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Virtual Korea Sourcing Fair 2020 (G-Fair)

Korean Manufacturing Industry Collaborates With TradeIndia. com to initiate virtual Korea Sourcing Fair 2020. Korean Souring fair (12th Edition) is the largest Korean SME expo featuring the best of innovation and Tech originating from the Province of Gyeonggi, South Korea.

With over 120 South Korean suppliers with over 500 + products ranging from Electrical & Electronics, Industrial Building Materials, Consumer Products & Kitchenware and Beauty & Wellness. The expo will be conducted in a virtual format with one-to-one video meetings, digital product display and in a virtual business environment thereby paving a unique platform for visitors to attend and interact at the comfort of their home /offices.


When we travel, the food we eat tells a story, unlocking social customs and revealing ancient traditions, all while offering us a chance to connect with the locals in an organic way. There is no better way to understand the culture of a city/state than to dig your hands and enjoy the culinary delights of a new place. So, get ready to indulge in some traditional cuisines that will satiate your food cravings!

RCI India has assembled the most extravagant, most essential and the most sensual reasons to plan your next trip focusing on culinary travel.


Mumbai: In Mumbai, start with the chaat, a collection of snacks that marries the crunchy and soft textures of puffed rice and crackers with the sweet, tart flavours of chutneys. Then there’s the pav bhaji, a spiced mixed vegetable concoction, slathered with butter and drizzled with lemon juice, that you’ve got to grab with the toasted buns served on the side. When you travel to Mumbai, eat what the locals love, that means hitting the streets. A stroll through this large city will reveal colourful, vibrant food stalls and carts. While in Mumbai, book your stay at VITS Mumbai . The hotel is situated in the heart of the city which allows to explore the Mumbai food life easily.


Kolkata: Kolkata is among those Indian cities for food lovers, which never disappoints the food lovers when it comes to food. From sweets that melt in your mouth to the best Kathi Rolls that would leave a lingering taste in your mouth, this city has it all. When in Kolkata, you should never miss the authentic Chinese food at China Town, and Phuchka, Mughlai Paratha, and Cutlets from the narrow streets of North Kolkata. A walk in the lanes of New Market Kolkata will introduce you to the most amazing sweet shops where you will get to enjoy the traditional roshogulla, jalebi and kachori. While in Kolkata, enjoy your stay at The Fort Holiday Klub, situated on the river side in Raichak. The township is in colonial style and is a beautiful destination for holiday lovers and most preferred destination for RCI members.


Hyderabad: Known as the ‘City of Nizams’, this city is a melting pot of Turkish, Mughlai, and Andhra cultures. In fact, the local cuisine mostly consists of rice, meat, and spices. The best example is the internationally famed Hyderabadi ‘dum biryani’ which is full of spicy flavors. You can also binge on street-side local delicacies such as tootak and kheema-samosa. The one food item that would never disappoint you is the world famous “Hyderabadi Dum Biryani”. Try the several types of Biryani that the Telangana Capital has to offer, especially the Kachhe Gosht ki Biryani. Among other delicacies are the Haleem, Paaya, Hyderabadi Marag, etc. You are surely coming back after putting a few kilos on you. For a complete trip, plan your stay at Leonia Holistic Destination, which was established with the concept of providing a unique and a fully integrated leisure experience


Kerala: Surrounded by the sea, Kerala is home to numerous lip-smacking dishes prepared out of seafood, some of which include mussels, crab, tiger prawns, king prawns, oysters, sardines, mackerel, tuna and gorgeous red lobsters. One just cannot stop salivating when walking the streets of Kerala. Inspired by a fusion of Malabari, French, and Arabian influences and enhanced with a touch of Kerala’s unique culture, each dish in the state is an experience in itself that will leave you asking for more. While in Kerala, book your stay at Club Mahindra Munnar, which offers a panoramic view of the surrounding tea estates, the picturesque lake, and the mist-clad mountains. You can also opt for Club Mahindra Thekkady, which is at an altitude of 2,700 feet above sea level and is built in traditional Indian ‘machan’ style, nestles within a thickly wooded plantation of coffee, cardamom, pepper as well as teak and fruit trees.


Uttarakhand: The cuisine of Uttarakhand is similar to its people, simple yet incredible. Uttarakhand is famous for the perfect use of the Panch Phoron or the five spices. While having a joyful trip to the famous hill stations of Uttarakhand, you will eventually be welcomed with the aromatic flavours of the famous Panch Phoron and you will feel their presence in the traditional food of Uttarakhand. Choose to complete this perfect trip with you stay at Club Mahindra Corbett, which is situated adjacent the National Park and makes for a great trip.


