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Esri India calls for ‘Collective Action’ to Create a Sustainable Future

Esri India, the country’s leading Geographic Information System (GIS) Software & Solutions provider, kickstarted its two-day annual flagship event, Esri India User Conference (UC) 2021. With the theme ‘GIS – Creating a sustainable future’, conference is being attended by thought leaders, senior executives from Central & State Government departments and enterprises, GIS professionals, scientists, researchers and academicians from across India and neighbouring countries.

The plenary talks and sessions further delved into how a holistic approach backed by Geospatial Infrastructure can be instrumental in meeting various social, economic, and environmental challenges faced by our country. The sessions also highlighted the role of GIS in empowering organizations and local communities in creating policies & programs to protect the ecosystem and work towards the sustained development of India.

Mr. Agendra Kumar, Managing Director, Esri India highlighted the role of GIS for Sustainable Economic Growth and said, “Geospatial Infrastructure and GIS provides a framework to gain better understanding of Social, Environmental and Economic systems, so that the challenges related to health & welfare, equity & equality, population growth, climate change, water security, infrastructure etc. can be addressed. Distributed geospatial services enabled through a network of interconnected systems can integrate all types of geospatial data and provide apps and maps for wider use along with portals for discovery and access. Web apps and access through mobile devices can empower everyone in the organization and beyond.”

 Mr. Jack Dangermond, President, Esri Inc., shared his vision for GIS technology and how it can be applied in building actionable plans for a comprehensive development across the globe.

A keynote address by Dr. Vivek Joshi, Registrar General & Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India focused on Modernizing the India Census with geospatial infrastructure.

Following the plenary sessions, a panel of leading experts including Shri Gaurang Rathi, Municipal Commissioner, Varanasi Municipal Corporation; Shri Amit Bhargava, Sr. Technical Director, Geo-Spatial Technology and Services Division, NIC; Dr. Dheeraj Kumar, Professor, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad; Dr. Debapriya Dutta, Head – SEED and State S&T Programme (SSTP), Department of Science & Technology (DST) discussed their vision for building geospatial infrastructure for the nation.

 The Esri India User Conference provides an opportunity for GIS professionals to participate in various discussions, presentations, and interactive sessions.


CREDAI Hyderabad introduces the Management Committee for 2021-23″ & Announces New Dates for CREDAI Property Show 2021 (13th to 15th August 2021)

The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) Hyderabad announced the appointment of a new management committee for the period 2021 to 2023, who will be responsible for spearheading and strengthening the CREDAI initiatives in Hyderabad and support the development of the sector in the region. The new team will continue to be led by Mr. P. Rama Krishna Rao who is re-elected as the President, Mr. V. Rajashekar Reddy was re-elected as General SecretaryMr. G Anand Reddy, Mr. Kacham Rajeshwar, Mr. N. Jaideep Reddy, Mr. B Jagannath Rao as Vice Presidents, Mr. Aditya Gowra as Treasurer, and Mr. Shivraj Thakur and Mr. K. Rambabu as Joint Secretaries and others who will all work together for the betterment of the Hyderabad real estate sector. 


The COVID -19 pandemic has affected all industries.  However, despite the turbulent times, the city emerged as one of the most resilient markets amidst the crisis.  The new CREDAI team will help the members in the skill development of staff for better efficiency, adoption of new technologies, and adherence to ethical standards of operations in these trying times while operating with a focus on consumer satisfaction.


