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New Delhi [India], February 18 (ANI): Domestic airlines flew 77.3 lakh passengers in January, nearly 5.6 per cent more than 73.3 lakh in the previous month, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Thursday.
However, the number was 39.5 per cent down from pre-Covid level of 1.27 crore in January 2020, data released by DGCA showed.
The passenger load factor of major scheduled commercial airlines was 64 to 76 per cent in January which was just about the same levels recorded in December 2020.
Private carrier IndiGo carried 42 lakh passenger to clock a passenger load factor of 69.3 per cent and a market share of 54.3 per cent.
Its rival SpiceJet carried 9.92 lakh passengers and had a load factor of 76.6 per cent with a market share of 12.8 per cent.
Air India’s domestic load factor was at 66.2 per cent with a market share of 10.3 per cent while GoAir recorded a load factor of 64.9 per cent and a market share of 8.2 per cent. (ANI)

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ARMMAN scales its AI efforts to improve maternal and child health in India, with support from Google.org

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 26 (ANI/PRNewswire): ARMMAN, an India-based non-profit, is leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance adherence to maternal and child health programs. Initiated in 2020, the project with Google Research India and IIT Madras uses AI to predict the risk of women dropping out of healthcare programs such as mMitra.
Along with scientific collaboration, the project was supported with funding from Google Research and Google.org.
India accounts for 11 per cent of global maternal mortality, and a woman in India dies in childbirth every fifteen minutes. However, almost 90 per cent of maternal deaths are avoidable if women receive timely intervention.
Access to timely, accurate health information is a significant challenge among women in rural areas and urban slums.
To address this issue, ARMMAN launched the mMitra program in 2013. mMitra is a free service sending voice calls with critical preventive care information directly to the mobile phones of women, covering the period from pregnancy till the child turns one.
With Google’s support, a project was launched to increase adherence to mMitra, with an overall goal of improving maternal and child health outcomes.
Researchers from Google Research and IIT Madras have been working with ARMMAN to design an AI technology solution that could provide an indication of women who were at the risk of dropping out from mMitra.
The early targeted identification helps ARMMAN to personalise interventions for an improved engagement with mMitra. Test results indicate a reduction in the risk of drop-offs by up to 32 per cent for women at high risk of dropping out.
So far, mMitra has reached over 2.3 million women in India and is one of only five-scaled mobile-based maternal messaging programs in the world.
“We are very happy to execute this project across our mMitra program, supported by Google. We see an immense potential to replicate these learnings from AI across other technology-enabled at-scale programs implemented by ARMMAN,” shared Ramesh Padmanabhan, ARMMAN’s CEO.
“ARMMAN has made tremendous strides on the project with IIT Madras and Google to apply AI to help improve preventive care for mothers and children. Together with Google.org, we’re excited to continue to support them as they continue to scale their work to even greater impact,” added Milind Tambe, Director – AI for Social Good at Google Research India.
Google Research and ARMMAN are currently working towards scaling this to 300,000-plus mothers and children in mMitra, with a goal of eventually reaching one million mothers and children.
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Top 50 Influencers 2020 announced by G-Town Society Magazine, India

