Bajaj Finance Ltd launches five digitally-enabled Fixed Deposit service branches in Pune


·         Branches equipped with Interactive Digital counters, Alexa Kiosks and Wifi-enabled tabs


 Bajaj Finance Ltd, a deposit accepting Non-Banking Financial Institution (‘NBFC’) and a lending arm of Bajaj Finserv group, has launched five digitally- enabled Fixed Deposit service branches in Camp, Nalstop, Fatima Nagar, Pimpri and Aundh area of Pune. The Company plans to open 40-50 branches across the country over the next 12-24 months.

These branches are equipped with digital counters, Alexa Kiosks and Wi-fi enabled tabs which will enable the customer to transact, invest and get more details on the Fixed Deposits with Bajaj Finance Ltd.


Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sachin Sikka, Business Head- Retail & Corporate Liabilities of Bajaj Finance Limited said: “Deposits contribute to 15% of the Company’s borrowings and it is important that we service the retail depositors through the digital platform as well, apart from the existing multiple mediums. For a commoditised and tradition asset class like Fixed Deposits, one cannot underestimate the micro market strategy and the key is to provide quicker and convenient access to retail depositors.


We are quite positive that these digital-enabled branches will be to the delight of our esteemed customers seeking instant information on deposit and insurance products, making the process faster and seamless”


Bajaj Finance Ltd. Fixed Deposit offers a lucrative interest rate of 8.75%, which can go up to 9.10% for Senior citizens, with a reliable interest flow and has the highest ratings on safety and stability with ICRA’s MAAA (stable) rating and CRISIL’s FAAA/Stable rating. Customer can start by depositing an amount as low as Rs. 25000/- with a flexible tenor option of 12 to 60 months.


About Bajaj Finance Limited


Bajaj Finance Limited, the lending company   Bajaj Finserv group, is one of the most diversified NBFCs in the Indian market catering to more than 31 million customers across the country. Headquartered in Pune, the company’s product offering includes Consumer Durable Loans, Lifestyle Finance, Digital Product Finance, Personal Loans, Loan against Property, Small Business Loans, Home loans, Credit Cards, Two-wheeler and Three-wheeler Loans, Commercial lending/SME Loans, Loan against Securities and Rural Finance which includes Gold Loans and Vehicle Refinancing Loans along with Fixed Deposits. Bajaj Finance Limited prides itself on holding the highest credit rating of FAAA/Stable for any NBFC in the country today.

Captions for photograph – Left to Right- Mr. Sachita Mohanty, Mr. Lohit Mannan (National Manager- Product & COE, Retail & Corporate Liabilities), Mr. Amitabh Panda (National Manager- IFA Growth), Mr. Mahesh Gupta (Sr. Vice President- SMC Global), Mr. Sachin Sikka, Mr. Chetan Kunder (National Manager- IFA Prime), Mr. Sanjay Abhyankar (1st FD Customer), Mr. Panikumar Katakam (National Manager- National Distributor).

“There came a hope – when there was no hope!”

Stem Cell Therapy saves Micro Preemie Newborn who suffered from broncho-pulmonary dysplasia


·         Surya Hospitals successfully performed Intra-pulmonary stem cell therapy in saving the life of a baby born prematurely & suffered from severest form of broncho-pulmonary dysplasia(BPD)

·         Surya Hospitals reports first-of-its-kind use of Stem Cell Therapy for BPD case in a micro preemie newborn

·         There are no reports of its therapeutic use of stem cells in human newborns after the establishment of BPD disease in India or elsewhere in the world

Born prematurely during the 26th week of pregnancy with a birth weight of 600 grams, Rudransh (now 10 months old) got a new lease of life with Intra-pulmonary stem cell therapy. 

The Micro Preemie newborn, who developed severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) was saved by a multidisciplinary team of experts at Surya Hospitals.

The baby presented as one of the most complicated cases to the team, which successfully performed Intra-pulmonary stem cell therapy to save his life. Rudransh- the micro-preemie, after going through all critical health problems, finally emerged as a superstar.


