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Oct 28 2020

 

Binge watchers in Australia and South Asia have another reason to cheer with ME TV, an Indo-Australian broadcasting company, unveiling a multi-lingual Over- the Top (OTT) Plus platform called ME World. The new platform is envisioned to be a one-stop solution for entertainment and business needs and will cater to Australia and South Asian regions. The app will be available from 18th October across the globe. It is available on Android, IOS and even on Smart TV’s

The highlight of the novel application is its hyperlocal reach wherein viewers can not only watch Entertainment ,news, movies, or listen to podcasts; they can also book tickets via ME World for events to be held in their locality or neighbourhood and watch events live from home. ME World even allows viewers to showcase their talent and upload their content on the platform. It will be showcased after meeting ME World standard criteria.

"I am delighted to release MEWorld for download for netizens. It is our signature offering that instantly connects communities in and around the world irrespective of the geographical barriers.  The application will provide wholesome and varied content ranging from entertainment, events information, movies, local news, business, web series, podcasts among others. Moreover, its interactive interface even allows the viewers to create and upload their content for wide accessibility and engagement. It’s a one shop stop for every app lover, it will also advertise local business & viewers can avail coupons and offers of favrestaurants, spa, movie tickets etc.  The release of ME World reaffirms our commitment to curate outstanding content inline with our viewers’ preferences,” said Sri Hari Kommineni, CEO & Founder, ME World. MEworld programme category ranges from Movies, Events, web series, celebrity talk show, Multiple Talent shows and many more .


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Piramal Foundation, Bajaj Electricals, Lenovo and Aroh Foundation among top winners at Goodera’s Karma Awards
Dec 02 2020 By Admin
   The two-day virtual edition of the Karma Summit India themed ‘Co-creating a New Normal’, hosted by India’s leading CSR platform Goodera, successfully concluded today with the Karma Awards. Individuals, corporates, and NGOs who made meaningful social contributions to better the lives of communities were felicitated at the digitally attended awards ceremony.   The winners across different categories are:   S.No Category Subcategory Award Category Winners 1 Volunteering Individual Outstanding Corporate Volunteer Sunil Sathyendra 2 Volunteering Corporate Most Innovative Volunteering Program Piramal Foundation 3 Volunteering NGO Engaging the Most  Number of volunteers Environmentalist Foundation 4 CSR NGO Best CSR Program Aroh Foundation 5 CSR Corporate Most Promising CSR Program – Budget INR 5Cr + IIFL Foundation 6 CSR Corporate Most Promising CSR Program – Budget Less than INR 5 cr Bajaj Electricals 7 CSR Corporate Big Impact Small Budget Lenovo SunLife (Tie for the 1st prize) 8 CSR Corporate Best CSR Partnership ATC India   Among the distinguished jury members from the social impact sectors of India were Nimmi Sebastian (Head of Communications & CSR for Tesco Bengaluru), Ashwini Saxena (CEO JSW foundation; Director of JWS Shakti), Pushpa Aman Singh (Founder and CEO, GuideStar India), Devika Nair (Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion and CSR at Allegis Group) and Sakina Baker (Head -CSR, Philips).   Karma Summit was attended by over 700 non-profits, 350 corporate leaders and 100 individuals representing the CSR and volunteering community. The sessions included engaging and insightful conversations on topics such as changing boardroom discussions around CSR, risk management for resilient CSR programs, interdependent partnerships for inclusive impact, strategy for NGOs and the crucial role of employees who are volunteering to drive action.   "Whenever businesses start discussing and addressing welfare issues in union, it indicates their need to be a part of the change making process and how well they can contribute in their individual capacity. Appreciate Goodera's efforts in bringing the voices together and providing a larger platform through the Karma Summit."  said Sakina Baker, Head -CSR, Philips India   “We see the Karma summit as a vital step towards helping corporates and NGOs combine their strengths for enabling flow of talent, time and resources to where it's most needed and could be more impactful. I compliment the team at Goodera for their thoughtfulness in designing the summit and for engaging non-profits in all aspects of the summit and the awards”, Pushpa Aman Singh, Founder & CEO, GuideStar India and Global Leader, GivingTuesday India
Punjab National Bank launches PNB LenS to speed up loan delivery
Dec 02 2020 By Admin
    Punjab National Bank (PNB), India’s leading public sector bank, today launched a tech-based loan management solution called PNB LenS - The Lending Solution, to speed-up and maintain accuracy in online loan processing and sanctioning of credit proposals. Post-merger, it was paramount to have a stringent loan management solution, which can be used for activities related to lead capturing, loan appraisal, sanction, and documentation. PNB started development/customization of an IT-based solution PNB LenS - The Lending Solution for loan management. It facilitates field functionaries in uniform and consistent appraisal methodology to improve due diligence standards. The main purpose behind the PNB LenS is to standardize the system, process and appraisal formats for loan processing, speed up the process of credit sanctions, auto-generate loan documents for each type of credit facilities, reduce delay, cost, and human errors involved in manual processing, digital record maintenance, security & data privacy, and ready to use monitoring and MIS reports for better tracking and transparency. This system is envisaged to be implemented in a phased manner for all kinds of loans - MSME, Agriculture, Retail & other credit. Processing and sanction of credit proposals upto Rs.10 lakh under the Mudra Scheme including MSME loans (fresh/renewal/enhancement/ review) shall be done through PNB LenS w.e.f. 01.12.2020.  
