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February 2016

BIRA91 FOUNDER ANKUR JAIN NAMED IN ‘40 UNDER 40’ LIST BY FORTUNE INDIA MAGAZINE

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Bangalore, India, February, 2016: Mr. Ankur Jain, Founder of Bira91 (B9 Beverages), India’s first Craft Beer company has been listed in ‘40 UNDER 40’ LIST BY FORTUNE INDIA Magazine.

Fortune India’s 40 under 40 is an esteemed list of individuals whom editors at Fortune magazine consider to be the most influential leaders for the year.  Fortune is an international business journal best known for its annual ranking of companies and individual achievers from the world of business. It qualifies and features the most innovative entrepreneurs who have successfully turned ideas into profitable businesses. The list includes business leaders, political personalities, sportsmen, fashion designers, and others who are under forty years old.

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Launched in February 2015, Bira91 is taking the market by storm and is well on its way to change the dynamics of the beer market in India. The article specifically mentions the quirky logo, its vibrant social marketing and how the brand went viral with a growth of 30% month on month. It also states that Bira91 has recently raised USD 6 million in Series A funding by Sequoia Capital.

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“After establishing a stronghold in seven cities with 30% share in the premium beer market within a year of its launch, our key focus remains in maintaining a personal connect with the consumer as well as spreading the love and culture for perfect tasting beer. It is a proud moment for us as a brand to get acknowledged by Fortune India and we owe it to our consumers. Consumers love Bira91 and recommend us to people they know. This kind of strong word-of-mouth puts Bira91 in an extremely unique position full of limitless opportunity and serious responsibility in the coming years and we are all geared up for it.” said Mr. Ankur Jain, CEO, B9 Beverages.

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“Offbeat 2016”

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Offbeat, the music show with a difference is back with the 2016 edition by the India chapter of a non profit electronics organization (SMTA) to raise funds in aid of the mentally challenged at Chowdiah Memorial Hall on Sunday the 6th of March from 6.15 to 9.30 PM

The beneficiaries are:

YST: a workshop for the mentally challenged

Vishwashantiniketan: a group home for the differently abled.

“Offbeat 2016” showcases the unconventional and less celebrated heroes of today’s society, that is the mentally challenged citizens and the less celebrated actors and actresses of Hindi Cinema on whom popular songs have been picturised.

Well known singers will be entertaining you that evening. To name a few, we have Sinchan Dixit, Samanvitha Sharma, Manoj Vashishta, Govind Kurnool and Aniket Prabhu. Singers like Shruthi Bhide, Anoop Kulkarni and Aditya Vittal will also be introduced that evening. Orchestra will be by Pradeep Patkar and team.

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Date: Sunday, 6th of March, 2016

Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th cross, GD Park Extension, 2nd Main Road, Malleshwaram –Bangalore 560003

Contact: 080 23445810/23443956

Time: 6.15 – 9.30 PM

For info and tickets contact: Rajeev Kulkarni : 9739820374 / Dr Vasudha Theertharam : 9886019151

‘At the Thresholds of life and death’

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Bengaluru, 28 February 2016: The two day photo exhibition titled ‘At the Thresholds of life and death’ by the Health and Nutrition specialization students at the Azim Premji University was held at the Chaya Gallery, Rangoli Metro Art Centre on  February 27-28, 2016. The exhibition attracted a stream of visitors from all walks of life including students and fellows from public health institutions, academia, women activists and the lay public interested in women’s lives.  450-500 people visited the exhibition during these two days.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Laxmi Murthy, Consulting Editor, Himal South Asia and head of the HRI Institute for South Asian Research and Exchange.

Lauding the efforts of the students, she spoke how the exhibition portrays the different aspects of women’s lives depicting as much the everyday struggles of women as their powerful stories of hope and survival. “What is remarkable about the exhibition is the mindfulness and humility with which these photographs have been taken, arranged and captioned to convey multiple narratives”, said Laxmi Murthy. She also found the juxtaposition of the text and photograph an interesting technique to resist linearity or even predictability of the reality of life.

