Monday, August 10, 2020

Paytm Launches India's “First Pocket Android POS Device” for Contactless Ordering & Payments


* Styled like a mobile phone this sleek device has been launched at an introductory monthly rental of Rs 499 

* It comes bundled with Contactless Ordering software for SMEs, restaurants and takeaway joints 

* Enabled with integrated billing software, camera for QR scanning, works with 4G sim cards, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity 

* Company to invest Rs 100 crore on distribution & marketing of these devices in FY21 

On a mission to equip SMEs with technology-led solutions, India's homegrown financial services platform Paytm has launched the country's “first pocket Android POS device” for contactless ordering & payments. The company has introduced 'Paytm All-in-One Portable Android Smart POS' at an introductory price of Rs 499 per month rental. Styled like a mobile phone for accepting orders and payments on the go, this is the first such Android-based device to be introduced in India and is much more powerful than the portable Linux based POS devices presently available in the country.

It also comes bundled with Paytm's 'Scan to Order' service that is fast getting adopted by thousands of restaurants and takeaway joints the country. Paytm is offering this high-end POS device effectively at the lowest price in the market, in an effort to empower a large number of SMEs to kickstart their businesses with contactless ordering and payment solutions. This device enables delivery personnel logistic players, Kirana stores, and small shopkeepers to accept digital payments on the go.

The robust, featherweight & ergonomic device weighs only 163 grams, 12mm thick, and has a 4.5-inch touch screen. It comes bundled with a powerful processor, all-day battery life, and an inbuilt camera to scan QR codes and instantly process payment. This fully-loaded device has many industry-first features & services including cloud-based software for billing, payments, and customer management. It works with 4G sim cards, Wi-Fi and has Bluetooth connectivity to ensure payments never fail and stays round the clock connected with all of Paytm's bouquet of services. The company aims to issue over 2 lakh devices within the next few months which will generate over 20 million transactions per month.

This smart POS device is integrated with the ‘Paytm for Business’ app to generate GST compliant bills and also to manage all transactions & settlements. Besides this, Paytm for Business app also helps merchants to avail of numerous business services and financial solutions such as loans, insurance, and Business Khata to manage digital ledger of all their transactions including udhaar, cash, and card sales. It also has a merchandise store on the app offering Paytm All-in-One QR integrated utility items such as soundbox, calculator, power bank, clock, pen stands, and radio. The Paytm for Business App has witnessed over 20 million downloads and is one of the most popular merchant apps on Google Play Store and App Store. 

Renu Satti, Sr. Vice President at Paytm said, "We innovate products & services that are aligned with our mission of enabling SMEs with technology-led solutions. We are confident that this affordable pocket-sized Paytm Android POS device will enable everyone from SMEs to delivery personnel of Kirana Stores to collect payments safely. It is our endeavour to help merchants & traders to easily digitize their business operations, without any investment in technology or backend infrastructure. Our Paytm for Business app, Khata, and payout services are providing the much-needed digitization support to businesses to improve their efficiency & supporting them to join the Digital India mission."

Launched this year, Paytm Payout is fast becoming a must-have tool for businesses to make regular payments to their employees, vendors, and business partners. During the ongoing pandemic, more businesses have used the service to process payments of over Rs. 1500 crores either to the Paytm wallet, food wallet, gift voucher, or bank account of millions of beneficiaries. 

‘Atmanirbharta by Tata Motors’ - A Digital Campaign Vocalising the Need for Local


Tata Motors, India’s leading auto brand in association with WATConsult, the globally awarded hybrid digital agency from the house of Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) India, today announced the launch of ‘Atmanirbharta by Tata Motors’ – a digital campaign highlighting the existence of localisation in everything that we do. Designed and conceptualised by WATConsult, this campaign has been released ahead of the glorious occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day and emphasises on the meaning of ‘Atmanirbharta’ or self-reliance for individuals and the nation as a whole.

Solidifying the brand’s stance for the ‘Vocal for Local’ initiative, the campaign is headlined by a video, which begins with a very young boy named Rohan shown seated in the rear seat of a Tata Nexon, while his father is driving him across the town. The son inquisitively asks his father, “Atmanirbharta kya hoti hai?” i.e. “What does Atmanirbharta mean?”. By showing a range of occupations to his son, the father makes him understand that Atmanirbharta means being self-reliant in all aspects of life and that it applies to people from all walks of life – be it a toymaker, bangle vendor, scientist or an engineer from ISRO, who sequentially appear in the film. The video ends with the display of Tata Motors’ New Forever range near a hoisted Indian flag, exemplifying the Company’s ability to deliver best in class products that cater to the local needs & tastes while evolving with time and being ever popular with customers. 

Adding to the above, ‘Atmanirbharta by Tata Motors’ highlights that reaching the goal of being self-reliant is not an individualistic responsibility, but a collective one that falls on the shoulders of the entire country. 

Commenting on the launch of this campaign, Mr. Vivek Srivatsa, Head Marketing, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicle Business Unit said, “Tata Motors has always been known as an automotive brand that is a flag bearer for products that caters to the Indian customer. Our cars are manufactured locally and provide world class Design, Safety and Driving pleasure to all. We are proud to be at the forefront of the conversation of being ‘Vocal for Local’. This campaign is our tribute to all the people and the homegrown businesses in India who make our country what it is. I am glad that both Tata Motors and WATConsult took this opportunity to emphasise on this message, and thereby in our own small way, we want to encourage the nation to understand a few aspects of being ‘Atmanirbhar’. Through the ‘Atmanirbharta by Tata Motors’ campaign, we want to steer relevant conversation around the subject by sharing our perspective, while encouraging our customers and the country to work towards this overarching goal.”

Talking about the campaign, Ms. Heeru Dingra, CEO, WATConsult added, “We are happy to have extended our relations with Tata Motors to curate a concept on a topic that is so relevant in today’s time. The idea was to promote and appreciate the concept of ‘Atmanirbharta’, which is becoming a necessary trait and a motto for our nation. While the animation makes the video more endearing, the narrative seamlessly portrays the potential that India drives, in terms of talent, power and various other aspects, in today’s age. With this video we are confident that we will be able to help each one of us understand the importance of being self-dependent along with respecting all the workers from different strata of life who are in their own way making our nation self-reliant.”

This campaign’s concept takes an adaptive approach by using an animated video for the film as a substitution for a live action version, keeping into consideration the ongoing need for physical distancing. Initially launched in our national language - Hindi, this video will also be translated in English and multiple other regional languages to create a nationwide resonance. 

Click here to watch the full video - Atmanirbharta by Tata Motors

Times Network Pays Tribute to the Galwan Martyrs with Special Documentary -‘Gallantry at Galwan – A Tale Of Valour’ on 'I' Day

Saluting the brave Galwan valley martyrs, Times Network, India's premium broadcast network, releases a special documentary, ‘Gallantry at Galwan – A Tale Of Valour’ this Independence Day. Marking two months to the deadly Galwan clash which witnessed the heroic sacrifice of 20 brave soldiers, who valiantly fought the Chinese transgression into the Indian territory, the special documentary scheduled for telecast on August 15, at 1:00 pm on TIMES NOW, TIMES NOW WORLD and Mirror NOW brings forth the story of grit and raw courage of these soldiers.

The 45-minute-long succinct account of factual events that took place in the intervening night of June 15-16 in the Galwan Valley of eastern Ladakh, the documentary analyses the bloodiest engagement between Indian and Chinese troops in 45 years and aims to inform the viewers about the history of ongoing border dispute between the countries and reflects on how tensions unfolded over the years. Accessing high technology tools like 3D graphics and Google Earth studio, the documentary brings a comprehensive narrative of the circumstances that led to the fatal face-off and how men of 16 Bihar Regiment crushed the Chinese aggression.

Presenting viewers a well-researched account of the battle, the documentary features important voices from the Defence Forces and eminent Historians including Meera Shankar, Former India's Ambassador to the United States of America, Deep Pal, Non-resident Fellow at NBR, Lt Gen PJS Pannu, Ex Goc XIV Corps, Maroof Raza, Consulting Editor, TIMES NOW and Strategic Affairs Analyst, Nitin Gokhale, Author and Strategy Affair Expert, Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, Ex GoC, 3 Division, P. Stobdan, Expert on Indian Foreign Policy and National Security, Sim Tack, Chief Global Analyst, Statfor and Claude Arpi, Tibetologist and Historian.

Vivek Srivastava, President - Strategy and Business Head, News and English Entertainment Cluster, Times Network said, “Celebrating India’s undying spirit, ‘Gallantry at Galwan– A Tale Of Valour’ is our tribute to the selfless brave soldiers, who lost their lives in the line of duty. The Galwan Valley clash was a violent strike that changed the equation between two countries. Bringing an accurate account of the battle and the decade long territorial dispute between India-China, the documentary is an essential viewing for every Indian citizen, as it unravels every crucial aspect of the border dispute.”

