Smart Store of the future that runs on sustainable energy sources, reduces excess heat and zero emissions

Imagine a store that runs on sustainable energy sources, reuses the excess heat created by cooling cases and reducing supermarket heating costs by up to 90%.
Danfoss's initiative of this new flagship “Smart Store” supermarket has come up in Nordborg, Denmark, that not only operates as a functioning supermarket but is also a development center for testing new technology, paves the way for zero emissions supermarkets. ‘The Smart Store’ is expected to be approximately 50% more energy efficient compared to a typical supermarket with a first-generation CO2 refrigeration system.
As the world’s population continues its course to reach 10 billion people by 2050, investments in sustainable food retail and storage are urgently needed to ensure we are able to feed the growing number of people on the planet. The pressure is growing, both on energy demand and costs, and on the need to cut down on food loss. If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter behind the US and China, contributing to up to 10% of the world’s greenhouse gases.
To address these problems directly, Danfoss announced the opening of a new, flagship supermarket which is expected to be approximately 50% more energy efficient compared to a typical supermarket with a first-generation CO2 refrigeration system and no energy efficiency solutions. It is also expected to be approximately 20-30% more efficient than an equivalent local store already fitted with multiple energy efficiency solutions.
Climate-friendly, super-efficient and loaded with automation solutions, the new ‘Smart Store’ is providing inspiration for food retailers in a world of rising energy costs, emissions, and worsening food losses.
Commenting on the launch, Ravichandran Purushothaman, President Danfoss India Region said, “Danfoss has reimagined the energy-efficient superstore of the future. Danfoss' cutting-edge technology of cooling and heating solutions are integrated into one retail site. Indian superstore chains are concerned about rising energy costs. The Danish energy efficient superstore model is relevant to us in India as well, since it helps optimize energy costs, improve profit margins, create a healthier environment and eventually make our planet greener.”

While supermarkets and retail food stores are an integral part of communities around the world, they are also big energy consumers. The average profit margin for a large food retailer is just 1.7%, which puts every operating cost under scrutiny. Energy is an area where significant savings can be achieved with relatively low investment and good payback times. In fact, the US EPA estimates that one US dollar (EUR 0.90) in energy savings is equivalent to increasing sales by US$59 (EUR 54).
Jürgen Fischer, President, Danfoss Climate Solutions said, “We have developed this new Smart Store supermarket with partners and customers to demonstrate that it is possible to build a climate friendly and super-efficient facility, using world-class heating and cooling technology. Our new ‘Smart Store’ proves that the future is now. This supermarket is purpose-built for the world ahead of us; a world of more urbanization, larger populations, greater energy demands, a growing need for cooling, and efficient food storage.”
A range of new solutions in the ‘Smart Store’ demonstrate the significant savings that can be achieved in supermarkets, with a typical payback time of under 3 years. By using world-class heating and cooling technology, the new supermarket will waste less energy and less food and will show the journey to a zero emissions supermarket.
The Smart Store supermarket demonstrates that it’s not only possible to design and build an energy-efficient supermarket with solutions available today, but it also makes good business sense.
Solar power is the supermarket’s primary energy source with 100 kW solar panels on the building’s roof providing green energy to support the supermarket operations.
Heat capture and reuse is also key to the energy efficiency of the supermarket with up to 90% reduction in supermarket heating costs expected. Excess heat is the world’s largest untapped source of energy. The ‘Smart Store’ is fitted with state-of-the-art heat recovery units, designed to recover the waste heat from all the refrigeration systems. The recovered heat is reused to heat up the store and produce domestic hot water, with any additional heat shared with residents of the surrounding town through a district energy network.

Preserving India's Rich Heritage: Brijeshwari Kumari Gohil the princess of Bhavnagar, Gujarat

Princess Brijeshwari Kumari Gohil with the artisans

Envisaging that our Indian cultural heritage is a treasure trove that deserves to be celebrated and preserved, this Royal from Gujarat has taken initiative for upholding Art, Culture, and Social Welfare for Weavers..  

