Saturday, October 7, 2023

Tata Motors Announces Bookings Open For The New Tata Harrier And Safari At INR 25,000

* Announces bookings open for the New Tata Harrier and Safari at INR 25,000

Tata Motors, India’s leading automotive manufacturer, today announced the commencement of bookings for the highly anticipated new Harrier and Safari models. Following the exceptional success of their predecessors, the new Harrier and Safari are poised to redefine the driving experience by integrating cutting-edge technology, unmatched safety features, and a design ethos that exemplifies Tata Motors' dedication to innovation and excellence. Starting today, customers can book their choice of the twin SUV at all the authorized Tata Motors dealerships or the company’s website at just INR 25,000.

Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Shailesh Chandra, Managing Director, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility said, “We are elated to commence the bookings of the New Harrier and Safari starting today. Our commitment to excellence, guided by the valuable feedback of our customers, has paved the way for these legends to usher into a new era of dominance. Built on the capable OMEGARC, these SUVs continue their legacy of superior design, advanced features, premium interiors, and a robust powertrain, only reimagined to better themselves on every front. We are excited to present to you the new wave of Tata Motors SUVs and are confident that these two products will represent the capability and the aspirations of not only our customers but also that of our brand!”

Created under a well-defined Persona strategy, the new Harrier and Safari are beyond expectations of this segment. Rooted to their legendry pedigree, the cars have been completely re-envisioned to match each of their customer sets.

With a more dynamic and sportier design that accentuates the essence of young consumers, the new Harrier embodies the indomitable spirit of young achievers who perpetually strive to conquer new horizons. Being introduced in four distinct personas – SMART, PURE, ADVENTURE and FEARLESS, this unique blend of personalized design, high end features, advanced technology, and exceptional comfort makes the new Harrier stand as an unwavering companion on one’s journey towards achieving their dreams and beyond. Additionally, the new Harrier boasts of multiple segment first features such as ADAS with Adaptive Cruise Control, 7 Air Bags, Smart E- Shifter and Paddle Shifters and Dual Zone Fully Automatic Temperature Control amongst others.

Furthermore, taking the SUV game a level up, the new Safari epitomizes Tata Motors' commitment to delivering a sophisticated flagship product. It provides a heightened level of luxury and comfort through a combination of opulent materials and finishes and high-tech digital controls. Elevating this premium offering to cater to diverse preferences and needs, the new Safari will be introduced in four personas – SMART, PURE, ADVENTURE and ACCOMPLISHED. Equipped with Bi- LED Projector Head Lamps, Gesture Controlled Power Tailgate, 31.24 cm Harman Infotainment system, Harman Advanced AudioworX with 13 JBL Modes and R19 Alloys, the new Safari offers its customers with a plethora of enhancements making it a fully stacked product of choice. 

In the line with the customer’s popular demand, the company will also be introducing the new Harrier and the Safari in their #DARK avatars.

TKM Conducts Ground Breaking Ceremony For New School Building of Karnataka Public School (KPS) in Kudoor

In line with its commitment to support the growing educational needs  with special focus in rural areas and aligning with Government of Karnataka’s ‘Nanna Shale Nanna Koduge’ initiative, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today held a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a new primary school building of Karnataka Public School (KPS) in Kudoor, Magadi Taluk, Ramanagara District. The event took place at the KPS campus in Magadi, organized by the Education Department of Karnataka. This school has a rich history of 119 years, since its establishment in 1904, currently serving 610 students with education in both English and Kannada mediums.

TKM has a longstanding commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) dating back to 2001 and addresses the needs of the surrounding communities through its core vision of building vibrant communities in harmony with nature. The company’s CSR initiatives revolve around thematic areas: Education, Environment, Health & Hygiene, Road Safety, Skill Development and Disaster Management. These thematic areas are aligned based on the needs of the communities, national priorities, and Sustainable Development Goals. Education being a key priority, the company over the years has initiated several projects like school construction, education materials distribution and Toyota Anganwadi Development Program to facilitate healthy growth and development among children and accelerate access to quality education in Karnataka.

The ceremony was graced by a distinguished dignitaries, including Shri. D K Shivakumar, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri. Ramalinga Reddy, Hon’ble Transport & Muzrai Minister, Government of Karnataka, Incharge Minister – Ramanagara, Shri. D K Suresh, Hon’ble MP representing Bangalore Rural, Shri. H C Balakrishna, Hon’ble MLA, Magadi, along with Shri. Sudeep S Dalvi, Senior Vice President, Director & Chief Communication Officer, and Shri. Roshan R, Deputy General Manager, EA-State, CSR & BIA, TKM.

The company will construct new building comprising, ten modern classrooms, dedicated staff room, principal’s office, fully equipped computer room, state-of-the-art science laboratory, functional kitchen, well-stocked library, and washroom facilities. In addition to the construction, the school will be furnished with an array of essential items, including benches, desks, cupboards, chairs, tables, storage units, racks, and lockers, ensuring a conducive learning environment. This initiative exemplifies TKM’s dedication to empowering local communities through education and infrastructure development, with the aim of fostering the overall growth.

Mr. Sudeep S Dalvi, Senior Vice President, Director and Chief Communication Officer, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “The development of education plays a pivotal role in driving the social and economic progress and we are thankful for the strong support extended by the Government of Karnataka towards enhancing education in the state. With this mission at the forefront, we are happy  to provide modern educational infrastructure to support children at grassroot level thereby providing them a strong base and opportunities to learn, gain knowledge and excel that will lead to the upliftment of the surrounding communities. KPS school, Kudoor over the last 100 years has been nurturing young minds into becoming resourceful individuals, serving the country in various capacities. In embarking on projects, we are not merely building physical infrastructure, but laying the foundation for the hopes and aspirations of countless children, thereby empowering them to fulfil their dreams for a brighter future.”

In the education area, the company through multiple efforts has provided a safe and conducive learning environment, positively impacting over 12,222 students in the last financial year and in total of 1,32,980 students since the start of the program. TKM's CSR approach involves actively engaging with communities to understand their unique needs, aspirations, and challenges, allowing them to tailor programs that directly address specific issues faced by each community. This approach ensures relevance, long-term sustainability, and a lasting positive impact on society. TKM continues to prioritize CSR initiatives that contribute to the holistic development of communities and align with the goal of positive societal transformation.

Friday, October 6, 2023

Setting A New Standard In Patient Safety: Dozee Unveils ‘Dozee Pro Ex’ For Seamless Continuum Of Monitoring From Hospital To Home

-Dozee Pro Ex will offer Ambulatory patient monitoring for a seamless continuum of patient monitoring across different care settings

Dozee, a market leader in AI-powered continuous and contactless Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) and Early Warning Systems (EWS) introduced its ‘Made in India, for the World’ next-generation ambulatory connected patient monitoring system - ‘Dozee Pro Ex’.

Equipped with wireless wearable sensors, Dozee’s new connected ambulatory solution ‘Dozee Pro Ex’ offers continuous monitoring of patient vitals including ECG rhythm, blood pressure, heart rate/pulse rate, Oxygen saturation, Respiration Rate, and temperature. Dozee comes with an AI-powered early warning system that tracks the trends of vital parameters and provides timely alerts for possible clinical deterioration. With Dozee Pro Ex, healthcare providers can now seamlessly and continuously monitor patients on bed, ambulatory patients within the hospital premises, or patients at home through a central command center and mobile apps for doctors and nurses.

Dozee has partnered with Wellysis, a spin-off company from Samsung SDS Digital Health division, for their FDA-cleared ECG monitoring device, S-Patch Ex, to provide ambulatory ECG monitoring. The solution consists of a wireless ECG patch for continuous cardiac rhythm monitoring and an analysis platform. The analysis platform provides automated AI-analysis of Cardiac rhythm, physician dashboard, ECG interpretation and diagnostic reporting. The S-Patch Ex from Wellysis is lightweight and can capture ECG waveforms with high accuracy, owing to its integrated next-generation bio-processor technology from Samsung Electronics.

