Monday, January 20, 2020

Mobil Strengthens its Presence on Amazon.in and Flipkart


Mobil, the popular lubricants brand, has made its best in class products available on India’s largest online stores- Amazon.in and Flipkart.

In recent times, online shopping has gained a lot of popularity in India as customers look for more choice and greater convenience. With the aim of catering to such digitally savvy customers, Mobil has made its top-selling range of motorcycle and car engine oils reachable and available for customers right at their fingertips. The range also includes Mobil 1 -   one of the global market-leading synthetic engine oils.

IIT Madras and XLRI Jamshedpur Emerge Victorious at the Hero Campus Challenge – Season 5

The fifth season of Hero Campus Challenge (HCC), an initiative by Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, concluded with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras and Xavier School of Management (XLRI), Jamshedpur emerging victorious in the Engineering and B-school categories respectively.

Both the winning teams received a prize of Rs. 2 lakhs while the two runners-up teams received a prize of Rs. 1 lakh each. All 30 individual finalists of HCC - Season 5 were offered Pre-Placement Interviews at Hero MotoCorp.

Season 5 of the Hero Campus Challenge received record-breaking registrations from 32,152 students (10,717 teams) from both, B-Schools and Engineering colleges, when it was launched in October 2019. All the teams went through multiple assessment rounds over the course of the past four months.

The competition started with the first-round of Online Assessment, to check the basic domain knowledge of the teams, followed by an Idea Elevator Pitch Round where the selected 1,092 teams had to present the details of their solutions. The students then proceeded to the Virtual Presentation Round where 80 shortlisted teams presented their detailed idea to the Jury. In the end, only 10 Teams qualified for the Grand Finale.

All the finalists went through an extensive mentorship period with the Senior Leadership Team of Hero MotoCorp, to prepare them for the finale. All ideas focused on bringing sustainability in the shared mobility space and the optimum use of Artificial Intelligence in current operations.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Vijay Sethi, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Head - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Hero MotoCorp Ltd. said, “Hero Campus Challenge provides an engaging platform to youngsters for bringing creativity and fresh perspective to the table. Over the years, the HCC has evolved into a prestigious platform that nurtures India’s future business leaders. Building on the previous years, Season 5 received an overwhelming response from the student fraternity from across the country’s top institutes of higher education. Participation in HCC has increased every season and, on our part, we have ensured that we raise the bar in terms of complexity, competitiveness, and challenge. I am sure that the next season will be even bigger. In my view, all the selected teams are winners, for the simple fact that from almost 11,000 teams, only 10 made it to the finale. Being a youth-centric organisation, we will continue to bring innovative platforms to promote young talent in our country.”

The jury consisted of the Senior Leadership Team Members of Hero MotoCorp, along with external Academic Experts: Professor Harsh V. Verma from the Faculty of Management Studies; Professor Anil Parihar from the Delhi Technological University; Professor Jaskiran Arora and Professor Soharab Hossain from the BML Munjal University and Professor Rohit Mehtani from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

Launched in 2015, the Hero Campus Challenge is a campus-centric, business-solutions oriented competition, which is conducted across the premier management and engineering schools of the country. It is open to students pursuing graduation and post-graduation from all IITs, NITs and engineering colleges. Students in first and final-year from two-year MBA/PGDM programs can also submit their entries for participation.

Tata Sons Chairman, N. Chandrasekaran is Now a LinkedIn Influencer


LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking platform, today announced Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman of the Board of Tata Sons, as a LinkedIn Influencer. As part of the LinkedIn Influencer program, N. Chandrasekaran joins an esteemed group of 500+ Indian and international leaders such as Narendra Modi, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Priyanka Chopra, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Trudeau, and Sachin Tendulkar, among many other noteworthy personalities. These global pioneers, thought leaders, and visionaries spark insightful conversations and discussions on the platform, and continue to be a strong inspiration to professionals across industries. Other LinkedIn Influencers from India include Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Kailash Satyarthi, Vani Kola, and Anny Divya.

N. Chandrasekaran first joined Tata Group as an intern in 1987 and rose through the ranks at TCS to become CEO and Managing Director of the global IT solutions and consulting firm. In 2017, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Tata Sons, one of the country’s largest conglomerates. Today, as a LinkedIn influencer, N. Chandrasekaran engages with the platform’s 62+ million members in India, by underlining the impact of technological developments on industries and people. He also uses the power of his voice to highlight the importance of community and trust. In his debut LinkedIn article, the businessman highlighted how the shift from ‘shareholder capitalism’ to ‘stakeholder capitalism’ can help any company foster trust and inclusion, in order to create scalable impact and value.

In his latest article on LinkedIn, N. Chandrasekaran writes about his new book, ‘Bridgital Nation’ that talks about how technology can be used to solve India’s employment and economic hurdles. India is troubled by ‘twin challenges’, he writes; people want good jobs but don’t have the means to acquire them, and there are people in need of services that are out of their reach. He believes combining people with technology can be the best way to upskill and close the gap.

On being announced as a LinkedIn Influencer, N. Chandrasekaran, said, “Business opportunities, cutting across sectors, can be realised through engaging discussions and meaningful collaborations. The potential on the platform for continuous learning, experience sharing and lateral thinking is very exciting. I look forward to interacting with the LinkedIn members in converting challenges into opportunities, fostering innovation and delivering sustained societal impact.”

“We are delighted to welcome N. Chandrasekaran as a LinkedIn Influencer. N. Chandrasekaran’s visionary bent of mind, drive for technology excellence, and his inspiring professional journey will lend itself to valuable discussions on the business and economy on our platform,” said Adith Charlie, India Managing Editor, LinkedIn.

In an exclusive video interview with LinkedIn, N. Chandrasekaran shares his views on success, economic development, and on becoming a CEO. A few nuggets below (in his own words):

On loving your work everyday: “I think there are days in which you feel more pressure, if you will. But I think most part of my career, I really feel that I have had a very, very enjoyable profession because my job at TCS for 30 years saw me learning a lot of technology and also meet with different customers, different industries, travel around the world... And work in teams, work with some great people.”

On becoming a CEO: “... you don't chase a title. You chase a dream. If you have an aspiration and a purpose and then you give it all you got, I think you'll be surprised. You will far exceed what you dream about.”

On his new book: “...the more I thought about it, I felt that actually all of the problems can be grouped into two challenges. One is definitely a lack of access...On the other side I think we have a lot of talent, and in a way I can say that we have both demand and supply, but we can't match...we saw technology as a bridge between people and access.”

On the impact of automation on jobs and education: “I fundamentally think that AI, if applied well, irrespective of the market, it can make a big impact, both in terms of productivity and job creation...One of the things that we need to definitely do is to make some interventions in our education system...the skills that are required to address real time problems are collaboration with people, creativity and critical thinking.”

On why companies should focus on stakeholder capitalism: “By focusing on a full stakeholder value, it is not that you are eroding shareholder value...if you focus on stakeholders, most of the time the shareholder value will get created… I think a satisfied customer or a satisfied employee is all interlinked.”

On the Indian economy: “...I personally believe that India is a phenomenal market and I'm extremely bullish on India because there are a lot of factors going for us. I think India will get more organized… And there will be more middle income people in India, which essentially means that it'll be more affordable spend that's going to happen. And most of India's infrastructure is yet to get built.”

Follow N Chandrasekaran on LinkedIn, and watch his exclusive video interview with LinkedIn here.

COLOROTHON Celebrates Colors of Life and Social Cause In Bengaluru


COLOROTHON Season 12 with the tagline ‘Draw Your Imagination’ attracted ten thousand people at the Kittur Rani Chennamma Stadium Jayangar, Bengaluru. The  participants included a diverse groups of teens, adults and senior citizens to color their imagination.

The paintings were a reflection of diverse thoughts, nature and shades of life. Many aspiring artists got an opportunity to interact with established artists as they painted live at the event.

In what is expected to be the largest open air drawing and painting session, people in the age group between 3 and 90 years can come along with their families, express their imagination and creativity on paper.

