MY WIFE’s 8th VACHAN a new Hindi comedy play premiers on 12th February 2023 at St Andrews Auditorium, Bandra

Hindi play will feature Actor Anup Soni, Actor Vinay Jain and Monisha Singh Katial

India’s leading theatre group The Films and Theatre Society is all set to bring a new Hindi Comedy play “My Wife’s 8th Vachan” for the audience of Mumbai. Atul Satya Koushik is widely known for creating a brand value in grand Historical productions, Musicals, mythological, Social Satires and My Wife’s 8th Vachan is his first attempt in the genre of comedy and family entertainment at this scale.

My Wife’s 8th Vachan is an eighty-five-minute comedy and family play inspired by marriages. The play is about a mystery called “marriage” that has deepened with each effort of solving it. This play, at most, is another ambitious (read failed) attempt in doing so. Madhur and Mahak are no different from any married couple who have been co-existing in each other’s lives for fifteen years and have been quarrelling for reasons unknown. So much so that their little daughter has decided to study in a boarding school to avoid daily battles her parents invent out of nowhere. Mahak wants to address the elephant in the room and talk to Madhur about the state of their marriage. She is prepared even if some difficult decision needs to be made about it now. A reluctant Madhur finds himself in the uncanniness episode of his life when the eighth promise that Mahak made at the time of their marriage comes back to haunt her. What is that eight promise? Whom did she make it to? Is this the much-awaited break from their dilapidated marriage that they both needed? Come and discover in this laugh-a-minute comedy inspired from your marriage

Famous Film, TV and Theatre actors Anup Soni, Vinay Jain and Monisha Singh Katial take the audience through this episode of comedy drama. The production bears the stamp of a typical Atul Satya Koushik production i.e., lavish sets, costumes, music and a spectacular wholesome experience for the audience.

Atul Satya Koushik, writer & Director, said, “Each script comes with its own challenges and opportunities. I have done comedies in the past but more as experimental and workshop productions. This one is my first serious attempt at comedy at this scale. You see, comedy is difficult. You never know what the audience will find funny and what not. All we can do as makers of theatre is to be honest with our content and leave it for the audience to tell us if it struck a chord with them or not.”

Actor Anup Sonii says, ” Doing this new play was an opportunity for me to explore the comic side as an actor and every actor wants to explore all roles. I always have a very serious image so it’s always nice to keep breaking it and surprising the audience. I am trying to explore another side as an actor. It’s a brilliant script, very well written, contemporary modern couple drama. I am sure the audience is going to relate to this play because it has all the elements which we experience in our day-to-day life. I hope the audience likes my comic side as well.”

Actor Vinay Jain says, “Firstly, it’s exciting to be back on stage after a gap of almost 4 years! What’s really wonderful is that this play deals with the eternal theme of human relationships in a manner that is extremely contemporary and relevant. Atul has done a stellar job with this slice-of-life script which will bring many a laugh and many a tear in the eyes of the audience. All in all, I can assure you that it will be time well spent – for us, as well as for those who come to watch the show! “

Actor Monisha Singh Katial says, “For me this play is very special as it’s my first one as an actor, the character of Mehek has all the shades of today’s woman and what goes on in her mind. It’s inspired by situations and people around us making her someone you all feel you know. This play will make for a great watch as it’s not just a comedy but also has a strong message at the end of it.”

Date & Day: 12th February 2023 @5pm and 8 pm, (Sunday) St. Andrews Auditorium, Bandra, Mumbai

Tickets: Rs. 300 to 2000/- available online on bookmysMumbaihow.com or call 9873579796

for tele booking. Also available at the counter on show day.

Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) launches its programme for enabling access to formal finance for women entrepreneurs in Maharashtra

Pune(S.N): Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) has launched its program to build the capacity of women entrepreneurs (Wes) to access finance and strengthen their enterprises. In October 2022, GAME formally signed an MOU with NRLM to launch a Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Program in 3 States of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan to support over 10,000 women entrepreneurs with access to credit across 15 districts in the 3 states.

The program will be initially supported by strengthening National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) and State Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM) architecture through capacity building and augmentation, training existing field cadres called Vitta Sakhis. The program also entails supplementing the existing NRLM (National Rural Livelihood Mission) training protocol and using it to train 3000 Vitta Sakhis, who will support potential entrepreneurs from among women SHG members to take up viable business enterprises.

The trained Vittal Sakhis will review compliance and eligibility of NRLM and SRLM (State Rural Livelihood Mission) identified women entrepreneurs. They will also mentor and help develop business plans to formalize their enterprise, as well as secure financial linkages. This program will also enlarge the narrative to establish a comprehensive onboarding process for financial institutions such as Public Sector Banks and Regional Rural Banks to unlock formal credit for the identified women entrepreneurs in rural areas.

