BALCO’s Power Plants Win CII ENCON Awards 2021

Balconagar (Chhattisgarh) [India], December 2: Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer, has been conferred with two CII Energy Conservation (ENCON) Awards 2021 for best energy management at its Power Plants. BALCO’s 1200MW power plant has been declared as State Winner – Chhattisgarh with 4.75 Star rated certificate, and the 540MW Power Plant has also procured 4.25 Star rated certificate in a large scale category. These achievements stand testimony to BALCO’s endeavors in operational excellence.

On this important achievement, Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO and Director, BALCO, said, “At BALCO, we are committed to maximizing our efforts of energy conservation. With such efforts, we aim to achieve the larger goal of creating a sustainable future for the generations to come and contributing to the expeditious development of the nation. BALCO has been an early adopter of smart technologies for heightened operational efficiencies, which further bolsters energy optimization, safety, and productivity that we have meticulously fostered across the organization. We are dedicatedly driving the Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) dimensions of sustainability for building a greener tomorrow and, therefore, are actively exploring innovations that can help reduce our carbon footprint as early as possible in the creation process.”

Mr. Sanjeev Duggal, Managing Director of NTPC GE Power Services Limited, congratulated BALCO on the prestigious recognition and said, “We are proud to be associated with BALCO and work in partnership to achieve business goals, keeping in mind the principles of zero harm, zero waste and zero discharge. Together we will strive for sustainable operations through effective practices of energy management, safety and productivity.”

BALCO’s 1200 MW and 540 MW Power Plants have undertaken various innovative and improvement projects for energy conservation. A solar plant of 33 KW has also been established to produce renewable energy. The plants have also ensured 100% utilization of ETP discharge water, and almost 8000Quality Circle and Kaizen projects have been implemented. In its other energy-saving endeavours, BALCO has also reduced power consumption in Potline I of its aluminium smelter to become the best potline in India and Gulf countries in power consumption, significantly reducing its carbon footprint.

BALCO has been the recipient of various awards and accolades for its environmental conservation efforts. BALCO has won the Golden Peacock Award for Energy Efficiency’- 2021, ‘CII Energy Efficiency Award’, and ‘Golden Peacock Sustainability Award’. The company has also bagged ‘International Green Apple Award’ ‘CII Energy Excellence Award’, ‘Sustainable Business of the year Award’, ‘National Award for Excellence in Energy Management’ and ‘Energy & Environment Global Environment Award’ in recent years.

BALCO is a subsidiary of Vedanta Limited, operating a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is part of Vedanta’s Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, India’s largest producer of Aluminium, producing almost half of India’s Aluminium i.e., 1.96 million tonnes in FY21. Vedanta Aluminium is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class Aluminium Smelters, Alumina Refinery and Power Plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

About Vedanta Limited:

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals companies with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa and Namibia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation-building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta’s strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and the environment. Vedanta has put in place a comprehensive framework to be the ESG leader in the natural resources sector. Vedanta is committed to reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 or sooner and has pledged $5 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate the transition to net-zero operations. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. The company’s flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars, have been set up as model Anganwadi focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Under the aegis of the Anil Agarwal Foundation, the umbrella entity for Vedanta’s social initiatives, the Vedanta group has pledged Rs 5000 crore over the next five years on social impact programmes with a thrust on nutrition, women & child development, healthcare, animal welfare, and grass-root level sports. Vedanta and the group companies company have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and was conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar Project was identified as the best CSR project by the Government of Rajasthan. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.

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About Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO):

Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO) is a subsidiary of Vedanta Limited, operating a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is part of Vedanta’s Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, which is India’s largest producer of Aluminium, producing almost half of India’s Aluminium i.e., 1.96 million tonnes in FY21. Vedanta Aluminium is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class Aluminium Smelters, Alumina Refinery and Power Plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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Celebrating the Change Makers! PIFA 5th edition curated by Maa2Mom Spearheaded by Jyoti Agarwal

5th Edition of Pinnacle Fame Awards curated by Maa2Mom was a prestigious award ceremony that celebrates everything around Womanhood and the way they Change the Convention

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], December 02: Leading the light for womanhood Maa2Mom, one of the most trusted & fastest growing communities of mothers, organised 5th edition of PIFA Awards. This year the theme was “Be the Change”. PIFA 5.0 glorified and honoured women who were extraordinary and who have carved their own path – those who lead by example and inspire others in their respective fields. These women believe in the motto ‘Be the Change’ and make a positive impact on society. PIFA 5.0 is associated with Jaikara, UK, to create awareness about domestic violence. This campaign is UN’s Orange the World Campaign, dedicated to ending violence against women. Namrata Thakker, the renowned Business Evangelist, has actively supported this event.

