Thursday, December 23, 2021 Partners With Hero Electric To Retail Its e2W Vehicles On The Website

* The website to offer unique benefits to the buyers on booking of a Hero Electric product, an online platform of Mahindra First Choice, has tied up with Hero Electric, India’s No. 1 EV company to retail its entire range of electric two-wheelers. made its first successful foray into ecommerce with 5000+ Mahindra First Choice used cars in over 300 cities and will now make the electric two-wheeler manufacturer accessible to its audience.

As a part of the collaboration, Hero Electric customers can book their electric 2-wheeler on and take the test drive and delivery of the scooter through their nearby Hero Electric retailer. Customers of Hero Electric scooters on carandbike will also enjoy customised offers.

On this momentous partnership, Mr Ashutosh Pandey, CEO & MD, Mahindra First Choice Wheels Ltd. said,  “After the successful launch of carandbike’s online used car portal, we are happy to announce our tie-up with Hero Electric as its online partner for their range of electric two-wheelers. With the acceptance of EVs growing at a fast pace this year, our tie-up with India’s largest electric two-wheeler manufacturer strengthens our online presence and signifies our commitment towards becoming a holistic, phygital new and used vehicle retailer. The partnership also speaks volumes about OEMs and consumers trust in our online content and automotive e-commerce brand carandbike.”

Mr. Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric, said, “Since early 2020, when we moved into a hybrid sales model, a mix of online and offline, we have seen immense potential in this format. It will further help our dealer partners to drive bookings with a wider consumer base. This association with carandbike and Mahindra First Choice will allow us to leverage their reach along with their expertise in the automobile industry. We look forward to reaching out to a much wider audience to ride the EV shift in the country.”

Hero Electric caters to a wide customer base with varied commuting requirements. The platform will retail brand’s EV fleet including products like Photon, Optima and Atria.

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About Mahindra First Choice Wheels

Mahindra First Choice Wheels is a dominant player in the Indian used vehicle eco system providing products and services to cater to the needs of retail and wholesale customers utilizing its “on-the ground” and “in-the-cloud” capabilities. The company has raised funding from Silicon Valley based Hedge Fund, Valiant Capital and Cox Automotive, a $17 Billion US based enterprise.

About Mahindra

The Mahindra Group enjoys a leadership position in utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership in India and is the world’s largest tractor company by volume It also enjoys a strong presence in renewable energy, agribusiness, logistics and real estate development. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs over 2,56,000 people across 100 countries.

Learn more about Mahindra First Choice on / Twitter: @MFCWL

About Hero Electric

Hero Electric is India’s first and largest manufacturer of electric 2-wheelers with hundreds of thousands happy customers and growing. HERO ELECTRIC is a pioneer and market leader in the Indian Electric Two-Wheeler industry. We have been the front runner for Electric Mobility in India for over a decade. We believe in offering an ecological 2-wheeler solution to our consumers, which above all else, gives our customers excellent value for money. Hero Electric’s endeavour to make the country greener with ‘Zero Pollution’ transportation through its wide range of Electric Vehicles, is supported by our Mission of “No Emission”.

We are quality seekers and a quality conscious entity. Every product manufactured by us is closely inspected, rigorously tested by quality engineers and put through 46 stringent quality checks before it reaches our customers.

Hero Electric is a SA 8000 certified organization that is environmentally conscious, socially responsible and professionally ethical in its business operations.

Hero Motocorp To Revise Prices Of Its Motorcycles & Scooters From January 4, 2022

Hero MotoCorp will make an upward revision in the ex-showroom prices of its motorcycles and scooters, with effect from January 4, 2022.

The price revision has been necessitated to partially offset the impact of steadily increasing commodity prices.

The price revision will be up to Rs. 2,000 and the exact quantum of increase will depend on the model and the market.

Organic India Sets Stage For Dharti Mitr Awards 2021; Receives Over 100+ Nominations From Farmers Across The Country

Acknowledging the relentless contribution of farmers from across the country, Organic India, an innovative global leader working with thousands of small family farmers who cultivates sustainable organic farmlands, officially announced the Dharti Mitr Awards 2021, today. The award aims to recognize the outstanding contributions of individual organic farmers by felicitating them with cash prizes and citations, on February 20, 2022, at the Dada Saheb Phalke International Film Awards.

Sharing details about the Dharti Mitr Awards 2021, Subrata Dutta, Group Managing Director, Organic India said, “We conceptualized the Dharti Mitr Awards with the sole objective of recognizing the invaluable service that organic farmers provide to India's agriculture, ecology and the society, at large. We as an organization are committed to be a living embodiment of love and consciousness in action. We work with thousands of marginalized family farmers and wild crafters in India, supporting the regeneration of their communities and land through organic agriculture. Our focus has always been on doing business sustainably and establishing an ecologically sustainable model in the country. We believe that empowered and informed farmers will strengthen the entire ecosystem of organic farming, and therefore, this recognition will definitely go a long way in boosting the confidence of our most important stakeholders.”

Earlier this year, Organic India had invited nominations from farmers from all across the country and received an overwhelming response. Currently, the screening process is underway, and jury members will be reviewing each entry followed by a farm visit and personal interview. Four best entries will be shortlisted and felicitated at the award function.

Organic India engages with over 2,500 farmers to create favorable economic, environmental and social ecosystems, as well as to promote healthy lifestyles and conscious living via bio-regenerative farming practices. Such a process benefits the environment with each crop cycle.

About Organic India

ORGANIC INDIA is a manufacturer and exporter of organic teas, infusions, herbal supplements and food. At the heart of ORGANIC INDIA is their commitment to be a living embodiment of love and Consciousness in action. Their products are made in India and reach consumers worldwide with a message of interconnectedness and oneness with Nature.

2021 In Rear View: A Look Back By Uber In Indian Market

Uber today released its annual year-end report - “2021 in Rear View: A Look Back by Uber” giving a glimpse into how Indians Uber-ed their way through the outgoing year. Backed by insights and data, it highlights how Uber supported the communities it serves by helping make India ‘Safer for Each Other’ during the pandemic. It also demonstrates the shift in riders’ behavior after cities began to open up and the renewed demand for mobility needs tailored to the new normal.

Prabhjeet Singh, President, Uber India, and South Asia, said, “During the pandemic, Uber has continually adapted to changing realities to meet the evolving needs of our riders and cities. From helping move what matters in the first few months of the pandemic by transporting healthcare workers and facilitating essential trips for citizens, we moved to support India’s vital vaccination drive this year. Uber helped vaccinate riders and drivers by offering free rides and cash incentives. Today, we are encouraged by the growing demand and rapid recovery across products, especially led by Auto, Moto, Rentals, and Intercity, and we are raring to go as we head into the new year.”

By the numbers

Uber supported India in its fight against COVID by encouraging rider and driver-partner vaccinations and providing safe, reliable, and affordable rides.

Nearly 600,000 free rides: Several riders benefited from Uber’s free rides worth INR 10 crore to help people travel to and from vaccination centers.

More than 300,000 drivers received at least one vaccine shot: Drivers drove with confidence after getting vaccinated and benefiting from Uber’s initiative to compensate drivers for time spent in getting the shots.

Supporting vulnerable communities; helped vaccinate 100,000: Uber helped vaccinate the vulnerable elderly and underprivileged communities by providing free rides for vaccinations to NGOs such as HelpAge India, the Robin Hood Army, and the American India Foundation, among others.

Nearly 90 million mask verification selfies: Uber’s industry-first, technology-enabled mask verification selfie feature triggered selfie requests for both riders and drivers at random. In India, nearly 90 million selfies were taken to help ensure safer rides during the pandemic by helping Uber implement its ‘no mask, no ride’ policy better.

Committed INR 100 Crores for driver welfare: Drivers are the power behind every ride and Uber had their back. We took several steps to support drivers during the pandemic, including an Uber Care Driver Fund, COVID financial assistance, safety kits and safety screens, free online doctor consultations for drivers’ families; microloans to meet important family needs, and cash incentives to get vaccinated. 

As cities opened up, the demand for Uber rides grew significantly - here is how we rolled:

100 cities: Eight years after its India launch in 2013, Uber achieved this milestone in 2021 with the launch of its Auto and Car services in Warangal, Telangana.

Uber Connect's demand grows 5x: Uber’s point-to-point package delivery service between friends and families grew significantly during the pandemic. New use cases emerged with many people using the service to transport grocery, non-prescription medication, medical devices, and food items, among other things.

