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GOQii launches ‘The GOQii Corporate Challenge’ to help working professionals inculcate healthy habits

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Amidst fresh outbreak of the omicron variant and COVID third wave, GOQii has launched ‘The GOQii Corporate Challenge’, an inter-corporate fitness event to help working professionals inculcate healthy habits into their daily routine.

The challenge is aimed at bringing out the participating employees’ competitive spirits to the fore and find a purpose for themselves, while taking pride in representing their organisation in an inter-corporate event.

GOQii is a healthtech company which is into wearable based smart- tech-enabled fitness and healthcare.

The GOQii Corporate Challenge is set to be India’s biggest virtual inter-corporate health & fitness extravaganza. It is a crisp high decibel event of 60 days which is filled with daily spot challenges, over 150 live virtual health and fitness sessions by health and fitness experts, a nationwide 30-Day Inter-Corporate Steps Challenge and more. The best part is the gratification where GOQii would be giving away rewards worth over Rs 1 Crore to the winners.

Commenting on the launch, Vishal Gondal, Founder and CEO, GOQii said, “Organisations have recognised that an important asset for them is not just cash or profits but fit and healthy employees. GOQii aims to help corporations keep their employee health as their top most priority for better productivity and success both for the employees at work and at a personal level which in turn is beneficial for all”.

Devendra Powar, Business Head, Enterprise and Retail at GOQii commented, “Corporate employees have not had it easy in the last couple of years. While WFH seemed like a blessing to most initially, it took away the social element from our lives, something that in recent times, we have learnt to value more than ever before. As pioneers of Corporate Wellness in India, we at GOQii felt it was our responsibility to deliver a power packed solution to corporates that’d help them break the monotony at work and rejuvenate employees by engaging them in a playful and meaningful way”.

GOQii reached out to organisations with the concept of the GOQii Corporate Challenge which was well received and considered the concept to be a breath of fresh air, with minimal costs. The 60-day event that went live on December 13, 2021 has received an overwhelming response with over 25000 employees across approximately 40 corporations such as IOCL, HPCL, Tata Sky, Bajaj Allianz, Dr Reddy’s, Publicis Sapient and Burger King to name a few, across India alongside many start-ups participating in this initiative.

With entry into the year 2022, all participants eagerly wait in anticipation for the launch of the main event, i.e the 30-Day Inter Corporate Steps Challenge which began on January 12, 2022 and will conclude on February 10, 2022.

Participating corporations opine that this challenge is definitely bringing out a positive outcome  amongst their employees. Julius Baer, a private banking and wealth advisory firm decided to be a part of this exciting inter corporate challenge hosted by GOQii to encourage participation among employees on the fitness & health front.

“The platform offers daily health and fitness goals and challenges as well as a chance to participate in a step challenge. We feel this is a great way to start the year keeping in mind that health is wealth!,” said Ruth LaCroix, handling employee engagement at Julius Baer.

Deepak Bharadia, CEO of Meine Kuche, said, “Meine Küche joined the GOQii Corporate Challenge principally to improve the health & build immunity of our Team. We believe healthy teammates are the most Happy and Productive Teammates.”

“The experience so far has been helping teammates to attain their fitness goals besides increasing Team building with a healthy competitive spirit,” he added

GOQii is also imparting knowledge through its online interactive coaching platform wherein the participants have free sessions by GOQii’s lifestyle expert coaches on fitness, yoga, meditation, health talks on topics like Nutrition and Emotional  Wellness just to name a few. The participants on GOQii app also have access 24 hours to the Play platform and can watch archived shows at any given time of the day.  Apart from that for every habit completed successfully, the participants are also awarded GOQii cash points which they can then redeem for health products at discounted price on the GOQii health store.

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India-UK FTA talks will go very, very quickly, says Mayor Andy Street

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The negotiations between India and the UK to strike a free trade agreement (FTA), which launched last week, will conclude quickly due to an “absolute agreement” at the senior political level, the Mayor for the West Midlands region of England has said. Andy Street, who is in charge of the West Midlands Combined Authority that covers some of England’s major industrial hubs of Birmingham and Coventry, expects his region to hugely benefit from such an FTA.

The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) confirmed on Thursday that the FTA talks kick-started virtually on Monday and the first round is expected to last two weeks. Last week, UK International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan met her Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal in New Delhi to formally flag off the negotiations. While their joint statement sets an end of the year timeline for conclusion of negotiations, there is much speculation that such discussions are likely to drag on much further.

“These things tend to be rather longer than one would wish,” Andy Street told PTI. “But I think there’s a critical ingredient here: there seems to me to be absolute agreement at the senior political level that this has got to happen as quickly as possible. It is surprising how that can unlock these deals more quickly than otherwise. So, I think this will go very, very quickly,” he said.

