Saturday, June 8, 2024

Tata Motors Launches Altroz Racer - A Sporty Design Combined With Advanced Technology

Key Highlights:

1.2 L Turbo Petrol engine

Power - 120 Ps @ 5500 rpm

Torque - 170 Nm @ 1750 to 4000 rpm

6 speed manual transmission

Sporty Exhaust note

Tata Motors, India’s leading automotive manufacturer, today announced the launch of the Altroz Racer - the sporty avatar of the company’s premium hatchback. The performance aspect in the Altroz goes several notches higher with the introduction of the 1.2 L Turbo petrol engine. Elevated with the race car inspired exterior and interior look coupled with a power of 120 Ps @ 5500 rpm and torque of 170 Nm @ 1750 to 4000 rpm, this sporty evolution of the Altroz promises an experience of pure exhilaration with every drive.

Replete with features, the Racer will be the top of line version  of the Altroz with 360 degree camera, 26.03 cm infotainment touchscreen, ventilated seats and 6 airbags (standard in Racer). It is the only hatchback to offer a 6 speed manual gearbox that ensures peppy drivability in city traffic and on highways. With improved technology, features and class-leading safety in a hatchback, the Altroz Racer will be available in 3 variants (R1, R2 and R3) with a choice of three colours (Pure Grey, Atomic Orange, and Avenue White). Furthermore, beefing up the Altroz line up, Tata Motors has also introduced two new variants (XZ LUX and XZ+S LUX) and upgraded one variant (XZ+OS) in its Altroz range. These two new additional variants will be available in a choice of petrol manual, petrol DCA, diesel and CNG powertrains.

Commenting on the launch of Tata Altroz Racer, Mr. Vivek Srivatsa, Chief Commercial Officer, Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd., said, "Strengthening the Altroz line up, we are excited to launch the Altroz Racer - a car that is engineered to bring excitement to one’s everyday drive. Its high power output combined with segment leading features and a tech first approach, make the Racer desirable for the new gen customers who are connected, fashion forward and want to drive a car that makes them stand out. With its performance driven DNA and a race car inspired look, we are confident that it will be the perfect companion that will make you #RacePastTheRoutine.”

With 2.5 lakh happy customers, the Altroz has set the benchmark for premium hatchbacks in India through its trailblazing design, intuitive features, exhilarating performance and confidence-inspiring safety. This car is a pioneer on many fronts, from being the first hatchback in India to earn the much-coveted 5 Star Global NCAP Safety rating, to the first CNG car in the country to feature twin-cylinder technology and the only hatchback that offers a host of powertrain options for its customers to choose from.

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Toyota Kirloskar Motor Opens Its First Company Owned Toyota Used Car Outlet (TUCO) Facility In New Delhi

Demonstrating its commitment to a customer-first philosophy, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has inaugurated its First Company Owned Toyota Used Car Outlet (TUCO) in New Delhi, second in India, under the brand name of “Toyota U-Trust”. Aimed at offering customers with high-quality and safe used cars, Toyota U-Trust offers convenience, transparency, and peace of mind during the process of buying as well as selling of Toyota cars. This new facility spans over a vast 15,000 square feet with a capacity to display over 20+ Toyota certified vehicles.

As a retail touchpoint intended for both buying and selling of Toyota vehicles, all cars at TUCO go through comprehensive 203-points inspection based on the global Toyota standards to determine the quality level after due diligence of documentation including service history check. The inspections also include rigorous safety, structural rigidity and performance check. With the signature ‘MARU MARU’ signifying ‘high quality precision cleaning’ exclusive to Toyota, TUCO business reinforces TKM's commitment to fostering a transparent and reliable used car market for Toyota customers across India. Moreover, Toyota U-Trust outlets strive to replicate the ambiance and customer experience synonymous with purchasing a brand-new vehicle.

Buyers can choose from a wide variety of high-quality Toyota models, assured of complete transparency, hassle free documentation and fair competitive pricing. The digitally integrated showroom enhances the customer experience by providing holistic vehicle history and valuation. Additionally, customers can evaluate their vehicles online through the Toyota U-Trust website by selecting the 'valuate your car' option. Additionally, manifesting the true Toyota customer centric approach towards after sales service, TUCO certified used cars are backed with a warranty of up to 30,000kms, OR 2 years and up to 3 free services, at any Toyota Service Centres nationwide. 

For sellers, TUCO offers the best price in the market whilst ensuring a peaceful and hassle-free sales process.

Sharing details on the company’s growing focus on used car business, Mr. Takashi Takamiya, Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, "Used car business is a key pillar of Toyota’s overall business and growth strategy here in India which is also closely aligning with our vision of ‘Mobility for All’.  Therefore, the expansion of TUCO with the inauguration of our first used car outlet in New Delhi exemplifies our dedication to quality, reliability, and customer satisfaction. Above all, this new outlet upholds the standards synonymous with Toyota products and our benchmark service experience.

With the Indian used car market projected to grow at a CAGR of 8% and currently being 1.3 times the size of the new car market, the sector holds significant growth potential. Our recent expansion of the Toyota Company Owned Outlet in Delhi and plans for more outlets across key cities underscore TKM’s strategy to create a seamless, transparent, and reliable used car market for our customers, emphasizing quality and safety-focused refurbishment.”

Present at the event, Mr. Atul Sood, Project Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “The opening of the New Delhi TUCO facility marks a significant milestone for Toyota Kirloskar Motor. We are thrilled to expand our footprint in the used car market, providing customers with a trustworthy and transparent experience to buy and sell their Toyota cars, with one roof solution for all value-added services.

Every pre-owned vehicle undergoes refurbishment by our own technicians using Toyota Genuine parts at our exclusive centres. A comprehensive 203-point inspection are conducted in accordance with global Toyota standards, ensuring superior quality and reliability. This commitment is also further reinforced by Toyota's guarantee of hassle-free after-sales service support, ensuring a seamless and delightful ownership experience.”

Toyota Kirloskar Motor forayed into used car business in 2022 with the inauguration of its first facility in Bangalore in 2022, which made TKM the first auto manufacturer in India to offer fully OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) refurbished used cars to customers. In addition,

Actress And Diva Akshara Haasan Officially Inaugurated The “Phoenix Shopping Festival 2024” At Phoenix Marketcity, Whitefield, Bengaluru

Akshara Haasan Launches Phoenix Shopping Festival 2024: Get Set for the festival of sorts with Exciting Shopping, Entertainment, Gourmet Cuisine, and Amazing Prizes!"

 The House of Phoenix presents the eagerly awaited Phoenix Shopping Festival! From June to July 2024, dive into an exhilarating whirlwind of unbeatable shopping deals, captivating entertainment, delectable cuisine, and endless surprises at Phoenix Marketcity. Enjoy massive sales with discounts of over 60% off on top brands across clothing, home decor, electronics, leather goods, perfumes, jewelry, and more. Don’t miss out on this thrilling experience!

The Phoenix Shopping Festival is more than just a shopping event; it's a vibrant celebration that transforms Phoenix Marketcity into a festival of joy and excitement. From carnival dancers and stilt walkers parading through the corridors to live bands and captivating performances entertaining the crowds, there's never a dull moment during this festive extravaganza. With an array of food platters tempting taste buds and merriment filling every corner of the mall, the Phoenix Shopping Festival offers an immersive experience that delights all the senses and creates unforgettable memories for shoppers of all ages.

Today, actress and diva Akshara Haasan officially inaugurated the “Phoenix Shopping Festival 2024” at Phoenix Marketcity, Whitefield, infusing the event with glamour and magnificence. The launch featured an international carnival extravaganza, dazzling performances, mesmerizing concerts, and a mouthwatering selection of exquisite cuisines. Thrilling bumper offers, gifts, and prizes worth crores await, including a brand-new car as the grand prize.

Prepare for an even more exhilarating experience this year at the Phoenix Shopping Festival aka PSF! Discover incredible deals with discounts of up to 60% off throughout the entire mall. Spend Rs. 10,000 or more for a chance to win extraordinary grand prizes like luxury cars, international holiday vouchers, gold coins, mobile phones, TVs, fridges, and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop, save, and win big at Phoenix Marketcity during the PSF!

Mr. Gajendra Singh Rathod, Director of Malls - South India, The Phoenix Mills Ltd., said, " We are thrilled to host the Phoenix Shopping Festival at Phoenix Marketcity, an event that brings together top brands and exclusive offers to create a truly international shopping experience. This festival is a celebration of the best in retail, dining, and entertainment, offering our patrons unparalleled deals and an unforgettable atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming shoppers to enjoy the vibrant festivities and exciting surprises that await at Phoenix Marketcity.”