The event was inaugurated by Senior Congress Leader Shri. DK. Shivakumar , along with Shri. Ramalinga Reddy, Senior Congress Leader, Ex. Home Minister, Govt. of Karnataka in the presence of Mrs. Sowmya Reddy, Jayanagar MLA, N. Nagaraju, Byrasandra Corporator, Wing Commander M A Afraz(Retd) Founder – Honourpoint Bengaluru  and Celebrity guests like Actress Shwetha Srivatsav, and Mrs. Prathima David ,  Mrs. India Pride Of Nation Ravishing 2019 1st Runner-up & A certified Yoga teacher.

Organized by Breathe Entertainment, COLOROTHON also saw a display of other activities like drums circle, caricature, doodle artist, origami artist, interactive, drum circle, robo act, magic show , digital engagement, flea market, toonfigures , and many more.

Overwhelmed by the response, Kishore Joseph, Founder Trustee  of the COLOROTHON said “it is an amazing and humbling experience to see people come with their family and spend some quality time in creativity, a rarity in today’s fast-paced world.”

Revealing the activities lined up for the event, Kishore Joseph, Founder Trustee COLOROTHON, said, “Even though not a competition we will announce 15 best paintings selected across 5 age groups, which are 3 to 7, 8 to 12, 13 to 20, 21 to 30, and 31 and above to encourage and remind people that a life without creativity could never be colorful. 300 Best paintings will be donated to our charity partner Charity Partner- Honourpoint India's only online memorial for  Martyrs of Indian Armed Forces.

This season a special category is being introduced for the theme “ A Salute to Fallen Heroes” of our Armed Forces to connect the participants with the cause of Honourpoint.  The event will also witness 30 accomplished artist doing live paintings to inspire the budding artists. He added.

Incidentally Colorothon Season 12 will be appreciated by Exclusive World Records for most number of people painting under one platform for all age groups.

Our vision is to see Indians from all over the country of all ages and all groups take to painting on a day which will be celebrated as Colorothon Day”

COLOROTHON is a platform that brings people together to celebrate colors and life. As an organizer we have elevated this season with inception of a largest open air painting exhibition, which will happen within a span of one month. Christened as a COLOROTHON initiative, the exhibition will display all the paintings from the event and the proceedings will go to charitable organizations.

Summing up the event Ms. Sowmya Reddy said, “We are in absolute delight to have seen people bring out the child in them and make moments colorful. Learning and exploring are two constants in our lives.

We thank all our partners whose contributions have been invaluable in bringing out the event, partners include: Radio Partners , Fever 104fm and 94.3 Radio one, Shilpi Voices, Youthphoria, Lya, and Prachar Media.

CASHe Releases its 2019 Millennial Borrowing and Spending Analysis Titled ‘The 2019 Millennial Loan-o-Nomics

Highlights

* Key findings from the analysis reveal millennials within income range of Rs 25k-50k topped the borrowing charts.
* A six-month loan is their most-preferred loan tenor
* While UPI and NEFT topped the charts for repayment mode; weekdays – Tuesdays & Wednesdays were their most preferred days for applying for a loan

CASHe, India’s leading digital lending company for young salaried professionals, today released its 2019 report on the millennials key borrowing and spending habits.  According to the report, medical expenses and consumer durable purchases topped the chart for reasons why millennial availed digital loans all through 2019. They were closely followed by loan foreclosure and holidays. CASHe who specifically caters to the millennial segment of the population undertakes customer data analysis on an annual basis. Christened as the ‘ The 2019 Millennial Loan-o-Nomics’, the report analyzed data of an active pool of over 400,000 loan application received from customers outlining multiple data points and key insights showcasing the typical consumption patterns, buying behavior and borrowing habits of millennial across India.

The findings delineate an astute, young population with financial aptitude much ahead of its previous generations. Most millennial prefer to move out of their parent’s place thus embarking on a journey of financial independence. Today, therefore the cohort juggles various responsibilities without compromising on their needs and aspirations. Small, personal loans are tailored to meet the present millennials needs who are faced with obstacles of expensive accommodation, higher education and travel. Often saddled with the repayment of hefty EMIs the moment they land their first job, digital lending with shorter lock-in periods is a saviour for especially for those with inadequate of zero credit history. Emergencies, like unforeseen medical expenses, are thus the reason why 37% of millennial customers resorted to lending – a sharp increase from 31% last year.

Averse to the manner in which millennial are being perceived, the CASHe data clearly outlines the purpose of borrowing among millennial being need-oriented rather than redundant. While ‘emergencies’ accounted for approximately 57% of the borrowing, ‘aspirations’ accounted for 43%.

Surprisingly,  only 10% of borrowers are women, reflecting the ratio of male to female application ratio on Cashe app. It suggests that women in this cohort are conservative when it comes to borrowing and spending! Hyderabad soars ahead in terms of millennial credit demand compared to last year, ranking second after Bengaluru, followed by others metros such as New Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Chennai, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. Older millennials, between the ages of 31-38 accounted for about 52% of the loans taken, while the millennial cohort earning in the 25k-50k category presented the highest number of borrowers at 43%, succeeded by those in the 15k-25k monthly income bracket at 36%.

The data showcased that ‘71 days’ is the average frequency of repeat loans, while 73% of the applicants are repeat users. In terms of loan size, a majority of them (27%) preferred small ticket loans of under Rs. 10,000 and the data indicated a significant credit demand from near-prime millennial accounting for approximately 55%. This reinforces the idea that millennials are actually quite financially disciplined – repaying loans on time and dispelling their image of being irresponsible spendthrifts.

The customer analysis also divulges certain fascinating, novel insights. Considered the most tech-savvy of the current generations, millennials rely heavily of technology for communication. Thus UPI and NEFT topped as the most preferred medium of repayment. 78% of millennial choose to apply for loans during weekdays, especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And while 12 pm to 4 pm was recorded as the most preferred time to apply for a loan, 5 am to 6 am was registered as the most preferred time when millennial chose to repay loans.

Despite the stark differences between the spending habits of millennials and Gen X, some things remain comfortingly constant. Even with an increasing number of people living away from their families to pursuit of jobs, they continue to imbibe the spirit of Indian festivals with great enthusiasm. This is why ‘Christmas’, ‘New Year’ and ‘Diwali’ ranked among the top occasions when millennial availed digital loans. August, September and December represented the peak period for digital lending, as the segment actively indulged in shopping and travelling, whereas Samsung, Xiaomi and Vivo arose as the most preferred handsets for the cohort.

On the occasion, CEO of CASHe, Mr. Ketal Patel said, “Millennials, I believe is one of the most misunderstood segment of the present times. Lower savings and higher spending by millennials is being caricatured to present them as financially irresponsible dreamers, much averse to reality. Their spending and borrowing behavior reflects where they are currently in their lives -- settling down, renting out, new job, starting families’ etc. CASHe believes millennials are ‘achievers’ - independent at an early age and nurturing the attitude to grow while combating multiple challenges through financial discipline.”

“The Indian banking infrastructure has not evolved enough to include the gamut of needs by this emerging section of the population and this is where new-age digital lending companies like CASHe step in – an industry estimated to touch $100 billion by 2023. Representing the ‘chief wage earners’ and the largest demographic cluster of the country, millennials are redefining the Indian consumer story and thus have the potential to deliver the country from the current economic upheaval. It is therefore essential to create an ecosystem that matches their needs, while driving initiatives to bridge the gap between male and female borrowing, in order to truly create a financially inclusive economy” he further added.

OK Boomer’, a Social Media Campaign by Columbia Pacific Communities’ Encourages Engagement with Baby Boomers


Columbia Pacific Communities kick starts 2020 with a topical campaign titled “Ok, Boomer,” that aims to call out ageism and propagate the philosophy of “positive ageing,” the brand’s core philosophy.

"OK Boomer" is an ageist catchphrase that came to existence as an internet meme in 2015. By mid-2019, millennials and younger generations started to widely use it to dismiss or mock the Baby Boomer generation as narrow-minded and outdated. Mainstream media has covered this phenomenon widely.

To challenge the catchphrase, Columbia Pacific Communities launches a 10-day campaign by the same name to bat for the seniors and position Baby Boomers as a generation that not only made path breaking contributions and continue to do so but also remain extremely relevant.

With many decades of experience in tackling life behind them, senior citizens are the ‘go-to people’ for advice ranging from life, health, parenting, career. The campaign urges the audience to leverage the rich experience and wisdom of baby boomers and turn to them for life advise, just the way they would turn to google to answer some of their life dilemmas. 

