Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Dabba full of Love from Nickelodeon this Father’s Day



Nicktoons Celebrates Father’s Day with the Dababwalas and their Kids


The Mumbai Dabbawallas play an important role in the life of every Mumbaikar. Irrespective of rain or sweltering heat they are always on the go, delivering hot food from our homes to our families at work.

This week of Father’s Day, India’s leading kid’s entertainment franchise channel Nickelodeon set out to celebrate this relentless spirit of the Dabbawalas by bringing some magic and love into the life.

The Nicktoons created some magical moments for the Dabbawallas to enjoy with their kids. A fulfilled evening of games with their kids, entertainment with the Nicktoons Motu Patlu, Shiva, Ninja Hatori and Rudra ensured that each of our spirited Dabbawalla’s had the time of their life, celebrating Father’s Day with their children.

Monday, June 11, 2018

MINISTRY OF FINANCE, RIS AND FICCI THEMATIC SEMINAR ON PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN RESOURCE MOBILIZATION

Mr.Subhomoy Bhattacharjee, Consultant, RIS, Mr. Deepak Mukhi, Head, FICCI – Maharashtra State Council,  Mr. Sujoy Bose, CEO, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, Dr. KV Pratap, Joint Secretary (IPF), Ministry of Finance, Mr. Shailesh Pathak, Chief Executive, L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Limited and Mr. Jaspal Bindra, Chairman, FICCI Maharashtra State Council and Executive Chairman, Centrum Capital Ltd., at a discussion during the THEMATIC SEMINAR ON PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN RESOURCE MOBILIZATION in Mumbai 

~ Experts call for a holistic approach on Private Sector Participation and Risk Mitigation ~


The infrastructure segment is a key propeller for the Indian markets, contributing significantly to the growth of the national economy. Consequently, the Government of India lays special emphasis on this industry, initiating and establishing several regulatory structures to ensure the advancement of this sector. With this backdrop, the event, hosted by Ministry of Finance, Government of India in collaboration with Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) as knowledge partner in partnership with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI), aims to address the critical dimensions of infrastructure project funding and underline the need for financial support, from private sector players.

During the Inaugural Session, several eminent personalities, including Mr. Sujoy Bose, CEO, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, Mr. Shailesh Pathak, CEO, L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Limited and Dr. Kumar V. Pratap, Joint Secretary, (IPF), Ministry of Finance, Government of India, shared their expert perspectives of the investment landscape in the infrastructure sector.

Speaking, on the occasion, Dr. Kumar V. Pratap says, ‘Developing at an extremely fast pace, India’s Infrastructure Sector has received an investment of ~$1 trillion in the period from 2007 to 2017, of which, more than a third of this capital was contributed by the private sector. India aims to invest ~$200 billion annually; has been able to do only ~$110bnTo encourage private participation, the Government of India has launched several initiatives. Schemes such as the Brownfield Asset Mobilization for Infra Investments (BAMII), Credit Enhancement Fund for raising bond ratings issued by infra companies and the New Credit Rating scale for infrastructure projects creates opportunities for private investors, thereby promoting a steady flow of financial resources into this sector’.

Sharing his thoughts on this subject, Mr. Sujoy Bose said, ‘India is a preferred destination for investments, with an improving economy, government led infrastructure projects and an increase in the flow of foreign direct investments. To ensure financial investments in the infrastructure sector, the Government of India has financed various projects under National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs) and Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) to bridge the gap in the funding space.’

Earlier delivering the Welcome Address by Mr. Jaspal Bindra, Chairman, FICCI - Maharashtra State Council and Executive Chairman, Centrum Group welcomed the panel and spoke about the opportunities in the infrastructure sector relating to private financing. He added, “The global population will witness a growth of ~2bn people by 2040. The Global Infrastructure Hub Report states that, investment worth $97trillion is needed in the global infrastructure sector of which 50% is required by Asia.  India needs around $4.5 Trillion investments in the Infrastructure sector by 2040.”   Mr. Subhomoy Bhattacharjee, Consultant, RIS noted the paradigm shift in the definition of infrastructure in the 21st century and highlights the need for private sector participation and innovation in resource mobilization in Government projects. Further to laying the framework for today’s Sessions, he stated the importance of understanding the current infrastructure scenario and the financial, institutional and regulatory operations, when investing in this segment.

The Session on Risk Management was chaired by eminent panelists like Mr. Sajjid Z Chinoy, Chief India Economist, JP Morgan, Mr. Sudip Sural, Senior Director, Infra and Public Finance, CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory, Mr. Praveen Gupta, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Raheja QBE General Insurance, Mr. Suneet Maheshwari, Founder and Managing Partner, Udvik Infrastructure Advisors, Mr. Raghwendra Pande, Head Infrastructure and Real Estate sector, Investment banking, ICICI Securities Limited and Mr. Soumyajit Neogi, Associate Director, India Ratings deliberated on various risks that one foresees once a project is bagged, right from Regulatory Risks, Political risk, market risk, sponsoring risk, judicial risk, etc.  The risks determine the payoffs that private companies will want to negotiate before contracting any projects.  The contract needs to be viewed holistically.

Friday, June 8, 2018

La Birra Cosmetics from Thailand Organic Way Of Life


La Birra ( by Rai Boon Chaluay ) creates amazingly natural & organic cosmetics with the ingredients from their own farms which are beneficial in daily lives. Raw materials from Rai Boon Chaluey farm are certified by Thailand Organic farming standard of GMP and Halan. 

