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2
Jul

Many Indian students enjoy unique learning opportunities

Many Indian students enjoy unique learning opportunities

Teaching students about complex topics can be challenging for many educators worldwide. Various pupils, however, recently enjoyed hands-on tutorials that enabled them to learn from the Indian railway system.

Voice of America reports that the Indian government is relying on its railway system to help provide a moving classroom to students. Better known as the Science Express, the mobile learning environment has been a popular choice for pupils around the country, allowing them to learn about a variety of topics.

Raghav Pandya, a Science Express educator, points out that the train gives students opportunities to learn about climate change, biodiversity and numerous basic and complex educational areas. Meanwhile, the on-the-go classroom features unique exhibits that often make it easier for kids to fully understand the impact of various scientific methods and techniques.

"I am passionate about spreading and popularizing awareness regarding scientific knowledge and mechanisms that are surrounding us," Pandya told the news source. "People want to know why it is and how it is."

The benefits of the Science Express
In 2007, the Science Express was launched, and it has already had a major impact on many Indian students and those who live outside of India and send money to people back home. The news source notes that more than 8.5 million people have viewed the mobile exhibition, and this figure could increase over the next few years as well.

Numerous educators are also taking advantage of the Science Express, determining how they can effectively connect with pupils in this one-of-a-kind learning environment.

"Why not take science to the people instead of taking people to the science? And what better way than the Indian railway network, which is so vast that it is the largest network in the world," Indian Department of Science and Technology advisor Chander Mohan told the news source. "[This railway system] is stretched across the country. Each and every nook and corner of India is connected by the railway network."

More Indian community colleges being built
The Science Express represents just one of several educational opportunities available to Indian students. In fact, more pupils may benefit from community colleges that are being constructed across the nation.

According to International Business Times, 200 of these schools will be built in India and may help the country upgrade its education system. By giving more students access to quality learning environments, this nation and its residents could reap the rewards of first-rate educational opportunities for years to come.

30
Jun

Xoom Announces Money Transfer Service to India with Breakthrough Speed

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Money transfers to India bank accounts within four hours

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 20, 2013 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a digital money transfer provider, announces a quick deposit service to India to provide customers the ultimate money transfer experience that is fast, safe and convenient.   Customers can now have money deposited to any bank account in India within a breakthrough speed of four hours.

“The launch of our world class four-hour deposit service to India provides customers with a fast and secure service they deserve.  Customers can rest assured that their funds are safe and deposited in a timely manner,” said Julian King, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development for Xoom.

Beginning today, customers can transfer from Xoom.com/India and deposit within four hours to an Indian bank, when sent during bank processing hours. Banks in  India include ICICI, Punjab National Bank, HDFC, SBI, Axis Bank, Citibank and many more.  Indian bank processing hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (India Standard Time), and Saturday, 9 a.m. – Noon (IST).  Individual bank branch operating and processing hours may vary. Xoom transactions are processed in India through Punjab National Bank, one of India’s largest and most trusted banks.

About Xoom
Xoom is a digital money transfer provider, focused on helping consumers send money in a secure, fast and cost-effective way using their smartphone, tablet or computer. During the 12 months ended March 31, 2013, Xoom’s more than 840,000 active customers sent more than $3.6 billion to family and friends in 30 countries worldwide. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at www.xoom.com.

17
Jun

How do many Indian adolescents feel about social networks?

How do many Indian adolescents feel about social networks?

Facebook, Twitter and other social networks have already had far-flung effects on various people around the globe. Indian adolescents are no exception, and recent data indicates that many of these youths enjoy communicating with one another over the internet.

According to The Times of India, a new Tata Consultancy Services survey revealed that 75 percent of Indian youths prefer using social networks instead of phone calls to stay in touch with family members and friends. Meanwhile, TCS research also showed that many Indian adolescents and those who live outside of the country and send money to people back home frequently rely on online platforms to build virtual communities.

"India's post-millennial generation, those people born in 1996 and afterwards, seem set to overtake the preceding millennial generation, taking communication over social networks like Facebook and Twitter and instant messaging modes like Whatsapp to newer extremes," a TCS spokesperson told the news source.

The benefits of texting
Because smartphones and tablets are becoming increasingly popular worldwide, more Indian kids are depending on these devices to stay up to date. Quality gadgets often allow children to text one another, and more adolescents could use various devices to share details about news and events with each other in the near future.

