Friday, August 21, 2020

Vevra Launches a State-of-the-Art Hospital Pods to Fight COVID-19

 Bangalore, Karnataka, India

A Bangalore based “Design and Build” company Vevra has allied with a Portugal based Healthcare IoT company “InnoWave Group” to introduce the ‘Vevra Pods’. Theses pods were launched today, to jointly fight the pandemic and other contagious and airborne diseases.

The Vevra Pods project was primarily born as an answer for major medical crises of any form, where the lack of appropriate facilities/infrastructure to receive highly infected patients takes a toll in most hospitals across the nation. This project consists of a set of movable capsules that aims to efficiently assist in the infrastructure of local/private/government hospitals across India.

 These fully furnished modular Pods come with advanced IoT solutions at the heart of its operation on ViGIE+ platform by InnoWave. This infrastructure consists of antechamber airlock rooms to provide a safe area for healthcare professionals with antibacterial walls and surface, it also controls the quantity and quality of the air being circulated in and out of the room with a minimum of 12 air changes per hour through HEPA filters, UVC lights, high-end exhaust system with PLC integrated air conditioning system to help in maintaining the temperature, humidity within. The Vevra pods come in five variants; General pod, ICU pod, Doctors stay pod, Operation theatre pod, and Scanning room pod. Each pod can accommodate 4-9 beds.


Features of Vevra Pods

  • These pods come with an antechamber airlock room to provide a safe area for healthcare professionals to do Donning and Doffing and to store the medical supplies. 

  • Introducing a negative air pressure in the pod to contain airborne diseases such as TB, Flu, and COVID-19. It also controls the quantity and quality of the air being circulated in and out of the room with a minimum of 12 air changes per hour through HEPA filters, UVC lights, and a high-end exhaust system. 

  • The pod comes with PLC integrated air conditioning system to help in maintaining the temperature, humidity within. 

  • The pod comes with Fire resistance structure and an anti-bacterial wall and bacterial and chemical resistance flooring. 

  • An attached toilets and shower cubicle with UVC lights. 

  • ICU pod comes with a provision for Oxygen supply, analyzer as per ICU guidelines. Integrated with a device to monitor oxygen supply pressure and to measure the oxygen concentration delivered by ventilators or breathing systems along with a failure alarm system.  RO water purifier, Geyser in the shower area, 500Litre water storage tank along with Mobile Sewage Treatment Plant. 

  • Fire alarm, extinguisher and emergency system with a safe evacuation plan. • CCTV surveillance and Television provided for each patient. 

  • Re-usable after Pandemic with 15 to 20 years’ structural warranty. • Can be moved to any remote location in the world. 

  • Sufficient UPS power backup with earthing connection to each pod and I-3 processor Laptop loaded with AI, RFID and MS office. RFID controlled entry and exit


Dr. K Sudhakar, Medical Education Minister, Government of Karnataka said, “The healthcare Pods developed by Vevra are innovative movable hospitals integrated with AI and can help in containment and prevention of contagious diseases. AI has the potential to transform public healthcare and I urge healthcare start-ups to focus more on developing innovative, low-cost solutions.


Vevra pods are not just the regular mobile isolation rooms as we have seen before, but a completely functional, fully furnished, AI integrated smart hospital setup. This is an avant-garde, futuristic hospital. These capsules/pods can be annexed to the existing hospitals to create more patient beds when in need or can be deployed to any remote place, areas struck by calamities, or even military bases to act as a complete hospital unit,” says Mahesh Krishnachari, Vevra’s Director-Founder.


The ViGIE+ platform is used for collecting and visualizing data from different sensors installed inside and provide real-time alarms if environmental conditions change. This solution can be quickly & easily deployed in remote areas that are not easily accessible to hospital staff as well outside of the main hospital buildings to avoid any risk of the virus spreading. “This project is highly linked to our mission as a company – to change people's lives through innovation. We are specialized in IoT monitoring systems in Europe and the USA, and we are eager to embrace this project and expand in other regions, as we are already cooperating with US companies to supply ViGIE,” explained Tiago Gonçalves, CEO, InnoWave Global.

