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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 12 (ANI/Mediawire): Mercedes-Benz – is the creator of the motor car as we now know it. They say change is the only constant. And although this took a lot of time, the three-pointed star started its journey to recreate its invention without an internal-combustion engine. Obviously, stakes were high because expectations were higher than from other EV makers but the first production-ready car to be born is fast redeeming itself.
India is a bit on the back foot when it comes to embracing battery-powered vehicles but we are moving towards it. From encouraging manufacturing to setting a road map – steps are being taken and that’s a start. But carmakers, such as Mercedes-Benz, are ready to show that their cars will be practical alternatives even today.
Last year, the EQC was launched in India for a relatively reasonable price tag (under Rs one crore) despite the fact that it offered a full Mercedes-Benz-level of luxury and guilt-free driving for those car buyers who value sustainability more than others. With an 80kWh battery pack that is one of the biggest in India and even globally, an EQC is certified to go 450km on a single charge. In comparison to ICE cars, its twin motors generate an equivalent of 402bhp, enough to propel the GLC-sized SUV from zero to 100kph in just 5.1 seconds.
But what is it like to replace your car with an electric vehicle in today’s world? Pushing an EQC straight into the deep end, we embarked on a journey taken by thousands of cars every day on one of the busiest national highways of India – the 470km-odd stretch between Pune and Hubli – a first in an EQC. This would also give us the chance to cross state borders in a car no one would have seen doing yet.
As planned, we started from the Mercedes-Benz in Chakan on the outskirts of Pune (Maharashtra). The Centre of Excellence which showcases visitors the work being done in this state-of-the-art facility has a DC fast charger that can juice up the massive battery pack of an EQC in an hour. Fast chargers require a special electric supply input and will be part of the public/private enterprise being planned for the near future. Enroute, DC chargers are yet to be built so our best bet was the EQ wall chargers that Mercedes-Benz sets up for every EQC customer at their home and office. Thanks to Mercedes-Benz network, we had marked out two places on our rote where we could get access to completely charge the EQC overnight.
Our first leg required us to drive roughly 275km to the historic town of Kolhapur with our onboard display showing us a comforting 375km range. Enroute, the NH4 played out a typical Indian highway routine. From busy traffic infested (almost like cities) to snaking fast bends and even the odd ghats. While we started easy on the throttle, we soon figured the EQC was holding on to its range despite steady speeds partly due to regeneration braking. The instrument cluster neatly displays information that explains when you are using more power and when you are able to charge the battery. It reads your driving style. It almost turns into a challenge to wrest the best out from our EQC.
Uphill ghat sections and idling are the biggest challenges for efficiency. The first proper one we encountered was KhambatkiGhat, some 100km-odd kilometres from Pune. With a steady flow of slow-moving goods vehicles coupled with gradient, we noticed a significant drop in the expected range for the first time. But we were not panicking yet because what we had lost was the buffer we had built on the plains before climbing the ghat. Despite the fact that we were easily overtaking both diesel and petrol-powered vehicles and maintaining regular highway speeds there was still 170kmworth of charge on display when we reached our first pitstop, which was the Silver Star Mercedes-Benz workshop in Kolhapur, just along the highway. Interesting to note that our next stop to Hubli was another 170km-odd. So, theoretically, the EQC could just have crossed the state border on a single charge. Maybe next time we try that out.
Nevertheless, after enjoying Kolhapur cuisine and hospitality, the next day we embarked on our final leg to Hubli. After the first day’s experience, we were not looking at the battery-charge levels as much. Range anxiety had definitely reduced. The wall charger had managed to bring back the range to just under 400km and we had hardly less than half the distance to go. This gave us a chance to take a detour and meet Jitendra P Nayak, an architect who has been making a name for promoting sustainable construction through eco-friendly components such as ferro cement and recycled materials such as wood from dismantled structures. As he mentioned while showing us around his unique house that uses natural airflow to cool its interiors, the less we take from our planet, the more “green” we are.
With sustainability fast becoming a necessity, EVs such as EQC will have a bigger role to play in our society. As we reached our final flag-in spot in Hubli – the serene Unkal Lake – the odometer showed some 500km-odd (we took more than one detour) and eight hours of driving time. We had managed, with some planning, to show that EVs of EQC’s calibre will be at home on long interstate runs as much as it is already proven to be in urban environs. Even as we speak electric charging network in India is expanding and it looks like a matter of time when future EVs can do such interstate runs as easily as the Mercedes-Benz EQC can do right now.
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By: Girish Karkera: Consulting Editor-Times Auto
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Sharad Chaudhary’s Dreamz Production House is promoting young talents of India

