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IndiGo’s ifly voted best for its Learning and Development practices at TATA Institute of Social Sciences and LeapVault CLO Awards 2019

The airline’s learning academy, ifly, bags six prestigious awards; Awarded with the “Learning and Development Team of the Year”
The TISS Leapvault Chief Learning Officer Awards are application based, the categories represent the potential contribution made via Learning and Development programs – both on individuals and business impact

National, August 08, 2019:  With an objective to recognize the individuals and corporates that have made significant impact through their Learning and Development programs, TISS LEAPVAULT Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Awards has pronounced IndiGo’s learning academy, ifly, a winner across six prestigious categories. The airline’s ifly, has been voted second time in a row with six awards which include:

Gold for the Learning and Development Team of the Year
Gold for the Best Customer Service Training Program
Silver for the Best Simulations Based Learning Program
Gold for the Best Risk/Safety/Policy Compliance Training Program
Silver for the Best Leadership Development Program
and a Silver for the Best Quality Management/ Improvement Training Program

IndiGo’s Learning Academy - ifly - has over 100 instructors who regularly conduct workshops for its 25000+ employees. ifly conducts specific trainings throughout the year like Customer Services, Ramp & Marshalling Training, Communication & Leadership Training, Departure Control System, Safety & Emergency Procedures, E-Learning at IndiGo and has the longest cabin crew training course in the world which is for 99 days.

Ms. Summi Sharma, Vice President, ifly, IndiGo said, “It is an absolute honour for our experienced team at ifly to be recognized for their best Learning and Development programmes.  We hold these six awards in very high esteem, as TISS LeapVault CLO Awards are the most prestigious and sought after in the area of corporate learning and leadership development in India. Being part of the service industry where 200,000 passengers fly us every day, our employees’ customer service orientation undoubtedly becomes core to everyday functioning across airports, flights and other touch points.  At IndiGo we are committed to provide the best services to our customers and ifly continues to celebrate the spirit of skilled instructors who with their professional expertise have added new dimension to the learning and development programmes that are provided to employees across the organisation”.

Ms. Sharma, further added, “On behalf of the team IndiGo, I thank the esteemed jury for bestowing the “Learning and Development Team of the Year” to ifly”.

The TISS Leapvault Chief Learning Officer Awards are India's top honour for companies who make superlative investments in their employees via Learning and development. These companies leveraged learning for business impact and as a differentiator to stay ahead in their industries. The awards are application based and in the shortlisting stage, include quantitative measures weighted around efficiency, effectiveness, impact, innovativeness of the work done. The final decision is by a jury headed by TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) and LeapVault. The award categories represent the potential contribution of Learning and Development to organizations and business. The Gold, Silver or Bronze for each category is carefully identified basis impact and the quality of learning delivered. Each award is weighed against the life cycle of the organization and its proposition to the customer.

About TISS LeapVault CLO Awards 2019

In line with the theme of the CLO Chief Learning Officers Summit India, the awards are an effort to learn from and celebrate best practices in various areas and aspects of learning & development. Recognising those Individuals/Organizations that have excelled in the use of learning and development activities to significantly impact organizational objectives and / or Individual lives. The awards are the most prestigious and sought after in the area of corporate learning and leadership development in India. Nominations come from Indian & Global Fortune 500 companies.

About IndiGo

IndiGo is amongst the fastest growing carriers in the world. IndiGo has a simple philosophy: offer low fares and on-time, courteous, hassle-free service. With its fleet of over 200 aircraft, the airline offers over 1400 daily flights and connects 57 domestic destinations and 19 international destinations

Mohnish Bahl rakes up nostalgia as he visits Raveena and Govinda on Nach Baliye 9!

Mohnish Bahl, known for his iconic roles of the 90’s and the extremely loved show ‘Sanjivani’ which is making a comeback on the small screen after 17 years, recently visited the sets of Nach Baliye 9 for the promotions of his upcoming show. 

