INMEX SMM India Expo to address the $250 bn Indian Shipping and Maritime Industry

Mumbai, May 23: INMEX SMM India, the premier trade exhibition for the shipping and maritime industries, is set to be held at the Jio World Convention Center, BKC, Mumbai from 1st – 3rd June 2022. The event will emphasize on crafting a platform for global manufacturers and suppliers to showcase their state-of-the-art products to the South Asian maritime market with over 100 brands. The conglomeration will also witness seminars and discussions on smart shipping & decarbonization, ship building – Creating Right Ecosystem Marine Insurance in India, Port Opportunities, and many more to transform the maritime and shipping sector in India.

Elaborating on the focus of this year’s edition, Mr Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, Informa Markets in India, said, “Maritime transport is the most economical and sustainable way to transport large goods throughout the world. Today, around 90% of world trade is carried by the maritime industry, and it handles around 70% of India’s trading in terms of value. Moreover, India is a strategically located country with a coastline of approximately 7517 km. The Maritime India Vision that our Hon’ble Prime Minister launched in 2021 has identified over 150 initiatives to boost the Indian Maritime and Shipping sector. The vision serves as a blueprint to achieve an accelerated and coordinated development of India’s diverse maritime sector. Backed by massive reach and know-how in the Indian market, Informa Markets in India and Hamburg Messe und Congress are honored to have the opportunity to serve the shipping and maritime sector and highlight challenges and opportunities for the growth of the sector.”

 Attendees to the three-day event will benefit from the multiple business opportunities existent within shipbuilding, shipyards, fittings and equipment, cargo handling systems, electrical engineering/electronics, technology, ports and port technology, ocean engineering, offshore marine technology, naval weapon systems and dredging to facilitate exposure of domestic and international players to the Indian market.

The key industry players participating in this event includes Mitsubishi, Suzuki Marine, Exalto Emirates, Chowgule Group, Aries Technical Sales & Service Pvt ltd, Indian Register of Shipping, Indian Navy, Teignbridge Propellers, Vulkan Technologies, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Scania, Moloobhoys amongst others. A B2B Buyers Programme will facilitate specialized meetings between exhibitors and buyers at the Maritime Business Lounge.

The Indian shipping and maritime sector, pegged at approximately $250 billion, is expected to grow at a 10–12% CAGR in the coming years.  The government has been undertaking several initiatives such as the Sagarmala Programme, Ghogha – Hazira RoPAX Ferry, Port development, Merchant Shipping Bill, GST reduction, and Inland water transport to accelerate the growth of the shipping sector.  Also, the Government of India has allowed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of up to 100% under the automatic route for port and harbour construction and maintenance projects. With adequate policy support and a growth in external trade, India’s shipping industry has immense potential to scale new heights and support India’s economic growth.

The expo is supported by the Indian Register of Shipping, Institute of Marine Engineers (India), National Maritime Foundation, Indian Port Association, Indian National Shipowners Association, ICC Shipping Association, Maritime Association of Nationwide Shipping Agencies, Foreign Owners Representatives & Ship Managers Association (FOSMA), Association of Multimodal Transport Operators of India (AMTOI), Maritime Training Guild, Konkan Maritime Cluster amongst others. Apart from industry professionals, key personnel from Shipowners, Ship management companies, the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, National Shipping Board, Directorate of Procurement and Directorate of Quality Assurance, and Indian Navy, among others will be present at the show.

 About Informa Markets

Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. Our portfolio is comprised of more than 550 international B2B events and brands in markets including Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure, Construction & Real Estate, Fashion & Apparel, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, and Health & Nutrition, among others. We provide customers and partners around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, specialist digital content and actionable data solutions. As the world’s leading exhibitions organiser, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit

About Informa Markets and our business in India

Informa Markets is owned by Informa PLC, a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organiser in the world. Informa Markets in India (formerly UBM India) is India’s leading exhibition organizer, dedicated to help specialist markets and customer communities, domestically and around the world to trade, innovate and grow through exhibitions, digital content & services, and conferences & seminars. Every year, we host over 25 large scale exhibitions, 40 conferences, along with industry awards and trainings across the country; thereby enabling trade across multiple industry verticals. In India, Informa Markets has offices in Mumbai and New Delhi.