The infant was delivered by emergency lower (uterine) segment Caesarean section (LSCS). Pregnancy was complicated by severe intrauterine growth restriction.

There were severe abnormalities in the umbilical vessel on Doppler studies that necessitated urgent preterm delivery at 26 weeks. The infant was suffering from severe respiratory distress, infections, anemia, and low platelet counts.

It was a big challenge for the medical team to save the micro preemie as he had already developed severe BPD / chronic lung disease (CLD) of prematurity. 


With bleak chances of survival, the infant was transferred to Surya Hospital, on 24th July 2018, on day-27 of life on request of parents as the baby could not be weaned off from ventilator (artificial respiratory support), in spite of repeated attempts, because of the severity of BPD.


“To best of our knowledge, this is the first report of the use of the therapy in an established case of BPD in a micro preemie newborn” informed Dr.Nandkishor Kabra, Director, NICU, Surya Hospitals who led a multidisciplinary team.


“After controlling infections, Rudransh was started on DART regimen of systemic steroids to facilitate weaning from ventilatory support on day 33 of life (30/07/2018). The infant was gradually weaned from ventilator to non-invasive support of high CPAP with a higher PEEP of 9 cm of water and oxygen concentration of 60% on 2/8/2018, but the baby had to be put on to ventilator again with very high-pressure settings because of severity of BPD” added  Dr. Hari Balasubramanian, Consultant, Neonatologist, Surya Hospitals.


The critical condition continued. Parents and extended family members were counselled about the baby’s condition. The infant had completed 43 weeks CGA and achieved 2 kg weight by October 24, 2018.For the family, it was a very tough time and they looked for any miraculous intervention. Parents were told about the option of stem cell therapy for the management of severe BPD as a last possible option by Dr.Nandkishor Kabra.


“At this point of time, after counselling with parents, we decided to go ahead with the therapy of stem cells given in the lungs through a breathing tube for treatment of BPD.Infant tolerated the procedure well. The infant was monitored for any anaphylactic reactions and an increase in ventilatory settings followed by administration of stem cell therapy.  His overall condition was examined through various tests which started giving signs of improvement,” explained Dr.Bhupendra S Avasthi, Pediatrician, MD, and Founder of Surya Hospitals.


“Caring this child was a herculean task. This was only possible because of a team of dedicated doctors and nursing staff.  Multidisciplinary management in the form of heart scans, brain scans, bone integrity checks, hearing assessments, skin care, physiotherapy, and maternal lactation support was also required,” added Dr.Avasthi.


After 8 ½ months of birth, the infant was finally discharged home with home oxygen therapy on 11th March 2019 with a weight of 4.67 kg. The infant is being followed up in OPD regularly by the multi-disciplinary team and appears to be improving with each passing month.


Rudransh’s case highlights the fact that infant’s with severe BPD can survive in sophisticated neonatal care and good teamwork could make that happen said,Dr Nandkishor Kabra. Surya Hospital has served as a standalone newborn hospital in the heart of Mumbai city for the past 35 years. The country’s first surviving 24 week newborn baby SURYA was discharged from Surya Hospitals on March 2011. Following this we have managed to save 60 babies born at ≤ 24 weeks, who are enrolled in our long term follow-up program, added Dr.Kabra. Most of them have pleasantly surprised us with near normal neurodevelopment, explained Dr. Balasubramanian. SAKSHI – India’s first surviving 23 week preterm newborn was also discharged from the same hospital in 2015. GOLDEN -another 23 week preterm newborn was discharged home healthy in 2016. NIRVAAN – India’s first surviving baby born at 22 weeks was also discharged from this hospitalin 2017.


According to experts, the use of stem cell therapy in extremely premature human newborns was reported from Seoul in South Korea in 2014. It was used as a preventive measure in a very high-risk population of infants born at 24 to 26 weeks of maturity.


Indulge in authentic Pan Asian flavors at The Sqaure, Novotel Pune this Sunday!


