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Zubin does painting in his spare times, a mobed by profession. He is a full time Mobed at Patel Agiary, Andheri West, Mumbai.
Zubin suffered a right side paralytic stroke in 10th std. Being handicapped he still performs his mobed duties very well and paints too immaculately. Really commendable.
If people buy his paintings, he will be benefitted.
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PUREGANIC – For Good Health & Happiness
By Nariman Bacha
Good Health is becoming a major challenge for all of us in today’s stressful, pollution & adulteration filled world. I recently came across a wonderful, unique and effective concept of Pureganic, who have developed 100% Organic, Natural & Herbal tasty Agro based superfoods, without any side effects, which I am happy to share as well as recommend.
Pureganic is socio-economic enterprise, having their own farms (into agriculture for more than a decade) are committed for upliftment and betterment of needy farmers at Gujrat & Maharashtra. Their objective is to conserve and spread traditional home remedy knowledge. Their range of products is a unique fusion of ancient traditional knowledge with modern technology. To them, the formula for good health is very simple – Detox + Immunity = Good Health.
The technocrats of Team Pureganic have researched several ancient books, combined it with traditional farmer knowledge of herbs and have developed tasty formulas, which are free from any harmful chemicals & preservatives. Highly beneficial for all ages right from 6 months to Senior citizens, these are not medicines but diet additions that promote good health. These yummy convenient to use superfoods D-toxifies, immunize, provide balanced nutrition, act as natural vitamin and mineral supplements, which are easily absorbed by the body.
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Avesthagen Limited, a leading systems biology life sciences company, announces the acceleration of its Avestagenome Project®. This research study focuses on the Indian and Parsi communities and the aim is to understand the linkage between genes, environmental factors, and disease, with an initial look into the role of smoking in developing lung, oral and oesophageal cancers.
Since 2008, the Avestagenome Project® has been collecting a biobank of Parsi blood samples and extensive patient data from over 4,500 members of this community with a target of 15,000 Parsis globally by 2021. The molecular basis of longevity and age-related disorders, prioritising cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and neurological disorders will be investigated in this cohort specifically. The project will provide insights into disease prediction and accelerate identification and development of biomarkers, predictive diagnostic tests, new drugs, and therapies.
Recognising the importance of the Parsi cohort and the unique systems’ biology approach to research, the U.S.-based Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, whose mission is to end smoking within this generation, recently awarded a grant to Avesthagen Limited® to prioritise research into lung and tobacco-related cancers. Avesthagen will combine liquid biopsy, next-generation sequencing (NGS), state-of-the-art bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify predictive and early-stage biomarkers of cancers in smokers. The project will use non-Parsi smoker and non-smoker samples from the wider Indian and other populations to gain further insights into the evidence behind such data.
The Parsi people, followers of Zoroastrianism, strongly advocate a responsible attitude towards the environment and respect to the elements of creation – fire, water, air, earth, and ether/space – with a special emphasis on fire, the purest of elements and an essential for all rituals and prayers. Veneration for fire has kept the vast majority of Parsis from smoking for centuries. Family pressure coupled with religious restrictions ensured a nearly smoke-free community. This makes the Parsi people and Avesthagen’s Biobank the ideal control population to act as the reference standard for research into tobacco-related cancers and diseases
The endogamous Parsi community is characterized by greater longevity, fewer cases of lung, head, neck and esophageal cancers. At the same time, there is increased prevalence of Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s diseases, cardiovascular disease, breast and prostate cancer, and male and female infertility.
Dr. Villoo Morawala-Patell, Founder and Chairman, of Avesthagen said, “More than one million people die each year due to tobacco in India and currently there is limited research to help identify early biomarkers of smoking-related disease. We believe our study will identify novel biomarkers that could be used as predictive diagnostics for susceptibility to lung and other cancers. We are committed to employing the most advanced research methods available to drive the development of treatments that truly save lives. I am dedicated to improve the lives of people across the world,” added Dr. Morawala-Patell.
“The work that Villoo and her team are spearheading has the potential to revolutionize the way that we detect cancer,” said Dr.Derek Yach, President of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. “Their findings may also provide key insights about the causes of Parkinson’s Disease and cancers unrelated to smoking and thus common among the Parsi population. “
About Avesthagen Limited
Founded in 1998 by Dr. Villoo Morawala-Patell, Avesthagen is a leading global systems biology innovation company uniquely positioned to help solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges. Since its inception 20 years ago, Avesthagen has introduced new products and patent applications every year, serving the life science, food and pharmaceutical markets. Today, Avesthagen is proud to build on this heritage by partnering the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World to tackle unprecedented health, wellness and other challenges facing our world today.
To learn more about Avesthagen and its research project, please visit: www.avesthagen.com.
Inquiries, please contact: Mamta Jaiswal
Every year, the prestigious ‘Fortune India MPW (Most Powerful Women) Summit’ celebrates India’s foremost women executives and entrepreneurs, alongside discussions of ideas and issues related to gender, women in the workplace, the economy, and the society at large. This year, the Fortune India MPW (Most Powerful Women) Summit was held in Mumbai on 8th November, 2019, and recognized the excellence of three extraordinary Zoroastrian women – Zarin Daruwala – CEO, Standard Chartered Bank (India); Nisaba Godrej, Executive Chairperson, Godrej Consumer Products; and Meher Pudumjee – Chairperson, Thermax – amongst India’s foremost fifty women, who made it to Fortune India’s 2019 Annual ranking of the most powerful women in business who are making an impact by virtue of their business acumen and social and cultural influence.
