Sunday, December 31, 2017

Nava saal, Sehaj path de naal : Gurdwara F Block, Krishna nagar, Delhi - 110051, 12pm to 1pm.

Please join us tomorrow - 12pm to 1pm at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, F Block, Krishna Nagar, Delhi - 110051 to celebrate, Happy New Year 2018, Nava saal, Sehaj path de naal : Must join us. Waheguru.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Why they can't adhere to even the basic norms in this most polluted city? - News - Dainik Bhaskar

Why our Rules are for the General Public only & not for those who have the responsibility to see, that rules are being followed? Why they can't adhere to even the basic norms in this most polluted city? - asks, B S Vohra, Environment Activist

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Samsung Launches World’s Biggest Curved Monitor in India

Samsung India, the country’s biggest and most trusted consumer electronics brand, today announced the launch of the world’s biggest curved monitor in India. The 49” ultra-wide curved monitor makes life easier for working professionals and gaming enthusiasts, alike.

At 49 inches, 32:9 super ultra-wide curved, the QLED Monitor is pushing boundaries as the widest monitor available today. It gives users the opportunity to enjoy a completely bezel-free, fluid and fast-paced field of view, unmatched by any other monitor in the segment. Optimised for staid professionals, it offers a large screen combined with stunning picture quality and burn in resistance.

The monitor is available at INR 150,000 on Samsung Shop and will soon be made available at all leading retail outlets.

“Samsung has always been at the forefront of consumer-centric innovations and the launch of QLED Curved monitor is in line with that very commitment. A perfect companion for serious business professionals and gaming enthusiasts, the monitor is not only the biggest in the category, but also a trend setter in terms of specifications and technology,” Mr. Puneet Sethi, Vice President, Consumer Electronics Enterprise Business, Samsung India, said.

To make viewing experience highly comfortable, the monitor uses Eye Saver Mode and Flicker Free Technology which enhances eye comfort – perfect for professionals who need to spend long hours at their work stations every day. The Monitor’s Eye Saver Mode obstructs Blue light wavelengths that stimulate the retina more than what any other colour does, thereby reducing eye-fatigue.

The ‘Easy Setting Box S/W’ application on the desktop lets user partition the screen into displays of various sizes and functional configurations for smarter multitasking. Other features include increased speed, finer control and multiple input ports that make it easier to connect the display with any device.

Its quantum dot technology takes the monitor experience to the next level with advancements in light efficiency, stability and a wider colour spectrum. With new metal alloy quantum dots, the QLED monitor addresses all major aspects of picture quality, including colour volume, brightness, bold contrast and viewing angle.

The monitor packs in High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology which offers greater contrast, spectacular depth and range to the colour, allowing dark areas to appear darker and light areas to appear brighter. It also provides an impressive motion picture response time coupled with low input lag, i.e., how fast the screen responds to commands, thereby reducing eye strain and preventing “ghosting”.

Source: Samsung: for more details

Samsung Introduces the Galaxy A8 (2018) with Dual Front Camera, Large Infinity Display and Added Everyday Features

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced on 19th December, it's the latest addition to the Galaxy A series: the Galaxy A8 (2018).

The Galaxy A8 (2018) features a Dual Front Camera, a large Infinity Display and stunning ergonomic design that draws on Samsung’s flagship design heritage and experience. With additional everyday features, the Galaxy A series is more stylish, practical and convenient than ever before.

“With the release of the Galaxy A8 (2018), we’re bringing our customers’ favourite features from our flagship smartphones, such as the Infinity Display and our first Dual Front Camera with Live Focus, to our Galaxy A series, which is already known for its premium design,” said Conor Pierce, VP of IT & Mobile, Samsung UK & Ireland. “The Galaxy A8 exemplifies our continued dedication to meeting the needs of our consumers by providing them with greater choice and convenience.”

Snap bright, clear selfies with the 16MP F1.7 rear camera and 16MP+8MP F1.9 Dual Front Camera, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. The Dual Front Camera is made up of two separate cameras so you can switch between the two to take the type of selfie you want – from close-ups with the background to portrait shots with a clear and crisp background. And with the advanced Live Focus feature, you can easily adjust the bokeh effect before or after you take the picture to create high-quality images.

From day to night, the advanced camera makes sure you capture sharp images, even in low-light conditions. The A8 (2018) also allows you to customise your photos with fun options, from adding stickers to your selfie or highlighting a culinary extravaganza with Food Mode.

Shaky video footage will be a thing of the past with video digital image stabilization (VDis) technology, and with an added hyper-lapse feature, you can now create time-lapse videos that let you record, tell and share even longer stories.