Commenting on the social media campaign, Piali Dasgupta, VP – Marketing, Columbia Pacific Communities says, “Our campaign has been conceptualised capitalising the ageist catchphrase “OK Boomer” that came into existence as an internet meme in 2015. It is a reaction to the catchphrase. By mid-2019, millennials and younger generations started to widely use it to dismiss or mock the Baby Boomer generation as narrow-minded and outdated. We, as a brand, stand for showing the world the power of positive ageing.

The campaign was conceived to not just celebrate the contributions of baby boomers in various fields such as technology, music, art and culture, but also leverage the rich life experiences and wisdom of senior citizens to share life lessons and advise. ”

The campaign aims to redefine the term “ok boomer,” used often as an insult towards senior citizens and instead presents golden agers as a generation that has paved the way  for the current generation.

The campaign, being run on Instagram and Facebook pages of Columbia Pacific Communities, and also as search ads on Google, comes with a call to action. The audience is urged to share their worries or dilemma in the comments sections that will be answered by the expert seniors from the community.

Let's end ageism and begin a meaningful, positive conversation with boomers.

HIL Limited Embraces IIOT - Introduces First Connected Shop Floor at its Chennai Plant


HIL is betting big on Digitalization. They are introducing disruptive technologies like RPA, IoT, Predictive Analytics and many others to bring in more efficiency. Part of the of their journey on Industry 4.0 “Connected Shop Floor” is launched in Chennai plant.

CK Birla group-owned building material solutions company, HIL Ltd. recently introduced “Connected Shop Floor” in its Chennai plant that has capacity of 1.98 lakh CuM to manufacturer block and block jointing mortar. HIL’s first step towards IIOT, the new Connected Digital Shop Floor will connect all machines to single network enhancing the plant’s efficiency. The company is betting big on digitalization and industry 4.0 to bring traceability, reduce defects and improve asset efficiencies at its plants.

As part of HIL’s digitalization journey, the company is also introducing disruptive technologies like Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and  Predictive Analytics to bring in more efficiency.

Commenting on the development, Mr. Dhirup Roy Choudhary, CEO & MD of HIL Limited, said, “The current industrial sector including the construction sector is undergoing a fundamental structural change akin to the industrial revolution. HIL’s strategy is to leverage digitalisation and Industry 4.0 journey to augment our state of art factories’ ability to deliver quality products and to manufacture products of varying customer requirements in a timely manner. We believe a connected factory at our Chennai plant is a string start and will significantly improve the production process by enabling end-to-end product visibility. Further, predictive analytics will aid decision making and promote responsiveness.”

Real time machine parameters are being captured through digital logbooks, Sensors, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and plant level dashboards have been created to monitor and review critical parameters. The platform generates instant alerts and same can be leveraged by the operations team for expeditious corrective actions.

“Technological Innovations are an integral part of our process to sustain quality and the Connected Shop floor at our Chennai part equips HIL with real time data to take corrective actions to increase plant efficiency. As a company, our next focus is to predict failures in Quality and Maintenance.” said Murali Raj GR, CIO HIL Limited.

The current phase of the launch, helps digitize data, trigger alerts and monitors and provide descriptive insights. The next step is to generate predictive insights by leveraging data from the current phase and eventually generate prescriptive insights, which would focus on finding the best course of action in a given scenario.

Connected shop floor at HIL Ltd. was installed through Deloitte and Altizon’s Datanois Mint platform.

About HIL

Established in 1946, HIL Limited is a flagship company of the $2.4 Billion conglomerate, CK Birla Group. The company offers comprehensive building materials and solutions since last 70 years and has achieved market leadership by developing and marketing most sustainable and relevant products which are future ready, high quality and have innovation at its core. HIL has 6 major brands- Charminar, Birla Aerocon, Charminar Fortune, Hysil, Birla HIL and recently acquired German flooring brand, Parador. The company boasts of 21 state-of-the art manufacturing facilities in India, and two manufacturing sites in Germany and Austria.  It is committed to innovation through dynamic R&D facilities in India and Germany. Having pioneered in green technology keeping in mind the paradigm shift to green building materials almost a decade ago HIL diversified into vast range of products that are environmentally viable and conducive. Given its strong emphasis on customer centricity, HIL Limited also ensures a widespread reach through an extensive sales and distribution network spread across India and 80 countries globally. Its strengths are truly its employees, loyal dealers and satisfied customers. With consistent efforts to grow the business sustainably, HIL is also certified as Great Place to Work ® and  Mr Dhirup Roy Choudhary, it’s MD and CEO was awarded as “The Most Promising Business Leader of Asia 2018 & 2019” by the Economic Times. The company also has been a recipient to the Iconic Brand Award, Asia’s Most Trusted Company Award, Best Company of the Year Award and has been maintaining the Superbrand status for many years now.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

City Hosted An Industry Meet Ahead of ‘Wings India 2020’ in Hyderabad from March 12-14, 2020


Indian aviation and technology leaders gathered in Bengaluru for industry meet ahead of “Wings India 2020”, Asia’s largest civil aviation event. Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, Usha Padhee, JS, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Dr. S Unnikrishnan Nair, Chairman, Director, Human Space Flight Centre ISRO along with other senior government officials graced the occasion.

Addressing the event, Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India said, ” Over the last decade, India has witnessed a robust civil aviation market, and through this event we aim to provide a congenial forum that will cater to the rapidly changing dynamics of the sector, focusing on new business acquisition, investments, policy formation and regional connectivity.”  He added, “Bengaluru being the IT capital of India, it has the potential of becoming the aviation capital of India”.

Wings India 2020, a flagship event of the Indian Civil Aviation industry will be held at Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad from March 12-15, 2020.

‘Wings India 2020’- a four-day event themed: “Flying for All’’ is an international platform focused on the new business acquisition, investments, policy formation and regional connectivity in the civil aviation industry.

Speaking at the event, Dr. S. Unnikrishnan Nair, Director, Human Space Flight Centre ISRO said, “India is set to trigger revival of the global aviation sector. The civil aviation and space industry together will have a world class training facility for pilots and astronauts. We are sure that the exhibition for aviation as well as space fraternity is a platform to develop new growth spots that can be targeted to ensure a positive curve.”

Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries, Usha Padhee JS, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India said, “This summit aims to bring all players, facilitators, and regulators of aviation fraternity under one roof to explore opportunities together. It’s a platform for all civil aviation sector stakeholders to achieve greater synergies; learn from best practices of each other”.

Wings India 2020 is also Asia’s largest and most popular gathering in the industry. Organized by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India, AAI and FICCI the event is expected to attract top leaders, special invitees in foreign ministers for civil aviation and global CEOs, suppliers, strategic partners, organizations and the media.

International Exhibition and Conference on Civil Aviation sector, providing a congenial forum catering to the rapidly changing dynamics of the sector, focusing on new business acquisition, investments, policy formation and regional connectivity.

It will provide a much desired fillip to the aviation and restructured focused forums shall be instrumental in attaining the objective of connecting the Buyers, Sellers, Investors and other stakeholders at a common vantage forum ‘WINGS INDIA 2020'. Hyderabad being the hub of Aviation remains the natural host of the event.

Aakash Institute Opens Its 8th Centre at RR Nagar in Bengaluru


Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL) launched its eighth centre in the city at RR Nagar on Saturday to cater to students from the outskirts.

Aakash Institutes train students from classes 8 to 12 and for competitive examinations such as NEET and JEE.

The centre has fully-equipped physical classrooms and video content libraries. "The admission process has started in the centre. The first batch will start on March 24," said Aakash Chaudhry, Director and CEO, AESL.  The AESL now has 13 centres in Karnataka including eight in Bengaluru alone. It's planning to open another three to four centres in Bengaluru in order to serve students near their neighbourhood. 

Aakash Institutes train students from classes 8 to 12 and for competitive examinations such as NEET and JEE.  Besides direct admissions, the AESL also admits students under its scholarship programme through the Aakash National Talent Hunt Examination and through the National Eligibility and Scholarship Test where 80% of the tuition fee is waived for successful candidates.