Rai Boon Chaluay was founded for the purpose of eating healthy and natural for better health in our daily life. The best products emerge from the Earth. All Rai Boon Chaluay products are organic. They are rich in tradition , value , and effectiveness 
La Birra products are available at Tops Supermarket and online through their website  

Organic Kaffir Lime Shampoo:
Gently cleanses and detoxes the scalp, stimulates hair pigmentation to restore natural black hair, reduces hair loss , reduces scalp oil, reduces dandruff-itching.

Organic Aloe Vera Shower Gel :

Reduces damages caused by UV rays and restores moisture for naturally soft skin. It is enriched with enzymes, amino acids and Vitamin E & Vitamin C to reduce skin wrinkles.

Honey Herbal Cleansing Gel :

Contains the antioxidant, Vitamin C and Vitamin B. It helps slow down the degeneration of skin cell, protects the skin from UV Sun-rays, suitable for sensitive skin , maintains youthful skin, protects from all day activities and smoke. 

Organic Fuk Kao - Premium Rose -Body lotion :

It rejuvenates soft, smooth skin and protects skin from UV rays, prevents premature ageing, helps blood circulation and makes skin naturally pink



Thursday, June 7, 2018

Shankara debuts with its 100% natural luxury Ayurveda beauty range in India


Shankara ~ Announced its entry into India with a first of its kind luxury Ayurvedic product line ~

After delighting consumers in the west for close to two decades, Shankara is all set to create a wave in the Indian luxury Ayurveda beauty industry. Shankara was conceptualized by combining Ayurvedic wisdom from the East with scientific and modern processes of the West to introduce sustainable skin care products. The brand will offer natural, result oriented skincare products that are rich in actives and herbs and infused with pure essential oils to promote wellness and healing.

Shankara’s offerings are deeply rooted in Ayurvedic principles and scientifically proven procedures using natural ingredients that address the root cause rather than masking symptoms. The rare combination of Ayurveda, the Eastern science of life and Western scientific rigor, Shankara’s line of products are highly effective due to its natural delivery mechanism for visible results. The formulations are focused to balance each individual skin type like Vata (Dry Skin), Pitta (Normal, Combination or Sensitive Skin) and Kapha (Oily Skin). With the launch of this exceptional range Shankara is set to transform the landscape of natural products in India.

All Shankara products are free from parabens, sulphates and synthetic chemicals. They are pH balanced and PETA friendly. Through its ground-breaking natural collection of retail and professional products, one’s skin can be enriched with nutrition, oxygenation, hydration and protection. Made from the highest quality of ingredients, Shankara produces true skin transformation, elevates skin radiance and enriches one’s authentic beauty. With a strong intent to serve humanity, Shankara produces the finest products using responsibly sourced natural ingredients and cruelty free methods.

The products are made by yogis and created with the perfect harmony of nature and science through cold processing. Commenting on this occasion, Astha Katpitia, Head, Shankara India said, “Shankara was crafted by harnessing the rich, ancient wisdom of Ayurveda along with scientific advancements
of the modern world. The vibrant life force of botanicals is preserved through the manufacturing
process to produce an offering that provides a quantum leap towards skin renewal and age prevention. Our vision is to use 100% natural ingredients trusted by the users to deliver exceptional results.

Shankara endeavors to offer an exclusive range of skin care products that work on the physical, mental and emotional levels to promote a sense of well-being. With years of research and understanding about beauty ingredients, they have successfully enhanced the quality of natural skin care. They are excited to introduce our wide array of products to the Indian market and hope to see positive responses.”

Shankara is currently available on www.shankara.in, Amazon & Nykaa. The range is from Rs
1050 upwards. Since 2001, Shankara has been creating all-natural beauty and wellness products, handcrafted to the highest standards for exceptional results. Its offerings nourish the mind, body and spirit as they blend the ancient wisdom of the east and modern scientific alchemy of the west. In India, Shankara offers an exclusive range of beauty care products which seeks to work on physical,
mental and emotional levels to promote a sense of well-being. Shankara aims to be a market
leader in the Ayurveda inspired wellness and lifestyle space. Visit their page for further details -
https://www.shankara.in/

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

German manufacturer Liebherr says Hallo India with mass premium range of refrigerators


Mr. Radhakrishna Somayaji, Chief Sales Officer, Liebherr Appliances India, Mr. Roman Schaefer, Managing Director - Sales, Liebherr Hansgerate GmbH, Mr. Gunther Sproll, International Head of Marketing, Liebherr Hansgerate GmbH and Mr. Shrinivas Jyoti, National Marketing Manager, Liebherr Appliances India at the product launch in MumbaiAdd caption
 Extensive range of 19 different models with prices starting from Rs. 23,500 onwards These refrigerators will bring in cutting-edge German engineering technology tailored to suit the Indian market Robust distribution network spanning across 50+ cities with 500+ Showrooms

 Legendary German refrigerator manufacturer, Liebherr unveiled its product
range for the Indian market today. This unique range of refrigerators in the mass premium segment will be available across its dealership network in major Indian cities spanning across south, west and north regions of India. The price range for these refrigerators begin from ₹ 23,500 for the basic model to ₹ 1,50,000 for the top end models. The refrigerators are manufactured at Liebherr Appliances

India’s Aurangabad Factory which was inaugurated last month. What makes Liebherr products distinct in the Indian market is that they have been carefully designed, post three years of extensive research & development, to bring the best of German engineering technology in a manner that suits the Indian market. 

