All new BMW 5 Series launched in India; prices start at Rs 49.9 lakh

first_imgBMW has launched the 7th generation of the all new 5 Series in India for a price of Rs 49.9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the 520d Sport Line, Rs 49.9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for 530i Sport Line variant, Rs  53.6 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the 520d Luxury Line and Rs 61.3 (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the 530d M Sport variant. Bookings have already commenced for the all new 5 Series with deliveries to start from July 1, post Goods and Service Tax (GST) comes in to effect.The 2017 BMW 5 Series was first launched in India back in 2007, while the 2017 5 Series was showcased at the North American International Auto Show last year. While the new 5 Series is brought to India with the CKD unit, it is locally assembled at the company’s Chennai plant.All new BMW 5 SeriesWith more than 66,000 cumulative sales in India so far, more than 19,000 units have been of the 5 Series sedans. While BMW India currently has 41 sales outlets, it plans to expand to 50 outlets plus the mobile showroom by which an additional 50 markets will be covered. Moreover, BMW Group has invested around Rs 12.5 billion in India till now, of which Rs 5.2 billion in BMW India and Rs 7.3 billion in financial services. The all new BMW 5 Series comes in Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport package in India.All new BMW 5 SeriesEngine:The all new BMW 5 Series comes with three engine options- a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine, a 3.0-litre diesel engine and a 2.0-litre petrol engine.advertisementThe 520d variant will come with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that churns out 187 bhp, the 530d variant will get a 3.0-litre, in-line 6 diesel engine that produces 261 bhp and the 530i will get a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 249 bhp. All engine variants will come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with RWD function. All new BMW 5 SeriesDesign:The familiar BMW kidney grille is flanked by twin circular headlights with the headlight housings now connecting with the kidney grille. The adaptive full LED headlights alter the light graphic and can be specified as an option. With adaptive full LED headlights, the LED tubes of the daytime running lights are hexagonal and extend to meet the kidney grille.All new BMW 5 SeriesDimension:The all-new BMW 5 Series sedan remains the quintessential midsize sport sedan. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan is 30mm longer than the outgoing model 7.62 mm wider and 15.24mm taller. Its wheelbase measures 2974.34mm, an increase of 5mm.All new BMW 5 SeriesFeatures:The latest version of Gesture control which premiered last year in the all-new BMW 7 Series is now available as an option in the all-new BMW 5 Series. Navigation, telephone, entertainment features and vehicle functions can be visualized on the standard high-resolution 10.25-inch screen. Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC), the new and improved Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go.Competition:The new generation BMW 5 Series will compete against the likes of new generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class LWB, Jaguar XF, Audi A6 and Volvo S90 in India.All new BMW 5 SeriesALSO READ:2017 BMW 530d first drive reviewALSO READ:2017 BMW 5 Series: Everything you need to knowlast_img read more

