IT Minister Sridhar Babu to grace the 10th National Facilities Managers Summit-2024, to be held in the city

Satyanarayana Mathala President TFMC

Hyderabad, May 14, 2024….… The 10th National Facilities Managers (MF) Summit 2024 will be held in the city on May 17 at the Address Convention Center at Narsingi in Hyderabad. IT Minister of Telangana, Sridhar Babu will be the chief guest. Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, the principal secretary will be the guest of honour. It will be a Green Summit encouraging green and sustainable initiatives.

The National FMs Summit-2024 is an annual conference of Facilities Management professionals. Well over 400 facilities management professionals will participate in the summit

It will be a day-long annual conference of Facilities Management professionals, disclosed Mr, Satyanarayana Mathala, President of Telangana Facilities Management Council (TFMC) in a press note issued in the city,

The summit will be inaugurated in the morning. Followed by inauguration a panel discussion will be held. The panel discussion will highlight employee safety, workplace requirements, and strategies for workplace trends for the next 3 years.

CEO, CXO, and CFO conferences will also be held along with the summit.

FILE PICS INSPIRATION HANDLOOM WALK WILL BE HELD DURING THE SUMMIT

Green Awards will be presented during the summit. Be a sustainable leader. Awards will be given to the best sustainable practices followed in major IT Parks, and communities. TFMC Social Excellence Awards will also be presented to the inspiring government teams.

One representative from 20 IT companies will walk on the ramp sporting handloom clothes to promote Handlooms Monday, which TFMC has been promoting Handloom Monday for a very long time.

Facility management (FM) is a profession that improves business and lives by ensuring functionality, comfort, safety, and efficiency of the built environment and is practiced by 25 million people around the world, says Telangana Facilities Management Council (TFMC)’s President, Satyanarayana Mathala

The summit will focus on future technology and AI Practices that every Facility Manager will use in the next 10 years.

Thunderstorm Titans Crowned the First Cue Sports Premier League Champion

Bengaluru, 14 May 2024: Thunderstorm Titans won the first edition of the Cue Sports Premier League 2024 organized by Bowring Institute, Bengaluru. Thunderstorm Titans led by R Santosh won 4-1 out of 7 games against Summer Tuskers led by Sourav Kothari. Rajesh Bajaj, Director of Embassy Group, and Raghavendra Y R, Chairman of Billiards – Bowring Institute handed over the trophy to the winners in the presence of Top Actress Ragini Dwivedi, and Mr. H S Srikanth, Secretary of Bowring amongst other dignitaries.

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In the first match of the final, Snooker Singles, Manan Chandra of Thunderstorm Titans defeated Sourav Kothari from Summer Tuskers to take an early lead in the final. The second, third, and fourth matches of the finals were snooker doubles that saw Titans Beating Tuskers in the first and second doubles, while Tuskers won the third doubles.

Thunderstorm Titans Won the first Edition of Cue Sports Premier League

In the 5th Frame R Santosh, the Captain of the Titans defeated D Rajkumar on the black ball to take the championship, 13-time national champion, Manan Chandra grabbed all the attention in the finals as he showed tremendous concentration and perseverance to grind out a closely contested long-drawn match that ultimately sealed the win for the Titans. Manan Chandra was chosen as the best player of the tournament. The emerging Player of the league was Daivik Bansi, the Highest break of the league was by Brijesh Damani, The Best pair of the league was Sri Hari and Kushal.

1400 Days of Nationwide Hygiene Awareness: Harpic and News18’s ‘Mission Swachhta Aur Paani’ Celebrates Milestone with Akshay Kumar Leading the Charge

Campaign Ambassador Akshay Kumar hails the initiative as ‘Jan Andolan’ for sanitation security

Ahmedabad, May 11th, 2024: In a shift that once seemed unthinkable, discussing toilets has become a regular part of conversations nationwide. Mission Swachhta Aur Paani campaign, a collaborative effort by Harpic and News 18, has been at the forefront of this change, marking over 1400 days of continuous engagement. A first-of-its-kind awareness campaign, the initiative normalized discussions on good toilet behavior across the country, touching millions of citizens, and bringing together leaders from all walks of life. Integrating culture, comedy, muppets, technology, music, and education, Harpic Mission Swachhta Aur Paani recently celebrated the completion of its third edition, setting the stage for scaling it up in the future. The milestone coincided with the 10-year anniversary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission.

