Friday, 5 June 2020

ALTBalaji and ZEE5 launch Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain Season 3 through an interactive Digital Press Conference


Just like their shows on the digital space, the launch of ALTBalaji and ZEE5’s originals do pack a punch each time they come out with a new offering. With excitement ahead of Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain season 3’s launch being at its peak, the two leading platforms launched the much-awaited series via a star-studded digital conference today. High on the success of its first two seasons, the upcoming season will see stalwarts of the TV industry like Ronit Roy, Mona Singh, Gurdip Kohli-Punjj, and Apurva Agnihotri along with Pooja Banerjee, Palak Jain, Sayush Nayyar, Anjum Fakih, Suchitra Pillai, and Aditi Vasudev. With members of the media showing their love and support for the show, the ensemble cast present in the digital conference interacted with the press and answered each of their questions
The highly engaging press conference got off to an exciting start with the incredible Mihir Joshi as the host. The trailer of the upcoming season was shown to the audience before kick-starting the enthralling interactive session with the cast of Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain- S3. Set after a four-year leap, one saw how Ananya (Mona Singh) and Poonam (Gurdip Kohli-Punjj) have moved on with their lives. On the other hand, Rohit (Ronit Roy) has drowned himself in alcohol and casual relationships with women. Despite new women in the form of Nisha (Anjum Fakih) and Amaira (Aditi Vasudeva) entering his life, Rohit simply is not willing to accept the fact that Poonam and Ananya are no longer a part of his life. Picking up exactly from where the show left, Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain 3 leaves one with just one question in their mind - Will love ever be the same again?
Speaking at the event, Ronit Roy quipped, “Season 3 of Kehne ko Humsafar Hain is an outstanding piece of writing and I really had a lot of fun shooting this series. It's good to shoot with all the co-actors and we are all like a family. I have not seen the series yet but have seen all the actors play their respective characters and they all were really amazing."
Speaking on the show, Mona Singh says, “I was very excited to know that writing of season 3 is complete and we all are going to meet again and have a lot of fun as it was always great shooting family scenes with everyone around. I loved how the whole graph of season 3 has gone up. I believe love is the most important element in a relationship and I really feel bad for couples in a loveless or abusive relationship. Especially, during the lockdown, we are getting to know about more cases of abusive relationships and domestic violence. I really hope that women find the courage to lead a better life by walking away from such toxic relationships and choose a better life for themselves."
An Excited Gurdip Kohli-Punjj said, “The reason why the show is doing so well is because of the perfect and brilliant characters. In season 2 the viewers got to see a new person in Poonam's life which was Abhi who is much younger to her. In this third season, you will see Poonam battling between the age gap. The first season was very monotonous for me as a character but the second season got me going. The journey of the characters is very well written by the writers."
It remains to be an exciting watch as one waits to see if Amaira becomes the latest Humsafar in Rohit’s life or does he realize how much he loves Ananya.  

