Saturday, 8 August 2020

Your Weekly Insurance Alertss News Recap

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Govt amends IRDAI rules to permit insurance intermediaries to operate in all SEZs


As cases surge, Covid health claims jump 240 per cent over a month 


Non-life insurers get 80,900 Covid claims 


SC to Centre: examine why insurers not reimbursing entire Covid treatment cost

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अब ऑनलाइन कैंसिल करा सकते हैं बीमा पॉलिसी, IRDA ने जारी किए नए नियम

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Check out Bigg Boss 14 teaser_Ab Paltega Scene as Bigg Boss 2020 is back!

Entertainment will start in the most dhamakedarandaaz with Bigg Boss returning on COLORS and Voot Select soon. The year 2020 has been challenging for each one of us but Ab Paltega Scene as Bigg Boss will break the monotony and heighten the entertainment. 

The first look of Bigg Boss 2020 is out and the reigning host of the show, superstar Salman Khan is seen ploughing, riding a tractor and showcasing his farming skills in the teaser. He shares that while  the lockdown might have posed as a speed breaker in our lives, but the time is about to change as Bigg Boss 2020 is set to return. 

Check out the first look of the show now!

Nutra-consulting firm Nutrify India signs up three global nutraceuticals leaders for India foray


IWILife, Legacy Healthcare and Euro Alliance plan aggressive India entry on back of growing nutraceuticals demand 


Mumbai. 8th August 2020. On the back ofa very high demand for nutraceuticals due to increase of immunity awareness, threeglobal nutraceutical leaders are planning aggressive forays into the Indian market. Nutrify India, a leading nutra-consulting firm and Ideas-To-Commercialization platform in nutraceuticals, has been signed up by the three international conglomerates to cater to their distinctive needs for their India Go-To-Market strategies. Of the three, two have signed-up Nutrify India for their India entry namely, US-based Qualitas Health, the holding company of, a company devoted to the development of microalgae innovative technologies, and Legacy Healthcare, a Swiss-based botanical drugs and supplements major. Euro Alliance, Switzerland, has partnered Nutrify India to tap the expanding Indian nutraceuticals innovation space to help them enter the European market through the Euro Alliance supply chain.

All three companies have extensive plans for the Indian market which will be led by Nutrify India to establish and expand their presence in India. Speaking on these partnerships, Amit Srivastava, Chief Catalyst, Nutrify India, said "The nutraceuticals space has witnessed an unprecedented growth post-Covid when preventive health has become a core focus for all. Nutrify India is focused on helping expanding business horizons for companies in the nutraceutical space by helping with business collaborations and creation of synergies. The market maturity of the Indian nutraceutical market is evident and has made global nutraceutical leaders like Qualitas Health and Legacy Healthcare to invest in the Indian subcontinent."

Under its agreement with Qualitas Health, Nutrify India will help Qualitas create two business models. One for world’s only High PL algal EPA, and another for their branded businesses. The agreement is structured as a retainer with a revenue-sharing model for building the India market for Qualitas Health.

Elaborating on their partnership with Nutrify India, the CEO for Qualitas Health, Mr. Miguel Calatayud said that "Qualitas is very excited to partner with an established player like Nutrify India in a fast growing market which has the population along with information access and an ever-increasing spending power along with the need to stay healthy. We see the nutraceutical space in India headed towards robust growth and are keen to be part of this journey." 

A similar agreement has been signed with Legacy Healthcare under which Nutrify India will establish their technology through B2B partnerships in India while also assist them in their continued R&D initiatives in India by helping them create opportunities for deep-science molecular Biology research in Botanical drugs. The association will also bring in their high-end research products to India.

Commenting on the agreement, Mr. Saad Harti, CEO of Legacy Healthcare said that "We are building the bridge to turn botanicals with promising health benefits into US FDA and EMA, and then globally, approved, safe, efficient drugs and we are pleased to partner with Nutrify India the largest player in the nutraceutical space in India to begin our Indian endeavour."

Mr. Rakshit Mehta, Managing Director, Euro Alliance, said that the company is excited to be partnering Nutrify India. He has been frequenting to India in search of innovations in nutraceuticals, but as a foreign company, it was becoming difficult to access vast country like India. Partnering with the expert organization has enabled many deals within just a year. The company is also identifying European innovators in its supply chainwho want to access Indian markets and will leverage this agreement in bringing them to India.

Nutrify India has helped Euro Alliance, Switzerland strike commercialization deals of over USD 1.5 million for three nutra-innovators Aavishkar Pharma, Gram Tarang and Herbahive, all of which are in the final stage of screening as the most promising nutraceutical innovations that would be launched for the first time in Europe soon. Euro Alliance also intends to invest in proprietary product development and packaging machinery into existing contract manufacturers in India. This machinery will be used for supply requirements of Euro Alliance. Euro Alliance is a large scale trade firm in Europe with HQ in Lausanne – Switzerlandinto AI solutions, medtech, nutritionals through its vast supply chain in retail outlets in Europe and also manufactures proprietary products in South Korea. Euro Alliance intends to invest in nutraceutical manufacturing through its alliance with Nutrify India since India is a good resource for nutra-ingredient raw materials.

