Monday, January 21, 2019

Skill India to Train 2.82 Lakh Farmers in Maharashtra: Center and State Govt Join Hands for the Initiative

In a bid to raise farmers’ income and enhance their skills in getting best yield for their fields, the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has committed support to Maharashtra State Skill Development Society’s (MSSDS) project to train farmers with small landholdings to create Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) in Maharashtra. The project, being implemented by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), under the Ministry’s flagship program, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana’s (PMKVY), initiates Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of farmers in the state.

To be covered in a period of 16 months, the project will target to train about 2.82 lakh farmers in a newly created job role, termed as ‘Group Farming Practitioner’.  Under PMKVY’s RPL program, the farmers with prior practical knowledge and experience, will undergo a bridge course of 68 hours in the said job role. The orientation and assessment program will help farmers with small landholdings to improve their work skills and will benefit small scale farmers, young entrepreneurs and job seekers.  Targeting 3-5 select markets, the project also includes identifying and implementing unique interventions (such as supporting skill-development and self-employment of aspiring entrepreneurs, identification and reinforcement of key agricultural value chains, and facilitation of enhanced market access to the farmers), which will foster investments and enhance the existing ecosystem.

Commenting on the initiative, Rajesh Agrawal, Joint Secretary & CVO, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship said, “Our Ministry’s collaboration with the Maharashtra State Skill Development Society aims to fulfil the immediate need of creating Farmer Producer Organizations in Maharashtra. It is imperative that we bring convergence and coordination across all skill development initiatives ensuring common standards in training and development of our workforce. The intent of this Recognition of Prior Learning program is to increase performance potential of the farmers, thereby supporting their sustainable growth.  The program ensures high standards in training relevant for current market demand, increased efficiency and productivity, which will contribute to the growth of the most important sector of the country.”

Training in this select job role will nurture and strengthen FPOs by ensuring active participation and involvement of community members. This will be done through participatory agriculture management projects. The training will help farmers in effectively generating, allocating and using human, material and financial resources. It will also benefit those trained in attaining knowledge and skills on modern farming practices, teaching them in better yielding, output and demand for their produce.

In line with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision, the Government of Maharashtra has prioritized the Skill Development Mission and has set its target on training 45 million people with employable skills by 2022. The MSSDS RPL project is a significant step towards formal certification of the farmers that will help in increasing farmers’ income and achieve Government’s ambition of inclusive growth.

Simplilearn Launches Robotic Process Automation, A New Course Category

Professional digital-skills training company Simplilearn today announced the launch of a new course category - Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Revolutionizing businesses and quickly becoming one of the quintessential technologies changing the face of IT, RPA accelerates digital transformation, automating manual, repetitive tasks, giving back time to professionals to achieve their true potential. To help professionals stay relevant in the digital age, Simplilearn will be offering three courses ranging from foundation to practitioner levels: Introduction to Robotic Process Automation (RPA), the RPA using UiPath Training Course, and the Automation Anywhere Certified Advanced RPA Professional Training Course. 

Simplilearn has partnered with Automation Anywhere, the leader in RPA, to deliver the Automation Anywhere certification course. The partnership will provide access to official Automation Anywhere content with co-created real industry projects and certifications from the market leader.   

Commenting on the launch of the new course category, Simplilearn’s Chief Product Officer, Anand Narayan, said “We see a huge opportunity as RPA is changing the future of industries. There will be an increased need for professionals who have the skillset to design, build, manage and analyze how RPA fits into their business strategies. Through our association with Automation Anywhere, we aim to a step ahead in preparing the future IT workforce with relevant skillsets.”

As per the Grand View Research, the global market for RPA is expected to grow at a CAGR of 31.1 percent and the market size is projected to reach $3.11 billion by 2025. Industries such as BFSI, retail, telecom/IT, BPO, healthcare and manufacturing have seen an increase in adoption of RPA owing to the increase in efficiencies, time-sensitivity and automation of mundane tasks. Responding to this overwhelming requirement and assessing the skill gap currently prevalent, Simplilearn collaborated with Automation Anywhere to launch the advanced curriculum in Robotic process automation.

“As more organizations adopt RPA to automate business processes, it is important to build domain expertise using the latest technology,” said Arvind Thothadri, Vice President – Global Training and Certification, Automation Anywhere. “Automation Anywhere University transfers RPA knowledge and skills to professionals worldwide to help them thrive in this new workforce. We are happy to partner with Simplilearn to offer these valuable training courses to prepare the next generation of successful business leaders for the new era of global work.”

