Friday, July 16, 2021

Godrej Process Equipment Bags Largest Order Of INR 468cr For 700 MWe Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors From NPCIL

* Strengthens position as key Nuclear Power Equipment supplier for GoI’s Nuclear Power Program~ 

* Newest entrant for steam generators in Nuclear Power projects~

Godrej & Boyce, the flagship company of the Godrej Group, announced that its business Godrej Process Equipment has won its single largest order from Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) of INR 468 Cores. This order is Godrej & Boyce’s first order of Steam Generators for India’s highest rated indigenously developed 700 MWe Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) to be set up  by NPCIL. This project promotes "Make in India" Initiative.

Steam Generators are critical equipment in a Nuclear Power Plant for generating clean (non-fossil) and reliable source of Power for baseload requirements. Godrej Process Equipment has been chosen for their world class engineering competencies, capabilities for producing high precision equipment and expertise in working with exotic metallurgies. It will be manufactured at their new state of the art facility in Dahej, Gujarat

Hussain Shariyarr, Senior Vice President & Business Head, Godrej Process Equipment said, “For decades now, Godrej Process Equipment has been a leading global fabricator of high end critical static equipment for the Process Industry.  To contribute to India’s prestigious Nuclear Power Program is a matter of great pride for us at Godrej Process Equipment. This order is one of the largest orders that we have bagged in recent times thus underscoring our customer - NPCIL’s trust in our capabilities. With this order we have strengthened our position as a key equipment supplier for the Government’s Nuclear Power Program. With India giving a push to increase Nuclear Energy share, Godrej is expected to play a crucial role for supplying key equipment.”

About Godrej Process Equipment 

Godrej Process Equipment is one of the fourteen businesses of Godrej & Boyce, with the largest global footprint in the G&B group. Godrej Process Equipment is a leader in manufacturing custom built process equipment such as Heavy walled Reactors, Pressure Vessels, High Pressure Heat Exchangers, Columns, Trays and Reactor Internals for various critical applications in the Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Fertiliser, Power and Water sector across the globe, with over 80% of their products being exported.

Powered By Indian Engineers, Lava Announces Android 11 Update For Z2, Z4, Z6 And MyZ Triple Camera Variants

Lava International Ltd, a leading Indian mobile handset company today announced the Android 11 update for its Z2, Z4, Z6, and MyZ triple-camera variants. The update will be first rolled out for Z4, Z6, and MyZ models from 25th July onwards, while Z2 users will receive the update in the subsequent months. Lava Z2, Z4, Z6, and My Z were launched together in January this year with stock Android 10 OS.

The new software update will be released as an OTA to the users who will receive a notification, once it reaches them. The users will have a choice to either download it immediately or do it later by simply going to their phone settings. The Android 11 update will enable Lava users to experience exciting and improved features like screen recording, chat bubbles, dark mode scheduling, and digital well-being. In addition to this, the new android will provide improved user privacy, a better media controller, and an easy conversation & notification manager.

The software for Android R has been developed by Indian engineers and strong Indian R&D has powered Lava to provide consumers with consistent Android upgrades. The brand will continue to provide such updates in future as it is ramping up its investments in R&D.

Here is the complete list of Android 11 updates:

·         Managing Conversation & notifications

There are now three notification categories: Conversations, Alerting, and Silent.

a. The Conversations section, houses all your conversations meaning any app where you are directly communicating with someone else, including text messages and chats within other apps.

b. The Alerting and Silent sections act as they have before in Android 10. You can also easily silence notifications from certain apps, which would push all future notifications to the Silent section.

·         Built in Screen recorder

This gives you an easy access to recording anything being done on the screen and its built right into Android 11 so you don’t need an extra app. Record with sound from your mic, your device or both.

·         Media controls

With Android 11, the media player has been moved to the Quick Settings section for easy access. When you swipe down your notification drawer, the media controller will be pretty small. It will show you the app it’s related to, cover art, basic controls, and on which system the media is playing. If you pull down again on the drawer, the alert expands.

·         User Privacy: One time permission and auto- reset

This will give users more control over their privacy. In android 10, it asks a user permission only when they first install an app. But in Android 11’s case, you can give one-time permissions to apps that need your mic, camera or location. The next time that the app needs access, it must ask for permission again. The permission gets revoked as soon as that app is closed. So the user’s data is always safe.

·         Chat bubbles

Chat while multitasking. With this new feature, you can pin conversations in form chat bubbles so that they always appear on top of other apps and screen so that you can access the chat anytime or anywhere.

·         Tools that predict what a user want

a. Smart reply: The phone devices replies to be sent for a text on the basis of your usage

b. Smart folders: This is for a user to organize their apps in folders like Work, Fitness, Food, Games etc

·         Camera

3P Performance optimizations: The phone’s camera works even better on 3rd party photo sharing apps like Snapchat and Instagram.

·         Notification history

This feature is to restore any swiped notifications that might have been swiped by mistake. You can check those notifications received in the last 24 hours.

·         Dark mode scheduling

After the simplistic Dark mode in Android 10, this time android gives an option to schedule it as per your requirement. Users can schedule the dark theme using one of two different metrics:

a.      Users can schedule a dark theme to turn on or off when the sun sets or rises.

b.      Users can also set up a custom schedule for dark mode activation if you wish.

·         Digital wellbeing

a.      Bedtime mode: Bedtime mode quiets your phone when it’s time to go to sleep. Schedule it to run automatically or while your phone charges as you rest. Your screen switches to Greyscale and your notifications go silent with Do Not Disturb.

b.      Clock: The new bedtime feature in Clock helps you set a healthy sleep schedule. Track screen time at night and fall asleep to calming sounds. Then wake up to your favorite song. Or use the Sunrise Alarm that slowly brightens your screen to start the day.

About Lava International Limited


We Make in India, We Make for India

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

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

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

OPPO Customers' Get A Chance To Grab The Newly Launched 5G Reno6 Pro 5G, Signed By Ranbir Kapoor

* The social giveaway activity started on July 14th and will end on July 17th, 2021

Following the successful launch of the Reno6 series, OPPO, the leading global smart device brand, announced a social giveaway activity in which OPPO will give 10 Reno6 Pro 5G special edition boxes with smartphones signed by none other than the Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor himself.

Between July 14th and July 17th, OPPO and Ranbir fans will have the unique opportunity to win a Reno6 Pro special edition box with Ranbir Kapoor’s Signature. All you need to do is to log onto OPPO’s official website to participate, follow the guidelines, and be the lucky one.

As a part of this social giveaway activity, 2 phones will be given out each day, on a first-come, first-get basis within the stipulated 2-hour time frame. The first phase of the contest was rolled out during the launch event of the OPPO Reno6 series yesterday, wherein 2 lucky winners were chosen.

To participate in the second phase of the contest, consumers need to follow the guidelines given in the website:

The OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G offers a next-generation portrait video experience, aided by industry-first Bokeh Flare Portrait Video, AI Highlight Video, Focus Tracking, Soloop among others, enabling you to capture DSLR level videos - Nothing less than a personal studio in your pocket. The power-packed all-rounder Reno6 Pro 5G also features the latest flagship MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset, OPPO's exclusive Reno Glow design, Smart 5G capabilities, ColorOS 11.3, 4500 mAh battery, 12 GB + 256 GB (RAM+ROM), and 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging capabilities. All this within a stunningly sleek, lightweight, and glittery body.

The Singapore Tourism Board, In Partnership With Voot Kids Presents “Chhota Bheem – Adventures In Singapore”

* To offer “A Gift of Smiles” to children and families through seven new stories featuring adventure & fun in Singapore by the beloved comic characters - Chhota Bheem and friends

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has joined hands with Voot Kids and Green Gold Animation to take Indian audiences on a virtual adventure in Singapore with the iconic Indian comic character, Chhota Bheem. Titled ‘Chhota Bheem – Adventures in Singapore’, the series brings the destination closer to audiences in an innovative format and engages families and children across India, who are on summer school vacation or studying from home, in a bid to keep safe indoors.

In an endeavor to deliver engaging and entertaining content for its young users, Voot Kids has been fortifying its rich content slate with international premium animated legends and home-grown desi superheroes. The partnership with the STB and Green Gold Animation further strengthens its content library as India’s one-stop destination for favorite characters. Starting 17th July, the mini-series entertains children across India in three languages – English, Hindi and Tamil.

The web-series also marks the 11th anniversary of the much-loved personality Bheem. To commemorate this occasion, Chhota Bheem and friends celebrate his birthday in Singapore and embark on fun and exciting activities. Each episode takes the viewer through different experiences in Singapore, from action and adventure to shopping and food, all from the comfort of their homes.

The seven special stories feature the thrills and spills of a memorable trip, set in various locations across Singapore. Chhota Bheem and friends travel to prominent attractions such as Jewel Changi Airport and its famous HSBC Rain Vortex, Singapore Botanic Gardens, the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, among others. The series also features the city’s impressive skyline, framed by Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, as well as landmarks such as Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay. Bheem and friends also traverse the streets of the island city, taking in its diverse sights and sounds, as well as tantalising restaurants and cuisines. In addition to the webisodes, young fans will also be treated with exciting and entertaining E-books and interactive games featuring their adventures, which will be available for download from the Voot Kids app. 

