Saturday, May 18, 2024

U.S. Polo Assn. Opens A New 4168 Sq. Ft Store In Indiranagar, Bengaluru

* The international sports power brand U.S. Polo Assn. inaugurates an all-new Brand Store SPANNING 4168 sq. ft at 100 ft road in Indiranagar, Bengaluru

U.S. Polo Assn., India’s leading casualwear brand of the globally renowned United States Polo Association (USPA), unveiled its new brand store at 100 Ft. Road in Indiranagar, Bengaluru. Spread across a retail space of 4168 sq. ft, the brand’s store in Indiranagar located across 2 floors aims to transform the retail landscape for U.S. Polo Assn. in India, inviting customers to be part of the iconic and engaging brand story.

With an authentic connection to the sport of polo, the brand-new retail space boasts modern décor and sport-inspired fashion and accessories that weave shoppers into the brand story all through their shopping experience. The store highlights the authentic, modern, and sporty elements of the brand while showcasing elements of fashion and style, keeping the product at the core focus. The store also features a special wall that embodies the spirit of the sport of polo - classic and cool. The new store is a part of the brand’s growth strategy, which equally focuses on brick-and-mortar, omni-channel, and e-commerce, as well as overall brand marketing through storytelling.

This U.S. Polo Assn. store at 100 Ft. Road houses the entire range of product categories that the brand has to offer- USPA Mainline, USPA Sport, Denim & Co., Womenswear, Footwear, Kidswear, Accessories and Innerwear. Polo shirts, denims, shirts, chinos, and t-shirts are just a few of the timeless favourites that are included in the featured collection. This is the second exclusive brand store in India to take the new SS’24 womenswear collection live in-store, which was previously available exclusively online.

Commenting on the launch, Amitabh Suri, CEO of U.S. Polo Assn. India said, “Our new store at Indiranagar isn't just a brick-and-mortar expansion, it's a statement and one-of-a-kind experience for Bangalore customers. It speaks volumes about the prowess of U.S. Polo Assn., a brand as legendary as the sport itself, and its commitment to Indian fans. Bangalore has been a fast-growing market for USPA over the past few years, making it the perfect choice to open more stores. Indiranagar is one of the busiest neighbourhoods in the city. We are working to cater to the ever-evolving fashion preferences of Indian consumers, which are on par with their global counterparts.”

Currently, the brand’s retail footprint in India includes more than 400 brand stores and over 2000 shop-in-shops across 200 cities in India.

About U. S. Polo Assn.

U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States and one of the country’s oldest sport governing bodies, founded in 1890. With a multi-billion-dollar global footprint and worldwide distribution through over 1,200 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores as well as thousands of additional points of distribution, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel, accessories and footwear for men, women, and children in more than 190 countries worldwide. A recent, multi-year deal with ESPN to broadcast the premier polo championships in the world, sponsored by U.S. Polo Assn., has made the thrilling sport accessible to millions of households globally for the very first time.

U.S. Polo Assn. has consistently been named one of the top global sports licensors alongside the NFL, NBA, and MLB, according to License Global. In addition, the sport-inspired brand is being recognized around the world with awards for global growth, expansion, licensing and digital presence. Due to its tremendous success as a global brand, particularly in the last five years, U.S. Polo Assn. has been featured in Forbes, Modern Retail and GQ as well as on Yahoo Finance and Bloomberg, among many other noteworthy media sources around the world.

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About Arvind Fashions Limited

Arvind Fashions Ltd is India's no. 1 casual and denim player, a lifestyle powerhouse with a strong portfolio of fashion brands catering to consumers across sub-categories and price points. With a host of renowned brands, both international and indigenous, like U.S. Polo Assn., Arrow, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and Flying Machine, it has a presence across major lifestyle brands.

Whisper Teaches Young Girls – Periods Ka Matlab Healthy Hai Aap!

 ·    Via it’s Keep Girls In School program, Whisper creates awareness about the early onset of periods in India to potentially prevent 26 million! girls from dropping out of school due to lack of period education and products

India’s leading feminine-care brand Whisper, from the house of Procter & Gamble, is raising awareness about— the early onset of menstruation among young girls — as part of the fifth edition of its #KeepGirlsInSchool (KGIS) movement. With girls starting periods as early as 8 years of age, the need to create awareness early on is crucial, as 26 million girls can be at the risk of dropping out of school without period education and access to period products.* Studies have found that one out of five girls could be dropping out of school due to lack of period education and access to period products.** In Karnataka sanitary napkin penetration is around 47%, implying that around 53% of households haven’t used a sanitary napkin in the past 12 months. In rural Karnataka, the penetration is just about 30%^

In India today, girls as young as 8 years of age are beginning their menstrual cycle, as per several reports, and so are at a higher risk of dropping out from school due to lack of period education. This could lead to escalation in absenteeism and increased drop out rate if they do not learn and are made aware at the right time. Whisper is at the forefront of educating girls across the country about the importance of menstrual hygiene, normalising any mthys and taboos about periods, with an aim to decrease dropout rates caused by insufficient information and lack of access to period products. To date, Whisper’s Keep Girls In School program has taught over 100 million schoolgirls and mothers about periods and period products, and provided free sanitary napkins to girls.

Whisper’s new emotional film features young 8-year-old girls who know nothing about menstruation and think up the worst possible scenarios as the cause of unexpected bleeding in one of their friends. The film aims to normalise this natural biological change in their body by educating young girls in school about the early onset of periods with a fun, catchy jingle that reiterates, “periods ka matlab healthy hai aap (periods means you are healthy)".

Rajdeepak Das, Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Groupe – South Asia and Chairman Leo Burnett - South Asia said “Our ongoing research about the changing conversations around menstruation identified a glaring anomaly - girls today are getting their periods much earlier than before. However, they are being educated about periods at a much later stage or oftentimes not at all. Whisper and Leo Burnett have been on a journey to keep girls in school for a long time and we wanted to bridge this gap. Our latest work talks to the 8-year-olds in a language they can understand, with a heartwarming song that teaches them that getting periods means they are healthy. The goal is to not just teach the little girls but also use the song as a tool to equip her ecosystem- parents and educators, enabling them to teach periods in an empowering manner.”

“There is a seismic shift happening in period biology. This heightens the need to educate girls early on and to prepare them to embrace this biological process. Through this initiative, we strive to educate them about how periods are healthy and how they can take care of themselves on their period days. Every year, Whisper goes to more than 60,000 schools to create period education programs and we are now also going to younger standards. Consumers too can do their bit buying a Whisper Ultra pack which will help us educate and donate pads to one girl to keep her in school,” said Girish Kalyanaraman, Vice President & Category Leader - India Feminine Care at Procter & Gamble

KGIS is an initiative by Whisper which aims to reduce the stigma attached to menstruation, create awareness and reduce the number of girls who drop due to the lack of information around menstrual hygiene. KGIS has taught over 100 million school girls about periods and period products till date. For the first time, Whisper has used music to raise awareness about periods; through a fun  and catchy jingle, “periods ka matlab healthy hai aap”.

Friday, May 17, 2024

ONDC And WinZO Collaborate To Boost Digital Commerce In India

* WinZO enables ONDC to access its over 175 million paying users to connect buyers and sellers to facilitate digital commerce.

In a move aimed at democratizing access to digital commerce and fostering transparent and fair market access, WinZO is collaborating with the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC). This collaboration will leverage WinZO's extensive user base of over 175 million users, primarily accessing the internet in vernacular languages. WinZO is India's first skill gaming company to collaborate with ONDC.

WinZO is the largest interactive entertainment platform in India. The company partners with third-party developers to host games on their app, providing users with personalized multiplayer gameplay experiences in 12 languages. The WinZO platform facilitates over 4 billion micro-transactions per month across a portfolio of 100+ games and accounts for at least one out of every 300 UPI transactions in India, representing one of the highest volumes of UPI transactions driven by digital content players in India. WinZO is renowned for its unique user demographic, primarily hailing from Tier II-V cities of Bharat, characterized by high-frequency, low-value transactions or microtransactions. This makes it an organic partner for ONDC to reach the deepest corners of the country. Remarkably, over 20% of players on WinZO make their first-ever digital payment on the platform, thus connecting to the digital grid.

As a business model, WinZO connects game developers with paying users, generating revenue higher than alternative sources such as advertisements and in-app purchases prevalent on Play Stores and App Stores. ONDC's transparent, competitive, and open-market philosophy aligns with WinZO's broader vision.

WinZO Store, India's pioneering alternative to monopolistic multinational app stores, offers ONDC a remarkable opportunity to help digital businesses enhance revenue generation and reach a broader market. ONDC, which encompasses a network for grocery and food delivery, mobility, fashion, agri-products, and health and wellness, will list its services on the WinZO store, providing access to WinZO’s growing 175 million users.