Dozee Pro Ex aims to revolutionize patient monitoring in non-ICU hospital wards by automating and digitizing the process, along with early warning systems, to set a new standard for patient safety. The continuous monitoring of patients in non-ICU wards effectively eliminates the existing void in the availability of vital signs data between periodic spot checks. This allows for more accurate identification of clinical deterioration, enabling timely medical intervention and potentially reducing adverse events in non-ICU wards.

Moreover, as the need and demand for home care services surges in India, Dozee Pro Ex offers a solution for continuous remote patient monitoring to enhance the delivery of home healthcare services. With its cutting-edge contactless and wireless sensors, Dozee Pro Ex not only significantly improves the patient experience but also enhances overall compliance with patient monitoring protocols.

Dozee’s comprehensive and continuous patient monitoring solution represents a significant leap forward in remote patient monitoring, combining advanced technology, user-friendly design, and accurate data acquisition. With its contactless approach and modular flexibility, it empowers healthcare providers to deliver optimal care while ensuring patient comfort in ambulatory settings for enhanced patient safety. It seamlessly monitors patients with higher mobility requirements and those in need of 24/7 monitoring, enabling a proactive approach to personalized care.

Dr. Vijay Agarwal, President of the Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organizations (CAHO), expressed his views on this launch: "In the pursuit of excellence in healthcare, it's imperative to embrace innovative solutions that enhance patient care and streamline healthcare processes. 'Dozee Pro Ex' represents a significant step forward in achieving this goal. The contactless and AI-driven capabilities of this technology is advancing healthcare quality and standards across the country.”

Sharing his thoughts on the product launch, Mr. Gaurav Parchani, Co-Founder and CTO, Dozee, said, "In today's digital era, we've transformed banking, trading, entertainment, shopping, food delivery, and even grocery shopping, all at our fingertips. Why should healthcare be any different? With Dozee Pro Ex, we transcend the boundaries of traditional healthcare and ensure that a patient is monitored 24/7, whether they are on the bed, off the bed, at the hospital, or at home.

India has a rich history of introducing groundbreaking innovations to the world, and Dozee Pro Ex has the potential not only to revolutionize healthcare in India but to transform healthcare worldwide and set a new standard of patient safety.

Mr. Rick Hongryul Kim, CTO, Co-Founder of Wellysis Corp. added "As partners with Dozee in India for this revolutionary journey, we at Wellysis are proud to contribute our FDA-cleared ECG monitoring solution, S-Patch Ex, to the Dozee Pro Ex’s connected patient monitoring platform. We believe that combining cutting-edge technology with seamless patient monitoring continuity is the future of healthcare. This partnership underscores our commitment to advancing healthcare and improving patient outcomes.”

Dozee Pro EX is set to revolutionize patient safety and care, providing healthcare providers with a state-of-the-art solution that enhances patient monitoring, improves outcomes, and elevates the overall healthcare experience. As Dozee continues to pioneer advancements in RPM and EWS, the company remains dedicated to empowering healthcare professionals and transforming patient safety across the globe.

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Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition Of AEROX 155 Launched

*  The AEROX 155 now is equipped with Class D Headlight

India Yamaha Motor (IYM) Pvt. Ltd. today launched the 2023 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition of AEROX 155. The special MotoGP Edition for the AEROX 155 will get the Yamaha MotoGP livery on the overall body and it is priced at Rs. 1,48,300 (Ex-showroom, Delhi). In addition to this, the model is now equipped with Class D Headlight offering improved distribution of light and enhanced visibility on roads.

The Yamaha AEROX 155 features Traction Control System (TCS) and is powered by a new generation 155cc Blue Core engine equipped with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA). Mated to a CVT transmission, the liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve motor produces a max power output of 15 PS at 8,000rpm with 13.9 Nm of peak torque produced at 6,500rpm. The Maxi-sports Scooter by Yamaha is E20 fuel compliant, has an on-board diagnostics (OBD-II) System and also gets hazard system as a standard feature.

Along with Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition, the AEROX 155 is available in four colors: Metallic Black, Racing Blue, Grey Vermillion and Silver.

BenQ Introduces The V5000i: A Revolutionary 4K RGB Laser TV Projector For Elevating Your Cinematic Experience

BenQ, a leading provider of advanced display technology solutions, proudly introduces the V5000i, a groundbreaking 4K RGB Laser TV Projector, poised to redefine the home entertainment experience. With a focus on delivering the pinnacle of innovation, unrivaled color precision, and exceptional audio quality, the V5000i is set to elevate the world of home cinema to unprecedented heights. It's the perfect replacement for big screen TVs, especially suited for well-lit spaces like expansive living areas. Featuring Google-certified Android TV, it effortlessly grants access to streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, rendering external devices obsolete. This intelligent projector also seamlessly supports voice assistants, mirror casting, and connectivity through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The V5000i, proudly from BenQ, the No. 1 4K projector brand in India, marks debut in the realm of RGB laser TV technology, ushering in a new era of visual excellence while ensuring a long-lasting and color-consistent home cinema experience. It achieves this by harnessing the power of CinematicColor technology, which masterfully covers an astounding 95% of the BT 2020 color spectrum and an impressive 98% of DCI-P3, delivering a display that immerses viewers in lifelike and vivid colors that breathe life into their favorite movies and shows.

However, the V5000i offers much more than exceptional visuals; it boasts an integrated 40W speaker system, featuring dual 5W tweeters and dual 15W woofers. This audio setup not only guarantees superior sound quality but also delivers deep and powerful bass, enveloping viewers in a truly cinematic audiovisual journey.

Mr. Rajeev Singh, Managing Director, BenQ India & South Asia, shared his thoughts on the occasion, stating, “We are thrilled to unveil the V5000i, a revolutionary milestone in home entertainment technology. BenQ remains steadfast in our mission to redefine visual excellence, and the V5000i represents our relentless pursuit of delivering unparalleled experiences. Our dedicated team has spared no effort in exceeding the expectations of our discerning customers. With the V5000i Laser TV projector, we are poised to transform home entertainment, bringing the enchantment of the silver screen directly to our customers' homes. We have unwavering confidence that this latest addition to our lineup will revolutionize the industry."


·         Exceptional Color Accuracy: Achieving an impressive 95% BT 2020 and 98% DCI-P3 color gamut, the V5000i ensures every hue is faithfully reproduced. The integration of CinematicColor technology guarantees viewers will savor images with natural and true-to-life colors.

·         High-Definition Immersion: Equipped with 2500 ANSI Lumens of RGB Laser brightness, the V5000i projector delivers breathtaking 4K Ultra HD resolution, resulting in vivid and razor-sharp picture quality. This projector is a game-changer for those seeking a cinematic experience within the comforts of their homes.

·         Immersive Sound: Elevating the experience further, the V5000i comes with a built-in Hi-Fi audio system featuring 40W speakers, including 5Wx2 tweeters and 15Wx2 woofers. The 2300cc chamber design enhances sound output, delivering superior audio quality with deep, resounding bass.

·         Smart Entertainment Hub: The V5000i serves as a comprehensive entertainment hub. With Google-certified Android TV, it offers effortless access to streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, eliminating the need for external devices. This smart projector also supports voice assistants, mirror casting, and connectivity through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

·         Installation Flexibility: One of the unique selling points of the V5000i is its remarkable installation flexibility. With a throw ratio of 0.252 and options for auto screen fit, manual screen fit, and ceiling mounting (thanks to 2D keystone correction), it adapts effortlessly to diverse room layouts. HDMI eARC compatibility for external 5.1/7.1 speakers adds to its versatility.


·         MRP – INR 5,49,000

·         Available through all leading Retail Home AV System Integration Partners and BenQ Brand Online-store

About BenQ Corporation

Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life”, BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today – lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education – with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.  

About BenQ Group

The BenQ Group is a $25+ billion powerhouse comprised of nearly 20 independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees.  Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths.  By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals, and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service.  The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.

