Tuesday, 19 March 2019

UBM - Informa pledges to cover the Earth’s Equator

With Walk the World, a walkathon for networking and to raise charity

Mumbai, March 18th 2019: UBM-Informa, a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B event’s organiser globally, is set to organise the first Walk the World, the organisation’s flagship annual charity event on March 20 at Marine Drive, Mumbai, in the form of a walkathon. Similar events will simultaneously take place in Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru.

Each year, Walk the World encourages, involves colleagues from every Informa office around the globe to participate in a walkathon in an iconic part of their city to raise funds for a charity of their choice. With participation from offices in more than 20 countries across the globe, Walk the World (WTW) aims to cover more than the length of the earth’s equator and walk an aggregate of 60,000 kms, i.e (the actual length is 40,075 kms) and raise approximately GBP 2,50,000 for charity. The locations for the walkathons have varied from the Central Park in New York City, to the River Thames in London, and the Great Wall of China in Beijing.
Given the recent combination of UBM and Informa, with all its divisions, this will be the most ambitious and grand Walk the World, shadowing last year’s aggregate of 40,000 kms – with new entrant Mumbai on March 20, will make it so. The charity of choice for the Mumbai edition is to raise funds for the Education of the Differently Abled where in the organization has have tied up with the NGO, Samarthanam Trust, which has organized similar campaigns for with giant conglomerations such as Microsoft, L&T Technology Services, RBL Services, Oracle, Citi Foundation, Societi Generale, and HDFC Life, among several others. Many beneficiaries of the charity will also participate in Walk The World.  
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, MD, UBM India said, “We are delighted to participate and join the walkathon for the noble endeavour. Besides, WTW perfectly syncs with a number of our organisational goals, including camaraderie, networking, working for inclusion and also being fit and agile. As India’s leading B2B event’s organiser, our company has been committed to the cause of community and nation building and working towards the cause of education of the young is the key to empowering the nation.”
The best WTW campaign will be judged and invited to walk at the London Walk in June 2019. Last year, over 96 percent participants including team members, celebrities, select clients and vendors thoroughly enjoyed WTW and felt proud to be a part of it.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Impressive participation by Goa Tourism at BTL, Lisbon, Portugal which commenced on 13th March 2019

Panjim, March 14: 2019 - Goa Tourism puts up an impressive show at  BTL (Bolsa de Tourismo de Lisboa) in Lisbon,   Portugal  being held from March 13-17, 2019. The five-day event which began on 13th March is receiving an excellent response with market leaders increasing their stand size followed by participation from a cross section of global and Indian travel and tourism markets.

The Hon’ble Indian Ambassador to Portugal, Ms. K. Nandini Singla called on the  Goa Tourism  delegation  led by Mr. Sanjiv Gadkar, Director, Department  of Tourism, Govt.  of Goa.  Ms. Singla expressed  delight on  Goa Tourism’s participation  at the Bolsa de Tourismo de Lisboa and  for setting up an attractive  and  impressive pavilion showcasing the best that Goa Tourism has to offer to the world.  

Ms. Singla who had visited Goa last year and  met  the Hon’ble Tourism Minister, Mr.  Manohar Ajgaonkar, once again  re-assured  the Goa Tourism  delegation of  her continued support  and pursuing   bilateral ties between Goa and  Portugal through tourism,  sports and  other areas. As part of this initiative, Ms. Singla also urged  Goa Tourism to initiate  talks with APAVT, an association of Portuguese travel and tourism agencies which could  facilitate and  boost footfalls  to Goa in the near future.

Mr.  Jose Ulisses Correia e  Silva, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Cape Verde who also visited  Goa Tourism’s pavilion at the on-going BTL, Lisbon,  showed  keen  interest in Goa as a tourism destination having  a plethora of  facets. He expressed his desire to engage in  bilateral   relations for an exchange  of tourism ties  between  the two regions.
Mr. Deepak Narvekar, PRO – GTDC &  Mr. Gajanan Mahale, ATO – Dept.  of Tourism were also present during the interactions.