India, with its vibrant art and cultural traditions, has always been celebrated for its rich heritage. In recent years, a renewed focus on uplifting Indian art and culture has emerged, driven by individuals and organizations dedicated to the social welfare of the weavers' community and the preservation of our country's invaluable artistic legacy.

Beyond economic empowerment, efforts are underway to provide weavers with access to healthcare, education, and social welfare programs. By addressing their holistic well-being, these initiatives aim to uplift the weavers and their families, improving their overall quality of life and ensuring the continuity of traditional art forms.

The impact of these endeavors is visible in the revitalization of dying art forms and the renewed interest among younger generations. As more people recognize the value and beauty of Indian textiles, there has been a resurgence of interest in handcrafted sarees, intricately woven fabrics, and unique indigenous designs.

Ms Brijeshwari Kumari Gohil passionate advocate for the empowerment of weavers and the preservation of traditional Indian art forms stated that, "Our cultural heritage is a treasure trove that deserves to be celebrated and preserved. By supporting the weavers' community, we not only uplift their lives but also safeguard our artistic legacy for future generations. It is essential to recognize the artisans' immense skill, dedication, and the stories woven into each masterpiece they create."

The revival and preservation of Indian art and culture are critical for safeguarding the country’s heritage and empowering marginalized communities such as the weavers. Through the tireless efforts of individuals like Brijeshwari Kumari Gohil and the collective dedication of various organizations, Indian art forms are being rejuvenated, social welfare is being prioritized, and our cultural legacy is being preserved for future generations.

Racing into Thrills: Unveiling the Thriving Go Karting Culture in India

Speaking to Universal Newsline, Prasuk Jain, Managing Director of Snow World Entertainment:puts forth his perception about this adventure sport.

India has witnessed a remarkable surge in the popularity of adventure sports, and go-karting has emerged as a favorite among thrill-seekers and motorsport enthusiasts.

Go-karting originated in the United States and gradually made its way to India, initially limited to exclusive clubs. However, visionary entrepreneurs recognized its potential and established dedicated tracks across the country, revolutionizing the motorsport landscape.

One of the driving forces behind go-karting’s popularity in India is its accessibility. Unlike other motorsports, go-karting offers an affordable entry point for enthusiasts of all ages. It provides an exhilarating experience for everyone, from children to adults, making it inclusive and exciting.

The phenomenal growth of go-karting tracks across India bears testament to the sport's escalating popularity. Major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, and Kolkata now boast world-class go-karting facilities that entice both novice racers and seasoned professionals. These tracks boast meticulously designed circuits, state-of-the-art karts, and stringent safety measures, ensuring an electrifying, secure racing experience. Moreover, many go-karting venues offer tailored packages for corporate events, team-building exercises, and even unforgettable birthday parties, further expanding the reach of the sport and transforming it into a social phenomenon.

Go-karting in India has evolved into a fertile breeding ground for budding motorsport talents. Realizing the immense potential of young racers, various karting championships and specialized academies have emerged, dedicated to identifying and nurturing promising talents. The remarkable success stories of Indian go-karting champions transitioning to international motorsport events have fuelled the aspirations of aspiring racers, inspiring a new generation to pursue their dreams on the track.

As the sport gains popularity, the competitive scene in India thrives. Karting championships and leagues provide a platform for racers to showcase their skills and compete against their peers, attracting a growing fan base and media attention.

The escalating popularity of go-karting in India reflects the nation's appetite for adventure, speed, and motorsport excellence. With dedicated tracks and a democratized approach, go-karting has become a cherished and thrilling adventure sport across the country. As the industry continues to evolve, India's go-karting culture is set to reach unprecedented heights, producing talented racers and captivating audiences with its adrenaline-fueled excitement.

Enlightening master classes, power-packed sessions at the 15th Nasscom Global Inclusion Summit

15th Nasscom Global Inclusion Summit

Just as diversity stands as the torso, it must be supported by the two essential legs of Equity and Inclusion.