Ritu Mehta, Centre Director - Phoenix Mall of Asia & Senior VP marketing South, The Phoenix Mills Ltd said, " We are thrilled to launch the Phoenix Shopping Festival 2024 at Phoenix Marketcity. Since 2017, PSF has delighted our patrons with incredible flat 50% off deals, exciting EOSS offers, and a plethora of gifts and prizes. Each year, we've raised the bar, giving away gold, bikes, international holidays, cars, and much more.

This year, shoppers can win prizes worth up to 1 crore, ensuring a joyful shopping experience. Phoenix Shopping Festival has become a true celebration, with shopping, food, live shows, music, and merriment. With unbeatable offers on 300+ brands and a grand prize of a brand-new car unveiled by Akshara Haasan, we invite everyone to lose themselves in the joy and fun of PSF 2024. Our goal is to make each year bigger and better, and we can't wait to welcome you.”

Attention, shopaholics! Don’t miss the End of Season Sale with discounts of up to 60% off on over 300 luxury brands. Whether you're shopping for outfits, jewelry, footwear, bags, or more, Phoenix Market City is your ultimate destination this shopping season. Experience boundless happiness, unforgettable shopping experiences, and delightful dining options at the Phoenix Shopping Festival. Join us for a season filled with festivities, celebrations, and special moments at Phoenix Market City!

Friday, June 7, 2024

OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G: India’s First Super-Rugged, Monsoon-Ready Smartphone

·        First smartphone in India to carry IP69, IP68 and IP66 ratings for dust and water-resistance

·        It carries the Swiss SGS Premium Performance 5 Stars Drop Resistance and the MIL-STD-810H Method 516.8 certification for its rugged build

·        It is fronted by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 for 180% improvement in drop resistance and 3X stronger scratch resistance

OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G Certifications

IP69, IP68 and IP66 rating

Swiss SGS Premium Performance 5 Stars Drop Resistance

MIL-STD-810H Method 516.8 certification

Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 display

New Delhi, June 7, 2024: An OPPO India dipstick—conducted in May on Instagram, LinkedIn and X—found that 42% of 6000+ respondents need a water-resistant smartphone for monsoons, 30% want a waterproof device for beach or poolside use, 19% prefer drop-proof protection for clumsy moments, while 9% said they valued a scratch-proof toughened glass to brave coins and keys in their pockets and purses. To meet this articulated need, OPPO India will introduce the country’s first super-rugged monsoon-ready smartphone—the OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G—on June 13, 2024.

Monsoon-ready & waterproof with IP69, IP68 and IP66

The OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G boasts a waterproof screen and waterproofing on key openings, including a completely waterproof microphone, speaker openings, SIM card slot pinhole and USB port.

The microphone openings and earpiece speaker are protected by a waterproof, breathable film for audio permeability while keeping the water out, while its USB unit comprises a silicone sealing ring designed to ensure water-tightness.

Additionally, OPPO uses a new waterproof circuit design, so water jets cannot compromise the phone via any openings; this is a critical type of damage a monsoon downpour can cause to a device.

According to a 2021 Cashify report, water damage often impacts the smartphone motherboard, resulting in a need for replacement. An international survey, published by the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU) in 2018, found that 35% of users experienced some form of water damage within the first two years of smartphone use; the F27 Pro+ 5G was designed to address this issue.

Additionally, the F27 Pro+ 5G comes with an innovative feature designed to enhance usability; it supports accurate touch operation even with wet hands. Regardless of rainwater, vapour, or moisture on the screen, users can now slide and touch-operate their phone with “Splash Touch” accuracy.

Adding solid credibility to the F27 Pro+ 5G waterproofing claims are the three Ingress Protection (IP) certifications it carries. The F27 Pro+ 5G sets a benchmark in the industry as the first smartphone in India to pass three waterproofing tests…

·     IP66: The highest level of protection against dust and regular water jets.

·     IP68: The highest level of protection against dust and water immersion up to 1.5m for 30 mins. 

·     IP69: The highest level of protection against dust and high-pressure water jets at temperatures up to 80°C.

The OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G not only meets but exceeds the standards of competing smartphones to be a water-resistant, monsoon-ready smartphone.

Military Grade Durability

The OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G’s durability goes beyond dust and water resistance due to its damage-proof 360° Armour Body that shields from internal and external impacts. Each of the four corners connects the back cover with the body to minimise the risk of separation and distortion after drops. The front cover of the motherboard uses AM03—a high-strength, high-thermal conductivity aluminium alloy commonly used in high-performance computing environments—to protect critical components. Additionally, the interior is filled with cushioning materials, such as sponges, to enhance drop resistance and safeguard essential components during impacts.

The OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G is also subjected to stringent internal durability tests. Its charging interface is subjected to 20,000 plugs and unplugs, each phone button is pressed 2,00,000 times, while the product is tested against 42,000 micro-drops, as well as high-frequency drops from low heights.

The device has received the Swiss SGS Premium Performance 5 Stars Drop Resistance certification after passing multi-angle drop tests, extreme height shock resistance and extreme frequency shock resistance. It also carries the MIL-STD-810H Method 516.8 certification—usually found on shock-resistant hard drives and laptops designed for military use—that involves five parameter tests: Functional Shock, Transportation Shock, Fragility, Transit Drop and Crash Hazard Shock.

The OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G ships with a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 display at the front—for 180% improvement in drop resistance and three times stronger scratch resistance over its predecessor—to ensure the display remains scratch and crack-free, even if you drop it.

Leather-backed premium design

The OPPO F27 Pro+ 5G—which will be available in Midnight Navy and Dusk Pink colours—is not just sturdy, it is also stylish, thanks to the premium leather back with a Cosmos Ring design and a 3D Curved AMOLED display. Taking it up a notch, OPPO has coated the leather back with siloxane to improve stain resistance and to ensure that customers can use the phone case-free.

The smartphone’s circular camera module adopts a centrally symmetrical layout that showcases the charm of the central axis, while its 7.89mm slim profile and 177g weight ensure a sleek and comfortable in-hand feel.

About OPPO Mobiles India Private Limited 

OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since the launch of its first mobile phone - “Smiley Face” - in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the perfect synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology. Today, OPPO provides a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and Reno series. Beyond devices, OPPO provides its users with the ColorOS operating system and internet services like OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO operates in more than 50 countries and regions with more than 40,000 of OPPO's employees are dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.


Easybuy Unveils A Brand New-Look Store In Hyderabad

EasyBuy, the contemporary value fashion brand from the prestigious Landmark Group, just dropped its latest store in Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad. The store has quickly become the talk of the town, serving up aspirational vibes and fresh looks. This trendy new store is a milestone in EasyBuy's growing network as the 9th in Hyderabad and 12th in Telangana. They crossed an impressive 140+ stores across India.

Karan Mehta, CEO, EasyBuy, highlighted the brand’s evolution. "Our new stores, now ranging from 8,000 to 10,000 sq ft., reflect our commitment to providing customers with a better shopping experience. With a sharper value proposition, the brand has pivoted to a more contemporary and aspirational format. The brand offers over 1,000 styles under ?499 and drops new looks every fortnight. We have re-oriented our supply chain to offer something new for our customers with every visit. The bold and fresh new look is being hugely appreciated by our loyal customer base. With a wide range of trendy & affordable collections straddling across occasions, we’ve got your back.”

“We are entering new markets with this revamped format and contemporary imagery. Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad is a perfect addition to Easybuy’s rapidly growing network and the city of Hyderabad.”

EasyBuy is all about giving you the perfect space to explore, discover, and enjoy fashion in a fun and stylish way that doesn’t pinch your pockets. From everyday casuals for men, women, and kids, the brand has got your wardrobe needs covered with quality threads. This new chapter at EasyBuy isn't just about a new look; it is about reinforcing the brand's commitment to providing trendy collections and quality at extremely sharp prices. 

About EasyBuy:

Founded in 2014 by the prestigious Landmark Group, Easybuy has quickly emerged as a leading contemporary value fashion destination. The Landmark Group’s incredible growth story, from a single store in Bahrain to over 2,200 stores across 20+ countries, is the stuff of retail legends. In India, they brought us Lifestyle, Max, Easybuy, and more. They are all about making their customers happy and making life awesome for them. And that’s exactly what Landmark achieved with Easybuy!

Easybuy is dedicated to making fashion accessible to everyone, allowing individuals to express themselves in the trendiest and most stylish outfits available. With over 1000 styles priced under 499/- to choose from and fresh arrivals every fortnight, we ensure that fashion goes beyond just clothing; it becomes a statement of personal style and expression.

