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August 2016

Mitsubishi Electric India pledges support for Vanamahotsav 2016-17; plants over 200 trees


Pune, August, 2016: Mitsubishi Electric India pledged its support for Vanamahotsava 2016-17 with its employees taking up a tree plantation drive in Pune today. The company joined hands with Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)and planted over 200 trees at PCMC Sewage Treatment Plant.  The tree plantation initiative is in line with Mitsubishi Electric’s global campaign “Eco Changes for a Greener Tomorrow”

“Vanamahotsav 2016-17” is an afforestation initiative of theGovernment of Maharashtra to plant two crore trees in the year 2016-17. Mitsubishi ElectricIndia came forward to support this government initiative with an objective to sensitize its employees towards their importance of tree plantation. Employees working at Mitsubishi Electric India’s Pune facility on Telco Road came together to plant trees of species like Peepal, Raintee, Banyan and Neem in the allocated space. Mitsubishi Electric India has been doing plantation and beatification work since 2014 on TELCO Road.

Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Makoto Yokoyama, Director and Division Manager, Factory Automation and Industrial Division, Mitsubishi Electric India said,“It is endearing to see employees actively participating in this initiative. If every individual plants at least one tree, it will be a major step towards protecting our environment. We are more than happy indoingour bit and would like to thankthe PCMC staff for this opportunity and their support.”

In 2021, which is only 5 years from now, Mitsubishi Electric will celebrate its 100th Anniversary. The Mitsubishi Electric Group has established Environmental Vision ‘2021’ to contribute to the development of a sustainable society. “Environmental Vision 2021 is the long-term environmental management vision of the Mitsubishi Electric Group. With the guideline of making positive contributions to the earth and its people through technology and action, the Company is working toward the realization of a sustainable society utilizing wide-ranging and sophisticated technologies as well as the promotion of proactive and ongoing actions by our employees. The Vision sets 2021 as its target year, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Mitsubishi Electric’s founding.”

The tree plantation programme is an extension of Mitsubishi Electric’s philanthropic activity which is in line with the company’s aim to be a global leading green company, making lasting contributions to every society in which it operates including India.

BGS Global Hospitals Successfully Performsa Rare Simultaneous DualTransplant Surgery

Bangalore, August 31, 2016: BGS Global Hospitals, a super specialty quaternary care and pioneer of transplants in Karnatakasuccessfully performed one the rarest Simultaneous Pancreas-kidney transplant surgery saving the life of a 22-year-old-boy from Pune.  The surgery was lead by Dr. Suresh Raghavaiah along with a team of experts.

The patient was detected with diabetes at the age of 5 and lost both his kidneys to the disease subsequently.  He was surviving with insulin injections thrice a day along with dialysis thrice a week. The dualtransplant changed the life of the patient making his organs functional again and putting him off insulin and dialysis completely.

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Speaking on the occasion, Dr. N. K. Venkataramana, Vice Chairman, BGS Global Hospitals said, “Our focus has always been on providing quality healthcare to our patients. We have made advancements in at our hospital from time to time to match the world class medical treatment, infrastructure and facilities. We are successfully leading the revolution of transplant in the country which makes us the largest multi-organ transplant surgery treatment provider in India.  We are the only hospital which has done simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant before and this is our second successful transplant in two yearsin Karnataka. Having pioneered in various procedures, we aim to bring a new meaning of life to many such patients across the country.”

Commenting on the case, Dr. Suresh Raghavaiah,Consultant, HPB and Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeon, BGS Global Hospitals,who trained at the prestigious Mayo Clinic, USA said, “Simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant is indeed a very complicated surgery and we are proud to have successfully performed it. While in the U.S. and Europe, 1000s of pancreatic transplants have been done, the expertise is still not available in India. It is technically a very demanding surgery and the complication rates are very high which could also be life threatening. This is probably the reason why most centres do not attempt the transplant. Less than 25 successful pancreatic transplants have been done in the past 7-8yrs in India.”

“I am thankful to the doctors and Global Hospitals who have given me a new life.  To live a diabetes free life was out of my imagination, but today I am totally off insulin and have got rid of dialysis due to successful pancreas and kidney transplant said the patient Mr. Shekar Milani. Mr Rajkumar Milani, the Patient’s father was also thrilled with the success of the surgery. “I hope there is awareness on this treatment and other patients suffering from the disease could be cured,” he said.

