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New Delhi [India], February 12 (ANI/Mediawire): There has been a marked increase in Indian families applying for second citizenship in the Caribbean island of St Kitts and Nevis. With a stable economy, safe environment and high education standards, it is fast becoming the country of choice for those wanting to provide a better future for their children and grandchildren.
Located in the West Indies, St Kitts and Nevis boasts the oldest and most established Citizenship by Investment programme started in 1984. With a growing Indian community and the opportunity for financial diversification, it appeals to parents needing to focus on their business while also wanting to provide the best lifestyle for their family. It also provides visa-free travel to the UK and Europe which opens up a host of business and educational opportunities.

Education is a top priority. Primary education is free and mandatory, and all classes work on a student to teacher ratio of 14 to 1, allowing for more focussed lessons. With high enrolment figures their literacy rate is almost perfect at 98 per cent.
The Caribbean also boasts many well-regarded medical schools for tertiary education. Offering high quality medical education and advanced clinical training they have high acceptance rates and often slightly reduced tuition fees. The University of Medicine and Health Sciences in St. Kitts and Nevis is a private medical school where students can complete a Doctor of Medicine degree. Affiliated with over 20 teaching hospitals in the USA, graduates are also afforded the opportunity to do elective rotations at one of hundreds of hospitals across the US.
“As a country, St. Kitts and Nevis is unparalleled when it comes to an idyllic setting for your family. It has low crime rates, good governance and beautiful landscapes. Providing a place to settle or a second home for holidays, dual citizenship allows that ease of travel not only to St. Kitts and Nevis but also to over 150 countries visa-free,” said Micha Emmett, CEO of CS Global Partners, a legal advisory firm headquartered in London.

The world has changed. It has become harder to travel and to obtain visas, and the time taken to receive these visas mean that often business opportunities are lost. As a citizen of St Kitts and Nevis you are able to travel to over 150 countries visa-free. The ease with which you can apply and receive the second citizenship in St Kitts and Nevis gives you and your family another option. A Plan B should you need it and a second place to call home when you want it.
Mohit Lal, an Indian entrepreneur, obtained dual citizenship at a relatively young age and is now able to pass it down to his children. “I chose St. Kitts and Nevis for a variety of reasons. It had the shortest processing time and the visa-free travel options greatly helped how I conducted my business. And now, with a family, it has been extremely easy for me to pass citizenship down to them. My overall impression of St. Kitts and Nevis has been overwhelmingly positive. The people are friendly with a great energy and there is always some activity being worked on. It’s a beautiful place to live.”
In these uncertain times and with many governments struggling with the pandemic, the handling of Covid-19 by the St. Kitts and Nevis government has been exemplary with a total of only 39 cases, none of which have resulted in deaths. There is strong focus on the health and wellbeing of its citizens with a portion of the money received through their Citizenship by Investment programme going to assist families affected by the Coronavirus.
“In a world where remote working has become the norm, it makes sense to work from a country where your whole family can benefit through numerous opportunities, a better lifestyle and a good education. We expect to see more families from India applying to invest in the St. Kitts and Nevis programme as a positive and easy route to dual citizenship,” concludes Paul Singh, Director at CS Global Partners.
For more information please contact CS Global Partners on pr@csglobalpartners.com
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Aluminium’s contribution in enhancing global competitiveness of Indian metal industry: Abhijit Pati

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Balco Nagar/Korba (Chattisgarh) [India], March 3 (ANI/PNN): Abhijit Pati, CEO and Director of Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO), a global pioneer in the aluminium and power sector, represented the company at the 58th National Metallurgists’ Day (NMD) International Conference and 74th Annual Technical Meeting (ATM).
As a leader and stalwart in the aluminium industry, he led the panel discussion on ‘Enhancing global competitiveness of Indian metals industries’ during the event.
Organized by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay along with the Indian Institute of Metals on the theme ‘Seventy-five and aspiring for global leadership in Metallurgy & Material Engineering’, the event was attended by eminent industry leaders. The conference was organised with the prime focus on recent developments in the field of non-ferrous & ferrous metallurgy and business sustainability.
”Aluminium industry is partnering with the government’s visionary initiatives of Make in India, Smart Cities, Power for All, indigenous space programs, domestic value addition, creating jobs and SMEs in making our country a self-reliant nation. Indian aluminium Industry has generated over 8 lakh jobs directly and in-directly and developed over 4000 SMEs in downstream sector. The clarion call of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat from our Honorable Prime Minister is seeing Indians working on a war footing to fulfill this vision. Aluminium industry has a strong output and employment multiplier effect on other key sectors. It has forward linkages with aviation, defense, auto, electricity, construction, packaging etc., and backward linkages with mining, refining, chemical industry, power, and machinery,” said Abhijit Pati, addressing the audience an panel experts CEO & Director.