CAC Secures $14 Million in Redress for Consumers

first_imgThe Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) secured over $14 million on behalf of aggrieved consumers during the 2012/13 financial year, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dolsie Allen, has disclosed.In an interview with JIS News, Mrs. Allen said that the sum was for the settlement of 1,607 of 1,782 complaints received, representing a 90 per cent resolution rate.She noted that the most frequent complaints filed were in the categories of electrical equipment and appliances, accounting for 30 per cent of the total and utilities, representing close to 11 per cent.As it relates to electrical equipment and appliances, the CEO urged persons to be mindful of illegitimate vendors selling substandard products.“One of the problems is that persons buy from vendors that are not really established and there is a challenge in terms of getting redress…so we are encouraging persons that whenever possible, check the appliance before you leave the store or point of purchase to ensure that the item is working and if possible, get somebody to go with you who might be knowledgeable about these items,” Mrs. Allen advised.She added that consumers need to ask relevant questions especially as it relates to the warranty, exchange and return policies of vendors, which are all critical when consumers seek some form of redress.“Once you are purchasing items especially electrical appliances and gadgets or any high value product, you must ensure that you have your warranty document in place. If it is not given to you, ask for it and ensure to get it in writing, whether it is noted on your receipt or a separate document,” Mrs. Allen advised.She noted that if this is not provided, the CAC, through the Consumer Protection Act, can impose a six-month warranty period.According to Mrs. Allen, the purchase of motor vehicles is another category, which continues to be of great concern to the CAC, with over 80 complaints still outstanding for the past financial year.“We are encouraging persons that whenever you are purchasing a motor vehicle, you do all the due diligence and try to get all the information you possibly can, including the model and year of the vehicle,” she stated.The CEO urged consumers to be more responsible in their purchasing decisions, especially on high value investments such as motor vehicles and stressed the need for a certified or experienced mechanic to be present during the time of transaction and/or purchase, to assess the vehicle and identify any existing problems or defects.In terms of outreach and public education initiatives, the CAC was involved in some 314 activities islandwide, directly reaching over 74,000 persons for the period under review.The CAC has pledged its commitment to keep consumers informed about their rights and responsibilities and assist them in obtaining redress when necessary.The CAC is the national agency responsible for consumer advocacy. It was established to promote fair and honest business practices, by investigating alleged violations of consumer protection laws, taking legal action to stop unfair or deceptive practices in the marketplace, and educating consumers and businesses regarding their respective rights and obligations.For further information on consumer-related issues or queries, persons may contact the CAC at 978-4998, or visit their website: www.cac.gov.jm or facebook page, www.facebook.com/cac.gov.jm.Contact: Kadian Brownlast_img read more

Minister Clarke Stresses Gov’t’s Commitment to Food Security

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says the Government remains committed to increasing the production of local foods as it intensifies efforts to promote food security and safety in Jamaica.He noted that the local domestic production of staples such as yams, bananas, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, Irish potatoes, and tomatoes continues to increase incrementally, while the island is also self-sufficient in the production of chicken meat and pork.The Minister was speaking at the World Food Day National Ceremony and Exhibition held on October 16 at the Greater Portmore High School in St. Catherine.Minister Clarke said through the agro-parks programme, the Government is strategically targeting the production of peas, beans, onions, fish and meat, a vast amount which is imported.“Part of our solution must be to increase production and productivity of local foods. This cannot be stressed too often. Once we have produced locally, we must also aim to consume fresh local produce, which very often are the fruits, vegetables and staples we need for healthy diets and lifestyles,” he said.Further, in keeping with food security efforts, the Minister noted that Government has approved the Jamaican Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which seeks to ensure the availability of a sufficient quantity of nutritious and appropriate foods, through increased domestic production and a sustainable level of imports.“As Government and policy makers, we also intend further, to enact a Food Security Law to ensure the domestic production of a minimum threshold of a selected basket of foods for which there is production capability and national comparative advantage to meet domestic food, nutrition and health goals,” he stated.“We wholeheartedly subscribe to the expressed view of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that raising nutrition levels include enhanced production, marketing and consumption of local vegetables and staple crops such as locally grown yams, sweet potatoes and cassava,” the Minister added.World Food Day was established by the FAO in 1979 and serves to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world.  In addition, it turns the spotlight on agricultural food production and stimulates national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end. It also promotes the transfer of technologies to developing countries.This year’s theme: ‘Healthy People Depend on Healthy Food Systems’ served to highlight the importance of food systems that can feed all people in a sustainable manner.During the event, exhibitions were mounted by the Ministry; FAO office in Kingston; Ebony Park HEART Academy in Clarendon; the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland; Jamaica 4-H Clubs; the National Irrigation Commission (NIC); the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and the National Food Safety Committee. Through the agro-parks programme, the Government is strategically targeting the production of peas, beans, onions, fish and meat, a vast amount which is imported. World Food Day was established by the FAO in 1979 and serves to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world. The Government remains committed to increasing the production of local foods as it intensifies efforts to promote food security and safety in Jamaica.last_img read more

