Thursday, October 29, 2020

FanCode Announces Partnership with WSC Sports to Innovate the Delivery of Video Content


FanCode, India’s premier digital sports destination for all fans, has introduced WSC Sports AI technology on the platform to power the delivery of video highlights. The partnership with WSC Sports will allow FanCode to grow the speed, scale and personalization of video content for their key sports rights content.

WSC Sports’ technology was first launched across T20 Cricket tournaments earlier in the year and has now expanded to other sports leagues and tournaments in the region. The partnership will allow FanCode to dramatically expand their video storytelling capabilities, with the use of machine learning and automation for live and post live sports content.

FanCode Co-Founder, Yannick Colaco, said: “FanCode aims to provide the best digital experience to Indian sports fans and leveraging technology is a critical component of delivering on our promise. Our partnership with WSC allows us to deliver a  superior interactive match viewing experience to our users through customized and near real-time highlights of their favourite games.”

“It is an exciting partnership as FanCode is truly innovating the delivery of sports content to Indian sports fans,” WSC Sports Head of APAC Guy Port said. “We look forward to the opportunity for scale and personalization of highlights in the future.”

The agreement adds to the list of global sports properties working with WSC Sports’ AI automation technology. This includes the BBL and WBBL in Australia and other top global sports leagues such as the NBA, Bundesliga, PGA Tour, MLS and FIBA.

ABOUT FANCODE:

FanCode is India’s premier digital sports destination committed to giving all fans a great personalized experience in Content, Community and Commerce. Founded in 2019 by sports industry veterans, Yannick Colaco and Prasana Krishnan, FanCode offers live streaming, sports fan merchandise (FanCode Shop), fastest interactive live match scores, comprehensive live commentary, fantasy sports data and statistics (Fantasy Research Hub), expert fantasy tips, sports news and much more. Dream Sports, India’s leading Sports Tech company, is the parent company of FanCode and also has brands such as Dream11 and DreamX in its portfolio. FanCode has already amassed over 1.5 crore+ app installs and won the “Best Sports Startup” award at FICCI India Sports Awards 2019.

Russian Helicopters Launches Mi-8 Test Operation Program in Indonesia


Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAP) as part of Russian Helicopters holding company (State Corporation Rostec) launches Mi-8/171 type helicopter test operation program, which is aimed at the assessing of all the advantages of helicopters real operation in conjunction with all available corporate support tools and implemented aftersales services of Russian Helicopters holding company. The pilot project is being implemented in Indonesia, where two Mi-8AMT helicopters are already involved in firefighting operations.

Helicopters sent to the Republic of Indonesia with crew and technical staff of U-UAP were relocated to the island of Kalimantan almost immediately upon arrival to extinguish forest fires. In the future, the rotorcraft will be on operational duty on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan.

«A contract with PT. National Utility Helicopters (PT. NUH), a utility helicopter operator in Indonesia with 50 years of experience in providing services for Indonesian Government as well as private companies, has become the pilot project of this program. The main task under the contract is to carry out firefighting operations in the region, as well as provide consulting services regarding the formation of its own air fleet of Indonesian operators for annual firefighting operations” said Leonid Belykh, Managing Director of U-UAP.

In the process of temporary use of helicopters, the customer gets the opportunity to consult the company's specialists in 24/7 mode, access to a replacement fund and a fund of additional equipment.

It is worth noting, that one of the first Mi-171A2 helicopters manufactured by the enterprise, since 2018 has been participating in a test operation program at UTair-VU airline, where it successfully fulfills the tasks facing the operator and demonstrates high flight performances. The experience of the joint work of the manufacturer and the customer was reflected in the U-UAP helicopter test operation program for Indonesia.

Mi-8/171 helicopters for a long time have been involved in the disaster relief operations not only in Russia, but also abroad. They have proved themselves as one of the most effective tools in the firefighting, medicine delivery and casualty evacuation operations, as well as in passenger and cargo transportation to hard-to-reach areas.

JSC Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant  is one of the manufacturing enterprises of Russian Helicopters holding company. Modern production and technological capacity of the plant allows to organize quickly production of new types of aircrafts, to combine creation of prototypes with aircraft serial production. During the 80 years of existence the plant have produced more than 8000 aircrafts. Today the plant specializes in production of the Mi-8AMT (Mi-171E), Mi-171 and Mi-8AMTSh (Mi-171Sh) helicopters.

JSC Russian Helicopters (a part of the state owned corporation Rostec) is one of the world leaders of the helicopter production industry, the only developer and manufacturer of helicopters in Russia. The holding is established in 2007. The head office is located in Moscow. The holding company includes five helicopter plants, two design offices, and also the enterprises on production and service of vendor items; the aircraft repair plants and the service company providing after-sale support in Russia and beyond. Buyers of holding production – the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, EMERCOM of Russia, other state customers, “Gazpromavia” and UTair airlines, the large Russian and foreign companies.

Rostec State Corporation is the Russian corporation established in 2007 for assistance in development, production and export of hi-tech industrial production of civil and military purpose. It includes more than 700 organizations from which nowadays established 11 holding companies in military-industrial complex and 4 in civil industries, and more than 80 organizations of direct control. Such known brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, the Kalashnikov Concern, “Russian Helicopters”, VSMPO-AVISMA, Uralvagonzavod etc. enter a portfolio of Rostec. The organizations of Rostec are located in the territory of 60 territorial subjects of the Russian Federation and deliver production on the markets of more than 100 countries. The consolidated revenue of Rostec in 2017 has reached 1 trillion 589 billion rubles, consolidated net profit - 121 billion rubles, EBITDA - 305 billion rubles. The average salary in the corporation in 2017 was 46,800 rubles. According to the strategy of Rostec, the main objective of Corporation is ensuring technological advantage of Russia in the highly competitive world markets. One of the key objectives of Rostec is implementation of new technological mode and digitization of Russian economics.

Shiv Nadar University Chennai Launched - The First Private University to be Legislated in Tamil Nadu After 90 Years

 


* Mr. R Srinivasan to be the Chancellor of the University and Dr. Kala Vijayakumar appointed as the Pro Chancellor

* Dr. C. Rangarajan, 19th Governor of Reserve Bank of India and Dr. Raj Reddy, Indian-American computer scientist and winner of the Turing Award to be distinguished mentors

* The University announced admissions for four programs under the School of Engineering, and School of Commerce and Management for the academic session 2021-22

Shiv Nadar Foundation today announced the launch of its third initiative in the field of higher education- “Shiv Nadar University Chennai”. The University is the first private University to be legislated in Tamil Nadu after 90 years (since Annamalai University Act in 1928), upon the passing of the Shiv Nadar University Act 2018. Shiv Nadar University Chennai will be housed in a sprawling, vibrant campus at Kalavakkam. It will be home to world-class facilities including academic and research blocks, state-of-the-art cricket stadium, library, sports centre, hostel facilitates for students and a faculty housing complex, auditorium, guest house and 24/7 internet access. The new University was virtually announced by Ms. Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Chairperson, HCL Technologies and Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation in the presence of Mr. R Srinivasan, Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University Chennai along with Dr. Kala Vijayakumar, Pro-Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University Chennai.

Dr. C Rangarajan, former Governor of Reserve bank of India and one of the most eminent economists and policymakers of the country, and Dr. Raj Reddy, acclaimed computer scientist, University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and winner of the Turing Award will be distinguished mentors at the University. The University has also appointed a renowned academician from one of the IITs as the Vice Chancellor, who will take over the role in December 2020. Additionally, the University announced the appointment of Dr. T. Nagarajan as Professor and Head of Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Dr. S. Gurusamy as Professor and Head of the Department of Commerce, School of Commerce and Management.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Chairperson, HCL Technologies and Trustee, Shiv Nadar Foundation said, “My father, Mr Shiv Nadar, is a product of education and strongly believes in its power to transform people’s lives. The Shiv Nadar Foundation was created with this vision and has established institutions offering world-class education to contribute to nation building. The Foundation has been on this journey for the last 26 years and our institutions are testament to how education can be a force multiplier, transforming not just individual lives, but those of groups and communities at large. We are, therefore, thrilled to set up a world-class private university in Chennai that has been envisioned with a core raison d’etre of moving beyond disseminating knowledge. Shiv Nadar University Chennai will be a catalyst for new research, novel discoveries and creation of new forms of expression…eventually helping create responsible, well rounded citizens.”

Mr. R Srinivasan, Founding Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University Chennai said, “Shiv Nadar University Chennai comes as a response to the overwhelming persuasion by parents and alumni of our institutions to establish a multidisciplinary university after seeing the quality of education we had to offer through our other institutions of higher education. The University will strongly focus on holistic development of students through an approach that blends academic rigor, culture of research and sustained industry engagement. While we are announcing the University today with two Schools (Engineering and Commerce and Management), our hope is that over the next five years, the University will significantly expand its offerings, including establishing a School of Law. We also want to take this opportunity to invite acclaimed academicians and scientists to join us as we set out on this journey of creating new knowledge and contributing to meeting the human capital needs of the world.”