When watching movies or playing games, the latest Galaxy A device offers immersive viewing experiences, with an Infinity Display that delivers an 18.5:9 display ratio1, so that you can view the whole scene across your screen for the ultimate cinematic experience. The large screen is supported with ergonomically curved glass on the back and front. Its sleek glass and metal frame, smooth curves and comfortable grip make it even easier to watch or interact with content on your phone. In the UK and Europe, the Galaxy A8 (2018) will be available in three colors, black, gold and orchid grey to suit your personal style2.

The device will continually keep you informed with the Always On Display, meaning you can get information at a glance without unlocking your phone. With Samsung Pay3, there’s no need to bring your wallet with you every time you go out. Supporting Near Field Communication (NFC), the Galaxy A8 (2018) can be used almost anywhere you can tap your card. Every transaction via Samsung Pay is secure, yet very simple. All it takes is one swipe and one fingerprint scan.

The Galaxy A8 (2018) offers IP68 water and dust resistance4 and supports microSD cards so you can expand your storage capacity by as much as 256GB. It is also the first in the A series to support Samsung’s Gear VR.

Source: Samsung: for more details.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor extends ‘Drive the Nation: Government Employee Sales Program’ to year end on high demand

Customers can now avail 100% On Road Funding for 8 Years with ZERO down payment - Benefits under the campaign extended to Corolla Altis

In its endeavor to enhance customer delight, Toyota Kirloskar Motor extended its special sales initiative “Drive the Nation” until December 31st, 2017 for state and central government employees. The campaign has been highly appreciated nationwide by customers across India for the customized offers and the value proposition that Etios series offers as an ideal family car. Strong demand from customers and positive push in sales have encouraged TKM to extend this campaign for each quarter.

Rolled out in 2016 in-line with Toyota’s customer-first philosophy, a driving force behind all innovative products and services, “Drive the Nation” campaign offers a range of benefits starting from affordable funding solutions focused on low customer acquisition cost, attractive offers on Toyota Protect Insurance and Toyota Genuine Accessories and unmatched extended warranty. The campaign has successfully contributed to around 7% sales to total sales for Etios Series and 11% sales to the personal segment.
Drive the Nation scheme presents a 100% On Road Funding for a tenure of 8 Years for serving and retired government employees with Zero Down Payment and Lowest EMI. “Drive the Nation Champions” have been appointed in each of the sales outlets of Toyota in order to give dedicated attention to all government employee inquiries. This promotional offer will be supported by Toyota’s large sales and service network spread across the country.
Speaking on the initiative, N Raja, Director & Senior Vice President (Sales & Marketing), Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd said, “Quality products and services are integral to Toyota’s goal of customer delight. We continuously try to ensure that we offer a range of products and services to suit the requirements of customers. It gives us immense satisfaction that ‘Drive the Nation’ campaign has generated an overwhelming response in each phase since its launch in 2016. It is the testament to the world-class quality, durability, reliability the Etios series brings to the Indian customer. We are delighted that we have been able to serve the government employees through this campaign who incessantly work hard for the nation. Owing to strong demands from customers, we have included our premium & global sedan Corolla Altis under the purview of this special sales campaign. The Corolla Altis is undoubtedly one of the most popular sedans which is sold in over 150 countries and has a base of over 44 million happy customers across the world. Additionally, we have introduced 100% On Road Funding for a tenure of 8 Years on Etios Series to enhance affordability and ease of acquisition. Government employees serve our country with unceasing pride and responsibility, and we feel that they deserve a car which is as dependable.
We are thankful to our customers for their continued patronage to brand Toyota and hope more government employees become proud Toyota owners”, he added.
Etios series has set a safety benchmark in the industry is the first in the segment to standardize dual SRS airbags and ABS with EBD across all grades, also the first in its segment to introduce the new ISOFIX Tether for Child Seat. Recently the Made-in India Etios bagged 4 Stars at a crash test campaign organized by Global NCAP the international body that is involved in new car assessment in association with AA South Africa scoring 4-star rating in frontal adult passenger protection and three stars in child occupant protection. It has also been recognized as “Most Dependable Car” in the Entry Mid-Size Segment award by JD Power 2017 India vehicle dependability study, for three consecutive years.

