03 June 2023 12:50



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The much-awaited 20th edition of the India Today Conclave will be held on March 17 and 18 in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will headline the Conclave, which will see participation from an eclectic mix of luminaries

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the India Today Conclave 2023. The iconic event, in its 20th edition, is set to take place on March 17 and 18 in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one of the most influential leaders in the world, will be the 'Icon of India' speaker at the much-awaited meeting of minds at a time when the world is in turmoil — economic and geopolitical — and India has emerged as its lighthouse of hope.

Prime Minister Modi last addressed the India Today Conclave before the pandemic in 2019, a lot has changed since. In 2023, India has taken the centrestage in the world as the country is poised to become the third largest economy and a key player in security of the seas. India is the host of this year's G20 Summit, which is focused on clean energy and economic recovery.

According to India Today Group Vice-Chairperson Kalli Purie, "As he was famously referred to as the 'Disruptor in Chief' in his last Conclave visit, PM Modi's latest address is set to lay out his leadership strategies that are sure to shape the course of global development for years to come."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed the India Today Conclave six times in the past, starting from his days as the Gujarat chief minister when he showcased his popular programmes that came to be known as the Gujarat Model and then as Prime Minister when he outlined the goals of a New India. He has delivered keynote addresses first as Gujarat chief minister in 2003, 2008 and 2011, then as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate in 2013 and in recent years, as the Prime Minister in 2017 and 2019.

The theme of this year's Conclave is ‘The India Moment’. With the youngest working population in the world, India is poised to be one of the drivers of global economic growth. And with over 900 million internet users, it will also be ready to reap the digital dividend.

India is entering the big election season as PM Modi leads the BJP's fight for a third consecutive term at the Centre. The India Today Conclave 2023 will also set the agenda for the political battleground as prominent political personalities from both the ruling NDA and the Opposition debate and discuss their policies, promises and prospects.

As always, India Today Conclave 2023 will bring together a diverse range of voices from politics, business, entertainment, sports, and academia, and provide a platform for meaningful dialogue and debate.

The speakers include luminaries like cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, Home Minister Amit Shah, Union ministers S Jaishankar, Kiren Rijiju and Smriti Irani, Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor and P Chidambaram, TMC MP Mahua Moitra, industrialists Anil Agarwal and Sanjiv Goenka, entrepreneur Byju Raveendran, actor Ram Charan, geneticist David Sinclair and retired chief justices SA Bobde and UU Lalit, among others.

The India Today Conclave is a two-day event where high-profile speakers from various fields discuss and debate the most pressing issues facing India and the world. The event usually includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, fireside chats, and other interactive sessions where speakers share their thoughts, insights and ideas on various topics.

After wooing the audiences across the world with its incredible story and performances since its release, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” had a big night at the 95th Academy Awards.

The movie bagged a total of 7 Oscars, emerging as the clear winner of the night and one of the most awarded films. The film is streaming exclusively on Sony LIV in India.

The multiverse madness comedy-drama led the nominations with 11 mentions, out of which it won some of the most coveted titles like Best Picture, Best Director (Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan), Lead Actress (Michelle Yeoh), Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan), Supporting Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis), Best Original Screenplay (the Daniels), and Best Film Editing (Paul Rogers). The landmark film is a breakthrough for Hollywood diversity for its Asian-American themes and predominantly Asian cast.

The movie follows Michelle Yeoh’s Evelyn, a laundromat owner who attempts to save the multiverse from its greatest threat with the help of her alternative versions of herself from parallel universes. Evelyn is dealing with her unsteady laundromat business being on the verge of failure, her marriage to a wimpy husband, Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) and broken relationships with her judgmental father (James Hong) and her daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu), while preparing herself for the impersonal IRS auditor, Deirdre played by Jamie Lee Cutis.

Among the ten contenders at the Oscars this year, Everything Everywhere All at Once beat Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans, Cate Blanchett's Tár, and the German war drama All Quiet on the Western Front. The film’s other notable wins include a BAFTA award, 5 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, two Golden Globe awards and 4 category wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Catch this action, adventure, comedy, fantasy, and sci-fi filled movie in India only on Sony LIV, streaming now!

Encourages citizens to take up the social initiative across the nation

Zee News' Rohit Ranjan analyzed the unique 'Give Plastic and Take Gold' campaign in South Kashmir's Sadiwara village

DNA, one of the leading shows well-known for its inclusive reporting, investigative journalism and 360-degree coverage, successfully presented a detailed analysis on the unique 'Give Plastic and Take Gold’ campaign. This campaign is an initiative by the village panchayat of South Kashmir's Sadiwara, with an aim to save the environment.