The AESL now has 13 centres in Karnataka, including eight in Bengaluru alone. It's planning to open another three to four centres in Bengaluru in order to serve students near their neighbourhood. 

Saturday, January 18, 2020

ACT Dons the Role of Platinum Sponsors at Bengaluru Open ATP Championship

ACT Fibernet (Atria Convergence Technologies Ltd.) India’s largest fiber-focused wired broadband ISP (Internet Service Provider) has reasserted its strong connect with the coveted Bengaluru Open by donning the cap of the Platinum Sponsor of the premium event.

The Bengaluru Open, to be held at the KSLTA from Feb 10 to 16, ranks as one of the biggest ATP Challenger Tour events across the world and the biggest in Asia, offering a total prize purse of US $ 162,000. The event will showcase some of the best players from across the world and is a platform to leverage tennis as an aspiring sport in India. As many as 48 players from over 20 countries (main draw) will be vying for honours in the week-long event that promises quality action to the tennis buffs of Bengaluru.

ACT had supported the previous two editions of the Bengaluru Open which aims to portray as the next sports capital of India while keeping the image of the Silicon City intact. Thus ACT Fibernet has joined hands with KSLTA to boost the sporting culture in the city and also be a part of responsible citizens (Sponsors) who have a common target of uplifting the image of the Garden City while also promoting the sport of tennis.

“Being one of the largest indigenous companies in Bangalore, we consciously make efforts to contribute towards the prowess and progress of this City. Bengaluru Open is one such prestigious event which has grown manifold and successfully established itself as one of the biggest tennis tournaments of Asia in the last few years. It is our pleasure to be part of the event for the third consecutive year and we will provide full support to make this season a grand success”, said Bala Malladi, CEO, ACT.

“Bengaluru Open has become a coveted stop on the ATP Challenger tour which also happens to be the biggest event in Asia. This is an event that is aimed at enhancing brand Bengaluru and also provide the best possible platform for the Indian players to participate in the highest category of ATP Challenger event to better their world rankings. The city of Bengaluru looks forward for this event and is fortunate to find support from the stakeholders of the city, not just the Government but also the corporate sector. ACT, being the pioneer of high speed Internet in the country and more importantly founded and headquartered in Bengaluru, have been supporting the last 2 editions of Bengaluru Open and have shown their commitment this time too. On behalf of Bengaluru Open, I thank ACT and its CEO Mr. Bala Malladi for this continued support and partnership. Companies like ACT certainly help the event raise the bar.” said Priyank Kharge, the brainchild behind the Bengaluru Open and its Chairperson.

India-Thailand Sign Joint Statement for Trade During the Visit of Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand to Bengaluru



Thai Trade Center, Mumbai. Royal Thai Consulate-General is glad to inform you that the Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand is organizing a Business Matching Event & Business Seminar Event on the 17th January 2020 at the ITC Gardenia Hotel, Bengaluru, which will be presided over by the Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Commerce, Thailand – H.E. Jurin Laksanawisit.

We along with Crescendo Worldwide, Pune, World Trade Center, Bengaluru, Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce and Indo-Thai Chamber of Commerce are happy to organize this exclusive Business Networking Event during which there will be companies from Thailand for B2B meetings with interested Indian Companies from the sectors of Modified Starch, Rubber Wood, Rubber, Fruits, Food, Construction Materials, Furniture, Interior Design, A4 Paper, Stationery, Cosmetics, Bio-Plastics, Bio-Fertilizers, Lubricants, Etc..

This is a wonderful chance to test various Thai& Indian products and an initiative to attract the Indian Companies to invest in Thailand and also do business jointly with the Thai Companies. We wish that our products will find a special place in the hearts of every Indian customer.

Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Commerce, Thailand – H.E. Jurin Laksanawisit will also give a brief understanding on the benefits that will be given to Indian Companies by the Thailand government helping the Indian Companies in Investing in Thailand.

Welcome remarks will be given by H.E. Mr. Nitirooge Phoneprasert, Consul General, Royal Thai Consulate-General, Chennai;Mr. Bose Nair-Vice President, World Trade Center, Bengaluru; Mr. Rohit Mehta – President, Indo-Thai Chamber of MSME’s and Mr. Devesh R Agarwal, President, Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce.

On the upcoming event, Mr Vineet Verma, President, World Trade Center, Bangalore, Kochi, Chennai said -‘At World Trade Centre, it is our constant endeavour to promote and further strengthen international trade and opportunities among countries.

Thailand continues to exhibit great potential and we look forward to further strengthening trade ties between the two countries. Many sectors and industries coming together from both the sides will enable us to tap into the growing business opportunities. On behalf of World Trade Centre, I take this opportunity to wish the delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Commerce, Thailand – H.E. Jurin Laksanawisit, Thai Trade Centre and all the participants great success. I am sure exchange opportunities will strengthen the Indo-Thailand bi-lateral trade.

There will also be a panel discussion on “Potential Business Creation & Opportunities between India and Thailand in “The Hospitality & Smart Building Solutions” focusing on sectors like Architecture and Technology Trends in 2020; Residential/Real Estate; Hotel Industry; Construction Industry & Services; Infrastructure (Urban Infrastructure).

The visit of Deputy Prime Minister is the second time after his success of trade connection in Mumbai and Chennai. The meeting led to the signing of many MoUs, namely cooperation between Indian rubberwood and Thai furniture association, and the beginning of cooperation between Bigbasket and Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion. This visit is also the best opportunity and initiative to build bilateral relation between South India & Thailand both in terms of mutual trade and investment.

Friday, January 17, 2020

LAVA Launches Z71 with a Dedicated Google Assistant Key Priced at Rs 6,299 and Available on Flipkart


LAVA International Limited has announced the launch of its new smartphone, LAVA Z71. Catering to the ever increasing data consumption needs of today’s millennial; the handset is being launched with a special JIO offer, where the buyer gets Rs. 1200 instant cash back and an additional 50GB of 4G data.

LAVA Z71 equipped with a dedicated Google Assistant key enables users to access a variety of apps and features, using voice command. The smartphone’s 5.7”HD+ Dot Notch display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 provides an immersive viewing experience to the users.

Coming to the camera, LAVA Z71 is coupled with 13MP+2MP Dual Rear Camera with an LED Flash and a 5MP selfie camera with soft flash that captures stunning pictures, even in low light. The smart phone’s camera is packed with premium features like professional mode and an AI studio Mode which enables users to click pictures using 6 level portraits.

The LAVA Z71 runs on latest Android 9 Pie OS and also has a face-unlock feature and a fingerprint scanner.

The smartphone offers 2GB RAM and a storage capacity of 32GB, expandable up to 256 GB to ensure enough space to store your favourite music, videos, pictures and apps.

Packed with a powerful 3200 mAh AI battery, the LAVA Z71 runs for 1.5 days in a single charge. The smartphone is powered by a 2GHz quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 16nm processor and offers dual SIM with 4G as well as VoLTE support.

“We are happy to add LAVA Z71 to our bouquet of smartphones. The data consumption of the budget smartphone users has increased exponentially and they want to upgrade to the latest smartphone with attractive features. LAVA Z71 caters to this requirement with its great collective of features, comprising notch display, dual camera, face-unlock and fingerprint scanner at a pocket-friendly price. This launch is yet another endeavour from LAVA to fulfil its commitment of making advance smartphone technology available and affordable for all,” said Tejinder Singh, Head- Product, LAVA International Limited.

The smartphone comes in two attractive colour variants - Steel Blue and Ruby Red with mirror finish design. Priced at Rs 6,299, LAVA Z71 is currently available on Flipkart.

Jaguar Land Rover's New Shape-Shifting Seat of the Future Makes you Think You're Walking

Highlights

* Pioneering technology could help reduce the health risks caused by sitting down too long
* ‘Morphable’ seat system continually adjusts to optimise customer wellbeing on long journeys
* Micro-adjustments made by series of actuators in seat foam simulate the rhythm of walking
* Research forms part of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to make societies safer and healthier

Jaguar Land Rover is developing the seat of the future - a pioneering shape-shifting system designed to improve customer wellbeing by tackling the health risks of sitting down for too long.

The ‘morphable’ seat, being trialled by Jaguar Land Rover’s Body Interiors Research division, uses a series of actuators in the seat foam to create constant micro-adjustments that make your brain think you’re walking, and could be individually tailored to each driver and passenger.

