. 


The great minds behind the operations of Medusa have grown from 4 to 70 employees, covering North India. Furthermore, the beer is manufactured in 3 breweries located in different parts of North India. The brand has made remarkable progress since its initial stage of manufacturing through a contract with one brewery in Punjab. 


Speaking on this remarkable achievement, the Founder of Medusa said, “Our goal has always been to provide the best beer in the market and I am grateful to our consumers for the love they have shown for Medusa. It has been a wonderful five years and we have grown every step of the way. We are so proud of what we have achieved with Medusa so far and we are truly excited for the journey ahead. We will continue to strive for the best.”  


Medusa has a dedicated marketing team that consistently strives to maintain its unique and quirky image in the market. The brand’s packaging reflects the same, with modern and unconventional designs that make it stand out from other brands. 


"Competitiveness, passion and elegance moving - That’s the essence of brand Medusa, born in 2018 with the only objective to support the millennial consumers who are looking out for new taste and flavor in Indian market," revealed a Senior marketing official.  


Medusa is an India –based beer company with a strategic marketing division and a quirky and contemporary packaging. Medusa understands that beer is a passion, a lifestyle choice and importantly, a historic drink with a unique culture that needs to be preserved. Over the years, medusa has become the perfect combination of best barley malt and imported hops from Germany with 5.9% alcohol strength. Medusa brand logo is inspired by original character of a beautiful girl in Greek mythology who later cursed her beauty by Athena, turning onlookers to stone. 

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THE AMERICAN BOYFRIEND is a Gripping Tale of Cross-Cultural Love, Interracial Relationships, and Racial Dynamics

"I want the world to know is what it means to be a modern Asian woman. She is confident, open-minded and independent, both financially and emotionally," says Ivy Ngeow the author of THE AMERICAN BOYFRIEND.

The American Boyfriend is a domestic psychological romantic suspense-thriller by London-based award-winning author and editor, Ivy Ngeow. This gripping novel takes readers on a heart-racing journey through the risks and rewards of online dating, interlaced with themes of cross-cultural relationships and the dynamics of race relations in the West. The book is scheduled to come out on 15 August 2023 from the Penguin Books imprint. It is currently available for pre-ordering on all major e-commerce websites in India.

Perfect for the fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Things We Do In The Dark by Jennifer Hillier, and Verity by Colleen Hoover, The American Boyfriend introduces readers to Phoebe Wong, a Malaysian-Chinese single mother living in London. Tired of her dead-end job and aching to escape the British winter, Phoebe eagerly accepts an invitation from her long-distance titular ‘American’ boyfriend to meet him in sunny Key West, Florida. Accompanied by her teething toddler, Phoebe arrives ahead of her boyfriend and experiences a nightmarish turn of events when she is robbed on her first night.

Stranded in Key West without money, cards, or passports, Phoebe finds solace in the support of friendly locals. However, when a British ex-pat she meets is mysteriously shot dead, Phoebe realizes she is trapped in a dangerous situation as things continue to go grow out of hand. As suspicions surrounding her boyfriend's delayed arrival grow, Phoebe becomes determined to extricate herself and her daughter from the escalating danger.

Through the pages of this novel, Ngeow also sheds light on the nuanced dynamics of race relations and gun violence in the subtext. The story delves into the complexities of identity, love, and survival in a world fraught with danger as the readers go on this journey which is full of unexpected twists and turns and a shocking finale for the protagonist.

Talking about the publication of her book, author, Ivy Ngeow said, ‘I wrote a book that I wanted to read. I was frustrated that there was a serious lack of commercial fiction with strong female Asian protagonists. Much of Asian literature for the Western market falls into the literary fiction or historical category with romanticised tropes of the empire, WWII and “Malaya” nostalgia. But so much has happened since 1957. I write to challenge those tiring stereotypes and cliches. The story I want to give the world is what it means to be a modern Asian woman. She is confident, open-minded and independent, both financially and emotionally. (But it did take us thousands of years and about 40 minutes to get here). As such, this moment is so much bigger than me.’

Nora Nazerene Abu Bakar, Publisher, Penguin Random House SEA, says, ‘Stories like The American Boyfriend are important because they carry forward the message of why representation matters to the masses in a way that it would appeal to them. We hope that this book keeps the readers turning pages until the very end!’

'The American Boyfriend' is published and released by Penguin Random House.

India imposes restrictive measures on Gold imports to protect artisan livelihoods, promote indigenous manufacturing

With an aim to bolster the growth of the Indian jewellery industry and empowering local manufacturers to produce a wide range of gold ornaments domestically, the Indian government has recently imposed new restrictions on gold imports, specifically targeting the import of gold jewellery from ASEAN and SouthEast Asia. This strategic move aims to strengthen the Indian jewellery industry by curbing the disproportionate import of bullion compared to jewellery and fostering local manufacturing capabilities.

Welcoming this implementation that discourages sale of bullion obtained from imported jewellery which poses a grave risk of rendering numerous local artisans jobless, Saiyam Mehra, Chairman of the All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC), highlighted the significant disparity between bullion and jewellery imports, stating, "India imports bullion to the tune of 600-800 tonnes per annum, which is substantially higher than jewellery. India does not import gold jewellery through official sources due to a 25% import duty. The import duty on ASEAN countries was ‘zero’, which resulted in India's import of gold jewellery to the tune of more than 3.5 tonnes valued at $112.09 million in April-May 2023, of which $76.28 million came from Indonesia. Now, the restriction will stop such imports and enable jewellery retailers to manufacture all gold ornaments locally."

