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Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) Expansion Underway

Constructing Two New Platforms for Mail Express

Mumbai Division Invests 64.10 Crores for Infrastructure Development at LTT

In a significant move to boost railway infrastructure, the Mumbai division has initiated the construction of two new platforms at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT). The project, costing 64.10 Crores, aims to enhance train mobility and alleviate congestion.

Current Progress and Expenditure

  • Expenditure Till Date: 34.62 Crores
  • Overall Physical Progress: 54%

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Scope of Work

The ambitious project encompasses various key components to elevate the functionality of Lokmanya Tilak Terminus:

  • Pit Lines with Pile Foundation
  • Two Overhead Water Tanks (2.25 Lakh Litre Capacity Each)
  • Underground Water Tank (4.5 Lakh Litre Capacity)
  • Four Stabling Sidings
  • Dismantling of Existing Old Tracks
  • Dismantling & Reconstruction of Electric and Mechanical Office and Store Building
  • Asphalt Roads (7000 sq. mtr)
  • Provision of Aprons for Platforms
  • Provision of Shunting Neck
  • Slewing of Track
  • Extension of Two Foot Over Bridges (FOB) from Platform No. 4/5 to New Platform No. 6/7

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Completed Works

The project has already achieved significant milestones, including:

  • Pit Line Construction with Pile Foundation
  • Construction of Two Overhead Water Tanks (2.25 Lakh Liters Each)
  • Dismantling of Four Old Stabling Sidings
  • Platform Walling (1060m out of 1200m)
  • Dismantling of Four Stabling Lines
  • Completion of 1118m Raft out of 1200m Washable Apron for PF No. 6 & 7
  • Underground Water Tanks (4.5 Lakh Litre Capacity)
  • Asphalt Road (7000 sq. Mtr)

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Ongoing Works

The project is currently advancing with:

  • Platform Cover Shed Foundation Work
  • Construction of Wide Island Platforms with Tracks
  • Dismantling of Existing Old Tracks
  • Slewing of Tracks
  • Extension of FOB from PF No. 4/5 to PF No. 6/7

Impact on Lokmanya Tilak Terminus LTT

Upon completion, the two new platforms will significantly improve train mobility at LTT, reducing congestion and enhancing the overall railway experience for commuters. The project is a crucial step towards modernizing and expanding the railway infrastructure in the region.

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CSMT Railway Station Platform Expansion Update

Extending Capacity for Longer Trains at CSMT Railway Station

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) is set to undergo a significant transformation with the extension of platform numbers 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14.

This expansion aims to accommodate trains with a length of 24 coaches, enhancing the station’s capability and efficiency.

Project Details

  • Cost: ₹62.12 Crores
  • Progress: 70%

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Scope of Works

  1. Platform Extension: Platform Nos. 10 and 11 will see an extension by 382 meters, increasing the existing length from 298 meters to a proposed 680 meters. Similarly, platform numbers 12, 13, and 14 will undergo a 305-meter extension, going from an existing 385 meters to a new length of 690 meters.
  2. Infrastructure Relocation: The project includes the removal and relocation of 61 old Overhead Equipment (OHE) masts and portals, as well as 71 old signaling and telecommunication obstructions, such as signal posts and junction boxes.
  3. Track Adjustments: Dismantling of 9 old obstructions, including dry pit lines and washing pit lines, will take place. Additionally, 25 turnouts and a 3-track diamond arrangement will be dismantled, with 14 new track turnouts inserted. Approximately 2 kilometers of plain track will be dismantled and linked.

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Completed Works

  • Carnac Bunder ROB: The dismantling of the Carnac Bunder Road Over Bridge (ROB) has been successfully completed.
  • Infrastructure Construction: Several key constructions have been accomplished, including the Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) building (G+3), Substation building (25×5.5m), and Object Controller Rooms at CSMT and Masjid.
  • Track Connection: Laying and linking of track to a length of 2 kilometers, connecting to existing lines, has been successfully completed.

The completion of this project is expected to significantly improve the mobility of trains in the CSMT-Dadar area. With the extension of platforms and the removal of obstructions, CSMT is gearing up for a more efficient services.

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Lemon Tree Hotels Expands its Footprint in Karnataka with Lemon Tree Hotel Hubballi

Hubballi, 1st December, 2023 – Lemon Tree Hotels Limited proudly announces the inauguration of its eighth property in Karnataka, the Lemon Tree Hotel in Hubballi. The new hotel promises a delightful experience with its well-appointed rooms and a range of amenities.

A Haven of Comfort and Leisure

Situated in the Dharwad district, Lemon Tree Hotel, Hubballi boasts 65 rooms and suites designed for maximum comfort. The offerings include the Citrus Cafe, a multi-cuisine coffee shop, the award-winning Pan Asian restaurant Republic of Noodles, and the Pool Bar & Grill. For business needs, the hotel provides conference spaces. Guests can also rejuvenate at the Fresco spa, stay fit at the well-equipped fitness center, and enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.

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Hubballi – A Commercial Hub with Cultural Riches

Hubli, a key commercial hub in Karnataka, is known for its abundant production of cotton and peanuts. These agricultural products contribute significantly to the local economy. Beyond business, Hubballi offers recreational activities at Unkal Lake, including boating and bird watching.

Devotees flock to Hubblli to visit the Chandramouleshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The city also hosts attractions like Gayatri Tapovan, Iskon Akshaya Paatra, Navagraha Teertha, Holy Place, and the Gangubai Hanagal Memorial Musical Museum.

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Lemon Tree Hotels Limited: A Pinnacle in Hospitality

Lemon Tree Hotels Limited (LTHL) stands as one of India’s largest hotel chains, dominating the mid-market hotel sector. With the opening of Lemon Tree Hotel, Hubballi, the company now operates ~9,500 rooms in 97 hotels across 62 destinations. LTHL’s diverse offerings include seven brands to cater to guests’ needs across various segments.

