02 February 2023 04:24

MediAvataar's News Desk

MediAvataar's News Desk

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News18 India is all set to cover the most extensive counting day coverage of the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections with minute-by-minute updates under the umbrella programming of "Sabse bada Dangal."

This 12 to 14 hour special coverage, led by the channel’s Managing Editor, Kishore Ajwani will include seat tally and comprehensive live coverage from the states. The programme will closely keep track of the results and conduct in-depth analysis with an eminent panel of experts.

The channel is all set to bring the fastest and most accurate updates to its viewers through robust mechanisms like the Live Result Hub, wherein the channel’s correspondents report directly from the counting booths.

The channel’s counting day special programming will feature several discussions and will bring out LIVE coverage from different cities, towns, and villages in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh with exclusive and in-depth analysis of the assembly elections 2022.

News18 India has pushed the boundaries of programming through innovative and engaging formats over the years. With special programming such as ‘Sabse Bada Dangal’ the channel will continue to provide viewers with relevant content to keep them up to date on upcoming elections.

Tune In for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Elections Results on News18 India and News18 Jammu/Kashmir/Ladakh/Himachal (for Himachal Pradesh election results).

It will honour indigenous companies and brands that are making their mark in the fiercely competitive tech and innovation sector of India

BGR India, which specializes in extensively-researched technology content, is all set to honour tech disruptors for excellence in the field of gadgets, consumer electronics, and technology at the third edition of Tech Excellence Awards 2022. The upcoming event will also include panel discussions among tech and innovation industry leaders focussing on ‘5G: Unlocking next-gen India’ and ‘Making of Atmanirbhar Bharat through Digital Revolution’ and will be held on 16th December 2022 in Delhi.

The third edition of BGR.in Tech Excellence Awards 2022 will be graced by Chief Guest and Keynote speaker - Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Communications, Electronics & Information Technology & Railway, and Government of India. Industry stalwarts from Bharti Airtel, Samsung Research India, Real Me, Qualcomm, Paytm, OYO Rooms etc will be a part of the panel discussion series at the event.

As per the Global Innovation Index 2021 ranking, India is one of the top innovative countries in Central and South Asia. Acknowledging the fact that India is morphing into a tech and manufacturing-centric nation, BGR.in Tech Excellence Awards aims to highlight and honour the efforts of all the stakeholders across the technology and innovation industry and government entities that are extensively contributing towards the success of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. Disruptive innovators will be recognized under 14 award categories for smartphones, Smart TV, Digital Payment Apps, Tech apps etc.

The winners will be selected based on the highest votes received by the netizens & tech enthusiasts and evaluation done by eminent jury members. Netizens and tech enthusiasts can login through their Gmail/ Facebook accounts and click on the best product/ innovation/ app that they prefer to be best-in-class.

Highlighting the key objective of the BGR.in Tech Excellence Awards 2022, Mr. Anindya Khare, Marketing Head, Zee Media Corporation Limited said, “While businesses have been consistent in building resilence and working at an accelerated pace, we feel privileged to honour the extraordinary innovators who have been leveraging tech for smarter products. We have always appreciated the incredible work done by innovators and look forward to further encouraging technological interventions through the BGR series of Tech Excellence Awards.“

Mr. Shridhar Mishra, CRO, IndiaDotCom Private Digital Limited, said, “Recognizing achievers and innovators across tech companies, industry bodies and the government is a step forward towards the acknowledgement of efforts of tech entrepreneurs. The BGR Tech Excellence awards aims at providing constant support to emerging businesses that are leveraging technology as per the consumer demand market can help in exploring and expanding the horizons of business expansion across India."

This event will be broadcasted LIVE on the Facebook and YouTube platforms of BGR.in and India.com.

 

ECOSTP Technologies P Ltd was awarded ‘Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year’ and Queppelin Technology Solutions Private Limited was awarded ‘MSME Entrepreneur of the Year’

Yuvraj Singh was named as the ‘Youth Icon Award of the Year’ and Shraddha Kapoor was recognised as the ‘Emerging Investor of the Year’

Celebrating the success stories of India’s most innovative and resilient MSMEs and start-ups, ET NOW, India’s leading English Business News Channel, hosted the 10th Season of Leaders of Tomorrow Awards in Mumbai today. Marking a decade in empowering the transformation of the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem, Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Season 10, themed, Empowering India's Next Decade of Entrepreneurship was engaged with the purpose to enable entrepreneurs to adopt new-age business models to future-proof their businesses in this dynamic ecosystem.