It is heard that the previous practice of importing ornaments for melting in local refineries and selling bullion for higher profits due to duty differentials has raised concerns within the industry. This practice not only affects domestic revenue but also poses a significant threat to the livelihoods of 70-80 lakh (7-8 million) local artisans.

Rajesh Rokde, Vice Chairman of the GJC, added, "With the current change, jewellery imports from ASEAN countrries have been restricted. Now, Indian jewellers can import gold jewellery only through the UAE under the CEPA agreement after paying the required import duty."

By reducing reliance on imports, the government aims to create a favorable environment for the development of local artisans and safeguard their employment opportunities. The All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) welcomes the government's decision to impose restrictions on gold imports and stands united with the Indian jewellery industry in its efforts to nurture self-sufficiency and preserve the rich heritage of Indian jewellery craftsmanship.

The All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) represents lakhs of trade constituents comprising manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, laboratories, gemologists, designers and allied services to the domestic gems & jewellery industry. The Council functions with the objective to address the industry, its functioning, and its cause with a 360° approach to promote and progress its growth, while protecting the industry's interests. GJC, since the last 15 years, has been serving as a bridge between the government and the trade by undertaking various initiatives on behalf of and for the industry.

70,000+ trees in 1 hour: A new benchmark for My Greening hour initiative by Tata Chemicals

Seldom would one see such a CSR activity undertaken on such a grand scale by a Corporate House. This is a real story of planting over 70,000 trees in just ONE HOUR - that was undertaken by Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development's (TCSRD) tree plantation drive – ‘My Greening Hour’ which saw this huge number of trees planted in over 100 locations across India within an hour on 17th of July 2023.


This nationwide activity was undertaken with the aim of creating awareness about the importance of trees for our survival, serving the local communities inclusively and, eventually, increasing carbon absorption capacity.


The initiative saw support from across geographies such as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Gujarat. The activity took place between 4-5 pm, on July 12, 2023. More than 10,000 people from Tata Chemicals Limited and Rallis India Limited including the local communities and authorities enthusiastically participated in the event as they united towards a common goal of making the planet greener. 

Talking about the initiative N. Kamath, Chief Manufacturing Officer and Location Head, Tata Chemicals Limited, Mithapur said, “At Tata Chemicals Limited, our focus on sustainability and serving the local communities is absolute. ‘My Greening Hour’ is a unique effort to ensure sustainable development. Trees are pivotal in ensuring ecological balance. With this initiative, we aim to address two essential goals, restoring the environment and raising awareness among the local communities about the importance of environmental preservation. The unprecedented support that poured in from all the stakeholders made this initiative a success. Planting over 70,000 trees in an hour is a remarkable feat. In Okhamandal, Gujarat, alone, we planted over 40,000 trees.” 

Elaborating on the ‘My Greening Hour’ initiative, Alok Chandra, Chief-Health, Safety, Environment & CSR, Tata Chemicals Limited, said, “We believe trees are essential for mitigating climate change, enhancing biodiversity, improving air quality and providing economic and social benefits. The world around us is changing rapidly, and we must understand and acknowledge the importance of acting fast towards nature conservation and expanding our green cover. Therefore, we set ourselves a target of planting as many trees as possible in an hour and every person involved in this activity worked towards this common goal. Planting over 70,000 trees gave us all a sense of achievement and satisfaction in further taking responsibility for its survival as a part of our vision to create a reener and healthier future for our communities and the planet.”

Established in 1980, the primary aim of Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD) is to initiate and support community development programmes in and around regions where Tata Chemicals Limited facilities are located. And while each region is different in terms of geographic spread, subcultures and socio-economic requirements, TCSRD strives to protect, nurture and uplift the communities by adopting an integrated approach to development and designing region- specific need-based programmes. 

AIIA performs dozens of live surgeries for over 200 participants across India

The Shalyatantra Department organises Shalyacon

The All-India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) proudly honours the legendary Sushruta, hailed as the Father of Surgery, on the auspicious occasion of Sushruta Jayanti-2023, every year Sushruta Jayanti is celebrated world-wide on July 15. To commemorate this remarkable figure and his invaluable contributions to the field of surgery, the AIIA's Department of Shalyatantra is organising a prestigious event called Shalyacon.

Live surgical demonstration was performed on the occasion of the seminar on 13 and 14th July.  On the first day of the session, nine live surgical demonstrations were performed including Laparoscopic surgery and General surgical procedures. This allowed participants to witness and learn from live surgical demonstrations. Additionally, a Scientific Session provided a platform for researchers and experts to share their knowledge and insights followed by a cultural programme. On the second day of the session 13 live surgeries were performed.

The National Seminar on Shalya Tantra and Sangyaharan, organized in association with AAIM (Bharatiya Sangyaharak Association, Varanasi), commenced on July 13, 2023, and will continue till July 15, 2023. The seminar aims to promote the wisdom and practices of Sushruta and facilitate insightful discussions on the advancements in the field of surgery where 180 participants registered  across India.

Prof. (Dr.) Tanuja Manoj Nesari (Director, AIIA) holds the viewpoint that our institution emerged victorious in the field of surgery because of the vision of the dignitaries and the immeasurable effort of faculty members. She further extends appreciation to AIIA Scholars.

Dr. Deopujari Jayant (Chairperson, NCISM) was the chief guests for the inauguration ceremony. Dr. Dilip Puranik (President, Rashtriya Shikshan Mandal, Pune) and Dr. Mukul Patel (Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar) were the Guest of Honour for the event. Prof. (Dr) Tanuja Nesari (Director AIIA), Prof Dr Yogesh Badwe, HoD Shalyatantra welcomed all the dignitaries and briefed about seminar. Dr D.N Pande, President AAIM (Bhartiya Sanghyaharak Association, Varanasi and other senior faculty members were present at the occasion.