The course caters to the upskilling needs of IT Professionals between the mid-management (program/project managers) and the CXO levels, across development, business, operations and support roles, including solution architects, software developers, business analysts, RPA infrastructure administrators, customer support specialists, sales engineers and system administrators. After completing the course, the learner would be qualified as an Automation Anywhere certified RPA professional.

Course Descriptions:

Introduction to Robotic Process Automation (RPA): This course will put the professional on the fast track in advanced intelligent applications. The course will provide an overview of RPA concepts, the value-add it brings, and train the professional on real business use-cases of RPA.

RPA using UiPath Training course: Building the professional’s RPA expertise from the ground up using the advanced UiPath RPA platform, this course will prepare the professional for the RPA Developer Advanced Certification exam, recognized as a premium certification in this space. The professional will stand to gain real hands-on exposure to creating RPA bots, designing effective RPA solutions, and automating repeated processes within the organization.

Automation Anywhere certified advanced RPA professional training course: This course will build the professional’s ability to demonstrate a good understanding of RPA, Automation Anywhere, enterprise platform, its architecture, components and various features and functionality.  Also builds Knowledge in how to create bots using different types of recorders, skills to use various recorders, editors, and commands to build bots to automate simple processes and importantly to apply RPA knowledge in real-world scenarios.

Success or Health? Asks Aditya Birla Capital’s Latest Health Insurance Campaign

Aditya Birla Health Insurance Co. Limited (ABHICL), the health insurance arm of Aditya Birla Capital Limited (ABCL), has announced the launch of its latest TVC – Game of Choice – an advertising campaign that urges people to evaluate their health goals in their quest for success. This high-octane campaign has been launched across 45+ television channels and social media platforms.

The campaign POKES, PRODS and PROVOKES people to realize how they tend to neglect their health, when faced with a choice between their life goals and fitness. It also incentivizes healthier lifestyle choices with upto 30% of health insurance premium in the form of HealthReturnsTM, as long as they put their ‘Health’ first!

Speaking about the TVC launch, Ajay Kakar, Chief Marketing Officer, Aditya Birla Capital said, “Would you rather choose health without success, or success without health? The answer isn’t that simple. Because when presented with this difficult choice, we realize that no amount of success is worthwhile without the good health needed to enjoy it. We do not want to choose one over the other and indeed, we shouldn’t have to. But we do take one for granted – our health. With this ‘Game of Choice’, we intend to provoke people into questioning their priorities and encourage them to choose health as a priority life goal, one that is equally important as their career aspirations.”

Agnello Dias, Chief Creative Officer – Taproot Dentsu said, “People are generally hazy about the link between their emotional health and physical health. Aditya Birla Health Insurance Co. Ltd’s ( ABHICL) campaigns in the past, and this one, aim to provoke hardworking professionals into asking uncomfortable questions to themselves. Answers to which, they know they have, but not too keen to confront and are therefore pushed far back into their minds. The stark, clinically real treatment chooses not to couch this reality in the delusional comfort of creative hyperbole."

Pallavi Chakravarti, Executive Creative Director – Taproot Dentsu added, “'Between being a star performer at work and being frequently or seriously ill, no one in their right mind would pick the latter. Yet, we find that in the race to choose success, health is often left behind. Trouble is, TELLING people this is preachy. But letting them DISCOVER it for themselves, is what Aditya Birla Health Insurance Co. Ltd. ( ABHICL) wanted this campaign to achieve, so that customers can use the brand to strike the right balance in their lives.”

In today’s fast-paced world, health generally tends to take a backseat, given hectic schedules and the luxury of having everything at our fingertips. With many of us finding it hard to make time for regular fitness activities, such unhealthy lifestyle and dietary choices can potentially lead to an increase in diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart ailments etc.

Creative Execution: Our TVC adopts a game show format wherein three hardworking professionals are pushed into an uncomfortable space, by getting them to choose between health and success. They find these choices extremely unfair but when pushed to choose one, all of them choose health over success. The film thus wants people to self-realize that if we want both health and success, why aren't we prioritizing our health at all.

Infosys Hires Over 7,600 People in US Market During 2018

Infosys has hired over 7,600 staff in the US - more than three-fourth of its target of recruiting 10,000 American workers - and said it is making recruitment from local schools a “sustained effort” in its largest market.

“We have pretty much done 7,600-plus. We have opened five hubs now, we have announced six of them and we have opened five of them and we have hired 2,000 plus school grads - campus hires,” Infosys President and Deputy Chief Operating Officer Ravi Kumar said in a recent investor call. He added that the company is “on track on localisation”.

