New Honda Jazz 2018 launched in Delhi for Rs.7.35 lakh

Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL), leading Japanese car maker of passenger cars in the country launched the New Honda Jazz 2018 for a starting price of Rs.7.35 lakh (Ex-Showroom, New Delhi), according to a company statement. The new car comes with enhanced style, enriched interiors and added safety features.

Enhanced Exterior Styling elements (New)

· Signature Rear LED Wing Light

· Chrome Door Handles

· 2 new exterior colours

Enriched Interiors (New)

· 17.7cm Advanced Touchscreen Infotainment with Audio, Video and Navigation system – Digipad 2.0 with Blue Tooth Audio, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ and rear camera display

· One Push Start/ Stop Button with White and Red illumination*

· Honda Smart Key System (Touch sensor based) with Keyless Remote*

· Cruise Control*

· Front Centre Armrest

· Central Lock Hand Switch

· Driver Side Vanity Mirror

· Improved NV performance

*Available in CVT & Diesel variants

Enhanced Safety (New)

· Rear Parking Sensors

· Speed sensing Auto Door Lock

The new Jazz will now be available in 2 grades in Petrol – V and VX and 3 grades in Diesel – S, V and VX with Manual Transmission. Responding to the market trend of higher acceptance and demand for Automatics, new Honda Jazz will now be available with advanced CVT technology in both V and VX grades in Petrol. The colour line-up of the new Jazz also gets refreshed and the new model features Premium Beige interiors with a choice of 5 exterior colours – Radiant Red Metallic (new), Lunar Silver Metallic (New), Modern Steel Metallic, Golden Brown Metallic and White Orchid Pearl.

Honda Jazz 2018_L-R_ Mr.Gaku Nakanishi, President & CEO, HCIL & Mr.Rajesh Goel- SVP & Director, Sales & Marketing, HCIL

Honda Jazz 2018_L-R: Gaku Nakanishi, President & CEO, HCIL &  Rajesh Goel – Sr. Vice President & Director, Sales & Marketing, HCIL.

Speaking on the introduction of the Jazz 2018, Rajesh Goel, Senior Vice President and Director, Sales & Marketing, Honda Cars India Ltd. said, “We are extremely delighted to introduce the New Honda Jazz 2018 with enhanced features. The new Jazz offers amazing value and will surely create fresh excitement in premium hatchback segment.” “In line with changing customer preferences in favour of automatics, the Jazz 2018 is now being offered with advanced CVT technology across the petrol range to cater to larger number of customers opting for automatic transmission cars for an absolutely comfortable and engaging drive,” he added.

Prices of Ex Showroom Delhi for the complete line-up ofNew Jazz 2018
Petrol Diesel
V MT Rs 7,35,000 S MT Rs 805,000
VX MT Rs 779,000 V MT Rs 885,000
VCVT Rs 855,000 VX MT Rs 929,000
VX CVT  Rs 8,99,000

Honda Cars India Ltd., (HCIL) leading manufacturer of premium cars in India was established in December 1995 with a commitment to provide Honda’s latest passenger car models and technologies, to the Indian customers. HCIL has two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities at Greater Noida, U.P and Tapukara, Distt. Alwar, Rajasthan. The company’s product range includes Honda Brio, Honda Jazz, Honda Amaze, Honda City, Honda WR-V, Honda BR-V and Honda CR-V – which are manufactured in India. The Accord Hybrid is being sold as a CBU imported from Thailand. Honda’s models are strongly associated with advanced design and technology, apart from its established qualities of durability, reliability and fuel-efficiency. The company has a strong sales and distribution network with 353 facilities in 241 cities across spread across the country.

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Cerulean Premium Poolside Lounge Launched at Azaya Beach Resort in Goa

Wanna read a book or spend quality time with your family and friends in the summer in Goa, here is a new premium poolside lounge, Cerulean launched by Azaya Beach Resort. Aesthetically designed to be the ideal ‘anytime destination’ for refreshments on the go or while lounging around the pool, Cerulean is the easy breezy lounge featuring a refreshing beverage menu including a slew of thirst-quenchers, be it the healthy tropical drinks or the frosty, flavoured frozen margaritas and cocktails, everything is available at your beck and call.

