Its raining discounts as carmakers woo customers ahead of GST

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 15 (PTI) As customers wait for prices to come down after GST implementation, automobile companies are wooing them with attractive limited period discounts of up to Rs 2.5 lakh across a range of vehicles sold in the country. Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda, Nissan, Mahindra and Mahindra and Ford India have all come out with different schemes that are valid for June only. Dealers of the countrys largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki, are offering discounts between Rs 25,000 and Rs 35,000. The highest discount is offered on its entry-level hatchback Alto. Similarly, M&M is offering benefits ranging between Rs 27,000 on Scorpio to Rs 90,000 on XUV500 till June 30. Hyundai Motor India dealers are offering discounts ranging between Rs 25,000 on Elite i20 and all-new Xcent to Rs 2.5 lakh on premium SUV SantaFe. Besides, it is offering discount of Rs 45,000 on entry level model Eon, up to Rs 73,000 on Grand i10 and Rs 90,000 on mid-sized sedan Verna. Honda Cars India, on the other hand, is offering up to Rs 14,500 discount on its hatchback Brio, Rs 50,000 on compact sedan Amaze, Rs 17,000 on premium hatchback Jazz and Rs 60,000 on B-RV under a special scheme valid during June. “We are giving price protection to the customers for cars retailed from June 10 to June 30 which means that customers will buy the car at pre-GST price now. Post GST implementation whatever the difference in ex-showroom price it will be returned back to the customer by the dealer,” a Honda Cars India spokesperson said. Ford India is offering discounts of up to Rs 30,000 on its compact SUV EcoSport, sedan Aspire and hatchback Figo to pass on benefits of new tax rates under GST. The company is offering discount on EcoSport in the range of Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000. On the other hand, Figo and Aspire are cheaper in the range of Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000, depending on the variant. Japanese carmaker Nissans dealers are also offering benefits of up to Rs 80,000 on sports utility vehicle Terrano and around Rs 25,000 on small car Micra. Industry analysts said the companies have been forced to come up with the discounts as potential customers have held back on purchases expecting prices to come down after the implementation of GST. Under the GST rates, cars will attract the top rate of 28 per cent with a cess in the range of 1-15 per cent on top of it. While small petrol cars with engine less than 1,200 cc will attract 1 per cent cess, that with a diesel engine of less than 1,500 cc will attract 3 per cent cess. Large cars with engine greater than 1,500 cc and SUVs with length more than 4 metres and engine greater than 1,500 cc will attract a cess of 15 per cent. German luxury car maker Audi has already slashed prices of its models in India by up to Rs 10 lakh till June 30. Rival BMW also said it is offering “benefits up to 12 per cent” on ex-showroom prices that include GST benefits, depending on choice of the model. Besides, Mercedes Benz has announced reduction of prices of its vehicles produced in India by up to Rs 7 lakh. Tata-Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has cut prices of select models by up to Rs 10.9 lakh with immediate effect to pass on benefits of new tax rates under GST. In the two-wheeler space, niche bike maker Royal Enfield is pre-emptively extending the GST benefits to its customers and is ready to implement the on-road price revision on purchases beginning June 17 on products where applicable. Already, Bajaj has announced reduction in prices of its motorcycles by up to Rs 4,500 with immediate effect to pass on the expected benefit of GST to customers. PTI MSS RKL ARDadvertisementlast_img read more

Two cops of Punjab police win medals at WPFG games in USA

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 16 (PTI) Two cops of Punjab police have won six medals in the ongoing World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) at Los Angeles, USA. Olympian and ace shooter Avneet Sidhu clinched one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in different rifle shooting competitions, said a release issued by Punjab government. Sidhu is posted as Deputy Superintendent of Police in Punjab. Assistant Inspector General in Punjab police, Ashish Kapoor won gold medals by trouncing his opponents in both singles and doubles titles, release said. Ashish has been All India Police champion in tennis singles events for the last 15 years. The WPEG games started from August 7 and would continue till August 17. These games are held after every two years in which officers or officials from police and fire departments from all over the world compete in the different events. Over 12,000 participants from across the world participated in the sports and fire fighting events during this year. Sidhu had won one gold and one silver medal in 18th Commonwealth Games 2006 held at Melbourne (Australia) and bronze medal in 15th Asian Games-2006 at Doha (Qatar). Kapoor made the country proud by winning medals for the consecutive fifth time since 2009 in these games. In 2009 at Vancouver, he had won bronze medal in tennis singles. In New York games-2011 he got silver whereas in Belfast, Ireland (2013) and Fairfax USA (2015) he clinched Gold medals, the release added. PTI CHS ATK ATKlast_img read more

