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Justice C.G. Hungund inaugurates specialized skill development program by Air India SATS to empower rural women

Posted by: at 4/26/2017 11:00:00 pm
         Pic 1 – Hon’ble MLA, Devanahalli Constituency Mr Pillamunishyamappa (4th from left) inaugurating the event along with Hon’ble Member, Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, Justice Mr C G Hungund (5th from left), Mr Hoa Kai Ee – Senior Vice President, AISATS BLR & IXE (6th from left), Hon’ble District Youth Coordinator, NYKS, BLR Rural District, Mr Narayana Gowda (2nd from left)

·         Pic 2 - Hon’ble MLA, Devanahalli Constituency Mr Pillamunishyamappa (6th from left) releasing the Skill Upgradation Training Brochure along with Hon’ble Member, Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, Justice Mr C G Hungund (7th from left), Mr Hoa Kai Ee – Senior Vice President, AISATS BLR & IXE (8th from left), Hon’ble District Youth Coordinator, NYKS, BLR Rural District, Mr Narayana Gowda (4th from left)

Justice C.G. Hungund inaugurates specialized skill development program by Air India SATS to empower rural women

Justice C.G. Hungund inaugurates specialized skill development program by Air India SATS to empower rural women

Bengaluru, 27th April, 2017: Air India SATS Airport Services Pvt. Ltd. (AISATS), in association with Unnathi Protection of Human Rights Society, launched a three month flagship training program on skill development in the field of food processing to empower rural, unemployed women of Devanahalli, Bengaluru. The event was inaugurated by the Chief Guests, Justice C.G. Hungund, Hon'ble  Member of  Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, Bengaluru and Mr. Hoa Kai Ee, Hon’ble Senior Vice President, AISATS BLR & IXE.

Mr. Pillamunishyamppa, Hon’ble M.L.A., Devanahalli Constituency presided over the event along with other esteemed guests such as Mr. G.E. Narayana Gowda, Hon’ble District Youth Co-ordinator, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangthan (NYKS), Mr. Narayana Swamy .D, Director of  Canara Bank Rural Self Employment Training Institute, Chikkaballapur and Mr. G.V. Vishwanatha, Founder President, Unnathi Protection of Human Rights Society(R), Gudibande.

Spanned over three months, Skill Upgradation Training Program (SUTP) is a comprehensive, specialized skill development workshop aimed at engaging  fifty unemployed and underprivileged women  in income generating activities for a sustainable livelihood, thus fostering socio-economic independence. The project, initiated by AISATS, will be executed by Unnathi Protection of Human Rights Society with the help of Nehru Yuva Kendra, Bangalore Rural District, Govt. of India. Nehru Yuva Kendra will also provide all the professional training and supervision required for skill development in food processing, preservation and marketing of fortified instant food mix, cereals, spices, pickles and milk products, and certificates of course completion.

Mr. Mike Chew, CEO, AISATS  said, “AISATS is committed towards making a meaningful contribution to our society and is proud to initiate a skill development program aimed at empowering women. We are thankful for the support that we have received from the Bengaluru community and we will continue to associate ourselves with such noble causes in the future.”

As a socially responsible company, AISATS has ardently supported various social causes and has previously aided the repair and renovation of Government Pre University College (High School Division) at Vijayapura, Bengaluru.

About Air India SATS Airport Services Pvt. Ltd (AISATS) 

AISATS is a 50:50 joint venture between Air India Limited, and SATS Limited, a leading gateway services and food solutions provider in Asia.  As part of the Indian Government's initiative to upgrade its airports to world-class facilities and attract more airlines to fly into India, AISATS was formed with the vision to provide world-class airport services in ground and cargo handling that exceed customers’ expectations.

Since the start of its operations in 2008, AISATS has provided hassle-free and comprehensive solutions to its customer airlines in international airports at Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mangalore and Trivandrum. Currently employing over 11,600 staff, AISATS offers end-to-end ground handling services such as passenger and baggage handling, ramp handling, aircraft interior cleaning, load control and flight operations, and cargo handling services for general, perishable, transshipment, express courier and special cargo.