Uber Auto marches ahead; Mumbai sees 2x demand: Riders prefer e-hailed autos as a safe, convenient, and affordable transport mode to move around town. Cities such as Mumbai and Bhubaneswar witnessed a 2x demand compared to pre-covid levels.

Riders love Rentals; demand nearing 2x: Demand for Rentals, which allows riders to book affordable multi-hour, multi-stop options to travel, grew significantly. This was fuelled by new use-cases including sightseeing, local shopping, visiting places of worship, traveling to family get-togethers, and traveling for business meetings, among others.

Rise in Road-trips fuel Intercity demand: Pandemic shaped customer preferences, as people picked road trips over other means of getting around. Many chose to get into an Uber for the first time for their intercity travel needs resulting in the demand for Uber Intercity growing higher than pre-COVID levels. Popular routes saw increased rider demand including Mumbai - Alibaug and Lonavala; Delhi - Agra & Jaipur; Chennai - Puducherry, and Chandigarh - Delhi among the top few.

With new products and features along with strengthened support, Uber remains committed to serving our riders and cities better and will work round-the-clock to make every ride magical in the new year. 

About Uber

Uber's mission is to create opportunity through movement. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 15 billion trips later, we're building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities.

Woobly Becomes The First Indian Startup To Make It To 10X Incubator Portfolio

* 10X Incubator, founded by Grant Cardone and Jared Yellin accepts Woobly out of over 11,000 start-up applications

* 10X Incubator aims to build, scale and sell 10,000 tech companies in 10 years

The 10X Incubator has accepted Woobly, founded by Satyaveer Paul, into the portfolio. Woobly was selected out of over 11,000 ideas submitted and is the only Indian start-up to be part of the incubator so far. As a 10X Incubator portfolio company, Woobly will bring to market a smart IoT device, Woobly | WaiterLITE, which looks like a lamp but acts as a digital assistant to the guests and waiters.

Woobly enables ultra-luxury restaurants to deliver impeccable dining experiences. The company built the iconic product WaiterLITE and tested with over 40+ luxury restaurants in India, Singapore, and Dubai, and received huge demand. Woobly’s moon shot is to be the world’s most powerful luxury brand in the dining industry by 2030.

Speaking on the achievement, Mr. Satyaveer Paul said, “Our team had to undergo a series of rounds and due diligence in front of Ideas Review Committee at 10X. We are proud and excited to be part of the 10X Incubator ecosystem and look forward to creating incredible products which will transform the ultra-luxury dining experience.

10X Incubator’s goal is to launch 10,000 tech companies in 10 years. “We will achieve this by finding the RIGHT person, with the RIGHT idea, in the RIGHT market, and with the RIGHT business model into our portfolio. Satyaveer is more than RIGHT, and I am very honored we have been able to partner,” says Jared Yellin, Co-Founder of 10X Incubator.

10X Incubator is the first and only tech Incubator to provide software development, go-to-market, branding, sales, customer support, legal, relationship capital, financial planning, and administrative services at cost while becoming a partner in the venture. Its mission is to launch 10,000 tech companies in 10 years. In less than one year, 10X Incubator has successfully Co-Founded over 100 tech companies with entrepreneurs from all over the world and all walks of life.

About 10X Incubator

10X Incubator was launched by Cardone Enterprises and CILA Labs and is based in Aventura, Florida. The 10X Incubator helps entrepreneurs all over the world take their tech ideas to the next level and transform them into thriving businesses by providing the resources they need to bring their ideas to life.

It plans to create, innovate, launch, and accelerate 10,000 tech companies in 10 years where each company eliminates at least one inefficiency in a country, industry, or the world while becoming scalable within 5-7 years.

About Satyaveer Paul

Born in small town Gorakhpur, Satyaveer started Woobly in 2016. He built innovative IoT solution to reimagine the future of luxury dining that delivers:

10X better, easier and faster dining experience for the guests

40% more efficient restaurant service &

30X dining data in real-time for business decisions

Godrej Security Solutions Launches ‘SeeThru Color NV+’ A Color Night Vision CCTV Camera

* The business is witnessing a growth of 50% in revenues

Godrej Security Solutions (GSS), a leading player in future technology of security solutions, and a part of Godrej & Boyce, the flagship company of the Godrej Group, announces the expansion of its security portfolio by unveiling the SeeThru Color NV + , a color night vision CCTV camera. The Made in India image at night. This pioneering technology not only enhances security but is also more dependable and durable owing to its manufacturing technology which is developed and manufactured in India CCTV camera is capable of producing color images as against the IR camera that gives a plain black & white

With the business witnessing a growth of 50% in revenues, generated from the sale of electronic security solutions, in the last two years, Godrej Security Solutions has been focusing on its electronic security solutions portfolio. As one of India’s most trusted brands, the business has been investing significantly (INR 2Cr +) in the R&D and technology partnerships for increasing the efficiency, need and building awareness for security solutions in residential and commercial establishments across the country.

Speaking on the rise in the usage of CCTV cameras, Swapneel Nagarkar, VP & Business Head, Godrej Security Solutions said, “The CCTV camera industry is growing at the rate of 18% after markets have re-opened  and we expect the sector to keep up the pace in FY 22- 23 or you can mention…rest of FY 22. Godrej Security Solutions is a comprehensive security solutions provider and we will continue to develop products that cater to the need of new age audiences and lead product development through innovations that are ‘Made in India’. We at Godrej Security Solutions are planning to keep increasing our market share in the CCTV camera space. The need for CCTV security cameras has been fuelled by the pandemic as people are compelled to stay away from their loved ones. Through the launch of SeeThru Color NV+ CCTV camera, we aim to further provide customers with security solutions that can add value in their lives.”

According to industry reports, the CCTV market is set to grow at a CAGR of 11.66% by 2025. The year 2021 witnessed a huge rise in the installation and use of CCTV cameras across the country in both residential as well as commercial spaces. One of the major reasons for such a boost in demand for the industry is its proven ability to be an extremely helpful technological solution especially during the ongoing pandemic to do contact tracing for residential complexes as well as commercial establishments.

CCTV surveillance cameras are designed in a manner that enables them to act as a deterrent and help reduce crime attempts. It also supports investigators and helps when a crime has occurred. With CCTV cameras connected to the internet, users can easily access live feed from anywhere, and thus offer instant connectivity.

The brand has seen the highest demand for such cameras from the North zone followed by West, South and East. The company aims to target 10% of the total security solutions market in next 3 years.

SeeThru Color NV+ comes in two variants - Indoor Mini Dome color camera and Outdoor Bullet color camera. The SeeThru Color NV+ range comes with color night vision, backlight compensation, supports ultra- low illumination and more. The product MoP is well set considering the competitive scenario in the electronic security space and the product plans are in place to ensure product availability. The product is available with leading installers across markets.

About Godrej Security Solutions:

Godrej Security Solutions is a division of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd and part of the USD 4.1 billion Godrej Group. A pioneer and leader in the business, Godrej Security Solutions Division is the largest manufacturer and marketer of Security Solutions in India. It is the largest supplier of security solutions to several prestigious banking, corporate and public institutions. For the first time in the category and the industry, Godrej Security Solutions Division has been awarded the Superbrand status. It has also won the “Most Preferred brand” award in the Home Segment. The Division currently exports its products to over 45 countries including Middle East Asia, South East Asia, Far East Asia, East Africa, the US, Europe and the SAARC Countries.

Double Vaccinated? Here’s Your Chance To “Avail 20% Off” On Domestic Bookings!

 GO FIRST (formerly known as GoAir) announced the introduction of a special 20 per cent “discount on domestic flights for passengers” who have received the second dose of the Covid vaccine.  

The airline aims to encourage more people to get fully vaccinated in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. 

This offer can be availed on booking through GO FIRST website and Mobile App, by entering the promo code GOVACCI. This discount is applicable for travel dates beyond 15 days from the date of booking.  

Mr. Kaushik Khona, Chief Executive Officer, GO FIRST, said: “The past two years have been extremely difficult due to COVID-19, which has redefined the meaning of normal. We at GO FIRST are committed to ensuring the safety of all our stakeholders. We began by supporting the vaccination of all our employees and now we encourage more people to get inoculated. We understand the need for vaccination, especially in wake of the new variant and will continue to support India’s fight against COVID.” 

GO FIRST was among one of the first corporates in India to initiate a vaccination drive for its employees. This offer further reinforces GO FIRST’s commitment to fighting COVID. 

