Tuesday, 12 September 2017

NPCI Hosts Financial Literacy Through ‘Campus Connect’ for Students

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 12th September:- National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the umbrella organisation for all retail payment systems in the country is conducting pan-India series of financial literacy campaigns under its ‘Campus Connect’ initiative.  
Nishith Chaturvedi, VP & Head, Human Resources, NPCI said that the objective is to create awareness about significance of having a less-cash society to celebrate World Literacy Day. It also serves the purpose of pre-placement talk at the campuses before NPCI visits the institute for campus hiring.
The financial literacy workshops led by NPCI’s Human Resource vertical have been initiated from August to integrate digital payments in campuses across the country. Reputed management institutes of Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai will host over 3000 students from about 35 universities where they will be familiarized with financial products like Unified Payments Interface (UPI) / Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM).
Besides, they are also encouraged to participate in ‘NPCI Ideathon’ -brainstorming sessions for presenting fresh ideas to improvise on UPI / BHIM Apps.

GBTL’s Brand Grasim Launches its Festive Collection 2017: Eyes Aggressive Expansion Plans

By Tricitynews Reporter
Ludhiana 12th September:- India’s homegrown and men’s lifestyle brand Grasim, part of GBTL Limited, today launched its Festive Collection 2017.
The conference was presided over by S. Krishnamoorthy (MD, GBTL) and Manish Shukla (Head  OTC - Sales & Marketing).  It was attended by key channel partners lead by Hans Raj Gautam (Agent) and Rakesh Jain (Dealer M/s Jain Brother Pvt. Ltd.).  
S Krishnamoorthy, Managing Director of GBTL said that Grasim from GBTL is proud in launching their new festive collection from Ludhiana, Grasim's favourite center. The new collection with its contemporary look and fashion content is tailor made to the taste of the consumers who always expect innovations from Grasim. The company has lined up very aggressive plans for growth in the over the counter Domestic market both in product offering which will extend to fine cotton suiting and shirtings too and in Pan india Brand building.
Rakesh Jain of Jain Brothers Pvt Ltd and Hans Raj Gautam of Shri Sai Agencies said that we are very excited to have such kind of event organized in our city. We are also thankful to S. Krishnamoorthy for joining us.
The GBTL senior management shared at the conference aggressive expansion plans that the company has chalked out for brand Grasim in the days to come.  Given GBTL’s clear focus on accelerating growth in the core textiles business, the company is launching a slew of major growth initiatives in the coming season.  Brand Grasim’s product portfolio will be significantly enhanced through the addition of vastly superior selection of fabrics i.e. TR, Polywool, Cotton (suiting as well as shirting).  Further brand’s pan-India distribution network will be strengthened to make it even more robust. 
The Festive Collection boasted of the much awaited collections namely Neo Wool (Unique selection of exclusively styled fabrics that look and feel like wool.  The collection has been developed to be suitable for just about all weather conditions.), Anti Crush (Superior range of fabrics having wrinkle free properties allowing it to retain its shape and look presentable at all times without having to worry about wrinkles.  Not only is the fabric easy to maintain, it is incredibly comfortable.), Twisters (Superb selection of luxurious fabrics possessing great bounce and designed to complement all occasions.  The collection evokes a distinguished elegance and is uniquely pleasant to the touch.)and Suprenno (Italian fashion fabrics available in a variety of fabulous colors and contemporary designs.  The collection provides exceptional coolness while being extra smooth.) 
For brand Grasim Punjab market continues to be a focus market.  Due to its fast evolving consumer tastes and preferences, the state is a trendsetter in terms of setting cutting-edge style and fashion trends.  Popular Grasim Collections namely Fashion Avenue and Orlando have been specially crafted keeping in mind the preferences of consumers of Punjab.
In line with the corporate philosophy, Grasim Suiting has always been on the forefront in terms of providing quality fabrics which are technically superior and designed around consumer preferences. Past innovative product offerings like Ice Touch (fabric which keeps body temperature 5 degrees cooler), Shining Star (fashion collection inspired by the quintessential Italian style), Stylus (highly soft and smooth fabric) and Velino (finest collection of international fabrics with extra lustre) are the timeless favourites of consumer.
Grasim’s latest collections launched today, as part of the Festive Collection 2017, is the outcome of fostering a core culture of innovation, meticulous research and development and a commitment to live up to consumer expectations.  The latest collections launched at the conference were much appreciated by the channel partners. 
Backed by a strong brand Grasim and a deep understanding of evolving consumer needs, GBTL’s long-term growth prospects remain strong given company’s strong ambitions to set unprecedented benchmarks for the industry and gain market leadership position. 

