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Kubota, NTT and NTT Communications to Develop ICT Solutions for Agriculture and Water Infrastructure

Business Wire India

Kubota Corporation, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) announced today an agreement, effective immediately, to combine Kubota’s infrastructure solutions for agriculture and water management, NTT’s research and development capabilities, and ICT services from NTT Com and other NTT Group companies to enhance agricultural competitiveness and upgrade living standards.


Research and development will focus on creating agricultural solutions that enable farms to better visualize and manage their agricultural businesses, including through enhanced efficiency and automation, and water solutions that enable extra-efficient monitoring and management of water resources.


The solutions will variously incorporate advanced agricultural machinery, farm-support systems and water infrastructure from Kubota; global cloud and security services from NTT Com; wireless technologies, weather and map information and other ICT services from the NTT Group; artificial intelligence, including the corevo™ failure-detection system leveraging AI and IoT technologies developed by NTT for the Internet of Things and big data.


Kubota is accelerating its global businesses in the fields including agriculture machinery and water management under a business restructuring strategy named Global Major Brand Kubota. The company is strengthening its development of agricultural technologies and solutions, such as the Kubota Smart Agri System that leverages ICT for enhanced agricultural management.


NTT is enhancing its comprehensive capabilities as a value partner for customers by working with partners to develop ICT-based “Co-Innovation” initiatives. One of its new strategic business fields is agriculture, where it is partnering with other companies, including through the NTT Group Crossing Project.


NTT Com is helping customers with the digital transformations of their businesses. Specifically, NTT Com is optimizing their ICT environments with innovative solutions that incorporate global seamless services for clouds, colocation, networks, applications, security and managed ICT.


About Kubota Corporation


Kubota Corporation (TSE:6326) is one of Japan’s leading manufacturers of a comprehensive range of machinery and other industrial and consumer products. Since 1890, Kubota Corporation has offered various products including farm equipment, engines, construction machinery, electronic equipped machinery, pipe-related products, environment-related products, and social infrastructure-related products to contribute to improve human lives and society. With broad product lineup and its unique comprehensive strength, Kubota Corporation presents in more than 110 countries and strives to solve the worldwide problems related to food, water and the environment, which are indispensable for human beings.
Please visit http://www.kubota-global.net/index.html for the latest news and more information.


About Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation


NTT Group delivers advanced technology and innovative solutions in networking, software communications, and cloud computing that help transform businesses, governments and societies around the world.
NTT Group will deliver convenient, enriched and reliable services to support customers as a “Value Partner” that its customers will continue to select. Today, 80% of Fortune 100 companies rely on NTT Group as their business partner. NTT Group generates over $105 billion in annual revenues, has over 233 data centers and employs more than 240,000 professionals working in 88 countries.
www.ntt.co.jp | NTT Group@Twitter | NTT Group@Facebook |NTTGroup@Instagram | NTT Group@LinkedIn


About NTT Communications Corporation


NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including the leading global tier-1 IP network, the Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching 196 countries/regions, and 140 secure data centers worldwide. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.
www.ntt.com | Twitter@NTT Com | Facebook@NTT Com | LinkedIn@NTT Com





Samsung Unveils the Next in Innovation with its Washing Machine Technology

Business Wire India

  • Launches India’s First New Top Load Range with Magic Dispenser
  • Introduces India’s first innovative AddWash Technology
​​Samsung India announced the next level of innovation with launch of India’s first front Load AddWash washing machines, 5 new models in the crystal range – and the “K” Series with a revolutionary Magic Dispenser in the top load segment. The new top load range also incorporates Samsung’s ActivWash+ technology for a more convenient washing experience.
ActivWash+ is example of Samsung’s Make for India initiative. This Product was conceived in India as a result of research done by R&D and Design Teams and was developed to make washing process of Indian consumers simpler. ActivWash+ is now being sold in 33 countries across the Globe.
Commenting on the launch, Rajeev Bhutani, Vice President, Consumer Electronics, Samsung India Electronics, said, “We are extremely thrilled to unveil our stylish and innovative washing machine range for our consumers. While the needs of our Indian consumers are evolving dynamically, our focus is to provide them with solutions that are stylish, time and energy saving to make their lives simple, easy and convenient.”
“Enhancing our product portfolio with our latest innovation and technology, the new AddWash and “K” Series Top Load washing machines have been designed and tailored according to the specific needs and demands of Indian consumers,” he added.
Designed for the ever evolving and smart Indian consumers and engineered to deliver convenience in cloth washing, Samsung’s AddWash comes with an Add Door that allows the consumer to add laundry items anytime during the wash cycle. It also lets the consumer add hand washed items only for rinsing, or additional softener anytime they want during the Wash Cycle. Samsung AddWash also features the Super Speed cycle which completes a normal load in just 59 minutes. Achieving brilliance in saving time and energy, AddWash also allows the ease of ventilating the washing tub even at the narrow laundry room without any hassles. The AddWash Range would be available in the 8 & 9Kg Capacity Segments.
The revolutionary Magic Dispenser in the “K” Series Top Load Range lets one wash with less worry about residual detergent. It is specially designed to create a powerful water vortex that dissolves both liquid and powder detergent and spreads it evenly before you start washing. So it prevents the detergent from becoming lumpy and reduces the risk of any residue being left on your clothes and washing machine.
The new Range also incorporates Samsung’s revolutionary ActivWash+ technology which has a built-in sink inside the washing machine where the consumers can pre-treat and wash laundry all at one place and is available in capacities from 6.2Kg to 11Kg.
Also, being the industry’s first continuous pattern series, Samsung Lily Red (6.5 kg, 7.0 kg and 7.5 kg), Samsung Lily Blue (6.5 kg, 7.0 kg and 7.5 kg) washing machines, make a stylish lifestyle statement as well.

