A Unique Trade Show for environmental technologies

Mumbai, September 2017: After successful openings at Hyderabad Ahmedabad, Delhi and Mumbai for promotional tours of the trade show to raise awareness about various environmental issues in the region as well as the discuss latest solutions and innovations which are in the market; IFAT India 2017 will be held at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Center, Goregaon from 26th to 28th September 2017.

IFAT India is India’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling. It brings together and inspires solution providers, practitioners and decision-makers to share knowledge and experience that pertains to proven and innovative environmental technologies. It will bring industry professionals from all over the globe under one roof.
IFAT India 2017 is a three- day trade show which is expecting over 170 participants from 18 countries. Among them are market leaders like L&T, Thermax, Ion Exchange, Ramky, Aqseptance Group, Endress+Hauser, Excel, Kirloskar Brothers, Kishor Pumps, Tata Projects, Wilo, Siemens, Lanxess, Astral Poly, Xylem, CRI Pumps, LG Chem, Wipro Water and many more. The 2017 edition will also feature country pavilions from China, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The trade fair will witness technical presentations, panel discussions and tutorials, where industry experts – both from India and overseas –will share their knowledge with the audience at the Innovation Exchange. There will also be a dedicated area for training, live demonstrations, product presentations and skills contests, running parallel to the show. The aim of the Active Learning Center is to promote talent and combat the shortage of skilled workers in the Indian environmental sector.

On the announcement of IFAT India 2017, Mr. Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe Muenchen India, said, “We are looking forward to this edition of IFAT as it provides the largest platform where innovative technologies catering to the Indian environmental issues can be showcased and solutions to issues related to environment, waste, and sewage recycling can be discussed with industry experts and key players. We also provide a great opportunity to connect with the market players and understand the needs of local buyers that are associated with the industry. Here the participants can meet policy makers and industry experts under one roof. In this edition, we will be focusing on issues related to air pollution through several panel discussions. I am also glad to announce 2017 edition of the IFAT India is completely sold out with the overwhelming response from across the globe.”

The trade show will also provide an opportunity to industry experts, policy makers and business leaders to discuss regional strategies on numerous environmental challenges and seek solutions through formal interactions.
Along with the trade exhibition IFAT INDIA with its partners will concurrently organize multiple interactive programs, to name a few – Air Quality Management Workshop by SDG (Sustainable Development Goals Foundation); Workshop on entrepreneurship in waste management by ISWA (International Solid Waste Association); Biogas Panel by GIZ, German Biogas Association and Indian Biogas Association; Water Skills Competition by Skill Council for Green Jobs, GIZ and DWA.

IFAT INDIA will also host an Environmental Technologies Conference in association with TERI, which will focus on issues related to Air Pollution, Solid Waste Management and Urban Water Management in the context of Sustainable Development. This edition will also witness a new initiative Business to Government Forum that will provide states an ideal platform to announce new projects, to find matching solutions for new tenders and to inform participants about the latest policies in the environmental sector.

More information on the trade fair as well as the supporting program is available online at www.ifat-india.com.

8th Krackerjack Karnival concludes with an overwhelming response from Gurugram

Families turn up in large numbers to “Shop, Play and Learn” at India’s biggest kids and family festival

Krackerjack Karnival witnessed over 15,000 footfalls at its 8th incredible edition
Fantastic shopping from over 100+ brands like Nickelodeon, Scholastic, Green Gold Animation, Geomag Toys, Kidzania, Giani icecream, Cornitos, Pepper Tap, T-series, Mother’s Pride, Cremica, Brainobrain Kids Academy to name a few
The Krackerjack stage featured enthralling performances including Yoga, Aerobics, Ballet , Zumba and Hula Hoop throughout the show
Kids “meet and greet” with their favourite characters Shiva & Motu – Patlu from Nickelodeon , Chhota Bheem & Gang , Chamki from Galli Galli Sim Sim
Informative yet fun workshops on science, aeromodelling, junk jugaad, robotics and pottery etc.
Exciting activities like Safe archery, Jockey rides, Segway, Bull ride, Bungee trampoline etc. kept the children engrossed and entertained

After an incredible three days India’s biggest kids and family festival, Krackerjack Karnival came to an end with 15,000+ visitors from across Gurugram and Delhi attending the festival. The three day festival was held during 15th April, 2016 till 17th April, 2016 at Apparel house, Epicenter, Gurugram.

