Raffles Udaipur And Mr. Rajesh Namby Emerge Triumphant At Hospitality Horizon Top 50 Hotel Awards 2023

National, November 2023 — Raffles Udaipur takes immense pleasure in announcing its dual triumph in the esteemed Hospitality Horizon Top 50 Hotel Awards 2023. We proudly secured a prestigious position in both the Top 5 Luxury Resorts category and the Top 5 General Managers in Destination Hotels and Resorts. This significant recognition was bestowed upon during a splendid ceremony held at Mumbai on November 22.

The recognition comes as a testament to Raffles Udaipur’s relentless pursuit of perfection, offering an exquisite blend of luxury, innovation, and unrivaled guest experiences. The resort’s commitment to redefining the standards of opulence has resonated with the discerning panel of judges and industry experts.

The awards ceremony, attended by luminaries and leaders in the hospitality industry, showcased Raffles Udaipur’s unwavering commitment to excellence and unparalleled service. Mr. Rajesh Namby’s acknowledgment as one of the Top 5 GMs is a reflection of his exceptional leadership skills, dedication to guest satisfaction, and innovative management practices that have contributed significantly to the success of Raffles Udaipur.

“At Raffles Udaipur, we are overjoyed to be named among the Top 5 Luxury Resorts by the Hospitality Horizon Top 50 Hotel Awards 2023. This accolade is not just a recognition of our opulent offerings but a celebration of the passion and dedication embodied by every member of our team. It reflects our unwavering commitment to delivering an unparalleled blend of luxury and personalized service. We are honored to share this prestigious stage with the best in the industry, and it fuels our determination to continue crafting extraordinary moments for our cherished guests,” expressed Mr. Rajesh Namby, General Manager at Raffles Udaipur.

Raffles Udaipur extends heartfelt gratitude to the organizers of Hospitality Horizon Top 50 Hotel Awards 2023, the esteemed panel of judges, and the entire Raffles Udaipur team, whose unwavering dedication has made these accolades possible.

IndiaFirst Life Backs India-Born Cricketer Pushkar Sharma in Pursuit of Kenya’s World Cup Dream

Mumbai, 27 Nov 2023: IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Ltd (IndiaFirst Life), one of the fastest-growing private life insurers in the country, continues to support its former employee and Kenyan international cricketer – Pushkar Sharma. The all-rounder is part of the Kenya squad, currently featuring in the Africa Regional Qualifier for the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup, in Namibia. The organization’s backing will enable Pushkar to pursue his quest of playing the sport at the highest level.

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Sunder Natarajan, Chief Risk Officer, IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Ltd. said, “We are proud of our ongoing association with Pushkar Sharma, as we continue supporting him in his cricket journey. His dedication, talent, and the values he personifies resonate with our commitment to nurturing excellence. As Pushkar embarks on the ICC T20 World Cup qualification journey with Kenya, we stand by him, confident that he will make significant contributions both on and off the field. Pushkar’s success reflects the shared belief and dedication between IndiaFirst Life and him.”

Pushkar Sharma said, “I am grateful to IndiaFirst Life for their pivotal role in my cricket journey. Their sponsorship and mentorship propelled me to where I am today. IndiaFirst Life’s support, a guiding light in tough times, reflects the values of an organization dedicated to nurturing talent. I am committed to making them proud, in every sphere of the game. Qualifying for the ICC T20 World Cup with Kenya will be a testament to the collective belief invested in me by IndiaFirst Life.”

Pushkar Sharma in action for Kenya

A former Mumbai U16s captain, Pushkar made his international debut in 2022 after he moved to Kenya for better playing opportunities. His performances in the Kenyan domestic circuit have been a force to reckon with this season. The left-hand batter’s selection for the World Cup qualifiers was aided by his dominating performance in the 2023 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Super Division 50 Overs League. He finished as the league’s second-best batter with 730 runs in just 14 innings.

