Monday, September 5, 2016

WHO/UNIC/CRADLE PLAN MEETING on Assistive Products and Technology


Subject:  Plan Meeting of Core Group for Improving Access to Assistive Products and Technology, at UN Conference Room, 55, Lodi Estate, New Delhi, on Wednesday, 7th September 2016 (3:00pm – 5:30pm)

Dear Media Friends

In collaboration with WHO  & UN Information Centre for India & Bhutan, The Cradle is organising a Plan Meeting for improving access to assistive products  and technology, at UN Conference Room, 55 Lodhi Estate, New Delhi on Wednesday, 7thSeptember 2016 (3:00pm – 4:30pm). The objective of the meeting is to plan strategy to convert GATE Initiative into realities for making assistive products accessible to everyone, everywhere. The meeting will deliberate upon the additional tools, which WHO is in process of developing, to assist Member States to develop their National Assistive Technology Policies and Programmes as integral component of universal health coverage.

The Primary Agenda to discuss and deliberate upon are-
1.    Mass Awareness: Assistive Products for Healthy, Productive, Independent & Dignified life
2.    Policy: Assistive Technology Policy Framework
3.    Production: Standardization and Technical Innovations
4.    Provision: Assistive Products service Delivery Model
5.    Personnel: Assistive Products Training Package
6.    Finance & Insurance
The meeting will be followed by a high tea & press briefing at 4:30 pm onward.

You are invited to join us the High-Tea & attend the Press Briefing at UN Conference Room, 55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi.

Please find attached the background note of the Plan Meeting for your ready reference.

Yours Sincerely

National Information Officer
United Nations Information Centre
for India and Bhutan
55, Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003
Tel: 91 11 46532237
M: 9810606833
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Agriculture Leadership Awards 2016 announced:


Agriculture Leadership Awards 2016 announced:
Chief Minister, MP gets Policy Leadership  and Ratan Tata Lifetime Achievements                       
 New Delhi Sept 5, 2016
The much awaited Agriculture Leadership Awards 2016 have been announced in New Delhi today. Sh. Alok Sinha, Director General – ICFA, released the list after the same was approved by the National Awards Committee chaired by Prof. MS Swaminathan, Pioneer of India’s Green Revolution, gave final approval to awards under 25 different categories.
The State of Odisha has been declared as the Best Agriculture State for its important policy initiatives, which led to sustainable growth in agriculture performance during the last five years.  
The State of Haryana has been declared as the Best Horticulture State. The State has done remarkably well on value added horticulture crops and value addition activities, high-tech horticulture and market support programs.   
The Policy Leadership Award 2016 has been bestowed upon Sh. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, chief minister, Madhya Pradesh for achieving the unprecedented agriculture growth rate during last five years, almost doubling farm production, compared to the preceding ten years. The Program Leadership Award has gone to the State of Tamil Nadu for its tremendous performance in pulses production. Agriculture Commissioner, Government of India Dr. SK Malhotra has bagged the Development Leadership Award for his successfully launching and implementing a large number of programs in horticulture, as Horticulture Commissioner. He holds dual posts. Dr. SA Patil, Chairman, Karnataka Farmers Commission has got the Extension leadership Award.
Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow has been declared for the Research Leadership Award for its strong research achievements in sugarcane sector, involving private sector and becoming the nodal centre for extension of sugarcane technologies. Dr. Karim Maredia, Director – Technology Access Program, Michigan State University, USA , has been bestowed upon the International Leadership Award for his pioneering role in Africa – India Partnerships in agriculture.  Mr. Ratan Tata, has bagged the prestigious Life Time Achievements Awards for his nearly 5 decades of exceptional service to the society through industry and philanthropy. Pepsico India gets agribusiness leadership and Cargill gets corporate leadership awards for their strong performances and innovative agribusiness and food models. TCS is declared the CSR Leadership for its highly impactful UDAAN project and heavy spending on community development.
The Awards will be presented in a grand ceremony at hotel Taj palace in New Delhi on 8 Sept, 2016 jointly by the Hon’ble Dy. Chairman Rajya Sabha, Prof. PJ Kurien, Hon’ble Governor, Haryana, Prof. KS Solanki and Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Sh. Ram Naik.
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Final list of Agriculture Leadership Awardees 2016
1.      Farming Leadership Award
Dr. Allah Rang, Chairman, Biocarve Seeds Farm, Patiala
2.      Extension Leadership Award
Dr. SA Patil, Chairman, Karnataka Farmers Commission
3.      Young Achiever Award
Sudhanshu Jangir, Head- India Operations, Axereal Group, France
4.      Women Leadership Award
Dr. Vibha Dhawan, Executive Director – TERI and Vice Chancellor, TERI University
5.      Research Leadership Award
Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow
6.      Academic Leadership Award
Bihar Agriculture University, Sabhour
7.      Development Leadership Award
Dr. SK Malhotra, Agriculture Commissioner, GOI
8.      Entrepreneur Leadership Award
Tropical Agro Systems India Private Limited, Chennai
9.      Livelihood Leadership Award
Sehgal Foundation, Gurgaon
10.    Agribusiness Leadership Award 
Pepsico India Holdings P. Limited
11.    CSR Leadership Award
Tata Consultancy Services
12.    Industry Leadership  Award
DuPont India Private Limited
13.    Corporate  Leadership Award
Cargill India Limited
14.    International Leadership Award
Dr. Karim Maredia, Director – World Technology Access Program, Michigan State University, USA

