Repose mattress forays into Western India

The city-based Spring Mattress manufacturers,Repose Mattress Pvt Ltd has set up a plant in Chakan near Pune, to cater to the Western Indian markets, which would become operational by middle of the next month.

The 10,000 square feet factory, with an investment of Rs.10 crore, will have a production capacity of 2,000 mattress per month and initially cater to Mumbai and Pune, the company CEO S Balachandar told reporters here today.

Stating that mattress will be launched into other markets like Rest of Maharashtra, Madhy Pradesh, Goa and Gujarat soon, he said that in the first phase the company will have 100 outlets and open 10 Sleep Stations–exclusive repose outlets in that markets.

Repose, which was founded in 2012 in Paadhuvampalli village on the city outskirts, has expanded its Coimbatore facility by pumping Rs.12 crore and has the capacity to produce 10,000 mattresses a month, the company Chief Operating Officer, Ramanath Bhat said.

The company at present has 2,450 outlets across five Southern States and 45 sleep stations and expected to close the fiscal at Rs.102 crore, he said.

Coimbatore : The city-based Spring Mattress manufacturers,Repose Mattress Pvt Ltd has set up a plant in Chakan near Pune, to cater to the Western Indian markets, which would become operational by middle of the next month.

The 10,000 square feet factory, with an investment of Rs.10 crore, will have a production capacity of 2,000 mattress per month and initially cater to Mumbai and Pune, the company CEO S Balachandar told reporters here today.

Stating that mattress will be launched into other markets like Rest of Maharashtra, Madhy Pradesh, Goa and Gujarat soon, he said that in the first phase the company will have 100 outlets and open 10 Sleep Stations–exclusive repose outlets in that markets.

Repose, which was founded in 2012 in Paadhuvampalli village on the city outskirts, has expanded its Coimbatore facility by pumping Rs.12 crore and has the capacity to produce 10,000 mattresses a month, the company Chief Operating Officer, Ramanath Bhat said.

The company at present has 2,450 outlets across five Southern States and 45 sleep stations and expected to close the fiscal at Rs.102 crore, he said.

Outreach Meetup for the Defence Innovation / Startup Program by FORGE

Outreach Meetup for the Defence (GoI) Innovation/ Startup Program organised by the city-based FORGE has been nominated as one of the five Partner Incubators for the iDEX (Innovations for Defence Excellence) program.

The program was launched by Department of Defence Production (DoDP), Ministry of Defence to create an ecosystem that would foster innovation and technological developments in Defence and Aerospace industries, a release from Forge said.

As a part of this initiative, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, had launched Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC) in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, aimed at supporting Startups/MSMEs/Innovators to create prototypes and/or commercialize products/solutions in the area of National Defence and Security.

To create awareness of the DISC initiative and to build a vibrant defence innovation ecosystem galvanising the key players in the Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai-Trichy-Kochi-Coimbatore industrial corridor, FORGE is organizing DISC outreach programs at Coimbatore and Bengaluru on September 26 and October 8 respectively.

FORGE invites stakeholders of the industry, MSMEs, startups, innovators, researchers, technology providers, research labs, and academia for the outreach programs, a step towards realizing the vision of iDEX.

Coimbatore : Outreach Meetup for the Defence (GoI) Innovation/ Startup Program organised by the city-based FORGE has been nominated as one of the five Partner Incubators for the iDEX (Innovations for Defence Excellence) program.

The program was launched by Department of Defence Production (DoDP), Ministry of Defence to create an ecosystem that would foster innovation and technological developments in Defence and Aerospace industries, a release from Forge said.

As a part of this initiative, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, had launched Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC) in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, aimed at supporting Startups/MSMEs/Innovators to create prototypes and/or commercialize products/solutions in the area of National Defence and Security.

To create awareness of the DISC initiative and to build a vibrant defence innovation ecosystem galvanising the key players in the Mysore-Bangalore-Chennai-Trichy-Kochi-Coimbatore industrial corridor, FORGE is organizing DISC outreach programs at Coimbatore and Bengaluru on September 26 and October 8 respectively.