Pescadoo led by Tilak Banerjee steps forward to organise the unorganised Seafood and Meat Market in India

May 23: India is the second biggest aquaculture and fish producer globally. It is expected that the Indian fish will reach a volume of 26.6 Million Metric Tons by the year 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of around 9% during 2021-2026. Due to the change in lifestyle of people, food habits coupled with a rising appetite for healthy food is creating a demand for processed fish in urban areas. India holds a huge potential for seafood since the country is having a long coastline spanning about 8,129 km. Hence, India’s buoyant seafood industry has emerged as the largest group in agricultural exports of the country.

For the proper utilization of the potential of the country, Timaeus Marketo founded by Tilak Banerjee came up with a vision to organise the unorganized seafood market with their D2C brand named

Hence, Pescadoo focuses on three categories of supplies at present. It primarily caters to the bulk retail supplies, Star category restaurants, boutique fast food chains and gourmet kitchens and direct consumers.

Pescadoo came up with the Mission to be the most reliable, efficient and effortless source of a variety of seafoods and meat for different categories of end consumers.

Most importantly, it solved many hygiene affairs involved in the seafood and meat market and is also UKAS certified ISO 9001:2015 company. Banerjee’s motto is to reach and help each and every customer faster and deliver fresh products within 120 Minutes through their platform.

Pescadoo is functioning in Kolkata and Bangalore and aims to deliver all over the country in the near future gradually.


Action Aid Association- The fight against witch-branding needs a national legislation

May 23: On 16th May 2022, Sukrat Bai, her husband Narmad Singh, and their 12-year-old granddaughter Kumari Mahima were brutally killed in Madhya Pradesh, under the suspicion of black magic. This tragedy surfaces just a month after the murder of Sukra Kasua and Balamadina Tirkey in Assam for supposedly practicing witchcraft. All five victims across the two cases were from tribal communities. The atrocious custom of witch-branding and killing has plagued the globe for too long and its sustained prevalence in today’s India is indeed shameful. Rooted in patriarchy, caste, and superstition, this practice continues to take several lives.

While accurate figures may not be available, a few hundred people are murdered every year. According to data by India’s National Crime Records Bureau, upwards of 2,500 people, mostly women, have been killed in India between 2000-2016 after being accused of witchcraft.

Often confined to the rural realms and affecting the marginalized, witch-branding does not get the kind of focus and action it begs. ActionAid Association India’s study on witch-branding investigated 115 cases of witch-branding, across eight districts in Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, and Jharkhand. The study found that the reasons behind the attacks were issues of land, jealousy, accusations of causing illness, reactions to unconventional religious practices, against strangers in the village, and a reaction to women asserting agency and rights. A detailed study of witch branding in Odisha shows that most cases of witch branding occurred as victims were blamed for the misfortunes of other villagers. Some of these misfortunes were found to be children’s health issues; health issues of an adult family member, crop failure, or an attempt to land grab single women. The study also brought out the kinds of numerous human rights violations survivors of the witch-branding face. They are often ostracized, socially excluded, and sometimes even banished from villages. It was also found that this practice disproportionately targets women who are marginalized along the lines of caste or tribe and are single, aged, or alone.

Presently, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Orrisa, and Rajasthan have enacted laws against witch-branding. However, due to the lack of awareness of these laws and redressed mechanisms, cases seldom result in investigations and justice. Cases of witch-branding require a holistic approach encompassing the rehabilitation of victims, punishment of offenders, and active and effective participation from the local administration.

Civil society organizations, local governments, and human rights defenders must join forces to mitigate the underlying factors which render communities vulnerable to such dangerous practices. Survivors of witch-branding need strong economic and social rehabilitation that will enable their reintegration into society. Furthermore, education, health, and livelihood measures must be emphasized and made available to empower vulnerable communities in rural areas.

