India gets its first Travel Medical Emergency Feature on Mobile

RailYatri.in launches Medical Emergency with vital features such as on route Hospital Finder.

The tech start-up brings medical information that modern day travellers may need when an emergency arises while on a train journey.

RailYatri.in, a tech start-up focussed on simplifying Indian travel experience has just launched their Medical Emergency feature through the app. Medical Emergency feature will enable the users to check for vital information regarding medical facilities in the vicinity of their location. With this feature, the award winning travel app has taken a big stride forward towards eliminating the inherent fears for many train travellers. So, save the lives of your dear ones by installing RailYatri app on your mobile.

“Healthcare has been a longstanding problem for travellers. Thousands of medical emergencies arise during train journeys in India yet no one has really thought about solving the problem. It is heartbreaking to see the loved ones suffering due to lack of information and facilities. Now, it’s time to take charge of you and your loved ones’ health during a journey,” says Manish Rathi, CEO and co-founder, RailYatri.in.

“The RailYatri app considers location of the user and provides list of healthcare facilities at the upcoming stations. The information provided through the app is not just limited to hospital names, but also provide direction from station, contact numbers of hospitals and ambulance services one might require during an emergency,” explains Manish.

Usually, if an emergency arises on a train, the patient has to suffer a lot due to lack of information and proper facilities at the right time. This is largely due to the over-dependence on authorities and lack of route specific healthcare information. Just a few days ago, 73 year old father of a Bangalore based software engineer suffered breathing problems on the train. The fellow passengers quickly informed the authorities about the medical emergency, and help was sought from the upcoming station. A station located at about 1 hours’ distance responded. The patient was left struggling and the accompanying family members were helpless. When the station arrived, the patient was stretchered off and taken straight to a government hospital nearby, only to find that the hospital did not have any attending cardiologist. So, the patient had to be shifted to another facility further away. By now, he was lying nearly unconscious. Good thing was the patient survived the ordeal.





But not everyone is lucky; many lives are lost due to such chaos. The situation could have been very different if the person had information about nearby stations, healthcare facilities and their contact numbers. A lot of time and pain could have been prevented. RailYatri app provides the users the power of such information essential during a medical emergency, with this feature. So, a word of advice – elderly travellers or travellers with medical condition must travel with RailYatri app on their mobile.

Keeping in mind the troubled state of a user’s mind, in case of a medical emergency, the flow of the feature is kept really simple. Medical Emergency feature is available on the latest Android version of the RailYatri app. So, download or upgrade the app to pack safety for your near and dear ones.

LANXESS and Saudi Aramco rubber joint venture to be launched on April 1, 2016, under the name ARLANXEO

· Relevant antitrust authorities have cleared the transaction

· Transaction can already be completed on April 1, 2016

· LANXESS CEO Matthias Zachert: “ARLANXEO will be a strong company of two strong partners”

Cologne – Specialty chemicals company LANXESS and Saudi Aramco have announced ARLANXEO, the name of their new joint venture for synthetic rubber. The new name and logo combines elements from the names and logos of both partners. The logo is complemented by the descriptor “Performance Elastomers” to highlight the new company’s product range.

All relevant antitrust authorities have cleared the transaction. Hence, the joint venture will be launched as ARLANXEO on April 1, 2016.

“ARLANXEO will be a strong company of two strong partners. This is also reflected in the new name of the company,” said Matthias Zachert, Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG and future Chairman of the Shareholders’ Committee of ARLANXEO. “We will establish ARLANXEO as a new and independent player in the global market for synthetic rubber. And we are convinced that, in the world of rubber, ARLANXEO will become a strong brand.”

“Under its new name, ARLANXEO will build on the customer focus, recognition and reputation of both Saudi Aramco and LANXESS, which both partners are very proud of,” said Abdulrahman Al-Wuhaib, Senior Vice President Downstream, Saudi Aramco.

On September 22, 2015, LANXESS and Saudi Aramco signed an agreement to create a 50:50 joint venture for the development, production, marketing, sale and distribution of synthetic rubber used in the global tire industry, auto-parts manufacturing and a wide range of other applications.

ARLANXEO will be headquartered in the Netherlands. The partners will soon appoint the management team that will run the joint venture. Each partner will have equal representation on the boards overseeing the company. The CEO will be appointed by LANXESS and the CFO by Saudi Aramco.

“With this joint venture of the world’s largest producer of synthetic rubber and the world’s largest integrated energy company, we have laid the foundations for the sustainable and positive development of ARLANXEO,” said Zachert. “This is a win-win for our customers as well as for the employees of ARLANXEO. We are looking forward to the launch of this promising new partnership.”