I am delighted to be a part of such an innovative development in our Hospital and Medicine industry, these pods look like a pioneering concept of much safer and advanced facilities for not only our patients but also for doctors, during times of high risk,” says Dr. C N Manjunath, Indian Cardiologist and the Director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research.


Speaking at the launch, Dr. Vivek JawaliChief Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeon and as a Chairman at Fortis Hospitals said, COVID-19 has encouraged Indians to be more innovative in terms of medical equipment's and facilities. Vevra Pods is a perfect example for that. These pods are convenient and will help in controlling the contagious diseases.”  


This project was primarily born as an answer to major medical crises of any form. The current pandemic situation has pushed Vevra to think out of the box and innovate products and multipurpose solutions with a futuristic vision.


About Vevra

Vevra is an Architecture, Engineering, and Construction firm based out of Bangalore. Vevra has a team of 40 exceptional Architects & Engineers and 100+ Construction team. The group has distinction experience in the verticals of Healthcare, Education, commercial and Industrial. With a portfolio of 50plus completed projects across India.


Withdraw the decision to handover Thiruvananthapuram International Airport to Adani group

 Thiruvananthapuram; August 20, 2020: An all-party meeting which was presided over by Chief Minister Kerala, held in Thiruvananthapuram under has demanded the central government to withdraw its decision to handover Thiruvananthapuram international airport to Adani group. All attendees except BJP representatives sharply criticized the privatization of airport. The meeting decided to continue to fight legal battle jointly in this issue. 


Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state demanded the supervision and management of the airport should be vested in a state controlled Special Purpose Vehicle. Letters were sent to Civil Aviation Minister and Prime Minister many times. In another letter addressed to the Secretary of Civil Aviation, Chief Secretary clarified that Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation represented the state government had participated the bidding process and informed that if Adani Group quotes higher amount KSIDC is ready to pay the same amount. In 2003 Ministry of Civil Aviation assured that the right to supervision and management will be vested in SPV controlled by state government considering the state’s contribution to the development of Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.. State government is much experienced in the management of Kochin Airport in Nedumbasseri. The company which attained the bid has no such experience.

State government had contributed 23.57 acres of land to Airport Authority of India for the development in 2005. Apart from this government has started some steps to attain 18 more acres of land as per the condition that value of the land could be converted as the state’s share in the proposed SPV, Chief Minister said.  He sought whole hearten support of all political parties in the legal fight against the privatisation.  No agency can manage an airport without the cooperation of state government. Those who know how to run and industry would not confront with the government.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala offered full support to the state government in this issue.

In the meanwhile Chief Minister   to PM Narendra Modi seeking  a review on the handover of Thiruvananthapuram airport made to the Adani Group. The letter points out how the centre’s decision on the airport in question, is unilateral and calls for a reconsideration on the matter.

The letter cites Centre’s rejection of several requests made by Kerala and  underscores  how the current airport handover was being made even as a petition against it, as directed by the Supreme Court, remains to be heard by the High Court.

CM also hinted that, it would be difficult to collaborate with a move that discounts state government’s point of view. With all assurances given by the Aviation Ministry to the State having been breached, it would not be possible for this government to cooperate with handover proceedings, the letter said.

 The state government   arrayed  facts showing how airports at Nedumbassery and Kannur have an excellent operational track - an argument the Centre chose to ignore. It also  went on to dismiss state plea asking to be allowed to run Thiruvananthapuram airport and instead, transferred the airport’s management to private hands by handing over its operations, development and renovation to them for the next 50 years.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

RO Fund Picks up Stake in Best Agrolife Ltd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             New Delhi, Delhi, India : UK based Resonance Opportunities Fund recently picked up a stake of 112,000 shares at market price of Rs. 610.35 through open market buying in BSE listed Best Agrolife Ltd., which shows the confidence of the fund and will in-turn boost investor confidence in this fundamentally strong leading global player in agrochemicals sector and one of India’s largest manufacturers of agro-inputs.