Source: Toyota

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Awards for Audi from September to November 2017

“Executive Station Wagon 2017”: Audi A6 Avant most popular luxury class model

For the fourth consecutive time, Audi and its A6 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.6 - 4.4*; combined CO2emissions in g/km: 224 - 114*) have topped the “luxury class” category in the “Executive Station Wagon 2017” competition. More than 1,200 readers of “Deutsche Handwerks Zeitung” and “Handwerk magazine” submitted their votes. The award is presented every other year and reflects the opinions of business owners in skilled crafts and trades. The prize was accepted by Ralf Weichselbaum, Head of Key Account Sales at Audi, at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt on September 15. “This is the best evidence that we are effectively fulfilling the needs of our customers. We want to further extend our competitive edge with the new A6, which we will present next year,” Weichselbaum said.  (September 2017)

“Eurostar 2017”: Alejandro Vukotich honored

Automotive News Europe has honored Alejandro Vukotich, Head of Automated Driving Development at Audi, with the “Eurostar 2017”. The automotive trade magazine recognized the 46-year-old for the Audi AI traffic jam pilot. With this, the brand with the four rings takes the lead in autonomous driving. The new Audi A8 is the first production car in the world developed for conditional automated driving at Level 3. On highways and multi-lane expressways with a physical barrier, the Audi AI traffic jam pilot handles driving in slow-moving traffic up to 60 km/h (37.3 mph). It handles starting from a stop, accelerating, steering, and braking in its lane. If the driver activates the system, and if current national regulations allow it, the driver can turn his or her attention to other activities that are supported by the onboard infotainment system. Behind the Audi AI, traffic jam pilot is innovative technologies, including the new sensor set with a laser scanner and the central driver assistance controller. Alejandro Vukotich joined Audi in 1999 and began his career as a developer of driver assistance systems. He has been responsible for their use across model lines since 2009. He has been Head of Automated Driving Development since the start of 2017.  (September 2017)

“Family Car of the Year 2017”: award for the Audi Q5

What do parents and kids especially prize in a family car? What is important? What can be eliminated? What is the maximum acceptable purchase price? The “Family Car of the Year 2017” study from the magazines “AUTOStraßenverkehr” and “Leben & erziehen” offered detailed answers to these and other questions. A total of 18,270 readers selected their favorite models in seven different price categories. The Audi Q5 easily took top honors in the “35,000 to 40,000 euros” category with 30.9 percent of the votes. Voters could select from a total of 152 station wagons, vans, and SUVs. For the overwhelming majority of respondents, roominess was the most important purchase criterion. A large luggage compartment topped the wish list for 89 percent of the respondents; 78 percent said generous interior space was crucial in their purchasing decision. Among readers who were planning to buy a new car, the SUV held a clear lead with 31 percent. Station wagons and vans were each named by 23 percent.  (September 2017)

“Connectivity Award 2017”: double win for Audi

For the fourth time, readers of “auto motor und sport” and “Chip” computer magazine have selected their favorite technology relating to the connected car. More than 16,000 participants selected the best systems in 11 categories. Audi received two prizes – one for the Bang & Olufsen sound system with 14 loudspeakers, 705 watts and acoustic adaptation to background noise; and secondly, the innovation prize for the Audi AI traffic jam pilot in the new A8. The fourth generation of the luxury sedan is the first car in the world to enable conditional automated driving at Level 3 and, in specific situations, assumes the task of driving. While the traffic jam pilot starts, accelerates, steers and brakes, the driver can – depending on national regulations – watch a film on the 10.1-inch display in the center console, answer e-mails, write text messages, update their appointment calendar or read the news – a big relief in a traffic jam. In addition, Audi achieved second place with its voice recognition system in the “telephone integration” category, with the Audi connect SIM in the “entertainment/multimedia” category, with the predictive adaptive cruise control in the “convenience assistance systems” category, and with Audi pre sense city in the “safety assistance systems” category.  (September 2017)

“Golden Classic Car 2017”: first place for the NSU Ro 80

Readers of the trade magazine “Auto Bild Klassik” have spoken: In the voting for the “Golden Classic Car” awards, Audi has won first prize in the “sedan” category with the Ro 80 model of its former brand NSU. The luxury model had a clear lead with 33.6 percent of the votes. The NSU Ro 80 debuted in 1967 at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. That same year it became the first German automobile to be named “Car of the Year” by an international jury. 

The Ro 80 set new standards in road handling, comfort, safety, and performance. The futuristic, wedge-shaped lines of its body are still considered a milestone in automobile design even today. The model was produced from 1967 to 1977 in Neckarsulm. During this time, a total of 37,406 units rolled off the assembly line.  (October 2017)

Three Audi models win first prize in their class at “sports auto Award 2017”

For the 25th time, readers of “sports auto” have selected the sportiest production and tuning cars of the year. More than 13,000 participants voted in the “sports auto AWARD 2017.” There was a total of 234 models in 25 categories to choose from. Audi took top honors in three classes: The premium brand won with the Audi S1 (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.2 - 7.0*;combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 168 - 162*) in the “subcompact production cars,” was victorious with the Audi RS3 Sportback (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.4 - 8.3*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 192 - 189*), in the “compact production cars” category, and prevailed with the Audi RS 6 Avant performance (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.6; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 223) in the “production sedans/station wagons over 100,000 euros.” The Audi S3 Sedan (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 - 6.4*;combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 163 - 148*) achieved second place in the “production sedans/station wagons up to 50,000 euros.” Third place in the rankings of “production convertible/roadster up to 50,000 euros” went to the Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI Quattro (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.9 - 6.7*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 158 - 154*). Audi also landed on the winner’s podium in the selection of the “motorsport: best GT3 class customer sports program” – with the Audi R8 LMS.  (October 2017)

