March 2022

  • Love it: Wallet-friendly 4G with a long-lasting battery
  • Trust it: Two-year security promise as a safety net
  • Keep it: Unmatched durability to keep looking fresh for years 

INDIA, 28 March 2022HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has launched the Nokia C01 plus which now comes with 32 GB storage, an exciting addition to the popular and most affordable Nokia C-series smartphones. Now customers in India will enjoy the new Nokia C01 Plus – a feature-packed entry-level smartphone, offering the best of everything in -the budget smartphone segment. 

The Nokia C01 Plus is a phone you can trust that is targeted at those who want to upgrade from feature phones or older/slower smartphones for a best-in-class experience. Hence, the new Nokia C01 plus upholds the promise of a 1 year replacement guarantee. Also, with the JioExclusive offer, consumers would be able to get INR 600 instant price support making the phone even more affordable.

Sanmeet Singh Kochhar, Vice President, HMD Global:  

“Over the past couple of years, we have built a robust portfolio of Nokia smartphones to provide a wide array of choices to the consumers. The popular Nokia C-series has been our answer to the rising demand for low-budget -smartphone – with uncompromising quality, durability and of course   the Trust of Nokia Devices. Nokia C01  plus (2+16GB Variant)has been very well received by our users when it was launched last year  . With this new 32GB storage variant, we are further offering more choice to the consumers with this exciting new launch. 


Beautiful moments with loved ones

Family life is all about magical moments. Video calling your closest ones feels even more real thanks to the clarity an HD+ screen brings. Having flash on both sides will ensure you never miss those special moments day or night. Cosying up with the kids to watch a film will be a treat on wider viewing angles. With HDR imaging, the Nokia C01 Plus will ensure your memories are as beautiful as the moment itself.

Trust the Finnish standards

From build quality to security levels, the European standards flow throughout. From twisting and bending, to heat, force and drop tests, the Nokia C01 Plus can meet the demands of everyday life. It also has a sturdy polycarbonate body with an inner metal alloy chassis.

When it comes to threats from the cyber world, the Nokia C01 Plus will work harder than most phones at this price range to keep your data safe. Regular security updates will come through for at least two years, whilst face unlock will make sure those cherished memories are well guarded.

Speed where it matters

Octa-core processor means that you get a phone that keeps up with the busiest of lifestyles – the days of lag and load are over. Android 11 (Go edition) brings you an increase in speed, which makes overall usage a breeze. With 4G LTE, you can say goodbye to video buffering and hello to a snappy everyday experience. The Nokia C01 Plus will also see you through your entire daily routine thanks to all-day battery life.

Pricing and availability

The Nokia C01 Plus is available in India starting today in Blue and Grey colour variants, with 2/16GB and 2/32 GB, configurations starting at Rs. 6299 & Rs. 6799 respectively, across leading offline retail stores, e-commerce platforms, and

Customers who choose to avail the JioExclusive offer will get an instant price support of Rs. 600 on the best buy price, and will have to pay Rs. 5699 & Rs. 6199 respectively

Customers can avail the offer at participating Retail stores or through the MyJio app. In case of self-enrolment via MyJio app, they can opt for the JioExclusive offer within 15 days of activating the device and the Price Support benefits would be passed directly to customer’s bank account via UPI within 30 minutes of successful enrolment.

Additional Benefits for all Jio Subscribers:

Jio subscribers doing recharge of INR 299 and above would also be eligible for benefits worth INR 4000 across Myntra, PharmEasy, Oyo & MakeMyTrip. 

The Nimba is one of the sculptures that inspired Pablo Picasso during the 1900 World Expo in France.

Dubai – March 29, 2022: As the curtain descends on the Expo 2020 Dubai with the end of this month, the West African nation Republic of Guinea is witnessing a huge flock of visitors seeking a glimpse of sculpture Nimba and sit on the “Throne of Prosperity” for good luck displayed at its pavilion in the Sustainability District.

The original statue of Nimba, the symbol of fertility, is stationed along with the “Throne of Prosperity” at the pavilion entrance. The two sculptures characteristic of Guinean art adorning the entrance greet the visitors even before stepping through the pavilion doors.   