Abhijit Pati also emphasized on BALCO’s continued efforts during the pandemic as aluminium is a metal of strategic importance to the country and a vital raw material for key industries like electrical distribution, transportation, aerospace, defense, building and construction, etc. As aluminium smelters needed to be operational 24*7, BALCO ensured the continuity of operations, keeping up this critical raw material for first use and end-use industry sectors.
Abhijit Pati stressed on how classification of aluminium industry as a ‘Core Industry’, as recommended by NITI Aayog and Mines Ministry, and formulation of National Aluminium Policy (NAP) as recommended by NITI Aayog can place aluminium industry on priority status. Also, pricing strategy for raw materials – coal and bauxite, need to be restructured to solve the prevalent issue of raw material security. He also suggested the much-needed reforms on guidelines for boosting domestic scrap recycling and achieving quality standards for scrap usage/imports and ways in which export competitiveness can be enhanced in India through Remission of Duties or Taxes on Export Products Scheme exclusively for aluminium industry.
India’s 4th largest coal reserves and 5th largest bauxite reserves in the world along with its unique geographical location makes India a strategic location to become a major global low-cost aluminium production hub. Aluminium is one of the key growth sectors for India and possess a huge potential to contribute as a wealth creator for nation’s economic growth.
Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 49% by the Government of India and 51 per cent by Vedanta Limited. Vedanta Limited is the world’s 6th largest diversified natural resources company and the largest producer of aluminium in India. BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelter and power plants, the company fulfills its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.
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SRM University-AP and GWFM organises National Human Resource Conclave-2021

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Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 3 (ANI/NewsVoir): SRM University – AP organised the grandest National HR Conclave-2021, the grandest conglomerate of Human Resource experts, on February 27, 2021, in association with the Global Workforce Management Forum.
The theme of the conclave for this year was “Leading the Disruption – The HR Agenda for 2021”. Senior Human Resource Leaders from reputed companies such as KPMG, Airbus, IBM, Informatica, Standard Chartered Bank, Flipkart, Shriram Bio-seeds, NCC Ltd., NOKIA, Infosys BPO, Volvo Group, Reliance Jio, Western Digital, Visa, Accenture, Grant Thornton LLP, Xperi Corp, Western Digital, Kromozones Software Pvt. Ltd., Shriram Bio-seeds, SS&C Technologies delivered keynote speeches and participated in Panel Discussions in the daylong event.
The event was started with the opening remarks of Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP. In his speech, Prof Rao explained briefly how disruptive innovation had benefitted several industries such as the telecom and communication industry, automobile industry and others so far. It is high time to explore the opportunities in the Human Resource sector.
“COVID-19 has provided us with many opportunities. Post-COVID era is the era of changed perspective and innovation, enabling the commoners to reap the benefits of technology,” said Prof Rao.
He also stated the University encourages students to make use of the opportunities such as undergrad research, semester abroad program, student run-tech labs, etc to enhance their creative and innovative thinking.
Advancing the proceedings of the event, the founders of GWFM gave a brief understanding of their organisational structure and operations. Global Workforce Management Forum, founded in June 2014 by Dr. Shiva Kumar and Partho Ganguly, is the world’s first WFM Forum. It is a non-profit professional organisation comprising of a group of Senior WFM & HR professionals committed to promoting the WFM movement on the global platform. Mr. Ganguly set the tone for the conclave by addressing the present stagnation in Human Resource and opportunities to move forward.
In the first Keynote speech of the conclave Unmesh Pawar, Partner – People Performance & Culture – KPMG India, explained how workforce reshaping is going to be a key element as we move forward. COVID-19 has changed the HR perspective globally. Pawar took some realistic examples from whatever is happening worldwide and how it is creating shifts in overall organisational behaviour and operations.
The event progressed with a few panel discussions. Commenting on the importance of Digital, Data and Disruptions, the panel agreed that data analytics is crucial in today’s world, where we are standing on the verge of digital transformation. Predictive data analysis is being used to make business decisions. It is very important to have a sharp and clear objective to move forward in this field with countless opportunities.
Advancing into the event, Suraj Chetri, Director HR Airbus India illuminated the audience with his strategic keynote on The Future of HR.
“Start-ups are the future. Larger conglomerates will break into smaller companies with the abolishment of hierarchy. A lot of focus will be in healthcare and safety with special emphasis on mental health,” said Chetri.
