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Approprice, the only Android app for price comparison in India with smart bar code functionality. Using this app, price comparison can be done with just one click through scanning the bar code while shopping in malls/stores. You can compare the store price with online price.

Approprice is a startup to help customers who shop in malls/offline stores and aim for ‘price satisfaction’. While shopping in stores customers can just scan the product bar code and get real time price comparison between online store price and the offline store price for the same product. This will help them to make a quick decision to buy the product.

Approprice makes you a smart shopper. It is very simple and easy to use. There are more than 42,000 smart shoppers using Approprice and there has been more than 80,000 smart shopping experiences. Approprice is the highest rated smart price comparison app on Playstore. Download the app, compare the price between leading stores and get the lowest price.

Approprice is also recognized as a Startup by Development of Industrial Policy and Promotion under Startup India campaign. Approprice was officially launched in 2016 as an​ Android app and became the highest rated app on Playstore by shoppers.

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Popularity and fascination of Cricket is becoming the fastest growing spectacle for the sports-themed world over, especially amongst Indians. It has become one of the top sporting competitions. Every single day, on various sports channels, there is atleast a single cricket match being shown.

Currently it is men’s cricket that hogs all attention. We hardly see any channels showing women’s cricket. For a fact Indian women started playing cricket in the first half of 1970s and now it is 2017, but still there is not much recognition or development despite brilliant and competitive talent displayed by women at all levels. A strong and committed initiative has long been pending to address this gap.

The initiative needs to be nurtured with an open mind and a practical approach. Women’s cricket has to be understood on its own merit, independent of men’s cricket performance. Importantly efforts have to be made for general acceptance amongst public  for the sport played by women who roughly constitute 50% of our population.

Sehwag Cricket Academy and Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs COWE, Delhi is launching ‘Queen’s XI, a cricket league for Women’ with great optimism and open heart from 31st August to 2nd September 2017. COWE believes that through leadership and entrepreneurship, women can become the torch bearers of women power.

COWE formed in 2004, has a goal to motivate women to inculcate entrepreneurship culture. This platform would boost the confidence of women and help them to attain an edge for their entrepreneur’s careers. Women are better at building lasting relationships which are prerequisites for entrepreneurs today.

Sehwag Cricket Academy was founded by International cricketer – Mr. Virender Sehwag. The academy provides structured coaching and development programmes for amateurs and professionals in various age groups and skill sets.

Queen’s XI Womens Cricket League is aims to give encouragement to women in sports. It aims to fulfill the basic needs of women in sports, needs that are identified through experts and certified organisations. This program helps shape women’s passion for sport into reality. Our biggest challenge is to support every possible women in sports.

Queen’s XI is an open category cricket league with national and international players. The first day of the league witnessed participation from 8 teams –

1.Northern Railway

2. North Central Railway

3. Central Railway

4. Haryana Kings

5. Gwalior XI

6. Chandigarh (LIC)

7. Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs COWE – a mix team from all over India

8. Sri Lanka Airforce team.

The women behind Queen’s XI are Mrs. Archana Gupta, Director, KEI Industries Ltd. and Tripti Singhal Somani, CEO KGS advisors who joined hands to support a common cause of #womeninsports.

Opening ceremony of Queen’s XI was held on August 31st and was attended by many dignitaries.

Semi-finals took place on September 2nd between

Sri Lanka Airforce vs Haryana Kings

Northern Railways vs LIC Chandigarh

Final match will be conducted in the presence of Mr.Virender Sehwag on 2nd September at 4 p.m. and will be attended by various dignitaries.

Virender Sehwag will hand over the awards for various categories:

Women of the matches

Woman of the series

Best bowler

Best fielder

Best batwoman

Queens XI Women’s Cricket League will be held from 31st August – 2nd September 2017. Women’s T-20 cricket tournament is organized to promote cricket as women’s sport and uplift the statute of women’s cricket. It will also give women cricket players the recognition they deserve. Women’s cricket team has already recorded in the finals of ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

Queens XI Women’s Cricket League is co-organized by Sehwag Cricket Academy and COWE (Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs in India). COWE is a NGO engaged in the social and economic ” upliftment of women through entrepreneurship”. COWE India is ISO certified organisation. It is a non-profit business organisation and has 9 chapters in various states like Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan. COWE propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power.