Speaking about this unique partnership, GB Srithar, Regional Director, India, Middle East & South Asia (IMESA), Singapore Tourism Board, said, “For us, this project is all about putting  happy smiles on the faces of children and families across India, under these stressful times. Chhota Bheem and friends are well-loved characters who bring much cheer, hope, and optimism to Indian audiences. STB is pleased to present the 7 episodes as our “Gift of Smiles” to the Indian audiences. We hope the episodes will entertain families and allow them to experience a slice of Singapore virtually, as they keep safe at home."

He added, “As part of a vision to engage our Indian audiences creatively in the new COVID-19 environment, the STB has been harnessing technology to reimagine its content, products and offerings. We have explored new partnerships and social engagements with many well-known brands. Many of these collaborations involved Indian talents and influencers working with Singaporean artistes, presenting their common passions to the Indian audiences virtually through engaging storytelling and showcasing of the destination. This creative partnership with Voot Kids and Green Gold is our first animation project and we are happy to offer this to the family audiences in India.”

Speaking on the collaboration, Ashutosh Parekh, Head of Content – Voot Kids said, “At Voot Kids, our mainstay is to provide meaningful screen time pivoting around fun – learn and entertainment which is age appropriate and 100 % safe. This is fueled by one of the largest content libraries in the genre that is truly multi format spanning across top kids’ franchises from all over the world, making it truly a house full of toons. Made locally and loved globally, Chhota Bheem is one of the most watched character since the day we launched Voot Kids. This mini-series is packed with specially created “app-i-sodes” to add diversity to our content slate. As market leaders we thrive on content curation and creation with the consumer at the centre of everything we do. This was the right time to bring delight our young subscribers and their families  who have enjoyed our app indoors, and now will magically be transported to Singapore with never seen before stories of Bheem, without leaving the safety of their home,  exclusively on Voot Kids.”

He further added, “As a powerhouse platform for kids, we will continue to invest in bringing in more characters and tales that spark the imagination with compelling story of young minds that are truly digital natives.  We aim to engage our kids and family audience with an immersive and interactive experiences and celebrating Bheem and team’s adventures in Singapore is a one of kind initiative in the kids’ digital space.”

Elaborating on the alliance, Rajiv Chilaka, Founder & CEO, Green Gold Animation said, “My biggest endeavour is to push the envelope with Chhota Bheem as an animated character that has millions of fans world over. New stories and new setting always add to Bheem adventurous streak and we are thrilled to partner with Singapore Tourism board to take it to the next level with Voot Kids as the exclusive home of the mini-series Chhota Bheem and friends – Adventures in Singapore.”

Adding more, he says, “STB allowed us to bring out our best animation capabilities and Voot Kids pushed the envelope for creative exploration and the sharp kid centric insights for us to create stories that will make children chuckle. The best minds in the business worked on this project with a phenomenal vision in these unprecedented times and I am really excited with the final cut.  Voot Kids is a pathbreaking platform to emerge as best in the business and rewritten content rules for kids digital platform and we are hopeful that its subscribers will enjoy this fascinating mini-series that stars every kid’s favourite toon Bheem set in every kid’s favourite destination – Singapore.”

Filled with vivid visuals, spectacular settings, loads of laughter and several twists, the animated mini-series is uniquely punctuated with the sunshine spirit of locals and Singapore’s recognizable landmarks with Chhota Bheem’s trademark wit, valour and willingness to always make his little fans happy.

Kindly refer to the following link to view the promo and for additional images:

SAP And UNDP Foster Digital Skills And Social Entrepreneurship In Rural Karnataka

In an initiative to empower women and youth, SAP Labs India and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India have collaborated with the Government of Karnataka to facilitate increased access to career guidance, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities and promote 21st century skills.

On World Youth Skills Day, Ms Manjushree, IAS – the Mission Director, National Livelihood Mission in Karnataka initiated the Code Unnati's registration drive for women participants from the grassroots to undergo various interventions. This includes continuous experiential training to build enterprise awareness, development program imparting basic enterprise planning, and Community Cadres (Unnati Sakhi's) mentorship and handholding support.

One of the major objectives of this initiative which is called Code Unnati is to impart digital literacy to women and youth from rural Karnataka. Digital literacy is one of the key 21st century skills required to improve their employability. Owing to disruptions in offline learning, the project learning modules were digitalised to provide timely guidance to participants.

Code Unnati engages with academia, government institutions at the state and district level, incubation centres, civil societies, and other bodies to create a sustainable impact. Through the following initiatives the project will reach over 20,000 youth and 5,000 women in Bangalore Rural, Raichur and Dakshin Kannada districts over the next three years:

Imparting digital literacy, entrepreneurial skills, and digital financial education for women and youth

Connecting youth with government incubation centres and providing them with opportunities to participate in design thinking workshops, innovation challenges, and boot camps

Women would be supported through community-level mentorship and handholding support to start or scale their micro-enterprises. The project will raise awareness about various vocations, industry and professional linkages, and employee volunteering.

More than 300 women are expected to initiate their own businesses in three years and enhance their income by an anticipated 10 per cent within 18 months of the programme's initiation. Karnataka has been at the forefront of creating digital opportunities while nurturing one of the country's most mature IT and start-up ecosystems. This initiative is further working towards strengthening the enabling ecosystem with a focus on skilling.

It will also provide 15,000 students with 21st century skills training coupled with Entrepreneurship Development Programmes in the target districts. These students will have opportunities to attend design thinking workshops, demos, digital skills championships leading to scholarships and employment opportunities. SAP will lead directly lead the strategic mentorship for all the initiatives.

Sindhu Gangadharan, SVP, and Managing Director, SAP Labs India, said, “Technology has enabled everyone to stay connected, especially during the pandemic. The demand for digital skills will increase and a plethora of entrepreneurial opportunities will emerge. Our mission of making the world run better and improving people's lives well aligns with UNDP's global goals. We are happy to see ourselves in the role of equipping women and youth in Karnataka to make them future-ready, and thus ensuring diversity and inclusion.”

Ms Nadia Rasheed, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP India, said, "The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened many existing inequalities. Empowering women and youth to access sustainable livelihood opportunities is critical to ensuring an inclusive and sustainable recovery. With the Government of Karnataka and SAP, we intend to leverage our collective strengths to expand opportunities for young people and women and to help make communities more resilient."

About SAP

SAP's strategy is to help every business run as an intelligent enterprise. As the market leader in enterprise application software, we help companies of all sizes and industries run at their best: 77% of the world's transaction revenue touches an SAP® system. Our machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics technologies help turn customers' businesses into intelligent enterprises. SAP helps give people and organizations deep business insight and fosters collaboration that helps them stay ahead of their competition. We simplify technology for companies so they can consume our software the way they want – without disruption. Our end-to-end suite of applications and services enable more than 440,000 business and public customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and make a difference. With a global network of customers, partners, employees, and thought leaders, SAP helps the world run better and improve people's lives.

About UNDP

UNDP works across 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships, and institutions to sustain their progress. UNDP has worked in India since 1951 in almost all areas of human development, from systems strengthening to inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods and sustainable energy, environment, and resilience. UNDP's programmes continue to integrate a global vision for catalytic change with India's national priorities. With over 30 projects on the ground in almost every state, today, it works to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by transforming traditional models to do development differently.

Video Editing App MontagePro Partners With To Help Indians With Easy Vaccination Bookings

 * Helps Indians with easy access to vaccine certificates, vaccination slots, and book appointments through WhatsApp

Recently launched video editing tool MontagePro by Mitron TV has partnered with, a digitally enabled and connected healthcare ecosystem for better health outcomes. app builds digital solutions for health care providers such as doctors and care seekers. Eka. care, which is a CoWin approved app, has built an AI-based innovation on WhatsApp that helps Indians to download vaccine certificates, book vaccine appointments amongst a host of other facilities. To try out the WhatsApp bot, simply say hello to 9972088103 on Whatsapp.

MontagePro along with, launched an influencer led campaign, in a bid to reach out to the audience in metros as well as smaller towns of India and help them with healthcare facilities through the medium of WhatsApp. MontagePro's mission is to empower the creator community by giving opportunities for brand engagement while also producing unique tailored brand templates for businesses to engage with their target audience through such initiatives. is the first private company that got access to CoWin private API's. Considering WhatsApp to be the easiest medium that will help more people book appointments for their vaccination, a simple conversational bot across the majority of Indian languages was launched to facilitate the same. With MontagePro and its creators, the campaign in one week reached over 3.7 million Indians through the medium of social media and saw close to 35% of overall vaccination slot bookings and around 60% CoWin vaccination certificate downloads happening through the WhatsApp bot-based innovation. MontagePro exclusively created customised templates with branding along with a plethora of creators to spread the word. The campaign saw huge traction from states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu. In a bid to reach out to the maximum Indian citizens, over 100 regional influencers were roped in by MontagePro to create awareness. The campaign aims to reach more than 16 million Indians in the next two weeks.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr Anish Khandelwal, CTO & Co-founder Mitron TV said, "We launched MontagePro in the month of March with the sole aim of helping the creator’s community across the globe with a free to use editing tool. Partnering with brands like gives our creators an opportunity to engage with brands and help them in reaching out with their initiative to a maximum number of consumers. As a brand, we look forward to such partnerships which have a great cause and help Indian citizens at large."

