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Global and Indian Events this Month Reiterate Health and Nutrition Benefits of Proper Protein Intake

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Poultry India

Global nutrition, with emphasis on eating a healthy nourishing diet, will take centre stage in India and the world when three major events unfold this month (November).
 
The World Health Organisation, in association with Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, will hold its path-breaking second inter governmental conference in Rome titled  International Conference on Nutrition on 19-21 November with the goal to improve nutrition through national policies and effective international cooperation. The two main outcome documents of the conference are the Rome Declaration on Nutrition: a political commitment document and the Framework for Action: A Technical Guide for Implementation. India will have ministerial representation at this major global seminar.
 
A week later in Hyderabad on November 26-28  global poultry experts will shed light on the benefits of  lean chicken protein intake, ease of accessibility to this vital element in a daily Indian diet and sustained growth of the poultry industry in India at the 8th Annual Poultry exhibition (www.poultryindia.co.in). Poultry India is spearheading an educational campaign to Eat Right, Eat Healthy. Poultry India is an advisory body comprising heads of national organisations including Indian Poultry Equipment Manufacturers' Association (IPEMA), National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC); CLFMA of India; Poultry Federation of India (PFI), among others.
 
Also in November, National Geographic Society will premiere a six-hour television series, “EAT: The Story of Food,” over three nights from November 21-23 on the Nat Geo Channel. (natgeofood.com). These three above events will highlight issues like:
 
Do we know what we eat and what it does to your body?
Are we giving ourselves the right amount of daily nutrients?
Are we aware of the amount of proteins, carbs  and vitamins your body requires every day to stay healthy and smart?
Are we obese and thus prone to diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart attacks, etc?
 
Protein deficiency in India is cause for concern. A recent paper published in The National Medical Journal of India highlighted the fact that India has the highest number of new Tuberculosis and TB-related deaths in the world, with 2.3 million new cases and an estimated 320,000 deaths annually. A recent study commissioned by Du Pont and done by Economist Intelligence Unit concluded that quality of the food consumed in India is highly deficient in protein, iron and Vitamin A. In their latest report this study says that while meat consumption remains important to the human diet, milk and eggs will increasingly provide a more efficient source of calories and protein (http://www.slideshare.net/DuPont/du-pont-committee-updated-report-2014).
 
For Indians protein in diet is only 37 grams as against a world average of 65 grams and World Health Organisation recommendations of minimum 84 grams per day. An average Indian consumes 35-40gms of protein per day while the protein requirement for an average person is 1 gm per kilogram of bodyweight per day (Reference:  Nutrient Requirements and Recommended Dietary Allowance for Indians. ICMR 2009).
 
According to FAO, two billion people suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiencies, while 1.4 billion are overweight, of which 500 million are obese. FAO’s Director-General said tackling obesity will feature prominently during discussions at the Rome conference. In India the prevalence of malnutrition is very high. More than 40% of under-five children population suffers from the condition.  In India an estimated 400 million people, a number larger than the entire population of the US, are infected with the TB-bacillus but are asymptomatic though at risk of developing active TB. More than half the cases of TB every year (two thirds in cases of people in age group of 15-19) could be prevented by ensuring people get enough to eat in terms of proteins and calories.
 
The World Bank reviewed and proposed revisions in May 2014, to its poverty calculation methodology and purchasing power parity basis for measuring poverty worldwide, including India. According to this revised methodology, the world had 872.3 million people below the new poverty line, of which 179.6 million people lived in India. In other words, India with 17.5% of total world's population had 20.6% share of world’s poorest in 2013.
 
Dr Geeta Dharmatti, a nationally acclaimed nutritionist. "You need protein for your muscles, bones, and the rest of your body. Exactly how much you need changes with age. If you're watching your weight, try including protein with every meal. It will help you feel full longer. 
 
"Spreading protein evenly across your meals is also good for your muscles, which is especially important as you get older and start to lose muscle mass. Along with the quantity of the protein, it is also very important to choose right quality of protein. Quality of proteins refers to the amount of amino acids provided by that protein. Poultry and egg proteins are easy to digest, cheaper and easily accessible, and hence contribute more in providing the required amino acids to the body. For this reason, they are also referred to as complete dietary protein,' Dr Geeta," added.
 
