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Everyone wants to create a beautiful home for themselves but making a house look artistic and tasteful without spending too much can seem tough. We make the task a little easy for you. Follow these 10 tips and enhance the aesthetic value of your abode.
Tip 01:
Buy Prints of Master Artists
Who doesn’t love hanging a large painting in the living room or bedroom? But an original artwork, even by lesser known artists, could burn a hole in the pocket. Instead, you can invest in limited edition prints of beautiful artworks by master artists, such as Husain, Raza, Vaikuntam, etc. High-quality prints, usually made using the serigraphy technique, have a very similar texture to paintings, and hence, look stunning. So imagine owning an authentic Raza print, signed by the artist himself, for less than Rs. 30,000! Doesn’t get more artistic than that, does it?
Tip 02:
Create a Photo Wall with a Twist
A lot of us love displaying personal photographs around the house, but often, they sit on corner tables inside a photo frame. Instead, why not create a photo wall by framing some of your favorite photos from weddings, birthdays, travels etc.? Add an artistic element by using bold frames of different sizes, and creating an interesting collage to cover a large wall in a stairway, study, or bedroom.
Tip 03:
Bring Art into Entertaining
In India, we place a huge emphasis on entertaining and serving guests well! And a great way of adding an artistic touch to your home, is by buying beautiful and artistic serving ware, coffee mugs, bar accessories and more, that aren’t just impressive when serving guests some appetizers or a drink, but can also be used as decorative pieces, when not being used!
Tip 04:
Use Your Travels to Build a Collection
We all like picking up small souvenirs when we travel to a new city or country. And there are so much affordable, yet incredible options to be found in the world! Whether it’s masks, small postcards, or shot glasses from every new place you visit, consciously look out for these on your travels, and build your collection over time. You can easily incorporate these into your décor on the walls, a cupboard, or a long table.
Tip 05:
Go Traditional
Traditional Indian art is exquisite, detailed, and not that expensive! Perfect for bringing an ethnic touch into your home, Indian artforms such as pitch wais (paintings of Lord Krishna), Mughal Miniatures, Tanjore, or a tribal or folk paintings (Gond, Madhubani or Warli art), are a great way of adding an artistic touch to your home, without spending too much.
Tip 06:
Use Books as Décor Pieces
Not too many people think of this, but beautiful coffee table books are a great way to enhance the décor at home. Big books with stunning covers, when stacked together, or placed at angles, look great on coffee tables, or even side console tables in the hallway or living room.
Tip 07:
Add Small Statement Furniture
While main furniture pieces (beds, sofas) are expensive, a great way to make a statement with your décor, is by placing smaller, accent furniture in any room setting, be it a side table, a small console, or a funky chair. Accent furniture is great for adding contrast; for e.g., add an Indian/Oriental side cabinet into a modern living room. In general, accent furniture should have a stand-out feature – stylized design, bright colors, a hand painted element – something that truly adds artistic value.
Tip 08:
Add a Splash of Colour
Painting an entire wall can be expensive, but adding color to a small part of a wall, or a panel, using an interesting pattern, can look extremely artistic, and be pretty easy on the wallet.
Tip 09:
Use Curios and Collectibles from the Past
India is a treasure-trove for unique remnants from the past, which don’t just have tremendous aesthetic value, but also add history and a story to your home! Think war memorabilia, vintage typewriters, old sewing machines and rare toys. One such collectible can change a room, and these can sometimes be found at very low prices in antique stores and flea markets!
Tip 10:
Think Beyond Obvious Art
Often when we need to decorate the walls, we only think of paintings. But there are so many different and affordable options and mediums that can be used to decorate walls. Beautiful metallic flowers, an artistic mirror, an intricate marble hanging, or interesting vintage maps – all of these, and more can be perfect for bringing an artistic flair to your home, to suit your own tastes!

