Parle Agro signs Varun Dhawan for its dairy offering Smoodh

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Parle Agro has rolled out a campaign for its new dairy offering, Smoodh. The brand has roped in actor Varun Dhawan as the national brand ambassador. The new media campaign has been rolled out nationally across multiple channels including TV, OOH and digital. As per the company, the film aims to reinforce Smoodh as a brand that clearly provides the benefits of drinking the delicious and wholesome milk based beverage as an alternate to less healthy options. The campaign will also be aggressively promoted during IPL on television, it added. Walsh, the creative agency for Smoodh, has led the narrative for the campaign. The film has been produced by Bindery, New York, USA along with Ransom Films and directed by Ezra Hurwitz. The high quality and rich taste of the product, coupled with its disruptive price and pack size has helped us garner extremely positive responses from consumers and retailers alike, Nadia Chauhan, joint managing director and CMO, Parle Agro said. Chauhan also stated that Dhawan is an admired youth icon who is extremely fit, energetic and health conscious which resonates with the brand personality. Smoodh fits in perfectly as it works as the best alternative to calm my hunger-pangs, Read Also: Thums Up partners with Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games; rolls out #TaanePalatDe campaign Follow us onTwitter,Instagram,LinkedIn,Facebook

Mi TV 5X series with Dolby Atmos and Patchwall 4.0 launched in India: Specs, price, other details

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Xiaomi launched the Mi TV 5X series in India during its Mi Smarter Living 2022 virtual event on Thursday alongside the Mi Notebook 2021 series, Mi Band 6, Mi Router 4A Gigabit Edition and Mi 360-degree Home Security Camera 2K Pro. The Mi TV 5X is successor to the Mi TV 4X series. This is Xiaomis premium smart TV lineup. Available in three sizes, 43-, 50-, and 55-inch, the Mi TV 5X series starts at Rs 31,999 and goes all the way up to Rs 47,999. Mi TV 5X series India price and availability details The 43-inch Mi TV 5X has been launched in India at a price of Rs 31,999. The 50-inch model will sell for Rs 41,999. The 55-inch Mi TV 5X will meanwhile set you back by Rs 47,999. Also Read | Mi Smart Band 6 unboxing and first look: Design, specs, features, and everything to know It will be available cross Mi.com, Flipkart, Mi Home, Mi Studio and Croma, starting September 7. Mi TV 5X series specs and features The Mi TV 5X is a premium offering from Xiaomi with aluminum alloy frames and carbon fibre finish on the back. The company is touting its bezel-less design and whopping 96.6% screen-to-body ratio. Speaking of which, the screen is also getting an update here courtesy Vivid Picture Engine 2, Xiaomis proprietary display technology to provide an exceptional colour accuracy and vibrancy for stunning visuals in all conditions. Xiaomi has also thrown in its Reality Flow Engine which is essentially its version of MEMC or motion interpolation. The 4K panel, which is combination of IPS and VA, has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixel and can theoretically deliver a billion colours (with support for 94% of the DCI-P3 standard). The TV also supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR 10+, and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) standards. Also Read | Mi Notebook Ultra, Mi Notebook Pro laptops with 11th Gen Intel Core processors, up to 3.2K resolution launched in India; price starts at Rs 56,999 The other big update is Xiaomis Patchwall 4.0 software which is based on Android 10 here and is said to be lighter, faster and more responsive while also looking much better over the last generation. A big headlining feature here is Xiaomis tie-up with IMDb which would allows its new Mi TV to display ratings and other metadata straight from the home screen. Elsewhere, the Mi TV 5X comes with built-in Chromecast and Google Assistant support. It has a 40W speaker setup with Dolby Atmos support right off the gate. The TV comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Connectivity options include three HDMI 2.1 ports, two USB ports, a LAN port, one optical port, 3.5 mm jack and an Ethernet port.

