Saturday, September 9, 2023

Tata Motors Delivers 181 Winger Veterinary Vans To The Government of Odisha

Key highlights:

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik flagged off the state-of-the-art Winger veterinary vans in Bhubaneshwar

The feature-rich, customised Tata Motors Winger will be utilised as mobile veterinary vans by Directorate of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Government of Odisha

Tata Motors, India’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer, today announced the delivery of 181 Winger veterinary vans to the Government of Odisha. The vehicles were flagged off by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, along with delegates from the Government of Odisha and Tata Motors. The specially customised Tata Winger will be utilised as veterinary vans by Directorate of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Government of Odisha. 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. Rohit Srivastava, Business Head – CV Passengers, Tata Motors, said, "Tata Motors is happy to deliver 181 veterinary vans to the Government of Odisha, ushering in a new era of animal healthcare accessibility. Through the delivery of purpose-built Winger veterinary vans, we are committed to advancing the state's vision of widespread veterinary services. These innovative vans, are meticulously engineered to ensure efficient operations across Odisha."

The Tata Winger is powered by the 2.2-litre DiCOR 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. The Winger’s best-in-class grade-ability of 25.8% helps in easy manoeuvring on steep inclines and flyovers. 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 guarantees 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 (BSE: 500570 and 570001; NSE: TATAMOTORS and TATAMTRDVR), a USD 42 billion organization, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, pick-ups,  trucks, and buses, offering an 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 ranks among the top three in the passenger vehicles market.

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

With operations in India, the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia, Tata Motors markets its vehicles in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the SAARC countries. As of March 31, 2023, Tata Motors’ operations include 88 consolidated subsidiaries, two joint operations, three joint ventures, and numerous equity-accounted associates, including their subsidiaries, over which the company exercises significant influence.

NABARD Emphasizes On Agri-Fintech Innovations For Taking Rural And Agri-Economy Forward

* NABARD Participates In Global Fintech Fest, highlighting Impactful initiatives In Agriculture And Rural Development 

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) took center stage at the Global Fintech Fest (GFF), held from September 5th to September 7th, 2023 in Mumbai. NABARD highlighted its ground-breaking work to integrate digital financial services with rural and agri-economy. During the event, NABARD participated in a series of panel discussions addressing important topics. These included the far-reaching impact of digital identity and Know Your Customer (KYC) solutions on regulation, as well as engaging with Fintechs and Agri-techs. NABARD shared its extensive experience working alongside these sectors and unveiled a spectrum of initiatives aimed at propelling the agricultural and rural economy to new heights through comprehensive digital financial services. 

"The transformation of agriculture and rural finance is of paramount importance. Through value chain financing, we aim to bridge the digital divide and bring financial services to the doorsteps of the rural population. Through technology, we can contribute significantly to the economic growth and prosperity of India's rural communities." said Shri Manikumar S., Chief General Manager (SPPID) at NABARD. 

“Collaboration between agritech and fintech holds the promise of a brighter, more prosperous future for rural India. At NABARD, our focus is on leveraging technology and innovation to bridge financial gaps, empower rural communities, and transform agriculture. The Global Fintech Fest is the right forum to share our vision and progress, and we will continue to drive financial inclusion and sustainable growth across the nation,” said Shri Monomoy Mukherjee while explaining the endeavours of NABARD. 

NABARD's presence at the ‘Global Fintech Fest' was marked by hosting six panel discussions throughout the three-day event. These discussions underlined the multifaceted aspects and the significance of fostering collaboration between agritech and fintech. Such collaborative innovations promise to inject new value into the existing agricultural value chain, laying the foundation for a more sustainable, efficient, and technologically advanced agricultural ecosystem. With these initiatives, NABARD reiterated its commitment to empowering the rural economy and driving financial inclusion through value chain financing in agriculture, developing innovative solutions to provide digital financial services in remote and inaccessible regions. 

“I’d like to thank NABARD for their financial assistance in forming my company. NABKISAN has provided us with a CC loan to form our FPO. The ease of availing finance for FPOs and farmers like me has had a significant impact on the agricultural value chain,” a farmer from the Jalgaon district of Maharashtra, acknowledging NABARD's contribution during a panel session on the concluding day of Global Fintech Fest 2023. 

The Global Fintech Fest provided an excellent platform for NABARD to showcase its pioneering efforts in leveraging technology to revolutionize financial services in rural India. By participating in the event, NABARD reaffirmed its commitment to advancing financial inclusion and empowering rural communities across the country. 

About NABARD: 

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) is an apex development financial institution in India. Established on 12 July 1982, with headquarters in Mumbai, NABARD operates with a mission to promote sustainable and equitable agriculture and rural prosperity through effective credit support, related services, institutional development, and other innovative initiatives. NABARD plays a crucial role in fostering rural development, empowering farmers, and catalyzing the growth of the rural economy. 

National Diagnostics Chain Tenet Diagnostics To Invest Rs.100 Crore For Karnataka Expansion

*  Tenet Diagnostics To Grow From 5 To 15 Centres In Karnataka by 2025

* Move to increase diagnostic and preventive healthcare access

* Plans to add 1500+ skilled manpower including doctors and technicians taking the total employee count to 2500+

* India’s first Radiology facility to receive NABL-I accreditation

* NABL accredited lab with one of the largest test menu in India with close to 3000+ blood tests

* Agreement signed with Ohio University, Siemens healthcare &  United Imaging to study technology and scan data resulting in reduced scanning time for patients and more accurate results

Tenet Medcorp Pvt. Ltd with the brand name Tenet Diagnostics, a leading national Integrated Diagnostics chain with its presence in eight states and 25 locations across India, is all set to invest Rs. 100 crore in Karnataka expansion. The move will boost access to the latest technology and infrastructure in Diagnostics, Laboratory services and preventive healthcare in the state. 

With this investment, Tenet diagnostics will double its presence in Karnataka from the current 5 to 15 by 2025. It’s five centres in Bengaluru are located in Jayanagar, Sadashivanagar, Indiranagar, Marathahalli and Whitefield. Two centres in Mysore and Mangalore will be operational by the end of 2023. Tenet Diagnostics will also add 1500+ skilled jobs to its current 150+ doctors and 800+ technicians employee base. This will take its total workforce tally to 2500+ dedicated staff serving the healthcare needs of the community. 

Speaking on the occasion, D Suresh, Chairman of Tenet Diagnostics says, “we started in 2018 with a mission to transform the Indian diagnostics industry by introducing the latest technology and infrastructure in Radiology and Laboratory services. We wanted Tenet Diagnostics to be the main reference lab in South India, stopping all specialty tests from going to Mumbai and North India. Till date, we have catered to over 50 lakh+ patients and processed 1.5+ crore tests with one of the largest test menu in India with close to 3000+ blood tests. We have also done onsite screening for 1000+ corporate hospitals and MNCs across India.” 

“In a short span of time, Tenet Diagnostics has earned the distinction of being India’s first radiology facility to receive accreditation from National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL-I). This reinforces our commitment to be at the forefront of top-notch diagnostic services. With this certification, Tenet Diagnostics is recognized globally by 76 accreditation bodies and in 64 economies. This has put us on the world map and opened doors for international expansion going forward. It is a significant milestone in our vision to create a truly world class facility competing with the world’s best. We are humbled to play our part in our Prime Minister’s vision for an Atmanirbhar Bharat by being a truly Made in India brand that is propelling India to the forefront of diagnostic and preventive healthcare,” he adds. 

Elaborating on the expansion plans, Devineni Sricharan, Executive Director of Tenet Diagnostics explains, “we started with one centre in Hyderabad in 2018 and have since expanded to Karnataka, AP, Telangana, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and UP. Tenet Diagnostics has registered a 100% turnover YOY and we plan to touch Rs. 150+ crore this year. Karnataka is instrumental in our growth story. We plan to invest 100 crore to start 15 centres providing advanced PET-CT, Gamma Camera, MRI, CT, Laboratory services, Ultrasound, X-ray, 2D echo, TMT, PFT, Mammography, ECG,EEG, ENMG, Audiometry, OPG, Corporate screening, Hospital lab management and preventive healthcare packages.”