: A Sunday brunch is the highlight of any weekend and the brunch at The Square at Novotel Pune offers a lavish affair. Get ready to savor authentic Pan Asian flavors!


The enticing smell of succulent Dimsum, satays and rich aroma of steaming hot stir-fries will satiate all your hunger pangs. Come along with family or friends for a tempting tour to the world of aromatic flavors from the far east, as our chefs stir up a hearty meal with well-chosen exotic spices and ingredients. Vegetarian or Non- Vegetarian- The Square has a little something to offer to everyone!


Now If that sounds like a perfect brunch fix you’re looking for then visit the “House of Chopsticks” Sunday Brunch on at Square, Novotel Pune this Sunday!


Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019

Time: 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Venue: The Square, Novotel Pune

Cost: INR 1200 ++

Mrs West India – Empress of West India 2019’ – transforming lives!


Season 2 Grand Finale



In its 2nd year, the glittering finale of ‘Mrs West India – Empress of West India 2019’ – Season 2, held at the HYATT Pune on 21st April’19 truly enhanced lives of all 32 Finalists. These ladies who were auditioned across the States of Maharastra, Gujarat and Goa, displayed tales of valour and courage. This platform elevated ordinary women onto the big stage –  Women Empowerment in it’s true sense.


They were expertly groomed for five days, in different aspects of the pageant – Introduction, Voice Modulation, Stage Presence, Q&A, Ramp Walk – all of which were enhanced, under the expert guidance of Karl & Anjana Mascarenhas of DIVA Pageants.


Mahek Chahal (actress), Nayana Dixit (actress), Shibani Kashyap (singer), Rraj Kaushal (Director), Sumit Kumar (GM, Hyatt Pune), Vivek Mendonsa (Lawrence & Mayo), Mona Borse (Queen of the World 2019), Namrata Dube (Mrs West India 2018) were the eminent judges for the evening.


Popular TV actor, Aman Yatan Verma wowed the audience as he anchored the grand show with style and panache. Shibani Kashyapenthralled the audience crooning her popular numbers, as the past DIVAs danced away.


The finalists showcased their impeccable grooming, carrying  themselves with confidence and grace, towards winning the crowns. The distinguished judges surely had a tough time in zeroing in the 6 best amongst the 16 semi-finalists, from the two categories – Silver (age 20 to 36) and Gold (37 and above).


The results for the evening were :


Title Winners:  

Mrs West India – Empress of West India 2019 – Silver : Vartika Patil

Mrs West India – Empress of West India 2019 – Gold : Hetal Kasliwal


1st Runner-up- Silver : Cynthia Furtado

1st Runner-up- Gold : Manju Kataria


2nd Runner-up- Silver : Swati Gundawar

2nd Runner-up- Gold : Irfana Shaikh


Four regional Queens were also chosen from across West India  –

Queen of Mumbai – Prachi Mhatre

Queen of Nashik – Kunda Shinde

Queen of Nagpur – Preeti Deshmukh

Queen of Pune – Manju Nankani


The winners walked home with their gorgeous crowns, cash prizes & gifts from Modasutra, Lawrence & Mayo, The Tarot Lady, Skinworks & Royal Organic.


A truly stupendous evening that exemplified the DIVA catchline : “Dare * Dream * Dazzle”, which turned out to be one of the grandest pageants held in West India!.




The grand finale of Mrs Mrs West India – Empress of West India 2019 – Season 2, powered by HYATT Pune, concluded with much elan! Seen in the pic :

1.The 6 winners alongwith Anjana & Karl Mascarenhas of DIVA Pageants –

Gold : 2nd Runner-up Irfana Shaikh, 1st Runner-up Manju Kataria, Winner Hetal Kasliwal and

Silver : Winner Vartika Patil, 1st Runner-up Cynthia Furtado, 2nd Runner-up Swati Gundawar


2.The 4 Queens across West India from Mumbai, Nasik, Nagpur & Pune, with Shibani Kashyap :