FORGE invites stakeholders of the industry, MSMEs, startups, innovators, researchers, technology providers, research labs, and academia for the outreach programs, a step towards realizing the vision of iDEX.

AIDWA seeks arrest of Chairman SNS Institutions for alleged involvement of sexual harassment

AIDWA today lodged a complaint with a local police station seeking arrest of Chairman of SNS Institutions SN Subramanian for the alleged sexual harassment to a college staff, the video of which has gone viral in social media.

Though the woman staff had lodged the complaint against the Chairman a couple days ago, it was withdrawn yesterday, police said.

The students of the college, affiliated to SFI had staged a picketing inside the campus seeking the arrest, due to which the college was closed for three days.

Taking cue from the viral video, members of AIDWA today preferred a complaint with Thudiyalur police station seeking his arrest under Sexual Harassment of women at workplace prevention act 2013, police said.

According to AIDWA sources, the staff was mentally upset and stopped going to the college, following the incident. Such things had happened in the past also but considering their future the women had resigned and not lodged any complaint out of fear, they said.

Coimbatore : AIDWA today lodged a complaint with a local police station seeking arrest of Chairman of SNS Institutions SN Subramanian for the alleged sexual harassment to a college staff, the video of which has gone viral in social media.

Though the woman staff had lodged the complaint against the Chairman a couple days ago, it was withdrawn yesterday, police said.

The students of the college, affiliated to SFI had staged a picketing inside the campus seeking the arrest, due to which the college was closed for three days.

Taking cue from the viral video, members of AIDWA today preferred a complaint with Thudiyalur police station seeking his arrest under Sexual Harassment of women at workplace prevention act 2013, police said.

According to AIDWA sources, the staff was mentally upset and stopped going to the college, following the incident. Such things had happened in the past also but considering their future the women had resigned and not lodged any complaint out of fear, they said.

Over the counter drugs can be dangerous

If recurring heartburn and acid reflux are your constant companions and if you have the habit of gulping down generous proportions of gelusil and ENO, Dr. Balu, Surgical Gastroenterologist & Laparoscopic Surgeon at PSG Hospitals warns against across the counter remedies. He cautions people to listen to their gut as repeated acid re flux is an indication to a larger health issue, including esophageal cancer, if it remains unnoticed for long.

If recurring heartburn and acid reflux are your constant companions and if you have the habit of gulping down generous proportions of gelusil and ENO, Dr. Balu, Surgical Gastroenterologist & Laparoscopic Surgeon at PSG Hospitals warns against across the counter remedies. He cautions people to listen to their gut as repeated acid re flux is an indication to a larger health issue, including esophageal cancer, if it remains unnoticed for long.

How feasible are adoption rights for the LGBTQ community?

The splendid sight of Rainbow gives each one a hope, positivity and a sense of joy. It isn’t true for ‘Rainbow of LGBT’, by community that is likely to face equality share in times to come. The heterosexual community might not completely shun gays or gay couples. But it yet to accept the member especially if found within family. Among families there is no joy of knowing their child is gay and it’s the end to future generations. Several generations have seen such children as mental deformity as children are either seen as girl and boy who would marry opposite gender. The deviation from society conditioning in all aspects on gays marriage, adoption, divorce etc., are going to be debatable until LGBT community equals heterosexual in number and rights. Will it lead to new ‘untouchability’ theory, time will witness it? Views and opinions of heterosexual and LGBT are presented.

Scrapping 377 section, should gay couples be allowed to legalize marriage?

Mrs. Rakhee Dwivedi, Principal of Little Star Preschool, Vijayapura says, ‘Being gay is not man-made, they are part of society. They can also be looked up like heterosexuals but for a while society will judge gay couples.’

Dr. Shayan Haq, Dermatologist, says, ‘It’s yes and no! If the relationship is just for pleasure, its wrong.’

Ms. Pooja Srivastava from Ghaziabad who is self-employed and has a partner, says, ‘Decriminalization of gay relationship yet to receive equal rights like heterosexuals. As it is basic right of every citizen. Being a single status in the society is challenging. Decriminalization yet to pave a way for making assets, loan, insurance nomination and so on.’

