Tune In To Get ‘Unplugged’
Fridays just got a whole lot more fun with #CiplaUnplugged!
I look forward to Fridays as much as the next person. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job. But unwinding on the weekend is pretty special too. And then, one Friday, I discovered I could unwind right here, at work! It was the day that #CiplaUnplugged went on air.
For the uninitiated, #CiplaUnplugged is the company’s in-house radio program that airs twice a month (yes, on a Friday) and can be heard by our employees all over the world – that’s 26,000 tuning in across offices in India, South Africa, North America and several of our emerging markets!
So, what’s special about this? Well, for one, it unblocks, unfreezes us and infuses fun at work along with being a platform to promote leadership interactions, disseminate company updates, reinforce our #OneCiplaCredo, share success stories and more. You can request for songs, make dedications and even get some wellness tips on air. This is in between snippets of interesting information about our organisation and our legacy and much, much more.
My personal favourite though, are the interviews with leaders. Where else can you get to know the person behind the persona and ask them all those questions you’ve always wanted to? Right here – on #CiplaUnplugged – so much more than a Corporate Radio Program, it’s a platform that opens up the lines of communication between leaders and employees, celebrates achievements and energises the entire organisation in a fun way.
— ashwani (@ashwanidahiya1) May 19, 2017
My primary role at Cipla involves engaging employees and fostering a happier workplace; I can’t think of a better way to do it than on this platform. Here’s a big shout out to the team that brilliantly choreographs #CiplaUnplugged with so much passion – Swati Prasanna, Tajman Bhullar & Snehal Patade – you guys rock! And big thanks to Prabir Jha & Ashwani Dahiya for being the inspiration behind this and orchestrating this welcome change at Cipla.
And of course, when the next #FunFriday rolls around, you know where to find me – unblocked from routine and tuned in to ‘Unplugged’. For the rest of you, stay tuned – glimpses from #CiplaUnplugged are coming soon!
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International Childhood Cancer Day: Cipla Foundation Fulfills Wishes Of Over 120 Paediatric Cancer Patients
International Childhood Cancer Day is commemorated in the world over on 15th Feb 2017 to raise awareness about childhood cancer and support children with cancer. Cipla Foundation partnered with Make A Wish Foundation to fulfil the wishes of over 120 paediatric patients suffering from serious illness at three different locations: Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru.
In Mumbai, a wish fulfilment drive was held at the Victoria Memorial School for the Blind. Dr YK Hamied and Rumana Hamied and volunteers from Cipla’s India Business team attended the drive. The Foundation fulfilled the wishes of over 50 children. Fun activities such as a drawing session, dance performance by a 9-year-old cancer survivor and Malkhamb were organised for the children.
In Bengaluru, over 60 children in the age group of 3 to 14 years were granted their wishes. Around 25 Ciplaites from API Manufacturing, Quality and Sales team volunteered for the cause at Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru.
The Pune wish fulfilment drive was held at Cipla Palliative Care & Training Centre, Pune, and fulfilled wishes of 10 paediatric cancer patients. Dr Manjiri Dighe, the Centre’s Medical Director and Dr Vibha Bafna, Oncologist – Bharti Hospital, Pune, together with Cipla Foundation, handed over gifts such as bicycles, video games and dolls to the children. Members from Cipla’s India Business team and Pune Sales team also volunteered for the cause. The children and their families enjoyed the lunch and a fun magic show.
Impressed with the high standards at the Centre, Dr Bafna said in her speech, “A wonderful place, done up aesthetically, quiet and peaceful. Almost heaven-like for patients with huge problems. A great additional help to the city of Pune and to all clinicians like us. Thanks for inviting me.”
Our volunteer squad:
A big shout out to all our volunteers for coming together and making the day special and memorable for the children and their families.
Mumbai:- Jortin George, Dharmender Singh, Abhijit Nazare, Dr Omkar Bole, Sachin Khode, Deepak Mansukhani
Bengaluru: Channabasavaiah, Abhilash Jacob, Manish, Hariprasadh T, Ramkundleswar, Chiranjeevi,
Prabhakar, Daniel Boppuri, Jumat Kumar, Shylaja Krishnamurthy, C K Kulkarni, Lokesh
Kanchan Kitthur, Parameshwarappa, Pradeep T S, Suresh Amin, Nayana T D, P L Srinivas, Sandhya H M,
Rambabu, Veeresh, Mala, Vishwajeet, K Hemanth Kumar, Lalit Singh, Sujit Kumar
Pune: Kalpesh Dagwar, Maqsood Khan, Chanchalkumar G Gilda
Here’s what few of our volunteers had to say about the wish-fulfilment drive:
- I was deeply touched by the cause and the huge vacuum that we have to fill. I will be glad to be associated with such initiatives and am honoured to be a volunteer.