Outlining the agenda of the new Committee Mr. P Ramakrishna Rao, President, CREDAI Hyderabad said, “We have been navigating through the most turbulent, challenging, and uncertain business environment due to the pandemic. Despite turbulent times, Hyderabad has emerged as one of the most resilient markets amidst the crisis. The real estate sector in the city has been performing better than the rest of the country in terms of demand and supply of residential properties, commercial property, and office leasing, retail besides attracting investments. The proactive policies of the government, pioneering single-window approval platforms like TS-iPass for industry, and TS-bPass for real estate approvals have played a pivotal role in driving growth and attracting investments, not impacted by the pandemic. The Growth in Dispersion (GRID) policy, will also help to decongest the development in the Western part of the city and spread the growth across the city, creating more avenues for growth of commercial, retail, and residential real estate. This will also continue to keep the city attractive for long-term growth and development as new growth corridors will emerge. Overall, the real estate sector will continue to be on road to rapid growth and go beyond the pre-pandemic levels.”

Mr. Rao further added, “Moreover, the GO’s issued by the government to treat the pandemic as ‘Force Majure’ event and extend the validity of approvals by ULB’s and other state agencies by 12 months and extending the facility for payment of development and capitalization charges in installments would help the developers proceed with the execution of the projects. The city has been leading the country in terms of the new project launches (almost 2x rise in launches on Y.o.Y basis), the narrowing gap between demand and supply in the city will sustain the growth and bring the price escalation. We are also witnessing a demand for bigger 2 BHK and 3 BHK units – to facilitate the setting up of the home office, which indicates a requirement for an upgrade by existing users. We are quite hopeful that backed by a stable, proactive, and pro-development government led by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri K Chandrashekar Rao and the reasonable pricing of the real estate, we foresee a continued momentum in the real estate sector in the city.”

Adding to this Mr. V Rajashekar Reddy, General Secretary, CREDAI Hyderabad added, “The new team at CREDAI Hyderabad will focus on identifying growth areas and will work very closely with the government to get the policy stimulus, that will help develop the real estate sector in the state and make it a model for others to follow. Over the past few years, we have adopted our business plans in line with the demand and have adopted advanced techniques, better practices to bring out exclusive projects within the reach of the common man. After years of hard work, the prospects for the real estate sector in the city look bright. According to reports, the city has achieved a 39% growth in sales in Q1 of this year with the least unsold inventory amongst the leading 8 major cities in the country. Hyderabad has contributed to about 30% of new launches in the country for Q1. To facilitate the sales, we would request the government to provide a periodic relief in the registration charges to help hasten the sales.”

Mr. Reddy further added, “According to the recent IT and Industrial report presented by the government the city has witnessed an export growth of 12.98% and an employment growth of 8% in last fiscal. This is twice the national average. The city has been attracting investments from global corporations like AWS for 3 data centers, pre-leased commitments by Legato and Qualcomm (about 1.8 Mn Sft), and projects planned and under construction Wells Fargo and Genpact (over 1.4 Mn Sft) will drive more employment. The last fiscal year saw TSIIC develop 10 new industrial parks with the allotment of 810 acres with 453 industrial projects. TS-iPASS has attracted a cumulative investment of Rs. 2,14,951 Crore creating 15.6 Lakh jobs. This fiscal the focus is on Food processing and EV’s (with a commitment of investments of Rs. 4000 Crores), besides investments in Genome Valley for life sciences R & D, investment of Rs.1000 Crores committed by Kitex garments. This will add more industries driving the growth in the state and attracting fresh talent from varied domains. It will trigger fresh growth and demand across the asset classes. We can foresee the demand to increase significantly across Commercial, Retail, Warehousing, and Residential real estate. With the second wave behind us and an extensive vaccination drive by private and government initiatives, the city will be on course for a quick recovery and fast growth. We are on the cusp of a new era for the real estate sector as higher demand from young professionals for both self-use and investment options in mid and high-end segments is observed even during the pandemic in Hyderabad. We can look forward to a great year ahead.”

A Cause for Paws: Macs4Pets Animal Shelter Campaign

From June 16 to July 15, 2021, Macs4U supports the advocacy of no-kill communities all over America through its Macs4Pets campaign.  In this charity fund, the company aims to donate to and highlight 9 stand-out animal shelters. 

