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    On the occasion of the Entrepreneurs Meeting of France (La rencontre des Entrepreneurs de France - LaREF), BIC renewed its commitment to the climate by signing, alongside 98 other French companies, the French Business Climate Pledge. These companies reaffirm the need to collectively change direction by accelerating innovation and R&D through their investments in low carbon solutions.

    The signatory companies are fighting climate change around the globe by defining concrete approaches and developing solutions, products and services that significantly reduce GHG emissions, particularly in the fields of energy, transportation, industry, construction, agriculture and consumer goods. 




    Thu, 03/10/2019
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    Ten unused handmade notebooks, a big fishbowl filled with confetti and multi-coloured writing accessories, pastel highlighters, a mega-pack of fine liners, Japanese gel pens, cutesy pocket journals, a desk calendar filled with scribbles, a Washi tape, a Washi tape dispenser, multi-coloured sticky notes.... this is the abundance on Ujwala Salunkhe’s work desk. A stationery tourist at Starmark, Ujwala finds new comrades for her desk every week. “There was a time when weekends meant spending time at my favourite stationery store, testing every new pen, examining every new book. But in the last year, I found that many bookstores and lifestyle stores are a haven for a stationery addict like me. I find the cutest accessories which are difficult to get in a regular stationery store,” says Salunkhe, an advertising professional.

    With malls and book stores providing the convenience of one-stop-shop experience, customisation and even good deals, the neighbourhood stationery stores are suffering from the poignancy of obsolescence. 

    Foreign and fancy

    “I have a small stationery store near my house but I can’t remember the last time I went there because it has stuff that caters more to school and college-going kids,” says Malathi Krishna. “As a working professional, my needs are different from the sort of stuff available at the store. That’s why I’d much rather visit the Odyssey store on the main road which has pens and books that are more suited to my needs,” she says.

    With foreign brands entering the market and providing quality products at relatively reasonable rates, customers are seeking fancy, personalised products. “I didn’t want to pick up another Classmate book or a regular five-subject notebook,” said Shivani M, a first-year college student. “I didn’t even bother visiting the stationery store near my house because I know that this is all I would find if I went there. I went directly to the Miniso store in Express Avenue and found a cute notebook that was very me. I spend most of my time in college and I want to feel good every time I take out my notebook, and that wouldn’t happen if I picked up a regular notebook that everyone else in my class has.”

    Even for art and craft supplies, these stores offer the perfect platter of stationery haul. “I have very specific art and craft supplies that I use and those are not available in the smaller stationery stores,” said S Meghana, a fine arts student in a city college.

    Wed, 02/10/2019
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    In India, as per IDC’s Hard Copy Peripherals (HCP) Quarterly market report (2019 Q2), Epson sold 415,750 inkjet printers in H1 CY 2019 to lead the market. Epson captured 48.6% of the Inkjet market by volume and 56.8% in value, while HP followed with a volume market share of 29.9 % and value share of 23.5%. Canon lagged behind at 18 % volume share. Epson has been the leader in the Inkjet market since 2017.

    Epson first launched high-capacity ink tank inkjet printers in October 2010, in Indonesia, and by 2018 had expanded into some 150 countries and regions. By first establishing a presence in emerging markets and then making inroads into developed economies, Epson has seen its high-capacity ink tank models account for a growing percentage of the total inkjet market each year.

    As a result, Epson, which boasts strong brand recognition and an extensive product lineup, has continued to maintain the top share* in the high-capacity ink tank printer market worldwide for nine consecutive years.

    In 2019, Epson will accelerate the transition from ink cartridge printers to high-capacity ink tank printers by continuing to highlight the latter’s formidable advantage in terms of cost per print and environmental performance. The company will also speed up the replacement of laser printers by strengthening its lineup of blazingly fast and durable office inkjets that allow users in all segments to print freely without worrying about costs.


    Tue, 24/09/2019
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    Ban on single use/ use and throw plastic 

    In June 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would eliminate single-use plastics by 2022. Canada and the European Union have since said they would get rid of some single-use plastics by 2021.