Goa Tourism has set up an attractive pavilion at the BTL,  Lisbon showcasing all its new tourism products and services , organized presentations and interactions with bigwigs from the tourism  industry which received tremendous response from international buyers, tour operators, travel agents, wedding planners, corporate travel decision makers, potential investors in the field of hospitality, leisure and travel industry.

Several  bloggers and  travel writers visited BTL and obtained information on Goa Tourism services and other facilities. Goa Tourism officials  are engaging in B2B  meetings and are networking   with prominent tour operators during the event. Many bloggers  have also visited the Goa stall. A Goa Evening was also organised which was well attended by travel and tour operators, media, visitors and  other dignitaries .Goa Tourism’s pavilion was  designed and managed by Mr. Elvis Dias of AMO .

Mercedes-Benz enhances its AMG portfolio; launches the new AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupé

India’s largest luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz today further bolstered its position in the performance car segment with the launch of the new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupé.  With the launch of this latest AMG, Mercedes-Benz India now has 15+ AMG and dream cars in its vast and diverse portfolio of performance cars. The two-door Coupé is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine, producing 287kW of power and 520 Nm of torque, which accelerates the vehicle from standstill to 100 km/h in a mere 4.7 seconds. A perfect combination of performance and design, Mercedes-Benz India introduced the all-new Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupé for the first time in India.

Key Highlights:

·       This is first ever two door coupe in the AMG 43 line, introduced by Mercedes-Benz in India
·       The Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupé is a sporty, suave and unique offering from the AMG line of the C-Class range
·       Powered by a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine which generates 287kW (390 hp) and 520Nm torque; helping it accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds!
·       Equipped for performance: AMG SPEEDSHIFT 9-speed transmission with shortened shift times, 2-stage AMG speed-sensitive steering with AMG specific tuning, AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, AMG ride control suspension, AMG exhaust system, AMG specific interiors and more
·       AMG Performance 4MATIC with AMG-specific power distribution: 31% to the front axle and 69% to the rear axle for greater driving dynamics and improved traction while accelerating
·       Enhanced features: Front sports seats with AMG-specific upholstery, new generation telematics NTG 5.5 with 10.25-inch high resolution media display, panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting with 64 colours, Multibeam LED headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and more
·       The New AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupé is customizable with MB’s renowned ‘designo’ platform
·       The AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupé is priced starting from INR 75 lakhs ex-showroom, all India     

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Times Network hosts the 5th edition of Digital India Summit 2019


Mr Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology – “India could be a $ 3 Trillion economic in the next 4 to 5 years that that is the goal we have set. Digital India is designed to empower ordinary Indian’s. Our idea is to make India the biggest manufacturing hub in the field of electronics with one crore employment in the electronics sector and 35-40 lakhs in the software sector”.

Mr Rajan Mathew, Director General, COAI, “We are looking at $ 100 billion investment requirement which will primarily be driven by the private sector”.

Amit Malviya Social Media & IT Chief, BJP – “BJP dominates the digital space; hence we are often accused of things that we haven't done like spreading fake news which can be interpreted wrongly”.

New Delhi, March 13, 2019TIMES NETWORK, India’s leading broadcast network, hosted the 5th edition of its landmark event, ‘Digital India Summit 2019’ today. Driving the 5th edition’s theme, ‘Unveiling India’s $ 1 Trillion Digital Dream’, the summit created conversations with the torch bearers of the digital universe to share their vision and insights to empower and transform India as the complete digital economy. 

Throwing the spotlight on fast-tracking Indian’s digital economy with more than 45 eminent speakers and 13 power packed sessions, Digital India Summit 2019 addressed the key sectors and industries in digital transformation including E-Campaigning, E-Health, E-Commerce, Financial Inclusion to Digital Payments, E-Food to Entertainment and Travel. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honorable Union Minister for Law & Justice and Electronics & Information Technology, delivered the keynote address highlighting the key contributing factors in achieving India’s $ 1 Trillion Digital Dream and Dinesh Kumar Garg, Executive Director - Union Bank of India, deliberated on Digital India with a focus on digital economy and financial inclusion.