More than a quarter of people worldwide – 1.4 billion – are living increasingly sedentary lifestyles*, which can shorten muscles in the legs, hips and gluteals causing back pain. The weakened muscles also mean you are more likely to injure yourself from falls or strains.

By simulating the rhythm of walking, a movement known as pelvic oscillation, the technology can help mitigate against the health risks of sitting down for too long on extended journeys with UK drivers covering an average of 234 km every week**.

Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer, said: “The wellbeing of our customers and employees is at the heart of all our technological research projects. We are using our engineering expertise to develop the seat of the future using innovative technologies not seen before in the automotive industry to help tackle an issue that affects people across the globe.”

Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles already feature the latest in ergonomic seat design, with multi-directional adjustments, massage functions and climate control fitted across the range. Dr Iley has also issued advice on how to adjust your seat to ensure the perfect driving position, from removing bulky items in your pocket, to shoulder positioning and from ensuring your spine and pelvis are straight to supporting your thighs to reduce pressure points. View the video here.

The research is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to continually improving customer wellbeing through technological innovation. Previous projects have included research to reduce the effects of motion sickness and the implementation of ultraviolet light technology to stop the spread of colds and flu.

Together, these efforts are driving towards Destination Zero; Jaguar Land Rover’s ambition to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner – a responsible future for our workers, customers and communities around us. Through relentless innovation, Jaguar Land Rover is adapting product and services to meet the rapidly-changing world.

New Study Finds AI as a Viable Tool to Detect Changes in Patients’ Mental Health


The USC Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab (SAIL), a center that focuses on analyzing signals by people, from people and for people, in new collaboration with UCLA, has found that AI can accurately detect changes in clinical states from speech as well as physicians. The study appears in PLOS One.

SAIL, which has long applied AI and machine learning to identify and classify video, audio and physiological data, partnered with researchers at UCLA to analyze voice data from patients being treated for serious mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depressive disorders. These individuals and their treating clinicians used the MyCoachConnect interactive voice and mobile tool, created and hosted on the Chorus platform at UCLA, to provide voice diaries related to their mental health states. SAIL then collaborated with UCLA researchers to apply AI to listen to hundreds of voicemails using custom software to detect changes in patients’ clinical states.  The SAIL AI was able to match clinicians’ ratings of their patients.

“Machine learning allowed us to illuminate the various clinically-meaningful dimensions of language use and vocal patterns of the patients over time and personalized at each individual level,” said senior author Dr. Shri Narayanan, Niki and Max Nikias Chair in Engineering and Director of SAIL at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Tracking changes in clinical states is important, say the researchers, to detect if there is a change that shows that condition has improved or worsened that would warrant the need for changing treatment.

“Listening to people has always been at the core of psychiatry.  Our approach builds on that fundamental technique to hear what people are saying using modern AI. We hope this will help us better understand how our patients are doing and transform mental health care to be more personalized and proactive to what an individual needs,” said lead author of the study Dr. Armen Arevian, Director of the Jane and Terry Semel Institute Innovation Lab which focuses on the interdisciplinary intersection of mental health, neuroscience and technology.

This project builds on SAIL’s body of work in behavioral machine intelligence to analyze psychotherapy sessions to detect empathy of addiction counselors-in- training in order to improve their chances of better outcomes, in addition to the Lab’s work analyzing language for cognitive diagnoses and legal processes.

The next step in this joint research is to scale up this individualized approach to a larger population over longer time periods of observation.

NuTy’s Proprietary HPP Preservation Technology Keeps Food Fresh, Healthier & Safer


NuTy became India’s first company to launch extended shelf-life, ready-to-eat curries, and meals using non-thermal cold pasteurization through its proprietary cooking process aided by HPP (High-Pressure Processing) technology. NuTy is also India’s first omnichannel Food-As-A-Service company using modern food technologies, processes and logistics to offer gratifying, healthy meal options affordably. NuTy’s multi-pronged vision is to help satiate every appetite through authentically curated regional cuisines, reducing waste and also enhancing livelihood by creating micro food-entrepreneurs. NuTy, a venture of Tulita Ahara Pvt Ltd., has its high-tech HPP meal factory in Hosur with a meal processing capacity of 5 tons-per-day. The company has invested US$ 5million in building the facilities and building its network so far.

Ray Nathan, Co-founder, NuTy, a serial entrepreneur with successful exits from his earlier ventures, said, "Food is among the most basic of human needs, and most often working urban millennial’s have to make compromises of taste, health or money every day due to non-availability of any existing options. A balanced diet is a primary human need and therefore we have focused on ready-to-eat meals that are affordable, nutritious, tasty, hygienic food with a long shelf-life. We source produce from farmers to ensure quality and cost, we are careful to ensure genuine regional recipes, and give our meals shelf-life of up to 60 days through our proprietary HPP technology without any artificial additives added."

Adding to this Naveen Chander, Co-founder, NuTy, said, "Our new curries range with 30 options allows any individual or food-entrepreneur to increase food variety, with least trouble and minimal investment. We aim to be India’s kitchen and will have a reach in 500 cities and towns by 2023 and would have created 200,000 micro food-entrepreneurs by then. Food habits of new India are changing rapidly, kitchen time is reducing and work-led migration leads to the non-availability of the foods we love most. NuTy has truly brought together the combination that was hitherto thought impossible in Ready-To-Eat meals."

“We are scaling rapidly and we expect to cover the top 50 cities in India by the end of 2020. By 2023 we expect to be within a two-kilometer reach of any customer, with large cities have over 1000 points-of-sale (POS), medium-size cities having 300 to 500 POS and small cities having 100 POS. We will be available through grocery delivery apps like Big Basket and Amazon by the middle of next month and other hyper-local delivery apps by the middle of 2020. Soon everyone can enjoy a healthy, nutritious and tasty NuTy meal on-demand,” said Nitin Bhatt Group VP Sales & Marketing NuTy. 

About NuTy:

NuTy is India’s first Food-as-a-service brand offering Home-style ready-meals based on regional recipes. Founded by Ray Nathan and Naveen Chander, NuTy is one of the first food brands in Asia to use HPP technology in fresh curries resulting in superior taste, quality, and nutrition at the same time. NuTy Ready-Meals are available as take-away at hundreds of retail stores and on food-delivery platforms like Swiggy, Zomato, and UberEats.

9stacks.com’s Poker Players Bag Multiple Prizes at IPC Awards 2020


9stacks.com, the best online poker platform for the Indian poker players, has always proved its mettle. This time also it has won the hearts of poker enthusiasts with six of its players winning awards at the Indian Poker Championship(IPC) 2020 in Goa. The IPC kicked off on January 14 and will continue till 19th of this month.

Players from 9stacks bagged Awards in various categories:

Amresh Kumar - PLO (Pot Limit Omaha) Grinder of the year.
Radhika Mahalingaiah - Recreational Player of the year.
Sagar Patnaik - Texas Hold ’em Grinder of the year
Gitanshu Mehta – Midstakes Tournament Player of the year
Anuj Manocha - High stakes Tournament Player of the year
Bhavye Mittal - 9stacks All-Rounder of the year.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sudhir Kamath, CEO & Co-Founder, 9stacks, said, “It is wonderful that so many of our players have been recognized for their success at poker. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the young achievers who have performed well in the IPC and want to wish them a great future in poker. 9stacks, with its innovative ideas, has always provided a user-friendly platform to its players and is determined to become the India’s most preferred online poker destination.”

Ever since its inception in 2017, 9stacks.com has been offering emerging professional poker players a chance to compete with the best at live events around the world. This year, 9stacks Team India is participating at the Goa IPC and has previously sent players to Vegas, Manila, Czech Republic and Thailand. In particular, 9stacks has sent dominant teams to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker - in 2018, 25 players represented 9stacks Team India in Vegas, and two of them finished in the top 100 of the 8000-entrant Main Event there. In 2019, as many as 65 players qualified for Vegas, and this year’s LFGVegas3 promotion kicked off next week with a target to enable even more players to chase their Vegas dreams.