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.0 billion in 2014 and about 16,300 employees in 29 countries. The company is currently represented at 52 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good.

Information on Saudi Aramco is available at www.saudiaramco.com.

IKEA to unveil its first store model in India

IKEA India is all set to participate in ‘Make in India’ week in Mumbai, from 13th – 18th February. For the first time, IKEA will showcase a model of its first retail store in India. The IKEA store model will be inaugurated in the presence of Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, Swedish Prime Minister, Mr. Stefan Löfven and IKEA India CEO, Juvencio Maeztu in Hall No. 4, Swedish Pavilion.

During this week, IKEA will also showcase a glimpse of its supply chain history in India, some success stories where IKEA has driven innovation and sustainability initiatives, such as 100% more sustainable cotton in its products, 100% LED in its lighting range and a new PUNJA loom which it has innovated with its supplier in Bhadohi to revive the famous Indian handmade carpet industry.

“‘IKEA will make more in India. ‘Make in India’ is a great platform to discover new possibilities and drive initiatives needed to grow business, such as how can we utilize local raw materials to make IKEA products. This is both good for the business and our planet. IKEA will fully support reforms that make it easier to grow the Indian supply chain.” says Juvencio Maeztu, CEO, IKEA India

IKEA has made longstanding contribution in sourcing more sustainable from cotton farms in India and today uses 100% sustainable cotton in all its products. It is looking at sourcing many new materials like sustainable bamboo, wood, and particle board with low formaldehyde from India and is actively working with government and organizations to make it happen.

Under the ‘Make more in India’ drive looking for new suppliers in India, it has recently inked new supplier partnerships in Telengana and Karnataka, not only in existing categories such as textiles but in new categories like furniture and mattress. Under the same initiative, IKEA isalso attracting its global suppliers in Europe to come and invest in India.

DAV to organise NayiDisha- NayaSankalp, a vibrant event to celebrate Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati’s Birth Anniversary

(Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the Chief Guest)

· The event will serve as a prodigious tribute to the Renaissance Rishi; rejoicing his efforts to introduce and entrench the concept of spiritual and value- based learning.
· The event to be graced by the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

DAV College Managing Committee under the esteemed guidance of President Shri.Punam Suri, in- association with Arya Pradeshik Pratinidhi Sabha and Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Haryana to celebrate Swami Dayanand’s Birth Anniversary; rejoicing his efforts to introduce the concept of spiritual and value- based education. The first of its kind mega event- NayiDisha- NayaSankalp, will be organised at one of the largest arenas in the country- Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi on 14th February, 2016, 10 am onwards.

The event will be graced by the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the honourable Chief Guest. The event will also witness esteemed presence of Shri. Acharya Dev Vrat, Governor of Himachal Pradesh- an eminent follower of Arya Samaj, along with participation from over 50,000 people including teachers, DAV alumni and people from the Arya Samaj world.

Today, with around 800 campuses all over the country, over 20 lakh students, 60, 000 staff members and more than 40 lakh alumni, DAV has culminated into a massive educational movement since its inception 128 years ago.

“We thank the honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for very kindly agreeing to participate as the Chief Guest in the function to pay tribute to the Founder of Arya Samaj, Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati. This communicates that Prime Minister recognises the contribution of this great social reformer, Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati in the process of man- making, women empowerment and Nation building. “, said Shri Punam Suri, President DAV College Managing Committee.

The fact that DAV’s initiative and its approach is finding support from all corners of India is in itself the brightest indicator of the event’s success. On 14 February, DAV and India will awaken to a ‘New Direction’ and a ‘New Promise’ in the field of Education.

MedTrix Healthcare partners with one of the top 3 Pharma companies in emerging markets

MedTrix Healthcare, a leading provider of digital and medical communication solutions to top Pharma companies globally has announced that it has partnered with one of the top 3 Pharma companies in emerging markets to provide patient engagement as an enterprise-wide solution with the ability to integrate several therapy areas. The patient engagement activity is an effort from global Pharma to improve the way it communicates with patients and offer services in line with patient centricity.

This is a multi-specialty program capable of integrating several brands and therapies using a single platform. The platform offers modular care plans, pill reminders, disease education and provides better patient access to caregivers. This is available as mobile app using IoS and Android platforms for patients along with a web dashboard for the administrators or program owners.

The Global Pharmaceutical Industry is at an inflection point, where it is pivoting from doing Digital to being Digital. The key aspect to this shift is the growing pressure on global pharma in terms of cost, ability to innovate, emergence of technology and the usage of the digital medium to reach their customers and patients. We have the expertise to fulfil the technical and scientific requirements for this natural progression. At MedTrix we combine science, technology and strategy with our ISO certified systems and processes to accomplish specific business objectives for our clients” said Mr. Vimal Narayanan, Founder & Director, MedTrix Healthcare.