New 8 Kg Front load Range: DP Rs. 37250 to Rs. 43850
AddWash 9 Kg: DP Rs.59990
ActivWash+ “K” Series Top Load Range: DP Rs. 18590 to Rs. 28290

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at news.samsung.com.

Photo Caption: (L-R) Mr. Rajeev Bhutani, Vice President, Consumer Electronics, Samsung India Electronics; Mr. H.C. Hong, President & CEO, Samsung South West Asia and Mr. Don Shin, Senior Vice President, Global Products Strategy, Samsung Electronics announced the launch of ACTIVWash+ and AddWash range of washing machines in Hyderabad, today

Datsun redi-GO Urban Cross Launched at INR 2.38 Lakh

Business Wire India

  • Attractive price range of INR 2,38,900 –3,34,399 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi
  • Offers 5 colors, 5 variants  with 5 different customization packages
  • Promises most competitive Cost of Ownership in the segment

Aiming to redefine the entry-level car segment, Datsun today launched India’s first urban cross Datsun redi-GO, at a starting price of INR 2,38,900. Modern, with zippy performance and stylish design, the Datsun redi-GO will be available in five variants at competitive prices.
Pricing Details:

 Variant Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi) Ex-Showroom Price (Mumbai) Ex-Showroom Price (Chennai)
D INR 2,38,900 INR 2,49,220 INR 2,38,862
A INR 2,82,649 INR 2,94,859 INR 2,82,550
T INR 3,09,149 INR 3,22,504 INR 3,09,014
T(O) INR 3,19,399 INR 3,33,197 INR 3,19,249
S INR 3,34,399 INR 3,48,845 INR 3,34,229

Speaking at the occasion of the launch, Guillaume Sicard, President – Nissan India Operations, said, “With Datsun redi-GO, we offer a unique urban-crossover styled in Japan, developed and manufactured in India. We are redefining conventional expectations and notions associated with the entry level car segment in India with a modern, fresh, stylish and accessible product. The Datsun redi-GO comes at a compelling price point and reaffirms Datsun philosophy of Dream, Access and Trust.”

The Datsun redi-GO showcases a new Japanese design philosophy called YUKAN – which stands for brave and bold. It features ‘Tall-Boy’ styling and offers best-in-class ground clearance of 185 mm, extra roominess and excellent external visibility for the driver. The Datsun redi-GO will be available in five attractive body colour options – White, Silver, Grey, Ruby and Lime.
Continuing with the commitment to provide confidence behind the wheel, the new Datsun redi-GO comes with a comprehensive safety package – Datsun PRO-SAFE7. The Datsun PRO-SAFE7 embraces safety solutions like shortest braking distance, high strength body shell to absorb impacts, good visibility and wider view of the road, superior suspension system and excellent maneuverability, high bolster support while cornering, energy absorbing steering and driver airbag.
The new Datsun redi-GO delivers superior fuel economy of 25.17 kmpl. The all-new 0.8L three-cylinder i-SAT engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission helps it accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 15.9 seconds. It achieves a top speed of 140 km/h. Its new suspension system allows it to offer a good balance between handling and ride comfort.
The Datsun redi-GO comes with an attractive 2 year/unlimited kilometres standard warranty. It also comes with another exciting segment-first – an optional warranty for 2 or 3 years/unlimited kilometres with free roadside assistance. This gives redi-GO owners the option of up to 5 years/unlimited kilometres warranty coverage. The Datsun redi-GO also promises the lowest cost of ownership which is about 32 per cent lower than the competition. Convenience of roadside assistance is provided free of cost with both standard and extended warranties.
With its fresh and eye-catching styling, the Datsun redi-GO comes with a host of personalization options. This striking and dynamic line-up offers 50 accessories perfectly developed and aligned with the taste of young and aspirational Datsun redi-GO customers. The five personalized kit options – Urban, Style, Kool, Easy Kit- enhance style and Easy Kit – premium style add a dash of fun and impart head-turning looks to the Datsun redi-GO.
Datsun redi-GO will be supported by 274 Nissan and Datsun sales & service touchpoints in India starting today. With the projected 300 dealerships, Datsun will be able cover up to 90 per cent of current and prospective customers in the country and provide them with easy and immediate access to sales and aftersales services.
Datsun redi-GO has already created huge interest among the young and aspirational generation of India. Being India’s first urban cross, Datsun redi-GO’s appeal is reflected in the digital buzz it has created. The innovative ‘Datsun India App’, which was introduced to keep customers updated on the latest news about the car, has been downloaded by over 1.5 lakh users. The App, which has an option to book the car with ease, can be downloaded from the Google Play store.
About Datsun