Rajasthan: Rajasthani cuisine is rich, colourful and unique just like its culture. Milk, lots of clarified butter (ghee) and local spices are the prerequisites of many local dishes. From tangy veggie curries & spicy meats to yummy desserts, food of Rajasthan is for all. As an iconic traditional food of Rajasthan, Dal Bati Churma is a hot favourite not only amongst the native people but also among the tourists. The lip-smacking dish comprises of a sumptuous combination of baked bati, dipped in ghee, panchmel or panchkuti dal, and jaggery mixed churma. You can choose to complete this perfect trip with Club Mahindra Udaipur,  which is Set in lush, landscaped gardens and surrounded by hills and grassland Offering unparalleled accommodation, exotic dining, and fabulous leisure facilities.


Awesome Architecture of Lepakshi Temple |

Lepakshi Temple in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh is famous worldwide for hanging pillars. The exterior of the temple has a huge dance hall with 70 stone pillars on the roof. One corner pillar is the famous Hanging Pillar which does not touch the floor of the temple at all and there is a small gap between the temple floor and the base of the pillar which gives the impression of a hanging pillar. There is a dance pavilion in the center of the temple. It is said that if a person lifts a cloth from one side of the pillar to the other, his wish is fulfilled. This unique pillar of the temple is a big secret for the millions of tourists who come here every year.

According to the legend, Lord Rama came here during his exile along with Lakshmana and Sita. The village is also considered as the place where Jatayu fell after Ravana was injured while being kidnapped by Ravana. Lord Rama and Lakshmana find Sita injured and Jatayu dying and Jatayu informs them of the fight to tell them that Ravana had gone south. Lord Rama then embraced him as shi le pakshi, hence the name of the village.

Le Pakshi is a Telugu word meaning shi arises, bird ‘. The temple is said to have footprints of Lord Sri Rama, while many believe it to be the footprint of Mother Sita. It is believed that after Jatayu was injured, Sita came to the ground and left her footprint and assured her that the water here would continue to give life to Jatayu until Lord Rama came here. There is a wonderful Shivalinga located here, Ramalingeshwar, which was established by Lord Rama himself after the funeral of Jatayu. Another Shivling nearby is Hanumanalingeshwar. It is said that after Shree Rama, Mahabali Hanuman also established Lord Shiva here.

According to mythological beliefs, this temple was built by sage Agastya. But according to historians, the temple was built in 1583 by two brothers (Virupanna and Viranna), who worked for the king of Vijayanagara. This temple is built for Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and Virabhadra. There are also different temples of the three Gods here. There is a large Nagling statue in the temple complex, which is made of a single stone. It is believed to be the largest Nagling statue of India, whose statue is made of black granite stone, with seven hood snakes carving on top of a Shivling.

Stay tuned to to learn more about such interesting facts

Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance, IndusInd Bank, ManipalCigna Health Insurance Company, and _VOIS Named Winners of the Red Hat APAC Innovation Awards 2020 for India

Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the winners of the Red Hat APAC Innovation Awards 2020 for India. Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company, IndusInd Bank, ManipalCigna Health Insurance Company Limited and _VOIS were honored at the Red Hat Forum Asia Pacific 2020 today for their exceptional and innovative use of Red Hat solutions.

In response to the recent global events that are causing consumer shifts, many organizations are accelerating their digital transformation efforts to adapt. In a November 2019 study sponsored by Red Hat, 95% of APAC executives surveyed said digital transformation has gained importance[1] and perceived it as a strategy for both survival and growth in the new normal. This has increased the need to use innovative technologies to create new business models, products or services.

Since there is no one-size-fits-all blueprint for digital transformation, this year’s Red Hat Forum Asia Pacific aims to inspire organizations to unleash the power of open source technologies to achieve their short-term goals and future-proof their business for the next normal. To support that, the Red Hat APAC Innovation Awards 2020 recognize the technological achievements of organizations that demonstrate creative thinking, determined problem solving and creative use of Red Hat solutions to make a difference in their business, industry or society.

The winners were selected based on the impact of their Red Hat deployments on their business goals, industry and communities, as well as the uniqueness of vision for the project. They displayed how open source platforms and culture have helped them improve productivity, agility and cost savings while empowering them to address future challenges and emerging trends more confidently and effectively. This year’s awards honored 27 APAC organizations across five categories: digital transformation, hybrid cloud infrastructure, cloud-native development, automation and resilience. This year’s winners for India include:

Categories: Digital Transformation and Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure
Winner: Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company (BALIC)

BALIC is one of the leading private life insurance companies in India. The company has been using a legacy platform as its core system that is built on proprietary technologies. The legacy platform has got many constraints, one of them being its scalability and ability to integrate with other external systems.