In addition to its strong presence in Indian metro regions, Lemon Tree Hotels has made its mark internationally with hotels in Dubai and Bhutan. The company is set to expand its global reach with upcoming openings in Bhutan and Nepal.

For more information about Lemon Tree Hotels, visit

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Tata Power Boosts Renewable Energy Evacuation with Bikaner-Neemrana Transmission Acquisition


Tata Power, a prominent player in India’s power sector and a key entity within the Tata Group, has secured the winning bid for the acquisition of Bikaner-III Neemrana-II Transmission Limited. This acquisition involves a project special purpose vehicle (SPV) established by PFC Consulting Limited, a subsidiary of Power Finance Corporation.

The company was officially awarded the letter of intent (LOI) after successfully emerging as the top bidder in the Tariff-Based Competitive Bidding (TBCB) process, adhering to the guidelines set by the Union Ministry of Power.

Project Details and Significance of Bikaner-Neemrana Transmission

The transmission project, developed on a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) basis, is designed to facilitate the evacuation of 7.7 GW of renewable energy from the Bikaner Complex in Rajasthan. The transmission corridor covers approximately 340 kilometers from Bikaner-III pooling station to Neemrana II substation. It would cost about ₹1,544 crore. Tata Power will be responsible for maintaining the transmission project for a duration of 35 years, with an expected commissioning timeline of 24 months from the date of project SPV transfer.

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Key Milestone in India’s Renewable Energy Integration

Upon successful commissioning, this transmission project will play a pivotal role in realizing the Ministry of Power’s 2022 roadmap. The roadmap aims to integrate over 500 GW of renewable energy capacity into the national grid by 2030, marking a significant step in India’s clean energy transition.

About Tata Power

Tata Power, a leading integrated power company and part of the Tata Group, boasts a diversified portfolio of 14,407 MW across the entire power value chain. This encompasses renewable and conventional energy generation, transmission & distribution, trading, storage solutions, as well as solar cells and module manufacturing. As a trailblazer in India’s clean energy transition, Tata Power has committed to achieving carbon neutrality before 2045 and currently holds 5,547 MW of clean energy generation, constituting 39% of its total capacity.

The company has established India’s most comprehensive clean energy platform, featuring offerings such as rooftop solar, microgrids, storage solutions, EV charging infrastructure, home automation, and more. Tata Power’s success extends to partnerships with public and private entities in the generation, transmission & distribution sectors, serving approximately 13 million customers across the country.

For more information about Tata Power, visit

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Chip giant – AMD opens the world’s largest design center in Bengaluru

AMD new campus in Bengaluru will serve as a center of excellence (CoE) for developing products across high-performance CPUs for data centers and PCs, data center and gaming GPUs, and adaptive system-on-chip (SoCs) and Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) for embedded devices.

AMD’s new design center will see massive investments

Semiconductor design firm Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) unveiled its largest global design center in Bengaluru on November 28, a move that is expected to boost India’s ambitions to become a semiconductor manufacturing hub.

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AMD Technostar – the new Nerve center for the company

The “AMD Technostar”, a sprawling campus covering 500,000 square feet nestled in the Brookefield area of East Bengaluru, stands as a hub for cutting-edge semiconductor innovation. Dedicated to the forefront of technology, the campus will host a workforce of approximately 3,000 engineers specializing in the intricate realms of semiconductor technology. This spans diverse domains such as 3D stacking, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, showcasing AMD’s commitment to pioneering advancements.

AMD’s $400 million India bet to tap the local talent

This expansive establishment is a pivotal component of AMD’s ambitious $400 million investment strategy unfolding over the next five years. This substantial commitment signifies a profound expansion of the company’s research, development, and engineering endeavors within the Indian landscape. The formal announcement of this strategic investment plan took place during Semicon India 2023 in July, coinciding with a parallel commitment to recruit around 3,000 engineers by the close of 2028.

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The Inauguration saw the who’s who of top dignitaries

In a momentous inauguration ceremony, Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Union Minister for Railways, Telecommunications, Electronics, and Information Technology, officiated the opening of the facility. He was joined by key AMD executives, including Mark Papermaster, the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer; David Wang, Senior Vice President of GPU Technologies and Engineering; Brian Amick, Senior Vice President of Central Engineering; and Andrej Zdravkovic, the Chief Software Officer and Senior Vice President of GPU Technologies.

Global companies have new-found confidence in India’s talent

Reflecting on the significance of AMD’s substantial investment, Vaishnaw emphasized the alignment with India’s semiconductor program, championed under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The establishment of AMD’s largest design center in Bengaluru the fact that there is an unwavering confidence that global companies place in India’s burgeoning talent and design ecosystem for semiconductor technologies

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AMD has had a very humble beginning in India since its inception

The Santa Clara-based company, which initiated its Indian operations in 2001 with a handful of employees, has rapidly burgeoned into a workforce of over 7,000 individuals, constituting an impressive 25 percent of AMD’s global personnel. Marking a significant milestone, the addition of the Bengaluru facility elevates AMD’s physical presence to 10 locations across India, including prominent cities such as Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.

Strategically positioned, the Bengaluru campus is earmarked as a center of excellence, focusing on the development of a diverse array of products. These encompass high-performance CPUs tailored for data centers and personal computers, cutting-edge data center and gaming GPUs, as well as adaptive System-on-chip (SoCs) and Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) designed for embedded devices.

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Importance of new center in Bengaluru

AMD’s Chief Technology Officer, Mark Papermaster, underscored the significance of this investment, emphasizing the company’s trust in the engineering prowess inherent in the country. He articulated that the new design center is poised to be a catalyst, propelling technology and product development across AMD’s entire portfolio. The ultimate goal is to fuel the evolution of the next generation of high-performance, adaptive, and artificial intelligence computing solutions that cater to a global clientele.