RITES wins ‘SKOCH Gold Award’ for Response to Covid-19
Dec 02 2020 By Admin
  RITES Ltd., a Miniratna (Category – I) Schedule ‘A’ Public Sector Enterprise, has won the SKOCH Gold Award (Response to Covid-19) at the 68th SKOCH Summit on November 28.    RITES Ltd. was also conferred the ‘Beacons of Hope-Order of Merit’ Award for Bogibeel Bridge Project, India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge, on the Brahmaputra river in Dibrugarh, Assam.   The awards are testimony to RITES’ commitment to support the nation and its people, ensure the well-being of its workforce & associates and contribute to the ecosystem that nurtures it, during these challenging times. These also acknowledged RITES’ efforts in providing state-of-the-art technical and innovative solutions to major  infrastructure projects of the country and ensuring the uninterrupted supply of essential services, including power supply to Indian Railways, during the Covid-induced lockdown.   The awards were presented by SKOCH Group, India’s leading think tank dealing with socio-economic issues with a focus on inclusive growth since 1997.    
Hon’ble Minister of Power launches ‘Green Charcoal Hackathon’
Dec 02 2020 By Admin
  Shri R K Singh, Hon’ble Minister (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, was speaking with a vision to create a conducive environment by reducing carbon emissions and nurture technology solutions in India. NVVN (NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam), a wholly-owned subsidiary company of NTPC Ltd, today launched the Green Charcoal Hackathon. Speaking on the occasion, Shri R K Singh, Hon’ble Minister (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, said, “The Hackathon displays the spirit of innovation, which pervades NTPC. Any organisation has to have this spirit of innovation to grow and prosper or otherwise, it would fade away.  I am sure that the NTPC management has told all young engineers that innovation and new ideas are encouraged.” He added, “This (Hackathon) is also innovation in the pursuit of reducing our carbon footprint. From that point of view, all competitors in the Hackathon should keep in mind that the process of converting this (agro residue) to charcoal should not lead to emissions. Another key thing is the commercial model, which will depend on the cost of both the machine and charcoal production. I am sure we will come out with a machine which economical. I am happy to see the orientation of NTPC towards reducing carbon foot print.”     To fast-track the technology development, NVVN, in partnership with EESL organises technology challenge aptly named as Green Charcoal Hackathon. The purpose of the event is to leverage the innovative Indian mind to bridge the technology gap, with the prime objective to clean the air by eliminating farm fire, producing renewable energy out of the agro residue, to promote local entrepreneurship, and to increase the income of the farmers.     Shri Ashish Upadhyay, Additional Secretary of Power said, “The NTPC Group needs to focus on integrated and smart solutions to manage a carbon-neutral economy. I am confident that NTPC will be able to successfully implement and commercialise the technology which will benefit farmers, the environment as well as the society”.   Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD NTPC Ltd, said “Power plants are the biggest consumers of coal. Typically a 1000 MW plant consumes about 5 million tonnes of coal annually. India's total coal-based power generation capacity is about 2 lakh MW, which theoretically can consume approximately 1000 million tonnes of coal annually. Even 10% of that, if replaced with green charcoal will amount to 100 million tonnes of this fuel which will require approximately 160 million tonne of agro residue and municipal waste (considering 60% yield), sufficient to wipe out the entire unused agro residue in the country thus eliminating the farm fires and produce approx. 20,000 MW of renewable power and generating a revenue worth 50,000 crore per year”.   The hackathon was inaugurated by Shri R. K. Singh, Hon’ble Minister (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy in the august presence of Shri Ashish Upadhyay, Additional Secretary of Power, Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD NTPC Ltd and other senior officials from Power Ministry, NTPC ltd and EESL ltd. The increasing air pollution due to the burning of stubble and agro residue by local farmers has become a major concern for the country. As a result, NVVN is looking for technologies to convert the agricultural waste to a form that can be used in the power plants in form of the Green Charcoal Hackathon. One such option is torrefaction which converts the agro residue to green charcoal.   The technology to produce torrefied fuel using agro residue biomass is not easily accessible to small entrepreneurs due to the higher cost of imported machines, lack of sufficient manufacturers. The technology to produce torrefied fuel using agro residue biomass once developed in India will be made accessible to small entrepreneurs.   To encourage the participants, there was a provision for cash prizes worth up to INR 24 Lakhs* in three Categories, namely: a)      Category – I, Technology for Production of 100 kg per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets b)      Category – II, Technology for Production of 1000 kg per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets c)       Category – III, Technology for Production of 10 Tonnes per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets

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Piramal Foundation, Bajaj Electricals, Lenovo and Aroh Foundation among top winners at Goodera’s Karma Awards
Dec 02 2020 By Admin