About Nutrify India:

Nutrify India is a platform to empower responsible nutrition businesses and shape the growth of the Indian nutraceuticals industry. It encourages convergence of technologies to bring in robustness to industry and bring convenience to end-user. Nutrify India is an Idea-To-Commercialization platform the engages with the industry by connecting businesses and knowledge sharing.

It’s a clean sweep for ALTBalaji at Inkspell’s - The Decade Awards as Mentalhood, Apharan, and Home, scoop major accolades!

In addition to the abundance of rain these days, it’s raining awards for ALTBalaji as the Indian homegrown OTT platform can’t seem to stop winning big. With recent wins at the Talent Track awards and E4M Play awards, yet another feather has been added to their cap by taking home a host of awards at the recently announced The Decade Awards 2020, organized by Inkspell Media.

Continuing to win plaudits aplenty amongst viewers and critics alike, ALTBalaji saw its shows Mentalhood, Apharan, Home, Ragini MMS Returns Season 2, Booo Sabki Phategi, The Verdict – The State vs. Nanavati along with its CSR initiative Breast Buffer campaign claim awards in different categories.

ALTBalaji’s #BreastBuffer Campaign, which created awareness amongst viewers, for the early detection of Breast Cancer, by uniquely redesigning their buffer symbol won the Best Ad Campaign - Cause/CSR/NGO/NPO. The awards just kept on coming as one of the platform’s most well-acclaimed shows, Apharan added accolade by claiming the PR Campaign of the Decade Award. Having struck the right chord amongst viewers for his realistic take on motherhood, Mentalhood went on to bag the Entertaining Content of the Decade Award. The Verdict – The State vs. Nanavati bagged the Drama Content of the Decade Award, while other popular shows like Home, Ragini MMS Returns 2, and Booo Sabki Phategi won awards in the Motivational Content, Horror Content, and Humorous Content of The Decade categories, respectively.

ALTBalaji has the largest Hindi originals library of 60+ Indian originals, which is attracting the audience. With a plethora of diverse content spanning across multiple genres, its programming has something for everyone. Over three years, the platform has grown from strength to strength going on to build a legacy of iconic shows like Apharan, Mentalhood, Code M, Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain, Karle Tu Bhi Mohabbat, M-O-M: Mission Over Mars, Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala, The Verdict - State v/s Nanavati, Broken…But Beautiful, Ragini MMS Returns, Test Case and Bose amongst others which have kept viewers hooked to their screens.

Clinical Update on Honorable ex- MP Shri Md. Salim


Honourable ex- MP Shri Md. Salim has been admitted at Medica Superspecialty Hospital on 3rd August 2020, with COVID19 Positive and Lower Respiratory Tract Infection (LRTI).

He is haemodynamically stable and currently on Oxygen support in HDU.

Team of doctors from Critical care are taking care of him.

Sony YAY!’s Feline duo Honey Bunny unite all feline fans to celebrate World Cat Day

~This World Cat Day, Sony YAY! collaborated with the Cat Café Studio and hosted a one-of-a-kind virtual party for  all the cat lovers~

August 08, 2020, Mumbai:

Cats are known to cheer even your gloomiest days with their adorable goofiness and amusing antics.  These kitties have a loyal fan base due to their unique nature and Sony YAY! the house to the famous feline duo Honey-Bunny celebrated ‘World Cat Day’ with cat lovers across the country on 8th August 2020. The channel partnered with Cat Café Studio to host a virtual party that brought all the feline fans together for a fun session.

Kids all over the country adore the feline duo Honey and Bunny for their rib-tickling goofiness and comedy in the show Honey Bunny ka Jholmaal. Translating this emotion from reel to real in a day full of enjoyment, the duo brought together some unique back-to-back fun sessions for their feline friends. The session saw pet parents get creative with craft workshops hosted by “The art genius – Lalon” where they created DIY gifts for their cat babies. The Cat parents were in for a surprise, as the channel hosted a quirky award segment, where cats were awarded titles such as “The cat with best expressions, the best selfie, the funniest cat, and many more. The party also featured Ms. Charu Khosla, Co-founder of Cat Café Studio, engaging with the audience with some cool insights and tricks about cats. The session panned out to be an insightful one hour of learning lesser-known facts about cats, bursting myths around them along with the Cat Café Studio expert answering all the queries for curious pet- parents.