 
Below is a table of protein contents for various foods. From this it is very clear that egg is one of the cheapest sources of protein:
 
Item            Weight (gms)  Protein/100gms   Price/100mgs (Rs)    Protein price/10gms (Rs)
 
Egg                 100                     13.2                              8                            6.06
Chicken          100                     30                               20                            6.67
Mutton             100                     26                              40                          15.38
Milk( FULL FAT) 100                  3.2                             5                          15.62
Yogurt              100                       5                              13                          26
Paneer(FULL FAT) 100           11                               35                          31.81
Fish                 100                      22                            100                          40
 
The human brain needs certain essential nutrients to perform at an optimum level, particularly with regard to neurotransmitter-precursors, electrolytes (i.e. salts) and fuel (primarily glucose). By eating a healthy, balanced diet rich in chicken, eggs, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, fish and carbohydrates, you can maintain healthy brain function without having to buy expensive dietary supplements (some of which work, but many of which don't).
 
"Apart from protein, you might also want to think about what else you're getting from protein-rich foods. For instance, to limit saturated fat, you'd want to choose lean chicken meat over fattier cuts. And to cut back on sodium, skip the processed meats like hot dogs and sausage. If you're trying to get more omega-3s, you might choose fish or eggs enriched with omega-3s. If you need to get more fibre look to beans, vegetables, nuts and pulses," Dr Geeta said.
 
Eggs are a phenomenally inexpensive and incredible source of high-quality nutrients in India.  They provide a tremendous amount of choline* which can improve your memory and cognitive response. Studies have linked dietary intake of choline with higher IQ results. Additionally, the omega-3 fatty acids and nutrients like folate, pantothenic acid and zinc are also important for your brain function. Eating the yolk can reduce your stress level and prevent neurological disorders like depression, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. https://www.patrickholford.com/advice/food-for-thought-improve-your-concentration.
 
"Consumption of adequate protein ensures strong immune defence, efficient signalling of nerves and impulses, healthy hair and maintenance of fluid balance in the body. Protein can also turn into an energy provider when required by the body. Insufficiency of protein in the body affects all organs and overall growth and development. It is always advisable to choose a balanced diet with adequate amount of proteins along with other nutrients to ensure a healthy body and revitalised mind," she added. 
 
Mr Om Prakash Singh, core committee member, Poultry India said: "Our Prime Minister has embarked on a worthy campaign to educate us on how to stay clean and thus stay healthy. Poultry India wants to support our PM by educating people on obesity and tell them that obesity decreases the quality and length of life, and increases individual and national healthcare costs. Our campaign which has just begun also fits in rather well with the three global events on nutrition and health globally this month. People who start the day with a protein-rich breakfast consume 200 fewer calories a day than those who chow down on a carb-heavy breakfast."
 
Key facts (World Health Organisation)
 
Worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980.
In 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. Of these over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese.
35% of adults aged 20 and over were overweight in 2008, and 11% were obese.
65% of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
More than 40 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2012.
Obesity is preventable.
Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. Body mass index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify overweight and obesity in adults. It is defined as a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2)
Overweight and obesity are leading risks for global deaths. Around 3.4 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. In addition, 44% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the heart disease burden and between 7% and 41% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity.
In 2012, more than 40 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese. Once considered a high-income country problem, overweight and obesity are now on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings. In developing countries with emerging economies (classified by the World Bank as lower- and middle-income countries) the rate of increase of childhood overweight and obesity has been more than 30% higher than that of developed countries.
Overweight and obesity are linked to more deaths worldwide than underweight. For example, 65% of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kill more people than underweight (this includes all high-income and most middle-income countries).
 
What causes obesity and overweight?
 
The fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended. Globally, there has been:
an increased intake of energy-dense foods that are high in fat; and
an increase in physical inactivity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of many forms of work, changing modes of transportation, and increasing urbanization.
Changes in dietary and physical activity patterns are often the result of environmental and societal changes associated with development and lack of supportive policies in sectors such as health, agriculture, transport, urban planning, environment, food processing, distribution, marketing and education.
Children in low- and middle-income countries are more vulnerable to inadequate pre-natal, infant and young child nutrition At the same time, they are exposed to high-fat, high-sugar, high-salt, energy-dense, micronutrient-poor foods, which tend to be lower in cost but also lower in nutrient quality. These dietary patterns in conjunction with lower levels of physical activity, result in sharp increases in childhood obesity while under-nutrition issues remain unsolved.
 
 - ENDS -
 
Notes to the Editor
 
About Choline 
Choline is one of the newest nutrients to be added to the list of human vitamins. It was only added to the list of required nutrients by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 1998. While the NAS does not officially recognize choline as a vitamin specifically belonging to the B-complex family of vitamins, it is officially recognized as a required nutrient that you need in your everyday meal plan.
 
About Dr Geeta Dharmatti:
Dr. Geeta Dharmatti has spent more than two decades in the field of nutrition, Dr. Geeta has a doctorate in Food Science and Nutrition (FSN) Gold medalist in Masters - FSN and presently President of Indian Dietetic Association, Pune Chapter (2010-2014). She has published many articles and papers in national as well as international journals, newspapers as well as researches and presented papers in reputed conferences and seminars. Dr Geeta is a regular guest speaker in colleges and academic organizations. In addition, Dr Geeta is member of several prestigious organizations including Indian Dietetic Association (IDA) Pune chapter; Nutrition Society of India (NSI) Hyderabad and Indian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ISPEN) Pune chapter.
 
What is Protein
 
Proteins are a group of biological compounds which are present in every live cell, organ and tissue of the body. They are there in the form of enzymes, antibodies, hormones and much more.  Meaning ‘first’ or ‘of prime importance’ in Greek, proteins participate in every cellular process occurring in the body. Proteins are responsible for the formation, regulation, repair and protection of the body of each organism. It executes a range of functions within living beings including catalysis of enzymes, DNA replication communication and coordination within the cells, molecular transportation from one location to another. There are 20 amino acids considered essential because the body must have all of them in right amounts to function properly. Twelve of these proteins are manufactured in the body but the other eight amino acids must be provided by diet. Foods from animals sources such as milk or eggs often contain all these essential amino acids, while a variety of plant products must be taken together to provide the body and the mind all these necessary proteins. Good healthy sources of proteins are not hard to find for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Meat eaters can choose from eggs, chicken, cooked lean meat and fish. Vegetarians can choose from nuts, seeds, soy products like tofu, dairy products and legumes including variety of beans and split peas. 
 
About Poultry India
 
Poultry India is a newly constituted advisory body given a unanimous mandate to spearhead an educational campaign to Eat Right, Eat Healthy through a  balanced daily diet which should include high proteins and thus be healthy and smart. The advisory body comprises heads of national organisations including Indian Poultry Equipment Manufacturers' Association (IPEMA), National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC); CLFMA of India; Poultry Federation of India (PFI); All India Poultry Breeders Association (AIPBA); Andhra Pradesh Poultry Farmers Association (APPFA); Poultry Breeders Association (PBA-AP); West Bengal Poultry Farmers Association (WBPFA); Tamil Nadu Broiler Co-ordination Committee (TMBCC); Broiler Breeders Association - North (BBAN); Karnataka Poultry Farmers & Breeders Association (KPFBA); Indian Federation of Animal Health Companies (INFAH), Indian Poultry Journalist Association (IPJA) and All Odisha Poultry Association (AOPA). Poultry Exhibition, one of the largest in South Asia, brings together global experts on nutrition, breeding, poultry equipment and animal health, and provides insights into latest trends and best practices in poultry farming and breeding. Exhibitors from all over the world also showcase their equipment, products and services to Indian and foreign visitors. A one-day Poultry Knowledge Day is also organised in conjunction with the Poultry India exhibition  Please visit http://www..poultryindia.co.in for more information.
 
