Godrej Process Equipment Acquires Yuba and Ecolaire Brands From SPX Heat Transfer, USA


Godrej Process Equipment, a business unit of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., has acquired the Yuba and Ecolaire brands and design technologies from SPX Heat Transfer, a subsidiary of SPX Corporation, USA, a global supplier of highly engineered products and technologies. With this strategic acquisition, Godrej has the capability to provide end-to-end solutions in the Heat Exchanger Auxiliaries space in the Power Sector.

In the past, Godrej had a license to manufacture Yuba design Feedwater Heaters. Feedwater Heaters manufactured by Godrej have been supplied to NPCIL, Tata Power, GSECL, NTPC, Toshiba, among others. With this acquisition, Godrej now owns the brands and the technology and will be manufacturing in India.

This acquisition positions Godrej Process Equipment as a significant player in the Power sector; an independent, global player providing critical equipment to thermal, geothermal, solar and nuclear power plants. Addition of key people from the SPX Heat Transfer design team will also significantly enhance Godrej’s design capabilities in this space.

Emphasizing on the importance of this acquisition, Mr. Jamshyd Godrej, Chairman and Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce stated, “The acquisition of well-known brands and technology from SPX Corporation for our Process Equipment business showcases our commitment to deepen the products that we offer to the power generation sector. We are constantly developing and rationalizing strategic partnerships across our businesses. Through this acquisition, we plan to establish Godrej & Boyce as a prominent player providing top-notch services and cutting-edge technological products in the power generation sector.”

Adding to this, Mr. Allen Antao, Executive Vice President and Business Head, Godrej Process Equipment said, “Godrej’s strong thrust on manufacturing excellence when coupled with the strength of the brands, will enable us to offer our customers, products of significantly enhanced value while at the same time maintain a distinct competitive edge. We have the opportunity to exploit this new potential to expand our presence globally in the Power Sector. We are a leading global supplier of Pressure Vessels for the Oil & Gas Sector and the addition of the Yuba and Ecolaire brands will also cement this position in the Power Sector worldwide.”

Australian Consul General Tony Huber inaugurated Solar Power system at Cheshire Homes, Andheri East


Cheshire Homes India-Mumbai which was established in 1955 by Group Captain Leonard Cheshire got Rooftop 30 KW capacity Solar Power System at Andheri East branch in Mumbai which is funded by the Australian Consulate General Mumbai, under the Direct Aid Programme (DAP) for the year 2017-18 covered under the project “Leveraging Renewable and Sustainable Energy”.  

Cheshire Homes looks after different initiatives like in-house generation of organic manure through waste recycling, organic vegetable garden and promoting plastic-free environment by producing cloth / fabric bags for housing societies in Andheri East.

The function was attended by Mr. Tim Hall, Vice Consul, Australian Consulate , Mumbai, Dr. Bakul Mehta, Sherley Singh, P M John Chairman of Cheshire Homes and divyang (disable) kids and their families. Kids performed on Bollywood songs on this occasion .

Casio Targets Counterfeit Products by Creating Awareness


Casio, a leading lifestyle brand in the country, is aggressively running awareness drives to fight the counterfeit markets in India and caution the retailers to desist from such crimes. In order to educate consumers, Casio India regularly conducts awareness programs through various platforms to enable consumers to identify the genuine Casio products.

Umesh Kumar Gupta, Legal Head of Casio India, said, “The sale of counterfeit products not only affect the business and the brand image but also affects the rights of unwary consumers who end up purchasing the counterfeit products believing it to be a genuine product of Casio. Hence the brand enforcement is been looked at very seriously by Casio India. To the significant extent, the brand has been successful in its drive to clean up the counterfeit markets in past through the raid actions.”

Continuing its drive to curb the supply of fake Casio watches in the market, Casio, carried out raids at the shops in Lajpat Rai market, New Delhi with the assistance of city police on 5th July, 2018. The police seized large quantities of counterfeit Casio watches during the raid action.