As the poker industry continues to grow in India, awards functions like IPC recognize current success stories and encourage more players to play poker, and the ever-increasing numbers for the IPC are proof of this. Live as well as online poker has seen phenomenal growth in India in the last three years.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Herman Miller Unveils Atlas Office Landscape and Cosm Chair for Indian Corporate Market



Herman Miller, Inc., a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services, has launched its Atlas Office Landscape workstation and Cosm chair in India. Uniting human-centered design with Herman Miller’s leadership in innovative technology and materials, the company has unveiled these products as a testimony of being at the forefront of modern design, including the evolution of flexible workstations.  The company has already bagged customers for its new range of Atlas Office Landscape like Apple India, Manguard Plus, one of Ireland's leading private security service providers, offering clients professional solutions to their security needs in the Indian market.

This comes at the back of Herman Miller opening a new 2500 sq. ft. state-of-the-art office facility in the heart of Bangalore, supporting India and various other geographies across the world in terms of design, IT, R&D, finance and others.

Atlas Office Landscape designed by internationally acclaimed designer Tim Wallace, is an exceptional demonstration of responding to the new culture of workplace design for the 21st century desking requirements. It brings together height-adjustability and collaborative working, while offering flexibility without being constrained by structures. It also provides ergonomic support and is built to fit in almost all workspaces.

Cosm chair uses a revolutionary technology Auto-Harmonic Tilt that instantly responds to the user's body movement when seated and provides optimal support and a more neutral balance. This tilt mechanism is a culmination of two decades of design, research and engineering that is further deepened with Herman Miller’s understanding of how people sit and work. Designed by Studio 7.5, Cosm chair offers unparalleled comfort and performance. TIME Magazine has named Cosm to its list of the 100 Best Inventions of 2019, calling it the ‘pinnacle of personalization’. It has also received the prestigious Red Dot Best of the Best Product Design Award in the ‘Office Chairs’ category.

Jeremy Hocking, President, Herman Miller International said, “With the introduction of Atlas Office Landscape and Cosm chair in India, Herman Miller reinforces the company’s worldwide leadership in workplace innovation and high-performance seating. With our collection of leading brands, a global multi-channel distribution capability and a clear set of strategic priorities, we remain well-positioned to drive sustainable long-term growth.”

The company commenced its operation in 2005 in India and has witnessed a 60% Year-on -Year (YoY) growth in the premium office furniture category and is poised to grow at a pace of 25% in FY 19-20. While the company continues to focus on key global accounts, it has plans to tap on homegrown business within India.

Speaking on the company’s long-term commitment to the India and APAC market, Kartik Shethia, Vice President, Herman Miller Asia Pacific said, “India has always been and will continue to be one of the most promising and dynamic markets for Herman Miller. We are focused and committed in terms of further investments, channel development, new product introductions and strengthening the team in India. With height adjustable workspace picking up pace here, we felt the necessity to launch Atlas Office Landscape workstation and Cosm Chair in India. We also plan to expand our retail offering and make high-quality products accessible across markets in India and APAC.”

"Over the years, several leading IT players including Amazon India, Adobe, Google, Microsoft and Reliance Jio are all customers of HermanMiller's wide range of office furniture's in India spread across Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai," remarks Shethia.

Herman Miller inaugurated its production facility at Bidadi in October 2015 to specifically serve India and neighbouring markets. It has witnessed a growth of 83% in FY 18-19 and is set to achieve a 100% growth in FY 19-20. Many international products have been localised and the company plans to offer new products lines from the India plant soon. The plant now serves more than 70% of the local demand. The company also plans to expand in the retail market with a focus on appointing channel partners in tier II cities. It has already opened an online store and listed few products on Amazon and Flipkart to cater to the digital market.

The Herman Miller Group, with a 100-plus-year history is a family of individually vibrant brands. The family of brands includes Colebrook Bosson Saunders, Design Within Reach, Geiger, HAY, Maars Living Walls, Maharam, naughtone and Nemschoff.

About Herman Miller

Herman Miller is a globally recognized provider of furnishings and related technologies and services.  Since its inception in 1905, the company has relied on innovative design to help people do great things. The global design leader has evolved into Herman Miller Group, a family of brands that collectively offers a variety of products for environments where people live, learn, work, and heal. The family of brands includes Colebrook Bosson Saunders, Design Within Reach, Geiger, HAY, Maars Living Walls, Maharam, naughtone, Nemschoff, and Herman Miller. 

Five Tech Platforms that Help in Reducing Teacher Workload in India


As we move into 2020, the issue of overworked teachers continues to loom large, and answers are proving to be elusive as ever. What may come as a surprise is that teachers have always worked hard; in fact, the median working week has not changed significantly over the last twenty years. With the introduction of EdTech in schools and automating admin can reduce teachers’ workload by and significantly improve teachers’ day-to-day experience. Let’s take a look at some of the leading platforms, which are truly making a difference in reducing the teacher workload.

1. Launched in 2015, Byju's - The Learning App, is a learning app for students across age groups with programmes in English and Hindi that make learning and understanding concepts easier not only for school kids but also saves the time and effort of the teachers. The subject focus of the platform is math and science, and the concepts are explained using 12-20 minute digital animated videos, helping the teachers to express themselves in a better way and at the same time also reduces their workload.

2. TeachNext@Home, the award-winning multimedia content, integrated with world-class tools, lesson plans and assessments, helps students clarify doubts, revise concepts, develop their analytical skills and customise their learning needs at home, ensuring the best possible learning outcomes for students. The quality of the content has been validated through a testing tool, the Learning Objective Evaluation (LOBE) Instrument, developed at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Meant to enhance the home-learning experience, it helps 21st-century learners to be the architects of their own knowledge anytime, anywhere; helping to reduce teacher workload.

3. With mass adoption of technology Shemford Group of Futuristic Schools, India's most innovative school chain has also taken several steps to reduce teacher workload.  With technology based classroom solutions and standardising the base level of education along with ensuring all students have access to high level of high quality education with the help of AI enabled classrooms, Shemford Group of schools have taken a major to solve specific problems that teachers and schools actually deal with day to day.

4. Poland-based Brainly is designed to help students boost their inquisitiveness with a continuous flow of questions and radical solutions. The startup not just focuses on cracking puzzling questions but also on sharing ideas, deepening insights, and exploring knowledge.Founded in 2009, Brainly is the modern education company uniting students and experts in a fun, interactive world that celebrates understanding. Being the shortcut-free solution for fast-tracked learning it also reduces the workload for teachers. With over 150 million monthly users hailing from more than 35 countries accessing the platform, Brainly is the world’s most trusted, teacher-approved online learning resource.

5. Shiksha knowledge solutions, A highly experienced Lucknow based K-12 solution provider proffering turnkey solutions, has introduced diverse technologies like school management app, principal desk and a digital platform that caters to all stakeholders of the school along with full cycle services, starting from product conceptualization to implementation and support to the teachers and help them resolving as many workload bottlenecks as possible.

All these platforms are effectively eliminating unnecessary workload of teachers by streamlining data management. Research shows, that in school, the teacher is the most important factor on student achievement. It is critical therefore that they should only use technology if it frees and supports them to teach as well as they can.

Senior Bangalore Doctors Vouch for Ranitidine, API Used in Certain Antacids as Trusted, Safe & Effective Drug


A group of prominent city doctors from different specialties met the media today for a discussion to separate facts from myths about Ranitidine, an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) used in certain antacids. During the meet, the doctors said that there is lot of misconception and unnecessary confusion on ranitidine.

A popular, ages-old medicine used to treat gastric acidity, Ranitidine was commercially introduced in 1981 and has stood up to the expectations of medical fraternity for being safe and efficacious. Ranitidine features on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines.

Facts on ranitidine:

US FDA has confirmed through their tests, by simulating what happens to ranitidine after it has been exposed to acid in the stomach with a normal diet and results of these tests indicate that NDMA is not formed through this process. 3
Neither US FDA or DCGI have asked for a ban on ranitidine.
Age-old medicine for treating gastric acidity
Features in WHO’s List of Essential Medicines 4

Contrary to the popular perception created, Ranitidine has not been banned. None of the key pharmaceutical regulators such as the US FDA, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) /CDSCO have asked for a ban. However, the recall by a few manufacturers in India was purely voluntary. The US FDA tested numerous ranitidine products and found levels of NDMA similar to levels one would be exposed to if they ate common foods like grilled or smoked meats.