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced the return of the Datsun brand, Nissan's third global brand alongside Nissan and Infiniti, in March 2012. Datsun provides a sustainable motoring experience to optimistic up-and-coming customers in high-growth markets. Datsun represents 80 years of accumulated Japanese car-making expertise and is an important part of Nissan's DNA. The new Datsun brand stands for Dream, Access and Trust. The overall Datsun customer offer includes a worry-free ownership experience at competitive cost, accessible services, with transparent pricing and dealership proximity. Datsun cars are on sale now in India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa.
Datsun History

Datsun originated in Japan as DAT-GO (the DAT-car) almost a century ago in 1914. The word DAT means ‘lightning-fast’ in Japanese but is also a reference to the first letters of family names of the three financiers who supported the business at the time: Den, Aoyama and Takeuchi. Using the same logic, it was promoted as Durable, Attractive and Trustworthy, or DAT for short.
In 1933, Nissan’s founding father Yoshisuke Aikawa took over the business with a vision of “mobility for all”. The introduction of a light-weight, economical yet resilient car to meet the aspirations of young Japanese people in the early 1930s was named the ‘son of DAT’ – Datson – which later changed to Datsun. Local engineering and mass-production made the founder’s dream a reality.
About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2015, the company sold more than 5.4 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 12.19 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500, and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since March 1999.                

Photo Caption: Guillaume Sicard, President – Nissan India Operations with Datsun redi-GO at launch in Mumbai​

Diamond Prices Soften in May

Business Wire India
Polished diamond prices declined slightly in May with buyers waiting for the Las Vegas shows. Trading at the JCK Las Vegas show, which took place June 3 to 6, was relatively weak with traffic slower than previous years.
The RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI) for 1-carat, GIA-graded diamonds was flat in May. RAPI for 0.30-carat diamonds fell 1.1 percent and RAPI for 0.50-carat diamonds slid 0.3 percent during the month. RAPI for 3-carat diamonds dropped 1.1 percent. During the first five months of the year, RAPI for 1-carat diamonds rose 1.2 percent but was 4.9 percent below its level from a year ago.

RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI™)
January 1 – June 1
Changes at June 1
RAPI 0.30 ct. -1.1% 3.5% -4.0%
RAPI 0.50 ct. -0.3% 4.6% -4.1%
RAPI 1 ct. 0.0% 1.2% -4.9%
RAPI 3 ct. -1.1% -6.1% -15.6%

