Friday, July 19, 2024

Isuzu Motors India To Roll-Out ‘ISUZU I-Care Monsoon Camp’ Across Indian Market

* Customers can avail the exciting service benefits* at all ISUZU authorised dealer service outlets from 22nd – 28th July 2024.

In a constant endeavour to reaffirm ISUZU’s commitment to provide best service and ownership experience, Isuzu Motors India will be conducting a nation-wide ‘ISUZU I-Care Monsoon Camp’ for its range of ISUZU D-MAX Pick-ups and SUVs. This service camp is aimed at offering customers exciting benefits and preventive maintenance checks for a hassle-free driving experience during the season across the country.

An initiative of ‘ISUZU Care’, the Monsoon camp will be organised across all ISUZU authorised dealer service outlets, between 22nd 28th July 2024 (both days inclusive). During this period, customers can also avail special offers & benefits for their vehicles.

Customers visiting the camp will receive the following: -

-       Free 37-Point Comprehensive Check-up

-       10% discount on Labour*

-       5% discount on Parts*

-       5% discount on Lubes & Fluids*

-       10% Discount on Retail RSA purchase*

-       Free ‘REGEN’**

The Monsoon Camp will be organised at all authorised service facilities of ISUZU located in Bengaluru, Hubballi, Mangalore,  Ahmedabad, Baramulla, Bhandup (Mum),Bhimavaram,  Bhuj, Calicut  Chennai, Coimbatore, Dimapur, Durgapur, Gandhidham, Gorakhpur, Gurugram, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jaigaon, Jammu, Jalandhar, Jodhpur, Karnal, Kochi, Kolhapur, Kolkata, Kurnool, Lucknow, LB Nagar (Hyd), Leh, Madurai, Mandi, Mehsana, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, New Delhi, Noida, Nellore, Pune, Raipur, Rajahmundry, Rajkot, Siliguri, Surat, Thrissur, Tirupati, Trichy, Trivandrum, Vadodara, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.

Customers can call the nearest ISUZU dealer outlet or visit for service booking. Customers can reach 1800 4199 188 (Toll-free) for more information.

Introducing Vegan Drink Company: Supporting The Healthy Lifestyles Of This Generation

For the ever-increasing number of people becoming lactose intolerant or adopting veganism as a lifestyle choice, Oxbow Brands is thrilled to announce the launch of its new brand, Vegan Drink Company (VDC). This new venture paves the way for brand expansion through offline channels in modern and general retail, as well as the food service sectors across India.

With this new brand offering, plant-based milk beverage users no longer have to rely on dairy milk with varying fat contents. Instead, they can choose from multiple sources like millets, nuts, fruits, and grains, providing an array of options to replace traditional milk in their daily beverages.

Vegan Drink Company offers dairy-free beverages in five exciting variants to suit all taste palettes and nutritional needs:

1. Almond

2. Oats

3. Millet

4. Soy

5. Coconut

These vegan drinks are made from plant-based proteins, with no added sugar, and feature a delicious, creamy flavor and aroma that elevates the drinking experience.

"We are ecstatic to launch the Vegan Drink Company, our new brand under Oxbow catering to the specific requirements of health and environmentally-conscious consumers today. With this exciting new range of beverages, we aim to support the changing lifestyle of people," said Rahul Johar, Founder & CEO of Oxbow Brands.

The healthy range of drinks is meticulously crafted by Mother Nature to be dairy-free, based on proactive feedback from coffee shops and industry professionals. Consumers opting for these healthy drinks can enjoy on-the-go nutrition, as they are fortified with Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, and Vitamin B12.

The products from the new range will be available to consumers on the brand's official website, Amazon, and leading cafes and retail chains like Barista, Nature’s Basket, Q Mart, Pothy’s, Nilgiris, and Magson stores, with distribution in neighboring countries like Bhutan and Nepal as well.

With the successful launch of the drinks, the VDC team is currently working on ready-to-drink vegan shakes in some lip-smacking flavors, to be launched soon!

**Product Details:**

- Net Quantity & MRP: 180 ML for Rs 60 and 1 Litre from Rs 149 to Rs 260

- Shelf Life: 1 Year

Ashok Leyland Kicks-Off 'M&HCV Expo' Series From July 19-20 At BIEC, Bengaluru

* Showcasing 11 of its Latest Range of Products and Solutions

Ashok Leyland Limited, the Indian flagship of the Hinduja Group and country’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer, announced the launch of its ‘M&HCV Expo’ from Bengaluru. Starting today, this exciting initiative will highlight Ashok Leyland's state-of-the-art Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles (M&HCV) across key locations nationwide. The expos aim to bring the best of Ashok Leyland’s innovations closer to customers and enthusiasts.

The first expo will be in Bengaluru starting today and over the next months will cover 11 major cities across the country including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata among others.

Leading the showcase is the superior AVTR range, India's first modular platform, featuring premier models such as the AVTR 4825 MAV, AVTR 5525 Tractor, and AVTR 4825 HD Tipper—anticipated to be major crowd-pullers. In addition, Ashok Leyland will present the ICV truck model, BOSS 1915, designed for superior comfort and optimized for high-speed, long-distance application. The exhibition will also feature the versatile Oyster i-series buses, tailored for school and staff transportation. In addition to the vehicle displays, there will be interactive stalls featuring Ashok Leyland’s latest Aftermarket and Digital offerings. The highlight of the expos is the innovative alternate energy range of vehicles from the Ashok Leyland stable.

The expos will be a great opportunity for visitors to experience not only the latest vehicles but also the comprehensive services and solutions that Ashok Leyland offers.

Mr. Shenu Agarwal, MD & CEO, Ashok Leyland said, "The ‘M&HCV Expo’ will highlight Ashok Leyland's commitment to innovation and excellence. We are excited to bring our state-of-the-art M&HCV vehicles closer to our customers and showcase our advanced technological capabilities. One of the highlights of the expo is our pioneering alternate energy vehicles, which includes our Battery Electric and LNG trucks. This underscores our commitment to leading India's transition towards a greener, more sustainable future. "

Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, President – M&HCV, Ashok Leyland said, "Our goal with these regional expos is to highlight the robustness and versatility of Ashok Leyland’s M&HCV products. We are confident that our vehicles, coupled with our extensive aftermarket solutions, will demonstrate our dedication to providing comprehensive transportation solutions to our Customers. We look forward to engaging with our Customers and other stakeholders at these expos."

These M&HCV Expos will highlight Ashok Leyland’s state-of-the-art M&HCV products, demonstrate Ashok Leyland’s extensive presence across regions, and establish how ‘No Dream is Too Far’ with Ashok Leyland as it spreads its footprint to every nook and corner of India.

To stay updated on the ‘M&HCV Expos’ and join the conversation, follow Ashok Leyland's social media handles.

Visit the Expo at the Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) on July 19-20.

Suzuki Motorcycle India Launches Its Best-Selling Scooters – Suzuki Access 125 & Suzuki Burgman Street In Special Festive Colours

Bringing delight to customers ahead of festive season, Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd. (SMIPL), the two-wheeler subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, announces the launch of the Suzuki Access 125 and the Suzuki Burgman Street in Special Festive Colours.

The new dual-tone colour combination of Metallic Sonoma Red / Pearl Mirage White for Suzuki’s flagship scooter Access 125 and the new Metallic Matte Black No.2 colour for Suzuki Burgman Street in addition to the existing colour range are set to enhance the festive spirit of customers with its elegant and eye-catching look.

Speaking on the latest offerings, Mr. Kenichi Umeda - Managing Director, Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The festive season is a special time for our customers, and we wanted to make it even more memorable by introducing special festive colours in our scooters. The Access 125 and Burgman Street have been appreciated by our customers for their performance, comfort, and style. We believe that our customers will find these new colours attractive and will add joy to their riding experience.”


The special festive colour of Suzuki Access 125 boasts a stylish dual-tone combination of Metallic Sonoma Red / Pearl Mirage White.

It is powered by an all-Aluminium 4 stroke, single cylinder 124cc BSVI OBD2 compliant engine. This advanced engine with Suzuki Eco Performance (SEP) technology offers smooth power delivery, enhanced fuel efficiency, and reduced emissions without compromising on performance. With 8.7 PS @ 6,750rpm and 10Nm @ 5,500rpm, riders can enjoy a robust and efficient ride.