According to him, a smart workplace is going a play a major role in the future. Technology will support employees to carry out several activities in a seamless way. It is going to impact the workplace culture and office management. Machine learning, data-driven automation, physical as well as virtual connectivity and Team collaborations are going to sustain in the future.
In another discussion on HR strategies to build flexibility, adaptability, and agility, the panel agreed on that every crisis goes through a time of recovery. This is a recovery phase. What is needed is adaptability as a skill. People are now looking for adaptability as the most important tool and hiring criteria. There are many tools and technologies to aid the recruitment process. But that is for ease of administration. More important is how one positions himself? Students should be focused from the beginning to create their own brand, deciding their selling points and USPs.
While speaking on the Future-proofing workforce 2020: Upskilling employees for future-oriented career trajectories, Augustus Azariah, Human Resource Leader IBM mentioned that organisations used to build skills, capabilities, competencies, risk appetite among the employees. These skills are now being used to stay afloat in the storm called COVID-19. Analytics says storm riders are highly adaptable, willing to take risks with the resilience to get teams together.
“If we walk through a journey of how HR has evolved over the years, we will find that it used to be process-driven, but now it is experiential and result- oriented. Conversion of data into actionable insights, design thinking, awareness of market trends, proactive learning and upskilling are the tools that employees of the future will need. To be an essential part of the future, one has to be digitally aware with a work experience consistent with his customers’ experience along with proper sensitisation in the workplace with the changed demographics,” advised Azariah.
Over 25 Human Resource experts joined the conclave to share their view and usher in the way forward for the students. the conclave provided food for thought for the fellow recruiters as well as the students were highly motivated to listen to the experts speaking on real time problems with a solution. Vivekanandan, Assistant Director-CR&CS, SRM University-AP, cordially thanked all the speakers, panel members, and the GWFM for their efforts to make the conclave a grand success.
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Unacademy’s new film draws inspiration from the life of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 3 (ANI/BusinessWire India): Unacademy has released a new film titled ‘The Greatest Lesson,’ to mark its association with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and celebrate the relentless human spirit in its pursuit of excellence.
The Master Blaster has been roped in to serve as a Brand Ambassador and a Mentor for Unacademy learners.
The film celebrates the ‘never give up’ spirit by commemorating some of the most challenging times of the veteran cricketer’s career and his subsequent triumphs. Being an Education platform, Unacademy drives a message with the film that failures must be looked upon as stepping stones to success.
The film starts with the audience cheering on the Master Blaster as he walks out onto the field and former pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar gets ready to bowl. A few frames later, Akhtar is seen hurtling down the pitch in his trademark style as Sachin takes guard. The film then cuts to Sachin’s ODI debut in 1989, when he was dismissed on a duck on the second ball he faced.
From there on, the film depicts some of Sachin’s most notable dismissals including the ‘shoulder before wicket’ incident against Australia at Adelaide in 1999, and former umpire Steve Bucknor’s erroneous dismissal of the cricketer at Gabba in 2003. The disappointment of the fans and the consternation on Sachin’s face is palpable as the film progresses till it reaches a crescendo and the screen changes to read, ‘Failure. The fuel of champions.’
Thereon, the narrative changes as the film journeys through some of Sachin’s most momentous comebacks that made him one of the greatest cricketers in the history of the game, earning him the sobriquet, ‘God of Cricket.’
Watch the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nYLfqkI8ZA
Unacademy recently announced a strategic partnership with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. As part of the deal, Sachin will share his life lessons, mentoring Unacademy learners through a series of live interactive classes, which will be available free of cost. Unacademy is also working on a deeper content-led integration with Sachin in the sports learning category. The details of this integration will be unveiled in the next few months.
The film shattered viewership records within hours of its release, garnering over 2 million views across social media & digital platforms and was trending number 1 on Twitter. This is the second major viral campaign for the EdTech major, whose IPL film titled ‘Cracking the Game’, won several awards and received an equally stellar response last November.
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J L Stream launches a ‘Made in India’ Social LIVE streaming app

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 3 (ANI/PRNewswire): With over 680 million active internet users and 450 million social network users, India has one of the lowest-priced data in the world. This second largest online market is fast growing to be one of the largest consumers of content globally.
J L Stream is promoted by Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra, entrepreneur Raj Kundra along with an advisory board of industry visionaries like Raj Nayak – former chief of Viacom, Bunty Bahl – CEO at ITW Playworx Media & Entertainment & Nandan Jha – former COO Ease My Trip. J L stands for Jaldi Live – a social LIVE streaming mobile app that gives users an opportunity to stream their talent, get discovered, chat and earn.
