Isuzu Motors India strengthens its sales and service offering in Bengaluru

Opens a new 3S (Sales, Service & Spares) facility of ‘Trident ISUZU’

Launched the new mu-X SUV and range of D-MAX Pick-ups

05 December, 2018, Bengaluru: Isuzu Motors India, in an effort to enhance the sales and service experience of its customers in Bengaluru, has inaugurated a new 3S (Sales, Service and Spares) facility of ‘Trident ISUZU’, today. Spread over an area of 11,000 sq.ft., the new outlet is located on Hosur Main Road near Silk Board with a contemporary lifestyle showroom, workshop with 9 service bays and a dedicated paint-booth. The new outlet will offer a much better and enhanced customer experience and add thrust to ISUZU’s presence in Bengaluru.

ISUZU launched the new mu-X, a premium 7-seater full-size family SUV and the renowned D-MAX range of pick-ups, marking the start of sale from this new outlet. The inauguration event was presided by the top management of Isuzu Motors India and Trident Automobiles.

Speaking at the inauguration, Mr. Ken Takashima, Deputy Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India, said, “Bengaluru, known as the silicon valley of India, continues to be one of the key growth cities for ISUZU in the country. The city’s start-up ecosystem is growing at a rapid pace with many young people taking up jobs here in the city. The recent boom in the e-commerce business has paved the way for efficient hub-and-spoke transportation. The world-renowned D-MAX pick-ups are adding immense ‘value’ to our customers across various business. The city is also home for many auto-enthusiasts who appreciate the reliability and versatility of ISUZU’ lifestyle vehicles. Today, with this new facility of Trident, we are well placed to address the growing needs of customers in the region and I wish Trident the best in their journey with us.”

Mr. Samir Choudhary, Director, Trident Automobilessaid, “We have been associated with ISUZU for 5 years now and we are witnessing a significant potential for the D-MAX pick-up range and mu-X SUV in the city. The need for exciting and efficient utility vehicles in Bengaluru and nearby districts are increasing significantly and we will continue to leverage the product capabilities to ensure our customers are offered the right product and appropriate service.”

Trident Automobiles has been in the automobile retail business for 20 years with rich experience in the passenger car segment. With significant presence in Bengaluru, the company has won numerous accolades for its outstanding sales and service delivery.

– K R BALAJI

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International Blockchain Congress launches India’s biggest blockchain initiative – Genesis Hack

With India’s Blockchain initiatives scaling-up, the need for blockchain-ready developers is growing, Genesis Hack 2019 will change this by congregating over 65k developers from all over India.” – Raghu Mohan, CEO of IBC Media

Bengaluru- 21st, Nov-2018: IBC media, the creators of the International Blockchain Congress announced the launch of Genesis hack – the world’s biggest blockchain hackathon – at the 10K NASSCOM Start-up Warehouse in Bengaluru. Genesis Hack aims to promote and grow the number of blockchain developers in India. With over 6 million trained software developers, India has the potential to be a blockchain powerhouse, and the developer community plays a privotal role.

The launch event of Genesis Hack saw several prominent blockchain industry personali-ties like Abhishek Pitti, CEO of Nucleus Vision, Amit Kanodia, CEO, Hostand Abhinav Ramesh, CEO of Murmur, among others. Other attendees at the event included develop-ers and participants who came to witness and support the launch of the biggest block-chain hackathon in the world. Genesis Hack is co-hosted and supported by leading industry experts who share the vision of seeing India become one of the biggest block-chain centres in the world – Nucleus Vision, XDAT, Host, Nasscom 10k startups, Spring-role, Murmur and Eleven01.

An Introduction to Genesis Hack and Why India Needs it

Genesis Hack is a blockchain hackathon that aims to propagate blockchain technology in India.. With the growing need for blockchain talent in India, Genesis Hack aims to bring together over 65k developers to compete against each other for a cash prize of over Rs 1 Crore. The participants will be tested through three major tracks that involve building a blockchain protocol, dApps, and building security solutions for blockchain infrastruc-tures. However, the cash prize is not the only incentive; the participants will also be exposed to India’s entire developer community as blockchain-ready.

