Tuesday, January 8, 2019

QNET Entrepreneurs kick off 2019 by Raising Funds for Underprivileged Community in 22 Cities including 3 cities from Maharashtra


  • Funds raised to support basic necessities, essential commodities, sports materials, first-aid kits
  • 26 events planned across 22 cities in the country
  • Pledged sums of up to INR 1 Lakh in each city

Pune, January 08, 2019: Independent representatives of Direct Selling company QNET have once again come together, this time to brighten up the New Year for the underprivileged. In a series of events spread across 22 cities throughout India, various groups of Independent Representatives have come forward to raise funds and help underprivileged communities.


Over hundreds of entrepreneurs, who are professionals across all age group, run a successful direct selling business with QNET, have pledged up to INR 1 lakh per city towards important causes benefiting a local community in need. While various Independent Representatives have been coming together during Diwali every year, this is the second year that some of them have initiated such activities during the New Year to reinforce their commitment to helping communities and their own belief in the spirit of giving.

As part of this effort the group of entrepreneurs in Maharashtra covered three cities including Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur by providing essential commodities including toiletries, stationaries, books, sports materials, first-aid kits and audio-visual equipment.

The activities were carried across various organisations including Bhatkya Vimukt Jati Sjokshan Samatha in Pune, Save the Smile Social Foundation in Mumbai and Jeevan Ashray Seva Sanstha in Nagpur.

The effort in all the three cities along with other entrepreneurs in other centres echoed the sentiments of the group saying “QNET has helped us transform not only our lives, but the lives of those around us. Sharing the abundance created by the opportunity provided to us by the direct selling industry is our way of giving back to the community this New Year.”

Commenting on the effort, QNET Global CEO Trevor Kuna said “The initiative undertaken by our Independent Representatives in their individual capacity is truly encouraging. QNET’s underlying philosophy of RYTHM – Raise Yourself To Help Mankind is the force that drives a lot of what we do. It is a reflection of our business, which is about empowering people to take control of their lives, so that they can, in turn, help empower their communities. After all, there is no better feeling than doing well while you are doing good”.

QNET had in the past partnered with the Cancer Patients Aid Association in Mumbai to support the treatment of children with cancer from low-income families. QNET had also contributed significantly towards the Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya campaign by partnering with the Lions Club in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad on a number of projects including clean drinking water, nutrition education and health camps for children.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Encourage young minds to think critical, challenge themselves in chess and life: Viswanathan Anand

  • Grandmaster played with 12 students simultaneously
  •  Top 10 participants were honoured with Prize money, trophy and certificate
Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand won the Edify Chess Tournament against the 12 champions in 1:12 match, a unique tournament organised by Edify International School and Pune District Chess Association held at Edify International School Hinjewadi.
This was the unique chess tournament for school student aged between 5 and 16 years. The preliminary rounds were held on November 17- 18, 2018, which witnessed around 486 participants from Pune.

While interacting with media Grandmaster said, “I am very happy, that Edify International School is focused and passionate in building these critical skills by encouraging the young minds to think critically, to challenge themselves to do things every day they couldn’t do before, both in chess and life to accept winning and losing outcomes gracefully.”
Ms Priya Anand, Head of School said, “This was the most unique opportunity for students of Pune as it gave them an experience to play with the Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand. Huge thanks to everyone who participated in this event. It was an exhilarating experience to compete with fellow competitors.”

Mr. Joseph D’Souza, Chairman, Pune District Chess Association said, It is a Golden opportunity for the budding youngsters of Pune, who have qualified to pit their skills with the legendary five times World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand. For others it was the witnessing the games and learning from the nuggets of wisdom given by the Legend himself.  Kudos to Edify International School & Pune District Chess Association for providing this excellent opportunity to the Chess fraternity of Pune.

The top 10 participants Kashish Jain, Shivraj Pingle, Digambar Jail, Keval Nirgun, Advait Patil, Prem Mhetre, Sahil Dhobale, Yuvraj Patil, Aryan Singla and Dhiren Mor were honoured with prize money, trophy and certificates. And Atharva Bagul and Chhavi Bafna were felicitated with a medal by Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand. The prize money for top 10 participants was 1) Rs.10, 000/- 2) Rs.6000/- 3) Rs. 4000/- 4) Rs. 2500/-, 5)2500/- 6) Rs. 2000/- 7) Rs 2000/- 8) 2000/- 9)2000/- and 10) 2000/-

The Edify International School offers a broad, rich and challenging curriculum based on the world-renowned IB programmes. It promotes a strong foundation in the academic disciplines, a broad exposure to the liberal arts, and selective opportunities to pursue individual interests.

