Axis Communications launches all-in-one audio-visual device for remote monitoring and communication

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India, 18th April 2024: Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, announces a multipurpose dome camera combining sharp video, two-way audio, actionable analytics, and LED indicators to help improve safety, security, and operational efficiency. This all-in-one device makes it possible to optimize staff resources with proactive surveillance. For instance, it can be used for tele-sitting to observe patients in healthcare environments or to remotely detect and respond to loitering in retail environments.

AXIS Q9307-LV Dome Camera comes with coughing fit and stressed voice analytics adding an extra audible dimension to active incident management. It offers a great solution for remote monitoring and communication. With AXIS Live Privacy Shield, it’s possible to remotely monitor activities while safeguarding privacy in real-time. In addition, it includes both an LED indicator and an Audio LED so it’s clear to see when the camera is recording or when audio is being used.

Including Lightfinder 2.0, Forensic WDR, and OptimizedIR, it delivers sharp 5 MP image quality under any light conditions. With four built-in microphones and a built-in speaker with echo cancellation, this all-in-one audio-visual device offers clear two-way audio communication with great noise suppression. This makes it easy to transmit and receive audio even from remote locations.

This device features several notable attributes, including 5 MP video capability paired with two-way audio functionality. It comes equipped with preinstalled audio and video analytics for enhanced surveillance. Users can remotely monitor activities while ensuring privacy protection. Its resilience allows it to withstand chemical wipe-downs, ensuring durability. Moreover, it offers a cost-efficient solution as an all-in-one device.

This multipurpose dome camera ensures a cost-efficient solution and with just one device to install, it offers one-drop installation. Additionally, video and audio analytics are included at no extra cost. It’s vandal-resistant and can withstand daily wipe-downs with chemical detergents without deteriorating the plastic. Furthermore, Axis Edge Vault, a hardware-based cybersecurity platform, safeguards the device and protects sensitive information from unauthorized access.

SOMANY MAX Glazed Vitrified Tiles (GVT) — A New Standard in the Tiles Vertical


SOMANY Ceramics Limited, renowned globally for its innovation and design, proudly presents the much-awaited SOMANY MAX Glazed Vitrified Tiles range. With a stunning variety of designs, from sleek and minimalist patterns to intricate and ornate motifs there is a tile to suit every style and preference. These tiles are set to redefine interior spaces with their exquisite designs and superior quality.

The SOMANY MAX GVT Collection comes in an impressive size of 1200 mm x 1800 mm and in a thickness of 9mm. These tiles exude sophistication and luxury, elevating any space they adorn. From the luxurious sheen of Premium Polish to the timeless allure of High Gloss, the intricate textures of Engravo, the delicate matte beauty of Plume, and the rugged charm of Gritstone, the range has a wide selection of designs.

The glaze collection epitomizes SOMANY’s unwavering commitment to innovation and excellence, consistently pushing boundaries and setting new standards in the ceramic industry. The exotic marble replicas from Italy and Spain showcased in this collection reflect the ceramics giant’s brand’s dedication to bringing unparalleled style and intricacy to interior spaces.

Glazed Vitrified Tiles have emerged as the future of the ceramic industry due to their innovative designs, diverse textures, and exceptional durability, garnering significant popularity among designers, architects, and consumers. SOMANY Ceramics continues to lead the industry with groundbreaking products that meet the evolving preferences of its discerning clientele.

In addition to the Glazed Vitrified Collections, the launch also unveiled new designs in the exquisite 200X200mm Italmarmi collection. These small tiles not only complement the SOMANY MAX large format tiles but also serve as standalone pieces of mosaic, enhancing a touch of luxury and style to any space.

With the introduction of SOMANY MAX Glazed Vitrified Tiles (GVT), SOMANY Ceramics reinforces its emphasis on innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction, further solidifying its position as a pioneer in the ceramic industry.

Hitachi Vantara Announces Availability of Virtual Storage Platform One

New Delhi –18th April 2024 – As businesses face unprecedented challenges managing data with the proliferation of generative AI, cloud technologies, and exponential data growth, Hitachi Vantara, the data storage, infrastructure, and hybrid cloud management subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced the availability of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform One. The hybrid cloud platform is poised to transform how organizations manage and leverage their data in today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape.