TCS chief executive Natarajan Chandrasekaran said that Indian schools could play important roles in promoting new technologies to students as well. More institutions are providing additional access to state-of-the-art tools, and by teaching pupils how to optimize these solutions, schools could bolster interactions between students and teachers.

"Urban school students today are gaining greater online access with more affordable bandwidth and smart devices [readily available]," Chandrasekaran told the news source. "They are an ultra-connected generation using the power of the internet for education as well as collaborating through social networks."

Social media impacts Indian job seekers
Not only are many Indian students benefiting from social networks, but various job seekers may also reap the rewards of these platforms soon. The digital universe provides numerous opportunities for employment candidates to connect with many companies, giving these professionals the ability to highlight their skills and experience to various organizations simultaneously. 

The New Indian Express points out that online networks offer many Indian job seekers a voice, and those who take advantage of the tools at their disposal can optimize their interactions with employers. In fact, connecting with companies over the internet could provide a competitive edge for many employment applicants, allowing them to share details about their backgrounds with firms and enabling them to stand out from other talented candidates.

More Indian marketers drawn to social networks
Business Standard points out that many Indian marketing firms are embracing online platforms to highlight their products and services to clients worldwide. Recent data shows that more than 60 million Indian citizens regularly use Facebook, and companies that promote their offerings over the internet could profit for years to come. 

Additionally, businesses that invest in social media marketing campaigns may help the Indian economy expand further. These companies might search for highly skilled professionals to teach employees how to optimize their use of social media, which could help various firms grow in short periods of time.

Social networks may also lead more Indian residents to use mobile devices regularly. Those who want to receive the latest news could purchase smartphones and tablets from Indian electronics stores, allowing these shops to boost their sales.

As companies consider ways to differentiate themselves from the competition, social networks may influence these firms in several ways. The ability to connect with large groups of patrons often makes investments in digital platforms worthwhile for both big and small businesses, and more Indian companies could benefit from using Facebook, Twitter and other web networks over the next few years.

1
Jun

Amitabh Bachchan, Legendary Bollywood Star, Named Brand Ambassador for Xoom – a Digital Money Transfer Provider

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA May 20, 2013 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a digital money transfer provider, announces Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan as its brand ambassador to launch Xoom’s revolutionary speed of bank deposits to India within four hours.

“Amitabh Bachchan is the ultimate Indian icon and he is the perfect ambassador for Xoom,” says Julian King, Xoom’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development. “Amitabh Bachchan, a trusted spokesperson to Indians, is starring in the new Xoom campaign that launches the ‘Xoom bank deposit within four hours’ service.”

“I am very excited to be part of the Xoom family.  I highly recommend people use Xoom.com to send money from U.S. to India. No matter where you live, taking care of your family is an important part of our Indian culture. Now Xoom has reduced the transfer time of bank deposits to just four hours, making it easier for our families and us,” says Amitabh Bachchan, fondly known as “Big B!”

With Xoom, people can send money to all banks in India using their computers or mobile devices from any Internet-enabled location.  Banks serviced include ICICI, Punjab National Bank, HDFC, SBI, Axis Bank, Citibank and many more. Indian bank processing hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (India Standard Time), and Saturday, 9 a.m. – Noon (IST).  Individual bank branch operating and processing hours may vary.  Xoom processes transactions in India through Punjab National Bank, one of India’s largest and most trusted banks.

Xoom is a fast-rising money transfer company and went public on February 15, 2013, which was the first tech IPO on the NASDAQ Stock Market this year.

Amitabh Bachchan first gained popularity in the early 1970’s and has appeared in more than 180 Indian films in a career spanning more than four decades.  He has won numerous National Film Awards, Filmfare awards and his achievements have been recognized at several International Film Festivals, including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Asian Film Awards.  Amitabh Bachchan can be seen as “Meyer Wolfsheim” in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” released May 10.

About Xoom
Xoom is a digital money transfer provider, focused on helping consumers send money in a secure, fast and cost-effective way using their smartphone, tablet or computer. During the 12 months ended March 31, 2013, Xoom’s more than 840,000 active customers sent more than $3.6 billion to family and friends in 30 countries worldwide. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at www.xoom.com.       

31
May

Indian resident sets Mount Everest record

Indian resident sets Mount Everest record

Raghav Joneja, a 15-year-old Indian citizen, reached new heights recently. According to SmartPlanet, Joneja became the youngest Indian to scale Mount Everest in May 2013, beating the record previously set in 2010. 

"I'm at the top of the world," Joneja told the news source. "It's a dream come true."

