Urbanizing India (vol. 5)

All the three pillars of our India Urbanization theme – infrastructure, consumption, and housing – have shown solid improvement in underlying trends since we launched our idea in late-2014. Given supportive government policies, we remain convinced that the theme will continue to deliver good alpha-generating opportunities for long-term investors. In 2017, the theme delivered a return of 44.9%, and we believe the recent soft patch (YTD –0.8% vs. BSE 100’s +0.6%) could be a good buying opportunity for investors.

BUY   Companies that could benefit from faster urbanization and quality of life improvement 
India is at the cusp of faster urbanization, supported by, among others, an attractive demography, changing spending habits, and favorable government policies. We believe these companies will enjoy above-average growth opportunities, and investors should buy with a long-term view.

Focus on long-term structural themes to weather this volatility
In this volatile environment, we recommend that investors build their equity portfolios around structural themes such as “Urbanizing India“ to gain superior returns. Consumer behavior is changing fast and so are government priorities. We have already seen a significant push to revive India’s ailing infrastructure, thanks to improved government finances (we have discussed this in detail in our previous reports). Nevertheless, rising oil prices and concerns about inflation are raising doubts about the sustainability and execution of these initiatives in the mind of investors, but we believe a broader framework is in place, and private sector participation along with digital initiatives is helping in the faster execution of these reforms. Overall, healthcare, sanitation, housing, and connectivity are getting due attention from the government. We continue to expect much faster urbanizing trends in India over the next decade and there are clear winners in this space that investors should not miss.

Infrastructure to have a multiplier effect on growth

The trend of significant underinvestment in India’s infrastructure is reversing. In this Research Alert, we highlight developments and potential opportunities that investors should consider from a 2–3 years’ perspective. Roads, railways and public utilities (power, airports and metro rail) should continue to attract substantial investments.

Dismal state of India’s infrastructure plaguing growth
Underdeveloped infrastructure is one of the biggest bottlenecks to India achieving its growth potential. For instance, around 70% of goods within the country is transported via roads as the railways is facing significant capacity constraints. The situation is so bad that trains transporting goods run at an average speed of ~25 kmph. This leads to significant inefficiency in the system, hurting exports and pushing inflation higher. According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), logistics cost for India is 14% of GDP, vs. 6%–8% for countries with better infrastructure, making India’s exports relatively expensive. Besides this, local suppliers do not get proper pricing for their produce due to inaccessibility. A government study shows harvest and post-harvest losses for major agricultural produce are valued at INR 926 bn (calculated using production data of 2012–13 at 2014 wholesale prices).

India creating more headroom for infra development
As per IMF projections, India needs to spend on average 8.1% of GDP on infrastructure development per year from the current fiscal year to 2022, compared to just over 5% a few years ago (see Figure 2). While the government finances are stretched and it is difficult to expect over 8% spending on infra, the policy framework is fast changing to attract private capital. Moreover, the government is finding innovative ways to finance these projects. This accelerated spending along with policy support and international financing could potentially transform India’s infrastructure landscape.

Road sector could see record ordering and execution in FY 2019
In the last fiscal year ending March 2018, the government (National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) + Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH)) awarded record ~ 17,000 km of roads and constructed ~10,000 km of roads (see Figure 3). Next year, the government has set a target to increase road award and construction to about 20,000 km and 16,000 km, respectively. NHAI had invited bids for new highway projects worth over INR 1.7 trn (~USD 25.5 bn) at the beginning of the year and we have seen significant progress so far. The sector’s visibility has improved as the government has already announced the Bharatmala project, under which it plans to construct 83,677 km of roads by 2022. In 2019, the Road ministry expects to fund it with INR 710 bn in budgetary support and around INR 1.5 trn raised via monetizing 100 highway projects. It has already monetized nine projects and raised INR 100 bn. The remaining funding can come via NHAI issuing bonds, including masala bonds.

We believe that road construction companies should continue to see good performance given visibility and traction in execution. Moreover, the new highways are now being built largely using cement instead of traditional bitumen, helping incremental cement demand as well.

Railways envisages INR 8.6 trn investments in five years to March 2020
The Ministry of Railways has laid out an investment plan of Rs 8.6 trn (~USD 140 bn) for five years starting March 2015. Capital allocation for railways in FY 2018–19 has been pegged at INR 1.48 trn (+13% YoY) with a large part of the capex allocated to capacity expansion.