The actor met Raveena Tandon, who is a judge on Nach Baliye 9 alongside Govinda who was also, a guest on the show which is said to have brought back old memories and ring in nostalgia for the actor. 

It’s widely known that Mohnish Bahl was a co-actor to the duo on the blockbuster film ‘Dulhe Raja’ and he was playing a negative character. He had a prominent role for which he is known till date. Remembering olden times when the three actors worked together on the sets of Dulhe Raja, Mohnish said, “We have shared some very amazing times together. Working on Dulhe Raja has given us memories of a lifetime and meeting Raveena and Govinda together after so long has made me want to revisit the 90’s and live those time again.” 

Although Mohnish has said time and again, that he is not that brilliant an actor, he did share the dance stage with the iconic duo on the sets of Nach Baliye, and shook a leg. The whole environment was full of sweet nostalgia and everyone had a gala time seeing the three actors together on the stage. 

Sanjivani was a show that left a deep impact on people and their lives and the fact that it’s going to make a comeback has left people really excited. The show revolves around the personal and professional lives of doctors and the kind of positivity that surrounds them and the positive aura they exude and how they help their patients and keep them above their own lives! 

The show will see big names like Mohnish Bahl and Gurdeep Kohli who were also the lead cast of Sanjivani earlier. and joining them this time will be Surbhi Chandna, Namit Khanna in the lead roles. The show is being produced by Sidharth Malhotra and will air on Star Plus soon!

Consecutive rate cuts to translate into residential sector growth Ramesh Nair, CEO & Country Head, JLL India

In line with the general market sentiment, the cumulative 110 bps rate cut in the last four policy reviews favours the Indian economy. The rate cut of 35 bps delivered by the RBI is likely to bring in a balance between growth and inflation. Riding along the same track, the real estate sector too will gain momentum owing to favorable policy reforms. However, the growth shall also depend on whether there is a proportional transmission of rate cuts to the end consumer.< o:p>

The rate cut has a direct bearing on the real estate sector considering that residential sales rely to a large extent on the availability of credit in the form of home loans and buyer sentiment. The improved market sentiments due to the tax deduction schemes, modified tenancy laws, focus on implementation of PMAY, investment in infrastructure announced in the Union Budget 2019-20 coupled with interest rate deductions is likely to boost sales in the residential segment. Moreover, credit re-structuring measures such as the introduction of repo-linked loans by select banks will positively impact the homebuyers’ purchase decisions while ensuring enhanced transparency.

The decision to cut down rates was expected owing to the ongoing liquidity crisis and muted economic growth. This said, the RBI has taken the cue from the government’s Union Budget 2019-20, where it gave elbow room for fiscal stimulus to NBFCs. Additionally, the global slowdown followed by the US Fed lowering its rate provided yet another indication to the Central Bank.

The real estate sector has already registered a 22% Y-o-Y growth in sales in the first six months of 2019 as compared to the corresponding period of last year. Stable real estate prices combined with steadily rising incomes have further uplifted the homebuyers’ sentiments in the last few quarters. However, the growth trajectory of the real estate sector ultimately depends on the successive transmission of rate cuts to the end consumers.

Sony Pictures Sports Network partners with INOX, PVR Cinemas and Cinépolis to showcase the highly anticipated UEFA Super Cup 2019 match LIVE on the big screen

Sony Pictures Sports Network (SPSN), the official broadcaster of the UEFA events in the Indian Sub-Continent, announces special screenings for the upcoming UEFA Super Cup on 14th August 2019 in association with India’s leading multiplexes, INOX, PVR and Cinépolis. In a first of its kind collaboration with three leading multiplexes across India, Sony Pictures Sports Network, will provide fans with a larger than life experience by screening the UEFA Super Cup Finals at various multiplexes in 10 cities across the country - Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, Bangalore, Goa, Jaipur, Guwahati, Bhubaneshwar and Ahmedabad.