 MK Anand, MD & CEO, Times Network said, “With a view to bring public attention to the efforts underway in driving the world’s fastest growing major digital economy, Digital India Summit unveils India’s $1 Trillion Digital Economy dream, addressing the possibilities and challenges across key domains which are critical components in digital transformation.”

Speaking at the Digital India Summit, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Law& Justice and Electronics & Information Technology said, “The  IT industry is present in 200 cities of 80 countries with a turnover of 167 billion plus,125 billion exports, employing 40 lakh people directly and 1.25 crore indirectly, the industry employs 33% women and they are rising by the day”.

“Digital India is designed to empower ordinary Indian’s, the entire digital ecosystem has advanced in the last few years and we wish to keep this momentum. Our Digital initiatives have empowered nearly 1.5 crore students with e-scholarship worth 5000 along with our initiative of Ayushman Bharat, 50 crore Indians are going to get assistance. In November 2016, there were only 4000 transactions per day on BHIM UPI app and in December 2018 it has reached 2 crores transaction per day, this is being propelled by people living in smaller cities”.

“Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad further stated that there was a time when India consisted of only 2 mobile manufacturers and today there are 127 mobile manufacturers making India the second largest mobile manufacturing country only second after China. Our idea is to make India the biggest manufacturing hub in the field of electronics with one crore employment in the electronics sector and 35-40 lakhs in the software sector”.

“India has become the 2nd largest start-up movement in the world with the valuation of Unicorn is higher than in the UK. Concluding, he added that any data imperialism will not be acceptable, we are creating India’s IT(Information Technology) + IT (India’s Talent) = ITIT, India could be a $ 3 Trillion economic in the next 4 to 5 years that that is the goal we have set”.

Dinesh Kumar Garg, Executive Director - Union Bank of India, said, “Digital India is one of the biggest government programs in the world to bring about sustainable and inclusive societal transformation using digital technologies. The process of making India into a trillion-dollar digital economy has begun and Digital India is making this dream a reality. Technology is already playing a crucial role in driving financial inclusion of the under-banked as well as the un-banked population in the country. Digital India is the biggest step towards Digital Economy & Financial Inclusion. We at Union Bank Of India are committed to helping India achieve its digital vision. We are proud to partner Times Network in this impact initiative”.

Amit Malviya, IT Chief, BJP shared views on the digital impact on consumers, "The disruption in social media has caused a lot of change and has given easy access to consumers to share their views and today it is so powerful that it has become a mainstream platform. BJP dominates the digital space; hence we are often accused of things that we haven't done like spreading fake news which can be interpreted wrongly. Today, there are several platforms and millions of people using apps like TikTok, Sharechat, Facebook. Such apps keep tier2, tier3 cities well informed and cannot be deceived by fake news".

Vineet Arora, MD & CEO, Aegon Life Insurance Company Limited, India, said, “India has been in the process of gearing up for a digital economy over the last few years. The Indian insurance sector specifically is increasingly embracing digitisation in line with the government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative. In the digital age, customers are demanding simple terms, transparency, easy-to-understand benefits, and increased automation. Even traditional Indian enterprises are also compelled to go digital. Aegon Life is the pioneer of digital insurance in India and we constantly endeavour to infuse digital for ease of buying of the customer. Digital bears the potential of working as a catalyst for the noteworthy growth of the insurance industry.”

Speaking on ‘Is India 5G ready’?  Rajan Mathew, Director General, COAI said, “ India is still behind in the race for 5G, there is tremendous long-term investment required to get our 4G networks in shape, keeping in mind capacity and quality issues. We are looking at $ 100 billion investment requirement which will primarily be driven by the private sector and unless issues of financial stress are dealt with, we are far from reaching the 5G era. We seek the government’s attention to this, allowing telecom players to make essential investments to take the country towards a robust 4G and then question ourselves, are we 5G ready?