Credited for introducing the world of edutainment to India, Krackerjack Karnival is planned and executed by Exhibitions India Group, India’s leading trade events organizing company. Over the years, Krackerjack Karnival has become one of the most beloved kids and family festival in Delhi/NCR.

A regular visitor at the festival Sabina Rodrick, HR professional and a young mother shared her experience, “I am a dedicated follower of krackerjack karnivak for the last three years be it Delhi or Gurgaon, I make it a point to attend the festival along with my son. You have to experience it to believe it.”

Staying true to its theme of Shop. Play. Learn; 8th Krackerjack Karnival featured spectacular elements like educative zones, innovative workshops, thrilling rides, adventure activities and delightful performances in a carnival like ambience. It is also a one of kind shopping platform where consumers can access some of most interesting and novel brands available in the industry.

Commenting on MyKidopedia’s association with 8th Krackerjack Karnival as “Online Child Care Partner”, Himanshu Sirodhi, Co-founder of the brand, said, “We have been associated with various kid’s carnivals in the past but none comes close to Krackerjack Karnival. The sheer traction we get in the event is huge. This is the second term we are partnering with Krackerjack Karnival and look forward to do so in the years to come’’.

Participating second time in a row at the Krackerjack Karnival, Sunil Tulsiani, Head – Marketing & Strategy, Unistraw, said, “’Sipahh’, chose to associate with Krackerjack Karnival for the first time in Feb’16 in Bengaluru – and we were completely blown away by the response. The Krackerjack team not only did a phenomenal job in putting the event together and drawing in the right audience but also went the extra mile to help brands with any last minute logistical or operational requirements. The event proved extremely successful in helping us engage and interact with the right target audience. We are glad to participate again with Krackerjack Karnival, the response on the first day of the expo in Gurgaon has been phenomenal. Parents are finding the product very interesting.” “Sipahh”, one of the brands under the umbrella of Unistraw showcased its latest milk flavoured straws at the festival.

Chandrika Behl, Project Director, Exhibitions India Group the curator of Krackerjack Karnival shared, ‘’Gurgaon has always been exciting for us, the festival is growing bigger with each edition and so is the visitor turnaround. It is our endeavor to provide families with an exciting forum which provides wholesome entertainment along with learning for kids, fantastic shopping and a great environment for families to spend quality time together.”

Krackerjack Karnival is a PAN India kids and family festival with multiple editions being hosted in other parts of the country like, Delhi, Gurugram and Bangalore.

360Ride Announces ‘Doctor on-Wheels’ on World Health Day to the Villages around Bengaluru, Delhi & NCR

The Campaign will strive to Educate the villages on‘Health & Hygiene’

360Ride, a Bengaluru-based start-up that offers a ride-sharing platform for personal vehicle owners, today announced the launch of ‘Doctor on-Wheels’ campaign, to promote health and hygiene practices in villages around Bangalore, Delhi & NCR.

The Doctor On-Wheels campaign will reach out to possible villages like Nelanmangala, Hosakote and Anekal around Bangalore; and Narela, Alipur and Najafgarh around Delhi & NCR. The campaign will use the services of doctors registered on the 360Ride sharing platform.

360Ride will organize a day long Free Health Check-up & a Knowledge Sharing Session on benefits of Healthy Hygiene Practices. A local school will be identified, which will be used as a venue for the campaign. The first hundred registered people from these villages will be given a free hand wash to encourage them to follow the healthy hygiene practices conveyed during the session.The Knowledge Sharing Sessions will be handled by trained registered doctors. The initiative will be implemented during the month of May 16 – May 22, 2016.