Mr. Ankur Mondal from Delhi who is a bisexual, says, ‘Marriage is to unite two souls for happy life. Families whose children identifies themselves with orientation of LGBT need to accept. Every individual has a right to have a partner. However, polygamy can’t be encouraged where a bisexual wants to have a both. The attraction could be with both but one needs to choose either one partner.’

Mr. Vijay Arora from Dalhousie (presently in Delhi), says, ‘The first milestone LGBT community witnessed was scrapping 377, however, yet miles to go before we sleep. All civil rights must be made applicable in near future. Consenting adults who would like to spend rest of life together is in itself a witness to love. If one believes, then why genders are to be considered?’

Is it a good idea to allow adoption of children for gay couple?

‘No. As child needs holistic development. On the sympathetic side of orphan adoption could seem great but there are other concerns to address’, says Rakhee Dwivedi

‘Education institutions will find it hard to educate heterosexual children. Bullying could be a concern to look out for’, says Dr. Shayan Haq

‘It’s a great idea. This could be a game changer to several orphans. As several heterosexuals first prefer for normalcy pregnancy. Then they would try other methods for several years until the hope is lost. The last thing for several heterosexuals is adoption! Whereas gay couples are aware of the limitation until and unless its surrogacy or test tube baby. Homeless will find a home and loving couples’, says Pooja Srivastava

‘Every individual either of their sexual orientation could be given a choice to adopt’, says Ankur Mondal

‘Who wouldn’t prefer to have offspring and extended family? Adoption is great or other ways such as surrogacy could be a way to begin. There is so much to offer to a child among gay couples. The resistance from society has made gays to value relationships and mean the responsibilities. In a way, gay couples could become better parents than heterosexuals’, says Vijay Arora

Adoption of children by gay couples, will it go against normalcy for a family of heterosexuals?

‘Commonly children are either born as male or female. Nobody asks a mother; did you give birth to gay? Acceptance of deviation will be a new norm as heterosexuals accepts them and rights are excised’, says Mrs. Rakhee Dwivedi

‘As there is gender stereotyping exists such as Jalebi is referred to girl and peda to a boy, gay children are likely to be subjected such stereotyping. Stigma that exists for HIV infected children among HIV negative and perception of them among education institutions is likely to be a scenario,’ says Dr. Shayan Haq

‘The abandoned and rejected children are from heterosexuals. If they aren’t prepared to be parent, why did they bore children? The stories of shelter homes are not something warm to accept. Imagine the those rejected souls get good education, meal, a bright future and happy adult. Denial of extended family doesn’t make orphans any better,’ says Pooja Srivastava

‘Social conditioning perception need to be tested with such adoption. A good process of monitoring and studies on adopted children by gay couples is a better perspective to such conditioning’, says Ankur Mondal

‘Since ancient time, family of heterosexual is defined by norms and patriarchal approaches. Society and our history have separated and differentiated families and society on biological sex assigned at birth or gender as per their understanding. Whereas it’s very important to understand that gender is not based assigned biological sex whether male or female. Gender is what a person feels. A man be a mother of child, a sister for a brother and a daughter of his father. It depends on how one feel and how one is responsible. Aren’t there instances in our society where after the death of a mother, father become and prove to be best parent. Be the change you want. Unless children are adopted or raise family; how could society decide whether gay couples could be a better parent? Time will change and by the time normalcy will shift too’, says Vijay Arora

If adoption is legally accepted in future, will the adopted child have confusion to understand parents?

‘It’s highly such children will find difficult to understand opposite sex. However, a constant communication by adopted parents and others could ease it’, says Mrs. Rakhee Dwivedi

‘Understanding gender could be difficult initially for several first adopters because of social conditioning. The adopted child stays with the gay couples like heterosexual. Gay couples might be open in sex education to child than heterosexuals. Calling male as dad or female as mom doesn’t really make a great family! It’s holistic development of child and parents together that makes a great family!’, says Pooja Srivastava.

