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Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World 2017 -celebrating a six time win for India at this pageant!

18 Nov
“The feeling is still sinking in and am very excited of doing India proud.   I’m looking forward to the year ahead.” says India’s Manushi Chillar winner of the coveted Miss World 2017 pageant.  manushi-chhillar-parents-
Manushi further expressed, “My parents have  been a constant pillar of support and having them here tonight has only brought me more strength and joy.  My final answer came instantly as an ode to my loving mother who has stood her ground with  her unwavering belief in me!”

This svelte Indian beauty is the sixth  winner  of the title since Priyanka Chopra won it in 2000 and previous to that Yukta Mookhey, Diana Haydon, Aishwarya Rai and Reita Faria were the winners of the title.  All of who and other dignitaries and celebrities came forward to express their delight and congratulate Chhillar on her win.

Chhillar 20, is a medical student from Haryana.  She is born to doctor parents and has  studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat.

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Chhillar competed against 118 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena in China.

Chhillar was handed the crown by last year’s winner, Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico, at the ceremony. Stephanie Hill of England and Andrea Meza of Mexico finished as runners-up.

According to Chhillar’s profile on the Miss World website, she aims to be a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas.
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India’s First Children News Service’s Grand Launch in Mumbai

15 Nov

Jackky Bhagnani with Scrappy News service anchors and ReportersDelhi based NGO ‘Going To School’ under the platform of ‘Scrappy Kids’ launched India’s first children News Service called the Scrappy News Service on November 14th. The Scrappy News Service was launched on social video platform YouTube. Its grand launch in Mumbai had many noted guests and celebrities attend the event.

The launch witnessed the presence of actor/ producer Dia Mirza and actor/producer Jackky Bhagnani who were seen interacting with the kids from the Scrappy News Service at the launch.

The Scrappy newsrooms built completely out of scrap cater to the Children’s Scrappy News Service, a makeshift news service and news-talk-game show run by kids for kids, taking on India’s biggest problems and solving them with design-thinking and scrappy skills. Among the newsrooms set up in Mumbai, Bengaluru and across 14 places in Bihar, a list of innovative and interesting activities was planned for the newsrooms in Mumbai.

Says 10-year-old child anchor Dheeraj, “We want to make sure adults sit up and take note of the issues we are addressing and begin to act on the same.”

The Mumbai newsroom has been set up at the scenic Worli Fishing village which the Scrappy team feels is the real Mumbai – what with the sea as the backdrop and the skyscrapers adjacent and of course, the fishing boats bobbing in the water. Along with our scrappy kids we will have Children and Musical Band from Akanksha Foundation, Yuwa Football Team, Mumbai Dabbawala’s, An performance by Dance Out of Poverty Kids and others speaking about the issue ‘No place to play’.

Lisa Heydlauff, Founder, ‘Going to School’ says, “Scrappy means to create something out of nothing to change the way things are. And the good news is that Scrappy News is all good news. It’s about what you can do to make the world a better place. It’s a revolution that says we have no time left, let children lead.”

Padmini Vaidyanathan, Director, ‘Going To School’, “Children’s Scrappy News Service was created to showcase how kids think and how they can help in making the world a better place. It’s a children’s call to action.”Dia Mirza with the Scrappy News service Anchors and Reporters (4)

The Children’s Scrappy News Service launched simultaneously in Bengaluru and Bihar .

 

Teaser of Nawazuddin Siddique’s Monsoon Shootout will have you completely gripped !

14 Nov
monsoon shootoutThe first release date announcement poster of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s much-awaited film Monsoon Shootout was released yesterday and was well received by all. Now the makers of the film have released a crisp yet gripping teaser of the film.
Directed by the award winning director of the short film Bypass, Amit Kumar, Monsoon Shootout stars Nawazuddin Siddique and Vijay Verma in the lead roles. The teaser intercuts between shots of crime and action scenes, giving us the peek into what the film is about. With a gripping line – which says “Ganghor toofani baarish se khatarnak Kya ho sakta hai… Bin mausam barsaat”, the teaser is every bit intense to bring out the thrill element of the film.  
Presented by Moving Pictures and produced by Sikhya Entertainment, Monsoon Shootout will release on 15th December 2017.

Elder D Todd Christofferson awarded Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peae Prize 2017 in a ceremony hosted at MAEER’S MIT, Pune.