Making #TimeforNature can Save the Environment and Biodiversity

Hyderabad, 5th June 2020:  Heartfulness Institute (www.heartfulness.org),  on the occasion of the World Environment Day organized a live cast ‘Making #TimeforNature’ in association with WWF, to spread the message of conservation of nature , saving the environment and biodiversity. Individuals, society, academia, government, and industry should collaboratively work hard to bend the curve of distraction to and make #TimeforNature to help rejuvenate, restore and reboot the ecology.
The Heartfulness Lifecast had eminent panelists like Mr Punit Lalbhai, Executive Director, Arvind Ltd, Ms Farida Tampal, State Director, WWF India, Mr Sarath Champati, Naturalist and Ecotourism Consultant who have delivered their keynote addresses and shared their real-time experiences with the nature while Dr Ananya Rao has moderated the session by posing most relevant queries with regards to the nature.
While speaking in the live cast, Mr Punit Lalbhai, Executive Director, Arvind Ltd, said, “Due to the Covid-19 status quo, everybody has to re-evaluate the future trajectory not only for the business but, also for the nature. Business world is also waking up to reality now and they are re-orienting themselves and consciousness is emerging. I think, the youth really cares about the environment and the government has the power to bring in positive change in this direction. Individuals, society should collaborate to conserve the nature for the future. So, love the nature, you can’t protect anything that you don’t love”.
He further said that his association with Heartfulness had been an absolute life changing experience as meditation helped to transmit the energy within to find evolution of consciousness which opens up a sense of wonder.
Another panelist Ms. Farida Tampal, State Director, WWF said, “From food security to biodiversity, the world is facing a lot of existential issues. We are witnessing a huge decline of biodiversity due to multiple factors including the climate change. There is a danger of 60% loss of species diversity in the coming future which is a dangerous and alarming situation for all of us, we need to immediately wake up and bend the curve for the loss of biodiversity. I think youth is the harbinger of that change”.
While explaining how the increase in locust population could cause bush fires and heavy rainfalls, Mr Sarath Champati, Naturalist and Ecotourism Consultant, said, “Despite the challenges and limited resources, there has been some change in India when it comes to conservation of forests and wild animals. However, the governments are still carrying on without taking into consideration ecological impact and are going ahead with some projects through the western ghat that can harm the biodiversity in the region. Hence, we should restore and reboot ourselves to protect the environment for the future generations”.
Heartfulness has been organizing unique programmes on every environment day to contribute back to the nature. During the last year on the same day, more than 200 employees from IT companies including Persistent Systems, Zensar Technologies amongst other companies, visiting guests and followers of Heartfulness, planted 5,000 saplings and they experienced a session of Heartfulness meditation and yoga as part of the celebration. Heartfulness has earmarked 25 acres of land to create a mini rainforest in Telangana and commits to planting, adoption and nurturing 10 million trees over one year as part of Heartfulness Green initiative across all its centres in India. Before last year, Associates of Google planted 300 trees in Kanha Shantivanam as part of its efforts to involve the community and spread awareness about the importance of growing trees and spreading the green message as part of World Environment Day initiative.
From the Australian Bushfires, the locust swarms threatening food security across the Horn of Africa and South Asia, to the COVID-19 pandemic, the year 2020 has been globally devastating for humanity. This period of emergency has also been a period of emergence. As the ancient wisdom of our elders converge with our modern scientific disclose, humanity is recognizing the sacred interconnectedness of all life on earth. The United Nations has declared the year – 2020, a Super Year, for the environment. This means, from beginning of this year, we choose either to make it or break it. Now, more than ever, it is time to act. To use the gift of the emergency, as an opportunity for ecological emergence.

About Green Kanha Initiative:
Kanha Shantivanam is an important centre for Heartfulness Meditation, situated on the outskirts of Hyderabad in the State of Telangana. The campus is being developed as a resplendent Green Space, hosting a wide variety of herbs, shrubs, and trees as part of the Green Kanha Initiative. More than 250,000 trees have already been planted and 1,000 plus trees translocated from various regions. It is a continuous endeavor of the mission to increase this plantation manifold. Some of the species under threat include plants that are considered sacred and are of immense benefit to human beings and the environment. Under the Green Kanha Initiative, the emphasis is given to such ecologically, economically, and socio-culturally important native tree species. Also, with a vision of Kanha Shantivanam playing the role of an ex-situ conservation Centre, rare and threatened plant species are being collected from far and wide places within India, due diligence given to the positive ecological role that they could play in the decades and probably centuries to come.
About Heartfulness: (www.heartfulness.org)
Heartfulness is a modern-day system of yogic meditation, also known as Sahaj Marg meaning the ‘Natural Path’, which originated at the turn of the twentieth century in India. Heartfulness brings about inner calm and stillness in a fast-paced world by teaching the basic life skills of well-being. The easily adopted practices are appropriate for people from all walks of life, cultures, and beliefs, with exercises for children and meditative practices for all over the age of fifteen. These Heartfulness techniques are very effective self-management tools to live a balanced, peaceful, healthy, and happy life.
Today there are over two million practitioners and ten thousand trainers worldwide. Heartfulness is found in thousands of schools and colleges, and over 300,000 professionals are meditating in corporations, non-governmental and government bodies worldwide. More than 5,000 Heartfulness Centres, known as HeartSpots, are supported by certified volunteer trainers in 130 countries.

Mark Read on Storyboard with Shibani Gharat on CNBC-TV18

Mark Read in conversation with Shibani Gharat in the show ‘Storyboard’ on CNBC-TV18