About Sony YAY! :

Sony YAY! is the first kid offering from Sony Pictures Networks, India. It’s vision is to be a part of kids’ everyday lives through various endeavours. A channel targeted at kids aged 2 – 14 years, Sony YAY! is here to set new standards and benchmarks in kids' entertainment. The channel’s content is unique, fresh and relatable and is produced in India. The channel, within one year, produced 6 original shows which include  Honey Bunny kaJholmaal - a slapstick comedy with hilarious adventures of an odd team of pets, Paap-O-Meter- a unique laugh-out-loud ghost comedy and KickO and Super Speedo – a tale of a super-kid and his futuristic gadget car who are out to save Sun City and Guru AurBhole – a musical comedy, etc. Available in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bangla, Marathi, Malayalam and English. Sony YAY! is the first kids’ channel to be available in 7 languages. The channel has entered into licensing and merchandising, making their endearing characters a part of kids’ lives wherever they are.

About Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN):

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation, Japan.

SPN has several channels including Sony Entertainment Television (SET and SET HD), one of India's leading Hindi general entertainment television channels; MAX, India's premium Hindi movies and special events channel; MAX 2, another Hindi movie channel showcasing great India Cinema; MAX HD, a high definition Hindi movie channel airing premium quality films; WAH, the FTA channel for Hindi movies; SAB and SAB HD the family-oriented Hindi comedy entertainment channels; PAL, a genre leader in rural Hindi speaking markets (HSM) showcasing the best of Hindi general entertainment and Hindi movies from SPN’s content library; PIX and PIX HD, Sony BBC Earth and Sony BBC Earth HD, the premium factual entertainment channels, Sony AATH, the Bangla entertainment channel; YAY!, the kids entertainment channel; sports entertainment channels – SONY SIX, SONY SIX HD, SONY TEN 1,  SONY TEN 1 HD, SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD, SONY TEN 3, SONY TEN 3 HD; Sony मराठी, the Marathi general entertainment channel; SonyLIV - the digital entertainment VOD platform; SPN Productions, the networks’ film production arm and Studio NEXT the independent production venture for original content and IPs for TV and digital media. SPN reaches out to over 700 million viewers in India and is available in 167 countries.

The network is recognized as an employer of choice within and outside the media industry. SPN is a recipient of several awards, including India’s Best Companies to Work For 2020 by the Great Place to Work® Institute, India, ‘Aon Best Employers India’ awards in recognition of SPN’s unique workplace culture and exceptional people practices, consistently ranking amongst India’s Top 10 Companies with Best Health & Wellness Practices by SHRM & CGP Partners and listed by Working Mother & AVTAR as one of the 100 Best Companies for Women in India.

Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited is in its 25th year of operations in India. It has a subsidiary, MSM-Worldwide Factual Media Private Limited and an affiliate, Bangla Entertainment Private Limited in India.

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StepOne launches National COVID Telemed Helpline

Citizens across the country can call +91- 9745697456 for addressal of all COVID, Non COVID medical and Mental Health queries

  • Callers can speak to 7000+ doctors on StepOne, from the comfort of their homes, without Internet or a Smartphone

  • StepOne State Helplines are active in 10 states including Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab and Uttarakhand

  • ~42 Crore Indian citizens catered to by existing state helplines (30% of the population)

  • 5M calls handled

  • 4Lac+ tele-consultations by volunteer doctors

  • 40K+ high-risk COVID suspect citizens identified

  • ~ 3.2 Lac citizens’ infection prevented

  • ~ 25,000 mental health counseling sessions conducted

New Delhi, August 7, 2020: StepOne, a non-profit volunteer driven collective of 7000 doctors, has announced a National COVID Telemed Helpline, offering inclusive and 24x7 access to Healthcare experts to citizens of India, free of cost.  The helpline, +91-9745697456, is now live for citizens across the country living in the shadow of the rising pandemic. The helpline will provide TeleMed services under COVID related, mental help and video consultation for non COVID related cases.

Citizens can call the helpline number anytime from anywhere without any charge and will get a call back from a healthcare expert within minutes to understand the needs of the caller. Callers can share their symptoms basis which, if required, a doctor would call back and guide them on the next steps. StepOne has also come up with a web-based tele-screening bot that interacts with citizens who wish to share their symptoms and passes the information to a doctor based on the symptoms. It has also come up with a mental health helpline providing counselling to citizens for expressing their issues for appropriate resolutions.

Announcing the National COVID Telemed Helpline, Raghavendra Prasad T S, Founder, StepOne, said, “As India battles the spread of COVID-19, there are many questions and fears people across the country have. With a mission to help state governments identify, locate and treat COVID-19 suspects, StepOne aims at serving people with their COVID, non COVID and Mental Health queries. Through a collective effort of 4000+ verified doctors, technologists, entrepreneurs & operators, we aspire to reach every nook and corner of the country and extend our support to the ones in need. Our volunteer doctors are working round the clock and have been able to identify over 40,000 high-risk COVID-19 suspects and also managed to prevent about 3.2 lakh people from getting infected and we wish to continue our efforts in this direction.”