About GO FIRST: 

Founded as GoAir, GO FIRST, which was recently rebranded from GO AIR, is the aviation foray of 285-year-old Wadia Group that comprises leading brands including 150-year-old Bombay Burmah, 140-year-old Bombay Dyeing, 102-year-old Britannia Ltd., 67-year-old National Peroxide Limited, a nine-year-old Bombay Realty.  

Disclaimer: Go Airlines (India) Limited is proposing, subject to receipt of requisite approvals, market conditions and other considerations, an initial public offering of its equity shares (the “Equity Shares”) and has filed a draft red herring prospectus dated May 13, 2021 read with the addendum dated November 5, 2021 and second addendum dated November 17, 2021  (the “DRHP”) with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”). The DRHP is available on the website of SEBI at and the respective websites of the Book Running Lead Managers at;;, respectively.  

Any potential investor should note that investment in equity shares involves a high degree of risk. For details, potential investors should refer to the DRHP, including the section titled “Risk Factors”. Potential investors should not rely on the DRHP for any investment decision. These materials are not for publication or distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia). These materials are not an offer of securities for sale into the United States, Canada or Japan. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States, except pursuant to an applicable exemption from registration. No public offering of securities is being made in the United States. 

HCL Foundation Signs MOU With “Karnataka Forest Department For Plantation Of Native Species And Nature Conservation”

The HCL Foundation (HCLF), the CSR arm of HCL technologies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Karnataka Forest Department under HCL Harit Programme for plantation of native species and habitat improvement for birds, bees, and other animals. 

The MoU will play a critical role in involving local stakeholders toward community-based forest conservation. 

HCLF focus and give special emphasis on combat climate change and to enhance native biodiversity and restore ecosystem services 

The MOU was signed in the presence of Shri. Sanjay Mohan, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests - Head of Forest Force, Karnataka Forest Department and Ms. Nidhi Pundhir, Director, HCL Foundation.  

The project will be carried out on lines with the overall mandate of Karnataka Forest Department on the larger socio-environmental good. The site is spread across 47.07 acres and is in Govindapura, Bengaluru North. 

The MOU reaffirms the long-standing partnership between the two entities to ensure the removal of invasive species and plantation of native trees and nurturing them. This can help to strengthen and enable to mitigate the impact of climate change and a create a safe habitat for local flora and fauna to thrive. 

HCL Harit is a distinct flagship programme for environment action, with the vision ‘to conserve, restore and enhance Indigenous environmental systems and respond to climate change in a sustainable manner through community engagement.’ All the interventions under HCL Harit follow ‘Participatory and Convergent Approaches’ for attaining the desired results aligned to the National Indicator Framework and Sustainable Development Goals. 

HCL Foundation is committed toward conservation of environment and the Indigenous flora and fauna. It has been working toward providing affordable, reliable, sustainable innovative solutions to combat climate change and its impact. In its endeavor to work toward the environment, HCL Foundation works toward protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystem along with conservation of natural water bodies, including restoration and conservation of waterbodies, and others.  

About HCL Foundation-  

HCL Foundation (HCLF) was established in 2011 as the CSR arm of HCL Technologies. It is a not-for-profit- organization that aims to alleviate socio-economic and environmental poverty and achieve inclusive growth and development. Various flagship programs and initiatives of the Foundation, endeavor to contribute toward national and international development goals, bringing about lasting positive impact on people and planet, through long term sustainable programs, ensuring equitable access, opportunities and holistic development for all. Active community engagement ensures optimal long-term gains and upward accountability. HCL Foundation works through Life Cycle Based, Integrated Community Development Approach with thematic focus on Education, Health, Skill Development & Livelihood, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction & Response. Child protective strategies, inclusion and gender transformative approaches remain central in all initiatives of HCL Foundation. Presently HCL Foundation is implementing five flagship programs, namely HCL Samuday & HCL Grant – Rural Development programs; HCL Uday & Clean Noida – Urban Development programs; HCL Harit (The Green Initiative) - Environment Action program and 4 Special Initiatives - Power of One, Sports for Change, HCL Foundation Academy and My E-Haat. For more details, –  

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

HMD Celebration Offer: Free Flip Cover Worth Rs. 999, Now Available With New Nokia T20 Tablet

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced a special celebration offer – all customers who buy the new Nokia T20 tablet, will get a free Flip Cover worth Rs. 999 till stocks last. This offer will be available across key Retail stores, and Flipkart starting this week.

The Flip Cover is specifically designed for the Nokia T20 tablet, with precise cut-outs that enables easy access to all the key features of the tablet. Made with PU leather, the cover is slim, lightweight and has an anti-slip interior which enhances handling and adds to the design aesthetics of the tablet. The flip cover can easily transform into a viewing stand and a keyboard stand, which enables better utility and usage experience of the Nokia T20.

The Nokia T20 tablet combined with the flip cover is ideal for students, working professionals and users who consume content, do remote learning, video calls or collaborate on the go.

Nokia T20 is the first tablet from HMD Global. It combines the signature attributes of Nokia phones in terms of design, build quality, unmatched battery life along with security updates and upgrades. It is powered by an 8200mAh[1] battery that can easily last for 15 hours of surfing the web[2], seven hours of conference calls, or 10 hours of binge watching. It comes with a 10.4 inch 2K display that provides a superlative viewing experience to the users.  Encased in a solid metal body structure, the tablet is IP52 certified for enhanced durability.

Specifically for students it features Google Kids Space, a reliable kids-mode to explore apps, books and videos. The tablet is also blue light certified to reduce strain on the eyes – a useful feature for students and professionals who will use it for long duration while studying, working and consuming content.  The tablet includes three years of monthly security updates and two years of operating system (OS) upgrades.  So this tablet is perfect for work, play, all day.

Pricing and availability

The Nokia T20 tablet is available in India in blue color and comes in Wi-Fi 3GB/32GB and Wi-Fi4GB/64GB[1] and Wi-Fi + LTE 4GB/64GB configurations. The product is available across leading Mobile and IT Retail stores, and on Flipkart.

3GB/32GB Wi-Fi              INR 15,499

4GB/64GB Wi-Fi              INR 16,499

4GB/64GB LTE + Wi-Fi     INR 18,499

[1] Battery has limited recharge cycles and battery capacity reduces over time. Eventually the battery may need to be replaced.

[2] 10 hours of video streaming time, 15 hours of web surfing time, 7 hours of video calling time. More info at Actual results may vary due to changes in connectivity, environmental conditions, or other variables.

For further information, please contact HMD Global press office:

myBillBook Launches POS Billing, A Complete Billing & Inventory Solution For Retailers & Franchises

* POS Billing will be available for all users within myBillBook desktop application

Following the success of its GST Billing & Accounting Software myBillBook, the Bengaluru based fintech FloBiz today has announced the launch of its Point-of-Sale Billing solution for retailers and franchises. The retail industry accounts for 10% of India's GDP. Keeping the scale and the specific needs of this industry in mind, the solution has been designed to provide a faster billing experience using keyboard shortcuts and barcode scanning. POS Billing will be available to all myBillBook users within its desktop application with a free 14 days trial period. myBillBook has also introduced marketing capabilities for businesses to promote their products & offerings with bulk promotional SMS, making it a one-stop solution for invoicing, inventory management, payment collection, business reporting and CRM for the entire SMB sector.

Key highlights of myBillBook POS Billing:

Faster billing using keyboard shortcuts for searching & adding items, adding customer details, saving & printing invoices

Simple to use billing interface which requires no formal training for salespersons

Creating and editing multiple bills at the same time

Barcode scanning, new barcode generation and printing which supports a variety of printers & configurations

Automated inventory management directly from billing activities

Business reporting across 20+ PDF & Excel reports

Support for sending customised bulk promotional SMS to customers

Affordable pricing compared to traditional solutions in the market

With all these industry-first features, myBillBook aims to simplify the problems that retail businesses face on a daily basis such as slower billing software, manual stock tracking, managing multiple outlets, etc. and provide an affordable POS billing solution.

Talking about the development FloBiz Founder & CTO, Rakesh Yadav, said, “We are very excited about the launch of POS Billing to extend the offerings of our flagship product myBillBook. We have always worked with a customer-first approach to bring technological solutions at an affordable price to digitise and streamline the day-to-day operations of SMBs. With POS Billing, retailers and franchises will now be able to reduce time, improve efficiency and experience a seamless way of billing & inventory management at storefronts. We will continue to develop more features and products to enhance digital capabilities which can help businesses in their growth journeys.”

