KidZania Delhi NCR Celebrates its 2nd Anniversary

KidZania 2nd Anniversary- Manjot Singh, Shreya Basu, Rahuk Kharbanda & Damanjeet Singh from KidZania.JPG

KidZania Delhi NCR, Global indoor theme Park, celebrated its second anniversary this summer. The enthusiastic ninjas of KidZania made sure their young visitors & adults had oodles of fun with plethora of role-playing activities, a meet-and-greet session with celebs and some very cool magic tricks.

Present at the celebrations were the famous Fukrey actor Manjot Singh and the melodious singer Shreya Basu, the little champ from The Voice India Kids reality show. To add more magic to the day, there was the popular illusionist ‘Rahul Kharbanda’, a Guinness world record holder, who enthralled children of all ages. The celebrations also included a small tete-a-tete session with the actor and a cake cutting ceremony.



Shiksha Mela to demonstrate powerful stories in Children’s Education by Ministry of Human Resources Development and UNICEF India

Yasmin Ali Haque UNICEF India Representative addresses Shiksha Mela.JPG

UNICEF India in partnership with MHRD today organized a ‘Shiksha Mela – Education Open Day’ to demonstrate case stories showcasing holistic and equitable quality education achieved through convergent programming across 17 Indian states.,

An innovative marketplace, creatively exhibiting the education milestones during the lifecycle of every child were on display. This accompanied with a powerful narrative was used to showcase cases from diverse part of the country. These included how early childhood education for early learning and school readiness had been strengthened, how strategic initiatives through which out-of-school children were brought back to school and motivational programmes such as sports for Development and Meena Manches  which helped children stay in school. Many other cases also highlighted how skills nurtured in children and young people, enabled their transition to secondary education.

Another critical dimension was the engagement of communities in the education of their children and how they were mobilized to   demand and participate in education.

Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF Representative in India, while speaking on this occasion, lauded the efforts of the Government of India in speeding up its commitment to get all children into school and learning. “Since the enactment of the Right to Education Act, much progress has been made in areas of systemic readiness, improved access and enrolment of children, providing infrastructure especially sanitation facilities in schools, recruitment of teachers and training of untrained teachers. Children are indeed performing reasonably well in the early classes. Still there is a need to do more for translating these results for higher classes and assuring that the requisite skills are built for smooth transition to livelihood.”


“The Samagra Scheme which merges the three flagship programmes-Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Teacher Education aims to provide equitable access and improve quality of learning and governance. This step is critical for India today, to build foundational skills of literacy and numeracy as well as transferable skills that gives children the basis for navigating the dynamic skills agenda for India’s adolescents and youth,” said Dr. Haque.

Focusing on scaling up successful examples from the field, Euphrates Gobina, Chief of Education, UNICEF India facilitated a panel discussion on this occasion. The panelists discussed a few examples of scaling up with quality while highlighting the challenges and solutions for scaling up.

Mr Anil Swarup, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, while delivering his keynote address, emphasized on the need for digitisation in education.

A ‘Data Visualization App’, which provides user-friendly and visual representation of complex analytics of the education scenario in the country was also launched on this occasion. The app has been made with technical inputs from UNICEF, in collaboration with NIEPA and NCERT. It uses UDISE (Unified District Information System for Education), NAS (National Assessment survey) and Demographic data and is an important visual tool for policy makers, senior government officials, academia, and researchers to address gaps and monitor programs in the field of education.

AIGF announces the second edition of its annual IP event – ‘India Gaming Conclave’ 2018

AIGF (All India Gaming Federation) announces the second edition of its annual IP event – ‘India Gaming Conclave’ on 29th May 2018.  The content of the India Gaming Conclave 2018 has been compiled keeping in mind the needs of operators across online poker, fantasy and rummy businesses.

The key issues that will be discussed this year include advertising content regulation, de-constructing taxation in regulated marketsInvestments in the skill gaming Industry and responsible gaming.  The highlight of the event will be the introduction to the AIGF advisory panel & the launch of the AIGF skill games charters. The AIGF Advisory Panel is a high powered six-member committee made up of distinguished and notable experts from law & order, finance, data science, academia and psychiatry will oversee the implementation of the skill games charters and other responsible gaming initiatives.

Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan Chairman Law Commission of India will be the Guest of Honor at the India Gaming Conclave and will be joined by other eminent personalities including Justice R.V.Eswar, Former Judge, Delhi High Court, Mr. Bhaichung Bhutia, Football icon, Ms. Christina Thakor- Rankin, Principal Consultant, 1017 Gaming UK, Ms.Birgitte Sand Director, Danish Gambling Authority to name a few.

