• Invented for a better life, Bosch Power Tools launch the user campaign for cordless products, ‘Cordless matlab BOSCH’ across the country

    Experience cordless power tools at dedicated experi-ence zones across select channel partners in India with Bosch cordless power tools
    Bosch Power Tools, established in India in 1993, launch a  first-of-its-kind user contact program “Bosch matlab Cordless” in collaboration with select channel partners in India.  
    The aim is to enable users to get hands-on experience to their innovative cordless power tools range with autonomous experience zones across select channel partner outlets nationally.
    Users can also solicit BOSCH experts to engage with their teams and workmen for value added services like application consulting, training, service support or even customised service support evaluation.  Bosch Power Tools India, a market leader in the power tools segment that offers a complete range of power tools for construction, woodworking and the metalworking industry, recently launched consumer experience zones across select channel partner outlets in India.  Bosch Power Tools India launched these experience zones under their campaign “Bosch Matlab Cordless” with the aim to enable tradesmen to get a hands-on experience of cordless power tools.

    A revolution in the industry, the cordless range of power tools enable tradesmen and blue collar workers to work flexibily without the constraints of wires or cables without compromising on efficiency, power and offers additional benefits of safety and great ergonomics.   Lithium-ion battery powered screwdriver, the Bosch Go, with push and go functionality is 4X more convenient than the existing screwdrivers and one of Bosch’s innovative offerings in cordless. The range also includes cordless power drill drivers, high power impact wrenches, robust hammer drills, high speed impact drills, ABR enabled impact drivers and flexible drill drivers and more. The tools are designed to be as close to the shape and size of a manual design in order to help the Indian user leapfrog from manual effort to effortless working with minimal discomfort.

    Commenting on the occasion, Panish PK, Regional Business Director - India and SAARC – Bosch Power Tools said, “Cordslimit the area of operation, resulting in constraints imposed by the length of wire and the accessibility to an electric receptacle. The idea behind therange of cordless offerings from Bosch power tools is to resolve the hindrances and inconveniences of wired tools faced by tradesmen and workers. With the‚Bosch Matlab Cordless‘ campaign, Bosch power tools aims to transform the lives of thousands of tradesmen across the country who depend on their power tools for a livelihood.“
    He  further adds, “India’s real estate and construction sector is undergoing a paradigm shift due to reformative and transformative projects undertaken by the government and private segments. We, at Bosch Power Tools India believe that individuals should be empowered and equipped with state-of-the-art equipment because these are the men who create visions in to reality at  the operational level.”

    Beginning its operationsin 1993, founded on the principle of “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering”, the company has always provided its users with affordable solutions for a better life.”Completing 25 years of operations in India, Bosch Power Tools has achieved multiple milestones in the industry introducing innovations and best in class products and will continue on this journey of invention and development. As the customer base  grows, Bosch Power Tools works with their people and partners to create new opportunities, advanced tools aiding the Indian Machine Industry  in the years to follow.

    The cordless range of Bosch Power Tools are available for a demonstration and sales in majority of channel partner outlets across India

  • Delhi Machine Tool Expo 2019 Sets the Ball Rolling for Manufacturing Excellence

    Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA), organizing the third edition of Delhi Machine Tool Expo (DMTX 2019) at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi - NCR from 8th to 11th August 2019, is laying out a red carpet for regional industries’ growth. The expo will also feature special pavilions on Metrology Expo (metrology, testing instrument and equipments), Weld Expo (welding, cutting and joining), Additive Manufacturing Expo (3D printing), and Factory of the Future (Industry 4.0).
    DMTX 2019 is likely to feature over 200 exhibitors occupying an exhibition space of 12,240 sq.mts. of gross area showcasing latest technologies in metal cutting and metal forming. Foreign exhibitors are also expected to participate.
    The machines and accessories on display is expected to serve the needs of key user industries such as aerospace, defence, railways, automotive, medical engineering, construction, information technology, and electronics, etc. The expo will provide a platform for the manufacturing industry to upgrade and improve productivity and quality requirements and demonstrate solutions to manufacturing industries, especially the various small and medium enterprise industries. Focus will be on the industrial units located in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, etc.
    Stating his views on DMTX 2019, P. Ramadas, President, IMTMA said, “We are glad to organize the third edition of the expo as the past two editions of the show evoked anencouraging response from the machine tool industry. Manufacturers who participated in the previous shows were able to expand their range and I firmly believe that this edition of the show will help them to build on to their earlier success and reach out to the regional industries.”
    Speaking on the objective behind organizing the expo, V. Anbu, Director General & CEO, IMTMA said, “IMTMA is organizing the show to enable India’s regional industrial units to keep pace with the changing technologies. Shows like DMTX will play an enabling role in addressing the numerous requirements of OEMs and component manufacturers in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. We expect a good turnout and I am confident that the expo will continue to evolve and grow bigger in future editions.”
    The previous edition of Delhi Machine Tool Expo held in 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi had featured 242 exhibitors from 10 countries and attracted a footfall of 11,279 visitors including 93 business delegations. More information on the Delhi Machine Tool Expo can be accessed at the website - http://www.mtx.co.in/

