Friday, July 1, 2022

Nitin Gadkari Presides Over The Grand Opening of Neeyamo's New All-Women Global Delivery Center In Nagpur

Neeyamo, a leading provider of Global Payroll and EOR services, today announced that Shri Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, in the presence of Shri Sameer Dattatraya Meghe, Member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Hingna Constituency presided over the Grand Opening of the company’s All-Women Global Delivery Center in Nagpur.

Formed in 2009, Neeyamo presently has over 3,000 employees worldwide. With an aim to create more job opportunities, the company has established its business centers in several Tier II & III cities and further intends to set up similar centers across 20 cities in India. Neeyamo has chosen Nagpur to inaugurate its first-ever all-women center.

As a part of its initiatives under the Naari Shakthi framework (which was launched in September 2021 by Guardian Minister Hon’ble Adv. Yashomati Thakur, Maharashtra Government’s Women and Child Development), the Nagpur center will further empower and create a platform for women to excel in Neeyamo by creating high-end jobs for them. This center currently employs 85+ women and plans to grow by 200 before the close of 2023.

This will include training sessions with leaders and experts from the industry to uplift, educate and help female employees of Neeyamo to enhance their skills. It will also be used to create tech-driven jobs with a team of technology gurus, payroll specialists, implementation experts, and customer support executives to support global clients.

Rangarajan Seshadri, CEO, Neeyamo, said, “Women make up only 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) streams, and we at Neeyamo want to bring a change in this. We always believe in taking the next step in building a workspace where all our employees feel empowered. Our Nagpur all-women center is a testament to this belief. This initiative under Neeyamo’s Naari Shakthi framework will help create a platform for women in Tier II cities such as Nagpur and equip them with skill sets that will help create a brighter future”.

About Neeyamo

Neeyamo is a leading technology-enabled global payroll and EOR solutions provider for multinational and micro-multinational corporations worldwide. With an extensive team of professionals serving clients across 190+ countries, Neeyamo leverages its unique service-based model and functionality-rich, next-generation portfolio of HR & payroll products to help organizations enable agile and scalable business. To know more, visit

Need Of The Hour- Affordable And Accessible To All: Medline Academics- An E-Learning Platform

The revolutionary development in the field of information technology has brought about a fundamental and major shift in the field of education. Virtual learning, an educational sector that has been popular over the last few years, is gaining wider recognition owing to its flexibility. Post pandemic, we have seen a quick rush to remote learning, exposing the fragmented adoption of the finest learning technology and digital proficiencies worldwide. Undoubtedly, Digital learning has gone mainstream in a hurry, so, why should medical learning stay outmoded?

The brainchild of Padmashri Dr Kamini A Rao and Ms Pooja Sidharth Rao, Medline Academics is dedicated to changing the way we see distance education today, particularly in the field of medical education. In order to foster medical learning in reproductive healthcare across the globe, Smart Online Education has been designed by the duo to scale Reproductive Education globally and capitalize on the Ed-Tech wave. Medline academics have developed a platform based on OpenEdx technology to deliver online training programs. The platform is technically capable of delivering and managing Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) efficiently.

The spur behind setting up Medline Academics is to set foot in the field of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine initiating a robust experience globally. With the best faculty and along with Dr Kamini Rao herself training the students virtually, it will be no less than a practical experience. Dr. Kamini has

over 4 decades of experience developing clinical talent and embryology skill sets through her training programs.

Building on the experience and successful track record of training over 2000+ clinicians and embryologists over the years, Medline Academics aims to step up the reach and accessibility of such training programs across the globe through the effective use of technology. This new initiative includes a 3-tier program:

Tier 1: Online training on theoretical aspects of evidence-based medical practice in reproductive medicine

Tier 2: Simulator-based training for key clinical and practical simulated training for laboratory skills

Tier 3: Hands-on training for experience in a clinical setting at partner institutes

The advances in this e-learning portal have been meticulously planned and formatted in accordance with the latest curriculum.

Discover a myriad of learning tools including Tier 1, 2 and 3 bringing complex education in its simple version to your doorstep at an affordable price. This is going to be a boon for all the students and practitioners alike.