The company has launched 19 models in multiple capacities ranging from 220 Litres to 442 litres. The refrigerators come with features like central power cooling technology, 5 star energy efficiency BEE ratings & host of other features which are specially designed to cater to India's ever-evolving lifestyle and culinary culture. 

Merging elegant design and industry-leading technology, the well-designed refrigerators come in three colour variants which are Stainless Steel finish, Blue Landscape and Red Bubble patterns to suit today’s globally exposed consumer needs. For the current range, Liebherr has put in place a robust distribution network of around 500+ Showrooms across 50+ cities in various regions. This includes partnership with organised retailers and local organised players in the country to retail the products.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Radhakrishna Somayaji, Chief Sales Officer, Liebherr Appliances India Private Limited said, “Liebherr has always focussed on creating solutions that puts the contemporary customer’s needs at the forefront. Our refrigerator range for India has been designed keeping this in mind – bringing the best of German technology customized to suit the Indian audience, with features like specially designed SpiceBoxes, ultra-protective VarioSafe, convenient Vegetable Sorter System and Unique CoolPack etc. Along with achieving customer satisfaction, our objective is also to provide products that use energy more efficiently.“

Elaborating on the brand’s Indian journey, he added, “We started the project “Liebherr Appliances India” in 2014. This project was from the very beginning inspired by the idea of “Engineered in Germany, designed for India”. Customer is our prime focus. At Liebherr, we give top priority to customer satisfaction with
competent and fast customer-service geared up to consumer needs.”

The products will be available at retail outlets across the country from 2nd week of June’2018. The new launch across segments will be promoted through a holistic 360 degree marketing activities that includes a robust press campaign supported with a strong digital marketing campaign and region-specific outdoor, BTL activities. 

To Maintain global service standards, in India Liebherr have Registered Office Address CIN: U74120MH2013FTC245571 Site Office Address Liebherr Appliances India Pvt. Ltd. Tel: +91 240 2621111 Liebherr Appliances India Pvt. Ltd. P-5, Shendra MIDC, Fax: +91 0240 2621399 A -1/6, Shendra MIDC Aurangabad 431 154, India lhi-info@liebherr.com Aurangabad 431 154,India www.liebherr.com already set up service partners at all the locations where they are going to sell and the customer care helpline 1800 2333 444 is already operational to cater to any sort of customer queries.

 The Liebherr Group consists of over 130 companies, in more than 50 countries
covering every continent and employs almost 44,000 people. In 2017, Liebherr achieved a consolidated turnover of more than 9.8 billion euros. This decentralised group of companies is divided into operatively managed and autonomous business units. 

The product areas of the Group are spread over eleven divisions: Earthmoving equipment, Mining, Mobile cranes, Tower cranes, Concrete technology, Maritime cranes, Aerospace and transportation systems, Machine tools and automation systems, Domestic appliances, Components and Hotels. The Group's central holding company is Liebherr-International AG, whose shareholders are exclusively members of the Liebherr family. Liebherr-International AG is located in Bulle, Switzerland.

Liebherr Domestic Appliances: Engineer Hans Liebherr founded the Domestic Appliance division in 1954 in Ochsenhausen (Germany). For more than 60 years now, Liebherr has been a premium manufacturer of innovative refrigeration appliances for both the domestic and commercial sectors. Nowadays more than 2.2 million appliances leave various production plants every year. Domestic Appliances product division manufactures refrigerators and freezers in four countries for private and commercial use apart from the plant at Aurangabad which takes this count of manufacturing units to five. The divisional controlling company is Liebherr-Hausgeräte GmbH in Ochsenhausen (Germany)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

OnePlus 6 Silk White Limited Edition to go on sale on 5 June 2018

‘Notify Me’ is now live on Amazon.inCustomers can avail cashback of INR 2,000 on Citibank Debit and Credit Card and No Cost EMI for up to 3 months on all major banks

 OnePlus, the premium Android smartphone maker, today announced that sales of OnePlus 6 Silk White Limited Edition phone would commence on 5 June 2018 on Amazon.in and oneplus.in. The OnePlus 6 Silk White Limited Edition is a much awaited new variant of OnePlus’ latest flagship, the OnePlus 6. ‘Notify Me’ registrations for the new variant are now live on Amazon.in.
OnePlus 6 Silk White Limited Edition replicates not just the beauty, but also the smooth texture that made the OnePlus One so celebrated. Precisely polished to create a restrained elegance in both look and feel, the subtle shimmering effect is achieved using a sprinkling of pearl powder. Six different layers of glass have been carefully applied to the device to create a smooth, white texture. The premium device packs the speed and smoothness that comes with Snapdragon 845, 8 GB RAM coupled with 128 GB storage
                                          

OnePlus 6 Silk White Limited Edition customers can avail cashback of INR 2,000 on transactions using Citibank Debit and Credit Card. They will also be eligible to avail No Cost EMI for up to 3 months on all major banks.
In addition to this, they will be eligible for 12-month Accidental Damage Insurance by Servify on downloading Kotak 811 app. All Amazon Prime Video consumers can avail INR 250 and discounts up to INR 500 on Amazon Kindle e-books. Other partner offers include up to INR 2,000 cash back and Device Insurance for Idea subscribers and benefits up to INR 25,000 on flight and hotel bookings from ClearTrip.