     

  • Tourism: A Global Force For Growth And Development - UNWTO Executive Council meets in Baku

    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has met in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 110th Session of its Executive Council (16-18 June). At the meeting, Member States endorsed the Organization’s progress and future plans, as outlined Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, and warmly welcomed the participation of the United States as it explores the possibility of rejoining UNWTO. With international tourist arrivals having grown by 4% over the first quarter of 2019, following on from 6% growth in 2018, the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism has met in Azerbaijan for the 110th Session of its Executive Council. The Council brings UNWTO Member States together for top-level talks on the direction of the global tourism sector.

    “It is an immense pleasure to be in the dynamic city of Baku for the 110th Session of our Executive Council,” Mr. Pololikashvili said. “The Executive Council gives UNWTO Member States a thorough overview of UNWTO’s activities and progress over the preceding year, and makes key recommendations on the path ahead. Our time in Baku offered us the perfect opportunity to discuss the challenges presented by the ongoing rise in tourism numbers, including through the creation of more and better jobs and through driving gender equality. I thank all Member States for their commitment to UNWTO’s mandate and I thank the United States for their presence and openness to the possibility of rejoining and working with us to make tourism a driver of growth and equality.”

    Mr. Fuad Nagiyev, Head of the State Tourism Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan, expressed his support for UNWTO’s mission, noting that it was “an honour” for the country to have been chosen to host the 110th Session of the Executive Council. “UNWTO events, including this Executive Council, are great platforms for promoting the potential of tourism and for forming and developing good working relations with both UNWTO and its Member States,” Mr Nagiyev added.

    Fulfilling UNWTO’s vision of tourism as a force for good

    Member States warmly welcomed the progress made as UNWTO works to fulfill the current management vision. More specifically, the Five Priorities underpinning Secretary-General Pololikashvili’s mandate include making tourism smarter through embracing innovation and digital transformation and growing competition and entrepreneurship within the sector. At the same time, making tourism a leading source of more and better jobs, and a top provider of education and training is another of UNWTO’s priorities. Member States meeting in Baku were informed of progress achieved to make tourism more inclusive, seamless and a means of safeguarding and promoting social and cultural heritage and environmental sustainability. Additionally, the progress made in newly launched ‘UNWTO Agenda for Africa 2030’ was welcomed. The bold four-year plan is aimed at realizing the potential of tourism for Africa, with a special focus on tourism as a driver of poverty alleviation, job creation and professional development.

    Institutional streamlining and financial sustainability

    The Executive Council also endorsed the latest positive financial results and structural reforms implemented under the Secretary-General, which reflect the ongoing drive to guarantee the economic sustainability of the Organization. At the institutional level, UNWTO reiterated its commitment to diversity and transparency. The Organization is moving ahead in the creation of a new Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics. This Convention brings UNWTO in line with most other UN agencies, and will specifically provide Member States with clear guidelines for making their national tourism sectors drivers of growth and inclusivity.

    The meeting in Baku was celebrated as UNWTO prepares for the 23rd Session of its General Assembly, due to be held in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, in September. Held every two years, the General Assembly is the most important high-level meeting of global Tourism Ministers and the private sector in the world.

