Adar Poonawalla sets up Rs 100 cr fund to aid waste removal


unnamed (12)Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute of India has announced to set up Rs 100 crore fund under the Adar Poonawalla Clean City Movement (APCCM) in partnering with Pune Municipal Corporation and Noble Exchange Environment Solutions. It will focus on supporting the Pune Municipal Corporation with infrastructure and management of solid waste, specially focusing on organic waste management.

“This is first-of-its-kind public private partnership (PPP) towards scientific waste management in association with the Pune Municipal Corporation and NobleExchange. Other than the regular CSR activities, we rae raising Rs 100 separately for this initiative. Under this, we aim to cover cleaning of 300 km of roads running across municipal limits of the city. We want to encourage citizens to drive this movement through active participation and appeal to them to segregate the waste at source into dry and wet waste and dispose only using waste bins.”

This movement will cover the city’s network of roads in phases over the next three years. With a fleet of specially designed trucks and thousands of litter bins, this wet waste will be responsibly removed and processed in a processing plant by Noble Exchange Environment Solutions which is a technology and operations partner in this movement.

In the first phase, the APCCM will be rolled out in the three wards of the city. The movement would then be rolled out to cover other wards of the city in a phased pattern. At current estimates, over 1,700 tonnes of waste is generated in the city of Pune of which 52-55 per cent is wet waste in nature. This wet waste removal is expected to result in 542 tonnes of carbon emission saved. Under this, advanced mobile food waste processing vans that will enable processing of organic food waste at the ward. Activation programmes will be run in association with PMC at schools, mohalla committees, residential societies and market places.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/adar-poonawalla-sets-up-rs-100-cr-fund-to-aid-waste-removal-116010700704_1.html

KAMRON – PLEASE HELP TO SAVE HIS LIFE


EXTREMELY URGENT – TIME SENSITIVE
Please share this email within the circle of your family, friends and community members to help save a life of a young Zarathushti.
Also share this on Facebook as well as other cyber social medias.
 
A Zarathushti In Need
Is A Zarathushti Indeed
My Dear Global/Local Zarathushti Leaders and Community Members:
We sincerely ask you to reach out with all your heart and spirit to a fellow Zarathushti in need.
 
Kamron Sohrabian, a senior in high school is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant. 
He is a resident of Orange County, California.
 
His chances of finding a match within the Zarathushti community are greater.
Thus, we are asking you to reach out and make a difference.
 
There are three ways to help save his life. 
You can choose any one to reach out ASAP.
 
 
1You can join on-line registry by clicking at:
 
 
(A Cheek swab kit will be sent to you!)
 
All you need to do is a quick swab on your cheek and return the kit
in a pre-paid self addressed envelope. It does not cost you anything.
 
If you still have questions, please call 1-800-627-7692
 
2You can visit a donor center if there is one in your vicinity.
Please click below to find out.  
 
 
Please join the registry and let’s find a match to save Kamron’s life. 
 
3. Please come with your family and friends 
to our California Zoroastrian Center 
for our Bone Marrow Registry Drive:
 
Sunday, December 13, 2015.    10am to 2pm at CZC  (Orange County)
 
Sunday, December 13, 2015     11am to 3pm at CZC (Los Angeles)
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015   6pm to 10pm at CZC (Orange County)
 
 
Donors between the ages of 18-44 have the HIGHEST RATE OF MATCHING. 
Please encourage all our community members to register and do a cheek swab. 
 
Being a Zoroastrian, the likelihood of a match is greater in our community. 
You and your children are encouraged to donate by registering online or by coming to the drive.
 
A bone marrow transplant is a life-saving treatment for people with blood cancers like lymphoma. 
A donor’s healthy blood-forming cells are given directly into a patient’s bloodstream, 
where they can begin to function and multiply. 
 
For a patient’s body to accept these healthy cells, they need a donor who is a close match. 
 
Please BE INVOLVED and TRANSPLANT HOPE. 
 
For more information please see the attachment titled: 
 
Kamron – Please Help To Save His Life
 
Thank you for reaching out to a valuable member of our future generation.
 
With love, light , appreciation and gratitude from
 
Meher Amalsad
 
For further guidance please contact
Dr. Parmis Khatibi 
 

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The next big revolution?


Ratan Tata backs Khan Academy to make education free and accessible to everyone

The iconic not-for-profit organisation Khan Academy has partnered with the equally iconic Tata Trusts to create specialised, freely available online content tailor-made for India. The multi-million dollar partnership will not only hire Indian teachers but also create online content in Indian languages, primarily based on NCERT textbooks.

