India is in a very Fortunate Place Today: Surjit Singh Bhalla, IMF India

Mumbai, 25 February 2023: India will benefit from the changed globalization as the interest rates will come down, said Surjit Singh Bhalla, Former Executive Director, IMF, at ABP Network’s second edition of ‘Ideas of India’ summit. Speaking at the summit, he highlighted that the Monetary Tightening Policy has been India’s response to inflation for the past 30-40 years.

Elaborating on the topic, ‘Crisis in the Global Economy – India’s Survival Guide’, Surjit Singh Bhalla said, “Monetary Policy has precious little to do with supply shocks and I would say now the monetary policy has precious little to do with inflation”.

Speaking on rise of India as a strong, emerging economy, he said, “China, which was a threat to the global economy, is now diminishing. However, the decline of China comes at a time with the rise of India.” He also pointed out that the quality of education and how fast India deregulates its economy will determine how fast we rise.

The panel was further enlightened by the presence of Dharmakirti Joshi, Chief Economist, CRISIL. Commenting on the topic, he said, “The slowing down of Global economies will spill over to us. Our forecast is that the growth will come down from 7% in 2022-23 to around 6% next year.”

The CRISIL Chief Economist also said that the quality of labour was a constraint for India which needs to be addressed. He said, “50% of India’s labour force is below Secondary School and they don’t have any skills, so I think you can’t fire the economy with such low skills.”

He emphasized on climate change as one of the biggest risks to the Indian Economy, especially in the last 2-3 years. “From an agriculture perspective, India is probably one of the most vulnerable countries to this risk. We need to ensure that proper measures are in place to avert any supply shocks that may come our way due to climate change.”

India has been taking extensive measures towards the growth of the infrastructure and manufacturing industry. “As both these sectors are carbon intensive, the challenge for Indian economy is to leave less carbon footprint while industrializing,” he added.

The summit promises an invigorating line-up of speakers with prominent figures from the world of business, politics, artists from the Hindi Film Industry, authors and other eminent sectors. The two-day event primarily addresses India’s stand as a burgeoning economy and global leader in shaping the future.

Hindware Italian Tiles Launches New Campaign ‘Broken Not Waste’ On National Tiles Day 2023

New Delhi, 25th February 2023: Hindware Italian Tiles from the house of Hindware – India’s leading bathroom and tiles solutions provider, is proud to announce the launch of its new campaign, ‘BROKEN NOT WASTE’. Conceptualized and executed by Hindware Italian Tiles and Grapes, an integrated communications agency, the campaign aims to raise awareness about the wastage of tiles that occurs during construction and renovation projects. It encourages consumers to adopt a sustainable approach by reusing or recycling broken tiles. As part of the campaign, Hindware has partnered up with Delhi Street Art – DSA Foundation to create stunning mosaics using waste tiles and view broken tiles as a valuable resource that can be repurposed and used creatively.

The campaign involves creating vibrant mosaics of 32 square feet at Harcourt Butler Senior Secondary School and Surjit Wasu Memorial School in New Delhi. The mosaics were created by a team of talented artists, interior designers and architects who used their creativity and skills to transform waste tiles into beautiful works of art. The entire project is part of Hindware’s commitment to sustainable design and their efforts to reduce waste.

Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Mr. Sudhanshu Pokhriyal, Chief Executive Officer, Bath & Tiles, Hindware Limited said “As the leader in the bathroom industry in India, we felt that we had a responsibility to address the issue of waste produced through renovation and construction. Our campaign ‘Broken Not Waste’ is another step towards raising awareness for the usage of the waste of tiles that occurs during construction and renovation projects and encourages people and industry leaders to adopt sustainable practices. With this campaign, we further strengthen our commitment to sustainability and our aim to reduce environmental impact through innovation and creativity.”

Charu Malhotra, Vice-President, Marketing, at Hindware Limited, said “At Hindware, we are committed to sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment. Art has the power to create awareness and therefore we have partnered with Delhi Street Art – DSA to transform waste tiles into one-of-a-kind artwork. These murals will be a symbol of our commitment to sustainable practices and encourage others to follow the same”

Speaking on the campaign, Shradha Agarwal, Co-Founder & CEO, Grapes commented, “Our main purpose with the ‘Broken Not Waste’ initiative is to promote a sustainable mindset, with the tile and construction industry at the center of it. So, the campaign communication focused on providing simple, practical solutions to combat the issue, while sensitizing the audience about it. Moreover, the mosaic art installations give a physical presence to the idea and serve as a tangible representation of the impact garnered by the initiative.”