To view the images of the  OnePlus 6 Silk White Limited Edition, please 
click here

Bisleri Launches a Plastic Recycling initiative “Bottles for Change”


Bisleri  “Bottles for Change” initiative aims at educating and changing behaviour of citizens on efficient disposal and recycling of plastic.


Apart from Bisleri’s mission to ensure access to safe drinking water for every Indian, we also make a
conscious effort to keep our environment safe and healthy. It is our endeavour to give back to the
environment and the community at large.

This World environment day, Bisleri hosted a press conference to launch “BOTTLES FOR CHANGE”, a Plastic Recycling initiative that focuses on efficient disposal and recycling of plastic. The idea is to create a positive impact on the environment, ensure that it is sustainable and emphasize on the fact that plastic is a versatile material, has an afterlife and can be recycled to make many products like: Furniture (benches, chair), apparels, home decors, accessories and bags etc. For this initiative, Bisleri has partnered with 3 NGOs (Parisar Bhagini Vikas Sangh, Sampurna Earth &
Garbage Concern Welfare Society) who are associated with the members of “Bottles for Change”
across Mumbai to work towards changing behaviour of the communities in valuing plastic as an
effective resource. Users of plastic have to simply crush, clean and keep the plastic separate. The
members of “Bottles for Change” will pick it up at scheduled days and will take it to their
segregation centre. Together with the NGO’s, Bisleri is conducting plastic collection and educational
drives for communities, corporates, schools, colleges, and other institutions.

When you put plastic in your household waste, it ends up going to the dumping grounds.
Bottles for Change focuses to create a system where the members of “Bottles for Change” pick up
plastic from source, segregate it and sell it to the recyclers. The plastic collected & sold is clean and fetches almost 2x more value leading to the upliftment of the lives of members of “Bottles for
Change” and their children.

Mr Ramesh Chauhan, Chairman & MD, Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd., launched the initiative by
presenting ‘Bottles for Change Kit’ that includes Plastic collection bags, Bottles for change branded
Jackets, Caps, posters and other communication material, to the three partnered NGO’s in the
initiative.

Highlights of BOTTLES FOR CHANGE initiative:

 The program aims to address the plastic issue in a very strategic manner to spread awareness about plastic being a miraculous material that can be recycled multiple times; thereby bringing a behaviour change amongst individuals, ensuring they clean, segregate and dispose plastic effectively which is then recycled and have a sustainable impact on environment
 The program helps members of “Bottles for Change” to collect large amounts of clean plastic each time, fetching them with good income that also helps in leading them to a respectable life and support to educate their children
 24 wards of Mumbai and parts of Navi Mumbai and Thane will be covered by the members of “Bottles for Change”, ensuring effective execution
 Special collection Vehicles, Collection Bins, Toll free No., Website and a hygiene kit for members of “Bottles for Change” shall be provided by Bisleri Management

Impact of Bottles for Change Programme:

 3800 Tonnes of Plastic Recycled
 3,00,000 Students Reached
 15,00,000 Citizens Reached
 Lives of 2000+ members of “Bottles for Change” Upflifted
 100+ Corporates Engaged

On this proud occasion, Ms. Anjana Ghosh, Director Bisleri International, said “Banning of plastic
has been in news for quite some time now. However, plastic is an integral part of our lives & is not trash. The issue is not plastic but with our behaviour. Plastic has to be disposed and recycled
responsibly.”

Bisleri International Pvt Ltd is the most trusted choice for mineral water for the past 50 years. Bisleri has witnessed this successful growth under the leadership of the visionary chairman and managing director, Mr. Ramesh Chauhan. Bisleri has always felt responsible towards the society and Mother Earth, and hence various activities are initiated on regular basis to help preserve the environment.

BRIDGESTONE India and UNICEF India join hands for ‘Drops of Hope’ - A Project on Water Conservation and Drinking Water Security

 ‘Drops of Hope’ - A Project on Water Conservation and Drinking Water Security,  to be initiated in the districts of Pune, Latur and Osmanabad in Maharashtra, India

Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd, a group company of Bridgestone Corporation joined hands with The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) of India for ‘Drops of Hope’ -a Project on Water Conservation and Drinking Water Security. The partnership has been formed in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra, Department of Water and Sanitation. The first phase of the project will be implemented in districts of Pune, Latur and Osmanabad in Maharashtra India.

Bridgestone India is contributing a sum of 3.9 Cr. INR to the project over a period of three years. The focus of the project is to develop robust drinking water security and safety plans which also involves a baseline survey to understand the existing situation as well as assess the future impact.



Maharashtra state has the highest drought prone blocks due to hard rock areas and shallow aquifers. Only half of rural households in Maharashtra have access to tap water of which only 63% is treated. Nearly 20% of rural household still depend on distant & unprotected sources for their domestic water supplies and nearly 1/6th of rural population depend on public hand pumps. Per capita water supply in state has huge disparities that can range from 21 ~129 liters per capita per day (lpcpd). (National Vision is minimum 70 lpcpd by 2020)This Project is planned with an objective of strengthening village level committees to find local solutions to Safety and Security Planning for Drinking Water throughout the year.