The celebration saw participation from Mission Swachhta Aur Paani campaign ambassador, Akshay Kumar; Hon’ble Union Ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat & Mansukh Mandaviya; Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde, and other prominent figures advocating for a safe and healthy Bharat.

Harpic Mission Swachata

Aligned with the Swachh Bharat Mission and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Harpic & News18’s Mission Swachhta Aur Paani has united various stakeholders – policymakers, cultural icons, celebrities, thought leaders, development sector professionals, water and public health experts, and academia. The campaign reinforced the importance of sanitation for clean and accessible toilets along with inculcating toilet-appropriate behaviour, particularly in young children. A remarkable feature of this campaign has been leveraging popular culture to simplify the message for mass consumption. A stand-up by Gaurav Kapoor, a song about health and sanitation by Grammy winner Ricky Kej, a message by Akshay Kumar, and a short film like ‘Kar Lo Karmon Ka Uddhar’ appeal to common people, make them think and inspire behavior and attitudinal shift.

Highlighting the significance of a Swachh Samaj for elevating India’s standing, Akshay Kumar said, “A clean society is the foundation of a healthier and better nation. Mission Swachhta Aur Paani has evolved into a ‘Jan Andolan’ (people’s movement) for sanitation security and focused on building awareness for right to dignity. I urge each one of you to continue supporting us and join us to drive advocacy for clean toilets to build a cleaner India.”

Hon’ble Minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, emphasized the lasting impact of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, asserting, “India has witnessed a revolutionary transformation in sanitation and hygiene. Over one lakh villages have been declared completely clean based on various parameters. Our persistent efforts under the Swachhta Abhiyan are poised to significantly elevate both the National Health Index and GPI.”

Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mansukh Mandaviya, highlighted the critical role of good sanitation in maintaining good health, crediting the Swachh Bharat Mission for spreading the message of health and hygiene nationwide. He commended the Prime Minister for ensuring dignity for women, sanitation workers, marginalized communities, and others through this campaign.

During the celebration, Ravi Bhatnagar, Director of External Affairs & Partnerships – SOA, Reckitt, said, “Since its inception, Harpic Mission Swachhta Aur Paani has been working towards integrating a culture of cleanliness in society, particularly among youth, ensuring clean toilets become second nature. Events like G20, which championed ‘India for the World,’ and the profound philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam have deeply inspired and reinforced our commitment. At Reckitt, we remain steadfast in our pursuit of universal sanitation as we continue spreading the message of toilet hygiene and sanitation, helping build healthy habits among masses. While our progress has been commendable, we acknowledge there is more to be done and this marks just the beginning of our journey towards a Swachch Bharat.”

Avinash Kaul, CEO Network18 (Broadcast) & MD of A + E Networks, expressed pride in spearheading a high-impact campaign on toilet-appropriate behavior, reaching millions across India over the past three years.

“As India strives towards the vision of ‘Viksit Bharat-2047′, establishing itself as a developed global power, our commitment as a responsible media organization to support and contribute to this goal is unwavering. Through initiatives like Mission Swachhta Aur Paani, we are dedicated to promoting mass social awareness programs with a transformative agenda. Network18 will continue to encourage efforts for a Swachh and Swasth Bharat,” he said.

Launched in 2019, the Mission Swachhta Aur Paani campaign worked around the core theme of ‘Healthy Hum, Jab Saaf Rakhen Toilet Hardam,‘ which is designed to inspire behavioral change and create a lasting commitment to cleanliness among people. The campaign has made a significant impact nationwide, leveraging the extensive reach of Network 18, spanning 14 channels in 15 languages across 26 states, reaching over 69 crore individuals monthly, in addition to its digital channels reaching millions more.

