Saturday, November 7, 2020

Ather Energy Raises Fresh Round of Funding: $35 Million Led by Sachin Bansal

Ather Energy, one of India’s first intelligent electric scooter manufacturers, has raised an investment of $35 Mn in its latest round of Series D led by Sachin Bansal’s investment of $23 Mn. Ather Energy was one of the earliest start-up investments of Sachin Bansal when he invested $0.5 Mn in the firm as an Angel investor in 2014 and with this round, has made a total investment of $53 Mn. Hero MotoCorp has also invested $12 Mn as a part of the Series D round in Ather Energy. The continued investment by the existing investors is a manifestation of confidence in the brand and the sector. 

Ather Energy’s new line of products Ather 450X and Ather 450 Plus has been making news across the country. Ather Energy has been aggressively expanding, with the opening of 9 new markets - Pune, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Coimbatore, Kochi, Kozhikode & Kolkata in the coming days, and the installation of Ather Grid in all the new cities. To meet the projected demand in the coming years, Ather Energy is moving to a new manufacturing facility in Hosur, Tamil Nadu, which will be designed to produce up to 1 million vehicles a year. This round of investment will allow Ather Energy to accelerate its expansion plans and speed up the deliveries of the Ather 450X.

Ather Energy also unveiled their collector’s edition vehicle Series 1, the only two wheeler with transparent panels in India, in September. The Series 1 vehicle has been designed for early owners of the vehicle with only a limited group eligible to purchase it. In the past 6 months, Ather Energy has added multiple new financing plans - a one of its kind Assured Buyback option for the Ather 450X & Ather 450 Plus, new lease and loan programs and a two wheeler exchange plan. Ather Energy will begin deliveries of their smart electric scooters across India this Diwali.

Quote by Tarun Mehta, Co-founder & CEO, Ather Energy

“Electric vehicles are here to stay and Ather Energy is playing a leading role in driving this change. Sachin has been part of our growth journey and this investment is a strong endorsement of the momentum we’ve built over these years. Post the successful launch of our new product line, we are now looking forward to delivering the vehicles and seeing them across all cities. The pandemic has changed the landscape of personal transport and we hope that with high performance alternatives available people will choose electric vehicles for their daily commute.”

Quote by Sachin Bansal

“Ather Energy has set a new benchmark for intelligent electric bikes in the Indian automobile industry. Their new product line and expansion plans across the country will make EVs a part of the Indian landscape. Having been a part of the team since 2014, it's great to see their vision taking shape.”

About Ather: Ather Energy, one of India’s first intelligent electric vehicle manufacturers, was founded in 2013 by IIT Madras alumni, Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain. Backed by founders of Flipkart, Sachin Bansal & Binny Bansal, Hero Motocorp and Tiger Global, Ather Energy launched India’s first truly intelligent electric scooter - Ather 450 in 2018, followed by their new flagship offering Ather 450X in 2020. Ather has also installed a comprehensive public charging network, Ather Grid, built and designed in India. With 38 charging Points in Bengaluru and 14 charging Points in Chennai, Ather Grid is one of the largest fast-charging networks for electric vehicles in the country. Ather Energy currently operates in Bengaluru and Chennai and in 2020 expands to Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad as a part of a national expansion plan. Ather has added multiple ownership and purchase options for consumers, making it easier and more affordable to shift to EVs :including petrol  exchange, private leasing, monthly subscription and model upgrades.

Tata Motors Unveils the XM+ Variant of Altroz With Touchscreen Infotainment at an Accessible Price

Tata Motors, India’s leading auto brand, today announced the launch of the XM+ variant of its premium hatchback – the Tata Altroz. The XM+ variant comes with a host of exciting features such as the 17.78cm touchscreen infotainment with Apple Car Play & Android Auto connectivity that provides a seamless driving experience. The steering mounted controls, voice alerts, voice command recognition, R16 wheels with stylized wheel cover and remote foldable key, all contribute to provide an enjoyable driving experience for the customer. The XM+ variant of the Altroz will be available in 4 colours – High Street Gold, Downtown Red, Avenue White and Midtown Grey.

This new variant has been launched at a price of INR 6.6 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom Delhi), in the petrol version. This announcement comes in on the back of the much-acknowledged success of the Altroz, after its launch earlier this year. With this variant, customers will now be able to take advantage of features that are typically only available in premium variants, at an attractive and accessible price.

Commenting on the introduction of this new variant, Mr. Vivek Srivatsa, Head Marketing, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit (PVBU), Tata Motors said, “In alignment with our New Forever philosophy of maintaining the momentum of consistently bringing new and exciting products to our customers, we are delighted to announce the launch of the XM+ variant of the Altroz. With the Altroz, we have not only raised the bar in the premium hatchback segment, but also created a new benchmark for safety in the industry. We are confident that the introduction of the XM+ variant will further strengthen the appeal of the Altroz by giving customers an option to experience a variety of premium features at an extremely attractive price.”

Launched in January 2020, the Company made its entry into the premium hatchback segment with the Altroz and the product has been much appreciated by customers and the industry for its stylish design, drivability and best-in-class safety. The 5-star GNCAP adult safety rating that the Altroz received right at its launch, is a testament to the same.

The Altroz sports the Impact design 2.0 philosophy of Tata Motors and is the first vehicle to be developed on the ALFA architecture of the Company. The premium hatchback is also the official partner of IPL 2020 and was on display on-ground at all venues across the United Arab Emirates.

For more information on the product, please visit – Customers can also enquire, request a test drive, make bookings and select their preferred financing option via the recently launched ‘Click to Drive’, an end-to-end online platform from the comfort and safety of their homes.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited (NYSE: TTM; BSE: 500570 and 570001; NSE: TATAMOTORS and TATAMTRDVR), a USD 35 billion organization, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, pick-ups, trucks and buses. Part of the USD 113 billion Tata group, Tata Motors is India’s largest and the only OEM offering extensive range of integrated, smart and e-mobility solutions. It has operations in India, the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a strong global network of 103 subsidiaries, 10 associate companies, 3 joint ventures and 2 joint operations as on March 31, 2020.

With a focus on engineering and tech enabled automotive solutions catering to the future of mobility, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and amongst the top four in the passenger vehicles market. With ‘Connecting Aspirations’ at the core of its brand promise, the company’s innovation efforts are focused to develop pioneering technologies that are sustainable as well as suited to evolving aspirations of the market and the customers. Tata Motors strives to bring new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers, fueled by state of the art design and R&D centers located in India, UK, US, Italy and South Korea. Internationally, Tata commercial and passenger vehicles are marketed in countries, spread across Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS, and Russia.

This Diwali, Show Your Loved Ones You Care By Gifting Them Health & Wellness in India

The festival of lights, joy, and prosperity is around the corner. It’s that time of the year when people get excited about shopping, gifting, and eating lots of unhealthy food. Many of us think that it’s okay to binge-eat junk food during the festive season but don’t realize that a few days of unbalanced eating can ruin many days of hard work towards getting fit.

So, instead of following the age-old tradition of gifting expensive items like showpieces, unhealthy snacks, and desserts, metals, let’s show your loved ones that you care for them. Here’s the list of healthy gifts that we have specially curated to replace with conventional gifting options. After all, what’s better than the gift of health to show someone you love and care for them?

1. A Subscription to a Fitness App – It may be unusual but one of the best gifts for your friends and loved ones. Since the lockdown, the online fitness industry has seen a surge in enthusiasts enrolling and buying subscriptions. While working from home, people have become more conscious about their health and have been trying different fitness apps to monitor their calorie intake and learn new workouts. FITTR - an online fitness company that provides professional assistance for all fitness and health goals offers a 12 weeks’ subscription starting at Rs. 6000. What’s more, if you enroll before Diwali, you’ll also get 2 weeks extra!

2. Fitness Tracker – A perfect gift for people across age groups, fitness trackers are probably the ones that come to your mind when you think about gifting tech items. They’re a great option for the young and the young-at-heart who want that sporty look. And they do more than just count your daily steps - you can get many options within your budget with as many as 11 professional sports modes such as yoga, rowing machine, and free exercise. You can get many options within your budget on platforms like Amazon and Flipkart. Some of these include Mi Smart Band 5, Amazfit Bip U, Redmi Smart Bands, Samsung Galaxy Fit 2, etc.

3. A Pair of Dumbbells & Resistance Bands – These is two of the best gifts for fitness enthusiasts who are building their home gym. With a set of dumbbells, there are a lot of exercises that one can do like biceps curls, chest flyes, or shoulder overhead raises. Similarly, resistance bands are great for those who want to exercise at home or who like to take their workouts along when they travel. If you can’t go to gym, these are the next best thing!

4. A Box of Fruits – If you don’t want to get into the specific gifting options and yet want to keep it healthy, fruit boxes come to your rescue. They’re not loaded with ghee and sugar like the usual Diwali sweets and offer invigorating and nutritious options. Be adventurous and go in for some exotic fruits that say you care. There are several options available for a basket of fruits, like Fruit Box & Company, Falhari, IGP, etc.