The Suzuki Access 125 is equipped with a Bluetooth-enabled multi-function digital console with Suzuki Ride Connect, compatible with both iOS and Android offering information like turn-by-turn navigation, ETA updates, call, SMS, and WhatsApp alerts, and even displays the last parked location. This ensures riders stay connected and informed on the go.

The flagship scooter also features an integrated engine start and stop switch with the Suzuki Easy Start System. Safety and convenience are further enhanced with smart & stylish LED Position light, a super bright LED headlamp, a premium chrome external fuel lid with anti-theft locking, and a side stand interlock switch.

Its large under-seat storage capacity of 21.8 Liters can accommodate a full-face helmet and other essentials, making it highly practical for daily use. Additionally, it includes a convenient front pocket with a USB socket for mobile charging.

Other notable features include a larger 12-inch front tyre for superior performance on rough & uneven roads, a front disc brake with a Combined Brake System for better control, and a telescopic suspension for a smoother ride. The sophisticated design is complemented by chrome plating on the muffler and headlamp cover.


The special Metallic Matte Black No.2 festive colour of Suzuki Burgman Street flaunts a cutting-edge luxury design following Suzuki European style providing the scooter a premium look.

At the heart of Suzuki Burgman Street is an all-aluminium 4 stroke, single cylinder 124cc BSVI OBD2 compliant engine delivering 8.7 PS @ 6,500rpm, 10Nm @ 5,500rpm. Its Suzuki Eco Performance (SEP) technology and advanced fuel injection technology boast top-class power, performance, and low fuel consumption.

Combining big scooter design with advanced features, the Suzuki Burgman Street is equipped with an extremely bright LED headlight, position lamp & tail lamp, upwardly design muffler, and a body-mounted windscreen - the first in India to come standard with this feature. Like Access 125, it has a Bluetooth enabled multi-function digital instrument cluster, with Suzuki Ride Connect.

For a superior riding experience, the Burgman Street includes a flexible foot position, long & premium dual-tone seat and telescopic suspension set-up for the front fork. It also includes a large 12-inch front wheel and a front disc brake with Combined Brake System providing superior performance and control on rough or uneven surfaces. The New Dual Convenient Utility Hooks and large 21.5L under-seat storage provide ample space for luggage and helmets. Additional conveniences include a Front Glove Box with USB Socket, a front pocket, and a One Push Central Locking & Unique safety shutter, making every ride smooth and enjoyable.


The Suzuki Access 125 and Suzuki Burgman Street in their special festive colours are attractively priced at INR. 90,500/- & INR. 98,299/- (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively and are now available at all Suzuki dealerships across India.


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.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Dalmia Bharat Limited Reports A Positive "Financial Results For The Quarter Ended June 30, 2024"

Q1 FY25 Highlights

Installed cement capacity on 30th June at 45.6 MnT (Current 46.6 MnT)

Volume increased 6.2% YoY to 7.4 MnT

EBITDA increased 9.2% YoY to Rs. 669 Cr

Renewable Energy consumption increased to 35%[1]

Executed Renewable Power Agreements under Group Captive for 127 MW cumulatively.

Net Debt to EBITDA stood at 0.17x

Dalmia Bharat Limited, (BSE: 542216, NSE: DALBHARAT), a leading cement manufacturing company, reported its consolidated financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2024.

Commenting on the performance, Mr. Puneet Dalmia, Managing Director & CEO – Dalmia Bharat Limited, said, “The continuity of the incumbent government at the Centre ensures policy stability and a continued focus on infrastructure spending, which bodes well for cement sector's long-term prospects, particularly cement demand. During the quarter, even though cement demand was weak across regions amidst general elections, our volumes grew 6.2% YoY while margins improved to 18.5% from 16.9% last year.”

Mr. Dharmender Tuteja, Chief Financial Officer – Dalmia Bharat Limited, said “The cement pricing continued to be weak during the quarter, but we saw a notable improvement in margins due to better input prices and reversal of certain cost inefficiencies of the previous quarter. We are progressing well on the long-term levers of margin improvement including investment in brand, renewable energy and operationalizing captive coal mines.” He also said, “We have added 2 MnT of cement capacity in South and are on track to add another 2.9 MnT in North East & East region during FY25. Our strong balance sheet positions us well for the next phase of expansion.”

Key updates

Commissioned 1 MnT cement capacity each at its existing units at Ariyalur, Tamil Nadu and Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh respectively. This takes company’s overall installed capacity to 17 MnT in South and 46.6 MnT in India, and is in line with the long-term growth strategy of increasing the total capacity to 110-130 MnT by the 2031.

In line with the commitment towards RE100 by 2030 & Carbon Negative by 2040, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, has entered into multiple Renewable Power Agreements under the Group Captive, which will secure 127 MW of renewable power through Solar and Wind energy. The commissioning of these Renewable power plants is expected to be in FY25 & FY26.

Key Recognitions during the quarter

Recognized with CDP Leadership Award (CDP Discloser 2023, Climate) for its commitment to environmental stewardship

Recognized as the Supply Chain Champion for the Northern Region at the ISCM Supply chain rankings of the 2nd India Supply Chain Leaders Senate 2024

Won the Procurement Excellence of the Year at the 2nd Procure Connect Confex & Awards 2024.

Drone Destination And NSIC Sign MOU With NSIC To Launch “Drone Training Programs" At NSIC Technical Services Centres

Drone Destination and the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a state-of-the-art drone training centre. This initiative aims to provide comprehensive training on drone technology, repairs and maintenance, data processing and analysis, remote pilot training and new-age sport drone soccer. The centre will focus on skill development, employment generation, and empowering the drone ecosystem in India.

The collaboration between Drone Destination and NSIC is poised to bring significant advancements in the field of drone technology and AI, and develop a future-ready work force to cater to the growing and diversified demands of skilled manpower in the drone sector, especially in digital agriculture, survey & mapping, mining, asset inspection, surveillance & monitoring, disaster management and many more.   

Mr. Chirag Sharma, CEO, Drone Destination, said, "This partnership with NSIC marks a significant milestone in our mission to democratize drone technology in India. By providing specialized training and skill development programs, we aim to empower individuals and organizations with the knowledge and expertise needed to harness the full potential of drones. We are launching these technical skill enhancing courses in addition to the Pilot Training Certification course already offered by us in 12 locations across India.  This initiative will ensure availability of skilled and specialised workforce in the growing drone eco-system in India."

Kartikeya Sinha Director, Planning & Marketing, NSIC added, "NSIC is committed to fostering skill development across various sectors, and this MoU with Drone Destination aligns perfectly with our objectives. The establishment of this drone training centre will be a game-changer, particularly for aspiring youth and women in technology. By equipping individuals with the necessary skills, we are paving the way for a more technologically advanced and self-reliant India."

The training programs at the centre will be progressively introduced at all NSIC Technical Skill Centres, ensuring widespread access to cutting-edge drone technology education. This initiative is set to create numerous opportunities for skill development and employment, driving economic growth and innovation in the drone sector.

SWREL Records Growth Streak In Q1 FY25, 78% YoY Revenue Growth, Robust Performance With Order Inflow At ~ INR 2,170 Crore

Key Highlights

~ Order / LOI inflow of INR 2,170 crore from 5 new projects mainly from repeat customers with huge expansion plans

~ YOY revenue growth of 78%

~ 2nd consecutive quarter of positive EBIDTA, PBT and PAT  

~ Healthy gross margin at 11%

~ Reduction in overheads from the previous year

~ Net debt continues to improve at INR 97 crore vis-à-vis INR 116 crore in March 2024

~ Balance sheet continues to strengthen in Q1 FY25 and poised to capitalize on the overall industry growth

Sterling and Wilson Renewable Energy Limited (SWREL) (BSE Scrip Code: 542760; NSE Symbol: SWSOLAR), a leading home-grown renewable EPC, announced its results for the first quarter of FY25, which witnessed a continued revenue growth of 78% YoY. The company’s strong commitment to excellence, innovation and customer satisfaction is reaffirmed by a strong order inflow of INR 2,170 crore.

