Airtel takes on JioPhone with Rs 1,399 4G smartphone: All you need to know

Airtel launches 4G smartphone

The partnership between Airtel and Karbonn is part of Airtel’s ‘Mera Pehla 4G Smartphone’ initiative


LATEST NEWS:             Bharti Airtel has collaborated with home-grown Karbonn Mobiles to provide a 4G smartphone at an effective charge of Rs 1,399. Dubbed ‘Mera Pehla 4G smartphone’ by using the telecom principal, the initiative is aimed at imparting cheap 4G phone to humans seeking to transport from characteristic phones to smartphones and enjoy high-speed internet at the cross.


Under the partnership, the Karbonn A40 Indian telephone, which has a retail fee of Rs three,499, will be offered at an powerful price of Rs 1,399. The smartphone comes bundled with a monthly percent of Rs 169 from Airtel, which gives generous data and calling advantages.


Karbon A40 India cellphone and Reliance JioPhone Karbon A40 India smartphone and Reliance JioPhone To avail of the cellphone bundled with Airtel advantages, the consumer desires to make a down payment of Rs 2899 for the 4G cellphone and make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs 169. The purchaser gets a coins refund of Rs 500 after 18 months and another Rs 1000 after 36 months, taking the whole coins advantage to Rs 1500.


Karbon A40 India telephone with Airtel package deal offer Karbon A40 India phone with Airtel bundle offer In case the customer does now not wish to choose the Rs 169 bundled plan, she/he has the flexibility of doing recharges of any denomination and validity as in step with man or woman necessities. but, to assert the cash refund gain, recharges worth Rs 3000 should be done in the first 18 months (to assert the primary refund installment of Rs 500) and another Rs 3000 over the following 18 months (to say the second refund installment of Rs one thousand).


The possession of the smartphone is absolutely with the purchaser and there may be no need to go back the device to Airtel/Karbonn at any point to claim the cash gain.


beginning October 11, Karbon A40 India and different smartphones beneath the ‘Mera Pehla 4G cellphone’ initiative may be available at main cell stores across the country. After sales assist for the devices might be supplied with the aid of the handset producers via their service community.


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Sex with wife below 18 years is rape, punishable under IPC: Supreme Court

sex with minor wife is rape

It voiced concern over thousands of minor girls being married in mass wedding ceremonies on Akshaya Tritiya

LATEST NEWS   : The apex court said the exception in the rape law was contrary to the philosophy of other statutes and violates the bodily integrity of a girl child.


A bench comprising Justice Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also expressed concern over the prevalent practice of child marriage in the country and said social justice laws were not implemented with the spirit with which they have been enacted by Parliament.


The bench clarified that it has not dealt with the issue of marital rape as it was not raised before it by respective parties.


Justice Gupta, who wrote a separate but concurrent verdict, said the age of marriage was 18 in all laws and the exception is given in the rape law under the IPC is “capricious, arbitrary and violates the rights of a girl child”.


The apex court said the exception is violative of Article 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution.


It asked the Centre and the states to take proactive steps to prohibit child marriage across the country.


It voiced concern over thousands of minor girls being married in mass wedding ceremonies on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya.


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Diwali bonanza: Petrol, diesel to cost less in Gujarat, Maharashtra

Petrol Pump, Daily Fuel Revision

The Maharashtra government reduced petrol and diesel prices by Rs 2 and Rs 1 respectively


LATEST NEWS : A week after Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan urged the state governments to cut the value added tax or VAT on petrol and diesel, two BJP-ruled states Gujarat and Maharashtra have today slashed the VAT on fuel.


The Gujarat government on Tuesday announced a 4 per cent cut in VAT on petrol and diesel, effective from midnight, to bring down fuel prices in the state.


The Maharashtra government reduced petrol and diesel prices by Rs 2 and Rs 1 respectively.



Making the announcement, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani told the media that with the reduction in VAT, petrol price will be reduced by Rs 2.93 a litre and that of diesel by Rs 2.72 a litre.


“The decision will provide a big relief to the middle class during Diwali festival and vacation,” he said. (Click here to read the entire report)


The move comes after Maharashtra had increased to 47 per cent from 27 per cent  with in a year.


