Vivo launches V9 with dual rear camera and seamless design

VIVO 1Bengaluru ,March 27, 2018: Vivo, the global premium smartphone brand, launched Vivo V9, its first flagship smartphone with dual rear camera in India. The latest smartphone sports dual rear camera of 16MP + 5MP, path-breaking features such as 19:9 FullView™ display 2.0 and the industry’s highest screen-to-body ratio of 90%. Designed for the millennials seeking the best smartphone experience, Vivo V9 is a perfect combination of classic design and innovative features. 

Vivo V9 Specifications

·         Dual Rear Camera (16 MP + 5 MP)

·         24 MP AI Selfie Camera

·         19:9 FullViewTMdisplay 2.0

·         Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Octa Core

·         4 GB RAM/64 GB ROM

·         3260mAh battery

·         Face Access 2.0 and Game Mode

Priced at INR 22,990, the smartphone will be available in Champagne Gold and Pearl Black colour across all offline stores from 2nd April, 2018 and can be pre-booked in all retail stores, on Vivo E-store, Flipkart, Amazon and Paytm Mall. 

Commenting on the launch, Kent Cheng, CEO, Vivo India said, “With the class-leading design and camera capabilities of Vivo V9, we have once again delivered a product that is high on innovation and quality. We are confident that our latest flagship will set new benchmarks in the smartphone industry and further solidify our leadership position in the market.”      

Big screen in a small package:The Vivo V9 with its 19:9 FullView™ Display 2.0 and an impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio represents a sleek and futuristic style. The bezels on the smartphone are kept at a bare minimum of just 1.75 mm that makes V9 compact in design as a traditional 5.5-inch phone but offers an incredible 6.3-inch display.
Two is better than one:
The Vivo V9 provides exceptional photography experience with the help of dual rear cameras (16MP + 5MP). The rear camera setup offers users’ brighter and sharper images including a Bokeh mode. The rear camera also offers a host of other features such as Ultra HD, Slo-mo, Live Photos, Retina Flash, AR Sticker. The F2.0 aperture along with LED flash allows for more light to deliver high quality images even in low-light conditions. 

The revolutionary V9 also features a 24MP selfie camera, which uses AI Face Beauty to deliver astonishingly clear, beautiful selfies. The front camera also comes with Gender detection, AR

Stickers, Face beauty video call, Camera Filter, HDR and Portrait lighting effect providing enough options for users to experiment with selfies.  
AI-Optimized Mobile Experience:
The Vivo V9’s AI Smart Engine ensures the best mobile performance by learning users’ habits and preferences. The AI Smart Engine prioritizes processing and storage resources to provide a fluid and optimized experience. In addition to ensuring smooth operation and save power, the AI Smart Engine can accurately predict user’s next task and launch favorite apps 20% faster. The V9’s AI Attention Sensing also keeps disruption to a minimum by automatically reducing the volume of message alerts, incoming calls and alarms.
Always Game on:
The Vivo V9 enhances the experience for gaming enthusiasts with the new ‘Game Mode’. The feature allows users to block all interruptions such as messages, calls and alerts, thereby providing an uninterrupted gaming experience. Alternatively, one can change the settings to display phone calls from designated contacts only and choose to respond by swiping up on the screen. The V9 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor, which combined with a 3260mAh battery, provides a powerful multi-tasking and gaming experience for a longer duration.

British Council awards 100 women Master’s Scholarships

British-Council-IndiaBengaluru. March 26.2018: 100 Indian women have been awarded British Council 70th Anniversary Scholarships to mark the organisation’s 70th anniversary in India. The 70th Anniversary Scholarships, which are the first British Council scholarship programme solely for women, cover tuition fees for a one-year Master’s course in science, technology, engineering or mathematics during the 2018-19 academic year. The scholars attended an award ceremony at the British Council  

The investment in women scholars supports prime minister Modi’s shift to women-led development and the British Council’s own focus on women and girls and Sustainable Development Goal 5.  It is also part of the organisation’s drive to partner the economic growth and knowledge ambitions of States across India. The programme, worth almost INR 18 crore, is the organisation’s largest investment in a scholarship programme in India.

The 100 scholars will be attending 44 British universities in all corners of the country including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK is a global leader in quality research and the scholarships will offer the women the chance to work in world-class research environments and collaborate in international research teams.