Having witnessed a strong rebound in its revenue in Q4 FY24, SWREL continues its growth trajectory driven by a consistent improvement in financials and overall performance. This is the second consecutive quarter witnessing a positive EBIDTA, PBT and PAT. Post its QIP, the company has regained it’s market standing as the leading solar EPC in India. The financials are also moving in the right direction with net debt improving to INR 97 crore in June 2024 vis-à-vis INR 116 crore in March 2024. SWREL also declared a substantial gross margin at 11%, reinforcing its competent position in the market and continuing to solidify its focused business growth.

Speaking on the quarter results, Mr. Amit Jain, Global CEO, Sterling and Wilson Renewable Energy Group shared, “Our results reflect our strong business revival, and robust ordering momentum. We are happy to be selected by some of our esteemed customers for some of their large projects and our teams are well geared to meet the massive growth opportunity ahead of us. With a robust project pipeline and strong balance sheet, we are confident of tapping the huge growth and are well-positioned to continue this upward trajectory and deliver enhanced value to all our stakeholders.”

“Sustainability is the future and solar energy will spearhead this transformation towards a cleaner tomorrow. As the world increasingly embraces solar energy, our team’s dedication to delivering high-quality projects and exceeding customer expectations remains unwavering”, he added. 

About Sterling and Wilson Renewable Energy Limited

Sterling and Wilson Renewable Energy Limited (SWREL) is a global pure-play, end-to-end renewable engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) solutions provider. The company provides EPC services for utility-scale solar, floating solar and hybrid & energy storage solutions and has a total portfolio of over 19.4 GWp (including projects commissioned and under various stages of construction). SWREL also manages an operation and maintenance (O&M) portfolio of 8.2 GWp solar power projects, including for projects constructed by third parties. Present in 28 countries today, Sterling and Wilson Renewable Energy Limited has operations in India, South-east Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, Australia, and the Americas.

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byteXL Secures $5.9M Series A Funding From Kalaari Capital, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation To Boost Student Learning And Employability

byteXL India’s rapidly growing edtech platform focused on revolutionizing engineering education, has secured $5.9 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Kalaari Capital as lead investor, along with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. This investment highlights byteXL's mission to provide high-quality, affordable tech skills to engineering students in tier II and tier III cities across India and acknowledges the company's impressive growth over the past four years.

The new capital will be used for team expansion, product development, the introduction of new digital tools and technologies, and outreach to more colleges and universities across the country.

Since its inception, byteXL has partnered with over 26 colleges and universities across India, training more than a lakh student in various software technologies including programming, emerging technologies like cybersecurity, full stack development, cloud technologies etc. These efforts have led to higher placement rates and increased student intake for their partner institutions. Recently, byteXL collaborated with Microsoft to introduce a new B.Tech CSE course in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, designed to meet current industry demands.

Karun Tadepalli, CEO and Co-Founder of byteXL, stated, “At byteXL, we're not just teaching coding; we're shaping futures and driving innovation in tech education across India. This funding will boost our confidence in empowering engineers of tomorrow with cutting-edge skills and technologies and help us bridge the gap between academia and industry at a faster pace.”

Sampath P, Partner at Kalaari Capital, said, “Engineering schools in India and other markets are evolving to maintain high standards of curriculum, pedagogy and industry readiness in technology disciplines that are rapidly evolving. This need, accelerated by rapid progress in AI, is a critical problem to solve to enable students to succeed in the next generation of technology jobs. ByteXL is committed to being a true partner for universities and colleges, with operational expertise, high-quality educators and an interactive digital learning platform. Karun, Charan and team have spent a long time understanding the core needs of each stakeholder involved in the delivery of technology and curriculum and are deeply committed to improving learning outcomes and the quality of tech talent in India. We are excited to partner with them on this mission.”

Sanjay Modi, Senior Director, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation adds “byteXL is transforming the teaching and learning of engineering colleges in India. By bridging the gap between academia and industry, it is set to make a significant impact on the lives of students in tier II and tier III cities. This investment is aligned with our objectives of enhancing quality education and bridging the gap between academic learning and industry demands.”

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

SIS Pitches Launches ‘A Guide To Cricket Pitch Systems’ With Objective To Enhance Quality Of Playing Surfaces

SIS Pitches, a global leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of sports surfaces, launches a comprehensive ‘Guide to Cricket Pitch Systems’ aimed at informing stakeholders of the game about the various types of cricket pitches, their benefits, and the specific challenges they address. This guide, poised to become an indispensable tool for cricket administrators, ground staff, coaches, and players who are involved in cricket pitch management, provides in-depth knowledge and practical solutions for creating and maintaining high-quality cricket pitches.

SIS Grass, the independently researched and approved hybrid grass technology from SIS Pitches, has been setting new standards in cricket pitch technology globally since 2017. The hybrid pitches combine the best of natural grass with synthetic reinforcement, offering unparalleled durability and performance. India’s first-ever SISGrass hybrid pitch was unveiled in May this year at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala.

The primary objective of ‘A Guide to Cricket Pitch Systems’ is to offer a detailed exploration of different pitch systems, highlighting their unique characteristics, benefits, and potential drawbacks. SIS Pitches aims to empower stakeholders with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions that will enhance the quality and playability of cricket pitches across various levels of the sport.

Paul Taylor, former England cricketer and SIS Grass International Sales Director (Cricket), said, “This guide is an educational resource for anyone involved in the management and upkeep of cricket pitches. In today's fast-evolving cricket landscape, understanding the nuances of different pitch systems is crucial. Our guide provides comprehensive insights into natural grass, hybrid, and artificial pitches, detailing their specific advantages and challenges. It is designed to equip cricket administrators, ground staff, coaches, and players with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions that will enhance the quality and longevity of cricket pitches. By leveraging our expertise and cutting-edge technology, we aim to support the Indian cricket community in maintaining high-performance playing surfaces that meet the demands of modern cricket. Whether you are managing a local club or an international venue, this guide will serve as an invaluable tool in ensuring that your pitches are always in prime condition.”

Highlights of ‘A Guide to Cricket Pitch Systems’


1.       Superficial Damage: Caused by gameplay, such as bowler’s foot marks and batters marking the guard.

2.       Preparation Damage: Low mowing, extensive rolling, and heat exposure can severely damage the grass plant.

3.       Covering Pitches: Reduces airflow and increases temperature, potentially harming turf health.

4.       Frequent Usage: Preparing pitches more than four times per season leads to significant potential deterioration.


1.       Natural Grass Pitches are the traditional choice, offering an authentic feel with varying bounces and paces, making them widely accessible and approved for all competitions. They are also more affordable compared to other pitch systems. However, these pitches require frequent maintenance, which is heavily impacted by weather conditions. Their ability to accommodate extended hours of play is limited, and the recovery period can be slow, sometimes preventing reuse. Additionally, they are susceptible to diseases and pests, leading to maintenance challenges and potential disruptions in play.

2.       Drop-In Pitches are versatile for multi-use venues, such as stadiums hosting various events, as they reduce surface damage. They allow for pitch preparation in controlled conditions, ensuring consistency, and can be protected from adverse weather when maintained off-site. However, they come with a high initial cost and a complex, time-consuming installation process. They do not offer additional hours of play compared to natural grass pitches and provide less time to prepare pitches for specific playing characteristics, reducing the home advantage.

3.       100% Artificial Carpet Pitches are cost-effective with low initial installation costs and require less maintenance, needing only basic upkeep and periodic surface re-levelling. They are also capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions. On the downside, they are not suitable for professional cricket and can offer an inconsistent playing surface, with unusual bounces for fast and spin bowlers. The creases can tear if inappropriate footwear is used, and they lack the traditional variability, resulting in uniform bounces and paces.

4.       Carpet Hybrid Pitches show less wear and better recovery, with the adaptability to be integrated into new and existing pitches. However, they can take up to 20 months to become playable, and their performance results are still being evaluated. They have a shorter lifespan compared to stitched systems and can be easily damaged due to the 50mm carpet height.

5.       Artificial Hybrid Pitches require minimal maintenance and are quick to install and prepare for matches. They can simulate variations in bounce, seam, and spin. However, they do not contain any natural grass, lack the traditional look of a cricket pitch, and are costly to remove and dispose of in an environmentally friendly manner.

6.       Stitched Hybrid Pitches offer proven longevity and excellent return on investment. They ensure faster grass recovery after matches and maintain a consistent playing surface, supporting extended hours of play. They also ensure strong grass coverage and visual appeal. However, they require approximately 10% more water for preparation, take 3-8 weeks to be ready for use depending on climatic conditions, and curators need time to slightly adjust preparation methods.