“We have also collaborated with the Ohio State University and signed groundbreaking master research agreements with industry leaders such as Siemens and United Imaging. The study focused on using latest technology including AI and scan data in devising advanced Radiology and Pathology techniques for solving complex clinical challenges. One of the outcomes was reducing the scanning time for patients by 50% thus improving customer experience. We will continue to partner with various players to leverage technology, research and resources to set new benchmarks in the diagnostics and laboratory services,” he adds. 

About Tenet Diagnostics

Tenet Diagnostics is a pioneering national integrated diagnostics chain with a presence in eight states and 25 locations across India. Established in 2018, Tenet Diagnostics is committed to transforming the Indian diagnostics industry by introducing cutting-edge technology and infrastructure in radiology, laboratory services and preventive healthcare. It is the first radiology facility in India to receive NABL accreditation, demonstrating its dedication to delivering top-notch diagnostics services. Tenet Diagnostics is also planning to manufacture diagnostic machines and kits in India thus taking the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s Make in India vision forward. Tenet Diagnostics also envisions making India the most popular hub for diagnostics, laboratory and preventive healthcare for international medical tourists.

PhotoCaption:  Tenet Diagnostics Management team from left to right: Dr. Anand - Chief Radiologist; Mr. D Suresh - Chairman; 4th from left, Mr Sricharan D - Executive Director; Dr. Satish M - Chief Pathologist; Mr. Vishwanath - VP Sales. Mr. Lahari Velu, 3rd from left.

HOSMAT Hospital Dedicates Its Third Facility In Bengaluru

HOSMAT Hospitals today announced the launch of their 3rd hospital in Sadashivnagar. The new  Hospital is called HOSMAT SPECIALITY HOSPITAL, and is located opposite palace grounds (gate number 5), on Bellary Road in Sadashivanagar.

This facility will have seven operations theatres, & it will cater to all surgical specialities, with a centre of excellence for orthopaedics, and ortho sub-specialities, such as joint replacement, Accident & injuries, Sports Injuries, Arthroscopy & Ligaments, Paediatric ortho, Hand surgery, Plastic & reconstructive surgery including reimplantation of fingers and limbs, Foot & Ankle. Neurosurgery - brain & spine. Bone cancer surgery and arthritis.  

HOSMAT stands for Hospital for Orthopaedic, Sports Medicine, Arthritis and Accident Trauma. With 3 hospitals, 7 Orthopaedic sub-specialities, HOSMAT is one of the largest, and best-equipped group of Orthopaedic Hospitals in India, having 550 beds and 28 modern operation theatres, with the latest technology and each HOSMAT has experienced Neurosurgeons, and Neurophysicians. 

HOSMAT was started by Dr. Thomas Chandy in 1993, who left a successful position as Chief of Orthopaedics in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after 15 years in the U.S, to start Bengaluru’s first orthopaedic and Accidents hospital. 

Having built a legacy of 30 years since its inception, of the first hospital on Magrath Road in 1993, the hospital has treated more than 15 lakh patients from India and abroad, and has been doing pioneering work in the field of orthopaedic injuries, and neurosurgery, for last 30 years. HOSMAT started its 2nd hospital in January 2022 in Kaylannagar. The group has 20 top Orthopaedic consultants, Neurosurgeons, plastic, microvascular surgeons, The most modern technology is used which includes the latest 3rd generation automatic robotic system, for joint replacement, which helps in delivering excellent results. 24 hours CT scanner is in all 3 units, and high end in Magrath and Kalyanagar. Hosmat has one of the lowest infection rates in India, and one of the best results in orthopaedics and all its sub-specialities, Neurosurgery, Spine (Back & neck), plastic and reconstructive surgery. 

HOSMAT has a Handicapped and Crippled Children’s Registered Foundation. It is a program called ‘ MAKE ME WALK’,  for children who are born, or developed  orthopaedic and neuro disabilities in childhood.

The three HOSMAT Hospitals are strategically located for easy access for patients for orthopaedics, accidents, neurosurgery and injuries.  

Powering A Green Revolution : Tata Power EZ Charge Electrifies Green Kilometers Across India

·        Plans for around 7000 charging points by FY24 and 25000 by FY28

·        900k+ Charging Sessions, 1.5 lakh users consuming approximately 9.0 Units (in MUs) translating to 64 million cumulative green kilometers

·        150,000+ registered users on EZ Charge App

·        More than 50000 home chargers and 4300+ public / semi-public chargers

·        500+ Fleet and 280 + Bus charging to be added

Picture this: A vast blue lake, a herd of deer pausing for a drink before they retire for the evening, migratory birds that have travelled far and wide resting on branches as they witness the gentle embrace of dusk envelop the day below. Quietly, almost as part of nature's evening ritual, you glide into this idyllic setting in your EV. The deer lap stroll by unalarmed, birds chirp melodiously, a nearby river is rippling, leaves are rustling in the evening breeze, and you? You're a silent body immersing yourself in the harmony between the static and the dynamic ways of nature.

Electric Vehicles, e-mobility, sustainable travel—these terms have become increasingly prevalent in recent years. India's commitment to achieving Net Zero by 2070 underscores the critical role that Electric Vehicles (EVs) play in this journey. However, the success of EV adoption hinges on the development of a robust and extensive EV charging infrastructure.

A few years ago, the EV industry in India faced a significant hurdle. Automakers were pondering how to kick-start the "mobility rEVolution" in the country. An EY Report on e-mobility highlighted six essential factors for that were required for enabling the e-mobility transition. Two of these crucial elements were- Charging Infrastructure and Digitalization. The resolution to these hurdles was found when Tata Power, a pioneer in the Indian power sector, stepped forward and embarked on a mission to establish an EV Charging infrastructure that would play a transformative role in driving the EV revolution in the nation.

From minimal footprint years ago to constructing the Country's largest and most extensive EV Charging infrastructure, which expands from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Jaisalmer to Manipur, Tata Power EZ Charge has bridged the gap between e-mobility and accessibility by providing the most crucial component of e-mobility - Reliable Charging Infrastructure.


Tata Power's journey began with building strategic partnerships with leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Tata Motors, JLR and other leading OEMs; Hospitalities like Taj, Ama Stays & Trail, Ginger, The Park, Bloom Rooms, and other infrastructure developers like Lodha, Rustomjee, Vatika Group, Ayodhya Development Authority, Coimbatore Municipal Corporation and many other institutions like the Indian Army, Indian Navy and the Indian Airforce as well. These collaborations allowed Tata Power to gain insights into the evolving market needs. Methodically and strategically, the company installed and activated a remarkable array of chargers across the country. Starting from the first EV Charging point in Mumbai installed in 2018, the company has since established over 50,000 home chargers, 4370+ public and semi-public charging points, and 280+ bus-charging points across 350 cities, including a prominent presence along some of the busiest highways. Today, Tata Power's EV Charging network stands as a testament to their commitment, forming a vast ecosystem of chargers that has transformed the landscape of EV infrastructure in India.


Addressing the second essential requirement for e-mobility transition, Tata Power also digitalised its charging solutions for greater and simpler access. From an award winning app to cashless payment to centralised real-time monitoring, the Company digitalised and transformed the entire EV charging landscape in India.

Tata Power's EV Charging app - Tata Power EZ Charge, has made charging points accessible just at the tap of a finger for all EV owners. The EZ Charge app not only provides comprehensive data about available live chargers nationwide but also allows users to pre-book chargers and navigate to the nearest EV Charging point. With the RFID card, EV users can also make wireless payments at the charging station, simplifying the process to "Tap.Charge.Go." Additionally, a state-of-the-art Network Operation Centre located in Mumbai ensures real-time monitoring of every charging point across the country, ensuring that the infrastructure is not just established but also well-maintained for user convenience and experience.

Empowering EV consumers with tech-friendly infrastructure significantly expands its reach and accessibility, making EV adoption more viable and reliable.

Scale & Impact:

While Tata Power aims to establish 25,000 charging points in the next five years to further enhance the national EV charging ecosystem, let us explore how this EV Charging ecosystem has impacted the growth of the EV industry and sustainability in the country. Tata Power's EV charging infrastructure is present across the length and breadth of the country. From hotels, to hospitals, to offices to shopping centres, to highways, EZ Charge is present across a variety of locations and amenities. It is enabling ecotourism in Ranthambore as well as Jim Corbett, it is enabling EV road trips from Mumbai to Lonavala, just as well as Delhi to Agra or Bangalore to Coimbatore. Whether you want to travel from home to office, or take a road trip for your vacation…the country is EV ready!

