Gurgaon 28 April 2018: Rotary International’s District 3011’s Secretary Elect Training Seminar( SETS) themed as SRIJAN2018  concluded in Millennium City. SETS is a part of annual rotary training programmes designed to train the upcoming leaders about the Rotary its vision and mission. These participants are not any ordinary members but they are industry leaders in their respective fields, converge to become social leaders as well.

The 2 days SETS 2018 which was held in Hotel Hyyat Regency was attended by over 200 Rotarians comprising of 77 clubs of Gurugram, Delhi, Faridabad, Rohtak,  Sonepat, Narnaul Jhajhar and Rewari etc. Besides, the carefully designed training sessions for upcoming rotary secretaries, the 2 days long action packed event witnessed mesmerizing cultural evening where these participant given there scintillating performances.

Elaborating about this training programme, Vinay Bhatia, District Governor Elect & a Chartered accountant by Profession said, “No doubt, each and every member of Rotary is a business leader in one or another field. However, at Rotary, they are being trained to become society leaders. A leadership which is beyond the social, economic and political boundaries”

“Rotary is one of the largest social organisation across the globe, which has no communal, cast or religion legacies and it is working  towards bringing long lasting positive changes  in the world. Polio eradication is one of the finest example.  While in next couple of years we will see the transformation in sanitation and hygiene which is currently underway as one of key focus area of the district. Added Vinay Bhatia

 About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit Rotary.org and endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.

Google Home review

Google Home review –

battle lines between behemoths like Apple, Google, Amazon are perennially drawn. It’s just that the battleground keeps on changing. In the last few months, the tech giants have been upping the ante in the smart speaker category. Artificially intelligent voice assistants – Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri – are the trusted lieutenants to win the smart speaker war.

While Amazon has had a head start with its Echo range of speakers, Google officially landed in India earlier this month with its Google Home and Google Home mini devices. With a bigger, popular and more powerful ecosystem, Google Home certainly has a slight edge over the Amazon Echo. But is a smart speaker a necessity at the moment or is it a gadget to up your cool quotient? We used the Google Home for a considerable amount of time to find out the answer. Here’s our review of the smart speaker:


While many of you might be aware, smart speakers are still in a nascent stage and there would be a few who don’t know what exactly is Google Home and what it does. Simply put, Google Home is Wi-Fi connected, voice-controlled smart speaker that is powered by artificial intelligence (AI). It is perfectly capable of playing music, answering your queries and even control other devices at home.
Now that we’ve got the brief description out of the way, let’s get to the finer details, like design, for instance. Google Home has a peculiar design, it looks like a vase that has a rounded look to it. The top looks like someone slashed it abruptly yet the peculiarity works as it is a good-looking device.

The top of the home is touch sensitive and comes with LED lights which blink in “Google” colours every time you say a command. You can tap on it to pause music or slide your fingers to adjust the volume. The touch is responsive at all times and works extremely well. At the bottom, you will find three speakers that produce reasonably good output (more on it later). The bottom also has a fabric cover which can be changed as Google offers different colours and material. The review unit had a white and grey colour scheme and looked very appealing. The LED lights are a really nice touch.


Google has been actively pitching for an AI-enabled future as the company firmly believes that’s the way to go. However, an Assistant isn’t a new trick that Google has pulled with the Home. The Google Assistant is now a common – though not popular – feature found in several Android smartphones. Unlike smartphones though with the Google Home, you have to rely on the Assistant. She is your best friend and has all the answers, literally and figuratively.

The process of setting up Google is as easy as it gets. In our experience, it was smoother and faster than that of the Amazon Echo. All you need is a smartphone – either an Android or Apple – on which just download the Google Home app. You will have to do some routine stuff to get started and key in some information. Remember that the most valuable currency for Google Home is information. The more information you share, the smarter the speaker becomes. So for instance, you want to know how much time will it take for you to reach work then you need to key in your home address as well as work address. Else, “I am sorry, I don’t have that information” is the reply you will get from Google. Most of us are now deeply entrenched in the Google ecosystem and unless you are overtly paranoid about privacy you won’t have too many problems getting the most out of Google Home.

To wake the Assistant, you just have to say “Hey, Google” or “Ok, Google”. Now, it is a bit taxing to use these commands every time but that’s the deal and one does get used to it. Privacy apart, as a smart speaker it works perfectly well. We tried asking “Hey Google, how do you make Chicken Biryani?” The Assistant will in detail tell you each and every step – including the ingredients you need. Google Home is smart as if you ask, “Ok, Google! Where does the Indian president live?” and it will tell you the address and also give the name of the president without asking. You can ask many such questions and you will get the answers. There are times when you do have to say the words slowly and clearly for Google to understand. But it mostly gets the accent.