The US FDA in its recent statement issued on January 8, 2020 has said that NDMA is a known environmental contaminant found in water and certain foods. A person taking a drug that contains NDMA at-or-below the acceptable daily intake limit every day for 70 years is not expected to have an increased risk of cancer.2

Reiterating US FDA’s stand on the issue, Dr. T. R. Raghu, HOD-Cardiology, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research said, “The USFDA, in its statement, has confirmed that ranitidine does not lead to cancer in typical stomach conditions of humans. Cardiologists like me have been prescribing ranitidine for several years, and haven’t yet come across any adverse reactions in our patients. Ranitidine is an age-old molecule commonly prescribed by cardiologists with other drugs for heart. It is a safe and efficacious drug for hyperacidity. In fact, ranitidine is better because it does not cause drug interaction with Clopidogrel and Aspirin (which cardiologists prescribe often) unlike other class of antacids.”

Echoing similar opinion, Dr Ashok Kumar, Professor and HOD, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research said, “The CDCSO/DCGI never banned ranitidine. They have only asked the state bodies to get the product tested from manufacturers. Blood thinning agents are given to cardiac patients which causes hyperacidity. In order to counter this acidity, ranitidine is prescribed in combination, and we have always found it safe for our patients over so many years. Ranitidine is given to outdoor patients as well as to those patients in ICU when they are dealing with stress ulcers.”

Dr Nagendra Kumar, Consultant Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Hepatology and Nutrition, Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Columbia Asia Hospitals said, “We have gathered here to dispel the misinformation around ranitidine. It is an age old molecule, low priced and affordable medication. I have been prescribing my patients for ranitidine for years and none of my patients have reported any serious adverse effect of the medicine consumption. There is no co-relation between ranitidine and cancer seen in my practice of so many years.”

Dr Purushottam Chavan, Assistant Professor, Head and Neck Onco-Surgeon, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology said, “US FDA has clearly stated that a person taking a drug that has NDMA below the acceptable limit every day for 70 years is not expected to have an increased risk of cancer. Also, ranitidine is usually prescribed for short duration. As per the latest update from US FDA, the acceptable daily intake limit for NDMA is 0.096 micrograms (96 nanograms) or 0.32 ppm for ranitidine containing products.”

Dr Arun KN, Nephrologist,  Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital said, “Ranitidine came to India in 1980s when I was a medical student. Surgeries for peptic ulcers, which were one of the commonest surgeries in those times, have become very rare within a decade after ranitidine came. At present, there is a lot of confusion among patients, media and healthcare practitioners about ranitidine and its side effects. The USFDA has certified that ranitidine is safe for human consumption. NDMA is a naturally occurring contaminant which is present in air, food, water etc. As a senior nephrologist, I want to assure patients that ranitidine is a safe and reliable drug. Recently, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) asked Ranitidine to be made available again in all civic hospitals and dispensaries for use after seeing the test reports on Ranitidine from the laboratory which showed no contamination in the drug. The test reports prove that the drug is safe for consumption.”

Motilal Oswal Financial Services Announces the Launch of Digi Partner


SALIENT FEATURES OF DIGI PARTNER

* No compulsion of office infrastructure
* Exclusive reactivation & HNI client dealing support desk
* Minimum refundable deposit
* Dedicated Apps for Trader & Investors
* Personalized Advisory support for all segments & products
* Online Funds & Securities pay-in and pay-out facility
* Client wise Surveillance & RMS facility
* Trade confirmation to clients through voice blast & ECN (Electronic contract note)

MotilalOswal Financial Services has announced the launch of their new asset-light business partner model, Digi-Partner. Capitalizing on the trend of digitization, given more than 70% of transactions of purchase happen digitally; this was an apt move for a financial services leader like MOFSL. This model requires little/no investment to start a financial intermediation business and will certainly revolutionize the sector.

As the name suggests, Digi-Partner is a unique partnership model where your complete business right from acquiring clients, account opening, business operations, product suggestions, advisory product Investments and moderation is done digitally. While you focus on activating your relationships, the technology provides the backbone to help your business grow.

Speaking on this initiative Gaurav Manihar, Head – Business Alliances , MOFSL said, “It is a well-known fact that India has a young, educated population. It is also known that equity penetration in India is less than 4% ( vis-a-vis 60% in USA) and hence presents a large opportunity for financial intermediation. Our Digi Partner model helps young Indians who have a passion for investing and relationship management to turn entrepreneur by removing the barriers that prevent them from doing so.”

Some of the key advantages of this model are

* Minimal cost of customer acquisition in digital channels compared to traditional channels
* High reduction in the cost of transactions and servicing through digital channels compared to traditional channels
* Multifold increase in revenue generation through customers as compared to branch only model

Through this unique business model, MotilalOswal Financial Services wishes to reach out those who aspire to become entrepreneurs in the field of financial intermediation but cannot afford very high investment due to infrastructure costs. The capital market penetration in India is very low as compared to other developed countries. The more the affordable such business modules get, it will help in multiplying equity penetration in India.

Kavita Viswanath Joins JFrog as GM India to Help Drive Growth



JFrog, “The Liquid Software Company” known for enabling continuous update flows with advanced DevOps platform tools, has appointed Ms. Kavita Viswanath as its General Manager for India to oversee their India Operations.

“We are excited to onboard Ms. Kavita Viswanath as the General Manager for JFrog India,” said Orit Goren, COO at JFrog. “The business world is streaming fast towards cloud services and that accelerates their adoption of DevOps and DevSecOps to account for continuous delivery and seamless deployment. We are scaling up our operations in India and Kavita’s experience in leading teams and integrating functions across a company will play a major role with us.”

In recent years, JFrog has acquired two US-India based companies. CloudMunch allows DevOps business intelligence and analytics to drive DevOps forward by scaling software releases and Continuous Updates. Shippable is a best-of-breed CI/CD technology that is now included in the JFrog Platform as JFrog Pipelines and JFrog Mission Control. Between those two acquisitions, the headcount at JFrog in India has continued to grow.

Viswanath brings over 19 years of experience in leading roles with different sectors. She was associated with Flipkart before joining JFrog, and was responsible for building the B2B business of their ‘Made in India’ brand Billion. She also played a role as Head of Planning and Strategy for Flipkart Ads. Her most recent assignment with them was leading Global Sales at Myntra, for their AI-based SaaS product.

“I am happy to have this great opportunity with JFrog India. JFrog has proved its presence in the global business of cloud and DevOps services, and India has unmatched business potential to explore in this area,” said Kavita Viswanath in a statement.

Viswanath proudly joins JFrog after many years in the software business with leading global technology companies like Microsoft and Oracle, where for more than a decade she managed Enterprise Sales and Alliances for their on-premises and Cloud businesses.

Continued Viswanath: “I look forward to leading the dynamic team and helping JFrog scale up their India operations.”

About JFrog

JFrog is on a mission to enable continuous updates through liquid software, empowering developers to code high-quality applications that securely flow to end-users with zero downtime. JFrog is the creator of Artifactory, the heart of the end-to-end Universal DevOps platform for automating, managing, securing, distributing, and monitoring all types of technologies. JFrog products are available as open-source, on-premise, and on the cloud on AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. As a leading universal, highly available enterprise DevOps solution, the JFrog platform empowers customers with trusted and expedited software releases from code-to-production. JFrog is trusted by more than 6,000 customers, and top global brands such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Uber, VMware, and Spotify depend on JFrog to manage their binaries for their mission-critical applications. JFrog is privately held with offices across North America, Europe, and Asia.

LogMeIn Announces New GoTo Marketplace and Latest Partner Integrations


LogMeIn, Inc. has announced the launch of the GoTo Marketplace, a single point of access to all of the applications and productivity tools that integrate with LogMeIn’s GoTo suite of Unified Communications & Collaboration (UCC) products. LogMeIn also announced new and improved integrations for the GoTo portfolio, including Salesforce Lightning, Theta Lake, Clio, Zoho and Prezi. The new integrations, built by both LogMeIn and their partners, help drive productivity and efficiency within their customer’s communication and collaboration workflows.