This expansive EV infrastructure has also yielded rapid results in terms of sustainable action. By addressing range anxiety and charging accessibility, consumer confidence in the reliability of EVs has surged significantly. The states leading in the number of EV vehicles are also the states with the highest Tata Power EZ Charge presence, such as Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Bangalore, Maharashtra, etc. Tata Power has established charging points across these states and the highways connecting them to neighbouring states, facilitating not only intra-state but also inter-state travel for EV owners.

Not only is there a robust public charging infra , Tata Power has also partnered with leading fleet operators in Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and other cities to create Charging hubs for leading cab fleet operators. Currently, Tata Power has approximately 500+ charging points serving only fleet cars. Similarly, to support e-mobility adoption in the bus segment and decarbonize public transport, Tata Power has installed over 280+ bus charging Points and 800+ are in the pipeline in partnership with leading OEMs in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore Ahmedabad, Jammu, Srinagar etc., making e-mobility accessible to the general public. With announcement of PM e-Bus sewa, e-Bus mobility will now be able to reach larger number of cities & towns.

This extensive network has effectively removed a significant barrier to EV adoption, encouraging more individuals and businesses to make the shift. Consequently, this has contributed to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, advancing India's commitment to a cleaner and greener future.

The Tata Power EZ Charge app boasts 900k+ Charging Sessions by 150k+ Registered Users, consuming approximately 9.0 Units (in MUs). This translates to roughly 64 million cumulative kilometres of e-mobility!

Towards Sustainability: The establishment of an expansive EV Charging network has had far-reaching effects on e-mobility and sustainability in India. Tata Power's journey, from creating an extensive EV charging infrastructure to catalyzing a sustainable mobility revolution in India, stands as a remarkable example of private sector leadership in addressing pressing environmental challenges. The Company's dedication, innovation, and collaboration in the sector has not only revolutionized the EV landscape but have also set a precedent for other stakeholders to actively participate in shaping a more sustainable future. As the EV market in the country continues to strengthen, thanks to reliable EV charging infrastructure, Tata Power further plans to set up 5,00,000 home chargers in the next five year, continuing to expand its EZ charge network. The positive impact on India's environment, economy, and society is poised to grow even further. Tata Power's EZ Charge is more than just a network; it's the power charging India's electric future.

About Tata Power

Tata Power (NSE: TATAPOWER; BSE:500400) is one of India’s largest integrated power companies and together with its subsidiaries and jointly controlled entities, has an installed/managed capacity of 14,321 MW. The Company has a presence across the entire power value chain - generation of renewable as well as conventional power including hydro and thermal energy, transmission & distribution, and trading. The Company developed the country’s first Ultra Mega Power Project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology. With 5,461 MW of clean energy generation from solar, wind, hydro, and waste heat recovery accounting for 38% of the overall portfolio, the company is a leader in clean energy generation. It has successful public-private partnerships in generation, transmission & distribution in India viz: Powerlinks Transmission Ltd. with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for evacuation of Power from the Tala hydro plant in Bhutan to Delhi, Maithon Power Ltd. with Damodar Valley Corporation for a 1,050 MW Mega Power Project at Jharkhand.

Tata Power is currently serving more than 12.9 million consumers via its Discoms, under a public-private partnership model viz Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. with the Government of Delhi in North Delhi, TP Northern Odisha Distribution Limited, TP Central Odisha Distribution Limited, TP Western Odisha Distribution Limited, and TP Southern Odisha Distribution Limited with Government of Odisha.

With a focus on sustainable and clean energy development, Tata Power is steering the transformation as an integrated solutions provider by looking at new business growth in distributed generation through rooftop solar and microgrids, storage solutions, EV charging infrastructure, ESCO, home automation & smart meters et al. In its 108 years track record of technology advancements, project execution excellence, world-class safety processes, customer care and green initiatives, Tata Power is well poised for multi-fold growth and is committed to lighting up lives for generations to come. For more information visit us at:

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Honoured With Prestigious Export Excellence Award At FKCCI Star Export Awards 2023

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), announced that it has been bestowed with the esteemed Export Excellence Award at the FKCCI Star Export Awards 2023, organized by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI). The event, held in Bangalore, recognized outstanding performers across various sectors, emphasizing their contribution to the state’s as well as nation’s economy and their dedication to excellence in performance.

TKM's performance in the Engineering products sector earned the company the coveted STAR EXPORTER AWARD (Merchant Category-Silver) for the export performance year during 2022-23. In addition, recently TKM was honoured with the prestigious ‘State Export Excellence Award’ in the Auto & Components’ category by the Visvesvaraya Trade Promotion Centre (VTPC). The recognitions underscores TKM's unwavering dedication to achieving export excellence, showcasing its capability to compete on a global level with the highest standards of quality and innovation.

Mr. Arun Velayudhan, Vice President – Finance, Indirect Taxation & Impex, TKM, accepted the award on behalf of Toyota Kirloskar Motor from Shri M B Patil, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister for Large & Medium Industries and Infrastructure Development, Government of Karnataka. This momentous occasion highlighted the collaborative efforts of TKM and its commitment to contribute to the growth of Karnataka's industrial landscape.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Swapnesh R Maru, Executive Vice President, and Chief Compliance Officer at TKM said, "We are immensely proud and honoured to receive the Export Excellence Award from the esteemed Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI). This recognition is a testament to our unwavering commitment to deliver excellence in all aspects of our operations. At TKM, we have always strived to push the boundaries of innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction. This award fuels our drive to continuously raise the bar, develop an ecosystem for advanced technologies that contributes to the Karnataka’s and India’s manufacturing industry. We extend our gratitude to our dedicated team members, stakeholders, and customers for their continuous support in our journey towards excellence."

The Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI) Star Export Awards are a symbol of distinction, celebrating businesses that have showcased exemplary growth, innovation, and contribution to the Indian economy through their export endeavours. TKM has been bestowed with export excellence award many times in the previous years.

The company’s commitment to quality, innovation, and sustainable practices has played a pivotal role in positioning the company as a key player in the automotive sector. This prestigious award reinforces TKM's commitment to excellence and highlights its contribution to the growth of the engineering sector.

Union Bank of India Integrates “India’s Central Bank Digital Currency” (CBDC) With UPI Oo Offer Interoperability

Union Bank of India, one of India’s leading public sector banks revealed the launch of interoperability of India’s Central Bank Digital Currency with UPI under the aegis of RBI on. 

Union Bank of India has been one of the pioneer Banks in integrating Bank’s digital e-rupee with UPI Platform.  

Now the customers of the Bank would be able to scan any merchant UPI QR Code from Union Bank’s Digital e-rupee Wallet and initiate a payment to the merchant in his UPI linked account in a secured environment. It will enable merchants to collect payments through both UPI and Union Bank Digital e-rupee through single QR Code, thereby eliminating the need to have multiple QR codes for payment collections. This facility is currently enabled for undertaking P2M & P2PM transactions.  

Ms A. Manimekhalai, MD&CEO, Union Bank of India, expressed that “Interoperability of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) with UPI Platform is a significant development in India’s Payment ecosystem. This seamless integration will foster higher adoption of Digital Currency by the customers and will also give fillip to the number of transactions using CBDC wallet”. 

Under the CBDC programme, Union Bank of India has registered more than 1.30 lakh customers and 15,000 merchants in identified 26 centres. 

Friday, September 8, 2023

Tata Sampann Expands Its Staple Food Portfolio With The Launch Of Vermicelli In South India

~Set to roll out the range across India, following the entry in the southern market

~Available in three variants – Sorghum Millet Vermicelli, Protein Rich Roasted Vermicelli,

and Protein Rich Seviyan Vermicelli

Tata Sampann, the brand dedicated to delivering high quality and tasty products, has expanded its offering of staple foods by introducing Vermicelli across the southern Indian market. The newly introduced product range comprises of three distinct variants - 'Sorghum Millet Vermicelli,' 'Protein Rich Roasted Vermicelli,' and 'Protein Rich Seviyan Vermicelli.'  The latter two options are made with 100% semolina (suji), which ensures a balance of protein and dietary fibre.

