Bayer launches new hybrid rice

Healthcare and farm sciences major Bayer has launched a new hybrid rice seed Arize AZ 8433 DT, which has strong inbuilt tolerance to pests like Brown Plant Hopper (BPH) and Bacterial Leaf Blight (BLB).

BPH was the most destructive pest in paddy-growing areas and had causing huge losses to farmers in the 2017 kharif season.

"The introduction of this hybrid rice seed is a step towards improving rice productivity. Since its launch, the cultivation of this rice seed has expanded to more than 10,000 acres in major rice growing belts of the country," Bayer South Asia head of the crop science division Peter Mueller said.

************ Bajaj Allianz' Chatbot on Amazon Alexa *

In a first, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance had decided to take its Chatbot to Amazon's cloud based voice service Alexa to better serve its customers, which will help it live-link the Aadhaar and PAN numbers to the policy.

Its Chatbot called 'Boing' will now be available on Amazon's Alexa, which is available on Amazon's Echo.

Through this move, company aims to redefine the customer experience and provide them with instant customer query resolution and FAQ's in voice format. The company also announced an additional feature of linking of Aadhaar and PAN card to the insurance policy on Boing Chatbot.

************ MAN unveils the new BS-IV bus chassis range *

MAN Trucks India, the 100 per cent subsidiary of MAN Truck & Bus AG of Germany, has unveiled a new range of BS-IV bus chassis. The product is available in two models--18.250 (4x2) and 22.300 (6x2) multi-axle.

The bus chassis models come with front-mounted engines, and are manufactured at MAN Trucks' Pithampur plant.

************ Max Life launches exclusive online Ulip *

Max Life Insurance has launched an online Ulip plan- Max Life Online Savings Plan, which offers zero premium allocation charges and zero policy administration charge to maximize benefits. This marks the company's entry into the online Ulip space.

This is an all-in-one plan that caters to all needs insurance coverage, long term wealth creation, saving for child's future, build corpus for retirement needs, the company said today.

Max Life is offering two variants of the product and aims to achieve maximum return for its customers with zero premium allocation and zero policy administration charge.

************ Automated GST, TDS accounting software launched *

HostBooks, which is into accounting solutions for individuals and businesses, has unveiled a new accounting suites on cloud for their B2B business partners which can automatically updates accounts, GST, TDS, tax and payroll.

The software is all set to transform and redefine the method of maintaining accounts books and tax compliance, the company said.

Our new software can make TDS, GST, and accounting absolutely simple and convenient, the company claimed.

Hostbooks is a comprehensive platform for business accounting ensures convenience and reliability for the users.

************ Reliance Nippon Life, BoM in bancassurance deal

Reliance Nippon Life has signed a bancassurance deal with Bank of Maharashtra, which will help the partners maximize their distribution potential.

Ashish Vohra of Reliance Nippon Life said, we look forward to deploying technology enabled processes to harness this alliance. Our long-term protection and assured return product suite complements the offering from the Bank. This, together with the bank's brand salience in its core markets, allows us to leverage our capabilities for maximizing value to our customers.

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