Bridgestone India will provide support to UNICEF in undertaking training and skill development of community members and key officials at the village, block and district level to build water supply structures and ensure their proper maintenance. Another key facet of this program is the use of innovative communication processes and tools to support positive behaviors towards water usage and management.

The foundation of this project is to work closely with the Government of Maharashtra to identify and leverage key resources for enhancing investments in infrastructure.

This partnership involves deployment of models that aim to create a mechanism to ensure drinking water security. Communities will be encouraged to access available funds set aside for village development which also encompasses water security.

Speaking about the partnership, Mr. Yoshikazu Shida, Member of the Board, CEO and COO, Bridgestone Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd said, “Bridgestone Corporation has always believed in contributing to their social surroundings and this belief is reflected through our mission of ‘Serving Society with Superior Quality’. This mission is also a guiding light for Bridgestone’s CSR commitment ‘Our Way to Serve’. The three key priority areas of this commitment are ‘Mobility’, ‘People’, and ‘Environment’. Bridgestone’s partnership with UNICEF is a solidified commitment towards ‘People’ and ‘Environment’. This project in India is aligned with Bridgestone’s global CSR direction, and we will be associating with various partners and causes to provide relevant sustainable solutions.”

Mr. Parag Satpute, Managing Director, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd added, “We are glad to be associated with a prestigious organization such as UNICEF over the cause of water conservation. The state of Maharashtra has one of the highest drought prone blocks and being operational in the state, we feel responsible to aid the people especially our future generations. Water is one of the primary resources needed for the basic survival and being deprived of it has certainly periled the lives of many. Partnering with UNICEF will help us channelize our resources in an organized manner to provide sustainable solutions. We are also thankful to the Department of Water Supply and Sanitation, Government of Maharashtra, in providing their support to the cause.”   

Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative, UNICEF India, mentioned, “The scarcity of water is no longer a myth. We are seeing that around the world and we know when resources go scarce, children and women are especially more vulnerable. We are very happy that Bridgestone is supporting us to be able to demonstrate how communities can be empowered to help manage this situation. Since Maharashtra is a state where the Groundwater Act is enacted, it is most appropriate to support the demonstration to address the drinking water safety and security here. By implementing this programme in partnership with Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Government of Maharashtra we are hoping to find sustainable and scalable solutions to the drinking water scarcity problem in the state which can hopefully be further replicated across the country”.

Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.

In the Asia Pacific region, Bridgestone locates its regional headquarters in Singapore, overseeing the operations of tire production and sales facilities, as well as supplying its products across more than 25 countries in the region. Bridgestone Asia Pacific plays a key role in facilitating this large and growing market as it contributes significantly to the entire Bridgestone Group.

Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd started its operations in 1996. In March 1998 with the setup of its manufacturing facility in Kheda, Madhya Pradesh, Bridgestone achieved its objective of running Indian manufactured Bridgestone tyres on Indian Roads. It expanded its facilities by setting up one more facility in Chakan, Pune in 2013. In a short stint of more than 20 years, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd has become one of the leading tyre companies in both the OEM & Replacement market.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org. Learn about the #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Shreyas Shipping and Logistics Limited announces Audited Financial Results for the quarter and year ended 31stMarch,2018

 

Shreyas Shipping & Logistics Ltd, (hereinafter referred as ‘Shreyas’) a part of the 40-year-old global conglomerate Transworld group is an Indian ship owning and operating company with a prime focus on coastal container shipping and logistic services. Shreyas is a pioneer and market leader in containerised coastal shipping in India for both domestic and coastal Exim trans-shipment.

Shreyas is the largest container shipping company in India with a fleet of 13 vessels, 23143 Teus capacity, 315,722 DWT and 248,392 GRT, servicing 18 main ports in India and covers entire Indian coast and other regional areas.
Financial Performance for the year:.

Standalone revenues for the year 2017-18 stood at INR 544 cr as against INR 376 cr for FY17 which grew by 45%. EBITDA for FY18 is at INR 115 cr as against INR 50 cr during FY17 which grew by 123% and PAT stood at INR 81 cr as against INR 4 cr in FY17 which grew by 2205%. Considering share of profit of an associate and joint venture of INR 11 cr (net of tax adjustment), consolidated PAT stood at INR 92 cr for FY 18.

Global container shipping status:
The HRCI ended the first quarter of year 2018 up 19.5% from the start of the year and 19.7% higher than late March 2017.
Whilst the HRCI has been moving upward to reach 750 points by end March 2018, the SCFI (Shanghai containerised freight Index) has reduced by 20% since the start of the year and current level is at par with mid-2016.