Working very closely with StepOne, Dr. Shuchin Bajaj, said, “COVID-19 has been one of the biggest challenges humanity has faced in the recent times and it is heartening to see that volunteers have risen from the ranks of all industries including doctors and techies to help reach out to patients and provide them succour. The fact that 7000 plus doctor volunteers are working day and night without any money or recognition, just to provide help to patients, rekindles our faith in humanity. StepOne is committed to providing high quality healthcare to all communities in the long run and we see ourselves as a charitable online hospital which will ensure healthcare access to all regardless of their financial or social status.”

For the next phase of expanding its services, StepOne plans to launch a mobile app for citizens of the country to share their symptoms with a doctor remotely for e-consultation and free of charge. It has introduced and launched "Isolation Monitoring" services across 4 states to monitor citizens who have been recommended quarantine and if they are following the given protocols.

About StepOne

Project StepOne is India’s largest group of volunteer doctors & technologists, fighting COVID-19 using Telemedicine. An initiative started by Raghavendra Prasad T S, who co-founded Qikwell Technologies in 2011. 

StepOne runs scalable helplines powered by thousands of volunteer doctors which are enabling citizens to keep citizens indoor and connect them with a doctor on phone. The solution has been carefully designed and works without a smart phone or internet or the need for the caller to be literate as they can speak in their own language with the IVR & Doctors. StepOne State Helplines are active in 10 states including Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab and Uttarakhand. 

How does it work?

We have put together a simple yet effective method to prevent over burdening of our healthcare infrastructure by providing concerned citizens an easy to use recourse for finding out if they have COVID-19 or not. 

You can call on our helpline numbers which will provide you with options to choose your symptoms, followed by a call with a registered healthcare expert to confirm the findings. On the basis of these, our experts make recommendations to the individual as well as the government.

Amika Shail becomes a part of Naagin 5

It is time for fans to be merry, as the next season of the Naagin franchise is about to go on air soon. Naagin 4 has just ended and this left many fans and viewers disappointed. However, with the new season coming in – they are elated. Singer turned actress Amika Shail who has been a part of daily soaps like Divya Drishti, Udaan, etc and currently essaying the character of ‘Vayu Pari’ in ‘Balveer returns’ is going to be a part of Naagin 5. Amika plays a significant and positive role in the show.  

Talking about how she landed the role, Amika says, “I was auditioning for a different character for ‘Naagin 5’. I had got a request from the casting director and since it is such a popular franchise from an acclaimed production house, I always wanted to give it a try. I gave my audition and to my surprise, the show’s creative director was the same as my previous show, ‘Divya Drishti’. I was delighted when the casting director confirmed me for ‘Naagin 5’.”

“I don’t know much about the new character except that I play sister to the male lead of the show. I believe it is an exciting space to be in, as I will get to share the screen with the lead actors of the show. I am excited about being part of this show,” said an exuberant Amika as she signed off.

Amika will soon also be seen in the movie Laxmmi Bomb co-starring Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani.

अमिका शैल बानी नागिन 5 का हिस्सा
प्रशंसकों के लिए खुशी का समय है, क्योंकि नागिन फ्रैंचाइज़ी का अगला सीज़न जल्द ही ऑन एयर होने वाला है। नागिन 4 की जल्द समाप्ती ने  कई प्रशंसकों और दर्शकों को निराश किया है। हालांकि, नए सीज़न के आने के साथ - वे काफी खुश हैं। गायिका अभिनेत्री अमिका शैल  जो दिव्य द्रष्टि, उड़ान आदि जैसे दैनिक सीरियल का एक हिस्सा रही हैं और वर्तमान में 'बालवीर रिटर्न' में 'वायु परी' की भूमिका छारित्रित कर रही है , अब नागिन 5 का हिस्सा बनने जा रही है। अमिका इस शो में एक महत्वपूर्ण और सकारात्मक भूमिका निभा रही है।
इस भूमिका में वो कैसे आयी इस बारे में बात करते हुए अमिका कहती हैं, "मैं 'नागिन 5' के लिए एक अलग चरित्र के लिए ऑडिशन दे रही थी।" मुझे कास्टिंग डायरेक्टर से एक अनुरोध मिला था और चूंकि यह एक प्रशंसित प्रोडक्शन हाउस से इतनी लोकप्रिय फ्रैंचाइज़ी है, मैं हमेशा इसे आज़माना चाहती थी।
मैंने अपना ऑडिशन दिया और आश्चर्य से शो की क्रिएटिव डायरेक्टर मेरे पिछले शो, 'दिव्य दृष्टि' की भी क्रिएटिव डायरेक्टर थी। मुझे खुशी हुई जब कास्टिंग डायरेक्टर ने मुझे नागिन 5 के लिए भी चुना।
"मैं नए चरित्र के बारे में ज्यादा नहीं जानती,  सिवाय इसके कि मैं शो में मेन लीड की बहन की भूमिकाअदा कर रही हूं। इस शो में होना मेरे लिए रोमांच से कम नही है क्योंकि मुझे शो के प्रमुख कलाकारों के साथ स्क्रीन साझा करने का मौका मिलेगा। मैं इस शो का हिस्सा बनने को लेकर उत्साहित हूं।"
अमिका जल्द ही अक्षय कुमार और कियारा आडवाणी की सह-भूमिका वाली फिल्म लक्ष्मी बॉम्ब में भी दिखाई देंगी।

