“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Surat (Gujarat) [India], June 11: MANTRA being a textile research association having a huge NABL accredited laboratory of various instruments and IDT being the leading design institute considering the needs of every design aspirant, as well as the industry, have joined hands together to provide technical training to the people associated with the textile sector who desire to grow in this arena.
The duo has come up with a 3-months weaver’s training program in Surat. The main objective behind this collaboration is skill up-gradation, which includes the transfer of better technology to weavers, motivating the weavers to adopt the same and also help in providing better access to market for the products, so that their productivity, quality, and earnings could be enhanced.
This collaboration is a hope to provide and create employment opportunities that will also help in promoting the economy of the city.
IDT and MANTRA are looking forward to creating such spaces for the textile people through this weaver’s training program.
Mr. Rajnikant Bachkaniwala, President Mantra, expressed “Such associations will generate enormous employment through industrial training and looking forward to bridging the gap between academics and textile industries.” Further, he called upon textile entrepreneurs to train their next generation through upcoming technology in Textiles by broadening opportunities for new technical skilled people.
In the words of Mr. Ashok Goyal, Founder, IDT, “Such PPP models and associations work towards overall development and I am grateful to MANTRA for showing its belief in us.”
Dr. S.K. Basu, Director, MANTRA said, “MANTRA has been conducting such training programmes for the past 15 years and this association with IDT will help reach this course to masses across India.”
In the words of the Additional Director, Dr. P.P. Raichurkar, “Its long term objective is to automate the entire process of Garmenting, initiating from weaving to wet processing, technical textiles and finally moving towards automated garmenting. Through this joint venture, we would be able to provide skilled trained employees and entrepreneurs to the textile and Garment industry. The next five years aim is to train and provide 50 competent entrepreneurs having new manufacturing units in weaving to Surat city.”
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], June 11: Today, accessibility is a necessity. It is essential for people to reach you timely, whether for groceries or medicines.
A digital address can ease the way you share your location, no matter where you are. While making delivery of essentials and services was the primary driver to create MyLoc (www.myloc.in), it also gives the pride of creating an identity for your home, office, or any other location.
Currently, to share an address, we have to use a map, navigate to our location, and then share it. With a digital location Pin, sharing location becomes simple, whether via a message or a call. Since MyLoc offers a custom ‘Location Pin’, every individual can have their personalized ID for any location.
MyLoc lets you add a text note, a landmark, and even tag an image of your home, making it easier to reach you, saving crucial time. The location Pin can be shared with anyone, even without the internet and it will direct them to you.
‘In a world where we constantly require services to reach us, having a digital identity for our homes and offices, that can be shared easily, is a must. It reduces the hassle of sharing directions and saves time. Sometimes even seconds are critical.’ says Pooja Patnaik, Marketing Evangelist, MyLoc.
There are numerous benefits of a location Pin. It is easier to remember and share than any other map-sharing options (e.g.myloc.in/houseofraj). It makes it easier for services (deliveries, essentials, emergencies) to find your location. It can be easily modified/deleted/recreated anytime. A one-time simple sign-up is all that is needed. You can now have a MyLoc location Pin of your own.
“MyLoc is designed to be extremely simple to create and use, for people of any age, be it on a PC or mobiles. Try it once to see how simple it is, no apps to download, no dependence on any device, just a simple visit to MyLoc.in, and in less than 2 minutes, you can create your personalized MyLoc location pin, for free” says Muniyappa, Technical Architect, MyLoc.
nFaktor (www.nfaktor.com) is MyLoc’s parent company. MyLoc (www.myloc.in) was the brainchild of Neel Sinha, the founder & CEO, who realized sharing accurate digital addresses for physical locations is critical and sought to address the problem with a cloud-based product, that was simple, requiring no downloads, and easily shareable.
New Delhi [India], June 11: Dreams might not always progress linearly, no matter however much we want them to. Yet, to keep dreaming is essential, and there is something fundamentally beautiful about reimagining ways to stay connected to the thing that you are passionate about, even if your initial path is no longer available to you. Similar has been the life story of Arjun Gupta, an ex-Ranji Trophy player for Delhi. After leaving the world of cricket as a player, he soon started his own sports apparel brand. Symbolically, the word ‘krag’, in Arjun’s brainchild, Kragbuzz, means strength and reflects the resolve of his maiden entrepreneurial venture.
The seed of this company was sown back in 2015 when Arjun offered, on a phone call, to arrange the jerseys of a corporate cricket team. Gradually, the frequency of such orders increased. His increasing understanding of the processes of outsourcing sporting apparel for teams helped him in perceiving a gap in the customized sportswear market. The enthusiasm to curb this gap and provide top-quality clothing and accessories to sportspersons made Arjun, with the guidance of his father, Mr. Rajesh Gupta, launch Kragbuzz in 2018.