Facilities at the new campus

The sprawling campus boasts state-of-the-art research and development laboratories covering an expansive 60,000 square feet, complemented by an extensive demo center where visitors can immerse themselves in firsthand experiences of AMD’s diverse product offerings and solutions. 

This strategic development aligns with India’s ongoing efforts to attract major semiconductor players, evident in the country’s push to establish chip fabrication and assembly plants. This initiative is fortified by a substantial $10 billion subsidy program, signaling India’s commitment to fostering a robust semiconductor ecosystem.

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Hubballi Kottayam Sabarimala Special Trains


To accommodate the rising demand and alleviate passenger congestion during the Sabarimala season, South Western Railway(SWR) has introduced Sabari special weekly express trains between SSS Hubballi and Kottayam stations.

The details of these special trains are outlined below.

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1. SSS Hubballi–Kottayam–SSS Hubballi Weekly Special Express (Train No. 07305/07306)

  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of Trips: Eight

Departure from SSS Hubballi:

  • Every Saturday from December 2, 2023, to January 20, 2024
  • Departure Time: 10:30 AM
  • Arrival at Kottayam: 08:15 AM on the respective next day

Return Journey from Kottayam:

  • Every Sunday from December 3, 2023, to January 21, 2024
  • Departure Time: 11:00 AM
  • Arrival at SSS Hubballi: 09:50 AM on the respective next day


  • 1 AC Two Tier Coach
  • 1 AC Three Tier Coach
  • 10 Second Class Sleeper Coaches
  • 4 General Second Class Coaches
  • 2 Luggage cum Brake Vans/Divyangjan Coaches

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Detailed timings:

Train No. 07305
Hubballi – Kottayam
StationTrain No. 07306
Kottayam – Hubballi
(Sat) 10.30SSS Hubbali09:50 (Mon)
11.58 / 12.00Haveri07:08 / 07:10
12.23 / 12.25Ranibennur06:37 / 06:39
13.03 / 13.05Davangere05:48 / 05:50
14.23 / 14.25Birur03:48 / 03:50
15.00 / 15.05Arsikere03:05 / 03:10
16.26 / 16.28Tumakuru01:43 / 01:45
17.13 / 17.15ChikkaBanavarab00:48 / 00.50
18.50 / 19.00SMVT Bengaluru00.05 / 00.15
19.13 / 19.15Krishnarajapuram23:48 / 23:50
19.23 / 19.25White Field23:33 / 23:35
20.04 / 20.05Bangarapet23:03 / 23:05
23.30 / 23.32Salem20:45 / 20:47
00:30 / 00:35Erode19:45 / 19:55
01.44 / 01.45Podanur17:45 / 17:47
02.45 / 02.50Palakkad16:20 / 16:30
03.55 / 04.00Thrissur13:32/13.35
04.48 / 04.50Aluva12:45 / 12:47
05.45 / 05.50Ernakulam Town12:15 / 12:20
8.15 (Sun)Kottayam11:00 (Sun)

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2. SSS Hubballi – Kottayam – SSS Hubballi Weekly Special Express (Train No. 07307/07308)

  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of Trips: Seven

Departure from SSS Hubballi:

  • Every Tuesday from December 5, 2023, to January 16, 2024
  • Departure Time: 11:00 AM
  • Arrival at Kottayam: 08:15 AM on the respective next day

Return Journey from Kottayam:

  • Every Wednesday from December 6, 2023, to January 17, 2024
  • Departure Time: 11:00 AM
  • Arrival at SSS Hubballi: 09:50 AM on the respective next day


  • 1 AC Two Tier Coach
  • 1 AC Three Tier Coach
  • 10 Second Class Sleeper Coaches
  • 4 General Second Class Coaches
  • 2 Luggage cum Brake Vans/Divyangjan Coaches

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Detailed timings:

Train No 07307
Hubballi – Kottayam
StationsT No 07308
Kottayam – Hubballi
17.28/17.30Chikka Banavara00.48/00.50
19.20./19.30SMVT Bengaluru00.05/00.15
19.55/19.57White Field23.33/23.35
06.25/06.30Ernakulam Town12.15/12.20
(Wed)08.15               Kottayam11.00 (Wed)

Advance reservations are now open for these special trains, providing passengers with a convenient and timely travel option during the Sabarimala season.

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Chennai Mysuru Vande Bharat Special Trains 


To manage the increased demand for travel, the Southern Railways (SR) is introducing Vande Bharat Weekly Special Trains between Dr MGR Chennai Central and Mysuru. Here are the details of this new service:

Schedule for Train No. 06037/06038: Dr MGR Chennai Central – Mysuru – Dr MGR Chennai Central Vande Bharat Specials (Wednesdays)

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Departure from Dr MGR Chennai Central:

  • 05:50 hrs on 29th November, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th December 2023 (Wednesdays)

Arrival at Mysuru:

  • 12:20 hrs on the same day (5 Services)

Return Journey – Departure from Mysuru Jn.

  • 13:05 hrs on 29th November, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th December 2023 (Wednesdays)

Arrival at Dr MGR Chennai Central:

  • 19:20 hrs on the same day (5 Services)

Coach Composition: Vande Bharat Rake of 8 Coaches

Stoppages: Katpadi & KSR Bengaluru.

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The details of timings and stoppages of Train No. 06037/06038 Dr MGR Chennai Central-  Mysuru – Dr MGR Chennai Central Vande Bharat Weekly Specials are as follows (Timings in hours):

T.No.06037StationT.No. 06038
(WED) 05.50Dr. MGR Chennai   Central19.20 (WED)
10.10/10.15KSR Bengaluru14.50/14.55
(WED) 12.20Mysuru13.05 (WED)

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Ashokapuram Railway Station Gears Up for Sixth Platform Addition


In a move to augment the railway infrastructure in Mysuru city, the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM/W/MYS) has invited E-Tenders for various development works at Ashokapuram Railway Station in Mysuru.