CES 2019 TVs preview Get ready for 8K AI rollable OLED with

first_img LG TCL takes share from Vizio, Samsung stays strongI also asked Baker for recent market share numbers in general, in particular for TCL. The China-based manufacturer always seems to top Amazon’s best-selling TVs charts with its Roku TVs; its sets were featured in numerous Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales (including the 65-inch TV Baker cited), and its 6 series was my favorite TV of the year for the money.20-tcl-6-series-65r617-roku-tvThe TCL 6 series was CNET’s favorite TV of 2018 for the money. Sarah Tew/CNET Baker said TCL has grown by 60 percent for each of the last two years. Here’s his latest overall market share numbers for 2018 (January through October, the most recent month he had available) compared to the same period in the past two years, in both unit share (number of actual TVs sold) and revenue share (the dollar value of TVs sold). It shows that while TCL is growing fast, most of its share is in less-expensive TVs. Meanwhile perennial market leader Samsung continues to dominate, albeit less-so than in recent years. It lost 4% of unit share but only 2% of dollar share, indicating that it’s selling fewer TVs overall but still crushing its rivals in high-end TV sales. The biggest loser in both unit and dollar share is Vizio, which fell by 8% and 9% respectively. It competes in basically the same market as TCL, so I’ll be interested to see what strategies the big “V” employs in 2019 to try to stem the TCL tide. 11% Q3 2018 6% 7% 11% 3:06 Now playing: Watch this: 8K for sale! Get yer 8K TVs, rich guy!Samsung just started selling the first 8K TV in the US, the $15,000 85-inch Q900, and LG showed an 88-inch 8K OLED at IFA in Berlin, targeting a 2019 sale date. At CES 2019 you can expect more higher-than-4K-resolution TVs to be announced, not only from Samsung (which is already selling smaller, cheaper 8K TVs in Europe) and LG, but perhaps from Sony, Vizio, TCL and Hisense. 8K TV: What you need to knowAll of these TVs will likely be very expensive in 2019, and I don’t expect the resolution increase alone to be worth the cost. But over the next few years, 8K will likely come down in price and start to become the default resolution for very large screen sizes, much like 4K is already the default for TVs 55 inches and above.Whooo wants an 8K TV?  Sarah Tew/CNET Bigger and higher defferSpeaking of very large screens:”The main trend is clearly big screen TVs, really big screens, continuing to be a growing part of market,” says Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD Group. “And of course you saw a manifestation of that during Thanksgiving with the $398 65-inch TVs Walmart was selling.”Here’s Baker’s quarterly sales numbers for TVs sized 65 inches and above, showing a gradual yet steady increase nearly every quarter (Q4 2018 numbers were not available at press time). LG Now playing: Watch this: 7% 15% 2018 Q2 2017 12% Q1 2018 8% Q1 2017 11% 9% 9% Q3 2017 Q2 2018 TCL Q2 2016 4% 9% 9% Ready or not, the 2019 International CES — aka Nerds in Vegas — is just around the corner. And for TV hardware nerds like me, it’s like a second Christmas. CES is the place where TV makers unveil their latest creations, both “stuff we’re going to sell this year” and “wacky concepts and new tech we may never sell, but looks hella cool.” The massive booths and sprawling show floor lend themselves to big screens used in creative ways, which helps explain why CES seems more about televisions than any other kind of gadget. Amazon’s Fire TV Cube gives you and Alexa hands-free… 12% 37% Comments Q3 2016 2018 US TV market share by units sold, Jan. – Oct. 2% Samsung 15% 6% 22% 35% 21% 19% 14% TVs of CES 2018 US TV market share by revenue, Jan. – Oct. 35% 6% This year it could come closer to market in smaller sizes. The technology is still a few years away, however, so I don’t expect a consumer version to appear this year.Wait, what about HDMI 2.1?Some folks might be wondering whether the TVs of 2019 will finally support the latest HDMI standard, 2.1, which delivers higher bandwidth for certain kinds of 8K video, among other benefits. I’d be surprised if any of the TVs announced at the show, or shipping in the first half of the year, fully comply with the HDMI 2.1 standard — although some TV makers might claim HDMI 2.1 compliance anyway.The thing is: it’s not a big deal unless you’re buying an 8K TV.  