With organizations struggling to scale data and modernize applications across complex, distributed, multi-cloud infrastructure, the need for a comprehensive data management solution across all data types has never been more critical. Results from a recent TDWI Data Management Maturity Assessment (DMMA) found while 71% of IT experts agreed that their organization values data, only 19% said a strong data management strategy was in place. Complicating matters are rising cyberattacks, which leave business leaders increasingly worried about security and resiliency. A recent survey showed that 68% of IT leaders are concerned their organization’s data infrastructure is resilient enough.

  • Virtual Storage Platform One products available now include:
  • · Virtual Storage Platform One SDS Block
  • · Virtual Storage Platform One SDS Cloud
  • · Virtual Storage Platform One File

Virtual Storage Platform One simplifies infrastructure for mission-critical applications, with a focus on data availability and strong data resiliency and reliability measures, including mitigation of risks such as downtime, productivity losses, and security threats.

“Virtual Storage Platform One is transformational in the storage landscape because it unifies data and provides flexibility regardless of whether your data is in an on-premises, cloud, or software-defined environment,” said Octavian Tanase, chief product officer, Hitachi Vantara. “Additionally, the platform is built with resiliency in mind, guaranteeing 100% data availability, modern storage assurance, and effective capacity across all its solutions, providing organizations with simplicity at scale and an unbreakable data foundation for hybrid cloud.”

Virtual Storage Platform One tackles the challenges of modern data management by eliminating the constraints of data silos and allowing every piece of information to work cohesively and with the flexibility to scale up or down with ease, empowering data to thrive in an environment that prioritizes efficiency and speed. Additionally, Virtual Storage Platform One SDS Cloud is available in AWS Marketplace, a digital catalog with thousands of software listings from independent software vendors that make it easy to find, test, buy, and deploy software that runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This offers businesses seamless integration and accessibility to leverage Hitachi Vantara’s cutting-edge data management solutions within AWS.

A New Era of Data Management

At the heart of Virtual Storage Platform One lies a unified data ecosystem that seamlessly integrates block and file storage, eliminating data silos and fragmented landscapes. Powered by Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS), Virtual Storage Platform One ensures every piece of information is collected, integrated, and accessible from any device or location, making it easier to access, view, and fuel their business.

“For more than a decade, we’ve forged a partnership with Hitachi Vantara, finding great satisfaction in their services, expertise, and product durability,” Deniz Armen Aydın, cloud data storage technologies manager, Garanti BBVA. “The introduction of Virtual Storage Platform One promises to revolutionize data management and efficiency within the GarantiBBVA, igniting anticipation for the cutting-edge automation and resiliency features it offers.”

The hybrid cloud platform sets itself apart from competitors with key differentiators that redefine the data management landscape:

  • One Data Plane: Extending our storage portfolio into the public cloud with Virtual Storage Platform One SDS Cloud running natively on AWS.
  • Simple Consumption: Automate Virtual Storage Platform One SDS Block and Cloud with Ansible playbooks available on Github from launch.
  • Cloud Observability: End users gain insights into their entire portfolio in one dashboard with Hitachi Ops Center Clear Sight.
  • Accelerated File Storage: Simplified and accelerated Virtual Storage Platform One File means unstructured conversations are on the table. Now with 100% data availability guaranteed.

Additional Virtual Storage Platform One products will be available later this year. For more information about Virtual Storage Platform One and its suite of solutions,

Additional Resources

  • · Unleashing Your Data’s Potential: Virtual Storage Platform One
  • · One Data Platform. No Limits.
  • · Forbes: Architecting Future Innovation With Data
  • · Blog: Delivering Data Clarity for Partners with Single Data Platform
  • · Insights article: Driving Insights Across a New, Vital Data Infrastructure

Connect With Hitachi Vantara

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Nurasoi Celebrates Women Entrepreneur Team

Nurasoi Celebrates Women

Ahmedabad,18th April 2024:Vyndo by NURASOI celebrated and empowered women entrepreneurs who came together as a robust sales network of the brand by organizing an inspiring meet-and-greet gala evening with the Vyndo family. The event was designed to create a deep connection with them and instill a sense of belongingness with the team.