The District Magistrate’s office can play a role in training and sensitizing law enforcement agents in districts prone to witch-branding. They can also be instrumental in taking preventive and precautionary measures by mapping areas and persons vulnerable to witch-branding.  Additionally, Gram Panchayats can play a leadership role in bringing disputes to the courts and instituting community retributive mechanisms such as community fines against people and groups who accuse another of witchcraft.

The most recent murders in Madhya Pradesh, a state among those that have no legal provisions against witch-branding reflect an urgent need for national-level legislation along with advisories by government agencies and human rights bodies such as the National Human Rights Commission elucidating relevant precautionary, preventive, and retributive measures. Child protection and safeguarding measures must be included in these advisories and any future legislation.

Rehana Rehman, Program Officer in the ActionAid Association Regional Office of Guwahati says, “Grassroot level awareness campaigns on the legal measures available to persons branded as witches will go a long way in abolishing this practice. Moreover, the District Magistrate and Gram Panchayats should be mobilized in identifying persons vulnerable to witch-branding and taking preventive measures at community levels.”

Sandeep Chachra, Executive Director, ActionAid Association India states “We need national legislation to comprehensively combat witch-branding. Such legislation will help build a national discourse, and will also provide an enabling environment for human rights and justice defenders to act. Beyond the legislation, what is needed are popular education campaigns building on advancing rationality and scientific temper, and indeed a momentum to eradicate the evil of witch-branding.”


Kolkata witnessed the culmination of the mega finale event of Jeeo King & Queen Mr./Ms and Mrs India International Season -2

23rd May 2022: Kolkata witnessed the culmination of the mega finale event of Jeeo King & Queen Mr./Ms.And Mrs. India International Season -2, which was presented by Columbaas Digiplex at Holiday Inn in Kolkata in the presence of Bollywood Actor Director Arbaaz Khan, Bengali Superstar Rituparna Sengupta, Director Subhrajit Mitra and Mr. Manoj Mehra, Asma Hussain and other eminent guests. Debjani Mukherjee was conferred as the Pride of the Nation, Neha Singh as the Global Queen and Shreya Thakur as Teen Queen.

The spokesperson Sukanya Gupta mentioned that The Pageant seeks to offer a platform for all Iconic men and women to showcase their uniqueness in personality, Talent, Confidence & Intelligence. Jeeo King and Queen believe in bringing remarkable Achievers to present their true unique selves. As an organisation, they believe that nothing could stop you from reaching new heights and setting new milestones if you are passionate about it. Age is just a number. What counts is the effort and the approach towards someone’s goals. In just 2 seasons, they have contestants from 10 plus countries globally.

Globally renowned Grooming Coach and Show Director Liza Varma, who was one of the celebrity groomers of the event, mentioned that she was extremely happy with the standard of the participants and also with the organising team.

The pageant journey was filled with glamour and intellectual life. Shainee Soni famous Bollywood stylist who is the winner of the Miss Transgender title this year and representing India in the Miss Transgender universe informed that the Finalists were physically and mentally groomed and trained. They created awareness via advocacy, were challenged with high fashion photoshoots, and runway shows showcased their talent and created empowerment.

Jeeo King & Queen Pageant have shortlisted the top 29 finalists from around the globe, as the pageant crowned its second-ever “Mr., Ms. and Mrs. International. All the contestants went to Phi Phi Island in Thailand to have the photoshoot and video shoot and the grooming sessions began there itself.

Along with the contestants, the highlights of the Kolkata event were the amazing outfits presented by the designers like Asma Hussain from Lucknow (women’s ethnic wear), SBJ from Delhi (men’s ethnic and western) and Nikhil Jain from Kolkata (Evening Gowns Women’s Western Wear).

The crowns for the winners were designed by eminent jewellery brand The Jewelounge from Delhi by Nitin Vijay. Hollywood Executive Producer Joey Majumdar from Los Angeles gifted all the participants exclusive items from luxury brands. He also promised to give opportunities for modelling to all deserving candidates in Charity Shows in the USA. Pooja Vyas from Nagpur was crowned Jeeo queen Mrs winner. Neelam Singh from Muscat and Ravinder Kaur from Delhi were joint First Runners up. The second runners up were Shalini Parupudi from Bangalore, while Mrs Neha Singh Gupta from Dubai was crowned as Jeeo queen International Mrs Global Queen.

