Saturday, June 15, 2024

NVS Travel Solutions Launches Eicher EV Bus For Employee Transportation



NVS Travel Solutions today launched India’s first ever electric bus fleet for employee transportation in Bangalore. Eicher, one of the leading EV bus manufacturers, handed over the first bus to NVS Travel Solutions today.

Established in 2007, NVS Travel Solutions today has a fleet of over 900 vehicles including buses, mini buses, and cars. Out of which company itself owns over 500 vehicles. Over the years the company is recognised as one of leading operators in employee and school transportation. The company also pioneered its own technology to track and manage its fleet. An in-house app Roorides made the complex system of school and employee transportation easier and provided better service experiences.

The introduction of electric buses for employee transportation is considered a unique one for the fact that the cost of each EV bus is 3- 4 times higher than conventional diesel buses. So far only government bodies are operating EV buses for public transportation with an MoU with select EV bus manufacturers.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Nagaraj N.V., the CEO and founder of NVS Travel Solutions “There is no subsidy from the government on EV buses. Hence these buses costs exorbitant. No companies are willing to buy and operate them though they are environmentally conscious and willing to contribute for sustainable environment. There is demand for the EV buses for employee transportation. Because these buses costs 3- 4 times higher than conventional buses, no private travel operators come forward to buy them. However, we have developed a business model that enables corporations and manufacturing companies to efficiently achieve their carbon footprint reduction goals.

"Our focus on employee transport safety led us to launch our successful Employee Transport Solution, which emphasizes reliability, safe transportation systems, and transparent pricing techniques, while providing significant cost savings. We offer various service options, including monthly contracts, hire basis, kilometre basis, trip basis, and head basis, all without compromising on the quality, safety, comfort, and convenience for schools & enterprises alike", he added.

The EV bus fleet marks a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions and creating a cleaner, greener future. The successful launch of NVS Travels' Employee Transport Operator-owned EV bus fleet sets a new benchmark in the corporate transport industry. NVS Travels continues to drive forward with its mission to provide reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable transport solutions, revolutionizing employee transportation in India.

To mark the occasion, NVS Travel Solutions today organised a panel discussion under the theme, "Green Wheels, Greener Future: Future of Mobility," which highlighted the importance of electric vehicles in employee transportation. Representatives of various concerned industries participated in the discussion. The discussion reinforced the significance of sustainable mobility in the corporate sector.The speakers stressed on the need for EV buses to facilitate last-mile mobility.

“We believe in paving the way to a sustainable future. In our commitment to environmental sustainability, we use innovative alternative technology to significantly reduce carbon emission and provide cost effective solution for our customers in step towards Greener Future” said Suresh Chettiar, Executive Vice President, Eicher.

About NVS Travels:

NVS Travels, established in 2007, is a leading transport service provider committed to blending transport with technology. By focusing on processes, quality management, innovation, values, and its people, NVS Travels delivers safe and flawless transport experiences. The company offers flexible and tailored transport solutions, ensuring exceptional service quality while prioritizing employee safety and comfort. The company has operations across 32 cities in India with 800 plus number of employees working.

Godrej Security Solutions Is Securing happiness With Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) Certified Lockers


Godrej Security Solutions, a pioneering division of Godrej & Boyce, proudly unveils its ambitious projection of INR 1,200 Cr revenue for the upcoming fiscal year. In its relentless pursuit of unmatched quality and leadership within the industry, the brand proudly announces that its lockers have the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification for its extensive array of security products.

Pushkar Gokhale, Executive Vice President and Business Head of Godrej Security Solutions, emphasized the paramount importance of BIS certification, stating, "BIS certification serves as the highest benchmark for product quality and reliability in the market and adhering to stringent standards is the prerequisite of this certification. At Godrej Security Solutions, our lockers are BIS certified thus ensuring that our products are of the highest quality standards. This certification also ensures that our customers receive nothing but the genuine quality they rightfully expect and deserve. We take pride ourselves on quality benchmarks and streamlined processes, collaborating with trusted suppliers for consistency. Beyond meeting existing standards, we advocate for new ones, pushing innovation and security. In the fragmented market, our BIS certification is a beacon of trust, guaranteeing products of the highest calibre. "

BIS-marked products by Godrej Security Solutions witness higher sales primarily within the BFSI community, with a significant share also in the jewellery sector. Approximately 90% of BIS-marked products are sold within the BFSI sector, underlining the stringent security and quality standards required for banking and financial operations. Jewellers, too, demonstrate a substantial reliance on BIS-certified products, accounting for around 35% of the market. This indicates a growing awareness and preference for certified goods in the jewellery industry, emphasizing the importance of trust and quality assurance.

Godrej Security Solutions distinguishes itself with a complete portfolio of BIS-certified products includes institutional offerings like banks, jewellery lockers and vaults. Proactively engaged in shaping new standards, the brand ensures that their products remain at the forefront of excellence. Committed to collaboration with BIS and stakeholders, Godrej Security Solutions drive awareness and adoption of certified products. With a projected revenue of INR 1,200 Cr for the year, they continue to uphold the highest standards of quality and safety.

Bureau of Indian Standards serves as the benchmark for product quality and reliability in India, ensuring adherence to stringent quality norms. Its certification signifies trust and assurance for consumers, guiding them towards products of superior quality and security. This significant milestone underscores Godrej Security Solutions' commitment to setting new standards in the security industry and ensuring the utmost satisfaction and security of its customers.

India’s No. 1 SUV Tata Nexon Celebrates 7 Lakh Sales Milestone And Its 7th Anniversary With Price Benefits Upto Rs. 1 Lakh


Tata Motors, India’s leading automotive manufacturer, is celebrating 7 lakh unit sales of India’s No. 1 SUV – Nexon, in its 7th year. Launched in 2017, Nexon has achieved the distinction of being India’s largest selling SUV for three consecutive years from 2021 to 2023.

Nexon was India’s 1st GNCAP 5 star rated vehicle in 2018, which set the benchmark for all Indian automobiles to follow. The legacy has continued ever since. In Feb 2024, the new gen Nexon received its GNCAP 5 star rating as per the enhanced 2022 protocol, which was soon followed with the Nexon.ev achieving the prestigious 5-star rating from Bharat-NCAP, this month.

Winner of 41 coveted awards, the Nexon’s stellar performance is evident in its accelerated sales growth, with over 3 lakhs units sold in just the last two years (2022 and 2023). Available in multiple powertrains – petrol, diesel and electric, brand Nexon has grown in strength with time and built a loyal fan base for its class leading design, segment best features and a tech forward experience.

Nexon’s journey to the 7 lakh milestone:

* 1 Lakh: August 2019 (25 months)

* 2 Lakh: May 2021 (20 months)

* 3 Lakh: March 2022 (10 months)

* 4 Lakh: October 2022 (7 months)

* 5 Lakh: April 2023 (6 months)

* 6 Lakh: December 2023 (8 months)

* 7 Lakh: July 2024 (7 months)

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vivek Srivatsa, Chief Commercial Officer, Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd., said, “Since its launch in 2017, the Nexon has set new standards in design, safety, comfort and driving pleasure. Over the past seven years, the unwavering support and love of its expanding customer base have made the Nexon an iconic brand in the industry. With a wide choice of powertrains and personas, we have ensured that there is an ideal Nexon for every evolving need and discerning choice of our customers. To celebrate this landmark achievement of 7 lakh sales in 7 years and to express our sincere gratitude to the growing Nexon family, we are passing on exciting price benefits for both existing and new customers.”

All Tata Motors passenger vehicles dealers and showrooms across the country are organising special events and customer meets to celebrate the Nexon. With benefits up to Rs. 1 lakh (depending on model and variant) for customers who have booked and await delivery of their Nexon along with those booking afresh or wanting to upgrade their existing Nexon to its new avatar, this is the ideal time for all those waiting to get their hands on India’s No. 1 SUV.

The Nexon comes fully loaded with a spectrum of cutting-edge features, including state-of-the-art connectivity solutions, upgraded safety enhancements, and personas, offering a unique experience and is way ahead in its segment. It exhibits a modern and premium design language that radiates sophistication and dynamism and always makes a commanding statement on road. Enthusiastic response from customers and fans has made it the true leader in the most competitive segment of the Indian auto industry.

To know more, visit your nearest Tata Motors showroom today or click on this link: https://cars.tatamotors.com/nexon/ice.html; https://ev.tatamotors.com/nexon/ev.html

Please note: Benefits will be for limited period for bookings till 30th June. T&C apply.