“Annual Multimedia Award 2018”: Audi receives four prizes

The “Annual Multimedia Award” has been honoring digital projects with gold or silver since 1996. It highlights the trends in digital marketing as well as in multimedia design. Audi won silver in the “special digital formats” category with the virtual exhibit – the highest accolade in this category this year. HoloLens data glasses make it possible to experience technology at a whole new level. Complex situations can be shown directly on the car and explained using a 3D animation that appears in the user’s field of vision. Silver also went to Audi magazine in the “website” category and the Audi Sport “Rodeo” brand book in the “web TV/video” category. Gold was awarded to the “Tool” Audi Design Manual – From monologue to dialogue.  (October 2017)

Business Insider: Audi MMI – virtual cockpit is the “Infotainment System of the Year 2017”

For the second time, Audi has been granted the “Infotainment System of the Year” title by Business Insider. The Audi MMI system impresses with a diverse range of audio functions, precise navigation via Google Maps, Bluetooth integration, Audi Connect 4G LTE connection and a wealth of apps. Also decisive for the win were the voice controls, which experts call state-of-the-art, and the intuitive as well as safe operation while driving. Many functions can be controlled with the multifunction steering wheel, along with the views of the Audi virtual cockpit. It transforms the analog instrument cluster into a digital screen that adapts to the customer’s wishes and needs. The driver can select between the traditional display and the infotainment mode. The navigation maps or telephone, radio and audio lists dominate here within a large window between the two round dials. The S models also have a sports mode, in which the tachometer is located at the center. The Audi virtual cockpit is available in many Audi models.  (November 2017)

ROBB REPORT LUXURY AWARD: Audi A8 wins in the “best production sedan” category

The German edition of ROBB REPORT magazine has awarded its first-ever “LUXURY AWARD 2018” for the best luxury car of the year. The prize for the “best production sedan” went to the Audi A8. Its combination of materials, design and innovative solutions won over the independent, international jury: “In a digital world in which time is becoming more and more of a luxury, autonomous mobility gives you a time advantage.” The experts praised the Audi AI traffic jam pilot for this reason. While the system does the driving, the driver can carry out other practical activities and use his or her time sensibly. A total of twelve awards were presented in six categories, including ten for new luxury cars and two to classic automobiles.  (November 2017)

Showered with international awards: multiple prizes in Australia and Brazil

Audi has received the “Car of the Year” car sales award in Australia for the Audi Q5 in the “best SUV over AU$50,000” category. The Audi A4 is the “best prestige car under AU$100,000.” The Audi Q7 won the Australian “Drive Car of the Year” competition in the “best luxury SUV over AU$80,000” class. The Audi A5 Sportback (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.7 - 4.1*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km:174 - 106*) won two prizes in Brazil: “Best imported car of Latin America” in the Americar Awards and “Best imported car” in the Car Awards Brazil 2018.  (November 2017)

“10Best Car of the Year” Audi RS 3 Sedan

Car and Driver honored the Audi RS 3 Sedan (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.4 - 8.3*; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 191 - 188*) with the “10Best Car of the Year” award at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The experts praised the car’s outstanding performance and powerful design combined with its high functionality. The Audi RS 3 Sedan is powered by a 2.5 TFSI engine with a power output of 294 kW (400 hp). The compact RS model sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph)in 4.1 seconds. The unique sound of the five-cylinder unit intensifies an already emotionally charged driving experience.  (November 2017).

Source: AUDI

Decision of GST Council : Inter-State e-way Bill to be made compulsory from 1 st of February, 2018; system to be ready by 16th of January, 2018.

The 24th meeting of the GST Council held today through a video conference. It discussed about the implementation of e-way Bill system in the country. Till such time as National e-way Bill is ready, the States were authorized to continue their own separate e-way Bill systems. However, it was represented by the trade and transporters that this is causing undue hardship in the inter-State movement of goods and therefore, bringing in an early all India system of e-way Bill has become a necessity. The GST Council reviewed the progress of readiness of hardware and software required for the introduction of nationwide e-way Bill system. After discussions with all the states, the following decisions are taken :- 

i) The nationwide e-way Bill system will be ready to be rolled out on a trial basis latest by 16th January, 2018. Trade and transporters can start using this system on a voluntary basis from 16th January, 2018. 
ii) The rules for implementation of nationwide e-way Bill system for inter-State movement of goods on a compulsory basis will be notified with effect from 1 st February, 2018. This will bring uniformity across the States for seamless inter-State movement of goods. 
iii) While the system for both inter-State and intra-State e-way Bill generation will be ready by 16th January, 2018, the States may choose their own timings for implementation of e-way Bill for intra-State movement of goods on any date before 1 st June, 2018. There are certain States which are already having system of e-way Bill for intra-State as well as inter-State movement and some of those States can be early adopters of national eway Bill system for intra-State movement also. But in any case uniform system of e-way Bill for inter-State as well as intra-State movement will be implemented across the country by 1 st June, 2018