As per the information from the brand, the original Casio products can only be purchased from authorized retail partners, leading modern retail outlets and official online channel partners. Consumers can visit http://www.casio.co.in or contact Casio India on casiocare@casio.co.in for more information.

Balasaheb made the common man into superman: Sanjay Raut


On the eve of Shiv Sena Foundation Day, 52 years after the party was founded by Sena Supremo Balasaheb Thackeray,  MP Sanjay Raut, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Dr. Shrikant Bhasi, Founder and Chairman – Carnival Group, spent quality time on the sets of Raut’ers Entertainment’s megamovie Thackeray where they discussed movies, marquee and more. While Nawaz admitted he still gets “sleepless nights on the eve of shooting for Thackeray,” Raut admitted that while director Abhijit Panse was scouting for the right actor, he always had Nawazuddin’s face in his mind. “I knew Nawaz bhai was the right one. And the moment I set my eyes on him when he walked into our meeting room,he was locked in my head.”

Nawaz moved dates, schedules to be part of Thackeray. Admits the actor, “Balasaheb Thackeray was a transparent personality who empowered the common man and it is a lifetime experience essaying him.”

Says Dr.Shrikant Bhasi, Founder and Chairman – Carnival Group, “Balasaheb Thackeray is the Tiger who took the nation by storm, a persona who no one can ever match. We are glad to be associated with Thackeray the film that boasts of the penmanship of Sanjay Raut and the histrionics of Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The teaser took the nation by storm and the film is one of the most awaited films of 2019.”

Sanjay Raut has the last word, “Balasaheb made the common man into super man. If there is ever a personality whose biography should be made after Mahatma Gandhi, it is Balasaheb Thackeray!” 

Stayfree India Equips Commercial Sex Workers With Essential Life Skills Through Project Free Period

Health, Safety, Society

The unique vocational training program, organised by Johnson & Johnson India, helps women sustain themselves outside the sex trade

Stayfree India’s Project Free Period – a vocational training program for commercial sex workers – is empowering women to hone their skills and cultivate their own ‘Dreams of Progress’.

Launched in partnership with DDB Mudra Group and NGO Prerana, Project Free Period stems from the idea that while several women often dread their period days, for those in the sex trade, it earmarks the time of the month that they get for themselves. Thus, this initiative is aimed at converting the days of their period into days of vital learning.

Project Free Period entails multiple workshops condensed into three-day training modules where the women are taught a range of skills that include candle-making, embroidery, henna art and a basic beauticians’ course. The first edition of this programme, launched in the red light district of Mumbai, has witnessed the participation of over 30 women till date.

Commenting on the campaign, Dimple Sidhar, Vice President – Marketing, Consumer Products Division, at Johnson & Johnson India, said, “While the 21st century India is making great strides in the areas of education and economic independence amongst women, we continue to fight against the long-standing prejudices around tabooed subjects like prostitution. Thus, we at Stayfree want to economically empower women from all backgrounds while also ‘normalizing periods’.”

Further remarking on the campaign, Rahul Mathew, National Creative Director, DDB Mudra Group said, “To go from normalizing periods in the lives of women to using periods to normalize the lives of women in the sex trade; is a great example of the kind of power and influence brands can wield. Project Free Period turns the period from a pause to an opportunity, for these women to sustain a life outside of the trade.”

Through recruitment drives on social media, the initiative has also put together a database of volunteers to keep scaling up this project. Stayfree India and DDB Mudra Group are now looking to partner with other non-profit organizations to replicate this model and access a wider database of students and volunteers going forward.

Mugdha Dandekar, Project Manager, Prerana said, “This project brings a chance for the women in the red-light areas to step out of the exploitative lifecycle. Uneducated and with no income security, such an opportunity to learn an alternative vocation is crucial. The women have chosen the days they would like to come for the training, so that it doesn’t disrupt their lives. The change has to be gradual, not on weekly or monthly basis, and this project understands that. Therefore, we see a strong commitment from our women to hold on to this opportunity and give change a chance.”