Kenya face Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania, and hosts Namibia in the continental tournament, which runs until 30th November. Only two sides from the seven-team qualifiers qualify for the world event slated to take place in the West Indies and the USA between 4 and 30 June 2024.

DoubleTree by Hilton Gurugram Baani Square Illuminates This Festive Season’s Christmas Tree

The festivities at DoubleTree by Hilton Gurugram Baani Square are in full swing this holiday season. On November 25th, the hotel adorned its space with a majestic Christmas Tree, ushering in the season’s spirit. The joyous ceremony, graced by in-house guests and enthusiastic team members, saw the traditional tree-lighting ritual performed with exuberance.

Christmas Tree

The 22-foot Christmas Tree standing tall right at the heart of the hotel lobby adorns an array of decorations, including gifts, Santa caps, stars, colorful balls, reindeer, and bells. This masterpiece is crafted by a dedicated team of ten in just a single day.

Adjacent to this spectacular tree is Café O Lait, the hotel’s patisserie, that showcases an enticing array of Christmas delights, including Ginger House Bread, Plum Cake, Plum Pudding, Stollen Bread, Classic Christmas Yule Log, and Cake Rolls, inviting guests to savor the flavors of the season.


Adding to the enchantment, the lush green lawns, Courtyard, and MyKorner are also illuminated with fairy lights, creating a magical ambiance for all attendees to revel in.

This marvelous Christmas Tree will continue to spread the festive cheer until 26th December, ensuring a season filled with joy and celebration for all.

Address: DoubleTree by Hilton Gurugram Baani Square, Sector 50, Gurugram – 122002

PHDCCI launches nation-wide education campaign “Project Vidyasagar” from Bihar

Patna: PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) in partnership with Parakh NCERT; SCERT Bihar and Union Ministry of Education’s Vidyanjali scheme started a 12-state campaign called Project Vidyasagar from Patna on November 23.

The two-day workshop had twin objectives – creating awareness among school teachers about learning competencies at different levels and creating awareness about Vidyanjali. Present in the inaugural session were the CEO of Parakh, NCERT Prof Indrani Bhaduri; Joint Director, SCERT Bihar, Dr Rashmi Prabha; senior officials of Vidyanjali scheme; Mr Kumod Kumar, Co-Chairman, PHDCCI Bihar chapter, who also chairs Chandragupta Institute of Management Patna and Assistant Secretary General, PHDCCI, Ms. Shalini S Sharma.

Speaking in the inaugural session, Prof Bhaduri said that NEP 2020 brings into focus wide-ranging assessment reforms that are based on competency-based learning, moving away from rote learning. This, she said, was the first education policy of the 21st century and it aimed at addressing the many growing developmental imperatives of our country.

Dr Prabha shared with the teachers how it was important to work hand in hand with private bodies which were an equally important part of the education eco-system, as government institutions. Focusing on Vidyanjali, she exorted teachers to make use of opportunities available in the private sector to improve the quality of their schools.

A detailed presentation on Vidyanjali was made by experts at the project management unit of the scheme in Delhi. They shared with the participants that this scheme aimed at strengthening the school education system and boosting learning outcomes by leveraging the expertise and resources of people from local communities. Volunteers could sign up through the Vidyanjali portal and select a school of their choice, they explained to participating teachers.

Ms. Sharma gave the background of Project Vidyasagar and how it was conceptualized to supplement the government’s initiatives in education. She reaffirmed the support of PHDCCI in achieving the objectives of Parakh as well as Vidyanjali.

Mr Kumar welcomed the initiative of the PHDCCI Delhi team in education and offered his support in strengthening the work of the Chamber in education in Bihar, specially in higher education.

Prof Vijayan K, Department of Teacher Education, NCERT, addressed the technical sessions at the workshop and took the participants through the latest developments in pedagogy in line with NEP 2020.