A blend of luxury and serenity in a breathtaking natural setting in the heart of Rajasthan: Radisson Blu Resort, Kumbhalgarh

Radisson Blu Resort, Kumbhalgarh

Nestled amidst the majestic Aravalli Range, this exquisite Radisson Blu resort is poised to redefine the region’s hospitality landscape by delivering a comfortable and stylish experience to guests backed by the Group’s unparalleled service standards. Situated in Kumbhalgarh in the heart of Rajasthan’s best-kept secret. Surrounded by diverse flora and fauna on the foothills of the Aravalli Range, Radisson Blu Resort, Kumbhalgarh is a serene oasis spread across 5.18 acres.

The resort showcases a perfect blend of luxury and serenity in a breathtaking natural setting. The resort's architecture pays homage to the rich heritage of Rajasthan, seamlessly combining traditional elements with modern design to create a truly captivating ambiance. Set in a spectacular location with a mountainous backdrop, the resort is accessible from Maharana Pratap Airport Udaipur and Udaipur City Junction Train Station within two hours.

Radisson Blu Resort, Kumbhalgarh is located in proximity to the illustrious Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its architectural splendor. The resort’s strategic location ensures convenient access to other prominent attractions, including the revered Ranakpur Jain Temple and the captivating wildlife of Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. Just a 2-hour drive away from Udaipur, life at Radisson Blu Resort, Kumbhalgarh is all about the simple pleasures – waking up to warm sunshine, strolling through lush gardens, savouring local culinary delights, and exploring tales of bravery with guided treks and trails to sites undiscovered.

“We are thrilled to unveil Radisson Blu Resort Kumbhalgarh, a true gem in our growing portfolio. With its captivating setting, thoughtful amenities, and Rajasthan’s warm hospitality, we are confident that Radisson Blu Resort, Kumbhalgarh will become a preferred destination for travelers seeking an unforgettable experience. Radisson Hotel Group, in the past 25 years of operations in India, has become a part of the country’s social fabric. We derive deep inspiration from this and will continue to add more such magnificent hotels to our portfolio that are an embodiment of India’s rich heritage.” said Zubin Saxena, Managing Director & Area Senior Vice President - South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group

It is the only IGBC-certified property in the region. The resort boasts spacious rooms and suites that are elegantly designed with thoughtful touches offering stunning views of the picturesque landscape, ensuring a tranquil retreat for every guest. The resort offers three unique dining options, comprising a pizzeria, an all-day diner, and a lounge bar.

The resort also features a fitness center, a rejuvenating spa, and an outdoor pool for relaxation. It provides expansive meeting and banquet facilities with advanced technology. Guests can engage in self-rejuvenating recreational activities such as artisanal, puppet, and pottery workshops, guided treks led by naturalists, jungle visits, and cultural trails. The resort further enhances the guest experience with a royal welcome, performances like Nagada and Flute recitals, Ghoomar dance, and Sandhya aarti.

"We are delighted to collaborate with Radisson Hotel Group for the opening of Radisson Blu Resort, Kumbhalgarh. This partnership marks a significant milestone in our journey as a hospitality brand, as we join forces with a renowned global leader in the industry. Through this collaboration, we are confident in delivering an exceptional experience that allows our guests to immerse themselves in the rich culture and heritage of Rajasthan. We are committed to providing unparalleled hospitality and ensuring that every guest enjoys a memorable stay.”, said Sharad Mishra, Director & Owner of Radisson Blu Resort, Kumbhalgarh.

Gourav Deb, General Manager of Radisson Blu Resort, Kumbhalgarh said, “Radisson Blu Resort, Kumbhalgarh is designed to offer a perfect blend of tranquility, luxury, and cultural immersion. We are dedicated to crafting memorable experiences for our guests with exceptional services and recreational activities, making it a perfect cultural holiday spot. The resort ensures spectacular hospitality amidst the UNESCO world heritage site, and we are excited to host our guests with the Group’s signature Yes, I Can! Service ethos."

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India Space Congress 2023 drives collaboration, harnesses potential of Satellite & Space application for Empowering Socio-Economic Development

The India Space Congress 2023 in association with SIA-India united with respective Governors of 3 states concluded with the aim of harnessing the potential of satellite and space applications to drive socio-economic development across India.


"India Space Congress 2023 marked a significant milestone with the attendance of governors from Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Mizoram, showcasing the higher authority's recognition of the congress's importance. With the theme 'Redefining the Space Sector for Empowering Socio-Economic Development," remarked Dr Subba Rao Pavuluri, President, SIA-India in his concluding day Keynote Address. 


His Excellency, Dr Hari Babu Kambhampati, the Governor of Mizoram said, “The impactful role of the Space-Based Information Support for Decentralised Planning of Mizoram in promoting inclusive and sustainable development. The adoption of space applications in Mizoram holds immense importance in driving inclusive and sustainable development. These technologies empower local communities, optimize resource allocation, enhance infrastructure planning, and strengthen disaster preparedness. By harnessing the power of space-based information, Mizoram is poised to achieve significant progress in various sectors, ensuring a brighter and more prosperous future for its residents”

Air Marshal Surat Singh, Director General Air (Operations) mentioned, “The significance of space assets in warfare based on the Gulf War of 1991. In that conflict, space assets played a crucial role in monitoring, controlling, and softening the battlefield for 39 days, despite only 100 hours of ground fighting. Space assets must be protected from cyber-attacks through hardening measures and the application of quantum technology. The Indian Air Force views space as an extension of the air domain, considering persistent ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) and high-precision PNT (Positioning, Navigation, and Timing) as highly important.”