“We are among the rarest breed of companies who are able to work in the strategic digital & medical communication space for our clients. For most of our clients, we are the first company from India or elsewhere to provide the kind of solutions that we offer. We are planning to expand our existing presence in multiple geographies including US, Europe and Asia Pacific regions by increasing our access into the top 20 Pharma Companies”, adds Vimal Narayanan.

MedTrix Healthcare aims to be a leading navigator of the paradigm shifts occurring in the pharmaceutical industry. Ongoing trends show that both patients and healthcare professionals are increasingly moving online to manage health outcomes. Simultaneously, pharmaceutical companies are establishing across-the-board virtual ecosystems on digital platforms, to create seamless interactions with all the stakeholders.

Vodafone India Launches 4G Services On Superior 1800 MHz In Bengaluru

ROLLS OUT A BONANZA OF SPECIAL OFFERS FROM 11TH FEBRUARY

· FREE upgrade to 4G for customers along with high-speed 4G SIM
· 4G @ 3G prices for Prepaid and Postpaid customers
· 100% extra data on 4G for Prepaid and Postpaid (Prepaid Rs.265 recharge: 2GB ( 1GB + 1GB) of 4G DATA); 100% Extra 4G DATA on Vodafone RED Plans for Postpaid
· Enjoy 3 months complimentary subscription to TV, Movies & Music on VODAFONE PLAY as part of your Vodafone 4G
· 100+ Live TV channels
· HOOQ, premium video-on-demand service with over 35,000 hours of Hollywood blockbusters and popular local programs
· HUNGAMA PLAY, leading entertainment destination with over 7,500 movie titles
· VODAFONE MUSIC, stream your favorite music from over 1.2Mn songs
· Array of Data Packs ranging from trial pack at Rs 8 to a bonanza pack of 20GB
· 4G Mobile Wi-Fi that supports connectivity for up to 10 devices
· Enhanced customer experience – immediate 4G SIM exchange at multiple touch points; door-step delivery of postpaid 4G SIMs
· Country first: 4G customers can avail 4G international roaming in UK, Germany, Romania, Spain and Netherlands with many more countries to be launched in coming weeks.

Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecommunication services provider, today announced the roll out of its next generation, high speed 4G network in prominent business and residential corridors of Bengaluru like Jayanagar, Basavangudi, J.P.Nagar, Electronic City, Bangalore International Airport, Whitefield, B.T.M. Layout, Chamrajpet and Koramangala. The roll-out will be completed across all parts of Bengaluru in a phased manner by March 2016. The launch in Bengaluru marks the successful completion of first phase of roll out of Vodafone 4G services in Kerala, Karnataka, Kolkata, Delhi and NCR and Mumbai.

Built on the efficient 1800 MHz band, this state-of-the-art network will enable Vodafone 4G customers to access internet via mobile with speeds across a range of smart devices including Mobile Wi-Fi. Vodafone 4G services can be readily accessed from 4G enabled handsets offered by leading smartphone manufacturers (iPhone, Samsung, Micromax, Microsoft, Lava, Xolo among others) available across the country.

Vodafone 4G will significantly enhance the mobile internet experience for customers with faster download/upload of videos and music, seamless video chats to enjoy and greater ease in using their favorite apps. Customers will also adore features like high definition video streaming, mobile gaming and two-way video calling.

Vodafone’s 4G service in Bengaluru is built on a strong fibre backhaul, and is supported by its superfast 3.5G services. With this launch, Vodafone is now uniquely positioned to offer in Bengaluru, 2G/3G/4G services on its own state of the art, convergent radio technology.

Leveraging its global network and experience, Vodafone is also the first and only telecom service provider to currently offer international roaming on 4G to its India customers visiting UK, Germany, Romania, Spain and Netherlands with many more countries to be launched in coming weeks.

Announcing the launch of Vodafone’s 4G service in Bengaluru, Sunil Sood, Managing Director & CEO, Vodafone India said, “We are delighted to launch our high-speed 4G services in Bengaluru for our customers to experience the most advanced wireless broadband experience available across the globe today. With this, we complete the first phase of roll-out of our 4G services across Kerala, Karnataka, Kolkata, Delhi & NCR and Mumbai. Initial response from customers who have experienced our 4G services in these markets has been positive and encouraging. 4G has the potential to revolutionize the mobile experience through powerful innovation that impacts how we work and live.

