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Lord (Karan) Bilimoria CBE has been elected as the new CBI President at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held earlier today (Tuesday 16 June 2020). John Allan CBE, the outgoing CBI President, becomes the organisation’s Vice-President.

Indian-born Lord Bilimoria was elected by an overwhelming majority of CBI members who participated in the ballot, becoming the first President in the organisation’s history from a (BAME) Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background.

He is one of the country’s leading entrepreneurs. He founded Cobra Beer in 1989 – and remains its Chairman to this day – and was also founding Chairman on the UK-India Business Council.  A former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed.. In 2014, he was appointed as the 7th Chancellor of the University of Birmingham. He is also Chair of the University of Cambridge Judge Business School Advisory Board. Lord Bilimoria has been an Independent Crossbench Peer in the UK House of Lords for 14 years.

Further details of Lord Bilimoria’s career in business and politics can be found here.

Lord Bilimoria, CBI President, said:

“I am honoured to be President of the CBI during this hugely important time for UK business.  As the four nations of our country embark upon an ambitious economic recovery plan, I will do all I can to help ensure we build back better through inclusive and sustainable growth.

“Ensuring the CBI is seen as a home for entrepreneurs and SMEs is first among my top four priorities during my time as President. Secondly, establishing the UK as a trading powerhouse, which is vital for our future prosperity. Thirdly, I will use my background in higher education to champion the UK’s unique soft power offer. And last but by no means least is the importance of acting to increase inclusive workplaces. Diversity drives better decisions. And it will be my aim to get better Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation in boardrooms across the country.”

On Lord Bilimoria’s election as President, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

“We’re delighted Lord Bilimoria has been elected as CBI President. His experience, global outlook and tenacity will prove invaluable to the CBI and the UK business community.”

On the conclusion of John Allan’s term of office as President, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn said:

“The CBI has benefitted greatly from John’s many years of experience and understanding across many sectors of our economy. And we are lucky he is remaining as Vice-President so we can continue to draw upon his wise counsel given the scale of the task facing businesses rebuilding after COVID-19.”

16 June 2020

Notes to Editors:

The CBI wrote to the Prime Minister last week outlining priorities for a jobs-rich recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Read the letter in full here.

Historically, at the AGM, the current CBI Vice-President has proceeded to stand for election to the role of CBI President and the outgoing President has stood for a final one-year term as Vice-President. It is a practice replicated across the UK within the CBI’s Regional and National Council structure to ensure good governance and continuity. The CBI President usually stands for a total of two, one-year terms (elected at each year’s AGM) with a third term being possible.

All CBI members are invited to attend the AGM and vote on the resolutions presented. This year’s AGM was held virtually. 103 members voted on the resolutions, with Lord Bilimoria gaining 98% in favour to become CBI President.

About the CBI:

Across the UK, the CBI speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors. The CBI’s corporate members together employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of private sector-employees. With offices in the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi, the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.

Media Contact:

The CBI Press Office is available 24 hours a day on 0207 395 8239, or email: Follow the CBI (@CBItweets) and CBI Economics (@CBI_Economics).


The First complete Zoroastrian-Parsi Mitochondria Reference Genome: Implications of mitochondrial signatures in an endogamous, non-smoking population






Press Release 15 June 2020



Avesthagen releases “The First complete Zoroastrian-Parsi Mitochondria Reference Genome: Implications of mitochondrial signatures in an endogamous, non-smoking population” The study unravels mitochondrial signatures linked to persian origin, longevity and associated health con-ditions



Avesthagen Limited, with support from the Foundation for a Smoke Free World, New York, USA is developing a systems biology-based approach for the early predictive diagnosis of tobacco related cancers such as lung, head and neck, esophagus, stomach, colon, prostate and bladder cancers to achieve cessation of smoking.


Since 2008, The Avestagenome Project® has been collecting a biobank of Zoroastrian Parsi blood samples and extensive patient data from over 4,500 members of this community.


Recognizing the importance of the Parsi cohort and the unique system’s approach to research, the US-based, ‘Foundation for a Smoke-Free World’, whose mission is to end smoking within this gen-eration, awarded Avesthagen “Cancer risk in smoking subjects assessed by next generation se-quencing profile of circulating free DNA and RNA” to prioritize research into lung and tobacco-related cancers.