 

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Mumbai: Markets regulator Sebi on Friday proposed to ban unauthorized stock tips through SMSs, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. It is also mulling a ban on games and competitions based on trading in the market. Sebi also proposed stricter regulations on ‘Robo’ advisers — automated investment advisers that are gaining popularity globally. The regulator also said investment advisers using automated tools will be responsible for such advice.
Sebi also proposed stricter advertisement rules for investment advisers, a ban on free-trial offers by advisers and also said that registered research analysts will have to provide research reports to all types of investors at the same time.
On Friday, Sebi issued a consultation paper aimed at overhauling the regulations for investment advisers and it will accept comments until November 4, it said.
The markets regulator also proposed that banks, NBFCs and corporate bodies offering investment advisory services will be required to set up separate arms for that service. Sebi is proposing a three-year transition period for these entities to move investment advisory services to the new set up.

 

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salads1Most people shy away from eating salads because they have a bad reputation for being boring. Salads, like life, are what you make of them. They don’t have to be filled with greens you are forcefully eating as you diet. They don’t have to be your quick fix for lunch because you have no time for a so-called proper meal. You can have a salad range anywhere from just leaves to super dressed, it all depends on the time you have and what your taste buds prefer.
Your salad can range anywhere from just leaves and veggies to being super dressed, it all depends on the time you have and what your taste buds prefer. The best kind of salad will have the perfect balance of all the nutrients in a way that satisfy your cravings, too. Seriously, go all-out Mexican with a quinoa base, add some beans, corns, peppers and a leafy green like spinach, lettuce, chards or kale. Top it off with vegan or any cheese of your choice, add some tortilla bits and top it off with salsa.
Here are some other options to avoid the stereotypical “boring salad.”
1) Pepper & Onion City
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Bell peppers come in a variety of colors and sizes, all of which are equally delicious. You can cut them up and throw them in your raw salad or you can grill them, too. Don’t forget to add your dose of onions to the mix. If you do grill the veggies, you’ll get a sweeter flavor. You can also use pepperoncini or actual black pepper to add flavor to your salad. It will taste so good, trust me!
2) Lentils and Beans to Perk up the Greens
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Lentils not only make you feel fuller but they also leave you satisfied. Try adding garbanzo beans, kidney beans, and lentils to your salad to dress it up. This way, you’ll feel like you’re eating something meaningful and not just stuff kale or spinach in forcefully! Plus, beans and greens taste great together!
3) Finding the Right Vegetables
If you have a favorite vegetable, chop it up and toss it into the salad! Don’t worry about mixing weird things in. If you like a mix of cucumbers and corn, do it! For inspiration, go take a look at salad bars and see what people tend to add. Mushrooms, carrots, peas, radishes, beets, corn, artichokes, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, bean sprouts, and bok choy are all brilliant options. They all add more value to your salad.
4) Nuts and Bolts, no wait, Seeds
Various types of nuts and seeds are the good type of fat. Whether its cashews or almonds or walnuts or pecans, they’ll add a good flavor to your salad. Sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds (white or black) are all tiny but valuable. They’ll add a nice crunch, too.

5) Add-in the Meat or Protein
Cubed meats make for a good source of protein in salads. They’re an important part of the diet, after all. Substitute meat for beans or tofu if you are a vegetarian. Ham, eggs, and turkey are all excellent add-ins. You can also have cheese with a protein, if you dig cottage cheese, scoop out a chunk to throw it on top of your salad. Great cheeses for salads include feta, parmesan, cheddar, or bleu cheese. If you prefer more meat with your salad then add some grilled chicken or even a skewer of shrimp!
6) Berries are Very Good
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Not a lot of people know this fact but berries add color, sweetness, and a lovely flavor to your salad. Plus they are excellent sources of vitamins! You can add anything from dried cranberries, strawberries, or even blueberries. Fresh mango or watermelon chunks, sliced pears, or grapes are a good option if you’re not into berries.
7) Flowers Go with Everything
It’s true! Flower petals add a light and refreshing taste to a salad. Marigold petals, rose petals, and orchid petals make a salad look beautiful and they taste great too!
8) Carby Crunch
Sometimes a salad begs for croutons or the crunchy sticks. If you’re cutting calories, don’t do it, but if it’s a cheat day, go crazy! Garlic-parmesan flavored croutons go with almost everything.
9) Other Unique Toppings
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Don’t stop at the basic veggies, croutons, and meats. Go crazy with other unique ideas that will make your appetite worthwhile. There’s asparagus, radish, beets, watercress. Maybe you’re a bacon fan? Go for it. Edamame, peanuts, jicama will add a fanciful crunch. Opt for grapefruit or orange slices for a citrusy kick. Of course, there’s macaroni, too. Experiment the hell out of your salad.
10) Dressing
What is a salad without a solid dressing? Pick your favorite one and enjoy! If you’re looking for something new, try a homemade ginger dressing, lemon vinaigrette, or even a balsamic vinaigrette. An avocado-cilantro-lime dressing is always classic! If you want to cut calories, use balsamic vinegar and just a touch of olive oil. If not something new, something old works too. Ranch, caesar’s, and even a basic salsa can make for great dressings.