Dr. Kala Vijayakumar, Pro-Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University Chennai said, “Shiv Nadar University Chennai will offer programs that will prepare students with the skillsets needed in an ever-evolving world. The curriculum has been modeled on global best standards with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research, cutting across all schools, allowing the University to break disciplinary silos and institute a broad-based academic structure. We are thrilled to bring to students a university that will enable them with an enduring foundation for their future success.”

The University will open for admissions in April 2021 with four specialized courses in disciplines of Engineering and Commerce. These programs have been designed in-line with the evolving educational and professional requirements within India and internationally.

·         The School of Engineering will offer students a strong engineering orientation through four-year undergraduate courses in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science and Computer Science and Engineering with specialization in Internet of Things (IoT). These programs will inculcate a strong theoretical foundation, systematic professional knowledge as well as powerful practical skills in their respective subjects.

·         The School of Commerce and Management will offer curated programs in Bachelor of Commerce (Professional Accounting) preparing students for professional destinations such as CA, CWA, CMA; and a Bachelor of Commerce offering a broad- based academic background in analytical and financial domains, preparing them to solve real world financial issues and problems.

In addition to courses offered in Engineering as well as those offered by the School of Commerce and Management, the University also plans to introduce a four-year undergraduate program in Business Management (BMS) in the following academic year (2022 – 23). Over the next five years, Shiv Nadar University Chennai will continue to introduce new programs and expand its offerings, including establishing a School of Law at the University.

For more information, please visit https://shivnadaruniversitychennai.edu.in/.

About Shiv Nadar University, Chennai

Shiv Nadar University, Chennai (website link) is a research-focused University offering wide-range of specialized academic programs at the undergraduate level. The University has been set up by the Shiv Nadar Foundation, a philanthropic foundation established by Mr. Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL - a US$ 9.9 billion leading global technology enterprise. The University endeavors to become a pioneering institution of higher education, setting new global academic benchmarks and revolutionizing the education landscape in the country.

The University campus features state-of-the-art infrastructure for learning, including seminar halls, auditoria, libraries, gymnasium, a sports complex and hostels for men and women. The campus is entirely wi-fi enabled with 24/7 internet access.

The University offers a holistic educational environment that is continually evolving to bridge the gap between the classroom and global demands by world-class faculty who are progressive academicians, leading thinkers and innovative educators from ranked global universities. The University has commenced its journey towards becoming a globally acclaimed centre for learning and innovation in fields of engineering and commerce and will continue to add diverse disciplines to its repertoire.

About Shiv Nadar Foundation

Established in 1994, by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL - a US$ 9.9 billion leading global technology enterprise, the Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit-based society by empowering individuals through transformational education, and to bridge the socio-economic divide. Over the last 26 years the Foundation, has directly touched the lives of over 30,000 alumni and students through its marquee institutions in literacy, K12 and higher education. Today, the Foundation has a community of over 100,000 constituents, which includes not only globally dispersed alumni and students but also faculty members, corporate executives, and extended families.

The Foundation has invested ~$1bn in its six landmark institutions and initiatives across education and art. Currently over 12,600 students and over 2,000 faculty are part of the Foundation along with around 19,000 strong globally dispersed alumni community.

The Foundation’s students have gone to study at some of the best institutions globally including the Ivy League in the US and top universities in other countries including Australia, Singapore, China and UK. Students are also working across major corporations, including Goldman Sachs, Honda, HP, Schindler, and several others both in India and across other geographies. Faculty across the Foundation institutions are drawn from the best Indian and international universities, with a strong focus on research and innovation. 

The Shiv Nadar Foundation pursues the philosophy of 'Creative Philanthropy'. It is a powerful model which envisages creation of institutions that are built to last and continue to impact future generations. It is an approach that allows sustained institutionalized philanthropy for long-term, high impact, socio-economic transformation.

Supporting Your Child’s Journey Towards Better Digestive Health

 


Has your toddler been refusing to poop in the toilet? Does she cry or make faces while passing stools or has the frequency of pooping reduced to less than thrice a week? If you’ve noticed any of these signs, then it’s possible that your child is constipated.

But there’s no need to panic. Many children go through chronic constipation. Studies have found the prevalence can be as high as 29 percent, and constipation is most commonly seen in kids when they are 2-3 years old. This is usually the toilet training phase which can prove challenging for both mothers and children.

Understanding digestive health

A healthy digestive system can effectively break down food, absorb essential nutrients and eliminate undigested components smoothly. Trillions of good bacteria in the gut including Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus aid these functions and contribute to digestive health.

Moreover, 95 percent of the hormone serotonin, which regulates emotions, is found in the gut. And 70 percent of the immune system is active in our digestive system.

What to do if your child is constipated

Constipation is not a trivial matter. Even if a child sees temporary relief, relapses can disrupt the toilet training process. Frequent straining can cause painful anal fissures. The fear of passing painful stools often leads to a vicious cycle: children hold their bowel movements, which in turn hardens the stool and makes it more painful to poop.

There are many home remedies that parents can consider. Increase fluid intake by encouraging your child to drink more water or homemade fruit juices. Including exercise as part of their daily routine also helps stimulate digestion. Naturally, a healthy and balanced diet is vital, and it also helps to set specific meal times and give children smaller portions to let them eat slowly and prevent overeating.

Yet there are situations when constipation still persists. Supplementation with an appropriate prebiotic could help. Prebiotics (not to be confused with probiotics) are non-digestible food ingredients which play an important role in digestion. Dr. Vandana Rao, The Children's Clinic, MICO Layout, Bangalore, said, “Despite the fact that about one in three children face constipation during toilet training, child gut health can often go unaddressed. In my experience, parents report child constipation late, and usually continue with home remedies for a month or two before seeking help. Timely and sustained treatment is important to establish consistent and healthy toilet habits. Palatable child-friendly prebiotics can not only help relieve constipation, but also promote better long-term digestive health in kids.”

Prebiotic supplements release nutrients that encourage the growth and activity of ‘friendly’ digestive bacteria, while reducing the levels of ‘bad’ bacteria. They can relieve the symptoms of childhood constipation by softening stool and facilitating regular motion.

Prebiotics are commonly found in fruits and vegetables such as bananas, onions, garlic and leeks. But if your kid is a fussy eater, then what are your options?

There are innovative, child-friendly formats available, explains Dr. Srirupa Das, Medical Director, Abbott India. She says, “Constipation requires a long-term solution that is compatible with setting a regular toilet habit. Through it is treatable, our research shows that only 30 percent of parents consult their doctor on time and pediatricians observe frequent relapse due to non-adherence. Responding to this need, we have launched Duphalac Bears in India, which is a new product featuring fruit-flavoured gummy bears containing the prebiotic lactulose. This safe, child-friendly food supplement promotes healthy intestinal balance and bowel regulation to promote digestive health.” 

A healthy digestive system is paramount to children’s physical growth and mental development. Ensuring your child has a balanced diet, engages in regular physical activity and stays hydrated will go a long way, and appropriate supplements can help ensure they receive all the nutrients they need for a healthy body and good intestinal health.

Tesco Business Services Receives 4 Awards at the ‘Impact Annual Awards Asia 2020’ organized By SSON


* Wins Silver in the Change Management Impact & Automation Impact Category

* Wins Bronze in the Best Shared Services Team & Customer Centricity Impact Category

* Receives honorary mention in the Process Improvement and Value creation Category

Tesco Business Services (TBS), the global services arm for Tesco worldwide, and one of the top 20 most admired shared services recognized by Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON), has bagged 4 awards in various categories of SSON Impact Annual Awards Asia 2020. These awards include two Silvers for Change Management Impact & Automation Impact Categories, followed by two Bronze in the Best Shared Services Team & Customer Centricity Impact. Furthermore, Tesco Business Services has also received an honorary mention in the Process Improvement & Value Creation Impact Award.

Against the backdrop of the pandemic, high-performance and high-value service delivery have taken the center stage to strengthen business agility and sustainability. Therefore, SSON has emphasised driving knowledge management, leveraging augmented intelligence, and cultivating a service-oriented workforce in the changeover towards an integrated business services model. Each year, SSON recognises the achievements of Shared Services Centers and service delivery teams that demonstrate exceptional performance and exceed industry standards. This year too, SSON recognised leading brands across 8 categories – automation impact, best Shared Services, Vendor Collaboration, Customer centricity and Process Improvement & Value creation.   

