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Panasonic India forays into education sector; launches education solutions CAREEREX and XCELIT to help up skill students be future ready

New Delhi: Addressing the growing need to upskill students to create a future-ready workforce, Panasonic India – a diversified technology company, today announced the launch of its two education based solutions: “CareerEx” and “XcelIT”. CareerEx has been designed to address the needs of college and university students to advance their skill set with emerging technologies such Data Science, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning/AI and Internet of Things to name a few. XcelIT on the other hand is designed for school students primarily residing in Tier II & III cities, to ready them for all competitive exams. Designed and developed at Panasonic’s India Innovation Centre (IIC), the solutions were launched for the institutes in presence of Mr. Anil Sahasrabudhe– Chairman, AICTE,Mr. M.P. Poonia – Vice Chairman, AICTE and Dr. Antriksh Johri- Director, CBSE  today at VigyanBhawan. The event was well attended by deans and chairpersons of over 75 leading universities and institutes in India.

Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy’s (CMIE) recent data further validates that the unemployment rate in the urban youth is very high; in the age group of 20-24 years, an unemployment rate of 37 per cent was reported whilst graduates amongst them reported an alarmingly higher unemployment rate of over 60 per cent. Keeping that in mind these educational solutions have been designed and developed at Panasonic’s India Innovation Centre (IIC). These solutions have been developed for the students, colleges and universities, to bridge the existing skill gap between current education and employment needs for the future.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Atsushi Motoya, Head – Panasonic India Innovation Centresaid, “We are committed towards contributing to the evolution of the communities we operate in. In India, we have already introduced innovative solutions in health care, retail, enterprise and asset tracking across industries. Through the launch of CareerEx and XcelIT, we hope to develop another innovative Edu-tech solution to up skill technology talent pool to address the unemployment rate amongst urban youth and at the same time cater to the demands of industry. We are looking to positively impact nearly 100,000 students over next 5 years.

Mr Pankaj Rana, Business Chief, Sanyo and ecommerce, Panasonic India – said, “India is rapidly moving towards becoming a digitally advanced country and we are witnessing a significant change in the way businesses are transforming. Bridging the required skill gapand building a future workforce ready for the next phase of technology disruption, is the need of the hour. With this objective, we at Panasonic are focusing on the grassroots level andwe will continue working with student communities across India to keep them informed of the emerging technologies, enhance skill-sets and provide career guidance”.

Panasonic’s educational solutions CareerEx and XcelIT are available on both Android and iOS application stores.Priced competitively, depending on the type of program,CareerX courses start at Rs 9999 per month onwards while, XcelIT starts at Rs 999 per month however, students can avail individual tests at Rs 99 too.Panasonic has collaborated with specialised educational partners to provide expertise for this program. While students can look at increasing their employ ability, educational institutions can enable students with on-demand job skills and thus, improve their rankings and the industry can save on fresher recruitment and training costs.

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HyperX Branded Switches Now Launched in India with Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Mumbai, India : HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced the launch of HyperX keyboard switches and the HyperX Alloy Origins gaming keyboard in India. The first HyperXkeyboard switch released to the market is a linear HyperX Red mechanical switch, built for performance and longevity with a shorter actuation point and 80 million click rating.The HyperX Alloy Origins mechanical keyboard is the first full-sized gaming keyboard built with HyperX switches and features RGB exposed backlit keys for brighter illumination with radiant lighting effects and five adjustable brightness levels to enhance gaming, day or night.The HyperX Alloy Origins is available for INR 11,990 (MRP) in leading retail and e-tail outlets.

Alloy Origins includes an aluminum body with an aircraft-grade brushed finish for durability and stability, plus a space-saving layout to maximize desktop real estate for ultimate mouse movement.Alloy Origins comes with HyperX NGENUITY software with advanced customization features for lighting and macros, including simple customizable per-key lighting effects. The USB Type-C to USB Type-A keyboard cable is also detachable.

