Amit Mishra and Zakir Khan to enthral Puneites at “Crescendo 2k19”

Over 5000 students to participate in the College Fest

-open to students from all colleges-

Pune, Wed 23rd Jan 2019: In the monotonous life cycle of a student, which mainly includes eating, sleeping and lectures,‘College Fests’ show certain degree of fluctuations in the excitement levels of students.

To break the monotony, International School of Business & Media (ISB&M) Pune is all set to announce it’s much awaited 4 day Mega Cultural Extravaganza – “Crescendo 2k19″, which is going to be held from 31st Jan till 3rd Feb.

Crescendo is the flagship event of the college and is open to students from all colleges irrespective of their fields/specializations, thus providing a great opportunity to mingle and network with others from various walks of life.

This 4-day extravaganza promises to be an eventful and unique experience for everyone who believes in the power of the arts as a proponent of change. ISB&M has dubbed its Crescendo 2k19’s theme as “the most magical gathering on earth…. CLUSTER OF AMIGOS” which translates to “gathering of friends”.

Crescendo in past years has provided the broadest scope to organize a myriad of types of events. Some of them include Performing Arts like Group/Solo Singing, Dancing, Dramatics, Beatboxing, etc.;

We all are set to transform the college fest into an enchanted party. This extravaganza draws in a lot of participants from different institutions and holds so much more relevance than what meets the eye. With more than 150+ colleges participating at Crescendo, we receive a footfall of around 5000 people.

This year’s highlight on 3rd Feb would be Bollywood singer Amit Mishra who has become known after his song “Bulleya” sung by him from the film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Comedian Zakir Khan who need no introduction.

Dates: 31st Jan – 3rd Feb 2019
Venue: ISB&M campus
Amit Mishra and Zakir Khan performance at Royal Palms, Koregaon Park on 3rd Feb

Dr Pramod Kumar (President, ISB&M Group of Institutes) addressing the media at the Press conference of ISB&M.


Tantalize your buds with a delightful spread of authentic colors

to commemorate our country’s 70th Republic Day by offering its patrons an exotic culinary spread that will savor the best Indian flavors. To mark this special day, our world-class chefs at the hotel will create an authentic Indian menu showcasing India’s rich food culture and diverse heritage.

The large spread in brunch comprises of a specially curated five-course Vegetarian & Non-vegetarian meal wrapped in tri- color flavors. Right from appetizing salads to rich soups, to delectable starters and delicious main course along with tempting desserts, every dish will give your palate a culinary delight. The spread will also include assorted Indian Chats, Live Grills and Stir-fry and an array of Mocktail& Cocktails

Patriotic music that depicts the greatness and magnanimity of our country will create the right mood of patriotism whilst enjoying a sumptuous meal.

Mr Pankaj Saxena, General Manager, Radisson Blu Pune Hinjawadi said, ‘As a proud Indian, I take immense pride in our country’s constitution and its rich heritage. The idea of this brunch is to create nostalgia amongst people both in food and spirit.’

This Republic Day, bring fervor of patriotism to your taste buds and enjoy the specially curated menu by the team of chefs at Radisson Blu Pune Hinjawadi.

When: Brunch time- 12:30 pm to 04 pm

Where: Café Blu, Radisson Blu Pune Hinjawadi

Price: Buffet Price at Rs. 749/- + taxes

Kids- 399/-+taxes

Envisioning Majuli, Assam

An effort towards conserving the world’s largest river island

With its quest to give quality education to the budding architects and urban designers, VIT’s Padmabhushan Dr. Vasantdada Patil College of Architecture, Pirangut, Pune ventured into an unknown territory of Assam in the form of their Urban DesignStudio of the first year students of Post-Graduate Program in Urban Design (Year 2018-19). The studio focused on the largest river island in Asia called Majuli situated in Assam in river Brahmaputra. With its diverse peculiarity in terms of nature, ecology, people, cultural patterns, lifestyle, civilization, Majuli is a place to visit for someone who seeks serenity and solace.

