Celebrating Excellence in Filmmaking: Pune Short Film Festival Honors Diverse Talents

The Thirteenth Pune Short Film Festival showcased an array of exceptional films, leaving the audience captivated and inspired. From heartwarming stories to thought-provoking narratives, this year’s festival celebrated the talent and creativity of filmmakers from India and beyond. Sparsh, directed by Thimmappa Golhar, emerged as the shining star, winning the coveted Best Short Film award. Avinash Pingle’s Lollipop garnered recognition for its director, securing the Best Director award, while Milind Gandhale’s Abhija claimed the Best Screenwriter accolade.

Celebrating Excellence in Filmmaking

Organized by the Marathi Film Parivar Sanstha, the festival’s prize distribution ceremony was a momentous occasion. Esteemed senior writers Srikant Kulkarni, Subhash Chandra Jadhav, Vinayak Kulkarni, and renowned photographer Ram Zond presented the well-deserved awards to the winners. With over 100 captivating short films screened during the three-day event, the jury had the difficult task of selecting the most outstanding creations. Ultimately, 40 short films were recognized across various categories, showcasing the festival’s commitment to celebrating excellence.

Anakhi Baate triumphed as the Best Indian Short Film, captivating the audience with its powerful storytelling. Rohit Nanavare was honoured with the Best Indian Director award for his exceptional work in Laadu, while Anup Dhekane’s compelling narrative in Bakru earned him the Best Indian Writer award. Amit Jadhav’s Hapas Kir stood out as the Best Short Film in Pune, impressing the jury with its unique approach. Furthermore, Sakshi Shinde’s thought-provoking Soch earned her the prestigious title of Best Female Director.

In the Marathi category, Dr Swanand Wagh’s Kaw Kaw took home the Best Marathi Short Film award, showcasing the brilliance of Marathi cinema. Sandeep Mogul was recognized as the Best Marathi Director for his outstanding work in Dhekal, and Advait Dhavale’s creative storytelling in Ganachakkar earned him the Best Marathi Writer award. These talented individuals contributed to the richness and diversity of Marathi cinema, captivating audiences with their distinctive vision.

The festival also extended its platform to international filmmakers, recognizing their exceptional contributions. Love After Death emerged as the Best International Short Film, captivating viewers with its poignant narrative. Omkar Naik’s How to Survive Your In-Laws showcased his directorial brilliance, earning him the Best International Director award. Shriya Bhagwat’s screenplay for Mr Singh Death stood out, securing her the prestigious title of Best International Screenwriter.

The Thirteenth Pune Short Film Festival served as a testament to the incredible talent and dedication of filmmakers worldwide. Through their exceptional storytelling, they captured the hearts and minds of the audience, igniting conversations and leaving a lasting impact. As the festival came to a close, it left the audience eagerly awaiting the next edition, which promises to be even more remarkable, celebrating the boundless creativity and ingenuity of the world of short films.

EPAM expands its footprint in India, inaugurates new office in Gurugram to accelerate growth

Gurugram, India,1st June 2023 EPAM Systems, Inc., leading digital transformation services and product engineering company, announced the opening of its new office in Gurugram, India. The new office marks a significant milestone for EPAM’s growth in India and aims at reaffirming its commitment to delivering high-quality digital transformation and product engineering solutions across clients. This will be EPAM’s fourth location after Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Pune.

EPAM’s expansion into Gurugram is a strategic move that will further strengthen the company’s position as one of the fastest-growing companies in India. The location offers easy access to a cosmopolitan city that is rapidly growing as a hub for modern businesses. The new office will foster a collaborative workspace and provide its employees with a shared space to network, learn, and grow

“The opening of our new office in Gurugram aligns with EPAM’s vision for India, which is to expand our team and leverage engineering excellence to deliver digital transformation solutions to clients worldwide. The new facility is poised to play a key role at EPAM, we believe in creating a culture of collaboration, learning, and innovation, and we are excited to extend this ethos to our Gurugram office. We are confident that this new facility will enable us to attract and retain the best talent, foster a vibrant community of professionals, and contribute to the growth and development of the technology ecosystem in India and beyond.” – Srinivas Reddy, Managing Director, EPAM India

EPAM’s Gurugram office will house some of the industry’s best and most skilled technology professionals, with a staff strength of 822. The new office boasts several unique features, including MERV 14 air filtration technology, an automated parking management system, and workstations with ergonomic chairs and height-adjustable tables. These features create a comfortable and safe working environment for EPAM’s employees.