Comments Alan Gemmell OBE, director India, British Council, “We’ve been inspired by India every day of the last 70 years – by its artists, students, and its teachers. This year we want to say thank you for 70 inspiring years.  We want to share the stories of the great things we’ve done together, tell new stories, and inspire millions of young people to develop connections for the next 70 years.The women we’ve selected to be our 70th Anniversary Scholars will be the ambassadors for these ambitions. They’ll also be fixing global problems from climate change to drug discovery all the while building the societies we all will want to live in. We’re already inspired by them and by what we will do together.”

The British Council’s 70th Anniversary Scholars have been selected from across India: 44 from South India, 21 from North India, 20 from West India, 9 from East India, and 6 from Northeast India. 55 of the candidates are from Tier I metro cities and 45 belong to Tier 2 and 3 cities and districts.  Scholars will be studying subjects STEM fields including:  32 in computer sciences; 27 in biological sciences; 12 each in engineering and physical sciences. Other subjects include technology, maths and medicine.

British universities have been active supporters of the British Council’s 70th Anniversary Scholarships and are keen to continue to increase the numbers of Indian students who go to the UK.  In 2017-18 there was a 27 percent increase in Indian student visa applications to the UK. Universities have worked with the British Council to nominate up to five candidates per institution and have offered a 10 percent tuition fee discount per scholar.

Women in Leadership Scholarship 2018 : Newcastle University

Logo - Newcastle UniversityBengaluru. March 23,2018:Newcastle University is committed to supporting innovative business women to become influential leaders. Through the Women in Leadership Scholarship, successful MBA candidates will receive mentoring support from the Business School Director, Professor Sharon Mavin, an international scholar in gender, leadership and organisation studies.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong track record for academic excellence and a wealth of professional experience. 

Value of award: Partial award of £11,000, payable towards the cost of tuition fees 


To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • completed the scholarship application form including an essay of no more than 1,000 words in response to the question listed. Submissions need to be in English
  • hold a conditional or unconditional offer of admission to the full-time MBA for 2018 entry
  • have substantive managerial experience, normally of at least 3 years
  • ideally hold the equivalent of a UK 2:1 honours degree (applicants who fall outside of these parameters and have more relevant work experience and can demonstrate significant career progression may be considered)
  • perform well at interview across all competency areas
  • demonstrate high potential and an ambition for leadership
  • hold an English language qualification of IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent with no sub skill below 6.0 (if your first language is not English).

Number of awards:One

Application closing date:20 April 2018

Application form: Applications and essays will be reviewed by a panel of judges and successful candidates will be announced by 1 May 2018.

The complete application form is online

For further information, please contact:

Harvard University Opens its new Office

1Bengaluru, March 23.2018: The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute (SAI), Harvard University, officially opened its new India headquarters in New Delhi. Professor Mark Elliott, Harvard‘s Vice Provost for International Affairs and a world-renowned historian of China, inaugurated the headquarters at The Imperial Hotel, Janpath. Harvard historian and Indian Member of Parliament Professor Sugata Bose, SAI Executive Director Meena Hewett and SAI India Country Director Dr. Sanjay Kumar were also present at the event. The opening of the South Asia Institute’s India office marks the beginning of a new era of Harvard engagement with the region, committing additional major resources to the study of South Asia, which will permit students and faculty alike to deepen their research and gain invaluable new insights and experience.

From L-R - Mr. Sugata Ghosh , Mr. Mark Elliot, Dr. Sanjay Kumar , Ms M...As the director of the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Professor Tarun Khanna from the Harvard Business School has been the visionary behind the Institute’s exponential growth at Harvard and in the region. As part of a month-long celebration of the formal launch of the Delhi office, he will give a talk at the ‘SAI India Seminar Series’ on April 5, 2018 and speak about the Institute’s partnerships with several Indian institutions.

Commenting on the inauguration, Mark Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Harvard University, said: “Harvard is extremely pleased and proud to open this office in Delhi, the third Harvard office in the country, and the first in the capital. Birthplace of a great and ancient civilization and home to a remarkable diversity of peoples, religions, languages, and cultures, India is well known as the world’s largest democracy and one of its fastest developing economies. Harvard scholars have long held a strong interest in India’s past and present, and we are confident that the New Delhi office of the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute will help us to further develop our strengths in this area and ensure that Harvard remains among the very best Universities where the study of India may be pursued. In addition, we believe that our Delhi office will enable us to grow our collaborations with Indian academic and cultural institutions, contribute to the development of outstanding research across the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities, and further strengthen our already close ties with numerous Harvard alumni who live in India and across South Asia.”

Throughout 2018 and beyond, leading scholars from South Asia-related fields will be delivering a series of free public lectures in Delhi. Currently, the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute is running various programs/research projects in India, which include the Boston Bangalore Bioscience Beginnings funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India; Social Entrepreneurship in India: Multidisciplinary Approach to Innovative Social Enterprises, and the ‘Looking Back, Informing the Future: the 1947 Partition of British India’; the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program etc.