Wrapped around by the gushing Brahmaputra, Majuli faces perennial floods which have serious implications on the way people live there. With this background as the primary study and the support of ASEEM Foundation, Pune, the urban design first year students of PVPCOA undertook the urban study of the peculiar settlements in Majuli in all aspects possible. Ably guided by the college directorAr. Prof.Prasanna Desai, the study focused on understanding the urban issues and tried to understand how urban designers can help solve those. The vast Brahmaputra creates disconnect between Jorhat and Majuli. The island brings forth a unique culture in the form of its religious beliefs and methods of worship, folk dances, local art and craft, music, literature and many more aspects. The connection of the people living there to the nature is deep rooted. Having said that, the place also is in dilemma of manmade interventions and nature.

The aim of the study was to analyze and envision Majuli. This lead to the evolution of two perspectives in terms of conserving the charm of Majuli while moving towards the future.One based in the idea of ‘Self-Sustainability’ and second is‘Interdependency’.This studio was guided by a PVPCOA’s Faculty team of Ar. MinalSagare, Ar. AnujaChawda, Ar. Vikrant Shinde and Ar. SarangInamdar – all architects and urban deisgners. PVPCOA’s team also visited Majuli for this study, and this visit was made possible with the immense help of Shri. VaibhavNimbalkar (IPS) and Shri. Pallav Gopal Jha (Former DC, Majuli).
An exhibition displaying the study and the student’s work of this extraordinary place got inaugurated on Friday, 18th January 2019. It was inaugurated at the hands of Shri. Shri. Paramanand Dev Goswamiji, Satradhikar of GarmurSatra, Majuli. On this occasion, a book titled‘Envisioning Majuli, Assam’was released. It is based on the study of Majuli by PVPCOA students, and isput together by students and faculty team of Urban Design department of PVPCOA. This occasion was also graced by the presence of dignitaries from Majuli and Pune. Shri. ParagKataki (Sahayak, GarmurSatra, Majuli), Shri. TridibGoswamiji (VKV, Majuli), Shri. VishwasLapalkar (Prantsanghatak, Vivekanand Kendra Maharashtra), Lt. Gen. (Retd.)Vinayak Patankar (Advisor, Aseem Foundation),Sarang Gosavi (President, Aseem Foundation), Shri. Adv. Abhay Chajed (Chairman, VIT’s PVPCOA), Shri. JitendraPitaliya (Secretary, VIT’s PVPCOA), Shri. Ar. Vikas Bhandari (Mentor, VIT’s PVPCOA), Shri. Ar. NarendraDengle (Academic Chair, VIT’s PVPCOA), Shri. Ar. Prof. Prasanna Desai (Director, VIT’s PVPCOA).This programme was joined and graced online by Shri. Nitin Gokhale (Renowned Defence Analyst, Author and Journalist) from Delhi, Dr. Nava Kumar Gam (Principal, Majuli College, Representing the Mising tribe) from Majuli along with a group of around two hundred people at Vivekanand Kendra Vidyalaya, and Shri. BasudevGoswami (Principal, VKV Majuli).

The exhibition has been visited so far by Shri. Vishal Solanki (IAS), Former chief secretary to Chief Minister-Assam, Shri Mohan Rao (World renowned Architect) among many other dignitaries and also many professional architects, aspiring architects and commonpeople. The exhibition is being lauded as an inspirational effort, and many people have expressed their wish to contribute to the implementation of this proposal as well.

The event is jointly organized by ASEEM Foundation Pune led by Mr. Sarang Gosavi and students and faculty team of Urban Design Department, PVPCOA, Pune.

इस मल्टी स्टारर फ़िल्म में अजय देवगन, माधुरी दीक्षित, अनिल कपूर के साथ-साथ अरशद वारसी, सोनाक्षी सिन्हा, जावेद जाफ़री, ईशा गुप्ता, रितेश देशमुख, बोमन ईरानी, जॉनी लीवर भी नज़र आएंगे. 2019 की यह पहली बड़ी मल्टी स्टारर फ़िल्म 22 फ़रवरी को बाक्स ऑफ़िस पर दस्तक देगी.

