Monday, September 29, 2014

India’s 1st Red Bull Flugtag came to a spectacular, splashing end!

Everything was flying on September 28 at India’s 1st Red Bull Flugtag in Bangalore, as laws of gravity were defied and records were broken. Thousands of Bangaloreans witnessed 31 courageous teams launch their hand-made flying machines off a ramp and straight into the historic waters of Sankey Tank.

The teams spent months designing, building and testing their machines for what they hoped would be a few seconds of glory! That honour went to team Visar-jet from Mumbai.

On hand to dish out points for design, creativity and sheer craziness was a star-studded panel of judges including Bangalore natives Nikhil Chinnappa and Ashwini Ponnappa along with Monica Dogra, Rannvijay Singh Singha, Varun Aaron, and Tania Sachdev.

Each team consisted of four brave flight crew members with the courage to dive from the ‘flight deck’ 22 feet above Sankey Tank. Just as important as the actual distance travelled in the air was the showmanship element, with all the teams looking to entertain the crowd and get the judges on their side.

After a long day of thrills, spills and short-haul flights, Visar-jet from Mumbai took top spot and managed to fly a distance of almost 60 ft. The team said ecstatically, “The fact that our craft flew and the judges liked our concept is an unbelievable feeling. There was a lot of hard work that went into winning this trophy and we are glad that it has all paid off. Building this craft for India’s First Red Bull Flugtag has also brought us all together after a long time.”

Team Talpade from Bengaluru and Team Majestic Beast from Nagpur were placed second and third respectively. Additionally, Team Puliyogare Mix won the audience choice award.

Bangalore now joins an elite list of 140 cities across the world that have hosted Red Bull Flugtag as India also became a part of the club of just 47 countries.

Honda flags off ‘Big Bike Weekend Ride’ for GODS

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) organized a ‘Big Bike Ride’ for Group of Delhi Superbikers (GODS) on September 28 to promote fun and safe riding. During the ride, bikers were introduced to an explicit demonstration and training session on Tyre Care. The bike ride was flagged-off from the assembly point at Mahipalpur, Delhi.

Honda partnered with Sarv Technologies for the demonstration. It was further, facilitated by a professional trainer who conducted a training session on the importance and techniques of Tyre Care. A back-up kit comprising of first-aid box, instant puncture repair kit and other key information such as hospital contact numbers were included to avoid mishaps during the course.

The ride was packed with breakfast at a Hotel in Gurgaon. Further, ensuring preparedness for all situations, every rider was presented with a specially designed Instant Puncture Repair Kit comprising of all essential equipment.  It was an opportunity for riders to take timeout from their busy urban schedule for fun ride with their fellow members.

Excerpts from Spokespeople:

“Road safety has been Honda’s prerogative across global platform. As a responsible corporate, Honda has always emphasized on precautionary measures to handle crisis situations. Such endeavours are amongst the many that Honda undertakes to promote safe riding in a controlled environment. As Big-bikes continue to find more preference, riders need to be aware and informed about the precautionary steps to handle themselves and their bike in case of an emergency”, Mr. Y.S. Guleria, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India.

“We are thankful to Honda and appreciate the efforts made by Honda Wing World-Delhi to educate riders. GODS today have learnt, new techniques that will not only be handy, but also be helpful in the long run. These rides not only promote safe-riding but also, educate fellow riders of handling emergency conditions”, Dr. Arun Theraja, Founder, Group Of Delhi Superbikers (GODS).

Bank of Maharashtra organises 124th SLBC meeting

Bank of Maharashtra, Convener Bank for SLBC-Maharashtra, organized the 124th State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) meeting in Mumbai on September 26.

Mr. R.K. Gupta, Executive Director, welcomed the participants and gave an overview of various meetings held during the past quarter and overall developments. He also informed about the total Annual Credit Plan for Rs. 1,57,000 crores which was one of the largest State Credit Plan. He wished all the participants on the occasion of Navratri and forthcoming festive season.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. S. Muhnot, Chairman and Managing Director, Bank of Maharashtra, and was attended by Dr. S.K. Goyal, Additional Chief Secretary, Agri & Marketing, Mr. K.P. Bakshi, Additional Chief Secretary, Planning, Government of Maharashtra, Mr. S. Ramaswamy, Regional Director, Maharashtra & Goa, Reserve Bank of India, Mrs. J. Jiwani, Regional Director, Reserve Bank of India, Nagpur, Dr. U.S. Saha, CGM, NABARD, Mr. R. Athmaram and Mr. R.K. Gupta, Executive Directors, Bank of Maharashtra, and senior officials of RBI, NABARD, State Government, member-banks and Chairmen of Regional Rural Banks, besides the Convenor Mr. S. Bharatkumar, General Manager, Bank of Maharashtra.

