Friday, February 10, 2023

realme Launches 10 Pro 5G Coca-Cola® Edition In India At INR 20,999

* realme 10 Pro 5G Coca-Cola Edition aligns with the values of both realme and Coca-Cola, representing a shared commitment to delivering innovative and high-quality products to the customers for an enjoyable experience

* The Coca-Cola inspired limited edition hosts Red & Black collision and features a customized UI system from the lock screen to the dynamic charging effect which is all designed based on Coke® red and Coca-Cola’s bubble element

* realme 10 Pro 5G Coca-Cola Edition features the segment-leading Snapdragon 695 5G processor, a 5000mAh massive battery, and 108MP ProLight Camera, and is available to consumers for INR 20,999. It provides 8GB+8GB dynamic RAM. The first sale of realme 10 Pro 5G Coca-Cola Edition will begin on 14th February, 12.00 noon onwards across, Flipkart & selected stores near you.

New Delhi, India, 10th February 2023 – The most trusted smartphone brand, realme, has partnered with the global iconic soft drink brand, Coca-Cola®, to create the most stunning smartphone, the realme 10 Pro 5G Coca-Cola Edition. The limited edition smartphone comes in an 8+128GB variant priced at INR 20,999. This partnership brings technology and lifestyle together to create a seamless and fun experience for customers.

Commenting on the collaboration, Mr. Madhav Sheth, CEO, realme India, VP, realme, and President, realme International Business Group said, “At realme, we constantly endeavor to explore new ways to offer unique and leap forward experiences to our users, and our collaboration with Coca-Cola is yet another step in that direction. Over the years, both brands have worked towards a common goal to bring positivity and joy while creating value and a positive impact on the lives of people. Our latest offering realme 10 Pro 5G Coca-Cola Edition reflects on the ethos of both brands and is a true design and functionality marvel made available at an accessible cost. We are optimistic that this collaboration will help both to reach new markets and provide our users with new and unique opportunities and experiences.”

The smartphone’s rear design is inspired by Coca-Cola’s classic elements from the Red&Black collision. Three black and seven red points highlight the Coca-Cola logo in the 70/30 asymmetrical back design. Coke® red gives a positive and vigorous vibe that goes well with the lifestyle of the youth. The cropped Coca-Cola logo adds a fresh appeal to the smartphone experience with a unique twist on a classic logo. The matte imitation metal process gives the feel of brushed aluminum and also makes it scratch and fingerprint-resistant.

The smartphone comes with a customized UI system, from the lock screen to the dynamic charging effect, which is all designed based on Coke® red and Coca-Cola’s bubble element, bringing extra cheer to each moment for consumers. Besides, ringtones are customized to provide more interesting details, such as the Coca-Cola ringtone and the sound of fizzing liquid bubbles. The APP icons are designed based on Coke® red and the real image of the real goods.

In terms of performance, realme 10 Pro 5G Coca-Cola Edition features the segment-leading Snapdragon 695 5G processor, a 5000mAh massive battery, and 108MP ProLight Camera. The camera comes with the updated Street Photography Mode 3.0. Users can experience different city filters based on their geographical locations. The 80s Cola Filters is a true blast from the past with a special edition shutter sound. When taking a photo, it sounds like opening a real Coke.

Other new features include Super Group Portrait and One Take to improve the imaging experience. Moreover, it provides 8GB+8GB dynamic RAM and up to 1TB of external memory, so consumers can hold on to more memories.

*For review guidelines of realme 10 Pro series 5G Coca-Cola Edition, please refer here: Link

*Product Images of the realme 10 Pro  5G Coca-Cola Edition can be viewed/downloaded here: Link

About realme

realme is a technology brand that specializes in providing technology products with a comprehensive superior experience for global users. The brand was officially established on May 4th, 2018 by its founders Madhav Sheth and Sky Li in India, together with a young and strong team that has rich experience in the smartphone industry. Committed to creating a smart, connected and trendy lifestyle for the youth, we democratize cutting-edge technology to provide the best technology products in each price segment.

As per the Counterpoint Q4 2022 report, realme was the fourth-largest smartphone brand in India in 2022. The brand has 160 mn global customers, including 70 million+ customers in India.

realme has introduced a new marketing strategy consisting of cultivating marketing, eCommerce and simply better strategy. With the marketing cultivation strategy, realme is building local teams to use their experience to make engagement more local to the users. In eCommerce, realme is closely working with existing online partners and will be exploring more opportunities with leading eCommerce platforms to expand its reach across regions. In addition, the simply better strategy will continue to explore the future of tech and design with the GT series, and the Number series will focus on advanced tech innovation, making it more accessible to our consumers. For more information, visit

Tata Motors Delivers 218 Winger Veterinary Vans To The Government Of West Bengal

* The feature-rich, customised Winger will be used by the Department of Animal Resource Development,

Government of West Bengal

Tata Motors, India’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer, today announced the delivery of 218 Winger veterinary vans to the Government of West Bengal. The vehicles were flagged off by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, and Hon’ble Minister of Animal Resources Development, Government of West Bengal, Shri Swapan Debnath, along with delegates from the Government of West Bengal, Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services and Tata Motors. The specially customised Tata Winger will be utilised by the Department of Animal Resource Development for animal and livestock welfare. Tata Motors emerged as the top bidder, as per the terms and conditions of the Government body and delivered the fleet of fully-built Winger veterinary vans equipped with state-of-the-art features. The e-bidding process was carried out through the Government e-Marketplace.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Vinay Pathak, Vice President, Product Line – SCV, PU and Vans, Tata Motors, said, “With Tata Motors’ firm commitment towards enabling improved animal healthcare mobility, we are elated to deliver 218 Winger veterinary vans to the Government of West Bengal. We are happy to associate with the Government’s vision of providing veterinary services across the state. Built on Tata Winger’s versatile platform, the veterinary van is engineered to facilitate smooth operations in the state.”

The Tata Winger is powered by the 2.2-litre engine with improved torque and better fuel economy. It also offers an ECO switch and Gear Shift Advisor that helps in increasing the fuel efficiency. Additionally, the Winger's independent front suspension with anti-roll bars and hydraulic shock absorbers assure a smooth ride, as does its monocoque body design, which enables car-like driving dynamics and low levels of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH).

About Tata Motors

Part of the USD 128 billion Tata group, Tata Motors Limited (NYSE: TTM; BSE: 500570 and 570001; NSE: TATAMOTORS and TATAMTRDVR), a USD 37 billion organization, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, pick-ups, trucks and buses, offering extensive range of integrated, smart and e-mobility solutions. With ‘Connecting Aspirations’ at the core of its brand promise, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and amongst the top three in the passenger vehicles market.

Tata Motors strives to bring new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers, fueled by state of the art design and R&D centers located in India, UK, US, Italy and South Korea. With a focus on engineering and tech enabled automotive solutions catering to the future of mobility, the company’s innovation efforts are focused to develop pioneering technologies that are sustainable as well as suited to evolving aspirations of the market and the customers. The company is pioneering India's Electric Vehicle (EV) transition and driving the shift towards sustainable mobility solutions by preparing a tailor-made product strategy, leveraging the synergy between the Group companies and playing an active role liasoning with the Government in developing the policy framework.

With operations in India, the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia, Tata Motors’ vehicles are marketed in Africa, Middle East, South & South East Asia, Australia, South America, Russia and other CIS countries. As of March 31, 2022, Tata Motors’ operations include 86 consolidated subsidiaries, two joint operations, four joint ventures and 10 equity-accounted associates, including their subsidiaries, in respect of which we exercise significant influence.

Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited Announces Acquisition Of Sonata Finance, A Leading Microfinance Institution

* Acquisition offers access to 502 branches across 10 states, adds ~9.0 lakh women customers

* Strong presence in rural & semi-urban markets in the northern states of India, complimentary to Kotak Bank microfinance network 

* Augments Bank’s outreach to underserved customers and drive financial inclusion

Kotak Mahindra Bank (“KMBL” / “Bank”) today announced that it has executed binding share purchase agreement(s) to acquire 100% of equity shares of Sonata Finance Private Limited (“SFPL”), a Non-Banking Finance Company, classified as an NBFC-MFI, from existing shareholders, subject to regulatory and other approvals, including from Reserve Bank of India.

Transaction Structure and Valuation

The acquisition is for an aggregate all-cash consideration of approximately ? 537 crore. With this acquisition, SFPL will be a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank after receiving regulatory and other approvals.

Strategic Rationale

Financial inclusion: SFPL provides a strong platform to enable the Bank to become a significant player in the financial inclusion segment, catering to economically weaker and underserved households in a commercially viable manner.