Crafted without the addition of maida, Tata Sampann Vermicelli boasts of a remarkable protein content. If the Roasted Vermicelli offers a texture that is non-sticky and non-lumpy, the Seviyan variant is with a source of dietary fibre, while the Sorghum Millet Vermicelli is a wholesome blend of suji and jowar. These quick-cooking varieties transform into a delightful meal in just a span of 10 minutes once roasted, providing convenience with nutrition. Apart from satiating the taste buds, Vermicelli also contributes to a well-rounded diet. It forms a cornerstone for an array of culinary innovations, making it the perfect choice for food enthusiasts who wish to savour authentic flavours without compromising on their wellbeing.

Commenting on the launch Ms. Deepika Bhan, President, Packaged Foods (India), Tata Consumer Products said, "We are delighted to introduce the Tata Sampann Vermicelli range in the Southern part of India, in line with our dedication to providing both nourishing and delectable options. As health consciousness continues to rise, consumers are increasingly seeking nutrition without compromising on flavour. Our range of Roasted, Unroasted, and Millet vermicelli is strategically positioned to cater to these evolving preferences and tap into the market's potential. Vermicelli's versatility makes it a food option beyond breakfast making it a wholesome option for meals throughout the day. It is a quintessential ingredient in most Indian households which now comes in premium forms that elevate everyday meals. With Sampann, we continue to satiate local tastes while delivering a wholesome choice."

The launch of Tata Sampann Vermicelli in the southern Indian market exemplifies the company’s commitment to providing premium quality products that consumers can trust.  The 200 g roasted vermicelli pack can be bought for Rs. 30/- (MRP incl. of all taxes) and the unroasted variant of 200 g can be bought at Rs. 22/- (MRP incl. of all taxes) while the Millet vermicelli is priced at Rs. 30/- (MRP incl. of all taxes) for 180g. The products will be available in select premium outlets and leading e-commerce channels.

About Tata Consumer Products Limited

Tata Consumer Products Limited is a focused consumer products company uniting the principal food and beverage interests of the Tata Group under one umbrella. The Company’s portfolio of products includes tea, coffee, water, RTD, salt, pulses and spices, ready-to-cook and ready to eat offerings, breakfast cereals, snacks and mini meals. Tata Consumer Products is the 2nd largest branded tea company in the world. Its key beverage brands include Tata Tea, Tetley, Eight O’Clock Coffee, Tata Coffee Grand, Himalayan Natural Mineral Water, Tata Water Plus and Tata Gluco Plus. Its foods portfolio includes brands such as Tata Salt, Tata Sampann, Tata Soulfull and Tata Q. In India, Tata Consumer Products has a reach of over 200 million households, giving it an unparalleled ability to leverage the Tata brand in consumer products. The Company has an annual turnover of Rs. 13,783 cr. with operations in India and International markets.

For more information on the Company, visit our website

Atlassian Announces Promotion Of Avani Prabhakar To Global HR Role

Atlassian Corporation (NASDAQ: TEAM), a leading provider of team collaboration and productivity software, announces the promotion of Avani Prabhakar to Global Head of Talent and HR Business Partners. 

In this newly-created role, Prabhakar will focus on accelerating performance as the company scales, driving efficiencies across Talent and Employee Programs and scaling the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) program. She’ll lead a team of approximately 100 people across Human Resource Business Partners, Employment Relations, Talent, M&A and DEI across Atlassian’s global footprint. 

“At Atlassian, our mission is to unleash the potential of every team, and that really sits at the heart of this role,” said Prabhakar. “In today’s environment, our customers need us now more than ever to be great partners, and brilliance comes from our teams. I’ll be responsible for ensuring we have the right people and processes for Atlassians to thrive and do their best work and, in turn, deliver customer and business value.” 

Prabhakar is an accomplished People executive with more than 20 years of international experience across APAC, the Middle East and the US, in the technology, aviation, insurance, research and analytics industries. She’s spent the past four years at Atlassian, most recently as Head of Human Resources for Asia Pacific and the global HR Lead for Atlassian’s M&A team. 

Prabhakar is passionate about leading people strategy to deliver outcomes and driving culture transformation in organisations going through a change journey. 

About Atlassian 

Atlassian unleashes the potential of every team. Our agile & DevOps, IT service management and work management software helps teams organize, discuss, and complete shared work. The majority of the Fortune 500 and over 260,000 companies of all sizes worldwide - including NASA, Kiva, Deutsche Bank, and Salesforce - rely on our solutions to help their teams 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 

Air India Enters Interline Partnership With Bangkok Airways

·         Seamless connections beyond Bangkok to 10 destinations in Southeast Asia

·         Complimentary lounge access at available airports regardless of cabin class

Air India, India’s leading global airline, has entered an interline partnership with Bangkok Airways. The partnership enables Air India guests to take convenient connections via Air India’s Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Singapore gateways to and from 10 destinations in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia on Bangkok Airways’ route network.

The scope of the agreement between the two airlines includes Inter Airline Through Check-In (IATCI) implementation, which enables guests to receive their boarding passes at the first point of departure for all the travel sectors on a single ticket, and have their baggage checked-in through to their final destinations.

Air India guests taking connecting flights on Bangkok Airways will also receive complimentary access to Bangkok Airways’ Boutique Lounges and Courtesy Corners at available airports, regardless of the cabin class they fly.

Air India and Bangkok Airways have also entered a Special Prorate Agreement, which allows both carriers to file ‘through fares’ on routes covering each other’s networks.

Nipun Aggarwal, Chief Commercial & Transformation Office, Air India, said, “One of our strategic priorities at Air India is to offer our guests the choice of flying to more places through our own as well as an augmented global network. We are happy to join hands with Bangkok Airways as part of that effort to provide our guests greater connectivity within Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia.”

Chulin Kocharoen, Vice President - Network and Product Development of Bangkok Airways PLC, said, “Air India is a leading global airline with a major presence in India and across the world. We are pleased to enter an interline partnership with Air India to strengthen our respective route networks and offer business and leisure travellers with unprecedented and convenient access to new gateways. Moreover, Air India passengers traveling on Bangkok Airways flights will enjoy the boutique airline’s unparalleled services such as lounge access at available airports, in-flight meal and much more.”

Air India guests can connect to the following points in Thailand through Bangkok Airways: Chiang Mai, Lampang, Sukhothai, Trat, Koh Samui, Phuket, and Krabi. The points outside of Thailand include Luang Prabang in Laos; and Phnom Penh, Siem Reap in Cambodia.

In addition to the Bangkok gateway, Air India guests can also choose to fly to Koh Samui via Singapore and Hong Kong.

Air India operates daily flights to Bangkok from Delhi and Mumbai, to Singapore from Delhi (twice daily), Mumbai, and Chennai, and thrice a week to Hong Kong from Delhi.

About Air India:

Founded by the legendary JRD Tata, Air India pioneered India’s aviation sector. Since its first flight on October 15, 1932, Air India has built an extensive domestic network with non-stop flights to cities around the world, across the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Far East, South-East Asia, Australia, and the Gulf. After 69 years as a government-owned enterprise, Air India and Air India Express were welcomed back into the Tata group in January 2022.

Air India is navigating through a major five-year transformation roadmap under the aegis of Vihaan.AI, with an ambition to become a world class airline with an Indian heart. The first phase of this transformation, the taxi phase was recently concluded, and focused on fixing the basics. These included bringing back to service many long grounded aircraft, addition of talent across flying and ground functions, rapid upgradation of technology and strengthening of customer care initiatives amongst others.

A member of Star Alliance, the largest global airline consortium of leading international airlines, Air India offers seamless connectivity and facilities to passengers all over the world.

Tata Steel Introduces First-Ever Batch Of Women Firefighter Trainees

~23 Women will start training for Fire and Rescue Services in Tata Steel~

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Tata Steel today inducted the first batch of 23 women firefighter trainees who will undergo training in Basic Fire Fighting and Rescue Operations and will be the first-ever women firefighters in Tata Steel. To mark this initiative, an event ‘Flames of Change’ was organised to introduce these future firefighters. Present during the occasion as Chief Guest was Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel along with Sanjeev Kumar Chaudhary, President, Tata Workers’ Union as the Guest of Honour.

