Lifebuoy’s help a child reach 5 campaign and Kajol announce young handwashing heroes

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 Lifebuoy has announced a new initiative to empower young girls to make a difference in their own communities through a partnership with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Kajol, Lifebuoy’s Help A Child Reach 5 ambassador, introduced the young girl guides who will be handwashing heroes and spread the message of handwashing to over 4 million people, helping prevent illness.

The partnership aims to encourage girl guides and scouts to take a lead within their communities and make an impact through teaching the lifesaving habit of handwashing with soap. Each handwashing hero is trained on the importance of using soap while washing hands before eating and after using the toilet.  They are also equipped with the necessary skills to share these learnings with other people they know. In this way, the practice of using soap at critical occasions is encouraged to spread across communities protecting people from illnesses and infections. Over 1,200 girl guides and scouts have been trained so far under this partnership.

During the event, Sanjiv Mehta, CEO and Managing Director, HUL along with Samir Singh, Executive Vice President, Global Skin Cleansing, Unilever and Lifebuoy’s Help A Child Reach 5 handwashing ambassador, Kajol Devgn came together to award these heroes for being the real agents of change for handwashing.

In India alone, diarrhoea and pneumonia killed more than 296,000 under-five children in 2015[i] . The simple act of handwashing with soap can prevent many of these deaths. Handwashing with soap is one of the most cost-effective ways to save a child’s life.

Sanjiv Mehta, Managing Director and CEO, HUL, said: “We believe that companies like HUL have a key role in helping the country achieve ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. More than 90% of households in India use HUL products. This gives us an opportunity and a responsibility to make a meaningful difference. We are convinced that we can achieve this, leveraging our expertise in behaviour change programmes in the areas of handwashing and sanitation and our experience in developing and delivering innovative partnership models.”

Samir Singh, Executive Vice President, Global Skin Cleansing, Unilever, said “I feel proud to see Lifebuoy’s  handwashing movement Help A Child Reach 5 go to the next level through this partnership with WAGGGS. One of our biggest learnings has been that children have in them the abilities to drive behaviour change. Through this partnership, Lifebuoy is unleashing the potential of young girls, who shall be empowered to transform the health of entire communities. We started in a small village called Thesgora in Madhya Pradesh in 2013 with the highest rates of diarrhoea and were able to showcase remarkable results owing to a focussed handwashing intervention. We hope that this partnership with WAGGGS will help us push the envelope further with communities and families adapting healthy handwashing habits through these incredible handwashing heroes.”

Ana Maria Mideros, WAGGGS’ World Board Chair, said “At the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, we know that every girl has the power and potential to learn, lead and make positive change in her community and the wider world. We are hugely proud that our partnership with Lifebuoy is helping young people in India to take action and promote hand washing with soap – both at home and in their wider communities. Working with Lifebuoy, Girl Guides and Scouts are driving change, improving hygiene and changing lives.”

Lifebuoy’s Help A Child Reach 5 Handwashing Ambassador Kajol Devgn said, “As a mother and a woman I am really excited about this partnership with WAGGGS. What inspired me the most was how these girl heroes are determined and passionate about making a difference in the lives of others by educating people on basic hygiene practices such as handwashing. We need many more such young heroes to help address some easily preventable health and hygiene issues.”

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News18.com concludes the coveted Tech & Auto Awards for 2017

News18.com, one of India’s top breaking news websites, held its annual marquee offering – The Tech and Auto Awards in New Delhi amidst the presence of industry veterans. The awards ceremony celebrated and honoured Technology and Automotive products and innovations that have set the bar high in the respective sectors.

Commenting on the occasion, Manish Maheshwari, CEO, Network18 Digital said, “At News18. Com, it is our constant endeavour to connect with our consumers through different channels and make a difference to their lives by offering content that is most relevant to them. Tech and Auto Awards is one such platform to bring together the two most important sectors where today’s consumer spends most time on. These awards have established themselves as the benchmark for facilitating Indian consumers in choosing the best technology and automobiles by making informed choice.”

 

Talking about the awards, Siddhartha Sharma, Editor – Technology & Auto, News18.com said, “News18.com has been a pioneer in leading discussions in auto and technology sectors. With the conclusion of the first tech and auto awards, we are proud to celebrate the collective achievements from these prominent consumer oriented sectors.”

Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Cabinet Minister, Law and Justice and Ministry of Information Technology, graced the awards night as the Chief Guest. The highlight of the evening included a Key Note speech by Mr. Larry Paulson, Vice President and President, Qualcomm India and a special video address by Shri. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping.

Selected by a Jury that included veterans from auto and tech industry, the awards night witnessed brands like Maruti, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo, Audi, Mercedes and others go head-to-head for coveted awards like Car of the Year, Sedan of the Year and Hatchback of the Year and more. While Tech brands like Samsung, Apple, Nokia, Xiaomi, LG and others were seen fighting it out for awards in the Smartphone of the Year, Design of the Year and other categories, tech savvy personalities like Vijay Shekhar Sharma of Paytm, Amitabh Kant of Niti Aayog and others were vying for the Tech Personality of the Year award.

The Tech & Auto Awards 2017 brought the best of Technology and Automobile industry on the same platform and were trending on #TechAndAutoAwards17

Luxury salon Headmasters unveiled in South Delhi by Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhry

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Luxury salon Headmasters was unveiled in Defence Colony  area of  South Delhi by Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhry along with Pammy Kaul, creative director Headmasters and other prominent personalities from Delhi social circle.

 

Pammy is an internationally acclaimed hair, nails & beauty expert. She is also the makeup artist to a number of Bollywood actresses. Her capabilities have been extensively used as consultant & best practices practitioner by many beauty trade organisations within Europe & India. She received her training from the prestigious Saltash College, Cornwall, UK. She also has member status in various international bodies Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists (MGPBT) UK, International Institute of Healing and Holistic Therapies (IIHHT) UK, International Health and Beauty Council (IHBC) UK etc. Her maiden venture, Scratch, was started to promote the nail services and training in India.

 

Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhry has been associated with Headmasters for many years and has supported the luxury spa salon. Mahima specially flew from Mumbai for the opening of the salon in Delhi. Said Mahima, “ Headmasters gives you a satisfying experience every time you walk in and that’s what has been the reason that whenever I am in Chandigarh, I have to go and pamper myself. I wish Pammy and the team all the good wishes and I am hopeful Delhi would also do good as all”.

 

Headmasters were established in 2002 in Chandigarh with the objective of providing top notch services to its clients when it comes to skin, body and hair. The salon is well known for its safety and high-quality services. The salon has over 150 well-trained professionals and sees approximately 75000 clients a year. The services delivered by Headmasters are of the highest standard and are affordable to students.

 

Japjap Singh, co-owner of Headmasters Salon, Delhi said, “We are glad to have a talent like Pammy Kaul on board. She conceptualises new looks, colours, trends and techniques endlessly. She has been actively working with the likes of Anthony Whitaker/Sydney, Robert Seah, Tyler Jhonston, and Tracey Hayes among other top-notch designers and hairstylists from across the world.”

 

Further, Pammy Kaul added, “Today, consumer preference has changed in terms of hair care products and treatments wherein they are looking at international hair care trends and hair designs and aspire to achieve the same. Thus, this coming together of the giants in hair-care business will enable local consumers to experience world-class products and services under one roof.”

Multiple FIRS’ registered against PVR Cinemas and its promoters

The Gurugram Police has registered FIR under section 420, 406, 120BIPC and other sections against  Ajay Bijli his brother Sanjeev Kumar Bijli daughter Ms. Niharika Bijli alongwith PVR Limited and Eight persons including Ms. Renuka Ramnath, Mr. Amit Burman, Mr. Vikram Bakshi and others. The FIR got registered for their alleged involvements in fraudulently inflating the share prices and selling the same for an exorbitant price of 820 crores.

 The case came to light when the complainant ELAN GROUP lodged a complaint in the court, which then directed the local police on 17.11.2017 to register an FIR against Mr. Ajay Bijli, (Chairman and Managing Director, PVR Ltd.)  and directors of PVR namely Ms Niharika Bijli, Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Ms Renuka Ramnath, (Founder, MD and CEO Multiples Alternate Asset Management) Mr. Amit Burman, (CEO, Dabar Foods) Mr. Vishal Kashyap, (Managing Director and Co-head Warbug Pricus LLC) Mr. Sanjay Vohra, Mr. Sanjay Khanna, Mr. Vikram Bakshi( Managing Director, Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. McDonald’s India (North & East) and Chairman, Ascot Hotels and Resort Pvt Limited), PVR CEO Mr. Kamal Gyanchandani, PVR CFO Mr. Nitin Sood

 PVR Limited, which was approximately operating with 400 screens started showcasing that they were going to have 1000 screens by the Year 2018.