Complementary branch network: As of Dec 31, 2022, SFPL has an Asset Under Management(AUM)  of ~? 1,903 crore, servicing a customer base of ~9.0 lacs through  a branch network of 502 branches across 10 states, which complements the Bank’s microfinance network.

Potential to scale:  The Transaction provides the Bank with the opportunity to scale up its operations in the rural & semi-urban markets in the northern states of India. SFPL is an established microfinance player with almost two decades of experience and a deep understanding of customers in these markets.

Value accretive: The acquisition is expected to be value accretive from inception given the economies of scale and unlocking of efficiencies along with the Bank’s own distribution footprint and technology. The Bank will also leverage SFPL’s network to provide a wider suite of banking products to SFPL’s customer base matching their emerging banking needs.

Manish Kothari, President – Commercial Banking, Kotak Mahindra Bank said, "Sonata is a leading microfinance player and has built a strong enterprise over the last two decades. This acquisition is in sync with our broad vision and strategy. We had successfully acquired BSS Microfinance in 2017 and since then have been able to integrate  & steadily grow our presence in the financial inclusion segment with an advances book in excess of ? 5,300 crores serving ~1.3 million borrowers. There are significant potential synergies to be realized as a result of this acquisition and we look forward to continue serving the customers in a smooth and consistent manner and ensuring their needs are well-served going forward”.

Mr Anup Kumar Singh, CEO and MD of SFPL said, “I am extremely pleased that Sonata will be in trusted and experienced hands of the Kotak Mahindra Group. Sonata was started with the objective of providing financing to underserved customer segment. I believe this mission is best served in a scalable and sustainable manner on a big bank’s platform. The transaction will bring immense benefits to Sonata’s customers, employees and other stakeholders. I am pleased that current customer households of Sonata will benefit from Kotak Bank’s full range of products, and best-in-class digital services.”

“ I would like to thank all my investors, customers, employees and other stakeholders who contributed in building the Company to this stage.”

About Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited

Established in 1985, Kotak Mahindra Group is one of India's leading financial services conglomerates. In February 2003, Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd. (KMFL), the Group's flagship company, received banking licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), becoming the first non-banking finance company in India to convert into a bank - Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.

The Bank has four Strategic Business Units – Consumer Banking, Corporate Banking, Commercial Banking, and Treasury, which cater to retail and corporate customers across urban and rural India. The premise of Kotak Mahindra Group’s business model is concentrated India, diversified financial services. The bold vision that underscores the Group’s growth is an inclusive one, with a host of products and services designed to address the needs of the unbanked and insufficiently banked. As on 31st December, 2022, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd has a national footprint of 1,752 branches and 2,814 ATMs, and branches in GIFT City and DIFC (Dubai).

For more information, visit the company’s website at

About Sonata Finance Private Limited

Sonata Finance Private Limited is a Non-Banking Finance Company (NBFC) having its registered office at Lucknow. It was acquired by Mr Anup Kumar Singh in January 2006 and was converted to NBFC-MFI on 3rd December, 2013. The Company is present into advancing micro finance loans to economically weaker section of the society and in particular to women through Joint Liability Group (JLG) and individual lending (IL) model. The Company is operating in 10 states through 502 branches and has active loans of around 9 lakhs with 2,882 employees as of 31st December 2022.

Hyundai Motor India Renews Partnership With Indian Women Cricketers Smriti, Shafali, Jemimah And Signs Up Yastika & Renuka

Hyundai Motor India Ltd, India’s first Smart Mobility Solutions Provider and largest exporter since inception today announced the next edition of #TheDriveWithin campaign with 5 Indian Women Cricketers - Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Yastika Bhatia and Renuka Singh.  Hyundai continues to recognise & motivate these rising sport stars as a catalyst in this action packed women cricket calendar of 2023.

Commenting on the campaign launch, Mr.Tarun Garg, Chief Operating Officer, Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) said, “Hyundai Motor India deeply affiliates with our country’s sports spirit with a strong resolve to support the upcoming talent in the country. Athletes throughout the world are empowered by conviction and determination and they put in years of arduous training to become the best contenders at a global level. Driven by the same spirit within our organization, we aim to provide the best experience to our customers with our world-class products and future mobility solutions. #TheDriveWithin Campaign since 2022, has been the expression of Hyundai to bring forward the authentic narratives of Indian women cricketers and highlight their drive for victory so as to foster the spirit of sportsmanship across the country. It was so amazing to hear the illustrious accomplishments & stories of Smriti, Jemimah, Yastika & Renuka. At the same time, we missed Shafali at the shoot for the campaign, as she was making India proud on the global stage with the recent win”

Commenting on the association, the Five Cricketers from the Indian Women’s Cricket Team said:

Ms. Smriti Mandhana, “I have always known Hyundai to be an iconic and inspirational brand across the world. I am happy to be associated with a brand which is pioneering a Customer First approach & Future Mobility solutions. I look forward to being part of the Hyundai family and its captivating growth journey.”

Ms. Renuka Singh Thakur, "Connecting people with quality time. This is what Hyundai believes in and their vision is the true testament of the same. I am grateful to be part of the Hyundai Family and looking forward to this association as I pace myself towards grander growth."

Ms. Yastika Bhatia, “Being a Hyundai owner myself, it is a matter of sheer pride & honour. I look forward to being part of the Hyundai family and tagging along with their growth journey.”

Ms. Jemimah Rodrigues, “Tremendously happy to continue my relationship with Hyundai. It is highly motivating to be associated with a progressive brand like Hyundai which deeply shares the spirit of cricket and continuously puts efforts to support in every way”

Ms. Shafali Verma, “I’m pleased to be a part of the Hyundai family, which means a lot to me. Being committed to perform at the highest level and aiming to bring the best for the country is something we mutually share as our core belief.”

The #TheDriveWithin campaign shares immense synergy with HMI’s core fundamentals as it dives further to understand the perseverance and the grit of these path-breaking players. This campaign marks the celebration of these world-renowned women cricketers and a testament to years of gruelling training and hardships. The five individual stories will demonstrate their motivation and serve as a platform for encouraging budding sports talent in the country to win more accolades for India at the global level, making our great country proud.

About HMIL

Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company (HMC). HMIL is India’s first smart mobility solutions provider and the number one car exporter since its inception in India. It currently has 12 car models across segments GRAND i10 NIOS, All New i20, i20 N Line, AURA, VENUE, VENUE N Line, Spirited New VERNA, All New CRETA, ALCAZAR, New TUCSON, KONA Electric and All Electric SUV IONIQ 5. HMIL’s fully integrated state-of-the-art manufacturing plant near Chennai boasts advanced production, quality, and testing capabilities.

HMIL forms a critical part of HMC’s global export hub. It currently exports to around 85 countries across Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Australia, and Asia Pacific. To support its growth and expansion plans, HMIL currently has 583 dealers and more than 1492 service points across India. In its commitment to providing customers with cutting-edge global technology, Hyundai has a modern multi-million-dollar R&D facility in Hyderabad. The R&D centre’s endeavour is to be a centre of excellence in automobile engineering.

APD Is Planning To Reach “14,885 Villages Across Karnataka To Help Spinal Cord Injuries Victims Lead A Meaningful Life”

* Cot to Community: A mission to help spinal cord injuries victims to lead a meaningful life 

About 1.5 million people in India live with spinal cord injuries (SCI), with an addition of 20,000 new cases every year. Nearly 78% of those affected are from rural India. Unfortunately, the cases are the highest in the highly productive age group of 18-30 years. The high treatment cost often causes financial stress on the families of the victims. This also leads to the physical, mental, and social isolation of the victims.  

The Association of People with Disability (APD), was founded in 1959 in Bengaluru by the late N.S. Hema, started an innovative project called “Cot to Community” in 2001 to help socio-economically underprivileged people with spinal cord injuries. The project aims to facilitate early identification and rehabilitation of an SCI victim, thus enhancing the person’s functional independence and aiding in leading a meaningful life. It also seeks to improve the health and well-being, financial security, and social participation of the person while easing the strain of being a caregiver. This approach increases their chances of getting an education, finding employment and being a part of social engagements.  

APD received a grant of ?5 crores in 2022 through HCL Grant, a CSR commitment by HCL Foundation, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of HCLTech, to implement the project across 14,885 villages in Karnataka. The project aims to reach 2,962 patients with spinal cord injuries as well as 33,924 diverse stakeholders.  