MSDE Expands Writes to States to Expand New Age Skills, 13 New Courses from 6 Months to 2 Years Announced

In an endeavor to skill and upskill the youth in relevant new age skills, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) under the exemplary leadership of Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, urged the Indian states to further expand the new age courses across their respective training centers.  The aim is to keep in pace with the changing digital technology age towards building ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ by meeting the local demand for skilled workforce in the State and also to increase the footprints of Indian workers in national and international markets.

Directorate General of Training (DGT), the apex organization of MSDE for development and co-ordination of the vocational training across the country will be providing all possible technical support to the States for formulation of new proposals and training of instructors/trainers for such new-age courses. In this regard, DGT has already introduced 13 National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) compliant New-Age courses that include Data Analysts and Scientists, Technician Mechatronics, Smart Agriculture, Cloud Computing, Process Automation Experts, User Experience and Human-Machine Interaction Designers, Blockchain Specialists, Software and Applications Developers, Geoinformatics Assistant, AI and Machine Learning Specialists, Big Data Specialists, Information Security Analysts, Robotics Engineers and Ecommerce and Social Media Specialists. The duration of these training courses varies from 6 months to 2 years.

The technologies in manufacturing and services are rapidly transforming and the mechanical and manual interventions are increasingly becoming digitally and artificial-intelligence led. This makes it imperative that the ITIs are able to train new collar workers who are adept in these technologies. The courses have been developed in consultation and active participation of industrial experts, indicating wide demand and robust curriculum. In this connection, DGT had also written to the Additional Chief/Principal Secretaries of Technical Skill Education vide a letter dated 12th June 2020 requesting launch of the new age courses in all ITIs.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, “The new wave of technology revolution is poised to change the nature of jobs and in order to keep pace with this changing nature, we need to undertake skilling of future workforce in relevant technology areas to meet the future demands of industries. The need of the hour is to restructure the current academic framework of ITIs to offer more robust technical programs in new technology areas of Industrial Revolution 4.0 like Data Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Blockchain etc.”

In an effort to align with the needs of industry and training in latest technology, DGT has signed various Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with technology companies to boost 21st century digital skill set training programmes as per Industry 4.0 revolution. The key players which DGT collaborated with include - IBM India Pvt. Ltd., SAP India, Microsoft Corp. (India) Ltd., NASSCOM, Quest Alliance, Accenture and CISCO etc. These MoU’s have enabled and initiated several tech trainings across the country.

Friday, November 6, 2020

REPL Selected for Formulation of GIS-Based Master Plans for AMRUT Cities in Karnataka

Karnataka’s Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) has selected Delhi-based leading infrastructure consultant, Rudrabhishek Enterprises Limited (REPL), for the formulation of GIS-based Master Plans for three LPAs in phase 2, package 5 of AMRUT cities in Karnataka. Under this project, REPL will have to formulate the GIS-based master plans for Vijayapura (525 sq km), Bagalkot (129.47 sq km) and Badami (15.91 sq km).

The agreement was signed between the Department of Town and Country Planning and Nodal Agency AMRUT, Government of Karnataka, and REPL.

The formulation of the master plan would include zoning of land use for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, recreational, educational and other purposes together with Zoning Regulations. It will also include a complete street pattern, indicating major and minor roads, national highways, and state highways, and traffic circulation pattern, for meeting immediate and future requirements with proposals for improvements.  

This would enable authorities to monitor the land-use changes in real-time in a Geospatial enabled environmentand keep a check on violations. With this spatial tool, the thematic maps including existing land use will also be created hence a sector-wise database would be put-together. All these would further coincide with the master plan formulation. Furthermore, the authorities will be able to  identify and rectify problems faced by them in development, maintenance and governance of the cities which are consequences of planning in the past such as Water logging and flooding, Sanitation – UGD,  hotspots for Road accidents, frequent traffic jams, and slow moving traffic.

Mr. Pradeep Misra, CMD of REPL said, “The technology is playing a defining role in the infrastructure development of the country. We have been working on various projects across India using advance and innovative Geospatial technology for quite a long time. Our expertise has enabled us in executing these projects with greater efficiency and now that experience will help us in Karnataka too."

Dr. Harish Sharma, Executive Director,REPL said, " For the given project we will also collect and collate critical sectoral plans prepared and/or under preparation by relevant government agencies for the project area and extract the various plans and proposals and identify any mismatches with the current master plan. For smooth execution of the project, we will evaluate the existing master plan and prepare base map and existing land use map with the help of GIS technology using high resolution satellite data. We will also undertake surveys and studies of existing-conditions, major problems and development issues of the cluster towns.

Besides that REPL will also evaluate the problems faced by various departments and organizations in development, maintenance and governance. The range of problems to be evaluated will include waterlogging and flooding during rainy season, problems faced by the local bodies but not limited to revenue section on properties, engineering section on roads, stormwater drains, culverts, bridges, etc. and sanitation, problems faced by traffic Police in respect of vehicular traffic on different roads in the LPA, including long and frequent jams at different road intersections, spots where accidents happen frequently, effect of haphazard developments that might have taken place within the LPA and its effect on the network of hierarchy of roads etc. We will analyze each of the problems, identify the genesis of the problem, and shall bring out the measures that can be addressed in the master plan at the macro or micro level. He further added.

About REPL

Rudrabhishek Enterprises Limited (REPL), with a legacy of more than 28 years, has become an established brand in the domain of Urban Development & Infrastructure Consultancy. REPL is listed on National Stock Exchange (NSE), under NSE, emerge platform and an ISO 9001:2015 certified organization for quality management in services.

The Group has successfully planned and delivered complex assignments of diverse nature such as Residential, Commercial, Group Housing & Integrated Township projects; Hospitals, Hotels & Recreational facilities; Water Supply, Sewerage & Sanitation Systems; Regional Plans and Master Plans. REPL is extensively associated with GOI’s flagship programs such as Smart Cities, PMAY, AMRUT, NULM & JalJeevan Mission at multiple locations under various capacities. The company’s strength lies in integrating a range of services and providing end-to-end solutions to the clients. Providing customized, technologically advanced, innovative, and yet cost-effective solutions are company’s trademark approach.

Tata Motors Introduces Harrier CAMO Edition of Its Flagship SUV Starting Price of INR.16.50 Lakhs

Tata Motors, India’s leading automotive brand, today announced the launch of the CAMO, a special edition of Harrier- its flagship SUV, this festive season at a starting price of INR. 16.50 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).

The Harrier CAMO edition is the ultimate personification of the SUV, unifying all product aspects into a single, high-presence design. The all new CAMO Green is created to stand out while blending in while the Steel Grey reflects the inner strength of the OMEGARC on which this indestructible product is based.

The CAMO edition will be available in manual transmission from XT variant onwards, and in the automatic transmission from XZ variant onwards.

Further, to accentuate the dynamism and functionality of the CAMO edition, the company has also introduced a host of special accessories:

These accessories will be available in two pack options - CAMO Stealth and CAMO Stealth+, prices starting at INR 26,999/-.

Commenting on the launch of this latest edition, Mr. Vivek Srivatsa, Head, Marketing, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “Living up to our promise of New Forever, we are delighted to introduce an absolutely stunning rendition of our Flagship SUV- The Harrier CAMO Edition. The Harrier, in its CAMO avatar pays homage to the ultimate inspiration of this SUV i.e the Great Indian Outdoors, and the spirt & grit of the armed forces who spend a majority of their time in these outdoor locations, keeping our borders safe and secure. We are confident our customers will appreciate the strong, unique form of the Harrier, rendered even more robustly in the CAMO Edition, this festive season.”

The Harrier, which is built on the OMEGARC and derived from Land Rover's legendary D8 platform, is the perfect combination of stunning design and excellent performance. Based on the IMPACT 2.0 philosophy and powered by the cutting-edge Kryotec 170 PS 2.0L Diesel engine with a 6 Speed Manual/Automatic.

Transmission and Advanced Terrain Response Modes, the Harrier assures an exhilarating performance and effortless driving experience.

26 WhiteHat Jr Students from India, USA Present to Global CEOs as Part of WhiteHat Jr Silicon Valley Challenge

Silicon Valley, as we know it, is the epitome of Innovation, a personification that nothing is off-limits. WhiteHat Jr crafted the Silicon Valley program to reinforce this idea with kids to make accessible industry veterans and to help kids understand that nothing is out of bounds if one dares to dream.

The program entailed getting kids to create an app to solve real-life problems. The kids were shortlisted from the exhaustive list of over 7,000+ entries from across the globe.

"The concept of getting these bright kids to interact with thought leaders was to reduce these conditional barriers that we have placed on our kids. When kids are equipped with the right set of tools to learn in environments that don't restrict their creativity, the results are always astonishing," said Karan Bajaj, Founder and CEO, WhiteHat Jr.

Twenty-six bright young minds presented their innovations to the Silicon Valley team, of which 22 were Indians and four students from the USA. The panel included industry veterans like Amit Patel, Managing Director of Owl Ventures,  Arun Saigal, Co-founder and CEO, Thunkable and Suvir Sujan, Managing Director of Nexus India Capital Advisors.