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New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI/Digpu): G-Town Society, a leading pan India Magazine recently announced the Top 50 Influential Personalities from all over India.
The handpicked influencers will be honored at the gala event of the Indian Excelsior Awards on March 20, 2021.
The motive behind this award ceremony is to recognize personalities nation-wide who have successfully made an impression on their fields or businesses, to celebrate their success and to encourage others.
This year the influencers are selected on the basis of their knowledge, success, and achievements. The influencers come from different fields; education, art, science, spiritual healing, medical, and many more. However, the outstanding contribution of every influencer in the list in the upliftment of society as a whole is the focal point of their selection.
The top 50 influential personalities are:
* Akannksha Sharma, spiritual coach, Reiki grandmaster, Vedic Astrologer, Numerologist, Tarot/Angel Card Reader.
* Sanjay Upadhyay, a sales and marketer at Hero Motors.
* Sumit Srivastava, Founder & CEO of Bimagurukul.
* L Angelina Diana, a young and passionate author.
* Dr Sunil Singh, a stalwart in pharmaceutical with 10 plus years of experience
* Deepika Sahani, Tarot Card reader with clients from all over the world after achieving recognition at the 2010 Macau Fest.
* Mahesh Bang, A highly-acclaimed Astrologer, Numerologist, and Vedic Consultant; also known for predicting some historical world events.
* Imthyaz AC, Conferred with the title of ‘Vaastu Acharya’ by his own Teacher
* Shanmuga Priyan, Shanmuga Priyan, a young entrepreneur from South India.
* Kanika Rana, Founder of ‘Kanika Rana Fine Jewellery’ in Surat.
* Anil Kumar, Founder of Fitness Empire, Bangalore.
* Raman Gogia, a top-class businessman.
* JA Rajendran, devoted environmentalist, and the founder of Telemachus Infra Pvt Ltd
* Dr J Alexander, philanthropist, and a retired IAS Officer; former Chief Secretary and Cabinet Minister (Tourism) in Karnataka, India.
* Dr Sangeeta Ahuja, interior designer, architecture, philanthropist, advocate for women empowerment and human rights.
* Dr Sanjana Bakshi Dutta, a reformer in the field of education; Principal of D.A.V Public School, R.K Puram, Delhi,
* Vikram Sharma, Founder of Mystic Brains, a motivational speaker, educationist, and world-renowned business coach.
* Gautam Bali, renowned celebrity make-up artist from Jammu and Kashmir.
* Dr Piyush Pushkar Singh, An orthopedic and a philanthropist; feeds at least 50 people per day.
* Prof Sidharth Gupta, senior professor, and oral dental care professional.
* Nupur Heda Patil, a professional Tarot Card reader and a spiritual healer.
* Lalit Sharma, Co-founder, and expert at Tezz Dimag
* Dr Ankit Sharma, dermatologist,hair specialist and philanthropist.
* Nitesh Kakkar, a sous chef at Le Meridien.
* Ankur Jain, owner of CVD Diamonds (Delhi) – an authentic range of lab-grown diamonds.
* Gowtham Aashirwad Kumar, an educator in the field of business and marketing.
* Smita Ghosh, an eminent psychologist, and hypnotherapist.
* Sheetal Jain, professional Image Consultant.
* Smitaa, travel consultant and the brain behind Travel Urze.
* Jai Ram Meena, marketeer and entrepreneur; CMD of Nameste Bharat Wellness Private Limited
* Kanchan B Sharma, Vastu Expert, and spiritual healer
* Reena Dhupia, Immigration Expert.
* Anju Dhingra, produce, lyricist, and writer at Bollywood film production house – A6 Productions Pvt Ltd.
* Dr Shridha SHEKH, a physiotherapist from Mumbai who aims to focus on healing the back area, especially in women after menopause.
* Varun Rastogi, a real estate and wealth management professional.
* Bala Krishna, an eminent educationalist, and environmentalist.
* Dasharathraj k Shetty, an academician by professional and storyteller at heart
* Shinu Abraham. An Educationist and a reformer in the field of education.
* Mohd. Janab, A celebrated hairstylist from the State of Jammu and the owner of Kings Spa.
* Ayaan Sharma, a celebrity artist with 10 plus years of experience; runs his own brand called ‘Aryan’s’;
* Devyangi Dalal, a world-renowned audiologist and speech therapist.
* Dr Lita Mohapatra, a doctor and women entrepreneur icon for her venture – Losjovenes Clinicology Pvt Ltd (LJC).
* Soma Ghosh Chandra, a classical vocalist and playback singer by passion and profession; the founder of MAC.
* Sanjeev Aggarwal, Managing Director at Globe Panel Industries Pvt Ltd. In Yamuna Nagar; a business icon, and role model to many.
* Aryansh Arora, author at the age of 18; has published 3 books, and co-authored more than 50 books, and has won countless awards for the same.
* Kavita Khatana, a scientist, academician, educator, social worker, and author; Computational Biology Expert at Galgotias University.
* Shaily Sharma, a marketing executive, motivational speaker, and young entrepreneur; has experience of 11 plus years in the aviation industry.
* Surekha, a poet and writer, who has recently published her own book of poetry
* Rajesh Singh, Managing Director at Vatican Shona Agrotech Pvt Ltd, and CEO at Tissue Sagwan Commercial Project led by Tissue Culture Plants Company.
* Dr Vivekananda Chakroborty, Headmaster at Midnapore Town School; has received multiple awards including the National Award to Teacher by the Government of India.
For More Information on these top influencers, visit www.gtownawards.com
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Sarvagna Nagar receives a State-of-the-Art Karnataka Public School