Sushmita Rawat, Director of Products, FloBiz said, “While our myBillBook app works delightfully for a variety of businesses, there were continuous requests for POS Billing from retail businesses which paved the way for its development. We conducted extensive research across several categories like FMCG, grocery, F&B and fashion and discovered that saving time at counters during checkout requires a quick, seamless and robust solution that can be plug-and-play, with practically no need of training. From scanning items, generating invoices and maintaining inventory to business reporting and staff management, myBillBook POS Billing has been meticulously designed to cater to all the pressing needs of Indian retailers & franchise businesses.”

"myBillBook POS is just the right billing software for my grocery business. It's really fast and it's so easy to use that my staff learned to use it within a few minutes. The support for unlimited barcode generation and printing of barcodes & invoices is really the best part about myBillBook POS. I'm saving time while handling a rush of customers. I recommend all retailers in India to use myBillBook POS,” said Mahadev Jadhav, Owner of Ewish India Pvt Ltd, who runs a grocery delivery business in Bangalore.

Launched in January 2020, myBillBook is India’s leading GST Billing & Accounting Software available on both Android & Desktop. It helps SMBs record sales, purchases and expenses which automates inventory maintenance, receivable/ payable tracking and business reporting. It has grown rapidly to the scale of over 12 lakh monthly active businesses that record trades worth INR 8000 Cr every month.

MIT?xPRO To Upskill Indian Professionals With In-Demand Data Engineering Skills

* Delivered through Emeritus in India, the program will empower professionals to accelerate their data engineering careers with the MIT xPRO advantage. 

MIT xPRO, a professional education program from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)— ranked as the number #1 University in the world according to QS World Rankings, 2021 and affiliated with 98 Nobel Prize winners— has launched a ten-month Post Graduate Certificate in Data Engineering program. This is the third program from MIT xPRO in collaboration with Emeritus in India and is most suited for mid-career professionals looking to acquire data engineering skills to effectively govern their organization’s data strategy, accelerate their career in data engineering and become a key decision-maker within the organization.  

Companies today are being forced to respond faster and with more precision than ever. Data engineers are responsible for innovating and building pipelines that can turn raw data into a business advantage. Companies like Airbnb, Uber, and Robinhood are masters of leveraging real-time data, and many others are trying to understand how to do this. Data engineers are the problem solvers of the cyber-info world. The MIT xPRO Post Graduate Certificate in Data Engineering has been designed for participants to learn data engineering essentials: from building effective data architectures and warehouses to designing data models, streamlining data processing, automating data pipelines, data wrangling, and big data engineering.   

MIT xPRO’s immersive learning experience includes a mix of live weekly sessions and recorded lectures by global faculty and industry leaders. The program, spread over ten months, will also offer learners personalized feedback and the opportunity to develop a GitHub portfolio to excel in their career as data engineers.  

Commenting on the launch, Dr Abel Sanchez, Research Scientist and Executive Director of MIT’s Geospatial Data Center said, “There is a rising demand for data engineers and their specialized expertise across industries. In fact, data engineering was the fastest-growing tech occupation last year (DICE Tech Job Report, 2020). We are pleased to extend MIT xPRO’s global collaboration with Emeritus in India to help empower professionals to thrive in the data age with the MIT xPRO edge.”

Advancements in data capture technologies estimate that by 2025, 463 exabytes of data will be created each day globally (TechJury, 2021). Data has evolved into a true strategic asset, and data engineering, being a core component of today’s data infrastructure, has emerged as a high-demand career. This program is best suited for mid-career professionals looking to advance their careers and move to key data engineering roles with a certificate from a globally recognized school. The program is delivered through Emeritus, a global leader in making high-quality education accessible and affordable, offering a seamless high-impact learning and engagement experience. This cutting-edge online program begins on December 30, 2021, and has a program fee of USD 3,500, with flexible payment options and discounts for multiple enrollments. Interested applicants should visit the?program page?for more details and apply by December 29, 2021. 

About MIT xPRO:  

Technology is accelerating at an unprecedented pace causing disruption across all levels of business. Tomorrow’s leaders must demonstrate technical expertise as well as leadership acumen in order to maintain a technical edge over the competition while driving innovation in an ever-changing environment. MIT uniquely understands this challenge and how to solve it with decades of experience developing technical professionals. MIT xPRO’s online learning programs leverage vetted content from world-renowned experts to make learning accessible anytime, anywhere. Designed using cutting-edge research in the neuroscience of learning, MIT xPRO programs are application-focused, helping professionals build their skills on the job. 

About Emeritus: 

Emeritus Executive Education offers customised and open programmes in India, Singapore, Dubai and other global locations in collaboration with MIT Sloan, Columbia Business School, INSEAD, Harvard Business School (HBS), Kellogg Executive Education, Berkeley Executive Education, Wharton Executive Education, IIM Lucknow Executive Education, IIM Calcutta Executive Education and Emeritus. Our world-class executive education programmes, supported by eminent programme experts, provide an immersive learning experience integrated with actionable insights and practical business applications. The meticulously curated programmes are delivered in a different range of formats; in-class, online, as well as blended programmes. Our extensive portfolio also includes short 2-4 day in-class workshops, online courses of 2-3 months duration as well as comprehensive learning journeys that run over 6-9 months, customised to an organisation’s requirement. The Emeritus Group has more than 1,400 employees globally and offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Singapore, Palo Alto, Mexico City, New York, Boston, London, and Dubai. Following its $650 million Series E funding round in August 2021, the company is valued at $3.2 billion, and is backed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Leeds Illuminate, Prosus Ventures, Sequoia Capital India, Bertelsmann, Accel and SoftBank Vision Fund 2. Learn more at 

IndiaSkills Competition— Raising The Profile And Recognition Of Karnataka’s Youth

IndiaSkills Competition has been transforming the lives of Karnataka’s youth. The competition is raising the profile and recognition of skilled people and is stressing on how important skills are in achieving economic growth. Skill building is a powerful tool to empower individuals and improve their social acceptance. In the 21st century, it is paramount for students to think beyond grades and acquire real-life skills. Keeping this in mind, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is inspiring young people to develop a passion for skills, helping them access the right opportunities.

IndiaSkills Competition is instilling confidence and making young people proficient in relevant trades in the current business environment, preparing them for future of work. These competitions inculcate a strong sense of pride in the youth and enables them to see the importance of skilling in today’s day and age. The competition is supporting in developing skills through global training standards, benchmarking systems, and is enhancing industry engagement.

The key objective of the competition is to create capacity, including infrastructure, and has a structured approach for preparing the youth of the country for WorldSkills Competition to be held in Shanghai in October 2022 and other international skill competitions.

In IndiaSkills 2021 Regional Competition for South, held a few weeks ago, Karnataka secured 2nd position and received 15 Gold and 14 Silver medals.

One of the candidates who benefited from the competition and is helping other candidates to pursue excellence in the current edition of IndiaSkills Competition is Sumanth Santemavathuru Chikkabettiah from Karnataka. Sumanth won a Medallion of Excellence at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 in Mechatronics. Despite all the financial constraints that Sumanth faced, he utilized the power of skills and is working as a Maintenance Member at Toyota Kirloskar Motor, a leading automobile company. His hardwork and his participation in IndiaSkills Competition and WorldSkills Kazan opened a line of opportunities for him which he could have only dreamt of earlier. Launched A Public-Private Partnership To Foster Innovation And Entrepreneurship In Aerospace And Allied Industries

Social Alpha, an initiative supported by Tata Trusts, along with the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC, an enterprise under Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of S&T, Govt. of India) and CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a constituent of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), today announced the launch of

Key Features:

Entrepreneur In Residence

• Attract the brightest of minds to entrepreneurship

• Grant capital for product development and monthly stipends

• Access to leading industry and academic stakeholders

Incubation Program

• Support in lab-to-market journey

• Equity-based investment and support for setting up and scaling new entity and product development

• Access to operational support from leading industry and academic stakeholders

Market Access Accelerator 

• Access to business cases from industry and government

• Access to Equity and grant-based market access fund

• Access to offset manufacturing contracts and tech transfer is set to be the first Public-Private Partnership in India focused on accelerating innovations in Aerospace. will develop a support eco-system for nurturing start-ups in aerospace and allied engineering housed at a dedicated state-of-the-art centre in the CSIR-NAL campus in Bangalore, with a vision to expand its reach to new geographies in the future.

