Friday 25 November 2016

Rotary Club of Bangalore (RCB) Launches 100 Happy Schools

Bengaluru :  Rotary Club of Bangalore (RCB) on the occasion of 100th year of Rotary Foundation announced that it aims to create 100 Happy Schools with a key priority  “to build a Better World – One Student at a Time” and with the focus on skills and continuous improvement within the education sector.  Government schools in the vicinity of Bangalore are being identified to modify and increase the number of students attending Primary Schools from disadvantaged areas.  The Project will be officially inaugurated at MAF Rotary Govt Primary School at Harokethanahalli on November 27, 2016.
“Creating Happy Schools is indeed a panacea to the rural literacy scenario.  The malady of dropouts is as concerning as not enrolling in the schooling system”, says Rtn. President Ranga Rao.  “Since Karnataka is among the highest children enrolling state, a lot of work needs to be done” he further added.
There is great CSR support for RCB to take this ambitious project further as 70% of the total funds required will be raised internally through the generosity of our members and balance 30% are being raised through Corporates, Friends and Well Wishers of the Community. We are enroute to putting the rural children on the learning highway so that they can be brought into the mainstream.  The endeavor is to take up 100 Schools and make them and the surrounding villages’ happy means impacting over 100,000 people.  In the second stage RCB would train the teachers in motivating and energizing the children while the third stage would be to create model schools.
 “We believe the children have a right to literacy and only literacy can transform lives.  If we can give them the power to learn, we can give them the impact of a livelihood. I am delighted to launch this project along with my co Rotarians and sponsors, and look forward to receiving regular progress reports on its implementation with a basic aim to make it a success, i.e to build a fair and compassionate society”
 The Rotary International’s successful "End Polio" program that resulted in eradication of polio, totally from India and from nearly 99% of the world, has motivated the Rotarians in South Asia to adopt "Rotary's Total Literacy Mission". In India, the Rotary India Literacy Mission wishes to achieve the literacy goals through its T-E-A-C-H program:
T - Teacher Suppor
E - E-learning
A - Adult Literacy
C - Child Development
H - Happy Schools

Thus, the T-E-A-C-H "program" includes five "projects", each with specific focus but inter-linked with the others in objective and content so as to contribute to the program goal of Total Literacy accompanied with improvement in learning outcome of primary education and spread of adult literacy in various parts of the country. Excellent and innovative education and training is the pivot around which personal fulfillment, a fair society and a successful nation should revolve. It is central to sustaining economic success and in converting economic success into building a strong community.

Wednesday 23 November 2016

Philips digital healthcare innovations to address challenges of the healthcare industry

Bangalore : Philips innovation Campus,successfully organized their second digital healthcare conclave. The conclave was graced by industry stalwarts like Rajesh Batra,CIO of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, and government officials like Rajendra Pratap, advisor to Union Minister of Health, healthcare providers and a few ambitious start-ups. These stalwarts highlighted how can we leverage digital India for providing better healthcare solutions and that IOT and AI are a powerful combination in redefining healthcare. This comes as an addition to the breakthrough of Big Data in healthcare sector, where the healthcare providers have access to better and relevant data, in turn rendering them capable to offer better care to the healthcare seekers.

As on date our country needs additional 1.5million beds and 3 million doctors by 2034, to be able to render effective healthcare to the ones in need. However, according to a survey conducted by McKinsey, India has only 1.3 hospital beds per 1,000 people-significantly lower than the guideline of 3.5 beds defined by WHO (World Health Organization). The sector needs to focus on the quality, affordability and the reach of healthcare. The only answer to bridge the gap between the problem and the solution is innovative technology.

One such solution provided by Philips innovation Campusin their IntelliSpace Consultative Critical Care (ICCC) solution service. The state of the art hardware and software products that are provided as part of the solution enables clinicians connect to and monitor multiple intensive care units from a central location. Trained healthcare providers and intensive care nurses stationed at the command center can monitor the patients in the peripheral ICUs on a 24/7 basis. This saves costs for the patients and gets best care to them, even at remote locations.

