Walkathon to create awareness on Organ Donation


 

Mumbai, August 07, 2017: To spread the message and create awareness on the importance of organ donation, Mumbai Kidney Foundation in association with Septalyst Lifesciences Pvt Ltd is organising a walkathon on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 as part of Organ Donation Week. Around 500 students will participate in this unique initiative along with some kidney patients. The 2 km walkathon will start from Nagindas Khandwala College in Malad and ends at the College.

The dignitaries to be present at the event will include Dr. Umesh Khanna – Chairman of Mumbai Kidney Foundation, Shyam Sunder Singh – MD & CEO of Septalyst Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd. and famous bollywood celebrity, comedian Johny Lever.

Every year 500,000 people die because of non-availability of organs, 200,000 people die due to liver disease, and 50,000 people die because of heart disease. Around 10 lakh Indians are suffering from corneal blindness and are awaiting corneal transplantation.

As regards kidneys, about 1,50,000 people are diagnosed with kidney failure in India every year, for whom the only way out is an organ transplant, but only 5,000 of these people are able to get kidneys for transplantation. “It is paradoxical that a country like ours with a billion plus population is having shortage of organs for transplantation”, said Dr Umesh Khanna.

“This Walkathon is a small initiative planned on the occasion of Organ Donation Week for creating awareness about organ donation & to motivate people to pledge for organ donation in order to help those in need of organs for transplantation”, said Shyam Sunder Singh.

Mumbai Kidney Foundation is an initiative endeavouring to brighten the lives of chronic kidney disease patients. While, Septalyst Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd. is a Mumbai based super-speciality pharmaceutical company focusing on Nephro, Neuro & Critical care products & therapy. Both MKF & Septalyst, very strongly support the organ donation campaign.

Costa Cruises – to begin shorter, 3-4 night sailings in Indian waters


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  • 4 nights Mumbai – Kochi to start from November 2017
  • 3 nights Kochi – Maldives to start from November 2017

 

August 1, 2017, Mumbai: Europe’s number 1 cruising company, Costa Cruises announced its shorter, 3 & 4 nights sailings in Indian waters from November 2017 onwards.

Last year, Costa Cruises was the first ever cruise liner to offer cruises directly from Mumbai to Maldives.

This year, Costa Cruises is introducing shorter 3 & 4 nights sailing options specifically for the Indian market. Indians can now choose to cruise on a 4 nights itinerary from Mumbai to Cochin (via Mangalore) or a 3 nights itinerary from Cochin to Maldives. This is in addition to the 7 nights Mumbai to Maldives & 7 nights Maldives to Mumbai options available.

The Italian cruise liner will be homeporting in Mumbai a month earlier than last year and will perform a series of weekly sailings from November 2017 to March 2018.

Speaking about the launch, Mr. Buhdy Bok, President of Carnival Asia said, “We are delighted to increase our capacity in this region, by offering 3 & 4 nights short cruises dedicated to the Indian market. Guests based in India can now embark or disembark right at their door-step for short cruises, giving our guests a rich and immersive experience in Italian culture – from hospitality, to cuisine, and art, a distinct experience for a new way of travel.

” Mr. Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust said, “The timing is right for cruise liners to come to India as the Government is taking proactive steps for utilising our vast coastline. I would like to thank the cruise companies that have taken the initiative to start sailings from Mumbai and have shown their confidence in the Indian Government and India market. We are looking forward to many more ships coming to India and Mumbai port, going forwards. They can count on Mumbai Port’s efficient managerial, organizational and planning support and assistance at all times. Our objective is to exceed the expectations of the cruise liners and the cruisers, both domestic and International. Come, cruise from Mumbai and feel India!”

Ms. Nalini Gupta, Managing Director, Lotus Destinations (Representative of Costa Cruises in India) said, “Costa Cruises expanding its sailing offerings to include shorter sailings of 3 & 4 nights from Mumbai and Cochin specifically for the Indian market confirms its strong interest in India. The cruising market in India has come a long way from only a select group cruising in far-away locations to today a much wider audience holidaying on ships cruising directly from India”.