Operational Highlights: 
Highlights of company’s contribution in the growth of containerized coastal shipping in India bringing growth in national fleet and coastal containerised volume even when faced with numerous challenges.
1.     Total containerised domestic cargo trade on the main land for the year 2017–18 was 195,000 containers as against 110,000 in 2015-16, with a growth of 77%. This corresponds to carriage and modal shift of cargo from land to sea mode as 5.85 million tons containerised cargo in the year 2017-18 as against 3.3 million tons two years earlier.
2.     SSLL’s domestic cargo trade of 109,766 containers in the year 2017-18 as against 59,521 containers in 2015-16 achieving a growth of 84%. This corresponds to carriage of 3.3 million tons containerised cargo in the year 2017-18 as against 1.8 million tons two years earlier.
3.     Shreyas handled total volume of 448,200 Teus in 2017-18 as against 331,000 Teus in the last year with a growth of 35%
4.     Besides handling containerised cargo, SSLL commenced handling coastal break bulk cargo in the 2ndhalf of year 2017 and handled 107,324 MT cargo during the year, mainly steel products of RINL and JSW, besides some project cargo. RINL commenced coastal movement of steel products for the first time venturing into modal shift from land to sea mode.
5.     Total coastal throughput at Indian ports was 1.5 million Teus in the year 2017 as against .85 million Teus in the year 2015 while SSLL’s throughput at Indian ports was 0.8 million Teus in the calendar year 2017 as against 0.45 million in 2015, achieving a growth of 78% in the two years. Growth of 90% in domestic throughput at Indian ports is indication of modal shift of cargo from land to sea mode while 55% growth in throughput of Exim volume is indication of shift of volume from foreign transshipment ports to Indian ports. Shreyas has contributed for the growth in coastal shipping on both fronts as envisaged by MOS. 
6.     To achieve the growth mentioned above, SSLL acquired 10 vessels including two multipurpose vessels of capacity totaling to 242,242 DWT and 18080 TEUS between 2015 and 2017, achieving a growth of 56% while there has been 17% CAGR increase in Indian flag container fleet from 2014 until 2017.
7.     Growth in seafarer’s employment from 2015 to 2017 has been 55 % in SSLL’s fleet. Indian shipping companies including us are training seafarers which is a big contribution to the Indian economy and providing employment to Indian seafarers. 
8.     18 major ports and container terminals in India were serviced during year 2017 by SSLL containers and break bulk coastal services on regular frequency, making 1060 port calls during the year.
9.     Indian shipping industry contributes Rs. 8000 Crores annually to the Indian economy while our company has contributed Rs.470 Crore in the year 2017-18 to the Indian economy.

Here we would like to highlight the myth regarding share of coastal shipping in over all transportation which does not seem to have changed in last many years while the growth story during last three years alone in containerised coastal segment as highlighted indicates a different story.
Another myth that if cabotage law is relaxed for Exim containers than foreign transshipment will shift to Indian terminals which is far-fetched, since the reason is not cabotage restriction but many other challenges like infrastructure and capacity constraints, high port costs, documentation procedures and largely depends on the network planning of the shipping lines. 
Based on this myth, MOS has issued General Order No. 1 of 2018 dated 21stMay 2018, which does not require a foreign flag container vesselto obtain a licence under Section 407 of the MSA to carry EXIM containers and empty containers on the coast.
The essence of this order is that there is no necessity to have an Indian flag vessel for the purposes of carriage of EXIM and empty containers between two Indian ports. While the outcome of this circular as envisaged by MOS will be seen in course of time, this may have setbacks for the Indian coastal shipping with respect to carriage of Exim transhipment containers. In the absence of a level playing field even Indian companies may consider flagging vessels outside India and operating on foreign trade, resulting our nation to lose opportunity of developing a transhipment hub port as well as growth in Indian tonnage which are important aspects for our nation.
The way forward:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Fujifilm brings GFX50s, the ultra-high image quality medium format mirrorless camera and its exclusive interchangeable lens lineup “FUJINON GF Lenses” to India


 

- Introducing the ultimate high-end mirrorless camera: a compact and lightweight body that overturns common perceptions of medium format digital cameras- With the new GFX Series and the current X Series Line-up, Fujifilm aims to capture 30% Market Share in the Mirrorless Camera and Lens Market in India in the next 3-4 years

 

 Fujifilm India Private Limited, a pioneer in imaging technologies, is delighted to announce the launch of the much awaited GFX50s medium format mirrorless camera that is effectively built to achieve the best image quality. Adopting a 43.832.9mm medium format (FUJIFILM G Format) sensor with 51.4 MP. Featuring premium design and excellent operability stemming from the highly reputable digital camera "X Series" system and the accumulation of image design technology from over 80 years of experience, the GFX 50S achieves the highest ever image quality from Fujifilm.

To complement the GFX50S perfectly, Fujifilm is also releasing FUJINON GF Lens series- a new camera system capable of creating the world's highest level of photographic expressions. The line-up includes seven interchangeable lenses- GF23mmF4 RLM WR, GF45mmF 2.8R WR, GF63mmF2.8 R WR, GF110mmF2 R LM WR, GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR macro, GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR and GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR, providing every professional, the splendor of photography and the joy of taking photos.
The GFX50s delivers uncompromised performance across stills and video shooting, in addition, a new Color Chrome Effect feature has been added. This feature can be used to reproduce the tones and deep colors, in situations often said to be difficult hence making GFX50s as an “attainable luxury”.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Haruto Iwata, Managing Director, Fujifilm India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are excited to launch the much awaited GFX50s and G-mount lenses for our esteemed customers in India. Fujifilm’s X Series system has been appreciated by professional photographers and photo enthusiasts around the world, due to its excellent image quality and mobility across a wide range of genres including landscape, commercial and fashion photography. Taking forward our promise for developing innovative technology, and to strengthen our commitment towards mirrorless segment, we have introduced this range to offer even higher image quality. As we complete 10 years in India, we continue to bring the best of technology and innovation to our consumers at the best possible price point.’’

