Entertainment

Online Fantasy Sports – a Boom in the Internet Gaming World

July 21: Games have always been a source of entertainment for every generation whether it is a child or an adult. In the era of smartphones and the internet, the online gaming world is developing faster than expected. There are many forms evolved in this world like Online Fantasy Sports (OFS), e-Sports, Online Skill-based Casual Games. Some games have multiple types of the quiz, puzzles like Chess, Billiards, Ludo, Scrabble, Sudoku, etc. there are also various online versions of card-based games for card lovers.

Fantasy sports are played online. Participants make their virtual team with the real players of a professional sport. The acts of the players are based on their statistical performances in the real sport or game they played. Online Indian casino games allow the participants to show their talent and knowledge in the game and have fun equally. Not only that, most of the games allow you to earn a certain amount of money based on the game pattern and playing skills.

Difference between Online Fantasy sports and other online games

Fantasy sports are completely different from other forms of online games because they do not need a real-life player to be playing a real sports match to decide the outcome for the participant. Fantasy sports depend on the facts of the game being played. Players chosen by participants exist in real sports also and their performance level is reflected in the game.

Fantasy games are real-time games, for example, any season of a cricket match is going on in the field the same will be reflected in the game, and participants can manage and play these games by choosing their set of players. Not only this, participants can earn money but not like other online games which are alleged to be like gambling or betting.

Online Fantasy Sports in India

Fantasy sports platforms/games are in existence for the last two decades but they have grown in the last two years phenomenally in India. As we all are aware due to this pandemic and lockdown, people were at home and then these games took a boom. Fantasy sports platforms have resulted in growth in digital transactions, which has been a long-standing objective driven by the Government of India in the form of the “Digital India” campaign. One can imagine the number of transactions done by the fact that the fantasy sports platforms and operators in combination paid INR 166 crore in goods and services tax (GST) in Financial Year 2019 and INR 445 crore in Financial Year 2020. Not only this, fantasy sports popularity in India can be assumed by the report given by the NITI Ayog which claims that the Indian online fantasy sports market has recently gone beyond the US online fantasy sports market in terms of the user base.

No doubt, online fantasy sports have got a great deal of attention both from sports fans and investors which resulted in its strong and tremendous growth in the global market as well.

Business

Neel David wins Inspiring Hairstylist of the Year-2021 Award from Business Mint

New Delhi [India], July 21: The name, Neel David Katwal, rose to prominence when its bearer became the first Nepali internationally acclaimed hairstylist. He even bagged a world record in 2008 after successfully delivering perfect haircuts to five women in just 25 minutes, all the while being blindfolded. However, the road that led this name to such popularity and fame, hasn’t been a smooth one at all.

Neel lived in a small village called Laxmipur in Jhapa, Nepal. As a boy, he was a dreamer who aspired to become a fashion designer someday. After his 12th, he tried hard to pursue his studies in fashion design abroad. But fate had other plans for him. His application for a visa was turned down seven times. Despite such hindrances, the boy didn’t lose hope. It was certainly divine intervention that led him to a British citizen, David Vinall. The man’s heart went out to the young boy’s plight. It was with his help and under his guidance that Neel got to study fashion design at IIFT, South Delhi. Sometime later, quite surprisingly, Neel shifted his focus towards hairstyling, something he had never dreamt about. Then there was no turning back.

Neel trained in Thailand, London, and learned from an Oscar-winning make-up artist, Christine Blundell. Soon afterward, he wished to start his career in his homeland, Nepal. However, he was faced with a severe challenge as there was no unisex salon run by Nepalis at that time. Emerging victorious once again, Neel launched the first outlet of his own salon in a small, 250 sq ft enclosure in a mall in Kathmandu on the 9th of June 2006. It also happened to be his godfather, David Vinall’s birthday. The Salon was inaugurated by a renowned Nepali actress, Bipana Thapa.

Neel David’s salon, which started off as a mere 250 sq ft outlet, has flourished intensely over the years to become an international brand, in Nepal and India, today. In 2008, Neel launched his first salon in India in Siliguri, West Bengal. The brand’s fame has grown ever since, leading to a chain of more than 50 salons operating under its name. It has numerous projects lined up for future ventures in Hyderabad, Jammu, Pune, and even in China. At a minimum investment of 25-45 lakhs, Neel David’s Franchise offers the establishment of varied models of salons ranging from 700-3000 sq ft in terms of area.