To overcome these challenges, BALIC is transforming its core insurance platform using Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat 3Scale API Management, Red Hat Runtimes and Red Hat Directory Server. Comprised of auto-scale capabilities and on-demand resource availability, BALIC’s new core platform shortened the time taken from ideation to deployment of new products and services from six to nine months to less than a month, and helped issue policies in one day inste ad of three or more days. The latest platform also enables BALIC to make its applications available 24/7 and deliver enhanced value-added services to its stakeholders, across its digital touch-points including INSTab, BOING chatbot or i-SERV video-based chat solution that can quickly address customer queries.

Category: Digital Transformation
Winner: IndusInd Bank

IndusInd Bank offers commercial, transactional and electronic banking products and services to both B2C and B2B customers. It believes in driving the business through technology, and aims to consistently add value to its stakeholders and become India’s most convenient bank.


The bank decided to transform its existing IT infrastructure using open source solutions to cope with the increase in payment transactions and customers, gain agility and future-proof growth. It did so by adopting Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Red Hat Smart Management, Red Hat JBoss Web Server and Red Hat OpenShift with the help of Red Hat Consulting. By running its critical B2C applications — such as payments engine and mobile banking application — on the modernized infrastructure, the bank can easily scale those applications on-demand and release new features or patches rapidly. The bank was able to deliver better services, leading to rapid month-on-month growth in transaction velocity and customer activation. Red Hat’s open source solutions provided IndusInd Bank the flexibility to choose the right deployment platform strategy.

Categories: Digital Transformation
Winner: ManipalCigna Health Insurance Company Limited (ManipalCigna)

ManipalCigna offers a full suite of insurance solutions ranging from health, personal accident, major illness, travel and global care to individual customers, employer-employee and non-employer-employee groups to meet their diverse health needs. It is a joint venture between the Manipal Group, an eminent player in the field of healthcare delivery and higher education provider in India, and Cigna Corporation, a global health services company.

ManipalCigna’s previous IT systems limited its growth as they required complex integration to onboard business partners. Its core systems were also not connected to other business systems – such as customer relationship management, loyalty and policy application – which prevented it from having a single view of its customers.

To overcome those challenges, ManipalCigna sought Red Hat Consulting’s help to revamp its IT platforms and applications using Red Hat 3scale API Management, Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Decision Manager and Red Hat Fuse. This provides a robust platform that enables applications to elastically scale without manual intervention, which helps improve the performance of its payment systems for policy transactions and respond to market needs faster. Red Hat Fuse also offered enhanced ease of integration with other systems. ManipalCigna shortened the partner onboarding process from 37 days to seven days, allowed exchange of information seamlessly within the organization and with its partners, and gained a 360-degree view of its customers to deliver a unified experience across various channels. Additionally, the company saw API-driven transactions increasing from 20% to 95% as Red Hat 3scale API Management enabled it to easily isolate real business value against enquiries and stop unnecessary traffic to the APIs by monitoring transactions.

Category: Resilience
Winner: _VOIS

_VOIS is a global organization operating in 25 countries from four locations, Egypt, India, Romania and Hungary, made up of more than 24,000 skilled individuals with an ambition to be the Vodafone Group’s partner of choice for talent, technology and transformation.

The company focuses on being people led, digitally enabled and partner powered with a robust strategy to support partners across Vodafone to deliver  services across IT, digital, finance, supply chain, business intelligence, analytics and HR operations..

_VOIS started its cloud journey by engaging Red Hat Consulting for a Red Hat container adoption program to learn the best practices for DevOps adoption, including agile, continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) and automated testing. It then deployed Red Hat OpenShift as the orchestration and automation layer for its private cloud, which was built on Red Hat OpenStack Platform. To further encourage enterprise-wide DevOps adoption,_VOIS built a Development Environment as-a-service (DevaaS) using Red Hat Cloud Suite, Red Hat Ceph Storage and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It also added multiple services to the DevaaS, including Red Hat CodeReady Workspace.

With Red Hat OpenShift, _VOIS accelerated time-to-market by centralizing and standardizing its application development environment and compliance analysis for a consistent multi-cloud experience. This helped it move from a traditional, waterfall approach to iterative DevOps processes and a CI/CD workflow. As a result, it can develop new apps and features faster with 49% and 56% improvement respectively. Project life cycles have also been shortened to weeks instead of three to six months, from inception to delivery. Red Hat OpenShift also helped enhance security and compliance by providing a unified management interface across _VOIS’ infrastructure and built-in Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) capabilities. By establishing an approach for controlling costs and increasing profit margins, _VOIS can reallocate resources to higher-value projects to address new business opportunities faster.

