Europe's most influential technology festival, London Tech Week 2020 begins

Sep 02 2020

London Tech Week 2020 launches today showcasing the best of global tech and how it will play a crucial role in helping us navigate the challenges facing our changing world. 

 

Europe’s most influential tech event, which runs from Sept 1st-11th, will look at the impact of the technology ecosystem on the key issues of our age including health, education, security, the future of work and the socio-economic inclusion of women, BAME and under-represented groups.

 

London Tech Week drives key connections and conversations which will shape the future of the sector in the UK and across the world and features keynote speakers from Government, Tech and Science. 

 

The event this year features some of the biggest names in tech including Eric Schmidt, former CEO & Chairman, Google // Co-Founder, Schmidt Futures, and Jack Dorsey, CEO and Co-Founder of Square and CEO of Twitter. 

We will also hear from Matt Hancock MP the Secretary of State for Health,  Caroline Dinenage MP Minister of State for Digital and Culture,  Dr Indra Joshi Director of AI at NHSX, and Howard Boville, Senior Vice President, IBM Hybrid Cloud and former Chief Technology Officer for Bank of America.

 

 

We’re also delighted to be hosting musician, composer and tech enthusiast Nile Rodgers who will be leading our discussions on diversity and inclusion. 

 

Despite the current climate, the UK tech sector remains in robust form and continues to play a key part in driving the economy, according to new data. 

 

Against a backdrop of job losses in many sectors, the digital tech sector is starting to show signs of recovery and companies have gained confidence in the last few weeks, as demonstrated by a sharp uptick in jobs advertised online. 

 

The Digital Economy Council and Tech Nation will publish a preview next week (Sept 8) of its Bright Tech Future report, out this autumn, which will reveal the extent to which tech companies have returned to hiring in recent weeks. The report will show tech now employs 2.93M people and that five cities outside London now have more than a fifth of their workforce employed in the digital tech economy. 

 

Gerry Grimstone, Minister for Investment said:

 

“Tech is playing an ever increasing role in all sectors, demonstrated in the UK’s great tech story, where opportunities for investors and UK businesses looking to export in sectors like healthcare, finance and education continue to grow.

 

“And we want this to continue. As we strike trade deals around the world, we will work with trading partners to set global standards and create cutting-edge provisions in key policy areas like AI, data and digital to make it easier for businesses to trade.

 

“The next two weeks are a real celebration of all that London and the whole of the UK has to offer and I look forward to seeing how the many events, discussions and meetings become commercial opportunities at home and abroad for tech firms in the UK.”

 

Carolyn Dawson, Managing Director of Informa Tech, said: “The UK continues to innovate as a cutting-edge tech hub and as one of the world’s most open and welcoming markets despite the challenging climate we find ourselves living in. 

 

“The power of tech is more important than ever as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. London Tech Week is an opportunity to bring the tech community together to find solutions and to ensure the survival of many of our businesses. 

 

“As a sector we have the talent and ambition matched with the ability to forge and shape solutions for many in the world.

 

“We look forward to inviting a truly global audience to this exciting and highly accessible virtual event.” 

 

At this year’s London Tech Week, the focus on curated virtual content will enable wider international audiences to join the conversation and connect with the global tech community by simply logging on to the London Tech Week platform (general registration here & media registration here). 

 

Key themes and speakers

 

  • Global Impact will explore development and trends within Med Tech with a particular focus on how technology is playing a crucial role in the fight against COVID-19. 

 

The Founders Forum HealthTech Summit delivers a stellar lineup including - The Rt Hon Matt Hancock the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden, Dr Indra Joshi Director of AI at NHSX, Dominic King, UK Lead & Medical Director at Google Health and Matthew Gould, CEO of NHSX.

 

The event brings together the most inspiring and celebrated minds from healthcare systems and digital health industries to ignite meaningful discussion and debate on the most pressing topics in global health.

 

How technology is making a difference in the battle against climate change will also feature during some of the highly engaging Global Impact sessions. 

 

  • People and Skills encompasses diversity & inclusion, with a particular focus on women with the much-anticipated accelerateHER sessions, and the future of work. 

Key speakers on the future of work include: Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, Kike Oniwinde Founder & CEO of BYP Network, Caroline Dinenage MP Minister of State for Digital and Culture and Vanessa Gilardi, Head of HR for Wealth Management International, Royal Bank of Canada. 

On diversity, key speakers include: Nile Rodgers, Co-Founder & Chairman of We Are Family Foundation, Jameela Jamil, Presenter and Activist and Scarlett Curtis, Writer and Activist.