The Farewell Party for H.E. Archil Dzuliashvili- Ambassador of Georgia

The Farewell Party

The farewell party for H.E. Archil Dzuliashvili, the Ambassador of Georgia to India, organized by Shivaz and Mandira Rai of DUDigital Global, was held at The Albatross Qutub Golf Course in New Delhi. The event began with a round of golf, where the participants, including diplomats and friends of H.E. Archil Dzuliashvili, had the opportunity to enjoy the sport. Following the golf session, a dinner was arranged for all the attendees. During the dinner, a small video was played, featuring farewell messages for H.E. Archil Dzuliashvili from his diplomatic friends. Since it was also an Independence day for Georgia, a cake was cut to celebrate the occasion.

Among the notable guests present at the farewell party was Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi, who delivered a speech praising H.E. Archil Dzuliashvili and his contributions. Additionally, the Korean Ambassador, the Chilean Ambassador, and many other diplomats attended the event to bid farewell to H.E. Archil Dzuliashvili and show their appreciation for his diplomatic service.

Overall, the farewell party at The Albatross Qutub Golf Course was a memorable event, combining the joy of playing golf with heartfelt farewells and expressions of gratitude for H.E. Archil Dzuliashvili’s diplomatic work. Among the notable guests present at the farewell party were Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi, Korean Ambassador, Chilean Ambassador, Mr. Khairudeen Othman of the Malaysia Embassy, DCM Mr. Amrizal Fadzli Rajali of the Malaysia Embassy, H.E. Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, Former Secretary MEA, representatives from The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (GT Gurpreet S Tukral), H.E. Jason Hall of Jamaica, H.E. Eric Garcetti of the United States of America, Brendan Ward of the Ireland Embassy, Hyun Hoe Ban of UNICEF, H.E. Juan Angulo of the Embassy of Chile, Adel Chaaf, Consul of Algeria, Mr. Abel Aballe Despaigne, CDA of Cuba, Philip Espi of the French Consul, H.E. Sinisa of Serbian, Gerli Roos of Estonia Consul, H.E. Reuben Gauci of Malta High Commission, H.E. Teodoro Maldonado of Ecuador, Carlo Ferrigno, Italian Counsellor

New Range Rover Sport Sv: Modern Luxury Performance Flagship

New Range Rover Sport Sv

Bengaluru, –1st June 2023: New Range Rover Sport SV is the most powerful and dynamic Range Rover Sport ever, blending supreme performance and dynamism with peerless Range Rover capability, refinement and reductive design. Its array of performance-enhancing technologies includes the most advanced suspension system in its class7 and a sensory audio system with wellness benefits. The modern luxury performance champion takes its place at the pinnacle of a refreshed Range Rover Sport line-up, driving sporting attitude, dynamic ability and assertive presence to the next level.

Inherent to the high-performance credentials of New Range Rover Sport SV, an exclusive airflow-enhanced design delivers a more assertive and grounded aesthetic, with functional lightweight and technical material choices throughout reinforcing its high-performance capabilities.

Powered exclusively by a new 467 kW (635), 750 Nm2 4.4-litre Twin-Turbo MHEV V8 petrol engine – 44 kW (60) and 50 Nm more than the previous generation Range Rover Sport SVR’s Supercharged 5.0-litre V8 – New Range Rover Sport SV is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in as little as 3.6 seconds1 and a top speed of 290 km/h. CO2 emissions are also 15 per cent lower than the previous model’s 422 kW (575) V8.

This outstanding performance is enabled by a combination of features that deliver a weight saving of up to 76 kg1, including the world’s first 58.42 cm (23) Carbon Fibre Wheel option on a production car, Carbon Ceramic Brakes (option available for the first time on a Range Rover), and standard-fit aerodynamic enhancements including a carbon fibre bonnet.

Exemplifying Range Rover’s modern luxury philosophy, New Range Rover Sport SV is initially being reserved for select clients globally, with the invitation-only SV EDITION ONE specification representing a curation of the best feature combinations, colours and finishes. Each Range Rover Sport SV EDITION ONE is enhanced with exclusive branding on the front splitter, centre console, treadplates and puddle lamps. Every Range Rover Sport SV EDITION ONE is already allocated to a Range Rover client.

Geraldine Ingham, Managing Director, Range Rover, said: “New Range Rover Sport SV exemplifies Range Rover’s philosophy, not just as a bold evolution beyond its Range Rover Sport SVR predecessor, but also in the personalised approach we are taking with our most discerning clients.”

REVOLUTIONARY DYNAMICS –

New Range Rover Sport SV’s 6D Dynamics suspension system is the most sophisticated in its class7, debuting a world-first combination of hydraulic interlinked dampers, height-adjustable air springs and pitch control. This revolutionary semi-active system, which removes the need for conventional anti-roll bars, dramatically reduces pitch and roll to maintain a near-level body stance during extreme cornering and acceleration, while also reducing weight, increasing grip, and benefiting comfort and refinement.