2013 has been a record-breaking year for numerous Indian residents. Not only did Joneja reach Everest's summit, but the first pair of twin sisters climbed the mountain as well. Additionally, the first female amputee and the youngest team in the world recently conquered Everest.

Many Indian residents pay to climb Everest
Indian adventure sport enthusiasts and some of the people who live outside India and send money to residents back home have been willing to pay for the opportunity to scale Everest. The news source points out that the average Everest trip costs climbers up to $46,000, and numerous Indian residents may consider spending the money necessary to complete the journey to the top of the mountain.

Ang Tshering Sherpa, former head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, estimates that around 600 people will try to climb Everest this year. Meanwhile, he states that roughly 100 Indians will attempt to scale the mountain, and about 75 of these people will successfully reach the summit.

Indian mountaineer Magan Bissa, who has attempted the Everest climb four times, said the trip can be costly. However, adventure seekers who want the thrill of a lifetime are willing to pay the fees to make the journey up the mountain.

Female amputee sets example
Arunima Sinha, a 26-year-old Indian amputee, made history with her Everest climb. The Wall Street Journal reports that Sinha, who has a prosthetic leg, reached the top of Everest in around 17 hours in May 2013, becoming the first female amputee to enjoy the views from the mountain's summit.

"[Sinha] was definitely slow because of her physical condition. But her mental strength and stamina [were] extraordinary," Dawa Sherpa, general manager of the company that organized Sinha's expedition, told the news source.

Climbing Everest can be exhausting, and Susan Hunt, a 55-year-old sports marketer who once scaled the mountain, acknowledged that Sinha's accomplishment was significant. The trek can be a mental and physical grind, but Sinha and other climbers have been able to make history with their trips.

More mountain climbers from India and other nations may consider Everest expeditions in the near future as well. The mountain is a popular spot for thrill seekers and will continue to provide numerous opportunities to those looking for adventure.

31
May

Are India’s smartphone sales increasing?

Are India's smartphone sales increasing?

Smartphones are becoming increasingly important for consumers worldwide, and recent data indicates that the Apple iPhone is quickly becoming a popular choice throughout India. According to The Times of India, iPhone sales have increased by more than 300 percent in India over the past few months, and this trend may continue thanks in part to the gadget's quality features.

The iPhone is ideal for those who want to stay connected to the world from multiple destinations. By using the device, people can access emails, listen to music, watch videos and much more.

Additionally, Indian consumers have enjoyed flexible payment options that have made it easier to obtain iPhones recently. The news source points out that Indian customers can make a partial payment on iPhone 4 and 4S models and cover the remaining costs over six to 12 months interest-free, an appealing option for cost-conscious consumers who want high-end smartphones.

Apple discount also helps buyers
An 18 percent cash discount on several older iPhone models has also helped numerous shoppers throughout India. In fact, those who reside in India or live in the U.S. and send money back home could benefit from Apple's aggressive marketing strategy in the near future.

Increased competition among smartphone providers could lead to lower prices on top-notch devices in India. As Apple continues to explore ways to promote its products to Indian consumers, Samsung and other mobile device manufacturers may evaluate their marketing strategies as well. Meanwhile, customers could significantly benefit, getting first-rate gadgets at lower prices.

New Google smartphone is now available in India
Google's HTC One smartphone is one of several mobile devices that a wide variety of Indian consumers may consider. India Today notes that this smartphone recently reached Indian electronics stores and may noticeably affect both shoppers and mobile device retailers around the nation.

If more Indian consumers consider smartphones, they could look at the HTC One for its vast array of features. In fact, this device has a high-speed processor, a top-of-the-line screen and a front-end camera as well, and these features may help it garner attention from large groups of consumers.

Meanwhile, electronics stores throughout India may invest in various smartphones to keep up with customers' demands. India's economy will benefit if more consumers make purchases from the country's retailers, and new mobile devices could play important roles in the nation's economic growth for years to come. 

28
May

India’s largest coal producer making progress

India's largest coal producer making progress

Coal India, a major coal producer, is reaping the rewards of a steadily improving economy. According to The Economic Times, the company's net profit rose 35 percent in its most recent quarter, which may affect both Indian residents and those who work in the U.S. and send money back home. 

In May 2013, Coal India officials also noted that the business may raise its prices in the near future. The company has exceeded many industry analysts' predictions recently and expects its profits to further increase as a result of the improving economic climate.

