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#WordPress How to remove WP-VCD Malware?

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WordPress is an free online tool that helps us to make websites. It is easier to make websites on the WordPress platform. We use WordPress to make blogs and websites for our clients.

Few days back we had a big issue with all our WordPress websites and blogs. All of them had refused to open. Even the admin panel that helps us to administer the websites didn’t open. In a few hours, even our email servers were blocked. The server team decided to block all outbound ports to prevent the spread of the virus.

Immediately, we started scanning the server using the virus scanner available in the cpanel for possible malware attack. The virus scan returned over 100 infected files. Few of the files were not known to us. One such file was wp-vcd.php. On searching about this file on Google, we discovered that we are hacked by this very dangerous malware called WP-VCD.

WP-VCD is a WordPress malware injected by wp-vcd.php into WordPress core files. It creates a secret admin user and password to rewrite a few important files functions.php and post.php to put the malicious code. Worse is the fact that the host server team will block all outbound ports upon discovering this malware, leaving us no option to get into the admin of the WordPress websites.

How to remove WP-VCD virus

  1. Login to your cpanel and open file manager to access all the WordPress folders.
  2. Visit wp-includes folder of all your WordPress blogs / websites and delete wp-tmp.php, wp-vcd.php and wp-cd.php files.
  3. Visit wp-content/themes of all the WordPress installation and delete themes that you are not using. Be careful not to delete themes that are active. Both these 2nd and 3rd steps will reduce the number of infected file count.
  4. Try to unblock the ports by going to the Port Block Check. After a few minutes, check if you can login to any of the WordPress websites. If you can login to any of the blogs, please update the WordPress, themes and the plugins. This will clean the files because the infected files will be over-written by core files.
  5. You may also ask the server support team to unblock the ports for 15 minutes with the reason that you have found the reason of the malware attack and that you need access to clean the files.
  6. If you cannot login to the admin panels, the next option is to clean the files manually. You need to edit the wp-content/themes/{theme-name}/functions.php. This is where the malware starts spreading from. You should delete the top part of the codes till the code line as in shown in the image below. Remember that in the original code of functions.php, the theme name functions and definitions is written as a comment right after <?php
  7. After cleaning the functions.php, you should go to wp-includes and search for a file post.php. You may have a line of code right in the beginning that looks like the second image enclosed below. You must delete that line of code.
  8. There might be a few plugins which will also have this malware. Updating the plugin is the best way to get rid of it.
Functions.php inside wp-includes

If you are unable to get rid of the malware after reading the above, you may contact us for support. We will try to help you.

After all the struggles, there was this silver lining that we all learnt a lot about WordPress and its code structure. We will be confident now to customize WordPress websites with much more features and extra functionalities.

Kuhipaat is a digital marketing company specializing in making websites that deliver business objectives. We are based in Duliajan, Assam. Contact us for a free discussion of ideas about how your website can drive business for you.

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Protech Guru: Use of a Brand Character to create consumer engagement.

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Introduction

Loyalty to a brand depends primarily on the consumer experience with the brand. Brand identity, which provides direction, purpose and meaning for a brand, is also linked to consumer experience and engagement.

Protech Group is a well known real estate brand in Assam and the Northeast of India. Kuhipaat was assigned the responsibilities for digital branding and marketing for the brand. The team of Kuhipaat has designed the website and the social media strategy for the brand.

Brand Problem

The team of Kuhipaat wanted to increase brand engagement for Protech Group in the digital space. Also, we wanted to increase page views for our website and our social media pages. In order to do the same, we thought of building a ‘Brand Character’ that interacts with the prospect customers on a regular basis, in a meaningful way.

Example

A great example is set by the Amul Brand. Likewise, Amul has created the character of a pleasantly plump girl in a polka dot dress with a big smile to promote Amul butter. As a result, the ‘utterly butterly girl’ has become a part of our lives as very real as any other person in our families.

Brand Character Strategy

The brand character to be designed had to fulfill the following objectives for the brand:

  1. The brand character has to be credible and trust worthy.
  2. It has to have reasons to interact with the customers consistently.
  3. Consumers need to see value in what the character has to say or offer.