In the Miss Category, Bengali girl Debasruti Saha from Bangalore won the title Jeeo queen Miss International, and Runners up were Ashima Sood from Smalltown Guna in MP and Kanti Gari from Mangalore, who is an Airhostess and comes from a tribal background, won the second runners up title

In the Mr category, the Jeeo king Mr International title was won by Pawas Khatri from Delhi and the first Runners up was Soumalya from Kolkata and Mithil from Mumbai was the second runners up.

The videography for the event was directed by Susanta Sarkar and executed by Soumyadeep and Sayan. The Photoshoot was done by famous photographer Rony Kaula.


An Ode to Show Directors!

New Delhi, 22nd May 2022: The board of India Fashion Awards presents a night where they are all set to appreciate, acknowledge and celebrate the fashion show directors who are the backbone and quite literally the heart and soul of fashion weeks.The event is on the 26th of May 2022 at The Claridges, New Delhi.

It is a gala celebration for the ones who have always been in the background and have been a constant support to the designers’ & to the team who work tirelessly to achieve a singular creative vision of the show. They aspire to honour and create a memorable evening for the show directors, featuring Aparna & Anisha, Anu Ahuja, Lubna Adams, Lokesh Sharma, Vahbiz Mehata, Rashmi Virmani, Kapil Guhri and to name a few.

The occasion will also be graced with the presence of Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Verma, Rakesh Thakore, Dabid Abraham, Kyle Martelli, Gauri & Nainika, Model Carol Gracias, Manika Sheokand and many more.

Mr. Sanjay Nigam Founder India Fashion Awards said “The show directors will be showcasing and choreographing their own unique entries to the event along with their muses instead of being present at the backstage, it’s an occasion where they can loosen up with their imagination and showcase their true masterpieces through themselves. This has been made possible by IFA, a platform that exists to acknowledge, reward, promote business, creativity, and innovation displayed by the industry members to a global level” adds Mr. Sanjay Nigam.

A soirée de fête attended by all the well-connected personalities of the fashion industry, from the top designers to fashionably esteemed celebrities all under one roof celebrating the success of the Fashion Show Directors, the evening will be hosted by IFA and its associate brands.


Ovum Hospitals, Bangalore’s #1 Women & Child Hospital, launches a state-of-the-art IVF & Infertility Centre in Bangalore

May 23: Ovum Hospitals, run by the Neonatal Care & Research Institute (NCRI), is an organization formed by a group of doctors with national and international experience in the field of pediatrics and gynecology. Ovum has recently announced its expansion with the opening of its first state-of-the-art standalone fertility centre in the Hoskote area of Bangalore, providing a ray of hope to couples who are unable to conceive in a natural way. Ovum Hospitals has quickly expanded to four locations in Bangalore. It started by providing NICU coverage to the Milann Fertility Center and Chinmaya Mission Facility and has now grown to include a 30-bed maternal and NICU hospital in Bangalore.

Ovum Hospitals was formed by a group of pediatric and gynecology professionals with national and international experience. Ovum is a women and children’s hospital in Bangalore that aims to provide standardized, high-quality, patient-centered, and cost-effective maternity and child health care. We are dedicated to our patient’s safety and satisfaction, and we offer 24-hour pediatric and maternal care in Bangalore. Our in-house training programme guarantees that our doctors, nurses, and support personnel are always up to date on clinical knowledge and technology in order to provide high-quality patient care in the most efficient manner possible.

Ovum Fertility Centre is a high-end IVF clinic in Bangalore with cutting-edge technology to complement cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment approaches. In addition to providing core procedures such as IUI, IVF, Male infertility treatment and andrology services, Ovum Fertility Center offers several state-of-the-art technologies such as vitrification for preserving embryos and eggs, ERA ( Endometrial Receptor Array), Blastocyst culture & transfer. Horizontal laminar airflow systems, high-end microscopes, and centrifuges are all available in the Andrology Lab.