Shri Sunil, Additional Director General, Prasar Bharti emphasised on the commercial objectives, “Satellites are Leading innovation for B2B and B2C Video creating new revenue streams, and enhance the overall value proposition. By embracing new technologies, business models, and partnerships, companies can stay competitive and capitalize on the increasing demand for video content across various platforms and devices.”

India also needs a clear spectrum assignment mechanism. Simplifying the spectrum access process improves allocation and utilization, benefiting telecommunications, broadcasting, and other industries. This promotes growth and contributes to overall economic development by streamlining channels like the Department of Space and the Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC). SIA-India looks forward to having spectrum policy that assures assignment through administrative license.

India Space Congress is an annual flagship event organized by the SatCom Industry Association of India (SIA-India). It brings together leading professionals, visionaries, and experts from the space sector to share insights, discuss advancements, and foster collaborations in the field of space and satellite technology.

Rapper Curtis 50 cent Jackson to be in India for FINAL LAP TOUR 2023

American rapper and actor Curtis James Jackson III known professionally as 50 Cent, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking album 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' in India...


After record breaking sales with his tours across North America, Europe, Australia, and other regions, 50 Cent sets his sights on Indian shores!


One of the biggest hip-hop announcements of the year, GRAMMY® and EMMY® award-winning artist Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will tour India as part of his global “The Final Lap Tour 2023” on November 25th. This monumental concert will commemorate the 20th anniversary of his pioneering album ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and will take place at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. 


Presented by VJP + Tracktical Concerts, a leading entertainment company known for its involvement in live entertainment, movie production and artist associations, the tour is expected to showcase the very best of 50 Cent’s illustrious career, including a lineup of fan-favorite hits and long-awaited tracks. The show will also feature supporting performances from internationally renowned hip-hop & urban acts from India and across the world.


Celebrated for his lyrical prowess, 50 Cent first cemented his place in music history with the groundbreaking success of ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’, which propelled him to global stardom. Chart Toppers from this album, namely “In Da Club,” “P.I.M.P.,” and “Candy Shop” have dominated charts and airwaves till date, and the album still continues its reign as a cultural phenomenon, captivating audiences with its gritty storytelling and infectious beats.


Excited for his India show, 50 Cent added, “It’s been a minute—16 years to be exact - since I came to India. Ever since my last visit in 2007, India has always shown me a great deal of love and I can’t wait to return so as part of my Final Lap Tour, I'm returning to India in November! 


Vamseedharan Gowthamarajan – Founder & Director at Tracktical Concerts mentioned, “India has always been a strong supporter of global music, and with 50 Cent's upcoming 'The Final Lap Tour 2023', it is further solidifying its place on the global hip-hop map. Across local shores, 50 Cent’s influence on the genre cannot be overstated. Several of his songs have trended in the country, becoming anthems for generations. And we are thrilled to bring the legendary rapper to India for an epic hip-hop invasion like no other as part of his final global tour and give his fans a chance to party with him. 


In fact, 50 Cent’s timeless appeal continues to grow, with his iconic track "In Da Club” crossing over a billion streams worldwide, serving as a testament to the unwavering love and support from his dedicated fan base. The artist has also leveraged his star power to achieve unparalleled success as an entrepreneur, actor, and producer, earning a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. 


The Final Lap Tour promises to be an unforgettable experience for his fans across the country. 

How AI will transform education, Coursera founder shares insights at Moneycontrol Startup Conclave

Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera, a U.S.-based massive open online course provider, shared his views at the Moneycontrol Startup Conclave, on the topic of ‘Navigating edtech in the AI era held in Bengaluru on 10th of July..

On being told by his engineers, “Hey Jeff, this stuff is getting pretty powerful”, Jeff said how he then had to get his hands onto ChatGPT by early December of 2022. Since then, Coursera has moved pretty aggressively to integrate a ChatGPT implementation of a personalized learning assistant called Coursera Coach. It works on 5000 courses...

On being asked whether he thinks AI will save or destroy education, he said, “I think education has to adapt. Every time the world is changing, everything has to adapt. Relationships, institutions, everything. We’re all going to have to change the way we use tools, and even the way we use technology as a thought partner.”

“We’re using a large language model, we are not actually doing a lot of fine tuning right now, and we are constructing prompts that have the kind of context that a tutor would need to give you personalized prompts. So, it allows the language models to be really good at language, but the domain expertise comes from the university and the professor. We are rolling it out and, a little over 25% of our learners have access to Coursera Coach.”

On the impact of generative AI on kids’ learning abilities, Maggioncalda said, “The capability of this technology is quite remarkable, and I was worried that it was giving me too good of an answer. So, we are all figuring out how you can support a learner without letting them cheat. Cheating is a very big threat to the way people learn. So, we want to lend assistance, not give them the whole answer. The student still has to do all the work.”

“The pandemic was a major accelerator in the adoption of technology for teaching and learning. But even now as people go back to school, we are seeing really strong adoption of online learning in physical classrooms. I think we will never go back to a world of printed textbooks, with every student and every teacher in the same class. So, I think it’s going to be a hybrid world. Even students on campus are taking courses on Coursera, and our courses becoming a part of the curriculum. So, it is a hybrid world, and we all need to be pretty agile, because the world is changing pretty quickly,” he added.

A community for seniors over 60 - SilverWings App from SeniorWorld

Fostering interaction between seniors to express and exchange viewpointss, now there is a social, wellness and fun community app platform for seniors over 60, 'SilverWings' has been introduced by SeniorWorld, India’s leading company focussed on making a positive difference to the lives of the elderly since 2015.