In order to gain a clearer understanding of the historically recorded migration of the Zoroastrian-Parsis, decipher their phylogenetic relationships and understand disease association to their indi-vidual mitochondrial genomes, Avesthagen generated the first complete de novo Zoroastrian-Parsi Mitochondrial Reference Genome, AGENOME-ZPMS-HV2a-1. Phylogenetic analysis of additional 100 Parsi mitochondrial genome sequences, showed their distribution into 7 major haplogroups and25 sub-haplogroupsandalargelyPersianorigin fortheZoroastrian-Parsicommunity.Individual reference genomes for each major haplogroup were used to assemble the Zoroastrian-Parsi Mito-chondrial Consensus Genome (AGENOME-ZPMCG V1.0) for the first time in the world.


The study identified 420 mitochondrial variants in the Zoroastrian-Parsi genomes. Bioinformatic analysis of these variants showed a presence of longevity as a trait and associated conditions like cancers such as colon, prostate, neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinsons, rare diseases like Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy and asthenozoospermia, a fertility disorder. Furthermore, the study uncovered 12 unique variants, previously unreported for other populations which are under further investigation.


The research, in specific found a lack of association with Lung cancers and low frequency of DNA mutational signatures associated with Tobacco smoking carcinogen induced cancers in the Parsi community, attesting to unique non-smoking social practices practiced in the community, whose origins go back a millennia.


The research work now released on bioRxiv converges, ancient history, human migration, endoga-mous population genetics, social behavior and customs that express in genetic signatures of well-ness and health.


Dr.Villoo Morawala-Patell, Founder and CMD, Avesthagen Limited and The Avestagenome Project® says “We believe in bringing science to life by drawing it out of the confines of the laboratory and settingitfree toworkinthereal,everydayworld”.Both,AvesthagenLimitedandTheAvestagenome Project® was built on the bedrock of understanding and extrapolating diversity, from environment to humancommunities; The Parsi-Zoroastriancommunityrenownedforitsphilanthropywill becon-tributing through The Avestagenome Project® to global health through a deeper understanding of genetics, disease and environment.

ZYNG2.0 announces ‘Lockdown 2020 PUBG Night’ friendly gaming session for Zoroastrian youth on Saturday, 23rd May

Some advantages of gaming (PUBG), when not played regularly or in excess, are helping in multitasking and increasing thinking ability and reflexes when exposed to different situations.
Keeping this in mind, ZYNG 2.0 plans to entice and engage the parsi youth with ‘Lockdown 2020 PUBG Night’ a friendly gaming session for Zoroastrian youth on Saturday, 23rd May.

What: ‘Lockdown 2020 PUBG Night’ for Parsis
When: Saturday, 23rd May from 10pm onwards
Where: At our respective homes through our mobile phones/tablets
Registration: FREE…closes on Friday 22nd May at 5pm, Contact 9082262681/9920127945
Winner Gratification: Winners of Solo and Squad matches to be awarded with special gift cards
How to survive the red zone? Every player knows that when in a red zone, always stay at home..
Stay tuned for more @zyng2.0 on Instagram

Remembering Prof. Rumy Mistry

Prof Rumy Mistry was a Senior Member of Baroda University. One of the first supporters of Parzor, his work for his country and community remains remarkable. As a long-standing Trustee of the Baroda Parsi Anjuman, he was the force behind the creation of BUZY – the Baroda Youth League. His work with the Federation Of Zoroastrian Anjumans Of India gave direction to this core group of community leaders. He constantly encouraged young people and BUZY has in its own way created a new generation of leaders in Baroda and across the country.
Sociologist, scientist, demographer, and above all a remarkable Human Being he has helped us at Parzor from its inception. He co-authored the Parzor Oral Traditions Publication with Dr. Shernaz Cama and helped with the Presentation at the NCPA during the UNESCO Celebrations of the 3000th Anniversary Of Zoroastrian Culture.

Rumy fought a brave battle till the end. He leaves behind his wife Sociologist and teacher Prof Veena Mistry and two Sons .