नागिन 5 मधे दिसणार अमिका शील
चाहत्यांना आनंद देण्याची वेळ आली आहे कारण नागिन फ्रँचायझीचा पुढील हंगाम लवकरच प्रसारित होणार आहे. नागीन 4 नुकताच संपला आहे आणि यामुळे बरेच चाहते आणि प्रेक्षक निराश झाले. तथापि, नवीन हंगाम येताच - ते आनंदित झाले आहेत. दिव्य दृष्टि, उदान इत्यादीसारख्या दैनंदिन शौचा एक हिस्सा असलेली आणि सध्या ‘बलवीर रिटर्न्स’ मधील ‘वायु परी’ या व्यक्तिरेखेचा  पुरावा करणारी गायिका अभिनेत्री अमिका शैल ही नागीनचा 5 चा भाग होणार आहे. अमिका महत्वपूर्ण आणि सकारात्मक  भूमिका साकारत आहे.
ही भूमिका तिल काशी भेटली याबद्दल बोलताना, अमिका म्हणते, “मी‘ नागीन 5 ’साठी वेगळ्या व्यक्तिरेखेसाठी ऑडिशन दिले होते. मला कास्टिंग डायरेक्टरकडून विनंती मिळाली होती आणि हे बहुचर्चित प्रोडक्शन हाऊसकडून लोकप्रिय फ्रँचायझी असल्याने मला नेहमी त्यांचा सोबत कार्य करायचे होते.
मी माझे ऑडिशन दिले आणि मला आश्चर्य वाटले की या शोचा क्रिएटिव्ह डायरेक्टर माझ्या आधीच्या ‘दिव्य दृष्टि’ या शोप्रमाणेच होता. कास्टिंग दिग्दर्शकाने मला ‘नागीन 5’ साठी पुष्टी केली तेव्हा मला आनंद झाला. ”
“मला या  नवीन व्यक्तिरेखेबद्दल जास्त माहिती नसून फक्त एवढे माहित आहे की मी मेन लीड ची बहिनिची भूमिकेत दिसणार आहे.. मला विश्वास आहे की ही  एक रोमांचक जागा आहे कारण मला शोच्या प्रमुख कलाकारांसह स्क्रीन सामायिक करायला भेटेल. मी या शोचा भाग असल्याबद्दल खूप उत्साही आहे.'
अक्षय कुमार आणि कियारा अडवाणी यांची मुख्य भूमिका असलेला लक्ष्मी बॉम्ब या फ़िल्म मधे लवकरच अमिका दिसणार आहे. 

Medica Superspecialty Hospital breathes new life to 60 yr. old ECMO COVID positive Physician after 60 days in Hospital

Kolkata, 8th August: Medica Group of Hospitals, the largest private hospital chain in Eastern India, has successfully treated and discharged a 60-year-old, a renowned physician, who was detected with COVID 19 ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome). The frontline intensive care doctors at Medica, comprising Critical Care & ECMO specialists, gave veno-venous ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) support and recuperated the patient from the deadly virus after 60 days of treatment. While the entire humanity is grappling with the cataclysmic effect of the deadly virus, this kind of life-redeemable treatment bears testimony of efficient clinical management and the fact that healthcare professionals are administering to patients with superlative care amidst the ongoing prolonged crisis.

The doctor who was amongst the frontline warriors from Kolkata tested positive for COVID 19 and was admitted in Medica Superspecialty Hospital in the first week of June. From the initial phase he was suffering from acute respiratory failure. The clinical team headed by Dr Kunal Sarkar decided to shift the patient to the CTVS unit. Despite optimization of ventilation support & proning, the patient’s condition deteriorated and his oxygen saturation had gone down to 60% which progressively worsened the situation. The clinical team had taken a judicious decision to put him on VV- ECMO support for which helped him to recover from the acute state. The patient was released from ECMO after 12 days, post which he was under ventilation for 40 days until he was successfully discharged from Medica Superspecialty Hospital. He has successfully battled Corona after fighting for 60 days in the hospital.

