Friday, July 6, 2018

B Natural Juices & Beverages achieves aGUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®supported by 572 girlsin Punjab, as part of the B Natural Harman XI campaign

572 girls led by Harmanpreet Kaur performed jump squats for a minute to create the record and showcase their support for B Natural Harman XI, a platform to recognize girl talent in Punjab and Chandigarh

National, 3rd July 2018: B Natural Juices & Beveragesfrom ITC Foods, after moving away from ‘Concentrate’ and shifting its entire portfolio to ‘Not From Concentrate’ variants, vowed to break records on fitness goals. The brand brought people together from the state of Punjab and the union territory of Chandigarh at Niper Auditorium, Sector 67 in Mohali for a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for ‘the Most people performing jump squats’ in a minutewith572girls breaking the existing record of 497 achieved by Dubai Fitness Challenge (UAE) in Dubai, last year. The achievement is testimony to B Natural’s core philosophy of breaking barriers across all spheres of life.

TheGUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® challenge was led by Harmanpreet Kaur, Vice-Captain of India Women's National Cricket Team, in the presence of Sanjay Singal, Chief Operating Officer - Dairy and Beverages, ITC Ltd.

Talking about the initiative, Mr. Sanjay Singal, Chief Operating Officer - Dairy and Beverages, ITC Ltd. said, “B Natural is an honest and transparent brand that strives to challenge the status quo.B Natural Harman XI is a platform to encourage and boost the talent of young girls of Punjab. We are delighted that we have set the ground for this campaign by breaking a world record and hope to break many more barriers through our innovative initiatives and campaigns. We needed an icon that truly embodies the essence of this worthy initiative and are happy to have Ms. Harmanpreet Kaur champion this cause for B Natural. She is already an inspiration for many young girls and we are confident that with her support, many girls in Punjab will be able to accomplish their dreams and desires with the “B Natural Harman XI” campaign.”

The record breaking challenge is part of a larger campaign Harman XI - SaacheHunar Di Khoj, launched by B Natural and captained by Harmanpreet Kaur, who is considered a harbinger of change. The three-months long contest will invite girls across Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Bathinda and Patiala to participate in the contest.

On expressing her excitement, Ms. Harmanpreet Kaur said, “I am very happy and proud to be associated with B Natural for this campaign and thrilled about having broken barriers to achieve a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®with many girls like me from Punjab and Chandigarh. I have been blessed to have my family’s support in fulfilling my dreams. There could be no better way for me to extend the same support to all the girls back home. I am looking forward to bringing a change that will boost the confidence of many young girls and help us progress together as a nation.GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® is an achievement and I am extremely pleased to be present here today to be a part of this momentous occasion.”

About ITC Foods:
ITC's branded packaged foods business is one of the fastest growing foods businesses in India, driven by the market standing and consumer franchise of its popular brands - Aashirvaad, Sunfeast, Bingo!, Yippee!, Kitchens of India, B Natural, Mint-o, Candyman and GumOn. The Foods business is today represented in multiple categories in the market - Staples, Spices, Ready-to-Eat, Snack Foods, Bakery & Confectionery and the newly introduced Juices & Beverages.

ITC's Foods brands delight millions of households with a wide range of differentiated, value-added products developed by leveraging ITC's in-house R&D capabilities, deep consumer understanding, knowledge of preferred Indian tastes, agri-sourcing & packaging strengths, and afar reaching distribution network.

ITC's uncompromising commitment to the health and safety of its consumers ensures adherence to the high levels of quality, safety and hygiene standards in manufacturing processes and in the supply chain. All ITC-owned manufacturing units are Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certified. The quality performance of all manufacturing units is monitored continuously online. Going beyond process control, ITC ensures that quality standards are scrupulously adhered to while choosing ingredients that go into the preparation of its food products.

The business continues to invest in every aspect of manufacturing, distribution and marketing to ensure that it can leverage emerging opportunities and fulfil its aspiration of being one of the most trusted provider of branded packaged foods in the country. ITC's Foods business also exports its products to the key geographies of North America, Africa, Middle East and Australia.

Thursday, July 5, 2018


NSDC partners with deAsra Foundation for Building Capacity and Strengthening Entrepreneurship Support System for Training Providers

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India, has collaborated with deAsra Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, for capacitating its training providers for entrepreneurship. The collaboration would support the establishment of ‘Entrepreneurship Support Program’, which is intended to equip placement cells of training providers with self-employment/ entrepreneurial assistance for the skilled candidates.