The Nimba, hailed as a universal mother figure, is one of the sculptures that inspired Pablo Picasso during the 1900 World Expo in France. The lavish headdress, which is unique in African art, is one of the most attractive objects within African legends. The wooden artwork belongs to Guinea’s Baga ethnic people living in the most western parts of the African continent. 

Commenting on the visitors flocking to the pavilion, Fatoumata Conde, Deputy Commissioner General of Guinea Pavilion Expo 2020 Dubai, said, “Guineans and several other West African communities have traditionally believed that Nimba has brought us luck and prosperity through centuries. That is why Nimba is considered our treasured national symbol.”  

Speaking from an aesthetic point of view, she added, “The dynamic and imaginative sculptural form of the Nimba, as well as the surreal and expressive symbolism, provide it with an extraordinary attraction. Nimba is a mystery belonging to Guinea legends, and its crest and beak symbolize power.” 

According to Fatoumata Conde, Nimba is assumed to represent abundance, luck and fertility. “Guinea’s rice harvestENDING festivals present Nimba in their dance ceremonies in order to procure the fertility of the fields and luck for the harvesting season. The dancer carried it on his shoulders, holding the piece by its front legs, while his whole body was adorned in a costume made of vegetal fibers. The Nimba has been going around for hundreds of years in West Africa,” she remarked. 

Since the opening of the Expo 2020 Dubai, Guinea held many large and small social and business events in the quest of cementing business relations between the nation and governments as well as private and public sectors of several countries.


Special Day also witnessed many cultural events:-

Dubai, March 29: Norris Mairami hosts the Spring Equinox Day celebrations at the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan at World Expo 2020.
As part of the festivities, cultural events were organized for the guests of the exhibition with the participation of artists from the folk groups ‘Akhjellen’ and ‘Tarlan’ as well as the dance groups ‘Orda’ and ‘Nass’.
In front of the pavilion, a circular wooden hut was erected for the holidays. There was a theatrical presentation that reflected the traditions and customs of the Kazakh people. Apart from this, he also cooked Kazakh and Oriental dishes for the guests in the pavilion. Visitors praised Kazakhstan’s delicious traditional dishes, such as Boerzakz and Norris Kozhe. Popular Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaiberjan visited the pavilion. In the presence of Dimash, winner of the International Music Award from Kazakhstan, the pavilion featured folk art performances and a concluding exhibition of acrobatics and robotics elements representing human and artificial intelligence (AI) interaction.
“The atmosphere at the Norris Myramy celebration was very welcoming to the guests at the pavilion,” said Alan Chaijunusov, general commissioner of Kazakhstan’s national section at Expo 2020.
For us, this celebration is also about unity. It is equally important for everyone living in Kazakhstan. “The opportunity to celebrate such a great occasion is a testament to the hospitality, kindness and goodwill of Kazakhstan,” he said.
On February 20, the Kazakhstan pavilion was visited by one million visitors. An average of 8,000 people visit the pavilion every day.
‘Picture of the World’ is an art project
The main attraction of the pavilion. It holds the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most brushes.
In addition to the tourism interest, the pavilion also has high business interest from international business circles. Over the course of six months, the Kazakhstan Pavilion hosted more than 30 business events, including conferences, forums, B2B meetings, and projects on the country’s investment, tourism potential, and science and education initiatives.


Applications are invited for various posts in Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation. There are 27 vacancies.

Junior Supervisor (Operations) Vacancy 1:

Qualification Degree / Diploma (Electrical / Mechanical / Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering), 5 years work experience. The age limit is 35 years.

Junior Engineer – Vacancy16

(S&T 6, E&D M10). Qualification Degree / Diploma (Electronics and Telecommunication / Electrical / Mechanical Engineering) 5 years work experience is required to apply for S&T and 3 – 5 years to apply for E&M. The age limit is 35 years.

Assistant (IT): Vacancy 1 (OBC).

Eligibility B.Sc. (IT / Computer / BCA) Diploma (Computer Science / Application) Two years work experience.

All of the above are contract appointments. In addition, applications are invited for 9 vacancies in the posts of Assistant General Manager, Assistant Manager and Deputy Engineer on deputation / contract basis. The application should be submitted online. Website for details: Deadline: April 15.


Vacancies in Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIFB) There are 50 vacancies in various notifications. Apply online.