Speaking on the launch, Ratan N Tata, Chairman -Tata Trusts, said, “I am pleased to note that CSIR-NAL and Social Alpha have joined hands to promote innovations in aerospace engineering with wide ranging applications across Aviation, Defence, Agriculture, and Climate technologies. I hope a number of high impact and scalable solutions emerge from this initiative, creating a new wave of technology entrepreneurship in the country.”’s focus will lie in the fields of Aviation, Defence, Space Exploration and Climate Action among others. Its “lab-to-market” model will act as a catalyst to accelerate innovations and entrepreneurship while promoting start-ups and SME’s in sectors of national strategic importance. will leverage innovations to build solutions for some of our toughest challenges with the help of advanced systems and frontier technologies like Robotics, AI/ML/Data Science, Nanotech, Material Science, Advanced Manufacturing, Cryogenics etc.

Commodore (Retd.) Amit Rastogi, Chairman and MD, NRDC said, “As a JV partner of, NRDC has forged strong links with the scientific and industrial community in India and abroad and developed a wide network of research institutions, academia and industry and made formal arrangements with them for the commercialization of know-how developed. NRDC has concluded more than 5000 technology license agreements to large number of small and medium scale industries paving the way for the success of indigenous technologies and creation of wealth. With its expertise in establishing and successfully running the start-ups, NRDC will support incubatees of with professional services like IPRs search, analysis, filing, market survey, feasibility report, technical consultancy, expert advice etc., and/or any other kind of technical services.”

With access to multi-stage funding, regional, national and global market linkages, will offer start-ups strategic connections with government, academia and industry resources and accelerate pathways for technology commercialisation and also encourage scientists and engineers to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities . This unique model will also allow access to physical and virtual infrastructure, certification and testing facilities to carry out pilots for product deployment and validation.

Mr.Jitandra J Jadhav, Director, NAL  thanked Social Alpha and NRDC for coming forward to set-up at CSIR-NAL campus, which aspires to be the foremost platform that accelerates growth of intellectual property and indigenous manufacturing in Aerospace and Defense with multidisciplinary applications, including selected dual use technologies. He stated that, “In recent years, start-ups have been receiving increased attention in many parts of the world especially in the aerospace sector. With the emergence of start-ups backed by leading industries the aerospace technology is propelling us into the future of transportation, be it autonomous vehicles and UAV, Hybrid & electric regional aircrafts, Electric VTOL aircraft, Air Taxi’s, High Altitude Platform, New Space (communication, research space exploration), Aircraft connectivity & entertainment, Traffic control management etc.,  CSIR-NAL has developed many aerospace technologies which will be of  interest to start-ups, to name a few like UAV-multi-copter for  agricultural and medical applications, Wankel engine for UAVs, autoclaves for composite fabrication, multi-zone hot bonder composite repair, eco-friendly process for aircraft aluminium alloys etc., With its expertise, knowledgebase in the aerospace sector supported with several advanced test facilities, CSIR-NAL is embarked to provide start-ups with aerospace technologies,  technical assistance/expert advice, test facilities and skill development programmes in aerospace design, development & manufacturing areas”. He called upon young and budding entrepreneurs to make use of the opportunity and contribute to the sustainable economic growth of the country.

Dr. Shekhar C Mande, Secretary DSIR & DG, CSIR while virtually inaugurating the congratulated team Social Alpha, NRDC and CSIR-NAL for setting up a first of its kind incubation Centre in the country to create and support eco-system for nurturing start-ups in aerospace and allied engineering. This will catalyse, incubate and accelerate start-ups and SMEs towards Atmanirbhar Bharat in these sectors of national strategic importance. He added that, “ would lead a deep tech innovation and entrepreneurship promotion in areas of wide-ranging applications across diverse sectors like SpaceTech, Defence, Air Mobility, Agriculture, Climate Change, Natural Resources Management, Insurance and Weather Forecasting.”

Transitioning deep science and technology start-ups from "lab-to-market" is extremely complex and requires a multi-stage innovation curation and de-risking model.  Innovators may need support and guidance  for establishing product-market fit, pilots and validations, capital access, regulatory pathways and accelerated market entry. Social Alpha’s architecture integrates the innovation, incubation and investment ecosystems to support mission-driven founders throughout their “lab-to-market” journey. 

Talking about the unique partnership Manoj Kumar, Founder and CEO of Social Alpha and Chairperson – said – “ combines the Aerospace Research and Engineering leadership of National Aerospace Laboratories, technology commercialisation prowess of NRDC and the venture development model of Social Alpha. This is a unique partnership that will further strengthen the science and technology start-up ecosystem in the country”

This new joint venture promises to offer a platform for industry, academia and government to promote innovation, indigenous manufacturing and a means to promote dual use tech in Agriculture, healthcare, climate change and natural resource management among others.

ASUS Launches The Versatile ExpertBook B1400 In Indian Market

* Loaded with innovative tech ExpertBook B1400 caters to the future ready workforce

High-performance laptop drives business with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, extensive I/O and fast Wi-Fi 6 interconnectivity, and customizable options for outstanding productivity


Primed to perform: Up to 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, powerful Iris Xe integrated graphics coupled with Dual heat-pipe cooling for consistent high performance, optional discrete NVIDIA GeForce graphics, up to 48 GB of upgradable RAM and hybrid storage (PCIe 3.0 SSD + SATA HDD)

Extensive connectivity: Comprehensive I/O, including fast USB-C 3.2 with display out and power delivery, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, USB 2.0, Giga-bit LAN and audio combo jack

Lightweight, yet built Rugged: ExpertBook B1400 offers the latest in military-grade durable construction with MIL-STD-810H specification, aluminium lid, ErgoLift &180-degree lay-flat hinge, and is sleek 1.45 kg and 19.2 mm tall with 84% screen-to-body ratio

Commercial-grade security and features: Fingerprint sensor enabled power ON key, shielded webcam, dedicated TPM 2.0, Kensington lock, and optional NumberPad 2.0 precision touchpad

Crystal-clear conferencing audio: ASUS two-way AI noise-cancelling technology and software employs machine learning to eliminate background sounds, both in single presenter and multi-presenter mode

MUMBAI, INDIA, December 21, 2021— ASUS, Taiwan-head-quartered, multinational computer hardware as well as consumer electronics and the fastest-growing consumer laptop brand in India, today announced the launch of ExpertBook B1400. ExpertBook B1400 is the new slim, light and highly versatile notebook that is tailored for business, designed as the smart choice for fast-paced ambitious enterprises. It comes under the premium range of laptops and offers customization options to serve specific business mandates.

Powered by the latest 11th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, ExpertBook B1400 is  sleek, configurable  , boasts a contemporary design, replete with a rugged aluminium top shell and military-grade durable construction, that effortlessly combines high performance with extensive customizations to empower every business. ExpertBook B1400 includes optional features such as NumberPad 2.0 and backlit keyboard, along with standard features such as dual-heat pipe cooling for consistent high-speed performance, fingerprint enabled power-on key, ErgoLift enabled 180-degree lay-flat hinges for easy content sharing and a gorgeous NanoEdge display with 84% screen-to-body ratio.

The ExpertBook B1400 offers superior and comprehensive I/O ports ranging from high-speed USB-C 3.2 Gen 1 that allows for high-speed data transfer, display-out and power delivery; along with USB-A 3.2 Gen 2, USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, Gigabit ethernet enabled full-size RJ-45 port, and high-capacity and high-speed PCIe 3.0 SSD enabled hybrid storage.

Commenting on the launch of the ExpertBook B1400, Dinesh Sharma, Business Head, Commercial PC and Smartphone, System Business Group, ASUS India said, “With changing work dynamics, the year has seen tremendous evolution in the demand for the commercial PCs. We are excited to cater to the segment with the ExpertBook B1400 device designed specifically for top-notch leaders and senior professionals. As the world pivots towards a hybrid work environment, we aim to transform our product range with flexible customization and personalization options. Our vision is to innovate solutions and equip our customers with the latest technologies to help them stay ahead of the curve.”

Primed to perform: Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and flexible configuration

The 14-inch ASUS ExpertBook B1400 is powered by the latest 11th Generation Intel® Core™ processors and optional NVIDIA® GeForce® discrete graphics[i], so they’re primed to deliver the sterling performance needed to get the job done. A dual heat-pipe cooling solution on the B1400 helps the processor to achieve consistent high-speed desktop-grade performance for heavy workloads, in comparison to a single heat-pipe is superior as a notebook coupled with a single heat-pipe design will frequently have to turn down performance to keep the thermals in check. They also benefit from exclusive Performance Boost technology to achieve the best laptop performance and agility by tuning the internal thermals. ASUS-exclusive algorithms are combined with up to five smart sensors, an aerodynamic design and up to a 90-watt power supply to intelligently manage CPU performance.

