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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Can India Help Deal with its e-Waste Problem! Ask Indo-Australian Scientist?


A IIT-trained Indo-Australian scientist Veena Sahajwalla, whose pioneering invention of the world’s first micro factory to tackle e-waste, has generated global attention, says the technology can be deployed at Seelampur and Mayapuri in Delhi to help “kabadiwallas” (waste collectors) make profit by creating value-added products in a safe and sustainable way.

Sahajwalla, a materials scientist and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, says the micro factories will not “displace” the kabadiwallas from their profession but help add to income generation and improve their lives in a big way.

The professor, a recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman for outstanding achievement in science among numerous other awards, says the micro factories can be effectively deployed in Seelampur and other places where people work with waste, including e-waste, to create value-added products like decorative glass panels, acoustic panels with waste cloth and high-grade wood-plastic panels. The high-grade metals – like gold, silver, copper, palladium - in the e-waste can be separated by the micro factories for re-sale in conditions that are totally safe.

Sahajwalla, who is in the capital and is to meet Indian government officials to discuss her invention, says that plastic comprises 40 percent of the e-waste and is usually burnt, adding to air pollution. “There is no reason to burn plastic… Micro factories can create filament with plastic,” she said at an interaction with select press persons here.

She also said that the micro factories would fit in very well with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission of Make in India and Swachh Bharat.

A modular micro factory, which would require 50 sq metres area and can be located wherever waste is stockpiled, would help empower the people working with waste.

The Mumbai-born Sahajwalla, who did her B.Tech in metallurgical engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1986, said it was UNSW’s “holistic approach to education” that helped her seamlessly venture into different aspects of research to be able to invent the micro factory, which was launched at the varsity earlier this year.

According to Sahajwalla, material science students from India, including one doctoral and one post doctoral, are doing cutting-edge research at UNSW. She also said she would be happy to welcome and train any student with interest in sustainability to enroll at UNSW. Students could include entrepreneurs and graduates from different disciplines of engineering -- civil, material science, textiles, polymers, material sciences.

According to UNSW, the micro factories, which are patented, could help Australia become a global leader in dealing with the problematic and rapidly expanding waste streams. Sahajwalla has also developed micro factories to transform wood-based waste material into high-grade wood-plastic panels for reuse in offices and buildings.

India is among the top five countries generating e-waste, with around two million tonnes per annum produced, while the quantity recycled is about 438,085 TPA, an ASSOCHAM-NEC study says.

The other countries topping the chart of e-waste generation are China, USA, Japan and Germany.

According to The Global E-waste Monitor, a report published by the United Nations University, the International Telecommunication Union and the International Solid Waste Association, humanity generated 44.7 million metric tons of e-waste in 2016, which is equivalent to 6.1 kilograms per person.

According to the report’s findings, just 20 percent of e-waste was properly recycled in 2016. The vast majority (80 percent) was undocumented, likely to be dumped, traded or recycled under inferior conditions.

An important point to ponder over: One tonne of mobile phones – 6,000 handsets – contains 130 kg of copper, 3.5 kg of silver, 340 gm of gold and 140 gm of palladium.

India Ranks No 3 Among Top 10 Countries for LEED Green Building


India ranks third on the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) annual ranking of the top 10 countries for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings.

According to the survey by USGBC, the top 10 list highlights countries outside of the US that are using LEED and India, with more than 752 LEED-certified projects totalling over 20.28 million gross square meters of space, ranks third.

"Around the world leaders are committing to climate change initiatives that have the power to improve quality of life for citizens and ensure a sustainable future," USGBC and Green Business Certification (GBCI) President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam said in a statement issued here.

The list ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED-certified gross square metres as of December 31, 2017 and represents 6,657 certified projects totalling more than 158 million gross sq mt.

The top 10 list is led by China with a total of 1,211 LEED certified and registered projects for more than 47.16 million gross sq mt of space followed by Canada with 2,970 such projects with a total space of 40.77 million gross sq mt.

The other countries include Brazil, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Mexico and the UAE.

