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

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9th Mango Festival 2017 held in New Delhi

The 9th Mango Festival, organised by the National Media Club got over at Constitution Club of India, New Delhi on July 26, 2017. The one-day festival cum exhibition had seen the lovers of the King of Fruits thronging at the venue with great enthusiasm and verve. There were around 250 different varieties of mangoes which were on display.

6Purushottam Bhai Rupala, Minister for State, Agriculture inaugurated the Mango Festival. Mango orchard owners from different parts of the country including Malihabad and Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Malda in West Bengal and Pant Nagar in Uttrakhand and other destination were also present, who were explaining the peculiarities of their produce. There were many ministers including Sanjeev Baliyan and Giriraj Singh, who took part in the one-day event.

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India is the largest producer fo mangoes in the world with around 1,100 varieties of the fruit grown in different parts of the country. Rightly so, the festival offered an opportunity to taste different varieties of mangoes such as Neeleshwari, Sikri, Royal SP, Neelam, Papitiyo, Langra, Kesar, Sensation, Nazuk Badab, Fazli, Amrapali, Tommy Atkins and Alphonso.

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Speaking at the event, Sachin Awasthi, President, National Media Club said, The aim of this event, is to provide exposure to the domestic mango industry in India. Also the festival provides encouragement to all the farmers to grow more healthy varieties of mango”.

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There are more than 1,365 mango varieties grown across the globe, and India cultivates around a 1,000 different types of the fruit. India is the largest exporter of mangoes and ships in excess of 50,000 tonnes. NMC is being doing this event from last nine years in order to promote mangoes in the domestic markets as well.

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National Media Club (NMC) is India’s largest community of Regional Journalist Media Professionals. Founded in way back 90’s, to help Urban & Rural area talented journalist/media person to get the opportunities they deserve. Hence connecting urban India with rural India. National Media Club’s primary mission is to expand digital media literacy, promote standard technologies, encourage ethical behaviour and share best practices.Our Strength is extended network of journalist working in rural and far flung regional areas.

Ocare: First online platform for dentists and insured patients launched

OCARE, (ocare.com), India’s first, and only, independent Insurance Process as a Service (IPAAS) platform, on February 16, 2017 launched its fully integrated improved website aiming to connect empanelled dentists and insured patients on a single digital platform.

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Speaking on the launch, Dr. Neeraj Sheth, Founder & CEO, OCARE, said, “While insurance has been around for many years now, dental insurance is a new concept in India. With low oral health in India and the growing costs of dental treatments, Dental Insurance is a must to maintain dental hygiene in the country. We aim to provide the best product coupled with a seamless engagement of a dentist with his patient.”

“Besides choosing OCARE’s wide list of empanelled dentists to take care of their dental needs, patients can access their dental history at any time they want. For dentists too, this is a boon as they will be able to better recommend a course of treatment based on their history,” added Ravi Kikan, COO, OCARE.

The website has been designed to provide easy navigation and information flow for OCARE’s products and services for customers as well as dentists. Dental Insurance is a completely new concept and there are quite a few queries on what dental insurance is and how the entire process works right from when a patient enters the clinic, the dentist outlining their treatment plan to details of the claim reimbursement process. All these questions are answered in an easy 4 step process in the ‘How it Works section’ of the website.

Further questions about dentist empanelment, insurance coverage and turnaround time are answered in the Help/FAQ section to assist both prospective patients and dentists. The terms and condition section on the website clearly outlines the treatments covered, exclusions and costs.

Once a dentist registers with OCARE, he can enter all the details related to his practice, treatment and costs. He can use the scheduler to manage his appointments and patients. Dentists will also use this platform to enter details related to the treatment plan, costs and sharing an OPG of the decayed tooth and the tooth post treatment. This also ensures all dental records are maintained digitally and can be accessed at any time. Patients can use this platform to book appointments at a preferred dentist based on location and convenience they can view their medical and treatment history and most importantly use it for their dental insurance claim process.

OCARE brings to you Dental Insurance for the first time in India. It covers existing conditions, has no waiting period, offering a sum assured of Rs.25,000 per annum covering dental treatments over a location independent dental network. OCARE offers host of benefits for a nominal premium for INR 1699. OCARE is currently offered as a group insurance to corporates, schools, colleges, and organizations with a member-strength of more than 50.