In this league 8 teams will be competing against each other. There will be 15 players in each team. The matches will be played at Abhi Sports Complex, Gurgaon. Each match will have 20 overs. White balls and coloured kits will be provided for the matches. The top two teams will qualify for the finals. The trophy and awards will be presented by Virendra Sehwag.

A trophy will be presented to the winning team and to the runner up. The other awards are:

Woman of the Series

Woman of the Match

Best Batwoman

Best Bowler

Best Wicket-keeper

Best Allrounder

In addition to this, all players will be awarded exciting gift hampers.

Media coverage will be done by news channels and leading newspapers.

Virendra Sehwag has extended his support to the Queens XI Women’s Cricket League. Sehwag has pledged to stand for the cause “Support the Women’s Sports”

Women’s cricket should be supported by everyone. There are very few promotional activities for women’s cricket. We should come forward to provide financial help in conducting the tournament.

Techniche, the annual Techno-Management festival of IIT Guwahati is offering opportunities for robotics enthusiasts under the Robotics Module. National Robotics Championship ‘Escalade 6.0’ will be held during Techniche on 1st September 2017. Preliminary competitions have been successfully held across India in 11 cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Delhi. Robotics enthusiasts can showcase their skills in the competitions during the festival.

Various robotics competitions will be held during the festival. Nautilus is an innovative event where participants should build underwater robot and tackle hurdles under water. Robocalypse is a competition in which a manual bot has to fight opponent’s bot in a death match. The winners will get prizes worth Rs.1,00,000.

There are many more events like Clash-of-bots, Burnout and​ Phototron. All events have exciting prizes.

For Problem Statements of Escalade and more information about deadline visit the official website of Techniche.

For more details contact:

V.Venkatesh, 70328 59899

The most iconic superstar in its fraternity, the handcrafted sports car, Dodge Viper, which carried a massive 8.4 liter V10 engine and drove like a thirsty vamp, will no longer be produced after August 31st 2017, as confirmed by the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, on an official notice.

The car has been hand assembled for the past 25 years, at a facility at Detroit that will also be sealed for good. Although the end is nigh, the reason has not been made official, but according to the carbuzz.com, it is being believed that the car doesn’t fit in the new occupant-ejection airbag requirements. As avoidable as it might sound, it is difficult, apparently, for the makers to fit airbags into the small pit of the car and thus, selling Dodge Viper will be deemed illegal after 2017, unless the manufacturers make the design radically different.

However, the orders placed through the “one of one program”, will be built till the 31st of August for people who wish to own this one of a kind, soon-to-be historic piece.

Every car fanatic’s dream – The Dodge Viper.
Image courtesy: Motor Trend

Movies and cinema, a glamour world isn’t it? It allures you to its charms and magic but little do you know it has many dark sides. Over the years a lot of issues have come up and various aspects have emerged such as sexual and mental harassment, biased fees pay, nepotism etc. but there is one serious issue that no one has ever heard of. Have you ever wondered while you see your favorite actors in movies, TV or commercial eating, do they actually eat the food they pretend to? Or is it another illusion that the camera created in the shooting world?

Well, before we reveal the secret let’s dwell deeper into the reality behind shooting. To shoot a scene of two minutes or even 50 seconds, can take duration of a day or two, and if it is a dining scene which requires an actor to be seen eating something, though the scene shows only a bite, there can be more 10 to 20 takes and so the bites taken will also be up to 20.

The shooting people actually use a ‘spit bucket’. They use spit bucket which is placed next to the actor carefully off the camera, so when they are shown eating the food, chewing it and just before they have to swallow it, they ‘spit’ it in the bucket. It may sound justified on the part of an actor because eating the same chocolate pudding, or pizza 20 times is not an easy task, but for a while, think about the food which is totally wasted.

While there are many places in India, Haiti, Brazil and even United States where billions of people (three billion to be exact) are dying out of hunger. At some places, the reason is food inflation while at others, it is simply scarcity of food. Such places have no food to even survive, there is extra food provided on the movie sets just to be spitted up and wasted that too for the sake that-

  • The actor is on a strict diet schedule.
  • Is bored of seeing the same food for hours
  • Just can’t swallow the same food, this repetitive number of times.