The Kuhipaat team observed that consumers in general have a lot of questions regarding real estate and buying of properties. It is primarily because of the fact that home purchase is a once in a lifetime decision. Also, there were no credible websites that concentrated on the real estate problems and questions in Guwahati and the northeast of India. We arrived at a decision to fill that marketing and information gap by creating a brand character who answers questions about various aspects of real estate.

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OUR BRAND CHARACTER – PROTECH GURU

Hence, Protech Guru was designed as a 2D character who would help customers in taking decisions related to buying their homes. We designed the character to gain a brand image in the minds of customer when they remember about the Protech brand. It has to bring the brand to life representing the personality of the Protech brand in terms of visual identity.

The name of the brand character, ‘Protech Guru’ was meant to imply an expert, leader or a teacher. Protech Guru is the expert, who answers all the queries put forward by customers on real estate. Consequently, we have strategically defined the brand character by including the following elements into the character:

  1. A visiting card – to imply a professional of Protech Group
  2. A suitcase – to imply a experienced professional with a bag full of knowledge
  3. Formal dress with tie – to bring in maturity and formality to the character
  4. Eyeglasses – to make the character look intelligent.

Protech Guru also needed to have a defined space in the website and in the social media pages. It increases familiarity, popularity and credibility of the character. So we decided the following strategy:

  1. In the website, the FAQ page belongs to Protech Guru. He writes the FAQs. All the answers present in the FAQ page are written by him. On the FAQ page, there is a online form for visitors to ask questions to Protech Guru.
  2. On the social media pages, Protech Guru has the Thursday booked for him. Every Thursday, Protech Guru answers a question related to real estate on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages of Protech Group.

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FAQ page Website Banner – Kuhipaat.

Conclusion

The main focus of the Kuhipaat team was to successfully create a brand character, promote it well and create brand and website engagement for our client, Protech Group. It gave us opportunity to create interesting content for the brand as well. As a result, the page views, and social media engagement of Protech increased, leading to successful conversion of website and Google ad leads.

What’s more, to our knowledge, Protech Guru is the first ever brand character built in Assam by a communication agency in Assam.

Kuhipaat is a digital marketing service provider with a focus on website design and development. We believe we can add significant value to our clients’ businesses through our website and online marketing strategies.

Contact us for a free consultancy by clicking here, or by writing to us at info@kuhipaat.in

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Website Design Strategy – Protech

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Kuhipaat Communications and Technology Pvt. Ltd. have strategized, designed and wrote the content of the website design of Protech Group. Protech Group is a pioneer Real Estate developer in Assam having developed over 12 prime properties over a period of 10 years experiences.

It is difficult to convince people to invest in a flat as home investment is a long term investment and people always try to research and know about all possible options in the market before investing in a home. Therefore, it was a communication & digital marketing challenge for Kuhipaat to design such a website for Protech Group that will satisfy the intense research that consumers do; and decide to buy a flat at one of the projects by Protech Group.

Click here to visit the website.

Objective

The primary objective was to create an informative platform which will provide information about the projects in a way that prospective buyers come to the website and leave their details for Protech Group to contact them later.

Strategies

We have taken various long term & tactical strategies to increase the effectiveness of the website to drive business, and to create awareness about Protech Group and their excellent standards of design and quality. Here is the list of the strategies that we have executed for the website of Protech Group.

Slider home page banner

Slider banner
Slider banner

We have decided to have header banners in a slider in the homepage of the website to showcase three of the top priorities of Protech Group. It was a given that Protech would have bookings ongoing for more than one property at any given point in time. Each slider contains some contents and a link that forwards the customers to a new page having more details about the projects.

Upfront Project Details

We have created a Portfolio section of all the projects of Protech in the home page by segmenting them on the basis of the projects’ nature and customers’ interest. We have divided the projects into completed projects, ongoing projects, commercial projects and RERA approved projects. Each project in the list is presented with a project photograph, the name of the project, the location of the project and a link to a new page that has the complete project details. If the mouse cursor comes over any of the images, the page visitor can see the project details. It was added to increase activity and engagement on the website.