Speaking on the success of the campaign, Vikalp Sahni, Founder & CEO, said, " is for better health outcomes of Indians. We built the app in 9 languages to facilitate local experiences and ease of use. When we received approval from CoWin, we went back to the drawing board with the same innovating philosophy, so that vaccination slot booking and certificate download happens in a matter of seconds. MontagePro assisted us in ensuring that we reached the right audience, where super simple and conversational experiences in local languages were essential. We are super happy with the reach we have got and it opens up new opportunities for us to collaborate with MontagePro and its brilliant network of influencers who care to participate in this #LargestVaccinationDrive of the earth."

Targeted at budding and advanced content creators as well as editors, MontagePro is a free all-in-one video editing app that offers superior features which are clutter-free and come with a simple UX and UI for first-time creators. The video editing application offers premium video editing services for free and includes more than 300 premium effects and filters and enables creators to export videos at 60 FPS HD without watermarks. MontagePro is available globally on Google Play and has crossed over 1 million downloads till now.

Wellnessta Brings Safe And Convenient Wellness Services To The Residents Of Mumbai With Its D2C Operations

Wellnessta App - India's First Wellness-Tech App that helps people find personal wellness services such as Salon & Spas, Gym & Fitness, Ayurvedic massages, Yoga, and Naturopathy on their fingertips has recently launched its D2C operations  with an aim to create a better living experiences amid the pandemic. The website/app (android & iOS) hosts several vendors with their pictures and reviews that allows users to browse, analyze and pick services they find the most suitable. 

The platform also enables users to book appointments directly from a wide range of outlets within your vicinity, making the experience even more seamless and enjoy attractive offers and discounts Wellnessta’s D2C operations are currently focused around Mumbai where they’ve on-boarded 500+ outlets with 86 of them already live. With most vendors offering exuberant discounts, sometimes as high as 40%, people are starting to move out and indulge in self-care activities. 

 “2020 was a year of amazing development and learning for our company”, said the Founder of Wellnessta, Mr. Sanjeev Singhai.  “We've seen a surge in vendor registration since the unlock; each day, more and more vendors are registering with us and opting for our SaaS offering of Appointment, Coupon, Inventory and Payroll Management offerings. The Wellnessta app is a platform enabling consumers to explore wide variety of outlets in their vicinity. Since people are highly concerned about hygiene and safety due to covid-19, we are focusing on bringing high clarity pictures and reviews to them, so they can make sure the place is safe before making a reservation through the app. Apart from vendor discounts, we too are also offering an introductory up to 40% and 50% discount to new customers on their first booking. We are hopeful about the times to come!” 

The benefits of the platform are not limited to end consumers. Businesses have suffered a great deal in the last two years due to the sudden onset of the pandemic. Wellnessta is on-boarding vendors and enabling online bookings, thus introducing a new means of revenue for them. Besides this, the Wellnessta platform offers a complete software infrastructure to manage end-to-end operations of these outlets including appointment administration, coupon management, payroll management, and inventory management and more. Co-founder and CEO of Wellnessta, 

Sarthak Singhai commented, “After launching D2B in December of last year, the only natural next step for us was to launch D2C. The goal is to raise consumer knowledge about Wellnessta and encourage them to book via us.” The market at current is looking positive. People are beginning to step out of home and businesses are opening back. People need to be careful and maintain social distancing and Wellnessta helps in that. People can book their appointment time online in advance and avoid rush at the outlet. Wellnessta plans to expand its operations in Delhi and Bangalore in the next quarter.   About Wellnessta:  

Wellnessta is a SaaS and online market place platform aiming to find the sweet market equilibrium in the grooming and wellness space in India. Primarily it is a souk for selling and buying of personal grooming and wellness services such as Salon, Spas, Gym & Fitness, Ayurvedic massages, Yoga, Meditation, and Naturopathy. It services each side of the coin together, the service providers and users with multiple B2B SaaS and B2C aggregator platform online respectively. 

With the vision to be the world’s largest online market place in personal grooming and wellness services it targets to enhance business efficiency and render control of business in the hands of the service provider while doubling up as a one-stop-shop for consumers to find the best deals and offers. Embodying the goals and intentions of the start-up; Wellnessta means ‘Wellness to All’, wellness of the service provider’s business and the wellness to the mind and body of its users.

Additional Skill Acquisition Programme Kerala Joins AWS Academy

* 31 Higher Education Institutions in Kerala to Impart Cloud Computing Training to Students

Today, Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) Kerala, a Government of Kerala company, announced its participation in AWS Academy, a program by Amazon Web Services (AWS) that provides higher education institutions with a ready-to-teach cloud computing curriculum that prepares students to pursue industry-recognized certifications and in-demand cloud computing skills.

ASAP, a wing of the Kerala Higher Education Department, focuses on imparting job-readiness skills to students, supplementing their conventional mainstream school and college education to enhance their employability options. AWS Academy courses help students develop cloud computing skills by providing hands-on experience on AWS Cloud, and lessons based on real industry scenarios. The courses and learning resources are aligned to industry-recognized AWS Certification, developed and maintained by AWS, and taught by AWS Academy-accredited educators.

As part of this new initiative, students from 31 higher education institutions** who are members of ASAP will develop skills in the fast-growing cloud computing space. The curriculum includes subjects such as cloud computing, machine learning, and data analytics. College faculty who have achieved AWS Academy accreditations will impart the training to the students. This is the first such initiative focused on cloud computing from ASAP.

Commenting on the new initiative, Dr. R. Bindu, Higher Education Minister, Government of Kerala said, “Government of Kerala, as part of its endeavor to address the challenges in the 21st century, has taken up the project of bringing out comprehensive changes in the area of higher education with a paradigm shift focusing on employability and imparting additional skills to youngsters of the State. Kerala's initiatives in this direction are to provide opportunities to familiarize students with advanced technologies, equip them to learn and grasp additional skills associated with these technologies, and prepare the youth to meet the demands raised by this age of machine learning where artificial intelligence is transforming industries.”

She added, “I believe that the cloud-computing program envisaged jointly by ASAP Kerala and AWS Academy will be successful in building a new set of cloud-computing experts, capable of taking up the responsibilities associated with the demands and contemporary needs of the industry.”

Sunil PP, Lead – Education, Space and Non Profits, India and South Asia, Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd. said, “The demand for cloud knowledge and skills exceeds the supply across many industries today. AWS Academy brings together higher education institutions, students, and industry leaders to address the cloud skills gap and meet the need for thousands of new cloud computing professionals. By offering AWS-authored courses and learning resources to educators, we are investing in higher education at large, supporting educators and administrators as they prepare their students to join the 21st century workforce.”

Speaking on the new initiative, Dr. Usha Titus, Chairperson and Managing Director, ASAP Kerala, said, “ASAP Kerala is involved in strengthening an industry-led and demand-based skill training ecosystem in the state, creating synergic partnerships with stakeholders in skill development at the national level. ASAP’s collaboration with AWS Academy will offer an authorized curriculum in cloud computing that will enable students to stay up-to-date with the rapidly evolving industry requirements. ASAP has always focused on providing the skill programmes required by industry to the youth of Kerala, to enhance their employability. The hands-on experience will help the students understand the technology’s theoretical and practical applications.”

About ASAP Kerala

Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) Kerala, is a Government Company registered under the Companies Act 2013, that focuses on imparting job-readiness skills to students, in addition to their conventional mainstream school and college education, to enhance their employability levels. ASAP Kerala has created a unique demand-based, industry-led skill training ecosystem in the State through its 121 Skill Development Centres connecting Higher Secondary Schools and Arts & Science Colleges, 135 Advanced Skill Development Centres (ASDCs) in Engineering Colleges and Polytechnics and 16 Community Skill Parks (CSPs).

ASAP Kerala has 12 NSQF Skill Qualifications registered in the National Qualifications Register (NQR). Preparing youth for a rapidly evolving future through state-of-the-art training programmes in highly demanding areas is the objective of ASAP Kerala. ASAP Kerala has made a positive impact on raising the employability of the State's manpower.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Signs MoU With Government Of Karnataka For Industry-Specific Skill Development In ITIs Across The State

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Commissionerate of Industrial Training and Employment, Government of Karnataka, for imparting industry-specific skill, culture and knowledge to the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) students in Karnataka.

Under the MoU, TKM has been identified as an Industrial Training Provider to develop skilled human resources for manufacturing units and first-time entrepreneurs, to equip them for the high-volume production anticipated in the manufacturing sector in light of the Government of India’s greater focus on Make in India and AatmaNirbhar Bharat.

