James Cook University, Australia Forays into Indian Market also introduced a NEW Program

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World’s leading Institutions focusing on the tropics Australia’s James Cook University (JCU) ranked in the top 2 % of the World’s Tertiary Institutions by the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities.

James Cook University (JCU) has been one of Australia’s pioneering Universities offering distinctive and high-quality degrees that equip Students to understand and engage with the Global issues of today, providing Graduates with the skills to embark on rewarding careers.

Professor Mohan Jacob, Associate Dean, Research Education, Professor College of Science and Engineering said, “JCU is a leader in Teaching and Research that addresses the critical challenges facing the Tropics. JCU is a community where Students get personalised attention through a lower student to staff ratio, and an authentic Australian Learning Environment.”

 

Vignesh Vijayaraghavan, Head of International Recruitment said, “JCU is a very unique University set out in Northern Queensland. More than being a University, we are proud to be a Community that has Students from different nationalities supporting each other to give a culturally authentic Australian experience. With a record on employability and planned NEW Courses tailor made for the Merit Holders, we are excited to be Opening Gateway of Opportunities for Students particularly in the field of Science and Engineering.”

NEW COURSE

James Cook University, Australia has introduced a NEW Program Masters of Engineering, Masters of Global Development and Diploma of Engineering

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Government suggest exporters to comply with domestic & International standards, says official

There is a need for testing food products in order to ensure that it complies with domestic standards as well as international standards for exports, a top government official said at an Interactive Session on Swachhata Action Plan 2018-19 held in Gurugram today.
 
There is also a need for testing of all imported food products to ensure that they are of the requisite standard and food products not permitted for manufacture domestically. Apart from this, the level of contaminants, additives, and pesticide residues in food items is required to be monitored regularly, said Mr Ashok Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing and Industries at an Interactive Session on Swachhata Action Plan 2018-19- “Hygiene in Food Processing Sector” summit held in Gurugram today.
 
In order to develop food safety and quality Assurance infrastructure in the country MOFPI has been extending financial assistance in setting up and up gradation food Testing Laboratories in the countries and setting up of HACCP/ISO standards to improve the overall quality of Food Safety and hygiene in the country, said Mr. Kumar.
 
HACCP, ISO Standards are necessary condition for improving the overall quality of food safety & hygiene in the country and also to increase India’s share in global food trade. The main objective of the scheme is to motivate the food processing industry for adoption of food safety and quality assurance mechanisms such as TQM including ISO 9000, ISO 22000, HACCP, GMP, GHP, highlighted Mr. Kumar.
 
This will enable adherence food processors to the stringent quality and hygiene norms thereby protecting the health of consumers, enhancing product acceptance by buyers, both domestic & overseas and keep Indian industry technologically abreast of international best practices, said Mr. Kumar.
 
“Food processing industry is one of the largest industries in India. The country’s food processing industry ranks fifth in terms of production, consumption and exports”.
 
Strategic geographic location and proximity to food importing nations benefit India in terms of exporting processed foods. Hence Swacchata in food Processing Industry is a high scale consideration, noted Joint Secretary.
 
Dr. Rubeena Shaheen, Director (FSMS & RARD), Food Safety and Standards Authority of India said, FSSAI created the Food Safety Management System (FSMS) which provides a preventative approach to identify, prevent and reduce food-borne hazards. This is to minimize the risk of food poisoning and to make food safe for consumption.
 
Key Roles to implement food hygiene are develop/review guidelines related Schedule 4 requirements i.e. GMPs/GHPs for various food industries including e-commerce players. Strengthen implementation and inspection of GHPs/GMPs by developing guidance documents and inspection checklists for FBOs and Regulatory Staff, said Shaheen.
 
Among others who spoke during the conference were Mr Vikas Jain, President, Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce & Industry & Chairperson, ASSOCHAM Council on Food Processing & Value Addition, Dr A K Tyagi, Executive Director, Haldirams Snacks Pvt.Ltd., Mr Bejon Kumar Misra, Founder, Consumer Online Foundation, Dr Chindi Vasudevappa, Vice Chancellor National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) and Dr Om S Tyagi, Assistant Secretary General, ASSOCHAM.

‘My Soul Flower’ Book by Dr. Lavlin Thadani’s launched with Big Fanfare

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“Lavlin is a woman of rare sensitivity… my soulmate.” That’s how Amrita Pritam described Lavlin. Further, she stated – “Lavlin’s writings are not only sensitive but also intense and sometimes remind me of legendary poet Sara Shagufta. Lavlin is a poet of international calibre.”