Q: Britain has moved further towards easing the lockdown restrictions. What is it like in London currently?
 A: When you go outside in London today, it feels pretty busy actually; it is not quite back to normal, but it is a lot busier than it was 9 or 10 weeks ago when we sent a hundred thousand people around the world to work from home. There is no way in which things are getting back to normal – restaurants are closed, shops are still closed, hairdressers are closed, dentists are closed. So, while people are still going into work, there is no sense that the city is yet back to normal.
Q: Some of the markets that WPP operates in have also started opening up. What is this unlock like for WPP agencies, have employees started going back to work and what are the operational level challenges currently that you guys are facing? Has the operation changed for good? 
A: To answer your last question first, clearly it has been a change for good. It is easier to go into a lockdown, I think we are all finding out, than it is come out of the lockdown. China which is the first country to go into the lockdown has also been the first to come out and you have to commend the Chinese health authorities or Chinese authorities for the rigorous measures they took and the control they got over the virus. 
I did a town hall with our people in Shanghai last week, and while people were wearing masks, you got the sense that things are back to normal. But even in China they are not totally back to normal, offices are probably running at 80 percent occupancy rate at the moment compared to 100 percent pre-COVID.
The sense is that consumer activity is picking up, but I think the confidence does take some time to recover. It is going to take time for confidence to grow and for the various part of the economy as they unlock to have a positive effect on each other. Similarly for the global economy, will we have some markets in lockdown and lot further behind than others -- we need a coordinated economic recovery around the world to get back to where we were at the beginning of the year and that may take 18-24 months unfortunately. 
Q: What are the key learnings from this unlock that can be applied as a model into the other markets as well?
A: I think it has to be voluntary, it has to be gradual. We have to make sure offices are safe, we have to think about how people get into the office, not just when they are in the office. I think there is a spectrum of people – for every person I know that is sort of reluctant to come into the office, there is someone that would be dying to get back in.
Senior executives that live in nice houses and gardens may feel differently from what junior people that probably live in apartments and sometimes with their parents or many other people who are keen to get back into the office. So, I think we have to cater to wide variety of people. 
Q: How much has been the impact of COVID-19 on the revenue already and what is the further impact that you expect on the WPP business in the coming days?
 A: We did see some impact in the first quarter in February and March in China and in March in most other parts of the world. I think we expect that most people the second quarter to be the worst quarter of the year. We need to see gradual recovery in Q3 and Q4 but we still expect negative impact on our revenues over that period. I think that is the unfortunate reality of the situation we have to deal with.
 Q: What has been the strategy of survival so far for WPP and how are you going to apply it in the coming days?
A: Our focus has been on our people and keeping them safe and on our clients. There is a reason to market at the moment, consumers do expect to hear from companies about what they are doing and I think that those companies that are financially strong and can afford to market will benefit disproportionately from their investments and that is certainly something that we are hearing from clients at the moment.
Also, this is the greatest period of innovation perhaps we have ever seen. We have seen a decade’s innovation in eight weeks and so those companies that are understanding in real time the changes in consumer behaviour will be those that benefit. We have also been focusing on communities and places around where we live. In India, we see work from Ogilvy with the government of Mask Force, Wunderman Thompson has done a campaign with Times of India.
We need to think about this in terms of three phases. The first phase is react, the second is recover and the third is renew. The react phase is over, I think people at the moment are focused on how do we think about recovery. But I think what is much more interesting is how they can think about renewing their business, how clients think about how they are going to need to operate in the future. So people have been very resilient through this and have kept busy and have kept talking to clients and to each other. So I think it is too far to call it prospering but I think that people have managed extremely well.
Q: How are you managing costs at WPP?
A: Clearly, with our revenue impact, we needed to take cost action. We are looking at different scenarios for our costs and the first was to stop hiring and limit the pay increase, look at discretionary expenses like travel and award shows that can be quite substantial in our industry. So we worked our way through that.
We have put a number of people on a four day or three day working weeks where it is appropriate and we have also had a number of senior executives, about 3,000 people across the group, take salary sacrifice or pay cuts in the second quarter. We are going to look again at that and see what is appropriate in that area for the rest of the year.  
The last thing we have done is look at permanent head count reduction; we have had to reduce our head count. We are looking at what the likely size of the business is going into next year and making sure that by the end of the year through a mix of turnover and permanent head count reduction, we are in a good place to right size our cost to our revenues base next year.
