Saturday, January 6, 2024

Samsung Opens Pre-Reserve For The Next Galaxy Smartphone In India

Samsung, India’s largest consumer electronics brand, announced the pre-reserve of its next flagship Galaxy smartphone, which will be unveiled later this month. Pre-reserved customers will be eligible for early access and special offers on purchasing the new Galaxy devices.

Customers can pre-reserve the flagship Galaxy devices by paying a token amount of INR 2000 on, Samsung Exclusive stores, and leading retail outlets across India. Consumers who pre-reserve will get benefit worth INR 5000. 

Since the introduction of the first Galaxy flagship, Samsung has been continuously enhancing and innovating the flagship experience for the consumers. With the next generation of the flagship, offering enhanced devices based on years of rigorous R&D and investment, Samsung aims to further drive the latest era of Galaxy innovation and consolidate its position as the industry leader.

Samsung will unveil its next generation of flagship devices at Galaxy Unpacked on January 17 in San Jose, California.

Governor of Bihar, Rajendra Arlekar Releases The Bubbles Of Memory Book Written By Dhruva Kumar

His Excellency Governor of Bihar Sri. Rajendra Arlekar launches THE BUBBLES OF MEMORY penned down by former secretary, Goa Legislature and retired secretary & Karnataka Legislative assembly secretariat Sri. TN Dhruva Kumar. Chief Guest Sri. Basavaraj Horatti - chairman Karnataka legislative council, Sri Vivek subba Reddy, president – Advocates Association and Sri. CS Shadakshari - president – NGO’s Association were present at the time of book release.  

This book titled was released by the governor of Bihar, in the presence of a galaxy of leaders talking to August gathering governor of Bihar in his presidential address said this book is most wanted for every legislature student to understand the life of Karnataka legislature. He praised Mr. Dhruva Kumar for having captured the most historic incidents of Karnataka assembly in his own style where real pictures will be reflected.  Mr. Dhruva's effort pending the parliamentary incidents is noteworthy..This book will definitely mark a new chapter in the Karnataka legislature.

Sri. Dhruva Kumar says “my Main inspiration to write this book was untold suffering during my tenure as additional secretary in Karnataka legislature and my ricketiest legislative experience which I had in Goa assembly secretariat  ...In order to reflect the transparency of my official life I have written it.

This book reflects the finest incidence of parliamentary importance and excellent reference to debating standards as well. The Author had vivid experience with all politicians of Goa and Karnataka.

Author has also recorded some of the important and enriching incidents that have happened in the Karnataka legislature...he has further mentioned the highest standard of debates in those days in comparative analysis of present day debates.

MuzigalLlaunches Its State-Of-The-Art Music Academy In, HSR, Bengaluru

* Muzigal continues to establish itself as a prominent player in the organized music education industry, expanding its reach and making a substantial impact.

* It’s the Fourth Muzigal academy in the state of Karnataka

Muzigal, India’s largest Music Education Platform, launched its 11th state-of-the-art music academy in Bengaluru. Located in HSR Layout, Bengaluru, the academy is spread over 1600 sqft and boasts of an unmatched ambience which is highly conducive to the learning of music including vocal and instrumental. In the presence of Chief Guest – Mr. Arun Sivag(Percussionist & Social Entrepreneur), Guests of Honour – Chiyo Kaiga & Kackey, super Duo from Japanese Brand “Seeds of the Earth”.

With a capacity to accommodate over 500 students, spread over multiple batches, the Music Academy at Sarjapur will offer lessons in Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Drums, Carnatic Vocals, Hindustani Vocals, Western Vocals, Violin and Ukulele. For the inaugural month, post the launch of the Music Academy, Muzigal is offering 1-month of free music education with all enrolments.

Muzigal’s state-of-the-art academy is setting a gold standard in music education by providing a 360-degree framework in the music learning and teaching eco-system with online, offline and music instruments’ shop-front integrated into one platform.

Speaking at the launch of Muzigal’s HSR Layout Academy, Muzigal’s VP Mr.Udeeksh Sood said, “The Muzigal Academy builds on our mission of democratizing music education by giving learners access to a state-of-the-art learning center in their own community. This will represent the best learning and teaching experience one could hope for in music. It will cater to the widest range of courses in Indian classical and western music taught by expert music teachers. In addition to these, a structured curriculum, periodic assessments, certification, flexible fee payment plans, highly trained teachers, and easy access, make it learner-centric at heart.”

With over 10,000 students spread across India, USA, UK, Australia, and UAE, supported by 400+ trained music teachers and over 40,000 classes completed successfully, Muzigal has helped students fulfil their music aspirations globally, whether they are hobby learners or serious learners hoping to achieve Trinity grade certification.

Traditional music institutions in India have mostly remained as mom-and-pop shops, home tuitions or through some of the large boutique institutions that are either restricted to certain geographies or limited only to advanced level of music learners that are not built to scale with a tech stack behind them. Muzigal’s academy epitomizes and reimagines neighbourhood music academies with state-of-the-art infrastructure, wide choice of music courses, dedicated staff, trained teachers and a shop front. Muzigal invites learners of all age groups and walks of life to come and join the fun.

Muzigal provides a comprehensive approach to music education by leveraging its online presence, offline academies and expert teachers to address the needs of music learners. This approach ensures that students have the resources and guidance necessary to achieve their musical aspirations.

The HSR Muzigal Academy is located at 1656, 3rd floor, 27th Main Rd, Sector 2, Parangi Palaya, 1st Sector, HSR Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560102

About Muzigal

Muzigal was born with a vision to democratize the music education space and with a mission to make structured music education accessible and affordable - be it online or offline - across the world which has largely remained unaddressed.

Muzigal is India’s first “phygital” music ecosystem which allows students to pursue their music aspirations through an online, offline or a combination of online+offline teaching methodology. Our platform makes the entire Music learning seamless and smooth right from booking, scheduling, live video, and messaging between the student and teacher.

Muzigal is the brainchild of Dr. Lakshminarayana Yeluri, a serial entrepreneur and a music aficionado who has taken it upon himself to democratize music learning and to ensure no aspiring musician is deprived of the opportunity to learn from the best teachers there are.

For more information visit Muzigal’s website

Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Launches Its First Pure EV Architecture – ‘acti.ev’

~Reveals Punch.ev - the first product to be launched on this Electric First Architecture~

~Bookings open today~

Tata Passenger Electric Mobility (TPEM), the pioneer of the EV evolution in India, today introduced its first advanced Pure EV architecture – acti.ev (pronounced as active). acti.ev stands for (Advanced Connected Tech-Intelligent Electric Vehicle) and will underpin future products from the TPEM portfolio. Punch.ev will be the first product based on this Pure Electric Architecture, which will spawn a variety of products with multiple body styles and sizes. Starting today, customers can book their Punch.ev by visiting their nearest Tata Motors showrooms authorized for EV sales or Tata.ev stores by making a payment of just ?21,000. Bookings can also be made online at

Commenting on this aspirational introduction, Mr. Anand Kulkarni, Chief Products Officer, Head of HV Programs and Customer Service, Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd., said, “As leaders of the EV evolution in India, we are proud to enter 2024 with a groundbreaking development in the form of acti.ev – a made-in-India advanced Pure EV architecture that promises to be a trendsetter in the country’s rapidly developing EV market. This architecture has been meticulously designed to enable class leading efficiencies, maximizing space, battery capacity and enhancing the overall driving experience. acti.ev is a global ready, future-facing pure electric architecture that enables the implementation of software oriented features, ensuring that our vehicles are not only technologically advanced but also future-proof.”

“With this, we are doubly excited to announce the unveil of the first product made on this advanced, multi-layered architecture – the Punch.ev. The Punch.ev is our introduction to the next generation of EVs from TPEM. As has been the case with our current portfolio of EV products, we are confident that future products made on the acti.ev architecture will continue to spark delight in our ever growing community.”

The acti.ev architecture is based on the key pillars of Performance, Technology, Modularity, and Space Efficiency and consists of four layers:

Layer 1 – Powertrain

acti.ev features an optimised battery pack design, with cells tested to advanced global standards – leading to 10% improvement in energy density. This battery pack design also offers multiple range options from 300 km ~ 600 km. The architecture also allows for modularity in choosing the right drivetrain option for the appropriate product, between AWD, RWD, and FWD. can support 7.2kW to 11kW on board charger for AC fast charging and DC Fast Charging upto 150kW – thereby adding ~100 km range in just 10 minutes.