     

  • RapidValueHackathon to be held in Kochi next month

    Rapid Value in association with Kerala Startup Mission(KSUM) and NASSCOM 10,000 Startups is organizing Hackathon 2019 next month as a two-day flagship event providing programmers, application developers as well as technology buffs a platform to collaborate and code a unique solution.
    The two-day event will be held on July 13-14 at KSUM’s ‘Integrated Startup Complex’ in Kalamassery, 20 km north of this city. The event is being organised by Rapid Value, digital services provider with the support of KSUM and NASSCOM 10,000 Startups.
    Hackathon will benefit those looking for an outlet for self-expression and creativity through technology, organisers said. “Hackathon gives birth to several unhackneyed ideas that could be put into actual use by people from all over the world,” according to DrSajiGopinath, CEO of KSUM, which is Kerala government’s nodal agency for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.
    The participants are expected to form teams (members totalling not more than five) around an idea so as try to code a solution based on Social, Mobile, IoT, Analytics, Big Data, Cyber Security, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and/or mGovernance.
    Each of them will be given 24 hours to bring their ideas into fruition by working with new technologies and “bringing together tons of code”, according to MrRinish K N, Chief Technology Officer, RapidValue. “Our main motive has been to provide a platform for technical enthusiasts to showcase their creativity through technology.”
    RapidValue is a global Leader in digital transformation for enterprises, provides mobility, Omini Channel and Cloud Solutions.
    The winning team will get a cash prize of Rs 30,000, while the first and second runner-up will be awarded Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. Registrations can be made at http://www.rapidvaluehackathon.com, where the list of shortlisted candidates will be notified subsequently.
    The debut edition of Hackathon was held in 2016, leading to the creation of two startups besides ‘intrapreneurs’ in a few firms at the Infopark.

     

  • Loyola Old Boys’ Association Awards Presented

    The Loyola Old Boys’ Association (LOBA), the alumni association of the old students of the Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram, today presented its annual Global Leadership Award(GLA) and Young Achiever’s Award for this year. Air Marshal B Suresh PVSM AVSM VM ADC AOC in C, Southern Air Command, the Chief Guest for functionorganised at Sri Mulam Club here, presented the Global Leadership Award to Dr Sujith Varghese Thomas, while Loyola School Principal Father Devassy Paul S J presented the LOBA Young Achiever’s Award to Sanjay Vijayakumar.

    Dr SujithVarhese Thomas had spent the last 11 years rebuilding the 100-year-old Broadwell Hospital at Fatehpur, UP, from a dilapidated and ramshackle structure in one of the most backward districts of the country into one of the finest in UP. Sanjay Vijayakumarfounded one of the finest start-ups from Kerala MobMe and is Chairman of the Startup Village Board among many other positions of repute.
    The Loyola Old Boys’ Association (LOBA) launched its annual Global Leadership Awards (GLA) in 2015. The award, a first among schools in India, is into its fourth year.Dr. C V Ram Mohan, President, Loyola Old Boys’ Association (LOBA), presided over the awards ceremony. LOBA has a membership of over 4000 old boys spread across the globe.

    The LOBA Global Leadership Award  winner Dr Sujith Varghese Thomas, of the 1993 batch, did his MBBS and MS in general surgery from CMC, Vellore. With his dedication and painstaking efforts, he converted the ancient Broadwell hospital into one of rural UP’s best. He has initiated many community projects to help the citizens of the area with primary and preventive health care. Their palliative care unit is a model for the entire state today, giving people in their dying hours the dignity they deserve. The journey was laden with pitfalls - suspicion, administrative apathy, lack of funds, and even death threats. Sujith and his family have shown what can be achieved with grit, compassion and single-minded focus. He is truly a leader and role model for Loyolites, and indeed, for every Indian.
    The Young Achiever’s awardee Sanjay Vijayakumar, of the 2000 batch, is the recipient of the Young Achiever Award. His present roles include Chairman of the Startup Village Board, Kochi; member of the board of the APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Kerala; member of the AICTE startup implementation committee; among others. Founding MobMe straight out of college and raising it to international fame was only the beginning. He remains passionate in encouraging youngsters to build startups in multiple states in India, with the backing of the governments and NASSCOM. He is also deeply interested in developing curricula for the students of today to make them future-ready.

