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    Pelikan Hub is an international pen collectors’ event, organised on the third Friday of every September at 6.30 pm local time in 199 cities across 48 countries.

    A pen is not just something we grab to write. Not at least for those who collect them! Beautiful looking, smoothest writing, antique and sometimes even pricier than jewellery. Surendra Karamchandani of Venus Traders took lead in inviting city’s 25 passionate pen collectors at Darshan Restaurant on 20th Sept. for a program titled as ‘Pelikan Hub’ to showcase and discuss their fabulous collection of pens.

    ‘Pelikan Hub’ is an international pen collector’s event which is organized on the 3rd Friday of every September, at 6:30pm local time in 199 cities spread across 48 countries in the world. In India it took place in about 10 cities. This was the second consecutive year of this initiative in Pune.

    Some well-known and passionate Pen collectors from the city showcased their outstanding collection of pens to fellow pen lovers. Some of them include Surendra Karamchandani, Arun Jugdar, Dipesh Mehta and Vijay Nimbre with many others. Makrand Kale, from the family of Pune’s one of the oldest pen manufacturing company- ‘Kale Pens’ was felicitated on the occasion for their unique contribution to the world of writing instruments.

    Kale Pens were very much famous among the scholars and school going children specially since 60s to 80s. They were best known for the quality of pens, nibs and ink and for their policy to provide 2 to 7 year’s guarantees on pen’s manufacturing.  The young generation of Kales- Manas and Mandar Kale were also present on the occasion.

    Dipesh Mehta said that as a pen collector, he finds it important to check the distinctive feature of the nib, ink filling system, ink flow and material of the pen before adding any new pen to his collection. ‘‘I have a ‘Pilot Justus 95’ pen which can be used two-ways- as a regular fountain pen as well as a pen with flexible nib. I also have a ‘Montblanc Meisterstück’ fountain pen, which has amazing nib quality. This pen can cost for around Rs. 65 thousand today. The world-famous manufacturing companies are mainly German, Italian, American or Japanese. There are some good pen manufacturers in India too, but many of them have closed down now.’’

    Sharing his experience, Vijay Nimbare said, ‘‘In the school days, I was known for my good handwriting. Later I started using ballpens and observed that my handwriting has become miserably poor! This made me think about using fountain pens again and later I became a pen collector.’’

    Nimbare said, ‘‘You’ll find the fountain pen in the range of Rs. 25 to a collector’s item of Rs.20 lack. An ink bottle also may vary in price from Rs. 25 for a 60 ml bottle to Rs.1200 per 60 ml.  I particularly like the simple ‘Bril’ fountain pens in my collection as well as the pricy ‘Omas’ and ‘Onoto’ pens. I regularly use pens from my collection and maintain them by cleaning and polishing.’’

    Makrand Kale told about the journey of Kale Pens. He said, ‘‘My father Murlidhar Gopal Kale started this brand in 1970s. That time, the fountain pens were widely used by students and academics. My father brought the blue-black shade of ink also, which was new at that time. The ink was prepared at our home in a steel utensil using color crystals and acid. Ballpens got popular in the early 80s as they were cheap and convenient. We did not want to compromise on the quality of our ink-pens and so it could not be sold in lesser cost like ballpens. As ballpens grew, people started using the fountain pens only for special purposes like doing signature and the market sizably shrunk.’’

    Kale also mentioned that many pen collectors and people who used Kale pens in their school days, keep asking him about when they will start the production again. ‘‘We are thinking about starting manufacturing again, like a limited edition of Kale Pens. I hope we will come out with something concrete in this regard by the next year.’’ , Said Kale.

     

    Thu, 07/11/2019
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    From office supplies to personal journals, a look at five startups that are pure pockets of stationery heaven that can help you unleash your creativity and boost productivity , feeding your love for pens, paper, and journals

    For those who love stationery, there is no such thing as enough paper and pen products. At the workplace, stationery can help you stay organised and boost productivity. Journals also help you pen down your thoughts or keep track of habits and your schedules.