In the last 10 months, saturated coverage of 18 districts was made possible through 44 dedicated staff serving 1512 Persons with Spinal cord Injury and 14412 stakeholders on Spinal cord Injury prevention and Management.62 beneficiaries underwent livelihood training for the entrepreneurship model, 236 Persons with Spinal cord Injury received assistive devices to achieve functional independence and 320  beneficiaries were extended with medical intervention supports to prevent and manage secondary complications after spinal cord Injury. The project also paved a tremendous inclusion opportunity through para-sports, where 30 beneficiaries were professionally trained in sporting events like Wheelchair basketball, para kayaking, para climbing, wheelchair badminton, and archery. 12 beneficiaries bagged 43 state-level and national-level medals. The impact of the project was also presented at two international forums, the Asian Spinal cord Injury Conference 2022 in New Delhi and the International Spinal Cord Injury Society Conference 2022 in Vancouver, Canada. 

APD has built a distinctive E3 model that enables, equips, and empowers the specially abled, using a robust community-focused approach. APD helps patients achieve a holistic quality of life by giving them access to multiple services including physical, social, psychological, accessibility, sports, recreation, and community re-integration.  

“Every human being has the right to live with dignity and have equal opportunities. To assist survivors to become independent and valued members of society, we need to develop the ecosystem via awareness, capacity building, and sensitization. The Association of People with Disabilities is engaged in a monumental mission by ensuring that people with disability have access to equal opportunities, entitlements, empathy, and integration,” said Dr. Nidhi Pundhir, Vice-President, Global CSR, HCL Foundation, while praising the Cot to Community project. 

APD is the pioneer organization in India offering comprehensive SCI rehabilitation. The charitable society supports children and adults with a range of disabilities including locomotor problems, spinal cord injury, speech and hearing impairment, cerebral palsy as well as mental issues through its various programs in rural and urban Karnataka. So far it has impacted the lives of over 5,00,000 PWDs from underserved neighborhoods.  

APD received the NCPEDP-Mindtree Helen Keller Award in 2019, the Award for contribution to Mental Health from NIMHANS and the E-Innovation Award from MUGU International Foundation in 2018. 

FADA Releases January’23 Vehicle Retail Data For The State of Karnataka

The Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) released Vehicle Retail Data for January’23 for the State of Karnataka.  

January’23 Retails 

Commenting on how January’23 performed, FADA Karnataka State Chairperson, Mr Dharma Teja G said, “The month of January has been a great start to the calendar year in Karnataka for Auto retail. All the categories have seen a strong growth with 2 W at 27.5%, PV at 17% , 3W at 113% , CV at 21% and tractors are 15%. We are hoping that the momentum will continue for the rest of the year.”  

Crown Records Management Inaugurates The Third Phase Of Records Management Centre In Chennai

Crown Worldwide Group, the world's largest privately held group of international logistics and related services companies, is pleased to announce the opening of the third phase of its state of art Records Management Centre in Chennai. As part of its commitment to provide an enhanced level of support to the clients, the records centre is one of its kind in the records management space in India.

The facility, with the addition of third phase shall store over 1.8 million standard carton equivalent (SCEs) and an additional 40,000 vault storage. The facility is equipped with the latest technology and security features to ensure the safekeeping of vital documents and records.

Crown has been operating here for the last 26 years in India having records management centres across 13 locations in New Delhi, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Indore, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata. The new facility will encourage deeper engagement with clients such as financial services, healthcare, legal, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries with the need for business information storage

The inauguration ceremony on Feb 10, 2023 shall be led by Tze Sheng Kong (CEO Asia, Crown Worldwide Group), Srinivas Krishnan (Regional Managing Director – South Asia, Crown Worldwide Group) and Praveen Joseph (Assistant Vice President – South Asia, Crown Records Management).

The facility is equipped with advanced fire suppression systems, CCTV surveillance, and biometric access control to ensure the safety and security of the records stored in it. Additionally, the centre is climate-controlled to protect the records from extreme temperatures and humidity.

The new facility will enable Crown Records Management to offer its customers in Chennai and surrounding areas with a range of records management services including document storage, document imaging, and document destruction. This expansion will also create additional employment opportunities in the region.

"We are delighted to inaugurate the third phase of our records centre in Chennai," said Tze Shen Kong, CEO Asia, Crown Worldwide Group. "This expansion will allow us to better serve our customers in the region and contribute to the growth of the local economy."

Speaking on the development, Srinivas Krishnan, Regional Managing Director – South Asia, Crown Worldwide Group said “Since the acquisition of land in the year 2013 till date for our second wholly owned state of the art facility,  our Chennai operation has witnessed unprecedented growth and with the construction of vault and servicing office in Asthinapuram based on request plus feedback mainly from our existing and new BFSI ( Banking and Financial Services Industry )customers , we have been able to deliver enhanced value in this important market. We look to maintain the growth trend in this market in the near future in addition to our growing digital services.”

About Crown Records Management

Crown Records Management helps clients to maximize the value of their "corporate memory" through the storage, active management and smart and timely distribution of information assets.

With experts working around the world, Crown Records Management also offers data consultancy services, helping organizations manage the practicalities, legalities and risks of coping with increasing quantities of corporate data.

Crown's new generation of facilities set the highest standards in security, safety and work-flow efficiency. In 40 countries, we provide secure archiving and retrieval of information in physical and electronic format, as well as digital imaging, media management and data destruction.

Working with the financial services, healthcare, legal, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and many public sector organizations, Crown Records Management gives organizations the "power of memory."

Crown Records Management is part of the Crown Worldwide Group, established in 1965 and headquartered in Hong Kong.

Crown Records Management – The power of memory –

FIGSI Solicits Policy Changes To Give Boost To Stone, Granite Industry

The 15th edition of the spectacular bi-annual STONA, the third largest international Stone Fair, in Bengaluru  is all set to begin on Feb 15th at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre. STONA 2023. The 4 – day long STONA Exhibition will be host to over 3000 stalls spanning over an area of more than 40,000 Sqm with country pavilions from China, Turkey, Iran, Sweden, besides the multiple individual exhibitors who will be participating from various countries. 

A flagship initiative of the Federation of Indian Granite & Stone Industry (FIGSI), STONA will be on till February 18th 2023 STONA has been working for the scientific development of the stone industry since 1983. The international stone fair serves is a veritable ground for new opportunities, facilitating to build relationships between domestic and international business houses, connecting designers, artisans, exporters and allied industry professionals. Not surprisingly, STONA is viewed across the world as the most preferred stage to promote natural stone and allied industries since 1987. 

A commendable journey

STONA has come a long way since its first edition in 1987, having grown by leaps and bounds over the last four decades, enabling exports to cross Rs 15000 crores by year 2022. The investment in the stone industry likewise has witnessed a steep climb in the country during this period, crossing Rs 50,000 crores and employing over 2 million. The 15th edition of STONA 2023 will be held between 15th to 18th February, where business generation is expected to cross over Rs 1000 crores in natural stones of India. STONA 2023 will also have on display a lot of new machinery introduced in the stone industry. 

Besides the stalls, STONA 2023 will also host two seminars, one pertaining to geology, on the topic of ‘Sustainable quarrying of natural stones’ where scientists and eminent speakers will participate. The second seminar will be on architecture on the topic of ‘Sustainable use of natural stones in architecture’ where prominent architects from across the country will deliberate. 

Given the strong intent to promote stone artisans of India, a special initiative, Shilpgram, will be host to 30 leading artisans from across the country, exhibiting their skills. 

"Stona is a biannual event in the stone industry that provides a platform for manufacturers, exporters, suppliers and service providers to showcase their products, services and technology. Stona is a great opportunity for the stone industry to network and collaborate, as well as to stay up-to-date with the latest developments and trends in the industry," said Ishwinder Singh, President, FIGSI.

"Stona is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the stone industry. The event provides a platform for companies to showcase their products and services, network with other professionals, and learn about the latest developments and trends in the industry. Whether you are a manufacturer, exporter, supplier, or service provider, Stona is an excellent opportunity to promote your business, make new contacts, and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry," added Mr Manoj Kumar Singh, Chairman, STONA and Vice-President FIGSI. 

STONA 2023 will be inaugurated by Shri Halappa Achar, Hon’ble Minister of Mines and Geology, Government of Karnataka. Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Basavaraj Bommai will be the Chief Guest for the Valedictory function.

Challenges faced by the stone industry 

India is home to the second largest deposit of natural stones in the world, housing 15 per cent of the world’s natural stone reserves, equivalent to 46.23 billion cubic metres. The country is also one of the top 5 granite producing countries, along with China and Brazil. It stands in third position in the world natural stone trade, employing 2 million people. Our exports of natural stones crossed $2.2 billion (Rs 15000 crores) in 2022.  