Riding between 10 mm and 25 mm lower than other Range Rover Sport models, depending on the drive mode selected, New Range Rover Sport SV’s 6D Dynamics suspension works seamlessly with the suite of advanced chassis and suspension systems. Unique SV-tuned settings are applied to the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Steering, Torque Vectoring by Braking, Configurable Dynamics and Active Locking Rear Differential to deliver a more focused, sports car-like driving experience – especially in the all-new driver-selectable SV Mode.

Nick Collins, Executive Director, Vehicle Programmes, JLR, said: “New Range Rover Sport SV delivers an optimum blend of supreme performance, unrivalled desirability, capability and refinement. It’s a visceral addition to the Range Rover Sport line-up that powerfully demonstrates the world-class expertise of our high-performance specialists.”

New Range Rover Sport SV also features specially developed chassis components including a new rear subframe and new suspension links with revised geometry and compliance. A new electronically power-assisted steering rack has the fastest ratio of any Range Rover to date, for enhanced agility and feel.

For the first time on a Range Rover, 305-section rear tyres are fitted, which are 20 mm wider than the 285-section front tyres. This arrangement, with standard-fit Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4 tyres, enables a rear-biased dynamic setup enhancing grip, stability and traction. Increased rear roll stiffness also helps deliver immediate steering responses.

Demonstrating the combined benefits of these technologies, New Range Rover Sport SV is capable of generating lateral acceleration in excess of 1.1 G on all-season tyres. That represents a 22 percent increase on the previous generation Range Rover Sport SVR on summer tyres and is comparable to track-focused sports cars.

Enhancing its on-road dynamic capability, every New Range Rover Sport SV benefits from a specially developed high-performance braking system, with clients able to choose between standard mixed-metal Dual-Cast and optional Carbon Ceramic braking technologies.

Carbon Ceramic Brakes (CCB), available for the first time on a Range Rover, deliver ultimate braking performance with improved resistance to high temperatures, a longer lifespan and 34 kg total un-sprung weight reduction versus the uprated Dual-Cast iron brake discs fitted as standard to New Range Rover Sport SV. This reduction in mass at each corner of the car results in even more responsive handling, faster acceleration and improved ride quality.

Whichever braking technology is specified, the unique eight-piston Brembo Octyma front calipers are the largest ever fitted to a Range Rover. Developed exclusively for New Range Rover Sport SV and sculpted to complement Range Rover Sport SV’s reductive design, the calipers incorporate a unique cross-shape piston arrangement to maximise braking efficiency. Exclusive customisable caliper colours include Yellow, Red, Carbon Bronze and Black.

To further reduce mass, New Range Rover Sport SV clients can choose the first ultra-lightweight 58.42 cm (23) Carbon Fibre Wheels fitted to a production vehicle. Available as an option, these innovative split five-spoke wheels save almost 9 kg per corner – a total of 35.6 kg – compared with conventional 58.42 cm (23) cast-alloy wheels, resulting in improvements to outright performance, handling and ride quality. While incredibly light, they are engineered and tested to the toughest durability and robustness standards – the same as Range Rover’s cast or forged alloy wheels.

Maximising the benefit of New Range Rover Sport SV’s uprated dynamic hardware, drivers can intensify the car’s sporting attitude by pressing the new SV Mode button on the steering wheel. A step beyond Range Rover Sport’s existing Dynamic mode, SV Mode optimises the steering, eight-speed automatic gearbox, throttle response, exhaust note and 6D Dynamics suspension system – including lowering the ride height by an additional 15 mm – to deliver the most dynamic and visceral experience possible. SV Mode also allows the track-oriented TracDSC stability control programme to be activated, for drivers to more freely explore New Range Rover Sport SV’s dynamic balance.

ASSERTIVE DESIGN –

New Range Rover Sport SV’s high-performance-honed exterior design includes an exclusive airflow-enhanced front-end, reprofiled lower body sides and functional carbon fibre-tipped quad tailpipes for the active exhaust system as focal points of the rear aspect. Carbon fibre detailing on the Range Rover script, front bumper blades, grille surround, bonnet vents and side vents can be supplemented with an exposed finish for the centre section of the carbon fibre bonnet.

Prof. Gerry McGovern OBE, Chief Creative Officer, JLR, said: “New Range Rover Sport SV’s clean and reductive design amplifies its dramatic proportions and sporting personality.”

Inside the cockpit-like cabin, exclusive satin carbon fibre-backed SV Performance Seats feature integrated headrests, more sculpted bolsters and illuminated SV logos on their backrests. A new Ultrafabrics™ PU interior is available, with lightweight, seamless, ‘3D Knit to form’ textile. World-first translucent edge-lit gear shift paddles nestle behind a steering wheel with more pronounced thumb grips, while black ceramic for the console gear shifter gives a cool-to-touch feel.