Westside Launches Its 240th Store At JP Nagar In Bengaluru


* Westside, a Tata Enterprise under Trent Ltd has launched its new store in JP Nagar Bengaluru

Westside, a part of the iconic Indian family - TATA, has inaugurated its newest store in Bengaluru with an aim to inspire fashion enthusiasts. Located at Westside A Unit of Trent Ltd - W319 SKAV, 15th Cross, Outer Ring Road, JP Nagara 3 Phase Bengaluru 560078. Karnataka, this store is spread across 26858 sq ft. With a conscious effort of making style simple for every moment, it will feature most of Westside’s brands across apparels, accessories, cosmetics, footwear, and HOME - all conveniently available at one location!

The new store seamlessly embodies the brand's vision of delivering an extraordinary retail experience, providing customers with contemporary and modern fashion trends at an exceptional value. It is committed to offering a seamless shopping experience, with meticulously arranged and clutter-free displays that highlight the newest fashions. With distinctive style, the brand embraces innovation and refreshes their collection every three weeks on Friday.

All the ladies, get ready to splurge till you drop with the fashion’s favourite labels at the best prices! Indian wear by Westside is equally fashionable and engaging as the western wear. Utsa offers a versatile collection and is the modern solution to the everyday ethnic wardrobe. The most loved Bombay Paisley presents a contemporary, creative, free-spirited and fusion while Vark is coordinated ethnic wear for occasions that are modern, opulent, warm and sophisticated. Zuba, on the other hand, is premium day-wear that personifies elegance and modernity that is majestic and understated.

NUON is for all young girls who love party-glam and are zestful about fashion. The brand reflects youth that engages a social generation. Looking for smart and feminine casuals? Look no more as L.O.V is the answer for anything subtle and flattering. The collection at Gia is smart, casual and comfortable for all curvy women. Wardrobe, a 9 to 9 fashion, is a workwear that is stylish, sophisticated and confident. Right from Casuals to Fusion to Indian, you name it and they have it all.

Men, don’t you fret as Westside has got you covered! WES presents a work to weekend range, along with lounge wear that is comfortable and urban. For millennials for whom fashion comes first, NUON MEN is the go-to clothing line with curated street-wear that is always trending. E.T.A is relaxed urban wear with an ethnic edge. It is more Indian, artisanal and inspired from contemporary ethnic styles.

Studio West offers an exclusive range of beauty products not only for Indian women, but for men as well. With an extensive range of cosmetics, fine fragrance and mists, luxurious bath & body products, this cosmetic line is cool and edgy, creative, disruptive for everyone who is confident, loves to express and are fashionable.

Westside's kids wear effortlessly combines fashion and functionality. The collection showcases an array of charming and trendy outfits, designed to bring out the playful spirit of your little ones. From adorable dresses and stylish tops to cozy knitwear and versatile bottoms, Westside offers a delightful selection for every occasion.

Blending comfort and style seamlessly, Westside’s footwear collection is truly captivating. Whether you're looking for casual sneakers, elegant heels, sturdy boots, or sporty sandals, Westside has the perfect pair to elevate your footwear game. Discover the joy of walking with confidence and panache with Westside's stunning footwear collection.  

At the store, you'll find a fantastic selection of home decoration items for your bedroom, kitchen, and living room. Enjoy a hassle-free shopping experience and discover exciting options to enhance your home d├ęcor from Westside HOME.

What else? Maximize your shopping experience with the WestStyleClub membership, guaranteeing superior service and birthday treats! 

With all the details at your disposal, there's no reason to delay your shopping plans any further. Make your way to the newly opened Westside store immediately!

For more details, check out westside.com or shop Westside on Tata CLiQ.

About Trent:

Trent Limited is part of the Tata Group and operates a portfolio of retail concepts. The primary customer propositions of Trent include Westside, one of India's leading chains of fashion retail stores, Zudio, a one stop destination for great fashion at great value and Trent Hypermarket, which operates in the competitive food, grocery and daily needs segment under the Star banner. Trent’s new fashion concepts include Samoh, a differentiated & elevated occasion wear offering and Misbu that offers a curated & compelling range of beauty, personal care and fashion accessories.

Westside stores have a footprint of predominantly between 18,000-34,000 sq. ft. across 90 cities. Westside stocks a broad range of products ranging from apparel, footwear, accessories to cosmetics and perfumes to home accessories and gifts amongst others. Each Westside store presents international shopping ambience, superior merchandise at affordable prices and excellent service.

Zudio, the value fashion format destination, operates with stores having a footprint of around 7,000-10,000 sq. ft. Zudio stores offer several product categories to meet the varied shopping needs of customers. These include apparel across men, women and kids and footwear.

Friday, June 14, 2024

First Galaxy Watch FE Empowers Even More Users With Samsung’s Advanced Health Monitoring Technology


* Galaxy Watch FE offers holistic health insights and connected Samsung Galaxy experiences with stylish design

Samsung Electronics today announced the release of Galaxy Watch FE, a new addition to the Samsung smartwatch lineup designed to extend Samsung’s advanced and holistic wellness experience to even more users. Incorporating the groundbreaking hardware performance and advanced health and fitness monitoring features of Galaxy Watch, the Galaxy Watch FE features a stylish design and durable design. This new smartwatch is ideal for those looking to begin their journey to improve their overall wellness with comprehensive insights.

“At Samsung, we strive to bring health and fitness monitoring capabilities to as many people around the world as possible, helping them to make the changes needed to improve their wellness daily and help them reach their goals,” said Junho Park, VP and Head of the Galaxy Ecosystem Product Planning Team, Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics. “We’re excited to add the new Galaxy Watch FE to our wearables portfolio, offering more people access to personalized health insights that empower them to be motivated and stay healthier day and night.”

Style and Durability That Powers Everyday Wellness

The Galaxy Watch FE, available in a size of 40mm, offers a refreshed look and feel based on the iconic design of the Galaxy Watch series. It comes in three colors — Black, Pink Gold and Silver — with new watch bands featuring distinct blue and orange stitching, enhancing the design and providing a stylish device that complements any look. In addition, Galaxy Watch FE offers a variety of new watch faces that allow users to customize their watch, while the one-click band also makes it easy to switch the band to mix and match to meet their style. Galaxy Watch FE features a Sapphire Crystal glass offering superior durability, which provides users with protection against scratches during day-to-day use.

Making Every Day Healthier and More Motivated

Equipped with Samsung’s advanced BioActive Sensor, Galaxy Watch FE provides an array of powerful fitness and wellness functions that deliver personalized and actionable tips around the clock. To support better sleep for a good start to each day, Galaxy Watch FE offers a variety of advanced sleep features, from monitoring sleep patterns to sleep coaching and helping to create a sleep-friendly environment. Plus, users can monitor their holistic heart health with a pack of heart health monitoring features. Galaxy Watch FE offers HR Alert to detect abnormally high or low heart rates and the Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification (IHRN) feature to proactively monitor heart rhythms suggestive of atrial fibrillation (Afib). In addition, users can get a deeper understanding of their heart health by monitoring Blood Pressure and ECG.

Users can track more than 100 different workouts along with their progress right from their wrist. For runners, advanced running analysis helps users not only analyze overall performance to maximize efficiency but can also provide insights and guidance to help prevent injury so they can keep moving toward their goals. For a more optimal running experience, Personalized Heart Rate Zone helps users set their own goals based on their physical capabilities.

Galaxy Watch FE helps users achieve their health goals and stay motivated. Body Composition provides comprehensive body and fitness data as indicators to track progress. In addition, users can receive motivational messages throughout their wellness journey to keep improving.

Experiences Powered by the Galaxy Ecosystem

As with every Galaxy Watch series, the FE offers seamless connected experiences between Samsung Galaxy devices. Users can quickly and easily locate their phone when disconnected from their Watch with Find My Phone. Remotely control your connected Samsung smartphone camera with Camera Controller to switch mode, change angle or zoom right from the wrist. Galaxy Watch FE supports Samsung Wallet, meaning users can pay for purchases as well as access identification cards such as their driver’s license or student ID on their smartwatch for a truly all-in-one digital wallet.

Availability

Galaxy Watch FE will be available globally this summer. To learn more about Galaxy Watch FE, please visit: www.samsungmobilepress.com, news.samsung.com/global or www.samsung.com/galaxy-watch.

IIIT-Bangalore Conducts DPI Conclave To Promote Digital Public Infrastructure Systems


Digital public infrastructure is gaining global traction due to its profound ability to revolutionize the accessibility and efficiency of public services. Recognizing its importance, IIIT-Bangalore hosted a series of week long, DPI Conclave which concluded on June 14 2024, aimed at promoting and raising awareness about these systems. These efforts are designed to educate the community about the benefits of digital public infrastructure, demonstrating how it can enhance transparency, streamline administrative processes and encourage inclusive growth. Through workshops, seminars and collaborative efforts, IIIT-Bangalore is actively contributing to the broader adoption and understanding of this important technological advancement.