These words by Rostov Ravanan summed up the core of the 15th edition of the nasscom Global Inclusion Summit, jointly hosted by Nasscom and Nasscom Foundation, that just concluded in Bengaluru..


Over 600 delegates from all walks of life gathered to celebrate diversity, understand the inclusive leadership nuances and question the status quo of ways of thinking.  


The event hosted keynotes, multiple workshops and master classes addressing subjects such as inclusion of deaf people, empowering people with disabilities, neurodiversity, LGBTQIA+ inclusivity in the workplace, etc


Paving the way for a robust inclusive culture primed for extraordinary growth, this summit has been instrumental in promoting real-life actions, such as embracing assistive technologies, sharing best practices, fostering mentorship, and cultivating industry diversity. It served as a dynamic platform, offering immersive experiences to deepen our understanding of inclusion alongside tangible real-world initiatives. Progressive leaders, educators, LGBTQIA+ representatives, persons with disabilities, and individuals from diverse backgrounds converged over the two-day event to deliberate on transformative steps and solutions needed to drive intentional shifts in work cultures and catalyze changes in employees' mindsets, behaviours, and capabilities


The two-day event showcased a dynamic array of power-packed sessions, enlightening masterclasses, an immersive inclusion experience center, a human library, and engaging conversation formats. It exemplified the tangible milestones necessary for building an inclusive workplace with measurable outcomes. Additionally, the summit featured various workshops and keynote addresses delving into diverse themes such as ‘Inclusion of Deaf People in the Workplace, Empowering People with Disabilities, neurodiversity, breaking the power culture, LGBTQIA+ inclusivity in the workplace, Moving ahead in the line – Global Best Practices for Empowering Gender Equality and Advancing Women's Rights, Developing Deeper Sensitivity for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging etc.


During the keynote, Nidhi Bhasin, CEO, nasscom foundation said “A recent survey highlights that 77% of employers recognize the importance of diversity and are committed to establishing an inclusive environment that promotes the flourishing of all individuals. Noteworthy strides have been made in cultivating acceptance, resulting in an increase in the LGBTQIA+ community's sense of safety and empowerment. Similar endeavors extend to other dimensions of diversity, including Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and beyond.  In this transformative era, we believe in actionable inclusion, fostering an environment where everyone thrives. At the 15th edition of the nasscom Global Inclusion Summit, our efforts are firmly focused on achieving this transformative goal and strengthening it further by underlining the need for Real World Actions for mainstreaming inclusion."


During his address, Rostow Ravanan, Chairman and CEO, Alfahive Inc. and Chairperson, nasscom foundation said that "Embracing inclusion and diversity is not only a positive approach, but it is also the pathway to creating equitable and inclusive organizations. Just as diversity stands as the torso, it must be supported by the two essential legs of Equity and Inclusion. While we have made heartening progress on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, it has yet to fully permeate as an institutionalized, internalized, and mainstream way of life. The 15th Edition of the nasscom Global Inclusion Summit serves as a remarkable platform to recognize companies who have implemented impactful DEI programs and serve as a catalyst for change to drive progress towards a more inclusive, equitable and diverse society."


With the theme of 'Real-World Actions for Mainstreaming Inclusion', the event featured industry stalwarts including the likes of Nidhi Bhasin, CEO, nasscom foundation; Rostow Ravanan, Chairperson, nasscom foundation; Rajesh Nambiar, Vice Chairperson, nasscom and Executive Vice President, Chairman and Managing Director, Cognizant India; Sanjay Dawar, Managing Director, Global Strategy & Consulting, Accenture; Sunita Rebecca Cherian, Chief Culture Officer & Senior Vice President Human Resources, Wipro; Dr. Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft India; Ray Simon, Head of HR for Global Engineering Centres, Capgemini Engineering, etc.