UEFA Super Cup is set to captivate millions of fans across India in another action-packed match as Liverpool and Chelsea, battle it out for one of the most coveted trophies under the UEFA banner. This is the first time in the history of the UEFA Super Cup that two English heavyweights will face each other in the finals for the title at the BJK Vodafone Park in Istanbul. For the theatrical screening of the UEFA Super Cup, leading multiplexes will be using the LIVE feed of SONY TEN 2 channels of Sony Pictures Sports Network. 

The 2019 UEFA Super Cup will be the 44th edition of the UEFA Super Cup, an annual football match organized by UEFA and contested by the reigning champions of the two premium European club tournaments, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. Both teams have participated in this tournament with Chelsea winning this title once and Liverpool winning the title three times. The last time Liverpool played a UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul, they beat AC Milan in a historic comeback back in 2005.


Neville Bastawalla, Head - Marketing & On-Air Promotions, Sports Channels at Sony Pictures Networks India said

“Cinema screenings offer a unique opportunity for us to provide football fans a stadium like atmosphere and we are curating an immersive experience for one of the most coveted UEFA trophies, the UEFA Super Cup. The idea is to take the sport to the audience and providing an unforgettable experience in social environment with their families and friends. We are really happy to associate with leading multiplexes in India and looking forward to increasing our engagement with our viewers.”

Watch the 2019 UEFA Super Cup Finals between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 & SONY TEN 2 HD channels on 14th August 2019, 11.00 pm onwards.

Fans across India can book their tickets in the multiplex outlets or online on India’s leading ticketing platform along with the official websites of INOX, PVR Cinemas and Cinépolis theatres.

Garware Technical Fibres net profit falls by 5.7% in Q1 FY20

Mumbai, August 8, 2019: Garware Technical Fibres Ltd. (Formerly Garware-Wall Ropes Ltd.), a lea ding manufacturer of technical textiles for the Indian and global markets, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Standalone: Q1 FY20 Highlights:

§  Net Sales decreased by 4.9% to R s. 232.3 Cr in Q1 FY20 as compared to Rs. 244.3 Cr in Q1 FY19

§  Profit before tax reduced by 8.6% to Rs. 42.2 Cr in Q1 FY20 as compared to Rs. 46.2 Cr in the same quarter last year

§  Net profit after tax has dropped by 5.7% to Rs. 29.6 Cr in the quarter as agains t Rs. 31.4 Cr in the corresponding period of FY19

§  EPS for Q1 FY20 is at Rs. 13.52; this is a de-growth of 5.7 % over Q1 FY19

Management Comments:

In a statement, Mr. Vayu Garware, CMD, Garware Technical Fibres Ltd. said, “The year has begun with a steady perfo rmance in our Synthetic cordage segment. Our V2 technology based products are seeing good customer acceptance and excellent order flow. However, we faced headwinds in our Fibre and Industrial Products & Projects segment wherein the general elections led to a slowdown in release of tenders by both government and private sector. Post-election, some of these key projects have now been tendered and awarded. We will be working hard to make up for the delay in Q3 and Q4.” 

About Garware Technical Fibres Ltd. (Formerly Garware-Wall Ropes Ltd.): (BSE: 509557 / NSE: GARFIBRES)

Garware Technical Fibres Ltd. (formerly Garware-Wall Ropes Ltd.), an ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 certified company is a leading player in Technical Textiles specializing in providing customized solutions to its customers worldwide. Globally, the company is known for its applied innovation in the field of sports, fisheries, aquaculture, shipping, agriculture, coated fabrics and geo-synthetics. The company`s products are manufactured in state-of-art facilities at Wai and Pune and marketed in more than 75 countries.

