Thursday, 21 September 2017

MarutiSuzuki Devils Circuit held at Hiranandani Parks Oragadam

September 19, 2017, Chennai: Nearly 4500 sports and fitness enthusiasts took part in the first leg of the Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit, being held for the third time at Hiranandani Parks Oragadam, Chennai. The 8-city race which started in Chennai will move to Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Jaipur, and Mohali before culminating in New Delhi. Hosted by Volano Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., the muddiest obstacle race on Sunday was held at the 400-acre Hiranandani Parks Oragadamwhich is turning out as the go-to destination for such sporting events. The concept has grown popular among fitness enthusiasts as well as corporates seeking to build a healthy team spirit, physical endurance, mental strength etc., Devils Circuit enjoys participation from individuals across a diverse age group ranging from 16 to 70 years old. Designed for those across varying fitness levels, it allows everyone to test themselves in a highly challenging environment.
Hiranandani Parks, Oragadam, Chennai - pioneers of integrated township which highlights the best class socio-civic infrastructure that is suitable for such amateur sports events and also promotes multi-cultural global community living. Hiranandani Parks which is the largest sport destination in Chennai has sports amenities like 9hole Golf Course, Equestrian, Cricket, Club House, Squash, Tennis, Football and Olympic size Swimming Pools etc. We look forward to hosting more such happening events to promote healthy competition, great team spirit and healthy citizens’ activities.

M-tech introduces 4G VoLTE smartphone

 M-tech, a manufacturer of affordable mobile phones unveiled its latest 4G VoLTE equipped smart phone – TEZ4G. Aptly named ‘TEZ4G’, the new offering from M-tech provides high speed data connectivity and great voice quality at a very affordable price. Now you can watch online videos, listen to your favorite songs, play games and make video calls.
The dual sim TEZ4G comes with a 5” FVWGA IPS screen and the 2.5 D curved display lens a stunning look to the phone. Designed for heavy duty use, the device’s screen is made of Dragon trail glass which provides unmatched resistance to scratches and cracks and is one of the few smart phone brand to offer it. Definitely a durable smart phone!  Speaking on the launch, Mr. Goutam Kumar Jain, Director, M-tech Informatics Ltd, said, ‘At
M-tech we take pride in being a consumer centric and insight driven company. After carefully analyzing consumer buying patterns, we realized that buying a smartphone mostly involves four important criteria - performance, durability, style and of course price. The new TEZ 4G VoLTE smartphone packs all the four criteria and more. From super fast data connectivity to powerful processor, battery and camera, tough Dragontrail glass providing durability, a stunning curved design and OTG support ; TEZ offers useful features at a very affordable price. We believe TEZ is the best in the category and consumers will certainly love it.’
Priced at Rs_4999/-, TEZ4G comes in golden and black vibrant colors. The product is available across the country at 20,000 retail points of all formats and leading e-commerce sites.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

SBI Card customer base grows to 5mn

SBI Card, the second largest card issuer in the country, has grown its cardholder base to five million by adding one million pluscustomersover the last year. The company has also seensignificant increase incard spend which has grown from an average of Rs 3500 crores per month to Rs 5500 crores plus per month,over last one year. This has catapulted SBI Card to second position in terms of card spend among card issuers in the country, with a market share of 15%.

Speaking on the development Mr Vijay Jasuja, CEO, SBI Card said, “We are delighted that 5 million customers have placed their trust in us. This landmark has been attained at a rapid pace, by adding over 1 million customers in last one year.We believe that our penchant to provide the best in class products and highest level of service, backed by a culture of trust and transparency in everything we do, has been endorsed by our cardholders. We have risen from fourth position in the industry to become the second largest player, both in terms of customer base and card spends. With monthly retail card spends of over Rs 5500 crore and customer base of 5 million, we have cemented our position in the market as a card issuer of choice.”

He added, “Our focus has been to grow our portfolio with diverse product offerings ranging from entry level products users to premium and co-branded product products customised to customer needs and spending patterns.We believe only by continually creating additional value for our customers we can reciprocate the trust and support they have placed in us.With the continued support of our customers, we willkeep innovating to develop industry leading payment solutions.”


Chennai, September 19, 2017: HUBER SE, Germany, a global leader in the field of water, wastewater and sludge treatment has decided to intensify its activities in the high-growth India and Bangladesh markets through a Joint Venture with the Mumbai-headquartered A.T.E.Group. The JV will manufacture select HUBER SE products in India, represent HUBER SE in India and Bangladesh, and cater to wastewater treatment and recycling requirements in all parts of India and Bangladesh. Announcing the collaboration on the sidelines of CII Indian-German Water Partnership Conference,

Mr Anuj Bhagwati, Head, A.T.E. Group said, “We are very excited to join hands with HUBER SE in A.T.E. Envirotech to offer cutting-edge technologies for wastewater treatment and recycling. Especially as India builds its infrastructure and industry, we need new approaches and products for wastewater management. We are now able to offer a comprehensive suite of wastewater solutions. This joint venture will serve India and Bangladesh with HUBER products, and also cater to industrial wastewater treatment projects in major international markets, leveraging HUBER’s large network.”