‘As heterosexual struggle with upbringing; similar struggles gay couples will have to face. An additional task of helping child understand the sexuality could solve confusion’, says Ankur Mondal

‘One of the way children learn by seeing and/or doing. Parents are first teacher to all children. It’s the responsibility of any parents to educate the child. School and home could become an inclusive environment for child to understand and appreciate itself and others’, says Vijay Arora

Will sex education to such children become more difficult?

‘Children have a capacity to absorb the information. Sex could be seen as a basic instinct and attraction towards the opposite gender is normalcy. Initially child could have surprises on understanding the genders’, says Mrs. Rakhee Dwivedi

‘Assuming such adopted children overcome hurdles of school. There are several questions that need to be answered such as, will child be able to find alliance (bride or groom)? Will bride or groom family accept adopted children?’, asks Dr. Shayan Haq

‘It has to be more inclusive! This could include all spectrum of sexuality and gender’, says Pooja Srivastava.

‘Such education in today’s time is necessity. Knowing oneself and understanding others is way to collaborate to create a better world’, says Vijay Arora.

How could one handle the adopted child in case couple seek divorce?

‘To begin one could adopt some models from countries that has legalized. Among heterosexuals, norms are not gender neutral as most of time woman gets custody of the child. LGBT community would be open to debate and discussion to create a congenial environment’, says Pooja Srivastava

‘As each case with heterosexuals is weighed by the court, in similar way could be an easy answer’, says Ankur Mondal.

‘It need to be dealt the same as anyone in the society. If the child is adult, child could be given a choice to pick the parent’, says Vijay Arora.

The splendid sight of Rainbow gives each one a hope, positivity and a sense of joy. It isn’t true for ‘Rainbow of LGBT’, by community that is likely to face equality share in times to come. The heterosexual community might not completely shun gays or gay couples. But it yet to accept the member especially if found within family. Among families there is no joy of knowing their child is gay and it’s the end to future generations. Several generations have seen such children as mental deformity as children are either seen as girl and boy who would marry opposite gender. The deviation from society conditioning in all aspects on gays marriage, adoption, divorce etc., are going to be debatable until LGBT community equals heterosexual in number and rights. Will it lead to new ‘untouchability’ theory, time will witness it? Views and opinions of heterosexual and LGBT are presented.

Scrapping 377 section, should gay couples be allowed to legalize marriage?

Mrs. Rakhee Dwivedi, Principal of Little Star Preschool, Vijayapura says, ‘Being gay is not man-made, they are part of society. They can also be looked up like heterosexuals but for a while society will judge gay couples.’

Dr. Shayan Haq, Dermatologist, says, ‘It’s yes and no! If the relationship is just for pleasure, its wrong.’

Ms. Pooja Srivastava from Ghaziabad who is self-employed and has a partner, says, ‘Decriminalization of gay relationship yet to receive equal rights like heterosexuals. As it is basic right of every citizen. Being a single status in the society is challenging. Decriminalization yet to pave a way for making assets, loan, insurance nomination and so on.’

Mr. Ankur Mondal from Delhi who is a bisexual, says, ‘Marriage is to unite two souls for happy life. Families whose children identifies themselves with orientation of LGBT need to accept. Every individual has a right to have a partner. However, polygamy can’t be encouraged where a bisexual wants to have a both. The attraction could be with both but one needs to choose either one partner.’

Mr. Vijay Arora from Dalhousie (presently in Delhi), says, ‘The first milestone LGBT community witnessed was scrapping 377, however, yet miles to go before we sleep. All civil rights must be made applicable in near future. Consenting adults who would like to spend rest of life together is in itself a witness to love. If one believes, then why genders are to be considered?’

Is it a good idea to allow adoption of children for gay couple?

‘No. As child needs holistic development. On the sympathetic side of orphan adoption could seem great but there are other concerns to address’, says Rakhee Dwivedi

‘Education institutions will find it hard to educate heterosexual children. Bullying could be a concern to look out for’, says Dr. Shayan Haq

‘It’s a great idea. This could be a game changer to several orphans. As several heterosexuals first prefer for normalcy pregnancy. Then they would try other methods for several years until the hope is lost. The last thing for several heterosexuals is adoption! Whereas gay couples are aware of the limitation until and unless its surrogacy or test tube baby. Homeless will find a home and loving couples’, says Pooja Srivastava

‘Every individual either of their sexual orientation could be given a choice to adopt’, says Ankur Mondal

‘Who wouldn’t prefer to have offspring and extended family? Adoption is great or other ways such as surrogacy could be a way to begin. There is so much to offer to a child among gay couples. The resistance from society has made gays to value relationships and mean the responsibilities. In a way, gay couples could become better parents than heterosexuals’, says Vijay Arora

Adoption of children by gay couples, will it go against normalcy for a family of heterosexuals?