Each type of pitch system offers unique benefits and addresses specific challenges, tailored to the diverse needs and circumstances of the cricket community. This comprehensive understanding will enable stakeholders to make informed decisions, enhancing the quality and longevity of cricket pitches.

For more information on SISGrass, visit:

About SISGrass

Since the inaugural installation at Loughborough University in June 2017, SIS Grass hybrid cricket pitches have been installed in 38 County/International venues and in the UK at 64 cricket clubs and 29 schools, colleges, and universities. With over 750 cricket pitches installed globally, SIS Grass hybrid pitches are approved for use in prestigious competitions, including the Vitality Blast T20, Royal London 50 Over, and the Hundred competition. The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have also approved their use for T20 and 50-over international cricket. In 2024, the ECB has approved the use of hybrid pitches for 4-day County Championship cricket. Recently, HPCA, the governing body of cricket in Himachal Pradesh has taken an exciting initiative to introduce SISGrass Hybrid Pitch Technology into their practice facilities.

About SIS Pitches

SIS Pitches is a fully international business with offices around the world, including UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Turkey and the Middle East. The company designs, constructs and supplies hybrid, synthetic and natural sports pitches for a wide variety of organisations, including international football clubs, sports clubs, schools and universities. It also offers comprehensive aftercare and maintenance services. SIS Pitches is a FIFA Licensee, a World Rugby Preferred Turf Producer and a certified FIH manufacturer, providing football, rugby, hockey and cricket pitches, and new pitches for sports clubs. SIS Pitches is part of a framework agreement to provide the design, manufacture, installation, and maintenance of artificial grass pitches. The agreement is in support of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Football Association (FA), Sport England, England Hockey, and Football Foundation (FF) capital investment programmes.

Canon Elevates Legacy With EOS R1 & EOS R5 Mark II: Unveils The Next Gen Innovations In Filmmaking & Photography


·         Canon EOS R1 is Canon’s flagship EOS R system camera with deep learning AF system, high sensitivity and high reliability, geared up to ace action photography.

·         Canon EOS R5 Mark II features 8K 60p RAW video recording, 4K 120p & 2K 240p with Audio Recording, Canon Log 2, Dual Pixel Intelligent AF and a host of powerful functionalities.

Canon India, a leading company in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled two remarkable additions to its EOS R series: the EOS R1 & EOS R5 Mark II. As pioneers in the photography and videography segment, Canon is yet again ready to revolutionize the industry and surpass customer expectations with its next gen intelligent features, quality, speed and convenience.

EOS R1 is the company’s first flagship EOS R system camera targeted at action genre photographers who need to capture the decisive moment even under severe shooting conditions, along with media & video production departments. With its powerful new image processing and autofocus systems, the new camera is setting new standards and redefining speed in the digital era.

The EOS R5 Mark II, a full-frame mirrorless camera that outperforms the EOS R5, with groundbreaking features like the high-performance new 45-megapixel back-illuminated (BI) stacked CMOS sensor and Accelerated Capture image processor system. Additionally, it includes enhancements such as Eye Control AF and Cinema EOS features, bringing Canon's esteemed “5 series” from the EOS system into the next generation. These functionalities make EOS R5 Mark II a true all-rounder camera for photo and movie professionals alike.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Tiger Ishii, Executive Officer, Canon Inc., President & COO, Canon Marketing Asia & President & CEO, Canon Singapore, said “As a dynamic epicenter of technological advancement and creative innovation, India has proven to be an essential hub for Canon’s global growth strategy. The market has been proving exceptionally well for our camera business, establishing our leading global market share in the DILC segment. As we look forward to strengthening our legacy of EOS series, the launch of the EOS R1 and EOS R5 Mark II underscores our unwavering commitment of bringing pioneering cutting edge technologies to empower users. These new cameras are more than products; they are gateways for Indian filmmakers and photography professionals to redefine storytelling through unmatched visual excellence. With India as one of the top performing markets in Asia, I am confident that this launch will contribute significantly to making this year a landmark for us."

Sharing Canon’s intent behind the new products, Mr. Toshiaki Nomura, President & CEO, Canon India, said, “The newly launched, much awaited flagship EOS R1 introduces new dimensions in imaging technology with excellent usability and reliability to stay at the forefront of users’ needs and technological advancements. With its powerful new image processing and autofocus systems, the new camera is setting new standards and redefining speed in the digital era.”

He further added, “Canon’s legacy in India, particularly through the revered EOS 5D series, is a testament to our commitment to innovation and excellence. With the launch of the EOS R5 Mark II, we are poised to revolutionize the landscape of filmmaking and photography, ushering in a new era of 'timeless legacy’. Both EOS R1 and EOS R5 Mark II are powered with the most advanced image processing system in EOS history, with high-speed continuous shooting prowess, professional-level movie capabilities, Intelligent auto focus, all enhanced by deep learning technology. We are confident these products will resonate deeply with our Indian consumers, further solidifying Canon's leadership in the imaging industry."

KMS Free Mega Artificial Limb Donation Camp In Bengaluru

* Free Foot & Forearms Camp

For the 15th year Karnataka Marwari Samaj® in association with Bhagwan Mahaveer Vikalang Sahayata Samiti (Jaipur Foot) is organizing a ‘Free Mega Artificial Limb Donation Camp “. It is completely Free  Artificial limb Donation Camp for those who have lost their forearms or for those who need polio calipers. This time KMS added Forearm too in this camp. The measurement camp will be conducted on Sunday, 18th August 2024 (Sunday) at Maharaja Agrasen Bhavan, near Ashoka Pillar, Jayanagar, Bengaluru -560011, Time 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Registration will be closed on 17th Aug 2024 (Saturday).

For More details and free registration contact the following numbers:

9019721885 / 8792288404

The distribution ceremony will hold on 22nd September 2024 at the same venue.

Speaking about the Camp Sri Vikash Balodia, President, Karnataka Marwari Samaj said, “At this camp, individuals with disabilities are receiving high-quality artificial limbs and other devices they couldn't afford before. These camps build community support, raise awareness, and help people regain mobility, improving lives and societal engagement. This initiative offers free medical check-ups, fittings, and ongoing care to enhance quality of life, empowering individuals and making a lasting impact. People from Karnataka and neighboring states are welcome to benefit from this opportunity.”

Sri Bimal Kumar Saraogi, Project Director, Karnataka Marwari Samaj said, “Each of us has been affected in various ways, and it is imperative that we contribute according to our capabilities to support others. KMS remains unwavering in its social vision and commitment to assisting individuals with disabilities in reclaiming their mobility and dignity. Through the provision of high-quality, durable artificial limbs and other assistive devices, we aim to significantly improve their quality of life.”

The artificial limbs provided by Karnataka Marwari samaj uses Jaipur Limb Technology. This technology has been developed and further refined by the research and development team of the society. The Jaipur Limb is a one-stop facility and the patients who come are measured and their custom-made limb/caliper are fabricated and fitted, without making them visit again a second time. It is so efficient that after this limb is fitted, a person can walk like a normal person without a stick or support, and even run, ride a bicycle and climb a tree. After the fitment many of the patients can go back to work in the field, factories, shops and offices.

Request needy to avail this opportunity by registering themselves. All they need is Aadhar card, photo of legs/hands and phone number.

Exploring The Rise Of Foreign Medical Education Across India

*     Mr. Kadwin Pillai, Director of Transworld Educare and Chairman of Kings International Medical Academy

In an era characterised by globalisation and technological advancement, medical education has increasingly become an international pursuit. Aspiring doctors are now looking beyond their home countries, drawn by the promise of quality education, diverse clinical exposure, and the opportunity to immerse themselves in different cultures. This trend mirrors a broader movement towards internationalisation in higher education, where global mobility and cross-cultural competencies hold significant value.

The Allure of Foreign Medical Education

Foreign medical education offers numerous benefits that attract many students. Key advantages include access to advanced medical training, exposure to diverse patient populations, and often, more affordable education compared to private medical colleges in their home countries such as India. Countries like the Philippines and Georgia have emerged as favored destinations for medical aspirants due to their robust educational frameworks, globally recognised degrees, and comparatively lower costs of living and tuition fees.