Mr Georg Huber, CEO, HUBER SE said, “HUBER is a leader in low energy and cost effective sustainable solutions for wastewater treatment. Through this partnership, HUBER brings to India it’s innovative and differentiating technologies in the fields of solid liquid separation, membrane filtration, and sludge management with an installed base of over 40,000 installations spread across 60 countries. We will manufacture HUBER products in India – this is our contribution to the mega initiative of ‘Make in India’ being spearheaded by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.A.T.E. will also get access to the world market through HUBER’s network for the sale of the industrial wastewater treatment projects.”

50% train tickets still purchased in cash

Chennai, 20th September 2017: More than half of the train tickets in India are purchased in cash. And this is not because the train travellers necessarily prefer it that way, but the sale of reserved train tickets through authorized agents (contributing an estimated half of reserved ticket sales) continues to be in cash. The primary cause for this is the dis-incentive eco-system which rewards cash while penalizing online transactions. This finding is based on a countrywide survey of consumers and ticketing agents.

The study found that the unrealistic rule of imposing a cap on Payment Gateway (PG) charges at 0.7% (for train tickets prices less than Rs. 2000) is completely out of tune with the average bank charges, which the agents have to pay. According to RailYatri, the typical PG charges varies between 1.5% to 2% depending on the provider, with most providers falling on the higher side. Agents, understandably, are unwilling to pay for the difference over 0.7% to the payment banks from their own pocket. Any instance of charging above 0.7%, even if the money is finally kept by the bank, exposes the agent to steep fines and penalties. Hence their preference for cash. 

“Nearly a crore train tickets every month are being booked in cash and this doesn't opine well with the well-intended and ambitious plan of the Government to move the nation towards Digitization and Online Payments However, the good news is that this can be quickly fixed by revisiting the rules. These agents are an integral part of small businesses ecosystem and the system needs to incentivize them to accept and look for customers who are willing to pay digitally-thus fulfilling the Digital India dream. With the new management at the helm in the ministry, we sincerely hope a concerted effort is made in this direction," says Manish Rathi Co-Founder & CEO RailYatri.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

India’s biggest obstacle race @ Hiranandani Parks Oragadam, Chennai

Hiranandani Parks Oragadam an iconic integrated township development brought to the city of Chennai by India’s renowned developer Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani. Being pioneer in developing vibrant integrated global townships, Hiranandani Parks demonstrates the existence of vivacious township living awaiting to host India’s biggest and popular muddiest obstacle run as on Sunday, 17th September 2017. With a huge success of past 2 years, Devils Circuit Swift Challenge attracts back to sport Colosseum project developed by Hiranandani Communities. The annual amateur obstacle running race is back in city of Chennai to pump in adrenaline rush, pushing one's mental & physical fitness to test and have a gala times  WHAT: Devils Circuit is India’s biggest obstacle run. A 5 km track with 15 military training style obstacles custom-built to push your limits you’ve imposed upon yourself. The whole experience is about unlocking the physical and mental fitness barriers and setting new bars of extraordinary. WHEN: Sunday, September17, 2017 at 6:00 AM WHERE: Hiranandani Parks Oragadam, Chennai. For Registration:

Burger Festival @ Sitcom-the Drama Diner”

In the month of September, we celebrate the fast food classic “Burgers” at Sitcom, where the bar has been raised in terms of the bun, the minced meat patty and the cheese melts. “Now is the time to roll up your sleeves and get ready to be messy with your hands”, says Chef Koushik, a.k.a The Mad Chef.
The festival which has vegetarian and non vegetarian burgers with meat varying between chicken and beef serves the finest of beefcooked to perfection. 
The festival menu is filled with delights such as the Paneer Satay Burger, Bbq Mushroom Burger, Classic Chicken Burger, The Mother Trucker Burger is the mother of all burgers, The Mother Trucker, it comes with Veg, beef or chicken. The burger is set with alternating layers of meat patty, tomato, onions and cheese melts, not once, not twice, but three times. Three layers of goodness kept in between in house made buns. It is accompanied with a large portion of fries. The Show Stopper, The Smoked Burger: The burger with all its goodness is kept enclosed in a bell jar and the jar is filled with smoke. The subtleties from the smoke gets into the meat and as you bite into it, smoky goodness mesmerises you. Don’t forget to roll up your sleeves as eating our burgers tends to get a little messy.
Sitcom at ECR;  No. 145, East Coast Road; Neelankarai, Chennai - 600 041. +91 89399 21111.

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