Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BWI: Prime Academy Welcomes the HRD Decision to Ease the Eligibility Criterion to IIT JEE

 
Source : Prime Academy Pune
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 11:57AM IST (6:27AM GMT)
 
Prime Academy Welcomes the HRD Decision to Ease the Eligibility Criterion to IIT JEE
 
Pune, Maharashtra, India

IIT Council meeting chaired by the HRD Ministry, an authority on JEE Advanced examination, recently, on 23 September 2014 made basic criterion for admissions to IITs easier for the 12th board appearing students.

The earlier criterion required the student to be ranked in the top 1.5 lac students in JEE Mains and in the top 80 percentile of their respective boards like the state, CBSE or the ICSE. This being an undisclosed and moving target, the percentage marks one required to score would be changing from year to year to score 80 percentile. This put a lot of pressure on the students during their preparation and a few of the aspirants would usually miss either or both of the criterion.
With the latest announcement by the HRD ministry, it has now been simplified, and now the students are required to score 80 percentile or 75% for general category (70% for reserved) whichever is lower. This has resulted in benefit to some students and hence obviously disadvantageous to others.

This decision came into account after a few students from Andhra Pradesh could not qualify the IIT JEE entrance exams and they moved court. The reason being that several students had scored over 90 per cent they still could not be among the top 20 percentile. The root cause for this irregular pattern is that some school boards are more generous in their marking system than others inadvertently putting their students at a disadvantage when it came to JEE Advanced that has started relying on percentile based screening mechanisms. CBSE also faced similar problems.

The JAB is of the view that a relaxation is necessary to ensure that all candidates are at equal advantage when appearing for JEE Advanced. The IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) is of the view and recommended the same to all the boards that they should relax the marking system a bit for the students to be able to maintain uniformity.

Highlighting and appreciating this decision, Lalit Kumar, IIT Bombay, CMD Prime Tutorials Pvt. Ltd. says, “The student has a fixed target and hence the tension and pressure has enormously reduced with this announcement. Those who took a drop and are going to appear for JEE again are no more in any state of confusion.” He added that the ICSE students earlier required to score 85-87% to have a score of 80 percentile, now 75% is sufficient and hence it is a huge advantage to them. The CBSE earlier needed to score around 78% to have a score of 80 percentile and hence they have a marginal 3% benefit. State boards have not benefitted at all. Actually they need to score about 65-67% to have a score of 80 percentile. Hence they are disadvantaged by the virtue of the fact that others have benefitted.

Prime Academy, a Division of Prime Tutorials Private Limited, is a pool of experts, driven by IITians who have a vast experience. With a teaching experience of several years, they have developed the expertise and methodologies required to generate confidence among students to excel in competitive exams. They constantly update our method of teaching to keep students abreast with the changing exam pattern.

Prime Academy has been consecutively been producing toppers of IIT and JEE exams. In 2013 Kedar Joshi was 3rd in Pune with AIR 159 and this year at Prime Academy, Abhay Gaikwad stood 3rd in Pune with AIR 204. More than 60 students from Prime cracked the exam. As many as 1.27 lakh students from across the country had appeared for the JEE Advanced.

 
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BWI: Akamai Releases Second Quarter 2014 ‘State of the Internet’ Report

 
Source : Akamai
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 10:22AM IST (4:52AM GMT)
 
NASDAQ:AKAM(NASDAQ:AKAM)
Akamai Releases Second Quarter 2014 'State of the Internet' Report
 
Bangalore, Karnataka, India

  • Global average connection speed above the 4 Mbps “broadband” threshold for the first time
  • Global DDoS attack numbers decline, showing 15% year-over-year drop
  • Global unique IPv4 address count drops quarter-over-quarter for first time in history of report


Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, today released its Second Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds and broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks, overall attack traffic, global 4K readiness, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation, and traffic patterns across leading Web properties and digital media providers.
 
The report also includes insight into the OpenSSL “Heartbleed” vulnerability, SNMP Reflection Attacks, and Storm and Zeus crimeware.
 
Data and graphics from the Second Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report can be found on the Akamai State of the Internet site and through the Akamai State of the Internet app for iPads and iPhones.
 