Simultaneous Pancreas-kidney transplant not only cures kidney failure but also cures the diabetes and makes the patient insulin free. All the associated complications of diabetes like nerve damage, eye damage and damage to blood vessels are also mitigated with a pancreatic transplant. The bonus is that the life of the transplanted kidney also gets prolonged because the sugar levels in the body gets normalised.


Godrej Cinthol Women Are Ready For Awesome

Are women awesome? Although the answer will be a resounding ‘Yes’, but it should be noted that it all started with women saying a simple, ‘No’.

Saying no to the naysayers.
No to the stereotypes.
No to obstacles.
No to the limitations.

Get Styled by Ekatrit


Delhi: 31 August 2016: Moving beyond the multi designer concept, Ekatrit – A styling café just opened its doors for the Delhi glitterati. The Styling café brings the concept of a personal shopping experience to India. Enter the plush ambience of the studio and while you enjoy the cappuccino our stylist curates a look for you. Depending on your occasion and style a personalized look is put together.

The store stocks various designers from casual wear to formal wear to even personalized night suits. Accessories, vintage collectibles and a range of home décor items are also available.

The store is very unconventional with everything in house is on sale from the chairs and tables to the wall shelves, even the cake platters!


The well-curated list of designers will awe you and inspire you. From celebrity designers to the absolutely ruckus creating ones – the store has something for every fashion enthusiast. Add to this a personal stylist and the best cappuccino in the city ! 


Store Address– 46 FF Defence Colony Main Market, New Delhi 110024

Phone Number – 011-41717164


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Doctors at Fortis Malar enable patient to breathe normally after 7 years

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Chennai, August 30, 2016: Fortis Malar team conducted a successful bilateral lung transplant on a patient, Kravchenko Igor from Ukraine. The challenging surgery of implanting new lungs was performed by the team led by Dr. KR Balakrishnan and Senior Cardiac Anaesthiologist and Critical Care Specialist, Dr Suresh Rao. The critical care management of this patient involved the first ever case of “endo-bronchial stenting” after a lung transplant in India.

39-year-old Igor started feeling weak and found it difficult to walk in 2009 at his home town Odessa, Ukraine. Doctors at Odessa were unable to diagnose his problem accurately and were giving treatment for the symptoms of breathlessness and fatigue. Later in the year 2014, it was diagnosed that he had an Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), wherein he had developed extensive fibrosis of his lungs which prevented them from functioning properly.

Due to this, the oxygen saturation in his blood circulation had dropped below 70%, despite oxygen support, which in turn made him very weak, making his lungs deteriorate further. Igor was advised to undergo a lung-transplant. He stopped walking last September and was in a wheel chair. Soon all his leg muscles became unusable.

After consulting with doctors in Germany and a few other European countries, where he did not receive a satisfactory way forward, Igor, now 46 years of age, landed in Chennai with an uncertain future lying ahead of him. Even though his name was placed in the cadaver organ waiting list, the initial condition of Igor made his doctors to believe that he was not fit for a lung transplant, since his body was very weak. Igor came to Fortis Malar, Chennai in May 2016 supported with external oxygen. Soon, his condition deteriorated, needing mechanical ventilation, and became septic with low blood pressure. Despite a ventilator, his oxygenation was very poor and he was placed on a ‘Veno-Venous ECMO(Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) where his blood stream was diverted from the veins to an external machine that would oxygenate the blood outside of the body. The purified blood was then sent back to the vein itself from where it reached the heart and pure oxygenated blood was supplied to the entire body via the arteries. On ECMO and ventilation, he was barely alive and three times had a near cardiac arrest due to machine clotting.

The Veno-Venous machine did its job perfectly well for almost 30 days and Igor was kept alive. However, like any other end-stage disease, only an organ transplant surgery was the final solution to Igors problem. The painful wait was finally over on the 3rd of June 2016, when a pair of lungs suitable for Igor became available from a donor family.

Though the expert team made sure the transplant was successful, his weakened respiratory muscles were not able to support normal breathing. As another attempt towards saving his life, a tracheotomy was performed and he was made to breathe through an incision made in the wind pipe through the neck. Igors problems did not end there as another challenge was thrown at the doctors, a dehiscence (leakage) developed between his bronchi and the newly implanted lung. The doctors immediately performed an ‘Endo-Bronchial Stentingto repair the air leakage. The first ever incidence of stenting performed on an implanted lung in India. The patient remained in the ICU for another month and finally at the end of July he was weaned of the oxygen support. The 46-year-old man finally breathed on his own after almost 10 months and breathed freely after 7 long and painful years.

Gradual physiotherapy and nutrition ensured that he gained his strength back and let his new set of lungs take over their job properly. Igor has started to move and even started to climb stairs with a smile which loudly announces ‘I have defeated my bad fate.

