A Unique Trade Show for environmental technologies

Mumbai, September 2017: After successful openings at Hyderabad Ahmedabad, Delhi and Mumbai for promotional tours of the trade show to raise awareness about various environmental issues in the region as well as the discuss latest solutions and innovations which are in the market; IFAT India 2017 will be held at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Center, Goregaon from 26th to 28th September 2017.

IFAT India is India’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling. It brings together and inspires solution providers, practitioners and decision-makers to share knowledge and experience that pertains to proven and innovative environmental technologies. It will bring industry professionals from all over the globe under one roof.
IFAT India 2017 is a three- day trade show which is expecting over 170 participants from 18 countries. Among them are market leaders like L&T, Thermax, Ion Exchange, Ramky, Aqseptance Group, Endress+Hauser, Excel, Kirloskar Brothers, Kishor Pumps, Tata Projects, Wilo, Siemens, Lanxess, Astral Poly, Xylem, CRI Pumps, LG Chem, Wipro Water and many more. The 2017 edition will also feature country pavilions from China, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The trade fair will witness technical presentations, panel discussions and tutorials, where industry experts – both from India and overseas –will share their knowledge with the audience at the Innovation Exchange. There will also be a dedicated area for training, live demonstrations, product presentations and skills contests, running parallel to the show. The aim of the Active Learning Center is to promote talent and combat the shortage of skilled workers in the Indian environmental sector.

On the announcement of IFAT India 2017, Mr. Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe Muenchen India, said, “We are looking forward to this edition of IFAT as it provides the largest platform where innovative technologies catering to the Indian environmental issues can be showcased and solutions to issues related to environment, waste, and sewage recycling can be discussed with industry experts and key players. We also provide a great opportunity to connect with the market players and understand the needs of local buyers that are associated with the industry. Here the participants can meet policy makers and industry experts under one roof. In this edition, we will be focusing on issues related to air pollution through several panel discussions. I am also glad to announce 2017 edition of the IFAT India is completely sold out with the overwhelming response from across the globe.”

The trade show will also provide an opportunity to industry experts, policy makers and business leaders to discuss regional strategies on numerous environmental challenges and seek solutions through formal interactions.
Along with the trade exhibition IFAT INDIA with its partners will concurrently organize multiple interactive programs, to name a few – Air Quality Management Workshop by SDG (Sustainable Development Goals Foundation); Workshop on entrepreneurship in waste management by ISWA (International Solid Waste Association); Biogas Panel by GIZ, German Biogas Association and Indian Biogas Association; Water Skills Competition by Skill Council for Green Jobs, GIZ and DWA.

IFAT INDIA will also host an Environmental Technologies Conference in association with TERI, which will focus on issues related to Air Pollution, Solid Waste Management and Urban Water Management in the context of Sustainable Development. This edition will also witness a new initiative Business to Government Forum that will provide states an ideal platform to announce new projects, to find matching solutions for new tenders and to inform participants about the latest policies in the environmental sector.

More information on the trade fair as well as the supporting program is available online at www.ifat-india.com.

House-full TTF in Mumbai

To boost domestic and outbound travel
220 exhibitors from 21 states and 5 countries

After hugely successful shows in Ahmedabad and Surat, the stage is now set for TTF, India’s largest travel tradeshow network, which opened today at Mumbai’s Nehru Centre, to woo the travel trade from the city of Mumbai and its hinterland for the peak Diwali vacation season, followed by the Winter holidays.

TTF is India's leading show for the travel and tourism industry, providing an annual opportunity to organisations from all over India and abroad to showcase their products and services. Travel trade visitors and actual tourists can interact with tourism boards, tour-operators, travel agents, hoteliers and airlines to gather information and make their national and international travel plans. TTF thus presents an unparalleled marketing opportunity for exhibitors to directly connect to the large gathering of prospective travellers and members of the travel industry.

TTF Mumbai has grown 25% over last year, with 220 exhibitors from 20 states and 8 countries, showing strong trends in the travel sector. 12 states are participating at the level of State Tourism Boards : Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh. Other 9 states which are being represented through their private sector stakeholders are Andaman and Nicobar, Daman and Diu, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Puducherry, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

International sellers from Nepal, Maldives, Canada, and Bhutan are also be exhibiting in TTF Mumbai, along with the host country, India.