Diabetes, obesity, weak heart are linked to one bad habit. Get rid of it

Diabetes, obesity, weak heart are linked to one bad habit. Get rid of it

The three big lifestyle health problems – diabetes, obesity and heart health – have one common cause. Sedantary lifestyle, say researchers, is also linked to accelerated aging and cancer. Here’s what you can do about it.

If you start sitting around more, chances are that you will soon start binge-watching to pass the time. And both — a sedentary lifestyle and binge-watching — are some of the most unhealthy habits to acquire.

Research has linked longer durations of television viewing to obesity, diabetes and the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The hazards of sedentary behaviour can be reduced by taking frequent breaks from sitting and increasing light activity throughout the day. Sedentary lifestyle has also been linked to accelerated ageing and cancer, while binge-watching is linked to blood clots.

What the study shows

The recent study conducted by the University of Turku on people undergoing retirement transition shows how it can influence habits, time use and the amount of sitting during free time.

During the transition period, the researchers found that the daily amount of sitting increased on average from four and a half to six hours, and the time used for television viewing increased particularly. Sitting increased especially among women and those who had been sitting a great deal at work, had a low physical activity level, and who suffered from sleep difficulties, mental disorders or poor health before retirement, said lead author Tuija Leskinen.

The research results suggest that there might be risk groups among those retiring that are more likely to increase the amount of sitting after their retirement transition. However, objective measurements of sedentary behaviour are still needed to confirm the results, Leskinen stated. The study appears in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

What to do

Gaurav Dawar, Fitness Expert and CEO of FlabThugs, lists some easy workouts to help you get active, pretty much anywhere:

* Move your toes by lifting them while keeping your heels firmly on the ground; it works very well while seated.

* Most of the football players practise rapidly tapping their feet in place, simulating a run. You can also do the same thing while seated, for 30 seconds at a go.

* While sitting in your chair, lift your left leg a few inches off of the floor. Keep your knee bent at a 90 degree angle and hold the position as long as you are comfortable.

* Do leg extensions exercise while sitting in your chair, extend your right leg until it is level with your hip and hold as long as you are comfortable and then relax it. Do it the same for left leg.

* Just pull your shoulders as high as you can and roll them forward and backward ten times throughout the day. This is a shoulder shrug exercise.

* Your fingers are busy in typing on computers in that case make fists, spread your fingers and bend your fingers.

* You can also raise your shoulder to your ear, hold and then relax. Repeat with the alternating shoulders.

* Also try abdominal stretch while sitting on the edge of your chair and stretch both your arms out in front. At the same time, keep your back straight, contract your abdominal muscles. Relax and repeat the same.

* Neck rotation is very important when sitting for long. Drop your chin and roll your neck. Raise your chin up and bend your neck to each side.

Haryana RERA issues show-cause notice to Emaar MGF

Haryana RERA issues show-cause notice to Emaar MGF

The three-member panel under chairman K K Khandelwal observed Blackberry had failed to apply for registration of their project, Paras Square, within three months from date of commencement of the Act

H – RERA took a tough stand against promoters of Blackberry Realcon Private Limited and Emaar MGF Land Ltd on Thursday. Blackberry was penalised Rs 10 lakh for violating Section 3(1) of Rera Act, 2016, while Emaar MGFwas issued a showcause notice.

The three-member panel under chairman K K Khandelwal observed Blackberry had failed to apply for registration of their project, Paras Square, within three monthsfrom date of commencement of the Act. The project was launched in 2017, but Blackberry applied for registration a month after the July 31 deadline.

In the other case, Emaar MGF was issued a showcause notice for not responding to the authority’s March 28 notice, and appearing before H-Rera within stipulated time, thus violating Section 63.

It followed a complaint filed by Vijayender Narain Mittal and Manju Mittal, saying Emaar MGF had launched their Imperial Garden project in Kherki Majra Dhankot under Sector 102 in 2013. The complainants had booked a flat on May 16, 2013, with possession promised within 42 months. The Mittals completed all payment in cheques, but 10 months after deadline, the builder is yet to complete the project. On August 16, 2017, they said that handover has been moved back by a year. To the Mittals’ request for refund, they were told earnest money and other charges will be deducted. H-Rera had asked the builder for a response by April 4. But when the builder neither filed a response, nor appeared before H-Rera, the latter sent the showcause, asking why they shouldn’t be penalised Rs 1 lakh per day.