© Copyright 2016, Rapaport USA Inc.
The Rapaport Monthly Report acknowledged that U.S. demand is steady and the country remains the best market for diamond dealers. However, weaker economic trends in a contentious election year is impacting sentiment in the diamond and jewelry trade.
Polished demand is specific and businesses across the pipeline are working with smaller inventory. Meanwhile, polished production continues to rise and rough diamond demand remains robust. De Beers sold $630 million worth of rough in May and strong ALROSA sales helped the Russia-based company reduce its rough inventory from 22 million recorded at the beginning of the year to less than 18 million carats at the end of the first quarter.   
The Las Vegas shows highlighted significant challenges facing the diamond industry in light of the relationship between the rough and polished markets, raising levels of consumer demand, how to sell the idea of diamonds to millennials, rising interest in lab-grown diamonds, and responsible sourcing.
A large crowd attended the annual Rapaport Breakfast at the JCK Las Vegas show, which explored these issues. The Rapaport Town Hall meeting opened a debate about whether lab-grown diamonds have an ethical edge over natural diamonds.
“The diamond industry must establish reliable chain of custody and source certification protocols to ensure that legitimate diamonds from good firms are differentiated from unknown diamonds from questionable sources. The industry must be able to answer the question, where do our diamonds come from?” said Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group.     
The Rapaport Monthly Report can be purchased at store.rapaport.com/monthly-report
About the Rapaport RapNet Diamond Index (RAPI™): 
The RAPI is the average asking price in hundred $/ct. of the 10 percent best priced diamonds, for each of the top 25 quality round diamonds (D-H, IF-VS2, GIA-graded, RapSpec-A3 and better) offered for sale on RapNet – Rapaport Diamond Trading Network. www.RapNet.com has daily listings of over 1.2 million diamonds valued at approximately $8 billion. Additional information is available at www.Diamonds.net.
About the Rapaport Group: 
The Rapaport Group is an international network of companies providing added value services that support the development of fair, transparent, competitive and efficient diamond and jewelry markets. Established in 1978, the Rapaport Price List is the primary source of diamond price and market information. Group activities include Rapaport Information Services, Rapaport Magazine, and Diamonds.net, providing research, analysis and news; RapNet – the world’s largest diamond trading network; Rapaport Laboratory Services provides GIA gemological services in India, Belgium and Israel; and Rapaport Trading and Auction Services specializing in recycled diamonds and jewelry. The Group supports over 20,000 clients in 121 countries and has offices in New York, Las Vegas, Antwerp, Ramat Gan, Mumbai, Surat, Dubai and Hong Kong. Additional information is available at www.Diamonds.net.
Martin Rapaport (Publisher) grants limited permission to use copyrighted data appearing in this press release in and in conjunction with journalistic copy, reporting or articles concerning diamond pricing and information in graph or data presentation format only. The following credit notice must appear alongside, underneath, or in close proximity to any use of the copyrighted data: “Used with permission of Rapaport USA, Inc. Copyright 2016 © Rapaport USA. All rights reserved.”

South India’s Biggest Culinary and Mixology Competition with U.S. Premium Agricultural Products Held in Bengaluru During Food Hospitality World

Business Wire India
To showcase the most delectable variety of fruits and nuts from America, U.S. Premium Agricultural Products will have a prominent presence at the upcoming Food Hospitality World (FHW), Bengaluru show from 9th-11th June at the White Orchid Convention Center, Bengaluru.

The event will host South India’s biggest Culinary and Mixology Competition to highlight the usage and versatility of premium products like U.S. Cranberries, Washington Apples, USA Pears, California Walnuts and U.S. Pecans as the main ingredient. This will be organized as a special event in concurrence with the “South India Culinary Challenge & Baking Contest” and “Mixology Challenge” in association with the South India Culinary Association (SICA). The competition will feature star hotel chefs and mixologists showcasing their exemplary skills. The contest will be judged in collaboration with SICA, reputed industry members and USDA representatives.

Talking about the initiative, Mr. Keith Sunderlal, India representative, U.S Cranberry Marketing Committee, said: “We are thrilled to be associated with one of India’s largest professional trade shows in the food and hospitality industry. Our objective for the campaign is to expand awareness and knowledge of the availability, versatility and utilization techniques of U.S. Cranberries, Washington Apples, USA Pears, California Walnuts, and U.S. Pecans in India. Through participation in FHW, the idea is to reach out to the trade and introduce them to the freshness, versatility and taste of U.S. premium agricultural products. Looking at the show’s past success, we are confident that we will be able to strike the right chord with our target audience."
To indulge in the premium agricultural products from USA, get set for Food Hospitality World!

About The Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC):

The Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) USA is focused on promoting the use and consumption of cranberries worldwide. The CMC was established as a Federal Marketing Order in 1962 to ensure a stable, orderly supply of good quality product. The Marketing Order has been amended several times since its inception to further the CMC's ability to expand market development projects in domestic and international markets. Currently, CMC conducts generic promotion activities in the United States, China, India, Mexico, Pan-Europe and South Korea.

About Food Hospitality World

FHW is one of India’s largest professional trade show for trade & consumers in the food & hospitality industry. FHW is organized by two of the world’s biggest trade show organizers Deutsche Messe and Fiera Milano (HMFI) along with one of India’s largest publication house The Indian Express Limited. Previous year, the show witnessed 6,000 visitors, more than 250 exhibiting brands, more than 550 B2B meetings, more than 250 special event attendees.