Post, Vacancy, Eligibility in Order


  • Junior Consultant – PSC (18): BTech Civil / Electrical / Mechanical Engineering with 3 years experience
  • Inspection Engineer (11): BTech Civil, 5 years experience
  • Resident Engineer – PSC (7): BTech Civil, 10 years experience
  • Draftsman – PSC (7): Diploma in Civil Engineering with 5 years experience
  • Project Associate (5): BTech / MBA with 2 years experience
  • Senior Coordinator (2): BTech Civil / Electrical / Mechanical Engineering with 15 years experience

For More details visit the website Last date for submission of application – March 30


KIFB (Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board)
KIIFB) was constituted by Government of Kerala as a Body Corporate financial institution in the Indian state of Kerala to mobilize funds for infrastructure development from outside the state revenue. KIIFB is a statutory body constituted by the ‘Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Act, 1999’ (Act 4 of 2000).

The current mandate of KIIFB is to provide funding support to priority major projects at a total outlay of INR 50,000 Cr in five years starting from the financial year 2016-17. So far KIIFB has approved 821 projects for INR 60,102.51 Cr. The projects cover all the vital sectors like Education, Health Care, Transport (roads, bridges, waterways and light metro rail), Electricity, Water Supply etc.


TVS Motor Company, a reputed manufacturer of two-wheelers and three-wheelers in the world, today introduced TVS Jupiter ZX equipped with SMARTXONNECTTM. TVS Jupiter has always stood for ‘Zyada Ka Fayda’ and has been one of the most loved scooters in the country.

The Bluetooth connectivity feature was first introduced in the 110cc scooter segment with TVS Jupiter Grande Edition. Now, the SMARTXONNECTTM feature is being introduced in the new top-of-the line variant with additional best-in-class technology features like fully digital console, Voice Assist, Navigation Assist, and SMS/Call alerts to cater to tech-savvy customers. This will be the first scooter in the 110cc segment to offer Voice Assist feature to offer Zyada convenience. The TVS SMARTXONNECTTM platform is an innovative Bluetooth-enabled technology paired with an exclusive TVS Connect mobile App available on both Android and iOS platforms.

The interactive Voice Assist feature allows consumers to interact with the scooter through voice commands given to the TVS SMARTXONNECTTM application via a connected device such as Bluetooth headphones, wired headphones or a helmet that is connected and Bluetooth equipped. The scooter’s response is seen on the speedometer to the consumer and as audio feedback via headphones.

The scooter now comes with Silver Oak colour inner panels that differentiate this flagship variant from the rest of the trims to step up the desirability quotient further. Apart from these advanced features, the new variant of TVS Jupiter ZX also offers a new Dual Tone seat with a new design pattern for Zyada style. Additionally, this variant in the TVS Jupiter series also gets a rear backrest to provide added comfort and convenience to the pillion.

The TVS Jupiter ZX SMARTXONNECTTM is equipped with intelliGO technology and i-TOUCHstart with an integrated starter generator system and attractive features like an LED headlamp, a 2-litre glovebox mobile charger, 21-litre storage and also, a front disc brake. TVS Jupiter’s 110cc engine develops a maximum power of 5.8 kW at 7,500 rpm while generating a peak torque output of 8.8 Nm at 5,500 rpm.

Royal Enfield, the global leader in the mid-size (250cc – 750cc) motorcycling segment, today unveiled the Scram 411 – the brand’s first ADV crossover. The new Scram 411 is an engaging, accessible and capable street scrambler, with the heart of an adventure motorcycle. Built on Royal Enfield’s proven LS-410 engine platform and the Harris Performance chassis, the Scram 411 combines spirited agility on urban streets, with competent rough-roading capabilities. Focused and purposeful changes in the riding geometry and ergonomics make it ideal for in-city riding, as well as unpredictable, challenging trails off the urban grid.

Unveiled for global audiences, the new Scram 411 will be available for test rides and bookings in India starting today. The motorcycle will be available in Europe and across countries in the Asia Pacific region by mid of this year, and thereafter will be launched in North America and Latin America as well.