Ford planning to use more Indian content in its cars

Ford planning to use more Indian content in its cars

In Chennai, Ford has already appointed 800-1,000 employees including engineers who have worked on Figo Sports and EcoSport Platinum editions.

Ford Motor, which is setting up a new technology and development centre in Chennai, will leverage the base further to increase Indian R&D content in its vehicles as the US carmaker scales up the technical capabilities of engineers employed here.

In Chennai, Ford has already appointed 800-1,000 employees including engineers who have worked on Figo Sports and EcoSport Platinum editions.

Anurag Mehrotra, managing director, Ford India, said, “They (India product development team) have been doing limited edition products for us and now have come up with the Freestyle, in which around 60% of the work has been done out of India. As the capabilities build up, we will start to use more and more Indian engineering.”

Mehrotra was speaking on the side-lines of the launch of the Ford Freestyle — a compact utility vehicle priced between Rs 5.09 and Rs 7.89 lakh (ex-showroom, India).

He declined to comment on the role the product development team would play once the alliance with Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) gets rolling, but said overall the contribution of the India centre will continue to increase.

“It (the role of the team) depends on which area of the collaboration fructifies… Now the team is going to start looking at how we collaborate in specificity around these areas (mentioned in the MoUs) that we have announced.”

Last month, Ford forged an alliance with Mahindra to jointly develop a mid-size sports utility vehicle for India and emerging markets. The two companies had also agreed to evaluate the development of a compact sports utility vehicle and a small electric vehicle.

They signed five new MoUs as part of the strategic alliance forged in September 2017 to accelerate the development of products for consumers in India and emerging markets. Overall, Ford is positive about the growth prospects in the Indian market.

Ford India, Mehrotra said, has grown by around 11% in the first quarter of the current calendar year, compared to less than 1% growth registered in the domestic passenger vehicle market.

Samsung launches Galaxy J2 (2018) in India at Rs 8,190

Samsung launches Galaxy J2 (2018) in India at Rs 8,190

Samsung has launched a new budget smartphone in India called the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018). It is the successor to the Galaxy J2 (2017) smartphone and boasts of having the Samsung Mall app that offers features like Visual Search, One-stop Shop, and a Universal Cart. The Samsung Mall app was first launched with the Galaxy On7 Prime in January. Other interesting features of the Galaxy J2 (2018) include ‘Device Maintenance’, that is said to optimise the performance and ‘Move to Memory Card’ feature that automatically directs content from social media apps to the external memory card.
Price of the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018)
The South Korean tech giant has priced the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) at Rs 8,190. It has also partnered with telecom operator Reliance Jio to offer an instant cashback of Rs 2,750 for those who recharge with the MyJio app for Rs 198 or Rs 299. As part of the Jio offer they get 10GB of data on every recharge for the next 10 recharges.

Specifications of the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018)

Samsung Galaxy J2 (2018) has a 5-inch qHD Super AMOLED display of 960×540 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. There is 16GB on-board storage along with microSD card support of up to 128GB. Backed by a 2600mAh battery, the smartphone includes an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing snapper, both with an LED flash.

The company has not revealed the operating system version of the device.

“Galaxy J2 2018 reiterates Samsung’s commitment towards meaningful innovations that delight our customers. For this device, we focused on two trends amongst Indian youth – the growth of online shopping and high usage of Social media platforms. Samsung Mall uses artificial intelligence to revolutionise the way customers shop online with a visual search. For avid social media users, Samsung’s proprietary ‘Move to Memory Card’ feature is an advanced memory management solution that de-clutters the internal memory, thereby enhancing the smartphone experience,” said Sumit Walia, Director, Mobile Business, Samsung India, in a press statement while announcing the new launch.

Markets open higher: Sensex up over 200 points; Nifty above 10,650

Markets open higher: Sensex up over 200 points; Nifty above 10,650

Markets on Friday opened higher with the benchmark BSE Sensexrising over 200 points and the NSE Nifty trading above 10,650. Sensex moved 196 points or 0.63 per cent up at 34,932, while the broader Nifty was up 65 points or 0.62 per cent at 10,683.

Axis Bank, Reliance, Yes Bank and ICICI Bank were among the major gainers on Sensex with their stocks surging as much as 3.73 per cent.

Unabated buying by domestic institutional fulled the uptrend, brokers said.

Moreover, encouraging quarterly corporate earnings so far and data showing that domestic institutional investors continued their buying activity, buoyed sentiment.

