Monday 30 November 2020

Yami Gautam is the Shahi Tukda of Bollywood, says the quirky social media page of Jee Hukum

Yami Gautam is the ‘Shahi Tukda’ of Bollywood….well, that’s how the social media pages of the newly opened restaurant Jee Hukum wished the charming actress on her birthday. For those wondering, Shahi Tukda is a Mughlai dessert and is one of the most preferred sweet dishes by most Indians. By comparing Yami to the yummy (no pun intended) dish, Jee Hukum implied the fact that she is one of the sweetest actresses around.

Jee Hukum begins operations recently in Andheri, a suburb of Mumbai. Owned by entrepreneur and restaurateur Krishna Gupta, it is a delivery-only restaurant that offers a bevy of cuisines ranging from Indian to Chinese to Continental. There is a wide variety of dishes that you can order at the click of a button and get them delivered to your doorstep.

Talking about this venture, Krishna Gupta says, “This restaurant was a long-standing dream for me for many reasons and I made sure that everything about it turns out to be special. We have hired some of the best chefs who will leave no stone unturned to provide customers the kind of food the taste of which will linger in their food long after they are done eating it.”

The fact that it is a delivery-only restaurant makes it more relevant in the pre-Covid times.

“Although the lockdown has been lifted partially and restaurants have opened up again, there is still a sense of fear and hesitation among people who wish to venture out with their families and have a good meal at a restaurant. Many want to go out but are not doing so because of the prevailing situation. We would like to tell them that if you cannot come to a restaurant, the restaurant will come to you. Quality food at affordable prices – that’s the mantra of Jee Hukum”, he states with a smile.

Apart from leading food delivery apps, the menu of the restaurant is available on their website The website also contains all the relevant information about this newly opened website. In a very short span of time, Jee Hukum has attracted a large number of customers already who have ordered food from it repeatedly. With the pace at which it is growing, Jee Hukum might just make a permanent place in the heart of food lovers in Mumbai!


~The contest welcomed the Sony music and Rizzle App partnership with High~

Mumbai, 30th November 2020: Leading short-video app, Rizzle’s digital partnership with Sony Music Entertainment kicked off with a bang through a special contest for the launch of Amaal Mallik’s track ‘Tu Mera Nahi’. The track was released on the 5th of November 2020 and to kickstart the release, the Rizzle App innovatively hosted a one-week #TuMeraNahi contest for their users to get a chance to win prizes worth Rs 1.5Lakhs including an OnePlus Nord phone. The contest received numerous submissions showcasing creativity at its best. Finally, the results are out with 10 lucky winners that outshone all other participants with their entries!

Ever since the singer announced the contest on Rizzle for #TuMeraNahi, the Rizzle community showed off their own version of the song on the app.  The contest featured Rizzle users to show their ‘Hunar’ in categories of DANCE, LIPSYNC, and ACTING. The contest was open for all Rizzle app users across the country with Amaal Mallik and Sony Music Entertainment taking a look at what Rizzle creators can do! With a melodious track like Tu Mera Nahi, many creators participated to get a chance to win exciting prizes in each category.

In Dance, Rizzle user Mihir Adhiya won first prize, with Shailendra Deva and Simran Behl in second and third. Subu Bose showcased her acting chops and secured the top spot followed by Kavita Saini and Jasjyot Singh. In Lipsync, Rizzle user Jayantika Jain won first followed by Manas Gogia

Speaking about the success of the Contest and winner’s announcement, Ms. Vidya from Rizzle shares, “This was a unique opportunity for us at Rizzle to partner with Sony Music Entertainment and Amaal Mallik, one of Bollywood’s up and coming artists to release his debut single. We wanted creators to flaunt their creative genius through this contest and they delivered spectacularly. The winning entries were nothing short of brilliant!”

Rizzle continues to be at the forefront of ensuring users on the platform have the first and last step to stardom with interactive videos, web-series creation, comedy bits, music videos, DIY, and much more. Their innovation in content and short-form video sees new heights with their association with Sony Music and Amaal Mallik’s track.