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Kidney related ailments on the rise

Posted by: at 4/26/2017 10:22:00 pm

2 Children successfully underwent kidney transplantation at Kauvery Hospital

“Kidney transplantation is a successful permanent solution for chronic kidney failure. In India, on an average, 3000 kidney transplantation surgeries are performed every year”, said Dr. Balasubramaniyam, Chief Nephrologist, Kauvery Hospital, “Majority of the transplantations are performed ehere the donor is  living related  and a few are from cadaveric donors.”

It is estimated that 1 in every 65,000 children develop End Stage renal disease (ESRD) in children needing dialysis and transplantation. In the US, it is estimated that 1200 children develop ESRD every year. The disease can affect right from the new born period to adolescence.

Kidney related ailments on the rise

Kidney related ailments on the rise

Addressing the media about the two successful Kidney transplant surgeries performed on a 9 and 11 year old children at Kauvery Hospital, “In these cases, both the children had reached transplant state. The 9 years old boy had congenitally maldeveloped kidneys with high blood pressure requiring multiple blood pressure medications and acid accumulation, making it difficult to control with medications alone. The 11 years old had posterior urethral valve that led to recurrent urinary infection that further led to kidney failure. Both the children have done well post transplantation and had completed one month after surgery.” said Dr. Balasubramaniyam.

Both the kids were managed by Pediatric Nephrologist Dr. Prahalad, till they reached transplant stage. Subsequently Dr. R. Balasubramaniyam, Chief Of Nephrology took over the care. In both these cases, the mother was identified as the renal donor. After proper evaluation of the donor and the recipient, the transplant approval was obtained from the authorization committee. Ms. Hemalatha, transplant co-ordinator guided the process. The anesthetist team headed by Dr. Silamban and the surgical team headed by Dr. V. Muthu and Dr. Jeevagan operated on the donor and the recipient. Transplantation department nursing care was done by Ms. Inbanila and Ms. Mutulakshmi.

Talking about the increasing risk of Kidney failure in Children, Dr. Balasubramaniyam said, “Once the child is identified to have chronic renal failure in the initial stages, the aim of treatment consists of controlling the diet, controlling the blood pressure, aiding the bone growth, maintaining the hemoglobin and acid base equilibrium. But once the kidney failure reaches an advanced stage we should do pre-emptive kidney transplantation.

“In an adult we can wait for the kidney failure to become too advanced and plan for kidney transplantation later. But, in children we should do transplant early, because the child with kidney failure will start having growth retardation and bone changes that may become permanent. Also, it is difficult to do dialysis in a child, who is going to be increasingly non co-operative to treatment.”

Elucidating further on the procedure of Kidney transplantation, “Family counselling is done to make the parents understand the need for early transplantation before the child gets into advanced stage. This is the biggest task, as most parents will try alternative system of medicines to see if the child can be cured without undergoing a major surgery. Once the family is convinced of the need, then normally one of the parents will volunteer to be the kidney donor.

“The transplant surgery generally involves removal of a kidney from a donor and keeping it inside a recipient. Here the donor is an adult and the recipient is a child. Technically it is difficult to keep the adult kidney inside a child’s body. At the time of surgery the donor kidney blood tubes are bigger than the child and this warrants the kidney to be kept inside the abdomen, close to the vital organs and connections are even made to greater blood vessels (aorta and inferior vena cava) instead of the normal practice of external iliac blood tubes, says Dr. Jeevagan, Transplant surgeon and Urologist, Kauvery Hospital.

He adds, “Once the blood tubes of the adult kidney are connected to the child’s body when you allow the blood flow to resume in the kidney inside the child’s body the adult kidney can hold most of the child’ blood and the child could develop dangerous low blood pressure. Also soon after the surgery the adult kidney will start passing litres and liters of urine and the child’s blood volume is smaller and if not properly managed the child will drop the blood volume and kidney failure or disturbances in acid base balance and electrolyte balance can go haywire. The Nephrologist plays a big role in this situation to maintain all the parameters.