VDW offers a comprehensive service package for EMO Hannover 2019

– EMO Hannover 2019, the world’s leading trade fair for metalworking, will take place from 16 to 21 September. It is organized by VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken), Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on behalf of the European Machine Tool Association Cecimo from Brussels, Belgium, and in cooperation with Deutsche Messe AG, Hanover, Germany. The VDW is the spokesman for the German machine tool industry and one of the few industry associations to organise international trade fairs on its own behalf for the industry it represents. It has many years of experience in this field. The seal of quality “A VDW trade fair” has developed into a trademark for successful events. In addition to EMO Hannover, this also includes the METAV in Düsseldorf, the international trade fair for technologies in metalworking (next date: 10 to 13 March 2020).

The VDW, together with the German Machine Tool and Manufacturing Systems Association (Fachverband Werkzeugmaschinen und Fertigungssysteme) within VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen und Anlagenbau), has round about 300 members. They represent around 90 per cent of total industry turnover in Germany. The VDW represents the interests of its members both nationally and internationally.

As the organiser of EMO Hannover 2019, the VDW offers visitors and exhibitors a comprehensive range of services in cooperation with Deutsche Messe AG: online registration for visitors and exhibitors, contacts via the foreign representatives of Deutsche Messe AG in the national language, visa support, attractive offers for air and rail travel to EMO Hannover, online information in nine different languages, individual support for foreign delegations, thematic tours and much more. Detailed information can be found on the Internet at

Journalists can always find the latest media information on EMO Hannover 2019 in English and German at in the press section. Important press releases can also be found in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Japanese and Russian. In addition to facts and figures on the event, journalists can also research details on the exhibitors and their products. All press releases and many photos are available for download. The information is increasingly supplemented by moving pictures. Journalists can also sign up for an EMO Newsletter, which will automatically inform them in English or German about all news of the trade fair from the VDW and the exhibitors. We also give tips on how to get to and stay in Hanover and much more

The Drum Circle at Amanora Mall this Republic Day

Find Your Patriotic rhythm; Drum your way to complete joy and harmony

Pune, 22nd January, 2019: This Republic day, Amanora mall is all set to organize Drum Circle to evoke your inner patriotic feeling and fill you with enthusiasm.

Amanora Mall has associated with Trak Dhoom to bring music to each and every one in the community this Republic day. Utter joy and relaxation are just some of the added benefits of being a part of a Trak Dhoom drum circle.

A drum circle is an activity where a group of people come together in a circle and, led by a facilitator, drum, sing and create music together using a wide range of percussion instruments.

So, don’t miss an opportunity to drum your heart out, join us at the drumming session.

WHEN – Saturday, 26th January, 2019
VENUE – Atrium East Block, Amanora Mall, Pune
TIME – 5.45 PM Onwards
Entry- Free

Lila Poonawalla Foundation celebrated Parent’s day

Parents Day function was celebrated by Lila Poonawalla Foundation on 19th Jan 2019 at Noor Al Bassam Hall, Pune in the morning followed by sumptuous lunch.

Every year LPF not only gives scholarships but also gives opportunities to girls for exploring the world and provides various training programs for upgrading their skills and developing their personality and confidence. One Such unique program is that of Peace Ambassadors. In this program LPF sends 24 girls every year for 3 weeks in Aug/Sep. to UK for Wholesome Sustainable Leadership Development Program. 2018 saw the 8th batch benefiting from this initiative.
After 3 weeks of training at Asha Center, UK they are designated as Peace Ambassadors. They take on the responsibility to contribute for the betterment of the communities they live in. It is at Asha center that they were taught about social leadership, bio-dynamic agriculture, world culture and heritage, living and co-existing harmoniously with people belonging to different cultures. After returning to India in the month of September, the girls have now been involved in various community based projects. On this year’s Parents day they took the opportunity to showcase what they learned during the course of their journey not only to their parents but also to parents of many other girls who are a part of Lila Family. On this day the girls shared about their experiences and also gave a glimpse of their learning’s there. Replicating what they did there, the girls also performed on different songs depicting the historically rooted culture of India, amidst the cheers from their parents and the audience alike.

The chief guest of the function was Ms. Rukiyah Khatun, who works for Samena Foundation and is in charge of developing partnerships with charitable organizations. She travelled all the way from UK to be with us. Ms. Sneha Nikum who is LF of 2005 & has undergone the PA training in 2008 was the Guest Of Honor.