 

  • Technologies & Industry - the AI Summit is the foremost conference and exhibition dedicated to AI and will showcase how the technology is transcending every area of business and society today. From global conglomerates to SMEs, from CIOs to heads of functions, AI is fueling operational and commercial evolution at a light-speed pace.

 

Key speakers include: Guus Dekkers CTO of Tesco and Warren East CEO of Rolls-Royce, and Howard Boville, Senior Vice President, IBM Hybrid Cloud and former Chief Technology Officer for Bank of America.

 

 

  • The Founders of the Future Forum - Bringing entrepreneurs and investors together, the Forum connects, informs and inspires future founders and highlights the UK’s most promising emerging tech talent.

 

Key speakers include: Eric Schmidt Former CEO & Chairman of Google // Co-Founder of Schmidt Futures and Nile Rodgers Co-Founder & Chairman of We Are Family Foundation.

 

  • Leaders, Investment & Innovation - the Global Leaders Innovation Summit will connect innovators and entrepreneurs to accelerate growth and drive positive change to explore how the tech ecosystem is working together to enable new futures where tech is for everyone and impactful innovation thrives.

 

Key speakers include: Alex Mahon CEO of Channel 4, Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden, Min-Liang Tan Co-Founder & CEO of Razer and Oli Barrett MBE Serial Co-Founder & Host at Connector Unit.

 

 

 

Janet Coyle, Managing Director for Business, London & Partners, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the fundamental role that technology plays in society today and the role it must continue to play as we face the new normal. London and the UK are home to an array of tech businesses that are driving innovation and change and London Tech Week is an excellent opportunity to convene the global tech community to address some of our most pressing challenges and drive forward conversations. We look forward to welcoming a global audience to join us and shape the future of the tech sector.”

 

 

Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates and Chairman, London Tech Week Advisory Committee, said: “When the country went into lockdown, tech played an instrumental role in keeping businesses open and families connected. On the road to recovery, Britain will again call upon its unrivalled population of tech entrepreneurs to supercharge growth – those that are pioneering innovations in health, in financial inclusion, in cyber security and more.

 

“Technology has an even greater role to play in helping people to feel safe, in supporting the next stage of our NHS, in protecting livelihoods and in defining our international competitiveness.

 

“London Tech Week puts the country’s digital ecosystem on show to the world and demonstrates that through virtually bringing the tech community together we can help to tackle the issues the sector is yet to get right and spearhead all that should be celebrated and indeed accelerated.”

 

Organised by Informa Tech, a founding partner of London Tech Week, the event will also feature an impressive line-up of other speakers and events showcasing the latest transformational innovations within technology. 

 

Visitors to Europe’s most influential virtual festival of technology will be able to see major tech brands such as IBM, Intel, and Google and a host of key entrepreneurs, policy makers, start-ups and international talent.

 

Sreeram Visvanathan, Chief Executive, IBM UK and Ireland, said: "The COVID-19 pandemic has been a turning point for many organisations. The experience of lockdown has emphasised the criticality of areas including remote working, business agility, digital customer engagement, and supply chain continuity. Seizing this imminent opportunity to drive change requires making the right IT architecture choices now, accelerating disruption and embarking on a journey towards an open and secure cloud architecture to drive greater digital transformation. London Tech Week will provide an essential forum for starting these collaborations and conversations in such unprecedented times."