Web Science for Development (WS4D 2024)

The Web Science for Development (WS4D 2024) workshop is part of the Web Science research initiative at IIIT Bangalore. WS4D, started in 2019 brings together professionals from several domains, addressing different thematic concerns pertaining to the use of web and mobile technologies in developmental efforts. The theme of this year’s WS4D workshop was Digital Public Infrastructures. The workshop was a part of a week-long DPI Conclave.

Commenting on the success of the WS4D 2024 workshop, Prof. Srinath Srinivasa, Head of the Web Science Lab and Dean (R&D) at IIIT Bangalore, stated, "We successfully conducted the Workshop on Web Science for Development (WS4D) 2024, focusing on the crucial theme of Digital Public Infrastructures. This workshop, an integral part of our Web Science research initiative at IIIT Bangalore, aimed to encourage collaboration and innovation in leveraging web technologies for societal development. It provided an excellent platform to engage with experts and thought leaders, exploring how digital infrastructures can drive inclusive and sustainable growth."

The workshop featured invited talks by visiting researchers from the Centre of Data for Public Good, IISc Bangalore and other invitees from other parts of India. The workshop would also involve a DPI thinking poster presentation competition.

"After 'Identity' and 'Financial Inclusion' through Aadhar and Unified Payment Interfaces (UPI) respectively, part of the third pillar of the Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) stack in India also known as the 'India Stack', Electronic Data Exchanges (DX) are going to revolutionize how innovative applications and solutions are build using data. Data exchanges like the India Urban Data Exchange (IUDX) and Agriculture Data Exchange (ADeX) make the access of datasets seamless, secure, consent-based, and interoperable thus opening new vistas and enabling the ecosystem," said Dr. Jyotirmoy Dutta, CDPG, IISc.

The importance of digital public infrastructure in enabling an ecosystem of technologists, policy makers and application developers cannot be underestimated," said Dr. Raghuram Krishnapuram, CDPG, IISc.

Workshop and Faculty Development Programme on DPI in the Age of AI

A Workshop and Faculty Development Programme on Digital Public Infrastructures in the Age of AI from June 11-13 was held that aimed to create awareness about DPIs in terms of their socio-technical requirements, present state-of-the-art methodologies that real-world DPI developers are using, and cutting edge research challenges around the theme of DPIs and how researchers in the area of social science, computer science and AI are trying to address these challenges.

"As the systems around Digital Public Infrastructures (DPIs) evolve rapidly, the challenges associated with them are also becoming more complex. In this context, it is crucial to explore the socio-technical requirements, as well as advancements in computer science and AI. Bringing together various stakeholders to discuss these issues and learn how researchers are tackling these challenges is essential. This workshop brings together stakeholders from academia, industry and government to discuss these topics and explore opportunities of collaborative research," says Prof. Sujit Chakrabarti, Convener of Workshop & Faculty Development Programme on Digital Public Infrastructures in the Age of AI.

DPI Dialogues

MOSIP is IIIT-B’s open-source effort to enable digital ID solutions in countries, with a special focus on developing countries. The Centre for Open Societal Systems (COSS), based out of IIIT-Bangalore and EkStep Foundation have been actively involved in developing and implementing open source digital infrastructure, particularly DPI (Digital Public Infrastructure) and DPG (Digital Public Goods)-led solutions addressing social problems at scale.

A delegation from the Brazilian Government was in IIIT-Bangalore for the Centre for Open Societal Systems for India DPI Immersion Program, DPI Dialogues which was held from June 3 till June 14. COSS along with EkStep Foundation offered the Ministry of Management and Innovation in Public Services and its partners an India DPI Immersion Program.

For more details, log onto https://www.iiitb.ac.in

TKM Launches Toyota Technical Education Program Facility And STAR Scholarship Program At Government Polytechnic, Bareilly


* TKM and The Government Polytechnic Bareilly collaborate through T-TEP

* 66th T-TEP facility in India established

In line with its commitment to ‘Skill India’ mission, Toyota Kirloskar Motor [TKM] today announced the launch of the 66th Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP) facility and the “Scholarship program for Technical Education and Recognition” [STAR] initiative under T-TEP at institute at The Government Polytechnic, Bareilly. The primary objective of these initiatives is to improve the skills of students, particularly those from rural areas, and increase their employability through the company's unique training program, the Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP). The launch event was graced by Chief Guest Mr. D C Verma, Member of Legislative Assembly, Government of Uttar Pradesh, in the presence of Principal of Government Polytechnic, Bareilly Mr. Narendra Kumar, Director of Commercial Toyota, Mr. Shivam Gupta and TKM senior management.

To support the local manufacturing ecosystem and empower communities through skill development, TKM has been at the forefront with its flagship programs like the Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI) and the Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP). For over a decade, these initiatives have focused on providing world-class training to students from economically challenged backgrounds, contributing significantly to the 'Skill India' mission. One notable success is Mr. Akhilesh Narasimhamurthy, a TTTI alumnus and Mechatronics Bronze Medal winner at the 2022 World Skills Contest, who had the honour to interact with the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, during the celebration of the 3rd Anniversary of the National Education Policy program at Pragati Maidan, Delhi, on 29th & 30th July 2023 organized by the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.

The T-TEP is a comprehensive, year-long program that includes On-the-Job Training (OJT) and is tailored for final-year ITI/Diploma students. Key features of this program include specialized training for T-TEP's lead trainers by Toyota, practical skills development at Toyota dealerships to enhance employability, and a curriculum designed to impart technical knowledge of advanced technologies in line with the needs of the Indian auto industry. Last year, TKM also launched the STAR scholarship program to help economically challenged students pursue technical studies. To date, over 13,000 students have been trained though T-TEP, with more than 70% securing employment in various automobile companies and their dealerships across the country.

Present at the event, Chief Guest Mr. D C Verma, Member of Legislative Assembly, Government of Uttar Pradesh said, “We applaud TKM’s commitment to empowering our youth with the necessary skills to thrive in today's competitive job market. Initiatives like the Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP) align perfectly with our mission to enhance employability and drive economic growth in the region, particularly benefiting students from rural and economically challenged backgrounds. The T-TEP and STAR scholarship support will offer students with valuable insights into Toyota's values, best practices, and advanced technologies, thereby contributing to their overall skill development. Additionally, the collaborative efforts of industry partners like Toyota will enhance the availability of a world-class workforce among students from Uttar Pradesh, helping them achieve their career aspirations and contributing to the growth of the auto sector.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vikram Gulati, Country Head and Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Governance said, “At TKM, we recognize the transformative power of technical training in creating opportunities for young talent to acquire advanced technical skills and knowledge. Our T-TEP facility and the STAR program exemplify our commitment to cultivating a skilled workforce for the automotive industry while supporting the broader 'Skill India' mission, ultimately driving positive change within our communities. The STAR program, part of the T-TEP initiative, is designed to empower deserving students, particularly those from financially challenged backgrounds, by providing scholarships and equipping them with essential skills and knowledge for a successful career in the automotive sector. We remain dedicated to nurturing talent, enabling students to reach their full potential and contributing to the growth of both the automotive industry and our nation."

Sharing his thoughts, Principal of Government Polytechnic, Bareilly Mr. Narendra Kumar said, “This partnership is poised to significantly elevate the skill levels of our students, especially those from rural and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The comprehensive training and scholarship support provided by TKM will empower our students to achieve their career aspirations and make meaningful contributions to both the automotive sector and the nation as a whole. This exposure will not only benefit the students by enhancing their technical expertise and employability but also contribute to the broader Skill India Mission by cultivating a highly skilled workforce. The combination of theoretical knowledge and practical on-the-job training will ensure that our students are well-prepared to meet the evolving demands of the automotive industry, thereby driving economic growth and innovation within our communities. Additionally, through scholarships provided, the program underscores our commitment to inclusive education and social upliftment.”

Expressing his excitement, Director of Commercial Toyota, Mr. Shivam Gupta said, “With rapid technological advancements in the automotive industry, increasing motorization, and rising customer expectations, the demand for highly skilled technicians has become more critical than ever. To meet this need, the Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP) provides students with a cutting-edge curriculum that covers automobile fundamentals, advanced technologies, Toyota’s core values, and essential soft skills. Commercial Toyota is committed to supporting these students by offering on-the-job training and facilitating their skill development. This comprehensive program not only gives students practical experience and exposure to the latest automotive technologies but also significantly boosts their employability, paving the way for a brighter future for the youth in our region.”

TKM, in collaboration with its dealer partner, has invested over Rs 1.5 million in enhancing infrastructure, developing e-learning content, and providing engines, transmissions, practice kits, and faculty training through its unique Train-The-Trainer approach. Additionally, TKM introduced the STAR (Scholarship Program for Technical Education and Recognition) under T-TEP. The STAR program aims to empower deserving students from economically challenged backgrounds to pursue higher studies in technical institutes (ITIs/Polytechnics). Eligible students can receive scholarships of up to Rs 51,000 per year, covering hostel fees, educational expenses, and family support.