Tesco’s recognition across 4 categories namely Best Shared Services Team, Best Management, Customer Centricity & Automation, harmonises with the brand’s immersive performance across segments to meet their goal of “Serving shoppers a little better every day”. The awards are benchmarked against metrics that include Automation, Attrition, HR & Talent, Payroll, Procure-to-Pay, Order-to-cash, Record-to-Report, and Travel & Expense.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr Sumit Mitra, CEO – Tesco Business Services (TBS) and Tesco Bengaluru, said, “We are delighted to be recognized by the world's largest community of shared services, outsourcing and transformation professionals in the prestigious Impact Awards Asia 2020. This year has been challenging owing to the pandemic and we at Tesco take pride in ensuring seamless customer experience and uninterrupted business operations across the globe amidst these unprecedented times as well. Tesco Business Services operations across Bengaluru, Budapest, Dundee, Welwyn Garden City, and Central Europe are integral in solving critical business problems to enhance enterprise-wide operations and enable the smooth running of Tesco. This is an extraordinary achievement and goes to show that sustained focus on the little things at a team level can result in delivery of exponential gains for our customers at an enterprise level. The recognition endorses our vision and affirm our teams' passion, capabilities and commitment to serve our shoppers a little better every day.” 

The Shared Services and Outsourcing Network (SSON) is an online source for global business services executives and business leaders who leverage technology and best practices to improve operational efficiency. It is the largest and most established community of shared services and outsourcing professionals in the world. SSON Analytics offers visual data insights that are simple, accurate, and digestible to the global shared services and outsourcing community. Thousands of global business services and outsourcing professionals use our data to understand the shared services landscape in their region through a variety of interactive data tools, analytics reports, and customized data insights.

About Tesco in Bengaluru:

Tesco in Bengaluru is a multi-disciplinary team serving our shoppers a little better every day across markets. Our goal is to create a sustainable competitive advantage for Tesco by standardizing processes, delivering cost savings, enabling agility through technology solutions, and empowering our colleagues to do even more for our customers. With cross-functional expertise, a wide network of teams, and strong governance, we reduce complexity, thereby offering high-quality services for our customers. Tesco in Bengaluru, established in 2004 to enable standardization and build centralized capabilities and competencies, makes the experience better for our millions of customers worldwide and simpler for over [400,000] colleagues. 

Syska Group Announces Versatile Actor Rajkummar Rao as Its New Brand Ambassador


SYSKA Group, India’s leading Fast Moving Electrical Goods (FMEG) company, today announced that it has roped in award winning Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao as the new face of the brand. Rajkummar Rao will work closely with the company to promote the Syska products across LED and Fan segments. Rajkummar Rao enjoys mass appeal for his unconventional choice of movies and is one of the most versatile actors of today. He has a strong connect with urban audiences, as well as with those from Tier 2 and 3 markets, which make up the large segment of Syska’s target groups.  

After the untimely and unfortunate demise of Syska’s first ever brand ambassador Irrfan Khan, the company was on a lookout for a dynamic and well-loved brand ambassador who is as homegrown and authentic as the brand Syska. Rao, made his debut in the Indian film industry and achieved nationwide recognition for his flawless performances. Similarly, Syska, has grown manifolds to become the pioneer of LED lighting in the country, within a short period of time. The parallel between the two, found the actor the perfect fit to endorse the brand.

Commenting on the onboarding of Rajkummar Rao, Mr. Rajesh Uttamchandani, Director, Syska Group said, “We are extremely excited to have Rajkummar Rao as the new face of the Syska Group. Rajkummar is an apt choice for the brand because of his discerning choice of work and roles which reflects a sensitive, and mature actor. We believe that our journey at Syska is mirrored in his work. We are confident that our association with Rajkummar Rao will grow from strength to strength and will aid in recreating magic in the hearts of Syska’s loyal consumer base.”

Commenting on being the new face of the brand, versatile actor Rajkummar Rao said, “For me, Syska is a high quality, 100% homegrown brand. It is a pioneering company whose story is truly inspiring and which I relate to easily. Syska has created a niche category which is good for the country and has been making great strides in successfully convincing users to switch from traditional CFL to LED lights. I believe this is a very confident stance to take, and to me it conveys that you must always work hard and give your hundred percent in order to stay light years ahead of the competition. As a customer, this acts as a promise that we can always look forward to the best from Syska.”

The partnership will also see Syska Group launch a new ad campaign with Rajkummar focusing on LED and Fans, highlighting the many accolades that the brand has earned over the years. The campaign will begin shortly and will be executed strategically through leading TV channels in GEC and News genres in order to reach the masses across Metro, tier-2 and tier-3 cities. Its aggressive digital presence with publishers having high-traffic will further amplify the reach amongst the new-age customers and will only add to the momentum during the entire festival season right up to New Year.

Here are the links to the ad campaign and behind the scene video –

·         Behind the scene video -  https://youtu.be/4mner1anvdU

·        Ad Campaign video - https://youtu.be/pA66hjs67kI

                                https://youtu.be/FNScMZNqXaw

About Syska Group – Starting with Guru Nanak Marketing, a company that was involved in the distribution of T-series Audio cassettes, CDs and audio video systems for Maharashtra, SYSKA Group had only one thing to do: grow. SYSKA Group has grown exponentially over the years and has become leader in the FMEG space and a pioneer of LED lighting. Empowered by a strong vision and drive, the SYSKA Group diversified into more segments such as Personal Care Appliances, Mobile accessories, Wires and Cables, Smart Home devices and only continues to grow and dominate these markets.

Magicbricks Plots Offer 13500-Plus Authority Approved Plots Across Bengaluru


 -          Bengaluru is witnessing maximum demand for plots in India

-          7000-plus plots spread across 7 key investment corridors

-          Demand for plots in Bengaluru growing faster than that for apartments

-          Magicbricks newly launched Plots platform will help buyers taken an informed decision

Magicbricks, India’s No.1 property site, today announced that with Bengaluru witnessing the highest demand for plots in the country, its newly launched platform for Plots will offer prospective buyers a wide range of 13500-plus authority approved plots across the city, out of which 50% are along the IT hubs’ seven prominent investment corridor making them one of the most sought after residential real estate destinations.

In line with its promise to offer buyers a seamless experience, Magicbricks’ recently launched platform for Plots will provide prospective buyers a whole range of plots starting as low as Rs.194/sqft approved by different authorities like Bengaluru Metropolitan Region Development Authority (BMRDA), Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and Bangalore International Airport Area Planning Authority (BIAAPA). Around 50% i.e 6600 of plot listings are owner listings, which is testimony of the trust that the brand commands in the market.  All the plots have been carefully curated for the platform by a huge team of Magicbricks’ on-ground researchers and prospective buyers will get access to credible information and latest updates that would help him/her conduct an in-depth research while making a smart decision.

Commenting on supply on the newly launched Plots platform, Mr. Sudhir Pai, CEO, Magicbricks, said: “We are witnessing a V-shape recovery in demand in Bengaluru’s real estate market and it is in fact faster than the national recovery. The demand is now 30-40% ahead of pre-Covid levels. It is encouraging to see that searches for property in Bengaluru grew by 47% in the July–September quarter after witnessing a fall of 14% during the April-June quarter amidst COVID lockdown. Significantly, we are also seeing a recovery in demand for plots and it is faster than that for apartments in Bengaluru. This demand is accentuated in the peripheral areas of Bengaluru and across the city’s seven prominent investment corridors. To meet this demand, we have carefully curated a huge range of plots that are approved by authorities and the interventions that we have created on our platform will help buyers make an informed decision.”

Around 7000-plus plots are located across the seven investment corridors - Bengaluru-Magadi Road Corridor, Bengaluru IT Corridor, Bengaluru Automotive Corridor, Bengaluru-Chennai Industrial Corridor, Bengaluru Mysore Corridor, Bengaluru-Mysore Industrial Corridor and Bengaluru Airport Corridor. Out of these seven corridors, Bengaluru Airport Corridor has the maximum supply of plots followed by Bengaluru IT Corridor and Bengaluru-Chennai Industrial Corridor. The demand drivers for the plots in these corridors include economic, infrastructural and social factors.

Magicbricks’ Plots platform presents multiple insightful sections like Popular Investment Destinations, Featured Plots, Key Insights on Plot Investment Corridor, Owner Plots, and Plot Investment Guide, that would help buyers gain in-depth knowledge on the locality where they plan to buy, besides the future growth potential. 

About Magicbricks: India's no 1 property site

Magicbricks is India’s No.1 property site. With monthly traffic exceeding 20 million visits and with an active base of over 1.4 million+ property listings, Magicbricks provides the largest platform for buyers and sellers of property to connect with each other in a clear, transparent manner. With this in mind, Magicbricks has innovated several product features, content, and research services, which have helped us build the largest audience pool.

Linde Appoints Sanjiv Lamba as the New Chief Operating Officer


Linde plc (NYSE: LIN; FWB: LIN) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Mr. Sanjiv Lamba to serve as the company’s Chief Operating Officer effective January 1st, 2021. In this role, Mr. Lamba will be responsible for the regional operating segments of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA, as well as Linde Engineering, Lincare, and certain global functions, initiatives and businesses. Mr. Lamba will report directly to Linde’s CEO, Mr. Steve Angel, and relocate to Danbury, CT. 

Prior to being named COO, Mr. Lamba served in several roles including EVP APAC, Head of Regional Business units – South & South East Asia and various financial roles during his 31 years with Linde.  