Having reached a promising number of 30 since company’s inception in December 2023, this group of ladies has contributed substantially towards the total sales of the brand. Rightly named “Nu-Naari,” a term that combines “Nu” from Nurasoi with the Hindi word for “women of today,” these enterprising women have propelled Vyndo, the first brand in line from the house of Nurasoi to establish itself in the market.

The atmosphere buzzed with excitement as the Nu-Naaries interacted with Nurasoi executives and amongst themselves. The event resonated deeply with them all, as evidenced by their heartfelt testimonials. Many expressed a sense of overwhelming joy at finally being recognized not just as wives or mothers but as individuals with their own identities and entrepreneurial spirit. This recognition, they shared, provided a powerful sense of motivation and empowerment, successfully coinciding with the objective with which this assemblage was created.

A highly excited Jayshree Ben said, “I endorse Vyndo snacks with a lot of pride. The fact that Vyndo is not just any other millet snack but is an outcome of profound research & development combined with latest technological advancements, makes it easier for me to find new clients and retain the older ones.”

Representing the emotion of Nu-Naaries, Mayuri said, “While countless communities work tirelessly for the underprivileged, the hidden struggles of women who prioritize family over their aspirations often go unnoticed. It’s incredibly motivating to be recognized and be able to make an income while staying home; seamlessly striking a balance between work and family.”

Seeing an overwhelming response received from the ladies, co-founder Dietician Komal Patel said, “My passion goes beyond simply creating healthy eating plans for my clients. It deeply troubles me to see our overall health habits declining. Which is why I’m eternally grateful to these amazing women who empower me to reach more women and ultimately, their families. After all, women are often the primary caregivers, and these Nu-Naaries are my powerful allies in this mission!”

Chandan Maloo, co-founder Nurasoi too shared the faith he has in the endurance women carry by saying, “We are fortunate to have such an incredible team of women with us! I am sure they don’t know what they are truly doing – they are not merely selling healthy snacks but creating an entire ecosystem of healthy habits by conditioning minds and inculcating healthy habits from one family to another. This is exactly what we as a brand aim for! To change the way we snack.”

The Head of Nu-Naari department Ruchi Vyas remarked, “We endeavor to put together an incredible team that believes in our intent towards creating a healthier ecosystem. In this ongoing journey, we seek to provide a sense of self-reliance to Nu-Naaries empowering them to achieve their dreams, to be well-appreciated for their efforts, and to be completely independent.”

Nurasoi is proud to have such a dedicated and impactful team of women leading the charge in healthy snacking. Committed to changing the snacking landscape, Nurasoi has created a well-spanned-out web that is successfully delivering health in the form of any-time, on-the-go millet based clean and healthy snacks under the name of Vyndo.

Invitation to The Shop’s Spring Summer Collection, Malmal Mela on April 26th and 27th, 2024 at The Folly

The Shop is excited to unveil its Spring Summer collection, ‘Malmal Mela’. The material used for this collection is Mul Mul in a wide range of eco-friendly products in clothing including nightwear, loungewear, men’s and women’s wear and home furnishings such as table linen, mats, napkins, bed linen, cushions, kitchen items, curtains from 10am to 7pm on Friday and Saturday, April 26th and 27th, 2024, at The Folly, Amethyst, Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai. For inquiries, contact us at 044 45991630/31.

A team of 6-9 talented designers got together from different backgrounds along with an experienced senior designer leading the team, have worked together to produce this unique and exquisite collection.

The price range of this collection is from Rs.600/- to Rs.5,000/-.

The Shop

The Shop, established in 1969 by Kamal Singh and Preminder Singh, is a family-run business dedicated to crafting items that enhance the beauty of everyday life. Our inspiration stems from traditional textiles, honoring individuality, and embracing the essence of living in a sacred environment.

For over five decades, we have drawn inspiration from indigenous textiles and crafts to create products that embody a blend of traditional designs and modern aesthetics. Our skilled artisans infuse each piece with mindfulness, resulting in unique offerings that enrich the concept of beautiful living.


