Friday, September 17, 2021

Tata Motors Launches The Prestigious #Gold Edition Of Its Flagship SUV – The Safari


* Debuts this elegant manifestation at the VIVO IPL 2021, in the City of Gold - Dubai

Tata Motors, India’s leading automotive brand today launched the exclusive edition of its flagship SUV – the Safari #Gold priced at INR 21.89 lakhs. Gearing up for the festive season and taking the prestige of the Safari a notch higher, this edition features an artful blend of class and hi-tech features. The Safari #Gold edition will be available in two carefully crafted, special colour - ways that accentuate the Safari’s stunning design even further.

The White Gold, derived from the premium Frost White colour, offers a stunning contrast of black and white. The black roof adds a unique dual tone appearance that commands attention at first glance. Adding to it, the glistening Mont Blanc Marble finish mid pad with subtle golden accents creates an endless environment of serenity and luxury.

The Black Gold avatar redefines luxury with its intense Coffee Bean inspired Black exteriors. Along with the radiant golden accents on the exteriors, the Black Gold promises to be bold and at the same time beautiful. The interiors of the Black Gold complement the exteriors with a stunning combination of Dark Marble finish mid pad and golden flourishes throughout the cabin.

The interiors have been further enhanced with premium features like Oyster White Diamond Quilted - genuine leather seats, offering ventilation on both the 1st & 2nd rows, wireless charger, air purifier, Android Auto & Apple Carplay over Wifi, making it the most impressive version of the Safari yet.

This exciting incarnation will make its first public appearance at the VIVO IPL 2021 in Dubai. Furthermore, keeping the on-going pandemic in mind, Tata Motors has introduced the ‘Safari Gold Hit Challenge’ in this season. For the same, every time a batsman hits a six and the ball lands on either the car or the car display podium or the Safari #Gold LED commercial board, Tata Motors will contribute an amount of Rs 2 lakhs to The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a renowned NGO doing outstanding work towards Covid - 19 relief throughout India.

Commenting on the introduction of the Safari #Gold, Mr. Vivek Srivatsa, Head - Marketing, Passenger and Electric Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “In less than five months after its launch, our premium flagship SUV, the new Safari reached the milestone of its 10,000th rollout and today is among the highest selling SUVs in its segment. The Safari has received immense love from our customers and keeping in mind the response, we are delighted to announce the introduction of the prestigious Safari #Gold Edition from Tata Motors. Staying true to its DNA and in line with our New Forever philosophy, Safari #Gold is a vision of luxury and opulence. With a rich mix of exquisite design elements added on the exteriors and interiors, this special version is equipped with top of the line features, heightening the sense of comfort and indulgence for an effortless driving experience. To debut this new offering what better platform than the IPL itself. The vehicle will be on display in stadiums across the second leg of season. We are excited to showcase this product in Dubai and are confident that it will command a lot of buyers’ attention during this festive season.”

Speaking on this continued partnership, Mr. Brijesh Patel, Chairman, IPL said, “We are looking forward to Tata Motors continuing their association for this year’s second leg of the VIVO IPL in Dubai. We are delighted to observe that Tata Motors has chosen IPL as a platform to launch their flagship – The Safari #Gold Edition. We are sure that VIVO IPL will serve as the best platform for showcasing this exquisite version of the Safari to all our viewers in India and abroad. Tata Motors has been the official partner of the tournament since 2018 and our relationship with them continues to grow stronger with each passing year. Over the three seasons, we have witnessed the company’s efforts to make the tournament exciting for their customers as well as for the fans through a variety of initiatives at the tournament venues. We are looking forward to yet another year of this fruitful association, while delivering great value to Tata Motors and the followers of the game, as we consolidate our partnership further.”

From the bold, confident lines to unparalleled versatility and luxury, the Safari #Gold will adorn exclusive colours with subtle yet elegant gold embellishments on the exteriors and the interiors and will come with R18 Charcoal Black Alloy Wheels. In addition to this new launch, Tata Motors is also extending some of the premium features like the wireless charger, air purifier and Android Auto/ Apple Car Play over Wi- Fi in the existing variants of the Safari range, which includes the Adventure edition. Tata Motors is currently leading the high SUV segment with a market share of 39% (YTD), and the launch of this outstanding product along with the upgrades to its existing range, is a symbolic act to celebrate the success with its customers. 