Media contact: Aspire PR & Strategies Pvt. Ltd, Shekhar Wagh  9967348414, 9689966141-020 24488778

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Indian developers contribute actively to open source projects: DigitalOcean Currents Report

Developers in India are more likely to contribute to open source than developers from other countries, with more than two-thirds (68 percent) actively participating.

23rd Nov, Bangalore India: DigitalOcean, the cloud services platform designed for developers brings out key developer cloud trends through its quarterly Currents report. In the fifth edition of Currents, they focused entirely on open source, to coincide with the movement’s 20-year anniversary. They asked more than 4,300 respondents around the world about the state of open source, including how they and their companies use it and what inspires them to support the community.

The following are some key findings from the report: 

• Twenty years in, just over half of developers surveyed are contributing to open source projects (55 percent). However, that is less than what companies expect from their employees: three out of four respondents said their companies expect them to use open source software as part of their day-to-day development work.

• Two of the most prominent barriers preventing developers from getting involved in open source are not knowing where to begin, and doubting they have the right skills. Companies not giving their employees time to contribute is also a large factor.

• Of the five major tech companies — Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple — developers overwhelmingly said Google is most supportive of the open source community, followed by Microsoft. Apple ranked last.

• There’s a disconnect between companies’ encouragement of open source within their organizations, and their actual investment. Only 18 percent of respondents said their company is a member of an open source-related organization, and 75 percent said their company invests $1k or less every year in donations to open source.

• Newer developers actively contribute more to open source than veteran developers: While 55 percent of respondents said they actively contribute to open source projects, developers with five or fewer years of experience were significantly more likely to contribute (60 percent) than developers with six or more years of experience. This participation boost from newer developers aligns with the overall perception that the open source community is healthy and growing (89 percent).

Prabhakar Jayakumar, Country Director, DigitalOcean India says “This year marks both the 20th anniversary of the open source movement, as well as the 5th year of Hacktoberfest, our annual month-long celebration of open source. DigitalOcean Currents highlights the latest trends among developers in the cloud and our latest edition carries interesting insights on the potential of open source software”.

• Developers want an easier entry point into the open source community: 45% of developers listed “difficulty knowing how to get started” as the primary barrier preventing them from contributing to open source projects. Other key challenges included developers feeling they don’t have the right skills to contribute (44%) & companies not offering time for employees to contribute (30%).

• Companies expect developers to use open source technologies at work, but don’t invest as much in the broader community: Nearly three out of every four respondents said their companies expect them to use open source software as part of their day-to-day development work, but only 18 percent of employees said their companies actively participated in open source organizations (e.g. Apache Foundation, Node.js Foundation, Cloud Native Computing Foundation). The cost of participating in these organizations is the biggest barrier (38 percent), and 75 percent of respondents said their companies also donated just $1k or less to these organizations in the last year.

• Javascript, Python and PHP are among the top 3 programming languages that developers primarily use when engaging with open source

• Companies evaluating open source technologies look primarily for ones that are widely used, and have great documentation and active maintainers. At the same time, poor documentation and security concerns are a few reasons why companies opt against open source.

About DigitalOcean:

Founded in 2012, DigitalOcean provides the easiest cloud platform to deploy, manage, and scale applications of any size, removing infrastructure friction and providing predictability so developers and their teams can spend more time building software that customers love. DigitalOcean has a $200 million run rate and a community of 3.5 million developers with 12 data centres across the globe. In addition to its headquarters in New York, DigitalOcean has an office in Cambridge, Mass. and remote employees around the world. For more information, simply visit http://www.digitalocean.com or follow @digitalocean on Twitter.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Radisson Blu Pune Hinjawadi gears up for ‘the’ cake mixing of 2018 in style!