We have modern IVF workstations, motorized controlled micromanipulators, and microprocessor-controlled incubators at its Embryology Labs. Laser-assisted Hatching System, Time-lapse Embryo Monitoring System for effective selection of embryos. Ovum Fertility Centre is among the few IVF centres in Bangalore to offer all kinds of infertility solutions for both males as well as females.

The medical skill of Ovum’s team is something they take pride in. As the core of their services, they have highly skilled, seasoned, and experienced doctors available for each and every patient, with equal parts clinical expertise and empathy. The combined expertise of the medical and paramedical teams allows them to give exceptional care in obstetrics, gynecology, neonatology, pediatrics, infertility, feto-maternal scans, and other subspecialties. Ovum understands the joy of labor and has helped many women and couples embrace it while adjusting to changes in their lives and bodies, all while offering safety, comfort, and care. One of Ovum’s strongest selling points is its medical team.  Ovum Hospitals aspires to reduce new-born mortality and morbidity by providing a state-of-the-art NICU.

Ovum is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to persons suffering from infertility or other reproductive endocrinology problems. We offer diagnostic testing for infertility as well as assisted reproductive technologies like IVF. Our Bangalore-based team of highly trained IVF doctors is dedicated to providing the finest possible care while remaining compassionate. At Ovum, the premier IVF centre in Bangalore, we use a customised and proven strategy to give both comprehensive and consistent planning for the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic and reproductive disorders. For a long time, a significant percentage of couples have struggled to conceive naturally due to obstacles such as lifestyle, age, and other physical problems.

Ovum Reproductive Center provides consultation and corrective measures, either medical or surgical, for more complex fertility treatments based on a full fertility evaluation. Ovum Fertility Center is a division of Ovum Women and Child Specialty Hospital, and it continues to deliver patient-centred care and treatment openness in accordance with its philosophy of “Delivering Medical Care the Right Way!” Ovum is regarded as one of Bangalore’s best IVF clinics for infertility issues. We have the best IVF doctors in Bangalore who have assisted thousands of couples struggling with infertility. Our patient’s emotional well-being is just as essential to us as the clinical standards we provide.

Ovum Fertility was founded on the notion that birthing is a joy, not a disease, and we understand the stress that infertility can cause. As a result, our team of Reproductive Medicine specialists, Embryologists, Andrologists, Ultrasonologists, and Counselors will serve as your mentors and confidants during this journey.

To know more about us, you can visit our website


“Identifying potential growth zones”, Founder of Agrocorp Ayan Nagpal

May 23: Agrocorp which has reimagined the experience of buying and selling land. They believe that land ownership is a fundamental right for all, not just a few.

What started as a pursuit to acquire land for self-use became a huge opportunity when Ayan Nagpal, Founder and Director of Agrocorp, realised that the land investment sector in India is still unorganised and in the hands of a select few. And with this vision, Agrocorp was conceived in 2012 with the intention of simplifying and organising the concept of land investment while creating value that not only simplifies the process of land investment but makes the whole concept effortless and more desirable.

We went all candid with Ayan Nagpal and let’s read what he has to say about Agrocorp and vineyards.

1) How and when did this idea of launching a vineyard come to your mind?

As a leading land developer, our team is continuously identifying potential growth zones in the country and innovating on value addition that we can do on land by creating new experiences for our clients.

While travelling to the US, we visited Napa Valley and had a great experience with the family. The experience of a vineyard is on every traveller’s bucket list and we are excited to bring that experience to your backyard with our project “The Vineyard”, where an investor adds to their portfolio by investing in land in a high potential growth zone and at the same time makes this experience a part of their lifestyle.

Bengaluru is the wine country of Karnataka with the right climate and topography, which worked to our advantage geographically.

2) What is your selling point for this project?

As they say, Invest inland, they are not making it anymore. But investing in land is a science very few understand. The land is the most time tested and rewarding asset class in the long run, but the location and potential growth factors of the area are very important aspects.