Layer 2 - Chassis

The second layer of this architecture can house multiple body styles with a reinforced body structure capable of meeting future GNCAP / BNCAP safety protocols. acti.ev maximises cabin space and storage with a flat floor without a transmission tunnel, and an added frunk, therefore allowing more space for occupants in the cabin. Its lower center of gravity helps in improved driving dynamics and handling.

Layer 3 – Electrical Architecture

acti.ev is a future ready scalable architecture with higher computing powers and ADAS level 2 capabilities. The architecture is ready for ADAS L2+ capabilities – ensuring higher standards of safety and navigation capabilities. Its 5G readiness allows for advanced network speeds with seamless connectivity. The architecture will also support Vehicle to Load (V2L) and Vehicle to Vehicle Charging (V2V) technology.

Layer 4 - Cloud Architecture

This architecture is based on future ready scalable cloud architecture that promises an enhanced user experience, with Arcade.ev, an in-car app suite. Furthermore, acti.ev is loaded with cutting-edge solutions that not only promise superior connectivity but advanced over-the-air updates for software and other features. 

Manipal Academy of Higher Education Bengaluru Wraps Up Its Debut Quiz Competition Inspiring Academic Aspirations

* With students participating from more than 3500 schools, quiz garnered enthusiasm from 820+ schools that actively registered to participate

* Christ Academy, Bengaluru stood at first place winning 1,50,000

The Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru, proudly announces the conclusion of its pioneering MIQ (MAHE B’LRU INTERSCHOOL QUIZ) on January 5, 2024, at Bengaluru Campus, Govindapura, Yelahanka. This landmark event brought together young minds from more than 3500 schools, creating an atmosphere and spirit of intellectual competition and significance of teamwork and collaboration. It was inaugurated by the esteemed Prof. (Dr.) Madhu Veeraraghavan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, MAHE Bengaluru.

The grand finale was conducted under the leadership of the quizmaster, Venkatesh S (Venky) which witnessed tight competition among 24 finalists, emerging from six distinct zones – East, Central, West, North, South and Bengaluru. It spanned a variety of academic disciplines, showcasing participants’ depth of knowledge, critical thinking skills, and the ability to work seamlessly in a team.

Hansel Riju Mathew and Varun Goyal from Christ Academy, Bengaluru emerged as winner and were awarded a grand prize of INR 1,50,000, along with trophies and recognition. Second place went to Ronit Bothra and Kushagra Om from GD Goenka Public School, Siliguri, with a prize of INR 1,00,000, while Aryan Ghosh and S Ashwanth from AMM School, Chennai secured third place and INR 50,000.

Prof. Madhu Veeraraghavan, Pro Vice Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru, said, “As we celebrate the inter-school quiz's successful completion, I am proud of and in awe of the extraordinary talents that the young brains in attendance have demonstrated. There are no limits to the pursuit of knowledge, and today's event is a brilliant illustration of the intellectual vitality in our school community. Thank you to everyone who took the quiz, the teachers who helped, and the organizers for making it a huge success. May this encounter spark a lifelong love of education, inquisitiveness, and teamwork. You have only just begun your quest for wisdom, and I have no doubt that every one of you has the capacity to build a more promising future”.

Welcoming the students to the debut quiz Dr Raghavendra Prabhu, Deputy Registrar, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru said, “I am excited to see students who made to the finale today. We had several hundreds of teams participating from across the length to present the country in online rounds that we conducted to distill it down to 24 teams who are present here. So warm welcome once again to all of you and thank you for making it here and making this a memorable first edition, national level edition of MIQ. We are excited to make this an annual event and looking forward to empowering many more young minds like you”.

The Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru, looks forward to building on the success of MIQ in the coming years. The inaugural edition has set a high standard for future editions, emphasizing MAHE Bengaluru’s commitment to academic excellence, collaboration, and innovation among students. The success of MIQ commemorates the institution’s dedication to celebrating knowledge and intellectual endeavors.

About Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE)

Established in 1953, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) is an Institution of Eminence and a Deemed to be University. With a remarkable track record in academics, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and significant contributions to research, MAHE has earned recognition and acclaim both nationally and internationally. In October 2020, the Ministry of Education, Government of India, honoured MAHE with the prestigious designation of Institution of Eminence Deemed to be University. Currently ranked sixth in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), MAHE is the preferred choice for students seeking a transformative learning experience.

MAHE Bengaluru, an off-campus of MAHE, excels in delivering comprehensive education to students, supported by highly qualified faculty, and dedicated mentors. The MAHE Bengaluru campus has an inspiring, future relevant learning ecosystem, on a new age tech enabled living campus. Here, the students immerse themselves, transform and discover multiple choices and opportunities. At MAHE Bengaluru, the potential for growth and the opportunities available are boundless.

Photo Caption: Christ Academy, Bengaluru takes the first spot at MIQ by Manipal Academy of Higher Education Bengaluru, winning INR 150000 ( L-R: Gaurav Yadav, Dy Director, Admissions, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru; Joshua Fernandes, Quiz trainer,  Christ Academy; Varun Goyal and Hansel Riju Mathew- Students from Christ Academy, Bengaluru; Quizmaster, Venkatesh S (Venky) and Prof. Madhu Veeraraghavan, Pro Vice Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Announces Additional Organisational Changes


Building on the recent developments, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), today announced further senior management elevations.

Effective 1st January 2024, the following changes have been executed in support of TKM’s business expansion plan in the country. 

Mr. B. Padmanabha has been assigned as Executive Vice President of Manufacturing Function. He will oversee production and related functions at the two plants.

Mr. G. Shankara, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer has been appointed as the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration. He will oversee functions including HR, financial and operational strategies.

Furthermore, Mr. Vikram Gulati will continue to function as Country Head and Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Governance. Mr Gulati will oversee policy related matters aligned to national goals, External Communication including Public Relations and Corporate Governance. Mr. Yoshinori Noritake will hold the position of Executive Vice President for Technical and Purchase and Chief Technical Officer, looking after all technical and purchase related matters.

These developments are focussed on creating efficiencies, flexibility, future readiness and is aimed at driving long-term synergies between corporate goals and business expansion plans in order to fortify the company’s operations in India.  

2024 Guide To A Healthier You: Happiest Health Unveils E-Magazine, Bringing Expert Insights To Your Digital Doorstep

After a successful year of establishing as a credible health and wellness magazine in print, Happiest Health is pleased to announce the launch of its digital magazine. The e-magazine aims to make knowledge easily accessible in the fast-paced online landscape. The addition of a e-magazine reinforces the commitment of Happiest Health, India’s only English health and wellness magazine, to delivering science-research backed knowledge on health and wellness enabling our readers to access it on their digital devices.      

In the first year of its publication, Happiest Health magazine has earned praise from doctors, researchers, businesspeople and health practitioners for its easy-to-read design and the credible knowledge it disseminates. The editorial team consists of doctors, researchers, science writers and journalists. The magazine has featured interviews with noted Indian American physician, biologist and Pulitzer award winning Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee, British neuroscientist Dr Anil Seth, actor Daniel Webber, eminent diabetologist Dr V Mohan on medicine, health, nutrition, science, consciousness, and family. Physician and novelist Dr Kavery Nambisan and Anisha Padukone, CEO of LiveloveLaugh Foundation have exclusively written columns in the magazine.

We have successfully imparted crucial health-related knowledge to our readers through our print edition all over the country. The addition of a digital addresses the changing needs of our readers, ensuring that they have access to authentic, well-researched health and wellness knowledge on their devices. It marks a significant step toward reaching a broader audience with our wealth of knowledge.

Shri Dinesh Gundu Rao, Hon’ble Minister Health & Family Welfare Dept, Govt of Karnataka applauds Happiest Health Magazine saying, “Happiest Health is a wonderful magazine, imparting knowledge to people who are not experts in health but want to learn about the latest development in health and wellness. This is a great venture that has been started, which will help us become a healthy country. The accessibility of such informative content is crucial for our collective well-being.”