In comparison, the US, which is not included in the list, has 30,669 LEED certified projects totalling 385.65 million gross sq mt.

EDII-DICCI to Encourage Entrepreneurship Among Indian SC, ST Youth


Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), an acknowledged national resource Institute for Entrepreneurship Education, Research, Training & Institution Building and Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DICCI) has come together to encourage entrepreneurship among Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes youth at state and national level.

To take forward this initiative, EDII will organize Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) in various districts identified by DICCI. Training conducted by EDII will help in identifying promising business ideas that will be incubated at EDII’s Technology Business Incubator Centre for Advancing and Launching Enterprises (CrAdLE) to launch and sustain their own ventures.

Emphasizing on the need for encouraging disadvantaged sections of the society, Dr. Satya Ranjan Acharya, Faculty, EDII said, “The new generation from these sections of the society have strong belief that entrepreneurship can help in positioning them as an integral part of the society and open new avenues for personal as well as community growth. DICCI is promoting entrepreneurship among SC, ST youths as a solution to their socio-economic problems and EDII would help them in achieving this objective.”

Milind Kamble, Founder Chairman, DICCI said, “The DICCI and its members face a large knowledge gap about the complexities, opportunities and risks in harnessing the financial sector. Forging partnership with Institute like EDII, which has over three decades of experience in promoting entrepreneurship amongst various sections of the society, will help us in fostering entrepreneurship among community members.”

The Pune-based Dalit trade body has 24 state chapters and 7 international chapters. The activities of its members are quite diversified ranging from manufacturing (sectors such as chemicals, agri-products, frozen foods, plastics, textiles, pest control, metals and metallurgy, marine engineering, solar energy, sugar refining), construction and services (health care, hospitality industries, education and international trade). CrAdLE similarly focuses on start-ups in the field of manufacturing, healthcare, renewable energy and food & agri-business for incubation.

Explore your Favourite International Destinations with Jet Airways' Global Sale Commencing July 17, 2018


Jet Airways, India's premier international airline has announced a seven-day attractive global sale on Premiere and Economy fares, for its guests planning to travel across the airline’s vast international network.

With discounts of up to 30 percent on existing base fares, guests booking from India can enjoy substantial savings when planning their forthcoming travel to destinations of their choice not only from the airline’s 20-city direct network but even on fares of its interline and codeshare partners. Key destinations include Jet Airways’ European gateways - Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and London Heathrow, as well as cities such as Manchester*, Zurich, Frankfurt, Prague, Geneva, Rome and Toronto in Europe and North America respectively. The offer is also valid for travel to the airline’s network in the Gulf - including its gateway at Abu Dhabi, aside from Dubai, Sharjah, Bahrain, Doha, Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait and Muscat; The offer is applicable on the airline’s services to Colombo, Dhaka, Kathmandu in the SAARC region and to the tourist hotspots of Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong in the ASEAN region.

With the offer being valid for both onward as well as return travel, guests from Gulf can also enjoy savings on their bookings to India, SAARC and the ASEAN regions. Similarly, guests from ASEAN can enjoy travelling to destinations in India, SAARC, Gulf and Europe taking advantage of the substantial savings. Bookings made for travel from the SAARC region to destinations in India, ASEAN, Gulf, as well as Europe are also eligible as part of this offer. The offer will allow guests to not only enjoy the airline’s famed in-flight service and hallmark hospitality that are its true value proposition but will also enable guests to enjoy Jet Airways’ distinguished Premiere service at attractive price points.

Tickets booked under the seven day sale, commencing on July 17, 2018, will be valid for travel with immediate effect.

Marnix Fruitema, EVP Worldwide Sales, Jet Airways, said, “Through the Global Sale offer, our guests will be able to make considerable savings on travel bookings, while planning to visit their favourite international destinations. We invite guests to take advantage of this offer, exploring the places of their choice, as also a chance to experience Jet Airways’ famed in-flight product and services. We are confident that this Global Sale offer will be popular with our guests.”