Bolsonaro, vetoes, and Brazilian politics

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By Dr Aparaajita Pandey The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, seems to be going out of his way to prolong his position as the President post the national elections scheduled in 2022. Bolsonaro was given the title of the Now as the Brazilian elections grow closer, he seems to be following in Trump This outrageous statement is reminiscent of the constantly repeated Trump rhetoric of voter fraud and stolen elections. As the public opinion shifts once again in Lula On Thursday, 02 September 2021 Bolsonaro used his powers as the President to veto four paragraphs of the text that has been passed by congress which repeals the National Security Law. The National Security Law is a remnant of the military dictatorship era of the country, and gives the government to incarcerate and persecute any person who acts, speaks, protests, or expresses in any other manner an opinion against the government, government agencies, and\/ or officials including politicians. The law has been used by Bolsonaro and his regime to quell and suppress all opinions against him. The senate has been attempting to repeal this law for the last 3 decades and a petition to revoke the law was first made in the Brazilian parliament in 1991. Bolsonaro has used his veto to keep some of the most exploitative fragments of the National Security Law alive. These are the sections that allow imprisonment in case of protests, expressing dissent, critiquing the government, spreading mass information (the use of social media against the government). Bolsonaro has also vetoed the parts of the bill that increased the punishment for military personnel by fifty per cent in case they committed crimes against the rule of law. The bill also suggested that the personnel in question could lose their rank if convicted. The Bolsonaro regime has justified the veto on the basis of safe According to Bolsonaro, no law that jeopardizes the The actions of the present Brazilian regime are akin to any authoritarian regimes all over the world irrespective of space and time. This veto by Bolsonaro will be debated by the senate for the next thirty days and a decision would be taken post deliberation. However, these actions by Bolsonaro point towards a greater problem. Bolsonaro This can be attributed to not just his own far right ideologies, but also the lack of complete bi-partisan dismissal of the attack on the Capitol Hill that the US suffered earlier this year, post the Biden victory. Bolsonaro has been critiqued for his mis-handling of the crisis caused by the Corona Virus pandemic, as well as the corruption under his watch especially since he came to power promising a crack down on corruption. As people are getting tired of facing a crumbling economy, high unemployment, degrading environment, and rampant crime; their faith in Bolsonaro has been waning. The country is also currently staring at an imminent energy crisis as the reservoirs across the country have suffered due to a drastic decrease in rainfall over the past years. Bolsonaro The Bolsonaro regime is becoming more and more overbearing as elections grow closer. He is also attempting to mend ties with political parties that he previously disparaged. Ciro Nogueira from the centre- right progressive party has been named as his Chief of Staff, contrary to Bolsonaro The Brazilian people are also exhausted from having to choose between the far right and the left. While Bolsonaro and Lula are both options that represent the far ends of the political spectrum, names like Ciro Gomes, of the Democratic Party, Joan Doria, the governor of Sao Paulo are now becoming popular. They represent a middle path for the people who want a choice that is neither Bolsonaro nor Lula. It remains to be seen whether they play a significant role in the 2022 Brazilian elections. (The author is an Asst Professor at the Dept. of Public Policy at Amity University, NOIDA and a PhD in Latin American Studies from the Centre of Canadian, US, and Latin American Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Views expressed are personal and do not reflect the official position or policy of Financial Express Online.)

Nifty, Sensex may mirror global peers today; 5 things to know before the opening bell