The reportage of the 'Give Plastic and Take Gold’ campaign being initiated in South Kashmir's Sadiwara village received widespread acclaim. It created a social impact as the Panchayat encouraged the villagers to donate 20 quintals of plastic waste in order to win a gold coin. After 15 days of the campaign's launch, the entire town was deemed plastic-free. The initiative has received widespread acclaim, is well-liked by all, and has even been adopted by other panchayats.

The village with heaps of plastic thrown on the roads, is now completely clean and all the plastic collected is handed over to the Panchayat members. This village is setting an example for all other villages and the government is also trying to replicate the same idea in every village of the Union territory. RDD Anantnag| District Anantnag, Government of Jammu & Kashmir, latest tweet on the news reportage of the campaign by Zee News-DNA team, also further states, ‘This is to be replicated in every village of our beloved District in the Land of Springs.’ He also further announced that this village plastic free. The gold that is being rewarded, is from the plastic being collected from villagers and sold.

Commenting on the success of the impactful campaign reportage, Rajnish Ahuja, Editor, Zee News said, “Zee News's Flagship show DNA has a dedicated team of reporters and researchers who have been consistent in their research, analyzing and presenting far-fetched social impact stories for the wider audience. The reportage and analysis of the 'Give Plastic and Take Gold’ campaign is a step forward towards spreading social awareness on the hazardous impact of plastic waste on the environment, enabling many more villages to become plastic-free.”

The mega summit on gender parity taking place in New Delhi will see renowned names such as Union Minister Smriti Irani, G20 Sherpa of India Amitabh Kant, Navy Chief Admiral R. Hari Kumar, Global Ambassadors & Business Stalwarts in attendance. 

As a purpose driven brand, for more than a decade CNBC-TV18 has put the spotlight on the very pertinent subject of gender equality and economic growth opportunity at the workplace. To fully commit to the cause of bridging the gender parity gap at the workforce, CNBC-TV18 has led charge with a one-of-its-kind mega initiative “Future. Female. Forward - The Women’s Collective” presented by HSBC India.

The initiative was launched with a grand on-ground event on 25 November 2022 in Mumbai with renowned industry names in attendance. Through the campaign’s presence at the World Economic Forum 2023 in Davos, the initiative attracted global attention and support with Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18 leading the discussions with the most influential voices across the globe about gender parity and equality.

In continuation of its efforts to build dialogue around and inspire real change in this area, CNBC-TV18 will host India’s largest Summit on Gender Parity on March 14, 2023, at The Imperial, New Delhi, 4.30 PM onwards. Through the summit, the channel intends to ignite conversations, release the findings of an exclusive FICCI & CNBC-TV18 survey on women in the workforce, and discuss prevalent concerns pertaining to the deficit of gender parity and possible solutions to bridge this disparity.

The summit will kickstart with the special anthem composed by musician Sonam Kalra exclusively for Future. Female. Forward which would be followed by a keynote address by Ms. Smriti Irani, Hon’ble Minister for Women and Child Development to set the context for the evening. Following this, the evening will see a special tribute to the legendary Late Ms. Elaben Bhatt of SEWA with the organisation’s leadership in attendance, for her phenomenal work in transforming the lives of millions of women. The evening will witness a remarkable moment with the presence of The Navy Chief, Admiral R. Hari Kumar in an exclusive conversation on leading change in the Defence Forces and will also see women who are breaking barriers from the defence services such as Major Beena Tiwari of the Indian Army in attendance. The evening would then see a special session featuring the G20 EMPOWER Women Champions from across the length and breadth of the country share the meaningful work they have been doing and their thoughts on G20 EMPOWER 2023 goals.

The summit will also address the global gender gap with ambassadors & diplomats like A. Elizabeth Jones, US Ambassador to India; Ugo Astuto, EU Ambassador to India; Barry O'Farrell, Australia Ambassador to India in conversation with CNBC-TV18’s Parikshit Luthra. A special CNBC-TV18 & FICCI “Women in the workforce” survey report will be launched at the summit, diving deep into the state of women's representation across the formal private sector in India, which would be discussed in detail by Shereen Bhan with FICCI leaders in attendance.

A major highlight of the summit will be the mega leadership panel moderated by Shereen Bhan to discuss ‘Workplace Inclusivity & Parity- A Rising Reality?’. The panel will see industry doyens like Hitendra Dave, CEO, HSBC India; Romal Shetty, CEO Designate, Deloitte India; Suresh Narayanan, Chairman & MD, Nestle India Ltd; Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa of India; Lavanya Nalli, Vice Chairperson, Nalli Silk Sarees Pvt. Ltd; and Auguste Tano Kouame, World Bank’s Country Director for India.