The BenQ Group companies are BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BenQ AB DentCare Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., LILY Medical Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

MTR Foods Creates Water Conservation Capacity Of 40 Million Litres In Karnataka In Partnership With Myrada

* MTR Foods along with Myrada creates a water conservation capacity of 40 million liters in Bommasandra and surrounding areas with the aim to uplift the ground-water table

*  The CSR project would benefit about 5000 lives, and households in the region

MTR Foods, a pioneer in packaged foods, has created a water conservation capacity of 40 million liters in Karnataka, in collaboration with Myrada, a non-governmental organization, operating in underdeveloped and drought-prone regions. The initiative will improve water storage capacity and its supply in the local community through building and renovating village ponds to harvest rainwater and recharge groundwater. MTR Foods is investing Rs. 10.6 million towards this project to significantly benefit the region.

The project is situated in and around Bommasandra area. Improving local supply of water, created rooftop harvesting system and recharge pits in 3 schools in the region. Water ponds have been renovated and constructed in. Additionally, a new tank/ pond construction has been done in Anekal The capacity created will directly impact around 5000 lives and households and is expected to successfully replenish 40 million liters of water in the near future. This will positively influence the regional ecosystem and benefit the local community.

Commenting on the same, Sunay Bhasin, Chief Commercial Officer, MTR Foods Pvt. Ltd.  said, "We believe it's important to consistently support our community. The water conservation project in Karnataka is a part of our sustainability initiatives and aims to help improve water access in the area. It will benefit local households and the respective schools with more water now being made available. We hope that this improved access will enable better quality of life in the region and positively impact the ecosystem."

Previously, on the occasion of World Environment Day 2023, MTR Foods reinforced its commitment towards the environment by initiating a comprehensive cleanup drive at Madiwala Lake. The initiative aimed not only to clean the area but also to raise awareness about responsible waste management and the importance of preserving natural water bodies.

Shoppers Stop Unveils Its Diwali Campaign “Tyohar Ki Nayi Kashish”, For Its Private Brand ‘KASHISH’ Featuring Sanya Malhotra

In line with the continued focus on private brands; the key strategic pillar of growth, this season, Shoppers Stop unveiled the new Kashish collection alongside their Diwali campaign 'Tyohar Ki Nayi Kashish', featuring their talented brand ambassador, Sanya Malhotra. The campaign aims to inspire everyone to embrace new experiences and traditions during the festive season.  

Sanya Malhotra embodies the spirit of embracing the new. Her versatility and fresh perspective resonate perfectly with the campaign's thought of trying to do something new and innovative. Throughout the film, Sanya's mantra is to bring something novel to the festivities, encapsulating the idea that Diwali is a time for new beginnings and cherished moments. She introduces a fresh perspective to traditional Diwali celebrations by suggesting “Iss baar kuch naya karte hai!”.  Reminding us that Diwali is not just a festival, but a canvas for new beginnings and cherished moments, inviting everyone to join in the celebration of fresh ideas and boundless creativity." 

Ms. Shwetal Basu, Customer Care Associate and Chief of Marketing and Communication at Shoppers Stop, said "At Shoppers Stop, we are always trying to enhance our customer’s experience and provide them with something special. Our ‘Tyohar Ki Nayi Kashish’ campaign is a heartfelt celebration of life, a touching reminder of our special Diwali moments, and an inspiring guide on how to infuse each occasion with a special touch. Our brand-new festive collection has been carefully curated to honour those cherished moments that truly make Diwali special, weaving the fabric of love and togetherness into every thread and inspire people to try something new.” 

Commenting on the campaign Sanya Malhotra said, “Celebrating a festival is more than just about tradition; it's about embracing style, looking and feeling your absolute best! Kashish's Diwali collection elegantly combines the grace of tradition and the allure of modern fashion. I'm thrilled to be a part of Kashish's Diwali campaign, 'Tyohar Ki Nayi Kashish,' in which we redefine festive elegance. The campaign shows us how we can make our festival unique by creating special moments around it.” 

This Diwali, Shoppers Stop and Kashish have created a special festive collection for their customers. Kashish’s festive collection features stylish outfits, brilliant colours, and carefully chosen designs that are ideal for the festive season. The brand-new Kashish collection features curated chic apparel, in bright festive hues along with contemporary silhouettes, eye-catching embroidery and detailing, gorgeous ethnic wear sets, and sparkling kurtas, promising to add a touch of glamour and radiance to your celebrations." 

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To Shop for Kashish’s festive collection, go to the Shoppers Stop store near you or log in to 

The digital campaign will be rolled out across Shoppers Stop’s social media handles, YouTube channel, and multiple digital platforms. 

WinZO Embarks On Export Of Over 100 Games With Its Launch In Brazil

WinZO's launch in Brazil opens up a new market for over 100 partner game developers, showcasing its commitment to creating a top-notch gaming ecosystem that’s 'Made in Bharat' for the World consumer tech product. 

 WinZO will invest $25 million in Brazil in distribution and brand for 100+ game partners 

The decision to enter the Brazilian market is driven by a strategic approach to diversify and address challenges posed in India to all the companies by the 400% hike in GST in India 

WinZO, India's largest vernacular social gaming platform with over 150 million users, announced the launch of its app in Brazil. This move will help the platform’s 100+ partner game developers export games such as Carrom, Chess, Car Race etc, and gain free access to Brazil, the fourth-largest mobile gaming market with over 90 million users. This expansion initiative is a testament to WinZO's commitment to creating and enabling world-class gaming technologies that are 'Made in Bharat’ and exported to the global markets. 

The initiative makes WinZO the first major gaming platform from India to enable the export of technologies and IP by over 100 Indian game developers. The partner game developers will get access to the new market and users without any cost of technology, marketing, and distribution. WinZO intends to invest $25 million to expand and build the Brazil gaming market which will allow further growth opportunities for export of computing, technology, and consumer tech from India.  

Commenting on this milestone, Paavan Nanda, Co-founder of WinZO, stated, "It’s imperative to acknowledge that the realm of the online gaming industry extends far beyond entertainment; it plays a pivotal role in shaping the trajectory of emerging technologies. WinZO is committed to developing a Made in Bharat consumer tech product that resonates with and caters to the interactive entertainment needs of young users  worldwide. We have built a tech stack that caters to over 150 million young users from Bharat today and can be scaled across the world.”  

Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America, has witnessed a significant surge in the popularity of mobile gaming with about 4.6 billion mobile game downloads in 2022. India and Brazil, both members of BRICS, have a shared objective of enhancing cooperation and trade among member countries and WinZO’s expansion into Brazil aims to build upon this collaboration by extending it to the realm of technology. This expansion will contribute to the development of peripheral sectors such as payments, the gig. economy, and the creator economy of Brazil while also creating significant employment opportunities.  

The expansion comes at a pivotal moment in India’s Gaming ecosystem as companies explore ways to steer through challenges posed by a 400% hike in the GST, which threatens the survival of most content/ IP creators in their nascent stages which have the potential to catapult India into a leadership position within the global gaming arena and replace behemoths like Google and Facebook that originated in the West.  

This month, WinZO will also launch and represent the first-ever India Pavilion at the Brazil Game Show, the largest gaming show in Latin America. This will enable the representation of game developers from India to the global gaming ecosystem and showcase their games to a global audience. The company plans to further expand its collaborations with game developers, to export their games to the remotest corners of the world.   

Suzuki Motorcycle India Successfully Concludes The Inaugural Edition Of Suzuki Matsuri

·       Matsuri was a unique celebration to pay tribute to the spirit of motorcycling

·       This multifaceted event offered attendees a diverse range of experiences including stunt shows, track sessions, workshops, DJ shows, and live band performances

Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd. (SMIPL), the two-wheeler subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation has successfully concluded its first edition of Suzuki Matsuri. A thrilling and eventful day tailored for motorcycle enthusiasts. The inaugural edition was held on October 1, 2023, at the renowned Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, situated in the heart of New Delhi.

Suzuki Matsuri was a multifaceted event that offered a diverse range of experiences to all. Attendees were treated to the rhythmic beats of DJ shows and the live performances of bands, filling the air with captivating music and entertainment. Stunt shows added an extra layer of excitement that showcased incredible motorcycle skills. Motorcycle enthusiasts had the chance to experience the thrill firsthand with track rides. The event catered to a wide array of delicious food options. For those looking to expand their knowledge, informative workshops in the garage provided valuable insights and learning opportunities. Suzuki Matsuri also provided a unique opportunity to interact with some of the top experts and influencers from the world of motorcycling.  