   The two-day virtual edition of the Karma Summit India themed ‘Co-creating a New Normal’, hosted by India’s leading CSR platform Goodera, successfully concluded today with the Karma Awards. Individuals, corporates, and NGOs who made meaningful social contributions to better the lives of communities were felicitated at the digitally attended awards ceremony.   The winners across different categories are:   S.No Category Subcategory Award Category Winners 1 Volunteering Individual Outstanding Corporate Volunteer Sunil Sathyendra 2 Volunteering Corporate Most Innovative Volunteering Program Piramal Foundation 3 Volunteering NGO Engaging the Most  Number of volunteers Environmentalist Foundation 4 CSR NGO Best CSR Program Aroh Foundation 5 CSR Corporate Most Promising CSR Program – Budget INR 5Cr + IIFL Foundation 6 CSR Corporate Most Promising CSR Program – Budget Less than INR 5 cr Bajaj Electricals 7 CSR Corporate Big Impact Small Budget Lenovo SunLife (Tie for the 1st prize) 8 CSR Corporate Best CSR Partnership ATC India   Among the distinguished jury members from the social impact sectors of India were Nimmi Sebastian (Head of Communications & CSR for Tesco Bengaluru), Ashwini Saxena (CEO JSW foundation; Director of JWS Shakti), Pushpa Aman Singh (Founder and CEO, GuideStar India), Devika Nair (Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion and CSR at Allegis Group) and Sakina Baker (Head -CSR, Philips).   Karma Summit was attended by over 700 non-profits, 350 corporate leaders and 100 individuals representing the CSR and volunteering community. The sessions included engaging and insightful conversations on topics such as changing boardroom discussions around CSR, risk management for resilient CSR programs, interdependent partnerships for inclusive impact, strategy for NGOs and the crucial role of employees who are volunteering to drive action.   "Whenever businesses start discussing and addressing welfare issues in union, it indicates their need to be a part of the change making process and how well they can contribute in their individual capacity. Appreciate Goodera's efforts in bringing the voices together and providing a larger platform through the Karma Summit."  said Sakina Baker, Head -CSR, Philips India   “We see the Karma summit as a vital step towards helping corporates and NGOs combine their strengths for enabling flow of talent, time and resources to where it's most needed and could be more impactful. I compliment the team at Goodera for their thoughtfulness in designing the summit and for engaging non-profits in all aspects of the summit and the awards”, Pushpa Aman Singh, Founder & CEO, GuideStar India and Global Leader, GivingTuesday India
Punjab National Bank launches PNB LenS to speed up loan delivery
Dec 02 2020 By Admin
    Punjab National Bank (PNB), India’s leading public sector bank, today launched a tech-based loan management solution called PNB LenS - The Lending Solution, to speed-up and maintain accuracy in online loan processing and sanctioning of credit proposals. Post-merger, it was paramount to have a stringent loan management solution, which can be used for activities related to lead capturing, loan appraisal, sanction, and documentation. PNB started development/customization of an IT-based solution PNB LenS - The Lending Solution for loan management. It facilitates field functionaries in uniform and consistent appraisal methodology to improve due diligence standards. The main purpose behind the PNB LenS is to standardize the system, process and appraisal formats for loan processing, speed up the process of credit sanctions, auto-generate loan documents for each type of credit facilities, reduce delay, cost, and human errors involved in manual processing, digital record maintenance, security & data privacy, and ready to use monitoring and MIS reports for better tracking and transparency. This system is envisaged to be implemented in a phased manner for all kinds of loans - MSME, Agriculture, Retail & other credit. Processing and sanction of credit proposals upto Rs.10 lakh under the Mudra Scheme including MSME loans (fresh/renewal/enhancement/ review) shall be done through PNB LenS w.e.f. 01.12.2020.  
RITES wins ‘SKOCH Gold Award’ for Response to Covid-19
Dec 02 2020 By Admin
  RITES Ltd., a Miniratna (Category – I) Schedule ‘A’ Public Sector Enterprise, has won the SKOCH Gold Award (Response to Covid-19) at the 68th SKOCH Summit on November 28.    RITES Ltd. was also conferred the ‘Beacons of Hope-Order of Merit’ Award for Bogibeel Bridge Project, India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge, on the Brahmaputra river in Dibrugarh, Assam.   The awards are testimony to RITES’ commitment to support the nation and its people, ensure the well-being of its workforce & associates and contribute to the ecosystem that nurtures it, during these challenging times. These also acknowledged RITES’ efforts in providing state-of-the-art technical and innovative solutions to major  infrastructure projects of the country and ensuring the uninterrupted supply of essential services, including power supply to Indian Railways, during the Covid-induced lockdown.   The awards were presented by SKOCH Group, India’s leading think tank dealing with socio-economic issues with a focus on inclusive growth since 1997.    
Hon’ble Minister of Power launches ‘Green Charcoal Hackathon’
Dec 02 2020 By Admin
  Shri R K Singh, Hon’ble Minister (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, was speaking with a vision to create a conducive environment by reducing carbon emissions and nurture technology solutions in India. NVVN (NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam), a wholly-owned subsidiary company of NTPC Ltd, today launched the Green Charcoal Hackathon. Speaking on the occasion, Shri R K Singh, Hon’ble Minister (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, said, “The Hackathon displays the spirit of innovation, which pervades NTPC. Any organisation has to have this spirit of innovation to grow and prosper or otherwise, it would fade away.  I am sure that the NTPC management has told all young engineers that innovation and new ideas are encouraged.” He added, “This (Hackathon) is also innovation in the pursuit of reducing our carbon footprint. From that point of view, all competitors in the Hackathon should keep in mind that the process of converting this (agro residue) to charcoal should not lead to emissions. Another key thing is the commercial model, which will depend on the cost of both the machine and charcoal production. I am sure we will come out with a machine which economical. I am happy to see the orientation of NTPC towards reducing carbon foot print.”     To fast-track the technology development, NVVN, in partnership with EESL organises technology challenge aptly named as Green Charcoal Hackathon. The purpose of the event is to leverage the innovative Indian mind to bridge the technology gap, with the prime objective to clean the air by eliminating farm fire, producing renewable energy out of the agro residue, to promote local entrepreneurship, and to increase the income of the farmers.     Shri Ashish Upadhyay, Additional Secretary of Power said, “The NTPC Group needs to focus on integrated and smart solutions to manage a carbon-neutral economy. I am confident that NTPC will be able to successfully implement and commercialise the technology which will benefit farmers, the environment as well as the society”.   Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD NTPC Ltd, said “Power plants are the biggest consumers of coal. Typically a 1000 MW plant consumes about 5 million tonnes of coal annually. India's total coal-based power generation capacity is about 2 lakh MW, which theoretically can consume approximately 1000 million tonnes of coal annually. Even 10% of that, if replaced with green charcoal will amount to 100 million tonnes of this fuel which will require approximately 160 million tonne of agro residue and municipal waste (considering 60% yield), sufficient to wipe out the entire unused agro residue in the country thus eliminating the farm fires and produce approx. 20,000 MW of renewable power and generating a revenue worth 50,000 crore per year”.   The hackathon was inaugurated by Shri R. K. Singh, Hon’ble Minister (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy in the august presence of Shri Ashish Upadhyay, Additional Secretary of Power, Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD NTPC Ltd and other senior officials from Power Ministry, NTPC ltd and EESL ltd. The increasing air pollution due to the burning of stubble and agro residue by local farmers has become a major concern for the country. As a result, NVVN is looking for technologies to convert the agricultural waste to a form that can be used in the power plants in form of the Green Charcoal Hackathon. One such option is torrefaction which converts the agro residue to green charcoal.   The technology to produce torrefied fuel using agro residue biomass is not easily accessible to small entrepreneurs due to the higher cost of imported machines, lack of sufficient manufacturers. The technology to produce torrefied fuel using agro residue biomass once developed in India will be made accessible to small entrepreneurs.   To encourage the participants, there was a provision for cash prizes worth up to INR 24 Lakhs* in three Categories, namely: a)      Category – I, Technology for Production of 100 kg per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets b)      Category – II, Technology for Production of 1000 kg per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets c)       Category – III, Technology for Production of 10 Tonnes per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets

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Piramal Foundation, Bajaj Electricals, Lenovo and Aroh Foundation among top winners at Goodera’s Karma Awards
Dec 02 2020 By Admin
   The two-day virtual edition of the Karma Summit India themed ‘Co-creating a New Normal’, hosted by India’s leading CSR platform Goodera, successfully concluded today with the Karma Awards. Individuals, corporates, and NGOs who made meaningful social contributions to better the lives of communities were felicitated at the digitally attended awards ceremony.   The winners across different categories are:   S.No Category Subcategory Award Category Winners 1 Volunteering Individual Outstanding Corporate Volunteer Sunil Sathyendra 2 Volunteering Corporate Most Innovative Volunteering Program Piramal Foundation 3 Volunteering NGO Engaging the Most  Number of volunteers Environmentalist Foundation 4 CSR NGO Best CSR Program Aroh Foundation 5 CSR Corporate Most Promising CSR Program – Budget INR 5Cr + IIFL Foundation 6 CSR Corporate Most Promising CSR Program – Budget Less than INR 5 cr Bajaj Electricals 7 CSR Corporate Big Impact Small Budget Lenovo SunLife (Tie for the 1st prize) 8 CSR Corporate Best CSR Partnership ATC India   Among the distinguished jury members from the social impact sectors of India were Nimmi Sebastian (Head of Communications & CSR for Tesco Bengaluru), Ashwini Saxena (CEO JSW foundation; Director of JWS Shakti), Pushpa Aman Singh (Founder and CEO, GuideStar India), Devika Nair (Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion and CSR at Allegis Group) and Sakina Baker (Head -CSR, Philips).   Karma Summit was attended by over 700 non-profits, 350 corporate leaders and 100 individuals representing the CSR and volunteering community. The sessions included engaging and insightful conversations on topics such as changing boardroom discussions around CSR, risk management for resilient CSR programs, interdependent partnerships for inclusive impact, strategy for NGOs and the crucial role of employees who are volunteering to drive action.   "Whenever businesses start discussing and addressing welfare issues in union, it indicates their need to be a part of the change making process and how well they can contribute in their individual capacity. Appreciate Goodera's efforts in bringing the voices together and providing a larger platform through the Karma Summit."  said Sakina Baker, Head -CSR, Philips India   “We see the Karma summit as a vital step towards helping corporates and NGOs combine their strengths for enabling flow of talent, time and resources to where it's most needed and could be more impactful. I compliment the team at Goodera for their thoughtfulness in designing the summit and for engaging non-profits in all aspects of the summit and the awards”, Pushpa Aman Singh, Founder & CEO, GuideStar India and Global Leader, GivingTuesday India
Punjab National Bank launches PNB LenS to speed up loan delivery
Dec 02 2020 By Admin
    Punjab National Bank (PNB), India’s leading public sector bank, today launched a tech-based loan management solution called PNB LenS - The Lending Solution, to speed-up and maintain accuracy in online loan processing and sanctioning of credit proposals. Post-merger, it was paramount to have a stringent loan management solution, which can be used for activities related to lead capturing, loan appraisal, sanction, and documentation. PNB started development/customization of an IT-based solution PNB LenS - The Lending Solution for loan management. It facilitates field functionaries in uniform and consistent appraisal methodology to improve due diligence standards. The main purpose behind the PNB LenS is to standardize the system, process and appraisal formats for loan processing, speed up the process of credit sanctions, auto-generate loan documents for each type of credit facilities, reduce delay, cost, and human errors involved in manual processing, digital record maintenance, security & data privacy, and ready to use monitoring and MIS reports for better tracking and transparency. This system is envisaged to be implemented in a phased manner for all kinds of loans - MSME, Agriculture, Retail & other credit. Processing and sanction of credit proposals upto Rs.10 lakh under the Mudra Scheme including MSME loans (fresh/renewal/enhancement/ review) shall be done through PNB LenS w.e.f. 01.12.2020.  