Akshay Tritiya Parna Mahotsav held

Hyderabad, May 10th, 2024….108 Jains who fasted by eating alternative day for the past one year broke their fasting by consuming sugar cane juice today at Dadawadi Jain Temple at Karwan.

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Some of the people who fasted were as old as 86 years done young were just 19

It had more women than men. Some of them have fasted for 35 years.

The ceremony is called Akshay Tritiya Parna Mahotsav. It kicked off yesterday and concluded today.

Earlier all these 208 Jain’s drawn from across India, including 32 from the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad were ceremoniously taken in 25 well-decorated chariots in a km-long procession from Saibaba Temple in Gudi Malkapur to Dadawadi Jain Temple Karawan.

Vimlabhai Kochar from Nashik has been fasting by eating alternative day for the past 35 years. Kantha Bhai has been fasting for 16 years. Ugam Bhai Gandhi is an 81-year-old woman who has been fasting for the past 24 years. Kishore Golechs from Secunderabad who is into the cycling business has been fasting for 24 years. Sangeetha Kothari, a 52 years old woman has been fasting for the past 7 years.

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Sunitha Vinod, 52 from Nashik has done first time. Krishi Bandari, a 19-year-old girl from Hyderabad has done fasting a second time. Says, that fasting has taught her to exercise control on anything we do excessively. It has also taught me a very good discipline in life.

Mahendra Lunwath from Hyderabad who has been fasting for 20 years said it is mind control over food. I decided in mind and I never had any problem in fasting. He urged youngsters and first-timers to start fasting at least once a week. In an era where food is available at the click of a mouse from food delivery platforms such as Swiggy and Zomato, fasting is the only way forward to exercise control over food. We are what we eat. Obesity is on the rise. The best way is to fast at least once a week he said

The fast-breaking ceremony was organized under the guidance of Jain Guru Dr Samkit Muni Ji and two other Jain Monks.

On this day about 2000 Jains from across India such as Nashik, Pune, Jodhpur, Karnataka, and Chennai, and Hyderabad participated

108 Jain’s ended their year-long alternate fasting with sugar cane juice disclosed Swarupchand Kothari, Gautam Chand Dank, Sajjan Gandhi, Annaraj Bafna, and Vinod Kimtee, the office bearers of the organising body.

In Jainism, Akshaya Tritiya is important as it commemorates the first Tirthankara, Rishab dev Bhagwan, ending his one-year asceticism(severe self-discipline and avoiding all forms of indulgence) by consuming sugarcane juice poured into his cupped hands. Some Jains refer to the festival as Akashya Tritiya Parna Mahotsav. The ascetic practices include simple living, begging, fasting, and ethical practices such as humility, compassion, meditation, patience, and prayer. Akshay Tritiya Parna Mahotsav brings to an end to such a year-long strict self-discipline.

Akshay Tritiya Parna Mahotsav was organized by Shri Vardhaman Sthanakvasi Jain Shravak Sangh, Greater Hyderabad

Investing in Change: Sunteck Realty Promotes Healthier Communities, Creates Awareness on Menstrual Health & Well being

May 7th, 2024, Mumbai: Sunteck Realty, renowned for its commitment to excellence and sustainability, empowered 1,000 adolescents’ girls promoting menstrual health awareness at various municipal schools. Mentoring about menstrual health care and hygiene can help women and girls from underprivileged backgrounds continue their education, maintain their health, and preserve their dignity.

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The National Family Health Survey (2020-21) highlights that over 30% of women in India aged 15 to 24 do not use hygienic methods of protection during their menstrual cycles. An alarming estimate suggests that each year, 20% of girls in India discontinue their education due to a lack of access to quality menstrual products. Additionally, 40% of girls are reported to miss school days during their periods, a situation exacerbated by the diminished accessibility of menstrual products in lower-income families.