Why couldn’t decades of martyrdom and truces, settle the Indo-China border dispute till date? Watch Gallantry At Galwan – A Tale Of Valour this Saturday August 15, at 1:00 pm and repeat on August 16, at 10:00 pm on TIMES NOW, TIMES NOW WORLD and Mirror NOW.

Microsoft New Research Reveals Businesses Need to Prioritize Skills as much as Technology to Maximize Value from AI

Microsoft India today released new research revealing that organizations that combine deployment of AI with skilling initiatives are generating most value from AI.  Topline findings of the research underscore that mature AI firms are more confident about the return on AI and skills. Over 93% of senior executives surveyed from these companies were sure their business was gaining value from AI.  The research further highlights that employees from mature AI companies are eager to deepen their AI skills and reinvest freed up time to add value for the organization. The research surveyed employees and leaders within large enterprises across industry verticals in India, and 19 other countries, to look at the skills needed to thrive as AI becomes increasingly adopted by businesses, as well as the key learnings from early AI adopters. 

Dr Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft India, said, “As we look to rebound and reimagine the future after months of economic fluidity, technology will play a key role in rebooting enterprises. AI is at the heart of digital transformation - which has accelerated at an extraordinary pace - and will continue to play a critical role in helping businesses be more agile, resilient and competitive during this time. However, the path of unlocking the full potential of AI lies in combining its deployment with skilling initiatives that focus on both tech and soft skills. We believe this will be important for us to emerge from this crisis successfully.”

AI Maturity stages of enterprises

The AI maturity of companies has been divided into three categories in the survey

* AI Beginners: AI is neither explored nor used in any way right now

* AI Intermediates: AI applications are being explored / experimented with, for a range of use cases but sporadically

* AI Leading: AI is a part of the corporate strategy and is embedded into the company’s offerings

Both the senior executives and employees surveyed found a direct link between having the skills needed to thrive in an AI world and the value organizations gain from their AI implementations. The research further reveals that employees are keen to acquire AI relevant skills that are growing in importance and are of value to them personally and to the business. In fact, organization leaders surveyed predicted that half of all employees will be equipped with AI skills in the next 6-10 years, which is nearly one-and-a-half times more than the present estimations.

Higher growth companies are combining skilling with AI deployment for greater business value

In India, 100% of the AI-leading companies say they are actively building the skills of their workers or have plans to do so.  Over 93% employees at these firms have already been part of re-skilling programs. The employees benefitting from these programs are actively providing strategic benefits to their companies through innovating, solving, and collaborating. Notably, 98% of the employees surveyed among all the AI companies were highly motivated for reskilling.

The combination of skilling and AI deployment is helping businesses succeed. 94% of senior executives from AI Leading businesses acknowledged that they are already seeing value from AI deployment. In fact, Indian AI Intermediate companies are also not too far behind in this aspect –- with 87% sharing the same view.  The gap between the two categories across all the countries surveyed, however, is much wider at 25%.

The research shows that AI-leading firms are focused on ensuring that AI is complementing the talents of their people. These businesses are cultivating employee skills across every category – ranging from advanced data analysis and critical thinking to communications and creativity.

AI is creating company cultures more focused on innovation and learning

Notably, at the time the survey was conducted, 98% of AI Leading firms in India were increasing skills investments. These companies were looking for ways to expand their employees’ digital capabilities to unlock new avenues for growth. 93% of them were actively hiring skilled workers or had plans to, to complement their internal skilling programs. It is also interesting to note that more than 97% business leaders in India are willing to provide financial rewards in some form, fast track promotion or a combination of both in order to promote job satisfaction and higher level of AI-relevant skills among employees.

Interestingly, the overall number of Indian employees were interested in skilling (85%) is more than double of that of employees across all surveyed markets (38%). 98% of all employees were keen to participate in reskilling programs, and some 92% at AI leader businesses have already done so (vs. 85% avg.) and 87% felt their workplace was doing enough to prepare them for AI. This number rises to 95% for AI-leading businesses, which is nearly one-and-a-half times higher than the corresponding number across all surveyed markets.

“We’re seeing a virtuous circle emerge among the companies seeing the greatest value from AI. These leaders have seen that having the right skills enables them to unlock value from AI, which encourages them to extend their use of AI and, in turn, continue in up-levelling skills in their organization,” said Dr Srivathsa.

For an overview of the key research findings please visit:


KRC Research conducted a random online sample of approximately 12,000 people working with enterprise companies (more than 250 employees). Within in each market the sample was comprised of at least 500 workers and 100 leaders (director / senior executive level and above). Markets represented include: Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia (combined), Hungary, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Turkey, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, India, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden.

65% of Indian Consumers Express Positive Buying Sentiment in Diwali’20: TRA Whitepaper

 TRA Research, India’s leading consumer insights and brand analytics company, today released a whitepaper titled TRA’s Diwali 2020 Buying Propensity Report gauging the changing buying mindsets and sentiments for the upcoming Diwali in November 2020. 65% of all consumers expressed a Positive Buying Sentiment as compared to now, and 28% felt it would remain the same. The Apparels category was a positive outlier and had the Highest Buying Priority at 3.11 times the average of all other categories. Mobile Phones, Consumer Electronics and Two-wheelers were on Very High Consumer Buying Priority, followed by Home Furniture, Jewellery and TVs, which were on High Priority. The survey was conducted with 503 consumer-influencers across 16 cities between 9th June and 15th July 2020. 

Speaking about report N. Chandramouli, CEO, TRA Research, said that, "Diwali has traditionally been a period of consumption boom as consumers tend to increase spends, and brands scramble to catch their attention. This Diwali will be a deciding factor for many brands, as they prepare trepidatiously for the festive season. This report gives a very good view on which will be the preferred categories for Diwali buying."

"This is good news of course, but the pre-Covid consumer spends were already lower on account of a depressed and strained economy, and a comparison between the consumer household spends between the two Diwalis of 2019 and 2020, show that this year is likely to see 5.1% lesser spends than the previous one,” Chandramouli added. 

‘Medium Consumer Buying Priority’ included Personal Accessories, Cars, Laptops and Kitchen Appliances, while ‘Low Consumer Buying Priority Zone’ includes Travel, Health Insurance and Home Renovation.

The survey results also revealed that online shopping is set to see an unprecedented boom in a post-Covid-19 world. Also, kirana stores or small standalone store, close-by neighbourhood stores, local groceries are the preferred places to shop. Big formats stores like Supermarkets, Hypermarkets, Branded outlets are unlikely to see many visitors, and Malls carry a negative sentiment due to tremendous consumer reluctance despite relaxed norms and promise of better safety. 

Nearly 95% consumers rated Product Quality as the most important influence when making purchases for Diwali 2020 followed by product usefulness (89%), Product Price (88%), Buying Convenience (87%) and Brand Name (86%). Advertising at 71% remains the lowest choice driver for Diwali shopping.

About TRA Research

TRA Research, a Comniscient Group company, is a consumer insights and brand intelligence Company dedicated to understanding and analyzing stakeholder behavior through two globally acclaimed proprietary matrices of Brand Trust and Brand Desire. TRA Research conducts primary research with consumers and stakeholders to assist brands with their business decisions based on Consumer Behaviour insights.

TRA Research is consulting brands on transitioning during and after the Covid-19 crisis, to help them be more aligned to consumer and client expectations. TRA Research is the also the publisher of TRA’s Brand Trust Report and of TRA’s Most Desired Brands.

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Lava Launches its #ProudlyIndian Portfolio this Independence Day

 Indian mobile handset brand, Lava International Limited announced the launch of its special edition #ProudlyIndian portfolio on the occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day. This Limited Edition collection celebrates the spirit of Patriotism and Love for our Motherland. Lava’s #ProudlyIndian portfolio consists of both Smartphone and Feature phones and will be soon available across retail outlets and e-commerce platforms like Flipkart.