The progress on the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) project has been satisfactory. The project is 40% complete as of January 2018 (~ INR 350 bn already spent, including on land acquisition, compared to total estimated cost of INR 880 bn as per 2015 estimates) and 100% of the civil construction work has been awarded. In terms of land acquisition, 98.1% of the land has been acquired except in the Sonanagar-Dankuni section where the authorities are facing acquisition issues and protest from locals. We expect delays in full commissioning of the project vs. its initial commencement target of December 2020, but phase-wise commissioning starting 2020 is possible. We believe, once this 2,822 km DFC stretch (Western: 1,504 km; Eastern: 1,318 km) is operational, it will significantly help to improve overall economic activity as it will decongest rail traffic materially. Further, the DFC aims to improve the overall speed of freight trains to ~75 kmph from the current ~25 per kmph.

Metro projects can attract ~ INR 2.5 trn investments in five years
With the new Metro Rail Policy 2017 in place, execution is expected to pick up as the policy clearly defines center and state relationship. It puts onus on states to improve viability of metro rail projects. Currently, total 370 km (Delhi: 217 km) of metro lines are operational in eight cities; and total 595 km are in progress/planning stages in 13 cities, including the existing eight cities. If we consider average spending of INR 4.0 bn per km, the total spending on metros could be ~ INR 2.5 trn (USD 36 bn) over the next five years.

India’s aviation market is set to become the third largest globally by 2020
India is the world’s fastest-growing domestic aviation market for three years in a row now. In 2017, India’s Revenue Passenger Kilometer (RPK) grew 17.5% versus the global average of 7%. Air traffic growth has been accelerating further with over 20%+ growth witnessed YTD in 2018. As per the World Travel and Tourism Council, India’s spending on business and leisure travel is estimated at USD 10.3 bn and USD 181.6 bn, respectively, in 2017, which is forecasted to rise to USD 39.9 bn and USD 203.5 bn by 2026. India’s air passenger traffic is expected to reach 421 million by 2020, third largest in the world, from the FY 2017 figure of 265 million.

To connect underserved areas, the government has launched a scheme called Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) last year, under which the Ministry of Civil Aviation has already awarded 128 routes connecting 70 airports in the first round of bidding. To accommodate rising passenger traffic, under the Nabh Nirman (NextGen Airport for Bharat) project announced this year, the government aims to expand airport capacity by more than five times to handle a billion trips in a year by constructing 100 new airports in the next 10 years (around INR 2.0 trn opportunity). We believe that the airline industry as a whole (airport developers, airline carriers) offers good growth opportunities.

Consumption: Shift toward premiumization visible

India’s per capita income growth is expected to accelerate, suggesting huge opportunities for consumer durables, entertainment, retail, financials and food industries. Rising internet and smartphone penetration and increasing access to electricity are driving significant changes in consumer preferences.

India’s per capita income growth accelerating
India’s per capita income showed a CAGR of 5.5% between 2010 and 2015 and is expected to accelerate to reach USD 2,208 by 2019 as per a forecast by the International Monetary Fund. The forecast is in line with our view that the per capita income is set to accelerate as the urbanization rate rises from 33% to 40%. Currently, India is on the verge of experiencing a consumption boom given 33% of India’s population now resides in urban areas and around 65% of the country’s 1.4 bn population is below 35 years of age. India has the highest number of millennial population (aged between 15 and 35 years), and given the increasing access to smartphones and internet, consumer behavior is fast changing. We believe the biggest beneficiaries of these trends would not only be consumer discretionary companies in sectors such as retail, food, auto, travel and tourism, luxury, and entertainment but also companies that help address changes in investment and credit habits.

Consumer durables market expected to reach INR 1.4 trn by 2020
Penetration of consumer durables remains abysmally low in Indian households compared with other countries. However, the market shows ample scope for growth given rising disposable income, increasing affordability, changing lifestyles and supportive regulatory changes, and attracts foreign brands and capital. With urban markets accounting for two-thirds of total consumer durables revenues, we expect better access to credit along with booming e-commerce to provide the necessary impetus for an increase in sales growth in coming years. According to India’s Ministry of Commerce, the consumer durables market is expected to reach INR 1.4 trn (USD 20.6 bn) in value by 2020 from INR 831 bn (USD 12.5 bn) in 2016, suggesting a CAGR of 13%. In this context, companies that are well entrenched in specific categories and have strong brands and wide distribution networks should benefit.

Premiumization gathering pace
Exposure to global lifestyles, aspirational customers, and an increasing presence of international brands have resulted in luxury no longer being viewed only as a “status symbol” but as a viable lifestyle for a great many high-income households in India. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India expects India’s luxury goods market to reach USD 30 bn in value by 2018, and we expect the market to continue to grow at 25%–35% over the next several years. Although strictly luxury goods may still be affordable only to a few ultra-rich households, the premiumization trend is growing and is influencing multiple categories including electronics, durable goods, footwear, transportation, and even regular staple/FMCG food items. People in India are increasingly looking to switch to better products such as inverter ACs, fully automatic washing machines and premium smartphones, among other such goods. We take a closer look at the trends in the passenger vehicle market in India. The value share of entry-level cars has declined to 12% in FY 2017 from 20% in FY 2007, while the share of premium hatch/compact UV has gone up to 54% from 19% during the same period.

