JioCinema to Showcase the Most Comprehensive Olympics Coverage Ever for Paris 2024

Viacom18, the official broadcast and digital partner for Paris 2024, announced the biggest and most immersive Olympics presentation yet in India, with 20 concurrent feeds and a roster of Olympians, starting July 26, 2024, across the Sports18 Network and for free on JioCinema. The network has lined-up an extra-ordinary list of former champions across multiple sporting disciplines to amplify the most comprehensive Olympics presentation ever. It also, launched its campaign film Dum Laga Ke… Haisha’, promising an Olympics like never seen before.

 

For the first time, Olympics coverage in India will be presented across 20 concurrent feeds on JioCinema for free, allowing fans to catch their preferred action and Indian performances at the Olympic Games anytime, anywhere on their preferred device. The presentation will have 17 sports-wise feeds and three curated feeds, all available in 4K. The curated feeds will include an India feed in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, which allows viewers to catch all the action from the Indian contingent as it unfolds on-ground.

 

In a never-seen-before endeavour, a Women Athletes feed will exclusively capture the journey of women Olympians for the entire edition. The curated feeds will also feature a Global Action feed in English and Hindi, thus allowing viewers to track the finest athletes in the world in action at Paris 2024.

 

On linear platforms, Sports18 – 1, Sports18 – 1 HD, Sports18 – 2 will run India focused feed, Global Action will be available on Sports18 – 3. Sports18 – 1 and Sports18 – 1 HD will present the Games in English with Tamil and Telugu available on language button. Sports18 – 2 will offer the Paris 2024 in Hindi.

 

The immersive coverage tips off with a dedicated camera feed on the India float throughout the Opening Ceremony giving viewers a ring-side view of the Indian contingent. In addition, viewers will be able to enjoy coverage of Indian medal moments with live interviews with their family members alongside a domain expert from the studio.

 

Our presentation of Paris 2024 is built on the idea of putting viewers front and centre as our athletes aim for glory. For the first time in India, an Olympics presentation will have a dedicated Indian feed, a women athletes feed, and a global action feed, giving fans high autonomy with a lean-in experience as they follow the Games,” said Viacom18 – Sports Head of Content Siddharth Sharma. “We strive to capture the inspiring journeys of Indian athletes and rally the country to back our heroes through our never-seen-before Olympic experience.”

 

India’s first female wrestling Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik (2016 Summer Olympics) will be joined by Beijing 2008 bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh. Four-time Olympian and six-time Grand Slam winner and the first Indian woman to be ranked number one in the WTA rankings, Sania Mirza will be joined by Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medallist, Somdev Devvarman. World No. 7 long jumper and Commonwealth Games medallist, Murali Sreeshankar will be seen in a whole new avatar as Viacom18’s expert during the Olympics.

 

The studio line-up will also feature former Indian Men’s Hockey Team Captain Viren Rasquinha, Commonwealth Games gold medallist shuttler Parupalli Kashyap, multiple Asian Games medallist and World Doubles Championship gold medallist squash icon Saurav Ghosal, and India’s two-time Olympic archer Atanu Das will add gravitas to Viacom18’s line-up.

 

In the lead up to the quadrennial sporting spectacle, Viacom18, the official broadcast and digital partner for Paris 2024, also launched “Dum Laga Ke…Haisha!”, its campaign film for the Olympic Games. The campaign film builds on the philosophy of Olympics unlike anything seen before, breaking away from the conventional advertising template employed by past global sporting events for the Indian market such as tropes of serious looking athletes training to motivational voiceovers. It takes a fresh approach instead, by intertwining the magnitude of the Olympics as a global movement and its impact on our daily Indian lives.