Rahul Gupta, CEO and Co-Founder of SeniorWorld, shares his vision for the platform, stating, "With SilverWings, we aspire to give our beloved elders the wings to soar even higher and live their lives to the fullest - inspiring each other and younger generations along the way. The app has been designed based on the feedback received from our 3 Lakh plus seniors community on Facebook, which has one of the highest engagement scores among all FB communities” 

Social connect and engagement is a key need for the elderly with a staggering 65% urban seniors expressing loneliness as an issue. To address this, SilverWings has built the social aspect of the community around 4E's: express, engage, explore, and enjoy. The App publishes engaging articles and snippets every day, which provides seniors with an avenue to express and exchange viewpoints and experiences. Additionally, the app also fosters interaction between seniors who share common interests such as music, poetry, hobbies, travel etc making for more meaningful connections.  


Furthermore, seniors can attend technology classes to become more tech savvy, explore new experiences/hobbies, host events to share their expertise or even embark on group holiday tours with like-minded seniors. Most importantly, SilverWings ensures that seniors enjoy themselves with its wide array of fun sessions, games & quizzes etc. Says Mrs Mahajan- a single 68 year old SilverWinger from Noida "SilverWings is my daily dose of tonic for engagement and fun” 

With 70% seniors grappling with chronic disease, SilverWings offers a range of benefits to support their well-being. Seniors can enjoy daily fitness and meditation sessions, participate in live talks with doctors from renowned hospitals, access informative articles on health and wellness, set up medicine reminders, and conveniently keep track of their vitals in one place. Says Mrs. Sharma from Bhopal "SilverWings yoga is easy as it is specially designed for seniors. My husband has started doing chair yoga and the medicine reminders are very useful." 

To take care of safety, the SilverWings App has a digital SOS emergency button. With just a touch, the App automatically sends a distress message to designated emergency contacts with crucial information like the GPS location and medical history, and also initiates sequential and repeated calls to them, expediting the help they need. 

"The creation of the SilverWings app has been a labour of love," says MP Deepu, Co-Founder of SeniorWorld. "We have thoughtfully crafted this app using inclusive design principles and it is currently available for Android devices. It would be wonderful if everyone participates in this collective journey by helping their elderly family members install this app. It may possibly be one of the best things that you can do for them.” 

SeniorWorld vision is focussed on helping seniors lead more engaged, healthier and independent lives since 2015 by offering specially designed phones for seniors under the brand easyfone and assisted group holiday tours for seniors. 

Finest Indian artists to perform in Music, Theatre, Fine Arts, Crafts in Mahindra Group's various Cultural Festivals

A pioneer in promoting Indian art and culture ranging from rock music, performing and visual arts and crafts, Mahindra Group has unveiled the much-awaited Cultural Events Calendar for the year 2023-24 with incredibly enriching and impactful events that are a true celebration of Indian culture and communities that aim to ignite a vibrant cultural exchange and create a magnetic pull for artists from across the world while prioritising millennial engagement.


Aiming with its Cultural Outreach initiative to serve as a catalyst to preserving India’s traditions while ensuring that these cultural practices continue to flourish in the modern world.


The group is known to host some of the most talked about events in the country, playing a pivotal role in keeping the Indian cultural legacy alive across the globe with its tastefully curated events. Through time, these exclusive festivals with a strategic purpose have grown manifold in aspects of scale, footfalls and geographic locations, and have positively impacted the brand, its stakeholders and various art forms of traditional and contemporary India - leaving an indelible impression on its audiences.


And fuelled by this remarkable success, the group seeks to add greater impetus in enabling a spectrum of diverse audiences on an artistic discovery across North and South India via its cultural outreach initiatives.


Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) is the only national level recognition in the field of theatre; Mahindra Blues Festival - the biggest blues festival in Asia - has hosted worldwide legends like Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Johnny Lang, Popa Chubby, Jimmy Thackery and the likes. The Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival launched in 2010 as a showcase of craft traditions, involving master craftsmen from the regions, has over the years transformed into a resplendent concoction of art, music, theatre, literature, dance, heritage, experiential exhibitions, and cuisine, in a grandeur intrinsic to Awadh. Mahindra Kabira Festival brings together the leading exponents of classical, folk and Sufi music and evocative poetry recitals, intending to be a beacon of love and hope in the Poet’s place of birth, while promoting the city’s cultural heritage.


In 2022-23, Mahindra Group resurrected the iconic Independence Rock fest which unfolded to be a roaring celebration of the genre, and also launched two new IPs - Mahindra Roots and Mahindra Percussion, all with an aim to offer a comprehensive symphonious experience comprising poetry, rock, classical, and folk music in multilingual forms. These powerful events together showcase artists and performances that strike a chord with everyone, particularly with millennials to strengthen their cross-cultural understanding and facilitate cultural preservation.


Jay Shah, Vice President – Cultural Outreach at Mahindra Group, said, “People make culture, just as culture makes people. India’s culture is a melting pot of diversity, steeped in rich history and heritage, and infused with numerous art forms, dialects and languages, creating a fertile ground for artistic exchange. Our Cultural Outreach Initiative is meant to bring communities together and promote the many aspects of the Indian cultural landscape that remain unexplored, particularly from the lens of the youth. After prospering for centuries many arts are now fighting for survival, many are struggling for mere acknowledgement. In the face of modernization and changing societal values, preserving these artistic traditions becomes imperative to safeguarding India's cultural identity. The endeavour is to present these dwindling art forms in a modernized fashion to millennials, bring in relevance and reignite the affinity for them. We achieved this to a great extent through the Kabira, Sanatkada and Roots festivals last year. And so, we are thrilled to announce another year of power-packed cultural festivals and we hope it will drum up similar support and a loyal following for the years to come.”