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Stylish, Smart and Intelligent HONOR Band 5 launched in India Bundled with seven unique propositions among other intelligent, smart and exciting features

New Delhi, 8th Aug, 2019: HONOR, the global leading smart band and smartphone e-brand, today announced the launch of HONOR Band 5 in India. The latest HONOR Band 5 aims at delivering more advanced health tracking and measurement technology at the most competitive price, to ensure the well-being of the consumers and at the same time amplify their style quotient. It comes bundled with seven innovative modern technologies - AMOLED full-color display, stylish watch faces, intelligent sleep data, real-time heart rate monitor, water resistant upto 50 meters, swim stroke recognition and 10 distinct fitness modes among many other smart features.

Speaking on the HONOR Band 5 launch in India, Mr. Suhail Tariq, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at HONOR India said, “We at HONOR are constantly working towards providing the best-in-class technology, meaningful innovations and quality products to enable our consumers to do more. HONOR Band 5 is another demonstration of our commitment towards our customers. It is a unique blend of technology and lifestyle, specially tailored to meet the needs of our consumers, understand and enhance their daily lifestyle.”

“As per IDC report, HONOR was the fastest growing brand in smart-band category in Q4 ‘18 and Q1 ‘19 both, with 144% growth in Q1 ‘19 as compared with Q4 ‘18. This is a testimony to HONOR’s commitment of providing the best in class product and quality to its customers,” he added.

Adarsh Menon, Vice President Electronics, Private Labels and Furniture at Flipkart, said, "We are happy to add the latest offering from HONOR to our growing portfolio of bestselling products in the smart wearable technology category. We believe that HONOR’s Band 5 will address a key market requirement and selection gap for smartwatches in the affordable price range category. Being a competitive product at a customer-friendly price with features like real time heart monitoring and swim stroke recognition, it is sure to bring in a brand-new experience to our consumers. We are confident that the product will elevate the overall experience for fitness enthusiasts."

HONOR Band 5 has numerous intelligent functions such as the Band can be connected to the Huawei Health app on phone via Bluetooth. The mobile phone information can be displayed in real time, incoming calls can be rejected or muted. The band is also equipped to find your phone and also, can be used to take photos by just lifting the wrist and using the band. With intelligent algorithms and high-performance batteries, HONOR Band 5 has a strong battery life of two weeks, ensuring seamless user experience.

Price and Availability

HONOR Band 5 will come in three trendy colors – Midnight Navy, Coral Pink and Meteorite Black and will be available at INR 2,599 on Flipkart starting from 8th August 2019.


HONOR is a leading smartphone e-brand. The brand was created to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products that offer superior user experiences, inspire action, foster creativity and empower the young to achieve their dreams. In doing this, HONOR has set itself apart by showcasing its own bravery to do things differently and to take the steps needed to usher in the latest technologies and innovations for its customers.

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Sony YAY! celebrates World Cat Day with their funny feline duo Honey Bunny!

“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” As rightly put by Hippolyte Taine, cats truly hold a very special place in every family. No wonder every year the world fondly celebrates World Cat Day on 8th August. This year Sony YAY! too celebrated their own goofy cats – Honey and Bunny. The feline duo are immensely loved by their young fans for their wacky and comic antics.The combination of Honey’s goofiness and Bunny’s over smartness from the popular show ‘Honey-Bunny ka Jholmaal’ leaves everyone in splits. Through their adventures, their camaraderie and their trippy dance moves, the adorable cat duo brightens the day for everyone.


The love and fan following that Honey and Bunny enjoy is also due to the way they connect with the kids whether it is through their unconditional friendship or how they help each other get through tricky situations. Given how Honey and Bunny make the kid’s TV viewing experience special for them, Sony YAY! decided to make them feel special on a day dedicated towards cats. The channel celebrated Honey & Bunny and called upon all feline lovers to celebrate their cats together with them. Making it an all-cat affair, Sony YAY! hosted Honey-Bunny and all the cat lovers at Cafe Pefe,  a feline-theme restaurant in Mumbai. It was a fun themed party hosted by RJ Karan from Radio City 91.1 FM with a specially crafted Honey Bunny-themed menu, Jholmaal themed games and the title track of Honey-Bunny ka Jholmaal on loop for kids to have unlimited fun.