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For More Information Please Contact: Om Prakash Singh Core Committee Member - Poultry India Email: opsinghb@gmail.com Mob: 9822069503

Harish Garware Gen. Secy: Indian Poultry Equipment Manufacturers' Association Email: hgarware@gartech.co.in Mob: 9822094653

Issued on behalf of Poultry India by: David D'Souza Email: davidandalka@gmail.com Mob: 91-9766531082

Bharatswasthya: an E kitab on Health

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The info revolution is spreading even on the mobile platform, but Indian language content is still a weak stream. The Indian language communities need to contribute in various subject areas.

Bharatswasthya.net is a free and open source of edited primary care information in Hindi. Launched last year and completing its first leg in March 2014, we receive about 500 visits daily and hope to reach out to the large Hindi speaking society.

The primary care website is useful for health workers, paramedics, patients, students, nurses, consumers and lay people.

The site is a 1000 page primary care book carrying about 200 topics, 1000 illustrations, interactive diagnostic flow charts of 20 common symptoms like fever and cough, 25 short videos, powerpoints, tables and swasthya shabdakosh.

The site is in unicode and hence searchable. The diagnostic flow charts offer ready help in primary diagnosis of about 100 common illnesses. There is also the information on 50 primary care medicines in common use.

The Ayurveda section offers information about useful herbs and 100 common remedies with indications.

The site is launched by Bharatvaidyaka sanstha with help of Sir Ratan Tata Trust on small grant program in 2013-14.

Earlier we have launched a primary care site in Marathi (arogyavidya.net) which has clocked over 2.2 million visits so far. This is an appeal for subject contributions, more language versions and voluntary assistance and above all spread a word for wider usage of the source.

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Contact Details: 
Dr Shyam Ashtekar, MD (Community Medicine)
21 Cherry Hills Society, Anandwalli, Nashik 422013,
Phone: 0253-2342447, Cell 9422271544 email: shyamashtekar@yahoo.com

 

NDTV Good Times now available in Singapore

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NDTV Good Times, India’s leading English travel and lifestyle channel today announced its launch on Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) - mio TV platform.

Commenting on the launch Smeeta Chakrabarti, CEO, NDTV Good Times, said, "NDTV Good Times is very happy to launch in Singapore in collaboration with mio TV. I firmly believe that Good Times programming will strike a chord with Singapore’s multicultural citizens who appreciate the best the world has to offer."

“NDTV 24x7 is already present on mio TV and we are very happy to extend our relationship with Singtel. The launch of Good Times on mio TV is a testimony to our effort to providing world-class programming to audiences not just in India but across other parts of the world as well,” added Rahul Sood, Head – Affiliate Sales & Network Distribution, NDTV.

"We are very pleased to collaborate with NDTV to add on this exciting and very entertaining channel to our pay TV platform,” said Mr. Low Ka Hoe, Director, IPTV Business, SingTel. “Travel and lifestyle programming is very popular among Singaporeans, and we are sure that our audiences will quickly form a connection with the informative and engaging content on this channel”, he added.

Targeting travellers with a love for the Asian sub-continent as well as a cosmopolitan, socially upbeat audience who enjoys every moment of life, the channel features a wide range of aspirational lifestyle programming on health, fashion, food, travel, luxury and more.

About NDTV Good Times:

Launched in September 2007, NDTV Good Times is a lifestyle channel that targets a largely cosmopolitan, socially upbeat audience who lives in style and enjoys every moment of life. This channel brings in world-class, aspirational lifestyle programming from health, fashion and food to travel, luxury and more. NDTV Good Times is a brand tie-up between NDTV and the UB Group-owned Kingfisher brand. Content offered on the channel is original and its lively presentation draws viewers looking for an entertaining experience. The channel has a promising line up of shows that cover every aspect of the lifestyle genre to portray the essence of an increasingly global India.

About mio TV:

mio TV is the innovative digital pay TV service offering from SingTel. Launched in July 2007, the service offers customers value and full flexibility to watch what they want, when they want.

Currently, mio TV offers a total of 60 channels, of which 15 are on-demand channels. Content on mio TV covers a wide range of genres and features Singapore’s largest range of video-on-demand titles and High Definition content.

SingTel is Asia’s leading communications group providing a comprehensive portfolio of services including voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms, as well as infocomm technology and pay TV.  Together with its regional partners, it serves over 232 million mobile customers in eight markets.