 

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KOLKATA: It used to be two different tales at two banks of the Hooghly . On the east was KMC’s standard operating procedure (SOP) for immersion, but the west was a messy chaos with Howrah Municipal Corporation’s was lax immersion management.But from this year, HMC is following in KMC’s footsteps.
Howrah mayor Ranjit Chakraborty assured that there would not be any debris left more than 24 hours after immersion. “We are following the same SOP that Kolkata follows. We have restricted immersion to five ghats in Howrah -Ramkrishnapur Ghat, Botanical Garden Ghat, Salkia Ghat, Ghushuri Ghat and Bally Ghat.”
Chakraborty claimed that idols are being lifted by cranes within 24 hours after immersion and removed from the ghat with payloaders. However, visits to the spot reveal led that a lot of immersion materials drift down the river with the tide. HMC also lacks the kind of infrastructure KMC has. Member, mayor-in-council Debasish Kumar, who is entrusted with the responsibility of managing the entire immersion process, said, “We have been campaigning for environment-friendly idols and river-friendly immersions. Organizers have started realizing that immersions have already damaged the ecosystem of this river. So increasingly, Puja organizers are using environment-friendly paints and materials.”

 

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One would imagine that if not the headline, the conceit of its message would have been obvious enough.
Unfortunately, for most keyboard-warriors inhabiting the comments section of numerous news media websites, it’s not. Or doesn’t appear to be.
In fact, a certain section of social media has taken to conflating the Narendra Modi wave of 2014 with the unprecedented tsunami of support Donald Trump has been receiving ever since he announced his intention to enter the race for the White House, back in 2015. Worse yet, they are confusing the Indian definition of the Right with the American one.
That seems as a good a starting point as any, so let’s go from there.
As Jaideep Prabhu has written in the past, there is no clear ‘Indian Right’, to the extent that the conventional Right-Left binary does not apply very accurately to India’s political parties. That is because of very few of India’s political parties, the mainstream ones at least, subscribe to the dichotomy of Right-Left in at least two major areas: Culture and economics. In terms of culture, political parties are painted in various hues of majoritarianism and majoritarianism, while in economics, free market policies and social welfare aren’t mutually exclusive.File images of Narendra Modi and Donald Trump. PTI and AP
So the idea that what falls under the umbrella of the Indian Right in anyway resembles the American Right is flawed in any case.
Moving on to the perceived Modi-Trump links (among the latter’s supporters at least) that marked this weekend’s Republican Hindu Coalition event, we find another incorrect — rather glaringly so — comparison. And here, let’s get down to brass tacks: Trump is not Modi.
A lazily-drawn similarity is that both men are nationalistic. But then so are Marine Le Pen and Xi Jinping, but we’re yet to see French-Indians and Chinese-Indians organizing gala events to mark these similarities. Further, while both Modi and Trump are indeed nationalistic, their form of nationalism varies greatly: While one espouses a more inclusive form that seeks to carry everyone along, the other pushes an exclusionary brand (which type links to which name is self-evident). In a sense, Modi’s approach has more closely resembled Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s message of ‘Stronger Together’, than Trump’s.
It’s worth pointing out here that a major difference between the two is that with Trump’s blunt, ill-informed rhetoric, he has gained followers through his divisive views. Modi has benefitted from the fact that members of his own party make fairly outrageous remarks and emerged as a unifying force when he does take to his Mann ki Baat or public rallies to opine on issues.
Another lazy ‘similarity’ dragged out by the likes of the Republican Hindu Coalition is that Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ is in the same ballpark as Modi’s mantra of ‘Acche Din’. And while Modi, in the buildup to the 2014 General Election, spoke about a Congress-mukt India, Trump also seeks to wipe away all the ills apparently inflicted on the US by eight years of Democrat rule. This is another strange comparison to draw. It’s quite obvious that any Opposition party would cite the ruling dispensation’s unsuitability in order to win an election. In fact, if an Opposition party was to express satisfaction with the way the ruling regime has been doing things, one would wonder why it is even bothering with the election.
This brings us to the ugly truth.
What actually brought out the Hindu fundamentalist backing for Trump was his threat of a ban on Muslim immigrants — something he failed to completely back or dismiss over the course of the first two presidential debates. What this fundamentalist fringe fails to note, however, is the fact that this sort of discrimination in policy — presently on grounds of religion — could easily be transmuted to nationality over a period of time.
Trump has made ‘jobs for Americans’ and tightening immigration controls a major plank of his presidential campaign. To think he would abandon it on the basis of one little interaction with a section of Indian-Americans, and start handing out H1-B visas is beyond naive. And before comparisons are drawn to ‘Make in India’, it’s worth noting that Modi’s pet project — as it has been called in some quarters — was launched to increase manufacturing across the country, not to exclude other nationalities.
We could go into the differences between Modi and Trump as people: One, a self-made — that is to say, he worked his way through the cadres — career politician and the other, a man who has pretty much been handed everything in life. One who is respectful of women to the other who is-… well, you know. The dissimilarities are endless.

