Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Galaxy care becomes first hospital in the world to ACQUIRE THE VERSIUS SURGICAL ROBOTIC SYSTeM

Internationally renowned centre for laparoscopy, Galaxy Care Hospital in India, now offers routine procedures assisted by the next-generation Versius® Surgical Robotic System
Mumbai 15th  October 2019, CMR Surgical Ltd today announced that Galaxy Care Hospital in Pune, India, has become the first hospital in the world to procure Versius®, a next-generation surgical robotic system. A range of surgical procedures have already been conducted using Versius® at the world-renowned centre for laparoscopy, including transthoracic procedures, hysterectomies and myomectomy procedures, under the leadership of Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar.

Galaxy Care is a well-established centre of excellence for laparoscopic surgery and the introduction of Versius® will support the hospital to bring robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery to more people. Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, Consultant Oncologist, Surgeon and Medical Director of Galaxy Care will lead the team using Versius®. He is an international pioneer in surgery and renowned for his advanced laparoscopic skills. In addition to this, he is responsible for training laparoscopy to surgeons from all over the world, helping to bring the benefits of minimal access surgery to patients globally. 

Dr Puntambekar has led the way in bringing surgical robotics to India, having performed robotic-assisted surgery in India for over a decade and will be responsible for the introduction of Versius® to Galaxy Care.  Versius® as a next-generation surgical robotic system with its small form factor, versatility and portability has been designed to support surgeons to deliver the benefits of minimal access surgery to patients around the world.

“As an experienced surgeon in robotic assisted surgery I think that there is significant potential for Versius® to further increase access to laparoscopic surgery for my patients, so it was a natural choice to acquire this system. Versius®, as a small and cost-effective system is well suited for meeting the high surgical demand in India. We are excited to bring the next-generation surgical robot to India.” said Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar, Medical Director at Galaxy Care Hospital, Pune, India.
“Galaxy Care has become our first customer to acquire and use Versius® and this is an important milestone in bringing the benefits of minimal access surgery to all. It is important that we bring Versius® to market responsibly and we are delighted to be working closely with Galaxy Care on the introduction of Versius® in the hospital, said Mark Slack, Chief Medical Officer, CMR Surgical.

The commercial introduction of Versius® also marks the launch of the world’s first clinical registry for a surgical robotic system. The registry is part of CMR Surgical’s commitment to post-market surveillance as part of the IDEAL framework and a responsible introduction of a medical device.

In addition to the first global commercial deal taking place in India, the Versius® Surgical Robotic System is expected to be introduced in hospitals across Europe later in 2019.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Second Edition of Mindfulness India Summit to be held on 30th & 31st of October, 2019 in Mumbai

……Supported by World leaders and Award Winning Psychologist Dr. Daniel Goleman
Mumbai: All of us desire to live a happy, healthy, less stressful, more productive life in the rising age of augmented and virtual reality, digitisation, artificial intelligence and human brain computer interface. But the challenge lies in the fact that, are our physical, mental, emotional, psychological and social capacities rising at the same rate as per the scientific advancements around us.
And this is where, the concept of Mindfulness India Summit – the brainchild of Founder Manish Behl took shape.
After a very successful inaugural Summit in 2018, Mindfulness India Summit 2019 is all geared up with its second edition on 30th and 31st October in Mumbai at The Westin Mumbai Garden City. And only in its second year, the Summit is already Asia’s largest summit on Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence, Neuroscience and Positive Psychology; it’s a platform to discuss benefits, myths, case studies, research tools and practices on Mindfulness and EI in personal and professional life.  
Mindfulness is the ability to be present in the current moment, in the here and now to build greater focus, attention, productivity, well-being and creativity. Recognised by United Nations and World Economic Forum as important skills in achieving sustainable goals and success for leadership, Mindfulness and EI are among top three important skills for the 5th industrial age.
The summit has already made a difference in the life of various corporates, entrepreneurs and VPs, CFOs and CEOs from leading international and domestic organisations. This year participants are joining from varied fields including corporations, government, education, healthcare, non-profits and entrepreneurs. In this two-day summit, attendees will be encouraged and educated to harness their capacity for happiness, health,  and make mindfulness a part of everyday life.

