Hyundai launches the Elite i20 in Auto Expo 2018

The new Elite i20 will be available in 6 options with brand new alloy wheels
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With winter coming to an end, the Auto Expo in Delhi has started. Like every year, there will be a launch of some fabulous cars, including Mercedes, Toyota and many more. Apart from the luxury cars, this year also witnessed the launch of the new Elite i20 model by Hyundai Motor Company.

This premium car was launched on February 7, Wednesday. Director of Sales and Marketing, Hyundai India Pvt.Ltd, Rakesh Srivastava was present at the launch.

Elite i20 is a revised version of the preceding model with a few modifications on features and an enhancement in appearance.

Pronounced changes can be figured out from the face of the car itself. The highlighting features being a new black cascading grille, a redesigned headlamp with LED daytime running lights, bumper with inbuilt spoiler and an arrow-head fog lamp housing. The body of the car gives out a stylish muscular look with the sculpted doors and new alloy wheels. The rear looks somewhat different with bigger tail lamps and newly designed tailgate.

The interior of this new model did go through significant changes and looks more superior compared to the old one. In this new model, the center console features a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports inbuilt navigation and connectivity devices including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Elite i20 is also equipped with 6 airbags, parking assist and auto door lock at high speed, all these features will provide the passengers with maximum safety.

Mileage of this new model is 1.2 litre in case of petrol and 1.4 litres in that of diesel. The higher variants have a CTV automatic gearbox. However, the lower variants have a manual transmission.

The petrol variant of the Elite i20 starts from Rs. 5.35 lakh, going up to Rs. 7.91 lakh. While the diesel model lies within the range of Rs. 6.73 lakh to Rs. 9.16 lakh. Bookings for this new Hyundai launch is open.

Overall, this new model is nothing more than a modified version of its predecessor.

Sources: News18, Times of India

India’s first solar powered railway unit launched

The Indian Railways launched the first 1600 HP solar powered Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) train on Friday. This first of its kind unit was launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. The launch happened at Safdarjung Railway station in New Delhi.

The Indian Express reported that this development happened due to the solar mission to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. The solar power loaded unit was at the Shakurbasti shed. The shed has provisioned a dual fuel system in 16 of 1400 HP driving power cars. Prabhu in his Railway Budget this year mentioned about the plan to generate 1000 megawatts solar power in the next five years. Jackson Engineers Limited, a Noida based firm has been entrusted the responsibility to provide solar panels for such coaches to be used for the pilot projects in Chennai and Amritsar.

The Economic Times informs that the train is scheduled to journey from Sarai Rohila in New Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana. The train has a total of 16 solar panels. These panels produce 300 watts of power individually and are fitted on six coaches. These panels cost Rs 54 lakh and are manufactured through the “Make in India” initiative. It can travel for 72 hours with the help of its power back-up battery.


Sources: Indian Express, Economic Times
Image Source: Indian Express Photo by Abhinav Saha


Amazon Launches its Prime Service In India

The much awaited membership service called Amazon Prime has been launched in India. With the launch of this service, the already intense competition between the arch rivals Amazon and Flipkart will reach new levels.

“With Prime, guaranteed one-day delivery becomes an everyday experience instead of an occasional indulgence, and with no minimum purchases, it provides unlimited convenience all year long,” Amit Agarwal, Vice-President & Country Head, Amazon India informed TOI.”

Speaking about the benefit to sellers, he further added, “Fulfillment by Amazon is now a more powerful opportunity to rapidly grow their business and at the same time, provide customers across India with vast selection and unlimited fast free Prime delivery.”

Amazon Prime is already a big attraction in the USA. Jeff Bezos, CEO & Founder of Amazon, announced recently an additional $3 billion investment to Indian market, after already having pumped in $2 billion.

Amazon Prime users will be able to avail free shipping for anything they order without any price cap. Another feature is that members will also be able to secure one or two day deliveries free of cost. Also be 30-minute early access for new and latest deals will be available, reports the Indian Express. For an additional cost, members will also be availing morning deliveries in up to twenty cities. Only the products with the Prime Logo attached to them shall be eligible for this service.
Amazon Prime service will cost members Rs 499 per year. As of now, there is a 60-day free trial period.

Sources: The Indian Express, Times Of India

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Now You Can Discover the World’s First 4K Display

Image Source: NDTV Gadgets
Image Source: NDTV Gadgets

There is no dubiety that Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium is the world’s first top Smartphone, featuring a 4K display with a resolution of 2160×3840 pixels and a magnificent pixel solidity of 806ppi. The new Sony Smartphone has many excellent features and specification in it. Sony has announced the Launch of Sony Xperia Z5 Preimum in November 2015. The price of Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is yet to be decided but according to the sources, the expected price of the Sony Smartphone is Rs. 64,999. The great features of the Sony Xperia Z5 premium are its 4K display, excellent processor, Front Camera with 5-megapixel and Rear Camera with 23- megapixel with Auto Focus.