GAME has collaborated with Haqdarshak to roll out this program in the 3 States. The collaboration is for a year and aims to link 10,000 women entrepreneurs with format credit.

Madan Padaki, Co-founder, of GAME said, “Our mission is to build a mass entrepreneurship movement that focuses on women specifically through a series of focused interventions and ecosystem support. Our MoU with NRLM in three states seeks to create a local ecosystem that supports women, by addressing issues with access to financing and assisting in realizing maximum growth potential. With this initiative, we intend to co-create a model that can be used across the country, while also learning quickly with all of our partners”.

Nita Kejriwal, Joint Secretary (RL), DAY-NRLM said, “The ability of women entrepreneurs (WEs) to obtain formal credit and strengthen their businesses must be improved in order to inspire and drive more women on the path of entrepreneurship. Through our enterprise finance initiative in partnership with GAME, we will assist 10,000 women entrepreneurs with formal financing, show them how to apply for formal credit, avail of benefits of various government programs, and persuade them to adopt digital tools for expanding their businesses. We hope to encourage more women to start their own businesses, support those who are already doing so, and foster a larger ecosystem for women entrepreneurship to thrive.”

India’s Moon Man, Vande Bharat Innovator to deliver Inaugural Illuminate Address, Joint Initiative by L&T Technology Services and The National Institute of Engineering

Bangalore, February 8, 2023: Illuminate, a joint initiative by L&T Technology Services (LTTS) and The National Institute of Engineering (NIE), is scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2023, at the Karnataka State Open University Convocation Hall from 10.30 AM onwards. The event, a first-of-its-kind initiative by the leading global ER&D major and the premier engineering institute in Mysuru, will focus on nurturing engineering excellence among young students, engineering professionals, and the wider audience.

Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai, Padma Shri awardee popularly known as the ‘Moon Man of India,’ and Shri Sudhanshu Mani, the innovator of the Vande Bharat Express, are scheduled to be the lead speakers at the inaugural edition. Illuminate will focus on shedding new light on exciting engineering scenarios, and is visualized as a shared platform for gathering, highlighting, and showcasing technical insights from some of the leading practitioners who are reshaping the global engineering landscape.

The National Institute of Engineering is ranked amongst the top engineering colleges in India. It has established 14 Centres of Excellence (CoE) in collaboration with the industry and alumni to enrich research and consultancy activities to make the course curriculum more meaningful with contemporary teaching methods. In its inaugural edition, Illuminate will be a collaboration between LTTS, a bellwether in engineering services, and NIE to foster the spirit of excellence that seeks to bring forth modern engineering advancements and provide a perspective from the industry and academia. This is a joint platform for sharing technical know-how, and expertise from some of the leading practitioners who are reshaping the global engineering landscape.

Abhishek Sinha, Chief Operating Officer and Board Member, L&T Technology Services said, “India has been redefining the global landscape with big-ticket infrastructure and development initiatives for the welfare of its citizens. Engineering is a key enabler for these transformative initiatives. Through our Illuminate series, we aim to draw home inspiring stories of grit and brilliance from the best engineering minds in India”.

Dr. Ganesh Prasad, Vice Principal, NIE commented, “Aspiring engineers need to gain exposure in form of such knowledge series from industry stalwarts. The Illuminate series, in association with LTTS, helps establish direct industry-academia connections and ensures knowledge transfer in an informal setting. It is an honor to host Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai and Sudhanshu Mani, and we look forward to more similar opportunities in the future.”

Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai is engaged with Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology (TNSCST) as Vice President. He is credited with driving Chandrayaan-1 and Mangalyaan, India’s venture to the Moon and Mars, respectively. He is an internationally acclaimed scientist with a career spanning over 36 years.

Sudhanshu Mani, the designing brain behind the recently rolled out Vande Bharat Express, was instrumental in ensuring delivery within a short duration of about 18 months. He has had an illustrious career of 38 years with Indian Railways.

Illuminate will be attended in person by a large section of people including scientists, engineers, industry leaders, government officials, academia, students, and journalists.

Shoppers Stop collaborates with Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk to sweeten your Valentine’s Day

Hyderabad, New Delhi, February 8, 2023: Are you ready to pamper your loved ones with delectable Valentine’s Day presents? Shoppers Stop and Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk have you covered. For the 1st time, India’s known ‘Gifting Destination’ Shoppers Stop and the most popular premium chocolate brand, Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk have collaborated to make Valentine’s Day special with the campaign Silk’s Unforgettable Love Tips.