The SLBC Chairman complimented the banks for their 41 per cent achievement in the first quarter of Annual Credit Plan for 2014-15 as well as for 71 per cent achievement of disbursement of crop loans as of August 31, 2014, and appealed to the member-banks to achieve crop loan disbursement to 100 per cent of the kharif target fixed by September 30.

He also congratulated the bankers for their outstanding performance under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana for opening 14.40 lakh accounts. He appealed the State Government to co-operate by mobilizing their district level machinery for help of the bankers in completing the mammoth task well in time. He opined that the programme will succeed with sustainability of BC model and urged bankers to focus on the same. 

A brief review of the position in the State was taken. The SLBC Chairman assured full support of the bankers to Government decision for benefit of farmer community in the State.

The following issues were discussed in the meeting apart from reviewing the performance of various banks under different schemes.

a) Loans to farmers: All the banks were asked to increase the pace of disbursement to agriculture sector, particularly to investment credit in the current financial year.

b) All banks to conduct the survey of Household where there was no bank account from the family, subject to model code of conduct.

c) All the banks were advised to concentrate on issuance of RuPay cards to account holders and seeding of Aadhar numbers.

d) All the banks to improve the credit level in Scheduled i.e. tribal Areas.

e) All the banks were also advised to increase their flow to Minority communities, SHG linkage, weaker sectors and in Government sponsored schemes.

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Bakshi appreciated the efforts of bankers in Maharashtra in crop loan disbursement.

Mr. Bharatkumar conducted the proceedings of the meeting and proposed a vote of thanks.

UM Motorcycles India announces joint venture with Lohia Auto

UM Motorycles India, the US-based motorcycle brand, recently signed a strategic joint venture agreement with Lohia Auto, an automotive division of the Lohia conglomerate.

The definitive agreement was signed between Mr. Juan Villegas, Global Director-Business Development, UM Group of Companies, and Mr. Ayush Lohia, Director, Lohia Auto industries. This agreement envisages the creation of a joint venture company with a 50-50 partnership between the two companies. The joint venture company will market a full new range of motorcycles designed especially for the Indian markets. The manufacturing facility will be located in Kashipur, Uttrakhand  utilizing Lohia Auto current facility with a capacity to produce 1,00,000 units per year. The expected start of production will be around the second quarter of 2015.

The overall investment in the joint venture company over a definitive period will be approximately 120 crores. UM International, through this joint venture, aims to foray into the burgeoning motorcycle market in India by offering consumers a new, fresh alternative, initially in the Cruiser category and subsequently in other segments where UM can offer the three pillars it stands for: design, innovation and quality, all at affordable pricing.

In addition, UM International will make its India operation an important export hub for its products to its global distribution network.

UML’s Mission is to offer innovative, affordable, aspirational, safe and comfortable motorcycles that become a key element in the life of it’s customers, ultimately improving their quality of life. UML is confident about setting a firm foothold in the Indian market with the “Made in India” branding.

Mr. Ayush Lohia has been very assertive on this venture. “The products of UM blend with our strength of manufacturing will definitely enthrall Indian bike lovers. We are committed to produce the world class quality Bikes at our Kashipur plant. We are also committed to delight Indian consumers with our sales, after sales services and products”.

Mr. Juan Villegas is very confident and satisfied with the new venture in India, “UM International is here to make difference in Indian Motorcycle Arena and not just one more player. We are looking at India with long term perspective, with a vision to not to only cater to domestic need but to also export to different part of the world. We will continuously keep improving our products to be ahead of the league in terms of performance and affordability. We will launch bikes in all segments including sports and touring as we move forward.”

Mr. Rajeev Mishra, Director, UM India, commented: “We wish to draw an equally valuable experience for both the parties as this joint venture is extremely significant for UM International’s expansion in the India. We are extremely positive that the Indian consumer will equally appreciate the tailor made product we bring along with the manufacturing experience of Lohia Auto. We promise to constantly surprise the Indian consumer with our innovative, affordable motorcycles clubbed with our comfort driven approach, till UM Motorcycles becomes a household name.”