The agenda for this year’s summit will involve topics like:
• Mindfulness for new generation in an increasingly digital society
• Science of mindfulness: transforming your mind and body
• Mindful Eating
• Mindfulness at Workplace
• Mindfulness for Education
• Mindfulness and Happiness
• Health and Well Being
• Evolving Landscape of Mindful Society
• How emotional intelligence impact leaders?
• Creativity, innovation and concentration a form of art, to engage in the ancient practice of Mindfulness etc.

The Summit has an impressive line-up of international and national speakers this year including:
•  Dr. Daniel Goleman – Neuroscientist Award-Winning Psychologist, Best Selling Author,  Speaker on Emotional Intelligence (Through Streaming)
•  Dr. Ronald Siegel –  Neuroscientist & Psychologist - Faculty at Harvard Medical School
•  Dr. Matthew Lippincott   -  Vice President Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coaching
•  Mr. Chris Tamdjidi – Senior faculty at Oxford University Mindfulness Centre, UK Ikigai Expert
•  Mr Hector Garcia – Author of World bestseller - IKIGAI - Japanese concept of Joy, Happiness and purpose
•  Mr Clif Smith – Chief Mindfulness Officer – Ernst & Young’s Americas Mindfulness Network leader and Head of Global Mindfulness Steering Group
•  Mr Neil Seligman – Leading Mindfulness Expert, Author, Coach, and Inspirational Speaker from – UK
·         Minister Norbu Wangchuk – Former Minister of Education – Royal Government of BHUTAN

Mindfulness & Conscious Awareness
•  Mr Manish Behl - Mindfulness Expert  - Founder - Mindfulness India Summit
Indian speakers include heads from Mahindra, Accenture, BCG, Mumbai Port Trust, Salesforce, Microsoft, Celebrity chefs, Musicians and artists. Leading neuroscientist from Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences will also be sharing their research findings apart from distinguished Buddhist scholar and Head of Tibetan Central Archive of His Holiness Dalai Lama.
Speaking about the Mindfulness India Summit, Mr Manish Behl, Founder said, “Mindfulness India Summit is a platform to advance the benefits of Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence for the Indian sub-continent. These practices are recognised the world over for making deep impact in business, education, healthcare, organisational performance and most of all for the community and society as a whole. At the summit, we aim to bring ancient and latest techniques, Mindfulness tools that can be used every day for work or home and knowledge sharing that helps everybody thrive”.  
Just in the second edition Mindfulness India Summit is the largest platform in Asia with over 30 speakers, 200+ participants, 10+ workshops, 20 + keynotes and focus sessions over 2 days, a place where every leader needs to be.
Mindfulness India Summit is a property of Beyond & Mind, an enterprise working with new age ground-breakers to create an impact in society through practices of Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence. The Summit is supported by IIM Ahmedabad, UNESCO -Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, Goleman EI, The Hindu, Oxford Mindfulness Centre, WeWork, Firstpost, University of Berkeley – Greater Good Science, Thrive Global, Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Zee 5 , Strozzi International amongst others.

GRADO by OCM unveils its all-new festive “Super 140’s /ENGINEERED /OMBRE” collection

