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Audi Drives Into Madurai With New TT Coupe

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Audi, the leading German luxury car manufacturer on Wednesday (29 April) opened Audi Madurai, its third showroom in Tamil Nadu. This world-class showroom was inaugurated by Joe King, Head, Audi India and Mr. Ananda Krishnan, Managing Director, Audi Madurai and Audi Coimbatore (Jahnvi Motor (P) Ltd.). The entire Audi India model range will be showcased in this showroom. Continuing with its quest towards bringing the best of luxury cars to its customers, Audi also launched the all-new Audi TT Coupé on Wednesday in Tamil Nadu/Madurai.

"In the recent past, we have witnessed an exponential surge in demand for luxury cars coming out of Tamil Nadu. Opening a third showroom in the third largest city of the state is the next logical step after Chennai and Coimbatore. This 3S showroom reinstates our commitment and seriousness towards this market. Audi Madurai will enable us to command a leadership position in the state and also act as a catalyst towards our dominance in the Southern part of India," said Mr. Joe King, Head, Audi India.

LINE Releases “Pray for Nepal” Charity Stickers
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Nepal on April 25, 2015, resulting in widespread destruction across the capital of Kathmandu to regions beyond. To share its support, LINE has released a set of charity stickers “Pray for Nepal” around the world. All proceeds from the sticker sales, after deducting service charges, will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society’s relief fund for the 2015 Nepal earthquake. The fund will be used for relief activities in the affected areas of Nepal.
Pray for Nepal” stickers will be available for purchase till May 31 through the in-app Sticker Shop and LINE store for $0.99 or 50 LINE Coins.

Enterprise Readiness Of Samsung Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are equipped with defense-grade security and enhanced manageability in order to foster a new level of productivity for business professionals and provide industry leading, out-of-the-box business solutions. The devices come fully equipped and preloaded with Microsoft Office Mobile and OneNote and offers 115GB of additional free cloud service for two years with Microsoft One Drive, allowing for extra storage space that business professionals need for various documents.
In addition, through Samsung’s longstanding partnerships with major enterprise technology companies, solutions from providers including Cisco and Oracle work seamlessly on the S6 software platform. Other enterprise-specific features include faster, more powerful functionality via high performing chipset (14nm mobile processor) and 64bit OS, improved battery life with faster charging (4-hr/10 min) and enhanced email experience and multi-tasking features for business professionals.

TCS And GRI Collaborate

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, today announced the launch of the “Moving Beyond Disclosure: Leveraging Sustainability Reporting to Drive Change”, a study undertaken in collaboration with GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), the developer of the world’s most widely used Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.

“At GRI, we see sustainability reporting as a strategic tool: a process that presents significant opportunities for Indian businesses to grow in a manner that also benefits their stakeholders,” said Aditi Haldar, Director of GRI’s India Focal Point.

IFC, IREDA Partner To Boost Financing

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA) will partner to provide much-needed infrastructure financing for renewable energy projects in India, which, in turn, will help boost growth and create jobs.

“The partnership will help IREDA increase its portfolio in financing renewable energy projects, to support the government of India’s plans to establish up to 175 gigawatts of renewable energy projects over the next seven years,” said K. S. Popli, Chairman and Managing Director, IREDA. “Our clients will have access to global best practices including IFC’s environmental and social guidelines.”

Verizon Announces Software Defined Networking Strategy
Verizon, working closely with a number of its key technology partners – Alcatel Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Juniper Networks and Nokia – announced today it is transforming its network by implementing a software defined network architecture, laying the groundwork for new innovative services and applications. This SDN-based architecture is designed to introduce new operational efficiencies and allow for the enablement of rapid and flexible service delivery to Verizon’s customers. SDN is a new approach to designing, building and managing communications networks.

“Verizon and its key technology partners have always focused on providing high-performance networks for our customers, and with SDN architecture we will continue to ensure our network and services meet the needs of our customers, today and in the future," says Roger Gurnani, Verizon Chief Information Officer And Technology Architect.
Microsoft India Unveils ’Build Your Business’
Microsoft India today unveiled the ‘Build Your Business (BYB)’ curriculum for Indian youth, at the second edition of YouthSpark Live event in Bengaluru. A comprehensive package for micro and small businesses, BYB curriculum provides best practices, access to technology, and training tools to help skill entrepreneurs and grow their businesses. The curriculum will be available as a download for all non-profit organizations focused on empowering youth.
Commenting on the curriculum’s role in helping fuel the growth of entrepreneurship in India, Rajinish Menon, Director, Microsoft Ventures India, said, “We have a long-standing commitment to helping youth realize their full potential. Build Your Business curriculum is aimed at empowering entrepreneurs and startups with tools and practices to develop their business strategy, build and sustain their business, and effectively compete in the marketplace. With this, we hope to encourage youth to become entrepreneurs and job creators.”

L&T To Commence Construction Of Eminence
In yet another milestone for Wave City Center, Larsen & Toubro (L & T), one of India's best construction companies is to commence construction for Eminence - ultra luxurious serviced residences at Wave City Center.   

Talking about the construction being awarded to L&T, Amar Sinha, Executive Director, WaveInfratechsaid "We at Wave Infratech are happy to announce the construction of Eminence awarded to Larsen & Toubro, one of India's best construction company. The excavation of the Eminence site has already been completed and with L&T on board, the construction would be completed in 42 months as scheduled."

Rackspace Launches Green UK Data Centre
Rackspace, the managed cloud company, along with data centre and colocation provider Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) has today unveiled its new UK data centre. Based in Crawley, West Sussex, the 130,000 square foot data centre will help to meet the growing demand for managed cloud services in the UK and Europe. The facility has been designed with the specific needs of Rackspace customers in mind, encompassing top speeds, availability and energy efficiency.
Mark Roenigk, COO, Rackspace, commented: “This data centre is the epitome of intelligent 21st century infrastructure engineering. It is intricately designed to provide a powerful engine to beat at the very heart of business operations. Highly accessible data that is securely stored and intelligently managed is a mission critical requirement for our customers’ businesses. As firms now look to the cloud for competitive advantage, sites like our new facility are quietly powering our economy, as well as the huge growth in ecommerce, mobile payments, the burgeoning Internet of Things industry, and the need to capture real time data and analytics."