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Le Meridien Kochi sparkled with glitz and glamour as the VPN IBE (FMB Awards) gala unfolded, a collaborative effort by Pegasus Group and Manappuram Finance Ltd. This grand event was dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the luminaries who have carved their names in the annals of cinema, business, and media with their exceptional talent and dedication.

In a momentous acknowledgment of his cinematic legacy, Shri Balachandra Menon was honored with the prestigious Film Iconic Legacy Award. The Media Excellence Award found its deserving recipient in Mr. Johny Lukose, while Mr. Gokulam Gopalan was hailed as the Business Visionary Award winner for his groundbreaking contributions to the corporate world.

Distributing these coveted accolades was none other than Shri V. P. Nandakumar, the distinguished MD & CEO of Manappuram Finance Ltd, adding an aura of reverence to the proceedings. With the esteemed presence of Show Director Ajit Ravi, the VPN IBE (FMB Awards) gala became not just a celebration of achievement, but a beacon of inspiration for future generations striving for excellence in their chosen fields.

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The SAJ DQUE Watches Mrs Glam World 2024 title has been claimed by the Brazilian beauty Aline Grasielli Moncale, accompanied by Magen Fernandes from India as the first runner-up and Samantha Stephanie Edwards from South Africa as the second runner-up. The highly anticipated 3rd edition of Mrs Glam World took place on June 9th at Le Meridien, Kochi. Pegasus Global Pvt Ltd, a leading event production company in India, organised this remarkable event. Leveraging their extensive experience and creative expertise, Pegasus Global Pvt Ltd curated an exceptional experience for all attendees. Their meticulous planning and attention to detail ensured flawless execution of every aspect of the event, leaving a lasting impression on all participants and guests.

Former winner Pooja Mohan had the honor of bestowing the gold stuffed crown upon the Mrs Glam World winner. Unnikrishnan Nair, GM of Saj Earth Hotel crowned the first runner-up, while Jolly Antony, Chairman of Vibe Munnar crowned the second runner-up. Ajit Ravi, the founder of the Mrs Glam World competition and Chairman of Pegasus, officiated the prize announcement and coronation.

Dasun V Imukthi Bandara Wijesinghe (Founder / CEO of The Walk Model Academy and The Walk Studio, Sri Lanka), Balan Maëva (Actress & Model, France), Ambika S Nair (Actress, India), Rohit Manjrekar (Music Director, Canada) and Dr. Fong Toh Jeng (CEO and Founder, UR klinik, Malaysia) were on the judging panel. The winners of the subtitles were selected by a panel of eminent persons.

Preethi Parakkat of Parakkat Jewelers crafted the exquisite gold stuffed crown presented to the winners of Mrs Glam World.

Continental Titles

Mrs Glam World Asia – Taiwan

Mrs Glam World Africa – South Africa

Mrs Glam World Europe – France

Mrs Glam World South America – Brazil

Mrs Glam World North America – Canada

Sub Title Winners

Mrs Glam World Solidarity – Malaysia

Mrs Glam World Fashionista –Taiwan

Mrs Glam World Talent – Brazil

Mrs Glam World Sensational – Canada

Mrs Glam World Diligent – France

Mrs Glam World Inspiring – Bashkortastan

Mrs Glam World Vivacious – Uzbekistan

Mrs Glam World Shining Star – Armenia

Mrs Glam World Ramp Walk – India

VeeKayVees Mrs Culnarian 2024 – South Africa

Mrs Glam World National Costume – Brazil

Mrs Glam World Adorable – Sri Lanka

Such pageants are a platform for married women from all over the world to showcase their talent. The main goal of hosting this competition is to showcase the rich and varied cultural heritage of the nation while also promoting tourism. Pegasus Global Pvt Ltd distinguishes itself as the only company globally to opt out of the conventional Bikini round in their pageants. Instead, they prioritize talent and personality as the key criteria for assessment.

SAJ Group Hotels & Resorts and DQUE Watches is the main partners of Mrs Glam World 2024 organized by Pegasus Global Pvt Ltd. Manappuram Finance Ltd, FICF (Federal International Chamber Forum), Unique Times, VIBE and DQUE Face and Body Skin Friendly Soap are powered by Partners.