Jaykumar Rawal, Maharashtra Tourism Minister said “I am glad to learn that Fairfest Media Ltd. is organizing TTF in Mumbai from 15th to 17th September, 2017. TTF helps in creating employment, and promoting understanding, peace and harmony. It also encourages domestic tourism, the backbone of the Indian tourism industry. I am sure that TTF would go a long way in providing fillip to tourism industry in the country.”

Commenting on the significance of TTF, Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Ltd (organiser of TTF), remarked, “TTF West Series is designed to cater to the tourism industry in the region, the biggest tourism market in the country, at a strategically important time before the high season of Diwali”.

The first half of the 3-day show, till 2pm on Saturday, is reserved for travel trade visitors, after which the show will be open for all.

TTF Mumbai will be followed by TTF Pune (September 22-24), together comprising the biggest tourism market in India.

For more information, please visit: www.ttfotm.com

WIN INDIA kickstarts its 10th edition at MMRDA Grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai

The 10th edition of WIN INDIA, India’s leading trade fair for manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, factory automation and heavy engineering, commenced at the MMRDA Grounds, Bandra – Kurla Complex, Mumbai on 1st December 2016. WIN INDIA, consisting of three trade fairs – CeMAT INDIA, Industrial Automation INDIA (IA India) and Motion Drive & Automation India (MDA India), is jointly organized by Hannover Milano Fairs India Pvt Ltd, Department of Heavy Industry and FICCI. The three trade fairs brought together internationally renowned exhibitors, manufacturers, industry stakeholders, policy makers, and the end users.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Shri. Subhash Desai, Honorable Industries Minister, Government of Maharashtra, Shri. Girish Shankar, Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry, Mr. Marc Siemering, Sr. Vice President, Deutsche Messe AG, Shri. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI and Mr. Mehul Lanvers Shah, Managing Director, Hannover Milano Fairs India.

“The national manufacturing policy aims to provide 100 million jobs, out of which 25% new jobs will be hi-tech and the remaining 75% will be medium tech. Currently 80% of the present jobs are low tech and in the capital goods sector alone, we have the challenge of training an additional 5 million into medium and hi-tech skill sets. For this we have set up the Capital Goods Skill Development Council which provides the framework and skill standards for these jobs. Under the new capital goods scheme, we are going to set up 5 mega skill training centres in the 5 regions of the country which will provide the necessary knowledge content. The Council enlists and certifies training institutions which are being proposed on an entrepreneurship model, and in some cases DHI will also provide grants to create training capacities. This should create the framework to substantially share the load to train 5 million workers in the next 5 years”, said Shri. Girish Shankar, Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry.

The key highlights of the three trade fairs include FICCI-DHI CEO Roundtable on “Automation and Job Creation”, an Intralogistics Conference comprising of a keynote on Smart, Connected, Agile – Strategic Impact of Intralogistics 4.0, a panel discussion on Supply Chain in Digital World and a special address on How ASEAN & China will shape our Supply Chain.

The keynote covered the challenges and solutions in Telematics & Fleet Management, Automation, E-Commerce, Energy Conservation and IIOT and their application in Intralogistics while the panel discussion explored the future direction of supply chains in a connected world and provided an overview of solutions that will leverage the technological innovations. The major focus in the special address was on the initiatives proposed by China – ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ (SREB) and ‘ Maritime Silk Road’ (MSR) and how these initiatives have the ability to re-define the Indian Company.

Other key highlights of the trade fairs included a 2nd edition of the Automatic Training Zone which was organized in association of the Automatic Industry Association and a CEO Conclave which was organized by the Fluid Power Society of India. The Training Zone has programs which will address topics like ‘Enhancement’ in manufacturing. A special session was held on ‘Demand Generation & Challenges of Capital Goods Sector’. This session focused on Schemes by Department of Heavy Industry including schemes on Skill Development and Opportunities for Capital Goods in Railways. ‘IPF Industry Excellence Awards’, an awards ceremony was organized by ASAPP Media where in the Award was awarded to ‘Industrial Products Finder.