This pilot program will benefit students across 11 states—Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh—and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. TKM is committed to expanding the T-TEP initiative to rural areas to meet the automotive industry's requirements, promoting skill development, and providing opportunities for talented students to excel in the sector. Since its inception in 2006, T-TEP has continually evolved to meet the ever-changing demands of the automotive industry, contributing significantly to the automotive sector and the "Skill India" mission.

Human-Centric, Hybrid AI Opens Up New Possibilities: Samsung’s Won-Joon Choi


The world is at the beginning of the most exciting and probably one of the most historic moments in technology. The era of mobile AI is here — which for Samsung opened up by the introduction of Galaxy AI features on the Galaxy S24 series, our first AI phone.

Revolutionizing Mobile Experiences With a Hybrid AI Approach

To bring the real-life benefits of generative AI technology to the Galaxy S24 series, Samsung took a hybrid approach to our AI integration. AI offers so many possibilities, and Samsung believes mobile devices are the primary access point for unlocking its potential as users around the globe continue to rely on their phones for most of their day-to-day needs.

The essential role that mobile devices play in everyday life means they are very personal items that people use during many critical and memorable moments. Samsung understands these behaviors and believes smartphones should work harder so that users can truly make the most of important moments in a simpler, more intuitive and more epic way. Samsung also recognizes the importance of privacy which is why the brand gives users full control over what they share and what they keep private.

“We believe our hybrid approach is the most practical and reliable solution to meet all these needs and puts Samsung ahead of the curve. We are providing users with a balance between the instant responsiveness and extra privacy assurance of on-device AI and the versatility of cloud-based AI through open collaborations with industry-leading partners in offering a variety of functions they need for daily life,” said Won-Joon Choi, EVP & Head of Mobile R&D Office, Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics

Expanding Possibilities with On-Device AI

Samsung made the Live Translate feature on-device AI based because voice calls are the most basic feature of a smartphone, yet also an intimate and private means of communication. Samsung has committed to empowering users to communicate without language barriers, while at the same time ensuring every communication is safe and private.

“To make this feature a reality, our R&D team worked day and night as part of a collaborative process that truly brought out the best in our teams. From determining the right size of AI language models to training and testing in real-life scenarios, our R&D organizations within the MX business challenged themselves and pushed beyond the limits of what we thought was possible to get this feature running entirely on-device,” Mr Choi said.

Samsung’s global R&D networks around the world, which are in charge of growing the best talents and developing core technologies in each region, have also played a pivotal role. Samsung Research Centers around the globe, including Poland, China, India and Vietnam, have dedicated themselves to developing and expanding the languages supported by Galaxy AI. Languages are very cultural, contemporary and localized, so to help people break down language barriers and communicate more naturally, the role of our local R&D offices is even more crucial in opening up new possibilities for users in more regions than ever before.

All these efforts have enabled Samsung to offer something completely new which we are excited to share. Soon, Samsung is extending the power of Galaxy AI beyond Samsung’s own native calling app by expanding Live Translate to other third-party message apps to support voice calls. So you can stay in contact with friends or colleagues, communicating on your favorite apps in multiple languages.

And since this feature has been integrated into our on-device AI language translation model, users will be able to experience barrier-free communication without worrying about privacy issues like personal data being shared outside their phone when using Live Translate.

Samsung expects that more and more mobile AI features will be incorporated inside mobile devices as the intelligent computing power of the latest chips — particularly NPUs — advances at a blazing fast speed, along with other technologies. This will enable more people to embrace AI and make every day more convenient while offering greater peace of mind.

Growing Galaxy AI for Tomorrow’s Needs, Today

“This exciting news is all part of the extension of our commitment to Galaxy AI and entering the next phase of the mobile AI era. The introduction of Galaxy AI on the Galaxy S24 series was only the start. To deliver a completely new and unique AI experience, we will further optimize the Galaxy AI experience for the upcoming foldable devices. Our foldables are the most versatile and flexible form factor in Samsung Galaxy and when combined with Galaxy AI, these two complementary technologies will together unlock all new possibilities,” Mr. Choi said.

Samsung is also committed to expanding Galaxy AI experiences across the broader Galaxy ecosystem in a way that only Samsung can. As the mobile AI era moves forward at a rapid pace, Samsung is accelerating mobile AI innovations to meet the needs of not only today, but tomorrow.

Transforming Lives: How Rani's Coffee Plantation Became A Symbol of Empowerment


* Meet Rani, a resilient woman from Heravanadu, a quaint village nestled in Kodagu’s Madikeri taluk, steeped in the rich history of Mysore’s royal legacy.

A century ago, Heravanadu’s origins were intertwined with the grandeur of Mysore’s royal legacy. The founding families arrived here at the behest of the Mysore king, tasked with caring for the royal horses. When the king eventually left, he granted them the very lands they had nurtured. Thus began the saga of Heravanadu’s small coffee planters and laborers.

Starting as laborers in the fields, they gradually transitioned to cultivating their own land, primarily focusing on coffee. Today, there are approximately 25 coffee farmers in the village, each owning plots of land ranging from 2023 square meters to 8094 square meters.

Rani HP embarked on her journey in Heravanadu as a young bride with hopes and dreams. However, tragedy struck when her husband expired, leaving her with the responsibility of raising their three children and only 8094 square meters of land.

Determined to secure a future for her family, Rani initially worked as a daily wage laborer. Seeking guidance, she turned to the Dharmasthala Sangha (SSG), where she received invaluable support from other women. With their assistance, Rani transformed her barren land into a flourishing coffee plantation over two decades of hard work and dedication.

As the coffee market evolved, so did Rani's fortunes. From humble beginnings, she now commands a respectable price for her coffee beans, thanks to her expertise and perseverance. The turning point came when Anandana, The Coca-Cola India Foundation spearheading the Unnati coffee project in Coorg, and ISWAR, an NGO, recognized her dedication and offered support to Heravanadu.

Anandana, The Coca-Cola India Foundation, and ISWAR’s collaborative assistance were instrumental in providing specialized training, modern techniques in coffee plantations, and sustainable farming practices to Rani and her fellow farmers. As a result, Rani embodied the true essence of Coca-Cola India’s #SheTheDifference women empowerment campaign, which aims to uplift and empower rural women farmers and entrepreneurs like her.

Recognizing her leadership qualities, Rani was appointed as a board director for the Madikeri Highlands Farmers Producers Company Limited (FPO), launched by ISWAR in Coorg.

Rani's story epitomizes the collective strength of Heravanadu's community. With the unwavering support of her fellow villagers and her resilience, she transformed adversity into opportunity. Today, as she tends to her coffee plantation and manages her small coffee shop, Rani stands as an inspiration, showcasing how dedication and community support can lead to success.

Her legacy extends to her son, Raghu, who now manages her plantation and household. Inspired by his mother's perseverance, Raghu actively participates in the affairs of the FPO, embodying the spirit of hard work and dedication passed down through generations.

Association of Indian Forging Industry (AIFI) Appoints Mr. Ashwani Jotshi As Secretary General


The Association of Indian Forging Industry (AIFI), the General Body of the Indian Forging Industry in India has announced the appointment of Mr. Ashwani Jotshi as its new Secretary General. With an illustrious career spanning over three decades at the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), Mr. Jotshi brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of leadership to AIFI.

Mr. Vikas Bajaj Managing Director and CEO Bajaj Motors and President of AIFI, congratulated Mr. Jotshi on his new role, stating, "We are delighted to welcome Mr. Ashwani Jotshi as the Secretary General of AIFI. His extensive experience and visionary leadership will be invaluable as we navigate the challenges and opportunities in the forging industry. We look forward to his strategic insights and initiatives that will further strengthen our industry."

Mr. Ashwani Jotshi, in a brief statement on his vision and goals for AIFI, said, " I am thrilled to take on the role of Secretary General at the Association of Indian Forging Industry (AIFI). The forging industry plays a crucial role as a key link between critical manufacturing segments and end-user industries. With its presence in vital sectors like Automotive, Off-Highway, Railroad Equipment, Agriculture Machinery, Defense, and Aerospace, the Indian Forging industry is globally recognized for its technical expertise. However, it faces challenges such as a shortage of skilled manpower, rising energy prices, low-cost imports, increasing raw material costs, and inadequate support for micro and small units. I am eager to work alongside the AIFI team to address these challenges and propel the Indian Forging industry towards greater success and global competitiveness."

During his tenure at ACMA, Mr. Jotshi led several notable projects and achieved significant milestones. He facilitated OEM customer visits, organized tech shows, and conducted B2B meetings, buyers-sellers meets, and exhibitions. He engaged with state governments on industry issues, conducted sessions on laws and regulations like GST, and initiated numerous training programs, workshops, and competitions. Mr. Jotshi was also responsible for expanding ACMA Western Region across Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh, establishing new offices in Pune, Ahmedabad, and Indore. During his tenure at ACMA, Mr. Jotshi travelled overseas on various assignments which helped to strengthen global connections. He also initiated the launch of HR, CFO, and Digital Forums, and promoted industry development through engaging activities.