Co-partners are Parakkat Resort, Kalpana International, Times New, UT World, Aiswaria Advertisements, Europe Times, Alcazar, Ryoto Electrix, Neenu Pro The Sound Experts, Green Media, St Joseph Hospital Trust, Divas, VeeKayVees Caterers, Akshay Inco and JD Institute of Fashion Technology.

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Man-Jung Kao from Taiwan clinched the SAJ DQUE Watches Miss Glam World 2024 title, with Lara Vitoria Gama from Brazil securing the first runner-up position and Debasmita from India as the second runner-up. The highly anticipated fifth edition of Miss Glam World unfolded on June 9th at Le Meridien, Kochi. Known for their proficiency in event management, Pegasus Global Pvt Ltd orchestrated an extraordinary and memorable event. Demonstrating their steadfast commitment to excellence, Pegasus Global Pvt Ltd once again proved their industry prowess by delivering an event that exceeded expectations and left a lasting impression on all attendees.

Jebitha Ajit, the Managing Director of Pegasus Global, bestowed the title of Miss Glam World upon the winner. Unnikrishnan Nair, the GM of SAJ Earth Hotel, and Jolly Antony, Chairman of Vibe Munnar, jointly crowned the first runner-up. The second runner-up was honored by Preeti Prakash, Director, and Prakash Parakkat, Managing Director, Parakkat Jewellers. Ajit Ravi, the founder of the Miss Glam World competition and Chairman of Pegasus, officiated the prize announcement and coronation.

Dasun V Imukthi Bandara Wijesinghe (Founder / CEO of The Walk Model Academy and The Walk Studio, Sri Lanka), Balan Maëva (Actress & Model, France), Ambika S Nair (Actress, India), Rohit Manjrekar (Music Director, Canada) and Dr. Fong Toh Jeng (CEO and Founder, UR klinik, Malaysia) were on the judging panel. The winners of the subtitles were selected by a panel of eminent persons.

Preethi Parakkat of Parakkat Jewelers crafted the exquisite gold stuffed crown presented to the winners of Miss Glam World.

Continental Titles

Miss Glam World Asia – Philippines

Miss Glam World Africa – South Africa

Miss Glam World Europe – France

Miss Glam World South America –Brazil

Sub Title Winners

Miss Glam World Solidarity – South Africa

Miss Glam World Fashionista – Philippines

Miss Glam World Talent – Taiwan

Miss Glam World Sensational – Russia

Miss Glam World Diligent – India

Miss Glam World Inspiring – Zambia

Miss Glam World Vivacious – Sri Lanka

Miss Glam World Shining Star – Nepal

Miss Glam World Ramp Walk – Brazil

VeeKayVees Gourmet Queen – Sri Lanka

Miss Glam World National Costume – Philippines

Miss Glam World Adorable – France

SAJ Group Hotels and Resorts and DQUE Watches is the main partners of Miss Glam World 2024 organized by Pegasus Global Pvt Ltd. Manappuram Finance Ltd, FICF (Federal International Chamber Forum), Unique Times, VIBE and DQUE Face and Body Skin Friendly Soap are powered by Partners.

Co-partners are Parakkat Resort, Kalpana International, Times New, UT World, Aiswaria Advertisements, Europe Times, Alcazar, Ryoto Electrix, Neenu Pro The Sound Experts, Green Media, St Joseph Hospital Trust, Divas, VeeKayVees Caterers, Akshay Inco and JD Institute of Fashion Technology.

The main objective behind organizing this competition is to showcase the rich and diverse cultural values of the country, while also promoting tourism. Pegasus Global Pvt Ltd distinguishes itself as the only company in the world that has chosen to eliminate the widely recognized Bikini round from their pageants. Instead, they prioritize talent and personality as the key criteria for evaluation.

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The 15th edition of the esteemed Manappuram Multibillionaire Business Achiever (MBA) Award is set to honor Dr. Hafeez Rahman, Chairman of Sunrise Hospitals. The award ceremony is slated to be held at the Le Meridien Hotel in Kochi on June 9th. Dr. Hafeez Rahman will also be inducted into the prestigious Federal International Chamber Forum (FICF), a globally renowned club whose members boast assets exceeding 1000 crores (Indian Rupees).

