Honda Cars India registers over 17% growth in domestic sales in February’24 with 7,142 units

Mumbai, March 2, 2024: Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), leading manufacturer of premium cars in India, registered monthly domestic sales of 7,142 units in February 2024 with a strong growth of over 17% in comparison to the corresponding month last year. The export numbers for HCIL stood at 5,936 units in Feb’24. This is the highest ever monthly export volume clocked by the company that has been fuelled by strong export performance of cars made in India and exported to multiple global markets.

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Sharing thoughts on Feb’24 sales performance, Mr. Yuichi Murata, Director, Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd. said, “Our performance in February has been as per our plan. The Honda Elevate maintains its strong performance, further strengthening its presence in the market. The Honda City and Amaze also continue to perform well in their respective segments. In addition, our export performance has also been robust.”

The company had registered 6,086 units in domestic sales and exported 973 units in February’ 23.

Helios Mutual Fund Launches Helios Balanced Advantage Fund (BAF)

Bengaluru, March 02, 2024: Helios Mutual Fund has announced the launch of Helios Balanced Advantage Fund (BAF), an open-ended dynamic asset allocation fund. NFO will open for subscription on March 11, 2024 and close on March 20, 2024.

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The fund aims to capitalize on the potential upside of equities while attempting to limit the downside through dynamic portfolio management. This will be done by investing in equity & equity related instruments and active use of debt, money market instruments and derivatives. The equity portfolio will be built basis Helios’s Elimination Investing (EITM) philosophy – based on eight fundamental screening factors that have repeatedly proven to be effective in weeding out poor performers, gravitating towards winners, and creating a sustainable outperformance profile.

The investment strategy will be to normally maintain gross equity and equity-related exposure between 65%-100% and the net equity exposure between 30% to 80%. Various derivative strategies would be used for hedging against market headwinds.

Helios Balanced Advantage Fund (BAF) will be benchmarked against CRISIL Hybrid 50+50 – Moderate Total Return Index (TRI). The scheme will be managed by Mr. Alok Bahl and Mr. Pratik Singh for equity investments and Mr. Utssav Modi for debt portfolio management.

On an average, Bengaluru has been among the top three cities in terms of contribution towards mutual fund growing AUM with BAF category industry AUM standing at ~INR 14,900 cr as of Jan ’24 (Source: MFDex). The city being the IT and ITES hub, large corporates and even their employees invest in mutual funds. The young demographics and high disposable income levels show a huge growth potential for mutual fund penetration in Bengaluru.

Speaking on the launch, Mr. Samir Arora, Founder, Helios Capital, said, “Helios Balanced Advantage Fund is suitable for investors looking for long term wealth creation or building corpus for goals such as retirement or child education. Investors who wish to build an all-weather portfolio may consider this scheme after consulting their financial advisor”.

Why should you invest in Helios Balanced Advantage Fund?

· Growth Potential with balanced allocation

· Attempts to limit downside risk by hedging, tweaking debt

· Endeavors to allocate =/> 65% into equities, which will provide the Scheme with Equity Fund taxation

· Units can be redeemed on any Business Day at NAV based price

· Risk Mitigation and Rigorous Screening

· Fund Managers with more than 25 years of combined experience

· Consistency and Disciplined Investing

NIU Hosts Associate Partner Meet at Hotel Kelinworth, Kolkata

Kolkata, March 2, 2024Noida International University (NIU) successfully hosted an Associate Partner Meet at Hotel Kelinworth in Kolkata, bringing together distinguished guests and luminaries from academia and the corporate world.

 The event facilitated collaboration and strengthened ties between NIU and its affiliated partners. Professor Santanu Ray, a renowned academician and esteemed Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) based in Kolkata, was the event’s Guest of Honour, while Mr. Akash Sharma, Director of Outreach & Admissions at Noida International University, served as the Chief Guest.

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 Professor Santanu Ray gave his perspectives on the changing educational landscape, as well as the role of academic-industry collaborations in promoting innovation and development. His experience and vision enriched the conversations, inspiring participants to consider new options and opportunities for collaboration.

 Mr. Akash Sharma, Director of Outreach & Admissions at NIU, said that the institution is committed to creating a suitable atmosphere for study, research, and industry engagement. He emphasized NIU’s proactive approach to cultivating talent and encouraging students to excel in their chosen disciplines, which contributes to the nation’s socioeconomic progress.