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Bangalore (Karnataka) [India], February 26 (ANI/BusinessWire India): A brand new Karnataka Public School was inaugurated today by S Suresh Kumar, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, at Dodda Banaswadi in the Sarvagna Nagar constituency.
The school inauguration was held in the presence of K J George, MLA – Sarvagna Nagar, other Government dignitaries and representatives from the Department of Education.
“During this challenging time, we wanted to ensure that students would have a state-of-the-art school to return to. This school and its facilities will enable students from the 9th to 12th standards to reach their true potential prior to beginning their higher studies or joining the workforce. The school will be maintained daily by a professional facilities team and students will have access to health care initiatives. We are so pleased to create a model school for the community, creating a long-lasting positive influence,” said K J George, on the occasion.
“Karnataka Public Schools are designed to provide the continuity of learning to students from Grade 1 to Grade 12, providing stability to the students. I am happy to see this good initiative taken by Shri KJ George to make this school the best centre of learning,” said S Suresh Kumar, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education.
The new school will host modern amenities including 12 classrooms, 1 staff room, a computer room, a cafeteria, solar power facilities, rainwater harvesting, hand wash and drinking water facilities, a paved courtyard and separate toilets for boys, girls, teachers and children with disabilities.
Extensive renovations on the existing, adjoining Higher Primary School was undertaken, including the water proofing of the entire roof, internal and external painting of all old rooms, re-tiling of the corridors and staircases, and repairs for the doors and windows. The new school building has been fitted out with all the necessary furnishings and equipment.
Under K J George’s leadership, this new Government School build is a part of the larger initiative to enhance the educational infrastructure in Sarvagna Nagar. This includes the renovation of 14 Government Schools, 37 Anganwadis and the set-up of an e-learning program across Government Schools.
In addition, the Sarvagna Nagar Health Care Institute delivers quality healthcare services to the underprivileged. A state-of-the-art Skill Development Centre will be set up in Jeevanahalli, designed to upskill the youth of Sarvagna Nagar and empower their livelihoods.
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Amazing Thailand offers delicious, healthy, popular food choices. Top dishes you must try!

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New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI/Mediawire): Blessed is the country of Thailand where nature is preserved in its bounty and flavorsome healthy food is available for all.
As international visitors, especially Indians eagerly make their plans to visit Thailand post lockdown, what awaits them is healthy food choices across the country, available in every season replete with outstanding Thai hospitality.
DISCOVER THAI CULINARY DELIGHTS
Thailand is labelled as a ‘paradise’ for its breathtaking beauty, inspiring culture and for its culinary brilliance. From adventure-centric Bangkok to serene seaside towns in the South and tranquil villages along the Mekong River, Thai cuisine is indeed very diverse. Combining ancient cooking secrets, the cuisine of Thailand highlights flavors, textures, colors to present a truly memorable dining experience.
THAILAND’S VARIED CULINARY HERITAGE
Thai cuisine is highly renowned and has secured its place in the international culinary scene for decades now. The sheer number of restaurants that have sprung up in major capitals of the world attests to its phenomenal popularity. However, there is more to Thai food than what you can taste in restaurants overseas.

Offering a variety of flavors, with enthusiastic use of herbs, spices and market-fresh ingredients, Thai food is famed for its balance and harmony. An exciting combination of five fundamental tastes – hot, sweet, sour, salty and bitter – brings contrasting yet complementing flavors and textures to each dish. Coconut milk, seafood and fruit also play a key part in Thai cuisine.
Although considered as a single cuisine, Thai food is better described according to the country’s four main regions: North, Northeast, Central Plains and South. With cultural and ethnic infusions, regional cuisines have absorbed some Eastern and Western influences while maintaining their own unique flavors and presentations.

