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Hero MotoCorp Commences Operations In Africa, Central And Latin America

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Hero MotoCorp, the largest two-wheeler manufacturer, has announced commencement of its operations in Latin America and Africa.

Pawan Munjal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp, said “We have started despatches to our new international markets in Central and Latin America and Africa. Our first consignments of two-wheelers have already been shipped to Peru in Latin America, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in Central America and to Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast in Africa. We shall also be despatching the first lot of our two-wheelers to Kenya later this month.”

The Hero motorcycles to be sold in these markets include a mix of models from the 100cc and 125cc range. The company has already appointed new distributors and channel partners in all these markets, where retail sales of the Hero two-wheelers is likely to commence in the first quarter  of this fiscal.

Hero MotoCorp today reported sales of 468,283 units of two-wheelers in the month of March 2013. The company has closed the financial year 2012-13 with 60,75,583 units. Hero MotoCorp had sold 5,28,290 units in the corresponding month last year, and 6.2 million in FY 2011-12.

Hero MotoCorp has earmarked Rs 1100 crore as capital expenditure for FY’14. It includes an investment of about Rs 600 crore on company’s upcoming 4th plant and global parts centre at Neemrana, and Rs 100-150 crore on a state-of-the-art integrated R&D centre at Kukas.

Colombia is the only country in Latin America where Hero MotoCorp currently exports to. The other international markets where Hero two-wheelers are sold include Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Asus Announces Nexus 7 Tablet In India
Asus India, digital company, has announced the much awaited Asus Nexus 7 tablet powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, and Jellybean OS with 7-inch tablet comes with all-day battery life and more storage. It has 10.45mm thin and 340g in weight featured with Android 4.2.

“We are elatedto announce the most awaited ASUS Nexus 7 to the Indian consumers. We have received an assenting reception for this tablet from the users globally and we are happy to cater to the growing demand in India by making it easily available in the country. The ASUS Nexus 7 is a promisingly thin, light and portable marvel which will revolutionize your computing experience and to become your permanent travel companion. It is one of the finest products available at an affordable pricing with exceptional speed and performance. We believe that ASUS Nexus 7 will bring us further closer to the persistent perfection that we set to achieve and offer to our consumers,” assertedMr. Peter Chang, Regional Head – South Asia & Country Manager, System Business Group, ASUS India.

The Asus Nexus 7 3G version will be available in India at price of Rs 21,999 whereas the Wi-Fi variant would be available in India at price of Rs 18,999.

Global Green Signs MoU With Driptech
Bangalore-based The Global Green Company, part of the Avantha Group, signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Driptech, USA for the distribution of its proprietary drip irrigation systems.

Under the terms of the MoU, Global Green will purchase, or facilitate the purchase of the drip irrigation systems by its farmers, and Driptech will supply Driptech InstaKit systems approximately equal to 2,500 acres of drip irrigation over the next year. Driptech will train Global Green staff on design and installation of Driptech systems. The two companies will work together to market and train farmers on this technology. The companies will negotiate a longer-term agreement following the conclusion of this MoU.

‘Global Green contracts with over 10,000 small and marginal farmers and will leverage its strong relationships with these farmers to implement easy-to-use Driptech InstaKit systems,’ said Vijai Gill, Managing Director and CEO, The Global Green Company. ‘The all-in-one InstaKit micro-irrigation systems will be used for the production of gherkins, tomatoes, jalapenos and other crops, across Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.  We are confident that the Driptech system will contribute towards our twin goals of improving both farmer livelihoods and the environmental impact of farming.  We are committed to growing India’s processed agricultural sector in a sustainable manner.’

Global Green has also entered into an agreement with Yes Bank to provide financing to farmers, enabling them to purchase Driptech InstaKit systems along with other agricultural inputs. 

Emkor Brings Services For SMBs On Microsoft Technology Platform
Emkor brings first-of-its-kind offering, Business Function as a Service (BFaaS), equipping businesses with increased efficiency and productivity

Emkor Solutions, a leader in software for personal and business computing, has announced that it has become a Microsoft ISV Partner and will adapt the Microsoft technology platform including Dynamics CRM, Dynamics AX and Dynamics NAV solutions, along with the full Office suite for the growing Indian emerging and mid-size markets.

The company will do a total outsource of the IT function including business critical applications with Microsoft Dynamics, Office applications with SharePoint, and Office and communication applications with Exchange, Lync and Yammer. These solutions will not only deliver on existing efficiencies but also create new ones for the customer of Emkor Solutions.

At its core, Business Function as a Service (BFaaS©) offers a pay-as-you-go, on demand service delivery model that businesses can leverage to outsource all their critical but non-core business functions. Further, it promotes mobility of workforce, which can empower businesses in attracting and retaining employees, increasing nimbleness in order to meet deadlines and reducing occupancy costs.

Emkor offers end-to-end business function outsourcing solutions such as IT, F&A and HR as SLA based, streamlined, standardised and automated platform based services operating on the cloud, whilst providing data insights, trends and analytics to support core business imperatives.

Amtrak Info System’s Designed My Buddy - A712 G Launched In North India
Amtrak Info System (AISPL), a leader in the new-age digital era, recently announced the launch of its calling tablet My Buddy - A712G. Venturing in the entry level tablet market, the 7-inch My Buddy A712G tablet is a Smart Social Solution which gives a personal security, personalised choice of books, and an elastic storage for the user’s valuable data.

My Buddy – A 712 G is an android 4.0 (ICS) OS Cortex-A8 1.0 Ghz Processor, having 7 inches screen with multi-touch and a 800 x 480 screen resolution having Mali 400 GPU along with 0.3 mp front facing camera and 2 mp rear facing camera. It has a 512 MB DDR3 RAM and furthermore, it encompasses 4 GB internal storage and a Micro-SD slot that supports up to 32GB extra storage. Comes with a Built-in 3-Axis Gravity Acceleration Sensor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G with USB Modem, HDMI 1.4  Interface, Support MIC, Support Micro SD, Mini USB Port, 3.5 mm Std Headphone Jack, 3200 mAh Li-ion Polymer Battery.

Amtrak has created its extra-ordinary range of tablets with the purpose of not just presenting a box, but a package to make the best use of it.

My Buddy – A 712 G will be available in the market of North India at price of Rs 8,299.

Technology Brings Underserved Close To Primary Healthcare
eHealth Access, healthcare technology that provides a solutions for health care management, conducted a medical camp in the Dang district of Gujarat. The medical camp was a pilot test which offered free consultations with doctors via the recently launched Medical Kiosk by eHealth Access.

The two day pilot started with Gujarat Dang district where 128 consultations (65 per cent females and 35 per cent male) were conducted successfully.

The latest census of health sector shows that India is lagging behind in doctor- patient ratio. It is observed, at present, that there is only one doctor available for more than 1900 patients Experts believe that in-order to reach an ideal doctor-patient ratio a standard, India has to wait till 2050.

The Medical Kiosk developed by eHealth Access is a portable plug and play device that enhances the doctor reach by enabling new paths for doctor consultations to support patient with their primary health needs. Doctors can now reach the patients regardless of geographical boundaries through the Medical Kiosk.

The technology built in the Kiosk, allowed assessing patient’s profile on BP, Sugar, ECG, temperature and BMI to be transferred to the Doctor instantaneously, at the health camp.

After the diagnosis, people got their respective prescriptions printed on the local printer. People also brought in their previous medical reports for second opinion and they were able to scan it in the Medical Kiosk to send it to the Doctor and could successfully get the Doctor’s response through video consultation.

This free medical camp was supported by Working Brains who are distributors of the Medical Kiosk.