Dr Kunal Sarkar Senior Vice Chairman, Medica Superspecialty Hospital stated that “It is not always possible to clinically manage acute respiratory distress in COVID-19 patients with ventilator support and ECMO is the last option for them. We salute him for his immense mental strength, which saw him through this struggle with an ever-smiling face. It is necessary to facilitate ECMO intervention with the correct infrastructure and expertise. ECMO support in severe COVID pneumonia has proved its definite role in Europe and North America in more than thousand cases where all the ventilatory measures fail. In Eastern India ECMO Team of Medica is providing this support for severe COVID patients.”

About offering a new lease of life, to the patient, Dr. Alok Roy, Chairman, Medica Group of Hospitals said, “The 60-year-old doctor is one of the very few patients in India who could fight back COVID 19 ARDS despite being on ECMO support. Amidst the daily news of many health care workers getting affected and succumbing to COVID 19, when one from our fraternity fights the odds and goes home recovered, it gives immense hope to the entire medical community. It was a challenging case, fraught with complications and risks. It is indeed a great service; I applaud the on-time decisions by Critical Care & ECMO specialists that really paid off well. We all are at the juncture where we are continuously adapting new things to restructure the healthcare domain and imbibing best practices as caregivers.”

About Medica Group of Hospitals: Medica Group of Hospitals is one of the major and fastest-growing chain of hospitals in Eastern India today, having built and managed numerous state-of-the-art healthcare facilities across the region over the past few years. The healthcare chain launched its operations with Medica North Bengal Clinic (MNBC) in Siliguri in 2008 and soon followed up with its flagship Hospital – Medica Superspecialty Hospital (MSH) – in Kolkata in 2010. The group has footprints in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, and Assam.

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ALTBalaji and ZEE5 rope in Anshul Chauhan to play one of the lead roles in their upcoming web-series Bicchoo Ka Khel


After impressing the viewers with some power-packed performances in Shubh Mangal Savdhan, Zero along with winning hearts aplenty in digital shows like Soulmates, Taj Mahal and Aafat, the beautiful actress Anshul Chauhan is all set to play the lead role in ALTBalaji and ZEE5’s crime thriller ‘Bicchoo Ka Khel’. Starring opposite the very-talented Divyenndu Sharma, Anshul will be essaying the role of Rashmi Chaubey, a young lawyer with a progressive mind. In a relationship with Akhil, played by the multi-talented Divyenndu, Rashmi is a modern-day girl who looks to secure a future with a successful man.
Speaking about the series, Anshul shares, “I’m very excited, to say the least. It’s an ALTBalaji and ZEE5 show. Secondly, the web series being a crime-thriller was a genre that I found truly fascinating and always wanted to do. What’s more, my role is one that I’ve never done before. Playing a lawyer is something completely different from my previous characters. That, along with the script allowed me to develop and improve my acting skills immensely. It was so much fun to shoot for the series whose story has a lot of twists and turns. I am extremely overwhelmed to work with such a talented cast and my co-star Divyenndu and my director Ashish Shukla who has been a mentor throughout. I hope the audiences enjoy and shower love to my character and the series.”
Bicchoo Ka Khel is a crime thriller that revolves around the story of Akhil, a budding writer who loses his father to a cover-up and how he manipulates the law to get away with murder. However things dont go as planned in this story which is nothing less than a roller-coaster ride with twists and turns to keep you at the edge of your seat.
Stay tuned to ALTBalaji and ZEE5 for more updates!


RJ Group, a pioneer in the hospitality and healthcare sector introduces a range of UVC Light disinfection products, which has been validated to effectively inactivate SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The company has taken a fresh approach by offering products that are designed with UV-C light sterilization technology. These products can be customized to service the specific demands in the hospitality sector.

RJ Group has ensured strict quality control on every single product units. All its products are 100% designed from the homegrown tested technology with ISO 13485 certification to manufacture UVC systems and the testing report generated from Haffkine Institute. This new range is entirely Made in India, The company’s support to the government’s call for ‘Aatmanirbhar’.  The UV-C technology in these is designed in accordance with the norms suggested by medical and research bodies to disinfect surfaces from germicidal bacteria. The UV-C light is germicidal – i.e., it deactivates the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens and thus destroys their ability to multiply and cause disease. Thus, when the organism tries to replicate, it dies.

To meet the growing demand for products in the health security space, RJ Group has developed this defence range for fighting efficiently against COVID-19. UVC Light disinfection in hospitality settings allows you to realize all the benefits of germicidal lighting in limited space applications such as PTACs, Fan Coil Units, and Water Treatment. The benefits are numerous including reduction of bacteria, viruses, mold and odours in the common area of a hotel such as Lobby, Kitchen, Rooms and banquets. These products are made of 99% CRCA Steel and 1% non-toxic plastic components. This is one of the few key differentiators that set these products apart from its competition and also enhances its self-life. The lights have a life span between 4000 hrs to 16000 hrs. Post that only the lights need to be changed.