 The Associate Partner Meet ended on a high note, with participants enthusiastic about future collaborations and activities targeted at improving educational quality and encouraging academic excellence. The Associate Partner Meet allowed NIU to demonstrate its commitment to educational quality as well as its desire to form significant connections within the education ecosystem. During interesting talks and interactive sessions, attendees explored opportunities for collaboration, idea sharing, and mutual growth.

Pvr Inox Broadens Its Presence in West and East by Unveiling Two Cinemas

Kolkata, March 2, 2024Noida International University (NIU) successfully hosted an Associate Partner Meet at Hotel Kelinworth in Kolkata, bringing together distinguished guests and luminaries from academia and the corporate world.

 The event facilitated collaboration and strengthened ties between NIU and its affiliated partners. Professor Santanu Ray, a renowned academician and esteemed Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) based in Kolkata, was the event’s Guest of Honour, while Mr. Akash Sharma, Director of Outreach & Admissions at Noida International University, served as the Chief Guest.

Kolkata event niu

 Professor Santanu Ray gave his perspectives on the changing educational landscape, as well as the role of academic-industry collaborations in promoting innovation and development. His experience and vision enriched the conversations, inspiring participants to consider new options and opportunities for collaboration.

 Mr. Akash Sharma, Director of Outreach & Admissions at NIU, said that the institution is committed to creating a suitable atmosphere for study, research, and industry engagement. He emphasized NIU’s proactive approach to cultivating talent and encouraging students to excel in their chosen disciplines, which contributes to the nation’s socioeconomic progress.

 The Associate Partner Meet ended on a high note, with participants enthusiastic about future collaborations and activities targeted at improving educational quality and encouraging academic excellence. The Associate Partner Meet allowed NIU to demonstrate its commitment to educational quality as well as its desire to form significant connections within the education ecosystem. During interesting talks and interactive sessions, attendees explored opportunities for collaboration, idea sharing, and mutual growth.

In the ever-evolving landscape of startups, accelerator programs stand as the driving force propelling visionary ideas toward resounding triumph. These programs are not just a source of financial backing, but also serve as invaluable wellsprings of mentorship, connectivity to influential networks, and essential resources, all critical for startups to flourish and navigate the complexities of the industry. As we gaze into the horizon of 2024, this list spotlights four accelerators that have consistently left indelible marks on the journey of countless startups, providing a catalyst for growth and innovation. These accelerators not only offer funding but also serve as conduits to a wealth of knowledge, strategic guidance, and influential connections, making them key players in shaping the future success stories of the tech startup ecosystem. Below are the top 4 accelerators fueling tech-based startup success: India Accelerator India Accelerator, awarded the Best Accelerator of the country in 2021 by Startup India and first GAN partnered accelerator in India, provides a dynamic and highly supportive ecosystem for entrepreneurs. Backed with a couple of SEBI AIF, IA has 200+ startups in our portfolio, 1800+ angel investors and mentors in its network. With 9 co-working hubs, our vision is to create an inclusive ecosystem that can connect all relevant stakeholders in the economy- Government, Academia, Industry and the Startups. Our thesis is to invest in high potential early-stage entrepreneurs and help them scale, thus contributing to the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country. Y Combinator Y Combinator, often referred to as YC, is one of the most prestigious and influential startup accelerators globally. Known for its highly competitive application process, Since 2005, YC has invested in nearly 3,000 companies including Airbnb, DoorDash, Stripe, Instacart, Dropbox, and Coinbase. They offer funding, mentorship, and a robust network of alumni to help startups succeed. The combined valuation of YC companies is over $300B. YC has programs and resources that support founders throughout the life of their company 9Unicorns 9Unicorns is a prominent Indian startup accelerator and early-stage venture fund that plays a pivotal role in fostering the growth of early-stage startups. Known for its diverse focus across industries such as technology, healthcare, consumer services, and fintech, 9Unicorns provides not only crucial seed funding but also extensive mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs and industry experts. The accelerator’s support goes beyond financial backing, aiming to assist startups in refining their business models, improving their products or services, and preparing for subsequent rounds of funding. With a commitment to nurturing innovation, 9Unicorns stands as a key player in the Indian startup ecosystem, offering a platform for startups to showcase their potential and accelerate their journey to success. Venture Catalysts: Venture Catalysts is a prominent seed-stage accelerator in India that has made significant contributions to the startup ecosystem. Recognized for its comprehensive support, Venture Catalysts not only provides funding to early-stage startups but also offers strategic mentorship and access to a vast network of successful entrepreneurs and industry experts. With a focus on driving innovation and growth, Venture Catalysts plays a crucial role in nurturing and shaping the success stories of startups across various industries. The accelerator’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and providing a robust ecosystem makes it a noteworthy player in India’s dynamic startup landscape.