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Devashish Handa, EVP Sales, Marketing & After Sales, Suzuki Motorcycle India, said, "Suzuki Matsuri promised to be a remarkable fusion of passion, skill, and camaraderie, embodying the spirit of Suzuki. It was all about celebrating the true essence of motorcycling, a shared love for the road, and the thrill of riding. Seeing the enthusiasm and energy of all the attendees, both young and seasoned riders, reinforced our belief that the love for motorcycling transcends generations. It was heartening to witness the bonds formed and experiences shared during this event. Suzuki Matsuri not only showcased our commitment to providing exceptional motorcycles but also our dedication to fostering a vibrant and united motorcycling community."

The event saw discussions on the legacy of Hayabusa with Mr. Sundeep Gajjar from xBhp, Dr. Arun Thareja, founder of Group of Delhi's Superbikers, and Mr. Pratheek Kunder a seasoned auto journalist. Additionally, there were insights into hardcore adventure riding with Mr. Shardul Shas Sharma, the only Indian represent at Hard Enduro Racer, followed by Mr. Daljeet Singh, fellow Indian rider, and Ms. Ankyta Arora aka High Heels Motorcyclist. Apart from that, the inaugural edition of Matsuri also delved into the world of The Gixxer Club with professional motorcycle racers, Mr. Sachin Chaudhary and Mr. Vidhuraj Meka. Insights on exploring the joy of riding were shared by renowned moto-vlogger Mr. Jasminder Singh from JS Films India, Ms. Jasvinder Kaur from JK The Lioness, and Mr. Jitesh Surana, founder of Asteride, a platform that enables and empowers motorcycle riding communities globally.

Suzuki Matsuri also saw electrifying performances by artists none other than the famous musicians Rocksalt Band, Team Evolution, and DJ Netin, with Antariksh delivering a memorable closing performance.

Suzuki Motorcycle curated a diverse range of experiences, including display zones, a delectable selection of food options, a captivating showcase of Manga art and animation, and even a dedicated space for graffiti art enthusiasts. Whether it was the daredevil stunts or the live music that had the audience tapping their feet, the performances were a testament to the spirit of adventure that unites us all. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, the thrilling track rides delivered an unmatched experience.


Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited is a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan wherein they have the same manufacturing philosophy of PRODUCTS OF SUPERIOR VALUE right from the inception. SMIPL manufactures two-wheelers best suited for valuable Indian customers. The Company started its India operation in February 2006.

Cummins India Launches “REDEFINE 2023” To Inspire Next Generation Of Business Leaders

* Latest edition of the flagship B-school case study competition invites participation from 18 premier business schools

Cummins India, one of the leading power solutions technology providers in the country, launches ‘REDEFINE 2023’, the latest edition of its national level business school (B-school) case study competition. Open to students from 18 partner B-schools in India, this year’s case study theme will be focused on "Unlocking the Power of Digitalization in the Aftermarket: Enhancing Efficiency, Customer Experience, and Competitive Advantage in B2B Business Environment.”

REDEFINE is an annual B-School engagement initiative focused on nurturing the business leaders of tomorrow. Each year, it presents students with a unique real-world industry challenge to demonstrate their strategic, innovative, and analytical skills. Featuring multiple rounds, the competition is set to commence on October 8, 2023 and will culminate with a two-day grand finale event to be hosted at the Cummins India Office Campus in Pune, Maharashtra on November 20-21, 2023. The winning team will be awarded a cash prize and offered the opportunity to join Cummins India’s mentorship program.

Sharing her views on the competition commencement, Anupama Kaul, Human Resources Leader, Cummins India said, “Our annual B-school case study competition, REDEFINE, is designed to empower and guide emerging talents, unlocking their innate potential to become the future leaders and trailblazers. This competition cultivates a growth mindset among management students, enabling them to apply their leadership skills, business acumen, and knowledge to develop innovative strategies to solve real-world business challenges. We are eager to collaborate with and gain valuable insights from some of the brightest young minds representing our country's leading business schools. Learning is a lifelong pursuit and REDEFINE is a unique opportunity for students to hone their skills and prepare for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.”

Elaborating on the rationale behind organizing the case study competition, Subramanian Chidambaran, Strategy Leader, Cummins India added, “In today's complex and ever-changing world, innovation is essential for businesses to thrive. At Cummins, we believe that the best way to innovate is to collaborate with a diverse range of stakeholders, including governments, academia, industry bodies, and communities. Our REDEFINE case study competition is designed to spark the creativity of young minds and encourage them to develop innovative solutions to real-world business challenges. I am confident that the students will find the case study intellectually stimulating and their insights will be invaluable for us.”

In addition to the case study, the students will have the opportunity to participate in interactive sessions with the Cummins India leadership. To enhance awareness of Cummins’ business and brand among emerging talent, the company will also host a separate quiz competition for the students to assess their grasp of business trends, technology, and understanding of Cummins.

In 2022, REDEFINE received a tremendous response with over 1800 student registrations from 12 partner B-schools. Team Vision from Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur (Delhi Campus) was the winner of REDEFINE 2022. Team QuadrAngles from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai was the first runner-up.

REDEFINE 2023 will be open to bonafide first and second-year students pursuing a two-year flagship PGP/PGDM/PGDBM/MBA program from the below mentioned partner B-schools:

Indian Institute of Management, Indore

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode

Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow

Indian Institute of Management, Mumbai

Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi

Indian Institute of Management, Shillong

Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli

Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

KJ Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai

Management Development Institute, Gurgaon

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai

Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, Pune

Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune

Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar

Xavier School of Management (XLRI), Jamshedpur

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About Cummins India Limited:

Cummins India Limited, part of the Cummins Group in India, is headquartered in Pune since 1962 and is the country's leading manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines for power generation, industrial and automotive markets. Cummins India Limited has a country-wide network of 18 exclusive 4S dealerships with over 480 service points that provide parts, services, and after-market solutions for the uptime of Cummins equipment and engines to customers in India, Nepal, and Bhutan.

About Cummins Group in India:

Cummins in India, a power leader, is a group of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute, and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, air handling, filtration, emission solutions, and electrical power generation systems. With its recent Meritor acquisition, Cummins has expanded its portfolio to include drivetrain, mobility, braking, aftermarket, and electric powertrain solutions for commercial vehicles, and industrial markets. Its technology and pioneering initiatives are bringing innovative solutions and dependable services at the best possible value to users across the country. Its high-performance outlook is based on customer focus, integrity, and capability of its people. Part of the $28.1 billion Cummins Inc. USA, Cummins in India is a group of various entities with its presence in over 200 locations and 10,000+ employees.

Indian Retail Real Estate In Powerful Rebound, Remarks Shopping Centres Next 2023 Event

* Global brands make a beeline for India

* India's retail scene saw dramatic changes before the pandemic and displayed resilience soon after. Notwithstanding the looming recession, the time seems right for investors to reinvest in shopping centres in the country. Key highlights from the two-day Shopping Centres Next 2023 event, hosted in Bengaluru.

Bengaluru: Mall retailers in India’s Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities (urban and suburban areas included) have flourished in the last two years, defying post-COVID speculations. Displaying a resilient retail market and enjoying strong performance, shopping centres have prospects to innovate and repurpose real estate, thereby making themselves profitable to investors. Amid an imminent economic downturn, investors are considering when to reinvest in shopping centres.

The two-day Shopping Centres Next 2023 event, hosted in Bengaluru, opened its doors to industry leaders, experts, and enthusiasts on October 3, 2023, to share valuable insights into the lucrative shopping centres sector for investors. The first day of the event brought forth a wealth of insights into the evolving landscape of shopping malls in India, highlighting their transformative role as hubs of community, technology, and growth.

As many as 24 new global brands have forayed in the last two years across Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai. The operational retail stock as of H1 2023 stands at 89 million sq ft in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad together. With Gen Z, young workforce, better purchasing power and growing GDP, there is not a better time for investors to consider putting funds into building shopping centres and reaping benefits with value.