Quality and Recognition of Foreign Medical Degrees

A pivotal concern for students and their families is the quality and recognition of foreign medical degrees. Esteemed institutions in countries like the Philippines adhere to an American-style medical education system, renowned for its rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical training. Moreover, many of these institutions hold accreditation from global bodies like the World Health Organisation (WHO) and are listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools, ensuring the legitimacy and international acceptance of their conferred degrees. While countries like Russia and Ukraine are known for providing excellent medical education, ongoing geopolitical tensions have led many students to seek alternatives. As a result, there has been a noticeable shift towards applying to other countries that offer stable environments and comparable educational standards.

Cultural and Professional Enrichment

Studying medicine abroad also fosters substantial cultural and professional growth. Students gain firsthand experience in diverse healthcare systems and practices, enriching their medical knowledge and enhancing their adaptability. Living and studying in a foreign country cultivates independence, resilience, and cross-cultural communication skills – all essential qualities in today's interconnected world. The cultural immersion and friendships forged during this period are invaluable, enriching students' personal and professional lives.

-Mr. Kadwin Pillai, Director of Transworld Educare and Chairman of Kings International Medical Academy

Gateway to Global Opportunities

For aspiring doctors aiming to practice in North America, success in the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a critical milestone. International Medical Graduates (IMGs) must excel in these exams to secure residency positions and eventually practice in the US. Compared to other destinations like Kyrgyzstan, Russia, the Philippines stands out as a strategic choice for IMGs due to its exceptional track record in USMLE success, all the while being a low cost alternative.

Philippine medical schools consistently achieve impressive USMLE pass rates, frequently exceeding the global average. Recent years have seen pass rates for Step 1, Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge), and Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills) exams surpassing 90% in several institutions. Such outstanding performance underscores the efficacy of Philippine medical education in preparing students for rigorous licensing examinations. Furthermore, graduates benefit from a robust network of residency programs in the US that actively seek their expertise, reflecting confidence in the quality of education and clinical training provided by Philippine medical schools.

Challenges and Support Systems

Despite the numerous advantages, students may encounter challenges such as cultural adaptation, language barriers, and homesickness. However, many foreign universities offer robust support systems, including language training, counseling services, and peer mentoring programs to help international students adjust and thrive. Prospective students should carefully research and select institutions that provide such support to ensure a smooth transition and a successful educational journey.

The Philippine Advantage

Among the top destinations for medical education, the Philippines stands out due to its affordability, quality, and curriculum aligned with US standards. Additionally, the Philippines boasts a strong network of residency programs in the US that actively recruit graduates from its medical schools, making it an attractive option for students aspiring to practice in North America. The Philippines is revolutionising medical education by offering affordable, value-for-money learning options at a fraction of the cost seen in major countries like the United States and Canada. With annual tuition fees ranging from $2,000 to $5,000, it provides an economically feasible choice for ambitious professionals worldwide.

In conclusion, foreign medical education presents a viable alternative for students facing intense competition and high costs in their home countries. Despite challenges, the benefits of affordable education, quality training, and global opportunities make it an appealing option. Countries like the Philippines, Georgia and many others are leading the way by providing robust medical education that aligns with international standards and supports students' aspirations to practice globally. As the world becomes more interconnected, the trend of pursuing medical education abroad is likely to continue growing, offering students transformative experiences that prepare them to meet the challenges of the medical profession with competence and confidence.


"The Philippines is transforming medical education by offering affordable and high-quality learning options. With tuition fees ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 annually, it provides a realistic pathway for ambitious professionals worldwide. The country's robust curriculum, aligned with international standards, prepares students for global practice, supported by strong USMLE performance and coveted residency placements in the US. This makes Philippine medical schools an excellent choice for those seeking comprehensive training, cultural enrichment, and a pathway to fulfilling careers in medicine on a global scale."

IRGMA Calls for Ban on Non-Compliant Imported Gloves to Enhance Safety In Hospitals And Healthcare Sector

The Indian Rubber Gloves Manufacturers Association (IRGMA) in its latest bid to mitigate safety and health risks of medicos has sought directives through communications to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to ban the import of chlorinated gloves and has also notified the Customs (Imports) Department of the violation of bio-waste disposal rules by importers especially of the phased out chlorinated gloves, and non-compliance of gloves manufacturers sending chlorinated gloves to India, some making way into India spuriously. IRGMA is seeking the use of only BIS Approved Gloves, through GEM, for Government Hospitals, conforming to the consideration and implementation of QCO (Quality Control Order) aligned with MDR 2017 Compliance of CDSCO Gazette Notification which was to come into effect from 1st Oct 2022.

In their communications to the aforesaid authorities, IRGMA has brought to notice that the Central Pollution Control Board had issued a letter to phase out the use of chlorinated gloves by 27th March 2019; that West Bengal State Pollution Control Board has issued directives to ban the use of chlorinated gloves and that CPCB has issued directive not to allow imports in violation of guidelines that ban chlorinated gloves.

In yet another communication to the Malaysian Rubber Council, IRGMA has specified that chlorinated gloves of all kinds are not allowed by the Indian authorities owing to violation of the guidelines, and that they do not require test to be validated in the view of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India, and Biomedical Waste Rules 2016.

In their communication to AIIMS, IRGMA has issued a disclaimer to ensure that the healthcare industry procures the right quality of Disposal, Latex and Nitrile gloves to comply with the expected standards and rules prevalent.

The continuation of spurious import of examination gloves has serious safety and health risks. Many countries (US and Europe) have already banned the use of powdered, coated Nitrile Gloves, in their respective countries. The procurement of BIS Approved Gloves is very convenient because there are already many BIS certified companies manufacturing the gloves, and these companies are capable of supplying the quality product to the Hospital Staff.

Speaking about the directives on chlorinated gloves, Mr Sunil Patwari (President – IRGMA) said, “It is time that these spurious imports and usage of chlorinated gloves be curbed as it is detrimental to the health of both the healthcare providers and the patients, and for their safety the Government and the authorities must make firm implementations that impede the spurious circulation and import of chlorinated gloves.”

Mr Konda Anindith Reddy (Managing Director – Wadi Surgicals Enliva Gloves) added, “We need to ensure that we are providing the right quality gloves to the medical practitioners for the safety of them and the patients as well. This kind of trust will come only if there is a stringent regulation on the spurious circulation and import of chlorinated gloves.”

Medicos working in acute medical care units are at maximum risk of contracting infection with defective gloves. Even patients are equally at risk of contracting cross-infections if exposed to any open areas from a torn surgical glove worn by medical staff.

In order to implement the ban on noncompliant gloves and their spurious circulation, IRGMA has identified the urgent need and therefore requesting the for the FINALISATION OF QCO, through Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers; DIRECTING CDSCO to IMPLEMENTATIN of RULE 2 of CHAPTER 7; DIRECTING CDSCO, to ban the import of spurious/ loose gloves AND import of Chlorinated Gloves; DIRECTING the Govt Hospitals to procure only BIS approved Nitrile Gloves. IRGMA has urged the Govt to immediately consider that poor quality surgical gloves in hospitals need a check which is possible through FINALISATION OF QCO in compliance to CDSCO Gazette Notification (Rule 7 of Chapter 2).

playR: Revolutionizing Sports Apparel For Healthy, More Meaningful Life

playR, a brand that has consistently upheld the philosophy of "Encouraging a healthier, meaningful life through sports," is proud to announce its latest range of innovative sports apparel. Since its inception, playR has been committed to keeping the PLAYER FIRST, creating products and services that enhance the health, meaning, and pleasure of everyday life.

"Our goal has always been to integrate sports into daily life, work, and our way of living, Ravi Kukreja, co-founder playR and Director iCOREts Private Limited said "By combining our expertise and innovative ideas, we have developed apparel that not only meets the high demands of athletes but also promotes a healthier lifestyle for everyone."

playR’s new collection includes a diverse range of sports apparel such as T-shirts, polos, jackets, shorts, track suits, lowers, and socks. Each product is designed with the utmost care and attention to detail, ensuring maximum comfort and performance. The products embody the perfect blend of technology and style, providing athletes with the infrastructure and support they need to excel.

In addition, playR is the official merchandise partner of several leading Indian Premier League (IPL) teams, including Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, and Punjab Kings. Fans can now purchase apparel supporting their favorite teams, ensuring they can show their allegiance in style.