As the new Secretary General of AIFI, Mr. Jotshi plans to focus on several immediate initiatives aimed at enhancing the association's impact and reach. He intends to broaden AIFI's membership base to include a wider range of stakeholders, increase the number of educational and knowledge-sharing sessions, and form strategic partnerships to benefit the association and its members. Additionally, Mr. Jotshi will also initiate forums for young business leaders and digital innovators and conduct comprehensive industry surveys to gather insights and drive development. His appointment marks a significant step forward for AIFI as it continues to advocate for the forging industry and address its critical challenges.

Bank of Baroda Announces Winners of The “4th Edition of The #SaluteHerShakti Contest”


* The Bank’s Brand Endorsers, PV Sindhu And Shafali Verma, felicitated The top 3 Winners

Bank of Baroda (Bank), one of India’s leading public sector banks, announced the winners of the “4th edition of the #SaluteHerShakti contest”. The contest, launched on International Women’s Day in March every year, recognises and celebrates the common women amongst us who have broken barriers in their own domains and are successful amidst societal challenges. They speak stories of resilience, courage and an unwavering spirit and are an inspiration to all. Through the duration of the contest from 08.03.2024 to 20.03.2024, the Bank received a number of entries on its social media handles, amongst which Ms. Madhu Motiyani, Director at Servilink Systems Ltd. in Vadodara, Ms. Paramita Mazumder, Principal of Sunshine Education Society in Navi Mumbai and Ms. Anush Salampuria, Edupreneur, Heila Global School, Pune emerged winners.

The three winners got an exclusive opportunity to interact with India’s sporting sensations and the Bank’s endorsers, Ms. PV Sindhu and Ms. Shafali Verma.

In its 4th year, Bank of Baroda’s #SaluteHerShakti contest encourages men and women to participate by submitting the anecdotes of everyday women who have inspired them through their journey, struggles & accomplishments and made a significant impact in their lives.

Shri Lal Singh, Executive Director, Bank of Baroda said, “Bank of Baroda’s #SaluteHerShakti contest is a platform to share and learn from the extraordinary stories of seemingly ordinary women. The contest acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of women while advocating for women's empowerment and rejecting stereotypes. All these women deserve recognition. They will also inspire many more to courageously take the first step towards realising their dreams, hopes and ambitions.”

Introduction to the Winners

Ms. Madhu Motiyani, hailing from a small town in Gujarat, is known as the Iron Lady of Industrial Automation. She studied to become an applications engineer and defied norms to excel in a male-dominated field. Ms. Motiyani has risen to Director at Servilink Systems Ltd., playing a vital role in the growth of the company.

Ms. Paramita Mazumder's story reflects her dedication to supporting people with Autism Spectrum Disorder since the last 18 years. A parent of a child with autism, she is a qualified special educator, counsellor and the Principal of Sunshine Education Society in Navi Mumbai since its inception. The school was started so that differently abled children, who are unable to adapt to mainstream schools, can be provided with appropriate schooling. In 2018, she established a shelter for differently abled individuals to foster independent living.

Hailing from a conservative family, Ms. Anush Salampuria’s journey to one of an edupreneur has taken enormous courage and resolve. Today, she successfully guides a set of 20-25 ladies and takes care of 250+ kindergarteners every year with especially crafted preschool curriculum and activities at Heila Global School in Pune.

The insightful and fun interaction between the three winners and Bank of Baroda's brand endorsers, PV Sindhu and Shafali Verma was hosted and moderated by Ms. Monica Murthy, a multilingual anchor and actor. 

Punch.ev Receives 5-Star Safety Ratings With Highest Ever Scores From Bharat-NCAP


Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd (TPEM), a subsidiary of Tata Motors and the pioneer of India’s EV revolution, in a significant announcement today declared that the Punch.ev and the Nexon.ev have achieved the 5 star Bharat-NCAP safety rating. While the Punch.ev set a major milestone by receiving the highest ever scores achieved by any vehicle till date – 31.46/32 and 45/49 points for adult occupant protection (AOP) and child occupant protection (COP) respectively, the Nexon.ev scored 29.86/32 and 44.95/49 points for AOP and COP respectively. With this, Tata Motors is now the only OEM with the safest range of SUV portfolio scoring 5-stars across Bharat-NCAP and Global-NCAP tests.

Mr. Nitin Gadkari – Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, expressed, “My heartfelt congratulations to Tata Motors on this significant milestone as the Nexon.ev and Punch.ev receive a 5-star rating, under Bharat-NCAP. The certification aligns with the Indian government's vision for safer vehicles in the country and emphasizes the role of Bharat-NCAP in making India's automobile industry 'aatmanirbhar'. The Bharat-NCAP car safety standard is pivotal in realizing the government’s vision to make India a global automobile hub and increase its export worthiness in International markets.”

Commenting on this extraordinary achievement, Mr. Shailesh Chandra, MD, Tata Passenger Electric Mobility and Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles, said, “Safety, once less discussed, is now a top priority for the Indian car buyer. At Tata Motors, safety is engrained in our DNA, which has made us an industry benchmark. We have continued to be the pioneers in driving the safety conversation – ensuring that our commitment reflects in every vehicle we manufacture, regardless of price point. We welcome stricter government safety standards and are proud to be the first manufacturer to have sent vehicles and lead the Bharat-NCAP protocol with superlative results. We are delighted to produce India’s safest vehicle – an EV – in the Punch.ev, while the Nexon.ev continues its legacy of safety with its 5-star rating. Together, all four of our SUVs tested under the Bharat-NCAP have achieved 5-star ratings, setting a benchmark for all passenger vehicles to follow. Looking ahead, our proactive stance on safety will continue, backed by extensive R&D to help us evolve and enable us in leading the way to create a safer future for every road user.”

The Punch.ev, since its launch, has been quite an attraction for EV enthusiasts and first-time buyers, with over 35% owners from the rural markets. With its combination of long range, exalting performance, cutting-edge technology, and features that are generally found in segments 2 – 3 above its own, the Punch.ev has attracted over 10,000 proud members to its family. It’s not only a truly electric SUV; it’s a bold step into the future of mobility. The Punch.ev also scores mighty high on convenience and punches above its weight, offering a premium experience that is accessible to customers.

Credited as the kickstarter of India’s EV revolution, the Nexon.ev has sold over 68,000 units since its launch in 2020. The updated gamechanging avatar of the SUV unveiled in 2023 makes a significant leap forward for the entire Indian auto industry. Its striking digital-first design, technology-driven driving experience, and groundbreaking innovations makes it a true gadget on wheels and has established a new benchmark in the Indian EV industry.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Beyond The Tie: De Beers Forevermark Diamonds For A Father's Day He'll Remember


He is the man ready to take you on a shopping spree, lend you his credit card, or take you out for dinner when your significant other lets you down! Today's fathers are not confined by the traditional boundaries and stereotypes of the past. They are caregivers, confidantes, and friends.

This Father's Day, it's time to celebrate these multifaceted men with gifts that reflect their diverse interests and dynamic roles. So, skip the predictable and opt for a gift that reflects the enduring strength and the unwavering love of your dad.

For all that they are & all that they do, they definitely deserve some sparkle in their wardrobe as a reminder to who they mean to us. De Beers Forevermark offers a range of men's diamond bracelets, rings, and cufflinks, each meticulously crafted to embody timeless elegance. But what truly sets them apart is that each diamond is inscribed with a unique inscription number accompanied by a card ensuring that you are receiving a natural, genuine diamond, one that is among the world’s most beautiful!

Forevermark diamonds are ethically sourced, ensuring the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility. This allows you to gift with a clear conscience, knowing the diamond represents not just luxury, but integrity.

Here are some unique gift ideas to honour the modern-day dad.

Classic Cufflinks:

Diamond cufflinks from De Beers Forevermark serve as a perfect gift which can be worn to work or for a night out. The sleek and timeless cufflinks from the Forevermark Icon™ Collection hold a beautiful, natural diamond at the heart of each pair and are crafted with 18k gold. They are available in both enamel and white gold. Each pair is crafted with precision, ensuring a timeless accessory that can be cherished as a memento of love.

Statement Rings:

Dads are notoriously tricky to shop for, but a De Beers Forevermark men's ring strikes the perfect balance between sentimental and stylish. These rings are crafted with ethically sourced diamonds, ensuring both quality and a clear conscience. The timeless designs, from classic bands to contemporary pieces, celebrate his unique personality and the special bond you share. This Father's Day, gift him a ring as a symbol of your love and appreciation that will be treasured for years to come. With a range of white & yellow gold rings to choose from, a De Beers Forevermark diamond ring is always a classic piece of jewellery to gift a loved one. 

