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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

KWID: Will new car from Renault provide Value for money

Kwid is priced at INR 2.57 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi.
Renault Kwid Variant wise prices-
STD- 2.57 lakh
RXE- 2.89 lakh
RXE (O)- 2.95 lakh
RXL- 3.11 lakh
RXT- 3.44 lakh
RXT (O)- 3.53 lakh

So far, it has been Tata Nano which has been the cheapest car available in India. Over the period of time, It has evolved as Great Value  for money and in its latest avatar it is having decent looks and best in class features. But So far in India, Maruti Alto has been the most successful  car and has highest Sales Volume with decent features. Second in class is  Hyundai EON, with its Fluidic Design and Premium offerings .

Latest car in this Segment is the Renault KWID.

Initially, kwid was thought to be a budget  car with Duster like looks. But, it would remain to be seen whether, Pricing this car is rightly done. And car provide's the real value for money.

KWID has SUV inspired design‎ that makes it stand apart from all cars in its segment.
The kwid has modern looks, which compared to Alto look far more impressive. EON even though the look is slight dated but goes well with those who wants the car look. Overall Kwid in its SUV  like design looks Impressive. Only the tires looks a bit small to the car and has 3 Bolts similar to TATA Nano.

Interiors of Kwid and Eon are at par and looks better than the Alto. Kwid has non inertia seat belt at rear and has a Touch Screen Infotainment system as compare to Eon and Alto which have Music system, here it remain to be seen, how good music will be able to provide by Kwid.
renault kwid
But it would be difficult to match the quality with the competition. This touch screen also provide navigation system, but will it be  as good as the Google navigation system, available on smart phones. Boot space wise kwid has a biggest boot in it segment.  Has best Cabin space,  only issue, the rear seat is low and for taller person it may not be as comfortable.

Kwid comes  with near 800 cc engine, and claims best in class mileage.

Pricing of Top Model of various cars in its segment are as follows :

Maruti ALTO 800 VXI (AIRBAG)     -       Rs. 3, 59, 238


0.8L iRDE 5-Speed Manual Sportz     -        Rs. 4,  13, 688

Nano Genx XTA                                   -       Rs. 3, 01, 900 

( with 624 cc engine, AMT first in its segment)

Given the above pricing Kwid's pricing has to be quite competitive, for it to make a value for money Car. So far media reports suggest that top end Kwid Model will be priced  near Rs. 4 Lakhs,  which appears to be quite high when compared to Alto 800. It may also be noted here,  that car in slightly higher segment i.e those having near 1000 cc engine are priced as follows :

NEW ALTO K10 VXI (O)              -               Rs. 3, 88, 239

1.0L Kappa 5-Speed Manual Magna+(O)    -  Rs. 4, 27, 834

 It  can be seen above, that car with near 1000 CC  engine are available for less price than Rs. 4 lakhs or just slightly over it. There is also Datsun Go which has near 1200 CC or 1.2 Litre engine, which has very impressive features and the top end model is priced:

Datsun Go T (O)         -                   Rs. 4, 19, 912

Which again put a question mark as to what should  be the price of Kwid, which will provide a value for money. 

Safety wise Renault claims that it would satisfy all Indian safety standards, so does Datsun Go, so for slightly over Rs. 4 Lakhs a  car with higher capacity engine is available.  Also, it would be worth noting that cars with starting price in higher segments are also available near or slightly over the price  of Rs. 4 Lakhs. Safety wise some cars mentioned in this post claims good structural strength.

 MARUTI CELERIO LXI                  -         Rs. 4, 03 , 052

New FORD Figo hatchback               -          Rs. 4, 29, 900

new ford figo launched
(Ford figo launched on 23/09/2015)

So, what should be the best price for the new KWID from Renault ? which provide value for money to its owner. 

KWID has the best looking SUV like design in its segment. 

(Above mentioned car prices are Ex. Showroom prices in Goa based on the info on the respective car websites)


Saturday, 24 November 2012

BioAsia 2013 – Global platform on Biotechnology Invites Nominations across Asia for Awards in Biotechnology and Lifesciences areas