The content creation platform is home to a number of users who make amazing vertical series known as ‘Rizzle Series’ in many languages, and all under 12-minute videos shot on phone. With the success of the #TuMeraNahi contest, more fun experiences await on the Rizzle App!

5 must watch shows/films that depict the reigns of terror &power of various dacoits in our country

Over the years, we have witnessed the rise & fall of multiple Indian dacoits, whose reigns of terror and dominance have made headlines across the nation. Their popularity in the minds of the people has led storytellers to bring us these notorious icons on-screen, be it the legendary Phoolan Devi, Sandalwood brigand Veerappan, the outlaw – Paan Singh Tomar, Sonchiriya – a bandit drama based on the Chambal Valley or now with the tale of Dadua Dakait of Chitrakoot.

Here are 5 must watch shows/films that we think depict the power and hold of dacoits in our country, and stories that beautifully translated on-screen:

1.        Paan Singh Tomar: A biographical film directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia which stars the late Irrfan Khan – it is based on an eponymous athlete who went onto become a soldier in the Indian Army but was soon forced to become a rebel against the system. The film traces his journey of going on to become a rebel by going into the business of extorting, killing and kidnapping wealthy businessmen of the area to accumulate money for his gang only to take revenge for his brother’s death. The critically acclaimed film also sees Mahi Gill, Vipin Sharma, Imran Hasnee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui amongst others.

2.       Beehad Ka Baghi:  This latest release on MX Player is inspired by true events. Set in 1998, this is Shiv Kumar’s story - of his rebellion and subsequent reign of terror as a dreaded dacoit in Chitrakoot, Bundelkhand. Circumstances saw him take to a life of crime as a bandit – but with a difference. A modern day Robinhood or better known as Dadda, he was hailed as a messiah for the poor. His grit and determination helped him build a powerful ecosystem wherein the police, administration and even the most powerful politicians become subservient to him. This series is directed by Ritam Srivastav and meticulously tells us a tale of an era that we’ve only heard of.

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3.       Bandit Queen: One of the biggest hits the country has seen, this biographical film based on the life of Phoolan Devi was directed by Shekhar Kapur.  The film takes us through the life of Phoolan Devi, a woman from a lower caste, and her hardships of sexual abuse and discrimination in society and how she, under the leadership of Vikram Mallah learns and eventually forms a gang of her own. The film depicts the power of a woman and also showcases the lengths people can go to when pushed far enough, which seems like the story of most bandits.

4.      Veerappan: This film is directed by Ram Gopal Verma and was released in the year 2016. The film traces the life of a bandit, Veerappan and the events leading to Operation Cocoon, a mission that was created to capture & kill him. A notorious poacher, a sandalwood smuggler and Indian’s biggest dacoit, Veerappan has constantly defied the government, powerful & military forces – becoming one of the most dreaded names in the country. Over years of looking out for Veerappan, finally an STF team disguised to negotiate an arms deal with Veerappan find him and kill him. The film highlights his lifestyle and how the team finds this incredible dakku.

5.       Sonchiriya: Directed by Abhsihek Chaubey, ‘Sonchirya’ is a tale of dacoits/dakkus alongside the banks of Chambal Valley. The film starred the late Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, RanvirShorey and Ashutosh Rana. Inspired by true events, this film is set during the time when Indira Gandhi declared a state of ‘Emergency’ in the country. A story that traces the lives of a bunch of fugitives who are on a constant run from the increasingly difficult social and political environment and in desperate hope for survival. While the roles of other characters are fictional, Manoj Bajpayee plays the role of Daku Maan Singh, based on real-life dacoit ‘Maan Singh’.