With merchandise manufactured locally in India and available in 130+ stores, Easybuy's new store concept, spanning 8,000-10,000 sq ft, features a bold new logo, a fresh and vibrant collection, and a minimalistic layout. The easy-ability concept of the EasyBuy ethos allows customers to navigate in-store seamlessly, thus helping them make purchase decisions easily. From everyday casuals for men, women, and kids, Easybuy has your wardrobe covered with quality threads.

MAGGI Makes An Appeal On World Environment Day: ‘2-Min For The Environment: Everyone. Everyday.’

MAGGI has always been committed to the cause of bringing positive behavioural change towards managing plastic waste and has made consistent efforts in this area over the years. MAGGI also recently introduced an innovative solution: an edible fork, made from wheat flour, to elevate the experience of enjoying MAGGI Cuppa Noodles while reducing usage of single-use plastic under its ‘Desh Ke Liye 2 Minute’ initiative. This World Environment Day, under the same initiative, MAGGI is sharing the story of a young Nestlé executive on how she gives 2-Min for the environment.

This initiative is not just aimed at educating consumers in the right way of disposing an empty MAGGI packet, but also highlighting that small steps taken every day by every person can go a long way in making a big difference. 2-Min is all it takes to make a choice that is environmentally responsible.

Through this initiative MAGGI seeks to harness the power of collective action and raise awareness about the importance of segregating plastic waste at its source.

Talking about the digital film, Mr. Rajat Jain, Director, Foods Business, Nestlé India, said, “We have been working tirelessly to raise awareness around the small efforts that can be made across the value chain to make a difference. This appeal is another step in this direction. MAGGI® hopes to inspire everyone in the country to take small steps and give their 2-Min to the environment, which can have a meaningful impact at scale. MAGGI will continue to be an ally in these efforts to create a more sustainable society.”

Through initiatives like "2 Minute Safaai Ke Naam," and the "Yellow + Blue = Green" campaign, which emphasise and educate on the importance and ways to segregate and dispose plastic waste better, MAGGI will continue to champion environmental awareness.

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Tenbroeck TEDed Club: Inspiring Young Minds To Be Environmental Stewards

The future of our planet is in good hands if the passionate students of the Tenbroeck TEDed Club are any indication. Led by the enthusiastic Usha, this group of young environmental advocates is tackling various aspects of sustainability, from protecting our oceans to promoting responsible consumption.

Aarav Singhvi, a member of the club, champions the cause of marine life conservation. He emphasizes that protecting our oceans starts with individual actions, urging everyone to be mindful of their environmental impact, from households to industries. Aarav's message resonates deeply, highlighting the collective responsibility we all share towards the health of our oceans.

Nhyra, another dedicated member, focuses on raising awareness about the crucial issue of e-waste recycling. Her commitment extends beyond raising awareness; Nhyra has actively researched the topic through visits to refurbishment centers, demonstrating her dedication to finding solutions.

Planting a tree with every cake cutting – a simple yet powerful idea presented by Achinth Giridhar. This initiative beautifully combines celebration with environmental consciousness, offering a practical way to make our planet greener.Similarly, Medha Koudinya's message of food waste reduction reminds us to be mindful of our consumption habits,highlighting the environmental impact of food waste.

Sustainable fashion is another key area of focus for the Tenbroeck TEDed Club. Sukruthi encourages everyone to avoid unnecessary clothing purchases, promoting mindful consumption and reducing textile waste.

Water scarcity is a growing concern in Bengaluru, and Aarya addresses this head-on by advocating for rainwater harvesting. Her message highlights the importance of this practice in ensuring water security for the city's future.

Akashara sheds light on the significance of organic farming. By promoting organic practices, the club emphasizes the need for sustainable food production that protects our environment from harmful chemicals.

Gihaan takes a broader approach, delving into the concept of sustainable living. By offering practical tips for individuals to become responsible citizens of the planet, Gihaan empowers others to make a positive difference.

Finally, Saara reminds us of the importance of forest conservation. Protecting these vital ecosystems ensures the survival of countless species that share our planet.

Usha, the proud leader of the Tenbroeck TEDed Club, expresses her gratitude towards the school management for fostering a culture of environmental awareness within the student body and the broader community. The club's initiatives are a testament to the power of youth activism, demonstrating their passion for creating a more sustainable future. Their dedication serves as an inspiration for all to take action and contribute to a healthier planet.

This article provides a glimpse into the remarkable work of the Tenbroeck TEDed Club. Their diverse approaches and unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability offer a beacon of hope for the future. By amplifying the voices of these young changemakers, we can inspire others to join the movement towards a greener tomorrow.

Samsung India Unveils 2024 Lineup Of Odyssey OLED, ViewFinity And Smart Monitors With AI Powered Features

* It provides next-level OLED experiences and ensures prevention from burn-in with new proprietary technology - Samsung OLED Safeguard+

Smart features powered by AI bring enhanced entertainment to Smart Monitor M8 and Odyssey OLED G6, while new ViewFinity models enable more efficient workplaces

Samsung, India’s largest electronics brand, today unveiled its 2024 lineup of Odyssey OLED gaming monitor, Smart Monitors and ViewFinity monitors with features that unlock next-level experiences and new AI capabilities1 for consumers. The Odyssey OLED G6, and the Smart Monitor lineup heightens joy with more enhanced entertainment features, while the Smart Monitor M8 powered by AI and the ViewFinity lineup boosts connectivity to create a complete workstation.

“Through the introduction of our 2024 lineup of Odyssey OLED gaming monitor, Viewfinity and Smart Monitors, we want to unlock better experiences for consumers. Powered by groundbreaking AI Technologies and multi-device experience, the Odyssey OLED gaming monitor and Smart Monitors respectively will redefine visual excellence and creativity. Equipped with the OLED Safeguard+, the world’s first proprietary burn-in protection technology, the OLED gaming monitor prevents image burning by applying a pulsating heat pipe”, said Mr. Puneet Sethi, Vice President, Consumer Electronics Enterprise Business, Samsung India.

Odyssey OLED Series: Visual Excellence With New Burn-In Prevention Features

The Odyssey OLED G6 is a 27” QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution monitor, supporting a 16:9 aspect ratio. Its 360Hz refresh rate and 0.03ms GtG response time make it easy for gamers to keep up with fast-moving gameplay.

The new Odyssey OLED model features Samsung OLED Safeguard+, a new proprietary burn-in protection technology. This technology is the first in the world to prevent burn-in by applying a pulsating heat pipe to the monitor. Additionally, the Dynamic Cooling System evaporates and condenses a coolant to diffuse heat five times more effectively than the older graphite sheet method, which prevents burn-in by reducing temperature at the core. The monitor also detects static images like logos and taskbars, automatically reducing their brightness to provide another means of burn-in prevention2.

The Odyssey OLED G6 delivers unmatched OLED picture quality with a brightness of 250 nits (Typ.), while FreeSync Premium Pro keeps the GPU and display panel synced up to eliminate choppiness, screen lag and screen tearing.

Samsung’s new OLED Glare Free technology3 also preserves colour accuracy and reduces reflections while maintaining image sharpness to ensure an immersive viewing experience, even in daylight. The OLED-optimized, low-reflection coating overcomes the trade-off between gloss and reflection thanks to a new, specialized hard-coating layer and surface coating pattern.

The monitor features a super slim metal design that gives it a distinct identity, while Core Lighting+ enhances entertainment and gaming experiences with ambient lighting that synchronizes with the screen. The ergonomic stand also makes long sessions more comfortable with adjustable height, plus tilt and swivel support.

The new Odyssey OLED monitor is the next entry to expand Samsung’s OLED monitor market leadership. The OLED monitor unveiling comes after Samsung achieved the top position in global sales in the OLED monitor market within only one year of launching the first OLED model4. This achievement underscores Samsung’s rapid ascent in the competitive landscape of OLED monitors while reinforcing its commitment to diversifying its gaming monitor lineup with models that leverage the company’s proprietary OLED technology.

Smart Monitor M8: AI Processing for Crystal Clear Video and Audio

The updated Smart Monitor lineup brings together a complete multi-device experience into one hub for smarter entertainment and greater productivity. The upgraded 2024 models include the M8 (M80D model), M7 (M70D model) and the M5 (M50D model).

The upgraded 32” 4K UHD Smart Monitor M8 introduces new features powered by AI with the NQM AI processor, taking entertainment experiences to the next level. The AI upscaling brings lower resolution content up to nearly 4K5, and Active Voice Amplifier Pro uses AI to analyze background noise in the user’s environment to optimize dialogue in the user’s content6. The 360 Audio Mode7 is available on the M8, which pairs with Galaxy Buds to create an immersive sound environment. The built-in SlimFit Camera also makes it easy to conduct video calls through mobile applications with Samsung Dex8

These new features enhance the already impressive Smart Monitor functionality. Smart TV apps and Samsung TV Plus9 provide instant access to a wide range of streaming services and live content, without needing to boot up a PC or connect to other devices10.