Commenting on today’s announcement, Steve Angel said “Today’s announcement is a reflection of the confidence I and the Board have in Sanjiv’s ability to continue to drive Linde’s performance by leveraging digitalization initiatives across every aspect of our business and capitalizing on opportunities for future growth including healthcare, electronics, and clean energy. Please join me in congratulating Sanjiv on his new and important role”. 

About Linde

Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2019 sales of $28 billion (€25 billion). We live our mission of making our world more productive every day by providing high-quality solutions, technologies and services which are making our customers more successful and helping to sustain and protect our planet.   

The company serves a variety of end markets including chemicals & refining, food & beverage, electronics, healthcare, manufacturing and primary metals. Linde’s industrial gases are used in countless applications, from life-saving oxygen for hospitals to high-purity & specialty gases for electronics manufacturing, hydrogen for clean fuels and much more. Linde also delivers state-of-the-art gas processing solutions to support customer expansion, efficiency improvements and emissions reductions.  

BharatAgri Raises Pre-Series A Round from 021 Capital and India Quotient


Pune-based personalized agri-advisory platform, BharatAgri, has raised Pre-Series A from Binny Bansal backed 021 Capital and India Quotient. This round also saw participation from existing investors Better Capital and Ajay Prabhu (COO, Quest Global).

The company plans to use the fresh funds on product enhancement and growth, besides expanding its footprint across India.

BharatAgri was founded in April 2017 by IIT Madras alumni, Siddharth Dialani and Sai Gole and later joined by core team members Aman Verma and Tanmay Krishna in 2019. BharatAgri’s technology solution provides personalized agriculture and farming advisory to farmers. Using BharatAgri’s Krishi Doctor, an intelligent farm advisor, farmers have witnessed over 40% increase in yield and significant reduction in management costs.

Siddharth Dialani, CEO and Co-founder, BharatAgri, said, "BharatAgri is the only player that has monetized digital advisory at scale. During the pandemic alone BharatAgri sold 13,000+ premium subscriptions. Our unique advisory algorithm assists the users in increasing their yield and reducing their cost. With our unique proposition for farmers, BharatAgri has evolved into a platform for crop-input companies and financial institutions to market their products to BharatAgri premium farmers. With the fresh infusion of funds, BharatAgri aims to reach 5 million farmers and provide them with meaningful solutions.”

Sailesh Tulshan, Founder, 021 Capital said, “We are excited to partner with BharatAgri and believe that they can make a large-scale impact in the agri sector and in the lives of farmers in India. Through personalised solutions offered by BharatAgri, farmers are able to improve their farm yield and quality of produce. The farm-to-market platform also helps farmers realise better value for their produce and makes financial services easily accessible to them. In a span of one year, BharatAgri’s personalized agri-platform has witnessed 10X growth. They have been able to help tens of thousands of farmers during these challenging times and equip them with real-time solutions.”

“Agriculture is transforming using technology. The increasing penetration of smartphones coupled with reliable internet are empowering farmers in ways unimaginable five years back. Riding the wave of this tech adoption, BharatAgri is building a platform of trust for farmers and agri business partners both on the agri input and procurement side. We have been positively surprised by the quick manoeuvre of the BhartAgri team and farmers participating on the platform in these Covid times,” said, Madhukar Sinha, Partner India Quotient. 

With over 350,000+ users, BharatAgri offers paid subscriptions to farmers for personalized consultancy and an exclusive access to their premium platform.

This platform which is an ecosystem of service providers works with leading rural brands to help them reach BharatAgri’s premium users.

BharatAgri’s digital paid user base is growing at 40% month on month. The restriction on physical movement in the past six months has boosted online advisory consumption significantly.  BharatAgri has strived to provide superior solutions to farmers during the ongoing pandemic. Special campaigns like ‘Harvest Campaigns’ were arranged during the nationwide lockdown to provide assistance to farmers and sell their perishable and non-perishable produce.

About BharatAgri

Launched in 2017, BharatAgri is a farming technology platform that offers personalised assistance to farmers. With a mission to empower every farmer and digitise every farm, BharatAgri aims to bridge the gap between technology and agriculture in India. By offering features like weather-based dynamic advisory and season-long predictive calendar for farm activities, BharatAgri is working on effectively addressing all farming problems to emerge as the one-stop solution provider for farmers.

HSIL Invests ₹100 Crores To Expand Operations Capacity of the Plastic Pipes and Fillings Plant


HSIL, makers of the iconic brand Hindware announced an investment of ₹100 crores in their plastic pipes and fittings solution business to increase the production capacity at the Sangareddy, Telangana plant. Through the investment, the Company aims to augment the production from current 30,000 tonnes to 48,000 tonnes by September 30, 2022.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, there has been a significant increase in the demand of CPVC and UPVC pipes and fittings. The strategic investment will help the company cater to the requirements from the customer base, optimize the lead-time, and consistently meet the future demands from various markets.

Mr. Sandip Somany, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, HSIL Limited said, “Since the inception of our plastic pipes and fittings company, we have done exceedingly well and in a short duration have emerged as one of the leading players in this segment. The increased production capacity will support the Company’s aggressive expansion plans and address the growing production requirements. The investment of ₹100 crores is a strategic decision to make our production facility more robust and manage the demands in the new normal. The expansion is a testament to our commitment to the customers and our vision for the future.”

The solutions comprises Chlorinated Polyvinl Chloride (CPVC), Unplasticised PVC (UPVC), Soil-Waste-Rain (SWR) pipes and PVC pipes for potable water. The wide range plumbing solutions are used in the transportation of portable water, waste disposal, borewells, irrigation and sprinkler systems. The company has an agreement with the ~US$18 billion Japanese conglomerate Sekisui Chemical Co. Ltd. for the supply of NSF-certified CPVC compound, Durastream, to provide quality piping solutions to cater to varied market requirements. The products are manufactured in line with the Indian Standards Institution and other international standards.

The plant received the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) platinum rating for the entire manufacturing process in FY 2019-20; is the 8th plant in India to receive this coveted certification and is the first platinum-rated green plant in this sector. The company’s commitment to environmental conservation continues to be an integral part of their business strategy.

About HSIL : The company was founded in 1960 as Hindusthan Twyfords Limited, in technical collaboration with Twyfords, United Kingdom to establish the first vitreous china sanitaryware manufacturing company in India. Today, the company houses the Building Products and Packaging Products Division. The Building Products division primarily comprises the manufacturing of sanitaryware, faucets and plastic pipes and fittings whereas the manufacturing and marketing of various packaging products, including glass containers and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles and products and security caps and closures is under the Packaging Products Division.

A New Snap Report Shows COVID-19 Is Deeping Our Relationship with Best Friends, While Distancing Us from Others In India


Snap Inc. today released its second global Friendship study, interviewing 30,000 people across sixteen countries, to explore how the COVID-19 pandemic and global issues have impacted friendship. Seventeen experts on friendship from around the world contributed to the report. 

Covid has further accelerated the importance of digital connections in India with nearly 91% saying that they have helped friends maintain their relationship, regardless of age. This is much higher as compared to the global average. 

Snap spokesperson Durgesh Kaushik, Head of Market Development India at Snap Inc. said: "As friends around the world navigate the new normal of social distancing, this year's Friendship Report shows us that during the COVID-19 pandemic visual communication has become more important than ever.Talking in pictures and videos layered with creative tools like our augmented reality Lenses, Filters, and personal avatars Bitmoji, help Snapchatters express themselves and interact visually. They serve as an essential connector when meeting face to face is not an option and at this difficult time have enabled Snapchatters to feel closer to their best friends even as non-Snapchatters feel more distant. We hope that new features like our Friendship Time Capsule will continue to help Snapchatters stay close with their best friends and support one another.”

The Friendship Report sheds new light on how COVID is affecting friendship and what other major events in life also have an impact, including:

●        COVID has brought some friends closer together, but also made some of us feel lonely.

●        COVID has also led to deeper and meaningful conversations

●        COVID has seen people reconnect with lost friends

●        Indians rate ‘trustworthy’ and ‘honesty’ as the top qualities that they look for in a friend

●        Friends are our first line of defence against loneliness, and we generally make our best friends in childhood; on average we have known our closest friends for at least half of our lives.  

●        Most of us have lost touch with a close friend from childhood, with the majority wanting to rediscover that close connection.

●        While most of us are keeping connected better through digital communication channels, we still need to develop our friendship skills to help us learn how to maintain friendships over distance and get back in touch if we do lose contact

●        Dr. Rhea Gandhi, Counsellor and Psychotherapist in India and 16 other experts from around the world have provided advice and tips on how to do this

●        Snap has also created a new Friendship Time Capsule to help Snapchatters celebrate their friendships.

The impact of COVID-19 in India

Six months after much of the world has put in place social distancing restrictions, friends are having to find new ways to stay connected, and the long term effects are only just starting to become clear. Rhea Gandhi, Psychotherapist specializing in interpersonal dialogue, says “While the lockdown gave us a chance to spend time with our families, it took away the opportunity to meet our friends in person. Friendship serves a need for freedom and unsurprisingly, we have started to value our connections with friends a lot more at a time when opportunities to meet them regularly have reduced.”

