Thursday, April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016 - Uber vs Ola: Who will end up dominating the Indian streets?

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The politics of policy-making is not easy. First the BJP opposed FDI in Retail for the sake of the 'informal trader' vote base. Now that attracting foreign investment has become a priority, the government is finding different ways to allow FDI, without raising the bogey of 'FDI in multi-brand retail'. 100% FDI in Food Retail has recently been allowed. So has FDI in Ecommerce marketplaces. FDI in food etailing is likely to be allowed now. In the case of ecommerce marketplaces and food etailing, the foreign investment had already come in, in big numbers. So, what the government is really doing is playing catch up, slicing and dicing the Retail industry into politically appropriate sub-sectors in the process - Comment


Digital
Uber vs Ola: Who will end up dominating the Indian streets?
Uber vs Ola: Who will end up  dominating the Indian streets? - News
On March 23, taxi hailing company Uber dragged rival service Ola to the Delhi High Court on charges of ‘false bookings.


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Digital
WhatsApp implements end-to-end encryption. Now no one, not even its makers, can see your messages
WhatsApp implements end-to-end  encryption. Now no one, not even its makers, can see your messages
This means that "when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat you send that message to.


Digital
Kishore Biyani-led Future Group buys online furniture retailer FabFurnish
Kishore  Biyani-led Future Group buys online furniture retailer FabFurnish - Economic Times
The move, according to Biyani, will also act as bulwark against Ikea, which is scheduled to open its first store in the country in 2017.


Advance to a Proactive I&O Organization in Four Steps

Advancing I&O maturity increases the value that I&O delivers. This essential piece of Gartner research shares 4 easy steps to advance your I&O organization.

Digital
$2.5 billion a year. 18 million unique users. The fintech startup CitrusPay aims to be India’s payment universe
Consumers are a fickle bunch, especially on the internet. Money owed? I’ll pay you back using Chillr. Selling an old couch on OLX? Right into my Paytm wallet, please. Direct deposits to cover rent, credit cards when buying clothes in-store, e-wallets to pay for that taxi ride… it’s hard to figure out exactly how people like to pay.

 


Digital
Flipkart unveils mobile site on Chinese browser UCWeb
Today, it announced a partnership with Alibaba’s UCWeb to have Flipkart’s new mobile site on the homescreen of UC Browser. This integration is aimed at enhancing the user experience even in low bandwidth conditions. It will also make Flipkart more easily accessible to hundreds of millions of users in India.

 


Digital
Budget Ola -- Ola's low-cost cab category launched in six more cities
Budget Ola --  Ola's low-cost cab category launched in six more cities
Ride-hailing app Ola has launched its low-cost cab category in six smaller towns and cities, as it looks to keep its market leadership position against rival Uber.


Retail
Being Human demerges from Mandhana Industries
Being Human demerges from  Mandhana Industries - Economic Times
Being Human Clothing, which was operating as a retail division of Mandhana Industries, has been de-merged from the company to form Mandhana Retail Ventures.

Retail
FDI in e-commerce: 50 shades of grey
Expert verdict on the policy notification has ranged from ‘this changes nothing’ to ‘this changes everything’. Like the policy and its enforcement, there is no black and white answer

Retail
GoJavas ropes in Amitabh Coomar as new CEO
Former executive of ITC Ltd was hired after the departure of Vijay Ghadge, GoJavas’ senior most executive

Retail
From Yellow Pages to online marketplace for SMEs, the strong and silent rise of Askmebazaar
From Yellow Pages to online  marketplace for SMEs, the strong and silent rise of Askmebazaar - YourStory.com
When Askmebazaar was launched in 2012, Flipkart and Snapdeal had already set foot in the country’s e-commerce scene. But Askmebazaar took a different route.


Telecom
WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption service is legal in India, but it may not remain so for long
WhatsApp's end-to-end  encryption service is legal in India, but it may not remain so for long - Firstpost
WhatsApp end-to-end encryption is legal in India for now. Changes in regulations might not keep it so for long.