According to World Bank, India loses Rs. 24,000 cr.annually due to lack of hygiene.The cost of treatment for diseases due to poor hygiene was estimated at over Rs 17,000 crore.Worldwide, millions of people are infected with neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), many of which are water or hygiene-related, such as Guinea Worm Disease, Buruli Ulcer, Trachoma, and Schistosomiasis. These diseases are most often found in places with unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation, and insufficient hygiene practices.

Speaking about the campaign Lokesh Bevara, CEO and Co-founder, 360Ride said, “We are excited to announce ‘Doctor on-wheels’ Campaign from 360Ride on World Health Day to bring about hygiene and health awareness messages to the nearby villages of Bengaluru, Delhi & NCR. We will strive to reach out and educate over 4000 people in these areas. The idea is to make each one of them understand healthy hygiene practices.”

Debina Rakshit to perform in consecutive drama “Toye” in Delhi

Theater artist Debina Rakshit will perform consecutive drama “Toye” in Delhi. The play is about different kinds of hungers, from the hunger for power to a hunger for love to a hunger for redemption. I was interested in looking at this hunger in the bodies of the actors, how such an obsession travels in the blood. As an organism. Agni aur Varsha is set in the backdrop of the drought and a seven-year fire sacrifice that is aimed at pleasing the gods to end the drought. The play begins with a family feud, where Yavakri, consumed with love for Vishakha, his childhood sweetheart and wife of his arch rival, sets out to destroy her entire family.

His ambition and thirst for power is met with equal force and violence by Pravasu, Vishakha’s husband and his uncle. As these opposing worlds collide, they bring forth a diabolic energy that engulfs everything in its path. At the end, it is the sacrifice of two innocent lovers, Arvasu and Nittlai, that restores order, convincing the gods to send rain. Toye will be presented at Studio Safdar on February 20 and 21, Ambedkar University on February 22, Kirori Mal College on February 24th, Shiv Nadar University on February 25, Akshara Theatre on February 27 and Gati Dance Collective on February 28 -.

The play is directed by Mumbai-based Jyoti Dogra tells an epic story using the most rudimentary element of theatre — the actor’s body — in the play, Toye.

Debina hails from the small town of north eastern part of India and endeavoring to achieve excellence in the field of theater and drama.

Speaking during the session Debina Said “Through this play we wanted to highlight the different kinds of human psychology. Some people hunger for power to a hunger for love to a hunger for redemption. I hope that people will love and appreciate our effort and will try to address our message. We worked with precise physical techniques, that helped the actors access body memory, allowing them to make contact with the rich and vast store of personal stories and images.”

The work process for Toye has been inspired by and based on the actor’s processes in the Grotowski Tradition. While the approach of the work was physical in nature, the focus of the work was not body movement or flexibility. The focus lay in each actor accessing his or her individual inner resource which opens the self to a flow of images and associations and their response and shaping of these lost memories and images which became the material for each individual actor to create his own performance work.

Treebo expands its operations to Pune and Kolkata

Treebo, a Bangalore based tech-enabled chain of reliable hotels today announced the launch of its operations in Pune and Kolkata. The startup will initially launch one property each in these cities, thereby extending their presence to 52 hotels in 11 cities. With Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad already covered, the company has now established presence in all major metros in India.

Commenting on this expansion, Sidharth Gupta, co-founder of Treebo said, “Expanding into Pune and Kolkata is a significant milestone for us as these are important travel destinations for both business and leisure traveller. They will also act as hubs for us to extend our presence to the tier 2 and tier 3 cities in the western and eastern regions of the country.”

Treebo works with standalone hotels to help them improve their quality standards and capture a higher market share. The company markets these properties under its brand name and has exclusive rights to market the full inventory of the hotel. It uses technology to maintain a constant oversight and control on the quality of service offered by the hotel.

“We have been pioneering a host of new industry initiatives including a mobile app for our operations team to conduct daily quality audits, a crowdsourcing platform to receive independent feedback, a robust ecosystem of service providers for WIFI, breakfast and laundry. These mechanisms help us maintain high quality standards even as we expand rapidly, ” said Gupta.