RITES wins ‘SKOCH Gold Award’ for Response to Covid-19
Dec 02 2020 By Admin
  RITES Ltd., a Miniratna (Category – I) Schedule ‘A’ Public Sector Enterprise, has won the SKOCH Gold Award (Response to Covid-19) at the 68th SKOCH Summit on November 28.    RITES Ltd. was also conferred the ‘Beacons of Hope-Order of Merit’ Award for Bogibeel Bridge Project, India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge, on the Brahmaputra river in Dibrugarh, Assam.   The awards are testimony to RITES’ commitment to support the nation and its people, ensure the well-being of its workforce & associates and contribute to the ecosystem that nurtures it, during these challenging times. These also acknowledged RITES’ efforts in providing state-of-the-art technical and innovative solutions to major  infrastructure projects of the country and ensuring the uninterrupted supply of essential services, including power supply to Indian Railways, during the Covid-induced lockdown.   The awards were presented by SKOCH Group, India’s leading think tank dealing with socio-economic issues with a focus on inclusive growth since 1997.    
Hon’ble Minister of Power launches ‘Green Charcoal Hackathon’
Dec 02 2020 By Admin
  Shri R K Singh, Hon’ble Minister (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, was speaking with a vision to create a conducive environment by reducing carbon emissions and nurture technology solutions in India. NVVN (NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam), a wholly-owned subsidiary company of NTPC Ltd, today launched the Green Charcoal Hackathon. Speaking on the occasion, Shri R K Singh, Hon’ble Minister (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, said, “The Hackathon displays the spirit of innovation, which pervades NTPC. Any organisation has to have this spirit of innovation to grow and prosper or otherwise, it would fade away.  I am sure that the NTPC management has told all young engineers that innovation and new ideas are encouraged.” He added, “This (Hackathon) is also innovation in the pursuit of reducing our carbon footprint. From that point of view, all competitors in the Hackathon should keep in mind that the process of converting this (agro residue) to charcoal should not lead to emissions. Another key thing is the commercial model, which will depend on the cost of both the machine and charcoal production. I am sure we will come out with a machine which economical. I am happy to see the orientation of NTPC towards reducing carbon foot print.”     To fast-track the technology development, NVVN, in partnership with EESL organises technology challenge aptly named as Green Charcoal Hackathon. The purpose of the event is to leverage the innovative Indian mind to bridge the technology gap, with the prime objective to clean the air by eliminating farm fire, producing renewable energy out of the agro residue, to promote local entrepreneurship, and to increase the income of the farmers.     Shri Ashish Upadhyay, Additional Secretary of Power said, “The NTPC Group needs to focus on integrated and smart solutions to manage a carbon-neutral economy. I am confident that NTPC will be able to successfully implement and commercialise the technology which will benefit farmers, the environment as well as the society”.   Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD NTPC Ltd, said “Power plants are the biggest consumers of coal. Typically a 1000 MW plant consumes about 5 million tonnes of coal annually. India's total coal-based power generation capacity is about 2 lakh MW, which theoretically can consume approximately 1000 million tonnes of coal annually. Even 10% of that, if replaced with green charcoal will amount to 100 million tonnes of this fuel which will require approximately 160 million tonne of agro residue and municipal waste (considering 60% yield), sufficient to wipe out the entire unused agro residue in the country thus eliminating the farm fires and produce approx. 20,000 MW of renewable power and generating a revenue worth 50,000 crore per year”.   The hackathon was inaugurated by Shri R. K. Singh, Hon’ble Minister (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy in the august presence of Shri Ashish Upadhyay, Additional Secretary of Power, Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD NTPC Ltd and other senior officials from Power Ministry, NTPC ltd and EESL ltd. The increasing air pollution due to the burning of stubble and agro residue by local farmers has become a major concern for the country. As a result, NVVN is looking for technologies to convert the agricultural waste to a form that can be used in the power plants in form of the Green Charcoal Hackathon. One such option is torrefaction which converts the agro residue to green charcoal.   The technology to produce torrefied fuel using agro residue biomass is not easily accessible to small entrepreneurs due to the higher cost of imported machines, lack of sufficient manufacturers. The technology to produce torrefied fuel using agro residue biomass once developed in India will be made accessible to small entrepreneurs.   To encourage the participants, there was a provision for cash prizes worth up to INR 24 Lakhs* in three Categories, namely: a)      Category – I, Technology for Production of 100 kg per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets b)      Category – II, Technology for Production of 1000 kg per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets c)       Category – III, Technology for Production of 10 Tonnes per day of Torrefied Biomass Pellets

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Bumble partners with popular Tollywood actors Nivetha Thomas, Allu Sirish and Shraddha Srinath and to help its community navigate dating in 2020
Dec 02 2020 By Admin