As demonstrated in the discussions on day 1 at the event’s masterclass for shopping professionals, India has emerged as a coveted destination for global brands. Increased consumption, growing institutional participation, strategic collaborations with Indian retail chains, and a supportive regulatory environment have all contributed to India's allure.

Despite the growth in mobile and online commerce, physical stores continue to hold the ground in terms of offering experiential shopping and fostering social connections.

Shopping centres are evolving into community centres where people gather not only for shopping but also for entertainment, relaxation, and socializing. This shift underscores the importance of malls in our communities.

Speaking about the key to extracting value from shopping centres at the Masterclass, Rajendra Kalkar, President - Malls & Whole Time Director, the Phoenix Mills Ltd., said, “When you sell an asset, you realise the value instantly. For the retail space players such as hotels, hospitals and upcoming annuity businesses like data centres or warehousing, there are twin benefits. One is the capital which can double, triple, etc. depending on the land prices in the location and various socio economic factors. The second benefit is annuity income (inflationary income). The moment one builds a good shopping centre, runs it well and ensures consumption, retailers can do fabulous business and make money from their turnover rent. There is an art to making this turnover rent income. Today, hardly 100 malls in India have been able to achieve this. There is enough potential for this.”

Citing the purchasing power and volume of purchasers in the country, he projected that with India beating China in GDP growth last year, this trend is set to grow at least for the next 10-15 years. “Also, the earning age of customers itself is a key factor to consider investing in shopping centres in India and reaping benefits from it,” he added.

Further elaborating on the need to make sure that the shopping centre becomes a part of the community and vice versa, it is important that investors plan to integrate social connections at the starting stage of mall design planning itself. “For Gen Z, shopping centres are where community building begins; that is the heart of their needs to meet, dine, socialise, refresh and spend time. There are ample ways to build on these needs such as organising health awareness programmes, wellness and fitness programmes, art projects, etc.”

Sharing his thoughts on the scope for retail real estate investments in Tier 2 and 3 cities in the country, Jayen Naik, COO, Nexus Malls, said, “There is enough consumption demand in Tier 2 and 3 cities, especially where we are present. Our mall in Bhubaneswar is among the best and as good as the other malls in the other metros. The median age of the population is 28-30 years. Which means, more than half the population will be consumers for tomorrow. Given the rising economy, large skilled population and disposable income growth, consumption is bound to grow. Good real estate can be built with the right amount of research and planning and we hope a lot more interesting spaces come up across all state capitals, smart cities and places regardless of tiers.”  

Godrej Storage Solutions Leads The Way In Transforming Indian Warehouses Through Automation And Technology

* Sustaining the position as industry leader in the warehousing sector with over 30% market share and a CAGR of over 15% in last 5 years

Consumerism is rapidly evolving, leading to need for innovation in supply chain strategies and practices and, automation technology is the enabler everyone is looking at to deliver challenging milestones. Godrej Storage Solutions, a business unit of Godrej & Boyce, the flagship company of the Godrej Group, is a market leader in storage systems with 50% of its revenue coming from consumer driven industries like Retail/ E-com/ FMCG/F&B and consumer durables.

Having recognized this need, the business is proactively aligning to these expectations by creating cutting edge solutions for end-to-end warehousing processes starting from receiving goods to dispatch. Godrej Storage Solutions has made significant investments in human capital for solutioning and execution, technologies, and relevant integrating systems through an ecology of supply chain partners. The objective is to deliver higher returns for their customers by enhancing operational efficiency/ productivity through superior standards.

Commenting on these advancements, Vikas Choudaha, Senior Vice President & Business Head, Godrej Storage Solutions, stated, "The potential and possibilities of automation in intralogistics are enormous. Its adoption could vary from simple conveyors systems to cobots to AI/ML driven technologies. Intralogistics space will see an increase in companies adopting and investing in these systems/ technologies as they realize the advantages of it, including increased efficiencies, productivity, accuracy, and cost savings in long run. This will help in bringing down our country’s logistics cost from current 13%-14% of GDP. Godrej Storage Solutions is committed to enable our customers in their endeavor towards efficient warehouse operations at optimal cost.”

With warehouses getting larger and taller for large-scale operations, seamless integration of operations becomes a necessity. Repetitive activities like point-to-point transfer, loading and unloading of standardized packs necessitate deployment of automation as a concept where the likes of automated battery- operated pallet trucks (ABOPTs), AMRs, robotic palletizers and packing machines are becoming critical to operations. Human interventions are avoided by integrating bar code scanner & readers for material identification. Complete visibility and traceability of every SKU is made possible by WMS and ERP systems, while real-time data gathering, analysis, and decision-making are made possible by IoT and cloud computing. Such automation and digitization enable jobs to be done with accuracy and speed thereby enhancing throughput and productivity.

While using technologies to automate intralogistics activities has many advantages, integrating them with existing warehouse/existing workflow needs to be taken care of. Godrej Storage Solutions ensures this through a meticulous process of understanding customers’ current & future warehousing requirements and creating an adaptable solution design. This is possible because of the in-depth knowledge of warehousing operations across sectors, advancements in the technologies involved, and the ability to synthesize all these effectively.

About Godrej & Boyce

Godrej & Boyce ('G&B'), a Godrej Group Company, was founded in 1897 and has contributed to India's journey of self-reliance through manufacturing. G&B patented the world's first springless lock and since then, has diversified into 14 businesses across various sectors from Security, Furniture, Aerospace to Infrastructure and Defence. Godrej is one of India’s most trusted brands serving over 1.1bn customers worldwide daily.  To learn more visit:

Premium Occasion Wear Brand Wishful By W Collaborates With Celebrity Designer Sahil Kochhar

* Unveiling a festive collection that blends Sahil Kochhar’s distinct designs with the elegance of Wishful, and making it accessible to a wider audience

Pioneering premium occasion wear brand Wishful by W unveiled its latest festive line in collaboration with renowned celebrity designer Sahil Kochhar. This exceptional partnership signifies a fusion of design excellence, brand appeal, and widespread accessibility. Tailored for special occasions, this exclusively curated line celebrates Sahil Kochhar’s signature craftsmanship and the elegance of Wishful, delivering opulent occasion wear adorned with breathtaking details.

Sahil Kochhar, a trailblazing fashion luminary, transforms each outfit into a true masterpiece. His creations transcend seasons, imbuing each design with luxury, distinctiveness, and enduring elegance. His collaborations with Bollywood and pioneering sustainable initiatives further solidify his place as a dynamic force in the Indian fashion industry. His much-anticipated collection for Wishful's festive launch redefines luxurious occasion wear, weaving intricate details into each ensemble, ideal for special occasions.

Speaking about the collaboration, Anant Daga, Managing Director, TCNS Clothing Co. Limited said, “We are delighted to partner with Sahil Kochhar, a visionary designer who continues to redefine the art of fashion. Wishful has consistently offered elegantly crafted occasion wear for the contemporary Indian woman. Through this collaboration, we plan to elevate our offerings further by introducing Sahil’s artistic creations to our esteemed patrons nationwide. Sahil’s design sensibilities and his deep connection with nature align perfectly with the brand’s ethos, and together, we aim to reinvent festive couture for the modern Indian woman.”

Speaking on the occasion, Sahil Kochhar said, “We are immensely proud of the collaboration between Sahil Kochhar and Wishful. It stands as a testament to the power of partnerships that bridge the gap between art and commerce. Our collective goal was to take our artistic creations to a wider audience, and joining hands with a prominent retail powerhouse like Wishful by W has allowed us to achieve just that. Our shared commitment to intricate craftsmanship and attention to detail has resulted in a collection that captures the spirit of celebration and joy. In every garment, we have aimed to capture the ephemeral beauty of nature, designing pieces that resonate as cherished heirlooms for generations to come.”  