Distinctive Bracelets:

Modern dads appreciate a touch of sophistication on their wrist.  A De Beers Forevermark bracelet in sleek platinum and rose gold is the perfect solution. Featuring a sparkling solitaire diamond at the clasp, this bracelet is both stylish and meaningful. Even a sleek gold bracelet from the Avaanti Collection is a gift he'll love to wear every day.

So, forget the impersonal tie or another box of chocolates. This Father's Day, create a lasting memory with a gift of diamond jewelry. It's a timeless expression of your love and appreciation for the one-of-a-kind man in your life.

To explore the Forevermark Collection, visit www.forevermark.com or your nearest authorized retailer De Beers Forevermark.

AGS Transact Technologies Set Up Addition Of New Cash Vault Facility In Bengaluru


Wholly-owned cash management subsidiary of AGS Transact Technologies Limited (BSE: 543451 & NSE: AGSTRA), Securevalue India Ltd. (SVIL), has set up a new cash vault facility in Bengaluru, Karnataka. This state-of-the-art facility will offer world class cash processing and vault services. The addition of this new cash vault facility is expected to further enhance company’s cash management operations across Karnataka.

SVIL’s new cash vault facility is spread over an area of 14,000 square feet. It is equipped with topnotch security features, including 24x7 CCTV monitoring, intrusion systems with motion sensors, fire alarm systems, interlocking systems and other advanced access control systems to ensure highest level of security for the stored cash.

Commenting on the development, Shailesh Shetty, Managing Director, Securevalue India Limited said, “The new state-of-the-art cash vault facility in Bengaluru is significant for the cash management operations at Securevalue India. Our focus is on optimising route operations and other processes to maximise growth, revenue, and profit margins. This facility will enable us to provide best-in-class cash-in-transit services with higher operational efficiency and security. Furthermore, its strategic location will offer us a competitive advantage.”

Securevalue India Limited is the second-largest cash management company in India. As of March 31, 2024, SVIL services 38,418 ATMs/CRMs across 1,800+ locations in India and has an expansive infrastructure of 47 vaults & 400+ spoke locations, and 2,370+ secure cash vans.

About AGS Transact Technologies Limited (AGSTTL)

Established in 2002, AGS Transact Technologies Limited (BSE: 543451| NSE: AGSTRA) is one of the largest integrated omni-channel payment solutions providers in India in terms of providing digital and cash-based solutions to banks and corporate clients. AGS Transact provides customised products and services comprising ATM and CRM outsourcing, cash management and digital payment solutions including merchant solutions, transaction processing services and mobile wallets. The company operates in three broad business segments, namely, Payment Solutions; Banking Automation Solutions; and Other Automation Solutions.

Ongo is a fast-growing omnichannel digital payment platform by AGS Transact Technologies, which offers convenient payment solutions. Launched in 2015, Ongo offers merchant Acquiring and Prepaid Issuance services. Furthermore, Ongo is a non-bank prepaid payment instrument and offers dedicated open-loop Prepaid solutions for consumers in segments.

AGS Transact Technologies serves diverse industries such as banking, retail, petroleum, toll and transit, cash management and fintech in India and other select countries in Asia. As of March 31, 2024, the company has deployed 248,585 payment terminals and was one of the largest deployers of PoS terminals at petroleum retail outlets in India, having rolled out 41,756 terminals at various petroleum retail outlets.

For more information, visit www.agsindia.com

76% of Indian Employees Say Their Team Is Constantly Pulled In Too Many Directions: Atlassian State of Teams Report


Atlassian Corporation (NASDAQ:TEAM), a leading provider of team collaboration and productivity software including Jira, Confluence and Trello, has launched its report, ‘The State of Teams 2024’, that addresses the most crucial pain points of modern work and highlights specific focus areas for leaders who want to build high-performing teams, through effective collaboration. This year’s survey revealed 76% of Indian knowledge workers agree that their team is constantly pulled in too many directions.

Atlassian surveyed 5,000 knowledge workers across India, U.S., Australia, Germany, and France, as well as 100 Fortune 500 executives. The data shows knowledge workers spend so much time planning and talking about work that it prevents them from actually doing work that matters. The survey found that 93% of F500 executives say teams could deliver similar outcomes in half the time if they collaborated more effectively, and they estimate that only 24% of their teams are doing mission-critical work. According to the research, 25 billion work hours are lost to ineffective collaboration each year within the Fortune 500.

Annie Dean, Global Head of Team Anywhere, Atlassian said, “Modern teams are more global, online, and overwhelmed than ever before. We know that great teamwork isn’t a product of great software alone. Great teams develop consistent practices, and constantly improve how they work. And we care a lot about validating what those new ways of working are. Our results show that high-performing teams build the right foundations for teamwork by making time to improve their processes, practices, and tools.”

“These new ways of working need to prioritize a reality where work does not happen shoulder to shoulder. The internet and AI are going to start to solve these problems for us. If we can focus, get clear on what matters, and build the right teams, we can deliver creative solutions to the problems we face - at a much higher speed,” she further added.

Team Pain Points

According to the State of Teams report, teams are facing challenges because they are:

(1) Spread across too many goals

82% of Indian knowledge workers agree that it would be easier to make progress if they had fewer, more specific goals

(2) Drowning in notifications and meetings

83% of Indian knowledge workers say it’s more important to quickly respond to messages than it is to make progress on top priorities

77% of Indian knowledge workers say that they are overwhelmed by the number of notifications and messages they receive each day      

(3) Struggling to share and find information

66% of Indian knowledge workers find it hard to track down information despite knowing a lot of people at their job

63% of Indian knowledge workers have worked on a project and only later found out that another team was working on the same thing

63% of Indian knowledge workers say that teams at their company plan and track work in different ways, which makes it hard to collaborate

(4) Unsure how to harness AI in their day-to-day

68% of Indian knowledge workers agree that AI is important, but they don't get how to use it in their day-to-day work.

Focus Areas

Top teams stop to answer and act on these three questions:

(1) Are we working on the right things?

In India, when teams put processes in place to identify their top-priority work, they are:

7.5x more likely to be effective

7.5x more likely to be productive

9.8x more likely to be adaptable

(2) Do we use our time to make real progress?

Globally, teams who make the most of their time are:

1.6x less likely to engage in “productivity theater” [acting busy to appear productive without actually making progress on important tasks]

1.6x more likely to plan and track work in consistent ways across teams

(3) Is knowledge easy to find and understand?

In India, when teams make information self-serve, they are:

5.4x more likely to be effective

5.6x more likely to be productive

6.8x more likely to be adaptable

For further details on Atlassian’s State of Team report or to download it, please visit: https://www.atlassian.com/blog/state-of-teams-2024

About Atlassian

Atlassian unleashes the potential of every team. Our agile & DevOps, IT service management and work management software helps teams organize, discuss, and complete shared work. The majority of the Fortune 500 and over 300,000 companies of all sizes worldwide - including NASA, Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and Salesforce - rely on our solutions to help their teams work better together and deliver quality results on time. Learn more about our products, including Jira, Confluence and Loom at https://atlassian.com.

Quess Corp Launches Its Blue-Collar Recruitment Satellite Hubs, ‘Jobspot’, In Karnataka


* Jobspot by Quess guarantees on the spot jobs within 30 minutes to blue-collar workers

*  Plans to launch 15 Jobspot centres in 2024

Quess Corp, India’s leading business solutions provider, today announced the launch of its flagship blue-collar recruitment satellite hubs – Jobspot by Quess. These centres were launched to address the growing demand for talent in the industrial sector, especially the manufacturing industry and assure jobseekers a guaranteed job within 30 minutes. Jobspot centres are strategically located in proximity to manufacturing centres for automobile, textiles, electronics, and the machinery industry. The first two Jobspot centres were inaugurated at Narasapura, Karnataka and Hosur, Tamil Nadu.

Driven by the government’s push for investments in labour intensive industries and initiatives such as Make in India, Project Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme, The SAMARTH Udyog Bharat 4.0, and the National Manufacturing Policy, the industrial and manufacturing sectors are seeing sustained growth. This has led to India emergening as a manufacturing hub, with numerous multinational corporations establishing their manufacturing plants within the country.  This sector, currently accounting for around 16-17% of the GDP and employing nearly 20% of the workforce, is projected to experience a robust Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of over 4% from 2023 to 2028 and has further impetus for growth with the National Manufacturing Policy targeting to increase the share of manufacturing to 25% of India’s GDP by 2025.

With this robust growth outlook, women’s participation in the manufacturing sector in India also requires critical focus. Over the last two decades, percentage of women in the manugacturing sector has been stagnant at 19-20%, according to the Annual Survey of Industries (ASI). Jobspot by Quess, which is located to provide easy access of jobs to the local community with a special focus on women jobseekers, endeavours to address the corresponding surge in demand for manpower resources within the sector and bridge the gap of women employment in manufacturing.