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India And Iceland Will Work Together to Promote Art and Culture

Art, Society

ICMEI- International Chamber of Media And Entertainment Industry created a new chapter in the history of India and Iceland relationship by forming the first ever Indo Iceland Film And Cultural Forum at New Delhi.

H.E. Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to India, launched the forum in a grand function at New Delhi. “What a pleasure to do something which has never ever taken place earlier-this time this forum has been created to promote and develop the relations between two countries through art and culture. I wish ICMEI all the best and I am sure we will be able to do something extra ordinary in a short period of time,” said Ambassador Thorir Ibsen.

Iceland and India established diplomatic relations in 1972. At that time the embassy of Iceland in London, United Kingdom was accredited to India and the embassy of Indiain Oslo, Norway, was accredited to Iceland. Embassies were established in New Delhiin 2005 and in Reykjavik in 2006.

“It is a great opportunity to work with the Embassy here and promote arts and crafts of each other which also includes cinema now. We have already organized a festival of films from Iceland earlier. A special road show was also organized on the tourism of Iceland. H.E. Thorir Ibsen is also the member of International Film And Television Club of AAFT. We are looking much ahead of this now,” said Sandeep Marwah, President of Marwah Studios.

Sandeep Marwah presented the Patron ship of Indo Iceland Film and Cultural Forum to H.E. Thorir Ibsen and the Ambassador honored and nominated Sandeep Marwah as the honorary Chairperson of the Forum.

Recently Akshay Marwah of Asian Education Group and a member of ICMEI visited Iceland to study more about Iceland and its culture.

H.E. Thorir Ibsen is Ambassador of Iceland to India with accreditation to BangladeshMalaysiaMaldivesMauritiusNepalSeychellesSouth Africa and Sri Lanka.  Earlier he was Ambassador of Iceland to the European Union and Belgium with accreditation to Luxembourgthe Netherlands and Switzerland.

Sandeep Marwah is five times World Record Holder in Media and is the founder of Noida Film City. He is one of the most respected persons of Indian film, television and media Industry. His contribution in developing foreign relations of India with rest of the World is commendable.

Hon’ble President of India Sets a New Precedence With Presence at ‘SantokBaa Humanitarian Award’ Function

Mr. Ram Nath Kovind, Hon’ble President of India, set a precedent when he came to Surat on 29th May 2018 to attend the ‘SantokBaa Humanitarian Award’ presentation function, organised by SRK Knowledge Foundation (SRKKF). After conferring the ‘SantokBaa Humanitarian Award’ to Nobel Laureate, Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, and Former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Mr. A.S. Kiran Kumar, along with Rs. 1 crore (equivalent to US$ 1,50,000) each, he admitted that he came to attend the award function by breaking tradition of Rashtrapati Bhavan (President House). He said that generally the President wouldn’t attend functions of private organisations. “When I learnt that Satyarthi and Kiran Kumar were to be awarded, I said these two are good men. Later, after checking the credentials of the award-giver, I learnt that they are also fine. “So, I decided to break the tradition a little bit to felicitate two good people,” the President said.

Hon.President Mr. Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Award to Mr. Kiran Kumar (PRNewsfoto/SRKay Consulting Group LLP)

Mr. Kailash Satyarthi said he was honoured to receive the award and declared that he would donate the money to Surakshit Bachpan Fund (Safe Childhood Fund) for the welfare of children. He asked the Chief Minister of Gujarat to take stern actions in eradicating child labour which still exists in some parts of the State.
Mr. Kiran Kumar said he received the award not as an individual, but as a representative of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He said he would dedicate this money to further research and development work in space science and technology. Mr. Kiran Kumar is one of the persons instrumental in taking India to the list of top 5 countries having space technology.

Mr. Kovind said he was happy that Surat’s business community was supportive of philanthropic and social welfare efforts. He also praised the organisers for instituting the awards.