“I sincerely thank Mr. Gadkari & Mr. Bhatia for all their efforts in making this happen”, she added.

 

Since Costa announced the launch of cruising from Mumbai last year, they have seen interest and bookings from a wide variety of travel groups, which includes families, senior citizens, honeymooners and experiential holiday agencies. There has also been a lot of interest from corporates, who are looking set to book the first few sailings out of Mumbai. The built-in infrastructure on the ship makes it particularly easy for corporates to hold large events in one location.

Theme-based bookings seem to be a trend, with groups who are keen to experience a special kind of holiday. For example, there is a cycle-themed sailing that is currently being promoted on this route.

Costa Cruises has deployed its ship, Costa neoClassica that is part of the neo collection on the India itinerary. This classic cruise ship has a total of 654 cabins, including sea view cabins and suites with private balconies. Fully-equipped with a Casino, Theatre, Disco, Ballroom, Grand Bar, it aims to provide plenty in entertainment. The wellness centre is spread across 1,300 sq. m with a gym, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room. It also has an outdoor jogging track, 4 Jacuzzis and 2 swimming pools. For those who would like to go shopping, the cruise ship has a huge duty free shopping centre, and also offers a wide selection of books in the library for those who love to unwind with a book. Enhancing the cruising experience further is the gastronomy: the food & wine on offer is based on Italian regional menus with a choice of dishes representing different regions of Italy and proudly reflecting the country’s rich and unrivaled culinary heritage. In addition to this vast range, guests can also take advantage of tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes.

On board Costa neoClassica, guests will also have the chance to taste the real original Neapolitan pizza at Pizzeria “Pummid’oro”: thanks to an agreement with the Università delle Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo, Costa Cruises offers pizza prepared using only sourdough and selected ingredients such as San Marzano DOP tomato.

In addition, cruisers will be able to enjoy a variety of Indian cuisine and the restaurants onboard are fully equipped to cater to special diet requirements of Indian, travellers, which includes Jain food.

About Costa Cruises:

Costa Cruises is the Italian Cruising Company part of the Carnival Corporation & plc, the largest cruise company in the world. For 68 years, the ships of Costa fleet have plied the seas of the world being the ambassador of the pleasant mood of Italian hospitality and the true Italian holiday, with delicious food, selected wines, unique shopping experience, completed by a vast selection of Italian famous brands. Currently the Costa fleet, the largest in Europe, has a total of 15 ships in service, all flying the Italian flag. Moreover two next-generation cruise ships will be delivered in 2019 and 2021: they will feature a revolutionary “green design” and will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel, representing a major environmental breakthrough. Other 2 new ships will be delivered in 2019 and 2020 to be deployed in Asia. Costa embodies the Italian excellence surprising its Guests everyday with unique holidays experiences and unforgettable memories thanks to 19,000 Costa’s associates worldwide who are passionately working everyday to offer “Italy’s finest” cruise vacations through 137 different itineraries, 261 destinations and 60 embarkation ports.

For further information you can contact Lotus Destinations (Representative of Costa Cruises in India) office at +91-22-61792300 or mail info@costacruiseindia.com

 

 

​ Nikal Pado Toh Mumkin Hai … says the newly launched TATA Mumbai Marathon


Procam International, pioneers of the distance running movement in India, today announced that the iconic Mumbai Marathon will now be the TATA Mumbai Marathon. Tata Group, with over 100 independent operating companies, will be the title sponsor of Asia’smost prestigious and one of the world’s top 10 marathons. The launch event saw several celebrities in attendance, some who have been supporting the marathon for years. The face of the event since inception, John Abraham, who has always talked about treating fitness as a religion. The dimpled-beauty Gul Panag was at her charming best as she anchored the evening with grace and elegance, talking from her personal experiences about running too. Other Bollywood runners included Rahul Bose and Tara Sharma. Of course, there was Prasoon Joshi who has penned the lyrics of the new event anthem which was launched yesterday, with music none other than by the talented Salim-Sulaiman, who enthralled the audiences with a power-packed live performance.