Alloy Origins features Custom Game Mode, allowing users to choose which keys are enabled and disabled. Macro keys can be assigned and stored in the macro library andusers can choose from three adjustable keyboard anglesfor perfect positioning.With on-board memory, users may saveup to three of their Alloy Origins profiles for on-the-go gaming using HyperX NGENUITY software. Other features include 100 percentanti-ghosting and full N-key rollover.

“HyperX invested two years developing a series of key switches with features and design specifications required by gamers and is excited to bring the branded switches to the gaming market,” said HyperX. “With our new switches, the new Alloy Origins mechanical gaming keyboard will meet the needs of gamers looking for a linear red style switch rated at 80 million clicks per key.”

For more information, please visit product page: https://www.hyperxgaming.com/en/keyboards/alloy-origins-mechanical-gaming-keyboard

Keyboard Part Numbers and Layouts:

Part Number Keyboard Layout

HX-KB6RDX-US English (US)

HyperX Red Switch Specifications:

Switch : HyperX Red Switch

Operation Style : Linear

Actuation Force : 45g

Key Travel Distance : 1.8 mm

Total Travel : 3.8 mm

Life Span(Keystrokes) : 80 million

Alloy Origins Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Specifications:

Switch : HyperX Switch

Type : Mechanical

Backlight : RGB (16,777,216 colors)

Light effects : Per key RGB lighting* and 5 brightness levels.

On board memory : 3 profiles

Connection type : USB Type-C to USB Type-A

Anti-ghosting : 100% anti-ghosting

Key rollover : N-key mode

LED indicator : Yes

Media control : Yes

Game Mode : Yes

OS compatibility : Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, 7

Cable

Type : Detachable, Braided

Length : 1.8 m

Dimensions

Width : 442.5 mm

Depth : 132.5 mm

Height : 36.39 mm

Weight (Keyboard and cable) : 1075 g

*Per key RGB lighting customizable with HyperX NGENUITY Software

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HyperX Launches Cloud Alpha S Gaming Headset in India at Rs.13,200/-

Mumbai, India : HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced the launch of HyperX Cloud AlphaTM S gaming headset in India. The new addition to HyperX’s gaming headset lineup features custom-tuned HyperX virtual 7.1 surround sound1 and bass adjustment sliders for three levels of bass fine-tuning providing listeners with a richer audio gaming experience. The Cloud Alpha S headset will be available in India through e-tail and retail outlets at an MRP of Rs.13,200/-.

The Cloud Alpha S offers the design and sound quality features found in the HyperX Cloud Alpha including dual chamber technology that separates bass frequencies from the mids and highs for more accurate audio. The custom-tuned HyperX virtual 7.1 surround sound with an advanced audio control mixer feature enables surround sound and the ability to adjust the mix between game and chat audio.

“The Cloud Alpha S marries stunning 7.1 surround sound with the same top-notch aesthetics and comfort as the original HyperX Cloud Alpha,” said HyperX. “With these new enhancements, HyperX is expanding its line of Gaming headsets to meet the needs of a range of gamers at all levels.”

The Cloud Alpha S features signature HyperX comfort with premium memory foam ear cushions, upgraded breathable leatherette and a durable aluminum frame. The headset also comes equipped with a detachable noise cancellation microphone, braided cable, spare set of fabric ear cushions and travel bag

For more information on HyperX Cloud Alpha S and global availability, please visit the HyperX Cloud Alpha S product page: https://www.hyperxgaming.com/en/headsets/cloud-alpha-s-gaming-headset.

CLOUD ALPHA S SPECIFICATIONS: 

Headphone

  • Driver: Custom dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
  • Type: Circumaural, Closed back
  • Frequency response: 13Hz – 27kHz
  • Impedance: 65 Ω
  • Sound pressure level: 99dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
  • T.H.D.: ≤ 1%
  • Weight: 310g
  • Weight with mic: 321g
  • Cable length: 1m
  • Connection type: 3.5mm plug (4 pole)

Microphone

  • Element: Electret condenser microphone
  • Polar pattern: Bi-directional, Noise-cancelling
  • Frequency response: 50Hz – 18kHz
  • Sensitivity: -38dBV (0dB=1V/Pa at 1kHz)

USB Audio Control Mixer

  • Weight: 57g
  • Cable length: 2m
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“Use Bensulf FAST to improve the Cane weight of Sugarcane’’

Surat : Smartchem Technologies Limited (STL), one of India’s leading fertilizer manufacturers, has an innovative fertiliser for the sugarcane crop, ‘MahadhanBensulf FAST’.