 

We wanted to keep the campaign idea rooted in the transformative power of viewing sports.  The film is our ode to the Olympic spirit and imagines a world where watching the Olympics vicariously, inspires us to push ourselves like runners, boxers, gymnasts, archers and weightlifters in our quotidian lives. We married this idea with a re-imagination of the timeless chant ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha! that’s deeply ingrained in the Indian spirit of movement and sports, into multiple regional languages to ignite excitement for the Olympics across the country,” said JioCinema’s Head of Brand and Creative Marketing, Shagun Seda. “To bring our concept to life, we partnered with Jugaad Motion Pictures who brought in a fresh approach and elevated the concept to a rich audio-visual experience.”

Viacom18’s comprehensive coverage of Paris 2024 includes content around must-watch events for India fans, Indians to watch out for at the Olympics, greatest performances in Olympics history, unprecedented landmarks Indians can achieve at Paris 2024, and much more.

 

Here’s the full list of Viacom18’s experts for Paris 2024-

 

Domain Expert
Core Group Sania Mirza
Core Group Viren Rasquinha
Core Group Somdev Devvarman
Core Group Neha Aggarwal
Core Group Nisha Millet
Core Group Murali Sreeshankar
Core Group Saurav Ghoshal
Archery Rahul Banerjee
Archery Atanu Das
Badminton P Kashyap
Boxing Vijender Singh
Hockey Jugraj Singh
Shooting Heena Sidhu
Shooting Joydeeep Karmakar
Swimming Virdhawal Khade
Wrestling Sakshi Malik

 

Viewers can also continue to watch their preferred sports by downloading JioCinema (iOS & Android). For the latest updates, news, scores, and videos, fans can follow JioCinema on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and WhatsApp.

 

DEVI Sansthan empowers 1500 government primary teachers for NIPUN Bharat goals in Lucknow

ALfA FLN (Accelerated Learning for All) Teacher Empowerment Program conducted by DEVI Sansthan from July 9 to July 12, 2024, at City Montessori School, LDA Kanpur Road, Lucknow empowered 1500 government primary school teachers from four blocks of Lucknow, Malihabad, BKT, Zone 2, and Mohanlalganj. The goal of this massive effort is to make all the children of these blocks Foundationally Literate and Numerate as per NIPUN Bharat Mission, which is already beyond half-time in its deadline of 2026/27. It covers ALL primary school children of these blocks of Lucknow in the new groundbreaking program and ALfA pedagogy that is making children literate and numerate in just 45 days.

The program was graced by the honorable presence as Chief Guest by Shri M K Shanmuga Sundaram, Principal Secretary Education, Uttar Pradesh, and Guest of Honor IAS Shri Awanish Awasthi, Chief Advisor to Hon’ble CM, Uttar Pradesh and Dr Bharti Gandhi, Founder Director, City Montessori School. Shri Awanish Kumar Awasthi while addressing the gathering highlighted, “The government is commited to supporting innovative educational initiatives that foster foundational literacy and numeracy skills among young learners paired with vocational skills. Shri M K Shanmuga Sundaram further added” Innovative methods like ALfA play a critical role in enhancing the quality of education and help in achieving the NIPUN goals ahead of the 2026/27 deadline. With the tagline Our Children Number One and Second To None, we hope to make the children literate at a faster rate. We are also focused on improving the infrastructure of schools in the region to create a conducive learning environment.

The event was also attended by notable dignitaries, Dr Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Manager, City Montessori School, Shri Ram Prawesh, BSA, Lucknow, Shri Awadhesh Shukla, DC Training, and the Block Education Officers (BEOs) and School Resource Group (SRG) members of all four blocks. Their active participation highlighted the collaborative effort required to bring about meaningful changes in the education sector.

The ALfA FLN empowerment session began with the traditional lighting of the lamp, symbolizing the light of knowledge and learning. Dr. Bharti Gandhi, Founder Director, City Montessori School and Dr. Sunita Gandhi, the founder of DEVI Sansthan, welcomed the guests and teachers, setting the tone for the event with their inspiring words about the transformative power of education and their role as galvanizers in the education system.