Mr. Raghu Krishnan, Chief Editor – Print and Publishing of Happiest Health, said, “We are committed to providing consistent value to our readers, the digital edition carries interactive and informative Knowledge from the print magazine. Now, health enthusiasts can access expert insights and research-backed articles that nudges them to take care of their health and wellness anytime, anywhere on their digital devices. In addition to the latest issue of the magazine, all past issues, are now available in the digital edition format, that readers can access to improve their health and wellness knowledge”.

Happiest Health Magazine remains focused in its mission to empower individuals with the knowledge required to lead healthier lives.”

Renowned author Krish Ashok, known for Masala Lab, commends the magazine stating, “In a world where there is so much misinformation about health, nutrition, and science in general, it is a pleasant surprise to come across content that is so well-written by science communicators and actual scientists, particularly those shedding light on gut health importance.”

Happiest Health magazine has been designed to share health and wellness knowledge for the entire family. Every issue of the magazine will have a cover theme on a chosen topic every month and the two sections – Happiest You and Happiest Home, will have articles that nudge to improve the health and of an individual as well as their family.

About Happiest Health

Happiest Health is a global health & wellness knowledge enterprise promoted by Ashok Soota. Happiest Health provides credible and trustworthy health and wellness knowledge with views from globally renowned experts and doctors. The primary knowledge platforms are the daily newsletter, knowledge website, and India’s only English health and wellness monthly print magazine, and knowledge app.

Happiest Health embraces scientific knowledge with a keen focus on medical breakthroughs providing kinder, gentler therapies including cell-based treatments. It also has deep coverage of integrated medicine including Ayurveda and naturopathy. Happiest Health’s focus on wellness is holistic and energizing. They live by their Mission Statement: “Better Knowledge. Better Health.” and convey its benefits to all.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Turn Your Space Into A Personal Theatre With BenQ's Newest GV31 Portable Projector

* Experience Immersive Full HD Projections Anywhere with in-built Android TV featuring Netflix for Ultimate Viewing Experience.

BenQ, India's No. 1 DLP projector brand in the country, has launched the GV31 portable projector, marking a significant leap in the home entertainment segment for young Indian consumers. This new portable projector is designed for instant access to entertainment, thanks to its ability to project anytime, anywhere. GV31 is equipped with Full HD 1080p resolution (Supports upto 4K), upto 135° projection angle, and integrated Android T.V. with pre-installed Netflix, thus redefining the entertainment experience.

Drawing from years of expertise in DLP projection technology, BenQ's projectors ensure unparalleled audio-visual quality, leveraging their acclaimed Cinematic Color expertise. Among the new portable line-up, the GV31 stands out with its vibrant colors (98% Rec 709), autofocus, and auto vertical keystone, offering immersive visuals across various spaces, including walls and ceiling.

Keeping the promise of elevating modern lifestyles, GV31 projector is equipped with integrated audio, providing up to 16W (8W*2) 270-degree 2.1-channel sound with extended bass. Additionally, the projector can also function as a wireless speaker. The GV31 boasts a battery life of up to 3 hours for video playback or 6 hours for music.

According to Mr. Rajeev Singh, Managing Director of BenQ India, "The arrival of our GV31 projector marks a step up from the GV30, transforming how Indians indulge in entertainment. BenQ's commitment to innovative projection technology, integrated Android TV, and high-fidelity audio-visual experience aims to redefine how families and individuals experience and customise their modes of entertainment."

Key Highlights:

Larger-than-life visuals: The GV31 projector can project a screen upto 120” in FHD (1080P) Resolution. The projector also supports 4K content.

Perfect from any angle: The GV31's Free Angle Projection allows upto 135 degrees of flexibility, so you can watch your favourite media, even while lying in bed.

Immersive sound: The GV31 comes with a 16W (8W*2) 2.1 channel speakers featuring extra bass. The projector can also do double duty as a Bluetooth speaker.

Android TV integration: The GV31 comes with Android TV built-in and Netflix pre-installed, making sure the projector is ready to be set up right out of the box.

Future-proof: The USB-C port supports data transfer, power deliver, and DisplayPort Alternate Mode, all in a reversible design, making sure you won’t fall behind the times.

Seamless Setup: The GV31 features fast auto focus and automatic vertical keystone correction, making set up quick, seamless and hassle-free.

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.

Tata Soulfull Participates In Millets & Organics – International Trade Fair 2024 With The Mission To Introduce 'Desh Ke Millets' To Homes

·         Aims to take ‘Desh ke Millets’ like Ragi, Jowar & Bajra mainstream

·         Continues to innovate millet based products catering to consumer preferences

·         Offers a variety of wholesome, tasty and convenient options in the breakfast and snacking category

Tata Soulfull, a brand from Tata Consumer Soulfull Pvt Ltd., (a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Consumer Products Limited), participated in the 2024 edition of Millets & Organics – International Trade Fair in the city today. This event, organized by the Department of Agriculture and KAPPEC (Karnataka Agro Processing and Export Corporation), Government of Karnataka, serves as a collaborative platform, uniting farmers, domestic and international companies, as well as central and state institutions in the organic and millet sectors.

As a leading brand in the millets space, Tata Soulfull is dedicated to bringing ‘Desh ke Millets’ like Ragi, Jowar & Bajra in modern formats to every Indian household through its wide range of products like Tata Soulfull Millet Muesli, Tata Soulfull Ragi Bites breakfast cereals and Tata Soulfull Masala Oats+. Leveraging its deep expertise in millets through cutting-edge facilities and distinctive product offerings, Tata Soulfull places strong emphasis on the philosophy of 'Taste First, Health Forward.'  The brand is dedicated to bringing back ancient grains to the modern consumer’s plate through its varied product lineup which includes breakfast cereals, snacking alternatives, and cereal-based beverages.

The United Nations declaring 2023 as the ‘International Year of Millets’, presents an opportunity to increase consumer awareness around millets and make them available to consumers in formats that are affordable and easy to use. Speaking on the participation of Tata Soulfull at the event, Prashant Parameswaran, MD & CEO, Tata Consumer Soulfull said, “Millets have long been integral to the Indian diet, and have many health benefits in addition to being an environment friendly crop. However, the lack of awareness of millets and their usage, along with limited accessibility has posed persistent challenges, leading to low consumption of these grains. At Tata Soulfull, our aim is to make millets mainstream and bring back ‘Desh ke Millets’ like Ragi, Jowar, etc. through our millet based products that are affordable, easy to access, wholesome and tasty. We are happy to be participating once again in the Millets & Organics – International Trade Fair, contributing to the vision for a healthier and more sustainable future.“

He further added, “With one of  India’s largest value-added millet processing factories at Bidadi in Bengaluru, our endeavour is to innovate and introduce products that are in line with changing consumer needs.  Our most recent launch was the Tata Soulfull Ragi Bites Choco Sticks, a wholesome choice for children. It’s a cream filled snack which offers the goodness of Millets and is completely free from maida.”

SonicWall Accelerates SASE Offerings; Acquires Proven Cloud Security Provider

* SonicWall doubles-down on its cloud-security platform for the modern, remote workforce with its acquisition of Banyan Security

SonicWall, a global cybersecurity leader, today announced the acquisition of Banyan Security, a leading provider of security service edge (SSE) solutions for the modern workforce. This acquisition strengthens SonicWall’s portfolio by adding zero trust security relied on by leading fortune 100 companies to small businesses who are replacing legacy architectures for SSE solutions, including Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA).

“Cybersecurity’s focus is shifting to more dynamic solutions that can adapt to the ever-evolving landscape of threats in the cloud age,” said SonicWall President and CEO Bob Vankirk. “For years, firewalls have been the cornerstone of cybersecurity defenses. However, with the rise of cloud computing and secure access service edge (SASE), the industry is shifting its focus to more comprehensive and flexible approaches that include SSE and ZTNA as a necessity. Together, SonicWall and Banyan Security will provide cloud-based secure access service edge (SASE) solutions that empower partners to deliver a security architecture for any stage of their customers’ evolving cloud journey.”