 

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Both teams are very good in One-Day International (ODI) format especially team India is stronger whenever it played at home. It doesn’t matter who is the opposition. This is why New Zealand feeling tough in this tour and still not manage to win a single game in previous 3 test matches and last ODI match at Dharamsala. In the previous ODI match, India played very well and win the easy match against New Zealand. India creates a lot of trouble for New Zealand very early on in the match when young seamers of Indian bowl really well and took 7 wickets on just 65 runs. Still, New Zealand manages to score 190 runs in 43.5 overs.
But in India, it is not a good target. In reply to 191 runs target in 50 over team India start the innings nicely and build the good partnership. India lost the first wicket on 49 runs Rohit Sharma was out on 14 runs. Virat Kohli star Indian batsman scored not out 85 runs and home side wins the match by 4 wickets in 33.1 overs. Home side India lead the 5 ODI match series by 1-0 after the easy win at Dharamsala by 6 wickets. Now the 2nd game is very important for both teams especially for New Zealand (NZ) team who could not manage to win the single game here on this tour.

Best economical pick – Hardik Pandya received his ODI cap from one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of the game – Kapil Dev and incidentally it was the same day Kapil made his debut in India 38 years ago. A man of the match on a special day made it a perfect debut for the Baroda man. In Dharamsala, India might have witnessed the emergence of Pandya the bowler

Top captains & vice captains – In the first ODI, it was Kohli who hit the winning six, coming down the track and smashing Sodhi for a straight six! India takes the 1-0 lead in style, with Kohli continuing his golden form by hitting an unbeaten 85. All the kiwi batsmen struggled to get runs except Tom Latham and Southee. Latham (79*) remained unbeaten till the end and Southee scored a quick fifty after getting a life from Umesh Yadav. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI at Feroz Shah Kotla

Smart pick – Amit Mishra (3/49) has recorded his best bowling figures in ODIs on Indian soil, surpassing the 2 for 40 vs West Indies at Delhi on October 11, 2014. Mishra has completed his 50 wickets in ODIs – his tally being 52 (ave.25.86) in 32 matches – the quickest by an Indian spinner in ODIs, obliterating Ravichandran Ashwin’s feat of reaching the landmark in 34 ODIs.