    Crafting products let you unleash your creativity and art journals are great stress busters and even recommended by therapists for anxious minds. But, let’s face it: you don’t really need a reason to buy stationery, do you?

    Well, for all the stationery addicts out there, YourStory has curated a list of startups that are redefining the stationery experience with their products and customer experience. 

    Stationarray

    Launched as a pilot project in Noida in 2017, Stationarray came about when founders Humrahi Jain and Smita Singh noticed that the stationery, books, and gifts sector was highly unorganised. Their startup aims to change that by using trucks for promotion, display, and sale.

    With a planned itinerary, the Stationarray trucks are stationed near schools once a week and in housing societies once every 10-15 days.  

    “The fact that these trucks are there temporarily ensures that our customers hurry up so as to not lose the opportunity of buying products,” Humrahi told YourStory in a previous interview.

    Prior to this, Humrahi had worked at several companies including the India Today Group, Radio Mirchi, and the Times Group in the marketing and product divisions. And his co-founder Smita Singh is a practising lawyer and a social worker who brings expertise in both marketing and legal to her work.

     

    myPAPERCLIP
    Launched in October 2013, myPAPERCLIP uses eco-friendly, handcrafted paper to make journals, notepads, diaries, memo books, custom notebooks, among other things.
    Founder Ajay Batra was a chartered account with over 20 years of experience and started this venture out of his love for buying notepads and memo books. During his trips abroad, he found that while beautiful, stationery products tend to be on the expensive side. So, he used his family-owned printing unit for the digital processing and then set up a manufacturing unit in the Okhla industrial area in South Delhi before the launch.
    Initially bootstrapped, the stationery startup sold around 100,000 units that is worth Rs 2 crore in less than a year. myPAPERCLIP products are sold at a number of stores, including Sapna Book House, Om Book Shop, William Penn, Crossword, and StarMark.

     

    Nuoaura

    Founded by Sharad Jaiprakash, the startup is a platform to source every stationery need for workplaces: office supplies and paper products, gifts, awards, T-shirts, housekeeping, laptops, ACs, even furniture. 

    Although the business was registered in October 2015, Nuoaura began operations in January 2016 and provides supplies for Tata Group, Tesco, Amazon India, Essar Group, Ujjivan Bank, and Kamineni Hospitals.

    A BBA graduate, Sharad is an IIM-C alumnus who has worked at GE in supply chain and Wipro for about a decade. The startup received its initial investment of Rs 30 lakh from Arkarise Business Solutions.

    Creating a seamless process online, the startup’s clients can register online for the service and they will get a relationship manager who will look after services across verticals for their daily needs.

    Founded by Sharad Jaiprakash, the startup is a platform to source every stationery need for workplaces: office supplies and paper products, gifts, awards, T-shirts, housekeeping, laptops, ACs, even furniture. 

    Although the business was registered in October 2015, Nuoaura began operations in January 2016 and provides supplies for Tata Group, Tesco, Amazon India, Essar Group, Ujjivan Bank, and Kamineni Hospitals.

    A BBA graduate, Sharad is an IIM-C alumnus who has worked at GE in supply chain and Wipro for about a decade. The startup received its initial investment of Rs 30 lakh from Arkarise Business Solutions.

    Creating a seamless process online, the startup’s clients can register online for the service and they will get a relationship manager who will look after services across verticals for their daily needs.