Banyan’s technology further extends SonicWall’s portfolio to the cloud and provides partners and their customers with more flexibility, which is key to the continued development of SonicWall’s cybersecurity platform. The acquisition aligns with SonicWall’s “best of suite” strategy — which includes network, endpoint, wireless, cloud email, and threat intelligence — under a single, multi-tenant portal. The platform also simplifies workflows and offers unified threat visibility, enabling service providers and end users to focus on what truly matters.

“For decades, SonicWall has played a pivotal role in supporting their partners by delivering leading cybersecurity solutions,” said Joshua Skeens, CEO of Logically, a valued SonicWall partner. “They’re now extending that to the cloud as the demand for cloud-first strategies is evident. As businesses embark on their cloud journey, they will require hybrid deployments which SonicWall is ideally positioned to provide, and we are excited to be working alongside SonicWall as we empower businesses to thrive in this new era.”

With hybrid and remote employees working from their homes, virtual offices, and coffee shops, while accessing critical business applications across increasingly complex networks, a new set of challenges has emerged. To secure this ever-growing and interconnected access surface, organizations have been driven to adopt zero trust models to modernize security, often as a replacement for legacy architectures.

The announcement comes on the heels of SonicWall’s acquisition of Solutions Granted, Inc. (SGI), which helped arm the channel with the latest managed detection and response services tailor-made for Managed Service Providers and Managed Security Service Providers.

For more information about SonicWall and its newest acquisition, please attend our webinar to learn more about SonicWall’s platform vision:

The acquisition was completed on December 26, 2023, and Moelis & Company served as an exclusive financial advisor to SonicWall.

About SonicWall

SonicWall is a cybersecurity forerunner with more than 30 years of expertise and is recognized as a leading partner-first company. With the ability to build, scale and manage security across the cloud, hybrid and traditional environments in real-time, SonicWall provides seamless protection against the most evasive cyberattacks across endless exposure points for increasingly remote, mobile and cloud-enabled users. With its own threat research center, SonicWall can quickly and economically provide purpose-built security solutions to enable any organization—enterprise, government agencies and SMBs—around the world. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter,?LinkedIn,?Facebook?and?Instagram.

About Banyan Security

Banyan Security provides secure, zero trust “work from anywhere” access to infrastructure and applications for employees, developers and third parties without relying on network-centric solutions like VPNs. Deep visibility provides actionable insight, while continuous authorization with device trust scoring and least privilege access, deliver the highest level of protection without sacrificing end-user productivity. Banyan Security protects tens of thousands of employees across multiple industries, including finance, healthcare, manufacturing and technology. To learn more, visit

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Walchand Plus Report Highlights Critical Gaps In Workplace Safety For Women And POSH Act Implementation

* 40% of women experiencing workplace insecurity are unaware of the legal protections – Walchand Plus research releases eye-opening data on the state of POSH training in Corporate India 

In a pivotal assessment of the corporate sector’s implementation of the Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) Act, Walchand Plus, (part of Walchand PeopleFirst ltd., which also owns the Dale Carnegie business in India), an industry leader in workplace solutions, in collaboration with research partner BDB India, exposes critical deficiencies hindering the creation of a secure workspace for women. This comprehensive study, conducted in November 2023, emphasizes the urgent need for a transformative approach to ensure workplace safety. 

An alarming revelation surfaces from the study: a staggering 40% of working women experiencing insecurity are unaware of the protective measures offered by the POSH Act. This lack of awareness among employees, as highlighted by the research, underscores the imperative for enhanced education on the Act's provisions. Shockingly, only 42% of employees possess a thorough understanding of the POSH Act.  

The report also exposes prevalent misconceptions within organizations, where compliance with the Act is often seen as a mere checkbox rather than a genuine commitment to fostering a safe environment for women. Surveys indicate that 53% of HR professionals are confused about the Act. Furthermore, the research found that HR managers are concerned about the underrepresentation of women and the tendency to downplay harassment issues within senior management. 

Commenting on the report Pallavi Jha, Chairperson and Managing Director of Walchand PeopleFirst says, “As a woman, I feel India still has a long way to go when it comes to bridging the gender disparity. In many ways, we’re still a patriarchal society and at Walchand Plus we are committed to driving positive change and fostering a culture of safety, inclusivity, and respect in workplaces across India. The first step towards that is understanding the issue with recent data, which we have tried to do with this research paper. Protecting women at the workplace should be a basic expectation but unfortunately many organizations treat this at a very cosmetic level. Walchand Plus believes that by adopting safety measures, organizations can contribute to a significant shift in workplace dynamics, ensuring the well-being and safety of every employee.” 

The research reveals that owing to constraints such as a lack of senior women representation in Internal Complaints Committees (ICCs), among many others, has led much to be desired when it comes to implementation and adherence of the POSH Act. The study underscores the crucial role of training sessions that go beyond legal literacy, addressing procedural aspects and fostering a preventive culture. 

Walchand Plus urges a proactive response from organizations, advocating for immediate measures to address the gaps identified in the study's findings. With expertise in consulting and training for POSH, Walchand Plus emphasizes the importance of workshops, guidance, and a zero-tolerance policy towards harassment. This report, available to download on, stands as a critical call to action, demanding a comprehensive shift in mindset and approach to establish a culture of safety, respect, and inclusivity in workplaces for women across India. 

Kaizen Institute Announces The “13th edition of KAIZEN™ Congress India 2024”, To Be Hosted In Pune

 ~ KAIZEN™ Congress India has become one of India's most important annual gatherings of professionals & experts in Operational Excellence, Lean and KAIZEN™ domains. ~ 

Kaizen Institute is organizing the 13th edition of KAIZEN™ Congress India (KCI) in Pune, on 18th and 19th April, 2024, which is set to gather stakeholders belonging to a variety of industries, ranging from manufacturing, healthcare, warehouse & logistics, apparel, retail, pharmaceutical, government and public services. This year’s conference aims to provide an opportunity to the attendees to “Learn, See, and Share” through KAIZEN™’s global methodologies from the industry stalwarts hailing from across the Indian industrial realm. The event aims to host over 250 attendees, around 100 companies, and over 5 renowned speakers, complemented with extensive knowledge sessions and benchmark tours over the 2-day Congress. 

For over 13 years, Kaizen Institute has provided several stakeholders the platform to engage with, discuss, & learn from experts at Kaizen Institute and industrial moguls to enhance operational efficiencies. Kaizen Institute has guided companies globally for over 30 years, assisting them with end-to-end analysis of their operations & supporting implementation of cost-effective strategies using KAIZEN™’s & Lean methodologies to reduce costs and maximize revenues for clients.  

The annual Congress is also set to host the National Case Study Competition which allows organizations to showcase their best achievements. Participants highlight the transformative implementation of Operational Excellence methodologies and compete for public recognition. 

The KCI over the years has hosted speakers from Mercedes-Benz, Royal Enfield, Aditya Birla, Tata Chemicals, Flipkart & Infosys, among others.  

Elaborating on the announcement of KCI, Managing Director, South Asia and Africa, Kaizen Institute, Mr. Vinod Grover pointed towards India’s ambitions for the Amrit Kaal to ‘become a developed economy by 2047’ & to ‘Make-in-India for the World’. To support this aspiration, business leaders have the responsibility to lead Indian businesses to global competitiveness. Through this event, Kaizen Institute aims to facilitate this process by bringing together on one platform globally & locally proven people based, process improvement & sustenance practices & practitioners to learn from & get inspired! With the registrations now open, Mr. Grover is optimistic about seeing participation in large numbers, particularly from the newer generation of industrialists who seek to learn from successful practitioners. 

About Kaizen Institute India: Kaizen Institute is the original and premier provider of KAIZEN™ services of Change Management, Business Excellence, Operational Excellence and Lean. We support companies of all sizes in all market segments, providing them with a sustainable, competitive advantage. Our Vision is Improving the world with Everyone, Everywhere, Every Day – The KAIZEN™ Way. “KAIZEN™ means Change for the better.” KI is a global organization that provides consulting services to companies in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East & America. 