The awards spread across 20+ categories for women across the globe. The jury consisted of eminent pinnacle personalities who are experts in their own fields.

Jury Panelists for PIFA 5.0 were Tamanna Dhamija, Dr Zinal Shah, Rinku Shah, Mrunalini Deshmukh, Nivedita Basu, Zenobia Khodaiji & Radha Shah.

The glittering ceremony witnessed many celebrated guests and pinnacle personalities, including Bollywood and TV stars, performing some electric performances during the prestigious award ceremony.

Socialist Shweta Shalini, Business Evangelist  Namrata Thakker, Journalist Rekha Khan, Aashish Rego, actress Pratima Kannan, Karuna Verma (Actress), Utkarsha Naik (Actress), Filmmaker Lakshmi R Iyer, Krishna Beuraa (Playback Singer) , Pamela Jain (Singer), Avantika Bahuguna (from Momspresso), Chef Shailendra Kekade & Dr Ronak Shah.

Rashidaa Shaikh and Komal Goenka were the hosts for the award show.

Creative & Brilliant designers from the Maa2Mom community presented their upcoming line of sustainable fashion at the PIFA Grand fashion Show and set the stage on fire under the guidance of the best Runway Coach – Payal Pokarna. Bhavini Parikh (Bunko Junko) and Sonita Beura (Sonita Beura Collection) showcased their designer collections, while Rashmi Malik (Meraki) showcased handmade jewellery. Make-up and Hair for the models was done by Preeti Ashiwal and her team. The Fashion Show Models were additionally supported and groomed by Motivational Coach Zenobia Khodaiji.

PIFA also witnessed enthralling Dance Performances by Rituu Maneek and Troupe, who fascinated the audience & Adishakti to the Closing Ceremony’s Power Packed Performance by Sneha Shah & Troupe, which was highly applauded by the audience.

“Who doesn’t like being recognized for a job well done? Recognizing women for their efforts and accomplishments is important. We at PIFA awards curated by Maa2Mom aim to bring women of different fields under one roof & award them for their contribution in their respective areas of work. We were glad to have them & felicitate them for their work.”, said Jyoti Agarwal, Founder Maa2Mom.

68 awardees were selected from the 1000 nominations received across the globe. More power to Mothers and women who be the Change.

List of Awardees for the PIFA 5th edition curated by Maa2Mom are – Neha Mahindroo, Prof. Kavleen Kaur Bhasin, Bhairavi Amit Mamania, Dr. Kinjal Shah Anandpara & Karena Wu, Garima Manohar Sadhwani,​ Aishwarya Sandeep, Seema Kabra, Mamta Sharma, Dr. Deepti Chopra, Prachi S Vaish, Anindita Chaudhuri, Nammrata Rohit Sharma, Gauri Godbole, Neetu Sanjay, Vandana Joshil, Miti Randeri, Harshada Abhyankar, Dr Milan Khanna, Afshan Ali Shaikh, Binal Soni, Sunita Mundra, Ruchi Tiberwal, Neelu  Kumaar, Shalini Jain, Rashmi Malik, Tanvi Mathur, Apoorva Mairal, Sanskruti Pandya, Padma Rewari, Shweta Sandhu, AvsarD Event Designer LLP, Tejaswee Rajendra Paygude, Smrithy Rajesh, Preeti Ashiwal, Sonita Beura, Poorva Dubey, Brinda Rana, Neha Bagrodia, Rituu Maneek, Indic Society For Education And Development, Vanitaa Rawat, Street Konnect, Pooja Amit Jambotkar, Komal Goenka, Sneha Mehta, Rashidaa Shaikh, Payal Pokarna, Radha Panchariya, Samiya Shaikh, Shamim Dhamasker, Rachna Kacker, Preeti Misra, Pragati Gupta, Ashi Doshi & Pragati Agarwal, Shradhha Agarwal, Anubha Goyal, Anupama Padhi, Gurvinder Kaur, Ruchi Srivastava, Riddhi Sharma, Pooja A Panday, Renuka Kad, Manisha Shekhar Asthana, Kusum Harsora, Dietitian –  Supriya, Parul Chawla, Venugopal Iyer and The Kidzpreneur

