UC News Celebrates Labour Day with ‘The Spirit of Work’ Campaign

 

 Raveena Tandon, Kiran Bedi, Divyanka Tripathi, Kamya Punjabi and Chef Vikas Khanna Share Their Success Stories on UC News

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Celebrating International Workers’ Day on May 1, UC News, a news and content aggregation platform from Alibaba Mobile Business Group, has kicked off its ‘The Spirit of Work’ campaign. UC News is inviting users and fans across the country to share their success stories, providing them a platform to say ‘Thank You’ to people who have worked hard and played a key role in making their life a success. The campaign, running on UC News from April 23-27, has already been a major success with multiple celebrities including Raveena Tandon, Chef Vikas Khanna, Kiran Bedi and TV personalities Divyanka Tripathi, along with Kamya Punjabi, sharing their heartfelt stories with everyone.

Expressing her gratitude, noted actor Raveena Tandon sent a special ‘Thank You’ to her driver and her make-up man. Raveena lost her makeup man Praveen Bhatte last year but continues to remember him on key occasions. Raveena’s driver is still with him and is like a family member to her.

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Thanking the farmers, caretakers, vendors, cooks and servers for their labour, Chef Vikas Khanna wrote, “Many invisible hands till, sow, water, nurture, care, harvest, treat, carry, transport, weight, pack, stock, sell and finally lovingly cook. I bow to them today and every day.

Thanking her mother, small screen actor Kamya Punjabi wrote, “My mother always told me to never give up in life…I would like to thank my parents and my destiny which has brought me here after so many hurdles.”

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Another one quick to thank her parents was Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actor Divyanka Tripathi. She wrote, “My parents never forced their dreams on me… Thank You Mummy Papa.

How to participate in the campaign

Between 23th – 27th April anyone can share their stories and a Thank You note on mail in maximum 200 words along with two pictures at labordaygreetings@gmail.com/  labourdaythanku@gmail.com. Celebrities will pick the best stories which will get featured on UC News’ homepage, starting 28th April.

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About UCWeb

UCWeb Inc. (UCWeb), a business within Alibaba Mobile Business Group, is a leading provider of mobile internet software and services. Since the inception in 2004, UCWeb’s mission has been to provide better mobile internet experience to people around the world. The international product portfolio of UCWeb includes UC Browser (mobile browsing service), UC News (content distributor), 9Apps (Android app store), and UC Union (mobile traffic and monetization platform). UC Browser is one of the world’s top 3 mobile browsers (as per StatCounter). UC Browser has reached 420 million Monthly Active Users as of August 2016, while 9Apps has clocked over 250 million. Additional information about UCWeb and its products can be found at www.ucweb.com.

 

About UC News

UC News is a big-data powered content distributor, serving as a one-stop source of trending and curated news content covering all popular categories that Indian users can consume on the go, with 20+ featured channels including news, cricket, technology, entertainment, movies, lifestyle, health, humor, etc. UC News integrates trending content from social media and partners with traditional media, self-publishers and key opinion leaders for original content. UC News is now available in 3 languages including Hindi, Indonesian and English. UC News is major product of UCWeb Inc. – a business within Alibaba Mobile Business Group. UCWeb’s flagship product UC Browser now integrated with news feeds from UC News, is the No.1 mobile browser in India according to StatCounter.

 

Weavers at Centre stage of current season of India Runway Week

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It would seem that no matter how big the India Runway Week gets, there you will always find fresh new names. Of course, the old designers continue every season. This is the 8th season of India Runway Week which is starting from 28th of April.

 

The weavers of India are its biggest assets. Indian hand woven fabrics have been known since time immemorial. India was famous even in ancient times as an exporter of textiles to most parts of the civilized world but throughout history and currently too there are evidences that show that weavers have always been a victim of a staunch hierarchical system. Being at the bottom of the system they fall prey to the extreme forms of exploitation.

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There are organizations that are identified as a promising means of raising voice for them and generating livelihood for hundreds of rural artisans. They have made a significant contribution to the lives of the women artisans working with it, which has helped improve their economic as well as social status.