     

    Aahaa Stores
    Founded in 2013 by Asokan Sattanathan, Rajaraman Sundaresan and Harish Kannan, Chennai-based Aahaa Stores is a business-to-business (B2B) platform for office supplies. In the corporate world, this kind of office supplies are tagged ‘indirect spends’ and the company claims of saving 20 to 30 percent for offices in this category.
    The startup helps manage the supply chain, bring collective bargaining benefits, and streamline vendor network for businesses. Before this, Asokan Sattanathan held leadership positions in supply chain and marketing across telecom, automotive, and engineering sectors. He has also been part of the boards of Airtel, Tata Group, and Eicher Group as well.
    Last year, Aahaa Stores received $2 million in equity funding from Calega, an investment group based in UAE. In 2016, it raised about $1 million, as part of its pre-Series A funding round from a group of investors led by YourNest Angel Fund.

     

    Chambers of Ink

    When Sukriti Jiwarajka launched Chambers of Ink in September 2016, she had just one idea: introduce journals of superior quality to India, much like the one her friend gifted her when she returned from a trip to Ireland. Identifying herself as a stationery addict, Sukriti had studied economics and finance from Singapore Management University.

    She approached the company Paperblanks and looked for an exclusive marketplace for fine quality stationery brands in the country. Since then, she has tied up with Paperblanks and others like Paper-Oh and Hartley and Marks.

     

     

     

    Wed, 06/11/2019
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    Mr. P. C. Baid,  was based in Mumbai before he established Alpha International in 1989 in Hyderabad. Mr. Baid had an impressive experience of 10+years in      the realms of Importing and Marketing Writing and Technical Drawing Instruments from Germany, Japan, and other countries. Through his efforts and networking, Staedtler appointed Alpha International as the Sole Distributor for their products for the most part of India. Under the leadership of Mr. P. C. Baid   and the stewardship of his son Mr. Vikash Jain, Alpha International is now one of the top names in the list of suppliers in the country. The company understands and has consistently adapted itself to the volatile demands and business environment of the country, thus keeping the reputation and leadership status of Staedtler products 
    in the country.

    PSS: What has been your journey like with Staedtler in the country up to now?

    Mr. Vikash Jain: We - Alpha International was established in 1989. Initially we started as the distributor for Staedtler for most of part of the country, but were importing through a designated importer M/s. Continental Exporters, Bangalore for several reasons including the import license issue at the time. In 2001, given our association with Staedtler, we were appointed as the exclusive importer and distributor for their products in India.

            Staedtler initially began with technical drawing products – those in the field of engineering, architects and related were the main users. However, now the products cover a wider audience which includes students, professionals, and lifestyle products (high quality pens- fine liners, fountain pens, a premium range even in erasers & sharpeners).      

         Staedtler is 350 years old company and have built a wide range of end to end stationery products. Staedtler’s premium products are their best sellers Color pencils, Graphite pencils, fineliners, markers – several types of writing instruments. As a distributor we are extremely happy with the association since there are minimal complaints about the quality of the products. In fact consumers share personal stories at expos and exhibitions with regard to why they treasure Staedtler products. We are looking forward to meeting with consumers at the Stationery Expo from 11th to 15th September, this year at the Pragati Maidan.

    PSS: Is it still a niche market?

    Mr. V.J.: While the range of products has moved from 30-40 SKUs to about 350-400 SKUs, reaching out to a larger number of people, the products are still high end and hence niche.

    PSS: How does the Indian Market compare with the European Market?

    Mr. V.J.: The Indian Market is still small for Staedtler when compared with European market and few other Asian countries. As the distributor for Indian market, we make a small contribution to the overall turnover for Staedtler, and yet the behemoth company continues to extend their cooperation.

          We and they are hopeful that India will soon become a major contributor to their bottom line, given the sheer size and growth in population of the country. Additionally, the focus on education and government initiatives to increase the per capita income are two factors that add to the positivity.

    PSS:  How do you plan on making writing instruments affordable for more people?

    Mr. V.J.: Today, Staedtler products are prescribed for art, architecture or interior / fashion design students and they are expected to use these prescription products to get the desired results. Staedtler does not and will never compromise on quality and hence the pricing is unlikely to come down significantly for the current range. The company may come up with a range of products that would cater to a larger audience later on, but the quality would not be compromised.

