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.

TCS logo

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

Click Here For the Powerpoint Presentation

Click Here For their website

29th Annual Fundraiser for the B.D. Parsee General Hospital


Wednesday June 24, 2015

The 29th Annual Fundraiser for the B.D. Parsee General Hospital will commence with a Jashan this coming Saturday June 27th at 5;30 PM at the residence of Yasmin and Jamshed Ghadiali

The B.D. Petit Parsee General Hospital, Mumbai, India. BDPGH-skyview

Yasmin and Jamshed have been spearheading this effort for the last 29 years and it continues to grow and thrive under their stewardship.

Below is the appeal they sent out.

Dear friends,

Last year was our 28th Annual Fundraiser for The B. D. Petit Parsee General Hospital. Thanks to all of you we raised a total of $36,800 which was sent to the Hospital by wire transfer.  We also sent a sum of $600 for the Parsi Ambulance Division.

Our 29th annual fundraiser for the Hospital will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015at our residence: 2686 Belcher Street, Baldwin, NY 11510-3937. We will start with a jashan at 6:00PM followed by dinner.

The funds, as always, are to be used specifically for distributing free and subsidized medications to the poor and needy Zoroastrians.  Every cent collected has been sent.

The Hospital is grateful to all of you for your generous donations.  It helps to give services to the poor in spite of accelerating health care costs. The Hospital writes that the cost of free medicines was Rs. 9,040,000 in 2012; free diagnostics and rehabilitation care cost another Rs 15,300,000.

Please send your donations made payable to ‘ZAGNY-Critical Assistance Fund’ and mention in the memo, “Parsee General Hospital” and mail it to our address given below.

You can also donate online with a credit or debit card on ZAGNY’s website at: https://zagny.org/contribute-to-zagny/

This appeal is sent once a year, but the fundraiser is open throughout the year.  Please communicate this appeal to all your friends and family.  Every donation irrespective of the amount is very important to the Hospital.

We sincerely thank all our Zoroastrian friends from USA and Canada for your tremendous support, encouragement, and generous donations for an extremely worthy cause—taking care of our sick and needy.

Sincerely,

Yasmin and Jamshed Ghadiali
2686 Belcher Street
Baldwin, NY 11510-3937
(516) 378-4516 or ghad  ( @  )optonline.net

London Parsis honour Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla!


Jam-e-Jamshed's photo.

London Parsis honour Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla!

Exclusive coverage with detailed story and photographs in today’s (31-May-2015) ‘Jam-e-Jamshed’.

Dr. Poonawalla was inducted as an Honorary Member of the ZTFE — Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (Inc) – on Thursday, May 28, in the Zartoshty Brothers Hall of the Zoroastrian Centre in London.

Kudos to this Parsi philanthropist!

Courtesy : Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman of Secunderabad and Hyderabad shared Jam-e-Jamshed’s photo.

Improving the Performance of Sponsorship


Improving the Performance of Sponsorship by Ardi Kolah has recently been published by Routledge.  Ardi Kolah who lectures at Henley Business School has written this book that covers how sponsorship is now an essential part of the marketing mix, based on his experience within the industry that spans 20 years plus the research he carried out for the Government in the wake of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Ardi has been invited to speak by the WZCC, holds the prestigious UK Sponsorship Award for his work on the Raindance Film Festival / British Independent Film Awards and the book covers all types of sponsorship, not just sport.
In the chapter on corporate social responsibility, there is a reference to the ethics of the Zoroastrian community:
In many respects, having CSR objectives that run in parallel with commercial objectives helps to elevate sponsorship to new heights. This is largely because the level of engagement with desired audiences and customer segments is that much deeper and the sponsorship programme itself is much less self-serving as a result, creating a ‘triple bottom-line’ impact for the brand owner, its desired customers/clients and wider society. This new paradigm in sponsorship can be accurately described as ‘enlightened self-interest’ and is definitely shaping the agenda. For example, many global brand owners, such as Unilever and The Olympic Partners including Coca-Cola and McDonald’s haven’t just paid lip-service to this principle but have staked their future commercial success on achieving a position where the enterprise is built on the values of sustainability, improved well-being, care of the environment and enhancing the quality of life for millions of people around the world.
Another notable exponent of ‘enlightened self-interest’ is Tata, one of the most successful multi-national organisations in the world that’s built on ancient Zoroastrian values that place contribution to the wider community on an equal basis as wealth creation and profit. In many respects, CSR has ceased to exist outside of sponsorship in today’s modern business world and rather than being an add-on, CSR is increasingly seen as intrinsic to the enterprise and to modern global sponsorship.
The book has also attracted some strong endorsements, including this from ZTFE Patron Lord Karan F Bilimoria CBE DL, Chairman of the Zoroastrian All Party Parliamentary Group:
A thorough and detailed understanding of sponsorship is an integral part of building any brand and Kolah offers readers an educated guide on the subject. Improving the Performance of Sponsorship is an outstanding piece of scholarship on a subject of vital importance to every business and this book will undoubtedly prove a valuable tool to marketers and entrepreneurs from start-ups and multinationals alike.
Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL, Chairman, Cobra Beer Partnership
A SPECIAL DISCOUNT OF 20% off the price of Ardi’s new book is available by completing the attached order form and sending this to Routledge.
Yours sincerely
Malcolm M Deboo
President ZTFE
 
20% Discount if you pre-order with the enclosed code

Blood Required


Dear Friends ,                                                                                                                         

Mr Daraius Aibara has  undergone a bypass surgery  at Hinduja Hospital on 04/05/2015. They need blood for replacement .The blood bank at Hinduja hospital does not want the blood group B+ as they have enough stock of these bottles .

The donor can approach Hinduja Hospital on 3rd  Floor and say we have come  for the replacement of the blood given to the patient  Daraius Aibara of bed No.31 on 13th  floor.

For further details please contact Mrs Hutoxi Aibara on her cell No.9821227009.

Please circulate to all your E mail buddies  and on what’s up or face book and let us help the Aibara family.

Thanking you .

 

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