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Although there is an interest to find love, being able to love the person of their choice is still a challenge for many

A third of LGBTQ+ Indians said they are meeting people for dating or friendship digitally, either through dating apps like Tinder, OkCupid, etc. (with 18% saying this) or through community-specific dating and networking apps like Grindr (16%), new YouGov survey reveals.

While the world is celebrating PRIDE month, extending their support towards the LGBTQ community, YouGov India surveyed LGBTQ+ Indians to know how are they finding love after the monumental verdict decriminalizing section 377 in India last year.

The research shows that though the community is in the pursuit of love, they are battling the problem of loving, marrying or parenting a child with the person they love (with 31% saying this is an issue). However, the biggest issue for the community is that of securing equal rights and social acceptance (as said by 39% people), and this issue is the strongest in North India as compared to other regions of the country.

Despite these challenges, nearly half of LGBTQ+ people (48%) said the Indian society is progressing in terms of representing the LGBTQ community and upholding their rights. Two in five (39%) even admitted to noticing visible changes in attitudes and perceptions towards the community post decriminalization of section 377 last year.

At present, close to half of these people (47%) admitted to being in a relationship and one in seven (14%) are looking out to be in one. Surprisingly, the married LGBTQ members are more likely to use dating apps than the single ones (40% vs 31%). In fact, the most active users of community-specific dating apps are married and identify as bisexuals, with a quarter of them (25%) saying they use these apps to meet people. GenX is also more likely to use these apps to connect with people as compared to the millennials (41% vs 32%).

Although friends emerge as the biggest source of matchmaking (with 46% saying that), the opportunities to seek companionship for the LGBTQ community has moved to different avenues.

Social media and messaging apps are a big help in this regard (40%). Outside the online world, social events (23%), bars & pubs (11%) and LGBTQ specific community bars (9%) are other places where LGBTQ+ members are networking. It is interesting to note that while LBGTQ members in tier 1 and 2 cities have more facilities to meet people through dating apps, a higher number of people in tier 3 cities are finding friends and love interests at events (with 32% saying that).

Speaking about this, Deepa Bhatia, General Manager, YouGov India, said, “Social networks and dating apps are great avenues for the LGBTQ+ community looking for love. These platforms provide acceptance and the option of anonymity, especially for the ones who have not come out of the closet yet. Recognising an opportunity and in an attempt to be more inclusive existing dating apps have added LGBT labels while some apps have been developed specifically for the community. However, these facilities are majorly available only in urban cities. Brands need to understand the challenges and requirements of the community in smaller cities and make these platforms accessible to them as well.”

Data collected online by YouGov Omnibus among around 300 LGBTQ+ respondents in India in June 2019 using YouGov’s panel of over 6 million people worldwide. Data is representative of the adult online population in the country.

National Geographic’s Upcoming Film ‘Extreme Engineering: On Land And Sea’ to showcase infrastructure marvels designed for India’s future

Key projects featured in film bring together innovation and new technologies to propel the nation forward

India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Burgeoning Indian cities need rapid infrastructure development to keep pace with growing demand. To build a strong nation, the need of the hour is robust infrastructure driven by advanced technology and innovation. National Geographic’s upcoming documentary ‘Extreme Engineering: On Land And Sea’ will highlight some of the country’s most advanced engineering projects designed to accelerate India’s social infrastructural development and growth.

From building the first metro tunnel running from under the mighty river Hooghly in Kolkata, India’s own oil floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) in the middle of the Arabian Sea, to building a premium exhibition centre connecting two highly congested areas in New Delhi, the documentary deep dives into the process of building these infrastructure marvels designed for the future, with a vision of wider social development. Premiering on 6th July, the upcoming documentary will showcase the production process involved across various phases of construction for these ambitious projects. The film is based on three key projects envisioned by Shapoorji Pallonji Group which aim to strengthen India’s position on the global platform.

The documentary showcases the construction of India’s first ever underwater river tunnel connecting the metro lines on either side of the Hooghly River in a populated city like Kolkata, where people depend heavily on road transport system and lacs of commuters drive across the Howrah bridge. The East West metro project in Kolkata is a modern day marvel and an ambitious mesh of metro routes. Another project captured in the documentary is FPSO Armada Sterling, one of the first floating production storage and offloading vessels operating in the middle of the Arabian Sea. It aims to decrease India’s dependence on crude oil imports. To add to these mega projects, the documentary also focuses on the International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) at Pragati Maidan which is being built with a sole purpose of hosting international summits and conferences.

Speaking on the documentary, Kekoo Colah, Executive Director, Shapoorji Pallonji And Company Pvt Ltd said, “At Shapoorji Pallonji, we believe in engineering sustainable solutions that benefit generations, making the world a better place to live in. Technology shall remain the backbone of our organisation as we continue to contribute to the nation’s growth story.”

Talking about the documentary, Gayatri Yadav, President & Head-Consumer Strategy and Innovation, Star India said, “Innovation and technology are not only catalyzing growth in the areas of infrastructure but also propelling a stronger national economy. It is a huge responsibility to build a strong social infrastructure through use of innovation and newer technologies. As a developing nation, we must aspire to reach new engineering heights to launch us into the next phase of economic growth. This film will give viewers an insight into how the use of advanced technologies can help build a strong nation and engineer a better planet.”

The documentary ‘Extreme Engineering: On Land And Sea’ will premiere on 6th July at 8 pm on National Geographic.

Friday, 05 July 2019 00:00

Davide Grasso named COO of Maserati

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. announced two moves in its leadership team. Davide Grasso, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NIKE’s Converse, joins FCA and is named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Maserati. Grasso also is appointed to the Company’s Group Executive Council (GEC).