- The happiness and smiles the kids had on their faces brought tears to my eyes. It was a delight to volunteer at the Wish Fulfilment event. This was my first volunteering experience and I will cherish it for a lifetime. Hope to be part of such programs soon.
- We could see smiles for those little moments among the children and their parents. We could understand the pain they were going through and we should do more such events to lend our hand in their hour of crisis. I was happy to bring hope and confidence to their lives in whichever small way possible. Thank you for enabling us to be a part of this volunteering activity.
Books – A Cerebral Affair
“A Reader lives a thousand lives before dying. Those who never read live only once!”
We enter the corporate world with the confidence that we can change the world. But this lasts only “until the coarse necessities of physical existence drag us from the height of thought into the mart of economic strife and gain”. Our everyday challenges – finding and then doing well in a good job, keeping up with an often fragile relationship, the heavy load of expectations from our parents and ourselves, lack of clarity on what we really want to do in life, the rat race and constant comparison with our peers –pull us down into mediocrity. And the grand idea of being the very best we can be gets quietly put aside.
So Why Books?
If we agree that good counsel can help improve life, what better guide than books? Mentors and teachers can come and go, and may turn out to be false Gods. Why not drink from the ageless wisdom of good books, learning from the myriad experiences of some of the best of our species?
As Durant said, “When life is bitter, or friendship slips away, or perhaps our children leave us for their own haunts and home, let us come and sit at the table with Shakespeare and Goethe…”
What To Read?
There is a book for every mood and occasion. I can start with a few from my side (click the link for more recommendations and a short summary)…
Are you feeling dejected and lost? Read Philosophy and delve on the deeper meaning of life. Start your journey of self-discovery through Siddhartha or the big question on God through The Case For God.
Are you feeling low after your annual review? Lookup something in the Self-Help genre to improve yourself. Perhaps read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to understand what makes people successful or read The Happiness Project to understand what gives us happiness. Or even Tuesdays With Morrie to learn life’s greatest lessons from a dying man.
Are you plain bored? Read good Literature, the narrative of our lives, and get entertained and glued. The Kite Runner will make you cry and cringe, and The Animal Farm will bring alive how power corrupts.
Do you need more tips in managing people and work? Tons of Management books to choose from. The One Minute Manager to manage people and work better or Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff to get a new perspective on all the daily stress in our lives.
The list wouldn’t stop.
(If you want more, see my blog on 100 Books To Make Us Wise).
Part of what makes a book memorable is our own life experiences that can relate to it. So look out for what appeals to you. Obviously, choose the books very carefully. Good books can be an everlasting love affair, just as bad books can be more enervating than a date gone horribly wrong.
Cipla Q3 FY18 Results Reflect Continuously Improving Quality Of Earnings Backed By Strong Momentum Across Key Regions
Cipla Limited (BSE: 500087, NSE: CIPLA) today announced its unaudited consolidated financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2017. The Company reported quarterly revenues of Rs 3,914 crores, a growth of 7% on a year-on-year basis, with EBITDA at 20.9%, growing 21% on a year-on-year basis. EBITDA margins have been improving continuously driven by cost optimization across all spend lines despite R&D getting stepped up to 7.6% of sales during the quarter. When adjusted for the one-offs during the quarter, the Profit After Tax rose by ~25% on a year-on-year basis. The Company reported healthy growth across businesses in India, South Africa, API, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa markets.
“This has been one of our better quarters. Key performance metrics look healthy and are inline
with the internal targets we set for ourselves. We are stepping up our investments in R&D
which has resulted in approvals for differentiated products in the US”
– Umang Vohra
MD and Global CEO, Cipla Ltd
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Union Budget 2018 – A Budget That Improves The ‘Health of the Nation’
Union Budget 2018 did a commendable job in addressing critical social sector priorities such as healthcare, education and agriculture – a progressive move that will help improve rural economy, encourage entrepreneurship and trigger future growth.
We welcome the world’s largest government-sponsored healthcare scheme – Ayushman Bharat Programme which will extend the benefits of health insurance to 100 million families, ensuring access & affordability of healthcare products and services to a larger section of the society. While there is no immediate impact on the industry, the move could trigger a rise in demand for medicines.
The investment in Government health and education programs is indeed, an extremely progressive step that will usher in healthcare reforms in the country. The industry continues to remain hopeful of the Government to take steps to promote pharma R&D in the country through the rollback of phasing out of weighted deduction on R&D.
The extension of the lower corporate tax rate to MSMEs will support expansion and growth. It could have been extended to larger corporations as India’s corporate tax rate is towards a higher range when compared globally.
On the larger macro-economy, the focus on financial prudence and keeping the fiscal deficit under check is appreciated. The reintroduction of LTCG tax might be perceived as detrimental by market participants. The recommendations and policy changes in the budget have the promise to take India forward on a trajectory of economic growth. However, the implementation of the same on the ground level will prove to be the litmus test for the government.