Q: You have spoken extensively on how important India as a market is for WPP. Can you give us an insight on the kind of work that has come out of India during the COVID time and how has the Indian market fared in terms of business for your organization?
A: India has been impacted, there is a very heavily media driven market, and so there is no way it has escaped this. I mentioned some of the work that we have done for our communities, we have also been working extensively with Hindustan Unilever on their response to the crisis, we have done some very nice work for Mondelez – to say thank you through a chocolate box and a number of creative examples.
I think in India we are seeing much greater demand or much greater television viewing, up 50 percent, but also a lot of growth in the over the top (OTT) services. We have been helping grocers move their business online and hyperlocal delivery systems. So we are helping the whole Indian ecosystem move much more quickly online frankly in the same way we did elsewhere.
I was a little bit nervous when the lockdown happened. I talked to Srinivas, the India Country Manager about sending everybody home, but we did it and we sent people home with equipment and people have continued to work really extremely effectively from their clients. We are very reluctant to make permanent head count reduction in India.  It is a fantastic market for us, it is a great growth market, and we have excellent talent. So as much as we can, we are trying to protect the people that we have in the business.
Q: Tell us what is happening to the marketing budgets globally? Big events are getting cancelled, production of goods and of course production of TV shows, even on OTT platform and television has really stopped. So, where are marketers investing and what is really happening to all those allotted marketing budgets for this year?
A: What we saw in 2008-2009, particularly in newspapers and I know that it is a big category in India that is still resilient, clients cut their spends in newspapers by 40-50 percent. They never went back. I think my concern for free to air broadcasters is, if budget gets cut substantially, will they ever come back in the same way? Particularly the magazine business has been impacted, they have a heavy luxury goods quotient there and those companies are really struggling because of the lockdown and the situation in China and the lack of travel because duty free is big source of demand to them.
We are seeing negative impacts on advertising spend pretty much across the board to a different degree but I do think that those clients – as I said before – who are ready to come back quickly will be those clients that benefit. We have seen in previous downturns of those companies that maintained their investment and by the way in an era of declining trends maintaining investments means typically you increase your share of voice, increasing your share of voice will benefit - marketing is an investment.
The other interesting thing is that I saw the Expedia results where they said that they are not spending a lot of money on search and digital media and that is funny, their brand investments are driving and continue to drive significant traffic to their site. So I think some clients are looking at the continued investment in brand over direct responses as some of them want to continue. So it is really going to be interesting as to how it all plays out in terms of clients’ marketing spend.
Q: I am coming back to your statement that you said earlier how we have witnessed a decade of innovation in the past few weeks, what will it mean for consumer behaviour in the coming days as we step into every step of the unlock that globally we are seeing currently?
A: I defy someone to tell me something that hasn’t changed in the last eight weeks. We are having this debate on a zoom code and someone said what about hair dressing and I pointed out you didn’t get a hair dressing consultation online where professional hair dresser would tell your partner how to cut your hair. So it is hard to think on something like that - all over the UK people are doing online exercise classes, something that you imagine you have to go to a gym to do before, auctions where you need to go to an auction house and now vote online and I think people are learning this new behaviour.
You don’t unlearn things and once you have learnt to do something particularly once you have learnt to do it over three-four-five months and six months, we are not going to go back to the way we did things before. I think some things we will go back to - I hope we go back to restaurants and I hope we go back to going on vacations, I am not sure if we are going to go back to travelling as much, I am not sure if we are going to go back to going into the offices much.
So I think these trends maybe more acute at the moment but I don’t think that they are going away. I cannot think of the last time I used physical currency to pay for something. I have just got used to using my phone to pay for everything in a way I never had done before and retail is going to accepting it. So I think it is going to be a real innovation shift in those companies that had most of the digital and direct channels to communicate and manage their consumers who clearly will be those companies that benefit and everyone else is going to have to catch up.
I think catch up has been in a way the world over the last five years - consumers are ahead of companies in terms of innovation, decades ago, you have talked about the adoption curve in companies with larger technology and consumers would adopt it. Today I think the world has reversed, consumers adopt technology and companies are trying to figure out, how do I reach them now, how do I develop online banking services, how do I make what I want to do. So I think we are going to see all of that innovation.
Now with innovation comes dislocation and disruption and I think that is the worry that we have in an economic impact of recessionary impact of what is going on at the moment as well.