Drawing on seven different states in East and Central India, the stories of women depicted in this exhibition travel from the Garos in Assam, Sahariyas in Madhya Pradesh, Kandhas in Odisha, Bengali Muslims in West Bengal, Oraons in Chhattisgarh, the self-help groups in rural Bihar and those living in the slums in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The real life stories of women reflect on the provision of care in Government and private health centres, and domestic spaces, the journeys between these spaces and their outcomes. The stories and experiences of women witness a range of events that move from the mundane (the everyday life of pregnant woman) to the extraordinary (the death of a child/mother) as well as varied experiences including accessing formal and informal spaces of care (state provisioning through ante-natal care, institutional delivery, healing hands of a mid-wife, help from the family) or even ruptures in such care (severe anemia, malnutrition, near miss or maternal death). These stories are co-written by those who the women encounter in this journey of motherhood that is, the ASHAs, Sahiyas, Ojhas, Dais, family members, multi-purpose Village Health Workers, Auxiliary Nurse Midwives and doctors.

While maternal health is a visible priority for the Government of India reflected in its commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, in particular MDG5, and recently Sustainable Development Goals, stories of several women living at the margins of society, disadvantaged by virtue of their castes, classes and genders get silenced. The exhibition is a modest effort by the Health and Nutrition specialization students at the Azim Premji University to capture the voices of women from these marginalized communities and render them audible. They have several stories to share that lie at the thresholds of life and death.

The response to the exhibition by those visited has been overwhelming. “A compelling presentation, something that attracts more youth to support the cause of maternal and child health. It is an eye opener to see different shades of lives that have stories of hope, survival and inspiration as well as that of despair and marginality” said Reethu John, a HR professional in the city.

The students who put up this photo exhibition are Aswhini, Damini, Ganga, Preeti, Rajnit, Ratneshwar, Saumil, Vrinda and Tutul. They are in their second year of M.A. Development and are part of the Health and Nutrition specialization within this program. Arima Mishra and Sreeparna Chattopadhyay, faculty at the University mentored these students throughout the entire journey of the exhibition.

Vineeth rises to head Bengaluru to win over Aizawl

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28th February, 2016, Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC moved to second position on the table and kept the pace on leaders Mohun Bagan after a CK Vineeth goal in the 49th minute gave Ashley Westwood’s team a 1-0 win over Aizawl FC, at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Sunday evening. Vineeth’s fourth League goal, a flicked header from a freekick, took Bengaluru FC to 18 points from nine games, one more than East Bengal who have a game in hand.

Westwood rung in as many as six changes from the team that started in the defeat to Lao Toyota on Wednesday. Having missed the travel to Laos with a niggle, skipper Sunil Chhetri made his way back into the team, being deployed just behind Len Doungel who replaced Kim Song Yong in attack.

Lalchhuanmawia’s sending off against Mohun Bagan meant Keegan Pereira manned things in the left-back position while Amrinder Singh was back in goal ahead of Lalthuammawia Ralte. Udanta Singh and Malsawmzuala, second-half substitutes on Wednesday, were the other starters.

For all the frustrating moments in front of and around goal in the first half, Bengaluru got their lead only four minutes into the restart. A Bengaluru freekick down the right saw Keegan Pereira swing in a delightful cross that had more than a hint of similarity to his assist for the Blues’ winner in Aizawl. And Vineeth matched the delivery with a leap and a header that beat ‘keeper Zothanmawia all ends up.
Vineeth could have had a second just minutes later but he couldn’t keep his volley down and on target from just inside the box.

Aizawl did have a late charge of sorts but the Blues defended in numbers and clinically, knowing well that lead was too slender and precious to let go of. For all the times his defence nipped attacks in bud, Amrinder had his own moment of playing hero when he kept out an Alfred Jaryan strike from point blank range with just three minutes left on the clock.

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Bengaluru FC’s Seiminlen Doungel made a nuisance of himself in the Aizawl FC half, harrying defenders with his strength and direct running.   

  

Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri controls a high ball as an Aizawl FC player attempts to thwart the danger.   

  

Sunil Chhetri’s well-timed runs and his all-round passing range meant Aizawl FC kept a close watch on the Blues skipper, even using multiple markers for the forward during passages of play. 

 

Indians built Asia’s first computer!

Asia’s first computer was built at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, in early 1960s! This was mentioned by Dr Vijay Chandru, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Strand Life Sciences. He was sharing his thoughts on ‘Information Science and Precision Medicine’ in the Indo-French Innovation Workshop being held at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru. He also noted that the time lines of genomic and computational revolutions overlapped quite a bit, which ultimately enabled data intensive healthcare.