Built on the very reliable OMEGARC architecture, which in turn is derived from Land Rover’s legendary D8 platform, the Safari possess the perfect combination of stunning design and performance, meeting the needs of today’s SUV customers, who want plush and comfortable interiors, unparalleled versatility, go-anywhere experience, top-notch safety and most up-to-date connected car technology for a modern, multifaceted lifestyle.

For more information and bookings, please visit https://cars.tatamotors.com/suv/safari or visit your nearest dealership

Brochure link https://cars.tatamotors.com/suv/safari/downloads

MAHE Announces Scholarship On 86th Birth Day Of Founder Chancellor Dr. Ramdas M Pai


* 100% course fee waiver for the remaining duration for deserving students who have unfortunately lost their sole earning parent during their course of study at MAHE

Scholarship would be effective from 17th September 2021

* Scholarship is applicable for Under Graduate and Post Graduate students under several categories for all MAHE group of institutions

MAHE awards scholarship to its Under Graduate and Post Graduate students under several categories. During the previous academic year, MAHE has disbursed INR 43.4 Cr to its meritorious and needy students (3283). In addition, on the occasion of 86th Birth Day of its founder Chancellor Dr. Ramdas M Pai, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) announces scholarship for deserving students who have unfortunately lost their sole earning parent during their course of study at MAHE. The scholarship is in the form of a 100% course fee waiver for the remaining duration of the study at MAHE. This scholarship scheme will come into effect from the date of announcement (i.e., 17/09/2021).

MAHE is recognized for imparting high quality professional education and has significantly contributed to the continuous improvement of standards and penetration of higher education in India. Keeping in view of its potentials and growth curve, the Ministry of Education, Government of India notified MAHE as an Institution of Eminence in October 2020.

MAHE provides a great variety of graduate and postgraduate skill enhancement educational courses covering several important disciplines through its 22 constituent units and 9 teaching departments. Over 25,000 students from all over the world pursue undergraduate and postgraduate programs in diverse subjects. The finest of the infrastructure facilities, the state-of-the-art equipment, well-equipped laboratories, and dedicated and competent faculty have enabled the University to be reckoned as one of the best universities, attracting students from all over India and over 60 English-speaking countries of the world.

Dr. Ramdas M Pai, our present Chancellor who carried forward the legacy of his father late Dr. TMA Pai, has established Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) in 1993 which was conferred Deemed to be University status by the Government of India on June 1, 1993. Dr. Ramdas M Pai made Manipal an international University township and also took Indian Higher Education overseas for the first time. His unwavering practice of “Integrity at any cost” has been the bedrock on which today’s Manipal has been built. Dr. Ramdas M Pai continues to be the guiding light and inspiration for all of us.

Dr Ranjan R Pai, President MAHE Trust and Chairman MEMG said that MAHE places great importance to the welfare of its students and has initiated many welfare measures keeping the interest of the students in view. The institution of Dr Ramdas M Pai scholarship, on the occasion of the 86th Birthday of our Chancellor is one such welfare measures that will benefit students of MAHE who lose their sole earning parent during their course of study, so that they do not face any financial hardship to complete their course. He further added that this scholarship will also be instituted in the other group Universities that is Manipal University, Jaipur and Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok.

Pro Chancellor of MAHE, Dr H S Ballal said  that the University  is committed to taking all possible measures to provide relief to the students during the period of Covid Pandemic.  We have totally waived the tuition fees for students who have lost their  bread earners due to Covid 19 for the rest of the course.  For other students we have eased the fee rules wherein students have been allowed to pay their course fee  in three equal instalments.  We have adhered to the principals of MAHE that no meritorious students  is denied admission or continuation of their respective courses due to financial constraints.

Lt Gen Dr M D Venkatesh, Vice Chancellor of MAHE said that MAHE understands the difficulties faced by meritorious students and has many scholarships to help such needy meritorious students. Dr Ramdas M Pai Scholarship is one more such measure that will benefit a large number of students. MAHE’s policies on multiple scholarships to meritorious students is ultimately aimed at “Need blind admission and student progression” so that no meritorious student is denied the opportunity to study at MAHE due to financial reasons.