North America is the largest market for Infosys accounting for 60.4 per cent of the topline, followed by Europe (24.2 per cent), rest of the world (12.8 per cent) and India (2.6 per cent) at the end of December 2018 quarter. The Bengaluru-based company reported 20.3 per cent increase in revenue from operations at Rs 21,400 crore in the said quarter.

In May 2017, Infosys had announced that it will set up four technology and innovation hubs and hire about 10,000 locals in the US over a two-year period.

Infosys CEO Salil Parekh, who took over the top job last year, has outlined ‘localisation’, along with strategic investments and enhancing company’s digital capabilities as key areas of this three-year strategic plan. The strategy outlined focussed on stabilising the company’s business in 2018-19, building momentum the next year, followed by acceleration in 2020-21.

Kumar explained that Infosys has recruited from campuses, trained them, and then moved them into live projects. “This is a sustained effort, and as a part of our operating model, we would like to continue hiring in the US from schools, building a training infrastructure around it and then actually building a natural pyramid onsite as well. So, this is a sustained effort. It is going to continue as we go forward,” he said.

Infosys had announced setting up of technology and innovation hubs in Indianapolis (Indiana), Raleigh (North Carolina), Hartford (Connecticut), and Phoenix (Arizona). It is also establishing a design and innovation hub in Providence, Rhode Island.

Infosys, like many of its peers, has been ramping local hiring in key markets like the US, the UK and Australia to tackle increasing scrutiny around work visas by various governments. In November last year, Infosys said it will set up three innovation hubs in Australia and create 1,200 jobs in the country by 2020 - a move that will enable Infosys to co-create and co-innovate alongside clients, academia and government to accelerate innovation as well as upskill talent in emerging technologies and solutions.

Acer Unveils New Gaming Notebooks at CES 2019

Acer has unveiled two new Windows 10 gaming notebooks, the Predator Triton 900 and the Predator Triton 50.

The Predator Triton 900

The Predator Triton 900 features a CNC-machined Ezel Aero Hinge that flips, extends, or reclines the 17-inch display. Users can switch between four usage modes: display mode, ezel mode, notebook mode, and stand mode. The Triton series 900’s trackpad is placed beside the keyboard and it comes in the size of 23.75 mm (0.94 inches).

Featuring the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and a 4K IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, the Predator Triton 900 features an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, NVMe PCIe RAID 0 SSDs, and up to 32GB DDR4 memory. It comes with an Xbox wireless receiver features audio by Waves which comes with Waves Nx with head tracking for a 3D audio experience.

The Predator Triton 500

The Predator Triton 500 is a 15.6-inch Full HD gaming notebook slimmed down to 17.9 mm (0.70 inches) thin and weighing 2.1 kg (4.6 lbs.). It has a durable, all-metal chassis and narrow bezels measuring just 6.3 mm (0.25 inches) for an 81% body-to-screen ratio with up to 8-hours of battery life.

The Predator Triton 500 features up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPUs with Max-Q design, up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, NVMe PCIe RAID 0 SSDs, and up to 32GB DDR4 memory with a GPU which is overclockable and VR-Ready. The 15.6-inch 300 nits IPS display brings games to life with 144Hz refresh rates in overdrive at 3ms.

The PredatorSense mobile app gives control of the Predator PC from a smartphone. The app can control settings for overclocking, fan speeds, lighting, and audio modes. Users can show active lighting profiles preset on the PC, or switch lighting profiles remotely. To begin with, the Predator Triton 900 will be available in North America in March with prices starting at $ 3,999 (around Rs 2,82,200). The Predator Triton 500 will be available in North America in February with prices starting at $1,799 (around Rs 1,27,000).

Aisen Unveils ‘65 Inch 4K UHD LED Smart TV’ in Indian Market

Aisen has introduced its 65 inch 4K UHD LED Smart TV, ‘A65UDS980’.

The 4K picture with UHD Display offers a true life picture quality with a screen resolution of 3840 X 2160 with High Dynamic range and Wide Viewing angle (178-degree design).

With inbuilt 16W Dolby sound, The Smart TV comes with the E-Share App, which enables users to connect and enjoy any content. Engineered with 1.5Ghz Quad Core processor, integrated with 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM, The Smart TV comes with several connectivity options such as 4X USB port, an AV input, and 3X distinct HDMI ports to not just pair external devices but also wirelessly share data, said the company in a statement.

High in energy efficiency and supporting the Power saving mode, the TV automatically fine-tunes the backlight and brightness, the company said. The product with a 3-year warranty is already available with several retail and ecommerce stores across India.