For just about all of the 4K video available today, the HDMI connections on current TVs are sufficient. HDMI 2.1: What you need to knowSamsung’s 8K Q900, for example, can handle some HDMI 2.1 extras, specifically Variable Refresh Rate, High Frame Rate (HFR) and Dynamic HDR. The TV’s HDMI inputs will not handle 8K resolutions at 60 frames per second, however, maxing out at 8K/30. Once 8K/60 content from HDMI devices available — most likely from PCs first — that might be an issue. We’ll be thereMy boldest predictions yet: I’ll be at CES to sort through all the new screens in person, and there’s gonna be a lot of ’em. Follow us at @CNET for the latest CES news in general, and me @dkatzmaier for TV tech specifically. Should be fun!This article was first published on December 20, 2018. Updated January 3, 2019 to mention Sony Master Series TVs’ far-field mic.CES 2019: Check out all of CNET’s coverage of this year’s tech wingding.Best TVs of 2018: The top sets in every category. Q1 2016 9% 26% 13% Why? Aside from the obvious answer of “because they can,” a roll-up TV is truly useful. As I wrote last year: “One of the worst things about big-screen TVs is the necessity for a massive swath of black plastic taking up a chunk of wall when it’s turned off. With a rollable TV that’s no longer an issue, and that practicality is the main reason I think LG Display will want to perfect this technology and help manufacturers bring it to market sooner rather than later.”Looks like “sooner” will win. Brand 10% 2017 Brand 2016 TVs Element 50 Photos So what TVs can you expect at CES 2019? I have some educated guesses. In fact, most of the TV makers have already told me about a lot of the stuff they’re gonna have at the show. I can’t officially reveal it yet, but what you’re about to read provides a pretty good approximation of what I know. That said, there’s always a surprise or two in store.Rollin’ with the OLED homiesFrankly, I was as surprised as anyone to learn that the coolest concept TV of last year’s CES — an OLED TV that can roll up like a poster to disappear inside a trim, little box — is reportedly going on sale in 2019. Samsung’s huge 146-inch TV is called The Wall 2017 Market share of 65-inch and larger TVs 12% 7% 11% Q4 2017 Samsung Q900 85-inch 8K TV hands-on: A beautiful beast TCL 9% 2016 5% Q4 2016 LG’s rollable OLED TV could ship in 2019 https://t.co/PFQosCf6BR pic.twitter.com/JZHid1Yp7Z— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) December 18, 2018 ‘AI’ meets picture-quality enhancementsIt’s tough to market picture quality. Terms like “full-array local dimming” and “HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range” don’t exactly roll off the tongue. You know what does? “AI.”LG has already associated artificial intelligence with its built-in Google Assistant, but the next step is telling buyers that AI algorithms can improve picture quality. Samsung got that ball rolling with its Q900 8K TV — it says AI helps improve the necessary upconversion from 4K to 8K by using algorithms to examine a dataset of 4K video and better adapt it to 8K — and where Samsung’s marketing goes, others follow. Samsung The Wall MicroLED David Katzmaier/CNET Micro-LED: Another brick in The Wall against OLEDFlat, stiff non-8K OLED TVs — which continue to deliver the best picture quality available — are selling better than ever. Baker says OLED’s share of TVs over $1,000 has grown to 15 percent in 2018, up from 11 percent in 2017.That means companies that don’t sell OLED, in particular Samsung, are doing their darnedest to come up with an alternative. The high-end Q9 QLED came closer than ever, but even it can’t escape the inherent issues of LCD-based displays. Enter Micro LED, which Samsung introduced last year with The Wall — a 146-inch modular “TV” that made a big splash at CES last year. It promises all of the great picture quality of OLED (perfect black levels, improved-off-axis viewing) along with superior brightness and less of a propensity for burn-in. Vizio 19% 18 Share your voice Sony 25% 2:30 Vizio 9% 15% 10% 1:14 Samsung 13% Now playing: Watch this: Tags CES 2019 Keep talking to the TVAlexa and Google Assistant have been built into TV remotes for the last few years, and more and more sets also support hands-free (no remote required) voice commands if you own an Echo, Google Home, Sonos One or other smart speaker. For 2019 I won’t be surprised to see TV makers take it a step further: by building a far-field mic into the TV itself so you don’t even need a separate speaker.Sony has already done so with its 2018 high-end Master Series OLED and LCD TVs, and could do so again in 2019, perhaps with more affordable models. Toshiba says most of its 2019 TVs for the European market will have these so-called far-field mics for hands-free Alexa control. It seems like a natural next step for 2019 Amazon Fire TV Edition sets too, especially given how well Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is able to “listen” without being affected by the blare of TV speakers. Look for other TV makers to follow suit.last_img read more