With lots of pictures, selfies, dance and masti, the day truly belonged to Honey-Bunny!

About Sony YAY!

Sony YAY! is the first kids offering from Sony Pictures Networks, India. Its vision is to be a part of kids’ everyday lives through various endeavours. A channel targeted at kids aged 2 – 14 years, Sony YAY! is here to set new standards and benchmarks in kids' entertainment. The channel’s content is unique, fresh and relatable and is produced in India. The channel, within one year, produced 6 original shows which include Guru AurBhole - a musical comedy, Honey Bunny ka Jholmaal - a comedy with hilarious adventures of an odd team of pets, Paap-O-Meter- a unique laugh-out-loud ghost comedy and KickO and Super Speedo – a tale of a super-kid and his super gadget car who are out to save Sun City. Available in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bangla, Marathi, Malayalam and English. Sony YAY! is the first kids’ channel to be available in 7 languages. This year, the channel has entered into licensing and merchandising, making their endearing characters a part of kids’ lives wherever they are.

“I am looking forward to have Rannvijay Singh as a co-actor”, says Karishma Sharma starring in Viu’s Sumer Singh Diaries

Gear up to witness an edgy drama series on the country’s leading video streaming platform, Viu that is all set to go on floors with their original show Sumer Singh Diaries. The show promises to be an appealing and relatable one that stars the super talented actress Karishma Sharma of Super 30 fame alongside Rannvijay Singh.

On being roped in on the show, Karishma Sharma said, “I’m super excited to be working on part of Viu original Sumer Singh Diaries produced by Big Synergy. It’s an edgy drama series, a genre I really enjoy shooting for. The story is very engaging and appealing and I promise that you will see a completely new side of me in this show. I am looking forward to have Rannvijay Singh as a co-actor.  We are going to bring you a show that is going to keep you at the edge of your seats.”

Huawei Predicts 10 Megatrends for 2025 [Shenzhen, China,August 8, 2019] Huawei launched its Global Industry Vision (GIV) report today, continuing its predictions for technology and industry development up to 2025.

Drawing from Huawei’s own quantitative data and real-world use cases of how intelligent technology is permeating every industry, this year’s report identifies 10 megatrends currently shaping how we live and work. GIV also predicts technology trends up until 2025, including 5G coverage, AI deployment, home robot adoption, and smart assistant use rates.

The 10 trends and examples of GIV’s key predictions for 2025 are as follows:

1. Living with Bots: Advances in material science, perceptual AI, and network technologies are powering the uptake of robotics in a variety of home and personal scenarios. GIV predicts a 14% global penetration rate of home robots.

2. Super Sight:  The convergence of 5G, VR/AR, machine learning, and other emerging technologies will let us see beyond distance, distortion, surface, and history, opening up new vistas for people, business, and culture. GIV predicts that the percentage of companies using AR/VR will increase to 10%.

3. Zero Search: As data-driven and sensor-equipped appliances and devices begin anticipating our needs, information will find us. Future searches will be button-free, personal social networks will be created effortlessly, and industry will benefit from “zero-search maintenance”. GIV predicts that 90% of smart device owners will use intelligent personal assistants.

4. Tailored Streets: Intelligent transport systems will connect people, vehicles, and infrastructure, creating zero congestion, rapid emergency response, and other functions that will make life smoother. GIV predicts that 15% of vehicles will have Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything  technology.

5. Working with Bots: Already transforming many industries, smart automation will take on more hazardous, repetitive, and high-precision tasks – a boon for safety and productivity.

GIV predicts that there will be 103 robots in industry for every 10,000 employees.

6. Augmented Creativity: Cloud AI will cut the cost and barrier of entry to scientific experimentation, innovation, and art, opening up a goldmine of creative potential that’s available to all. GIV predicts that 97% of large companies will have deployed AI.