Refurbished Santa Cruz Fire Station Re-Opens

first_imgThe 32 fire personnel attached to the Santa Cruz Fire Station in St. Elizabeth are now serving the public from more comfortable and modern facilities. The fire station was recently refurbished at a cost of $14.7 million, through funding provided by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, with contributions from other public and private sources. Addressing the re-dedication ceremony for the building on Thursday, Acting Deputy Superintendent in charge of the fire station, Andrew Russell, informed that the upgrading, which started in January of this year, was carried out within budget. He said the scope of the project included demolition and removal of the existing timber roof, windows and doors; construction of new officers dormitory; expansion of existing kitchen space; building of reinforced concrete slab roof; repainting of the station building; complete rewiring of electrical network; and installation of new floor tiles, windows and doors, and plumbing fixtures. He said the work done was “the culmination of an important and eagerly awaited project, which will enrich the lives of the firefighters based there, boost their morale, enhance the delivery of service to the wider community and add value to the Jamaica Fire Brigade’s assets”. Minister of State for Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, in his address at the ceremony, said it is appropriate that the refurbished facility is being opened during Local Government Month. He congratulated the firefighters for taking the initiative to start some of the work themselves, which he said, served as an inspiration for other  stakeholders to support the project. “While funding was largely provided by the Ministry, through the St. Elizabeth Parish Council, I must acknowledge the input of those who partnered with us.  This kind of partnership is a practical demonstration of our theme for Local Government and Community Development Month – Local Government on a mission together: Building better communities, he said. He gave a commitment that the Ministry “will do everything” to see to the completion of other necessary elements, such as security and landscaping, and urged the firefighters to take care of the facility.last_img read more

JumpTap Partners With Four Data Providers To Produce Targeted Mobile Ads

first_imgEach company offers a different range of information to Jumptap’s ad network. Acxiom, a marketing services and technology company that focuses on consumer segmentation and direct mail solutions, offers anonymous information on user demographics and life stages. Datalogix, which focuses on database marketing and digital media, gathers anonymous purchase-based data segmented by verticals.Polk, an automotive data and marketing solutions company, will give the ad network offline reports detailing vehicular make and model info by consumer zip code. TARGUSInfo also provides offline data, as it bases its data analysis by per household behaviors.Combined, this pool of data allows Jumptap to deliver a personalized ad experience for mobile users. Paran Johar, CMO of JumpTap, says that because there is such a limited amount of space for advertising in the mobile space, this kind of targeted campaign is mandatory to gain user focus. Mobile advertising network JumpTap has announced partnerships with Acxiom, Datalogix, Polk and TARGUSInfo in order to target specific demographics with mobile advertisements. “The consumer’s appetite for spam advertising on mobile is really diminished compared to other mediums. On the PC, you have six or seven ads; but with mobile, you have room for two at most. Consumers crave relevant ads,” says Johar.With a targeted demographic identified, it becomes easier to match ads with users. “This delivers a higher ROI for advertisers, a better user experience and for the publisher, and a higher yield for publishers, because we’re going to charge more for it,” says Johar.In April, JumpTap raised $25 million in a round of funding from AllianceBernstein, General Catalyst, Redpoint Ventures, Summerhill Ventures, Valhalla Partners and WPP. This round resulted in the company’s overall funding to top over $90 million.Magazines included in JumpTap’s ad network include Newsweek, Star, Shape and US Weekly.last_img read more

