SuperNight pack: Vodafone counters Jio with unlimited internet at Rs 6/hour

A man casts a silhouette onto an electronic screen displaying a Vodafone logo, in Mumbai. Photo: Reuters

SuperNight packs will enable users to download unlimited data for five hours at a fixed price


Latest news :  Vodafone India on Monday announced a new product — Vodafone SuperNight — with immediate effect for prepaid customers.


According to the company, the new product at Rs 29 will enable unlimited 3G/4G data usage and download for five hours.


“The pack can be activated any time of the day but will be applicable only during the subsequent five hours between 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.,” it said in a statement.


Vodafone is offering Internet access between 1am and 6am at Rs 29 a day. This comes out to less than Rs. 6 per hour.In contrast, Reliance Jio’s services cost about Rs. 10 per day for 1GB of 4G data.

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The recharge pack can be purchased anytime during the day, but will kick in at 1 am only. The new SuperNight pack is available to purchase from digital channels, offline outlets, and via the *444*4# USSD code.

OnePlus 5 unveiling at 9:30 PM today: It could be 2017’s leading flagship

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Device to be unveiled in the US today at 9:30 PM IST; OnePlus 5 will be open to all buyers


Latest news : The rumours and speculations over the much-awaited flagship smartphone OnePlus 5 are expected to be put to rest today. Pete Lau, co-founder and chief executive officer of OnePlus, is expected to answer all questions related to the flagship device tonight at 9:30 PM IST through a recorded webcast from the United States.

While the official India launch is still two days away, tonight’s event is expected to satiate thousands of prospective buyers and smartphone geeks across the world who have been waiting to put their hands on the latest device from OnePlus’ stable.

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OnePlus, which started its journey only three and a half years ago in December 2013, gained popularity in India with its very first device, the OnePlus One launched in mid-2014. The following models – One Plus 2 (released in August 2015), One Plus X (November 2015), OnePlus 3 (June 2016), and OnePlus 3T (November 2016) – have managed to maintain the momentum for the brand in India.

Duty on mobiles after GST: iPhones to get costlier; local brands won’t gain


Smaller players could be routed; major Indian brands may not get any significant advantage



Latest news : The Union government is mulling imposing a 15 per cent basic customs duty (BCD) on the import of finished mobile handsets once the Goods and Services Tax (GST) comes into effect.


The move is intended to protect manufacturers who have set up units in India and put a curb on the outflow of foreign exchange to countries like China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.


Boosting local manufacturing or assembly of mobile phones is a key part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project — Make in India.


What the government intends to do?


The Commerce and Industry Ministry had proposed a customs duty of 15 per cent on smartphone imports. Under the Phased Manufacturing Program (PMP) developed by the ministry of electronics and information technology, the government aims to enable large-scale manufacturing of mobile phones. As local value addition in handsets remains as low as two per cent at present, sub-parts such as mechanics, microphones, receivers, keypads, and USB cables, among others, have been targeted in the initial stage.


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Sold stake in Grosvenor House to UK’s GH Equity, Sahara tells SC

Grosvenor House Hotel

Court gives 10 working days for repatriation of 75 mn pounds towards payment to Sebi

Latest news : The Sahara group today told the Supreme Court that it has sold its interests in London’s Grosvenor House hotel to GH Equity UK. Sahara counsel Kapil Sibal told the bench of Dipak Misra and Ranjan Gogoi that the sale has been completed and sought permission of the court to transfer funds from the deal to the Sebi-Sahara refund account.


While Sibal did not disclose the exact amount of the consideration, he said about 75 million pounds was being brought to India and suggested that the transaction also involved refinancing of funds connected to its interests in the Plaza and Dream Downtown Hotels in New York. According to the court’s order in April, Sahara was to deposit Rs 1,500 crore by June 15 and a further Rs 522 crore by July 15.


A post-dated cheque for Rs 1,500 crore given by the group was dishonoured. Following this, the group was able to arranged a remittance of Rs 790.18 crore as of Monday. After Sibal cited technical difficulties as the buyer of the London properties insisted on remittance to the Sebi- Sahara account, the bench allowed the group 10 days for the remaining sum of Rs 709.82 crore to be remitted.