 PVR entered into MOUs with builders of commercial space and AJAY BIJLI made sensational statements to the press that PVR was in the process of achieving its target of 1000 cinema screens by the year 2018, thereby inflating the share prices of PVR based on false statements.

Projections of anticipated business and profits had been made by PVR on the basis of Contracts/Memorandum Of Understandings (MoU’s) by contending that the real estate projects relating to which the agreements had been entered into work in the offing and all these contracts would translate into actual business for PVR. Once PVR sold its 14 % stakes (by overpricing) to Warbur Pincus (a U.S. based fund), PVR fraudulently/malafidely tried to  terminate the MOU’s.

Upon investigations made by the complainant, the complainant found that the accused PVR never had any intention of taking on lease the multiplex proposed to be developed in terms of the aforesaid MOUs. The complainant found that the accused had hatched a well-planned conspiracy with the malafide intent to allure investors so as to increase the share value & worth of the accused PVR in Global Market. Once the shares of PVR were sold, they dumped the Contracts/Memorandum Of Understandings (MoU’s) and fraudulently tried to terminate it.

 Two FIR’s (FIR No 630 and 631 both dated 22.11.2017) which was lodged at the Sushant Lok I Police Station, Gurgaon alleges that the abovenamed accused in connivance with each other had fraudulently planned and sold stocks at high price and duped lots of builders.

The complainant then approached Ajay Bijli and other Directors, who in high headedness openly proclaimed and boasted that they were extremely well-connected. It was openly stated by them that no one would dare to initiate any action against them.

 The complainant then filed complaints with various departments and police, but was shocked to see that no action was taken against them. The complainant then, filed petition in court which in turn directed the police station to register FIR against the accused persons.

 Now that the FIR has been lodged, the police is on lookout for the accused for arrest. The main accused may be arrested anytime.

 The Complainants stated that the accused right from the beginning had dishonest intent and in order to cause wrongful gain to themselves and wrongful loss to us. The accused has illegally terminated the MOU on vague and baseless reasons. The entire gameplan of PVR and its promoters was to earn illicit profits at the cost of us. The complainants are also moving to SEBI (Security Exchange Board of India) for highlighting the frauds of accused.

Grown In Australia, Made In India a nationwide campaign Woolmark Company’s

The nationwide consumer-facing campaign Grown in Australia Made in India by Woolmark Company will bring to the forefront the farm to fashion journey of Merino wool from Australia to India, and champion both the woolgrowers of Australia, as well as the handloom sector in India. It aims to connect those present across the wool supply chain including brands, manufacturers and the Government of India, while also allowing consumers to be a part of this beautiful journey.

Capturing the stunning view and landscape of a sheep farm in Australia, the campaign film features Indian Wool Ambassador Shravan Reddy with international model Aleyna FitzGerald, exploring the farm while donning chic Merino wool attire. The progressive relationship between brands in India and Australian woolgrowers is a key highlight, as Indian labels such as Manish Malhotra, Dhruv Kapoor, Dhruv Vaish, Nachiket Barve, Ekaco by Rina singh, Rahul Mishra, Troy Costa and brands including Van Huesen, Raymond Ready to wear, Park Avenue, Color Plus, Ambassador shawls, Shinghora, Zeven, Monte Carlo and Louis Philip have all contributed carefully selected fashion pieces for the campaign video. The overarching theme of cross-country linkage comes to the frontline as the stunning background of Australia and its Merino sheep are juxtaposed with Indian brands and talented actor Shravan Reddy.

“A four-month long project that began in Kullu, the Grown In Australia, Made In India highlights the journey of Merino wool from grassroots to a global level, connecting this versatile raw material to India’s rich culture” said Arti Gudal, The Woolmark Company Country Manager India. “This 360° campaign including television, print, outdoor and digital media will be rolled out progressively in the next three months, tying in Australia’s unique Merino wool fibre and passionate woolgrowers with India’s commercial brands, manufacturers and talented local weavers.

“We wish to implement a positive change along the wool supply chain in India and in-turn increase wool consumption in the market. We are also ecstatic to have had the chance to work with the Government of India and gain their support on this campaign.”