15.    Global Trade and Policies Award
Dr. Maharaj Muthoo, President, Roman Forum, Rome
16. Commodity Business Award
Mr. Vijay Sardana, Global Expert on Food Business and Commodities
17.  Special Achievements Award
Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, ASRB

18.    Program Leadership Award
Department of Agriculture, Government of Tamil Nadu
19.    Best  Agriculture District Award
Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh
20.    Best  Fisheries State Award
The State of Chhattisgarh
21.    Best Animal Husbandry State
The State of Punjab
22.    Best  Horticulture State Award
The State of Haryana
23.    Best Agriculture State Award
The State of Odisha
24.  Life Time Achievements Award
Sh. Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Group
25.  Policy Leadership  Award
Sh. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh


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Yuvraj Singh unveils his premium fashion label YWC 

~Taking a stride into the fashion world, Yuvi, launches his sports lifestyle clothing line~
~ YWC to support YOUWECAN Foundation for empowerment of cancer patients & survivors ~
3rd September, Mumbai: In a dazzling star-studded fashion show at the Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai today, which displayed a heady mix of Sports and Bollywood; cricket icon Yuvraj Singh launched his premium fashion label – YWC.  
YWC offers an exclusive blend of futuristic designs, chic fabrics and attitude amalgamated in one perfect collection. The high quality home-grown premium fashion label incorporates urban silhouettes exuding a sporty style which is Yuvraj’s signature style statement.
Launched with two distinct product lines – (i) The Gold Line, and (ii) The Core Line, the eye-catching, Gold line, featured a meticulously designed & curated range by renowned designers, Shantanu & Nikhil. While, the Core line conceptualized around the lifestyle of an active go-getter, seamlessly integrates every day comfort and an athletic lifestyle with trendy fashion.
Walking the ‘gold carpet’ and ramp for the occasion were none other than Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Sushil Kumar, Chris Gayle, Ashish Nehra, Baichung Bhutia, PR Sreejesh, Sharmila Nicollet, Virendra Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, and of course Yuvraj Singh among many others. 
This extension into fashion is a natural progression of Yuvraj’s philosophy of Live|Dare|Inspire. The core of the brand is rooted in his personal journey with YouWeCan – an NGO he set up specifically for cancer survivors and patients. Most importantly, the royalties from the sale of every product will contribute to the NGO with a long term objective to make it self-sustaining to serve its cause. This kind of participative CSR to involve a larger audience to support this important cause is Yuvraj’s big vision, very evident in his passion and deep involvement in the creation of YWC label.
Speaking on the occasion, Cricketer and Humanitarian, Yuvraj Singh said, “Apart from being a creative dream, this new venture is an emotional one for me. It brings the satisfaction of doing something for a cause that is very close to my heart. While launching a clothing line, felt like a natural step for the entrepreneurial bug in me; I always wanted to create something that is proudly ‘Made in India’ and offers international quality designer wear. A lot of research and hard work has gone into crafting this range that marks my debut into the fashion world. My ultimate vision is to see YWC outlive the name Yuvraj Singh.”
“Shantanu & Nikhil who have intricately crafted the Gold collection under the YWC label understand my style, and helped to bring out the canvas of ideas to life. They add the subtlety and class to this collection which I am hopeful will be loved by all.” Added Yuvraj.
“In addition to being one of the biggest and most celebrated cricketer, Yuvraj Singh is an incredibly talented and creative individual, whose style and confidence inspires everyone in the nation. We have tried to give this collection a touch of his own personal style and hues of his charismatic personality.” said the designer duo, Shantanu & Nikhil, who have designed & curated the Gold line of the YWC label.
The Lifestyle category will be undertaken by our brand partners Suditi Industries Ltd. Which will manufacture and design the lifestyle and fashion apparel line for men, women and children. Our brand partners are aligned to our commitment to grow this vibrant category in India. The complete licencing and manufacturing of the brand was mediated by ‘Black White & Orange Brands’. Suditi Industries Chairperson, Mr. Pawan Agarwal said, “Premium celebrity merchandising is a big opportunity which is yet to be explored in India. Suditi is going to manufacture the line which will be retailed via a mix of online and offline formats.”