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Magnificent Menu

The menu has been designed to keep the discerning tastes of guests in mind and offers a wide range of interesting dishes including fresh salads like the grilled watermelon, cherry tomato and feta with pomegranate quinoa salad or the signature Azaya Caesar Salad with a twist, artisanal burgers and sandwiches like the Azaya Club Sandwich created with a multigrain sourdough bread, avocado and seasonal veggies with apple slaw, our in-house pizzeria featuring classics like the Margherita with Bocconcini or the Marinara-an original seafood pizza from Napoli for the slightly more adventurous palate to an enviable selection of desserts including monster shakes, ice creams and indulgent baked goodies for the kids.

Farm Fresh Ingredients

The carte du jour is crafted using robust and farm fresh ingredients. Your one-stop high end delicatessen with an astounding view is based on the idea of lounging around the pool for a truly susegad experience. It also functions as a convenience store where guests can buy and stock their mini bar. The whole poolside experience of Cerulean is enhanced with Azaya’s signature services and contemporary ambience. In short, Cerulean poolside lounge is the most anticipated chill zone in South Goa in the backdrop of a magnificent locale. So, the next time you contemplate on a trip to Goa, you can make it to Cerulean to enjoy the newest experience you have ever had in this part of the world.

Affordable Housing Segment On Growth Path in India

With the proactive policies of the Government of India in the past three years have led to the exponential growth in the affordable housing segment. In fact, the affordable housing has emerged as the most preferred segment.

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What is more, in June 2018, there was an upward tick logged in the affordable housing segment, thanks to the recent revision of the housing loan limit for priority sector lending (PSL).

CLSS Scheme

The Union Government also announced an increase in the carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under the Credit-Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for the middle-income group beneficiaries. Both the initiatives are going to help the “Housing for All” by 2022 mission and on the other side, the eligibility criteria will increase the involvement in the realty market. The Government of India has eased the carpet area norms for eligibility to provide the subsidy under the PMAY-U.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs announced an almost 33% relaxation for carpet area. The eligibility limit for carpet area had been augmented from 120 square meters to 160 square meters for MIG-I category, and from 150 square meters to 200 square meters for MIG-II category. The CLSS allows beneficiaries to claim interest subsidy up to Rs 2.35 lakh on purchasing a house in these categories.

Ssumit Berry, Managing Director, BDI Group.

Ssumit Berry, Managing Director, BDI Group said, “As a part of the real estate industry, we welcome the centre decision relating to the revision of the carpet area. It is another big step to boost the construction sector that contributes to increased activity on the supply side. These increments will now enable more customers to qualify for a subsidy and avail the benefits provided under the ambitious flagship mission of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.”

Mr. Gaurav Mittal, MD, CHD Developers Ltd.....

Gaurav Mittal, MD, CHD Developers Ltd., said, “Affordable housing has emerged as the most privileged segment in realty sector over the past three years, courtesy of a continuous government policy push. The Government recent announcement will help the industry to come back on track and the affordable housing will become a lifeline of the real estate sector. Haryana being the first state to encourage affordable housing is now becoming the hub for affordable housing. However in Haryana; Karnal has emerged as the most talked city after it has made into the first list of Smart cities.

Continuous Boom

These government steps towards better housing will create more homebuyers, leading to the establishment of more projects in the future. The developers, on the other hand, will get to sell their stock. According to the industry grapevines, this initiative will bring more attraction to the buyers of metro cities, like prime locations in NCR, MMR and Bangalore and also in Tier-II and Tier-III cities. The increase in the economic activity and elevated demand will create more space in the market. In less than a year, this increase can be seen twice till the current period. While other stakeholders and industry body NAREDCO had been demanding the removal of carpet area cap of 120 sq m and 150 squaare meters from past few times. The ultimate result of these initiatives will work as a boost for both for the homebuyers as well as for the developers.

Interest Subsidy

Earlier, the tenure of the CLSS for the MIG category had been extended by 15 months to March 31, 2019. The Union Government had initially intended to implement the scheme for one year. The revision will be applicable from the date of implementation of the CLSS – January, 1 2017. CLSS for MIG-I allows 4% interest subsidy on loan up to Rs. 9 lakh for people with an annual income between Rs 6-12 lakh. Interest subsidy of 3% is given on loan up to Rs. 12 lakh to people with income between Rs 12-18 lakh per annum. A beneficiary can avail subsidy up to Rs 2.35 lakh, and it is applicable for the first-time home buyers till March 31, 2019.

