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As a Fino Bank point, this photo studio brings simple and convenient banking closer to customers

Surat: Vijay Katariya runs a photo studio at Palsana Char Rasta, near Surat. The studio is one of the most sought after by the people in the locality as it doubles up as a banking point of Fino Payments Bank.  Here customers can open bank account, deposit and withdraw cash as well as do money transfer transactions. They can also pay utility bills, recharge mobile and DTH.

Vijay Katariya is one of the over 1200 Fino Payments Bank merchant points in Surat and part of the close to 10,000 strong and growing banking points of Fino in Gujarat. This network also includes over 520 outlets of Fino’s strategic partner Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) spread across the state.

In line with its Gully Gully Fino approach, Fino intends to have a merchant point in each street of Surat to improve banking access.

Addressing media on the bank’s plan in and around Surat and the state, Mr. Himanshu Mishra, Senior Divisional Head (Central and West), Fino Payments Bank said, “We have initiated Gully Gully Fino approach to penetrate deeper into the towns and villages, including Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Surat, Bharuch, Mehsana, Vadodara and other places to enhance banking access. Through this initiative we plan to double our network in Surat as well as in Gujarat by March 2021.”

“Our objective is to make banking simple and convenient. Therefore we are looking at neighbourhood shops as banking points. Outlets such as Vijay’s photo studio are ‘one stop shop for all banking needs’ that remove some of the biggest pain areas for customers. There is no need to fill any form to deposit, withdraw or transfer money and no need to stand in a queue for long hours. Further a simple Aadhaar authentication by the customer is enough to complete the transaction. Adding to it, cash is always available at these shops unlike at some ATMs,” added Mr. Mishra

Stating his experience, Vijay Katariya says, “I am associated with Fino since 2012. Initially as a remittance point and later as Fino Payments Bank merchant point. The thought of being a banker to my customers as well as the potential to increase my income, motivated me to become a Fino banking point. Customers who come for photographs also avail banking services leading to increase in footfalls and income. As my shop is open for long hours, even on holidays and Sundays, customers feel convenience.”

It is for these reasons that merchants like Vijay across Surat and Gujarat are popular in their localities as mini bank and ATM. For a simple small business owner to be referred as a banker is a matter of great respect.

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“India’s Biggest Sourcing Event for Private Label & Contract Manufacturing CMPL Expo from 27th – 28th February 2020”

Mumbai : Welcome to the 2nd edition of The Contract Manufacturing & Private Label (CMPL) Expo – India’s only private label and contract manufacturing sourcing platform. What started as a Preview Show last year, has now expanded into 2 Exhibition Floors, with more than 100 exhibitors.

We are pleased to welcome International Exhibitors from Belgium, France and Portugal, besides our Exhibitors from across India. With two separate pavilions (Food/ Non-food), the Exhibition will showcase suppliers exhibiting products ranging from food, hygiene, baby and personal care, health supplements, beverages, home care, cleaning, packaging, beauty, cosmetics, and more.

We are also excited to launch The CMPL Industry Insights – India’s only online B2B Magazine for the Private Label Industry, connecting Suppliers with Buyers.

Leading Participants include Grofers, Daymon, Cetes Cosmetics (manufacturing arm of Oriflame), RossariBiotech , PAN Healthcare, The Vanity Case, and many more.

The show will be inaugurated by Mr. Vivek Prasad, VP – Grofers Brands, and other guests include Mr. Rakesh Gambhir, Advisor – Future Consumer Ltd., Sreedhar DV, Category Head – Private Label Food & Non Food, BIGBASKET, Manjit Singh Bawa, MD Oriflame and DELFIM SANTOS, Head of Growth and Customer Relations, Daymon.

With so many relevant suppliers to meet at the show, you’ll find countless new ideas and inspiring brand creation possibilities. Whatever your interests, do take time to meet innovative and go-ahead suppliers who are exhibiting, see what they have to offer, which will be insightful to develop new product lines.

CMPL also hosts conference sessions that will focus on strategies, best practices and case-studies from leading retailers, category heads and industry leaders. The event concludes with The CMPL Private Label Awards that recognises innovation in private label.

With growing demand for high quality, own brand products, characterised by quality and good value, the industry is set to grow significantly in the years ahead. And in this growing demand lies great opportunity. There has never been a more exciting time to create new brands for retailers and brand owners.