Jet Airways has established itself as a preferred carrier between India and the world for its exceptional in-flight service, flexible and convenient schedules and enhanced connectivity. With partner carriers Air France / KLM, Jet Airways’ guests can travel to 109 destinations in Europe, through both codeshare and interline flights.

*Commences service effective November 5, 2018

TCS IT Wiz 2018 Quiz for Schools Across 12 Indian Cities; Bengaluru Edition on August 7 at Chowdiah Hall




Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions firm, announced today that the Bengaluru edition of TCS IT Wiz 2018 – India’s largest technology quiz  for schools will be held  on Tuesday,  August 7, at Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Vyalikaval.

School students studying in class 8-12 (including Pre University of Junior college students) are eligible to participate in the event.  Each institution can send a maximum of 10 teams (2 members per team) to participate. There is no entry fee.

TCS IT Wiz 2018 will be held in 12 locations in India - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune. 

Entries have to be sent through the respective institutions on or before Thursday, August 2, 2018 to Quiz Coordinator, TCS IT Wiz, Tata Consultancy Services, SJM Tower #18 Sheshadri Road, Gandhinagar, Bengaluru - 560 009, India. For further details contact:  080 67246000 can register online: www.tcsitwiz.com.

Quiz format: The top six teams from the written preliminary round will qualify for the regionals finals. Only the top scoring team from each school will be called on stage in the event of multiple teams from the same school qualify for the final. The winning team from the Regional finals will compete in the National Finals.

Prizes: The Regional champion this year will walk away with Rs. 60,000 worth gift voucher while the runners-up will be rewarded Rs. 40,000 voucher along with a specially designed trophy and medals. The 6 finalists will also receive an array of prizes from TCS ranging from Gym bag, Multifunctional music torch with blue tooth speakers and Wireless outdoor speakers along with tcs50 pen drive.

Twitter contest: The regional finals in each city will have a Twitter contest for all the participants. The top two highest tweets and the best “tweet of the day” will receive a Multifunctional torch along with Smart Music Flower Pot with Bluetooth Speaker and LED Night Light.

To facilitate students of other locations a live webcast of the Regional finals has been organized. The web streaming of the Regional finals can be viewed on: www.tcsitwiz.com.

The Quiz will mainly focus on:

* Applications of Information Technology across various industries and sectors including technology environment, the business, people, new trends and legends.

* Areas where IT has made an impact – web, education, entertainment, books,  music, movies,  banking, advertising, sports, gaming, social media and world of mobiles.

* IT Personalities - Global, national and local, brands of IT and communication companies, software products and brands, the history of IT as well as its humorous side of Information Technology

* Emerging areas such as cloud computing, AI, automation, biometrics, robotics, world of Internet, unique web sites, IT buzzwords and acronyms.

* An exclusive round on TCS @50 capturing 5 decades of excellence

WeP First Indian MPS Provider to Sign Agreement with Israel-Based ePaper for Offering Secure Printing Solutions


WeP Solutions Ltd (http://www.wepsolutions.co.in/), India’s leading managed printing services (MPS) provider, recently signed an agreement with Israel-based ePaper Ltd in a bid towards bringing world-class secure printing solutions for organizations in India. With this, the company officially becomes the only entity in India to provide solutions powered by Sentinel, a secure, pull printing solution developed by ePaper Ltd. Sentinel is a print management software with flexible, modular architecture that can be customized according to the printing/copying/scanning needs of any organization

Printer hacking is a major threat for many organizations and it is possible to attack an unsecured printer with ease. A case in point that highlights how susceptible an unsecure printing environment can be the hacking of 150,000 insecure printers by a white-hat hacker in 2017. It was done to raise awareness towards the dangers of leaving printers exposed online without a firewall or other security settings enabled. This agreement thus came into effect in light of the above findings and the capabilities WeP has in the area of MPS.