SENSORY IMMERSION –

Raising that sense of connection even higher, New Range Rover Sport SV introduces Body and Soul Seat (BASS), a multi-dimensional audio experience with wellness benefits which allows front seat occupants to feel the sound. This is the first production vehicle to incorporate a tactile audio system from industry leader SUBPAC™ – technology used by the world’s top recording artists and composers.

Incorporating SUBPAC™ AI optimising software, and transducers aligned to front seat occupants’ backs, Body and Soul Seat analyses media in real-time, generating high fidelity audio vibrations to create the most engaging and immersive in-car audio. This system works in combination with the 29 speaker, 1430 W, Meridian Signature Sound System.

Beyond immersion in music, the Body and Soul Seat Wellness programmes can help enhance New Range Rover Sport SV’s front-seat occupants’ mental and physiological wellbeing by influencing heart rate variability (HRV) – the variation in time between each heartbeat. High HRV is indicative of lower stress levels and relaxation.

Designed in collaboration with Coventry University’s National Transport Design Centre and the School of Media and Performing Arts, six specially developed tracks – Poise, Soothe, Serene, Cool, Tonic and Glow – could affect passengers’ HRV, either helping to reduce anxiety or improve cognitive response, studies have shown.

SV INTRODUCTION LEADS ENHANCEMENTS TO RANGE ROVER SPORT LINE-UP –

In addition to the introduction of New Range Rover Sport SV, the line-up has received a suite of updates, including a new plug-in electric hybrid with extended EV range, and the integration of the latest generation Pivi Pro4 infotainment technology.

Range Rover Sport’s beautifully crafted and reductive interior has also been enriched with intuitive new technologies. Combining effortless connectivity and the latest touchscreen, the Pivi Pro4 infotainment provides intuitive control of all vehicle functions through the elegant 33.27 cm (13.1) floating glass display.

New sidebars with easy-to-use sliders for the volume and climate control provide immediate and precise operation for key functions directly, whatever menu screen is displayed, and approximately 80 per cent of tasks can be performed within two taps of the home screen. Haptic feedback provides an added level of tactility and communication with the user.

Integrated Land Rover voice control systems help drivers to keep their eyes on the road while making changes to the cabin environment. Advanced Software Over The Air capability keeps Range Rover Sport up to date with the latest software.

TiE Mumbai announces TiECon Mumbai 2023

Mumbai, 1st June 2023 TiE Mumbai has announced the 16th edition of its flagship conference – TiEcon Mumbai which will be held on the 2nd of June 2023 at the prestigious Jio World Convention Centre. BKC – India’s largest and first state-of-the-art Conference and Exhibition center. India stands at the forefront of a significant transformation that has caught the attention of the world. The country’s focus on high-tech manufacturing, digital technology, knowledge capital, life sciences, and tech entrepreneurship has positioned it to lead the global revolution in a significant way.Given the current dynamic scenario of entrepreneurship in India, this year’s conference will be based on the theme “Unboxing India 3.0 – Anti fragile| Conscious| Innovating”.

Ranu Vohra, President – TiE Mumbai said “India is poised to play a pivotal role globally, becoming the epicenter for High Tech Manufacturing, Supply of Knowledge Capital to the world, and providing the – fastest growing market for digital consumers. We want to explore these facets of India 3.0 and articulate the role of Startups and new-age (tech & digital) businesses in developing this landscape. The environment of the last year including big moves in generative AI and environmentally friendly technologies has presented a large opportunity for Indian entrepreneurs. At TiEcon 2023, we intend to introspect & go back to basics and recalibrate business models for them to stand the test of time. We further want to rethink business and fund-raising strategies and hence create more robust companies.”

TiEcon Mumbai is the largest Entrepreneurial conference in the West of India, and it attracts all the key Industry Leaders from Mumbai and India, Startup Founders, and Investors. TiEcon sees close to 3000+ people attending the conference. At the conference, TiE Mumbai is all set to take the plunge and capture the momentum of businesses that are emerging and thriving through the disruption cycles. It will investigate the nuances of the current global and technological disorder that is shaping a new mindset and breed of startups that are emerging stronger from these disruptive cycles.