Mr. Piyush Agarwal, CEO, RJ Group of Companies, said, “As India is uplifting lockdown in phases across the country and the hospitality industry resumes operation in the ‘new normal’, health security has become a priority for everyone. It’s known that the hotels and restaurants have a large number of points of interaction that are used by employees and guests. The common touchpoints areas such as check-in and informational kiosks, payment devices, order taking stands and on-table devices –all of these can be a source of transmission for harmful viruses and bacteria. And it’s humanly impossible to maintain cleanliness standard without errors. UVC technology used in our light disinfecting system helps in effectively disinfecting surfaces from germicidal bacteria that fuel the growth of viruses at one go. By its usage, we are not only eliminating the viruses that are responsible for this pandemic but also creating a future safety net of protection for possible stronger viruses that could affect life.”

Mr. Dev Anand, Director - Marketing, RJ Group of Companies commented, “Today, there is a rise in the demand for disinfecting products in the market and being a pioneer in the segment with over two decades of experience with a highly skilled team; it was incumbent on us to launch products that can help our countrymen in this fight. We truly believe in Aatmanirbhar, thus we are heavily relying on homegrown technologies, talents and our inhouse R&D to create world-class products. We are reaching across the Hospitality industry to equip them first, right from the entry of Vegetables, Food, Customer luggage entering the Hotel Premises to the sanitization of Rooms, Restaurants, Banquets hall, Gym and all Common Passages. So that their Customers can use the facilities with Ease. we will further plan on the national and global expansion in due course.”

Since its inception the RJ Group has always been at the forefront of designing innovative products for the healthcare and hospitality sector. As we are entering into a new era, the company ventures into this new segment by extending its support to the hospitality industry. Furthermore, they are also planning to install UV-C light systems at hospitals, airports, malls, theatres, schools, restaurants, public toilets, corporate houses and residences.

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COVID-19 | Adequate Nutrition is crucial to fight COVID-19 say Experts at ASSOCHAM’s ‘Illness to Wellness’ Series

The expert panel was holding discussions at the second edition of the series themed - Building Immunity Through Nutritious Food During Covid-19

·         The present pandemic has brought the focus back on the role of vitamins as part of nutrition going beyond popular proteins and carbohydrates

·         Local traditional Indian foods, a balanced diet, supplemented with natural herbs are a potent combination to avert threat from the deadly virus

New Delhi, 8 August 2020: The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), one of the apex trade associations of India concluded the second edition of the ‘Illness to Wellness’ series themed ‘Building immunity through nutritious food during COVID-19’ with Dr. Shikha Sharmafounder and managing director of Dr. Shikha’s NutriHealth, being invited to be the cardinal speaker and Ms Sangeeta Narayannutrition educator and wellness consultant, acting as the moderator.

Supported by the hygiene brand SAVLON, the programme which promotes healthy living with focus on wellness and preventive health through healthy habits, diet, exercise, and holistic health saw the speakers stress on the importance of nutrition in the battle against COVID-19. The coronavirus, a highly communicable disease that originated from China has now spread globally and claimed millions of lives. Boosting one’s immunity using local traditional nutritious food is being considered as the first course of action to be able to beat the virus if contracted.

Highlighting the need for inclusion of vitamins and minerals in our diet through nutritious food, Dr. Shikha Sharma said, “There are several foods which are rich in natural minerals and nutrients but we destroy their nutritional value in the course of our cooking and consumption practices. An example is wheat which in its original form is dalia, it has important minerals like phosphorus but in our strange wisdom we powder it into a refined maida which is nothing but starch and increases weight and risk of diabetes.” She then went on to name traditional food items like barley, channa, sattu, seeds — pumpkin, sunflower, chia and flax along with others that can be included in diets for a nutrition boost across all age groups.

She also enlisted several Ayurvedic herbs that can be used to boost immunity and create an all-rounded diet. “Aswagandha is a very powerful herb that can be given to both seniors and children. It builds the body’s immunity and reduces stress. Giloy purifies the blood and keeps the pH intact,” she said. She later added tulsi and turmeric to the list.

Dismissing the need for a protein or carbohydrate rich diet, she stressed the importance of a balanced diet with ample supply of essential fatty acids, protein and carbs found through local traditional grains, millets, pulses, dairy products and greens. She said, “The beauty of Indian traditions during COVID times is that we need the support of this amazing knowledge of Indian Ayurveda and traditions to beat it.”

The coronavirus has specifically turned fatal for individuals with existing comorbidities, for such cases, Dr. Sharma emphasised that their first course of action needs to address their issues through long-term preventive measures such as exercising, avoiding sugar and a maintaining a balanced diet.