Ashokpuram Railway station has already seen yard remodeling and development of station entry building among other amenities. Further, the following works will be taken up to make Ashokpuram station emerge as a second important station in Mysuru city.

High-Level Platform on Road 7 (PF No.6) with Shelter

There will be a high-level platform, measuring 530 meters in length and 5.5 meters in width, on Road 7 (PF No.6). Further, a full-length platform shelter is set to be added to Platform 6, enhancing the station’s overall infrastructure.

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Addition of New Platform, a directive from Member of Parliament

During the Gati Shakti meeting chaired by Member of Parliament Shri Pratap Simmha on October 4, 2023, the railway officials were directed to construct an additional platform at Ashokapuram Railway Station.

Conversion of Stabling Line into a Full-Fledged Platform

The MP’s suggestion included converting a stabling line near the second entry of Ashokapuram Railway Station into a full-fledged platform. This development will bring the total number of platforms at Ashokapuram to six, aligning it with the Mysuru Junction. The addition of new platform will enable introduction of new trains in future.

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Additional Enhancements at Platforms 4 and 5

The upgradation project also includes the provision of a full-length IRS platform shelter spanning 20 bays on Platforms 4 and 5.

Development Phases at Ashokapuram Railway Station

Mysuru will see a significant transformation in train services with the expansion and remodeling of Ashokapuram Railway Station. This will address the city’s growing transit demands. To put in brief, the comprehensive upgradation were carried out in two phases. Phase 1, focusing on yard remodeling, with estimated at Rs. 15.7 crore, while Phase 2 comes with a cost of Rs. 13.39 crore. Therefore, these initiatives aim to enhance operational efficiency and modernize the railway infrastructure in Ashokapuram.

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Fujitsu’s 2 nm ARM highly energy-efficient chip is being designed & developed in India

The software work for Fujitsu’s upcoming cutting-edge, highly energy-efficient chip is currently being done in India. This ARM-based 2-nanometer processor chip, which is being designed in India, can work on machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and deep learning, making it ideal for handling intense workloads in data centers and other domains. This development underscores India’s prowess in designing and developing advanced technology products.

Fujitsu’s phenomenal work in semiconductor domain

Fujitsu is Japan’s largest IT company with over 130,000 employees supporting customers in 100 countries. In India, it has six offices in Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkatta.  With India housing the largest R&D hub outside Japan, the country has become the nerve center for the company for high-end research works. 

More information on Fujitsu can be obtained Here.

World’s first 2-NM chip

The Indian team is currently developing the world’s first 2-nanometer chip, codenamed “Fujitsu Monaka”. The chip is expected to hit the market in 2027 and will cater to various high-performance computing (HPC) needs like AI, deep learning, and data center requirements. Fujitsu has set an ambitious target for Monaka to be one of the most energy-efficient chips ever built for high-end computing requirements. Due to the rapidly growing demand for such a chip in the tech industry, it is expected to have a positive impact on the market.

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The complex software work is done in India

The software work for this cutting-edge highly energy-efficient chip is being carried out at the Fujitsu Research Center in Bengaluru. The open architecture-based chip is very complex to design. With the faith Fujitsu has in the Indian team to deliver, it looks like the Research team in India is doing its job phenomenally well. 

Patent Galore 

Fujitsu’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) has praised the company’s India teams for their exceptional work in developing proprietary technology. The teams in India specialize in five key areas, including AI, networking, data and security, computing, and converging technologies. Among these, they hold the highest number of patents in the computing field. Additionally, the teams have also designed world-class screens for the applications Fujitsu built for its clients, resulting in a significant number of design patents in converging technologies.

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What is ARM Architecture?

The design of integrated circuits (IC) OR IC chips must follow any reference architecture, and there are many of them.  The most common among them is ARM and x86 architecture. If ARM – Advanced Risc Machine architecture is owned by ARM Ltd,  x86 architecture is owned by Intel. They both give a set of rules that define how hardware and software interact with each other and the chip designers have to follow them for developing advanced chips. To learn more about ARM Architecture, click Here. X86 information can be obtained Here

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Wipro designs new IT Infrastructure for Stockholm Exergi


STOCKHOLM | BENGALURU, India – Nov. 27, 2023: In a strategic move towards achieving climate transformation goals, Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a prominent technology services and consulting company, has successfully assisted Stockholm Exergi AB, Stockholm’s leading energy company. The collaboration focuses on the establishment of a cutting-edge Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, marking a significant stride in realizing the climate targets set by Stockholm Exergi AB and Stockholm City.

Empowering Stockholm Exergi’s Technological Evolution

Stockholm Exergi AB, responsible for providing essential services like heating, electricity, cooling, and waste management in the expanding Stockholm region, underwent a transformative phase after a change in ownership. The key initiatives included building a new IT environment, migrating applications and users, implementing a modern Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, and updating its Operational Technology (OT) infrastructure.

Wipro’s Strategic Partnership and Industry 4.0 Capabilities

Wipro collaborated closely with Stockholm Exergi AB in migrating to a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure, focusing on modernizing and efficiently managing both IT and OT application environments. Leveraging Wipro Engineering Edge’s extensive industry 4.0 capabilities, the project aimed to provide Stockholm Exergi with agile and resilient IT infrastructure and operations. The objective was to enable the delivery of faster, better, and uninterrupted services to the residents of Stockholm.

Vinay Firake, Sr. Vice President & Managing Director Nordics, Wipro Limited, expressed his satisfaction with the partnership: “We are happy to support Stockholm Exergi’s mission of building Stockholm into an attractive and sustainable place in its journey to become the world’s first climate-positive capital city. Our comprehensive application management and support services will ground Exergi’s business in innovation and efficiency to realize their ambitions.”