  • KSUM set to launch ‘Incubator Yatra’ on June 19

    Incubators/startups to get awareness on various topics
    In a new initiative to disseminate its schemes and strengthen the startup ecosystem in the state by bringing activities of all the incubators under a single umbrella, Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) will be organizing ‘Incubator Yatra’ covering all districts in the state.
    The first phase of the Yatra will cover 10 incubators in Thiruvananthapuram district. It will be launched at B-Hub, Technopark here on June 19.
    Being organised in association with Bank of India, KSUM will visit over 40 incubators in the state and interact with the officials and startups on a range of topics for the benefit of young entrepreneurs in the more than 1,000-km journey.  
    “A major objective of such an initiative is to clearly communicate that KSUM is not an incubator but the State nodal agency to support the startups and give a single point of contact for all communications,” said Mr. Saji Gopinath, CEO of KSUM.
    “This will help to bring the activities of all the incubators under a single umbrella, and also smoothen the information flow to and fro,” he added.
    KSUM will brief them about developing mentor network and also share the template of best practices in running an incubator in the state. It has also plans to identify good startups and establish a channel in the incubator whom they can connect with KSUM.
    The objectives of ‘Incubator Yatra’ include bringing the activities of all the incubators under a single umbrella and creating a milieu for smooth sharing of information. It is also meant for understanding the performance of startups and profiling them accordingly.  

    “This yatra will help to do the technology sector-wise segmentation of startups and communicating them about the plan. A database can be built accordingly,” Mr. Gopinath said.
    Startups that are out of the incubation space and located in the remote locations of the state will be identified in the journey. They will be on-boarded to KSUM’s portal to generate inclusiveness in the startup facilitation by the state government.

    KSUM’s activities and scheme awareness sessions will be conducted in each incubator.  Registrations with Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) as also KSUM’s unique ID registrations will be tracked and maximised.  
    Handbooks, scheme books and grievance redressal forms will be distributed to all incubators during the journey.

    KSUM is the nodal agency of the Kerala government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state. 

  • Winners for Clint memorial online international painting competition announced

    The winners of the International Children’s Online Painting Competition in memory of prodigious child artist Edmund Clint were declared today after the jury went through close to 39,000 works it received from the stipulated 4-16 age group across as many as 96 countries.
        
    State Minister Shri Kadakampally Surendran, who holds the portfolio of Kerala Tourism that organised the event, announced a list of 110 winners of whom 15 are eligible for attractive tour packages with family. Ten of the 15 are from foreign countries.

    The first prize went to Parth Joshi, 12, of Vadodara in Gujarat. He, along with four other top winners from India, become eligible for a five-night Kerala travel accompanied by two members of the family, the minister told a press conference here.

    Fourteen-year-old Nafisa Tabassum Authay of Bangladesh won the second prize. She, along with nine other children from abroad who won the top prizes, will be eligible for a five-night Kerala tour with two members from the family.

    Aaradhya P.G, a six-year-old Malayali girl, fetched the third prize. She figures among 40 prize winners from the host state who will receive a cash award of Rs 10,000 each.
    The first three prize-winners will get a certificate and a memento. Twenty other winners, too, will receive mementoes. The artists whose works were shortlisted will get special prizes, while all the participants will receive certificates.

    Clint (1976-83) was a Kochiite who drew more than 25,000 pictures in 2,522 days of his life before a prolonged illness cut short his life. Born to Mr M T Joseph (who died earlier this year) and Mrs Chinnamma Joseph, the boy’s life and works went on to earn increasing global acclaim. Clint’s life has found portrayal in seven books and two documentaries besides in a 2017 Malayalam feature film.

    Clint was aged four when he topped a painting competition where a 16-year-old emerged second. That led the organisers to fix the age bracket for this online event.
    “Nowhere in the world have we heard of a painting competition inviting attention to a place (Kerala),” Shri Kadakampally Surendran said.

    The 2018 edition of the competition received larger and more widespread response than the first (2017), the minister noted, adding the number of entries this time was 38,995, against 5,000 in the debut edition. This edition of the competition stands out as it was conducted on a larger global scale, he added.