~This festive season make a style statement with the new GRADO’S collection~

14th  October 2019, Mumbai: GRADO, the new age brand, from the House of OCM unveiled its latest range of fabrics for this festival season. Along with the whopping 5000 SKUs for the Festive & Winter collection; beautiful blends in fine 140s wool blendsengineered fabrics and ombres have been launched in the newly launched collection.
From the plethora of various fabrics in the men’s wear segment offered by the brand, each fabric showcases a sophisticated combination of comfort and style. Because of the sheer variety in the range, there is something for all age groups & across various price points.
There are myriad colors available from the classic shades like blacks, blues, greys and browns to the more experimental & vibrant colors like reds, yellows, purples and a range of sober and evergreen pastel shades.  The brand has ensured to cater interest of all age-groups with its uniquely curated festive offering.
This Festive & Winter range from GRADO from the House of OCM promises to enhance men’s style and make the celebratory season a memorable experience.
Highlight of the products:
·         140’s wool blends – Defining luxury and exclusively chosen for Amitabh Bachchan (our brand ambassador), the range is made for the discerning. In tones of rich blacks, powder blues, deep emeralds and wines this range is befitting for celebrity. The designs range from flannel to plaids to windowpane checks, to pin stripes to solids.
·         OMBRE Fabrics - Ombre refers to the different shades and tints of colors used in the making of fabrics. This effect reflected on the particular range is through a jacquard weave. As such, you get a beautiful composition of day to night & vice versa. Some of the colours available in this range are greys, blues and maroons amongst others.
·         ENGINEERED Fabrics – The fabric itself helps build a fashion statement. With tailoring prowess, 2 types of designs can be shown on a singular garment. For example, the contrast strip is given as a twist to make is more stylish. The arrangement of keeping the contrast strip, warp wise, along with selvedge is carefully calculated, as per the technical tailoring terms. The contrast strip then can be used as an elbow patch, shoulder patch, on front panel, on collars, on lapels, on pockets and so on for a nice contrast colour play.
Apart from the above, GRADO by OCM is heralded for their world-class tweeds which make excellent bundis & bandhgalas.
A noteworthy collection is the ‘Millionaire Collection’ and as the name suggests, it is truly to feel like a star. There’s a very refined and classical approach to putting this range together in terms of choosing classic colours like blacks/ navys/ greys/ maroons/ wines. In each shade, there is a nuanced play of tones and designs which offers a wide range from a singular color palette.
Expressing his enthusiasm about the latest collection of fabrics, Mr. Vikram Mahaldar, Managing Director, OCM, says GRADO from the House of OCM is an innovator in the fabric industry. The company has dedicated many years in bringing the different styles and creating trends for all consumer segments. This festive& winter season, with this unique collection we promise to spoil our customers with an enhanced bouquet of products. The designs and color palettes has been carefully chosen keeping in mind the latest global trends and the tastes of the Indian customer.  GRADO from the House of OCM has set a world-class quality standards for its products and we are very excited to present our newest collection.”
Links: Grado fabrics
·         Twitter: https://twitter.com/GradoFabrics
·         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GradoFabrics/
·         Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gradofabrics/

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Mumbaikars Get Ready To Binge On Fast-Fit Food From Pita Pit

Mumbai, October 2019: Eating out today has become a daily routine for most urban families and millennials. Considering this affects your body and health, how many options does one have when all they need is a quick meal but also want it to be nutritious healthy, low on carbs, non-fried and also appealing to the taste buds?

The answer is close to none!

Welcome Pita Pit, which is a Canadian quick-service restaurant chain having 567 outlets across 10 countries. India itself has 20 outlets across the Delhi-NCR region, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Now the brand is eying the West Indian market with the launch in Mumbai in Phoenix Marketcity Kurla.

Muvi Concept Restaurants has taken the master franchisee for South and West India and has ambitious plans of expanding the count to at least 20 stores in the region by December 2020 and 50 by 2022.

The refreshing menu offers customized, healthy and nutritious Pita wraps, Salads and Brown Rice Salads. It provides a healthy alternative to high carb, high fat, fast food. 

The fillings are freshly grilled in front of your eyes and not fried and the meals are fully customizable enabling you to choose 3 different spreads, 3 different kinds of cheese, 14 vegetables and 12 sauces. The choice of 24 different fillings includes a lot of flavors like Kathi chicken and Hara Bhara kebab which have been customized to suit the Indian palate. There is an equal spread of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

The soups and pita chips are a welcome addition and refreshing beverages include freshly prepared cold coffee and lemonade in addition to a host of other cold-pressed juices and iced teas. The Nutella-Banana dessert pita is a must-try. A separate kids combo makes it a family place to eat.

“We currently have two outlets in Bangalore, both in IT parks and two in Hyderabad. Both the cities have accepted the product well as there was a gap in the market due to a lack of healthy fast food. 

We are looking forward to the response to Mumbai. So Mumbaikars, get ready to binge on some yummy food!”, said Ms. Rashi Agarwal, Managing Director, MuVi Concept Restaurants.