Comprehensive Services for Enhanced Efficiency

Apart from the infrastructure overhaul, Wipro provided Stockholm Exergi AB with end-to-end application management, supporting the development of business and plant applications, along with IT management services. The Wipro team played a pivotal role in user management, application modernization, and application monitoring. Automation technology was employed to enhance the end-user experience, reduce turnaround times, increase security, and improve compliance for Stockholm Exergi AB.

Strategic Outlook and Value Realization

Jimmy Renström, IT Director, Stockholm Exergi AB, acknowledged Wipro’s crucial role in their recent transition: “During the last 2 years, we have completed a tough transition from Fortum to a standalone company. During the IT transition, Wipro has been instrumental in supporting us. We are now at a stage where, together with Wipro, we are looking ahead to strengthen Exergi IT services and to ensure even more value realization out of IT.”

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Socionext, a System-on-chip (SoC) solution provider opens its India R&D center in Bangalore

Socionext Cutting-Edge R&D Center in Bangalore: A Catalyst for Technological Innovation

Socionext – SoC solution provider for the semiconductor industry

In a significant move towards advancing technological innovation, Socionext, a global leader in advanced SoC solutions, has recently inaugurated its state-of-the-art Research and Development (R&D) center in Bangalore, India. This strategic expansion marks a milestone for Socionext, as it aims to tap into the rich pool of talent and expertise that the Indian tech hub has to offer. The new R&D center is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of semiconductor technologies, artificial intelligence, and other cutting-edge solutions.

Socionext America, the US subsidiary of Socionext, Inc., is heading the newly opened India branch office operations.

Bangalore is strategically located to do R&D and innovation

Bangalore, known as the Silicon Valley of India, is a major hub for advanced technology and software companies. The city is home to numerous research and development centers, IT startups, gaming companies, and hundreds of engineering colleges offering companies access to a vast talent pool.

The city’s ecosystem fosters collaboration between academia, industry, and research institutions, making it an ideal choice for Socionext’s latest R&D center. This move underscores Socionext’s commitment to leveraging local talent and resources to drive innovation in semiconductor design and related technologies.

Bangalore can add great value for Socionext tech innovations.

The growth of major Indian tech companies over the next decade will increase significantly, according to TechNavio. “Bangalore is strategically chosen for scaling up our operations,” said Hisato Yoshida, Corporate Executive Vice President and Head of Global Business Development at Socionext. “Due to Socionextʼs remarkable growth over the last several years, we are seeking to expand our R&D resources to customers better, and Having a new office abroad helps us to better understand and operate in scale,” said Rajinder Cheema, Sr. Vice President of  Engineering at Socionext America. Socionextʼs expansion into India opens new opportunities for the company’s growth and diversification and access to local markets, workforce talents, and investment opportunities.

About Socionext America Inc.

Socionext America Inc. (SNA) is the US branch of Socionext Inc., one of the world’s leading fabless SoC suppliers. Headquartered in Milpitas, California, the company provides leading-edge technologies and offers a wide range of standard and customizable SoC solutions. Socionext America meets customers’ requirements with quality semiconductor products based on extensive and differentiated IPs, proven design methodologies, and state-of-the-art implementation expertise, with full support.To learn more about Socionext, please click here.

About Socionext Inc.

Socionext Inc. is a global SoC (System-on-Chip) supplier and a pioneer of a unique “Solution SoC” business model through decades of industry experience and expertise. Socionext contributes to global innovation in advanced technologies including automotive, data center, networking, and smart devices. As a trusted silicon partner, Socionext delivers superior features, performance, and quality that differentiate its customers’ products and services from their competition.

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SGS Inaugurates Cutting-Edge Toy Testing Lab in Bengaluru


SGS, a global leader in testing, inspection, and certification, is thrilled to announce the opening of a cutting-edge toy testing laboratory in Bengaluru, Karnataka, South India. This facility, approved by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), is now fully operational, catering to the burgeoning toy manufacturing industry in southern India.

NABL-Approved Lab for Local and International Testing

The laboratory, strategically located within SGS’s established Softlines and Electrical & Electronics (E&E) sites in Bengaluru, has received accreditation from NABL. This enables it to offer a comprehensive range of local and international testing services to clients within the region.

Complementing Existing Facilities

This new facility complements the company’s existing toy testing lab in Manesar, Gurgaon, North India, both laboratories boast NABL accreditation and cover standards such as ASTM F963 (USA), ISO 8124 (international markets), EN 71 (Europe), and IS 9873 (India).

Capabilities of the New Laboratory

  • Physical and mechanical testing
  • Chemical testing
  • Flammability testing
  • Electrical safety testing
  • Labeling review

The types of toys that are tested in the lab include:

  • Dolls and plush toys 
  • Infant toys
  • Ride-on and pull-along toys 
  • Magnetic and projectile toys 
  • Mouth actuated toys 
  • Games and figurines 
  • Construction toys 
  • Puzzles and creative art materials 
  • Electrical and battery-operated toys 

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SGS toy safety testing services

SGS offers manufacturers, retailers and importers a one-stop solution to ensure their toy products comply with relevant regulations and quality standards. These include the EU toy directive and the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) amongst others. SGS toy safety services aim to assure toy safety and offer a comprehensive program including:

  • Support for new product development
  • Update and interpretation of legal requirements
  • Safety/risk assessment
  • Product and materials testing
  • Factory and social audits
  • Inspections
  • Training

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Change in Terminal for Ballari – Harihara DEMU Train


South Western Railway (SWR) has made alterations to the terminal of Train No. 07395/07396 Ballari – Harihar – Ballari DEMU. The change involves shifting the terminal from Harihar to Davangere and adjusting stoppages due to operational and technical constraints.

This modification will come into effect starting the journey from Ballari and Davangere on 27.11.2023.