    PSS: Is there any Make in India Plan from Staedtler?

    Mr. V.J.:  We feel as Staedtler has manufacturing facilities at Thailand and Indonesia in Asia, and hence in near future may not have plans to set up such a facility in India.

     

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    Sat, 21/09/2019
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    New ad campaign by Linc Pen aims to channelize students’ inner strength towards achieving life’s academic goals

    Linc Pen and Plastics Ltd. one of India’s most trusted writing instruments for over last four decades with a strong presence over 50 countries, has lauded the resolution and hard work of students who are taking their board exams this year with their brand-new advertising campaign endorsing one of Linc’s most successful product, “Pentonic”.                                                                           Linc Pen weaves in the magic that transpires to raise the self-belief through simple humane touch. The new ad campaign for Pentonic during this exam season touches the emotional chord of all its connoisseurs, celebrating a vital phase of student life by eulogizing the virtues of their mental strength during exams with the valiance of a soldier fighting in the country’s battlefield.

    Linc has always been a part of the growing generations, this time endorsing their widely successful product offering, Pentonic which has taken the imagination of the nation by storm with its futuristic and new generation look and performance. ‘Pentonic – ‘Write the future’ is designed to be an advanced writing instrument for the Gen-Z and Gen-Alpha, keeping in mind their avant-garde needs and demands.

    With this differentiating ethos Linc has embarked upon an idea that inspires and challenges the future with its boldness.

    Mr. Deepak Jalan, Managing Director and CEO, LINC PEN PLASTIC LTD. said "Pentonic has to be one of the best offerings from  the stable of Linc. With its effortless smooth writing and unique ink flow system, Pentonic enables the students to write their exams with command and confidence. We at Linc, differentiate with innovation, delivering the best possible writing experience for all our consumers at all price points. The new ad campaign is dedicated to the exam warriors who have put in their hard work to achieve success in academics like the spirited soldier of a nation at the battlefield."

    Their latest ad campaign showcases a focused school girl getting ready to sit for her school ongoing examinations. She gears up by preparing herself mentally for the war up ahead. Moving through the emotional journey of a student’s resilience during the exam at school and a soldier’s never-say-die spirit on the battlefield, the film captures the different moments while getting battle ready, be it in a classroom or combat zone. The film ends with the girl letting out a war cry ready with her battle gear with her weapon of choice: “Pentonic”. Linc has away believed in providing the best writing instruments for students during their examination. The ad film tries to take one through the mindset of a student which is confident and believes in conquering her battleground. Linc showcases their faith in Pentonic and establishes their focus in enabling India’s students to ‘Write the future’. The TVC has been created by the creative agency Brand Bazooka and is LIVE on multiple digital platforms like YouTube and Facebook. It has already gained wide appreciation for their passion inducing storyline and garnered over 12,000 hits on YouTube and likes on over 64,000 views on Facebook.

     

    Tue, 23/07/2019
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    The inspiring teenager also organises annual fundraisers in her society for the education of slum kids from Dharavi. Apart from raising Rs 4 lakhs each year, she also teaches them herself!