Nearly four out of five of friends say they relied on digital communication to stay connected through the lockdown in India (87%). For many, those conversations have been deeper, rather than focusing on surface-level topics (76%)It appears digital communications are key to staying in touch when we’re apart, with a vast majority.

Even though there’s been an uptick in outreach to friends, COVID-19 has also led to loneliness for some. Half of those we surveyed said they’ve felt lonely since the pandemic started (51%) which is 13%  higher than pre-COVID-19.

For many of the people (69%) being unable to see their friends has made them feel lonelier, with almost two-thirds of them feeling friends are not reaching out to them as much as they would like (59%). In fact, half of the people (50%) felt that social distancing has weakened their relationships with friends.

In total, a third of people we surveyed said that COVID-19 has affected their friendships (44%). With just close to one-third saying that it has led to them not feeling as close to their friends (33%), while over two-thirds say they have grown closer to their friends (67%). And nearly two-thirds of those surveyed agreed with the statement that they felt more disconnected from friends because they couldn’t spend time in-person (62%) .

The upside is that, with the pandemic causing so much isolation, people genuinely want to reach out and check in on those they care about.

More than half of the people (54%) say their friendships are more important to them now and nearly three-quarters of us are making an intentional choice to reach out to friends that they haven’t spoken to in a while (74%).

The one that got away and reconnection in India

Last year, Snap’s Friendship Report found that friendships, especially those from childhood, have a huge impact on happiness and wellbeing. So, it was surprising to see this year that 79% of us globally have lost touch with a close friend but heartening that 66% say they would like to rekindle their relationship. In India, those numbers are higher, at 88% and 72% respectively.

And we would generally respond positively to one of our best friends re-establishing contact, with the most prominent emotions being excited (50%)or delighted (37%), whereas a minority would feel guilty (12%) , or suspicious (15%).

How do we find our way back to close friends? Nearly 9 out of 10 people agree that digital communication helps people reconnect with lost friends (89%), with more than two thirds preferring to apologize to a friend online (66%) than in real life. However, more than a third wouldn't know how to use digital communication to reconnect (38%).The number one thing people would like to send to their friends, would be a photo of them together (47%) , with the number two being a photo that reminded them of a shared memory (44%) . Humour also ranks highly, with a third thinking that sending a funny meme (40%) would be the best way to start a conversation. 

There are many reasons why friends lose touch with distance being the leading cause (67%), followed by unresolved conflict  (56%).

Rhea Gandhi says, “When anger is expressed well, you’re able to put it aside. The repair process becomes the discussion. When you are both accepting anger as part of communication, allowing that communication to happen is enough to cool down and be ok afterwards.”

In direct response to these findings, Snap has launched the Friendship Time Capsule, a collaborative photo collage allowing Snapchatters to create a new shared memory between themselves and a friend. The snappable invites users to take a selfie and then send it to a friend who does the same. It then uses Snap’s machine learning to put the friends together and age them up through a series of scenarios in the future. This tool aims to help Snapchatters show they care for friends when they can’t be together, or to act as an aid in getting back in touch with a close friend.

How to be a better friend

There are plenty of resources for people struggling with relationships like family or marriage, but friendship hasn’t received the same treatment. This has left many without the tools or confidence they need to develop and navigate the ups and downs of friendships. 

British lecturer Gillian Sandstrom, who studies social psychology, talks about the “liking gap,” where we are prone to think people like us less than they actually do. This bias breeds insecurity about engaging in conversations. We fear awkward pauses and failed connections so much that foregoing the opportunity to start a friendship or deepen a relationship can be the safer choice. People are more likely to like you than you think, so go ahead and be brave.

Listening, staying present, and accepting responsibility are key friendship skills. Honing these skills can take a little work, but with some lessons and practice, our experts agree we can improve our friendships. 

In India friendships are more informal and serve a need for freedom. Most Indian families still follow a traditional framework following a set of restrictions but the younger generation isn’t afraid to express their authentic selves. They view friendships as means of unconditional support and acceptance.

Last year Snap set out to understand the nature of friendships across the globe - explore the attitudes, values and perceptions that shape friendship across cultures and generations. Indians topped the charts with the most number of BFFs  as compared to the other markets.

About the Report

The Friendship Report, commissioned in partnership with Alter Agents, polled 30,000 nationally representative people ages 13 to 44 in Australia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK and US. 

About Snap Inc.

Snap Inc. is a camera company. We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. We contribute to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together.

NMIMS Opens Admissions For Its Dual Degree MBA Decision Science program in Collaboration with Purdue University


NMIMS School of Business Management (SBM) opened admissions to its very prestigious dual degree program - MBA in Decision Science & Analytics and MS in Business Analytics & Information Management (BAIM) in collaboration with Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, a leading public research university of USA. Admissions are open till December 14, 2020 for its Mumbai campus. With this degree, students will get an opportunity to study in two of the world’s most renowned institutions. The 2 year program is split into 3 terms at SBM and 2 terms at Krannert School of Management, followed by 1 term of internship in India under a faculty guide. The thoughtfully designed program follows a research-based and industry-focused pedagogy. 

The dual degree program offers a unique opportunity to study dual, but complementary courses, management and decision science. In the third year of its launch, the program is addressing the current need for highly specialised skills in decision analysis, data sciences, and business analytics. The program fulfills the requirement for a multidisciplinary approach in management graduates. This carefully-designed curriculum is developed by SBM’s academic council in collaboration with Purdue University and industry leaders. At Krannert, Purdue University,  curriculum is focused on developing proficiencies in a variety of big data technologies and analytical techniques and prepares graduates for a business analytics career on a global stage. The experiential learning of the MBA program is aimed at improving application of learning through mind-set change in students while boosting their problem solving skills. The program includes intense industry and corporate involvement with capstone projects and 3 month spring internship at an industry partner firm. 

Speaking on the course, Dr. Ramesh Bhat, Officiating Vice Chancellor, SVKM’s NMIMS, Provost and Dean School of Business Management said, “Recent studies suggest that we need a multidisciplinary approach for management students. In a multipolar world with a rising demand for technology-proficient workforce, managers can no longer afford to think unilaterally. With the current unpredictability in the global economy, we need managers who are trained in decision science and data handling. The field of decision sciences will see more than 2.7 million jobs in the coming year. Our dual program is designed to meet this rising demand for decision analysts in managerial positions.”

“Higher education is evolving rapidly and on a global scale,” says David Hummels, Dean of the Krannert School. “At Purdue we believe an important part of this evolution is great universities partnering to offer their students the best of what each has to offer. So we are thrilled by this opportunity to work with NMIMS to attract their excellent students into our elite MS program in Business Analytics and Information Management.”

Commenting on their partnership with Purdue University, Dr. Shailaja Rego, Associate Professor, Chairperson, MBA-DSA(NMIMS), further added, “Purdue University is known for its world-class research programs. Our association with Krannert School of Management opens up opportunities for our students to study in one of the world’s premier institutions. The 2 Term stint for MS BAIM will introduce them to cutting-edge developments in the field under the expert guidance of the best in the field, both from academia and the industry. This exposure will be critical in our multipolar and hyper-connected world. The program also lays heavy emphasis on application. Post their Purdue term, the students will complete an intensive 3 month spring internship program in India under faculty supervision.”

The compulsory spring internship carries 6 credit units. The internship acts as an essential training ground as well as a valuable opportunity for students to impress industry professionals. Students get to apply their classroom learning in the real world, gaining valuable first-hand experience. Most importantly, the internships have been a valuable ground for industry recruitments in the past few years. Chosen students are offered a Pre-Placement Offer or a Pre-Placement Interview. Career opportunities include data science jobs at new age industries in some of the most in-demand profiles. These include data analysis, data science, business intelligence, risk analysis, and digital integration management. 

Eligibility: Since this is a dual degree program, applicants are required to qualify for both the NMIM SBM and Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. For SBM, they need a Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognized University with minimum 50% marks in aggregate (of all years). They must have taken Mathematics at the pre university level - (10+2) or equivalent examination/s. Once selected for SBM, the applicants will apply to Krannert School of Management. They will need a minimum TOEFL score of 93 or IELTS score at 7.0 or higher with minimum subsections scores. Preference will be given to those with relevant work experience.

Admission Process: The admission process is split in two parts. Applicants will first apply to SBM, followed by a separate admission process for Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. Eligible students can apply for SBM through NMAT by GMAC/GMAT/GRE. For registration and details, visit: https://nmat.nmims.edu. Selected candidates must then apply online for Krannert School of Management. This will be followed by an online interview after which a final decision will be taken. 

Accreditation: SBM and Krannert both Business School’s  have the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, which represents the highest standards in business schools worldwide. AACSB accreditation requires high-quality faculty along with a cutting-edge curriculum and a stellar placement program. SBM also has NAAC accreditation with Grade A+ (3.59 CGPA), Mumbai Campus and is recognized as Category-I University by MHRD/UGC Grant of Graded Autonomy Regulation, 2018.