Listed below are the upcoming programs that promise to take fans on a soulful, artistic journey with an element of discovery, making the fests the beating heart of Indian arts and culture.

Mahindra Independence Rock Festival (4th & 5th November 2023): The rock festival was initiated to revive the rock scene in India through music alone besides providing the young independent rock musicians with a creative platform to express non-conformist ideas, freedom of speech, inclusivity, and equality.

Mahindra Kabira Festival (15th - 17th December 2023): The Mahindra Kabira Festival is held annually on the historic ghats of Varanasi with an aim to unleash the mystic melodies and artistic vibes of the Poet-Saint Kabir and convey the essence of Kabir’s philosophy to new-age audiences.

Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival (2nd - 6th February 2024): The Mahindra Sanatkada Lucknow Festival is an annual five-day affair dedicated to a beautiful slice of Awadh’s syncretic culture.

Mahindra Blues Festival (10th & 11th February 2024): Asia's largest Blues festival, and emerging as an iconic Western music event that has now embedded itself in the cultural tapestry of Mumbai by continuously showcasing the world's biggest blues names at Mehboob Studios.

Mahindra Roots Festival (24th & 25th February 2024): Mahindra Roots Festival which made its debut this year, aims to revive and showcase India’s multifaceted cultural roots embedded in performing and visual arts while enabling young minds to rise from their roots. The festival spans theatre performances, tribal music forms, immersive storytelling, folk music, classical music and poetry in multiple languages to bring millennial and Gen Z audiences closer to a melting pot of voices and art intrinsic to the pulse of India’s cultural matrix.

Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards Festival (14th-20th March 2024): The META Awards has been serving as a platform that has levelled unknown theatre companies on the same stage with well-known ones. By far, the platform has presented over 100 theatrical masterpieces from all over India and is referred to as an institution that recognises, nurtures and promotes great theatre.

Mahindra Percussion Festival (23rd March 2024): The festival is a first-of-its-kind platform that traverses various music genres, led by resounding percussion beats while celebrating the heartbeat of music. Intending to democratise various art forms and with artists breaking creative boundaries, the Mahindra Percussion Festival evokes a celebration of rhythm that deeply stirs human emotions, creating a world-class cultural experience.

Over the years, the overwhelmingly positive reaction that these initiatives have received shows that Mahindra Group is fiercely committed and successful when it comes to the support and patronage of the arts. Recognizing India's penchant for extraordinary experiences, several companies have joined forces with Mahindra, including Hyperlink Brand Solutions which has conceptualised and executed four of the seven cultural events (I-Rock, MBF, MRF and MPF). The Cultural Outreach programme is designed for the long term and also amalgamated with philanthropic endeavours, much in tandem with Mahindra’s Rise philosophy, one that ultimately seeks to create a positive impact for the community, the brand and Indian arts & culture

Infosys founder Narayana Murthy opines that Every startup should have only one leader

The founder of Infosys speaks to Rohan Murthy on the issues of starting up, sacrifices, values and more. Narayana Murthy, took the floor at Moneycontrol Startup Conclave 2023 to speak in a candid conversation with his son, Rohan Murthy, Founder of Soroco..

The IIT alumnus was asked why he chose to become an entrepreneur. He answered, "Because I believe the only way society can remove its poverty is through the power of entrepreneurship, creating jobs, translating ideas into jobs, translating ideas into wealth, and enhancing taxes paid to the government."

When asked to list key attributes of entrepreneurs, he highlighted, "They must have the power of imagination. They must be comfortable with innovation, with doing something unusual. Passion fuels your energy, enthusiasm, and ability to achieve the target, and for this, the leader must have an articulated value system."

The next key step for any nascent business is hiring talent. He recommended, "My focus was on competence. Without that, nothing will happen. The second is the value system. In the beginning, everybody has to trust everybody else implicitly. The only thing the employees have are your words. For this, you must be authentic. When employees work as a team, in unison, there is a high probability of people buying into your vision, and that vision must have something in it for everybody."

On devising leadership and organizational structure, he suggests, "Every startup company must have only one leader. There cannot be two or three leaders. Just one leader." He adds, "Once the managerial phase comes in, you invite managers to create systems and processes, establish protocols, invite independent directors, and have a good governance mechanism."

Crippling uncertainty and self-doubt are common among all startup founders. Addressing pathways to tackle that, Mr. Narayana Murthy shares how he felt when his company went public, "When we went public, we were worried about whether we would do well or not." For navigating times when things get tough at the office and at home, he suggested, "You should not panic. During uncertain times, I would crack jokes in the office and talk to them about how other people have gone through such times as well, and how God is with us. Sometimes, logic doesn't suffice. There are moments when one must transcend logic, embrace faith, and believe in God."

Reminiscing about his roots, he elaborated on how selecting a career pathway wasn't as parent-regulated back then as it is today. He said, "Back then, they didn't ask us 'what are you going to do.' Somehow, that environment gave us much freedom. Acknowledging his wife's pivotal role during the early stages of building his business, Mr. Murthy expressed his gratitude for Mrs. Sudha Murthy, present at the Moneycontrol Startup Conclave 2023. He shares, "My wife stood by me when my colleagues were unsupportive."

The session also included Mrs. Murthy sharing her perspective as the first angel investor in Murthy's life. She shares the anecdote, "Living with a successful man can be extremely challenging. They are not ordinary individuals; they possess eccentricities and lack conventional logic at home, reserving it solely for the office. These accomplished individuals often have sky-high expectations, requiring their partners to juggle multiple roles simultaneously." She adds, "They expect their partners to be a wife, secretary, finance manager, nanny, advisor, and assume various other responsibilities. Failing in any one of these roles can have a profound negative impact on their well-being."