In the ever-evolving landscape of startups, accelerator programs stand as the driving force propelling visionary ideas toward resounding triumph. These programs are not just a source of financial backing but also serve as invaluable wellsprings of mentorship, connectivity to influential networks, and essential resources, all critical for startups to flourish and navigate the complexities of the industry. As we gaze into the horizon of 2024, this list spotlights four accelerators that have consistently left indelible marks on the journey of countless startups, providing a catalyst for growth and innovation. These accelerators not only offer funding but also serve as conduits to a wealth of knowledge, strategic guidance, and influential connections, making them key players in shaping the future success stories of the tech startup ecosystem.

Below are the top 4 accelerators fueling tech-based startup success:

India Accelerator

India Accelerator, awarded the Best Accelerator of the country in 2021 by Startup India and the first GAN-partnered accelerator in India, provides a dynamic and highly supportive ecosystem for entrepreneurs. Backed with a couple of SEBI AIF, IA has 200+ startups in our portfolio, and 1800+ angel investors and mentors in its network. With 9 co-working hubs, our vision is to create an inclusive ecosystem that can connect all relevant stakeholders in the economy- Government, Academia, Industry, and Startups. Our thesis is to invest in high-potential early-stage entrepreneurs and help them scale, thus contributing to the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country.

Y Combinator

Y Combinator, often referred to as YC, is one of the most prestigious and influential startup accelerators globally. Known for its highly competitive application process, Since 2005, YC has invested in nearly 3,000 companies including Airbnb, DoorDash, Stripe, Instacart, Dropbox, and Coinbase. They offer funding, mentorship, and a robust network of alumni to help startups succeed. The combined valuation of YC companies is over $300B. YC has programs and resources that support founders throughout the life of their company

9Unicorns

9Unicorns is a prominent Indian startup accelerator and early-stage venture fund that plays a pivotal role in fostering the growth of early-stage startups. Known for its diverse focus across industries such as technology, healthcare, consumer services, and fintech, 9Unicorns provides not only crucial seed funding but also extensive mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs and industry experts. The accelerator’s support goes beyond financial backing, aiming to assist startups in refining their business models, improving their products or services, and preparing for subsequent rounds of funding. With a commitment to nurturing innovation, 9Unicorns stands as a key player in the Indian startup ecosystem, offering a platform for startups to showcase their potential and accelerate their journey to success.

Venture Catalysts:

Venture Catalysts is a prominent seed-stage accelerator in India that has made significant contributions to the startup ecosystem. Recognized for its comprehensive support, Venture Catalysts not only provides funding to early-stage startups but also offers strategic mentorship and access to a vast network of successful entrepreneurs and industry experts. With a focus on driving innovation and growth, Venture Catalysts plays a crucial role in nurturing and shaping the success stories of startups across various industries. The accelerator’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and providing a robust ecosystem makes it a noteworthy player in India’s dynamic startup landscape.

Celebrate Women’s Day with Amazon Fresh Super Value Days from 1 st – 7 th March

Bengaluru, 1 st March 2024: This Women’s Day, think outside the box of traditional celebrations and surprise the remarkable women in your life with innovative gestures of appreciation. Show your appreciation and love by selecting from a wide range of delightful options, tailored to suit her tastes and preferences. Whether it is a sparkling clean home, a basket of personal care products for a well-deserved self-care day, or prepare their favorite meal with fresh groceries from Amazon Fresh’s ‘Super Value Days’ from 1 st to 7 th March 2024. Shop from a wide selection of quality products, including cleaning supplies, groceries, packaged food, gourmet treats, beverages, daily essentials, personal care, and avail great deals and offers of up to 45% off. Choose from a host of popular brands such as Amul, Dabur, Lakme, Ariel, Dettol, and others. Make this Women’s Day truly memorable by treating them to a selection of high-quality products that cater to their unique tastes and preferences – all made effortless by Amazon Fresh with convenient slotted delivery options, quality ingredients and value offers from a single online destination.