ASW 2022 Kicks Off In Bengaluru With New Apparel And Textile Avenues For India-Bangladesh Collaboration And Bilateral Trade

* More than 10,000 brands, retailers, manufacturers, and D2C brands from 15 countries are taking part in Asia’s premier apparel sourcing event

Major Asian economies including India, Japan and China are making Bangladesh their sourcing destination for garment items. In fiscal 2020-21, Bangladesh exported garment items worth 421.86 million to India, which was $420.73 million in fiscal 2019-20. The Apparel Sourcing Week (ASW) 2022, Asia’s premier sourcing show for the apparel industry, kicked off in Bengaluru on Friday with new opportunities and avenues to strengthen India-Bangladesh collaboration and bilateral trade and make Asia the global Apparel Sourcing Hub. The gala ceremony launch witnessed an action-packed line-up of world’s biggest brands, industry veterans and think tanks, latest fashion innovations, future trends, Next-Gen Technologies, and sustainability benchmarks. 

With participation from more than 10,000 brands, retailers, manufacturers, and D2C brands from over 15 countries, ASW has emerged as the biggest and most effective sourcing platform for retailers and brands from around the world. Receiving immense response from the world leaders in apparel, textile, and fashion technology, ASW endeavours to make India the global hub for textile innovations.

Organised by Apparel Resources, one of the fastest-growing fashion media and events companies, ASW is taking place in Bengaluru with an overwhelming response from all partners.

Bangladesh’s High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran, Shelley Salehin, Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Chennai, and Faruque Hassan, President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), were the guests of honour at the inauguration.

ASW 2022 also endeavours to take India-Bangladesh collaboration in the industry to the next level by building on the existing and potential synergies between the two countries.

Bangladesh’s High Commissioner Mr. H.E Muhammad Imran, said “Enhanced cooperation between India and Bangladesh can go a long way in strengthening their position in the apparel industry and making South Asia the hub for apparel and textile innovations. I am happy to note that efforts are being made to boost cooperation between the two countries, and am confident that ASW 2022 will play a key role in this.”

ASW 2022 features an expanded line-up of manufacturers from leading apparel hubs from across the globe including India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh who are showcasing their manufacturing prowess to established and emerging brands.

 “In a short span of time, ASW has become the most influential and highly recognised fashion business and apparel sourcing platform in Asia. Fast emerging as the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators, ASW is creating newer opportunities for world's biggest brands to do business and meet new partners, ensuring that the sharpest innovators hit the stage.,” Mayank Mohindra, Director, Apparel Resources, said at the inauguration of ASW 2022.

“We had an action-packed Day 1 of ASW 2022 with industry leaders speaking on diverse and relevant topics including Reinventing Physical Retail, Fashion Innovation Using AI, Upcycling - The New Frontier For Sustainability, Sourcing in Times of Industry 4.0, Metaverse, and more. We are confident the participants would have benefitted a great deal from the insights. We have lined up many more exciting knowledge-sharing events on the second day too,” said Mr. Mohindra. 

A power-packed panel discussion on synergies between the two countries is also going to be one of the key highlights of the second day of ASW 2022.

The first day of ASW 2022 saw industry leaders representing some of the biggest and most popular apparel brands sharing their thoughts on a host of important aspects of the future of manufacturing, retail, technology and sourcing in the industry.

Popular brands from the apparel retail industry such as Shopper’s Stop, Being Human, Tata Cliq, Fab India, ACE Turtle, Amazon (Private Brands), Myntra, Zivame, Clovia, Nykaa, Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail, Techno Design (S Oliver), Arvind Fashion, Adidas, Benetton, ZDHC, Relove, The Sourcery, USPL, WGSN, Falla Bella, KAS Group Asia, Blue Kaktus, Target, Bestseller (Jack & Jones), Rookies, Vardhman textile, and many more would be participating in the show.