As the market develops, CMPL Expo will grow too, and bring together many more forward-thinking companies – suppliers and buyers, to what will surely become the industry’s flagship annual event.  Make the most of your visit, network widely while you are here, grasp new opportunities and meet as many people as you can. We hope that the contacts and acquaintances you make on this visit will become valued business partners and good friends in the years ahead. On behalf of my entire team, I wish all the attendees a fruitful and meaningful experience at CMPL Expo 2020.


About CMPL India:

CMPL is a platform for all stakeholders from the FMCG private label retail industry to engage under one roof. The Exhibition will showcase manufacturers of food, beverages, health supplements, personal care, beauty, cosmetics, home care, cleaning, hygiene, perfumes, toiletries, licensing, packaging solutions and more. The Conference will focus on strategies, case-studies and best practices by leading retailers and industry leaders from the private label industry. A unique platform where hundreds of retailers, brand-owners, wholesalers, HORECA and exporters will converge to meet experienced suppliers who can produce their private label lines.

About CMPL Expo 2020:

Contract Manufacturing & Private Label (CMPL) Expo is India’s exclusive exhibition for manufacturers of food and non-food products, connecting private label suppliers, contract manufacturers from India and beyond with retailers, HORECA buyers, national brand owners and more. Exhibiting categories include food, beverages, cosmetics, beauty, skin care, hygiene, baby care, personal care, household and kitchen products, packaging solutions and much more.

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MANTRA introduces fire safety management department to support various industries including textiles

Surat (Gujarat) : With an aim to serve local textile industry more effectively and considering the importance of life safety and reliable protection system, Mantra has introduced the Fire Safety Management Department at its institute. This will also provide support to Government/Semi-Government industries, commercial complexes, hospitals, shopping malls, high-rise structures and residential complexes etc.

The departmental activities is managed by qualified and experienced fire-safety professional having varied experience in government, oil & steel industry, petrochemical, city fire brigade etc. The institution has NABL certified laboratories and assist the validating the quality of fire fighting equipment. Its content for meeting the standard requirement as per IS and other National/International standard.

It is to mention that rapid growth in India has attracted the industrialisation, increased habitat, high rise structures due to space constraints. Considering risk attached with such issues, demand of performance-based fire protection system has increased. The government has a serious concern towards life safety and enacted various regulation and policies apart from Fire Services Act and suggest abiding the National building Code practices for meeting the fire protection need at various establishments. Mantra has started providing below services:

  • Designing of Fire Protection system and assist in execution of Project activities through team of professional Engineers and technician.
  • Fire Safety Management in Industries, Institutions, Shopping Malls, Warehouse, Commercial & Other building facilities.
  • Fire Safety Auditing of Industries & other facilities.
  • Training of Staff/employees in Fire Safety profession.
  • Reliability assurance & AMC of Fire Protection system.
  • Servicing of Fire Fighting Appliances and equipment’s.
  • Inspection & Certification of Fire Safety Equipment’s in meeting the standard and code requirement.
  • Organising the Evacuation/Mock drill at Building, Institution and Industry.
  • Liasioning with Government Authorities for fire safety needs and advising project in compliance of standard requirement.

Contact Details :

Man-Made Textiles Research Association
Add : Near Textile Market, Telephone Exchange,
Ring Road, Surat – 395002,
Gujarat, India.
General : +91 – 0261 – 2323211, 2337062
Director : +91 – 0261 – 2322500
Tele Fax No : +91 – 0261 – 2322500
E-mail :


 About Mantra:

To cater to the ever increasing quality control needs of growing MAN-MADE TEXTILES industry around the city of Surat in South Gujarat, in late nineteen seventies, an idea was mooted to set up a full-fledged independent Research Association for the region. MANTRA was to be set up on similar lines as other National Textile Research Associations.

This was with a view to carry out research and development activities as well as to provide testing and technical service facilities to the man-made fibre textiles industry, in particular, and other allied industries, in general, in South Gujarat.