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Health Supplement Chain Muscle & Strength India enters North East market with store launch in Guwahati
Sep 26 2021 By Admin
     Muscle & Strength India, one of the country’s retailers of fitness supplements & nutritional products has launched its first store in Guwahati. Youth icon, TV actor, model and winner of several reality shows in India, Prince Narula inaugurated the store located in Christian Basti, G.S.Road. Muscle & Strength India is now looking to expand aggressively in North East market and aims to open 20 stores in the next 1 year in the region. The company is eyeing to launch outlets through franchisee route as it seeks to deepen its presence in India's growing nutritional supplement space. The expansion plans of Muscle & Strength India also come at a time when there is increased focus on preventive healthcare as the world is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic. Muscle and Strength India, which currently has 17 stores spread across multiple cities has the widest range with over 1000 fitness supplements and nutrition products from 42+ brands. Muscle and Strength India offers a comprehensive range of genuine high-quality fitness supplement and nutritional products across categories such as proteins, vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements etc manufactured by international fitness brands under a single roof. These supplements are used for athletic performance, fitness and overall wellness. "I am happy to be here in Guwahati and advocate healthy way to be fit and use genuine health supplements. The fitness and wellness industry in India is growing at an unparalleled pace as more people embrace fitness and healthy lifestyle as a way of living and are much more inclined towards achieving their fitness goals. Supplements are a direct source of protein and it's really beneficial if taken carefully and with proper knowledge. With so many supplements stacking up on the shelves, genuineness is a questionable factor for all as there are a lot of fake, counterfeit products in the market. However authenticity is a guarantee when you shop at Muscle & Strength India,” said Prince Narula. “Guwahati is an important city for us as it has very large population who are serious about health, fitness and bodybuilding. Our ideal target audience are those who are interested in fitness and sports nutrition, gym-goers, sports enthusiasts, health gurus, health-conscious individuals, etc and are primarily in age group of 18 – 45 yrs. In a short span of time, Muscle & Strength India has already made its mark with its authentic and genuine products. Apart from metros, we are also witnessing demand in the tier 2 & tier 3 cities where availability of latest, genuine and economically priced supplements is still a challenge. We believe that by next year, we will be one of the largest chains in India in our segment,” said Mr. Praveen Chirania, Founder, Muscle and Strength India. “Maintaining good health and being fit is a modern-day need among all generations today. However, it is important to make the distinction between genuine and fake supplements and hence one should buy them from genuine dealers of reputed brands. We are happy to join hands with Muscle & Strength India who has become one of the fastest growing retail chains in the health supplement market in India and our aim now is to invest consistently in the health and fitness industry over the next couple of years.” said Rinkhui Ws, Master Franchise of North Eastern region for Muscle and Strength India. Muscle and Strength India has also recently entered into manufacturing of its private-label product Perfect Series in the sports nutrition category and will widen its portfolio in the near future. The company has already received USFDA registered® certification for its private-label product. Muscle and Strength India has also roped in renowned celebrity fitness trainer Mayank Pawar for promotional activities. Prince Narula also has a stake in health supplement retail start-up Muscle and Strength India and plays a key role in strategic expansion plans of the company including marketing and promotion. Mukesh Singh Gehlot, renowned bodybuilder and powerlifter who has won several gold medals in national and international competitions and Bhupender Dhawan, Dronacharya Award Recipient from the Honourable President of India in the field of Power Lifting are also a part of Muscle and Strength India and has been activity involved in the marketing initiatives.
Kalyan Jewellers to expand footprint in Mumbai with new showrooms in Matunga and Lower Parel
Sep 26 2021 By Admin
      Kalyan Jewellers, today announced that it will be opening two new showrooms in Mumbai – one each at Matunga and High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel. To be inaugurated by the brand’s regional ambassadors - Pooja Sawant, Kinjal Rajpriya and Kalyani Priyadarshan - these showrooms will further expand Kalyan Jewellers’ footprint in Maharashtra to 11 locations. As part of the launch offer, customers at these showrooms will be able to maximise the value of their purchases with offers that includes up to 25% cashback on VA or making charges of gold jewellery with VA starting as low as Rs. 199/-. On diamond jewellery & precious and uncut stone jewellery, a 25% cashback & a 20% cashback on stone charges is also applicable. Cashbacks can be availed in the form of instantly redeemable vouchers, and these offers are valid until 30th November, 2021 at showrooms across India. Customers can also opt for the Gold Rate Protection plan, by paying 10% advance on their intended purchase value. Talking about the new showroom launches, Mr. TS Kalyanaraman, Chairman and Managing Director – Kalyan Jewellers said, “The cultural diversity of Mumbai makes it one of the most interesting locations for our brand and being a partner to Mumbaikars’ various celebratory moments over the years has been an immense pleasure. Our two new showrooms add to our existing list of five stores across prime locations in Mumbai and are a reflection of our commitment to the city and its people. Through these showrooms, we will provide a safe, luxurious and curated shopping experience to our consumers and be a part of their moments of joy as the festive season dawns upon us.’’ With the festive and wedding seasons just around the corner, customers can add the Kalyan sparkle to their lives through the brand’s beautiful range of jewellery, right from the hyperlocal wedding jewellery line, Muhurat to the traditional Maharashtrian jewellery collection, Sankalp, and many more. The jewellery retailed at Kalyan Jewellers are all BIS hallmarked, and go through multiple purity tests. Patrons will also receive the Kalyan Jewellers 4-Level Assurance Certificate which guarantees Purity, Free Lifetime Maintenance of ornaments, Detailed Product Information and Transparent Exchange and Buy-back policies. The certification is part of the brand’s commitment towards offering the very best to its loyalists.  The showrooms will also stock Kalyan’s popular house brands such as Tejasvi (Polki jewellery), Mudhra (handcrafted antique jewellery), Nimah (Temple jewellery) and Glo (dancing diamonds). Other sections at the showroom include Ziah (Solitaire-like diamond jewellery), Anokhi (uncut diamonds), Apoorva (diamonds for special occasions), Antara (wedding diamonds), Hera (daily wear diamonds) and Rang (precious stones jewellery). For more information on the brand, its collections and offers, visit https://www.kalyanjewellers.net/

