Steelbird Helmets celebrates Hindi Diwas with College Students and Two Wheeler Riders

On the Occasion of Hindi Divas, Steelbird Helmets, Asia’s largest Helmet manufacturer came out with a limited edition helmets printed in Hindi “स्टीलबर्ड” to distribute among two wheelers riders in Delhi & students of Bharti College.

The helmets were exclusively distributed to the students of Bharati College which is situated in Janakpuri & two wheeler riders in different locations of Delhi for Free of Cost. This initiative by Steelbird Helmets also promotes the use of ISI Helmets amongst the college students & other riders.

“Steelbird Helmets promotes the Hindi language and we are honored to distribute the limited edition helmets to the college students and Two wheeler riders free of cost. Once again Steelbird helmets is first to come up with such a campaign to promote hindi language. Our aim is to make people & students aware that Hindi plays a significant role in connecting the citizens of India.” says Mr. Shailendra Jain, Global Group Head – Sales & Marketing, Steelbird Helmets.

Hindi Divas is celebrated on 14 September because on this day in 1949, the Constituent Assembly of India had adopted Hindi written in Devanagari script as the official language of the Republic of India.

Early puberty in boys increases substance abuse problems

A new study suggests that boys experiencing early puberty are at a higher risk for substance use than those who attain puberty later.

Researchers at Purdue University suggest that brain-related testosterone activity contributes to an increased risk of substance use more than an earlier appearance of maturity and accompanying social pressures in early pubescent boys.

“The earlier your first sip of alcohol or that you try other kinds of drugs, the more likely you are to go on to develop lifelong addiction and problems with substance use. A good way to prevent long-term substance use problems is to delay that onset as long as possible,” said Kristine Marceau, an assistant professor.

Early doses of testosterone speed the development of certain areas of the brain that heighten reward-seeking behaviour before the brain develops those parts involved in decision-making and impulse control. This mismatch puts youth at risk of engaging in substance use before time.

Understanding the cause for increased substance use behaviour in early adolescents is necessary for developing prevention strategies that protect for the avoidance of lifelong problems with addiction.

Half of the boys in the study came from families with fathers who had problems with substance use disorders, a rate far higher than the average population. Boys matriculated into the study starting at age 11. Researchers followed the boy’s relationship with substance use for ten different drugs at age 16 until the age of 30. Nurses took observational measures of physical signs of puberty and hormone concentrations.

Testosterone and its initial timing rather than visible puberty-related changes and the pace at which boys progressed through puberty were identified as the culprit for the increased substance use behaviour. The findings appeared in the Journal of Child Development.

LIC board approves acquisition of 51% stake in IDBI Bank

The LIC board on Monday gave approval to the insurance behemoth for acquiring of up to 51% stake in IDBI Bank, economic affairs secretary S C Garg said.

Now the state-owned Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) will approach markets regulator SEBI.

Insurance regulator IRDAI has already given its approval to the insurer for the stake purchase. Garg said the board, which met in New Delhi, approved LIC buying up to 51% stake in IDBI Bank.

LIC stake buy will help the debt-ridden state-owned bank get a capital support of Rs 10,000- 13,000 crore.

LIC has been looking to enter the banking space by acquiring a majority stake in IDBI Bank as the deal is expected to provide business synergies despite the lender’s stressed balance sheet.

It will get about 2,000 branches through which it can sell its products, while the bank would get massive funds from LIC.

Once the deal goes through, IDBI Bank, which is grappling with mounting toxic loans with gross non-performing assets rising to a staggering Rs 55,600 crore at the end of the March quarter, will get much needed capital support to revive its fortune.

MahaRERA must ensure quality of new constructions: Devendra Fadnavis

Fadnavis said the authority must make a provision of third-party audits of projects.

