The Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) has kicked its preparations for the Bharat Diamond Week (BDW), its buyer-seller-meet initiative slated to run April 23-25, with a cricket tournament.
BDB Vice President Mehul Shah, who is heading the BDW initiative, observed, ”There is a carnival atmosphere at the bourse, with all eyes on the cricket tournament and the Bharat Diamond Week that will follow. The tournament can be followed online via the Zooter app or Facebook, and is also being telecast on 30 screens around the bourse. We are expecting 50,000 to 100,000 people to follow the tournament."
The Bharat Diamond Bourse Sports League (BDSL) cricket tournament, which will run from April 8 to 15, got under way at the Wilson Gymkhana ground at Marine Lines in Mumbai on Sunday. The BDB security and fire safety team put on an opening performance, following which the BDB committee members and special invitees lit the games torch. This was followed in turn by a parade of all the teams along with the team owners.
The MB Mavericks, owned by Mahendra Brothers, defeated the Asian Superstars owned by Asian Star, by 12 runs. The SRKians, owned by the Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd., defeated the Venus Tigers owned by Venus Jewel by three wickets. In the third match of the day, the Palanpur Nawab, owned by the Palanpur Samaj, defeated Rosy Blue by three wickets.
Shah added that there is strong ongoing interest in participating in the show, both from Indian and foreign firms. "We are scrutinising each registration using Know Your Customer norms to ensure that we only accept genuine applications. That way we are sure to have only visitors/buyers who are a perfect fit for our 150 exhibitors who will be displaying their polished goods."
BDB President Anoop Mehta said, "We are incredibly busy with preparations because we are determined to ensure that our first show will set the stage for those that will follow. Our aim is to hold two Bharat Diamond Week shows annually."
The Bharat Diamond Week will also feature a display of synthetic diamond detection equipment with competitively priced services. There will also be specially organised seminars and meetings on the issue of synthetics, Shah said. "The synthetics part of the Diamond Week is going to bring a great deal of added value for attendees, with the latest updates on this important issue,” he noted.