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Amazon Announces Prime Video Channels – a First Step Towards Creating a Video Entertainment Marketplace in India
Sep 24 2021 By Admin
       Amazon today announced the launch of Prime Video Channels in India. Prime Video Channels will launch starting 24th September. Prime Video Channels will provide Prime members a seamless experience and access to a distinctive slate of content from a diverse set of popular video streaming services. Addressing customers’ need for a hassle-free entertainment experience, simplified discovery and frictionless payments, Prime Video Channels, acting as an intermediary, will allow Prime members the option for add-on subscriptions of popular OTT services and stream their content on the Amazon Prime Video app and website in India. The launch of Prime Video Channels will mark yet another step towards making Amazon Prime Video the preferred entertainment destination for customers in India.   At launch, Prime Video Channels will give Prime members the option to watch global and local binge-worthy content including thousands of shows, movies, reality TV, documentaries etc., from eight video-streaming services including discovery+, Lionsgate Play, DocuBay, Eros Now, MUBI, hoichoi, manoramaMAX, and ShortsTV – each accessible with respective add-on subscriptions. Customers therefore will need to pay only for the service they choose. At launch, Prime members can enjoy a special introductory annual subscription offer made available by the OTT channel partners.   “At Amazon, we have always focused on improving access, experience and selection for our customers,” said Gaurav Gandhi, Country Manager, Amazon Prime Video, India. “Over the last 4 years, we have continuously strived to entertain and delight our customers by programming in 10 languages, making available Exclusive and Original content from India and around the world and by ensuring a world class streaming experience across screens. All of this has made Amazon Prime Video the most loved premium streaming service with viewership from 99% of India’s pin-codes. With the launch of Prime Video Channels, we now take the next big step in our journey to entertain India by creating a video entertainment marketplace – first of its kind in India – which will not only delight our customers by giving them even more entertainment choices, but also benefit the OTT Channel partners who collaborate with us to leverage Prime Video’s distribution, reach and tech infrastructure.”   Prime Video Channels benefits for Prime members include: ·    No hassle login & billing: Customers will no longer have to juggle between multiple usernames, passwords and billing due dates. With Prime Video Channels, all premium content subscriptions are managed within a single destination – Prime Video apps and website. ·    More time watching, less time deciding: Customers won’t have to spend time toggling between their favorite services to discover what’s new and popular. With Prime Video Channels they can browse in one place, search across all their premium subscription and get personalized recommendations. All of this without ever having to leave the Prime Video app or website. ·    Enjoy your favorite features, no matter which service: Customers can enjoy IMDb’s X-Ray feature and a single consolidated watch list and download library for offline viewing. Subscribers can also manage data consumption and much more across all their premium channel subscriptions. ·     More Choice: With the launch of Prime Video Channels, close to 10,000 additional titles across 8 OTT services become available to Prime members ·    Introductory Pricing: At launch, Prime members can enjoy special introductory annual subscription offers made available by the OTT channel partners. ​ “As content choices explode, a single interface for discovery, streaming and payments, is a key need for customers and we aim to solve for this with the launch of Prime Video Channels” added Chaitanya Divan, Head Prime Video Channels, Amazon Prime Video. “Prime Video Channels arrives in India after having successfully launched in 11 countries. Our choice of OTT partners for Prime Video Channels is reflective of our diverse and discerning customers’ entertainment needs and interest areas. The launch marks our effort to collaboratively grow the video streaming segment in the country. We look forward to increasing the selection of entertainment even further, with additional channel partners joining in the next few months.”   Prime members will be able to subscribe to Prime Video Channels offering programming in local Indian languages such as Bengali with hoichoi and Malayalam with manoramaMAX, and a selection of award-winning documentaries and short films from DocuBay and ShortsTV respectively. Consumers can enjoy blockbuster and quality cinema from Lionsgate Play, MUBI and Eros Now, across languages and genre, while discovery+ adds an array of Wildlife, Adventure, Science, Food, Lifestyle content. The new channels and their popular titles like The Father, Byomkesh, Star vs Food, Haathi Mere Saathi will now be available alongside customer favorite Amazon Originals like Shershaah, Mirzapur, Paatal Lok, The Family Man and The Tomorrow War, so there’s no need to toggle from app to app. Prime Video Channels subscriptions and annual pricing in INR available at launch in India include: ·    discovery+: Rs 299/year - India’s first and leading aggregated real-life entertainment streaming app focuses on enriching programming drawn from the libraries of Discovery. With popular original series such as Star vs Food, Into The Wild and Secrets of Sinauli, many more acquired and exclusive content across 55+ sub genres including Science, Adventure, Food and Lifestyle, discovery+ is offering a 25% discount for Prime members at launch.   ·      DocuBay: Rs 499/year - Specializing as a factual entertainment video service, DocuBay features documentaries from all corners of the globe in a variety of categories. Popular titles include Himalayan Gold Rush, WHO is in control, Eye To Eye with Everest, The Creepy Line and more. At launch, DocuBay is offering a 50% special discount on its original pricing of Rs 999 for Prime members on annual subscriptions.   ·      Eros Now: Rs 299/- The leading OTT service is home to one of the largest movie libraries with over 12,000 titles, and premium original episodic series, music videos, and more. Eros Now offers content in 13 languages. Subscribers can catch popular movies like Shubh Mangal Savdhan, Haathi Mere Saathi, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, English Vinglish amongst others and Originals like Flesh, Metro Park Season 1&2, Halahal and many more. At launch, Prime Members can avail an introductory 25% off on annual subscriptions offered by Eros Now.   ·      hoichoi: Rs. 599/ year – A popular on-demand video streaming platform showcasing content in Bengali language including popular series such as Hello, Byomkesh, Tansener Tanpura, Eken Babu and more, along with a vast library of movies including World Premieres, Classics and Blockbusters. Prime Members can avail 33% discount on hoichoi annual subscription for multiple streams and devices.   ·      Lionsgate Play: Rs 699/year – The service boasts of thousands of hours of Premium content including award winning Premieres, billion-dollar Franchise Movies, binge worthy Box Sets and popular titles like John Wick: Chapter 3, Wrath of Man, Parabellum & Knives Out.    ·    manoramaMAX: Rs. 699/ year – manoramaMAX is the OTT platform that comes from the house of MM TV Ltd, the television network from Malayala manorama Group, is the first Malayalam OTT that showcases Entertainment and News content. manoramaMAX offers a variety of programs ranging from entertainment content that come on Mazhavil manorama, originals to news and infotainment content broadcast by the manorama News channel, bringing a catalogue of over 300 Malayalam movies with names like Vijayum Superum Pournamiyum, Luca, Om Shanti Oshaana, Guppy etc. Prime Members can avail introductory 30% discount at launch.   ·      MUBI: Rs 1999/year - Focuses on classic and arthouse cinema, they produce and distribute films. Current and upcoming highlights include: Pablo Larraín’s Ema, Rupert Goold's Judy starring Renée Zellweger, Harmony Korine's The Beach Bum, Satyajit Ray's Charulata, 'Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay and MUBI’s co-production Farewell Amor from Ekwa Msangi. MUBI is offering an introductory discount to Prime members at launch.   ·      ShortsTV: Rs 299/year -: ShortsTV, World’s first and only 24x7 linear and OTT channel brings the best Short films from across the globe including Academy Award nominated shorts. ShortsTV features critically acclaimed stars such as Kajol, Rajkumar Rao, Benedict Cumberbatch, Olivia Colman and others. Streams popular titles like Oscar Winner Skin, Dark Brew, National award-winning Short Film Custody. Prime members can sign-up to ShortsTV at a 40% discount, an introductory offer at launch.   Titles from Prime Video Channels will join the thousands of TV shows and movies from Hollywood and Bollywood in the Prime Video catalog. These include Indian-produced Amazon Original series Mirzapur Season 1 & 2, Comicstaan Semma Comedy Pa, Breathe: Into The Shadows, Bandish Bandits, Paatal Lok, The Forgotten Army – Azaadi Ke Liye, Sons of the Soil: Jaipur Pink Panthers, Four More Shots Please, The Family Man, Made In Heaven, and Inside Edge, Indian films such as Hello Charlie, Coolie No. 1, Gulabo Sitabo, Durgamati, Chhalaang, Shakuntala Devi, Ponmagal Vandhal, French Biriyani, Law, Sufiyum Sujatayum, Penguin, Nishabdham, Drishyam2, Joji, Maara, V, CU Soon, Soorarai Pottru, Bheema Sena Nala Maharaja, Halal Love Story, Middle Class Melodies, Putham Pudhu Kaalai, Unpaused among others and the award-winning and critically acclaimed global Amazon Originals like Coming 2 America,  Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, The Boys, Hunters, Fleabag, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. All Channels will be available with add-on annual subscriptions. Prime members will be able to watch subscribed Prime Video Channels anywhere and anytime on the Prime Video app for smart TVs, mobile devices, Fire TV, Fire TV stick, Fire tablets, Apple TV, etc. In the Prime Video app, Prime members can download episodes on their mobile devices and tablets and watch anywhere offline at no additional cost. Prime Video is available in India at no extra cost with Prime membership for just ₹999 annually, new customers can find out more at www.amazon.in/prime. SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES: @PrimeVideoIN  
Mubi collaborates with amazon to bring its curated cinema to prime members in india through amazon prime video channels - available with add-on subscription
Sep 24 2021 By Admin
