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Nov 25, 2014

Firefox unveils its latest Maximus Bike: the new breed of Mountain Bikes

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Firefox unveils its latest Maximus Bike: the new breed of Mountain Bike
  • The bike with 29” wheels is made for the bumpy trails/
  • The 29” wheeled bike guarantees amazing smoothness, grip and speed
New Delhi: Firefox, a leading name in the premium bike segment in India recently rolled out its 29” wheeled Maximus Mountain bike to render a smooth experience every time you hit the rough terrain. The bigger wheel of the bike promises better momentum while riding on bumpy roads and maintains your speed through narrow twists and turns.

The Maximus Bike is engineered in an innovative way to give you an enhanced biking experience. The gigantic wheels of the mountain bike offer umpteen benefits. The wider circumference of its wheels, higher air volume in its tires and larger contact patch with ground helps it to roll smoothly over rocky surfaces. The hardy mountain bike is also able to cover more distance per pedal revolution.

The Maximus Bike is a complete package comprising big wheels, remarkable smoothness, amazing grip and speed. The enormous size of the wheels has now become the ideal size for wheels in racing bikes and the racing world has embraced this robust bike built for the trail with much enthusiasm.

About Firefox
Firefox is a leading name in the premium bike segment in India. Based out of Greater Noida, Firefox caters to all age groups and segments of biking from MTB, Road, Hybrid, BMX to Kids. It has tie-ups with various international brands for bikes and accessories like Trek, Tern, Shimano, Saris, Finishline, Slime, Warner Brothers, MTV and Popeye Firefox. The USP of Firefox is that it offers complete biking solutions of international standards to its customers under one roof.

Their network is spread across 75 cities with over 150 outlets throughout the country. Firefox plans to expand its retail presence with 7 additional outlets in the next quarter and 30 new stores each successive year. The Firefox and Trek segment enjoys a solid market position with very little competition as they offer a wide range of over 75 bike models which caters to all age groups. The company targets its products at high-income salaried groups, corporate professionals, kids and young parents.

The mission of the company is to create and retain the position of being an aspirational brand for bikes and accessories in India and to have presence in every potential city of the country.

Price : INR 24,750
Specifications:
  • Wheels : Alloy 32H Double Wall Rims
  • Tires : KENDA 29 X 2.1"
  • Front/Rear Wheel & Seat post with QR
  • Please refer to the Specs sheet for the detailed information.
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Nov 21, 2014

BRICS covers the great commerce leap of the decade- e-commerce

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BRICS covers the great commerce leap of the decade- e-commerce

Organized the e-Commerce Conclave 2014 at the India International Centre, Delhi

Justifying its cause, BRICS Chamber of Commerce &Industry organized an ‘e-Commerce Conclave 2014’which was held on 19 November 2014 at The Indian International Center, New Delhi. The conclave focused on the most relevant topic of the decade, e-Commerce which has not only taken over markets but has also provided a wide platter of convenience filled buying experience to the consumers.

The gathering included eminent personalities of the industry who shared an intelligent flow of ideas regarding the subject of e-commerce at the BRICS Conclave. Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad,Hon’ble Minister of IT and Telecommunications glorified the event with his presence as Chief Guest of the evening.

Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad laid emphasis on the contexts of technology and commerce as a collective. He highlighted the Indian horizon of commerce by reflecting the magnitude of potential that the Indian entrepreneurs hold. He shared some brief and interesting anecdotes weighing on the passion and enthusiasm which young India holds for e-commerce.

The key note address was followed by three different panel discussions concerning topics such as Technology: Innovative ideas and Road Maps in the e-Commerce industry, Payments and Securities issues, fund raising and investor's role in e-commerce. The panel members included names like Mr. Vikram Chopra, Co-Founder and CEO, FadFurnish.com; Mr. Atul Gupta, Partner, KPMG; Mr. Kashinath Hariharan, Joint General Manager, ICICI Bank and Mr. Rajiv Mathur, Chairman, MobiMedia Technologies Ltd.