In addition, customers can avail an instant discount of 10% by using ICICI Bank Debit and Credit Card from 1 st – 4 th March on a minimum transaction of INR 2,500. New customers can enjoy a cashback offer of INR 400 on their first four orders. Prime repeat customers can enjoy mega savings with cashback rewards of up to INR 150.

Explore great deals this Women’s Day for the perfect gift that celebrates special women in your life, offering a delightful array of treats and treasures. From heartfelt tokens to indulgent surprises, discover the ideal expression of appreciation and admiration in every thoughtful selection.

  • Stock up on cleaning essentials:
    Presto! Dish Wash Gel: Tough grease residue, sticky food, oil stains and food stains like; turmeric or red chilli can be easily removed with Presto! Dishwash Gel. The strong formula dissolves quickly and cuts through grease and stubborn stains without scratching or damaging the surface of utensils. Available on Amazon Fresh for INR 269 approx.
  •  Vim Dishwash Liquid Gel Lemon Refill Pouch: Vim Gel dishwashing liquid comes infused with the Power of lemons. Just 1 spoon of Vim Gel is all you need to remove the toughest of grease from your utensils. Its special formula ensures that it is tough on stains but gentle on your hands. Just one teaspoon of Vim Gel in one cup of water and you’re ready! Available on Amazon Fresh for INR 298 approx.
  • Dettol Germ Protection Wet Wipes for Skin & Surfaces: Dettol’s disinfecting skin & surface wipes are safe on skin, ideal to clean multiple surfaces. They are easy to carry with a resealable moisture-lock lid. Dettol disinfecting wipes are practical for everyday use on furniture, taps, sinks, doorknobs, kitchen, bathroom surfaces, floor cleaning, children’s surfaces and places that are germ hotspots. Available on Amazon Fresh for INR 168 approx.
  • Ariel Matic Liquid Detergent Front Load Refill Pouch: New Ariel Matic liquid detergent gives tough stain removal in just 1 wash, as well as prevent your colored clothes from fading. As a liquid detergent, it dissolves easily in water. With Ariel’s superior technology, it is hard on stains but soft on colors – giving your colored clothes the perfect wash solution. Available on Amazon Fresh for INR 403 approx.
  • Curate a pamper kit for your special women: Engage Verona Perfume for Women, Long Lasting, Citrus and Fruity: Inspired by citrus groves, Engage Verona is a premium, long lasting perfume for women. With fruity and citrusy blast of reshness at the top, floral and spicy notes at the heart adding playfulness and woody and musky notes at the base making the senses feel exquisite, the perfume brings joy and radiance. Available on Amazon Fresh for INR 539 approx.
  •  Pantene Hair Science Hairfall Control Shampoo: Panteen strengthens your hair from root to tip for reduced hair fall. New Pantene Hair Science also provides protection against hair breakage and styling damage. For everyday use, try it with the Pantene hairfall control conditioner for reduced hair fall. Buy this on Amazon Fresh for INR 671.
  • Lakme Insta Eye Liner, Black Semi_Matte Finish: This rich, intense black matte eyeliner, makes your look last longer with its water-resistant & fast drying formula. Apply it to give your eyes a bold, long-lasting impression. Available on Amazon Fresh for INR 127 approx.
  •  Glow & Lovely Advanced Multivitamin, Brightening Face Moisturizer: Brighten up your skin with Glow and Lovely cream, which is enriched with Vitamins B3, C and E, and results in clearer skin with regular use. Allantoin in this face cream for women helps to remove dead skin cells from the top layer of skin, leaving you with soft and supple skin. Available on Amazon Fresh for INR 295 approx.
  • Get ready for a movie marathon with ready snacks and beverages: Lay’s Sizzlin’ Hot Potato Chips:  Lay’s Sizzlin’ Hot Potato chips are topped with a delicious blend of spicy goodness that will ignite your tastebuds. Made from high-quality potatoes, these chips have an irresistible taste that will leave you wanting to crunch for more. Get this on Amazon Fresh for INR 20 approx.
  • So Good Plant Based Almond Beverage Unsweetened: So Good Almond Beverage Unsweetened is a delicious plant- based beverage made from the finest almonds. It has no added sugar and is Dairy free, Lactose free and Gluten free making it an ideal choice for a healthy lifestyle. Drink it as is or add to your tea/coffee, cereal bowl, smoothies or any other dish and explore the endless ways with this versatile drink. Get it on Amazon Fresh for INR 255 approx.
  • DABUR Real Fruit Power Mixed Fruit Juice: Every Réal fruit beverage is made from the juice of best quality fruits only. The packs are tamper-proof and retain fruit goodness & food safety to give you the best-tasting fruit experience in every sip. Buy this on Amazon Fresh for INR 113 approx.
  •  Organic Tattva, Organic Raw Unpolished Peanuts/Groundnuts: Enjoy high-quality raw peanuts from Organic Tattva that are hygienically packed to retain goodness. These peanuts undergo stringent and rigorous laboratory tests to meet fssai food safety norms. They contain no artificial flavours or preservatives. Buy this on Amazon Fresh for INR 129 approx.