· First Time a Dental Insurance Plan Launched in India
· Covers pre-existing conditions
· No waiting period

Product highlights include:

o Oral hygiene kit
o OCARE Dental Insurance witha minimum sum assured of INR 25,000/- per annum, per person
o Loyalty card withpoints redeemable for dental services
o Bi – annual dental checkups

OCARE is India’s first, and only, independent Insurance Process as a Service (IPAAS) platform. The platform covers a complete range of dental health services that include dental insurance, dentistry network and oral health education in India. Starting with 108 cities & with a plan to spread pan-India, OCARE is also the first, and only, IPAAS that provides India’s first Group Dental Insurance.
With its headquarters in Mumbai, OCARE was founded by Dr. Neeraj Sheth in 2015 and employs 150 associates with a pan-India network of over 9,000 dentists. OCARE aims to promote its proprietary, scalable, innovative and state-of-the-art technology that will enable dentists to make the real-time oral healthcare management of patients convenient, flexible & affordable.
OCARE Dental Insurance in India was conceptualised by a team of young dentists who vowed to solve the problem, where on one hand, patients find dental treatments exorbitant and unaffordable, and on the other, too many dental colleges and the ever increasing number of graduating dentists make the competition cut-throat. The OCARE team thought of developing a tech platform that first unifies dentist and patient segments, and then simplifies the whole jargon of dental insurance. OCARE Dental Insurance process uses an intraoral camera on the proprietary, innovative tech platform for case documentation and approval for the claims process where the patients get Rs.25,000 annual coverage.

Love Matters: India’s first bilingual website launched at QTube Cafe in Bandra

Love Matters , India’s first bilingual website dedicated to love, sexuality and relationships organized a one of its kind Open mic session on Valentine day on February 14, 2017 in Mumbai’s quiet but hip QTube Café in Bandra. The event saw a jam packed venue where many came forward to share their tryst with love, sexuality or identity, their take on relationships, family, and society. The gathering was of young and old people, many came with their parents to taste the non judgmental and open minded session.

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While speaking at the event, Vithika Yadav, RNW Head-India, Love Matters India, said: “We organized this open mic session as a true free speech event for young Mumbaikars to come together and have an opportunity to have frank and open conversations on love, sexuality and relationships.”

Love Matters opened its doors for everyone and the differences of Mumbai walked in, slightly unsure and then they took to the stage, and all those differences dissolved to form, what united them for that moment forming a road of open dialogue. With an opportunity to share openly, people poured their hearts out; what they felt about love, lessons they have learnt on the way, good and bad both, how they feel towards every individual deserving a fair chance to love who they want, to freely talking about their sexuality, about society’s perception, attitude and acceptance of every individual.
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“The idea behind an open-mic event with young people is to shed all the judgement around different sexuality and preferences. We don’t want the society to label someone. We want everyone to come together and hear each other patiently”, Roshan Kokane, web editor for Love Matters India, pointed out.
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Love Matters India is moving towards changing how people perceive and are perceived by others, they want to bridge the gap that creates this difference through respectful dialogues and ‘Let’s Talk About Us’ the open mic session in Mumbai was a step towards creating that platform.

Love Matters India is the first ever bilingual English and Hindi website about sex and sexuality in India. It aims to provide science-based information on love, sex and relationships so people can make informed choices, and to create spaces where everyone is free to ask questions and engage in online conversations. In 2016 itself, the website has attracted an average of two million users a month and there in excess of one million followers on Facebook.

Delta Power Solutions appoints Ingram Micro to market products in India

Delta Power Solutions, part of the $ 7.5 billion Delta Group and market leader in switching power supplies, has appointed Ingram Micro as the chief marketer for the company’s products in India, according to a company statement. Ingram Micro becomes Delta’s first major appointment since it shifted focus to the Indian market a year ago. Ingram Micro will market Delta’s UPS systems, Data Center Infrastructure range, and Telecom Power Solutions. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed between the two companies in Mumbai today.

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Dalip Sharma, Managing Director, Delta India said: “Delta Electronics is a major power supplies provider with core expertise in power electronics design, manufacturing and global operations. Ingram Micro has extensive experience and distribution network in India. This strategic partnership marks a significant step to Delta and brings to both Delta and Ingram Micro the unique synergy to provide customers with unparalleled product solutions and services.”

Deepak Singh Thakur, Director, Delta Power Solutions, said: “Delta is keen to extend its stronghold in the channel segment, and the company’s tie-up with Ingram Micro is aptly timed to capitalize on the expected surge in demand from various projects.”

Delta is a world-leading company in power management solutions, and it develops advanced technology to increase the energy efficiency of its products in pursuit of environmental sustainability. The company aims to provide innovative, clean, and energy efficient solutions across the globe. Delta’s products include power management solutions, telecom power, industrial automation, solar power, display solutions, networking and components.

Ingram Micro, the California-based Fortune 500 company and a leading provider of wholesale IT products and services, will partner with Delta to maximize the full potential of Delta products in India. It will use its broad experience and extensive distribution network in India to offer Delta products as the most viable option to the already burgeoning Indian market. Delta will get the full spectrum of global technology and supply chain services that Ingram Micro offers to businesses around the world.

Jaishankar Krishnan, Ingram Micro’s Managing Director, said: “We believe India is poised for a major infrastructure push and Delta products and services will play a key role in India’s immediate plans. The coming together of Delta’s technology and our marketing and distribution expertise makes us ideally poised to be a major player in India.”