Housing sector at the cusp of a revival

It is widely known that the Indian government had set an ambitious target under the Housing for all 2022 scheme; however, the progress has been dismal so far. The government has upped its ante by increasing budgetary allocation this fiscal year to INR 645 bn from INR 290 bn last year. As the general election is approaching (sometime in Q2 2019), we expect the low-cost housing construction activity to pick up pace.

Housing construction could gather steam ahead of general elections
As per KPMG, India needs to construct 110 million new houses (70% in the affordable category) by 2022 to meet a growing demand for housing in the country. The government has already launched its “Housing for all 2022” scheme to encourage private players as well as state governments to meet this shortfall. Please refer to our India Urbanization (vol 4) Alert for more details on the scheme and related announcements to support the low-cost housing sector. The progress of the PMAY as of 22 January 2018 seems dismal. Since its launch, investments amounting to INR 2.1 trn have been committed and 3.7 million housing units are currently under consideration. However, the actual completed units are just 0.3 million compared with a requirement of at least 1.0 million units p.a. Apart from land shortages, the main reason behind this delay is a lack of proper funding. The central government has so far released only INR 132 bn out of the committed INR 577 bn. The government has recently announced an increase in budgetary allocation to INR 645 bn (+122% YoY), which we believe should be significant enough to jumpstart some of the stalled projects.

We prefer housing finance companies that cater to low-cost housing needs
As per ICRA, a credit rating agency, the affordable housing portfolio has continued to grow at a fast pace of 24% YoY in 2017, compared with an overall mortgage sector loan growth of only around 18%. The housing finance market is expected to double over the next five years, pushing penetration of mortgages to about 12%–14% by 2022 from the current level of about 10%.

With improving transparency and accountability along with greater affordability, we expect the Indian real estate market to see higher volumes going forward, especially for organized players with strong balance sheets. As per a report by Anarock Property Consultants, residential sales across the top-seven cities in India rose by 10% YoY in the March 2018 quarter to 49,200 units, largely driven by Hyderabad, Bengaluru and the National Capital Region (46%, 35%, and 25% respectively), while property sales remained subdued in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune, and Chennai (-5%, –11%, and –15%, respectively). Although the recovery in the overall residential sector is still nascent, we are encouraged by the growth seen in the affordable housing category. Residential sales in the sub-INR 3.0 m category saw a jump of 33% YoY in the second half of CY 2017. In the March quarter, around 74% of the new launches were priced at around INR 8.0 m. Given the encouraging growth trends already seen in the affordable housing space, we prefer non-banking financial companies (NBFC) that cater to the segment over banks. We continue to believe that housing finance companies are well positioned to benefit from this structural theme as mortgage penetration and affordable housing projects are likely to pick up.


Fitbit Announces India Availability of Fitbit Versa



Female health tracking to help women better understand the connection between their menstrual cycle and overall health[i]


Quick replies to mobile device messages with select emojis


INDIA  – May 09, 2018 – Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT) the leading global wearables brand, announced today the availability ofFitbit Versa™ in India across major retailers and online for INR 19,999. Versa is our lightest smartwatch, featuring a modern design, advanced health and fitness features, 4+ day battery life,[ii] smart features people want most and cross platform compatibility – all at a competitive price.


Beginning in May, these new Fitbit features will be available:

  • Quick replies: Android mobile device users can respond to messages on the go using Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ionic smartwatches. Create and send up to five custom pre-populated quick replies of 60 characters or less to text messages and messenger apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
  • Female health tracking: Available to all adult users who identify as female in the Fitbit® app to track their menstrual cycle and symptoms.i Makes it easier to manage their cycle with a more complete picture of health and fitness data all in one place. Versa and Ionic users will also be able to view female health tracking information on-device.


“We’re thrilled for consumers around the world to experience Versa, a beautifully designed smartwatch for all with advanced health and fitness features, access to our large global social network and smart features people find most useful at an approachable price,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. “We believe Versa is a smartwatch that will have mass appeal, attracting new audiences and helping us capture a previously untapped segment of users in this growing wearables category.”


Powered by Fitbit OS 2.0, Versa makes your daily and weekly health and fitness data even more accessible on the go with a redesigned dashboard, which delivers action-oriented motivational messages, tips and tricks and support to help you stay on track to reach your goals. Advanced health and fitness features include personalized on-device workouts withFitbit Coach,[iii] enhanced 24/7 PurePulse® heart rate tracking, 15+ exercise modes including automatic SmartTrack™swim tracking with water resistance up to 50 meters, and automatic sleep stages tracking.