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Ratan Tata, Tata Trusts (Left) – Salman Khan, Khan Academy (Right)

YourStory sees this as a potential revolution in the field of education, for students who struggle to access quality education, for teachers, for schools, for content developers and for edutech startups across India. And also eventually becoming a medium to bring transparency and accessibility in the multi billion dollar education sector in India. Khan Academy founder Salman Khan said he was open to working with ed-tech startups in India to be able to realise the organisation’s vision to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

What’s interesting is that the content will be made available both offline and online through low-cost devices. Khan Academy already has pilot programmes underway in various schools, which also aim to help teachers improve their own skills. It also hopes to rope in professionals who want to teach and therefore impact millions of lives. The problem of access to education in India, let alone quality education, is a complex one. Khan Academy’s tutorials don’t intend to replace teachers, only to free them up to focus on giving students additional help.

Tata described Khan and his approach as “refreshingly different” in the way it aims at not only changing the world from illiterate to literate but also provides knowledge to anybody, anywhere and at any time – a model that will exponentially increase the reach of the $109 billion Tata Trusts.

For me as an Indian and as a citizen of the planet, it is a great privilege to start this partnership. I see it as a great way to make a difference for the generations to come, Tata added.

For those who haven’t heard of Khan, he’s a former hedge-fund analyst with degrees from MIT and Harvard, who set up the Academy after videos he created to tutor a cousin, led to many more cousins asking for help and the creation of many more such videos, all of which he uploaded on the Internet. As word got around, he began getting letters from not just people in the US but from everywhere in the world, explaining how a tutorial had helped them pass an algebra class, or go back to college or help their children. “It soon became clear that there was a broader need for such content out there in the world,” Khan said, adding, “It showed us how much hunger there is around the world among people to tap into their potential.”

At last count, Khan Academy had nearly 2,700 freely viewable videos of around 10 minutes each on subjects like maths, science, and computer science, as well as humanities and test prep. Given its origins, Khan Academy primarily focused on lessons delivered in English. “But when you look at areas for potential for deep impact (like a) huge population with a huge need, India tops the list.Obviously, my family has roots here, and it’s close to our heart,” Khan said while talking about Khan Academy’s Hindi language portal which was launched just a few days back. “That’s just the tip of the iceberg. In the next 4-5 years and in the coming decades, we want to be an Indian organisation,” he added.

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Be involved – transplant hope


A Zarathushti In Needunnamed (8)
Is A Zarathushti Indeed
My Dear Global/Local Zarathushti Leaders and Community Members:
We sincerely ask you to reach out with all your heart and spirit to a fellow Zarathushti in need.
 
Kamron Sohrabian, a senior in high school is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant. 
He is a resident of Orange County, California.
 
His chances of finding a match within the Zarathushti community are greater.
Thus, we are asking you to reach out and make a difference.
 
There are three ways to help save his life. 
You can choose any one to reach out ASAP.
 
 
1You can join on-line registry by clicking at:
 
 
(A Cheek swab kit will be sent to you!)
 
All you need to do is a quick swab on your cheek and return the kit
in a pre-paid self addressed envelope. It does not cost you anything.
 
If you still have questions, please call 1-800-627-7692
 
2You can visit a donor center if there is one in your vicinity.
Please click below to find out.  
 
 
Please join the registry and let’s find a match to save Kamron’s life. 
 
3. Please come with your family and friends 
to our California Zoroastrian Center 
for our Bone Marrow Registry Drive:
 
Sunday, December 13, 2015.    10am to 2pm at CZC  (Orange County)
 
Sunday, December 13, 2015     11am to 3pm at CZC (Los Angeles)
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015   6pm to 10pm at CZC (Orange County)
 
 
Donors between the ages of 18-44 have the HIGHEST RATE OF MATCHING. 
Please encourage all our community members to register and do a cheek swab. 
 
Being a Zoroastrian, the likelihood of a match is greater in our community. 
You and your children are encouraged to donate by registering online or by coming to the drive.
 
A bone marrow transplant is a life-saving treatment for people with blood cancers like lymphoma. 
A donor’s healthy blood-forming cells are given directly into a patient’s bloodstream, 
where they can begin to function and multiply. 
 
For a patient’s body to accept these healthy cells, they need a donor who is a close match. 
 
Please BE INVOLVED and TRANSPLANT HOPE. 
 
For more information please see the attachment titled: 
 
Kamron – Please Help To Save His Life
 
Thank you for reaching out to a valuable member of our future generation.
 
