Speaking about Beer and Health: Debunking myths and discussing moderation

"Beer is one of the oldest and most beloved drinks in the world. It’s been part of our culture for thousands of years, and that’s why it’s no surprise that there are so many myths and misunderstandings about its health effects. Let us take a look at some of the most common myths about beer and how to enjoy it in moderation," says Avneet Singh, Founder, Medusa Beverages Pvt. Ltd who clarifies further in the myth surrounding it...!

Myth#1 Drinking beer before liquor will make you sicker. 

It’s one of the most common misconceptions that drinking beer before drinking hard liquor will make you sick. In reality, the order in which you drink alcohol doesn’t have much of an impact on how your body metabolizes it. In fact, the sickness that’s often caused by mixing different kinds of alcohol has more to do with how much you drink and how often you drink it, rather than what order you drink it in. So, if you’re going to drink alcohol, it’s important to drink it in moderation and pace yourself. 

 Myth#2 Drinking too much beer causes “Beer Belly” 

Fear of a “beer belly” has caused people to think that beer is the only thing that causes belly fat. But belly fat isn’t caused by beer, it’s caused by eating too many calories from all over. Yes, beer does have calories, and eating too many high calorie drinks can cause belly fat. But it’s not that you’re having a light beer that’s causing your belly to bulge. It’s the difference between how much you eat and how much you drink. 

Myth#3 Light beer are the healthier choices 

Promoted as a more health-conscious substitute for regular beers, light beers have contributed to the misconception that they are the superior choice. Despite typically having lower calorie content, it is delusional to assume they are inherently better for all health-conscious individuals. It is crucial to take into account factors beyond caloric intake, including individual taste inclinations and nutritional composition. Furthermore, certain studies propose that individuals might unconsciously consume larger quantities of light beer to offset the reduced calorie load, essentially ignoring the intended advantages. 

Myth#4 Bottled beer is better than canned 

The debate between bottled beer and canned beer has given rise to another persistent myth. While some argue that bottled beer is superior in taste and quality, and others believe canned beer is more environmentally friendly, the truth is that both packaging methods have their pros and cons. Modern canning technology has improved significantly, ensuring that canned beer maintains its flavor and quality. The choice between bottled and canned beer is often a matter of personal preference rather than a clear health or taste advantage. 

 Myth#5 All beers should be served cold 

The idea that all beers should be served ice-cold is a myth that can affect the enjoyment of various beer styles. While it's true that certain lighter and milder beers are traditionally served colder, many craft beers, ales, and stouts benefit from slightly warmer temperatures. Extreme cold can dull the flavors and aromas of these beers, limiting the depth of the tasting experience. Knowing the appropriate serving temperature for different beer styles can enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of their unique characteristics. 

Amidst the myths and misconceptions, the crucial concept of moderation should not be overlooked. Beer, like any alcoholic beverage, can be enjoyed responsibly and even offer certain health benefits when consumed in moderation. Moderate beer consumption has been linked to potential cardiovascular benefits, as well as the social and psychological advantages of enjoying a beverage in a social setting. 

In conclusion, separating fact from fiction is essential when discussing beer and health. While myths like the order of consumption or the source of a beer belly have persisted, it's clear that moderation is the key to responsibly enjoying beer. 

Indo-German collaboration: Upskilling Certification Linked to Nursing Employment in Germany

About 2,000 students in the inaugural year would be selected to go to Germany to study the Upskilling Certification Linked Cpirse to Nursing Employment, that would educate students to undergo intensive full-time training meticulously crafted to meet German standards, thereby opening up Career Opportunities in Healthcare Sector...

The goal is for 50 Indian healthcare professionals to be sent from India to Germany each month, with intentions to raise this quota in the future.

Indo-Euro Synchronization (IES) proudly announced the groundbreaking event, ‘Upskilling Certification Linked to Nursing Employment in Germany’, which took place on August 19th at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The event served as a catalyst for fostering collaborations between Germany and India while prominently spotlighting the wealth of lucrative career opportunities within the health sector, particularly in the field of nursing.

At the inaugural stage, IES has set the ambitious goal of selecting 2000 students from diverse regions across India in its inaugural year. The selection process is based on comprehensive counselling and rigorous psychometric evaluations, with a primary focus on B.Sc. Nursing students. IES plans to gradually expand this number in the subsequent years. Upon successful selection, students will undergo intensive full-time training meticulously crafted to meet German standards, conducted within Indian centres. After obtaining certification, all candidates will receive robust support in securing desirable employment positions in Germany's healthcare industry.