Vodafone’s global expertise and experience of launching 4G across 19 countries gives us a better understanding of this technology and the needs of the 4G customer. As a steadfast partner of Digital India, we remain focused on deploying multiple technologies –be it 2G, 3G and now 4G-for optimum use as each technology has its own vital role to play in servicing the myriad connectivity needs of consumers across the country.”

With launch of 4G in Bengaluru, Vodafone 4G services will be present in 5 circles of Kerala, Karnataka, Mumbai, Delhi & NCR and Kolkata, which today contribute to 30% of industry revenues and close to 50% of Vodafone India data revenues.

Vodafone’s Bengaluru customers have a bonanza of special benefits to experience 4G seamlessly. This includes:
Unmatched value
· FREE upgrade to 4G for customers along with high-speed 4G SIM
· 4G @ 3G Prices for Prepaid and Postpaid customers.
· 100% extra data on 4G for Prepaid and Postpaid (Prepaid Rs.265 recharge : 2GB ( 1GB + 1GB) of 4G DATA); 100% Extra 4G DATA on Vodafone RED Plans for Postpaid.
· Enjoy 3 months complimentary subscription to TV, Movies & Music on VODAFONE PLAY as part of your Vodafone 4G
· 100+ Live TV channels
· HOOQ, Asia’s biggest video-on-demand service, offers customers a diverse and expansive selection of over 35,000 hours of movies and TV series with hot favorites and award-winning series such as Ash vs. Evil Dead, Friends, Nikita, Fringe and awesome blockbusters, The Matrix, Spider-Man, The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
· HUNGAMA PLAY, leading entertainment destination with over 6,000 movie titles
· VODAFONE MUSIC, stream your favorite music from over 1.2Mn songs
· Array of Data packs ranging from a trial pack at Rs 8 to a bonanza pack of 20GB
· 4G Mobile Wi-Fi that supports connectivity for up to 10 devices

Seamless customer experience
· Instant SIM swap at all Vodafone stores and select retail outlets
· Vodafone subscribers can also check if their SIM / Phone is 4G compatible by sending an SMS to 199
· Request for 4G SIM by calling the call centre or sending an SMS

Speaking on the 4G proposition for Bengaluru, Suresh Kumar, Operations Director –South, Vodafone India said, “We are one of the leading telecommunication services provider in Karnataka and our over 26 lakh customers in Bengaluru have a lot to look forward to. After having successfully launched our 4G services in Mysuru, we are proud and delighted to launch 4G services on the superior 1800 MHz band in the State capital. Beginning with key business and residential corridors in Bengaluru, which constitute more than 46% of our data users in Karnataka, we will soon expand our 4G services across the length and breadth of city in a phased manner by March 2016. The roll-out of our 4G services in Karnataka will continue to Mangalore, Hubli and over 50+ towns in a phased manner. We will continue to pursue our customer centric strategy of catering to the evolving needs of retail and enterprise customers for better and smarter solutions for both voice and data. We invite our data savvy customers in Bengaluru to make the most of the bonanza of special benefits and enjoy the best mobile internet experience.”

Karnataka is a focus and significant growth market for Vodafone India. To cater to the growing volumes of customer usage increasing need for speed, the company invested over Rs. 725 Cr in the past 18 months to expand, modernize and building a more technology and energy efficient network. With one of the largest retail footprints in Karnataka of 271 exclusive retail stores and 652 Rural Mini Stores, Vodafone’s products and services are easily available across all parts of the state.

Ovum: India’s mobile market surpasses 1 billion subscriptions

Towards the end of 2015, India reached 1 billion mobile subscriptions, joining its northerly neighbor China by becoming only the second member of the 1 billion club, according to global analyst firm Ovum.

In a new forecast report* produced by Ovum, it was found that comparisons were inevitable, though China reached this milestone almost three years ago. Like India today, China was then at 80% subscription penetration with 10% of its subscriber base on 3G. However, wealthier Chinese consumers have supported steeper overall and MBB growth rates (of the order of around 100% and 50% more, respectively), higher data ARPUs (by 25%), and higher unique user penetration.

According to Charles Moon, Practice Leader Asia at Ovum, “Comparatively, India’s growth trajectory is farther along than China’s at the time and will remain flatter, meaning India is unlikely to catch up.”


Nevertheless, India’s MBB curve is still steep and, as our forecasts show, will pass the 500 million mark by 2018 (Year X+3), accounting for just under half of all subscriptions. Growth will be driven by continued declines in 3G and 4G smartphone prices, creative and cheap data plans, and continued proliferation of apps and data services appealing to a broad range of consumer segments. “This is no different from most markets; however, Indian operators may have more difficulty extracting profits from customers as they have the added challenges of extreme consumer price sensitivities coupled with a very crowded competitor field,” concludes Moon.