Recently, Best AgroLife Ltd. announced that for the first time in India, they have been granted license/registration for manufacturing *DIRON* (DINOTEFURAN 20% SG), a super systematic insecticide with quick uptake and knock-down, that controls a broad spectrum of previous and invasive pests. With two formulations, it is super flexible when it comes to application. With quick action through contact and ingestion, resulting in robust pest control management. This product is an import substitute to a similar Japanese insecticide. Owing to the launch of this new product, the outlook for the company remains positive, thereby increasing chances of higher revenue and profitability. The analysts also predict a growth in the company.

                                                                                                      Recently in an interview, Mr. Vimal Kumar, Director, upholds the mission to remain focused to deliver Research based customized agrochemical and biological tools for sustained productivity and the company strives to provide one-stop Industrial solutions through quality and qualified professionals. He further adds, “Our company revenue for the current financial gear would increase by 100 crores only with the help of this product.”


In a short span company has emerged among the top 20 companies in India and as with an emerging presence in international markets.

Best Agrolife’s product portfolio comprises of more than 60 active ingredients and various formulations of pesticides and plant micro-nutrients for protecting and nourishing a wide range of crops. Its product range includes insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, plant growth regulators etc. It sells under the brand name “Best”.

The company has four strategically located manufacturing plants, two in Uttar Pradesh & two in J&K. These plants are well equipped with state-of-art indigenous infrastructure for the production of high quality agrochemicals.

The company caters to several Blue-chip Corporates for P2P which include UPL Ltd., Jubilant, Indo Gulf Fertilizers, Mahindra Summit Agriscience, Bharat Rasayan, etc. The boost to the agro sector by the current government will increase demand of agro chemicals and insecticides. This will lead to increase in revenues and profitability of Companies such as Best Agrolife Ltd. According to a recent survey, the estimated size of Indian agro chemical market is USD 3 Billion, which is a positive for such companies.

NIVEA India Achieve their Very First Virtual Guinness World Records

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India : 
NIVEA MEN, the complete male grooming brand, has added another feather to its cap with a new and one-of-a-kind, virtual Guinness World Records feat. The record created was for the title, “Most People Washing Their Face Online Simultaneously” on a live stream where 119 Indian men participated with the newly launched, NIVEA MEN Acne Face Wash. In the wake of the current global pandemic where hygiene is of paramount importance, the participants enthusiastically rose to the challenge and washed their face for a minute, making a new virtual Guinness World Records® feat for the skincare brand. Another unique aspect of the record was that the participants were men from across the country, who were invited to take part in this challenge. The live online activity which had Guinness World Records® judge and select media in attendance to witness the record attempt, received an overwhelming response from the online community.  Nowadays men, especially in this current lockdown, are trying out new things while experimenting with their looks, grooming and wellness. They are no strangers to skin problems especially acne but believe that dealing with acne involves a complicated and lengthy skin care regimen and thus do not indulge in a skincare routine. Taking cognizance of this, NIVEA MEN decided to spread the word on how with their new revolutionary Acne Face Wash, men are just one minute away from pimple free, awesome skin. The Guinness World Records feat would further help amplify the awareness of hassle-free skincare for men. Additionally, the new NIVEA MEN Acne Face Wash also helps in removing impurities and excess oil from skin, while ensuring a long-lasting, clean and refreshing skin.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Speaking on the achievement, Sachin Killawala, Marketing Director, NIVEA India said"We are excited to receive this certification from Guinness World Records®. This global recognition strengthens our commitment to NIVEA MEN’s mission of making men’s skin care easier and quicker. This accomplishment, especially in such unprecedented times, showcases that nothing can stop us from trying to make our customers happy with the best of skincare products."


Mr. Swapnil Dangarikar, Official Adjudicator, Guinness World Records, said, "We would like to congratulate NIVEA India and all the participants on this new world record achievement. We are also happy that this was NIVEA India's very first world record and hope it sets a precedent for more in the future. I am happy to say, NIVEA India, you are Officially Amazing.”