The event witnessed a confluence of esteemed guests and experts hailing from both India and Germany, reinforcing the commitment to forging stronger bonds between the two nations. Among the distinguished attendees were Mr Raj Vangapandu, President of Indo-Euro Synchronization, and Mr. Venkat Reddy, Managing Director of Cross Culture Careers. These luminaries shared their insights and perspectives on the expansive potential for collaboration and growth within the dynamic healthcare industry.

Mr Lukas Rogge, Head of Global Business Operation, Calmoroi Germany said: "It's truly my pleasure to introduce an innovative solution targeting the healthcare professional shortage, focusing on India. Our skilled team is committed to addressing Germany's pressing deficit of 1.8 million healthcare professionals. Through collaboration, we're facilitating the transition of up to 50 Indian healthcare professionals per month to Germany, with plans to increase this number. This initiative span locations and begins with language training in India, forming a solid foundation for seamless integration.”

Further he added that we're creating a legacy of shared expertise and international collaboration in healthcare and technology. Our vision extends beyond healthcare, aiming for a long-term partnership with India that drives mutual growth. This partnership underscores the power of innovation and collaboration, promising a brighter future for healthcare, technology, and humanity."

Venkat Reddy, MD,  Cross Culture Career said that today marks a pivotal moment for Germany's medical sector. We are introducing a transformative initiative to recruit and integrate skilled healthcare professionals from India into Germany. This is a milestone for German healthcare, as we endeavour to bridge the healthcare worker gap. Our aim is to seamlessly integrate skilled Indian professionals into the German healthcare sector.

“Germany stands as a beacon of promising career prospects for nurses, extending its allure to both domestic and international candidates. The nation's robust healthcare system and the escalating demand for skilled healthcare professionals converge to create an environment of rich growth and development opportunities for nursing professionals. Key features of nursing career prospects in Germany include high demand, diversified roles, competitive compensation and benefits, avenues for career progression, and a vibrant tapestry of cultural diversity,” he added.

In reflecting on the resounding success of the event, Ms Om Sri COO, IES, remarked, "Our event has unlocked doors for aspiring students and professionals seeking fulfilling careers in Germany's healthcare domain. We are truly elated to have established a platform that bridges the gap between raw talent and boundless opportunities, all while nurturing Indo-German partnerships."

Furthermore, she underscored IES's robust network with esteemed German employers in the realm of hospital chains. This strategic network empowers students by providing essential employment linkages, setting them on a path towards sustainable placements. She affirmed that IES has synergised the formidable demand from the German industrial sector through collaborations with esteemed German universities. The outcome is a well-crafted avenue for skilled and eligible nurses to embark on an empowered career journey in Germany.

More Women are investing in Equity Funds, save more than men for investments

A recent survey showed 42% Surge in Women Investors in 2023 with 87% of them preferring Equity Funds, and the interesting aspect is that Women Save 5% More for Future Goals than Men...


Another trend is that Women's goal-based SIP investments show an impressive 19% lower stoppage rate, reflecting their long-term commitment to financial goals


An in-depth study among 3,763 women clients from the age bracket of 23 to 76 years in August 2023 on the occasion of Women’s Equality Day was carried out by a private investment management company FinEdge.


The study unveiled a remarkable 42% rise in women investors, saving 5% more for future goals than men. Notably, 30.82% of women prioritize retirement planning, signalling a major trend shift. Women also showed resilience in goal-based SIP investments, with a 19% lower stoppage rate, emphasizing their commitment to long-term financial goals."


Harsh Gahlaut, CEO, FinEdge said "We are delighted to see more and more women leading the way and helming their family's financial plan. Temperamentally, women make better investors than men as they are less speculative, and more purpose driven. This makes them excellent long-term investors as their resilience allows them to benefit from compounding. We are certain that this trend will gather momentum in the next 3-5 years”.


In regional breakdown, the West and North zones had strong female investor percentages at 34.54% and 32.98%, respectively. However, the East zone lagged with only 7.54% women investors."


Women have distinct financial challenges, requiring a unique investment approach

The study also aimed to uncover some of the key challenges mentioned below that women investors face on their wealth creation journey:

Career breaks for family care

Excessive risk aversion affecting returns

Distrust in sales-focused advisors 

Limited awareness of key investing concepts

Confidence gaps due to traditional gender roles

More and more women are focusing on their own retirement

Retirement planning is gaining traction among women. A notable 30.82% prioritize it, second only to child education planning at 32.82%. This shift marks a new era where women independently plan for retirement or contribute equally to joint plans, ensuring financial resilience in unforeseen life events.