Even in urban areas like Mumbai, the gap in awareness and access to menstrual hygiene remains stark. The challenge is compounded by the cost implications of single-use sanitary napkins, which, despite being a necessity, become a significant recurring expenditure. Many young girls either make do with inadequate alternatives or use single-use sanitary pads less frequently than recommended, adversely affecting their health.

Through Project Lajja, Sunteck Realty has distributed reusable cloth pads kits to each girl, offering a cost-efficient and eco-friendly approach to managing menstrual health and hygiene. Project Lajja is designed to align with several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically aiming to contribute to Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being, Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production, Goal 4 – Quality Education, and Goal 5 – Gender Equality. By distribution of the 4000 reusable cloth pads, around 120,000 single-use sanitary napkins that may contain plastics have been diverted from landfills. Moreover, the use of single-use sanitary napkins generates 8.9 kg of CO2 emissions annually has been curbed, furthering ecological preservation.

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Anupma Khetan, Customer Experience Evangelist, Sunteck Realty Limited, remarked, “Addressing period poverty is crucial to enhance public health, empower women and girls, and also to advance gender equality. Our association on Project Lajja is a reflection of our commitment to fostering healthy, sustainable communities under our ‘Sunteck Saathi’ program. Our support for the project is more than just providing resources; it’s about equipping young girls with the knowledge they need to handle their menstrual health confidently. Through this effort, we aim to secure their futures and foster an inclusive environment, demonstrating our investment in the well-being and dignity of every individual in the community.”

Established in 2015, ‘Making the Difference (MTD)’ is an Indian non-profit organization founded by Mr. Deepak Vishwakarma. Reflecting on the collaboration, he expressed, “Sunteck Realty’s engagement in Project Lajja is an indication of their commitment towards community welfare and environmental conservation. By empowering young girls with essential knowledge and tools for proper menstrual health and hygiene, Sunteck Realty has not only supported in fostering their dignity and self-assurance but has also supported their overall well-being and educational continuity. Furthermore, this initiative significantly contributes to reducing the environmental impact caused by one-time use of sanitary napkins.”

Project Lajja encompasses an extensive educational session covering vital topics such as menstruation hygiene, reproductive health & disposal of menstrual products.

Sunteck Realty actively demonstrates its commitment to community welfare and sustainable development through a series of impactful initiatives under its ‘Sunteck Saathi’ program. This program, deeply rooted in the philosophy of inclusivity and collective growth, has launched several ventures aimed at uplifting the community. Notably, the Preventive Healthcare Camps have been a cornerstone effort, providing vital health screenings to construction workers, and ensuring their well-being and health awareness. Beyond healthcare, Sunteck has also spearheaded the ‘HAQDARSHAK’ project to educate labourers on essential official documentation and legal rights, significantly enhancing their societal integration and security.

Moreover, the company has extended its social outreach to underprivileged children, organizing healthcare camps to cater to their unique needs. Complementing these health-centric initiatives, Sunteck Realty has invested in the environmental and infrastructural enhancement of the community, such as installing benches from recyclable waste collected from beach cleaning initiative and organizing various engagement and welfare programs for its employees, partners, and the broader community. These initiatives reflect Sunteck’s holistic approach to corporate social responsibility, emphasizing health, education, and environmental sustainability.

 

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UPSC Excellence : Topper Tales from Vision IAS, Hyderabad

Hyderabad, 7th May 2024: The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for Recruitment to higher Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, and Indian Police Service.

Vision IAS conducted a seminar on UPSC preparation strategy by our students who secured All India Rank Mr. Navneet Anand ( AIR Rank. 499, UPSC CSE 2023 ) & Mr. Harshit Srivastava ( AIR Rank. 521, UPSC CSE 2023 ) which was attended by many aspirants.

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Navneet Anand (Purnia Dst, BIHAR) – 3rd attempt, Optional -Sociology

10th – 12th from – Sainik School, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, B.A(HONS)- Ambedkar University, Delhi. and

M.A. Sociology – Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. CAPF(ACS)

Mr. Harshit Srivastava (Prayagraj, Uttarpradesh) – 5th attempt, Optional -Geography

Completed his School & Intermediate in Maharshi Patanjali Vidyamandir – CBSE and B tech Electronics and Communication- Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lucknow.