    The time for applying for the online event was September 1, 2018 to January 31 this year. The website saw 48,397 registrations from 133 countries during the period. Of the 38,995 paintings that vied for prizes, 6,542 were from abroad. Among the rest from India, 5,713 paintings were from Kerala.

    The event was globally publicised by carrying out a campaign in 23 languages (11 Indian and 12 foreign), Kerala Tourism Secretary Mrs Rani George said. “We estimate the information about the competition to have reached 50 lakh people,” she added.

    The online competition boosted the number of visitors at the Kerala Tourism website, according to Kerala Tourism Director Mr P Bala Kiran. “While the portal got 40 lakh hits in 2017-18, the figure surged to one crore hits, from around 200 countries, so far this  year,” he pointed out.

    The competition jury comprised experts comprising Bihar Museum Director Mr Mohammed Yusuf, artists Mr Vrindavan Solanki (Gujarat), Ms Vipta Kapadia (Mumbai) and Prof Suresh K Nair (Varanasi), besides Kerala Lalithakala Akademi chairman Mr Nemom Pushparaj and art critic Mr M  L Johnny.

    Out of the total applications, the judges chose 3,000 pictures in the first phase. These were then thoroughly scrutinised, leading the jury to arrive at its list of winners.
    The prizes are not just for the participants. Those who encouraged children to take part in the competition in a big way win awards as ‘promoters’. They total ten—five from India and the rest abroad. These promoters, too, are eligible for Kerala Tourism’s five-night package tour in the state.

    In all, 55 people have become eligible for the tour packages. They will be given a reception at the Kannur airport upstate, taken for the travel and given away the prizes at the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram.

     

  • World Oceans Day Celebrated at Uday Samudra

    In the occasion of World Oceans day that falls on the 8th of June 2019, Uday Samudra, Kovalam in association with Ocean Love; an organization that fights against oceanpollution and pollutants organized an event spreading the awareness of how important our oceans are and how we can save it from the present crisis. Inaugurated by the president of Kerala Travel Mart, Mr. Baby Mathew, the event focused on various marine related topics such as marine pollution, marine future, and statistics of the marine pollution and the after effects of Global warming and climate change.

    Students from various educational institutions such as Sai Krishna Public School, Christ Nagar, University of Kerala and S.M.V. school participated in the event and were given chances to express their ideas, opinions and even clear their doubts. Following the event had various eye opening seminars from Mr. Satish Babu, Dr. Biju Kumar, and Dr. Katherine Owen.

    Marine Pollution has become a very serious matter nowadays effecting even the human growth drastically. The steep decrease in ocean treasures and extinction of marine living things is purely because of the land pollutants and we have to recognize these harmful factors to fix them with the right solutions.

    “The core intention of this event and the beach cleaning carried out today morning along the Kerala coastal belt with the support of Kerala Travel Mart members is to educate the younger generation about the marine debris and the importance of protecting our oceans” says Mr. Raja Gopaal Iyer, Founder and Chairman; Ocean Love- Beach and Marine Protection Council and CEO; UDS Hotels.

  • Berlin Travel Festival announces the theme of the next event and opens exhibitor registration

    Following the success of the two previous events, from 6 to 8 March 2020 the Berlin Travel Festival will be taking place for the third time, thus bringing a new generation of travellers together with new forms of travel. As the partner event of ITB Berlin this innovative format will augment the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show on three consecutive days in the heart of the Berlin district of Kreuzberg. In particular, it targets audiences versed in social media and eager for adventure. The event will be held at Arena Berlin again and will attract exhibitors, change-makers, brands, creatives, influencers and industry insiders alike. The organisers’ theme focus is on the individual’s search for paradise. Exhibitors who register by 30 June can take advantage of attractive rates.

    Taking as its main theme ‘Where is paradise?’, the festival will underline its pioneering role in promoting mindful, sustainable and responsible travel. The main focus is that if ‘paradise’ is to be more than a mere sales argument then both providers and customers must take a hard look at how, where and why people travel, and replace quick deals and out-and-out consumerism with social responsibility and ecological awareness as well as becoming involved at local level. Speakers and exhibitors will also examine this topic in detail.