World leaders in apparel and textile innovations such as Pacific Jeans, Giant Group, Laila Fashions, Liva, Vardhman, Reshamandi, Trace Network, Flix Stock, Pacific Jeans, Armana, Lenzing, Freudenberg, R|Elan from the house of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) , Liva, Blue Kaktus, Arise, Coats, WFX, Ravel NY Fashion etc. are also participating in ASW 2022.

ASW 2022 is expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors from India and overseas, representing the biggest Indian and international apparel retailers/brands and buyers from traditional markets like the US and Europe as also non-traditional markets like China, Japan, and Australia. In addition to over 15-panel discussions, ideative and bridging sessions; session on fashion funding by esteemed VCs, and more, the two-day event also offers great networking opportunities.

Some of the topics to be covered on the second day of ASW 2022 include Mitigating Risks in Sourcing, D2C Opportunities for Fashion, among other panel discussions and industry sessions.


SpecsBunker Launches Country’s First High-Tech Eye Wear Store Along With ZEISS VISION Center In Bengaluru

·         Sandalwood actor, Ek Love Ya lead actor Raanna inaugurates the store in namma city today

A state-of-the-art country’s first Artificial Intelligence powered vision center was launched at Indiranagar (Bengaluru) by Kannada actor- Ek Love Ya fame Raanna for the brand SpecsBunker, on Thursday.

Speaking at the occasion, he said it is impressive that the new generation technology, which uses 3-D imaging aided by Artificial Intelligence to make eyewear choices, is a unique experience. “I indulge in a lot of eyewear both on screen and off screen, happy to see the huge collection all under one roof,” he added.

At SpecsBunker, you can choose from a wide range of frames from popular brands that set the latest trends in fashion and style, with Artificial intelligence playing its part. The ZEISS VISUFIT 1000 platform generates a three-dimensional image of One’s face allows them to try on frames virtually in a much more advanced experience.

Mohit Agarwal, the Founder, and CEO of SpecsBunker, said, “We have launched the store intending to give customers a world-class experience. Eyewear is evolving in technology and fashion, which is what we aim for with this collaboration with ZEISS VISION CENTER. We have set up a one-of-a-kind store. Some top brands available at the store include Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Hugo Boss, Gucci, Prada, Mont Blanc, Maybach, Balmain, Dita, Armani, A|X, Dolce + Gabbana, Bvlgari, Michael Kors, and Versace”.

“Vision needs differ from person to person and depend on one’s profession, doctor’s prescription, and personal preferences. At ZEISS VISION CENTER eye care experts follow a nine-step process designed to find the perfect glasses for each customer”, says Rohan Paul, Head of Vision Care Commercial.

“Eye care experts will follow with an analysis of the visual performance for an overview of which lenses are best suited for a person. For optimal vision experience, different lens types, materials, coatings, and protections from UV light, blue light, and bacteria are offered. Frame selection is based on using AI for one’s personality”, he added.

The store is now open for customers to come and indulge in a unique experience that will impact their knowledge and understanding of eye care overall. 

Jupiter Wagons (JWL) Lists On The Indian Bourses - BSE, NSE From June 30, 2022

* Completes NCLT approved reverse merger with CEBBCO

* Shares of JWL to commence trading on BSE and NSE on 30th June 2022

Jupiter Wagons Ltd. (JWL), a leading company providing complete mobility solutions, who had announced the reverse merger with CEBBCO (Commercial Engineers & Body Builders Company Ltd.), through the acquisition the company today completed its listing on the bourses. Erstwhile CEBBCO, a prominent manufacturer of tipplers, trailers, and specialized defense vehicles in the country was acquired by JWL in a buyout (of its organization). The equity shares of the company have commenced trading on the BSE and the NSE under the new ticker symbol ‘JWL. The business will have 38,74,47,419 shares at the exchange under the provisions of the amended merger agreement.