The Indian Sports Equipment and Apparel Market is projected to reach over $40 billion by 2027. playR is poised to be a leading provider in this rapidly growing market. Its focus on quality and innovation positions the brand to take India to a global stage, driving economic and social development.

About playR: 

playR’s philosophy since its inception has been, “Encouraging a healthier, meaningful life through sports. “With this as our starting point, and with the focus on keeping the PLAYER FIRST, we strive to create “real” products — products that help make our everyday lives healthier, more meaningful, and much more pleasurable. Our products and services embody every ounce of our expertise and ideas. We are always mindful that sports are part of our daily life, part of our work, and even our way of life.


Innovative Minds Converge At MiQ Bengaluru’s HackiQ 2024

~ HackiQ an annual IP of MiQ witnessed an incredible display of talent, innovation, and collaboration between 27 teams

MiQ, A programmatic media partner for marketers and agencies, concluded its annual Hackathon, HackiQ; at MiQ’s Center of Excellence in Bengaluru. The hackathon brought together over 180 participants organized into 27 teams, tasked with developing pioneering ideas for products and solutions over a span of 24 hours. HackiQ ’24 featured thorough ideation sessions, and two rounds of presentations judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders.

The hack ideas explored a diverse range of challenges and problem statements addressing the programmatic and ad tech industry. Participants competed across two tracks: Product and Technology, and Data & Analytics, each focusing on themes such as Automation with Gen AI, Sustainability and green tech, New Channels, Efficiency, tackling MFA, and Future-proofing solutions.

Two teams emerged as winners from both tracks, the winning teams were Code Phoenix from the Tech and Product Data Science track, demonstrating exceptional innovation in automating content creation and improving productivity using GenAI, and Team KRtrima-PraJA from Data and Analytics track won for their Gen AI application enhancing market research capabilities. Runner-up teams were Neural Navigators from the Tech and Product Data Science track and Team Trade Flow from the Data and Analytics track. 

Reflecting on their success, Sravan Kumar from team Code Phoenix expressed “The problem we tackled was familiar to developers: creating presentational components takes time, even with an in-house design system and rich component library. Our simple workflow using GenAI boosts productivity by 20-30%, reduces repetitive work, and improves QA. Our live demo, where judges sketched a wireframe and converted it to working React code, was the icing on the cake and clinched our success.”

Abhay Kumar from team KRtrima-PraJA said “HackiQ-24 provided an excellent platform to explore a significant opportunity within our Sales division, potentially impacting MiQ's top and bottom lines. We developed a comprehensive Generative AI application to support Market Research, aiding our Sales team in planning discussions with new clients. Our focus on maximizing Generative AI capabilities and addressing challenges resulted in a reliable, consistent, structured, and scalable application.”

Speaking on the success, Anish Roy, Director of Analytics, MiQ,  highlighted “HackiQ showcased incredible talent, innovation, and collaboration. The dedication to solving challenges through technology was truly inspiring. Teams formed, ideas flourished, and prototypes came to life, demonstrating the limitless possibilities of technology. Projects addressed industry challenges such as MFA's impact on advertising, digital advertising sustainability, and AI in campaign management, each leaving a lasting impression. Beyond competition, HackiQ was a platform for learning and growth. We forged new friendships, expanded networks, and gained valuable insights from mentors and participants, shaping our journey in technology and innovation.”

HackiQ’24 not only showcased technological prowess but also fostered a spirit of collaboration and learning among participants. The event underscored MiQ’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation in programmatic advertising which makes MiQ’s tech and solutions consistently outperform. 

About MiQ: We’re not your average programmatic media partner, and it’s because better is in our DNA. Since 2010, our co-founders committed to delivering first-class service and out-of-this-world performance on ad campaigns. It's this way of thinking that inspires us to lead the programmatic industry and make it better. That’s why we leverage the very best buying platforms, ad inventory and audience intelligence. And our technology puts sophisticated AI in the hands of our industry experts to make the best decisions without bias. This agnostic approach means we never compromise on reach, return on investment, quality and insight, and you always get the best outcomes - and the best service. It's not your average programmatic.

ABB India Supports Educational Programs In 148 Government Schools In Karnataka

•     As a part of its community-led efforts, ABB supports two programs covering around 10,000 students in Peenya and Nelamangala.

•     The STEM Awareness, Foundational Literacy and Numerical Skills Program (FLN) aims at bridging the learning gap, ensuring inclusive and equitable education

•     The Paryavaran Mitra Program focuses on creating future sustainability leaders

•     Programs being implemented in select Govt Higher Primary schools in urban and rural Bengaluru

ABB India today announced the expansion of two educational programs as part of its CSR initiatives to support inclusive and equitable education. These programs, which were being run in 98 schools in Nelamangala, will now also expand to 50 schools in Peenya starting this academic year reaching a total of 148 schools and around 10,000 students from Peenya and Nelamangala.

The STEM Awareness and Foundational Literacy and Numerical Skills Program is aimed at supporting young students with essential scientific concepts and foundational and age-appropriate skills in literacy and numeracy alongside STEM topics. Integrated within the school timetable, it provides hands-on learning opportunities, making learning interactive and highly engaging. Run in partnership with Sikshana Foundation, the program aims to elevate the education level by equipping primary and higher primary students with the much-needed competencies essential for their cognitive development.

Paryavaran Mitra, the other program, will be launched soon, and run in collaboration with the Centre for Environment Education (CEE). It aims to prepare higher primary school students to face environmental sustainability challenges by engaging them in eco-friendly activities in school and its surroundings. The state’s Department of Education is actively involved in the program design and implementation covering critical themes such as water and sanitation, waste management, energy, etc. This would help students move beyond schools and classrooms, connecting them with nature, society, and communities.

Commenting on the expansion of the initiatives, Sanjeev Arora, President, Motion Business, ABB India said, “ABB remains committed to support inclusive education and environmental sustainability. While we continue to learn and adopt sustainable ways in our operations, we feel the next generation must be aware of the impact they have on the environment. We hope through these well-designed programs, they equip themselves with the required competencies and learn to make more sustainable choices in life.”

These initiatives, launched in 2022, have successfully raised awareness levels among students, bridging the aspiration gap in key scientific concepts. Thorough assessments, done periodically, signal a gradual progress in the students’ capabilities and awareness levels. 98 teachers from Nelamangala block have been trained and provided with upgraded concepts and supplemental resources to effectively deliver the programs. Students across all grades participate in STEM activities under teacher supervision. A similar teacher training and orientation program shall be implemented in the current initiation year in the Peenya block.

ABB also supports women’s education in STEM through an engineering scholarship, instituted in partnership with the Lila Poonawalla Foundation. Two batches have so far graduated through this program.

ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered, and operated. Building on over 140 years of excellence, ABB’s more than 105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Cleartrip Introduces Corporate Benefits For Business Travellers With Cleartrip For Work

* Save up to 10% on flights while travelling for work

Cleartrip, a Flipkart company, announced the launch of its latest offering, ‘Cleartrip for Work’ (CFW). This solution, specifically curated for business travelers, urban entrepreneurs, and startup founders, provides access to exclusive corporate flight fares and additional benefits.

How is Cleartrip for Work different?

Save up to 10% on travel expenditures through exclusive fares and GST input credit

Avail complimentary in-flight meals, low/zero cancellation fees and free seat selection

Earn Supercoins, an exclusive reward benefit available only to Flipkart, Cleartrip and Myntra users on every transaction and use them to make your CFW booking further beneficial

For the first time in the industry, compare all fare types in one place for easy decision-making

CFW stands out for its hassle-free, one-click onboarding process and ease of use. Users can sign up using their mobile number and access its features directly from the  Cleartrip home page, making it incredibly convenient, especially for frequent fliers.

Speaking on the occasion Anuj Rathi, Chief Business and Growth Officer stated, “Of the 30mn+ micro-entrepreneurs in India, most travel often and need flexible travel benefits including cancellation, seat selection and meals at affordable prices. With CFW, Cleartrip has brought all the flexibility along with special airline fares, combining it with Supercoins to make it the most flexible and affordable destination for business travellers. We will continue to invest in CFW and are committed to introducing innovative and value-based offerings to our customers.”