Our ethos centers around advocating for a life of beauty and appreciating the smallest wonders that enrich our daily experiences. We are committed to embodying values such as solidarity, cooperation, curiosity, creativity, diversity, and sustainability.


Our workshop embraces organic materials and spacious, sunlit areas to inspire artists and designers. We handle most tasks in-house, including dyeing, printing, embroidering, quilting, and textile design, employing eco-friendly methods like rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharging for sustainable production.


For decades, our work ethos has been rooted in traditional, environmentally conscious practices. To reduce our global footprint, we utilize solar-heated water for dyeing, harvest rainwater for reuse and groundwater recharge, and treat all production effluents responsibly. Our construction methods focus on indigenous materials and traditional techniques, such as white-washing walls with lime and cow dung (gobar). Atriums in our building foster a well-lit, airy workspace with gardens, promoting a pollution-free environment and connecting us with nature.


In the past fifty years, The Shop has evolved significantly. Beginning as a single store in Delhi, we have expanded across cities like Mumbai, Noida, Meharchand Market in South Delhi, and Gurgaon. Our reach now extends to international markets through exports. Recently, we’ve launched new outlets in Bangalore and Kochi, along with a presence in the Museum of Goa and a permanent store in Panjim and Sangolda. Our store, The Attic in Connaught Place, showcases treasures from previous seasons, offering valued discoveries to our clientele. Additionally, we achieved a milestone with the inauguration of our Workroom in Gurgaon, specializing in bespoke interior designs.


We adhere to local laws concerning minimum wage, child labor, workplace safety, and prevention of sexual harassment. Our commitment to employee satisfaction includes various support measures and benefits such as alternate Saturdays off, company-sponsored team trips, interest-free emergency loans, and assistance during family emergencies. As a result, many of our employees have been with us for over 25 years. Our supervisory and some managerial roles are often filled from within our talented and experienced workforce. We are proud to have second-generation staff members who have chosen to continue their careers in our familiar and supportive workspace.


We deliver two collections a year – Spring/Summer & Fall/Winter. Pop-up stores in Frankfurt and Paris as a part of trade fairs – Heimtextil, Ambiente, Trade shows, NY NOW, and IIGF are also an annual ritual. Our design team actively works to bring fresh ideas into the market. We print our own CADs. A fully equipped sampling department ensures that each new style and print is tried out for quality and viability before it is introduced into the market.


We have a wide product range that consists of Home, Kitchen, Women’s Clothing, Men’s Clothing, Kids Wear, Stoles, Toys, Accessories, Bags, and You Care Products.


Our dyeing department is equipped with fabric dyeing jigger machines that can handle large widths and huge quantities of fabrics. Experimentation with dyeing techniques such as ombre, shibori, sponging, and marbling combined with rich color fastening techniques helps us produce fabrics with vibrant colors and unique designs.


Prints are our specialty. Our screen printing division is fully equipped to deliver top-notch color definition and quality prints, including pigment and discharge printing. We excel in creating intricate patterns and layouts, managing up to 48 screens per design. All our tables are heated for optimal quality and color fastness. With our in-house computer and hand artwork capabilities, along with a dedicated screen exposing section, we minimize turnaround time for samples.


Our block printing section allows us to experiment with traditional prints and create smaller print runs.


We employ craftspeople who are skilled at a wide range of surface embellishment work -beadwork, zardozi, hand knotting, stonework, and sequin work. We also continue to experiment with newer techniques from time to time.


We produce hand-embroidered products with experienced craftspeople working with Kantha, Chicken work, Chain, Hand quilting, Aari, and many other techniques.


Our expert craftsmen can produce intricate designs with a number of different stitches, techniques, and materials. We have Chicken & Aari (crewel) embroidery machines and use wool, cotton, or silk thread.


Our unique patchwork are bright, colorful, and sophisticated. They are created using a range of techniques and fabrics by our skilled artisans.


Operating out of production units at NOIDA (India), we have streamlined the production process to minimize overheads, maximize output, and focus on quality. Our factories are equipped with the latest machinery to suit our customers’ needs.