The consolidation will result in significant synergies between business operations, allowing for more efficient cash management and unrestricted access to cash flow to be deployed more efficiently to fund growth opportunities, thereby improving stakeholders' value. It will produce long-term benefits that will boost shareholder value. Additionally, the combined business's improved net worth and backward integration of the operation, including lower cost of capital, cost savings due to focused operational efforts, rationalization, standardization, simplification of business processes, productivity gains, procurement efficiencies, and distribution logistics. The group revenue of JWL currently stands at Rs. 1,178.35 crores. Jupiter Group has signed up MOU with CAF, Spain for the manufacturing and supply of Metro coaches and similar Urban Rapid Mass Transit Systems along with Main Line High Speed Trains through a Joint Venture Company in India

Vivek Lohia, Managing Director, Jupiter Wagons Ltd. said, “As a result of the merger, JWL will be able to use its financial strength to undertake a growth phase that will include upgrading operations to meet current industry demand, expanding into new product development, and market sector consolidation. It will also contribute to the formation of a powerful organization with more capital and assets. We believe that the merger signifies a transformative event for Jupiter Wagons Group allowing us to reach the next level of growth while also improving our technology and providing the greatest mobility solutions in the country. As a result of this reverse merger, we are foreseeing many milestone achievements in the future.”

JWL recently entered the electric mobility market with the launch of ‘Jupiter Electric Mobility’ (JEM) focusing on commercial EV vehicles. The company has formed a joint venture with EA GreenPower Private Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GreenPower Motor Company Inc.(“GreenPower”). With the JV with GreenPower, JWL seeks to align the technology assets of both the organizations by generating safety and sustainability in the EV market.

JWL’s expensive products span across Wagons, Coupler, Draft Gear, Bogie, CMS Crossings, Passenger Coach (LHB), Metro Coach, and Loco. Their clientele includes the Ministry of Defense, Indian Railways, TATA Motors, JSW, Adani, Ultratech, Reliance Industries Ltd, Ashok Leyland, DP World, Konioke Group, Eicher, L&T, GATX, AMW, Kalburgi Cement, Unitrac, Wabtec and more.

About: Jupiter Wagons Group

Jupiter Wagons Group is a leading company providing complete mobility solutions with a rich legacy of over four decades. Over the years, they have emerged as a one-stop solutions provider within the sector due to their high-quality standards. Moreover, its robust technology foundation reinforces its status as one of the fastest growing within the industry. The company’s expansive product portfolio spans across Wagons, Coupler, Draft Gear, Bogie, CMS Crossings, Passenger Coach (LHB), Metro Coach, and Loco. The customer profile consists of Indian Railways, American Railroad, Indian Defense and National & Multinational Wagon Leasing Companies, Construction Equipment & Heavy Vehicles Manufacturers, Municipalities & Health-Care Sectors, Energy, Mining & Infrastructure. 

Their clientele includes the Ministry of Defence, Tata Motors, Volvo Eicher Motors, Bharat Benz, Avia Motors, etc. Jupiter & CEBBCO manufacturing facilities are spread across India in Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Indore, and Jabalpur. Jupiter Wagons Group has a group revenue of approximately Rs. 1000 crores. 

They have also entered global partnerships with Slovakian company Tatravagonka, DAKO-CZ (Czech Republic), Kovis Proizvodna (Slovenia), Telleres Alegria S.A (Spain), Frenoplast S.A (Poland), and LAF-CIM Group (France). 

EatFit Introduces HRX’s Premium Functional Food To Its Platform

* EatFit With HRX To Introduce HRX’s Premium Functional Food Menu To Its Platform

* The newly launched menu is a combination of the EatFit food philosophy and HRX 's functional utility

* The menu has been launched in 6 cities across India, namely Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Gurgaon

EatFit, one of India’s largest healthy food platforms, announced its collaboration with Hrithik Roshan’s HRX, to introduce HRX’s premium functional foods to its users, today. Directing the users of both brands with similar ethos of a functional lifestyle, the newly launched menu on EatFit is a combination of the EatFit food philosophy and HRX 's function utility that will provide healthy food options to its consumers.

HRX by Hrithik Roshan is India’s first homegrown wellness and fitness service that believes in nurturing its users with the best version of themselves, through its products that range across fitness, sports equipment, home gym equipment, bicycles, smart wearables, etc. The brand also offers a premium set of foods to its consumers which has been added to the EatFit menu, following the collaboration.