Attended by some of the most valued dignitaries in India across sectors, the summit witnessed a diverse network of thought leaders, digital gurus, policymakers addressing the audience through a series of panel discussions and deliberations on enabling the country’s greater digital progress. The notable speakers at the summit included Amit Malviya, Social Media & IT Strategist – BJP, Aashish Yadav, Social media & IT Strategist - SP & BSP , Ankit Lal, Social Media & IT Strategist - AAP, Nath Parameswaran, India Director – Paypal,  Rajan Mathews, Director General -, Cellular Operators Association of India, , Deep Kalra, Founder & Group CEO - Make My Trip and Upasana Taku, Founder & CEO – Mobikwik, Tarun Katial, CEO -ZEE5 and Amanpreet Bajaj, Country Manager - Airbnb among others.

The 5th Digital India Summit 2019 is presented by Union Bank of India, digital insurance partner - Aegon Life Insurance, OTT partner - MX Player, associate partner – Toshiba, CSR partner -Honda, digital cinema partner – UFO Movies and solution partner – SAP.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Platinum Jewellery stirred by Art


Mumbai, March 11, 2019: In a unique effort, renowned jeweller & a fêted artist Rajiv Popley merges two art forms to bring to you an exquisite line of platinum jewellery inspired by his own collection of paintings. A curated collection that can never be made twice, all originals in rare and precious – Platinum

Deeply inspired by Salvador Dali, his newest series of oil on canvas models surrealism at its core immersing a spiritual and meditative feature. This new promising series is blended with Hindu culture and the land of Kabir - Kaashi.

One of the most captivating pieces named “Kaashi Nath” is inspired from the tranquil phenomenon at Kashi where the sun rises, the bells ring & the holy fire purifies the air. The yellow sapphire surrounded with rose cuts set in platinum, circled by enamel and baroque pearls symbolises the serenity at Kaashi during the sunrise aarti on the Ganga ghats


Another riveting piece from this collection is named the “Circle of Life” which embodies the entangled nature of life, death and infinite nature of energy. The flamingos – a powerful animal totem in the spiritual universe, symbolizes the release of old emotions and represents new experiences that journey along the circle of life. Taking inspiration from this, is the ethereal pair of earrings crafted in platinum combined with pink gold in alternating design, depicting eternity. The flamingo wings are fabricated in Platinum & Rose gold embedded with Rose Cut Solitaires outlined with hallow of brilliant cut diamonds




This piece of art also extends inspiration to another striking pendant symbolic of the blue moon in the painting. As the blue moon glows in the light of the Sun, while the flamingios dance happily...blue sapphire set in pink gold dangles from the radial star of marquise rose cuts set in platinum centered with yellow sapphire. 


Speaking on this specially curated collection Rajiv Popley said, "I have expressed my passion by creating art-on-canvas that will adorn the wall & then translated this into platinum ornaments as art to be worn & flaunted".

In a tribute to Kabir, Rajiv interprets the famous poem– “I said to my longing heart, what is this river you want to cross? 
There are no travellers before you, there is no road. Do you see anyone moving or resting on that bank? There is no river at all, and no boat, and no boatman. There is not even a rope to tow the boat, and no one to pull it. There is no earth, no sky, no time, no thing, no shore, no ford!” on canvas. 
This doha entrancingly translates into a piece of jewellery symbolic of victory of the spirit over the senses, of intelligence & wisdom, of knowledge. Blue petals woven onto blue enamel unfurl to reveal the lustre of the diamonds set with pristine pearls


Rare and precious, platinum jewellery is truly a perennial artist favourite. All over the world, designers prefer precious platinum to create master pieces because of its versatility, and because it is the most secure setting for any precious gemstone. It’s no surprise that Rajiv chose the rarest of metals Platinum to interpret his artwork
About Rajiv Popley
Rajiv Popley is a third Generation Jeweller who is passionate about design & colours. He expresses himself not only through gemstones & metal but also through Oil & Canvas.