"Without a doubt, the increasing number of women who are entering the work force and excelling at their careers is driving the trend towards increased financial independence", said Gahlaut.

When guided properly, women embrace measured risk taking and benefit from compounding

Another interesting inference was that 87% of women opt for equity-oriented SIP investments, slightly below men at 89.9%. This This statistic is a clear indicator that the new generation of women investors are no longer shackled by their innate risk aversion. The average age of women investors was found to be 38.67 years, which was around 2 years less than the average age for male investors, which came in at 40.34 years.


Women are investing more than men for their goals, with clear and holistic goal-based plans

On average, women have 3.47 financial goals, while men have 3.74, showcasing a holistic approach. Women invest an average of Rs. 14,347 monthly, slightly higher than men at Rs. 13,704, challenging traditional assumptions. Notably, women show a 5% higher monthly savings rate for future goals. Additionally, women's SIP investments have a 19% lower stoppage rate, affirming their resilience as long-term investors."


Women’s investment management needs are unique, differ from those of men

FinEdge also conducted detailed feedback sessions with their investment experts who manage investments for women clients, to glean qualitative insights on what women look for in their investing platforms. The following factors topped the list:

Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted by FinEdge in the month of August this year. The sample is comprised of 3,763 women clients of FinEdge from the age bracket of 23 to 76 years. The study includes clients from across the region ranging from the West, East, North and South.

India's Sharmishtha Ghosh at BRICS Business Incubator International Acceleration Program in Omsk, Russia

Organized by the Government of the Omsk Region, Omsk State Technical University and ANO "Leaders of International Cooperation, BRICS Business Incubator International Acceleration Program took place in Omsk where more than 100 entrepreneurs, investors and representatives of business associations from the BRICS countries as well as from the Central Asian region participated...
Sharmishtha Ghosh, Founder MD, INTANDEM GLOBAL CONSULTING PVT. LTD. and BRICS CCI Governing Body Member said “such forums help in fostering a conducive environment between the business communities. While the funds are very important, co-operation, mentoring and collective growth are the most important take aways”.
Sharmishtha is amongst the winners of the program alone with 25 from the 5 BRICS nations
"Holding a business incubator in Omsk on the grounds of the technical university will attract young talented entrepreneurs to solve important socially important and economic issues, facilitate the establishment of contacts with major investors, as well as strengthen the international partnership of our region with the BRICS countries," — commented Rector of OmSTU, Dmitriy Mayevsky. He also emphasized that the uniqueness of the project lies in its scale, as well as its practical and strategic significance for entrepreneurs and business communities of the countries.
Participants presented their projects to investors from large and private investment organizations and funds from BRICS countries in such areas as innovation and high technology, IT infrastructure and web development, transport and logistics, consulting, e-commerce, education, healthcare and social services, food industry, hospitality and others.
"The BRICS Business Incubator is a unique program that is essential to supporting entrepreneurs seeking international expansion. The program will become an entry point for domestic entrepreneurs to foreign markets, as well as help colleagues from BRICS countries to launch businesses in Russia. The projects of the Business Incubator winners will undoubtedly become breakthroughs in their industries and change the market," — stated Rim Khasanov, an expert of the BRICS Business Incubator and President of the ANO "Eurasian Investment Agency".
"Participation in the BRICS Business Incubator allows us to find new partners and project opportunities abroad. With the team, we are eager to enter new markets and will be happy to work specifically with BRICS countries. We forecast signing agreements with new partners, as well as making useful connections," — said Andrey Kostylev, the winner of the BRICS Business Incubator from Russia, founder of Labmein medical technology project.
An important component of the business incubator in 2023 was the cooperation of large and private investment organizations and funds from the BRICS countries, thanks to which at least 70% of the participants' projects will be financed. Numerous cooperation agreements and investment contracts will be signed following the results of the BRICS Business Incubator.
"BRICS markets are among the most promising in terms of growth and potential, so now we are actively looking for projects in this direction," — noted Evgeny Larionov, an investor of the BRICS Business Incubator and a member of the Board of Directors of the Dome Foundation Investment Club.
It is planned that the full-time program of the business incubator will also include excursions to the leading enterprises of the Omsk region, many pitch sessions and workshops.
Noteworthy, in June the organizers of BRICS Business Incubator received grant support from Rosmolodezh within the All-Russian Youth Project Competition.  The partners of the program are ANO "Eurasian Investment Agency", Yandex.Cloud, TV BRICS, Dome Foundation Investment Club, an International Company "Consult Invest ITIC", BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry, China Technology Transfer Center of the SCO member states and others.