WinZO Store charges a single-digit commission compared to the 30% of other leading distribution platforms. By significantly reducing commission rates compared to conventional app stores, WinZO Store empowers digital businesses to enjoy improved profit margins, creates value for end-users, and provides businesses access to expanded distribution channels. Already, over 300 digital companies have experienced unprecedented revenue growth through this revolutionary platform.

WinZO has also emerged as a more trustworthy and transparent alternative for multinational gaming studios to list and distribute in-app gaming assets through its WinZO Store, thereby facilitating value creation for developers and users. Integrating with WinZO Store aligns perfectly with ONDC's mission to empower businesses and foster innovation within India's digital landscape while eradicating power concentration in the hands of a few monopolistic influential players.

"We’re super excited and delighted in welcoming WinZO to the ONDC network to advance our mission of empowering local homegrown start-ups," said T Koshy, CEO of ONDC. "Together, we aim to revolutionize the digital commerce industry, fostering a vibrant ecosystem where Indian talent and innovation takes center stage. Our collaboration will help the growth of local commerce and showcase the immense potential of India's digital landscape."

“Our aim is to onboard diverse businesses and establish a public digital infrastructure akin to UPI, uniquely crafted for India. We're thrilled to see WinZO seamlessly integrated into this network, opening new avenues for engagement and innovation. Partnering with WinZO will enable ONDC to reach a wider user base, even in the remotest parts of the country, and create awareness about its importance in the rapidly growing tech-enabled commerce in Bharat. This will prove to be a massive push for adopting ONDC,” said Sanjeev Singh, Joint Secretary of DPIIT.

"In the digital age, democratizing innovation is key to unlocking the potential of tomorrow's entrepreneurs. Just as UPI revolutionized payments in 2018 and gave birth to companies like ours to emerge and scale across 175 million gamers. With the integration of WinZO and ONDC, we envision a future where many more WinZOs will emerge and innovate on top of this fertile layer of digital commerce that’s being built today through this partnership," said Paavan Nanda, Co-founder of WinZO.

With a vision to democratise and decentralize innovation and fresh wave of new companies emerge for example in 2018 when payments were democratised with UPI. WinZO on the back of UPI reached 175 million users and we are very happy and excited and hopeful that integration of WinZO and ONDC will lead to many more WinZO’s of tomorrow. Democratisation of entrepreneurship and employment.

The inclusion of WinZO will help ONDC acquire new and unique users of online gaming to expand its digital commerce journey. As the first skill-based interactive entertainment company to partner with ONDC, WinZO is pioneering a new era of innovation and accessibility in digital commerce. In line with the government's mission of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat,' WinZO is also featured on mSeva, the government-owned mobile app store, further solidifying its commitment to supporting India's digital transformation journey.

Tech-led Creativity Takes Center Stage at Pearl Academy’s Portfolio 2024

Celebrating the ideas, innovation, and ingenuity of the students, Pearl Academy presented its annual marquee event ‘Portfolio 2024’ at its Bengaluru campus. 

This year, the event was based on the theme of ‘Tech Nomads’, inspired by the fact that digital natives are like wanderers in the virtual world, seamlessly transitioning from one online space to another. The projects on display were an interesting blend of technology and creativity. The event was graced by industry stalwarts and distinguished alumni, alongside notable attendees such as Ms. Aditi Srivastava, President, Pearl Academy; Dr. Sanyogita Chadha, Regional Campus Director, Pearl Academy, Bengaluru; Antonio Maurizio Grioli, Dean, Fashion, Business and Interiors, and CB Arun, Dean, Communication Design, Film, and Gaming. Digital creator and gaming influencer Shashidhar M.R. and fashion influencer Shalini Chopra attended the event, enhancing the vibrant atmosphere.

Pearl Academy recently strengthened its long-standing partnership with FDCI, offering co-certification for short-term courses, and masterclasses by top Indian fashion designers, providing students with invaluable learning experiences and firsthand exposure to the industry. The FDCI collaboration also gives students the opportunity to showcase their work at Lakme Fashion Week and India Couture Week.

In addition to the captivating displays, Portfolio 2024 witnessed curated workshops, a fashion show, and thought-provoking deliberations, fostering dialogue and exchange among creative aspirants.

Students, with the help of CLO 3D software, worked on some interesting fashion design projects that provide virtual, true-to-life garment visualisation with cutting-edge simulation technologies. Another project by Animation Design students called ‘Head Hunter’ displayed how a character is visualised and a 3D clay model is created.

Other innovative projects encompassed an art exhibition in metaverse, short films employing technologies such as Unreal Engine, Meta Humans, and AI Voice Cloning, alongside immersive virtual reality experiences and dynamic game design with reality manipulation. Students also collaborated with Snapchat and Outhouse Jewellery for a project to create a cutting-edge brand filter. Now Live on Snapchat, their creation stands as a testament to the transformative power of interdisciplinary collaboration and forward-thinking design.

These projects not only showcased ingenuity but also highlighted the transformative power of technology in shaping creative expressions.

Lauding the sheer talent and hard work of the students, Ms. Aditi Srivastava, President of Pearl Academy, said: “With Portfolio 2024, we celebrate the creative endeavours of our students, where they showcased the valuable impact of technology on the future of design and innovation through their works. The annual event encapsulates the essence of our institution — where imagination meets industry and every project tells a story of passion, ingenuity, and a deep understanding of the world we live in. Portfolio 2024 is not just a showcase; it’s a testament to the transformative power of creativity and the enduring spirit of exploration. Together, we shape the future, one inspired idea at a time.”

About Pearl Academy:

Pearl Academy, a unit of the Creative Arts Education Society (CAES), is India’s leading creative education institution as per industry surveys by ASSOCHAM, India Today- MDRA, Outlook-Drshti & I-CARE, The Week- Hansa, Business of Fashion, and The Economic Times. The institution offers 35+ bachelor’s and master’s degree programs besides a range of short-term certificate courses in Fashion Design, Communication Design, and Product Design, Textile Design, Fashion Communication, Fashion Styling, Fashion Business, Interior Design, Film, Gaming, and more through its state-of-the-art campuses in Delhi-South, Delhi-West, Jaipur, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. Since its establishment in 1993, Pearl Academy has evolved into a globally renowned institution of higher learning, placing a strong focus on global exposure, entrepreneurship, technological expertise, and life skills. The institution has been a catalyst for success for its students through its constructive tie-ups with industry bodies, and international universities. This commitment is prominently reflected in its outstanding placement record, consistently exceeding 99% year-on-year. For more information, visit:

MAHE Mangalore Celebrated Its 31st Convocation: Honors Innovators, Researchers And Graduates

Manipal Academy of Higher Education Mangalore, an Institution of Eminence, deemed to be University, one of India's leading research focused educational institutions hosted its 31st edition of Convocation on 17th May 2024. The convocation discussed various aspects of MAHE’s plan to align its academic approaches with the National Education Policy 2020.

The convocation ceremony took place at Dr TMA Pai International Convention Centre, M G Road, Mangalore at 3.30 PM. Dr M K Ramesh, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka was the chief guest at the event. Dr H S Ballal, Pro Chancellor, MAHE, Lt Gen (Dr) M D Venkatesh, Vice Chancellor, MAHE, Dr Narayana Sabhahit, Pro Vice Chancellor (Technology & Science), MAHE, Dr Sharath K Rao, Pro Vice Chancellor (Health Sciences), MAHE, Dr Madhu Veeraraghavan, Pro Vice Chancellor, MAHE Bengaluru, Dr Dilip G Naik, Pro Vice Chancellor, MAHE Mangalore, Dr N N Sharma, Pro Vice Chancellor, (Strategy & Planning) MAHE, Dr P Giridhar Kini, Registrar, MAHE and Dr Vinod V Thomas, Registrar, Evaluation, MAHE graced the event with their presence.

Chief guest, Dr M K Ramesh, said, "It's an honor to be here on this significant day as you transition from students to professionals. Congratulations on your hard work and dedication. Today, we celebrate your achievements. You are fortunate to have studied at MAHE, an institution known for its quality education. As you embark on your professional journey, remember the responsibility you carry to meet the expectations of your loved ones, teachers, and society. Embrace challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. Uphold the values of trust, character, competence, and passion in your work. Never stop learning and believe in your dreams. You join a community of alumni who have made significant contributions to society. As we celebrate your success, we also acknowledge the support from your parents and the dedication of the faculty”.

Speaking at the event, Dr H.S. Ballal, said, “Remember that education is about developing the curiosity to question, the daring to innovate, and the compassion to serve, not just about memorizing facts. As you set out on your new journey, equipped with the information and wisdom you have gained within these walls, allow your accomplishments from today to serve as the cornerstone for a meaningful and impactful tomorrow”.