Meeting and interacting with innovators is at the core of what I do, but there's always a stark difference when discussing ideas with young minds. Their purist perspective on complex issues is always refreshing," said Suvir Sujan, Managing Director at Nexus India Capital Advisors. "While the applications may be far from functional, the expanse of their horizons is what makes these dialogues truly enriching."

"It seems as if the new generation was born to learn. But what's most endearing is that these kids aren't just keen to learn but to use that knowledge to make a difference to the world they live in," said Amit Patel, Managing Director at Owl Ventures. "If the future is entrusted to these kids, then we know we are in good hands."

“Our original goal when we created Thunkable was to lower the barrier of entry to coding. Little did we imagine the creativity kids as young as six would unleash. What brings us joy is that the platform that we created has become a catalyst for other creators, a true testament that innovation is age-agnostic”, said Thunkable Co-founder and CEO Arun Saigal.

*WhiteHat Jr. students have created apps available on Google Play Store, with a vision to solve real-world problems. The apps represent the students' original concept and may not be viable for immediate commercial use.

Brinda Darshan Jain (Bengaluru)

8-yr-old Brinda Jain has developed an app that helps ambulance drivers quickly navigate the busy streets of metro cities. Brinda, who hails from a family of doctors, has often heard conversations about emergencies at hospitals. On numerous occasions, she has also observed ambulances being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Wanting to do something about this, she was motivated to develop an app called Ambulance Whizz.

App: Ambulance Whizz | Download Link

It’s impossible for traffic police to be aware of every situation in every corner of the city to help an ambulance navigate faster. With the app’s help, the ambulance driver first selects the type of emergency he is transporting from the various options like cardiac, accident, pregnancy, etc. Then the driver updates his current location before he starts to drive. On the other side, personnel at the Traffic Control Management Centre receive this information and help the driver navigate better. They can help create a fast track corridor for the ambulance to reach its destination on time by deviating traffic accordingly, thus saving lives.

About WhiteHat Jr.

WhiteHat Jr. has been launched with a singular mission of enabling kids to become creators of technology versus its consumers. We believe in kids' holistic development and propagate that Coding should be done alongside all important life-skills, including sports, music, and crafts.

WhiteHat Jr.'s proprietary activity-based coding curriculum journey for kids begins with simple drag and drop programs and ends with complex logic apps. Kids are introduced to code through personal training based on creativity, engagement, and applied-learning.

To date, we have trained more than 125k students across the globe, including countries such as India, the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Our 11,000 strong women-only teacher workforce conducts more than 40,000+ 1:1 LIVE online classes every day on our proprietary platform.

Garware Technical Fibres Records Net Profit Before Tax Increases by 32.5% in Q2 FY21

Garware Technical Fibres Ltd. (Formerly Garware-Wall Ropes Ltd.), a leading manufacturer of technical textiles for the Indian and global markets, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Consolidated: Q2 FY21 Highlights:

Net Sales increased by 15.4% to Rs. 268.33 Cr in Q2 FY21 as compared to Rs. 232.4 Cr in Q2 FY20

Profit before tax increased by 32.5% to Rs. 57.7 Cr in Q2 FY21 as compared to Rs. 43.5 Cr in the same quarter last year

Net profit after tax has dropped by 4.1% to Rs. 44.3 Cr in the quarter as against Rs. 46.2 Cr in the corresponding period of FY20.

EPS for Q2 FY21 is at Rs. 20.54; this is a de-growth of 2.8 % over Q2 FY20

Consolidated: H1 FY21 Highlights:

Net Sales decreased by 9.5% to Rs. 420.7 Cr in H1FY21 as compared to Rs. 464.7 Cr in H1FY20

Profit before tax decreased by 6.4% to Rs. 80.3 Cr in H1FY21 as compared to Rs. 85.8 Cr in the same period last year

Net profit (PAT) has decreased by 18.3% to Rs. 62.0 Cr in the period as against Rs. 75.8 Cr in the corresponding period of FY20

EPS for the period is at Rs. 28.73 in H1FY21; this is a decrease of 17.1% over H1FY20

Management Comments:

In a statement, Mr. Vayu Garware, CMD, Garware Technical Fibres Ltd. said

"We were able to register significant top and bottom line growth in Q2 With good demand across both domestic and international markets.

In this quarter, we are happy with the way overall business has picked up and our team’s ability to execute on demand. Profitability across businesses was well supported by a better product mix with high Value added products coupled with New products. Consolidated Cash generated from operations have been significantly better in H1 as compared to last year contributed by overall good working capital management.

Three patents were granted in this quarter which would further strengthen our differentiated solution approach in meeting the demanding application needs of the users of our products. While the PBT in Q2 reflected robust growth over corresponding period of F20, the PAT reflected decline as the company exercised the option to compute the revised effective tax rate of 25.17% in Q2 last year where there was a significant tax reversal."

About Garware Technical Fibres Ltd. (Formerly Garware-Wall Ropes Ltd.): (BSE: 509557 / NSE: GARFIBRES)

Garware Technical Fibres Ltd. (formerly Garware-Wall Ropes Ltd.), an ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 certified company is a leading player in Technical Textiles specializing in providing customized solutions to its customers worldwide. Globally, the company is known for its applied innovation in the field of sports, fisheries, aquaculture, shipping, agriculture, coated fabrics and geo-synthetics. The company`s products are manufactured in state-of-art facilities at Wai and Pune and marketed in more than 75 countries.

Hyundai Launches the All-New i20 - Blockbuster of 2020 Car in India

The all-new i20, an exemplar of Hyundai’s Global Design Language - ‘Sensuous Sportiness’

Hyundai offering 10 First-in-Segment features on the all-new i20 – Hill Assist Control, BlueLink, OTA Map Updates, Multi Phone Bluetooth Connectivity, Oxyboost Air Purifier with Oxygen & AQI, Emergency Stop Signal, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) and Eco Coating 

The all-new i20 will drive customer delight with Best-in-Segment features like Bose Premium 7 Speaker Sound System, Smartphone Wireless Charger with Cooling Pad, Digital Cluster with TFT, etc.  

The all-new i20 gets 50 connected car features & ‘Hello BlueLink’ – wake-up word for voice activated in-car control

Empowering customers with a wide range of 5 Powertrain Options - Advanced 1.2 l Kappa (BS6) Petrol (5MT/ IVT); 1.5 l U2 CRDi (BS6) Diesel (6MT); 1.0 l Kappa Turbo GDi (BS6) Petrol (iMT/ 7DCT) on the all-new i20

New Delhi, November 05, 2020: Hyundai Motor India Ltd., country’s first Smart Mobility Solutions Provider and largest exporter since inception, today launched India’s most anticipated car - the all-new i20. Through its sleek styling, futuristic design, exhilarating performance and segment leading technologies, the all-new i20 is slated to redefine benchmarks, creating yet another iconic offering for the smart Indian customer. 

Commenting on the launch of ‘the all-new i20’, Mr. S S Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said,“With the launch of the all-new i20, Hyundai has once again redefined standards in the premium hatchback segment. As a customer centric organization, we have developed the all-new i20 to offer state-of-the-art technologies and flamboyant design, bringing to life an unparalleled mobility experience for new age customers. Hyundai has packaged the all-new i20 as a future ready car that will not just become the pinnacle of this segment, but set the benchmark for automobiles in India.”

Development Concept

Intricately crafted to resonate the most advanced quintessence of futuristic design, bolstered by enthralling performance and class leading technologies, the 4th generation of ‘the all-new i20’ has been developed to create superior driving experiences that surpasses expectations and sets new standards for this segment. Created as a Superstructure the all-new i20 has been developed on the all-new Light-weight K platform that features enhanced tensile strength while being light weight. The all-new i20 is built on 6 Core Pillars:  

Iconic Exteriors

Impressive Interiors 

Innovative Technology

Invincible Performance

Incredible Safety

Impeccable Peace of Mind

1. Iconic Exteriors

The all-new i20 is the archetypal representation of Hyundai’s Global Design Language of Sensuous Sportiness. Through an amalgamation of Edgy and Sharp character lines & an exceedingly sleek silhouette, the all-new i20 exhibits a confident and futuristic appeal that is naturally alluring. 

The façade of the all-new i20 is defined by the Parametric Jewel Pattern Grille, LED Projector Headlamps and LED DRLs creating a premium and flamboyant appeal, while best-in-segment Projector Fog Lamps with Air Curtains providing enhanced safety and Aerodynamics. The all-new i20’s wide and prominent stance is further accentuated by robust and captivating hood character lines, giving it a definitive presence. 

The all-new i20’s exquisite style is accentuated through a Dynamic Side Profile with sharp looking R16 Diamond Cut Alloys and Flyback Chrome Beltline Design adding to the hatchback’s unique charm. The striking silhouette of the all-new i20 is augmented by a best-in-segment features such as Shark Fin Antenna, giving the car a sleek look. A Side Sill Garnish with i20 Logo adds a quotient of style to the dynamic side profile. Further, Hyundai has added the i20 Logo in the headlamps and tail lamps, adding to the distinguished identity of the all-new i20. The distinct looks of the all-new i20 are enhanced by Z-Shaped LED Tail Lamps with Connecting Chrome garnish, adding an elegant and modern touch to the rear.   