The FICF stands as a distinguished alliance of MBA awardees, lauding exceptional business acumen and aiming to channel their ideas towards societal betterment. It serves as an inspiration for budding entrepreneurs, highlighting outstanding business achievements while actively contributing to social causes.

Dr. Hafeez Rahman, a widely acclaimed laparoscopic surgeon, embarked on his career journey in 1992. He established the Sunrise Group of Hospitals in 2005, which has since expanded its footprint across the UAE and India. Renowned for its community outreach initiatives in schools, villages, and civic bodies, Sunrise Hospital in Kochi is a leading tertiary care multi-specialty facility and a hub for laparoscopic procedures, championing preventive medicine and healthy lifestyles.

Among the illustrious roster of previous MBA Award recipients are prominent figures such as Shri V P Nandakumar, Shri Joy Alukkas, M A Yusuf Ali, Shri T S Kalyanaraman, Shri P. N. C. Menon, Mr Gokulam Gopalan, Dr Ravi Pillai, Mr M P Ramachandran, Kochouseph Chittilappilly, Sabu M Jacob, Dr Viju Jacob, Dr A V Anoop, Dr Varghese Kurian, and Adv Dr P Krishnadas.

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On May 13th, 2024, Pegasus Global Pvt Ltd made history in event management by flawlessly coordinating six separate events in a single day at Le Meridien Kochi. Led by Ajit Ravi Pegasus, this accomplishment not only highlighted Pegasus Global’s organizational skills but also its dedication to fostering empowerment and cultural enhancement.

The day began on a high note with the Women’s Excellence Award, recognizing the outstanding contributions and achievements of women across various sectors. This was followed by the Unique Times Conclave, which facilitated important discussions on gender equality and empowerment, featuring a roster of influential speakers and panelists. The eventful day continued with the culturally rich Mrs. Kerala Global pageant, followed by the Miss Queen of India and Miss Queen Kerala competitions, each celebrating the elegance, intelligence, and cultural diversity of women from across the region.

The festivities concluded with the prestigious Minnalai Film Awards in the evening, celebrating remarkable achievements in the film industry. This marathon of events not only showcased Pegasus Global’s capacity to handle complex, large-scale events but also set a new standard in the event management industry, further establishing the company’s reputation as a leader in orchestrating diverse and impactful events. This landmark day, expertly managed by Ajit Ravi Pegasus, will be remembered as a significant chapter in the annals of Pegasus Global Pvt Ltd, demonstrating their unparalleled expertise and dedication to excellence.

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The 20th Unique Times Minnalai Film Awards took place on May 13th at the Le Meridien Hotel in Kochi, marking a grand celebration of cinematic achievements. This elegant evening, expertly organized by Pegasus Global Pvt Ltd, honored some of the film industry’s most notable figures, showcasing a year of outstanding contributions to Indian cinema.

Vijayaragavan clinched the Best Actor award for his stellar performance in “Pookalam,” while Navya Nair was celebrated as Best Actress for her role in “Janaki Jaane.” Both actors were recognized for their captivating portrayals that resonated deeply with audiences, further cementing their statuses as leading figures in the industry. The event highlighted their significant impact and the nuanced depth they brought to their characters.

The Best Director award was rightfully earned by Nahas Hidhayath for his innovative direction in “RDX.” The evening also honored “2018,” produced by Venu Kunnappilly, C K Padmakumar and Anto Joseph, directed by Jude Anthany Joseph, as the Best Movie. Directors Salam Bappu and Roy Mathew Manappallil distributed the awards. SAJ Group MD Sajan Varghese and Pegasus Chairman Ajit Ravi were present. The ceremony not only commemorated the winners but also set a high standard for the coming years in the film industry.