“Post-operative period pain management is crucial that decides the child’s co-operation. Also, the immune system of the child has to be suppressed to make the kidney acceptable. The kidney is foreign object inside the recipient and the natural tendency of the recipient’s immune system is to reject the kidney. To make the kidney function, immuno suppressive medications are given that makes the kidneys not to get rejected on one side, at the same time make the child  vulnerable  to infections. In a pediatric transplantation we need to give doses of these drugs in a careful manner because of the child’s immune system is working against an adult kidney. Subsequently the long term care of the child involves careful monitoring of the kidney functions, looking for possible infections, maintaining the doses of immuno suppressive drugs”, he further added.

Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive director, Kauvery Hospital said, “When compared to adult renal transplantation, very few happen in children, because transplantations in children require much greater expertise.  Some children are born with congenital abnormalities of the urinary tract that lead to recurrent urinary infections and kidney failure. The kidneys also fail due to large quantities of protein leakage in the kidneys called Nephrotic syndrome and this will lead to kidney failure especially when the children don’t respond to treatment.”

Not many children are identified with the problems, the awareness that pediatric transplantations can be performed is still limited and not many centers can successfully perform pediatric transplantation.” He lauded the entire team of Doctors and Nurses for their efforts towards saving the lives of these two children.

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TechnoBind Receives ‘2016 Rising Star of the Year’ Award from Gemalto

Posted by: at 4/26/2017 10:07:00 pm
TechnoBind Receives ‘2016 Rising Star of the Year’ Award from Gemalto

TechnoBind achieved triple digit growth for Gemalto’s Digital Signature solutions in India

 BENGALURU, India – April 27, 2017-TechnoBind, India’s first specialised distributer for data and the associated domains, has been awarded with ‘2016 Rising Star of the Year‘ by Gemalto, the world leader in digital security. The award is to recognize TechnoBind’s exepetional performance over the last financial year.

TechnoBind had achieved a triple digit growth by offering Gemalto’s Identity and Data Protection solutions. The award is a validation of TechnoBind’s approach in offering the right solutions and services to address the emerging challenges in the Indian Market associated with the Digital Signature solutions.

TechnoBind offers Gemalto-SafeNet Digital Security Solutions for Secure Digital Signing to help companies in complying with regulations, expediting business processes, and reducing operational costs.

“We are honored to be recognized by Gemalto for our efforts in offering Digital Signature solutions for Indian customers. Winning this award strengthens our beliefs and motivates us to work harder and continue our efforts in serving the best solutions to our customers. We also recognize the contributions of our reseller partners who helped by leading us into customers, their trust and support has also contributed in we achieving triple digit growth for Gemalto,” said Aman Jain, Sales Director at TechnoBind.

 The winners were awarded in the Annual Channel Partner awards ceremony as part of Gemalto Accelerate 2017 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The annual event brought together over 70 Gemalto partners from all over the Asia Pacific region to discuss the business strategies and technology vision along with latest market trends and future opportunities. Gemalto Accelerate, the company’s annual sales kickoff event, also serves as a global information exchange program for partners.

About TechnoBind

TechnoBind is the first Specialist Distributor in the Indian IT channel space, offering a hybrid distribution model placed synergistically between broad-based and niche distribution, to deliver high business value for its reseller partners. TechnoBind helps partners to implement solutions, which solve specific business pain points arising out of the rapidly changing facets of technology for businesses.

TechnoBind through its dedicated Cloud Services Business Unit is helping partners get their customers to adopt cloud. By employing the right strategy to harness benefits from cloud computing offerings, TechnoBind can help partners to be a part of this cloud journey of their customers thereby being relevant even when the on-premise to cloud shift happens.