Radisson Blu Pune Hinjawadi has churned out something, which can only be called the right ingredient to make life a little tastier for this year. A cake mixing ceremony was held, which was special in many ways.
This ceremony marked the onset of Christmas festivities with rejoicing the liberty to be who you are. This grand affair was a carnival of ‘freedom to love’ and also beginning of the end of prejudices. It was a gala evening for everyone who love life and celebrate being loved every single day.
The event was graced by the prominent members of LGBTQ community of the city like Sonali Dalvi, Niki Ray and not to be missed, Ashish Chopra who emerged to be the 1st runner up of Mr. Gay World India Pageant 2018.
Speaking about the event, Pankaj Saxena, General Manager of Radisson Blu Pune Hinjawadi said, “As the year starts with its last lap of journey, it is the right time to do something special. We, therefore thought of celebrating the freedom of love and to be different every moment with this community,”
Donning chef caps and gloves, the guests along with the hotel staff joined in the spirit of cake mixing. The ceremony was followed by high tea and patrons loved every bite of smoked salmon with cream cheese, Mushroom with cheddar Wantons and Rainbow Gateaux. With hints of peaches and passion fruit, the guests also guzzled the exquisite coral pink wine ‘Brut Tropicale’ from the house of a leading wine producer in India, which has been awarded the ‘Best Indian Sparkling Wine’ and is also India’s first Blanc de Noir.
Expected to be an event of its own kind, the cake mixing ceremony comes at the time when everyone is busy making a list of resolutions for New Year. But Radisson Blu Pune Hinjawadi will only make it special by making sure that they usher this New Year in style with hope, happiness and harmony for 2019.
About Radisson Blu®
Radisson Blu® is an upper upscale hotel brand that delivers a positive and personalized service in stylish spaces. Characterized by attention to small details and a Yes I Can!SMservice philosophy, Radisson Blu® hotels are designed to make a big difference and inspire unforgettable experiences with every stay. Through personalized service and local nuance, each stay at a Radisson Blu® hotel offers a truly individual guest experience. Radisson Blu®hotels are in major cities, key airport gateways and leisure destinations. Guests and professional business partners can enhance their experience with Radisson Blu® by participating in Radisson Rewards™, a global loyalty program offering exceptional benefits and rewards.
Radisson Blu® is part of the Radisson Hotel Group which also includes Radisson Collection™, Radisson®, Radisson RED®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson and prizeotel.
For reservations and more information visit, www.radissonblu.com/en/hinjawadi

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

OLIVER SANDERSON TAKES OFF WITH BRITISH AIRWAYS DIRECTOR APPOINTMENT

Oliver Sanderson Executive Search have successfully assisted in the appointment of Angela Williams the new People Director for British Airways
Natasha Makhijani, Group CEO of Oliver Sanderson worked closely with Alex Cruz, the CEO of British Airways to assist in the search and selection for the role of People Director, a Board Level position.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for Oliver Sanderson, I am so privileged to have worked with Alex on this assignment and delighted that Angela Williams was selected” said Makhijani.
“We can’t always go to market with the appointments we have made, however, we asked special permission on this significant hire, Angela is someone of tremendous caliber” continued Makhijani.
“When Natasha approached me, I was delighted she facilitated the connection with Alex and the BA team: she’s tenacious and ensured communication channels were open at all times. I am delighted to have taken up this role and six months on I am enjoying contributing to the British Airways strategy and story for the future” said Angela Williams, Director of People, British Airways.
ABOUT :
Oliver Sanderson Group PLC was formed in 2011 by Natasha Makhijani, from a one bedroomed flat to where it is today, an Executive Search & Selection firm with a Global presence. Oliver Sanderson recruits in the interim and permanent arena across Board level to Senior leadership from HR, Comms, Finance, Operations, Procurement, Commercial, Marketing, Digital, IT, Strategy & Business Transformation, with expansion plans include more sectors being added in 2019.
British Airways is the largest airline in the United Kingdom based on fleet size, or the second largest, behind easyJet, when measured by passengers carried. The airline is based in Waterside near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport.
More information can be found on www.oliversanderson.com alternatively, please
Contact Ash Daswani for more information on press@oliversanderson.com.

Monday, November 26, 2018

ALLEN Career Institute launches study center in Pune


  • Two New Study Centers launched in Pune
  • Students of Maharashtra will get India’s highest result producing academic system from the session 2019-20

ALLEN Career Institute, Kota is a trendsetter in the field of coaching for IIT-JEE & Pre-Medical and it has several records in its name. With the legacy of 30 years and trust of more than 9.25 lac students taught in classroom courses so far, today ALLEN is the most-refined learning platform with the strength of 6900+ team members and 22 study centers across India. Adding to the pan India presence with 23rd study center, ALLEN has expanded in Maharashtra State by launching two study centers in Pune. First Study center is located At A&T House, 1205/01/10, NanaSaheb DeshPande Path, Near Apte Road, Off Jangli Maharaj Road, Shivaji Nagar, Pune 411004. The second center is situated at Multi Planet, 711/C, Shankar Sheth Road, Opp. Kumar Pacific Mall, Pune 411002.