About The SCS Group:

The SCS Agribusiness Consultants Pvt. Limited (referred to as THE SCS GROUP) is an agribusiness-consulting firm based in India providing services in the disciplines of marketing, logistics, strategy, policy, communications and training. The firm was established in 1998 with the conviction that the highly competitive global agricultural products' trade scenario demands in-depth research, sophisticated marketing strategies and meticulous implementation.

Exide Life Insurance Launches #IncomeKaTopUp to Communicate Benefits of Planning for a Regular Second Income

Business Wire India
Exide Life Insurance recently launched its new digital campaign #IncomeKaTopUp across social media. The video-led campaign, centered on the recently launched Exide Life Income Advantage Plan, projects the need for a second income in a very simple way using two interesting situations.
The campaign shows two sets of friends planning a much longed for holiday, banking on their annual salary increment. And when that increment isn’t satisfactory, the videos show there is still a way to make that holiday happen with #IncomeKaTopUp without being subjected to ups and downs of annual increments.
The campaign in its first week has already generated a lot of interest from the core Target Audience. The videos have received over 1 million views across Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.
Watch how having #IncomeKaTopUp helps these friends fulfill their holiday dream.
Income Ka Top Up – Photo Tour
Income Ka Top Up – Scuba Diving
Exide Life Income Advantage is a unique savings cum insurance plan which works to your advantage by providing regular, guaranteed income and life cover. Under this plan, you can choose from two income payout options as per your life stage needs, helping you benefit from the bonus payouts.
On the release of this campaign, Mohit Goel, Director – Marketing & Direct Channel said, “The message integrates perfectly with our mission of helping Indians prepare financially for a long and happy life. It is a universal fact that a little extra is always welcome. And this maxim holds true for income more than anything else. An extra or a regular second income is like the topping on ice cream – it makes everything better. Through this campaign we want our customers to appreciate the need to plan for their #IncomeKaTopUp so that they don’t compromise on experiencing the joys of life.”
About Exide Life Insurance
Exide Life Insurance Company Limited, an established and profitable life insurance company, commenced operations in 2001-02 and is head quartered in Bengaluru. The company is 100% owned by Exide Industries Limited. The company serves over 15 lakh customers and manages assets of over INR 9500 Crores. During the financial year 2015-16, the company achieved Total Premium Income of over INR 2000 crores.
Exide Life Insurance distributes its products through multi-channels viz. Agency, Banc assurance, Corporate Agency & Broking as well as Direct Channels. The Agency channel comprises of 50,000 advisors who are attached to over 200 company offices across the country. The company also offers group life insurance solutions.
The company is focused on providing long term protection and savings solution plans and has a strong traditional product portfolio with a consistent bonus track record. The company has ISO 9001:2008 quality certification for all Customer Service processes.
About Exide Industries Limited
Exide is India’s largest manufacturer of electric storage batteries and its biggest power-storage solutions provider with a market capitalization of over INR 11,600 crores*. Since its introduction in India more than a hundred years ago, Exide remains the foremost and the most trusted battery brand in India. The century old brand equity is backed by a robust nation-wide network of 16000 plus dealers. (*As on 31st March 2016)
With 7 world-class battery manufacturing factories across India, the range of products offered by the company covers everything from the smallest batteries required in motorcycles to the giant batteries powering submarines. After all, India moves on Exide.

Win a Fishing Trip with President Jimmy Carter by Committing to Zero Preventable Deaths by 2020

Business Wire India

The Patient Safety Movement announced today that for the 2nd year in a row, former President Carter is demonstrating his support for the Movement’s goal of zero preventable deaths by 2020 by offering an opportunity to join the former President and First Lady Rosalynn for a private fishing trip in Georgia.


The top two healthcare institutions that have committed to saving the highest number of lives through commitments to implementing processes such as Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) by August 31, 2016 will be selected to go on this exclusive trip. Winners will be announced in September 2016. The trip will take place October 14-16, 2016.


“We are excited that President Carter is offering this special trip again this year. It will motivate some healthy competition for our hospitals around the globe to save lives from human errors. We are hoping to double the 400 entrants we had last year. I’m certain the winners last year will never forget the fly-fishing fun and intimate group discussions they had with President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn. Topics ranged from world events to challenges and opportunities facing patient safety,” said Joe Kiani, Founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. “The Carter Center has helped improve the quality of life for more than 80 countries and is on the verge of eradicating guinea worm disease, the second disease ever to be eradicated, after small pox. We appreciate their support in recognizing those that are helping to eliminate preventable patient deaths.”