Lava Z61 Pro

The Lava Z61 Pro is a special edition smartphone that comes in a stunning champagne gold color with #ProudlyIndian logo embossed at the back. Lava Z61 Pro features a 5.45-inch HD+ full view display. The phone is powered by 1.6 GHz Octa-core processor and is embedded with a powerful 3100 mAh battery. The smartphone comes with a 2GB RAM and a storage capacity of 16 GB (expandable upto 128GB). Lava Z61 Pro offers 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 5MP front camera. The smartphone camera is packed with premium features like Portrait Mode (Bokeh), Burst mode, Panorama, Filters, Beauty mode, HDR and Night mode which enables users to click stunning pictures even in low-light. The Lava Z61 Pro is equipped with a superfast face-unlock feature that unlocks the phone in just 0.60 seconds*. The phone runs on stock Android (Android 9) and is free from any pre-installed bloatware. On the connectivity front, the smartphone features Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi, GPS, dual-SIM, OTG support and a micro USB port. Price – INR 5777

Lava A5

Lava A5 ProudlyIndian edition has an attractive tri-color inspired back cover. The phone is embedded with special ‘Super Ultra Tone Technology’ that ensures no one hears you conversations by providing sound leakage resistance along with crystal clear sound experience during calls. Device also has world ‘s first AI battery feature designed by Lava’s own design team. It features a 2.4" QVGA display, dual SIM slots and up to 32GB of expandable storage option. This military grade certified handset is embedded with 1000 mAh  battery that lasts up to 3 days on a single charge*. Lava A5 has a provision of auto call recording along with call blink notification. Lava A5 supports incoming texts in 22 languages, and enables users to type in 7 languages The Lava A5 ProudlyIndian phone comes with a primary camera with zoom and video recording feature. The additional features such as Instant Torch, Wireless FM with Recording, Contact Photo Icons, Super Battery Mode, USB Connectivity and Bluetooth make this a multiple purpose and a user friendly handset. Price - INR 1333

Lava A9 

Lava A9 comes with 2.8” QVGA display with keypad that houses a dedicated button to light up the torch. The back cover of the phone is painted in tri-color colors that gives it a unique and attractive look. Lava A9 draws power from a 1700 mAh battery that is rated to last more than 6 days on a single charge*. Lava A9 packs dual SIM slots, built-in Bluetooth and up to 32GB expandable storage option. . This device also has world ‘s first AI battery feature designed by Lava’s own design team. Other features include a 1.3 MP primary camera with flash, big and bold font, call recording facility, contact photo icons, super battery mode, call blink notification, wireless FM with recording, smart search, alarm, calculator and calendar. The phone is military grade certified which means that the users will not have to worry about the minor wear and tear, if the phones gets dropped. The phone is also equipped to support incoming texts in 22 languages, also enabling users to type in 7 languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Gujarati and Punjabi. Price - INR 1574 

Lava International Limited 

Lava International Limited is a leading Indian Mobile Handset Company with operations in 20+ countries. In the international markets the company is growing rapidly and is already among the top players in many of these countries it operates in. 

Lava has always been at the forefront of Govt. of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Lava was the first mobile brand to take a lead in support of this important nation building program and had set up a design team in India, becoming the first brand to design phones in the country. With this ‘Design in India’ initiative, Lava is now the only Mobile handset company that makes truly ‘Made In India’ phones with complete control on design and manufacturing within the country. 

With the vision to “Empower people to do more, to be more” the company was established in 2009. Lava International Limited is headquartered in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The company has its manufacturing facilities and a repair factory in an approximately 300,000 square feet area in Noida. The manufacturing plants have a capacity of manufacturing 40 million phones per annum.

We Make in India, We Make for India.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

NSDC and Simplilearn Announce Collaboration to Upskill Professionals in Digital Skills Across India

 * The partnership will help deliver learning in digital skills and technologies 

* Access to over 1,000 hours of free eLearning, available exclusively on the Simplilearn Android and iOS mobile apps

The temporary shutdown of institutions and universities due to the COVID-19 lockdown has affected the overall learning of a large number of students and professionals alike. To support the continuity of digital skilling of the Indian workforce, Simplilearn, a global provider of digital skills training, today announced its partnership with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Through this collaboration, Simplilearn will host more than 1,000 hours of free learning in digital skills and technologies for learners across India. Aspirants can find program details on NSDC’s eLearning portal - eSkill India - and access the learning programs on the Simplilearn Android mobile app ( and iOS mobile app (

Aligned to the Skill India Mission, the collaboration aims to create a future-ready workforce by leveraging the power of technology.   Strengthening the digital learning ecosystem, both Simplilearn and NSDC will enable access to over 1,000 hours of digital programs and technologies under the categories of AI and Machine Learning, Big Data, Data Science & Business Intelligence, Cyber Security, Software Development, Project management, and Digital marketing. All programs are designed with a unique industry relevant curriculum, which provides learners theoretical understanding and enables them to get an indepth knowledge about the evolving industry trends. 

Commenting on the collaboration, Dr. Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC, said, “The dissemination of future-ready skills require technology platforms with high outreach capabilities. Through its partnerships, NSDC promotes online learning for accessing exciting work-opportunities that the fast-changing world offers.”

Speaking on the partnership, Krishna Kumar, Founder and CEO Simplilearn, said, “In these uncertain times we have witnessed a surge in the usage of digital platforms and technologies, indicating the creation of new job roles in the days to come. It is of utmost importance that the current workforce is well-equipped with digital skills to meet the industry demands of tomorrow. As part of Simplilearn’s continued partnership with NSDC, we are happy to support and contribute to NSDC’s efforts in the skilling of India’s workforce to prepare for a digital future. Through Simplilearn’s mobile app, learners will have the opportunity to upskill in IT and new technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science, making for a job-ready workforce.”

To date, Simplilearn has helped more than one million professionals across 150 countries upskill and prepare for the digital future and now aims to help build a career for the future professionals in the field of Information Technology. 

NSDC’s eSkill India portal provides learners a platform to explore online skill-courses anytime, anywhere. The portal leverages technology to enable skill seekers to accelerate their learning through methods like virtual learning and remote classroom. eSkillIndia catalogues more than 450 e-learning courses in multiple Indian languages through leading knowledge providers.

Hero Motocorp Donates Unique First Responder Vehicles (FRVs) To Civic Hospital, Gurugram

 As part of its ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives towards the COVID-19 relief efforts, Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, today handed over two first responder vehicles to Civil Hospital, Gurugram. 

These unique and utilitarian vehicles will be useful for reaching out to patients in rural and remote areas and comfortably moving them to the nearest hospitals.  These First Responder Vehicles (FRVs) have been custom-built as an accessory on the powerful Xtreme 200R motorcycles of Hero MotoCorp.

The FRVs has been equipped with a full stretcher with a foldable hood mounted on the side, essential medical equipment such as a detachable first-aid kit, oxygen cylinder, fire extinguisher and other safety features such as LED Flasher Lights, foldable beacon light, emergency wireless public announcement system and siren.

Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Vijay Sethi, Chief Information Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer; Head Corporate Social Responsibility, Hero MotoCorp, said, “Continuing its support to fight COVID-19 pandemic, Hero MotoCorp has embarked on a major initiative of handing over first-responder vehicles to the frontline personnel of various state authorities in order to support the patients located in rural and remote areas. Designed and developed by the engineers at Hero’s Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur and the New Model Centre (NMC) in Gurgaon, first responder vehicle comes with all the essential medical equipment that provides immediate assistance for the patients who need to be transported to the hospital.”

Mr. Vijay Sethi – Chief Information Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer and Head – Corporate Social Responsibility, Hero MotoCorp, and Dr. Shriniket Mishra – Chief Medical Officer - Hero MotoCorp handed over two FRVs to Dr. Virender Yadav, Chief Medical Officer, Gurugram in presence of Shri. Ashok Sangwan – IAS, Divisional Commissioner, Gurugram and Shri. Amit Khatri – IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Gurugram.

Hero MotoCorp, has already distributed 14 lakhs meals, 37,000 litres of sanitizers, 30 lakhs face masks and 15,000 PPE kits to Government Hospitals, Police Department and other agencies.

Jaguar Land Rover Announces New Retailers in Lucknow City

 * Jaguar Land Rover India has appointed JSV Motors as its new Retailer Partner, operating from the 3S facility located in the prime area of Amar Shaheed Path

* The fully integrated state-of-the-art 3S (Sales, Service and Spare parts) facility is spread over a total area of over 3 500 m2 with 08 cars display and 10 service bays

* Jaguar Land Rover India distribution network is spread across 27 outlets in 24 major cities across India  

Jaguar Land Rover India today announced the appointment of JSV Motors as its new Retailer Partner in Lucknow, with Jatin Varma as its Director. JSV Motors has started operating from the fully integrated 3S facility at Amar Shaheed Path, near the airport area of Lucknow.

This Retailer facility is spread over 3 500 m2 and is designed to provide the highest quality of sales and after-sales experience for its customers. The premium 3S facility displays a wide range of products from the Jaguar and Land Rover portfolio. The facility also displays Approved Pre-owned cars, and showcases a whole range of Jaguar Land Rover branded accessories and merchandise. It has a fully equipped service workshop and state-of-the-art tools and equipment to handle all service needs. The service facility is manned by a team of highly trained staff, including technicians and other service personnel to offer unmatched customer delight.

Rohit Suri, President & Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd (JLRIL), said: “We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with JSV Motors to service our customers in Lucknow and adjoining areas. With its convenient location and an ultra-modern facility with sales, service and spares under one roof, our customers can now enjoy a world class experience of owning a Jaguar Land Rover product in this region.”

Customers can even book their cars by visiting the online booking platform at for Jaguar and for Land Rover.

For more information on Jaguar and Land Rover product range in India, please visit and

Jaguar Product Portfolio in India

The Jaguar range in India includes XE (starting at ₹ 46.64 Lakh), XF (priced at ₹ 55.67 Lakh), F-PACE (priced at ₹ 66.07 Lakh) and F-TYPE (starting at ₹ 95.12 Lakh). All prices mentioned are ex-showroom prices in India.