For key seasonal crops such as sugarcane, the STL Company has made the most effective and fast disintegrating Bensulf fast by making radical changes in the manufacturing process of Bensulf. This has given very effective response to the crop like Sugarcane. The Bensulf fast has found to be highly effective in improving sugar content of the juice in Sugarcane, which in turn increases the cane weight of the crop and hence yield increases with application of Bensulf Fast.

Mr. Patel DilipbhaiBansibhai Village Mubarkpur, Taluka- Nizar, District- Surat_ (Farmer) said: I used Bensulf Fast in my Sugarcane crop and I found increase in internode distance and cane width. There was also increase in my cane weight by using 40 kg of Bensulf FAST. I got more millable canes and 4 to 5 tone / Acre more yield).

About Smartchem technologies Limited

SmartchemTechnologies Limited (STL) is one of the leading fertiliser manufacturers in India. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Corporation Limited (DFPCL), a public listed, multi-product Indian conglomerate.

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President of India Presents 14th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards

New Delhi : The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the 14th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards at a ceremony held in New Delhi on January 20, 2020.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards honour those journalists from print, broadcast and digital media who have maintained the highest standards of their profession and, despite immense challenges, produced work that sustains public trust in the media and impacts the lives of people. The awards are meant to felicitate those who hold their pen for truth. He congratulated all the award winners and urged them to never let go of their pursuit for truth which is the only compass for good journalism.

The President recalled magical touchstone of five Ws and H (what, when, why, where, who and how) whose answers were essential for a story to qualify as a news report. He said that in the din of the “breaking news” syndrome that has consumed the media now, this fundamental principle of restraint and responsibility has been undermined substantially. Fake news has emerged a new menace, whose purveyors proclaim themselves as journalists and taint this noble profession.

The President said that journalists tend to wear many hats in the line of their duty. These days, they often assume the role of an investigator, a prosecutor and a judge – all rolled into one. It requires a great deal of inner strength and incredible passion for journalists to play so many roles at a time to arrive at truth. Their versatility is praiseworthy. But that prompts him to ask if such a sweeping exercise of power is accompanied by genuine accountability.

The President urged all to ponder for a moment as to what Shri Ramnath Goenka would have done, had he encountered a crisis of credibility on account of paid news or fake news. He would never have allowed the situation to go adrift and initiated measures for course correction for the whole media fraternity. There is no doubt that journalism has been passing through a critical phase.

The President said that the quest for truth is difficult and easier said than done. But it must be pursued. A democracy like ours deeply relies on the uncovering of facts and a willingness to debate them. Democracy is meaningful only when the citizen is well informed. In that sense, excellence in journalism grants full meaning to democracy.

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Printing process for Union General Budget 2020-21 commences with Halwa Ceremony

New Delhi : The Halwa ceremony, marking the commencement of Budget printing process for Union General Budget 2020-21, was held here in North Block today morning in the presence of the Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman.

Union General Budget 2020-21 is to be presented on 1st February, 2020. To maintain the secrecy of Budget, there is a “lock-in” of the officials involved in making the Budget. Budget Press, situated inside North Block, houses all officials in the period leading up to the presentation of the Union Budget. These officers and staff will come in contact with their near and dear ones only after the Budget is presented by the Union Finance Minister in Parliament.

At the Halwa Ceremony, Smt. Sitharaman was accompanied by Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs Shri Anurag Singh Thakur; Shri Rajeev Kumar, Finance Secretary; Shri Atanu Chakraborty, Secretary, DEA; Dr A.B. Pandey, Revenue Secretary; Shri Tuhin Kanta Pandey, Secretary, DIPAM; Shri T.V. Somanathan, Secretary, Expenditure among other officers of the Ministry of Finance.