Following the MoU, a program focusing on developing students at ITIs situated in all the 31 districts of Karnataka is being implemented. The training program aims at developing youth who are pursuing ITI courses. Admissions to the program will start in August 2021. A 96-hour intensive skill-oriented training program will be imparted in one trade - automobile assembly.

With the program, TKM will enable ITI students to acquire skills relevant to the manufacturing industry and improve their employment potential.  The youth will be trained by certified Toyota trainers having extensive hands-on experience in the globally renowned Toyota Production System. Upon successful completion of the training, the students will have to take up an exam, which will be jointly conducted by ITI and TKM, to be eligible for an apprenticeship in the automotive industry.

Talking about the collaboration, Dr. S Selvakumar, Secretary to Government, Department of Skill Development Entrepreneurship and Livelihood, Bengaluru, Government of Karnataka, said, “As we continue on the mission to achieve the objectives of Skill India, such collaborations play an important role. Today, the manufacturing industry is rapidly evolving with the advent of emerging technologies and the new normal due to the pandemic. We are happy to partner with Toyota, which has been at the forefront of revolutionizing automotive manufacturing across the world. The classroom training and apprenticeship program being offered under the MoU will help make the ITI students more industry-ready and employable.”

Sharing his thoughts, Mr. G Shankara, Vice President - HR and Services, TKM, said, “Toyota is a people-centric organization that focuses on developing its employees. It has developed world-renowned models like Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI), Gurukul Skill Development Center and National Manpower Excellence Centers, which focus on transforming youth from the rural hinterlands into world-class competitive technicians.  Our mission is to bring about development by sharing our best practices and contributing to society.

TKM has trained more than 12,000 youth through Apprenticeship program. TTTI has produced more than 700 industry-ready technicians. More than 2685 engineering students spanning from 23 colleges across the state have been trained in xEV technology webinars. TKM has also hosted the Karnataka State Skill Competition in five trades and trained 482 youth. Further, it has provided its expertise in developing Principals and Training Officers from 20 Government Tool Room and Training Centers across Karnataka. We have deputed certified Toyota trainers to identified ITIs to act as catalysts in developing industry-relevant content, infrastructure, and methodology. As a result, we have been able to develop a competitive talent pool of industry-ready technicians and contribute to the Skill India Mission,” he added.

LTI Revenues Grow 5.1% QoQ, 20.4% YoY; Net Profit Up 19.3% YoY

* Special dividend of INR 10 / share on 5 years of listing

Larsen & Toubro Infotech (BSE code: 540005, NSE: LTI), a global technology consulting and digital solutions company, announced its Q1 FY22 results today.

In US Dollars:

Revenue at USD 470.2 million; growth of 5.1% QoQ and 20.4% YoY

Constant Currency Revenue growth of 4.8% QoQ and 17.8% YoY

In Indian Rupees:

Revenue at INR 34,625 million; growth at 5.9% QoQ and 17.4% YoY

Net Income at INR 4,968 million; decrease of 9.0% QoQ and growth of 19.3% YoY

Capital Return:

Special dividend of INR 10 per share to commemorate the completion of 5 years of listing on the stock exchanges in India

“We are pleased to report our best ever Q1 sequential growth of 5.1% driven by holistic growth across our verticals, service lines, client pyramid and geographies. Our healthy pipeline and continued strong demand makes us confident of our future growth. Q1 also marks the 5-year anniversary of LTI’s IPO and our Board has declared a special dividend to commemorate this occasion. Over these past 5 years, we have delivered USD revenue CAGR of 13.5% and more than doubled our net profit. I am proud of how we continue to innovate and deliver year on year industry leading growth. I am also excited as we strengthen our digital engineering capabilities welcoming Cuelogic Technologies to the LTI family,” says Sanjay Jalona, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director.

Recent Deal Wins

-          A Global Fortune 500 energy distribution company has selected LTI for a managed security services deal including L1 SOC and end-to-end support for all security applications. As part of this engagement, LTI will enable a threat intelligence led security operation to reduce business risk

-          A key Middle East player in the renewables and oil & gas energy market has selected LTI, through its strategic partnership with a regional digital transformation leader for migration to cloud, modernization and management of its entire IT landscape

-          LTI has been selected for an end-to-end IT managed services deal including set up of processes and tools, security operations and monitoring solutions for the divested unit of a global manufacturer and supplier of specialty chemicals based in North America

-          The subsidiary of one of the largest banks in Asia has chosen to partner with LTI for the implementation, integration and maintenance support of their private banking platform using Temenos Wealth

-          A global semiconductor major based in Europe partnered with LTI to re-design and harmonize its business processes with SAP S/4HANA to make them more scalable, efficient, agile, and flexible

-          A multinational company providing energy related solutions based in North America has selected LTI to transform its front and middle office processes using SAP S/4HANA enabling simplification of operations, improved customer experience and cost optimization

-          A North American property and casualty insurance company has selected LTI for network support and data base management to ensure seamless operations support round the clock. This will help accelerate their cloud journey

-          An insurance broker based in North America has selected LTI to transform and digitize its business operations in one of its key growth segments. This would include its prospecting, sales, and servicing processes to make them modern, offer more choice to customers, scale the business efficiently and drive business decisions through data and analytics

-          A North American provider of integrated services, delivery and manufacturing solutions for pharmaceuticals, biologics and consumer health product companies, has selected LTI to support its applications and ERP systems to ensure operational efficiency and cost-effective solutions

-          A world-renowned stock market index has selected LTI as a cloud infrastructure and engineering partner to support its multi-year cloud adoption journey

Awards and Recognitions

-          LTI recognized in Gartner 2021 Magic Quadrant for Oracle Cloud Application Services, Worldwide

-          LTI Leni recognized by Forrester Research as a sample anomaly detection vendor in The Forrester Tech Tide™: Customer Insights Methods, Q2 2021

-          LTI Recognized as a Leader in the ISG Provider Lens™ ServiceNow Ecosystem Partners Report, US 2021

-          LTI Leni recognized as a Representative Vendor in Gartner Market Guide for Augmented Analytics Tools, Austin Kronz et al.,28 June 2021

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Oracle Cloud Application Services, Worldwide, Katie Gove  et al., 24 May 2021

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Other Business Highlights

-          The Board of Directors at its meeting held on July 15th, 2021 have declared a special dividend of INR 10 per equity share (Face value of INR 1) to commemorate the completion of 5 years of listing on the stock exchanges in India

-          LTI acquired Cuelogic Technologies, a Digital Engineering and Outsourced Product Development company

-          LTI won multiple accolades at the Institutional Investor 2021 Rest of Asia ex-Mainland China Executive Team rankings.  LTI has been ranked amongst the top 3 across all sell-side categories in the Technology/IT Services & Software space: #2 Best CEO, #3 Best CFO, #3 Best ESG, #2 Best IR Program and #1 Best IR Professional. It was also recognized in the ‘Most-Honored’ Companies Asia List 2021

-          LTI has been recognized as the Global Innovation Partner of the Year by Snowflake, the Data Cloud Company

-          LTI Syncordis has been recognized as Temenos Service Partner of the Year

About LTI

LTI (NSE: LTI) is a global technology consulting and digital solutions Company helping more than 435 clients succeed in a converging world. With operations in 31 countries, we go the extra mile for our clients and accelerate their digital transformation with LTI’s Mosaic platform enabling their mobile, social, analytics, IoT and cloud journeys. Founded in 1997 as a subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro Limited, our unique heritage gives us unrivalled real-world expertise to solve the most complex challenges of enterprises across all industries. Each day, our team of more than 36,000 LTItes enable our clients to improve the effectiveness of their business and technology operations and deliver value to their customers, employees and shareholders. Find more at or follow us at @LTI_Global.

Cyient Announces Q1 FY22 Financial Results; Accelerates Investments In Innovation And Sustainability

Cyient, a global engineering, manufacturing, and digital technology solutions company, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. During this period, the company continued to demonstrate its commitment toward strategic growth on the back of co-innovation, sustainable solutions and practices, and service excellence, despite the challenges posed by the second wave of the pandemic.

Financial highlights for the quarter:

Group revenue at $143.5 Mn (₹10,582 Mn), QoQ de-growth of 4.2% and YoY growth of 9.9 %  in USD terms

Services revenue at $119.3 Mn, almost flat QoQ and  YoY growth of 6.3 %  in USD terms

Highest Group EBIT Margin of 13.1% in the last six years, QoQ increase of 48 bps and YoY increase of 797 bps

Q1 PAT at ₹1,150 Mn ($15.6 Mn), QoQ growth of 3.9% and YoY growth of 41.3%

Order Intake up 20% YoY

Highest  offshore mix of 47.3% in the last five years

Krishna Bodanapu, Managing Director and CEO, Cyient, said, “This quarter has been challenging for many and I am grateful to all Cyientists for their resilience in tiding through the second wave.  Our focus remains on being a trusted and innovative partner in our customers’ journey toward the next normal. Our strategic wins in communications, utilities, and transportation industries across engineering, geospatial, and digital technologies confirm that we are on the right path with our S3 strategy. We’re doubling down on our 30+ years of experience in delivering on innovative projects through CyientifIQ.”