Top 10 popular dishes from Thailand that you must try!
1. Som tam (papaya salad)
2. Yum ma-muang (green mango salad)
3. Yum talay (seafood salad)
4. Tom yum goong (hot and sour soup with shrimp)
5. Kai Phad Bai Kraphaw (Chicken stir fried with basil leaves)
6. Pad pak bung fai daeng (stir-fried morning glory)
7. Thai steamed fish (Pla Nueng Manao)
8. Gai pad med mamuang (chicken with cashew nuts)
9. Pad Thai noodles
10. Jasmine Rice
THE HEALTHY TOUCH:
Thai food traditionally uses fresh vegetables and herbs. Thai spices are healthy and full of aroma too. Some of the common aromatic flavors in authentic Thai food comes from a generous sprinkling of Garlic, Galangal, Coriander or cilantro, Lemon grass, Shallots, Pepper, Kaffir lime leaves, Shrimp paste, Fish sauce and also Chilies.
Sweetish tinge that is often evident in the dishes comes from Palm Sugar (extracted from sap of Borassus palms). Fish preparations with robust variety of fish in steamed and fried form or even as a paste makes for a big portion of Thai food. Fish is abundantly available and is highly affordable. Some best bets being Giant River Prawn, Nile Tilapia, Cat fish and Tiger Prawn. This seafood quality is so high in nutrition and taste that it is considered of export quality.
STAPLE FOOD:
As a predominant Asian cuisine, Thai food has rice as its staple diet. It is considered the foremost part of any meal. The use of rice is so ingrained in Thai culture that there is a common Thai greeting ‘Gin Khao Reuyang’ which means ‘Have you eaten rice today?’
Even noodles make for an amazing part of the Thai cuisine and most noodles are rice flour based. In traditional Pad Thai dish, rice noodles stir-fried with tofu, eggs, tamarind paste and fresh ingredients. A popular dish called ‘Khanom Chin’ is recommended to try. Khanom Chin is fresh rice noodles made from fermented rice and prepared with spicy curry with chicken (Khanom Chin Kaeng Khaiao Wan Kai) and salads (such as Som Tam).
TRADITIONAL FEEL:
While modern dining habits have become more influenced in Thailand with spoon and fork and chopsticks, traditional Thai food is eaten with hands. During festivals, the traditional style of dining with family can be witnessed during your travel here in Thailand. Family members sit together on the floor on grass mats and food is eaten in bowls or plates with fresh food helpings amidst much cheer and bonding.
The traditional food of Thailand is simply divine indeed.
Know all about Thai cuisine and the best time to visit Amazing Thailand by following updates and current information on www.tourismthailand.org and http://tourismthailand.in
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Wisdom Capital acquires ImagineSales, launches Wisdom CRM

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Noida (Uttar Pradesh) [India], February 26 (ANI/PRNewswire): Wisdom Capital, a Wisdom Group flagship company, has recently taken over a start-up, Imagine Sales – a customer relationship management (CRM) company, and launched Wisdom CRM.
CRM is a massive industry and is likely to grow at double digit growth rates in the coming decade; however, it is very sporadically distributed in India.
“The idea is to provide CRM software, cloud telephony, Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled chatbots with voice command functionality, encrypted data transfer, Whatsapp messaging services, bulk emailing, social media embedded tools, and helpdesk services under one roof. It will be similar to an all-encompassing modern departmental store”, said Founder and Group CEO, Deb Mukherjee.
Wisdom Group was already in the process of developing CRM software under the flagship of its group IT company, Wisdom Tree Ventures with a brand name of ‘Wisdom CRM’.
Apart from the tangible assets, both sides have brought their intellectual worth on the table and hope to create value in the long run with the launch of the new product. Wisdom CRM was being developed with the eventual intention of penetrating and servicing the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector when an opportunity presented itself after the Covid-19 era.
“The new indigenously developed product will align with the Make in India ideology of the Government of India. Our hope is to provide stiff competition to the foreign players in this industry”, added Deb Mukherjee.
With this takeover, the newly formed entity is now a registered company by the name of Wisdom CRM Pvt. Ltd. The acquisition places Wisdom Group firmly in the CRM space. Among other sectors, Wisdom Group is primarily focused on presence in financial markets (Wisdom Capital), IT (Wisdom Tree Ventures), insurance (Wisdom Policy), and online gaming sectors (Wishgames11) with business interest in upcoming sectors as well.
Wisdom Group has taken this step in order to grab its share of the CRM market and plans to compete with the likes of Salesforce, FreshSales, and other foreign competitors in the industry. The Group followed an inorganic route as it believes that the technical knowhow of ImagineSales will complement its business operations and market reach. ImagineSales has been operative in this field for the last few years and, seeking growth, saw this as a win-win strategy for both the companies.
Existing clientele, technology, and call center operations are few of the attributes that ImagineSales brings on the table. The existing technology will be upgraded to the latest state of the art technological levels and will be ready for B2B clients in the near future.
‘Wisdom CRM’, a proprietary client relationship management system with embedded cloud telephony system will have an edge over other similar systems available in the market on account of specific state of the art technological features: telephony embedded CRM, visual journey builder, free trial capability, and competitive pricing. Also, for the first time in India, the newly launched Wisdom CRM will be AI powered.
‘Yeti’, the AI enabled assistant with voice command functionality, will be operative at all levels of the customer relationship funnel and will add value in tracking sales engagements, improving conversation rates, analyzing customer profiles, and ensuring seamless management of customer follow ups that will eventually help in yielding maximum profit.
This will keep the team motivated by reminding the team to follow up dead or untapped leads. AI will also be helpful in data analysis, pattern recognition, and corrective measures required to streamline the processes.
“Yeti has been designed to constantly remind the users about monthly sales targets, improve sales pitch, manage troubleshooting, and train in house users by analyzing call recordings and improve lead conversion rates”, said Sudip Samaddar, CEO Wisdom CRM.
Integration is another feature that will distinguish Wisdom CRM. Wisdom CRM can easily be integrated with several platforms and, as a result, will be able to simplify and fine tune the processes on a single platform.
“We saw the opportunity to revolutionize the CRM market and grabbed it right on the spot. We believe that we are at the inflexion point in this industry which is showing signs of consolidation in the new few years, and we want to be part of that consolidation,” said Bharat Bansal, Director, Wisdom CRM.
“In India, the telecom rules are different from those in the US. India doesn’t allow voice over IP. There is no telephony embedded CRM in India. All the major CRM companies in India provide telephony integrated CRM but not telephony embedded CRM. We fill that gap in India,” said Manish Kumar, CTO, at Wisdom CRM. Wisdom CRM seems fairly poised to achieve a homerun in the CRM space as well.
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Mintel announces beauty and personal care trends for 2021