2. Impressive Interiors

The all-new i20 exudes a luxurious, advanced and upmarket feel that has been exceptionally packaged to create a class leading cabin space. Featuring harmonizing design symmetry, the interiors of the all-new i20 have been crafted to foster a serene and calming ambience for its occupants. The all-new i20 is offered with a Unique Centre Fascia Design, an optically linked 26.03 cm HD Infotainment & Navigation System and Digital Cluster with TFT Multi Information Display (MID). Further, Leather Steering with Satin Chrome Finish presents a smart and futuristic feel to the cabin. The all-new i20 is equipped with segment leading functions and features, ensuring a rich & aspirational experience for customers. 

Soothing Blue Ambient Lighting

Leather Seat Upholster (Best-in-Segment)

Electric Sunroof

Oxyboost Air Purifier with Air Quality Indicator (1stin Segment)

Wireless Charger with Cooling Pad (1st in Segment)

Creating an evocative and luxurious cabin space, Hyundai is offering Best-in-Segment Leather Upholstery and Electric Sunroof. The following features contribute to the all-new i20’s impressive cabin experience: 

Sliding Front Armrest (Best-in-Segment)

Rear Seat Armrest

Tilt & Telescopic Steering

The all-new i20 offers a spacious cabin with generous luggage room. Further, it presents an ultimate comfort experience, offering well bolstered seats, Sliding Front Armrest. Rear seat comfort has been maximised with the all-new i20 now offering Enhanced Legroom, Increased Thigh Support as well as a Rear Seat Armrest. The open and airy cabin of the all-new i20 has been developed by creating a large Day Light Opening (DLO) Area to offer occupants a roomy and spacious feeling for occupants. To create an ambience that fosters a roomy and spacious experience, Hyundai has also increased the front wind shield glass width and enhanced the driver’s field of view. Further, improving rear visibility and lowered ORVMs and rear quarter glass application, the all-new i20 offers the driver an optimum view of surroundings and enhances convenience of navigating turns and traffic. 

3. Innovative Technology

With Hyundai bringing advanced technologies to India, India’s First Connected Premium Hatchback, the all-new i20 adds a new dimension of futuristic features that enhance the customer’s drive experience. Superior and advanced convenience is now delivered through BlueLink that offers 50 Connected Car features including first-in-segment Over-The-Air Updates (OTA) for enhanced in-car connectivity offering customers convenience and comfort. 

Customers can now experience voice enabled functions by using Wake-Up Word ‘Hello BlueLink’ to control essential vehicle features such as Climate Control -Temperature, Fan Speed control, Air Flow Direction and Air-intake type control (Fresh/ Circulation), Radio, Media, Navigation Assistance along with in-vehicle assistance like Dial by Number, India’s public holidays information and further more now you can Track Live Cricket Scores, at the ease of a voice command.

The all-new i20 with BlueLink connectivity offers enhanced convenience features such as remote Engine Start/ Stop, Remote Lock/ Unlock & Climate Control, Remote Vehicle Status & Alerts and even functions such as Find My Car Location & Share My Car. Further, to enhance vehicle safety and security, BlueLink also empowers customers with information such as Auto Crash Notification, Tyre Pressure Information and Stolen Vehicle Tracking/ Immobilization.  

Hyundai has seamlessly integrated innovative technology to match the impressive interiors of the all-new i20. Here, the all-new i20 gets features such as a Best-in-Segment Digital Cluster with TFT Multi Information Display offering information display for Individual Tyre Pressure, Drive Info, Fuel Economy, Parking Warning and Turn by turn Navigation.  The all-new i20 brings customers an unassailable and technology rich feature package incorporating:

Bose Premium 7 Speaker System (Best-in-Segment)

Multi-Device Bluetooth Connectivity (Best-in-Segment)

Smart Phone Connectivity (Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay) (Best-in-Segment)

In Built Navigation with Live Traffic and Compass

4. Invincible Performance

The all-new i20 empowers customers with a wide choice of powertrain options, providing unrivalled convenience, performance and fuel efficiency. Hyundai is offering a stellar line-up of 5 BS6 powertrains - Best-in-Segment 1.5 l U2 CRDi Diesel with 6-Speed Manual Transmission, Advanced 1.2 l Kappa Petrol with 5-Speed Manual Transmission and IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission) and Best-in-Segment Enthralling 1.0 l Turbo GDi Petrol with 6-Speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) & 7-Speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission). 

Through its advanced technological prowess, Hyundai is offering its customers India’s most fuel efficient 1.5 l Diesel powered car the all-new i20. Further, the 1.0 l Turbo GDi Petrol offers customers stellar levels of performance with 7DCT on the all-new i20 recording a 0-100 kmph time of 9.9 seconds. 

5. Incredible Safety

The all-new i20 has been built on all-new Light Weight K Platform that is light yet robust. Derived through a combination of 66 % Advanced & High Strength Steel, the all-new i20 offering customers exceptional safety and enhanced crash performance. Further advanced Safety Features provide an added layer of protection: 

6 Airbags (Best-in-Segment)

Hill Assist Control (1st in Segment)

Vehicle Stability Management

Electronic Stability Control

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (1st in Segment)

Emergency Stop Signal (1st in Segment)


DRVM (Driver Rear View Monitor)

Standard Safety Features:

Dual Airbags Driver & Co-Passenger

ABS with EBD

Rear Parking Sensors

Driver and Passenger Seatbelt Reminder with Pretensioner & Load Limiter

6. Impeccable Peace of Mind

As a Lifetime Partner of customers, Hyundai is offering complete peace of mind with Best-in-Class Product Assurance through WONDER Warranty Options - 3 years/ 1 00 000 kms, 4 Years/ 50 000 kms and 5 Years/ 40 000 kms. Further, customers will also be offered 3 years BlueLink Subscription + 3 Years Road Side Assistance. Hyundai is also offering customers best-in-segment lowest cost of maintenance providing customers an impeccable value proposition on the all-new i20. 


For added Customer Delight, Hyundai will introduce the widest range of 50 accessories for the all-new i20 to build customer excitement. Additionally, Customers can opt for 3 Accessory Packs (Essentio, Platinum and Radiant) that are being introduced with the all-new i20 adding up to list of aesthetic choices.

Discovery Plus Enters the Festive Season with 55 Title Premieres Across Genres

Discovery Plus, India’s first aggregated real-life entertainment streaming app, is all set to offer unlimited entertainment to its users this festive season, as it premieres 55 brand new shows across genres ranging from war, history, adventure, food, sports, science, crime and more, this November. The fastest growing streaming platform offers thousands of hours of exclusive content across 40+ genres including Science, Adventure, Military, Survival, Food and Lifestyle.

This November, Discovery Plus presents a festival bonanza for its passionate communities, with exciting titles like India: The Forgotten Army, Gordon’s Great Escape, The Indian Dream Hotel, Hitler’s Money Trail, Everest’s Greatest Mystery, Amma & Appa, Leaving Neverland, and 28 new BBC titles including Churchill's Desert War - The Road to El Alamein, Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur, Steve Jobs - Billion Dollar Hippy, How To Go To War, Secrets of SAS- In Their Own Words, Food- Delicious Science and I survived a Fatal Flight amongst others.


* India: The Forgotten Army

India: The Forgotten Army is a special on World War 1. The documentary focusses on the often-overlooked contribution of Indian Soldiers in World War 1 and features experts including Dr. Shashi Tharoor- Former Minister of External Affairs, India, Tony McClenaghan- Military Hostorian, England, Dr. Santanu Das- Professor of English Literature, King’s College London amongst others.

Streaming now on the app

* The Indian Dream Hotel

Expanding the lifestyle and travel genre on Discovery Plus, The Indian Dream Hotel is an interesting and rather funny non-fiction series, inspired by the Dev Patel film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’.

Premiere Date:  16th November 2020

* Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy:

Evan Davis decodes the formula that took Apple from suburban Californian garage to global supremacy, telling the story of Steve Jobs's rise, fall and triumphant rise again.

Premiere Date-: 9th November 2020

* Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur

Sir David Attenborough tells the story of the discovery in Argentina of the largest animal to ever walk the earth, a new species of the plant-eating titanosaur.

Premiere Date-: 9th November 2020

* Gordon’s Great Escape

Following the success of Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay is back with Gordon’s Great Escape, a three part food travel series that sees Gordon sample India’s best fare, with varying effects on his untrained digestive system.

Premiere Date-: 9th November 2020

* Leaving Neverland

When allegations of sexual abuse by Michael Jackson involving young boys surfaced in 1993, many found it hard to believe that he could be guilty of such unspeakable acts. Filmmaker Dan Reed’s Emmy winning two-part documentary film ‘Leaving Neverland’ explores the separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James “Jimmy” Safechuck, at age 10, and Wade Robson, at age 7, who were both befriended by the star.