Another effective move taken by the RBI was the announcement of the revision of housing loan limits for eligibility for priority sector lending (PSL) from the existing Rs. 28 lakh to Rs 35 lakh for metros and for other cities from the current Rs. 20 lakh to Rs 25. lakh. The overall cost of the dwelling unit in the metropolitan centre (with a population of 10,00,000 and above) and at other centres should not exceed Rs. 45 lakh and Rs. 30 lakh, respectively.

Real Beneficiaries

Apparently, the move, along with the Union Government decision agreed to use the surplus land of sick PSUs for the construction of affordable units, will expand the field of affordable housing across the country. The only result to this move is the increased availability of housing sector in the primary as well as resale markets. Homebuyers and the realty market are real beneficiaries as a large number of homebuyers will now be able to avail benefits under PMAY-U triggering sales.

Use of Steroids for faster muscle growth can impact heart says Dr Vanita Arora

Working out at gym to gain large muscles has become a popular aspiration among men over the past few years. Even women desire to gain lean muscles to flaunt their picture perfect cuts. While they want to boast off nicely carved out muscles has promoted the concept of exercising among the people for good, it has also given prevalence to the use of unnatural products like steroids and protein supplements which many people consume to gain muscles faster. However, these shortcuts have serious impediments on health, especially cardiovascular health, says Dr. Vanita Arora, Director and Head, Cardiac Electrophysiology at Max Super Speciality Hospital.

In an exclusive interview with Jayashankar Menon, the heart specialist shares a slew of information on the abuse of steroids and more.

Vanita Arora

JM: What are the ill-effects of steroids?

VA: Large amounts of steroids, taken for prolonged time periods, can wreak havoc in the heart, even leading to a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest. There’s a sizeable subsection of athletes, bodybuilders in particular that have been using staggering amounts of steroids and proteins for a long time and it is time that they get educated about their health effects. Let’s understand in detail how steroids and proteins are different from each other and what their health effects are.

JM: How do a layperson try to understand the role of steroids and protein supplements in terms of gaining muscles?

VA: The term steroid is usually associated with mention to a class of drugs that are used to treat a variety of medical conditions. Steroids have several uses for medical purposes such as boosting sexual hormones in males, supporting reproduction, regulation of the metabolism and immune functions along with increasing muscle mass, bone mass, inflammation and other medical conditions. Protein powders are mainly made up of soy, milk or animal protein, and are used to replenish the protein requirements of the body after a heavy workout. Whey proteins, which are made up of milk are the most commonly used as they are an easy and convenient source of complete, high-quality protein and are most useful for vegetarians who have to eliminate a number of naturally occurring protein sources from their diet, such as meat, chicken, fish and eggs.

JM: What are the actual effects of steroids and protein supplements?

VA: Proteins are actually beneficial in muscle gain and are a safe source of nutrition as they do not interfere with the immune system and do not cause any ill effects on the health if taken in appropriate portions, and as per the prescribed usage. However, same cannot be said for steroids. Steroids are essentially synthetic versions of testosterone. They help in the growth of muscles artificially, and heart also being a kind of muscle, too can get spurred to grow when introduced to steroids. While growth of the heart doesn’t sound like a bad thing at first, it can lead to the thickening of the walls of the heart to a point where they lose pliability and have difficulty pumping blood.

JM: How steroids can negatively impact the heart? Please elaborate.

VA: Steroid users have significantly weaker hearts than those who never use steroids. A weakened heart can’t pump enough blood around the body and the condition is linked to an increased risk of heart failure and sudden cardiac death. Secondly, long-term use of anabolic steroids has been implicated in increased coronary artery disease. The heart cannot contract with the same force as it usually does, and it also becomes less flexible among steroid users. Steroid users also have significantly more plaque build-up in their arteries than non-users. The longer men continue taking steroids, the worse their arteries become. Plaque build-up is a leading causative agent of heart disease, which is the number one killer of men and women across the globe. Taking steroids, even for a short period of time, may cause permanent damage to the heart. The more steroids a person takes over time, the worse the heart damage will be.

JM: What is the bottom line?