MS DHONI, the Legendary Cricketer inaugurates the Seven By MS Dhoni store at INDIRANAGAR, BANGALORE

  • 1SEVEN by MS Dhoni – A Fitness and Active lifestyle brand for the #changemakers
  • The brand is on a robust expansion plan and targets to open 300+ stores by 2020

Bengaluru, 19. March, 2018:  On a spree of robust expansion plan, MS Dhoni inaugurates another exclusive brand outlet of Seven by MS Dhoni at Indira Nagar, Bangalore. The brand, which started its journey in February 2016 has its eminent presence across more than 300 distribution & multi brand outlets, 4 retail outlets across the country and is also available on all leading e-commerce platforms like Jabong, Myntra, Flipkart etc along with its own website

SEVEN, by MS Dhoni houses a wide array of fitness categories such as running, training, outdoor and lifestyle sport with a product portfolio that encompasses an attractive variety of footwear, apparel and accessories for both men and women. Each of SEVEN’s products incorporates industry’s latest technologies across categories and blends to be a perfect combination of style with comfort.

With another feather in Seven’s kitty, the brand is also looking at further investing in research and development for its product portfolio to deliver the best to its customers and will soon be launching their own Design and Innovation Centre with a dedicated team for new developments in the brand’s merchandise mix.

MS DHONI, the Legendary Cricketer inaugurates the Seven By MS Dhoni store at INDIRANAGAR, BANGALORE“The brand’s global ambassador, Indian cricketing legend and the only cricketer in the world to win all ICC trophies Mahendra Singh Dhoni commented M.S. Dhoni,” Fitness is a crucial part of each individual’s life. Since the launch the brand has been consistent on the ambition of making fitness accessible to all parts of the country. It gives me immense pleasure to see the brand getting a step closer to its ambition with each passing day. Seven’s products are designed with perfection and are standard for all fitness regimes.

“Mr. Arun Pandey, CMD and Chairman, Rhiti Group, India’s fastest growing conglomerate with interests in sports, fitness and entertainment said,” I am thrilled to have launched one of our key stores with MS Dhoni in the city of Bangalore. This is our first store in a metro city and we aim at further expanding in the metros and tier II & Tier III cities simultaneously. We are the first Indian sports brand with international quality and standard and are true to the thought of re- infusing the spirit of sportsmanship for a healthy lifestyle. We plan to reach 100 exclusive stores by the end of 2018 and about 300 outlets by 2020.

The new store is at a high street location at Indira Nagar, one of the most prominent location of the Bangalore city. Connecting with the vibrant aura of its brand ambassador, MSD, Seven Brand store is spread across two floors with an ambience which is visually appealing with raw and urban material palette that offers a unique shopping environment. Each layer of the showroom is lit in a warm day light, creating a striking and hypnotic experience for customers. The brand’s #Changemaker attitude can easily be seen resonating throughout the collection at the store.

Future Lifestyle Fashions launches FashioNext 2018

FLFAn exclusive showcase of their Autumn Winter ‘18 collection

Bengaluru, March 17, 2018: Future Lifestyle Fashions (FLF), the brand division of Future Group launched “FashioNext 2018”– an exclusive preview of their Autumn Winter collection. The event which was held on the 15th & 16th of March, saw the amalgamation of the best of fashion brands in its truest ‘HIGH –DEFINITION’ format. The 10 brands that were showcased included- Indigo Nation, Scullers, John Miller, Jealous 21, Converse, Urbana, Giovanni, Rig, Bare and Lombard. 

16FASHION3FashioNext 2018 highlighted the unique stories that each brand depicts through its collection, beautifully capturing the essence and aesthetics of the season. The showcase brought together business stalwarts, retail channel partners, fashion influencers and people who impact the entire business of fashion in the country. The Autumn Winter 18 range was presented through a stunning fashion show where Bengaluru’s reputed models walked the ramp.

16FASHION2Speaking on the occasion, Shibani Mishra, CMO-FLF Brands said, “The FashioNext 2018 is one of its kind, a showcase of the highlight stories & collection of our uniquely positioned brands catering to almost every age group -ranging from kids to the college goer, from the early- jobber to the boardroom CXO’s and for every occasion ranging from the casual hang- out with friends to the formal evening gathering. We have invited the key decision makers from the retail industry, trade & channel partners, our front-end team and everyone who impact our business; to give them an experience of our brands. The brands showcased here are the best in class in terms of product, pricing, display and overall brand experience. We’re excited to have our customers try the collection exclusively crafted for them when these styles hit the retail floor in July.”