Hours after the Gujarat government announced the tax cut, Devendra Fadnavis government also came out with tax reduction on fuel.


Making the announcement about VAT reduction on petrol and diesel today, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar also termed it as a “Diwali gift” to people of the state.


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Job shock in IT sector: Firms to step up layoffs, pare hiring: Survey

While senior staffs are likely to lose out on jobs, hiring will take place mostly at junior, mid levels


LATEST NEWS:    With job creation seen as the Narendra Modi government’s biggest failing, media reports that the information technology (IT) firms will further slow down their hiring pace over the next two quarters comes as a bigger blow to the Centre.


“The job market has undergone an overhaul owing to technological advancements and the dynamic economic scenario. The country’s GDP growth declined 2 per cent to 5.7 per cent in the June quarter of 2017 compared to 7.9 per cent in the corresponding quarter of the previous year,” Modi said, adding efforts should be made to improve this to spur further job creation.


Moreover, the chances of more lay-offs look prominent in the next six-12 months, according to Experis IT Employment Outlook Survey from Experis IT-ManpowerGroup India for October 2017-March 2018, reported the Economic Times.



graph While senior staffs are likely to bear the brunt of the move, the survey shows that hiring spree will take place mostly at junior and mid levels. This is because companies are eyeing fresh talent that is well-equipped with latest technology


The percentage of hiring intentions has dipped 8 per cent q-o-q during the September quarter. These findings are based on the percentage of employers expecting total head count to rise as opposed to those who expect it to decrease.


The survey also added that captive organisations, which mostly hire for themselves, will see a rise in employment compared to IT services and start-ups. The Indian software services industry includes companies such as TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL Technologies, global companies such as IBM, Accenture and global in-house centres of non-IT organisations.


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PepsiCo India CEO Shivakumar quits

D Shivakumar

Ahmed El Sheikh to replace Shivakumar, who will join Aditya Birla group


LATEST NEWS : Nearly four years after joining PepsiCo India as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, D Shivakumar, 57, has called it quits. The company announced on Monday that Shivakumar would be leaving PepsiCo India on December 31.


Leading the company at a time when the Rs 14,000-crore domestic soft-drink market was reeling under a slowdown, Shivakumar, who is called Shiv, would join Aditya Birla group as head, corporate strategy and business development. This is effective January 2018, it is reliably learnt.


Aditya Birla group has already internally announced Shivakumar’s appointment, persons in the know said. He would report directly to group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla.



Sanjeev Chadha, chief executive officer of Asia, Middle East and North Africa (AMENA) sector, PepsiCo, said that Ahmed El Sheikh, senior vice-president and general manager for the company’s Egypt & Jordan regions, would replace Shivakumar as CEO of the India business, effective November 1.


Joining PepsiCo India as its second outsider CEO after Rajiv Bakshi (who led the company between 2001 and 2006), Shivakumar was instrumental in helping the firm focus its attention on its non-carbonated beverage and snacks businesses, as consumers rapidly switched to healthier food and beverage options.

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Truckers go off roads to protest GST, daily diesel price revision (Roundup)

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LATEST NEWS :Hundreds and thousands of trucks kept off the roads across the country on Monday beginning a two-day strike to protest against the GST and calling for an end to daily revision of fuel prices. The strike sparked price rise due to an imminent disruption in supplies of essential commodities ahead of Diwali.


The decision to strike, which began at 8 a.m., came after last minute negotiations between the government and the transporters failed to resolve the logjam over their demands, Harish Sabharwal, Additional Vice President (North) of the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), said.


“We are going on a nationwide chakka jam today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday). Negotiations with the government did not yield any results as they did not agree to our demands. The truckers will suffer a loss of Rs 2,000 crore. We are compelled to suffer this loss,” said Sabharwal, also a member in the Road Safety Council of the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways.


AIMTC is the top body of transporters in India and represents around 93 lakh truckers and around 50 lakhs bus and tourist operators across India.


Truck operators claim they were suffering because GST-related rules had created confusion because of the existence of Reverse Charge Mechanism (RCM) and Forward Charge Mechanism (FCM) in the new tax system.