Kunda Shinde (Nashik), Manju Nankani (Pune), Preeti Deshmukh (Nagpur) & Prachi Mhatre (Mumbai)


3. Nayana Dixit, Anjana Mascarenhas, Aman Verma, Shibani Kashyap & Karl Mascarenhas 

Book Release

New Arrival
God Is Universal
Vishwakarma Publications
Rajinder Kaur Johal

Guru Nanak was a great champion of love and brotherhood in humanity. In a process of bridging the gap between two great religions namely Hinduism and Islam, he evolved a very powerful revolutionary and reformatory thesis of his own. This religious consciousness that he evolved is based on seeking, learning and contemplation which formed a basis for Sikhism. God being the mainstay and absolute truth that exists in the religious consciousness of India people, it was possible to create a thesis that is so revolutionary in the contemporary time period and without bloodshed. if at all bloodshed happened, it was willingly sacrificed to preserve human rights and convictions in the faith of self and others. Guru Nanak’s thesis on the oneness of God and its Universal nature is not only a positive impulse and force but also a value system that is necessary to restore world peace and Human Brotherhood.

Pune kids to celebrate summer holidays with ‘Chhota Bheem’s Grand Birthday Mela

: Proving that learning can be fun too, the 3rd edition of Dholakpur Mela in association with Krazy Kids Karnival is just going to make the summertime exciting for kids in Pune. This year the event will become more special because they will also be celebrating ’10 years of Chhota Bheem’along with his birthday celebrations .Dholakpur Mela will be held on4th & 5th May 2019 at Laxmi Lawns, Magarpatta City.

The Mela focuses on activities and games packed with fun, excitement and learning for kids. The event is planned big and includes a ‘Flea Market’, Amusement Zone, Live Shows, Adventure Zone, Drum Circle & Trampoline Park which even parents can enjoy. Plus the main attraction of the event will be ‘meet & greet’ with Chhota Bheem& his friends.

 “This event will help to understand the skills and development of the kids. Giving them experience like science lab – an interactive exploration center where children can learn and have fun with science. In an era where most of the students prefer to play online games, this Mela will give them the real experience of the outdoor fun that’s missing these days” said Niphul Jain, Co-Founder, Meltwater Events

The festival features non-stop entertainment with an extravaganza of games, hands-on learning, interactive sessions, adventure, exciting rides, art & crafts, role-plays, inspiring competitions, prizes & gifts, fun-filled activities and of course yummy food.  The Mela’s environment promotes creativity, positive thinking, self-esteem and confidence for the kids.

WHEN – Saturday & Sunday,4th & 5th May 2019

WHERE – Laxmi Lawns, Magarpatta City Pune

TIME – 2 pm to 10 pm

FENG SHUI Workshop organised for Interior Design students at INIFD Deccan

 Feng Shui is also known as Chinese geomancy, is a pseudoscience originating from China, which claims to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding Its roots are 5,000 years old. Feng Shui seeks to promote prosperity, good health, and general wellbeing by examining how energy, qi, pronounced “chee,” flows through a particular room, house, building, or garden. Feng shui considers yin, feminine and passive energy, and yang, which is masculine and hot. It also looks at the five elements – water, fire, wood, metal, and earth, and the external environment. The points on the compass, with eight separate directions – north, northeast, east, southeast, south, southwest, west, and northwest – are also important.

Feng shui can be used to decide the location, construction, and architectural features of buildings, the placement and style of furniture, colours and decorating schemes, and the location of plantings, paths, and other outside features. By creating a more pleasing atmosphere, feng shui has been credited with improving family communication, restoring employee cooperation, and increasing a store’s sales. The principles can be applied to any style of building or decorating, not just to Chinese or Asian modes. The students were in awe of the oldest royal secret of energy forces that found its way from China to India.

National Healthcare Agenda is ambitious and it will require stronger partnership between Government and Industry: NATHEALTH


·         From Health for All, Higher spending to scaling up Ayushman Bharat & creating robust  infrastructure,  Future goals set in political health manifestos are achievable only with robust partnerships


Coming out with a clear and actionable national health agenda, as envisioned by Indian political leadership, is a move in the right direction and will equip the new government to expedite the promises for achieving the goal of universal health coverage, according to NATHEALTH.


