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October 2016

Quintype powered The Quint sweeps WAN-IFRA awards


Bangalore, October 11, 2016: Quintype, a data driven SaaS Platform for the new age digital media, powers The Quint, a digital media platform founded by the Indian media baron Raghav Bahl. The Quint recently won four medals at the recent South Asian Digital Awards 2016 presented by World Association of Newspaper and Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in Kolkata recently. WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Awards are the most prestigious recognition of best practice innovation in digital publishing worldwide. It recognizes publishers who have adopted digital media and mobile strategies as part of their total product offering to meet the major changes in how people consume news and information today. The awards are presented in every region – South Asia, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America. The winners from each region subsequently compete for the World Digital Media Awards.

The South Asia WAN INFRA award recognized The Quint’s expertise across four categories including the Best Use of Online Video, Best Reader Engagement, Best Digital Advertising Campaign and Best New Mobile Service. It won gold in the first three categories mentioned and a bronze in the fourth one.

The Quint utilizes Quintype’s advanced pubtech platform which has a modern Content Management System, with integrated features for audience development, management & engagement, monetization and business relevant analytics. Quintype’s pubtech platform offers a one-stop-shop solution including editorial planning, support for cardified content, engaging story templates, rich media support, context aware chat & notifications, omni-channel publishing and content personalization for the clients, eliminating the need for an in-house technology support.

“As publishing platform technologies evolve, publishers feel the need of a fast, flexible & nimble platform that can leverage bleeding edge technology. Quintype’s SaaS platform, enables this – making the technology adoption virtually risk free. Our value proposition has been tested in the market over the last 18 months. We have seen a cumulative growth of 24%+ month on month, which clearly demonstrates the strength of our value proposition” said Mr. Sriram Krishnaswamy, Director of Product, Quintype Inc. 

The Quint has imbibed the best of content and tech to promote high value digital journalism and compelling storytelling to the readers. The Quint’s content is a smooth blend of video, audio, intuitive graphics & text – an offers a modern and sharp take on the world, guiding its readers through a wide range of topics. By leveraging Quintype, the Quint is able to quickly leverage new technologies like Facebook’s Instant Articles, Google’s AMP, Progressive Web Apps, Metered Paywalls, Browser push notifications, Real time commenting features, Real time Polls etc.

“Time to market is a critical advantage in the internet world, and Quintype makes all the tech heavy lifting look easy, allowing our publishers to focus on their core business of writing quality content”adds Sriram. The WAN-IFRA awards to The Quint, is a ratification of direction that Quintype is driving pubtech.


FIITJEE’s The Big Bang Edge Test 2016


Big Bang – an explosion which marked the creation of the universe; gave birth to “time” & “light”, the first galaxy consequently all of the current and past matter in the Universe came into existence. All great things begin with Big Bang. Similarly, FIITJEE’s Big Bang Edge Test will trigger windfall of boundless opportunities for students aspiring to achieve their GOAL.

Be it sports or studies, the starting point is always self assessment. A self assessment enables an individual to discover inherent skills, present capability and potential to reach goal centric destination. Any skill gap identified during this process helps to prepare an effective road map for the future. The Big Bang Edge Test is designed to address this critical aspect. As an outcome of the test, a student will get to scrutinize probable career options relevant to their potential, and what they are required to do.

The Big Bang Edge test is open for  students presently in Class V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X & XI (Going to Class VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI & XII in 2017) and is scheduled on 16th October, 2016 (SUNDAY). Refer to the specifics at . The last date for test registration is 12thOctober 2016; refer to registration process at r.php.

Mr. Partha Halder, Center Head FIITJEE Punjabi Bagh (Delhi) centre said “Becoming successful is all about the right beginning & starting early gives that extra edge over other students”. The Big Bang Edge Test report will draw up a roadmap to what students set out to achieve through FIITJEE’s Iconic Coaching Programs that prepare them for all Scholastic & Competitive exams pertinent to their Class. Based on the performance in this test, students will also be entitled to avail scholarship on FIITJEE’s course fee.

Like in a journey we take the help of milestones to measure the progress and/or to ascertain if the direction is correct. Similarly, students should set similar milestones during their career journey. These milestones are essentially competitive exams like the Aryabhatta, Green Olympiad, Junior & Senior Science Olympiad, Mathematical Olympiad, NTSE, KVPY leading up to JEE Main & Advanced.

Since 2001, the institute is providing valued services in the field of Entrance Exams Training and churning out toppers across different competitive entrance exams such as the prestigious IIT-JEE (JEE Advanced & JEE Main) along with Junior Science & Senior Science Olympiads (International Physics/ Chemistry/Mathematical), NTSE (National Talent Search Exam), KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik  Protsahan Yojana), Aryabhatta, Green Olympiad & JSTSE etc.