The event marked the launch of a 3-month long training programme designed to train these 23 women to become competent firefighters. The training will provide theoretical understanding as well as hands-on experience to these women. After the training programme, the candidates will be evaluated, and the selected trainees will be inducted into the Fire and Rescue Services team of Tata Steel.

During the event, a training manual on Basic Firefighting was also unveiled by Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel; Sanjeev Kumar Chaudhary, President, Tata Workers’ Union; Arvind Kumar Sinha, Chief Security and Brand Protection, Tata Steel; Deepa Verma, Chief HRBP, Corporate Functions, Tata Steel; Jaya Singh Panda, Chief Learning & Development and Chief Diversity Officer, Tata Steel among other senior officials of Tata Steel and members of the union.

Speaking during the occasion, Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel said, “Tata Steel has been a pioneer in taking such initiatives and creating opportunities for women in various fields in the organisation. These women firefighters inducted today in the Fire and Rescue Services team of Tata Steel will create history and inspire everyone across the nation”.

“Tata Steel has always had the motivation to take the lead in industry-first initiatives. It gives us immense pride in introducing these women as the first-ever female firefighter trainees in the organisation.” said Sanjeev Kumar Chaudhary, President, Tata Workers’ Union during the occasion.

Tata Steel is an equal opportunity employer with a focus on building an equitable culture and a diverse workforce. To foster the culture of inclusion and diversity, Tata Steel has taken several pioneering steps, which are first of their kind in the manufacturing sector such Menstrual Leave Policy, Surrogacy Policy, introduction of Employee Resource Group 'WINGS' for LGBTQIA+, deployment of women at mines among others. Tata Steel aims at achieving 25% of the workforce comprising of diverse groups by 2025.

About Tata Steel

·         Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 35 million tonnes per annum.

·         It is one of the world's most geographically diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world.

·         The group recorded a consolidated turnover of ~US$30.3 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2023.

·         A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Limited, together with its subsidiaries, associates, and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 77,000.

·         Tata Steel has announced its major sustainability objectives including Net Zero Carbon by 2045, Net Zero Water consumption by 2030, improving Ambient Air Quality and No Net loss in Biodiversity by 2030.

·         The Company has been on a multi-year digital-enabled business transformation journey intending to be the leader in ‘Digital Steel making by 2025’. The Company has received the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden Plants.

·         Tata Steel aspires to have 25% diverse workforce by 2025. The Company has been recognised with the World Economic Forum’s Global Diversity Equity & Inclusion Lighthouse 2023.

·         The Company has been a part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked amongst top 10 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016.

·         Tata Steel’s Jamshedpur Plant is India’s first site to receive ResponsibleSteelTM Certification.

·         Received Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, 2023 Steel Sustainability Champion recognition from worldsteel for six years in a row, 2022 ‘Supplier Engagement Leader’ recognition by CDP, Top performer in Iron and Steel sector in Dun & Bradstreet's India's top 500 companies 2022, Ranked as the 2023 most valuable Mining and Metals brand in India by Brand Finance, and ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2021 from Ethisphere Institute.

·         Received 2022 ERM Global Award of Distinction, ‘Masters of Risk’ - Metals & Mining Sector recognition at The India Risk Management Awards for the seventh consecutive year, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 from ICAI, among several others.

SBI Life Insurance Forays Into Metaverse; Launches Its Very First ‘LifeVerse Studio’ To Revolutionize Customer Experience

* The brand’s objective is to connect with the next wave of billion young internet users

In today's rapidly evolving digital landscape, the next generation of the internet- ‘metaverse’ represents a paradigm shift in the way people connect, interact and experience in the online world. SBI Life Insurance, one of the most trusted private life insurers in the country, recently launched its very first ‘LifeVerse Studio’, on Metaverse to connect with the next wave of young internet users and revolutionize consumer experience in an immersive virtual world. The objective behind the move is to connect, empower and engage with today’s new age consumers and reshape brand interactions. To further strengthen its commitment towards empowering both the employees & consumers at large, the company aims to launch its presence on metaverse in phases, SBI Life’s ‘LifeVerse Studio’ being the first phase. 

By seamlessly incorporating a spectrum of technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and other innovative digital mediums, being available on metaverse continues to transform consumer its transformative journey across diverse industries. In this wave of innovation, the life insurance sector stands as no exception.

SBI Life’s ‘LifeVerse Studio’ is designed for the users to create their avatars to connect with a diverse set of audiences. The users can select from a wide range of interesting avatars and showcase their creative self on the platform through their avatars. This new initiative presents captivating content and stories featuring renowned personalities such as Anshula Kapoor, Durjoy Datta, Anushka Rathod, and Tejas Joshi, allowing users to immerse themselves in inspirational narratives about these influential individuals and liberate them to fulfil their aspirations while they take care of their existing responsibilities. Furthermore, the Avatars can interact in real-time, fostering vibrant communities of like-minded individuals.

LifeVerse is accessible under About Us section on SBI Life corporate website(

The direct link to access SBI Life’s LifeVerse Studio is: Pursue your dreams responsibly with SBI Lifeverse

Click on the link to watch the launch  video of SBI Life’s ‘LifeVerse Studio’:

At the launch of SBI Life’s ‘LifeVerse Studio’, Mr. Ravindra Sharma, the Chief of Brand, Corporate Communication & CSR, SBI Life Insurance, said, “As a customer-centric organization, we, at SBI Life are committed to advancing digital innovations that enhances customer experiences. We have always been looking forward to take progressive steps to connect with our customers wherever they are present and available for interaction. Foraying into Metaverse by launching SBI Life’s very first ‘ LifeVerse Studio’, we embark on a new & transformative journey that not only reshapes perception towards life insurance but also redefines brand-consumer interactions. In the era of digital transformation, the metaverse emerges as a beacon of innovation, revolutionizing online engagement. SBI Life’s ‘LifeVerse Studio' represents our enthusiastic foray into this innovative space, promising a positive impact on our valued customers and cultivate meaningful engagements.”

He further added, “Through SBI Life’s ‘LifeVerse Studio,' we embrace the new platform to empower our customers, enabling them to connect, explore, and be inspired in a truly immersive manner. We also aim to transcend conventional boundaries, overcome geographical barriers and extend our reach to every corner of the country, employing imaginative and making a meaningful impact on consumer’s financial well-being."

Mr. Sahil Shah, President Digital Experience, Dentsu Creative said, “Metaverse is not just a technological evolution; it’s a paradigm shift in how we connect and engage online. With SBI Life’s ‘ LifeVerse Studio’, we are stepping into the future of brand communication where passions unite and immersive interactions bring people together like never before. Phase 1, i.e. SBI Life’s ‘LifeVerse Studio’, is just the beginning of our journey to create a virtual space that fosters meaningful connections between passion chasers and our audience in the metaverse. It’s an exciting step towards building a community that thrives on shared interests and experiences.”

About SBI Life Insurance

SBI Life Insurance (‘SBI Life’ / ‘The Company’), one of the most trusted life insurance companies in India, was incorporated in October 2000 and is registered with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) in March 2001.

Serving millions of families across India, SBI Life’s diverse range of products caters to individuals as well as group customers through Protection, Pension, Savings and Health solutions.

Driven by ‘Customer-First’ approach, SBI Life places great emphasis on maintaining world class operating efficiency and providing hassle-free claim settlement experience to its customers by following high ethical standards of service. Additionally, SBI Life is committed to enhance digital experiences for its customers, distributors and employees alike.

SBI Life strives to make insurance accessible to all, with its extensive presence across the country through its 996 offices, 22,015 employees, a large and productive individual agent network of about 222,822 agents, 68 corporate agents and 14 bancassurance partners with more than 39,000 partner branches, 133 brokers and other insurance marketing firms.

In addition to doing what’s right for the customers, the company is also committed to provide a healthy and flexible work environment for its employees to excel personally and professionally.

SBI Life strongly encourages a culture of giving back to the society and has made substantial contribution in the areas of child education, healthcare, disaster relief and environmental upgrade. In 2022-23, the Company touched over 1.1 lakh direct beneficiaries through various CSR interventions.

Listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange ('BSE') and the National Stock Exchange ('NSE'), the company has an authorized capital of Rs. 20.0 billion and a paid up capital of Rs.10.0 billion. The AuM is Rs. 3,282.8 billion.