The company said it will continue its expansion in new and existing territories reaching a network of 10,000 rooms in 20 cities by the end of 2016.

Vodafone Rolls Out 4g-Ready Sims In Delhi NCR

Customers can get a FREE upgrade to 4G SIMs at Vodafone stores across Delhi &NCR

Commercial Services on 4G to be launched soon

Free 1GB Internet offer on upgrade to 4G – ready SIMs

As Vodafone India enters the final stages of bringing the World’s largest 4G network to the country’s capital, it announced today, the availability of 4G SIMs for its customers at all of its Vodafone stores located at prominent locations across Delhi & NCR. Customers who are upgrading to 4G-Ready SIMs will be rewarded with free 1GB 4G internet, at the time of launch. All they need to do is send a short SMS “GO4G” to 199.

To avail 4G services, customers will need to have a 4G-enabled handset and a new 4G-Ready SIM card. To ensure a smooth and seamless exchange of 4G-ready SIMs, these are being made available in advance of the commercial launch of Vodafone’s 4G services in Delhi & NCR. A formal announcement regarding the launch, which is expected soon, will be made in due course.

Customers can walk in to any nearby Vodafone store and get their 4G-ready SIM with a hassle -free exchange process- free of cost. (Refer Annexure). With the new 4G-ready SIM, they will continue to enjoy uninterrupted mobile internet experience as per their existing plans and will be automatically upgraded to 4G as soon as the services are launched commercially,provided they have 4G-enabled handset.

Announcing this, Apoorva Mehrotra, Business Head–Delhi & NCR, Vodafone India, said, “Before we step into the next generation of telecommunications, we want to make the transition to 4G to be smooth and seamless for our 10 million customers in Delhi & NCR. We want them to be 4G-ready so that they can start experiencing the benefits of high speed mobile internet services as soon as they are launched commercially. Hence, this facility to upgrade to 4G-ready SIMs in advance. We are excited and fully geared up to launch our 4G services on the superior 1800 MHz band in Delhi & NCR very soon.”

Vodafone has successfully tested its 4G services on its robust network infrastructure to support the expected volumes and speed requirements of its customers. In the past few months, Vodafone has invested significantly in modernizing its existing network, incorporating the latest advances in technology to provide seamless network connectivity.

Vodafone is also making arrangements of home delivery of 4G-ready SIMs for its premium high-value customers in Delhi & NCR. A formal communication is being sent out to all these customers with details of the initiative

Vodafone has already launched its high speed 4G services in Kerala and Mysuru in Karnataka. The 4G roll-out will continue to major metros like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, to be launched by March 2016.

Media contact information
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4G- ready SIM exchange process:

Customers can switch to a 4G-ready SIM following these easy steps

1. Walk in to any nearby Vodafone Store and place your request for 4G-Ready SIM
2. After proper identification process & 4G enabled handset compatibility check, you will receive the new 4G-SIM card.
3. To activate the card, use your existing Vodafone number to SMS ‘SIMEX ’ to 55199 (this number will be available on the new SIM card/jacket given to you)
4. You will receive a response SMS from 55199 with partial SIM number entered
5. Please send the last 6 digits of the new SIM number to 55199 within 2 hours of receiving the SMS mentioned in the above step
6. You will receive a success SMS, post which your 4G-Ready SIM will be activated within 5-10 minutes.
7. Subsequently, replace your old SIM in the handset with the new 4G-Ready SIM and continue to enjoy uninterrupted Vodafone services.
8. You will enjoy benefits of high speed 4G services as soon as they are launched commercially.

In case customers face any issues with the SIMEX process, they can call 199 or seek assistance from our staff at any Vodafone retail store.

Hero Cycles Launches Innovative Campaign to Promote Cycling to Work; Supports Delhi’s Car Rationing Experiment

Hero Cycles ties up with Radio Mirchi for an innovative campaign to complement the odd-even strategy

Odd even car rule needs to be backed up by long-term plans to encourage people to use eco-friendly transport systems

As Delhiites become part of India’s first experiment at car rationing to combat air pollution, the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer Hero Cycles has launched an aggressive social campaign to promote the idea of cycling to work as an environment and health friendly initiative for the city.