Mr. O. P. Kohli, Hon’ble Gujarat Governor, and Mr. Vijay Rupani, Hon’ble Chief Minister, were also present at the occasion. Both of them complimented the Awardees and praised SRKKF for its notable contribution to the larger good of the society. At the occasion, SRKKF also received a letter of appreciation from Mr. Narendra Modi, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.

SRKKF Chairman Mr. Govind Dholakia, barely educated, once a farmer now a diamond baron and a great philanthropist, said, “I wanted to institute an award in the memory of my mother who taught me values of life. We have been able to recognise wonderful people who have been working for the betterment of society and impacting lives of millions.”

Started in 2007, the award has been conferred upon other eminent personalities from a variety of fields, including Mr. Ratan Tata, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr Sudha Murthy, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Dr Verghese Kurien, Gandhian Narayan Desai, Dr. H. L. Trivedi, Mrs. Poornima Pakwasa, Father Valles, Dr. M. S. Swaminathan and Mr. Sam Pitroda.


My Government’s Only Agenda for Budget is Development: PM Modi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today also said that holding Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha elections simultaneously can save money and manpower

“My government has only one agenda for Budget – and that is development. And that’s what you will see,” PM Modi said in an exclusive interview to Sudhir Chaudhary, Editor-in-Chief, Zee News & WION.

Modi government is going to present its last full Budget ahead of the general elections 2019. The financial statement for the year ahead is being keenly watched by critics because of tough decisions taken by the Modi government like launching the unified Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation.

When asked about the bold financial decisions taken by his government, PM Modi said, “If you measure the work done by our government in these four years by only these two parameters, it’s unfair. After nationalisation of banks, about 30-40 per cent of population was out of banking system. We brought them into the system. Isn’t that an achievement? Thousands of girls skipped schools because there were no toilets. We built those toilets for them. Isn’t that an achievement?”

PM Modi also said that he is in favour of holding general elections and state polls together.

“Logically speaking, holding different elections on different dates creates burden on the exchequer. Politicians are always under stress. So, I think both Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha elections should be organised simultaneously. It will save money and manpower,” the PM said.

He also said that every atom of his body is indebted to the country and he wants to keep serving the people of the country. “When I see satisfaction in the eyes of a common man, it gives me power,” PM Modi said.

Ekta Kapoor makes it to Variety’s ‘500 Most Influential’!

Awards, Business

From being the Czarina of Indian television, being a producer who changed the game to now being the only woman entrepreneur to bring a revolutionary change on the digital platform, Ekta Kapoor is truly a force to reckon with!

Hence it comes as no surprise that the Balaji head honcho was recently named one of the most influential people in the world by Variety magazine.

Variety Magazine has released its annual list of 500 ‘most influential business leaders shaping the global entertainment industry’ and it features 12 Indian personalities, including Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar among other notable names.

Variety 500, which compiles the list of the most influential people, takes into account accomplishments over the previous 12 months. The Variety editorial board selected these 500 people after carrying out extensive research.

The list features 362 personalities from the US, 28 from the UK, 20 from China, 16 from France, 15 from Germany, 12 from India, 8 from Italy, 6 from Spain and 4 from Mexico.

The list of Indians featured in Variety 500 include Punit Goenka – CEO and MD of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, Ekta Kapoor – MD and Creative Director of Balaji Telefilms, Aditya Chopra – Chairman of Yashraj Films, Kishore Lulla – Executive Chairman of Eros International, Salman Khan – Actor and Producer, Karan Johar – Writer, Director and Producer, Uday Shankar – Chairman of Star India, Siddharth Kapur – President of The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd., Anil Ambani – Chairman of Reliance Group, Subhash Chandra – Founder and Chairman of Essel group, Priyanka Chopra – Artist, Actress and Producer and Mukesh Ambani – Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries.

Ekta’s colossal contribution to television, movie entertainment and now in the digital space with Alt Balaji, she continues to shape and have a huge impact on the Indian culture. The successful producer has explored a variety of genres, set trends and given actors and directors an opportunity to showcase their talent.