During the event Lt Gen (Dr) M.D. Venkatesh, said “Our university's legacy is based on the innovative work of forward-thinking academics, instructors, thinkers, and—possibly most importantly—those who have the audacity to call for change. To accomplish its stated aims and objectives, MAHE always measures itself against international standards and creates time-bound action plans. We are regarded as one of the top academic institutions, and we have spent years fostering relationships with some of the top colleges in the globe to share ideas, cultures, and best practices, which has led to our strong internalization focus. For the benefit of all of our stakeholders, we are considering redefining our areas of specialization in order to better link people and ideas across a global network”.

Welcoming the audience, Dr. Dilip G Naik said, “Standing in front of you today to celebrate the fruits of years of labor, devotion, and endurance, I am filled with immense pride and a deep sense of accomplishment. I urge you to consider how education can change lives as you get ready to start the next phase of your lives”.

Dr H S Ballal conferred the degrees to a total of 1061 students (Undergraduate: 784, Postgraduate: 160, and PhD: 117). Concluding the ceremony, Dr Unnikrishnan B, Dean, KMC, Mangalore extended a heartfelt vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to dignitaries, parents, college faculties, students, press and media representatives, and everyone else gathered.

G0VO redefines Home Entertainment With Launch Of First "Made In India" Dolby Atmos Soundbar

~Delivering immersive sound with Dolby Atmos and advanced audio features

~The G0VO GoSurround 975 and 940 are competitively priced at ?12,999

G0VO, a trusted name in the home audio segment, today announced the launch of a complete line-up of Soundbars. The 2024 portfolio features select G0VO Go Surround 975 and 940 soundbars with Dolby Atmos® support, aimed at delivering immersive sound experiences right from the comfort of your living room. This launch further marks a momentous milestone making G0VO Go Surround 975 and 940 the first ‘made-in-India’ soundbars with Dolby Atmos manufactured at Channelplay’s facility in Manesar, Gurgaon.

Staying abreast of consumer needs and aimed at fulfilling their last-mile requirements, the G0VO Go Surround 975 and 940 have been designed with cutting-edge technology and innovative design to elevate the way people enjoy their entertainment at home. They boast a powerful chipset that allows consumers to fully immerse themselves in Dolby Atmos. Powered by advanced DSP signal processing and a 2.1.2 configuration, these soundbars ensure superior audio quality. Combined with Dolby Atmos, experience sound that moves all around you while bringing your favourite entertainment to life with greater depth clarity, and detail.

With a 400-Watt output the G0VO soundbars are a powerhouse of performance and come with mega bass for an impactful sensory experience. They can be placed anywhere inside the house as they provide seamless connectivity with any of your devices through universal HDMI, Bluetooth 5.3, AUX, and USB compatibility options. Moreover, the new soundbars offer complete freedom with personalisation profiles for consumers with three equaliser modes tailored for music, movies, and news, ensuring that every listening session is customised as per preferences.

Commenting on the association, Mr. Piyush Jalan, Co-founder and COO, G0VO India, said, "At G0VO, technology has revolutionised the home audio segment, and brands are taking efforts to provide innovative products to their customers. Moreover, the present generation is eagerly seeking gadget-friendly accessories. Through our collaboration with Dolby and Channelplay, our goal is to cater to the evolving needs and preferences of our valued customers by providing them with affordable soundbars that are a blend of advanced design and exceptional performance.”

To celebrate the launch, G0VO, Dolby and Channelplay co-hosted an exclusive event in New Delhi today featuring a live performance by Grammy award-winning artist Ricky Kej, who shared his perspective on the importance of high-quality audio in amplifying entertainment experiences. The event highlighted the immersive audio capabilities of the G0VO Dolby Atmos Soundbar, showcasing how it can elevate the listening experience for music, movies, and more.

Karan Grover, Sr. Director Commercial Partnerships – IMEA (India, Middle East & Africa), Dolby Laboratories said, “We are delighted to collaborate with G0VO and Channelplay to bring the revolutionary Dolby Atmos experience with the first Dolby Atmos enabled ‘made-in-India’ soundbars. This collaboration represents a shared commitment to innovation and excellence in audio technology, and we are excited to see how the G0VO Go Surround soundbars will transform the way people experience live sports, movies, music, and more at home."

Sundeep Holani, Joint-CEO, Channelplay said, “Channelplay's collaboration with Dolby and G0VO heralds a ground-breaking moment for India's consumer electronics industry. By introducing Dolby Atmos enabled soundbars locally, we're not just embracing 'Make in India' but also elevating home entertainment standards. This collaboration merges Dolby's world-class technology with G0VO's market acumen, promising an immersive audio experience like never before. Brace yourselves for a revolution in sound."

The devices, priced at ?12,999/-, will be live on Amazon from today and soon on Flipkart, as well as in leading retailer stores such as Reliance Retail and Vijay Sales.

Furthermore, G0VO with Dolby Atmos is set to introduce the following new additions:

·         G0VO Go Surround 980 and 965, 525W Dolby Audio, 5.1 Surround Sound Soundbar with wired Subwoofer

·         G0VO Go Surround 880 and 870, 240W Dolby Audio, 2.1 Surround Sound Soundbar

·         G0VO Go Surround 860 and 800, 180W Dolby Audio, 2.1 Surround Sound Soundbar

About G0VO:

G0VO is an emerging audio technology company that is making waves in the industry. With a passion for innovation and a commitment to delivering exceptional audio experiences, G0VO is quickly gaining recognition for its cutting-edge products. From wireless Bluetooth speakers to powerful Soundbars, G0VO seamlessly integrates advanced technology with sleek designs to create immersive audio solutions. With a strong emphasis on quality, performance, and customer satisfaction, G0VO is poised to become a leading player in the competitive audio technology market.

Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) Opens Admissions For TTTI & Toyota Kaushalya Programs For 2024-2025

In line with a focus on transforming rural youth into world class competitive technicians, Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) today announced the admission process for the year 2024, for both its TTTI Regular Program, as well as Toyota Kaushalya Program. These initiatives offer free training to academically inclined students hailing from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in Karnataka, thereby empowering them to pursue careers as proficient technicians.

The TTTI Regular Program offers a holistic training though three-year residential course, focused on skill, knowledge, and attitude development, alongside the recently introduced Toyota Kaushalya program, which follows a comprehensive two-year residential course designed to equip youth with skills crucial for the manufacturing industry, thereby boosting their employability. Through a 'Learn and Earn' model, participants engage in theoretical learning alongside On-the-Job Training (OJT). Under the guidance of seasoned supervisors serving as Master Trainers, trainees benefit from top-tier instruction tailored to industry norms. This ensures they receive high-quality training, fostering expertise aligned with industrial standards. Additionally, the program emphasizes holistic development, providing trainees with rigorous physical and mental conditioning alongside advanced skill and knowledge acquisition.

Mr. G. Shankara - Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, “As we open the doors for admissions to the Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) for the year 2024, we reaffirm our commitment to transforming rural youth into world-class competitive technicians and ‘Producing Mass Happiness for All’. Through our TTTI Regular Program and the Toyota Kaushalya Program, we focus on developing their knowledge, skill, and attitude, thereby nurturing them from a 360-degree perspective. As a result, our graduates have fared well within India as well internationally including Japan and Middle East countries. Since its inception in 2007, TTTI has successfully graduated more than 900 students. We are proud that TTTI graduates have achieved commendable feats at prestigious competitions such as the National Skill Contest and World Skills Contest, thereby bringing pride to the nation. We are proud to contribute to the “Skill India” Mission and look forward to welcoming the next generation of skilled professionals into the Toyota family.”

TTTI also recently doubled its intake from 600 to 1200 students which includes up to 600 female students, with a steadfast focus on enhancing gender diversity as a pivotal component of its expansion.

Further to promote skilling, TTTI has been selected as one of the institutes under the Japan India Institute for Manufacturing [JIM] skill transfer promotion program, aimed at inculcating Japanese-style manufacturing skills and practices, thereby contributing to ‘Skill India’ Mission of the Government of India.

For further information visit website - Toyota India | TTTI (

Epson Brand Recognized As A Well-Known Trademark In India

* Seiko Epson Corporation has announced that India has recognized the Epson brand as a well-known trademark in February 2024.

To prevent consumer confusion caused by the unauthorized use or registration of well-known or famous trademarks, certain countries, and regions, including China, India, Türkiye, and Taiwan, have established systems to recognize these trademarks. In India, the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks recognizes trademarks that are widely recognized in the country as "well-known trademarks." As of May 2024, a total of 281 well-known trademarks have been recognized in this way.