    MUBI,  announced that MUBI’s diverse library of over 800 films is now available on Amazon Prime Video through Prime Video Channels with add-on subscriptions to Prime Members in India.    MUBI members through Amazon Prime Video Channels will be able to watch hand-picked films from around the world, with MUBI introducing a new film every day as well as offering an extensive library of films. Current and upcoming highlights include: Pablo Larraín’s Ema, Rupert Goold's Judy starring Renée Zellweger, Harmony Korine's The Beach Bum, Satyajit Ray's Charulata, Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay! and MUBI’s award-winning co-production Farewell Amor from Ekwa Msangi. With exclusive MUBI Releases like Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby, Kelly Reichardt's First Cow, Julia Ducournau’s Titane, Leos Carax’s Annette, and Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta, becoming available in the coming months.   “MUBI India has been offering a collection of critically acclaimed and award-winning international and Indian cinema since its launch in 2019 across multiple devices. This new partnership with Amazon Prime Video, will bring MUBI’s content to an even larger audience across the country. We can’t wait to help more people discover and experience not only more International cinema but also the work of many Indian filmmakers who they may not have had access to before”, says Svetlana Naudiyal, Director of Content, MUBI India Subscribers will be able to watch MUBI’s content anywhere, anytime through Amazon Prime Video Channels on smart TVs, mobile devices, Fire TV, Fire TV stick, Fire tablets, Apple TV, and multiple gaming devices. Members can also download movies on their mobile devices and tablets and watch offline at no additional cost. MUBI is available through Amazon Prime Video Channels in India now  
Come And Celebrate A Love For Superheroes With Comic Book Day Special Binge This Weekend On &flix
Sep 23 2021 By Admin
    Comic Book Day is the one day in the year where we pay tribute to an entire industry of people who have dedicated their heart and soul in shaping each of our childhoods. Enabling comic afficionados to sit back and enjoy the wildest weekend, &flix brings a special 2 day celebration for Comic Book Day bringing you an iconic Hollywood Blockbuster binge of the biggest Box office openings this Saturday and Sunday, 25th & 26th September, 2021 starting 12PM onwards.   Comics don’t just serve as a leisure read but much more. In fact, kids and adults of all ages have taken inspiration at least once from the many characters and their evolved narratives over the years. From anime to famed Marvel superheroes, movies adapted from comic books have taken the world by storm. A library of superhero titles awaits comic lovers this weekend with movies like Avengers: Infinity War, Venom, Bloodshot and many many more taking center stage. Feel the fright this Saturday night with I, Frankenstein starring Aaron Eckhart and based on the popular novel by author Mary Shelley. More monster than man, the character finds himself in the middle of a clan war between demons and Gargoyles. The sole hope for the survival of humanity, find out if Frankenstein is truly a myth or a monster. Wakanda Forever! If that doesn’t ring a bell, then you seriously need shuffle your weekend plans and make time for Marvel’s most exciting movie Black Panther starring Academy Award winner Chadwick Boseman and Michal B. Jordan. In a first, the all-black African cast beautifully weaves together the lives of a prince who takes on the mantle of the superhero Black Panther and must save his kingdom from a ruthless and cynic enemy. With this and more, expect non-stop entertainment and action with global favorites this weekend only on &flix.   Strap in for a weekend bonanza and tune-in to for quick recap of big Hollywood superhero blockbusters this Saturday & Sunday with Comic Book Day special on &flix
New clues, fake alibis, deadly motives - Ronit Roy plays a cop to uncover it all in this new Spotify Original
Sep 23 2021 By Admin
     Bollywood and TV actor Ronit Roy debuts in the audio space as the protagonist in ACP Gautam, a new Spotify Original podcast. The 10-episode audio crime thriller centres around a legendary cop who takes the listeners on a journey through his long and illustrious career. Each episode will lure you with mysterious murders, robberies, kidnapping, extortion, terror investigations, and more. Although the story revolves around ACP Gautam (Ronit Roy), it is also the other compelling characters and sinister twists that bring the show to life.   Many of us harbour a fascination with thrilling, nail-biting content - whether books, movies, or TV shows. We’ve grown up watching and reading crime stories. And now, even on-the-go, you can take the excitement of discovering who committed the crime and why, with this new podcast.   “Performing a variety of roles in front of the camera comes naturally to me. However, taking a character as interesting as ACP Gautam to a podcast was a whole new experience.  To emote through the mic, to convert expressions into some kind of sound or pause and conveying a variety of emotions just through voice and intonation- it’s all been good fun! I am eager for listeners to become a part of ACP’s Gautam life, just as I have.”, said Ronit Roy Tune into the fiction audio thriller that’s sure to keep you coming back for more - ACP Gautam with Ronit Roy, out now on Spotify. For those of you who cannot stop at just one, Spotify has an entire line-up of crime & fiction podcasts, such as Virus 2062, Bhaskar Bose, Horror Time, I Hear You, and Darr Ka Raaz with Dr. Phobia. Go binge-listen today.