Ingram Micro has a distribution network across 78 cities and towns in India. The partnership will help Delta gain a higher market share in the UPS market. “The tie up will also ensure an increased presence of Delta in IT, government, manufacturing, and the PSU segment,” added Mr. Thakur of Delta.

Delta, founded in 1971, is a global leader in power and thermal management solutions and a major player in several product segments such as industrial automation, displays, and networking. Its mission statement, “To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow,” focuses on addressing key environmental issues such as global climate change. As an energy-saving solutions provider with core competencies in power electronics and innovative research and development, Delta’s business domains include Power Electronics, Energy Management, and Smart Green Life. Delta has 153 sales offices, 61 R&D centers and 40 manufacturing facilities worldwide.
Throughout its history, Delta has received many global awards and recognition for its business achievements, innovative technologies and dedication to corporate social responsibility. Since 2011, Delta has been selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability™ World Index (DJSI World) for 6 consecutive years. In 2016, Delta was selected out of 5,800 large companies by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) for its Climate Change Leadership Level.
For detailed information about Delta, please visit: deltaww.com

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Lee Jeans appoint Jacqueline Fernandez as Brand Ambassador

Lee Jeans announced the appointment of Bollywood Actor Jacqueline Fernandez as its brand ambassador in India. In an exclusive media event held at JW Marriot Sahar, Mumbai, Lee Jeans introduced Jacqueline Fernandez as their brand ambassador.

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Jacqueline, with her optimistic spirit is known to have charted her way into the competitive Bollywood industry, making a mark of her own. An extremely popular personality, especially among the youth as she embodies the energy of today’s generation. This is reflective in her versatile craft and her curious attitude as she explores new mediums and new formats in the entertainment industry. Hence Lee has signed her up to further re-instate the brand’s own personality.

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Jacqueline’s immediate campaign with Lee will showcase their latest product innovation for the Indian Woman – Body OptixTM. Lee Jeans have always been flag bearers of relentless ideation, meeting true-blue craftsmanship. Creating stories in authentic denim, in all shapes, fits and sizes. Where curiosity inspires unique thinking. Pioneering fashion with purposeful designs. And delivering to the world of fashion, denims crafted with over a century’s worth of rich heritage; leading to creation of historic styles but with contemporary stitching.

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Speaking on the occasion, Jacqueline said: “Denims have this soft corner in all our hearts and these pairs are such a great companion of our growing up years. Lee is most definitely a synonym of denim as the brand has been here for over a 128 years because of innovators, ideators and master craftsmen as part of their team,” she further continued, “So there was no second thought, I mean who would think twice before signing up with a global Icon like Lee – at least I wouldn’t.”

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At the event, Lee Jeans also unveiled a game changing product innovation designed for the Indian woman – BODY OPTIX™ denims! Here, traditional denim designs are combined with ground-breaking vision science and design to create holistic body shaping specifically for the Indian female body.

Sharad Walia – General Manager of Lee India, said: “With BODY OPTIX™ denims, Lee Jeans is revolutionising the way denims have been envisioned, created and worn in the world. The primary objective of the brand has always been to bring to the end consumer, denims that are comfortable, easy to wear, yet add that certain X factor for the wearer and enhance their denim-wearing experience.”

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Lee BODY OPTIX™ is a joint accomplishment between vision scientists and denim designers. After extensive scientific tests and consumer research, premium LYCRA BEAUTY® fabrics and authentic design details have been incorporated with exquisite craftsmanship. The collection promises to create holistic body shaping specifically for the Indian female body, with an unprecedented 360° total body shaping and fully flattering fit.

Lee’s passion for denim, together with the constant pursuit of innovation, has produced the finest denim garments. Each piece is testament to the heritage and craftsmanship that has exemplified Lee as one of the world’s pioneering denim brands. BODY OPTIX™ is the result of more than 128 years of experience and expertise in designing the best denim. Lee continues to stay curious and explore all things new, constantly looking at the world from new angles, and never restricting themselves to the possibilities of better and more purposeful denim designs.

Lee – the Legendary Jeans Label since 1889

Lee is one of the world’s most iconic signatures of quality, innovation and craftsmanship. Following the establishment of the H.D. Lee Mercantile Company by Henry David Lee in Kansas, U.S., in 1889, Lee embarked on its journey to become a legendary denim brand. Over the years, Lee has made history with its many product innovations including the world’s first-ever zip fly jeans – the 101Z in 1926, the iconic Hair-on-hide leather label and the Lazy S back pocket stitching. From the launch of the 1st Lee bib overalls to the 13oz 101 cowboy jeans, Lee has demonstrated an undying passion for innovation, and has transformed itself from a practical and durable work-wear maker to a contemporary and trend setting fashion giant.