Cautions Pick – Ross Taylor scored his second in between 4 innings in this tour. In India, Taylor’s batting record in ODIs is just mediocre – his tally being 252 in nine innings at an average of 28.00, including two fifties. Four times, he has registered single-digit scores in India.

 

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MUMBAI: Around 96 per cent Indian travelers give tips at a hotel, more so because of the room service and good housekeeping, a recent survey has found.
“About 96 per cent Indians usually tip at a hotel, 79 per cent tip because of the room service and 51 per cent tip after being impressed by the housekeeping,” according to ‘2016 Hotel Etiquette Report’ by full-service online travel company Expedia.
About 39 per cent Indians tip the porter at the hotel whereas 24 per cent tip the valet, it found.
The survey, which is an analysis of behavior and preferences of Indians while booking hotels, was conducted online in August by GFK Custom Research, North America, among 1,014 randomly selected adults, both men, and women, who have stayed overnight in a hotel in the past two years.
When it comes to facilities, 75 per cent Indians want in-room features like Jacuzzi, tub or balcony, it said.
Location and price are the most critical for 96 per cent Indians and for 95 per cent family friends, food, beverages, room size are a major consideration, it said.
Things like complimentary Wi-Fi (93 per cent), reviews (89 per cent) and hotel brands (86 per cent) are also major attracting factors for Indians, it added.
“The survey highlights some interesting facts about preferences of Indian travelers while booking a hotel. According to the survey, the most preferred medium of booking a hotel amongst 35 per cent is a desktop or laptop followed by the mobile app on the smart phone while 14 per cent travelers book through the mobile web using the smart phone,” Expedia Marketing Head, in India, Manmeet Ahluwalia said.
“It is interesting to note that 89 per cent Indians consider hotel reviews as very important while choosing a hotel,” Ahluwalia added.

 

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New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) IT system integrator firm Hitachi Systems Micro Clinic (HSMC) on Monday launched TonerSaver, a Windows-based software that can help organizations reduce toner consumption by up to 75 per cent, thereby slashing printing costs.

“TonerSaver is the ideal product for organizations as it helps generate substantial cost savings, which, in turn, make a direct difference to the bottom line,” said Tarun Seth, Managing Director, Hitachi Systems Micro Clinic, in a statement.

TonerSaver uses patented printer driver algorithms that control toner and ink usage on all Windows-based printers and reduces consumption of toner and ink at an incremental rate of one per cent.

The software auto-detects laser and inkjet printers and applies optimized saving technology for each type of printer.

The company will provide free customer support, maintenance release (bug fix) and version up support to all customers.

 