The second and concluding of the Indo-French Innovation Workshop witnessed some high quality discussions by renowned researchers from both India and France. The topics discussed were: ‘Innovation And Technologies For Energy’, ‘Informatics As The New Innovation Lever’, and ‘Innovation In Economics and the Economics Of Innovation’. There was also a panel discussion on ‘How do societies (governments, citizens, industries) favour transfer of innovative research (fundamental and technological) into practical industrial revolutions?’

The two day Workshop was jointly organised by the Service for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in India, New Delhi, the College de France, Paris, the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities, New Delhi, the French Institute in India, French Embassy in India, and the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

Professor Marc Fontecave, Chair in Chemistry of Biological Processes, Collège de France explained the significance of basic chemistry research in addressing the global challenges posed by climate change and the looming energy crisis. According to him, the world needs 27 tera Watts of power in 2050, out of which 12 tera Watt has to be carbon-free. Stressing on the intermittent nature of renewable sources, he said that the world needs novel technological solutions for storing energy.

Dr ThirumalachariRamasami, Former Indian Science and Technology Secretary, carried on the discussion on energy, but from an Indian perspective. “World energy demand is rising at about 1.5% per year. The challenge is to balance human development index with energy consumption, and ensuring long term sustainability with low ecological impact”, he said. He also gave an overview of the innovations in solar technologies in India.

Ramesh Venkatesan, Principal Engineer, MR Applications Engineering, Wipro GE Healthcare, Bengaluru, spoke about how information science is making quality healthcare accessible to a greater number people. Referring to the emerging high technology devices in medical electronics, he said “Functional consolidation is the big driver in today’s medical electronics”. He also explained how a cloud based platform for managing healthcare data of patients could alter the way healthcare services are delivered to the rural population in India.

In an entertaining talk on ‘Informatics as the New Innovation Lever’, Professor Gérard Berry, Director of Research at the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation, and Chair in Algorithms, Machines and Languages, Collège de France, explained how information has changed the way we develop tools and technologies. According to him, in the last century, technology development was driven by the matter-wave-energy triangle, and now, the fourth component, information, has changed the process completely. “Today’s digital camera has much more than physics. It’s essentially a collection of algorithms”, he said. Referring to the increasing role of simulation in research and development, he said, “Simulation has replaced physical computer time”. His talk was also followed by a lively discussion on how far one could go while simulating natural processes.

During the session on ‘Innovation in Economics and the Economics of Innovation’, Professor Roger Guesnerie, Chair in Economic Theory and Social Organization, Collège de France spoke about the historical evolution of economics. Starting from the work of Adam Smith at the end of 18th century, Professor Guesnerie took the audience through the works of Ricardo, Malthus, Cournot, Walras, and Menger. Referring to the role of competition in economics, he said, “Recent research has shown that increasing competition from a weak level increases innovation up to a point, beyond which innovation decreases”.

Professor AjitSinha, School of Liberal Studies, AzimPremji University, spoke about how the concepts of value and prices have evolved over time. Adam Smith, in 1776, looked at the concept of value deeply, and argued that the ultimate cause of value lies in the primordial productive activity when a man works against nature directly. About a hundred years later, economists rejected this idea, and argued that commodities acquire value in exchange because human beings derive utility from them. He ended his lecture with a mention of work of Sraffa, who in 1960, challenged the linkage between value and utility.

ParthaSen, Visiting Professor, Institute for Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, observed that the economics of innovation precedes the innovation in economics. Giving the example of financial system, he noted that economic thinking can often speed up material progress or hinder it. Referring to the global economic crisis, he said. “One could argue that what we are witnessing today is innovation in finance gone wrong from society’s point of view, partly because academic economics is lagging behind”.

Curtains came down to the workshop with a lively round table on ‘Innovation, Democracy and Institutions’, chaired by Dr Samuel Berthet. Dr PrashantJha, Fellowship Director, Stanford India Biodesign Centre, School of International Biodesign (SIB), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, spoke about how his School is trying to bring innovative solutions to the healthcare industry. According to him, every year, India imports medical equipment worth US $ 5 billion. In an oblique reference to the differential access to healthcare in India, he said, “In terms of healthcare, India is developed, developing, and under developed at the same time. So, it’s the best place to innovate!”. In his short, and crisp remarks, Professor Marc Fontecave, said, “New discoveries come from multidisciplinary approaches”.