HTCs Cher Wang on Innovation and the It Product

first_imgJuly 13, 2012 If you own a mobile device then you’ve probably heard of tech giant HTC Corp., the Taiwanese maker of tablets and smartphones such as the HTC Incredible, Thunderbolt and Evo 4G. You may be less familiar with Cher Wang, the 53-year-old woman who co-founded the company in 1997.Under her leadership, HTC has grown into one of the biggest players in mobile tech, partnering with Google and Microsoft to develop devices that are powered by their respective Android and Windows Phone operating systems. HTC has often been cited among the fastest-growing and most innovative brands in mobile.The daughter of former Taiwan management icon Y.C. Wang, she’s married to Chen Wen-Chi, president and CEO of Taiwan-based computer-hardware company VIA Technologies. Last year, the couple’s combined net worth was said to be about $8.8 billion.In an email interview, we discussed what’s helped Wang find success and how others can, too. What follows is an edited version of our exchange: min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Related: Mark Cuban: Outwork and Outlearn Your CompetitionEntrepreneur: What was the one thing that helped you the most in breaking through in the technology business?Wang: I’m not sure it’s ever one thing, but if I had to pick one it would be a relentless focus on delivering a product that meets the needs of customers. Since the beginning, HTC has focused on developing strong research and development capabilities and keeping a close eye on consumer, market and technology trends.Entrepreneur: What in your opinion makes a tech company great?Wang: There is usually an “X factor” that is hard to define. For HTC, I think it is our culture. We embrace the best of our Eastern roots and combine it with the best of the Western cultures where we have leadership and offices. It makes the culture colorful as well as energetic and creative.Entrepreneur: HTC has had successful partnerships with Google and Microsoft. What are your tips for working with other tech entrepreneurs?Wang: The most essential element is to bring value to the partnership. All partners have their strengths and weaknesses. The most important thing is to find ways to create benefit for everyone involved. We work closely with our partners to understand their challenges and business, and provide them with the products or support that they want and need.Related: Robert Scoble: Tech ‘Treps Should Be Crazy PassionateEntrepreneur: When it comes to product development, how do you stay ahead of the curve?Wang: Keen observation. We must always keep an eye on our environment, to keep track of what changes are happening in technology, in infrastructure, in markets, in how people across the world are living their lives, working and communicating. We need to anticipate these trends and innovate to meet them. Within HTC, hundreds of ideas are tested and discarded to find those rare ideas that define the HTC user experience.Entrepreneur: What’s the biggest mistake a tech entrepreneur needs to avoid?Wang: The greatest pitfall is standing still. As entrepreneurs, we must continue to ask ourselves “What’s next?” It takes humility to realize that we don’t know everything, not to rest on our laurels and know that we must keep learning and observing. If we don’t, we can be sure some startup will be there to take our place.Related: RIM Founder Mike Lazaridis on the Challenges of Reinvention Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Ready Set Hack Pentagon Invites Hackers to Break Into its Computer Systems

first_img Register Now » April 1, 2016 The U.S. Department of Defense is asking the hacker community for help.The Pentagon has launched a bug bounty program, which is a public challenge inviting hackers to find vulnerabilities in its computer systems in exchange for cash rewards. The Department of Defense has set aside $150,000 to pay hackers for any holes in the military’s cyber security system, according to a statement announcing the bug bounty program.Related: Meet the Middlemen Who Connect Hackers for Hire With Corporate America”This initiative will put the department’s cybersecurity to the test in an innovative but responsible way,” says Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter in the statement announcing the challenge. “I encourage hackers who want to bolster our digital defenses to join the competition and take their best shot.”This is the first public bug bounty program the U.S. government has ever run.Meanwhile, bug bounty programs are such a common practice at many of the largest tech companies in the country that there are a handful of companies that act as liaisons between the hacker community and these enterprises. San Francisco-based startup HackerOne is one such company and is operating the Pentagon’s bug bounty program.Related: Google to Hand Out ‘Infinity Million’ Dollars to Hackers Who Break Into Google ChromeTo believe that any computer system is without vulnerabilities is foolishly naive. Bug bounty programs look to capitalize on hackers, who are often some of the most sophisticated computer minds out there.The Pentagon’s bug bounty program runs from Monday, April 18, through Thursday, May 12. Hackers interested in participating can apply here. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica opens with 98 suites and plenty of