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Recently, the Le Meridien Convention Center in Kochi was the venue for the prestigious Unique Times Women’s Excellence Awards, an event sponsored by Manappuram Finance Ltd. Held on May 13, the ceremony honored a distinguished group of women who have made remarkable contributions in various professional fields, significantly influencing industry norms and enhancing community development. The awards were presented by several prominent figures, including Jiji Mammen, Executive Director and CEO of Sa-Dhan; Jebitha Ajit, MD of Pegasus Global Pvt Ltd; and Dr. Thomas Varghese, Head of the Cancer Department at St Joseph Hospital.

Nazneen Jehangir was celebrated with the Excellence in Tech Entrepreneurship and Mentorship Award for her influential role in technology and mentorship. Sherly Regimon was recognized for Excellence in Couturier of Culture, celebrating her impact on fashion and cultural expression. Devika Shreyams Kumar received accolades for her strategic vision in Integrated Media Operations, marking her as a leader in media management.

Additional honorees included Parveen Hafeez, who received an award for her pioneering contributions to Healthcare Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Bissy Boss was recognized for Excellence in Sustainable Travel Innovations, while Dr. Lekshmi Nair was honored for Excellence in Multifaceted Career Achievement, and Dr. Radha P Thevannoor for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Preethi Parakkat earned accolades for her innovative work in jewelry design, receiving the Excellence in Artisanal Mastery and Innovation Award. Deepthi Vijayakumar was celebrated with the Excellence in Digital Integration in OOH Advertising. Elizabeth Chacko was recognized for her pioneering work in the beauty industry, receiving the Excellence in Innovative Beauty and Wellness Services. Additional accolades went to Girija Sethunath, honored for her Excellence in Literary and Cinematic Leadership.

Unique Times Chief Editor Ajit Ravi Pegasus emphasized the significance of the ceremony as a catalyst for encouraging women across diverse sectors to aspire to and reach leadership positions, thus inspiring a new generation of women to pursue and achieve excellence. These awards not only celebrate the individual accomplishments of each of these trailblazing women but also highlight their collective impact on reshaping the landscape of their respective industries.

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The Unique Times Conclave 2024, in partnership with Manappuram Finance Ltd, recently convened a prestigious panel to explore “Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Women’s Empowerment” during an event on May 13th. The conclave brought together leading figures from various industries, with notable opening remarks and a speech by Mr. Jiji Mammen, Executive Director & CEO of Sa-Dhan. His insights shed light on significant trends and obstacles within the industry, providing a meaningful context that enhanced the dialogues throughout the day.

Moderated by Dr. Fathima Nilufer Sheriff, founder and CEO of Therefore I’m, the panel discussions delved into the complexities of entrepreneurship faced by women and explored strategies for empowerment and success. The panel included powerful voices like Mrs. Nazneen Jehangir (CEO NeST Digital), Ms. Devika Shreyams Kumar, (Director – Operations, Mathrubhumi Group) and other notable figures such as Mrs. Parveen Hafeez (Sunrise Group of Hospitals Chairperson and Managing Director), Adv Anna Linda Eden (High Court of Kerala), Dr. Lekshmi Nair,  Director (Center for Advanced Legal Studies), Dr. Radha P Thevannoor (Director & Group Director, SCMS Group of Educational Institutions) and Dr. Elizabeth Chacko (CEO & Managing Director, Kalpana Beauty Salon) who shared their experiences and insights, illustrating the resilience and innovation required to thrive. The event also included a thought-provoking keynote speech by Dr. Thomas Varghese, head of the Cancer Department at St. Joseph Hospital, addressing the critical issue of breast cancer which added a significant dimension to the discourse on women’s health and leadership.

The conclave concluded on an inspirational note that encouraged continuous engagement and dialogue among the participants. It reinforced the conclave’s aim to not only honor but actively support the growth and empowerment of women entrepreneurs. Through the combined efforts of its esteemed speakers and organizers, the event successfully highlighted the essential role of entrepreneurship in advancing women’s roles both in business and in wider societal contexts.

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Revathy Mohan clinched the prestigious title of Mrs Kerala Global 2024, an event presented by Unique Times and DQUE Soap. This grand pageant, organized by Pegasus Global Pvt Ltd, was held at Le Meridien in Kochi on May 13th. Ashitha P S was named the first runner-up, and Julia Mariam Vijobi took home the second runner-up honor. Pegasus Chairman Ajit Ravi and Managing Director Jebitha Ajit crowned the winners.