With love, light , appreciation and gratitude from
 
Meher Amalsad
 
For further guidance please contact
Dr. Parmis Khatibi 
Parmis.Khatibi@Gmail.com
 
Meher Amalsad

Poonawalla group to invest Rs 100cr for clean Pune initiative


The Poonawalla group, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines, will invest Rs 100 crore
with the aim of turning Pune into one of the cleanest cities in the country.

This is perhaps the first time in the country that a private company has planned to spend so much on improving the waste management system of a city.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has lent support to the group’s green initiative that aims to cover the city’s network of roads spanning 300km in phases in the next three years with a fleet of specially designed trucks, a host of trash bins and a slew of garbage processing plants.

Adar Poonawalla, executive director and chief executive officer of the Rs 4,000-crore Serum Institute of India Ltd, which is managed by the Poonawalla group, told TOI on Wednesday, “The venture is close to my heart and I have named it Poonawalla Clean City Movement.”

Pune municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar said, “I am extremely excited with the Poonawalla group’s partnership. They have taken up one of the most important subjects of waste management.”

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Poonawalla-group-to-invest-Rs-100cr-for-clean-Pune-initiative/articleshow/49666255.cms

ZARINE KHARAS RECOGNISED WITH QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOUR


co-founder and chief executive Zarine Kharas has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list for her contribution to business and charity in the United Kingdom.

She has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to business and charity.

She co-founded the online giving platform in 2001 with Anne-Marie Huby with the aim of making charitable giving easier and more effective through the power of digital technology.

Since 2001 the site has been used to raise and donate over £2 billion for good causes.

On hearing of the award, Zarine Kharas, said:

“In 2001, Anne-Marie and I set out to build a sustainable business that was mission led and had social values at its core. JustGiving has been investing and innovating on behalf of good causes ever since and we’re both enormously proud of its achievements in connecting people to the causes they care about. None of it would have been possible without the trust of our charity partners, the 24 million people who have given through JustGiving over the years and the hard work of our 170-strong team.”

Richard Taylor, executive director of fundraising and marketing at Cancer Research UK, thanked Kharas for all she had helped his and charity and others to achieve. He said:

“JustGiving was a pioneer of online fundraising that transformed the way people give to charitable causes in this country and has raised a huge amount of money for important causes, including ours. Thanks to Zarine and Anne-Marie’s vision and leadership and continued investment in world-class technology, charities of all sizes can simply use JustGiving and keep their focus on raising more money, and the entire sector is stronger for it.”

In 2009 Zarine Kharas was awarded the RSA’s Albert Medal for “democratising fundraising and technology for charities.” Previous recipients have included Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Stephen Hawking.

A Cambridge University graduate in law, she worked for City solicitors Lawrence Graham and Linklaters & Paines, where she specialised in corporate and financial law; and then Credit Suisse First Boston; MC Securities and Simmons & Simmons.

http://www.fundraising.co.uk/2015/06/12/justgiving-ceo-zarine-kharas-recognised-with-queens-birthday-honour/

Law Books for Donation


DEAR FRIENDS,

I AM NEVILLE JAL CHINOY – A RESIDENT OF SOUTH CENTRAL MUMBAI.
IF ANY YOUNG ZOROASTRIAN FROM OUR CITY IS UNDERGOING FURTHER STUDIES IN LAW — CIVIL, COMPANY LAW,CONSTITUTIONAL OR PROPERTY OR LABOUR OR CRIMINAL – DOT LET US KNOW.

IF ANY YOUNG STRUGGLING PARSI LAWYER TRYING TO SET UP HIS PRACTICE IN ANY OF THE ABOVE FIELDS, DO LET US KNOW.

WE HAVE SOME LAW BOOKS WITH US – ON CIVIL, CONSTITUTIONAL, LABOUR, PROPERTY, COMPANY AND CRIMINAL LAW TO GIVE THEM.(SOME OLD – SOME NEW). EVEN SOME SUPREME COURT DIGESTS ON CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LAWS.

SOME YEARS AGO MY COUSIN HAD DONATED SOME BOOKS FOR POOR PARSIS TO A REPUTED N.G.O.- BUT THEY FOUND THEIR WAY IN THE PERSONAL LIBRARIES OF REPUTED WELL-ESTABLISHED LEGAL PRACTIONERS.

WE WANT DESERVING PARSI STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM THIS DONATION. THESE BOOKS CAN BE KEPT IN SOME LIBRARY WHERE PARSI STUDENTS / ZOROASTRIANS VISIT FREQUENTLY.