With over 600 delegates and 37 speakers, the event experienced incredible success as the attendees and speakers walked away with a whiteboard full of thought-provoking ideas and new perspectives on mainstreaming inclusion. The event's culmination was graced by the presence of renowned screenwriter Gazal Dhaliwal, who passionately explored the importance of fostering diversity and inclusion. Furthermore, there was a captivating musical experience by the legendary band Thermal and a Quarter (TAAQ), renowned for their influential presence in the Indian music scene for over 25 years.

Celebrating Design Excellence, Formica Partners with The Indian Institute of Interior Design (IIID) Awards

Formica partners with IIID Awards 2023

The Indian Institute of Interior Design (IIID) Awards 2023 took place from June 23rd to 25th, 2023, at Pragati Maidan in Delhi, which was a landmark occasion featuring a series of engaging sessions by distinguished keynote speakers and a thought-provoking panel discussion on sustainable luxury.


With an impressive line-up of top interior designers, architects, dealers, distributors and industry professionals from across the country in attendance, FORMICA  played a significant role in providing attendees with an unparalleled platform for networking and collaboration partnering with The Indian Institute of Interior Design (IIID) for their Golden Jubilee celebration, commemorating over 50 years of excellence in the industry. 


The esteemed awards sponsor for this prestigious event, FORMICA, with its portfolio of industry-leading products and distribution rights for Fenix, Homapal, Cora, and VIS, has established new benchmarks in quality and production over the years. 


This partnership signified FORMICA's unwavering dedication to advancing the interior design industry in India. By joining forces with The Indian Institute of Interior Design, FORMICA has further strengthened its position as a pioneer in the market and establishes a robust network of industry professionals and experts.


"We are delighted to partner with The Indian Institute of Interior Design for their Golden Jubilee celebration," said Mr. Ajay Khurana, MD, FORMICA India. "This collaboration exemplified our commitment to fostering innovation, creativity, and sustainable practices in the interior design community. We were glad to engage with industry leaders and professionals during this landmark event and we are happy to contribute to the growth and development of the industry as a whole.", he further added emphasizing upon the significance of the event.

Indian MSMEs, Startups get a boost this World MSME Day

With an aim to enhance the role of Indian MSMEs in achieving the ambitious target of a 5 Trillion Dollar economy, SMEStreet and DealPlexus have announced their collaboration.


Leveraging digital and offline mediums to empower and equip MSMEs with the knowledge and resources needed to thrive in a dynamic business landscape is the target of this strategic collaborative effort of the giants. 


SMEStreet, a prominent MSME-focused media platform and DealPlexus, India's most innovative hub for financial services aim to provide proactive support for growth-seeking MSMEs and startups in India, fostering their education and empowerment through digital and offline mediums.


The joint initiative of SMEStreet MSME Influencers Forum is also introduced as part of this collaboration to enhance the role of Indian MSMEs in achieving the ambitious target of a 5 Trillion Dollar economy.


The collaboration between SMEStreet and DealPlexus envisions proactive initiatives for MSME education and engagement. These initiatives will focus on various aspects of MSMEs, shedding light on the opportunities for growth and development. 


DealPlexus, a groundbreaking platform revolutionising the world of finance, is set to disrupt the way finance professionals serve their clients. From chartered accountants and wealth advisors to investment bankers and independent financial advisors, all will find their power amplified on this innovative platform. Dealplexus helps in expanding their offerings, enhancing their professional experience, growing their network, and adding to their earnings while collaborating with like-minded professionals.


SMEStreet, India's leading MSME and startup-focused media platform and knowledge-oriented business ecosystem, has been serving the sector since 2014. With its extensive experience and industry expertise, SMEStreet has been instrumental in connecting MSMEs with industry experts, policymakers, and influencers. Through its platform, SMEStreet facilitates business growth and development by providing valuable insights, news, and resources tailored to the needs of MSMEs.


Deepak Maheshwari, Co-Founder of DealPlexus expressed his enthusiasm, "Today, MSMEs and startups in India are at a crucial threshold of potential rich economic growth. This collaboration shall provide guidance and a roadmap for MSMEs pursuing growth opportunities. We are delighted to partner with SMEStreet on this journey to empower the MSME sector."