12 skilled contestants, chosen through an intense audition process, demonstrated their talents at the grand finale. The event was a magnificent exhibition of elegance and composure.

Subtitle Winners

Mrs Kerala Solidarity – Gopika K

Mrs Kerala Fashionista – Viji K Viswanathan

Mrs Kerala Diligent – Ashitha P S

Mrs Kerala Inspiring – Thushara George

Mrs Kerala Vivacious – Roshni Vinodkumar

Mrs Kerala Shining Star – Pooja

Mrs Kerala Ramp Walk – Anagha P John

Mrs Kerala Tenacious – Sangeetha Sanal

Mrs Kerala Renaissance – Ramya P

Mrs Kerala Congeniality – Julia Mariam Vijobi

Mrs Kerala Talent – Revathy Mohan

Mrs Kerala Humaneness –  Sheena V Kunnuth

The judging panel consisted of distinguished individuals, including Reshma George (Bharatnatyam Dancer), Lakshmi Atul (Director, Aries Group of Companies), Renju Renjimar (Celebrity Makeup Artist), and Nisha Mathew (entrepreneur, actor, and producer).

Subtitles winners were selected by a panel of prominent figures, heightening the event’s excitement. Winners received exquisitely crafted gold crowns presented by Preeti Prakash from Parakkat Jewelers.

The pageant was bolstered by major partners like Unique Times and DQUE 78 TFM Grade One Soap, and was further supported by Manappuram Finance Ltd, SAJ Group, VIBE, Mr Light, and Parakkat Resorts as powered by partners. Co-partners included Aiswaria Advertisements, FICF, Kalpana International Salon & Spa, Times New, UT World, Europe Times, Vee Kay Vees Caterers, Gireesh Photography, Alcazar, Neenu Pro The Sound Experts, Green Media, St Joseph Hospital, Akshay Inco, and JD Institute of Fashion Technology.

Anagha P John, Ashitha P S, Gopika K, Julia Mariam Vijobi, Pooja, Ramya P, Revathy Mohan, Roshni Vinodkumar, Sangeetha Sanal, Sheena V Kunnuth, Thushara George and Viji K Viswanathan were the contestants. The exclusive pageant celebrated the beauty, talent, and grace of women from Kerala, inspiring empowerment and equal opportunities. With distinguished guests in attendance, a deserving winner was crowned, leaving the audience in awe of the participants’ remarkable achievements.

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Armenia has reported that more than 100,000 people have fled the Nagorno-Karabakh region since Azerbaijan’s recent seizure, essentially causing the entire population of this ethnic Armenian enclave to evacuate. While Azerbaijan has expressed its intention to reintegrate the area and treat its residents equally, Armenian officials have dismissed these claims as false.

For three decades, Nagorno-Karabakh, recognized as part of Azerbaijan, had been under the control of ethnic Armenians and received support from Armenia and Russia. The recent conflict resulted in casualties on both sides, with at least 200 ethnic Armenians and dozens of Azerbaijani soldiers killed.

As part of a ceasefire agreement, separatists have agreed to surrender their weapons. The leader of the self-declared Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh has announced that the region will cease to exist in the new year.

Armenia’s prime minister’s spokesperson, Nazeli Baghdasaryan, stated that over 100,000 refugees have entered Armenia in the past week, out of Nagorno-Karabakh’s estimated population of 120,000. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has also confirmed that 100,000 people have fled and are in need of immediate assistance.

While some residents, mainly officials, emergency services employees, volunteers, and individuals with special needs, remain in Nagorno-Karabakh, they are expected to leave shortly.

In addition to casualties resulting from the conflict, a massive explosion at a fuel depot in Nagorno-Karabakh took the lives of at least 170 people. The cause of the explosion near the main city of Khankendi (known as Stepanakert by Armenians) remains unclear.

The UN plans to send a mission to Nagorno-Karabakh to assess the humanitarian situation, with Azerbaijan’s approval. Armenia has stressed the importance of UN officials witnessing the plight of ethnic Armenians who have been displaced but has criticized Azerbaijan’s assurances as propaganda and false claims.

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