Kangana Ranaut was an actor on the sets of Mental Hai Kya

first_imgKangana RanautInstagramYesterday, media was flooded with reports stating that ‘Kangana Ranaut has been interfering with the shooting of Mental Hai Kya and that she has been unhappy with some of the scenes, which had to be re-shot, thus causing the delay in the release of the movie.However, director of Mental Hai Kya, Prakash Kovelamudi has rubbished these reports.”On my set, Kangana was an actor; a professional one, and a creative asset. Both Kangana and Rajkummar are powerhouse performers, whom I enjoyed directing. I am happy to see how their characters have turned out. Mental Hai Kya is an intriguing thriller with doses of quirk. The film challenges the norms, and I am thrilled to bring to the audience something original,” the director said in a statement.Further denying the reports about some portions of the film being re-shot, the director said, “We finished the first leg in Mumbai, the second in London, and the last one in Mumbai again. The final schedule was wrapped last month. That’s all! All other conjecture is baseless.”Produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Shaailesh R Singh, Mental Hai Kya’s trailer is scheduled to be launched later this month and the film will hit the screens on July 26, 2019.last_img read more

Meeting PM Modi to photoshopped armpits 5 Times Priyanka Chopra was trolled

first_imgTrolling can never be justified. Celebs often have to go through virtual attacks by trolls over some of the most insane and absurd reasons. Take a look.Meeting PM Modi: Priyanka Chopra had a brief meeting with PM Modi in Berlin last year. While what they discussed remains unknown, a certain section on Twitter started trolling the actress for her ‘indecent dress’. As a comeback and in a major burn to the haters, Priyanka shared another picture with her mother showing off their long legs.For napping on hubby Nick’s chest: Soon after her wedding, Priyanka shared an adorable photo with hubby Nick Jonas where she was clicked sleeping on his chest. Trolls had a field day asking if Priyanka has hired a photographer that follows her everywhere, including the couple’s bedroom. Talking about the trolling on Jimmy Fallon’s show, Priyanka said, “I mean, don’t you guys ever go out with friends and you’re sitting with a bunch of friends, and you do something cute and another friend takes a picture? We were like eight of us sitting and watching the Super Bowl. I fell asleep and she took a picture. She was like, ‘You’re probably the first person who fell asleep during the Super Bowl’.”Photo-shopped arm-pits: The cover of Maxim magazine’s June-July issue featuring Priyanka Chopra drew flak for photo shopping her armpit. However, Priyanka gave it back to the haters with another picture showing off her arm-pits.Smoking: Recently, a picture of Priyanka Chopra smoking along with mother Madhu Chopra and husband Nick Jonas on a yacht during a vacation in Miami surfaced online. Netizens started trolling the actress for smoking despite being asthmatic, as claimed by Priyanka herself.Age gap with Nick Jonas: Priyanka Chopra has often been trolled with tags like ‘mom’ and ‘aunty’ for the age difference between her and husband Nick. Addressing the same, Priyanka had said, “I find it really amazing when you flip it and the guy is older, no one cares and actually people like it.”last_img read more