Increased production helps Coal India
NDTV points out that several factors enabled Coal India to boost its profits over the past few months. As the business sought ways to extend its reach, company officials made numerous changes that helped it become more productive and efficient.

For example, the news source notes that the company's employee expenses fell in its most recent quarter on a year-over-year basis. Because fewer resources were devoted to workers, the business was able to save money.

Additionally, Coal India has enjoyed a production increase over the past year. If Coal India leaders continue to explore ways to improve workplace productivity, these administrators may watch their profits further rise.

Confidence in India's economy
Recent data indicated that India's economy may be on the rebound, especially when it is compared to other nations'. The Hindu reports that an April 2013 survey by a global market research firm ranked India's economy sixth in terms of confidence. The country's ranking could also improve if it makes progress in various industries soon.

"With food prices and commodity prices expected to remain stable and slow [in terms of growth] because of weak manufacturing prices, inflation is expected to be on a broad downtrend for the next six months," survey official Mick Gordon told the news source. "This, we believe, opens up room for more rate cuts … to propel growth."

Gordon added that he expects the Indian economy to grow around 6 percent in 2013 and 2014, which could help numerous Indian residents. If more opportunities become available to the country's citizens, many skilled professionals could find jobs throughout the nation and support the local economy.

Meanwhile, the study also provided details about how Indian residents view the nation's economy. Researchers found that 41 percent of Indian citizens believed that the country's economy was in good shape. Additionally, 47 percent of those who were from India noted that they believed the country's economy will get stronger within the next six months.

India can maintain economic growth
Several Indian administrators are considering solutions to spark the country's economy. In fact, the nation may surpass many financial experts' predictions if it can maintain consistent economic growth. 

The Economic Times reports that Moody's Analytics representatives stated that the growth of India's gross domestic product could reach 7 percent by 2014, especially if the country makes strides in a variety of industries. Indian leaders may take extra steps to make easier for foreign investors to dedicate resources to the Indian economy, which could deliver immediate results for the nation.

Various Indian legislators have also spent plenty of time searching for ways to help reduce the country's deficit. As these lawmarkers determine the most effective solutions to lower the deficit, the nation could significantly benefit for years to come. 

Many countries are slowly recovering from the economic downturn of the late 2000s, and India is among those that continues to improve. Indian administrators are working together to find ways to help the country's economy expand, and these legislators' efforts could noticeably impact the nation and its residents. 

21
May

Ford to release new SUV in India

Ford to release new SUV in India

Ford, a worldwide provider of cars and trucks, is banking on a new SUV to boost its sales in India. According to The Wall Street Journal, this automotive manufacturer plans to market the EcoSport, a compact SUV, to Indian consumers in 2013.

Indian car buyers may enjoy the EcoSport for its energy-efficient options. Three versions of the SUV are available – two gasoline-powered models and one diesel-engine option – and could prove to be top choices for automotive enthusiasts throughout the country.

Will EcoSport models sell quickly in India?
In the financial year ending March 31, 2013, Ford’s automotive sales in India fell 17 percent, but the company is hoping for a significant rebound thanks in part to its EcoSport models. Because a liter of diesel is about 21 percent less than gasoline at New Delhi pumps, these vehicles could be attractive options for many cost-conscious motorists.

Additionally, several EcoSport models have turbo-charged gasoline engines for those who want to fulfill their need for speed. Meanwhile, these engines are also eco-friendly and fuel efficient, getting about 44.5 miles to a gallon.

Beginning in June, the EcoSport will be offered across India. The vehicle may significantly influence the nation’s economy, its residents and those who work in the U.S. and send money to family members back home.

Indian officials look for ways to boost struggling automotive market
Reuters reports India’s car market has struggled recently due to slower-than-expected economic growth. However, the market could improve quickly, particularly as the global economy continues to rebound from the recession of the late 2000s.

Hironori Kanayama, Honda chief executive officer, said that he is ready to invest in the Indian economy as well. In fact, Kanayama is one of several car industry leaders who expects big things from the nation’s economy over the next few years.

“Of course it’s a pity that the economy is sluggish, but it doesn’t worry us at all,” Kanayama told the news source. ”The potential is very high here. Our investment is based on such long-term projections.”

India’s large population is leading many car manufacturers to invest in the area, and these companies could provide significant support to the country’s economy. By 2020, several car industry analysts are expecting India’s automotive sales to hit 6 million.

“The entire structural story of India’s car potential still holds true, despite the current cyclical downturn,” automotive equities expert Jinesh Gandhi told the news source.