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CREDAI–MCHI, the “Ultimate Voice” of Real Estate Industry announced ‘Change of Guard’


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~Mayur Shah, President at CREDAI-MCHI takes the reins forward with CSR initiative ‘Clean Mumbai, Green Mumbai and Skilled Mumbai’~

 

Mumbai, 21st July 2017: Apex real estate industry body of Maharashtra announced ‘Change of Guard’ as Mr. Dharmesh Jain (also the chief of Nirmal Lifestyle) handed over to the newly elected President, Mr. Mayur Shah (also the chief of Marathon Realty) amidst presence of luminaries from across Banking & Finance, Legal and Government – Mr. Gautam Chatterjee, Chairman, MaharRERA, Mr. U.P.S. Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner of MMRDA, Mr. Ajoy Mehta, Municipal Commissioner of MCGM, Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee, Additional Municipal Commissioner (projects) of MCGM and Shri Ramesh Pawar, DMC TO MC OF MCGM amongst others. The ceremony unveiled the flag of CREDAIMCHI alongside its “Vision Manifesto” outlining the key objective for the need for ‘Ease of Doing Business”. The focus of the new President Shri Mayur Shah, CREDAI-MCHI would include rationalising processes by ensuring better timelines to get approvals on projects, improve business viability given the high land costs, build capabilities for delivery of projects in parallel to CLEAN, GREEN and SKILLED Mumbai.

 

As a part of the major goal for Vision 2022, the Managing Committee members: Shri Nayan Shah, IPP Dharmesh Jain, President, Elect, Vice Presidents Shri Deepak Goradia, Shri Boman Irani, Shri Harish Patel, Shri Nainesh Shah, Secretary Shri Domnic Romell, Treasurer Shri Sukhraj Nahar and many others inclusive of other present member developers were seen taking oath towards Vision 2022 creating CLEAN MUMBAI by aiming 10 lakh Kgs of garbage management at buildings society level , GREEN MUMBAI by planting 1 lac trees across 1000 upcoming projectsand attain SKILLED MUMBAI by training 1 lac labourers at construction sites across Mumbai MMR.

 

The key highlight of the ceremony was also the felicitation of real heroes of Mumbai who have contributed towards the betterment of the city – Shri Shubhajit Mukherjee of LETS GREEN FOUNDATION, Shri Afroz Shah for taking on VERSOVA BEACH CLEAN UP and Shri Percy Chowdhry from RAGC for contribution towards skill development. As an industry body CREDAI-MCHI in the next two years will work towards fulfilling the housing needs & infrastructure development of Mumbai & MMR. The vision will be to facilitate and connect over 1800 developers across MMR for overall growth and development.

 

Shri Ajoy Mehta, IAS, MCGM Commissioner, said “In 2015, when the new government had come into action, Mr. Dharmesh Jain took charge and ensured the beginning of EASE OF DOING BUSINESS however now in 2017, with RERA coming in as a challenge and an opportunity, we are looking forward to Mr. Mayur Shah’s tenure with huge expectations and we will ensure full support from our Government.”

 

Speaking at the event, Shri Mayur Shah, President of CREDAI-MCHI said, “We are hopeful to convert challenges into opportunities that are impacting the real-estate industry. The main focus during my tenure would be to improve business viability in MMR by rationalisation of taxes, premiums, achieve further ease of doing business aiming towards online approvals, building capabilities for quicker delivery of projects by members through continuous learnings about the best practices and prepare members for future changes like RERA, GST and DCR rules.”

 

Initiatives for the year

1.       1.CLEAN Mumbai: Efficient waste management system aiming zero garbage to dustbins

2.       2.GREEN Mumbai: Ensure usage of Solar & Wind energy, with rain harvesting & recycling

3.       3.SKILLED Mumbai: Raise the employability quotient of workers in partnership with NSDC

 

Shri Dharmesh Jain, Immediate Past President, CREDAI-MCHI said, “CREDAI-MCHI has emerged as a formidable body of developers with more than 1800 members, responsible for 80% of the organized development in Mumbai & MMR. Over the past two years, our engagement with the Government of Maharashtra has grown substantially and we have been a part of many important decisions taken in favour of real-estate industry. During the implementation of RERA, we extended our full support to the Government, which is aimed at bringing positive results for the real estate sector.”