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(Numbers & data mentioned above are for the period ended June 30, 2023)

Thursday, September 7, 2023

SecurEyes Cyber Security Certification Program To Start On October 3, 2023

Are you interested in a career in cyber security- the newest challenge faced by governments, corporates and individuals?

There is dearth of cyber security professionals across the world considering the proliferation of cybercrimes. According to research conducted by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, there is an estimated shortage of nearly 3 million cyber security professionals globally.

The cyber security certification programme of Bengaluru-based acclaimed cyber security firm, SecurEyes, offers you the ideal platform to realise your aspirations. It is all set to get on board the 9th batch for its three-month online course which commences on October 3.

CTO and Co-founder of SecurEyes, Mr. Seemanta Patnaik, says, “Progress cannot happen in an insecure environment. Cybersecurity professionals are a key link to emotional and physical safety of individuals, business houses and governments. It’s a big job, with a lot of built-in job-satisfaction.”

The digital economy is estimated at US $ 11.5 trillion globally, equivalent to 15.5% of global GDP. It has grown two and a half times faster than global GDP over the past 15 years. And like death and taxes, unfortunately cybercrime has become a permanent feature in our digital world.

The digital world can collapse without cyber Security professionals playing the cop all the time.

CEO and Co-founder of SecurEyes , Mr. Karmendra Kohli, says, “Staying one step ahead of cybercriminals requires teams of experts, with different skills and knowledge bases. Your cybersecurity journey will not only depend on your specific skillset, but also on your unique interests to learn.”

Kohli said in order to bridge the skill gap and prepare you to embrace the latest through the course, cybersecurity certified and experienced professionals, currently working on live projects, from around the globe will conduct live sessions. Students will have 24X7 access to online labs and comprehensive study material on key concepts like Information Security; Network Security, Infrastructure Security, Application Security, Governance, Risk & Compliance Security Operations and Incident Management.

He said every industry now finds itself in need of skilled cybersecurity professionals to protect its networks, data and online transactions.

Course Highlights

·         3-month (450 hours) – 4 hours daily, online course, starting 03 October 2023

·         Programme curated and delivered by certified by top class professionals-Modules incorporate latest topics and real-life challenges, combined in theory and lab sessions

·         Weekly 1-on-1 doubt clearing sessions

·         90% placement record in last 8 batches

·         Graduates or those in final year can apply; No age bar 

·         Fee: Rs 1 lakh + GST

·         Early Bird Discount: 30% discount till 15th September; 20% discount from 16th September to 01st October 2023.

For further details click here:


 SecurEyes is a leading global cyber security specialised consulting services and suptech product development firm incorporated in 2006 with offices in India, USA, UAE and KSA. It is empanelled with CERT-IN and specialises in developing state-of-the-art innovative technology products to provide complex business solutions.

SecurEyes products are built using the latest technologies including Angular, NodeJS, NET and rely on use of a relevant mix of machine learning, artificial intelligence securely and efficiently.

SecurEyes clients include regulatory bodies for key industry sectors, large government organisations, banking majors, financial services institutions, insurance companies, international airlines, large trading houses and public sector companies in over a dozen countries.

The firm recently received UK’s Central Banking Award in London for its flagship product- RegTech.

Union Bank of India Has Introduced New “Metal Card & A Specially Designed Card For Women”

Union Bank of India, a trusted name in the banking industry, reaffirms its dedication to providing personalized banking experiences. Recognizing the diversity in customer preferences and requirements for digital banking services, Union Bank of India is proud to introduce two new Debit Card variants designed to cater to specific segments of its esteemed clientele. 

The two new Debit Card variants promise to offer a range of benefits and features that align with the specific requirements of their target segments. These cards have been meticulously designed to provide financial empowerment, security, and convenience to our valued customers. As Union Bank of India continues to evolve and innovate in the digital banking landscape, these new Debit Card variants serve as a testament to our customer-centric approach. 

Metal Card for Ultra HNI: As the population of high-net-worth individuals (HNIs) continues to expand, there has been an increasing demand for a distinctive card tailored to trend-conscious and premium clientele. This exclusive metal card not only boasts superior aesthetics but also serves as an emblem of opulence, offering a unique and luxurious customer experience. 

Key features of the new card are: 

Feel of luxe & Durable 


OTT subscription 

International lounge access 

Merchant specific offers and discounts                                                                                    

Empower Her Card for women: This particular card variant has been thoughtfully crafted with women in mind, aimed at evoking a sense of individuality. This unique card offers a secure and user-friendly platform for transactions while also providing added social security benefits for women. 

Key features of the card are: 

Free Cancer care coverage (Breast, Ovarian, Cervical) 

Free health check up 

Free personal accident cover and air accident cover  

OTT subscription 

International lounge access 

Merchant specific offers and discounts 

As a renowned banking institution with a centuries-old legacy of trust, Union Bank of India remains committed to delivering outstanding customer service, cutting-edge digital products, and financial solutions tailored to the diverse requirements of our esteemed clientele. We are confident that these new card options will empower both women and high-value customers. 

To obtain more information about these card variants or to request a personalized card, you can visit any Union Bank branch or access our website at Our dedicated team of customer service representatives is readily available to address any inquiries you may have. Your satisfaction is our priority. 

SME Finance Forum Gears Up For “Global SME Finance Forum 2023”, India Between September 12 – 14, 2023

* SME Finance Forum was established by G20 Global Partners for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) in 2012 as a knowledge center for data, research, and best practice in promoting SME finance. 

* This year the Global SME Finance Forum conference is co-hosted by Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and Indian Bank’s Association (IBA) 

The theme for this year’s conference is “Digital Ecosystems and Future of SME financing.” 

The SME Finance Forum, a dynamic platform fostering SME financing, is poised to host the esteemed Global SME Finance Forum 2023 (GSMEFF 2023) in Mumbai from September 12 to 14, 2023. The theme of this year’s event, "Digital Ecosystems and the Future of SME financing," emphasizes the significance of digital innovation in shaping the SME financing landscape. The conference is co-hosted by Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and Indian Bank’s Association (IBA) and supported by State Bank of India (SBI) as a Diamond Sponsor will be held at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel in Santacruz, Mumbai.  

Established in 2012 by the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the SME Finance Forum serves as a network that includes over 250 leading banks, NBFIs, FinTech pioneers, and development banks. It is managed by International Finance Corporation (IFC) and is considered as a beacon of industry collaboration. 

The Global SME Finance Forum brings together experienced global leaders to facilitate the exchange of insights, promote best practices, and chart the future trajectory. The forum shall witness participation from over 700 senior bankers, tech luminaries, policymakers, and thought leaders from 70 countries, providing unparalleled opportunities for learning and networking. 

The occasion is expected to be graced by eminent personalities -, Shri. Narayan Rane, Hon’ble Union Minister of MSME, Govt. of India, Dr. Bhagwat Karad, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India, Mr.  Vivek Joshi, Secretary, DFS, Ministry of Finance of India, Mr. Nandan Nilekani, Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman, Infosys, Mr. Mohamed Gouled, Vice President of Industries, IFC and many more. 

Reflecting on the Global SME Finance Forum 2023, Mr. Qamar Saleem, Incoming SME Finance Forum CEO, stated, “I am honored to be taking over the reins of Global SME Finance Forum, world’s leading SME finance network. This is truly an opportune time given the tremendous membership base consisting of leading institutions globally and recent digital evolutions which make closing the SME finance gap more achievable. SMEs create jobs and drive economic growth; hence we must muster up all forces to have SMEs thrive rendering lasting development impact. I would aim for Global SME Finance Forum to be a key catalyst in this journey.’ 

Commenting on the event, Mr. Matt Gamser, Outgoing CEO of the SME Finance Forum said, ‘This year’s event, focusing on digital ecosystems and the future of SME financing, is shaping up to be our largest and most technically fascinating event ever.  It’s so appropriate that we’re holding the event in India, which has made digital public infrastructure a top priority of its G20 Presidency, too.’  

