Nana Patekar Actor, Real Life HeroDeficient monsoon rainfall has affected farmers across the country. Maharashtra, in particular, has been dealt a body blow with the state government planning to declare nearly 8,000 villages drought-hit. Amidst the despair, help has come from an unlikely quarter. Bollywood actor Nana Patekar has set up Naam Foundation with fellow Marathi actor Makarand Anaspure and will donate money to distressed farmers. A National Film Award winner, Patekar and Anaspure have reportedly donated some Rs 15,000 each to 113 families of farmers who have committed suicide in the state.
Cyrus Poonawalla, Chairman, Poonawalla Group The real estate market is somnolent but big-ticket deals appear to be making a strong comeback. Two recent deals in Mumbai show that some high-networth individuals have retained their apetite for buying coveted addresses. Take the instance of Cyrus Poonawalla, Chairman of Poonawalla Group, who has scooped up a seaside mansion - Lincoln House - which was used as the US consulate. At Rs 750 crore, it is considered one of the most expensive residential purchases in the country. The deal comes hot on the heels of industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla's decision to snap up Jatia House, an iconic 30,000-sq ft south Mumbai bungalow for a staggering Rs 425 crore.
N.R. Narayana Murthy (left) and Nandan NilekaniInternet and mobile tech start-ups seems to be attracting the founders of software giant Infosys. N.R. Narayana Murthy has recently invested in online insurance distribution portal Coverfox.com. It provides comparison of insurance plans, expert recommendations. Another Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani has also invested in an early-stage start-up. He is betting on Bangalore-based mobile payments data startup Mubble. It is Nilekani's second investment this year.
Dynamic DuoSanjay Kalra (left) and Shiv Nadar
Nearly 39 years after setting up his most successful venture HCL, Shiv Nadar has launched an investment firm along with Sanjay Kalra, former CEO of Tech Mahindra. He will spend some $500 million in acquiring IT product and platform companies, especially in the healthcare technology space, in India and the US. The investment firm - Shiv Nadar & Sanjay Kalra Associates LLP - will look at the broad spectrum of areas within healthcare, including hospitals, ambulatory, physician practice, information exchanges, commercial insurers, insurance exchanges, among others.
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