LatentView Analytics Launches Project Apoorva

Chennai, November 27, 2023 – LatentView Analytics, a global digital analytics consulting and solutions firm, unveiled Project Apoorva today, aimed at transforming the lives of young adults from marginalized communities. This flagship initiative focuses on enhancing academic opportunities, career awareness, and exposure for adolescents through a specialized skill development program across government schools in Chennai.

The inauguration ceremony, held on November 27th, 2023, at Arignar Anna Government Higher Secondary School in Besant Nagar, was attended by key members from the Tamil Nadu government, LatentView Analytics management, and Learning Links Foundation, the primary implementation partner for Project Apoorva.

Project Apoorva signifies LatentView Analytics’ commitment to social impact and community development by leveraging its core competency in data analytics to impart valuable skills to 4000 students from grades 9-12. The program’s design ensures a sustainable and scalable impact, equipping students with essential 21st-century skills to navigate adulthood successfully.

The curriculum of Project Apoorva has been co-created by the LatentView Analytics team, meticulously integrating real-life applications and practical training elements to ensure students gain skills directly applicable to real job scenarios. The project has garnered significant interest from the Chennai education department, considering its alignment with the Naan Mudhalvan Scheme by the Tamil Nadu Government, showcasing the collaborative effort between public and private sectors to drive positive change in education and skill development.

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At the inauguration, Rajan Sethuraman, CEO of LatentView Analytics, said, “At LatentView Analytics, we’re driven to go beyond traditional philanthropy and financial support and intend to make a meaningful difference in society. Project Apporva is an opportunity to transform lives, and we are committed to this mission.” He added, “Our passion extends to our employees, who actively participate in our initiatives. We are keen to utilize our data expertise and resources to create tangible, lasting change in the youth of Tamil Nadu.”

Learning Links Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 2002, shares LatentView Analytics’ vision of empowering youth through education and skill-building initiatives. Their mission is to foster purpose and progress by unlocking lifelong learning in children, adolescents, and youth through the key pillars of education, skill building, entrepreneurship, technology, innovation, and research and development. This alignment in vision makes them a robust partner to LatentView for Project Apoorva.

Project Apoorva aims to enhance academic opportunities and instill confidence and valuable skills in the young minds of tomorrow, paving the way for a brighter future for these students.

Rishab, a 12th-grade student develops an AI application, Sabka Vikaas…

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Hyderabad, November 27, 2023….. In a remarkable display of innovation and social commitment, Rishab, a 12th-grade student at Rockwell International School in Hyderabad, has developed an AI application called ‘Sabka Vikaas.’ The application aims to provide information on over 1200 government schemes in nine vernacular languages, including Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam, specifically catering to the underprivileged.

The boy gave a demo of the same to Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India during his tour to Sherlingampally Constituency on Sunday. The Minister later tweeted the photo and spoke about his visit to Sherlingmpally constituency and interaction with people there.

The ‘Sabka Vikaas’ app allows users, particularly women, to communicate in their native language, making information about central and state-level schemes more accessible. Users can specify their demographic details, such as being women, children, or specially-abled, and describe their situation. The application then uses this information to find and present relevant government schemes applicable to their needs. Importantly, the app responds in the user’s native language through voice technology, further breaking down barriers.

The honourable minister commended Rishab as a young visionary who has taken the initiative to leverage technology and AI to assist underserved communities. Minister Chandrasekhar spent time discussing the potential of refining the application for large-scale deployment, aligning with Prime Minister Modi’s vision of ‘New India’s Techade.’

The minister emphasized the crucial role of AI, particularly Generative AI, in realizing a seamless interface for 1.3 billion Indians to access government schemes. He highlighted the need for AI to be developed in various Indian languages to ensure widespread accessibility, drawing parallels with the success of UPI (Unified Payments Interface) in the country’s digital transformation.

Minister Chandrasekhar, in a visionary statement, underscored the imperative to develop AI for India using local languages and data. He stressed that solutions for India’s unique challenges must be crafted within the country by young innovators. According to him, this is a pivotal moment for Young India to actively participate in India’s Techade. Looking ahead, he predicted that, similar to the global success of UPI, the world would turn to India for the development of innovative, globally applicable solutions.