The app has a unique feature called K.I.S.S. that stands for ‘Keep It Simple Streamer’ & gives an option to the users to share a short video of their talent along with their introduction to help get discovered faster. On J L Stream, users can stream anywhere any time, showcase their talents, give shout-outs to their audience & earn money with instant cash out. The app will be available worldwide barring China. Users will be able to purchase coins in-app and pay streamers via virtual gifts during the live sessions. Streamers can withdraw their earnings instantly via multiple digital payment options.
“In the last 5 years, India has seen a substantial amount of growth in the way we consume data and watch content. Jaldi Live is a major part of the new internet culture giving every person with any talent a platform to become a star. We have crossed 1 Lakh installs already. I am proud to say the app is made in India and will be available worldwide,” said Raj Kundra, the CEO, delighted about the upcoming launch.
For more information or to download the app go to www.JLStream.com.
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SchoolBasix’s digital solution helps small retailers take their schooling inventory online

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Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 3 (ANI/PRNewswire): When COVID-19 struck the world, its brunt was felt across all sectors. For the first time, shops and businesses downed their shutters, and people shivered with fear at the thought of walking into a store and touching its merchandise before buying.
While adults had a tough time dealing with the many chores around the house, and work-from-home became the new reality, children found it very hard to deal with the ennui. Schools closed their gates, and a new arena opened up in the form of online classes. The sheer joy of going to school in a new uniform and running their hands over new stationery and books now evaded them.
Retailers also had it difficult. With most people avoiding shops and digital becoming a new normal, it was now the only way to sell. When many were looking for a partner to take their business online, a solution came in the form of SchoolBasix.
Founded by Swathy Rohit, SchoolBasix is based in Coimbatore, India. A mechanical engineer by profession with two decades of experience in the healthcare and education sector.
SchoolBasix is a platform that helps school retailers do business online. There are 1.3 billion children globally, but the company currently focuses on 3,00,000 retailers who serve about 100 million children in India’s private schools.
With its fast-growing youth population, India has a thriving market for schooling products, which grows from 10 per cent to 12 per cent year-on-year. Indian education is organized, with 93% of the back-to-school market lying in the hands of mom & pop retailers.
A great example of SchoolBasix’s success is Venkat, one of the company’s first retailers. With a storefront in a crowded marketplace, visibility was always a problem, and he would end up making about Rs 12,000 per month through selling uniforms, books, shoes, and stationery out of his physical store.
This brings us to a pertinent question. Why does a retailer like Venkat, who already has his store, need something like SchoolBasix? When one walks into his store, within a few minutes, one will be able to point out the huge amount of inefficiencies. When SchoolBasix looks at it from the customer’s point of view, he is walking into a shop that is about 100 square feet or less, very cramped with inventory, and cannot accommodate more than three people, including the store manager. Stocking is usually done ad hoc, from memory, and there is a lot of deadstock, which results in loss of capital. This is not an ideal situation.
When COVID-19 hit, this small retailer had no means to run his business. He did not have a website nor a dedicated home delivery system. This means he can’t upsell or cross-sell any of his wares or services to increase income. This is where https://www.schoolbasix.com comes in.
SchoolBasix Online Platform for School Retailers
SchoolBasix’s free online platform helps a retailer take care of customers and provide doorstep delivery. He gets access to SchoolBasix’s extensive catalog and software for inventory management, which helps him keep a tab on his stock, customer data, and the means to sell his services in a more organized way. After Venkat joined the platform, which took him only five minutes, he was able to sell via all social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, or Instagram. The perks do not end here. SchoolBasix also helps retailers get working capital loans through third-party NFBCs.
“Our mission at SchoolBasix is to build India’s largest online products’ platform. We aim to transform 3,00,000 unorganized retailers into superstores. We have also managed to double the retailer’s revenue in our first year of partnership with them,” said Anmol Vij, Co-founder of School Basix.
* There are several players in single-product categories like Mafatlals for uniforms, Wildcraft for bags, and Amazon for generic categories. But SchoolBasix happens to be the only one who has the expertise to cater to school retailers specifically. It is also the only platform with a comprehensive solution for school retailers digitally.
The company is growing at 2.5x year-on-year, with 162 active retail partners on the platform.
“We are bootstrapped, cash-positive, and are growing aggressively. We are acquiring more retailers post the pandemic and also increasing our share in the wallet of the back-to-school supplies with brand partnerships. We also plan to introduce more categories in ed-tech, like school counseling and online school clinics,” said Swathy.
SchoolBasix has been giving retailers like Venkat a firm footing and churning out a very positive belief system. It is helping small businesses survive by expanding across state borders with a virtual push. It has lovely stories of vendors who could double their income and communicate with their customers.
