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Mercedes-Benz Launches All New A-Class

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Mercedes-Benz India has launched the awaited A-Class in Mumbai on 30 May, in continuation to its product offensive for 2013.

Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India commented, “With the new A-Class Mercedes-Benz now pioneers the Compact Luxury segment in India which reflects the changing customer trend of compact being equated to cool and trendy. The A-Class embodies the changing preference of the youth in today’s social milieu who increasingly prefer compact luxury. The A-Class is also the safest cars with 11 drive assistance systems; and is India’s most fuel efficient luxury car with 1000 kms run in a full tank of diesel, having a Cd of 0.27. The A-Class boasts of endless equipment options including a world-class in-car infotainment system. We are confident that the dynamic design and class leading performance is sure to make the A-Class the choice of the new generation.”

The A-Class introduces a new chapter in the compact luxury segment: markedly emotive in design, with an efficient 1.6 litre, 4 cylinder petrol engine and 2.2 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine with streamlined aerodynamic design ensuring minimalistic drag coefficient of 0.27. The new A-Class underlines that safety for Mercedes-Benz safety is always the top priority, with 7 Airbags. The A-Class features ESP (Electronic Stability Program), helping to minimize the loss of control of the car during emergency braking. ASR (Acceleration Skid Control), electric parking brake, ABS (Antilock Braking System), Brake Assist System, Attention Assist and Hill Start Assist in cohesion makes the A-Class one of the safest cars on Indian roads.

The A 180 CDI Style will be available at an introductory price of Rs 21,93,500  ex-showroom Mumbai and the A 180 Sport will be available at an introductory price of Rs 22,73,500 ex-showroom Mumbai. 

Jakson Bags Two New Solar Rooftop Orders
Jakson Power Solutions, India’s power solutions Company, has announced that it has secured two new orders for installing solar rooftop systems at Bangalore and Pune.

Jakson will set up the 80 KWp solar rooftop unit with a facility of battery back-up at Karnataka State Disaster Management centre, Bangalore. The project is slated to be completed by July 2013. The project will provide round the clock, uninterrupted power to the disaster management centre.

Jakson had installed the first 100 KWp BOO solar rooftop project at Raipur Airport in Chhattisgarh which was commissioned in November 2012. The company has installed 345 panels, which will produce 1,26,000 Kwh energy annually. It is the first major PV installation project in India for any airport and it is intended to meet the partial energy needs of the facility. The company will manage operation and maintenance of the facility for next 25 years. Based on successful commissioning of this project, AAI is replicating this model at various other airports under its fold.

Microsoft India Joins Forces With Viva Group of Institutions
Microsoft Corporation India has joined forces with Viva Group of Institutions to increase student employability through its education resource program, Ed-vantage.

The program provides a platform for corporate houses to hire high-caliber Microsoft Technology Certified Students from colleges for internship and employment. Ed-vantage allows for the facilitation of industry connections for eligible students.

Viva Group of Institutions is Microsoft’s first Ed-vantage Platinum Campus in the state of Maharashtra. Viva Group of Institutions has passed stringent qualifying criteria to qualify for this prestigious association. Building on their illustrious record of accomplishment in helping students understand and prepare for future challenges, the Group has taken their ability to deliver industry ready human resources to the next level by partnering with Microsoft as an exclusive Ed-vantage PLATINUM campus.

In another first for this region, Microsoft will also collaborate with Viva Group of Institutions to host a Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC), a state-of-the-art technology facility for innovative research, technology, and software solutions. This will be achieved through a combination of academic, government, and industry participants.

Tata Housing Signs MoU With NSC To Promote Environment, Health and Safety
Tata Housing, India’s fastest growing real estate development company, has signed a MoU with the National Safety Council of India (NSC) to create awareness and promote the cause of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) in the Indian real estate industry. This agreement represents Tata Housing’s persistent efforts to make EHS rules and regulations a priority for the real estate industry.

Brotin Banerjee, MD and CEO, Tata Housing, said, “The Tata Group being a pioneer of Employee Welfare approach in India, EHS naturally ranks on top as one of the Group’s core philosophy of doing business. In line with the group’s ethos, we at Tata Housing are looking at building the most effective approach for building an EHS-conscious industry. We are partnering with National Safety Council of India (NSC) to institutionalize occupational health standards which will help to inculcate a safety culture within the real estate sector.”

V. B. Sant, Director General – the National Safety Council of India, commented, “Construction is considered as one of the most risky industries when it comes to occupational safety, and the rate of fatal accidents is about 4 to 5 times than in manufacturing. A recent research suggests the average Fatal Accident Frequency Rate (FAFR) in Indian construction sector is 15.8 for 1000 employees as against 0.23 in the USA.

He further added, “Through this MOU, National Safety Council of India along with Tata Housing Development Company Limited intends to ensure that compliance of health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) regulations is on a sustainable level and not one-time practice. We endeavour to achieve these objectives by propagating these messages through training modules and educational elements such as training videos, onsite physical training, etc., amongst lakhs of construction workers working across construction sites all over India.”