The association would facilitate training of counsellors/ trainers (termed as ‘Udyog Mitras’) of the envisioned Entrepreneurial Cell, who will handhold skill trainees to nurture their entrepreneurial action plan.  This would include various aspects of developing a business model, seeking financial guidance and availing services of banks/ agencies for loans and other statutory requirements.  The counselling provided by these Udyog Mitras is proposed to help aspirants in exploring new avenues and facilitating financial support for enhancing employability.

NSDC’s affiliated training centres would also get access to the deAsra platforms, tools and knowledge resources such as the deAzzle mobile app, business guides across industries, trackers, templates, checklists and proposed Interactive Kiosks.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC said, “NSDC’s collaboration with deAsra will equip our affiliated training partners to provide entrepreneurial support to their trainees.  Business mentoring from experienced counsellors will enable aspiring youth to start their own businesses.  The initiative will not only support small and micro entrepreneurship that can generate large scale employment opportunities, it will also help drive sustainable growth in employment.”

Dr. Anand Deshpande, Founder, Chairman and MD, deAsra Foundation said, “Every year, more than 12 million youth enter working age group, but the challenge remains to generate enough employment opportunities for this growing talent. deAsra endeavors to transform job seekers into job creators through its entrepreneurial support system and other array of services.  We believe our collaboration with NSDC would contribute significantly to the Skill India Mission by creating successful entrepreneurs.”

deAsra’s Entrepreneurship Support Program is emerging as one of the key support modules which focuses on identifying the budding entrepreneurs across sectors. It will help Skill India trained candidates to acquire right guidance, facilitate business plans and provide allied services for establishing a new business. deAsra’s alliance with banks will enable mediation with financial institutions for facilitation of funds successfully.  The trainees will also be mentored by Udyog Mitras, who will guide the entrepreneur through every stage of his/her business lifecycle, right from set-up to growth.  Its network of professional service partners would also support entrepreneurs to connect with Chartered Accountants, Legal Advisors among others.

Skill India’s current training programs comprise a 40-hours module on Employability & Entrepreneurship Skills focusing on Life Skills, Digital Literacy and Financial Literacy. It’s a research-based guidance to establish, manage and grow a business through all the stages; de-risking entrepreneurship to a large extent. deAsra’s Entrepreneurship Support Program will further connect the trainees to Udyog Mitras to transform their dreams into reality.

About National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)

NSDC is one of its kind public-private-partnership with an objective to facilitate skill training in partnership with private training providers. Till date, NSDC has approved 350+ training providers and 39 Sector Skill Councils, with a geographical spread of 7,000+ training centres in 600+ districts across the country. NSDC has trained more than 1.4 crore people across sectors.

About deAsra

deAsra Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that aims to enable 25,000 enterprises to start, manage and grow their businesses, with a view to making at least 1,00,000 jobs available by 2020.  Entrepreneurs often face challenges getting enough support, training and guidance on a continuous basis. At deAsra we support aspiring or existing businessmen to start, manage or grow their small business, by making set-up, management and growth simple and entrepreneur friendly with a broad array of support services.

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ICAI organized Mega Blood Donation Camp on “CA Day”

A mega blood donation camp was organized The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Pune. The camp was organized as a part of 70th CA Foundation Day.

The CA foundation day is being organized across the country. In Pune too, the ICAI is observing the foundation day as ‘CA Day’ with various programs and events. On Saturday and Sunday (30th June and 1st July) as a part of the series Pune Branch of WIRC of ICAI Jointly with Pune Branch of WICASA of ICAI organized "Mega Blood Donation Camp" at 8 Various Locations in the city.

Bizsolindia Services Pvt. Ltd. Baner, RPA & Associates LLP, Kharadi, KP Group, Banner-Pashan Link Road, SPCM, Mitra Mandal Chowk, Deccan CPE Study Circle, Bhandarkar Institute, Rathi Rathi & Co., Singhgad Road, ICAI Extension Counter at Phadke Sankul, ICAI Bhawan, Bibwewadi are the locations where this Blood Donation Camp was held. This "Mega Blood Donation Camp" got great success with more than 523 blood donors and more than 750 participants across Pune City by involving the entire CA fraternity, CA students, colleagues, families at large.

CA Anand R Jakhotiya, Chairman, Pune Branch of WIRC of ICAI informed that the camp was organized with the motive to let the youngsters to know the importance of blood donation. He also quoted that ICAI was formed in 1949 under Act of Parliament and today, we are entering into 70th Glorious year. We will keep marching with Excellence, Independence and Integrity. I congratulate all 285000 proud Chartered Accountants and eight lakh plus students of ICAI on this Auspicious Day. I am thankful to all the CA members and students who have supported in various social initiatives taken by PUNE Branch on this occasion. With the support of all we can take our glorious Institute higher and higher.