Yet, issues continue to plague the stone industry, hampering its smooth working. For instance, the stone industry, especially granite, is facing severe shortage of raw materials. “This is chiefly due to the closure of many quarries in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The growth of the processing sector for the industry too has been very fast, with multiple processing units having been set up in the quarrying districts to meet the spiralling demand in domestic and international markets. But unfortunately the supply of raw materials has not kept pace with this growth to keep the units running. This calls for suitable policy changes, both at the State and National level”, stated Mr Ishwinder Singh, while elaborating on the challenges faced by the industry. 

The industry has also been facing other challenges such as competition from countries like China, Turkey, Brazil and Iran. There has also been unfair competition from similar products such as quartz, ceramic, porcelain, glass, negatively impacting the natural stone industry. False propaganda carried out about usage of child labour, radiation from stones affecting health, have again negatively impacted the natural stone industry. 

Soliciting policy changes 

Effective address of these challenges requires key policy changes starting from giving long term quarry lease of 30-50 years with guaranteed renewals/ extensions. The auction system needs to be dispensed with, replaced by royalty collection which is more practical. This would end illegal quarrying too and corruption, besides earning more for the State Exchequer. The quarry leases too need to be time bound, along with relaxation of conditions prescribed in environment clearance for the smaller quarries. 

Commenting on the accumulated quarry waste, Mr S Krishna Prasad, General Secretary, FIGSI stated, “Currently there is huge accumulation of quarry waste which is a major threat to environment. This waste needs to be constructively utilised as a value added product as well as meet social issues such as prevention of coastal erosion, use of aggregates and M-sand as replacement for natural river sand, usage in road construction, to name a few. In short the waste needs to be viewed as an asset and used in accordance as done in countries like China.”  

The recovery percentage of saleable blocks too needs rationalisation as currently this is low, varying from 5 to 20 per cent due to inconsistency in colour and texture, geological disturbances such as hairline fractures, joint spacing, integration of mineral constituents, long planes giving non-uniform patterns. Besides these, easy import of granite blocks should be permitted to add variety as well as permit Indian industry to take up projects across the world. Lastly, since everything boils down to economics, it is imperative that the current level of GST is reduced to 5 per cent on blocks and 12 per cent on slabs and tiles, to make our natural stone industry more competitive. 

Way forward

With the right policy support in place that is conducive for growth of the natural stone industry, the annual growth going forward can be expected to reach 10-15 per cent, aided by an increase in exports to the tune of 15 to 20 per cent. Creating conducive atmosphere will also push up investments to Rs 1 lakh crore from the current Rs 50,000 crores, providing employment to an additional 15 lakh skilled and semi-skilled workers in both rural and semi-urban areas.

Mr. Nadir Godrej Honored With 'Most Respected Indian Industrialist Of The Year' Award

Mr. Nadir Godrej was presented with the ’Most Respected Indian Industrialist of the Year’ Award by Hurun India for significantly contributing to the country’s growth by presenting innovative products and solutions to India through the business.

Hurun India's annual 'Most Respected Entrepreneurs Dinner' was curated to be an evening celebrating a confluence of ideas of like-minded entrepreneurs and leaders from across generations and seasons in Indian business. Journeys and contributions to India Inc by some of India's leading entrepreneurs were celebrated and brought to light through the awards ceremony.

Mr. Godrej expressed his appreciation for this recognition and said, “It is indeed an honor to receive this prestigious award from Hurun India. I believe we at Godrej are privileged to be a part of our country’s growth journey by being able to serve our nation through our innovative products and solutions. From providing agri-solutions to protecting the nation from vector-borne diseases or providing sustainable living, the Group’s various businesses have constantly aligned themselves to India’s aspirations. Our work over decades expresses our undying commitment to India and we shall continue with our endeavour to keep on transforming into something new to help bring out the best for our Nation. I wish to thank our 750 million plus consumers in India, our colleagues at Godrej, and Hurun India for this recognition”

Memorable Vacation With Club Mahindra Virajpet & Club Mahindra Madikeri In Coorg

Coorg is a mesmerizing hill town in the Karnataka region that is home to expansive coffee plantations, towering hills, and fascinating waterfalls. It is often referred to as ‘the Scotland of India,’ and provides numerous opportunities for visitors to get up close with nature and its wonders. Club Mahindra Virajpet and Club Mahindra Madikeri are the resorts located in the heart of Coorg, making them the preferred holiday destinations.

Club Mahindra Virajpet is a legendary location tucked away in the Western Ghats. Here, luxury and nature come together to create a variety of magical moments. It is the ideal family vacation spot surrounded by nature, warm hospitality, and intriguing experiences. One can discover the art of coffee making, take a refreshing walk through the aromatic coffee estates, observing young elephants playing in the water or camp beneath a starry sky. The resort has an ultra-modern architecture and is renowned for its stunning location amidst dense jungles and coffee plantations. It has several adventure activities, and coffee spas and therapies which make it the ideal atmosphere for fun and relaxation.

Adorned by the Western Ghats on all sides, Madikeri is a quaint town in Coorg. An extension of nature itself is the Club Mahindra Madikeri resort. You are sure to feel at home with its overwhelming hospitality, extravagant cuisine, and larger-than-life luxuries. The resort has a stunning location amidst dense jungles & coffee plantations. It is the perfect amalgamation of modern amenities and traditional Kodagu architecture. The resorts offer the perfect setting for recreation and relaxation. Large windows and spacious rooms invite you to enjoy the beautiful greenery that surrounds the resort.

The scenic beauty, dense forests, and coffee plantations in Coorg make it a perfect holiday destination. Each visit to a Club Mahindra resort is distinctive and different.

Household Brand SYSKA Launches Remote Controlled BLDC Effecta SFR1500 Ceiling Fans

·         The ceiling fan saves up to 50% power

·         In line with the government’s Make in India initiative, the fans are manufactured locally

Syska Group, the leading FMEG brand in India today announced the launch of BLDC Effecta SFR1500 ceiling fan. The BLDC fans have energy-saving technology that can reduce power consumption by up to 50%. The line of fans by Syska has been designed and developed with the goal of meeting consumer needs and preferences while being ecologically sound.

Ceiling fans are the major means of cooling with over 90 million fans installed in homes. Fans consume 25% of all domestic energy, making it as one of India's biggest consumers of energy. With the aim to support Syska's energy-saving objectives, the company introduced the most energy-efficient ceiling fan, which is quieter and requires less maintenance. Along with its powerful BLDC motor, the fan offers air delivery of 220cmm and blade sweep of 1200mm and consumes 30 Watt.

Commenting on the fan, Mr. Rajesh Uttamchandani, Director, Syska Group said, “Affordability and sustainability are at the heart of what Syska does. In keeping with this tradition of providing both components in our products, we are pleased to introduce the newest model to our line of ceiling fans. Our brand-new BLDC Effecta SFR1500 ceiling fan is made with the goal of reducing energy consumption while helping consumers in reducing power costs and electricity bills, thus addressing the fundamental issue of energy consumption when using an appliance.”

Key features of Syska BLDC Effecta SFR1500 ceiling fan:

·         Dust resistance- Dust resistance has been added to the fans by the application of corrosion-free paint

·         Remote control- The fan can be operated through the remote

·         Silent Performance- The fan blade has been carefully designed to offer silent performance

·         Superior metallic finish- The fan has been given a superior metallic finish that adds a touch of beauty and elegance to the consumer’s home

·         Aerodynamic blade- The aerodynamic blades ensure higher air delivery

This Made in India fan can be easily installed without any hassle. Customers will be able to purchase the product across leading retail stores. To make it aesthetically pleasing for the consumers, the BLDC Effecta ceiling fan is available in White, Black, Bakers brown, Sand grey, Black & White and Black & Ivory. The fan can be purchased at Rs. 6,999/- across leading retail stores.

Tata Motors Ends Introductory Pricing For Tiago.ev Across India

* India’s most affordable EV now starts at a price of INR 8.69 Lakh

Tata Motors, India’s leading automobile manufacturer and the pioneer of the EV revolution in India, today announced the new price of the Tiago.ev, bringing to an end the launch pricing offered to its first 20,000 customers. The Tiago.ev now starts at INR 8.69 Lakh (All India - Ex-showroom). This price increase of INR 20,000 across all the variants has been kept to a minimum, so that the Tiago.ev remains an attractive proposition for new customers looking to buy an Exciting, Effortless and Eco-friendly premium hatchback.