7. Frictionless Communication: AI and big data analytics will create seamless communication between companies and customers and break down language barriers. Accuracy, understanding, and trust will underpin tomorrow’s communications. GIV predicts that enterprises will fully use of 86% of the data that they produce.

8. Symbiotic Economy: Companies across the planet are adopting digital tech and smart applications on unified access platforms – that means greater collaboration, resource-sharing, stronger global ecosystems, and higher productivity. GIV predicts that every company everywhere will be using cloud technology and 85% of business applications will be cloud-based.

9. 5G’s rapid rollout: 5G is here and it’s landing far faster than any previous wireless generation – the potential for individuals, businesses, and society is enormous. GIV predicts that 58% of the world's population will have access to 5G.

10. Global Digital Governance: Advancements in digital tech must be balanced by shared data standards and principles for data use. GIV predicts that the annual volume of global data will reach 180 ZB (1 ZB = 1 trillion GB).

According to the CMO of Huawei ICT Infrastructure Kevin Zhang, "Human exploration will never stop. We should set our sights beyond what we see now and look to the future, shifting from innovation to invention. We’re seeing rapid changes to life, work, and society as every industry adopts AI, 5G, cloud computing, and other emerging technologies. Huawei is committed to building digital platforms, user experiences, and intelligent technology that power ubiquitous connectivity in every scenario. It’s our mission to offer every person, home, and organization an intelligent future and the benefits of entirely new opportunities for growth."

With the first report released in 2018, GIV @2025 is designed to analyze industry development trends and serve as a strategic guide for ICT deployment.

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●      Marks the athletes first exclusive brand association

●      Reinforces PUMA’s commitment to the sports ecosystem in India

●      PUMA to customize performance gear to meet the athletes sporting requirements

New Delhi, India, August 8, 2019 – Global sports company PUMA has signed Indian professional sprinter and national champion Dutee Chand. Making it her first exclusive brand association, Dutee joins an impressive roster of world class PUMA athletes. The young sprinter will be equipped with custom-made performance gear to support her never-ending effort to become faster, stronger, and better every single day.

At only 23 years of age, Dutee has represented the country at national and international sporting events, winning several medals and breaking a fair share of records. Dutee is the 3rd Indian Woman ever to qualify for the Women’s 100m at the Summer Olympics. She also is the first Indian athlete to win a gold in the 100m event at the World Universiade Games, she stunned the track and field world by clocking 11.32 seconds.

“This is my very first exclusive brand association and I’m thrilled that it’s with a company that has worked with legendary athletes like Usain Bolt, the fastest man alive,” said Dutee Chand. “It’s great to see PUMA encourage athletes across sporting fields and I’m humbled by their trust in me to represent the brand in India. This means a lot to me and I’m excited about my association with PUMA.”

Abhishek Ganguly, Managing Director, PUMA India said, “Dutee’s success is a result of a sheer display of her exceptional athletic capabilities and power on the track. Having rewritten the history of Indian sports in her explosive style, she represents everything we are as a brand. This partnership further reinforces our commitment to the sports ecosystem in India and we believe she will have a big influence in shaping the future of Track and Field in the country. We look forward to working with Dutee and being a part of her journey,”

Partnering with PUMA, Dutee Chand joins some of the world’s greatest track and field athletes like legends Tommie Smith, Maradona, Pelé, Usain Bolt and most recently, Karsten Warholm, Ejowvokoghene Divine Oduduru and Janeek Brown. Having achieved many firsts for India, Dutee’s dedication to the sport will continue to see her shine in everything she strives for, especially on the road to 2020.

“PUMA signing Dutee Chand has ensured that India’s fastest sprinter now has the best gear to back her up. We are pleased to have facilitated the association between Dutee and PUMA, who is synonymous to the brand’s success in India,” said Adil Mistry  Partner, MAAT Jacks Entertainment, Sports and Lifestyle LLP.