    Exhibitors can register now

    Exhibitors can register now for the forthcoming Berlin Travel Festival in March 2020. The event targets destinations, tour operators, publications, accommodation, equipment and clothing suppliers, transportation companies and start-ups. For more details about exhibitors: www.berlintravelfestival.com/for-exhibitors/

    Register early and benefit from attractive rates

    Exhibitors who register by 30 June 2019 can take advantage of a ten per cent discount on stand fees. Regular exhibitors can benefit from a 15 per cent discount providing they register by 30 June 2019. NGOs and non-profit organisations will again receive 50 per cent discounts. To register please visit: www.berlintravelfestival.com/register/.

    Last March, more than 130 national and international exhibitors were represented at the Berlin Travel Festival. In praising the event they said it was “professionally curated”, “not typical for a fair”, “a completely new experience”, and emphasised its disruptive conceptual approach. The festival featured a programme of stage events that combined lectures, workshops, master classes and film screenings. Exhibitors were delighted that some 11,000 visitors attended the event, who they said were open-minded, interested in sustainable travel, eager for adventure, and not least very knowledgeable on the subject.

  • CISSA to OrganiseNational-level Training Programme on Plant Taxonomy and Biodiversity

    The city-based Center for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) will organize a five-day national level workshop on Plant Taxonomy & Biodiversity. The programme, being held with the support of the UN University acknowledged Regional Center of Expertise and the National Biodiversity Authority will have the presence of a range of experts.

    To be organized at the Maria Rani Centre, Palloti Lane, Gandhipuram,Sreekaryam, from July 8-12, the CISSA training programmeaims to plug the knowledge gaps in biodiversity and taxonomy, and overcome the shortage of trained teachers, curators, and research scholars, in this domain.  Modern insights on the conservation of biodiversity and need for plant taxonomy will be discussed at the event.

    The importance of biodiversity and its role in the survival of human and other species will also be discussed. Addressing relevant matters like the decline in biodiversity and the need for the sustainable use of natural resources, the workshop will look into the significance of taxonomy. The event organizers intend to resolve the lack of expert educationists, curators, and scientists in this segment.The training programme is open to all College and University teachers, Research Scholars, M.Sc FinalYear Students from Botany and related disciplines who are interested to study plant taxonomy and biodiversity.

    Those who are interested can send in their applications along with a brief resume, and duly filled registration form and registration fee on or before June 30, 2019. Only 40 candidates will be admitted on a first-cum-first serve basis. Candidates who would be selected for the Training Programme will be notified on July 1, 2019. Registration will be held separately for teachers, students, and delegates. The registration fee for College Teachers/ Scientist and their accompanying person (with accommodation) will be Rs 8850. Research scholars and students will have to pay a registration fee of Rs. 7050, including the stay. Registration fee for Delegates without sans accommodation is Rs. 5900.

    Payment can be done via DD/ Bankers Cheque to Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.  Bank Transfer can be made to Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), SBI, Vellayambalam, Thiruvananthapuram, 67021680619, SBIN0070308.For more details, please call: 9895375211.

Delhi Machine Tool Expo 2019 Sets the Ball Rolling for Manufacturing Excellence

Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA), organizing the third edition of Delhi Machine Tool Expo (DMTX 2019) at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi - NCR from 8th to 11th August 2019, is laying out a red carpet for regional industries’ growth. The expo will also feature special pavilions on Metrology Expo (metrology, testing instrument and equipments), Weld Expo (welding, cutting and joining), Additive Manufacturing Expo (3D printing), and Factory of the Future (Industry 4.0).
DMTX 2019 is likely to feature over 200 exhibitors occupying an exhibition space of 12,240 sq.mts. of gross area showcasing latest technologies in metal cutting and metal forming. Foreign exhibitors are also expected to participate.
The machines and accessories on display is expected to serve the needs of key user industries such as aerospace, defence, railways, automotive, medical engineering, construction, information technology, and electronics, etc. The expo will provide a platform for the manufacturing industry to upgrade and improve productivity and quality requirements and demonstrate solutions to manufacturing industries, especially the various small and medium enterprise industries. Focus will be on the industrial units located in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, etc.
Stating his views on DMTX 2019, P. Ramadas, President, IMTMA said, “We are glad to organize the third edition of the expo as the past two editions of the show evoked anencouraging response from the machine tool industry. Manufacturers who participated in the previous shows were able to expand their range and I firmly believe that this edition of the show will help them to build on to their earlier success and reach out to the regional industries.”
Speaking on the objective behind organizing the expo, V. Anbu, Director General & CEO, IMTMA said, “IMTMA is organizing the show to enable India’s regional industrial units to keep pace with the changing technologies. Shows like DMTX will play an enabling role in addressing the numerous requirements of OEMs and component manufacturers in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. We expect a good turnout and I am confident that the expo will continue to evolve and grow bigger in future editions.”
The previous edition of Delhi Machine Tool Expo held in 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi had featured 242 exhibitors from 10 countries and attracted a footfall of 11,279 visitors including 93 business delegations. More information on the Delhi Machine Tool Expo can be accessed at the website - http://www.mtx.co.in/

