Friday, September 24, 2021

TEDxManipal To Host Its First Virtual Edition Of TED Circles On Sept 26


TEDxManipal is delighted to host its first edition of TED Circles, an exclusive virtual event, for which only selected candidates will get the opportunity to participate in enlightening discussions on this month’s captivating theme - “Imagination”. The event is scheduled for the 26th of September 2021, at 6 PM IST.

TED Circles is an open community of small groups that engage in conversations about big ideas. At a TED Circle event, participants watch a selected TED talk based on a monthly theme and share their key takeaways from the talk.

Through this fascinating concept, the organizing team aims to create a platform for the diverse student-based community at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) to reflect, interact and connect on riveting ideas. Hosting a TED Circle event at the university town would give students from diverse fields of medicine, business, and engineering, an opportunity to exchange ideas on thought-provoking TED talks.

The faculty mentor Dr. Raghu Radhakrishnan, Director of International Collaborations, deems it an honour to be advising the team of TEDxManipal, led by Kashish Miglani and Vani Mittal who are third year undergraduate students at Manipal Institute of Technology. The special virtual event will be co-hosted and facilitated by team members - Sidesh Das, Khushi Prasad, Vaidehi Patel, Swakshi Agrawal, Kashish Miglani, Vani Mittal and Khushi Agarwal.

TED Circles will inspire individuals to broaden their existing knowledge on a myriad of topics through healthy dialogue and discussion and uphold the spirit of TED, focusing on the power of ideas.

YES BANK Announces Partnership With Visa To Issue Credit Cards


* Nine credit card variants enabled on Visa payment network

* Card offerings packed with rewards and privileges

YES BANK announced its partnership with Visa to offer credit cards to its customers on the payment platform. With the partnership, the Bank commences issuance of select credit card variants, consumer as well as commercial, on Visa’s payment network – the transition has been achieved within a record time of less than 60 days, ensuring ease for customers across segments.

The suite consists of nine credit card variants on the Visa platform that service all segments – consumer cards, business cards, and corporate cards across YES First, YES Premia and YES Prosperity.

The Visa co-branded cards are loaded with attractive loyalty programs, under which reward points never expire and can also be shared or transferred to YES BANK Credit Card holders. Other benefits include attractive foreign currency markup and a bouquet of lifestyle privileges including airport lounge access and golf course privileges*. The Bank is also in the process of completing technology integration with NPCI and plans to issue Rupay branded Credit Cards in due course.

Commenting on the launch, Rajanish Prabhu, Head – Credit Cards and Merchant Acquisition, YES BANK, said, “Our partnership with Visa adds a new dimension to the Bank’s sustained efforts in transforming and elevating end-to-end credit journeys for our customers. With Visa’s payment and security system, our customers will continue to enjoy uninterrupted ease while using YES BANK Credit Cards.”

Sujai Raina, Head – Business Development, India, Visa, said, “We are delighted to partner with YES BANK to launch an expansive suite of Visa solutions for their customers. At a time when consumers are turning to credit offerings for daily as well as discretionary spends, we are now extending an already strong relationship with the Bank - across debit, digital and acceptance solutions - to a wide range of credit offerings. Keeping in mind the varied consumers, businesses and corporate clients that the Bank caters to, Visa aims to help expand access and enable inclusion to digital payments across these segments.”

*Lounge and Golf benefits are available only on select cards

About YES BANK

YES BANK is a ‘Full Service Commercial Bank’ providing a complete range of products, services and technology driven digital offerings, catering to Retail, MSME as well as corporate clients.

YES BANK operates its Investment banking, Merchant banking & Brokerage businesses through YES SECURITIES and its Mutual Fund business through YES Asset Management (India) Limited, both wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bank. Headquartered in Mumbai, it has a pan-India presence across all 28 states and 8 Union Territories in India including an IBU at GIFT City, and a Representative Office in Abu Dhabi.