About SBM, NMIMS and Krannert School of Management, Purdue University:SBM of SVKM’s NMIMS, Deemed-to-be-University, is  one of India’s leading business schools with a legacy of world-renowned faculty and excellent placement program. NMIMS which began as a business school 40 years ago, is known for its trailblazing curriculum. The school has consistently ranked among the top 10 B-Schools in the country since 1998, in various such published surveys. 

Purdue University is one of the top Public Universities ranked # 53 in USA and in the top 100 Universities worldwide. Krannert School of Management, Analytics program is ranked # 1 in US and in the top 15 worldwide.

About NMAT by GMAC™

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) owns and administers the NMAT by GMAC™ exam. The NMAT by GMAC™ is accepted by 38 leading institutions in India for securing admissions to their flagship MBA and other management programmes in India. Besides India, the NMAT by GMAC™ exam today is delivered across 12 countries namely, South Africa, Philippines, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Botswana, Nepal, Sri Lanka, UAE, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. 

This year GMAC has introduced two types of testing modes for the exam. One is online proctored exam that can be taken from home and the second is the centre-based online exam. Candidates have the option to take the test either at test centre that follows all the social distancing protocols or take the online proctored exam from the comfort of their homes.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

VMware and Samsung Form Alliance to Accelerate CSPs Transformation to 5G


VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced it has collaborated with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. to further extend its leadership in 5G. Through this alliance, the companies will help Communication Service Providers (CSPs) meet the requirements of 5G networks and accelerate the roll-out of 5G. This will include optimizing Samsung’s portfolio of telco offerings from Core to Edge to RAN for both containerized network functions (CNFs) and virtualized network functions (VNFs) with VMware Telco Cloud Platform.

As 5G continues to gain traction, CSPs will require a cloud native network that will improve the flexibility and efficiency of deploying services into new vertical markets faster. At the same time, CSPs can only achieve this with a cloud-first automated network designed to simplify management and operations while lowering operational costs. The Samsung and VMware collaboration will accelerate the innovation cycle through better network design end-to-end, and support the agility required for 5G networks. With VMware Telco Cloud Platform, CSPs can deploy a cloud native, software-defined 5G network that will accelerate the delivery of services and applications across distributed telco clouds with operational consistency, integrated lifecycle management and multi-layer automation while maintaining carrier-grade performance, scalability and reliability.

As part of this collaboration, the companies have been working together at Samsung’s lab to optimize and accelerate the readiness of Samsung’s various VNFs and CNFs, such as vRAN, 5G Core, MEC, Management, and Analytics, with the VMware Telco Cloud Platform. Samsung’s VNFs and CNFs have been and continue to be integrated with VMware’s Ready for Telco Cloud program. The VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program will support Samsung to accelerate the onboarding and deployment of their 5G-ready services on the VMware Telco Cloud Platform, thereby accelerating CSPs time to deploy and time to revenue.

“With innovative and open 5G networks beginning to transform the landscape, Samsung sees the value in delivering joint carrier-grade solutions with VMware that help CPS easily embrace cloud native technology and efficiently deliver our network functions and services across their 5G networks with automation,” said Wonil Roh, Senior Vice President and Head of Product Strategy, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics.

“The infrastructure supporting 5G will depend on virtualized and containerized network functions delivered from software-defined telco and edge cloud platforms,” said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president and general manager, Telco and Edge Cloud Business Unit, VMware. “We are thrilled to be working with Samsung to deliver joint carrier-grade solutions that leverage the VMware Telco Cloud portfolio to help CSPs seize this 5G moment and transform themselves into leading technology innovators.”

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Teams Up with New Partners for An Enhanced Service Network in 87 New Locations


To cater to the increasing number of Toyota car owners in smaller cities and towns across India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced the expansion of its service network with the launch of multiple PRO Service centres. The PRO service centres are coming up in cities and towns, which did not have Toyota service centres thus far. The newly launched PRO Service Centers is an integral part of the company’s continued expansion of its reach and network.

The PRO Service facilities are equipped to service any Toyota cars for all kinds of service - free service, regular paid periodic maintenance, minor general repairs and minor body and paint repairs as per Toyota standards. Further, the PRO Service workshop owners are free to service non-Toyota cars too. To ensure they meet Toyota’s global standards of service, they will have direct parts supply besides technical and operational support from TKM. They will work in close collaboration with nearby Toyota dealers to ensure all the stakeholders - PRO Service workshop owners, dealers and customers benefit from the model.

New PRO Service centres are now operational in Narnaul (Haryana), Nagaur (Rajasthan), Jorhat (Assam), Kharagpur and Asansol (West Bengal), Morbi, Patan and Palanpur (Gujarat) and our proposed 80 locations of network reach by end of the year will see a significant proportion of PRO Service outlets. The PRO Service centres are dedicated service facilities that do not have any sales operations

Commenting on the new initiative, Mr. Naveen Soni, Senior Vice President, Sales and Service, TKM, said, “There was an emerging business need for service operations in smaller cities and towns owing to the increasing number of Toyota car owners. With the launch of the PRO Service centres, our customers can get their cars serviced in their own city or town and avoid travelling to bigger cities nearby for the same. The service network expansion is primarily aimed at customer convenience in line with Toyota’s customer-first philosophy. We have carefully selected the new locations - looking at cities and towns that have seen a rise in Toyota car owners - to ensure service to our customers closer to their homes. The pilot Pro Service centre established at Jorhat in Assam, was inaugurated in January 2020 and has helped us better understand the needs of the customers and workshop owners. The launch of the nation-wide PRO Service combined with our existing MICRO 2S (sales and service) centres we have now substantially increased our service footprint in smaller cities and towns becoming closer to our customers than ever before.

We will support the new PRO Service centres by enabling them to achieve our established standard operating procedures that ensure lean stock and high supply. Further, TKM will handhold the PRO Service facilities by providing operational and technical training for their entire staff. The PRO Service facilities will be a part of our regular manpower development programs and processes as set by TKM,” he added.

Currently, TKM has a total of 396 outlets and 79 dealer partners across India. For more details about these centres, visit https://www.toyotabharat.com/find-a-dealer/.

American Tower Foundation Partners with Akshaya Patra Foundation to Provide 7000 Grocery Kits in Karnataka


American Tower Foundation, the global Philanthropic initiative of American Tower Corporation (ATC) has partnered with Akshaya Patra Foundation, a leading humanitarian organization to distribute grocery kits Pan India through ATC CSR Foundation India towards COVID-19 relief measures. The program entails to provide 19 lakh meals across 31 locations to families who have been adversely impacted owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These include daily wagers, contract workers, and migrant population who have been displaced and are out of work because of the lockdown.  

The distribution drive in Karnataka was carried out over a period of 12 days, providing around 294000 meals. 

At the beginning of the countrywide lockdown, there was a huge outpouring of support for the displaced and marginalized. These efforts have come down significantly since the country began to restart and reopen. However, there are large swathes of population – especially among migrant workers – that continue to suffer from job losses and depleted savings.  

Amit Sharma, EVP and President Asia at ATC said, “As the world takes on the threat posed by the health pandemic Covid-19, the impact has been felt more acutely by people who are facing a challenging economic situation to the extent of being unable to garner two meagre meals for their family.  As an engaged member of the business and broader social community, American Tower Corporation (ATC) is committed to support Covid relief work and provide assistance through its NGO partner Akshaya Patra Foundation by making available grocery and ration kits to the vulnerable communities. We are extremely thankful to the Government of Karnataka and District Authorities for their on ground support in making this drive a success”. 

Each food kit comprised rice, wheat flour, sugar, pulses, cooking oil, and salt. 

The distribution drive was conducted across various locations of Bangalore and Hubballi in Karnataka. 

According to Shridhar Venkat, CEO, Akshaya Patra Foundation, “We are deeply grateful to American Tower Foundation for collaborating with us in reaching out to distressed and unserved communities. Covid-19 has reinforced that we must collectively help those facing economic hardships. Hunger is a crime against humanity and school going children have been severely impacted by malnutrition due to the absence of mid- day meals. During this entire pandemic phase, we have served 80 million meals to families, thanks to donors such as American Tower Foundation. Truly a corporate with a heart and an empathetic partner that embodies zeal.” 

Over the weeks, ATC CSR Foundation along with Akshaya Patra Foundation will engage with social volunteers and government officials to undertake the distribution drive.  

About American Tower Corporation: American Tower is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of wireless and broadcast communication real estate. Our global portfolio includes over 1,81,000 communications sites and is experiencing steady growth. In addition to leasing space on towers, we provide customized collocation solutions through our in-building systems, outdoor distributed antenna systems and other right-of-way options, managed rooftops and services that speed network deployment. 

Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, American Tower has operations across the United States and 19 countries.  