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Domestic benchmark indices started the week on a positive note on Monday while broader markets continued to correct with midcap and smallcap indices closing with losses. Currently, SP BSE Sensex sits at 55,555 while the NSE Nifty 50 is at 16,496. Bank Nifty sits at 35,124 – gaining 0.26% yesterday. On Tuesday morning, SGX Nifty was up 89 points, hinting at some positive momentum ahead of the day Cues from global peers were positive as Asian markets mirrored gains recorded by Wall Street equity indices during the previous session. Dow Jones jumped 0.61% while SP 500 gained 0.85%. The tech-heavy NASDAQ was the best performer, zooming 1.55%. Among Asian markets, Shanghai Composite, Hang Seng, Nikkei 225, TOPIX, KOSPI, and KOSDAQ were all trading with gains. Technical take: Although domestic benchmark indices closed with gains, Nagaraj Shetti, Technical Research Analyst, HDFC Securities sees signs of concern. Technically, this pattern indicates a lack of strength to sustain the highs. Though Nifty closed higher on Monday, the overall market breadth was sharply negative and broad market indices like mid-cap and small-cap segments have continued to bleed. This is not a good sign, as it reflects inherent weakness in the market, Levels to watch out for: Yesterday We are of the view that the 10 day SMA or 16450 would be the immediate support for the bulls. As long as it is trading above the same, an upside could lift the index up to 16550, Slipping below 16450 could send the index back to 16350-16300 levels. FII and DII trades: Foreign Institutional Investors (FII) were net sellers of domestic stocks for the fifth consecutive trading session on Monday. FIIs sold Rs 1,363 crore worth of equities. Domestic Institutional Investors (DII) were net buyers, pumping in Rs 1,452 crore on Monday. The listing of the two stocks could be muted as has been the recent trend. The previous two listings on Dalal Street have seen the stocks plummet below the IPO price band on the opening day of trade.

NTPC gears up to meet rising power demand; generation up 23 pc

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State-run power giant NTPC on Monday said that it has geared up to meet rising power demand and recorded electricity generation growth of 23 per cent over the previous year. The country is witnessing a sharp increase in power demand and NTPC is making all efforts for meeting demand as per the grid requirement, it statement said. NTPC has geared up to meet the increasing demand and the generation from NTPC group stations has registered a 23 per cent growth compared to the previous year, it stated. Under flexible utilisation of coal policy, NTPC is arranging coal at the stations where the stock position is critical. Further, it said that it is continuously coordinating with Coal India and Railways for augmenting coal supply at critical stations and diverting rakes wherever required. It is also augmenting 2.7 Lakh MT import coal left out from the contracts placed earlier. Darlipalli Unit 2 (800 MW) was put in operation, and commercial operation of the unit is being done with effect from September 1-09-2021. The plant is a pit-head station, and the coal is being fed from captive mine of NTPC (Dulanga), it said. It is increasing coal production from all captive mines of NTPC, it added. During peak hours, approximately 7 GW of gas capacity is on bar against 3 GW last week. It has been observed that the states are not scheduling from gas stations, but are drawing from the grid. Further, for meeting the peak requirement, Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO) is scheduling the gas stations under Reserves Regulation Ancillary Services (RRAS). To have adequate planning by the generators, and to ensure adequate arrangement for gas, it is advised that the states may schedule power at least for a week. RRAS is to restore the frequency level at desired level and to relieve the congestion in the transmission network. RRAS shall support both regulation up and regulation down service.

Tokyo Paralympics 2021: On top of the world, it’s indescribable, says Avani Lekhara