The Scram 411 is a continuation of Royal Enfield’s constant quest to enable the pursuit of exploration, and to build motorcycles that can be the perfect ally for every adventure. One such motorcycle is the Himalayan – Royal Enfield’s first purpose-built, adventure tourer. Inspired by its terrain and decades of riding experience in the Himalayas, the Himalayan is the spartan, yet immensely capable motorcycle that is perfect for most riders, and has built a thriving subculture of adventure touring across the world. Launched in 2016, the Himalayan has received global recognition for its pure and unique design and well-rounded capability, making it among Royal Enfield’s best selling motorcycles across the world. These highly regarded and terrain-tested characteristics of the Himalayan were the inspiration for a more urban, scrambler style evolution – the Scram 411.

The Scram 411 is a new subspecies that has the authentic vibes of a scrambler and comes with built-in strong adventure DNA. It is a motorcycle that feels playfully agile on urban roads, yet is a highly capable multi-tasker that is always ready for whatever comes its way.

Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director, Eicher Motors Ltd., simply loves the fluidity and the multipurpose ability of the Scram 411. Speaking about this in the context of modern existence, he said, “Whether it’s London, New Delhi or Tokyo, the contours of modern urban existence are ever-changing. With our world increasingly becoming more fast-paced, life in the urban context has become about the weekday hustle and the weekend getaway, and everything in between. We wanted to build a motorcycle that could effortlessly navigate this entire gamut, and be the perfect ally for the young, modern day rider. The Scram 411 is truly a motorcycle made for now, and is always ready to tackle whatever surprise is in store”

Speaking about the inspiration behind the Scram 411, and about the new motorcycle, Executive Director, Royal Enfield, B Govindarajan, said, “The globally lauded versatility and competence of the Himalayan inspired us to reimagine the motorcycle in a more young, modern-day, urban context. The Scram 411 is the perfect crossover for young city-dwellers, who prefer a motorcycle that is fun and engaging to ride around the city, yet has a rugged appeal. By shifting the riding geometry to make the motorcycle more at home on busy city streets, and retaining its strong ability to take on rough roads and take on the weekend dirt trail, we’ve brought a unique subcategory for consumers. Like all our motorcycles, the Scram 411 is built for the global rider, and manufactured with world class engineering. We also have an array of genuine motorcycle accessories and a vibrant apparel range inspired by the Scram lifestyle. This is a very exciting and spirited new motorcycle, and we are confident that young riders from across the world will love the new Scram 411”

Powered at the heart by the LS-410 engine platform and the Harris Performance Chassis, the Scram 411’s riding ergonomics make it an effortless and engaging ride in everyday urban riding situations.

Mark Wells, Chief of Design at Royal Enfield, enjoys riding the Scram 411, and loves how easily it can navigate a wide spectrum of terrains and challenges. Speaking about creating a new subspecies of motorcycles, he said, “Most scrambler motorcycles focus only on aesthetics and looks. When we began work on the Scram 411, we were determined to create a motorcycle that would be distinct in design and purpose, and bring the best of rough road capability to urban riding. With its distinctive look and design, playful colourways, accessible riding proposition, the Scram 411 is an ultimate ADV crossover for the urban environment”

The Scram 411 is powered by the globally appreciated 411cc, fuel-injected, 4-stroke, SOHC, air-cooled single-cylinder engine. The engine has a maximum power of 24.3bhp at 6500rpm and max torque of 32Nm at 4000-4500 rpm which ensures smooth power delivery and strong bottom end torque that elevates the overall performance. The motorcycle is easy to manage over long urban commutes with minimum gear shifts, and the confidence inspiring engine performance allows it to tackle bad road, and off-road sections easily.

Traversing the urban maze on a motorcycle demands confidence, comfort and stability – be it snaking traffic snarls and pot-holed roads, or the hidden tracks on back roads best for cheeky evening slides. With its long travel suspension and monoshocks, and class-leading 200mm ground clearance, the Scram 411 promises a smooth and comfortable ride for the rider and pillion over long stretches on the saddle. The telescopic front suspension with 41mm forks and 190mm travel, along with 180mm travel on the rear with monoshock linkages, ensure stable and confident riding over varying and rough road conditions. The front and the rear discs combined with dual-channel ABS, offers confident braking.