 

They strive to bring the traditions of India to customers all around the world with its unique creations and products. It not only helps its artisans become wage earners, but also spreads awareness about the traditional crafts of the region, thus helping preserve a rich part of India’s national cultural heritage. Indian Federation for fashion Development have joined hand with four of these organizations i.e Rangsutra, SoCHE, Banka Silk and Gestures by Kriti who will present the work of artisans at current season of India Runway Week Summer 2017 ramp which is starting from 28th of April to 30th of April 2017

 

“The purpose of this show is to raise the current conditions of the weavers and to propose the importance of such organizations and social security to the custodians of this ageless art.” Said by Fashion director, Kiran Kheva, India Runway Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rangsutra is a craft company of thousand artisans from remote regions of India – the desert regions of Rajasthan and plains of Eastern Uttar Pradesh whereas SoCHE is reviving this languishing and less popular hand embroidery practiced by women around the border areas of Barmer. Banka Silk on other hand is imparting the required skills to the weaver’s community of Banka, connecting them with the markets and helps create an Eco-system wherein the weaver’s community can become self-sustainable. And lastly Gestures by Kriti is a livelihood support and outreach initiative that began in 1999, to promote ethical, sustainable and socially conscious thinking & buying of ‘community made’ products.

 

 

FIO Cookhouse & Bar and Royal Fables hosted the launch of RAJPUTANA COLLECTIVE: A bi-annual publication by Urvashi Singh of Khimsar

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Royal Fables, a heritage exposition and FIO Cookhouse & Bar hosted the formal launch of the Rajputana Collective, a bi-annual publication lead by Urvashi Singh of Khimsar. A glossy that presents the gen next of royal India, Rajputana Collective profiles many of them who are making their mark in different walks of life. At the launch in FIO Cookhouse & Bar on April 19th, 2017 was a culinary jugalbandi between Arogo, Niyati Rathore’s pop-up and FIO Cookhouse & Bar. The event also showcased regal art and craft from the Royal Fables Atelier.

Curated by Royal Fables to celebrate regal, royal India, the evening juxtaposed past with the present through cuisine and craft. While Fio presented some of their fine Italian creations like Cherry tomato bruschettas, Scilla chilli lime fish, Spit- Fire Chicken Rosettes , Arogo served on the table Rajput classics like Chote sarkar, Jodhpur Mirch Bada and Koyla Kaleji in an interesting aperitif style.

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Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vineet Wadhwa, CMD& CEO, FIO Cookhouse & Bar, said “Fio holds a contemporary ideology in its cuisines primarily Italian. Juxtapositioned with Pan Indian, we imbibe the rich heritage of India’s royal fares and plate it with great élan.”

The other highlight of the evening was an art and costume installation by the Palace Ateliers of Kishangarh, Mandawa, Pratapgarh, Padrauna, Jhabua, Kayaspada and Seohara. Pure gold woven sari by Sri Tana Bana, a statement piece from Shikaarbagh, and a hand painted sari from Princess Alkarani of Pratapgarh and formal attire by Rosetree celebrated summer. Also on display was art by Princess Vaishnavi Kumari’s revivalist endeavor Studio Kishangarh and Princess Nandini Singh of Jhabua.

Conceptualized as a periodic feature publication, Rajputana Collective strives to highlight the Rajput community in its contemporary facets with a deliberate disjoint from superficial regality. It is a bi-annual publication; a first-of-its kind venture that focuses on directly collected testimonies from within the Rajput community.

Urvashi Singh of Khimsar, Editor and publisher of Rajputana Collective said, “Rajputana Collective encompasses my personal tribute to what I perceive as one of (if not) India’s most diverse, vibrant and virtuous communities. It also projects my burgeoning dream to provide a representational platform to the Rajput community in its individual as well as collective pursuits of a meaningful life and a better world.” With a circulation in cities such as Jaipur, Delhi NCR, Jodhpur, Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Mumbai, it is also available online.

Saluting her work, Anshu Khanna, Founder, Royal Fables said, “For both Urvashi and us at Royal Fables, the goal is the same: To present scions of princely states  as impactful Indians who are taking their legacy forward and presenting it in a contemporary format. We salute young talent like her for showcasing  regal, royal world in a modern format.”

612 League becomes Most Admired Kidswear Brand of the Year

 

612 League, one of India’s largest kidswear brand which celebrates its ‘imagined in India and international in outlook’ approach, has now become country’s most admired kidswear brand of the year. Eyeing the top spot in the Indian kidswear industry, the brand has been on a pan India expansion spree and the latest recognition as the ‘Most Admired Kidswear Brand of the Year’ by The Images Fashion Awards (IFA), 2017 in Mumbai last week comes as a definite clutter breaker.