20 Aug

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The Philosopher Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize-2017, given on behalf of World Peace Center (Alandi), MAEER’s MIT World Peace University, Pune, India was conferred upon the HON’BLE ELDER D. TODD CHRISTOFFERSON, Member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – Mormon Community, Utah, (USA), in appreciation and recognition of his great yeomen service for championing the Noble Cause of Human Welfare, Communal Harmony and Universal Brotherhood through his unique mission to promote the Culture of Peace in the World.

The conferment ceremony took place at the Swami Vivekananda Mandap at Dr. Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University. The Chief Guest at this program was Dr. Michael Noble, Ex-President, Noble Charitable Trust. The award consisted of a golden replica of Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara, a gold medal, certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 5,25,000/- (Five Lakh Twenty Five Thousand Rupees).

Also present at the event were Shri. Babasaheb Purandare, Maharashtra Bhushan, Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad, President, World Peace Centre (Alandi), MAEER’s MIT World Peace University, Nanik Rupani, Chairman, Neutron Electronic Systems, Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Padma Bhushan & Father of PARAM Supercomputer, Prof. Rahul Karad, Executive President, MIT World Peace University, Hon’ble Father Funk, Elder Robert Williams, Mr. Mathew Holland and Dr. Chandrakant Pandav, Trustee, MAEER’s MIT, Pune.

MNK_6594-1350x734In his acceptance speech, Elder D. Todd Christofferson said, “It is my honour to receive this World Peace Prize in the name of Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara. Our church is grateful to be part of India’s rich diversity of faith traditions. Religion defines and sustains us. For billions of believers it is who we are and how we live. But religion also benefits Nations, communities and policy makers who seek to establish peace and lasting prosperity for all people of all faiths. Religion has a significant effect on national prosperity. Study shows that religion fosters trust, a necessary ingredient for social Cohesion and economic growth. Religious people trust others more. They trust the legal system and government more, they are less willing to break the laws. Trust is an essential element of any well-functioning economy. Religious people are far more trusting than those with merely a secular point of view. Religious people and Institutions are powerful source of humanitarian assistance. People of faith are 40% more likely than non-religious people to give money to Charity and twice as likely to volunteer their services to community organisations. Religious freedom facilitates other types of freedom. Studies have shown that societal restrictions on religion increases interstate conflicts. The Christian community in India, although a minority, generally enjoy safety and peace to develop and contribute to Indian society as well as other faiths in India.”

Dr. Michael Nobel said, “The Nobel Prize in peace is generally considered by the world as the ultimate accolade for peace efforts. But there are other prestigious awards and one of them is the World Peace Prize given by MIT World Peace University and is considered as the foremost peace activity award in this country. The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints is unique in several regards. The areas in which the organisation excels are they assure peace and Unity within family structures. They hava a strict imposition of honour codes in which no gambling, smoking or drinking is allowed, it is also a great range of scope of humanitarian efforts on a worldwide scale and their expensive and practical work with refugees to ensure their livelihood and possibilities of survival in a foreign country is commendable.”

Babasaheb Purandare said, “Today is an auspicious day as we are felicitating a senior and wiser man like Elder D. Todd Christofferson. His name starts with the world ‘elder’ and ends with the word ‘son’. The power of both the words can be seen within him. If pasaydan is written under the logo of any other religion it will sound the same and will relate itself appropriately to that religion. This is the beauty of pasaydan. We should love the world. The world ‘love’ truly resembles religion.”

Vishwanath Karad said, “We are delighted to honour Elder D. Todd Christofferson with the World Peace Prize. He has dedicated his life to the service of the society. Today we have come for common cause to promote peace and culture in this world. This is a small beginning. This institution has followed the steps of Swami Vivekananda. I have a hope that in the future the education system will be based on the union of Science and spirituality.”

Prof. Rahul Karad gave the introductory speech and the program was compeered by Prof. Gautam Bapat.

WHD.India and NamesCon – an opportunity to learn and network in Mumbai this May.

2 May

WHD_IndiaThe biggest names in the web hosting system in India come together to witness the opportunity to learn and network with newsmakers from the ecosystem.

In a 3 day event to be hosted in Mumbai WHD.India gives you the opportunity to network with some of the top names in hosting across India.  IBEE Hosting is heading up its way wth  some serious business meets and partnerships.