PIFA 5.0 was Co-powered by Karma Terra, Luxury Automobile Partner – Autohangar Mercedes Benz, Wellness Partner – Fruik, Social Cause Partner – Jaikara, Community Partner – Momz of India, Décor Partner – AvsarD, Supporting Partner – The Kidzpreneur & Sustainable Fashion Partner (Kids)- Dumbledo.

Post their fifth edition PIFA Awards are touted to be the most coveted and credible awards recognizing innovation and accomplishment of women in various fields.


Mr. Abhishek Garodia – Transforming Dreams Into Realty

December 02: Buying a home is an aspiration, a desire to create a space filled with laughter, love and spaces where memories are created and nurtured.

Mr Abhishek, the Managing Director of the Garodia Group, believes in their company tenet that; ‘Nothing is Impossible’. In his more than two decades as a director of the group, he has been instrumental in developing the facade of the Mumbai suburbs.

The Garodia Group was started by Shri Gordhandas S. Garodia in 1966 and flourished under Mr Mahesh Gordhandas Garodia’s expert guidance.

The group follows the adage, “Never compromise on quality”. This tradition of maintaining high standards has been followed by Mr Abhishek as a ’de rigueur’ policy for all his projects.

The group strictly adheres to the best processes in real estate development, using state-of-the-art technology and quality materials, which have led to most of their projects being instant sellouts.

Being the pioneers in developing the first private, meticulously planned township Garodia Nagar in Ghatkopar, Mumbai. The group has burgeoned to develop ambitious projects in various sectors.

The Directors believe in creating spaces with unique identities and crafting homes at prime locations, using a skilled workforce and sourcing best-in-class quality materials. Their vision has always been to provide value-based living in their affordable housing projects and premium living spaces.

Mr Abhishek Garodia has unremittingly placed customer satisfaction as a priority.

He believes in the Government initiative of ‘A home for every Family’. Value-based living has been the driving factor in his affordable, cost-effective housing solutions, which helps make a difference in the lives of the average hardworking Indian.

For him, the realty domain has the potential to transform economies. Infrastructure and Realty are the dominant industries that will bring about a boost to the fast-growing Indian economy in the future.

He is a staunch supporter of being environmentally responsible and has initiated the internationally approved Green methods and processes in his projects. According to him, ”The future of the industry lies in using the latest technology and green buildings.”

Excellence is always a priority!

Mr Abhishek Garodia has set out to raise the industry benchmarks by using gold mark standards in his processes and safety procedures.

Building projects with unique identities which combine aspirations with ease of living in various sectors such as:

  • Residential
  • Redevelopment
  • Commercial
  • Townships

Current On-going project:

Mr Abhishek Garodia has always envisaged giving the customer what they desire and not what they want. This thought has been the leading feature in his spectacular, illustrious project ‘Girivan La Quinta’.

Stepping into Girivan La Quinta, the Magnum Opus from the eminent Garodia Group is akin to experiencing a decadent, epicurean, heady lifestyle in the luxuriant, vibrant society of Union park, Chembur, and with the view of the lush greenery of The Bombay Presidency Golf course.

This piece de resistance was designed by Architect Sanjay Puri, an internationally acclaimed Architect.

Uber Luxurious 5 and 3 BHK apartments with their own personal, ultra-private deck to soak in the scenic panorama from the neighbouring Golf course. A private marbled entrance foyer, security concierge, and a lifestyle for a chosen few.

The project offers a contemporary spacious air-conditioned lobby, an opulent banquet to host celebrations and for entertainment, a state of art Gym to sweat out, a spa to rejuvenate, aesthetically planned gorgeous gardens to catch up with neighbours, as well as private cabanas where one can meditate or contemplate in solitude. A Zoomba / Yoga deck for open-air exercises.

A lifestyle that is a perfect fit for the erudite.