“The focus of the conference is to integrate all the ecosystem players in the conference and dwell deeper into conversations on building efficient businesses and models that shall pave the way for a more mature industry. TiEcon 2023 will attract around 45+ India’s leading Unicorns and the key focus of the conference would be $10T GDP, 850+ Soonicorns – Understanding their Journey, Emergence of Indian Decacorns, G20 opportunities, Unit Economics & Profitability in Ushering Amrit Kaal, New Horizons – AgriTech, HealthTech, Climate Action, FinTech & Smart Living, Innovate for India, Open AI/Chat GPT,” said Dr. Apoorva Ranjan Sharma, President-Elect, TiE Mumbai

The upcoming conference seeks to explore the shifting landscape of digital consumption and lifestyle, examining critical issues such as the transformative impact of start-ups on consumer habits, the rise of seamless convenience, the increasing volume of transactions across sectors, and the pressing need to upskill talent to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving market. It would thus provide a comprehensive understanding of the current market trends andhelp businesses stay ahead of the curve.

What to Expect at TiEcon 2023 – 45+ Unicorns, 100+ Soonicorns, 500+ Investors, 100+ Corporates, 2500+ Entrepreneurs, 100+ Bankers, 200+ Industry leaders, 25+ Private Equity attending the event.
UnboxingTiEcon Mumbai 2023- The conference will look at the sessions from the macro lens on the main stage. The main stage will feature leaders delivering their thoughts on macro-level issues, such as India 3.0, funding interests and innovation in India and beyond. It’s going to be packed with Expo Zone with more than 100 startups and other networking zones.

Some of the key speakers who will be part of this year’s TiEcon Mumbai are Ranu Vohra -President, TiE Mumbai &Co-Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, Avendus Capital, Dr. Apoorva Ranjan Sharma President-Elect, TiE Mumbai & Co-Founder, Venture Catalysts & 9Unicorns, Anupam Mittal – Founder & CEO, People Group, Atul Nishar –FounderHexaware, Azent Overseas Education &Techpro Ventures , Prashant Pitti – Co-Founder, EaseMyTrip, Anish Shah – Managing Director & CEO, Mahindra Group,AakritVaish – Co-Founder & CEO Haptik, Rizwan Koita – Co-founder- CitiusTech&Co-founder – Koita Foundation, Vishal Gondal – Founder & CEO, GOQii , Mayank Kumar – Co-Founder & MD, upGrad, Ashwin Damera–Co-Founder & Executive Director , Eruditus, Neeraj Roy – Founder & CEO, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Ltd, Sameer Nath – Chief Investment Officer & Head – Venture Capital & Private Equity, 360 One Asset, Pratik Sethi – Managing Director & Head – Digital & New Age Business, Ambit, Anuj Golecha – Co-Founder, Venture Catalysts & 9Unicorns, Nishith Desai – Founder& Managing Partner, Nishith Desai &Associates, Srikanth Velamakanni – Co-Founder, Group Chief Executive & Vice Chairman, Fractal AI, Amritagandha Dutta –Founder& CEO, Expand AI, Vinayak Shrivastav-Co-Founder & CEO, VideoVerse, Arjun Vaidya – Ventures Lead India, Verlinvest, Siddharth Shah – Co-Founder, PharmEasy, Nitish Mittersain – Founder, Jt MD & CEO, Nazara Technologies Ltd, Devangi Parekh – Managing Director, Aza Fashions, Darpan Sanghvi –Group Founder & CEO, Good Glamm Group, Sagar Agravwal – Co-Founder & Managing Director, Beams FinTech Fund, Dhanpal Jhaveri – Vice Chairman, Everstone Group, Mayank Jain – CEO-NewAuto, CarDekho, Abhay Pandey – General Partner, A91 Partners, Sreevathsa Prabhakar – Founder & CEO, Servify, Sameer Narkar – Founder, Konnect Insights, Deena Jacob – Co-Founder & CFO, OPEN, Abhay Pruthi – Business & Product, CRED, Ahana Gautam, Co-Founder & CEO, Open Secret, Akhilesh Ayer – EVP Global Head, WNS Triange, Bhavin Patel – Co-Founder & CEO LenDenClub, Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi – Celebrity -Chef & Founder Turban Tadka Hospitality, Eshwar K Vikas -Co-Founder & CEO, Mukunda Foods, Farzana Haque – TCS Leadership, Philanthropist, Board Member, Mentor, Gaurav Kachhawa – CPO, Gupshup, Ido Peleg – President & Founder, Facetrom, KartikeyHariyani – Founder & CEO, ChargeZone, Manan Dixit – Co-Founder & CEO, FidyPay, Manoj Pardasani – Partner, ESG Tax, KPMG in India, Ms. Michelle Wade – Commissioner to South Asia State Government of Victoria, Australia, Mukund Pandey – Managing Director, Enterprise, Cisco, Murali Krishnan – Co-Founder & CMO, Wow!Momo, Navin Honagudi – Managing Partner, Elev8 Venture Partners, Nitin Singh – MD & CEO, Avendus Wealth Management, Pallab Roy – Partner in Business Consulting , KPMG in India, Parag Shah – Member of Group Executive Board, Mahindra Group, Piyush Kumar – Founder & CEO, Rooter, PratekkAgarwaal – Founder & Managing Partner, GrowthCap VC, Punit Goyal – Co-Founder, Blusmart, Ravi Ranjan – Chief of Events & Partnership, Venture Catalysts, Ritesh Jain – Co-Founder, FlexiLoans, Sanket S. – Founder, Scandalous Foods, Shaleen Sinha – Head BCG Growth Tech India, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), ViditBahri – Co-Founder, Sukoon Health, Vikram Gupta – Founder & Managing Partner, IvyCap, Vishesh Khurana – Co-Founder, Shiprocket, Vishnu Pillai – Financial Services Technology Leader, Office Managing Partner -Kochi, KPMG in India,WouterVanhees – Trade and Investment Commissioner, Flanders Investment & Trade, Chandra R Srikanth – Editor -Technology Startups & New Economy, MoneyControl& Ganesh Natarajan – Chairman, Honeywell Automation & F5 World.