“The number of ‘firsts’ we’re seeing in the Second Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report make this a particularly interesting quarter,” commented David Belson, editor of the report. “We’ve experienced our first quarterly decrease in global unique IP address counts, the global average connection speed has risen above the 4 Mbps ‘broadband’ threshold, and Akamai’s customers experienced a reduction in the likelihood of repeat DDoS attacks.”
 
Highlights from Akamai’s Second Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report:


 
Global Average Connection Speeds and Global Broadband Connectivity

The global average connection speed increased 21% from the first to second quarter of the year. At 4.6 Mbps, the global average connection speed exceeded the 4 Mbps “broadband” threshold for the first time.
 
Eight of the top 10 countries/regions saw double-digit percentage increases from the first to the second quarter of 2014, though South Korea kept its first place average connection speed (24.6 Mbps) with only a 4% quarterly increase. Impressive 18% quarterly growth for Hong Kong (15.7 Mbps) pushed it ahead of Japan, which now matches Switzerland with an average connection speed of 14.9 Mbps. Four of the top 10 countries experienced year-over-year increases of more than 50% in average connection speeds, led by South Korea’s 84% annual rise. Yearly increases were seen in 136 qualifying countries/regions, from 197% in Uruguay (5.6 Mbps) to 1.2% in the United Arab Emirates (4.6 Mbps).
 
The global average peak connection speed also saw a significant uptick, with a 20% increase to 25.4 Mbps from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2014. All but one of the 139 qualifying countries/regions experienced average peak connection speed increases this quarter, ranging from 2.3% in Iraq (30.4 Mbps) to 65% in Jersey (43.2 Mbps). This is a significant improvement from the first quarter of 2014, when 92 qualifying countries/regions saw quarterly declines in their average peak connection speeds. Year over year, the global average peak connection speed was up by 34%. A total of 125 countries/regions experienced increases over the year, from 0.1% in Lebanon (4.2 Mbps) to 225% in Uruguay (49.7 Mbps).
 
The global high broadband (>10 Mbps) adoption rate continued to see strong growth in the second quarter of 2014, reaching 23% thanks to a 12% increase during the quarter. Six of the top 10 countries/regions had more than half of their connections to Akamai at speeds of 10 Mbps or above in the second quarter, whereas only two of the top 10 reached that level during the first quarter. Israel saw the most growth in the second quarter as compared to the prior quarter, with a 67% improvement, and while Japan saw the only decline with a nominal 0.3% decrease, it remained third on the list, with 54% of its connections at or above 10 Mbps. South Korea and Switzerland lead the pack with 78% and 56% adoption rates, respectively. Year over year, the global high broadband adoption rate was again up by 65%, the same as the first quarter of 2014. Romania and Israel boasted impressive yearly increases of 200% and 156%, respectively.
 
The global broadband (>4 Mbps) adoption rate grew 5.6% quarter-over-quarter to reach 59%. Both South Korea and Bulgaria reached 95% broadband adoption in the second quarter, and five other countries/regions had adoption rates of 90% or more. Quarter-over-quarter increases were seen in all but two of the 94 countries/regions that qualified for inclusion. Growth ranged from just 0.3% in Japan (86% adoption) to 1,263% in Algeria (3% adoption). Year over year, the global broadband adoption rate increased 18%, with only the Bahamas and Morocco experiencing drops in adoption. The Bahamas (71% adoption) lost 0.1% and Morocco (9.9% adoption) lost 16%.
 
4K Readiness

Following the introduction of “4K Readiness” in the First Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report, Akamai has again identified candidate geographies that are most likely to sustain connection speeds above 15 Mbps, as Ultra HD adaptive bitrate streams typically require bandwidth between 10 and 20 Mbps. The findings do not account for other “readiness” factors, including availability of 4K-encoded content or 4K-capable televisions and media players.
 
In total, 51 countries/regions qualified for inclusion this quarter, and 12% of connections globally were at or above the 15 Mbps threshold. This is up 17% over last quarter’s 11% readiness rate. South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan topped the list, at 62%, 34% and 33%, respectively. Year over year, the global 4K readiness rate nearly doubled, growing by 98% to 12% of all connections at 15 Mbps or above.
 
Attack Traffic and Security

Akamai maintains a distributed set of unadvertised agents deployed across the Internet to log connection attempts that the company classifies as attack traffic. Based on the data collected by these agents, Akamai is able to identify the top countries from which attack traffic originates, as well as the top ports targeted by these attacks. It is important to note, however, that the originating country as identified by the source IP address may not represent the nation in which an attacker resides.
 