The M7 is available in 32” and 43” with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, a brightness of 300 nits (Typ.) and a gray to gray (GtG) response time of 4ms. The M5 is available in 27” and 32”, with FHD resolution (1920 x 1080), a brightness of 250 nits (Typ.) and a GtG response time of 4ms.

ViewFinity Series: Maximizing Creativity and Ease of Use

Optimized for creators and professionals and built with responsible practices, the latest ViewFinity lineup includes the ViewFinity S8 (S80UD and S80D models), ViewFinity S7 (S70D model) and the ViewFinity S6 (S60UD and S60D models).

The updated 2024 ViewFinity monitors11 help recycling efforts as they are made with a minimum of 10% recycled plastic and without any chemical sprays on the plastic components12. The packaging also uses glue instead of staples for easier disassembly.

The Easy Setup Stand is put together with one quick click, requiring no tools or screws, making it fast and easy to set up and enjoy the ViewFinity’s vibrant display. Every 2024 ViewFinity monitor supports HDR10 and the display of 1 billion colours, ensuring accurate colour representation, while also integrating TÜV-Rheinland-certified Intelligent Eye Care features to alleviate eyestrain during prolonged work periods.

The ViewFinity S8 offers 27” and 32” screen options, each with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, a refresh rate of 60Hz and a brightness of 350 nits (Typ.). They also feature a USB hub for easy connectivity and a height-adjustable stand. The S80UD model includes a new KVM switch for easy connection and switching between two different input devices, as well as a USB-C port that allows users to charge devices with up to 90W of power.

The ViewFinity S7 is available in 27” and 32” options, each with UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, a brightness of 350 nits (Typ.) and a refresh rate of 60Hz. The ViewFinity S6 is available in 24”, 27” and 32” options, each with QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution, a refresh rate of 100Hz and a brightness of 350 nits (Typ.), including a USB hub and height-adjustable stand. The S60UD model also includes a built-in KVM switch and a USB-C port (up to 90W charging).

Price and Availability

The Odyssey OLED G6 in Black colour will be available starting INR  92399

The Smart Monitor series will be available at a starting price of INR 15399

The Viewfinity range of monitors will be available at a starting price of INR 21449

All the monitors will be available on Samsung e-store starting June 5, 2024.

Customers can buy the monitors from Samsung’s official online store Samsung Shop, Amazon, Flipkart and all leading retail stores. For more information, please visit


The Odyssey OLED G6 and Smart Monitor series will be available at a no-cost EMI with an instant cart discount of up to INR 2750 when purchased from Samsung e-store between June 5 and June 11. On purchase of the Smart Monitor M8 from Samsung e-store, consumers will get an assured Samsung Sound Bar and with OLED G6, consumers will get an assured Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.

On Amazon and Flipkart there is discount of up to INR 11100 on these models.

Table Tennis Legend Sharath Kamal Visits MAHE, Interacts With Students As Paris 2024 Flag-Bearer

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) was thrilled to host the visit of Padma Shri Sharath Kamal, a celebrated Indian table tennis icon. Currently ranked world No. 34 in table tennis, Sharath Kamal is a Commonwealth Games gold medallist and the proud recipient of prestigious awards, including the Padma Shri, Khel Ratna, and Arjuna Award. His association with the Pro TT League in India and his connections with the Reliance family, who own the league, have solidified his status as a household name in Indian table tennis. He also competes in the French league and maintains significant ties with table tennis leagues globally.

During his visit, Sharath Kamal served as a great ambassador for the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), forging connections between the university and the sports industry. His involvement is expected to pave the way for the establishment of a high-performance center at the existing Marina facility and foster partnerships with corporates to benefit MAHE students through internships and job opportunities.

Sharath Kamal expressed his enthusiasm, saying, "I am truly honoured to visit Manipal Academy of Higher Education and witness the incredible strides they have made in education and sports. My goal is to inspire students and create pathways for them to excel both academically and athletically. The prospect of establishing a high-performance center here is an exciting one, and I look forward to exploring opportunities for collaboration."

Accompanying Sharath Kamal was his strength and conditioning trainer, Mr. Manav Mukund, who trains students of Sharath Kamal, currently playing in the French minor table tennis league. Manav Mukund, associated with Sports Dimensions, has been instrumental in setting up the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai. Mr. Mukund shared his excitement about the visit, stating, "Partnering with MAHE presents a unique opportunity to enhance the sports infrastructure and provide world-class training to aspiring athletes. I am eager to share my experiences and contribute to the development of future champions from this esteemed institution."

The visit was graced by Lt. Gen. (Dr) M. D. Venkatesh, VSM (Retd) Vice Chancellor of MAHE; Dr H.S. Ballal, Pro Chancellor of MAHE; Dr Sharath Rao, Pro Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences; Dr. Narayana Sabhahit, Pro Vice Chancellor -Technology & Science; Dr. N N Sharma, Pro Vice Chancellor - Strategy & Planning; and Dr Vinod Nayak, Secretary of the Sports Council.

Lt. Gen. (Dr) M. D. Venkatesh expressed his happiness at having Sharath Kamal on the MAHE campus, stating, "We are privileged to welcome a sports legend like Sharath Kamal to our institution. His visit is a source of great inspiration for our students and faculty alike, and we look forward to many collaborative initiatives that will benefit our sports programs."

Dr H.S. Ballal, Pro Chancellor Manipal Academy of Higher Education, remarked, "We are delighted to have welcomed Sharath Kamal and Mr Manav Mukund to our campus. Their expertise and vision align perfectly with our mission to provide holistic education and top-tier opportunities for our students. This visit marks a significant step towards strengthening our sports programs and fostering industry connections. It is also a moment of immense pride for us as Sharath Kamal, a two-time Commonwealth Games champion and Khel Ratna awardee, has been named India's flag-bearer for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). On behalf of MAHE, I wish the Indian Olympic team the very best of luck."

Dr Arun Maiya, Dean of the Manipal College of Health Professions (MCHP), spoke on the role of MCHP in enhancing sports education, elaborating, "MCHP is dedicated to integrating sports education into our curriculum to develop well-rounded athletes and professionals. This visit by Sharath Kamal underscores our commitment to advancing sports sciences and education."

Dr Sandeep S Shenoy, Professor & Head of the Department of Commerce at MAHE, spoke about the introduction of new courses, including a Master of Sports program at the Department of Commerce, elaborating, "We are excited to have a Master of Sports program, which aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the sports industry. This initiative is part of our broader effort to expand our academic offerings and provide more opportunities for our students."

Mr Sukavaneshwar, a former international basketball player, was also present at the event. He expressed his vision for MAHE, stating, "Manipal has all the capabilities to become the sports medicine hub of Asia. With its state-of-the-art infrastructure and commitment to excellence in education and sports, MAHE is well-positioned to lead in this field. I am confident that with the right support and initiatives, we can make this vision a reality."

During the visit, Sharath Kamal also interacted with MAHE students, sharing his experiences and inspiring them with his journey and achievements. Their visit aimed to explore opportunities for MAHE to enhance its sports infrastructure and connect students with leading corporates, ensuring a robust platform for internships and career advancements.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

OPPO Releases 2023 Sustainability Report On The World Environment Day

Today, on World Environment Day, the leading global technology company OPPO releases its 2023 Sustainability Report. In its fourth annual report, the company reveals its progress and long-term plan towards sustainability. Guided by the mission of “Technology for Mankind, Kindness for the World”, OPPO focus on five key areas towards sustainable development: virtuous innovation, environmental protection, ecosystem engagement, operation and compliance, and caring for employees.

In 2023, OPPO pledged for the first time to achieve carbon neutrality across its global operations by 2050. Through key actions such as the use of renewable energy and improvements in energy efficiency, the company is already showing progress towards this goal. For example, OPPO has reduced its annual CO2 emissions by 2,819 tons with solar panels and saved 8,947 tons more through energy-efficient manufacturing. The company also prioritizes product lifecycle management by removing plastics from packaging and recycling old smartphones. In 2023, approximately 1.1 million devices were recycled through the Trade-In Service in Chinese market.

As a corporate global citizen, OPPO also partners with communities, governments, non-profit organizations, research institutes, and its users worldwide to take actions on corporate social responsibility. In 2023, OPPO donated over RMB 23.21 million to education foundations and charity organizations to support environmental protection, youth empowerment, digital inclusion, and health and wellbeing initiatives.