Our selling point is to invest in land in a location where there is growth potential, and while your asset grows, you can enjoy the asset as a lifestyle because of the value additions that we offer on the land.

The Vineyard is located just off the new Satellite Town Ring Road being developed around Bengaluru, which is attracting a lot of SMEs and IT companies because of its great connectivity to the airport, affordable land rates, and great road network and connectivity to the other parts of the city. With the density increase in the long run, the land prices are bound to jump and give good returns.

3) Who is your target audience?

Our mission is to make land investment organised and a hassle-free experience in the country and available for everyone in the country.

With the increase in disposable income and purchase power, young India wants to invest but fears the hassles that come along with land investment. With an organised process and complete due diligence, we will ensure we offer land as an investment to every household.

We cater to all segments like HNI’s, Corporates and First Time Buyers through our various product lines.

4) What are your next project plans?

Ans: We aim to develop 300+ acres around the concept of the vineyards over the next 24-36 months. In addition to this, we plan to expand to residential community development built around the concept of modern architecture, self-sustainability, world themes and nature focussed.

5) Are you planning to expand this concept to other cities? Explain the process.

We are currently operating in three geographies, namely Delhi NCR, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, with Bengaluru as our headquarters.

A vineyard requires certain climatic conditions and cannot be developed everywhere, whereas land as an investment is a countrywide requirement. We are already catering to advisory for HNI’s and corporates in all three geographies, but we plan to expand our product line of farm communities to other cities as the policies allow.

6) What are the challenges and hurdles you faced while launching this project?

Land acquisition and development is our expertise and our history over the last decade clearly shows that.

We have transacted more than 700+acres and developed and delivered 300+ acres to 600+ families without any litigation.

The Vineyard is only 45 minutes from Hebbal and while acquiring land closer to the city, aggregation was a challenge as for a very long time, Karnataka limited the sale of agricultural land to only a certain section, but the transaction still took place, creating legal complications in the title.

With the abolition of Section 79A, 79B & 80, transacting has become easier but finding clear title lands is still a challenge. We had to scrutinise around 200 acres before we could find the right land for developing this project.

Winegrowing is an art and a highly technical task. The second challenge was to have the right team in order to ensure the vineyards setup and maintenance were done the right way. Our exclusive strategic collaboration with Grover Zampa Vineyards Limited helped us achieve that.

7) What are the Bengaluru real estate scenarios as of now? How has it changed owing to covid?

Bengaluru is the Silicon Valley of the country and is growing rapidly. Appreciation of real estate is directly linked to the possible increase in the population of the city. With the growing work opportunities and migration happening from other parts of the country to Bengaluru, demand for residential, commercial and land is bound to grow. Post covid the trend has changed, people have realised the value of space and those living in apartments aspire to a villa, and those who own a villa, aspire for a farm.

8) What are your future plans? How do you see yourself 5 years down the line?

We have major goals for the organisation in terms of expansion. We are focussed on developing communities on global themes centred around nature and self-sustainability with modern architecture.

​​​​​​​We also plan to expand to different cities across the country and increase our footprint.

This is all that Ayan has to say. We wish him all the best for Agrocorp.


Amalgamation of Food & Exotic Cocktails at Noida’s new Restro pub – Sassy & Oscar!

May 23: A sensorial experience of two different moods has come under one roof. Sassy & Oscar has opened its doors at Gardens Galleria Mall Noida, Sector – 18. Oscar is a luxurious club, whereas Sassy is an open-air cocktail deck. It is a perfect amalgamation of food, cocktails and two different moods.

If you are someone who is confused about where to visit with your friends this weekend – then Sassy & Oscar is the perfect destination for you. Sassy and Oscar have served some of the exotic cocktails with a lip-smacking multi-cuisine restaurant.