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New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI/ThePRTree): It’s high time to take one step forward towards a better life in 2021. After 2020, things change a lot in India and the world, but humans are born to fight and find our way to live a better life.
India is taking a major step towards leading a normal life after vaccinations started. Once again top production houses came forward for India’s youth to help them attain a name in the modelling and entertainment industry.
Dreamz Production house started by Sharad Chaudhary is known for promoting India’s bright talents. Recently, Sharad and his team organised a magnificent event for top models and smart talent around India. This event was the talk of the town, and why not? When you have a star-studded event with top celebrities, the media platforms would automatically create a buzz in the market.
Delhi based Dreamz Production house hosted an event in Lucknow in the Grand JBR hotel. It was a great event with renowned names like Ranvijay, Karan Kundra, Prince Narula, Yuvika Chaudhary, Rohit Khandelwal, Anushka Sharma, Zieshan Quadri (director) and many more attended the event.
In this event, the Chief Guests were Tarun Rathi (Vice President). Film Development Board U.P and Tarun Rathi, who is Cabinet Minister Uttar Pradesh Government, Rahul Gupta, Convenor chairman jewellers and bullion association.
Dreamz production aims to provide young ones and freshers a platform to showcase their talent and become a part of India’s next super Model 2021. And the event, too, was based on a similar objective. Dreamz production house also leads Mrs India universal 2021, which changed the lives of many models.
The list of winners of the India Super Model 2021 competition includes Rohit Saxena and Anshu Rajput. With Mayank Rana and Arpita Singaria as Ist runner ups and Ajay Saini and Tanisha Verma as 2nd runner ups. Also for Mrs India Universal, 2021, Rashmi Rathi came out as the winner with Pooja Bhosekar and Usha Thalathoti as the 1st and 2nd runner ups respectively.
The male designer in this function was Pankaj Soni and the female designer was Batul Ali, and the event was supported by Associate Director Omdeep Kavita Motiyani.
The efforts that Sharad and his team put in are commendable. We need more such production houses in the coming years to participate in India’s growth by providing suitable platforms catering to every young talent in India.
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Wipro to acquire tech consultancy Capco for $1.45 billion

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 4 (ANI): IT software major Wipro Ltd said on Thursday it has signed an agreement to acquire Capco, a global management and technology consultancy providing digital, consulting and technology services to financial institutions in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.
The acquisition will make Wipro one of the largest end-to-end global consulting, technology and transformation service providers to the banking and financial services industry.
London-headquartered Capco’s clients include many marquee names in the global financial services industry. Over the past 20 years, the company has worked closely with business leaders including boards and C-suites in banking, capital markets, wealth, asset management and insurance sectors.
It is widely acknowledged for its deep domain and consulting expertise, risk and regulatory offerings and thought leadership around key industry technology challenges and opportunities. In addition, Capco services clients in the energy and commodities trading sector.
Capco has an experienced executive team and over 5,000 world-class business and technology consultants based across 30 global locations supporting clients through their expert insights, entrepreneurial approach and focus on delivery excellence.
“Wipro and Capco share complimentary business models and core guiding values. I am certain that our new Capco colleagues will be proud to call Wipro home,” said Thierry Delaporte, CEO and Managing Director of Wipro.
The acquisition is expected to close in the quarter ending June 30.
Lance Levy, Chief Executive Officer of Capco, said: “We are incredibly excited to join our new colleagues at Wipro. Together, we will offer bespoke transformational end-to-end solutions now powered by innovative technology at scale to create a new leading partner to the financial services industry.” (ANI)

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Ignite India Education launches six new fresh faces to the fashion industry

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New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI/SRV Media): Rainush by Govind Kumar Singh’s new collection “Manjima” was launched at the Asia Jewells Fair 2021 at JW Marriott Hotel Bengaluru. The glamorous and state-of-the-art collection was showcased by the renowned designer Govind Kumar Singh.
The top six winners of the Ignite India Meraki Fashion Competition, Nayomi Liz Thomas Kuruvilla from Delhi Public School Bangalore; Saasha Joshua from Deens Academy Whitefield; Riddhi Juyal from Christ Junior College; Sweezal Furtado and Harika Reddy from Mount Carmel PU college., were given the golden chance to walk the ramp along with the Industry’s top runway models.

The Rainush Collection “Manjima” launch is definitely setting a new benchmark of never seen exciting contemporary fabric surface developments and a unique play on colours. The collection was extremely divine and eye-catching. It was a unique fashion-forward blend of bridal outfits and fusion wear which left the audience awestruck. Every ensemble in the collection was made with utmost perfection and care.
Govind Kumar Singh, Designer and Founder of Ignite India Education says, “This collection is very close to my heart and the excitement has even doubled because today, we have launched six new extremely talented models. They were the winners of the Ignite India Meraki event by Ignite India Education, which is an annual event. We organize multiple events throughout the year to encourage & support young talents.”

