Saturday, August 6, 2016

Beautiful Bengaluru needs your support by helping with volunteers for its latest ambitious drive from 6-15August in what promises to be a milestone event for the city

Beautiful Bengaluru needs your support by helping with volunteers for its latest ambitious drive from 6-15August in what promises to be a milestone event for the city…. You are probably aware that the initiative was born in late 2015 after a few Bangalore-based alumni of XLRI Jamshedpur and IIM-Calcutta ended up with some excess funds and decided to use them, not for yet another social event, but something far more lasting – a social initiative for the betterment of our city! This initiative, with Namma Bengaluru Foundation as knowledge partner, invites citizens to ‘Be the change’ towards a more beautiful Bengaluru, with specific focus on making it clean, green, safe.



Beautiful Bengaluru has made a name for itself starting with its litter-awareness campaign during the January flower-show at Lalbagh, and continued drives on public responsibility to litter thereafter. Now we have set ourselves a challenging target – a litter-free Flower show this August at Lal Bagh, and for this, we need your support with volunteers on any day/s from Saturday 6th August to Monday 15th August at a time convenient to you.



We did have some success during the Jan16 show, and we believe it is possible to make a permanent difference with the right measures in place which have already been put in working tirelessly with the authorities… However to give this effort the final push to success on an already exciting journey, we need teams of volunteers present to reinforce a strong message of public responsibility to litter– litter must go ONLY in a bin. Volunteers in trademark Beautiful Bengaluru jackets will assist visitors in understanding which bins to use and interact to bring about a mind-set change that every person using a bin means a cleaner city, and every vendor using plastic alternatives means a greener city. Volunteers will be briefed on their role in advance.



Every added volunteer helps reach the goal of zero-litter. So PLEASE join us, families welcome (children will have a great time!) to support this unique initiative. Also please share this mailer with your contacts, and connect us with interested volunteers.

·        Please do join in on any date or shift of your choice.

o   Dates: Saturday 6th August to Monday 15th Aug

o   3 Shifts: Morning 9am -12, Afternoon 12-3pm, Evening 3-6pm.

·        To volunteer, please send a whatsapp message to 9820297951 or emailbebeautifulbengaluru@gmail.comindicating your name, date & shift preferred.


Round Table on “Providing Affordable Health Care”

Round Table on “Providing Affordable Health Care”
The Health Care Industry is growing at a healthy pace in India. However the healthcare spend is significantly low compared to developed nations or other similar emerging economies and there are significant challenges to be addressed in terms of quality, access and affordability of healthcare services.
IIM Calcutta Innovation Park (IIMCIP) in association with Tata Group is organising a Roundtable at Bangalore on 11 August 2016, to bring together the key stakeholders in the healthcare domain on a common platform and exchange ideas, highlight key issues & challenges, identify opportunities and draw out best practices for the industry to emulate. The theme of this interactive session is “Providing Affordable Healthcare” and the discussion would centre around three broad themes - Quality, Access, and Affordability of healthcare for the masses. The roundtable would be attended by industry leaders, academia, entrepreneurs and investors focussed on the healthcare domain. The session will begin at 2.00 PM and the discussions (including Q&A) will be for two and half hours followed by High Tea. The venue will be Hotel Fortune Park JP Celestial, Bangalore. The panellists for the roundtable are Dr. Sumanth C Raman (Head – Healthcare and Life Sciences ISU, TCS), Meena Ganesh (CEO – Portea Medical), Prof Manish Thakur (Professor – IIM Calcutta), Aditya Sharma (Senior Partner - Unitus Seed Fund) and Vikram Vuppala (Founder & CEO – NephroPlus) IIMCIP (www.iimcip.org) is a section 8 company incorporated under the aegis of IIM Calcutta to promote entrepreneurship and innovation. “Thinking Social” is IIMCIP’s flagship event in the social entrepreneurship space and is conducted in partnership with the TATA group. As part of this initiative, IIMCIP conducts several seminars, roundtables and lecture series across India which culminates into its flagship business plan contest called – The Tata Social Enterprise challenge.
I am writing to request you to attend this roundtable and also to nominate your colleagues who would be interested to attend this discussion. To register for the event please write to henna.jaireth@iimcip.org or for any queries please call +91 8420744101.
We are looking forward to your confirmation.
Programme Agenda
Venue: Hotel Fortune Park JP Celestial, No.5/43 Race Course Road, Bangalore - 560009
Date: 11 August 2016
2:00pm – 2:15pm : Registration 2:15pm – 2:30pm : Welcome and Introduction 2:30pm – 4:00pm : Panel Discussion on “Providing Affordable Healthcare” 4:00pm - 5:00pm : Q & A 5:00pm – 6:00pm : High Tea
Speaker Profile:
Dr Sumanth Raman: Head-Healthcare Innovation, TCS Ltd
Dr.Sumanth C Raman is presently Head- Healthcare Innovation–Life Sciences & Healthcare ISU at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd where he has been working for over 11 Years. Sumanth has been active in the field of Healthcare IT for over 15 Years.
Meena Ganesh: Cofounder and CEO, Portea Medica
Meena is one of India's foremost business leaders and most successful entrepreneurs with nearly three decades of experience in industries including healthcare, consulting, technology, outsourcing, education and e-commerce.
Prof Manish Thakur: Professor – Public Policy and Management, IIM Calcutta
Manish Thakur is a professor of Public Policy and Management at Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He holds a Ph.D. from Goa University. Prof. Thakur has published several papers in national and international journals and he currently offers courses on the Indian Social Structure; Culture and Markets; Sociological Theories; Qualitative Research Methodology; Economy and Society in Post-colonial India.
Aditya Sharma: Senior Partner, Unitus Seed Fund
In his professional career spanning over 25+ years, Aditya has served in leadership responsibilities in prestigious global firms such as McKinsey, JP Morgan Chase & Capital One across the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. He also brings in rich and successful entrepreneurial and investing experience
Vikram Vuppalla: Founder & CEO – NephroPlus
Vikram is a seasoned healthcare strategy consultant with over 12 years of global healthcare industry experience. His passion to redefine healthcare delivery in India prompted him to found NephroPlus, a chain of premium dialysis centers.