In the second quarter of 2014, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from 161 unique countries/regions, which was 33 fewer than the first quarter of the year. According to Akamai’s observations, the highest concentration of attacks (43%) came from China. Observed traffic from second-place Indonesia more than doubled quarter over quarter to reach 15%, while the United States followed with 13%, up slightly from last quarter’s 11%. The composition of the top 10 countries/regions remained the same from quarter to quarter, but the group was responsible for a greater portion of observed attack traffic: 84% as opposed to 75% last quarter. Furthermore, 70% of attack traffic originated from the Asia Pacific region, while the lowest volume of 0.3% was observed to originate from Africa.
 
Attack traffic concentration across the top 10 targeted ports increased quarter-over-quarter to 71% from 55%. For only the third time in the history of the report, Port 445 (Microsoft-DS) fell to the second-most targeted by attackers. Port 80 (WWW/HTTP) took the lead in the second quarter when its attack traffic nearly doubled to 15% but, interestingly, was not the most targeted port among any of the top 10 countries/regions.
 
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attack Traffic

In addition to observations on attack traffic, the State of the Internet Report includes insight into DDoS attacks based on reports from Akamai’s customers. Akamai customers reported 270 DDoS attacks in the second quarter, down from 283 in the first quarter, marking the second consecutive quarter with a decline and a drop of 15% year over year. This trend supports assertions from the Prolexic Q2 Global DDoS Attack Report, suggesting that volumetric attacks targeting Layers 1-4 have increased while application attacks targeting Layers 5-7 have declined.
 
Though the global number of DDoS attacks is down, the Americas showed an 11% increase in the number of attacks, claiming 57% of all reported attacks. Meanwhile, Asia Pacific has experienced the largest decline in reported DDoS attacks quarter over quarter, dropping 23% from the first quarter to the second, accounting for 25% of worldwide reported DDoS attacks. Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) remained in third place with a modest decline of 14%, amounting to 18% of all reported DDoS attacks. In the second quarter, attacks against the high tech sector continued an upward trend with a 60% increase, whereas the public sector saw the biggest decline (54%).
 
For the first time since Akamai began tracking repeated attacks against targets, the number of customers that saw subsequent attacks declined from one in four (26%) to nearly one in six (18%). Only two customers were targeted by DDoS attacks more than five times, with one customer seeing as many as seven total attacks, as opposed to the high of 17 attacks the previous quarter.
 
IPv4 and IPv6

In the second quarter of 2014, more than 788 million IPv4 addresses connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform from more than 238 unique countries/regions. For the first time in the history of the State of the Internet Report, the global unique IP address count declined quarter over quarter, by a nominal 0.9%; however, this was 4.8% more than the same time last year. While only two of the top 10 countries/regions (Brazil and Japan) saw IP address counts increase from the first quarter, 46% of all countries experienced quarter-over-quarter increases in unique IPv4 address counts, with 26 countries/regions growing by 10% or more.
 
“Though even a minimal quarter-to-quarter decline is unusual in the history of this report, we see no reason for concern,” said Belson. “It may be due to providers working to conserve limited IPv4 address space, or likely was a result of increased IPv6 connectivity and adoption among leading network providers. That said, globally, 69% of countries and regions still showed year-over-year increases in unique IPv4 address counts.”
 
As for IPv6 adoption, the largest number of requests continued to come from cable and mobile providers, led by Verizon Wireless, with 50% of its requests to Akamai coming over IPv6. Four other providers, Telenet, Brutele, Kabel Deutschland and XS4ALL had more than one-third of their requests take place over IPv6. European countries continued to dominate the IPv6 adoption list, holding seven of the top 10 positions.  
 
Mobile Connectivity

In the Second Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report, 56 countries/regions qualified for inclusion in the mobile section. South Korea’s average mobile connection speed grew slightly from 14.7 Mbps to 15.2 Mbps to maintain its top position, while Vietnam hit a global low of 0.9 Mbps. Average peak mobile connection speeds among qualifying countries/regions ranged from 108 Mbps in Australia down to 4.7 Mbps in Vietnam.
 
The report also examines the percentage of connections to Akamai from mobile network providers at “broadband” speeds (more than 4 Mbps). In the second quarter, Denmark reported the highest level of mobile broadband adoption at 92%, whereas Brazil, Croatia, Paraguay, Vietnam and Bolivia all had mobile broadband adoption rates below 1%.
 