Friday, December 15, 2017

Samsung Notebook 9 (2018): Powerful design, yet lightweight and thin

With three different versions offering a 13.3” to a 15” screen and enhanced graphics capabilities, the Notebook 9 (2018) weighs up to 2.84 pounds and measures 15.4mm, one of the lightest and thinnest notebook devices in its class. The bezel around the screen measures 6.2mm providing a more immersive experience. This means great portability without sacrificing screen size, as well as a stronger, more durable metal body featuring Metal12™ which provides durability while keeping it super light.

The device also provides always-on power thanks to the 75Wh Hexacell battery, Samsung’s largest and most powerful battery placed inside a notebook. For the times when charging is necessary, it also supports fast charging.

Living a Blended Lifestyle

The new Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 (2018) feature key improvements designed to support our personal and professional lives. These features include:
  • Notebooks designed for mobility – both devices are among the thinnest in their class for easy portability, and working on-the-go. Made from Metal12™ complemented by Micro Arc Oxidation (MAO) technology, both devices are lighter than most metal laptops, yet durable with the advanced MAO treatment of oxide coating on the surface to ensure to-do lists get finished regardless of where life takes you.
  • Added security and convenience – both devices come with Windows Hello built-in for secure authentication through the fingerprint sensor without having to type in a password, while the Notebook 9 Pen also features an IR front-facing camera for facial recognition login through Windows Hello. Both PCs feature the Privacy Folder for storing sensitive data.
  • High-quality performance – combining the best in portability with a high-quality display and strong performance, the RealView display brings a bright and accurate premium image, with lifelike colors and incredible brightness ideal for using the device both indoors and out. Both devices also feature the latest 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor and Samsung Dual Channel Memory for quick speeds to handle jobs like running multiple programs or viewing and rendering high-quality graphics without reduced performance or speed.
  • Productivity and collaboration – Samsung offers several tools that appeal to tech-savvy professionals such as Samsung Link Sharing, which allows users to transfer videos, photos and documents stored on your PC to another computer or smart device*. Additional software solutions available on both devices include Samsung Message that enable users to send messages from their PC to contacts saved on their smartphone**, as well as preinstalled Voice Note for voice-activated note taking, and Studio Plus for custom content creation and editing.
Source: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Smartphones Available at Never-Before Prices on Flipkart During ‘New Pinch Days’ Sale

Samsung India, the country’s biggest and most trusted consumer electronics brand, has partnered with e-commerce giant – Flipkart, to offer a series of deals on Samsung Galaxy smartphones under the ‘New Pinch Days’ sale. During the three-day sale, starting December 15, consumers will be able to buy Samsung Galaxy smartphones at never-before prices.

During the ‘New Pinch Days’ sale, Samsung Galaxy On Nxt (64GB), one of the best-selling Samsung Galaxy ‘On’ series smartphones, will be available at an unbelievable price of INR 11,900 with a flat discount of INR 6,000. Samsung Galaxy S7, another best-seller flagship, will be up for grabs at an extremely attractive price of INR 29,990 along with an extra INR 5,000 off on exchange.

In addition, there will be offers on Galaxy J3 Pro and Galaxy On5. Customers will also get an instant cashback of 10% on all the products when purchased through HDFC debit and credit cards.

“We are happy to spread the joy this festival season with exciting offers, exchange schemes and cashback offers that will allow consumers to purchase and enjoy their favourite Samsung Galaxy smartphones,” Mr. Sandeep Singh Arora, Vice President, Online Business, Samsung India, said.

Source: Samsung

Tata Motors delivers first batch of the Tigor Electric Vehicles to EESL Celebrates National Energy Conservation Day

Tata Motors today delivered the first set of Tigor Electric Vehicles (EVs) to state-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) as part of their initiative to procure 10,000 electric vehicles. Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors handed over the keys of the Tigor EVs to Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL, accompanied by the senior management teams from both the companies.