GreenChill Webinar: Kroger's Experiences Using R-449A

Topic: Kroger's Experiences Testing R-449A
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00pm (Eastern time)

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Please join us for a GreenChill webinar on Tuesday, August 30 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern. Bryan Clark and Mark Mitchell from Kroger will be talking about their company’s experiences testing R-449A, a new refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer and has a global warming potential of 1,400. EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy program found R-449A to be an acceptable substitute for use in supermarket refrigeration systems in 2015.

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3. Enter your name.
4. Click "Enter Room".
5. Click "OK".

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1. Call the toll free call-in number: 1-866-299-3188 (706-758-1822 from outside the U.S.)
2. Use Conference Code: 202 343 9185#



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Failures & Successes in Wildlife Preservation: Conservation Stories

Failures & Successes in Wildlife Preservation: Conservation Stories
Over time, many wildlife preservation projects have been carried out. There are an increasingly large amount of ongoing threats that affect a large variety of different species. In addition to this, the growing volume of habitat destruction has led many in the conversation community sceptical about the effectiveness of wildlife preservation methods. Every day, the issues conservationists are faced with are dramatically changing. A prominent issue for conservationists is the steady increase in the world’s population. With the population set to grow to 10 billion, the strain on resources will become even more dramatic.
The people at Any Pest have created the infographic below which features some of the best and worst wildlife preservation projects. From golden lion tamarins to American bison’s, southern white rhinos to vicunas, many of these wildlife conservation stories have had a bright outlook – these stunning species continue to live in various parts of the world. Although many conservation efforts have helped save the lives of particular species, regrettably, many of these wildlife conservation efforts have failed – species like Tasmanian tigers, quaggas and passenger pigeons have sadly all become extinct. For all the information on the animal species we have saved, species that need to be helped and species that have become extinct, let’s check out this enlightening infographic now!


Which animal species do you think needs our help in order to survive? Let us know in the comment section below! 

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GreenChill Webinar: Introduction to the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council

GreenChill Webinar: Introduction to the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council

Topic: Introduction to the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00pm (Eastern time)

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Please join us for a GreenChill webinar on Tuesday, August 16 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern. The webinar will provide an introduction to the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council. The NASRC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to advancing natural refrigerants in the retail food setting. Hear from NASRC members Whole Foods Market and New Seasons Markets about the challenges associated with specific natural refrigerant projects, how the NASRC works to address them, and how your organization can be involved.