Come celebrate the taste of mouthwatering dishes like Choliyan, Makkai tey Kallonji di Seekh, Amritsari Kulcha, Bhatti da Murg, etc.
DATE: 14January onwards
TIME: Lunch and Dinner
VENUE: Sigree Dhole Patil Road and Aundh

NATHEALTH recommends expanding PM-JAY to provide Health Insurance to all

· Recommends introduction of a Healthcare Infrastructure Upgradation Fund and seeks‘National Priority’ status for healthcare sector
Pune, January 21, 2019

To create a robust healthcare ecosystem in the country and to take Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojna (PM-JAY) under Ayushman Bharat Mission to the next level,apex healthcare body NATHEALTH urged the government to make health insurance coverage mandatory for all citizens in a phased manner initially covering the organised sector. NATHEALTH, in its pre-budget recommendations to the government, also suggested introduction of a Healthcare Infrastructure Upgradation Fund and sought ‘National Priority’ status for healthcare sector.

In view of very low penetration of health insurance in the country, out-of-pocket spending for healthcare services is very high. For an effective management of population health universal health insurance would act as a powerful catalyst.
“The major reason for the low penetration of health insurance is because it is currently optional. While the Government has taken laudable steps to introduce a health insurance scheme for weaker section with PM-JAY, it is requested that the Government could also explore making health insurance coverage mandatory for all citizens,” said Mr Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Secretary General, NATHEALTH.
In its Pre-Budget recommendations NATHEALTH said, “Starting with organised sector, employees could be given the option of either paying their ESI contribution or purchasing insurance from any IRDA regulated insurance company. Scaling up PM-JAY to all citizens including middle and upper middle class needs to be done in the next phase.”
According to NATHEALTH, adequate funding in the healthcare is a major concern, hence a priority sector status would push financing and funding to the sector. Underlining the importance of Priority sector status, the apex industry body said, “This will channelize funds from the banking sector to create necessary healthcare infrastructure and meet societal objectives of the Government of India.”
Though healthcare was included in the harmonized master list of infrastructure sub sectors by the Reserve Bank of India in 2012, long-term financing options are still not available for healthcare providers.

“Priority Sector status to healthcare will help in the process of enabling development of innovative long-term financing structures for healthcare providers apart from creating an attractive environment for domestic production of medical equipment, devices and consumables while also catalysing research and development,” added Mr Bhattacharya.

Access to timely credit with priority status and funding by creating a specific fund for healthcare infrastructure and innovation would facilitate access to capital for the sector. These funds would encourage entrepreneurship and newer business models which are the need of the hour for improving access, availability and quality, especially in Tier 2, Tier 3, Tier 4 cities and rural areas. The government can consider providing the seed capital for such funds.

“It is a well-established fact that a robust healthcare system drives GDP growth in the presence of adequate investments and a conducive environment, by not only acting as a productivity and employment generator, but also as a magnet to attract foreign exchange earnings and provide opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. Healthcare sector is faced with the challenges of establishing hospitals at high costs with real estate prices surging. Further, there are also associated issues such as the relatively high cost (capital and operational) of providing healthcare services including medical technology upgradations, which results in stretched payback periods, thus limiting the investment appetite of players in the healthcare value chain,” NATHEALTH said in its recommendations.

Other recommendations of NATHEALTH include incentives to medical value tourism, Zero rating GST on healthcare services and health insurance premiums, incentivising capacity building, promotional policies for private providers, and exemption of custom duty on medical cyclotron among others.

These are long standing suggestions from the Industry and are critical to expedite investment in capacity building especially in Tier 2 & 3 cities, which will go a long way in ensuring that the dream of Universal Healthcare is translated into reality for the citizens of the country.


NATHEALTH has been created with the Vision to “Be the credible and unified voice in improving access and quality of healthcare”. Leading Healthcare Service Providers, Medical Technology Providers (Devices & Equipment), Diagnostic Service Providers, Health Insurance companies, Health Education Institutions, Healthcare Publishers and other stakeholders have come together to build NATHEALTH as a common platform to power the next wave of progress in Indian Healthcare. NATHEALTH is an inclusive Institution that has representation of small & medium hospitals and nursing homes. NATHEALTH is committed to work on its Mission to encourage innovation, help bridge the skill and capacity gap, help shape policy & regulations and enable the environment to fund long term growth. NATHEALTH aims to help build a better and healthier future for both rural and urban India.