 Dr KR Balakrishnan, Director, Cardiac Sciences, Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai said “To get someone back to life from this condition is incredibly difficult. If on ECMO and ventilation, your oxygen saturation is Jess than 80% for over a month, chances of successful lung transplant are very poor. In most countries, organs are denied to these patients as they are consisted beyond salvage. Igor’s recovery is a lesson for all of us. It is a lesson we have learnt on what is possible with modern intensive care and of course, a patient’s will power and determination”

Commenting on the post-operative management for Igor, Dr Suresh Rao, Head, Cardiac Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennaisaid, “Igor was on life support for a month, when the family consulted doctors abroad and did not receive clarity on the way forward since his survival chances seemed slim despite a lung transplant. But the family wanted to try their best. We had some tense moments when the bronchi developed a dehiscence in the post-operative period, which led us to perform an endo-bronchial stenting, which ultimately saved Igor. This is the first ever instance in India, of an endo-bronchial stenting being performed, for a lung transplant patient “


Breastfeeding Equally Significant for Mother and Babies, Say Experts


Patiala, 30th August 2016: As India continues to bear the burden of one of the highest number of neonatal deaths, premature births, and low weight births in the world, experts have pointed out that breastfeeding is imperative for the overall development of newborns as well as their mothers, and should no longer be treated as an option.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed (without any solid food, formula, or water) for the first six months of life for achieving optimal growth.  ”Breast milk is the first natural food for infants that helps to protect babies against colds, tummy bugs, infections, allergies, viruses and many other infections. A breastfed baby has a lower chance of getting pneumonia and GI infections like diarrhea, compared to a formula-fed baby. Exclusive breastfeeding offers the greatest possible amount of protection for babies,” says Dr. Neeraj Arora Consultant Neonatologist Columbia Asia Hospital, Patiala.

However, the significance of breastfeeding extends beyond basic nutrition and immunity. According to a recent report by UNICEF, breastfeeding immediately after birth, in the first hour, lowers chances of infant mortality. Breastfed babies are 20% less likely to die between 28 days and 1 year, compared to those who aren’t breastfed.

To reap maximum benefits, a baby must be fed exclusively with breast milk for the first 6 months, after which, the weaning process may begin. It also ensures better bone health and lowers the probability of infants developing cavities in their teeth. Most importantly, breastfeeding boosts the bond between the mother and child.

“Breastfeeding is the cornerstone of the child and the mother’s wellbeing. Breast milk is a good source of fat and cholesterol, and also an important feeder to building brain and nerve tissue. In addition to all kinds of vitamins and nutrients babies require, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect babies from illness and also promotes cognitive development. On the other hand, mothers who make this a habit are at a lower risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis,” shares Dr. Neeraj Arora

“Some of the other health benefits associated with breastfeeding for women are reduced chances of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer as well as heart diseases, regulation of blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol levels. It also burns calories fast, and helps mothers lose pregnancy weight,” adds Dr. Neeraj.   

Unfortunately, breastfeeding rates continue to be dismal in our country and is often associated with stigma and shame when women choose do breastfeed in a public place. According to reports, in developing countries, only 1 in 3 mothers breastfeed. “Although breastfeeding is most effective for children and mothers regardless of where they live, it has been often overlooked. We should remember that breast milk is always the best and there can be no substitute for it. Awareness should be spread to get mother’s milk to every baby, especially the more vulnerable ones, such as premature babies, or those born to mothers who may not be able to breastfeed, due to infections like HIV,” said Dr. Jyoti Chawla Consultant Pediatrician Columbia Asia Hospital.

As the world celebrates World Breastfeeding Week, doctors at Columbia Asia reiterate that it is the need of the hour to push for programmes which encourage optimal breastfeeding practices. “In a way, it is a celebration of motherhood, of new life, and of the special bond that mothers and babies have,” said Dr. Jyoti Chawla.

#DemolishedByCorruption Namma Bengaluru Citizens Committee formed; opens help line email seeking information about large unlawful constructions and government officials involved in illegalities

Bengaluru, August 29, 2016: Post the overwhelming response and whole hearted support received for the fight to stand up for those Demolished By Corruption organized at Town Hall on Saturday, Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF) has set up Namma Bengaluru Citizen’s Committee (NBCC) comprising eminent citizens and legal experts. The NBCC will review ALL land grabs, encroachments and illegalities reported, and forward as necessary to appropriate authorities – Government agencies, media and legal action.