Hero Cycles has tied up with Radio Mirchi to send out a strong impactful message cutting across masses urging them to get up and ride cycle to make Delhi a beautiful city to live in. The idea is to make cycling a movement among Delhi’s residents who are reeling under the impact of choking air and traffic.

Additionally, the company is also initiating social awareness measures to promote the idea of cycling to work among the people of Delhi. These initiatives will include strong messaging through social media that will discuss the health and environmental benefits if a large section of the city’s populace turns to cycling as a means of daily transport.

As a part of this initiative, ‘HERO CYCLISTS’ will ride all around Delhi catching people’s eyeballs and promoting cycling. They will ride around some of Delhi’s busiest areas on bicycles and start a conversation with people about the need to adopt eco-friendly cycles as a mode of transport.

The adorable cycle bell or ‘ghanti’ has become the symbol of this campaign titled #Dillikighanti on social media. Under this campaign, volunteers will distribute as many as 15000 ‘ghantis’ at high footfall areas in Delhi NCR including Connaught Place, Rajouri Garden, Sarojini Nagar Market, Metro stations etc to encourage the idea of rising bicycles among the residents of the capital.

“We wholeheartedly support Delhi’s car rationing experiment and believe such measures need to be adopted on a long term basis if we want to ensure healthy life for our children. Apart from improving public transport system, it is equally important to develop safe cycling zones to encourage residents of the city to cycle to work, especially if they live at a distance of less than 10 kms from their work place. It was encouraging to see Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister cycle to work. We need to make cycling a national culture much like many European cities have done,” says Mr Pankaj Munjal, Chairman and Managing Director, Hero Cycles.

Mr Munjal, who has for several years actively campaigned for India’s cities to be made more bicycle friendly says raising social awareness among people and increasing the acceptability of cycling among the urban elite (who normally use plush cars) is an important social initiative. However, he agrees that this needs to be supported by transport and urban development policies that make roads safer and convenient for bicyclists.

Be it Barcelona, Ottawa, Paris, Perth and to some extent Beijing, a number of modern cities have been designed to suit the needs of cyclists as much as those of four wheeler users, resulting in a major chunk of their populations riding cycles on the roads.

In Amsterdam, the capital city of Netherlands, cycling culture is so rampant that almost 40 per cent of the city’s traffic moves on bicycles. In Berlin as many as 4 lakh people cycle to work each day. In Copenhagen, almost a third of the workforce take a bike ride to office.

Despite the fact that India still falls in the lower income bracket of countries where it is possible for more people to afford a bicycle than a car, our choc a bloc cities are adding thousands of four wheelers every day. This new campaign aims to change the social consciousness about cycling.

Hero Cycles, the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer, registered a phenomenal sale of over 6 lakh units in December, making it the highest one month sale in the history of the bicycle industry by any cycle company in India.

Jabong’s ‘Happy New You’ Sale goes live on Jan 8

Campaign aims to encourage people to leave the old, and step out anew

When retailers across India are talking about end-of-season sales, India’s leading online fashion etailer Jabong is all set to launch its ‘Happy New You’ campaign from January 8. On offer is a minimum 40% discount on over two lakh products and up to 60% off on international brands, winter wear, ethnic wear, denims, and sportswear.

Talking about the ‘Happy New You’ sale, Mr. Sanjeev Mohanty, CEO and MD of Jabong, says, “Jabong is at the vanguard of online fashion in India. As we continue to move towards the path of profitability, this is our way of rewarding our loyal customers with the opportunity to try new fashion trends and be a ‘Happy New You’ this year.”

Jabong is offering major discounts on brands such as Topshop and Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Missguided, Sangria, Levis, Arrow, NIKE, Jaipur Kurtis, ADIDAS, UCB and BIBA.