Global Excellence Awards 2019 - Actress Madhuri Dixit Nene honors path breaking entrepreneurs and organisations

12 Oct 2019, Mumbai: The 2nd edition of Global Excellence Awards 2019 was embellished with the Chief Guest for the evening - Mrs. Madhuri Dixit Nene at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The star-studded affair was attended by the likes of Gauahar Khan, Nakuul Mehta, Krystle D'souza, Gracy Singh and was hosted by Mr. Rithvik Dhanjani. 

The GEA was organised by Brand Empower. It recognised and felicitated celebrities, entrepreneurs, startups, business owners & organisations for their outstanding work and contribution in sync with their aim to recognise & encourage creativity, innovation & quality in both manufacturing and service sectors.

Indian model and actress Gauhar Khan was awarded the ‘Trendsetter Apparel Brand of the Year’ for her clothing venture, Gauahargeous By Gauahar Khan. Television Actor Nakuul Mehta was awarded ‘Iconic Actor of the Year - Television’, Popular television actress Krystle D'souza was awarded Lagaan Fame Bollywood Actress Gracy Singh was awarded for her excellent contribution in Indian Cinema. 

Some other winners of the prestigious GEA awards in various categories were Mr. Simerjeet Singh (Global Excellence Award in Motivational Speaking), Puja Amin & Sanskriti Arts (Best Dance & Entertainment Studio in Canada), Sree Sajal Jyotish Shashtri (Best Astrologer in Asia) and Mr. Ajay Harinath Singh, the director of Darwin Platform Group Of Companies, (Businessman of the Year) among many more. 

Mr.Rahul Ranjan Singh, the Founder of Brand Empower Pvt Ltd, said “This event was the result of 1 year of intense hard work by my team. All the nominated winners have achieved path-breaking successes in their careers due to which our prestigious jury selected these nominees based on their merit, innovation & creativity. We are elated to celebrate and honor such individuals & organisations."

All entrepreneurs were invited to submit their nomination and top 100 nominees were selected as winners.

Mr .Singh has not just founded Brand Empower Pvt Ltd, a web designing & digital marketing agency, but also spearheaded Webpulse Solution pvt Ltd, a branding solutions agency.

GEMINI MAN review **1/2

Producer:            Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger
Director:              Ang Lee
Cast:                     Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, Linda Emond
Duration:             117 min

Rating                  **1/2

By Pinakee Sher

After so many obstacles, the high-concept saw the light of the day but failed to deliver. The plot of the movie has been stretched unnecessarily that turns out to be its major weakness. Half an hour would have been easily chopped off. It starts on a good note but the momentum is lost soon. It is all about a government assassin who comes to know that clones resembling him have been made to fight terrorism but the problem is that the clones have been denied the feelings of fear and other emotions. The assassin is Henry Brogan (Will Smith) who has done his best to play an aging government assassin. Since he is considered the best and brave by his agency, that becomes the motivation for Clayton (Clive Owen) to make clones of Henry. One of the clones is Junior, lookalike of Henry but young.  Junior is a Gemini operative. Though Clayton claims that he considers Junior  as his son, it is untrue because a real father would never like to have his son devoid of emotions that are necessary to live a happy life.
When the movie starts, we see a beautiful scene where Henry shoots down a terrorist travelling in a bullet train. Later in the movie, it turns out that the so-called terrorist was actually a scientist who had stopped working for the clone project of Clayton.
Technically the film has tried to impress but the result is not what would have been intended by the makers. The clone of Henry, Junior, sent by Clayton to kill Henry fails. And as the plot unfolds, Junior realizes that he has been used by Clayton for his own benefit whiles his life is hell as it fetches him no happiness except that following the commands of Clayton. Mary Elizabeth Winstead looks good in the role of an Danny Zakarweski, ally of Henry. Their initial moments hint at probable romance but soon the possibilities of that end as the high-stakes moments take over. She has performed well in the action scenes. Will Smith is majorly onscreen from start to end and has tried his best to portray variety of emotions. It is just a tale but not an entertaining tale. There are only few action sequences that we remember after walking out of  the theatre. There is a lot of verbal communication and meager visual communication lacks the pace that would have imparted edge-of-the-seat thrill to the film.   

..... आणि अवघी मराठेशाही अवतरली !!