Recognition will broaden the scope of protection for the Epson trademark in India. It will avoid customer confusion and enhance brand protection of the brand in India by preventing unauthorized use and registration of the trademark by third parties, even in product and service areas where the company does not hold trademark rights.

Epson has gained protection for the Epson trademark globally in countries and regions that, like India, recognize well-known and famous trademarks. Recognition as a famous trademark or the equivalent was gained in Taiwan in 2004, China in 2007, and Türkiye in 2011. Epson launched operations in India in 1990 with the establishment of a liaison office. In 2000, Epson opened a regional sales headquarters in Bangalore to conduct sales and marketing activities for Epson brand printers, scanners, and other products. We believe that this acknowledgment as a well-known brand signifies that Epson enjoys wide recognition and a high reputation in the Indian market.

Going forward, Epson will continue to tirelessly convert intellectual property into corporate value by utilizing all forms of intellectual property, including brands, to support business growth in line with a Purpose-based growth strategy scenario.

About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader whose philosophy of efficient, compact, and precise innovation enriches lives and helps create a better world. The company is focused on solving societal issues through innovations in home and office printing, commercial and industrial printing, manufacturing, visual and lifestyle. Epson's goal is to become carbon negative and eliminate use of exhaustible underground resources such as oil and metal by 2050. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the worldwide Epson Group generates annual sales of more than JPY 1 trillion. 

OTPless Raises $3.5M To Revolutionize Mobile Authentication

OTPless, an innovative customer identity and access management startup, has raised $3.5 million in its pre-series A funding round. The investment was led by Sidbi, with participation from Venture Highway, FJ Labs, and Piper Serica. This funding marks a significant milestone for the Surat, Gujarat based startup, which aims to disrupt the traditional methods of user authentication and set new standards in the industry. The proceeds bring OTPless’ total raised to $6.5 million. OTPless says that they’ll be put toward expanding the presence globally and service beyond authentication and into authorization — that is, determining the permissions a user has versus simply identifying who they are.

Led by Bhavik Koladiya, Satyam Nathani and Tanmay Sagar, a founding team of fintech unicorn BharatPe, OTPless is transforming the authentication landscape with its unique approach that eliminates the need for One-Time Passwords (OTPs). Instead, OTPless enables users to sign up and sign in on websites and apps via WhatsApp and other methods, offering a seamless and secure authentication experience. This innovative approach not only simplifies the process for users but also provides enhanced security measures, addressing common concerns associated with OTP-based authentication.

Revolutionizing Authentication

In just one year, OTPless has emerged as a game-changer in the identity and access management (IAM) space. The startup offers a comprehensive platform that supports various social sign-in methods, including Google, iMessage, Microsoft, Github, Slack, UPI and modern protocols like Passkeys, Network Auth, Protected SMS and Device fingerprinting. Developers can easily integrate OTPless's SDKs and APIs, going live within minutes using pre-built UIs or customize from scratch. This flexibility and ease of integration have made OTPless a preferred choice for developers looking to implement robust authentication solutions quickly and efficiently.

OTPless’s platform also includes silent network authentication in partnership with telecom operators, further enhancing the security and user experience. Silent network authentication allows the system to verify a user's identity without requiring any input from the user, leveraging the mobile network to authenticate the user seamlessly.

More than 5,000 companies and 20,000 developers worldwide use OTPless to authenticate over 30 million users. These companies benefit from higher conversion rates of up to 98%, thanks to the streamlined rule-based smart authentication process that reduces friction for end-users. Additionally, OTPless provides robust security through device-bound and biometric auth, ensuring that users remain protected against unauthorized access, even in the case of phone being lost.

“In addition to it being complicated, it’s resource intensive and error-prone to build in house,” Co-founder, Satyam Nathani, who leads product vision at OTPless shared. “The other thing that really frustrated us was that the core building blocks that all companies use for authentication had really significant security and conversion issues. It struck us that the web has improved in so many ways over the past few decades, but authentication is still stuck in the 1990s.”

Global Expansion and Competitive Edge

"Our vision is to revolutionize user authentication by making it simpler, faster, and more secure. This funding will help us scale our operations and enhance our technology to meet the growing global demand," said Bhavik. "We are committed to providing the best possible experience for our users and partners, and this investment will enable us to continue innovating and expanding our capabilities."

Ultimately, however, the funding round will help the company to accelerate its mission to help the world go OTPless. Organizations lose millions of dollars every year due to “inherently unsafe” OTP-based authentication, according to the startup; not only do weak OTPs account for more than 80% of all account breaches, but the average help desk labor cost to reset a single password stands at more than $70. 

OTPless says its web-based authenticator is the first natively passwordless identity and risk management solution, which currently handles more than 9,000 authentication requests per second, can reduce account resets by 96%, the company says, and reduces customer authentication from 1 minute to 2 seconds. 

“OTPs are not only the leading cause of security breaches, but are also known to cause friction throughout a user journey — leading to churn and a negative experience for end customers,” Satyam said. “The proliferation of cybersecurity attacks due to poor identity and authentication practices such as man-in-middle attacks, bot attacks, session hijacking, brute force attacks and other types of social engineering compromise. Authentication and user management are critical parts of any digital application.”

Sidbi's Strategic Investment

Sidbi Ventures (The venture arm of Small Industries Development Bank of India), the lead investor, has major institutional shareholders such as Govt of India, SBI, LIC, PNB, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India and others. Sidbi's investment in OTPless underscores the growing importance of innovative authentication solutions in the Indian BFSI (Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance) sector, which is undergoing significant regulatory changes.

"Sidbi Venture Capital Ltd is proud to support OTPless in its mission to revolutionize authentication," said Debraj Banerjee, Senior Fund Manager at SVCL, "Their innovative approach aligns with our commitment to fostering technological advancements that enhance security and user experience. We believe OTPless has the potential to become a global leader in the IAM space, and we are excited to be part of their journey."

“By eliminating OTPs, businesses can immediately reduce signup/signin churn and checkout abandonment and provide superior security,” said Bhavik. “Our customers, whether they are in the retail, banking, financial, telecommunications or automotive sectors, understand that providing an optimized identity experience is a multimillion-dollar challenge. With this latest round of funding from our partners, we can significantly expand our reach to help rid the world of OTPs.”

Regulatory Support for Innovative Authentication

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das recently emphasized the Reserve Bank's commitment to enhancing digital payment security, highlighting the need for additional authentication factors (AFA). While SMS-based OTPs have been the standard, new technologies offer more secure alternatives. The RBI's principle-based framework aims to support these innovations, facilitating their adoption for digital security.

"Over the years, the Reserve Bank has prioritized the security of digital payments, particularly the requirement for Additional Factor of Authentication (AFA). Though RBI has not prescribed any particular AFA, the payments ecosystem has largely adopted SMS-based OTPs. With innovations in technology, alternative authentication mechanisms have emerged in recent years. To facilitate the use of such mechanisms for digital security, it is proposed to adopt a principle-based Framework for the authentication of digital payment transactions," said Governor Shaktikanta Das in a recent announcement.

As per industry estimates, billions of OTPs are consumed daily in India alone, with OTP sharing being a major contributor to fraud through social engineering. Traditional OTP-based systems are vulnerable to various types of attacks, including phishing, SIM swapping, and man-in-the-middle attacks. These vulnerabilities have highlighted the need for more secure and user-friendly authentication methods, driving the demand for solutions like OTPless.

Market Potential and Future Outlook

With a dedicated team of 50 members, OTPless plans to use the new funds to expand its global presence and challenge established players such as Auth0, Clerk, Stytch, Descope and Transmit Security. The largest identity company Okta acquired Auth0 for $6.5B. 

The global customer identity and access management market is experiencing rapid growth, driven by increasing concerns over cyber security, regulatory compliance, and the need for seamless user experiences. According to industry estimates, the IAM market is valued at $25 billion and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20% over the next few years.

OTPless is well-positioned to capitalize on this growing market with its cutting-edge technology and user-centric approach. By eliminating the need for OTPs and leveraging social sign-in methods, OTPless addresses the key pain points associated with traditional authentication systems. The startup's innovative solutions provide a frictionless user experience while ensuring robust security, making it an attractive option for businesses of all sizes.

Expanding Capabilities and Product Offerings

OTPless is continuously innovating to enhance its platform and expand its capabilities. The startup plans to introduce new features and integrations that will further simplify the authentication process for users and developers. These include additional social sign-in options, enhanced biometric authentication methods, passkeys, adaptive auth and advanced security features to protect against emerging threats.

"Our goal is to provide a comprehensive and flexible authentication solution that meets the needs of our diverse customer base," said Co-founder Tanmay Sagar of OTPless. "We are constantly exploring new technologies and partnerships to enhance our platform and deliver the best possible experience for our users. This funding will enable us to accelerate our product development efforts and bring new innovations to market more quickly."