An annual national event dedicated to uncovering and recognizing the most promising entrepreneurs, Leaders of Tomorrow Awards this year, showcased upcoming and enterprising small businesses across 23 categories, shortlisted through an exhaustive pan-India screening process and duly evaluated by an esteemed panel of jury. The selection process involved benchmarking across a range of quantitative and qualitative parameters such as Business Model, Risk management strategy, Impact & Reach, Promoter Background and Technology Impact & Disruption.

A melting pot of Enterprising Visionaries, Start-up Gurus, Business Icons, Domain Experts, Next-Gen Entrepreneurs and Disruptors, the event witnessed a distinguished line-up of speakers including Mr. Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship of Maharashtra, V. Vaidyanathan, MD & CEO, IDFC First Bank, Ritesh Agarwal, CEO, OYO Rooms, legendary cricketer & start-up entrepreneur Yuvraj Singh, Prashant Pitti, Co-Founder, EaseMyTrip, Shraddha Kapoor, Actor & Emerging Investor among others.

Delivering the welcome address, MK Anand, MD & CEO, Times Network said, “For over a decade, Leaders of Tomorrow, India's largest entrepreneurship platform has enabled and empowered the spirit of Indian SMEs, MSMEs and start-ups. While we all are taking pride in the vast Human Resource that is available to India, we also plan to create the right leadership that can ease us into a promising tomorrow. The will to win and the vision to spot new opportunities are not going to be inbuilt in all. We have to ingrain them into the minds and characters of those with the potential to lead. The winners of ET NOW Leaders of Tomorrow will be that exclusive community that is ever ready to charter a new course with clarity and capability.”

Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship of Maharashtra appreciated ET NOW for organising such a stellar award show. “I am glad to be a part of such a beautiful event that boasts of such great minds, who have been big contributors in the betterment of Mumbai and the country. I have also been a businessman, so I understand the need for skill in the sector. The percentage of skilled workers in India is very low when compared to other developed countries. When Shri Narendra Modiji became the Prime Minister in 2014 for the first time, he started the skill department anticipating the future. He believes that we have honest entrepreneurs who work hard, but if not skilled property, they stand to fail”, he said.

He further requested top industrialists and businessmen present at the event to join hands with the government and help upskill people at its incubation centres. “Corporates need skilled people, and we have skilling centres in Maharashtra. We invite large corporates to participate and patronise them. You can play a role in upskilling people at our centres too. These can be huge incubators of talent. We have the space, and we can open ITIs with you if you desire. The government will keep working but we cannot be a hundred percent effective unless we work together. This will birth leaders of tomorrow.”

Mr V. Vaidyanathan, MD & CEO of IDFC FIRST Bank, spoke about the challenges small and medium entrepreneurs face in doing business, especially when it comes to the lending sector. “The finance sector is huge in our country, especially the lending market which is worth Rs 140 lakh crore. Of this, medium and small enterprises account for only Rs 8.7 lakh crore. They operate out of equity, which is an inefficient way of doing business. To help these small enterprises, we must come up with an improved tax structure with rebates, just like our tax slabs. This will help them save more, attract talent, and fight the disadvantage of being in smaller cities.

He added that entrepreneurs can only become leaders of tomorrow if they adapt to the digital wave, and listed the government initiatives that have played a huge role in ushering in digitisation for SMEs. “Our government has done a lot in helping digitise the economy. With Jandhan and Aadhaar, it opened 4 million bank accounts for people below the pyramid in India in a year. Smartphones are enabling quick commerce. Then there is AI and ML, which is making a dramatic step function jump. Let’s not forget credit bureaus, UPI, and ONDC. These ecosystem changes must be adopted by small entrepreneurs if they want to be part of the success story. It has been forecasted that the extent of consumer credit will increase to a cumulative 4.5 trillion dollars by 2030. SMEs will have a significant role in coming up with such a power in the next few years. This momentum will take the country and economy ahead.”