For this year’s campaign, any purchase made at the Macs4U website during the campaign period will automatically trigger a donation to the Macs4Pets charity fund.  Consequently, the company runs an internal program that helps subsidize costs and support sessions for employees adopting pets from these shelters. 

While all shelters will be rewarded for their participation, the animal center with the most votes will take home the grand prize of a $10,000 donation. 

Participating shelters of the campaign include Austin Humane Society, Center for Animal Rescue and Enrichment of St. Louis, Dane County Humane Society, Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, Humane Society of Central Texas, Nevada Humane Society, Ruff Start Rescue, Stray Rescue of St. Louis, and the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. 

Over the past years, Macs4U has felt strongly about supporting animal rescues by providing free products and targeted donations.  This is given the sharp increase of cats and dogs ending up in shelters as many give up their companions to return to work after the pandemic. Hence, the company found the importance in specifically supporting shelters with high animal save-rates to ensure animal protection and welfare. 

Anyone can punch in a daily vote for any of these shelters at

Alongside this initiative, Macs4u has also decided to host a special pet photo contest that is giving away brand new iPads and gift cards to the best pet pictures! In the same time period as the shelter campaign, pet owners can make a submission featuring their lovely companions and gain votes for them at The top 3 entries with the most votes will be receiving the following prizes: iPad Air 7th Generation, iPad Air 6th Generation, $200 Chewy Gift Card. 



PRCA announces Southeast Asia growth plan with launch of PRCA Thailand and PRCA Vietnam

THAILAND, SINGAPORE & VIETNAM – The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) today has announced the launch of PRCA Vietnam and PRCA Thailand, as part of its expansion plans in Southeast Asia.

The PRCA’s launch of both sub-groups in two of the region’s fastest growing economies will provide local professionals with access to local, regional, and global events, training, and professional development opportunities.

The launch of PRCA Vietnam and Thailand is in recognition of each countries’ economic importance in the region coupled with a proven base of talented communications professionals and PRCA’s goal of being a global advocate for excellence in public relations. A team of founding members in Vietnam and Thailand has been established to help deliver the Association’s mission to create a professional, ethical, and prosperous PR industry in the region.

Founding members of the Vietnam Group include EloQ Communications, Vero, and The Vietnam Public Relation Network (VNPR).

Founding members of the Thailand Group include ABM Connect, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Midas PR, Moonshot Digital, MSL, and Vero.

PRCA Director General Francis Ingham MPRCA said: “We are delighted to announce the latest stage of our global expansion, as we launch PRCA Vietnam and PRCA Thailand. As part of PRCA Southeast Asia, this new grouping of practitioners joins the world’s largest PR association, opening up a whole range of services, insights, and connections. Our industry has never been more international, and this latest development will be welcomed by our members across the 70 countries in which they live and work.”

PRCA SEA General Manager Tara Munis MPRCA said: “The launch of PRCA Vietnam and PRCA Thailand is an exciting chapter in our growth across the region. The PR industry has a very important role to play in helping companies not only say the right thing, but more importantly, to counsel businesses on doing the right thing in what is a complex world. PRCA’s mission is to deliver world-class support and representation to PR professionals across the world. Among our priorities is to ensure the business community understands how vital PR is to succeed in today’s marketplace. Today’s news brings us one step closer towards that goal.”

Duy Ly MPRCA, Head of External Relations at EloQ Communications said: “As the first Vietnamese agency to join PRCA, and now a founding member of PRCA Vietnam, EloQ Communications understands the importance of having a professional body to grow and move forward together. We continue to spread this spirit to other local agencies. We hope that PRCA Vietnam will bring PRCA’s global standards and training closer to Vietnamese PR practitioners through localized materials and events, access to universal PR ethics, knowledge, and practices to the local professionals while overcoming the language barrier. We have no doubt that PRCA Vietnam will contribute great values to leverage Vietnam’s PR industry to a higher standard than we are now.”

Interested in joining PRCA Thailand or PRCA Vietnam? For more information, please contact: Tara Munis,, +65 596 5743.