Land Rover Product Portfolio in India

The Land Rover range in India includes the Range Rover Evoque (starting at ₹ 58.67 Lakh),  Discovery Sport (starting at ₹ 59.99 Lakh), the New Defender (starting at ₹ 69.99 Lakh) the Range Rover Velar (priced at ₹ 73.30 Lakh), Discovery (starting at ₹ 75.60 Lakh), Range Rover Sport (starting at ₹ 87.02 Lakh) and Range Rover (starting at ₹ 196.74 Lakh). All prices mentioned are ex-showroom prices in India.

Jaguar Land Rover Retailer Network in India

Jaguar Land Rover vehicles are available in India in 24 cities, through 27 authorized outlets in Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bengaluru (2), Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi (2), Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kochi, Karnal, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mangalore, Mumbai (2), Noida, Pune, Raipur, Surat and Vijayawada.

Jaguar Land Rover Teaches Driverless Cars How To Reduce Motion Sickness for Customers

 * Pioneering research into autonomous vehicles is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s journey to zero accidents and zero congestion

* Autonomous vehicles will be programmed to drive in a way that reduces the impact of motion sickness

* Intelligent software adjusts acceleration, braking and lane positioning to avoid inducing nausea

* Motion sickness affects more than 70% of people around the world

Jaguar Land Rover is pioneering software that will reduce motion sickness by adapting the driving style of future autonomous vehicles, to continue to provide our customers with the most refined and comfortable ride possible.

During the first phase of the project, a personalised ‘wellness score’ was developed which could reduce the impact of motion sickness by up to 60%. Experts at Jaguar Land Rover’s specialist software engineering facility in Shannon have now implemented that score into self-driving software.

The intelligent software combines 20 000 real-world and virtually-simulated test miles to calculate a set of parameters for driving dynamics to be rated against.  Advanced machine learning then ensures the car can optimise its driving style based on data gathered from every mile driven by the autonomous fleet.

This technology can then be used to teach each Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle how to drive autonomously, while maintaining the individual characteristics of each model, whether that’s the thoroughbred performance of a Jaguar or the legendary capability of a Land Rover. All helping Jaguar Land Rover’s continued development of the ultimate cabin experience in an autonomous, electric and connected future.

Motion sickness, which affects more than 70 per cent of people, is often caused when the eyes observe information different from that sensed by the inner ear, skin or body – commonly when reading on long journeys in a vehicle. Using the new system, acceleration, braking and lane positioning – all contributory factors to motion sickness – can be optimised to avoid inducing nausea in passengers.

As a result of the project, engineers are now able to develop more refined advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) features on future Jaguar and Land Rover models, such as adaptive cruise control and lane monitoring systems. The in-depth knowledge is helping Jaguar Land Rover design and manufacture capable and advanced vehicles, both now and in the future.

Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer, said: “Mobility is rapidly changing, and we will need to harness the power of self-driving vehicles to achieve our goal of zero accidents and zero congestion. Solving the problem of motion sickness in driverless cars is the key to unlocking the huge potential of this technology for passengers, who will be able to use the travelling time for reading, working or relaxing.”

This is another step for Jaguar Land Rover on its journey to Destination Zero: an ambition to make our societies safer and healthier and our environments cleaner through relentless innovation. With the mission of raising the quality of future urban living, Jaguar Land Rover has also revealed Project Vector, an advanced autonomy-ready concept for future mobility.

In a post COVID-19 world, where a ‘new normal’ is emerging, customer expectations of private transport are changing, and the focus will be on safe, clean mobility where personal space and hygiene will carry a premium. New technologies and materials are being developed to meet these expectations at Jaguar Land Rover with today’s vehicles designed to help improve passenger wellbeing, including a Driver Condition Monitor and antimicrobial wireless device charging. In addition, features such as cooling seats, ambient lighting and multiple seat configurations are proven to significantly reduce the likelihood of motion sickness.

Jaguar and Land Rover models offer adaptive dynamics across its range of vehicles which help to remove low frequency motion from the road, which can lead to nausea. By altering the ride settings every 10 milliseconds, this ensures passengers always experience high levels of comfort, while also maintaining the dynamic performance DNA of every Jaguar and Land Rover model.


Friday, August 7, 2020

IDEMIA Launches iCube, an Innovation and Incubation Program in India

IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, launches iCube, an innovation and incubation program to support and assist Indian startups that leverage Augmented identity. In a fast-changing digital environment, Identity has become an indispensable building block for making businesses and cities safer and smarter in a vast range of environments and usages including financial services, healthcare, education, food sustainability, smart cities, IoT, e-Governance, e-commerce, travel & mobility, telecom, defence and more.

IDEMIA addresses these new challenges and needs with the launch of iCube, a program designed to assist and speed up start-ups and innovators in their product development and commercial roll-out.

Pierre Barrial, President & Chief Executive Officer at IDEMIA, stated: “IDEMIA has always been at the cutting edge of innovations in making the world a smarter and safer place. We are delighted to enable start-ups and developers to leverage the innovations we originally developed for corporations and governments across the globe. I am thrilled that the IDEMIA Innovation and Incubation program - iCube - is launched in India, one of our most vibrant markets globally. Not only do I look forward to help start-ups to succeed in India, but I am equally excited about taking some of their solutions to our customers across the world. I look forward to this mutually rewarding and exciting journey of co-creation.”

Sanjeev Shriya, Managing Director IDEMIA India added, “Innovation is the core of IDEMIA’s identity. Over time, we have developed cutting edge solutions with a global impact in domains like Financial services, Citizen Identity, Telecom, IoT or M2M. Thus, we are delighted to announce the launch of iCube - the IDEMIA Innovation and Incubation program that will help build compelling solutions for a safer and better world. This program is designed to assist startups and innovators by providing them access to our expertise and technology. It aims to speed up their product development and help them get to market faster.”

To further support developers and innovators, IDEMIA has opened its application program interfaces (APIs) and launched a credit program. In addition, IDEMIA’s engineers and its industry experts will share their insights and knowledge during several sessions and talks.

iCube will also work closely with corporations in curating and co-creating solutions that may be mutually beneficial.

IDEMIA will engage with startups and innovators through the following programs:

Startup Assistance Program

An ongoing program providing eligible startups credits to use IDEMIA and partner organizations’ technologies and products, APIs, SDKs, and other support

Accelerator Program

A curated 3-month program to help developers and startups become better prepared for market

Developer Program

A selected opportunity for startups to co-create solutions with IDEMIA’s technology teams and business teams

Scale Fast-Track Program

A selected access for startups to IDEMIA’s global client base and opportunity to jointly go to market with IDEMIA

 iCube may also provide selected startups with office space in their world class incubation facility located in Noida, India. iCube has already partnered with Lumis Partners Supply Chain Labs and Freshworks to reach out to a wider range of startups and support them in their journey.


IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, provides a trusted environment enabling citizens and consumers alike to perform their daily critical activities (such as pay, connect and travel), in the physical as well as digital space.

Securing our identity has become mission critical in the world we live in today. By standing for Augmented Identity, an identity that ensures privacy and trust and guarantees secure, authenticated and verifiable transactions, we reinvent the way we think, produce, use and protect one of our greatest assets – our identity – whether for individuals or for objects, whenever and wherever security matters. We provide Augmented Identity for international clients from Financial, Telecom, Identity, Public Security and IoT sectors.

With close to 15,000 employees around the world, IDEMIA serves clients in 180 countries.

SCHUTZEN Chemical Group Appoints “Azelis as Preferred Distributor for Personal Care & Paint Coating" Markets in India

SCHUTZEN Chemical Group, the leading diversified specialty chemical manufacturer has announced the appointment of Azelis, a leading global distributor of specialty chemicals and food ingredients as the preferred distributor for its Personal Care & Paint Coating Markets in India.  

Azelis will focus on the distribution of two innovative actives from Schutzen: 

The Tamarind based active for Hair & Skin Care 

The Anti-Viral, Anti-Microbial, Anti-fungal active which is safe and free of hazardous chemistries 

 SCHUTZEN Chemical Group has developed an innovative Hair & Skin Conditioning Product which is derived from Tamarindus indicia Seed polysaccharide, a more sustainable option compared to ubiquitous chemistries like Polyquaternium -10 & Cationic Guar Gum. 

Further as a rapid response to the COVID-19 crisis, SCHUTZEN Chemical Group was quick to develop & deploy a very safe Anti-Viral, Anti-Microbial & Anti-Mite active for Home & Personal Care markets and Paint Coating market. The Biocide is an active which is free of hazardous chemistries and aligns with SCHUTZEN’s sustainability objectives. 

Raj Mahendra Tanna, Founder & Director, SCHUTZEN Chemical Group said, "We are proud that we could quickly adapt to the COVID-19 crisis & rapidly respond with the launch of one of the safest Virucidal, Microbicidal & Fungicidal actives. The active will further serve as a major contributor in the hygiene market post COVID-19. We are equally excited to launch our unique Hair & Skin conditioning active based on Tamarindus Indica Seed polysaccharide through our patented process. This presents to be a game changer in terms of sustainability & performance in the personal care market.” 