Paytm Money launches IPO investments, empowers investors to participate in initial public offerings

  • IPO application process accessible in the app for users
  • Enables companies to reach the largest set of retail investors
  • Offers a hassle-free application process via UPI ID
  • Aiming for 8 to 10% of applications market share in the first year of launch

Mumbai, 30th November 2020: India's homegrown digital financial services platform Paytm today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Paytm Money now facilitates investments in Initial Public Offers (IPOs) in India. This launch will benefit retail investors with wealth creation opportunities, as they will be able to seamlessly apply and join the growth story of rapidly expanding companies. The company has made the process of IPO application completely digital & simple for retail investors across the country to apply for IPOs. It will continue to innovate and add new tech-savvy features for enhanced user experience.

Paytm Money has enabled investors to instantly apply for all the latest IPOs via UPI ID, linked to their bank accounts to quickly complete the IPO application process. The company is leveraging the convenience of UPI infrastructure to offer a faster turnaround time reduced to 3-4 days for completion of the entire process.

The platform offers a seamless interface to make changes, cancel or reapply the bidding application within the IPO window. It is equipped with features enabling investors to track upcoming IPOs, view company history & details, download prospectus, and also check the performance of past IPOs. This service is available on both the Paytm Money app and website.

Varun Sridhar, CEO - Paytm Money said, “The Indian start-up ecosystem has a growing appetite for entering the capital market, now more companies want to raise capital from a broader set of investors with a public listing. Likewise, investors are also increasingly willing to diversify their portfolio. This presents a big opportunity and we intend to make the process more accessible to our fellow citizens. In near future, we plan to launch IPO funding, derivatives trading, margin finance and a host of other value-adding features to make investing seamless and convenient. This is aligned with our mission to drive financial inclusion across the country.”

In the period March-November 2020, the country’s stock exchanges (both NSE and BSE combined) witnessed 12 IPOs and raised proceeds worth Rs.249.73 billion (or Rs 24,973 crores) in total. Some of the successful IPOs of 2020 were SBI Cards, Mazagaon Dock, Rossari Biotech, Happiest Minds, and CAMS among others. Within these, Happiest Minds and Rossari Biotech were oversubscribed by 150.98x and 79.37x and have delivered a listing day return of 111% and 77% respectively as per NSE’s data.

About Paytm Money:

Paytm Money is a wholly-owned subsidiary of One97 Communications that owns India's homegrown financial services platform Paytm. It is the largest online investment platform in the country and has now added Stocks also to its current offerings of Direct Mutual Funds & NPS for its users. Paytm Money aims to become a full-stack investment and wealth management platform and bring wealth creation opportunities to millions of Indians. Headquartered and operating from Bengaluru, the team is 300+ member strong.

Zee Yuva - Dr. Don

 डॉक्टर डॉनची भन्नाट गॅंग करतेय ट्रेंड फॉलो

लोकप्रियतेचं शिखर गाठलेल्या डॉक्टर डॉन या मालिकेला प्रेक्षकांनी सुरुवातीपासूनच पसंती दर्शवली. देवा भाईची हटके स्टाईल, त्याची भन्नाट गॅंग, डॉलीबाई आणि त्याची जुगलबंदी आणि मुलीसाठी मेडिकल कॉलेजमध्ये ऍडमिशन घेऊन त्या कॉलेजमध्ये देवा भाईने केलेला दंगा प्रेक्षकांच्या भलताच पसंतीस पडला आहे. या मालिकेतील प्रमुख भूमिकेतील देवा आणि डॉक्टर मोनिका ही पात्रं तर त्यांच्या मनात घरकरून बसली आहेत. सोशल मीडियाद्वारे देखील या कलाकारांवर प्रेक्षक आणि चाहते प्रेमाचा वर्षाव करतात.
डॉक्टर डॉनच्या सेटवर ऑफस्क्रीन देखील कलाकार तितकीच धमाल करत असतात. सध्या सोशल मीडियावर वेगवेगळे ट्रेंड्स पाहायला मिळतात. त्यातच सध्या चालू असलेला ट्रेंड म्हणजे तन्नू वेड्स मन्नू चित्रपटातील 'साड्डी गली' या गाण्यावर नेटिझन्स करत असलेला धमाल डान्स. मग यात डॉक्टर डॉनचे कलाकार कसे मागे राहतील. म्हणून अनुराग वरळीकरने देवा, अजिंक्य आणि त्याचा या गाण्यावर डान्स करतानाचा व्हिडीओ सोशल मीडियावर पोस्ट केला आहे. हा व्हिडीओ खूपच रंजक असून त्यावर चाहत्यांच्या प्रेमाचा वर्षाव होत आहे.