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is the world’s largest professional PR body.

We represent more than 35,000 PR professionals in 70 countries worldwide. With offices in London, Singapore, Dubai, and Buenos Aires, we are a global advocate for excellence in public relations.

Our mission is to create a more professional, ethical, and prosperous PR industry. We champion – and enforce – professional standards in the UK and overseas through our Professional Charter and Code of Conduct. The Code compels members to adhere to the highest standards of ethical practice.

We deliver exceptional training, authoritative industry data, and global networking and development opportunities. We also manage the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO), the umbrella body for 41 PR associations and 3,000 agencies across the world, and LG Comms – the UK’s national body for authorities raising standards of local government communication.

EloQ Communications is an independent communications agency that acts as the eyes, ears, and voice of its clients in the Vietnamese market. Combining local expertise with a global perspective, EloQ works with foreign and Vietnamese companies of all sizes and industries to enhance their images and extend their reach in the Vietnamese market.  

EloQ offers a range of marketing services, including PR, social marketing, digital marketing, influencer marketing, business and product branding, crisis communication, integrated strategic planning, and event planning. The agency values modernity, transparency, and flexibility above all.

For more information about EloQ and its services, please visit

ISKCON in association with Bada Business announces World’s Largest Webinar, on ‘Business Yoga with Bhagavad Gita’


The two-hour webinar will be conducted on 20th of June, starting 12 PM, delivered by ace Business Coach, Entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of Bada Business.


India, June 18, 2021 : India-born Ed-Tech start-up Bada Business, known to offer the most affordable entrepreneurship training programs in the world, is conducting a free webinar, called ‘Business Yoga with Bhagavad Gita’, for the youth from across the world, on June 20th, Sunday, from 12 PM – 2 PM, in association with ISKCON. Coinciding with the occasion of the 125th Birth Anniversary of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder of ISKCON, the event aims at imparting scientific and practical wisdom, extrapolated from the shlokas of Bhagavad Gita to help solve day-to-day life & business challenges.


It may be noted that this event would also set a new world record for the ‘Highest number of participants in a webinar’. More than Ten lakh participants are expected to join the webinar from all parts of India, including far off places like Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and a few from other South-East Asian Countries as well. Originally, it was meant for an age group 15-35 years, but with immense number of requests pouring in, it will be open for anyone to join, irrespective of age group.


The webinar will be conducted by ace Business Coach, Entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of Bada Business, Dr. Vivek Bindra. It can be viewed on Dr. Vivek Bindra’s YouTube channel, known for being the world’s most subscribed YouTube channel on entrepreneurship with over 16.6M subscribers. Registrations for the event can be done at


The event is a collaboration between ISKCON and Bada Business. ISKCON since its foundation in 1966, has been dedicated to the work of sharing India’s ancient wisdom and culture with an aim to check imbalance of values and promote unity and peace all over the world. Its efforts to educate and train youth in living a more productive and wholesome life were recognized by the US civic agencies dealing with widespread drug addiction prevalent there during 1960s-70s. Till date ISKCON has distributed about 500 million books on topics like Bhakti Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation through about 750 centers or temples spread in over 100 countries all over the world. Its members also run the world’s largest free vegetarian meal aid program called ‘Food For Life’. Many global leaders have recognized ISKCON’s significant role in promoting world peace and harmony.


ISKCON has been conducting educational, training and cultural programs for youngsters. These programs have addressed issues like Drug Addiction, Mental Health, Environmental Degradation etc.


“ISKCON’s aim is to train and educate youngsters in leadership and self-excellence skills thus bring out the best of character and competence in them, this mega- webinar is an attempt in that direction”, said Yudhishtir Govinda das, Communications in-charge for ISKCON.