Sensex on Thursday vaulted over 212 points, riding on a stellar show by Yes Bank, as investors piled into consumption, IT and banking counters amid encouraging earnings.
“Market surged in the closing hours of the F&O expiry day led by private banks on account of earnings positivity. IT stocks continued the positive momentum but PSU banks continued to be major laggards,” said Anand James, Chief Market Strategist, Geojit Financial Services .

Realty firms think small to target buyers on a budget

Realty firms think small to target buyers on a budget

Across India, real estate developers are trimming apartment sizes and even resizing them in some cases to make them more budget-friendly

Homes across Indian cities are becoming more compact as developers are trimming apartment sizes and even resizing in some cases to target buyers with smaller budgets.

After launching its Greenfield project in east Bengaluru around two years ago, Shriram Properties Pvt. Ltd recently repositioned the project as O2 Homes, launching fresh stock with apartment sizes smaller by 10% and unit prices lower by 6-10%. “Sales had become dull after the first year of the project launch. The repositioning and tweak in unit sizes worked well. We sold around 450 units in recent months,” managing director M. Murali said.

In the 200-acre mixed-use Urbana township in Bengaluru, the Ozone Group is set to launch smaller homes priced at Rs25-40 lakh for one- and two-bedroom units. So far, the developer sold homes in the project’s earlier phases at an average ticket size of Rs70 lakh.

“Prime is a new community in Urbana based on what customers clearly want today—small-sized homes. As developers, we have no choice but to build what will bring in cash flow. It is a somewhat myopic view because by the time the project delivery happens in a few years, affordability of buyers would improve,” Ozone Group chief executive Srinivasan Gopalan said.

Affordability is a key factor in home-buying decisions today and realty firms are desperate to bring more buyers into the fray. As unsold inventory levels peak following a five-year-long slowdown, home sizes are becoming more customer-centric across price segments, including the luxury space.

“The need of smaller flats is huge and compact homes are a possibility at all prices. Space efficiency is key and compact two-bedroom and 1.5 bedroom homes are in demand,” said Mumbai-based architect Hafeez Contractor.

After nearly 14 years, the Marathon Group has returned with one bedroom-hall-kitchen (BHK) in its project ‘Eminence’ in suburban Mumbai’s Mulund with one BHK homes of 450 sq. ft livable area and 650 sq. ft 2BHKs starting at an all-inclusive Rs95 lakh.

Marathon managing director Mayur R. Shah said the company decided on the size and price, given that existing projects in the micro-market offer much larger homes.

“The impact of demonetisation and other regulatory changes have led to new projects being repositioned as per market needs. The Mulund project addresses both affordability and aspirational elements,” Shah said.

To be sure, property prices have corrected in the last few years. Resizing homes to smaller specifications means reducing ticket size or unit price by making them affordable without further dropping per sq. ft rate.

Sanghvi Realty has gone back to the drawing board to redesign and re-size two projects in south Mumbai, to be launched later this year.

One BHKs have been reduced to 400-450 sq. ft from 500-550 sq. ft, two BHKs to 650-750 sq. ft from 800 and three BHK homes are now 1000 sq. ft from 1100-1150 sq. ft.

“Today, buyers think in terms of their budget, not area of the apartment. So we have to come up products that fit that budget. We have changed all the plans and redesigned as per market demand, without compromising on the facilities,” said director Ramesh Sanghvi.

A lot of the resizing is not by choice, but by compulsion in the new Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) regime.

“It was necessary for people to go back to the drawing board because 52% unsold inventory is not a happy situation, especially where you have to complete the project on time,” said Gautam Chatterjee, chairperson, Maharashtra RERA.

“…If you have to sell your flats, you got to have flats where there are takers. If there are no takers and if your unsold inventories remain, there will be no liquidity and then how will you complete the projects. A developer has no choice but to be professional and calculative in trying to bring out the right mix of products for which there will be takers,” Chatterjee said.

Not just smaller homes, it is easier to sell reasonably sized projects too, said Santhosh Kumar, vice-chairman of Anarock Property Consultants.

“One reason why unsold units got so huge is because builders never made homes that suit a buyers’s budget. There is clear demand for smaller units between Rs45 lakh-Rs1.5 crore today,” he said.

In Gurugram, however, developers are unable to do smaller homes because building regulations don’t allow these due to density concerns.

“Demand is for affordable, small ticket units but in Haryana, because of density issues, we have to build large units. It’s a problem,” said Parveen Jain, chairman, Tulip Infratech.