Commitment to Security and User Privacy

Security and user privacy are at the core of OTPless's mission. The startup employs state-of-the-art encryption and security protocols to protect user identity and ensure that authentication processes are secure and reliable. OTPless's device-bound and biometric one-tap sign-ins provide an additional layer of security, making it difficult for unauthorized users to gain access.

"User trust is paramount to our success, and we take our responsibility to protect users very seriously," said Tanmay. "Our platform is designed with security in mind, and we continuously monitor and update our systems to address new threats and vulnerabilities. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of security and privacy for our users."

Building a Strong Community of Developers

OTPless recognizes the importance of fostering a strong community of developers who can leverage its platform to build innovative solutions. The startup offers extensive documentation, tutorials, and support to help developers get started with its SDKs and APIs. Additionally, OTPless hosts regular webinars, workshops, and hackathons to engage with the developer community and gather feedback on its products.

"We believe that empowering developers is key to driving innovation and adoption of our platform," said Satyam. "Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for developers to integrate our authentication solutions into their applications and provide them with the tools and resources they need to succeed. We are committed to building a vibrant and supportive developer community around OTPless."

Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations

OTPless is actively seeking strategic partnerships and collaborations to expand its reach and enhance its offerings. The startup is exploring opportunities to integrate its platform with leading technology providers, payment processors, and telecom operators to provide a seamless and comprehensive authentication solution for its customers.

"Partnerships are a critical component of our growth strategy, and we are excited about the opportunities to collaborate with industry leaders to enhance our platform," Tanmay said. "By working together, we can leverage each other's strengths and provide our customers with the best possible solutions for their authentication needs."

The Future of Authentication

OTPless isn’t the only company that’s on a mission to kill off the password. Microsoft has announced plans to make Windows 10 password-free, and Apple recently previewed Passkeys in iCloud Keychain, a method of passwordless authentication powered by WebAuthn, Face ID and Touch ID.

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, the need for secure and user-friendly authentication solutions will only grow. OTPless is poised to lead the charge in this space, with its innovative technology and commitment to delivering exceptional user experiences. The startup's vision of a world without OTPs is becoming a reality, and its recent funding round is a testament to the potential and promise of its solutions.

"We are just getting started, and there is so much more we can achieve," said Bhavik. "The future of mobile identity and authentication is bright, and we are excited to be at the forefront of this transformation. With the support of our investors and partners, we are confident in our ability to make a significant impact on the industry and set new standards for authentication and identity management."

JGRCHRI Plans To Set-Up 250-Bed Multi-Specialty Hospital In Belgaum

The Shri Jagadguru Gurusidda Rajayogindra Co-operative Hospital and Research Institute (SJGRCHRI) in Belgaum District, established in 1951 as India's first-ever cooperative hospital, is planning a significant expansion of its services with the construction of a new 250-bed multi-specialty hospital.

This ambitious project marks a major step forward for the institution, which currently operates a 10-bed facility specializing in Unani medicine, a traditional Indian system of medicine. 

Over the past 70 years, SJGRCHRI has grown from its humble beginnings to become a respected center for medical care, education, and research.  It has also played a pivotal role in establishing strong medical and nursing education programs.

The proposed multi-specialty hospital will allow SJGRCHRI to offer a wider range of medical services.  This will be a boon for the Ghataprabha and surrounding areas, who currently have limited access to specialized healthcare.

The continued success of SJGRCHRI is attributed in part to the unwavering support of His Holiness Jagadguru Shri Rajayogindra Mahaswamiji of Moorusaviramath, Hubli.  His spiritual guidance and dedication to serving the community have been instrumental in the hospital's growth and development.

The ambitious plans for SJGRCHRI extend beyond the multi-specialty hospital. The Society envisions a future with even more comprehensive services for the community.  This includes establishing a library facility for both patients and their attenders, creating a dedicated herbal garden, and launching a mobile hospital to reach those in remote areas. Additionally, plans are underway setting up a dialysis unit to provide critical care for kidney patients.

Looking towards the well-being of families and the broader community, SJGRCHRI aims to construct a dormitory to accommodate relatives of patients seeking long-term treatment.  Furthermore, the institute recognizes the need for care by planning an old age home for the elderly and physically challenged.

Further, demonstrating a commitment to youth development, SJGRCHRI plans to build a stadium to promote physical activity and well-being among students from nearby educational institutions.

Currently, SJGRCHRI boasts a well-established infrastructure to support its current healthcare and educational endeavors. Its three-storied "Sahakari Bhavan" building, houses various facilities.  Beyond this, SJGRCHRI has established a university dedicated to Naturopathy and Yoga Science, catering to a growing interest in holistic wellness.

Furthermore, the Society runs a working women's hostel. This vital service is complemented by an on-site daycare center, ensuring working mothers have access to quality childcare.  SJGRCHRI's educational offerings are impressive, with a College of Diploma in Pharmacy and a Nursing College providing B.Sc. and M.Sc. programs.  Uniquely, the institute offers a comprehensive approach to healthcare by integrating Allopathy, Ayurveda, and Naturopathy treatments under one roof.

The society has won several awards and accolades. 

Lectrix EV To Transform EV industry: Partnering With FuturElectra, Aims To Deliver 2500 EVs

* Lectrix EV Partners With FuturElectra to Advance Electric Mobility

Lectrix EV, one of the top 10 players in the electric vehicle EV industry, has forged a strategic partnership with FuturElectra, a visionary player in the electric mobility sector. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in the journey towards a sustainable and accessible future for mobility India.

FuturElectra is committed to revolutionizing the electric mobility landscape by making it inclusive and optimized for all individuals and businesses. With a focus on providing end-to-end solutions, FuturElectra aims to accelerate the transition to electric transportation while contributing to a greener and more efficient tomorrow.

As part of this partnership, Lectrix EV, the electric mobility arm of SAR Group is renowned for its cutting-edge electric two-wheelers, will supply 2500 units of its cutting-edge electric two-wheelers to FuturElectra over the course of one year. These vehicles will play a crucial role in FuturElectra's mission to expand the reach of electric mobility solutions and empower individuals and businesses to make sustainable choices.

One of the standout features of this partnership is the fact that all the vehicles provided by Lectrix EV will be 100% Made in India products. This commitment to domestic manufacturing reflects the companies' shared vision to bolster the 'Make in India' initiative and promote self-reliance in the EV sector. It is expected to generate a positive ripple effect throughout the Indian EV ecosystem aiding in increased employment opportunities and technology advancement.

"We are thrilled to join forces with FuturElectra in our shared vision of advancing electric mobility," said Pritesh Talwar, President, EV Business at Lectrix EV. "This partnership represents a significant step towards creating a more sustainable and accessible transportation ecosystem, and we are excited to contribute our expertise and innovative EV solutions to this endeavor."

Akash deep, Founder at FuturElectra shares, “Our partnership with Lectrix signifies our shared commitment to revolutionizing urban mobility and reducing carbon footprint, one electric ride at a time.”

Through this collaboration, Lectrix EV and FuturElectra aim to drive adoption of electric vehicles, reduce carbon emissions, and pave the way for a cleaner and more sustainable future.

About Lectrix EV:

Lectrix EV is the e-mobility arm of SAR Group and was launched in 2020. The company is driven by a passion to provide reliable and advanced electric two-wheelers to consumers. With an initial investment of Rs 300 crore and supported by a production facility with an annual capacity of 1.5 lakh EVs, Lectrix EV plans to add a wide range of electric two-wheelers to its portfolio. With a keen focus on technology and innovation, the company aims to disrupt the electric scooter segment with technologically advanced products provided at affordable prices. 

Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Inaugurates New Office In Raichur; Focused On Driving Insurance Penetration In India

Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, one of the leading private general insurers in India, has announced the inauguration of its new office in Raichur, Karnataka. This strategic expansion aims to boost insurance penetration across tier 2 and tier 3 cities in India and provide financial stability to our citizens.

India’s growing economy is fast evolving, but with that, the landscape of risk and uncertainties are also increasing. With their expertise, Bajaj Allianz aims to bring its innovative products and solutions closer to the people of Raichur. The Company will provide a wide range of services backed by technology to seamlessly cater to customers’ needs. The new office will serve as a strategic hub for Bajaj Allianz General Insurance to further strengthen its presence and reach its customers in the region. 