Coupled with up to 48 GB of upgradable memory and fast, capacious storage, the new ExpertBook B1400 model ensure quick access to content — and with no worries about running out of storage. The laptop can be specified with up to two storage devices, with the powerful combination of up to an ultrafast 1 TB SSD and a 2 TB HDD providing the perfect combination of high-speed data access and large capacity for personal content.

ExpertBook B1400 also benefit from an admin-friendly design for hassle-free maintenance in commercial or education settings. Removal of a few screws on the base provides easy access to upgrade the RAM or storage devices without the need to disassemble the entire device.

Superior and Comprehensive I/O connectivity:

Connectivity is especially important in a business laptop to ensure it’s easy for any task types or workloads, hence ExpertBook B1400 laptops with a comprehensive selection of I/O ports. It offers a USB-C 3.2 port providing built-in power delivery, display connectivity and high-speed data transfers. It also has both USB 3.2 Gen 2 and USB 2.0 Type-A ports, HDMI 1.4, VGA, Ethernet, and an audio combo jack — all tested for up to 10,000 connection cycles for an assurance of maximum reliability. The integrated Kensington Lock slot, making it quick and easy to secure ExpertBook B1400 laptops.

The need for remote work and learning tools has never been greater, ExpertBook B1400 is equipped for these demands, with a total of three external-video outputs — Display out through USB-C, HDMI and VGA D-Sub — and supports connection of up to two external 4K UHD displays. This gives users the freedom to engage in a video-conferencing or remote-learning session on the laptop’s  display while using two screens on either side to keep in view information that’s relevant to a call or event.

The new ExpertBook B1400 model is also engineered for non-stop connectivity and productivity, with congestion-busting Wi-Fi 6 coupled with ASUS WiFi Master Technology and also features Bluetooth 5.2 as standard.

Lightweight mobility: Class-leading weight and slimness, plus superior screen-to-body ratio

ASUS ExpertBook B1400 is surprisingly light for a business laptop, weighing as little as 1.45 kg, so it’s comfortable to carry anywhere – and also lighter than many competing models in its segment. It’s also one of the thinnest in its class, with B1400 standing just 19.2 mm tall.

Despite the slim dimensions and lightweight, the laptops also offer remarkable screen-to-body ratios. The narrow-bezel design of their NanoEdge displays allows a smaller body design to accommodate a larger screen. The upshot is that ExpertBook B1400 offers an 84% screen— so the user is treated to a lid that is virtually all screen. The display is also certified by TÜV Rheinland for low blue-light emissions, ensuring comfortable eyes when used over longer periods.

Commercial-grade durability and security: Military-grade construction and customizable options

The ExpertBook B1 laptops offer numerous options for robust security to ensure confidential and private data does not leak out.

A fingerprint sensor that’s integrated into the power button offers every biometric security that’s as easy as it is effective. All the user needs to do to switch on and log in to B1400 is press the power button – eliminating the need for difficult-to-remember passwords or PINs.

The new ExpertBook B1400 model also includes a front webcam with a built-in privacy shield. This ingeniously simple idea means that all the user needs to do for instant privacy is to swipe the cover across the webcam’s lens. Then, when they’re ready to be seen again, visibility is just one flick of the finger away.

The optional Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 chip also ups ExpertBook B1400’s business-friendly security credentials. The embedded TPM 2.0 chip securely stores authentication information used by software, such as passwords or encryption keys, to protect important data and transactions — keeping the information away from the eyes of would-be attackers.

Of course, life on the road can be tough, so ExpertBook B1400 is designed to both meet and surpass exacting industry thresholds — including the latest ultra-demanding MIL-STD 810H US military standard, putting ExpertBook B1400 one step ahead of the competition.

The chassis design combines additional structural enhancements to meet the rigorous tests of daily use. These include a resilient aluminium-alloy upper cover, an internal keyboard bracket that provides additional structural support, and protective foam that protects the hard drive from bumps and shocks.

Crystal-clear conferencing audio: ASUS AI two-noise-cancelling tech stops unwanted sounds

ExpertBook B1400 laptops are ready for the increased levels of remote working and education, with ASUS two-way AI noise-cancelling technology integrated to ensure superior audio experiences for calls and video conferences.

ASUS two-way AI noise-cancelling audio employs machine learning to isolate unwanted noise from human speech. There are two modes: Single-presenter mode allows the voice directly in front of the PC to be heard clearly; while Multi-presenter mode clarifies speech from different directions, ensuring optimum quality for group conference calls. MEANWHILE, the AI noise-cancelling mic speaker feature filters out all ambient noise apart from human speech, making it easier to hear what everyone else is saying.


ASUS ExpertBook B1400 will be soon available at ASUS Exclusive Stores, and leading Commercial PC channel partners, starting at ? 48,990 (exclusive of GST)

Highest Increase In FDI Employment In A Single Year – IDA Ireland


Performance 2021

* Numbers directly employed in multinational sector in Ireland reach 275,384 – the highest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) employment level ever

* Substantial growth in FDI in 2021 with highest employment creation figures ever in a single year despite the continued impact of Covid-19

* 29,000+ new jobs created in 2021

* A net increase of almost 17,000 jobs year on year

* Results achieved in a challenging and volatile international environment

* 249 investments won in 2021 - 104 of them new name investments

* 53% - 133 of the 249 of investments won went to regional locations – with employment growth in every region of the country

* FDI employment has experienced staircase growth for over a decade despite turbulent global environment – IDA CEO

India: IDA Ireland, the inward investment promotion and development agency of the Irish Government, today reported a record breaking year for FDI employment with significantly higher levels of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2021 compared with 2020 and strong gains recorded in both gross and net employment.

Total employment in IDA client companies in Ireland now stands at 275,384, up 16,826 on 2020.  104 of the 249 investments won in 2021 were new name investments, a better than anticipated new name performance considering the ongoing restrictions due to the pandemic.

Growth in employment in 2021 brought the number of people employed in the FDI sector in Ireland to 275,384 from 258,558 last year.  Job losses remained at a relatively modest level relative to the size of the overall portfolio resulting in an extremely strong net employment growth this year – (16,826 net increase).

Growth in regions was particularly buoyant with 53% - 133 projects of the 249 investments won going to regional locations and employment growth recorded in every region of the country.

The strong growth in regional investment was supported by IDA Ireland’s property programme. A robust property and infrastructure ecosystem can be the key differentiator in winning FDI projects, as evidenced by the record regional results achieved under IDA’s Winning 2015-2019 strategy. This positive momentum has been maintained since the commencement of our new strategy.

The 2021 figures show a pattern of sustained, robust growth in FDI investment and FDI-related employment over a continuous period of more than ten-years. This year’s results represent a strong start to IDA’s new 2021-2024 strategy, Driving Recovery and Sustainable Growth, which seeks to further enhance FDI’s place at the centre of a resilient, sustainable, and inclusive Irish economy. 

A Tánaiste & Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment Leo Varadkar T.D. said: “These results are quite remarkable. In another year that was unfortunately mired by the pandemic, we saw the highest FDI employment creation figures we’ve ever had in a single year. There are now more people employed in our multinational sector than ever before – 275,384.

I think this demonstrates the strength of our economy and the fortitude of our people. Achieving over a decade of consistent FDI growth is a huge accomplishment, given the challenges our country faced during that time; recessions, Brexit and the pandemic among others. Thanks to Martin Shanahan and the IDA Ireland team for their work.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland said: “These 2021 results were achieved in an immensely challenging and volatile international environment. Ireland’s performance in attracting FDI to achieve these record results is testament to the work of the Agency’s teams in Ireland and around the world, to the success of the client companies that we partner with on a daily basis and to the support of Government.

Looking at the period 2020/2021, despite the challenges faced by individual companies, to date FDI in Ireland has come through the pandemic relatively unscathed. This is largely down to the sectors that IDA has targeted over the past decade – Technology, Pharma, Medical Technology, International Financial Services, Business services, Engineering and Food - those sectors that underpin a modern economy.”

Tanaz Buhariwalla, India Director IDA Ireland said, ““2021 is yet another milestone year for IDA Ireland, with the organisation sustaining its FDI performance. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 disruptions, a number of Indian technology start-ups and the large IT companies continued to invest in and expand their footprint in Ireland. The outcomes of 2021 have once again demonstrated Ireland's attractiveness as a location to manage EU operations from, resilience, as well as the government's commitment and consistency in maintaining and promoting a pro-business environment."