He further added, “Azelis’ market presence, formulation development capabitlities and customer centric approach proved crucial in our decision to chose them as a partner. We sensed Azelis to be a very supportive & humble organization. They exhibit a genuine focus on solving challenging customer problems. We are confident that Azelis India will make an excellent partner and significantly add to our growth & brand equity.” 

Commenting on the partnership, Mrs. Aparna Khurana, Managing Director Azelis India comments: “Schutzen offers highly innovative products in line with the market demand for our key markets of Personal Care and CASE. Their new launch, the Anti-Viral, Anti-Microbial, Anti-Fungal active, a clean and safe hygiene solution, is a great demonstration of their adaptability to the market demand, making their portfolio continually attractive. We are delighted about this partnership as it offers new product development opportunities for our customers. Azelis will do its utmost to boost Schutzen’s penetration across India and grow the number of customers in CASE and Personal Care.”  

SCHUTZEN has chosen Azelis India as one of its key distributors thanks to its strong market presence, formulation development capabilities and support towards all spectrum of customers. This distribution agreement enables the Group to optimize its distribution network. Both companies share a strong focus on innovation and technical service to customers based on expert knowledge & business support, sustainability, transparency, and constructive collaboration.  

SCHUTZEN is very determined to bring around sustainable solutions to difficult areas in the industry. 


Mswipe launches “Bank Box” to Revolutionize Digital Payment Landscape for SMEs

 * New affordable offerings comprising of zero rental and zero MDR solutions

* Small businesses can collect and pay digitally even without a bank account

* Enters issuance business with Mswipe Moneyback Card to help merchants earn as they spend

* One-time digital KYC for hassle free and instant signup

Mswipe announced today the launch of Bank Box, a digital acceptance and payment solution designed to meet the cost-centric needs of MSMEs and merchants, as well as provide for a seamlessly integrated experience. Through this launch, Mswipe aims to pave the way for a futuristic payment solution platform and address key challenges that merchants and MSMEs face, with recurring costs on POS terminals like PoS rentals and Merchant Discount Rate (MDR).

Mswipe, India’s largest merchant acquirer with a network of 6.75 lakh POS and 1.1 million QR merchants, set out with the vision to build a cutting edge product – one that combines their acquiring and issuing platforms into a one-stop-shop, “Bank Box”, which enables easy signup, instant activation of the terminal and lifetime zero rental and zero effective MDR for merchants.

Manish Patel, Founder and CEO, Mswipe said, “COVID-19 has significantly impacted the earnings of small businesses, which in turn has led to curbed expenditures from their end. As a market innovator, Mswipe is helping MSMEs and merchants control costs incurred while accepting digital payments and further incentivize them to make digital payments. Essentially, Mswipe’s Bank Box facilitates small, medium and micro businesses to break into the digital ecosystem at the lowest possible TCO and sign up - even if they do not have a bank account.”

With a one-time digital KYC, businesses can choose between Bank Box Go - a POS solution with zero rental and zero MDR or Bank Box Lite - a QR solution with 0 rental and 1% cashback on all transactions and instantly go live. In both offerings a merchant gets a UPI QR and a Moneyback Card. Bank Box Go additionally provides an affordable mPOS capable of accepting chip + pin and contactless card payments. For Bank Box Go merchants have to pay a one-time fee of Rs. 4,000 plus taxes while for Bank Box Lite, they pay only Rs.199 plus taxes.

Sameer Hoda, President, Strategy and Operations, Mswipe said, “With Bank Box we have democratized the digital acceptance and payments ecosystem for the smallest of businesses by giving them a choice. With Mswipe now both an acquirer and issuer, we have provided an end-to-end digital enablement of MSMEs and merchants and empowered them to join the Digital Bharat movement.”

While mPOS allows acceptance of multiple modes of payments including UPI, Visa, Mastercard and American Express, mQR accepts payments from more than 150 UPI and mobile banking apps like PayTM, Axis Bank and BHIM among others. To spend digitally, merchants can load their Mcard with up to Rs. 1,00,000 per month.

Mswipe is targeting merchants with an average daily digital collection of Rs. 2,000 - Rs.2,500 in tier 3-4 markets and Rs. 8,000 - Rs. 10,000 in Metro and semi-urban areas.

About Mswipe:

Mswipe aims to be India’s largest financial services platform for SMEs and merchants by providing seamless mobile POS and value-added Services. It is the largest independent mobile POS merchant acquirer and network provider with 6.75 lakh POS and 1 million QR merchants across the country. Mswipe offers a host of POS solutions for all types of payment acceptance - cards, wallets, mobile payment apps and bank apps, contactless and QR payments. Headquartered in Mumbai, Mswipe began operations in 2011. Its key investors include B Capital, UC-RNT, Falcon Edge Capital, Matrix Partners India, DSG Partners and Epiq Capital. For more information, visit

Experience Driving Pleasure of the New Tata Nexon EV with Just a Monthly Subscription

 Key Highlights:

* Tata Nexon EV available at an all-inclusive fixed rental starting at only Rs. 41,900/- per month

* Select the tenure of your choice from 18, 24 or 36 months

* Available in 5 key cities during the inaugural launch – Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Bengaluru

* Comprehensive insurance cover, instant roadside assistance and a hassle free end-to-end maintenance- all included

* End-to-end digital engagement to eliminate any common and shared touch points

Tata Motors, India’s leading automobile manufacturer, today announced the launch of a first of its kind subscription model for electric vehicles (EV). Designed to make EVs more accessible to a rapidly growing base of future conscious citizens, Tata Motors is making available its flagship EV, the Tata Nexon at an all-inclusive fixed rental starting at just Rs. 41,900/- per month. Discerning customers can select the tenure of their subscription from a minimum period of 18 months to 24 and 36 months. Through a collaboration with Orix Auto Infrastructure Services Limited, amongst India's top leasing companies, this service is being offered in 5 major cities - Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, during the inaugural phase of the launch.

With no hassle of vehicle registration and road tax, the entire process of subscribing to the Tata Nexon EV has been made seamless via end-to-end digital engagement. Additional benefits include comprehensive insurance coverage, on call roadside assistance plus free maintenance with periodic servicing and doorstep delivery. Additionally, customers can have their own EV charger installed at their home or office, as convenient.

Announcing the launch of this unique EV subscription programme, Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “EVs are the future, and as the leader of this fast growing segment, Tata Motors is committed to popularise their access and use in India. With this novel subscription model, we are making it more convenient for interested users of EVs to experience their myriad benefits. It is ideal for customers preferring ‘usership’ over ownership in the rapidly growing era of shared economy.”

The subscription model is customised and perfectly suited for corporates who prefer to lease, individuals with frequent inter-city job transfers, and expatriates who stay for a fixed tenure, among others. Further, the partnering with Orix Auto provides a comprehensive value proposition, inviting customers to easily experience the magic of EV. Post the tenure of their subscription, customers can either choose to extend it or just return the vehicle.

To know more about the Tata Motors EV Subscription Program, please visit

Mahak Group Launches Campaign for Mint ChocOn Featuring Janhvi Kapoor

 Mahak Group has launched a new campaign-‘Mint Nahi Hint Hai’, for its trademark candy Mint Choc On. Mahak Mint ChocOn is a one-of-its-kind candy with mint favoured outer shell and delectable, chocolate filled centre. The TVC stars actress Janhvi Kapoor and sets beautifully encapsulates the emotions of a young couple on their first date.

The film opens to a beautiful late evening setting, where Janhvi and a boy are sitting by a hilltop ledge. The couple is out on their first romantic date. Since it’s their first date ever, they’re both a little clueless about exactly what to do on a first date. Trying to break the awkward silence, Janhvi asks, “So, aur kya karte hain first date pe?” to which the guy replies, “Pata nahi….mera bhi toh first time hai.” Janhvi then passes on a Mahak Mint ChocOn candy to the guy and he replies, surprised, “Mint?” Janhvi shyly replies, “Ye Mint Nahi Hint Hai.” Taking her subtle hint, the boy then consumes Mint ChocOn and leans in towards Janhvi.

Mr S K Jain, CEO & MD, Mahak Group said: “Today it is of utmost importance to all brands to keep coming up with innovative offerings in order to create a recall and a strong customer base in the market. We launched Mint ChocOn keeping just that in mind. Mahak Mint ChocOn is a novel concept, with just a hint of playfulness and whimsy. Our campaign is aligned to the core essence of Mahak Mint ChocOn. We employ German technology in manufacturing the product. From a teenager to a young working professional, Mint ChocOn is an offering, which will appeal to everyone. We feel that someone as vivacious and full of energy as Janhvi fits the bill perfectly and is an ideal choice for a brand ambassador. We are ecstatic to have her on board as the face of the brand.”