During the launch, Sh. C. R. Chaudhary, Senior Vice President, ALLEN Career Institute said, “Students of Pune and surrounding areas, who are aspiring for success in reputed entrance exams like IIT-JEE, NEET-UG, AIIMS, NTSE & Olympiads, will surely get an advantage as well as students of class 8, 9, 10, will also be empowered with stronger foundation through our classroom courses commencing from April 2019.”

Sh. Chaudhary added “There will be an adaption of Kota coaching system at ALLEN Pune center so that the students could be benefitted by the same and could produce great results in engineering and medical entrance examinations”. He further added that this year, more than 1.58 Lac students took admission in classroom courses at ALLEN, including 96,000 at Kota alone, which is a testimony of the top level trust on ALLEN courses among science students across India.

The meritorious students will be given “ALLEN Sharp” Scholarship. The scholarship exam will be held on 16th December. Sh. Tushar Parekh (Vice President, ALLEN Career Institute), Sh. Pankaj Agarwal (Vice President, ALLEN Career Institute), Sh. Pankaj Birla (Vice President, ALLEN Career Institute), Sh. Yogesh Malav (Core Team Member Pre Medical Division) and Sh. Mohit Chorasiya (Core Team Member Pre Medical Division) and other senior faculties from Allen were present during the inaugural ceremony of the Pune centers.

ALLEN has proven its supremacy with the historical and unique record by producing 7 Times All India Rank 1 in Pre-Medical (AIPMT/NEET) and IIT-JEE (Advanced) from its yearlong classroom courses. The classroom course students of ALLEN have proven their strength through the results by securing All India Rank 1 in both IIT-JEE (Advanced) and NEET (UG) in the year 2014, obtaining All India Rank 1, 2 & 3 in both IIT-JEE (Advanced) and NEET (UG) in the year 2016 and in the year 2017 bagging All India Ranks 1 to 10 in AIIMS, which was recognised by Limca Book of World Records.

While in the year 2018 students of ALLEN secured 9 ranks in Top 10 in AIIMS, 30 ranks in Top 100 AIR in JEE (Advanced) and 55 ranks in Top 100 in NEET. Total 81230 ALLEN students qualified cut off of NEET, which is the highest in India.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Digit Insurance Crosses 1mn Customers

Bangalore, INDIA, November 09, 2018 – Digit Insurance—a new age insurance company which aims to “Make Insurance Simple” today announced that they have crossed 1mn customers within 1st year of their business.

An important aspect of growth so far that helped Digit Insurance achieve this customer milestone has been the super-fast and easy claims settlement across all products. Digit’s claim process is completely paperless:

  • 100% of travel flight delay claims are automated and are settled via customers’ smartphone
  • Digit is also the first company to launch Advance Cash facility. 85% people opt for advance cash during mobile claims.
Commenting on the achievement, Digit’s Chairman, Kamesh Goyal said, “Digit’s mission from the very beginning is constant ‘Simplifying Insurance’. In order to achieve this, we have made the claims process completely digital so that its fast and provides seamless customer experience. Additionally, we have reduced the documentation process and de-jargonized the language so that it’s easy to understand for our customers.”

Talking about the company’s focus, Kamesh Goyal, Chairman, Digit Insurance said, “Our focus in the coming years would be on customer experience. In the coming quarter we will be launching video calls for better customer experience. Alongside, we will also be empowering our partners to do business real time by creating multiple-technology solutions.”

Digit started its operations in Oct 2017 and have expanded their distribution through their direct channel partners including e-commerce giants like Amazon, Flipkart, Cleartrip and offline players like Tanishq from the house of Tata. They also have 1500 strategic partners including agents, brokers and dealers. They had been recently featured in the Linkedin Top 25 Startups India and featured in CB Insights top 250 fastest growing fintech companies globally 2018. 