The campaign launch coincides with National Tile Day on February 23, 2023. The brand will take this step further and looks forward to scaling it up in the future. Both mosaics created under the ‘Broken Not Waste’ campaign were unveiled in New Delhi, and more art pieces are expected to be created across the country. This innovative project is a testament to the power of creativity and innovation in promoting sustainable living and reducing waste. Additionally, Hindware has partnered up with dealers, interior designers, and architects for extending the efforts of the campaign to address the tile waste issue right from the design to end of construction of a building and adopt corrective measures to reduce the impact.

NimbusPost Collaborates with ClickPost to Streamline eCommerce Logistics Experiences

New Delhi, 25 February 2023- NimbusPost, India’s leading provider of tech-enabled logistics solutions for SMEs, enterprises, and D2C brands, and ClickPost, the fastest-growing logistics intelligence platform, announced the availability of an integration between the two logistics platforms to streamline eCommerce brands’ shipping journeys.

Through this collaboration, the two logistics giants will integrate their platforms to build an advanced logistics interface throughout supply chain operations. The partners intend to leverage new-age technology such as AI and Machine Learning to facilitate a superior shipping experience for online merchants and upgrade the brand-customer relationship. The association is projected to transform eCommerce logistics by enhancing logistics capabilities and accelerating eCommerce brands’ scalability.

While consistently expanding eCommerce demand is straining the present supply chain scenario, further fuelling complexities, automation has become the need of the hour. The partnership between NimbusPost and ClickPost is also a step towards promoting automated operations with maximum transparency. Now eCommerce merchants will be able to identify fake delivery attempts by delivery partners and reduce undelivered orders (RTO) and customer escalations through automated NDR management. Automatic order confirmation through WhatsApp, SMS and IVR calls will help in bringing down the return order percentage, promoting a higher margin on sales.

Mr Naman Vijay, the Co-founder and CEO of ClickPost, expressed his thoughts on the collaboration by saying, “ClickPost and NimbusPost’s commonality lies in our desire to craft shipping solutions and services that improve customer experience. Backed with engines and workflows designed with AI and ML, we both focus on enriching brand-customer relationships through timely communications and automated resolutions. ClickPost’s technical capability along with NimbusPost’s shipping solutions can be a game changer for the supply chain operations of any eCommerce business.”

Commenting on the alliance, Mr Yash Jain, the Founder and CEO of NimbusPost said, “Partnering with ClickPost reinforces our commitment to providing seamless and efficient logistics solutions for eCommerce merchants. Together, we bring a wealth of industry experience and expertise in providing technically innovative and advanced logistics solutions. This collaboration leverages ClickPost’s logistics intelligence platform with the shipping excellence, expertise, and resources of NimbusPost, creating a powerful solution for eCommerce brands looking to optimise their supply chain operations. We are confident that this partnership will drive significant value for our customers and position us as leaders in the logistics industry.”

Cathay Cargo rebrands along with exciting news for customers

Cathay Cargo

Cathay is excited to announce the launch of Cathay Cargo, a rebrand of its cargo business, and a change of name from Cathay Pacific Cargo. The change aligns with the airline’s overarching brand redesign, and reinforces the existing strong brand association and perceptions held by its customers. Cathay Cargo aligns with the same purpose, vision and values of our master brand Cathay and all of its subsidiary brands, including Cathay Pacific, the passenger airline, and Cathay, the everyday lifestyle offering.

Cathay Cargo is united behind Cathay’s vision to become one of the world’s greatest service brands, and plays an integral role in helping to fulfil that aspiration through its world-class air cargo network, which transports products that facilitate trade across the entire Cathay network and beyond. Shipping directly to more than 70 destinations worldwide, Cathay Cargo is committed to advancing the development of all destination countries served by Cathay’s more than 200 aircraft.

Group Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam said: “Cathay’s cargo business has played a vital role in the success of the Cathay Group since 1946, when we carried our first shipment between China and Australia. Our cargo services operate out of our home base of Hong Kong, which is also the world’s busiest international air cargo hub.

“This is an opportune moment to align our cargo business with the master brand as we continue our cargo investments in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area for a promising future. This rebrand reflects our Cargo business’ commitment to the same ‘Move Beyond’ ambition as the Group, while building on a strength that the Cathay brand has long been known for – offering leading-edge services to our customers.”