“Effective communication and consumer value is important for the sustainability of any e-commerce model. The consumer value would automatically attachits customers. This eventually would act as a brand in itself and attract investors for fund raising. The vendors are the first partners who should be selected keeping in mind that they should be in-line with organizational goals like the company itself for long term association and sustainable growth”, said Mr. Vikram Chopra, Co-Founder and CEO, FabFurnish.com, one of the key panelists at the Conclave.

The conference ended with a vote of thanks by the Secretary General of BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. B.B.L. Madhukar.
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CA Study Reveals Enterprises in Asia Pacific and Japan are Most Impacted by the Application Economy

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CA Study Reveals Enterprises in Asia Pacific and Japan are Most Impacted by the Application Economy

94% of Line of business executives face increased pressures to launch new applications faster

CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) today unveiled an Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) study which revealed that APJ enterprises are most affected by the Application Economy, compared to enterprises in the Americas and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

More than half of the APJ senior IT and business leaders surveyed (APJ:57%; Americas: 46%; EMEA: 45%) are seeing a significant impact of the application economy on their industry, and 53% (Americas: 45%; EMEA: 35%) are already experiencing the effects on their own organization.

CA TechnologiesWhile enterprises across APJ recognize the impact of the application economy, less than half of the respondents (49%) felt that they are very or highly effective in responding to it. Security concerns (41%) and budget constraints (36%) were cited as the biggest obstacles.

To better cope and meet the new demands of the application economy, enterprises in APJ are taking the following steps:

- Increasing investments by an average of 18% over the next five years

- Acquiring software companies to add development capabilities - 38% have made a software acquisition or plan to in the next year

- Delivering an average of six customer applications in the past year– 42% developed four or more customer applications

The Line of Business (LOB) executives in APJ are also feeling the pressure of the application economy. An overwhelming 94% of them are facing increased pressure to release applications more quickly due to customer demand (58%) and competitive pressures (65%).

Despite the rapid rate of application delivery (average of six customer applications and six internal applications delivered in the past year), only 15% of LOB executives are completely satisfied with IT's speed in delivering new applications or services. As a result, 82% of enterprises surveyed have adopted or are planning to adopt DevOps to increase application delivery.

infographic on survey
“As it was at the advent of the Internet Age where websites became ubiquitous, today, applications have become fundamental to every business that wants to survive and thrive in the application economy,” said Kenneth Arredondo, president & general manager, Asia Pacific & Japan, CA Technologies. “In a hyper-connected region like APJ, applications are redefining customer interactions and spearheading business growth initiatives. This study has shown that IT decision makers in APJ are acting quickly to better respond to customer demands and rapid advances brought on by the application economy.”

The Application Divide in APJ

The study also identified a set of “Leaders” and “Laggards” in the application economy. By embracing the application economy, the “Leaders” in APJ are distinctly outperforming the “laggards” in all key business metrics, creating an application divide in APJ.

According to the study, “Leaders” are growing revenue more than four times and profit more than three times the rate of “Laggards”. “Leaders” are also experiencing more than double of the business coming from new products and services than their “Laggard” counterparts.

“Leaders” in APJ are deploying several technologies and processes in order to survive and thrive in the application economy. Here are some key findings:

- 43%of the “Leaders” have adopted DevOps methodologies and technologies to speed application delivery compared to only 4% of the “Laggards”.

- “Leaders” are spending more on security compared to “Laggards”. One-third of all IT spending is expected to be spent on security in three years by the leaders.

- "Leaders" manage IT as a business and report better overall IT performance. They are far more likely to frequently use software tools to manage IT as a business.

- More than two-thirds (69%) of the "Leaders" a readopting mobility as an enterprise-wide strategy versus 14% of the “Laggards”, with clear evidence of increased customer satisfaction and faster time-to-market.