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Posting the matter to July 5, Misra warned that the court would be “compelled to send the contemnors to custody” if the new deadline was not adhered to. “Pay and get out,” he added.

CBSE likely to announce NEET 2017 results today


the results will be declared on its official website


Latest news :The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) under the scanner of the Supreme Court is expected to announce the results of National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination (NEET) on June 19, 2017. The NEET is an entrance examination for any graduate medical course such as MBBS, Bachelor of Dental Surgery or postgraduate course i.e. Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Surgery in government or private medical colleges in India. Sources and experts say the CBSE that promptly had released the OMR Sheet and Answer Keys for NEET 2017 seems to have finished the necessary paper works before announcing the results. The Board if ready will declare the results on its official website


Stay order on the Exam Removed

This year the NEET was taken by around 11.38 lakh students. Soon, the examination fell for a number of controversies forcing many to file individual petitions in Madras and Gujarat High courts. On receiving a considerable amount of petitions, the Madras Court applied a stay order on the announcement of NEET 2017 results. However, the country’s top governing legal body Supreme Court disbanded the stay order and asked the CBSE Board to make the results public before June 26. The Board then promptly released the OMR Sheet and Answer Keys on June 15, before the notified date of June 16.

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Lists of Counselling

However, the Board hasn’t put any official word in public regarding the announcement of result. Many expect the Board to declare the 2017 NEET results (Roll number wise) today on its official website. In addition, the Board will be sharing the lists of All India Rank for NEET 2017 and State Wise Rank for the same. Once the results are announced, the students will appear for All India Quote counselling. The counselling will be organized by the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC).

OnePlus 5 India launch: First look of the smartphone now out on your TV

OnePlus 5

OnePlus rolled out a television commercials for the OnePlus 5 featuring Amitabh Bachchan



LATEST NEWS :  Chinese smartphone maker c Vir Das and Sushant Singh Rajput, and coming days before the June 22 official India launch, the short commercial gives the first glimpses of the upcoming device in all its glory. The advertisement also confirms that the OnePlus5, many details of which were so far available only through unofficial leaks on the internet, is going to be made available exclusively on e-commerce site Amazon.


OnePlus 5 TV commercial Actor Amitabh Bachchan in the OnePlus 5 television commercial The OnePlus 5 is scheduled to be launched in India on June 22 at an event organised in NSCI Dome, Mumbai.

OnePlus 5 specificationsOnePlus 5 specifications Source: Recently, a report mentioned the price quoting “reliable sources” and said OnePlus 5 would be launched with two storage and RAM variants – 64GB/6GB and 128GB/8GB. According to the report, the base model, with 64 GB of storage and 6 GB of RAM, might be priced at Rs 32,999, while the premium version with 128 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM could retail at Rs 37,999.

A teaser image posted on microblogging site Twitter by OnePlus showed that the OnePlus 5 smartphone would have dual rear cameras placed horizontal at the top left of the device. It also revealed that the upcoming smartphone might offer black as a colour option.


Of late, OnePlus has been teasing the upcoming flagship through subtle tweets and images on other social media channels. Not much information has been divulged yet about the device, except CEO Pete Lau confirming that the phone would use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

OnePlus 5

Pete, who did not seem to be willing to wait until the official launch of the device, had on Wednesday taken to Weibo, the Chinese counterpart of Twitter, to share a photograph purportedly clicked using OnePlus 5. The photography was posted with a message — “What a purely clear sky! See you at 10:00 am tomorrow. Good night.” – that suggests some more announcements might be coming from OnePlus before the actual launch date.

OnePlus 5 camera sample

It is not just the company CEO who has been sending out teaser before the actual launch of the device. Amazon India, which is official online sales partner of OnePlus devices, also put up a promotion page for OnePlus 5. According to popular tipster Evan Blass, the source code of the Amazon promotion page revealed that the upcoming smartphone would feature a whopping 8 GB of RAM.

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The OnePlus 5 looks promising, after the company added to its fame in the Indian smartphone market with its ‘flagship killer’ smartphones OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. We look forward to the actual launch and hope that the company would price the upcoming flagship competitively.