Stock up on cooking essentials and prepare their favourite meals:

  •  Saffola Active Refined Oil: Saffola Active cooking oil is high in Omega-3 (alpha linolenic acid), which contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels. Its dual seed technology gives you the goodness of 2 oils in 1. It ensures a
    good balance of MUFA and PUFA for better nutrition through fats, compared to single seed oils. Buy this on Amazon Fresh for INR 695 approximately.
  •  Daawat Rozana Super Basmati Rice: Enrich daily meals with goodness and taste with Daawat Rozana Super Basmati rice. With its aged raw rice, it promises an exceptional culinary experience, whether used for aromatic biryani rice or everyday cooking. Buy this on Amazon Fresh for INR 344 approximately.
  •  Amul Ghee Pure: Amul Ghee is made from fresh cream and has typical rich aroma and granular texture. An authentic product made with pure milk, Amul ghee is rich in Vitamin A, D, E and K. Buy this on Amazon Fresh for INR 635 approximately.
  • Aashirvaad Select Sharbati Atta: This sharbati wheat flour contains 100% Sharbati wheat from select regions of Madhya Pradesh. The grains of sharabati atta are consistent in size and have a golden sheen to it. Buy this on Amazon Fresh for INR 280 approximately.

Women’s Day Special: Here is a list of thoughtful gifts to pamper the woman in your life

Celebrate Women’s Day by treating the special women in your life to nourishing hair care essentials. Given below is a hand-picked selection of hair care products like hair oils and styling serums that will make her hair look gorgeous and healthy. Ideal for women who value practical and effective hair care, these budget-friendly gifting options are a heartfelt way to express your love and appreciation, this Women’s Day.

 For Salon-smooth hair – Livon Anti-frizz Serum:

This on-the-go product by Marico goes beyond regular hair care. Livon Anti-frizz Serum is your trustworthy hairstyling companion, suitable for all hair types. Enriched with Vitamin E and Argan Oil, Livon instantly cuts through frizz and gives you salon- smooth hair with an ultra-glossy finish. It helps tame the frizz giving you the perfect opportunity to flaunt your hair and style it for a perfect occasion. So, make this product a part of your hair styling routine and step out with the confidence of a salon-finished look, always! Livon Serum is available in 20ml, 50ml & 100ml bottles at leading department stores and on e-commerce websites like Amazon, Myntra, Nykaa and Flipkart. Also, there is a Livon for every hairstyling need.

For hair with natural long-lasting Shine –

Parachute Advansed Jasmine Hair Oil: We all want hair that not only looks beautiful but also radiates a healthy shine. Parachute Advansed Jasmine Hair Oil is a non-sticky, lightweight hair oil. Enriched with vitamin E, it helps reduce hair damage and repairs and strengthens your hair thereby restoring the natural, long-lasting shine your hair deserves. This product combines the goodness of Coconut hair oil with the soothing aroma of Jasmine, resulting in an enchanting scent that soothes the senses, leaving you feeling refreshed. Parachute Advansed Jasmine Hair Oil is now available in 45ml, 90ml, 190ml, 300ml, 400ml and 500ml bottles at leading department stores and on e- ommerce websites like Flipkart and Amazon.

For soft hair that gives you the freedom to style as you wish –

Parachute Advansed Aloe Vera Enriched Coconut Hair Oil: Super soft, nourished hair is the key to expressing your unique personality. Parachute Advansed Aloe Vera Enriched Coconut based Hair Oil, a light-weight & non-sticky hair oil, is just what you need. The nourishment of Coconut and the conditioning benefits of Aloe Vera give you soft hair that give you the freedom to style and wear your hair just the way you want to, with utmost ease. Parachute Advansed Aloe Vera Enriched Coconut based Hair Oil is available in 90ml, 150ml, 250ml, and  400ml bottles at leading department stores and on e-Commerce websites like Amazon and Flipkart.