About Beiersdorf AG

Beiersdorf AG is a leading provider of innovative, high-quality skincare products and has over 135 years of experience in this market segment. The Hamburg-based company has approximately 20,000 employees worldwide and is listed on the DAX, the German benchmark equities index. Beiersdorf generated sales of more than 7.2 billion euros in fiscal year 2018. The Beiersdorf product portfolio is characterized by strong, globally leading skincare and personal care brands such as NIVEA – the world’s number one skincare brand* – Eucerin, Hansaplast, and La Prairie. They impress millions of people around the world every day with their innovative and high-quality products. The extensive portfolio is complemented by other renowned brands like Labello, Aquaphor, Florena, 8X4, Hidrofugal, atrix, Maestro, and Coppertone. Beiersdorf’s wholly owned affiliate tesa SE, another globally leading manufacturer in its field, supplies self-adhesive products and system solutions to industry, craft businesses, and consumers

SaveOurSchools, A Campaign by AoPS, Triggered Massive Support

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India : The online campaign witnessed more than one lakh tweets, became No. 4 trending nationally, No. 5 in Mumbai/Bengaluru and No. 1 in Gujarat on Twitter on Sunday, July 27, 2020
  • The digital movement #SaveOurSchools intended against the Gujarat government's recent GR on not to levy tuition fees from parents till the schools do not resume to normalcy

  • "The state government decision was completely a hogwash and our digital campaign proved that by getting overwhelming support from the education fraternity," said Mr. Manan Choksi, Past President, AoPS

  • Educators, teachers, parents, and students extended the support to the campaign on Twitter


Rebuffing the myth over parents' displeasure towards the schools on payment of fees, Ahmedabad based 

Association of Progressive Schools (AoPS) stormed the Twitter with their #SaveOurSchools campaign. The digital campaign was designed to oppose Gujarat government's order to collect no fees from the parents till the schools open regularly. On Sunday, July 26, the campaign received tremendous support from Twitterati as the online campaign witnessed more than one lakh tweets, became No. 4 trending nationally, No. 5 in Mumbai/Bengaluru and No. 1 in Gujarat Twitter. The aim of the campaign was to create a massive voice for the concern towards school education and influence the state government to take a favorable decision that is suitable to all the sections of the education fraternity.


Speaking on this initiative, Mr. Manan Choksi, Past President and Member of AoPS, said, "We had received tremendous support from parents and other sections of the society backing the various initiatives taken by the self-financed schools for the betterment of students' education during COVID-19 pandemic. A large number of parents had shown their disagreement towards the government's GR on not to levy fees till normal classes resume. Buoyed by their support, we had launched a digital campaign #SaveOurSchools to further echo our voice and get further support nationally. This coming together for the sake of the education fraternity in Gujarat was an important step to stop what was shortsighted and will have deep consequences for everyone."


"In 2017, a Fee Regulatory Committee (FRC) was set up by Gujarat government to regulate fee structure of schools in Gujarat. Despite submitting the genuine expenses approved by the auditors, the FRC drastically reduced the fees charged by private schools. Just like every other sector, the private schools also faced a big hit due to COVID-19 pandemic and it's after effects. Last week the state government had restricted all the schools not to collect fees from the parents till the schools resume normally. In such a situation, how the schools will pay the salaries of teaching staff? Such a decision is completely hogwash and our digital campaign proved that by getting support from the education fraternity," added Mr. Choksi.


The association had invited all the educators, teachers, parents, and students to come forward and join in the Tweet Storm. AoPS also arranged a short training session on Saturday, 25th July to understand how it works and what the participants can write about the campaign. This was especially planned for the people who had not optimized the use of Twitter previously as the session could help them to understand the focus, the strategy, and the use of their Twitter account.


About Association of Progressive Schools (AoPS)

Association of Progressive Schools (AoPS) is an organisation formed by Self-financed schools in Ahmedabad for upliftment of educational standards of member schools and has a cordial atmosphere for progress of education sector in Gujarat. AoPS, formed in 2016, comprises of many private schools of Ahmedabad and surrounding areas. It was formed to encourage sharing of resources and knowledge held by individual schools. The Association aims at equipping the schools through better training and sharing of best practices. The Association is managed by an Executive Committee that drives the vision ahead.