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A car accident in 2012 left Avani Lekhara wheelchair-bound but on Monday the shooter felt on top of the world after becoming the first Indian woman to snare a Paralympic gold medal. Focussing on only one shot at a time and shutting out everything else did the trick for Lekhara. She fired her way to the top of the podium in the R-2 womens 10m air rifle standing SH1 event. I cant describe this feeling, Im feeling like Im on top of the world. Its unexplainable, she said after the triumph. Lekhara, who sustained spinal cord injuries in a car accident in 2012, finished with a world record equalling total of 249.6, which is also a new Paralympic record. On staying calm through the final, Lekhara said, I was just saying one thing, that I have to take one shot at a time. Theres nothing else that matters now, just take one shot at a time and just finish it. I just think that I have to follow the process. Beyond that, I try not to think about the score or the medal tally. The 19-year-old from Jaipur, who started shooting on the insistence of her father in 2015 at a city shooting range, was delighted to have become the first Indian woman to win a Paralympics gold. Im so happy I could be the one to contribute it. Hopefully theres a lot of medals more to come. She has not looked back since firing her first shot some six years ago, enjoying every bit of the precision sport while working her way to glory at the showpiece. It seems very homely when I lift a rifle. I feel a connection towards it. When you have to focus and the consistency, thats what I like about shooting, she said. When asked how she began shooting, Lekhara said, Summer vacations 2015, my father took me to the shooting range. I shot some shots and they were pretty okay. So I just started as a hobby, and here I am. She will also be competing in the mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1, the womens 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 and the mixed 50m Rifle Prone event. In the SH1 Rifle category, shooters are able to hold a gun with arms. The athletes have an impairment in their legs, for example amputations or paraplegia. She is only the fourth Indian athlete to win a Paralympics gold after swimmer Murlikant Petkar (1972), javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia (2004 and 2016) and high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu (2016).

Cement companies to invest up to Rs 1,700 crore in waste heat recovery system to save power cost: Report

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Major cement companies will invest up to Rs 1,700 crore in two fiscal years ending March 2022 to set up 175 MW of waste heat recovery system (WHRS) capacities for saving power cost, an Icra report said on Wednesday. It takes an investment of up to Rs 8-10 crore to set up one MW WHRS, and the overall cost for the 175 MW for FY21 and FY22 will come at Rs 1,400-1,700 crore, it said. The agency said domestic cement companies in recent years have been investing in alternative\/renewable energy sources, replacing known sources such as fuel in the form of coal as well as thermal power generation which has afforded the players multiple benefits apart from reducing carbon dioxide footprint. The usage of renewable sources of energy such as solar energy, wind energy and WHRS has been gaining momentum, in particular the latter has emerged as one of the cheapest sources of power generation given the negligible input costs, it said. Cement manufacturing is an energy intensive process and power and fuel accounts for 25-28 per cent of the overall costs for a cement company, it said. The cost of power generation using WHRS technology is around Rs 1.3-1.5\/kwh including depreciation and interest, as compared to Rs 4.5-5\/kwh for captive thermal power, she said, adding that with 20-25 per cent WHRS replacement in total power capacity, the power cost savings for cement companies is estimated to be 14-18 per cent. This will lead to a widening of the operating margins by 1.10-1.40 per cent, it added. As of FY21 end, major players such as Shree Cement, UltraTech Cement, Nuvoco Vistas Corporation, Birla Corporation, JK Cement, JK Lakshmi, Dalmia Bharat, The Ramco Cements, ACC and Ambuja Cement together had installed WHRS capacities of 520 MW, the agency said, adding this contributes around 16 per cent of their total power requirement. In FY22, there will be a pressure on operating margins because of the significant increase in the fuel costs, such as coal and pet coke, in the recent quarters, Icra said, adding the cement companies with renewable and WHRS capacities are likely to better withstand the pressure on margins. They also face high environmental risk with the costs associated with air and carbon regulation compliance, and are undertaking initiatives to increase the renewable and WHRS capacities to mitigate this risk, it added.