Commenting on this exciting news, Mr. Vivek Srivatsa, Head, Marketing, Sales and Service Strategy, Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd., said, “The Tiago.ev is a special product as it is making electric mobility accessible and mainstream. It has received a phenomenal response from customers making it the ‘Fastest Booked EV’ in India with 10,000 units being booked on the first day and 20,000 bookings achieved within a month.

“It is now time for us to move to the next leg of this journey. To continue extending the fervour of this exciting product to more customers without any compromise, we are happy to announce the starting price of the Tiago.ev range at INR 8.69 Lakh, a nominal INR 20,000 hike from the proposed introductory price – committing to our promise of democratising the EV market and keeping the product accessible to all by retaining the starting price below 10 lakhs.”

The Tiago.ev is the first in its segment to offer best-in-class connected features as standard across all trims, which are usually available in more premium cars. It comes with two options of battery packs and four different charging solutions, enabling customers to choose the combination that best serves their mobility needs. With its thrilling, yet easy to drive experience amidst a luxurious ambience, the Tiago.ev is on its way to become the favourite electric hatchback of every family member. To know more about the Tiago.ev, customers can visit or visit nearest dealership.

India’s Millennials And GenZ Want Usage Based Insurance That Rewards Safe Driving: Study By Zuno General Insurance

* Edelweiss General Insurance is now Zuno General Insurance

Edelweiss General Insurance has announced its new identity as Zuno General Insurance Limited (Zuno GI). Zuno GI is a new age digital insurer with an aspiration to reimagine and redefine Insurance to make it easy, friendly, and transparent. It is built on the premise that any kind of general insurance should be simple, easy, and straightforward.

The name brings alive the company’s passion, enthusiasm, and singular focus on providing customers with the most convenient and hassle-free experience powered by tech that’s responsive and intuitive. The name and identity represents the young, innovative, approachable, digital native and upbeat personality of the brand and resonates with the Millennial and GenZ audience.

Along with the new identity, the company has launched a consumer study titled ‘Usage Based Insurance: Decoding Awareness, Perception and Behaviour’. The study was done to understand Millennial and GenZ’s awareness, understanding and consideration for UBI. Zuno General Insurance has been fore fronting the concept of usage-based insurance (UBI) in India for almost three years now.

Key highlights of the research:

*  65% respondents feel that people in India are safe drivers.

*  90% respondents want to get a driving score that indicates how safe they drive.

*  58% respondents are aware of usage-based insurance.

*  70% respondents have strong intention to buy usage-based insurance over other insurance options.

*  Rewards for safe driving’ & ‘Driving score’ are the top two influential factors to opt for usage-based insurance.

*  76% respondents strongly believe that getting a driving score will help improve their driving skills.

*  95% respondents believe rewarding safe driving will positively influence driving behavior.

Speaking at the launch, Shanai Ghosh, MD & CEO, Zuno General Insurance, said, “Zuno GI is all about reimagining Insurance to make it easy, transparent, and friendly using three pillars of customer experience, innovation, and digital delivery platforms. We will always listen to our customers and offer them smart, simple solutions in the most convenient and hassle-free way. We put this aim to action with the UBI report where we sought to assess the understanding and perception of UBI among young, mobile savvy Indian customers. The findings have been extremely insightful and has validated our conviction about the potential of UBI in India, encouraging us to continue investing in this category that we pioneered in 2020.”

“Telematics is a silver lining for motor insurance industry in India. It allows us to offer personalized solutions and experience to our customers. Given the exponential growth of smartphone users in the country, telematics-based solutions will appeal to the digital natives empowering them to see and influence the pricing they get on Motor Insurance. With the findings of the report, we wish to drive awareness of new concepts like UBI which will not only link premium to your usage and driving but also encourage safe driving practices in the country”, Shanai added.

Zuno GI was the first in the country to launch usage-based insurance using mobile telematics and has been developing this category since 2020. Last year, the company launched SWITCH, India’s first mobile telematics based, on-demand motor insurance product. The policy is an app that shows customers the savings that is accumulating because of good driving for every drive. SWITCH encourages people to become safer drivers which is good for their own safety, their family and overall, for the society.

Zuno General Insurance conducted the survey in eight cities - Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, and Ahmedabad, in collaboration with Crownit.

About Zuno General Insurance:

Zuno General Insurance, formerly known as Edelweiss General Insurance, is a new-age digital insurer with an aspiration to reimagine Insurance to make it easy, friendly, and transparent. Amidst all the jargon and seriousness, Zuno is the friendly voice speaking in a language you understand, and listening to what you have to say, stepping in at the right time, so that you don’t have to worry when things don’t go as planned. Zuno is the friend you can turn for help with the confidence that we will have you’re your back at all times.

At Zuno GI, the focus is on building trust through digital solutions that are intuitive and responsive, using consumer insights and data analytics to drive innovation and experience. Our consumer insight driven strategy focused on customers experience, innovative solutions and an intuitive digital platform differentiates us in a competitive market.

Zuno GI started operations in 2018. We have over 3 million customers and a growing omni-channel distribution on digital rails. The company has presence across key digital marketing places and partnerships with OLA, Dunzo, Cleartrip, Indira IVF, PolicyBazaar, PhonePe, Zopper, Tata Motors, Novo, Fed Bank financial services, Spinny, Insurance Dekho, Bajaj Capital, Avanse Financial Services, etc.


Women’s Premier League Will Unearth Stars Of The Future…, Says Cricketer Mithali Raj On 'Duologue With Barun Das

* Streaming just ahead of the T20 women’s world cup, former two-time captain of the Indian women cricket team Mithali Raj pours her heart out in a new season of Duologue with Barun Das on News9 Plus. She talks about the gamechanger for women’s cricket – WPL - where she mentors the Gujarat Giants team, building an ecosystem that encourages women to take up sports in India, BCCI’s progressive pay parity, and her eagerness at taking a sports administrator role.

Mithali Raj, known for her unparalleled batting skills and fierce determination on the cricket field, revealed a new facet of her personality on ‘Duologue with Barun Das’ streaming now on the world’s first news OTT – News9 Plus.

“Mithali’s unique perspective on leadership and well-structured ideas on bridging the gap in a ‘man vs woman’ sporting culture made the duologue an insightful and memorable one,” said Barun Das, MD & CEO of TV9 Network who also dons host’s hat on the series.

Asked if she is ready to take up the role of an administrator after a successful cricketing career, Raj said, “Yes. If I can be part of any role in administration to chalk out the structure for the grass root level or to (create) a yearly calendar for women’s cricket… and always (be) there for women cricketers whenever they feel the need to talk something out.”

While recounting the multiple successes she encountered in her 23-year-long professional journey, Raj also candidly shared some of her regrets. “Despite being part of six world cups that I have played, I couldn’t get… the trophy. That probably is one thing that is missing in my cabin,” she expressed.

Being forthright comes naturally to the former captain. On the very first episode, she discloses her reasons for announcing her retirement from cricket on social media on 8th June 2022. But moving beyond bygones, Raj spoke on the critical role media plays in shaping public perception of female athletes and expressed her desire for furthering equal representation and opportunities as her male counterparts.

“Why BCCI is able to have a pay parity now is because for a long time the (women’s) team has been doing well. They have gradually started to market it because the team is giving results and marketing helped to let people come and watch or probably view it on any platform or television and that’s how you got digital rights. Other federations also need to do that,” she said.

About her confidence of women’s cricket attracting audiences, Raj said that marketing and timing are important. “If you don’t show the matches in prime time and if it is not a weekend, then I’m not sure if we can have crowds turning up for the matches,” she said on the upcoming Women’s Premier League slated for March 2023. However, she if confident about the format. “The WPL definitely will unearth a lot of stars of the future & increase the pool of talent that we have in our domestic structure,” she added.

Barun Das complimented Mithali Raj’s leadership style and drew similarities with his own. On the ultimate episode of the series titled ‘Lessons in Leadership,’ Das asked Raj on her huddle with team members before a match. “Do you tell your team ‘Let’s go and fight’ or do you tell them ‘Let’s go and win’?” he asks. The former captain’s response is sure to go up on pin boards in dressing rooms of cricketing teams the world over.

Duologue with Barun Das featuring Mithali Raj is a new season of four webisodes on News9 Plus.

EP1: Making of a Role Model

EP2: Not Out! Women in Blue

EP3: The Battle of Equals

EP4: Lessons in Leadership

Duologue with Barun Das is a cerebral conversation with a legend or a legend in the making. As the title suggests, it is a two-way interaction to enable exchange of ideas in a free-flowing manner. Duologue is not provoked by headline management but to evolve emancipated influencer conversations.