 

 

ELEMIS – BRITISH LUXURY SKINCARE BRAND PRESENTS ITS NEW ‘LIFE ELIXIRS’ COLLECTION


LIFE ELIXIRS Calm Candle
 
ELEMIS has long been a world 

favorite​,​

 owing to its velvety light texture, delicate fragrance, and extraordinary clinically proven results!

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For over 25 years, ELEMIS has put its heart and soul to prepare ground-breaking

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formulations that genuinely transform your skin. 

 
Staying true to its ideology ELEMIS, the luxury skincare brand has introduced five aromatic blends for body,mind and soul. The new Life Elixirs Collection allows you to restore harmony, settle the mind, quiet the body and whilst harness your inner dynamism.

Our ELEMIS therapists found it necessary to find a ideal aromatic blend for every soul which they have curated a variety of Life Elixirs to choose from. The five aromatic blends are – CALM, SLEEP, FORTITUDE, EMBRACE AND CLARITY. Every blend includes of three products that is a Bath & Shower Elixir, a Perfume Oil and a Scented Candle. 
 
It is a collection that will you feeling exhilarated and stimulated. 

A New Era of Ferrari Four-Seater History Arrives in India


Mr Aurelian Sauvard and Mr Sharad Kachalia with the Ferrari GTC4Lusso (2)

  The new GTC4Lusso makes its regional debut

at Navnit Motors, Mumbai

Mumbai, India, 2 August 2017–Ferrari proudly made new strides in its illustrious history today, with the debut of the GTC4Lusso, the latest in the Grand Tourer category.

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This luxurious, four-seater, four-wheel-drive product was presented to a selection of VIP clients and media for the very first time in India, at a glittering reception held in the presence of Mr Aurelian Sauvard, Marketing Manager, Ferrari Middle East & India, and Mr Sharad Kachalia of Navnit Motors, at the Navnit Motors Ferrari Showroom in Mumbai.

 

The GTC4Lusso categoryrefers to ‘four’, both with its four-seater configuration and the integration of rear-wheel steering with four-wheel drive for the first time, hailing another major advance for the versatile sporty Grand Tourer concept.  It is the latest in the Ferrari lineage of four+four models and showcases the very special place this configuration holds in Maranello tradition, with an illustrious pedigree that can be traced from the 500 Superfast (1964), the 330 GTC (1996), the 365 GTC4 (1971) and the 456M GT (1998), to the most recent Ferrari FF. The stable includes the V12 GTC4Lusso option, or the GTC4Lusso T with an award-winning V8 turbo.

 

The GTC4Lusso is aimed at a new ‘Ferrarista’; one that appreciates all the luxury passion, performance and power of the Maranello stable, but merged with a versatility and sense of adventure.  Central to the appeal to a new, younger generation of Ferrari enthusiasts is the innovative refinement of the sporting break coupe design, introduced in 2011. Penned by Ferrari Design, the GTC4Lusso reinterprets the concept with an extremely streamlined, tapered shape that underscores its perfect balance of elegance and sportiness whilst still incorporating large comfortable rear seats and a roomy boot behind them. At the front, the new Dual Cockpit architecture enhances the shared driving experience for both driver and passenger. In fact, four plush wraparound seats and the cabin’s meticulously crafted quality materials create the same ambience as a luxurious living space for all occupants.

 

With world-class design matched with blistering Ferrari performance, the GTC4Lusso family is designed to be enjoyed every-day in varied terrains for supreme versatility, delivered with all the sporty luxury details that make owning a Ferrari such an emotional experience.

 

The GTC4Lusso is a powerful combination of luxury style and performance. It offers an evolution of the V12 naturally-aspirated engine, with increased acceleration, high engine speeds and improved efficiency for CO2 and fuel consumption reduction. This offers the driver optimum pleasure, enhanced with a powerful and harmonious sound.