Mr. Mehul Lanvers Shah, Managing Director, Hannover Milano Fairs India, said, “We are proud to present the 10th edition of WIN INDIA and are happy to see a great response in terms of visitors, buyers, exhibitors, delegates and key dignitaries. The first day saw an overwhelming footfall which has surpassed our expectations at the much anticipated Intralogistics Conference and the Automation Training Zone.”

Some of the top exhibitors at the three trade fairs included Jungheinrich Lift Truck India Private Limited, Nash Robotics & Automation Private Limited, Su-Mech Storage Systems Pvt. Ltd, Grey Orange Robotics, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Private Limited,Larsen& Toubro Ltd., FESTO India Pvt. Ltd., Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., Mahindra Logistics etc. The trade fairs also saw participation from 10 countries like Germany, China, Italy, India, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, UAE and USA.

The next two days at the trade fairs will have highlights like MDA Forum on ‘Industry 4.0 in Manufacturing and Skilling in Engineering Industry’ which will be organized by VDMA (German Engineering Federation), the Intralogistics Conference and the Automation Training Zone will continue in the next two days. A Masterclass Seminar on ‘Harmonizing Warehouse Ecosystem for Maximizing Efficiency’ will be held on Day 3 by Mr. Arif Siddiqui.

Cycling towards Glory: Sun Pedal Ride enters into Guinness World Records

Intersolar India 2016 sponsors solar-powered bicycle ride across India
Solar industry expected to grow as government emphasizes on renewable energies
Intersolar India to showcase Indian and international solar technologies

Intersolar India, a leading trade fair for solar energy, becomes the title sponsor for solar bicycle project initiated by IIT Bombay alumnus. Every year, Intersolar India takes place in Mumbai to showcase the latest trends and innovation in the field of solar technology. Organized by Messe München India, Solar Promotion GmbH and Freiburg Management under Marketing International GmbH, Intersolar India will take place from 19-21 October 2016 at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.

Solar powered bicycle project by IIT Bombay alumni
Intersolar India has proudly sponsored ‘Sun Pedal Ride’, an innovative initiative of Mr. Sushil Reddy, an IIT Bombay alumni from the Department of Energy and Science. As part of the project, Reddy has ridden a solar powered electric bicycle across 5 Indian states and covered over 7,000 kilometers in about 70 days. The ‘Sun Pedal Ride’ act has also been recognized and entered into Guinness World records.

The ride was completed with a support vehicle and support crew, sponsored by Intersolar India, providing necessary support to make this project a reality. Apart from Intersolar India, the renewable energy group Mahindra Susten and Applied Materials were the co-sponsors for the ride. A solar panel was connected to the back of the bicycle and was powered an electric motor allowing the bicycle to gain speed up to 20 kmph using solar energy, which was christened as the ‘Sun Pedal Ride’. Throughout the route, Reddy conducted numerous discussions and presentations in schools and colleges to educate students on the benefits and applications of solar energy. He also encouraged employing different ways of using solar energy.

In addition to demonstrating use of solar energy in day to day life, the ‘Sun Pedal Ride’ undertook a crowd funding campaign to bring solar power to a rural school in Jatwara. Hockey Village India, an NGO which promotes sports and education in rural sectors actively became part of the initiative. There are frequent power cuts in these rural schools and solar power will help these children to study and progress in their lives. The NGO is run by a former German National Hockey player, Andrea Thumshirn. Andrea met Sushil in July 2015 and discussed the plan to get solar power for the school.

By sponsoring ‘Sun Pedal Ride’, Intersolar India continued to break barriers in terms of supporting innovation and connecting with consumers. During the three-day event, Intersolar India will showcase a working model of the solar powered electric bicycle, the same ridden by Reddy.

Commenting on the entire concept, Bhupinder Singh, CEO of MesseMünchen India the organizers of Intersolar India says, “We are proud and delighted to partner with IIT Bombay alumni who came up with the innovative concept. Messe München India is actively supporting the ‘Sun Pedal Ride’ as a title sponsor. It is satisfying to learn that youth is enthusiastic and keen to explore the application and usage of solar energy. The Sun Pedal Ride is a definite step further in this direction and Intersolar is proud to support this initiative and would ensure that it is successfully executed.”