The menu is designed primarily to meet the nutrition needs of one’s body, and offers tasty food choices that include pizzas, juices, cold brews, Indian cuisine, salads, desserts, etc., making healthy eating interesting. Every food option is carefully categorised according to the requirements of fitness enthusiasts, based on their body’s needs of consuming the food at the time of pre-workout, post-workout, endurance, indulgence, and recovery throughout the period of their workout. This menu is launched in 6 cities across India, namely Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Gurgaon.

Gokul Kandhi, Chief Business Officer of EatFit said, “The brand values that are followed at EatFit and HRX, both have a very strong connection where we want to make people’s lifestyles healthier. Having our visions aligned makes for a compelling partnership. With this collaboration, the range of healthy & high-performance food that we are launching at EatFit will appeal to the everyday athlete in all of us who are looking to energise, recover and build themselves. This menu brings a range of everyday high-performance food. EatFit is elated to collaborate with HRX.”

Pallavi Barman, Brand Head and Spokesperson, HRX said, “At HRX, we believe in providing the best of all there is to aid the journey of every individual who wishes to live a wholesome and healthy life. The offerings in this range include apparel, footwear, audio, fitness equipment, curated workouts, gym access, nutrition, personal grooming and a few more necessities which an individual on a fitness quest seeks regularly. By having fresh, healthy, hot-cooked food to this range with CureFoods, EatFit- HRX just strengthened its position deeper into the health ecosphere. We are excited to announce this partnership in the form of HRX EatFit meals to all our followers, patrons and valuable customers who have been with us and appreciated us.”

Users can now solely focus on enhancing their regimes according to the foods designed to suit their workouts.

About EatFit

EatFit is one of India’s largest healthy food platforms housed under Curefoods - a leading Indian cloud kitchen player. The company serves a wide range of bold & fun food options while retaining the honest, clean, and healthy aspect that EatFit has been known for since 2017. EatFit currently operates 50 cloud kitchens. Headed by Ankit Nagori, co-founder of Curefit, EatFit aims to expand the reach and acceptance of healthy food across the nation. At its core, the company is all about making healthy food fun, delicious and honestly Indian. 

In 2020, EatFit was hived off as a separate entity from Curefit. Since then, it has been operating under the umbrella of Curefoods, to capitalise on India’s growing cloud kitchen segment. 

About HRX

HRX, India's first homegrown fitness brand founded in 2013 by Hrithik Roshan and Exceed Entertainment, is a platform for bringing like-minded people together to believe in the philosophy of becoming the best version of themselves, empowering a billion people to ‘be their own hero’. The name represents the X-factor, signifying one to push oneself towards the path of excellence to achieve the best outcome possible. An example of a successful ‘Make in India’ story, HRX aims to revolutionize the fitness scenario in India, as a value-for-money, high-quality alternative to international brands.

Building Futures: The Akshaya Patra Foundation And NTT Ltd Lay Foundation Stone For A Government School In Bengaluru

·         The school will cater to more than 200 students and will be spread across 7,500 sq ft

·         The Rs 2 crore project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2023

·         The school will have a dedicated multi-purpose hall for the consumption of mid-day meals, an amphitheatre and a solar power system

NTT Ltd., a leading IT infrastructure and services company, along with The Akshaya Patra Foundation performed bhoomi pujan and laid the foundation stone of the Government Higher Primary School in Lakshmipura, Bengaluru, on Thursday, June 30, 2022, to further their collective efforts to address classroom hunger and malnutrition through education.

Both the organisations aim to complete the construction of the school, which is being built on a government-sanctioned plot, by the end of 2023. The INR ?2 Crore project, spread across 7,500 sq ft, will have unique features such as a multi-purpose hall with a dedicated space for the consumption of mid-day meals, an amphitheatre, a computer lab, a library, solar power and rainwater harvesting systems. Other facilities planned are water purifying systems, classroom infrastructure, sports ground and CCTV cameras.