 

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Tourism: A Global Force For Growth And Development - UNWTO Executive Council meets in Baku

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has met in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 110th Session of its Executive Council (16-18 June). At the meeting, Member States endorsed the Organization’s progress and future plans, as outlined Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, and warmly welcomed the participation of the United States as it explores the possibility of rejoining UNWTO. With international tourist arrivals having grown by 4% over the first quarter of 2019, following on from 6% growth in 2018, the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism has met in Azerbaijan for the 110th Session of its Executive Council. The Council brings UNWTO Member States together for top-level talks on the direction of the global tourism sector.

“It is an immense pleasure to be in the dynamic city of Baku for the 110th Session of our Executive Council,” Mr. Pololikashvili said. “The Executive Council gives UNWTO Member States a thorough overview of UNWTO’s activities and progress over the preceding year, and makes key recommendations on the path ahead. Our time in Baku offered us the perfect opportunity to discuss the challenges presented by the ongoing rise in tourism numbers, including through the creation of more and better jobs and through driving gender equality. I thank all Member States for their commitment to UNWTO’s mandate and I thank the United States for their presence and openness to the possibility of rejoining and working with us to make tourism a driver of growth and equality.”

Mr. Fuad Nagiyev, Head of the State Tourism Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan, expressed his support for UNWTO’s mission, noting that it was “an honour” for the country to have been chosen to host the 110th Session of the Executive Council. “UNWTO events, including this Executive Council, are great platforms for promoting the potential of tourism and for forming and developing good working relations with both UNWTO and its Member States,” Mr Nagiyev added.

Fulfilling UNWTO’s vision of tourism as a force for good

Member States warmly welcomed the progress made as UNWTO works to fulfill the current management vision. More specifically, the Five Priorities underpinning Secretary-General Pololikashvili’s mandate include making tourism smarter through embracing innovation and digital transformation and growing competition and entrepreneurship within the sector. At the same time, making tourism a leading source of more and better jobs, and a top provider of education and training is another of UNWTO’s priorities. Member States meeting in Baku were informed of progress achieved to make tourism more inclusive, seamless and a means of safeguarding and promoting social and cultural heritage and environmental sustainability. Additionally, the progress made in newly launched ‘UNWTO Agenda for Africa 2030’ was welcomed. The bold four-year plan is aimed at realizing the potential of tourism for Africa, with a special focus on tourism as a driver of poverty alleviation, job creation and professional development.

Institutional streamlining and financial sustainability

The Executive Council also endorsed the latest positive financial results and structural reforms implemented under the Secretary-General, which reflect the ongoing drive to guarantee the economic sustainability of the Organization. At the institutional level, UNWTO reiterated its commitment to diversity and transparency. The Organization is moving ahead in the creation of a new Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics. This Convention brings UNWTO in line with most other UN agencies, and will specifically provide Member States with clear guidelines for making their national tourism sectors drivers of growth and inclusivity.

The meeting in Baku was celebrated as UNWTO prepares for the 23rd Session of its General Assembly, due to be held in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, in September. Held every two years, the General Assembly is the most important high-level meeting of global Tourism Ministers and the private sector in the world.