Intex Technologies Achieves a Record Milestone of 1.8 Million Production of LED TVs in India

By Tricitynews Reporter
Baddi 12th September:- Intex Technologies, one of the leading consumer durables players, has recently achieved another feat by attaining a production capacity of 1.8 Million LED TVs annually locally and becoming one of the highest in north India.
The 76,000-sq. ft. plant in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh opened in 2010, began production of LED TVs from FY 2014-15 and within 3 years touched production volumes of 150K units per month. Manufacturing at Baddi plant has in seven years become completely automated to fulfill quality and standardization objectives for mass scale with fully compliant to BIS and BEEE standards.
The plant is taking the Make in India objective further by starting the vertical integration or open cell manufacturing i.e. LED Panels being manufactured locally here.
Being one of the leading domestic players, Intex has an overall manufacturing capacity of 112 million units from across five plants of mobiles, consumer durables and IT. The 5 manufacturing facilities are in Jammu (1), Baddi in HP (1) and Noida (3) employing over 5000 people.
Talking about the milestone achieved, Ashok Agarwal, GM -Manufacturing (Operations) said that it is a big moment for a domestic player like us to achieve the feat of attaining such a huge indigenous capacity for LED TVs. It is very special for us as Intex within a few years of foraying into the LED TV segment has captured significant market share and brand recall as a consumer durables player. He shared further that we have been able to achieve this with our state-of-the-art facilities, automation and compliance adherence. With the soon to start vertical integration in LED TV via Open Cell or LED Panels manufacturing locally here, will make our aspiration to take Indian manufacturing to its pinnacle and realize manufacturing prowess.
The LED TV manufacturing started in 2014, across sizes ranging from 22-inch to 65-inch, along with a consistent progress path introducing UHD/4K TV, Smart TV, Gaming TV, HD/Full HD TV and set-up of fully-automation of LED TV assembly line.
Ashok Agarwal added that the Baddi plant since inception in 2010, has been into the manufacturing of IT Peripherals such as Keyboard, mouse, Speakers, Desktop computers, mobile phones, mobile accessories like mobile battery and chargers.
Intex’s state-of-the-art lab test facility in Baddi includes the latest environmental testing equipment needed to meet and exceed the testing requirements for a wide range of applications.

Chandigarh Administration Allows Conversions from Lease Hold to Free Hold

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 12th September:- The Chandigarh Administration has allowed the Conversions from lease hold to free hold basis. CHB has decided to invite applications from the allottees/authorized occupants of various Dwelling Units, desirous of converting their Dwelling Units from lease hold to free hold. If the applicants have already applied for conversion in the past and their cases are pending, then they need not  submit a fresh application, but they shall give an affidavit stating whether the facts and contents of the applications submitted earlier, have changed or not and whether they fulfill all the requirements of the Chandigarh Conversion of Residential Lease-hold land tenure into Free hold land Tenure Rules, 1996. The Board shall be scrutinizing/processing such applications and the documents so submitted by the applicants, and approval thereof shall be accorded by CHB in such cases. As soon as rates are notified by Chandigarh Administration, these conversions shall be given the go ahead and be given legal effect on payment of notified rates.

GGSCW Holds Oath Taking Ceremony for Executive Members of Student Council

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 12th September:- The students and staff of Guru Gobind Singh College for Women today witnessed the Official Oath taking Ceremony of the Executive members of the Student Council. The newly elected members that included President Anjum Arrah, Vice President, Secretary, and Joint Secretary along the class representatives of various streams were formally sworn in.
Principal, Dr.Charanjeet Kaur Sohi, congratulated the council and apprised the members of their responsibilities towards the institution. While thanking, the student’s council pledged their support and cooperation in taking the college to still higher standards by maintaining discipline and good academic atmosphere.