Project Listing of Residential Properties of Protech - Kuhipaat

We have also created a menu option called ‘Projects’ right in the top navigation menu to create upfront visibility for the projects. The menu option ‘Projects’ has a sub-menu to divide the projects into residential and commercial projects. We know that a visitor will either be looking for a residential property, or be looking for a commercial property.

Lastly, we have made a detail page for each project that is segmented into information sections. It also flags the properties where booking are ongoing, against the ones that are sold out. Each visitor may be looking at a certain kind of information more closely than the other visitor. Further, segmentation increases the readability of a long elaborate content.

The information sections are made into a menu so that the visitor can directly go to the section that he or she is interested in. The information sections are:

  1. Overview
  2. Architect’s Note
  3. Special Features
  4. Gallery
  5. Location
  6. Floor Plans
  7. Specifications
  8. Chargeables
  9. Brochure

Social Media Integration

Social media integration is critical for website and page ranking on Google search results. It also helps in the spread of information between friends and social connections. We have included the Protech Group social media page buttons in the footer for all the pages. More importantly, we have designed and coded share buttons individually for all important pages. The share buttons are present in all the project detail pages as well as in the About us page. It enables the visitor to share a particular page to his social media timeline.

Social media buttons on Protech website

Lead Generation

Lead generation was one of our key deliverables. We wanted each visitor who comes to the website to leave his contact details for further correspondence. We have executed the following strategies to meet our deliverable as efficiently as possible.

  1. We have made a red visible button on the header of the website with the phone number of the customer care team of Protech Group. It was planned in the header because the header is common in all pages and the phone number will be present in any page that the visitor hops onto.
  2. We have created a ‘Contact Us’ floater badge on the right hand side to be present in all the pages. A click on the floater badge opens up a modal window with a simple contact form linked to a database. Kuhipaat has made a web page for the CRM team to view the leads in real time to call them without any delay.
  3. We have another contact us form in the footer of the website. The footer of a website is always constant in all the pages. If anybody misses the floater badge, they may see the footer to leave their contact details and their project interest.
  4. As discussed in the previous point, we have an option for downloading the brochure of a project. We have created a form to collect the mobile number and email ID before downloading the brochure. A visitor who is downloading the brochure can be considered as a hot lead, and it was in our interest to collect his contact details.
  5. We have created an auto-popup that opens when the customer tries to close the web page. It highlights either a property or another topic with a contact us form.
  6. Lastly, we also have a ‘Contact Us’ menu option right in the top navigation that opens a webpage, which also has a detailed database connected contact us form.

Website Engagement

We have created the website with ideas that can engage customers when they visit the website. Keeping in mind about the customers’ interest, we have created two pages in the website: FAQ page and EMI Calculator. We have done the branding of FAQ page as “ProtechGuru” by starting a campaign of #GuruwarWithProtechGuru in social media channels. Protech Guru answers the questions related to real estate. We have created an option on the FAQ page for the customers to submit their questions to Protech Guru. Even when the customer is submitting a question, we are capturing his or her contact details.

FAQ of Protech Website

The EMI Calculator is an often used tool by any home seeking consumer. The tool that we embedded gives out the EMI amount, interest amount and the total payout amount, when we input the loan amount, interest and loan tenure.

SEO & Website Ranking

The Protech website is registered with Google and Bing. Kuhipaat has successfully worked on contents as well as the technical sides of the Protech website for the SEO purpose so that the website appears in the first page of the search results in some particular chosen keywords. We have successfully made the Protech website recognized in organic search. The website comes in the first page for all the chosen keywords.

We have done on page SEO in each page of the website (including Meta keywords, Meta description, alt tags, Social media tags, OG tags etc) and used focus keywords and phrases for each page. Sitemap and Robots.txt files were created and uploaded onto the root folder of the website. It tells the search engines about the different pages, and the pages and folders that needn’t be crawled. The kuhipaat team has used Breadcrumb at the top of the page above title and content which navigates the hierarchy level of user’s location in the site.