It is also an excellent opportunity for the web community as WHD.India and NamesCon are together at the same venue i.e., on 18th May and 17 to 19th May at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai, India respectively. For more details register here.

WHD.India will be a great event with Keynotes and informative sessions where industry experts will be there discussing the hottest topics and the latest technology and advancements in the Web Hosting Industry.

NamesCon India is the day after WHD.india and takes place in the same location; which provides an excellent opportunity of having two premium technology conferences at one venue.

Managing Director – Mr. Betrand Yella of IBEE Hosting along with his team will be attending both the events.   The company is welcoming all industry folks to come and meet for partnerships and explore how businesses can earn synergies together.

MAEER’s MIT SOG makes an appeal to the PM proposing him to start Indian Institute of Political Leadership & Governance (IIPLG)

26 Apr

B Radhakrishna-Pillai-(Dir,-Chanakya-Institute),-Nanik-Rupani-(Neutron-Electronic),-Prof-Rahul-Karad-(MIT,-Pune),-Dr-Seema-Rao-(1st-Woman-Commando-Trainer)-BLOGIn the midst of all the talks to strengthen our democracy, the educated youth of India, even today, hardly considers politics as a career option. Their reluctance to fill in the positions of political leadership might slow down the process of strengthening our democracy. Therefore in order to bridge the gap between educated youth and political leadership, MAEER’s MIT School of Government (MIT-SOG) has proposed & appealed to the Honorable Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi, through a letter, to start Institutions of National Importance for Political Leadership & Governance. MIT-SOG has urged the Prime Minister that the Indian Institute of Political Leadership & Governance (IIPLG), comparable with IITs & IIMs in quality, be established in all states of India as Institutions of National Importance. The proposed institutions of IIPLG ideally should be run in a collaborative structure of respective State Legislative Assemblies, Both the House of Indian Parliament – Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha, Government of India and Private educational entities.

To take this particular vision ahead, the letter also appeals to initiate an All India Legislature Congress (AILC), a 3-day annual national conference under the aegis of Lok Sabha and Prime Minister’s patronage.

Rahul V. Karad, Founder, MIT School of Government & Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad (Indian Student Parliament), Radhakrishhna Pillai, Director, Chanakya Institute of Public Leadership, Dr. Seema Rao, India’s 1st Woman Commando Trainer & Nanik Rupani, Chairman, Nutron Electronic System Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai were present at the gathering.
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MIT Group of Institutions was established in 1983 as a society and charitable trust. With more than 10 campuses in the state of Maharashtra covering almost 1000 acres of area, the MIT Group provides education in the fields of Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, Marine Engineering, Insurance, Distance Education, Telecom Management, Lighting, Design, Food & Technology, Retail Management, Masters in Business Administration, School of Government and also School Education.  The MIT Group is almost a big University by itself. 

 

FICCI FRAMES-2017 – Lack of cinema screens, piracy, high ticket prices at multiplexes & new movies on TV reducing the number of footfalls in cinemas houses

29 Mar

Is Bollywood in trouble? Will Hollywood and Regional take over? Is Indian Cinema in any kind of trouble? 

Piracy, high pricing of tickets at multiplexes. lack of cinema screens and new movies being broadcasted on television three months after release have reduced the number of footfalls in the cinemas considerably and was making it difficult to raise the market share.

However, there is good news yet !  The emergence of digital platforms has opened new vistas for monetization for movies. 

Even though regional cinema is being aggressively promoted by state governments by way of various sops, Bollywood  can benefit if we could raise the TV viewing window of new movies to six months instead of the current three months.   Lack of screens in the country and high price of tickets coupled with the fact the audience for Hollywood movies was increasing and giving a tough competition to Hindi cinema.   Models were being worked upon to maintain a balance.    

The solution is simple, we need a strong trade bodies to combat piracy and with the help of committed and passionate producers and stakeholders to push the agenda,  Piracy can be reduced by the cause being championed by effective global leaders who could take the fight ahead.   

Also if all types of cinemas are marketed and given due visibility as is the case with big budgeted films, the audience who are alienated by multiplies as they were removing a certain type of cinema for which there was an audience base, we will experience more footfalls in the theatre.

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The session was moderated by Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios. Participating members were Samir Nair, Group CEO, Balaji Telefilms, Venky Mysore, CEO, Red Chillies Entertainment, Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Suresh Babu, President, Telugu Film Chamber Of Commerce.