National healthcare agenda includes empowering people with Healthcare for All, Higher spending, creating one medical college in each district, scaling up Ayushman Bharat and creating a robust health system for health for all are actionable. The industry will continue to collaborate to create a new and robust healthcare ecosystem. 


The Indian Healthcare Industry has been collaborating with the government at all levels to push efforts for achieving the goal of ‘Health for All’. However, a comprehensive National Health Agenda would certainly provide a fresh impetus for creating a new healthcare system.


A comprehensive health agenda needs active support from private sector which is playing a critical role in providing access and quality health service to people across the country.


“Overall, the healthcare agenda needs to be very comprehensive and encompass different areas like Preventive healthcare, Wellness centers, Nutrition, Immunization, Universal healthcare, affordable healthcare, increasing accessibility, reducing the shortage in number of doctors, specialists and paramedical personnel,” said Dr. H. Sudarshan Ballal, President, NATHEALTH.


Universal Healthcare will guarantee the right to healthcare services for every citizen, including free diagnostics, out-patient care, medicines and hospitalization through a network of public hospitals and private hospitals.  It is widely admitted that India needs to raise its public spending in healthcare to above 3-4 percent of GDP and it is prudent to note that higher spending has been accorded a priority.

Strengthening of healthcare infrastructure and scaling up of Ayushman Bharat are another top priority areas and leaders across political spectrum appear committed on these fronts.


“Increasing the medical colleges by having one in each district, increasing PG seats and paramedical nursing courses will go a long way in reducing the shortage of healthcare personnel in the country in addition to improving accessibility of healthcare. It is promising to note that healthcare agenda has identified the factors and forces which would help in achieving Universal Health Coverage,” Dr. Ballal added. 

Addressing the problems pertaining to the growth of medical device sector, the issue has also figured in the agenda and the industry is willing to provide expert technical support for this.

Rational and viable pricing for benefit packages is the main concern of the industry and ensuring viability of the sector will go along way in achieving the goal of ‘Health for All.’

“We should draw attention to the fact that India needs to allocate a higher public spend on health- three times more than the current spending. Moreover, quality should be at front and center of India’s healthcare priorities as accessibility and affordability together with quality improvement can help India achieve Sustainable Development Goals,” said Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Secretary General, NATHEALTH.

“We, at NATHEALTH, believe that healthcare is a crucial peg in India’s economic and social growth narrative and there is an urgent need to create a health system that improves access while maintaining quality and sector sustainability,” added Mr. Bhattacharya.

‘Health for All’ needs engagement of all stakeholders including governments and the industry fostering more meaningful partnerships which would help in creating a robust model for the Indian healthcare sector. Hence, a cohesive engagement with industry to create a long term policy framework for health will lead to a higher levels of investment, employment and sectoral growth.






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 & IT), Diagnostic Service Providers, Health Insurance companies, Health Education Institutions, Medical Journalism companies, Biotech/Lifesciences related companies, Healthcare Publishers, Healthcare Consultants, Home Healthcare companies, PE & VC companies and other stakeholders have come together to build NATHEALTH as a common platform to create the next level of momentum in Indian Healthcare. NATHEALTH is an inclusive Institution that has representation of small & medium hospitals and nursing homes as well as Healthcare Start-up companies. 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.

The Big Easter Brunch


Come Celebrate your day with your loved ones



Pune: This Easter come and celebrate your day with friends and family and enjoy The Big Easter Brunch exclusively at Monk’s & Blues, Baner.  It’s a place to have some great conversations with a great view and to top it up a great deal. Brunch + beer and sangria all at Rs.1100/- plus taxes.


Date: Sunday 21st April 2019

Time:  12 noon – 5 pm

For reservations contact

Venue: Monk’s & Blues, 1st Floor, Dero