Premiere Date-: 16th November 2020

* Amma & Appa:

This exciting documentary film explores the clash of cultures when a German girl decides to marry a Tamilian boy. Amma & Appa tells the story of an Indian groom's family meeting his German bride's parents for the first time

Premiere Date:  23rd November 2020

About Discovery India:

Discovery Communications India, country’s leading real life entertainment player, is dedicated to satisfying curiosity, engaging and entertaining viewers with high-quality content through its portfolio of 14 channels including Discovery Channel, Discovery HD, Animal Planet, Animal Planet HD, TLC, TLC HD, Investigation Discovery, Investigation Discovery HD, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Kids, DTamil and sports channels Eurosport and Eurosport HD.  The company recently launched India’s first aggregated real-life entertainment streaming app Discovery Plus. Available on Android, iOS and on the desktop / mobile web and Fire TV, the app offers more than 40,000 hours of content, across 40+ genres including Science, Adventure, Food and Lifestyle, in the language of your choice.

Virtual Forest Launches a State of the Art Inverter AC Solution

Virtual Forest, an Indian startup that prides itself on being the Virtual Lab and Virtual Factory for the Indian Home Appliance industry has announced the launch of its State of the art inverter solution for Air Conditioners, based on the latest motor control and power electronics technologies from Infineon AG. The VF solution outperforms the competition in ISEER (Indian Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio as notified by the Bureau of energy efficiency) and reliability benchmark testing.  The VF solution is reactor on board and suited to AC/BLDC indoor unit and outdoor unit motors and incorporates advanced connectivity features. 

Indian Government banned the import of air conditioners– both split and window – with refrigerants. “Import policy of air conditioners with refrigerants …is amended from free to prohibited,” directorate general of foreign trade said in a notification (No 41/2015-20, issued on October 15, 2020.  According to analysts, this may be a near-term disruption for the industry. With the industry’s total import dependency at almost 50%, Motilal Oswal (a leading industry analyst) believes that this development would imply greater business to OEMs (tail end players would opt for Indian OEMs at first) as well as consolidation led gains for leading brands. The Indian AC industry is estimated to be Rs 180– Rs 200 bn, with Rs 45 bn of finished goods imports and a similar value of component imports. The total imports under the banned HS Code of 84151010 & 84151090 stood at Rs 36 bn in FY20.

The Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA) welcomed the ban as it is expected to have a positive impact on domestic manufacturing in the long term.  It hoped some of the loop-holes (such as a ban being effective on only import of AC units with refrigerants) would be addressed. Speaking on the latest development Rajoo Goel, Secretary-General of ELCINA said “We welcome the step taken by the government as this will encourage domestic manufacturing of ACs and associated electronics in the country, giving a boost to employment and new investment in setting up of manufacturing facilities.  It is hoped that the companies relying solely on the trading business model will now migrate to either setting up their own plants and working with companies like Virtual Forest, to maintain their market position”.

Virtual Forest new solution which is best in class will be a lifeline to Indian brands, who now need to re-work their supply chains and rely on locally manufactured Air conditioners, after the total ban on imports. India’s AC industry is highly competitive, with a total of 35–40 brands of which the Top 6 players enjoy almost 80% market share. Near-term gains notwithstanding, over the longer term, analysts foresee a disruption even for leading brands. This is because the business models of the Top 5–6 players vary drastically. Motilal Oswal sees the capital intensity going up for leading brands as well, as they need to scale up local manufacturing. This is where, Virtual Forest, with its large manufacturing base, having the capacity to scale up production in the short term is slated to play a vital role. According to Omer Basith, founding director and CEO of Virtual Forest “We are ready with the solution and the manufacturing capacity to support local OEMs to meet their needs for the coming season”.

The VF solution covers the entire RAC range from 12K to 24 K Btu (12k BTU is 1Ton 24K BTU is 2Ton).  The Indian market for domestic ACs is primarily 1.50 Ton and is fast moving towards inverter ACs as Inverter AC saves 40% power compared to non-inverter ACs. The biggest difference between inverter and non-inverter AC is the fact that the motor of the inverter compressor has a variable speed. The speed of the non-inverter compressor is fixed. This means that it operates either at full or minimum speed. A sensor in the inverter adjusts the power according to the temperature in the room, lowering the electrical consumption and saving energy.

About Virtual Forest

Virtual Forest is a Bangalore based start-up, established in November 2019 that transforms ideas into innovative green technologies for home appliances for the Indian homes. It designs and builds unique, purpose-built motor control drives along with application-specific motor control algorithms which are optimized for reliability and energy efficiency. Virtual Forest products are created for specific use cases like Motor Control for Inverter Air Conditioning, Motor Control for Solar Pumping etc. The Product Portfolio includes Inverter AC Motor Control Solution Motor control PCB upto 3KW for inverter air conditioners that are currently Imported in India; The Ashoka Solar Pump Controller a MNRE approved solar pump controllers upto 7.5 HP again that help in import replacement, the Neem Drive which is a Conversion kit for traditional AC’s to inverter AC’s and a high voltage motor control solution for BLDC Ceiling Fans. 

Tata Motors Rolls Out the 1,50,000th Nexon - India's 1st GNCAP 5 Star Rated Car

Tata Motors, India’s leading automotive brand, today celebrated the rollout of the 1,50,000th Nexon from its Ranjangaon facility in Pune. Tata Nexon achieved the 1st 50,000 milestone on Sept’18, followed by the 1,00,000 on Sept'19.

Since its launch in 2017, the Nexon has been the flagbearer of Tata Motors’ commitment to road safety. As the first car in India to receive a full 5-star adult safety rating by Global NCAP, an internationally renowned safety accreditation body in 2018, the Nexon has paved the way for other cars from Tata Motors like Altroz, Tiago and Tigor to establish new benchmarks in car safety in each of their respective segments.

Nexon has always been a star product for Tata Motors, creating new benchmarks for SUVs in the segment. With its revolutionary coupe inspired SUV design, floating infotainment screen and premium interiors, the Nexon has set new standards in terms of design in the segment. The powerful turbocharged engines combined with 209mm ground clearance have ensured that the Nexon has always been appreciated for its segment leading performance and driving dynamics.

The recently launched BS6 version has further helped establish Nexon, with its segment leading safety, design and performance. The Nexon continues to garner great response from customers and its demand has been consistently increasing leading to the highest ever sales in Oct 2020.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, the company will be running a contest under the #Nexlevel150K campaign on social media to celebrate every customer’s journey with their Nexon, from the time of purchase to their ongoing experience with the vehicle. Best entries will stand a chance to meet KL Rahul, leading batsman and Vice- Captain of the Indian Cricket Team who is also the brand ambassador of Tata Nexon, along with a cash prize of INR. 1,50,000. There’s also signed merchandize, and gift vouchers up for grabs on this glorious occasion.

To know more or to book the new Nexon, one can visit the nearest Tata Motors showroom or the website,


Neerja Birla’s Mpower, Amitabh Bachchan Collaborate Mental Health Campaign #SunoDekhoKaho to Sensitize Citizens

Taking cognizance of the rising issues surrounding mental wellness in the country, Mpower Founder and Chairperson Mrs Neerja Birla and Bollywood Icon Shri Amitabh Bachchan have come together to address these concerns. In a freewheeling conversation, which was released today as a video on Mpower’s YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram pages, the two leaders touched upon the harsh realities of mental health, the challenges people face because of it, and steps society can take to handle the situation with compassion. In order to give viewers valid responses, the conversation elucidated the differences between irrational fears and anxiety, and how one should handle the former, before it prevents them from carrying out routine tasks.

The thought #SunoDekhoKaho itself is so beautifully explained; ‘Suno’- someone who can lend an ear to someone who needs it, ‘Dekho’ – lookout for symptoms of illness and suffering individuals and ‘Kaho’ – help somebody, and spread the word and build awareness about mental health. In line with the theme #SunoDekhoKaho, Mrs. Birla and Mr. Bachchan spoke about the importance of education, in helping identify, and understand the symptoms of mental illness. From school children to corporate professionals, from artists to politicians, it is never easy to understand what one might be going through, beneath the surface. The conversation approached the topic by talking about the stigma associated with ‘opening up’, and stressed upon the heightened need for awareness, especially among those who are prone to physical and substance abuse, leading to deteriorating mental health.

As the conversation progressed, they also sought to dispel common myths around mental health, the most pertinent being that it is unaffordable, which prevents people from seeking the help that they need. Mrs. Birla spoke about how, over the course of Mpower’s journey, they have counselled a wide cross section of society, so as to not deny anyone the chance to live with respect and dignity.

Speaking about the association with Mr. Bachchan, Mrs. Neerja Birla, Founder & Chairperson, Mpower, said, “Mr. Bachchan has been long associated with creating awareness on a variety of health issues that we Indians need to combat in our lives. Hence, we approached him if he could lend his support to amplify the conversations on a taboo topic like mental health. He graciously agreed to the cause. We are happy to collaborate with Mr. Bachchan for this campaign, which decodes the importance of mental well-being. It’s an honour to have a legend like him to discuss a topic which is sensitive and deep-rooted concern in our society. A powerful voice like his will help us highlight the issue of mental health, which is the need of the hour. Amidst the challenging and competitive era that we are living in, it is extremely important to discuss mental health and bring it to the spotlight. With #SunoDekhoKaho, we aim to educate the citizens and make them aware of accessibility of mental health services in India. We truly hope with Mr. Bachchan addressing a wider audience through this communication, we will gradually be able to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health.”