    Bumble, the women-first social networking app, partnered with popular Telugu actors Nivetha Thomas , Allu Sirish and  Shraddha Srinath and as part of their new integrated campaign to support single Indians as they navigate the new rules of dating in 2020.     Tollywood heartthrob, Allu Sirish and leading ladies, Shraddha Srinath and Nivetha Thomas, who enjoy massive following among young millennials, recently shared tips on how to create a meaningful Bumble profile, and making the first move to find meaningful connections.   Speaking about the importance of having a partner during these tough times, actor Allu Sirish said, “Dating can be challenging at times. Considering what the world is going through today, even more so. Having said that, a partner that can help facilitate this part of lives safely and interestingly, is where Bumble comes in; and with women making the first move, it’s undoubtedly the place to be.”   On his partnership with Bumble India, he said, “Working and collaborating with Bumble has been an absolute joy. They’re in a space in the digital world that lends itself to helping people make that meaningful connection with one another. In today’s climate, what could be more important?”   “Associating with Bumble felt great. They're a young and fun brand (just how I like to think of myself!) who really get this generation. My advice would be don't be afraid to try out unconventional methods of dating,” said actress  Shraddha Srinath who also partnered with Bumble as part of their integrated campaign.   Speaking about the partnerships, Samarpita Samaddar, Bumble India PR Director said, “As single Indians navigate this new world of dating in 2020, we’re excited to partner with Tollywood’s favorite stars, and hope our Gen Z and millennial audiences will be inspired by them to make the first move and take charge of their dating journeys.”   Niveditha Thomas - https://www.instagram.com/p/CIIjb6uAnvm/?igshid=14p5sflx6kaup   Shraddha Sharma - https://www.instagram.com/tv/CIItrSKFZJ2/?igshid=8f4eok449hax   Allu Sirish - https://www.instagram.com/p/CIImmrrF3Dw/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Post the Chinese app ban, Mitron TV launches ‘Atmanirbhar Anthem’: Dedicates it to the Spirit of Indian Entrepreneurs
Nov 29 2020 By Admin
    Leading short format video app Mitron TV released the ‘Atmanirbhar Anthem’ following the 43 apps ban by the Indian government. The anthem pays homage to the Indian technology community and reiterates the message of using home-grown products and services. The leading short video application induces powerful lyrics to evoke strong feelings of national pride amongst Indians, whilst imparting a message on the importance of the #VocalForLocal movement. The anthem went live today on more than 200 music streaming platforms including Gaana, Spotify, Amazon Music, iTunes and Wynk. Check out the Atmanirbhar Anthem now - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lvXTbA3hy0     Atmanirbhar Apps was launched this year on the National Unity Day to bring noteworthy Indian apps from various geographies across the country on one platform. In just two weeks since the launch, Atmanirbhar Apps received phenomenal success and recorded over 50K downloads and currently hosts more than 256 Indian apps. The initiative is applauded by the leading personalities from tech fraternity. Commenting on the launch of the new anthem, Shivank Agarwal, CEO and Co-Founder of Mitron said, “We welcome the government’s move of banning 43 Chinese apps. Now more than ever, it is an opportune moment to focus on self-reliance and home-grown apps, which Indians have embraced whole-heartedly. To commemorate this spirit, we created the Atmanirbhar Anthem that pays homage to the country’s collective vision of embracing all things ‘Made-in-India’. I invite my fellow Indians to enjoy the upbeat lyrics and toe-tapping beat of this anthem as we work in unison to achieve our goal of an Atmanirbhar India.”
Aatsi Desai Jasani is Httpool APAC Creative Agency Partner for Facebook
Nov 24 2020 By Admin
  Httpool, the largest international partner of major media platforms representing Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and others, today announced the appointment of Aatsi Desai Jasani as Httpool APAC Creative Agency Partner for Facebook. She will report to Sunny Nagpal, Co-founder, and Regional Managing Director, Httpool APAC.   Httpool is Facebook's Authorised Sales Partner in eleven selected markets across Asia and Europe committed to providing a first-rate service to Facebook's existing and new clients in these markets.   "As Facebook Authorized Sales Partner in 11 European and Asia markets, we are committed to providing extensive cross-functional support to all agencies and their brands, as well as the SMB clients. With a proven track record of driving creative solutions for brands across the APAC region, Aatsi is perfectly suited to deliver growth locally and regionally for those clients navigating the new opportunities with Facebook. Aatsi's expertise within the creative advertising space will help us provide that additional brand marketing service and leverage Facebook in a much extensive way" commented Sunny Nagpal, Co-founder, and Regional Managing Director, Httpool APAC.   On the appointment, Aatsi said, "Creative is one of the key drivers for good performance of Facebook campaigns, especially with larger audiences consuming content on mobile devices. At a time when content is growing and people’s attention span shortens, the right creatives for the right target audience can be a decisive factor in the success of a campaign. I am excited to be a part of this amazing and highly energized team at Httpool, and I am looking forward to doing some amazing work for the Facebook family of apps across the APAC region."   Aatsi has more than 15 years of experience in branding, advertising, and digital marketing. Before joining Httpool, she headed the Brand Solutions team at Affle - India, MENA & APAC region, leading their creative and technology business.