Commenting on the inauguration of the new office, Mr. Amitesh Anand, National Head - Geo, at Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, said, “In today’s fast-growing economic landscape, insurance will play a pivotal role in providing a safety net of financial security amidst the uncertainties. However, there is a gap in understanding the benefits and significance of insurance, and hence, its penetration remains low. As a company dedicated to providing and reaching holistic insurance solutions to every citizen of our country, we are proactively making efforts to increase awareness of the importance of insurance across various regions in our country. Expanding our network through these office openings in tier 2 and tier 3 regions will bring us one step closer to bridging the gap between insurance awareness and accessibility, which will subsequently help in its increased adoption. With the inauguration of our new office in Raichur, we aim to provide a range of our insurance product solutions and services well within the reach of the people in these regions, catering to all their insurance needs.”

The newly inaugurated office will offer products across all lines of business and, at the same time, educate customers on the best products as per their requirements to ensure that they are adequately insured. Bajaj Allianz General Insurance is committed to extending its products and related services to every part of the country through its efficient and vast distribution channels with a mission to contribute to the noble cause of doing good for society at large.

For any insurance support, customers can reach the Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Raichur office at: Mpl No- 12-1-43, upstairs of Star Hardware, Beside Poornima theater, Gunj Road, Raichur-584101, Mobile No- 9886120878

About Bajaj Allianz General Insurance

Bajaj Allianz General Insurance is India’s leading private general insurance company. Bajaj Allianz is a joint venture between Bajaj Finserv Limited, India’s most diversified non-bank financial institution, and Allianz SE, the world’s leading insurer and largest asset manager. Bajaj Allianz General Insurance offers general insurance products such as motor insurance, home insurance, health insurance as well as other unique insurance plans such as pet insurance, wedding insurance, event insurance, and film insurance. The Company began its operations in 2001 and has been constantly expanding its operations to be close to its customers. Today, it has a pan-India presence in close to 1,000 towns and cities. Bajaj Allianz General Insurance has received the issuer rating of [ICRA]AAA from ICRA Limited. This rating indicates the highest degree of safety regarding timely servicing of financial obligations.

40 Indian Startups Have Come Out Strongly In Support Of Draft Digital Competition Bill

These startups which include prominent names like, TrulyMadly, Innov8, QuackQuack, Magicbricks, Hoichoi, Medibuddy etc. have written to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs saying that the Bill is a step in the right direction and it will address long-standing concerns of Indian startups to rein in practices which stifle innovation, limit consumer choice, and hinder the growth of young businesses.

While requesting that the government move forward with the Bill at the earliest and not give in delay tactics, the startups have also asked for an upward revision of the thresholds for designating Systematically Significant Digital Enterprises (SSDEs). They have argued that the Bill should only target the real gatekeepers of the internet - firms that have long enjoyed dominant positions, accumulating extensive resources, and influence to shape the rules of the digital ecosystem. By narrowly targeting the new law, the government can rein in monopolistic practices while making sure that Indian startups have the space to grow within India and beyond Indian borders, to compete globally.  

More Context: The Committee on Digital Competition Law (CDCL) published its report ( in March this year outlining the challenges associated with anti-competitive practices of digital enterprises such as anti-steering, self-preferencing, tying and bundling in the digital markets in India. The report proposed a Digital Competition Bill providing for ex-ante regulations to curb these anti-competitive practices. The report was open for public consultation and the last date for submission of comments was 15th May 2024.

Start-ups supporting the bill

1. Murugavel Janakiraman, Founder & MD,

2. Vinay Singhal, Co-Founder & CEO, STAGE 

3. Snehil Khanor - founder and CEO, TrulyMadly

4. Satish Kannan, Co-founder CEO, MediBuddy

5. Anand Virani, Founder and Chairman, Cutting Chai Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

6. Ajay Data, MD - Data Group of Industries, Chair - FICCI Multilingual and UA committee

7. Pawan Agarwal, Dy MD, DB CORP ltd

8. Srinivasan B, Managing Director, Ananda Vikatan Digital Private Limited.

9. Ravi Mittal, Founder and CEO, QuackQuack (Verve Mobile Pvt Ltd)

10. Shruti, Founder, Apnaklub

11. Srinivas Kollipara, Managing Partner, Biome Venture Studio, CEO of T-Hub, Hyderabad

12. Vishnu Moha, Co-founder, Hoichoi

13. Sudhir Pai, CEO, MagicBricks

14. Sriram Subramanya, Managing Director and CEO @ Integra Software Services Private Ltd, Chairman - NASSCOM, National SME Council

15. Ganesh N Mandalam, Founder and CEO, Xerago

16. Ritesh Malik, Founder, Innov8

17. Arokiaswamy Velumani, Founder, Thyrocare Technologies Ltd.

Experion Technologies & Twixor Forge Alliance To Revolutionize CX Automation Across Industries

Experion is excited to announce its strategic partnership with Twixor, the pioneering Actionable Intelligence Platform that empowers businesses to build hyper-personalized engagement platforms. These platforms enable customers to initiate end-to-end fulfillment processes for digital process automation, transcending industries such as BFSI, Healthcare, Retail, Logistics, and Transportation.

Twixor's award winning low-code/no-code Conversational AI platform seamlessly integrates messaging and automation, serving over 400 global customers, including Fortune 500 companies. The platform, recognized with 7 Global patents and numerous industry accolades, handles 4 billion+ interactions annually across diverse industries. On the other hand, Experion brings a singular focus on digital products, 100% engineering talent, end-to-end management of product IP, high-quality contracts, a learning culture, and a commitment to being a client partner rather than a staffing vendor.

This partnership aims to deliver unparalleled value through CX automation at scale, deep domain expertise, single-vendor engagement, predictable pricing, and a commitment to innovation and futureproofing.

Experion's approach to onboarding into the Twixor solution is centred around top talent, human-centred methodologies, and industry best practices. It provides an efficient and seamless transition for clients seeking the transformative benefits of Conversational AI and CX automation. This partnership is poised to be a game-changer, doubling Experion and Twixor's capabilities in the dynamic realms of AI and CX automation.

Binu Jacob, MD and CEO, Experion Technologies: "This partnership significantly enhances Experion's capabilities in providing impactful solutions in the dynamic realms of AI and CX automation. The synergy between our engineering talent and Twixor's cutting-edge platform will drive transformative outcomes for our clients." 

Today, customer engagements frequently take place via messaging across all industries, and hence, digital, and automation-enabled customer journeys are crucial. The Experion-Twixor partnership focuses on customer experience, ensuring customer satisfaction, and fostering loyalty in this modern era of chat economy. 

The collaboration between Experion and Twixor brings forth a suite of solutions catering to the B2C & B2B space. Twixor's main USPs, including CX Automation platform, Intelligent Process Automation, and Omnichannel Chat Solutions, will empower clients in BFSI, Healthcare, Retail, Logistics, and Transportation to streamline operations and elevate customer experiences. 

Ashok Anand, CEO, Twixor: “Partnering up with Experion unlocks a wealth of opportunities to broaden our presence worldwide. Our shared goal is to deliver a robust customer experience solution, harnessing the power of Twixor's Generative-AI Powered platform and ground-breaking innovations spanning the entire customer lifecycle. This strategic partnership is dedicated to delivering unparalleled value and innovation, tailored to address the distinctive needs of our clients.”

The alliance with Twixor is a strategic move that aligns with Experion's broader goals of sustainable growth, market leadership, and creating a workplace culture that fosters excellence. This collaboration is poised to elevate Experion's standing in the market, opening doors to new opportunities, and enhancing its competitive edge.

Motorola Launches “edge 50 Fusion” - Disrupts Sub 25K Indian Smartphone With 50MP Camera And Sony’s LYTIA™ 700C Sensor

The motorola edge 50 Fusion boasts a 50MP camera with most advanced Sony LYTIA™ LYT-700C sensor in the segment, all pixel instant focus technology, Optical image stabilization, 4K video recording and more.

The motorola edge 50 Fusion flaunts the segment’s only IP68 rated water repellent design along with Smart Water touch for seamless running display.

Additionally, the motorola edge 50 Fusion features the Segment’s best 144Hz 10-bit pOLED curved display with 1600nits peak brightness and segment’s only Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 Protection

The smartphone is offered in 3 trending Pantone Curated Colours with 3 different finishes, namely Marshmallow Blue vegan leather finish for a soft and tactile feel, Hot Pink vegan suede finish with an added touch of luxury and Forest Blue color in a sophisticated PMMA (Acrylic Glass) finish

The device comes equipped with Snapdragon® 7s Gen 2 processor (4nm chipset delivering AnTuTu scores up to 630K) with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB Storage, offering accelerated performance.

The motorola edge 50 Fusion also comes equipped with a massive 5000mAH battery and a 68W TurboPower™ charger

The smartphone also features Hello UI based on latest Android 14 with assured 3 OS upgrades and 4 years of security updates in an eco-friendly packaging and with climate friendly colorful Phone Cases in the box

motorola edge 50 Fusion will go on sale at an effective price starting at just Rs 20,999* for 8GB variant and Rs 22,999* for the 12GB variant on Flipkart, and leading retail stores across India, starting 12PM, 22nd May 2024.