DP World Cochin launches new weekly service to further strengthen trade between India and the Middle East

DP World Cochin launches new weeklyDP World, a leading global provider of the smart end-to-end supply chain, welcomed their newly launched weekly service ‘PIC2’, at its state-of-the-art International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) in Cochin. With a 2407 TEUs vessel capacity, the new service by Unifeeder Group, will enhance the connectivity of the East Coast to Cochin and ultimately to the Middle East.

‘PIC2’ service’s maiden vessel, M.V. SSL Delhi, was inaugurated at DP World’s terminal in Cochin on 17th May 2023. The inaugural call ceremony was attended by Capt. Joseph J. Alapat Deputy Conservator, Malla Srinivasa Rao, Financial Advisor and Chief Accounts Officer of Cochin Port Authority, Praveen Joseph, CEO, DP World Cochin, and members from Unifeeder Group. The new service will provide seamless connectivity between Chennai, Krishnapatanam, Visakhapatnam, Tuticorin, Kandla, Karachi, and Jebel Ali. With this development, DP World Cochin now provides four direct sailing weekly services for the Middle East region.

Commenting on this new service, Praveen Joseph, CEO, DP World Cochin said, “With enviable multimodal connectivity and the introduction of the fourth direct service to the Middle East, ‘PIC2’ service, DP World Cochin positions itself as a gateway for seamless transportation, revolutionizing the way goods are transported and fostering greater trade efficiency. With an impressive vessel capacity of 2407 TEUs, DP World Cochin leverages this robust infrastructure to enhance efficiency, reduce transit times, and enable businesses to access global markets with unprecedented ease. DP World Cochin is making significant strides towards shaping the future of trade and logistics in India and beyond.”

The port terminal has improved its ability to handle post-panamax ships as of February 2023. Since opening in 2011, the 605-meter-long terminal has successfully handled 6 million TEUs, a significant accomplishment.

Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids: 6 Fun and Nutritious Options

Healthy Summer Snacks

The much-anticipated summer vacations have begun and it is time for more outdoor play. The temperature during summer rises with each passing day and one common concern among parents is whether their children are getting enough fluids in their bodies to bear the heat. It is necessary to keep kids healthy and hydrated — but it’s not always easy! Dr. Ganesh Kadhe, Director, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Abbott’s Nutrition business shares 6 nutritious and hydrating foods that you can feed your kid this summer:

  • Cut up Fruits: Watery fruits like watermelon, oranges, and apricot can boost your kid’s hydration. Apart from being rich in water, these fruits are also good sources of vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium which have several health benefits[i], [ii], [iii], [iv], [v]. These fruits can be served in smaller pieces or even sliced into shapes like triangles, stars, and rounds.
  • Popsicles: Kids love popsicles. If getting your child to drink liquids is becoming a challenge, you can make a popsicle out of fresh fruit juices or even their favourite fruit milkshakes in a small glass. These are also excellent choices for children who may be craving something cold. These popsicles can provide both fluid and key nutrients from fruits that can help them rehydrate.
  • Fruit Lassi: If your child shies away from drinking the required amount of water, try serving a yoghurt and milk based lassi to them. This can be given to them in their favourite cup and throw in a silly straw in their favourite colour to get them excited about drinking the lassi. For example, you can make a papaya and pineapple lassi which make the drink more appealing to your child’s taste buds. Additionally, pineapple is not only high in water content[vi] but also a significant source of vitamin C making it an excellent summer fruit option. Papaya on the other hand, is high in vitamin A and C [vii].
  • Vegetable Salad: A bowl of mixed vegetable salad is a great source of protein and fiber. Salad consisting of watery yellow and green vegetables like cucumber, watermelon, olives, and cherry tomatoes can be a perfect summer savoury.
  • Tea Party: Offer your child warm kid-friendly teas, such as peppermint or chamomile. Having a teddy bear or doll tea party might encourage some children to drink up and hydrate. Natural compounds in peppermint may have beneficial effects on energy as well for your kid’s playtime[viii] whereas chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory qualities and is high in nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and folate[ix].
  • Spa water: Spa water is for kids, too! Add sliced strawberries, cucumbers, or lemons to your child’s glass of water to give it a flavour and colour boost. They have hydrating properties and will also appeal to children. Berries can also add a sweet flavour to water and can be added for that bright colour pop.