Aisen ‘Smart TV’ comes at a price of Rs 79,990.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Launches the All-New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle in India

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has announced the launch of next generation high performance “All New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle” in India. Inspired by The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the luxurious and powerful All-New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle or self-charging electric vehicle is built to provide a comfortable and stable ride with superior handling, thereby representing unmatched engineering, green solutions, superior technology, design and performance.

The All New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle is powered by a 2.5-liter, 4-Cylinder Gasoline Hybrid Dynamic Force Engine offers a Max Output of 131kW (178 PS) @5,700rpm and Max Torque of 221 Nm(23kg-m) @3,600-5,200 rpm. Hybrid System Motor Generator delivers a Max Output of 88kW (120PS) and Max Torque of 204.1 Nm (21 kg-m). The new sedan also reflects Toyota’s philosophy of harmonizing a bold and distinctive new look that seamlessly melds athletic accents a sleek and modern shape giving the Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle a bold and sophisticated look. While retaining the ethos and magnificence associated with the Camry legacy, the new Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle or self-charging electric vehicle has retained current generation USP like rear seat comfort and significantly enhanced performance, design, luxury and ride comfort.

Commenting on the launch, Masato Katsumata, Chief Engineer, Camry, Toyota Motor Corporation said, “The All-New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle represents a true definition of strikingly outstanding and class-leading automotive breakthrough. Our priority was to create a dynamic sedan that would exceed customer expectations for practicality, functionality and reliability while creating an emotional design that would further enhance customer delight has resulted in the creation of the All New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle under the concept of “Unprecedented Change”. The engineering team has taken the global sedan in an entirely new direction, transforming it into a sedan with aggressive, head-turning and sophisticated looks.

With the launch of All New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle we have strived to create an unmatched combination of dynamic performance, fuel efficiency, low emissions and with the adoption of Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) has vastly improved its built quality, comfort and fun to drive characteristics. “

Present at the launch Masakazu Yoshimura, Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “At Toyota Kirloskar Motor, we are committed to create green solutions for tomorrow’s mobility. Globally we have been the pioneers in hybrid technology and this has been an important focus for us in a market like India which is moving towards greener, sustainable future. The launch of the All-New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle reinstates this focus and we are thankful to our customers in India for their phenomenal response which gave us the confidence to introduce this new and advanced model that promises seamless fun without compromising on its environmental credentials. Clearly, The Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle reinforces our mission of developing Ever-Better Cars.

Speaking on the new offering, N. Raja, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said “Toyota Camry proudly stand tall as one of the world’s most popular passenger cars, this enduring success globally as well as in India has encouraged us to introduce the enhanced All-New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle. We are certain that the unmatched advantages of hybrid technology, “fun-to-drive” characteristics and alluring styling on an equal footing with superlative build quality, reliability and safety will exceed customer experience. 

Above all, All-New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle is not only a class-leading comfort car, but anyone who drives this vehicle will feel confident with the level of driving performance and controllability provided alongside the quietness never occurred before thus reflecting our best efforts to exceed all customers' needs.” He further added.

The newly developed Gasoline Hybrid Dynamic Force Engine developed through TNGA delivers exemplary power, fuel efficiency, environmental performance backed by fourth generation hybrid system providing enhanced fuel efficiency and acceleration. This advanced technology has also contributed to an impressive mileage of *23.27 kmpl (*as certified by test agency under standard test conditions)

The new exteriors has also given the sedan a unique and stylish look. The attractive bold face characterized by Two Grill Design, New Moon Roof, Rear Combination Lamps Design, Stylish Front Grille, New Headlamp Design, LED Fog Lamp and sweeping lines has transformed it into a sedan with attractive and sophisticated looks. The physical manifestation is further enhanced by the solid 18-inch Multi-Spoke Alloy Wheels.

The All New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle’s cabin is spacious, elegant and artistic, featuring upscale materials and artistic build quality. The new car’s cabin is accentuated with a range of advanced features which includes Best-in-class cockpit with Human Machine Interface (HMI): Rich Texture and finish, Enlarged Cargo Space, New Seat Design - Comfortable Rear Seats, Touch panel at Rear Arm Rest, HUD (Head-Up Display).

Safety is a high priority at Toyota and a host of active and passive state-of-the-art safety systems and technologies will ensure safety for all passengers as well as pedestrians. The All New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle or self-charging electric vehicle is equipped with best in class 9 SRS Airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control (with Off Switch), ISOFIX and Top Tether Anchor for Child Seats amongst host of other world-class features.

The All New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle or self-charging electric vehicle is available in Silver Metallic, Attitude Black and Phantom Brown along with four new exciting colors like Platinum White Pearl, Graphite Metallic, Red Mica and Burning Black. Interiors also comes with luxurious Beige color and futuristic Onyx Garnish, Metallic Accents, Soft Upholstery reflecting advanced and premium impression.