There are now close to 1,700 multinational operations supported by IDA in Ireland accounting directly for 11% of the Irish workforce. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Mastercard And Google Pay Come Together To Facilitate Tokenization For Card-Based Payments Across India

* The companies work together to provide consumers choice - strengthening the ease, safety, and security of digital payments in India

* Mastercard cards on Axis Bank, Federal Bank, HDFC Bank, HSBC, RBL Bank, and SBI Card are live

Mastercard and Google today announced the rollout of tokenization that will enable Google Pay users to safely transact using their Mastercard credit and debit cards while enjoying a hassle-free experience. Through tokenization, Mastercard cardholders can make payments through a secure digital token without having to share their credit or debit card details such as card number, expiry date, etc. with a merchant. This collaboration is a commitment to ensure the best-in-class user experience and security features in an increasingly digital first world.

With this collaboration, Google Pay Android users can scan and pay across all Bharat QR-enabled merchants, tap-and-pay, and make in-app transactions through their Mastercard debit and credit card. For a convenient registration, users will do a one-time setup by entering their card details and their OTP to add their card on the Google Pay app.

Mastercard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) allows payment credentials to be securely tokenized and stored in mobile devices. When making a purchase with a Mastercard debit or credit card using Google Pay, cardholders and merchants will enjoy a similar experience as a regular card-based transaction with enhanced safety and convenience. Even if the cardholder’s mobile device is misplaced, details of the card still remain secure as they are stored as digital tokens. The token can be updated by the card issuer allowing lost, expired, or replaced cards to be automatically updated with the merchant. This simplifies the consumer experience and improves success rates by reducing the number of failed transactions on account of expired card details.

Speaking about the latest collaboration, Sajith Sivanandan, Business Head: Google Pay and NBU - APAC said, “At Google Pay, our endeavor is to simplify payments and make it accessible to as many users as possible - one key pillar in making this a reality is to offer the highest levels of security for every transaction with the help of technology. We are excited to collaborate with Mastercard for card tokenization which will offer users state-of-the-art security for card payments. This is already live for several credit card issuers on Mastercard, and we are working closely with other banking partners to further expand the adoption of tokenization in India. We are hopeful that the added simplicity and convenience will make an ever-larger base of users feel secure in making more payments digitally”

Commenting on the launch, Nikhil Sahni, Division President, South Asia & Country Corporate Officer, Mastercard said, “Mastercard continuously focuses on introducing technology that brings simplicity and safety to cardholders, every time they pay. Mastercard has also been at the forefront of enabling choice for banks and cardholders through multiple ways to pay including Pay by App, PoS terminals, Click to Pay, and more. Tokenization enables an additional layer of security for payments, which reduces friction and improves the shopping experience. It will redefine the current payment ecosystem by enabling a safe experience for the consumer and facilitate millions of mobile- first users from remote locations in migrating towards a cashless society. This initiative is an extension of Mastercard’s long standing collaboration with Google and will go a long way towards enabling India’s digital economy.”

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About Mastercard,

Mastercard (NYSE: MA),, is a technology company in the global payments industry. Our global payments processing network connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments, and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business, and managing finances – easier, more secure, and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @mastercardindia, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

KRAFTON, Inc. Launches Exclusive Christmas Events For Battlegrounds Mobile India

* Various in-game events and community events celebrating Christmas will be available for players 

* The new update will showcase the new ‘React Survival’ mode and reopen 6 popular modes including ‘Metro Royale’ 

 KRAFTON, Inc., the South Korean video game developer will be bringing all new game modes and seasonal events for its BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA fans through its December update. The update will be rolled out today on the Google Play Store and iOS App Store . 

The 1.8 update will introduce a new ‘React Survival’ mode. In this mode, players can wear blue tracksuits with different numbers to join the Red Light and Green Light game. The player who gets to the finish line without being detected by the giant Rabbit wins the game. There are 3 rounds in the match, and the match ends when the time limit gets over. This mode can be joined from the arcade mode and what’s more players can even play by creating a custom room privately to play with friends 

The 6 most popular modes in BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA will be reopening in this update too. Among these modes are the ‘Metro Royale Mode’ where you can gear up before the match and loot lots of items, ‘Survive Till Dawn Mode’ where you loot items by killing zombies, ‘Virus Infection Mode’ where you fight either as human or zombie, ‘Heavy Machine Gun 2.0 Mode’ offering exciting combat with helicopters and armored vehicles, and ‘Rune Theme Mode’ where you join the match after choosing 1 out of 3 rune fragments. 

Meanwhile, the new Mythic Winter themed RPM6 will be available till January 17th, 2022. Fans can get the Snow Santa Monster Set, Snow Santa Monster UAZ, and Frozen Guardian Set by purchasing the royale pass for 360UC.  

BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA is available exclusively to play in India. Fans can follow us on our official YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook pages for all the latest developments. 

For more information about the BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE December update and events, you can check out the official Battlegrounds Mobile India website 

McDonald’s India Reinforces Its Commitment To The EatQual Platform Aimed At Fostering Inclusion

* Launches a new campaign to highlight its inclusivity platform EatQual and the role it has been playing in creating an inclusive experience at McDonald’s

McDonald’s India (West and South) has yet again reinforced its commitment to fostering inclusion through its latest campaign. The iconic brand has launched a heart-warming brand film created by DDB Mudra that highlights how small innovations can go a long way in making the world more equal for everyone. The latest campaign showcases the role that the McDonald’s EatQual packaging plays in addressing one of the many challenges that people with limited upper limb mobility face in their everyday lives. The brand has reiterated that it aims to extend the EatQual platform to launch meaningful initiatives aimed at promoting inclusion across gender, languages and disabilities.

The film opens to a kid trying to do various day-to-day activities such as trying to play a guitar, doing a craft project, trying his hand at blocks, playing video games    using only one hand, and struggling at each one of those. It then shows him walking up to his friend who has only one upper limb, with two burgers – one in the regular packaging and one in the EatQual packaging. It closes with both of them biting into the burger, with his friend being able to hold and have the burger with ease, in the EatQual case.

The brand film showcases a child’s curiosity to explore the world as they see others experience it. The kid after trying a host of activities realizes that eating a McDonald’s burger is one of the few experiences that he and his friend with limited upper limb mobility can share easily.

Speaking about the EatQual initiative, Arvind RP, Director – Marketing & Communications, McDonald’s India (West and South) said, “According to the World Health Organization, around 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability. And yet, the world just isn’t made for them. EatQual stems from this fact. It is an inclusivity platform that we will continue to build. The EatQual packaging marks just the first step in that direction. We aim to launch a host of new, meaningful innovations to make the McDonald’s experience easy for everyone.”

Talking about the campaign, Pallavi Chakravarti, Creative Head DDB Mudra West said, “This year, McDonald’s has renewed its commitment to inclusion by continuing to promote the EatQual pack. The world doesn’t treat everyone the same - most things are designed to cater to the able-bodied, as the protagonist of our campaign discovers. So, while the idea of a pack that enables people with limited upper limb mobility to enjoy their burgers with dignity is not a life-changing one, it’s an important one. Because this small step alters an experience for the better - an experience that most of us take for granted. And for some of us, it brings a previously unattainable pleasure comfortably within reach. Sometimes, no, oftentimes, it’s the little things go a long way in levelling the playing field for us all.”

McDonald’s restaurants in West and South India are owned and operated by Westlife Development Limited (‘Westlife’). The company announced the launch of the EatQual packaging last year on the occasion of International Day of People with Disabilities. The packaging was developed in collaboration with an NGO that has been working towards the betterment of the specially-abled community for over 50 years.

Westlife has been taking definitive steps to promote inclusion across their restaurants and make the McDonald’s experience easy and enjoyable for everyone. The company has made many of its restaurants accessible for the specially-abled by installing ramps wherever possible and has made the restrooms wheelchair-friendly. The launch of EatQual is yet another step by the brand to foster inclusiveness.

About Westlife Development:

Westlife Development Limited (BSE: 505533) (WDL) focuses on setting up and operating Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) in India through its subsidiary Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. (HRPL). The Company operates a chain of McDonald’s restaurants in West and South India, having a master franchisee relationship with McDonald’s Corporation USA, through the latter’s Indian subsidiary.

About Hardcastle Restaurants:

HRPL is a McDonald’s franchisee with rights to own and operate McDonald’s restaurants in India’s West and South markets. HRPL has been a franchisee in the region since its inception in 1996.