Philips Innovation Campus now plans to make a significant reduction in the maternal mortality rate, with their latest innovation-Mobile Obstetrical Monitoring (MoM). High fetal and maternal mortality rates continue to remain one of the major concerns in the healthcare space. The project will monitor pregnant women for early high risk identification via a new telehealth solution. This will enhance the performance of India’s Frontline Health Workersas they are the first point of contact with the healthcare system in the developing areas, allowing them to save many lives. The project will be a great step towards improved healthcare for the newborn and the mothers.

While cardiovascular diseases have quadrupled in the last 40 years, 50% of the affected patients arrive too late for appropriate treatment. If the patient receives treatment within one hour of the attack- called ‘the golden hour’, possibilities of saving his/her life increase manifold. Philips Innovation Campus has developed the chest pain clinics to answer the problem. The Chest Pain Clinics are aimed at enabling small hospitals and nursing homes to provide timely and quality, ”Emergency Cardiac Care” and thus save lives.Each Chest Pain Clinic will be a clinic or a small healthcare facility equipped with Philips Efficia ECG-100 systems which will wirelessly transmit ECGs of patients in real time from the spokes(Chest Pain Clinics) to the hub. Once a patient is confirmed as suffering from a Myocardial Infarction, known as a Heart Attack, he/she is immediately transported via an ambulance from the Chest Pain Clinic, for primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) within the golden hour.

Apart from addressing the healthcare gaps though technology, Philips Innovation Campus also organized aStart-up Alley, where they chose the best Start-Up, who addressed the common healthcare gaps with utmost precision. The Start-up was chosen in association with NASSCOM and Philips innovation Campus would be mentoring them to better their chosen project.

Philips digital solutions are focused at improved workflow in hospitals, reduction of infrastructure costs by leveraging the cloud, point of care devices to help in faster and early diagnosis, appropriate applications and remote monitoring that can help in extending the reach of doctors and specialists to areas where care was not available before. Our mission is to touch more than 3 billion lives by 2025. So our aim is to create meaningful innovations that will achieve healthcare that is accessible to all.

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Britannia Industries Will turn as a Global Food Company

- BIL launched a state-of-the-art Research and Development Center in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, November 22 : Britannia Industries Ltd. (BIL), now India’s leading Bakery & Diary products Company, Focussed to became a full pledged Global Food Company. For this it is expanding it's Research and Development activity in a big range. Following this BIL today announced the launch of a state-of-the-art Research & Development Center in Bidadi, Bengaluru.

The new Center and the company’s first owned manufacturing facility in the state have been set up at an investment of INR 200 Crores and will focus on fostering innovations and launch of disruptive products for Indian and global consumers. The 55,000 square foot Center was inaugurated by Industries Minister, Karnataka, Shri. R.V. Deshpande.

The state-of-the-art Center houses analytical, sensory, microbiology labs in addition to pilot plants for its core product portfolio which includes biscuits, cakes, rusk, breads and dairy. The facility has a team of seasoned food technologists, scientists, chefs and nutritionists. As a testament to their commitment to encourage diversity in the workplace, nearly half the workforce comprises women. 

“Our market leadership in bakery today is firm and growing. As a market leader, innovation is the bedrock of our identity. We aim to be a ‘Total Foods’ Company in 5 years from now, serving over a billion Indians 4 times a day,” said Varun Berry, Managing Director, Britannia Industries Limited. “This Center reinforces our commitment to deliver innovative and superior products to our consumers. The new R&D Center will act as a springboard to accelerate product innovations in newer categories and will help us in our growth into adjacent bakery segments within macro-snacking,” he added.

The manufacturing facility in Bidadi, built adjacent to the R&D Center, is also equipped with high-speed processing machinery which will redefine the frontiers of food technology in India. The facility will seamlessly channel the innovations from the R&D Center to markets across the country. Currently, the facility employs more than an 800 strong workforce and will expand up to 1350 people when it reaches 100 per cent capacity. 