One in Ten of India’s Internet Population is Hyperconnected Consumer: GfK

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 12th September:- Improving internet infrastructure across India, rising ownership of smartphones, and ubiquitous of its usage has made the mobile device the gateway of choice for the internet. A recent GfK study, focused on the top users of the country’s internet population, the hyperconnected consumers, is defined as someone who owns a smartphone, at least one other connected device, accesses the internet daily with, and spends more than four hours daily on the smartphone. 
There are around 41 million hyperconnected consumers in India, with major cities like Delhi and Mumbai reporting the highest concentration of consumers belonging in this segment. According to the Hyperconnected Consumer study in India, they spend almost six hours daily online—double the amount of time compared to the average consumer. Prime time for them is 9pm to 12 midnight: the hyperconnected consumers have the most intense usage on their smartphone during the traditional media opportunity window.
Nikhil Mathur, Managing Director for South Asia at GfK informed that this study has uncovered an emerging category of connected consumer who is embracing and actively opting for digital modes of lifestyle. This evolution of the ‘hyper’ segment takes consumers’ connectivity level up by a notch, proving that digitization is indeed taking place at a rapid pace, with smartphones being instrumental in the process.
Hyperconnected consumers spend more than half (61%) of their total time using smartphone for communication and social networking. WhatsApp and Facebook together account for 54 percent of the time spent on the smartphones. Compared to the average consumer, hyperconnected consumers access Instagram thrice as much, use taxi apps more often (1.3 times), and downloaded 6 more apps to total 16 new apps in the last month.
Karthik Venkatakrishnan, Regional Director for Digital Market Intelligence, GfK said that with the number of internet users in India expected to cross 450 million by June, the usage of smartphone for high social activity goes beyond simple networking and has evolved into a perpetually connected, digital-led lifestyle.
The frequency of engaging with brands online is also higher for this group of consumers. Four in five (80%) like or follow a brand on Facebook while two-third (65%) forward brand content to others, showcasing that they have some level of engagement with at least one brand on social media. In particular, hyperconnected consumers tend to search for coupons/vouchers from a particular brand nearly twice as much as the average consumer.
Nikhil Mathur said that these valuable insights can help brands targeting the Indian market to rethink their strategy, such that they can seamlessly integrate their offline and online offerings in the consumer purchase journey in order to be ready for them when and where they are wanted the most. He concluded that digital India will continue to spur the growth of hyperconnectivity with the plethora of opportunities it brings to the table. It is even more imperative for companies to have an in-depth understanding of how to deal with today’s hyperconnected consumer and make the best use of it.

‘Tihar Fashion Laboratory’ Empowers Women Inmates with Skill-Based Education: First Batch of Inmates Awarded with Certificates

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 12th September:- Determined to keep its spirit of restorative rehabilitation, Delhi Prisons in collaboration with Pearl Academy had set up Tihar Fashion Laboratory in February, earlier this year. The idea was to provide the women inmates in Jail no.6 with set of skills that will enable them to create avenues for self-employment, entrepreneurship and ensure that the inmates can lead an independent life. Under this initiative, the fashion lab is a modern facility with the latest equipment with complete industrial standards of machinery, pattern tables and sewing machines.
In line with government of India’s ‘Skill India Mission’ program that aims to transform India’s workforce into skilled work force, ‘Tihar Fashion Laboratory’ has gone one step further to redefine the meaning of integration serving to build an ‘inclusive community’ of change agents by including these inmates who might not find themselves any avenue in the context of skill–buildingThe inmates have been trained by the academy in pattern making and construction of Indian wear.
Setting up new benchmarks in skill development, Pearl Academy awarded certificates to the first batch of women inmates of Tihar Jail who have completed their course from the ‘Tihar Fashion Laboratory’ at convocation today. The certification course was aimed at linking creative exploration and market understanding. The program has empowered each inmate to recognize their true potential, and develop aptitude in their area of expertise.
Based on Pearl Academy’s domain expertise and experience, workshops were also conducted by the faculty and the inmates were able to develop strong skill sets. Following the footsteps of Tihar, Presidency Correctional Home in Kolkata has collaborated with designer Abhishek Dutta to train 40 inmates through a fashion unit to stitch trendy apparel—like Nehru jackets, kurtas, shirts and harem pants — besides bags, belts and shoes
Sudhir Yadav, Director General of Prisons, Tihar Jail, and Professor Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy, awarded the certificates and encouraged the inmates. Also present on the occasion to extend their support to this unique initiative were Kailash Gehlot, Minister for Law, Justice & legislative Affairs, Delhi Government; Swati Jaihind, Chairperson-Delhi Commission for Women.
Professor Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy said that this certification programs is a unique initiative that has helped the women inmates to learn self-sustaining skills and has equipped them with the means to earn a livelihood in their life-after-prison. It gives me immense satisfaction and pride that we have been able to add skills that will contribute to make life more sustainable for these inmates. We believe that society is best served when we use our collective skills and experience to create positive and lasting change. As Pearl Academy celebrates its silver jubilee journey this year, we look forward to taking more such initiatives and imparting skill-based learning that strongly promotes inclusion as a part of the learning process.
Commenting on this initiative,  Sudhir Yadav, DG Prisons, Tihar Jail, said that the Pearl Fashion Laboratory initiative has seen an amazing response and participation from inmates. He is happy that they have completed their course and have been imparted with skills that will help them lead an independent life after prison. This is for the first time that an education institute has partnered with us for such an initiative and he thanks Pearl Academy for their continuous cooperation and efforts in starting this well thought-out certification program for the inmates.