‘Commonly children are either born as male or female. Nobody asks a mother; did you give birth to gay? Acceptance of deviation will be a new norm as heterosexuals accepts them and rights are excised’, says Mrs. Rakhee Dwivedi

‘As there is gender stereotyping exists such as Jalebi is referred to girl and peda to a boy, gay children are likely to be subjected such stereotyping. Stigma that exists for HIV infected children among HIV negative and perception of them among education institutions is likely to be a scenario,’ says Dr. Shayan Haq

‘The abandoned and rejected children are from heterosexuals. If they aren’t prepared to be parent, why did they bore children? The stories of shelter homes are not something warm to accept. Imagine the those rejected souls get good education, meal, a bright future and happy adult. Denial of extended family doesn’t make orphans any better,’ says Pooja Srivastava

‘Social conditioning perception need to be tested with such adoption. A good process of monitoring and studies on adopted children by gay couples is a better perspective to such conditioning’, says Ankur Mondal

‘Since ancient time, family of heterosexual is defined by norms and patriarchal approaches. Society and our history have separated and differentiated families and society on biological sex assigned at birth or gender as per their understanding. Whereas it’s very important to understand that gender is not based assigned biological sex whether male or female. Gender is what a person feels. A man be a mother of child, a sister for a brother and a daughter of his father. It depends on how one feel and how one is responsible. Aren’t there instances in our society where after the death of a mother, father become and prove to be best parent. Be the change you want. Unless children are adopted or raise family; how could society decide whether gay couples could be a better parent? Time will change and by the time normalcy will shift too’, says Vijay Arora

If adoption is legally accepted in future, will the adopted child have confusion to understand parents?

‘It’s highly such children will find difficult to understand opposite sex. However, a constant communication by adopted parents and others could ease it’, says Mrs. Rakhee Dwivedi

‘Understanding gender could be difficult initially for several first adopters because of social conditioning. The adopted child stays with the gay couples like heterosexual. Gay couples might be open in sex education to child than heterosexuals. Calling male as dad or female as mom doesn’t really make a great family! It’s holistic development of child and parents together that makes a great family!’, says Pooja Srivastava.

‘As heterosexual struggle with upbringing; similar struggles gay couples will have to face. An additional task of helping child understand the sexuality could solve confusion’, says Ankur Mondal

‘One of the way children learn by seeing and/or doing. Parents are first teacher to all children. It’s the responsibility of any parents to educate the child. School and home could become an inclusive environment for child to understand and appreciate itself and others’, says Vijay Arora

Will sex education to such children become more difficult?

‘Children have a capacity to absorb the information. Sex could be seen as a basic instinct and attraction towards the opposite gender is normalcy. Initially child could have surprises on understanding the genders’, says Mrs. Rakhee Dwivedi

‘Assuming such adopted children overcome hurdles of school. There are several questions that need to be answered such as, will child be able to find alliance (bride or groom)? Will bride or groom family accept adopted children?’, asks Dr. Shayan Haq

‘It has to be more inclusive! This could include all spectrum of sexuality and gender’, says Pooja Srivastava.

‘Such education in today’s time is necessity. Knowing oneself and understanding others is way to collaborate to create a better world’, says Vijay Arora.

How could one handle the adopted child in case couple seek divorce?

‘To begin one could adopt some models from countries that has legalized. Among heterosexuals, norms are not gender neutral as most of time woman gets custody of the child. LGBT community would be open to debate and discussion to create a congenial environment’, says Pooja Srivastava

‘As each case with heterosexuals is weighed by the court, in similar way could be an easy answer’, says Ankur Mondal.