· A Capsule of specific targeted therapy( Precision Therapy) saved life of a 75-years old woman who suffered from Advanced Symptomatic Lung Cancer

Pune, 21 January 2019

A 75-years old woman from New Delhi who was suffering from advanced symptomatic lung cancer got a new lease of life at a city hospital recently with a new line of treatment which raises hope among those suffering from critical life threatening cancer.

The patient, a non-smoker with no history of alcohol intake, complained of dry cough, breathlessness at rest and on walking few steps, pain chest, low grade fever off and on, inability to lie flat on her back. She had respiratory distress and poor oral intake for last several months. She was bed ridden for last several months. Earlier, she was hospitalised at a large Multi-Speciality institution and was suspected to have bilateral pneumonia and was managed with I-V antibiotics, steroids, antifungals, bronchodilators and nebulisers, and supportive measures. The patient was also on high flow oxygen therapy 15 to 20 litres.

Underwent an image guided lung biopsy. The investigations and tests indicated a non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). On further evaluation, it was an Adenocarcinoma. This was sub classified into having an EGFR Mutation with a rare L858-R Resistant Mutational states.

Advanced age and poor performance states (general health) posed a big challenge to oncology experts to treat this potentially life threatening medical emergency with conventional chemotherapy. Hence, Dr Rakesh Chopra (when now ask), Director- Medical Oncology, Hematology & BMT Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital considered to opt for new line of treatment. The oncology expert advised and opted for modern precision medicine which has now come as a miraculous life saviour for even end-stage cancers.

With precision therapy, within a few weeks the patient starting therapy, she improved and she is leading a normal life now. The case has improved Oncologists’ confidence in treating cancers by practicing precision medicine based on biomarker defined actionable mutational specific therapy.

“Based on her x ray findings, biopsy report, biomarker report, mutational status and after taking an informed high-risk consent from the patient’s family, the patient was started on a single capsule of specific targeted therapy. The capsule was given initially through a Ryle’s tube and subsequently orally. Within a few weeks the patient’s clinical condition improved, she was off oxygen therapy, her x ray showed complete clearing, she was able to walk unaided and was able to do her daily routine and is able to enjoy her grandchildren,” says Dr Chopra.

The case raises hope among those who are suffering from life threatening diseases. Oncologists and scientists consider precision or targeted therapy as a revolution in making.

About Aakash Healthcare – Super Specialty Hospital, Dwarka
Aakash Healthcare is a state of the art tertiary care facility and the first smart hospital in Dwarka – Asia’s biggest residential colony. The hospital is furnished with 230 beds in Phase One, 8 State of the art Operating Rooms, 70 bedded Medical and Surgical Critical Care unit, 15 bedded specialized Dialysis Unit, Advanced Neonatal ICU, Flat Panel Cath Lab and 24X7 Cardiac Emergency & Trauma Services. The hospital also has ultra-modern diagnostic equipment namely – 3.0 Tesla MRI, 128 slice CT scan, Flat panel C-Arm, 4D and 5D Ultrasound to name a few.
Highly qualified and internationally trained doctors manage Aakash Healthcare. The hospital firmly believes that “We care, He Cures” which is evident through actions of its compassionate staff with national and international experience. The hospital excels in Cardiology, Mother & Child, General & Minimal Access Surgery, Ophthalmology, Renal Sciences, Trauma facilities, and provides world-class treatment in the field of Orthopedic & Joint Replacement Surgery and also boasts of having the only ‘Pediatric ICU’ in the neighborhood area.
A unified team of experts ensure 24×7 Comprehensive Care towards patients. The Hospital has deployed high-end technologies and smart digital systems along with robust IT and Hospital Information Systems (HIS) to address complex medical needs.
Mr. J.C. Chaudhry is the Chairman and Dr. Aashish Chaudhry, the Founder and Managing Director of Aakash Healthcare, who himself is a renowned orthopedic surgeon, aims to make Aakash Healthcare the most preferred healthcare facility by providing compassionate, value for money, and world class healthcare services, with a talented team of doctors, and ultra-modern technology, ensuring speedy recovery.