CFW allows users to make multiple bookings with the same login, offering flexibility and convenience for frequent travelers. It is available on Cleartrip's Android and iOS app and on the mobile web. The desktop version will be launched soon.

About Cleartrip

Launched in July 2006, Cleartrip Pvt Ltd., a Flipkart company, has emerged as India’s fastest-growing online travel technology company. In April 2021, Flipkart acquired a majority stake in Cleartrip. Cleartrip recently emerged as the no. 2 OTA player as per a study by VIDEC. With an aggressive plan to emerge as a leading innovator in the industry, Cleartrip is on its way to building a differentiated value proposition for its customers looking for end-to-end travel solutions. With industry-first offerings including ClearChoice Plus, ClearChoice Max and Cancel for No Reason’, Cleartrip has a clear vision to provide innovative solutions in the OTA segment. Combining intuitive products with a customer-centric approach and a wide selection of flights, hotels, and buses, Cleartrip brings a unique selling point to the market, offering its customers convenience, choice, competitive prices, and premium content.

Cummins India Expands IT Capabilities With Global Competency Center Launch In Pune

* A powerful hub for driving innovation across global operations through specialized talent and cutting-edge technical capabilities.

* The center will enable the company to scale operational efficiencies and speed up the time-to-market of its products and services.

* Aims to harness India's rich talent pool in software engineering and emerging digital technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Robotic Process Automation (RPA).

Cummins Group in India (“Cummins India”), one of the leading power solutions technology providers, today opened its first IT Global Competency Center (GCC) at its India Office Campus in Balewadi, Pune, Maharashtra. The center was inaugurated by Earl Newsome, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Cummins Inc., and Annapurna Vishwanathan, Chief Information Officer, Cummins India, in the presence of other senior Cummins India officials.

The GCC is an integral part of the company’s multi-year IT transformational strategy and will focus on scaling up the operational efficiencies and speeding up the time-to-market of its products and services. It will house software engineers, product owners, architects, technology leads, and process experts to drive innovation impacting the automobile, engineering research and development (ER&D), manufacturing, and energy sectors. With 55% women employees, the GCC is leading the charge in gender diversity, and strengthening it further across all tech roles will be a key focus area.

Expressing his excitement on the launch, Earl Newsome, Vice President, and Chief Information Officer, Cummins Inc., said “The Cummins success story in India is one of people, progress, and possibilities. For more than six decades, we have invested in our people here, and together, we have powered the growth of both our company and this nation. As we position for the future, our inaugural IT GCC in India is a strategic move in building our IT capabilities to deliver an exceptional business experience for our stakeholders globally. Pune’s thriving software landscape, robust engineering infrastructure, and solid educational ecosystem will help us attract the country’s top-notch talent. I am very excited about the potential of this GCC to drive our business growth and innovation capabilities.”

Commenting on the launch, Annapurna Vishwanathan, Chief Information Officer, Cummins India, said, "The launch of Cummins’ first GCC in India has a strategic imperative, as in the last few years, we have witnessed fast-paced changes in the technology landscape and its impact on the business environment. This GCC aligns with our aspirations for business growth and India's continued progress. We will achieve this by leveraging our country’s exceptional talent pool to enhance digital enablement and process transformation, boosting our competitive edge. I am confident that the India IT GCC will be a key contributor to Cummins’ global growth strategy."

In addition to regular employment, the GCC will also offer internship programs for young talent and employment opportunities for veterans, individuals with special needs, women returning from maternity leave, and those re-entering the workforce. The IT GCC will also collaborate with educational institutions and offer programs to develop future leaders.

About Cummins Group in India:

Cummins Group in India is a leading provider of integrated power solutions for the industrial and automotive sectors. The Cummins Group operates in India through thirteen companies. With a wide-ranging portfolio, the group is engaged in designing, manufacturing, distributing, and servicing diesel and natural gas engines and powertrain-related component products, including drivetrain, braking, after-treatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, transmissions, and electrified power systems solutions for commercial vehicles, and industrial markets. The Cummins Group has a remarkable presence with state-of-the-art manufacturing plants, assembly, and distribution facilities, and employs over 10,000 employees in India.

Acer Unveils “New Exclusive Store” At The Opulent Phoenix Mall Of Asia Bengaluru, Strengthening Its Retail Presence In India

Acer, one of the leading technology brands in the world, has announced the grand opening of its “new exclusive store at Phoenix Mall of Asia” in Bengaluru. This newly opened exclusive store will offer an immersive environment, bringing Acer's latest cutting-edge PCs and Acerpure's range of consumer appliances and electronics closer to the consumers. The mall is renowned for its contemporary design, diverse retail options, and significant foot traffic, making it an ideal location for the Acer Exclusive store.

The store will offer an extensive collection of sleek laptops, powerful desktops, monitors, immersive gaming devices, Acerpure’s consumer electronics and appliances such as TVs, water and air purifiers, air circulator fans, and a wide array of accessories from Acer.  Currently, Acer India boasts a retail footprint of over 200 stores spread across India. This significant addition marks a pivotal step towards Acer's ambitious goal of establishing over 300 exclusive stores across India by early 2025. This launch marks the 10th store in Bengaluru.

At the launch event, Harish Kohli, President and Managing Director, Acer India said, “The inauguration of our new store at Phoenix Mall of Asia in Bengaluru, renowned as one of India's most opulent shopping destinations, signifies a pivotal milestone in our retail expansion strategy. This new store underscores Acer's dedication to expanding its presence and enhancing customer experiences by making its products more accessible and convenient. Our commitment is enriching our customers' journey by providing seamless access to our pioneering products and unparalleled service. This launch also marks an important step for Acerpure India, reflecting our mission to offer innovative and high-quality products that cater to the evolving needs of our customers.”

As Acer continues its journey towards achieving its 2025 retail vision, each new store is carefully planned to cater to the diverse technological needs of customers across various cities in India. With this strategic growth, Acer aims to ensure that its cutting-edge technology and solutions are within reach of all its consumers, fostering a stronger connection and delivering value-driven experiences.

Photo Caption: Sanjeev Mehtani, Chief Sales Officer, Acer India; Harish Koli, Managing Director & President, Acer India; Sooraj Balakrishnan, Associate Director & Head of Marketing, Acer India along with the Acer Team at Phoenix  Mall of Asia, Bengaluru.

Samsung Records Tremendous Response From Customers For Galaxy AI Powered Galaxy Z Fold6, Z Flip6 In India

* Pre-orders for Galaxy Z Fold6, Z Flip6 jump 40% higher as compared to previous generation foldables

* Galaxy Z Fold6, Z Flip6 are being manufactured at Samsung’s Noida factory

Samsung, India’s largest consumer electronics brand, announced record pre-orders for its sixth-generation foldable smartphones – Galaxy Z Fold6 and Galaxy Z Flip6. In the first 24 hours, pre-orders for Galaxy Z Fold6 and Z Flip6 jumped 40% higher as compared to the previous generation foldables, making the new Z series the most successful in India.

Pre-orders for Galaxy Z Fold6 and Z Flip6 opened on July 10 in India, along with the rest of the world. The new smartphones, along with the recently-launched ecosystem devices – Galaxy Watch Ultra, Galaxy Watch7, Galaxy Buds3 Pro and Galaxy Buds3 – will go on sale in India starting July 24, 2024.

“We are delighted with the consumer response for our new foldables - Galaxy Z Fold6 and Galaxy Z Flip6 in India. The 1.4x growth in pre-orders for the new foldable smartphones shows that Indian consumers are among the fastest adopters of new technology. Our new foldable smartphones, now in their sixth generation, open the next chapter of Galaxy Al and elevate the user experience to new heights, enabling a range of unique mobile experiences across communications, productivity and creativity. The success of Galaxy Z Fold6 and Galaxy Z Flip6 will help us consolidate our premium segment leadership in India,” said Raju Pullan, Senior Vice President, MX Business, Samsung India.

For Indian consumers, Galaxy Z Fold6 and Z Flip6 are being manufactured at Samsung’s Noida factory. The new foldables are the slimmest and lightest Galaxy Z series devices ever, and come with perfectly symmetrical design with straight edges. The Galaxy Z series is also equipped with enhanced Armor Aluminum and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2, making this the most durable Galaxy Z series yet.

