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Last Updated : March 23, 2017 18:22 Hrs (IST)
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As a deemed exporter, tourism and hospitality industry is permitted to enjoy the benefits of Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) scheme of the government, that allows the industry stakeholders to import capital goods required for their business at a concessional custom duty subject to fulfilling export obligations. While the scheme has immensely benefited the hotel industry in its early stages of growth, over a period of time the scheme turned out to be a thorn in the flesh of Indian equipment manufacturers as hotel operators started sidelining the Indian equipments for everything foreign in the guise of international quality and brand standards. In the light of Prime Minister Modi’s big focus on ‘Make in India’, the Indian manufacturers and suppliers demand scrapping of EPCG or extension of EPCG benefits to Indian manufacturers as well so that country can become self reliant and check the foreign exchange drain happening through import. P Krishna Kumar tries to understand the pulse of Indian Industry on the issue of EPCG.
Regalia by Luminous
Regalia is a compact power back-up system and uses the latest in-built lithium ion battery technology. It is maintenance free with a battery lifespan of up to 10 years. Regalia is future ready, it has the option to be charged with regular mains supply or through solar panels harnessing abundant solar energy. It’s fast charging technology charges battery completely in two to three hours. It enables users to stay connected using Wi-Fi and access information and diagnostics via their smartphones. It is safe, eliminating the risk of accidental contact by doing away with wires, terminals and includes an in-built safety mechanism to protect appliances from voltage surges and short circuits.
Sonic LED by Syska
Sonic LED Bulb is a radiant fusion of light and music. Surrounded by colours and indulging in music, Sonic LED Bulb rethinks the confluence of sound and light, combining two conventional technologies. Sonic LED Bulb is a hybrid mixture of an energy saving LED light bulb and Bluetooth speaker. This 5W Bulb delivers comfortable, non-flickering white light equivalent up to 400 lumens with no harsh glares or eye-fatigue for maximum productivity and with a lifespan of 25000 hours and about 70% energy bill can be saved.
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Housekeeping >>
Parryware, a manufacturer of bathroom products in India, partnered with Rotary International Dist 3000 and Savlon for a hand wash relay aimed at sensitising kids on hygiene through hand washing. The activity has set a World Guinness Record of 2679 Students washing hands continuously without any break.
Safety & Security >>
Matrix, a manufacturer of physical security and telecom solutions has announced the launch of its cutting edge multispectral fingerprint door controller - COSEC DOOR FMX, expanding its access control and time-attendance portfolio to address high-security and industrial needs of modern enterprises.
Technology >>
Zumata, a Singapore-based hotel distribution and technology company, plans to distribute alternate accommodation options such as hostels, apartments, vacation rentals, etc to its supplier network and partner retailers such as Expedia, Amadeus, Paytm, etc. About to go live from March end onwards, the company has set a target to have 200,000 alternate accommodations globally in the next two months and make it instantly bookable on over 60 hotel suppliers globally comprising wholesalers, direct hotel feeds, syndicated client content, directly-sourced Zumata content and channel managers.
Kitchen, Bakery >>
Le Creuset, the French cookware brand, launchd its new range of signature cast iron cookware. The signature cast iron range, hand crafted from premium cast iron at the foundry in northern France, blends tradition with modern style. Its aesthetic appeal and durability meets all preparation, cooking and serving needs in today’s kitchens.
 
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