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DoT launches ‘5G Hackathon’ with Rs 2.5 cr prize money

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In its endeavour to identify and promote applications relevant to India in the 5G realm, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has launched ‘5G Hackathon’ in association with a number of government, academia and industry stakeholders.

The ‘5G Hackathon’ is being organised in association with Niti Aayog, the Electronics and Information Technology Ministry, Digital India, Startup India, the MSME Ministry, C-DoT, the Department of Science & Technology, TCOE India, the TEPC, TSDSI, the COAI, the India Mobile Congress, KPMG, academic institutions such as the IITs/IIIT/REC, and industry. Total prize money of Rs 2.5 crore is spread across three phases.

Aimed at shortlisting India-focussed cutting edge ideas that can be converted into workable 5G products and solutions, the Hackathon will be spread across three phases beginning from February 21 and culminate in a grand felicitation ceremony at India Mobile Congress on October 16.

Winners of the various phases will share a total prize pool of Rs 2.5 crores, and an unique opportunity to scale and implement their 5G applications to make them market ready with the support of DoT, MeitY and a number of leading industry, academia, Telcos/OEMs.

“The 5G technology provides a quantum leap over 4G in terms of speed, peak data rate, latency, spectrum efficiency and connection density. Most distinct feature is applications in different economic verticals. 5G Hackathon will convert innovating ideas in to products and solutions in different verticals and develop India specific Use cases around 5G,” mobile operators association COAI said on Friday.

Various phases of the Hackathon broadly include preliminary submission of ideas, selection of 100 best ideas, mentorship and support from the Hackathon partners, development of solutions/products, selection and testing of 30 best solutions/ products on 5G trial network followed by felicitation of the 3 best ideas during India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2020.

Participants can develop 5G solutions from across 10 categories including healthcare, education & governance, AgriTech & livestock, environment, public safety & disaster management enterprise, Smart Cities & infrastructure, cyber security, banking, finance & insurance, logistics & transportation, multimedia & broadcast, among others.

The 5G Hackathon is open to developers, students, start-ups, SMEs, academic institutions & registered companies in India & NRIs. Stakeholders can participate as individuals or as a team to present use cases for the 5G network in the Indian context.

A jury comprising of academicians, industry leaders and subject experts from around the country will be established to facilitate assessment and shortlisting of submissions. The details of Hackathon can be seen on the website www.5c hackathon.in.

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Hiked again, petrol nears century mark pan-India

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Fuel prices increased again across the country on Friday adding more misery to common man’s woe, as he already grapples with rising food prices amid shrinking income.

Petrol prices have reached very close to hitting the century mark all across the country extending the scope of historic high prices that had already made the fuel rate cross the Rs 100 per-litre-mark in certain cities and towns of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh.

On Friday, the oil marketing companies (OMCs) raised the price of petrol and diesel between 23-30 paisa per litre across the four metros.

Accordingly, the price of petrol increased by 27 paisa per litre to Rs 96.93 per litre and diesel by 28 paisa per litre to Rs 87.69 per litre in Delhi.

In Mumbai, where petrol price crossed Rs 100 mark for the first time ever on May 29, the fuel price reached new high of Rs 103.08 per litre on Friday. Diesel price also increased in the city by 30 paisa per litre to reach Rs 95.14 a litre, the highest among metros.

Across the country petrol and diesel prices increased on Friday but its retail prices varied depending on the level of local taxes in different states.

Petrol prices in the two other metros have also reached closer to Rs 100 per litre mark and OMC officials said that if international oil prices continued to firm up, this mark could also be breached in other places by month-end.

With Friday’s price hike, fuel prices have now increased on 26 days and remained unchanged on 23 days since May 1. The 26 increases have taken up the petrol prices by Rs 6.54 per litre in Delhi. Similarly, diesel have increased by Rs 6.96 per litre in the national capital.

With global crude prices also rising on a pick up demand and depleting inventories of worlds largest fuel guzzler — the US, retail prices of fuel in India is expected to firm up further in coming days.

The benchmark Brent crude which reached multi year high level of over $75 on ICE or Intercontinental Exchange a couple of days back had diverted slightly to remain at around $73 a barrel currently.

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Aster DM Healthcare ties-up with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories on Sputnik V vax

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Aster DM Healthcare has partnered with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories to administer the Sputnik V Vaccine as part of a limited pilot soft launch.

To help bolster the vaccine implementation drive by the Government of India, Aster DM Healthcare will initially inoculate beneficiaries in Kochi (Kerala) and Kolhapur (Maharashtra) through Aster Medcity, Kochi and Aster Aadhar, Kolhapur hospitals.

At Aster, over a hundred staff have been trained at the 14 hospitals spread across the country. Beneficiary protocols have been established as per Standard Operating Procedures recommended by the Government which includes registration, waiting area allocation along with patient education & awareness displays and post-vaccination observation, Aster said in a statement.

Trained medical staff along with emergency care support, will be stationed to administer appropriate care in case of an adverse event, the statement added.

Dr. Reddy’s has facilitated the necessary cold storage infrastructure for vaccine storage at the hospitals.

Speaking about the association, Harish Pillai, CEO – Aster India, Aster DM Healthcare, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with Dr. Reddy’s Labs to administer the Sputnik V Vaccine, through its pilot program and are certain that it will further accelerate the overall vaccination drive. We look forward to building a strong partnership with Dr. Reddy’s across our network of hospitals to further strengthen our efforts in providing easy access and vaccinating the community”.

Commenting on the alliance, M.V. Ramana, CEO – Branded Markets (India & Emerging Markets), Dr. Reddy’s, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with Aster DM Healthcare in Kochi and Kolhapur as we scale up our soft pilot launch of the Sputnik V vaccine in India to more cities ahead of its commercial launch. In the upcoming months, we hope to inoculate as many Indians as possible.”

Aster DM Healthcare Limited is one of the largest integrated healthcare service providers operating in GCC and an emerging healthcare player in India.

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Hyundai Motor hopes to beef up SUV sales with Alcazar

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India’s second largest car maker Hyundai Motor India Ltd is hoping to notch up good sales volumes in its sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment with the launch of 6/7 seater Alcazar, said a senior official.

Nearly 45 per cent of the company’s sales volume is contributed by its SUVs. The SUV sales volume is expected to go up further with the launch of premium SUV 6/7 seater Alcazar, he added.

Last fiscal, the company logged a total sales (domestic and exports) of 575,877 units.

Launching the company’s new premium SUV 6/7 seater, Alcazar on Friday, Tarun Garg, Director, Marketing and Sales told reporters that 45 per cent of company’s sales is contributed by SUVs (Venue, Creta, Kona and Tucson) and the numbers will go up with Alcazar coming into play.

Presently the company commands 25 per cent market share in the SUV segment.

Garg said with Covid-19 happening people are preferring personal mobility and with vaccination going on, economic growth projected in double digit the prospects are good.

As regards the waiting period, Garg said it may come down as the third shift at the factory near here will start operating from Monday onwards.

The new model has a waiting period of 6-8 weeks.

The Alcazar available in 6/7 seater, petrol/diesel, manual/automatic transmission modes is priced between Rs 16.30 lakh to Rs 19.99 lakh depending on the model.

Garg said the company has followed only three trims for Alcazar and there is no base model and is positioned between Creta and Tucson.

Hyundai Motor has received about 4,000 bookings for Alcazar with all the models getting equal bookings.

According to Garg, Alcazar is developed mainly for the Indian market and may also be exported to some countries.

Queried about the status of mass market electric car project, Garg said it will be launched in three years’ time.

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