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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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.

Fashion store Central announce free shopping from January 6-8, 2017

Future Group’s Central – India’s leading chain of fashion stores is organising ‘Three Days FREE Shopping’ from January 6-8, 2017 across their 33 outlets in 20 cities, according to a company statement.
As the New Year has just begun, Central is all geared up to offer a never before shopping experience to shopaholics with the ‘Three Days FREE Shopping’ in 2017. With best deals on over 200 brands at unbelievable discounts, spanning across various categories such as apparel, footwear, handbags, sportswear, jewelry, travel gear, lingerie, men’s accessories, toys and sunglasses.

The three-day Free Shopping Weekend will make every shopper’s dream come true. One can pick any apparel, footwear, handbags, sportswear, Jewelry, travel gear, lingerie, men’s accessories, toys and sunglasses worth Rs. 8000 MRP for which one has to pay only Rs. 4000 and can get that Rs 4000 back too through free garments worth Rs. 2000 MRP, free shopping vouchers worth Rs. 1500 and free Future Pay Wallet credit worth Rs. 500. This is the first time a consumer can have it all for FREE!
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Commenting on the initiative, Jitendranath Patri, Marketing Head, Central said:“The Three Days Free Shopping is our attempt to provide our customers with a never-seen-before shopping extravaganza. Central was launched with a primary intention to offer the best and latest options to the fashion conscious consumers. Now, with the ‘Three Days Free Shopping,’ consumers can not only access hundreds of brands but also makes them almost Free.” So, make no delay and pick your favorite brand available at the Central outlets near you.

The flagship retail format of Future Lifestyle Fashions, Central is a chain of fashion departmental stores located in central areas of large Indian metropolises and cities. Central stores are large-format stores measuring anywhere between 60,000 square feet to 230,000 square feet and offering over 500 Domestic and International brands across every category including men’s-wear, casual wear, ethnic-wear, women’s-wear, kids wear, footwear, accessories, home products, health and beauty. These stores, often located in standalone locations also have food-courts, restaurants, supermarkets and electronics superstores built within. Central stores are located in large cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad and Gurgaon, as well as smaller cities like Baroda, Indore, Vizag, Patna and Surat. At present there are 33 Central stores present in 20 cities operating over three million squarefeet of retail space across India.

Crocs India launches its first travel retail store at Mumbai Airport T2

Crocs India, a name to reckon with in the casual footwear segment as a global brand leader has unveiled its first travel retail store at the Mumbai Airport T2 recently.

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Crocks India, the world leader in innovative casual footwear has pioneered in the travel retail store format, retailing footwear designed specially for travel-loving patrons and houses a vast collection of clogs, flip-flops, sandals, sneakers and loafers for all age groups. The jet setters and the not-so-frequent travelers can now easily browse through the latest collection while waiting for their flights, , a company statement said.

Deepak Chhabra, CEO, Crocs India said: “Crocs is a perfect travel companion and makes every getaway more comfortable and memorable. To cater to the growing demands of our consumers, we decided to open this store and display our fashion line at one of the busiest commercial hubs – the Mumbai airport. We sincerely hope our consumers enjoy this experience.”

With the launch of its first travel retail store, Crocs is moving a step closer to strengthening the brand’s image as apopular and preferred footwear brand. Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CROX) is a world leader in innovative casual footwear for men, women and children. Crocs offer a broad portfolio of all-season products, while remaining true to its core molded footwear heritage. Crocs™ shoes feature Croslite™ material, a proprietary, revolutionary technology that gives each pair of shoes the soft, comfortable, lightweight, non-marking and odor-resistant qualities that Crocs fans know and love. Crocs celebrate the fun of being a little different and encourage fans to ‘Find Your Fun’ in every colorful pair of shoes. Since its inception in 2002, Crocs has sold more than 300 million pairs of shoes in more than 90 countries around the world.

SKF India, NAAM Foundation support drought affected farmers in Maharasthra

SKF India employees have joined hands with NAAM foundation to help drought affected farmers’ in Maharashtra. In a gesture of helping hand for community the employees decided to contribute the dividend income from their employees’ cooperative account for the cause. This amount was equally matched by the company raising a sum of Rs.7.75 lakh, according to a statement issued by SKF India.

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Shrikant Savangikar (extreme right) handing over the cheque to Nana Patekar along with SKF India Credit Society members at Pune

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The recent scarcity of water across the state of Maharashtra has had a devastating effect in the rural areas, especially the farmers’ community. This initiative by SKF of helping the farmers from the drought affected areas is in line with SKF India’s priority and philosophy of water conservation.

The cheque was handed over to veteran bollywood actor and Co-Founder of NAAM Foundation Nana Patekar, by Shrikant Savangikar, Director of Sustainability, Quality and Business Excellence, SKF India along with SKF employees’ credit society chairman Govind Shevate, Dyanoba Deokar, Secretary of the credit society and Sikander Ghodke, member of credit society among other SKF employees and members, the statement said.

Shishir Joshipura, Managing Director and Country Head, SKF India, said: “SKF believes that an opportunity exists at every stage in operational value chain to reduce the environmental impact. Doing more with less preserves the environment and precious resources for future generations. SKF has embarked on an ambitious program three years ago to make all its facilities water neutral by 2018. Our employees represent the true face of our organization and this initiative represents our philosophy of making a meaningful difference to the community we live in.

Shrikant Savangikar, Director of Sustainability, Quality and Business Excellence, SKF India added: “Deficient monsoons for two consecutive years have now affected a large number of farmers and the alarming conditions are driving them towards life threatening situations. NAAM foundation has done encouraging work under the aegis of known names and we are happy to be able to make a contribution to make a meaningful difference.”