In addition to new quick replies for Android users, smart features you need include: app, calendar, call and text smartphone notifications; access to Fitbit’s growing App Gallery now with more than 650 popular brand, developer and Fitbit Labs apps[iv], and customizable clock faces; wallet-free payments via Fitbit Pay, supported by more than 60 banks and card issuers in 15 countries and on-device music for more motivation with access to Deezer,[v] and personal music playlists. All of these features come with 4+ days battery life,iii and like all Fitbit devices, Versa is compatible across Android, iOS and Windows devices[vi].


Pricing and availability 

Fitbit Versa will be available in black with a black aluminum case, grey with a silver aluminum case, or peach with a rose gold aluminum case. Fitbit Versa will be available in India from May 13, 2018 across Reliance Digital, Croma, Helios and other major retailers offline and exclusively online on Amazon India for INR 19,999. Fitbit Versa Special Edition will also retail for INR 21,999 and accessories range from INR 2,499 to INR 8,999.


To help the whole family become active together, Fitbit will be releasing its first activity tracker for kids, Fitbit Ace™, in Q2 2018.


About Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT)

Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. As the leading global wearables brand, Fitbit designs products and experiences that track and provide motivation for everyday health and fitness. Fitbit’s diverse line of innovative and popular products include Fitbit Blaze®Fitbit Charge 2®Fitbit Alta HR™Fitbit Alta®Fitbit Ace™Fitbit Flex 2®, and Fitbit Zip® activity trackers, as well as the Fitbit Ionic™and Fitbit Versa™ smartwatches, Fitbit Flyer™ wireless headphones and Fitbit Aria 2™ Wi-Fi Smart Scale. Fitbit products are carried in over 45,000 retail stores and in 86 countries around the globe. Powered by one of the world’s largest social fitness networks and databases of health and fitness data, the Fitbit platform delivers personalized experiences, insights and guidance through leading software and interactive tools, including the Fitbit and Fitbit Coach apps, and the Fitbit OS for smartwatches. Fitbit Health Solutions develops health and wellness solutions designed to help increase engagement, improve health outcomes, and drive a positive return for employers, health plans and health systems.


Fitbit and the Fitbit logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fitbit, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Additional Fitbit trademarks can be found at www.fitbit.com/legal/trademark-list. Third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve risks and uncertainties including, among other things, statements regarding the availability of other product features described in this release; consumer reception to Fitbit Versa; and the future retail availability of Fitbit Ace. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual results due to a variety of factors, including the effects of the highly competitive market in which we operate, including competition from much larger technology companies; any inability to successfully develop and introduce new products, features, and services or enhance existing products and services; product liability issues, security breaches or other defects; and other factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in our most recent report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements contained herein are based on information available to us as of the date hereof and we do not assume any obligation to update these statements as a result of new information or future events.

‘’Treat success and failure with the same spirit”, advised Mr. Anil Kumble at FLAME University’s annual convocation 2018


5th May,2018

FLAME University’s Annual Convocation 2018 was held at the FLAME University campus in Pune on 5th May, 2018. Mr. Anil Kumble, former captain and head coach of the Indian national cricket team and a Padma Shri recipient, was the Chief Guest for the evening.

Members of the FLAME University Board, dignitaries from industry and academia, students and their families, faculty and staff of FLAME University participated in this formal ceremony.

Dr. Santosh Kudtarkar, Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Education,proudly said, “As our students graduate from FLAME University to begin a new chapter in their lives, I can’t help but acknowledge the change that has been made in each of their personalities and the impact they have made on our lives too. It makes us feel very proud of them and there are no doubts in our minds that the education that they received here will have a positive and lasting impact.”

Dr. Dwarika Prasad Uniyal, Dean,Faculty of Business, added,”It doesn’t take expensive air tickets for dreams to fly; all it takes is perseverance and the will to do something.” He advised students to dream big and work relentlessly to achieve their goals.

The Convocation was declared open by Dr. Devi Singh, Vice-Chancellor, FLAME University.

Dr. Devi Singh, Vice-Chancellor, during his convocation address spoke about how the interdisciplinary education provided by FLAME prepares students to meet the disruptions ensuing in most industries today. He remarked, “Today, the times that we live in are such that the whole world is going to be your ‘Karmabhoomi’. We know that you have developed the capacity to deal with difficult situations and challenges in life and I am equally sure that you have also strengthened the ethical fiber with which you will face each of these situations. Finally in life you will be judged not so much by your knowledge, but by your actions-actions tempered with commitment and compassion.”

Students were awarded their academic qualifications by the Vice-Chancellor and all the gold and silver medalists were presented with their medals by the Chief Guest.