Ritesh Agarwal, CEO of OYO Rooms, was candid about how he started his journey with nothing but an ability to think big. “When I started a few years back, travel had become big, and people were looking at building hotels as a viable mode of business. However, I thought it would be a better option to invest in existing hotels and convert them into a brand. Naivete is critical when you build a business. Then comes the ability to think big, which I learnt from my contemporaries every early in my career. The SMEs of today may be the unicorns of tomorrow. So, thinking big is important.”

He also stressed on some factors that budding entrepreneurs must keep in mind. “Entrepreneurs need to first figure out the sector they want to be in. You must pursue a sector that has less competition. Building a right team is necessary and you need partners for yourself. People who believe in you as a partner and not just as an employer. Then, education is critical. It can also be gained on the field too, but what is important is how you are accessing it. Be in a sector that allows you to take some time and then shine. What you need is perseverance. Take OYO for example. Today, travel is growing in an unprecedented way and we are affordable. But when Covid hit, our business suffered a 70% drop overnight. Had we given up, we would not have boasted of a positive EBIDTA today. In the end, companies must make money and anyone telling you otherwise is wrong. An entrepreneur’s job is not just to deliver earnings, but also value addition for shareholders. As entrepreneurs, you must be optimistic that next year, we will see profitable unicorns.”

Wednesday, 07 December 2022 00:00

The Ad Club's Twitter account allegedly hacked

As many of you might have noticed, the Twitter account of the premier Association of our country The Advertising Club  @TheAdClub_India was hacked on 22nd of November, 2022. Even after several attempts to reinstate the account by speaking with the officials at Twitter and their representatives, it has not yet been restored. While we are evaluating the future course of action, we request all our members/followers to not click/engage with any content that comes from the handle @TheAdClub_India.

Wednesday, 07 December 2022 00:00

BBC reveals 100 Women list 2022

The list includes global music phenomenon Billie Eilish, actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas and author Geetanjali Shree

The BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2022.

BBC 100 Women celebrates the achievements of women internationally, from grassroots volunteers to global leaders.

The announcement of the list kicks off BBC’s 100 Women 2022 season – focusing on women’s experiences around the world with a week of special interviews, documentaries, features and digital content across the BBC platforms globally.

Notable names on the BBC 100 Women list include global music phenomenon Billie Eilish, actress and producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas, International Booker Prize winner Geetanjali Shree, social worker and burn survivor Sneha Jawale, aeronautical engineer Sirisha Bandla, and actress and disability activist Selma Blair.

From sport, Iranian climber Elnaz Rekab who recently made waves in her home country for competing in South Korea without wearing a headscarf, is also on the list, as well as Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur who became the first Arab or African woman to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open era.

From the world of politics, Ursula von der Leyen - the first female President of the European Commission, Mia Mottley - the first female prime minister of Barbados and Ukraine’s First Lady, Olena Zelenska, also make the list.

For the first time this year, the BBC has asked some of the previous 100 Women to nominate women they feel deserve a place on the 2022 list.

South Korean film producer and cultural leader Miky Lee was highlighted by last year’s nominee Rebel Wilson, while Malala Yousafzai nominated Alice Pataxó, a climate campaigner, journalist and influencer from Brazil.

It’s a special year for BBC 100 Women as it celebrates its tenth season, as well as the 90th anniversary of the BBC World Service and the centenary of the BBC. As such, the theme for 100 Women 2022 is progress – and the season will take the opportunity to look back at what’s changed over the past decade, as well as highlighting the inspiring women who have made a difference.

Women have been at the heart of conflict around the world in 2022 which will be reflected in this year’s nominees – from those bravely demanding change in Iran, to the female face of resistance in Ukraine and Russia.

The full list for BBC 100 Women is available here: BBC.com/100women

Tim Davie, BBC Director-General of the BBC, said: “It’s wonderful to see this year’s list of 100 Women, and to be celebrating its tenth season. The women on this year’s list are all remarkable in what they have achieved and contributed to their communities and society, and I am proud that the BBC continues to do vital work by shining a spotlight on them and sharing their stories around the world through our first-class journalism and storytelling.”