About Digit:
Digit is a new-age General Insurance company started by Kamesh Goyal, and backed by Fairfax Group, one of the largest financial services groups in the world. With a mission to ‘Make Insurance, Simple’, Digit is reimagining products and redesigning processes to provide simple and transparent insurance solutions that matter to consumers. Digit is building a technology driven platform that can offer customized products at reduced cost and provide a great customer service. They recently raised $44 million from Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Holdings. With the second round of investment Digit’s total funding amounts to $94 million.
Headquartered in Bangalore, Digit has successfully partnered with some of the leading companies, PayTM, Cleartrip, Sterling Holidays, SOTC, Policy Bazaar & Tanishq with unique products.
Digit started with a capital base of around 350 cr which is one of the highest that any insurance company has started with.  It is also one of the fastest to market, having launched products across 3 categories (Motor, Travel, Personal accessories). Digit Insurance has been ranked #5 as the most attractive startups to work for in India by Linkedin in 2018 and featured in CB Insights top 250 fastest growing fintech companies globally 2018. 
For more information please write to mediarelations@godigit.com

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

KPIT Wins ‘Distinguished Partner Award’ – ‘Process Innovation – Complement JDE with SaaS’ at the Oracle JD Edwards Summit

Pune, India, November 14, 2018: KPIT Technologies (BSE: 532400; NSE: KPIT), a global technology company and Oracle Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced that it has won the Distinguished Partner Award in the ‘Process Innovation – Complement JDE with SaaS’category at the 9th Annual Oracle JD Edwards Summit.
The award recognizes KPIT's leadership role in process and technology innovation and its capability of maximizing customers' existing Oracle JD Edwards investments by implementing cloud technologies that complement the existing systems. The amalgamation can equip users to gain a competitive advantage, and rapidly respond to evolving business conditions and capture opportunities in their industry.
“KPIT is honored to be recognized with the much-coveted Oracle Distinguished Partner Award for our capabilities and innovations around Oracle JD Edwards and Cloud technologies. The award demonstrates our innovation and technology expertise to strengthen Oracle JD Edwards systems by deploying cloud, so our customers can get the best out of their existing Oracle JD Edwards investments and achieve their business objectives," said Baljeet Chhazal, Senior Vice President and Global Head, IES Business Unit, KPIT Technologies.
"We congratulate KPIT on achieving Oracle’s Distinguished Partner Award in the category 'Process Innovation – Complement JDE with SaaS’,” said Lyle Ekdahl, senior vice president Product Development, Oracle. “This achievement is a testament to their innovation excellence that drives real value for the customer."
KPIT is one of the world's largest Oracle JD Edwards service providers with 150+ global implementations under its belt. The company helped businesses of multiple domains implement and manage Oracle JD Edwards for over three decades in 77 countries. With a team of 2000+ Oracle professionals, KPIT holds more than 20 Oracle Specializations and 5 Oracle Advanced Specializations.
About KPIT Technologies Ltd.
KPIT (BSE: 532400, NSE: KPIT) is a global technology company specializing in providing IT Consulting and product engineering solutions and services to automotive, manufacturing, energy & utilities and life sciences companies. Together with its customers and partners, it creates and delivers technologies to enable creating a cleaner, greener and more intelligent world that is sustainable and efficient. For more information, visit www.kpit.com.

About Oracle PartnerNetwork
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle’s partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

deAsra Foundation encourages entrepreneurship, and promotes job creation in India

deAsra Foundation inspires entrepreneurship by conducting Entrepreneur Excellence Awards



deAsra Foundation, a not for profit organisation from Pune, held  their annual Entrepreneur Excellence Awards function at Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Persistent Systems Ltd., Pune.

The Entrepreneur Excellence Awards is deAsra’s way of celebrating entrepreneurship and providing a forum for the successful stories of established entrepreneurs to be shared with a wider community. This award also aims to provide aspiring and existing entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn from their journeys.

The awardees of the evening were Milind Shalgar, owner Shalgar Hosiery; Neha Sarang Lagu, Director Lagu Bandhu Jewellers; Dr Vinay Koparkar, Founder & Director, Papillon Hair & Face Clinic; Mandar Desai, owner Desai Bandhu Ambewale, and Mr. Hanmant Gaikwad, Founder and owner of BVG. These awardees were honoured by Dr. Anand Deshpande, Founder of deAsra Foundation and Founder, CEO of Persistent Systems.

The dignitaries shared their experiences, especially challenges, and how they overcame them.

They also discussed what inspired them during their entrepreneurial journey.