For Nourished hair – Parachute Advansed Gold:

 Parachute Advansed Gold Hair Oil, enriched with the goodness of Coconut has the unique ability to go up to 10X deep and provide your hair with the superior nourishment that it needs, giving you truly beautiful hair. And hair that is nourished from within has a life force of its own. So, choose only the best that your hair truly deserves. Parachute Advansed Gold Hair Oil is now available in 90 ml, 190 ml and 400 ml bottles at leading department stores and on e-commerce websites like Amazon, Nykaa and Flipkart.

For Long, Thick and Black hair – Parachute Advansed Sampoorna:

 If you believe in giving nothing but the best nourishment to your hair, then start regularly oiling your hair with Parachute Advansed Sampoorna. This all- encompassing hair oil with the goodness of 5 exceptional herbs such as Hibiscus,Curry leaves, Methi, Amla and Aloe combined with the goodness of Coconut is here to give you long, thick and black hair. Parachute Advansed Sampoorna is now available at all leading retail outlets across Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It is also available on e-commerce websites like Amazon and Flipkart.

For Longer, Stronger, and Healthier Hair

Parachute Advansed Onion Hair Oil:

 If you’re looking to prevent hair fall and hair thinning, Parachute Advansed Onion Hair Oil is exactly what you need. Enriched with two – the goodness of Coconut and the power of Onion, it helps your hair grow longer, stronger, and healthier. Onion extract is rich in antioxidants that promote hair growth. Coconut is loaded with vitamins, triglycerides, and natural polyphenols that provide deep nourishment to hair. Parachute Advansed Onion Hair Oil is available in 200ml bottles at leading department stores and on e-commerce websites like Amazon and Flipkart.

For strong and beautiful hair: Nihar Naturals Hair Oil

 Now you can get thick & beautiful hair with Nihar Naturals Hair Oil which consists of Coconut, Methi and Jasmine. Coconut and Methi have vitamins & nutrients that make hair thick, strong, soft & shiny. Jasmine extracts give a pleasing fragrance to your hair. Nihar Naturals is a light, non-greasy hair oil, just right for beautiful hair. Nihar Naturals Hair Oil is available in 90ml & 200ml bottles in all leading outlets across West Bengal.

For Damage Repair – Hair & Care:

The all-new Hair & Care Pro Blend Damage Repair Oil & Shampoo is a remarkable blend of three natural ingredients  Avocado, Aloe Vera & Olive Oil – that help protect your hair from the potential damage caused by styling heat, colouring, chemicals and pollution. Say no to hair damage seen in the forms of hair breakage, frizz & split ends, making hair look dull & rough. With regular use, this repairs up to 100% of Damage  Avocado fortifies hair strands, enhancing overall hair health, while Aloe Vera provides deep conditioning and reduces dryness & hair fall. Olive oil, known to be rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants, provides strong and nourished hair. Hair & Care Pro Blend Damage Repair Oil & Shampoo will be available in a combo of 300 ml+300ml, on leading e-commerce websites like Flipkart & Amazon.

Cult launches the Fit Creator Accelerator

Mumbai, 1 March 2024: Cult, India’s foremost fitness brand has recently launched the ‘Fit Creator Accelerator’ (FCA) campaign, aimed at building a community (or a ‘cult’) of fitness influencers. FCA invites nano, micro, and macro-influencers to join, offering them a unique opportunity to showcase their fitness content on Cult’s official social media handles.

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To participate, influencers are required to fill out a form detailing their fitness and content creation background. After a screening process, the final stage involves evaluation by none other than Hrithik Roshan himself, a panelist for FCA. Six lucky winners chosen by Hrithik Roshan will become the inaugural batch of the FCA campaign.

 The FCA initiative provides influencers with a platform to create and share compelling fitness content, facilitating visibility and indirectly, gaining traction on their own social media handles. In a landscape where organic reach is often penalized, Cult recognizes the need to nurture and empower new creators who align with their beliefs and values.

Through Fit Creator Accelerator, Cult strongly aims to foster micro-communities that collectively contribute to making fitness a way of life for millions of Indians. As an active advertiser, Cult acknowledges the power of influencers in reaching the target audience effectively and believes that empowering these influencers is key to achieving their broader mission.