18% Embrace Luxury Spending During New Year Shopping - Axis My India January 2024 CSI Survey

·         Overall household spending has increased for 58% of families

·         Essentials like personal care & household items see increased spending from 48% of families, a 5 percentage point rise from last month

·         13% of families have increased their spending on non-essential & discretionary products

·         18% of respondents plan to splurge on luxury items during the festive season, while 79% opt for budget-friendly choices

·         Health-related expenses have surged for 40% of families

·         Media consumption remains stable for 22% of families

Axis My India's latest insights from the India Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI) paint an optimistic picture of evolving consumer behaviours and spending trends as we step into a new year. The report highlights a steady increase in household spending among 58% of families, complemented by a significant rise in essential spending, reflecting a conscious prioritisation of daily necessities. Amidst the festive sparkle, a discernible 18% of consumers are embracing the joy of luxury, while a robust 79% display a preference for economical choices, showcasing a healthy balance in financial strategies. As the New Year dawns, it is encouraging to see a focused 14% of the populace engaging in proactive financial planning, indicative of a growing financial awareness and foresight. These insights, mirroring a dynamic economic landscape, signal not just an adaptation to current circumstances but also a forward-looking approach in consumer spending, suggesting a year of promising opportunities and mindful financial choices ahead.

The December net CSI score, calculated by percentage increase minus percentage decrease in sentiment, is at +10.3, which is an increase of +0.3 from the last month.

The sentiment analysis delves into five relevant sub-indices – Overall household spending, spending on essential and non-essential items, spending on healthcare, media consumption habits, entertainment & tourism trends.

The survey used Computer-Aided Telephonic Interviews and included 4603 participants from 35 states and UTs. Among them, 70% were from rural areas and 30% from urban areas. In terms of regions, 25% were from the North, 27% from the East, 31% from the West, and 17% from the South of India. Among the participants, 59% were male and 41% were female. Looking at the largest groups, 28% were aged between 36 and 50 years old, while 27% were aged between 26 and 35 years old

Commenting on the CSI report, Pradeep Gupta, Chairman & MD, Axis My India, said, “As we start the New Year, our findings offer a lens into the dynamic interplay of consumer choices and financial strategies. The festive period, with its unique blend of luxury spending and economical choices, reflects a complex yet telling narrative about our society's financial adaptability and prudence. This nuanced approach to consumption and fiscal planning indicates a deepening awareness among individuals and families of the need to balance present enjoyment with future security. Looking ahead, these trends suggest a positive trajectory for the coming year – one where mindful spending, strategic financial resolutions, and an embrace of both traditional and digital realms signify a society that is not only adapting to changing economic landscapes but also shaping them. As we step into the New Year, we see a horizon where financial decisions are increasingly informed by a blend of immediate needs and long-term aspirations, heralding a future rich with informed choices and sustainable growth.”

Key findings

·         Overall household spending has increased for 58% of the families. Consumption remains the same for 35% of families. The net score is +50 which is the same as last month.

·         Spends on essentials like personal care & household items have increased for 48% of families. Consumption remains the same for 39% of families. The net score is at +34 this month.

·         Spends on non-essential & discretionary products like AC, Car, and Refrigerators have increased for 13% of families. Consumption remains the same for 81% of families. The net score, which was +9 last month, is at +6 this month.

·         Expenses towards health-related items such as vitamins, tests, and healthy food have surged for 40% of the families. Consumption remains the same for 46% of families. The health score which has a negative connotation i.e., the lesser the spends on health items the better the sentiments, has a net score value of -26 this month. 

·         Consumption of media (TV, Internet, Radio, etc.) has increased for 22% of families which is an decrease by 1% from last month. The net score, which was +2 last month, is at +3 this month.

·         Mobility has increased for 7% of the families. The net score, which was -5 last month, is at -6 this month. Mobility remains the same for 80% of the families.

On topics of current national interest

·         As the festive lights of Christmas and New Year's Eve illuminate the consumer landscape, a notable trend emerges from the background of retail. Amidst the season's sparkle and temptation for lavish goods, 18% of the respondents plan to splurge on luxury items such as high-end electronics and fashion. 79% of the respondents intend to observe the festivities more economically, opting for budget-friendly choices as the year concludes. This contrast in spending habits offers a glimpse into the diverse financial strategies of households, navigating between festive indulgence and financial prudence.

·         The advent of the New Year traditionally inspires a flurry of resolutions, with financial goals often topping the list for many. The latest survey data presents an intriguing narrative with 14% of respondents set to ring in the New Year with financial resolutions, pointing to a select group focused on reshaping their fiscal habits. 83% of the respondents will step into the New Year without financial resolutions, suggesting a satisfaction with their existing financial strategies. This divergence in financial forward-planning underscores the varied approaches to personal finance as a new calendar year unfolds.

·         The New Year often serves as a catalyst for financial introspection, a time when many choose to focus on tax planning and investment reviews. In the spirit of fresh starts, a dedicated 14% of the respondents are proactive in their approach and engage in specific financial planning activities such as tax planning and investment reviews. 84% of the respondents do not indulge to participate in these financial planning activities implying a confidence in their ongoing financial strategies or a preference for a less seasonal approach to financial management. This landscape of financial activity highlights a population that values both planned financial recalibration and steadfast financial continuity.

·         The landscape of media consumption has significantly shifted in the wake of widespread smartphone use and affordable internet access. As streaming platforms gain momentum, fuelled by the digital revolution, 25% of respondents have pivoted away from traditional cable or satellite subscriptions, opting instead for the on-demand convenience of digital streaming services. Despite this trend, a notable 40% of the respondents continue to engage with media through the conventional route of cable subscriptions. This persistence of traditional media consumption alongside the rise of streaming highlights the coexistence of old and new media paradigms, reflecting a diverse consumer base with varied preferences and habits in the digital age.

·         The survey explored the intricate landscape of content consumption across TV and Video Streaming Platforms/OTT, revealing diverse viewer preferences:

o   Serials on TV are favoured by 19% of the respondents

o   Movies are watched on TV by 20% of respondents, with another 20% of the respondents enjoying them on both TV and video streaming platforms/OTT

o   Sports content is equally popular on both mediums, with 22% of respondents tuning into both TV and video streaming platforms/OTT

o   Long-form videos or content on video streaming platforms are the choice for 16% of respondents.

o   Short-form videos or content on video streaming platforms attract 22% of respondents.

This diverse breakdown underscores a significant shift in media consumption habits, with digital platforms gaining prominence.

·         In examining TV viewership data, distinct patterns in content consumption become evident across various age groups:

o   For TV serials, 19% of respondents aged 36-50, and 51-60 engage in watching, while a slightly higher 21% of the respondents of those above 60 years tune into these shows

o   When it comes to watching movies on TV, 21% of the respondents of 18-25 age group are viewers, closely followed by 20% in both the 26-35 and 36-50 age brackets. The 51-60 age group is not far behind, with 19% indulging in movies on TV.

o   As for sports viewing on TV, 18% of the respondents of 18-25 age group are keen watchers, while the interest slightly increases to 19% among the 26-35 age group, and notably, 21% of respondents above 60 years also actively tune in to watch sports

·         The findings of Video Streaming Platform/OTT viewership data reveals varied content preferences across different age groups:

o   In the comedy genre, 16% of respondents aged 51-56 show a preference for video streaming platforms/OTT

o   For long-form videos/content, there is a consistent interest among multiple age groups: 17% of respondents aged 18-25, 36-50, and above 60 years lean towards video streaming platforms/OTT. Similarly, 16% of those aged 36-50 also prefer these platforms for such content

o   When it comes to short-form videos/content, the highest preference is seen in the 36-50 age group with 24% favouring video streaming platforms/OTT. Close behind are respondents above 60 years at 23%, followed by 22% each in the 18-25 and 26-35 age brackets, and 20% in the 51-60 age group.

·         In the last ten years, the Modi government has made significant strides in prioritising the development and quality of India's road infrastructure, aiming to transform connectivity across the nation. Reflective of these efforts, a substantial 65% of respondents acknowledge noticeable improvements in road conditions since 2014, suggesting that the investments and initiatives in this area have resonated positively with the public.

·         Over the last decade, there has been a notable focus on improving public transportation systems in India. This focus on improving accessibility and efficiency is reflected in recent survey findings, where a substantial 72% of respondents have perceived an improvement in public transport. This significant majority suggests that the initiatives to overhaul and update public transportation facilities and services have positively influenced the general public.