Contact Details: 

For further information, please contact:

Priyadarshani Kaul
NDTV
Tel: 4157 7777
Email: PriyadarshaniK@ndtv.com

Shilpa Gupta / Kaveri Bhartia
Comma Consulting
Tel: 98181 80180 / 98100 06580
Email: sgupta@comma.in / kbhartia@comma.in

Airtel introduces My Airtel My Offer - an innovative service to empower the Airtel Prepaid user

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Bharti Airtel, Asia's leading integrated telecom services provider today introduced an innovative service - My Airtel My Offer, that empowers its Prepaid mobile users to choose a product or service most suited to them.

My Airtel My Offer is an informative service platform that will assist the Airtel Prepaid user to choose the best available product/service across tariff packages, recharge denominations, validity periods, value-added service and any other local promotional offer currently available on the Airtel network. The products and offers have been customised to meet the requirements of Airtel customers basis their past usage behaviors.

Today mobile customers are presented with multiple packages and offers, each having their own value propositions. Hence this facility allows the customer to choose from the best of offers from Airtel, cutting away from the clutter of offers/services available in the market.

To avail this service, Airtel Prepaid customers can dial a toll free number - 12131 from their mobile. The IVR also has the capability to provide the caller with the option of choosing their local language while interacting with the IVR. This facility is not available while a customer is roaming. The service is currently launched on IVR and soon will be available through SMS & USSD as well.Airtel Plan
"At Airtel, we believe that every customer of ours is unique and valuable. We also understand that our customers have their own preferences and usage needs”. Said, Raghunath Mandava, Chief Marketing Officer, Mobile Services, Airtel. “Based on an understanding of customers' usage behavior and further aided by technology & systems, My Airtel My Offer service has been developed with a unique ability to suggest the right product / offer to each customer within Airtel’s network. With My Airtel My Offer, we firmly believe that we are taking a major step towards empowering and transforming the user experience of all Airtel customers."

About Bharti Airtel Limited

Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is Asia’s leading integrated telecom services provider with operations in India and Sri Lanka and an aggregate of over 96.6 million customers as of end of March 2009, consisting of 93.92 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel Limited has been voted as India's most innovative company, in a survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal.

Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units - Mobile services, Telemedia services and Enterprise services. The mobile business offers services in India and Sri Lanka. The Telemedia business provides broadband and telephone services in 95 cities, DTH services and has recently forayed into the IPTV services. The Enterprise business provides end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national and international long distance services to carriers. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 90,205 kms covering all the major cities in the country. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai that connects two submarine cable systems - i2i to Singapore and SEA-ME-WE-4 to Europe. For more information, visit www.bhartiairtel.in

Contact Details: 

For further information contact:

Abhinandan Saikia
Bharti Airtel Limited                            
Tel: +91 9871828900
Email: abhinandan.saikia@bharti.in

Saurabh Gupta
Comma Consulting
Tel: +91 11 4600 3212
Mob: +91 9818075578
Email: saurabh@comma.in

Hindu College Old Students’ Association Announces Distinguished Alumni Awards

Hindu College Old Students Association

The Old Students’ Association (OSA) of the prestigious Hindu College presented its Distinguished Alumni Awards at The Lalit Hotel in New Delhi today. The OSA Awards, presented every year since 2001, recognize the achievements and contributions made by Hindu college alumni in various fields, including media, films, sports, business and law. Mr. Yash Chopra, the legendary film personality, was the chief guest at the esteemed ceremony.

The event also witnessed the presence of the eminent lawyer Mr. Lalit Bhasin, who is the President of OSA, Dr. D.N. Gupta, Acting Principal, and Mr. K. C. Mehra, Chairman of the Events Committee of OSA.

Dr. B.M Bhatia and Prof. Bipin Chandra both received Lifetime Achievement Awards for their remarkable contribution in the fields of agriculture and education, respectively.