Inspired by the late President Bharat Ratna Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s vision of ‘India Beyond 2020’, the Ignite India Education is continuing to spread awareness amongst the youth and provides the resources to prepare for entrance examinations of National Institute of Design (NID), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA/CEPT/B.Arch.), Common Entrance Examination for Design IIT-UCEED & CEED, Hotel Management and Catering Technology Joint Entrance Examination NCHMCT JEE, Common Law Admission Test ( CLAT), BBA/BBM Common Entrance Test, Bachelors & Master of Fine Arts and other new age career-oriented professional course entrance exams.
The Institute was founded with the primary objective to provide equal educational opportunities amongst the youth. We continue to navigate with a firm belief in our vision, and conviction in the pivotal role we play in shaping the future of students. At Ignite India Education, utmost importance is given to each student in the form of one-on-one doubt clearing sessions, regularly updated study material, mock tests, and flexible timing.
NIFT Situation test 2021 is basically a hand on the test to evaluate the candidate’s material handling skill, innovation & creative ability in a given situation with a given set of material like cardboard, mount board, ivory sheet, frozen dessert sticks, thread spool, Thermocol A4 size, wire, newspaper, clay, etc. Students usually get a paper that has three questions. They can pick one and make a three-dimensional model with the given material.
After completing the model, you need to write a concept note on how you get inspired for a specific model, how you utilized the given material, how your model helps others, are details you need to include in this note. After finishing the test, clean your desk and put your model, question paper, and answer sheet on your desk and leave the category.
Sample Paper for NIFT situation test can be downloaded from Ignite India APP. NIFT Situation Test Kit 2021 with all materials and tools are available on www.igniteindiaeducation.com and Amazon.
NATA 2021 The National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) 2021 first and second test will be conducted by the Council of Architecture (CoA) on April 10 and June 12, respectively. Ignite India offers a wide variety of courses for NATA 2021 aspirants which are customizable according to the student’s need. Despite the ongoing pandemic, Ignite India Education did not take a step back.
With a swift transition to the digital medium, the Institute ensured no loss in time and preparation. Students can now attend online classes and take their mock tests online. To further help the students, Ignite India Education has created a YouTube channel consisting of study material and other preparatory material.
To know more visit Ignite India Education
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Reliance Power, JERA achieve financial closure for project in Bangladesh

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 4 (ANI): Reliance Power and JERA Co Inc, which are developing a new gas-fired power generation project in Bangladesh, have achieved financial closure with a group of lenders that includes Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Asian Development Bank.
All requisite conditions for availing drawdown under the loan agreements have been satisfied, the Anil Ambani-controlled company said in a statement on Thursday.
The project is to build, own and operate a 745 megawatt natural gas combined-cycle power project at Meghnaghat in Narayanganj, about 40 km southeast of Dhaka.
Reliance Power’s wholly-owned subsidiary Samalkot Power Ltd has received the approval from Export Import Bank of the United States to sell one module of equipment to Samsung C&T Corporation of South Korea, which is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for project for Rs 1,540 crore.
The notice to proceed has been issued by project company to Samsung C&T, which in turn has issued the notice to proceed to Samalkot Power for supply of equipment.
Samalkot Power will supply one module of world-class equipment procured from internationally reputed original equipment manufacturers to the phase one project in Bangladesh.
Reliance Power’s networth is Rs 12,063 crore and debt to equity ratio is 2.24:1, which is among the lowest in industry. The company said it will achieve a total debt reduction of up to Rs 3,000 crore by March.
Reliance Power, a part of the Reliance Group, is a leading private sector power generation and coal resources company. It has one of the largest portfolios of power projects in private sector based on coal, gas and renewable energy with an operating portfolio of 5,945 megawatts. (ANI)

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Maccaferri Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd. recognized as Great Place To Work for second consecutive year