Survey Methodology

650senior IT and business leaders from financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, retail telecommunications and media / entertainment in six markets in Asia Pacific and Japan, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore, participated in the CA Technologies-sponsored study conducted by Vanson Bourne. This is part of a global survey involving nine other countries in the Americas, and EMEA. Click here to download the whitepaper and learn more about the research.
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Steria and Raincode join forces in a privileged partnership

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RaincodeSteria and Raincode join forces in a privileged partnership

Steria, a leading provider of end-to-end IT-enabled business services, and Raincode, a leading supplier of programming language analysis and transformation tools, announced today a new partnership to offer strong IT services for customers who have chosen to implement Raincode’s technological stack.

In the context of Steria’s Global Legacy Modernization offer “RightModernization”, Steria and Raincode have built a privileged partnership to promote and deploy Raincode’s rehosting stack to customers considering legacy modernization towards a Microsoft environment as a strategic option.

The Raincode stack adds technological value to this offering as it consists of a comprehensive solution to move legacy systems off the mainframe and re-host them in a homogeneous Microsoft environment & infrastructure.

This additional stack helps reduce costs, improve flexibility and secure the future evolution of the modern IT landscape in terms of current disruptive IT trendslike mobility and cloud. Applications (COBOL&PL/I) can be migrated automatically, and moreover, the Microsoft Visual Studio plugin provides a comfortable and productive development environment to facilitate application evolutions directly using the target technology, .NET.

In combination with Steria’s end-to-end IT services capabilities, from applications and data totesting andinfrastructure, modernization projects will be executed withrobust project management and governance, integration and deployment expertise.

Darius Blasband, Raincode CEO: “Some legacy computer applications have technical dependences and run on systems and infrastructures that are now or will soon be unsupported. These applications are critical to the business core activities and must be updated. Raincode’s role is to migrate these applications onto more robust, modern and supportable environments. We are pleased and honored to work with Steria, with whomwe share values of creativity, openness and respect.”

Philippe Calvet, Steria Group – Service Lines Director: “We are happy to count Raincode among the privileged partners of our “RightModernization” offer. This partnership will be a catalyst for companies searching to move away from legacy mainframe environments and willing to adopt standard Microsoft technologies. The solution created by Raincode will not only enable our clients to save money but will get them ready to adopt current and future IT paradigms. The joint forces of a global integrator like Steria, offering end-to-end IT services, and Raincode, will prove to be key to unlocking business value for our customers.”
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Nov 20, 2014

Ministry of HUPA convenes meeting of States, UTs on shelters for urban homeless

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Ministry of HUPA convenes meeting of States, UTs on shelters for urban homeless

The Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation has convened a meeting of the Chief Secretaries of all the States and Union Territories tomorrow i.e November 21, 2014 to discuss their action plans regarding provision of temporary and permanent shelters for homeless in urban areas of the country. This meeting has been convened in pursuance of the direction of the Supreme Court of India.

The Apex Court, in the matter of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) regarding shelters for homeless, on November 13, 2014 directed the Ministry of HUPA to convene such a meeting within ten days for taking stock of availability of shelters and file an affidavit within three weeks, on the way forward.

The direction of the Supreme Court came further to the filing of affidavits by some states and union territories in the matter where in the Court sought a detailed response from the Ministry of HUPA.

The meeting will discuss the number of people in states/UTs, number of temporary and permanent shelters available, future plans for construction and improvement of shelters and the steps taken by states/UTs to implement the Scheme of Shelters for urban homes under National Urban Livelihood Mission.

After eliciting the responses of states and UTs in the matter of night shelters, Minister of Urban Development and HUPA Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu will hold a day long session with the Chief Secretaries to discuss various initiatives of the central government pertaining to building of smart cities, provision of basic infrastructure in 500 urban areas, development of heritage cities, Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana (DAY) and Housing for all Urban Poor by 2022 besides issues relating to urban governance, urban reforms and capacity building.
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National Tribal Art & Craft Mela-2014 inaugurated

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National Tribal Art & Craft Mela-2014 inaugurated

Bhubaneswar: The National Tribal Art & Craft Mela-2014 inaugurated by ST&SC Development Minister Sri Lal Bihari Himirika today at SCSTRTI premises on Wednesday. Others who were present on the occasion are Commissioner-cum-Secretary, ST & SC Development Department Sri Surendra Kumar, Director(ST), Sri R.Raghuprasad, Director(SC) Sri Ramesh Chandra Sai, Director, SCSTRTI Prof.(Dr) Akhil Bihari Ota, MD, T.D.C.O.L, Sri Sushanta Nanda.