Shri P.C. Mody, Chairman, CBDT; Shri John Joseph, Chairman, CBIC; Members of CBDT & CBIC; Shri Rajat Mishra, Joint Secretary (Budget), besides others officers and staff of the Ministry of Finance, involved in the Budget preparation and printing process were also present on the occasion. Later, the Finance Minister took a round of the Press and acquainted herself about the Budget printing process.

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Launch of Paperless Licensing for Petroleum Service Stations

New Delhi : The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry has launched paperless licensing process through Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) for petroleum service stations (retail outlets storing and dispensing petrol/diesel for motor conveyances) under the Petroleum Rules, 2002.

Paperless application and grant of license process for road tankers for transportation of petroleum under the Petroleum Rules has been launched on 7th January, 2020. After the launch of paperless process, more than 300 licences have been issued.

Taken together, licences for petroleum service stations and road tankers for transportation of petroleum account for more than 85% of total licences under the Petroleum Rules, 2002.

This initiative for petroleum pump licensing is directly going to benefit more than 70,000 petroleum pump owners and oil marketing companies under the Petroleum Rules, 2002. An added advantage of this move is that the authenticity of the license may be verified on PESO’s website https://peso.gov.in/index.aspx. This automation will greatly benefit the petroleum and gas industry.

This initiative is in line with the vision of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s Digital India and Ease of Doing Business towards paperless and green India that will provide simpler mechanism, ease of living and business to the petroleum road tanker owners. The process will include filing the applications online, online payment of fees which will go directly to the concerned officer’s ID without any manual interface. Applicants, at each stage of processing of the application, will be intimated via SMS and email, in case of discrepancy or grant of license or approval. These details will also be reflected in the applicant’s profile. The entire process will not require any printing and physical dispatch of license. The license will be dispatched electronically.

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PM interacts with students at “Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020”

New Delhi : The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today, interacted with students as part of Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020 at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi. 50 Divyang students also took part in the interaction programme. The interaction, which lasted for over ninety minutes, saw students seeking guidance on various issues of importance to them from the Prime Minister. This year too, students from across the country, and also Indian students residing abroad, participated in the event.

At the outset the Prime Minister wished all the students for a prosperous new year and a new decade. Explaining the importance of the decade, the hopes and aspirations of the current decade rest on those kids who are in their final years of schooling in the country.

He said, “In whatever the country does in this decade, those kids who are in 10th, 11th and 12th standards now have a very great role to play. To make the country reach new heights, to achieve new hopes, all this is dependent on this new generation”.

Before beginning the interaction, the Prime Minister said notwithstanding that he attends various events and programmes, the one event which is dear to his heart is the Pariksha Pe Charcha.

“As Prime Minister one gets to attend numerous types of programmes. You get to learn a lot in such interactions.  Each of them provides a new set of experiences. But, if someone asks me about the one programme that touches my heart the most, I would say it is this Pariksha Pe Charcha. I also love attending Hackathons. They showcase the power and talent of India’s youth”, he said.

 

Dealing with demotivation and mood swings:

To a question from a student and losing interest while studying, the Prime Minister said most often students get demotivated due to factors that are external to them and also as they try to attach too much significance to their own expectations.

Prime Minister asked the students to find out the reason for the demotivation and ponder over how to deal with it. He gave the example of the recent issue of Chandrayaan and his visit to ISRO.

“Motivation, demotivation are very common. Everyone goes through these feelings. In this regard, I can never forget my visit to ISRO during Chandrayaan and the time spent with our hardworking scientists.

He said, “We should not look at failures as setbacks or stumbling blocks. We can add enthusiasm to every aspect of life. A temporary setback doesn’t mean that we cannot succeed in life. In fact a setback may mean that the best is yet to come. We should try to convert our distressed situations as stepping stones for a bright future”

The Prime Minister also gave examples of how cricketers Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman batted in difficult situations during India – Australia match in 2001 to clinch victory for India from the jaws of defeat.