The company’s sole focus has been on technologies that help the customer handle his Data and the associated challenges of Data Treatment. It is part of a large 20-year old business group having a turnover of Rs 200 Crore (USD 40 Million) and has a presence across major cities in India – Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2016 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.

Our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

Our 15,000+ employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalization and data centers, and 30 research and software development centers located in 48 countries.

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The RERA Effect - Indian Real Estate Waits to Inhale

Posted by: at 4/26/2017 10:05:00 pm
The RERA Effect - Indian Real Estate Waits to Inhale

Anuj Puri, Chairman – JLLR (JLL Residential)

The RERA Effect - Indian Real Estate Waits to Inhale

Did demonetization erase black money in real estate?

Just a couple of months ago, demonetization appeared to have taken all the remaining steam of our Indian real estate's sails. Sales in the significantly cash-driven resale homes market nosedived and prices in this segment declined by as much as 20-25%. They were already trailing primary sales prices by 25-30% in the investor-driven residential corridors before demonetization.

Developer sales in new projects were, at first, expected to be immune to the cash starvation in the economy, as this segment has primarily been patronized by end-users who use home loans and not cash. However, it quickly became evident that the negative sentiment had seeped into primary sales, as well.

It cannot be said with certainty that the demonetization move has completely eliminated black money from the sector, particularly where money that is already deployed is concerned. However, cash transactions wherein unaccounted or ill-gotten money was being parked in real estate have certainly become exceedingly difficult to execute. Also, the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act will help in identifying and vastly reducing the incidence of black money in real estate.

A market revival against all odds

Significantly, the demonetization drive will also play an important role in housing demand resurrection. Banks now literally have a surfeit of capital, and are looking at an unprecedented opportunity to counter post-demonetization financial shrinkage by increasing their loan books. The subsequent decline in the MCLR has now resulted in more affordable home loans to budget and mid-range home buyers. It bears remembering that the Indian housing market first got off on a running start because of access to low-cost home loans.

Already, interest rates have declined to as low as 8.5%-8.8% - perhaps we will see them reducing even further to a mark reminiscent of the all-time low of sub-8% seen in 2006-'08. If we also factor in that property rates across the country in both the first sales and secondary sales segments have either stagnated or shown a downward trend, it doubtlessly emerges that this is a very favourable time for home buyers right now.

Of course, affordable loan rates are not the sole factor driving home buying sentiment, especially when it comes to first-time buyers. However, it is certainly one of the crucial considerations. Affordable home loan interest rates are particularly important for budget homebuyers, since even marginal reductions in EMI burdens can propel their decisions to buy. Needless to add, this customer base is a very important one for the Indian property marketplace, as healthy residential property sector always finds its foundation in strong demand from mid-income and lower middle-income end-users.

That said, the housing market cannot hope to begin flourishing again unless there is a very supportive regulatory environment that governs it. Over the years, several important regulations with pertinence to the real estate sector were gathering dust on bureaucratic tables. The most important one of these - the Real Estate Regulatory Bill, or RERA - has finally been fast-tracked and will be implemented across India shortly.

The RERA Effect 

This very critical Act literally holds the key to the future growth of the Indian real estate sector. Because it has the potential to clean up the sector at all levels, RERA saw a lot of opposition from both government and industry stakeholders with vested interests in the past. It was only with the arrival of the Modi Government that it received the determined forward impetus it needed to overcome all objections and clear every hurdle. The current Government understands that RERA's implementation will not only help revive end-user sentiment but help further open up the Indian housing sector to foreign investments.

Even now, we continue to hear almost daily of fresh cases of property buyers’ complaints on being led astray by builders who wanted to make a quick buck off their gullibility. Unfortunately, countless first-time homebuyers are enticed by such builders with the promise of low rates and attractive add-ons and freebies - and they respond.

It may seem amazing that in a country where consumers are extremely brand conscious and aware of the fact that established brands mean assured quality, unscrupulous developers with no reputation or indeed desire to establish one have been able to entice buyers at all. However, the fact is that a home is not a retail commodity, and the cost of buying one often involves one’s life’s savings in India. As a result, homebuyers have been focusing on price and often turning a blind eye to builder brand, quality of product and location and even legal veracity of a project.