VA: For lots of guys, the promise of great muscle mass with the help of illegal anabolic steroids is just too strong. About one in 15 men try steroids at some point in their lives worldwide and that number refers to men overall. The number for recreational athletes and those who lift is about three times higher. Apart from damaging the heart, steroids can lead to issues like kidney failure, liver damage, shrinking of testicles and lowered sperm counts. The shortcut to bigger muscles can very well be the shortcut towards a heart attack. The side effects of steroids can persist years after you stop taking them. So don’t put your health on the line for a quick fix. If you want to gain stronger muscles, there are natural ways to do that. Though the result might show after sometime, it would come without any risk upon cardiovascular and overall health. Usage of such chemicals to build up muscles can increase the risk of Sudden Cardiac Death by causing defects in ECG.

Summer Speeds Up Success Rate of IVF Treatment: Dr Sagarika Aggarwal

Do you think that the scorching summer puts off your smile, right? Wrong. The warm and tanned weather does more put a a smile on your face as the dose of sunshine is the best natural source of vitamin D which could also increase your chance of IVF success, says Dr. Sagarika Aggarwal, Invitro Fertilisation Expert at Indira IVF Hospital New Delhi.

In a free-wheeling chat, Dr. Sagarika Aggarwal tells Jayashankar Menon that the success rate doubles in summer and more in an exclusive interview. Excerpts:

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JM: What is the importance of Vitamin D and how it helps increase the success rate of women who undergo IVF treatment?

SA: We have known the importance of vitamin D in pregnancy for a long time, and how it supports the baby’s development. But now, there is a growing body of research into its contribution to positive IVF treatment outcomes as well.

JM: Can you throw more light on the same?

SA: Research says women’s have higher chances of becoming pregnant with IVF treatment are twice high in summers. its been discovered that the melatonin hormone responsible for sleep patterns, makes women more fertile during summers. Melatonin not only determines the sleeping and waking patterns but also priming the fertility of women. This hormone acts directly on reproductive tissue to make women more fertile during the summer months. Which also means the babies conceived in summers will have six to eight months to develop before facing their first winter. During the IVF treatment, women need more Gonadotrophin’s hormones which is used to stimulate the ovary to produce eggs during winter season. But only 18 percent of IVF treatment is successful in winters due to lack of natural light as compared to 25% in summers.

JM: What are the benefits of IVF treatment in summers?

SA: Summers are basically known for tanning , vacations and long days. But for the women who is struggling with infertility , the four warm months of May, June, July, August means something different. They have another golden chance of In vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle. When it comes to the benefits of IVF treatment in summers, there are many. For instance, summer season is arguably the month makes everyone happy and less anxious. Reason why is warm months are happiest is the “Sunlight”. Sun shines for extended period of time and people are able to spend more hours soaking in all that Vitamin D. The more time spend in sunlight by women who are going through during IVF cycle are less stressed out. And since stress is the large factor that negatively affects and IVF outcome. There is a better chance for pregnancy if a woman is experiencing feelings of an improved mood. What is more, things and work are less busy during summer, so you will have more time successful IVF procedure.

Days are longer in the eastern hemisphere than in any other season. Due to longer hours of sunlight women spend more time with their partners- a huge support they need if they are undergoing fertility treatment. The surplus of quality time with a partner or family is invaluable; now is the time, more than ever, to lean on each other for support.

JM: Can you elaborate on the importance of Vitamin D especially during pregnancy and its contribution in the success of IVF?

SA: Vitamin D maintains proper levels of calcium in the body. It helps to form baby teeth and bones and also affects bone development and immune function from birth through to adulthood. A vitamin D deficient pregnant women can also contribute to complications such as gestational diabetes. Vitamin D blood test is recommended for women who are trying to conceive or in the early stages of pregnancy.

Women undergoing with IVF treatment with sufficient levels of Vitamin D are more likely to produce high quality embryos, and chances are twice to become pregnant. And the studies indicate that low levels of vitamin D could contribute to infertility. Its also found that the birth rate and the treatment is also improved in the women exposed to more sunshine the month before the start of their IVF cycle, while the egg was maturing.

Factors such as age, egg quality and lifestyle habits all act as make-or-break roadblocks to success. Its something women reportedly struggle with when undergoing their own cycle. If you have considered IVF treatment and still questioning to try or not this summer , your answer is Yes!! … With amazing mood boosting sunlight , quality time with your partner, this season is full of reasons to try and conceive.

Secret Temptations boldly encourages women to pursue their desires with conviction

Spelling confidence through “Own Your Temptation”, leading female fragrance brand, Secret Temptation, from the house of McNROE has announced a unique brand identity that boldly encourages women to pursue their desires with conviction.