In this session, both shared their inspiring journey with the aspirants and offered them strategies for managing time effectively, developing practical study plans, and maintaining motivation throughout their preparation journey. The session was appraised by all the aspirants who reached the VISION IAS Hyderabad centre in Telangana to attend the open session, leaving a mark on the future nation leaders.

Harpic and News18’s ‘Mission Swachhta Aur Paani’ Marks 1400 Days of Promoting Nationwide Hygiene Awareness

Campaign Ambassador Akshay Kumar hails the initiative as ‘Jan Andolan’ for sanitation security

New Delhi, May 03, 2024: In a shift that once seemed unthinkable, discussing toilets has become a regular part of conversations nationwide. Mission Swachhta Aur Paani campaign, a collaborative effort by Harpic and News 18, has been at the forefront of this change, marking over 1400 days of continuous engagement. A first-of-its-kind awareness campaign, the initiative normalized discussions on good toilet behavior across the country, touching millions of citizens, and bringing together leaders from all walks of life. Integrating culture, comedy, muppets, technology, music, and education, Harpic Mission Swachhta Aur Paani recently celebrated the completion of its third edition, setting the stage for scaling it up in the future. The milestone coincided with the 10-year anniversary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission.

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The celebration saw participation from Mission Swachhta Aur Paani campaign ambassador, Akshay Kumar; Hon’ble Union Ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat & Mansukh Mandaviya; Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde, and other prominent figures advocating for a safe and healthy Bharat.

Aligned with the Swachh Bharat Mission and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Harpic & News18’s Mission Swachhta Aur Paani has united various stakeholders – policymakers, cultural icons, celebrities, thought leaders, development sector professionals, water and public health experts, and academia. The campaign reinforced the importance of sanitation for clean and accessible toilets along with inculcating toilet appropriate behavior, particularly in young children. A remarkable feature of this campaign has been leveraging popular culture to simplify the message for mass consumption. A stand-up by Gaurav Kapoor, a song about health and sanitation by Grammy winner Ricky Kej, a message by Akshay Kumar and a short film like ‘Kar Lo Karmon Ka Uddhar’ appeal to common people, make them think, and inspire behavior and attitudinal shift.

Highlighting the significance of a Swachh Samaj for elevating India’s standing, Akshay Kumar said, “A clean society is the foundation of a healthier and better nation. Mission Swachhta Aur Paani has evolved into a ‘Jan Andolan’ (people’s movement) for sanitation security and focused on building awareness for right to dignity. I urge each one of you to continue supporting us and join us to drive advocacy for clean toilets to build a cleaner India.”

Hon’ble Minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, emphasized the lasting impact of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, asserting, “India has witnessed a revolutionary transformation in sanitation and hygiene. Over one lakh villages have been declared completely clean based on various parameters. Our persistent efforts under the Swachhta Abhiyan are poised to significantly elevate both the National Health Index and GPI.”

Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mansukh Mandaviya, highlighted the critical role of good sanitation in maintaining good health, crediting the Swachh Bharat Mission for spreading the message of health and hygiene nationwide. He commended the Prime Minister for ensuring dignity for women, sanitation workers, marginalized communities, and others through this campaign.

During the celebration, Ravi Bhatnagar, Director of External Affairs & Partnerships – SOA, Reckitt, said, “Since its inception, Harpic Mission Swachhta Aur Paani has been working towards integrating a culture of cleanliness in society, particularly among youth, ensuring clean toilets become second nature. Events like G20, which championed ‘India for the World,’ and the profound philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam have deeply inspired and reinforced our commitment. At Reckitt, we remain steadfast in our pursuit of universal sanitation as we continue spreading the message of toilet hygiene and sanitation, helping build healthy habits among the masses. While our progress has been commendable, we acknowledge there is more to be done and this marks just the beginning of our journey towards a Swachch Bharat.”