Intersolar India 2016 will give additional value to the trade fair by designing a special photo wall to showcase the overall experience of ‘Sun Pedal Ride’. The photo wall section would be a motivating experience for the visitors at Intersolar 2016.

Strong government focus on Solar Energy

Under the vision of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), solar applications will grow tremendously resulting to an estimated requirement 300,000 skilled solar professionals comprising of multiple skill set ranging from research, design, engineering, installation, operation and maintenance, sales and marketing. Hence, there is an urgent need to educate and empower people, making them aware about the opportunities available in the upcoming solar energy sector.

Shri. Upendra Tripathy, Secretary of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) says, “India is slowly gaining its prominence in the generation of solar power due to the ambitious solar policies, projects and National Solar mission of the state and the central government. In 2015, the government significantly expanded its solar plans, targeting US $100 billion of investment and 100 GW of solar capacity including 40 GW from rooftop solar by 2022. This only reflects on how renewable energies, most particularly, solar energy reflects on the growth of the nation.”

Intersolar India would capitalize on projected growth of solar industry and will be bringing solar industry professionals under a single roof from 19-21 October 2016 at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. To learn more about the event, log on to www.intersolar.in

UBM India’s 4th edition of CBME India reaffirms industry growth

The fourth edition of Children, Baby & Maternity (CBME) India expo 2016 ( 20th – 22nd April ) hosted by UBM India at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mumbai successfully concluded bringing together Indian and global suppliers, manufacturers of child, baby and maternity products and services, all under roof.

CBME India 2016 was inaugurated by Smt. Poonam Mahajan, Member of Parliament; Smt. Snehal Ambekar, Mayor of Mumbai; Dr. Nandita Palshetkar, President, Mumbai Obstetrics & Gynecological Society and Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India.

The three day event had over 100 exhibitors and over 300 Indian and global brands. The event saw participation from world renowned brands such as J L Morrison, TOONZ Retail, Chicco, Mother Care, Piramal, Me and Moms Pvt Ltd, Little’s (India), Bonny Products, Lovi, Smitten Baby, Farlin, Gemini Lifestyle Private Ltd, Posh Baby and Kids India, R for Rabbit Baby Products Pvt Ltd, Momzjoy and Royal Brushes Ltd amongst others and representations from countries such as as China, Hong Kong, Belgium, Italy, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, USA amongst others.

Speaking on the successful completion of the 4th edition of CBME India, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “The child, baby and maternity products industry has grown and still holds potential to grow. The growth push can be credited to rising media exposure and increasing spending powers, making parents to shell out more on such products. UBM India met its objective for the 4th edition of CBME India by offering an Indian and International showcase of such products and bringing in the business fraternity to join hands, share new ideas, and launch new products under one roof.”

Highlights of the show included the Innovative Product Corner wherein CBME India recognized design excellence with the Innovative Product Award. Standing out from competitors, 12 companies were nominated for their most innovative and patented products. Winners were determined by popular votes and distinguished panel of judges.

Companies from various categories such as baby care, toys, hygiene & safety products, furniture, children wear and carriages participated and displayed their innovation in the innovative product corner. The best innovative product award was presented to Jayna Packaging Pvt. Ltd., manufacturers of eco friendly and recyclable furniture for kids. The company launched its colourful range of innovative furniture and seating systems that can hold a lot of weight and can even be used by people weighing up to 200 Kilos.

This year’s edition also included the launch of Cool Kids Fashion India, a first of its kind event which highlighted premium kids fashion from both well-known & emerging designers, brands and manufacturers. It was a signature affair to position India on the map of the kids fashion industry.

Speaking on their participation at CBME India, below are some industry reactions:

Mr. Sandeep Chadha , CEO, Rhea Retail Pvt. Ltd. ( Mother Care ) said, “Mother Care has been a regular exhibitor at CBME India. We have been participating since its inception and like all the previous editions, this year too; the show has turned out to be a great success. CBME India 2016 served as a platform to showcase our new products in; push chairs, car seats and safety category, all of which have garnered a good response from the visitors. With the kind of feedback we have been getting through the show our participation for next year is certain.”