Cyient announced its future-ready innovation platform, CyientfIQ, to create technology-led solutions that deliver disruptive value for its customers. To drive co-innovation with its partner ecosystem, Cyient has collaborated with leading minds in academia like IIT Hyderabad on 5G SoC design. The company has also developed industry solutions utilizing leading digital technologies.

Strategic customers across transportation and industrial segments have reinforced their trust in Cyient’s commitment to excellence for the last three decades. Cyient was also recognized across multiple categories for its commitment to service excellence and product innovation at the NASSCOM Engineering and Innovation Excellence Awards 2021.

Underscoring its commitment toward building a sustainable enterprise, Cyient announced a holistic sustainability framework aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and pledges to be carbon and water neutral by 2025. It also recently launched its Design for Circularity practice to enable its customers to build more sustainable services, solutions, and products.

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About Cyient

Cyient (Estd: 1991, NSE: CYIENT) is a leading global engineering, manufacturing and digital technology solutions company. We are a Design, Build, and Maintain partner for leading organizations worldwide. We enable our customers across industries to apply technologies imaginatively to solve problems that matter and stay ahead of the curve. We are committed to designing tomorrow together with our stakeholders and to being a culturally inclusive, socially responsible, and environmentally sustainable organization.

CarDekho Launches Hassle-Free Online Retailing Of Pre-Owned Cars

* More than 5,000 cars to choose from currently. Targeting 10,000 cars in near future 

* 7-days‘No Questions Asked’ money-back guarantee  

* 6 months Comprehensive Warranty and Pan India RSA 

* Artificial Intelligence & ML enabled car recommendation and pricing engine 

CarDekho Group, India’s leading auto-tech company,has launched an online hassle-free pre-owned car retailing service. This new service offers an AL/ ML driven end-to-end digital car discovery and buying experience to customers. 

Customers can now search more than 5,000 certified used cars according to their preferred manufacturer, model, variants, manufacturing year,kms driven, budget,etc and buy their desired car from the CarDekho platform at the click of a button. 

CarDekho offers ‘No Questions Asked’ 7days money-back guarantee where customers can test-own the car for 7 days, and get 100 percent refund if not satisfied. CarDekho also offers 6 months comprehensive warranty and Pan India Roadside assistance (RSA) to the customers. RC transfer is taken care of by CarDekho and free insurance is also bundled with the car. Such benefits have been unheard of in the used car retailing space. 

The service is currently available in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Agra, Lucknow and Kanpur and will soon be expanded to newer markets. 

Mr Amit Jain, CEO & Cofounder, CarDekho Group, said, “Since the pandemic,we have seen a marked shift in customer preference for personal mobility and the demand for quality used cars has grown exponentially.With greater adaptation of technology and most transactions moving online, customers are now looking for ease as well as safety.We have introduced the first ever pure e-commerce platform for used car retailing in India that gives buyers the same ease of experience which they derive from other regular e-commerce transactions. The cars sold through CarDekho go through a 217 points stringent quality check to ensure our cars give the best performance to our customers”. 

The car retail offering is backed by data science, AI & ML enabled technologies and designed with the customer at its core. The customers can check a detailed 217 points inspection report of the vehicle with just a click from any location globally.Addtionally customers can zoom through 360 degree high definition car images to check the minutest details of the car condition and make an informed decision. 

Customers also receive detailed information of high quality refurbishment work done by CarDekhoon the car. The company’s sophisticated technology platform gives customers a near physical car buying experience on their laptops or mobile phones anytime anywhere.  

Once a car has been selected, the customer can quickly complete the purchase journey online. Customers can opt for home delivery of car or choose to pick-up the car from one of the multiple delivery centers of CarDekho. Further, if the customer is seeking a used car loan, the complete loan journey can be done seamlessly on the CarDekho platform. 

Being a one-stop solution provider for buying and selling cars, CarDekhohas proven expertise in delivering the best to its customers. It sets the highest quality standard for the cars being sold through it. Using Artificial Intelligence and machine learning models on car buying patterns over millions of data points, CarDekho predicts the selection of car models that customers are looking for. Based on every customer's behaviour on the CarDekho platform, it recommends the best suited cars for customers based on their requirement, tastes and preferences.The AI car pricing engine then determines the best prices for cars for the customers. All this to ensure the customers take home the cars that are not the cheapest but the most suited ones for them and the best value for money. 

About CarDekho Group 

CarDekho Group, headquartered in Jaipur, was founded in 2008 and has footprints in India and theSouth East Asia. The group currently operates various leading Indian auto portals such as,,,, and more. With 75+ stores, its CarDekhoGaadi stores serve as the one-stop destination for customers to sell pre-owned cars. CarDekho Group is the largest consumer-facing digital automobile destination in India with 55 million monthly unique visitors, the largest auto social media platform and isnow also recognized as the largest Indian automotive video content player with 4 million+ hours viewed annually on YouTube. In 2016, the company expanded its presence in Indonesia under the brand name OTO, which has become the number one auto site in the country. It recently acquired the Philippines operations of Carmudi thereby expanding its operations to two Southeast Asian countries. CarDekho has raised funding from marquee investors including Sequoia India, Hillhouse Capital, Ping An, Sunley House, CapitalG (formerly known as Google Capital), HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, Times Internet, Trifecta, Ratan Tata, Times Internet Limited, Kreatif Media Karya and Dentsu. 

Trane Technologies’ Thermo King Cold Chain Solutions For Covid-19 Vaccines Across Indian Market

* Thermo King’s refrigerated transport and storage solutions help to safely deliver thousands of COVID-19 vaccines throughout India, including to major cities and hard-to-reach rural populations 

* End-to-end solutions meet cold transport and storage needs for all vaccines, including those that require ultra-cold storage temperatures  

* Telematics enable precise tracking and monitoring of vaccine temperature conditions on their journey from pharmaceutical manufacturers to people’s arms 

* Thermo King products are being used by transport companies such as FedEx and UPS for the distribution of the Pfizer vaccines in the U.S. 

Thermo King by Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT), a global climate innovator, is strengthening India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive with its end-to-end refrigerated transportation and storage solutions. Major logistics companies in the country like Coldrush Logistics, Snowman Logistics, Coldman Logistics, Geetee Carriers, Algor Supply Chain Solutions and Reema Transport among others are using Thermo King refrigeration units to move the life-saving vaccines to vaccination sites. 

Brutally hit by a second wave of COVID-19, and with experts forecasting a third wave due to the Delta variant, India faces a high risk of the pandemic continuing its spread throughout the country. Vaccines must remain safe and stable as they make their way to vaccination sites across the country and into people’s arms. Thermo King plays a big role in making this possible. 

“Considering the urgent need for all vaccines, including those used in the country today and those on their way, such as Moderna and Pfizer BioNTec, India cannot afford breaks in the cold chain of a temperature-sensitive vaccine, whether they are being shipped by air, sea, road or rail,” said Kishor Patil, Trane Technologies HVAC & Transport, India & SAARC country leader. “The result could be the loss of an entire load of high-value, life-saving vaccine for the many people in India who remain unvaccinated.” 

Thermo King refrigeration units can maintain the right temperatures, from 25° to – 70° Celsius for an extended period, and can help reduce risk of degradation of the vaccine, keeping it safe and stable every step of the way. 

Preventing vaccine deserts 

“Our cold chain solutions can help prevent vaccine deserts where there is lack of accessibility, throughout India’s large population spread across vast and varied geographies, from densely populated cities to far-flung rural communities,” Kishor added. 

Thermo King is supporting the seamless and safe transportation of Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik vaccines to cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Chandigarh, as well as to remote areas.  

The company is also ready to support the arrival of new vaccines as they are approved for India, including those with ultra-low temperature requirements like Pfizer BioNTec. Thermo King’s SuperFreezers support an ultra-low set point of -70C and can store up to 60 times more doses compared to traditional reach-in freezers. These solutions can also extend the life of dry ice, or even eliminate the need for it.  

In the U.S Thermo King’s refrigeration units are being used for the transportation and distribution of Pfizer vaccine by transport companies such as FedEx and UPS. “We are optimistic that our experience in distribution of vaccines in the U.S will help us play a critical role in the vaccine’s administration in India,” Kishor said. 

Thermo King works with a global network of nearly 900 dealers and partners, including about 60 in India, to provide end-to-end temperature control solutions for food, medicines, vaccines, and other important cargo. Along with SuperFreezers, its portfolio includes road transport solutions (truck & trailers), air transport solutions, marine transport solutions, containers and portable cubes that can easily be scaled and repositioned to different locations as demand changes.   

Renault India Commences Exports Of KIGER To Nepal; Reaffirms Its Commitment To Make in India

* First Batch Of 122 Renault KIGER Cars Have Been Despatched To Reach Renault’s 15 Sales Outlets Across Nepal 

* Will expand exports of KIGER to other countries in the SAARC Region soon 

Renault India has commenced exports of its sub-4 metre compact SUV Renault KIGER to Nepal. Renault KIGER is the latest in the line of revolutionary products launched by Renault in India that has established itself as a Stunning, Smart and Sporty B-SUV.  