Avinash Kaul, CEO of Network18 (Broadcast) & MD of A + E Networks, expressed pride in spearheading a high-impact campaign on toilet-appropriate behavior, reaching millions across India over the past three years.

“As India strives towards the vision of ‘Viksit Bharat-2047’, establishing itself as a developed global power, our commitment as a responsible media organization to support and contribute to this goal is unwavering. Through initiatives like Mission Swachhta Aur Paani, we are dedicated to promoting mass social awareness programs with a transformative agenda. Network18 will continue to encourage efforts for a Swachh and Swasth Bharat,” he said.

Launched in 2019, Mission Swachhta Aur Paani campaign worked around the core theme of ‘Healthy Hum, Jab Saaf Rakhen Toilet Hardam,’ which is designed to inspire behavioral change and create a lasting commitment to cleanliness among people. The campaign has made a significant impact nationwide, leveraging the extensive reach of Network 18, spanning 14 channels in 15 languages across 26 states, reaching over 69 crore individuals monthly, in addition to its digital channels reaching millions more.

BIPF’s 11th Shambhavi Puraskar honours efforts for empowering women and forest-dwelling communities in Odisha

May 3, 2024: The 11th Shambhavi Puraskar by Bansidhar and Ila Panda Foundation (BIPF) was awarded to Shri Ranjit Majhi for his exceptional work in implementing the Forest Rights Act (FRA). Additionally, Smt. Sasmita Mangaraj was honored with the Jury Commendation Certification for her outstanding work in empowering women at the grassroots level toward livelihood and self-reliance.

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Mrs. Chetna Sinha, Founder and Chairperson of Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation Maharashtra graced the occasion as the chief guest along with Guest of Honor, Lt General C P Mohanty, 42nd Vice Chief of Army Staff and Member of the Armed Forces Tribunal, Delhi.

Speaking at the 11th Shambhavi Puraskar, Mrs. Chetna Sinha, Founder and Chairperson Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation Maharashtra said, “True change begins with a single act of courage and a small act of courage by silent heroes can become a capital for the poor. As we gather to honor the silent heroes of Odisha, let us remember that every small step towards social change creates ripples of hope and empowerment.”

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Elaborating on the initiative, Mrs. Shaifalika Panda, Trustee & Founder CEO, BIPF, and Chief of CSR (Special Initiatives), IMFA, added, “It is our responsibility, to be of service to the underserved and to create a ripple effect of change toward social transformation. The Shambhavi Purasakar has given these grassroot leaders of Odisha a platform to further their vision and ambition toward collective growth.”

Furthermore, Guest of Honour Lt General C P Mohanty 42nd Vice Chief of Army Staff Member Armed Forces Tribunal Delhi said, “As we recognize the exceptional efforts of social changemakers in Odisha, let us salute the resilience and commitment of those who work tirelessly to uplift communities and inspire positive change. The qualities embodied by the Shambhavi Puraskar – courage, discipline, and integrity – are essential for shaping the future generation.”

Chingari forays into Web3 gaming with the launch of Chingari Game Zone

Bengaluru, April 29, 2024 – Chingari, the world’s leading web3 live-streaming app, today announced its foray into the web3 gaming space titled Chinagri Game Zone. The move marks a significant milestone for the Aptos-backed tech company as it expands its offerings beyond live-streaming and into the burgeoning world of blockchain-based gaming. Built on the Aptos blockchain, Chingari Game Zone will leverage its expertise in social media, entertainment, and blockchain tech to create engaging and interactive gaming experiences for users.

The initial launch of Chingari Game Zone will include a curated selection of popular and engaging mobile games, Ludo, a voice communication-based web3 game. Ludo on Chingari Game Zone offers a unique experience to its users who can converse through voice communication with their competitors while playing the game. Users will be rewarded with Gari tokens for using the Chingari Game Zone. Further, Chingari plans to launch more games by the next quarter, expanding its web3 gaming portfolio to cater to diverse tastes and preferences.