Galaxy Z Fold6 and Flip6 are equipped with the Snapdragon® 8 Gen 3 Mobile Platform for Galaxy, the most advanced Snapdragon mobile processor yet, combining best-in-class CPU, GPU, and NPU performance. The processor is optimized for AI processing and offers enhanced graphics along with improved overall performance.

The Galaxy Z Fold6 offers a range of AI-powered features and tools - Note Assist, Composer, Sketch to image, Interpreter, Photo Assist and Instant Slow-mo - to maximize the large screen and significantly enhance your productivity.

Galaxy Z Fold6 now comes with 1.6x larger vapor chamber for longer gaming sessions and ray tracing supports life-like graphics on its 7.6-inch screen that offers a brighter display of up to 2,600 nit to deliver more immersive gaming.

The Galaxy Z Flip6 now offers a range of new customization and creativity features so you can make the most of every moment. With the 3.4-inch Super AMOLED FlexWindow, you can use AI-assisted functions without even needing to open the device. You can reply to texts with suggested replies, which analyzes your latest messages to suggest a tailored response.

FlexCam now comes with the new Auto Zoom to compose the best framing for your shot by detecting the subject and zooming in and out before making any necessary adjustments. The new 50MP Wide and 12MP Ultra-wide sensors provide an upgraded camera experience with clear and crisp details in pictures. The new 50MP sensor supports 2x optical zoom for noise-free photos, while offering AI zoom for an advanced shooting experience with up to 10x zoom. Galaxy Z Flip6 now comes with enhanced battery life and gets a vapor chamber for the first time.

Samsung Knox, Samsung Galaxy’s defense-grade, multi-layer security platform built to safeguard critical information and protect against vulnerabilities with end-to-end hardware, real-time threat detection and collaborative protection, secures Galaxy Z Fold6 and Z Flip6.

Price and Availability

Galaxy Z Fold6 starts at INR 164999 (12GB+256GB), while Galaxy Z Flip6 is available from INR 109999 (12GB+256GB).

In addition to the Galaxy Z Fold6 and Galaxy Z Flip6, Samsung also introduced AI-infused Galaxy ecosystem products- Galaxy Watch Ultra, Galaxy Watch7 and Galaxy Buds3 series which also went on pre-orders on July 10 in India.

Galaxy Watch 7 starts at INR 29999 and Galaxy Watch Ultra is priced at 59999. Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds3 is priced at INR 14999 while Galaxy Buds3Pro is priced at INR 19999.

Customers who pre-order the Galaxy ZFold6 and Galaxy ZFlip6 will receive a cashback of INR 8000 on HDFC Bank cards along with 9 months no-cost bank EMI or an Upgrade Bonus of INR 8000 along with upto 9 months no-cost EMI. Existing Samsung flagship smartphone customers can choose to avail an upgrade bonus of INR 15000.

All customers who pre-order the Galaxy Z Fold6 and Z Flip6 will get Galaxy Z Assurance wherein they will get an industry-first two screen/parts replacements at just INR 999. Additionally, Galaxy Z Fold6 and Galaxy Z Flip6 customers can avail up to 35% off on the newly launched Galaxy Watch Ultra, Galaxy Watch 7 and Galaxy Buds3 series.

Customers who pre-order the Galaxy Watch7 will get multi-bank cashback worth INR 8000 or upgrade bonus worth INR 8000, while customers who pre-order the Galaxy Watch Ultra will get multi-bank cashback worth INR 10000 or upgrade bonus worth INR 10000. Customers who pre-order the Buds3 will get multi bank cashback worth INR 4000 or upgrade bonus worth INR 4000. Customers who pre-order the Buds 3 Pro will get multi bank cashback worth INR 5000 or upgrade bonus worth INR 5000.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the world of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For latest news on Samsung India, please visit Samsung India Newsroom at For Hindi, log on to Samsung Newsroom Bharat at You can also follow us on Twitter @SamsungNewsIN

Pre-Launch Bookings Open: The All-New BMW CE 04 Across India

* #CE04 #TheSilentRevolution #PluggedToLife #MakeLifeARide #BMWMotorrad

BMW Motorrad India has opened pre-launch bookings for India’s first premium electric scooter: the all-new BMW CE 04. The first electric offering from BMW Motorrad India will be officially launched in the country on 24 July 2024.

The all-new BMW CE 04 offers a seamless blend of innovation and urban mobility. With its futuristic design, advanced technology, and eco-friendly performance, it redefines city commuting. This stylish scooter provides a modern, enjoyable riding experience, making it perfect for the urban environment.

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Godrej Properties Partners With Chikkaballapur City Municipal Council (CMC) And IIHS For The City-Farmer Partnership Project

* Converts more than 1300 tonnes of solid waste to organic compost to fuel sustainable farming and convert dry waste into recyclables.

Godrej Properties Limited, India’s leading real estate developer, partnered with the Chikkaballapur City Municipal Council (CMC) and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) for the City-Farmer Partnership project in Chikkaballapur, Karnataka to address the city’s waste management challenges and to promote scientific management of solid waste.

Focused on converting organic wet waste into valuable compost for farmers, approximately 759 tonnes of legacy waste was semi-processed into organic compost and supplied to 109 farmers across 17 villages of Chikkaballapur. The compost, processed from 1,000 cubic meters of waste, was provided at no cost to encourage the adoption of organic farming practices. Additionally, more than 569 tonnes of segregated wet waste has been processed through collaboration with 81 farmers.

A key aspect of this initiative and Godrej Properties' focus is fostering a symbiotic relationship between urban and rural communities. To enhance and educate the farmer communities and stakeholders on the benefits of sustainable waste management practices, IIHS conducted multiple training sessions for more than 100 farmers on converting municipal waste into organic compost. Additionally, 45 CMC staff members were trained on key aspects of waste management. The training focused on the importance of segregated waste collection and transportation for the success of the city-farmer partnership project.

A series of ward-level and feedback meetings have been conducted as part of the City-Farmer Partnership for the Solid Waste Management (SWM) project to promote waste segregation at source. These meetings have been attended by CMC officials, the IIHS project team, Anganwadi workers, volunteers engaged in monitoring door-to-door collection of waste, and about 50 residents from each ward. To drive home the messaging and create awareness at the ground level, six street plays and a road show traversed key streets in Chikkaballapur, engaging citizens and commercial establishments with messages about the benefits of waste separation.

Mr. Rohit Mohan, Chief Design and Sustainability Officer, Godrej Properties Ltd., said “We recognize the substantial challenges posed for urban waste management, including growing volume of urban waste and improper waste segregation. Engaging communities through initiatives such as training farmers to convert municipal wet waste into organic compost is one of our important projects catering to our long-term environmental goals. This collaboration with Chikkaballapur farmers highlights our dedication to positively collaborate with multiple communities and contributing towards solid waste management across Urban local bodies. By enabling local communities to turn urban solid waste into valuable resources, we seek to drive enduring environmental improvements and support sustainable farming practices. As environmentally conscious developers, we remain committed to promoting sustainable waste management practices through public-private partnerships and engagement with local communities.”

Godrej Properties has been focusing on driving awareness and capacity building for the need for sustainable waste management across urban and rural communities in addition to sustainable waste management across all construction sites. In FY24 Godrej Properties successfully diverted more than 43,000 tonnes of waste from landfills achieving Net Zero Waste to landfill status. 

About Godrej Properties Limited:

Godrej Properties brings the Godrej Industries Group philosophy of innovation, sustainability, and excellence to the real estate industry. Each Godrej Properties development combines a 127-year legacy of excellence and trust with a commitment to cutting-edge design, technology, and sustainability. In FY 2021, Godrej Properties emerged as the largest developer in India by the value and volume of residential sales achieved.

Godrej Properties has deeply focused on sustainable development. In 2010, GPL committed that all of its developments would be third-party certified green buildings. In 2020 and again in 2021 and 2022, the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark ranked GPL #1 globally amongst listed residential developers for its sustainability and governance practices. In 2017, GPL was one of the founding partners of the Sustainable Housing Leadership Consortium (SHLC), whose mission is to spread sustainable development practices across the Indian real estate sector. In recent years, Godrej Properties has received over 400 awards and recognitions, including the Porter Prize 2019, The Most Trusted Real Estate Brand in the 2019 Brand Trust Report, Builder of the Year at the CNBC-Awaaz Real Estate Awards 2019, and The Economic Times Best Real Estate Brand 2018.

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