If your child is a fussy eater, it may be difficult to ensure they are getting the right nutrition through their food during the summers. Serving these fun and colourful food options will make it easier for you to incorporate nutritious foods in their diet. Consider trying a combination of these options to help your child maintain a consistent intake of fluids and nutritious food throughout the day this season.

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd becomes a part of the Science Based Targets Initiative, sets GHG emission targets for FY2035

Bangalore, India; 1st June 2023: Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Glenmark), an integrated, research‐led, global pharmaceutical company, reaffirms its commitment to sustainability by joining the esteemed Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) business ambition for well below 2°C.

The SBTi has approved Glenmark’s commitment to reduce its absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 35% (from an FY2021 base year) by FY2035. The target boundary includes biogenic land‐related emissions and removals from bioenergy feedstock. The approval also extends to our pledge to reduce scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services, fuel and energy-related activities, downstream transportation and distribution, and investments by 28% per ton of pharmaceutical products within the same timeframe.

Glenmark got certified following a rigorous 5‐stage review and is only the second Indian Pharmaceutical company to receive this approval.

Speaking on the occasion, Glenn Saldanha, Chairman & Managing Director, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. said, “We are pleased to announce that the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has validated our Green House Gas (GHG) emission targets. This certification gives us an impetus to further pursue our ESG goals, while also benchmarking us at a global scale. We are proud to be the second Indian Pharmaceuticals company to have our targets certified by the SBTi.”

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) mobilizes companies to set science‐based targets and boost their competitive advantage in the transition to the low‐carbon economy. It is a partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Air India Takes Learning to New Heights with Gurukul.AI Launch

Bangalore, 1st June 2023To enrich the learning experience of its employees, Air India, India’s leading airline and a Star Alliance member, has launched an innovative learning hub—Gurukul. AI. Gurukul.AI has been created in sync with Vihaan.AI, the airline’s five-year transformation program, and will transform Air India into an organization that evolves through continuous learning.

In sync with the emerging needs of today’s technologically driven and fast-paced professional landscape, Gurukul.AI is designed to create personalized upskilling paths for every employee through an assessment of their job roles, current competencies, and proficiencies. The platform integrates competency frameworks mapped to various roles within the organization and ensures accessibility to relevant modules.

Dr Suresh Tripathi, Chief Human Resources Officer, Air India, said, “The introduction of Gurukul.AI exemplifies Air India’s dedication to cultivating a futuristic-learning experience, attuned to the unique needs of every single employee. In a rapidly changing world, the speed of upskilling and the availability of world-class learning content through digital innovations is imperative. Through this business-driven strategy, we are resolute in transforming Air India into an authentic learning organization.”

By emphasizing relevant skills in the current world and augmenting them with extensive organizational experience and sharper capabilities, Gurukul.AI is set to create a powerful impact that drives success and effectiveness.

World-class capabilities: The primary focus of Gurukul.AI is to cultivate state-of-the-art, world-class capabilities within Air India, enhancing employee productivity and skill sets to exemplify global standards.

Bringing learning to the fingertips: With this learning hub, Air India has made a wealth of knowledge readily accessible to its employees. The platform is created to motivate employees to continuously enhance their skills, cultivating a culture of “Own your Growth’ through self-paced upskilling options.

Cutting-edge technologies for tailored needs: By leveraging advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, Gurukul.AI offers a holistic system that evaluates skills and provides hyper-personalized recommendations based on an individual’s unique learning trajectory. Further, emerging technologies within the portal allow employees to view their progress via automated analytics and assist them in performance management.

Diverse tools: The hub offers a comprehensive suite of over 70,000 most advanced learning tools including just-in-time learning modules, micro-learnings, accessible mobile learning resources, and engaging video-based modules, among others, ensuring employees have an array of options to suit their preferences.

Interactive elements to engage learners: The inclusion of features such as a leader board integrated on the platform encourages active engagement platform vis-a-vis team learning. In addition, a learning wallet along with opportunities to earn rewards provides a compelling incentive for employees to strengthen their knowledge and skills.