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3. Enter your name.
4. Click "Enter Room".
5. Click "OK".

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2. Use Conference Code: 202 343 9185#

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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient:
·         Most of the energy used in our homes comes from fossil fuels.
·         Burning fossil fuels produces CO2, a greenhouse gas which causes climate change.
·         There are many measures that you can take to make your home more energy efficient. These include; choosing double-glazed windows, improving your wall insulation and opting for lined curtains.




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Friday, June 24, 2016

A Story Beyond Just Agriculture!

The 3 most basic needs of any human lies in food, clothing and shelter. While clothing and shelter are more for protection, food is the only necessity that provides nutrition and sustainability to mankind. Ever wondered where the delicious food on your plate came from? What goes into growing these food grains and how did they end up on your plate? The answer to all these questions is “Agriculture”. A culture not widely followed by a lot of people, especially in India.

 Agriculture In India
The Agriculture industry in India is not as famous as the field of IT, entertainment or any other service. Being an agrarian country, with its primary sector linked to agriculture and agro-based industries, it is only restricted to the rural population. In spite of contributing close to 65% of the economy, agriculture has always been looked down upon due to its unglamorous nature.
Yet the state of agriculture in India has drastically changed over the years. As it is known, need is the mother of invention, the increasing population led to the need for larger agricultural produce which brought in modern technology in the farms and fields. Educating farmers and the implementation of these modern agro-technologies was necessary even in India. Getting the farmers to adopt these technologies and to consider the benefits it brought to production was a task in itself. This was definitely not a one night show!
This is where Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. comes into picture. With a mission to leave this world better than we’ve found, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. has magically touched the lives of many all over the world.

Changing The Face Of Agriculture
Bhavarlal Jain, the founder of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. believed in more-from-less, and this is what made Jain Irrigation System Ltd. the world’s second largest micro-irrigation company. With the philosophy “More Crop Per Drop”, Jain Irrigation has brought a revolution in Indian Agriculture.
Unlike any other Indian company, Jain Irrigation incentivizes farmers to adopt newer technology that will help increase their productivity. They are constantly trying to not only change the agricultural practises but also the mind-set of these farmers. Jain Irrigation introduced the tissue culture technique for the first time in India. It has the oldest and the biggest laboratory for Banana, Pomegranate and Strawberry in the world. They further process these fruits and convert it to pulps and pastes that are then exported to several countries across the globe.

Taking Sustainability Ahead
Over the last few years, Jain Irrigation has also spread its wings in the field of Renewable Energy by manufacturing solar panels, pumps and lighting applications that have helped make parts of the country more reliant on solar energy. They also have an in-house bio-gas plant that converts 90% of waste generated into re-usable electricity.
Being technologically ahead, Jain Irrigation has also ventured into Future farming. This new farming technique envisages production of crops hydroponically (nutrient-enriched water) or aeroponically (nutrient-enriched air), without using soil or compost. They are continuously carrying out research in this field, which will one day make agriculture independent of soil and natural sunlight.
Taking their philanthropic causes ahead, Jain Irrigation has also built a residential school called Anubhuti which strives to engender the idea of interdependence rather than the idea of independence in its learners. Jain Irrigation also houses a research centre of Gandhian studies and a museum dedicated to the works and contributions of M. K. Gandhi. Both these facilities as well as the schools extensively uses solar and bio power for lighting, cooking and heating. All the solid and liquid waste is being re–cycled for conservation and sustainability.

Here are some of the ways they use Social media as a means to showcase their vision, philosophies and collaborations in a creative yet engaging way.










Headquartered in the heart of Maharashtra- Jalgoan, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd is an integrated player in the global food system that leads in agricultural inputs – Micro Irrigation Systems, Plastic Pipes & Products, Agro Processed Products, Renewable Energy solutions, Tissue Culture Plants and Financial Services. They are the pioneers in using cutting edge research and development, while also focusing on sustainability and conservation of resources. Blending technology with tradition, Jain Irrigation with its various philanthropic causes goes beyond agriculture to help not only the agricultural community but the country as a whole.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

India’s IT revolution served on Bullock Cart

I recently stumbled on few news articles which showed interesting facets of the India’s IT revolution and in both of them Bullock Carts seemed to have played an important role.