The mayor for the region that is dubbed the automotive capital of the UK, being home to the country’s largest car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), believes the trade talks with India hold out great tariff-free promise for the West Midlands.

He said: “The big picture is that within the overall UK-India relationship there’s a real opportunity for the West Midlands to build a strong trading relationship. We’ve already got a very good relationship because our single biggest company, Jaguar Land Rover, is owned by Tata.

“So, there’s an incredible Indian investment here and what we believe is that there’ll be many, many more opportunities particularly in sectors where we are very strong – automotive, net zero –  overlap perfectly with the Indian economy. With its automotive cluster, 50 per cent of the research and development (R&D) for the sector is done in and around Birmingham.

“This is the region that will gain most. We’ve seen JLR turning to electric and also electric taxis being built, there’s electric motorcycles. So, this sector is becoming really, really strong here. Of course, the absence of tariffs with India will enable us to really work with the innovators,” said the Mayor.

According to official statistics, the West Midlands is second after London and the south east of England in terms of inward investments from India. Besides JLR, some of the other Indian companies located in the region include software services major Infosys and TVS Motors, which recently acquired Birmingham-based Norton Motorcycles. “We are very confident that we have got the strength that we can build on the back of that FTA. But it doesn’t stop businesses developing before an FTA is done. We’ve got big aspirations at the moment with a number of Indian companies, Infosys being one, where we are expecting to do an investment deal well before we move to the formality of the FTA,” said Street.

As the force behind the creation of the West Midlands India Partnership (WMIP) last year to build on the strong Indian diaspora base of the region, the businessman-turned-politician flagged trade, tourism, business and academia as the areas with ‘huge opportunities to do more’. With a firm focus on the Commonwealth Games, scheduled for July-August in Birmingham, the region’s Mayor expressed his excitement at playing host as a “good part of the world” comes together with full stadiums and spectators in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The baton for the 2022 Games was in New Delhi to coincide with Trevelyan’s visit to flag off the FTA talks.

“You think of 2022, for the West Midlands the high point will be the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on July 28. I would extend an invitation to India because it will very much tell the story of a part of the world that is very proud of its links with India and other Commonwealth countries,” said Street. “We are looking forward to about a million visitors and about a billion people observing this on television, the biggest audience being in India. This is a perfect way to showcase to Indians, who understand the UK very well given the strength of the diaspora, how a region not always in the limelight has developed and what it offers. I hope it encourages more leisure visits and also business visits in the future,” he said.

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5G services spectrum bands in India will not interfere with aircraft radar altimeters: ITU APT

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Proposed 5G services rolled out in India will be in spectrum bands that will have sufficient safeguards and will not interfere with civil aircraft altimeters, ITU APT foundation of India said on Thursday. Several airlines have cancelled their flight to the US following 5G services roll-out in the country alleging that 5G signals could interfere with key safety equipment, altimeter, on which pilots rely for take off and altitude readings.

“In India, there is no risk from 5G services to aircraft and we are fully safeguarded as we are only allocating 3300-3670 MHz, which is more than 500 MHz below the altimeter spectrum. Thus the C band frequencies that are being auctioned for 5G in India are completely safe and there is no risk to the Civil Aviation Radar altimeters,” ITU-APT foundation of India President Bharat Bhatia said in a statement.

ITU-APT foundation of India is recognised by UN body International Telecommunications Union and it works on spectrum related issues. The aircraft around the world use the frequency band 4200-4400 MHz for radio Altimeters and the 5G system being deployed in the US in frequency band of 3700-3,980 is close to this frequency band. “In India, the government is not considering frequencies above 3.7 GHz for public 5G services at present, the frequency band in question in the USA where this potential interference has been observed,” Bhatia said.

At present, spectrum band allocation for 5G services is at a discussion stage. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has floated a consultation paper to take views of interested players for determining price and rules for spectrum allocation. The spectrum will be allocated through auction after the government finalizes price post review of recommendation of Trai.

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UK PM Johnson drops COVID-19 restrictions; not required to wear mask or work from home from next week

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People in England will no longer be required to wear face masks anywhere or work from home from next week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday, adding that scientists believed a wave of the Omicron coronavirus variant had peaked nationally.

Johnson also said that while people would still be required to self-isolate for now, he did not expect to renew self-isolation legislation, which will expire in March, and would look into scrapping the requirement sooner.

“Because of the extraordinary booster campaign, together with the way the public have responded to the Plan B measures, we can return to Plan A in England and allow Plan B regulations to expire as a result from the start of Thursday next week,” Johnson told parliament.

Johnson said mandatory COVID-19 certification would end, though businesses could choose to continue COVID passes if they wanted to.

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