Changes to Train No. 07395

Train No. 07395 will now operate as Ballari – Davangere DEMU instead of Ballari – Harihar DEMU. The departure time from Ballari is set for 07:50 AM, with an arrival in Davangere at 01:30 PM, starting from 27.11.2023. The enroute stops include Bailari Cant, Kudatini, Daroji, Toranagallu, Gadiganuru, Hosapete, Tungabhadra Dam, Vyasanakeri, Vyasa Colony, Mariyammanahalli Halt, Hampapatanam Halt, Hagaribommanahalli, Malavi, Kotturu, Bennehalli, Harapanahalli, Teligi, and Amaravathi Colony.

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Changes to Train No. 07396

In the return direction, Train No. 07396 will run as Davangere – Ballari DEMU instead of Harihar – Ballari DEMU. Departing from Davangere at 02:30 PM, it will arrive in Ballari at 08:10 PM, commencing the journey from Davangere on 27.11.2023. The enroute stops for this train include Amaravathi Colony, Teligi, Harapanahalli, Bennehalli, Kotturu, Malavi, Hagaribommanahalli, Hampapatanam Halt, Mariyammanahalli Halt, Vyasa Colony, Vyasanakeri, Tungabhadra Dam, Hosapete, Gadiganuru, Toranagallu, Daroji, Kudatini, and Ballari Cant.

These changes aim to optimize operations and provide a more efficient travel experience for passengers.

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Hubballi Bengaluru Special Train Services Restored


In a welcome move, the Indian Railways has decided to reinstate the 07339/40 Hubballi – Bengaluru Superfast daily special train services.

This decision comes after the abrupt withdrawal of these services earlier this month, with the railway authorities citing poor occupancy as the primary reason.

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Abrupt Withdrawal Sparks Passenger Concerns

The sudden cancellation of the 07339/40 daily special services had left passengers surprised and concerned. Many commuters questioned the validity of poor occupancy as the sole reason behind the cancellation, expressing doubts over the explanation provided by the railway authorities.

Passenger Appeal Leads to Restoration

In response to the concerns raised by passengers, there has been a collective appeal to the railways to reconsider and reinstate the cancelled daily special train services. Commuters stressed the importance of these services for their daily commute and highlighted the inconvenience caused by their abrupt discontinuation.

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Railways Takes Action

Acknowledging the passenger sentiments and the importance of the Hubballi – Bengaluru route, the Indian Railways has decided to restore the 07339/40 Superfast daily special train services. Starting from the 30th of this month, commuters can once again avail themselves of the convenience and efficiency offered by these daily special trains.

This move not only addresses the immediate concerns of the affected passengers but also reflects the responsiveness of the railway authorities to the needs and preferences of the traveling public.

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Ladakh to host a Night Sky Sanctuary with Optical, Infra & Gamma ray telescopes, South East Asia’s First


Ladakh, Nov 26, 2023 – Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh announced today that Ladakh is set to become home to South East Asia’s first Night Sky Sanctuary. The sanctuary, established with the assistance of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics Bengaluru, affiliated with the Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India, is poised to boost astro-tourism in the region.

Collaboration and Inauguration Plans

Dr Jitendra Singh expressed gratitude to Lt Governor Brig (Retd) B.D. Mishra for active cooperation in the project. He highlighted plans to request Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to inaugurate the Night Sky Reserve at Hanle, located in Eastern Ladakh. The proposal is part of a larger initiative by the Ministry of Science & Technology and CSIR.

Exhibition Celebrates Ladakh’s Progress

The announcement came during the inauguration of the exhibition ‘Ladakh’s Pride’ in New Delhi, marking the fourth anniversary of Ladakh as a Union Territory. Organized by Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh, the exhibition showcases Ladakh’s GI-tagged treasures, commended by Dr Jitendra Singh.

Dark Sky Reserve Details

Spread over 1,073 square kilometers within the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary, the Night Sky Reserve in Hanle will host some of the world’s highest-located optical, infra-red, and gamma-ray telescopes. It will be adjacent to the Indian Astronomical Observatory, boasting the second-highest optical telescope globally.

Dr Jitendra Singh emphasized that the Dark Sky Reserve project includes a tripartite MoU among the UT Administration, LAHDC-Leh, and the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. The initiative aims to not only enhance scientific exploration but also contribute to local tourism and economic development.

PM Modi’s Vision for Ladakh

Dr Jitendra Singh reiterated Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to the development of Ladakh. He mentioned the establishment of a university, hotel management institute, medical and engineering college, and a roadmap for a “Carbon Neutral” Ladakh.

The Union Minister highlighted significant governance and social reforms, including the introduction of a UPSC examination center in Leh and the conduct of Common Eligibility Tests in Leh and Kargil for government sector jobs.

Ladakh’s Rich History and Future Aspirations

Dr Jitendra Singh emphasized Ladakh’s unique blend of being India’s youngest Union Territory and its status as India’s oldest civilization. He credited PM Modi for fulfilling the Ladakhi people’s aspirations by forming the UT of Ladakh in 2019.

In conclusion, Dr Jitendra Singh expressed confidence in Ladakh’s progress, quoting PM Modi: “My efforts will be to fulfill aspirations of the neglected remote regions of the country including Ladakh and the North-East.” The Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC-Leh, Tashi Gyalson, thanked Dr Jitendra Singh for his initiatives to boost development and tourism in Ladakh. Executive Councillor (Minority/Forest), LAHDC-Leh, Shri Ghulam Mehdi also spoke at the occasion.

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CONCOR Multi Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) in Mysuru ready for Immediate Domestic Rail operations

CONCOR (Container Corporation of India) has completed the works on its Multimodal Logistics Park (MMLP) within the Kadakola Industrial area of Mysuru. The primary objective of this project is to cater to the needs of different goods manufacturing units situated in the vicinity. Additionally, it aims to stimulate industrial development by drawing in fresh investments.

CONCOR’s MMLP- Kadakola (GCCK) at Mysore is ready for Domestic Rail operations with immediate effect.