Conferring of awards was followed by the address of Mr. Anil Kumble. During his rousing address to the graduating students, the Chief Guest remarked, “Success and failure are a part of life and one has to deal with them with the same spirit. There will always be people who will doubt your capabilities through out your career, but don’t get bogged down by criticism and doubters. Know your strengths and persevere. That’s what will make you happy and successful.” He persuaded students to utilize positivity as a tool to face the many challenges they are likely to face.

The ceremony ended with the Vice Chancellor declaring the convocation closed followed by the FLAME anthem. Students and parents said their final good byes while reminiscing on their memories at FLAME over the convocation dinner with faculty, staff and all guests.

AboutFLAME University

FLAME University has been created as an academic institution anchored in Liberal Education. Being the pioneer of Liberal Education in India, FLAME University delivers the country’s premier interdisciplinary education experience. It exists to build an aspirational destination for students and faculty, to push the design and nature of studies and to create a societal upgradation phenomenon particularly in the fields of liberal education and leadership.
FLAME University is driven to being one of India’s most respected and reputed centers of learning – the one destination of choice for higher education in the nation for learners and teachers.
Spread on 60 acres of green expanse, FLAME prepares students who have a strong desire to learn and grow continually, welcome new ideas, value diversity with desire to succeed and give their best towards excellence in all spheres of life. Its curriculum includes perspective building, skills and competencies for communication, problem-solving skills, creativity, innovation, teamwork and ethics that also meet the needs of the diverse sectors of the country. It currently consists of four schools: FLAME School of Liberal Education, FLAME School of Business, FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of Fine & Performing Arts.
With >90 quality full time faculty members, the university offers an unparalled education experience. The student – teacher ratio is 9:1, unmatched at the higher education level in India.

FLAME University has been established as a state private university vide the FLAME University Act 2014 (Maharashtra Act No. II of 2015) of the Government of Maharashtra. FLAME University is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 2(f), and degrees awarded by the University are recognized under Section 22 of the UGC Act, 1956.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the 2nd most common cause of work absenteeism in India & negatively impacts quality of life reveals survey by HCFI

Medical Practitioners surveyed feel that peppermint oil is a safe and better treatment option that can help alleviate symptoms

· Over 3000 patients and 300 medical practitioners participated in the survey

Mumbai, April 16, 2018: A study conducted by the HCFI, a leading National Health NGO has revealed that about 5-10% of the population surveyed experiences symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation or incomplete evacuation. Yet, majority of them do not seek medical help.

The study aimed at analyzing IBS from the physician and patient’s point of view – awareness about the disease, its impact on day-to-day life and treatment options. It is interesting to note that even though 84.6% of the respondents felt that abdominal pain or other symptoms of IBS cannot be ignored, an overwhelming 58% of them use over-the-counter medications for relief and did not see a doctor. Given the impact of IBS on a person’s day-to-day life, it is important to raise awareness about IBS amongst both the medical fraternity and patients about IBS.

Speaking about this, Dr. Philip Abraham from P D Hinduja Hospital Mumbai, said, “IBS is a chronic common condition of the digestive system and is second only to the common cold as a cause of absence from work. This condition often begins in young adulthood with women twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with it. Most people with IBS have a mild form of the disorder and can cope quite well without getting any treatment. However, sometimes, the symptoms are so strong that it can significantly affect everyday lives, causing distress. A number of natural therapies have been used for the treatment of IBS. It is possible to relieve the symptoms of this condition through antispasmodics. Peppermint oil has emerged as a safe treatment option for the condition.”

The most common symptom of IBS is abdominal pain with changes in bowel habits (diarrhea and/or constipation). Abdominal pain is typically crampy and varies in intensity. Some people notice that emotional stress and eating worsen the pain, and that having a bowel movement relieves the pain. Women may notice an association between pain episodes and their menstrual cycle.

Dr Chetan Bhatt from Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital, Mumbai, opined, “Currently, there are many challenges that cloud the diagnosis and subsequent management of IBS. Some of these include lack of consistent biological markers, reliance on patient symptoms for diagnosis, difficulty in quantifying symptoms objectively, varying symptoms among individuals, and the fact that many organic conditions can masquerade as IBS. Lack of awareness about the condition among people and the medical fraternity at large further exacerbates the problem.”

The results of the survey conducted amongst the medical practitioners on the treatment methodologies for IBS revealed that almost 55.9% of the doctors use a symptom directed, multi drug approach in the treatment of IBS; 54.5% doctors prescribe antispasmodics; and another 30.8% prescribe antibiotics, antispasmodics.

About 80% of the doctors surveyed believe that an ideal antispasmodic for the treatment of IBS should offer relief from symptoms of abdominal pain/discomfort, bloating/flatulence and complete evacuation and also possess minimum side effects. Peppermint oil has emerged as a good option since almost half of the participating doctors feel that it is effective in relieving abdominal pain, gas, bloating and fecal urgency through its selective effect on the smooth muscles of the intestine.