“The rigor and commitment behind product innovations which deliver new-to-market experiences is testimony to our promise of taste, trust and consistent delivered quality,” said Sudhir Nema, VP - R&D & Quality, Britannia Industries Ltd. “The new facility is built on our glorious R&D tradition of innovating in Food technology over the last 4 decades. It will steer us to the next phase of growth by delivering disruptive innovations, renovating the core product portfolio and providing value engineering to remain cost competitive in the market place,” he added.

Britannia started its Research and Development Center in the year 1970 at Mumbai. The new Center in Karnataka is to be a consolidated facility that houses state-of-art-capability in diverse areas including Analytical Excellence Laboratory (Microbiology & Organoleptics), Product Development, Packaging Development, Scientific Regulatory Affairs, Nutrition, R&D Excellence & Capability Building (Culinary Laboratory) & Dairy Development.

Saturday 19 November 2016

MV Agusta arrives in Bengaluru

Bengaluru : MV Agusta India announced its official entry in South India via an exclusive showroom in Bangalore and also unveiled the limited edition F3 800 RC AMG. The F3 RC is an AMG branded limited edition version of the highly popular model, the F3 – 800.  The company also displayed its range of superbikes − the F4, F3 and Brutale 1090 −which will now be available at its ‘Motoroyale’ dealership in Bangalore.  Motoroyale is Kinetic Group’s chain of high-end motorcycle stores with bikes sourced from some of the leading two-wheeler brands in the world.

Mr. Ajinkya Firodia, Managing Director, MV Agusta India Pvt. Ltd., said,After receiving an overwhelming response for our Pune and Ahmedabad showrooms, we are excited to launch our third showroom in Bangalore and also unveil our limited edition model; F3 800 RC. MV Agusta is the most premium motorcycle brand in the country and its motorcycles are designed by legends like Massimo Tamburini. Owning a MV is a dream for all bike enthusiasts, and in that sense Bangalore becomes a highly important market for us – being one of the biggest superbiking market in India. To add to this excitement we bring in the last 9 AMG branded F3

 Mr. Raghu Chaitanya Nayak, Dealer, MV Agusta Bangalore said, “We are very happy to open the first Motoroyale dealership In South India.  Our group has immense expertise in automobiles & luxury automobiles, and MV Agusta is the most exotic motorcycle manufacturer in the world.  Coupled with Kinetic’s experience, we are all set to make automobile history here and I invite all of you at our world class facility on Lavelle road.”

Following Bangalore, Motoroyale dealerships will soon be inaugurated in Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. Motoroyale showrooms will focus on sales, service, spares and after sales support for MV Agusta customers in India. MV Agusta India Pvt. Ltd. has the exclusive distribution rights for all MV Agusta motorcycles in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Friday 18 November 2016