REPLY – WILL BE COMING TO CITY SOON.

REGARDS,

NEVILLE

neville@dbsindia.com

Largest gift to Carnegie Mellon University from TCS


CARNEGIE MELLON RECEIVES $35 MILLION GIFT FROM TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES

Largest Industry Gift to CMU and Largest Gift From Outside U.S. Will Support New Facility and Student Scholarships

Innovation Corridor

PITTSBURGH | MUMBAI, August 25, 2015 — Carnegie Mellon University and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services and consultation organization, today announced a $35 million gift from TCS to the university, marking a new era of partnerships between leaders in industry and academia.

Representing the largest corporate gift to CMU and the largest gift from outside the U.S., this donation will fund a new facility, the Tata Consultancy Services Building, which will support education and cutting-edge research by CMU faculty and students. At approximately 40,000 square-feet, the stand-alone structure will house state-of-the-art facilities, providing collaborative spaces for the CMU community. The building will provide space for TCS staff to interact with CMU faculty, staff and students.

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The gift also will endow Presidential Fellowships and Scholarships, increasing access to a CMU education for outstanding students. In this way, TCS, which has been at the forefront of national and grassroots campaigns to encourage science, technology, engineering and math education, will help equip Carnegie Mellon undergraduate and graduate students with the knowledge they need for future careers.

“With our shared commitment to education and research in areas that help address many challenges of our time, TCS’ support of Carnegie Mellon is both natural and extraordinarily promising,” said Carnegie Mellon President Subra Suresh. “Together, our two organizations have the capabilities to make breakthrough discoveries and the capacity to make societal impact on a global scale.”

Suresh & Chandra
Natarajan Chandrasekaran and Subra Suresh

“TCS is proud to invest in this landmark partnership with CMU to promote market-driven innovation and accelerate advancements in technology, ” said TCS Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Natarajan Chandrasekaran. “As global leaders, Carnegie Mellon and TCS have the intellectual power, creativity, institutional nimbleness, and global reach to capitalize on new opportunities and have a lasting impact on society and industry through cutting-edge digital research and a long-term commitment to education.”

TCS joins a growing group of major technology companies moving to the Pittsburgh region in recent years. More than 350 companies now have partnerships with CMU. This groundbreaking collaboration with a multinational company headquartered outside the U.S. marks a new chapter in the region, joining a rich ecosystem of entrepreneurship supported and catalyzed by the university.

“I’m very pleased to welcome TCS to Pennsylvania,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. “This is an exciting time as we see more and more companies establish and expand their presence in the state. Carnegie Mellon has been especially adept in attracting cutting-edge businesses to and near its campus, which helps to drive economic growth.”

Among the nation’s major research universities, Carnegie Mellon ranks first in startups per research dollar, according to the Association of University Technology Managers. Since 2008, CMU faculty, students and alumni have created 215 new companies.

These startup activities also will benefit from CMU’s largest campus expansion since Andrew Carnegie founded the university in 1900. Work has begun on the David A. Tepper Quadrangle, the university’s major new academic hub, which will be located just east of the new TCS facility.

About Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
Carnegie Mellon is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts.

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
(TCS) Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS,infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model(TM), recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 324,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $15.5 billion for year ended March 31, 2015 and is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

Squash a Mile – 2015


Once again, the teenagers of the Bombay Gymkhana squash courts have taken up the Challenge of conducting the

Squash-a-Mile, a fund raiser event for V Care Foundation.

Just to give you a little background, Squash-a-Mile (SaM) is an initiative of the Squash fraternity, first conceived in the UK in 2010. It consists of a Run of an entire mile (1.6 km) shuttle-run between the front and back walls of the squash court ad measuring 9.75 metres, equating to 165 lengths of the court in total.  In 2011, the first SaM was held  in India under the auspices of the Bombay Gymkhana Club, to raise funds for Concern India. In 2012, the first SaM for V Care Foundation was held to raise funds for cancer treatment and medicines for poor cancer patients.

V Care Foundation is a 20 year NGO founded by Vandana Gupta, an inspiring cancer survivor who has helped make a difference to hundreds of cancer inflicted patients and families.

This year, two Nationally Ranked squash players take up this challenge :  16 year old Riddhi Sampat and 17 year old Sireena Divecha along with Rhea Advani and Rohaan Advani.  They aim to outdo last year’s collection of Rs. 11.7 lacs donated to the V Care Foundation.

Sireena Divecha :  98216 85566 / sireenardivecha@gmail.com

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