He also talked about how India bowler Anil Kumble bowled to India’s glory notwithstanding his injury.

“This is the power of positive motivation”, he said.

 

Balancing Extra- Curricular Activities and Studies:

To a question on how to balance studies and extracurricular activities, the Prime Minister said the importance of co-curricular activities in a student’s life cannot be understated.

He said, “Not pursuing extra-curricular activities can make a student like a robot”.

But he also said that that balancing studies and extracurricular activities would require a better and optimal time management by the students.

“Today there are plenty of opportunities and I hope youngsters make use of them and pursue a hobby or an activity of their interest with proper zeal”, he said.

However he also cautioned the parents not to make the extra-curricular interests of their children a fashion statement or a calling card.

“What is not good is when the passion of the children become fashion statements for parents. Extra-curricular activities needn’t be glamour driven. Let each child pursue what he or she likes”, he said.

 

Whether scores are all that matter:

On a question on how to score marks in examinations and whether they are the determining factor, the Prime Minister said, “Our education system determines our success based on our performance in various exams. Even though we focus our attention on scoring good marks and our parents too, exhort us towards it. “

Saying that there are several opportunities today, he asked the students to come out of the feeling that success or failure at exams determines everything.

“Marks are not life. Similarly examination is not the determining factor for our whole life. It is a stepping stone, an important stepping stone in life. I pray to parents don’t tell them that this is everything. If it does not happen, don’t behave as if you lost everything. You can go to any field. There are umpteen opportunities”, he said.

Exams are important, but exams are not life. You should come out of this mind-set, he said.

 

Importance of Technology in Education

To a question on the importance of technology and its use in education, the Prime Minister said,

While asking the students to keep themselves updated with the latest in technology, the Prime Minister also urged them to be careful of the perils of its misuse.

“Fear of technology is not good. Technology is a friend. Merely knowledge of technology isn’t enough. It’s application is as important. Technology is a part of our daily lives, but if we misuse it, it robs our valuable time and resources”, he said.

 

Rights Vs Duties

To a question on what are the rights of the students and on how to make the citizens aware of their duties, the Prime Minister said that an individual’s rights are embedded in his duties.

Giving an example of a teacher, he said, if a teacher performs his duties then he is fulfilling the rights of the students.

Referring to what the Father of the Nation opined on the issue, the Prime Minister said, “Mahatma Gandhi said that there are no fundamental rights but fundamental duties”.

“Today, I am talking to students who would be playing a key role in India’s development in 2047, when we mark a hundred years since independence. I hope this generation takes it upon themselves to act on some of the Fundamental Duties enshrined in our Constitution”, he said.

 

How to deal with pressure and expectations from parents and teachers?

On how to deal with the pressure and expectations from parents and teachers, the Prime Minister urged the parents not pressurize the students but to pursue with them.

“The way ahead lies in pursuing, not pressuring children. Inspire children to do things that bring out their inner potential”

 

Best time to study and blanking out during the exam and Fear of Board Exams

On a question on what is the best time to study, the Prime Minister advised that ample rest is as important as the study itself.

He said, “While mind is as fresh early in the morning as the sky after rain, one should only follow that routine in which one is comfortable”

On the issue of sudden blanking out during exams, the Prime Minister asked the students to be thorough in their preparation.

“I would urge students to be confident about their own preparation. Do not enter the exam hall with any sort of pressure. Do not worry about what others are doing. Have faith in yourself and focus on what you’ve prepared”, he said.

 

Future Career Options

On the subject of future career options, the Prime Minister asked the students pursue their heart and work with zeal to deliver for the nation and its development

“Careers are very important, everyone has to take some responsibility. We can always contribute to the nation while delivering our responsibilities”, he said.