At the same time Pune Branch of WIRC of ICAI with ICAI Career Counselling Group in support with Savitribai Phule, Pune University’s Management Division - IQAC - PUMBA, MIT-WPU, SNDT College and Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha (MKSSS’s) Pune organised 5 Day Workshop on GST - Girls Students Empowerment through Skill Building, to make the girl students employable, started at 8 different colleges with registered participants count of 567 girls students inaugurated by Dr. Prafulla Pawar, Dean - Savitribai Phule, Pune University, PUMBA at Garware College.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Marathon for Run Against Cancer Got Huge Response

Jupiter Hospital has participated in the doctors run with cancer awareness theme which was organized by PCMC Doctor’s Association, NIMA, FPA, IMA and Indian Dental association. There were 1000 doctors from various hospitals in Pune had participated in this initiative. The marathon was categorized in 10KM, 5KM and 3KM which was started from Spine road Pune.

The Marathon started from Spine road, Bhosari at 6.30 am followed by the root MIDC police station and concluded at Bhosari. Before the event the Zumba session was organized. A Dhol Tasha team was there to cheer the runners. This time Mr. Girish Nikam, Dr. Nilesh Patil, Dr. Pramod Kubde, Dr. Satyajit Patil, Dr. Santosh Bhandawalkar, Dr. C. B. Pawar, Dr. Pratap Somvanshi, along with thousands of doctors from Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune, Hadapsar, Kondhwa, Chakan, Talegaon, Yerwada, Kharadi, Hinjwadi, etc. were also present.

Flag off has been done by Jupiter Hospital GM Dr. Shubhada Sharma, where she announced that for cancer treatment Jupiter has started comprehensive cancer care unit under one roof.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

ICAI, Pune Branch of WIRC, Organises Various Programme on its Foundation Day Celebration

Programs to be organized are: Blood donation camp, Books distribution, tree plantation and eye surgery etc. 

On 70th Foundation Year, 70 Workshops, at 70 Places
GST workshop for girl students under women empowerment.
The workshop will be held at eight different colleges
Blood Donation camp on 30th June and 1st July

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI),Pune Branch of WIRC, Organises various programme on the occasion of its foundation day celebration. For completing one year of ‘Goods and Services Tax’ (GST) ICAI has organized 5 days’ workshop for girl students under women empowerment and also Mega Blood Donation Camp across Pune City.

The Hon.  President of India Shri. Ram Nath Kovind Ji will address the inaugural session of GST workshop all over India on 1st July, 2018.

ICAI celebrates its foundation day as “CA day” every year on 1st July. On this occasion ICAI organizes various programs throughout the country. These include plantation, blood donation camp, eye surgery, book distribution etc. Two day’s blood donation camp is being held on 30th June and 1st July 2018, in the collaboration with the Pune Branch of WIRC of ICAI, Western India Chartered Accountants Students Association (WICASA) and other Chartered Accountant Firms. This blood donation camp will be held at ICAI Bhawan Bibwewadi, Phadke Sankul, Sadashiv Peth, Rathi  Rathi & com. Opp. Pu La Deshpande Garden, SRPA and Associates Kharadi, Pune Deccan CPE study circle Law College Road,  SKP group Baner–Pashan link road, SPCM Mitramandal chowk and Bizsolindia Services Baner,said by CA Anand R Jakhotiya, Chairman ,Pune Branch of WIRC of ICAI.

GST workshops are organized in collaboration with ICAI Career Counseling Group, ICAI Pune Branch of WIRC, Savitribai Phule, Pune University’s Management Division-IQAC-PUMBA,MIT-WPU, SNDT College and Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha (MKSSS’s) Pune from July 1st and there after every Saturday in the month of July (That, 7, 14, 21, 28 July) 2018. These workshops are mainly for the under graduates and postgraduates student of commerce throughout the country as partner in ‘Beti Padhao’ scheme of government of India for providing the basic details and broadening the knowledgebase of the girl students. 

ICAI is taking such workshops with various universities and institutions. So far, this group has organized more than 2000 career counseling programs. Total of 20 hours training is going to be on 70th year, 70 different workshops at 70 places, out of these eight workshops will be organized by ICAI’s Pune Branch of WIRC. 

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Nipah: The Virus that kept Entire India in Panic

NIPAH (NiV) a virus mostly carried by fruit bats is causing large-scale panic in Kerala which is under control now. Around 16 deaths were reported in the state over 15days.