Hyderabad, 23rd November, 2012: BioAsia, Asia’s biggest technology and bio-business platform has opened the nomination process for its annual awards organized by Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA) jointly with Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB). The entry is open to all scientists, students and Individuals from member countries of FABA who are interested or are pursuing research in the areas of biotechnology / life sciences or have created a product of value/utility or have made a significant contribution to the field of life sciences industry. Interested and eligible individuals can log on to for more details and for submitting their nominations. The Award categories include BioAsia Innovation Award 2013 and BioAsia Young Minds Award 2013.
The entries will undergo a short listing process and shortlisted proposals (10 proposals for innovation award and 5 proposals for young minds) will be announced by end of December for exhibiting their presentation at the BioAsia Venue. Winner in each category will be selected by an expert team at the venue and the awards (INR 1 Lac for innovation award and INR 50,000 for young minds award) will be given away at Valedictory Ceremony of BioAsia 2013, the 10th edition of a successful and broad-spectrum global platform on Biotechnology and Lifesciences. BioAsia 2013 will be held from 28th to 30th January in Hyderabad.
Prof. KV Raghavan, Chairman-BioAsia Organizing Committee & Vice-President FABA, INAE Distinguished Professor & Former Director, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) has stated that these annual awards have become a prominent feature at BioAsia and are aimed at encouraging and motivating contributions, initiatives and innovations in the biotech and life sciences arena. The awards that will be presented at BioAsia 2013 will also be an ideal platform for nominees to showcase their work to the global audience.
Dr. Mohan Rao, Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology commented “We are extremely pleased to have partnered with the Federation of Asian Biotech Associations [FABA] to organize the Innovation & Young Minds Award 2013. We strongly feel that these awards have gained high recognition and response over the years and indeed are playing a great role in motivating Young Scientists to take up innovative research.”
Award Categories and Eligibility:
BioAsia Innovation Award recognizes Young Scientist/Students across Asian members of FABA countries pursuing their research in any of the areas of biotechnology/life sciences, and who have created a product of applied value or generated a product of utility for the welfare of human society. Ten among the best proposals received shall be invited to demonstrate their innovations at the conference venue, the best amongst them would be awarded the BioAsia Innovation Award and a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000/- (one lakh rupees, approximately 2000 USD).

 Rules for Entry•    BioAsia Innovation Award: Only participants below the age of 35 years as on 31st Dec, 2012 is considered eligible for this award.
•    BioAsia Young Minds Award: Only students of class 10th, 11th & 12th can participate.
•    All research work submitted must be the original work of the participant.
•  Each participant should send an Undertaking to effect that the research work sent to the competition is his/her original. The organizers have the right to cancel the award/awards, if found otherwise.
•    The organizers of BioAsia reserve the right to use the accepted entries for publications/exhibitions taken up by BioAsia.
•    The last date for the receipt of the entries is Dec 20th. Entries received after the due date will not be accepted.

BioAsia Young Minds Award recognizes students of class 10th, 11th & 12th classes who have created a product of applied value or generated a product of utility for the industrial or public utility. Top five innovators will be invited to demonstrate their innovations at the BioAsia 2013 conference venue and the best amongst them will be awarded the BioAsia Young Minds Award and cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- (fifty thousand rupees, approximately 1000 USD).

About BioAsia: BioAsia is born with a vision to enhance, enrich and encourage newer innovations, path-breaking discoveries and effective solutions in the biotechnology industry by offering a vibrant global platform for convergence of the key stakeholders - Biotech & Biopharma Companies, research institutions, academia,  investors, service providers, policy makers, regulators and analysts. BioAsia is focused in its efforts - to drive the growth of the industry by enabling an effective environment for fostering collaborations, JV’s M&A’s; ensure knowledge and experience sharing by global industry players to benefit all stakeholders; promote innovations and initiatives through appropriate awards and recognitions; play a pivotal role in advocating issues to the policy makers and chartering the road-map of bio-technology. BioAsia is a dynamic platform for companies -to exhibit, launch and showcase their unique strengths, products and services. BioAsia is playing the role of a key catalyst in mobilizing all elements that are required to drive the growth of the emerging industry of Biotechnology as well as optimize the immense business potential of biotech. On a larger level, BioAsia is working to drive a global transformation from the treatment of illness to wellness.
About FABA (Federation of Asian Biotech Associations): The Federation of Asian Biotech Associations [FABA], is a non-profit registered society engaged in various activities related to promoting Biotechnology in Asian countries. FABA, headquartered at Hyderabad made its humble beginning in 2004 and has achieved a significant landmark in creating a common platform for interaction among member countries and discuss the issues of common interest for improving the biotech space including Technology Transfer, resource sharing, business collaborations, Industry-Academia linkage, cross border trade and investments, etc. among its member countries., FABA has a strong network base in 20 Asian countries including China, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Israel, Iran, Indonesia, Nepal, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka and UAE. Besides, FABA has entered into working understandings with Non-Asian organizations like European Federation of Biotechnology, Biocat (Spain), Maryland India Business Round Table (USA), Bio Industry Park (Italy) and Association of German Biotech companies (Germany), etc.

Growing Organic Winter Vegetables in Goa | An Evening with an Indian in Hollywood Ashok Amritraj | Chakra Healing & Power Yoga| RTI and Good Governance by Shailesh Gandhi | “Back to the Future”