Coronavirus buildup in lungs likely driver of Covid deaths: Study

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Viral buildup in the lungs is the likely driver behind the steep mortality rates seen in the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published on Tuesday. The researchers at New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine, US, showed that people who died of COVID-19 had on average 10 times the amount of virus in their lower airways as did severely ill patients who survived their illness. The finding, published in the journal Nature Microbiology, contradicts previous theories that simultaneous infections, such as bacterial pneumonia or overreaction of the bodys immune defence system, played major roles in heightened risk of death. The researchers found no evidence implicating a secondary bacterial infection as the cause of the deaths, although they cautioned that this may be due to the frequent course of antibiotics given to critically ill patients. Our findings suggest that the bodys failure to cope with the large numbers of virus infecting the lungs is largely responsible for COVID-19 deaths in the pandemic, said study lead author Imran Sulaiman, an adjunct professor at NYU Langone Health. The researchers noted that current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not encourage use of antivirals such as remdesivir for severely ill patients on mechanical ventilation. However, the study results suggest that these medications may still remain a valuable tool in treating these patients, they noted. Despite previous concerns that the virus may prompt the immune system to attack the bodys own lung tissue and lead to dangerous levels of inflammation, the researchers found no evidence that this was a major contributor to COVID-19 deaths in the group studied. They noted that the strength of the immune response appeared proportionate to the amount of virus in the lungs. The coronavirus has so far killed over 4 million people worldwide. Those placed on mechanical ventilators in order to breathe fare particularly poorly. Experts attribute the high mortality seen in other viral pandemics such as the Spanish flu in 1918 and swine flu in 2009 to a secondary bacterial infection. However, it remained unclear whether a similar issue afflicted people with COVID-19. The latest study provides the most detailed survey of the lower airway environment in coronavirus patients, the researchers said. They collected bacterial and fungal samples from the lungs of 589 men and women who were hospitalised in the US, all of whom required mechanical ventilation. For a subset of 142 patients who also received a bronchoscopy procedure to clear their air passages, the researchers analysed the amount of virus within their lower airways and identified the microbes present by studying small pieces of the germs genetic code. They also surveyed the type of immune cells and compounds located in the lower airways. The study revealed that those who died had on average 50 per cent lower production of a type of immune chemical that targets the coronavirus compared with the COVID-19 patients who survived the illness. These customised proteins are part of the bodys adaptive immune system, a subset of cells and chemicals that remember invading newly encountered microbes, leaving the body better prepared for future exposure. These results suggest that a problem with the adaptive immune system is preventing it from effectively combating the coronavirus, said study senior author Leopoldo Segal. If we can identify the source of this issue, we may be able to find an effective treatment that works by bolstering the bodys own defences, said Segal, an associate professor at NYU. He cautioned that the researchers only studied coronavirus patients who survived their first two weeks of hospitalisation. It is possible that bacterial infections or autoimmune reactions may play a greater role in COVID-19 mortality that occurs earlier, Segal added.

West Bengal will be self-sufficient in rice bran-based ethanol production: CM Mamata Banerjee

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West Bengal will soon come up with an ethanol production and promotion policy to make the state self-sufficient in rice bran-based ethanol production that has to be blended with petrol and diesel for lowering pollutants from the fossil fuel. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurating an industrial cluster on 1,500 acres in Panagarh said, the ethanol to be produced from rice bran has high potential and the state expected at least Rs 1,500 crore investment in the sector generating 48,000 jobs in the next five years. We will procure broken rice from farmers and make the state self-dependent in ethanol production and blending, Banerjee said. The Centre has issued a draft notification proposing 12% and 15% ethanol blending in petrol when used as automotive fuel, available as E-12 and E15 respectively. The government had earlier proposed 20% ethanol blending by 2025, which the draft notification following Prime Minister Narendra Modis guideline has proposed to defer to 2030. India at present blends 8.5% ethanol with motor fuel. According to Banerjee, the finds of natural oil and gas at Ashoknagar, coal at Deocha Pachami and production of ethanol would change the states industrial landscape. She has formed an empowered committee with herself heading it to take full advantage of the rising situation and bring in more investment. We look forward to fructification of investments worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore in the next five years, while much of Rs 13 lakh crore investments committed in the last Bengal Global Business Summit in 2019 has fructified, she said. The state would also come up with a data centre policy very soon, with plans to start with a 400-MW data centre that could attract an investment of Rs 20,000 crore. The 400-MW data centre will initially handle and store data and thereafter move towards advanced application. The data centre will not only cater to West Bengal but would also be of help to neighbouring Bangladesh and Nepal giving a boost to West Bengals IT sector housing 1,500 IT firms, Banerjee said. On Wednesday, she inaugurated the Dhunseri Groups Rs 400 crore Poly Film unit and ITCs PSA plant for oxygen manufacturing at the industrial cluster in Panagarh. Another industrial estate was coming up at Raghunathpur, where investments worth Rs 72,000 crore has already been committed. The Deocha Pachami coal block would require an investment of Rs 1,500 crore and generate 1 lakh jobs. The proposed Dankuni-Amritsar freight corridor would run through Raghunathpur and 2,500 acres of land has been acquired for the purpose. Construction work of the deep-sea port at Tajpur would start soon, she said. According to state industry minister Partha Chatterjee, a request for proposal (RFP) would be shortly floated following responses from The Port of Singapore and DP World against an expression of interest (EOI) floated earlier. The state wants to be a partner in the deep-sea port project. On the aviation front, the state was in talks with the Centre to transform Andal airport into an international airport. It has budgeted Rs 150 crore for the conversion, Banerjee said.