    About five years ago, Aarushi Majumder, who was a 13-year-old at the time, decided to start teaching underprivileged children in Mumbai’s Dharavi locality.With absolute passion and dedication, the teenager would conduct classes, ensuring personal attention to each one of her young students.
    But soon, she realised that some of her students were skipping class. While she was willing to overlook occasional absenteeism, it started to happen regularly enough for her to inquire about the reason.As it turns out, the kids were falling seriously ill.
    “I learned that they spent most of their days collecting waste and working in landfills and the pollution there was affecting their health. Mumbai is amongst the most polluted cities in the world because of the unmitigated piles of garbage that arrive at the local landfills daily, and these children were subject to the consequences. It was heartbreaking,” Aarushi says in a conversation with The Better India.
    Back in 2013, about 9,400 tonnes of garbage, most of it unsegregated and non-recyclable, would end up in Mumbai’s landfills every day, and the burden of it rested on the weak shoulders of the kids from Dharavi.
    Troubled by these facts, she decided that she wanted to make a dent in the way the 21+ million people of Mumbai discarded their garbage.
    “I took the first step to reduce the amount of waste my family produced by segregating the garbage produced at home. I recycled dry waste, reused what I could, and began composting biodegradable waste. Seven weeks later, not only did I have fertile soil for my plants but had also managed to reduce the garbage output by 80%,” she says.
    “This boosted my confidence, so I drew up a standardised waste management plan to present to the Chairman of my apartment complex,” she adds.
    Her approach had to ensure that the wet waste was being utilised sustainably and at the same time, reduce the dry garbage from going to the landfill.
    As is usually the case with taking up a community initiative, Aarushi began with creating awareness about the consequences of letting unsegregated waste outside the society and presenting her plans, simple and easily applicable, to the adults of the society.
    Colour-coded bins were introduced in the housing society and everyone, including the domestic staff, were trained to segregate waste.

    A positive and negative reinforcement mini-programme was also introduced where the society members were added in a social media group, and their actions in terms of segregation or failure thereof were commented on my other members.
    “We also taught all the domestic staff in our building how to recycle. I took the initiative of monitoring the compost closely, checking its temperature and pH twice a week. And soon, we successfully reduced the amount of waste that was sent to the dumps. In just four months, the 7 tonnes of monthly waste that we were sending out to landfills was reduced to 1.5 tonnes. We also introduced incentives for in-house staff who were involved in waste management using funds that we generated through selling excess compost outside,” the teen tells us.

    Fri, 19/07/2019
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    JK Papers Ltd. said it will set up a new manufacturing plant in Gujarat at an investment of Rs. 1,500 crore.

    A memonrandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with the Gujarat government to set up the new pant that will have an annual capacity of three lakh tons annually at a cost of Rs. 1,500 crore, JK Papers Ltd. said in a statement.
    The agreement would facilitate the expansion of JK Papers' Songadh unit in Tapi district. The Songadh unit will witness an increase in pulp processing capacity from 60,000 TPA (tonne per annum ) to 1,60,000 TPA and packaging board from 1,00,800 TPA to 3,00,800 TPA.
    The plant will focus on producing multi-layer coated board paper and will produce some paper for the first time in India, it said, adding that the full expansion of the plant is expected to be completed by December next year.
    Managing Director of JK Paper Ltd. Harsh Pati Singhani said,“The transparent policies of the government and the stable administration inspired us to invest in the state. Since Gujarat has been in the top 5 states in ‘Ease of Doing Business,’ an organization can think of long term investments in the state. I am thankful to the chief minister for encouraging and ensuring such a conducive environment.” 

     

    Fri, 05/07/2019
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    • 'It's a very good moment for recycling in the United States,' said a recycling expert
    • China had long been the world's largest destination for paper, plastic and other recyclables

    The halt on China's imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted US recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables.

    US paper mills are expanding capacity to take advantage of a glut of cheap scrap. Some facilities that previously exported plastic or metal to China have retooled so they can process it themselves.
    And in a twist, the investors include Chinese companies that are still interested in having access to wastepaper or flattened bottles as raw material for manufacturing.

    "It's a very good moment for recycling in the United States," said Neil Seldman, co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a Washington-based organization that helps cities improve recycling programs.

    China, which had long been the world's largest destination for paper, plastic and other recyclables, phased in import restrictions in January 2018.
    Global scrap prices plummeted, prompting waste-hauling companies to pass the cost of sorting and baling recyclables on to municipalities. With no market for the wastepaper and plastic in their blue bins, some communities scaled back or suspended curbside recycling programs.

    New domestic markets offer a glimmer of hope.
    About $1 billion in investment in US paper processing plants has been announced in the past six months, according to Dylan de Thomas, a vice president at The Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit organization that tracks and works with the industry.