Online competition in ‘short essays’ was launched for students of classes 9 to 12 for the third edition of Prime Minister’s Interaction Programme “ParikshaPeCharcha 2020”. The entries for the competition were invited online from 2nd December, 2019 to 23rd December, 2019 through www.mygov.in More than 3 lakh children registered themselves out of which over 2.6 lakh students participated in the competition. 1.03 lakhs students  had participated in the competition in 2019. Selected winners attended Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020 and interacted with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

A painting and poster making competition were held on exam related issues for CBSE & KVS school students and around 725 posters and paintings were received. Around 50 were selected and exhibited before the Prime Minister during the Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flags off 51st K-9 Vajra in Surat

Hazira, Gujarat : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday flagged off the 51st K-9 Vajra-T gun at the Larsen and Toubro Armoured Systems Complex at Hazira, Surat. The L&T officials showed the minister the different manoeuvres of the K-9 Vajra-T, a tracked self-propelled howitzer. Singh sat in the vehicle on which the gun was mounted and was driven around the Hazira complex.

The gun weighs 50 tonnes and can fire 47kg bombs at 43-kilometre distant targets. It can also turn around at zero radius. L&T had in 2017 won the Rs 4,500-crore contract from the Ministry of Defence to supply 100 units of K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 calibre tracked self-propelled gun systems to the Indian Army under the Centre’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Gujarat: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flagged off the 51st K-9 Vajra-T gun at the Larsen and Toubro Armoured Systems Complex at Hazira of Surat district today.

The K9 Vajra contract involves delivery of 100 such systems in 42 months, which is the largest contract awarded to a private company by the Ministry of Defence.

The Defence Minister also put ’tilak’ and drew the auspicious ‘swastik’ symbol with kumkum on the new artillery. During the puja, he also offered flowers to the gun and broke a coconut.

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National Youth Day 2020 celebrated at Pandit Deen Dayal Indoor Stadium in Surat

Surat, Gujarat : On the occasion of Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary, National Youth Day was celebrated at Pandit Deen Dayal Indoor Stadium on 12th of January. The event, organized by Bharat Seva Samvad, brought together and awarded 12 incredible leaders from various fields who were building a better India by grounding their work in the ideals and values of Swami Vivekananda.

Maithili Thakur, the famous singer and runner-up of ‘Rising Star’ and Bivash Sardar, dancer of OMG Ariel Act, stunned the audience with their live performances. Indian Youth Icon and social-entrepreneur Sharad Vivek Sagar delivered the Keynote address.

Bharat Seva Samvad honored the 12 awardees and presented their stories in front of the audience to encourage young people for serving India through their actions. The awardees were – Best Selling Author Dr. Radhakrishnan Pillai, Social Activist and Padmashree Awardee Ms. Sudha Varghese, Former Indian Army Officer Colonel D. P. K. Pillai, IAS Officer Armstrong Pame, World Kick Boxing Champion Tajamul Islam, Journalist Shivangi Thakur, Miss Teen International 2019 Ayushi Dholakiya, Youngest Entrepreneur  Mr. Tilak Mehta, Youngest Head Master Babar Ali, Ethical Hacker Manan Shah, Founder and President of  ‘Donate Life’ Mr. Nilesh  Mandlewala, and Indian Climatic Expert Mr. Rajendra Singh.

While talking about the event, Mr. Ajay Chaudhary, Founder of Bharat Seva Samvad, said, “We will continue to honor the journeys of such incredible leaders who are strengthening the ideals of Swami Vivekananda through their work.” He also added that dialogues on ‘Service’ and ‘India’ are an integral part of our development. The entry was free of cost and over a thousand people attended the event.

Ajay Ahuja of Kailash Caterer’s, Sanjay Bhatia of  Bhatia Mobile, Chandan Paliwal of PLUGO India, Manish Sharma & Naveen Sharma of ZENIX Machines Pvt. Ltd, Ashok Chaudhary & Navin Agarwal of Sleepvision Mattress Pvt. Ltd, Prafull Mahtre of S&PRP solutions, Jaisukh Kathiriya of Sungrace School along with Prakash Tawania provided financial and physical support to the event to make it a huge success.