Dr Faiz Askari, Founder of SMEStreet also shared his excitement commenting, "We are thrilled to be associated with DealPlexus as a strategic partner. This partnership signifies a significant milestone for Indian MSMEs. With the right knowledge support, MSMEs can capitalize on the opportunities available in today's opportunity-rich environment. This collaboration will bring great empowerment, and at SMEStreet, we eagerly look forward to it."


By providing proactive support, education, and engagement opportunities, this collaboration aims to equip MSMEs with the knowledge and resources needed to pursue growth and contribute to the ambitious goal of a 5 Trillion Dollar economy. 

Ruchi Gujjar felicitated with Best Actress award at National Dynamic Awards 2023

Indian actor Suniel Shetty conferred the award to Ruchi Gujjar, the esteemed winner of Miss Haryana 2023 who adds another feather to her cap as she receives the prestigious National Dynamic Awards (NDA) under the esteemed category of Best Actress. The NDA ceremony, presented by Mind Blowing Film Promotion took place on 9th June 2023 at a grand venue in Jaipur. The event witnessed the presence of renowned celebrity guests, Suniel Shetty and Malaika Arora, who added to the glamour and excitement of the evening.


Currently working in several Hindi films, Ruchi Gujjar is widely known in the digital world for her viral song "EK Ladki" with Aman Verma and Haryanvi Song "Heli Main Chor". 


Born in Mehara Gurjarwas, Khetri village district Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan, Ruchi completed her graduation BBA from Maharani College Jaipur and began her career with a software company during which she was spotted by talent scouts who gave her a break in the modeling world.


Ruchi Gujjar's remarkable talent and undeniable charm have earned her recognition and accolades in the entertainment industry. Winning the National Dynamic Award for Best Actress is a testament to her exceptional skills and dedication to her craft. Her captivating performances have resonated with audiences, making her a deserving recipient of this esteemed honor.


The NDA ceremony at The Palace, Jaipur, was an extravagant affair that celebrated excellence in the entertainment industry. With the presence of industry stalwarts and esteemed guests, the event provided a platform to recognize and honor outstanding achievements. Ruchi Gujjar's success at the ceremony further solidifies her position as a rising star in the industry and sets a new benchmark for aspiring actors and actresses.

Anil Kapoor inspires generations as he celebrates 4 decades in Bollywood

Being on top in the Indian film industry after completing 4 decades in the art of acting is an incredible achievement for Anil Kapoor, who even at this age gives a complex to actors of this generation with his enthusiasm, zest and passion to excel in the art of acting in films.

Anil Kapoor’s best work just keeps getting better and continues to inspire generations of actors with his unparalleled body of work was recently complemented by his co-star Hrithik Roshan in his upcoming film ‘Fighter’. 


"Your Best Work Just Keeps Getting Better,” commented Hrithik Roshan on Instagram as he hails Anil Kapoor for completing four decades in Indian, while dropping exciting hints about the real fighter in Bollywood. 


In a heartwarming gesture that touched the hearts of his fans and fellow celebrities from the fraternity, Anil Kapoor took to Instagram yesterday to commemorate an incredible milestone in his illustrious career. Sharing nostalgic clips from his debut Hindi film, Woh Saat Din, the legendary actor penned a heartfelt note expressing his gratitude for completing 40 remarkable years in Indian cinema.  


An excerpt from his post read, "This is where I belong, this is what I'm meant to do, and this is who I'm supposed to be…" 


Within hours, Anil Kapoor's post went viral, drawing the attention of countless fans and industry stalwarts. One such admirer was none other than the Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan, who couldn’t contain his excitement for their upcoming film together, Fighter. Teasing fans about Anil Kapoor’s spectacular performance in the film, Hrithik commented, "And your best work just keeps getting better. You are at your BEST in Fighter!! Too Too good!!"