Speaking on the 2018 edition of India Gaming Conclave, Roland Landers, CEO AIGF said, We are delighted to felicitate our eminent advisory panel at the India Gaming Conclave 2018. It is satisfying to have succeeded in putting together good governance initiatives for our members through the self- regulation charters and third party audits that augurs extremely well for the growing skill gaming Industry in India.

Sharing her excitement on her participation, Ms. Christina Thakor- Rankin, Principal Consultant, 1017 Gaming UK said, “I am honoured to be a part of the India Gaming Conclave 2018. It is a great platform facilitating the exchange of ideas & expertise and we hope to share best of our practices with the Indian operators. I wish all the success to the AIGF, its members and partners.

The recently published FICCI M&E Report 2018, compiled by EY, highlighted that the Indian Skill Gaming Industry had a robust growth of 25% in revenues in 2017 and that standardisation among operators by implementation of best practices will reduce the burden of inspection and reporting.

Senior Leadership of Satin Creditcare Confered with ‘Golden Globe Tiger Awards 2018’ in Malaysia

Senior leadership of Satin Creditcare Network Limited has been conferred with the ‘Golden Globe Tiger Awards’ at the recently held awards ceremony in the global city of Malaysia. While, Mr. H. P. Singh, the Chairman and Managing Director of the company received the ‘Exemplary Leader’ Award, Mr. Dev Verma– the Chief Operating Officer has been awarded with ‘Leader of the Year’ Award. These prestigious awards aim at recognizing the highest levels of standards and benchmarks amongst individual and organizations.

The awards aim to recognize “TIGERS” in marketing, branding CSR & social innovation, education & academics across leadership levels who believe that excellence is infinite and perfection has no limits.

Acknowledging the Award, Mr. HP Singh- Chairman cum Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Limited, said, “I am humbled to have received this award. Any such award is a testimony of the work that team Satin is doing in the microfinance sector towards achieving government’s vision of inclusive growth. We want to be seen as one stop solution for the financially excluded households at the bottom of the pyramid for all their financial requirements.

Under Mr. Singh’s leadership, SCNL has grown substantially to become the 2nd largest microfinance institution in India, today. Currently, the company has its footprints in 18 states with 898 branches across India. He has channelized his business acumen, strategies and entrepreneur skills in building an entire ecosystem for delivering financial services to the unbanked, low-income households, thereby uplifting their lives significantly.

On Dev Verma’s achievement, Mr. Singh said, “I feel immensely proud of Dev on having received the ‘Leader of the Year Award’.  During the demonetization, SCNL business was impacted, Dev exhibited exceptional leadership skills and persistence by forging business partnerships, building team alignment and thereby successfully navigated Satin through this adversity.”

Recognizing the Award, Mr. Dev Verma- Chief Operating Officer, Satin Creditcare Network Limited, said “I am extremely delighted to receive this award. The last one year, has been challenging yet exciting and this award is a testimony of all the efforts the teams have put in. My endeavor is to make continuous efforts towards taking Satin Creditcare to greater heights by bringing in the best practices, building a robust back-end operations team.”


BBC Test Match Special has secured rights to broadcast ball-by-ball coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, to be held in England & Wales next year.


Test Match Special will be broadcast to fans on multiple platforms across the United Kingdom, including on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra, Radio 4 Long Wave and the BBC Sport website. 


The broadcast of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is part of a long-term deal with Channel 2 Group Corporation, ICC’s Global Audio Rights Partner, who hold exclusive rights to sub-license audio rights to ICC events until 2023.


The deal will ensure that TMS covers all the ICC’s major events through to the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India – including the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in 2021 and the men’s and women’s ICC World Twenty20 events.


ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “Next year is going to be as big as it gets as fans look forward to the ICC Cricket World Cup with anticipation. That the ball-by-ball coverage of the tournament will be broadcast on BBC Test Match Special is great news, it is part of the fabric of our game and has tremendous reach on multiple platforms across the United Kingdom.”


Ajay Sethi, Chairman – Channel 2 Group Corporation, said: “BBC TMS has an incredible fan base, who have been enjoying cricket coverage for over 60 years, and so we are thrilled to have partnered with TMS until 2023. We now look forward to securing additional radio broadcasters to ensure all cricket fans worldwide are given the chance to listen to coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.”


Ben Gallop, Head of BBC Radio and Digital Sport, commented: “The iconic Test Match Special is, undoubtedly, the home of cricket of the radio. We’re in for a truly exciting summer next year, and I’m really pleased that we can offer our dedicated listeners comprehensive coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Our ball-by-ball commentary will ensure fans won’t miss a moment of the action on 5 live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website.”