Ms. Sakshi Mody, Promoter and Director, JL Morison (India) Ltd. said, “Morisons Baby Dreams participates in CBME India every year and have benefited hugely as the exposure we have gotten as a brand has helped us reach out to retailers, distributors and suppliers across the country.”

Mr. Naresh Khattar, MD & CEO, Me and Moms Pvt. Ltd. said, “The child, baby and maternity industry in India is thus at its peak with a growth rate of at CAGR 17% and this number is expected to grow as more and more families are seeking newer & better innovations & products that will help to nurture their child. India is thus a natural choice for us to reach our consumers who are like a part of our extended family. With more than 50+ stores pan-India, we are growing every year with support from franchisees and our ever-expanding loyal patrons. CBME India 2016 helps us strengthen this foundation and take our enterprise to the next level with increased networking with buyers, franchisees and potential brand partnerships.”

UBM India’s Child, Baby and Maternity Expo India opens its 4th edition today

An industry congregation of over 100 exhibitors and 300 Indian and global brands

CBME India 2016, the three day (20th – 22nd April 2016) trade show hosted by UBM India, commenced today at Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. The event was inaugurated by Chief Guest Smt. Poonam Mahajan, Member of Parliament; Guest of Honour Smt. Snehal Ambekar, Mayor of Mumbai; Special Guest Dr. Nandita Palshetkar, President, Mumbai Obstetrics & Gynecological Society and Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India amidst an august industry gathering. The show brought together global suppliers and manufacturers of child, baby and maternity products and services under one roof.

UBM India’s Child, Baby and Maternity Expo India opens its 4th edition today

Chief Guest Smt. Poonam Mahajan highlighted that events like CBME India help in creating awareness which is the need of the hour. She also emphasized that she would take this initiative further with the Government as companies exhibited products which were in line with the ‘Make in India’ campaign, as stated on the sidelines of CBME India 2016.

CBME India 2016 in its fourth year, is India’s one of a kind B2B exhibition with over 100 exhibitors and 300 Indian and global brands. The expo intends to provide an unrivalled business opportunity to Indian and global manufacturers and providers of child, baby and maternity products and services, providing access to thousands of retailers, wholesalers, distributors, investor, importers, franchisee market and educational institutions. The event is supported by All India Association of Industries.

The companies participating this year are key world-renowned brands like J L Morrison, Mother Care, Piramal, Me and Moms Pvt Ltd, Little’s (India), Bonny Products, TOONZ Retail, Chicco, Lovi, Smitten Baby, Farlin, Gemini Lifestyle Private Ltd, Posh Baby and Kids India, R for Rabbit Baby Products Pvt Ltd, Momzjoy and Royal Brushes Ltd amongst others providing a wide spectrum of quality international products and technology.

Speaking on the inaugural, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “The children and baby care products market has emerged as one of the most lucrative markets in India over a period of time. Continuous innovation and development of brands and increase in investments from both domestic and International have contributed to the growth of this industry in the recent years making India a worthwhile market for such products amongst the other emerging nations. The kind of industry response we at UBM India have received towards CBME India 2016 further validates the potential of this industry. This year too, we are glad to showcase over 300 Indian and global brands providing you access to further your business.”

This year’s edition includes the launch of Cool Kids Fashion India, a first of its kind event which highlights premium kids fashion from both well-known & emerging designers, brands and manufacturers. A signature affair to position India on the map of the kids fashion industry, Cool Kids Fashion India includes a complete overview of children’s clothing and accessories and showcases various features such as Premium Exhibition, A Fashion Design contest for kids, trend forum launch pad, Kids fashion gallery and workshops on merchandising and styling. The expo also presents an Innovative Product Corner (IPC) wherein CBME India will recognise design excellence and innovation from the participating exhibitors at IPC with an Innovative Product Award.

Like every year, the expo has a series of panel discussions and knowledge sessions with speakers from renowned retail and e-commerce companies such as J L Morison (India) Ltd., Wazir Advisor; Being Human, Tommy Hilfiger, Supplified.com; Apples eyes; Deal jeans; The Children’s Palace, Pepe, SafetyKart.com, Musafir.com and YoStartups.com amongst others. The first day witnessed a panel discussion that included topics such as ‘How can brands and SMEs successfully leverage the E-commerce Business Opportunity and Operational Excellence and Driving Efficiencies in Supply Chain – Way ahead. Whereas, the second day will witness seminars that will discuss the following themes – ‘Indian kids’ wear market: Global brands fill in the gap, Luxe & designer kids’ wear: Is it just the tip of the iceberg?’