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Gurugram (Haryana) [India], March 4 (ANI/NewsVoir): Maccaferri Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (MESPL), a subsidiary of the world-renowned Officine Maccaferri Group, has been recognized as one of India’s Best Employer’ for the second consecutive year by the ‘Great Place to Work Institute’.
Owing to a healthy and employee-friendly culture, Maccaferri has positioned itself as an exceptional workplace by bagging this recognition.
The globally recognised authority, Great Place to Work looks upon building, sustaining, and recognising a High-Trust, High-Performance Culture at workplaces. This Certification is the ‘Gold Standard’ given to companies who have created a permanent DNA towards a trustworthy culture at their workplace.
Every year, more than 10,000 organizations from over 60 countries partner with the Great Place to Work Institute for assessment, benchmarking and action planning to strengthen their workplace culture.
Great Place to Work Institute’s methodology is recognized as rigorous and objective and having achieved this recognition for two years in a row has placed the Maccaferri brand at the top, on corporate India’s map.
Vikramjiet Roy, the Managing Director of MESPL in India and the Regional CEO of the ISEAP (India, South-East Asia & Pacific) region at the Officine Maccaferri Group appreciated and said, “I am elated and feel proud as we did it again, we have been recognised as a Great Place To Work for the second consecutive year which is an endorsement of our diverse yet inclusive culture, strong camaraderie and equal opportunities for all approach.
I also appreciate the team’s sustained confidence and support in this difficult time to stay true to the Vision, Mission and Values we stand for. Our people are our biggest assets, and it is key that we offer them a culture of trust, fairness and growth and make this a fulfilling journey at Maccaferri. Our Maccaferri Leadership Model encourages everyone to be a leader in their own role as it enables us to discover our future leaders who can lead self, people, change & business capabilities.”
“I take this opportunity to thank the entire Maccaferri family for their continued commitment, trust and confidence which brings us amongst the best in the industry. This recognition will motivate us further to keep striving for continuous development, growth and value creation based on the strengths of our excellent team,” added Roy.
Adding to the achievement portfolio of the company, Mahua Chakrabarty, Regional HR Head of the ISEAP (India, South East Asia & Pacific) region at the Officine Maccaferri Group said, “A Great Place To Work is built on the foundation of our core values: Knowledge, Entrepreneurship, People, Passion & Open-Mindedness.
And it is key that we are able to create an emotional deposit with our people. Being certified as one of the best employers in the industry and country is a very powerful endorsement from our team that Maccaferri is an important part of their existence which offers them a trusting, performing and engaging culture to build their career.
We are focussed on building a culturally aligned team and take all efforts to ensure that new team members who come on board with us hold not only for their performing history but also for consistently exhibiting high standards in ethics and morale.”
Having completed over two decades in the Indian market, Maccaferri has developed innovative and environment-friendly engineered products and solutions which offer outstanding safety, quality and sustainability to its stakeholders. The employees have dedicatedly worked with passion and built equality amongst genders to enable Maccaferri’s exponential growth trajectory in the country.
Backed by a global legacy, Maccaferri Environmental Solutions Private Limited (MESPL) – a prominent civil engineering solution provider, was established in India in 1998. MESPL’s diverse offerings are uniquely designed to cater to sectors namely – Transportation & Urban Infrastructure, Environmental Protection, Mining, Emergency & Flood, Energy, Military, River Control Works and many more.
The company has successfully worked on over 1200 projects across the demography, making them one of the most trusted resolution providers for complex technical issues for challenging undertakings. Their extensive portfolio continues to expand on R&D, monitoring market trends, identifying the right opportunities, and analyzing consumer demand.
Over the years, the company has invested in world-class state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and has successfully established its manufacturing footprint across the demography with production units in Ranjangaon (Maharashtra), Shirur (Maharashtra) and Una (Himachal Pradesh).
Some of the company’s key clientele includes National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Airport Authority of India, IRCON, Zonal Railways, Border Roads Organization, Northeast Frontier Railways, Public Works Department of various states in India, NHPC, amongst many others.
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Vansh Gupta philanthropic nature makes him people’s favourite

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New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI/ThePRTree): Vansh Gupta is an entrepreneur, visualiser, and philanthropist who has always proved that NGOs should be directed at serving people and not just accumulating money for their personal vendetta. His foundation, Unnati India works towards the betterment of underprivileged children.
And during the troublesome lockdown period, they widened their capacities to help underprivileged people as well the other needy sections of the society. And till today, they have been undertaking these activities of helping the ones in distress.
He also actively participates in his family business and Unnati India being his dream project has gotten all help and support from his family and peers. Forming this was not as difficult as it may sound, because Vansh was always determined and focused to set up something which could help the societal progress.
His motivation rose when he saw little children selling items on roads and begging for food. This hit him hard and that’s when he decided to do something for children who are less fortunate. Building finances was a task, but his resourceful mind of using available items correctly, limiting wastage helped him.
Speaking about Unnati India and his determination towards it, Vansh said, “In my eyes, a true entrepreneur not only thinks about his own personal benefit but also about benefiting the society through his work and ideas. Unnati was that side of mine… In this tough time, we broadened our horizons and helped as many people as we could.
Several campaigns were conducted by us and it gave me a feeling of contentment. It’s my baby and despite all tough times, the smiles on so many faces keep me going. I am grateful that people have acknowledged my work and liked me for who I am and what I do. Looking forward to serving people more and more in the coming time.”
Well, we have our hats off for Vansh. Wishing him more luck and success
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