Mr Anil Rajput, Chairman, ASSOCHAM CSR Council, weighing in on the economic and personal effect of coronavirus said, “COVID-19 has had de-stabilizing effect on almost all walks of life for almost 5 months now. Right now, from nations to societies to economies to health of individuals, it has been an extremely stressful period for all. It has forced on us an unprecedented situation. One has taken quite a bit of time for us to understand the magnitude and painful reality of how slow the recovery is likely to be. It is the individual who has been at the centre of all-round anxiety and insecurity be at economic or personal health front level.”

Ms Sangeeta Narayan commenting on mental health and importance of a proper diet said, “Stress plays a very important part in mental health considering the current times. With everything changing, we have to be adaptive. The first and foremost thing is to have a proper 6-8 hour sleep, plan your day in advance, doing all the chores can be overwhelming so allocate tasks for each day whether living with a family or alone. Add fruits or food items rich in Vitamin C, they act as a stress buster and immunity booster. Having proper meals is important especially a nutritious and nourishing breakfast. Exercising plays a very important role in managing stress and keeping mind clear.”

IIIT Naya Raipur: A Living Research Lab for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development

·     As per its recently unveiled “IIIT-NR 2.0” document, IIIT-NR shall establish itself as “A Living Research Lab for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development”.

·     Additionally, IIIT-NR shall improve its visibility nationally and internationally by collaborations with industry, academia, and foreign universities

·       The institute’s next five year’s goal is in sync with its long term vision to foster technological innovation for social upliftment

Raipur, July 30, 2020: A relatively new, but one of India’s fastest upcoming and leading technical university, IIIT-Naya Raipur, has recently unveiled its “IIIT-NR 2.0” document, covering its next five-year plan. This article briefly highlights the salient features of this document.

IIIT-NR completed five years since its inception with its second batch of B. Tech. students graduating this July. According to the institute authorities, the first five years were primarily utilized to establish the institute from scratch. With a humble beginning of only two B. Tech. programs and an intake of only 80 students per year, the institute quickly ramped up its B. Tech. programs and introduced M. Tech. and Ph. D. programs, increasing its annual intake to 230 students. It created a differential academic culture with several innovative features, established state-of-art lab facilities, created a fully-residential lush green campus with all modern amenities for a highly stimulating academic and research environment and comfortable living, and developed industry linkages for students’ internships, achieving 100% placement for its students in both the batches that graduated till now.

While IIIT-NR was entering into its fifth year, the institute’s authorities started discussing their next five-year plan. A major focus of this discussion was what should be the USP (Unique Selling Point) of the institute. To leverage the advantage of being located in the state of Chhattisgarh with its rich agricultural and forestry heritage, as well as tribal and rural population, the institute authorities unanimously decided that we should make the institute A Living Research Lab for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development. The idea was to use Chhattisgarh as case studies and align most of the institute’s research projects and activities towards ICET (Information, Communication and Electronics Technologies) for agriculture, forestry and rural development, so that the research outcomes can be beneficial not only for Chhattisgarh, but for the entire rural community of India and the world at large.

According to Dr. Pradeep K. Sinha (Vice-Chancellor & Director), IIIT Naya Raipur, the proposed plan shall help IIIT-NR to emerge as a popular educational institute known in India and abroad, that produces high-quality technical workforce for future requirements of industry and society. Based on the expertise and research interests of the current faculty, the institute has decided to initially focus on the four thrust research areas in the next five years: ICET Applications for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development; Mobility Technologies for Rural Population; Communication Technologies for Rural Population; and Energy Systems with Smart Energy Management for Rural Areas.

The institute also plans to focus on consolidating, strengthening and enhancing its current academic programs in the next five years. Besides students, the plan also aims at creating various opportunities in the next few years, to enable the faculty and staff members to develop themselves as one of the best professionals in their areas. Additionally, to strengthen its multi-cultural academic environment, IIIT-NR also plans to focus on the various initiatives to strengthen collaborations with foreign academic institutes and industries having global presence. The institute will also focus on developing entrepreneurship culture in its campus to produce good job creators in addition to successful professionals for the industry.

The next five-year plan articulated in its “IIIT-NR 2.0” document is fully aligned with the institute’s long term vision to emerge as a premier academic institute of India for fostering technological innovations for social upliftment, says Dr. Sinha.

About IIIT Naya Raipur: 

International Institute of Information Technology - Naya Raipur was established by the International Institute of Information Technology University Act, 2013 of the Government of Chhattisgarh. It is a joint venture of Chhattisgarh State Government and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). The institute has grown by leaps and bounds in its first five years due to its unique approach towards academics, building institute culture, nurturing the students in a family like environment and focusing on personality development of the students. The institute has designed a differential academics curriculum with many innovative ideas, one of which is “Skill First, Theory Later, Projects Integrated”. The institute focuses on the identification of individual strength and weaknesses of the students and developing their soft skills for professional success.