Dr. Sunita Gandhi, Founder DEVI Sansthan shared, “Implementing ALfA learning by Government primary schools in Uttar Pradesh is a step in the right direction in nurturing and accelerating the learning capacity of the young minds. With such regular programs, we hope to empower more teachers from other parts of the country.”

Throughout the four days, the auditorium was abuzz with enthusiastic teachers actively participating in hands-on activities and stage demonstrations. The training program was designed to ensure maximum involvement of teachers in each activity, fostering a practical understanding of the ALfA pedagogy. The program also included daily quizzes to review key points and were provided literacy and numeracy program kits for their schools, ensuring that teachers retained the knowledge gained during the sessions. Feedback sessions allowed teachers to share their experiences and takeaways, fostering a collaborative learning environment.

The ALfA FLN Teacher Empowerment Training Program concluded with a renewed sense of commitment and enthusiasm among the teachers. The event not only provided them with valuable ALfA tools and techniques but also reinforced the importance of their role as galvanizer in shaping the future of education in Uttar Pradesh.

DEVI Sansthan extended its heartfelt gratitude to all the dignitaries, guests, and teachers who made the event effective and for their continued collaboration and support in the mission to transform education and help achieve NIPUN Bharat goals well ahead of time.

28 Students from Orchids The International School selected for Summer Internship at the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

In a significant stride to bolster ideation, scientific exploration and innovation, total 28 students from Orchids The International School have secured summer internships at the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). These internships are a result of the students’ outstanding submissions to the CSIR Jigyasa EPIC Hackathon 2024. Out of 960 overall submissions across the country, 42 projects were chosen nationwide in the Grade 7-9 category. Out of this, 14 projects were selected from Orchids International School. Around 28 students, forming a group of duo, students worked on 14 different projects under two categories namely One Health and Clean and Green Energy with the guidance and mentorship of the Academic department of the school.

 

The students from Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Indore, Jaipur and Chennai region were selected for this internship.

 

CSIR has introduced the “Empowering Pupil Innovation and Creativity (EPIC)” initiative under its flagship CSIR-Jigyasa outreach program for school students. EPIC is designed to cultivate a culture of curiosity, innovation, and scientific temper among students, empowering them to address national challenges through science and technology. The CSIR Jigyasa EPIC Hackathon 2024 epitomizes this mission, providing students with a platform to develop innovative solutions for societal issues through science and technology.

 

Kavita Chatterjee, Senior VP Academics, Orchids The International School said “Congratulations to all the 28 students who have been selected at India’s prestigious CSIR Institute. Through this internship,  students will embark on an exciting journey of ideation, scientific exploration, and innovation, presenting their work in the form of ideas, designs, prototypes, technology, and smart apps aimed at solving societal challenges. We are immensely proud of our students for their dedication and ingenuity. Their success at the CSIR Summer Internship Programme underscores the school’s commitment to nurturing young minds and fostering a spirit of innovation and scientific inquiry.”

 

During this two-month internship period which starts from July, CSIR will provide resources and expert assistance to help the students execute their respective projects. The students will also visit the labs in a hybrid model to work on their projects, gaining a holistic educational approach, invaluable hands-on experience, and mentorship from leading scientists

PW student secures AIR 1 in CA Inter; 4 students in Top 50 via online classes

Physics Wallah (PW), India’s leading ed-tech platform’s student bagged All India rank 1 (AIR-1). 19-year-old Kushagra Roy from Bhiwani, Rajasthan who’s the student of PW’s online vertical, CA Wallah has scored 89.67% and achieved AIR-1 in CA Intermediate May 2024 examination. Alongside Kushagra, Rohan Gupta from Haryana achieved AIR-30, Armaan Khan from Seelampur, AIR-48, and Jai Sanjeev Karoshi from Maharashtra secured AIR-49. All four rankers had previously cleared their CA Foundation exams with the guidance of CA Wallah’s online batches.