To watch the episodes, download the News9Plus app here:

The series is also available on the News9 Plus website:

Flexibility To Create With The NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 In Indian Market

Superior image quality with easy operation

Despite the lens’ build, it packs a punch in terms of performance. Dynamic images that make the most of background blur and perspective are made possible with the lens’ minimum focus distance of 0.2m, so get closer and witness the superiority of the NIKKOR Z optics. 

Designed to expand the range of scenes and subjects, as well as creative possibilities, users can rely on the lens for everyday use. Whether shooting handheld or in low-light situations, the lens’ bright maximum aperture of f/2.8 provides flexibility to capture sharp and clear images by minimising camera shake with a potentially faster shutter speed. Emphasise your subjects, especially useful for capturing portrait shots with beautiful bokeh, with the f/2.8 brightness and depth of field. In addition, high precision autofocus control is delivered by a stepping motor (STM), while accurate focus adjustment on top of a comfortable operation is realised by a control ring.

Designed for seamless usability 

The NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 is the embodiment of precision and sharpness with its dynamic and tiered form, and great attention to detail. A dedicated lens hood helps to retain the slim design of the lens while protecting the protruded parts. Users can also attach 52mm filter to the lens hood for further creativity.

Feel at ease on never missing out a spontaneous moment with the NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8. Its non-retractable barrel design allows users to start capturing immediately without having to extend the lens – a boon for capturing those elusive moments that would be missed if you’re not prepared to shoot them. The lens’ subtle extension means users enjoy a precise look and feel while shooting.

Customise the shooting experience with the lens’ control ring to set frequently used functions such as focus (M/A), ISO sensitivity, aperture, or exposure compensation on the lens itself.

Adding on to the robust qualities of this everyday lens is the dust-and-drip resistant4 design which helps to prevent dust and liquid from entering the lens. Further protect the slim lens with a dedicated push-on cap that can be attached to either the lens or its hood. Capping off the sophisticated design is the adoption of metal parts and components for a sleek and sophisticated design of form and function.

1 Based on Nikon research of AF lenses for interchangeable-lens mirrorless cameras equipped with a full-frame (35mm [135] equivalent) image sensor available as of February 7, 2023.

2 Amongst NIKKOR Z lenses available as of February 7, 2023.

3 When used with a DX-format camera, the angle of view is close to the standard 39 mm (equivalent in 35mm [135] format).

4 Thorough dust- and drip-resistance is not guaranteed under all conditions or in all situations.


For more information on the new NIKKOR Z 26mm f/2.8 and other Nikon products,  visit

About Nikon India

Nikon India distributes, markets and services the complete range of Nikon imaging products, Nikon Sport Optics and Nikon Biological range of Microscopes. The Nikon Imaging includes Nikon Mirrorless Z series, Nikon D-SLR, the Nikon COOLPIX and range of NIKKOR lenses & accessories. Nikon India operations also includes the sales, services, and application support for Nikon Biological range of Microscopes and its accessories. Headquartered in Gurgaon, Nikon has branch offices in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Delhi. Nikon India has total of five Nikon owned Service Centers (4 Branches and 1 Headquarter), 23 ASCs (authorized service centers), 14 Nikon Collection Centers and over 1500 dealer base for complete service & support for Nikon customers. Nikon has also set up 140 Experience zones pan India which showcases the entire range of Nikon Mirrorless series, D-SLR cameras, COOLPIX cameras and an elaborate range of NIKKOR lenses, Nikon Sport Optics and accessories.

For more information, visit or discover the Z series mirrorless camera system and experience new possibilities here  

“Consumers Are Now More Health Conscious And Financially Prepared, However Need To Be More Consistent In Following A Healthy Lifestyle"

* Aditya Birla Health Insurance Report Unveils India’s New Health Normal

·        85% of the population prefer cutting down on some luxury items and spend more on health insurance

·        89% of the respondents believe that mental health consulting should be included in their health insurance

·        35% believed that people were hesitant of reaching out to mental health experts because of the cost implication

·        84% of people believe their awareness of health and wellness-related issues has increased post-COVID

·        More than half of the respondents (52%) in our survey claim to have set aside money to use in case of medical emergencies.

·        Nearly one in every three respondents (32%) admit that they do not monitor health stats regularly, such as weight and blood pressure

Aditya Birla Health Insurance Co. Limited. (ABHICL), the health insurance subsidiary of Aditya Birla Capital Limited (ABCL), a significant non-bank financial services conglomerate, unveiled The New Health Normal report. As a key player in the health ecosystem in India, ABHICL undertook the survey, designed to identify the key changes in consumer behavior from a health perspective. This research was conducted with 6600 respondents across 19 key cities covering the length and breadth of India.

The rise in uncertainty and anxiety that came hand in hand with Covid-19 has brought a strong focus on the issue of mental health. The report shows that two out of three respondents still feel hesitant in reaching out to an expert to talk about their mental health because of cost implication and society’s perception whereas 89% of the respondents believe that mental health consultation should be included in their health insurance.  Hence, there is an urgent need to increase awareness on mental health. The insurance sector is now getting actively involved as the scale of mental health issues in the ‘New Normal’ has never been bigger.

Speaking on the findings of the research, Mr. Mayank Bathwal, CEO, Aditya Birla Health Insurance, said, “Due to the pandemic, in the ‘New Health Normal’, people are realising the importance of a health-focused lifestyle and are actively seeking avenues that can support this healthy lifestyle – both online and offline. It has impacted their behavior as well in many ways – the technology they use, how closely they monitor their diet, do they exercise regularly etc. However, as ever, adopting a new habit is a challenge for most, and the need of the hour is to motivate and encourage people to complete the last mile in their health journey.”

The survey findings further attempt to decode people’s view towards exercising. It shows that more than half of our respondents (50%) searched and watched online fitness videos whereas 69% of the respondents use wearables to check their health stats and to track their targeted number of steps. However, nearly one in every three respondents (32%) admit that they do not monitor health stats regularly, such as weight and blood pressure. Another interesting revelation was the attention among people toward financial preparedness. The pandemic has certainly changed the outlook toward financial readiness among people, especially regarding medical urgency.

Health insurance awareness has increased in the past few years and more people are investing in health insurance with each passing year. Around 52% of respondents said that they have estimated the requirement and planned for such emergencies. Whereas 78.5 % of Indians believe that are actively seeking an employer that insures their family’s medical expenses.

“As a brand, we, at Aditya Birla Health Insurance, believe in the concept of ‘HealthFirst’. We want our offerings to be aligned with the same idea as we constantly invest in the innovation and designing of new products which are backed by cutting-edge technologies.  Our aim is to reward our customers for practicing a healthy lifestyle and drive them to remain vigilant about their health,” Mr. Mayank Bathwal said.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a drastic change in nearly every aspect of consumer behaviour. ABHI New Health Normal Report shows an evident behaviour transformation in the way Indians look at health and wellness. Consumers are more cautious about their overall health and more prepared for financial emergencies.

Atlassian Introduces New Jira Product Aimed At Aligning Business And Engineering Teams

* Provides tools for every step of software development and every team 

Atlassian Corporation Plc (NASDAQ:TEAM), a leading provider of team collaboration and productivity software and the maker of Jira, Confluence and Bitbucket, today unveiled three advancements to its Jira suite: Jira Product Discovery GA, Jira Work Management free with every Jira Software license, and new Jira Templates at ‘Unleash’, its first ever Agile and DevOps focused event in Berlin. 

Over 100,000 Atlassian customers rely on Jira to help them manage their work. With this launch, Atlassian now has products for every stage of the software development lifecycle. From ideation in Jira Product Discovery, to delivery in Jira Software and collaboration with business teams in Jira Work Management, to support and operations in Jira Service Management, the Jira suite offers a powerful set of connected, yet open, tools to help teams do their best work.  

The key products advancements of the Jira suite and their features: 

Jira Product Discovery is a new product ideation and prioritization tool that connects teams across engineering, sales, marketing and leadership so that they can build the right products, for the right customers at the right time. It makes it easy for great ideas to rise to the surface because the entire team - from sales, to design, to the CEO - can collaborate, add insights, vote for ideas, and contribute to the future success of the product. 

Jira Work Management is included with every new and existing Jira Software license for up to 35,000 users until March 2024 for free. Companies don’t need to spend on additional project management software because everything they need is already connected to the same industry-leading security that powers Jira Software. 

