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Audi on digitalization drive

Team B&C | NT      Audi India rolled out digital sales and after-sales offerings recently. The company launched Augmented Reality, a 360° product visualizer and online bookings on its website to bring the buying experience straight to a prospective customer’s fingertips.  On the digital push, Balbir Singh Dhillon, head, Audi India, said, “Digital customer-centric initiatives are a key focus area for Audi …

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Ducati open to bringing its e-bikes to India

Ducati is open to bringing its international range of e-bikes to India ‘when market is mature.’ The world has changed as we know it and people are now opting out of shared mobility for obvious reasons. As a result, huge growth in the sales of bicycles and e-bikes is currently being witnessed. The new trend has forced authorities to invest …

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Vodafone Idea introduces voice-based recharge

Team B&C | NT In a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Vodafone Idea launched voice based contactless recharge at its retail outlets. The contactless initiative is expected to maintain social distancing between the customer and the retailer. It is made possible through the service provider’s smart connect retailer app which allows retailers to recharge without having to hand …

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Goa to Mysuru: The 48-hour turmoil

DANUSKA DA GAMA | NT NETWORK On May 1, 2020 when the government started processing applications for interstate travel using a private car, I decided to drop a friend who had been stranded in Goa for over 40 days, back home to Mysuru. After getting an online approval for four persons (one to be dropped), including applying online for a …

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Foolish attitude towards alcohol

Karan Thapar I am struggling to find the right adjective. Is the Indian State’s attitude toward alcohol contradictory? Is it illiberal? Is it anachronistic? Or is it, in fact, all three? Which is why, I will settle for troubling. That’s true in two senses. It’s morally – even logically – hard to understand and it also causes many of us …

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Cows and their moods

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Rosamund Young has written a book called ‘The Secret Life of Cows’ which, surprisingly for a book on animals, has shot to the Top Ten bestseller list of the Sunday Times. It is a very sweet small book about the animals she has brought up and interacted with, specially cows, in her Kitt’s Nest farm in England. She has …

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To stand out, in the worst way

Shashi Tharoor Egregious (adj), flagrantly bad, outrageously offensive Usage: In threatening India with retaliation if we didn’t sell him our stocks of hydroxychloroquine, President Trump behaved egregiously, in a manner unworthy of a Head of State. The word egregious actually began as a term of praise, meaning exceptional, distinguished, eminent, or excellent, since it descended from the Latin word egregius …

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Remember, the migrants are human too

Mark Tully A friend of mine was in a group which was driven on official business from Delhi to Lucknow. As I have not seen a single report of a long drive and I am locked down in a containment area, I asked him to take notes on what he saw. He was not allowed to stop and interview anyone. …

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Goa has high viral diversity

Nandkumar M Kamat Viruses are not novelties in the tropics. The entire western Ghats and Arabian sea ecosystems are teeming with wild viruses many of which are still locked up in their natural quarantines like the bats. The present scare on SARS like new coronavirus – COVID-19 needs to be contrasted with several deaths classified wrongly in the reports of …

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In pursuit of victory

To pep up the mood of Goans and give hope during this time of despair, a video song ‘Jait’ (victory), directed by Aniket Naik and featuring several Goans, has been released on social media. NT BUZZ gets you the details Danuska Da Gama | NT BUZZ The coronavirus pandemic forced the world to come to a standstill. Indeed, no one …

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