Celebrating India's uniqueness across multiple spheres, National Geographic premieres ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ as a special feature

National Geographic to premier 2 short films

Showcasing the milestones of India's inspiring journey, India on a Mission and India- The land of Timeless culture will depict the country's rising dominance on the world platform. National Geographic will premier these two short films - ‘India On A Mission’ and ‘India: The Land Of Timeless Culture’ explore India’s rich art and culture, science, and tech prowess, spreading across the globe..


This Independence Day, the Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with National Geographic, celebrates ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ with two patriotic and captivating short films, ‘India On a Mission’ and ‘India: The Land Of Timeless Culture.’ Premiering on August 13 at 8.30 pm, the films aim to take the viewers on an inspiring journey highlighting the marvels of our beloved country...


The two 10-minute films bring to light the remarkable journey of us as a nation, with ‘India On a Mission’ exploring the most rapid and striking advancements in creating intricate technology ecosystems within the country. It narrates the stories of innovation in space technology, deep ocean exploration and defence technology and its manufacturing. While the film ‘India: The Land Of Timeless Culture’ traces the ancient roots of many iconic Indian living traditions like classical music and dance, modern medicine, and geo-surveying methodologies. Together, the stories highlight our nation’s contributions to the world through several branches of science as well as architectural and engineering marvels.


“At National Geographic, we harness the power of insightful storytelling that can inspire, inform, and educate viewers. It is a matter of pride to witness the remarkable growth of our nation, which is emerging as a prominent player in the world economy today. Through these films, we are celebrating the uniqueness of India across multiple spheres, which is bound to instill a sense of pride among Indians across the world,” said a spokesperson from National Geographic.   


“We take immense pride in India's remarkable progress, embracing its diverse culture and unparalleled accomplishments in space, defence, and wellness. We are elated to have collaborated with a credible brand like National Geographic, which has beautifully captured the very essence of the achievements and growth since Independence. Through this, the masses will witness our extraordinary journey and gain a profound appreciation for what it truly means to be Indian”, said a Ministry official. 


Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav films will premiere on National Geographic in India at 8:30 PM on 13th August 2023

Neha Dhupia's insightful discussion with Geeta Phogat, Soha Ali Khan, Faye D’Souza during World Breastfeeding Week 2023

Celebrated mothers Geeta Phogat, Soha Ali Khan and Faye D’Souza joined Neha Dhupia in a candid, intimate, and insightful panel discussion around the breastfeeding journey of new moms and the various challenges that surround them. This discussion was attended by 60+ mothers who themselves have been strong and powerful voices supporting the cause of breastfeeding in their respective communities. Read on...


In continuation to the World Breastfeeding Week 2023 celebrations, where Philips Avent partnered with Freedom to Feed and Neha Dhupia to conduct LIVE interactive sessions with celebrity mothers like Bipasha Basu, Masoon Minawala, Dia Mirza, and Gauahar Khan, where these mothers shared their heartfelt breastfeeding journey to enable and empower mothers across to #ShareTheCare- Philips Avent culminated these celebrations with a gala event at JW Marriott, Juhu, Mumbai.


The discussion was an invigorating experience sharing for both the panelists as well as the moms in attendance as everyone towards the end of the discussion pledged to support the cause of breastfeeding and supporting new mothers as one collective voice.


Speaking at the occasion, Neha Dhupia said, “What I started as a small community with Freedom to Feed has today turned into a movement normalizing conversations around breastfeeding and parenting. What made this edition of the World Breastfeeding Week celebrations 2023 such a milestone is our partnership with Philips Avent who themselves have been on a mission to support new mothers in their parenting journeys. However, this is just the beginning of this association, and we will continue to inspire, acknowledge, and motivate mothers around us to #ShareTheCare.”


Speaking on the celebrations around World Breastfeeding Week, Deepali Agarwal, Head, Personal Health, Philips Indian Subcontinent said, “For Philips Avent, the partnership with Freedom to Feed and Neha Dhupia on the occasion of World Breast Feeding Week 2023, has been another step towards celebrating and supporting every mother’s beautiful journey of breastfeeding. The inspiring conversations featured during the week and the resounding support we have received from mothers across have been extremely encouraging and overwhelming. Philips Avent is dedicated to placing mothers, babies, and their well-being at the forefront of all our endeavors, and with more such initiatives going forward, we will continue to inspire and empower new mothers to #ShareTheCare.”