 

Seamless integration of its complex vehicle dynamics control systems means the powerful GTC4Lusso performs brilliantly in all driving situations, but really comes into its own on challenging low-grip surfaces, such as wet terrain, delivering a consistent sense of stability and comfort.  Importantly, these factors combine the ensure the GTC4Lusso offers best in class performance in terms of acceleration, power output and luxury sporting design.

 

The GTC4Lusso T has been created with a younger audience in mind, aged between 30-45 years. This model is the first four-seater to be powered by a V8 turbo engine, ushering in a new era of the Grand Tourer marque. The car is aimed at drivers seeking a car that is sporty and versatile, as well as perfect for daily driving.

 

The new GTC4Lusso T is equipped with an evolution of the 3.9-litre V8 turbo which was awarded the 2016 International Engine of the Year. Offering a sharp, dynamic response, the engine punches out a maximum of 610 cv at 7,500 rpm, guaranteeing powerful acceleration with maximum torque of 760 Nm available between 3,000 and 5,250 rpm. Despite such impressive performance, the GTC4Lusso T’s fuel consumption figures guarantee extended range, ideal for town driving or long trips.

 

The exhilarating driving experience is matched with a unique, typical Ferrari soundtrack. With the valve closed, the moderated sound is ideal for city environments. When open, the result is a distinctive but moderate sound ideal for longer trips, and a fully engaging sound experience from low to high revs.

 

Combining this powertrain with rear-wheel drive has resulted in significant weight-saving. Adding four-wheel steering to the mix gives the car additional agility and quicker responses. The rear-wheel steering system is integrated with the latest evolution of the electronic controls of the SCM-E suspension, ESP 9.0 and third generation Side Slip Control (SSC3).

 

One of the selection criteria for the materials adoptedfor the GTC4Lusso Twas weight reduction to heighten the sense of sporty luxury typical of a thoroughbred Ferrari.  The navigation and infotainment platform, featuring a 10.25” HD screen with capacitive touch technology, is new, too. All cars feature the new 8.8” touchscreen passenger display as well as Apple CarPlay and an upgraded audio system.

Brew a heartwarming symbol of camaraderie this Friendship Day with Café Coffee Day


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Enjoy the delicious ‘Friendship Frappe’ & exclusive latte art on your coffee this special day at the cafe

 

Mumbai, July 31, 2017: ‘The only way to have a friend is to be one’, said Ralph Waldo Emerson. No other brand understands this better than India’s largest youth rendezvous point, Café Coffee Day. For over two decades, Café Coffee Day has been the hangout of the nation’s youth; the place for hugs, high fives, laughter, tears and the rollercoaster of life shared with friends. Café Coffee Day in a way represents friendship. So on the special occasion of Friendship Day, Café Coffee Day brings to the youth ‘Friendship Frappe’ – a delicious and exceptional beverage to make Friendship Day celebrations with your buddies at the café even more special.

 

The Friendship Frappe consists of a delightful mixture of crunchy oreos dunked in a rich creamy chocolaty meltdown. It is then topped with whipped cream, three oreo biscuits and a cherry. This delicious Friendship Day treat will be available at Café Coffee Day outlets throughout Friendship Day weekend, 5th & 6th August, 2017. Enjoy the comfort of sipping on a tall glass of creamy, crunchy Friendship Frappe while you celebrate the joy of a long standing friendship.

 

And that’s not all! Café Coffee Day has more planned for Friendship Day. Every table ordering a Cappuccino or a Latte will be treated to an added touch of special friendship latte art on their foamy cups of coffee. The latte art is a specially created emoji of two smiley faces capturing the joy and bond of friendship. Guaranteed to bring a smile while enjoying coffee with your favourite friends at your favourite café.

 

So, go ahead and enjoy the experience of a rich chocolaty meltdown of the Friendship Frappe loaded with crunchy oreos at Café Coffee Day. Starting at Rs. 199/-, Friendship Frappe will be available at select Café Coffee Day outlets in the city over Friendship Day weekend.