New Delhi [India], February 17 (ANI/ThePRTree): Singer Gajendra Verma has been creating an immense buzz with his latest musical series titled Summary comprising of five amazing songs released over Valentine’s week. What’s unique about the series is that it is based on one story spread across five songs. With the release of every song from the series, fans were anticipated to witness what happens next!
Gajendra whose name is synonymous with love and romance revealed the entire thought process behind making one its kind musical series. He says, “I am personally very romantic at heart. I honestly wanted to put across a story that resonates with my journey. Director Vikram Singh and I wanted to do justice to the story. Hence, decided to make five songs instead of one and share the story in a very beautiful way”.
He adds, “The response so far has been crazy. Every song has got its fanbase. I am glad to have come up with something that connects well with my audience. The summary is very close to my heart as it showcases me as a person. I hope people who haven’t watched it yet too love it”.
Falling in love to winning the love is comprehensively explained through “Summary” – It’s a crisp musical love story narrated through 5 songs. The journey of Summary began on 1st of February with Mushkil Badi’ followed by ‘Kitna Maza Aayega’ released on 4th Feb, ‘Ratjage’ on 8th Feb, Pehla Pyar on 11th Feb and the last song of the musical series titled ‘Aaj Phir Se’ was released on the Valentine’s Day. Shot in the beautiful city of Turkey, Summary is all about redefining love and life also starring Manasi Moghe.
Backed by Virtual Planet Music, the entire series has struck chords with the masses on multiple levels. From making videos on social media to trending them on YouTube, Fans have showered love and appreciation for the series and Gajendra in large numbers.
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NSE, SIDBI sign MoU for MSME sector, may evolve debt capital platform
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 3 (ANI): National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in various ongoing micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) related initiatives.
The pact will also explore feasibility of a debt capital platform for the MSMEs.
“Keeping in view the very large and diversified MSME sector in the country, there is a continuous need for various institutions to coordinate and cooperate with each other for the benefit of MSME sector,” said V Satya Venkata Rao, Deputy Managing Director of SIDBI.
“Both the institutions run several programmes for MSMEs and the cooperation will help increase the impact and reach of these programmes,” he said.
Vikram Limaye, Managing Director and CEO of NSE, said the exchange has always focused on innovation and use of technology for the benefit of Indian industry and investors.
“We are committed to the MSME sector. We are looking forward to working with SIDBI for exploring the feasibility of a debt capital platform for MSMEs. Based on the market feedback, we will plan the next steps ahead.” (ANI)
Aluminium’s contribution in enhancing global competitiveness of Indian metal industry: Abhijit Pati
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
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
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
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
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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