As his vision expanded, Neel launched the Neel David’s International Academy to educate students, transforming them into professional hairstylists and beauty & make-up artists. There are around 10 academies currently functional under the brand name. Numerous passouts from the academy have found themselves esteemed jobs in India, Nepal, Dubai, Qatar, Bahrain, Australia, London, the USA, Portugal, Bhutan, and so on. Some of them even own salons and academies. In the month of November, this year, Neel David’s International Academy will announce franchises all over India offering opportunities to establish academies at a minimum investment of 15-35 lakhs in areas ranging from 800-2500 sq ft. Besides all his business ventures, Neel David endeavours to work for the welfare of society. He reaches out to countless underprivileged youth every year, providing them with free training and secures job placements. He is going to launch The Neel David Foundation in 2022, which will train 100-200 such students in hair, beauty, and make-up annually in Nepal and India. Neel David’s International Academy has recently collaborated with Maiti Nepal, one of the largest organizations in the country founded by CNN awardee Mrs. Anuradha Koirala, to work towards the empowerment of girls and women alike. At present, Neel David’s Salon and Academy has been successfully providing employment for more than 1000 people and aims to recruit over 5000 men and women by 2025.

Business Mint recognized the efforts put in by Neel David. The jury was highly impressed by his unique ideas and decided to present him with the Inspiring Hairstylist of the Year – 2021 Award.

National

Optimus Announces Interim Clinical Results from Phase III Clinical Trials of Molnupiravir Conducted in India

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], July 21: Optimus Pharma on Sunday submitted the interim result of Phase III Clinical Trials for orally administered Molnupiravir capsules on patients with Mild Covid-19 patients. With an acute shortage of antiviral drugs in the market against the SARS-CoV-2 infection, it is imperative that more drugs with potent antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2 be introduced.

In a statement, the MD and Chairman Dr. D Srinivasa Reddy had declared that Optimus pharma has internally developed the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and the formulations for the product and had obtained approval for conducting Phase 3 Clinical Trial.

As per the clinical trial protocol approved, 1218 subjects with mild COVID-19 will be randomised in the study in a 1:1 ratio to Molnupiravir with the standard of care, or standard of care alone. The treatment duration is a maximum of 05 days and the total study duration will be a maximum of 28 days from randomisation.

“Optimus is all geared to immediately begin manufacturing of Molnupiravir for COVID-19 patients in India. The interim results on 353 patients have shown promising results of Molnupiravir. The drug has been successful in reducing viral load effectively with RT-PCR negativity achieved 78.3 % in the test arm compared to 48.4% in the standard of care arm on Day 5. Day 10 and Day 14 of the treatment duration have also given excellent results wherein the remaining patients have successfully achieved RT-PCR negativity. The trial has also revealed clinical improvement in a significantly high proportion of patient’s health. The safety of the drug has also been established with no observed side effects, co-morbidity, or morbidity observed during and after the treatment duration,” Chairman & Managing Director – Dr. D Srinivasa Reddy said.

Optimus has approached the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to seek Emergency Use Authorization for Molnupiravir in India.

Optimus Pharma is committed to serve the nation and fight back the pandemic to restore normalcy in the lives of people affected by COVID-19 at the earliest. With the cooperation of the government and our stakeholders, and a special thanks to the Subject Expert Committee of the CDSCO for their valuable contribution and their recommendations to the project, we hope to deliver the product in India by leveraging our solid distribution strength across the country.

National

Delhi Management Association and Benepik announce the Unsung Covid Heroes Award 2021

Celebrating lesser-known ordinary people’s extraordinary contribution towards humanity during the Covid rife

New Delhi [India], July 21: Delhi Management Association (DMA) and Benepik unite to organise the Unsung Covid Heroes Award 2021 recognising common people’s selfless acts of service towards the covid-stricken society. The initiative intends to glorify extraordinary chronicles of the lesser-known Covid Heroes such as police, entrepreneurs, organisations, delivery personnel, or employees who went beyond their line of duty for business continuity. These are the individuals who cared to make a difference in the life of fellow folks by being brave & selfless.

Individuals can be nominated for multiple award categories such as Healthcare, Corporate Individuals, Organizations, Sponsor award, 65th DMA’s award, Student, Logistics, Governance, Police, Journalists, & Policy Influencer. Winners will be facilitated with a Certificate of Appreciation and Recognition from the Delhi Management Association (DMA) & Benepik.

Delhi Management Association (DMA) established in 1965 is among the oldest and prestigious professional body, devoted to disseminating management principles and practices. Benepik is an engagement company focussing on Employees, Channel Partners & Customers. With its presence in 12+ countries including India, Indonesia & Middle East, it helps organizations create a culture of recognition, enhance executive connect & build brand loyalty in a measurable way.