Corona Se Mat Daro Na_Progeria Kids

Progeria Kids have come up with the new video of Corona Se Mat Daro Na!
In this tough COVID crisis period, please check this positive video made by our Progeria kids. Based on a hit Bollywood song, these kids want to convey to the society that let’s fight Corona together & emerge victoriously. The song also educates the listeners about precautions to be taken during these times and applauds the effort of both the medical & police community.
As you know Progeria is a rare disease with an average lifespan of 14.5 years. About 60 of the unknown children live in India- untreated and in need of help. Of those 60, there are 18 children currently identified in India. 
The lead singer, Shreyash is from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, and was very excited to convey this message through a song. The other kids that appear are Prachi, Aahaan & Aaditya, who are from different parts of the country. The song leaves a smile on the viewers face and adds the much-required positivity in these trying times.
The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF) is searching for more children with Progeria in India so that they can provide help through their programs.
Lockdown is tough, so let's spend our time & do something interesting #stayhomestaysafe   

Will Smith reveals why he holds a special place for India at the 'I for India' concer

The I for India concert marked the presence of some of the biggest Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities in it. Will Smith was among the Hollywood celebrities who joined hands for this Nobel cause. The pursuit of happiness actor, when asked to be a part of the concert, said a yes without having second thoughts in his mind.   
When spoken to the talented actor he said, “As some of you may know, India holds a special spot in my heart. My family & I have spent a lot of time there and it’s really like a home away from home for me. So, when Karan Johar reached out and asked me to be involved with this, I jumped at the opportunity. He informed me that in these dark and difficult times, there were hundreds and thousands of migrant workers that are currently going without income, without food, without homes.” 
He further adds, “That’s why I think that it is very critical and important that this initiative like ‘I For India’ are able to garner our support. I have the luxury to be at home, surrounded by my family during this time. I’m happy to help.” 
The unity from all the fraternities marked a huge success. The successful show was driven by Bollywood’s famous filmmakers Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar.  
The best of Quarantine is yet to come and all we need to do is to 
Tune into Star Bharat to witness the biggest digital concert ‘I’ For India premiering on Sunday, 7th June 2020 at 9 pm

Pune Police Commissioner’s Office launches one more impactful Public Service Communication Campaign in form of a short-film


Pune Police CSR Film - II
4d June 2020
~ This is the first of its kind short film that is aimed to create empathy amongst people at large towards the patients of COVID – be it citizens or police staff. The film drives a home a message that people need to change their attitude towards Covid patients and instead of boycotting or disconnecting them we need to support and maintain respect for them and their families.
This short film conveys to convey to people at large that – ‘like every citizen even the police staff may also acquire corona disease. In fact they are more vulnerable as they are fronting the war to safeguard us. This is the time to support them and help their families and not discard them. Social distancing physically may be essential but we need to give our total support to them and their family emotionally so that they don’t feel discarded or alone in their fight against the disease and get on recovery mode. The short-film delivers the message in a very impactful and emotional way indeed. The film also is supported by a trailer for select media handles.
ABIL took the lead in supporting this initiative and good cause of Pune Police Commissioner in spreading this message. Percept conceptualized this unique idea and produced the film on behalf of Pune Police.
Dr K. Venkatesham, IPS, Commissioner of Police – Pune City,says:that we all need to change our attitude and behavior towards Corona Patients. We needed a strong and impactful message to make people realize that emotional support, respect and also help to Corona victims and their families is the need of the hour. This film will make people realize and act accordingly and make this society more supportive to Corona Victims.
Mr. AmitBhonsale, Managing Director,  ABIL,states, ‘Pune Police are putting in extraordinary efforts 24x7 to ensure that we civilians are all safe. In turn, they are risking their own lives in the line of duty. It is time we as Citizens contribute to the victims in every possible way and support them and not discard them. We are indeed very happy to be supporting such a noble cause of Pune Police in driving this message.

Ecom Express appoints Amit Kumar as Lead - Environment Health & Safety


June 05, 2020: Ecom Express, a leading technology enabled end-to-end logistics solutions provider to e-commerce industry, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Mr. Amit Kumar as company’s new General Manager - Environment Health and Safety(EHS) as of June 4th, 2020. In his current role, Amit will be responsible for the Health & Safety of more than 30000+ employees working across 2600+ locations.
“Amit is a vital component to the company's senior leadership in critical EHS performance areas. We believe in adhering to the highest safety standards as imperative and he has enterprise responsibility for the EHS operations,” said Mr. T.A. Krishnan, Co-founder and CEO, Ecom Express. “We are confident that his considerable experience will guide the company towards enhanced environment health and safety outcomes,” he added.
In his new role, Mr. Kumar will be responsible for the Management systems and strategic planning for Environment, Social, Health & Safety Management System with major focus on Road Safety and environmental initiatives.He brings the right focus on business growth, operational excellence, Behaviour Based Safety Programs, Process safety, Risk reduction strategies, and Coaching senior management on Safety Leadership. His responsibilities will also include ensuring compliance, implementation, communications and adherence to the EHS regulations and best practices set by the government. He will also provide his expertise, consulting and services to ensure these are in compliance with safety norms.
Commenting on the appointment, Amit Kumar, General Manager, Environment Health and Safety, Ecom Express said, “I am excited to have been granted this opportunity to bring an overall cultural change with respect to environment and safety practices. I look forward to integrating every aspect of the organisation which results in sustainable business excellence.”
Amit comes with over a decade of EHS experience in designing and executing EHS strategies across dispersed organisation, with a focus on business growth, operational excellence, behaviour based safety programs, process safety, risk reduction strategies, and coaching senior management on safety leadership.
Amit’s career in EHS spans numerous industries, including manufacturing, process-based industry, FMCG and IT. Most recently, Amit served as HSE Lead for Compass group where he was responsible for Health and Safety of more than 14000 employees and worked closely with South East Asia Leadership.
About Ecom Express
Ecom Express Private Limited is a leading end-to-end technology enabled logistics solutions provider to the Indian e-commerce industry. Headquartered in Gurugram, Ecom Express was incorporated in 2012 by T.A. Krishnan, Manju Dhawan, K. Satyanarayana and Sanjeev Saxena with their 100+ years of cumulative experience in the Indian logistics and distribution industry. Ecom Express has its presence in all 29 states of the country and operates in over 2400 towns across 25,000+ PIN-codes in India. The company is the first private logistics company in India to envision a full-state coverage strategy, offered in 20 states including Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. Through this deep reach strategy, the company has a capability to deliver to over 1.2 billion people i.e. 92%+ of India’s population.
For more information, please visit: https://ecomexpress.in/