    Hong Kong-based Nine Dragons, one of the world's largest producers of cardboard boxes, has invested $500 million over the past year to buy and expand or restart production at paper mills in Maine, Wisconsin and West Virginia. In addition to making paper from wood fiber, the mills will add production lines turning more than a million tons of scrap into pulp to make boxes, said Brian Boland, Vice President of Government Affairs and Corporate Initiatives for ND Paper, Nine Dragons' US affiliate.

    "The paper industry has been in contraction since the early 2000s," Boland said. "To see this kind of change is frankly amazing. Even though it's a Chinese-owned company, it's creating US jobs and revitalizing communities like Old Town, Maine, where the old mill was shuttered."

    The Northeast Recycling Council said in a report last fall that 17 North American paper mills had announced increased capacity to handle recyclable paper since the Chinese cutoff.
    Another Chinese company, Global Win Wickliffe, is reopening a shuttered paper mill in Kentucky. Georgia-based Pratt Industries is constructing a mill in Wapakoneta, Ohio that will turn 425,000 tons of recycled paper per year into shipping boxes.

    Wed, 19/06/2019
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    इस अवसर पर वीनस ट्रेडर्स के सुरेंद्र करमचंदानी व प्रसिद्ध चित्रकार रवि परांजपे मंच पर उपस्थित थे.वीनस आर्ट फेस्ट प्रदर्शनी में एक ही छत के नीचे एक से बढ़कर एक कलाकृतियों व दिग्गजों के चित्र देखने का मौका पुणेवासियों को मिला। 

    बालगंधर्व रगमंदिर की आर्ट गैलरी में लगी चित्र प्रदर्शनी ‘वीनस आर्ट फेस्ट 2019’ के उद्द्घाटन के अवसर पर बाएं से सुधाकर चव्हाण, गिरीश बापट, सुरेंद्र करमचंदानी, रवि परांजपे व डॉ- सुभाष पवार चित्रों की दुनिया में एक अलग ही स्फूर्ति मिलती है, क्योंकि यहा राजनीति से अलग वातावरण होता है. कई बार तो किसी पुस्तक को पढ़ने से भी ज्यादा चित्र देखकर उसकी गंभीरता की जानकारी मिल जाती है। सांसद गिरीश बापट ने इन शब्दों में चित्रकारों को सम्मानित किया। बालगंधर्व रगमंदिर की आर्ट गैलरी में लगी चित्र प्रदर्शनी ‘वीनस आर्ट फेस्ट 2019’ के उद्द्घाटन के अवसर पर वे बोल रहे थे. 

    इस अवसर पर वीनस ट्रेडर्स के सुरेंद्र करमचंदानी व प्रसिद्ध चित्रकार रवि परांजपे मंच पर उपस्थित थे. वीनस आर्ट फेस्ट प्रदर्शनी में एक ही छत के नीचे एक से बढ़कर एक  कलाकृतियों व दिग्गजों के चित्र देखने का मौका पुणेवासियों को मिला।  शनिवार, 8 जून से सोमवार, 10 जून तक सुबह 11 से शाम 7.30 बजे तक यह प्रदर्शनी कलाप्रेमियों के देखने के लिए खुली रखी गयी  थी। जहां 45 चित्रकारो के चित्र एक जगह पहली बार प्रदर्शित किय गए। 

    गिरीश बापट ने कहा कि सिर्फ चेहरे ही बोला नहीं करते, बल्कि चित्र भी बोलते हैं. चित्रों की भाषा आंतरिक होती है और उसमें से चित्रकार की भावना, संवेदना, वेदना आदि की अभिव्यक्ति होती है. यह कला अनादिकाल से है और आगे भी रहेगी. 
    चित्रकार रवि परांजपे ने कहा कि पहले राजदरबारों में कला व कलाकारों का सम्मान हुआ करता था, जो अब कम हुआ है. राजनीति व राष्ट्रनीति में अंतर है और मौजूदा सरकार की जीत के बाद राष्ट्रनीति शुरू हो रही है. वर्तमान में यह महसूस हो रहा है कि जितना महत्व बाॅलीवुड व क्रिकेट का है, उतना शिल्पकला व चित्रकला का नहीं रहा। अन्य कलाओं को महत्व देकर उन्हें आगे बढाना जरूरी है.