To be considered, please make your commitment to ZERO today on the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s website. The top two organizations with the highest lives saved commitments will be chosen for the exclusive outing. See complete contest rules.


To be entered you must:


  1. Make a new commitment or update an existing commitment via the Patient Safety Movement website: http://patientsafetymovement.org/challenges-solutions/commitments-pledges/. All fields on the Commitment form must be completed.
  2. The number of “lives saved” by the Commitment must be calculated according to the following formula: Lives Saved = (Expected Events BASELINE – Observed Events MEASURED) x Mortality Rate*

    *Note: Mortality rate must be sourced by the applicant to a peer reviewed journal.

About The Patient Safety Movement Foundation


More than 3,000,000 people worldwide, including 200,000 people in the US, die every year in hospitals in ways that could have been prevented. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare, to reduce the number of preventable deaths to 0 by 2020 (0X2020) in the US and dramatically worldwide. Improving patient safety will require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payers. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation works with all stakeholders to address the problems and solutions of patient safety. The Foundation also convenes the annual World Patient Safety, Science and Technology summit. The Summit presents specific, actionable solutions to meet patient safety challenges, encouraging medical technology companies to share the data for which their products are purchased, and asking hospitals to make commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions. Visit www.patientsafetymovement.org.


@0X2020 #patientsafety #0X2020



Final Subject Enrolled in Early Feasibility Study of the GORE® EXCLUDER® Thoracoabdominal Branch Endoprosthesis

Business Wire India

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) today announced completion of enrollment into its early feasibility study evaluating the GORE® EXCLUDER® Thoracoabdominal Branch Endoprosthesis (TAMBE) for the treatment of aortic aneurysms involving the visceral branch vessels. The TAMBE is designed to be the first complete off-the-shelf solution for the treatment of this complex disease. The device adds to Gore’s comprehensive portfolio of aortic branch solutions designed to effectively treat aortic aneurysms through minimally invasive means.


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The GORE® EXCLUDER® Thoracoabdominal Branch Endoprosthesis (TAMBE). (Photo: Business Wire)

The GORE® EXCLUDER® Thoracoabdominal Branch Endoprosthesis (TAMBE). (Photo: Business Wire)

Today, U.S. physicians treating patients with aneurysms involving the visceral segment have limited options. The open surgical procedure is complex and is associated with a high rate of mortality and morbidity. Furthermore, those who would prefer a minimally invasive approach are currently limited to a combination of products not designed for this purpose, or must wait for a custom-built device, when and if the patient’s anatomy qualifies them for this option.


“The early feasibility study included two configurations of the TAMBE Device,” said Michel Makaroun, MD, Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and National Principal Investigator of the study. “In addition to the original retrograde renal branch configuration, a new antegrade configuration allowing all of the branches to be delivered from the patient’s arm, was evaluated.”


The antegrade configuration also features a shorter device length to optimize the fit of this design across the largest set of patient anatomies. The all-in-one system has four pre-cannulated portals for the placement of the stent-graft branches in the visceral branch vessels. Additionally, the antegrade version maintains an intuitive staged delivery system intended to provide physicians the ability to reposition the graft and aid in the selective catheterization of the branches throughout the deployment process.


“Building a custom device can add a lengthy delay to time-sensitive treatments. An off-the-shelf solution from Gore makes sense as the company’s products have been designed specifically to work together to solve complex medical challenges,” said Mark Farber, MD, a vascular surgeon (aortic specialist) in Chapel Hill, N.C., and participant in the study. “This enhancement to the original GORE EXCLUDER Thoracoabdominal Device will help bring a minimally invasive option to the greatest number of eligible patients while reducing the complexity of the procedure.”


In 2013, the FDA released guidance regarding early feasibility studies, which offers a relatively new pathway to facilitate providing patients with access to safe, effective new technologies of significant importance. As cited in the guidance, the pathway enables “early clinical evaluation of devices to provide proof of principle and initial clinical safety data.” The device’s early feasibility study has now enrolled the required 10 subjects, with more than half of these implanted with the latest generation of the device. This study follows an ongoing clinical study that began in Brazil in 2014.


“Since bringing our first EVAR device to the market nearly two decades ago, Gore has been committed to providing innovative solutions to treat patients endovascularly who would have been treated surgically in the past. The completion of the TAMBE early feasibility study is the latest example of our quest to provide a complete portfolio of devices for the minimally invasive treatment of aortic aneurysm cases,” said Ryan Takeuchi, Aortic Business Unit Leader at Gore.