Over the past year, OPPO has continued to innovate and drive the adoption of technology in areas including AI, accessibility, and health. To date, OPPO has filed over 101,000 patent applications globally, of which 91% are invention patents. According to data from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), OPPO ranked 9th in the number of International Patent Treaty (PCT) applications in 2023, marking the fifth consecutive year OPPO has been in the global top 10. In December 2023, OPPO unveiled AndesGPT, its first self-trained large language model, which was soon followed by its official entry into the Era of AI Phone, and its commitment to making AI Phone Accessible to Everyone. Also, OPPO strives to work with global entrepreneurs and technology professionals to shape the future of sustainability. Through launching the OPPO Inspiration Challenge, which called for innovative solutions under “Inspiration for People” and “Inspiration for the Planet” categories, OPPO aims to bring these innovations to life.

Through its vision of becoming a healthier and more sustainable company, OPPO will continue to using the power of technology and innovation to drive sustainable development, and ultimately build a better world with the joint-efforts of its partners and stakeholders.

Learn more about OPPO’s sustainability journey, please read the 2023 OPPO Sustainability Report:

About OPPO

OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since the launch of its first mobile phone - “Smiley Face” - in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the perfect synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology. Today, OPPO provides a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find X and Reno series. Beyond devices, OPPO also provides its users with ColorOS operating system and internet services such as OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO has footprints in more than 60 countries and regions, with more than 40,000 employees dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Electric Airport Taxis From Refex eVeelz Begin Operations At Bengaluru Airport

* The big step towards sustainability was taken on World Environment Day

A new fleet of electric vehicle (EV) Airport Taxis from Refex eVeelz by Refex Group’s Green Mobility vertical has been introduced at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru today to mark the World Environment Day. The new EV fleet comprises 175 compact SUVs and comes in two colours – teal and pink.

Sharing more details about the sustainability initiatives, Hari Marar, Managing Director & CEO of Bangalore International Airport Ltd, said, “At BIAL, our commitment to environmental sustainability drives us to continually innovate. The introduction of the EV taxi fleet and the tree planting drive are significant strides towards reducing our carbon footprint and enhancing the green spaces within the airport.  As many as 100 trees have been planted in the campus showcasing our dedication to nurture and revitalise the surroundings and also create greener spaces.  With a strong focus on providing sustainable ecological solutions, these dual initiatives will positively contribute to the ecosystem and improve the overall experience for the passengers and the local community.”

Passengers can book the new EV Taxis, either at the airport taxi stands in both terminals or through the BLR Pulse mobile application.  While the teal-coloured SUVs echoes BLR Airport’s unwavering dedication to sustainability, the pink ones are for female passengers, also operated by female drivers. As an enhanced safety measure, each female passenger is provided with a ‘Pink Card’ with contact numbers of duty manager, local police and ambulance services.

Speaking on the occasion, Anil Jain, Managing Director, Refex Group said, “Refex’s Green Mobility vertical is on a mission to provide reliable, safe and cleaner options of commute through Refex eVeelz. Our 100% company owned and leased EV fleet, our driver partners, and our processes provide a safe and ecofriendly commuting experience.”

With Refex eVeelz fleet in action, over 50 percent of the fleet at the airport has become electric. The carbon emissions from the BLR airport will be reduced drastically and this will prove beneficial to the immediate airport surroundings and beyond.

Bangalore International Airport Ltd continues to work towards attaining its long-term vision of transitioning all vehicles at BLR Airport to sustainable options. The successful implementation of semi-robotic aircraft towering vehicles and EV vehicles on both airside and landside is contributing to broader environmental goals, fostering a greener future for all.

Photo Caption: Hari Marar, Managing Director & CEO of Bangalore International Airport Ltd and Anil Jain, Managing Director, Refex Group along with other officials at the flag off Electric Airport Taxis from Refex eVeelz begin operations at Bengaluru Airport.

On World Environment Day, AU Small Finance Bank Organizes Nationwide tTee Plantation Drive

AU Small Finance Bank (AU SFB), India’s largest small finance bank, in a demonstration of its commitment to environmental sustainability, organized an extensive “Tree Plantation” drive on World Environment Day, today. The plantation drive spanned eleven locations across India, including Jaipur, Chandigarh, Delhi, Raipur, Ahmedabad, Rohtak, Bengaluru, Indore, Mumbai, Pune, and Kolkata.

5th June is celebrated as World Environment Day globally. This year’s theme is land restoration, desertification and drought resilience and the slogan is ‘Our Land Our Future’. As tree plantation helps in land restoration, avoid desertification, and make ecosystem drought resilient, AU SFB has planned this drive.

While highlighting its significance, Mr. Sanjay Agarwal, Founder, MD & CEO, AU Small Finance Bank, said, “This tree plantation drive aligns with our unwavering commitment to the environment and sustainable practices. AU SFB recognizes ‘Environment’ as a key stakeholder and therefore we have intensified our sustainability efforts under the guidance of the Sustainability Committee of the Board. As an organization we are committed to a sustainable future."

AU Small Finance Bank is at the forefront of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives, reflected by its enhanced ratings on prominent sustainability platforms. This recognition underscores the bank’s commitment to sustainability and its pioneering efforts in the banking industry.

Furthering its commitment to ESG initiatives and customer-centric solutions, AU Small Finance Bank also offers AU Green Fixed Deposit. Funds raised through this innovative product are exclusively allocated to essential green projects, including solar power and electric mobility solutions, thereby supporting climate action.

About AU Small Finance Bank

AU Small Finance Bank Limited (AU SFB) is a scheduled commercial bank and has established itself as the largest SFB in India since starting its banking journey in April 2017. Established in 1996 by Mr. Sanjay Agarwal, a first-generation entrepreneur, AU SFB boasts a 29 years-legacy with deep understanding of the rural and semi-urban markets and customer segments. The Bank operates a sustainable business model that facilitates credit to the unserved and underserved retail and MSME customer segments while providing complete banking solutions to its deposit and branch banking customers. As a tech-led Bank, AU has a strong digital presence with innovative products and services like 24X7 video banking, credit cards, personal loans, UPI QRs, payments, merchant lending, WhatsApp Banking, Chatbots etc. and its digital bank application AU0101 remains among the higher rated banking apps in India.

The Bank operates from 2,383 banking touchpoints across 21 States & 4 Union Territories serving 1.1 Cr customers with an employee base of 46,000+ employees. As on 31st Mar’24, on the proforma merged basis, Bank has a Net worth of ?14,980 Cr, deposit base of ?97,704 Cr, Gross Loan Portfolio of ?96,490 Cr and a Balance sheet size of ?1.26 Lac Cr. AU SFB enjoys the trust of marquee investors and is listed at both NSE and BSE. It has consistently maintained high external credit Rating and is presently rated ‘AA/Stable’ by CRISIL, CARE Ratings and India Ratings, while the Bank’s FD is rated ‘AA+/Stable’ from CRISIL Ratings.


Coca-Cola India Celebrates World Environment Day With #BenchPeBaat, Reviving The Spirit Of Genuine Connections

~ #BenchPeBaat showcases the sustainable benches, each made from 50 kgs of recycled plastic waste collected during ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 ~

~ Benches installed across schools, colleges, public parks, and municipal corporation offices in 10 cities in India ~

In celebration of World Environment Day, Coca-Cola India today launched #BenchPeBaat, a campaign aimed at reviving the spirit of true connections and conversations among people. This is a celebration of Coca-Cola India’s commitment to creating a World Without Waste through a circular economy and fostering meaningful interactions in communities across India. Coca-Cola India through its foundation, Anandana, in partnership with United Way Mumbai has installed 380 sustainable benches in 10 cities in India. These repurposed benches, crafted from recycled plastic waste collected during the ICC World Cup 2023, aim to make a refreshing difference, one conversation at a time.

Each bench is created from approx. 50 Kgs of recycled plastic waste. These eco-friendly benches have been installed in schools, colleges, public parks, and municipal corporation offices across 10 cities in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Dharamshala, and Lucknow.

Speaking on the campaign, Rajesh Ayapilla, Senior Director-CSR and Sustainability for Coca-Cola India and Southwest Asia (INSWA), said, “At Coca-Cola India, we are steadfast in our commitment towards our global strategy called World Without Waste which drives systemic change through a circular economy of packaging. Our #BenchPeBaat campaign is a testament to our dedication towards sustainability, as we transform waste into meaningful community assets. These sustainable benches symbolize our efforts to reduce environmental impact." 