The collaboration between Philips Avent and Neha Dhupia's parenting community Freedom to Feed has been receiving overwhelming love and support for making a profound impact during World Breastfeeding Week 2023. By bringing together influential voices and inspiring mothers, the campaign #ShareTheCare has broken the stigma around breastfeeding and has been a landmark initiative aimed at creating a nurturing environment for new mothers.

Students, Artisans spin a Vibrant Tale of India’s Weaves, aiming to take Indian handloom to Wider markets

NIFT students pan-India work with Indian artisans across 75 handloom clusters as part of the Cluster initiative and collaborate with Odisha Ikat artisans and weavers to take handloom to more audiences

In a celebration that intertwines art, culture, and history, the Ministry of Textiles is honouring traditional handloom artisans as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav — a celebration of India’s 75 years of Independence. The occasion serves as evidence of the government’s dedication to safeguarding and strengthening the rich tradition of handloom workmanship in the country. As part of the effort, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) students are working with artisans and weavers in 75 clusters across India to exchange knowledge and ideas to take Indian handloom to a wider audience...

India’s handlooms in recent years have taken the global stage. We’ve seen global dignitaries adorning our traditional looms during the recently organised G20 Summit. It is the art that we must cherish, preserve and promote as much as possible. As proud Indians it is our responsibility to bring our artisans on a global platform, where in they can share their love and passion for the artform with millions of other people globally. NIFT’s cluster initiative allows master craftsmen and weavers to pass on their art to future designers and handloom enthusiasts, while allowing them to imbibe newer ideas and modern ways from the students.

“India’s handlooms have gracefully taken centre stage on the global platform, a testament to their timeless artistry and cultural significance. As proud Indians, we embrace the responsibility to elevate our artisans to a worldwide audience, allowing them to share their profound love and passion for this art form with millions across the globe. With steadfast government support, we strive to empower these skilled craftsmen, securing their livelihoods and weaving a vibrant tapestry of cultural pride that resonates far beyond our borders. The government’s robust initiatives provide financial assistance, skill development, and enhanced market access, bolstering the growth of this treasured industry. Together, we weave a brighter future, preserving our rich cultural legacy for generations to come,” stated Smt. Darshana V. Jardosh, Honourable Minister of State, Textiles, Government of India.

Maniabandha, a picturesque village in Baramba tehsil of Cuttack district, Odisha, serves as the enchanting backdrop for the vibrant Ikat Cluster. The community, which has a population of 4,264 people and is surrounded by mountains and green fields, employs 1,000 to 2,000 craftspeople of any gender or age. Festivals like Dussehra, Lakshmi Puja, Savitri Puja, and New Year (on Hanuman Jayanti) hold special significance for the village, as the residents come together adorned in new and traditional clothes, often purchasing at least one piece of the exquisite Ikat craft. 

“Being a part of the Ikat Cluster has been transformative,” shared Garima Vij, 3 rd Year, NIFT New Delhi student. & “Collaborating with skilled artisans, we have witnessed the enchanting process of setting weft yarns, tying intricate designs, and experiencing the artistry of dyeing.

It is a mesmerising journey, and I am inspired to preserve India’s rich handloom legacy. The Ministry of Textiles, in collaboration with NIFT, recognised the immense talent and potential of the NIFT students in contributing to further strengthening India’s handloom legacy. As a part of their cluster initiative programme, NIFT students engaged with the local artisans in the Single Ikat Cluster. Under the guidance of skilled artisans, they witnessed the meticulous craftsmanship, experiencing the essence of this timeless art form first-hand.

“Their fresh perspectives and innovative design ideas have breathed new life into our craft. These students fearlessly try out new patterns and colours, inspiring us to venture into uncharted territories. We truly appreciate the collaboration with such young and bright minds. Witnessing their enthusiasm fills us with confidence and pride, knowing that with these students as our representatives, the art form will continue to thrive in the future,” expressed Bikash Mohapatra, Master Weaver from the Ikat Cluster.

As we approach National Handloom Day, the Ministry of Textiles celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of NIFT students, who have become torchbearers in illuminating India’s handloom legacy at the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’s Ikat Cluster. Their dedication and passion for preserving traditional crafts complement the government’s vision of fostering self-reliance and empowering local artisans. 

The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav pays a fitting tribute to the skilled artisans and NIFT students, reinforcing India’s commitment to nurturing its invaluable handloom legacy and weaving a resplendent tapestry of tradition and modernity.