Telecom
How 4G roll-out, smartphone uptake can help Bollywood studios tap profits
How 4G  roll-out, smartphone uptake can help Bollywood studios tap profits - ETTelecom.com
Now, with smartphone sales booming and India preparing for nationwide 4G Internet access, India's film and TV industry hopes the ease of tapping your ..


Telecom
Norms eased for spectrum allotted administratively
Norms eased for spectrum  allotted administratively - The Indian Express
Telcos can share and trade airwaves acquired in a bundle along with licences.


Telecom
American Tower to invest $2 billion more in India: Telecoms Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
American Tower to invest $2  billion more in India: Telecoms Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad - ETTelecom.com
American Tower CEO James D. Taiclet Jr made the commitment to invest more in India during their meeting on Tuesday, Prasad said.



Finance
Can a director’s death deter a CEO from buying more companies?
Can a director’s death  deter a CEO from buying more companies? - Livemint
Research suggests a director’s death heightens a surviving CEO’s sense of mortality and shifts the focus to inner concerns such as autonomy, relatedness and self-growth


Finance
A $234 million lawsuit that may help Vijay Mallya repay airline’s debt
A $234 million  lawsuit that may help Vijay Mallya repay airline’s debt - Livemint
A litigation by United Breweries Holdings over the quality of a jet engine may determine how much lenders can claw back from Vijay Mallya


Finance
Bittersweet subsidy cuts for fertilizer companies
Bittersweet subsidy cuts for  fertilizer companies - Livemint
Icra says subsidy cuts will take away the benefits of low international prices of intermediaries


Finance
Are Infosys founders not happy with Vishal Sikka?
Are Infosys founders not happy  with Vishal Sikka? - Livemint
Only around 23.57% of promoter votes were cast in favour of a resolution reappointing Vishal Sikka as CEO




Software
Nasscom appoints CP Gurnani as Chairman for 2016-17
Nasscom appoints CP Gurnani as  Chairman for 2016-17 - News
Gurnani, a chemical engineer from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela has over 31 years of experience in the industry.


Software
As Apple plots India push, Samsung stakes turf with revamped phones
As Apple plots India push,  Samsung stakes turf with revamped phones
Long the leader in price-conscious India, the South Korean giant had been losing ground to local rivals such as Micromax and Lava, as well as Chinese brands.


Software
Indian IT companies act as immigration agents, says NR Narayana Murthy
Indian IT  companies act as immigration agents, says NR Narayana Murthy
The Infosys founder added that it was imperative for the IT companies to create local jobs as it was their responsibility to do so.



Ecommerce
Uber vs Ola: Who will end up dominating the streets?
Uber vs Ola: Who will end up  dominating the streets? - Economic Times
On March 23, taxi hailing company Uber dragged rival service Ola to the Delhi High Court on charges of ‘false bookings.

Ecommerce
Practo ties up with Twitter to enable users get responses to their queries by doctors on the Practo Consult platform
Firm launches a Twitter handle @AskPracto, which will enable users get responses to their queries by doctors on the Practo Consult platform

Ecommerce
How to Choose the Correct Payment Gateway for Your Business?
How to Choose the Correct  Payment Gateway for Your Business? - iamWire
The decision of choosing the correct payment gateway for your online business is always a tricky one. These points might help.



HR
Emirates labor law meet finds foreign workers still troubled
Emirates labor law meet finds  foreign workers still troubled - Times of India
Laborers gathered on Wednesday for an event aimed at showcasing how the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is trying to make labor laws more understandable instead discussed their grievances. They talked about unscrupulous bosses, abuses and poor conditions rampant across the Gulf Arab states.


HR
Nokia to cut thousands of jobs following Alcatel deal
Nokia to cut thousands of jobs  following Alcatel deal - India Today
Nokia has declined to give a total figure for global job cuts.