Reflecting this commitment to invest, Cathay Cargo has recently introduced a number of exciting refreshed solutions, including Cathay Priority and Cathay Pharma. Cathay Mail is scheduled for a refresh in March. These services cater to the respective burgeoning demands by customers for effective temperature-sensitive solutions, and efficient and reliable delivery solutions with new digital technology that better meets the requirements for shipment visibility, reliability and speed.

Director Cargo Tom Owen said: “Cathay Cargo continues to innovate new solutions, services and technology for customers as we build towards being one of the world’s greatest service brands. Continued investment in technology and logistics will solidify our position as a leading player in the industry.”

Cathay Cargo has invested in technology in recent years. This includes Ultra Track, a multi-dimensional track-and-trace service that gives customers near-real-time information on the airport-to-airport leg of the shipment journey using low-energy Bluetooth data-loggers; and, Click & Ship, an intuitive online booking service available 24/7 with instant processing and confirmation.

As part of its rebranding campaign, Cathay Cargo’s website has been revamped to reflect the brand ethos, and enable users to easily access popular features such as booking, track and trace, and flight availability, whilst also providing a clear showcase of recent campaign offers and featured solutions. The rebrand will connect Cathay Cargo to the master Cathay brand – a premium travel lifestyle brand offering a range of products and services that create more value for customers and partners. Cathay Cargo will have more exciting initiatives in the coming months as the company works toward a complete rebrand.

HDFC Life’s Guaranteed Income Insurance Plan ensures a secure, guaranteed future for you and your loved ones

New Delhi, February 25 2023: HDFC Life, one of India’s leading life insurers, has launched HDFC Life Guaranteed Income Insurance Plan. This product provides guaranteed, regular, tax-free benefits and guaranteed death benefits.

HDFC Life constantly endeavors to offer products that meet various life stage needs of individuals. With HDFC Life Guaranteed Income Insurance Plan, the Company is providing an opportunity for customers to build a financial corpus that would support them through regular and guaranteed income.

Life insurance is a necessity for every individual with responsibilities and long-term financial goals. HDFC Life Guaranteed Income Insurance Plan can enable fulfillment of these goals.

Key benefits:

  • · The plan provides a guaranteed income of 11% to 13% annually as a percentage of the Sum Assured under the policy
  • · Discount on first-year premium is available for online purchase; discount of 12% for 8 and 10 years of premium payment term (PPT) and a discount of 15% for 12 and 15 years PPT
  • · The plan provides life cover even during the income payout phase
  • · Individuals can choose the income period of 8, 10, 12, 15, 20, 25 or 30 years
  • · Guaranteed Death Benefit can be availed of either in lump sum or in monthly installments as a family income benefit option
  • · The entry age for the plan ranges from 0 (zero) to 65 years
  • · This is a non-participating life insurance plan

Speaking on the launch Aneesh Khanna – Head of Products & Segments, at HDFC Life said, “At HDFC Life, our aim is to ensure financial security for our policyholders and their loved ones. Life insurance as a product category provides the dual benefits of protection and long-term savings. HDFC Life Guaranteed Income Insurance plan offers guaranteed returns and secures policyholders from future uncertainties. The plan offers choice of premium payment term and life cover even during the income payout phase. We hope individuals make the most of this plan and build a corpus along with a financial safety net for themselves and their families.”

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ThePilot.in signs first of its kind strategic partnership with Barcelona Flight School

Bengaluru, 25th Feb, 2023: ThePilot.in, an aviation institute facilitating airline pilot training and building careers for future pilots, enters into a strategic partnership with Barcelona Flight School which is a pioneer in pilot training program in Spain. The goal of this collaboration is to develop a course syllabus that satisfies both Indian Dgca and EASA requirements for a commercial pilot licensing programme. For aspiring pilots, this would open a door to exposure to other highly regarded EASA Commercial Pilot Certification Programs.

ThePilot.in intends to raise public knowledge about the commercial pilot’s license as a rewarding career path. This collaboration is a start in the right path. This groundbreaking alliance satisfies the standards set by Indian and European agencies.

Commenting on the partnership, Urvi Jani is the Founder and Managing Partner of ThePilot.in says “Being a partner with Barcelona Flying School makes us feel honoured and grateful. Our collaborations are an indication of that, and our focus is on providing genuine advice for pilot training programmes that are high-quality, economical, and hassle-free. In due course, we plan to expand into other pilot training programmes and aviation software solutions to become one of the largest and most reputable pilot training firms in India.”