On associating with Mint ChocOn Janhvi Kapoor said: “I have always had a bit of a sweet tooth, in fact, I can have sweets any times of the day! Whenever my parents were happy with Khushi and me, they would spoil us with candies and chocolates. Which is why, I am happy to associate with Mint ChocOn. It is such an innovative concept. I am sure Mint ChocOn is soon going to be a crowd favourite.”

TVC Details:


Language: Hindi

Production House: Passion Films Production House and Celebrity Management Company

Producer: Ricky Singh Bedi

Protagonist: Janhvi Kapoor

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Launches Sporty New Fortuner TRD Limited Edition


* Specially designed by Toyota Racing Development (TRD) for India

* Sporty and rugged Fortuner looks underlined by R18 TRD alloy wheels

* Latest and novel features like 360-degree panoramic view monitor and auto-folding ORVMs for hygiene and ease of driving

* Premium exterior highlighted by the dual-tone roof

* Interiors made more stylish by the illuminated scuff plates

* A special å 4 badge to signify all-terrain capabilities (4x4 variant)

* Functional and intuitive accessories under Special Technology Package

* Attractive Pearl white color in dual tone

* Fortuner TRD Limited Edition variants available in 4x2 and 4x4 AT diesel.

Ex-showroom price (same across the country except Kerala)

The Fortuner needs no introduction and to celebrate the success of this icon, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today launched the Limited Edition of the Sporty New Fortuner TRD in the Indian market. TKM has leveraged the heritage of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) to bring a sporty appeal to the Fortuner TRD. The Limited Edition is available in both 4x2 and 4x4 Automatic Transmission (diesel) variants in dual-tone stylish exterior, stunning dual-tone dashboard and rugged charcoal black R18 TRD alloy wheels. Bookings are open from today across the Toyota dealerships in the country.

A truck cake sitting on top of a car

Description automatically generatedIn addition to the standard superlative features, the new Sporty New Fortuner TRD offers a range of digital high-tech optional accessories under  Special Technology Package which includes state-of-the-art features like ‘Head up Display (HUD),Tyre Pressure monitor (TPMS), Digital Video Recorder (DVR), Wireless Smartphone Charger and Welcome door lamp which will further enhance comfort and style. Also, since personal safety a top priority another accessory which is first from Toyota in India is Air Ionizer.

Launched in 2009, the Toyota Fortuner has been the most-loved SUV in the country for more than a decade now and continues to the unchallenged leader in its segment. Premium features, stylish and uber-cool interiors, best-in-class safety and powerful performance have been the hallmark of the Fortuner over the years endearing it to many generations of SUV enthusiasts in the country. 

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Naveen Soni, Senior Vice President, Sales and Service, TKM, said, “Today, the customers demand more power, performance, safety, features and drive experience from vehicles. They are also seeking a freshness in the look and feel. With a customer-first approach and a dedicated passion for fulfilling their needs, we have introduced new products, variants and exclusive editions over the years. The Fortuner TRD Limited Edition is yet another effort to cater to the customer demands by offering more than what they seek through unparalleled and segment-leading features. An important accessory to the Fortuner TRD Limited Edition to ensure customer safety is the air ionizer owing to the concerns about the air we breathe in these challenging times. What’s more, the Fortuner TRD is truly exclusive and only limited units are being made available for SUV aficionados in the country.

We also would like to express our gratitude to the Fortuner fan base in India for giving the brand the cult status it - today, enjoys. We hope the Fortuner continues to excite and thrill more and more Indians.”

New Tough & Stylish Features

Dual Tone Roof

Rugged Charcoal Black R18 Alloy wheels

360 Panoramic View Monitor

Auto fold ORVM

Stunning Dual Tone Dashboard

Illuminated scuffle plate

Product Highlights

Reinforced power and toughness

Power-packed 2.8L, 2755 cm3 [cc] 4-cylinder diesel engine generating maximum torque of 450 Nm @ 1600 – 2400 rpm with maximum output of 130 Kw (177 PS) @ 3400 rpm.

Available with a 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential & paddle shift.

Automatic Idling Stop/Start Function.

Tough frame structure that delivers exceptional torsional & bending rigidity even in the harshest environments.

Pitch & Bounce control.

Suspension enhances ride comfort, through straight-line stability, controllability, handle response & advanced damping technology.

Safety & Security features

VSC [Vehicle Stability Control] with BA [Brake Assist]

7 SRS Airbags

Impact-absorbing structure with pedestrian protection support

Front Seats: WIL Concept Seats [Whiplash Injury Lessening]

Child Restraint System: ISOFIX + Tether Anchor on 2nd Row

Front Row: Pretensioner + Force Limiter

Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)

ABS with EBD

Speed Auto Lock with Emergency Unlock

Emergency Brake Signal


Exterior Features

Dusk Sensing Bi-Beam LED Projector Headlamps with LED DRLs

SMART Entry and Push Start/Stop

Illuminated Entry System - Puddle Lamps in ORVM

Chrome Plated Door Handles and Window Beltline

LED Rear Combination Lamps

LED Front Fog Lamp

Rear Fog Lamp

Fully Automatic Power Back Door with Height Adjust Memory and Jam Protection

Electrically Adjustable, Retractable Side Mirrors with Side Turn Indicators

Aero-Stabilising Fins on ORVM Base and Rear Combination Lamps


Comfort & Convenience

All Cabin wrapped in Soft Upholstery, Metallic Accents and Woodgrain-patterned Ornamentation

Cruise control

Eco and Power drive modes

Large TFT Multi-Information Display

Navigation Turn Display on MID

Optitron Cool-Blue Combimeter with Chrome Accents and Illumination Control

Audio, MID, Tel, Voice Recognition Switches on Steering Wheel

Tilt & Telescopic Steering Column

Automatic Climate Control [Dual A/C] with Auto Rear Cooler

Touch Screen Audio with Capacitive Switches [DVD, BT, USB, Aux-in, 6 Speakers, NAVI, Remote]

Power Back Door Access on SMART Key, Back Door and Driver Control

8-way Driver & Passenger Power Seat

2nd Row: 60:40 Split Fold, Slide, Recline & One-Touch Tumble

3rd Row: One-touch Easy Space-Up with Recline

Park Assist: Back Monitor and Rear Sensors

Gurguram Based Used Car Retailing Platform Spinny Acquires its Mumbai Based Rival Truebil

With the onset of COVID-19, an unprecedented global crisis, a lot of industries are seeing a significant reduction in customer demand, whereas the used car market has gained momentum globally due to a change in personal transport preferences in a COVID impacted the world. The effect can also be seen in the context of the Indian used car market witnessing consolidation and rapid growth among players. In the most recent development, Spinny - Gurugram headquartered full stack used car platform - has acquired rival Truebil - Mumbai headquartered. Truebil operated a C2C managed used car marketplace along with a full-stack direct retail program as Truebil Direct. Truebil served in Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi NCR, and was clocking INR 250 Cr+ in annual sales before the COVID outbreak. Truebil was founded in early 2015 by IIT Kharagpur and IIT Bombay alumni Suraj Kalwani, Ravi Chirania, Shubh Bansal, Rakesh Raman, and Ritesh Pandey. Through its journey, Truebil managed to raise a total of USD 24 Mn in funding, including USD 4 Mn in debt funding. Its major institutional investors include Kalaari Capital (India), Shunwei Capital (China & India), Kae Capital (India), Inventus Capital (US & India), and Spiral Ventures (Japan & Singapore) and in early 2019, Truebil had closed its Series B round of funding.

Gurugram headquartered Spinny currently offers its services across Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Pune. Spinny, which operates through a full-stack online-to-offline retail platform model, has seen significant tailwind in its business post-COVID-19 outbreak. Spinny initially started in mid-2015 through the C2C managed marketplace model, in mid-2017, it pivoted entirely to its current full-stack platform model after realizing the need to control the entire value chain to provide the best quality and a premium experience to its customers. During March 2020, Spinny announced the completion of a USD 43 Mn+ series B round led by Nandan Nilekani's venture fund The Fundamentum Partnership: the round saw participation from existing investors Accel and SAIF Partners. Accel and SAIF Partners had co-led the company's USD 13 Mn+ Series A round in April 2019. The latest Series B round of Spinny also saw participation from other new investors which include US-based General Catalyst and South Korea based KB Group, other than the lead investor Fundamentum. Blume Ventures led Spinny’s seed round along with Russia's Simile Ventures. Many angel investors, along with the IAN group investors, were provided exit by the company during its Series A round of funding last year.

While both Spinny and Truebil have refrained from commenting on the commercials and exact details of the deal, Truebil's Co-founder and CEO Suraj Kalwani did share his experience of building Truebil and the reasons behind his decision of selling out the company to Spinny. "At Truebil, we have built a technology-driven retail platform enabling trust and seamless consumer experience for used car buyers. Truebil thrived in building consumer-centric products aided by technology and data science, helping consumers make objective decisions in their used car purchase. We were operating across three major cities in India and our endeavor to scale our services across the country; we were excited to share a similar vision as Niraj and team at Spinny. We realized that by augmenting each other's capabilities, we could accelerate towards building the country's largest and the most trusted used car brand". Spinny's Co-Founder and CEO Niraj Singh said, "We like and respect the capabilities Suraj and his team have built at Truebil and find certain merit in that for Spinny, so this deal was a natural move for us. But given Spinny is still in its early days, we will let the Truebil platform keep operating as an independent brand for now. We will reassess merging within the Spinny brand umbrella after some time."