Commenting on the occasion, Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors, said, “This initiative of the Government of India to procure 10,000 electric vehicles is a bold step in terms of promoting green & sustainable transport solutions. We, at Tata Motors, are extremely proud to be part of this project and are supportive of the Government’s transformational vision of auto electrification in India. With Tigor EV, we have begun our journey in boosting e-mobility and will offer a full range of electric vehicles to the Indian customers. This tender has an effectively paved way for connecting our aspirations in the e-mobility space with the vision of the Government.”
The Tigor EV is a full electric, zero emission ‘StyleBack’ that comes with a stunning, break-free and revolutionary design, set to build on the existing Passenger Vehicles portfolio of Tata Motors. Specific to the EESL order, the Tigor EV will be delivered in three trim variants – Base, Premium and High and will be available in ‘Pearlescent White’ color with blue decals. Over the basic requirements of the tender, the Tigor EV, across the variants, would have FATC (Fully Automatic AC) to provide maximum comfort to its occupants. Equipped with a single speed, automatic transmission, the Tigor EV will also allow the customers to enjoy the driving experience, maximized efficiency, and seamless acceleration. The electric drive systems for the Tigor EV is developed and supplied by Electra EV – a company established to develop and supply electric drive systems for the automotive sector.
Tata Motors had qualified as an L1 bidder in the midst of stiff competition and won the tender floated by EESL in September 2017. For phase 1, Tata Motors is required to deliver 250 Tigor EVs, for which it has received a LoA.
Tata Motors is committed to the Government’s vision for electric vehicles by 2030 and will work in a collaborative manner to facilitate faster adoption of electric vehicles and to build a sustainable future for India.
Source: Tata Motors

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Vodafone Offers 2GB Data Per Day, Unlimited Local And STD Calls And More At Rs 348 To Counter Jio’s Rs 399 Plan

Vodafone Offers 2GB Data Per Day, Unlimited Local And STD Calls And More At Rs 348 To Counter Jio’s Rs 399 Plan. This Vodafone plan which was first launched in August this year comes as a major competition to Airtel's Rs 349 plan and Jio's 399 plan that offer exciting deals for its prepaid customers.

New Delhi, December 14: Telecom major Vodafone India has revised its Rs 348 pack for prepaid customers to counter rival Jio and Airtel’s disruptive offers. Under the new plan, users who got 1GB of data per day will now be able to get 2GB data per day. This means prepaid users are eligible to effectively get a total of 56GB of data along with voice calling facilities for 28 days at Rs 348. The plan, which was first launched in August this year comes as a major competition to Airtel’s Rs 349 plan and Jio’s 399 plan that offer exciting deals for its prepaid customers.
The entry of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio in September 2016 waged a data war in the telecom sector, forcing rival telcos to slash their tariff rates to retain their customers. Since then, all the major telcos including Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, and others have been revising their plans and rolling out new ones to benefit customers.  Under the newly upgraded Vodafone plan, the telco is providing unlimited local, STD, and roaming calls with a daily cap of 250 minutes. This means Vodafone users taking up this plan will be able to make voice calls not more than 25 minutes every day, after which a 1 paisa per second will be charged. It had to be noted that the users can use 1000 calling minutes in a week.
As per reports, users are also eligible for a 5 percent cash back on availing the 348 plan from the app and website. If we were to compare this plan with Airtel and Jio, the Rs 349 Airtel plan offers 2GB 4G data per day, 28-day validity, free calls, and 100 SMSes per day while the Jio’s Rs 309 plan offers 49GB data at 1GB per day and 49-day validity, along with free calls, 3,000 SMSes, roaming outgoing calls.

Source: Yahoo News

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tata Motors to increase prices of its Passenger Vehicles up to INR 25,000 per vehicle from January 2018

Tata Motors today announced that the Company would be increasing prices of its entire passenger vehicles range by up to INR. 25,000, starting January 2018. This increase in price is due to rising input costs.

According to Mr. Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicle Business, Tata Motors, “The changing market conditions, rising input costs and various external economic factors have compelled us to consider the price increase. We are optimistic about maintaining our growth trajectory in the coming year on the back of our robust product portfolio like TIAGO, HEXA, TIGOR and the recently launched NEXON.”
The introductory prices of the recently launched lifestyle compact SUV, NEXON, which comes with Level NEX Design, Performance and Technology features, will be ending by 31st December and this entire range will also witness a price hike from January 2018 by up to INR. 25,000.
Source: Tata Motors

Best month of all time: ŠKODA AUTO sets new record in November

Mladá Boleslav – This is the best month in the history of ŠKODA AUTO: In November, the Czech car manufacturer delivered 114,600 vehicles – more than ever before in a single month. ŠKODA AUTO surpassed last November’s result by 17.5%. ŠKODA AUTO posted double-digit growth rates in Europe (+12.2%), India (+43.0%) and its largest sales market China (+23.4%). Delivering 37,000 vehicles in November, the brand set a new record in China.