OPPO Launches F25 Pro: Slimmest IP65 rated 5G smartphone with 4K Recording on both Front & Back cameras

New Delhi, March 1, 2024: OPPO India has launched the F25 Pro 5G in two storage variants—retailing at INR 23,999 (128GB) and INR 25,999 (256GB) respectively. This smartphone—available in a new Lava Red colour—features a 64MP rear triple-camera setup with 4K video recording on its front and rear shooters, a 6.7-inch borderless AMOLED display, the octa-core Dimensity 7050 SoC, and a 67W 5000mAh fast-charging battery. It carries an IP65 rating and sports a slim 7.54mm profile while tilting the scales at a mere 177g.

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Commenting on the launch, Savio D’Souza, Director of Product Communications at OPPO India, said, “The OPPO F25 Pro 5G packs a punch with premium features like 4K video recording on both the front and rear cameras, a crisp, vivid borderless display, and smart AI technologies for segment-leading photography and efficiency. Add to that its slim, lightweight, durable build, and the F25 Pro 5G becomes the perfect choice for anyone who wants a powerful and stylish upgrade that is #BornToFlaunt.”

Borderless Design in a sleek and stylish frame

The F25 Pro 5G’s 120Hz AMOLED display comes with super-narrow bezels for a 93.4% screen-to-body ratio for an almost borderless viewing experience. Its 10-bit colour technology allows for over 1 billion hues and tones for natural gradients in visuals, while its peak brightness of 1100 nits ensures HDR content with vivid details.

The screen is protected by Panda Glass, which is doubly reinforced to enhance its durability and scratch resistance, and its body is fabricated out of PC-GF – a polycarbonate resin mixed with glass fibre as a reinforcement material. Its IP65 rating means it comes with the highest level of dust protection and withstands water jets from all directions. So, whether it’s a few splashes by the poolside or droplets of water in the rain, the F25 Pro 5G is built for endurance.

The F25 Pro 5G has also undergone rigorous tests and quality checks to ensure 1,00,000 volume key presses, 2,00,000 power button presses, and 20,000 instances of plugging and unplugging the USB-C cable for long-term reliability.

Besides the Lava Red colour that transitions from rich burgundy colour to deep sunset tones, the F25 5G is also available in Ocean Blue that looks like rippling waves in a clear and tranquil azure colour.

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Powerful Camera Setup with 4K capabilities

The Ultra-Clear Triple Camera on the device comprises a high-resolution 64MP OV64B 1/2” sensor, which provides exceptional clarity and detail in every shot, an 8MP Sony IMX355 112° ultra-wide camera for expansive landscape shots and group photos, as well as a 2MP OV02B10 macro camera that captures intricate details from as close as 4cm away.

It also sports a 32MP IMX615 camera sensor with a 21mm focal length—housed in a punch-hole display—for detailed selfies, group shots, and high-resolution portraits.

The device brings 4K video recording to both front and rear cameras for razor-sharp clarity. The 4K@30fps video output is detailed in well-lit daytime and static environments, making the F25 Pro 5G ideal for cinematic content, vlogging, and sharing on social media platforms.

AI & Photography

The OPPO F25 Pro 5G introduces AI Smart Image Matting—a segment-first feature—that enables one-tap extraction of subjects from photos and turns them into a transparent PNG that can be inserted into other images for effortless recreation and sharing as memes and photos. The AI can also handle multi-subject recognition within a single photo with precision and efficiency.

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The photography AI recognises the race, gender, and age of the subject to provide customised beauty effects, including brightened and smoothened skin, touch-up effects (lips and cheeks) and removal of facial imperfections. It adjusts the brightness in photos based on the environment to prevent overexposure and ensure natural skin tones and makeup colour.

Photography AI also removes facial imperfections in portraits by the 32MP front camera; it minimises pores for a polished skin effect while algorithms accurately identify and remove blemishes such as spots, acne, and acne marks.

Face clarity is optimised through OPPO’s AI portrait super-resolution algorithm, based on the aesthetic opinions of a global team of portrait experts. It is automatically activated in medium-lit/dark environments to reduce noise and improve face clarity in portraits.

The Performance Powerhouse

The OPPO F25 Pro 5G packs the octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 7050 SoC that comprises Arm Cortex-A78 cores clocked up to 2.6GHz for performance and Arm Cortex-A55 for efficiency.