Fujifilm India has very aggressive plans for the expansion of its X Series in the Indian Market. The company plans to expand its touch points by focusing on increasing its retail presence as well as enhance customer touch and try experience. The company also plans to expand its After Sales Service by adding 50 more service collection points by the end of FY 2018 taking it to a total of 100 service collection points. Additionally, the company is also looking at setting up Fujifilm Professional Service by the second half of this fiscal. Fujifilm India will be investing heavily in marketing promotions, workshops, exhibitions, online promotions and photographer associations to build the X Series Brand further. With these initiatives the company’s goal is to capture30% Market Share in the Mirrorless Camera and Lens Market in India in the next 3-4 years.


Standout Features
(1) Equipped with a 43.8mm x 32.9mm, 51.4 MP CMOS sensor, boasting approx. 1.7x the area of full frame sensors
Both the shape of the light-gathering micro-lenses and the processing from the photodiodes have been customized to achieve a high level of sharpness and broad dynamic range. And thanks to the excellent light reception performance due to the large area of each pixel, room to spare is created in the camera's high sensitivity performance and tone reproduction, achieving high image quality exceeding that of cameras equipped with full size sensors with an equivalent number of pixels. Therefore, precise images can be reproduced down to the smallest detail, conveying the texture of the subject, a three-dimensional feeling, and even the atmosphere of the scene.
(2) Equipped with X-Processor Pro image processing engine
By using the highly rated X-Processor Pro, which is also used in the X-Pro2 and X-T2 cameras, it is possible to experience Fujifilm's acclaimed Film Simulation color reproduction with an ultra-high quality large size sensor. The Movie function also supports Full HD recording at 30p. Users can enjoy high quality video with no post-processing required by using Film Simulation modes just like they would with a still image.
(3) Compact and lightweight body with high rigidity due to the adoption of magnesium alloy
With a weight of approx. 1230g when paired with a standard lens (GF63mm F2.8 R WR), the camera weighs approx. 60% of a medium format DSLR camera equipped with a sensor of the same size. Even when compared to a DSLR camera with a slightly smaller full size sensor, the camera comes in at almost the same weight. Overall camera body height and width have also been minimized for maximum flexibility, overturning the common perceptions regarding the mobility of medium format digital cameras.
(4) 3.69M-dot organic EL electronic viewfinder and 2.36M-dot touchscreen LCD back panel
A detachable structure has been adopted which allows for flexible operation according to how the user wishes to use it. Also, by attaching the separately sold EVF-TL1 EVF tilt adapter, the angle can be changed to a maximum angle of 90° when shooting horizontal landscapes and ±45° when shooting in the portrait position. A 3.2-inch, 2.36M-dot touch panel has been adopted for the rear monitor, allowing the user to use touch operations for the selection of the menu, distance measuring points and viewing of images that have been taken. The inclusion of a three-directional tilting LCD screen improves operability and makes viewing images and checking focus even easier.
(5) Newly developed large diameter G Mount with excellent robustness and durability
Utilizing the merits of newly developing both a camera body and lenses simultaneously, the GFX 50S adopts a large diameter/short flange back mount with a diameter of 65mm and a flange back of 26.7mm. This construction improves the freedom of the optical design of the lens, greatly contributing to high image quality and miniaturization of the body.
(6) Newly developed ultra-high resolution FUJINON GF Lenses
In preparation for the future, the GF Lens series, newly designed specifically for the GFX 50S, possesses the resolving power capable of supporting a sensor with 100 MP. The lens barrel also features an aperture ring in the same manner as XF Lenses, supporting the intuitive operation of photographers. A C (=Command) Position has been newly added to the aperture ring as well, allowing users to change the aperture using the command dial on the camera's body. In order to prevent incorrect operation, the A (=Auto) Position and C Position feature a locking button installed on the aperture ring that must be disabled to implement changes.
  • The FUJINON GF23mmF4 R LM WR: has a focal length equivalent to 18mm in the 35mm format and is perfectly suited for landscape and architectural applications. Despite the super-wide angle of view, distortion is kept to a minimum, and with the high-resolution performance extending all the way to the edges, sharp depiction power as if looking at an actual landscape is achieved. It features fast and quiet AF due to a linear motor, is dust and weather resistant, and is capable of operating in environments as cold as -10°C. The lens combines high performance and reliability as a professional work tool.
  • The FUJINON GF45mmF2.8 R WR: is a highly versatile wide angle lens with a focal length equivalent to 36mm (on a 35mm format) and maximum F2.8 aperture. Thanks to its compact and lightweight design (weighing only 490g), this lens is ideal for street and documentary photography.
  • The FUJINON GF63mmF2.8 R WR: This lens features an angle of view of approximately 50mm in 35mm format equivalent. Adopting a compact and stylish design, the external form of this small and lightweight lens has a diameter of just 84.0x71.0mm with a weight of only 405g. The optical system features a construction of 8 groups and 10 elements, including 1 ED lens element. This lens type was adopted being the most suitable for a compact size, with the utmost priority placed on resolution performance.
  • The FUJINON GF110mmF2 R LM WR: is a medium telephoto lens for portraits. With a focal length equivalent to 87mm in the 35mm format, it achieves a brightness of F2.0 when used wide open to deliver beautiful bokeh. The high resolving power of the area in focus and the rich bokeh unique to medium format fast lenses depicts portraits with a realistic three-dimensional feel.
  • The FUJINON GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR macro: The optical system features a construction of 9 groups and 14 elements, including 3 ED lens elements. By adopting a floating focus method using a linear motor, silent and high-speed autofocusing is achieved while aberrations from long distances to short distances are corrected in a satisfactory manner, dramatically increasing the resolution. Furthermore, by arranging the ED lenses in a well-balanced manner, chromatic aberrations are also properly corrected, contributing to a high-quality image.
  • The FUJINON GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR: is a telephoto lens that achieves approximately 198mm in 35mm format equivalent, bringing together Fujifilm’s proprietary optical design technology: it offers high resolving power for supporting further enhancement of image resolution in the future. The lens can capture the atmosphere of any scene through a combination of high-resolution performance and rich bokeh effect. Attaching the “GF1.4X TC WR”, a 1.4x teleconverter provides coverage for telephoto shooting up to approximately 277mm in 35mm format equivalent, without any image quality deterioration.
  • The FUJINON GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR: The optical system features a construction of 11 groups and 14 elements, each using one of the three types of lens elements, aspheric lens, ED lens and super ED lens, including the large aperture high precision aperture lens, achieving high image quality equivalent to single-focus lenses from wide angles up to standard focal distances. As a result, the lens demonstrates extremely high performance from the centre all the way to the edges. The lens adopts an inner focusing method, reducing the weight of the focus lens and achieving fast and silent AF by driving focusing using a linear motor.