·         Following the implementation of the Jal Jeevan Mission, a significant initiative aiming to provide 55 liters of water per day to every rural Indian household, there has been a notable impact on water accessibility. According to the survey data, 65% of respondents now have access to clean drinking water in their localities, illustrating the positive effect of this ambitious scheme.

·         The launch of Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – SAUBHAGYA in 2017 marked a pivotal step towards electrification in India, with 8 states achieving 100% saturation in household electrification. According to the survey findings, 77% of respondents acknowledge significant progress in rural electrification.

·         The Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), targeting healthcare insurance provision to the poor and lower middle-income groups, has been a significant initiative in India. According to the survey findings, 70% of respondents have observed an improvement in healthcare facilities in their area. This points towards a progressive shift in healthcare accessibility and quality, marking a promising step forward in the nation's healthcare journey.

About Axis My India:

Axis My India is India’s foremost consumer data intelligence consultancy, which believes in fuelling data driven decision making. It has revolutionized the field of election polling in the country, with an accuracy rate of ~94% spread across 28 states and 8 union territories and 2 national elections. Axis My India’s research model is a Harvard Business School case study. The company has a presence in over 737 districts and has touched 190 million Indian households. It counts some of India’s largest corporations, state governments as well as Union Government in its clientele and offers a repertoire of research related services, including consumer insights, product validation, market segmentation, on-ground brand activation, personalized media solutions and micro marketing. The company publishes an annual Consumer Trust Index – spread across 45 consumer and product categories, and 1 million respondents.

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Southern Cities Score Big In The 2nd Edition Of “Top Cities For Women” In India Index


Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai, and Hyderabad rank as the Top 5 Cities for Women in India  

National Capital Delhi debuts in the Top 10 Cities for Women in India 

Rankings of Gurugram and Jaipur improve significantly 

Avtar group, India’s pioneer in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) solutions, released the second edition of ‘Top Cities for Women in India (TCWI)’ index. Data obtained from various governmental sources including Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS July 2022-June 2023), national census and crime records were assimilated apart from Avtar’s primary research on women’s employment. The research comprised an open survey and Focus Group Discussions (FGD) between July 2023 and December 2023 in which over 1200 women from across the country participated. The metrices derived from both the survey and governmental data were put together to arrive at the comprehensive City Inclusion Scores (CIS).   

Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Coimbatore, and Jaipur emerge as Top 10 Cities for Women in India in the Category 1 that lists cities with a population of more than one million. The national capital makes a debut in this edition of Top 10 by positioning itself on the 8th rank. The performance of Tamil Nadu state capital Chennai is commendable – it cemented its position as the top city for women to retain its number 1 ranking.  

Tiruchirappalli, Vellore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Shimla, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Gurugram and Puducherry feature in the Category 2 (with a population of less than one million) of Top Cities for Women.             A total of 113 cities were identified for the study based on the role these cities play in the economic growth of the country. The 113 cities have been divided into two categories in the listing. Category 1 covers 49 cities with a population of more than a million and category 2 covers 64 cities with less than a million population. The City Inclusion Score (CIS) which determines the rankings of the cities is based on three pillars – Social Inclusion Score (SIS), Industrial Inclusion Score (IIS) and Citizen Experience Score (CES).  While Social Inclusion Score focuses on external social environment, Industrial Inclusion Score evaluates the extent to which organisations include women in their workforce. The data collated from women across India through FGDs and surveys were used to create the CES.    

While building inclusive and equitable cities is still work in progress in India, Southern cities that have strong historical and social factors along with enabling government policies are contributing to gender-progressive living environments helping the cities feature in the index.  

Tamil Nadu cities dominate in both population-wise categories with Chennai topping the million plus category and Tiruchirappalli topping the less than a million category.   

As many as 8 cities out of 10 in the less than a million-population category are from the Southern part of India – Tiruchirappalli, Vellore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur and Puducherry. Only two cities – Shimla and Gurugram are from the Northern region. Tamil Nadu with Chennai and Coimbatore, and Maharashtra with Mumbai and Pune are the only states with two cities each in the million-plus category, that have made it to the Top 10 index. 

Speaking at the announcement, Dr Saundarya Rajesh, Founder-President, Avtar group said, “Vibrant employment opportunities, good quality of life including educational and healthcare facilities, well-connected transportation networks, experience of safety are defining attributes of inclusive cities for women.  Avtar’s annual index, Top Cities for Women in India is a clarion call to create equitable pathways to increase women’s workforce participation in the country. Our data-driven and evidence-based understanding of the ethos of Indian cities towards women’s inclusion will help in making our country a developed nation by 2027 – as envisioned by our Honorable Prime Minister. Creating environments where women thrive, lead, and contribute their fullest potential is crucial in this pursuit.”  

Key findings of the Top cities for Women in India 2023 report  

7 Tamil Nadu Cities are among Top Cities for Women in India across categories. 

Southern cities dominate in the less than a million category – 8 out of 10 are from the South.    

Jaipur bags the 10th rank in the TCWI list in the million plus category.  

Gurugram is at the number one position in industrial inclusion in the less than a million category.  

32% of the women surveyed feel unsafe and 21% women feel unsure of their safety, stepping out after 8 pm in their cities.  

Women rate Indian cities the best on educational and healthcare facilities. 

31% of women feel judged for their choice of attire in their cities, while 30% report mixed experiences.  

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About Avtar 

Avtar, set up in 2000, is India’s first diversity advocate & workplace inclusion expert. Renowned for its extensive work in the space of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and more specifically, women’s workforce participation, it is the country’s largest provider of second career opportunities for women and is also the earliest to begin working on diversity audits and measurement. Led by the visionary Dr Saundarya Rajesh, Avtar has ventured into areas of gender inclusion and career creation, which are firsts to India, including: 

Creating platforms for second career women to meet potential employers, 

Developing a comprehensive set of career enablers which companies can implement in their workspaces 

Spearheading original research that has provided cutting edge insights to organization 

Creating India’s largest diversity benchmarking platform – Avtar & Seramount 100 Best Companies for women in India 

Creating India’s first diversity hiring portal for women, LGBTQ, PWD, Veterans and Silver Generation 

Re-Skilling, Up-skilling and Counselling of women to pursue sustainable career paths and 

Building career intentionality amongst under privileged girl children 

Avtar has built its DEI offerings under Six EDs, which ensures that every organization can have a clear path towards moving forward, building and sustaining diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces. The Six EDs – Enrich Diversity, Embed Diversity, Enable Diversity, Experience Diversity, Extend Diversity and Endow Diversity are constructed along six key implementation dimensions of Diversity - for Assessments & Advisory support, Recruitment Programs, Workshops and Training Programs, Conferences and Events, Empowering Supplier Diversity & Inclusion and supporting inclusion of under-privileged communities, respectively. For its transformational impact in the realm of DEI, Avtar Group was listed in the prestigious Steward Leadership 25 Listing by Strait Times & INSEAD at Singapore in 2022. 

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Zillion Launches Rewards-As-A-Service For Brands Across India

* Specially designed rewards platform that will cater to specific needs of brands with an existing loyalty currency

* Zillion will be targeting banks and large enterprises with this new launch

Zillion, one of India’s largest multi-brand loyalty programs, that is part of the BharatPe Group, today announced the launch of Rewards-as-a-Service (RaaS) platform for brands that have an existing loyalty currency, but would need a robust rewards redemption platform to offer a best-in-class experience to their customers. With this newly launched product, the company will be targeting to onboard banks and large enterprises, including those with an extensive distribution network.

Rewards-as-a Service platform will enable brands to have the flexibility of running their own loyalty currency, while offering an exciting redemption platform for their customers. The platform offers a host of options to choose from, including e-Vouchers, Products, Utilities, Air Miles and more. This will also eliminate the hassle of brands having to onboard multiple partners so as to offer a plethora of redemption choices to their customers. The pricing will be competitive as the platform will operate on a bidding model which will ensure customers get the best price at all times.