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRera) must now focus on ensuring that the quality of construction of newly constructed projects is on a par with what was promised by the developer, suggested chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. He was speaking at an event held on the occasion of the first anniversary of MahaRera on Tuesday. Fadnavis said the authority must make a provision of third-party audits of projects. “The committee can have representatives of all stakeholders and from consumers,” he said. He said the government is considering to bring redevelopment of slums and Mhada buildings under MahaRera rules. With the release of the development plan, there will be more activity in the real estate sector, he added. “There is going to a huge stock of affordable housing ready in the state.” He added that nearly 60% of the constructions in the state were registered under MahaRera and the authority has managed to give confidence to bo-th consumers and developers. “When we were setting up MahaRera, I was approached by several developers who were skeptical… a year later, all their fears have been put to rest.”   

WhatsApp’s CEO Jan Koum to leave Facebook over privacy clash: Everything to know

WhatsApp’s CEO Jan Koum to leave Facebook over privacy clash: Everything to know

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum will be leaving Facebook. Koum’s departure is believed to be over clashes with Facebook over the issue of privacy.

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum will be leaving Facebook, nearly ten years after he and co-founder Brian Action created the popular messaging app. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for nearly $19 billion, which was the social media network’s most expensive acquisition ever. Koum’s departure comes at a time when Facebook is under the scanner over data privacy. It has been reported that the WhatsApp CEO quit over differences with the company regarding user privacy and weakening of encryption. Here’s a look at the reactions to Koum’s exit and what has been confirmed so far.The WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum wrote a short note on his Facebook page announcing his departure from the company. He wrote, “It’s been almost a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people. But it is time for me to move on.” Koum added he was blessed to have worked “with such an incredibly small team and see how a crazy amount of focus can produce an app used by so many people all over the world.” He added that the “team was stronger than ever and will continue to do amazing things.” Koum did not reveal in his post what his next venture will be, but said that he will do things outside of the technology world. This includes “collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars and playing ultimate frisbee.” The post concludes by saying, “And I’ll still be cheering WhatsApp on – just from the outside. Thanks to everyone who has made this journey possible.” While Koum’s post does not talk about disagreements over privacy, a Washington Post report said that he is quitting over clashes with the parent company Facebook on various issues. These include WhatsApp’s overall strategy, Facebook using WhatsApp’s personal data and possible weakening of its encryption. The report cites people who are familiar with internal discussions and notes that Koum’s exit is unusual given he was the only founder of a company bought by Facebook, who was on the company’s board. WhatsApp executives were opposed to Facebook building a user profile with the app’s data which would be used across Facebook and its platforms for ad-targeting, recommending Facebook friends, etc, points out the Washington Post report. However,  both Jan Koum and his co-founder Brian Acton eventually gave in to this idea.It also appears that the WhatsApp founders clashed with Facebook over the mobile payments system which has been rolled out in India. This is based on India’s Unified Payments Interface.  Finally, there were clashes over encryption on WhatsApp with Facebook wanting to make it easier for businesses to use the app and its tools. The report notes, “WhatsApp executives believed that doing so would require some weakening of its encryption.” It also looks like Koum’s exit could be followed by others in November, adds the report.It should be noted that when the Facebook Cambridge Analytica data leak was first revealed, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Action, who had quit the company in February 2018, had tweeted, “It is time. #DeleteFacebook.” Acton is now part of Signal, another messaging app which has secure encryption. In fact, WhatsApp relies on Signal’s protocol for its end-to-end encryption. In a reply to Jan Koum’s post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote, “I will miss working so closely with you. I’m grateful for everything you’ve done to help connect the world, and for everything you’ve taught me, including about encryption and its ability to take power from centralized systems and put it back in people’s hands. Those values will always be at the heart of WhatsApp.”Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg commented on the post saying, “Jan, the work you’ve done building WhatsApp has connected so many people around the world. I’m grateful to have worked with you and I wish you all the best in your next chapter.” There’s no confirmation on who will be the next CEO of WhatsApp.

ABAJ INTRODUCES ENERGY EFFICIENT INVERTER SPLIT AC

ABAJ INTRODUCES ENERGY EFFICIENT INVERTER SPLIT AC

· Has minimum global warming potential, through its Inverter technology

· Saves electricity Bill up to 30% to 50%

· Strengthens its premium brand product portfolio

Abaj, popularly known for its LED TV’s now adds wings to its product portfolio by launching new range of E-Saving Series of ACs under its banner.