The ‘Happy New You’ sale will see a 360-degree integrated marketing campaign with radio, TVC and OOH slated to go live on Jan 7 onwards. Outdoor promotions will target cities of Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Kochi & Pune. They will include a mix of high impact properties such as hoardings in prime locations as well as high frequency properties across key retail and commercial hubs in these cities.

“Jabong has been turning heads by registering massive numbers due to the multitude of sale campaigns that we have launched over past few months. We expect a huge surge in the numbers with the Happy New You Sale,” Mr. Mohanty adds.

Last month, Jabong launched its ‘Party Store Shop-in –Shop’ along with the recently-concluded ‘Super Weekend’ and ‘Jabong Anniversary’ sales. Jabong was ranked as the leading fashion retailer among India’s most trusted ecommerce brands in 2015 in one of India’s leading business dailies.

Satin Creditcare Network Limited (SCNL) Receives Approval for Listing of Shares on BSE

Satin Creditcare Network Limited (SCNL), one of the leading microfinance institutions in India, has received permission for listing of its equity shares on the BSE. SCNL was incorporated in 1990 and was listed on the Delhi, Jaipur and Ludhiana stock exchanges in 1996 through an IPO. SCNL is also listed on The Calcutta Stock Exchange (CSE) and got listed on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) on August 26, 2015.

The BSE has confirmed that the 2,90,81,361 equity shares of SCNL are listed on BSE and admitted to dealings on the Exchange with effect from October 20, 2015.

SCNL is a non-deposit taking NBFC-MFI serving over 14 Lakh clients throughout the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Jammu, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand and has recently launched operations in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh. Currently, SCNL has 5 foreign investors – ShoreCap, Danish Microfinance Partners K/S, Microvest, Norwegian Microfinance Initiative Fund and SBI FMO Emerging Asia Financial Sector Fund Pte. Ltd. – who jointly hold 48.98 per cent stake in the company.

SCNL disbursed microloans worth INR 2,366 Crores to 10.55 Lakh micro-entrepreneurs in FY 2014-15.

Speaking on the listing approval, Mr. H P Singh, Chairman cum Managing Director, Satin Creditcare Network Limited, said, “We are excited about being listed on the BSE as this would allow us to accelerate our growth plans by raising further capital and invest towards business expansion. We are thankful to our investors and our large customer base for supporting us through this journey and look forward to growing with them.”

Domino’s Pizza Celebrates Navratri with an all-Vegetarian Menu

“164 Domino’s Pizza restaurants across the country to serve 100% vegetarian food during Navratri”

Underlining its undying commitment to offer its consumer greater choice and freedom, India’s largest Pizza delivery chain, Domino’s Pizza, today announced a special treat for pizza lovers for the on-going Navratri season. The country’s most loved Pizza brand announced serving 100% Vegetarian menu across selected 164 of its restaurants in India.

Customizing the menu to suit the consumers’ preferences during Navratras, select Domino’s Pizza restaurants across Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh will offer a 100% Vegetarian menu to give consumers the freedom to enjoy their pizzas without any inhibitions .The restaurants have been selected based on the profile of consumers in the catchment areas of that restaurant.

Announcing the initiative, Mr. Ajay Kaul, Chief Executive Officer, Jubilant FoodWorks Limited, said,“Navratras mark the beginning of the festive and feasting season in India and we thought that it would only be fitting that consumers had greater options and freedom to enjoy their favourite food with their families during Navratras.However, we have observed over time that some consumers postpone their eating out plans during the Navratras following certain traditional beliefs. We understand and respect their values and this small initiative of ours is aimed at giving them the freedom to satiate their taste buds while fully adhering to their customs and beliefs.”

“We hope that the 100% Vegetarian menu at the se selected restaurants, will allow more families to enjoy the festival season in its true spirit,” he added.

As part of this industry-first initiative by any pizza chain, these 164 restaurants will serve fully vegetarian menu from the 13th of October to 21st of October, 2015. Consumers can now dine-in at these restaurants or place an order for the 100% Vegetarian menu through mobile app, online and over phone.