The National Art & Craft Mela is being organised by SCSTRTI, Bhubaneswar and IGRMS, Bhopal. Eight Tribal dominated states have sponsored their tribal artisans to participate the National Tribal Craft Mela. 81 numbers of participants representing 22 tribes are displaying 14 crafts in this Mela.

TRIFED, Govt of India & World Art have also sponsored 12 nos of artisans to participate in the National Tribal Art & Craft Mela. The Muria Painting, Bell Metal, Metal Work, Iron Craft & Bamboo Craft of Chhatisgarh, Painting of Madhyapradesh, Jharkhand, Maharastra, Gujurat & Manipur, Textile of Manipur & Assam, Basketry & Mask making of Manipur & Assam are displayed in the Craft Mela.

Tribal communities of Odisha like Lanjia Saura, Gond, Bhottada, Lodha, Juang, Santal & Bathudi, Mankiridia, Dongria Kandha have also displayed their arts & crafts on painting paddy craft, Bamboo Craft, Comb making, Lacquer Craft, Siali Fiber Craft, Jewellery Work, Dokra Craft & Embroidery Work.

The National Art & Craft Mela will continue till 27 th November and will be opened from 10AM to 6.30PM everyday at SCSTRTI premises.
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Brace Up to Fight Seasonal Allergies

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Brace Up To Fight Seasonal Allergies

Do you face allergic symptoms just in certain seasons or all-round the year? As winter approaches, those with allergies have a spurt of symptoms and need to take some preventive measures, writes Dr. Gurpreet Singh Dang, General Physician, Columbia Asia Hospital-Patiala.

Winter allergies can leave you sick, with either running or a blocked nose or sore throat.Itchy and red eyes, sniffling and sneezing may also occur. Common triggers of allergies are mould, house dust mites, animal dander and perfumes are some common allergens. During the cold season, your resistance and immunity levels are low. Pet dander, smoke, gas fumes, dust mites, winter cold can make your nose watery and eyes itchy. Cold is a seasonal affair, but allergies can persist for a longer period of time.

Weather irritants like pet dander, mildew and mold are present in the air throughout the year, but the reason they become active in winters is because people shut all the windows with room heaters and temperature controllers switched on to avoid cold. However, the warm atmosphere becomes a perfect environment for mould and mites to breed.The reactions of these allergens can be controlled only if you understand what stimulates these triggers. The indoor triggers that are the root cause of all the uneasiness are:

Mold Spores: Asthma gets aggravated when the patient inhales mold spores that are always present in the environment but stay unnoticed. These spores float in the air like pollen and can cause additional problems compared to pollen irritants. This fungus dwells in damp and humid places like bathrooms and basements.

Dust Mites: Dust Mites are present even in the homes that appear clean. House dust’s allergenic components trigger the problem of watery eyes, stuffy nose, and sneezing strokes. They are present in pillows, mattresses, upholstery, curtains and carpets.

Pet Dander: It’s not pet’s fur that causes allergy in winters, instead the trigger is the protein present in animal’s saliva and urine. Pet dander is light and can easily stick to your clothes, shoes and hair.

You can avoid winter allergies by identifying the trigger. We often dodge symptoms of coughing, stuffed and runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing and even the dark circles under eyes as normal effects of winter. One should consult a doctor if the symptoms last for more than a week.