SchoolBasix is also sustainable. As most of the schooling products end up in landfills, the company has teamed up with Goonj, an NGO that collects used-uniforms and donates them to underprivileged kids. Thus, this is the new-age solution for small school-product retailers who want to make it big.
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QpiAI in partnership with IISc launches joint certification for AI and Quantum Computing to upskill enterprises, schools and colleges

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Bangalore (Karnataka) [India], March 3 (ANI/BusinessWire India): QpiAI and IISc launched Joint certification of AI and Quantum Computing to upskill enterprises, schools and colleges across Asia and Europe. Certification courses are starting from May 1st 2021.
Details of the certification program can be found at https://www.qpiai-explorer.tech/certification
Dr Nagendra Nagaraja, CEO and Founder of Qpi Technology holdings which is the parent company of QpiAI, QpiCloud and SuperQ suggested- “QpiAI is an AI modelling and Quantum Computing company. We have deployed our flagship platform QpiAI-Pro in large enterprises. QpiAI-Pro, QpiAI-Enterprise and QpiAI-Quantum are the most advanced AI and Quantum modelling platforms in the world, with Quantum inspired compute and Quantum compute backend for generating high performance models. When working with large enterprises across Asia and Europe and talking to universities across the world, we found out that there is a huge need to upskill the workforce and the students to operate these advanced technologies. We have now launched QpiAI-Explorer to bridge this gap. QpiAI-Explorer is an entry level AI modelling and Quantum Computing platform that can run on a laptop without the use of expensive cloud resources. QpiAI along with IISc intends to offer 3 certifications currently: AI-level 1, AI-level 2 and a joint AI and Quantum Computing Certifications to help train the workforce in large enterprises, schools and colleges. This would accelerate adoption and aid in democratization of AI and Quantum Computing technologies”.
QpiAI has a very strong technical team of 30 bright engineers. Some of them have an outstanding track record in AI and Quantum Computing.
Dr Amlan Mukherjee, has a PhD from TIFR and previously a post-doctoral researcher from Stuttgart University, Germany, returned to India, to take up the challenging role as the Director of Quantum Hardware and Research at QpiAI suggested- “Our initiative of collaborations with various universities like IISc, IISER and TIFR have met with great enthusiasm and optimism. We also want to reach out to grass-root enterprises, schools and colleges to proliferate AI and Quantum Computing. We would also like to bring these certification courses in Hindi, to have a wider reach and truly democratize AI and Quantum.”
Dr Amlan Mukherjee is an expert in various Quantum Systems and has done multiple successful tape-outs of Quantum Control Chips in the past.
Another brilliant engineer Ir. Pinakin M Padalia also returned to India from TU Delft, Netherlands, where he was a researcher, to join as a Director of Quantum Circuits at QpiAI said: “I have a dream. I always wanted to build great technologies in India. To realize this dream and fully develop Quantum Computing in India, we need to upskill our workforce and students to be ready for the Quantum world. QpiAI-Explorer is the first step towards realizing this magnificent dream.” Ir. Pinakin M Padalia has proven track record in designing and testing Cryogenic Quantum Control Chips.
Another talented Quantum Software Engineer Lakshya Priyadarshi suggested that “It is really exciting to have great people on our advisory board like D. Madhu Atre, Prof. Navakanta Bhat and Prof. Ujjwal Sen. We are fortunate to have their guidance, which is crucial for the success of this program. IISc supporting this cause is really great for our ecosystem. This should accelerate the adoption of Quantum Computing technologies in India.”
Sachin Kumar, who is a Senior Data Scientist at QpiAI suggested- “Hands-on AI modelling experience is absolutely crucial to accelerate Intelligent Digital Transformation. QpiAI-Explorer is designed to achieve the same. Furthermore, this would catalyse upgradation towards QpiAI-Pro, QpiAI-Enterprise and QpiAI-Quantum for converting data to intelligence at scale, while enhancing productivity in our enterprises.”
Further QpiAI is scheduled to tape-out 128-qubit Quantum Control Chip codenamed “BumbleBee” this September/October of 2021. It will be a state-of-the-art quantum control chip intended to work at 4 Kelvin (-269 oC) designed using 22 nm TSMC CMOS process. QpiAI intends to jointly deploy this chip with various institutes, combining it with semi-conductor and super-conductor qubits. QpiAI-Explorer which is intended to be used for these certification courses in the future will also be installed on real Quantum Hardware and eventually help enterprises and institutional customers to move to QpiAI-Quantum platform.
Enterprises, schools and colleges can enrol for certification at https://www.qpiai-explorer.tech/certification or reach us at certification@qpiai.tech
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