The Hidden Truth

11th October 2016:  In 2014, when during the government’s first health budget, slogans like “Health for All” and “Health Assurance” were spoken about, with great promise. However, over the past three years, the allocation to the health sector, as a part of the GDP has hovered around a little over 1%. The aim should be to raise this to the level that the draft health policy has set out for us: to 2.5% of the GDP.  With the private sector coming in, as it has in a big way over the last decade, this takes the percentage investment to 4% of the GDP.

How this translates

Low investment means that at the very base, we do not have enough medical colleges to train doctors, nurses and support staff. Down the line then, we have only 0.7 doctors for every 1,000 patients. The World Health Organization guidelines stipulate that there must be at least 1 doctor per 1,000. The other problem that we encounter is the urban-rural imbalance. We don’t need data to tell us to tell us what is happening in rural India. Almost all care is happening at the primary level, with midwives and healthcare workers as the first point of contact with the community. They are no doubt doing the best possible job they can, but naturally, we need more doctors on ground, not just at a single primary healthcare centre where people come.

The need of the hour

We need doctors who understand the cultural context in which they are working, doctors who wish to give back to the communities that nurtured them. How do we get these doctors? The answer is staring us in the face: by setting up more medical colleges in tier II and III cities. This decentralizes healthcare, taking it to the people. At some point, and I hope not too far into the future, I would like to see government hospitals where people are not living on the street or the subway just outside, because they have come from great distances.

Doctors trained in certain areas are more likely to set up practice there, and so we will not see the kind of over-crowding and heart-wrenching pain of patients thronging state capitals or even the country capital, for secondary or tertiary care. What we will see is a flourishing of local talent that is just waiting to be discovered in these locations.

A Utopian situation

I hope that the 70% of our population that lives in rural and semi-urban areas continues to do so. We don’t want overcrowded cities and all the sicknesses that come with them. In fact, as people get tired of big-city problems, I see people moving out and into smaller cities, for a better quality of life. For this, we need to set up a good healthcare system in these places. The current high out-of-pocket expenditure means that people feel the need to work in metropolises to earn the kind of money they do just to afford medical care. With the government setting up colleges and hospitals alongside, this can be avoided.

The government setting up more AIIMS facilities will contribute to medical education in smaller urban centres. Medical education itself is seeing a shortfall in terms of the number of qualified people we need to add to the workforce versus the number coming out of these colleges. Needless to say, supply is much lower than demand. However, in our rush to bridge the urban-rural divide and to have a balanced India, we must not compromise on the quality our healthcare system is known for. After all, health tourism is also part of the bigger healthcare picture, and even if it does take a little longer, we must look at setting up these educational institutions as investments.

Next steps

The private sector is barely present is health education. This is primarily because when it comes to private players entering, there has been no discussion about private-public partnerships in the area. Many find fault with the government for not introducing tax incentives this year, but honestly, we first need a dialogue beyond a few conferences and meetings. The Indian healthcare market is worth US$ 100 billion today, as per the Investment and Technology Promotion Division, GOI. They have pegged rural India as set to be a big market. We live in a context where India’s population will probably reach 1.45 billion by 2028, according to the United Nations, where by 2026 we will have 168 million in the geriatric age group, and most importantly, where nearly 1 in 4 Indians risks dying from an NCD before they turn 70.

The healthcare market is expected to grow by US$ 280 billion by 2020, as per the GOI. Another report, by FICCI and KPMG released last year, pegged the workforce in the industry at 7.4 million by 2022. To meet the demands of population growth and NCD rise, we need to take responsibility for medical education right now. 




New Delhi, 11th Oct, 2016: Braun India Fashion Week London (IFWL) which is scheduled to take place from October 15 to 16 October,2016 at EXCEL LONDON, will showcase some of the India’s finest Designer collections periphery events in London to bring awareness and funds to the cause with breast cancer awareness walks, pink fashion shows, PINK menu offerings and more.

Grand finale to be represented by  JD Institute of Fashion Technology’s alumnus Rocky S.

JD Institute of Fashion Technology will dedicate the entire month of October as the Breast Cancer Awareness month. The aim is to bring together Jediiians and the fashion fraternity to fight against the cause and spread awareness among all.

For the first time, the institute plans to invite all the buyers and invitees in London to celebrate the colour pink. Prominent celebrities will walk the ramp in pink garments to show their support for the cause.