Oscar is a luxe club offering a luxury experience where you can enjoy specially curated music along with gourmet food and some exclusive sprites. Oscar will have fire acrobats and many events planned for your entertainment. Where Sassy is an open-air cocktail deck where you get chilled vibes which can be enjoyed  with the never-ending conversation, delicious meals accompanied by unique concoctions and music

On weekends, they often have live bands and the energy is contagious. Their cocktails and food menu will also spoil you for choice. Ideally, gather up your gang on the weekend and be prepared to stick it out till past midnight at Sassy & Oscar.

According to the founder, Varun Puri, “ The exotic cocktails and whimsical music are definitely going to make your evening a wonderful one with your friends. Sassy & Oscar is one of the most happening destinations in Noida.”


Atal National Award 2022 was successfully conducted in Pune, Maharashtra by Atal Bharat Sports & Cultural Association

May 23: Prestigious Atal National Award was successfully conducted on 22nd of May 2022 at the Mahatma Phule Sanskrutik Bhavan, Pune, Maharashtra in remembrance & respect to the Bharat Ratna & Ex. Prime Minister of India Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayjee. This award ceremony was conducted by the Atal Bharat Sports & Cultural Association in collaboration with Special Olympic Bharat, Central Christian University & Ensemble Entertainments Int. This event was well supported by Uttar Pradesh Olympic Association, International Society of Diplomats, Ghana United Nations Association-GUNA, International Internship University, Indian Book of Records and Maharishi Vaghbhata Ayurveda & Yoga Shaikshik Sanstha.

This event was attended by Chief Guest of Honour Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale (Retd), Asst.Controller of Defence Accounts & PRO Shri.T Satish Kumar, Bollywood Celebrity Shri.Sourabh Gokhale, Music Director Producer Shri.Iqbal Darbar, Fashion Guru Ms.Sonia Mayers, Ex. Chairman Pune Bar Association Shri.Srikant Agaste, Accreditation Management System Pvt. Ltd. Shri.Bhavesh Parmar, Director of Human First Foundation (HFF) & Celebrity Judge Shri.Zafar Pirzada, Tiger Private Ltd. Shri. Nitesh Mule, Director of Vishwa Vidya Consultancy Pvt.Ltd Shri. Prashant Kamalakar. This award was specially supported by Cabinet Minister of India Shri. Shripad Naik & Member of Parliament Shri. Shrirang Chandu Barne.

This year Atal National Awards were conducted for 5 Categories:

  • Marnoprant
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Atal Corporate
  • Atal Senior
  • Atal Youth

Awardees List of Atal National Awards 2022:

1.) Marnoprant Category  
S.N. Name Category  
1 Late. Major Kunal Munnadir Gosavi Indian Army  
2 Late. Sergeant Khairnar Milind Kishore Indian Army  
2.) Atal Lifetime Achievement Category  
S.N. Name Category  
1 Milind Wagle Sports Promotion  
2 S. Pradeep Kumar. Swimming  
3 Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale (Retd.) Indian Air Force  
4 Poojashree Writer and Poet  
5 Maninder Ahluwalia Producer & Entertainment  
 3.) Atal Corporate Category
S.N. Name Category
1 Dubai Ice (Abdul Sami Abdul Jalil) Ice Manufacturing
2 Brahma Realty & Infrastructure (Vishal Surendrakumar Agarwal) Construction and Hospitality
3 Amriflair (Tradeways LLC) (Vikas Sereen) Hospitality
4 Acu Holistics Health India Holistic and Acupuncture
5 Relief Appliances (Dr Ejaz Chiniwar) Manufacturing
4.) Atal Senior Category
S.N. Name Category
1 Sana Khan Entertainment
2 Pradeep Kumar Yadav Sports promotion and Author
3 Khushboo Jain Health and Wellness
4 Sanjay Prabhakar Sonalkar Life Coach
5 M A Murtoza Health and Fitness
6 Roohi Jain Healer and Numerologist
7 Vijay Madhekar Yoga
8 Vijay Kumar Human Resources
9 Kanzah Syed Entrepreneur
10 Shaili Pankaj Sancheti Dance Director & Choreographer
11 Babul Gurung Swimming
12 Abhishek Anil Jadhav Sports Infrastructure
13 Deepali M K Swimming
14 Dr Shri Balkrishna Gajanan Chitnis Yoga
15 Prof. Ramya Nair Social Service
16 S.Ezhilarasi Yoga
17 Smita Katwe Swimming
18 Dr. Prachi Kedar Shinde Yoga
19 Sunita Shivraj Kode Social Activist and Entrepreneur
20 Partha Pratim Majumder Swimming
21 Dr Pradeep Deshmukh Holistic & Acupuncture
22 Ram Shri Singh Sports
23 Poonam Jhawer Entertainment
24 Rajkumar Chandran Swimming Coach
25 Pallavi Pande Jathar Fashion
26 Priyanka Shah Reiki Healing and Yog
27 Vinod Chawla Medicals
28 Dr Bharat Balvall Music
5.) Atal National Category
S.N. Name Category
1 Hetavi Shah Open Water Swimming
2 Dr. Kedar Vijay Salunkhe Skating and Cycling
3 Rajlaxmi Prashant Chavan Fashion
4 Hr. Apurv Deshmukh Alternative Medicine