Dr Kewal Krishan performs India’s first successful implant of HeartMate 3™

Dr. Kewal Krishan, Programme Head – Heart transplant and Ventricular assist devices and senior consultant cardiac surgeon at Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket, performed India’s first successful implant of HeartMate 3™, which offers physicians the world’s most advanced ventricular assist technology available to support the management of patients with advanced stage heart failure, a statement issued by the hospital said.

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According to the office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India’s report titled ‘Causes of Death in India 2010-2013’, cardiovascular disease is responsible for 23% of all deaths in India, out of which heart failure accounts for an estimated 2.3 million deaths annually.

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The HeartMate 3™ implant surgery was performed in early May 2016 on Mr. Santoshkiran Kardiawar (name changed), a 69 year old gentleman from New Delhi, who had earlier undergone stenting twice in 2005 and 2009 and had been put on medical management for a triple vessel coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus and end stage cardiomyopathy with EF 15%. Besides implanting HeartMate 3™, Dr. Kewal Krishan also removed a clot from the right ventricle and repaired the aortic valve. HeartMate 3™ LVAD implant was advised as destination therapy for symptomatic end stage heart disease since medical management was found to be insufficient for the patient’s condition. Over the past three weeks since the LVAD implant, Santoshkiran’s heart condition and quality of life have improved considerably and with immediate effect.

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Internationally renowned Dr. Kewal Krishan is one of the handful surgeons in India that are formally trained in all aspects of heart transplantation. An Advanced Clinical Fellow at the world’s top hospitals including Mayo Clinic and Mount Sinai Medical Centre, USA, Dr. Kewal Krishan is credited with the distinction of performing the maximum number of LVADs in one year in India. He along with other team members performed the maximum number of ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) in the country, in patients with severe lung or heart condition. Dr. Kewal had also performed the first heart transplant of Max Healthcare in India.

Explaining about this first fully magnetically-levitated left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant, Dr. Krishan says: “Unlike artificial hearts, LVADs don’t replace the heart, but supplement the pumping function in patients whose hearts are too weak to pump blood adequately on their own. LVADs can be used in patients who are awaiting heart transplant, as well as patients who cannot undergo transplantation for any reason. With the availability of HeartMate 3™ system in India, I am glad that advanced heart failure patients will no longer need to travel abroad to get this implant, and I am looking forward to making this system broadly available throughout India.”

A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a battery-operated, mechanical pump, which helps the left ventricle – the main pumping chamber of the heart – to pump blood to the rest of the body. More than 50,000 LVAD implants have been performed across the world. The latest HeartMate 3™ system is a highly advanced fully magnetically levitated LVAD which reduces friction and provides blood-friendly wide pump gaps to reduce issues such as blood stagnation and thrombus formation or clotting. HeartMate 3™ can pump up to 10 liters of blood per minute. The Full MagLev™ system enables an artificial pulse every 2 seconds by rapidly changing rotor speeds while maintaining pump gaps, thereby ensuring washing of the impeller.

HeartMate 3™ also comes with a smaller sized pump to increase surgical ease to implant and enhances patient’s life expectancy significantly. It allows the patient to have an active life with limited caution, with immediate symptomatic relief and improvement in the left heart function. This device is equipped to work with Go Gear wearable accessories. The one year FDA data has shown zero-rate of pump thrombosis and excellent patient outcomes. The HeartMate 3™ system received CE Mark approval in October, 2015, based on data from the clinical trial, which demonstrated a 92 percent six month survival rate; the best six month survival rate to date to be documented in an LVAD CE Mark clinical study.

Grand Winter Carnival at Gurgaon on December 19-20 2015

In what could be termed as the first ever winter carnival in Delhi NCR, VRV Entertainment, an event management firm is organising the Grand Winter Carnival at HUDA Grounds, Gurgaon from December 19-20, 2015. According to a company statement, it is a perfect destination for the shopaholics, foodies and for all those who love music and games.

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Get set to experience a well-deserved weekend getaway, wherein you would get great opportunity to feed your shopping hunger. The range of products that one can choose from includes lifestyle, designer clothes, home decor, handicrafts, high-end luxury products, electronics and much more. Music Band will belt out the popular chartbusters to enthrall the crowd. Additionally, the visitors would get a great opportunity to treat their taste buds in the food court. Good care has been taken about the fun element and various games have been planned for the visitors, specifically the kids.

The Grand Winter Carnival is going to be a one of its kind event in Delhi NCR this winter.

Venue: HUDA Grounds, Leisure Valley Road, Next to Leisure Valley Gate 2, Gurgaon 122001

Date: 19-20th December 2015

Activities Planned:

Great shopping options and a wide variety of clothes, accessories, lifestyle, home décor, handicrafts and much more to choose from.
Lip-smacking food options from the best of restaurants in and around NCR
Fun rides, games and other engaging activities to bring life to the carnival games
Soul-refreshing decoration accompanied with amazing performances by dance groups, rock bands, magicians, world class puppet shows and much more

Visitors can enjoy free WIFI courtesy by our connectivity partner Airtel broadband.

Vikalp Aggarwal, the founder of the VRV Entertainment and the brain behind Grand Winter Carnival, said: “The carnival is a mélange of fun, food and shopping for our patrons. The event will be decorated with some of the amazing performances by dance groups, rock bands, magicians, world class puppet shows and much more to keep everyone entertained and engross in the event that nobody would want to leave. We are expecting 25-30 thousand people over the period of two days. Attention is given to every detail so that people just enjoy without any care. We are absolutely delighted to welcome our partners Airtel Broadband, Weddingplz.com, Radio One, Broomberg and ticketplease.com. Hope to have a successful grand winter carnival like our grand partners.”