To save young hearts from the mounting pressure of making this day extra special, Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk plays cupid once again by taking the digital route and leveraging its website www.cadburysilk.com. Applying QR code technology (scan on packs), each Silk pack will lead consumers to the dedicated microsite listing unique ideas curated and voiced by social media celebrities such as renowned musician Armaan Malik, popular YouTuber Prajakta Koli and globetrotters Vidit Taneja and Savi Munjal (Bruised Passports). Shoppers Stop collaborates and complete this Valentine’s Day celebration by being the official gifting partner with their co-campaign “Unforgettable Gifts of Love” with gifting ideas listed on the microsite.

But here comes a powerful twist – every unique romantic tip is matched with a healthy love tip that will sensitize consumers towards the importance of respect, consent, and boundaries too, all in the voice of their favorite creators.

Speaking about the initiative, Shweta Basu, Customer Care Associate and Chief of Marketing and Communication of Shoppers Stop stated, “Shoppers Stop has always been the go-to place for buying the perfect gift for all occasions. It is one of the most preferred gifting destinations. At Shoppers Stop, we always go the extra mile to ensure customer delight. Collaboration with Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk for the Valentine’s Day campaign helps us not only reach a larger customer audience but also engage better with our existing customers. At Shoppers Stop we try to identify new occasions and innovative ways of connecting with our customers. Collaboration with Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Silk only helps take Valentine’s campaign to the next level. “

Vikram Karwal, Senior Director, Marketing, Mondelez India, said; “Over the years, Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk has become synonymous with Valentine’s Day, and each year the consumer connect with the brand continues to grow at the back of relevant narratives. This year, once again, we want to help consumers make this day special for their loved ones while sensitizing them towards healthy love practices. With the plethora of great ideas under Silk’s Unforgettable Love Tips and Shoppers Stop as our gifting partner, we are sure we will be able to take the celebrations a notch higher this Valentine’s Day.”

Celebrate Love this Valentine’s Day at Novotel Hyderabad Airport

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Star Ballers, India’s biggest celebrity basketball team launched

Mumbai: Star Ballers, India’s biggest celebrity basketball team was launched in Mumbai, over the weekend.

The Star Ballers team comprises of Rannvijay Singha, Harman Singha, Melvin Louis, Varun Sood, Ankur Rathee, Sonia Rathe, Richa Kalra and others, India’s biggest celebrity basketball team.

Star Ballers, India’s biggest celebrity basketball team launched

Brothers Rannvijay Singha and Harman Singha lead their teams with a friendly basketball game which marked the official launch of Star Ballers

Star Ballers will have more musicians, athletes and celebrities who play Ball as part of the team.

Speaking at the launch, RannvijaySingha said, “All the celebrities who have come on board are passionate about basketball. Today’s friendly match was a sneak peek, and we have a lot more exciting plans and games coming up for everyone.”

Hyderabad’s philanthropist and social worker Inder Chand Jain to represent Govt of India at Lebanon at the closing ceremony of The Jaipur Foot Artificial Fitment Camp

Hyderabad, February 07, 2023…. Hyderabad-based philanthropist and social worker Mr. Inder Chand Jain, who is a Hon Secretary of Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) at Hyderabad will be representing Govt of India at the closing ceremony of The Jaipur Foot Artificial Fitment Camp, held to provide Artificial Limbs in Beirut capital of Lebanon from 9th February to 18th February

Mr. Inder Chand Jain, who is the honorary secretary of BMVSS at Hyderabad is one of its units of it. BMVSS (Jaipur Foot) is the world’s largest organization for the rehabilitation of lower limb handicapped.

Inder Chand Jain will be leaving for Lebanon on 8th February.

The Hyderabad branch is one of the 26 branches of BMVSS existing since 2004 in District Hospital King Koti. It is headed by Shri P.C.Parakh IAS (Retd ) as Chief Patron, Mr. CA Lakshminivas Sharma as President, Mrs. Farida Hussain as Vice President, Shri Shailendra Singhvee as Treasurer besides many prominent members from society as its governing Body.

In the past 20 years, it provided artificial limbs free of cost to over eighty thousand persons. Over 120 Camps were held covering each and every District of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana.

The Jaipur Foot artificial limb fitment camp was inaugurated in Lebanon’s Capital Beirut on the occasion of 74 th Republic Day of India at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital, Beirut, shared by Inder Chand Jain.

This camp is generously sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs of India

under its ‘India for Humanity’ program and is being implemented by Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), Jaipur.

BMVSS is headquartered in Jaipur and has branches all over India, including one in Hyderabad supported over 2 million persons since 1975 across the Globe. It also has two branches in Pakistan.

On behalf of BMVSS, its executive president Satish Mehta offered to train Lebanese technicians in Jaipur Foot technology and provide technical support to help Lebanon set up a permanent center. He thanked the Government of India for its generous help in assisting handicapped persons in over 20 countries in the last few years.