The hackathon will soon open registrations for its participants and provide them with ample time and mentorship to build their projects. As its name suggests, Genesis Hack is going to set the precedent for the blockchain revolution in India by nurturing and chal-lenging a potent developer community.

The present state of affairs in India is favouring the adoption of blockchain technology at industrial and government capacities. However, the lack of blockchain developers will set back the intended progress that needs to be made in order to make India block-chain-ready. “There are several use cases for blockchain technology across several industries,” commented Abhishek Pitti, CEO of Nucleus Vision. “But to scale up, we need engineering talent to build and maintain blockchain infrastructures. An event like Gene-sis Hackathon can help promote the need for more blockchain developers,” he added.

Additionally, there are very few blockchain hackathons that give engineers, blockchain enthusiasts and developers the means to contribute to the industry and get inducted into this small, up-and-coming developer community in India. Presently, India has about 6 million engineers who are capable of delivering a solid throughput for the blockchain industry. “As a large-scale event that brings together developers from all over India, Genesis Hack will set the precedent to enable India to solve the biggest blockchain problems in the world with a well-equipped workforce,” said Rama Iyer, President of Elev-en01.

– K R BALAJI

Arogya World urges employers ‘to do more’ to tackle mental health issues of employees at the Workplace

16 November 2018, Bangalore – Arogya World India Trust, a non-profit organisation, today urged employers to recognise and address mental health issues of employees at the workplace. It stressed the need for companies in India to commit to doing more to help their workforces cope with mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression and other mental disorders.

India is a young country with two -thirds of the population less than 35 years old. Currently in the age group of 18- 35, the third leading cause of death is suicide. 4 out of 10 professionals suffer from depression or anxiety. The rate of anxiety and depression has increased by 45- 50% in the last 8 years.

Various studies have proven that mental health issues have a substantial impact not only on the health of individuals but on productivity of the organisation as well. Unfortunately, stigma surrounding mental health, along with fear of being viewed differently, or even losing their job are reasons why employees don’t talk about stress or anxiety at the workplace. And with people spending longer hours at work it is the employer’s responsibility to more. Arogya also stressed the need for top management to implement interventions such as confidential counselling, stress reduction interventions and employee assistance programs to help employees overcome mental health issues.

Present during the event, Nalini Saligram, Founder & CEO, Arogya World, said, “We encourage companies in India to come up with supportive HR policies and ways to encourage employees to speak up and seek treatment. The health of your workforce and of your company demands this. Nothing less than the future and competiveness of India is at stake.”

Arogya also recognised 15 progressive companies as Healthy Workplaces for 2018 and felicitated them during a ceremony on November 14, 2018. These companies were recognized for their emphasis on chronic disease prevention in the workplace setting. On November 15 there was a session on Mental Health in the workplace, to highlight the seriousness of the issue and encourage companies to tackle mental health at the workplace.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Pratima Murthy Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Chief De-addiction Services – NIMHANS said, “The employees today suffer from various mental conditions like depression, anxiety and too much stress. Not only is this affecting their professional lives, but also their personal lives. I commend the efforts of Arogya World India Trust for taking up this issue. It is time employers take it seriously and work to improve mental health of their workforce. After all there is no health without mental health”

Ms. Sunita Cherian, Senior Vice President – Corporate Human Resources, Wipro Limited, was also present for the event, she said, “Mental well-being is a serious but under-recognized health issue. This assumes relevance for India’s young population among whom depression and suicide are unfortunately on the rise. Wipro recognizes the importance of mental well-being and the gravity of the situation. Our efforts at inclusion extend to creating a workplace environment  that is devoid of stigma and is sensitive to mental health, where employees can seek timely and appropriate help. We promote this through our people policies that make counselling and care accessible to our employees.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAHARI.K.B

1MG – Lido Mall lights up lives with eco-friendly Diwali and free eye surgery

Bangalore, 31 October 2018: Ensuring celebrations last for a lifetime, 1MG-Lido Mall is spreading awareness on eco-friendly Diwali and ensuring public health and safety with a strong message on no-noise and no-pollution this Diwali 2018.

