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Amazon to close its online biz in China: Report
Posted on 23rd April 2019
Retail giant Amazon will withdraw its domestic e-commerce marketplace business in China, effective from July 18, but will keep operating its other business sections, including Amazon Web Services, Kindle e-books and cross-border operations.

Facing stiff competition from local online marketplace operators, including Alibaba, JD.com as well as the fast-growing Pinduoduo, Amazon's exit from e-commerce business would be the end of the company's 15 years of journey into the China market.


Microsoft employees decry Jack Ma backed '996' Chinese work culture
Posted on 23rd April 2019
San Francisco: A group of Microsoft employees has come forward to support Chinese tech workers on the gruelling '996' culture, writing a petition in defence of a trending GitHub repository that is being censored in China.

In a letter written on web-hosting service Github, owned by Microsoft, the employees have asked the company to keep the "996.ICU" GitHub repository uncensored, The Verge reported on Monday.


Bitcoin prices surge to a six-month high, after 35% gain this month
Posted on 23rd April 2019
Bitcoin prices jumped today to its highest in six months, pulling smaller cryptocurrencies up with it in a move that traders and analysts ascribed to technical forces with no apparent news catalysts at play.

Bitcoin, the biggest virtual coin, climbed as much as 4.5% in early trading to top $5,600 briefly, touching its highest since November 18.


Vicks, Gillette, Pantene maker P&G found guilty under GST anti-profiteering
Posted on 23rd April 2019
The GST profiteering investigation arm has found leading FMCG firm P&G India guilty of not passing on GST rate cut benefits to the tune of about Rs 250 crore by commensurate reduction in prices. Based on a complaint filed before the standing committee, the Directorate General of Anti profiteering (DGAP) investigated the books of accounts of P&G India pre and post November 15, 2017, and concluded that the consumer goods manufacturer has not lowered prices of certain of its products despite cut in GST rate to 18 per cent from 28 per cent.

Paytm takes cue from Alibaba, launches credit score check facility for app users
Posted on 23rd April 2019
Digital payments company Paytm has now enabled users to check their credit scores on its mobile app. Users can access the service by clicking on ‘My Credit Score’ under their user profile section. Paytm-backer Alibaba’s financial services affiliate Ant Financial had launched a similar service called Sesame Credit in January 2015 for individual credit scores of customers and small business owners.

3 Indians join Manika in singles main draw ITTF World C'ships
Posted on 23rd April 2019
Three Indian women paddlers on Monday qualified for the main draw of ITTF World Championships on the second day of the competition at Budapest.

Suthirta Mukherjee, Madhurika Patkar and Archana Kamath have joined Manika Batra in the main draw of women's singles, while Anthony Amalraj and Manav Thakkar are just a match away from making the cut in the men's singles.


DoT floats draft proposal on 4G spectrum to BSNL, MTNL
Posted on 23rd April 2019
New Delhi: The Department of Telecom is learnt to have circulated a draft cabinet note for the allocation of 4G spectrum to BSNL and MTNL and implementation of a voluntary retirement scheme at the two loss-making telecom PSUs.

The department has sought comments of the key ministries on the proposals, an official source told PTI.


GST rate cuts now benefitting consumers more than before: Survey
Posted on 23rd April 2019
New Delhi: Consumers are of the view that they are benefitting from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate cuts now more than before as businesses and traders increasingly lower prices to the extent of the reduced tax rates, an online survey of 16,000 people has found.

The survey held by online community of consumers Local Circles has shown a steady improvement in customer experience between June 2018 and April 2019 on getting the benefit of tax cuts intended for them.


Banking on banks: Air India SPV seeks to lower debt burden
Posted on 23rd April 2019
Since the Rs 29,464-crore Air India working-capital debt taken over by it is backed by a sovereign guarantee, the Centre’s special purpose vehicle Air India Assets Holding (AIAHL) is set to ask banks to cut interest rate on bulk of the loan to about 8.5% from 10.5-11% now.

The shifting of this debt to AIAHAL from the carrier was one of the steps taken to make the airline attractive to potential buyers.


SECI extends deadline for 3,000 MW solar tender
Posted on 23rd April 2019
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has extended the deadline for receiving bids for the government’s manufacturing-linked solar scheme to May 14. This is the third time the SECI has extended the date – original deadline was March 18, 2019. The scheme seeks to set up 3 gigawatt (GW) of solar plants against 1.5 GW of manufacturing units.

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