“I am honoured to be a part of the Grown in Australia, Made In India campaign as it not only represents – but also develops – a cultural link between the Australian woolgrowers and Indian craftsmen,” commented Shravan Reddy, Wool Ambassador in India. The campaign integrates the different aspects of Merino wool, be it versatility, breathability or functionality with fashion pieces that represent the Indian fashion industry. I am excited to share this enriching experience with consumers.

The media plan for the campaign will begin with in-film advertisements in movie cinemas across Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore in October and December.

Ocean Park Hong Kong Launches Hong Kong’s First Virtual Reality Rollercoaster At Christmas Sensation begin on 11 December 2017

 

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Ocean Park Hong Kong launches Christmas Sensation Headlining this year’s celebration will be virtual reality (VR) rollercoaster will begin on 11 December 2017 with park-wide festivities.   The Park will also partner with Pinkoi.com, Asia’s leading online marketplace for designers, to present Ocean Park x PinkoiFestive Marketplace for the first time. Together with the Park’s signature 40-foot Christmas TreeSanta’s CottageGarden of Romance and artificial snow, the Christmas Market will transform Water front Plaza into a romantic Christmas village.

Christmas Sensation will be held from 11 December 2017 to 1 January 2018. To experience Hong Kong’s first VR roller coaster, Mine Train presented by Samsung Gear VR, guests can put on special VR headsets and feel a surge of multi-sensory excitement during the ride. In the hyper-realistic world of virtual reality, guests can take a breath taking glide through a rainforest canopy, float along wild rivers, dive into the ocean and come face to face with the amazing animals living in the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rain forest, while experiencing the sensations of high speed and centrifugal force as the train rockets over the ups and downs along the tracks. This one and only VR rollercoaster ride in Hong Kong will be a must-try for thrill-seekers. Moreover, several VR game zones will be set up to test the speed and strength of guests in action-packed game challenges.

During Christmas Sensation, Ocean Park is turning Waterfront Plaza into a romantic, festive Christmas village. Ocean Park x Pinkoi Festive Market place will gather all kinds of original accessories and home ware by local designers, allowing guests to look for unique gift inspirations. They can also warm themselves with hot chocolate and feast on traditional Christmas snacks while wandering around the market. As night falls, guests should not miss out on the daily Light Up the Night ceremony at the gigantic 40-foot tall Christmas tree, which will be graced with an angelic choir performance every night for guests and their loved ones to enjoy a romantic moment. The festive Waterfront Plaza will also feature Santa’s Cottage where families can snap a photo with Santa Claus at his magnificent house decorated with colourful mosaics; or take plenty of selfies with the living statue and Christmas-themed topiaries at Garden of Romance next to Santa’s Cottage. At Whiskers Harbour, kids can participate in the fun and interactive Whiskers and Friends Winter  Game as well.

Enjoy a new lazy lunch at Jumeirah Al Naseem every Friday

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Rockfish, the Mediterranean seafood restaurant at Jumeirah Al Naseem has launched a new ‘lazy lunch’, from 1pm – 4pm every Friday from just AED 350 per person.

With sand in your toes, deliciously fresh seafood, refreshing drinks, soft beats and chilled out vibe – all complete with some of the best views of the iconic Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, where else would you rather be?

Deliciously assembled by Chef Jean Pascal, the Rockfish Lazy Lunch four courses. The first is unlimited crudo such as Mussels, Clams, Alaskan King crab, Razor Sheels and Smoked & Cured Salmon at the Crudo area, followed by Tasmanian Salmon Crudo, Yellow Fin Tuna Crudo, Sea Bass Crudo, Mediterranean Garden Salad Cherry Tomato Tartare, Wild Mushroom Risotto with Green Asparagus all served at the table.

For the third (and mightiest!) course, enjoy buckets of Garlic Prawns and Mussels & Clams, a Seafood Mixed Grill, Baby Chicken and Oven braised Australian Short Ribs, served with a selection of sides for the table.

If you have space left, there will be four desserts saved on the table: a Strawberry and Cream Cheesecake, Raspberry Gateau Saint Honoree Textures and Temperatures of Chocolate and Date Mont Blanc.

There will also be a selection of Gin & Tonic drinks from the infamous Gin Trolley, as well as a variety of bubbles and wine, for those who take the alcoholic package at AED 450.

Feel the gentle breeze from the sea, and groove to soft beats and chilled out rhythms from DJ Daniel Vitellaro – you know where you’ll find us on Friday.