Sumit Ghosh, CEO and Co-Founder, Chingari said, “Our goal is to create a seamless and engaging gaming experience that utilizes the benefits of blockchain technology. We believe that Web3 has the potential to revolutionize the gaming industry and provide a new level of excitement and competition for gamers worldwide. Moreover, our expertise in social media and entertainment and experience in blockchain technology positions us well to make a significant impact in the gaming industry through Chingari Game Zone.”

Chingari’s foray into web3 gaming marks a significant expansion of its offerings beyond social media and entertainment. The company has made significant investments in blockchain technology and has assembled a team of experts with extensive experience in blockchain development.

Climate Change Heats Up Workforce Safety and Health Concerns: International SOS Calls for Action

National, 29th April 2024 – In light of World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April, the International SOS encourages organizations to reassess their occupational safety and health (OSH) programmes. Climate change is intensifying existing OSH challenges, and organizations must prioritize proactive solutions. This year’s theme, “Impacts of climate change on occupational safety and health,” highlights the urgency of this evolving threat.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) latest report estimates that over 70% of the global workforce faces potential exposure to climate-related health hazards.1 These hazards include extreme heat stress, worsening air quality, and more frequent and severe weather events. Furthermore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects a decline in growth in labour productivity due to climate change impacts.2 By 2030, the equivalent of more than 2% of total working hours worldwide is projected to be lost annually, as a result of extreme temperatures, leading to unsafe working conditions or a decrease in worker output.3

Dr Olivier Lo, Global Medical Director, Occupational Health Services, at International SOS “The escalating threats of climate change necessitate a heightened focus on managing risk exposure and health incidents for the workforce. At International SOS, we saw an 80% increase in climate-related medical alerts throughout the majority of 2023 compared to 2022. This concerning trend is further highlighted by the International SOS Risk Outlook 2024 report, with four of the top five health risks identified by respondents being related to climate or weather factors.4 With climate change adding urgency, it is crucial for organizations to acknowledge its combined impact with existing OSH threats. This is key to effectively safeguard workforce safety, and health and manage productivity.”

The traditional focus of occupational health and safety on physical safety, accident prevention, and maintaining a sustainable work environment has overlooked a critical factor, the impact of climate change on workforce wellbeing. Extreme weather events and climate-related disasters pose a growing threat to mental health and psychosocial wellbeing. These events can trigger a range of emotional responses, including distress, anxiety, depression, grief, and even suicidal behaviour. 5

Dr Vikram Vora, Medical Director – Indian Subcontinent adds “With Southeast Asia bearing the brunt of an unprecedented heat wave this year, it is essential for organizations to go beyond mere compliance and redesigning their workforce health and wellbeing programs to include the capability to respond to health threats posed by climate change. Regular assessments and adaptations are key to ensuring workforce safety in this evolving landscape. By proactively managing emerging occupational health and safety risks, organizations can not only create positive work environments but also contribute to a more sustainable future. This includes mental and emotional wellbeing support, chronic disease management, and preventive healthcare.”

To ensure workforce safety, health and well-being in the face of a changing climate, International SOS encourages organisations to consider the following:

1. Conduct regular risk assessments: Incorporate climate-specific hazards and factor in rising temperatures, extreme weather events and changing air quality. Identify vulnerable workforce profiles and locations most at risk from climate impacts.

2. Prioritise worker health and safety: Integrate climate considerations into existing health and safety programmes. Promote heat stress awareness and prevention measures like hydration protocols and rest breaks.

3. Provide mental health and wellbeing support: Develop resources and training to help employees cope with the psychological impact of extreme weather events or environmental disasters. Offer access to mental health professionals to address potential anxiety or stress related to climate events.

4. Climate-ready training programmes: Equip the workforce with knowledge and skills to work safely in a changing environment. Provide training on emergency preparedness and safe work practices during extreme weather events like floods or wildfires.

5. Robust incident response protocols: Develop clear and well-communicated protocols for responding to heat-related illnesses, accidents during extreme weather, and other climate-related incidents. Implement a system for continuous improvement by reviewing incidents and updating protocols as needed.

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