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PayPal commits to rural development and sustainability with the launch of PayPal Dharma- a virtual forest project
Sep 23 2021 By Admin
       PayPal,  has collaborated with SankalpTaru Foundation to launch project PayPal Dharma- planting trees for an inclusive climate future. Through this partnership, the company will plant over 5000 trees of native and fruit-bearing species in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, and West Bengal.      Starting 2022, PayPal will also plant a tree for each employee’s work anniversary. The initiative is aimed at lending support to local farming communities through a rural livelihood model. It will also bolster PayPal’s desire to support an inclusive climate transition in India and improve the socio-economic conditions of the communities where it operates.   As part of the rural livelihood model, this project will enable a sustainable stream of income for the farmers by planting trees that will provide a variety of fruit, medicine, and shade. The benefitting communities were selected based on the projects ability to improve financial condition, mitigate climate change impact and reduce crop failure. Additionally, employees and donors will receive a digital tree gift hamper that includes customized E-tree certificates. Thanks to PayPal’s G-5 app developed by SankalpTaru’s R&D team, every tree planted will be geotagged, providing information about day of the planting, sapling pictures, tree species, and update reports for up to two years.   Commenting on the PayPal Dharma, Guru Bhat, VP, Customer Success Platform PayPal India said, “The ongoing COVID- 19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of many around the world, including farmers in rural India. In order to help lessen the impact on these farmers, PayPal has partnered with SankalpTaru for our virtual forest project – PayPal Dharma – to focus on sustainability and rural development. The program is another step towards our mission to improve societal wellbeing and our commitment to create inclusive communities while advancing our efforts to tackle climate change.”   The Virtual Forest Project aligns with PayPal’s global mission of responsible innovation and management of key environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impacts. PayPal has committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across all operations and value chains by 2040, and to invest in four high-impact projects that are creating climate transition opportunities in financially underserved communities around the world.
Honda India Foundation organizes Community Vaccination drive & Health check-up camp for citizens
Sep 20 2021 By Admin
  Further mitigating the threat of COVID-19 while extending support to local communities, Honda India Foundation (the CSR arm of all Honda group companies in India) organised a 2-day Health Check-up Camp and Community Vaccination drive at Covid Isolation Centre, Naurangpur, Gurugram (Haryana). Earlier during the 2nd wave of Covid, Honda India Foundation set up, temporary COVID Care centers in Haryana and Rajasthan. Managed under expert supervision of trained Doctors and medical staff from Doctors for You (a pan India humanitarian organization), the camp was successfully executed as per health guidelines from district administration and Haryana government in the presence of Dr. Sandeep Gupta,  Chief Medical Officer, Primary Health Services, Kasan, Manesar, Gurugram (Haryana).   The 2-day health check-up & vaccination camp witnessed more than 900 individual walk-ins. While the health check-up facility was availed by more than 500 citizens living in the nearby localities, the vaccination drive covered close to 450 people during the programme.   As part of its ongoing efforts to facilitate healthcare and contribute towards nation’s fight against COVID-19, these centers have provided primary health services, free OPD consultation and medicines to over 1,200 residents of Naurangpur (Haryana) & Tapukara (Rajasthan).   Ensuring health & safety of citizens, COVID care centers, Community vaccination drive & health check-up camps by Honda India Foundation have extended healthcare & support to more than 2,100 patients till date. As a socially responsible corporate, Honda is determined to take every possible step for the safety and well-being of all stakeholders and community.
Ramky Enviro wins the PRCI Chanakya “Best HR Initiative of the Year-Environmentally Sustainable CSR” award for National and International Achievers 2021
Sep 19 2021 By Admin