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While rolling out the product, Narendra Kumar Daga, Managing Director of McNROE said, McNROE came into existence because I didn’t shy away from my love for fragrances. It’s possible to convert ideas to reality if dreams are chased with faith and conviction. Therefore, I would love to encourage everyone to own your passions, your wishes and your temptations. That’s McNROE’s Secret success mantra.”

Product Blitz

The event also marked the exclusive launch of a new fragrance to Secret Temptation’s deodorant portfolio of Romance, Mystery, Affair, Play and Passion. Aptly named as “Desire”- the new variant is a sublime rosy fragrance that completely conquers a woman’s senses. An intricate harmony of intoxicating Turkish Roses, floral Germanium and lingering Musk- “Desire” is a heavenly promise for lasting freshness packed in a bottle.

Campaigns

The brand promises to identify and encourage women to desire and dream ahead through extensive BTL activity plans across India. Mass rallies and multi-city tours are currently being conducted by the Indian Corporate. What is more, Secret Temptation has designed comprehensive digital campaigns to identify and recognise real-time instances of women who have seriously adopted their dreams.

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Photo Caption: From (L-R) Sanjay Srivastava, Chief Business Officer of McNROE and Narendra Kumar Daga, Managing Director of McNROE.

Sanjay Srivastava, Chief Business Officer, McNROE said, “Secret Temptation has been McNROE’s voice to encourage a progressive brand ideology. Currently, the brand occupies a 16% market share in North Zone while Secret Temptation holds a market share of 3.3% in Delhi alone.”

McNROE is second largest deodorant maker in the country and hopes to raise the bar for the industry through its enchanting array of fragrances and new brand ideology. Shaking off the shackles of societal norms, Secret Temptation aims to fuel consumer’s desire, increase brand loyalty and acquire new consumer base. The renewed brand portfolio includes aesthetically designed deodorant cans of 150 ml configurations available from July 17, 2018 in the Delhi market.

Rethy Devi’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Me to be published in Tamil

The 2014 Booker Prize nominated global classic novel in English, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Me, authored by Rethy Devi will be published in Tamil soon. Jayashankar Menon, senior journalist and author has already completed the novel in Tamil, which is currently undergoing editing and proofreading.

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The book, which was written and published in Malayalam by the Green Books, while the English version is published by Book Venture, which is available on Amazon website. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Me has been translated into 12 international languages. Termed by the book aficionados as one of the best ever novels of the 21st century, the book has elicited lot of interest the world over.

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The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Me was submitted for the 2014 Manbooker Prize. Completed in a span of ten years, after referring in excess of 500 authoritative books, which occupies a pride of place on the bookshelves of around 60 countries. The book was released at the second biggest international Book Festival of the world, The Dubai International Book Fair 2015, where ten million people visited the fair. The then Ambassador of India in the UAE, Seetharam launched the book by handing it over to the renowned Indian writer Sethu. A sheer coincidence, though, Dan Brown, the author of Da Vinci Code was also present on that occasion.

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Rethy Devi’s novel is also included as one of the best 98 books, chosen from the Malayalam language at the Frankfurt International Book Festival with the stated objective of translating and acquainting Malayalam books with world class literature. “This, I consider, is a great honour I received for my novel”, says Rethy Devi.

She has also attended the International History Seminar in 2015. Her paper, titled: “Post Colonial Feminist and Feminist Identity” was presented, while other eminent personalites such as Dr. Upinder Singh (daughter of then then Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh), Dr. Margret Frenz (Grand daughter of Dr. Herman Gundert), Dr. MGS Narayanan and others had presented their papers as well. The fictional biographical novel, titled: “Just Another Day In Paradise”, written by the renowned American writer Tom Mathews, New York, based on Rethy Devi’s life story, when she was a Human Rights Lawyer is also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Arun Arsha, Author of the novel, Auschwitz wrote, “Rethy Devi could go beyond The Da Vinci Code through her novel, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Me. Her language is a blend of love and frenzy, just like a painting by Vincent Van Gog.” On the back cover of the latest edition, Arsha quotes a passage from the book, “There is a crazy female tree, on an island, surrounded by water on all the sides, which blooms only crazy lowers in all the seasons and it is me!”