    उद्द्घाटन समारोह में राष्ट्रीय पुरस्कार विजेता शिल्पकार जीतेंद्र सुतार, कला क्षेत्र में डी.लिट. का पहला सम्मान हासिल करने वाले मुरली लाहोटी, मराठी हस्ताक्षर के कलाकार गोपाल वाकोड़े, कला शिक्षा क्षेत्र के डाॅॉ. अवधूत अत्रे, डाॅॉ. मिलिंद ढोबले, ‘आर्ट2डे फिरी’ की प्रियंवदा पवार, डॉ. सुभाष पवार का गिरीश बापट के हाथों सम्मान किया गया।

    प्रदर्शनी में पेन्सिल, चारकोल, चाक, वाटर कलर, आॅयल कलर, एक्रेलिक आदि से निर्मित चित्र प्रदर्षित किये गये थे। प्रदर्शनी में गोवा, 9 जून की सुबह 11 से 1 बजे तक छोटे बच्चों के लिए चित्रकला के कुछ डेमो दिखाये गये तथा कार्यशाला का आयोजन किया गया। इसके अलावा शाम 4 से 7 बजे तक कलाप्रेमियों के लिए कार्यशाला आयोजित की गयी। 

    प्रदर्शनी में दिग्गज चित्रकारों के चित्रों के अवलोकन का मौका 

    प्रदर्शनी में कलाप्रेमियों को रवि परांजपे, मुरली लाहोटी, रावसाहेब गुरव, जयप्रकाश जगताप, सुधाकर चव्हाण, शोभा पत्की, मंजिरी मोरे, स्नेहल पागे रवि देव, मिलिंद मुलीक, संदीप यादव, संजय भालेराव, विलास कुलकर्णी, विवेक निंबालकर, शरद तरड़े व आदित्य शिर्के सहित कई सुप्रसिद्ध व दिग्गज कलाकारों के चित्रों का अवलोकन करने का मौका मिला।

    महात्मा फुले वस्तु संग्रहालय में स्थायी आर्ट गैलरी देने को अनुशंसा

    गिरीश बापट ने कहा कि महात्मा फुले वस्तु संग्रहालय में एक विभाग चित्रों के लिए रखा गया है. यह संग्रहालय सरकारी होने के  बावजूद सरकार से किसी भी तरह सहायता लिए बिना हमने इसकी मरम्मत है। संग्रहालय की चित्र-दीर्घा में कुछ चित्र हैं। साथ ही यह जगह स्थायी रूप से आर्टगैलरी हेतु देने की हमारी इच्छा है. यदि ऐसा हुआ तो चित्र, शिल्प जैसी कलाओं के लिए निशुल्क मंच उपलब्ध होगा।

    Tue, 11/06/2019
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    Diversified ITC Group announced the elevation of its MD Sanjiv Puri as the Chairman and Managing Director of the company. The announcement was made as the company revealed its Q4 result for FY19. Puri has been elevated after industry leader and former Chairman YC Deveshwar passed away on May 11 after a brief illness.

    Diversified ITC Group announced the elevation of its MD Sanjiv Puri as the Chairman and Managing Director of the company. The announcement was made as the company revealed its Q4 result for FY19. Puri has been elevated after industry leader and former Chairman YC Deveshwar passed away on May 11 after a brief illness. YC Deveshwar (72) had stepped down from executive role in 2017 but remained as a chairman in non-executive capacity. “The Board of Directors of the company at the meeting held today appointed Sanjiv Puri, Managing Director, also as the Chairman of the Company with effect from May 13, 2019. Consequently, Puri’s new designation is Chairman and Managing Director of the company,” ITC said in a regulatory filing.