Philanthropy at American Tower consists of companywide initiatives that unite our global operations, including the American Tower Foundation (the Foundation).  Launched in 2017, the Foundation’s mission is to focus on education and technology use to empower students, teachers and communities in need worldwide. Through grants, the Foundation facilitates partnerships with charitable organizations, such as school districts and youth development agencies, that support hands-on technology-based learning, increased student participation in robotics, and STEM programs that offer access to higher education for underrepresented, high-potential students. 

About ATC CSR Foundation India:  

ATC CSR Foundation India is the CSR arm of ATC India (one of the leading independent Passive Telecom Infrastructure Providers in India and is an indirectly-held subsidiary of ATC) and is focused to contribute to the implementation of the “Digital India” mission of the Government of India by way of its “Digital Village” Program. The Digital Village leverages the space, security, uninterrupted power supply and broadband link from a tower site to provide critical access to digital services like e-education, e-health, e-finance and e-governance by way of partnering with the appropriate solution providers (such as telecom operator, IT companies, Social Media companies, rural NGO’s and Banks etc.)  

About Akshaya Patra Foundation 

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Bengaluru, India, which strives to address issues like hunger and malnutrition in the country. By implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in Government and Government-aided schools, 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 on every single school day. The Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and attract curious visitors from around the world. 

In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, and the inestimable support of many philanthropic donors and well-wishers, Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children across five schools to becoming the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme, serving wholesome food to over 1.8 million children from 19,039 schools across 12 states & 2 union territories in India. 

BharatPe Adds Sparkles to Festivals: Launches “Digital Gold” in India


BharatPe, India’s largest merchant payment company, today announced the launch of digital gold on its platform. The launch of this new category of fintech product is in line with the company’s commitment to offer the entire gamut of financial products to SMEs. Through this latest offering, BharatPe’s merchants will be able to buy and sell 99.5% purity, 24-carat gold. The merchants can choose to buy in rupees or grams, at any time of the day and from anywhere, by using the BharatPe app. The company has partnered with Safegold, a digital platform that allows customers to buy, sell and receive vaulted gold, to facilitate this. SafeGold has appointed IDBI Trusteeship Services to protect the interest of merchants with regard to their gold purchases. BharatPe aims to sell 6 kg of gold leading up to Diwali. 

The launch of ‘BharatPe Gold’ has been timed to add to the celebrations in this festive season. A merchant can start investing in gold for as low as Re. 1. The merchant can choose to pay via BharatPe balance or UPI, as per his preference. BharatPe will be adding credit/ debit cards as payment options in the near future. The merchant will have a real-time view of gold price linked with global markets on the BharatPe app. Post the purchase, gold will be added to the merchant’s ‘BharatPe Gold’ section. The merchant can also avail the benefit of GST tax input credit when they buy gold on the BharatPe app. The gold purchased is kept safely at the 100% insured lockers with Safegold, at no extra cost.  

Also, a merchant can check his Gold balance by viewing the Gold Locker section on the app. He can also opt for delivery of physical gold powered by Safegold, by choosing the relevant option in the Gold Locker section of the BharatPe app. If a merchant wants to sell gold, he can do that in a few seconds on the BharatPe app. While selling gold, he has to option of choosing BharatPe registered account or his bank account for the credit.  

Speaking on the launch, Mr. Suhail Sameer, Group President, BharatPe, said, “Gold is not only a preferred investment option in India, but is also considered to be an auspicious possession in the Indian homes. With festive season in full vigor, BharatPe offers the convenience of buying/ selling gold to its merchants via our app. The focus on the digital gold market is in sync with our overall vision to build BharatPe as the one-stop financial services platform for SMEs. At BharatPe, we build products for the merchants. We had received a number of requests from merchants to launch gold on our platform. We decided to partner with Safegold as gold purity and security is of utmost importance to us and to our merchants. We are already seeing great response and have sold 200 grams of gold on the day of the launch. We will be adding new features to this and aim to build digital gold as one of the key verticals in the near future. We are targeting selling 30 kg of gold in FY21.”  

About BharatPe 

BharatPe was co-founded by Ashneer Grover and Shashvat Nakrani in 2018 with the vision to make financial inclusion a reality for Indian merchants. BharatPe launched India’s first UPI interoperable QR code, first ZERO MDR payment acceptance service, and first UPI payment backed merchant cash advance service. In 2020, post-Covid, BharatPe also launched India’s only ZERO MDR card acceptance terminals – BharatSwipe. Currently serving over 50 lakh merchants across 35 cities, the company has grown business 30x in 2019 and is a leader in UPI offline transactions, having processed 5 crore+ UPI transactions a month (annualized TPV of US$ 5+ Bn). The company has already facilitated disbursement of over Rs. 400 crores to its merchants since launch. BharatPe has raised US$ 142.5 million till date. The company’s list of marquee investors includes Beenext, Sequoia, SteadView Capital, Ribbit Capital, Coatue Management LLC, Insight Partners, and Amplo. 

HSIL To Invest ₹220 Crores in AGI Glaspac To Setup New Greenfield Speciality Glass Manufacturing Facility


* The facility will be in operations by the end of September, 2020

HSIL, India’s second-largest glass packaging producer, announced an investment of ₹220 crores in AGI Glaspac to manufacture ‘Specialty Glass.’ The Greenfield facility based out of Bhongir, Telangana will be operational by the end of September 2022. The facility will have a manufacturing capacity of 150 tonnes per day and will include one new furnace with five manufacturing lines spread across 15 acres. In a context of strong global demand for high-end specialty glass bottles, AGI Glaspac will also focus on exports to the USA, Australia, and a few European countries.

The high-quality specialty glass products will cater to industries such as pharmaceuticals including vials, perfumery, cosmetics, and high-end liquor. The state-of-the-art facility will be equipped with cutting-edge technology rooted in the principles of digital manufacturing, and will also create job opportunities in the region. AGI Glaspac already has two manufacturing plants in India, one in Sanathnagar and the other one in Bhongir, Telangana with an overall capacity of manufacturing 1600 tonnes container glass per day.

Mr. Sandip Somany, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, HSIL Limited said,” I am very excited that we are foraying into the production of specialty glass, as it further strengthens our footprint in the glass packaging segment. This segment is set to gain momentum from the increasing marketing strategies and advertisements implemented by high-end perfumery, liquor, and cosmetics companies besides, the rising trend of online shopping which would propel the growth across the country.”

AGI Glaspac is India’s second-largest and the most profitable glass packaging manufacturer. The company develops a comprehensive and highly appreciated range of standard designs catering to marquee clients in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, fast-moving consumer goods, retail, pharmaceuticals, and edible oil industries.

In FY 2019-20, AGI Glaspac introduced Greendrop Glassware, a B2C brand to manufacture transparent, coloured, and printed glass for water, milk, juice bottles, and food storage jars in various sizes to meet varied customer requirements. The bottles under the brand are free from BPA, toxins, chemicals, and lead, making them the safest and most durable choice for consumers. 

About HSIL: The company was founded in 1960 as Hindusthan Twyfords Limited, in technical collaboration with Twyfords, United Kingdom to establish the first vitreous china sanitaryware manufacturing company in India. Today, the company houses the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of Packaging Products; and manufacturing of Building Products. The company manufacture and market various packaging products, including glass containers and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles and products and security caps and closures. These products cater to various industries like alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, fast-moving consumer goods, retail, pharmaceuticals, and edible oil amongst others.

Huawei Introduces FreeBuds Studio Featuring Smart Dynamic Noise Cancellation and Hi-Fi Sound Quality


Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) today announced the company’s first over-ear wireless headphones, HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio. The new headphones offer a Hi-Fi-level listening experience and up to 48kHz1 wide frequency high-resolution sound quality to truly restore the rich details of high-resolution music. The industry-leading intelligent dynamic active noise cancellation (ANC) provides three noise cancellation modes that can be switched according to varying environmental noise. With the dual connection, users can say goodbye to the complicated pairing process and enjoy the seamless connection provided by HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio.

Inspired by geometrics and simplicity, HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio offers a stylish look and comfortable fit. It is not only a headphone, but also a smart assistant that allows consumers to experience a better digital audio world. 

Rethink aesthetics with geometric shapes

HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio combines art with technology to deliver a beautifully designed and comfortable pair of headphones suitable for many different styles. Instead of using complicated shapes, the ear cups are designed with simple lines and circles, finished with a metallic matte texture for a premium look. A stainless steel cylindrical arm connects the headband and ear cups to provide a unique design.

Further improving the wearing experience, HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio provides larger ear cups that measure 65mm*42mm to create a spacious fit for more ear sizes. The protein leather ear pad not only feels soft and comfortable, but also enables great sound insulation effects. Its headband uses a streamlined design and can extend to 150 degrees to fit different head shapes and sizes.

Rethink the listening experience with high resolution sound quality

Thanks to professional acoustic components, HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro supports an ultra-wide frequency response of 4Hz - 48kHz, fine-tuned by audio experts to deliver great sounding music with rich details.

HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio features a customised diaphragm driver. A four-layer 40mm  polymer diaphragm enables a wider frequency response range and higher sensitivity, while Huawei's self-developed L2HC wireless audio codec technologies2 achieve an audio transmission rate of up to 960kbps3. This allows HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio to truly reproduce the original high-quality sounds of audio files in glorious detail.

Intelligent dynamic noise cancellation for a whole new ANC experience

HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio features the innovative "TAT" double-layer sound insulation structure and intelligent dynamic ANC that achieve noise cancellation effect of up to 40dB.4 With the built-in IMU environment sensor and microphone system, the headphones can accurately detect the user’s sound environment and offer three ANC modes that can adapt to the environment for better noise cancellation effects.

In addition, HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio supports awareness mode and voice mode5, allowing users to stay aware of their surroundings or have a clear conversations without removing their headphones. Moreover, the all-new six-mic call noise reduction system can pick up voice more directionally, effectively focusing on voices and cutting out background noise.

Seamless all-scenario connections to revamp the audio connection experience

Users are beginning to expect dual-device connections in the smart life era. HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio features four-channel, dual-mode and dual connection, which allows users to simultaneously connect with two devices without needing to disconnect and re-connect. It not only supports dual connection with Huawei all-scenario devices, but also with Android, iOS and Windows-based devices to enable seamless connection between devices.

HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio is the industry’s first dual antenna over-ear wireless headphone that offers 360° omnidirectional Bluetooth signal coverage for a more stable connection. Even in places with strong signal interference such as airports, the dual antenna design can intelligently identify and automatically switch to another antenna with a stronger signal, bringing better connection and stability for smooth phone calls. 

When the HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio is fully charged, it can play music with ANC for up to 20 hours, or 24 hours if the ANC is turned off. With just a 10-minute quick charge, the HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio can offer five hours of music playback with ANC on, or eight hours if the ANC is turned off. 6

The new HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio meets users’ increasingly demanding audio needs. Its Hi-Fi level of wireless audio quality performance, ground-breaking noise cancellation experience and interactive features enhance both work and entertainment, providing all-day wearing comfort.

HUAWEI FreeBuds Studio will be officially available for sale from November, priced at €299.

About Huawei Consumer BG

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MyGate Joins Hands with Niramai to Offer Free Online Breast Health Risk Assessment


Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers noticed in women across the world, including India. According to the World Health Organisation, breast cancer impacts more than 2.1 million women every year. Though a treatable condition, it is mired with lack of awareness and timely detection, leading to the over 6,27,000 deaths worldwide last year.

In an effort to create awareness about the condition this World Breast Cancer Awareness Month, MyGate, the largest community management application, has tied up with Niramai Health Analytix, the most awarded Indian startup addressing critical healthcare problems through innovative AI-based solutions. As part of the association MyGate will be offering its customers an opportunity to get a free online breast health assessment. The partnership will also see MyGate hosting a webinar and live Q&A on breast cancer exclusively for its customers.

Talking about this collaboration, Abhishek Kumar, co-founder and COO, MyGate, said, “It is our constant endeavour at MyGate to bring our users access to solutions that increase their security and well-being, and this includes their health, too. Over the past few months, we have developed numerous features and inked a number of such partnerships to great reception.”

Niramai Health Analytix has developed a novel technology called Thermalytix™, an automated diagnostic tool, which combines thermal imaging with artificial intelligence which is being used to detect early-stage breast cancer in many hospitals today. The solution is non-touch, radiation-free, portable, accurate, privacy-aware, and can be used for women of all ages. NIRAMAI’s technology detects breast cancer at a much earlier stage than traditional methods or self-examination.

Speaking about the collaboration, Dr Geetha Manjunath, CEO & CTO, Niramai Health Analytix, said, “Our mission is to save lives using technology. We are happy to partner with MyGate to reach many smart women who can take care of their health given the right tools. We are confident that this partnership will enable us to address one of the biggest hurdles for breast cancer care that is facing our country ---  lack of awareness of breast health facts.”

This initiative will be available for all MyGate residents through the application till 30th of October 2020.

About MyGate

Founded in 2016, MyGate is the largest security and community management app in the country, simplifying urban living of over two million homes in 10,000+ housing societies. It was ranked #4 on YourStory’s list of India’s Most Disruptive Start-ups in December 2019 and one of India’s coolest start-ups by Business Today in 2019. MyGate was founded by Vijay Arisetty, an ex- IAF pilot (Shaurya Chakra awardee), Abhishek K, former VP at Goldman Sachs, and Shreyans Daga, former project head at Oracle and Digit. For more information, please see https://mygate.com/

About Niramai Health Analytix

NIRAMAI Health Analytix is a Bangalore-based deep-tech startup addressing critical healthcare problems through automated solutions. NIRAMAI offers a radiation free, non-invasive, non-touch, breast cancer screening solution. The solution is portable, accurate, privacy aware and can be used for women of all ages. NIRAMAI has won many awards and international recognitions. NIRAMAI was founded in the year 2016 by Dr. Geetha Manjunath and Nidhi Mathur. The company was the winner of Gold prize in the Intercountry contest called Hack Osaka 2019 among 2000 startups held in Japan. They were also the winner of Call4Ideas competition held in Italy and National Startup Awards 2020 in Healthcare category. NIRAMAI has been incubated by Google Launchpad, Tata Elexsi, Phillips, Nvidia and Axilor Ventures. NIRAMAI is the only Indian company listed on cbInsights Top 100 AI startups in the world.

Now Get a Chance to Win Gold with Every Purchase of Godrej Locks & Architectural Fittings as Part of the Festive Offer


Godrej Locks & Architectural Fittings and Systems, the 123-year-young leading manufacturer of innovative locking solutions, architectural fittings and kitchen systems, announced an engaging initiative, which gives consumers a chance to get amazing gold vouchers worth up to INR 50,000. People can simply buy any Godrej Locks’ range of products including locks, architectural fittings and kitchen systems with minimum purchase value of INR 2000 in one single GST invoice to be eligible to participate in this exciting offer.

As part of this consumer engagement initiative, Godrej Locks is giving people a chance to win gold vouchers from Kalyan Jewellers ranging between INR 5,000- 50,000. More than 1000 winners will be chosen through a lucky draw who will get these vouchers to buy gold and some wonderful shopping vouchers. People can participate in the lucky draw by giving a missed call on 7767001400. After which, an SMS will be sent to them with a participation link. One just needs to fill in their purchase details like invoice number, amount and submit these details. Winners will be announced every week through a lucky draw.  The offer can be availed by all customers purchasing the above products from authorized Godrej retailers. Through this initiative, Godrej Locks aims to gratify users across India during this festive season. The brand also wants to drive awareness about its latest and most-advanced offerings by the company.

Commenting on the initiative, Shyam Motwani, EVP and Business Head, Godrej Locks & Architectural Fittings and Systems, said, “At Godrej Locks, our constant endeavour has been to delight customers through best‐in‐class solutions designed carefully to meet their fast-evolving needs. Festive occasions like Diwali leads to consumers opting for home improvement products and solutions. Through our festive initiative, we are ensuring they are safeguarded with the best of safety solutions and gratified simultaneously. This is also the first time we have undertaken such an initiative to add to people’s spirits and have a festive season unaffected by the pandemic.”

Godrej Locks has a variety of offerings, from the timeless Nav-Tal padlock, they have evolved to high-end holistic safety solutions that today safeguard millions of homes and offices. This includes rim locks, mortise locks and also digital locks. The company has a range of digital locks called Spacetek and Advantis which have superior fingerprint technology and also a RFID feature. The company also has a range of architectural and kitchen fitting products including door closers, floor springs, ergo boxes, corner solutions, etc. Hence, customers can choose from a variety of products and get good deals while doing up their homes this festive season. The festive offer will be run till end of November. In Uttar Pradesh, the offer will be valid in Lucknow along with the rest of the cities This offer is not valid in Tamil Nadu state.

About Godrej Locks & Architectural Fittings and Systems

Godrej Locks & Architectural Fittings and Systems is a 123-year-old leading manufacturer of innovative locking devices. Since its inception in 1897 by Ardeshir Godrej, the name ‘Godrej’ has become synonymous with trust, protection and integrity. From the first Anchor branded lock in 1897 to the first ever spring less lock in 1907, to the iconic 'Nav-Tal' in 1954, and to the postmodern biometric locks, Godrej has set every benchmark in the locks industry. Over the years, Godrej Locks & Architectural Fittings and Systems have changed in form, function and scope of application. But one thing still remains the same – the solid stamp of trust and reliability. Godrej Locks adhere to global quality norms and hold ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications.

With their locks reaching several countries around the world over a period of time, the brand has come a long way in delivering world-class smart locking solutions, therefore revolutionizing the very perception of a locking device from a mere functionality at an entry and exit point, to a proud pause at the doorstep, a moment to take in the significance of how far they have come. For more information, please log on to www.godrejlocks.com

Godrej Locks is a business unit of  Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd.

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