The GORE EXCLUDER Thoracoabdominal Branch Device is part of the growing family of endovascular products that share a mission to effectively treat aortic disease, backed by Gore’s highly rated clinical support team and educational offerings. The comprehensive portfolio of products includes the first FDA approved off-the-shelf iliac branch device, the GORE® EXCLUDER® Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis (IBE), indicated for the endovascular treatment of common iliac artery aneurysms or aortoiliac aneurysms. To round out the branched portfolio, studies are also underway in the U.S. for GORE® TAG® Thoracic Branch Endoprosthesis.


For more information about Gore’s aortic family of products, please visit http://www.goremedical.com/aortic.




At Gore Medical, we have provided creative therapeutic solutions to complex medical problems for 40 years. During that time, 40 million innovative Gore Medical Devices have been implanted, saving and improving the quality of lives worldwide.Our extensive family of products includes vascular grafts, endovascular and interventional devices, surgical meshes for hernia and soft tissue reconstruction, staple line reinforcement materials, and sutures for use in vascular, cardiac, and general surgery. We are one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. For more information, visit www.goremedical.com.


Products listed may not be available in all markets. GORE®, EXCLUDER®, and designs are trademarks of W. L. Gore & Associates.






Second Edition of the Embedded Safety and Security Summit (ESSS) Kicks off on June 8

Business Wire India
The second edition of the two-day Embedded Safety and Security Summit (ESSS) was inaugurated by Dr. C.G. Krishnadas Nair, SIATI Chairman, Chancellor-Jain University, Ex-Chairman HAL on June 8, 2016 and will run until June 9, 2016 at the NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bengaluru.
ESSS 2016 is an initiative driven by LDRA and partners, with support from our clients, industry and professional bodies, and government agencies. ESSS is part of a larger LDRA industry initiative – CEDP (Certification Ecosystem Development Programme) which includes various other activities aimed at developing a world-class product certification ecosystem in India.
With a theme this year of, ‘Inspiring Safe and Secure Designs’, there are thought provoking keynote speakers sharing insights on subjects such as, ‘Information Security Technology as a Strategic Asset’, ‘We are not Safe without Security’ and ‘Blurred Lines? Security, Reliability and Safety Critical Systems’. Altogether there are five tracks spread over two days covering diverse topics relating to Aerospace and Defence, Automotive, Medical, Embedded Systems Security and Energy.
The event has also witnessed the launch of the Indian adaptation of LDRA Certification Services (LCS) – a global practice, and the LDRA Competency Centre (LCC) offering consultancy and verification and validation services with support from our technical partners and local service provider.
Ian Hennell, Operations Director, LDRA – UK said, “In the Indian market, customers need assistance from the early stage of the project which will help them in accelerating the certification process. Hence, we have customised the LDRA Certification Services (LCS) practice to the needs of the Indian market. We, and our partners, will be working with our clients in all project phases – Design and Development, Verification and Validation, and Certification. “
Pradeep Oak, Founder Director and CEO, Oak Systems Pvt. Ltd said, “With over 18 years of experience, we have been working with Indian and global clients on testing requirements. In the last couple of years, we have worked with several customers of LDRA with respect to testing and certification services. LDRA Competency Centre (LCC), being a part of Oak Systems, will aid us to work closely with the global team of LDRA Certification Services (LCS). This combined offering will add value to customers to meet their end user requirement in a much more efficient way.”
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For more than forty years, LDRA has developed and driven the market for software that automates code analysis and software testing for safety-, mission-, security-, and business-critical markets. Working with clients to achieve early error identification and full compliance with industry standards, LDRA traces requirements through static and dynamic analysis to unit testing and verification for a wide variety of hardware and software platforms. Boasting a worldwide presence, LDRA is headquartered in the United Kingdom with subsidiaries in the United States and India, coupled with an extensive distributor network. For more information on the LDRA tool suite, please visit www.ldra.com

India Ranks 141 Out of 163 Countries in Global Peace Index 2016

Business Wire India

  • Violence impacted India’s economy by $679.80 billion in 2016, 9% of India’s GDP, or $525 per person
  • The economic impact of violence on the global economy totalled $13.6 trillion or 13.3% of gross world product, equivalent to 11 times the size of global foreign direct investment
  • The economic impact of violence was $137 trillion over the last decade – greater than global GDP in 2015
  • The world became less peaceful in 2016, reinforcing an underlying decade-long deterioration in world peacefulness driven primarily by increased terrorism and higher levels of political instability
  • Refugees and displaced persons have risen dramatically over the last decade, doubling to approximately 60 million people between 2007 and 2016, nearly 1% of the world’s population