MeitY Startup Hub And AWS Collaborate To Support Startup Growth And Innovation In India


The MeitY Startup Hub, an initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Amazon Internet Services Private Ltd. (AISPL), which undertakes the resale and marketing of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud services in India, to promote technology innovation and the sustainable growth of startups in India.

As part of this new collaboration, MeitY Startup Hub and AWS will work together to identify startups with deep technology capabilities, and enable and empower them to build impactful solutions to address the biggest problems facing society in India. Through the AWS Startup Ramp program, startups will gain access to AWS Credits, a community of experts, technical training and support covering cloud architecture, cost optimization, security, and scalability readiness.

The MeitY Startup Hub will facilitate and organise government-backed innovation challenges to help startups focused on the public sector scale their solutions. Additionally, the collaboration will mobilise startups, and the community of incubators and accelerators to curate and run startup acceleration programs with AWS.

Initially the collaboration will focus on startups addressing healthcare, agriculture, public safety, transportation, smart cities and citizen engagement. Identified startups will be able to leverage AWS’s depth and breadth of services in cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), data analytics and security, among others.

“MeitY Startup Hub is excited to collaborate with AWS to help startups to further accelerate, scale, and build innovative solutions. Mentoring, technical expertise, cloud credits, skill enhancement programming, and other resources provided under this collaboration will be of significant value for startups. We look forward to a productive engagement with AWS, with a vision to create both grassroots momentum and tangible impact,” said Mr. Jeet Vijay, CEO, MeitY Startup Hub.

“The combination of India’s scale, its thriving technology community, and public sector willingness to adopt new technologies to address challenges in society, is a great opportunity for startups to create impactful innovations. MeitY’s focused efforts supporting startups operating in social impact areas and building a collaborative innovation ecosystem is commendable, and we are proud to collaborate with the MeitY Startup Hub towards this goal,” said Mr. Rahul Sharma, President, Public Sector – AISPL, AWS India and South Asia.

Startups who are focused in the public sector and interested to learn more can visit the AWS Startup Ramp program web page.

Advanced Technology-Based MEGHDOOT Atmospheric Water Generator Plant Inaugurated At Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium


Advanced Technology-Based MEGHDOOT AWG Plant Inaugurated At Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium. The AWG provides pure drinking water sourced from the atmosphere.

When drinking water is at a premium or scarce, Atmospheric Water generators (AWG)s are a step forward to meet the growing demands. Many cities and towns in India and the world are water-stressed due to a drop in groundwater availability or contaminated groundwater. The water generated by AWGs is pure and healthy for any situation.

The AWG at the JNP was inaugurated by Dr. T K Alex, Hon. Distinguished Professor ISRO, AntarikshBhavan, Bengaluru with Shri. PravinShirse, Country President India and Managing Director, and Shri M R K Karanth, AVP – Segment Components (Unit Head), Bengaluru Centre, OerlikonBalzers Coating India Pvt. Ltd.Rtn. Fazal Mahmood, District Governor RID 3190 and Shri. Pramod G Galgali, Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium were the Guests of Honor.

The AWG project is the brainchild of ATFSC, a Section 8, not-for-profit organization, and JNP to introduce advanced and sustainable technology for sourcing drinking water to visitors and mainly students who visit the planetarium.

JNP started in 1989, has emerged as a premier institution in India. It attracts over 3 lakh visitors annually, the majority of whom are students, who come to participate in stargazing, watch science movies, sky-theatre shows and view astronomical events.

The objective of this project is to bring to the fore sustainable technologies. Reports state that at any given point the Earth’s atmosphere consists of 37.5 Million-Billion Gallons of water vapor and this can be tapped into for sourcing drinking water. Source: https://wxguys.ssec.wisc.edu/

The AWG technology will be useful in various applications like Government & Private Schools and Colleges, Government & Private Hospitals, Defense Establishments, Railway Stations, Off-shore platforms and vessels, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Residential Apartments and Gated Communities, Bottled Water Plants, Natural Disaster Relief Camps, Pharmaceutical Industries, Hotels, Clubs, Shopping Malls and, Tech Parks & Office Complexes.