Come and join the celebration on Friday, 2nd November from 5:30 to 6:30pm at 1MG Mall where all visitors will be handed out eco-friendly diya and will light lamps together. Shortly after the lamp lighting ceremony, sweets will be distributed to all mall visitors.
With the objective to ensure an environmentally safe Diwali, the Mall in partnership with Narayana Nethralaya hospital will be offering a free surgery to anyone who has lost their eye sight on account of lighting Diwali crackers. The free eye surgery will be conducted by Dr. K. Bhujang Shetty, Founder Chairman & MD Narayana Nethralaya to anyone who has lost their eyes on account of lighting fire crackers during the Diwali season.

In an attempt to raise awareness on eye donation, 1MG – Lido Mall is encouraging more visitors to sign in and take the pledge on a no-pollution and no-noise eco friendly Diwali moving forward. An eye donation campaign will also be conducted for all those who are keen to donate their eyes. The eye donation is considered an act of charity, purely for the benefit of the society and is totally voluntary.

– LAHARI.K.B.

Fortis La Femme celebrates First Anniversary of Amaara The First Public Medical Milk Bank in Bengaluru

  • Over the last year Amaara has successfully collected 307375 ML milk from 70 donor mothers
  • The milk has been delivered to 176 vulnerable new born babies across 31 hospitals in Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • In India prematurity and low birth weight are the biggest contributors of neonatal/infant mortality
  • Recent government surveys show prematurity is one of the 10 most common causes of mortality in all age groups

 

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Bengaluru, 30th October 2018: Fortis La Femme (hospital for women & children), Richmond Road in association with the Breast Milk Foundation (BMF), a non-profit organization within the GNS Foundation, today celebrated the first Anniversary of Bengaluru’s first public Human Milk Bank, ‘’Amaara’’. The centre recognizes that breast milk is the best nutritional food source for infants and should be available to babies deprived of mother’s milk.

Amaara is an initiative in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) Millennium Development Goals of reducing Infant Mortality rate. The WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recommend that the best feed for a baby who cannot be breastfed, is milk expressed from own mother or from another healthy mother.

‘’Fortis La Femme, Bengaluru unit is overwhelmed with the successful 1 year completion of Amaara Human Milk Bank after Delhi. The hospital has pioneered a collection system in which a mother can express the milk in the comfort of her home, a carrier from the bank will collect the milk in specialized freezer boxes and transport it to the bank to be sent to a premature baby whenever needed. Amaara strengthens our promise to be a globally respected woman and child care provider known for exemplary clinical & holistic wellness care’’ Mr. Srikant Subudhi, Facility Director- Fortis La Femme, Bengaluru, said.

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Dr Ankit Srivastava, Founder- Breast Milk Foundation,said  “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Donor  Mothers  who have donated their precious breast milk to the bank and  we are delighted to see Amaara prosper and do a commendable service in helping families in need in Bengaluru. The milk bank is definitely making progress in a year, and we are trying to raise more awareness on mother’s milk and promote it through various channels. We hope to open more such branches extending the love and care of Amaara in the near future

Dr. Raghuram Mallaiah, Director Neonatology, Fortis La Femme & Co-Founder Amaara said, ‘In India prematurity and low birth weight are the biggest contributors of neonatal/infant mortality.  According to recent government surveys prematurity is one of the 10 most common causes of mortality in all age groups. Donor human milk goes a long way in helping save these very vulnerable babies in our society and there by decrease infant mortality’’.

Dr. Sreenath Manikanti, Head Neonatology, Fortis La Femme Bengaluru said, ‘’ For long Bengaluru needed a Public Human Milk Bank to serve many premature babies born in & around the city. Response to Amaara in Bengaluru has been emphatic.  Bengaluru mothers came forward selflessly to donate their excess breast milk to help other babies in need. NNF Karnataka & many of my fellow Neonatologists across the city supported this initiative from Fortis La Femme & started using our Pasteurised Donor Breast Milk for the vulnerable preterm babies in their respective NICUs. So far 31 hospitals have been using our services and 176 preterm babies have been benefited. Demand is steadily growing. Many times we feel bad to refuse requests because of short of breast milk. I request the media to spread the word & motivate many more lactating mothers to come forward to donate any excess breast milk to help these vulnerable premies “.