Liliane Landor, Senior Controller of BBC News International Services and Director of BBC World Service, said: “In the tenth year of 100 Women, it is brilliant to see how the annual season has gone from strength to strength. I remember our launch and very first intake of 100 Women - little did we know how much the project would grow.

“I’m delighted to see the women featured on this year’s list. They, like all the women before them, have contributed to our world in incredible ways, and we celebrate this. This is about increasing visibility and giving recognition where it’s due.”

“With this year also being the 90th anniversary of BBC World Service, I am glad that 100 Women continues our commitment to reporting and telling the stories of people’s lives from all over the world.”

BBC 100 Women in Conversation

The BBC 100 women season sees several high-profile names in conversation for a special series of programmes across the BBC.

At the age of 20, Billie Eilish is the first singer born in the 21st century to hit number 1 in the Billboard charts and win an Oscar. She has more than 200 million followers across her social media. We exclusively join her for the last night of her world tour to talk fame, imposter syndrome and identity for BBC 100 women.

Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska has spoken with BBC 100 Women about feminism, the impact of the current war on mental health, and what victory looks like. She also shared deeply personal insights in terms of how she feels finding herself in the role of first lady.

BBC 100 Women have also exclusively spoken with actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, actress and disability activist Selma Blair and Hollywood icon Rita Moreno.

These interviews will be available to watch on BBC World News, and BBC.com/100women

This year, BBC 100 Women is also reflecting on the progress made in women’s lives in the decade since a horrific gangrape on a bus in Delhi opened conversations on violence against women. Nirbhaya, the name given by media, case also sparked debates across the world, an increased focus on media reporting on women, and its why the BBC 100 Women was started at the BBC.

The BBC Indian languages websites and social platforms will publish special coverage with video testimonials by survivors of violence including domestic violence, and their families in their quest for justice. An in-depth article that tracks women and men whose lives got inalienably impacted by the 2012 attack and defined their journey in the last decade. These personal stories highlight the wider challenges and gains made in accessing India’s complex justice system, ensuring police accountability, women empowerment and creating support networks including the Delhi gangrape victim’s mother, Asha Devi’s journey in helping other families via the Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust.

Other documentaries and programmes airing in this year’s BBC 100 Women season:

Greenland’s lost generation

Greenland has been rocked by a scandal revealing a Danish campaign to curb its growing Inuit population from the mid-1960s to late 1970s. Now being officially investigated, about 4,500 women had an intrauterine device, commonly known as coil, inserted - often against their will. BBC 100 Women goes to the heart of the scandal, meeting women who’ve begun piecing together reasons behind physical and mental trauma that they’d endured for decades in silence.

Honduras: Inside the abortion pill black market

As the US has tightened its reproductive laws after the Roe v Wade overturn, BBC 100 Women has travelled to Honduras - the world's most restrictive country for female reproductive rights, where even the emergency contraception pill is outlawed - to take a look at the rise in the sale and use of black market ‘abortion pills’.

In a country that has a ban on abortion in every instance, BBC 100 Women meets the women buying the pills, the men profiteering from them, the doctors dealing with the fallout, and the politicians reluctant to make progress.

The rise of the virtual K-pop princess

With the rise of K-pop music globally, there has also been a growing phenomenon of hyper-realistic avatars in girl bands. BBC 100 Women takes a look at the impact of these flawless fantasy women - who are available online 24/7, constantly re-invent themselves and are immune to bullying and internet trolling - on their fans, their bandmates, and the real women behind the virtual stars. What are the repercussions of this new digital trend, idolising singers who are all presented as perfect, slim, ageless?

The women fighting to be priests

There are over a billion Catholics around the world, and women have always played a significant role in the life of the Church - but have been excluded from the Catholic hierarchy. A number of devotees feel called upon to serve God as priests, but the Vatican has never allowed female ordination to priesthood. Now, there's a growing movement to change this. Over 200 women have chosen to take part in secret ordination services, despite knowing they will be excommunicated from the Church. BBC 100 Women follows two women who have been unofficially ordained in the US and Colombia. Is there a future for women priests? And can this change happen in our lifetime?

These documentaries will be available to watch in full on BBC World News from Tuesday 6th December.

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