The month long #SunoDekhoKaho campaign aims at encouraging people to listen, be watchful, speak up to seek help. Mpower will provide support for all those in need and help them tackle mental health concerns.

About Mpower:

Backed by Aditya Birla Education Trust, Mpower is a holistic mental health care initiative, which has become the pioneer of mental health awareness in the country. Since its inception, Mpower aims to create an ecosystem where people with mental health concerns and their caregivers receive professional support, care and acceptance to facilitate their recovery, without facing discrimination or shame. With the help of holistic care, interventions and treatments that are world-class and multi-disciplinary, Mpower is dedicated to ending the stigma associated with mental health. Mpower hopes to help in bringing about change in the public perception of coping with mental health concerns. Currently, Mpower's clinical footprint is in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Goa and Pilani.

About Aditya Birla Education Trust:

Aditya Birla Education Trust (ABET) is an organisation committed to the cause of education and mental health, with an objective to nurture young minds. Right from establishing the Aditya Birla World Academy, an International School with an Indian soul, to The Aditya Birla Integrated School, which acknowledges the need to cater to children with different learning needs, ABET has always prioritised the importance of a child’s overall development. Further under the aegis of ABET, the Aditya Birla Education Academy provides professional development opportunities for educators, and engages, empowers and equips them to contribute towards shaping the future of young minds. In an endeavour to stamp out stigma surrounding mental health concerns, ABET has established Mpower, a holistic mental health care initiative, which has become the pioneer of mental health awareness in the country. Aditya Birla Education Trust runs under the zealous leadership of its passionate and committed Founder & Chairperson, Mrs. Neerja Birla.

V-Guard’s Crystal Series Stabilizers Ensure Extra Protection for Your Sensitive LED TVs

As the festive season witnesses robust sales of large screen televisions and upgrade to smart LED TVs, demand for specifically suitable voltage stabilizer is also on the rise. To cater to the needs of consumers India’s leading stabilizer manufacturer V-Guard has launched a series of feature rich voltage stabilizers to safeguard LED TV sets. Latest in the lineup is the Crystal 150 Prime LED TV stabilizer which is an effective protection system with a host of essential features providing powerful functionality.

This stabilizer comes with a spike protection mechanism, which safeguards the connected load and ensures that LED TVs last long. This product is an ideal choice to protect Smart TVs up to 203 cm, set top box and home theatre/gaming console from voltage fluctuations and supply related threats.

With a 4A capacity, the Crystal 150 Prime LED TV stabilizer is consistently powerful and is further secured by a smart voltage correction feature, which keeps a safe voltage input for connected load. This protects LED TVs and connected gadgets from even short voltage fluctuations which can cause significant damage to the equipments. The digital display system of the Crystal 150 Prime gives complete visibility into voltage levels, enabling consumers to monitor them at all times. With an elegant and distinct design, the stabilizer sets itself apart from others. This wall-mountable stabilizer would add extra charm to your entertainment room. The Crystal 150 Prime comes with a three-year warranty and ensures protection for a long time.

V-Guard, the pioneer in stabilizers & also India’s largest selling stabilizer brand, has six variants of digital stabilizers in Crystal series specifically designed as a protection gear for entertainment gadgets like LED TV, Smart TV and 3D television sets. 

For mor Information:

About V- Guard:

V-Guard Industries Limited is one of India’s leading consumer electrical and Electronics Company. Incepted in 1977 by Mr. Kochouseph Chittilappilly to manufacture and market Voltage stabilizers, V-Guard is now a force to reckon with in the Indian electrical and electronics goods panorama. The company has established a strong brand name and aggressively diversified to become a multi-product company catering to the Light Electricals sector manufacturing Voltage stabilizers, Inverters, Pumps, House wiring cables, Electric water heaters, Fans, Solar water heaters, Kitchen Appliances and has also recently forayed into Air Cooler & Modular Switches. In an endeavour to reach every nook and corner of the country, V-Guard is armed with an expansive network of over 500 distributors, 200 service centres, 5500 direct dealers and 20,000 retailers and a committed after sales team. Under he leadership of Mr.Mithun Chittilappilly, Managing Director, V-Guard will continue to create thoughtfully engineered products in its endeavour to enrich consumer lives.

Vedantu Unveils “V-MSAT”-India’s Biggest Scholarship Admission Test

* Assured Scholarships upto 100% for every student giving the test

* An opportunity for students preparing for JEE Advance, JEE Mains, NEET, NTSE, Olympiads & CBSE to get their All India Ranking without going to a test centre

Vedantu, a pioneer in LIVE online learning has launched India’s largest scholarship admission test “Vedantu Master Scholarship Admission Test (V-MSAT)” for students from grades 6-12 and droppers. With numerous children appearing for competitive exams in India, this test will help students prepare first-hand and achieve their academic goals and arrive at their All India Rank without having to appear for the actual examination in a test centre for National Competitive Examination.

Over 800000 students are expected to register for V-MSAT. To provide an equal and fair opportunity to talented students across India, Vedantu is offering this test at zero cost (FREE Registration for all students till 29th November). V-MSAT offers 100% scholarship to students for JEE-Adv & Mains, NEET, NTSE & CBSE exam preparation. The biggest online exam will serve as a one stop platform for students to test mental ability, logical reasoning & data interpretation, math, and science. The initiative is designed by India’s best teachers & Co-founders of Vedantu to help students:

Get exam ready with the country’s biggest online test

Get an All India Rank without going to a test centre

Assured Scholarships up to 100% for every student giving the test

More than 100 Crore worth of scholarship pool

Exciting prizes like iPad Air & Amazon Kindle to be won

V-MSAT is divided into two stages and the first stage will be online & moderate whereas the second stage will be proctored and difficult. Every paper will contain a total 50 objective questions with 4 options, out of which only one of them will be correct. All correct answers will be awarded +4 marks and incorrect answers will be penalised with -1mark (maximum mark 200). The maximum time available to attempt the paper will be 1-hour and all test papers will be different for every class. In the first week of December 2020, interviews will be conducted for Toppers and Prizes shall be given to the qualified students. The V-MSAT test will be conducted till every Sunday at 3PM until 29th November.

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About Vedantu:

Vedantu is a LIVE interactive online learning platform for students. It offers individual and group classes delivered by experienced Master Teachers in a LIVE real-time, virtual learning through their patented platform. The indigenous platform built for revolutionizing online learning captures 70+ parameters, helps drive high engagement and interaction in virtual class and give students their personalized learning reports to help them understand the knowledge gaps. Students can also access free content, take tests, and play LIVE quiz every day. 1Million+ students study LIVE every month on the platform and more than 25 Million users every month from 1000+ cities and 40+ countries access free content, tests, doubts, videos on Vedantu’s platform and its channels on YouTube. To know more about Vedantu log on to or download the App on your Android or iOS device.

Zebra Study: Only Two in 10 Consumers Have Complete Confidence Their Food is Safe to Eat

Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), an innovator at the front line of business with solutions and partners that deliver a performance edge, today announced the results of its Food Safety Supply Chain Vision Study. The study highlights the views of consumers as well as food and beverage industry decision-makers worldwide from distribution and warehouses to grocery stores and restaurants around safety, traceability and transparency.

Surveyed consumers reported their top food safety concerns include restaurant kitchen and wait staff hygiene, foodborne outbreaks, illness from contaminated food, and food and beverage recalls. Consumers can be quite unforgiving if they experience a food incident as approximately six in 10 reportedly would never eat at a restaurant again if they contracted a foodborne illness or food poisoning. Slightly more than 80% of surveyed consumers said companies have an important role to play in implementing food safety solutions and an ethical responsibility to ensure the safe handling of their food.  Most consumers (70%) said it is important to know how their food and ingredients are manufactured, prepared, and handled, while 69% agreed knowing how their food is sourced is also important.

Given the increased focus on health and wellness, it’s unsurprising both consumers and industry decision-makers are showing a great level of interest in the source, quality and safety of their food. However, a disconnect exists between what consumers believe and what industry decision-makers think. Almost seven in 10 (69%) decision-makers say the industry is prepared to manage food traceability and transparency, but only 35% of consumers agree. Furthermore, only 13% of consumers felt the industry was extremely prepared today to manage food traceability and be transparent about how food travels through the supply chain, whereas 27% of decision-makers reported feeling this way.  Unfortunately, this is not just a short-term challenge as approximately half (51%) of surveyed food and beverage decision-makers said meeting consumer expectations will remain a challenge in five years.

“Findings from our study show that while the industry is taking measures to ensure a more transparent supply chain, more work needs to be done in order to increase consumer confidence and improve food traceability,” said Deep Agarwal, Regional Sales Director of India, Zebra Technologies. “Businesses naturally have more information available to them but can improve consumers’ faith in their food sources by providing them access to the same information.”

One bright spot identified in the research is the role that technology can play in closing both these gaps in both the short- and long-term.  An overwhelming majority (90%) of decision-makers acknowledged that investments in traceability-focused solutions will provide them with a competitive advantage by enabling them to meet the expectations of consumers. When asked about the top benefits that technology-based track and trace solutions would provide, nearly six in 10 decision-makers cited risk reductions with proper handling, transportation and storage and tracking product perishability. 41% of industry decision-makers reported RFID tags improve food traceability within the supply chain more than any other technology, yet only 31% currently use them within their own organizations.