The honourable dignitaries felicitated champion entrepreneurs from deAsra’s entrepreneur community, who are setting an example by living their dreams of becoming successful entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs are a part of deAsra’s 8000+ strong entrepreneur community which has benefited from various deAsra services, in various sectors such as food, fashion, beauty and more.

On this occasion, Dr. Anand Deshpande said, “deAsra is now focusing on a highly growing segment of urban service jobs for scaling. For this, most of the tools and resources, including checklists required for any small business entrepreneur is now made available online. Any assistance required by the entrepreneur is provided through a telephonic call or on Google hangouts. Packaging the service solutions is something we are hoping would be of great help to all entrepreneurs.”

During the discussion, Mr. Hanmant Rao Gaikwad encouraged entrepreneurs by mentioning that he had a vision at a very young age, to do something on his own, and with that he wanted to contribute to the progress of the country. If an entrepreneur persistently continues to work towards his/her vision, soon dreams will become a reality. He encouraged entrepreneurs to believe in themselves even in the toughest of times.”

Mr. Shalgar mentioned how product innovation can be an USP of any small business. Over a period, Shalgar Hosiery has been creating new products as per customers’ demands and has created a brand which offers clothing for the entire family under one roof.”

While talking about breaking the stereotype work profile/ profession, Dr. Vinay Koparkar said, “He was the first doctor from his generation who started a men’s salon with skin treatment service for men. Critics & negative comments never stopped him from learning different techniques and implementing them. He believes hair cutting is also a science. His efforts in research and his belief in his products and service has lead him to be where he is today.”

Mr. Mandar Desai of Desai Ambewale, said, “For over 87 years we have successfully maintained the trust of our customers. This is important in every business. This trust helps your business grow successfully.”

Gemologist and jewellery designer Ms. Neha Lagu said, “Today’s customers are very selective in their requirements, and we have to be sensitive to their needs. Understanding their requirements and customizing designs to their likings is the key to our success.”

In an endeavour to provide a platform of recognition, the dignitaries also felicitated deAsra champion entrepreneurs from similar sectors.

deAsra Foundation has been a strong support to existing and aspiring small business entrepreneurs, providing knowledge, tools, templates and services through the portal, www.deasra.in, to overcome the challenges they face while running or starting a business.

This event encouraged entrepreneurs to take the next step in their business journey, and be the job creators that India needs today.


Media Contact: Aspire PR & Strategies Pvt. Ltd., Aspire has been the leading agency in the PR industry of India since 2004, its 14 years small journey with wisdom and extensive experience of organizing more than 1800 press conferences and 5000 plus press releases with best PR results to some of the most renowned clients in various sector. We are also one of the top Social Media Agency in Pune.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

QNET Entrepreneurs kick off Festive Season by Raising Funds for Underprivileged Community in 21 Cities including Pune


  • Money raised to fund essential goods for orphanages, old-age homes, and others in need
  • 39 events planned across 21 cities in the country
  • Pledged sums ranging from INR 50,000 to INR 1 Lakh in each city

Pune, October 16, 2018: Independent representatives of Direct Selling company QNET have once again come together to brighten up the festive season for the underprivileged. In a series of events spread across 21 cities throughout India, various groups of Independent Representatives have come forward to raise money to help the underprivileged communities.

Around 100 young entrepreneurs, who run a successful direct selling business with QNET, have pledged between INR 50,000 to INR 1 lakh per city towards important causes benefiting a local community in need. This is the fourth year that these entrepreneurs have initiated such an exercise during the festival season to reinforce their commitment to helping communities and their own belief in the spirit of giving.

Funds raised by the group this year will be used to help orphanages, homes for the disabled and the elderly, and for the education as well as provision of life-saving medical treatment to children in need.

In Pune more than 20 such entrepreneurs came together and distributed groceries, toiletries and blankets at the Madhurbhav Bliss (AJ Foundation) Old Age Home.

Entrepreneurs have also planned 38 other such charitable initiatives in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata, Bhubneshwar, Hubli, Mangalore, Mysore, Patna, Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Jammu and Meerut, between 14 October and 7 November 2018.

“We have been fortunate to find our path and purpose with QNET which has helped us transform, not only our lives, but the lives of those around us. Giving back to our community during this auspicious festival season is our way of paying it forward.” said Mahesh who leads the effort of the group in Pune.