Nipah was first identified in Malaysia in 1998. This infection was first reported in India in 2001 and six years later, which claimed almost 50 lives. Nipah includes flu-like symptoms that often lead to encephalitis and coma. According to WHO, fruit bats are the main carrier of NIPAH virus, for which there is no vaccination available.

Dr. Rajeev Soman, MBBS, MD and FIDSA, Consultant Physician & Infectious Diseases Specialist, Jupiter Hospital, Baner explained more about this disease and how to prevent this type of disease.

Q1. What is Nipah?
It is a Paramyxovirus (RNA virus) which has been responsible for causing disease in South and South East Asia. It was first identified during an outbreak in Malaysia/ Singapore in 1998-99, and is named after the village where it started.

Q2. How does it spread?
It is carried by fruit bats, and people consuming food or water contaminated by secretions or excretions of infected bats are at risk. The Bangladesh outbreaks were due to consumption of tree sap contaminated by bat excretion. Person to person transmission is also documented.

Q3. Are there any other animals involved?
Pigs served as intermediate hosts in the Malaysian outbreak, but do not appear important in subsequent outbreaks.

Q4. What are the symptoms?
Fever, headache, drowsiness, disorientation and delirium which can occur 3-14 days after onset of symptom. This can progress to coma in 24-48 hours. Presentation as ARDS is less common.

Q5. How is it diagnosed?
A high index of suspicion is needed, based on history of being in the area affected, and presenting with an encephalitic illness. Serology can help identify patients on recovery. PCR of blood, urine, CSF or nasopharyngeal secretions can identify active cases.

Q6. Is there a vaccine?
There is no human vaccine as yet. Passive immunoglobulins not studied.

Q7. How can we prevent disease spread?
1.Identify possible cases early- patients with travel to Malappuram and Kozhikode within 14 days of presentation who have fever should be assessed appropriately.
2.Proper contact and droplet precautions- hand hygiene mask and at least 6 feet space between the infected patient and all others mandatory.
3.Label all lab samples correctly to warn the lab personnel
4.Procedures require extra precaution.
5.Expired patients need to be wrapped and families counseled on safe disposal.
6.Notify authorities immediately.

NIPAH is thus a contagious disease. A person if gets infected by this virus has to keep isolated for further treatment.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Western Region Convocation of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) organized at Pune

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) organised Convocation 2018 – Western Region at Vivekanand Auditorium, MIT Engineering College, Kothrud, Pune today to formalize the Award of Associate Membership of the Institute to the newly qualified CS Members. Around 180 members were present during the first session and second session was attended by 240 associates members.

Dr. N S Umarani, Pro. Vice Chancellor, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune was the Chief Guest in the occasion for the first session.

Dr. N S Umarani congratulated the newly qualified Company Secretaries for their exemplary performance and also congratulated the new CS Members by motivating them to remain inquisitive throughout their lives, saying this would ensure constant growth of their knowledge.
Dr N.S. Umarani, Pro Vice Chancellor, Savitribai Phule Pune University said that, “Curriculum is a tool of education , country is changing with great phase and therefore industries are changing, change is happening from last 20-25 years , company secretary are not only company secretaries but also crisis secretaries.” He further said “Hard work, passion and compassion is very important and that will take budding company secretaries to great height.” 

CS Makarand Lele, President, ICSI while addressing newly qualified CS members said, that “We need leaders who feel empowered, not under influence but who are open to new ideas, who want every single person in the country to feel like they belong, build relations because relation never fails”. He further said “Always accept challenges, accept the tough job and show your strength by fulfilling your job“.

Prof. (Dr) E B Khedkar, Vice Chancellor, Ajinkya D Y Patil University, Pune Chief Guest in the second session urged the students to follow the path of truth and ethics in their future endeavours and guide the corporate world on Corporate Governance and compliances.

CS Amit Jain, Chairman WIRC, CS Ashish Garg, Council Member, ICSI, were also present in the occasion.

CS Dinesh Chandra Arora, Secretary, ICSI declared the Convocation open and also proposed the vote of thanks while concluding the ceremony later.

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is a premier professional body set up under an Act of Parliament, i.e., Company Secretaries Act, 1980, for the regulation and development of the profession of Company Secretaries in India. It functions under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. The Institute, being a pro-active body, focuses on best and top-quality education to students of Company Secretaries Course and best quality set standards for CS members. The institute has over 55,000 members and about 3 lakh students on its roll.

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B Natural Juices & Beverages achieves aGUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®supported by 572 girlsin Punjab, as part of the B Natural Harman XI campaign

572 girls led by Harmanpreet Kaur performed jump squats for a minute to create the record and showcase their support for B Natural Harman X...