It is estimated that over 76 million people in India have no access to drinking water and technologies like AWG are ideal to bridge the gap.

Knowledge Partner

ATFSC Foundationisan Authorised Partner of MaithriAquatech, makers of the Meghdoot range of AWGs.MaithriAcquatech is an ESG Company recognized by the Indian Ministry of Water, the Ministry of Jal Shakti, and also recognized by the Telangana Government. They are dedicated to providing innovative solutions to solve Water Availability and Contamination.

Implementation Partner

Rotary Bangalore Whitefield Centralis responsible for implementing the AWG Plant at the JNP.

Equipment Sponsor

OerlikonBalzerPvt.Ltd. has provided financial aid for the project. OerlikonBalzerPvt.Ltd is the world’s leading provider of surface technologies.

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium headed by Shri Pramod G Galgali has been instrumental in initiating the thought process of adapting and implementing the sustainable technology.

Ecovate Tech LLP is an Authorised Partner of MaithriAquatech. Ecovate Tech is a visionary organization with a mission to make a difference to one of the most critical environmental issues predominantly in the developing world - Sustainable Solutions for Drinking Water.

Tata Motors Celebrates 10,000 EV Customers Across Indian Market


* These early adopters have led the green mobility wave in India 

Tata Motors, one of India’s leading automobile manufacturers, today recorded a remarkable feat of on-boarding its 10,000th EV customer. Leading the electric vehicle segment, this new milestone signifies a growing number of delighted customers of a Tata EV.  The first 10,000 EVs have been led by the early adopters and with this encouragement Tata Motors has built a viable roadmap for the future and is committed to staying on course with making EVs mainstream.

On achieving the 10K rollout milestone, Mr. Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “The achievement of 10,000 EVs on road is a strong testament to how our innovative electric vehicles are resonating well with customers. We are proud to have lived up to the high expectations of the early EV adopters and are thankful to them for their continued trust in the brand. These customers have laid a strong foundation for EV ownership to further expand and have created a path for other prospective buyers to follow.”

With over 70% market share (YTD FY22), Tata Motors has crossed the 1000 unit volume in August’21 and with a strong order book, the company’s vision of creating a sustainable future in the automobile industry is being recognized and appreciated by all customers. Tata Motors is driving this shift of green mobility with the help of other Tata Group companies including Tata Power, Tata Chemicals, Tata Autocomp, Tata Motors Finance, and Croma through an expansive e-mobility ecosystem – The Tata UniEVerse. Tata Power’s ramp up of the charging infrastructure with 700 plus installations in 120 cities across India furthers the commitment of sustainability and modernization.

Powered by Tata Motors’ state-of-the-art Ziptron technology which is at the heart of the company’s passenger EV line-up, Tata Motors launched the Nexon EV in January 2020, and recently launched its second EV in the personal segment, the new Tigor EV, which comes with a GNCAP 4-star rating for adult and child occupant protection and boasts of an extended ARAI certified range of 306 kms (under standard testing conditions).  The company has also launched the XPRES T electric sedan, its first product under the XPRES brand, exclusively for fleet customers, to create a new benchmark for urban shared and commercial mobility.  

Raymond Capitalizes On Casualization Trend In Shirting Fashion


* Launches Vibez AW’21 collection of shirting fabrics – a mélange of vibrant prints imbibing traditional Indian motifs -

* Onboards designer Suket Dhir to seamlessly translate the vivacious fabrics into stylised silhouettes-

Raymond, India’s leading manufacturer and retailer of premium fabrics and apparel announced the launch of its latest vibrant collection of shirting fabrics - ‘Vibez’. Being a popular menswear brand in India, Raymond has on-boarded famed designer Suket Dhir. Suket’s work has been recognized by one of the most prestigious honours in global fashion and he has crafted an exclusive collection of ensembles for the launch of Raymond Vibez.

Raymond Vibez, a vibrant range of shirting fabrics, gains inspiration from nostalgic Indian motifs and seamlessly combines them with highly contemporary aesthetics and boldly experiments with colour palettes. The collection consists of 7 distinctive prints - Watercolour Washes, Swirling Paisley, Bold Abstract, Tie-n-Dye, Checkerboard, Deep with Indigo, and Tribal Prints.