The idea was supported by the State Government as well as Central Government and the State Government provided land free of cost for the purpose as well as earmarked funds for the building construction and purchase of essential equipments to carry out research and testing activities. Since its inception in 1981, over the last 20 years, MANTRA has equipped itself sufficiently through the grants provided by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, and the support of the local industry. Throughout these twenty years, efforts have been made to fulfill the laid-out objectives of MANTRA, and to promote quality, reduce cost of production, process development and control of pollution and environment protection. MANTRA is one of the eight National Textile Research Associations (TRAs) and the leading TRA in man-made fibres, linked to the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, and recognised as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

To serve the local textile industry more effectively, MANTRA keeps close liaison with the industry around, in general, and the five leading local co-operative textile societies, in particular, viz., (a) The Surat Art Silk Cloth Manufacturers Association (SASCMA), (b) The Seurat Vankar Sahkari Sangh Ltd., (c) The SASME Co-operative Society Ltd., (d) The Udhna Group of Weavers Producers Co-operative Society Ltd., (e) The South Gujarat Processors Association.

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Artists at G.D. Goenka International School, Surat Welcomes Modi & Trump with 3D Rangoli

Surat (Gujarat) :Artists at G.D. Goenka International School (GDGIS) Surat have prepared an innovative and beautiful 3D Rangoli of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and US President Mr. Donald Trump in the school campus. Students of G.D.Goenka International School, Surat in association with Anjali Salunke, Heenaben Nayak, Somnath Parekh, Brijesh Patel, Saiyami Shah of Anjali Art Group, made this unique Rangoli. The objective of this Rangoli was to welcome the president of United States, Mr. Donald Trump with a unique initiative Rangoli design was based on Motera Stadium and ‘Namaste Trump’ was written in the middle of art while portrait of Mr. Trump and Mr. Modi have been made using various colours.

GDGIS has always encouraged its students to show their unique skills and ideas apart from academics. Students enthusiastically participated in this Rangoli making activity and showed their creativity. This initiative was appreciated by the school management and citizens of the city also.

It is to mention that with the support from top management of the school and under valuable guidance of the teachers; students were able to make this kind of unique Rangoli.

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VR Surat celebrates “Namaste Trump”

Surat, 24th February 2020 : To celebrate President Trump’s visit to Ahmedabad today, VR Surat is celebrating the same with a Live Screening at the largest outdoor screen at Magdalla Plaza, live music performances and an Indo-US Food festival at StrEAT.

As India prepared to welcome the American President, VR Surat dressed up Magdalla Plaza with flags of both the countries and are also distributing the same. A specially curated menu at the Indo-US Festival also celebrates the friendship between the two countries.

More than 100 students came to visit the festivities at Magdalla Plaza in the afternoon and multiple dignitaries of Surat locality such as president of the local youth organizations graced the occasion.

Virtuous Retail’s Connecting Communities initiatives are designed in partnership with local stakeholders such as urban bodies, citizen groups, schools and economic bodies. This initiative is another unique Connecting Communities initiative to drive civic pride and induce positive change and local community identifies strongly with the vision of creating new social hubs.

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LANXESS product Rely+On Virkon effective against corona virus

Mumbai : The corona virus continues to spread. Authorities around the world are therefore tightening measures to stop the further spread of the lung disease. With no vaccine available, disinfection is of the utmost importance.

The high level disinfectant Rely+On Virkon from specialty chemicals company LANXESS is effective against the corona virus. The product is used for hard surface and equipment disinfection. Anneliese Bischof, Head of the Disinfectants Business at LANXESS: “Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, we are seeing increased demand for Rely+On Virkon in China and other countries around the globe. We are therefore currently working intensively to optimally align our production and logistics capacities to deliver additional product quantity to this region as quickly as possible.”

Rely+On Virkon inactivates coronavirus quickly

Independent tests have proven that Rely+On Virkon inactivates a closely related surrogate of the currently spreading corona virus strain. “From these tests it can be concluded that Rely+On Virkon is also effective against 2019-nCoV,” Bischof said.

In independent tests Rely+On Virkon achieved inactivation of the corona virus strain at a 1:100 dilution rate with a 10-minute contact time. This corresponds to test conditions required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and proves the performance and suitability of Rely+On Virkon for practical use.

Rely+On Virkon is diluted for application and sprayed on hard surfaces and equipment. It can therefore help to reduce the risk of contamination of surfaces, door handles, tables or chairs during disinfection measures at public transport terminals, airports, hospitals, clinics, shopping malls, etc.

LANXESS produces a wide range of scientifically based biocide technologies under the Virkon brand. Virkon is manufactured by the LANXESS Material Protection Products business unit. The business unit belongs to LANXESS’s Performance Chemicals segment, with sales of 1.35 billion euros in 2018.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.2 billion in 2018. The company currently has about 15,500 employees in 33 countries and is represented at 58 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.