The change in the riding geometry is brought about by the 19-inch, dual purpose front tyres. This combined with the 17-inch rear tyres are key elements that bring nimble handling to the motorcycle. The wheel sizes are ideal to provide best handling and excellent rolling capability over speed bumps and potholes. The dual-purpose tyres ensure a confident grip over tarmac and on loose gravel, while bringing the perfect combination of on-road grip and rough-road tractability.

The seat on the new Scram 411 has been reimagined for greater comfort over long saddle time. The new single seat that reflects the urban styling of the motorcycle, offers great comfort for both rider and pillion in long city commute as well as when taking the road less travelled. The accessible seat height makes it easy to maneuver the motorcycle in stop and go traffic

The ride ergonomics on the Scram 411 feels very planted and confident. The handlebar position, and seat height make the ride experience dynamic, and engaging. It retains a commanding and comfortable riding position while making it easy to ride when seated or standing up.

The new motorcycle has a digital-analog instrument cluster that provides easy access to essential information on the digital screen. The off-set old-school, analog speedometer adds to the Scram’s style and makes for easy viewing in peripheral vision. The instrument cluster also has an auto meter, trip meter, time, fuel gauge with a low warning, and service reminder. The Royal Enfield Tripper Navigation pod is available as an MiY option on all variants of the Scram 411.

With colourway inspirations coming from hip-hop cultures like skating, and night streets in cities like Tokyo and New Delhi, the new Scram 411 is available in seven colourways across three variants. Designed to stand-out, the colourways reflect a distinct urban vibe, with dark shades combined with highlight colours to pop and break the monotony. The Scram 411 in Graphite Yellow, Graphite Red and Graphite Blue, come with grey tanks and distinct tank badges and matching tyre rim tapes. The Skyline Blue and Blazing Black have distinct colour tanks with the identifiable Royal Enfield stripes and matching mud guards. The top-end variant, in two colourways – White Flame and Silver Spirit – flaunt dual tank colours, with unique and fun graphics.

The Scram 411 comes adventure ready with an array of motorcycle accessories that complement the lifestyle and purpose, and provide enhanced comfort, protection and style. Designed, developed and homologated alongside the motorcycle, the range includes accessories for protection, style and comfort. Ideal for riding in the urban environment and over weekend getaways, Royal Enfield’s Genuine Motorcycle Accessories come with a comprehensive 3-year warranty.

The apparel and riding gear range for the Scram 411 is stylish and functional. It works beautifully when you’re on the motorcycle exploring unpaved paths or zipping around the city. Jerseys equipped with additional Eva foam at shoulder and elbow provide impact protection for the rider. The lifestyle apparel range reflects the Scram lifestyle with t-shirts and jackets in vibrant colours and checkered graphics.

Customers can now discover, book a test ride, customize, and book their Scram 411 via the Royal Enfield App, or on the company website on, or at the nearest Royal Enfield Store. Bookings and test rides begin across dealerships in India today at a limited period introductory price of INR 2,03,085* for the Graphite Red, Yellow and Blue; INR 2,04,921* for the Skyline Blue and Blazing Black; and INR 2,08,593* for the Scram 411 Silver Spirit and White Flame

The World’s first all-terrain hypercar, designed to give a new dimension to off road driving, will be introduced to prospective buyers during a Middle East tour beginning in Bahrain this weekend to coincide with the F1 Grand Prix.

The Hunter, a 600 bhp, four-wheel drive all-terrain adventure vehicle with an unrivalled ability and performance across any landscape, is the product of a joint venture between UK based Prodrive and Mumtalakat of Bahrain.

It is born out of the Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) competition car driven by Sebastien Loeb in the world’s toughest motor sport race, the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

The Hunter thrives in desert sand, dunes and rough mountain tracks, yet is docile enough to drive in an urban environment.

Beginning in Bahrain, the first development vehicle is touring the Middle East where customers are being offered the opportunity to drive the Hunter and confirm their personal specification for production vehicles to be delivered later this year.

The Hunter is even more powerful than the version driven by Loeb, with a 50% increase in power from the 3.5 litre V6 twin turbo engine and more suspension travel to absorb the harshest of terrain.

But while the car is even faster and more capable than the race car, it is also more refined. Ian Callum, who styled the exterior of the original competition car, has returned to the project to create a new interior more in keeping with every day use than racing.

A digital display gives the driver all the important information they need, while the centre console houses the more traditional controls found on a road car.