Commenting on the launch of the Vibez collection, S. Ganesh Kumar, COO, Raymond Lifestyle Business said; “As lives return back to normalcy, consumers are seeking a refreshing perspective on casualization and are increasingly experimenting with fashion sensibilities. Revamping a wardrobe can be a big mood enhancer that can uplift spirits to revel in the upcoming festive season. The launch of Vibez is apt in the current context wherein people are looking forward to shop with optimism.” Along with a wide assortment of unique prints, the collection offers a diverse colour palette for customers to choose from. The trendy and versatile prints can be tailored into multiple looks for several occasions – be it a casual hangout with friends, a clubbing night, or the long awaited road trip.

Speaking during the launch Suket Dhir said; “It was good to see Raymond come up with ‘VIBEZ’. Our interpretation for it is multi-utilitarian, versatile, cool and trendy. How clothing can change the entire atmosphere around the person wearing it, is well documented. We have played around with the fabrics in a classic SUKETDHIR style. The colours and patterns are such that it expresses the vibe or the mood of the wearer. A collection that is perfect to brighten up a gloomy winter day, and the combination of linens and corduroys to keep the cool breeze out and cool quotient in.”

The Vibez Collection is available across different fabrics such as cotton, Linen and various blends, starting at Rs. 850 onwards, per meter, across all fabric blends, and Rs. 1800 onwards for a custom tailored shirt, at all Raymond Shops and partner multi-brand outlets, as well as on www.myraymond.com.

About Raymond Limited

Raymond is India’s largest integrated worsted suiting manufacturer that offers end-to-end solutions for fabrics and garmenting. Over the years, Raymond has been synonymous with quality, innovation and market leadership. It has some of the leading brands within its portfolio – ‘Raymond Ready to Wear’, ‘Park Avenue’, ‘ColorPlus’, ‘Parx’, ‘Raymond Made to Measure’ amongst others. Raymond has one of the largest exclusive retail networks in the country with around 1,500 stores in more than 600 towns. Raymond also has presence in FMCG sector through Raymond Consumer care that offers wide range of products in men’s personal grooming category and personal hygiene. The group also has presence in engineering and auto components across national and international markets. In 2019, Raymond has also forayed into the realty sector through the launch of its maiden project ‘aspirational district’ spread across 14 acres housing ~3,100 residential units. Having enjoyed the patronage of over a billion consumers, Raymond as a brand has been consistently delivering world class quality products to its consumers over the past nine decades. For more information visit www.raymond.in

BenQ Unlocks Premium Home Cinema Experience: Launches V7050i - 4K Laser TV Projector


* The V7050i 4K Laser TV Projector with HDR-PRO™, CinematicColor™, built-in Android TV and Filmmaker Mode will enriches the home cinema experience

* Recognized as Best Product 2021-2022 (Laser TV Projection System) in Home Theatre Display & Video Category by EISA- (Expert Imaging and Sound Association)

BenQ, a global leader in display technology and solutions, announced the launch of its latest 4K UHD ultra-short-throw Laser TV projector, the V7050i with HDR-PRO™, CinematicColor™, built-in Android TV, and Filmmaker Mode. The New Filmmaker mode meets the standards of UHD alliance and ensures content delivery as intended by Director.

The V7050i also comes with advanced motion estimation and compensation technology (MEMC).

When it comes to rich entertainment content, the Google-certified Android TV feature embedded in the projector ensures an extensive collection of movies, TV shows, sports for ultimate home entertainment. The intuitive and well-organized interface makes content exploration easy and quick.

The V7050i enriches the home cinema experience with front channel treVolo speakers which offers true tone sound for complete immersion. It also comes with premium design benefits such as automatic sunroof slider and motion sensor for eye protection.