    Modi reiterated his position last month when he called for the first big step in the fight against disposable plastic to be taken on October 2, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Since that statement, there has been a lot of speculation on whether the government will ban or announce a phasing out of some single-use plastics on that day.


    • How hard will it be to implement a plastic ban?
    • What will it mean for businesses and consumers?
    • Will they find a way around it?

    Paras Shah, President, Federation of Maharashtra Stationery Manufacturers and Traders Association (FMSMTA) said “as you all aware that, government is coming out with new guidelines for one time use plastics ban,  now from some news we got information that Govt. is also going to declare for discouraging plastics folders and files , infact  in some Govt. dept. also banned plastics files. It has come to notice that they are very serious to discourage use and throw pens as well. It is not good news for us, and plastics files and folders are not one time use. so we should come together and oppose this move before 2nd  October Govt. announced, if once Govt. will announce than it will be difficult to roll back, and there will be psychological effect on all mind not to use plastics, let's meet and save our industry. "United we stand, divided we fall".     

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    Mon, 23/09/2019
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    Attend this workshop and learn the techniques of creating handmade paper from organic material

    After months of experimenting, Shilpa Puri has finally cracked the process of making handmade paper from vegetable and fruit peels. Puri, who is a trained kalamkari artist, referred to books on papermaking, and taught herself to prepare paper pulp with the right consistency. "The trick lies in how you heat organic waste to make the paste," she says. This weekend, Puri is conducting a workshop on papermaking for anybody interested in the craft.

    Puri was more into conducting workshops on kalamkari painting and Madhubani painting before she taught herself papermaking. "I always wanted to make recycled paper, and I was aware of the processes involved in creating it," she adds. After a few failed attempts, she succeeded in her endeavour. "Preparing the pulp can really test your patience," she informs. During the workshop, Puri will demonstrate how to produce paper from onion peels, garlic peels, and also banana peels.

    The process starts with cooking the organic waste. This can take anywhere between four to five hours. "You must add water to the mixture and cook it until it turns mushy. It takes several tries to figure out when the pulp is ready. I add some paper pulp into the mix to strengthen the material," shares Puri. The paper's texture varies according to the peel that is used. For instance, onion peels produce paper that is soft to the touch.

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    Thu, 19/09/2019
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    Elkos Pens, one of the most recognized writing instrument brands in India, announces the release of New Gel Pen – Que Assorted, an extension to their wide range of Gel pens products. 

    Elkos Pens, a leading brand in the writing instrument industry, has unveiled a new gel pen “Que Assorted” – luxurious writing instruments that perfectly combine timeless design, passion for precision and superb craftsmanship. The Que Assorted stands out thanks to its modern, minimalist design and five vivid colors. The Pen boasts of Korean technology.

    Elkos Pens Limited was incorporated in the year 2003 by Mr. H. S. Jain and Mr. B. K. Jain under their able and visionary leadership. ELKOS Pens has grown exponentially over the years as one of India’s leading manufacturers and exporter of writing instruments including ball pen, gel pen, direct fill pen, sketch pen and refills.
    Mr. Jain has a vast experience of more than three decades in the field of writing instruments and the ability to foresee the market changes and make commendable decisions, which has helped us grow leaps and bounds in a very short span of time.

    All ELKOS products are manufactured under the strictest quality control in a highly evolved state of the-art infrastructural facility located in Kolkata, India covering 2,25,000 square feet.
    Our products have a worldwide acceptance and are appreciated for their best quality, best price and timely deliveries. At ELKOS “Quality is a journey not a destination”. 
    We maintain a constant focus on quality with the prime objective of providing finest quality products to customers. This distinction enables us to gain customer’s faith as well as customer satisfaction.
    ELKOS Pens is a Government recognised “STAR EXPORT HOUSE”, is certified by the standards of ISO 9001:2015 (QMS) and also has a distinguished honour of being stationery partners in reputed Indian educational institutes like IIT’s & IIM’s...