Increase in viral infection cases in Delhi hospitals

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Hospitals across the national capital are registering a rise in the number of viral infection cases owing to change in weather, doctors said. The doctors have also cautioned against self-medication and advised consulting a medical practitioner in time if one experiences symptoms of seasonal flu. Dr Vikramjit Singh, senior consultant, internal medicine of the Akash Healthcare Super Specialty Hospital in Dwarka said their facility has been receiving eight cases of viral infection every day. Dr Manoj Sharma, senior consultant, internal medicine, Fortis Hospital at Vasant Kunj said every second patient coming to them has viral infection. They present with cold, cough, fever and in some cases, nausea, vomiting and loose motions. The fever is high grade touching 102-103 degrees Celsius. Keeping oneself hydrated helps in controlling the fever, Sharma said. Singh said the viral illness cases are more this year maybe because of the changing weather with extreme heat and excessive rainfall. People are coming with high-grade fever and dry cough which lasts for three to four days. If treated on time, it can go on the second day of the fever. People should stay indoors, maintain hygiene, wash hands, social distancing has to be maintained, the use of the mask can also lower the chances of viral to spread. The symptoms of viral illness are fever, sore throat, cold, running nose and headache, he added. In many cases, after patients develop fever or cough, they also have a fear that they have contracted the coronavirus, Sharma said, adding those who have not been infected with Covid during the previous waves and have not been vaccinated usually feel that are positive. We screen patients for COVID-19 through the RT-PCR test. Usually we can make out whether the patient has coronavirus or not seeing the symptoms. If the patient has running nose, excessive wheezing, they usually point towards viral infection but if the patient has throat pain, it is a symptom of COVID-19. But till now, we havent had such patients, he said. Dr Rajesh Chawla, senior consultant, pulmonology and critical care, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, said if seven patients of a family are having same symptoms, we screen them for coronavirus and if two of them test negative, it means that they are not infected with the virus. Dr Shuchin Bajaj, Founder and Director, Ujala Cygnus Group of Hospitals, said With the onset of the hot and humid season, and water logging at multiple places, there are increasing numbers of flu patients. We are seeing a rapid uptake of other infectious diseases like dengue and malaria as well. The flu is almost same as Covid, but has a slightly different presentation in the fact that Coryza is much more overwhelming than in Covid and loss of smell and breathlessness is not as much prevalent as is prevalent in coronavirus. Dr Sanjay Gupta, senior consultant, internal medicine, Paras Hospitals in Gurgaon, said there are a lot of patients who are coming to us with viral infection in this season. I have an OPD of around 30 to 35 patients per day and about 40 per cent of patients are coming to us with viral infections mainly viral sore throat and lower respiratory tract infections caused by a virus influenza A. Around 40 per cent of such patients are being seen in our clinic. Elaborating on the symptoms, he said they usually present with high fever, malaise, lethargy, bony pains, stomach ache, nausea, vomiting, and very very high fever, sweating etc.