In most cases, such buyers have fallen victim to builders who get on the market with one-off projects and have no intention of rising up the value chain to become reputed market players. This means that they see no need for transparency, accountability and sound business practices. Their modus operandi is to book profits on the back of sub-standard construction materials, acquiring and building on plots which do not have clear titles and/or development permissions, and generally thumbing their noses at local development rules.

In the past. these are also the kinds of builders who accepted unaccounted-for cash as part of their transactions, thereby adding to the industry's burden of opacity and cheating the government on stamp duty and registration revenues.

With RERA about to kick in in all earnest, the time has finally come for homebuyers in India to breathe free and invest confidently. No more will unscrupulous smaller builders or even larger organized developers be able to take buyers for a ride.

Yes, even brokers are covered

In fact, even property brokerage houses will come under the ambit of RERA, meaning that agents or agencies operating in smaller pockets who did not hesitate to foist inferior or flawed properties onto their clients will be wiped out. No longer will buyers who used the services of such brokers in the past risk winding up with properties whose defects become evident only after the deal is done.

RERA renders brokers and agents punishable if they do not comply and abide with the regulator’s strictures ruling. Previously, smaller brokers had an unrestricted play on the Indian residential real estate marketplace, and many of them thrived on misinforming or under-informing their customers. With RERA, homebuyers who use the services of real estate agents and agencies will be protected and have access to quick legal redressal in case of faulty business practices. In fact, brokers who made their money out of the ignorance or unwitting trust of clients will now be eradicated from the marketplace.

Under RERA, agents and agencies will have to ensure that they are duly registered with the Regulator. By registering themselves, they effectively declare themselves completely accountable for their business activities and practices.

No, it’s not about size – it’s about ethics

Real estate brokerages that survive this shakeup will not necessarily be defined by their size but by the manner in which they have been conducting business. There will be several small-scale brokerages which have already built for themselves a reputation for transparent practices for whom it will be business as usual post-RERA. Along with the larger organised real estate advisory firms which have a business philosophy based on ethics rather than profiteering, these agencies will gain a significantly bigger market share.

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Nestlé MUNCH releases new TVC to celebrate partnership with Baahubali 2

Posted by: at 4/26/2017 09:59:00 pm

 Shows a mashup of the iconic movie trailer with Crunch Macha MUNCH Macha musical

 Bangalore,  April 26, 2017: The new TVC features the trailer of this year’s most anticipated movie, with the energetic and peppy song – ‘Crunch Macha MUNCH Macha’, playing in the background. The film ends with Baahubali’s lead actor, Prabhas, narrating the brand tagline - Crunch Macha MUNCH Macha before urging viewers to enjoy Nestlé MUNCH in special Baahubali packs.

 Our distributors kept the partnership momentum high by adopting the Baahubali 2 merchandise and enacting a short Baahubali act as they announced the limited edition Nestlé MUNCH packs in a traditional call out style while launching the packs for retailers. Also, the Nestlé MUNCH NUTS limited edition packs will help fans savour the magic of Baahubali 2 through free phone stickers designed exclusively to celebrate this partnership.

 Speaking on the idea behind the association, Mr. Nikhil Chand, General Manager, Chocolates and Confectionery, Nestlé India, says “India is a growing chocolate and confectionery market, and there is a need for excitement and innovation in this category. With MUNCH celebrating Baahubali 2, our consumers will for the first time experience foot thumping music of Crunch Macha MUNCH Macha along with the grandeur of Baahubali 2. The already popular innovation, Nestlé MUNCH Nuts has once again brought new-to-category experience of phone stickers free with Baahubali packs for fans to celebrate”

The partnership between Nestlé MUNCH and Baahubali 2 has also been activated through the launch of five new Nestlé MUNCH limited edition packs.

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