Aadhar Housing Finance launches Covid Warriors Griha Loans


Aadhar Housing Finance Ltd (AHFL)






Mumbai, June, 2020: Aadhar Housing Finance, one of India’s largest affordable housing finance companies, today announced the launch of Covid Warriors Griha Loans – a home loan scheme dedicated to the housing loan requirements of those who are on the frontline of the country’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. Lower rate of interest, complimentary health insurance for one year, are some of the hallmarks of this scheme.
Covid frontline workers can now look forward to buy a home, to construct, to renovate or take a loan against property with Aadhar Housing Finance’s ‘Covid Warriors Griha Loans.
Covid Warriors Griha loans is being offered to the following warriors:
1.       Salaried
a.       Employees of Municipal Corporations
b.       Employees of companies involved in medical facilities - Hospitals, Pathology labs, Pharma companies, medical equipment manufacturers and chemist stores     
c.       Employees of police departments and armed forces
d.       Employees of private security service providers 
e.       Employees of centre and state transport providers – rail/bus
f.        Employees of other financial institutions/ banks
g.       Government employees
2.       Self Employed (essential goods providers):
a.       Provision and general store owners – retail and wholesale
b.       Engaged in medical activities – retail and wholesale
c.       Vegetable & Fruit vendors – retail and wholesale
d.       Milk suppliers – retail and wholesale

Elaborating on the ‘Covid Warriors Griha Loans’, Mr. Deo Shankar Tripathi, MD & CEO, Aadhar Housing Finance said,
 “Covid Warriors Griha Loans brings together the strength of Aadhar Housing Finance to help these frontline warriors create the security of their own home. The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted livelihoods and income, through this product, we intend to provide a financial cushion that will enable them to own their dream home”
Mr. Rishi Anand, Chief Business Officer, Aadhar Housing Finance, further added, “During these trying times, we often fail to address the well being of those on the forefront. While our teams have been helping with supply of protective gear and sanitization equipment, we thought of taking a step further to help them from a financial standpoint. With ‘Covid Warriors Griha Loans’ the nation’s frontline workers can look forward to a better home at a lower interest rate. This product also has a complimentary health insurance, which helps take care of their medical emergencies, including Covid related expenses.
Customers can apply for the loan through Aadhar Housing Finance’s website https://aadharhousing.com/ or by calling the Aadhar contact center on 8888899953. Discussions and processes for the loan application will be done using digital modes of communication.
The scheme is valid for Covid frontline warriors until 30th September 2020
For more information, visit https://aadharhousing.com/

Vejeeta and Its Simar’s New Song SAVAGE to Release Under the Banner Kali Denali Music and Saga Music, Powered by KWAI App This Saturday