The campaign film conceptualized by Havas People India - Talent communication and Employer branding agency of Havas India, features a blend of innovative AI-generated visuals that beautifully capture the essence of its message. The film has been meticulously crafted to immerse viewers in the story of the sustainable benches as conversation starters, through heartwarming and colorful imagery that resonates deeply with the audience.

On the campaign, Arindam Sengupta, MD of Havas People India - Talent communication and employer branding agency of Havas India, said, "We are proud to partner with Coca-Cola India on the groundbreaking #BenchPeBaat campaign, which ignites awareness and dedication to sustainability. Together, we are transforming waste into eco-friendly collaterals, underscoring our shared commitment to creating meaningful environmental stewardship. This collaboration inspires change and fosters a brighter, more sustainable future for generations to come, showcasing how we brought this vision to life and made a real difference."

George Aikara, CEO, United Way Mumbai, said, “We are thrilled to collaborate with Coca-Cola India on the #BenchPeBaat campaign. By transforming plastic waste gathered during the ICC Cricket World Cup into eco-friendly benches, we are not only addressing the waste problem but also enriching our communities with innovative street furniture, creating vibrant social spaces. This initiative exemplifies sustainable practices, promoting environmental awareness, while the benches serve as focal points for community engagement.”

Last year, Coca-Cola India teamed up with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and United Way Mumbai during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023, strategically placing Reverse Vending Machines and collection bins at stadium touchpoints and ICC hospitality zones in 10 host cities. The recycled plastic waste collected was then repurposed into the approximately 380 sustainable benches that have been installed across 10 cities in India.

About Coca-Cola India:

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

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

Globally together with its bottling partners, The Coca-Cola Company employs more than 7,00,000 people, helping to bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. 

Bank of Baroda Marks World Environment Day With A Thrust On Green

* Adopts Parks and Conducts Plantation Drives; Mobilises Green Deposits

On the occasion of World Environment Day, Bank of Baroda, one of India’s leading public sector banks, conducted a number of initiatives to reaffirm the Bank’s commitment and responsibility towards protecting and preserving Mother Earth.

Bank of Baroda’s offices across the country have adopted parks and gardens and have undertaken 498 plantation programmes. By adopting parks, the Bank will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the garden, planting trees and flower beds and keeping the garden litter-free.

Further, in the run-up to World Environment Day, the Bank conducted an awareness drive focused on the recently-launched BOB Earth Green Term Deposit Scheme, outlining the benefits of the scheme for both depositors and the environment. BOB Earth Green Term Deposits offers interest rates of up to 7.15% p.a. and funds raised will be deployed towards financing eligible environment-friendly projects and sectors. In just two days, the Bank has opened over 4,000 accounts, with total deposits amounting to Rs 16.92 crore.

While launching the plantation drive at Bank of Baroda’s corporate office, Shri Debadatta Chand, Managing Director & CEO, Bank of Baroda said, “At Bank of Baroda, we are committed to taking tangible measures that will pave the way for a greener tomorrow. We have seen firsthand the impact of climate change and global warming with different parts of the country experiencing intense heatwaves this year. The time to act is now and World Environment Day is an opportune occasion for all of us to pledge our support towards creating a sustainable future for the generations to come.”

Phot Caption: Shri Debadatta Chand, MD & CEO, launching Bank of Baroda's plantation drive on the occasion of World Environment Day.

Westin Hotels & Resorts Presents An Wellness Experience & Marriott Bonvoy Moments With US Paralympic Gold Medallist, Gregory Burns

* Marriott Bonvoy members can enjoy exclusive engagements and masterclasses with the expert at select Westin Hotels in India.

Westin Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of over 30 extraordinary hotel brands, is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for its members to be a part of a limited-time, Marriott Bonvoy Moments experience with Paralympic gold medallist and artist, Gregory Burns, at select Westin Hotels & Resorts in India from 14 – 26 June, 2024.

As part of this exclusive experience, bespoke itineraries at The Westin Resort & Spa, Himalayas and The Westin Goa, will be available through Marriott Bonvoy Moments, the platform where members can use points earned from travel and everyday activities to redeem either fixed-price or auction-style experiences. Three packages at both resorts will be up for auction from 31 May to 9 June each inclusive of a 3-night stay and experiences for two guests.

The curated itineraries will see guests embark on an artistic exploration of breathtaking landscapes and vibrant cultures of the two regions interspersed with wellness activities and have the opportunity to engage in insightful conversations with Gregory, all complemented by the luxurious hospitality of Westin Hotels & Resorts.

Gregory Burns, a three-time Paralympic gold medallist and world record holder in swimming, is celebrated globally as a distinguished athlete, acclaimed artist, motivational speaker and author. Known for his resilience and discipline in Paralympic sports and unique artistic expression, Gregory will host guided artistic wellness itineraries and inspirational, interactive group sessions.

Sharing his thoughts on his upcoming India visit, Gregory Burns said - “India remains one of Angie and my favorite travel destinations with its rich tapestry of color and imagery. I first entered India in 1985 with a backpack, spending 9 months crisscrossing the country while capturing scenes and sacred sites with pencil and paint. Its truly exciting to revisit the Himalayas and Goa where I experienced and learned so much so many decades ago. These unique Marriott Bonvoy Moments planned for Westin Resort & Spa, Himalayas and Westin Goa will combine the magnificence of nature and wellness awareness with a dash of culture and culinary exploration. Our distinctive forays into the mountains where art meets spirituality will compliment the ethnic overview gleaned from our explorations of Goa. We look forward to these once in a lifetime adventures”.

On curating this exclusive experience with Gregory, Khushnooma Kapadia, Vice President of Marketing, South Asia at Marriott International says “Through Marriott Bonvoy, our goal has always been to offer our members unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that connects them to the people, places, and passion they love. We are thrilled to have Gregory Burns lead our members on this holistic wellness journey, whether in the serene hills of Uttarakhand or the picturesque beaches of Goa. Mr. Burns perfectly embodies the spirit of holistic wellness, a core value of the Westin Brand, recognized as hospitality’s global leader in well-being for over a decade. Our ambition is to elevate the array of captivating experiences that Marriott Bonvoy provides to our discerning members, ensuring each engagement is memorable and transformative”.

The 4 day/ 3 night itineraries at The Westin Resort & Spa, Himalayas and The Westin Goa promise an immersive experience filled with engaging activities. Nestled in Rishikesh, renowned for its spiritual ambiance and tranquillity, The Westin Himalayas Resort & Spa will offer adventure led activities such as the Kunjapuri trek focused on heightening spiritual awareness. Gregory will also join guests as they visit Rishikesh’s most famous spots including Ram Jhula, German Bakery, Tattva Cafe, Bharat Mandir and Beatles Ashram. Gregory’s hands-on Himalayan painting manifestation is a must-do along with a sound-based healing meditation. Alternatively, soak in the sunlight and crisp mountain air at Akasa, the all-day dining restaurant, while savouring Himalayan- inspired culinary delights throughout the trip.

Likewise, at The Westin Goa, located just 700 meters from the picturesque Anjuna beach, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a chef-led masterclass session, immersing themselves in the rich flavours of local Goan cuisine. This will be followed by a thoroughly engaging studio painting session lead by Gregory. Guests can also look forward to an expedition to the Goa Art Gallery and museum, followed by a dialogue with Gregory, where he shares some profound life experiences.

At Westin Hotels & Resorts, signature wellness programs and tailored experiences empower guests to maintain their routine, no matter where they travel, transcending the rigors of travel while on the road through the brand’s Six Pillars of well-being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well, and Play Well. 

Marriott Bonvoy members are invited to bid for a chance to be part of this extraordinary experience by visiting the Marriott Bonvoy Moments site.

Bombay Brasserie Travels To Malleshwaram; A New Bangalore Outlet Now Open In Orion Mall

 * The latest destination in the heart of Malleshwaram to take you on an armchair cultural and culinary journey across India - Bombay Brasserie opens doors in Orion Mall.

Situated in the tranquil setting of Malleshwaram in Northwest Bengaluru, Bombay Brasserie is the latest destination to experience Indian art, culture and culinary nuances in an all-new essence with a charming art-deco vibe. The brand-new food menu showcases recipes from across different regional cultures with a progressive spin and the bar menu brings you nostalgic favourites and fresh creative concoctions with an inventive flair. The new menu will be available at the newest outlet in Orion Mall outlet as well as the other 3 outlets in Bengaluru i.e. Indiranagar, Bellandur & Bengaluru T2 Airport.