Co-working spaces witness massive demand among startups post lockdown

Covid-19 has disrupted life as we know in a multitude of ways, particularly when it comes to how we work. Many startups closed their offices, as they needed to pay expenses even though the premises were not being used. After the lockdown has been lifted startup culture is emerging, and many startups are planning to establish again. As Indian economy is slowly getting back to a ‘new normal’ following the Covid-19 outbreak, co-working industry is re-inventing its business model to adapt to a post Covid -19 era.
Coworking space giving an opportunity to entrepreneurs and startups to resume their work again as it cuts extra expenses and you don't have to rent a building for your work. It provides high-speed internet, conference rooms, offices, and cubicles, plush interiors, meeting rooms, projectors and most importantly other driven professionals. Such an area has every amenity a startup needs.  
Here are a few coworking spaces which are providing a bundle of facilities to startups and millenials for effective and efficient working.
1. CoFynd: CoFynd helps people by providing a tech-enabled platform for searching, booking and listing workspaces. It is a premier destination for today’s workforce and workspace providers. It is the only platform that forayed into co-living spaces as well. Incepted in 2019 by Mr. Atul Gupta, CoFynd aims to disrupt the traditional office leasing approach by enabling a user to discover, evaluate and book flexible workspace.  The whole idea of CoFynd came after observing the paradigm shift in the way people think about workspaces. CoFynd was born to address the immediate requirement of an unbiased unified platform for searching and booking coworking spaces. 
Businesses looking to rent space for a short period of time and having a dedicated space to themselves can explore the option of private offices wherein they get private well-furnished spaces fully equipped with all the necessary amenities. 
2. MyBranch: Founded in 2016, MyBranch, is a unique player in the fast developing Tier II and Tier III Indian cities designed to provide sustainable growth and refine business expansion. This Mumbai based venture provides several workspaces, enabling one to book according to their needs such as Office Space, Virtual Office, Meeting Room, Training Room, Single Workstation, Large Corporate Space, SME Work Place, or Branch Office. This premier destination also provides Private Cabin, Display and Storage for Marketing products, and round the clock sales support. MyBranch gives you the opportunity to have local sales and virtual office space in your preferred location in 25+ cities across India.
Co-Founded by Kushal Bhargava, MyBranch aims to disrupt the traditional office leasing approach by enabling a user to discover, evaluate and book flexible workspace. 
3. 91 Springboard: The coworking space was officially launched in the year 2013 in Delhi. It started out as a small space in Mohan Estate, New Delhi. The coworking firm currently has expanded to cities of Bengaluru, Delhi, Gurugram, Goa, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Noida and Pune. Wifi connection, LAN cable internet, projectors in office and conference rooms, CCTV cameras, medical services, locker facility, etc. are the key highlights of this oldest coworking space in Delhi NCR. 91 Springboard lets the individuals customize the space according to their preferences. It is open 24/7 with tight security and also conducts focused-community and networking events for women.
4. HatchStation:  Founded in 2013, HatchStation is an ecosystem for startups to co-work, live, and prosper from ideation to profitable ventures. They believe in flocking resources. They are a group of ideators, technologist, designers, startup junkies, and investors, who not just love startups but live in it. HatchStation is based out of Hyderabad. Hyderabad is a hotspot for startup ventures and budding entrepreneurs. HatchStation ensures that you focus on your innovation and business growth without any hassles.
5. Innov8: Innov8 is a coworking space provider spread across Delhi, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Noida and Haryana. High-speed wifi, ergonomic and modern furniture, recreational and breakout zones, cafeteria and lunch room, community and networking events, excellent power backup are the key highlights of this coworking space. The annual membership fees range from Rs 8,000 to Rs 20,000 per month. The rooftop garden is a major attraction here and truly defines the name and aim of this firm – innovate