The man:

A Finance Graduate who has been at the helm of the company since 1997. A master Golfer with numerous accolades in Golf tournaments which includes representing India in Spain, a fine Squash player, dexterous Diver, consummate Swimmer, Chess buff, and an ace Basketball player.

A dynamic all-round personality and being a Globe trotter seeking new experiences and opportunities by participating in building material and automation trade fairs, with his fortitude, perseverance and hard work, he has led the company to a sustainable progression and has diversified the group into hospitality and the education sector. He is a hands-on director who loves to be involved right from the inception stage to planning, projections, coordinating, finalizing, marketing and seeing his vision turn into success.

His stance on the future of the realty sector is, “Affordable housing is the need of the hour. catering to the best services in security & facility management and adopting the best international standards plus having a healthy mix of premium and value-for-money products to satisfy the connoisseur and the commoner alike will be the norms of the future.”


Nature Nuskha launches a unique product – Hair Fitness Nourishing mist for healthy hair

New Delhi (India), December 2: With so many products in the market, it is essential to choose the right hair care product for your hair. In fact, many of your top hair concerns or problems may stem from simply using the wrong products.  Caring for your hair the right way is a significant key to health and hair growth. It is important to utilize quality hair care products to ensure your hair is as healthy as possible. Instead of going to chemically induced products, why not look back to our roots and seek the help of our nature? To tackle the problems of unhealthy hair, dandruff, and hair fall, Nature Nuskha has launched its revolutionary product, Hair Fitness Nourishing Mist, to nurture your hair back to health.

Nature Nuskha’s Hair Fitness Nourishing Mist is a nutrient-packed hair mist, clinically proven by SRM Ayurvedic College & Hospital, Bareilly, for its efficiency and efficacy for hair fall and dandruff control. Nature Nuskha’s Hair Fitness Nourishing Mist, enriched with 6 vital hair care herbal extracts, anti-microbial ingredients, and conditioners with the goodness of onion, effectively tackles hair fall and dandruff. The mist comes in a non-sticky formula and provides all the benefits of a natural hair growth oil and serum with vital nutrients without leaving any oily, sticky or heavy residue.  It was created for those who don’t want to or can’t use oils despite facing hair fall and dandruff issues. Hair Fitness Nourishing mist not only protects your scalp from environmental pollutants but also helps in strengthening hair roots and providing luster to your hair. Additionally, it moisturizes your scalp and works as an anti-dandruff mist. The mist is made up of a chemical-free formula to give long-term benefits from natural proteins, vitamins, and anti-oxidants. Notably, it is quick and easy to use as all you need to do is spray the mist on your hair roots and shaft as it conveniently comes in a bottle with a spray pump.

Talking about the product, Promoter of Nature Nuskha, Mr. Arvind Machhar, says, “Believing in the goodness of nature, Nature Nuskha has carefully formulated the Hair Fitness Nourishing Mist after thorough research and experiments. It is made to repair damaged hair shafts, restore sheen, and tame frizzy hair. The mist is created keeping in mind today’s busy lives. It is easy to use, gives you the benefits of both oil and serum, and allows you to flaunt your hair as you wish.”

About Nature Nuskha:

Nature Nuskha is an organic brand of hair care products with the belief that holistic, one-stop solutions derived from the power of nature are essential to solving modern hair problems in a fast-paced world. All the products at Nature Nuskha, be it their hair fall control oils, hair mists, or organic shampoos, are purely manufactured with herbal extracts, conditioners, and nourishing ingredients.  All products, though derived from nature, are backed by scientific research and are made in a GMP environment.


Dhadak Kamgar Union’s Abhijeet Rane issues warning-cum-appeal to employers as Omicron raises concerns

December 02: Employers have always been taking advantage and mistreating the people who serve them with their hard work and loyalty. But the exploitation of workers has been an epidemic during the Covid-19 pandemic. We may be forced into lockdown, as the latest COVID strain, Omicron, is at our doorstep. This has raised concerns that workers may be further exploited as businesses are likely to take undue advantage of the situation. The Founder & General Secretary of Dhadak Kamgar Union, Prominent Labour Leader Abhijeet Rane, has hence taken the initiative to protect the rights of workers and issue a warning cum appeal to industrialists, businessmen, entrepreneurs, and business owners to be compassionate towards their employees and refrain from exploiting them.