Some preventive measures are always good to be taken:

Ventilate your house: As winter sets, we tend to snuggle close to our blankets, mattresses, soft toys, pillows and stacked woolen clothes which are the actual source of dust mites. We keep windows and doors closed with heaters on to protect from the freezing weather outside. As a result homes get no sunlight and encourages growth of the moulds. Winter worsens eczema which is often attributed to dust allergens. Let the sunlight in!

Prepare an action plan: Regular vacuuming of curtains and carpets, hanging out blankets and sweater in the sun at least once a week are some simple precautions. Ornamental plants can be a source of allergy. Replacing them with the artificial ones can help prevent allergy.Removing carpets altogether is a good way of minimizing allergies. Get room heaters and air conditioning units cleaned regularly.

Stay cautious: Avoiding smoking and use of agarbattis. Maintain a minimum humidity level inside the house with the humidifier and dehumidifier to prevent growth of dust mites.

Scan your house: You should continuously keep a check on surroundings of the house and clean up the places you think can lead to mold breeding. You should clean the basement and rid your home of unwanted material as they can gather dust.

Don't ignore allergies. Consult a doctor, who may advise you to be on medicines, nasal sprays and inhalers during the winter.
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A guide to trading outside of the US

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The ever-increasing popularity of the Internet has been of almost immeasurable benefit to companies of all sizes, from single person entities to multinational corporations. Thanks to the web, consumers now have access to a global market that just a decade or so ago was almost non-existent. Today, for example, a family run bed and breakfast in New England is able to reach potential clients in just about every country on Earth, all for the cost of a URL and a simple website.

With very few exceptions, no matter what the product or service, it has never been easier for business owners and entrepreneurs to trade internationally. In addition, thanks to the US government’s ongoing efforts to reduce or remove entirely trade barriers, not to mention cutting the amount of paperwork involved, the entire process of exporting has been simplified out of all recognition. The results are clear to see, with two-way trade now accounting for over 30% of GDP, an increase of some 20% since 1970.

As the world begins to slowly recover from the recession, generating foreign income by exporting goods and services has become more important than ever to the US economy. Tapping into markets in countries that have either not been as seriously affected by the financial crisis, or that are recovering and growing at a faster rate than the US, enables American-based companies to benefit by becoming more profitable more quickly than they would if restricted to the domestic market.

When considering which markets offer the best prospects for growth, while also being politically stable and friendly towards international companies, it may come as a surprise to some that Central America is becoming a popular area for investment. Countries such as Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Guatemala have a burgeoning middle-class, hungry for a whole range of consumer goods. A number of ex-Communist Bloc nations have recorded extraordinary rates of growth since gaining independence and have taken positive steps to attract Western exporters to fill an ever-expanding demand from their populations. Azerbaijan is a great example; the country’s government has gone out of its way to encourage international trade. In an interview with Anar Mammadov the highly successful Azerbaijani entrepreneur explains how the country has evolved over the past 20 years.

There are a number of important points to be borne in mind before taking the plunge and starting to trade internationally. The first is to be aware of exchange rate fluctuations. A country’s currency is highly sensitive to issues such as changes in government, natural disasters and social unrest. When quoting prices for a product or service, therefore, it is always sensible to ‘buy forward’ the currency of the country involved at the exchange rate used in the quotation. Failing to do so can lead to major losses should the exchange rate fluctuate significantly.

It is also essential to be aware that every country has its own set of laws relating to importing and exporting: certain items may be prohibited and that taxes and duty vary wildly. Rather than risk falling foul of these regulations, exporters are strongly advised to seek the services of a locally based handling agency. There is no doubt that restricting international trading to the internet is the simplest and most cost effective option, and is a great way of ‘testing the water’ and learning about shipping costs and the impact that fluctuating exchange rates have on prices and profits.

There is no reason why any US business person or budding entrepreneur should not make a success of trading internationally. As with any enterprise, the secret to success lies in careful planning, attention to detail and getting to know the target market.
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Zoho Announces Zoho.in for India

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Zoho Announces Zoho.in for India
Launching Zoho.in


At Zoholics: India, company launches a free software package for businesses in India; Announces future plans on hosting in India

Zoho Corp., the leading IT product company from India, today announced the launch of Zoho.in, a suite of applications for companies to run their entire business on Zoho. Zoho is offering this package free exclusively for Indian businesses.