Vodafone Supernet 4G Now Available In Navi Mumbai

· FREE upgrade to 4G for existing customers, along with high-speed 4G SIM
· 100% extra data for postpaid Vodafone 4G customers on RED and greater than 1GB packs for postpaid & prepaid customers for select MRPs
· Enjoy 3 months complimentary subscription to TV, Movies & Music on VODAFONE PLAY as part of your Vodafone 4G plan
· 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 beginning from 75MB at Rs. 26 to a special bonanza pack of 20GB at Rs 3297
· Vodafone also launches 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 Ireland, New Zealand , Czech Republic, Greece, South Africa, Albania, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, 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 expansion of its next generation, high speed SuperNet 4G network to the residential and business corridors of Navi Mumbai, across Vashi, Kopar Khairane, Airoli, Nerul, Belapur & Kharghar. On Feb 10, Vodafone had commenced the roll-out of its 4G services in Mumbai and since then has been gradually expanding its coverage across the entire city in a phased manner. The roll-out will be completed across all parts of Mumbai including the Eastern suburbs & New Mumbai license areas by end March 2016. Besides Mumbai, Vodafone 4G services are already present in Kerala, Karnataka, Kolkata and Delhi & NCR.

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 & dongles. Vodafone 4G services can be readily accessed from 4G enabled handsets.

Vodafone 4G will significantly enhance the mobile internet experience for customers with faster download/upload of videos and music, seamless video chats and will also facilitate 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 Navi Mumbai is built on a strong fibre backhaul of 100G, and is supported by its superfast 3G services on a new and modern network. With this launch, Vodafone is now uniquely positioned to offer in Mumbai, 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 Ireland, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Greece, South Africa, Albania, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, UK, Germany, Romania, Spain and Netherlands with many more countries to be launched in coming weeks.
Announcing the expansion of Vodafone SuperNet™ 4G service in Navi Mumbai, Ishmeet Singh, Business Head – Mumbai, Vodafone India said, “Mumbai is a strong leadership market for Vodafone India with data contributing around 30% of total revenues. We are proud and delighted to bring our 4G services to Navi Mumbai which constitute over xx% of our customer base. 4G has the potential to revolutionize the mobile experience through powerful innovation that impacts how we work and live. With this launch, majority of Mumbai is covered by Vodafone SuperNet 4G and we expect to achieve complete coverage by end March 2016. The initial response from customers using our 4G services in Mumbai has been positive and encouraging and we invite the data savvy customers in Navi Mumbai to make the most of the bonanza of special benefits being offered and enjoy the best mobile internet experience. 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. ”

Vodafone 4G services are present in 5 circles of Kerala, Karnataka, Mumbai, Delhi & NCR and Kolkata, which today contribute close to 50% of Vodafone India data revenues.

Vodafone’s customers in Navi Mumbai have a bonanza of special benefits to enjoy the 4G experience seamlessly. This includes:
Unmatched value
· FREE upgrade to 4G for customers along with high-speed 4G SIM
· 100% extra data for postpaid Vodafone 4G customers on RED and greater than 1GB packs for postpaid & prepaid customers for select MRPs
· 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 7,500 movie titles
· VODAFONE MUSIC, stream your favorite music from over 1.2Mn songs
· Array of data packs ranging from a trial pack of 75MB at Rs. 26 to a special bonanza pack of 20GB at Rs 3297
· 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
· Door-step delivery of postpaid 4G SIMs next day itself(for requests received before 7:00pm the previous day)

Mumbai 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. 1000 Cr in FY16 to expand, modernize and building a more technology and energy efficient network. In Mumbai, Vodafone has a large retail footprint with 208 exclusive Vodafone stores (56 large retail format and 152 Mini Stores) spread across prominent localities in the city, making it convenient for customers to access Vodafone’s products and services within their neighborhood.