On securing radio commentary rights to next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup, TMS commentator Jonathan Agnew said: “Summer 2019 is set to be an action-packed and exciting one. It’s fantastic news for our loyal army of fans that TMS will be covering the World Cup as it’s played in England and Wales. And with a Home Ashes Series to follow it, Test Match Special will be the only place to hear commentary of every ball played.”

Capillary Technologies Grows its Global Business by 200%

 Capillary Technologies today announced that it has grown its global business by 200% YoY and has elevated Abhijeet Vijayvergiya as its President & Managing Director, Global Accounts and Asia Pacific.

In FY 18, Capillary crossed a landmark 1 Million transactions per day. The number of customer communications per month exceeded 50 million, and the value of annual transactions processed across geos crossed $15 billion in FY18.

Till date, Capillary has raised more than $100 million in funding, including the recent $20 million round. While Capillary has a strong presence in India, South East and Middle East, it’s looking to further strengthen presence in China and the Middle East, besides penetrating further into Southeast Asia. The company is opening its second office in China at Guangzhou and then another at Beijing later this year. Capillary is also scaling its operations in developed market such as US and UK with In-store AI products.

“Increasingly, our global customers such as Pizza Hut, VF Brands, KFC, Bata, Asics, Unilever, Siam Makro, to name a few, are leveraging our product suite across multiple countries. Brands are unlocking tremendous value with us for many reasons. Firstly, as the brands scale to multiple countries with our product suite, they realize better ROI. Secondly, our co-innovation focused agile delivery model helps brands to launch new ideas across markets in faster time. Finally, our global Center of Excellence (CoE) set-up helps brands to leverage learnings across countries,” quoted Ganesh Lakshminarayanan, COO, Capillary Technologies.


“Abhijeet is responsible for 3X growth in Southeast Asia business alongside scaling up India. Asia Pacific countries are strategic markets for us. Abhijeet will play a vital role in growing our Asia Pacific Business excluding India and China. He will also lead our global accounts segment across all geographies,” added Ganesh.

Seminar organized by UAE Embassy and Zayed International Foundation (UAE) in New Delhi on the occasion of 100th anniversary of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of UAE

On the occasion of 100th anniversary of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of UAE, a seminar was organized on May 2, 2018 in the capital of India, New Delhi, where speakers appreciated the efforts of Sheikh Zayed in the field of environmental protection. The Seminar was jointly organized by the United Arab Emirates Embassy in New Delhi and Zayed International Foundation, UAE.


Dr. Mohamed bin Fahad, Chairman of Zayed International Foundation for the Environment, opened an exhibition of photographs on the life of Sheikh Zayed in the presence of an invited gathering of Indian environmentalists and some Arab diplomats. The rare photographs show the UAE’s Founding Father nurturing his nascent federation in its early years with special focus on protecting the environment.


Later Dr.  Mohamed bin Fahad, delivered the opening address of the seminar with the theme of ‘Zayed Green Challenge.’  Dr. Fahad, who is also the Deputy Commander in Chief of the Dubai Police, spoke of efforts by Dubai Police to promote sustainability in the roles of senior officials at Dubai Police.


While speaking on the occasion, India’s prominent environmentalist and Founder of the Development Alternatives group Dr. Ashok Khosla, said that  Sheikh Zayed was one of the “greatest heroes” of the 20th century because of his vision and his generosity in promoting causes for humanity.


Dr. Khosla was a recipient of the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in the second category in 2014. The mission of the Development Alternatives, which he founded, is to help make national development strategies in India more environmentally and socially sustainable.


While addressing the gathering, Dr. Meshgan Mohamed Al Awar, Secretary-General of the Zayed International Prize for the Environment, gave a detailed presentation on the prestigious prize, its inception and its global motivation.


She familiarised Indians about the Foundation and explained that it was founded in 1999 by the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE  and Ruler of Dubai, to recognise and encourage environmental achievements, promote the implementation of Agenda 21, Millennium Development Goals, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation for Sustainable Development, Outcomes of Rio+20 and Sustainable Development Goals, in line with the vision and philosophy of Sheikh Zayed.


Dr. Al Awar also quoted from tributes paid to Sheikh Zayed by world leaders when they were in office – such as former United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, ex-French President Jacques Chirac, former US Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and Britain’s reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II.


Indian attendees took much interest in an App for Android and iPhones which will give them access to the Zayed Green Challenge, whose significance as a green education platform was explained to the audience at the event.