Protech website blogs

We have created and managed the blog section of the website to increase site ranking by increasing site visits. We have written interesting blogs related to real estate, interior decor, general tips etc. that attract the consumers. The blog writing was done by the team. Yoast SEO tool was used to do On-page SEO for the blogs written by us.

Device Responsiveness

With the increase in smart phones, and the lowering of data rates, mobile viewership of websites have increased significantly. 99% of the website visits come from mobile devices. It was therefore essential that the website looks equally good on a mobile screen. It should adapt to a smaller screen without any issue. We have worked on the responsiveness for different screen resolutions of different devices including tablets. One can open the site in any devices like mobile, tab or pad, it is device optimized.

Protech website mobile view
Mobile view of Protech Website

Conclusion

Thus, Kuhipaat has designed the Protech website with the above mentioned strategies. The strategies we have taken, increased the ranking of the website in search results page of the search engines like Google and Bing on some particular chosen keywords such as ‘Best real estate builder in assam’, ‘Best real estate brand in assam’ etc. Protech was able to sell almost 100 flats in the last year because of these website strategies.

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10 Benefits of having a Website

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What is a website?

In simple terms, website design is a document that gives details about yourself or your business. Like every document, this online document also has a name. The name is called the domain name. For example, www.marutisuzuki.com is the domain name of the website design of the company, Maruti Suzuki.

The next important question is, where is this online document called website stored? It is stored in a way that everyone of us can access it by typing the domain name on a browser such as Chrome and Internet Explorer. The storing of a website is called hosting, and websites are hosted in servers (big computers) that are publicly accessible from everywhere.

A website has many benefits for the marketing and sales of a business. How about a low-cost showroom that is open 24/7 for customers to come in and purchase? Won’t it generate good revenue?

Benefits of a Website Design

Here are 10 of the most important benefits of having a website for any business:

Cost Effective

Low Cost Website Design

Advertising a business by means of television, print media like brochures, leaflets and other forms is very expensive. However, we cannot ignore the costs as advertising is a necessary tool for success of a business. Website designed well minimizes the advertising cost by putting the business online, available for a worldwide audience. The link to the website can be easily shared over SMS, Whatsapp and Social Media.

Information Provider

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Website design is a quick and easy way to communicate information between buyers and sellers. Websites provide a lot of information by displaying product catalogs, product features and comparisons. Customers can make purchase decisions online with the online information. Information can be updated easily at a very nominal cost.

Accessible around the clock

24 7 website access

Presence of website means customers are always able to find you – anytime, anywhere. Due to this, websites and social media are accessible 24/7/365. Customers put all efforts to reach a store only to find it closed. As a result, it creates a irritating attitude on part of the customer. Website is operational around the clock; from a public place to their office or bed, so customers are able to access the website design and enjoy the services easily.

Revenue Driver

A website can help acquire new customers easily. We have sold over 100 flats in a year for our client, Protech Group through the website design and Google Search Marketing. For schools and colleges, websites can help acquire new admissions. It can help any business acquire business and drive revenues.

We have to also mention E-commerce businesses which do business only on websites. A good website design is capable of creating trust in people to swipe their credit cards on the online stores. It is becoming essential for businesses to have a website to drive revenues with the increasing use of smart phones to access websites.

Convenient

Easy Convenient Website Design

Let’s think what is more convenient: physically visiting the business location or to sit at your convenience and do business. With our busy lives, it is a pretty obvious answer. A lot of services can be provided through the website and the customers can avail those services at a convenient place and time. Online demo, online price calculators, online admissions, online tests and results, EMI calculators, online chat / customer service and such services can make the website design very essential for the customers

Website creates loyalty & repeat customers

Repeat customers are in search of additional and updated information. The easier they get their information, the easier they can do some of the basic interactions with the business; the larger will be the probability of creating loyal repeat customers. Websites make it possible to store customer information, their profile and their consumer behavior. It is possible to effective customer relationship management (CRM) if the business has an effective website with such features.