The new range will comprise of 3 Star and 5 Star ACs, both 1 Ton and 1.5 Ton which combines value for money and high performance.

Driven by the awareness that air conditioners are power gulping appliances and the leading contributors to high electricity bills as well as accountable for global warming, the mainstay design features of this product are based on power saving and eco-friendliness.

The new E-Saving Series of ACs by Abaj incorporates the Inverter Technology which makes its energy efficient and it is Ozon Free Gas which saves environment.

The 3 Star and 5 Star Inverter Split ACs incorporates key features such as, Refrigerant Type (R-32), 4 Way Air Swing, Variable Speed type Compressor, Turbo Fan Speed, Gold Coated ODU Fins & Tubing.

Another defining characteristic is the 55 db noise level of ODU. The silent ODU function will give great relief to Abaj neighbours..!!

The E-Saving Series air conditioner complies with ISSER ratings also incorporates stylish features like IDU LED Display, Remote Control with LCD Bit Display.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Nirav Patel, MD, Abaj Group, said, “This product is in sync with our brand philosophy and endeavour to delight our customers with innovative and relevant technology while also being true to our loyalty towards environment. This is a future ready product as it is energy saving. With the launch of our 1 ton and 1.5 ton 3 Star and 5 Star E-Saving Series 2018 air conditioners have worked towards building benchmarks for the industry when it comes to energy efficiency and eco-friendly features. Also our government is actively promoting energy conservation – with strict energy rule or by encouraging public sector buildings to replace old inefficient appliances like Lights and ACs. As a responsible and indigenous organization, we have been worked hard to deliver this super-efficient appliance to the consumers. This best in class technology is a make in India product!”

Consumers will also get the benefit of rapid service and the high quality parts used guarantees long life of the product.

RAID & SEARCHES CONDUCTED BY KENT RO IN BANGALORE TO SEIZE DUPLICATE / LOOK ALIKE RO PURIFIERS

Court commissioner  today seized 89 finished products of water purifiers that look more like KENT RO products, at the direction of a city court.
KENT RO Systems Ltd had filed a case against Aqua Star Water Technology Pvt Ltd which operates from Laggere in Bangalore. KENT alleged that latter is manufacturing and marketing the finished products that look more like KENT water purifiers. It sought temporary injunction restraining Aqua Star Water Technology from manufacturing, selling, advertising or any related activities of sales.
Honouring this plea, Court of the City Civil and Session Judge had passed an interim order on January 25, 2018 suspending manufacturing and marketing any products till further hearing. It also allowed take custody of stock of all the infringing purifiers.
The seize operation was conducted at the premises of Acqua Star Water Technologies Pvt Ltd in Laggere earlier today under the supervision of court commissioners appointed by the court. 89 finished products of lookalike KENT Perl, KENT Grand Plus and KENT Supreme were seized. They were manufactured and sold as Aqua Pearl, Aqua Grand Plus and Aqua Supreme.

Steelbird on mission to promote genuine helmet through Steelbird connect

Reinforcing its commitment towards customers, Steelbird Hi-Tech India limited, Asia’s largest Helmet manufacturer, announced the lucky draw winner of ‘Steelbird Connect’ recently. The lucky winner, Mr. Ankit from Rudrapur (Uttarakhand), rides home a funky new Scooty, as the weekend prize of the contest.

Rudrapur is a big market for two wheelers as the city has witnessed massive population growth. It surpassed Kashipur in 2011 to become the second most populous city in Kumaun.  This in turn leads to a lot of potential for helmets with reference to helmet standards. With a winner from this city hopefully we will be able to make more and more customers aware of the existing substandard and fake ISI helmets in the market.

Commenting on this initiative of Steelbird, Rajeev Kapur, MD told that to counter the fake ISI helmets available in the market Steelbird has taken many bold steps and launch of Steelbird Connect is one of the initiatives to safeguard our customers from fake and counterfeits.