Citizens can now reach out to the Namma Bengaluru Citizen’s Committee at and report the following:

1.      Information & details of all types of land-grabs & encroachments – Storm Water Drains, Lakes, Public Land & Illegal Constructions. 

2.      Any Evidence of Government Officials and Politicians involved in all such illegal activities.

Starting August 29, 2016, NBF will be reaching out to the victims of BBMP demolitions in affected areas through canters to allow citizens to connect with NBCC and report irregularities and illegalities in demolitions.

Citizens will also be able to sign the petition to the Chief Minister of Karnataka launched at the Citizens’ Event on #DemolishedByCorruption at Town Hall, Bengaluru on August 27.

NBF Canters will be present in the following areas starting tomorrow:

Day 1  : – August 30

Canter 1 : 2 pm – 6pm
Avani-Sringeri Layout  / ING Vysya Bank Layout  /Akshaya Nagar

Canter 2 : 2.00pm – 6pm

Rajarajeshwari Nagar

Day 2 – August

Canter 1 : 10am – 6pm

Dodda Bommasandra, /Thindlu, / Vidyaranyapura  / Hebbal Lake Sarovar(Kodigehalli) /Hebbal (Cholanayakanahalli) / Nagawara Ward (Shyampura)  

Canter 2

Yelahanka ( 10am – 6pm)

Attur / Manchenhalli/Kothi Hosahalli / Ramachandrapura/Narasipura/ Govindapura/ Chokanhaali/Jakkur/Belahalli/Veerasagara/Kogilu/Sampigehalli/Chikkabetahalli/Doddabetahalli/Srinivasapura/ Harohalli & Puttenahalli (Chowdeshwari)/Byatarayanapura

Day 3 – September 1

Canter 1 (10 am – 2pm)

Bangalore South :Uttarahalli / Konadkunte / Anjanapura / Gottigere / Vasanthpura / Gavipuram / Kempaboodhi Kere

Bangalore West  (3pm – 6pm)

Hivanahalli (Kempegowda)/Subhash Nagara Ward /Kempapura Agaraha (Between Ram Mandir & Binnypet) /Laggere

Canter 2 (10 am – 2pm)

Bommanahalli (Singasandra / Bilekhalli / Arakere / Hongasandra)

Chickpete Constituency (3pm – 6pm) : Mavalahalli / Kalasipalya / Wilson Garden

Day 4 – Spetember 2

Canter 1 : 9am – 6pm

Dasarahalli Zone: Mathikere/ Abbigere / Chikkasandra / Shetty Halli / Malasandra / Bagalgunte / Shidedhahalli / Nagasandra / Nelegerdanahalli / Hegganahalli

Canter 2 : 9am – 6pm

Mahadevapura Zone: Horamavu / Byrathi / Kalkere / Medhalli / Billeshivale / Kyalasanahalli Geddahalli / Vignapura / Varanasi / Kothanur / Kowdenhalli / Devasandra /Chellakare / Battarahalli / Shigehalli / B Narayanpura / Doddakanahalli / Thubarahalli / Gunjur / Kaikaondrahalli / Kasavanahalli/Shubh Enclave

Namma Bengaluru Citizens Committee members:

·         Shri HS Doraiswamy, Senior Freedom Fighter

·         Shri V Balasubramanian, former Additional Chief Secretary – Government of Karnataka

·         Shri Sajan Poovayya, Senior Advocate Karnataka High Court

·         Shri AT Ramaswamy, Chairman – Joint Legislature Committee on Encroachments in Bangalore Urban District

·         Shri BN Vijayakumar, MLA – Jayanagar Constituency

·         Shri Krishna, Former Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly

·         Shri Prithvi Reddy, Convener, AAP

·         Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP and Founder Trustee of NBF


Medical Camp


The 28th of August, 2016 – a usual lazy Sunday morning for most of the Bengalureans, but quite the contrary The Concerned for Working Children with the support of volunteers of PES University BBA – Student Social Responsibility Club, SwastikSewa Trust and Nethradhama providing for a free Basic Medical Camp for one of the communities of migrant labourers; located at Nagawaraplaya near Gopalan mall, Old Madras road, Bengaluru; who are the most vulnerable portion of urban poor population and are excluded from essential services like health care, clean water, sanitation, education, electricity, etc.,also subjected to exploitation. They are forced to live in unhygienic settlement near drainages or garbage dump-yards which makes them susceptible to many diseases like dengue, malaria, dysentery, etc. Also, due to poor economic situation they don’t get proper nutrition and can’t afford quality medical support.