Bringing together diverse women achievers will be the concluding panel- ‘SHE LEADS: Charting A New Growth Story’, which will see pathbreakers such as Sameera Reddy, Actress & Influencer; Capt. Zoya Agarwal, Commercial Pilot; Tage Rita, Founder, Naara Aaba; Pabiben Rabari, Founder, Pabiben.com; Dr. Geetha Manjunath, Founder & CEO, Niramai Health Analytix; and Monica Saxena, Captain of the Indian Women’s Polo Team, talk about breaking stereotypes and setting a bright example for women to pursue their dreams.

Commenting on the much-awaited mega summit, Shereen Bhan, Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18 said, “For over a decade now, CNBC-TV18 has been actively mainstreaming the discussion about establishing equal opportunity workplaces. We have unified this long-standing support into an impactful initiative and endeavour to make this an active dialogue and exchange of ideas. Since the launch of the campaign, we have showcased stories of change from the assembly line to the boardroom. Leaders from India & the world have shared their stories and experiences on making the workforce more inclusive. With our summit, we intend to further accelerate the conversation on gender parity and bring actionable changes and solutions to the table.”

Hitendra Dave, CEO, HSBC India, said, “HSBC's core value is valuing difference and providing equal opportunity. A diverse and inclusive workplace brings a variety of perspectives to the table, a balance of voices and diversity of different thoughts that are critical for good business decision making. A business priority, diversity and equal opportunity bring benefit to our customers, our business and our people. We recognise the action needed in order to accelerate women's equality at workforce and provide a level playing field. We are focused on building a diverse, connected and balanced workforce.”

Sharing her thoughts, Smriti Mehra, CEO, Business News, Network18, mentioned, " CNBC-TV18 has always been a purpose-driven brand. With the Future. Female. Forward mega summit, we aim to lead a shift in the overall mindset and create a positive difference that reaches every nook and cranny of the workforces. Prominent and powerful voices & policymakers from across sectors will be part of the summit and will highlight the importance of gender equality and equity in all systems."

Rahul Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Functions, HCLTech, said "At HCL Tech, we’re on a journey to supercharge progress, not just for women, but for all. Celebrating, recruiting, hiring, promoting, and educating women in tech isn’t just an acknowledgment of the power and potential of women, it’s our strategic responsibility to improve our organization, our industry and the world. The ‘Female Future Forward platform from CNBC aligns to our commitment to bring a shift in mindset and further strengthening the mainstream diversity narrative. We look forward to being part of this initiative to create a playbook for change."

Romal Shetty, CEO Designate, Deloitte India also commented, “India can only achieve its true potential when women actively and equally participate in nation-building. At Deloitte, we believe that opportunities must go beyond mere empowerment and focus on nurturing an environment that’s devoid of biases and cultural maladaptation. To achieve a gender-equitable workforce, each of us has an equal role to play towards ensuring that the enabling mechanisms are real, reasonable, current, and actionable."

CNBC-TV18’s Future. Female. Forward – The Women’s Collective is proudly presented by HSBC India. It is co-presented by HCLTech, while Deloitte India supports the initiative as Knowledge Partner, with Industry Partner, FICCI and Associate Partner, Reliance Industries.


Monday, 13 March 2023 00:00

Nikhil Mathur quits India TV

Nikhil Mathur, the Head of Marketing at India TV, has recently announced that he will be stepping down from his position at the company.

He has put in his papers and will be taking a short break before moving on to his next venture.

Nikhil has been an integral part of the India TV team and has played a key role in the growth and success of the company. As the Head of Marketing, he has been responsible for developing and implementing innovative marketing strategies that have helped India TV stand out in a highly competitive market.

During his tenure, Nikhil Mathur has been instrumental in launching several successful campaigns that have helped India TV reach new heights. The availability of Live India TV at Delhi, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Chandigarh airports is one of the instances.

Nikhil’s decision to step down from his position at India TV has come as a surprise to many, but he has made it clear that he is looking forward to taking some time off and before moving on to his next venture. He has expressed his gratitude to the entire India TV team for their support and hard work over the years and has assured them that he will always be available to help in any way he can.

In a statement, Nikhil said, "It has been an incredible journey working at India TV, and I am grateful for the opportunities that I have had here. I would like to thank the entire India TV team for their support and dedication, and I look forward to staying connected with them in the future."

With his vast experience and expertise in marketing, it is likely that he will continue to make significant contributions to the industry in the future. We wish him all the best for his future endeavors.


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