About the Akamai State of the Internet Report

Each quarter, Akamai publishes a “State of the Internet” report. This report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time. To learn more and to access the archive of past reports, please visit www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet. To download the figures from the Second Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report, please visit: http://wwwns.akamai.com/soti/soti_q214_figures.zip
 
About Akamai

Akamai® is the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications. At the core of the Company’s solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ providing extensive reach, coupled with first class reliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud.To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.

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BWI: MobiKwik Announces an Exclusive Partnership with eBay India to Offer 15% Discount during the Festive Season

 
Source : MobiKwik
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 11:27AM IST (5:57AM GMT)
 
MobiKwik Announces an Exclusive Partnership with eBay India to Offer 15% Discount during the Festive Season
Enjoy the highest-ever discount on eBay India by paying through your MobiKwik wallet
 
New Delhi, Delhi, India

MobiKwik, India’s number 1 mobile wallet has announced an exclusive partnership with eBay India for the festive season. Together, MobiKwik and eBay India will offer an exclusive 15% discount to users choosing to make payments on the eBay India platforms with their MobiKwik wallet. The discount is of the highest-ever value offered by eBay India and will be available across the website, mobile site, and mobile app versions of the world’s leading consumer-to-consumer online sales portal. 
 
The MobiKwik wallet greatly enhances consumer convenience while they shop on eBay India as they need not navigate through payment gateways and banks. With a single-click, the payment is processed in the most secure manner backed by stringent security techniques.
 
MobiKwik and eBay India have been associated since May 2014. The new offer is an extension of the successful partnership, driven by the huge volume of transactions made by eBay India users via the MobiKwik wallet. Recently, MobiKwik processed around 1,500 eBay India orders in a single day with a gross merchandise value (GMV) of around Rs 20 lakhs. With the new offer in place, the two partners expect the numbers to grow even further.
 
Commenting on the association Mr. Santosh Rao, Head – Mobile Commerce, eBay India, said, eBay.in has always been a pioneer in providing a mobile commerce experience for its consumers. MobiKwik with its mobile wallet helps provide a frictionless payment experience thereby enhancing the shopping experience.”
 
Ms. Upasana Taku, Co-Founder, MobiKwik said, “The main vision behind our mobile wallet service is to enhance the online shopping experience for users. The exclusive discount is a way to carry forward our core proposition and add value for our existing and prospective customers further this festive season. We are happy to bring the brand synergies of eBay India and MobiKwik together to set new benchmarks in the space of mobile commerce.”   
 
The 15% discount offer has been live since 24th September, 2014 and will continue till 8th October 2014.
 
Users can enjoy the services of the leading mobile wallet on MobiKwik.com (https://www.mobikwik.com/) and on Android, Windows, iOS and BB10 mobile applications. With the MobiKwik wallet, users can shop on over 5,000 leading e-commerce websites and also make their utility bill payments conveniently. All they need to do is store money into the digital wallet once and then proceed to make a transaction in a secure way. They can also transfer funds to friends and family with their MobiKwik wallets.
 
For further information log on to: http://deals.ebay.in/partner-offers/mobikwik/index.html
 
About MobiKwik

Started in 2009, MobiKwik is India's number 1 mobile wallet with more than eight million users. The MobiKwik wallet enables users to pay in a flash for their recurring mobile recharge, bill payments and to pay for services and products on popular e-commerce websites and their apps including eBay, BookMyShow, Domino's Pizza, Snapdeal, RedBus, HomeShop18, Fashionandyou, Purplle, Naaptol, Pepperfry, and Infibeam. Users can enjoy MobiKwik Wallet services on MobiKwik.com (https://www.mobikwik.com/), Android, Windows, iOS and BlackBerry mobile applications.
 
About eBay India

eBay India (www.ebay.in) is a leading online marketplace an shopping destination in India where thousands of Indian entrepreneurs list wide range of products across Electronics, Lifestyle, Collectibles and Media categories. eBay India is a 100% subsidiary of eBay Inc.