“Delivering 114,600 vehicles, we have achieved the strongest sales month in the history of ŠKODA AUTO,” says Alain Favey, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “The ŠKODA KODIAQ has become an established name in our statistics. We are also delighted with the successful launch of the ŠKODA KAROQ. Both models are an integral part of our global SUV campaign. Between January and November 2017, we delivered around 50% more SUVs than in the same period last year.”

In Western Europe, ŠKODA achieved a year-on-year increase of 7.9% in November with 40,100 deliveries (November 2016: 37,200 vehicles). With 16,100 vehicles sold, Germany continues to be the strongest single European market (November 2016: 14,600 vehicles). ŠKODA recorded double-digit growth in Austria (2,100 vehicles, +29.5%), Italy (2,100 vehicles, +24.4%), Sweden (1,600 vehicles, +17.3%), Finland (800 vehicles, +28.4%) and Greece (200 vehicles, + 36.2%).

In Central Europe, deliveries increased by 18.6% to 19,100 vehicles (November 2016: 16,100 vehicles). Deliveries on the domestic market of the Czech Republic increased by 3.9% to 8,300 vehicles (November 2016: 8,000 vehicles). ŠKODA AUTO achieved double-digit growth rates in Poland (6,400 vehicles, + 35.5%), Hungary (1,700 vehicles, + 84.7%), Slovakia (1,900 vehicles, + 10.8%) and Croatia (200 vehicles, + 11.4%).

In Eastern Europe excluding Russia, ŠKODA AUTO achieved an increase of 18.9% in November compared to the same period last year, delivering 3,800 vehicles (November 2016: 3,200 vehicles). The carmaker recorded significant growth rates in Romania (1,200 vehicles, +27.5%), Bulgaria (300 vehicles, +24.5%) and Ukraine (700 vehicles, +73.3%).

In Russia, deliveries increased by 19.4% to 5,700 vehicles (November 2016: 4,800 vehicles). 

In Turkey, ŠKODA AUTO recorded strong growth – up 49.4% year-on-year to 3,300 vehicles (November 2016: 2,200 vehicles). 

In Israel, deliveries increased by 47.8% to 1,700 vehicles (November 2016: 1,200 vehicles). 

In November, the manufacturer achieved 37,000 deliveries in its largest single market – China – with an increase of 23.4% (November 2016: 30,000 vehicles).  Never before in the company’s history has ŠKODA AUTO delivered more cars in China in one month as last month.

Deliveries in India increased by 43.0% to 1,400 vehicles (November 2016: 1000 vehicles). With the introduction of the ŠKODA KODIAQ in October this year, the SUV campaign is also showing its effect here. 

Source: Skoda - Auto

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Pollution related - If they don't do anything, can we remain the silent spectators?

Yeah, that's the CRUX. They have everything on the table, but they are not willing to do anything. Vehicular emissions & the encroachment increasing day by day, causing severe traffic jam all over, causing pollution & the main source of NO2, SO2, Benzene as well as the PM 2.5, but none there to come forward to control it.

WHO says, that over 30,000 persons are killed every year in Delhi & NCR due to pollution. Chicago University says that the residents of Delhi & NCR are losing up to 6 to 9 years of their life due to Pollution.CSE says that every 3rd child in Delhi has the Lungs problem. UNICEF says that pollution is having a very bad impact on the brains of our children. 

We are shouting but on the Social media, WhatsApp and no more. 

My QUESTION is, if they don't come forward or if they don't do anything, can we remain the silent spectators?

B S Vohra,
Environment Activist,
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation

NYX Professional Makeup Partners with Samsung to Launch Innovative Virtual Reality Makeup Tutorial

NYX Professional Makeup and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the launch of an innovative virtual reality makeup tutorial, merging the world of beauty and technology like never before through Samsung Gear VR. The partnership allows both brands to push the boundaries of shopping at the intersection of beauty and technology.