BAFTA Breakthrough opens applications in India for the first time with ambassador A. R. Rahman

India-wide, Nov 30, 2020: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced that applications are now open for BAFTA Breakthrough India, supported by Netflix. The initiative marks BAFTA’s first steps into India, showcasing and supporting the next generation of creative talent in film, games and television globally alongside the UK, USA and China. 

BAFTA also announced today, A. R. Rahman as the ambassador for BAFTA Breakthrough India 2020-21. This association with Rahman marks the continued development of creative relationships between the UK and India, enabling and supporting collaboration between the two nations and showcasing the incredible talent India has to offer across different regions on a global scale.  

A.R. Rahman, composer and BAFTA Breakthrough ambassador, said: “I am happy to be working with BAFTA to discover some of the amazing talent that India has to offer in film, games and television. This is a unique opportunity for promising artists to be supported by a world-renowned organisation, to not only make connections with other talented creatives across the world but to be mentored by BAFTA-winners and nominees. I am looking forward to seeing the brilliant talent chosen from India to be showcased on a global stage.”

“We are absolutely delighted to be opening Breakthrough applications in India for the first time,” says Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA. “I am also incredibly grateful for the invaluable support of our brilliant Ambassador A. R. Rahman, an industry leader in his creative work and someone who shares our passion for identifying and nurturing new talent.  He is well positioned to support the initiative, with his broad spectrum of work drawing recognition across Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu films, which will help BAFTA to appeal to a wide section of the industry.”

As part of BAFTA Breakthrough India, a jury of British and Indian industry experts will select five talents from across India to take part in the year-long mentoring and guidance program. The chosen participants will receive one-to-one mentoring, global networking opportunities, free access to BAFTA events and screenings for 12 months, and full voting BAFTA membership. The chosen talent will also connect with and learn from some of the best in the British and Indian creative industries, share their expertise with peers around the world, gain access to opportunities beyond geographical borders, and be promoted as BAFTA Breakthrough artists globally.  

BAFTA Breakthrough selects talent through a cross-industry jury of leading professionals, hand-picked to ensure a diverse selection of experienced voices. Jurors for the UK & US cohorts included Fiona Shaw (actress), Paapa Essiedu (actor), Edward Enninful (Editor-in-Chief - British Vogue), Jodie Azhar (Games Developer) and Kate Townsend (Director) to name a few. The 2020 Jurors for Breakthrough India are still to be announced.

BAFTA Breakthrough, launched globally in May 2020 and previously known as Breakthrough Brits, has been running in the UK since 2013 and in China since 2019, but this year marks the first time the initiative is recognising talent globally across the UK, US, India and China.

To celebrate the first global cohort of BAFTA Breakthrough participants and encourage cross-cultural connections and collaboration, this year’s BAFTA Breakthrough global participants will be celebrated and showcased together in 2021. The initiative will continue to use digital communications in the coming months to enhance cross-cultural networking across the globe. 

Netflix is the official supporting partner for BAFTA Breakthrough, in the UK, USA and India, providing integral support in the global expansion. BAFTA and Netflix share a joint vision to celebrate and provide opportunities for emerging talent across the world, bringing together international communities across global networks, in order to develop and support stories and voices from different cultures. 

Notes to editors:

Application Process

Starting Nov 30, 2020, BAFTA is inviting potential candidates from India, who are making a name for themselves as an exciting new performer, writer, director, producer, composer, cinematographer, games director, game producer or game developer within the Indian film, games, or television industries; to submit an application, at The deadline for applications is Monday 25th January 2021.