    In 2017, ITC had split the role of the Executive Chairman between Chairman and Chief Executive Officer as part of succession planning in the company. Deveshwar had played the role of mentor to the executive management led by Sanjiv Puri. The latter is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and Wharton School of Business. He has been associated with ITC for a long time now. He joined ITC in 1986.

    He was appointed as a Director on the Board of ITC with effect from December 6, 2015 and Chief Executive Officer from February 5, 2017 taking independent charge of the executive leadership of the Company. He is also the Chairman of the Corporate Management Committee. On My 16, 2018, Puri was appointed as the Managing Director of the company. 
    Prior to his appointment as a Director on the Board of ITC, Puri was President, FMCG Businesses - Cigarettes, Foods, Personal Care, Education & Stationery Products, Matches and Agarbattis, since December 2014.

     

    Mon, 03/06/2019
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    Can you imagine applying for a loan to buy a fountain pen? Or using a pen as collateral for a personal loan?

    They are getting organised both online and offline with summits, meets, and even help with pen loans.

    Some of India’s most avid pen collectors are doing both. The pens they prize cost between Rs 30,000 and Rs 12 lakh each, and are typically limited-edition pieces by brands such as Mont Blanc, Sheaffer and Parker, hand-crafted from silver or, as in one case, one by Visconti made from lava spewed by the volcanic Mount Etna in Italy.
    The most ardent collectors have hundreds of these pens, and meet regularly to discuss their collections, share tips, chat about maintenance, and are now holding organised events such as this February’s first-ever India Pen Show (IPS). For two days, the Nehru Centre in Mumbai teemed with pen collectors touring a total of 40 stalls, attending calligraphy workshops, taking guided tours with pen experts, and even looking in at a special letter-writing booth set up as an ode to the joys of writing with a fountain pen.
    “Before this there were only informal group meets within one’s own city or hubs facilitated by international pen brands such as Pelikan,” says Vishal Singhi, 39, a banker and pen collector who thought up and helped organise the IPS. “It was about time India had something of her own.”
    Singhi started collecting fountain pens in 2007 and has more than 400 today. “It’s an out-and-out infatuation,” he says, laughing. “I collect because, quite simply, nothing else makes me swoon as much.”
    Typically, collectors start small. Ashok Jain was 30, a young art dealer in 1990s Delhi, when he started collecting pens. “My first purchase was a Sheaffer 14-carat gold pencil I paid Rs 2,000 for, the same price as 5 gm of gold at the time,” he recalls.
    The internet helped Jain scour like he’d never scoured before – he found pens made of gold and silver, embellished with precious stones and covered in intricate designs. “I was hooked,” he says.
    Today he has over 1,400 pens, the rarest of which is a vintage 1920s Mont Blanc with a long, gold nib. “Only five to six of these are known to be in circulation, in the world,” he says. They sell for anywhere between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 12 lakh a piece.
    So how do you keep collecting when the prices are this high? To address this problem, Jain set up a loan system. “Banks in India will accept a house or car as collateral but won’t accept a fountain pen, even if it costs as much — or more,” Jain says.” So, in 1996, he started the Pen Club of India and in 2010 the club began to help collectors get loans. The club began with three members and now has over 300. Each of these members contributes a fixed sum, so that, if a collector needs to urgently borrow money in order to buy a pen, he can offer a pen as collateral and borrow from that fund. The loans are interest-free for the first three months.
    “We not only collect pens here but also help others learn the nuances of collecting, or advise them on which pen to buy,” says Pradeep Jain, 52, a pen dealer from Delhi among the first members of the club.

     

    Tue, 28/05/2019

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