 

Awarded at the 17th edition of India Fashion Forum 2017 at Hotel Renaissance Powai, Mumbai, the brand is continuously consolidating its leadership position in the Indian kidswear and pre-teen fashion wear segment.

 

Thrilled at the recognition amidst industry peers, Mr Manu Indrayan, Co- Founder & CEO, 612 League, said, “Becoming the most admired kidswear brand in the country only adds to our passion for creating 612 League an Indian brand that caters to Indian sensibilities with global outlook. It’s a giant leap in immediate brand horizon but a small step towards the larger goals of becoming synonymous with kids and pre-teen fashion wear in India. We seek to provide affordable fashion wear to Indian children and reach every household by being available in all retail formats across all regions of the country. We will continue to awe our patrons with our trendy, comfortable and evolved fashion range.”

 

Ms Mohita Indrayan, Chief Creative Officer, 612 League, shared the exuberance saying, “Ours is a very involved category and we have to appeal to two sets of consumers which are also two generations- the child and the parent. The USP of the brand is differentiated apparel for the age-group of 6 months to 12 years which was hitherto not seen as a well-defined age-group in India. This award is a sure recognition of the hard work that goes in catering to the customer sensibilities and market outreach by team 612 League in the defined segment. We are thankful to the jury of The Images Fashion Awards 2017 in particular and our customers in general for rewarding our efforts.”

 

Brand 612 League offers apparel for girls, boys, and infants. It also has ethnic wear and party wear for kids, making it the one-stop solution for kidswear shopping. The brand offers global designs and fashion forward styles for Indian kids. It is currently present in 140 cities, with 460 touch points across the country.

 

The annual Images Fashion Awards are adjudged on the basis of performance in operational benchmarks along with qualitative factors such as product and marketing innovation, social responsibility initiatives, HR practices and industry goodwill, among others. Due to their 360-degree evaluation process, the IFAs have come to be established as the premier recognition for fashion retailing excellence in India.

 

India Fashion Forum (IFF) is India’s largest fashion retail intelligence event. Every year since 2000, an exciting blend of Conference sessions, workshops and masterclasses, zoned exhibitions and industry awards mark the IFF confluence of the biggest trends and determinants of success in the business of fashion in India.

 

About 612 League

612 League – “an imagined in India, International in Outlook” is the first brand focussing on pre-teen children. The brand offers a complete range of trendy, high quality, affordable and comfortable apparel for boys and girls, in knits and woven, for both spring summer and autumn winter season.  Within a short period of 5 years, the brand has been able to penetrate the entire Indian market, being available at over 450 POS across 140 cities of India.

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ set to launch in India today 

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ has been launched in India. Samsung Galaxy S8 is priced at Rs 57,900 while the Galaxy S8+ costs Rs 64,900. 

The India price tags evidently bear a significant premium over the US pricing. In the US, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is priced as low as $720 (roughly Rs. 46,700) and the Galaxy S8+ at $840 (roughly Rs. 54,500). 

Reliance Jio is offering ‘Double Data Offer’ to Samsung galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ users with 28GB data per month at a monthly recharge of Rs 309.

Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ will be Flipkart exclusive in India for online sales, and pre-orders of the phone will take place from 3 PM on the e-commerce site. The smartphones start shipping from May 5.

The company formally announced the Galaxy S8 in New York last month, alongside the Galaxy S8+. The device comes in two models with different screen sizes – the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+. Unlike the S7  lineup, there’s no flat screen model now, instead both phones have the dual curved edge display. The screen resolution is 2960×1440 on AMOLED display.

In terms of specifications, the smaller 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a QuadHD Infinity display with 570 pixels per inch (ppi) along with 4GB RAM. The S8 will have an internal memory of 64GB with microSD support upto 256GB. The phone, which will draw power from a 3,000 mAh battery, will run on Android Nougat. In terms of optics, the S8 will sport a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 8-megapixel front shooter.

The larger 6.2-inch S8+ will come with an OLED display with 529 ppi support. The S8+ will come with a higher battery capacity of 3,500 mAh due to the bigger display. Other features of the S8+ are same as the S8.