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Our Quality Assurance team is independent of the production department. We inspect all fabric and accessories at the Greige, dyed, and printed stages and have stringent final checking standards to ensure that finished products going to our customers are of the highest standard.


Washing – Industrial washing machines, Hydro extractors, and drying tumblers ensure that products are washed to the highest international standards.

Ironing – Steam Irons with vacuum tables to give the best finish possible.

Finishing & Packing – Every piece is checked and packed to provide the best quality.


Our YOU CARE project is a conscious undertaking and unique range where we transform every bit of our stunning prints into beautiful products, respecting our craft people’s efforts and our earth. We try to upcycle all our fabric waste using innovative and green solutions. We create recyclable products, use excess fabric to create assorted pieces of great aesthetic and economic value, and are committed to the use of natural fibers alone to strive for a more sustainable future.

Powers Insurance & Risk Management Hires Mike Blankenship

Commercial Lines Account Manager has nearly 10 years of insurance experience.

Mike Blankenship

Mike Blankenship

(St. Louis, Mo., April 17, 2024) Mike Blankenship has been hired as Commercial Lines Account Manager at Powers Insurance & Risk Management, one of the largest family owned and operated independent insurance agencies in the bi-state region.

In this role, Blankenship’s responsibilities include managing all aspects of existing clients’ renewal and policy coverage, as well as assisting with new business and sales prospects. He will work closely with the company’s producers to ensure all services are handled in an efficient and effective manner.

Blankenship brings nearly 10 years of insurance experience to Powers Insurance & Risk Management. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, Mo. and is licensed in Property & Casualty, as well as Life & Health insurance. Blankenship has earned numerous insurance certifications, including Associate in Insurance (AINS), Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS), and Management Liability Insurance Specialist (MLIS).

“Mike has proven risk management experience that will benefit our client relationships,” said Powers Insurance and Risk Management President JD Powers. “His extensive skill set makes him an essential asset to our growing organization, and we look forward to working with him.”

Founded in 1991, Powers Insurance & Risk Management provides personal and business insurance, surety, risk management, and employee benefits. Founded in 2006, sister company Valley Insurance Agency Alliance is a cohesive family of over 160 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Illinois that generates more than $600 million in written premium. VIAA is the regional founding member for SIAA – The Agent Alliance, a $12.5 billion national alliance. The companies are headquartered at 6825 Clayton Ave.

L&K Saatchi & Saatchi Appoints Ekta Relan as Chief Strategy Officer

L&K Saatchi & Saatchi Appoints

India –17th April 2024 – L&K Saatchi & Saatchi, a part of Publicis Groupe India, has strengthened its strategy leadership by elevating Snehasis Bose, its Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), to the role of Group Chief Strategy Officer. With this, Snehasis will now oversee strategy across L&K Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis India, and Saatchi & Saatchi Propagate. Additionally, Ekta Relan takes over the reins as the new Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) for L&K Saatchi & Saatchi. Together, Snehasis and Ekta will collaborate to enhance the agency’s strategic initiatives.

Commenting on the appointments, Paritosh Srivastava, CEO, of L&K Saatchi & Saatchi and Publicis India said, “Given the disproportionate growth all three agency brands have seen in client results, creative respect and revenue over the last few years, and the significant role the strategic function has played, it is the right time for us to introduce a force multiplier. Snehasis is a proven war horse who has been a great asset and most dependable partner to the agency. It’s a natural progression for him to bring his influence and impact across the other agencies. Ekta is a rare talent, with her wealth of experience and strategic acumen, she is the perfect strategic leader and cultural fit to take L&K Saatchi & Saatchi’s spirit of ‘Our Client’s Business Is Our Business’ to the next level.”

With over 25 years of experience, Snehasis has been associated with agencies like McCann Erickson, Publicis Ambience, IMRB International, and Contract Advertising. He joined L&K Saatchi & Saatchi in 2015 and was elevated to CSO in 2020. Over the past nine years, Snehasis has demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovative approach that have driven growth for brands like Hero MotoCorp, ITC, Renault, JioMart, Audi, Reliance Digital, Zepto, Akasa Air, Nivea, Relaxo, Dabur, Groupo Bimbo, AU Bank among others, leading to his elevation to Group CSO with additional mandate for Publicis India and Saatchi & Saatchi Propagate. He will continue reporting to Paritosh.