This love for colours journeyed through his childhood and matured into a passion in the recent years. Since then he has been painting & displaying his works Solo. He has exhibited at curated shows at both International & national venues namely, Artexpo New York, Jaipur Art Summit, Bombay Art Society & now at D/code Design Show 2019.
Inspired by works of Salvador Dali, he has taken surrealism into his stride & has adapted & blended his works on spirituality & meditative nature.

Rajiv is a qualified jeweller with a flair in jewellery fabrication. He is currently the only one in India to be working on Art Deco jewellery in Platinum which has been accredited by the Platinum Guild International too. This collection in Platinum, Emeralds, Rubies & Rose cut diamonds was previewed along with Oil on Canvas artworks & artefacts at the D/code Design show 2019.

Monday, 11 March 2019

AVON kickstarts Women’s Day campaign ‘Looks Like Freedom’

 New Delhi: March 8th, 2019: AVON, the 130-year-old women’s beauty brand has been always standing for women empowerment and giving them freedom to live their lives their way. This Women’s Day AVON is launching a campaign which helps them to celebrate womanhood though out the year and not only just one day. The campaign is called ‘Looks Like Freedom’ and the objective of the campaign is to challenge social norms in India around the role of women and encourages women to choose their lives unapologetically. The campaign will go live on AVON digital platforms on 8th March 2019.

AVON is beginning the campaign with a concept of 8 to Image result for eight to infinity (8 to infinity) as AVON not only celebrates women on 8th March but every day of the year.

AVON has a full range of innovative products that suit every choice of beauty and has a democratic approach to beauty and self-expression. AVON believes in beauty democracy and provides biggest range of products to suit everyone for every occasion, every time with “No Rules, No Labels, No Judgement”.

“AVON is committed to providing women with an identity of their own and the freedom to live their life their way. As an organisation, we have always encouraged women to be independent and have given them the freedom to earn and learn. We are launching this campaign to encourage people not to celebrate women’s day just one day but every day of the year. We believe that women should live their lives without regrets and boundaries “says Swati Jain, Marketing Director AVON.

The main objective of this campaign is to promote women empowerment and break outdated social standards which can encourage women to live an unapologetic life. Through this campaign AVON celebrates the undying spirit of women.

About AVON

For 130 years AVON has stood for women: providing innovative, quality beauty products which are primarily sold to women, through women.  Millions of independent Representatives across the world sell iconic AVON brands such as AVON Color and ANEW through their social networks, building their own beauty businesses on a full- or part-time basis.  AVON supports women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship and well-being and has donated over $1billion to women’s causes through AVON and the AVON Foundation.  Learn more about AVON and its products at www.avonworldwide.com.  #Stand4Her

Saturday, 9 March 2019


~Winners get a chance to win a free retail space at Inorbit mall for 9 months~

Mumbai, 8th March 2019 – On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Inorbit mall announced Season 5 of their annual marketing property – PINK POWER. As the name suggests, Pink Power aims to empower women entrepreneurs through this initiative by creating a business platform at Inorbit malls across all 5 geographies and enabling them to build their brand.

Starting 8th March, women entrepreneurs are invited to submit their business ideas and embark on a successful journey. All they need to do is to submit their existing business plan, however big or small, by logging on to www.inorbit.in/pinkpower  The online form allows one to choose categories like Apparel, Accessories, Footwear, Bags, Stationery (Gift Articles), Handicraft, Home Décor and Food & Beverage. Pink Power contest is open for women in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Vadodara. The last day of the registration is 15th April 2019.

Shortlisted participants will go through a series of rounds and will compete for the title. Winners will be given free retail kiosk space at the mall for a period of 9 months. That’s not all, they will also be provided marketing support by Inorbit throughout the period of the kiosk to give their brand visibility. Mall will also enable them to participate in various In Mall events.

 “Lot of women have great business ideas but not the resources to bring them to life. Pink Power is a collective effort of Inorbit and multiple partnering brands that encourage women to pursue their dream and help them build their own retail brand. Now that the entries for the fifth season are open, we invite women entrepreneurs to register and jumpstart their ambition. We are celebrating Pink Power with a brand film that showcases inspirational women who had the courage to follow their dreams and the determination to make it happen. We want to convey to all aspiring entrepreneurs that they can be next.” Said Naviin Ibhrampurkar, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications

Over the last four seasons, Pink Power has emerged as one of the most loved campaigns amongst women entrepreneurs. Inorbit Mall is excited about its 5th season of Pink Power and is hoping for a great participation.