With this acquisition, Spinny becomes the only used car startup in India that follows a full-stack retail platform model and operates on the organized side of the market. Other peers like Cars24, CarDekho, OLX, etc. provide their services mostly in the unorganized classifieds and dealer ecosystems side of the market. Commenting on Spinny’s plans, Niraj further added that building capabilities for best in class quality and customer experience has always been our top focus area. We will keep doubling down on our efforts there. Meanwhile, we will also keep going deeper into our existing markets and soon activate a few more markets.

Looking at how similar modeled players have performed across the globe, the used car market is poised to grow and emerge stronger than before from the COVID crisis. US-based online used car player - Carvana’s stock price has seen a 5x jump this quarter to an all-time high value. Not only existing listed players are reaping the benefits of these tailwinds, but also new stock market entrants are making the most of the situation. Another similarly modeled player, Vroom (US), entered the public markets in Jun’20 and saw a massive interest, so much so that it overshot its initial raise plans by ~4.5x. Its valuation almost doubled on the day of the IPO. Looking at the public market performance of such companies in the US, investors have taken an eye out for similar players across global markets. UK based Cazoo announced a new funding round that values the company at over a billion dollars, making it the latest startup to attain unicorn status in this segment and making Cazoo the fastest unicorn in the UK.

About Spinny

Spinny is a full-stack car-buying platform for the young Indian, enabling a car buying experience that is simple and delightful. Though in the early stages, Spinny has been appreciated by its customers with an above 4.5 out of 5 ratings from Spinny car owners – and a 78% NPS and 35% referral purchases. Headquartered in Gurgaon, Spinny employs over 500 people across 6 cities India.

An IIT-Delhi alumnus, Niraj Singh (Founder & CEO) is a serial entrepreneur and investor. Spinny was born out of his desire to deal with a core area that directly addresses the customer’s challenge; in this case a car. He noticed the absence of a platform that offers a completely trustworthy and premium experience to people purchasing second-hand cars, even though they are spending a significant amount and the purchase being a very aspirational one for them. He was determined to solve this problem by eradicating the distrust and making the process simple and straightforward for the customer.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

North East has Potential to Emerge as Largest Oil Palm Cultivator in the Country


* OPDPA, continues to request government to introduce structural and policy changes to fully leverage the potential of the crop for the benefit of farmers, employment generation, and reduced dependence on imports and economy at large 
* Region has the capacity to produce 1 billion dollars equivalent of Crude Oil Palm imports 

OPDPA (Oil Palm Developers And Processors Association), the Nodal Agency for Oil Palm Cultivation in India lauds the message by the PM Mr. Modi for recognising the need and importance of being self-reliant in edible oil, and asking Farmers and State Governments of North East to pursue Oil Palm cultivation. His message clearly underpins the benefits of Oil Palm cultivation to the overall Atmanirbhar Bharat agenda as well as its potential to help with the growth story of the region. 

The PM has recommended the State Governments of North East region to set up oil palm missions in their respective States to promote cultivation of the Oil Palm. The setting up of these missions will help boost the ecosystem as well increase focus for the adoption of the crop. Oil Palm cultivation in North East Regions can tremendously boost the economy of the region leading to large scale development and progress of the region. 

Commenting on the progressive step taken by the Government, Mr. Sanjay Goenka, President of OPDPA said, “The expanse of Oil Palm cultivation in the country is very negligible today as compared to the potential the crop possesses. We have seen the transformation this crop has brought about in the lives of farmer community in Andhra Pradesh and we hope to emulate the same in the Northeastern States as well. A strong and robust long term policy mechanism needs to be introduced to give this crop the required push across India. Given the Honorable Prime Minister’s Atmanirbharta vision, India can truly achieve its goal of self-sufficiency in Edible Oils by pushing for development in the Oil Palm Plantation sector 

In North East, the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam have tremendous scope for undertaking and increasing area under Oil Palm. The Agro-Climatic conditions of the region are extremely suitable for Oil Palm cultivation and therefore, the region has the potential to cover over 2,00,000 Acres. Equivalent to 1 billion dollars of imports can be prevented. 

Members of the OPDPA, Including 3F Oil Palm, have already set up base and are working closely with the state governments of NE to create awareness on the benefits of the crop. 3F Oil Palm, a pioneer in Oil Palm cultivation in the country, currently operates in Arunachal Pradesh and has already covered over 5000acres of Area under Oil Palm in the Lower Debang Valley District of Arunachal Pradesh. Plans are in the pipeline to set up a state of the art Processing facility with a captive power plant.   

Oil Palm crop is a highly remunerative crop that has the potential to provide the highest return on investment per acre compared to other commercial crops. Farmers in Andhra Pradesh are a living testimony to the far-reaching benefits of this crop for their livelihoods and future. 

India is heavily dependent on imported edible oils, With nearly 15 million tonnes (or nearly 68 per cent) of edible oils getting imported to meet the country’s annual requirement of about 22 million tonnes. Of the total 15 million tonnes of import, about 9 million tonnes (or nearly 60 percent) is palm oils. 

“The  industry is in need of several reforms to maintain its viability and attract further investments in various states of India. OPDPA has been aggressively pursuing the agenda with the Government to bring in structural policy changes which will greatly propel the industry to new growth levels. With the policy changes proposed by us, we can truly achieve our Hon. PMs vision of Atmanirbharta in Edible Oils”, Mr. Sanjay Goenka added further. 

Some of the key asks by the association are: 

Stable pricing mechanism to be put in place for protecting the Indian Oil Palm farmer from fluctuations in price of the produce and continue to motivate him to grow the crop. A fixed MSP mechanism as suggested by the draft CACP report of 2018, will go a long way in this regard.  

A special package for the northeast will quickly help the country in bringing large areas under oil palm plantation (Including making available unutilized government land to Oil Palm companies for captive Oil Palm plantation). 

About OPDPA: 

The Oil Palm Developers and Processors Association (OPDPA) is a consortium of companies that include 3F Oil Palm Pvt. Ltd., Godrej Agrovet Ltd. Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd. etc, established to work towards the growth of the Oil Palm Industry. Despite a challenging policy and regulatory environment, over the last 2 decades the industry has grown from a ‘0’ hectares in oil palm then to a respectable 200,000 hectares across several states including the North East. The industry has a huge potential to help India bridge the country’s edible oil deficit, generate several thousand jobs and help in nation building. 

Notebook Zero Hour India's Largest Online Inter-School Public Speaking Event from July 18, 2020

The new school year has seen students attending classes online due to the COVID restrictions. The limiting of engagement between the educational institutions and students has inspired Notebook, India’s first after-school learning app to launch the Notebook Zero Hour, the largest online inter-school public speaking event for school students. Powered by Stayfree®, India’s leading sanitary napkin brand, Zero Hour is the largest competitive public speaking event ever held for schools in India and abroad, where schools have a chance to pit themselves against the best speakers from other schools from India and across the world.

In its first edition this year, the online debates commenced from July 18 with 64 marquee schools from India and abroad ready to face off against each. Played in a league format, the initial face-offs will see 8 schools proceeding to the quarter-finals. The winners of the 4 quarter-finals will participate in 2 semi-finals and the subsequent winners will face off in the Grand Finale to be held on August 15, 2020 to mark India’s 74th Independence Day.

Manoj Gadgil, Vice President Marketing, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Division said, “We are glad to be associated with Notebook Zero Hour. With students stuck at home, the online debate competition offers the youngsters an opportunity to enhance their communication skills through fruitful interactions with their peers. It helps them overcome fear, encourages them to express their opinion and increases their self-confidence. Stayfree® has been driving safe menstrual health and hygiene education and adoption initiatives in schools and Notebook Zero Hour gives the brand a platform to continue to encourage young girls to be informed, feel confident, pursue their dreams and not let anything hold them back.”

The first online face-off on July 18th saw a scintillating debate between Orchids The International School Thane and Indian School, Al-Ghubra that was won by the team from the Muscat-based school. The quality of the debate and those that followed were indicative of the high level of preparation that the students had undergone with facts and figures backing the emotionally charged discussions.

