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India Pavilion Inaugurated at Cannes Film Festival 2018

The inaugural session of the Indian Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 was held at Cannes, France.Hosted by noted actor Shri Sharad Kelkar, the Indian delegation present consisted of H.E. Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ambassador of India to France, Shri Ashok Kumar Parmar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Govt. Of India, Shri Prasoon Joshi, Writer, Poet and Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification India, Ms Vani Tripathi Tikoo Member, Central Board of Film Certification, Producer and Director, Shri Jerome Paillard, Executive Director, Marche Du Film Festival, Cannes Film Market, Ms. Huma Qureshi, Film Actress, Shri Shaji Karun, Film maker, Shri  Jahnu Barua, Film maker and Shri  Bharat Bala, Film maker. The agenda of the delegation from India this year is to showcase diversity in films of our country while furthering collaborations with various other countries.

India Transact Services launches ‘SMART’ PoS solution

India Transact Services Ltd (ITSL), a digital payment arm of AGS Transact Technologies (AGSTTL), has introduced its first ‘SMART’ PoS solution.

The solution has unique features such as tip transactions, international card alerts, fraud prevention, risk management, auto settlement and pre-authorisation and integration with Windows, according to a press statement.

ITSL’s ‘SMART’ PoS device coupled with ITSL’s digital payment ecosystem and AGSTTL’s proven payment infrastructure will empower merchants to accept payments from a host of digital modes currently available in India. It is also equipped to accommodate futuristic payment technologies based on merchant requirements

Lymbyc Solutions Pvt Limited partnered with Larsen & Toubro Infotech (LTI) to provide AI-powered end-to-end real-time solution

Lymbyc Solutions Pvt Limited partnered with Larsen & Toubro Infotech (LTI) to provide AI-powered end-to-end real-time solutions for different verticals such as sales, communication and marketing.

The partnership will focus on enabling analytics solutions and digital transformation initiatives through jointly developed industry-focused offerings for different sectors like pharma and life sciences, media & entertainment, retail/e-commerce and consumer banking, according to a press release.

Kochi start-up launches NDC booking for Lufthansa

Kochi-based travel start-up Verteil Technologies has launched “live direct connect booking” for Lufthansa through IATA’s NDC specification.

The company had launched NDC in India earlier with British Airways. It offers IATA’s NDC (New Distribution Capability) specification via the Verteil Direct Connect platform.

SCO Tourism Ministers Conference Held In China

he Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism and Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, K. J. Alphons attended the Tourism Ministers’ conference by Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Wuhan, China. At the inaugural session, the Minister stated that India’s Tourism sector is fast growing and has got an emerging market for outbound travel and a tremendous potential for tourism co-operation with the SCO region.

Gujarat-Poland Sign MoU On Organizing Independence Centenary

The department of youth and cultural affairs of the Gujarat government will be co-organisers for the centenary celebrations to mark the independence of Poland in Delhi and other parts of the world. A MoU was signed in this regard today between the Gujarat government and the Poland government. The MoU was signed by Polish ambassador to India Adam Burakowski and principal secretary of youth and cultural affairs department V P Patel in presence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.

Vijay Prahar Exercise Of Indian Army Concludes In Rajasthan

Indian Army’s month-long Vijay Prahar exercise concluded in Suratgarh, Rajasthan. It was conducted by South Western Command of Indian Army. The exercise was aimed to orchestrate wide spectrum of threats including  Nuclear, Chemical or Biological (NCB) attack which is planned to be tackled through high tempo joint air and land operation. The exercise was conducted to practice troops in penetrative maneuvers across obstacle-ridden terrain under a nuclear umbrella

Malaysia Gets Oldest Prime Minister In The World

Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Prime Minister of Malaysia. He took the oath at the Istana Negara Palace in Kuala Lumpur. Mahathir’s coalition, Pakatan Harapan, won 113 of the total 222 seats. He has replaced Najib Razak. His coalition defeated the governing Barisan Nasional coalition, led by Prime Minister Najib Razak, which has been in power for more than 60 years.   Ninety-two-year-old, Mahathir becomes the oldest Prime Minister in the world.

Govt approves green licence plates for e-vehicles

To promote electric vehicles in the country, the government has approved green licence plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private e-vehicles and yellow for taxis, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday.
A notification in this regard will be out in a week’s time, Mr. Gadkari, who has been advocating electric mobility promotion.

Pawan Kalyan unfurls world’s largest Indian flag in Telangana

Pawan Kalyan unfurled the flag to commemorate the first war of the India’s independence that took place in 1857.
The flag was 122 feet in length and 183 feet in width. The flag was prepared by an organisation called ‘Vibrants of Kalam’. This flag is claimed to be world’s largest Indian National Flag. Pawan Kalyan administered a national integration pledge to youth who attended the event.

China’s Alibaba buys Pakistan e-commerce firm Daraz

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said Wednesday it had purchased leading Pakistani online retailer Daraz, continuing its overseas expansion by gaining a foothold in the growing South Asian consumer market.

The move came after Alibaba announced in March a doubling of its investment in Southeast Asian e-commerce firm Lazada.

China is seeking closer economic ties with Asian neighbours including Pakistan through its Belt and Road initiative, a strategy to increase trade links that is led primarily by infrastructure projects.

Daraz, founded in 2012, was purchased from Rocket Internet, a Berlin-based incubator of online startups.

Suresh Prabhu inaugurates 6th US-India Aviation Summit in Mumbai

Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the 6th US-India Aviation Summit. This three-day Summit is being jointly organised by Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). The Summit will serve as a platform for Indian civil aviation agencies and aviation industry representatives, including private sector airlines and airport operators, to identify advanced US technologies and practices that can support their expansion and modernization efforts.

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