Motorola, India’s fastest growing~ Android brand launched the “motorola edge 50 Fusion” as the latest addition to its premium edge franchise. The motorola edge 50 Fusion disrupts the sub 25K smartphone segment with its numerous segment best features. It comes with the segment’s most advanced Sony-LYTIA™ 700C sensor in its primary camera, segment’s only IP68 underwater protection with Smart Water touch technology, and segment’s brightest 144Hz 10-bit pOLED 3D curved display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 protection.

Additionally, the motorola edge 50 Fusion also boasts the Snapdragon® 7s Gen 2 processor, up to 12GB in-built RAM and 256GB Storage, a 68W blazing fast charger for its massive 5000mAH battery and assured 3 OS upgrades along with 4 years of security updates. Additionally, pushing the boundaries of sustainable packaging and product design, the smartphone comes in an eco-friendly packaging, which is plastic-free and uses recycled and recyclable materials.

The motorola edge 50 Fusion is equipped with a 50MP 2.0µm Ultra Pixel Main OIS Camera with segment’s most advanced Sony LYTIA™ LYT-700C sensor for ultrafast performance in darker environments. The 50MP camera delivers outstanding nighttime photos owing to its 2.0µm Ultra Pixel technology which captures more light and gives 4x better light sensitivity owing to its 1.5x large pixels. The primary camera also comes with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) which automatically compensates against blurred images and videos due to unwanted camera movement and produces crystal clear images. The secondary camera is a 13MP ultra wide-angle camera that has 120° POV for wider ultrawide shots and fits 4x more of the scene in the frame. The secondary camera also features Macro Vision which is integrated to bring the user 4X closer to the subject than a standard lens. Both rear cameras support 4K video recording as well. Additionally, the edge 50 Fusion features a 32MP selfie camera with Quad Pixel technology which supports 4K video recording, the segment’s only selfie camera to do so. Quad Pixel technology combines every four pixels into one for 4x better low-light sensitivity and brilliant results no matter the lighting conditions.

The motorola edge 50 Fusion flaunts a premium endless edge design with perfectly integrated camera housing and segment’s only IP68 underwater protection with Smart Water Touch technology for seamless display operation. The symmetrical curved inlay makes it comfortable to hold, aligning perfectly with the natural contours of the user’s hands. Being one of the lightest smartphones in the segment, the ultra-thin motorola edge 50 Fusion weighs a mere 175g and is just 7.9mm thick. The device comes in 3 trending Pantone Curated Colours with 3 different finishes, which are as follows: Marshmallow Blue vegan leather finish for a soft and tactile feel, Hot Pink vegan suede finish with an added touch of luxury and Forest Blue color in a sophisticated PMMA (Acrylic Glass) finish.

The beautiful endless edge design extends beyond the rear and to the front with segment’s brightest 144Hz 10-bit pOLED curved screen display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 Protection and a peak brightness of 1600 NITS. The motorola edge 50 Fusion’s 6.67" pOLED display with infinite contrast and cinematic color makes watching videos and playing games a delightful experience. Additionally, the lightning-fast 144Hz refresh rate makes switching between apps, playing games, and scrolling websites feel smooth and seamless.

Powering a stunning display and other features is the Snapdragon® 7s Gen 2 processor, a 4nm chipset reaching AnTuTu score up to 630K. This processor provides accelerated performance, faster GPU/CPU speed, and faster 5G with support of higher resolution videos with unbelievable battery efficiency. The motorola edge 50 Fusion comes with up to 12GB RAM + 256GB storage, providing tons of room for photos, movies, songs, apps, and games. It also supports up to 15 5G bands and WiFi 6.

The motorola edge 50 Fusion equips a massive 5000mAH battery and a 68W TurboPower™ charger which gives users ample power for a day’s usage in just 15 minutes of charge. It also keeps the device running for up to 30 hours. Staying at par with the display, the stereo speakers on the motorola edge 50 Fusion come with Dolby Atmos® with Hi-res audio, which gives an immersive, multidimensional audio experience.

Speaking on the launch, Mr. T.M. Narasimhan, Managing Director, Motorola India said “We are thrilled to introduce the motorola edge 50 Fusion, representing a significant milestone in our commitment to delivering cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions to our valued customers. Our focus towards delivering meaningful innovation reflects in the exceptional camera and groundbreaking design of the edge 50 Fusion as it sets a new standard for excellence in the smartphone industry. We are confident that the edge 50 Fusion will exceed expectations and leave a lasting impression on consumers as we continue to shape the future of mobile technology.”

Additionally, the motorola edge 50 Fusion also features Hello UI based on latest Android 14 with assured 3 OS upgrades and 4 years of SMR updates boasting numerous software experiences. These software experiences include Moto Connect which allows users to use apps on a desktop display, giving them more space to work and play. Ready For enables users to access their phone apps and PC files all on the same screen for more ease. Moto Secure with ThinkShield® enhances protection at every level from the factory to the phone.

To know more about the product, visit:

 Motorola webpage -

Flipkart Teaser page -

Flipkart Product page -

~As per IDC Q1 2024 report


The motorola edge 50 fusion is available in three stunning PantoneTM colour variants, Marshmallow Blue vegan leather finish, Hot Pink in vegan suede finish and Forest Blue in PMMA (acrylic glass) finish. The smartphone will go on sale from 22nd May 2024, 12PM on Flipkart, and leading retail stores including Reliance Digital.


For 8GB+128GB variant,

Launch Price: INR 22,999

Effective Price with offers: INR 22,999 INR 20,999*

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Launch Price: INR 24,999

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Acer Launches Acerpure Consumer Electronics Brand In India; With TVs, Water Purifier, Air Circulator Fans, Vacuum Cleaners And More...

* Inks MoU with Dixon Technologies to “Make In India” on a range of consumer appliance products.

Acer Group, a global leader in IT and technology solutions, announced its entrance into the consumer electronics market with the launch of Acerpure brand in India at a glittering launch event in Bengaluru. Acerpure India is poised to transform the industry by offering an array of innovative and cutting-edge consumer electronics and home appliances tailored to the unique requirements of Indian consumers. The launch event was graced by Mr. Andrew Hou, President of Pan-Asia Pacific Operations at Acer Group; Mr. Harish Kohli, President & Managing Director of Acer India, Sudhir Goel, Chief Business Officer, Acer India; Stanley Kao, President, Acerpure Inc.; Vasudeva. G, Director, Acerpure India, and Sunil Vachani Co-founder and Executive Chairman from Dixon Technologies.

Acerpure India introduces a comprehensive array of consumer appliance products, each meticulously designed to elevate everyday living. From the captivating allure of ‘pure vision’ embodied in our state-of-the-art TVs to the rejuvenating ‘pure breath’ offered by their cutting-edge Acerpure Cool Air Purifiers, while Acerpure Amrit Water Purifiers promise not just hydration, but the assurance of ‘pure water’, while the advanced Acerpure Cozy Air Circulator Fans and the pristine cleanliness achieved by their Acerpure Clean Vacuum Cleaners evoke sensations of ‘pure comfort’ and ‘pure feel’. Acerpure India's innovative lineup epitomizes a new standard in consumer appliances for the discerning Indian market.

At the launch event, Acerpure unveiled its flagship product, Acerpure TV, featuring state-of-the-art technology and an immersive viewing experience. Launched in 4 sizes 32, 43, 55, and 65 inch, Acerpure TVs boast enhanced contrast, deeper blacks, and dazzling brightness, ensuring every scene comes to life with breathtaking clarity and vibrancy. Boasting outstanding sound clarity with Dolby Atmos, a thin bezel design, multiple connectivity options, and a powerful processor. With a future roadmap including OLED TV, Mini LED TV, Gaming TV, and more Acerpure TV series is set to bring a new dimension to the Smart TV market in India.

Additionally, Acerpure showcased a diverse range of consumer electronics products, including Air Circulator Fans, Water Purifiers, Hand-held Vacuum Cleaners, two robotic Vacuum Cleaners, Hair Dryer, and Hair Styler, highlighting its commitment to providing comprehensive solutions for modern living. Looking ahead, Acerpure India plans to diversify its offerings, introducing a range of products including, refrigerators, Air Conditioners, Washing Machines, and more.