‘It need to be dealt the same as anyone in the society. If the child is adult, child could be given a choice to pick the parent’, says Vijay Arora.

DHL Express Announces Its 2019 Price Adjustments in India

Business Wire India
DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, today announced its annual price increase, effective January 1, 2019. Compared to 2018, in India the average shipment price increase will be 6.9%.

“DHL Express has been investing significantly in its international network to meet highest expectations and to offer an even better service to customers globally,” said R.S. Subramanian, Country Manager, DHL Express India. “Our aim is to deliver continuous improvement in quality to meet our customers’ needs even more. The annual price adjustment allows us to further strengthen our infrastructure, ensuring best-in-class customer solutions by using innovative technologies and individual delivery processes. Particularly in the last few weeks and months, we focused on investing in hub expansions and new gateways in many markets and thereby boosted our shipment processing capacities per hour and reduced our transit times. We are always working on upgrading our regional and intercontinental air fleets, we are opening new facilities with automated sorting technologies and introduce innovative e-commerce service solutions for our customer worldwide. At DHL Express, we will also carry on doing everything we can to assure the highest security and sustainability standards to comply with the requirements of our customers, partners and transport authorities.”

DHL Express adjusts its prices annually, taking into account inflation, currency dynamics and other rising costs, such as expenses related to compliance with enhanced security regulations, in each of the more than 220 countries and territories that it serves. Price adjustments will vary from country to country, depending on local conditions, and will apply to all customers where contracts allow.

For more information, visit www.dhl.com.
Source: Businesswire

India's Largest Coding Arena for Women, TechGig Geek Goddess Launches Its Fourth Edition With American Express

Business Wire India
India’s biggest coding arena for women, TechGig Geek Goddess, launched its fourth edition in association with American Express, a globally integrated payments company. Goldman Sachs, a leading global investment bank and active investor in India, is the title sponsor for the event. Geek Goddess is managed by the team TechGig, which holds Guinness World Record for hosting the world’s largest online programming contest, Code Gladiators. The grand finale of Geek Goddess will be held on November 23 followed by Women Disruptors Conference on November 24 in Bengaluru.

For IT employers, diversity is a big concern. The number of women professionals typically dwindles from bottom to top of the workforce at most organisations, leaving the sector with just a handful of women leaders and mentors.

It is here that women-oriented technology initiatives like TechGig Geek Goddess emerge as a possible solution to tackle the gender diversity challenge. TechGig Geek Goddess has been instrumental in bringing women technologists to the forefront and presenting a latent talent pool to IT employers. This women-only code competition invites women coders to share their ideas and product solutions in different programming languages and ropes in IT industry leaders to mentor these coders.

Announcing the new season, Ramathreya Krishnamurthi, Business Head, TimesJobs & TechGig said, “The brilliance of women technologists remains unsung in many companies. TechGig Geek Goddess is a unique opportunity for women technologists where they can showcase their genius without facing any bias. I invite women coders from all walks of life to join in as we put up this mega show to celebrate talented women technologists with our presenting partner American Express.”

Commenting on the association with TechGig Geek Goddess Ruchika Panesar, Vice President, Global Services Group and Head of Technology, American Express India, said, “In the age of continuous disruption in the payments ecosystem, technology is the key differentiator. We, at American Express, have been on a journey of building technology and engineering capabilities across the globe and great technology talent is critical to our business. As we continue to grow our team in India, we aspire to be the ‘Best place to work for engineers’ in the country. As a Woman in technology, I am personally excited by the platform TechGig Geek Goddess provides us to take this vision further and bring talented 'Women who code' and 'Women Technologist' to the organisation.”

Gunjan Samtani, Co-head of the Goldman Sachs in Bengaluru, said, “To achieve and maintain our country’s engineering excellence, we must have the most talented workforce. At Goldman Sachs, where technology is a key component driving our firm’s growth, we believe a talented workforce comes from a deliberate and committed focus on diversity that allows us to bring the best ideas and services to our clients. Our firm is proud to be associated with this significant initiative that encourages women to embrace engineering and further strengthens the national talent pool.”