The all-new Renault KIGER will be offered in Nepal through Renault’s distributor - Advanced Automobiles Pvt. Ltd, part of Vaishal Group which is one of the largest group in Nepal. Renault has an extensive coverage with 15 sales and 13 service outlets across Nepal.  

Mr. Venkatram Mamillapalle, Country CEO & Managing Director, Renault India Operations said, “Following a successful launch in India, Renault KIGER has already established itself as a breakthrough product and has seen tremendous acceptance amongst a wide set of car buyers. KIGER combines the best Renault has to offer: our expertise in innovative cars and in-depth knowledge of customer needs. The commencement of Kiger exports has marked a significant milestone in Renault’s Make in India journey, demonstrating the competence of India’s design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities. We will continue this growth momentum and expand the exports of KIGER to other countries in the SAARC region, alongside growing the KIGER family in India.” 

Renault KIGER has been designed with a host of sporty and muscular elements and stands out as a true SUV. On the inside, Renault KIGER’s Smart cabin combines technology, functionality and roominess. Renault KIGER is powered by a new turbocharged 1.0L petrol engine offering more performance and driving pleasure. The engine has been tested for reliability and durability, and offers the latest technological innovations already featured on Renault’s global range. This high performance, modern and efficient engine will ensure a Sporty drive and will be complemented by multi sense drive modes which offer the flexibility to best suit the customers driving preferences. 

Renault Kiger is offered in two engine options 1.0L Energy and 1.0L Turbo with 2 pedal offerings on each of the engines. Customers can choose from four available trims – RXE, RXL, RXT & RXZ. Each version is built keeping in view the customer requirements and needs in the segment and has been attractively priced across all trims. Customers will have a valuable advantage at every level and also have the choice of opting for the stylish dual tone combinations which is available across the range. 

Renault KIGER is designed with collaboration of France and India teams. It is developed and produced in India, for Indian customers first, before it is taken globally. 

Together with its product portfolio expansion strategy to drive volumes in India, Renault is substantially increasing its network reach in India and introducing several unique and pioneering initiatives to ensure that customers’ have an unparalleled association with the Renault brand. Currently, Renault India has more than 500 sales and service touchpoints in India, which include 200+ Workshop On Wheels locations across the country 


Renault India Pvt. Ltd. is a fully owned subsidiary of Renault S.A.S. France. Renault India cars are manufactured in the manufacturing facility located in Oragadam, Chennai, with a capacity of 480,000 units per annum. Renault India also has a widespread presence of more than 500 sales and service touchpoints, which include 200+ Workshop On Wheels locations across the country, with benchmark sales and service quality. 

Renault India’s product line up and services have seen strong recognition among customers and industry experts alike, winning more than 60 titles, making Renault India one of the most awarded automotive brands in a single year in India. 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Bisleri Forays Into Personal Care Segment; Introduces Innovative Range Of 'Bisleri Hand Purifiers' For The ‘Love Of Hands’

* Hand purifiers in Gel & Multipurpose Spray formats with moisturizers and refreshing fragrances protect from germs and ensures hands remain soft and moisturized.

Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd has announced its foray into the personal hygiene segment with the launch of Bisleri Hand Purifiers. Bisleri has always focused on evolving consumer needs and extends its brand promise of trust, health and safety through its new hygiene range. With consumers becoming more health & hygiene conscious, sanitizers have become a necessity since the beginning of the pandemic. However, with frequent use of regular sanitizers consumers experience adverse effects on skin, leaving it rough and dry. Bisleri’s range of Hand purifiers are meant for regular use, providing 99.9% safety against germs while providing benefits of moisturization and nourishment to skin.

Bisleri’s range of hand purifiers in Gel and multipurpose spray formats meet the requirements of personal use and the special needs in travel. The Gel variants are enriched with Aloe Vera, Glycerol, and Vitamin E, which helps hands remain moisturized and soft. Gel are available in 50, 100 and 200 ml SKUs. The Multipurpose Spray variants are suitable for hands and all kinds of surfaces and are available in 100 ml and 200 ml spray bottles.

The fragrances infused in Bisleri’s Hand Purifiers are uniquely refreshing. Consumers can enjoy the misty Aqua fragrance of the ocean with Bisleri By The Bay, get refreshed with the citrusy aroma of Bisleri Hello Sunshine and sweeten the senses with the floral fragrance of Bisleri Lovely. The packaging is very premium and differentiated from all regular sanitizers. These products in premium packaging are priced at affordable prices. The skin nourishing formulation, unique packaging design and the superior fragrances were developed under the guidance of Vice Chairperson of Bisleri, Ms. Jayanti Chauhan.

The TVC of Bisleri hand purifiers showcases the uniqueness of the product through a simple message – “For the love of hands”. The TVC presents the premium sanitizing experience while providing safety, care, and rejuvenation. The visuals amplify that Bisleri hand purifiers not only provide safety, but also keeps the hands soft, fragrant and refreshing.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Angelo George, CEO, Bisleri International Pvt Ltd said, "There has been exciting growth in the personal hygiene segment triggered by increasing health and hygiene concerns. We also learnt from consumer research that needs have evolved beyond just protection against germs – consumers were seeking products that provide moisturization and offer refreshing fragrances. We developed Bisleri Hand Purifiers with these enhanced features in premium packaging, to provide a superior experience. With our distribution reach across the country, the exciting range of Bisleri hand purifiers are available at leading General trade stores, Pharmacies and Modern trade outlets as well as E commerce platforms. Also, one can purchase from the convenience of their homes at”

Link to TVC:

About Bisleri: With a legacy of over 51 years, Bisleri is one of the most trusted mineral water brand in India. Our relentless commitment to quality stands true to our promise of providing safe, pure & healthy mineral water to consumers. Bisleri follows a stringent method of a 10 step purification process and 114 quality tests to ensure purity in every sip. A symbol of goodness, trust, and purity, Bisleri has been a household name for decades.

To cater to our Indian audiences' palate, we also have a range of Fizzy Fruit Drinks in three variants – Spyci, Fonzo, and Limonata- made with a natural fruit base. The Fizzy Fruit Drinks range offer bold flavors and a bubbly experience.

Bisleri has also forayed into a personal hygiene range with the Bisleri Hand Purifiers that offers a range of purifying gels and sprays with an additional touch of personal care. These products are available in three variants and sizes.  

Wipro Jun'21 Quarter Results - Strong Broad Based Growth Performance; Margins Moderates

Actual vs. expectations

Revenues were above our estimates while EBIT margins were 100bps below our estimates.

Likely stock reaction


Key positives - 8 large deals (TCV >USD30mn) closed during Q1 with combined TCV of USD715mn, broad based sequential growth performance.

Result Summary

·         Wipro reported revenues of USD 2.4bn, up 12.2%/25.7% QoQ/YoY (CC 12%/21.3% QoQ/YoY), above our expectations of USD2.35bn. Organic revenue for Q1 was ~4.9% QoQ CC. (TCS Q1FY22 revenues was US$ 6.15bn, 2.4% CC QoQ; Infosys Q1FY22 revenues was US$3.78bn, 4.8% CC QoQ)

·         IT services EBITM declined 320bps sequentially on account of integration of low margin Capco business and several senior leadership hires during the quarter to 17.8%; 100bps below our estimates. (TCS Adj. EBITM fell 130bps QoQ to 25.5%; Infosys Adj EBITM declined 80bps QoQ to 23.7%)

·         Adj. Profits at Rs32.3bn (8.7% QoQ, 35.2% YoY), ~10.5% ahead of our expectations due to higher other income (includes Rs2,150mn on account of fulfilment of business targets pertaining to sale of hosted data centre business) and  lower taxes.

·         Q2FY22 revenue growth guidance: Company guided Q2FY22 sequential growth to be in the range of 5% - 7%.

Growth by Verticals (all in constant currency terms)

·         Financial Services:  31.3%YoY ( V/s 0.6% YoY in Mar'21 quarter)

·         Manufacturing: 5%YoY ( V/s -2.8% YoY in Mar'21 quarter)

·         Healthcare: 8.9%YoY( V/s -1.6% YoY in Mar'21 quarter)

·         Communications: 19%YoY ( V/s -11.4% YoY in Mar'21 quarter)

·         Energy: 16.4% YoY ( V/s 0.1% YoY in Mar'21 quarter)

·         Consumer Business Unit: 33.5% YoY ( V/s 2.9% YoY in Mar'21 quarter)

·         Technology: 12.3% YoY ( V/s 7.1% YoY in Mar'21 quarter)

Growth by Strategic market units (all in constant currency terms)

·         Americas 1: 18% YoY ( V/s 1.2 YoY in Mar'21 quarter)

·         Americas 2: 24% YoY ( V/s 1.6% YoY in Mar'21 quarter)

·         Europe: 32.5% YoY ( V/s 2% YoY in Mar'21 quarter)

·         APMEA : 0.8% YoY ( V/s -6.3% YoY in Mar'21 quarter)

Manpower details

Total Headcount: 209,890, up  12,178 QoQ

LTM Attrition: 15.5%, V/s 12.1% in Mar'21 quarter and 11% in Dec'20 quarter.