90% Jio users opted for Prime, 76% ready to continue: BofAML

90% Jio users opted for Prime, most ready to continue: BofAML

Jio is offering 1 GB of 4G data per day and unlimited voice calls under Rs 303, Rs 309 schemes

Latest news  : Around 90 per cent of Reliance Jio users are estimated to have subscribed to its promotional Prime membership plan, according to the report by Bank of America Merill Lynch.


Around 76 per cent are ready to continue using Jio’s service once the promotional period ends, it added.


“80 per cent of users have only one Jio SIM…90 per cent are Prime members, 84 per cent claim to have paid Jio the monthly top-up as well,” the report said.


It said 84 per cent of these Jio users have paid monthly top-up with majority of them choosing Rs 303 or Rs 309 pack.


Jio is offering 1 GB of 4G data per day and unlimited voice calls under Rs 303 and Rs 309 schemes.


“Interestingly, we note that only five per cent of surveyed users are using LYF phones with 40 per cent and seven per cent using Samsung and iPhone respectively,” the report said.


BoFAML conducted a survey of around 1,000 users mid-June who were using Jio as a primary SIM to better understand consumer perception and usage after end of its free service.


“We note that these users are not a representative of the entire market as this was an online survey targeting mainly mid-to-high end users and these users are predominantly using Jio as primary SIM,” the report said.

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According to the latest report published by the telecom regulator Trai, Jio had over 112 million subscribers at the end of April.


Around 68 per cent of the surveyed Jio users said that they have negotiated with their incumbent telecom operators and have got around 10-40 per cent cheaper tariffs.


BofaML said a partial impact may be felt in the upcoming quarter on incumbents but the overall magnitude would not be high.

Daily fuel prices rolled out, but dealers unhappy, shut shop in Karnataka

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At least 1000 petrol pumps across 7 districts in Karnataka has shut shop protesting against the move


Latest news : On a day when state-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) like Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) launched the daily revision of fuel prices, at least 1000 petrol pumps across seven districts in Karnataka have shut shop protesting against the move.


This comes after fuel dealer associations called off their plan to go for “no purchase” of fuel following intervention from Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. “The move will wipe out the entire margins of marginal dealers. While oil marketing companies claim that 95 per cent of retail outlets are automated, only 5 per cent are automated. At least 1000 petrol pumps are shut down in seven districts of Karnataka with no purchase and no sale, while some outlets in Bangalore too have opted to go for no purchase,” said Ranjith Hegde, secretary of Mysore Petroleum Traders Association.

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All the major associations had called off their strike  after the government assured an increase in dealer commission from July.  When asked about this, a senior official from IOC told Business Standard, “The rollout of daily pricing was done smoothly and there is no disruption reported so far.” Pradhan had assured the dealers that the automation of petrol pumps will happen as soon as possible and a committee is set to submit a report on this within a month.

1993 Mumbai blasts verdict: Abu Salem, Firoz Khan, Mustafa Dossa, Tahir Merchant, Karimullah Shaikh found guilty

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Abu Salem has been charged with supplying arms and ammunitions for the blasts



Latest news : During its hearing in the second leg of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (Tada) court in Mumbai on Friday convicted Abu Salem, Firoz Khan, Mustafa Dossa, Tahir Merchant and Karimullah Shaikh on charges including criminal conspiracy and murder.


The special court is hearing cases against mafia don Abu Salem and six others.


Tahir Merchant and Firoz Khan have been convicted on charges of conspiracy and murder under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), TADA and Explosives Act, while Mustafa Dossa has been found guilty of conspiracy, murder and terror activities.


The blasts that rocked 13 sites in Mumbai on March 12, 1993, had left 257 people dead and 713 injured, besides causing destruction of properties worth Rs 27 crore.


In the first leg of the trial, the Tada court had convicted 100 accused in the case and acquitted 23 people.


What is Abu Salem charged with?


Abu Salem, charged with supplying arms and ammunitions for the blasts from Gujarat to Mumbai, was extradited from Portugal in 2005.


He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005 for the 1995 murder of builder Pradeep Jain, and is currently lodged in Taloja Central Jail in Raigad.


Who are the other accused?


Apart from Abu Salem, the other accused are Mustafa Dossa (extradited from the UAE), Mohammed Tahir Merchant alias Tahir Takla, Abdul Qayyum, Karimullah Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui and Feroze Abdul Rashid Khan. (read more)