Naturally, in its early days, the company had a small setup, very few machines, and the designing and printing facilities were outsourced. Today, Kragbuzz is among the top 35 jersey manufacturers recognized by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Now, the factory consists of approximately 80 machines and can produce 25000 pieces of clothing monthly. Printing, designing, embroidery, and stitching are performed in-house, thereby facilitating the company in executing timely deliveries and making it the only brand in India that produces sports garments, headwear (caps and hats), and sports backpacks in-house. Also, unlike most other manufacturing brands, they do not have a Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ). They happily accept single or bulk orders from their customers. The product and design range and personalization options that Kragbuzz offers its clients are among the many features that make this enterprise unique.
Kragbuzz works with numerous local teams, schools, and institutions, but this, by no means, exhausts their clientele. Rather, they now even deliver internationally to countries like Australia, the UAE, and the USA. Recently, they partnered with the Sharjah Cricket Stadium to manufacture sportswear and gear for them. Other prominent clients of Kragbuzz include Delhi Cricket Association, Puducherry Cricket Association, ICC Academy, UAE Cricket, and Malta Cricket Association.
After building a firm base in the sports manufacturing industry, Arjun Gupta, along with his two pillars of support, Mr. Rajesh Gupta, the Managing Director (MD) of the company, and his wife, Ms. Lakshita Gupta, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Kragbuzz Sports, aim not only to expand their existing manufacturing business but also eventually build an ecosystem where all sporting and fitness needs converge under one big roof.
The operation to achieve the goal of expansion has already begun. The major focus is on e-commerce and digitalization. Currently, Kragbuzz is enlisted on Amazon, Flipkart, and Meesho, and the plan is also to target platforms like Myntra, Ajio, and Tata Cliq. Moreover, the Kragbuzz team is making efforts to enhance the user interface and make shopping easy on their website. Besides that, Arjun also intends to enter the retail market and open stores in India and abroad, starting with a branch in Noida, UP. Additionally, Kragbuzz is looking to enlarge its catalog and sell sports equipment as well. The work for the same is already in motion.
The vision of making Kragbuzz Sports an all-encompassing sports company is a long-term project, but baby steps towards that goal were already taken in November 2020, when Kragbuzz started a digital sports news channel called Sportz O Clock. The channel covers sports news; highlights talented players; puts up opinion pieces, and interviews prominent people from the sporting world.
Many people would feel satisfied with such diversified contributions to the field of sports and more, but Arjun is not one of those. He holds a comprehensive vision for Kragbuzz, wherein his company has several branches like an event managing wing, a player managing wing, a sports tourism department, a sports communications department, a fitness center, among other things. He has the belief and the temperament of a person who knows that he has just started.
Want to get a ride across India? Let’s ride with ‘RDX’
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], June 11: A quick look around us will let us know how things have been changing quite significantly across industries, sectors, and life. People live the same traditional setup of their jobs and are entangled in their routine lives, finding almost no time for themselves or their passion. Amidst this, what if we tell you that we found a young and passionate man and a rider who started his own expedition in life with his bike rides and now has transitioned his life from being a banker to a YouTuber? Exciting enough? Meet Ravi Dhameja, a youngster who believed in his dreams and went ahead in living the same with starting his career as a moto vlogger.
This financial banker from Bhilai, who could’ve got satisfied with his job life, chose a life of adventure instead and now is pursuing his dreams to make it huge across the vlogging niche in YouTube with his bike rides, currently residing in Mumbai. RDX, as he is popularly known, is truly following his passion, living and enjoying every bit of life, inspiring many others in the world.
“Coming out of the rat race to chase our dreams can be very difficult, but when you believe in your dreams and choose to live life the fullest, following your passions, you can cross boundaries,” says the youngster, who indeed had crossed boundaries and travelled as a solo rider with his bike to different cities, exploring their vibe, and culture and taking something back with him with each of his journeys. As a moto vlogger, he decided to even start his YouTube channel named “RDX Rides India”, which many have been talking about lately.
On his bike, RDX has so far covered journeys from Bhilai to Nepal, Mumbai to Haridwar- Devprayag, Rishikesh & Amritsar, Mumbai to Udaipur – Udaipur & Baroda, Mumbai to Daman, along with most places in 100-200 km radius of the city. He has even covered one-day rides like Alibaugh, Nashik, Trimbakeshwar, Lonavala, Matheran, and a beautiful Mumbai city tour. At a stretch, Ravi even covered over 1000 km of a ride non-stop multiple times.