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CHASA IDT fashion students showcased their collection and kids models walked the ramp at Kids Fashion Week, Pune

Pune : Pune witnessed a cute curation of fashion and kids at the Hyatt Regency Pune. Kids from all over India were a part of this show where CHASA IDT fashion students showcased their collection and famous kids models walked the ramp.

Show stopper was Mimi Khadse who is the youngest show stopper in India and has recently been signed by Yash Raj Flims for a moving releasing sometime this year.

Director CHASA IDT Mrs Chandrakala Sanap and Mr Anupam Goyal says “Such platforms help the kids realise their potential and expand their horizon. Such an exposure builds their personalities in leaps and bounds.”

Everyone is now looking forward for CHASA IDT’s next Fashion Week.

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Eighth annual Dumas Art Project inaugurated in Surat

Surat (Gujarat): Dumas Art Project (DAP), the annual public art initiative, today announced the inauguration of its month long eighth edition. DAP2020 encourages creative explorations around the theme of “sustainability”, through partnerships with leading institutions and notable individuals from the artistic community. Collaborators this year include The Maharaja Sayajirao University Baroda, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Ministry of Memories and the Surat Photography Club.

DAP 2020 is supported by Yuj Kutumb, The Yog Foundation.  As for previous editions, VR Surat as part of its Connecting Communities© initiative that aims to encourage civic pride, strengthen the local economy and enhance the city’s national and international image, will be the primary venue partner. DAP 2020 is also supported by Navjivan Motors.

The Honourable Dr. Jagdish Patel, Mayor of Surat inaugurated the festival by unveiling the annual VR Art Car, painted this year by Professors Bhrigu Sharma, Lokesh Khodke and a collective of artists from the Surat School of Fine Arts. The unveiling was followed by the opening of the Gujarat-In-Focus photography exhibition at the Runway and a walkthrough of all the sustainability themed installations where Dr. Patel interacted with the student artists present.

Speaking on the occasion, Sumi Gupta, Curator of the festival said, “I am thrilled to steer this fantastic public initiative in its eighth year. This edition of DAP has incredible collaborations with institutions and student artists from across the region, creating a vibrant platform for large-scale installations, sculptures and photography. Over the next month, DAP 2020 will bring together a community of connoisseurs, art students, patrons, and the citizens of Surat in a celebration of Gujarat’s art and culture.”

Visitors will enjoy a dedicated month of artistic immersion during which VR Surat, the venue partner will be a hub of activity, with installations, exhibitions, an art bazaar, art workshops, a children’s art competition and several other exciting events.

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India participates in “Golden Door” – World’ first International Writer’ Awards for Truth and Integrity to be held in Singapore

The new decade 2020 is all set to welcome winners from across the globe for the ‘Golden Door’, World’s first International Writer’s Awards for truth and Integrity of digital content and printed literature. Symbolic as the ‘Golden Door of Truth’, this award aims to recognise non-fiction writers as agents of truth and integrity. First endorsed by Singapore Ambassador-at-large Professor Tommy Koh, the awards will be inaugurated in Singapore on Saturday 5th September 2020 at the iconic Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. It will be attended by World leaders, Change-makers and Truth-tellers from more than 20 countries.

The management committee consist of the Founder of Golden Door, a veteran Technologist, Tahira Amir Sultan Khan, Chair of the Judging Panel and Singapore’s Literary and Cultural Critic, Dr. Kirpal Singh and Human Advocate and CEO of Krescendo Communications, Ganesh Somwanshi. The Judging Panel comprise of a distinguished group of internationally acclaimed writers, speakers and academia from USA, India and Australia. Some level of the evaluation will be supported by AI for the integrity of content.

There are 3 categories : the Golden Door Non-Fiction Book Award, Golden Door Non-Fiction Essay Award (Blogs included) and Golden Door Poetry Award. There will also be 2 veterans who will receive the ‘Golden Door Lifetime Achievement Award’. From change champions, bestselling authors, business leaders, UN ambassadors, human rights commissioners as well as prodigies, bloggers, renown film-makers, the hall will be filled with movers and shakers of great diversity either to witness or to contend for the awards.