New Delhi, June 5, 2020: Fans of Desi hip hop and rap music have something exciting to look forward to this weekend. SAVAGE, the latest urban punjabi Desi Hip Hop song by Vejeeta featuring famous rapper Its Simar and Bambb Homie is set to release under the banner Kali Denali Music and Saga Music, in association with J.Hind Films and also exclusively on popular short-video sharing app Kwai this Saturday, June 6, 2020. The music video for Savage will be publicly revealed on Kwai app at 6pm on Saturday.
Savage is the latest release from Kali Danali Music (KDM) and, a music label by Desi rap king BOHEMIA) and the renowned music label Saga Music, in association with J.Hind Films. The song’s music is composed by Its Simar and the lyrics are co-written by Bambb Homie and Vejeeta.
Kali Denali Music and Saga Music joins hands together to give platform to all Desi Hip Hop Artists and Futuristic Rap Stars, worldwide. This will bring a new era in Rap Industry that new talents will get a chance to make their dreams fulfil. “Savage is a very special production that is sure to delight the lovers of desi hip hop and rap genre. Kwai hosts a vibrant community of millions of Punjabi music lovers and we are thrilled to join hands with them for the release of this latest creation from Vejeeta and Its Simar,” says a spokesperson from Kali Denali Music & Saga Music
Kwai also announced a special promotion to celebrate the song’s release with a ‘Meet The Artists’ challenge for the artists’ fans. To participate in the challenge, Kwai users will need to record a video with a special Magic filter and post it with the hashtag #Savageface on Kwai app. The winners of the challenge with get an exclusive chance to interact with artists over a live stream session on Kwai.
“We are thrilled to welcome Vejeeta and Its Simar on Kwai’s platform and bring them directly in touch with a huge community of users who love Punjabi music, and who are eagerly awaiting the release of Savage this weekend,” says a spokesperson for Kwai.
Vejeeta and Its Simar will host two Kwai Live sessions to engage with their fans and talk about the Savage song on June 11 and 18, 2020. During the second Kwai Live on June 18, the two artists will interact with the winners of the ‘Meet The Artists’ challenge.
“Savage is borne out of months of hard work and I am thankful to Saga Music & Kali Denali Music, special thanks to J.Hind and Kwai for giving it a really powerful launch platform. Personally I cannot wait to talk about it and even perform it live for my fans on the Kwai Live sessions,” says Vejeeta.
“We are thrilled to bring our latest creation to our fans launching this weekend on Kwai app and I am looking forward to rapping with Fans on Kwai Live, on June 11 and 18,” says Its Simar.
Kwai app is free to download for Android and IOS users and it provides everyone with the platform to record and share their lives. With millions of users and original videos published every day, Kwai is one of the most popular short videos-sharing apps in India.
Music will be available on all streaming and downloading portals, under the label Saga Music.

Artificial Organs Market to WitnessSignificantGrowth until 2025 – TechSci Research


Rising prevalence of chronic disorders affecting one or multiple organs and scarcity of organ donors to drive the growth of global artificial organs market
According to TechSci Research report, “Global Artificial OrgansMarketBy Organ Type (Artificial Heart (Prosthetic Heart Valves, Ventricular Assist Devices, Cardiac Pacemakers), Artificial Kidney, Artificial Pancreas, Artificial Lungs, Cochlear Implants, Others), By Technology (Electronic Bionics, Mechanical), By Type of Fixation (Wearable, Implantable), By Material Type (Silicon, Plastic, Steel), By Region, Forecast &Opportunities, 2025, the global artificial organs market is expectedto witnesssignificant CAGR until 2025 owing to artificial organ’s ability to restore normal functioning of human organs. Furthermore, increasing cases of chronic disorders affecting one or multiple vital organsis creating demand for artificial organ transplants. Spike in number of road accidents and severe injuries is also propelling the growth of artificial organs market around the world. The list of patients waiting for organ transplant is rising globally and hence, there is a growing need for artificial organs in order to reduce the mortality rate. Additionally, increasing expenditure on healthcare and technological advancements is further anticipated to drive the market growth until 2025.Moreover, growing awareness towards healthy living has led to increasing acceptance of artificial organ transplant technology among people. The use of bioartificial materials has also resulted in surge in demand for artificial organs. Rising cases of organ failure, especially among geriatric population is another key factor supporting the growth of global artificial organs market.
However, there are certain major issues, hindering the growth of global artificial organsmarket. Significant rise in cases of product failure after transplantationmight hamper the growth of this market. Further, high cost of artificial organsmight limit the overall growth of the market.
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The global artificial organs market is segmented based on organ type, technology, type of fixation, material type and region. Based on organ type, the market is segmented into artificial heart, artificial kidney, artificial pancreas, artificial lungs, cochlear implants and others. Among these, the artificial heart segment is further categorized into prosthetic heart valves, ventricular assist devices and cardiac pacemakers. Here, the artificial kidney segment is expected to undergo highest growth during the forecast period owing to increasing number of patients suffering from kidney disorders. According to International Society of Nephrology, the number is even higher than that of people diagnosed with diabetes.Based on material type, the global artificial organs market is categorized into silicon, plastic and steel. Among them, the silicon segment is expected to witness high demand in the global market as it can endure high temperature. Additionally, the segment is expected to undergo fastest growth during the forecast period as more companies are adopting silicon as a key material for manufacturing artificial organs.
Major players operating in the global artificial organsmarket includeCochlear Ltd., B. Braun Melsungen AG, Abiomed Inc., Biomet Inc., Baxter International Inc., Edward Lifesciences Corporation, Syncardia, Boston Scientific Corporation, Asahi Kasei Medical Co. Ltd, Heartware International, Inc, Dexcom, Inc., Ekso Bionics, OTTO Bock Healthcare GmbH, Jarvik Heart, Inc., Advanced Bionics AG and affiliates, Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA, Med-El ElectromedizinischeGerate GmbH, Medtronic, Plc, Retina Implant AG and Nipro Corporation. The companies are focusing on new product launches and research & development activities to enhance their product portfolio. They are also undertaking other growth strategies such as partnerships & acquisitions to increase their market share.
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“North America leads the global artificial organ transplants market as Trump’s administration in United States has increased expenditure on healthcare sectorsignificantly,which is a major boosting factor for healthcare companies and the market. Additionally, the region is also home to growing geriatric population and among them, a large portion isfacing organ failure issues. Adding to this, high per capita disposable income of the region is enabling people to easily opt for artificial organ transplants, thereby fueling the market, ” said Mr. Karan Chechi, Research Director with TechSci Research, a research based global management consulting firm.
“Global Artificial Organs Market By Organ Type (Artificial Heart (Prosthetic Heart Valves, Ventricular Assist Devices, Cardiac Pacemakers), Artificial Kidney, Artificial Pancreas, Artificial Lungs, Cochlear Implants, Others), By Technology (Electronic Bionics, Mechanical), By Type of Fixation (Wearable, Implantable), By Material Type (Silicon, Plastic, Steel), By Region, Forecast &Opportunities, 2025has evaluated the future growth potential of global artificial organs market and provides statistics &information on market size, structure and future market growth. The report intends to provide cutting-edge market intelligence and help decision makers take sound investment decisions. Besides, the report also identifies and analyzes the emerging trends along with essential drivers, challenges and opportunities in global artificial organs market.
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Mission Green Million: Maruti Suzuki sells over 1 lakh factory fitted CNG vehicles Highest ever in a fiscal