HR
Steps to Grab India's Hottest Jobs
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HR


Logistics
Acceleration of road construction in India, Minister Gadkari declared that we are at an all time high pace of 20km per day
Acceleration of road  construction in India, Minister Gadkari declared that we are at an all time high pace of 20km per day - indiatransportportal.com (press release)
Road construction in India has accelerated to an all-time high pace of 20 kms daily, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari stated on Thursday. Gadkari said that his ministry will proba…


Logistics
Aircraft orders monthly: Pegasus and Air India place orders in March for Boeing 727/800s' for approx $ 505 m
Aircraft orders monthly:  Pegasus and Air India place orders in March for Boeing 727/800s' for approx $ 505 m - Air Cargo News
Each month Air Cargo News analyses the latest aircraft orders, both passenger and freighter. Pegasus Airlines orders five 737sTurkish low-cost...


Logistics
Air India scales up domestic, international operations for summer schedule, starting now will run upto October'16
Air India scales up domestic,  international operations for summer schedule, starting now will run upto October'16 - Economic Times
Flag carrier Air India said it has scaled up frequencies on its two international networks and added services on a few existing domestic routes as part of the summer schedule.


Logistics
NHRC notice to govt for 'glass falls' at Chennai airport, th eairport has witnessed 61 incidents of glass fall since 2012
NHRC notice to govt for  'glass falls' at Chennai airport, th eairport has witnessed 61 incidents of glass fall since 2012 - Times of India
NHRC issues notice to Chennai Airport over 61 incidents of falling glass panels - The Chennai Airport witnessed 61 incidents of glass fall in recent times, endangering safety of travellers.



Construction
Gr Hyderabad civic body seeks govt nod for Musi skyway project on East side of Outer Ring Road
Gr Hyderabad civic body seeks  govt nod for Musi skyway project on East side of Outer Ring Road - ET Realty
If everything goes as per plan, the skyway connecting Outer Ring Road on the East side of the city to Outer Ring Road (ORR) on west side of the city w..


Construction
Maharashtra to appoint committee to resolve land dispute
Maharashtra to appoint  committee to resolve land dispute - ET Realty
Dispute over development of land is on account of section 20 of the erstwhile Urban Land Ceiling Act


Construction
India Ratings revises realty sector outlook to negative for FY17
India Ratings  revises realty sector outlook to negative for FY17 - ET Realty
India Ratings has also revised the rating outlook on sector companies to Negative from Stable, as debt continues to increase while profits and cash fl..


Construction
Government committee looking into land encroachments after authenticity of Bengaluru's land records come under scanner
Government committee looking  into land encroachments after authenticity of Bengaluru's land records come under scanner - ET Realty
A government committee looking into land encroachments has reportedly found that 18,000 fraudulent paperwork related to hundreds of acres of governmen..



Marketing
India marketers have spam problem : Report
NEW DELHI: Indian marketers are wasting time and money by sending consumers multiple messages on multiple platforms and getting poor response rates as a result, according to a new study.

 


Marketing
ASCI calls out Facebook, Airtel, Vodafone others for false advertising : Report
ASCI calls out  Facebook, Airtel, Vodafone others for false advertising : Report - Medianama
  The Advertising Standards Council of India’s (ASCI) Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) has upheld complaints (pdf) against 51 out of 102 advertisements brought to it in January 2016. These advertisements belonged to various categories: 13 in education, 12 in food & beverages, 3 in telec


Marketing
Future Group to buy FabFurnish : Report
Future Group to buy FabFurnish  : Report - Medianama
Retail, fashion and grocery conglomerate Future Group will be buying online furniture retailer FabFurnish for an undisclosed amount, reports Mint. Future Group plans to leverage the online platform and delivery model of FabFurnish to markets where it doesn’t have offline stores or areas with min


Marketing
Chinese smartphone maker Oppo to spend 10 times more on marketing this fiscal
Chinese  smartphone maker Oppo to spend 10 times more on marketing this fiscal - ETTelecom.com
The company has seen a 30% monthly jump since October 2015, driven by its aggressive marketing campaigns around reality TV show Big Boss.