The Digital Transformation category recognizes organizations that have successfully addressed IT challenges and delivered business value to effectively compete as a digital enterprise. The Cloud-Native Development category showcases agile methodologies and organizations that have most successfully illustrate superior overall performance in creating, maintaining and deploying successful business applications. The Resilience category recognizes businesses that have successfully displayed agility and resilience amidst the changing conditions to help their customers address the new normal using Red Hat technology.

A comprehensive eye care program for the children studying in Government schools of T Narasipura Taluka, Mysore District.

A comprehensive eye care program for the children studying in Government schools of T Narasipura Taluk, Mysore District.

Spectacle distribution program was organized by the Education Department, T Narasipura Taluk, Government of Karnataka, Samadristhi, Jaya Foundation, SightRyt, and Essilor Vision Foundation. Through this program around 16,000 children studying in 225 Government Schools underwent free vision screening and 600 children identified with refractive error got spectacles at no cost.

Ashwin Kumar, MLA, T Narasipura, was speaking after distributing free spectacles to the school students at a program held at Guru Bhavan here. He said Vision is very important for children to excel in academics and hence, children should take care of their eyes,

The chief guest of the program, Mr. K Ullas Kamat, Founder of Jaya Foundation,  asked the Children, Parents, and Teachers to contact the nearest eye care service providers to protect children’s vision against issues such as refractive error, infection, deficiencies, and other issues.

Chief Executive Officer of SightRyt, Shiva Kumar Janardhan,  Siddharth Pai, Director SightRyt,  Sumith Kumar, Essilor India,   K.V.Mahesh, Board of Trustee- Essilor Vision Foundation,  Block Education Officer Mariswamy, were present.

About Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) India

Essilor Vision Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Essilor International, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company. In order to help address the global issue of uncorrected poor vision that affects about 2.7 billion people around the world, Essilor Vision Foundation through a partnership with different state governments and other stakeholders promotes access to good vision through free screenings and the provision of corrective glasses to communities in need.

PR 24×7 embark 9% growth story during COVID 19

~With 15+ new hiring, 7+ client addition and Zero lay-offs PR 24×7 became one of the PR agency to report growth during the ongoing pandemic~

October 2020; PR 24×7, India’s leading Regional PR agency survived the utmost challenging 2020 with the mantra of “Reimagining branding is the next Normal”.  Since the beginning the year 2020 has been full of mishaps and the novel COVID-19 virus, due to which nothing has fared for most business and has also impacted the economy drastically. Wherein, PR 24×7 in these times became one of the first Public Relations agencies to mark 9% profit from Q1 19-20 vis-à-vis Q1 20-21. PR 24×7 added 15+ new employees, 7+ new clients and managed zero lay-offs during this pandemic.

PR 24×7 is known for its 24×7 working culture across the PR industry and thus we are always available for guidance and consultation 24×7. Time bound delivery is our priority and focus and hence PR 24×7 is never off work. With this mentality and growth policy PR 24X7 has achieved the heights in the past 2 decades and is growing stronger as an agency by the day. During COVID-19 most business along the economy witnessed an unmatched downfall, clients reduced and delayed pay check and alongside multiple challenges however, where on one-hand PR 24×7 managed client retention on the other-hand added more employees for Business growth & development and client strategic planning & consultation.

Commenting on the agencies growth and success Mr. Atul Malikram, Founder, PR 24×7 said; “It has been a difficult year, but by god’s grace and the hard-work put in by our employees we have been able to achieve these heights. We have not only added employee and clients but we have had 100% client retention with no layoffs. We have built PR 24×7 over the past 21 years and our success stories are narrated by the capacity of clients we have serviced in the past or the once we are currently servicing. Our unmatched presence across the length and breadth of the country is a testimony of the hard-work that our employees put in 24×7.

With strategic planning and thoughtful steps PR 24×7 is making its way and creating a growth story for itself. In the endeavor to achieve the desired results the agency had also introduced additional services benefiting the clients through Media Monitoring, online media traction, coverage in and social media audit with basic PR mandates. Some of the key clients with successful coverage stories during lockdown include brands like: Adani Group, TAFE, Metro Cash & Carry, Glenmark Pharma, Neuberg Diagnostics, AMAZON India, &TV and Sony SAB and many more.