The exploitation of food and resources doesn’t end here. There are commercials where the actors promote a certain food item which is in real very unhygienic for the young ones. For instance, Karishma Kapoor is shown promoting McCann’s wide variety of ready to cook deep fry snacks, which absorb large amount of oil and the advertisement’s target audience is usually the children. So, there exists a contrast between what the glamour world shows, and what they actually do.

You might be thinking that how does this activity matters, the amount of food used would be very less. Well, it is not about the quantity but perception and just imagine how much food has been wasted during all the scenes up till now.

Famous saying- with great power comes great responsibilities. In a country like India, where movie stars and celebrities are treated no less than God, they should understand their responsibilities being a public figure and should always stand against such act. They alone can force the trend to change due to huge fan following. The directors and producers should also learn what harm they are causing to the society. They can cut short the scenes that require eating or can simply shoot it more delicately so that it requires lesser takes and lesser wastage of food. The leftover food must be distributed among the poor native people in the shooting location.

If everyone does their bit, the whole scenario can be changed. Food safety is a much broader and deeper issue and it is required to utilized at the best use.

Noble profession, people say its teaching. Is it actually so? ‘Teachers are next to god’, is written in the notebook of every 4th to 5th grade student. But for once try to draw a picture of a teacher on a paper, you will either make a woman dressed in an old sari with specs or an old man with a dull shirt and pants with specs again. A noble profession means the highest of all, most respected and most dedicating. Teaching is said so because they create all other professionals. All professionals went to a teacher to learn.

We grow to become successful person, we learn and we achieve what we aim. But who makes us this capable? It is the teacher who filled our mind with the knowledge of world. Teacher, a word that’s heard and instantly brings to life a thousand memories in your head. So, when was the last time you saw your teacher, did you speak to him? Or wish him, or asked about his well being? Or you choose to just pass like you did not know that old person walking by you?

Schools have become more of a business firm than a sacred place to gain education. Needless to say, we cannot compare the standards of a private school teacher with that of a public one.  Private schools charges heavy fees and lot of extra curriculum activities which requires more human resource and more teachers, but they don’t want to compromise with the profit earned by the school, as a result, they pay a lower salary compared to the amount of work done by the teachers. In government schools, the pay is comparatively lower but with a few facilities such as lunch and residential quarters (only in some places). However, the principals and managing directors are involved in the race of making their schools number one and compete with the international level focusing on the outer image and avoiding the inner important factors such as education and talented teachers. Shockingly, the pay scale in some places is comparatively lower than the fresher’s pay in call centers​!

Teachers dedicate their whole life teaching and preparing the future of the nation and what do they get in return? Pay is not the only issue the changing time has changed the values of society too. Students today have gone more shameless and with the support of their “rich” parents they now easily harass teachers. With the introduction of RTE ACT, 2009 teachers have become more helpless, as they cannot beat a child on his or her violent behavior.


Their identification is at stake at times! Just try to think of the last time you saw someone calling their teacher to any successful event like promotion, you mostly call your friends and families to celebrate, what about the person who made you this capable. Why to call a celebrity whom you don’t know, rather send an invite to the teacher who would be very proud to see you on your own? Its not about the events, its about the recognition of efforts put in by the teacher in making who you are.

Teachers in many countries are given much respect. In Germany, teachers get the highest apy and when the chancellor was questioned, Angela Merkel replied, “how can i compare you to those who taught you?” But in a country where teachers are seen and supposed to be treated like god, the condition is in contrast.

Let’s give them the respect that they deserve!

Learning gives creativity. Creativity leads to thinking. Thinking provides knowledge. Knowledge makes you great.’ – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

Innovation is “Turning an idea into a solution that adds value from a customer’s perspective”. Innovators are not problem thinkers, they are solution-oriented and they come out with the best possible ideas and start implementing early with whatever they have.  The central driver of economic growth and development of any nation is none other than Innovation.

The Global Innovation Index (GII) is an annual ranking of countries by their capacity for and excellence in innovation and is published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization.  The basic purpose of GII is to capture multi-dimensional facets of innovation and provide the tools that can assist in tailoring policies to promote long-term output growth, enhanced productivity and job growth. It is released on 15th of June every year. Its 10th edition will be released this year. The indicators used by the Report are divided into sub-categories (with numerous other sub-indicators) as follows:

Innovation Inputs

  1. Institutions
  2. Human Capital and Research
  • Infrastructure
  1. Market Sophistication
  2. Business Sophistication

Innovation Outputs

  1. Knowledge and Technology Outputs
  2. Creative Outputs

The leading country in innovation is Switzerland with Rank 1 with a score of 66.28. The irony is the number of engineers in India is almost equal to the population of Switzerland!