Fujifilm established in 1934 has believed in Innovation and creation of new values through leading edge and proprietary technologies. FUJIFILM India as a firm believer in sophistication continues to work hard to provide the Indian consumer the best products and services.
Our corporate slogan is “Value from Innovation.”
Along with expressing Fujifilm's commitment to continuously creating innovative technologies, products and services that empower the potential and expand the horizons of tomorrow's businesses and lifestyles, the slogan also encapsulates the company's desire to combine our own original technology with human resources, expertise and technology from around the world both internally and externally to create innovation. A new brand statement has also been created to articulate these commitments more specifically, and the slogan encapsulates the main points of the brand statement.
Our Goal is to be a company that is able to resolve a diverse variety of the problems that face society, contribute to the world through the continuous creation of value – added products and services, and achieve sustainable growth through constant innovation. That was the commitment we made to the world when we launched our new corporate slogan “Value from Innovation”.

DHL launches innovative road transportation across India

   DHL SmarTrucking, a TechLog company, aims to build a 10,000-strong IoT-enabled and temperature-controlled fully-owned fleet in India by 2028   Move will create employment opportunities for over 20,000 drivers


Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL), the world’s leading mail and logistics company, today announced the launch of DHL SmarTrucking, to provide an innovative trucking solution across an extensive linehaul express road network in India. DHL SmarTrucking is the company’s first official move to accelerate the development of technology-enabled logistics solutions around the world, under its newly formed board department, Corporate Incubations, which was launched in April this year. The company has also appointed Neeraj Bansal, as CEO of DHL SmarTrucking, who will be responsible for leading the company’s growth in India.

“India is an incredibly important market for Deutsche Post DHL Group. Presently, road freight comprises the majority of the total freight movement and is the largest transportation segment in India,” says Juergen Gerdes, Board Member for Corporate Incubations, Deutsche Post DHL Group. “With greater efficiency from DHL SmarTrucking, we expect to transport 100,000 tonnes of cargo and cover a distance of approximately 4 million kilometers across India daily.”

DHL SmarTrucking solutions epitomize ‘TechLog’ – logistics made smarter through the use of new and emerging technologies. Following a successful three-month pilot that covered over 2,770,000 kilometers, DHL SmarTrucking leverages Internet of Things (IoT) technology and data-driven insights for route optimization. This reduces transit times by up to 50 percent compared to the traditional trucking industry, and provides over 95 percent reliability with ease of use, end-to-end consignment visibility, temperature-controlled capabilities and real-time tracking.

IoT-enabled sensors monitored through the company’s centralized control tower provide real-time temperature and consignment tracking. Information alerts and status updates are also sent to customers and DHL SmarTrucking’s operations teams through the customer portal and external and internal mobile applications.

Utilizing an innovative and agile model, drivers are rotated at predetermined stops located across the country, with the original driver returning to the point of origin with another truckload.

“This transportation model not only helps optimize efficiency but also reduces fatigue among drivers who spend less time on the road, enabling them to go home to their families every two to three days,” says Malcolm Monteiro, CEO, DHL eCommerce India. “Additionally, with the demand for temperature controlled transportation in India estimated to grow at 15% per annum from 2016 to 2020[1], DHL SmarTrucking allows our customers in India to scale up and streamline their business operations to meet consumers’ needs.”

With temperature control capabilities that are fully compliant with international standards, solutions such as DHL SmarTrucking and DHL SmarTrucking Coldchain for temperature-controlled products, provide road freight solutions for all sectors, including the automotive, dairy, e-commerce, packaged foods, pharmaceuticals and Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) industries.

“DHL SmarTrucking’s emphasis on TechLog will change the game for customers in India,” said Neeraj Bansal, CEO, DHL SmarTrucking. “Leveraging the potential of the infrastructural transformations in India’s logistics ecosystem and our innovations through DHL SmarTrucking, we can help Indian businesses reach customers and markets in a faster and more secure way.”