The award winners in different categories included:

  • Mr. Arjun Rampal, for his contribution as an actor to the film industry.
  • Ms. Loveleen Tandon, for her contribution as an excellent Casting Director and Co- Director of the Oscar winning film, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
  • Mr. Imtiaz Ali as the Young Achiever in films.
  • Ms. Tisca Chopra, for her work in films and television.
  • Mr. Jayant Kapoor, SAP developer for his achievements in business.
  • Hon’ble Mr. Justice G. S. Sistani, for his stellar role in India’s law and justice system.
  • Mr. Hardeep Puri and Ms. Asha Swarup, for their accomplishments in the Civil Services.
  • Mr. V.P Chaudhury, for his contribution in the area of Legal Services.
  • Mr. Vinod Rai, for his role in Constitutional law.
  • Mr. Sreenivasan Jain, for his contribution to media.
  • Mr. Saba Karim and Mr. Sunil Valson for their successes in sports.

Speaking ahead of the event, Mr Lalit Bhasin, President of OSA said: “Hindu College has always stood for the highest standards of education, development and values. We at the OSA aim to encourage talent across a number of areas crucial for the development of the society as a whole. The Alumni Awards are one of the steps in this direction and we heartily congratulate the winners for their remarkable contribution to their respective fields. We also wish them luck for all their future endeavors.”

Hindu College has contributed to the nation by producing luminaries in various fields. The college has produced academicians like Professor Sarup Singh, noted industrialists like K. K. Birla and Mr Modi, cinema personalities like Manoj Kumar, the famous singer Mukesh, Vishal Bhardwaj, and sportspersons like Ajay Jadeja, Saba Karim, Gautam Gambhir, Akash Chopra, Murali Karthik and Prakash Bhandari. Former Chief Justice of India Y. K. Sabharwal, Mr. B. P. Singh, Justice Mukul Mudgul, Justice R. Bhat, Justice G. S. Sistani, Justice Manmohan, Justice Siddharth Mridul and distinguished academicians like Dr. Kavita Sharma, Shri Zoravar Singh and late Shri Amba Prasad are also the college’s alumni. The alumni also include some of the leading lawyers in the country - Late Shri Tara Chand Mathur, Shri Dinesh Mathur, Shri Ranjit Kumar, Shri Lalit Bhasin, parliamentarians like Shri Subramaniam Swamy and journalists like Shri  H. K. Dua.

Established in 1899, Hindu College is one of the most distinguished post-graduate educational institutions in the country, with an outstanding record in teaching, research and public services. The Hindu College OSA is actively looking for opportunities to enhance facilities at this institution. The Association plans to establish a Braille library in the college and upgrade the college auditorium to meet world-class standards.

About Old Students’ Association (OSA)

The OSA was formed in 1959 and is celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year. Over the years, OSA has conducted several activities for the benefit of the college. In recent years, following the centenary of Hindu College, the OSA has made exemplary efforts to raise funds for the institution, including Distinguished Alumni Awards, Annual OSA Meets, and much more.

Contact Details: 

For further information, please contact:

Mr Lalit Bhasin
President, Hindu Alumni Association
Tel: +91 98101 81044
Email: lbhasin@vsnl.com

Amrita Thukral / S.M Atiqul Mobin
Comma Consulting
Tel: +91 9891171040 / +91 9891824279
Email: athukral@comma.in / amobin@comma.in

Fortune Hotels opens Fortune Inn Grazia Hotel in Noida

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ITC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Fortune Park Hotels Ltd., today announced the opening of its property, ‘Fortune Inn Grazia’, in the centrally located Sector 27 of Noida. Fortune Inn Grazia is the second operational Fortune Hotels property in the NCR region after Gurgaon and there are five more to open in the near future. The Fortune Inn Grazia is located next to the commercial and shopping hub of Sector 18. With the Fortune Inn in Noida, the total number of Fortune Inn category hotels in the country now stands at four with Jammu, Pune and Visakhapatnam hotels already operational.

Targeted at businesses travelers, the hotel offers a choice of 42 well appointed rooms including 30 standard rooms and 12 Fortune Club Rooms, equipped with all modern amenities to ensure pleasant stay for travelers. Other offerings at Fortune Inn Grazia include a gym, spa, swimming pool and two restaurants, Earthern Oven and Fortune Deli for the perfect dining experience. It offers free Wi-Fi connectivity in the lobby, restaurant areas and also in the rooms.