Achin Bhattacharyya, Founder and CEO, Notebook said, “We at Notebook are extremely humbled at being able to host Zero Hour for students, powered by Stayfree® and also supported by Save the Children. Our Together for Education webinars for esteemed educators and parents have already been a huge success with more than 12,000 attendees from more than 50 countries during our last 27 sessions. Notebook Zero Hour is our effort to provide a platform to encourage young school-goers from across the nation and also from Middle East, Nepal and Africa to engage in meaningful discussions. It’s very important to encourage students during this hour of pandemic when they are confined  to their home for months, away from their schools, friends, and outdoor sports. Hence we wanted to connect all these isolated centres of excellence, to form a virtual community of like-minded educators and students through Notebook Zero Hour debates. We have been thrilled to have more than 300 schools registering, but could accommodate only 64 in the current format. We are very happy with the enthusiasm that we have seen in students and teachers who have worked hard to make this event a huge success. The art of public speaking is an indispensable asset in today’s fast paced world and irrespective of any profession that a student wants to pursue its role in ensuring career growth is unquestionable. Also debate, discussion and public discourse are at the heart of any vibrant democracy and hence it is very important that we encourage our future leaders to not only have articulate speaking skills but also tolerant listening skills and hence the format of the debate has been customised accordingly for rebuttals which also tests listening skills.”

The debate topics cover contemporary and relevant issues and range from online privacy to international trade that motivate the young students to research and widen their knowledge base while developing critical thinking skills. The debates will be moderated by Subhayu Roy, Co-founder, Notebook and judged by esteemed educators, eminent thought leaders and other luminaries from various walks of life.

For information on the team pools, schedule and leaderboard, please visit

About Notebook Zero Hour:

Inspired and encouraged by the phenomenal success of the Together for Education webinars, and on request from institutions to engage with students directly, Notebook now presents Zero Hour – India’s Largest Public Speaking Event for School Students. This is the largest competitive public speaking event ever held for schools in India,and schools have a chance to pit themselves against the best speakers from other schools from the farthest reaches of the country.

About Notebook:

Notebook is India’s first after-school learning app. Engaging audio-visual content is used to deliver lessons tailored to the school curriculum. Teachers have access to these videos in the classroom, using the content to introduce topics, build interest, and help students to better visualize concepts. At home, students access the same videos from their personal connected devices – smartphones, laptops, desktops and internet-enabled televisions – to revise topics, prepare for examinations and benefit from the freedom that on-demand lessons afford them.

Started in 2018, Notebook has now catered to over a million users across India and abroad. More than 10,000 videos cover topics from classes I to XII of the CBSE board, alongside vernacular-aided lessons for U.P. Board and W.B. Board. Over 250 professionals, experienced educators and creative artists work round the clock to ensure that curricular content is delivered to the students in the most engaging possible way.

At the onset of the COVID-19 lockdown, Notebook offered its content to all students free of charge, enabling schools to conduct online classes using Notebook videos. This has led to deep and meaningful engagement with schools, and empowered teachers to cope with the lockdown better. Notebook also conducts regular online training sessions for teachers to help them manage online classes with greater ease. Powered by Notebook videos, Ramakrishna Mission Schools in Gwalior, M.P. became India’s first school to announce a completely online academic session to ensure safety of their students.

Tulips Launches Bio-Degradable Cotton Ear Buds for a Sustainable World Across Indian Market


* 100% ecofriendly, make-in-India product innovation helps cut pollution, conserve biodiversity῀

Tulips, India’s most innovative personal hygiene care brand, today, announced the launch of fully biodegradable, cotton buds/ swabs. Softer and safer, the ECO-FRIENDLY COTTON BUDS are made from certified paper, and purest grade cotton fibre, in world-class production facilities. 

TULIPS is the 1st Indian company to introduce biodegradable Cotton buds on a national scale & make a serious initiative towards sustainable personal hygiene products. The stems are made using FSC certified paper. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council certification) means that this is a sustainable product & not made by depleting the natural forest cover. This is also in line with the Prime Minister’s call last year to reduce plastic content in single use products.

Speaking on the launch, Rahul Jain, Partner, Tulips said, “Out of a huge consumer base of Cotton buds, there are substantial number of people who are looking for sustainable, eco-friendly option. We plan to promote these Cotton buds strongly & make sure to reach to every part of the country. Being the industry leader, we will be advertising & taking lot of other initiatives to create a shift in the minds of the Indian consumer to adopt paper stick-based Cotton buds instead of plastic ones. We target to completely stop or minimise the production of plastic stick Cotton swabs by end of 2023, an informal deadline set up by our honourable Prime Minister”

The Paper sticks in TULIPS Cotton buds give the best user experience & never splinter during usage. The other available alternatives like wood or Bamboo should not be used by consumers, are they make the swab very hard & can also splinter easily during usage, both causing possible harm to the user.

As responsible citizens, we all need to change our behavior and lifestyles, to balance our need for plastic & effectively manage its waste. The 100% Biodegradable Cotton Buds/ swabs represent the company’s initiatives to bring about change in small yet impactful ways.

One of the largest producers of swabs – Tulips’ product line, currently one of the best worldwide in innovative hygiene cotton products and wipes, employs more than 400 workers. TULIPS is also the 1st & the largest manufacturer of low cost COVID-19 TEST SWABS in India, helping lower the cost of testing & saving millions of dollars for the country.

Garmin Unveils Tactical Edition of the Rugged, Reliable Outdoor GPS Smartwatch Instinct Series in India

GPS Smartwatch 

* Loaded with TACTICAL features
* NEW Jumpmaster- Specially designed for experienced skydivers, particularly those in military. It provides detail information for speed of descent and altitude.
* NEW Dual Position Format-Access projected waypoint and a dual - format GPS coordinate data page that supports display of MGRS, degree/ minutes/seconds & more.
* NEW Night Vision- Reduces backlight setting to a level that doesn’t interfere with the operation of night vision goggles.
* NEW Stealth Mode-Enable stealth mode to stop storing and sharing your GPS position and disable wireless connectivity and communication.
* Availability: Available in 4 exciting color options, the Instinct Tactical Edition is priced at Rs. 31,990

Garmin India, a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the Tactical edition of its rugged, reliable outdoor GPS smartwatch Instinct-Tactical Edition, which is loaded with advanced features to make outdoor activities more informative and data-rich.

Built for the true outdoor enthusiast, the Tactical edition supports users with premium features like Jumpmaster, Dual Position Format, Night Vision, and Stealth Mode along with other preloaded tactical activities.

Introducing the Instinct - Tactical Edition in India, Mr. Ali Rizvi, Director, Garmin India said, “Garmin Instinct marked the first offering from Garmin India in the lifestyle segment when it was introduced and we are excited to see how it has become the preferred partner of all the adventure seekers. Now, the Instinct - Tactical Edition comes laden with added tactical features including Jumpmaster, Dual Position Format, Night Vision & Stealth Mode, to further provide more in-depth data and support to the users while exploring outdoor rugged interests.”

Designed to withstand the toughest environments, the Instinct Tactical comes with built-in navigation sensors, multiple global navigation satellite systems, GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo, to support in tracking more challenging environments than relying solely on GPS. It monitors heart rate¹, activity, and stress, providing preloaded activity profiles for training and allow users to stay connected with smart notifications². Exploring the outdoors, users can activate the TracBack feature to navigate the same route back to the starting point or even plan trips in advance with the Garmin Explore website.

Users can enjoy a peace of mind in the outdoors as the battery life of Instinct Tactical lasts 14 days in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode, up to 40 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode, so all activities will be recorded on the device.

Highlight features

* Built to endure like you: This rugged, reliable outdoor GPS watch is built to the U.S. military standard 810G for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters). The fiber-reinforced polymer case adds strength and durability, and the chemically strengthened, scratch-resistant display is readable in bright sunlight. The “night vision mode,” reduces backlight settings to a level that doesn't interfere with the operation of night vision goggles. The fully vented silicone bands include two independent, removable keeper loops to ensure a secure fit.

* GPS you can count on: GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellite network capability tracks in more challenging environments than GPS alone. The built-in three-axis compass and barometric altimeter help you keep your bearings. Take the guesswork out of your return journey by using the TracBack feature to navigate the same route back to start.

* Tactical functionality: Enable the Stealth Mode to stop storing and sharing GPS position and disable wireless connectivity and communication. Access projected waypoints and a dual-format GPS coordinate data page that supports display of MGRS, degrees/minutes/seconds and more.

* Monitor and train: Instinct – Tactical Edition GPS smartwatch monitors heart rate, activity and stress throughout the day to keep track of the user’s daily activity level. Equipped with pre-loaded activity profiles, users can enjoy running, biking, swimming and more. It also has mission-specific training options, including Jumpmaster and a preloaded tactical activity.

* Add global connectivity: Pair Instinct with an InReach device so that the watch can display messages received on inReach device and send preset messages using inReach satellite communication technology. Get weather alerts to stay up to date with changes in environment. Plus, users can trigger an SOS alert to contact the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team³.

Availability for Garmin Instinct - Tactical Edition:

Offline Stores: Lifestyle Stores, Bums On The Saddle, Pro Bikers And Mastermind, Helios, Kamal Watch Co, Just In Time, CT Pundole & Sons, Johnson Watches CP, Select Citywalk, Samay, Indo, Gangaram, Malabar Watches, All Leading Cycling Retailers.

Online: Instinct Tactical will be  available on Prime day launch with Post that, the watch will also be available at Paytm, TataCliq and The from 8th August’2020.

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