Gujarat Government and UK India Business Council Sign MoU to Strengthen the State's Industrial Development

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India : The UK India Business Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb),Industries  and Mines Department, Government of Gujarat, the premier agency focused on accelerating industrial development in the state.                                                                                                                             This collaborative partnership between the UKIBC and Government of Gujarat will help to boost business and industrial development in the state. It will also aim to proactively enhance the business environment and strengthen collaboration with British businesses in Gujarat.


The MoU was signed at a virtual roundtable by Ms. Neelam Rani, Managing Director, Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb), Government of Gujarat and Mr. Kevin McCole, Managing Director, UKIBC in the presence of Mr. Peter Cook, Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission – Ahmedabad, Mr. MK Das, Principal Secretary (Industries and Mines Department), Government of Gujarat and Ms. Arti Kanwar, Resident Commissioner & Commissioner (Investment Promotion), Government of Gujarat.


Speaking on the occasion, Kevin McCole, Managing Director, UKIBC said, “I am delighted to be signing this MoU today, deepening the UKIBC partnership with Gujarat, which began in 2013 when we were first Partner Organisation at Vibrant Gujarat and look forward to having a similar partnership for Vibrant Gujarat 2021. We are therefore building on a position of strength. There is no doubt that Gujarat is one the most attractive investment destinations in India, most recently evidenced by HSBC announcing their expansion into GIFT - the Gujarat International Fin-Tech City. Collaborations like the one being formalized today are crucial at this time while the world is responding and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. With collaboration between countries and between businesses and governments vital to ensure economic and social resilience, there is huge potential for the UK and Gujarat partnership.”


Addressing the forum, Mr. MK Das, Principal Secretary (Industries and Mines Department), Government of Gujarat said, “Gujarat has always stood strong against external shocks and has emerged as a land of abundant opportunities over a period of time. This resilience is reinforced by the strong entrepreneurial spirit of Gujarat and the Government’s commitment to support businesses and investments with greater openness, ease of doing business and policy stability.”


Through this virtual roundtable, UKIBC was pleased to hear from the State Government of Gujarat on how they are evolving their policies and building a stronger business eco-system system to support existing businesses as well as initiatives to attract investment into the State as the world grapples with the ongoing global crisis of COVID-19.


Neelam Rani, Managing Director, iNDEXTb, Government of Gujarat said, “Gujarat is greatly contributing towards a prosperous and resilient India through stronger economic capacities. The collaboration between Gujarat and UK can further strengthen the endeavour towards building an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.”


Mr. Peter Cook, Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission – Ahmedabad mentioned, “Am so glad to join and support the UKIBC in their ambitions to strengthen business and enterprise

between the UK and Gujarat. This MOU opens a new chapter in partnership and collaboration and a renewed prospect of a more prosperous relationship. I look forward to working closely with UKIBC and counterparts in Gujarat to deliver the benefits of stronger trade and commerce between us.”


UKIBC will also support interactions between UK businesses and the State Government to provide direct feedback from business on the ease of doing business, market access and other relevant issues which can further bolster business confidence and enhance the operating environment for doing business. These interactions will take the form of dialogues, annual ministerial meetings and various delegation visits.


UKIBC will also work towards future investment opportunities, strengthening its relationship with state governments, supporting its members in addressing their key asks and smoothing investor interactions in different markets.


About the UKIBC

The UK India Business Council (UKIBC) is the premier membership-led organisation supporting the promotion of trade, business and investment between the two countries. UKIBC plays an influential role in creating and sustaining an environment in which trade and investment flourishes. Through its insights, networks, policy advocacy, services and facilities, the UK India Business Council supports UK businesses to achieve success.