 
 

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BWI: PETRONAS SYNTIUM is Proud to be Associated with Maruti Suzuki

 
Source : PETRONAS Lubricants (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 10:58AM IST (5:28AM GMT)
 
PETRONAS SYNTIUM is Proud to be Associated with Maruti Suzuki
Introduces customized PETRONAS SYNTIUM 3000 SZ MGDO 5W40 for Maruti Suzuki
 
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Malaysia’s PETRONAS, one of the leading lubricants company in the world, has signed up with Maruti Suzuki (MSIL) as their Genuine Lubricant Partner for the supply of MGDO 5W40 for diesel vehicles.


PETRONAS also stands to gain immensely as a Maruti Genuine Lubricant Partner. Through this partnership, PETRONAS will gain access to Maruti Suzuki’s entire network of Sales & Service, apart from supplying the product in Bazaar trade. This gives PETRONAS a huge reach considering that MSIL has the largest network in the country – a total of 3100 plus service outlets running across the country.

As a Maruti Genuine Lubricant Partner, PETRONAS has come out with the customized PETRONAS SYNTIUM 3000 SZ MGDO 5W40 for Maruti Suzuki. The lubricant is formulated for the latest generation diesel engines and is especially designed for full service life in extended drain conditions. It minimizes oil thickening at very high operating temperature, minimizes wear-tear which prolongs engine life, optimizes the engine’s performance and minimizes friction and wear at start-up.
PETRONAS is already amongst the top-15 lubricants company in the world and the momentum is already propelling the jade-green oil drop well on its way to be amongst the world’s leading lubricants companies.
 
About PETRONAS SYNTIUM

With a growing global presence in key markets across Asia Pacific and Europe, the PETRONAS SYNTIUM range of products boasts fully synthetic multi-grade engine oils specifically engineered to exceed international standards, including ILSAC GF-5 & API SN, meant for current and future generations of high performance engines. 

About PETRONAS Lubricants (India) Pvt. Ltd.

PETRONAS Lubricants (India) Pvt. Ltd. is wholly owned by PETRONAS Lubricants International. It was formed in the year 2006.

PETRONAS Lubricants (India) Pvt. Ltd. manufactures, markets and distributes premium lubricants, transmission, anti-freeze and functional fluids for land transportation, machinery and other industrial equipment. In India there is extensive presence in bazaar trade through distributors. PETRONAS Lubricants India is also partner to key OEMs like Piaggio, New Holland India, Fiat, TATA Motors etc. 

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BWI: Apollo Hospitals and Sanofi Announce Collaboration to Provide an Integrated Care Program in India for People with Diabetes

 
Source : Apollo Hospitals
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:01PM IST (11:31AM GMT)
 
Apollo Hospitals and Sanofi Announce Collaboration to Provide an Integrated Care Program in India for People with Diabetes
 
New Delhi, Delhi, India

  • Jointly striving for ‘disease-free’ diabetes amongst patients in India
  • Plan to set up 50 Sugar clinics in the first wave

Apollo Hospitals and Sanofi today announced their decision to collaborate on the expansion of Apollo Sugar Clinics, which provide integrated diabetes care programs in India. Through this collaboration, Apollo and Sanofi plan to leverage their respective expertise in diabetes to provide patients with access to comprehensive educational resources, treatment and care programs that can help patients better manage their diabetes. The first wave of this collaboration will focus on the establishment of 50 Apollo Sugar Clinics.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for more than 36 million deaths each year with close to 80% of them being recorded in low and middle income countries[i]. Further, the economic burden of NCDs in India is estimated to be greater than $6 trillion, for the period 2012-2030[ii]. Diabetes, a prominent NCD, has afflicted close to 382 million people globally with India alone accounting for over 65 million people with diabetes[iii] and 77.2 million people diagnosed as being pre-diabetic[iv]. The number of people with diabetes in India is expected to rise to 109 million by 2035iii.
 
In line with concentrated efforts towards controlling the burgeoning diabetes epidemic - both globally and in India, the Apollo Sugar Clinics endeavour is to make diabetes ‘disease-free’ by offering easy access to an integrated diabetes care solution within a clinical infrastructure, which promotes early detection and treatment of diabetes and associated complications, strengthened by lifestyle management and behaviour change programs. All these together can lead to better compliance with necessary treatments and potentially lead to better patient outcomes.