Speaking on the announcement Yogesh Misra, Hon. President- DMA and Vice President, Thomas Assessments said, “Our front line workers’ relentless service deserves all our salutations & respect for their contribution during this need of the hour. But there is also a large part of the society who implicitly kept working despite amplified health risks. The fear of contagion and adverse work conditions did not stop them from accomplishing tasks beyond their regular call of duty. We aim to foster their selflessness, dedication & loyalty they showed through this awards curriculum.”

Shedding more light on the Awards, Saurabh Jain, Founder & CEO, Benepik added, “We saw kindness sprouting in various shades from diverse quarters, known and unknown during this pandemic. The award function is a gesture of gratitude for that spirit of hope exemplified by these ordinary people through their noteworthy acts of serving and caring for people and communities.”

The Jury for the Unsung Covid Heroes Award 2021 empanelled are eminent personalities from a variety of fields, including Government, Social, Corporate, and Healthcare. The jury includes Amit Malik (MD, Aviva India), Dr. VK Saraswat (Member, Niti Aayog), Apurva Chamaria (SVP, Tech Mahindra), Dr. Shikha Sharma(Founder, Dr. Shikha’s Nutri Health), Dr. Alka Mittal (Director-HR, ONGC), Deepak Bagla (MD, Invest India), Satya Narayan Maharana (Head – OD and Talent Management, Haier), Sumit Bhatia (HR Head, SE2 Digital), Kavita (Head-Growth Partner Network, Upstox), Niren Srivastava (Head – Human Resources, Training & Administration, Aditya Birla Health Insurance Company Limited), Ashish Kumar (Managing Director, Dr. Willmar Schwabe India) & Jatin Mahajan (Managing Director, J Mitra & Co).

The nominations for the awards are now open. Visit https://unsungcovidhero.com to nominate an Unsung Covid Hero. ThDelhi Management Association, DMA, Unsung Covid Heroes Award 2021, e last date for the nominations is 8th August 2021 and the final winners will be announced on 3rd September 2021.

Entertainment

Hyder Kazmi’s multiple awards winning film ‘Jihad’ will release on the OTT platform “Mastani” on the occasion of Eid.

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], July 21: The film ‘Jihad’, which has won awards in 35 national and international film festivals, is releasing on the OTT platform “Mastani” on 21st July 2021, the day of Eid, said Hyder Kazmi, the founder of OTT platform Mastani, and actor of the film Jihad. He said that everyone is waiting for the release of this film. Jihad has also shown its glory at the “Cannes Film Festival”.

Hyder said that today there is confusion among the people regarding the word Jihad; to clear the same we have made a film named ‘Jihad’. Jihad is seen by linking it with terrorism. Most people are unaware of the real meaning of Jihad, which we are bringing in front of people through this film. Jihad means to kill the anger and the devil within you, not to kill innocent people by taking up guns in its name.

The speciality of the film Jihad, directed by Rakesh Parmar, is that Rakesh did the shooting of the film in the locations of Kashmir where ordinary persons can’t visit. Shooting for Jihad was done in sensitive sites like Kupwara, Charari Sharif, Doodh Ganga, and Yusmarg. The film was shot with the local artists by giving them workshops. Due to this, the film looks more realistic and attractive.

Jihad is releasing in 6 languages ​​, i.e. Hindi, English, Telugu, Tamil, Kannad, and Bhojpuri, to reach a maximum audience.

Mastani platform is a good platform for meaningful and progressive cinema. Here people can sit with the whole family and watch movies, web series, and other entertaining programs.

Education

CSC and Amity University partner to offer higher education to lakhs of rural students

New Delhi [India], July 20: An estimated 15 lakh students in rural areas across the country can now access a range of graduate and post-graduate courses with the Common Services Centers (CSC) and Amity University Online joining hands to enable last-mile outreach through CSCs.

In the first phase, graduate and post-graduate courses of Amity University Online like BA, BCom, BCA, BBA, and MCA will be made available to students through over 6000 CSC Academy centers, the Education and CSR wing of CSC. Some of the courses like BA and BCom will also be made available in Hindi considering the language barriers faced by students in rural India.

Once the student enrols for a course at the CSC Academy center, he or she will be able to attend online classes of Amity. Amity will also create special courses for students to be offered through CSC Academy. Amity Online programmes are globally acknowledged and will act as a big boost to enhance rural India’s education base.