Politics
Baba Ramdev Does Have Freedom Of Speech, But That's Only Part Of The Story
Baba Ramdev Does Have Freedom Of Speech, But That's Only Part  Of The Story
Does freedom of speech not apply to Baba Ramdev? That’s what BJP president Amit Shah wants to know. Absolutely, it does. Baba Ramdev, if you remember, decided a Sadbhavna (compassion) ral


Politics
‘All Modi has done is forced crores of people to open bank accounts’: Manmohan Singh
‘All Modi has done is forced crores of people  to open bank accounts’: Manmohan Singh
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh tears into the Modi government at an Assam election rally.


Politics
West Bengal polls: Only bomb-making industry has flourished in the state, says Rajnath Singh
West Bengal polls: Only bomb-making industry has  flourished in the state, says Rajnath Singh
Before the 2011 Assembly election, TMC had given the slogan for bringing in change and gave the people assurance that it will stop atrocities unleashed by the communists. But after five years of TMC rule, the situation remains unchanged," he told election meetings in support of BJP candidates.


Politics
Anti-incumbency and Mamata: How Didi’s go-to weapon against the CPM is threatening to backfire
Anti-incumbency and Mamata: How Didi’s go-to weapon  against the CPM is threatening to backfire
Anti-incumbency is a weapon that Mamata Banerjee has learned to wield to bewildering effect in the past nearly 5 years by dumping responsibility for every problem on the 34 years that the Communist Party of India Marxist led Left Front ruled in West Bengal.



Sports
IPL 2016: I never judge players based on their price, says Rahul Dravid
IPL 2016: I never judge players based on their price, says Rahul  Dravid
Eyebrows were raised when Pawan Negi was picked for Rs 8.5 crore and Carlos Brathwaite was picked for Rs 4.2 crore at the auction.


Sports
India coach question: Rahul Dravid replies, but doesn’t answer
India coach question: Rahul Dravid replies, but doesn’t  answer
Both Rahul Dravid and Anurag Thakur toed a cautious line. But expect the coaching drama to hog headline space this coming IPL season.


Sports
Sweat it out: Sachin Tendulkar’s message for youngsters
Sweat it out: Sachin Tendulkar’s message for  youngsters
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar asked aspiring boys and girls to toil hard to realise their dream of playing for India.


Sports
IPL 2016: I am enjoying at the moment, says KXIP mentor Virender Sehwag
IPL 2016: I am enjoying at the moment, says KXIP mentor  Virender Sehwag
KXIP coach Sanjay Bangar and captain David Miller hope that Virender Sehwag can guide the youngsters in the team this year.



Entertainment
Unbelievable that Jungle Book has got a U/A certification: Ayushmann Khurrana
Unbelievable that Jungle Book has got a U/A  certification: Ayushmann Khurrana
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana said, "It's unbeliveable. I don't know what's the criteria behind the certification."


Entertainment
They are unique, fun to work with: Anushka Sharma on Bollywood’s three Khans
They are unique, fun to work with: Anushka  Sharma on Bollywood’s three Khans
Anushka Sharma says working with Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan is a "unique and fun" as well as learning experience.


Entertainment
Dhanak trailer review: There is something incredible about Nagesh Kukunoor film
Dhanak trailer review: There is something incredible  about Nagesh Kukunoor film
The newly released trailer of Dhanak beautifully captures the journey of two kids to meet Shah Rukh Khan who they feel can help them.


Entertainment
Is Bollywood being dragged into the Hrithik-Kangana slugfest?
Is Bollywood being dragged into the Hrithik-Kangana slugfest?
A new twist in the Hrithik Roshan-Kangana Ranaut legal case is that the actor has reportedly been meeting industry people and a section of the media.






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