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    Wed, 18/09/2019
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    JK Paper Mills at Jaykaypur in this district gave away scholarships to meritorious students who are children of employees and have secured more than 60% in their career.This year it has distributed Rs.5.88 lakh to 42 students and eight from nearby areas studying in GIACR, Rayagada, and GIET, Gunpur and those pursuing higher Education.

    PK Suri, executive vice-president (works) attending as chief guest and Bela Suri, president, Mahila Mandal gave away the scholarships to the deserving students at a special function organized on this occasion.
    The paper mill’s general manager (HR & IR) Sundeep Pandey, delivered the welcome address while Dibyendu Basu, chief manager (HR) delivered the vote of thanks.

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    Tue, 17/09/2019
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    The one who forgives is always bigger than the one who asks forgiveness….

    By saying Michhami Dukkadam, We seek forgives for all our actions and words that have hurt you and you have to forgive us.

    What is ‘Michhami Dukkadam’?

    Michchhami means to be fruitless (forgiven) and Dukkadam (Dushkrut) means bad deeds. Therefore the meaning of Michchhami Dukkadam is my bad deeds (with you) be fruitless. So concept behind saying or writing someone “Michchhami Dukkadam” is that if I have done any harm to you, then those bad deeds to be forgiven (be fruitless).

    Those who are born in Jain families are familiar with the meaning and theme behind it. I have tried to expand its meaning and the scope which would make it more meaningful.

    “I forgive (from the bottom of my heart without any reservation) all living beings (who may have caused me any pain and suffering either in this life or previous lives), and I beg (again from the bottom of my heart without any reservation) for the forgiveness from all living beings (no matter how small or big to whom I may have caused pain and suffering in this life or previous lives, knowingly or unknowingly, mentally, verbally or physically, or if I have asked or encouraged someone else to carry out such activities). (Let all creatures know that) I have a friendship with everybody and I have no revenge (animosity or enmity) toward anybody.

    ” Why do we say “Michchhami Dukkadam”?

    If we reflect back on ourselves we would realize that our mind is continuously busy either thinking on something which may be near to us or could even be as far away as the other end of the world, talking or doing physical activities. This thinking, our words or our physical activities would be reflection of our happiness, sorrow, anger, greed, jealousy, and egoism, etc. And, depending upon how we react to those, we attract various types of new karmas to our souls. No prudent person would like to attract bad karma and at certain stages any karma at all. It is not as easy as turning off a light switch but we have a choice to minimize our damage so that things would be more conducive for our social and spiritual uplift which should ultimately lead to salvation or liberation from this worldly life of any kind. Michhami Dukkadam is a prakrit phrase meaning ‘to be forgiven’ or ‘may all evil that has been done be forgiven’.


    Mon, 02/09/2019
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    PSS wishes Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all

    One of the most anticipated and lively festivals in India, Sri Ganesha Chaturthi is dedicated to the beloved elephant-headed god, Ganesha. Worshipped throughout the world wherever large Indian populations are found, the fervent devotion and colorful celebrations which attend this festival reveal just how vital Ganesha is to the spiritual heartbeat of India.

    Traditionally held to be Ganesha’s birthday, the Chaturthi day itself falls on the 4th day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada*  (August-September). Then it is proceded over a week of pujas, bhajans and cultural programs. A clay idol of Ganesha is made and worshipped on all of the festival days with prayers and devotional songs. The festivities culminate with the Ganesha Visarjan, where the idol is carried in a procession to the sea, river, or other large body of water, to be ceremonially immersed. The symbolism of this immersion ceremony reveals that at the heart of worship of different deities there remains the profound understanding that all forms are temporary, having both their origin and final destination in the formless Absolute.

    Mon, 02/09/2019
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    Happy Janmahtami to all!

    On this occasion, You're getting 40% HUGE DISCOUNT.


    Fri, 23/08/2019