Samsung likes to call them as “Infinity” display due to the increased screen size. The unusual shape of the Galaxy S8’s display is due to its ultra-wide display, which has an aspect ratio of 18:5:9 instead of 16:9. There’s no physical home button, moving to a pressure sensitive display arrangement for the home button, with customisable navigation controls on the screen.

Meanwhile, the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the rear alongside the camera. Samsung Galaxy S8  is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance; like the previous generation phone these also support wireless charging. There’s even a 3.5mm headphone jack, despite the thin frame.

Samsung is also expected to launch the DeX dock station that allows the S8 and the S8+ to be turned into a PC using a mouse, keyboard and screen.

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Alibaba Group’s UC News Registers 100 Million Active Users in India and Indonesia

 

UC Browser Most Popular Browser in India with 43 % Internet Usage Market Share

UCWeb, an Alibaba Mobile Business Group company, today announced that its latest product, UC News, has crossed 100 Million Monthly Active Users (MAUs) in India and Indonesia. With 100 million daily article views, UC News has rapidly grown in India & Indonesia market since its launch in June 2016. UCWeb is augmenting its focus on digital content aggregation and distribution in the world’s second largest internet market, India.

Talking on the latest milestone, Jack Huang, President-Overseas Business, Alibaba Mobile Business Group, said “We are experiencing a fast rise in the average time spent on UC News. As of this quarter, an average user spends over 23 minutes on UC News. Users are embracing diverse digital content and their appetite for such content is being met by UC News. Going forward, we are also targeting more diversified and localised content on our platform by end of 2017 to make the local content ecosystem stronger. With over 100 million MAUs, UCWeb envisions itself as powerful as Google and Facebook and aims to bring the global mobile internet to an era of ‘GUF’ (Google, UCWeb and Facebook).”

Leading the user-generated content ecosystem in India, UC News recently announced The We-Media Reward Plan 2.0 for self-publishers, bloggers & independent writers with an initial investment of 50 Million INR. UCWeb is investing 2 Billion INR for driving content distribution in India over the next 2 years. With the changing mobile internet landscape, UCWeb has adopted a strategy of becoming a content distribution platform from being a browsing tool by engaging and aggregating diverse form of content on its platforms – UC Browser and UC News. UC Browser is now the preferred option for mobile browsing and an ideal platform for accessing different kinds of content.

In a recently released report, UC Browser has achieved the highest browser market share in India, according to leading web analytics firm StatCounter. UC Browser is now the most popular browser in India in terms of internet usage across all platforms combined (Mobile, Desktop, Tablet, Console) with a market share at 43.31% followed by Chrome at 36.07% and Opera at 8.34%. UC Browser is also the dominant browser for mobile internet in India with over 100 mn Monthly Active Users (as of Sept 2016).

Indians are amongst the world leaders in terms of internet usage on mobile phones. According to StatCounter, internet usage in India by desktop and tablet fell from 33.2% in January 2016 to 21% this year. Mobile internet usage jumped from 66.8% to 79% over the same time period.

About UCWeb

UCWeb Inc. (UCWeb), a business within Alibaba Mobile Business Group, is a leading provider of mobile internet software and services. Since the inception in 2004, UCWeb’s mission has been to provide better mobile internet experience to people around the world. The international product portfolio of UCWeb includes UC Browser (mobile browsing service), UC News (content distributor), 9Apps (Android app store), and UC Union (mobile traffic and monetization platform). UC Browser is one of the world’s top 3 mobile browsers (as per StatCounter). UC Browser has reached 420 million Monthly Active Users as of August 2016, while 9Apps has clocked over 250 million. Additional information about UCWeb and its products can be found atwww.ucweb.com.

About UC News

UC News is a big-data powered content distributor, serving as a one-stop source of trending and curated news content covering all popular categories that Indian users can consume on the go, with 20+ featured channels including news, cricket, technology, entertainment, movies, lifestyle, health, humor, etc. UC News integrates trending content from social media and partners with traditional media, self-publishers and key opinion leaders for original content. UC News is now available in 3 languages including Hindi, Indonesian and English. UC News is major product of UCWeb Inc. – a business within Alibaba Mobile Business Group. UCWeb’s flagship product UC Browser now integrated with news feeds from UC News, is the No.1 mobile browser in India according to StatCounter.