HRPL serves over 200 million customers, annually, at its 310 (as of September 30th, 2021) McDonald’s restaurants across 42 cities in the states of Telangana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and parts of Madhya Pradesh and the Union Territory of Puducherry and provides direct employment to close to 10,000 employees. McDonald’s operates through various formats and brand extensions including standalone restaurants, drive- thrus, 24/7, McDelivery, McBreakfast and dessert kiosks. The menu features Burgers, Finger Foods, Wraps, Salads and Hot and Cold Beverages besides a wide range of desserts. Several of the McDonald’s restaurants feature an in-house McCafé.

The pillars of the McDonald's system – Quality, Service, Cleanliness and Value – are evident at each of the restaurants that HRPL operates.

Odisha Promotes Niche Tourism Via Tourism Roadshow In Silicon Valley Of India

Odisha Tourism conducted its fourth leg of promotional campaign to boost travel, tourism and hospitality sector in the domestic markets via a tourism roadshow in Bengaluru. Organised in association with FICCI, the event witnessed 100 travel operators from Karnataka and 30 host counterparts from Odisha engage in a series of B2B interactions.

Roadshows, under the State’s present campaign, have been successfully conducted in Vizag, Raipur and Hyderabad, including rapid B2B networking meetings with travel operators, and select meetings with investors and brands looking to enter Odisha’s tourism and hospitality sector.

Deliberating on the need to promote domestic tourism during pandemic Minister of Tourism, Odia Language, Literature & Culture, Government of Odisha Shri Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi said, “The tourism sector is showing great resilience against the Omicron scare. Our sustainable tourism projects like the Eco Retreat, are organised with strict adherence to Covid Safety protocols and all the guidelines laid down by both the Central and State Government. I welcome everyone to come and explore Odisha – India’s best kept secret”

Apart from highlighting the State’s various tourism offerings Director Tourism, Government of Odisha Shri Sachin R. Jadhav focused on Odisha’s flagship tourism project Eco Retreat, a successful luxury tourism model incorporating best practices in material utilisation and holistic waste management. He said, “The 3rd edition of Eco Retreat Odisha is currently being held across 7 exotic locations in the State including three beach destinations of Konark, Pati-Sonapur in Ganjam and Pentha in Bhitarkanika National Park overlooking the picturesque Bay of Bengal, hill stations of Daringbadi and Putsil in Koraput located on the Eastern Ghats, and near the banks of mighty Mahanadi river in Satkosia and Hirakud set next to wildlife sanctuaries. The retreats offer sustainable luxury tented accommodation replete with 3-star amenities.”

Harmonising investor interest and tourist experiences, Odisha Tourism is currently invested on strategic master planning and development of priority destinations in the State. Basis such master planning several innovative and niche tourism offerings are being developed in the State such as houseboat and cruise tourism, camping, homestays, caravan tourism, food tourism and a lot more.

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Now Avail Vi VIP/Premium Mobile Number At Your Doorstep With Free Delivery

* Customize your mobile number - be it lucky number, anniversary or birthday date and order the sim online

Vi, India’s leading telecom brand, now allows Vi users to avail a range of premium / fancy / customized mobile numbers with added benefit of free doorstep delivery. 

Vi customers can choose an exclusive number based on their lucky number, date of birth or any other date that holds special significance in their life. Both prepaid and postpaid customers can get these premium numbers at their doorstep in the following cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Surat and Jaipur.

Below are the simple steps to acquire a customized Vi mobile number:

*  Select prepaid or postpaid option

*  Enter the basic details, like your area pin-code and mobile number

* Select a VIP mobile number*:

o   Either from the displayed list of premium mobile numbers

o   Or by entering a pattern or string of preferred numbers like anniversary, birthday or any lucky number of choice

* Enter your name and address to place the order

* Get an OTP to complete your new mobile connection payment

* Get a new SIM delivered at your doorstep with zero delivery charges

For more details on VIP number availability, visit

About Vi:

Vodafone Idea Limited is an Aditya Birla Group and Vodafone Group partnership. It is India’s leading telecom service provider. The Company provides pan India Voice and Data services across 2G, 3G and 4G platform and has a 5G ready network. With the large spectrum portfolio to support the growing demand for data and voice, the company is committed to deliver delightful customer experiences and contribute towards creating a truly ‘Digital India’ by enabling millions of citizens to connect and build a better tomorrow. The Company is developing infrastructure to introduce newer and smarter technologies, making both retail and enterprise customers future ready with innovative offerings, conveniently accessible through an ecosystem of digital channels as well as extensive on-ground presence. The Company is listed on National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in India. The company offers products and services to its customers in India under the TM Brand name “Vi”. For more information, visit: and

Emirates Offers Christmas Festive Goodies For All Airline Flyers

Emirates has loaded its flights full of treats for everyone this holiday season: from delicious Christmas menus, luxurious amenities, and cool gifting ideas to festive movies and music playlists.

As the largest international airline serving customers from all over the world, Emirates takes pride in connecting people and cultures. Year round, it offers regionally-inspired menus and a truly global selection of music and entertainment content in over 40 languages. In addition, Emirates brings a flavour of major world festivals onboard and in its exclusive Lounges to share these special occasions with its customers.

Festive meals and treats

Fill up on roast turkey drizzled with cranberry jus lié, served with peas, roast potatoes, and pan fried smoked chicken sausage. Round off the feast with a chocolate mousse with mandarin compote topped with a festive chocolate button.

If you’re travelling in First and Business class, your Christmas dinner begins with lemon and herb king prawns served with fennel salad and cocktail sauce, or a classic salmon gravadlax. Then delve into roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, turkey bacon, paprika potatoes, and creamy Brussels sprouts with a cranberry jus lié. Finish with a choice of delicious festive dessert.

Sip on a velvety hot chocolate while watching your favourite Christmas movie, and on 24 and 25 December, everyone onboard can take home a little baked treat with our compliments.

Prefer to start your dining experience while on the ground? Emirates Lounges in Dubai has laid out a range of Christmas delights. Start with roasted turkey accompanied by root vegetables, roasted new potatoes and chestnut stuffing, and take your pick of sweets from traditional mince pies, Christmas stollen, Christmas fruit pudding with cherry compote, or roasted pear with ginger crumble and diplomat cream. Christmas dishes are also available in some Emirates Lounges outside of Dubai, including London Heathrow, Rome and Cairo. Emirates has re-opened most of its exclusive Lounges around its network, offering complimentary access for First and Business Class customers and eligible Emirates Skywards members. If you’re flying on Economy, you may also be able to enjoy Emirate’s signature Lounge experience for a small fee. 

Gift ideas for loved ones

Do your last minute duty free gift shopping from the comfort of your seat, or better yet, pre-order from EmiratesRed and have your purchases delivered at your seat, prettily packaged and ready for gifting. You can also surprise family and friends with a pre-order delivered onboard by writing to to book a surprise gift. EmiratesRed is offering a 15% discount on most products this festive season.

Emirates Official Store has also launched a beautiful Christmas collection of branded merchandise including new baubles made from recycled materials and other tree decorations, snuggly jumpers and matching PJs for adults and kids, stocking and wrapping papers with matching prints and more. These can be purchased online for delivery worldwide.

Special memories and limited-edition giveaways:

Emirates’ crew will gladly snap a polaroid of your special moments onboard with your family or friends and present it in a festive frame as a travel keepsake.

This season, fly with us in First and Business class and take home our new amenity kit bags featuring fresh fragrances and new pamper products from Italian luxury brand Bulgari. If you’re travelling in Economy class on our long-haul flights, you can take home kit bags inspired by Expo 2020 Dubai, and packed with comforts including socks, eyeshades, a dental kit and handy bookmark.

Young travellers up to 12 years old can also look forward to collecting a range of new Expo2020 inspired toys and bags, featuring Emirates’ Little Traveller pilots and cabin crew.

Movies and music

Get into the festive mood with holiday-themed boarding music as you settle into your seat, and then continue your musical journey on Emirates’ extensive library of audio channels on ice.

Watch a heart-warming film with a loved one or share some laughs with the whole family, with the wide variety of on-demand entertainment on Emirates ice. Festive TV choices include: The Great Christmas Bake Off 2020, Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays, Friends: The Christmas Episodes, Big Bang Theory: The Christmas Episodes, Christmas in New York: Inside the Plaza, and The Office Christmas Special.

Film buffs can also indulge in Christmas movies and classics such as: A Christmas Miracle, Always and Forever Christmas, Elf, Last Christmas, and A Christmas Story.

Maximise your inflight viewing time by browsing Emirates’ ice content before you fly on or the Emirates app, create personal playlists, and sync up with your personal in-seat system once you board to start enjoying your favourite content.

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