Dr Suman, Donor Mother on Donating milk said, ‘’ I am a paediatrician and knowing how important Mother’s milk is to the baby made me realise that when I have excess milk I did not want to waste it. I had seen many mothers unable to feed their babies , so when I thought about it I felt that donating my milk will save babies ,which is better way to say that I too care about kids other than to just treat them when they are ill. I wish I could inspire more mothers like me to come forward to donate the liquid gold for the babies in need. I wish milk banks like Amaara can start their services in other cities too’’.

Ms Shwetha Kamath, Recipient Mother on receiving the milk said, “ My babies were premature, triplets delivered at 31 weeks and weighed 1.5 kgs each. I did not have enough breast milk to feed them all and was worried about their nutrition. Amaara milk bank was the God sent angel for me and my babies. They were in NICU for 3 weeks and by the time they were discharged they were healthy enough with the nutrition from donor milk.”

The milk bank’s first Anniversary was supported by the donor and recipients mothers invited by the hospital to salute their willingness of donating milk and saving 176 precious lives along with Ms Spoorthi Vishwas, Actor, Founder & Director Karnataka Women Achievers Awards.

 

 

 

 

 

LAHARI.K.B.

Hebron Avenue, Affordable Luxury Homes in the heart of Bengaluru Under PMAY Scheme

Bangalore: October 4th, 2018: Hebron Properties has launched its flagship affordable luxury homes in the heart of Bengaluru called Hebron Avenue that becomes a part of Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY), a central government’s scheme to provide housing for all by 2022.

Hebron Avenue offers homes at a competitive price as its Hebron’s vision to provide comfortable houses with all amenities. Hebron Avenue is designed to provide an aesthetically looking home close enough to the pulse of the city yet far from the bustle.

Preenand Premachandran, Director & CEO, Hebron Properties, said, “It is a scenario of radical change in the real estate growth and buying a house within the city limits at an affordable cost is a farfetched dream. We have always envisioned providing a residential project for entry level employees with an age group around 25 years. This dream like vision is being sculpted into reality at Hebron Avenue, an apartment project.”

Affordable Luxury

Within the city limits, it is difficult to own a house at an affordable price. In such a scenario, Hebron Avenue offers houses, starting at Rs. 29.99 lakhs. This BDA approved project houses 448 apartments each with 850 sq.ft. built-up area spanned across over 4.08 acres of landscaped greens.

Vineeth Nair, Director & Vice President, Hebron Properties said, “Our approach is to offer all the amenities at affordable price without compromising on construction technology and hence, Hebron Avenue fits in affordable luxury segment.” Every member of buyer’s family can delight in the amenities offered by Hebron at Avenue that includes club house, swimming pool, badminton court, multipurpose playground, multipurpose community hall, cricket pitch, tennis court and gym. It is also ensured that green environs envelop the apartment.

Flourishing Realty at TC Palya

Hebron Avenue is located in TC Palya, a place always in the upper limit of real estate value. Today, the heart of the garden city is shifting towards the East; Whitefield is the new happening place where commerce blends with recreation. Hebron Avenue is strategically located just a short drive from the nerve-centre. Hebron Avenue is located in a rapidly growing TC (Thambu Chetty) Palya, off Ramamurthy Nagar. It is a short drive down Old madras road in Bangalore. The social infrastructure in this region is much advanced with an access to educational institutions and shopping places around. Over two decades, TC Palya has witnessed a massive transformation. It is now a cosmopolitan neighborhood, with mainly IT professionals looking for flats in TC Palya. This location has an excellent connectivity to IT hubs and social infrastructure. There are some of the leading educational institutions such as the Cambridge School and Garden City College making it for the right realty choice.