The Hunter is the product of over 40 years of successful off road competition at Prodrive whose chairman, David Richards, said: “There are numerous hypercars on the market, however they all need good roads or even race tracks to show their performance.

“We identified that in certain parts of the world, particularly the Middle East, there are vast expanses still to be explored that go way beyond the access provided by asphalt roads. Therefore why not create a vehicle that gives the opportunity to explore these regions with performance way beyond that offered by any off-road vehicle before.”

The Hunter retains the Dakar competition car’s engine, drivetrain and suspension, but to improve driveability, the manual sequential gear box has been replaced by a six speed paddle shift, giving a smooth gear change in just milliseconds.

As the hypercar does not have to comply with strict competition regulations, power has been increased by more than 50%. The 3.5 litre twin turbo V6 has been refined and retuned on Prodrive’s advanced transient dyno in Banbury, UK to produce over 600bhp and 700 Nm of torque while making its power delivery smoother and easier to drive.

Prodrive estimates that this would give it a 0-100 kph time in less than four seconds and a top speed of nearly 300 kph. However, the vehicle is fitted with bespoke 35” off-road tyres designed to optimise grip over rough terrain and sand rather than on tarmac.

Richards said: “We took the deliberate decision to keep the Hunter Hypercar as close to the original as possible. It’s about giving owners the opportunity to experience what it is like to drive Loeb’s Dakar car across the desert, but with all the comforts of a road car and the ability to drive it from your home, through a city, to any destination of your choice.”

The whoe car is built around a high tensile steel space frame chassis, giving both a rigid platform to optimise the suspension geometry and performance within an FIA standard safety cage to protect the occupants.

The all-round double wishbone suspension with twin adjustable dampers on each corner has 400mm of travel – an increase from 350mm on the competition car – to give a smoother ride and even greater ability to cross the roughest terrain at speeds unimaginable in any other vehicle.  Six pot racing brake calipers and vented discs all round give it plenty of stopping power both on and off-road.

The vehicle has been designed to minimise overall weight and optimise the weight distribution and centre of gravity.  All the bodywork is made from lightweight carbon composite, which includes recycled materials produced by Prodrive Composites.

Richards said: “The first development vehicle is currently touring the Middle East, where customers are being offered the opportunity of driving the Hunter and confirming their personal specification for production vehicles to be delivered later this year.”

Bahrain Raid Extreme is a partnership between Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company “Mumtalakat”, the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and world-leading motorsport business, Prodrive.

 The focus of the first FIA Rally Star Training Season switches this weekend to Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi where the Middle East and North African Final winner will be crowned. 

From Friday to Sunday, the Emirates Motorsports Organization (EMSO) will host the FIA Rally Star Middle East and North African Final using purpose-built stage layouts located within the state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi Grand Prix venue.

Candidates from nine countries within the region, dreaming of one day competing in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), will go for a life-changing opportunity by undertaking a series of timed tests and assessments.

The results will be used to determine who will join the FIA Rally Star European Final winner, Estonia’s Romet Jürgenson, in the inaugural FIA Rally Star Training Season in 2023.

EMSO President Khalid Bin Sulayem, said: “We are delighted to host the Middle East and North African FIA Rally Star final. Our mission is to develop motor sport at both national and international level, and rally has always occupied an important place in our country’s motor sport heritage.

“Last week some of the world’s best cross-country competitors were celebrated here during the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, round two of the FIA World Rally-Raid Championship, and now the focus turns to grassroots rallying and the next generation of champions in the discipline.”

In total, 24 candidates will contest the FIA Rally Star Middle East and North African Final, having qualified via Digital or Slalom Challenges held virtually within their country or online, or as a wildcard nominated by a National Sporting Authority (ASN).

Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and UAE are all represented in the MENA regional final at Yas Marina Circuit. Tests include timed training runs in the TN5 Cross Car from FIA World Rally Championship driver Thierry Neuville’s LifeLive organisation.

It is the second of six FIA Rally Star Continental Finals in 2022, and follows January’s European Final held at the Estering in Germany. The results of the Continental Finals decide six of the seven FIA Rally Star Team members for 2023, with the seventh member coming from an all-female final contested later this year by the best-performing woman in each of the six Continental Finals.