Mobile computers and tablets, mobile barcode label printers, scanners and specialty labels and tags will also be key enablers in winning consumer trust and delivering more transparent information to consumers.

Approximately 90% of surveyed industry decision-makers expect to use rugged handheld mobile computers with scanners, barcode scanners and mobile barcode label printers within the next five years to digitally manage and track food products and related information.

“Zebra offers a portfolio of solutions that transform the food supply chain from farm to fork,” said Aik Jin, Tan, Vertical Solutions Lead, Zebra Technologies Asia Pacific. “Businesses can choose from basic track and trace solutions by pairing up of the likes of the ZQ511 and ZQ521 mobile printers with the CS60 Series companion scanner for barcode printing and scanning. Otherwise, they can opt for RFID solutions by pairing up the likes of the ZQ511 and ZQ521 RFID mobile printers that produce RFID-enabled labels with handheld RFID readers and RFID-enabled scanners. By doing so, businesses will be empowered with real-time visibility that takes their track and trace efforts to a whole new level.”



* 93% of surveyed food and beverage decision-makers believe their companies have an ethical responsibility to ensure the safe handling and management of food.

* Nearly three-quarters (73%) of consumers listed illness and deaths caused by contamination as their biggest concern for risks posed by the food supply chain.

* 89% of industry decision-makers believe investments in traceability-focused solutions would provide their companies with a competitive advantage.


* Only 15% of surveyed consumers completely trust food and beverage distributors to ensure the food and beverages are safe for public consumption.

* More than six in 10 (62%) consumers listed a foodborne outbreak as their top concern for food-related issues.

* Approximately half (53%) of surveyed industry decision-makers completely agree their companies have an ethical responsibility to ensure the safe handling and management of food – the lowest of any region.

Latin America

* Almost nine in 10 (87%) consumers cite restaurant kitchen staff hygiene as their top concern for food-related issues.

* The vast majority (97%) of surveyed industry decision-makers believe investing in food safety and traceability technology will provide their companies with a competitive edge.

* Seventy-nine percent of consumers responded that having access to accurate information on where their food came from was important to them.

North America

* The average trust level in companies and brands to ensure food and beverages are safe for public consumption is two and a half times higher in industry decision-makers (45%) than consumers (18%).

* 91% of surveyed food and beverage decision-makers believe their companies have an important role in implementing food safety solutions.

* More than six in 10 (64%) consumers cite fear of foodborne illness/disease as their primary reason for wanting more information about their food source.


Zebra’s Food Safety Supply Chain Vision Study included approximately 4,957 consumers and 462 food and beverage industry decision-makers in the manufacturing, transportation & logistics, retail and wholesale distribution markets in North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe who were interviewed in January 2020 by Azure Knowledge Corporation.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

McAfee Sees COVID-19-Themed Threats and PowerShell Malware Surge in Q2 2020


Key Findings

* McAfee sees COVID-19-themed cyber-attack detections increase by 605% in Q2 2020

* McAfee saw PowerShell malware surge 117% due to proliferation of malicious Donoff documents

* Attacks on cloud services users reached nearly 7.5 million

* New malware samples grow 11.5% in Q2 2020; averaging 419 new threats per minute

* New Coinmining malware increases 25% with adoption of new Coinmining applications

* New Linux malware increases 22% due to Gafgyt and Mirai Internet of Things activity

* Mobile malware grows 15% driven by Android Mobby Adware surge

* Publicly disclosed security incidents rose 22%; incidents targeting technology industry increase 91%

McAfee Corp. (Nasdaq: MCFE), the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, today released its McAfee Threats Report: November 2020, examining cybercriminal activity related to malware and the evolution of cyber threats in Q2 2020. During this period, McAfee saw an average of 419 new threats per minute as overall new malware samples grew by 11.5%. A significant proliferation in malicious Donoff Microsoft Office documents attacks propelled new PowerShell malware up 117%, and the global impact of COVID-19 prompted cybercriminals to adjust their cybercrime campaigns to lure victims with pandemic themes and exploit the realities of a workforce working from home.

“The second quarter of 2020 saw continued developments in innovative threat categories such as PowerShell malware and the quick adaptation by cybercriminals to target organizations through employees working from remote environments,” said Raj Samani, McAfee fellow and chief scientist. “What began as a trickle of phishing campaigns and the occasional malicious app quickly turned into a deluge of malicious URLs, attacks on cloud users and capable threat actors leveraging the world’s thirst for more information on COVID-19 as an entry mechanism into systems across the globe.”

Each quarter, McAfee assesses the state of the cyber threat landscape based on in-depth research, investigative analysis, and threat data gathered by the McAfee Global Threat Intelligence cloud from over a billion sensors across multiple threat vectors around the world.

COVID-19-Themed Threat Campaigns

After a first quarter that saw the world plunge into pandemic, the second quarter saw enterprises continue to adapt to unprecedented numbers of employees working from home and the cybersecurity challenges this new normal demands. In response, McAfee launched the McAfee COVID-19 Threats Dashboard to help CISOs and security teams understand how bad actors have retargeted increasingly sophisticated techniques toward businesses, governments, schools, and a workforce coping with COVID-19 restrictions and the potential vulnerabilities of remote device and bandwidth security. Over the course of Q2, McAfee’s global network of over a billion sensors observed a 605% increase in COVID-19-related attack detections compared to Q1. 

Donoff & PowerShell Malware

Donoff Microsoft Office documents act as TrojanDownloaders by leveraging the Windows Command shell to launch PowerShell and proceed to download and execute malicious files. Donoff played a critical role in driving the 689% surge in PowerShell malware in Q1 2020. In Q2, the acceleration of Donoff-related malware growth slowed but remained robust, driving up PowerShell malware by 117% and helping to drive a 103% increase in overall new Microsoft Office malware. This activity should be viewed within the context of the overall continued growth trend in PowerShell threats. In 2019, total samples of PowerShell malware grew 1,902%.

Attacks on Cloud Users

McAfee observed nearly 7.5 million external attacks on cloud user accounts. This is based on the aggregation and anonymization of cloud usage data from more than 30 million McAfee MVISION cloud users worldwide during the second quarter of 2020. This data set represents companies in all major industries across the globe, including financial services, healthcare, public sector, education, retail, technology, manufacturing, energy, utilities, legal, real estate, transportation, and business services.

Q2 2020 Threat Activity

* Malware overall. McAfee Labs observed 419 new threats per minute in Q2 2020, an increase of almost 12% over the previous quarter. Ransomware growth remained steady compare to the first quarter of 2020.

* Coinminer malware. After growing 26% in Q1, new Coinmining malware increased 25% over the previous quarter sustained by the popularity of new Coinmining applications.

* Mobile malware. After a 71% increase in new mobile malware samples in Q1, Q2 saw the category slow 15% despite a surge in Android Mobby Adware.

* Internet of Things. New IoT malware increased only 7% in Q2, but the space saw significant activity by Gafgyt and Mirai threats, both of which drove growth in new Linux malware by 22% during the period.

* Regional cyber activity. McAfee counted 561 publicly disclosed security incidents in the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 22% from Q1. Disclosed incidents targeting North America decreased 30% over the previous quarter. These incidents decreased 47% in the United States, but increased 25% in Canada and 29% in the United Kingdom.

* Attack vector. Overall, Malware led among reported attack vectors accounting for 35% of publicly reported incidents in Q2. Account Hijacking and Targeted Attacks accounted for 17% and 9% respectively.

* Sector activity. Disclosed incidents detected in the second quarter of 2020 targeting Science and Technology increased 91% over the previous quarter. Incidents in Manufacturing increased 10%, but Public Sector events decreased by 14%.

Infogain Awarded Oracle Knowledge Advanced Implementation Contract with Fortune 200 Insurance and Financial Services Company

Infogain, a leading provider of technology solutions and an expert in software platform engineering, was awarded a new contract with a Fortune 200 insurance and financial services firm. Headquartered in the United States, the company provides a wide range of insurance products, property and casualty insurance, group benefits, and mutual funds. Infogain will help the firm migrate from Oracle Knowledge Management (OKM) 8.6 to Oracle Knowledge Advanced in the cloud.

The client was using Oracle Knowledge 8.6 and wanted to renew its licenses. Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) proposed migrating to Oracle Knowledge Advanced (cloud version) with more advanced functionality and lower total cost of ownership.

Nishith Mathur, Infogain’s Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, stated, “We are excited to work with the client on this complex project, where our team can make great use of our past experience migrating Oracle’s on premise KM system to the cloud-based Knowledge Advanced platform.  The client has ambitious goals, and we much appreciate the opportunity to help them achieve significant business impact.”

A Gold level partner of Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), Infogain has completed over 450,000 hours of knowledge management work delivered to Fortune 500 companies. Our services enhance productivity, boost cross-selling and upselling, and increase ROI while minimizing operating costs. Our pre-built migration templates and integration checklists accelerate and ensure high quality during the implementation process.