ThePilot.in has partnered with more than 12 flight training organisations in India, the United States, New Zealand, Spain, Canada, and South Africa to provide aspiring pilots with courses that provide the best learning environments and highly regarded airline pilot licenses with aircraft and technology that meet international standards. While keeping in mind that we have a programme that meets every budget and that we are able to support as many upcoming pilots as possible.

ThePilot.in

Founded in 2019, ThePilot.in is an aviation institute providing end-to-end solutions, facilitating the leading international Standard Professional Pilot programs across the globe.We are committed towards instilling the aspirational pilots of today, with comprehensive knowledge, attitude, and future-ready skillsets, empowering them to stand out from the competition in their journey. We offer two programs, Commercial Pilot training programs in India & Globally (USA, NZ, Canada, South Africa, Spain) and Aircraft Type Rating Programs. We facilitate the students with all inclusive processes and backend work such as medical appointments, EGCA guidance, education loans, visa process, ground and flight training, conversion checks and the paper work for various processes and a step by step guidance. With no enrolment, hidden or add on charges and 90% plus visa success rate are geared to provide the trainees the best training environment for their career path ahead.

KL Deemed to be University Hyderabad Campus Hosts International Conference on Advances in Computational Intelligence and its Applications

KL Deemed to be University Hyderabad

Hyderabad 25th February:- KL Deemed to be University, Hyderabad campus is organizing an International conference on Advances in Computational Intelligence and its Applications (ICACIA-2023) from 23rdto 25th February, 2023. The objective of this conference is to present state-of-the-art scientific results, encourage academic and industrial interaction, and promote deeper understanding of the domains among academicians, industry experts and students, who gathered from different corners of the world. The conference is expected to explore the possibilities of collaborative research and advancement in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Pattern Recognition (PR), Machine Learning (ML), IoT and related fields that can revolutionize the technology world.

Among the key speakers, Dr Haider Raza, University of Essex, UK., Dr Rafal Scherer, University of Technology, Czestochowa, Poland and Dr AnupNandy, NIT, Rourkela, India delivered keynote address during the inaugural session. The technical sessions will be held in hybrid mode to generate new ideas and enhance the quality of research and its future implementation during the conference. It will witness the global leaders in the fields of research and technology who can shape and sharpen ideas that would be fruitful to benefit the global scientific community.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr.G.PardhaSaradhi Varma, Vice Chancellor, KL Deemed to be University said, “We are committed towards providing global avenues that may expose students and faculty to the wider communities and networking platforms at both national as well as international levels. I am sure that the delegates who have hailed from India and abroad will enjoy the sessions and enhance their learning through collaborative journey. A new future in the fields of AI, PR, ML, IoT and related technologies is awaiting and these discussions will surely give rise to potential ideas and innovative solutions for the development of technologies that would lead the global scientific world into a brighter tomorrow.”

The conference was inaugurated in the presence of the guests and Dr L Koteswara Rao, Principal, KL Deemed to be University, Hyderabad, delegates, faculty members, and students. Various rounds of technical sessions were conducted on day one. More than 70 delegates from India and abroad who are expected to present their research papers during the three-day international conference. All accepted and presented papers, will be included in the conference proceedings to be published by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Florida, USA, informed the convenor Dr. Sheikh Fahad Ahmad.”

KL Deemed to be University, one of the country’s top ranking educational institutions in India promotes international standards in education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship. The University has been closely working with partners from the top-notch industries, companies and academia both at national and international levels to promote global industry-oriented research projects.

Bengaluru Margadarshana – First Ever Walk-through Map of Major Roads Inaugurated

Bengaluru Margadarshana

Bengaluru 25th February 2023: Bengaluru Margadarshana, a first-ever walk-through map of major roads and junctions that depicts how several major roads seamlessly connect to the central business district of the city was inaugurated by Pavitra Shankar, Managing Director, Brigade Enterprises Limited, today. Located under the flyover crossover after Hebbal junction near Nagashettihalli, Bengaluru Margadarshana, which is sponsored by Brigade Group in association with The Ugly Indian and BBMP also features brief narratives of five centuries of the expansion of Bengaluru since 1537 when the city was founded by Nadaprabhu Kempegowda. It is said that when Kempegowda built his new capital town, he called it Bengaluru as his mother and wife belonged to the hamlet of Hale Bengaluru (Old Bangalore).

