Asian Paints endeavours to be an integrated home decor player: MD

By Sanjeev Sharma

New Delhi, Sep 28 (IANS) Asian Paints has entered the home decor category after it saw that there is no single organised home decor player capable of providing an exhaustive range of furniture, furnishings and lightings in one place.

In an interview with IANS, Amit Syngle, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Asian Paints Limited, said the company endeavours to go beyond designer wallpapers, paints and kitchen and bath player, as an integrated home decor player.

On the rationale for the company to enter the category, Syngle said Asian Paints has always been about the walls and has been working around that to get into the share of space within the home.

“We saw that there is no single organised home decor player capable of providing an exhaustive range of furniture, furnishings and lightings in one place with a trustworthy and technology-led proposition,” he said.

On the target audience, he said that Asian Paints strives to have home products and services which are suited to the needs of consumers across the spectrum.

“Our offerings aim to partner with consumers who are renovating their homes as well as consumers who are looking to build their home from scratch. These new product offerings, combined with the Beautiful Homes Service across nine cities, aim to cater to consumers who are looking for products and services that help them make their personal space look more beautiful with a balanced price-product quality and likable designs. These products will be offered as a refreshing range of design and decor solutions under three brands — Nilaya, Royale and Ador,” he added.

On the manufacturing strategy, Syngle said these products are made by some of the most creative designers in India.

“We have partnered with leading players in these segments for their manufacturing. The products meet the same rigorous quality benchmarking that makes Asian Paints products reliable and trustworthy,” he added.

The company has 10 Beautiful Homes Stores which offer consumers a unique technology-led experience to help them select decor products for their dream homes with the assistance of expert designers.

“From providing quality products across multiple decor categories (paints, wall-coverings, kitchens, bath, furniture, furnishings, lighting, flooring etc.) to evaluating the site and offering 3D visualisation, these stores help consumers design their dream home. They partner with consumers to make it happen through an ecosystem of execution partners,” Syngle said.

He added that Beautiful Homes Stores are present in Delhi, Bengaluru, Cochin, Amritsar, Raipur, Nashik, Coimbatore, Tumkur, Karur and Jajpur.

“We will be soon present in Hyderabad, Rohtak, Ahmedabad and Hosur as well,” he said.

(Sanjeev Sharma can be reached at [email protected])

–IANS

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House Democrats’ resolution condemns harassment of Asian Americans

House Democrats passed a resolution Thursday condemning the harassment of Asian Americans and directly blamed President Trump amid reports of an uptick in such incidents nationwide.

The resolution, which passed 243-164 with 14 Republicans joining Democrats, is tangled in the larger debate around how the U.S. should address China’s role in the global pandemic.

Rep. Grace Meng, the resolution’s sponsor, said in a tweet that Mr. Trump’s use of the terms “China virus” and “Kung Flu” were making scapegoats of Asian Americans.

“This is wrong & dangerous,” she wrote. “Passing [the resolution] sends a unified message that such bigotry, hatred and xenophobia will not be tolerated.”

Ms. Meng, New York Democrat, voted for her bill via proxy.

The resolution doesn’t carry the weight of law but does express consensus of the House.

“Sadly this bigotry is being fueled by some in Washington, and you would think, I thought this would be almost unanimous consent to condemn violence against Asian Americans. Even from the White House itself, which uses dangerous, false and offensive terms to describe the coronavirus,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said on the floor.

Republican leaders denounced the resolution, accusing Democrats of pushing it through to score political points and shying away from penalizing China.

“Did the virus start in China? Yes. Did it start in Wuhan, China? Yes. Did China lie to the United States about the severity and origins of this virus? Yes,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise deflected criticism of Mr. Trump by highlighting the fact that the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing in February titled “The Wuhan Coronavirus.”

They said the vote wasted time that could’ve been spent working on stalled coronavirus relief to get aid out to the American public.

Mr. Trump has doubled down on blaming China while insisting that the blame is not directed at Asian Americans.

While Democrats made it clear the resolution was aimed at Mr. Trump, the text didn’t name the president and called on all officials to condemn “any and all anti-Asian sentiment in any form.”

It also requests federal law enforcement to aid state and local efforts to collect data on harassment and hate crimes against Asian Americans.

The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council and Chinese for Affirmative Action launched a website in March where people can report such incidents.

Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition of groups tracking these reports, found that more than 2,500 incidents — ranging from physical attacks to verbal accosts to discrimination — have been submitted as of August. The vast majority of these anecdotal reports show Asian Americans being blamed for spreading the virus.