As affordable education forms a prominent segment of this collaboration, students will receive these programmes with minimal fees. Amity Online’s team will offer extensive assistance to students throughout the enrolment process.

On the occasion, Mr. Ajit Chauhan, Chairman, Amity University Online said, “Amity University Online has always envisioned providing world-class quality education to all its learners. Our endeavour is to bring grassroots-level change and enable professionals in remote areas of India. We hope rural and remote India is able to benefit through this initiative.”

Elaborating on the partnership, MD, CSC SPV, Dr. Dinesh Tyagi said, “It has been our endeavour to provide quality education to students and youth in rural areas, particularly to women who miss out on higher education due to societal inequality and patriarchy. Our association with Amity Online is a significant step in that direction and meets the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India fulfilling the educational needs of rural India. Partnership with Amity will also help us reach out to rural youth with future skills like AI, Machine Learning, and BlockChain.”

Dr. Priya Mary Matthew, Director, Academics, Amity University Online said, “It is always heartening to see when an education provider looks beyond to create an impact on the society. We are partnering with CSC Academy and their penetration in the remotest parts of India will light up the dreams of the masses to get quality education within their reach.”

About Common Services Centers (CSC)

The Common Services Centers is one of the flagship programmes under the Digital India Programme. CSCs offer assisted access to essential government and public utility services, social welfare schemes, financial services, education, and skill development courses, apart from a host of B2C services.

About Amity Online

Amity University Online is an internationally accredited institution dedicated to support and guide candidates seeking learning and upskill opportunities.

Business

Within 5 years, Enigma, a Madhya Pradesh startup eyeing to become a Rs 15-crore EV brand

Founded by brothers Anmol and Alancrit Bohre, the firm is set to expand its offerings to six by launching three more electric scooters till Diwali.

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], July 20: Bhopal-based Enigma Automobiles, a leading manufacturer of electric scooters, is poised for its next phase of growth as it launches new models to capitalize on the growing awareness and adoption of electric vehicles in the country.

Enigma Automobiles, which accounts for 30% of the electric vehicle market in its home base of Bhopal, ended the financial year 2020-21 with a turnover of Rs. 5 crores and is eyeing to triple it to Rs. 15 crores this year.

“We are seeing a growing acceptance of electric scooters across sections of users as an environment-friendly and cost-effective means of travel within cities. We are on track to close this financial year with revenue of Rs. 15 crores,” said Anmol Bohre, founder, Enigma Automobiles.

The firm is planning to expand beyond Bhopal to other cities in Madhya Pradesh in the coming months. It presently offers three models of electric scooters – Crink, GT-450, and Ambier – and has plans to launch three high-speed scooters before Diwali. While the immediate focus continues to be on Madhya Pradesh, Enigma also has plans to expand to other states in the near future.

Anmol, a computer engineer by profession, founded Enigma Automobiles along with his brother Alancrit in 2015. The spirit to do something about India’s dependence on oil imports, as well as fatally high pollution levels across several Indian cities, is what led the two brothers to foray into the business of electric scooters.

“The initial days were tough. Two youngsters talking about setting up an electric vehicle company, and that too in an agrarian state like Madhya Pradesh wasn’t the most convincing proposition for investors or customers. It was a daunting task to educate people about electric vehicles in those days,” recalled Anmol.

Entertainment

Master Saleem’s new song ‘Saath’ to releases on 20th July, Neha Malik and Nikhil Dagar’s sizzling chemistry is unmissable

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], July 20: Neha Malik features alongside Nikhil Dagar in the music video of Master Saleem’s new track “Saath”. The song, slated to release on July 20, has music by T-Series and lyrics by Kiranjeet and Choreographed by Ranju Varghese while the video is directed by Anand Kumar.

The soulful song tries to weave the essence of monsoon in its visuals. Shot in the aesthetic Himachal Pradesh’s Kasol, the mesmerizing and heartwarming song will create an environment that promises one to transport to another world with your loved one.

Nikhil, who is foraying it into showbiz, has stunned all with his blistering act. The flawless execution of scenes and his chemistry with Neha Malik are sure to set the hearts racing.

“This song has many emotions and for me, it is like a dream, the moment I heard the song, I couldn’t keep myself from being a part of it, ” said Nikhil.

While Nikhil awaits the release, he parallelly keeps himself busy with other projects. At present, he has been signed for another two music videos and has also bagged an ad with a prominent shoe brand for which he is currently shooting in the capital.

This single is supposed to showcase Nikhil’s creative calibre.