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BENGALURU: Karnataka, which is grappling with a garbage glut, has mooted 3R Environmental Parks for the 219 urban local bodies, including Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
Based on the three principles of reducing, reuse and recycle, these 3R Environmental Parks will be developed and operated on the lines of the software parks that dot Bengaluru and other parts of the state. An order to this effect was issued last week by the department of forest, environment, and ecology and the government is expected to make a formal announcement soon.
“These parks will offer integrated solutions for all municipal solid waste (garbage) disposal problems,” a senior IAS officer told TOI. At present, around 8,700 tons of garbage are generated in the state every day: while BBMP generates 3,500 tons per day , the remaining 218 urban local bodies churn out about 5,200 tons daily. The situation will only worsen in the coming years as population growth projections for 2032 predict a three-fold increase in waste generation from the present level.
In fact, the urban local bodies are already finding it difficult to handle garbage because of insufficient infrastructure and obsolete technology . “Moreover, resistance has been mounting from locals against setting up of solid waste processing units in their areas. It was in this backdrop that the 3R parks were mooted; these will house all private and public waste processing units with all environmental safeguards in place. These parks will be in tune with the Solid Waste Management Rules 2011, notified by the Centre,” the officer added.
To start with, 10 such parks will be set up on 100-acre plots each. While three such parks will be developed around Bengaluru (beyond 10km radius) the remaining seven will be established in other city municipal councils. The waste-to-energy plant proposed by Karnataka Power Corporation Limited at Bidadi will be converted into a 3R Environmental Park by acquiring an additional 25 acres of land.
These parks will be developed by the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) and maintained by Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB). Wherever government land isn’t available, the authorities are entitled to acquire private land for these projects. The government will extend financial concessions to waste processing units as per the Swachh Bharat Mission. This apart, 4(g) exemption under the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurement (KTTP) Act 1999 will be given to waste-to-energy units with handling the capacity of 100 tons per day and established under a PPP model.
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Every 3R park will come up on a 100-acre plot beyond a radius of 10km from the municipal boundary. These parks shall have a buffer area that’s at least 100 meters wide. They’ll have compound walls of sufficient height and the buffer zone will be earmarked for the forest department to plant trees having dense green foliage. The small-scale recycling, segregating and reuse units that are functioning in the city will be relocated to these parks. Segregation, waste-to-energy plants, composting units, bio mechanisation plants, incinerators, briquette plants, e-waste processing units, paper, plastic, glass, rubber, metal recycling units, effluent treatment plants will be set up in these parks.
For years now, Bengaluru has been struggling with its garbage, with no solution in sight. The growing muck piles are not just defacing the city, but also repeatedly highlighting the government and BBMP’s inability to address the issue. If implemented in earnest, these environmental parks could wipe Bengaluru clean of its murky image. The startup city’s software parks are its defining structures. Similarly, these 3R Environmental Parks could redefine the image of a city that has, sadly, turned from a Garden City to a Garbage City. What’s needed is concerted effort, timely implementation and a commitment to see the project through.

 

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auMina 2.4 Drives Business Outcomes by Addressing Core Business Issues
Uniphore Software Systems, a Chennai-based speech recognition solutions company, today announced the availability of the next version of their popular speech analytics solution, auMina. auMina version 2.4 introduces first-of-its-kind innovation of business packs, specifically designed to drive a set of business outcomes by providing predictive and prescriptive insights from data. The latest version enables quicker value realization through faster and standardized deployments by leveraging intelligence gained from multiple deployments. This release introduces 2 new business packs: the voice of customer analytics pack and a banking industry pack.
The voice of customer analytics pack will drive richer customer engagement by predicting a customer’s intent of call.
The banking industry pack will address business outcomes of reducing the risk of non-collection, increase cross-sell and upsell effectiveness, enhance customer experience and increase contact center efficiency through workforce optimization.
Business packs include pre-built industry aligned KPIs and metrics that will help enterprises realize their business outcomes faster without a lengthy discovery phase.
Speaking of the launch, Umesh Sachdev, Co-founder and CEO said, “We are excited to roll out this new version of our speech analytics software, auMina. This version will not only drive enhanced customer experience but will also offer a range of solutions that will help enterprises realize their business objectives at a much faster rate. With ever-growing consumer needs, it is crucial for enterprises to deploy solutions that rapidly address key business issues. auMina 2.4 is specifically designed to drive key business outcomes for our banking industry clients.”
Additional features of this new release include an enhanced ability to perform root cause analysis on data and a refined emotion detection capability.
About Uniphore:
Uniphore Software Systems is headquartered in IIT Madras Research Park, Chennai. Uniphore was incubated in IIT Chennai, India in 2008 and currently has offices in India, Philippines, and U.A.E with about 100 employees spread across all locations. Uniphore’s investors include Kris Gopalakrishnan, IDG Ventures India, India Angel Network, Your nest Fund, Stata Ventures. Uniphore has worked with over 70 enterprise customers and served over 4 million end users. Uniphore was recognized by Deloitte as a Technology Fast 500 company in Asia Pacific in 2014 and was also ranked as the 10th fastest growing technology company in India by Deloitte Fast 50 in 2015. Uniphore’s Co-Founder and CEO, Umesh Sachdev was recognized by the TIME Magazine list of 2016 amongst ’10 Millennials Changing The World’, and with India’s edition of MIT Technology Review’s ‘Innovators Under 35’ for the year 2016.

 

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