Abhijeet Rane has issued the warning cum appeal in a letter to business people in an effort to safeguard, protect, and maintain the rights, duties and justice of workers, laborers and employees.

The letter reads, “In accordance with Central and State Governments Directives for fair and just treatment of permanent and contract laborers and employees, I Abhijeet Rane General Secretary, Dhadak Kamgar Union, hereby issue a warning cum appeal to all industrialists, businessmen, entrepreneurs and business owners not to indulge in unjustified, illegal, immoral, and inhuman malpractices of dismissing, suspending, terminating services of permanent, contract and casual laborers and staffers, as well as taking undue advantage of the situation created by Corona crisis and lockdown.

I, as Union Leader and myself a Businessman, am fully aware of difficulties and problems you are also facing. But please have sympathy, gratitude and compassion for the people who served you through your ups and downs and are in dire need of your help, support, and humanitarian approach to survive and revive their lives. We, on their behalf soon would be approaching you with a practical and viable solution formula which would be a win-win situation for both you and your workers.

Thousands of workers from hundreds of establishments are approaching our union. We are determined to get them their jobs, dues and justified financial packages through negotiations. If not, then by agitation.

We hope, wish, and pray that wisdom and compassion would prevail upon you, and you would cooperate with your own people.”

Dhadak Kamgar Union has always worked for the welfare and betterment of all laborers, workers and employees under the leadership of Abhijeet Rane, who is not only a prominent labour leader but also a senior journalist. The major goal of the union is to improve the lives of all laborers, workers and employees by giving a place for them to voice their problems and resolve them.

It is noteworthy that the union has always aimed to peacefully resolve problems faced by laborers, workers and employees through negotiations rather than agitations and intends to do the same in the current Covid-19 pandemic and anticipated lockdown situation.


Repeat Watching, the Last Resort for Viewers

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], December 2: As a novel concept always attracts movie lovers, Bollywood’s latest Sci-Fi thriller, The Last Resort, is compelling viewers to watch this movie again and again to unravel the time loop mystery. Written by Ajit Jagtap, Bollywood’s promising new voice in Thriller and Sci-Fi genre, and directed by Saugat Bhattacharya, The Last Resort is an edge-of-the-seat film where people are curious to know what is going to happen next.

From the makers of A Journey of Thousand Miles – Peacekeepers, a documentary that won many prestigious awards in international film festivals, The Last Resort is promoted with the tagline “Don’t Let Your Fears Choose Your Destiny.” From delusion to déjà vu and desperation to daring, The Last Resort surrealistically portrays human emotions in varied conditions and situations. As Saugat Bhattacharya teams up with a strong cast, including Brijendra Kala, Reecha Sinha, Vaishnavi Macdonald, and Saugat himself, something extraordinary was predicted, but he stunned the audience beyond their expectations.

The power-packed performances by Brijendra Kala, Reecha Sinha, Vaishnavi Macdonald, and Saugat Bhattacharya give the audience recurring goose-bumps throughout the movie. The Last Resort streamed on Biigg Bang on November 19th, and from the very next day, producer Irfan Izhar is not only receiving appreciation e-mails, but many are requesting him to make the sequel of this unconventional movie. People have been fed up with watching crime and violence in the guise of realism. In contrast, The Last Resort is a hair-raising thriller that revolves around the time loop.

The leading lady of the movie, Reecha Sinha, on being a part of The Last Resort, said, “What attracted me towards the script was the fact that the resort was the hero of the film. There is a clock in the film, which also plays an integral role in the film. The family goes to this resort, and then, lots of twists and turns happen. We felt the chills even while shooting for the film.”

Irfan Izhar seeks tremendous potential for new filmmakers on the sprawling OTT platforms. Through Entertainment Box, his production house in Mumbai, in partnership with Suraj Mishra, they are keen to entertain people with quality content on OTTs. According to him, OTTs have opened new vistas for filmmakers. He said, “If the content is good, a producer doesn’t have to struggle to appease distributors. Though from the commercial point of view, OTT cannot replace theatres, it will go hand in hand with theatres.”

About Entertainment Box

Managed by Irfan Izhar and Suraj Mishra, Entertainment Box Productions is the one-stop Film Production & Experiential marketing agency based in Mumbai. For the past few years, they have established themselves as a reliable partner for all the creative and operational requirements when it comes to film production and marketing of all scales.