Hrithik-Katrina duo drive the Sporty Volvo S60 in Bang Bang

Superstars Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif will be seen driving in the luxurious and stylish red Volvo S60 in their upcoming movie Bang Bang that releases on October 2. The Swedish luxury car maker, Volvo Auto India has associated with the Fox Star Studios for their action romance Bang Bang. The movie has been directed by Siddharth Anand.

Mr. Sudeep Narayan, PR & Digital Director, Volvo Auto India, said: “We continuously come up with activations and associations to engage with our current and prospective customers. These partnerships are crucial for Volvo Auto India as an effort to bring the brand closer to its audience. Partnering with Fox Star Studios for their movie Bang Bang was an obvious choice. Both Hrithik and Katrina are a hot favourite of the Indian audience and pairing them with the luxurious Volvo S60 would certainly be a super combination. We are always on a lookout to identify apt industry platforms to participate and showcase our carlines. Showcasing the Volvo S60 in a much awaited movie such as Bang Bang is yet another endeavour for us to come closer towards our customers.”

Shikha Kapur, CMO, Fox Star Studios, said: “Bang Bang is a film that rides high on style and glamour. It exudes a scale seldom seen before in Indian cinema, anchored by rock-solid acts, and we have tried in every way to go beyond the conventional to create an unparalleled film viewing experience. We found a worthy partner in Volvo, as it reflects the same brand values of the film: cool, stylish, innovative and with a strong performance at its core. This is truly a dynamic association and we welcome Volvo as an integral part of the Bang Bang stable.”

Go Fish has been instrumental in getting Volvo Cars to associate with Bang Bang. Sajay Moolankondan, Director, Go Fish Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Bollywood’s premiere movie marketing company adds “Bang Bang is one of the most awaited and stylish films of Bollywood this year. It was just the perfect film that we were looking out for to showcase the sporty Volvo S60.

The Volvo S60 bears a confident and sporty look. Inspired from the ruggedness of the wild, it has road presence and displays striking face with focused and determined looking headlamps. It exudes unmatched charm. The emphasis is on horizontal lines at the front with a wider grille, horizontal chrome bars and daylight running lights are positioned low to the ground to give the car a striking, road hugging presence. The character defining lines on the bonnet paints a solid look in the front while the dual integrated exhausts at the back of the car carries a racier and an exciting persona. When it comes to safety we’re always a step ahead. The City Safety feature from 30km/h has been advanced to 50km/h.

The S60 is equipped with the new D4 diesel engine with 1984CC. The engine produces maximum horsepower of 181 along with the torque of 400 Nm and 8 speed automatic transmission.

Mahindra drives in with the New Generation Scorpio

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M Ltd.) has unveiled the New Generation Scorpio in Bangalore. The new vehicle model is built on an all new platform and comes with contemporary, more aggressive exterior styling, luxurious blue-grey interiors and advanced technology features. Competitively priced at Rs. 8.31 lakhs (ex-showroom Bangalore, for S2 variant), the New Generation Scorpio promises to take the tough and rugged Scorpio to the next level.

The New Generation Scorpio is powered by the mighty mHawk engine (120 PS power and 280 NM torque) to tackle all types of terrain and a new generation transmission for a smoother fatigue-free gear shift. In addition, the new generation platform, with a new cushion suspension technology and anti-roll technology, has taken the ride and handling of the Scorpio to significantly improved levels. The vehicle’s contemporary, more aggressive exteriors and premium interiors give the New Generation Scorpio a whole new dimension. A dominant force in the SUV landscape since its launch in 2002, the Scorpio is a style statement and a symbol of adventure, power and thrill and the New Generation Scorpio is all set to take it to new heights.