The “Impossibly NYX Professional Makeup” experience, created in collaboration with VR production agency Cubicle Ninjas, leverages several key technologies, including light-field capture, to bring NYX Professional Makeup fans closer than ever to their brand ambassadors. The experience includes three visually stunning makeup tutorials lead by top beauty vloggers Kristen Leanne, Mykie (also known as “Glam & Gore”), and Karen Sarahii Gonzales. Consumers can use the Gear VR Controller to select products they would like to learn more information about, and at the end of the experience, users will receive a special offer to purchase the products featured in the tutorial at a special price.
“NYX Professional Makeup is a digitally-native brand with millions of followers across our global social media platforms,” said Mehdi Mehdi, VP of Digital at NYX Professional Makeup. “We aim to seamlessly incorporate digital into everything we do and see virtual reality as the new frontier in the beauty industry. Our community is passionate about their connection to beauty influencers, and Samsung’s Gear VR technology provides our customers with a level of immersion and proximity to their favorite beauty vloggers that they’ve never experienced before. We are thrilled to continue to push the envelope using cutting-edge technology, and are ecstatic to partner with a best-in-class company like Samsung.”
Rachel Weiss, VP of Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship at L’Oreal USA – the parent company of NYX Professional Makeup – was instrumental in helping shape the experience, as well as facilitating the partnership with Samsung. Weiss added, “The retail landscape is rapidly evolving, and we’re evolving with it. We have been reinventing the future of beauty services for years, and we see this partnership as the natural evolution of that. Through VR, we’re creating more dynamic, personalized experiences that add value for our customers in a new and personalized way.”
The “Impossibly NYX Professional Makeup” Gear VR experience will be available in select NYX Professional Makeup stores on December 18, 2017, followed by a nationwide rollout across the brand’s 42 retail stores over the course of 2018.
“Technology is changing the way we live our lives: people and brands are experimenting and accomplishing things in ways we never thought possible, in part due to immersive, accessible technologies like Gear VR,” said Marc Mathieu, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Electronics America. “Together with L’Oréal and NYX Professional Makeup, we are transforming the beauty retail experience with virtual reality and reinventing how brands connect with their consumers.”

Source: Samsung

Top women on TV in the last 8 years

Article by Emma Brankin

From binge-watching to on-demand, the way we watched TV has changed and we’re watching more of it than ever. But it’s not just our viewing habits which have evolved. Innovations, such as Samsung’s QLED TVs, deliver 100 percent color volume, deep blacks and bold contrast levels that means anyone can enjoy an unrivaled viewing experience from the comfort of their own home. Samsung’s QLED TVs also boast excellent HDR levels resulting in more detail in darker and brighter scenes.

The average UK household upgrades their television every 8 years and in a series of special posts from showbiz writer Emma Brankin, we’re taking a look back at some of the most memorable and iconic TV moments which have taken place during that time.

2017 has been another fantastic year for women on the silver screen. From the bad-ass ladies of Game of Thrones to the sisterhood shown on Big Little Lies and the sensational female-centric Handmaid’s Tale, there’s been lots to celebrate. And just before we see what empowering females 2018 has to offer, Claire Foy is back this weekend with her nuanced and refreshing portrayal of a young Queen Elizabeth II for The Crown’s second season.

Over the last eight years, there have been a huge number of female faces we’ve grown to love watching on the telly, showbiz writer Emma Brankin picks some of the best.

Sarah Lancashire
We all remember her in the 90s as ditsy Raquel in ITV soap Coronation Street but more than two decades since she said goodbye to the cobbles, Sarah Lancashire is one of Britain’s most respected actresses. Despite shunning the spotlight, she’s had to tread down a fair few red carpets recently to collect a number of top acting gongs. A Best Actress Bafta winner earlier this year, she portrays one of the toughest women on TV as Happy Valley’s Sgt. Catherine Cawood. Her performance in Last Tango In Halifax has also seen her showered in awards. In fact, the only person who seemingly doesn’t enjoy her work is Sarah herself. The humble star admits she never watches her own TV shows. She’s missing out.

Sheridan Smith
The supremely talented Sheridan Smith’s rise from Gavin and Stacey bit-part player to National Treasure has been swift yet totally well deserved. In 2009, her ladette comedy Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps had just come to an end – but huge things lay ahead. Her turns in TV dramas such as Mrs. Biggs, The 7.39 and The C Word are just a few that have left audiences blown away by her talent. Her self-deprecating, vulnerable off-screen image has only endeared her further. And her lung-busting renditions of chart-toppers in ITV biopic Cilla have turned her into a bona fide solo artist with her own album.

Michaela Cole
As the creator, writer and star of her own acclaimed TV show Chewing Gum, Michaela Cole is a force to be reckoned with. She has won two BAFTAs for her work in bringing shop assistant Tracey, an inquisitive religious virgin, to life. Having been spotted from a young age at poetry open nights, it’s clear that Michaela’s talent and hard work has pushed her to stardom. Roles in Top Boy, Black Mirror, and The Aliens have underlined this. Plus she’s a down to earth legend who wore a dress her mother made to the Baftas. What’s not to love?

Olivia Colman
Broadchurch. The Night Manager. The Accused. Rev. Peep Show. The last eight years have undoubtedly seen Olivia Colman emerge as the Queen of British TV. So it’s no surprise then that the multiple Bafta winner is set to continue her reign on the silver scene in style by replacing Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in the next series of The Crown. A truly fabulous actress, we wonder what the bets are that in the next eight years we see the actress become Dame Olivia Colman…?

Source: Samsung