The latest edition of TechGig Geek Goddess also has CGI as the platinum partner, Expedia group as the diamond partner, ABB as the Internet of Things theme partner and Mphasis as the base partner. The last edition of TechGig Geek Goddess had seen a massive participation of 49,000 coders. New themes like UI, Data Science & IoT were intentionally introduced in last season to let the programmers experiment vigorously in technology environments. With this legacy, the fourth edition of TechGig Geek Goddess 2018 is poised to be bigger, bolder and better.

The contest has already garnered 25,000+ registrations so far and counting. Prizes worth Rs 7,50,000 are up for grabs. Complete details are available @ https://www.techgig.com/geekgoddess 
Source: Businesswire

Renovated sales outlet of Co- optex inaugurated

Minister SP Velumani inaugurated the renovated sales outlet at Co- Optex in Nehru Stadium, Coimbatore and while addressing the press he said the use of hand-loom products would help the livelihood of weavers in Tamil Nadu.

Minister SP Velumani inaugurated the renovated sales outlet at Co- Optex in Nehru Stadium, Coimbatore and while addressing the press he said the use of hand-loom products would help the livelihood of weavers in Tamil Nadu.

Bridgespan Publishes New Study on Bold Philanthropy in India

India is experiencing a surge in philanthropic activity, with donors increasingly using their resources to take on some of the country’s biggest social challenges. The Bridgespan Group’s new report, Bold Philanthropy in India: Insights from Eight Social Change Initiatives, highlights the efforts of bold philanthropists who are working to eliminate tuberculosis in India, lift millions of rural farmers irreversibly out of poverty, dramatically improve learning outcomes, and help the nation’s municipal services keep pace with a rising urban population, among other challenges.

 

According to Bridgespan Partner and Co-author of the report, Pritha Venkatachalam,Many philanthropists in India are pivoting from checkbook giving – investing mostly in infrastructure projects, such as building schools or hospitals – to thinking strategically and ambitiously about how to drive social change. However, because there is so little information on their approaches to bold giving, other philanthropists with similar aims lack reference material to build on.”

 

Dr. K P Krishnan, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, Public expenditure in India today is close to a quarter of GDP. Philanthropy has a long tradition in our history, and is a core value of Indian philosophy. It is not coincidental that with the return of serious wealth in India since the 1990s, we also see a return of very bold philosophy to giving. It is always immediately attractive to feed a poor child with money from a philanthropist. But can we put more thought into giving with greater impact? I would push for a bigger cause – to influence public policy and to support core state systems for social change in the Indian context. The third sector needs to develop the appropriate institutions, processes and systems to deliver this.

 

To help fill these knowledge gaps, Bridgespan, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Omidyar Network, researched a wide array of philanthropic initiatives in India. To identify which of those efforts are truly “bold”, Bridgespan screened for a variety of factors, including philanthropic funding of at least INR 27 crores (USD 4 million); clear goals; and a pathway toward addressing a seemingly intractable social problem. The report’s aim is to share philanthropists’ strategic approaches to bold giving and highlight opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned.

 

To be clear, the bold initiatives that we have profiled by no means constitute all of India’s audacious philanthropic efforts,” says Co-author and Bridgespan Case Team Leader Niloufer Memon. “Rather, we sought to gather a representative sample in hopes of inspiring a wide swath of other philanthropists and foundations working in India to think big.”

 

The Bridgespan team analyzed eight bold initiatives and identified six unique roles that bold philanthropy can play in improving people’s lives:

 

  • Build innovative solutions. Two of the bold initiatives involve developing a novel solution to a social challenge and demonstrating potential for impact at scale: Google and Tata Trust’s Internet Saathi employs local women (“Saathis”) to help improve digital literacy among 15 million rural women in India; the Gates Foundation’s “Mainstreaming Private Healthcare Systems for Tuberculosis Control” incentivizes private healthcare providers to support mainstream tuberculosis-control efforts.

 

  • Scale proven solutions. With this approach, philanthropists identify an intervention that is working (based on strong evidence) and extend its impact into new geographic frontiers or populations. Case in point: Digital Green’s Video-based Knowledge Sharing, funded by the Gates Foundation, where government frontline workers use locally produced, instructional videos to introduce more than 1.5 million smallholder farmers to best practices that improve crop yields.