A number of budding startups present at the Moneycontrol Startup Conclave 2023 sought Murthy's perspective on the principle of good governance, to which he suggested, "Put the interest of the community ahead of your personal interest, in the short and mid-run, and you will emerge a winner in the long term. It is a philosophy that you either have or you 

India Positive Bihar Youth Conclave 2023 inspires Indian youth

India Positive Bihar Youth Conclave 2023

Harnessing the power of technology and innovation to bridge the gaps, connect communities and empower the positive Bihar low-cost labour of Indian youth having advantage over China marked the enthusiasm and optimism in our country was the agenda at the India Positive Bihar Youth Conclave 2023 held on 4th July in Bihar. Captivating the audience with her soulful songs, Bhojpuri singer Deepali Sahay emphasised Bihar's need to promote art and culture in the event that aimed to foster unity, inspiration, and hope for a brighter future. 


The vibrant city of Patna came alive with optimism and enthusiasm as Under the esteemed auspices of India Positive, this remarkable event brought together esteemed dignitaries, influential leaders, and spirited youth that was graced by Sanjay Jaiswal, Rituraj Sinha, Manish Sinha, Dilip Sinha, Shashank Kumar, Aditya Arora, Deepali Sahay, Brigadier and, Uday Java who symbolically illuminated the event by lighting the ceremonial lamp.

During the inaugural session, Manish Sinha, the Convener of India Positive delivered an impassioned address emphasizing the mission to empower the youth of Bihar and guide them towards the path of development. He proudly highlighted India's remarkable progress, ascending from the 10th to the 5th largest GDP in the past 9 years, a monumental achievement for our nation. He projected an even brighter future, confidently stating that “India is poised to become the world's third-largest economy within the next two to three years.” Sinha also emphasised the technological prowess of India's youth, underscoring that data consumption in India surpasses that of both China and America. Additionally, he celebrated the exponential growth of startups, with an impressive rise from 400 in 2015 to an astounding 9,500 registered startups in 2023. 

Sinha concluded his speech by expressing pride in India's global stature under the esteemed leadership of Prime Minister Modi, positioning India as the beacon of knowledge, progress, and enlightenment.

Sanjay Jaiswal,  Member of Parliament during the session said, "As we move ahead on the path of progress, let's focus on building strong infrastructure and sustainable cities. The 'Chanpatiya model' has reshaped the lives of labours. The advantage of low-cost labour that China has today,  the same advantage is also with Bihar today. Our top priority is creating a safe and secure environment for all. Through various development initiatives, we aim to unlock Bihar's true potential. Also, through comprehensive development initiatives, we aim to uplift Bihar, unleashing its true potential. Let us harness the power of technology and innovation to bridge the gaps, connect communities, and empower the positive Bihar youth. Together, we will create a brighter future, where opportunities flourish, dreams thrive, and Bihar shines as a beacon of prosperity.


Samrat Chaudhary, the BJP State President eloquently shed light on the challenges faced by Bihar over the past four decades. Chaudhary acknowledged the historical neglect of Bihar's infrastructure and the need for transformative change. Pointing to the exceptional progress achieved during the nine years of the Modi government, he urged the people of Bihar to embrace the transformative agenda of the BJP and envision a future where Bihar flourishes through industrialization, leading to ample employment opportunities for its youth.


Renowned Member of Parliament Ravi Shankar Prasad, participated in the event through a video conference and commended India's current position as a global powerhouse. Highlighting India's achievement as the world's largest data consumer with the most affordable rates, Prasad proudly revealed that India has emerged as the second-largest mobile manufacturer globally, housing an impressive 270 mobile factories.


Dilip Sinha, President of the IPF Bihar Council, eloquently emphasised the untapped potential of Bihar, India's second-most populous state. Sinha underscored the need for investments in Bihar, recognising the exceptional talents and entrepreneurial spirit of the state's artisans and youth, who are diligently creating employment opportunities through English and computer skills. Joining the chorus, Aditya Arora, COO of Phad Capital, emphasised the flourishing startup ecosystem, with investments pouring into startups from small towns. Arora announced plans to initiate a startup venture in Bihar, further igniting the spark of entrepreneurialism among the state's youth.


Rituraj Sinha, National Secretary BJP, enthusiastically declared India's ascent to the world's fifth-largest economy under the Modi government, applauding the enhanced global reputation of our beloved nation. Ajay Alok, the BJP's national spokesperson, emphasised the importance of promoting startups in Bihar and urged the youth to embrace diverse career opportunities beyond the realm of government jobs.


Adding a melodious touch to the conclave, renowned Bhojpuri singer Deepali Sahay captivated the audience with her soulful songs, emphasising Bihar's need to promote art and culture. Meanwhile, BJP MLA and accomplished shooter Shreyashi Singh praised the Modi government's unwavering support for sports, igniting a wave of enthusiasm among aspiring athletes. BJP MLA Sanjeev Chaurasia, echoing the sentiments of his fellow participants, celebrated Bihar's remarkable progress under the NDA government.

