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Cryo-Save India forays into the Western region

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Cryo-Save India, the 100% Indian subsidiary of Cryo-Save Group, announced their foray into the western region of the country by launching a full-fledged marketing set-up in Mumbai. The new office is part of their strategic plan for India and is envisioned to further strengthen the company’s position in the Indian market. To cater to parents growing need of providing bio-insurance to their offspring, Cryo-Save India has plans for a phased launch in key centres across the country. In Maharashtra, the city of Mumbai alone has 50,000 births per year and Pune has over 20,000 births every year in the Sec (Socio-Economic classification) A & A+ category. The company’s sales office is head quartered in Mumbai and their Maharashtra plans include representation in cities like Nagpur, Aurangabad, Pune, etc.

Cryo-Save India, with its corporate office in Bangalore, was recently set up with an investment of 1.8 Million Euros. Cryo-Save Group will scale up its investment to 2 million Euros within a year of its operation of the Indian subsidiary. The group company, Europe’s largest adult stem cell storage bank, has its operations in 37 countries across three continents. Cryo-Save India brings to the table a depth of expertise and experience in stem cell banking.

Cryo-Save India will be the only company in India with its unique offering of dual-storage system and this will be available for the first time in the country. They are also the only company that does automatic processing to avoid manual intervention and contamination. The company will be offering the collection and storage of ADULT stem cells derived from cord blood. The services will be available across all metros and other cities.

V.R. Chandramouli, Managing Director, Cryo-Save India, said, “We are very keen to extend our footprint to India specifically in the Western market as we see an immense market potential for adult stem cell banking or family banking in the Maharashtra region. A world-class stem cell banking service was the need of the hour for a huge market like India and Cryo-Save India will be offering this. We believe that the launch of the Indian operations has ushered in a new chapter in the quality of stem cell banking services offered.”

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Maharashtra earns an estimated 6 lakhs from fines for smoking in public places

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Less than three months of the ban on smoking in public places, the FDA claims to have already collected a whopping fine of Rs. 5, 79,925 from those found breaking the rule in Maharashtra. This collection is the amount that has been taken till November 2008 and is among the biggest collected from a state in the country.

The ban on smoking in public places was already in place since 2004. However, due to lack of awareness, required manpower and infrastructure, it did not provide the expected results. The Central government had reinforced the ban on smoking in public, which was imposed under the Prohibition of Smoking in Public Places Rules, 2008. The ban came into force from October 2, mainly to protect individuals from the hazards of second-hand smoke and to help smokers kick the habit. With the help of 250 FDA officials and support of police personnel, fines were successfully collected.

Mr. Mohan Patankar, Jt. Commissioner FDA, says, “This ban was long introduced in 2004 and we did our best to fine the offenders even then. The collections from 2004-2008 (July) amounted to Rs 2, 55,000 as against Rs. 5,79,925 in just four months (Aug- Nov 08).This was largely due to lack of infrastructure, necessary manpower, vehicles etc. Now, due to increased awareness and support from police personnel, we have noticed significant reduction in such instances. Hotels and restaurants have also strictly been following the ban. Easy availability of challans and receipts has also facilitated the process. It can be downloaded from the net for HR administrators and other competent authorities.”

The public was also more sensitized about the ban and there was a massive public support for the ban which played a significant role in the implementation of the ban.

Dr. PC Gupta, Director, Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Research said, “We applaud the FDA on providing us with this encouraging sign. The fines are crucial in the attitudinal transformation among general public and create a higher level of awareness. The general public already understands the significance of the ban and supports its cause. In our survey 92% respondents all over India and 96% in Mumbai strongly favoured regulations for making all workplaces and public places in India smoke-free. We are confident that effective implementation of policies such as smoke-free public places and pictorial warnings on tobacco products will play a concrete role in improving public health. Perhaps the government should take a cue from the success of this ban and implement the much awaited law on pictorial warnings; it is high time to do so in the interest of the public.”

The implementation of a smoke-free environment is the primary and most effective way to ensure that a non-smoker’s right to good health and right to breathe air devoid of smoke should be given preference over a smoker’s right to smoke and cause harm to those around him/her.

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7 January, 2009 at 10:56 pm