Why is Switzerland topping the list for the past 4-5 years?

  1. Highest ratio of European patents: 873 patent applications were filed in 2015 per million inhabitants. Between 2001 and 2010, Switzerland gained most of the inventors from Germany, France, UK and Italy.
  2. World Class Research Institutes: Universities in Switzerland focus on discussing ideas at a wider level and hence think of conducting meetings where scientists and innovators can meet.
  3. Extremely Skilled Employees: The employees are very skilled. They utilise their knowledge to the maximum.
  4. Go Green Projects: The major focus of Switzerland’s innovations is being energy efficient and saving the environmental resources. Switzerland is about to put their first energy self-sufficient apartment building in the world, which will produce all its own heat and electricity using sun’s energy.
  5. Multinational Partnerships: Small and medium sized business industries and Universities promote the research work.

What’s the scenario in India?

  1. Lack of Funding and knowledge: Many private engineering institutions, don’t even have the latest technological instruments and they don’t even provide good funding for the ones who are willing to do something out of the box. When a research scholar goes to the IP office with a proposal, the bureaucrat at the office premises is one that came to that position through political influence or by paying a hefty bribe for want of a ‘Government job’ and has no clue of what to do. This demotivates research scholars to such an extent that they prefer switching careers as ‘Technical Consultants’ for MNCs and start minting money with their wonderful ideas which are basically Indian but given ownership to some other country.
  2. More focus on learning than knowledge: The students are made to learn a lot. Theoretical knowledge is tested and the students learn just a day before the exams and they pass out. They just mug up in the last few days and clear examinations. There is a lapse in practical knowledge testing and skills required to grow like an innovator.
  3. More parental pressure than own desire: Nearly 10.2 lakh students registered for IIT JEE in 2016 and 2.20 lakh students get shortlisted after JEE advanced which is around 20%. The number of students applying for Entrances is dropping year by year. Many of the engineering graduates don’t actually have a burning desire to think innovatively but they just think of being an engineering graduate just because their friend is taking the same course or is recommended by a family member.
  4. More Distractions: Students are more distracted by various sources around them. The kind of friend circle they have, the kind of places they visit, the way they complete their assignments matter a lot.
  5. Outdated knowledge and Sticking to syllabus: The knowledge in books is outdated. The class which gets recently graduated are more knowledgeable because the kind of software they study is new as per their schedule which also gets obsolete after 2 years.
  6. Thinking of Salary and placements: Students are more concerned about job safety, placements and salary. Most of the engineers end up in the sales and marketing jobs and they don’t even know how to sell. Rest of them who have a fear of being fired or rejected from a job or a job interview, start preparing for public sector banking jobs or state government jobs just to have job security.

Hence, it is time for India to pull up its socks and focus on the state of higher education in the country.

India is a land of culture and customs. Here, the society in the name of custom and rituals numbs the voices of young ones. Especially when it comes to sensitive problems such as child sexual abuse. Sex abuse is one of the common problems in India which is faced by almost every child at least once while growing. Some of them fight back, while others just remain quiet and get deeply wounded for life.

Here, the question is not ‘How do they (culprits) get courage to do so?’ it is obvious those are pervert minds with not​even a little bit of humanity and sanity left in them. The question is why don’t our own kids have enough courage to come and tell their parents? Why do they have to go through all the pain alone at a sensitive age? In a survey it was found that 53% of the total sample taken from 13 states children complained of having been sexually abused as a child.

Children are innocent, their minds only knows what they are taught and observe around them. Many a time they don’t realise that they have been abused, instead they take it as a game. Kids from the age group of 5 to 12 are considered to be easy target and are abused the most. These poor little victims are humiliated, threatened directly that if they tell their parents, their parents will punish them for doing wrong.

In most of the child sexual abuse cases the one who abuses is found to be a close family friend or sometimes a family member itself (50% to be exact). Cases have been observed where not only girls but young boys also have been victimised in fact out of the total population 54% were boys who were abused and sometimes they result in serious injuries both mental and physical.