About Infogain

Infogain is a Silicon Valley headquartered company with software platform engineering and deep domain expertise in travel, retail, insurance, and high technology industries. We accelerate the delivery of digital customer engagement systems using digital technologies such as cloud, microservices, robotic process automation, and artificial intelligence to our clients.

Infogain delivers positive business outcomes for Fortune 500 companies and digital natives, using rapid prototyping and a solid foundation of DevSecOps-based software platform engineering that ensures high-quality and on-time delivery. A ChrysCapital portfolio company, Infogain has offices in California, Washington, Texas, London, Dubai, India, and Singapore, with delivery centers in Austin, Kraków, New Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, and Mumbai. 

Puresight Systems Launches iRobot’s Flagship Stores in Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore

 With the grand Indian festive season upon us, Puresight Systems - the official distributor of iRobot in India - today announced the launch of the iRobot’s flagship stores in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The exclusive showrooms have been launched in collaboration with Bonsai Ventures.

iRobot is the leading global consumer robot company who designs and builds robots that empower people in cleaning and mopping their homes. iRobot’s products, including the award-winning Roomba Robot Vacuum Cleaners and Braava Robot Mop have been in use in millions of houses worldwide. The flagship stores will serve as an experience zone for customers to get the live demo of the products. Further, customers will also get the sales and after-sales service for their robots. 

Speaking on the development, Pulak Satish Kumar of Puresight Systems, the sole distributor of iRobot in India said, “This festive season, we are glad to extend our commitment to our Indian customers. Puresight and iRobot are very happy to launch its new flagship stores in the metropolitan cities of Delhi NCR, Mumbai, and Bangalore. Our aim is to be present in all major markets in a phased and strategic manner, without compromising on our service quality and customer excellence objectives.  

He further added, “At iRobot, we intend to continue to delight our existing and prospective customers with innovative products to enable a better product experience. Further, our aim is to provide the best-in-class service through the products that offer them convenience and connected cleaning assistance, every day.”

Last month, Puresight also came up with exciting festive discounts on iRobot Roomba Robotic Vacuum cleaners and Braava Robot Mop. The offers ranged to an irresistible discount of up to INR 22,000.The offers are available in iRobot stores in India and on, Croma, Reliance Digital, Amazon, and Flipkart and will last till 15th November 2020.

About iRobot 

iRobot was founded in 1990 (30 years ago), by Massachusetts Institute of Technology roboticists with the vision of making practical robots a reality. Today, iRobot is the leading global consumer robot company.

iRobot’s corporate headquarters are located in Bedford, Mass. The company also has offices in California, the United Kingdom, China and Hong Kong.

About Puresight Systems Pvt Ltd.

Puresight Systems Pvt Ltd. was established in 2014 with a vision of becoming a leading provider of home robotic appliances in India. Puresight Systems has the exclusive partnership with iRobot to distribute iRobot home robots in India. Since 2015 Puresight Systems imports iRobot home robots, world’s pioneer robotic floor cleaners into India.

Flagship Stores

1. Shop No. 4, Wave 1st Silver Tower, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Sector-18 Noida

2. Shop 2, Ground floor, Ganga Bhavan, 13, Linking Road, Santa Cruz West, Mumbai

3. Shop No.2, No.10, 5th Cross, 6th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore

4. iRobot, No.15, Ground Floor, Vasants Business Center, Queens Road, Bengaluru

5. Ground Floor, Ispahani Center, 123 / 124, Nungambakkam High Road, Chennai

Enterprise SaaS Platform ITILITE Strengthens its Executive Team with LinkedIn Sales Leader

Leading B2B travel SaaS company, ITILITE, announces the appointment of Fareed Mannan as their new Vice President – Sales. A seasoned tech evangelist and one of the first members of the LinkedIn team in India, Fareed joins ITILITE and will accelerate the company’s growth in the Indian market and its global expansion.

Fareed has a proven record of 19 years in helping technology companies become market leaders. At LinkedIn, Fareed helped build the India Sales Team, and scaled South India as a region into one of the largest markets for LinkedIn in India. As one of the first leaders for the country, Fareed took up various responsibilities at LinkedIn and was leading their talent and learning business before joining ITILITE. He has also worked with global leaders like Verizon, and Sprint during his career.  

Commenting on his new move, Fareed says “When my conversations with ITILITE first started, I was struck by the similarity between LinkedIn, and ITILITE. Both are working to change the face of the industry, believe strongly in adding value to customers without fail, and demonstrate a sharp focus on aggressive growth. I am extremely excited to be a part of the next phase of growth of a company like ITILITE. It is an exciting world where the value of digital is obvious, and it is a matter of starting great conversations & building them into great relationships.”

After leading the digital transformation of the Indian HR industry, Fareed will now lead the ITILITE team into a similar transformation the corporate travel industry is undergoing today. Over the last few quarters, ITILITE has been seeing an increased demand for digitization of corporate travel across industries, and Fareed will play a key role in harnessing it with a robust and upskilled team. Since its $13Mn Series B round in April’20, the company has introduced multiple new capabilities into its platform and launched new products and services to ensure traveler safety and improve process efficiencies. Fareed will be instrumental in leveraging these tailwinds to deliver customer delight with future-focused digital transformation.

Mayank Kukreja, Founder & CEO, ITILITE adds “It is an exciting time for us all. In the new normal, the need for digitization has become more acute and the focus of every boardroom conversation. Business travel is recovering rapidly, and we are seeing strong demand for a digitized approach for travel management and for keeping employees safe. Having Fareed join the team is another great boost to our growth. We look forward to establishing our market leadership with his expertise in building high performance tech businesses.”

The company has grown its customer base of mid-to-large enterprises, across India, United States and South East Asia. It has also launched new product lines to help businesses optimize their expense management process, deployed a bot for GST reconciliation, and launched ITILITE Clique to bring the comfort of business travel to personal bookings of its users.


Founded by Mayank Kukreja, an alumnus of IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad and Anish Khadiya, an IIT Kharagpur and IIM Lucknow graduate, ITILITE is setting out to change business travel, from ground up. An end-to-end automated platform built for businesses, ITILITE enables companies to save upto 30% on their annual travel expenses.

ITILITE has won several awards over the last few years - Super Start-ups Asia 2019, Best Start-up at the Melting Pot 2020 Innovation Summit and the Start-up Challenge at the Wharton India Economic Forum 2019 among others. ITILITE has also been privileged to partake in the fourth batch of Oracle’s Start-up Cloud Accelerator in 2018.

Microsoft Adds Hindi to its Text Analytics Service to Strengthen Sentiment Analysis Support for Businesses

Microsoft has announced the addition of Hindi as the latest language under its Text Analytics service to further support businesses and organizations with customer Sentiment Analysis. Text Analytics is part of the Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services. Using this service, organizations can find out what people think of their brand or topic as this enables analyzing Hindi text for clues about positive, neutral, or negative sentiment. The Text Analytics service can be used for any textual / audio input or feedback in combination with Azure Speech-to-Text service. This new development enables Sentiment Analysis for the most spoken language in India and the fourth most spoken language in the world.   

Sundar Srinivasan - General Manager - AI & Search – Microsoft India said, “Underlining our commitment to helping empower every business to achieve more, Microsoft has added Hindi to the already robust set of international languages supported by Text Analytics service. We are helping brands break language barriers and reach out to Hindi-speaking customers to understand the customer's sentiment about their products, services, and broaden their user feedback reach. With this release, we are bringing in cutting edge cloud services, AI, and natural language processing to deepen the trust between brands and customers in India.”  

Microsoft’s Text Analytics service is powered by Microsoft Azure and uses the latest AI models to analyze content in Hindi, using Natural Language Processing (NLP) for text mining and text analysis. The functionality provided by Text Analytics include sentiment analysis, opinion mining, key phrase extraction, language detection, named entity recognition, and PII detection. Sentiment analysis currently supports more than 20 languages including Hindi.  

Microsoft Text Analytics service’s Sentiment Analysis feature evaluates text and returns confidence scores between 0 and 1 for positive, neutral, and negative sentiment for each document and sentences within a document. The service also provides sentiment labels (such as "negative", "neutral" and "positive") based on the highest confidence score at a sentence and document-level. It can be accessed from Azure cloud and on-prem using Containers. This helps brands in detecting positive and negative tonality in customer reviews, social media & call center conversations, and forum discussions, among other channels no matter where their data resides.   

Chris Wendt, Program Manager, Azure Language services shared his thoughts on how Sentiment Analysis is the primary feature of Text Analytics, because it gives broad insight into the perception of your product and your organization, delivering a fast and actionable signal whether things are going well, or require corrective action.  

The Sentiment Analysis feature provides more granular information about the opinions related to aspects (such as the attributes of products or services from a brand) in text. Businesses can extract insights from customer service calls by using Speech-to-Text, Sentiment Analysis, and Key Phrase Extraction in a single workflow. These results can be displayed in a Power BI dashboard or a portal to better understand their customers, highlight customer service trends, and drive customer engagement.  

Hindi is the most recent addition to the number of languages supported by Microsoft Text Analytics API service. Other prominent languages supported include English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian (Bokmål), Danish, Finnish, Polish, Greek, Russian, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Japanese, Korean, and Turkish.  

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