Mr.  Sivasubramanian Ramann, Chairman & Managing Director, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), said, “As we take pride in hosting this year’s Global SME Finance Forum 2023, I am grateful for the opportunity extended to SIDBI for hosting such a prestigious event that has witnessed tremendous participation of industry stakeholders across the world and encouraged discussions on very relevant issues and trends on the SME Sector. The three-day event has been marked by buzzing enthusiasm from participating institutions.  With India taking the presidency of the G20 for the first time, the country’s views, and outlook on the MSME sector is of significance for the world. The strides made by the Government of India in developing a robust digital infrastructure and the consequent digital innovation by various players in MSME credit domain needs to be discussed, encouraged as also celebrated.”  

“As we delve into “Digital Ecosystems and the Future of SMEs”, we are honored to welcome world leaders, policy makers and thinkers to advise on innovative paths. SIDBI's commitment to SMEs fits perfectly into the event, which explores how digitalization is changing the landscape of economic growth. To name a few recent initiatives in this space taken by SIDBI include GST Sahay - which is an ‘on-tap’ invoice-based financing for micro enterprises; Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) - to promote open networks for exchange of goods and services over digital or electronic networks, etc. With this, we look forward to connecting with our peers and pioneers to take the SME sector to new heights.” 

Mr.  Dinesh Khara, Chairman, State Bank of India (SBI), “Global SME Finance Forum 2023 has been at the forefront in creating a robust platform for sharing of ideas and promoting the cause of SMEs at a global level.  We value the opportunity extended to us for associating with such a prestigious event. The three-day event offers unparalleled opportunity to discuss, engage and chart out the journey for SMEs in ever-evolving digital landscape”.  

 At SBI, “Digital” has been the driving agenda. We have re-designed processes and products to cater to the needs of SMEs. Digital is the present and the way forward to meet the growing needs of SMEs timely, adequately and conveniently”. 

Shoppers Stop Unveils The New “Fratini Collection” With Brand Ambassador- Sanya Malhotra

~ Launches their new Fratini campaign ‘Live Epic’~ 

In line with the continued focus on private brands; the key strategic pillar of growth, this season, Shoppers Stop launched their new “Fratini collection” with their newest campaign ‘Live Epic’ with their brand ambassador- Sanya Malhotra.  

The ‘Live Epic’ campaign encapsulates the spirit of the Fratini girl, who exudes confidence and effortlessly expresses her unique style. It introduces a stylish and trendy smart casualwear collection designed to inspire individuals to live life to the fullest and with confidence.  

The Fratini campaign portrays Sanya as the cheerful and confident, Fratini girl who wants the best of both worlds. The woman of today, who wants to live life to the fullest, without making any choices. Her vibrant personality shines through as she embarks on thrilling adventures, shares meaningful moments with her mother, explores her passion for travel, pursues her career, and seeks love in her friend. Accompanied by an upbeat soundtrack, the advertisement effectively conveys the message of living an epic life without compromises. 

The new Fratini collection offers an extensive range of dresses, modern workwear and relaxed casual ensembles in a delightful spectrum of colors and silhouettes. This collection aims to cater to the diverse preferences of today's women, providing a wide array of fashion to choose from. 

Speaking about the campaign, Ms. Shwetal Basu, Customer Care Associate and Chief of Marketing and Communication at Shoppers Stop, said; "At Shoppers Stop, we are always committed to inspiring and engaging our customers, and we believe that self-expression lies at the heart of fashion. The 'Live Epic' campaign for Fratini underscores the brand's dedication to inspiring people to live life to the fullest and with confidence. Why just live, when you can Live Epic” 

Sanya Malhotra, brand ambassador, expressed her excitement, saying, "I am so happy to be a part of Fratini's latest campaign and to represent Shoppers Stop, one of the most loved fashion and beauty destinations in India. Fratini's collection beautifully blends style and a liberated fashion narrative. The 'Live Epic' campaign captures me making life choices in different situations. I am especially excited about the creative expression that has been given to this campaign.” 

Campaign Video- 

Fratini's new collection will be available at Shoppers Stop locations as well as online at 

About Shoppers Stop Limited:  

Shoppers Stop Ltd. is the nation's leading premier retailer of fashion and beauty brands established in 1991. Spread across 101 department stores, in 51 cities the Company also operates 8 premium home concept stores, 142 Specialty Beauty stores of M.A.C, Estée Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Jo Malone, Too Faced, SS Beauty, and 25 Airport doors, occupying an area of 3.9 M sq. ft. 

Shoppers Stop is home to one of the country's longest-running and most coveted loyalty programs 'First Citizen'. The Company's one-of-a-kind shopping assistance service, 'Personal Shopper' is revolutionizing the way Indians shop, bringing more value, comfort, and convenience to customer experiences. The brand's diversified Omni channel offering spans over 800+ recognized and trusted brands across an incomparable range of products that together serve our overarching objective of delivering customer delight. 

BenQ India In Collaboration With Ranjitsinh Disale Foundation installs Interactive Displays In 20 Zila Parishad Schools In Solapur District

BenQ, a leading provider of advanced display technology solutions, has announced a collaboration with Ranjitsinh Disale Foundation to strengthen its objective of “Promoting education through technology adoption and enhancing learning experiences for students” in marginalized regions. The foundation was started by Ranjitsinh Disale – a coveted Indian educator and the only Indian winner of the ‘Global Teacher’ award. Through this collaboration, BenQ has installed Interactive Flat Panels (IFPs) in 20 Zila Parishad schools in the district of Solapur in Maharashtra. The IFPs will be used by students and teachers in these schools to access digital content, collaborate on projects, and learn in new and innovative ways.

The IFPs will go beyond being a mere educational tool and aim to serve the ultimate purpose of acting as a window to the world for these children. This collaboration with Ranjitsinh Disale Foundation aims to bring about a holistic change in education standards - a move that hopes to establish parity in the learning curves of the children in the aforementioned community and those in well-resourced regions. Ranjitsinh Disale’s commitment and vision of technology adoption for large-scale social impact and change, especially in the sphere of rural education, are in harmony with the goals and vision of BenQ’s India Corporate Social Responsibility program.

With this collaboration, both BenQ India and the Ranjitsinh Disale Foundation hope to provide exposure to the children on information and resources previously not accessible to them - including international educators, digital content and relevant projects. As a part of this partnership, the children were able to witness and marvel at the landing of the Vikram lander, which was a part of the historic Chandrayaan-3 lunar exploration mission.

This is a long-term project for both parties as the aim is to provide community intervention until education standards are uplifted. As a part of the sustenance part of this collaboration, BenQ India has also provided Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) devices for power backup, apart from a central Device Management System (DMS) which will monitor all the IFPs. BenQ India has configured the devices to ensure seamless display of English, Hindi, and Marathi language content, as well as setting up a ‘Live WhatsApp’ group to provide technological assistance to educators and coordinators.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajeev Singh, Managing Director, BenQ India & South Asia, said “At BenQ, we firmly believe in technology's potential to revolutionize education and uplift students. This impactful collaboration with the Ranjitsinh Disale Foundation will empower both students and educators to interact with digital content using innovative approaches. This partnership underscores our dedication to narrowing educational disparities and nurturing a more promising future for students in rural India.”

Mr. Ranjitsinh Disale, Founder of the Ranjitsinh Disale Foundation said “We are grateful to BenQ India for extending their support to provide these technology & tools to our students & teachers community. These Interactive Flat Panels represent a significant stride forward for our schools, benefiting both students and educators alike. By enhancing the educational experience and fostering an environment of active participation, these IFPs will undoubtedly elevate the quality of learning. We are excited about the potential they hold to transform education into a more interactive and engaging journey.”

BenQ India’s tryst with the education sector in India continues. The company has a long history of social intervention in the country, including a donation of $1 million to support Covid-19 relief efforts. The firm remains socially responsible and remains committed to using its technology to generate a positive impact on underserved communities.

To learn more about BenQ’s Education solutions,  visit:    

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M Performance Edition Now In India


Performance driven design upgrade with BMW ‘M’ Performance parts.

Limited units exclusively available on BMW Online shop

#THE2 #BMW2GC #MPerformance #2Irresistible

BMW Group India launched the BMW 220i M Performance Edition today. Locally produced at BMW Group Plant Chennai, the limited edition is exclusively available at the BMW Online shop.

A flamboyant expression of legendary BMW sportiness, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M Performance Edition is a formidable epitome of advanced driving dynamics, all combined in a progressive coupé design with class-defining luxury.  The ‘M’ Performance parts accentuate the sporty nature of the car in all aspects. The BMW TwinPower Turbo two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine ensures best-in-segment performance and acceleration.

Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India, said, “The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M Performance Edition is much more than a conventional sports coupé. The BMW M Performance parts bring the excitement and flavour of M to the streets and offer owners an opportunity to express their passion for dynamism and individuality. This limited edition elevates the characteristics of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe to the next level. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M Performance Edition offers an irresistible driving force, inviting you to step out, stand out and do things your own way - in more ways than one.”

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M Performance Edition will be exclusively available in a petrol variant at an attractive ex-showroom price of INR 46,00,000.

Price prevailing at the time of invoicing will be applicable. Ex-showroom prices inclusive of GST (incl. compensation cess) as applicable but exclude Road Tax, Tax Collected at Source (TCS), RTO statutory taxes/fees, other local tax cess levies and insurance. Price / options are subject to change without prior notice. For further information, contact an authorised BMW dealer.

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe M Performance Edition is available exclusively in the Black Sapphire metallic paintwork. The upholstery available is Sensatec Oyster I Black

Thanks to BMW India Financial Services, customized and flexible financial solutions are designed as per individual requirements. Customers enjoy great value and complete peace of mind with BMW 360? Finance Plan. It includes attractive monthly instalments, assured buy-back option up to five years, flexible term-end opportunities, and options to upgrade to a new BMW among other benefits.

Service Inclusive and Service Inclusive Plus further reduce cost of ownership. Customers can choose from a variety of service plans according to duration and mileage. The packages cover Condition Based Service (CBS) and maintenance work with plans Starting from 3 yrs / 40,000 kms, package extension available up to 10 yrs / 2,00,000 kms. Service Inclusive packages for the BMW 220i M Performance Edition start from INR 52,156. Additionally, the packages can be extended during the run time by just paying a differential amount. Repair Inclusive extends warranty benefits from third year of operation to maximum five year, after the completion of the standard two-year warranty period. For 3 years, unlimited mileage on the BMW 220i M Performance Edition costs INR 46,138.

The BMW 220i M Performance Edition.

The stylish design of the BMW 220i M Performance Edition stands out with an elongated silhouette and frameless doors. The M Performance Front Grill in Cerium Grey lends an exceptional sporty character and creates a fitting visual showcase of the new vehicle. Fog lamp inserts and ORVMs in Cerium Grey add a dramatic touch of style and provides a modern look. Slightly angled full-LED headlights form the prominent BMW four-eyed face and the full-LED taillights extend into the centre of the rear end and provide an all-new take on the familiar BMW ‘L’ shape with a single slim light element and a distinctive sweep to the side. The M Performance Stickers on the side brings an extra sense of exclusive dynamism to proceedings.

The interior is designed to accentuate cabin spaciousness with the driver-focused cockpit with exquisite materials and a large panorama glass sunroof. The M Performance Alcantara Gear Selector Lever elevates the feeling of sportiness inside the cabin. At any time, in any gear, the transmission collaborates perfectly with the engine, enabling it to develop its full power and efficiency. M Performance Door Pin and M Performance Door Projector adds to the overall aesthetic feel. BMW Sport Seats with electrical memory function and generous cabin space offer rear passengers ample kneeroom for greater long-distance comfort.  The large 430 litres luggage compartment can be expanded by folding down the 40/20/40 split rear seat backrest. The illuminated front trim functions as decorative lighting element with a space-shaping effect in the dark. Ambient Lighting with six dimmable designs creates an atmosphere for every mood.

The BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine melds maximum power with exemplary efficiency and offers spontaneous responsiveness even at low engine speeds. The two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine produces an output of 176 hp and a maximum torque of 280 Nm at 1350-4600 rpm. The car accelerates from 0 -100 km / hr in just 7.1 seconds. The seven speed steptronic sport automatic transmission comes with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. For even greater driving pleasure, it comes with Launch Control and cruise control with braking function. The Driving Experience Control switch offers different driving modes to suit individual driving styles - ECO PRO, Comfort and Sport.

Modern cockpit concept BMW Live Cockpit Professional includes a 10.25-inch digital instrument display and a 10.25-inch Control Display.  BMW Head-Up display projects information discretely in the driver’s field of vision and offers a seamless driving experience. The occupants can operate car functions by simply speaking to their BMW Virtual Assistant. Hands do the talking with BMW Gesture Control that recognizes six pre-defined hand movements for control of numerous functions. The car features the HiFi loudspeaker system which conjures an engrossing treat for the ears. Parking Assistant with Rear View Camera makes parking in tight spaces easier. The Reversing Assistant provides unmatched support in reversing out of a parking spot or through narrow driveways. Wireless Smartphone Integration (Apple CarPlay© & Android Auto) ensures seamless smartphone connection with the car to access several functions.

BMW Safety technologies include six airbags, Attentiveness Assistance, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), electric parking brake with auto hold, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensors, ISOFIX child seat mounting and integrated emergency spare wheel under the load floor.

UN Women And [24] Joins Forces To Advance Gender Diversity Through 'UNite HER' Job Fair

* Received an overwhelming 3,500+ applications from talented women eager to rejoin the workforce

* Walk-in interviews at Jnana Jyothi Auditorium, Palace Road, Bangalore, on September 9th, 2023, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM

24], a global leader in intent-driven customer solutions and contact center services, proudly announces its collaboration with UN Women to support the 'UNite HER' Job Fair. This groundbreaking event is designed to increase the representation of women in the workforce by offering professional career opportunities to graduates, including those with career gaps, ultimately promoting gender diversity in workplaces.

Organized with the support of UN Women and UN Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) signatories, the 'UNite HER' Job Fair will be held at Jnana Jyothi Auditorium, Palace Road, Bangalore, on September 9th, 2023, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM. Additionally, a virtual fair will take place on September 14, 2023. Walk-in interviews are welcomed.

This initiative is a response to the fact that working women in India comprise less than 19% of the workforce, with key factors for career gaps including marriage, maternity, and mobility. The 'UNite HER' Job Fair aims to provide employment opportunities to women graduates while addressing the critical need to reintegrate women into the workforce, particularly those with career gaps. The fair has already generated tremendous interest, with over 3,500 registrations received to date.

Nina Nair, Senior Vice President & HRD Head, India & Americas at [24], stated, "At [24], we firmly believe in the power of diversity and inclusion, and our partnership with UN Women India exemplifies our commitment to these values. The ‘UNite HER’ Job Fair is not just an event; it's a step towards reshaping the future of work for women.

We are excited to provide opportunities to fresh graduates and returning women professionals in Operations and Support functions. We look forward to this event's positive impact on gender diversity in the workplace."

Suhela Khan, Country Programme Manager, Women Economic Empowerment (WEE), UN Women India, emphasised the significance of the private sector's involvement: "The private sector is one of our key allies in strengthening economic opportunities for women. UNite HER Job Fair and mentoring platform demonstrates how UN WEPs signatories can translate their commitment into action. "

[24], a dedicated WEPs signatory, has a history of actively contributing to women's empowerment initiatives. During the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, [24]'s gender-equality-focused actions garnered recognition and awards from UN Women in both India and the APAC regions. The partnership with UN Women India has resulted in collaborative initiatives such as the UN WEPs Action Dialogue Series, with the first event hosted by [24] at its delivery center on ORR, Bangalore.

The 'UNite HER' Job Fair is a significant outcome of the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Action Dialogue Series, facilitated by UN Women and led by WEPs signatories. The series, held in December 2022 at the [24] office, committed to bringing women back to work in 2023 by providing access to mentorship opportunities and enhancing employability.

UN Women will continue to collaborate with WEPs signatories to expand 'back-to-work' interventions, mobilise senior leaders as mentors, and develop programs to facilitate women's return to the workforce while measuring and reporting these interventions' impact.

This Job Fair marks another milestone in [24]'s ongoing partnership with UN Women India, reaffirming its dedication to empowering women and fostering inclusive workplaces.

For information about [24], visit

About [24]

[24] leverages artificial intelligence, human insight, and deep industry expertise to deliver personalized, consistent, and satisfying customer experiences. Their advanced conversational AI platform, combined with over two decades of contact center operational expertise, enables leading global brands to provide seamless, natural conversations across digital and voice channels.

About UN Women:

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. 


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