Anil Kapoor's journey in the Indian film industry has been nothing short of extraordinary. With a career spanning four decades, he has become a true icon of Indian cinema. While audiences eagerly await his upcoming projects, including The Night Manager Part 2, Animal, and Fighter, Kapoor continues to inspire generations of actors with his unparalleled body of work.

Vishal Anand to represent India at World Finals of Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition

Ms Ma Jia, Chargé d'affaires, Chinese Embassy & Vishal Anand
Adorning the golden sunset view of the Queens Necklace in Marine Drive, it was an evening filled will enthusiasm and excitement among the 10 finalist students who were competing for the first place of the Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students India that was held at the Roof Top of Trident Hotel at Nariman Point in South Mumbai. Ms Ma Jia,. Chargé d'affaires of Chinese Embassy in India announced the name of Vishal Anand, a student from Lakhisarai district in Bihar as the winner of the 22nd Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students India, Vishal would be representing India at the World finals that are to be held in Beijing later this year.  

Kong Xianhua, the Chinese Consul General in Mumbai 
Addressing an enthusiastic gathering of 10 finalist college students, teachers, their parents and the distinguished personalities, Mr Kong Xianhua, the Chinese Consul General in Mumbai stated, "Building a Better World together with Chinese Language as the Bridge and emphasizing that this competition carries a lot of meanings. Mumbai-China connections have a long history. Centuries ago, Chinese craftsmen and merchants travelled thousands of miles across the ocean to Mumbai, set down roots and lived for generations. Today we can still see traditional Chinese temples and Chinese customs here. They are the testimony of peaceful and harmonious interaction between Chinese and Indian people." 

"My speech was on the topic - One Humanity, One Family as the theme was One World-One Family and since the competition has 3 parts - a speech on the theme, a quiz competition and showcase our talent where I prepared a Chinese cuisine Ma Po Dou Fu," mentioned the elated Vishal Anand, the winner who would represent India in the World Finals of this competition.  

Among the other dignitaries present were Zha Liyou, Chinese Consul General in Kolkata, Xing Tongqing, CEO of Bank of China, India Branch, Kranti Prabhu, President of India-China Friendship Association Maharashtra Branch, Dr Sumangala Borkar and Dr Rajan Borkar, the family of Dr. Kotnis and other academic leaders of India and China. 

Signifying the selection of Mumbai for the finals, the Chinese Consul General in Mumbai pointed out that it was in 2014, Shanghai and Mumbai established sister-city relationship. Sharing similar destiny and glowing with vibrancy, the two sisters are working together to enhance China-India cooperation and lead the rise of Asia. 

"The selected student would be representing India at a Chinese Global level competition in Beijing, and this year it is grand as we have Chief guests from the Chinese Education Department as they are here to participate in G20 events. This year the competition has a larger participation from students from all over India," stated Nishith Shah, Founder and Principal of India China Academy who has designed and co-organized the event. India China Academy promotes Chinese culture and provides training in Chinese language. 

"Chinese and Indian civilizations share a common soul and hence the theme of this year's Chinese Bridge Competition was on Chinese civilization that believes in 'One World, One Family' much alike Indian civilization's value of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' (The world is a family). There are several similarities between deep rooted India's culture since Rigveda and China’s profound and rich history and culture, and their ancient civilizations." pointed Kong Xianhua, the Chinese Consul General in Mumbai.

The Chinese language education is flourishing in Mumbai with the University of Mumbai, the Somaiya University and India China Academy providing Chinese language courses. The Consul General was highly impressed with the excellent Chinese skills and outpouring passion about Chinese culture of the student participants. 

Mr Kong Xianhua, the Chinese Consul General in Mumbai elaborated, "I believe, as long as we overcome the barrier of language, we could reach a new stage of better understanding and stronger consensus between India and China. This competition has a 3 point agenda - we can build a bridge of civilization exchanges, secondly, by learning Chinese, we can build a bridge of win-win cooperation between the two biggest developing countries in the world, and thirdly, by learning Chinese, we can build a bridge of national rejuvenation together. This will be an important contribution to enhancing our thousand years’ friendship and building a community with a shared future for mankind!"