The specifications also include an octa-core processor,  3GB RAM with the Storage of 32 GB, Operating System (OS) 5.1, Battery Capacity 3430mAh, Bluetooth 4.1, water proof and dust proof, it is  available in single & dual-sim variants. It is also available in Chrome, Gold & Black colors.

Sony is also providing the fingerprint feature in their Smartphone. For instance; adding a fingerprint sensor which works, as it does on the Galaxy Note 5 & iPhone 6 Plus as a security measure to unlock the phone.

So, if you are looking for a Smartphone with high quality and excellent in features. Then, you might want to check out Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

Limca pays tribute to the Centennial of the Indian film industry

Indian Cinema has not grown because of the Government, but despite it!”, remarked Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Manish Tiwari, while addressing the audience present during the release of the 24th edition of the Limca Book of Records. The book was launched on the 10th day of April, at the FICCI Auditorium, New Delhi and the book’s theme this year celebrates the Centennial of Indian Cinema, while focusing on people who have left their footprints in their respective fields of specialization.

Leading quizmaster Barry O’Brien was the anchor for the event and lived up to his title ‘Master of Ceremonies’ by keeping the audience enthralled and in splits with comments like “Are you related to my wife? She always has counter-questions”. During breaks between the sequence of events, O’Brien tested the audience on their knowledge of the Indian film industry with picture quizzes of the most popular personalities, and asking questions like “Which Indian holds the record of 50,000 fan clubs across the globe?” (Rajnikanth, for the uninitiated). O’Brien then went on to speak about how the book can help people from different backgrounds — teachers, students, quizmasters like himself, film-makers.

A short screening followed, which was a montage of the establishment of 2 decades of Coca-Cola in India, in addition to the 24th edition of the Limca Book of Records. The book boasts of over 10,000 achievements which have been compiled over 20 chapters — all of which weave inspiring stories of people from the film industry who had a thirst for more than just films, and like O’Brien aptly put it, “if the thirst is alive, then the show will go on..”, and how! Stories of not only “stars”, but also photographers, musicians, documentary film-makers, editors, cinematographers, and regional film-makers were just some of the many luminaries who have excelled in their respective fields and found their way to secure a position in the book.

Minister Tiwari was then welcomed with a bouquet of flowers and the ceremonial ‘tankha’, and went on to light the lamp.

Atul Singh, the President of Coca-Cola, South-West Asia, then stepped on to the dais and spoke about how each year, the jury appointed by the company diligently nominates and selects ‘People of the Year’. “Many people have contributed over the years, but we’re honoring just 20 of these people today,” he said. Members of the afore-stated jury include H.K. Dua (Member of Parliament), and film critic of South Indian cinema, Pratibha Sastri.

They say a few passions unite Indians. One of them is cinema.

Following this, a brief tribute was played, to 25 legends that are no longer in our midst, but touched our hearts and lives nonetheless. Some of these magnates included the “Iron Man” Dara Singh, T. Damodaran, A.K. Hangal, Jaspal Bhatti, Gavin Packard, Raj Kanwar, Achala Sachdeva and Jose Prakash. Out of the 20 people honored, 7 were present at the function and were then called on stage to be awarded individually — Actress Shabana Azmi, Director Jahnu Barua, Cinematographers V.K. Murthy and Santosh Sivan, Choreographer Prabhu Deva, Editor Sreekar Prasad and Documentary Filmmaker Mike Pandey.

Mike Pandey, whose film, “The Vanishing Giants”, triggered a campaign, spoke about the urgent need for documentary channels and threw light upon the alarming rate (67%) of Indians who are without information and education. “Dcoumentaries can fill that gap, being agents of change.” Pandey then went on to urge a very poker-faced Manish Tiwari to provide such a platform.

The remaining 13 people couldn’t make it to the event, as each one of them was busy shooting for their respective films — Actors Naseeruddin Shah, Kamal Haasan and Ranbir Kapoor, Directors Mira Nair, Aparna Sen, Mani Ratnam, K. Vishwanath and Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Scriptwriter Gulzar, being some of them.

This book, that strings together ‘Indian’ achievements, was launched in 1986. Since then, its objective has remained simple – providing a platform to seemingly “ordinary” Indians to portray their talent[s] in their search for excellence. Since its inception, the book has been an amalgamation of sorts – combining thrills with humor in equal measures, but simultaneously informative and perhaps even inspiring.

Twenty-eight-year-old Mangalorean, Vilas Naik painted a magnified version of the Book, within 3mins.
Twenty-eight-year-old Mangalorean, Vilas Naik painted a magnified version of the Book, within 4mins.