Speaking about the need to raise awareness Dr KK Aggarwal – President HCFIsaid, “A simple mantra that everyone must remember is that if there is no pain, it can’t be IBS. Raising awareness about the disease incidence is key. ”

There is an unmet need in the treatment of IBS, as despite the wide variety and effective treatments available, most patients do not get appropriate treatment. More widespread knowledge and proper use of available therapies (such as diet restriction and peppermint oil) will enable both the physicians as well as patients in achieving a better quality of life and relief from symptoms.

Some interesting insights from the patient survey include the following.

· 84.6% said that pain in abdomen and altered bowel habits cannot be ignored

· 58.3% people self-treat symptoms with over-the-counter drugs

· 33.3% feel that the condition is not serious enough to contact a doctor

· 8.3% would seek no treatment at all

· 46% say IBS hampers their daily life

· 50% of them said they would take multiple drugs including antibiotics, antispasmodics etc., each time they have an attack

· 41.6% opted for diet change or probiotics for each attack

एंटरटेनमेंट ट्रेड अवॉर्ड्स २०१८ टरटेनमेंट ट्रेड अवॉर्ड्स

२०१८\nमनोरंजन, क्रीडा, आरोग्य, शिक्षण, सामाजिक, व्यावसायिक आणि आर्थिक क्षेत्रातील मान्यवरांचा गौरवमनोरंजन, क्रीडा, आरोग्य, शिक्षण, सामाजिक, व्यावसायिक आणि आर्थिक क्षेत्रातील मान्यवरांचा गौरव