The NEW GEN collection is by Ashok Mannay, an alumnus of JD Institute of Fashion Technology with a collection called “REGALIA”-  it envisions portraying the tapestry of Indian Culture, with its own distinct flavor of embellishment and artistry, comprising of women’s and men’s collection.

“Fashion is a fantastic platform to reach to youth, and also this is a huge celebration of hope as the biggest reason for Breast Cancer to infiltrate in our society is the lack of knowledge. We at JD Institute of Fashion Technology, with our students have joined together for a mission to spread Breast Cancer Awareness,” RC Dalal, Executive director of JD Institute of Fashion Technology.


India Fashion Week London (IFWL) allow its fans to dress up and give back to the cause with the 2016 PINKTOBER merchandise line, including a women’s and men’s T-shirt and a collector’s edition PINKTOBER pin.

Director of IFWL, Manny Singh, said,” India Fashion Week London is always considered as a forefront platform for Indian Design. We are pleased to have JD Institute of Fashion Technology our premium partner to spread awareness for a greater cause. I on behalf of all the designers and celebrities who support the cause assure that the message shall spread way beyond to see the awareness grow in London also.”


Easing into seasonal change


Ahmedabad, 10th Oct 2016: With winter season on the anvil, there is palpable relief among people from the long and scorching summer heat. However, as the season changes from hot to cold, it is important to take necessary precautions to prevent diseases and health disorders common in the cooler months. 

Doctors at Columbia Asia Hospitals, Ahmedabad say that as the temperature turns cooler and the air less humid, there is a shift in the types of pathogens active in the atmosphere.

So, while the winter season brings with it the good news of declining dengue and chikungunya cases, it also marks the beginning of increase in problems such as common cold, influenza (Flu), sore throat, asthma, bronchitic attacks  pneumonias and heart related issues. People with arthritis also experience increase in joint aches as atmospheric pressure changes. At the same time, winter allergies are another source of health problems in the colder months.

“Different types of bacteria and viruses survive in different seasons. Some are active in summers, others find colder temperatures more amenable to survive and spread. As winters sets in we invariably see a rise in cases of common cold and sore throat. Even episodes of heart attacks are more in winters as extreme cold can puts excessive strain on a heart patient. Cold air also propels more asthma attacks. While all of us should be careful about these conditions, vulnerable people such as children and elderly must be carefully protected,” said

Dr Wasimahmed Sachora (MD Internal Medicine), Columbia Asia Hospitals, Ahmedabad

With winter about to set in, we need to prepare for the environmental change that our bodies will experience not just by pulling out warm clothes and blankets but also by raising our guard against winter related sicknesses.

Common winter illnesses and prevention

Asthma & Bronchitis

“Asthma is often triggered by exposure to cold air. People with asthma will experience symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath more often in winters than in summers. It is important to adopt prevention mechanisms while the weather is transitioning,”said Dr Wasimahmed Sachora

Start exercising indoors, restrain from stepping out in early mornings and late evenings when weather is cooler. On particularly cold days, it is better for you to stay indoors if you are asthmatic. Cover your mouth and nose with a warm scarf or wear a face mask to prevent cold air from entering your airways.

Influenza or flu

Influenza virus is also more active during the colder months. Older people with other health conditions are highly vulnerable to serious illness if they contract flu. In fact, a number of deaths in older people are attributed to flu during winters.

“To prevent flu, it is important to protect yourself from the virus. Wash your hands several times a day; avoid touching your face with your hands as they may be carrying the virus; avoid getting into contact with people who are ill. If you are above 60 years of age, better get a flu shot (vaccination) before the onset of winters,” said Dr Wasimahmed Sachora

Heart attacks

Incidents of heart attacks invariably increase during the winter months. Cold weather can put a lot of strain on the heart of people who have cardiovascular diseases. So that the physical tasks that you normally perform in warmer temperatures become more stressful for you in winters. Cold is also believed to up the blood pressure. If you are a heart patient, do not stress yourself physically, and make sure you rush to hospital immediately if you experience any kind of chest discomfort.

Winter allergies

In winters allergans such as dust mites and mold spores cause greater number of allergic reactions. Weather irritants like pet dander, mildew and mold are present in the air throughout the year, but the reason they become active in winters is because people shut down all the windows with room heaters and temperature controllers switched on to avoid cold. The warm atmosphere becomes perfect place for them to breed and come in contact with human beings. Allergies like asthma get aggravated when a patient inhales mold spores, dust mites or pet saliva or other such triggers

Make sure you ventilate your house properly even if it is cold; regularly vaccum clean your carpets, pillows, mattresses, blankets and wardrobes to minimize occurrence of allergens. Removing carpets altogether is a good way of minimizing allergies. Get room heaters and air conditioning units cleaned regularly. Maintain a minimum humidity level inside the house with the humidifier and dehumidifier to prevent growth of dust mites.