The first one goes back to June 19, 1981 , when ISRO launched its first communication satellite, Ariane Passenger  PayLoad Experiment (Apple). The Satellite was transported on a bullock cart which was captured in the photograph below. The colors in the photograph may have been added later on.




The second one goes back to 1985 when Bangalore was still known as the Garden City and not yet taken its step towards transforming itself as the Silicon Valley of India. Texas Instruments  ( TI is based out of Dallas, Texas) decided to make India as one of the centers for chip design facility. TI used bullock carts to transfer its equipment on bullock carts. The picture below shows Bangalore taking is first step towards ushering an IT revolution in India.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Story Beyond Just Agriculture!

The 3 most basic needs of any human lies in food, clothing and shelter. While clothing and shelter are more for protection, food is the only necessity that provides nutrition and sustainability to mankind. Ever wondered where the delicious food on your plate came from? What goes into growing these food grains and how did they end up on your plate? The answer to all these questions is “Agriculture”. A culture not widely followed by a lot of people, especially in India. Agriculture In India The Agriculture industry in India is not as famous as the field of IT, entertainment or any other service. Being an agrarian country, with its primary sector linked to agriculture and agro-based industries, it is only restricted to the rural population. In spite of contributing close to 65% of the economy, agriculture has always been looked down upon due to its unglamorous nature. Yet the state of agriculture in India has drastically changed over the years. As it is known, need is the mother of invention, the increasing population led to the need for larger agricultural produce which brought in modern technology in the farms and fields. Educating farmers and the implementation of these modern agro-technologies was necessary even in India. Getting the farmers to adopt these technologies and to consider the benefits it brought to production was a task in itself. This was definitely not a one night show! This is where Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. comes into picture. With a mission to leave this world better than we’ve found, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. has magically touched the lives of many all over the world. Changing The Face Of Agriculture Bhavarlal Jain, the founder of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. believed in more-from-less, and this is what made Jain Irrigation System Ltd. the world’s second largest micro-irrigation company. With the philosophy “More Crop Per Drop”, Jain Irrigation has brought a revolution in Indian Agriculture. Unlike any other Indian company, Jain Irrigation incentivizes farmers to adopt newer technology that will help increase their productivity. They are constantly trying to not only change the agricultural practises but also the mind-set of these farmers. Jain Irrigation introduced the tissue culture technique for the first time in India. It has the oldest and the biggest laboratory for Banana, Pomegranate and Strawberry in the world. They further process these fruits and convert it to pulps and pastes that are then exported to several countries across the globe. Taking Sustainability Ahead Over the last few years, Jain Irrigation has also spread its wings in the field of Renewable Energy by manufacturing solar panels, pumps and lighting applications that have helped make parts of the country more reliant on solar energy. They also have an in-house bio-gas plant that converts 90% of waste generated into re-usable electricity. Being technologically ahead, Jain Irrigation has also ventured into Future farming. This new farming technique envisages production of crops hydroponically (nutrient-enriched water) or aeroponically (nutrient-enriched air), without using soil or compost. They are continuously carrying out research in this field, which will one day make agriculture independent of soil and natural sunlight. Taking their philanthropic causes ahead, Jain Irrigation has also built a residential school called Anubhuti which strives to engender the idea of interdependence rather than the idea of independence in its learners. Jain Irrigation also houses a research centre of Gandhian studies and a museum dedicated to the works and contributions of M. K. Gandhi. Both these facilities as well as the schools extensively uses solar and bio power for lighting, cooking and heating. All the solid and liquid waste is being re–cycled for conservation and sustainability. Here are some of the ways they use Social media as a means to showcase their vision, philosophies and collaborations in a creative yet engaging way. Headquartered in the heart of Maharashtra- Jalgoan, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd is an integrated player in the global food system that leads in agricultural inputs – Micro Irrigation Systems, Plastic Pipes & Products, Agro Processed Products, Renewable Energy solutions, Tissue Culture Plants and Financial Services. They are the pioneers in using cutting edge research and development, while also focusing on sustainability and conservation of resources. Blending technology with tradition, Jain Irrigation with its various philanthropic causes goes beyond agriculture to help not only the agricultural community but the country as a whole.

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