भारतीय सैनेला मानवंदना देण्यासाठी “एंटरटेनमेंट ट्रेड अवॉर्ड्स”हा कार्यक्रम बांद्रे येथील रंगशारदा सभागृहातपार पडला. पुरस्काराचे यंदाचे दुसरे वर्ष असून या पुरस्कारांमध्ये मनोरंजन, क्रीडा, आरोग्य, शिक्षण, सामाजिक, व्यावसायिक आणि आर्थिक क्षेत्रात उल्लेखनीय काम करणाऱ्या लोकांना गौरवण्यात आले. या एंटरटेनमेंट ट्रेड अवॉर्ड्सचे आयोजन एन पी यादव यांच्या तर्फे करण्यात येते. या कार्यक्रमाची सुरुवात गणेश वंदनानी करण्यात आली.
यंदाचा एंटरटेनमेंट ट्रेड हा अवॉर्ड देण्यासाठी भारतीय पोलीस खात्यातील डेप्युटी सुपरिटेंडेंट ऑफ पोलीस जम्मू काशमोर आणि सी आई डी सेल दिल्ली शाहिदा परवीन गांगुली, भारतीय बनावटीचे पहिले विमान बनवणारे कॅप्टन अमोल यादव, ३ दशके कर्करोगीं व त्यांच्या कुटुंबियांसाठी काम करणारे हरखचंद सावळा, जगभरातील गरीब मुलांच्या शिक्षणासाठी अथकपणे काम करणारे दक्षिण आफ्रिका मध्ये स्थायिक असलेले व्यावसायिक रिझवान अदातिया, दिव्यांगावर मात करून जनसंपर्क क्षेत्रात ३ दशके उत्कृष्ट कामगिरी करणारे राजीव केतकर यांची आदींची निवड करण्यात आली.
रवीना टंडन यांना ऍक्शन ऑफ मिशन अवॉर्डने कॅप्टन अमोल यादव यांच्या हस्ते सन्मानित करण्यात आले, भारतीय बनावटीचे पहिले विमान बनवण्याच्या उत्कृष्ठ कामगिरी बद्दल कॅप्टन अमोल यादव यांना शाहीदा गांगुली आणि किशोरी शहाणे यांच्या हस्ते सन्मानित करण्यात आले., पोलीस खात्यातील पोलादी महिला शाहिदा गांगुली यांना रवीना टंडन यांच्या हस्ते सन्मानित करण्यात आले, रिझवान अदातिया यांना ग्लोबल स्टुडन्ट्स मसीहा रिझवान अदातिया यांना किशोरी शहाणेकडून सन्मानित करण्यात आले, कला क्षेत्रात वेगवेगळ्या भूमिका साकारल्याबद्दल सोनाली कुलकर्णी यांना कॅप्टन अमोल यादव यांच्या हस्ते विशिष्ट अभिनेत्रीचा पुरस्कार देण्यात आला. उद्योगीक क्षेत्रात विशेष कामगिरी केल्याबद्दल डी.वाय.पाटील ग्रुपचे डॉ. संजय डी. पाटील यांना शाहिदा गांगुलीकडून पुरस्कारने सन्मानित करण्यात आले, राजू सवाला यांना मृणाल कुलकर्णी आणि श्वेता धनक यांच्या हस्ते किंग ऑफ अवॉर्ड ने सन्मानित करण्यात आले. किशोरी शहाणे यांना शाहिदा गांगुली यांच्याकडून मराठी चित्रपट सुष्टीला योगदान दिल्याबद्दल पुरस्काराने सन्मानित करण्यात केले, शाहिदा गांगुली यांच्या हस्ते मृणाल कुलकर्णी यांना मराठी चित्रपपाटील सर्वात मोहक अभिनेत्री पुरस्काराने सन्मानित करण्यात आले. हरखचंद सावल्या यांना डॉ. मोनिष बाबरे यांच्या हस्ते यांचे कर्करोग निदानकर्त्याचा तारणहार पुरस्काराने सन्मानित करण्यात आले. अशोक शिंदे यांच्या तर्फे डॉ. मोनिष बाबरे यांनी मल्टी टॅलेंटेड डॉक्टर पुरस्कार बहाल केला, अशोक शिंदे यांना श्वेता धनक यांच्या हस्ते मराठी चित्रपटचे खरे सेवक या पुरस्कारांने सन्मानित करण्यात आले. अभिनय बेर्डे यांना शाहीदा गांगुली यांच्या हस्ते मराठी चित्रपटसृष्टीत नवीन पदार्पण पुरस्कारांने सन्मानित करण्यात आले, श्वेता धनक यांना रवीना टंडन यांच्या हस्ते सामाजिक बांधीलकी महिला उद्योजक पुरस्कारांने सन्मानित करण्यात आले आणि राजीव केतकर यांना जनसंपर्क क्षेत्रात उत्कृष्ट कामिगरी करून लाखो लोकांच्या व्यावसायिकांसाठी प्रेणस्थान या पुरस्कारांने श्वेता धनक यांच्या हस्ते सन्मानित करण्यात आले.
एन पी यादव म्हणाले की, आम्ही आशा हिऱ्यांना शोधून एंटरटेनमेंट ट्रेड अवॉर्ड्स सन्मानित करतो जे आपल्या क्षेत्रात उत्कृष्ठ कामगिरी करतात तसेच यंदा आम्ही ती फौंडेशनला १००० सॅनिटरी पॅड्स स्त्रियांसाठी देणार आहेत. याव्यतिरिक्त आम्ही हेल्पेज इंडिया जे वृद्धांसाठी काम करते तसेच मूहीम हे एनजीओ लिंग समानता साठी काम करते या एनजीओसाठी देणगी दिली आहे तसेच देशासाठी शहीद सैनिकांच्या दोन मुलांच्या शिक्षणासाठीही मदत करून अवॉर्ड क्षेत्रात नवीन ठसा उमटवला आहे.
देशभक्ती हा या कार्यक्रमाचा विषय असल्यामुळे सादरीकरणाद्वारे देशभक्तीची भावना जागृत करण्यात आली व पुरस्काराच्या या कार्यक्रमात प्रथमच सैनिकांनाही सन्मानित करण्यात आले. याशिवाय मराठा रेजिमेन्टला २५० वर्ष पूर्ण झाल्याच्या निमित्ताने आपले सैनिक जे निस्वार्थ पणे दिवस रात्र आपल्यासाठी काम करतात त्यांच्या साठी छोटीशी मानवंदनाही देण्यात आली.
एन पी यादव यांच्या “टॉप १० हिरो आणि हिरोइन्स” या पुस्तकाच्या मुखपृष्ठाचे अनावरण किशोरी शहाणे यांच्या हस्ते करण्यात आले. या वेळी या कलाकारांच्या गाजलेल्या गाण्यांवर सादरीकरून त्याना मानवंदना प्रसिद्ध नायक मयुरेश पेम, एबिसिडी व डीआयडी चे सुप्रसिद नृत्यदिग्दर्शक सुशांत पुजारी व नायिका मनीषा केळकर व अंकिता तारे यांनी दिली. तसेच मोबाइलच्या जास्त वापरामुळे मुले मैदानी खेळ विसरलेत व त्याचा होणारा परिणाम हा विषय लहान मुलांच्या सादरीकरणद्वारे सादर करण्यात आला.