Commenting on the effort, QNET Global CEO Trevor Kuna said “The initiative undertaken by our Independent Representatives in their individual capacity is truly encouraging. QNET’s underlying philosophy of RYTHM – Raise Yourself To Help Mankind is the force that drives a lot of what we do. It is a reflection of our business, which is about empowering people to take control of their lives, so that they can, in turn, help empower their communities. After all, there is no better feeling than doing well while you are doing good”.

QNET had in the past partnered with the Cancer Patients Aid Association in Mumbai to support the treatment of children with cancer from low-income families. QNET had also contributed significantly towards the Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya campaign by partnering with the Lions Club in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad on a number of projects including clean drinking water, nutrition education and health camps for children.

The second such event will be held on 31st October at the Sanmati Bal Niketan Sanstha, Manjari Budruk.

Payoneer Features in CB Insights List of Top 250 Fastest-Growing Fintech Companies Globally

  • Payoneer recognized for its contribution in the cross-border payments and global e-commerce
  • Payoneer is the only fintech company present in India that provides cross-border payment services exclusively for the B2B trading/segment to have been featured in the list
Pune, India, October 23, 2018 – Payoneer, an innovative cross-border payments company that drives global eCommerce, has been featured in the CB Insights 2ndannual top 250 companies in Fintech sector, the only fintech company that provides cross-border payment services exclusively for B2B trading sellers and freelancers to have made it to the list.
Commenting on this achievement, Payoneer’s Country Head, Rohit Kulkarni said, “Payoneer does not just limit itself to transfer of payments, but our bigger goal is to enable Indian sellers to take global strides and sell more in international markets. India is a key strategic market for us, and with sellers and services on the rise who do cross-border trading, our mission is to empower every single Indian seller and freelancer through our platform experience. We are excited that CB Insights recognized our efforts and felicitated us as one of fastest growing fintech companies globally.”
The CB Insights research team selected the top 250 Fintech companies based on several factors including data submitted by each company and their Mosaic Score. The Mosaic Score, based on CB Insights’ algorithm, measures the overall health and growth potential of private companies. Through this evidence-based, statistically-driven approach, the Mosaic Score can help predict a company’s momentum, market health and financial viability.
The Payoneer Advantage:
  • Cost Effective: SMEs can receive funds from their international clients for ZERO transfer fees and at competitive rates as compared to other payment providers.
  • Convenient: Access to international receiving accounts and funds auto transferred to the local bank account in INR or in USD.
  • Compliant:  Payoneer partners with India’s leading banks and helps its Indian customers with tax compliance
  • Global Marketplace Expansion: Payoneer partners with over 2000 enterprise clients including world-leading marketplaces like Amazon, Wish, Tophatter, Cdiscount, Lazada and Rakuten. We help our customers grow their businesses by expanding into new geographies and markets.
About Payoneer:
Payoneer empowers global commerce by connecting businesses, professionals, countries and currencies with its innovative cross-border payments platform. In today’s borderless digital world, Payoneer enables millions of businesses and professionals from more than 200 countries to reach new audiences by facilitating seamless, cross-border payments. Additionally, thousands of leading corporations including Airbnb, Amazon, Getty Images, Google and UpWork rely on Payoneer’s mass payout services.


With Payoneer’s fast, flexible, secure and low-cost solutions, businesses and professionals in both developed and emerging markets can now pay and get paid globally as easily as they do locally. Founded in 2005 and based in New York, Payoneer is venture-backed, profitable and ranked in the top 100 of Inc. 5000’s Financial Services companies and was awarded a spot on the 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 list.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

deAsra Foundation’s second Entrepreneurs Excellence Awards 2018 to be held on 26th October

In a bid to inspire aspiring entrepreneurs and promote entrepreneurship, deAsra foundation is all set to organise its second Entrepreneurs Excellence Awards 2018 that is going to be held on Friday, 26th October 2018 6:00 PM onwards at the Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Persistent Systems, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune. Before the award ceremony, people will get an excellent networking opportunity to interact and connect with deAsra’s entrepreneurs and mentor community 5:15 pm onwards.

These awards will be given to five successful entrepreneurs from various sectors such as food, fashion, beauty and more. Prominent names include; Mr. Hanmant R. Gaikwad, Chairman & Managing Director, BVG India Ltd., Mr. Milind Shalgar, owner Shalgar Hosiery, Ms. Neha Sarang Lagu, Director Lagu Bandhu Jewellers, Dr. Vinay Koparkar, Founder & Director, Papillon Hair & Face Clinic, Mr Mandar Desai, Owner Desai Bandhu Ambewale, will be honored. These dignitaries will also felicitate five deAsra-empowered entrepreneurs.