Also being a Film-maker of repute with over a hundred Films and several International Awards to her credit, Lavlin’s latest Book of poetry ‘My Soul Flower’ was recently released on 22ndJuly 2018 (Sunday) at the India International Centre (IIC) Main Auditorium in New Delhi. The programme, hosted by the Poetry Society of India and the IIC.

The programme was presided over by a panel of distinguished personalities including media giants like Mr. HK DuaMr.  Venkat Narayan and Mr. Amit Khanna, as also noted poets likeDr. Sukrita Paul and Dr. Renee Ranchan. Also, present was Mr. Arif Mohammed Khan, Former Union Minister and prolific writer.

The event saw who’s who present and the one of the most peculiar thing was to see when the Author, Lavlin read out her poetry and famous and recognized Indian Kathak DancerShovana Narayan danced to amplify the spirit of the poem. Also well known Theatre artiste and former Doordarshan newsreader Sunit Tandon read out select poems in his way, which won hearts of all present at the event. Both Shovana and Sunit left the audience spell bound by their professional presentation.

The Book covers a wide array of themes and genres like love, empathy, irony, tragedy, inspiration, spirituality, patriotism and so on and so forth, captivating the readers with freshness of perspectives. In Lavlin’s words – “Knowledge has little meaning unless you add a dimension to it.” She starts the book with “No one is perfect. Love is.” A unique feature of the book is that it contains Lavlin’s spontaneous dialogue in verse with Amrita Pritam, dating to 1992.

In the words of Mr. IK Gujral former Prime Minister of India – “Lavlin is a scholar of high calibre.” Indeed, her poetry reflects her depth of understanding of human nature, the language being simple and the ideas being effectively communicated to the readers.

“A soul, once soaked, never goes dry.” – Lavlin Soulful poetry indeed!

KONE India introduced its New Elevator

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KONE India introduced its New Elevator offering – KONE U Mono Space® and KONE U Mini Space™ for the mid-range segment in Hyderabad.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Amit GossainManaging Director, KONE India, said “Our New Products have 26 cars with visuals inspired by Navaratna, the nine gems. The Navaratna visual car designs are so striking and unique that they will certainly help us differentiate in the market place and enhance the customer experience. Moreover, since the demand for better aesthetics is gaining importance, this New Design Collection is set to create a lasting impression & unforgettable user experience”.

KONE has set a benchmark in the Industry through its Eco-efficient Performance, Premium Ride comfort and Award-winning Designs.

He further added, “The Construction and Real Estate Customers are demanding when it comes to Energy-efficiency and Green Building Certification Schemes like LEED and BREEAM with our New Solutions, the Carbon footprint of buildings can be cut to an even greater extent”.

KONE is a Pioneer in Eco-efficiency within its Industry. The New KONE U Mono Space Elevators are up to 35 percent more Energy Efficient than its earlier Elevators. The improvements were only possible by Renewed KONE EcoDisc® hoisting Machine, a highly Efficient Drive, and our Enhanced Standby Solutions. The Renewed KONE Eco Disc hoisting machine is complemented by a wide range of upgrades that are designed to deliver Industry-leading Ride Comfort: a New Motor Control System, a renewed Braking System, a Redesigned Hoisting System, and an improved Car Structure. This means that the noise levels, both inside and outside the Elevator cars, are as low as possible, the ride is smooth with no vibration, and that the floor leveling is perfectly accurate. Ride comfort is an important part of user experience, and our vision is to deliver the best user experience.

One significant value-add is also a Comprehensive Test for Ride comfort, now conducted on every KONE Elevator before handover – this is a unique service offered by KONE in the Elevator Industry.

Early this year, the company launched its New Customer Experience Centre at ITEC in Chennai to showcase latest Technology and Development of KONE Solutions for People Movement.

Huawei announces the winner for the #P20ProBattleLeague Photography Challenge

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Huawei Consumer Business Group in association with Dabboo Ratnani conducted a month-long photography challenge using Huawei’s latest flagship device- Huawei P20 Pro. The contest provided an opportunity to young talented photographers to redefine the meaning of visual expression while celebrating the power of mobile photography.

With Huawei P20 Pro’s cutting-edge technology pushing the boundaries of creative mobile photography, the contestants captured powerful and provocative images. As part of the activity, the company has announced deckle_Edge (from Instagram) as the winner of #P20ProBattleLeague, finally concluding the contest today.

The winner has been gratified with an Amazon gift voucher worth INR 50,000 and is also getting his winning story featured in a specially curated Coffee Table Book by Huawei. The book will also feature selected works of the contestants and that of the ace celebrity photographer, Dabboo Ratnani.

Centered on handpicked themes, such as Macro-B&W, Windows, Metal and Street, the contest unfolded in 2 phases. In the first phase, Ratnani chose the top photographer for every theme from a select list of 20 contestants. Successively, the second phase saw the four theme winners pitted against each other for the final round.