Dr. Narayana Sabhahit, Registrar, MAHE said that this new scholarship scheme is in addition to the scholarship announcement which was recently made in June 2021 where MAHE has offered a full course fee waiver to the students for the remaining duration of study who have unfortunately lost their father or mother who were the sole earning parent due to COVID 19. As on date, 56 students have benefitted from this scholarship scheme.

The following officials were also present during the function:

Mrs. Vasanti R Pai, Trustee, MAHE Trust, Manipal

Mrs. Shruti R Pai, Director, MEMG, Bengaluru

Dr. PLNG Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Faculty of Health Sciences), MAHE, Manipal

Dr. Dilip Naik, Pro Vice-Chanellor, MAHE, Mangaluru campus

Dharmendra Pradhan Felicitates 41 Trainers On Kaushalacharya Awards 2021


 * 41 trainers felicitated under Skill India programmes and training initiatives — DGT, Apprenticeship, PMKVY, JSS and Entrepreneurship
* Roll out of four CITs trades at five NSTIs
* 1 trainer from Karnataka felicitated under the JSS category

In a bid to empower India’s youth and encourage more trainers to join the Skill India Mission, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) today honoured trainers and launched four new trades at a digital conclave organized on the third edition of Kaushalacharya Awards. At the event, 41 trainers from Skill India’s several initiatives and training programmes — Directorate General of Training (DGT), Apprenticeship, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) and Entrepreneurship — were felicitated for their contribution towards creating a future-ready skilled workforce and ensuring that capacity-building is a continued endeavour.
Of the 41 trainers who were felicitated, Safiya​ (JSS) from Karnataka was awarded for her outstanding contribution to the skill ecosystem.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Minister of Education, said, “It is truly an auspicious occasion today when we get to honour the creator of the universe and the creators of our skill ecosystem. It is important that we lay emphasis on skilling, reskilling and upskilling our youth and all talented people who can work towards nation-building. In the time to come, there will be demand for skilled teachers with upgraded pedagogy, which is modern, scientific, relevant to today’s market demand and of advanced global standards. At the same time, adoption of regional languages while imparting training is absolutely essential. That is when skill training will become truly effective. We must also look at integrating skilling and education at the grassroot level to turn India into a productive economy that can lead the world.”

He further added, “Trainers and instructors can make a huge difference as they mould the best out of students, enabling them to be truly Aatmanirbhar. An efficient teacher will understand students’ requirements better, and therefore, standardization and training of teachers is of utmost importance to ensure quality of teaching.”

Trainers were honoured for their contribution under various categories. Five trainers were awarded under the two categories of PMKVY Trainer and Excellence in PMKVY Master Trainer. Nine trainers received the award under JSS and two trainers were rewarded for their contribution to entrepreneurship. In addition, five candidates received awards under the apprenticeship category and two trainers were awarded from DGT for non-engineering category. Two awardees were felicitated in Engineering category. Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), pillars of India’s vocational training ecosystem, had as many as 11 trainers who were felicitated.

The event also saw the rollout of four trades under Craftsmen Instructor Training Scheme (CITS) to be taught in National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs) including Lift & Escalator Mechanic; Computer Aided Embroidery and Designing; Multimedia Animation & Special Effects; and Information Technology, from the 2021-2022 session. On July 15, 53 other trades were also launched training for which is set to begin soon. 

The objective of these courses is to train the workforce for a future-ready ecosystem and create a competitive economy with high-wage jobs. The session for the course will commence from 2021-2022 at five NSTIs with 25 seating capacities each located at Howrah, Noida, Indore, Mumbai, and Bangalore. Four of these five shortlisted NSTIs are exclusively for women.

In the past couple of years, a lot of emphasis has been laid on programmes to train trainers and assessors to ensure the objective of Skill India Mission is realized and the youth get the best and most updated training in their chosen trades. Training of trainers is being provided to exceptional and excellent trainers in National Skill Training Institutes under DGT, various Sector Skill Councils under NSDC, Skill Universities and Private Training Providers.

Furthermore, NSDC in collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic and Tamasek Foundation has developed new guidelines for standardized skill development across the country. Under this, reflective practice and self-directed teaching is being implemented in all training centers and NSDC has certified 45,000 trainers, 26,000 assessors, 3,000 master trainers and 817 leads under 196 job roles from 14 sectors.

DGT has also struck partnerships with leading corporates like SAP, Adobe, Cisco, IBM and NASSCOM to develop industry-oriented courses and has collaborated with National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) to provide advanced training to trainers. The Craft Instructor Training Scheme (CITS) of DGT is aimed at ensuring trainers are provided industry-linked training to meet emerging demands for job roles. This scheme is being implemented in 33 National Skill Training Institute (NSTI), and 18 Institutes of Training Trainers and will train about 12000 trainers every year.

In order to boost skilling at the rural level, Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) implements the Training for Trainers programme under which 2300 JSS are engaged in capacity-building training of over 5,000 skilled individuals to boost training potential in far-flung locations.

Kaushalacharya Awards are a step in this direction. By recognising the contribution of trainers to the Indian skilling ecosystem the annual event paves the way for more trainers to join the movement. It is aimed at encouraging experienced skilled professionals to play a role in shaping the country’s young minds by leading them on the pathway to better livelihood.

RMS Partners With Fulcrum Digital To Deliver Secure And Scalable Solutions In The Fintech Payments Space


Retail Merchant Services (RMS), a flexible payment solution for small businesses across the UK and Ireland, has partnered with Fulcrum Digital, a leading business platform, and digital engineering services company. Fulcrum Digital will support RMS in its rapid digital transformation to deliver a superior digital customer experience and creating a diverse portfolio of technology-driven products and solutions for the payments industry.

The pandemic disrupted almost every sector, and businesses had to accelerate their digital transformation. To that end, RMS has prioritised faster response and unique digital experiences as part of its customer retention and acquisition strategy. RMS identified Fulcrum Digital as a technology partner to drive agility, product and technology innovation, and cost-effective yet personalized payment solutions for their customers.

Fulcrum Digital will leverage its more than two decades of fintech domain experience, real-time payments, alternate payments, acquirer integrations expertise, and industry-leading Centres of Excellence (COE) to empower RMS to become future-ready. Also, help RMS to deliver reliable and secure payment solutions for businesses across the UK and Ireland.

In addition to Fintech product engineering, Fulcrum Digital is supporting RMS in the vision of customer support excellence using the 24 x 7 x 365 global command centre and thereby providing customer service through an optimized cost model. Also, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) engagement will enable RMS to go to market-compliant ready.

Commenting on the partnership, Sharon Barton, COO, RMS, said, “The financial services industry is experiencing rapid change, and nowhere is that more evident than in the payments sector. Partly influenced by Covid, card transactions continue to grow and replace cash transactions everywhere. To meet increasing customer expectation in this space RMS is positioning itself as a customer champion, building products and services that really advance our customers' businesses. As a result, we are accelerating our product build and digital transformation and partnering with Fulcrum to deliver high quality product into a fast-paced and demanding marketplace.”

Rohit Dixit, Head of Product Development, RMS, further added, “We needed a partner to help us shift to digital. Fulcrum Digital's extensive experience, highly engaged team, and delivery excellence, made them our preferred partner. We are already experiencing great results as an outcome.” 

Dhana Kumarasamy, CEO, Fulcrum Digital, said, “With a digital-first mindset, we are committed to providing unique and differentiated solutions to customers across the globe. We are delighted to partner with RMS and its leadership team in their mission to make customers' lives easier through flexible payment solutions. Combining our platform and digital engineering capabilities with RMS's strategic market approach has already led to significant value for this engagement. Together, we have a common goal of delivering world-class customer experience to the Fintech Payments industry.”

Band Performance At Courtyard During The Weekend At Phoenix Market City


Band Performance at Courtyard

Band: “Kalatva Fusion Band” Performing live at Phoenix Market city

Date: 18th Sep 2021

Location: Courtyard Phoenix Marketcity

Time: 05.00 Pm onwards

Entry: Free 


Band: “A SQUARE PROJECT” Performing live at Phoenix Market City

Date:  19th Sep 2021

Location: Courtyard Phoenix Marketcity

Time: 05.00 Pm onwards

Entry: Free 


Band Performance at Food Courtyard

Band: “BOOMrang” Performing live at Phoenix Market city

Date: 18th Sep 2021

Location: Food Court Phoenix Marketcity

Time: 05.00 Pm onwards

Entry: Free 


Band: “Raqeeb The Band” Performing live at Phoenix Market city

Date: 19th Sep 2021

Location: Food Court Phoenix Marketcity

Time: 05.00 Pm onwards

Entry: Free

Practically Becomes World’s First Edtech Company To Launch ‘Scan Anything’ Feature


* Disruptive and innovative feature to help students study with their surroundings and enhance learning outcomes 

* This feature is aimed at causing a paradigm shift in our habit, moving from search to scan 

Practically, India’s first experiential learning app designed to make learning immersive for students of classes 6-12, has launched a new revolutionary feature ”Scan Anything”. Practically is the first and the only EdTech company in the world to introduce this innovative feature, which brings learning alive from books and everyday objects around us.  

The revolutionary, cutting-edge feature supported by Artificial Intelligence identifies objects scanned by the phone camera and lists results from its vast content library of 3000+ 3D videos, 1000+ simulations/AR experiences and 20,000 3D models, sorted by a student’s curriculum and grade. The Scan Anything feature can recognize pictures, questions, exercises, proofs etc., from textbooks, magazines, newspapers including capturing images of any surrounding objects and present linked curriculum learning information on the app for the learners to pick their learning journey and resolve doubts instantly. The feature encourages students to learn from their surroundings while rendering a truly immersive learning experience from everyday objects and helps them understand how the learning from their curriculum is tied to everyday observations. Currently, the feature covers course content from textbooks of grades 6-10th across major boards like NCERT, CBSE and state boards of AP, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The course content is expected to cover all other major boards and 11 & 12 grades’ content by the end of 2021. 

The technology transforms the mobile camera into an educational tool allowing learners to interact with surrounding elements freely. The high-quality content provided by the app will instantly satisfy the inquisitiveness of the learner and help students gain a holistic understanding of the concepts, thereby challenging the traditional way of search to seek information. 

Commenting on the launch, Subbarao Siddabattula, Founder and CEO, Practically, said “The introduction of the Scan Anything feature is an important milestone in our journey. Our constant endeavour is to find innovative ways to make education more student-friendly. The Scan Anything feature not only helps increase understanding and retention of concepts with immersive learning techniques, but the availability of relevant information at your fingertips when needed adds significantly to the learning experience. The unprecedented adoption so far motivates us to keep churning out more student-centric features and reshape the way the world learns.”  

The Scan Anything feature embedded in the Practically app is available for free download on the Play Store and App Store. The app was recently revamped with a host of new features like Study Plan, 3D library with 20,000+ objects and made lighter offering a new-age consumer experience with a more friendly UI. 

Watch the commercial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEPkP75nr_A&ab_channel=Practically 

Enhancing Digital Wellness With Artificial Intelligence ‘echo’ - The Next Frontier In music Therapy


* Therapeutic app from Digital Wellness which would helps you unwind from the cognitive inertia of  your 'busy time' and improve the overall quality of life.

* Music based restoration works, only when it is attuned to your psychological state or mood, when it is personalized for you. 

DigiNxtHlt Solutions LLP, today announced ‘echo’ - an AI based marvel which takes the music therapy experience to new levels as a wellness tool. The ‘echo’ app is built on artificial intelligence technology to gauge and measure moods, stress, and anxiety levels, and deliver customised music playlists to alleviate the condition, ushering in emotional wellness to boost confidence, performance and energy levels.

“Music therapy is more about empathy than entertainment. It slips past pain points and can help gather insights to fix the mind. Music being the only art that goes beyond science, the symbiosis of artificial intelligence and music can well surpass one’s anxiety or stress levels, and take holistic wellness to a new level. It is the only art form that can break through the impenetrable walls of Autism, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.”, says Ms.Sujatha Visweswara, CEO and Co-founder at DigiNxtHlt LLP.

‘echo’ has taken 3 years to build with the help of  myriad number of data scientists, AI engineers, musicians, artists, psychologists and  analysts.‘echo’ is the result of 2768 carefully invested people-years by our global panel of science, domain and technology experts,an average of 27 human lifetimes spent over the course of 3 years.On the launching occassion Mr. Jay Amaran, Honorary Mentor,  Dr. Hari Krishna Maram,  Dr. Srinivas Vegi, Dr C.R. Satish Kumar,  Consultant  Clinical Psychologist, Manipal Hospitals, Bharathi Pratap, Renowned Hindustani Classical Singer and other dignitories were present. For more information on ‘echo’ visit https://digitalwellness.healthcare/offerings/therapeutic-apps/echo/

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