By the time they realise it’s not their fault it is too late and the incident leaves a mark on their mind forever. Such a child who has been a victim of such social evil might grow up into a normal person from outside but inside, he/she is always filled with insecurities. They get highly alert when they are too close to anyone physically, they avoid people around them and wish to be alone most of the time and in many cases the child is physically harmed for life. When such children grow up they feel lots of complexities and develop trust issues.

Why do they get scared while they get hurt physically and mentally? The answers to those question actually lies around us. It is our society! We give much hype to things that actually don’t require attention and walk away from things that need to be solved and seek our attention. We have such closed society and the so-called culture and custom which ends up creating a huge space between the children and the parents. Here, in India, sex is a private thing to discuss, watching a condom advertisement with parents is embarrassing and avoided. Then, how do we expect that a discussion on it will ever happen? In fact in some of the cases it is noted that the families ask their children not to talk about it at all to anyone.

Sex education today is need of the hour, children must be told and taught that their private parts are not to be touched by anyone else. There have been steps taken but those are not enough. Government also tried to conduct sex education classes but the irony is the word ‘sex’ is not allowed to be used in a class of sex education! Here, there is no use of providing such education because the government itself views sex as ‘taboo’.

It would be best if such education is provided at home because this will break the barriers among the family. It gives a caring gesture to the children that they may talk about anything to their parents, even about sex and issues related to it. This may be a little uncomfortable at first but can save lots of other discomforts​ that might occur in future. It is not only for a girl child but sex education is equally important for boys as well.

Men and women are two faces of a coin, where both the faces show something and are there for a purpose. They are inseparable and reflect the society. However, mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters are all given so much respect. They have sacrificed a lot in life; they go through ups and downs giving up their desires for the important men in their life-their husband, father, brother and son. And men are thought to be at the receiving end seen as boundary makers, restricting women to their limits. But life doesn’t work this way, one cannot give without receiving.

With due respect to all the women out there, it’s time to know the sacrifices a male makes for you, from being a boy to a man!

As a boy, he always gives up his chocolate and toys for his other siblings, even as a kid they are told to be responsible and take care of their siblings. Kids may fight a lot but when it comes to love, they do it open heartedly.

During adolescence, when he grows interest in certain sports and wishes to pursue his career in it, he is generally not supported by his family as they think a boy’s job should be serious and sports promises no stability. He might oppose it at first but he is left with no choice other than giving up.

Then comes the age where a boy becomes a man. It’s the age where he ‘should’ be settled. He faces various kinds of emotional and pscyological blackmail from his family to get married. But his choice rarely matters; it hardly matters if he loves someone, if he has chosen someone or he doesn’t want to be married at all. He is married to a girl of his family’s choice. Now, he is a married man, he can no longer enjoy things he desires​. He has a wife to share his life with. His life is no longer about his passion; it has to be about both of them. He now has to take care of the choices, desires, and demands of his wife.

Then the next stage of a man’s life is (which is considered to be  a most beautiful) is father. Now the man has another family, his family, to look after. He now sacrifices his lifestyle to suit the one where he can afford to have his child’s needs fulfilled.

Well, the story doesn’t end here, another pressure that some men face is the pressure of being the only ‘son’. There have been cases where young boys start earning at an early age, resulting in no passion for work, no dreams, and lifelong frustration.

There have also been cases where men with different taste and preferences marry girls, who don’t suit them a bit and this destroys the life of both the man and the wife.

The society has evolved a lot and it is not important that every man faces each situation in his life but yes, they all face one or the other. And before they know it, they have already buried a million dreams. It is also highly assumed that men don’t have feelings, they crave only for sex but the truth is they have feelings and they have potential to love more than anyone, that is what they have been doing throughout their lives, but that stone heart is the result of the world they see around them. But deep down they always remain a boy who will show his true feeling to the one he feels attached with.

We doubt whether you still know when is the international men’s day! Why? Because we didn’t have a need for such a day.

A man may never speak about it because he is taught since childhood that “men don’t cry” but yes his deep eyes have lot of pain in it. So, next time you judge a man by his loud voice, bulky body or heavy personality think about how much he must have gone through to be this MAN from an innocent BOY.