ICG Programmes – November/ December 2012 *
Hurry! Register for upcoming 3rd Goa Arts &Literary Festival
Date & Time
Entry / Fee / Contact
25th Nov
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Intermediate Level Workshop:
Growing Organic Winter Vegetables in Goa
This full-day workshop is intended only for experienced gardeners who are serious about growing organic vegetables for home consumption. Read more
A variety of vegetable seeds will also be available for sale.
Specific sessions will include the following:
·         Designing your garden layout for pest resistance
·         Planning for continuous production (succession planting)
·         Companion planting ideas
·         Constructing bamboo matos for climbing plants
·         Setting up stakes for tomatoes and beans
·         Recipes for organic pest repellents
·         Preparing sapling nurseries in pots
·         Treatment of seeds with Panchagavya (improves germination)
·         Hardening/preparing saplings for transplanting
·         Producing compost from garden waste
·         Garden Trouble Shooting Q&A
Co-organised by Miguel Braganza & Green Essentials in partnership with the ICG
Fee: Rs. 1,100 per participant including lunch, tea & snacks
For registration, call: 9960643245 OR
29th Nov
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Billion Dollar Producer - An Evening with an Indian in Hollywood
Hollywood Film Producerformer professional Tennis player Ashok Amritraj, Chairman, Hyde Park Entertainment
in conversation with
Filmmaker & Writer Bhuvan Lall, Chairman LALL Entertainment
Organized by the ICG in association with IFFI & LALL Entertainment
Friday – Sunday
30th Nov – 2nd Dec
8:00 am to 10 am
Workshop on Chakra Healing & Power Yoga
By Subhash Chanana – Certified Yog Instructor from Vishwa Bharti Yog Sanstha; Certified by the Shiva Nanda Yoga Kendra; Corporate Trainer & Stress Management Expert (New Delhi)
Organised by Subhash Chanana in association with the ICG
1st Dec
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Continuing with the ICG SERIES OF LECTURES ON
Lecture cum Interactive Session on RTI and Good Governance
Shailesh Gandhi, eminent RTI activist and Former Central Information Commissioner of India
Organized by The International Centre Goa
8th Dec
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presentation cum Interactive Session on
“Back to the Future”
By Dr. G Sreekumar Menon, IRS
Author of several articles on narcotics including a book, ‘Chasing the Dragon’ – on Narcotics & Psychotropic Substances
Presently serving as Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax (Appeals), Goa
Organized by The International Centre Goa
Thursday – Monday
13th – 17th Dec
Monday – Wednesday
26th – 28th Dec
9:00 am to 12:00 pm &
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Zen Meditation
Resource Person: Ven. Sudhammacara is a Japanese Zen Master who has also received ordination in the Theravada tradition and has connections with Tibetan Buddhist Teachers. He currently teaches Zen meditation in Japan and also spends time in India, teaching meditation. Click here to view the detailed profile
Organised by Dr. Anita Dudhane in association with the ICG
For Registrations, contact:  Dr. Anita Dudhane -
* Date & time of programmes are subject to change without any prior notice. For updated list of forthcoming programmes, please visit our website
For registration & further details contact:
Arjun Halarnkar | 9765404391    |    2452805-10   |

Miss Paraguay 2012 to attend India Resort Fashion Week 2012

The sun and sand will pale in comparison to Nicole Huber and Leryn Franco at the second edition of India Resort Fashion Week 2012.
Reigning Miss International Paraguay 2012, Nicole Huber is excited to soak some sun and sip on delicious cocktails while enjoying the fashion and music festival in Goa this season. Nicole a model and beauty queen contestant from Paraguay also won the title of 'Miss World Paraguay 2011' during the 2011 Miss Paraguay pageant.
The sunshine state of India will see a one of its kind ramp set on the beach with the backdrop displaying the majestic sea.  The latest trends in resort wear will evolve at IRFW 2012; with 6 shows a day and 24 designers showcasing their indigenous collection over 4 days.  Models will be spotted on the runway wearing few of the best resort-wear garments from veteran and emerging designers such as James Ferreira, Falguni and Shane Peacock, Rocky S, Narendra Kumar Ahmed and Pria Kataria Puri.

To add to the glam Reigning Miss International Paraguay 2012, Nicole Huber will be joined by Leryn Franco, Paraguayan model and Olympic athlete. Leryn specializes in the javelin throw and was seen recently seen competing at the London Olympics 2012. Franco has her own calendar, which was photographed in 2007 by Martin Crespo and shot for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011.

Nidhi Choudhary, MD IRFW said, ‘’The 2nd edition of IRFW 2012 promises several new initiatives to showcase designs from around the world, exchange of ideas, a networking base and stages where artistic form of expression in fashion and music is celebrated. Taking it one step ahead of all fashion weeks, the IRFW 2012 will have three main areas – The Fashion Show, The Fashion Village and The Music Festival.’’,

 The sun kissed beach will also have a Music Festival aka Sand Kastle, which will be bringing down some of the worlds well known DJ’s and artists like Paris HiltonDimitri Vegas and Like Mike  amongst other international talent. For the first time IRFW will have fashion fused with music where best talent from the music industry will be performing.

Open to all; The Fashion Village is a four day fashion shopper's paradise, allowing people to look and buy some of the finest brands/designers in the resorts space.  With stalls from designers participating as well as select other brands, the village is the networking hub of IRFW 2012. The village will also witness acts from live bands, solo artists performing jazz, acoustic etc.

India Resort Fashion Week   is to witness attendance of top Indian and International Fashion Designers, models, choreographers, artists, brands, media houses and music lovers from across the globe. Goa is on the world map as being a favourite beach destination.   The  concept enhances the natural elements such as the ocean and beaches, culture , music and global appeal focusing on offering a positive and enhancing festival experience in Goa.