Included in the package is an offer for Indian businesses to register a free .in or .co.in domain, a flexible website creation application in Zoho Sites, Email Hosting application in Zoho Mail and Document Management and Office suite apps in Zoho Docs, as well as several mobile applications that accompany these web applications.

Additionally, Zoho also announced plans to open a data center in India to serve Indian businesses.

The Zoho.in package is free for the first 25 users in a business. Up to 25 users can get free business-class email accounts in Zoho Mail. Businesses can create unlimited websites using Zoho Sites' drag-and-drop interface. Zoho Docs, the document management application which allows businesses to share and collaborate on documents is available for free for unlimited users in a business. The mobile applications in the package include Zoho Mail, Zoho Docs, Zoho Writer and Taskz, and these are available on both iOS and Android.

Zoholics: India
Zoho is organising its first Zoholics event in India on Nov 20-21, in Bengaluru. Spread across two days, the event will focus on Zoho sharing its journey on becoming the largest IT product company from India. The company will also talk about how India is moving towards the next-gen product development hub and how a product company can be built from scratch in India.

Zoholics: India will cover several interesting sessions, challenging the startup community to think out-of-the-box, to make a difference. Delivering the keynote session will be Sridhar Vembu, CEO and Founder, Zoho Corp., who will talk about breaking all rules to drive exceptional innovation.

Sridhar Vembu, CEO & Founder, Zoho Corp. said, “Innovation happens through exception. Rules codify normal behaviour. Thus, being exceptional entails that rules be broken. Something that cannot be ignored are India's micro, small and medium size businesses which have seen unprecedented growth over the last decade. Additionally, starting tomorrow, we will be giving .in and .co.in domains for free to Zoho customers along with several essential applications to run your business, giving emerging companies the much-required introduction to the cloud.”

Raju Vegesna, Chief Evangelist Zoho Corp. said, “Zoholics: India is all about us sharing our journey through the years. The road wasn't without bumps, resilience and reinvention are the enduring values that outlive others. Then, the world became flat and provided global access to all. Now it's tilting in our favour. Indian companies are at an inflection point and have access to a large pools of young talent with the creativity, flexibility, and experience that is unmatched. At the event, we plan to highlight the upcoming opportunity in India.”
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Axis Bank Launches Smart Self-Service Terminal

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Axis Bank Launches Smart Self-Service Terminal

A self-service terminal that facilitates customers to deposit as well as withdraw cash from the same machine

Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector bank, announced the launch of a smart self-service terminal that enables customers to deposit as well as withdraw cash from the same machine. Customers can initiate a deposit transaction through the smart self-service terminal even without using a debit card and will receive instant credit for the deposited amount.

There is no cap on the amount of cash deposited by the customer through these terminals, provided his/her PAN details are available with the bank.

The smart self-service terminal will reduce the frequency of loading cash in the machine as well as the cost of idle cash as it allows cash recycling operations by dispensing deposited cash for future withdrawal transactions, thereby improving efficiency of the bank's cash operations.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Rajiv Anand, Group Executive & Head- Retail Banking, Axis Bank said, “Axis Bank has been a pioneer in launching customer friendly technology initiatives in the banking space. The self-service terminal is another innovative product by the bank which will help customers carry out all financial and non-financial transactions in a convenient and hassle free manner.”

Axis Bank has focussed on introducing innovative products and services and has always promoted the convenient and hassle free self-service environment through ATMs, Cash Deposit Machines (CDM) and Cheque Deposit Kiosks. The smart self-service terminal is another step by the bank towards offering a one stop solution to its customers for carrying out all their financial and non-financial transactions. The bank will convert its existing CDMs to smart self-service terminals in a phase wise manner.
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