Switzerland Tourism launches the new ‘Nature wants you back’ campaign

Bangalore :Switzerland Tourism announced the launch of its ‘Nature wants you back’ campaign for2017. The campaign will focus on all the action and adventure that can be explored in one of nature’s most artistic canvases – Switzerland, with the tagline ‘You can... but you don’t have to’. A part of the 2017 campaign, to be led by Brand Ambassador Ranveer Singh, the brand line is the perfect expression of how one chooses to be ‘#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND;have an adventurous adrenaline filled vacation or a leisurely, relaxed trip whilst taking in the beauty of the breath-taking scenery and serenity of the country.
The campaign launched in presence of the tourism partners of Switzerland – Davos Klosters, Bernina Express, St Moritz and Glacier Express, hopes to further increase and sustain the incredible growth of tourism seen in 2015-2016. With an initial focus on the winter tourist, Switzerland Tourism will showcase the multiple options like skiing, sledging and snowboarding for the active traveller and Christmas markets, open air hot springs and igloo stays for the more relaxed visitor looking for pure white relaxation in winter. The summer focus for the campaign too will be packed with an array of activitiessuch as sky-diving, wakeboarding, canyoning, etc.combined withSwitzerland’s best touristic and nature highlights.
Mr. Claudio Zemp, Director – India, Switzerland Tourism, said, “In India we see people getting more adventurous these days. They do not only want to take a cable car up a mountain and take pictures but also want that thrill and rush which one gets while doing adventure sports. With a versatile and energetic personality like Ranveer Singh on board, we would like to showcase that Switzerland is not only about scenic beauty but also has many activities and adventures to offer to the more experiential Indian traveller.Winter is coming up and is an absolutelybeautiful time to visit Switzerland. One can enjoy various winter activities and explore their hidden passion for adventure with sports such as skiing, snow-shoe trekking, tobogganing. Ranveer’s next trip is going to be in winter.”
Ms. Ritu Sharma, Deputy Director, Switzerland Tourism India, said, “Our new campaign is all about telling people that holidays in Switzerland can be anything that you want – there are lots of options for adventures and activities both in winter and in summer but if you would rather have a more relaxing holiday that’s absolutely possible too. Although Indians love to go on a vacation during the summers, we do hope for a change after this campaign. Apart from the picturesque natural beauty, Switzerland is also a complete package for families and honeymooners who are not only looking at a relaxing vacation but also crave some adventure.”
The must-visit places in Switzerland during winter are the attractions of St. Moritz and Davos Klosters, which are connected by the Rhaetian Railways. Davos Klosters’s new Spenglers Hotel features the latest in sophisticated design and completes with its very own chapel. Other highlights of Davos Klosters include ‘The Songbird festival Davos’ which is considered one of the best music festivals in Switzerland and The Master World cup. The sun-spoilt village of St. Moritz welcomes winter 2017 with several activities, deals, and newest openings including The Badrutt’s Palace Hotel which is launching Europe’s first ever Vintage Cigar Lounge and other events like Alpine World Ski Championships, the Snow Polo World Cup, the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival, Cricket on Ice, the Engadin Ski Marathon. The Glacier and Bernina Express are considered the prestige trains of the Rhaetian Railway. Plenty of exciting sports and event highlights also await and promise a winter holiday full of variety.

Thursday 17 November 2016

KOEL Launches new HHP Gensets for the Indian Market

Bengaluru: Kirloskar Oil Engine Limited one (KOEL) India’s most trusted brands announced the launch of their new “High Horse Power Gensets” in the city today. Having started their High Horse Power Gensets journey in 1998 KOEL has successfully completed 30,000 installations in the country while overall installations crossing 1 million DG sets in the country. To mark this occasion, KOEL announced their foray into the 750, 910 and 1010 kVA range of Gensets for the Indian market. 
With these additions KOEL is now the only organization to offer a wide range of products starting from 2 KVA to 1010 KVA DG sets in India. These additions also make KOEL as the market leader in Power Generation Business in India holding 33 % market share in this segment.
 The new sets are established on an indigenously developed DV series engine platform. These new products are smaller in size, higher in fuel efficiency, lower on maintenance costs and come with easy remote monitoring controls. With the addition of new products KOEL continues to maintain its position as the largest manufacturer of generator sets in India by volume.

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Nissan India expands network in Bengaluru

BENGALURU,November 16—Nissan India inaugurated a new dealership in Bengaluru today, Apple Autocraft Nissan, making it the eighth outlet in Karnataka.
The dealership inauguration ceremony was graced by Arun Malhotra, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd. and Dealer Principal C. Chandrshekar. They were joined by film actress Ragini Dwivedi, who also handed over cars to Nissan and Datsun customers.
This is the 12th dealership Nissan has opened in the last six months as part of its sales and service network expansion plan across India to bring itsexciting vehicles to more and more customers.
The newly-opened showroom occupies a spacious 7000 square feet andis located at810,100FT Ring Road, Hosakerahalli, 5th Block, 3rd Stage Banashankari, and Bengaluru. The facility’stwo-floor display area canhold up to eleven cars from the Nissan and Datsun product range for customers to see and experience up close. The new facility is designed to enhance the convenience of customer sales and after sales service in a welcoming atmosphere.