For submission of entries, please click on http://www.inorbit.in/pinkpower

Friday, 8 March 2019

Celebrate Women’s Day with Flamingo range of Lifestyle & Healthcare products that can be used in office, gym & home

Ascent Meditech Limited

Premium Exercise Bands, Sauna Belt, Maternity Belt, Abdominal Binder, Below Knee Stockings, Anti-Skid Socks for all age-groups, available anytime anywhere

Special offer of 10% off on Comfort, Premium, Lifestyle, Pediatric Wound-care, & Mobility range of products; No delivery charges for spends above Rs. 200

Mumbai, 7 March 2019: Ascent Meditech Limited, a leading player in Orthopedic Soft Goods, Mobility, Wound-care and Healthcare products, having a female to male ratio of 48:52 celebrates International Women’s Day with a series of Flamingo range of lifestyle and healthcare products that can be used by girls and women across all age-groups for regular day-to-day activities and all stages of life.

In the lifestyle, Flamingo has products for gym such as Premium Exercise Bands – used to strengthen, tone, shape muscles as well as for rehabilitation of muscles. They help to increase strength, stamina and coordination. They can be used by individuals and in clinics. 

The Heat Therapy range comprises of Sauna Belt, Heat Belt (Travel) and Premium Heat Belt amongst others.
At work, Flamingo offers the Back Rest Series including Foam Back Rest, Memory Foam Back Rest. The abdominal belt, abdominal binder, below knee stockings and maternity belt below provide relief to pregnant women pre and post-delivery. The Diabetes Socks, Diabetes Socks with Anti-Skid and Anti-Skid Socks also help pregnant & elder women.

Mr. Rajiv Mistry, Founder & MD, Ascent Meditech Ltd., said, ‘’Women want to look/ be perfect, fulfil their aspirations and succeed at every life stage. They are in the lookout for lifestyle aids that help in partaking diverse activities efficiently – be it work, play or managing households. We, at Ascent Meditech Ltd., address their life stage, mindset and personality traits to offer solutions using state-of-the-art technology. Our Flamingo range of offerings is specifically designed to provide support to women consumers looking forward to lead an active lifestyle.’’

The Company has appointed Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan as the brand ambassador for their flagship brand ‘Flamingo’. Adhering to international certification standards for medical products, the Flamingo range of 320+ products, are accepted by consumers in 47 countries globally. The epitome of super-human fitness and dancer par excellence, Hrithik Roshan unveiled the teaser of a new consumer awareness campaign titled ‘An Aid for a New Life’ marking his brand endorsement of Flamingo Orthopedic Soft Goods, Mobility, Wound-care and Healthcare products.

The Company has launched its e-commerce platform www.flamingohealth.com making its flagship brand Flamingo products available anytime, anywhere across the country. The Company's e-commerce platform flamingohealth.com will initially focus on 110 products (available in multiple SKUs) out of the total portfolio of over 320+ products. The product mix maintained for the e-commerce platform comprises of OTC as well as RX products, with majority being OTC products. The product range is segregated into 6 categories: Comfort Range: For Back, Shoulder, Arm, Leg, Knee, Ankle, Compression Aids and Splints; Premium Range: Regular Premium, Neoprene; Lifestyle Range: For Heat Therapy, Cold Therapy, Back Rest, Cushions, Sports; Pediatric Range: For Kids; Wound-care Range: Bandages for everyday use; Mobility Range: Crutches, Walkers. Products across the 6 categories are available at a discount of 10% to the MRP. Ascent Meditech has tied up with FedEx for product fulfillment across the length and breadth of the country. There is a flat 10% discount for all purchases made on www.flamingohealth.comOn purchase of Rs. 200 and above, consumers need not pay any Delivery Charges.