Adds Bhavik Vora – Founder and CEO at Black White Orange, “At Black White Orange, goals and strategies are long term & revolve around engaging man, machine, technology, environment and society to provide profitable, responsible and sustainable growth. After this fabulous line, we’re looking at growing the YWC brand across additional categories as well.”
The YWC label will be available online on the YWC official website – and exclusively on The brand will debut offline with a flagship retail store by end of this year, and open shop in shop as well as franchised stores in key metro cities over the coming year.  The brand will finally roll out across 25 – 30 stores in cities including Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Surat, Goa, Raipur, Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Lucknow, Guwahati, Bangalore.
OPPO Mobiles India Pvt. Ltd, the ever-evolving global smartphone brand, extended its support to YWC label and the launch fashion show by coming on board as the title sponsor. Yuvraj Singh is OPPO’s first sports ambassador. The show stopper, Yuvraj Singh along with other star personalities walking the ramp walked with theOPPO F1s and showed the audience how a perfect selfie is clicked. Speaking on the collaboration, Will Yang, Brand Director of OPPO India, commented, “OPPO as a brand has believed in uniquely and innovatively connecting with its consumers, and this association is definitely a step in that direction. We are very excited to associate with the YouWeCan Foundation and in cooperation with Yuvraj Singh, we want to bring our consumers the best selfie experience and also help the foundation in our own way. Since Bollywood and Cricket have been two of the most important platforms for us connect with our consumers, we felt that this event was a perfect opportunity for OPPO to leverage where Cricket meets Bollywood.”
HDFC Mutual Fund has also partnered YouWeCan in this initiative. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Milind Barve, MD, HDFC Asset Management Co. Ltd. said, ‘We are proud to support Yuvraj in his fight against cancer. With his comeback he has set an example for other patients and is an inspiration for others fighting the disease. We hope with YWC he is able to help the needy financially as well.’ HDFC Mutual Fund has been associated with cancer care for almost six years now. Proceeds from HDFC Debt Funds for Cancer Cure have helped more than 2500 patients across the country with almost Rs. 60 crore of funding. 

Mr. Devendra Bharma, Executive Vice President, The Oberoi Group said “We are pleased to support the launch of YWC a home grown lifestyle brand, whose sale proceeds will contribute to support YOUWECAN Foundation, established for the empowerment of cancer patients & survivors. We congratulate Cricketer Yuvraj Singh and wish him all the success to make his foundation a self-sustaining initiative. Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai, is an iconic Mumbai landmark, that offers the highest standards of service. The hotel has always been a proud supporter of socially relevant causes in the city and shall continue to be so” 
For all aficionados, the styles adorned by various celebrities for the ramp walk will be auctioned online on the YWC official website and the proceeds will go to the YOUWECAN Foundation. 
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