The minister expressed immense satisfaction that young innovators like Rishab are not only embracing technology while still in high school but are also developing solutions tailored specifically to India’s needs.

The ‘Sabka Vikaas’ application stands as a testament to the positive impact that young innovators like Rishab can have on society by leveraging technology for social welfare. As the application continues to evolve, it has the potential to play a pivotal role in connecting underprivileged individuals with the government schemes designed to uplift and support them.

Game-Changing Comfort: Step into Excellence with Responsive Active Sports Flooring

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If a child is confident in Mathematics, nothing can stop him from reaching his fullest potential: D.R. Garg


Hyderabad,27th November 2023: . SIP National Prodigy-2023, the 20th National Abacus Competition was organized in the city at Classic Convention Three at Shamshabad on Sunday. It was organized by SIP Academy, India’s biggest skill development organization for kids.

D.R. Garg, Secretary and CEO of the Telangana State Human Rights Commission inaugurated it.

Speaking on the occasion D.R Garg said, if you observe the few past SSC results 40% failed in Mathematics subject. Skill training in the formative years of the child can bring tremendous change in the attitude towards mathematics. Mathematics is the key to science, technology, computers and human progress. If a child is confident in Mathematics, nothing can stop him from reaching his fullest potential. I wish I had known this methodology when I was a bureaucrat in charge of managing residential schools earlier in my career. I would have implemented this program and made a huge difference. It is a wonderful experience to see these tiny tots, who are human calculators doing miraculous things

It is our largest ever competition. It is a massive competition. Participation in these kinds of competitions gives children a great experience and confidence. A record number of 4700 are participating, announced Dinesh Victor, Managing Director of SIP Academy.

Dinesh Victor, who is a champion of the skill development movement for Children in India said the Abacus program offers many skills such as concentration. Improved performance in arithmetic, self-confidence, and visual skills among others he said. The program nurtures the development of children with razor-sharp intellects, he said.

The competition was held in two rounds and the children solved 300 mathematical problems in 11 minutes covering Abacus, multiplication, division and visual arithmetic sums.

The earlier year events have achieved 4 LIMCA book of records for the size and pattern of the competition held in India and internationally. The parents were present to witness this massive competition along with SIP Abacus India employees. A total of over 12000 people attended the function.

SIP Academy India has run world-class skill development programmes since 2003, making a significant impact on the mental potential of children. The program has a presence in 23 states, 350+ cities, 850+ Centers and trained ten lakh children so far. The SIP Abacus program is present in 11 countries worldwide.

Sumit Agarwal teaches the world how to live with Cerebral Palsy, be successful in business and create wealth…

If anyone tells you, no, you can’t do it, reply, yes, I will and stop if you can: A 31 years Cerebral Palsy man Sumit Agarwal tells the able-bodied Hyderabadis

Dr Mani Pavitra

Hyderabad, November 27, 2023…..Rejected by 30 schools, Sumit Agarwal teaches the world how to live with Cerebral Palsy, be successful in business and create wealth.

Born with Cerebral Palsy, an Astrologer told his parents that Sumit would not survive beyond 33 years of age. “Now I am 31, but Astrologer is no more, ” he said to a hall full of attendees of the Legacy Building Live program organised on Sunday evening at the Park, Somajiguda by Fortune Academy.

Sumit was in the city at the invitation of Fortune Academy. He was talking to people who gathered to learn how to be financially successful

People told me that I walked differently, talked differently and looked differently. And nobody wanted to be a friend to me. So, I don’t have any friends. Everybody told me that I didn’t belong there. Now I not only survived, did an MBA, topped the country, started my own business and now I give jobs to others.