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The Tamil translation of the novel, titled: Magdaleenaavi (enadhum) pen suvisesham has been translated by the senior journalist, actor and author, Jayashankar Menon. Although a native of Palakkad, the polyglot writes in English, Tamil and Malayalam, besides having spoken knowledge of many languages. A passionate personality, Jayashankar was instrumental in bringing out a musical thriller movie in Malayalam, Kamboji, produced by his aunt, Prof. Lakshmi Padmanabhan. The film went on to bag four state awards and several other accolades. Besides doing cameo role in that movie, the Chennai-based artist has also co-produced a short film, Charakku while portraying a crucial character as well.

The uniqueness of this book is that the Tamil version is written by a non-Tamil person. Currently, the book is undergoing several rounds of editing and proof reading. At an event held in Kochi last week, Rethy Devi had touch based ace Tamil film actor and politician, Kamal Hassan and handed over the manuscript of the novel and requesting him to write a preface.

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The 575 odd page book in Tamil, based on the most cardinal disciple of Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, is going to elicit much interest the other translations of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Me had elicited across the globe.

Elaborating on the experience of transating the magnum opus, Jayashankar Menon said, “For more than three decades I was into full time active journalism covering conceivably all subjects. Of late, I ventured into the moving making aspects, meanwhile contemplating on taking up full time writing. I have about 30 odd Malayalam books at my disposal to be translated into Tamil and English. Last year, Rethy Devi, who contacted me through Linkedin, had thrown a challenge of writing her global classic into Tamil. What a way to start and what a book to translate! I readily accepted the offer. Although, I had my fair share of qutting my cosy job with a fat salary and sit to write a classic, with inherrent domestic pressure to sustain myelf, I did kick-start translating this book. Just eight months, 85K words, 575 odd pages, it was a non-stop marrathon. Some force was behind me, which was making me write in frenetic pace. When I look back, I couldn’t believe myself that I had completed the book within a year, which the original book was completed in ten years!”

The former VC of Malayalam University, Jayakumar IAS said, “This is a book of extraordinary bravery. It defies forbiddence and borders. My imagination of love is a sort of revolution itself. It is searching for the change from the existing male dominated power and forbiddence, which should be overcome.”

A couple of major book publishers have approached Rethy Devi and we will soon be finalising the publishing of the book, once we get to hear from Kamal Hassan, she added.

GreenFuel bags Make in India Emerging Entrepreneurs 2018 Award in Automotive category

Homegrown auto component major, GreenFuel bags the Make in India Emerging Entrepreneurs 2018 award in the automobile category. At a gala event held in New Delhi recently Make in India Emerging Entrepreneurs Summit and Awards 2018, Akshay Kashyap, Founder and MD, received the award from Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan.

The Make in India Emerging Entrepreneur awards are an effort to recognise rising domestic players in manufacturing horizon of India. The winners were identified after a three month long intensive survey and were then shortlisted by an expert jury namely Uday Kotak, Aroon Purie, Manish Sabharwal, Hamitab Kant and Sanjay Nair.

Greenfuel specializes in product solutions for sustainable mobility. These solutions are based on their expertise in handling high pressure gaseous fuels, as well as ventures into exciting new areas of energy storage (batteries) and electromobility (battery-operated vehicles), all of which helped to bring the company out on top.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Kashyap said, “It is an honour to have our hardwork and passion recognized as a Make In India Emerging Entrepreneur. We want to use this opportunity to continue to grow and build upon our efforts. We believe that the future is green and sustainable technologies are a necessity to continue to better our country.”

Greenfuel is one of the largest suppliers of automotive components to OEMs for vehicles that run on alternative fuels. The firm’s innovative approach has helped shape the modernization of CNG systems for OEM vehicles. In fact, Greenuel is the first player to introduce NGV filling systems in cars as well as automatic cylinder valves, and the only entity to do complete fuel delivery and storage systems for low-floor busses in India. What is more, the company has also ventured into the exciting new areas of energy storage (batteries) and electromobility (battery-operated vehicles). In a short time, it has emerged as one of the knowledge leader in Li-ion batteries.

Accomplishments

Greenfuel also has notched up other accomplishments:

• The first company in India whose CNG systems have run 1 billion kms on road with zero warranty.

• The first company to do complete systems for Low Floor CNG buses.

Professor Sandeep Sancheti assumes office as President of AIU

The Vice Chancellor of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Prof. Sandeep Sancheti has assumed the office of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as the 97th President, according to an official statement.