With the launch of CNG in 2010 and Smart Hybrid in 2015, the Company has cumulatively sold over One Million Green Vehicles in India
Committed to sell the next One Million Green Vehicles under ‘Mission Green Million’
National, June 5, 2020: Maruti Suzuki India Limited, the pioneer of factory-fitted CNG technology for passenger vehicles, achieved highest ever sales of eco-friendly CNG-powered cars in FY 2019-20. The Company sold 106,443 factory-fitted CNG vehicles across India.
With green mobility in focus, Maruti Suzuki has witnessed 15.5% CAGR increase in its CNG sales in the past five years. This is a testimony to the Company’s customers accepting technologically advanced, eco-friendly and safe mobility solutions. Maruti Suzuki offers its customers widest options of factory-fitted CNG-powered cars. These include Alto, WagonR, Eeco, Tour S, Ertiga and Super Carry.

With the vision to democratize green mobility for its customers and also aligning to the Government’s agenda of making greener India, Maruti Suzuki unveiled its mission at Auto Expo 2020 whereby it has aimed to sell the next set of million green vehicles at a much faster pace. Maruti Suzuki has named this mission as – Mission Green Million and the Company’s S-CNG technology will play a critical role in democratizing green cars and achieving the mission.
Speaking on the importance of CNG vehicles in its portfolio, Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, “The growth of CNG vehicles complements the Government of India’s vision of reducing oil import and enhancing the share of natural gas in the energy basket of the country from 6.2% now to 15% by 2030. The Government is working to rapidly increase CNG fuel pumps network in the country. There has been a phenomenal growth in number of CNG stations in last six years with over 50% of growth coming in the last year alone. With government’s clear focus, spread of CNG stations is set to increase significantly. Maruti Suzuki is aligned with Government’s vision by strengthening and expanding its CNG product portfolio. We see CNG as a technology that has set a new benchmark in green fuel mobility. Factory fitted S-CNG vehicles are designed to deliver optimum performance, safety, engine durability, convenience and mileage. We are committed to Mission Green Million and strive towards bringing more advanced, affordable and fuel efficient powertrain technologies for our customers.” 
Factory-fitted CNG vehicles are safer and come with Maruti Suzuki’s warranty benefits and also assist owners with convenience of Maruti Suzuki service network across India. Maruti Suzuki’s S-CNG technology is equipped with Dual Interdependent ECU with Intelligent Injection System that ensures better and consistent performance along with high fuel efficiency across all terrains.