BSNL launches new services
PANJIM: WINGS BSNL has introduced first of its kind internet telephony service on PAN India basis under the brand name of 'Wings'. This service allows customers to make and receive Audio and Video calls to any mobile/landline Network through a smart phone without requirement of a SIM. It requires Wi-Fi services from any operator. Presently, customers can book online registration for this service through "bsnl.co.in". New connection will start from August 1 on first come first serve basis. Customers should contact BSNL customer service centres for details. A one-time registration charge of Rs 1099 is applicable. Additional deposit is required for availing ISD facility. The promotional offer includes one year free calling to any network in India.
BSNL has also introduced Prepaid Landline service which a unique feature in wired service through Next Generation Network (NGN) platform with enhanced features. There are no installation. Registration and Rental charges like initial plan voucher of Rs 200 with unlimited calls to any network in India with validity of 30 days. Later the customer can purchase Special tariff vouchers of Rs 11 to Rs 199 with validity 1 to 30 days. Topup vouchers of Rs 10 to Rs 200 with more talk value also can be utilized by the customer with validity period. At present NGN VAS service is available in Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Goa SSAs of Maharashtra Circle.
BSNL has also launche new GB Broadband plans BBG Combo ULD 45GB, 150GB, 300GB, 600GB plans starting from Rs 99 to Rs 491 on promotional basis up to Sept 1. The download speed is up to 20 Mbps and facility of 24 hours free unlimited calling to all network within India.
BSNL has also introduced monsoon offer in mobile segment of 3 to 3.5 GB free data per day, unlimited voice and unlimited SMS on plans 186, 429, 485, 666 and 999 for promotional period which is valid up to August 16. Details can be obtained on www.bsnl.co.in. or toll free no. 1800-180-1503.
Gurmeet takes over as IndiaOil Director (Marketing)
PANJIM: Gurmeet Singh has taken charge as Director (Marketing), IndianOil. Prior to his elevation, Singh was Executive Director handling the complex and dynamic LPG vertical at IndianOil’s Marketing Division Headquarters in Mumbai.
A Mechanical Engineer, he joined IndianOil in 1983 as a management trainee. Singh has handled a variety of portfolios including varied assignments in Project Management, Engineering, Retail Sales and LPG. He brings to the board his expertise as a business head of four geographically and culturally diverse and complex states – viz. Punjab, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. As State-in-Charge of IndianOil’s two largest State Offices, he was responsible for overseeing all POL business including retail, direct sales, LPG, lube sales, operations, project management, planning, HRD, and Information Technology. A hardcore marketing professional, he was responsible for expanding the retail network and increased market share in both assignments.
An authority on LPG, Singh has handled production and marketing aspects of the LPG Business at field and regional levels in various capacities. He has been instrumental in spearheading various LPG business initiatives across India, including the very successful – ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ which has not only transformed the lives of women in rural India, but led to a revolution in Indian kitchens.
Gruhashobha exhibition at Margao
PANJIM: Gruhashobha, a international living style exhibition is being held from July 25 to 29 from 10.30 am to 9.00 pm at BPS Sports Club, Margao. The exhibition will display all items like crockery, carpets, cosmetics,Dress Materials, Shirts, toys, handloom, ladies shoes, ladies kurties and many more.
Godrej Appliances slashes prices by 10% after GST rate cut
PTI, Mumbai: Consumer durables firm Godrej Appliances today said it has reduced the prices of its washing machines, refrigerators, microwave ovens and chest freezers by 10 per cent, passing the benefit of GST rate cut to consumers. These products were earlier placed under the 28 per cent tax slab, which was recently reduced to 18 per cent. "Godrej Appliances will be passing on the full benefit of the 10 per cent reduction in GST with immediate effect, providing an increased impetus to the upcoming festive sales," the company said in a release. It expects the new prices, coupled with festive consumer offers, good monsoon and revision of the seventh pay commission, to provide a major fillip to festive sales growth to the tune of 12-15 per cent over last year's festive season.
Godrej Appliances business head and executive vice-president Kamal Nandi said, "The revision (in GST) will make refrigerators, washing machines, microwave ovens and chest freezers more affordable, which will accelerate the penetration of these appliances."
However, he rued that air conditioners are amongst the 35 goods still left in the 28 per cent tax bracket, and said that he expects the energy efficient variants to be considered for reduction in GST rate.
"Going forward, we are hopeful of revision in the tax for air conditioners, boosting its penetration which is currently a mere 3.6 per cent," he said.
Meanwhile, another consumer durable major Samsung also today announced reduction in the prices of TVs, fridges and washing machines by nearly 8 per cent.
Walmart plans to create 30,000 jobs in UP
PTI, Lucknow: Tagging Uttar Pradesh as a priority growth state, Walmart India said it expects to create at least 30,000 local jobs by setting up 15 stores in the state.
Walmart India, which already runs four Cash and Carry stores in UP, recently launched a fulfilment centre (FC) in Lucknow, which created 1,500 new skilled jobs.
In the UP Investment Summit held earlier this year, Walmart India had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government to open 15 wholesale Cash and Carry stores.
"Each store is likely to create 2,000 direct and indirect jobs, thereby generating at least 30,000 local jobs in the state," Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Rajneesh Kumar who represented Walmart India in the Investment Summit, told PTI from Mumbai.
Walmart India will attend the ground breaking ceremony here on Sunday where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will take stock of the progress in implementation of the MoUs signed during the UP Investment Summit.
The mega ground breaking event is billed to see launch of various projects worth Rs 60,000 crore by large companies like Walmart, Reliance, Adani, Mahindra, PayTm, TCS and GAIL.
When PM Modi will lay one brick here in Lucknow, ground-breaking for the projects would be done digitally in the districts concerned, said UP Minister for Industries Satish Mahana.