फत्तेशिकस्त चित्रपटाचा ट्रेलर प्रेक्षक पसंतीस

भव्य रंगमंच, दिलखेचक रोषणाई, मंत्रमुग्ध करणाऱ्या वातावरणाला ढोल ताशांच्या गजराची साथ आणि त्यासोबत मराठेशाहीतील एकापेक्षा एक उत्तुंग व्यक्तिरेखांचा रंगमंचावरचा अविष्कार. हे सगळंच अगदी भारावून टाकणारं..!! निमित्त होतं फत्तेशिकस्त या बहुचर्चित चित्रपटाच्या ट्रेलर अनावरण सोहळ्याचं.
या सोहळ्याच्या निमित्ताने अवघी शिवशाही रंगमंचावर अवतरली होती. चित्रपटातील कलाकारांनी ऐतिहासिक व्यक्तिरेखांच्या वेशभूषेत स्वराज्य स्थापनेसाठीचा छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराजांचा व त्यांना प्राणपणाने सोबत करणाऱ्या शिलेदारांचा संकल्पपट रसिकांना उलगडून दाखवला.
छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज स्वराज्य’ निर्मितीसाठी स्वराज्याचा शत्रू तो साऱ्यांचा शत्रू’ या न्यायाने लढले. फत्तेशिकस्त हा चित्रपट शिवाजी महाराजांनी फत्ते केलेल्या अशाच एका थरारक गनिमी काव्यावर आधारित आहे. भारतातल्या पहिल्या सर्जिकल स्ट्राईकचा थरार फत्तेशिकस्त चित्रपटातून अनुभवायला मिळणार आहे. ए.ए फिल्म्स यांच्या सहकार्याने आलमंड्स क्रिएशन्स प्रस्तुत या चित्रपटाचे दिग्दर्शन दिग्पाल लांजेकर यांचे आहे. फत्तेशिकस्त १५ नोव्हेंबरला प्रेक्षकांच्या भेटीला येणार आहे.
शिवरायांच्या अष्टावधानी नेतृत्वाची, शौर्याची महती, त्यांच्या साथीदारांचा अजोड पराक्रम, शिस्तबद्ध आखणी या साऱ्यांचा अनुभव देणारा हा चित्रपट नव्या पिढीला खूप काही शिकवणारा असेल. शिवाजी महाराजांचा प्रत्येक गुण आत्मसात करण्याची संधी या चित्रपटाच्या निमित्ताने मिळाल्याची भावना कलाकारांनी याप्रसंगी व्यक्त केली.
मृणाल कुलकर्णीचिन्मय मांडलेकरअजय पुरकरमृण्मयी देशपांडेअंकित मोहननिखिल राऊतहरीश दुधाडे,  समीर धर्माधिकारीआस्ताद काळेतृप्ती तोरडमलरमेश परदेशीअक्षय वाघमारेविक्रम गायकवाडरुची सावर्णअश्विनी कुलकर्णी, नक्षत्रा मेढेकरप्रसाद लिमये, अमोल हिंगे, ऋषी सक्सेना, सिद्धार्थ झाडबुके यासोबत हिंदीतला प्रसिद्ध चेहरा अनुप सोनी यांसारख्या मातब्बर कलाकारांची भट्टी फत्तेशिकस्त चित्रपटात आहे.
छायांकन रेशमी सरकार तर संकलन प्रमोद कहार यांचे आहे. संगीत-पार्श्वसंगीत देवदत्त मनिषा बाजी तर गीते संतश्रेष्ठ तुकाराम महाराजवि.स खांडेकरदिग्पाल लांजेकर यांची आहेत. वेशभूषा पौर्णिमा ओक यांची असून रंगभूषा सानिका गाडगीळ यांची आहे. ध्वनीलेखन निखील लांजेकर यांनी केले आहे. साहस दृश्ये बब्बू खन्ना तर नृत्यदिग्दर्शन सुभाष नकाशे यांचे आहे. व्ही. एफ.एक्स इल्युजन ईथिरीअल स्टुडियोज यांचे आहे. कार्यकारी निर्माता उत्कर्ष जाधव आहेत. अजय आरेकर या चित्रपटाचे निर्माते आहेत.
'फत्तेशिकस्त१५ नोव्हेंबरला प्रदर्शित होणार आहे.