Commenting on the initiative, Dr Vivek Bindra, Founder & CEO of Bada Business said, “We are happy to be able to bring an entirely free-of-cost, value-adding webinar to our audience, yet again. Scheduled one day prior to the International Yoga Day, ‘Business Yoga with Bhagavad Gita’ will help people get an understanding of how various learnings from Bhagavad Gita can be unified for application in real-life business situations, similar to how Yoga helps us in getting connected with our inner selves. The three key areas of learning that we will delve into are – Taking Ownership of one’s ventures and life, Building Leadership Qualities and Living Life Ethically and Happily.”



Bada Business is known for conducting world record-breaking, free-of-cost webinars aimed at guiding budding Wantepreneurs, Solopreneurs and Entrepreneurs to establish and lead more resilient, productive and profitable businesses; which is especially an area of concern amidst the ongoing economic instabilities. This comes just after the lockdowns are lifted in major cities in India. Both organizations believe in impacting the life of youth.


The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Launches the 2021 Making Justice Real Campaign

The Legal Aid Society of The District of Columbia (Legal Aid) is launching its annual Making Justice Real Campaign to raise funds that cover the cost of providing free legal services to poverty-stricken individuals and families living in Washington, D.C.

The Making Justice Real Campaign brings together thousands of people to support the mission of the Legal Aid Society, the city’s oldest and largest civil legal services organizations. The goal: make justice “real,” in individual and systemic ways, for those who cannot afford legal services.

The campaign has raised millions since 1990 to pay for legal services in the areas of domestic violence/family, housing, public benefits, and consumer law. In addition to providing direct representation, Legal Aid also help clients avoid unnecessary legal entanglements through outreach and education, and help them resolve their own disputes with advice and other brief assistance.

Co-chaired by Phil Inglima and Susan M. Hoffman of Crowell & Moring, the campaign hopes to raise $3 million between June 1 and July 30 with the assistance of more than 70 D.C.-based law firms. Each year, Legal Aid helps more than 10,000 people each year. This year, Legal Aid saw increased demand for services because of the hardship imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We at Legal Aid are so grateful that the D.C. legal community continues to stand by our clients, who are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19,” said Eric Angel, Executive Director of Legal Aid.

Inglima, chair of Crowell & Moring, has litigated a broad range of criminal and civil matters in trial and appellate courts, with an emphasis on criminal frauds and parallel civil and regulatory enforcement proceedings. He has counseled companies in the development and implementation of compliance programs and has guided clients through regulatory reporting and disclosure processes. He also has extensive experience in handling congressional investigations and professional responsibility proceedings. In high-stakes, high profile matters, he has achieved outstanding results for a wide variety of corporate and individual clients over the past 25 years.

“I am thrilled to be supporting the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia as an Honorary Chair of the 2021 Making Justice Real Campaign,” Inglima said. “The work Legal Aid does to make justice real for the people of D.C. is remarkable and has never been more important.”

Hoffman oversees Crowell & Moring’s pro bono program and is the firm’s designated Public Service Partner at Crowell & Moring. The pro bono work of the firm ranges from representation of the homeless, elderly individuals, and persons living with AIDS to assisting domestic violence victims in obtaining protection orders to “impact” and appellate litigation. Hoffman serves as president of the Crowell & Moring Foundation, a separate nonprofit organization. She is active in local bar activities, having recently concluded her term as president of the D.C. Bar. Her past bar involvement includes service on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors, as co-chair of the D.C. Circuit Standing Committee on Pro Bono, on the Board of Governors’ Screening Committee, and as a member of the D.C. Bar Nominations Committee and the D.C. Bar Public Services Activities Review Committee. She has been a mediator in alternative dispute resolution programs of the U.S. District Court for D.C. and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

“The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia works tirelessly to help those most in need and I look forward to helping this year’s Making Justice Real Campaign be the best one yet,” said Hoffman. “At Crowell & Moring, we see service to the community as a key pillar of our work and supporting Legal Aid is a perfect way to give back.”

To learn more about the campaign, sign up to participate, or donate, visit