The sprawling indoor space encompasses a beautiful handmade vibrant kite lighting feature suspended from the ceiling painting a buoyant picture of India’s spirited and multi-cultural harvest season. A tribute to the lifeline of Mumbai – the Bombay Dabbawallas can be seen on a beautiful corner with a collection of vintage tin tiffins honouring the institution of men who use Mumbai’s famed local railway to deliver home-cooked meals to office goers across the city. As you enter the space, take a moment to marvel at the Incredible India Wall that’s adorned with a series of picture frames representing India’s rich history through paintings, maps and recipe books. With a prolific heritage of handcrafted and hand painted wooden dolls, an entire wall is dedicated as an ode to this unique Indian craft.  The dining experience is amplified with a picturesque al fresco seating area with the timeless charm which is perfect for the refreshing Bangalore weather

An attractive bar with a 360-degree view of the restaurant, the bar is finished with antique mirrors and vintage brass shelves which hold our unique homemade infusions, bitters and tinctures to serve a well-travelled collection of old favourites and refreshing new India inspired brews. The mood lighting art deco lamp shades create an ideal setting for experiencing the depth of the space while indulging in the eclectic menu with regional Indian fare and inventive cocktails.

The new food menu pays homage to many of India’s distinctive ingredients some of which are remote and sourced specially such as Black Stone Flower, Bhoot Jolokia, and many more from across the lengths and breadths of India, along with regional Indian specialties presented with our progressive spin. The menus’ latest Small Plates comprise of texture rich Hot Kadhi Samosa Chaat, South-inspired Mushroom Pepper Taco and a crunchy Street Fried Chicken. Hot Plates and Street Grills have additions like the street inspired Paraath Paneer, and Charminar Murg Boti. The Big Plates and Biryanis comprises of the unique Pulled Jackfruit Masala with Curried Butter Parotta, home-style garam masala inspired Punjabi Cooker Chicken and the Egg Tadka Biryani. New Desserts include the indulgent Chocolate Rocky Road and Bombay Ice Cream Sandwich. The old crowd favourites like Aam Papad Paneer, Kashmiri Naan Kebab, Naga Gosht Pepper Wings, Fiery Thecha Prawns, Paneer Sirka Pyaz, Mario’s Mango Prawns & Coconut Rice, Chatka Chhole Kulche, and Anglo-Indian Bread Pudding have also made it to the new menu.

The bar at Bombay Brasserie is a well-travelled one, taking you on a high-spirited journey across India and trip through the 90’s nostalgia. Old favourites from across cultures comfortably sit alongside refreshing new concoctions, mixed up with our signature modern ¬flair.  The bar menu features signature ‘Pauwa Cocktails’ like the classic Janta Bar or the refreshing Bombay Rita and ‘Desi Cocktails’ namely Keri Magic & the Smoked Murabba Barni that take inspiration from every Indian’s cherished childhood memories, along with the diverse ingredients and regional nuances of India; while the contemporary ‘Angrezi Cocktails’ like the Mexican Cafétini & Nutyy Port Manhattan are designed for those with the abroad-wali cravings.

From small bites to street grills, paired specials to big plates, Indian and global cocktails, a vast spirit and wine list, with additions of the latest homegrown Indian craft spirits and beers, Bombay Brasserie is a space fit for all occasions, right from a casual lunch/dinner, office lunches, family gatherings, to date nights and special celebrations. With impeccable service, it sports an ideal vibe for enjoyable conversations and memorable times while taking you on an armchair adventure across the country with every bite and each sip.

Ranjan Chakraborty, Business Head, Bombay Brasserie says, “We are thrilled to open Bengaluru’s 4th Bombay Brasserie in Orion Mall with a stunning ambience and an all-new menu. With all the love & support Bengaluru has shown us, it was only fitting we bring our signature BB experience to yet another neighbourhood of this vibrant city. We are confident that our discerning guests will love their dining experience surrounded by a unique design that seamlessly weaves together India's rich heritage of art, crafts, and nostalgic elements, immersing you in an armchair journey through the country's diverse cultural tapestry. The new menu, thoughtfully curated, features dishes that inspire curiosity, interaction and evoke cherished memories while staying true to India’s culinary lineage”.

From journey to the destination, we are bringing you more of the BB you know and love with an eclectic dining experience for every armchair traveller. We aim to take you on a memorable journey through a potpourri of India’s art, culture and culinary nuances – Bombay Brasserie Orion Mall is now open to serve, pour and please.

Address: Orion Mall, Unit #24, Upper Ground Floor, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560055

Social Media: Instagram: @bombaybrasserie_in | Facebook: @bombaybrasserieindia 


ELGi EG PM "Permanent Magnet" Oil-Lubricated Screw Compressors To Deliver Class-Leading Lifecycle Value

* Re-affirming ELGi’s commitment to delivering advanced, compressed air solutions to meet the evolving needs of the global manufacturing sector

Elgi Equipments (BSE: 522074 NSE: ELGIEQUIP), one of the world’s leading air compressor manufacturers, has announced an upgrade to the EG Series range with the introduction of the EG PM (Permanent Magnet) oil-lubricated screw air compressors available from 11- 45 kW. The state-of-the-art EG PM is poised to deliver up to 15% improved efficiency gains, aside from an incremental FAD or free air delivery of 16% for every customer. The EG PM series is tailored to deliver superior performance and energy efficiency, providing unmatched life cycle value across varying load capacities, even at 100% load conditions, unlike many compressors that operate below 80% load capacity.

The EG PM Series offers customers a range of intelligent features engineered to minimise energy consumption and, as a result, reduce environmental impact. The high-efficiency drive system incorporates a proprietary ultra-efficient IE5+ permanent magnet synchronous motor tailored specifically for ELGi airends. The motor efficiencies between 96.5% and 97.6% are well above the IE5* levels, resulting in maximised energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction. 

The directly coupled system offers optimized lower motor and airend speeds, ensuring synchronous operation and optimal performance, which is particularly effective in variable speed applications. An intelligent thermal valve with an ambient temperature sensor maintains oil at ideal operating temperatures, preventing excessive heating in colder months and resulting in improved energy efficiency. The Neuron 4 controller offers a comprehensive solution for superior and reliable compressor operation. Equipped with an industrial-grade 7-inch touchscreen interface and intelligent algorithms, the Neuron 4 is designed to optimize energy usage, enhance overall operational efficiency, ensure safe and controlled operations, and facilitate proactive maintenance.

"At ELGi, our commitment to 'Always Better' drives us to constantly improve our products, maximizing efficiency and dependability to lower lifecycle expenses and lessen the environmental footprint of our customers' operations," stated Bhavesh Karia, President ISAAME and SEA, Elgi Equipments Ltd. "Designed for a broad section of the manufacturing industry, the EG PM Series spans the 11 to 45 kW range, offering significant energy savings and decreased carbon emissions right away."

The new EG PM range comes with ELGi’s superior warranty* package, which includes a 10-year warranty on the airend, five years on other compressor components, three years on the VFD, and one year on electrical and rubber parts.

"Our extended warranty demonstrates the dependability of our products and offers our customers extra peace of mind," explained Bhavesh Karia, President ISAAME and SEA, Elgi Equipments Ltd. "With our thorough warranty coverage and broad channel partner network, we guarantee proximity to our customers, ensuring swift and effective service responses. This approach helps maintain the industry's best uptime and minimizes lifecycle costs."

For more details on the EG PM Series or to inquire about our products, please visit our website or contact our support team.

*Terms & Conditions apply.

About ELGi: Elgi Equipments Limited is a global air compressor manufacturer with a broad line of innovative and technologically superior compressed air systems. ELGi has consistently worked towards ensuring that its customers achieve their productivity goals while keeping the cost of ownership low. ELGi offers a complete range of compressed air solutions, from oil-lubricated and oil-free rotary screw compressors, oil-lubricated and oil-free reciprocating compressors, and centrifugal compressors to dryers, filters, and downstream accessories. The company's portfolio of over 400 products has found wide application across industries. For further information on the organisation and its products, visit

Celebration of World Environment Day 2024 At Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), an Institution of Eminence, deemed to be university, one of India’s leading research-focused educational institutions, celebrated World Environment Day 2024 at their campus in Manipal, on 5th June 2024. With several dignitaries present, the event began at 9:00 AM and was flagged off by Dr. HS Ballal, Pro Chancellor, MAHE. Among those present were Dr. Giridhar P Kini, Registrar, MAHE, Dr. Raviraja NS, Director-Planning and Monitoring, MAHE and Cdr (Dr.) Anil Rana, Director, MIT. 

At 9:50 AM, the Institution Heads and Leadership Team planted saplings to set the event in motion. The dignitaries were called to the dais, followed by an invocation performed by the students at Mukunda Kripa School in honour of the celebration. Cdr (Dr.) Anil Rana gave a welcome address, following which students Ms Shivani R and Mas Tanvi delivered talks on Environment Day in English and Kannada, respectively. 