Commenting on the collaboration, Dr. Prathap Reddy, Chairman – Apollo Hospitals Group shared “Over the years, Apollo Hospitals has benchmarked global best practices in quality healthcare delivery with stringent alignment to approved standards and protocols. With the increasing burden of diabetes in our society, we need to act quickly and with a sense of purpose to arrest the disease from claiming more lives. I am confident that through Apollo Sugar Clinics we will be able to offer patients advanced care and counselling that will help them better manage their condition. This is a good start towards improving the diabetes infrastructure in India and I am delighted to be partnering with Sanofi, a global leader in diabetes management. Our shared vision will shape a new approach to diabetes care that can benefit patients in India and other parts of the world.”
 
“Sanofi has a heritage of nearly 100 years in developing treatments for diabetes and understands the impact that local expertise and innovative care models can have for patients who are managing their diabetes,” said Christopher A. Viehbacher, Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi. “By joining together to expand the Apollo Sugar Clinics, Sanofi and Apollo are demonstrating our commitment to delivering a superior patient experience that offers support at various stages of the diabetes care journey and aims to reduce the burden of diabetes.”

While the population of people with diabetes in India is very high, many patients are either unaware of their condition, or are poorly controlled. They need better awareness about the disease, its complications, management and must also have access to the latest treatment options. In this regard, Sangita Reddy, Chairperson, Apollo Sugar and Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals said “Apollo has presented at the American Diabetes Association and been recognized for delivering clinical outcomes in managing diabetes, some of which were attempted and successful for the first time in India. However, we as a country are still battling to shed the image of being considered the diabetes capital of the world.  We understand that a diagnosis of diabetes and the pursuit of necessary lifestyle changes can be daunting for patients. So our aim is to help patients get access to the right treatment and counseling for them to know that diabetes can be managed. At Apollo Sugar Clinics, a patient with diabetes has access to information, co-morbidities management, counselling, care and treatment. This really makes the transition much easier. We are keen to take Apollo’s comprehensive offering to many more parts of India.”
 
Apollo Sugar will be a part of Apollo Health & Lifestyle, the arm of Apollo that is driving its rapid growth in primary and secondary healthcare. In conclusion, Gagan Bhalla, CEO, Apollo Sugar said “Studies show that the average person with diabetes in urban India spends approx. Rs. 30,000 per year on treatment. Moreover, the cost of late diagnosis of diabetes is known to result in 10 times to 18 times higher spending – these kinds of staggering numbers can become a substantial financial drain and even a cause for indebtedness for families.  At Apollo Sugar, we believe that by offering the best clinical care delivered in our conveniently located facilities, combined with a comprehensive, 360-degree patient lifestyle management program, we can enable patients to manage diabetes in a more efficient and effective manner while striving to achieve a ‘disease-free’ lifestyle”.

 About Apollo

In 1983, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, the architect of Indian healthcare, launched the first corporate hospital in India, Apollo Hospitals Chennai. Over the years, Apollo Hospitals Group has grown to become one of Asia’s largest integrated healthcare organizations with over 8,500 beds across 50 hospitals, more than 1350 pharmacies and over 100 diagnostic clinics. The Group also offers medical business process outsourcing services, health insurance services and clinical research divisions with a focus on epidemiological studies, stem cell research and genetic research. To develop talent for the burgeoning need of superior healthcare delivery, Apollo Hospitals Group has 11 nursing and hospital management colleges. These achievements have earned Apollo Hospitals Group several accolades, including the Centre of Excellence from the Government of India and recognition from the Joint Commission International (seven of our hospitals are JCI accredited). In a rare honour, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo’s contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan, in 2010.  Apollo Hospitals Group, for over 30 years, has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Our hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.

About Sanofi

Sanofi, an integrated global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients’ needs. Sanofi has core strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and the new Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

In India, Sanofi has been present since 1956. For more information, please visit: www.sanofi.com or www.sanofi.in

[i] http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs355/en/ accessed on 24.09.2014
[ii] The Economic Impact of Non-communicable Disease in China and India: Estimates, Projections, and Comparisons by Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health
[iii] International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 6th edn. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation, 2013. http://www.idf.org/diabetesatlas
[iv] Anjana RM, et al. Prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes (impaired fasting glucose and/or impaired glucose tolerance) in urban and rural India: phase I results of the Indian Council of Medical Research-INdia DIABetes (ICMR-INDIAB) study. Diabetologia. 2011 Dec;54(12):3022-7.
 

 
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