FashioNext’18 has been a seamless journey from mind to market, bringing forth the efforts of the designers, the merchandisers, marketers and visual merchandisers to showcase the best of their brands. It has cultivated brands to cater to the aspirations of today’s consumers by creating exceptional experiences.  

Manipal Academy of Higher Education hosts International Meeting of “Neodesign” from Stanford University

2Bengaluru, March 17, 2018: Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) recently hosted the first international meeting of the Neodesign group from Stanford University School of Medicine, USA. The focus of this group is to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to innovate within the maternal and child health arena.

Manipal Academy of Higher Education hosts International Meeting of “Neodesign” from Stanford UniversityThe meeting, which was envisioned by Dr. Anoop Rao, a Neonatologist at Stanford and a recipient of Dr. TMA Pai Informatics Chair Grant, showcased an array of experts who have successfully demonstrated cross-disciplinary expertise. Apart from Manipal collaborators in Prof. Harishchandra Hebbar, School of Information Science, MIT, Dr. Sanjay Pattanshetty, School of Public Health & Prof. Satish Shenoy, Director, Technical Research, MAHE, the event also saw participation from academicians in sub disciplines in medicine and engineering, entrepreneurs, NGOs & Government.

While addressing the audience during the inaugural session, Prof. Vinod Bhutani, Neonatologist at Stanford stirred the audience to break the educational barriers and adapt the curriculum to make it more interdisciplinary.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. B. Rajashekar, Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences, MAHE said, “We are privileged to have had an opportunity to meet with such industry stalwarts working on world class innovations and technology. This event has been of great value to all of us at MAHE to better appreciate and address the barriers in providing healthcare solutions. We believe with such collaborations, there will be new doors opened to the development and application of new innovations in neonatal care and place Manipal as a hub for inter disciplinary innovations.”  

The event had highly engaging panelists across various disciplines from surgeons to government officials from the Health sector. Prof. Leslie Lewis, Neonatologist at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal shared successful examples of the Neonatal ICU’s external collaboration with XEROX to develop a non-contact vital sign monitor using RGB cameras. He also outlined their quest to develop a low-cost oxygen blender and the specific engineering challenges encountered during this process.

Dr. Kumara Sanjaya, a practicing surgeon and head of the Clinical Research Board at Philips applauded the invaluable long-standing Manipal-Philips collaboration. He highlighted the Philips-sponsored PhD work at Manipal culminating in the development of an integrated digital partograph for monitoring the progress of labour in pregnant women. He also discussed the development of a wearable respiration monitor developed for the African market.

Another panelist, Nitin Sisodia, a former Stanford-India Biodesign fellow and Founder of Sohum, extolled on the alacrity with which School of Allied Health Sciences, a unit of MAHE offered to collaborate on developing “Sohum”, a portable hearing screening device now catering to 26 million newborn and recognized among the most successful emerging startups in India. Dr. Suma Nair, Head of Community Medicine at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal highlighted key challenges faced in the areas of immunization tracking with migrant labourer families & lauded the collaborative work that led to the development of a near-field communication (NFC) chip wearable device.

Dr. Darez Ahamed, IAS, Mission Director, TN Rural Health mission shared riveting statistics on neonatal mortality associated with home births & discussed a multitude of other challenges faced by the state health machinery. Dr. Sailakshmi, Pediatrician and Neonatologist described her compelling journey and the tribulations that led her to establish “Ekam”, an organization that now provides skilled labour force such as trained nurses and social workers to the government-run healthcare system in Tamil Nadu which has helped achieve a significant decline in key mortality indicators in the state.

Dr. Tavpritesh Sethi, a Wellcome trust fellow and visiting faculty at Stanford University motivated the young medical minds in the audience to learn to write codes during his illuminating talk where he demonstrated the use of machine learning and AI tools to address a variety of problems including prediction of sepsis and shock. Dr. Darshan Nayak, another doctor and former Stanford-India Biodesign fellow, currently a Consultant at McKinsey & Co stressed the role of formalizing the educational framework to ingrain the design-thinking culture.

The deft panel discussion during the event had panelists articulate the need to capitalize on the existing ecosystem at Manipal and evolve it as a hub for health-tech innovation. The invited speakers in unison endorsed the abundance of entrepreneurial spirit, technical talent and the rich clinical milieu in close proximity at Manipal being unparalleled in the Indian context and serving as a fertile ground for cultivating and accelerating innovations.