The Wishful festive collection by Sahil Kochhar showcases an array of exquisite designs that draw inspiration from traditional Indian craftsmanship and perfectly embraced contemporary trends; each creation represents a harmonious fusion of the past and the current fashion trends. Adorned with delicate floral motifs, reminiscent of India's vibrant blossoms intertwine gracefully with geometric patterns, elegantly embroidered threadwork, and modern silhouettes, among others. This exceptional partnership perfectly encapsulates Sahil Kochhar's design ethos, effortlessly merging traditional elements with contemporary aesthetics.

In the contemporary tapestry of Indian celebrations, where tradition merges with vogue, Wishful gracefully navigates its presence not merely at casual gatherings but to become a coveted couturier for festive occasions. Since its inception, the brand has carved its niche by offering modern Indian women an opulent repertoire of premium, elaborate and exclusive occasion wear, while expanding its presence across India.

The festive collection will be available across all exclusive Wishful stores, select W stores, and 

About Wishful

Conceptualized in 2006, Wishful, a part of TCNS Clothing Co. Limited, is the premium occasion wear brand for modern Indian women. From being retailed as a shop-in-shop brand under W to opening its exclusive brand store with its own design philosophy and mindshare, Wishful has been one of the unique journeys of TCNS. It has carved its own niche by offering premium, elaborate and exclusive occasion wear.

It is also retailed through 300 plus exclusive brand outlets of W, department stores like Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Pantaloons & Central; in select marketplaces, at & Wishful strengthens its identity as a readymade occasion-wear brand with modern sensibilities and a refined taste.

About TCNS

TCNS is India’s leading women’s branded Apparel Company. The company designs, manufactures, markets, and retails a wide portfolio of women’s branded apparel across multiple brands. Its product portfolio includes top-wear, bottom-wear, drapes, combination sets, and accessories that cater to a wide variety of the wardrobe requirements of the Indian woman, including everyday wear, casual wear, work-wear, and occasion wear. It sells its products across India and through multiple distribution channels. As of March 31st, 2023, it sold its products through 650 + exclusive brand outlets, 2000+ large format store outlets, and 1000+ multi-brand outlets. It also sells its products through exclusive brand outlets in Nepal, Mauritius, and Sri Lanka. In addition, it sells its products through its website and online retailers.

Coca-Cola India And ICC Introduces Recycled PET National Flags Of 10 Playing Nations For ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023

* National Flags of the playing nations and ICC Unity Flags will be used during the ‘match opening anthem ceremony’ throughout the tournament.

As the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 begins today, Coca-Cola India and ICC aim to bring together the country’s excitement for cricket with a commitment to sustainability. During the match opening ceremony of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, Coca-Cola India and ICC introduced National Flags made from post-consumer PET bottles. These PET bottles were recycled to produce yarn which was subsequently used for the flags. These flags will be used during the ‘national anthem ceremony’ before each match takes place in the stadiums.

Heralding a new era of environmental responsibility, Coca-Cola India has enabled creation of national flags of the ten playing nations, and ten ICC unity flags. This makes Coca-Cola India the first company in the world to introduce recycled PET national flags in the sport of cricket, setting a precedent for future events.

Approximately, 11,000 PET bottles were used for creating one national flag and approximately 2000 bottles were used to create an ICC Unity Flag. The flags are manufactured by GoRevise by Ganesha Ecoverse Limited which is engaged in manufacturing recycled yarn and garments. A dedicated team of 100 workers devoted 25 days and over 300 hours to bring these magnificent flags to life.

Thums Up and Limca Sportz are the official beverage and sports drink partners for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup India 2023. Coca-Cola India will undertake many activations during the World Cup, including online and offline fan and consumer engagements, to build awareness around waste management.

Arnab Roy, Vice President, Marketing, Coca-Cola India & Southwest Asia, “Coca?Cola ahas a mission to support sustainability efforts as an integral part of all sporting events. Aligned with this mission, we take pride in unveiling national flags made with recycled PET at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 today. With these recycled national and ICC Unity flags we are dedicated to advancing the principles of a circular economy.”

With sports being an integral part of both the organisation’s DNA and cricket being the biggest sporting in India, Coca-Cola India and ICC are committed to creating a sustainable sporting experience in this world cup.

About Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola in India is one of the country's leading beverage companies, offering a range of high-quality and refreshing beverage options to consumers. The company in line with its vision of 'Beverages For Life' offers a wide portfolio of products which includes hydration, sports, sparkling, coffee, tea, nutrition, juice and dairy based products. In India it's beverage range includes Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke, Thums Up, Charged by Thums Up, Fanta, Limca, Sprite, Maaza, Minute Maid range of juices. The company also offers hydration beverages including Limca Sportz, Smartwater, Kinley, Dasani and Bonaqua packaged drinking water and Kinley Club Soda. Premium products constitute Schweppes and Smartwater. In addition, it offers Costa Coffee range of tea and coffee. The company is constantly transforming its portfolio, from reducing sugar in its drinks to bringing innovative new products to market.

The company along with its owned bottling operations and franchise bottling partners has a strong network of close to 4 million retail outlets through which it refreshes millions of consumers across the country. It seeks to positively impact people's lives, communities and the planet through water replenishment, packaging recycling, sustainable agriculture initiatives and carbon emission reductions across its value chain.

Globally together with its bottling partners, The Coca-Cola Company employs more than 700,000 people, helping to bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

UNICEF Executive Director, UNICEF India National Ambassador And Public-private-Youth Partners Launch ‘YouthHub’ Platform

UNICEF Executive Director, Catherine Russell joined UNICEF India National Ambassador Ayushmann Khurrana, government officials, the private sector and young people at the launch of an innovative, digital YouthHub app to connect young people in India to future job opportunities, especially girls and marginalised youth.

The platform, which functions as a digital ecosystem, was jointly launched by them along with Mr. Shombi Sharp (United Nations Resident Coordinator in India), Smt. Meeta Rajivlochan (Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports), Ms. Cynthia McCaffrey (Representative, UNICEF India), Mr. Ashwin Yardi (CEO, Capgemini India),  Mr. Ranen Banerjee (Government Sector Leader, PwC India), Ms. Vandana Bahri (Head, Skills and Livelihood, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation - CIFF India), Ms. Dhuwarakha Sriram (Chief of YuWaah, Youth Development, and Partnerships at UNICEF), Mr. Abhishek Gupta (COO, YuWaah at UNICEF) and two young leaders - Ms. Zakira Ganji and Ms. Jagriti Pandey.

The YouthHub - co-created by YuWaah at UNICEF, PwC India, Capgemini, and CIFF - aims to connect young people to curated jobs, skills, and volunteering opportunities, and enable access especially for girls and youth from marginalised backgrounds.  In its first phase, which was launched on Tuesday, the YouthHub app has become accessible to young individuals via the Google Playstore. Serving as a unified platform, it offers free access to aggregated job opportunities in nine Indian languages, simplifying the job search process for young people:

Intersecting technology and innovation, the hub is a ‘one-stop’ application that integrates diverse platforms, tools, and resources, which aggregates curated economic opportunities for young people. The launch of the YouthHub marks a significant step in convening public, private, and youth partners to foster a generation of informed and skilled young people who can transition well from learning to earning.

Ms. Russell is visiting India this week to meet with government officials, members of the private sector as well as young people, children and some of India’s frontline community workers.  

UNICEF Executive Director, Catherine Russell, said: “Investing in children and youth is the best way to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals and create a brighter future for generations to come. Collaborative initiatives such as this YouthHub are a good way to reduce inequalities and ensure that girls are included and have access to future job opportunities. We can create a lasting impact when young people are involved in decision-making and when their voices are heard.”   

Ayushmann Khurrana, Bollywood star and UNICEF India National Ambassador said, “Being a UNICEF India National Ambassador has allowed me to peek into the lives, dreams, and hurdles faced by the children and young people of our country. They are our future, and ensuring they have a fair shot at success is not just a choice, it's our duty. YouthHub app by YuWaah at UNICEF and partners is like a script for success for every young person in India. It's not just a platform; it's a dream factory that opens up doors to economic, skilling, and volunteering opportunities. But it's much more than that. It's a symbol of hope and the belief that every youngster, no matter their gender or background, deserves a shot at greatness. And we begin with equal opportunities for all. That’s what the YouthHub app will extend to young people.”