New Delhi – India’s premier “At home beauty service”, MyGlamm recently launched in the capital! After witnessing successful launches in the metropolitan cities of Pune and Mumbai, it is set to expand their beauty venture among the discerning and individualistic clientele of New Delhi, along with the launch of L’OCCITANE Home Care rituals for the first time in India.

MyGlamm offers a full range of in-home beauty and styling services fulfilled by professional aestheticians. The brand endeavors to provide its customers to feel glammed up and luxuriously pampered at the comfort of their own home or any other location they desire, with all their beauty needs taken care of.

MyGlamm has collaborated with various international brands to provide beauty services at home, such as High Definition Brows, NovaLash Eyelash Extensions, Forest Essentials and Biotique. For the first time ever, MyGlamm is launching the highly acclaimed L’OCCITANE Home Care Rituals in Delhi. This service is exclusively available only at MyGlamm.

The luxurious Mediterranean themed Spa L’OCCITANE operated by Sanghvi Brands, provides unforgettable authentic and sensorial experiences to its guests based on high-quality products from L’OCCITANE making them feel energized and rejuvenated. L’OCCITANE products are natural and authentic, effective and deliciously appealing. It brings together nature and research, following the principles of aromatherapy. L’OCCITANE creates patented natural complexes and tests the effectiveness and tolerance of the formulas under medical supervision.

With their state-of-the-art training academy nestled in the capital and based on L’OCCITANE international spa protocols, MyGlamm ensures that all the staff acquires professional training and guidance. Through this, the venture also certifies that the MyGlamm standards are met and are consistent in its approach, to spring an optimal quality of services.

“We are incredibly focused on the needs of our customers. At MyGlamm, we feel equipped to deliver top-notch beauty services to the distinct crowd of New Delhi. Being one of the top metropolitan cities in India, the capital does have a crowd of perceptive and conscious locals who have a penchant for quality beauty services without going through the fuss of travelling to a salon. Through the MyGlamm app, we aim to redefine the beauty and spa experience to better meet the needs and lifestyle of our potential customers” said Mr. Darpan Sanghvi, Founder & CEO for MyGlamm.


Ms. Simi Dewan, General Manager of L’OCCITANE India, also shared a few words; “Our experience with MyGlamm for the launch of L’OCCITANE Spas in New Delhi has been incredible. MyGlamm, as a brand is evolving the face of the beauty industry, making it more accessible and convenient to consumers, one city at a time. We are really pleased to partner with them to introduce L’OCCITANE Spas and beauty products to the discerning Delhi crowds. It is fortunate to have initiated this association and we are eagerly anticipating our next steps together.”

UTTAR – DAKSHIN Famous series of Classical Music and Dance performance


Bangalore October 9, 2016: Vivid Arts & Entertainment and The Pioneer Arts Education Society, in association with Union Bank of India, National Insurance & the New India Assurance organized a unique Dance Duet Series“Uttar Dakshin”,It was a first of its kind famous series of Classical music and Dance performances by renowned senior artists.

Instilled with majesty and grandeur, this dance series, the first Dance jugalbandi series which presented the classic elements of 2 different dance styles along with technology by twothe prominent dance forms Kathak & Bharatnatyam allured the audience. Artistes of international renounce Smt Ruchi Sharma (who established a world record of 15 hrs marathon kathak recital) &Smt. Sujatha Nair acclaimed Bharatnatyam & Mohiniattam danseuse in Mumbai, presenting the classic parts of both the dance forms, enthralled the audience with their performance.

Music and dance are beyond boundaries of language and bindings meant only to rejoice and entertain apart from being signatures of region and religion. Kathak and Bharatnatyam dance forms have so many similarities though being from different regions. The oneness of the dance forms was potrayed in the

The Way this planet is divided between Northen & Southern Hemisphere, so is our Country which shows clear differentiation between its Northern & Southern parts. Be it the Attire, Culture, Language, customs, etc. the distinction is very evident. But, in spite of these differences in Social & Cultural organisations, it has by no means able to mask the many elements of continuity that exists. And, what can explain this better than the world of Art, Music, Dance, literature & poetry. Art is a seamless concept and it recognizes no boundary. Uttar Dakshin is a humble attempt to portray this Union, said Mr. Narahari, the Managing partner of Vivid Arts & Entertainment. This was a first of its kind attempt which we got into Karnataka with Jugalbandi formats and we are glad it was loved by the audience of Bangalore. After the grand success at Bangalore, we will be taking this format to Delhi & Hyderabad next.