Additionally, it is possible for the website to automatically send SMS and Email to existing customers. Direct marketing of that sort can help retain customers, create repeat customers and increase customer base through word of mouth referrals.

Credibility

Credible Website Design

In today’s world, there is an expectation for a reputable company to have its online presence. So website gives the business an opportunity to brief consumers the reasons to trust their business. To check the credibility of the business, most people search for the product or service in the Internet before purchasing.

There are a lot of websites that start from HTTPS. It basically means that the website is secure, and the company it represents truly exists. The website can have an ‘About Us’ page that lists the owners and directors of the business with their social media profiles and photographs. This makes the website credible and trust-worthy.

SEO & Other Tools to beat competitors

SEO for good ranking website design

Using modern SEO tactics like content creation, HTML tag management, link building along with social media marketing, one can stay on top of competition and attract more customers to the business. The full form of SEO is Search Engine Optimization and it means the processes and techniques to bring a website to the top of a Google or Bing search result page. Although SEO has its own costs, but it is relatively cheaper to manage SEO as compared to other online marketing strategies.

There are online directories that list various businesses in terms of the business category. It is possible to get into these directories if you have your own website. Google Business is one such directory.

Blog Integration

A website normally have static information and information that constantly changes or is updated regularly. A WordPress blog can be very useful to post new content regularly. We had done a blog for Protech Group that talked about interior decoration, buying a flat and other such topics related to real estate business. The blog helps in increasing new customer visits, repeat visits and can drive the ranking of the website in the different search engines. A blog can be maintained by a non-technical person through its user friendly content management service (CMS) interface.

Sales & Marketing

Digital Marketing

Website allows the business to market online. A number of marketing strategies can be used to advertise and market the business. As the site is accessible at any point of time all over the world, the ability to break through the geographical barriers has never been so easy. An effective website with great content increases the profitability for increased business. Online presence allows the sale of products or services around the clock to anyone without any limitations

Conclusion

A website is beneficial for every business: be it an NGO, a non-profit organization or a profit seeking company. Every business will need a different website strategy according to their business vision, mission and objectives. We at Kuhipaat can help you arrive at an effective website strategy, book a domain, write / code / design and host your website and then promote your website using various digital marketing tools.

We are based in a small town called Duliajan in the district of Dibrugarh, Assam. Write to us at info@kuhipaat.in for a website proposal and quotation.

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OpenSkiez – Promotional Website Designed & Strategized by Kuhipaat

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The Making of OpenSkiez

We at Kuhipaat Communications and Technology Pvt. Ltd., shortly Kuhipaat, have decided to support the indomitable spirit of our friend Vikas Dimri. We are helping him through the OpenSkiez website in his attempt to summit Mt. Everest. His Mission is starting on 5th April 2017. [click here to visit the website]

Mt. Everest is considered the ultimate frontier of human ability. So, it is a challenge not only from the physical fitness point of view, but also in terms of managing the very high expenses involved. Collecting funds through corporate sponsorships is a daunting task. Therefore, Kuhipaat has come forward to help Vikas Dimri in achieving his dream.

Objective

The single minded objective of OpenSkiez is to create an informative platform. And this platform will let brands and corporates see value in terms of investing on Vikas Dimri. Thus, in turn, help Vikas Dimri’s dream come true.

Digital Campaign – A Support Campaign Website

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Home Page 1

OpenSkiez is a support campaign website to help fund Vikas Dimri’s “Mission Everest“. The website is completely strategized, designed and created by Kuhipaat.

His Mission needs him to strategise and plan for meeting his huge financial requirements. We all know Mount Everest is a costly affair, as it needs costly equipments and attire. So, Vikas Dimri needs sponsorships and contributions to make his dream a reality. Therefore,  this campaign website will help Vikas Dimri gather funds to fulfill his Mission.

An Inspiration

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Home Page 2

Currently, Vikas Dimri  is the Vice President and Business Head – SME, Trade and Working Capital, in Deutsche Bank AG India. Apart from being a successful and respected professional, he has completed other multiple marathons and summits.