To be eligible, applicants must be over 18 years of age at the time of submission, primary residents of India for at least 2 years, and conversationally fluent in English. With the aim to encourage cross-cultural dialogue in film, games, and television, this programme is looking for candidates who would be willing to collaborate and share their expertise with UK practitioners and/or produce content for UK audiences.

Applicants will also require a recommendation from a relevant regional film, games, or television industry organization, alongside a leading professional credit on a piece of work that has been:

  • theatrically released in India;

  • or broadcast on a television channel or OTT platform in India

  • or released in India and is playable by these audiences

  • BAFTA Breakthrough India  will showcase and support emerging stars of film, games, and television in 2020-21, supported by Netflix

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Apne 2


After the cult blockbuster film “Apne”, director Anil Sharma & producer Deepak Mukut brings three generations of Deols - Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol & Karan Deol together for it’s sequel “Apne 2”

This Guru Nanak Jayanti just got more special, when the makers and the family decided to announce it’s sequel with the blessings of Guru Nanak Ji.
Remember how the terrific Deol trio of the legendary superstar Dharmendra and his two sons Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol created magic on screen with Apne?
Now, 14 years later, the team is up for an encore. Joining the terrific trio this time will be Sunny's elder son Karan Deol, and that makes this project even more interesting! 
Anil Sharma and Deepak Mukut have got a casting coup in place and Anil Sharma will be the only director in Bollywood to have worked with the three generations of the Deols.
The second installment of the film has been in the works for sometime and now, the entire script is in place. “Apne” had touched a billion hearts with a good mix of action, emotions and values.
 Keeping the essence and values of the first film, “Apne 2” takes the original engaging story many notches higher in its action, drama, emotions and entertainment with new characters being added in.
The makers will be shooting from March next year, in Punjab and Europe and the family entertaining sports drama is being readied for a grand release on Diwali 2021.
Legendary actor Dharmendra shares, "Apne is one of the best films of my life. A joint effort by the whole unit, received very well by you all. Now, I'm very happy because I will get to shoot Apne 2 with my entire family - my sons Sunny, Bobby and my grandson Karan. It will be a very special film and I am looking forward to shoot."
Anticipation levels have skyrocketed and this will definitely be the big Diwali extravaganza next year to look forward to.
Soham Rockstar Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Presents “Apne 2” starring Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and Karan Deol. Directed by Anil Sharma and Produced by Deepak Mukut, releasing on Diwali, 2021.
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On the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, The Deol family & the makers announce the sequel of their cult hit Apne, #Apne2, Directed by Anil Sharma & Produced by Deepak Mukut, showcasing the three generations of the Deol family together. In cinemas Diwali 2021, shoot to begin in March.

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MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: November 30, 2020: Bharti AXA Life Insurance, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading business groups, and AXA, one of the world’s largest insurance companies, today said the company registered 10 per cent growth in its renewal premium to Rs 594 core in the first half of the financial year 2020-21 from Rs 541 crore in the corresponding fiscal period a year ago.

The COVID-19 crisis and subsequent disruptions hit the company’s new business premium income which stood at Rs 318 crore in the half-year ended September 30, 2020, as compared to Rs 415 crore in the same period during 2019-20.  Its annualized new business premium was Rs 207 crore in the first six months of the financial year 2020-21.

Total premium income fell moderately to Rs 912 crore in the April-September period of this fiscal from Rs 956 crore in the first six months of the last financial year.

The ongoing pandemic notwithstanding, the company recorded a surge of 25 per cent in its asset under management at Rs 7,987 crore in the first half of 2020-21 against Rs 6,404 crore in the corresponding period of the last fiscal.

Commenting on the company’s business performance in the first half of the current financial year, Mr. Parag Raja, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Bharti AXA Life Insurance, said, ‘’The spread of COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the economy and the business sentiment in the short-term. Despite the challenging macro-environment affecting the new business adversely, we registered steady performance on many parameters and achieved double-digit growth in the renewal premium collection in the first six months of the current financial year. Further, our asset under management saw a strong growth amid the slowdown triggered by the COVID uncertainty. With the economic activities picking up after the easing of restrictions, we are confident about our business recovery and growth in the second half of this fiscal.’’