 Asia's providers of comprehensive environment management services wins the PRCI Chanakya “Best HR Initiative of the Year-Environmentally Sustainable CSR” award for National and International Achievers 2021. The Award was received by Dr Sujiv Nair, Chief Human Resource Officer, REEL through the hands of the Chief Minister of Goa Shri Pramod Sawant, today during the 15th Global Communication Conclave Organized by PRCI at Hotel Fern Kadamba, Goa.    Speaking on the success, Mr Goutham Reddy, Managing Director, Ramky Enviro said -  “We tap into the pain points of socio - environment gaps to align them to our sustainability goals. Similarly, we recognize the loopholes in society while bridging the gap between the privileged & the underprivileged. Ramky Enviro also acquired a prominent space at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Award for Environmental Best Practices (EBP) through our Large Scale Compressed Bio Gas Plant being recognized as the ‘Most Innovative Project’. While we are exploring the opportunity of converting few diesel engines into CNG engines for trials through our Bio Gas plant at HIMSW, It is an absolute delight to have this unique project recognized at such an eminent platform. This encourages us to take our products & services to another notch with each passing year through constant innovation. Our Covid relief services bagged the ‘COVID 19 Excellence Award’ in the Environmental Management System (EMS) Sector at the Forbes Magazine listed, Global Safety Summit 2021. We have handled over 10,000 tons of COVID-19 waste, leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the cities are being kept away from the fatal COVID-19 waste. We shall continue to innovate & use technology to establish better waste management practices & methods eradicating any negative consequences of waste mismanagement.”    Highlights of the CSR initiatives by Ramky Enviro: • Enabling Social Projects that focus on making a positive contribution to society through high impact sustainable programs for benefitting the communities located around Ramky Enviro Sites across the country  • Thrust Areas include Health ( special focus on Covid relief), Rural Development, Natural Resource Management, Education and Skill Development. • The impact of these CSR programs are measured against the SDG Goals and quantified on the thrust areas using the REES Framework for sustained and continued development by an independent agency. • The beneficiaries of these CSR initiatives include Students, Farmers, Villages, women and youth across India   In the last few years, Ramky Foundation part of Ramky Enviro has been in the forfront and has provided scholarships to more than 500 meritorious children across India, developed Infrastructure of more than 15 schools, constructed toilets for 200 families, installed more than 15 RO Plants, introduced sustainable agriculture to 400 farmers, provided skills to 500 women and youth and economically empowered Women Safai Karmacharies and Waste Pickers in collaboration with several partners Ramky Enviro's efforts have been recognized through various awards & recognitions. The company has initiated various CSR activities across the nation during the Pandemic to help drive positive growth in the Nation.   Adding to their successive recognitions, Ramky Enviro also got recognized for  The ‘Most Innovative Project’ by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Award for Environmental Best Practices (EBP) for the Large Scale Compressed Bio Gas Plant and  The ‘COVID 19 Excellence Award’ in the Environmental Management System (EMS) Sector at the Forbes Magazine listed, Global Safety Summit 2021 for the unparalleled contribution to raising the safety & cleanliness bar of the country through efficient management of the deadly Covid-19 waste. 
ABP Majha & CRY - Child Rights and You launch a special donation drive ‘Bappa Majha Dukhharta Balkancha
Sep 06 2021 By Admin
  ABP Majha has launched a special donation drive called ‘Bappa Majha Dukhharta Balkancha’ in partnership with Child Rights & You (CRY). This initiative will encourage the viewers of ABP Majha to generously donate to the cause of helping young children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or lost a parent due to the Covid-19 pandemic.    The pandemic has crushed the existences of numerous youngsters the nation over. In Maharashtra around 15,051 children have lost either one or both parents to COVID-19- making it one of the most noticeably awful hit state for kids. To this end, Bappa Majha Dukhharta Balkancha has been wanted to resolve the issues looked by the youngsters in the fallout of losing a parent, with the help of CRY.   Speaking about this campaign, Mr. Avinash Pandey, CEO, ABP Network said, “We are pleased to be partnering with CRY for this year’s Ganesh Chaturthi campaign. This partnership makes this year’s celebration even more enriching. We are committed to our longstanding pledge of being in service of the needy. Through this special programming, we are aiming to gather donation for the welfare of children who are the future of our country. COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the growth of our children, and we are happy be able to do our bit to help nurture them.”