Professor JayantModak, Deputy Director, IISc, shared lessons he learnt as the CEO of the Society for Innovation and Development, IISc. According to him, innovation needs a big vision, and it is interdisciplinary by nature. He also explained how IISc has come up with programs to encourage its faculty to take their innovations in research to market. Prof José-Alain Sahel, who is developing an artificial eye, cited a number of examples to drive home the point that basic research often leads to useful, and sometimes unpredicted innovations. Dr TaslimarifSaiyed, Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platform (C-CAMP), spoke about how his organisation has created an ecosystem for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

Concluding remarks by Professor Anne Cheng and Dr Baptiste Beaulieu, a medical doctor andauthor, left the audience in an introspective mood. Professor Cheng noted that innovation also tends to create more needs, which would obviously lead to greater exploitation of natural resources. Referring to the ever growing dependence on technology, Dr Beaulieu said, “We must pay attention not to become tools of the tools we build”.

The next day, two of the Professors from Collège de France, Prof Marc Fontecave and Prof Gérard Berry, gave interactive popular talks as part of National Science Week 2016 celebrations at Visvesvaraya Industrial &Technological Museum, Bangalore. About 450 students, teachers and general public participated in the programme.

Trio World Academy dons Sportive Spirit

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Bangalore, 29th February, 2016: Trio World Academy wore an Olympian fanfare on the eve of its annual sports day on Friday, 25th February 2016. The students, parents and teachers proved their athletic mettle through an array of dynamic competition at the event. Indian Olympian athlete G. Pramila Aiyappa was the chief guest for the day. A seasoned athlete, she has represented India twice in Sydney and Beijing Olympics and Delhi commonwealth games.

The event gave the students an opportunity to hone their athletic skills in track events such as 100mt, 200mt and 4*100mt relay. Students of grade 2 to 12 participated in many field events such as shot put, obstacle race and circuit training. The most exciting competition of the event was the cross country race. Apart from this, many other fun games were organized for parents and teachers as well.

Mr. Naveen K M, Managing Director TRIO World Academy says that it is essential to develop and nurture the athletic abilities of students. “Such competitions help students develop a sense of competitiveness to excel. Also such meets are essential in providing a platform for students to display their sporting abilities”, he said.

Your Holi Getaway Starts With BigBreaks

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BigBreaks offers exclusive holiday packages to celebrate Holi/ Good Friday weekend Exclusive international and domestic packages at lucrative prices

New Delhi, Feb 2016: With the festival of Holi round the corner, the entire nation is preparing to be draped in different hues. But the wanderlusts are planning to make the best of the long weekend. Helping such consumers in their look outs, BigBreaks, India’s first online travel agency that allows travel customization to the last detail, is offering lucrative deals and packages on attractive domestic and international destinations.

In an exclusive deal, BigBreaks is offering 5 days trip to Dubai starting at Rs 40,999 per person. Further, while you can fly to a 6-day trip to Hong Kong & Macau starting from Rs. 56,999 /- per person, booking for 07 Days trip to Mauritius starting from Rs. 64,999 / – per person can be easily availed with BigBreaks.

Under domestic packages, the company is offering 4 days at the Goan Village Beach Resort, Goa starting from Rs. 21499/- per person, while 5 days in Kashmir from Rs. 20899/- per person. Notably, all the prices offered by the company are inclusive of Round Trip Air fare ex Delhi.

“Holi is one of the most exuberantly celebrated festivals in India. This year, the festival is accompanied with occasion of Good Friday. Naturally, for the wanderlusts the long weekend is a great opportunity to quench their quest to travel and explore. Keeping in mind the same, we are offering lucrative international and domestic packages at exclusive prices,” said Mr. Kapil Goswamy, Managing Director, BigBreaks.

BigBreaks is specially designed to meet the personalised needs and convenience of the travellers, who dream it big to make their journey a memory and an experience. Besides offering the regular flight and hotel bookings, BigBreaks specializes in offering customised package deals to its customers. It aims to fill the existing gaps and voids in the travel industry’s offerings and revolutionize the way Indian travellers plan and book their tours.


Website: http://www.bigbreaks.com/bigbreaks/index.aspx 

Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar Makes its Mark to Help India Remain Polio-Free On Occasion of National Immunization Day

Bangalore, Monday, February 29, 2016: Pulse Polio, the National immunization campaign spearheaded by Rotary with other world organizations has helped India become a Polio-Free country for the last two years.  However, the work continues every year to keep ensure that the disease does not return to the country. 