TECNO CAMON 17 Series Redefines Smartphone Videography With Pioneering 48 MP Selfie & 64 MP Quad Rear Camera

* TECNO CAMON 17 series launch sale starts 26th July on Amazon Prime Day

* Priced at INR 16,999, CAMON 17pro sports a segment first ‘48 MP AI Selfie & 64MP AI rear cam. Consumers will get free complimentary TECNO Buds1 worth INR 1999 with every purchase of CAMON 17Pro

* Priced at INR 12,999, CAMON 17 Sports 16MP Smart 'Dot In-Selfie ’camera along with 64MP rear AI Quad-cam

TECNO, the global premium smartphone brand, once again re-affirms its ‘segment-first’ reputation by announcing two new products from its popular camera-centric, CAMON series, the TECNO CAMON 17Pro & TECNO CAMON 17. Smartphones in the CAMON series have been known for their segment defining features of higher camera pixels, Ultra Night lens powered by TAIVOS technology, pop- up selfie camera, Auto Eye Focus and now CAMON 17 pro heralds the transition to best selfie and videography experience.

The introduction of TECNO CAMON 17 series will further redefine the mid-range smartphone segment photography and videography capabilities. Both smartphones flaunt many segment-first innovations; the TECNO CAMON 17 Pro becomes the first device in the sub-17K segment to offer 48MP Smart selfie, 64MP Quad rear-cam & Helio G95 Processor. And the all-new CAMON 17 becomes the first in the sub-13K segment to offer 16MP dot-in selfie camera, 64MP Quad rear camera, 5000mAh battery with 18W and a big 6.8inch FHD+ dot-in display with 90Hz refresh rate.

Moreover, both smartphones resolve a critical issue of clicking pictures and making videos in low light conditions with its Super Night Lens powered by TAIVOS AI chip. The smartphones support various pro-grade videography & photography modes such as Movie Master, 4K 30 FPS Clear Recording, Portrait Night Scene Video and AI smart Selfies among many others.

Commenting on the launch, Arijeet Talapatra, CEO of TRANSSION India, said, “With TECNO’s CAMON portfolio, we are constantly pushing the boundary to make cutting-edge mobile camera technology available to everyone at a competitive price. Our CAMON products seek to constantly transform the way photography has been experienced by the category consumers till now. The latest product offerings under CAMON 17 series have been designed keeping in mind the need of the hour requirements of the new-age consumers and offer pro-grade smartphone videography & photography capabilities along with a big screen and a powerful processor for a seamless smartphone experience. We are confident it will be a great success and will set a standard that others will follow.”

Key USPs of TECNO CAMON 17 series

Segment first flagship Dot-In, 48MP Selfie camera

The front camera of the CAMON 17 Pro is equipped with a segment-first 48MP AI Selfie Camera with a smart selfie lens to capture the clearest selfies with ease. It features various professional photography and videography modes such as modes like AI Portrait, Ultra HD, Super Night, 4K Time lapse, 4K 30FPS recording, AR 3.5 and Video Bokeh. Its micro slit adjustable dual front Flashlight, customized filters, Eye Autofocus, wide selfie and Movie master give a value addition to artistic skills of photography. CAMON 17 supports 16 MP selfie camera

Professional grade 64MP AI Quad Rear Camera

The CAMON 17 Pro series comprises of a 64MP Primary Lens with F1.79 aperture for Ultra-Clear Shots, an 8MP lens for 120˚ Super Wide photos, a 2MP Black and White lens and a 2MP Blur lens that provides professional-grade blur effect for capturing outstanding artistic portraits. The rear camera complemented with a Quad Flash enables one to click focused illuminated images in the dark.

Ultra Pro Video Camera

The CAMON 17 Pro smartphone’s Ultra-Professional Video Mode can record 4K clarity Videos at 30fps with an extremely stable and anti-shake technology. It also features Professional Movie Master to help shoot various scenes, create videos and movie templates with one-click recording and easy transition features, providing an immersive audio-visual experience. The 4K time-lapse intelligently adapts to shooting speed with both the front and the rear camera. The smartphone is also equipped with Ultra Steady Video, Portrait Night Scene Mode and Slow Motion Videos at 960 FPS, Video Bokeh, Video Beauty and Night Shot Video Modes

Blazing Fast Mediatek Helio G95 Processor

The CAMON 17 Pro houses a powerful Mediatek G95 Processor with Octa-Core Hyper Engine Gaming Optimization, providing for an incredible gaming experience. The Game Turbo 2.0 Mode along with 180Hz Touch sampling rate optimizes the screen, touch inputs, inter-frame and Intra-frame prediction algorithms and reduces power consumption. It also houses a Cortex A 76 CPU and Mali G76 GPU that can seamlessly support heavy games like Battleground and Fortnite among others.

While CAMON 17 is powered by Helio G85 gaming processor.

Premium design with 6.8” FHD+ Display with Tiny dot-in design

The CAMON 17 Pro features a large 6.8” FHD+ display with 90.5% screen-to-body ratio and IPS Display for a bigger and better viewing experience. The 397 PPI pixel density and 500nits brightness with Tiny dot-in Design makes the screen perfect for enhanced outdoor visibility. The 2K+ ultra-clear resolution complemented with the 90Hz Fluid Screen refresh rate with 180Hz Touch sampling rate allows for greater image steadiness, smoother scrolling, and ultimate smartphone usage experience.

High Capacity 5000 mAh battery 

CAMON 17 Pro houses a 5000 mAh battery with 33w flash charge, charging from 0 to 100 in merely 83 minutes. It provides a standby time of 37 days, calling time of 31 hours, web browsing of 13 hours, video playback of 20 hours, music playback of 164 hours and game playback of 11 hours. It has a USB Type C port that prevents the smartphone from heating up. Tecno CAMON 17 also comes with 5000mAh battery and 18W flash charge.

Premium Sleek Design

The perfect blend of the classy and stylish, sleek, dual tone design of the CAMON 17 Pro gives it a premium look and feel. The aesthetic curve, greater arc and anti-fall grip provides for a firm grip of the smartphone in one’s hand. It also sports an industry first back cover design with 3.5D Shaped battery cover along with larger 4.6mm drop. The enhanced Linear texture further augments the beauty of the Dual color.

Bigger Storage

The CAMON 17 Pro hosts a powerful 8GB high capacity LPDDR4x RAM for super-fast functioning and 128GB UFS 2.1 big internal storage, expandable upto 256GB. It runs on HiO7.6 based on Android 11 to provide for an uninterrupted seamless smartphone experience. While CAMON 17 comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB bigger storage.


TECNO Mobile is a premium smartphone brand from TRANSSION Holdings. With “Stop at Nothing” as its brand essence, TECNO is committed to unlocking the best contemporary technologies for progressive individuals across global emerging markets, giving them elegantly designed products that inspires consumers to uncover a world of possibilities. TECNO understands the needs of consumers from different markets and provides them with localized innovations which is demonstrated through their mastery of serving consumers who are “young at heart” and never stops pursuing excellence. TECNO’s portfolio spans across smartphones, smart wearables and AIoT devices made for consumers in over 60 emerging markets across the world. TECNO is also the global Official Partner of Manchester City Football Club. 

Celebrate World Emoji Day With Snapchat’s Bitmoji Avatars

* In admiration for frontline Covid warriors & support for India’s vaccination drive!

Bitmoji lovers will now have access to new add-ons to their Bitmoji stickers and avatars this World Emoji Day with stickers on admiration and respect for frontline Covid workers as well as stickers designed to support India’s vaccination drive.

For millions of Snapchatters, Bitmoji has not only become an extension of their digital identity but helps them to express their feelings in conversations.  Snapchatters can express their appreciation for frontline Covid workers through the ‘You Are Essential’ Bitmoji sticker and also spread awareness about the ongoing vaccination drive in the country through the ‘Get Your Shot’, and ‘Got My Shot’ Bitmoji stickers.  

Millions of people from all over the world use Snapchat every day to connect with friends and family. Using Bitmoji while communicating online, Snapchatters do a better job of conveying the traditional cues and nuances of real-life communication, which are expressive and meaningful.

Here’s how you can create your very own Bitmoji with Snapchat and start interacting with friends and family in your unique way:

1. Open the Snapchat app

2. Tap the circle icon or your profile on the top-left corner

3. Scroll to find ‘Bitmoji’ and then select ‘Create Bitmoji’ at the bottom of the screen

4. Snapchatters can personalize their Bitmoji avatars further with the new exciting additions of jhumkas (traditional Indian earrings).