India is ranked as the 141st country in the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2016 released today, and is ranked fifth out of the seven countries in the South Asia region.
The tenth edition of the GPI highlights a stark and growing inequality in global levels of peacefulness as the gap between the most and least peaceful countries continues to widen. The study, by international think-tank the Institute for Economics and Peace, finds that, while 81 countries improved, the deterioration in another 79 outweighed these gains, meaning that peace declined at a faster rate than in the previous year. Despite this some of the most peaceful countries are now recording historically high levels of peace.
In the last decade India has deteriorated in peace by 5% largely due to deteriorations in the indicators measuring UN peacekeeping funding and the level of political terror.
The score for the Middle East and Africa (MENA), the least peaceful region in the world in last year’s report, dropped further as regional conflicts intensified, dragging down global peacefulness. So intense is the current concentration of violence and conflict in MENA that, when considered separately, the rest of the world’s average peace levels improved. Three of the five biggest declines in peace occurred in the region including Yemen, Libya and Bahrain.
Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman of the IEP observed, “As internal conflicts in MENA become more entrenched, external parties are increasingly becoming more involved and the potential for indirect or ‘war by proxy’ between nation states is rising. This was already evident in Syria with the conflict between the Assad regime and multiple non-state actors, and is now spilling into countries such as Yemen. There is a broader proxy conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and more recently both US and Russia have increased their level of involvement.”
The global deterioration in peace in 2015 was driven by increased terrorism and higher levels of political instability. While the majority of terrorist activity is highly concentrated in five countries – Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan – the breadth of terrorism is spreading, with only 23% of countries in the Index not experiencing a terrorist incident. Europe, which was once again the most peaceful region in the world, saw its average score deteriorate in this year’s report in the wake of terrorism incidents in Paris and Brussels, with deaths from terrorism in Europe having more than doubled over the last five years.
The number of refugees and displaced persons has risen dramatically over the last decade, doubling to approximately 60 million people between 2007 and 2016, nearly 1% of the world’s population. There are now nine countries with more than 10% of their population displaced in some form; 20% of Somalia and South Sudan’s population respectively, and over 60% of Syria’s.
While the global economic impact of violence dropped by 2% when compared to last year’s report, it was still a staggering $13.6 trillion in 2015, equivalent to 11 times the size of global foreign direct investment. This represents 13.3% of world GDP, or $1,876 per person. In the last ten years the economic impact of violence was $137 trillion; greater than global GDP in 2015.
Steve Killelea remarked, “The increasing internationalisation of internal conflicts has coincided with UN peacekeeping funding reaching record highs in 2016: it was the largest improved indicator in this year’s report with more deployed peacekeepers and more countries being up-to-date with their UN peacekeeping dues. However, peacebuilding and peacekeeping spending remains proportionately small compared to the economic impact of violence, representing just 2% of global losses from armed conflict.
“In 2015, violence containment expenditure in India totalled $679.8 billion PPP, an increase of 7% from 2008. At 9% of GDP this was ranked 65th in the world. Addressing the global disparity in peace and achieving an overall 10% decrease in the economic impact of violence would produce a peace dividend of $1.36 trillion. This is approximately equivalent to the size of world food exports.”
Europe was once again ranked the most peaceful region in the world. The largest improvement since last year occurred in Central America and the Caribbean, while South America also made progress in its levels of peacefulness. MENA had the largest decline, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific respectively. South Asia remains the second least peaceful region. Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and India deteriorated; while Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan improved modestly. Internal security concerns were heightened in Bangladesh and Nepal owing to anti-government protests. Afghanistan has seen a resurgence of violence in the last year, with a number of clashes between government and Taliban forces, and the possible re-emergence of Al-Qaeda after the withdrawal of coalition forces in 2014.
The report also provides an audit of the available data to measure Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals – the UN member states formal recognition of the critical nature of peacefulness in advancing global development. It finds that, while there is some existing data to track progress and therefore hold member states accountable to meeting their targets, serious investment will need to be made to measure the goals.
The report concludes with new research into resilience and what the IEP identifies as ‘Positive Peace’; the attitudes, institutions and structures which sustain peace. It finds that, over the course of the decade, 13 times more lives were lost in natural disasters in low Positive Peace countries than in countries which are high in Positive Peace.
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About the Global Peace Index (GPI)

This is the tenth edition of the GPI: the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). It gauges on-going domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society, and the degree of militarisation in 163 countries and territories by taking into account 23 indicators. The tenth anniversary report presents the most comprehensive analysis to date on the trends in peace and violence over the past decade. The 2016 edition expands its coverage by including Palestine for the first time.
About the Institute for Economics and Peace

IEP is an international and independent think tank dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable and tangible measure of human well-being and progress.