Congratulating the winner on this occasion, Mr. Shailendra Jain, Global Group Head-Sales & Marketing (Steelbird), said, “Steelbird has focussed through new mobile app by introducing an innovative engagement for Steelbird consumers. The, ‘Steelbird Connect Mobile App ’ is a step towards engaging and gratifying customers for their constant engagement with the brand. We are happy that we have a winner from Maharashtra of this nation-wide contest.”

Speaking at the occasion, the ecstatic winner Ankit said, “Steelbird is truly the best helmet brand in the country! I am overjoyed on winning the prize today and would like to thank Steelbird for this brand new Scooty. This mobile app is a very innovative way of delighting the customers; I am extremely overjoyed to be the weekend lucky draw winner of a new Scooty!”

As per Mr. Jain “Steelbird has developed Steelbird Connect Mobile application to ensure direct consumers connect with the brand. “Steelbird Connect”  is first of its kind mobile based application in this segment allows customer to check the authenticity of the Steelbird range of products they buy.”

All the Steelbird products w.e.f 1 July 2017 having a unique QR code and buyer can simply download the application on their mobile phone and by scanning QR code every consumer will be ensured of the genuineness of the product they had purchased.

The mobile application has linked with a marketing promotional scheme of Steelbird with a motive to expand the certified helmets market and encourage users to go for only ISI certified helmets and other products. As per this promotional scheme every buyer of Steelbird product is eligible lifelong to win exciting gifts through lucky draw held daily. The lucky draws includes automobile accessories such as gloves, rider jacket and helmets on weekdays and scooty /  car at the weekends.

Sharing the marketing plans, Mr. Shailendra Jain, Global Group Head-Sales & Marketing (Steelbird), said “This app for the Smartphone is developed as a promotional marketing strategy of Steelbird. It will also help the brand to penetrate in new territories, besides do away with the fake Steelbird products existing in the market.” Through the campaign, Steelbird aims to capture another 25% market share. The company has earmarked a budget of Rs. 1 crore for the launch of its campaign. By the end of the year it has planned to give out 40 scooty and 12 cars to its winners apart from the automobile accessories.”

KENT TURBO GRINDER MAKES DOSA BATTER IN 3 MINUTES

It’s time for hunger pangs and cravings for home cooked food. Well, dosas, juices, smoothies and soups….just name it and you will be up for making it! If your kitchen is equipped with the perfect grinder and blender, making a variety of these scrumptious, healthy, fresh and hygienic dishes is no longer a time consuming process. “Kent Smart chef appliances” has introduced the all new and innovative KENT Turbo Grinder and Blender to cook healthy and cook fast.

Commenting on the new appliance Mr. Mahesh Gupta, Chairman Kent RO Systems Ltd said “We, at KENT have always believed that a clean and healthy life is right for every individual. This ethos has made us embark on a journey to develop innovative solutions for purifying water we drink, vegetables and fruits we eat, homes we live in and the air that we breathe. KENT Turbo Grinder and Blender is no exception as it is in sync the brand philosophy. It is a new age high speed blender for home which helps in quick and hygienic processing to make a variety of food and beverages easily at home. It can easily make dosa batter, besan batter, fruit smoothie, cold coffee, soup, soya milk, milk shake, juice and crushed ice in just a few minutes!”

 “Any food appliance that can get people back to cooking in their kitchens by making cooking seem easy and accessible has my thumbs up. Because the fact is that people have been moving away from cooking and that has had disastrous results – it has lead to an epidemic of lifestyle diseases in the country. Fresh, preservative free, nutrient rich food is the need of the day, and that is possible with this noodle and pasta maker” shared Kavita Devgan , celebrity nutritionist and author at the launch.

The Kent Turbo Grinder and Blender features heating function. With the help of this unique feature you can make hot beverages like tea, soup and soya milk in the same jar. With its quick grinding and blending quality you can make dosa batter and grind dal in less than 3 minutes. It comes with a multipurpose jar which means that you can use the same jar for wet and dry grinding for hygienic, convenient and hassle-free experience.