Bharti AXA Life Insurance, which has 261 branches and 36,526 advisors, plans to expand its distribution footprints across the country and strengthen its multi-channel architecture.

The company is focusing on digital innovation within its distribution bandwidth to meet the rising bar of higher service standards and growing customer expectations. It maintained business momentum amid uncertainties by embracing new digital tools and capabilities and enhanced experiences of customers, employees, partners and other stakeholders.

‘’We are also looking at potential enhancements to the customer experience and additional opportunities for growth and scalability, apart from creating awareness about life insurance and capitalising on growth opportunities,’’ said Mr. Raja.

He noted that the ongoing pandemic has invigorated the awareness about life insurance across India and made protection as a stronger segment for future financial security of the people.

‘’Our long-term outlook towards the life insurance business remains positive. We are building a robust and digitally-enabled frame of operations to adapt to the new normal. In addition to our robust digital architecture for seamless and smoother services to the customers, we are also very sensitive and focused about claims management in these critical and challenging times to ensure customer satisfaction,’’ Mr. Raja added.

Bharti AXA Life Insurance Company Ltd.

Bharti AXA Life Insurance is a joint venture between Bharti, one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, agriculture business and retail, and AXA, one of the world’s leading organizations with interests in financial protection and wealth management. The joint venture company has a 51% stake from Bharti and 49% stake of AXA. The company has pan-India presence through its 261 offices and offers a wide range of value for money and need-based insurance products targeted at individual and groups.

SafeStorage® expands its footprints; launches operations in Chennai & Pune

·       Chennai and Pune Warehouse are both 10000 square feet facility

·       It currently has 3.2 lakhs square feet space spread across 30+ warehouses

Pune, 30 November 2020: SafeStorage®, India’s leading storage solution provider in its efforts to expand its business recently launched operations in Chennai & Pune. The Chennai warehouse, located in Vaanagaram and the Pune warehouse, located in Wagholi are both 10000 square feet facilityThe company has over 3.2 lakhs square feet space spread across 30+ warehouses.

SafeStorage® is a one-stop destination for all self-storage needs. If one is traveling, renovating the house, running out of space or looking for self-storage space on rental forhouseholds and automobiles, SafeStorage® is the place to go. The items are packed at the customer’s house, picked up from doorstep, stored in warehouse with an extremely diligent tagging process and delivered back to the customer when required. All the warehouses are secure with stringent security processes and CCTV cameras to ensure safety of goods.

Owing to the lockdown and ‘Work from Home’ scenario for a foreseeable future, self-storage facilities have seen a  significant rise in demand; as people have moved out of their rented apartments back to their native places. The numbers enquiries have also seen a big surge.

Sharing his thoughts, Mr Ramesh Babu M, CEO & Co-Founder, SafeStorage®, said, “I’m really excited to take our brand SafeStorage® to Chennai & Pune. We started in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, with IT Professionals being our main target audience. After we received great response, our research indicated that in Chennai & Pune are the other top two markets where there is demand for self-storage facilities. SafeStorage® is one of the pioneers in the storage facility sector in the country and we are committed to offer our services to our patrons through the nation. Our aim is to be present across nine cities in India by end of 2021. As a part of our growth strategy, we will also be venturing into the packers and movers business by early next year.”

SafeStorage® strives to provide a safe, secured and insured space, making self-storage experience easy with all the necessary care, using fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and periodical pest control. The company provides short term, long term and temporary storage space that are designed to offer economical and easily accessible.

About SafeStorage®

SafeStorage® is India’s leading storage solution provider that stores and manages household appliances, corporate documents, office furniture and support space for small-scale businesses in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune. SafeStorage® offers wide range of storage solutions from household storage to record storage management with state-of-art security facilities. The company has over 3.2 lakhs square feet space spread across 30+ warehouses. SafeStorage® is a pioneer in offering storage services in the country. They have raised the standards and set a benchmark in the storage industry. SafeStorage® has facilitated space for 7000+ Personal Storage clients and 200+ corporate clients for Document Storage &Tape Vaulting.