Huawei Launched FreeBuds 3i

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i TWS earbuds 
 New Delhi, Delhi, India  : Huawei Consumer Business Group, India announced the launch of its much awaited HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i TWS earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and a unique in-ear design that comes with a Triple Mic Setup for best in class ‘Active Noise Cancellation’. The TWS earbuds come with premium design elements and offer crystal clear and rich sound quality.nterested customers can visit the Official Website for more information about the Huawei FreeBuds 3i, which will be available for the price of Rs. 9,990. The announcement of the launch also comes with an exclusive and exciting offer for customers - a Band 4 worth Rs. 3.099 that will come at no additional charge with the much-awaited Huawei FreeBuds 3i; this offer will be available from 6th to 7th August 2020 for Prime Member on Amazon, and it will be open till 12th August 2020 to all other customers.


Huawei’s bolstered technological advancements in the audio devices market, with the latest and upcoming FreeBuds 3i being a benchmark product in the TWS Industry, making it the first of its kind in the earbuds' category.


Speaking at the occasion, Huawei India spokesperson, said, "Huawei as a brand constantly aspires to be a leader in the technology innovation space. The Huawei FreeBuds 3i offer one of the best ANC experiences in the industry today-giving users an immersive acoustic experience. The three-mic system is the best in enhanced listening and call quality regardless of outside noise and comes with an Aware Mode and offers the user customised controls which makes it a unique device.


The design is inspired from the fast-paced lifestyles of millennials, the earbuds snugly fit in the ears for long hours with ease, making it perfect for sportsmen and fitness enthusiasts, working professionals and music lovers. The FreeBuds 3i delivers impressive sound quality blocking unwanted noise and has a long battery life with the ANC on,” added Huawei India spokesperson.


Ultimate Active Noise Cancellation

Whether listening to music, holding calls or experiencing thrilling movie audio effects, users can enjoy uninterrupted moments with the ultimate noise-cancelling experience. HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i comes with Triple-Mic call noise reduction, which has two outward-facing mics and one inward-facing mic. While the outward-facing mic detects ambient noise to actively counter with anti-noise, the inward-facing mic picks up the other noises in the ears for further cancellation, actively lowering background noise by up to 32dB*. The three mics offer thorough noise cancellation for improved call quality, bringing an immersive listening experience.


Convenient pairing, Powerful bass technology

The Huawei FreeBuds 3i comes fitted with a polymer composite diaphragm that offers professional tuning to deliver balanced audio. With its 10 mm large dynamic drivers it delivers powerful bass, giving audiences a ‘True Noise Cancellation, True Wireless Stereo’ listening experience. The pairing is simple and easy with the Pop to Pair, Ready to Start feature when the charging case is open, making it convenient for users. With its IPX4 water-resistant technology, the user can easily use this in rainy weather. The FreeBuds 3i also gives a playback of upto 3.5 hours.


Premium design features, Lightweight

The earbuds design gives it a premium look, with dimensions which are a perfect fit for the ears, it comes with 4 silicone tips in different sizes for comfort and a secure fit. Offering better sound quality because of its shape. The weight of each earbud is about 5.5g and the charging case is about 51g, making it light and easy to carry at one's convenience.


Three Tap technology, Powerful ANC

The audio device boasts of a plethora of class-leading features including simple and stable connectivity, three tap technology which is an excellent user-friendly feature that has a double feature to play and pause music, and answer and end calls; and with its long tap technology feature to activate ANC.


Huawei’s FreeBuds 3i's latest technology advancements set it apart in design, sound quality, ANC capabilities, and easy to carry. With its wearing detection technology, the FreeBuds 3i syncs with the users every move.


Pricing and Availability

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3i will be available in two classic colours: Carbon Black and Ceramic White and is priced at INR 9990.


The product will come with an exclusive and exciting offer for customers – a HUAWEI Band 4 worth Rs. 3,099 for absolutely no extra charge; This offer will be available from 6th to 7th August 2020 for Prime Member on Amazon, and it will be open till 12th August 2020 for all customers.


About Huawei Consumer BG

Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world’s population. Fifteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services, etc. Huawei’s global network is built on almost 30 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.