Desi Social App Chingari witnessed the highest daily engagement time of 51 min, surpasses Snapchat Facebook
Nov 20 2020 By Admin
   Continuing its dream run, homegrown short-video sharing app Chingari has achieved the benchmark of serving 38 million users on its platform. The desi app, making inroads into the hearts of youths with a four-star rating on Google Play Store has achieved the feat in a very short time span and the platform’s subscriber count is constantly on a roll. The data provided by the officials at Chingari, who have been working round the clock to provide a seamless experience to users, reveals that more than 95 million videos are viewed on the platform every day. In the last 45 days, over 2.6 billion videos on the app have been watched by its consumers. When asked about the magnanimous rise in the traffic on Chingari App, Mr Sumit Ghosh, Co-founder and CEO of Chingari App, said, “Yes, the last few months have been the busiest time of our entire lives but it is immensely gratifying for us to see an over-whelming response from our users. In the last one week itself, the Chingari app has recorded a behemoth increase of 611% in the active engagement time. Today, Chingari has outperformed foreign platforms like Facebook and Snapchat with a daily average engagement time of 51 minutes. We see this success as a reflection of the power of Indian youths.” The meteoric rise of the app assumes great significance as it comes at a time when India has pledged to become Atma Nirbhar (self-reliant). “Chingari’s vision has always been the empowerment of content creators and to achieve this objective, we are constantly adding Bharat-specific features and entering into multiple collaborations to bring the best of all under our Chingari umbrella. We also provide the best video and audio editing tools and the best Indianised filters for visual effects to our content creators,” added Mr Ghosh. To keep its users hooked, Chingari has also added first-of-its-kind AR (augmented reality) filters on its platform to give content creators more advanced front and rear camera tools to work with. Further, a content creator on Chingari not only earns recognition and sponsorships but is also given points (based on how viral the video is) which can be redeemed for money. Mr Deepak Salvi, Co-founder and COO of Chingari App, “Our app makes for a wholesome entertainment by providing games, news, and short entertaining videos to subscribers at a click. Besides, we ensure the highest data privacy standards and also take content moderation very seriously. Riding high on these positives, the Chingari app enjoys a huge consumer base not just in India but also in countries like UAE, the United States, Vietnam, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and others. Till a short while ago, the social app space in all these countries was only dominated by Chinese platforms.” The highest percentage of Chingari users are youths aged between 18 and 35 years, clearly suggesting how much young India enjoys the content on the platform. The growth in popularity of the app in regional zones comes on the back of the fact that the Chingari content is available in 10 vernacular languages — Hindi, Bangla, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Odia, and Telugu — and also two international languages — English and Spanish. Chingari allows its users to record and share short video clips, chat with friends, interact with new people, share content, browse through feed, and much more. A Chingari user can get creative with WhatsApp status, videos, audio clips, GIF stickers, and photos. Download the free Chingari app on Google Play Store here — https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.chingari.app&hl=en_IN And get the app for your iPhone here — https://chingari.io/trending

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HP introduces esports scholarship at OMEN FanFest 2020
Dec 02 2020 By Admin
    HP India today announced the inaugural ‘esports Gold Quest’ scholarships at the OMEN FanFest 2020, in support of the rise of PC Gaming culture in India. The ‘esports Gold Quest” scholarship is a program that will provide gamers with the necessary financial support, equipment, skills, and exposure to help them in their quest to compete on the global stage and become future esports stars.   With esports becoming a global phenomenon, HP recognizes the need to provide Indian talent with the right set of tools and guidance to compete at the world stage and bring the country its recognition in esports. The esports Gold Quest scholarships will select three applicants and will offer them an annual scholarship worth Rs 12 lacs each, which will include a full esports kit from OMEN, a monthly salary of 50k and an international training stint.   The scholarship will be open to Indian applicants in the 16 – 20-year age group. The nationwide talent hunt program for selection will roll out in Jan 2021 with final selections in June 2021.     With gaming breaking down boundaries and merging seamlessly with popular culture, a platform was needed to showcase its rise. The OMEN FanFest accomplishes this by bringing together influential figures in the world of esports, contemporary culture and gaming enthusiasts on a common stage, and celebrates PC gaming in a manner never seen before.   Ketan Patel – Managing Director, HP India Market said, “Gaming and esports are among the fastest growing competitive pursuits in India and globally. It is a stage on which Indian talent has the potential to compete with the best in the globe. As a market leader, we are working towards making the gaming ecosystem more inclusive for everyone, fueling the passion in gaming, and providing a launch pad for budding esports talent in the country. The scholarship program announced today in is in line with our philosophy of ‘Play to Progress’ and we hope to see champions at the world stage from India soon.” As a confluence of gaming and popular culture the OMEN FanFest will bring together some of the biggest names in the world of esports and entertainment. These include Tirth Mehta, India’s first esports medalist; Ulrich Schulze ,SVP, Product  Management at ESL; Akshat Rathee, MD & Founder, NODWIN gaming, Abish Mathew- Standup Comic and other enthusiast gamers among many more. The OMEN FanFest will also feature a contest that will offer participants the chance to become the fifth member of the HP OMEN Squad – which brings together people of diverse origins with one unifying goal to merge gaming with mainstream culture. Current members of the OMEN Squad include esports pro gamer Hellranger, professional live streamer Manasvivi, gamer and content creator Ocean Sharma and stand-up comic  Abish Mathew. For more details of the event/registration please log onto: https://omenfanfest.com/   To further enhance the gaming ecosystem, HP is also announcing the ‘OMEN Crib’ – an entire gaming setup designed for the ultimate gameplay experience. The OMEN Crib comprises a dual monitor desk, keyboard, headset, mouse, mousepad, speakers and the OMEN gaming chair – all in a minimalist but stylish package.   Gamers stand a chance to win one OMEN Crib every week through a contest all through December exclusively on Flipkart. Contest details will be available at www.flipkart.com/hp-omen-fanfest-store The OMEN FanFest follows the recent unveiling of the brand-new range of OMEN laptops and accessories, updates to OMEN Command Center, and the HP Pavilion gaming 16. The OMEN range offers “First of its kind” hardware technologies in the industry enabling Gameplay experience to next level and offer unmatched power without any compromise. OMEN and Pavilion PCs, and accessories provide an immersive experience to the gamers helping them stay connected, relaxed, and entertained while at home.  