The new Jira workflow and toolchain templates designed by industry experts and Atlassian customers have all the workflows, permission schemes, and even automations and integrations already built-in. Jira templates are free for the entire Jira suite, including Jira Software, Jira Work Management, Jira Product Discovery, and Jira Service Management. 

Together, these announcements around Jira suite of products benefits teams across the entire company to accomplish great work and assists businesses to find, build, and deliver a winning experience for their customers. 

For more information, visit 

About Atlassian 

Atlassian unleashes the potential of every team. Our team collaboration and productivity software help teams organize, discuss, and complete shared work. Teams of more than 250,000 customers, across large and small organizations - including Bank of America, Redfin, NASA, Verizon, and Dropbox - use Atlassian’s project tracking, content creation and sharing, and service management products to work better together and deliver quality results on time. Learn more about our products, including Jira Software, Confluence, Jira Service Management, Trello, Bitbucket, and Jira Align at 

Polycab India Ltd. Announced As The Official Partner For Upcoming ICC Global Events In 2023

·         Polycab India Limited. will be a partner in all major men’s and women’s ICC events

Polycab India Limited. (Polycab), India’s leading electrical goods company with a consolidated turnover of INR 122+ billion in FY22, today, announced an official partnership with the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The partnership will include Polycab’s sponsorship of all major men’s and women’s ICC global events scheduled until the end of 2023, including the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa, the ICC World Test Championship Final in the United Kingdom, and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 scheduled in India.

Polycab India has been a well-known brand in Indian households and this association with ICC will help the Company increase its brand visibility and awareness amongst more than 1 billion cricket enthusiasts across the world. Through this partnership, Polycab will aim to deepen its engagement with their existing and future customer’s and drive the message - ‘We Innovate for a Brighter Living’. All communication throughout the tournament will focus on it’s innovative, safe and energy efficient products, build customer and influencer awareness and engagement.

Mr. Nilesh Malani, President & Chief Marketing Officer, Polycab said: “It is a matter of great pride for Polycab, a reputed home-grown brand with presence in 60+ countries, to partner with the International Cricket Council. The game is a passion for millions of fans worldwide, and being driven by the same philosophy, we at Polycab understand the importance of connecting with our customers through their passion. We are delighted to partner with ICC to support cricket and together we will create a memorable experience for our patrons.”

Mr. Anurag Dahiya, Chief Commercial Officer, ICC said: “We are pleased to confirm that Polycab will be an official partner for ICC events up until the end of 2023. We look forward to collaborating with them on our upcoming events, as we deliver our vision of more fans enjoying our sport.”

As an official sponsor of ICC global events, Polycab is proud of the partnership and is thrilled to cheer for Team India along with all its trade, business partners and consumers.

About Polycab:

Polycab India Limited (Polycab) is India’s largest manufacturer of Wires and Cables and one of the fastest growing FMEG companies with a consolidated turnover of INR 122+ billion in FY22. Polycab is at the forefront of providing innovative, safe and energy efficient products to a diverse set of customers via a strong distribution network of 4,600+ authorized dealers and 205,000+ retail outlets. Polycab’s business operations span across India through 25 manufacturing facilities, 15+ offices and 25+ warehouses. Polycab has also served customers in 60+ countries globally. Polycab’s 4,400+ employees are dedicated to upholding robust governance practices, preserving a customer centric culture, having a purpose to serve the communities, and imbibing a genuine sense of ecological consciousness. For further information, visit

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Renault India Introduces The All New 2023 Range Complaint With BS VI Step 2 Emission Norms

* Achieves the transition to BS VI Step 2 emission norms ahead of the deadline 

* Enhanced safety with the addition of Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Traction Control System (TCS) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) as standard features on all cars 

* Renault KWID Becomes Even More Accessible For Customers, With The Launch Of The New RXE Variant At An Attractive Pricing 

Renault, the leading European brand in India, has upgraded its entire range including KIGER, TRIBER and KWID to meet the new BS VI Step 2 emission norms, reflecting Renault’s commitment towards environment friendly vehicles. The new BS VI Step 2 compliant range will also offer enhanced class leading safety features. 

With the implementation of the second step of BS VI, all Renault cars will be equipped with a self-diagnostic device. The device will constantly monitor the vehicle’s emission levels while driving, along with other critical emission devices such as the catalytic converter and oxygen sensors.  

According to Venkatram Mamillapalle, Country CEO & Managing Director, Renault India Operations, “Renault India remains committed to Government of India’s vision for clean and green environment. The launch of new BSVI Step 2 compliant petrol engines across the range will ensure substantial reduction in emissions, thus contributing to a safer and cleaner environment.” 

“Safety is of paramount importance to us and the introduction of new class leading safety features in our new 2023 range further reiterates our commitment towards offering products that can deliver the highest global standards of safety, accessible to Indian customers,” he added. 

Renault’s leading product line-up - KIGER, TRIBER and KWID boasts of the class leading safety features, introduced as part of the upgrade. Both Renault KIGER and TRIBER have set benchmarks in safety with the 4-Star Safety Rating for Adult occupant conferred by Global NCAP, the foremost global car assessment programme. While Renault KIGER offers great performance and sporty drive, Renault TRIBER has been valued for the proposition that it offers in terms of outstanding quality, modularity, and attractive design with superior value packaging.  

Further elevating the safety quotient, the entire Renault range comes equipped with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Traction Control System(TCS) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) as standard features. While ESP and TC features provide vehicle stability and reduces accident risk, TPMS allows the driver to continuously monitor tyre pressures, and adjust accordingly, thus enhancing road safety and efficiency. The Hill Start Assist (HSA) included in the KIGER and TRIBER range along with specific KWID variants, ensures complete value to the customers.  

Renault KWID has redefined the entry segment in India led by its contemporary SUV-inspired design language offering best-in-class features and an economical cost of ownership. The value proposition of KWID is further enhanced with the introduction of the new RXE variant in 1.0L powertrain in MT version, competitively priced at INR 4.69 lakhs. The KWID range gets Turn Indicators on ORVM and Steering Mounted Audio & Phone Controls, offering enhanced passenger comfort. 

Renault TRIBER offers the best level seating space in all rows that can accommodate one to seven adults in comfort in less than 4 meters. It also offers one of the largest boot space of 625L in its category. The new Chrome Finish Exterior Door Handles along with the New Seat Upholstery on the 2023 range accentuates the attractiveness of the TRIBER range. 

The bookings of the new BS VI Step 2 compliant Renault range have commenced from today across all Renault authorized dealerships. 

Renault India is committed to Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ vision. Renault has placed emphasis on having a strong local presence with its Chennai production plant, Logistics & Technology centre and Design studio. Renault KWID, launched in 2015 and manufactured with over 98% localization, truly epitomised the ‘Make in India’ ideology. Continuing with a strong focus on ‘Make in India’ philosophy, Renault India launched TRIBER in 2019 and KIGER in 2021. Both KIGER and TRIBER were conceived, developed, and produced in India, for Indian customers first, before they were taken globally, demonstrating the competence of India’s design, engineering, and world class manufacturing capabilities.  

LTIMindtree Achieves Guidewire PartnerConnect Program Specialization

LTIMindtree [NSE: LTIM, BSE: 540005], a global technology consulting and digital solutions company, today announced that it has achieved the Guidewire PartnerConnect Testing Standards specialization.

LTIMindtree is a Guidewire PartnerConnect Consulting partner at the Select level and works with Guidewire in North America and India. By recognizing its enterprise test solutions through the specialization, LTIMindtree will offer a winning edge to global insurance companies in their transformation journey using the Guidewire platform.

Specializations are regionally based and require partners to demonstrate skills, knowledge, and competency in a particular Guidewire product or solution area. The achievement of specializations enables insurers to have more clarity and insight into which partners have proven capabilities in a region or globally in the case of the Testing Standards specialization. In addition, partners with specializations can better promote their capabilities across Guidewire products and solutions.

“We congratulate LTIMindtree on achieving their most recent Testing Standards specialization within our PartnerConnect Consulting program. We are pleased to recognize their expertise and proven capabilities and look forward to continuing our work together to contribute to the success of our mutual customers,” said Molly Black, Senior Director, Partner Programs and Enablement, Guidewire Software.

David Althoff, Chief Business Officer, Insurance, LTIMindtree, said “LTIMindtree is excited to make continuous progress on building Guidewire capabilities. Our understanding of the insurance domain, experience with core admin platform transformation projects, and specializations in Guidewire Products will empower us to help insurers accelerate their transformation programs efficiently and predictably.”