Addressing the audience, Dr. H S Ballal said, “It is of the utmost importance that we attempt to work with, rather than against mother nature. Development can only be ideal in achievement if the needs of future generations are also kept in mind. We must stay away from selfish, harmful practises of production and work towards a future where humanity and environment perfectly co-exist.”

Providing a message on Environment Day, Dr. Giridhar P Kini said, “World Environment Day is a call to remember the importance of the flora and fauna that belong to the planet, just as much as we do. It is our duty to work throughout the year, to empower those who cannot empower themselves, which includes plants and animals. This World Environment Day, let us vow to be responsible for a positive change.” He also explained the Sustainable Development Goals and activities of MAHE towards this effect.

Speaking about the importance of Environment Day, Dr. Raviraja NS said, “True environmental revolution can be achieved if we come together and work towards helping our planet develop. By simple steps like keeping our surroundings clean and spreading awareness about the importance of environmental preservation, we all can do our bit for land restoration and to protect our land from desertification and draught. Let us make a resolution to preserve our planet for the future generations.”

Concluding the ceremony with national anthem, Mr Balakrishna Prabhu, Estate Officer, MAHE extended a heartfelt vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to the dignitaries, college faculties, students, and everyone else gathered.        

16 Aakash Educational Services Students Become Highest NEET Scorers, Achieve 720/720 And Secure AIR 01

* Out of the 16, 14 are Classroom Students while 2 are DLP Students

A whopping 16 Students of Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL), the undisputed national leader in test preparation services, have created history by securing rank AIR 01 in NEET UG examination 2024 by scoring 720/720 each. Out of these 16, 14 are Classroom Students and two are from Aakash’s Distance Learning Programme (DLP). The results were announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

This is a feat that is unparalleled in the test preparation sector.

Aakashians who have secured the AIR 01 are Mridul Manya Anand (from Greater Noida), Ayush Naugraiya (From Jhansi), Akshat Pangaria (Haldwani), Aditya Kumar Panda (Chennai), Arghyadeep Dutta (Kolkata), Saksham Agrawal (Siliguri), Sujoy Dutta (Delhi), Aryan Yadav (Lucknow), Manav Priyadarshi (Ranchi), Palansha Agarwal (Mumbai-Nerul), Dhruv Garg, Samit Kumar Saini and Iram Quazi (Jaipur) and Kriti Sharma (Surat). 

The two students who were enrolled in the DLP programme of Aakash are KRISHNAMURTI PANKAJ SHIWAL and Gunmay Garg.

The students were enrolled in AESL's classroom program to prepare for NEET, widely regarded as one of the toughest entrance exams globally. They attribute their remarkable success to their rigorous understanding of concepts and strict adherence to a disciplined study schedule. "We are grateful that Aakash has helped us with both. But for the content and coaching from AESL, we would not have grasped many concepts in different subjects in a short period of time," the students expressed.  

Congratulating the students on the extraordinary achievement, Mr. Deepak Mehrotra, CEO and MD of Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL), said, "We congratulate the students for the exemplary feat. Their achievement speaks volumes of their hard work and dedication as well as the support of their parents. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors."

 NEET is conducted annually by National Testing Agency as a qualifying test for students who wish to pursue undergraduate medical (MBBS), dental (BDS) and AYUSH (BAMS, BUMS, BHMS, etc.) courses in government and private institutions in India and also, for those intending to pursue primary medical qualification abroad.

Men of Platinum: Your Playbook For Cricket Game Day Style

As the a new cricketing season dawns, it calls for both passion and panache! As you cheer on your favourite team, upgrade your game-day look with statement pieces from the latest Men of Platinum collection. Crafted from one of the world's most precious and rare metals, platinum is found only in select locations across the globe, making it a truly exclusive choice. Its sleekness and durability make it the perfect match for high-energy style.

Whether you're cheering from the stands, meeting up with friends to watch the game together, or catching a screening of the match at your nearest sports bar, platinum jewellery can add a touch of sophistication and panache to your ensemble. From sleek chains and bold wristwear to statement rings, platinum jewellery pieces accentuate your look with modern elegance and understated charm.

The latest collection from Men of Platinum offers a variety of pieces across neckwear, wristwear and rings that seek inspiration from global trends in men's jewellery. Crafted from 95% pure platinum, each design can be paired with a variety of outfits and styled in multiple ways. True to platinum's inherent qualities, the collection features clean, bold lines and distinctive emblems, crests in solid forms, and aerodynamic elements along with intricate details, incisions, and embellishments.

The natural white of platinum complements any attire, exuding understated luxury. Make a stylish statement on game day with statement pieces from Men of Platinum, reflecting your passion for cricket and impeccable sense of style while showcasing the rarity and preciousness of this one-of-a-kind metal.

Men of Platinum’s latest collection is available in leading jewellery retail stores across the country. Here are some statement pieces that will definitely make you stand out, as you cheer for your favourite team this cricketing season:

Platinum Wristwear – Sleek Sophistication with a Modern Twist

Elevate your game-day style with Men of Platinum's latest range of wristwear, featuring a captivating array of designs that seamlessly blend modern elegance with solid form. This versatile collection showcases chain-linked bracelets that exude a bold, contemporary charm, sleek cuff bracelets that epitomize minimalist sophistication, kadas with a modern twist and statement pieces adorned with unique designs, intricate incisions, and eye-catching embellishments.

Whether you're pairing your platinum wristwear with a smart tee for a casual, yet refined look or elevating your ensemble with a crisp shirt and chinos, these pieces are the perfect accessories to make a stylish statement as you head to the nearest sports bar to catch the game with your crew. 

Platinum Chains - Sleek Statements for the Modern Man

Platinum chains from this exquisite Men of Platinum collection, are bold but understated. They are moulded to precision with intricately cut links – perfect to make a lasting impression. Whether you choose a minimalist a chain with crisp & clean lines or a two-toned piece with hints of rose gold, wear these chains with your jerseys, polo tees and denims and you are sure to ace your match day fashion game as you head to the stadium and watch the action unfold live!

Platinum Rings – Precision-Crafted, Perfectly Suited

Discover the perfect finishing touch for any ensemble with Men of Platinum's latest collection of exquisitely crafted rings. This stunning range offers a wide array of choices to suit your unique personality. Make a bold statement with oversized rings that command attention, or opt for the classic elegance of signet rings, adorned with intricate detailing and meticulous craftsmanship.

For those who dare to be different, the collection also features rings with vibrant colored enamel, adding a pop of color and a touch of avant-garde style to your look. Take your IPL game-day fashion to the next level by choosing a colored ring that matches your favorite team's jersey, creating a perfect fusion of sports enthusiasm and fashion-forward styling. With Men of Platinum's ring collection, you can effortlessly express your individuality, whether you're cheering from the stands or celebrating with friends at the after-party.

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Platinum Guild International (PGI) is a marketing organisation with the vision to develop the global platinum jewellery market as a new demand source for platinum. It was formed in 1975 with specialist teams dedicated to growing the global platinum jewellery market through consumer and trade-facing programmes in the four key jewellery markets of China, India, Japan and USA. Since then, jewellery development has demonstrated a strong track record in delivering results. Through various programmes, both direct-to-consumer and in collaboration with jewellery retailers and manufacturers, PGI creates consumer ounce demand by first identifying opportunities for platinum in jewellery, and then developing them with partners. It also aims to build an enduring commitment to platinum in jewellery. PGI’s consumer marketing and educational programmes are focused on developing awareness and an appreciation for platinum’s unique properties as a precious metal for fine jewellery.In addition, PGI works globally with collaborative partners running extensive marketing programmes in the four main platinum jewellery markets of China, Japan, USA and India. These markets are staffed with experts in strategic planning, marketing, retail, design and business development.

PGI is funded by the leading platinum producers of South Africa, as well as through co-funded programmes with the jewellery industry.


PGI has partnered with TUV India Pvt Ltd to implement a robust audit programme to ensure the purity of platinum under its programme. TUV is one of the country’s first certification bodies and has been closely associated with the quality revolution in India. Under Platinum Guild India’s quality assurance programme, each individual piece of jewellery has an assured purity as high as 95%. And as a proof of this assurance, every piece is stamped ‘Pt950’ and comes with a tamper-proof quality assurance card that distinguishes authentic platinum from other jewellery.

A Unique Identification Number is also stamped on the jewellery in addition to the detailed description of the piece you choose for yourself. Our quality assurance programme is in place to ensure transparency and that the platinum the consumer buys is of the highest quality. After all, that is what true value is all about.

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