We grieve with them and the Baroda Anjuman and Thank God for giving us the guidance and good humor of Rumy. May his soul now find peace in Garothman Behest. Amen ??



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A Unique webinar on design with Mr. Ratan Tata, Mr. Jimmy Mistry and Mr. Peter Rich

A rare and unique opportunity listening to the legendary Mr. Ratan Tata (Chairman Emeritus – Tata Sons) discussing architecture and design alongside Mr. Jimmy Mistry (MD, Della Group) and Ar. Peter Rich (Peter Rich Architects, South Africa) stressing on the key focus areas for designers to rise to in addressing the challenges posed by COVID – 19.

Watch the complete session as the panel talks about opting for a people-centric approach, the role of the government in the systematic shift, brainstorming ideas about slum rehabilitation, community living & urban fabric development.

BPP Installs DIRECT HELP LINE For Community Members

Dear Community Members,
Given the difficult times the world is currently going through with the fatal danger that the dreaded COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) poses to the country in general, and our aging community in particular, the BPP is taking several steps to proactively, positively and effectively address the issues faced by our community members.
Our endeavours are aimed to help community members at multiple levels, to the best of our ability and our resources, despite the extraordinary challenges posed by a nation under lockdown.
The BPP has installed  Dedicated Help Lines for community members to reach out to us for help/assistance on any issues that they are facing due to the lockdown, or for emergencies.
We will try to resolve issues regarding lack of food supplies/groceries, etc. as well as cater to medical needs/emergencies by connecting the elderly or incapacitated with doctors and GPs nearby and provide ambulance services.
We will endeavour to help to whatever extent we possibly can under these trying and difficult circumstances.
Kindly contact us on the following two numbers: Ronny Patel :9867946384 and Jimmy Merchant : 9819027857 between (9.00 am to 9.00 pm).
The BPP is also in the process of setting up small groups of volunteers per settlement (Baug/Colony/Building) who will be accessible to help out resident community members as well as those living close by. Community members who would like to volunteer in effacing the challenges faced by our brethren are requested to connect with us on the same numbers.
We are also working on a Disaster Management Plan and request professionals, especially doctors, to come forward and help our community members, during these challenging times.
We also request all members of the community  to follow all government advisories in terms of health safety for all.
Since no publications are being printed (as physical copies), we request you to forward this message to as many people as you can, to ensure maximum circulation of this Dedicated Help Line, which will prove to be of great help to those in need.
We hope to serve ajnd resolve as many issues as possible for you!
Board of Trustees
Bombay Parsi Punchayet


Funding Needed To Study The Twin Goals Of Unity And Growth In A Global Zoroastrian Survey


What does the Zoroastrian community, especially our youth, seek? How can we preserve our identity and strengthen the community as a whole? Community members across the globe dwell on these questions without a clear answer. A new initiative called Gen Z and Beyond seeks to create a global Zoroastrian study to provide up-to-date, accurate, substantive and authoritative data to inform and guide our thinking to help us secure and shape the future of our community, its aspirations and identity.


Dr. Sarah Stewart, the Shapoorji Pallonji Senior Lecturer in Zoroastrian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London will lead the global survey and data analysis. Zoroastrians in India and across the globe will be invited to participate in an online anonymous survey. Researchers aspire to survey 100 % of the Zoroastrian population and plan to visit rural areas where online access is not available.


This global survey is different from those in the past as it will solicit demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal input from Zoroastrians. It will generate an all-encompassing database and draw a comprehensive set of facts, insights and ideas to inform and inspire Zoroastrian communities to develop future projects that will secure, strengthen and further the wellbeing of the community.



Detailed information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found at




Gen Z and Beyond sponsors have provided seed capital close to 30% of the approximately $275,000 total Survey cost. The goal is to raise the balance by the project launch date of May 1, 2020 and complete the project by December 2021. We cannot do this without your help and request each Association around the globe to support this initiative as well as make monetary contributions and help to create the future of our community.


Contact To Learn More And Join This Effort.


Yazdi Tantra – – +91 98922 19340

Dinyar Devitre – –  +1 646 266 9156

Toos Daruvala – –  +1(917) 626-3570

Edul Daver – – +1 908 397 4443

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