 

  • Support community-driven development. Philanthropists and NGOs deeply engage the community and work collectively to solve a social problem through a bottom-up approach. Funded by Tata Trusts and its associate organization, Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives, Lakhpati Kisan helps more than 101,000 tribal households generate an income that will keep them from sinking back into poverty. The effort is one example of working with local people to drive change from within the community.

 

  • Strengthen or reform systems. This bold-giving pathway focuses on influencing the underlying structures, relationships, or beliefs that characterize a social ecosystem. This approach usually involves coordinating the efforts of diverse stakeholders, such as government, NGOs, communities, and donors to strengthen a system. Bridgespan’s analysis of Rajasthan Adarsh Yojana, funded by The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, offers insights into how philanthropy helped reform one of India’s poorest performing education systems.

 

  • Build a field. Two philanthropic initiatives in Bridgespan’s study focus on investing in efforts to strengthen or develop an entire social-sector field. Kris Gopalakrishnan, the executive vice chairman of Infosys, launched the Centre for Brain Research, to help fill a knowledge gap in the field of India-focused, neuroscience research and thereby help the 4 million Indians living with dementia. And then there is the eGovernments Foundation (eGov), funded by Nandan Nilekani, co-founder of Infosys, and Srikanth Nadhamuni, CEO of Khosla Labs. eGov has built an open-source digital platform to help India’s urban local governments provide municipal services. This platform has both government and citizen facing modules that enable agencies to improve their operations and citizens to seamlessly access municipal services.

 

  • Inform public policy. This approach involves providing evidence and input to inform the government’s efforts to reform laws, policies, and regulations. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is the primary philanthropy behind the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), which measures the basic reading and math skills of approximately 600,000 rural children across every rural district in India. ASER’s alarming statistics have shifted India’s national discourse (as well as global discourse) from focusing on enrollment rates to improving learning outcomes.

 

This research is a first step toward providing some answers on how these bold approaches propel social change, and how these approaches might help philanthropists and NGOs break through the roadblocks that impede progress,” says Co-author and Bridgespan Principal Donald Yeh. “Although we identified these six roles in the Indian context, they are so foundational to the global philanthropic ecosystem that they can be thought of as archetypes of bold giving.”

 

About The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group (www.bridgespan.org) is a global nonprofit organization that collaborates with mission-driven leaders, organizations, philanthropists, and investors to break cycles of poverty and dramatically improve the quality of life for those in need. With offices in Boston, Mumbai, New York, and San Francisco, Bridgespans services include strategy consulting, leadership development, philanthropy and nonprofit advising, and developing and sharing practical insights.

 

Source: Newsvior

Kansai International Airport Reopens after Typhoon Damage

Business Wire India

The KANSAI Tourism Bureau today released an online video aimed at domestic and international travelers, informing them that as of Friday September 21, Kansai International Airport has recovered most of its operational functions following significant damage in early September by Typhoon 21, which shut down the airport and significantly reduced inbound tourism to the region.

 

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180921005195/en/

 

(Graphic: Business Wire)

(Graphic: Business Wire)

Typhoon 21 struck the Kansai area on September 4, causing unprecedented disruption to the Kansai region, including Kansai International Airport. Runways were flooded, and some power facilities and bridges were damaged, severely crippling operations. But service is now restored to pre-disaster levels, thanks to the immense support of all those involved.

 

The KANSAI Tourism Bureau joins various economic and tourist organizations and local governments in the Kansai area in supporting measures for the promotion of tourism-related activities. The video informs travelers to Kansai from the rest of Asia about the recovery of Kansai International Airport. Now that the airport has resumed normal operations, Chairman Masayoshi Matsumoto and the rest of the KANSAI Tourism Bureau look forward to welcoming visitors to Kansai once more.

 

Watch the video here:
http://welcomekansai.net/
https://youtu.be/HvvQhIcudn4

 

 

 

 


MULTIMEDIA AVAILABLE :
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180921005195/en/
Source: Businesswire