Commenting on the initiative, Pavitra Shankar said, “The area is an important crossover point between Nagashettihalli, Kodigehalli and planned layouts like Devinagar and RMV extension. It is also adjacent to a railway crossing which makes it a crossover point for multi-nodal transport. We noticed that the large unused space at the crossover under the flyover was unkempt and doubled up as a garbage dump; and leveraged our association with The Ugly Indian and BBMP to beautify the area. The Ugly Indian team took it one step ahead by creating a one of its kind walk-through roadmap of Bengaluru. An added incentive for us to develop this crossing point was its proximity to Brigade Senate. This is the latest addition to a series of similar initiatives that Brigade has undertaken around our developments including the beautification of Mukunda Flyover near Orion Avenue Mall, Racecourse Flyover, Yeshwantpur Railway Station and Sandalwood Soap Factory Metro Station. We intend to take our ongoing relationship with The Ugly Indian forward as a community-based initiative for citizens to take ownership of public spaces. We will continue to engage in such opportunities that give back to society, be it redeveloping parks, rejuvenating lakes or beautifying public spaces.”

According to a co-ordinator from The Ugly Indian, “It’s wonderful to see a joint initiative from a concerned corporate, local volunteers, traffic police and BBMP to improve the usability and aesthetics of an important junction – by creating a unique themed under-flyover space that is safe, clean, educational and creates a sense of pride in the city. Such initiatives create a sense of positivity that change is possible and provide a good example of government-citizen partnership to improve public spaces.”

The two central pillars of the crossover point adjacent to the model walkthrough road map are painted in Navy blue that stands out against a backdrop of the greenish light-blue ceiling of the flyover. Bold white ‘Crossover’ motifs on the dark blue background act as reflectors with mounted flood lights on the sides, visually reducing the heaviness of the pillars. There is also a visual representation of how the city has grown over the last five centuries.  The walk-through road map is a good learning experience for the public and for children as it highlights the history of the city.

 

Interactive Session on GeM Contracts and Management at NMDC

NMDC

Hyderabad, 24 February 2023: Central Public Sector Enterprise, NMDC organized an Interactive Session on GeM Contracts and Management with a focus on Customized Bids at its Head Office in Hyderabad on Friday. Shri Prakash Mirani, Joint Secretary and Additional CEO, GeM, Ministry of Commerce and Industry were the Keynote Speaker at the session.

NMDC’s CVO Shri B. Vishwanath and ED Personnel Shri Praveen Kumar highlighted the company’s booming procurement share in the GeM ecosystem and encouraged employees present from across projects to gain knowledge and give constructive feedback. NMDC has procured Goods and Services worth Rs. 665 crores through the Government e-Marketplace so far in FY23. The State Miner’s GeM procurement percentage is witnessing the
the fastest increase in Steel PSEs.

Highlighting the features of the e-procurement portal, Shri Prakash Mirani said, “The contribution of public sector companies in building and strengthening the GeM ecosystem is monumental.” He invited feedback and inputs for the continuous process of making GeM more efficient and user-friendly while sharing his vision to make NMDC one of their biggest procurement partners.

NMDC’s senior officials from its Projects across India participated in the Session to enhance future procurements through GeM. NMDC promotes its vendors, especially MSMEs, to enlist on the National Public Procurement Portal and leverage the efficiency and transparency offered by GeM.

WorkIndia will facilitate recruitment of additional 5,000 positions at JustDial

India, 24 Feb2023: WorkIndia, India’s largest blue and grey-collared job portal, has partnered with JustDial, India’s largest search engine provider to fulfill its critical hiring plans, by placing an additional recruitment order of over 5,000 employees. Over a span of two years, WorkIndia has helped facilitate over 10K jobs until now and is currently continuing to provide support to fulfill various other staffing needs.

Through this alliance, WorkIndia will look to onboard staff with specific skillset requirements across Field Sales, Tele calling executives, and Customer Support Associates departments. The significance of these partnerships is that they will not only address the gap between demand and supply but will also, on a larger scale, assist to fortify the foundation of our nation.

Commenting on the same, Kunal Patil, the Founder, and CEO, WorkIndia, commented, “We are delighted and privileged to be partnering with JustDial to help staff their workforce. At WorkIndia, it’s been our constant endeavor to provide meaningful lives for the blue and gray-collar workforce across the country. We are elated that our partnership has enabled over 10k jobs and created a positive impact in their lives thus far and we will continue in our commitment to fulfilling the ongoing requirements.”

Spread across 772 cities, 28 states & 8 union territories in India, WorkIndia caters to the critical hiring needs of over 15 lakh SMBs and multiple large corporates. Driven solely by technology, the platform has built a recruitment ecosystem that eliminates middlemen, and fraudulent jobs, providing job seekers with a platform they can trust when it comes to finding genuine job opportunities.