The MMLP facility at Kadakola is equipped with an independent goods train terminal and a dedicated rail line designed to facilitate the efficient movement of goods into and out of the logistics park. This strategic feature is intended to enhance the project’s appeal to exporters, making it an attractive choice for them.

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CONCOR Mysuru MMLP Project Snapshot 

  • Total investment: Rs. 100 Crores
  • Total area: 2,24,803 sqm
  • Total Number of Warehouses: 2 Nos. Each measuring 1000 sqm (10763.9 sq feet)
  • Railway sidings: 2 Nos. (Proposed- CSR- 750 RM each)
  • Admin building: 500 sqm (G+1)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kadakola
  • Local customs clearance 

Mysuru to See Significant Benefits from the CONCOR Multimodal Logistics Park

As the completion of the project nears, the Mysuru region anticipates a breath of fresh air in its saturated industrial landscape. Lacking a nearby sea port or airport, the process of exporting goods from the area has proven to be quite burdensome, relying on congested roads and truck transport. This situation has driven up export costs and acts as a significant obstacle to new investments.

The establishment of an ICD/MMLP at Kadakola will eliminate these export challenges. The complex will include a comprehensive customs office, streamlining the customs clearance process. Exporters only need to containerize their goods, obtain customs clearance, affix a QR code to the container. The MMLP operator will handle the storage, and forwarding, effectively outsourcing these tasks.

This shift saves manufacturers a substantial amount of time and effort. Instead of investing resources in non-value-adding tasks, they can focus on their core businesses, boosting overall efficiency.

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Indigenous Compact Gas Turbines to Drive Indian Loitering Munition under Make in India

The Indian government will use locally developed Compact Gas Turbines (CGT) by private companies in its Defence-related Loitering munition program.

Loitering Munitions Programme (LMP)

Loitering Munitions (LM) are the new-age air weapons that countries worldwide are embracing in the fastest ways. India is no different, it has its own LMP using indigenously developed components without any foreign dependency.

What is Loitering Munition? 

A loitering munition, alternatively referred to as a suicide drone, kamikaze drone, or exploding drone, represents an innovative class of aerial weaponry featuring an integrated munition (warhead). These drones possess the unique capability to loiter or wait passively, within a designated target area until a suitable target is identified. Upon detection, the loitering munition executes an attack by intentionally crashing into the target.

Advantages of Loitering Munitions are many

The distinct advantage of loitering munitions is their ability to significantly reduce reaction times against concealed targets that may emerge briefly. This is achieved without the necessity of deploying high-value platforms close to the target area, minimizing risk. Additionally, these munitions offer a heightened level of precision in targeting, as their trajectory can be altered or the attack can be aborted mid-flight, providing a more discerning and adaptable approach to engagements. This adaptability makes loitering munitions versatile and strategic in modern warfare scenarios.

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India to involve the private sector to make CGT

India is involving private sector companies to develop compact gas turbines with a thrust capacity of up to 100 kilogram-force (KgF).  The engines that go into Loitering Munition will be single-shaft turbine jet engines that can lift, fly, and hit the target like a jumbo jet.

The conventional gas turbine developed by the Bengaluru-based Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) is large and can deliver 425 KgF thrust.  It’s because of the size, it is made for a different purpose. Compact Gas Turbines will be a perfect match since LMs – 1-ton subsonic cruise missiles require small turbines.

The Loitering Munition developed by the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) is air-launched, jet-powered, and can descend at a speed of 0.7 Mach.  Upon development, the Loitering Munition will weigh 30 to 50 kilograms; hence, Compact Gas Turbines to power them (LMs) makes sense.

India made Loitering Munitions

India’s defense R&D institutes, corporates, and startups have jumped into the fray to design, develop, and make state-of-the-art Loitering Munitions in India itself. However, some components, like compact gas turbines, are being imported from foreign countries. The government has started to involve the Indian private sector in making Compact Gas Turbines that can power Loitering Munitions.


The Indian government’s proactive approach in seeking private sector support for the development of Compact gas turbines for its loitering ammunition program marks a significant step towards enhancing the country’s defense capabilities. This collaborative effort not only accelerates technological innovation but also establishes a framework for effective public-private partnerships, setting a precedent for future advancements in defense technology. As India strives for self-reliance and strategic autonomy, partnerships like these demonstrate the importance of synergies between the government and the private sector in achieving shared national objectives.

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Central Railway Boosts Train Speeds with Infrastructure Upgrades


Central Railway (CR) is dedicated to enhancing passenger services, and its ongoing infrastructure upgrades are accelerating train speeds. Various works, including Multi-Tracking, Overhead Equipment regulation, Signaling, and Technical improvements, have enabled trains to run at speeds of up to 130 kmph on specific sections.

Wardha-Badnera Section Sees Speed Surge

Starting from November 22, 2023, a total of 30 trains (15 Up and 15 Down) will operate at speeds of up to 130 kmph on the 95.44 km Wardha-Badnera section. This significant enhancement is a result of meticulous efforts in upgrading the railway infrastructure.

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List of Upgraded Trains

The following trains will now run at increased speeds on the Wardha-Badnera section:

  1. LTT-Hatia-LTT SF Bi-Weekly Express
  2. LTT-Vishakhapatnam-LTT SF Weekly Express
  3. LTT-Puri-LTT SF Weekly Express
  4. LTT-Bhubaneswar-LTT Bi-Weekly Express
  5. CSMT-Howrah-CSMT Gitanjali Express Daily
  6. CSMT-Howrah-CSMT Weekly SF Express
  7. Pune-Santragachi-Pune Weekly Humsafar Express
  8. LTT-Kamakhya-LTT Karmabhoomi Weekly Express
  9. CSMT- Howrah -CSMT Duronto Four Days A Week
  10. Gondia-CSMT-Gondia Vidarbha Express Daily
  11. Nagpur-CSMT-Nagpur Duronto Express Daily
  12. LTT-Shalimar-LTT Jnaneshwari Exp Four Days a Week
  13. LTT-Puri-LTT Weekly Express
  14. CSMT-Howrah-CSMT SF Express Daily
  15. LTT- Shalimar-LTT Samarsata Bi-Weekly Express

Ensuring Safety and Punctuality

The increase in train speeds has undergone thorough safety assessments and technical inspections by concerned officials. This improvement aims to reduce overall running time and enhance the punctuality of train movements.