Healthy, but overweight? Here’s why you should still worry ??

Are you overweight but don’t have high blood pressure or any other heart ailment? You should still think of losing weight and take care of your fitness. Here’s why.

Do you think being ‘fit but fat’ is ok? A lot of healthily obese people live with the notion that if they don’t have any diseases, then the few extra kilos don’t matter. Though doctors and weight loss experts are divided on this statement, this recent study shows that despite being healthily obese (obese, but no history of disease) is not exactly a good thing.

The study says that people who are 30 pounds (13.6kg) or more overweight should think about slimming down, even if they don’t have high blood pressure or any other heart ailment. During the course of the study, it was found that people who were obese developed metabolic syndrome within 10 years, putting them at a much higher risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

“Common medical wisdom has been that some people who are obese seemed to be pretty healthy and free from heart disease risks, so they haven’t been advised to lose weight or take other steps to prevent future heart disease,” said Morgana Mongraw-Chaffin, the lead author of the study. But the question is, will they continue to stay healthy?

Method of the study

The study included 6,809 participants which did not include patients who had a history of cardiovascular disease. “In this paper, we specifically looked to see whether that progression was associated with a higher risk for heart disease and we found that it was,” Mongraw-Chaffin added. “Metabolically healthy obesity is not a stable or reliable indicator of future risk for cardiovascular disease. Right now, there isn’t any way to know which 50% will progress and which won’t.

She recommends that people who fall in this category should work with their doctor and lose weight or maintain their current weight. Exercise is important and so are other lifestyle changes to ensure they keep heart disease at bay.

If you’re healthily obese, here’s what you should do

It’s very easy to tip over to the other side – towards diseases. At the same time, being overweight can strain your knee, hip joints and even lead to sleep apnea. According to Ritesh Bawri, nutritionist and physiologist, “Excess body fat will over time start to create all kinds of problems for you, medically. Some of this fat enters your bloodstream and creates plaque in your arteries. And then some of the excess fat deposits itself around your liver, resulting in fatty liver. Thus, it is important to cut down fat even if you don’t suffer from any major illness right now.”

France’s FM logistic plans to develop green trucks in India

France’s FM logistic plans to develop green trucks in India

The Modi government has been actively pushing for electric vehicles, especially for public transport, to tackle rising pollution levels in cities and also the country’s dependence on imported fuel.

French company FM Logistic plans to develop green vehicles for environmentally sustainable road cargo transportation in India, in keeping with the government’s push for electric vehicles.

“It may take several years, but in India too we need to move to green energy, even in transport and logistics,” CEO Jean-Cristophe Machet said.

The company plans a pilot project in India in the next one year, said Stephane Descarpentries, director, Asia operations, adding the company is already in talks with auto-makers for the same.

“We already have many in Europe and we hope to start in China in the next month. In India, we will likely have a pilot project in a year. When you see the pollution in cities like Mumbai or Delhi, you realise how important it is to move towards green transportation and green logistics,” he said.

The executives said that the company might co-develop the vehicle with another automaker or import it and lease it out to transporters it has tie-ups with. The company follows an asset-light model in which it doesn’t own vehicles or warehouses. The only exception is its investment in the green trucks.

FM Logistic, which acquired Pune-based Spear Logistics two years ago, has no plans to buy out another company in India in the next two years, Machet said. However, he said, the company aims to invest 50 million euros in the country in the next three years, primarily in doubling in the warehousing capacity from 3.3 million square feet at present.

The Narendra Modi government has been actively pushing for electric vehicles, especially for public transport, to tackle rising pollution levels in cities and also the country’s dependence on imported fuel. There has been talk of a target to make all-new vehicles electric by 2030, although road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has publicly denied any such target.

But electric road transportation has yet to become viable in India given the dearth of infrastructure, primarily charging stations. Electric cars accounted for less than 0.1% of total vehicle sales in India last year.

“We would definitely not use such vehicles as we don’t find them sustainable,” said Chander Agarwal, managing director of TCI Express, a logistics company. “Where would you charge them? It’s better idea to possibly start with two-wheelers. But if commercial electric vehicles are envisaged, they are a long way off.”

With 3,300 employees, the India unit accounts for 15% of FM Logistic’s global workforce but it contributes a small fraction to the company’s total revenue (1.18 billion euros in 2017-18). In terms of workforce and warehouse expanse, India comes fourth for the company, after Russia, France and Poland.

The company recently opened a multi-customer warehousing facility in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, and plans to have a second one in Delhi shortly.