Bookings open today.

*Prices will be same across the country at ex-showroom level, however final on road price may vary based on local road tax and levies.


-      Unprecedented and sophisticated, the All New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle or self-charging electric vehicle redefines luxury sedan experience with its dynamic performance, styling, luxurious & comfortable interiors
-      The eighth-generation global sedan is inspired by Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) while underpinning Toyota’s superior craftsmanship, design and innovation
-      Newly developed Dynamic Force Engine and fourth generation Toyota Hybrid System providing high power output with smooth refined operation
-      Sleek and stylish new advanced interiors complement spaciousness, prestige and comfort
-      Safety continues to be top priority with 9 SRS Airbags
-      All New Camry Hybrid received 5-star safety rating from New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP)
-      Comes with new exterior colors – Platinum White Pearl, Graphite Metallic, Red Mica and Burning Black
-      New interior with Beige color
-      *Special Introductory price of Rs. 36,95,000 Ex-showroom. (Price is same across the country)

Key Features of the All-New Camry Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Performance Features:
·          New 2.5 Liter 4-cylinder TNGA Gasoline Hybrid Dynamic Force Engine with various innovative technologies provide spirited performance and driving enjoyment
·          Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) along with high body rigidity and new double wishbone rear suspension resulted in unprecedented rear comfort due to improved stability and handling
·          Transmission – CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), Sequential Shift with Paddles
·          Fourth Generation Toyota Hybrid System comes with advanced Nickel-Metal-Hydride batteries

Exterior Features:
·          Dusk-sensing LED Projector Headlamps (with Auto Levelling), LED Daytime Running Lamps & Follow-me-Home function
·          Front LED Fog lamps
·          Electrically Adjustable Hydrophilic Side Mirrors with Turn Indicators, Wide-View, Reverse Link and Memory Chrome treatment on Doors and Door Handles
·          Rear Combination Lamp with LED Brake Lights
·          Rear Fog Lamp

Interior Features / Comfort & Convenience:
·          Beige Leather Upholstery
·          Spacious Cabin adorned with Soft Upholstery, Metallic accents and Onyx Garnish [ Stone-grain and Metallic Pattern]
·          Tilt and Slide Moonroof
·          Rear Seats with Power Recline and Trunk access
·          Easy Access Function on Passenger Seat Shoulder
·          Rear Armrest with Touch-control switches for Audio, Rear Recline, Rear Sun Shade and A/C
3-Zone Automatic Climate Control
·          nanoe TM Ion Generator for enhanced comfort and freshness
·          Rear Power Sunshade, Rear Door Manual Sunshades
·          10-way Power Adjust Driver & Passenger Seat with Lumbar Support (Driver seat with Memory)
·          Ventilated Front Seats
·          Smart Entry System with Start/Stop Button
·          Memory Settings for ORVM, Driver Seat and Steering Position
·          Power Windows with Auto Up/Down and Jam Protection (All windows)
·          Electronic Parking Brake
·          Power Tilt/Telescopic Steering Column with Memory
·          Interior Illumination Package/Entry System (Fade-out Smart Room Lamp +Door Inside Handles + 4 Footwell Lamps)
·          Audio, MID, Telephone Control and Cruise Control Switch on Steering Wheel
·          10” Heads-Up Display
·          Wireless Smartphone Charger [Qi Compatible Phones]
·          Rain Sensing Wipers
·          Cruise Control and ECO Meter
·          Electrochromic Inside Rear-View Mirror, Rear Window Defogger with Timer and Front & Rear Door Courtesy Lamps

·          JBL Audio System: 9-Speakers with “Clari-Fi” TM Technology
·          Navigation, DVD, AM/FM, USB, Aux-in, Bluetooth and Car Information System
·          Onboard Navigation Service with Personalized assistance

Safety Features:
·          9 SRS Airbags [Front Driver & Passenger, Front Side, Rear Side, Curtain Shield, Driver Knee]
·          Anti-Lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist
·          Brake Hold Function
·          Vehicle Stability and Traction Control (with Off Switch)
·          Parking Assist: Back Guide Monitor, Clearance and Back Sonar
·          Impact Sensing Fuel cut-off
·          Speed Sensing Door Auto-lock
·          Tire Pressure Monitoring System
·          Front 3-point ELR Seatbelt with Pre-tensioner & Force-limiter
·          Front Driver & Passenger Seatbelt Warning with Buzzer
·          Smart Key Remind Warning
·          ISOFIX and Top Tether Anchor for Child Seats
·          Immobilizer with Alarm

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