“Entertainment industry is an ever-evolving space, we at BenQ India have geared ourselves up to revolutionize the home entertainment landscape in India. To achieve our goal of thriving the entertainment business in India and enable cinema fanatics with a complete package of premium cinema experience at home, we have introduced V7050i – the first 4K laser UST projector that offers impressive picture quality for TV shows and movies, in a living room-friendly design at screen sizes. This device for the cinema enthusiasts will disrupt the visuality of in-home entertainment to another level”, said Rajeev Singh, Managing Director, BenQ India & South Asia.

BenQ offers V7050i as a complete solution for cinema enthusiasts, who are looking for a large screen premium cinema experience from the comfort of their homes. It comes with 120 inch ALR screen (Ambient Light Rejection Screen) and at an attractive price of INR 5,49,000 (tax paid).

This will be available at leading home AV integrators showrooms. V7050i offers complete peace of mind with 3 years onsite warranty on the projector and 3 years or 15,000 hours on light source & installation support.

EISA Award 2021-2022

The Expert Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) is the community of 60 technology magazines, websites and social media commentators from 29 countries, specialising in hi-fi, home theatre, photo and video, in-car and mobile electronics. Every year the EISA jury of experts rewards the best products in each class with a coveted EISA Award.

The BenQ V7050i projector in combination with the Ambient Light Reflection (ALR screen) has won the prestigious EISA Award for Best Product 2021-2022 (Laser TV Projection System) in the Home Theatre Display & Video category.

The EISA Committee says, “Mixing the super-sized visuals of a traditional projector with the user-friendly installation and operation of a TV, BenQ’s V7050i (black) offer convenient, high-quality home theatre thrills. Setup is a breeze, thanks to an integrated focus pattern, measuring tool and keystone correction, while a bundled dongle introduces Android TV for video-on-demand apps, voice control and more. Build quality and styling are luxurious, audio performance from the front-facing stereo speaker array is clear and robust, and 4K HDR playback benefits from naturalistic colours, crisp images and vibrant contrast – particularly when used with BenQ’s 120in ALR (Ambient Light Rejection) screen. This is a superior all-in-one solution.”

Immersive cinema experience

The V7050i uses the latest generation 0.47-inch TI DMD ECD chipset with XPR technology to achieve its true 4K UHD (3840x2160) resolution. With BenQ’s exclusive CinematicColor ™ technology and 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage, the V7050i brings out stunning colours. HDR-PRO technology (HDR10 and HLG formats) in V7050i incorporates auto colour and tone mapping techniques to offer superior brightness and contrast ranges as well as ideal image optimization. For watching content with fast paced action, the V7050i uses Motion estimation and compensation technology called MEMC which makes videos more fluid and compensates motion blur.

As BenQ shares the same values as the UHD Alliance; the V7050i comes with Filmmaker Mode. Optimized by CinematicColor, Filmmaker Mode enables V7050i to display the movie or television show precisely as it was intended by the filmmaker for a genuine cinema experience. These class-leading features all work together to ensure that the content is rendered more accurately and delivered in the way it was originally intended.

Premium Design benefits

Along with an elegant front fabric finish for complimenting home décor, the V7050i facilitates an automatic sunroof slider that automatically closes when the projector is not in use, avoiding dust build-up and exposure of the lens. Along with built-in treVolo speakers, there is Optical out/HDMI (eARC) for connecting external speakers.

By turning off the light source, the integrated Eye Protection Motion Sensor in V7050i, offers protection to eyes if someone inadvertently leans over the projector.

For an immersive viewing experience, the V7050i comes with a 120” ALR screen. This ALR screen employs a special zigzag structure to absorb 93% of ambient light (ceiling light) and reflects back the light coming from the projector. This reflective light ensures comfortable long term viewing experience for your eyes when compared with direct light from conventional large screen TVs.

About BenQ Corporation

Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life”, BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today – lifestyle, business, healthcare and education – with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.   

About BenQ Group

The BenQ Group is a $25+ billion powerhouse comprised of nearly 20 independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees.  Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths.  By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service.  The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.

The BenQ Group companies are:  BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BenQ AB DentCare Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., LILY Medical Corp. and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.. 

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