 

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RapidValueHackathon to be held in Kochi next month

Rapid Value in association with Kerala Startup Mission(KSUM) and NASSCOM 10,000 Startups is organizing Hackathon 2019 next month as a two-day flagship event providing programmers, application developers as well as technology buffs a platform to collaborate and code a unique solution.
The two-day event will be held on July 13-14 at KSUM’s ‘Integrated Startup Complex’ in Kalamassery, 20 km north of this city. The event is being organised by Rapid Value, digital services provider with the support of KSUM and NASSCOM 10,000 Startups.
Hackathon will benefit those looking for an outlet for self-expression and creativity through technology, organisers said. “Hackathon gives birth to several unhackneyed ideas that could be put into actual use by people from all over the world,” according to DrSajiGopinath, CEO of KSUM, which is Kerala government’s nodal agency for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the state.
The participants are expected to form teams (members totalling not more than five) around an idea so as try to code a solution based on Social, Mobile, IoT, Analytics, Big Data, Cyber Security, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and/or mGovernance.
Each of them will be given 24 hours to bring their ideas into fruition by working with new technologies and “bringing together tons of code”, according to MrRinish K N, Chief Technology Officer, RapidValue. “Our main motive has been to provide a platform for technical enthusiasts to showcase their creativity through technology.”
RapidValue is a global Leader in digital transformation for enterprises, provides mobility, Omini Channel and Cloud Solutions.
The winning team will get a cash prize of Rs 30,000, while the first and second runner-up will be awarded Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. Registrations can be made at http://www.rapidvaluehackathon.com, where the list of shortlisted candidates will be notified subsequently.
The debut edition of Hackathon was held in 2016, leading to the creation of two startups besides ‘intrapreneurs’ in a few firms at the Infopark.

 

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Loyola Old Boys’ Association Awards Presented

The Loyola Old Boys’ Association (LOBA), the alumni association of the old students of the Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram, today presented its annual Global Leadership Award(GLA) and Young Achiever’s Award for this year. Air Marshal B Suresh PVSM AVSM VM ADC AOC in C, Southern Air Command, the Chief Guest for functionorganised at Sri Mulam Club here, presented the Global Leadership Award to Dr Sujith Varghese Thomas, while Loyola School Principal Father Devassy Paul S J presented the LOBA Young Achiever’s Award to Sanjay Vijayakumar.

Dr SujithVarhese Thomas had spent the last 11 years rebuilding the 100-year-old Broadwell Hospital at Fatehpur, UP, from a dilapidated and ramshackle structure in one of the most backward districts of the country into one of the finest in UP. Sanjay Vijayakumarfounded one of the finest start-ups from Kerala MobMe and is Chairman of the Startup Village Board among many other positions of repute.
The Loyola Old Boys’ Association (LOBA) launched its annual Global Leadership Awards (GLA) in 2015. The award, a first among schools in India, is into its fourth year.Dr. C V Ram Mohan, President, Loyola Old Boys’ Association (LOBA), presided over the awards ceremony. LOBA has a membership of over 4000 old boys spread across the globe.

The LOBA Global Leadership Award  winner Dr Sujith Varghese Thomas, of the 1993 batch, did his MBBS and MS in general surgery from CMC, Vellore. With his dedication and painstaking efforts, he converted the ancient Broadwell hospital into one of rural UP’s best. He has initiated many community projects to help the citizens of the area with primary and preventive health care. Their palliative care unit is a model for the entire state today, giving people in their dying hours the dignity they deserve. The journey was laden with pitfalls - suspicion, administrative apathy, lack of funds, and even death threats. Sujith and his family have shown what can be achieved with grit, compassion and single-minded focus. He is truly a leader and role model for Loyolites, and indeed, for every Indian.
The Young Achiever’s awardee Sanjay Vijayakumar, of the 2000 batch, is the recipient of the Young Achiever Award. His present roles include Chairman of the Startup Village Board, Kochi; member of the board of the APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Kerala; member of the AICTE startup implementation committee; among others. Founding MobMe straight out of college and raising it to international fame was only the beginning. He remains passionate in encouraging youngsters to build startups in multiple states in India, with the backing of the governments and NASSCOM. He is also deeply interested in developing curricula for the students of today to make them future-ready.

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