Other Quotes:

Smt. Meeta Rajivlochan (Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports) said, “In India, today's youth require phy-gital platforms to access more economic opportunities and fully realize their potential and passion. UNICEF and private sector agencies have been collaborating with us in the past and collaboration with multiple agencies, is important to increasing outreach and to fostering youth empowerment."

Ms. Cynthia McCaffrey, Representative, UNICEF India: “India has the largest population of young people in the world. Our mission is to give them the tools to drive change themselves and reach 300 million people by 2030 through all our initiatives spanning across access to economic and skilling opportunities, innovation, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and volunteering. We have already fostered meaningful connections with over 65.5 million young people and these numbers represent lives transformed, dreams ignited, and communities strengthened and a better world in the making. YouthHub converges our efforts through YuWaah into a ‘hub’ for young people across the country which would help open doors to economic opportunities for the underserved communities.”

Mr. Sanjeev Krishan, Chairperson, PwC in India said, “It is an honour to be a part of this transformative single-window platform to address young people's socio-economic needs. This platform was envisioned because of co-creation between PwC and YuWaah (Generation Unlimited in India at UNICEF) back in 2019, where we had three key motivations: youth centrality, scale, and innovation. PwC takes pride in the fact that we have helped develop the blue book for the platform and have supported the creation of this platform."

Ashwin Yardi, CEO – India, Capgemini said, "Capgemini is delighted to have co-created the YouthHub platform in partnership with YuWaah at UNICEF and PwC India. Serving as the co-chair of the YuWaah board in India, I have personally witnessed the inspiring passion, unwavering resilience, and boundless potential of young individuals. Their invaluable insights have been pivotal in shaping the development of this platform, a true collaboration designed to meet their unique needs. I am confident that our partnership will thrive as we remain steadfast in our dedication to innovation, ensuring that meaningful solutions touch the lives of every young individual. "

Ms. Manjula Singh, Executive Director, India Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) said, “We, at CIFF, believe that when girls and young women are connected with the right force multipliers education, right skills and opportunities for income generation, they are able to navigate multiple barriers they face in their journey to adulthood and gain agency for their life choices among many others. Therefore, for us, investing in girls and young women is not just a moral imperative but also a strategic imperative to contribute to the Government’s vision for women-led development. Through YouthHub, we are working towards bringing a digital transformation in the lives of over a million young women by empowering them with access to a platform that aggregates job opportunities, fostering connections to 21st-century skills and socio-economic prospects.” 

Hero MotoCorp Received 13,688 Bookings For Its Flagship Motorcycle, Karizma XMR

Riding the wave of an overwhelming response for its premium product launches, Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, has received 13,688 bookings for its newly launched flagship motorcycle, Karizma XMR.  

Dispatches of Karizma XMR to Hero MotoCorp dealerships have already started and customer deliveries will begin in the festive period this month.

Hero Karizma XMR was launched at an introductory price of INR 1,72,900/- and the bookings for the initial set of customers commenced on August 29th, 2023 and were closed on September 30th, 2023.

The new Karizma XMR will now be available at Rs. 1,79,900/- (ex-showroom Delhi) and the company will announce the new booking window soon.

Mr. Ranjivjit Singh, Chief Business Officer (India Business Unit), Hero MotoCorp said, “We are thrilled and humbled by the incredible response to the Hero Karizma XMR. The overwhelming number of bookings speaks volume about the trust and enthusiasm that our customers have shown for the flagship motorcycle. The Legend is truly back in its modern, contemporary avatar and the customers are loving it. We are committed to delivering an exceptional premium riding experience to every Karizma owner, and are confident of adding cheer to the upcoming festive season.”

The new Karizma XMR is the most powerful motorcycle in its class, producing the highest torque. The motorcycle is powered by 210cc Liquid Cooled DOHC Engine, 6-speed transmission that comes with Slip and Assist Clutch and Dual Channel ABS.

With today’s customers looking for advanced technology, the new Karizma XMR is packed with the segment-first adjustable windshield, Intelligent Illumination Headlamp and Turn-By-Turn navigation guaranteeing an unparalleled motorcycling experience.

Thanks to the enriched ergonomics, sporty agility, comfort and dynamic performance, the new Karizma XMR embodies a fresh new take in the 210cc category. It offers a versatile mix of sporty character and touring abilities, thus providing a unique riding experience.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Bengaluru Gets Its First Interactive Mobile Travelling Bus Stop Created By Women

* Bengaluru's first interactive mobile bus stop highlights mobility gaps in the city

This travelling bus stop, created by women from the informal workforce, will tour through four chosen communities in the city throughout October_

The recent Karnataka Shakti Scheme facilitates women to travel across Karnataka free of cost is a positive step forward but does not resolve the lack of connectivity in underserved areas. And now Alli Serona, a women's collective, is addressing this mobility gap with Bengaluru's first collapsible and mobile bus stop, which hopes to demonstrate how the transportation needs of the informal sector can be met. This 'mobile bus stop' will journey through four chosen areas in Bengaluru namely, Hosa Nagar, Seegahalli, Thursday Sante Area, and Byrasandra, across October.

The bus stop will be installed from October 5 - 7 behind Baiyappanahalli Metro Station, Hosa Nagar, from where it will move to Seegehalli and Priyanka Nagar on October 9 - 10, at the Thursday Sante Area on October 16-18, and at Byrasandra on October 20-21. Designed to resemble a wooden, scaled-down version of a typical bus stop, the installation will have a ticket counter, seating arrangements, a shared space for waiting, and a newsstand. "Through this installation we have created a platform with and for women working in the informal workforce of the city, to increase their participation in decision-making for improved public transport services for all," says SureshaKantha B, a community coordinator from APSA for the Jayanagara constituency.

Ms Sujatha, a woman leader and tailor from Vijayanagar, Whitefield, shares, "We're a family of four. My husband, maternal uncle, and I share a two-wheeler for work. Each of us having a vehicle increases carbon emissions. Many families do the same. Buses accommodating 50-60 people significantly reduce emissions. Leaving early doesn't always help due to traffic. I've seen cars carrying one person, though they can seat five to six. Imagine if everyone used buses. This could positively impact the environment, leading to better rains, enhanced greenery, improved air quality, and overall better quality of life and health.”

Since 2022, Alli Serona has worked to pass the mic to women who are invisibilized even though they are an intrinsic part of the city. Mallika Arya of Bengaluru Moving says, "Goal 11 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals appeals to member countries to provide safe, affordable, and accessible transportation to all, especially those in vulnerable situations. Inclusive mobility in urban areas is however often overlooked. The Alli Serona Mobile Bus Stop demonstrates how a good public transport system can bring people into the fold of the city."  

831 Unique Compliances For A Small Agricultural And Dairy Product FMCG: Reports Teamlease Regtech

TeamLease Regtech, India’s leading Regulatory Technology (Regtech) solutions company, has released its report titled ‘Simplifying Compliance Management for the FMCG Sector.’ The report provides an overview of the complexity of compliance and the challenges entrepreneurs and employers face in the FMCG sector. It also delves deep into the present regulatory framework and suggests actionable recommendations for enterprises and policymakers.

India, the fifth largest economy in the world in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), also stands as the second runner-up in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP). Reaching the $5 trillion mark by 2027 will translate into $16 trillion in GDP in terms of PPP.  This brings to immediate notice that Indian consumer spending is expected to grow to $6 trillion by the end of the decade and that there is explosive growth in the number of high-income and middle-income households. This growth is not limited to tier 1 cities, as tier 2 and tier 3 cities have already overtaken metropolitan cities in retail consumption. The FMCG sector is set to experience increased demand from rural and semi-urban areas as the average household gets access to more and more disposable income, with FMCG accounting for 50% of the total rural spending.

This new report takes a deep dive into the regulatory requirements and challenges FMCG enterprises face. It finds that an enterprise needs at least 23 licenses and registrations under 14 Acts to start a manufacturing facility. Once the enterprise starts operations, it must adhere to over 1,252 unique compliance obligations. These include maintenance of records, returns, and filings under the state-specific labour laws; Food Safety & Standard Act, 2006 and Food Safety & Standard Rules, 2011; and Warehouse Rules, among others.