Gaming Redefined! French brand ZOOOK launches 3 innovative gaming accessories in India
Dec 01 2020 By Admin
    Just few days after launching a series of 10 professional gaming headphones, French pioneering lifestyle brand ZOOOK has now introduced three gaming accessories that are bound to take your gaming experience to the next level. The three accessories launched in India by ZOOOK, a firm known for its tech-powered innovative products in audio and lifestyle segment, include Concord – USB Gaming Rainbow LED 104 Keys Ergonomic Multimedia Keyboard, Bomber – Wired USB Gaming Mouse and Avanche – USB Noise Cancelling Gaming Microphone.   Procuring the right accessories is the key to enjoying a true immersive gaming experience. While an advanced headphone is a must have for all gaming enthusiasts, the real excitement of a virtual arcade or shooting arena can only be obtained through the right accessories. The latest endeavour by ZOOOK is a bid to fill the existing gap in the segment. Following are the details of the all new range of gaming accessories from the house of ZOOOK.     CONCORD: One of the latest offerings by ZOOOK is Concord, which is a USB Gaming Rainbow LED ergonomic multimedia keyboard for laptop PC Computer game. The rainbow backlit wired keyboard boasts of cool three-colour LED backlight, highlighting its elegant temperament. The brightness of the backlight can also be adjusted as per need. The slim keyboard, with 12 multimedia function keys, comes with anti-ghosting feature and its keys are scratch proof. The precision engineered keycaps are fading and splash resistant and an ergonomic design ensures an ultimate gaming performance. There are 104 keys, including multimedia function and Windows lock keys. Concord is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Linux, Vista, Mac, IBM PC, Mac OS, Chrome OS and Linux OS.   BOMBER: Allowing you to be in full control of the game, ZOOOK Bomber wired USB gaming mouse comes with a one-of-its-kind 6 button design. A 500Hz high polling rate ensures smooth movement and reliable connectivity with responsive tracking. There’s also a thumb function, which lets a player go forward and backward more swiftly. The gaming mouse fits perfectly in the hand and does not lead to cramp-like conditions even during extended gaming or work sessions. Its unique four-colour RGB “breathing” LED lights adds style to your gaming and ensures a soothing and calming ambience. Zoook Bomber wired USB gaming mouse is constructed of ABS plastic, leather collar, and rubber finish with plate-mounted mechanical keys and switches that stand up to tough gaming needs.   AVANCHE: ZOOOK Avanche is a USB-enabled noise cancelling gaming microphone. The 360 degree omni-directional microphone ensures that none of your voice commands are missed while you take on the enemy head on in the midst of a virtual battlefield. Equipped with a USB plug & play mechanism, the microphone has a 360 degree adjustable gooseneck, adding mobility to your immersive gaming experience. While the noise cancelling technology is most advanced, the microphone produces a clear High Definition sound, making it further suitable for podcasting, chatting and recording vocals. A mute button and an instant LED Off button also come handy alongside. The gaming microphone is compatible with Windows/Mac computer and PS4.   ZOOOK gaming accessories available in all leading offline as well as online stores, in the price range of Rs.1000/- to 3000/-,
India’s Most Awaited eSports Tournament, “Acer Predator Gaming League 2020” starts from December
Nov 30 2020 By Admin
    Acer, the market leader in PC gaming in India, is all set to kick-start its Predator Gaming League 2020 from December. The Flagship Gaming Event will, once again, attract thousands of gamers and an audience playing for hundreds of hours throughout this month-long festival. To add to the thrill of this event, this time Acer has brought on more than just 1 game to the table. In addition to PUBG, the Predator Gaming League 2020 will also witness gamers enjoying the terrific rush that the Valorant offers. While PUBG needs no introduction, Valorant has taken the Indian e-sports community by storm in India and has established it as one of the top multiplayer e-sports games in no time.  Predator Gaming League has been the pioneer for developing the gaming community and is instrumental in the growth of e-sports in India. Through this edition of PGL tournament Acer is dedicating a special event only for women gamers who are a growing community, which as the No.1 PC gaming brand Acer takes the responsibility to develop and nurture. PGL is not just a tournament but it is much more for the community of gamers and such initiatives further develop the gaming community as a whole. The Predator Gaming League 2020 India will run in three phases till the end of the year entirely online with 100s of teams and 1000s of players participating through qualifiers right up to the grand finale across the two of the most popular e-sports games. Starting from the 3rd of December, the Predator Gaming League will run through the month culminating in the grand finale to determine the champions of India in this prestigious tournament. Fans will be able to catch the action of the tournament on Acer’s social media handles including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.  Registration link - http://predatorleague.acerindia.co.in/
Indian Gaming League (IGL) to host Call-Of-Duty Mobile Women’s Cup Tournament from 28th-30th November 2020
Nov 27 2020 By Admin
      Indian Gaming League (IGL), the fastest-growing Esports platform is proud to announce the Call-Of-Duty Mobile Women's Cup from Saturday 28th-30th November 2020 at 6 pm. The tournament is an all-girls event to encourage the participation of girls in competitive ESports. The top 8 female players in Call of Duty Mobile are invited including players like KashPlays. The tournament is a private tournament and the players are only given a code to the tournament once verified by the admins. The prize pool for the tournament is Rs 5,000 with the winning player to win Rs. 2,500. All the matches will be streamed live on IGL’s Youtube Channel: IGL- Indian Gaming League starting on Saturday at 6:00 pm. The highlights will be available on IGLTV and on IGL’s own Instagram Handle @iglnetwork. The participants can register themselves from the IGL’s official website – iglnetwork.com. Yash Pariani, CEO, Indian Gaming League (IGL) adds that “it is highly necessary to provide equal opportunities to the women segment for taking up Esports. Usually, the Esports industry is highly dominated by male players but regular Women based tournaments will help to equalise the bar. With this thought, we have come up with this COD Mobile Women’s Cup Tournament”. #ItPaysToPlay #JoinTheRevolution