The newly opened Jobspot centres in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu serve as convenient platforms for industries and jobseekers to connect within rapidly growing industrial clusters. By offering on the spot job interviews and immediate job offers, Jobspot expedites the job placement process, enabling individuals to seize career opportunities swiftly, while meeting the industry’s burgeoning need for entry level talent. Through these satellite job hubs, Quess aims to inspire young first-time workers to explore significant opportunities in manufacturing. The centres will provide access to formal employment, skill development, and social security benefits during their tenure with the company.

Quess plans to establish 15 Jobspot centers in 2024, which will offer employment to over 1 lakh entry level and experienced blue-collar workers by the end of FY25. The two newly opened locations already cater to over 200 walk-in jobseekers daily.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Lohit Bhatia, President, Quess Worforce Management, says, “The manufacturing sector has witnessed a substantial surge in demand for manpower in recent times. At Quess, manufacturing already accounts for a significant 15% of the workforce placement. We are well positioned to understand the needs of the industry and with Jobspot by Quess, we aim to enhance the efficiency of recruitment for the sector. With guaranteed job placement within 30 minutes as well as an assurance of inclusivity and effective recruitment systems, we believe that Jobspot will be able to power the growth of manufacturing sector in the years to come.”

Quess Corp has seen an uptick in the hiring of manufacturing sector workforce, with over 67,000 associates employed in this domain in 2024, up from 44,000 in 2023. Operating as a conduit between jobseekers and companies, Quess ensures that organizations secure the right caliber of skilled labour while simultaneously providing livelihood opportunities for jobseekers. From production line workers to engineers, Quess enables factories to optimize their processes by supplying the requisite workforce.

Long Weekend Alert: Escape The City Chaos To Peaceful Destinations From Bangalore


Embark on an unforgettable long weekend getaway from Bangalore! Whether you seek spiritual serenity in Tirupati, coastal charm in Pondicherry, cultural immersion in Trichy, or coastal allure in Chennai, our curated list has something for every traveler. Rejuvenate your soul and create lasting memories amidst divine temples, French-infused architecture, ancient traditions, and pristine beaches. Escape the hustle and bustle of Bangalore and immerse yourself in unforgettable experiences!

Traveling from Bangalore:

Tirupati - Nestled amidst the ethereal Eastern Ghats, Tirupati, a renowned spiritual hub, beckons devotees and visitors alike with its celestial aura and captivating landscapes. Situated approximately 550 km from the cosmopolitan city of Bangalore, this sacred destination offers a mesmerizing escape from the urban bustle. Embark on a profound journey as you ascend the ancient hills to the revered Sri Venkateswara Temple, one of the most significant Hindu pilgrimage sites, where the air resonates with the chants of devotees. Lose yourself in the divine ambiance of the temple's intricately carved gopurams and the serene atmosphere that envelops the entire complex. Indulge in a leisurely stroll along the bustling Car Street, lined with an array of shops offering everything from fragrant floral garlands to delectable local delicacies, capturing the essence of Tirupati's rich cultural tapestry.

Chennai - Steeped in rich cultural heritage and a vibrant cosmopolitan spirit, Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, beckons visitors with its captivating charm. Situated approximately 350 km from the bustling city of Bangalore, this coastal metropolis offers a mesmerizing escape into a world of contrasts. Embark on a journey through Chennai's colonial past by exploring the iconic Fort St. George, a magnificent architectural marvel that served as the headquarters of the East India Company. Lose yourself in the serene ambiance of the Kapaleeswarar Temple, a revered Hindu shrine adorned with intricate carvings and towering gopurams, offering a glimpse into the city's deep-rooted spiritual traditions. Indulge in a leisurely stroll along the Marina Beach, one of the longest urban beaches in the world, where the gentle sea breeze caresses your face, and the sound of crashing waves provides a soothing melody. Discover the vibrant energy of Chennai's markets, where the aroma of freshly ground spices and the vibrant hues of colorful sarees captivate the senses.

Pondicherry - Nestled along the Coromandel Coast, about 160 km from the vibrant city of Chennai, Pondicherry captivates visitors with its unique French colonial heritage and laid-back charm. Embark on a journey through the city's charming French Quarter, where you'll be greeted by the iconic Yellow Colonial Buildings and the serene promenade along the Bay of Bengal. Lose yourself in the tranquil ambiance of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual center that attracts seekers from around the world. For the young and adventurous, indulge in water sports like surfing and kayaking along the scenic coastline. Families can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beachfront, savoring the delectable French-influenced cuisine and street food. Art enthusiasts can explore the vibrant galleries and studios showcasing the region's rich artistic heritage. Whether you're seeking a cultural immersion, spiritual awakening, or a relaxing beach getaway, Pondicherry offers an unforgettable experience for every age group.

Trichy - situated about 320 km from Chennai, beckons visitors with its rich tapestry of culture and history. Explore the iconic Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, a magnificent architectural marvel, and the tranquil Rock Fort Temple offering panoramic city views. Delve into the city's glorious past at the Trichy Rock Fort and Jambukeswarar Temple, or find solace in the serene Rockfort Botanical Gardens. Families can enjoy thrilling rides at the Trichy Eco Park, while the vibrant bazaars and street food cater to all ages, making Trichy an unforgettable experience for every visitor, regardless of their interests.

Getting there: Choose the green and sustainable mode of transport NueGo. NueGo is the premium AC electric coach brand that operates daily bus service at affordable rates from Bangalore’s Nagasandra Metro Station Main Station to Pondicherri, Chennai, Tirupati, Truchy and more at very nominal rates starting from Rs.399 only. The tickets can be easily booked through NueGo website https://nuego.in/ or via the NueGo App.

NueGo coaches are 100% green. These are AC electric buses with innovative technology and zero tailpipe emission. They offer noiseless travel and are safe and comfortable with features such as live tracking, CCTV surveillance, mobile charging point, ample leg space, reclining seats and much more. 

Michelin Unveils India’s Most Fuel-Efficient Commercial Vehicle Tyre “MICHELIN X Multi Energy Z+”


* Offers up to 15% fuel savings, enabling fleet operators to save up to Rs 3 lakh*

* 20%* higher tyre life than conventional tube tyres

Michelin, the world’s tyre technology leader announced the launch of its most fuel-efficient truck and bus tyre, the “MICHELIN X Multi Energy Z+”, for the Indian market. This latest line of made-in-India tyre is specially engineered for Indian road and load conditions and also takes into account the growing demand for fuel-efficient tyres by Indian fleet owners.

MICHELIN X Multi Energy Z+ represents a significant advancement in tyre technology, boasting the industry’s lowest rolling resistance that delivers up to 15%* fuel savings. This tubeless truck tyre, sized at 295/80R22.5 is an upgraded version of the acclaimed MICHELIN X Multi Energy Z, and is designed to help reduce CO2 emissions by up to 8 tons**.

“After the successful launch of the MICHELIN X Multi Energy Z range in 2020, we are excited to bring the next generation MICHELIN X Multi Energy Z+ for our Indian customers,” said Shantanu Deshpande, Managing Director, Michelin India. The MICHELIN X Multi Energy Z+ addresses the major issue of high fuel costs in logistics, which contribute up to 60% of the operating expenses of Indian fleet owners, by providing excellent fuel efficiency and lowering their overall costs.”

For Michelin, a sustainable future and advances in technology go hand in hand. Respect for environment is a long-standing commitment and one of the Michelin’s five core values. For over 30 years, the Group has demonstrated its willingness to reduce its environmental footprint and its ability to design increasingly innovative products, services, and solutions with less impact. In tyres, Michelin has shown the way since 1992 with the launch of the “green” tyre.  MICHELIN X Multi Energy Z+ which is expected to help reduce CO2 emissions by up to 8 tons** will significantly contribute to Michelin Group’s CO2 emission reduction commitments by 2030.

The tyre range is currently available at all authorized Michelin India dealerships.

The All-New BMW R 1300 GS Launched In Indian Market


* Most powerful BMW Boxer engine ever.

* Entirely new design, with an impressive weight saving of 12 kg compared to the previous model.

* New Matrix LED headlamps with innovative design.

* Engine Drag Torque Control (MSR), Dynamic Brake Assist (DBC) and Hill Start Control (HSC) as standard.

* Standard Dynamic Package with Gear shift assistant Pro and Riding modes Pro.

* #BMWMotorrad #R1300GS #LetsSetThePaceTogether #SpiritOfGS

BMW Motorrad India has launched the all-new BMW R 1300 GS in India. This Adventure Motorcycle will be available as a Completely Built-up Unit (CBU) and deliveries will commence from end of June 2024.

Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “BMW Motorrad established the new segment of touring enduros more than four decades ago with the R 80 G/S. And the BMW GS with boxer engine has been the undisputed leader of the competitive field ever since. With the all-new BMW R 1300 GS, BMW Motorrad has focused on sharpening the GS even further. It is a perfect combination of power, comfort and agility, making it the ideal motorcycle for any terrain. With its versatility and appeal, the all-new BMW R 1300 GS will exceed even the highest expectations. Nothing can stop you, especially off-road.”

The introductory ex-showroom price of the all-new BMW R 1300 GS is as follows:

BMW R 1300 GS Pro    -           INR 20,95,000

Additionally, three option Styles are also available for individualization – Style Triple Black, Style GS Trophy and 719 Tramuntana.

*Prices prevailing at the time of invoicing will be applicable. Delivery will be made ex-showroom. Ex-showroom price (inclusive of GST and compensation cess) as applicable but excludes Road Tax, RTO statutory taxes/fees, other local tax/cess levies and insurance. Prices and options are subject to change without prior notice. For further information, please contact your local authorized BMW Motorrad Dealer.

The all-new BMW R 1300 GS is available in the following color schemes – Base in Light White metallic, Optional Styles – Triple Black is available in Blackstorm metallic paintwork, GS Trophy is available in the Racing Blue metallic paintwork and the 719 Tramuntana is available in the Aurelius Green metallic paintwork.

To enable customers to own BMW Motorrad motorcycles of their choice, BMW Financial Services India will offer customized and flexible financial solutions. Customers can also get their loans approved before delivery takes place. For complete peace of mind, all BMW Motorrad bikes come with a standard warranty for ‘three years, unlimited kilometers’, with an option to extend the warranty to fourth and fifth year. Road-Side Assistance, a 24x7 365 days package further ensures prompt services in case of breakdown and towing situations.

The all-new BMW R 1300 GS.

The all-new BMW R 1300 GS features an entirely new design which is based on the traditional GS icons while at the same time reflecting extreme compactness and significant weight reduction. With its significantly flatter tank ramp, the flyline is largely responsible for the very dynamic, light and accessible appearance of this motorcycle. Continuing on through the upholstered centre cover over the aluminium fuel tank, the seat gives the GS a typically enduro-style silhouette. A striking break with tradition in terms of design are the new LED Matrix Headlights. The integration of high beam and low beam in a single projector unit results in a redesign of the iconic face of the GS headlamp. With “Headlight Pro” available in all option Styles, the beam of the matrix full LED headlamp turns into the bend according to the banking position.

The all-new BMW R 1300 GS perfectly embodies what the BMW Motorrad development team has endowed the GS legend with: compact arrangement of the components, high functionality of the equipment – and everything focused on the essentials. In Lightwhite solid paint and in conjunction with its sharply drawn lines and very clean appearance, the all-new R 1300 GS has a truly muscular appearance and embodies the boxer GS theme in pristine style. The compact and low front end, together with the adjustable windshield and wide handlebars, provide an excellent overview, while the redefined GS ergonomics offer a confident, relaxed riding position. A sporty, slimline passenger seat, in combination with the functional sports grab handle bridge, emphasises the steeply rising and short rear end and at the same time offers good seating comfort for the passenger. In the basic version, the standard rider’s seat has a seat height of 850 mm and is fitted with a two-tone cover that forms a continuous functional unit in light grey texture extending from the fuel filler cap to the passenger seat. Together with the main frame coated in Gold, the new cross spoke wheels delineate the lower section of the motorcycle against the light front body section, thereby highlighting its powerful appearance.

The Optional Style Triple Black gives the all-new BMW R 1300 GS an even more masculine attitude The rear frame is likewise finished in black, as are most of the other surfaces. Also finished in black, the luggage carrier included in the Triple Black model variant is perfectly integrated in these shapes. In addition, the Style Triple Black has Comfort seats, Comfort passenger footrests and a centre stand. The electrically adjustable high windshield also comes with this style in combination with the cockpit trim and the wind deflectors with the new cross spoke wheels in Black. Optional Adaptive Height Control can be ordered only with Style Triple Black.

The optional Style GS Trophy sets the tone with basic finish Racing blue metallic sets. With red and white tapes and inscriptions combined with a rear frame in white metallic matt, the GS Trophy stands for the highest level of performance and sporty use off-road. The high rider’s comfort seat in combination with the Sport passenger seat offers the look and ergonomics of a rally seat, which in conjunction with the seat cover continued on the fuel tank cover forms a unit that can be used along its entire length. In the spirit of outstanding off-road competence, this optional style is equipped with radiator guards for damage protection. The robust cross-spoke wheels in gold also belong to the range of off-road-oriented fittings.

The all-new BMW R 1300 GS shows its exclusive and technically sophisticated side in the Option 719 Tramuntana. This combines cross-spoke wheels in gold with black components such as the main and rear frames, powertrain and the luggage carrier with grab handle. The gold anodised handlebar provides the perfect accentuation to match the gold-coloured lining on the body components and the gold rim bands. The side trim sections and the front wheel cover at the top are finished in Aurelius Green metallic, while the aluminium tank and intake silencer cover are likewise finished in Aurelius Green metallic but with a matt clear coating. The fuel tank centre cover in Luxor black/grey and the cylinder head covers in Avus black metallic matt blend in harmoniously with this.

The centrepiece of the all-new BMW R 1300 GS is once again the legendary two-cylinder boxer engine. Its new design is more compact than ever before thanks to a gearbox located under the engine and a new camshaft drive arrangement. This is by far the most powerful BMW boxer engine ever to be produced in series, producing an output of 107 kW (145 hp) at 7750 rpm, developing a maximum torque of 149 Nm at 6500 rpm. The boxer engine of the new BMW R 1300 GS is also equipped with the unique BMW ShiftCam technology for varying the valve timing and valve stroke on the intake side.

The entire suspension of the all-new BMW R 1300 GS was redesigned. The centrepiece is the new sheet metal main frame made of steel, which in addition to a significant optimisation of the installation space for even more compact packaging also offers higher levels of stiffness than the predecessor model. The motorcycle features new front wheel guide EVO Telelever with flex element and new rear wheel guide EVO Paralever for even greater steering precision and ride stability.

The all-new BMW R 1300 GS now comes with standard Dynamic Suspension Adjustment (DSA), Shift Assistant Pro, Riding Modes Pro, sport brake as a part of the Dynamic Package. Riding Modes Pro” comprises of three additional riding modes “Dynamic”, “Dynamic Pro” and “Enduro Pro” in addition to The “Rain” and “Road” riding modes which allow riding characteristics to be adapted to most road conditions And “Eco” riding mode which makes it possible to use the innovative BMW ShiftCam technology primarily in such a way that the maximum range can be achieved with a single tank of fuel. The riding mode “Enduro” enables an enhanced riding experience off the beaten track with a specific set-up for off-road use.

Engine drag torque control (MSR) is also available as standard, that can be used to safely avoid unstable riding conditions that can occur during coasting or downshifting due to excessive brake slip at the rear wheel. Hill start control (HSC) Pro is fitted as standard and enables convenient hill starts, even when carrying two people and luggage. The motorcycle comes as standard with a twin disc brake featuring two newly developed, radially mounted four-piston fixed calipers at the front and a single disc brake with two-piston floating calliper at the rear in conjunction with BMW Motorrad Full Integral ABS Pro. The standard Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) offers increased safety when braking, also in difficult situations, by preventing unintentional throttle application.

The all-new BMW R 1300 GS has the equipment feature Connectivity as standard, including a 6.5-inch full-colour TFT screen. In conjunction with the standard BMW Motorrad Multi-Controller with integrated operation, it gives the rider fast access to vehicle and connectivity functions. Standard Comfort package features Centre stand, Adjustable windscreen including high windshield high, cockpit trim and wind deflector, Passenger Kit including Comfort passenger seat, Comfort passenger rest and Luggage carrier. Touring package available only with option Styles include Central locking, preparation for navigation, chrome-plated manifold, left and right case holder, hand protector extension and the topcase holder.

Comfort features include Keyless Ride, heated grips, Smartphone charging compartment with integrated USB socket and additional 12 V on-board power socket as standard. Other standard list of features include Hand protectors with integrated turn indicators, Lithium-ion battery with Battery Guard and Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC) with brake function.

The new BMW R 1300 GS Option 719 Tramuntana features the new Riding Assistant for safe and convenient motorcycling. Active Cruise Control (ACC) with integrated distance control can be used to set the desired riding speed as well as the distance to the vehicle in front. Front Collision Warning (FCW) with brake intervention is designed to prevent collisions and help reduce the severity of accidents, while Lane Change Warning monitors the lanes to the left and right and can help ensure a safe lane change while supporting use of the rear mirror.

A comprehensive range of original BMW Motorcycle accessories & gears are available for further individualization of the all-new BMW R 1300 GS.

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