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]. February 26 (ANI/BusinessWire India): Mintel, the experts in what consumers want and why, has announced four key consumer trends set to impact the global beauty and personal care industry during 2021, encompassing the behavioural drivers of wellbeing, value, technology, and surroundings.
* Beautiful Mind: Brands have an opportunity to build normality in uncertain times through routines using products that protect, bring value, and rebuild trusting relationships.
* Beauty Re(Valued): As spending comes under scrutiny, product functionality and purpose will drive usage. Value will be measured in quality, convenience, and impact rather than currency.
* Channel Changers: Robust ecommerce strategies will allow brands to win with a true omnichannel approach that pushes the boundaries, engages all of the senses, and offers new layers of digital experience.
* Beauty Eco-lution: As consumers emerge from COVID-19 confinement, they will re-evaluate priorities with eco-ethical considerations driving more purchases.
Looking ahead, Sharon Kwek, Associate Director, Global Beauty and Personal Care, discusses how these major trends are set to influence the beauty and personal care sector worldwide, including implications for manufacturers, companies, brands, and consumers.
Beautiful Mind
“Going forward, brands that successfully highlight the use of beauty routines as a way to combat stress and anxiety and bring normality during uncertain times will drive long-term value for consumers. Broadcasting stringent safety guidelines will help instil confidence and attract new customers seeking assurance in their desire to reconnect with retail experiences. Brands will need to create strategies for third-party experts to validate and educate consumers about the future of holistic wellness with self-care that touches on the mind-body-spirit connection.”
Beauty Re(Valued)
“Experiences will become more valuable than tangible products as many consumers re-evaluate what is essential to survival. Brands wishing to encourage consumers to trade-up will need to redefine value, beyond just cost, but through the impact of purchase as well as convenience with an emphasis on quality. ‘Flexitarian’ behaviour will become more extreme as shoppers trade up and down across categories. Those wishing to succeed will need to tune into what really resonates with consumer groups in order to reduce customer acquisition costs and increase lifetime value.”
Channel Changers
“Over the next 12 months, loyalty and lifetime customer value will be driven through multiple, sophisticated, and personalised digital touchpoints that focus on capturing individual lifestyle needs. Brands will need to develop strategies that drive commerce to own-brand sites that advocate authenticity, as well as challenge big marketplaces that have yet to provide clear supply chain transparency. The professional sector should be elevated further to offer an enhanced beauty experience through the use of trained and trusted professionals creating a true omnichannel strategy.”
Beauty Eco-lution
“Brands will continue to collaborate with and support local businesses with an authentic and long-term strategy as many consumers shop local with less focus on price. The next evolution of ‘clean’ will be created by marrying ethics with safety to cater to the conscious and careful beauty consumer focused on avoiding undue risk inside and outside the box. As consumers move into and out of big cities and small towns, the products and services they have access to will shift along with their priorities. In order to encourage repeat purchase, brands should invest in more diverse touchpoints that ensure optimal product discovery.”
Jane Henderson, Global President, Mintel Beauty and Personal Care, concludes:
“As experts in what consumers want and why, Mintel Beauty and Personal Care is uniquely suited to predict the future of consumer behaviour. In fact, we’ve accurately predicted the consumer and market trends that have shaped the global beauty and personal care industry for over a decade. With more than 3,000 brands that have developed winning strategies based on our insights, timelines, and recommendations, our reputation is well-earned and speaks for itself. And we continue to lead the conversation today.”
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