Tahira Amir Khan, Founder, The Golden Door opined, “We have received a positive response
for the concept from across the World and I hope that the awards will create a cascading effect for truth tellers. This initiative aims to encourage writers of all kinds, be it book authors, bloggers and even vloggers to write honestly, and from there to transform these truth-inspired written works into real-world ventures. I chose Singapore to be the launchpad as it is one of the ‘meeting points’ for the world. The next phase I envision for Singapore is to be the world beacon for Truth. But more than that, to bring the ‘Golden Door Awards’ concept to every major city from the UK to India, and beyond.”

Dr. Kirpal Singh, Chair of the Judging Panel added, “The golden truth has been pursued from time immemorial. From ancient Greece and Rome to ancient China and India, sage after sage has sought and shared his (mainly his though there is the occasional female voice as well) insight/vision of what may be labelled as GOLDEN TRUTH. The GOLDEN DOOR AWARDS cherish and honor the Truth-seekers and those whose own life journeys have taken them deep into reflecting on this profound theme/topic.”

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Panasonic launches India’s largest range of Connected Air Conditioners

Panasonic India, a diversified technology company, today, announced the launch of its all-new futuristic range of connectedair conditioners. A syndicated consumer research* by the brand found that while purchasing an AC, 71% new age consumers look for automatic temperature regulation, remote access and smart diagnostics features as hygiene. To address their concerns on comfort and convenience, Panasonic’s new connected AC range offers a customized sleep mode feature that allows users to program different temperatures throughout the night for a comfortable sleep. The new range of ACsare available at all Panasonic brand shops, large format retail outlets, online platforms such asAmazon and Flipkart as well as small electronic stores across the country. The new range of IoT enabled Panasonic inverter split air conditioners are priced starting INR 35,990.

Talking about the launch of the new connected AC range, Mr. Gaurav Sah, Business Head – Air Conditioning Group, Panasonic India, said, “Our exclusive consumer insight study tells us that Indian consumers seek enhanced product experience that can make daily life chores easier and efficient, and 81% are willing to pay a bit extra for connected features. In line with our strategy to democratise technology, we are offering our new connected range at the same price point as the conventional split ACs. The insight study further tells us that 40% are willing to purchase connected ACs for better comfort; which is a huge opportunity. Catering to the growing preference for connected ACs, with this launch, we aim to capture 10% market share and 25%-30% growth in the air-conditioner segment in FY 2020-21.”

Panasonic’s new range of connected ACs provide convenience with the AI-enabledMiraie App; comfort with better cooling via our unique JetStream and aero-wings technology, and health with its Nanoe-G technology that removes bacteria and PM 2.5*. With intelligent and unique features such as the customized sleep mode, the AC enables enhanced flexibility as it allows users to pre-set temperatures profiles through the night for comfort. Users can also create different temperature profiles for weekdays and weekends. Featuring an intuitive auto-diagnosis feature, the new connected range is equipped to detect issues in advance and alert users. Miraieplatform can also provide one-touch service request. The new connected ACalso recommends the best mode as per the usage patterns and external weather conditions. Apart from being able to command switch on/off and change in temperature, mode, speed, the Miraieplatform allows users to manage e-warranties and receive notifications about service requests and turn on/off based on location. Additionally, Panasonic’s new range of connected ACs can be operated via voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Connected ACs are the first product range to hit the market under the recently unveiled Panasonic’s connected living platform – Miraie; that allows consumers to connect and access all Panasonic’s appliances at one place through MiraieApp available on iOS and Android platforms. Equipped with advanced technology, the new range seamlessly connects with the user’s smartphone via Miraie to extend ease of control.

Panasonic ACs commands the No. 1 position in Japan for over 10 years, and the new rangeextends the Japanese expertise and cutting-edge technology to Indian consumers.

• Better air throw (upto 45Ft) along with shower cooling effect with a combination of Panasonic’s unique Jetstream and Aerowings technology
• High on durability and quality – comes with 5 years warranty on PCB and 10 years warranty for compressor, for the entire range.
• The outdoor unit of Panasonic ACs is made of special material casing “Eco-Tough” made of Japanese steel that safeguards it from tough weather condition and comes with 5 years warranty.
• Offer protection from voltage fluctuation, widespread challenge in India, from 145V to 285V in the entire invertor range.
• Fitted with unique ‘shield-blue’ coating where evaporator and condenser fins and joints get a special corrosion less paint