Website: https://SafeStorage®®.in/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAqdP9BRDVARIsAGSZ8AlFP0gYyYFT6Dsu9iQt7jxpLlwm5yzeVOJqh_Cb7iISCThN8RQcdFEaAnZiEALw_wcB

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Thomas Cook & SOTC extend their Assured Safe Travel Program with Launch of Doctor on Call 24x7

a complimentary, exclusive service for their customers

in association with Apollo Clinics 

Mumbai, November 30, 2020: Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., India’s leading integrated travel services company, along with its Group Company SOTC Travel Ltd., announced the extension of their Assured Safe Travel Program with the launch of a complimentary Doctor on Call 24x7 service, exclusively for their customers. The companies have partnered with Apollo Clinics - a member of the Apollo Hospitals Group, the leader in the Indian healthcare sector, to reassure and assist customers while travelling.

The Doctor on Call service is a meaningful initiative to support and reassure customers by addressing their health and medical queries via tele-consultation, by ensuring an effective way to connect with top quality doctors while on holiday.

To avail of the exclusive Doctor on Call service (24x7) in association with Apollo Clinics, the customer merely follows 2 simple steps while on holiday:

·                     Call 1860 500 7788

·                     Share your Booking File Number for verification and phone and email id to be contacted by the doctor

Post verification, the customer will receive a one-time free consultation call from an Apollo Clinics Doctor within 45 minutes. If required, a prescription will be emailed by the Apollo Clinics Team.

Even as travel recovery is being enabled again, the biggest challenge now is the challenge to re-instil confidence and a positive sentiment towards leisure travel in most customers, who remain worried and cautious. As leaders, Thomas Cook & SOTC have taken this challenge head-on and put together a holistic three pronged customer confidence-building program in the form of the “Assured-Insured-Secured” Program that covers every aspect of physical safety as well as mental and financial security to give the customer complete peace of mind.

The Assured Safe Travel Program developed and rolled out in association with Apollo Clinics is the most comprehensive set of travel safety protocols in the new normal, encompassing not only internal processes, retail outlets etc., but also every partner and service provider across airlines, local travel service partners, hotels, attractions etc.

Insured in partnership with ICICI Lombard & Go Digit General Insurance Limited has customers fully covered with possibly the most comprehensive retail travel insurance program that includes COVID-19 related hospitalization up to sum assured.

As part of the Secured aspect, to ensure customer confidence from a money and security point of view, the companies offer flexible date changes, rescheduling, cancellations and even guaranteed, accelerated refunds (subject to certain minimum criteria).

The companies also launched the country’s first Safe Holiday Helpline to offer free Holiday expert consultation to help customers navigate the maze of confusing and changing information about state regulations, International travel guidelines, etc., to instil confidence and make the best and safest choice for their travel.

Mr. Madhavan Menon, Chairman & Managing Director, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. said, “As leaders in the travel industry, our teams across Thomas Cook India and SOTC are focused on ensuring the health and safety of our customers and our endeavour is to provide them the confidence to travel. Our Doctor on Call service in association with Apollo Clinics - a member of the Apollo Hospitals Group, is an extension of our Assured Safe Travel Program and yet another step towards reassuring our customers with dedicated and meticulous health care services, should the need arise at any point in time on tour. Through this initiative, combined with our Assured, Insured & Secured program, we seek to cover every aspect of physical safety as well as mental and financial security - to give customers the total peace of mind they deserve when planning a holiday in the new normal.

Mr. Anand Wasker, Chief Operating Officer, Apollo Clinic, said, “We provide all Primary Healthcare services under one roof via Apollo Clinic format and are committed to offering world-class healthcare services to our customers. We are delighted to partner with Thomas Cook and SOTC to offer tele consultation services to customers who are in need while travelling.”

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