The Programme began with Ganesh Stuti & Guru Vandana by both the performers, followed by Malvari by Smt. Sujatha Nair. This was followed by Shri Ramachandra Krupalu Bhajumana by both the artists in the Jugalbandi Format with Hindusthani musicians supporting the Katha performance and Carnatic musicians supporting the Bharathanatyam format. This was followed by Thaat by Smt. Ruchi Sharma. While Smt. Sujatha’s Krishna nee begane baro was mesmarising, Smt. Ruchi’s Durga Asthothari was a thorough celebration of Durga on the occasion of Navarathri.

The programme not only saw many scintillating moments of Jugalbandi performances by the two dancers in two different formats of dance (Bharathanatyam & Kathak), but also saw some beautiful Jugalbandi between Sarangi & Violin, Tabla & Mrudanga and vocals of Hindusthani & Carnatic, this making it a thorough celebration and Grand union of UTTAR with Dakshin.

SWAR BHUSHAN Awards Ceramony Commemorating Birth Centenary year of Bharat Ratna Smt. MS Subbalakshmi & Ustad Bismillah Khan was a part of the Programme.


A Book Celebrating Modern Independent Indian Brides and Wedding Planning launched in Bengaluru


Bengaluru, October 09, 2016: The Great Indian Wedding Planner, an exclusive compilation of ideas and rare insights on wedding planning authored by Sonam Poddar Hissaria was officially unveiled by renowned dancer and choreographer Madhu Nataraj Kiran, along with beautiful brides Grishma Reddy and Niharika Madan. The event was held in collaboration with a wedding show Fabiana at The Lalit Ashok Bangalore. The young brides shared interesting incidents from their weddings and the chief guest brought her distinctive perspective and elevated the event intellectually. The event was a celebration of all the aspects that together make for a great Indian wedding and the venue was beautifully decorated keeping this in mind.

Published by Wisdom Tree, The Great Indian Wedding Planner, is a beautiful amalgamation of thoughts, ideas and trends put together for every bride and groom-to-be, who desire a Great Indian Wedding.

When it comes to a wedding, you want the best of everything, which will be cherished forever and why shouldn’t you! This book, like a trusted friend, helps you unravel not just your own priorities but also all the hidden clauses and costs of the army of vendors you would have to deal with and even prepares you for the last-minute contingencies. Most importantly it reminds you that weddings should be fun and you can relax and enjoy the wedding if you’ve planned it all in advance.


“I conceptualized writing this book when I realized how the knowledge and expertise that I had gained over these years could benefit innumerable brides. This book not only compliments my business but is also a ready guide for all those who either cannot hire wedding planners due to budget constraints or location restrictions.
My hard work in putting this book together has paid off and I am excited at its launch today,” said Mrs. Sonam Poddar Hissaria, Author.

“I had been to many Indian weddings in the past and this fueled me with a real desire to help brides and executing their weddings as seamlessly as possible. Working with brides closely I released what seemed the logical way to start planning the wedding and was unknown to the brides -to- be,” added Sonam.

Shobit Arya, Publisher, Wisdom Tree saidPlanning your wedding? Sit back and relax as this book will be like your best friend leading up to your big day. Sonam has captured well-curated information, ideas and trends that readers can implement to make their weddings an affair to remember.  And we could not have wished for a better person than Madhu, amongst India’s most gifted dancers and choreographers, to launch the book.”



GHUNGAT by Shaveta & Anuj successfully launched their flagship store in India at E-29 First Floor, South Ex- II, New Delhi.


When intricacy meets textures and bold hues, Ghungat by Shaveta & Anuj comes into being.

Ghungat by Shaveta & Anuj is a spectacle driven brand that values substance equally. The label prides itself for creating “dream come true couture” and for blending ancient traditions of Indian craftsmanship with contemporary comfort, twists and turns. 

Some of the guests who were present at the event were Ratan Kaul, Designer Padma Swarupa, Singer Priyanka Goyat, Tarot Card Reader Poonam Sethi, Entrepreneur Sonal Jindal to name a few.


An extremely lavish store, contemporary in nature, reflects a flawless fusion of style and luxury- from use of lively colours to classy embellishments – this is a shopping lover’s paradise.

The luxurious store showcases some of the finest and most exquisite of clothing line and is all set to become a shopaholic’s heaven. Their unique designs are used on most exquisite and luxurious fabrics to give that feeling as of the special moments that you will cherish for the rest of their life. 

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