The 2023 FIA Rally Star Training Season includes six rallies in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally3, as well as physical and intellectual assessment, driver coaching and testing. The aim is to equip the successful contestants with the attributes they need as they attempt to secure a drive in the FIA World Rally Championship in the future.

At the end of 2023, the best four FIA Rally Star Team members are rewarded with a season in the FIA Junior WRC Championship in 2024. For 2025, three drivers go forward into a second Junior WRC season. If one of the FIA Rally Star Team members wins the title, they secure a WRC2 campaign in a Rally2 car for 2026, with a Rally1 drive their next target.

Apart from any initial registration fee, plus travel costs for national selections and the Continental Final, all other costs are covered by the FIA with support from the FIA Innovation Fund together with FIA Rally Star partners. Taking into consideration the 2023 Training Season, plus two years in the Junior WRC, that essentially means three seasons of rallying free of charge for three drivers.

FIA Rally Star Team members will also benefit considerably in terms of the experience and skills gained in 2023, plus the opportunity to showcase their ability to media outlets and potential sponsors and partners, rally teams and car manufacturers.

Delighting the adventure riding community, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India today announced the opening bookings of its new 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports in India across Honda’s exclusive Big Wing Topline showrooms. The new motorcycle will make its way to the Indian market through CKD* route (*Completely Knock Down).

The 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports model will be available in 2 variants – Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) in Mat Ballistic Black Metallic color while Manual Transmission in Pearl Glare White Tricolor scheme with new exciting stripes.

Sharing his thoughts on the occasion, Mr. Atsushi Ogata, Managing Director, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India said, “Ever since its arrival in 2017, Africa Twin has defined new peaks of adventure riding in India. Going a step further, 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports inspires the riders to carve their own trails and explore the unknown further. With the new model now open for booking, we wish all adventure seekers a year filled with new explorations, experiences & excitement!”

Announcing the bookings open for new 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports in India, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India said, “While India offers a diverse terrain & landscape for exploration, the adventure riding community is also evolving at a steady pace. The Africa Twin Tribe with its Dakar Rally DNA is growing in India while enjoying its unmatched all terrain capabilities and now with the 2022 Africa Twin, the adventure culture is bound to notch up further.”

Power and Performance
Further advancing its long-touring and off-roading capabilities, the 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports is powered by a 1082.96cc Liquid-cooled 4-Stroke 8-Valve Parallel Twin engine, Overhead Camshaft (OHC) Type valve system with an output of 73kW at 7500 rpm and torque of 103Nm at 6000 rpm. Further, its 270-degree offset crankshaft provides excellent traction & responsive acceleration for a pulsating engine performance.

Technology and Accessibility
Reinforcing its ‘Go anywhere’ spirit, the 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports is packed with technology and innovation with a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), 2-Channel ABS, HSTC (Honda Selectable Torque Control) and Bluetooth Connectivity feature. Both MT and DCT variants get four default riding mode settings: TOUR, URBAN, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD to cover most riding conditions plus two customizable USER 1 & 2 settings.

Prioritizing valuable feedback from community, the 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports comes with a readjusted console screen for better visibility while riding. On the entertainment front, the new 2022 model offers more accessibility with both Apple CarPlay (for iOS users) and the newly added Android Auto.

Design and Feature
To create an adventure tourer with on/off road capabilities, the 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports is designed with mass centralization for stability and handling, narrow central area & wide front to control the action when standing up on the pegs. A Telescopic Front Suspension and Pro-Link Rear Suspension offers best optimum composure with comfort to the rider and makes it a best combination as an on/off road bike.

The model also includes features like adjustable seat and rally styled positive LCD color display to ensure a comfortable ride. A Semi Double Cradle Steel Frame is also fitted to improve strength and support the engine which makes the journey more enjoyable.

To improve safety, the 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sport’s dual LED headlights with Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and Cornering Lights ensure consistent visibility and illuminated blind spots. A fuel tank of 24.5L is a perfect package for the long haul.


Color, price and availability
Starting today, Honda has started the bookings for 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports at its BigWing Topline dealerships in Gurugram (Haryana), Mumbai (Maharashtra), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Kochi (Kerala), Hyderabad (Telangana) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu).