Saturday, October 23, 2021

Rajneesh Karnatak Assumes Charge As Executive Director Of Union Bank Of India

Shri Rajneesh Karnatak assumed charge as Executive Director of Union Bank of India. 

Shri Rajneesh Karnatak was the Chief General Manager of Punjab National Bank. A post-graduate in Commerce and a Certified Associate from Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB), Shri Karnatak comes with a rich banking experience of over 27 years along with diverse Branch and Administrative Office experience.  

As General Manager in erstwhile Oriental Bank of Commerce, he has headed large Corporate Credit Branches and verticals such as Credit Monitoring, Digital Banking and Mid Corporate Credit. Post the amalgamation of Oriental Bank of Commerce into Punjab National Bank, he started heading the Credit Review & Monitoring Division and Corporate Credit Division. 

Shri. Karnatak has attended various training and Leadership Development Programs from IIM-Kozhikode and JNIDB Hyderabad and has also taken part in Advance Management Programme at IMI (International Management Institute) Delhi and IIBF (Indian Institute of Banking & Finance). He was a part of 1st batch of Senior Officers selected by Bank Board Bureau for Leadership Development Program of IIM Bangaore & Egon Zehnder. He carries with him credit appraisal skills including project funding and Working Capital funding along with Risk Management with specific reference/ special emphasis on Credit Risk. 

He has also served as a Nominee Director on behalf of PNB on the Board of PNB Housing Finance Ltd. and ISARC (India SME Asset Reconstruction Company Limited). 

Glam Up This Festive Season As Phoenix Marketcity Launches The Much Awaited Phoenix Festival Season 5

With the festivities right around the corner, Phoenix Marketcity announces its much-awaited “Phoenix Festival Season 5”. Spanning over 3 months, from October to December 2021. This festival will prove to be nothing less than a mega bonanza for shoppers with exciting festive offers on ethnic fashion, cosmetics, jewellery, and electronic brands. It is going to be all about bouncing back to the social life we all missed. 

Phoenix Marketcity is a home to more than 300 brands for customers to revamp their wardrobe, upgrade the home appliances and home décor and to have a joyous shopping experience with several amazing offers on almost every brand!  

Phoenix Festival - Season 5 brings to you a larger-than-life experience with elegant décor and large installation for the customers to have a picture perfect insta post and glam up their shopping experience.  

The glamor isn’t complete without bright and colourful popup stores. And to get the feel of festive shopping, Season 5 offers the much-awaited Festive Bazaar and Ethnic Fest to shop your ethnic clothes, home décor, festive lantern and diyas. 

Festive Bazaar: Festive and Home Décor popups -A one-of-its-kind “Festive Bazaar” from 15th October to 7th November with the aim of offering 1,000+ products pertaining to home and festive décor, designer lanterns and diyas, festive lights silver masterpieces, art, gifting, exquisite jewellery, designer ethnic wear, making it an ideal destination for Diwali.  

This is not it. To add up to the excitement, the mall is also offering its customers to win prizes worth Rs. 1 crore, making the festival more rewarding than ever before. For the customers to win these awards, all they need to do is shop for Rs. 50,000 or above, and get assured gifts like Gold Coins, Mobile Phones, Swarovski Products, TV, Refrigerator and much more. 

Commenting on the launch of Phoenix Shopping Festival Season 5, Mr. Gajendra Singh Rathore, Senior Centre Director said, “Phoenix Marketcity is the right place to be this festive season, especially since we are creating the right festive atmosphere for our customers who have not celebrated any festivals during the year due to pandemic, but now with Diwali, we want people to bounce back. Hence, we have come up with the Festive Bazar, large installations, elegant décor, and exciting offers for the festivities, wherein we want our customers to enjoy their shopping while we take care of all the Covid-19 preventive measures constantly to give our customers a safe and happy shopping experience.” 

South African Tourism Unveils Dynamic Tourism Recovery Strategy For India At The VirtuallyYoursSouthAfrica 2021 Roadshow

* The roadshow concluded with 1,871 Indian buyers, 99 SA suppliers and 9,343 meetings

* Direct flights and e-visas for the Indian market are top priorities for the tourism board

* India retains pre-pandemic spot as one of the top 3 international focus markets

Inspired by border openings and increased confidence in travel, South African Tourism held their maiden virtual roadshow in India to capitalize on the strong consumer and corporate traveller demand in the country. The ‘VirtuallyYoursSouthAfrica’ roadshow is expected to boost tourism economies in both nations, especially as the South African national tourism board focuses on bullishly driving strategic recovery measures in India.

According to the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan put together by the tourism board earlier this year, key focus areas remain re-igniting demand, protecting & rejuvenating supply and strengthening capacity. The recently concluded roadshow in India is the first of many efforts to reignite international travel demand, in order to meet a global target of 2.6 million visitors in FY21-22.

99 South African suppliers were part of the trade delegation who exhibited their products and services in India from 20th to 22nd October 2021. They reiterated the tourism board’s emphasis on diversifying geographies and expanding product range for the India market. Of the 99 suppliers, over 41 were exhibiting in India for the first time and 12 were women-owned enterprises.

With a heavy emphasis on empowering small businesses and boosting the local economy, this roadshow also saw the inclusion of 31 SMMEs – more than double the number that participated in the 2020 roadshow. In addition to SMMEs, representatives from accommodation establishments, destination management companies, experiences, 7 South African Provinces, VFS and airlines showcased their product and services to 1,871 Indian buyers.

“India is a high potential source market for us, at South African Tourism. In fact, the market has been recognized as one of our key international focus markets, along with China and Nigeria. While India has traditionally been a multigenerational, family source market, we see huge opportunity to leverage the destination amongst millennials as well. They are looking for an adventure and with 3000+ adventure activities, South Africa is known to provide one at every turn! We hope to welcome more and more Indian travellers to have safe, sustainable and memorable holidays, as well as a taste of our warm hospitality and local culture,” said Neliswa Nkani, Hub Head – MEISEA, South African Tourism.

Commenting on the Roadshow, she said, “I am thrilled at the response we received at our maiden virtual roadshow – I believe that the partnerships forged here will be instrumental in setting the tone as we direct efforts towards travel recovery in India. I am grateful to all those who participated from the trade fraternities in India and South Africa – you are our pillar of support and motivate us to drive excellence.”

In line with their evolved recovery plan, South African Tourism India has identified certain key focus areas for the forthcoming year. These include aggressively promoting their new regions, building on the destination’s position as the adventure capital of the world, providing increased value for money itineraries and catering to niche traveller segments like runners, bikers, sports enthusiasts etc. The tourism board is also hoping to welcome a large number of Indian cricket fans into the destination during India’s Test tour of South Africa in December 2021.

Sharing further plans, Ms. Sthembiso Dlamini, Acting CEO & COO at South African Tourism stated, “We understand that easy accessibility is a key consideration when planning travel. With that in mind, we want to assure Indian travellers, corporates and our trade partners that we are actively pursuing opportunities to initiate direct flights from India to South Africa. We also intend to make good on our promise to roll-out e-visas for the India market very soon.”

Given the increase in Indian traveller demand, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Ethiopian Airlines have regular flights scheduled from India to South Africa, with layovers at Dubai, Doha and Addis Ababa respectively. Additionally, Air Seychelles is also scheduled to resume flights from India to South Africa.

South Africa is currently open to all international tourists, including Indians. Travellers intending to visit the country will be required to produce a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa.

WardWizard’s ‘Joy e-bike’ Inaugurates Its First-Ever Electric Vehicle Experience Centre In Maharashtra

* Starts exclusive ‘company owned’ retail operation in Pune; three more centres to get operational in the state soon

* The experience centre is spread over 3k sq. feet and is equipped with the entire product portfolio, company-trained staff and quick customer service mechanism.

* Joy e-bike has a strength of more than 113 dealerships in Maharashtra. Three more exclusive experience centres in Thane, Kolhapur and Nagpur in this financial year.

* There are more than 430 dealerships across the country and six company-owned experience centres in Delhi, Vadodara, Nadiad, Himmatnagar, Jodhpur and Pune.

To provide a distinctive experience to customers and strengthen its market presence, the WardWizard Innovations and Mobility Ltd (BSE Code: 538970) – one of the country’s leading two-wheeler electric vehicle manufacturer brands ‘Joy e-bike’ today inaugurated its first-ever experience centre in Pune.

The specially designed company-owned centre aims to provide a unique experience to the customers is equipped with complete sales and service facilities to expedite the brand's outreach in the entire state. The centre will showcase the entire range of Joy e-bike’s electric scooters and motorcycles. Currently, Joy e-bike has a wide product portfolio of 10 models in its fleet.

The landmark step took place in the presence of the visionary and Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Ajit Pawar along with Shri. Deepak Mankar, Corporator and Ex- Former Mayor of Pune Municipal Corporation, Shri.Prashant Jagtap, President, Nationalist Congress Party and other senior dignitaries.

Electric vehicles are the future of mobility and India is leading the growth from front. To maintain the momentum of growth, the WardWizard believes in spreading the network arms and sensitizing the potential buyers by providing a first-hand experience, which will help in gaining their confidence in the products.

Considering the opening of the experience centre as a landmark step, Mrs Sheetal Bhalerao, the Chief Operating Officer, WardWizard Innovations and Mobility Ltd., said, “I believe this experience centre would prove to be a game-changing endeavour. It will introduce electric vehicles into every household in the state. We are very grateful to the Government of Maharashtra for giving us this opportunity to expand our operations in the state and bring electric mobility closer to potential customers. Our efforts are aligned with the government's priorities in making the entire country pollution-free. Maharashtra is a priority market for the brand, and we are witnessing that customers are increasingly switching to electric two-wheelers to meet their daily commuting needs here. The new centres will strengthen our presence and deliver a unique experience while catering to the customers' needs from sales to service. The brand has plans to inaugurate more experience centres across the country gradually.”

The new experience centres also appoint trained sales executives who will help the customers in making the relevant decision while selecting the Joy e-bike model based on their usage. The executives will further run awareness programs in promoting the need for electric mobility.

At present, the company has a strength of more than 113 touchpoints via distribution channels in the state. These exclusive experience centres will further support penetrating deeper into both urban and rural markets of the state.

In September 2021, WardWizard Innovations & Mobility Limited recorded the highest ever monthly sales of 2,500 units. Highly optimistic on this ongoing festival season, the company is confident of achieving another benchmark in its sales performance.

About WardWizard Innovations & Mobility Limited

WardWizard Innovations & Mobility Ltd is a leading auto manufacturing company in the Electric Vehicle (EV) segment under the brand name Joy E-Bike. Being the first listed entity on BSE in Electric Vehicle manufacturing, it is mainly focused on the growth potential in the Indian EV segment to provide clean and greener alternatives to the existing usage of mobility, aligned with its philosophy of driving a positive change. Through Joy E-Bikes, the Company has been providing a greener alternative to traditional fuel-driven bikes. Conversely,. It has footprints in more than 25 major cities across India and aspires to boost this number throughout the country.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Blue Dart’s ‘Diwali Express’ Offers Customers 40% Discount On Domestic & International Gift Shipments

* The offer is valid from October 11th to November 06th 2021 

Blue Dart, India’s leading express logistics service provider and a part of the Deutsche Post DHL Group has launched its ‘Diwali Express’ offer to uphold the joy of the festive season. The offer will be valid from October 11th 2021 till November 06th 2021. A discounted rate of 40% can be availed on all Diwali Gift shipments, both domestic and international; providing customers with a one-stop solution for all their logistics needs. While the Domestic Offer will be applicable on Domestic DP shipments weighing between 2kgs to 10kgs, the International Offer will apply on International Non Doc and TDI 12 Non Doc shipments weighing between 2kgs to 10kgs, 15kgs & 20kgs. 

Blue Dart consistently upgrades its products and services to ensure that customers receive nothing but the best. With this offer, customers can avail this service at a discounted rate and send gift hampers, sweets, apparel and much more to their near and dear ones at over 35,000 locations within India and 220 countries across the world.  

Ketan Kulkarni, Chief Commercial Officer, Blue Dart, says, “Blue Dart has always kept the customer at the centre of our business, and we continue to go the extra mile to bring our customers and their loved ones closer together, even if they are miles apart. The Diwali Express offer is launched, keeping this in mind. We want our customers to feel the happiness of the festive season and share this with their loved ones. We are keen to continue providing our customers with an incomparable value proposition, ensuring that our customers’ shipments reach their loved ones in perfect condition, well within time.”  

Blue Dart has been working tirelessly in order to guarantee an enhanced customer experience through the pandemic. From ensuring supply chain continuity, offering several customer centric discounts through the last year and ramping up automation and technology-based solutions, Blue Dart has left no stone unturned in fulfilling its role as the Trade Facilitator to the nation. Shipping with Blue Dart, customers can have a seamless express logistics experience without the fear of contagion.  

Customers can have an entirely Contact Less Experience with the organization as customers are offered with an array of acceptable payment methods including 16 digital wallets, Net banking, Credit & Debit Cards, Bharat QR Code, and UPI (BHIM).  

To avail Blue Dart services or for any further enquiry, customers can call the Customer Care Number - 1860 233 1234 or send an email to  

To find the nearest Blue Dart counter, log on to or use the ‘My Blue Dart’ Mobile application available on Apple Store and Play Store. 

Sify Technologies To Announce Financial Results For Second Quarter FY 2021-22 On October 29, 2021


Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ: SIFY), India’s leading Digital ICT solutions provider with global service capabilities spanning Data Center, Cloud, Networks, Security and Digital services, today announced that it will report its unaudited IFRS financial results for the second quarter ended September 30, 2021 on Friday October 29, 2021 before the market opens. 

In conjunction with the announcement, Sify will host a conference call at 8:30 AM ET with Mr. Raju Vegesna, Chairman of the Board, Mr. Kamal Nath, Chief Executive Officer and Mr. M P Vijay Kumar, Chief Financial Officer. Interested parties may participate by dialling +1-888-506-0062 (Toll Free in the U.S. or Canada) or +1-973-528-0011 (International) with access code 287954, which will also be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet at or

Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download the streaming media software required to listen to the Internet broadcast.

The online archive of the Webcast will be available shortly after the conference call, or investors can listen to the replay by dialling +1-877-481-4010 (Toll Free in the U.S. or Canada) or +1-919-882-2331 (International) and entering the replay passcode 43376. Please allow for some time post conference call to access the archive of the Webcast. The replay is available until 08:30 AM ET of November 05, 2021.

About Sify Technologies

Sify Technologies is India’s most comprehensive ICT service & solution provider. With Cloud at the core of our solutions portfolio, Sify is focussed on the changing ICT requirements of the emerging Digital economy and the resultant demands from large, mid and small-sized businesses. 

Sify’s infrastructure comprising the largest MPLS network, top-of-the-line DCs, partnership with global technology majors, vast expertise in business transformation solutions modelled on the cloud make it the first choice of start-ups, incoming Enterprises and even large Enterprises on the verge of a revamp,

More than 10000 businesses across multiple verticals have taken advantage of our unassailable trinity of Data Centers, Networks and Security services and conduct their business seamlessly from more than 1600 cities in India. Internationally, Sify has presence across North America, the United Kingdom and Singapore.

Sify,, Sify Technologies and are registered trademarks of Sify Technologies Limited.

Team India Kit Sponsor MPL Sports’ Billion Cheers Jersey Now Available On Udaan

* A wide range of official Indian Cricket Team merchandise, including over 50 varieties of performance and lifestyle clothing, will also be available on udaan’s network of retail outlets across 900+ cities at affordable prices 

The much-awaited India vs Pakistan T20 match is just around the corner and cricket fans are already gearing up in Team India colours to cheer for the team. Now, athleisure brand MPL Sports, the official kit sponsor of the Indian Cricket Team, aims to make the match viewing experience even more memorable for all fans. The brand’s official Team India merchandise will now be available through udaan, India’s largest business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce platform, with a focus on Tier 2 and 3 cities and beyond. The collection, which includes the recently launched “Billion Cheers Jersey,” is one of the largest and most affordable in Indian cricket history and is easily accessible to fans both online and offline. 

MPL Sports will leverage udaan’s vast distribution network to offer its range of products across the length and breadth of the country. udaan has a network of over 3 million registered users and 25,0000-30,000 sellers across 900+ cities in the country covering more than 12,000 pin codes. The platform caters to over 1.7 million retailers, chemists, kirana shops, HoReCa, farmers, etc. doing over 4.5 million transactions per month, making udaan a leader in the b2b eCommerce business. The merchandise will be available for purchase at all leading sports retail stores like Lulu Fashion, All Day sports, Centro, Champion Sports, Shakti Sports, Kitco, Sports Station, and many others. 

Commenting on the announcement, Shobhit Gupta, Head - MPL Sports, said “Cricket is not just a sport in India but an emotion that binds people together across the country. With the cricket season in full swing, our aim is to make the official merchandise of the Indian cricket team affordable and accessible to all. We look forward to leveraging udaan’s  expansive network and providing an opportunity for a billion fans in India to support our team by proudly sporting the team colours.’’

Kumar Saurabh, Head – Lifestyle Business, udaan, said “We are happy to offer MPL Sports’ official cricket merchandise exclusively to our retailers across India. We will leverage our tech-enabled extensive retail network to ensure that retailers and customers across Bharat have access to these high quality genuine merchandise at an affordable price. We urge cricket fans to watch the matches wearing the Team India jersey as this is the first time these genuine merchandise are brought to them at such affordable prices."

MPL Sports currently offers a comprehensive collection of official Team India merchandise, including player edition and stadium jerseys, training gear modeled after on-pitch styles and polos, available for both men and women. The Billion Cheers Jersey draws inspiration from the chants and cheers of a billion-plus fans and exhibits their passion on a jersey for the first time ever in the history of Team India. 

About MPL Sports 

MPL Sports is an athleisure, merchandise, and sporting equipment brand. It was named the official kit sponsor and merchandise partner for the Indian Cricket Team (Men’s, Women’s and Under-19 teams), for a three-year period till December 2023. The brand offers top quality merchandise across categories, professional-level sporting equipment, and affordable athleisure apparel made for all-round style and comfort. 

About udaan

Founded in 2016 with a vision to 'transform the  trade ecosystem and empower small businesses   by  leveraging technology,’ udaan is India’s largest B2B eCommerce platform. It has operations across categories including lifestyle, electronics, home & kitchen, staples, fruits and vegetables, FMCG, pharma, toys and general merchandise. udaan has over 3 million users, 1.7 million retailers and 30,000 sellers on the platform across the country. The platform enables supply chain & logistics operations, focused on b2b trade and built on strong technology, for daily delivery across 900+ cities and 12,000+ pin codes through udaanExpress. udaan enables financial products and services to small businesses, manufacturers, and retailers through udaanCapital to grow their business.

udaan is headquartered in Bangalore with offices in all leading metros and major cities across India.

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