Mr. Pravin Shah, Chief Executive Automotive Division & International Operations (AFS), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said: “When we unveiled the first Scorpio in June 2002, it was an emotional moment for all of us at Mahindra. It was a defining moment for the company. Unknown to us at that time, a dream, an icon, a style statement was born. The Scorpio did wonders for the Mahindra brand in urban India. To see the Scorpio become the pride of over 4.5 lakh customers, sell over 50,000 vehicles each year for the last 3 years in a row, rule Indian roads for over 12 years and transform the SUV space in the country, is a remarkable achievement. Over the years we have continuously updated the product to ensure that the brand stays relevant. Today we have shifted the orbit further as we unfold a new chapter in the story of the iconic Scorpio, with the launch of the New Generation Scorpio”.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Vijay Nakra, Senior Vice President, Sales & Customer Care Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said: “This is a very proud moment for us, as the trend-setting Scorpio, turns a new leaf in its evolution with a new generation platform, more aggressive styling, all new interiors, a new transmission with significantly improved ride and handling and advanced technology features. In fact, the New Generation Scorpio is now even more aspirational and your perfect companion for thrill and adventure, a reflection and a choice of the new emerging customer of today”.

The New Generation Scorpio will be available in multiple seating configurations allowing owners to choose from 7, 8 & 9 seater options to match their needs. It is available at Mahindra dealerships starting September 25th 2014 in 5 attractive colour options (namely Diamond White, Fiery Black, Mist Silver, New Molten Red and New Regal Blue) and 7 variants (S2, S4, S4+, S6, S6+ S8, S10).

OSIM introduces “uDivine S” Massage Chair

Featuring state-of-the-art technology, OSIM India has introduced the uDivine S massage chair that satisfies the desires of your well-being.

uDivine S is an intelligent and precise massage system based on the human body contours, combined with a strategically-positioned system of airbags, kneading discs and automatic body detection. The massage chair delivers the pleasures of relaxing body massage for your overall well-being.

Escape everyday stress and be welcomed to a new world of relaxation. Relieve tension and aches in neck & shoulder, relax your thighs, hips and butt, instant relief for arms, hands and palms and rejuvenate tired calves, ankles and feet. The uDivine S satisfy your body’s specific needs with a variety of functions and offers an ultimate bliss of massage with the 5 different steps - Kneading massage, this program provides an enjoyable massage to loosen up tense, knotted muscles along with the spine.

Tapping, regulate circulation and tenderizes stiff muscles with a percussive massage action similar to the massage experts fists. Dual (Knead + Tap), a unique combination of kneading and tapping massaging actions. Full/Partial Rolling, roll away strains and aches up and down and relieve stress and soothe aches with a
targeted massage on specific areas of the back.

The uDivine S satisfy the desires of your well-being and refreshes you all day. It soothes common pain points in a few minutes and is effective in eliminating fatigue and stiffness on the neck and shoulders. It gives you a quick compact and full-body massage that needs only 5-10 minutes to provide the much needed relief. Therapeutic relief, precise and soothing solutions for specific needs. Relax, works on overall physical tension to relax tight muscles. Energize intense 3D massage to stimulate and invigorate body & mind. Deep Tissue, Intense massage to relieve body tension and knots. Lifestyle essentials, Restore balance and well-being through the day. Wake the body & mind for a healthy & productive day ahead with the uDivine S massage chair. After a hectic day, it prepare’s the body & mind for a restful good night’s sleep. Anti-Stress, relax the body & mind for better daily well-being. Customized suite, satisfy unique desires of the body and mind.

The uDivine S massage chair is an intelligent design with plenty to admire - with a touch of a button, retract the leg massage unit under the seat for more living space. You can enjoy complete control of the uDivine S from a sleek and user-friendly controller with a large & easy-to-read and color-rich LCD display. Backrest adjustment stops upon detection of any object on its bottom panel and Enhance your full-body massage experience as you relax in style on the luxurious plush upholstery. This massage chair comes equipped with intelligent shoulder detection sensors that ensures you benefit from the full curative effect of the most personalized massage. The specifications of the uDivine S, Model – OSIM uDivine S, Model No. – OS-833, Power Consumption 220W (Maximum), Auto Timer – Approx. 5/10/15 minutes and Reclining Angle – 113-153 Degrees. The Dimensions are Upright – 73(W)x118(L)x117(H) cm, Reclined 73(W)x205(L)x86(H)cm and net weight – approx. 94 Kg.

The uDivine S massage chair compiles with safety and quality standard of international certifications board – safety test low voltage directive 2006/95/EC under EN standards, electromagnetic compatibility EMC directive 2004/108/EC EEC under EN standards and safety test for household & similar electrical appliances under GB standards.

The uDivine S massage chair is priced at Rs. 3,49,000.