Data from Pew Research gathered in July found that Asian Americans were the most likely — compared to White, Black and Hispanic Americans — to report negative reactions from others because of their ethnicity since the outbreak began. Nearly 40% of Americans said it was more common to direct racist views at Asian

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House passes resolution to denounce Covid-19 racism toward Asian Americans

The House passed a resolution Thursday to denounce the racism toward Asian Americans that has risen as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The measure demands the condemnation of all forms of racism and scapegoating and calls on public officials to denounce any anti-Asian sentiment. While the legislation won heavy Democratic support, it also got some Republican backing, passing 243-164. Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., the resolution’s main sponsor, said the vote showed that “the House said, ‘Enough.'”

“For months, Asian Americans in my home state of New York and in communities throughout the nation have been verbally and physically attacked, spat on and shunned,” Meng said. “Enough of the demeaning usages of ‘Chinese virus,’ ‘Wuhan virus’ and ‘Kung-flu,’ especially from our nation’s leaders, such as President Trump, GOP leader McCarthy and others. Enough of the scapegoating. Enough of using the Asian American community to stoke people’s fears about Covid-19.”

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is the House minority leader.

Meng added: “The House made clear that we reject this xenophobia and violence, and I thank all who joined me in standing up to bigotry and ugliness against Asian Americans. Everybody deserves to feel safe in the country we call home.”

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The legislation, which was introduced in March, also calls for authorities to investigate and collect data about coronavirus-related hate crimes, which have continued to rise since the pandemic began. The reporting forum Stop AAPI Hate received 2,583 reports of anti-Asian discrimination nationwide over about five months. New York City alone reported more than 248 incidents of harassment and discrimination related to Covid-19 from February to April, with over 40 percent identified as anti-Asian incidents.

Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, said it was important for the nation’s leaders to send a clear message rejecting bigotry. She said the legislation likely passed because of the “dire nature” of the anti-Asian sentiment across the country.

But the support for an Asian American-centered issue also, in part, speaks to the importance of representation among legislators, Chu said. She said there is a record number of Asian American and Pacific Islander members of Congress, about 20.

“It is significant that it was able to be passed on, but it is also a result of the fact that we do have more representation in Congress,” Chu said. “We were able to educate our fellow members of Congress about what was going on to the Asian community with regard to these Covid-19 hate crimes and incidents.”

Chu said the support the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus got from other congressional caucuses, including those representing Black, Latino and Native American lawmakers, was fundamental in pushing back against pandemic-related racism.

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Chu said she suspects that those who voted against the measure did not want to put blame on President Donald Trump for anti-Asian American racism.

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House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic



House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Thursday to condemn racism against Asian Americans tied to the coronavirus outbreak, approving a Democratic resolution on a mostly party-line vote. Republicans called the legislation an election-year effort to criticize President Donald Trump and “woke culture on steroids.”

The resolution, approved 243-164, calls on all public officials to condemn anti-Asian sentiment and to investigate hate crimes after a rise in aggression and violence from those blaming people of Asian descent for the pandemic. The measure does not name Trump but notes inflammatory terms used by him and other Republicans — including “Chinese Virus,” “Wuhan Virus,” and “Kung flu” — and says they have perpetuated an anti-Asian stigma.



House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, with House Democrats, speaks during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., Pelosi, Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, with House Democrats, speaks during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., Pelosi, Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that “at the same time that the coronavirus pandemic is broken out, so too has a disturbing epidemic of hate and discrimination” against Asian Americans and Asian immigrants, including physical and verbal attacks and vandalized businesses. She blamed Trump for trying to divert attention from Russia’s meddling in elections to demonize China.



Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., center, speaks next to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, and House Majority Whip James Clyburn, of S.C., during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


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Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., called Republican opposition to the resolution “disgraceful.”

“The president is fueling racism and inspiring violent attacks on Asian Americans and Asian immigrants,” Takano said. Trump has often used the term “kung flu” on the campaign trail as he has tried to turn focus to the virus’s origins in China amid criticism of his response to the pandemic.

Republicans said Trump was turning his ire toward China’s government and not Asian Americans. Trump in March insisted that Asian Americans were “amazing people” and not at fault for spreading the virus.

Several House Republicans spoke against the resolution. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said it was “just another opportunity to attack the president.” Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs called it “woke culture on steroids.” Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said it was “ridiculous” and a “waste of time” as the House was about to adjourn for the week and Democrats and the White House have so far failed to agree on additional coronavirus relief.

“At the heart of this resolution is the absurd notion that referring to the virus as a Wuhan virus

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