Rishi Agrawal, CEO and Co-Founder TeamLease RegTech says, “The FMCG sector is a key indicator and driver of economic growth. Food processing continues to be one of the biggest contributors, approaching a $1 trillion domestic market size. PLI has made the industry more attractive. However, the industry has to understand its regulatory obligations if it has to continue to grow. A small agricultural and dairy product company deals with 831 unique and over 3,000 total compliance obligations in a year. These compliances include at least 23 different types of licenses, permissions and registrations. In addition, the employer also needs to comply with 421 unique compliances for every warehouse it operates. This report is an exploration of the complexities present in the regulatory framework for FMCGs.”

Enterprises must ensure compliance with industry-specific acts, rules, and regulations such as the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006 and Food Safety & Standard Rules, 2011; Food Safety & Standards (Advertising and Claims) Regulations, 2018; Essential Commodities Act, 1955; Export (Quality Control and Inspection) Act, 1963; Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954 and Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955; and Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016 & Bureau of Indian Standards (Conformity Assessment) Regulations, 2018 among others.

The report reveals that an enterprise operating as an agricultural and dairy product manufacturer has to comply with 831 unique compliances. Of these, labour constitutes 28% (232), industry-specific constitutes 27% (224), and commercial constitutes 25% (209) of the total obligations. In addition, 138 of these need to be complied with annually, while 156 have to be kept up with on a monthly basis. Tracking and managing all applicable regulatory obligations can be exceedingly difficult when done with Excel sheets dependent on people and done on an ad-hoc basis. The report concludes with recommendations for compliance reforms that can further improve the ease of doing business and provide a new-age solution for compliance management for employers.

About TeamLease RegTech

TeamLease RegTech is India’s leading regulatory technology company transforming Compliance. Its solution helps Corporate India stay on the right side of the law with a real-time environment that is trusted by over 1500 entities and 25,000 enterprise users in 45 industries.

TeamLease RegTech offers a cloud-based, multi-tenant, web, and mobile Compliance SAAS solution that tracks all compliances and now has advanced workflows for the automation of Labour and Secretarial compliance. A subsidiary of Teamlease Services, the company envisions a national open compliance grid towards a cashless, paperless, and presence-less compliance in digital India. 

Greening Enterprise Eco System- SIDBI And Shell Collaborate To Pilot Risk Sharing Facility To Compliment National EV Mission 30@30

* Strategic product to uptake access to finance 

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), the country’s principal financial institution for MSMEs and Shell Foundation, the UK foundation that catalyses clean energy innovation in Africa and India announced the launch of a Risk Sharing Facility (RSF) to compliment EV Mission 30@30 through SIDBI Mission 50K-EV4ECO (enable eco system to foster 50000 EVs). This will improve access to finance and ramp-up the adoption of electric two- and three-wheelers across India.  

The $6m ($3m SIDBI + $3m Shell Foundation) will provide partial credit guarantee to electric vehicle (EV) eco-system players who support EVs for commercial use.  The agreed cap is 7.5% of second loss layer, that will unlock approximately $81m of commercial capital for EV asset financing.  

It may be mentioned that SIDBI has been conceptualising EV risk sharing facility/financial products with the support of multilaterals after discussing with key stakeholders and experience gained in the sector. While EVOLVE is under consideration but in order to get going SIDBI has commenced 50KEV4ECO programme from April 2nd, 2023. SIDBI been operating two schemes – one for focussed NBFCs operating in EV space and other for EV value chain actors/players and MSMEs. To further strengthen the confidence, SIDBI in partnership with shell foundation, is introducing pilot risk sharing program.  

Shri Sivasubramanian Ramann, CMD, SIDBI said “In line with national mission of EV30@30 SIDBI has adopted EV as thrust segment. By launching mission 50K- EV4ECO we are promoting the entire EV value chain. We at SIDBI, are pioneer in managing risk sharing facility. We have witnessed that RSF is an important instrument to provide initial comfort to the lenders operating in emerging and unserved or underserved segments. Two development institutions, SIDBI and Shell Foundation, have come together to be the first mover and change maker for commercial EV market.  Development remains our partnership essence. We expect that the Risk sharing facility for EV will address the lack of access and affordability of commercial financing due to actual and perceived risks associated with EV lending.  

This Risk sharing facility shall be followed by scaling up support to eco system from multilaterals support under EVOLVE programme. 

Shri Sudhendu J. Sinha, Adviser (Infra & e-mobility), NITI Aayog said “It is heartening to see another differentiator initiative taken by SIDBI along with shell foundation to de-risk the EV financing. This pilot RSF initiative will further strengthen our resolve to move the EV ecosystem upward. It will also enable picking up of learning threads and weave the scaling up EV RSF version under bigger and broader multilateral institutional support. As we know that electric vehicle financing is predominantly being done by small/ unrated NBFCs. These NBFCs have deep and extensive knowledge of the EV sector. It is expected that commercial banks and NBFCs will speed up financing EV assets for commercial use.  This would address the challenges of access to affordable finance. 

Mr. Jonathan Berman, CEO of Shell Foundation said “This partnership with SIDBI is directly aligned with our mission to empower five million urban transporters to earn a living income by transitioning to electric mobility by 2032.  The creation and launch of RSF facility will stimulate the EV Financing sector for 2W & 3W which are used as income generating assets. This will scale access to two- and three-wheeler electric vehicles for 50,000 urban transporters and empower them to increase their incomes by up to 70%.”  

Greenply MDF Unveils New Product Offerings – “EPA Certified CARB P2 And BOIL PRO 500”

The latest milestone for Greenply Industries, one of India’s largest interior infrastructure companies has been the obtainment of certification by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) & Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its recently launched CARB P2 MDF. Greenply is first in the industry to be certified with CARB and EPA for its Zero Emission plywood product range and now with the CARB certification for Greenply CARB P2 MDF, it is increasing its portfolio of zero-emission products, to fulfill the promise of healthy interiors.  

The CARB certification for Greenply MDF CARB P2 underscores the company's commitment to healthy interiors and reflects Greenply's dedication to meeting global quality standards. Greenply has always been an industry leader in creating products that are safe for both consumers and the environment. 

Greenply commissioned its MDF production line in April 2023 at Vadodara, Gujarat. The facility uses state-of-the-art PRODIQ NEO technology in collaboration with Siempelkamp Germany. Ever since its launch, the brand has been capturing the market with its thrust on quality and product innovation.  

In line with its innovative streak, Greenply Industries is also set to unveil its new product offering - Greenply MDF BOIL PRO 500, a boil proof 500 HDF that brings the promise of boil-proof and fire-retardancy in MDF.  

Greenply MDF Boil PRO 500 is manufactured using HYDROFIRE BLOCK TECH, ensuring waterproof and fire-proof performance. It can bear heavy loads, and is resistant to termites, borers, and fungus. Additionally, it is environmentally friendly and possesses antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, offering a safe and hygienic solution. With high dimensional stability and production powered by renewable energy sources, Greenply MDF Boil Pro 500 is the responsible choice for today's construction and interior design needs. 

The Greenply MDF Boil PRO 500, a revolutionary new product from Greenply Industries, will soon hit the market. It has been developed for a wide range of uses and offers several advantages over competing products. 

Mr. Sanidhya Mittal, Joint Managing Director of Greenply Industries, proudly expressed, "The CARB certification for Greenply MDF CARB P2 represents our quest for innovation and healthy interiors. Ever since the launch of Greenply MDF, we have been aggressively pushing for new innovative products. In the line, our new product Greenply MDF BOIL PRO 500, will substantially bolster our product portfolio, offering even more choices and possibilities for consumers seeking waterproof and fireproof MDF." 

This remarkable product finds its applications across a wide range of areas, including restroom toilet cubicles, thermal insulation, load-bearing areas like decking and warehouse shelves, container and truck floors, bus and bathroom partitions, fire-retardant applications, flooring, wall paneling, furniture, fixtures, modular kitchens, wardrobes, and moisture-prone areas. 

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