Gamification: Through engaging game-like elements, and hyper-personalization with the system talking to the individuals, employees are motivated to progress, complete milestones, and unlock achievements, creating a sense of accomplishment.

Air India will launch Gurukul.AI in phases, concurrently integrating emerging technologies and customizing the system to cater to different departmental requirements such as Inflight Services, Ground Services, and Engineering, among others. In the upcoming phases, the platform will also offer advanced, AI-driven solutions for pilot training management.

With Gurukul.AI, Air India is seeking to ensure an enhanced personalized learning experience for all its employees, transitioning to a highly skilled approach in its quest to create global capabilities. Air India will launch Gurukul.AI in phases, concurrently integrating emerging technologies and customizing the system to cater to different departmental requirements such as Inflight Services, Ground Services, Engineering, etc.

The Wakefit Sleep Internship Season 3: Unveils names of 12 interns who have bagged the dream job

Mumbai,1st June 2023: Wakefit.co, India’s leading D2C sleep and home solutions company, is thrilled to announce the final candidates who have been selected for the Sleep Internship Season 3. Following an extensive screening process, 12 individuals from diverse backgrounds and various cities across the country have been chosen to participate in this unique 100-day sleep journey. As a testament to the interns’ commitment, Wakefit.co will pay a stipend of INR 1 lakh to all interns, and one intern will be crowned the Sleep Champion of the year, earning a grand prize of up to INR 10 lakhs at the end of the internship.

The Wakefit Sleep Internship Season

This year’s intern cohort is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds, hailing from cities such as Mizoram, Pondicherry, Jaipur, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, and Vijayawada. Ranging in age from 20 to 45 years, the interns bring a rich blend of perspectives to the program. From multitasking mothers of twins to talented rappers, entrepreneurs, IT analysts, homemakers, and set designers, each intern possesses a unique profile that adds depth and variety to the Wakefit Sleep Internship.

All sleep interns will be provided with a Wakefit Orthopedic Memory Foam Mattress, a fitness band with a sleep tracker, and a thoughtfully designed sleep kit. The sleep package will aid in tracking and improving the interns’ sleep patterns over the period of 100 days, and showcase the progress of each intern as they attempt to demonstrate their dedication to sleep. This year, Wakefit. co has collaborated with prominent brands such as The Souled Store, Ekam, Bare Necessities, The Thela Gaadi, Tea Trunk, and Yoga Bar, to provide each intern with a specially curated sleep kit. The Sleep Internship Season 2 crowned Triparna Chakraborty, a 26-year-old Kolkata resident, as India’s first Sleep Champion who took home a grand remuneration of INR 5 lakhs last year.

Chaitanya Ramalingegowda, Director and Co-founder of Wakefit.co, said, “We launched Wakefit.co in March 2016 to revolutionize the quality of sleep among Indians. In line with our brand ethos, the Sleep Internship serves as an extension of our commitment, fostering an impactful narrative that highlights the significance of sleep health. With the commencement of the Sleep Internship Season 3, we hope to set off a series of conversations around sleep health and aim to enlighten and encourage Indians to embrace positive sleep hygiene.”

Prateek Malpani, Head of Brand, Wakefit.co, said, “Sleep is at the core of our brand philosophy at Wakefit.co, and the Sleep Internship is a testament to our commitment to raise awareness around the importance of good sleep. During the 100-day internship, the interns will engage in a wide range of activities and expert sessions that are aimed at improving physical and mental health, and more importantly sleep health. We are excited to see the interns embark on this transformative journey and look forward to the positive impact it will have on their lives, and on the lives of people who will get inspired to sleep better after seeing them complete the internship and earn money for sleeping.”

The Wakefit Sleep Internship has been a sought after program and has clocked in a significant number of registrations year on year. With a rather rigorous selection process of three rounds – entry shortlist round, video resume round and personal interview, 12 interns were handpicked from the lot based on the quality of their interview and their passion for sleep for this season. Over the last three years, the Sleep Internship has cumulatively garnered an overwhelming response of over 10 lakh plus registrations from across the country, and Season 3 marks another milestone, with a total of 50 interns, including this year’s selected candidates.

BOX: Meet the interns

 

Name City Age
Abhinav Khanna Lucknow 42
Akhina Haridas Mumbai 35
Akshita Khandelwal Jaipur 40
Danish Danny Bangalore 26
Dibya Dutta Pondicherry 25
Neha Malhotra Yamuna Nagar 36
Purva Sanjay Bholalkar Akola 23
Saishwari Patil Bangalore 25
Shalini Singh New Delhi 22
Sumit Gaddi Mumbai 32
Surita Chakma Delhi 23
Vijayakumar Bharath Chandar Vijayawada 26