Established in 1925 and initially known as the Inter-University Board of India, the AIU has at present in excess of 720 members represented by Vice Chancellors. Seen as the representative of all Universities of India, the AIU facilitates coordination and mutual consultation among Universities as well as acting as a liaison with Central and State governments. The AIU, besides promoting academic excellence nationally and internationally is also a body that is very much involved in cultural and sporting activities in higher education domain.

Prof. Sancheti, known as an institution builder, before joining SRMIST as its Vice Chancellor, served as President Manipal University Jaipur, Founder Director National Institute of Technology Delhi, Director NITK Surathkal and Director In-charge of NIT Tiruchirapally, NIT Calicut, School of Planning & Architecture (SPA) Delhi and also Mentor Director of newly established NIT Goa, NIT Puducherry and NIT Sikkim.

Paani Foundation establishes training programme to make Maharasthra drought-free

Each year, drought afflicts thousands of villages in Maharashtra. In 2015, the situation was so grim that the government had to provide drinking water through the railways to several villages.

Photo Caption (From L-R): Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO, Paani Foundation; Kiran Rao, Founder, Paani Foundation and Dr. Avinash Pol, Project Director, Paani Foundation.

In early 2016, a not-for-profit company called Paani Foundation was set up by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao to work towards creating a drought-free Maharashtra. The Foundation is run by the core team members of the Satyamev Jayate TV show, according to a statement issued by the Foundation. The key difference in Paani Foundation’s approach is its belief that the only solution for the existing water crisis is a people’s movement. If people are convinced, motivated and trained, the Foundation believes that they themselves will have the power and ability to solve their water problems.

With this in mind, Paani Foundation has designed a training programme to teachpeople the science of watershed management and to develop their leadership skills. To bring people together and encourage them to apply their learnings from the training, the Foundation also organises the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup competition annually. The Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is essentially a competition between villages to see which village can do the maximum water conservation work in the period of the competition. Every village in the selected talukas is eligible to participate.

In 2016, the 3 talukas of Ambajogai, Koregaon and Warudwere chosen to participate in the competition.116 villages from these talukas took part, and through mass voluntary work or Shramdan done in the searing heat of April and May, an annual water storage capacity of 1,368 crore litres of water was created in just 45 days. Velu village from Koregaon taluka in Satara district received the first prize of Rs. 50 lakhs from the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri. Devendra Fadnavis at a grand awards ceremony held in Mumbai last year. A documentary film titled ‘The Battle against Drought’ chronicles the journey of Water Cup 2016 and was released at the awards ceremony. The information of the journey of Paani foundation & Satyamev Jayate Water Cup was shared by Mr. Satyajit Bhatkal, CEO, Paani Foundation at a press conference held in Pune. Dr. Avinash Pol, Project Director, Paani Foundation and Kiran Rao, Founder, Paani Foundation were also present on the occasion.

The success of the pilot edition of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2016 encouraged the Paani Foundation team to scale up its efforts from 3 to 30 talukas in 2017. Over 1,300 villages took part in the competition this year and between 8th April and 22nd May lakh of villagers came together to do outstanding water conservation work. To pay tribute to these Water Heroes and honour the winners, Paani Foundation will present the Satyamev Jayate

Water Cup 2017 Awards on Sunday, 6thAugust at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Balewadi, Pune.

The Chief Guest for the event is the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis. Aamir Khan, the co-founder of Paani Foundation and several leading lights from the field of business and arts will be present to salute these villagers.The top three villages will get a cash prize of Rs. 50 lakh, Rs. 30 lakh and Rs. 20 lakh respectively. In addition, the top village from each taluka will get a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh. Please do join us as we celebrate the villagers’ achievements, and be a part of this journey to make our state water-abundant.

List of 30 Talukas from 13 Districts where Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017 was organised:

· Ambajogai, Kaij and Dharur talukas in Beed district

· Bhoom, Paranda and Kalamb talukas in Osmanabad district

· Ausa and Nilanga talukas in Latur district

· Phulambri and Khultabad talukas in Aurangabad district

· Koregaon, Man and Khatav talukas in Satara district

· Khanapur, Atpadi and Jath talukas in Sangli district

· Purandar and Indapur talukas in Pune district

· Sangola and Uttar Solapur talukas in Solapur district

· Barshitakli, Patur and Akot talukas in Akola district

· Ralegaon, Kalamb and Umarkhed talukas in Yavatmal district

· Warud and Dharni talukas in Amravati district

· Karanjataluka in Washim district

· Arvitaluka in Wardha district