While at Converse, Grasso engineered that iconic brand for long-term sustainable growth. His previous experience includes a string of successes at NIKE, where he served in numerous leadership positions, including Chief Marketing Officer for the Nike brand.

In a related move, Harald Wester assumes the role of Executive Chairman of Maserati. In addition, his responsibilities as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) expand to include global powertrain along with global vehicle engineering for the Group.

In his expanded role, Wester will oversee all product development and engineering for the Group’s ongoing new product strategy, including the expansion of its internal combustion and hybrid/electric powertrain offerings. As Executive Chairman of Maserati, Wester maintains strategic involvement in that historic brand and will oversee all technical and industrial areas.

"With Davide’s arrival, we continue to round out FCA’s senior leadership team with world class talent,” said Mike Manley, CEO FCA. “He brings a wealth of brand expertise to one of the most historic marks in the automotive world. Davide and Harald will build on the work that’s already underway to rejuvenate Maserati worldwide; and Davide will be a valuable advisor to the GEC on brand matters across the FCA portfolio.

“The expansion of Harald’s CTO role will further accelerate our progress in powertrain development and drive the integration of market leading technologies into our brands. Combining vehicle and powertrain engineering under one of the industry’s most respected technology leaders will streamline the delivery of our product strategies,” said Manley.

Grasso said, "Joining Maserati at such a transformational time is an extraordinary opportunity that speaks to my passion for cars, great brands and my personal Italian heritage. Working with Mike Manley, Harald Wester and the rest of the FCA team will be a privilege. I’m honored to be joining FCA at such a defining and transformative moment for the company and the industry.”

“This is a fundamental step in the growth of Maserati both for its technological development and for brand expansion and for this I’m excited to work with Davide” said Harald Wester. “I’m honored to take the lead of global powertrain for the Group in this challenging period. The combined vehicle and powertrain teams will speed-up the development and integration of world class propulsion systems.”


As the Modi 2.0 is all set to present the union budget 2019 on 5th July, NewsX, India’s leading English news channel of iTV Network, brings to its viewers the most comprehensive special programming ‘Budget 2019’ on the analysis of the union budget 2019.

The special programming will have a budget special shows throughout the day with renowned economists, political leaders and senior journalists to voice their opinions on the union budget.

NewsX will broadcast Live budget speech by Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, followed by post-budget discussions and analysis from the studio. There will be special segments on how Indian economy will grow under the second term of the Modi government, the special guests on NewsX panel will discuss about the implications of the budget.

NewsX team of reporters will also speak with various corporates houses, real estate giants and banking analysts and market experts to take their reactions on the budget and how this will have political and economic impact on the Indian economy.

NewsX team will be doing in-depth discussions and interviews, post budget for taking up reactions from the economists, charted accountants, senior editors and the leaders of opposition.

NewsX team will also speak with the middle class segment and will be doing interviews of the people to take up their reactions, the team will be doing the post budget analysis in a simplified manner for a better understanding of the common man.

Watch ‘BUDGET 2019’ on NewsX throughout the day on Friday, 5th July 2019 from 9:00 AM onwards

Channel extends its reach via on-ground activity with Dabbawalas that will leverage their extensive network spanning the length and breadth of the city with the message, “Count your calories and your profits” 

Having earned a reputation of a market leader that continues to consistently inform and educate viewers through its innovative offerings, CNBC-TV18, India's No. 1 English business news channel and CNBC-Awaaz, India’s No. 1 Hindi business news channel, upped the ante ahead of the upcoming Budget by joining hands with the iconic Dabbawalas, from Mumbai to reach out to the aam Mumbaikar and help raise awareness about the Union Budget. The comprehensive and well-integrated activity on July 4 witnessed Dabbawalas across Mumbai come out in full force spreading CNBC-TV18’s message with a tag, “Count your calories and your profits.” on the tiffins that they delivered.

The binding factor between both CNBC Network and the Dabbawalas is that the pair has the perfect understanding of the pulse of a Mumbaikar. While the former has become the one-stop destination for all things finance and business, the latter is the backbone to thousands of people in the city. This one-of-a-kind initiative by the channel, further amplifies the awareness about the Budget and brings to light what the viewer aims to gain from it.

On a day that plays a vital role in charting out the country's future and its economy and sees investors wanting to know the happenings of the Budget in a manner that they understand, CNBC-TV18 and CNBC-Awaaz, like previous editions, will, once again, be at the very forefront of decoding the Union Budget ensuring that the viewer gets the perfect low-down.

Commenting on this Basant Dhawan CEO – English News Cluster, Network18 said, “At the CNBC Network on Budget Day, we aim to reach out to people in the best way possible. Our coverage will see the likes of Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser; Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, SBI; Ramesh Damani, Member BSE and Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog feature on the channel and provide investors with new insights, unmatched analysis and perspective thus helping them plan more efficiently and make better business and investment decisions. By associating with the Dabbawalas, who are such an integral part of the city, we have strengthened the connect that exists between us and our viewers. With an unmatched viewing experience through our extensive coverage, we once again intend to leave behind a mark as we help citizens understand the Budget in the easiest of ways possible.”

In addition to the activity, CNBC-TV18’s efforts to raise awareness among people on Budget Day will be by presenting an integrated newsroom with comprehensive coverage, where Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman shall present the maiden Budget. The channel, that has partnered with IDFC First Bank as Banking partners for the Budget Modi 2.0, will once again look to rise to the challenge and ensure that audiences stay tuned to the Budget’s extensive coverage, delivering updates to them in real-time.

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