The event was graced by the presence of Shri Manjunath R, MLA, Dasarahalli Assembly Constituency, Bangalore, Shri Lohiteshwar Reddy, Deputy Director of Public Instruction (Bangalore – North), Shri Ashwath Narayana, Block Education Officer (Bangalore North – 4), Mr Sunil Kishore, Senior Executive Vice President, NTT, Mr Dilip Kumar, Chief Digital & Global Business Services Officer, NTT, Mr. Anant Arora, CSCO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation and Mr. Balaji MN, CFO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Manjunath R, MLA, Dasarahalli Assembly Constituency, Bangalore thanked NTT and Akshaya Patra for coming forward in building this modern government school. He assured his support to the fullest.

Speaking about the collaboration, Mr. Sunil Kishore, Senior Executive Vice President, NTT, said, “Access to quality education is a fundamental right of every child, irrespective of their socio-economic backgrounds. At NTT, we firmly believe that a holistic environment equipped with the latest technologies and digital inclusiveness can help create a world where children from economically-weaker sections do not have to forfeit opportunities because of affordability or accessibility issues. Our philosophy is to bring a tangible impact to our existing education ecosystem, and we are happy to have partnered with The Akshaya Patra Foundation to strengthen our social impact initiative while also providing a safe space for the children who are the future of this country.”

Established in 1963, the school is currently housed in an old building and provides education to 201 children from vulnerable communities and low-income families.

On the occasion, Mr. Shridhar Venkat, CEO of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, said, “We are grateful to NTT Ltd. for reiterating their support towards our vision that ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’. This collaboration will not only support us to provide children belonging to vulnerable communities with a holistic study space, but also help us maintain our conviction that education is one of the best approaches to nurture a happy future for our country. We are honoured to have partnered with NTT Ltd. and hope this collaboration will continue to make an on-ground impact for many more years to come.”

The project is a part of Akshaya Patra’s school rejuvenation program under the National Endeavour for Student Transformation (NEST), an initiative that focuses on addressing the various challenges faced at individual school levels. The Foundation firmly believes that every school has its unique challenges and the solutions will need to be customised to address these challenges with the expertise of the school administration. The program also focuses on community investment at a school level to engage parents and community members in stronger roles.

The objective of this initiative is to create an environment that will enhance the impact of education by focusing on infrastructural improvements, quality of education and community engagement. It is the Foundation’s attempt to create a sustainable and replicable model that will serve as a template for other schools in the future.

The project is one of the several collaborations between Akshaya Patra and NTT Ltd. Earlier, this year, both the organisations joined hands to provide Android tablets to 235 students of Government Girls High School and Government Girls PUC in Basavangudi to mark the launch of the Foundation’s Digital Education Initiative. Akshaya Patra implemented the initiative with the support of corporate donors to bridge the digital divide and further digital inclusiveness by providing students belonging to economically weaker sections of the society access to good quality, modern education for free of cost.

About NTT Ltd.

NTT Ltd. is a leading IT infrastructure and services company. With revenues of over USD 10 billion, we operate in more than 200 countries and regions, and serve 5,000 clients across multiple industries. Through technology and innovation, we deliver a secure and connected future that empowers our people, clients and communities.

The firm lays the foundation for organizations’ edge-to-cloud networking ecosystem, simplify the complexity of their workloads across multicloud environments, and innovate at the edge of their IT environments, where networks, cloud and applications converge. On the journey towards a software-defined future, we support organizations with platform-delivered infrastructure services. As part of the global NTT Corporation, we serve 65% of the Fortune Global 500 and 80% of the Fortune Global 100.  We enable a connected future.

About The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that strives to address classroom hunger and malnutrition in India. As the implementing partner of the Government of India’s flagship school feeding programme, through its relentless commitment to creating a secure and educated future, the Akshaya Patra has grown from serving just 1,500 children in 5 schools in 2000 to over 1.8 million children in 19,039 government and government-aided schools from its 61 kitchens across 14 States and 2 Union Territories. Through this scheme, Akshaya Patra aims to fight hunger and, at the same time, bring children to school.

Since 2000, Akshaya Patra has worked towards reaching out to children with wholesome food every single school day. The Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children.

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