His YouTube channel is garnering immense love and recognition for his awe-inspiring and exciting videos of his bike rides, which has earned him a growing number of subscribers. One cannot help but fall in love with the life that Ravi Dhameja, aka RDX, has created for himself, from a banker to a biker and YouTuber, living his passion every day.
Surat (Gujarat) [India], June 11: “Inspiration can come from anywhere you just need to be observant around you!”
IDT students got the opportunity to have an informative “Ask me Anything “ session with the Founder and designer of the leading sustainable brand – Twee In One and an alumna of Istituto Marangoni Milan, Ms. Niti Singhal. Her brand which is known for its ‘less is more’ mission specializes in reversible and convertible clothing for women.
Being the creative brain behind the conceptual clothing brand, she shared the latest and greatest experiences related to the field as well as advised students on every aspect related to the fashion industry.
Highlighting the major concerns that fashion designing is one of those industries that pollute our environment the most, Niti guided the students to generate ideas with which they can contribute towards the fashion industry and to the environment as a whole.
People talk about going organic & follow sustainability but there is a need to add more meaning to the organic term and hence she came up with twee in one reversible clothing wherein people can have two choices with the same pair of the garment be it day to night look, office to party wear, casual to a formal look, etc.
She urged the fashionistas that there isn’t you don’t need to shop frequently and no need to dispose them off fast and that one can repeat by simply flipping the outfits whenever required and manage for any occasion.
Niti also advised students about their future prospects. If they want to apply for any big houses; they had to put in a lot of hard work; should be well updated about fashion trends and well versed with the brands around the globe. Moreover, one should obey the fact that no work is small and one can learn in any situation.
The students were overwhelmed by the life mantra revealed by the renowned designer that one needs to carry a style statement that makes one comfortable.
The Director of IDT, Ms. Ankita Goyal expressed, “IDT is grateful to Ms. Niti Singhal who took out time to share insider tips about her journey and addressed the students about the challenges in the fashion industry and how can one convert them into opportunities. IDT continuously strives to provide its students with more such edifying experiences in the near future.”
Balconagar Korba (Chhattisgarh) [India], June 11: Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer is a strong proponent of leveraging next-generation technology to make its manufacturing process sustainable and reducing carbon footprint. BALCO has reduced its power consumption in its ‘potline 1’ at its smelter in Chhattisgarh to 12,862 KWH/MT which is at par with global standards. This potline has hence, the best performance amongst potlines in India and the Gulf countries in terms of specific power consumption and has thus reduced its carbon footprint significantly. A smelter is a plant where aluminium is produced through the process of smelting, which involves extracting it from its oxide, alumina. A potline is a long building, or collection of buildings, which contain a series of “pots”, or large. electrolytic cells, in which aluminium is made. The company has achieved this benchmark by deploying a smart combination of high-end technology and indigenous innovations.
Speaking on BALCO’s carbon footprint reduction in its manufacturing process Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO and Director, BALCO, said, “We are committed to sustainable development and across all our areas of operations using leading-edge technology, and judicious utilization of resources. BALCO has been one of the early adopters in India to explore the field of smart technologies for heightened operational efficiencies. These investments and skills further bolster the culture of safety and productivity that we have meticulously fostered across the organization. We are conscious of our responsibility towards building a stronger and sustainable tomorrow and, therefore, are actively exploring innovations that help reduce carbon footprint as early as possible in the creation process. We are ensuring a future-ready organization for a self-reliant India.”
The company has integrated smart technologies and design modifications in its potlines progressively to reduce its specific power consumption by using a graphitized pot with thermal modelling and other digital interventions. The company relentlessly drives innovation and continuous improvement in its smelting technology.
BALCO’s specific energy consumption has been one of the lowest in the aluminium industries across the country. BALCO has also brought down its specific water consumption today by 170% from its previous specific water consumption levels, which is also one of the lowest amongst its peers. These figures are a testimony to BALCO’s spirited endeavours towards environment and energy conservation which contribute to a greener and better planet.
BALCO has been the recipient of various awards and accolades for its environmental conservation efforts. For the year 2020, BALCO has won the ‘CII Energy Efficiency Award’, ‘Golden Peacock Sustainability Award’ and ‘CII HSE Excellence Award, Chhattisgarh’. BALCO has also achieved the ‘International Green Apple Award’, ‘CII Energy Excellence Award’, ‘Sustainable Business of the year Award’, ‘National Award for Excellence in Energy Management’ and ‘Energy & Environment Global Environment Award’ in recent years.