Samsung Galaxy Note8 With Bixby Capabilities and Enhanced S Pen Launched

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 12th September:- Samsung Electronics today launched its flagship smartphone Galaxy Note8 in India, offering the next level Note for people who want to do bigger things.
Samsung will also introduce Bixby Voice capabilities with ‘Make for India’ innovations in its intelligent interface Bixby in the next few weeks. Bixby will be available on Galaxy Note8 and Galaxy S8 & S8+ devices.
 With Galaxy Note8, consumers get a big, immersive Infinity Display that fits comfortably in one hand, S Pen to communicate in more personal ways, and Samsung’s best-ever true Dual Camera with dual Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to capture stunning photos in all conditions.
The incredible Note series loved by millions of consumers in India will also come with the revolutionary mobile payment service, Samsung Pay, and Samsung’s defense-grade security platform Samsung Knox, making it the most desirable smartphone available in the market. Galaxy Note8 is designed for the way consumers lead their lives and lean on technology today.
HC Hong, President and CEO, Samsung Southwest Asia, said that India loves the Galaxy Note for the infinite possibilities it offers with its big screen, unique S Pen and multi-tasking capabilities. He takes this opportunity to thank all our consumers in India who have made Samsung the Most Trusted Brand, especially those who have patiently waited for their next Note. This time, we have made the Galaxy Note8 bigger and better and added ‘Make for India’ innovations that will transform lives yet again. Galaxy Note8 lets people do things they never thought were possible.
 Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India, said that Galaxy Note8 with its stunning Infinity Display, enhanced S Pen and a true Dual Camera, is designed for those who want to do bigger things. At Samsung, we listen to our consumers and bring in meaningful innovations that help make their lives better. With this launch, Samsung will further consolidate its leadership in the premium smartphone segment in India.

Chandigarh Police organizes Workshop on “Banking Fraud (ATM, Credit & Debit Card, Cyber Crime) and Anti Money Laundering”

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 12th September:- Chandigarh Police in collaboration with AXIS Bank  today organized workshop    on “ Banking Fraud (ATM, Credit & Debit Card, Cyber Crime) and Anti Money Laundering”  in    Recruit Training Centre(RTC) , Sector-26, Chandigarh under the guidance of Tajender Singh Luthra, D.G.P., U.T., Chandigarh and under the supervision of Ravi Kumar, I.P.S.,  S.P./ Operations & Training. 87 police officers (Inspector, Sub Inspectors, Assistant Sub Inspectors and Constables) have attended this programme.
During this workshop, Harjit Singh, M.Sc. MBA, Regional Head (Pb, Hry & J&K) Fraud Control Unit, delivered lecture to the participants in which he explained the various channels of e-banking and precautionary measures to avoid the frauds. He further told that how the electronic frauds are perpetrated and how we can recognize the different type of deceptions and utilize the key information to investigate the frauds.
The purpose of this workshop was to aware the participants about various frauds in electronic banking and credit/debit cards and Anti money laundering. This training will help the Police officials in future while investigating such type of fraud cases.

PU NSS Volunteers Completes Kalka Kasauli Trek

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 12th September:- The total of 17 NSS volunteers from PU completed the 12 kms Kalka to Kasauli nature trail trek on this weekend. The aim of the trek was to instill the spirit of adventure and creating awareness about healthy lifestyle choices. The trek was led by Jeesu Jaskanwar Singh, NSS Programme Officer. The following 17 volunteers, from various departments of Panjab University, participated in the trekking and hiking activity; Sandeep, Madhu, Anjali, Dipa, Jenab, Aarzoo, Jasmeen, Madhvi, Neha, Sanjay, Vikrant, Raju, Vineet, Sandeep Gupta, Harsh Vardhan, Gurpreet and Dara Singh.
The volunteers visited the heritage market of the Kasuali. The volunteers had the first hand experience of environment education and wildlife conservation while trekking on the nature trail. The volunteers witnessed the various facets of wildlife. The volunteers also encountered/witnessed the Sambhar, various species of butterflies and birds, monkeys and Langurs in their natural habitat.

Punjab University organizes Workshop on Management of Biorisk

By Tricitynews Reporter
Chandigarh 12th September:- A five day workshop on the management of biorisk while working with biological agents and toxins is being organized in the Panjab University from Sep.11-15. 2017.
The resource persons – Cecelia Williams and Chuck Skeens from SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES, USA are involved in International Biological and Chemical Threat Reduction Programs globally. The workshop intends to train scientists, faculty and research scholars to enable them to reduce the biorisk to a minimum at their work place. This is important for the biosafety of community at large. Sensitization to issues of biosecurity including bioterrorism are also on the agenda of the workshop. According to the organizer Prof Neena Capalash sixteen people from throughout India are participating. This is the sixth workshop in continuation and nearly 60 researchers have been trained on Biorisk Management at Panjab University till now since 2014.