“In a country where women are still up against several socio-economic challenges, the 50 women who make our 2019 MPW list are examples of how determination, drive, creativity, and compassion can make a potent recipe for success. These women have proven themselves to be role models in diverse fields, charting out their own paths and, in the process, shattering the glass ceiling. As they do so, they are bound to inspire millions of other women—who are battling their own surroundings across the length and breadth of the country—to follow their path and realise their dreams. This, in the truest sense, is why we call them “powerful” women—they have the power to make several others take the road less travelled,” read Fortune India’s statement, having collated a list as diverse as it was interesting, given that it has representation from various sectors, including banking, technology, law, media, entertainment, hospitality, manufacturing and more!
The leadership of CEO Zarine Daruwala helped the Standard Chartered Bank, which was struggling until a few years ago, turn the corner, ensuring a consistent and sharper trajectory of growth and profitability, an improved credit culture, and a focused approach on priority sector lending. The Bank’s net profit for FY19 rose 13.5% to ₹2,169 crore, at a time when the banking industry is besieged with bad debt, keeping the Non-Performing Assets under check.
The daughter of Adi Godrej – Godrej Group Chairman, Nisaba Godrej is steering the flagship company of the consumer goods-to-real estate conglomerate at a time when the macroeconomic situation has turned unfavourable for consumer growth. Under her leadership, the company plans to focus on innovations and enhancements to drive profitable growth in India and overseas. Despite the headwinds, the company managed to grow sales in the first quarter of FY20.
Trained in Chemical Engineer, Meher Pudumjee joined Thermax in 1990 and took over as Chairperson in 2004. Last year, she led the company in its expansion and increased its product footprint despite a global economic slowdown; with revenue from the international business rising 20% this year. Under her tutelage, Thermax inaugurated its manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh in 2019.
Courtesy: Parsi Times
Dr. Villoo Morawala-Patell is the founder and managing director of Avesthagen, an Indian biotechnology company. Dr. Patell is currently working on a groundbreaking project tracing biomarkers associated with cancer risk in smokers through genome sequencing and profiling. Learn more about how she is finding solutions at https://www.avesthagen.com.
Persis Amrolia – Patients with incurable leukaemia declared cancer-free after groundbreaking treatment
A new treatment for an incurable form of leukaemia has been hailed by experts after it left patients without a trace of the disease.
The patients were treated with a faster acting version of CAR-T therapy, in which the body’s immune system is used against the malignant cells.
The trial at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London was carried out with the aim of reducing the side-effects of treatment for the patients, most of whom are children.
During the trial, 14 patients with a previously incurable strain of ALL were given the therapy and 12 saw the disease cleared after three months. Five of those patients remain leukaemia free.
Professor Persis Amrolia, the study’s chief investigator, said: “CAR-T therapy is a fantastic example of using the power of the immune system to specifically target cancer cells.
“While it doesn’t work for everyone, it can offer hope for those children who have run out of all other options.
“We’re just at the beginning of this new treatment and over the next few years, I hope we can refine it further to make it safer and more effective.
“The side-effects of CAR-T therapies can be severe, so we hope that this new technology can reduce the risk for patients.”
Austin Sweeney, 10, was diagnosed with ALL when he was two and was subsequently invited to take part in the trial after he had exhausted all other treatment options.
His father, Scott Sweeney, said Austin was “so fortunate” to have been able to participate.
“He had the cells at Great Ormond Street Hospital in October 2016 and we found out on his birthday at the end of that month that the cells were doing exactly what we needed them to do,” Mr Sweeney said.
“Two-and-a-half years later, Austin is doing so well. He is more physical than he has ever been. It is lovely to see him full of energy.”
ALL affects around 400 children in the UK each year, according to the hospital, and while most patients can be cured with standard treatments including chemotherapy and transplant, some relapse.
Survival for children suffering from ALL increased from under 10 per cent in the 1960s to 90 per cent in 2015, though the survival rate is lower for babies.
The hospital said the research, which was published in the Nature Medicine journal on Monday, offers great hope to those with relapsed ALL, which is the most common cause of child cancer death in the UK.
Additional reporting by PA
For the first time in its 215-year-old history, a woman has been appointed as the president of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai.
The announcement of 77-year-old Vispi Balaporia’s appointment was made on Saturday after she reportedly won 107 of 163 votes.
Elections for the head post of the historical institution are held every three years and a person can serve only two terms.
The daughter of Shavax Lal, who worked as secretary to Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, Balaporia retired as the Head of the Department of English, and vice-principal of Jai Hind College. Currently, she is a visiting faculty at the BMM Department of Jai Hind College.
Talking to Mirror, the acclaimed academician stressed on the importance of ensuring the completion of ongoing projects and generating funds.
“Several projects depend on the generosity of donors; such as the conservation of old and rare books, as well as a large collection of old maps that require restoration. Experts who undertake such specialised work need to be paid. Then, there are infrastructural improvements as well, for which plans are ready, but permissions have to be obtained and funding sought.”
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On the auspicious day of Khordad Sal, Thursday 22nd August 2019, the ZTFE hosted the Parsee Gymkhana Cricket Team for dinner at the Grade II* listed Art Deco Zoroastrian Centre, London.
The Parsee Gymkhana Team were visiting London to play against Surrey County Cricket Club Charles Alcock XI at the Kia Oval on Friday 23rd August for the coveted ‘1886 Trophy’.
Accompanying the Parsee Gymkhana Team was their No.1 fan, Boman Irani, A Listed Bollywood Actor & Theatre Personality, actor extraordinaire, photographer and singer.
Over 310 Zoroastrians and interfaith guests, including The Worshipful The Mayor of Harrow Cllr Nitin Parekh, Navin Shah AM, members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, Harrow Interfaith were entertained by Boman Irani on Khordad Sal, Thursday 22nd August 2019.
To conclude the evening, Boman sang ‘I did it my way’, the song previously sang by Frank Sinatra.