Rajat Sharma of India TV Becomes Most Followed TV News Personality in the World on Twitter

A pioneer in Television News show 'Aap Ki Adalat' where he grills celebrities across various professions, sports persons, politicians and even spiritual preachers, Rajat Sharma has achieved the status of No.1 Television News Personality in the World. He also has a daily news show 'Aaj Ki Baat' on India TV.
In a remarkable achievement, Rajat Sharma, the esteemed Chairman of India TV, has amassed a staggering 10.7 million followers on the popular social media platform, Twitter, making him the most followed TV news personality in the world. The news of his milestone has sent waves of excitement through the media industry, making Rajat Sharma one of the most followed personalities in India. This has been revealed in Muck Rack’s ‘The 2023 State of Journalism on Twitter’ report.
Rajat Sharma, known for his astute journalism and fearless reporting, has always been a household name in the Indian media landscape. His credibility, integrity, and unwavering commitment to uncovering the truth have earned him immense respect and trust from his viewers. Now, his influence has extended to the digital realm, where his followers eagerly await his insightful tweets.
Twitter, a platform that thrives on real-time engagement and succinct expression, has become an essential tool for journalists and media professionals to connect with their audience on a personal level. Rajat Sharma's meteoric rise in followers is a testament to his ability to capture the attention and interest of a vast online audience. His popularity on Twitter also speaks volumes about his popular courtroom interview show ‘Aap Ki Adalat,’ aired continuously since last 30 years and ‘Aaj Ki Baat,’ which is aired weekdays, 9pm on India TV.
With his Twitter account, Rajat Sharma has successfully bridged the gap between traditional media and the digital age, providing his followers with a direct channel to stay informed, voice their opinions, and engage in meaningful discussions.
Upon achieving this significant milestone, Rajat Sharma expressed his gratitude to his followers, stating, "I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support and love I have received on Twitter. It is truly heartening to see people from diverse backgrounds come together on this platform to engage in constructive conversations. I will continue to use this platform responsibly and strive to provide accurate and unbiased information."
As the Chairman of India TV, Rajat Sharma has been at the forefront of the media industry, shaping public discourse and highlighting critical issues that affect society. Now, with his remarkable Twitter following, he has further solidified his position as a trusted voice in the digital space.
The 10.7 million followers milestone has marked a new chapter in Rajat Sharma's illustrious career, propelling him to even greater heights as he continues to inspire and inform through his journalistic endeavors. As the nation eagerly watches, the anticipation of what Rajat Sharma will achieve next in the ever-evolving media landscape is palpable.

Surge in Leisure travel this monsoon

Conventionally, it was  during the monsoons, that leisure travelers would easily get bookings in their favourite hotels in tourist places and at a heavy discount. Of late, particularly during this rainy season there is an upsurge in bookings for leisure destinations during the monsoon season, it is evident that travelers are embracing the freedom of traveling any time, any day.


This monsoon has showered a new life into the earth, giving travel enthusiast a perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in the lush beauty and serenity of nature. As monsoon sweeps across the country, global hospitality technology company, OYO, shared some interesting travel trends. As per the company, there is a 32% uptick in booking demand during the monsoon season as compared to last year.


The surge in travel demand is primarily driven by leisure destinations, highlighting a growing inclination among travelers to embark on vacations during the rainy season. Conventionally, vacations have been primarily associated with the summer season, but this trend indicates a shift in preferences, with individuals now seeking delightful getaways amidst the monsoon showers.


With 124% increase in travel demand, mountains are the clear favourite this monsoon. The top mountain destinations that have captured the imagination of travelers this monsoon are Nainital, Mussoorie, Shimla, Lonavala, and Ooty. With their serene landscapes, picturesque views, and pleasant weather, these destinations have become sought-after choices for those seeking a rejuvenating getaway amidst nature's lap.


Beach destinations also witnessed an uptick of 112% compared to last year. Among beach destinations, Goa and Pondicherry emerged as the top choice, followed by destinations like Digha, Alibaug, and Kollam, indicating an increasing desire among travelers to explore offbeat destinations this monsoon.


Spiritual destinations also witnessed increased traction during monsoon, with Varanasi, Puri, Tirupati, Amritsar, and Haridwar emerging as the top choices.


With the  Traditionally, summer has been the peak travel season, but the current trend showcases an interesting shift in preferences. People are now seeking to unwind and rejuvenate amidst the monsoon's charm, underscoring their yearning to create cherished memories whenever wanderlust strikes. 

Pachmarhi Monsoon Marathon 2023 targets enhanced participation

The 5th Edition of Pachmarhi Monsoon Marathon expects 1,000 participants set to take place on 23rd of July. This target is double of the participants in the last edition.

During the monsoon season, the Queen of Satpura in Madhya Pradesh adorns herself with a captivating wet cloak, enchanting all those who seek natural beauty and tranquility in her presence. Amidst this picturesque weather, numerous adventure enthusiasts are eagerly preparing to go on a journey to this hill station, seeking both thrills and awe-inspiring experiences.

There will be 4 marathons on course for 3 age categories and the registration will be open for the first 1000 participants only. 


Set to take place on July 23, the Pachmarhi Monsoon Marathon attracts runners from all corners of the country. Organized collaboratively by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board and Adventure & You (AK connect), this event will witness the spirited participation of both the young and the young-at-heart across four different categories.

"This marks the fifth edition of the marathon. When we commenced this event five years ago, our goal was to attract approximately 500 participants. This time around, registration is already underway, and we are nearing the 1000 participants mark. To ensure optimal facilities and infrastructure for all participants, we will close registration at 1000," mentioned Yuvraj Padole, the deputy director of the MP Tourism Board and the event's organizer, while expressing the marathon's commendable standing among professional athletes.  


He further added, "It is particularly exciting to witness the overwhelming response to the 42-kilometer full marathon category, introduced last year, in addition to the 5-kilometer, 10-kilometer, and 21-kilometer runs. This exhilarating event not only invigorates tourism during the quieter monsoon months but also creates employment opportunities within the region."

The buzz surrounding the marathon, set to take place in the Narmadapuram district, has already begun. Officials are working to further enhance the natural beauty of Pachmarhi, adding vibrant elements to make the event even more spectacular.