Today, he is a good athlete and a trained mountaineer. This shows how well Vikas Dimri is maintaining the “Work – Passion Balance” in his life. People can rarely accomplish both. Yet, he has excelled in his profession as well as his passion.

Vikas Dimri is a great example for all “ordinary us” to follow Work – Passion Balance in life. And we at Kuhipaat, strongly share this belief. We believe that people should pursue both – their professional career as well their passion; be the profession and passion same or different. Some lucky ones get to make a career out of their passion, whereas for others their profession and passion vary.

So, to take a strong standpoint on “Work – Passion Balance” and promote the same among all the ordinary people, this Digital Campaign for Vikas Dimri is paid for, developed and maintained by Kuhipaat free of charge. Somewhat like pro-bono. This will inspire other ordinary people to achieve the extraordinary.

Promote Fitness And Health

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Vikas Dimri’s Fitness Regimen Page

Kuhipaat also believes in maintaining fitness and good health. It goes without saying that Vikas Dimri’s lifestyle requires consistency in terms of training and diet. It requires both physical and mental well-being, which means good stamina, no over/under-weight and no stress. He is successfully keeping both, good health and mental fitness. And that is something many thrive for. So, this website will also be about working towards a healthy life, mental as well as physical.

Strategy

The strategy was to leverage the digital media in terms of raising awareness about Vikas and his Mission Everest.

Custom Built Template

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Footer Page

Keeping Sponsorship at focus, Kuhipaat has created this Digital Campaign for Vikas Dimri. OpenSkiez is also built for the sponsors who have come forward to support him. The website is developed on a completely custom built template by us.

Content Strategy

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Blog Home Page

The complete content of the OpenSkiez is strategized by Kuhipaat. From structure to design to text – all done by us. We are managing the complete Blog section of the website as well.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Kuhipaat has successfully worked on the various aspects of SEO – content as well as technical. This resulted in including OpenSkiez into Google and Bing Search Engines. We successfully made OpenSkiez recognized in organic search.

SMO (Social Media Optimization)

Kuhipaat is working on Social Media Marketing too. We are using various social media outlets and communities to generate publicity. We are increasing the awareness of the event through social media.

Device Responsiveness

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Mobile View

Additionally, Kuhipaat has made the website device responsive as well. We have worked on the responsiveness for different resolutions. So, one may open the website in any phone or tab or pad, it will be device optimized.

The website strategy and development was just part of the full campaign of Vikas Dimri’s Mission Everest. There are many other tasks coming up for which Kuhipaat is working out plans and strategies.

Marketing

Kuhipaat has taken the responsibility to manage the overall marketing of OpenSkiez. We will work to create the buzz about Vikas Dimri’s Mission Everest. Kuhipaat will help fund Vikas Dimri by acquiring sponsorships. We will work through traditional as well as digital marketing. We will also manage the Public Relation for Vikas Dimri.

Sponsorship fund collection

Kuhipaat is going to approach various brands and corporates to sponsor Vikas Dimri. Thus, Kuhipaat will be giving presentations on how the sponsorships are going to benefit the sponsor. Displaying logos, flags, mentions, etc. are some benefits of sponsorship. Apart from these, there will be different benefits for different sponsors per se.

Collaborations/Social Cause

We are going to add social welfare value to Vikas Dimri’s climb and sponsorships. So, Kuhipaat has successfully tied up with the “The Batti Project” recently. “Batti” works to provide electricity to the remotest villages in North-East India. There will be a “Climb to Light” event, where a part of the sponsorship fund is going to be donated towards “The Batti Project”.

We are working towards forming more such collaborations in the near future also.

Future Prospects

Post Mount Everest Summit

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Blog Categories

The website OpenSkiez will not stop after funding “Vikas Dimri’s Mission”. After the Mount Everest summit, Kuhipaat will continue to promote fitness, health and the open skies. And we will continue to inspire people to dream and reach out towards their passion. OpenSkiez will continue to help the ordinary people achieve the extraordinary.

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