This event would have not been successful without support of committee members of Atal Bharat Sports & Cultural Association Founder CEO Shri. Dileep Chand Yadav, Chairman Shri. Dipankar Banerjee, Executive Chairman Col(Hon). Prof. Dr. Dinesh Sabnis (also holding Honorary positions of CEO & Secretary General of AISP SPIA & Commander in Chief Ambassador of CSLI India), Sr. Vice President Shri. Rakesh Poduval, Vice President Shri. Jamal Ashraf, Gen. Secretary Ms. Saloni Chourey, Chief Secretary Shri. Navneet Tiwari, Secretary Shri. Nitin Pandit, Jt. Secretary Ms. Madhu Singh, Jt. Secretary Shri. Tushar Reddy, Treasurer Ms. Sangeeta Koli, Maharashtra Atal State Committee member & CEO Founder Shri. Zaheer Darbar, Atal National Committee Executive Member Ms. Fiza Khan, Atal State Committee Member Shri. Mukesh Poduval and special contribution by Atal Volunteers Ms. Kavita Yadav, Ishan Singh, Ayush Singh, Ayan Darbar & Durva Gandhi.


Instazen wins the Best Emerging Start-up of the Year for IT Services by Business Mint

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], May 23: Instazen, a Business Operating Platform for software services companies, has been named the “Best Emerging Start-up of the Year 2022 for IT Services” by Business Mint.

The Business Mint Nationwide Start-Up Awards – 2022 aims to recognize firms that boost economic vitality by encouraging innovation and stimulating competition. It focuses on entrepreneurs developing new products/solutions and scalable businesses with a strong potential for creating jobs and exhibiting verifiable social impact.

“We are on a mission to help software services companies unlock profits and unleash their full growth potential. The inspiration for this powerful platform came from the pains my co-founder, Rahul Chaudhari, experienced for more than a decade of running a software services company himself.” – Abhijit Rao, Co-founder & CEO, Instazen.

Information is the lifeblood of a business, and services companies need to efficiently and continuously track numerous important metrics like project profitability and pyramids, revenue losses, leakages in hiring SLAs, forecasted attrition, and gaps in talent demand-supply.

Founded in 2018, Instazen is a business operating platform that helps organizations streamline their processes. It provides decision-makers with contextual and real-time access to all the key metrics they need.

From managing the sales pipeline to in-time in-budget hiring to ultimately delivering projects with greater profitability, Instazen is the answer services companies have been looking for.

Instazen is designed to be the single source of truth everyone can tap into. It helps you bid farewell to delays, human subjectivity, communication gaps, and the pains of wading through hundreds of conflicting spreadsheets.

It brings immense clarity to decision-makers and revolutionizes the way organizations work with data.

“Instazen’s vision is to help create a happy society by empowering entrepreneurs and businesses to prosper and grow.” – adds Abhijit. “We are humbled to be recognized amongst India’s groundbreaking start-up fraternity. We would like to thank Business Mint for this fantastic initiative, and for their trust in Instazen.”