Speaking on the launch, Mr. Rijish Raghavan, CEO, Zillion, said, “Loyalty industry has undergone a transformational shift over the last few years. Today, the loyalty industry is democratized and loyalty is not limited to only big brands. Young and unconventional brands have realized that loyalty is a great tool to drive customer stickiness and hence, are investing in a robust loyalty program. However, in a majority of cases, the redemption process is broken or very sub-standard with minimal redemption options as brands usually have a select set of options for customers to choose from. Our rewards platform with over 250 choices in e-vouchers, over 4000 products, Air Miles etc., will enable these brands to offer a superlative loyalty experience to their customers. Rewards-as-a-Service will widen the offering from Zillion and allow us to partner with brands who are looking for pure-play rewards management versus overall loyalty management. We are confident that this will be a game changer in the industry and will help us further strengthen our foothold in the market.”

Zillion (erstwhile PAYBACK India) is a unique multi-brand loyalty program, designed to engage with customers and reward them for their purchases with loyalty coins that can be redeemed later. Currently, its members can earn coins at 50+ brands – instore & online and redeem them at select partners or for products and vouchers from leading brands. The customers can earn  ‘Zillion coins’ for their routine spends, across the network of offline and online partners, including groceries, fuel, entertainment, travel, apparel and more. The partners of Zillion include renowned brands from multiple industries including retail, fuel, banking, payments, entertainment, hospitality and travel. Some of its key partners include HPCL, BookMyShow, American Express, Amazon, Flipkart and many more.

About BharatPe Group

BharatPe was founded in 2018 to make financial inclusion a reality for Indian merchants. In 2018, BharatPe launched India’s first UPI interoperable QR code, the first zero MDR payment acceptance service. In 2020, post-Covid, BharatPe also launched a card acceptance terminal – BharatPe Swipe. Currently with a registered network of over 1.3 crore merchants across 450+ cities, the company is one of the leading players in UPI offline transactions, processing 370 million+ UPI transactions. The company processes payments of annualized Transaction Processed Value of over Rs. 1.7 Lac Crores. BharatPe Group has already facilitated the disbursement of loans of over Rs. 12,400 crores, in partnership with NBFCs. BharatPe’s POS business processes payments of over Rs. 29,000 crores annually on its machines. It has raised over US$ 583 million in equity till date. The company’s list of marquee investors includes Peak XV Partners (formerly known as Sequoia Capital India), Ribbit Capital, Insight Partners, Amplo, Beenext, Coatue Management, Dragoneer Investment Group, Steadfast Capital, Steadview Capital and Tiger Global. In June 2021, the company announced the acquisition of PAYBACK India (Rebranded to Zillion), the country’s largest multi-brand loyalty program company with 100 million+ members. In October 2021, the consortium of Centrum Financial Services Limited (Centrum) and BharatPe, was issued a Small Finance Bank (SFB) license by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). BharatPe Group also entered the Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) segment with the launch of postpe in October 2021. postpe has over 15 million downloads. In January 2023, BharatPe Group received an in-principle nod from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to operate as an online payment aggregator. BharatPe is also a promoter in TrillionLoans, a renowned NBFC (Non- Banking Financial Company). For more details, visit-

Indian Gas Exchange (IGX) Traded 26,55,350 MMBtu (~67 MMSCM/2.2 MMSCMD) Gas Volume In December 2023

·         IN CY2023, IGX TRADES 48.5 MILLION MMBTU (1,222 MMSCM/3.3 MMSCMD), INCREASE OF 16% YoY




The Indian Gas Exchange (IGX) traded 26,55,350 MMBtu (~67 MMSCM/2.2 MMSCMD) gas volume in December 2023, with 7%decrease on MoM basis.

A total of 132 trades were executed during the month. The maximum number of trades were executed in Daily contract, 61 trades; followed by Fortnightly & Monthly contracts of 27 and 18 trades respectively.

The most active delivery point for free market gas was Dahej and domestic ceiling price gas was traded at Gadimoga. Other trading delivery points were- Hazira, Ankot, Suvali, Mhaskal, Bhadbhut & KG Basin.

During the month, the Exchange traded gas flows were 37,26,500 MMBtu (~3 MMSCMD).

GIXI (Gas Index of India) for December 2023 was Rs 1098/$13.1 per MMBtu, lower by 3% last month. GIXI- South was Rs. 830/$9.96 per MMBtu (Ceiling Price) and GIXI-West Rs 1098/$13.1 per MMBtu. Different spot gas benchmark prices recorded were: HH at ~$2.5/MMBtu, TTF at ~$14 /MMBtu, whereas LNG benchmark indices were: WIM ~15 $/MMBtu.

IGX traded a total of 7,82,000 MMBtu domestic ceiling price gas during the month.

In CY2023 IGX traded 4,84,93,750 MMBTu (3.3 MMSCMD), marking a 16% increase YoY basis. A total of 1424 trades were executed during the year, maximum number of trades executed in Daily contract followed by Monthly, Weekly & Fortnightly contracts.

A quick summary of the gas market during December’23 is as below:

·         Total traded volume: 26,55,350 MMBtu

·         Domestic ceiling price gas traded: 7,82,000 MMBtu

·         Total no. of trades: 132

A quick summary of the gas market during CY2023 is as below:

·         Total traded volume: 4,84,93,750 MMBtu

·         Domestic ceiling price gas traded: 3,51,09,150 MMBtu

·         Total no. of trades: 1,424

IGX currently offers delivery-based trade in six different contracts such as Day-Ahead, Daily, Weekday, Weekly, Fortnightly and Monthly, under which the trade can be executed for six consecutive months. The gas trade takes place at multiple delivery points, such as - Dahej, Hazira, Ankot, Mhaskal, Bhadhbhut, Dabhol, KG Basin, Gadimoga, Suvali. It covers six regional gas hubs, namely, Western Hub, Southern Hub, Eastern Hub, Central Hub, Northern Hub, and North Eastern Hub across India.

Note: The delivered volumes price excludes domestic ceiling price gas traded at ceiling price.


Established in 2020, the Indian Gas Exchange Limited (IGX) is India’s first automated national-level Gas Exchange for physical delivery of natural gas. The Exchange envisions to architect India as a market-based gas economy. Powered by state-of-the-art technology, the Exchange provides a neutral and transparent marketplace to multiple buyers and sellers to trade in the spot and forward gas contracts at designated physical hubs. IGX is an Associate Company of the Indian Energy Exchange Limited. The Exchange is authorized and regulated by Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board.

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Sony India Announces New To-Pressure Wireless Sports Headphones Float Run Designed For Runners And Athletes

Sony India today announced a new model of wireless sports headphones designed with runners in mind. Sony Float Run WI-OE610, a novel headphone style that positions the speaker near, but without touching the ear canal, leaving the ear safely uncovered while still delivering a rich sound experience. The Float Run headphones focus on the runner’s form, for a comfortable and stable experience without having to compromise sound quality.

Float Run offers important features to runners or athletes, including a light-weight design with a flexible neckband that does not slip when in motion and a pressure-free design that sits off the ears, so runners no longer need to worry about sweat or chafing getting in the way of their workout. This product was well received by crowdfunding, which led to its official launch. With a special off-ear design, runners won’t have to worry about pressure or stuffiness on their ears. For extended comfort, these wireless sports headphones sit on the ears of the wearer, so they can enjoy comfort for longer without disruption. Additionally, Float Run headphones only weigh approximately 33 grams, so runners can focus on their surroundings.

Designed to be stable and secure, Float Run headphones to stay in place no matter how the runner moves. Tested on a wide range of head shapes and hairstyles, the headphones will stay with the runner, due to the flexible neckband design. Additionally, Float Run headphones were tested with accessories including hats and sunglasses. Whatever is worn, the stabilising neckband will keep them secure. The 16mm drivers and precise tuning combine with the off-ear style offers a more natural and wider sound so there is no compromise on sound quality. The Float Run headphones has an open-type design that eliminates echo of the sounds your body makes, like footsteps, chewing or heavy breathing and allows in ambient sound.

These headphones are designed to fill the user’s ears, but not cover them, so they can be aware of their surroundings. The Float Run design allows music to naturally mix with ambient sound and be formed by the user’s ear shape. Float Run off-ear headphones keep ears unobstructed, to achieve peak performance in whatever activity they are performing. The result is a more spatial and natural listening experience.