Another highlight of the event is an announcement on a Make-In-India partnership between Acerpure and Dixon Technologies, the leading Indian electronics manufacturer, wherein Dixon will undertake the manufacturing of Acerpure products in its facilities starting with state-of-the-art TVs. This development marks a significant stride in India's pursuit of self-reliance and global competitiveness in the electronics domain, aligning with the "Make in India" initiative. This strategic partnership is poised to uphold unwavering quality standards while substantially bolstering India's economic advancement. Leveraging local manufacturing capabilities, this collaboration is not only set to empower local talent but also catalyze technological innovation and foster job creation.

Commenting on Acerpure’s launch in the Indian market Andrew Hou, President of Pan-Asia Pacific Operations at Acer Group., said, "We are excited to launch Acerpure in India. The Indian market holds immense potential for Acerpure's growth and innovation. With our focus on technological excellence and sustainability, we are well-positioned to meet the evolving needs of Indian consumers. As we venture into this new market, our dedication to innovation remains unwavering. Acerpure represents more than just a product launch; it signifies the dawn of a new era in home appliances and consumer electronics with a key focus on Make-In-India.”

Harish Kohli, President, & Managing Director of Acer India, expressed his enthusiasm about the launch, "As we embark on this transformative journey with Acerpure's debut in India, we are exhilarated by the opportunity to contribute to the nation's burgeoning consumer electronics market. This milestone signifies our unwavering dedication to innovation and our heartfelt commitment to the vibrant Indian consumer electronics landscape. Through this collaboration with Dixon Technologies, we are poised to usher in a wave of locally manufactured products, aligning seamlessly with the Make in India initiative. This partnership embodies our shared vision of fostering economic growth and technological advancement within the nation. Together, we look forward to crafting cutting-edge solutions that resonate with the diverse needs and aspirations of Indian consumers, empowering them to embrace a brighter, technologically enriched future."

Sunil Vachani, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Dixon Technologies, expressed, “Through our enduring partnership with Acer, we have consistently upheld the values of local manufacturing and innovation. The introduction of Acerpure and our expanded collaborative efforts represent a significant stride towards enhancing India's self-sufficiency and global competitiveness in the electronics sector. Aligned with the 'Make in India' initiative, our goal is to manufacture premium consumer products for both domestic and international markets, thereby stimulating economic growth and fostering innovation while nurturing local talent. This partnership underscores our unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality, Made in India products, marking a notable milestone in our relentless pursuit of excellence."

As Acerpure embarks on its journey in India, the company remains committed to driving positive change and delivering innovative solutions that enrich the lives of consumers while preserving the planet for future generations.


Acerpure Air Purifiers start from Rs 9990, and Acerpure Cozy Air Circulator Fan starts from Rs 7490.00. Both are available to purchase from the Acer Online Store, Acer Exclusive stores, and other leading online e-commerce platforms

Acerpure TVs, Water purifier, vacuum cleaner, and personal care products will be available in the market in the coming months.

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About Acerpure India

Acerpure India, a division of the Acer Group, aims to redefine the consumer electronics industry by prioritizing advancements in home appliance technology. By emphasizing the enhancement of the five senses - Pure Vision', Pure Breath, Pure Water, Pure Comfort, and Pure Feel. Acerpure is dedicated to delivering a supreme user experience while fostering a more sustainable future. With a keen commitment to ‘Make in India’ innovation and environmental responsibility, Acerpure is poised to revolutionize our interaction with technology within our homes.

About Acer

Founded in 1976, Acer is one of the world's top ICT companies with a presence in more than 160 countries. As Acer evolves with the industry and changing lifestyles, it is focused on enabling a world where hardware, software, and services will fuse, creating ecosystems and opening up new possibilities for consumers and businesses alike. Acer's 7,700 employees are dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that break barriers between people and technology. visit for more information. 

Image Caption 1: Stanley Kao, President, Acerpure Inc, Harish Kohli, President & Managing Director, Acer India, Mr. Andrew Hou, President of Pan-Asia Pacific Operations at Acer Group, Vasudeva. G, Director, Acerpure India and Sudhir Goel, Chief Business Officer, Acer India at Acerpure launch.

Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA) Launches Centre of Excellence For Skill Training

The Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA), Manipal, celebrated a significant milestone with the inauguration of its Centre of Excellence for Skill Training on May 15th. This grand event was marked by the presence of esteemed guests, highlighting the importance of skill development in the hospitality industry.

The Centre was inaugurated by Mr. Rajan Bahadur, CEO of the Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council (THSC). In his speech, he emphasized the critical role of institutions like WGSHA in shaping the future of hospitality. He praised WGSHA’s contributions and expressed pride in partnering with them. This collaboration between THSC, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), and WGSHA aims to elevate skill standards in the hospitality sector.

“We are at a crucial juncture in the hospitality industry, where the need for skilled professionals is rapidly increasing,” said Mr. Bahadur. “Institutions like WGSHA play a pivotal role in meeting this demand by providing high-quality education and practical training. We are proud to partner with WGSHA and recognize them as a Centre of Excellence. This initiative will not only enhance the skill set of our workforce but also create numerous employment opportunities, driving growth and innovation in the hospitality sector. Together, with the support of THSC and NSDC, we are committed to setting new benchmarks in hospitality education and training.”

Dr. H. S. Ballal, Pro-Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, reflected on the legacy of skill development initiated by the late Dr. T. M. A. Pai in 1950. He thanked THSC and NSDC for recognizing WGSHA as a Centre of Excellence, reaffirming their commitment to empowering individuals and enhancing livelihoods.

Chef K. Thirugnanasambantham also spoke, celebrating the accreditation of WGSHA by THSC and NSDC as a significant achievement. He highlighted the potential of this recognition in creating employment opportunities for the youth in Karnataka’s hospitality sector.

The Centre of Excellence offers a comprehensive curriculum with at least six months of classroom and practical sessions, followed by a six-month internship. During the internship, students will receive hands-on training in various hotel operations. Successful candidates will receive a joint certificate from THSC and WGSHA, validating their proficiency in hospitality skills.

This launch comes at a crucial time, as the demand for skilled professionals in India’s travel and tourism sector is expected to rise. Projections indicate a need for 19.4 million new jobs by 2033, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.4%. Initiatives like the one undertaken by WGSHA and its partners are vital in addressing this skill gap.

The Centre of Excellence for Skill Training at WGSHA stands as a beacon of hope for aspiring hospitality professionals, offering them a pathway to a rewarding and fulfilling career in the industry.

Say 'I Do' In Style: Platinum Love Bands For Your Summer Wedding!

As we enter the summer wedding season, draw inspiration from your favourite celebrities when it comes to engagement ring choices. Celebrities worldwide have long favoured engagement rings set in platinum for their memorable "I Do" moments as this naturally white metal is renowned for its elegance, durability, and timeless appeal. From A-list actors to music sensations, these celebrities have embraced platinum as the ultimate symbol of commitment, sparking a trend that continues to captivate couples globally.

Platinum is 95% pure, and not only durable but also exceptionally dense, ensuring longevity without tarnishing or losing its inherent radiance over time. Its superior strength makes it the ideal setting for diamonds and gemstones, ensuring a secure hold while enhancing their brilliance. Leading designers and jewellery brands like Cartier, Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co., and Fred Leighton prefer platinum for its versatility and ability to showcase precious gemstones securely.

Setting jewellery in platinum ensures it stands out, making a bold style statement whether on the red carpet, intimate ceremonies, and special milestones. Platinum love bands symbolize enduring love and commitment, reflecting the sophisticated tastes of influential figures. Celebrities often choose engagement rings set in platinum for its natural white sheen, which accentuates the brilliance of diamonds and coloured gemstones, making them truly shine. The enduring allure of platinum engagement rings has solidified their status as a favourite among celebrity couples, who often flaunt stunning rings featuring sizable diamonds or vibrant coloured gemstones set in this precious metal.

Speaking on the latest trends when it comes to engagement rings set in platinum, Pallavi Sharma, Business Director, Platinum Guild International (PGI)- India said, “Influenced by global trends, Platinum Love Bands have emerged as a popular option in the world of engagement rings. Some interesting trends include the ‘Modern Vintage’ aesthetic- that blends traditional styles with contemporary design elements, offering a fresh take on classic designs, the “Three Stone or 'Trinity'” rings, featuring diverse stone shapes set in platinum, symbolizing enduring love; and the “Toi Et Moi” - a style that is favoured by celebrities, and pairs two gems to represent intimate connections, with platinum ensuring durability. Couples are also exploring gemstone options beyond diamonds and solitaires along with an array of cuts, colours and bespoke designs, all set in platinum. This includes coloured gemstones like sapphires, tourmalines and emeralds, fancy cuts such as ovals, Asscher’s and cushions, a mix of unique elements like enamel, ceramic and coloured rhodium accents, alongside personalized touches like vintage details and engravings.”

Explore iconic celebrity engagement rings set in platinum and find inspiration for your own 'I Do' moment with Platinum Love Bands!

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