Ekta boasts a career spanning 23 years. She joined L&K Saatchi & Saatchi after a successful stint as Chief Strategy Officer at Lowe Lintas, where she led the strategy team for Unilever, the agency’s biggest client, apart from driving new business acquisitions. Ekta has also worked with Mullen Lintas, Sapient Nitro Singapore and Unilever Singapore. During her illustrious career, she has played an instrumental role in crafting winning strategies for renowned brands like Glow & Lovely, Pepsodent, Close Up, Surf Excel, Vim, Lifebuoy, Tata Tea, SBI Life, Saffola, Tata Cliq, Dabur’s Real, Samsonite and Bajaj Avenger among others. She has also served on jury panels for prestigious awards like Effies and AME.

Ekta’s dedication to developing solutions that challenge cultural norms and deliver impactful results seamlessly aligns with L&K Saatchi & Saatchi’s vision. She will collaborate closely with Paritosh and Snehasis to drive forward the agency’s strategic initiatives.

Snehasis, added, “My journey at L&K Saatchi & Saatchi has been transformational, and this new role promises to be orbit-shifting! Both Publicis India and Saatchi & Saatchi Propagate are on accelerated growth curves, and I am grateful to be an active part of their stories. With Ekta’s rich experience, deep wisdom, and hunger for the new, I look forward to creating a symbiotic partnership that will unlock new possibilities for our clients, taking the L&K Saatchi & Saatchi ownership mandate to the next level. Looking forward to more audacity, challenges, and rocket-like growth!”

Speaking on her appointment Ekta, said “L&K Saatchi & Saatchi is on a dynamic growth trajectory, redefining the role an agency can play for its clients’ business. I am thrilled to be a part of this enriching journey where commerce and culture beautifully fuel each other. I eagerly anticipate collaborating with the agency’s talented team, also learning and leveraging the power of the entire Publicis ecosystem to build solid brands that connect with their audience in unexpected and relevant ways

Painter-Sculptor Swati Pasari:Crafting Timeless Art Pieces That Resonate With The Soul

Painter-Sculptor Swati

Kolkata’s businesswoman turned painter-sculptor, Ms Swati Pasari has become a name to reckon with through a fascinating trip into the world of art as it explores the deep and unique universe of the artist whose work has left a lasting impression on the international art scene. Her artistic journey started in 2007, and in a comparatively short time, she has reached a level of maturity that speaks to deep reflection. With multiple global exhibitions under her belt and many more to come, the artist’s career path is nothing less than a monument to the transformational potential of art. This artist’s canvas is narratively supported by themes of immortality, timelessness, and inner calm, which give each brushstroke a function beyond mere aesthetics.

Swati started painting once a week as a hobby. The transition from painting as a hobby to a career was “soulful,” the artist recalls, adding that being connected to the canvas and the colors made her realize that this is where she feels most invigorating. For her, She looks at each painting as a mirror that portrays herself and all that she stands for.

35-year-old painter has her heart in sculpting too. “I was a painter before I started sculpting, but after seeing how well-received and well-known my sculptures are in the marketplace, I now consider myself more of a sculptor. My sculpture has received a lot of praise for being quite original, thus I believe it has evolved into more of a sculpture. Paintings and sculptures are both excellent forms of art,” Swati said.

Being a Pranic Healer, she has a strong spiritual side to herself and most of her paintings are made to spread positivity. Her works speak mainly about immortality, timelessness, inner stillness, peace, and meditation. According to her, she once went through a strange phase in life that left her rudderless in her life. That’s when she started experimenting simultaneously with painting and pranic healing. In her words pranic healing made her realize that painting is her ultimate goal.

Swati aims to use her creativity to bring love and happiness to everyone around her and work for the oppressed. She also feels a deep spiritual connection to Varanasi, therefore she regularly visits schools and makes donations to the hospitals there. “Through my art, I also raise money for these causes. As an aspiring artist in India, a social activist, and a youth advocate, my life’s work is centered around serving the underprivileged,” she added.