Bring Home A Cinematic Experience With Samsung Big TV Days

* Get Free Soundbar of Upto INR 1,04,900 & EMIs as Low as INR 1,990 on Premium Samsung Smart TVs

●  Get assured Samsung Q and A series soundbars on purchase of select premium TVs

●  Up to 20% cashback; Easy finance options with EMIs as low as INR 1,990 on select 55-inch and above TVs

Samsung, India’s most trusted consumer electronics brand, has brought back Big TV Day offers on its 55-inch and above premium range of televisions on popular demand from July 15 to  August 20, 2021. These offers will be available at all leading consumer electronics retailers across the country.

The demand for big screen TVs has been on the rise as in-home entertainment continues to gain importance due to limited outdoor entertainment options. Today, consumers want more from their TVs – premium cinematic experience, enhanced productivity, immersive entertainment, and connectivity with their loved ones.

To give consumers an opportunity to upgrade their in-home entertainment experience with large screen TVs and soundbars, Samsung’s Big TV Days offers will be valid on purchase of select 55-inch and above Neo QLED and QLED TVs, and 75-inch and above Crystal 4K UHD TVs.

To take the immersive viewing experience to another level, these exciting offers include Samsung’s Q-series and A-series soundbars worth up to INR 1,04,990 as assured gifts, cashback of up to 20%, easy finance offers and EMIs as low as INR 1,990, on purchase of select TVs. There are additional benefits such as 2-year warranty and 10-year no screen burn-in warranty for QLED TVs.

Consumers purchasing 55-inch and above Neo QLED, QLED TV and 75-inch UHD TV will get an A series Soundbar HW-A450 worth INR 17,900 or HW-A550 worth INR 23,900, depending on the TV model.

On purchase of 75-inch and above Neo QLED and QLED TV, consumers will get the Q series Soundbar HW-Q800A worth INR 51,900 or Q series Soundbar HW-Q900A worth INR 1,04,900, depending on the TV model. 

“In-home entertainment has become an indispensable part of consumers’ lives and there is a rise in demand for bigger screen smart TVs above 55-inch along with soundbars for an immersive sound experience. Consumers want to buy bigger TVs that offer a cinematic viewing experience at home amid availability of high-quality OTT content and need for other entertainment such as gaming at home. With the Samsung ‘Big TV Days’, consumer can look to upgrade their lifestyles,” said Raju Pullan, 

Senior Vice Present, Consumer Electronics Business, Samsung India.

Samsung’s Premium TV and Soundbar Line-up

Samsung Neo QLED 

With the 2021 line-up, Samsung introduces its Neo QLED – a whole new world of QLED TVs with a perfect blend of design and premium features. The Neo QLED delivers cutting-edge Quantum Matrix Technology with a powerful Neo Quantum Processor. Samsung’s 2021 Neo QLED 8K and 4K models offer smart features that expand the role of the TV and help consumers meet their evolving needs.

The Neo QLED offers a whole new level of Picture Quality 

Quantum Matrix Technology

The Quantum Matrix Technology in the new lineup delivers a massive reduction in picture blooming using precise lighting, with detail-revealing deep black tones powered by tiny Quantum Mini LEDs. 

Neo Quantum Processor 4K and 8K

Neo Quantum Processors feature advanced AI Upscaling technology that utilizes data generated from up to 16 neural networks to produce a more detailed resolution, regardless of the image quality of the source. This results in Enhanced visual details that make one feel like they are right there cheering from the stands. 

100% Color Volume with Quantum Dot 

The new range of Neo QLED TVs features nano-sized Quantum Dots that enable one to see 100% Color Volume in everything you watch, even in the brightest scenes.

Quantum HDR 

The Quantum HDR technology takes you beyond conventional TV experience with an expanded range of color, brightness, and contrast so that you can experience the full vibrancy of every image.

Design: A Revolution in design that removes bulk and distractions 

Samsung’s 2021 Neo QLED 8K features a new Infinity One Design—a nearly bezel-less screen providing an even more immersive viewing experience in a sleek design and form factor. And Neo QLED 8K’s attachable Slim One Connect box—an all-new cable management system that —allows for an easier install and cleaner aesthetic. With black edges all but erased, the Infinity screen offers new levels of immersive viewing and completely modernizes your space.

A Complete Sound experience like never before 

The 2021 Neo QLED comes with exclusive audio features like completion of Object Tracking Sound Pro (OTS Pro) technology that lets you hear the action exactly where it's happening — if the action moves, the sound moves with it whichever way it goes. 

The Samsung Neo QLED TVs take sound one step further with Q-Symphony. Audio from Samsung Neo QLED comes together in harmony as Q-Symphony syncs them with your soundbar for a perfectly orchestrated surround sound experience.

The SpaceFit Sound feature allows you to enjoy perfect sound regardless of where and how you place your TV. SpaceFit sound technology analyzes the room environment and then auto-calibrates TV sound to its optimal settings.

When noisy distractions make it hard to hear what's being said on the TV, the Active Voice Amplifier feature comes into play on the Neo QLED TV. It uses ambient noise analysis and voice clarity optimization to enhance on-screen voices, producing clear and easily audible dialogue.

Samsung’s latest Neo QLED - A Gamer’s dream

The Samsung Neo QLED range of televisions feature Samsung’s Neo quantum processor 8K that supports gaming-focused features like higher frame rate, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), ultra-precision light driving to name a few- all meeting HDMI 2.1 specifications. 

Motion Xcelerator Turbo+ allows you to never miss a beat with minimized blur and enhanced motion clarity, and catch all the fast-moving action whether you're watching sports or taking advantage of newer Next-Gen gaming capabilities.

With exclusive new features, Samsung is delivering the ultimate TV gaming experience. Super Ultra-wide Game View gives gamers the option to play not only at the wide 21:9 aspect ratio but even at the ultrawide 32:9 ratio. The wider field of view ensures gamers don’t miss a moment of the action. And Game Bar lets players quickly monitor and adjust critical aspects of play—whether that is switching aspect ratios, checking input lag, or connecting a headset. Finally, FreeSync Premium Pro minimizes stuttering, so players enjoy smooth picture quality throughout gameplay.

Q series Soundbar: 

Dolby Atmos/ DTS:X: Enjoy a real cinematic experience with ultimate 3D sound from all the directions at home. Q950A and Q900A will support true Dolby Atmos through its full range driver with the waveguide. Q series models Q800A and Q600A will also be support true Dolby Atmos via Samsung patented technology, the Acoustic Beam that acts as upward-firing speaker delivering an immersive overhead sound.

True 11.1.4 Channel Soundbar: With the first 11.1.4 channel in the world that sends out detailed expressions of sound motion in 11 directions, one can enjoy an unprecedentedly rich and stereoscopic sound. This is unrivalled new sound technology from Samsung that perfectly reproduces all the motions around the world.

Up-firing rear speakers: Waveguide technology, engineered by Samsung Audio Lab, enables up-firing speakers project audio above you, maximizing the overhead and surround sound effect.

Q-Symphony: Awarded as the best CES innovation, Q-Symphony allows your soundbar to sync with your Samsung TV, together creating immersive sound. It combines and enhances sound through the soundbar's front, side, and up-firing speakers as well as the TV's speakers, giving you a new level of acoustic immersion so you can experience content like never before.

SpaceFit Sound: SpaceFit Sound automatically analyzes the surrounding environment of your living space and provides the optimized sound for you.

Game Mode Pro: Powerful up-firing speakers, acoustic beam and strong woofers of soundbar provides multi-dimensional 3D dynamic sound optimized for gaming. The soundbar automatically switches to Game Mode when connected to your Samsung TV so you can focus on playing.

One remote: Samsung soundbar has the same interface with Samsung TV so one can control the soundbar too with a Samsung TV remote. One can turn their soundbar on and off and control various features like mute, sound effects and EQ settings with the remote control for Samsung TV.

Built-in Amazon Alexa: Take full control of the listening experience with built-in Amazon Alexa.

Music streaming made easy: Airplay2 is newly supported through OTN enabling it to be used to stream audio from iPhones and other Apple ecosystem devices. Tap Sound is a feature that mirrors the mobile sound to the powerful soundbar by a single tap. You can also enjoy your mobile screen on the TV and obile sound through the soundbar simultaneously in a more immersive way.

A series Soundbar:

Dolby Audio/ DTS Virtual:X: It is a room filling technology that fills up your room with virtual surround sounds. It analyzes the scenes based on big data and sends out the sounds to right places, providing a perfect surround sound experience regardless of the numbers of speakers or their locations. If you want to enjoy a richer surround sound, optional rear speaker SWA-9100S will be able to provide it.Bass Boost: This feature delivers more power and allows users to add ‘more boom’ with a simple click so you can feel every beat.

Adaptive Sound Lite: Adaptive Sound Lite provides the optimized sound for TV series, sports, and news by automatically analyzing the audio tracks of each content.

Inbuilt Subwoofers: The great bass of an in-built wireless subwoofer brings your entertainment to life.

One remote: Samsung soundbar has the same interface with Samsung TV so one can control the soundbar too with a Samsung TV remote. One can turn their soundbar on and off and control various features like mute, sound effects and EQ settings with the remote control for Samsung TV.

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