Talking about his experience with the device and the #P20ProBattleLeague, Dabboo Ratnani said, “I was amazed by the creative expressions that I witnessed as part of the contest. The whole concept of empowering imagination with technology was extremely interesting to begin with. The Huawei P20 Pro is the best Android device for photography aficionados, thanks to its variable 0.95 aperture, monochrome mode and zoom stabilization. The fact that no software tweaking of the final image is required is especially outstanding.”

Often compared to a DSLR camera for its three Leica branded rear cameras, 5X hybrid zoom and the large 1/1.7 light sensor, the Huawei P20 Pro offers significant advantages over competition while shooting in various degrees of illumination.

The final 4 contestants were asked to share a single picture describing their ‘journey of becoming a Pro’. The contest was promoted across social media, with prime focus on Instagram, using the hashtags #P20ProBattleLeague and #SeeMooore. As a result, tremendous buzz was generated among photography enthusiasts.

“The P20 Pro Battle League was a thrilling experience for me and I would like to thank Huawei and Dabboo Ratnani sir for giving me this opportunity to exhibit my talent, and simultaneously enhance it. I absolutely loved the experience of using the Leica powered triple camera, especially the aperture mode. I haven’t seen such depth, clarity and color rendering output in any smartphone device so far. The light painting mode, including the silky water functionality, is absolutely mind-blowing. I reckon this device will make mobile photography a stunning experience for the user.”, said deckle_Edge, the winnerof the contest.

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd Brings American Eagle Outfitters to India

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Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd (ABFRL) brings American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) to India. A leading global specialty retailer offering high quality, on-trend clothing, accessories and personal care products, American Eagle Outfitters is set to spread its wings and carve a niche in the hearts of the fashion savvy and brand conscious Indian youth. Under this partnership, ABFRL intends to aggressively expand the reach of the brand in the next 3 years. It also plans to invest in retailing the AEO merchandise through the brands exclusive India website www.aeo.in

In August 2017, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail had also entered into a multi-store retail and e-commerce license agreement with American Eagle Outfitters Inc.

India has the fastest growing youth market in the world with upwardly mobile consumers, who are driving demand for brands having international aesthetics and style.  However there seems to be a paucity of choices when it comes to jeans. With the entry of American Eagle, ABFRL aims to fulfill the gap and corner a significant share of the country’s premium jeans wear market.

Commenting on the launch Sathyajit Radhakrishnan, President International Business, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. said, “American Eagle Outfitters is an iconic jeans brand from the US and we are excited to bring it to the fashion enthusiasts in India. The brand will add great value to our international portfolio and strengthen our position in the youth centric lifestyle space, giving our discerning customers a true taste of high-end fashion.”

 

“India’s rapidly developing and vibrant economy, anchored by the world’s largest youth population, provides an exciting growth opportunity for our brand to expand our global reach,” commented Andrew McLean, EVP-Global Commercial Operations, American Eagle Outfitters. He further added “Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail brings deep market experience and extensive retail capabilities, giving us a strong platform to deliver our leading AE jeans collections and casual American style to the growing market.”

 

Guillermo La Rosa, Vice President-International and Business DevelopmentAmerican Eagle Outfitters said “As a leader in the Indian retail market, ABFRL’s partnership gives us the platform to expand into one of the largest retail sectors in the world. With their retail expertise and aggressive growth plan, ABFRL will become one of our largest partners in our quest to become the No 1 global  leader of denim brand.”

MDI Gurgaon started its 7th day of Induction Programme by celebrating International Yoga Day

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MDI Gurgaon started its 7th day of Induction Programme by celebrating International Yoga Day with Yogacharya Dr. Navdeep Joshi from “NAVYOGA”. Dr. Joshi introduced various stress relieving Yoga exercises to the students.  With factors from meeting the deadlines, pressure from bosses, workload, etc stress has become a permanent resident in lives of professionals as well as students. More than 500 students participated in the yoga day celebration.

Stress is the root cause of many diseases, to create awareness about this critical issue prevailing in our society a Workshop on Yoga to Manage Corporate Stress, by Ms. Vandana Aadeshsenior faculty of The Art of Living was arranged for students in the evening hours. The workshop sensitized students of various stress-busting exercises which will be beneficial to them in long run.

Mental health should be of utmost importance as it affects the holistic well-being of the individual and the societies in a larger perspective. Corporates across India so have become sensitive to the prevalent health issues and the impact of stress at the workplace on performance and productivity. As a result, leadership firms, as well as management institutes like MDI Gurgaon, are working at building health and wellness programs that make the workforce a lot stronger to beat the external challenges.