Jyoti Dogra tells an epic story using the most rudimentary element of theatre

Mumbai-based Jyoti Dogra tells an epic story using the most rudimentary element of theatre — the actor’s body — in the play, Toye. Toye will be presented at Studio Safdar on February 20 and 21, Ambedkar University on February 22, Kirori Mal College on February 24th, Shiv Nadar University on February 25, Akshara Theatre on February 27 and Gati Dance Collective on February 28

After seven years without rain, the people of a village are crying out for water, food and God’s grace. Playwright Girish Karnad conjures up a vivid landscape in Agni aur Varsha, in which villagers are as parched as the earth around them. The play is a reworking of a myth from the Mahabharata. Mumbai-based director-actor Jyoti Dogra, working on Karnad’s text, reduces the entire opening descriptions into one poignant image. Actors move in slow motion — as if time itself were weary — and gradually raise their faces and arms to the sky. From the silence, comes the sound of quiet humming that fills the stage with a sense of desolation. The ability of the actors to convey a narrative with minimal action or dialogues is the mainstay of Dogra’s theatre. She has adapted Agni aur Varsha into a play called Toye (Sanskrit for water), which will have its first tour of Delhi this month.

The play is about different kinds of hungers, from the hunger for power to a hunger for love to a hunger for redemption. I was interested in looking at this hunger in the bodies of the actors, how such an obsession travels in the blood. As an organism, if I am taken up with it, what happens to me? Agni aur Varsha is set in the backdrop of the drought and a seven-year fire sacrifice that is aimed at pleasing the gods to end the drought. The play begins with a family feud, where Yavakri, consumed with love for Vishakha, his childhood sweetheart and wife of his arch rival, sets out to destroy her entire family. His ambition and thirst for power is met with equal force and violence by Pravasu, Vishakha’s husband and his uncle. As these opposing worlds collide, they bring forth a diabolic energy that engulfs everything in its path. At the end, it is the sacrifice of two innocent lovers, Arvasu and Nittlai, that restores order, convincing the gods to send rain.

The piece attempts to find physical and aural images that do justice to the complexities of the text. When the Brahma Rakshash and Paravasu, for instance, confront each other, both actors decided to perform the sequence on a swing. The scene happens mid-air, where they hit out at each other, are upside down or on top of each other on the swing. The sense is that they are clamouring for mukti, for redemption, for peace. We worked with tiny movements, each magnified and made very large so that every detail, every intake of breath, becomes a physical force and magnifies the performance.

There are different actors playing the same character at different times — which compels the audience to not engage with a character as much as with the ideas and possibilities those characters represent. These ideas as well as the actors constantly change in the play and, at times, the narrative line may be a little hard to understand. But, our attempt is not so much to convey the meaning or the story but to share an experience of this world and allow each audience member to engage in the meaning-making process. In my others works also, be it The Doorway or Notes on Chai, if two people in the audience find two different meanings of a sequence.

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.

Treebo expands its operations to Pune and Kolkata

Treebo, a Bangalore based tech-enabled chain of reliable hotels today announced the launch of its operations in Pune and Kolkata. The startup will initially launch one property each in these cities, thereby extending their presence to 52 hotels in 11 cities. With Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad already covered, the company has now established presence in all major metros in India.

Commenting on this expansion, Sidharth Gupta, co-founder of Treebo said, “Expanding into Pune and Kolkata is a significant milestone for us as these are important travel destinations for both business and leisure traveller. They will also act as hubs for us to extend our presence to the tier 2 and tier 3 cities in the western and eastern regions of the country.”

Treebo works with standalone hotels to help them improve their quality standards and capture a higher market share. The company markets these properties under its brand name and has exclusive rights to market the full inventory of the hotel. It uses technology to maintain a constant oversight and control on the quality of service offered by the hotel.

“We have been pioneering a host of new industry initiatives including a mobile app for our operations team to conduct daily quality audits, a crowdsourcing platform to receive independent feedback, a robust ecosystem of service providers for WIFI, breakfast and laundry. These mechanisms help us maintain high quality standards even as we expand rapidly, ” said Gupta.

The company said it will continue its expansion in new and existing territories reaching a network of 10,000 rooms in 20 cities by the end of 2016.