I have two million LinkedIn Inn followers. I helped 500 people with disabilities get jobs. I am on the board of several Fortune 500 companies as part of their diversity and inclusivity plans, he declared amidst the thunderous applause.

I have had four surgeries and 70% of my movement is restricted. So reduced mobility, muscle spasms and slower speech are some of the inevitable obstacles I still face here.

If anyone says no, you can’t do it, I tell them yes, I can do it. I also reply and tell them to try and stop me if they can.

Right parenting saved my life, he added.

Giving her opening remarks, Dr Mani Pavitra, who runs 9 successful businesses besides being a Dentist, said the goal of Fortune Academy is to create an army of people who are financially successful. She gave attendees her financial prudence. She told her audience to find comfort in discomfort.

Her husband Pradeep Yarlagadda, Investor, Trainer and Co-founder of Fortune Academy gave 5 stages to Fortune. He spoke about how to improve financial well-being. Though most of us are good at jobs but very bad at money management.

The event saw many people sharing their financial success stories. Many were recognised with awards for their remarkable transformation and achievements.

A Successful Road Safety Awareness Campaign by Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India at Thane (Maharashtra)

Thane, 25th November: HMSI considers the safety of every individual as its priority. It has leveraged its expertise significantly to ensure every ride is safe. To enhance its people-centric approach, HMSI recently held one of its road safety awareness campaigns in the city of Thane leaving a lasting impact on the participants. In the grounds of Saraswati Vidyalaya High School and Junior College of Science, HMSI achieved one of its milestones where it saw an active participation of more than 2500 school students and staff members. The innovative activities such as slogan writing, poster-making contest, road safety quiz, and article writing competitions kept the participants engaged throughout the campaign leaving a lasting impact on the participants.

HMSI strongly believes that children are the future of this society and their awareness of road safety at an early stage can contribute to making the roads accident-free. It frequently conducts road safety awareness programs that are interactive and engaging, catering to a wide range of age groups, from children to youth, and are conducted in schools, colleges, government institutions, and non-governmental organizations.

For 22 years, in the state of Maharashtra, HMSI has imparted education to over 3.7 lakhs adults and children, focusing on promoting responsible road usage and cultivating safe riding habits.

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India’s CSR Commitment towards Road Safety:

In the year 2021, Honda globally made a vision statement for the year 2050 where it will strive for zero traffic collision fatalities involving Honda motorcycles and automobiles. In India, HMSI is working in line with this vision and the Government of India’s direction of reducing fatalities to half by 2030.

One critical aspect of achieving this goal is inculcating a positive mindset towards road safety in our children by the year 2030 and continuing to educate them thereafter. Road safety education at schools and Colleges is not only to create awareness but to inculcate a safety culture in young minds and turn them to be safety ambassador. It empowers future generations to become responsible and significantly contribute to a safer society.

HMSI wants to be a company that Society wants to exist and is strongly focusing on Road safety awareness to all sections of society with unique ideas catering to each segment from school kids to Corporations and society at large.

HMSI’s set of skilled safety instructors conducts daily programs at our 10 adopted traffic training parks (TTP) across India and 6 Safety Driving Education Centers (SDEC) to make road safety education accessible to every part of society, and the initiative has already reached over 5.7 million Indians. HMSI’s National Road Safety Awareness program made learning fun yet scientific through:

Scientifically Devised Learning Module: Honda’s skilled instructors set the foundation with theory sessions on road signs & markings, driver’s duties on the road, riding gear & posture explanation, and safe riding etiquettes.

1. Practical Learning: A special training activity on Honda’s virtual riding simulator was executed for all to experience over 100 possible dangers on the road before actual riding.

2. Interactive Session: Participants were given danger prediction training known as Kiken Yosoku Training (KYT) which helps in enhancing rider/driver’s sensitivity to danger and ensures safe driving behaviour on roads.

3. Existing Drivers Honing Riding Skills: Students & school staff members who are already existing riders tested & honed their riding skills through slow riding activities and riding on narrow planks.