 

Born to a father who himself has been a CA-aspirant and continues to dream of clearing this exam, CA Inter May 2024 AIR 1 Kushagra was part of PW’s CA Intermediate Udesh Regular (G1+G2) May 2024 batch. He took PW’s online classes to prepare for this exam; his first attempt; after successfully clearing the Foundation level, for which he prepared through online classes of CA Wallah.

 

Fulfilling his father’s dream and continuous support from him, he has been Kushagra’s biggest motivation. After the tragic demise of his mother, Late Prem Shila Roy , in 2015, Kushagra’s father has single-handedly brought up both Kushagra and his elder brother, Kushal Kumar Roy; while managing the household chores and financially supporting the entire family.

 

Expressing his joy, Kushagra said, “I took to preparing at home with Physics Wallah’s (PW) online classes for this year’s CA Inter. My goal was to prepare for the test as much as I could and be ready for the examination. My father’s continuous motivation and support of PW’s classes helped me with an integrated approach building my practice and confidence. Even for CA Foundation, I studied from PW’s online classes and that was enough for me to score 336 out of 400. And today, I can proudly say that online education alone can get you AIR 1.”

 

Alakh Pandey, Founder and CEO of Physics Wallah (PW), shared his excitement over the results and said, “Our aim has always been to democratize education in India. We believe one shouldn’t just rely on paying hefty fees to get quality education and guidance. Our recent results in NDA, NEET, GATE, and now CA, with students securing All India ranks and even AIR from studying just online, prove that PW is making a significant impact in the lives of students. When I interact with students and hear their stories of achievement—students who didn’t even think of getting an education securing top ranks in competitive exams—I feel the happiest. These results are a testament to the quality of education we provide, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

PW’s CA Wallah, launched in October 2022, has already garnered a substantial following, with over 3.6 lakh students on its YouTube platform and over 2.5 lakh students on the PW app. The platform offers CA Foundation and Intermediate courses, taught by the best faculty in India. Weekly online sessions and marathon classes before exams ensure thorough preparation, while practice sheets with text solutions are available on the PW app.

 

RHI Magnesita seeks policy measures for refractory raw material supply security of India

RHI Magnesita, the Global leader in the manufacturing and supply of refractory products, systems, and solutions, has appealed to the Government of India for strategic policy initiatives to diversify the sourcing of critical refractory grade minerals to ensure raw material supply security for the sustainable growth of the country. This was pressed upon by Gustavo Franco, Chief Customer Officer of the company, during the India-Austria Business Meet held recently as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Austrian capital, Vienna. The company has also requested policy measures to restrict the environmentally harmful landfilling of used refractories and to promote recycling, which in turn ensures the availability of secondary raw materials for the industry and contributes towards building a circular economy.

Parmod Sagar, Managing Director and CEO of RHI Magnesita India Ltd. said, “Refractory products and solutions are critical for production of steel, cement, glass, aluminium, energy and all such products that require high temperature manufacturing processes. India, purely for geological reasons, lacks domestic sources for critical raw materials like refractory grade Magnesite and Alumina. With very high import dependency, it is imperative to have a diversified sourcing network for supply security to ensure long term sustainability of the Make in India drive.”

India is already a pioneer in recycling in the refractories sector due to its low reserves of raw materials. However, there is still enormous potential, as thousands of tonnes of used but valuable refractory material is thrown into landfills. Landfilling is not only extremely damaging to the environment, but it also results in the enormous waste of precious raw materials. The company has asked for preventive policy measure on landfilling. This would protect the environment, level up the reuse of important raw materials and push recycling. The entire industry – including the steel industry in India would improve CO2 footprint while ensuring further raw-material security through circular economy solutions.

Parmod reiterated that RHI Magnesita India is fully aligned with PM Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat vision and will continue playing a crucial role in India’s growth story. The company has committed approximately 400 mEur (Rs 3600 Cr) of phased investment by FY 2026 to build and modernize its production capacity in India. Out of this, it has spent about 300 mEur in last 2 years in India for building local capacity. It now has more than 500,000 tons of local refractory production capacity in India.