Furthermore it offers preset menu options with automatic operation for extra convenience.  The 12 preset menus utilise a fully automatic process to make a variety of dishes like juices, soya milk, smoothies, milk shakes, ice-cream, herb tea, dosa mix, porridge, soup, powder, mince and steam cooking. The smart LCD display which is a digital panel with LCD screen facilitates you to use different functions for different operations.

Also it is high speed and high power as it made of high- grade Japanese stainless steel blades, 30,000 rpm speed and 3KW motor for effortless grinding as it makes the process quick and efficient.

With its robust built and quality, you can look forward to years of trouble-free service. It has a ABS material body with stainless steel cladding. It also boasts of safety features such as without the lid and the jar in place the appliance will not start. In addition it has overheating and over current protection.

It is a compact appliance which you can place anywhere in the kitchen. It requires hassle free maintenance and is specially designed in a way so that the cleaning is extremely simple. Besides this appliance is easy to dismantle and assemble. Its user-friendly shape makes it extremely easy to use and operate. 

KENT Turbo Grinder and Blender comes under the Kent smart chef appliance. The KENT Turbo Grinder and Blender box contains Kent Turbo grinder and blender base, glass jar with cap and lid, push rod and a user guide. It comes in black colour and is available at all Kent outlets and online on www.kent.co.in. It is extremely pocket friendly priced at Rs. 14,950/-.

So, induce efficiency by adding this ultimate powerhouse to your kitchen – KENT Turbo Grinder and Blender – to cook healthy and cook fast!

Delhi Tops in Rented Floor Search ; Magicbricks Survey

Magicbricks, India’s No.1 property site, analyzed consumer behavior over the last 12 months and “How India searched for Homes in 2017” captured interesting consumer trends in 2017 and tackled the myth that real estate buyers had exited the market due to aftereffects of various policy level interventions during the year.

According to “How India searched for Homes in 2017,” Maharashtra occupied the top spot with seven of its localities outshining to be the most preferred localities around the country. New Delhi remains a winner when it comes to rented properties while Navi Mumbai and Hyderabad are high on the buying meter.

Commenting on the comprehensive year-end report, Mr. Prasun Kumar, Head-Marketing, Magicbricks, said: “We have tried to capture consumer intent & behaviour on our platform through ‘How India searched for homes in 2017.’ In a year marked with several policy changes, the fact that there were more than 15 lakh active searches for a property in 2017 debunks the myth that buyers have exited the market and establishes that Real Estate continues to be a desirable asset for Indians. With prices remaining flattish over the last one year and demand-supply equation balancing out due to fewer project launches, it is certainly the right time for home buyers to invest in their dream home.”

The report – How India searched for Homes in 2017 – also reveals another interesting consumer behavior depicting that the residents are also especially particular about the type of property, down to the floor. Bengaluru is the one city open to mostly all building types. When it comes to specific choices, Hyderabad and Chennai prefer residential houses, plots and villas. Multi-storey apartments are popular in Pune and Navi Mumbai, whereas Delhi, Ghaziabad and Chennai prefer builder floors. Metro cities like Ahmedabad and Mumbai favour penthouses.

Gurgaon is testament to the fact that consumer preference for larger houses is increasing. Other cities like Ahmedabad, Greater Noida, Hyderabad, Pune among others opt for a smaller 1000 sq. ft. Although the 500-750 sq. ft. carpet area option remains the most searched for carpet area in the country, especially in Maharashtra and Kolkata.

Buyers in these top markets not only have preferences for type of house or size of house but they are also particular about the floor. While cities like Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane prefer to stay in higher floors, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata mostly opt for the second floor. Delhi and Chennai remain the only cities that prefer the first floor.

That’s not all; lifestyle habits too dictate how people choose to invest in properties. According to the Magicbricks report, cities like New Delhi, Noida, Kolkata are bachelor-friendly, whereas Ahmedabad, Navi Mumbai and Mumbai might be a struggle for singles. Unquestionably, New Delhi and Kolkata rank high for non-vegetarians, and Ahmedabad is a city perfect for vegetarians. Also, having a pet in cities like Gurgaon, New Delhi, Noida is fairly acceptable, but Chennai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad are so not pet-friendly.