Senior dignitaries saw the limb-making process and expressed admiration for a perfect fitting. limbs could be made in a day. They handed over custom-made Artificial limbs to some handicapped persons in Lebanon.

According to Dr. D.R. Mehta, the founder and the chief patron of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) said ‘India for Humanity’ program was launched to commemorate the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi in 2018 by the late External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj ji. Under This program more than 10,000 handicapped persons over 40 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands have already been rehabilitated, exemplifying India’s belief in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam -the world is a family.

BMVSS had earlier conducted four camps in Lebanon between 2006-2008 with the support of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) at which 381 limbs were fitted. D R Mehta said that the four camps in Lebanon aroused much goodwill for India and after this, a similar camp was organized in Iraq successfully.

Maji Ramadan represents the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Joseph El Helo representing. Minister of Public Health, Colonel Nadim Kakoun representing the Lebanese Armed Forces, Dr. Jihad Saadeh, Chairman of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital graced the camp when it was inaugurated on the eve of Republic Day. Members from partner associations, namely, Elite Center of culture and education Tripoli, Dar El Handassa, El Khalil Foundation, and Rotary club were also present at the inauguration ceremony.

Joseph El Helo thanked the Indian Government for helping the handicapped persons of Lebanon and lauded the work done by the Indian government. He hoped this collaboration will continue in the future. Dr. Jihad Saadeh highlighted the need for such projects in Lebanon and acknowledged the efforts of the Jaipur Foot organization and the Government of India. Sandeep Grover, Charge d’Affairs stressed the importance India attaches to its long-standing. ties with Lebanon and said that he was very happy that it was the first Jaipur Foot camp being.

Habitat for Humanity India organises the 4th edition of Charity Golf Tournament in Mumbai to build energy-efficient homes for the marginalized

Mumbai, February 06, 2023: Habitat for Humanity India, a leading housing non-profit organisation, organised the 4th edition of its charity golf tournament at the prestigious Willingdon Sports Club in Mumbai. The proceeds from the charity golf tournament will be used to build energy-efficient homes in Maharashtra.

Corporate executives and prominent business personalities participated in this charity golf tournament. Names like Harsh Mariwala, Founder and Chairman – Marico; Tarun Rai, Executive Director Strategic Initiatives, APAC – Wunderman Thompson; Dev Bhattacharya, Group Executive President – Aditya Birla Group; Harjit Singh Chauhan, Chief Executive Officer – Tata Teleservices; Akshay Kilachand, Kilachand Group; Ajith Sundaresh, Finance Lead for Global Delivery and Chief Financial Officer for India and Philippines, Wells Fargo; Sudhir Jain, Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer – Bank of America and Nikhil Srivastava, Partner and Managing Director, Head of India Private Equity at PAG participated in the Charity Golf Tournament.

Charity Golf Tournament in Mumbai

Harsh Mariwala, Founder and Chairman of Marico (second from left) along with other India Inc leaders came to support the cause of building energy-efficient homes for the marginalised communities at the 4th edition of Habitat for Humanity India’s Charity Golf Tournament at The Willingdon Sports Club, Mumbai.

The participants of the Charity Golf Tournament were joined by renowned industry leaders from India Inc. for a gala dinner and award ceremony later in the evening at the Willingdon Sports Club.

Commenting on the Charity Tournament, Dr. Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India said, “Energy-efficient homes are the key to mitigate the impact of climate change. Through the fourth edition of the Charity Golf Tournament, we aim to build awareness and mobilise resources for the building energy-efficient housing for families from the low income group. By building homes that are designed to conserve energy and resources, we are not only creating a safer and more comfortable living environment, but also reducing the financial burden on families and communities. I want to thank all the participants who took their time off to support this urgent cause.”

“Those of us who have always lived in adequate housing may not have seen firsthand the struggles that many people endure every day just to survive without the protection of a house. I feel privileged to be part of this cause. Energy-efficient homes will definitely help people in need of decent shelter build strength, stability and self-reliance,” said Ajit Agarkar, Former Indian Cricketer.

Rajeev Menon, Trustee, Habitat for Humanity India said, “Having a decent place to live is foundational for families to thrive. We have all grown up believing that Roti, Kapda, Makaan are the fundamental needs of every human being. A decent home opens the door to improved health, better performance in school, greater economic opportunities and livelihood. Housing impacts everything. Habitat for Humanity India has been a catalyst for such transformations.”

Habitat for Humanity India’s Charity Golf Tournament is supported by HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company Limited, Goodrich Maritime, The Pant Project, The Ark Foundation, Transformia Advisors LLP, Value Quest, Anil Singhee and Decathlon.