Speaking about the present art market, Swati said that Bengal is home to many artists, with Kolkata serving as the region’s artistic center. The Bengali market, in my opinion, is a reflection of the country. It’s the same as the Indian market as a whole; I don’t perceive any significant differences.

Over the years, her work has been showcased at several exhibitions, including ones at galleries in India such as Sublime Art Gallery, Dhoomimal City Art Gallery, Aura Art, and Emami Art Gallery, as well as galleries in the US such as Jack Rabbit and Laasya Art.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Introduces New Innova HyCross Petrol GX (O) Grade

Toyota Kirloskar Motor

Bengaluru, 17th April 2024: – In line with its ‘customer-first’ culture and responding to their requirements, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced the introduction of a new grade in the Innova HyCross the GX (O) petrol variant. The latest addition to the Innova HyCross line-up boasts of over 10 advanced comfort and technology features thus raising the bar of the value proposition for customers who are seeking for more. Bookings of the Innova HyCross the GX (O) grade is already open with deliveries expected to commence from April 15, 2024.

Key highlights of Innova HyCross petrol GX (O) petrol variant are as follows:

Reenergised Exterior – Front LED Fog lamps, Front & Rear Parking sensors, Rear Defogger

  • · Superior Comfort – Chestnut Themed Interiors, Soft touch materials in Dashboard & Door Panels, Mid-Grade Fabric Seats & Rear Sunshade*
  • · Refined Convenience – Auto AC, 10.1″ infotainment system*, Wireless Apple Carplay, Panoramic View Monitor

Offered in 7- and 8-seater options, the GX (O) grade is available in seven dynamic colors – Blackish Ageha Glass Flake, Platinum White Pearl, Attitude Black Mica, Sparkling Black Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Super White and Avant-Garde Bronze Metallic.

Commenting on the new introduction,  Mr. Sabari Manohar  Vice President, Sales-Service-Used Car Business, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “At TKM, we are constantly listening to the market needs thus ensuring that every vehicle we offer aligns with the evolving needs of our customers. The New Innova HyCross petrol GX (O) grade is a testament to this philosophy which offers enhanced comfort and advanced technology carefully blending the spirit of luxury and efficiency. While the performance remains top-class, the 10+ features is expected to strongly resonate with customers who are looking for a fully loaded petrol version with an attractive proposition aimed at meeting their evolving lifestyle requirements.

Furthermore, we express our gratitude to our customers for their overwhelming acceptance, not only of the Innova HyCross but also of our entire product portfolio. Our commitment to a customer-first approach will continue to drive us, inspiring the creation of innovative products and services in the future.”

Robust performance:

Innova Hycross is powered by a 2L TNGA Gasoline Engine, delivering an output of 128 kW (174 PS) and 205 Nm of torque, complemented by a Direct Shift CVT with launch gear mechanism and 10-speed sequential shift for smooth and responsive acceleration along with best-in-class leading Fuel Economy of 16.13 km.

Tough Exterior:

On the exterior, the new grade impresses with a bold and muscular SUV-like stance, enhanced by 16-inch silver Alloy wheels, a Roof End Spoiler with LED Stop lamp, and ORVMs with Auto fold, Electric adjust, and Turn indicators.

Luxurious and comfortable Interiors:

The Innova HyCross GX (O) provides improved cabin aesthetics, with dark chestnut quilted leather seats along with soft-touch leather and metallic decorations lining the cabin. The cockpit is modelled in horizontal tones to give a sense of space, while vertical tones are used for the central cluster and door decor to mirror the powerful exterior.

Advanced safety offerings:

The Innova Hycross masterfully combines comprehensive safety features—including Electric Parking Brake with Auto-hold, all-wheel disc brakes, six SRS airbags, and ISOFIX anchors—with unparalleled comfort, offering captain seats for personalized luxury, fold-flat 3rd row for increased boot space, and reclining 3rd row seats to ensure every journey is enjoyable for all passengers.

Value Added Services:

The New GX (O) Grade is complemented by an array of value-added services such as five years of complimentary Road-Side Assistance, a standard warranty of three years or 1,00,000 kilometers, a personalized extended warranty program, tailored to meet individual needs and preferences along with a Certified Exchange program.

Launched in November 2022, the Innova Hycross built on Toyota’s globally recognized Quality, Durability, and Reliability philosophy has won immense love and widespread market acceptance. With sales surpassing 50,000 units, the Innova HyCross is being lauded for its versatility, attributed to its glamorous appeal, advanced technology, comfort, and comprehensive safety features.

In addition to the petrol variant, the Innova HyCross is also available in the Hybrid variant powered by 5th Generation Self-Charging Strong Hybrid Electric System. Being a Self-Charging Strong Hybrid Electric Vehicle (SHEV), the Innova HyCross is capable of running 40% of the distance and 60% of the time in electric (EV) or zero emission mode.***.

At present the Innova Hycross is available in the following other grades:

Powertrain Grades
Hybrid ZX (O)
VX (O) 8S
VX (O) 7S
Petrol GX (O) 7S
GX (O) 8S
G(FL) 8S
G(FL) 7S

*Applicable only to 7 seater

 *** Under specific test conditions for Strong Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Overview of TKM

Equity participation Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan) : 89%, Kirloskar Systems Limited (India) : 11%
Number of employees Approx. 6,000
Land area Approx. 432 acres (approx.1,700,000 m2)
Building area 74,000 m2
Total Installed Production capacity Up to 3,42,000 units


Overview of TKM 1st Plant:

Established October 1997 (start of production: December 1999)
Location Bidadi
Products Innova HyCross, Innova Crysta, Fortuner, and Legender are manufactured in India.
Installed Production capacity Up to 1,32,000 units


Overview of TKM 2nd Plant:

Start of Production December 2010
Location On the site of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, Bidadi
Products Camry Hybrid, Urban Cruiser Hyryder, Hilux
Installed Production capacity Up to 2,10,000 units

Olive Announces Dhruv Kalro as Co-Founder

[ 17th April 24] – Olive by Embassy announced the appointment of DhruvKalro as Co-Founder today, marking a significant milestone in the company’s journey of innovation. The hospitality management start-up has embarked on a novel hybrid strategy and pan-India expansion in the last year. Kalro will play a pivotal role in spearheading the company’s growth across the country’s underserved hotel spaces.

Before he was appointed Co-Founder, Dhruv served as the Chief Operating Officer at Olive by Embassy Group, where he played a central role in driving operational excellence and fostering the company’s development.

Additionally, Dhruv has showcased his entrepreneurial spirit as the Co-Founder of ScootApp, a global marketplace for taxis. During his tenure, he successfully secured funding from StartupBootcamp and demonstrated his adeptness in financial management and regulatory compliance.


“DhruvKalrohasembodied the organisation’s core values since its inception,” said KahramanYigit, Co-Founder & CEO, of Olive. “With his strategic leadership during his time as COO and deep understanding of our company’s culture, Dhruv has been instrumental to our success.As we embark on our next phase of growth, we are confident that his extensive knowledge of the industry landscape will help expand our footprint pan-Indiaand become its foremost hospitality operating platform.”

Dhruv holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Centre for Management Studies at Jain University and has furthered his expertise with a course in Commercial Property Management from New York University’s School of Professional Studies.

“I am truly honoured to embark on this journey as Co-Founder of Olive and to lead an incredible team at the cutting edge of India’s hospitality industry. As we continue to grow, I look forward to raising the bar on guest experiences, delivering exceptional returns to our stakeholders, and capitalising on the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Dhruv.

Olive’s innovative hybrid hospitality model emphasises a “hospitality first” approach, meeting the rising demand for versatile spaces that facilitate connections and elevate guest experiences. Hybrid Hospitality combines hotels, co-living, coworking spaces, members’ clubs, wellness facilities, and dining options in one location. Olive offers tailored accommodation options for various market segments. Olive Life targets students and young professionals in Tier 1, 2, and 3 cities with stays of three months or more, while Olive Zip provides budget-friendly daily stays for budget-conscious travellers in similar locations. Olive Hotels cater to affluent travellers with a wide range of rooms and amenities, and Select Olive offers luxurious experiences in leisure destinations.