The Concerned for Working Children with the support of PES BBA Students Responsibility Club and local residents organized a Free Basic Medical Check-up Camp working hand in hand with the social oriented members of SwastikSewa Trust who made available not only doctors, medicines, a mobile diagnostic and food but also clothes from their Clothes Bank to be distributed to those attending the Medical camp. NethradhamaSuperspeciality Eye Hospitalsalso supported this initiativeof The Concerned for Working Children with their efficient team conducting a basic eye screening checkup which was availed by around 135 residents.

The Medical camp was inaugurated by the members of the Bhimasangha, an union of working children, at 9.30 a.m and went on till 1 p.m. The volunteers worked diligently taking care of registrations, assisting doctors (Pediatric, General Medicine, Gyneacology and Opthomology depts. and technicians (random blood sugar test). They also managed the crowd with patience and firmness and kept restless children waiting in the queues occupied by engaging them in reciting numbers, nursery rhymes or singing songs! Around 375 to 400 men, women and children availed the services rendered by these organizations and the medical cases shortlisted for further evaluation/ treatments/ surgeries will be followed upon by The Concerned for Working Children and the supporting organizations.

The end of this activity saw many of them sporting a happy smile, eyes glowing with kindness and a sense of gratitude. All the four participant organizations left with a sense of accomplishment and clearly a day well spent!!


Sri Ramakrishna Hegde Cultural Centre foundation stone unveiled


Bangaluru, August 29, 2016: On the occasion of the 90th birth anniversary of the late Chief Minister Sri. Ramakrishna Hegde, the foundation stone for a cultural centre in his name was unveiled by State Minister Sri. R.V Deshpande and members of Parliament and long standing friends of Sri. Hegde, Sri. Ram Jethmalani, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi and M.P Dr. Rajeev Gowda.

The Ramakrishna Hegde Cultural Centre is an initiative of Prasiddha Foundation, of which the late Sri. Hegde was a Founding Trustee. Padmasri awardee Smt. Prathibha Prahlad said that this would be fitting tribute to the late Chief Minister, who wanted Bengaluru to be the cultural capital of India. “The Cultural Centre will be a meeting place for ideas and creativity and will be open to the public to make use of the resources on offer,” said Prathibha Prahlad. She explained that a cultural city is a city with character and Bengaluru needs more such spaces for culture to restore to its old glory.

Minister for Large and Medium Industries, Sri. R.V Deshpande said he was very happy to be partaking in this momentous function. He spoke fondly of his days as a minister in Sri. Hegde’s cabinet and said that he was very happy that such a great personality like Sri. Hegde would have a Cultural Centre named after him. He pledged his Government’s support for this project and expressed confidence that Prathibha Prahlad would make this Centre vibrant and happening.

Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi spoke of the importance of culture as an expression of India’s soft power. He said that Bengaluru was originally known as the science capital of India, later as the IT Capital and with this Centre and Prathibha Prahlad’s vision, it would soon become the cultural capital.

The veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani fondly recalled his times with Sri. Hegde.”Such politicians are a rare breed and I am very happy that Sri. Hegde will finally have a Cultural centre in his name”, he said.

The short and memorable ceremony that was attended by several politicians and important persons started with a dance performance by Prathibha Prahlad’s disciples after which a film on the 25 years of the Foundation’s work in the field of culture was showcased.

The Ramakrishna Hegde Cultural Centre will come up on a site leased to Prasiddha Foundation in Vidyaranpura, North Bengaluru. The Centre will have one indoor auditorium that will have good facilities for performances. A Basement theatre will double as an experimental theatre space for productions in progress. This space can also have intense baithak performances for small audiences.

A small recording studio is proposed so that in house artistes and choreographers can record music for their performances / productions. The Centre will house an ‘open art gallery’ that can showcase works of young and upcoming artistes. Rehearsal spaces that can double up for classes and impromptu performances and lecture / demonstrations are also part of the Centre. The Centre will have a few rooms for guest artistes and choreographers and an informal Cafe that can cater to artistes and guests visiting the Centre.


There is a dearth of such centres in Bengaluru. The Prasiddha Foundation is dedicated to use cultural as a powerful tool for interpersonal & cross cultural communication. We believe that it is through culture and activities in the arts that people become tolerant, accepting and refined. This promotes harmonious societies and in turn harmony in cities and countries.

We are inviting like -minded people to join hands with us towards facilitating this project that will benefit the larger population of Bengaluru and add to Bengaluru’s cultural profile. We request donations, grants and financial aid in any form or kind to help build and activate this centre.

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