Its Arm Mali-G68 MC4 GPU is optimised to provide smooth everyday gaming experiences and demanding tasks like 4K video recording without compromising battery efficiency.

The smartphone comes in storage capacities of up to 256GB based on the UFS 3.1 standard and 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, expandable up to 16GB through RAM Expansion to handle multiple apps and games without closing background processes prematurely.

All of this is supported by a 5000mAh battery with 67W SUPERVOOCTM Flash Charge that juices the smartphone to 30% with a 10-minute charge, while it reaches 100% in just 48 minutes. The battery is designed for approximately 1600 charge-discharge cycles with OPPO’s proprietary Battery Health Engine, which translates to around four years of use without considerable deterioration.

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Smart Experiences Powered by ColorOS 14

The F25 Pro 5G runs on ColorOS 14 based on Android 14. It includes smart AI features, upgraded proprietary technology, and user-friendly tools for enhanced safety and privacy…

LinkBoost: OPPO’s LinkBoost ensures 100% faster transmission and 58.5% stronger reception, which provides a stable signal with minimal downtime. It combines AI network selection and a 360° surround antenna design to facilitate swift reconnection in scenarios such as exiting elevators and travelling in fast-moving vehicles.

Trinity Engine: ColorOS 14’s Trinity Engine optimises computing resources, memory, and storage efficiently with features like ROM Vitalization, RAM Vitalization, and CPU Vitalization. It ensures smooth operation with up to 28 apps running in the background without lag. ColorOS is recognised by third-party organisations such as ISO, ePrivacy, and TrustArc for safety and privacy.

File Dock: The new File Dock on the Smart Sidebar streamlines content-sharing across apps through split-screen, floating windows, or directly from the Dock. Content saved in the File Dock syncs across devices running ColorOS 14, boosting productivity.

Smart Touch: AI-powered Smart Touch allows users to select and organize text, images, and videos from the system and third-party apps effortlessly. Content can be stored in the File Dock or consolidated into a single note with simple gestures.

The OPPO F25 Pro 5G will get three years of OS updates with four years of security updates.

Offers:

Customers can avail the following offers for pre-order of OPPO F25 5G:

– Enjoy up to 10% instant cashback with leading bank cards, including SBI Cards and ICICI Bank.

– Avail of no-cost EMI for up to 9 months.

– Customers have the flexibility to choose their EMI installment and tenure at their convenience.

– Benefit from zero down payment schemes.

– Access low down payment options from top financiers like Bajaj Finserv, TVS Credit, Home Credit, HDB Financial Services, and IDFC First Bank

– Receive 180 days of screen damage protection for added peace of mind.

Amrit Kaal Vimarsh Viksit Bharat at 2047: A Development-Dialogue

Pune, 01st March 2024: Kirloskar Institute of Management (KIM), Pune, in association with All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and MoE (Ministry of Education), Govt of India hosted a stimulating development dialogue on “Inclusive and Sustainable Amrit Kaal 2047: Technology, Society, and People at the Forefront” on February 29, 2024. Students, faculty members and staff of KIM participated in the event and made the event grand success.

Esteemed speaker Mr. Pushpendra Singh, Executive Coach, and Management Consultant nominated by AICTE delivered a captivating talk, emphasizing technology as a driver, discussing growth challenges, and highlighting favourable conditions for progress in India. He highlighted the importance of knowledge cultivation through curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking, along with continuous learning.

Mr. Pushpendra emphasized sustainable themes such as renewable energy, India’s geographical advantages, the importance of hydrogen in transportation, Electric Vehicles, waste management, digital economy, opportunities for young generation, greenhouse and sustainable environment, and the current technology enablers (AI, Machine Learning, IoT, Block chain etc.). After each theme, a true dialogue took place as faculty members and students exchanged their views with the speaker. This resulted in a solid understanding of the Amrit Kaal Vimarsh Viksit Bharat@2047.

Prof. (Dr.) T.G. Vijaya, Director of Kirloskar Institute of Management, felicitated Mr. Pushpendra Singh. During an inaugural speech, she emphasized the development journey of India, inclusive of growth and necessity of societal development. Dr. Ashok Patil, Associate Professor extended vote of thanks, Dr. Bidyananad Jha, Dean Academics organized the whole event and Ms. Chandrika Rath, students of class of 25, acted as Master of the Ceremony (MOC) for the event.