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Current Speed Achievements

Presently, CR operates trains at speeds of up to 130 kmph, covering a total distance of 1206.73 km. Notably, this includes 95.44 km on the Wardha-Badnera section, 526.65 km on the Igatpuri-Nashik-Bhusaval-Akola-Badnera section, 75.59 km on the Pune-Daund section, and 509.05 km on the Itarsi-Nagpur-Wardha-Ballarshah section.

Future Speed Improvements

Work is underway to improve train speeds on the Daund-Solapur-Kalaburagi-Wadi section, covering a distance of 337.44 km. Trains are expected to run at speeds of up to 130 kmph on this section, further enhancing the railway’s efficiency.

Commitment to Passenger Safety and Comfort

Central Railway remains committed to providing a safe and pleasant journey for its commuters. The tireless efforts in infrastructure upgrades reflect the railway’s dedication to improving the overall travel experience.

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Allcargo Gati Unveils Surface Transhipment Centre & Distribution Warehouse at Bengaluru


Bengaluru, 24 November 2023: Allcargo Gati Limited, a leading Express Distribution and Supply Chain Management company, formerly known as GATI, has inaugurated a cutting-edge Surface Transhipment Centre and Distribution Warehouse (STCDW) at Mayasandra, Hobli, on the outskirts of Bengaluru, Karnataka. The facility spans an impressive 3.5 lakh sq. ft., featuring a Grade A warehouse covering 1.5 lakh sq. ft.

Key Features

  • The Mayasandra STCDW boasts 70 truck bays, facilitating the management of over 500 vehicles daily.
  • With a monthly throughput capacity of approximately 40,000 tonnes, the facility is strategically designed to serve multiple industries, including automotive, apparel, heavy engineering, and retail.

Strategic Location

Strategically positioned just 5.5 km away from NH 44 (Bengaluru-Hosur Highway) at the border of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the STCDW enjoys proximity to an upcoming Hosur outer Ring Road, providing unparalleled accessibility and connectivity. Its strategic location near the railway and international airport significantly reduces transit time, enabling businesses to expedite product deliveries.

Advanced Technology Integration

Leveraging advanced warehousing technologies and inventory management systems, the Mayasandra STCDW allows businesses to efficiently track stock, streamline order fulfilment, and prevent stockouts or overstocking situations. This commitment to technological excellence enhances customer satisfaction and operational efficiency.

The Mayasandra STCDW aligns with green norms, featuring sustainable measures such as rainwater harvesting, solarisation facilities, and alternative fuel vehicles. Equipped with essential material handling equipment and advanced safety measures, the facility prioritizes environmental responsibility.

Operational Efficiency

Staffed with 85 employees and 173 handlers, the Mayasandra STCDW not only manages regional distributions but also consolidates, sorts, and dispatches long-haul loads for the rest of the country. The facility operates round-the-clock security, fire hydrants, fire alarms, CCTV, and sprinkler systems to ensure safety.

Allcargo Gati Limited marks the Bengaluru STCDW as its fifth super hub, solidifying its commitment to advanced logistics solutions and efficient supply chain management.

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Zen Technologies to set up a New R&D & Manufacturing Facility in Goa

Zen Technologies Limited, a frontrunner in Military Training Solutions and Counter-Drone Technologies, is set to elevate its operations by establishing a new state-of-the-art Research and Development (R&D) and manufacturing facility in Goa, India.

Strategic Expansion

This strategic move underscores Zen Technologies’ unwavering commitment to innovation and excellence within the defense technology sector. The upcoming facility, slated for construction at the Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) Tuem in Goa, signifies an investment of up to ₹50 crores and anticipates the creation of employment opportunities for approximately 800 individuals.

Vision for Manufacturing Excellence

Aligned with the company’s vision, the Goa facility aims to enhance manufacturing capabilities, particularly in cutting-edge simulators and drone-related technologies.

Zen Technologies is dedicated to fostering local talent and growth. The company plans to collaborate with Engineering, Diploma, and ITI colleges in Goa, initiating skill development programs. This initiative aims to maximize local hiring and empower the Goan workforce with advanced technological skills.

Strengthening the Goan MSME Sector

The new facility will serve as an anchor unit for the EMC. It plans to develop and source sub-assemblies from Goan Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). This symbiotic relationship is expected to boost the local economy and contribute to the overall development of the region.

With the establishment of this facility in Goa, Zen Technologies will broaden its manufacturing base, reaffirming its commitment to expansion. The facility will operate as a hub, supporting both domestic needs and a measured expansion of the export business.

Proactive Business Growth

Citing strong demand visibility and to mitigate geographical risk, Zen Technologies has decided to proceed with this expansion. This strategic development not only fortifies the company’s manufacturing presence but also diversifies its operational landscape, highlighting a proactive approach to business growth and resilience.

About Zen Technologies Limited

Zen Technologies Limited is a renowned industry leader with over three decades of expertise in delivering cutting-edge Military Training and Anti-Drone solutions. The company specializes in manufacturing state-of-the-art land-based military training simulators, driving simulators, live range equipment, and anti-drone systems.

With a dedicated Research and Development (R&D) facility in Hyderabad, recognized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, Zen Technologies has demonstrated its commitment to innovation. The company has filed for over 140 patents, of which over 50 have been granted, and has successfully shipped more than 1000 training systems worldwide.

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