दुबईत रंगला ‘भय’ चित्रपटाचा शानदार प्रिमिअर


मराठी चित्रपटांनी सातासमुद्रापार झेप घेतल्याची गोष्ट आता नवीन राहिलेली नाही. मराठी मनोरंजन विश्वातील अनेक कार्यक्रम परदेशातसुद्धा होऊ लागले आहेत. परंतू मराठी चित्रपटाचा प्रिमिअर परदेशात होण्याची घटना विरळच. २ मार्चला प्रदर्शित होणाऱ्या ‘भय’ या आगामी मराठी चित्रपटाचा शानदार प्रिमिअर सोहळा नुकताच दुबईत संपन्न झाला. चित्रपटातील कलाकार, तंत्रज्ञ तसेच दुबईस्थित मराठीजनांनी त्याला उत्स्फूर्त प्रतिसाद दिला. शुक्रवार २३ फेब्रुवारीला दुबईच्या रॉक्सी थिएटर मध्ये संपन्न झालेल्या या शो ला दुबईच्या स्थानिक कलाकारांनी सुद्धा आवर्जून हजेरी लावली होती. ५ जी इंटरनॅशनलची प्रस्तुती असलेल्या या चित्रपटाची निर्मिती सचिन कटारनवरे यांनी केली असून दिग्दर्शनाची व संकलनाची जबाबदारी राहुल भातणकर यांनी सांभाळली आहे.

एका वेगळ्या विषयावर चित्रपट केल्याचं समाधान व्यक्त करतानाच उपस्थित सर्वांचे  आभार निर्माते सचिन कटारनवरे व कलाकारांनी याप्रसंगी व्यक्त केले. हा चित्रपट प्रेक्षकांना गुंतवून ठेवण्यात यशस्वी झाल्याच्या भावना उपस्थित प्रेक्षकांनी यावेळी व्यक्त केल्या.

भीती काल्पनिक असली तरी, त्या अनुषंगाने उलटसुलट विचार आपल्या मनात घोळत राहिल्याने आपलं उर्वरित शरीर सुद्धा या भीतीच्या दहशतीखाली येते. ही भीती भविष्याशीच निगडित असल्याने, काहीतरी अघटित घडणार असंच बरेचदा वाटत राहतं. हा आपल्या कल्पनाशक्तीचा खेळ वेळीच सावरला नाही तर काय  होऊ शकतो हे दाखवून देणारा चित्रपट म्हणजे…भय’.

अभिजीत खांडकेकर, उदय टिकेकर, सतीश राजवाडे, स्मिता गोंदकर, संस्कृती बालगुडे, विनीत शर्मा, सिद्धार्थ बोडके, शेखर शुक्ला, नुपूर दुधवाडकर,धनंजय मांद्रेकर आदि कलाकारांचा अभिनय ‘भय’या चित्रपटात प्रेक्षकांना पहायला मिळेल.

येत्या शुक्रवारी २ मार्चला भय प्रदर्शित होणार आहे.

Thomas Cook India inks a long term strategic agreement with Wildlife Reserves Singapore

~Becomes the First – Indian Travel Company to sign an MOU with WRS~

 Mumbai February 26, 2018: Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., India’s leading integrated travel and travel related financial services company, has entered into a 3 year strategic agreement with Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) — an organization dedicated to the management of world-leading zoological institutions – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Mr. Mahesh IyerChief Executive Officer, Thomas Cook (India) Limited and Mr. Mike Barclay – Group Chief Executive Officer, Mandai Park Holdings (the parent company of WRS) at the Thomas Cook India Group headquarters in Mumbai.

Thomas Cook India’s internal data has revealed a strong and significant growth of Indians travelling to Singapore with a 20% YoY growth. Additionally, WRS reveals that India is one of the top five countries in terms of visitors across its four parks. Hence, in a focussed initiative to leverage this high potential growth segment, Thomas Cook India and WRS have entered into a strategic agreement and via  this three year plan, both companies will focus on a multipronged engagement that includes product development, joint consumer promotions and MarCom to showcase Wildlife Reserves Singapore.Speaking on the announcement, Mr. Mahesh IyerChief Executive Officer, Thomas Cook (India) Limited said“We are bullish on the larger trend towards experiential holidays. Singapore as a destination has been constantly reinventing itself with its new, unified brand identity ‘Passion made Possible’-that showcases the fundamentals of the nation – its cultural diversity, rich food heritage and the mindset of its people shaped by unique circumstances and promises to reshape the Singapore experience across the B2C and B2B space and we are honored to partner with them.”


He added, “Indian travellers are evolving rapidly and our research indicates growing interest in unique local experiences that include outdoor-wildlife and this MOU gives us the opportunity to create a vibrant product. Our partnership with Wildlife Reserves, Singapore also marks the start of a strong commitment to protect biodiversity in Singapore and Southeast Asia through partnerships with like-minded partners, organisations and institutions.”


Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Mike Barclay, Group Chief Executive Officer, Mandai Park Holdings (parent company of Wildlife Reserves Singapore), said, Over the years, valued partners like Thomas Cook have been instrumental to our growth. In 2017, we saw a 25 per cent increase in Indian guests compared to the previous year. With this MOU we look forward further collaborations to bring the immersive wildlife experience of our parks to Indian travelers.”