About LTIMindtree

LTIMindtree is a global technology consulting and digital solutions company that enables enterprises across industries to reimagine business models, accelerate innovation, and maximize growth by harnessing digital technologies. As a digital transformation partner to more than 700 clients, LTIMindtree brings extensive domain and technology expertise to help drive superior competitive differentiation, customer experiences, and business outcomes in a converging world. Powered by nearly 90,000 talented and entrepreneurial professionals across more than 30 countries, LTIMindtree — a Larsen & Toubro Group company — combines the industry-acclaimed strengths of erstwhile Larsen and Toubro Infotech and Mindtree in solving the most complex business challenges and delivering transformation at scale.  For more information, please visit

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CollegeDekho Wins Award At the Education Innovation Summit & Awards 2023

CollegeDekho, India’s largest higher education services ecosystem has won the award for the “Best Enrollment & Admissions Management Solutions of the Year” at the recently concluded Education Innovation Summit & Awards 2023, held in Bengaluru. After their win in the last year’s edition of the same awards in 2022, CollegeDekho’s positive impact on the higher education ecosystem and value proposition proved critical in ensuring this victory for a second consecutive time.   

Since 2015, CollegeDekho has guided over 85 lakh students while successfully ensuring 1.3 lakh admissions, across all its platforms. They began with a vision to create a globally trusted student guidance ecosystem. The company has a unique and innovative Common Application Form (CAF) platform where students can apply to multiple colleges with a single click. Students also benefit from CollegeDekho’s website which offers various information on more than 35,000 colleges and universities across the country. Along with its offerings for students, CollegeDekho also helps more than 1500 colleges with their student recruitment.  

On receiving the award for the category of ‘Best Enrollment & Admissions Management Solutions of the Year’, Ruchir Arora, CEO & Co-Founder, CollegeDekho, expressed his excitement and said, “We are delighted to receive this title twice in a row, which is a testimony of our hard work and goal-oriented vision to create a globally trusted student guidance ecosystem. This motivates us to continue our mission of guiding students from across the country on various higher education related choices that not only open avenues for their employability but also match their interest and capability.” 

In the past year, CollegeDekho has increased its workforce and made key additions to its senior leadership. The company also made strategic acquisitions which have enabled CollegeDekho to strengthen its existing offerings while opening up avenues to explore newer opportunities to positively affect the lives of students. The value proposition of the company has also led existing investors to double down on their investment by pumping USD 9 million into the company. 

Reliance Health Infinity Policy Offers Upto 7.5% Discount On Premium to Customers

In a move to reward customers for being financially fit, Reliance General Insurance Company Ltd. is offering as high as 7.5%* discount on insurance premiums to customers who have high credit scores and good credit report. Customers buying new or renewing their existing Reliance Health Infinity Policy can avail this unique benefit based on their good credit score. 

A good credit score indicates financial discipline of a customer. To encourage such disciplines and good financial habits, Reliance General Insurance has introduced the credit score-based discount.  

Reliance Health Infinity Policy also offers discount on premium basis Body-Mass-Index (BMI) to reward healthy living. Customers with Normal** BMI can avail discount on premium. 

Besides, the Company promotes preventive vaccination among its customers by offering 2.5* per cent discount on insurance premiums (on new policy and renewal**) to those who have taken the COVID-19 vaccines or Booster shot or even other vaccines like Human Papillomavirus vaccine or Pneumococcal vaccine. 

Reliance Health Infinity Policy comes with limitless benefits*; high sum insured up to Rs 5 Crores, features like MoreGlobal Cover*, Maternity Cover, OPD Cover, unlimited restoration of sum insured, and fifteen plus useful add-on benefits. 

Art Embodying Forwardism - BMW Group India Presents India Art Fair

* Special showcase of the second ‘The Future is Born of Art’ commission.

* BMW Art Talk – Raw and Radical.

* #BMWIndia #SheerDrivingPleasure #BMWi7 #BMWArtTalk

Showcasing the symbol of forwardism, BMW Group India will exhibit the first-ever BMW i7 at the latest edition of India Art Fair from 9 – 12 February 2023 at the NSIC Exhibition Grounds in New Delhi. India Art Fair is the leading platform showcasing modern and contemporary art from India and South Asia.

Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “BMW Group’s social sustainability commitment has always valued and nurtured various cultural engagements and co-operations globally and in India. Our resolve to strengthen intercultural platforms of creativity in the fields of art, music, design and architecture has flourished into long term partnerships with leading art and cultural platforms in the country. BMW India is delighted to present the latest edition of the India Art Fair and the Future is Born of Art commission for connoisseurs of art and automobiles.”

As the ‘Presenting Partner’ of the India Art Fair, BMW Group India has supported the evolution and exposure of modern Indian art and artists since 2012. Through this year’s collaboration, BMW India will exhibit the first-ever fully electric BMW i7 sedan, showcase its second ‘The Future is Born of Art Commission’ and host the BMW Art Talk on the theme ‘Raw and Radical’.

The first-ever BMW i7 is a true all-electric luxury sedan that clearly demonstrates how an exclusive driving experience can be combined with an unwavering commitment to sustainability. The i7 offers all-electric innovation, visionary design, and powerful driving dynamics so that you can make a striking impression everywhere you go. Built for the luminaries with next-level style and substance, it is undeniably alluring from the inside out.

‘The Future is Born of Art’ is an initiative by BMW India and India Art Fair which aims to propel emerging Indian artists and further BMW Group’s commitment to promote art, sustainability and innovation. BMW India will showcase its second commission based on the theme ‘Forwardism’ on the new BMW X7. 

With her awe-inspiring design for the BMW X7, the winner of the prestigious ‘‘The Future is Born of Art’ Commission’, Devika Sundar presents a breathtaking vision of the future. Titled ‘Boundless’, she blends the human body, cosmos and ocean into an imaginative universe in her artwork, reminding us of our shared humanity and collective interdependence.

Shortlisted artists for the commission, which promises to boost emerging Indian names to a global stage, included Aditi Aggarwal, Devika Sundar, Rithika Pandey and Sajid Wajid Shaikh. The winning artist and design were chosen by the jury and an open public poll on India Art Fair’s website and Instagram channel.

BMW Art Talk on the theme of ‘Raw and Radical’ will be hosted on 10 February 2023 at the India Art Fair. Four trailblazing women Mithu Sen, Jayashree Chakravarty, Benitha Perciyal and Diana Al-Hadid will share their inspiring journeys, the process of pushing the boundaries of creativity and producing ground-breaking work in a candid conversation with Prof. Dr. Thomas Girst, Head of Cultural Engagement at the BMW Group.

About BMW’s Cultural Commitment

For over 50 years now, the BMW Group has initiated and been engaged in hundreds of cultural co-operations worldwide. The focus of its long-term commitment is set on modern and contemporary art, classical music, jazz and sound, as well as architecture and design.

Along with commissioning iconic BMW Art Cars and co-initiatives, such as BMW Tate Live, the BMW Art Journey and the ‘Opera for All’ concerts in Berlin, Munich, Moscow and London, the company also partners with leading museums and art fairs as well as orchestras and opera houses around the world. The BMW Group guarantees absolute creative freedom, as this is just as essential for groundbreaking artistic work as it is for major innovations in a successful business.

Since its inception, BMW India has participated in leading cultural engagements across the country. In 2007, two BMW Art Cars embellished by world renowned artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein were presented at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. BMW Art Car by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Sandro Chia and Cesar Manrique have been exclusively showcased at various editions of the India Art Fair.

Since 2012, BMW has partnered with Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the contemporary art exhibition, which brings international artists to India and creates a global platform for Indian artists. In 2012-13, the innovative BMW Guggenheim Lab came to India. Based at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum and conducted at six different venues in Mumbai, the lab organised six weeks of free programmes with diverse audiences and communities addressing the challenges and conditions of the urban city.

About India Art Fair

India Art Fair is the leading platform to discover Modern and Contemporary art from South Asia, offering a unique access point to the region’s thriving cultural scene.

Taking place annually in India’s capital, New Delhi, the fair reflects the city’s fast-developing local arts scene, while offering curated insights into the cultural landscapes of neighbouring countries. The fair’s programme - which draws together galleries and artists, private foundations and arts charities, artists’ collectives, national institutions, cultural events and festivals - enables international audiences to engage in innovative ways with the cultural history and development of the region.

The fair is committed to supporting arts education and professional development opportunities, recognising the crucial need to support the development of the local arts scene, and provide dedicated exhibition space to emerging galleries and arts organisations. The fair aims to run an extensive programme of events, including education initiatives, artist commissions and pop-up programmes, aiming to increase audiences for the arts within India.

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