Hon’ble Shri Vishwas Mahajan, Founder –Whizible LifeLine Systech (Ex-Trustee at TiE Global, Secretary MCCIA) will conduct a discussion session between these dignitaries at the award function. Dr. Anand Deshpande, Founder & CEO of Persistent Systems, Founder of deAsra Foundation, will felicitate these five successful entrepreneurs.

Ms. Pradnya Godbole, CEO deAsra Foundation said, “We bring these dignitaries together to share their journey and insights gained from years of experience, so as to inspire those who wish to start their own business journey and also those who are currently running a business.”

deAsra Foundation is committed to provide the right guidance and encouragement to those who wish to start and grow a small business. Established and aspiring entrepreneurs should attend the event to hear first-hand about the successful entrepreneurial journeys of these personalities.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand to play chess with Pune Students


The unique chess tournament to be held at Edify International School Pune

  • Around 1000 participants, top 12 will play with Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand 
  • Top seven from 12 will get prize money, trophy and certificate
  • For registration login at : www.edifypune.com

Edify International School Pune in association with Pune District Chess Association is all set to bring a unique Chess tournament for school students aged between 5 and 16. The preliminary rounds are scheduled between 17-18 November, which will witness around 1000 participants from Pune and the top 12 finalists will get an opportunity to play against Viswanathan Anand in a 1: 12 match on 8th December at Edify International School Hinjewadi, Pune.

This will be the most unique opportunity for Pune students as it involves our own Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, the tournament will be telecasted live on youtube.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Chand Budhrani, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Edify International School said, “Viswanathan Anand is the brand ambassador of Edify International School Pune and the management wanted to provide a unique opportunity to students to play a match against Grandmaster hence the chess championship is being organized to select the top finalists”.

While addressing media Ms. Priya Anand, Principal of Edify International School said, “On 8th December 2018, Viswanathan Anand will also inaugurate Edify international school offering IB curriculum and address the chess lovers. He will also be felicitating the top 3 toughest competitors from the final 10. The total prize money in the event is Rs 45,000/-, top 7 participants will be honoured with prize money, trophy and certificates.”

The prize money for top 7 participants will be 1) Rs.10,000/- 2) Rs.6000/- 3) Rs. 4000/- 4) Rs. 2500/-, 5)2500/- 6) Rs. 2000/- and 7) Rs 2000/-.

Mr. Joseph D’Souza, Chairman, Pune District Chess Association, said “It is a golden opportunity for the youngsters of Pune to participate in this event and qualify to play with ex-world champion, the legendary Viswanathan Anand, it will be a boost for the talented player of Pune they will be getting tips from him”.

The championship has a registration fee of Rs. 300 and the revenue generated through this fee will be utilized to sponsor a girl child education from the underprivileged background to study at Edify Hinjewadi Pune. BLiSS scholarship will be offered to a student in Grade 6 and will be identified through a unique talent identification program through Teach for India.

Edify International School is located in Pune’s premier IT hub. The school offers a broad, rich and challenging curriculum based on the world-renowned IB programmes. It promotes a strong foundation in the academic disciplines, a broad exposure to the liberal arts, and selective opportunities to pursue individual interests. As students’ progress, the programme becomes increasingly flexible and offers a wide array of electives beyond the core curriculum. This is the first academic year of the school which is a candidate school for IB PYP and MYP.

It also offers sports facilities including tennis basketball football skating badminton swimming and squash. Music, dance, drama, visual art and design are the important part of the school offering.

Interested participants can log in to the website: www.edifypune.com for more information and registration. There are limited entries hence the registration will be done on first come first serve basis. Candidates also can contact on: 7741950000/ 7741850000; Email: events@bkfbliss.org

Candidates also can register at offline registration centres:
Edify International School, 38, Phase 1, Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, Hinjawadi, Pune- 411057
Joseph D’souza Chess Academy, 1138, Sadashiv Peth, Next to Indian Bank near perugate police Chowky, Pune- 411030
Budhrani Knowledge Foundation, D35, Vastusree Complex,, Near Hyde Park, Market Yard, Pune- 411037

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