first_imgTags: Karisma Hotels & Resorts NEGRIL — Kicking off the summer season in style, Karisma Hotels and Resorts has opened the doors to its newest island hotel, Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica by Karisma.Located on Seven Mile Beach in Negril, the contemporary ocean-view suite resort was officially feted by friends, colleagues and several Jamaican VIPS including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett and John Lynch of the Jamaica Tourism Board. Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Karisma Hotels & Resorts Chairman & CEO Rafael Feliz spoke about his commitment to Jamaica, the first country after Mexico chosen for Karisma Resorts’ expansion. “Jamaica has shown its devotion to tourism and welcomes foreign investment,” said Feliz, adding that Karisma Hotels & Resorts properties are now found in nine countries including the D.R., Colombia, Montenegro and Croatia.Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett proudly spoke about the 4.5% increase in arrivals to the island so far in 2017 as well as the increase in earnings, a 6.7% jump over last year. Despite the drop in Canadian visitors in 2016, Bartlett said 2017 has been positive, with a 4.5% increase in arrivals from Canada to Jamaica.Prime Minister Holness stated that ongoing investment by his government in infrastructure will support continued growth of Jamaica’s tourism industry. “For the first time ever, the Caribbean has welcomed 29 million arrivals,” said Holness, “and with our continued growth, we have been welcoming 3.5 million visitors to Jamaica in the past year, and hope to increase the number, setting a target of five million visitors by 2021.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesHolness added that Jamaica was chosen as the number one destination on TripAdvisor as well as #12 in the world and with the World Tourism Council predicting growth in global tourism, Jamaica is poised to lead the Caribbean.Azul Beach Resort Sensatori has 98 suites, featuring swim-up suites or ocean-view balconies with oversized seating, and are targeted for the North American market. Modern rooms are decorated in cool shades of gray and cream, with multiple seating areas and accents of turquoise and hot pink. The bathroom/dressing room features two spacious closets with multiple storage options, and metallic and white ceramic tiles.Guests have access to personal concierge and butler service, nine Gourmet-Inclusive restaurants, Vassa Spa (which features the Samadhi room), an expansive bride prep room for hair, makeup and spa treatments and extensive children’s programming including Azulitos Playhouse, My Gym Children’s Fitness Program and Azulitos Spa. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Resort dining options include global flavours at Mahogany, Thai cuisine at Hua Hin and seafood at the Garfield Beach Bar, named for the resort’s original owner, Dr. Garfield Munroe. The resort also features exclusive offers with Canadian Beef and Jackson Family Wines. Stylish places to drink include swim-up bars, Indigo Denim Bar and Amber Oceanfront Bar, which feature bands, DJs and dance performances in the evening.Additional amenities at the Azul Beach Resort Sensatori include pillow, room scent and toiletry options for premium guests, as well as complimentary watersports, yoga on the beach, cooking classes, rum tastings and Caribbean cooking classes.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTGuests have access to the Azul Sensatori pools as well as dining options such as Ackee for Jamaican cuisine, Di Romagna for Italian cuisine, Palms for breakfast, lunch or dinner and Nesta Rasta Lounge for music and local rums. Both resorts now offer 285 suites.The opening of Azul Beach Resort Sensatori follows the opening of Azul Sensatori Resort in 2014 and continues Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ ongoing investment in Jamaica. The next major project is Sugar Cane Jamaica, a $1 billion investment to create a hotel, entertainment and retail complex on over 200 acres in the island’s St. Ann region. Slated to start construction later in 2017, Sugar Cane Jamaica will feature Nickelodeon and Margaritaville resorts and 2.5 kilometres of beachfront.Karisma Hotels & Resorts is focused on expansion plans beyond Jamaica too, with a Nickelodeon Resort and a Margaritaville Resort currently underway for both Punta Cana and Riviera Maya. Waheeda Harris Share Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica opens with 98 suites and plenty of luxe touches About Latest Posts Waheeda HarrisA traveller from a young age, Travelweek contributor Waheeda Harris is pop culture obsessed, loves spicy food and is happy to wander around our planet with her camera in hand. 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