With an IPX4 splashproof rating[ii], consumers do not have to worry about damage from sweat or from getting caught out in the rain. With long battery life and up to 10 hours playtime when fully charged, the Float Run headphones will power long runs. In a hurry? A quick charge of 10 minutes will give an hour of play[iii]. With a variety of controls built in, users can control playback and access their smartphone's voice assistant without having to take it out of their pocket or bag[iv]. When their run is over and it’s time to get to work, these headphones have a high-quality built-in microphone to make them just as ideal for productivity tasks. Float Run headphones conveniently charge using USB-C. Additionally, the headphones include a carrying pouch to keep the supplied charging cable and headphones together and protected.

The Float Run will be available across Sony retail stores (Sony Center and Sony Exclusive), the portal, major electronic stores, and other e-commerce websites in India from 4th January 2023 onwards.

Model                                     Float Run Headphones

Best Buy (in INR)                       10,990/-

Availability Date                        January 4, 2023 onwards.

Available Colors                        Black

Medtronic And Cardiac Design Labs Collaborate To Launch Indigenously Developed Advanced Heart Rhythm Monitoring Technology

* Medtronic to become exclusive distributor of Padma Rhythms® monitoring device in India to enable early disease identification and management for patients from the comfort of their homes.

India Medtronic Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT), today announced a strategic collaboration with Cardiac Design Labs (CDL) to launch, scale up, and expand access to CDL’s novel diagnostic technology, Padma Rhythms®, an external loop recorder (ELR) patch designed for comprehensive, long-term heart monitoring and diagnosis. As part of the collaboration, Medtronic will become the exclusive distributor of Padma Rhythms in India, while both Medtronic and CDL will jointly develop training and education programs to expand reach of the ELR technology across the country.

“We are excited to embark on this transformative journey with CDL to reshape cardiac rhythm monitoring in India,” said Michael Blackwell, vice president and managing director of Medtronic India. “Remote monitoring of cardiac diseases is a rapidly growing space and the inclusion of Padma Rhythms ELR patch provides us with an opportunity to serve more patients by expanding its reach across India.”

The ELR device combines the convenience of an external patch with the advanced capabilities of a Holter, ensuring accurate and insightful data for the monitoring period. It has been designed and manufactured in India by CDL and is powered by a first-of-its-kind connected platform for managing tests, data, algorithms, analysis, review, and reporting. CDL’s innovation includes wearables designed for use in sweat inducing conditions with dependable workflows and minimal interventions for use of devices. An automated data transfer mechanism allows physicians and technicians to access real-time test management dashboards and full disclosures on-demand.  

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be the leading cause of death globally and in India. A study by Global Burden of Disease puts the death due to CVD in India at 272 per 1 Lakh population as compared to the global average of 235.1

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Medtronic in our combined objective to alleviate the burden of heart rhythm disorders in India,” said Anand Madanagopal, founder and chief executive officer at CDL.  “The collaboration holds immense promise for the future of cardiac care in India. The launch of Padma Rhythms?marks the coming together of?a?decade of building an indigenous platform with strong R&D focus and interplay of technologies that can bring?a?tectonic shift?in the prevailing cardiac monitoring approaches.”

Proven with over two million hours of ECG from patients, CDL’s proprietary algorithms have been benchmarked against the best globally and remain core to their innovation and commitment to high standards of performance.2 This combined with the integrated platform assures test outcomes and accuracy in rhythm diagnosis. 

“Cardiac rhythm disorders can often exhibit subtle symptoms and can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Affordable diagnostic solutions ensures that everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, can access essential diagnostic tools, leading to earlier detection and timely intervention,” said Dr. Devi Shetty, chairman of Narayana Health. “It is initiatives like these that will help address the growing burden of cardiovascular diseases in the country."

Padma Rhythms® ELR features dual ECG channels for precise abnormality detection, a high-resolution 16-bit ECG for accurate data analysis, and proprietary AI-powered algorithms for efficient monitoring. The device is disposable, easily activated, water-resistant, and breathable, ensuring comfort and reliable performance. Crafted with a focus on high fidelity and lightweight construction, it allows uninterrupted daily activities during continuous monitoring.

About Medtronic

Bold thinking. Bolder actions. We are Medtronic. Medtronic plc, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is the leading global healthcare technology company that boldly attacks the most challenging health problems facing humanity by searching out and finding solutions. Our Mission — to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life — unites a global team of 95,000+ passionate people across more than 150 countries. Our technologies and therapies treat 70 health conditions and include cardiac devices, surgical robotics, insulin pumps, surgical tools, patient monitoring systems, and more. Powered by our diverse knowledge, insatiable curiosity, and desire to help all those who need it, we deliver innovative technologies that transform the lives of two people every second, every hour, every day. Expect more from us as we empower insight-driven care, experiences that put people first, and better outcomes for our world. In everything we do, we are engineering the extraordinary. For more information on Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), visit and follow @Medtronic on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About CDL

Cardiac Design Labs (CDL) is on a mission to transform lives in early detection and diagnosis of diseases through innovation in healthcare. Powered by an indigenous platform for Advanced Cardiac Monitoring, Diagnostics and Vitals Monitoring, CDL is redefining healthcare experiences with deep innovation in devices and technology. Today this platform-driven innovation helps in proactive detection and treatment of cardiac conditions and health risks at efficiencies the world hasn't seen before. 

Its purpose is driven by a culture of R&D with relentless focus on clinical-grade performance and uncompromising design in products engineered to make an impact for patients in the toughest of conditions. Visit to learn how CDL is impacting lives and driving better outcomes for patients and physicians. 

Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic's periodic reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.

All information provided herein is for general awareness purpose only and is not medical advice. Patients should talk to their doctor.

Anupam Kaura joins Kotak Mahindra Bank As Its Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited (“KMBL”/“Kotak”) today announced the appointment of Anupam Kaura as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) to spearhead organisational transformation, in the journey of ‘accelerating change’ at Kotak. Anupam joins Kotak from CRISIL Ltd, London, UK where as Global Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and overseeing Corporate Administration was responsible for various crucial aspects such as Talent Strategy, Performance and Rewards, Learning and Development (L&D), Culture Transformation, and overall organizational transformation efforts.  In the past year, Kotak has made global hires for key business priorities such as technology, customer experience and product.

Anupam brings with him over 25 years of relevant experience in leadership roles across Indian and global banking and finance companies. He has an extensive background in strategic HR leadership, business partnering, compensation & benefits management, Boards and HR consulting. Anupam specialises in driving change agendas and transformative initiatives in large organisations.

At CRISIL Ltd. Anupam played a pivotal role in the rejuvenation and enhancement of the teams within the organisation, equipping them with the necessary skills to adapt to technological and digital disruptions. Additionally, he took on a leadership position in the acquisition of a fintech startup, overseeing the acquisitions and integration processes for companies based in the India, United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Prior to CRISIL, he has held key HR roles in reputed organisations such as IDFC Bank, Citi, AXA, and PWC where he managed diverse functions and led significant initiatives.

Shanti Ekambaram, Whole time Director, Kotak Mahindra Bank said “We welcome Anupam to the Kotak family. Anupam has a unique blend of experience in strategic HR leadership, change management, and technology integration. We believe his rich experience in leading large transformative initiatives align with Kotak’s vision to be a tech-enabled, customer centric financial institution for the future “.

Anupam Kaura, President & Chief Human Resource Officer, Kotak Mahindra Bank, said, “The Indian banking and finance sector is at an inflexion point of opportunities and growth and I am excited to partner with one of the most reputed and trusted brands that is transforming itself with technology, customer-centricity and talent at its core. l look forward to join the remarkable team at Kotak Mahindra Bank and contribute to its transformation.”

Anupam has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Delhi University and a Masters in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

About Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited

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

The Bank has four Strategic Business Units – Consumer Banking, Corporate Banking, Commercial Banking, and Treasury, which cater to retail and corporate customers across urban and rural India. The premise of Kotak Mahindra Group’s business model is concentrated India, diversified financial services. The bold vision that underscores the Group’s growth is an inclusive one, with a host of products and services designed to address the needs of the unbanked and insufficiently banked. As on 30 September 2023, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd has a national footprint of 1,850 branches and 3,170 ATMs, and branches in GIFT City and DIFC (Dubai).

For more information, visit the Company’s website at

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