The GoTo Marketplace was built for customers to more easily access all of the applications that integrate with GoTo’s suite of products, such as GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, Jive and GoToConnect — which combines the power and reliability of Jive's cloud VoIP phone systems with GoToMeeting's web, audio and video conferencing. Customers can quickly begin using the GoTo suite with applications and productivity tools — ranging from sales, marketing and customer support tools, to scheduling, collaboration, education and learning apps — from one easy-to-navigate website. The GoTo Marketplace provides customers and their end-users a way to build a more personalized workflow offering that fits in to their professional ecosystem based on their specific roles and business needs.

“Working the way our customers want to work, and helping to improve their productivity and efficiency, has been — and continues to be — one of our top priorities,” said Mark Strassman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of UCC at LogMeIn. “This means supporting them from a product standpoint with our meeting, webinar, voice and room solutions, and working within their ecosystem to integrate with the tools they already use. Our new integration marketplace was built with the customer top of mind, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer these exciting new integrations.”

The latest integrations to be included in the GoTo Marketplace are:

•  Clio and Jive/GoToConnect – With Clio and Jive/GoToConnect, legal practices receive alerts through automated screen pops when a current client is calling, and seamless call-tracking ensures that a recent or past call can be attributed to a time entry which can later be billed in Clio. New matters can also be created or attributed to a call in Jive and instantly synced to Clio.

•  Prezi and GoToWebinar – With Prezi and GoToWebinar you and your content come together on the same screen, similar to a news broadcast, for more engaging visuals in your webinars. This removes the need to switch to a separate screen to show visual references and creates a clearer connection between a person and their visual content.

•  Theta Lake and GoToMeeting – Theta Lake automates the capture and archiving of video communications and detects compliance risks and unintentional data sharing in video communications. This is extremely valuable for customers in regulated industries who need a process to detect these risks that remain hidden in video communications.

•  Salesforce Lightning and GoToMeeting – This integration for GoToMeeting allows users to launch GoToMeeting straight from Salesforce, making it easy to setup face-to-face meetings with leads, contacts and opportunities without ever leaving Salesforce. Users also get full context of prospects with detailed records of sales calls, recordings and conversations histories. Salesforce also integrates with GoToWebinar.

•  Salesforce Lightning and Jive/GoToConnect – Users can click-to-call using Jive Voice and GoToConnect, straight from Salesforce with this new integration, currently in public beta. This integration provides more accurate sales analytics with automatic call logging and daily call tracking, as well as improved efficiency with click-to-call, note taking and finding and responding to missed calls.

•   Zoho and Jive/GoToConnect — The Zoho CRM-Jive/GoToConnect integration helps sales teams simplify call activity management for inbound and outbound phone calls with call notification screen pop-ups, click-to call dialing, and automatic call logging. Zia Intelligent Call Routing, powered by Zoho’s Intelligent Assistant (ZIA), prioritizes and automatically routes calls to match customer needs with agent skills, enabling companies to deliver first-call resolution and ramp up and improve the caller experience with personalized service, simpler workflows and advanced call management features. Zoho also integrates with GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar.

“Zoho's suite of products, and our market-leading CRM in particular, provide business critical information and serve as a platform for enabling unified customer experiences," said Anand Nergunam, VP Revenue Growth at Zoho. “Integrating it with GoTo’s suite of products helps businesses deliver a personalized customer experience and improve efficiency. Through our partnership, we're making it easier for businesses to leverage the full power of both platforms through simpler workflows and deep integrations."

"Law firms need powerful technology to make their lives, and the lives of their customers, easier. That's why we chose to partner with LogMeIn and their GoTo suite of products,” said Andrew Gay, Manager of App & Developer Ecosystem at Clio. "Combining Clio Manage, Clio's leading practice management software, with Jive, offers law firms across the globe the ability to capture more billable hours and improve a client’s overall experience."

Tata Altroz Earns the 5-Star Adult Safety Rating from Global NCAP

Key Highlights:
• Tata Motors (TML) yet again rolls out the safest car in the country : 2nd time in a row
• Altroz becomes the second Indian car to get the Global NCAP 5-star rating (Adult occupant protection)
• 5-star safety as standard across all variants of Altroz

Tata Motors, has proudly announced that its premium hatchback - the Altroz has become the latest recipient of the 5-star adult safety rating from Global NCAP, the foremost global car assessment programme. This makes Altroz not only the second vehicle from Tata Motors to achieve this, but also makes it the second passenger car in the Indian automotive industry to make it to this level, after the Nexon, which was awarded this distinction in December 2018.

The Tata Altroz has been designed to offer world-class protection to its occupants, which was been hitherto lauded in media reviews of the car. This landmark achievement by Tata Motors is also a testament of the fact that the automotive industry in India is capable of delivering the highest global standards of safety in vehicles.

Commenting on this landmark achievement, Mr. Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit (PVBU), Tata Motors, said, “We are proud to have delivered yet another product that will be regarded as the safest passenger vehicle on Indian roads. In alignment with our philosophy of Connected Electrified Shared and Safe (CESS) mobility solutions, we have successfully provided the Indian automotive industry with yet another product that is a certified example of stringent safety. The Nexon was the proverbial guiding light for us in this aspect, and the Altroz has followed its footsteps, setting a new benchmark across the industry safety standards. We hope that achievements such as this one, elevate the trust in our badge among the Indian car-buyers and continue to prove Tata Motors as a brand associated with class-defining products.”

Road safety has been the prime agenda jointly for both the Government as well as the industry and Tata Motors is known to make both elegant and safe cars. This latest Global NCAP score reaffirms that TML stands by its commitment to make the best in global car safety, accessible to Indian customers. The Company has dedicated itself to the mission of ‘Safe Bharat’ by developing innovative mobility solutions, in personal as well as mass transportation. Tata Motors is committed to the mobility transformation through Connected, Electrified, Shared & Safe (CESS) and the company has taken conscious decision to build the nation responsibly by bringing in an inclusive & sustainable approach.

Expressing himself on this milestone, Mr. Rajendra Petkar, President and Chief Technology Officer, Tata Motors, said, “We are delighted to have made yet another car – the Tata Altroz that raises the bar for automotive safety standards across the industry. Being an industry first in the hatchback segment in the country, this is in lockstep with our objective to deliver mobility solutions that possess advanced technological features alongside providing robust protection for the occupants. This achievement is in line our philosophy that vehicle safety should be made accessible to all. Getting GNCAP 5 star for the Altroz is an outcome of the relentless hard work put in by the engineering team with support from the project function and entire organization, including our supplier partners. Together they delivered an excellent package consisting of outstanding structural integrity while using a “digital first” strategy.”

The Altroz’s structure and overall safety has been evaluated through the Global NCAP crash tests. The car has been tested for both front and side impacts. The combined evaluation of both the tests by Global NCAP have resulted in a full 5-star rating. Altroz has also achieved a notable 3-star for child occupant safety.

Keeping in line with this achievement, safety has also been kept as a critical aspect of the Company’s theme for Auto Expo 2020, which takes place next month.

CamScanner Touches 100 Million Users in India; Achieves a Milestone


CamScanner, the most popular document management solution for individuals, small businesses, organizations, governments, and schools around the world, announced that it has reached 100 million users in India. This extremely popular app has changed the way people scan their documents with attractive features like book-ebook, Scanning of PowerPoint Presentation, Printing Certificates, etc.

CamScanner is the most widely used scanning app in the world. With the diverse user base, the app is mostly used by teachers, students, white-collar workers, lawyers, and doctors, to name a few. Currently, nearly 7.6% of the Indian population CamScanner.

Speaking on the announcement, Mr. Micheal Zhen, CEO, CamScanner said “The Indian market is one of the most important markets for us. The fact that 100 Million users value our offering is humbling and is a testimony to the efforts of the incredible team at CamScanner. We will continue to innovate and add new features in order to make the app more accessible for existing and new users”

Trusted by global leaders, such as the ICICI Bank, the brand plans to introduce more functions suitable for the Indian market. Under the new suite, the Indian users will be able to generate electronic copies of their utility documents such as identity cards, licenses, etc. in a 1:1 ratio.

Available on Google Play Store and iOS App Store, CamScanner has been installed on over 370 million devices across more than 200 countries. CamScanner records more than 50,000 subscribers every day, making it the world’s most popular mobile scanning application.

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