Speaking about this, Manish Garg, Chief Executive MPS, WeP Solutions Ltd, said, “With this agreement, WeP has become the first service provider in the country to offer a secure and stable printing environment for Indian businesses. The usage of multi-purpose printers or MFPs is prominent in small-to-large organizations because it makes day-to-day operations easier. However, this also exposes them to security vulnerabilities. Organizations must take measures to protect their print environment as it is widely prone to attacks and printers, by default, have no security. Products powered by Sentinel will not only improve security surrounding printing, scanning and copying but also decrease costs through reduction of wastage and optimization of toner usage.”

The solutions provided under this agreement include security, cloud printing, and device management. Organizations can now protect their confidential data and print from anywhere to anywhere, thus omitting the dependency on any other network. It will now become possible to monitor, manage and track all the printers spread across any geographic region through one dashboard.

Sentinel consists of hardware devices, embedded printer software, and client and server print management software. Users need to first identify themselves using their single sign-on corporate tag, staff/employee card, or a PIN code. This way, restricted documents can only be viewed by the person sending them. Additionally, the Scan to Me feature prevents sending scanned documents to the wrong address.

WeP Solutions Ltd is already a pioneer in the billing printer segment, with 80,000+ satisfied retail customers in India. All products are designed and manufactured from WeP’s plant in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh. The company provides onsite installation of its billing printers. All their products are sold and serviced by a strong and robust dealer network pan India.

Check In with hotels.jetprivilege.com and Earn JPMiles Across 15 Lakh Properties Globally


JetPrivilege’s hotels platform is a one stop unique destination where one can compare prices across 15 lakh properties around the world and earn JPMiles on every completed stay. The accumulated JPMiles can be redeemed for Free Flights on Jet Airways and its partner airlines.  The ever-growing online hotels platform – hotels.jetprivilege.com recently expanded its partner network and choice for its customers by on-boarding new booking partners like Expedia and Hotels.com.

JetPrivilege has partnered with some of the finest Indian & global hotel chains as well as online aggregators to add depth and variety to its offerings. hotels.jetprivilege.com boasts of partnerships with leading industry players like Booking.com, Agoda.com and Homestay.com to name a few, which offer the best deals, and price comparisons across different partners, variety of accommodation preferences and JPMiles earning opportunities for all completed stay bookings. With hotels.jetprivilege.com, JetPrivilege members can share their stay experiences by writing reviews on TripAdvisor and are just one step away from entering a world of rewards, delights and privileges.

JetPrivilege prides itself for being a customer centric programme aimed at creating value for its members through a multitude of offerings. In line with this focus, when booking holiday stays through the hotels.jetprivilege.com, members can earn up to 6 JPMiles per INR 100 spent and sometimes even more than 5000 JPMiles for just one completed stay bringing them closer towards the aspirational free flight to 1000+ destinations worldwide.

An in-depth analysis of customer behavior, habits and preferences regularly throws up some enlightening insights.  With a lens specifically on their hotels platform, JetPrivilege has observed that travelers book accommodation up to two months in advance for the proposed stay. Studying hotel booking patterns on the hotels.jetprivilege.com platform for the period of February – May 2018 showed that on an average, a staggering 66% booked for stay in the same month while 85% booked for stay either in the same month or next month. Also, bookings were made for an average stay of 2.8 days which helped members earn about 2000 JPMiles.

Commenting on this revamped avatar of the hotels.jetprivilege.com platform, Manish Dureja, Managing Director, JetPrivilege, said, “At JetPrivilege, we endeavour to bring added value to our members for their every interaction. Our partnerships with prominent hotel aggregators for hotels.jetprivilege.com has helped us strengthen our overall consumer value proposition as a leading travel and lifestyle centric loyalty and rewards program. We will continue to build this platform and introduce new partners to offer superlative customized experience, great value, and convenience to every member.”

Besides the expansive reach of the platform, reserving stays with the platform partners offers numerous benefits to the customer. From earning JPMiles on all bookings, Free Cancellation, Book now & Pay later options, to writing hotel reviews and having the option of booking home stays and BnBs’, hotels.jetprivilege.com, enables the JetPrivilege member to earn JPMiles faster and get closer to their Free Flights to destinations of their choice.

Free Flights are Award Flights booked using JPMiles as a reward currency excluding taxes and carrier charges.

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