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Rotary over the years have worked tirelessly in successfully conducting polio drives and spreading awareness on the issue through their large network. Rotarians across Great Britain and Ireland, every year, take part in a large-scale humanitarian effort by travelling to India to administer lifesaving polio vaccinations to millions of children across the country as part of National Immunization Day.

This year, the Pulse Polio Program was conducted over two days- January 17 and February 21, 2016.  Sharing their efforts during the Pulse Polio campaign this year, Mr. Fazal Ur Rahaman, Director, Community Services, Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar shared, “The total number of children immunized this year in the three areas of Old Byapannahalli, Murphy Town and Bhuvaneshwari Nagar is 10851 which include both migratory population and permanent residents.”

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Sharing his thoughts on the exemplary work done by the volunteers Rtn. Peeyush Jain, President, Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar shared,“Despite India being categorized as a polio-free country, the often poor conditions and high amounts of transitory people who are yet to be immunized mean this vital work must continue in order to ensure the disease does not return to the country.”

The Pulse Polio Program was conducted in two phases at the BBMP Health Centres. The Rotarians provide the necessary support to the health centre workers apart from personally volunteering for the immunization process. This initiative has been going on for the past several years at 3 BBMP Health Centres i.e. Bhuvaneshwari Nagar, Murphy Town & Old Byappanhalli.

Details from Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar on the Immunization:

The first phase was held from 17 January till 20 January.

  Old Byappanhalli Murphy Town Bhuvaneshwari Nagar
No. of children in the area 14703 8583 10566
Children immunized on 17-01-2016 11054 5133 8367
Children immunized on 18-01-2016 1665 749 1249
Children immunized on 19-01-2016 1191 1046 829
Children immunized on 20-01-2016 845 610 406
Total No. of children immunized 14755 7538 10851
Percentage of children immunized 100% 87.82% 100%
  • The second phase was held from 21 February till 24 February
  Old Byappanhalli Murphy Town Bhuvaneshwari Nagar
No. of children in the area 14703 8583 10566
Children immunized on 21-02-2016 8123 5425 8751
Children immunized on 22-02-2016 3777 938 775
Children immunized on 23-02-2016 1855 636 635
Children immunized on 24-02-2016 262 499 236
Total No. of children immunized 14017 7498 10397
Percentage of children immunized 95% 87% 98%

Hariharan enthralls audience with ghazals Finolex Industries Ltd & Violin Academy organised ‘Mehfil- E-Shaam’

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Pune 29 Feb 2016: Pune 28 Feb 2016: Noted singer Hariharan, most known for his songs sung for movies like Lamhe, Roja, Rangeela, Taal and Bombay, mesmerized the audience with a musical treat. The versatile singer’s wide repertoire of songs ranging from ‘Tu Hi Re’ film Bombay to spiritual rendition ‘Vitthal Vitthal’ enthralled Puneites at Pandit Farms on Sunday.

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He was in the city to perform at a live music concert ‘MEHFIL-E– SHAAM’, organized by Finolex Industries India’s leading PVC pipe manufacturing company in association with Violin Academy.

The event was organised with an aim to promote the Indian classical music and prepare a strong audience for appreciating future talents as part of the ‘Swara Zankar’ music festival, which travels from city to city to promote classical music.

Swara Zankar is the destination to come and enjoy Indian classical music, started by world renowned violinist Pt Atul Kumar Upadhye, to popularize Indian classical music. To keep this music genre alive, the music maestro floated a platform, where the audience could get connected with the artists.

“Currently, we have covered cities like Kolkata, Pune, Baraati, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Nashik and Kolhapur. To add this list we will be conducting Swara Zankar at Mumbai, Indore, Baroda and in North too,” Upadhye said. 

“We are doing MEHFIL – E – SHAAM for the first time in Pune. The aim is to reach the masses through music. Finolex Industries has always been supportive of our cause,” he said.

Mr. Nitin Kulkarni, president Sales and Marketing, Finolex Industries Ltd said, “Music is like water. It knows no barriers be it language or genre. It always finds a way to enter everyone’s heart”.

He further added, “We are always excited to extend our support to all such activities and campaigns that spreads love and peace among the people.”

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