Dining experience at Fortune Inn Grazia

Earthen Oven - The restaurant serves delicious North Indian cuisine straight out of the oven from mouth watering kebabs, spicy curries, tasty Indian breads to many more delectable dishes.

Fortune Deli - The Deli gives you the perfect blend of a contemporary setting and great delicacies to relish with variety of fast food choices like sandwiches, pizza, chocolates, etc.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Pawan Verma, Senior Executive Vice President, ITC Ltd.-Hotels Division, said, “We currently have 26 operational Fortune Hotels in India and 52 alliances across the country and our Noida property is placed to strategically serve the NCR region. We will be expanding our presence in key markets with our different brands of Fortune Hotels in accordance to market demand. We are all set to launch our new properties in Mussoorie, Jaipur, Bangalore and Manipal in the next two months.” 

Mr.Suresh Kumar, President, Fortune

Contact Details: 

For further information, please contact:

Fortune Inn Grazia, Noida
Biswajit Chakravarty
Ph: +91-120-3988444
Mobile: +91 9650399089       
Email: biswajit.chakravarty@fortunehotels.in

Comma Consulting
Saurabh Gupta
Ph: +91-011 46003200
Mobile: +91 9818075578
Email: saurabh@comma.in

The Bar Association of India Commences Golden Jubilee Celebrations

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Bar Association of India

The Bar Association of India (BAI) will launch the celebrations of its Golden Jubilee year at an impressive commencement ceremony in New Delhi on April 09, 2009.

The Bar Association of India was established in April 1959. The inauguration was made by President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad in the presence of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Chief Justice of India and many stalwarts of the profession. The commencement of Golden Jubilee celebrations this year will also take place in distinguished presence of , Hon’ble Mr. Somnath Chatterjee, Speaker at the 14th Lok Sabha, Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Mr. K.G Balakrishnan and BAI President Mr. Fali S Nariman.

BAI Associate President Mr. Anil Divan, will welcome the participants at the inaugural celebration followed by Mr Fali S Nariman. The inaugural address will be made by Hon’ble Mr K G Balakrishnan, followed by an address by Hon’ble Mr. Somnath Cheterjee. Mr Lalit Bhasin, Hony. General Secretary, BAI, will present the concluding remarks.

“The Association is keeping to its tradition of developing sound conventions for the legal profession to follow. To remain relevant, the legal profession must constantly meet the challenges of current realities.” said Mr Lalit Bhasin.

The ceremony marking the commencement of BAI’s Golden Jubilee celebrations will be followed with a seminar on ‘Rethinking Indian Legal Profession and Justice System’ on April 10, 2009. The interactive seminar will initiate a path-breaking endeavour by the Bar Association of India in its 50th year to create a body of knowledge through research and deliberations on the current challenges and issues concerning the legal profession and the justice delivery system in India. The seminar will address issues like ‘Human Rights and the Rules of Law’, ‘Electoral Reforms’, ‘Right to Protest by the Legal Profession’, ‘Fostering Relations with International Legal Associations’ and ‘National Professions and Liberalisation of the Legal Profession in India’.

As a part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, BAI proposes to hold an International Conference later this year. It will also co-host, with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) a Conference on ‘Cities – the Legal Issues in Urban Development, Transport, Environment and Security’.

About Bar Association Of India:

The Bar Association of India is a voluntary organisation of lawyers, which was established in April 1959, shortly before the enactment of the Indian Advocates Act, 1961, which fused the legal profession in India and introduced a common roll of Advocates in each state. The inauguration of the Association by the President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, took place in the presence of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, the Chief Justice of India and many stalwarts of the profession whose names are held in high esteem today in the profession throughout the country. Shri M.C. Setalvad, the first Attorney-General of India, was also the President of the Association who together with the illustrious Dr K. M Munshi and Mr C.KDaphtary and others framed the constitution of the Association. The principal aim of the Association is to achieve, through bar associations and individual lawyers all over India.

Contact Details: 

For further details please contact:

Kapil Sabharwal
Comma Consulting
Tel: +91 9811559835

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