Located in an Evolving Infrastructure

Hebron Avenue’s proximity to KR Puram’s Hanging Bridge is just 4km by which residents of the property can get easy access to the city. An east–west corridor, which is 19.7 kilometres in length from KR Puram to Goraguntepalya, has been proposed, it is a promising improvement to ease current traffic conditions. Kempegowda International Airport is just 37km away from TC Palya. The nearest Namma Metro is 4km away at Byappanahalli.

The Ease of Buying Under PMAY Scheme

For buyers buying a home in Hebron Avenue, the four criteria mentioned under PMAY scheme are mandatory such as beneficiary’s maximum age to be 70 years, annual income must be between Rs. 3 Lakh and Rs. 6 lakh for (LIG) since Feb 2017, beneficiary should not have an own dwelling unit on the name of any family member in any part of India and an adult female membership is mandatory in the property ownership. “If all the criteria are met, the buyer can avail a subsidy of upto Rs. 2.67 lakh. Since Hebron Avenue is a part of PMAY scheme, the buyer can avail Rs. 2.67 lakhs as a subsidy,” said Shobha P, Senior Manager & ASM-Mortgages, Axis Bank.

– LAHARI.K.B.

1MG – Lido Mall attempts to break the Limca Book of Records with a 50-foot-long sandwich this Saturday

Representatives from 30+ countries to be present,

Bengaluru, September 18, 2018: As part of the ongoing month-long Foodie Fiesta, 1MG – Lido Mall is attempting to break the current Limca Book of Records with a 50-foot-long submarine sandwich.

The record-attempting event will be held onSeptember 22, Saturday, 12 noon at the entrance of the mall accompanied by the beats of dollu kunitha, traditional drum dance from Karnataka, which will be a sign to mark this key milestone. With the objective of promoting a holistic lifestyle through food and its connectivity with the community, the music will be a symbol of outreach from the mall.

Each and every ingredient of the submarine sandwich including the bread, carrots, mayonnaise and more will be provided by the F&B outlets present in 1MG – Lido Mall. In line with the community spirit, all F&B outlets will get together as a single team from the mall to attempt for the Limca Book of World Records.

While ensuring the visitors of the mall have had their fill from the submarine sandwich, a portion will be handed over to an NGO to ensure that the food that is prepared is shared with the community.

Representatives from the expat community comprising more than 25-30 nationalities will also be invited to participate in the event, ensuring that the mall reaches out to everyone to share in the happiness.

Suman Lahiri, Chief Operating Officer, 1MG – Lido Mall, says: “This is the first time a mall such as ours is attempting the Limca Book of Records and we are delighted to share our happiness with the participation of our community – both locals and expats together. Foodie Fiesta is one of the rare culinary fests hosted in Bengaluru where people not only consume but also get ample opportunities to learn about the nuances of overseas palates that is becoming a craze among food connoisseurs. In addition, you also get to interact with and get inspired by leading celebrity chefs who will showcase their gastronomic delights to the foodies.”

Foodie Fiesta – Season Five is a culinary series being organised by 1MG – Lido Mall to showcase the best of food and beverages comprising Indian, coastal cuisine, Continental and Chinese. The five-part series will provide an opportunity to enjoy these exotic and gastronomic treats through the month of September.

“Food is something that is near and dear to each one’s heart. Everyone has a different taste and as a mall we cater to different cultures, people and taste buds. Food is used as a medium to talk to the heart and this helps us to connect to our customers through what they like,” explains Bhanu, Marketing Manager, 1MG – Lido Mall, Bengaluru.

As part of the month-long fest, a slew of activities is planned including cooking classes, cooking competitions and much more.

“1MG – Lido Mall is already a crowd puller for gourmet food lovers as it provides for a multitude of eating options. In a celebration of food clubbed with activities ranging from chef demos and mixology sessions to workshops and a gourmet market, we are excited to host the festival in Bengaluru, which is a food lovers’ paradise,” adds Roby Varghese, Centre Manager of 1MG – Lido Mall.

– LAHARI.K.B.