The AIMTC said in a statement that the indirect tax regime had led to forced registration and unnecessary compliance by transporters and this needed to be done away with. Transporters are also miffed that sale of used assets attract double taxation under the GST and want this provision scrapped.


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Row over Jay Amit Shah’s business: Rs 100-cr suit and 10 top developments

Amit Shah son Jay Shah

Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury said that the additional solicitor general had been cleared to defend Shah’s son in the matter


LATEST NEWS:  A political storm hit the Narendra Modi-led government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after a news website reported that a company run by party chief Amit Shah‘s son, Jay Amit Shah, recorded a 16,000-times increase in turnover in only a year after Modi became the Prime Minister and the senior Shah the party president. In a statement that the BJP released on Sunday evening, Jay said he would be filing civil and criminal defamation cases against the news website’s owners, editor, and the author of the article in Ahmedabad, where he runs his business, and sue them for Rs 100 crore in damages.


The Congress, CPI-M, and the AAP on Sunday sought an inquiry into allegations against Jay Shah and a company linked to him. (Read all about the political storm kicked up by the report on Amit Shah’s son)


Responding to the article, the BJP rubbished the allegations and Jay Shah issued a statement saying the article carried by the website, The Wire, had made “false, derogatory and defamatory imputations” against him. (Read more about how BJP responded to the article)



Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at the Modi government and said the beneficiary of demonetisation had finally been found. “We finally found the only beneficiary of Demonetisation. It’s not the RBI, the poor or the farmers. It’s the Shah-in-Shah of Demo. Jai Amit,” Gandhi said in a tweet.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 launching tomorrow: specifications, features & more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

The bezel-less smartphone is an improvement on the concept of Mi Mix that was launched in China last year


Catching up on the bezel-less screen race in the smartphone domain, China-based smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is gearing up to launch its flagship bezel-less device Mi Mix 2 in India on October 10.


The smartphone, an improvement on the concept of Mi Mix that was launched in China last year, boasts flagship specifications and features. The device sports a 5.99-inch display in 18:9 aspect ratio and is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 845 SoC. The curved body of the phone is made from airplane grade 7-series aluminum alloy frame, which helps the phone shed some weight in comparison with Mi Mix.


The smartphone comes with three storage variants and two RAM variants. In China, the phone comes with 64/128/256 GB storage with 6 GB RAM or a 128 GB storage with 8 GB RAM. It is yet to be seen if Xiaomi brings all the storage and RAM variants to India.


Here are the key features of the Mi Mix 2:

  • 99-inch screen in 18:9 aspect ratio
  • 12% reduced chin size
  • Hidden speaker & proximity sensor
  • Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM
  • Sony IMX386 sensor, 1.25μm large pixels
  • 4-axis optical image stabilization
  • Four-sided curved ceramic body
  • 7-series aluminium alloy frame
  • Global LTE support, 6 modes 43 bands

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Rich list reflects state of our economy: Biocon CMD Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

A rich list is an annual map of wealth creation largely based on stock value and real estate


LATEST NEWS   :   Biotechnology pioneer Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has not given much thought to the latest list of 100 rich persons in India in which she also figures, but says it reflects the state of the economy.


The chairperson and managing director of Bengaluru- headquartered Biocon Ltd, with a fortune of $2.16 billion, was placed at the 72nd position on Forbes magazine’s annual ‘India Rich List 2017’.



“A rich list is an annual map of wealth creation largely based on stock value and real estate. I don’t give it much thought other than it reflects the state of the economy,” she told PTI.


Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani emerged as India’s wealthiest for the 10th straight year as his net worth swelled to $38 billion (nearly Rs 2.5 lakh crore) while the wealth of 100 richest rose by 26 per cent despite economic hiccups.


More than four-fifths of those who kept their spot on the list from last year saw their wealth rise, with 27 listees adding USD one billion or more to their net worth.


However, a dozen have turned poorer than a year ago, with half of them from the pharmaceutical sector, which has been plagued by challenges.


“Since there is volatility in both (stock value and real estate), the list sees gainers and losers,” said Mazumdar-Shaw, who also holds key positions in various industry, educational, government and professional bodies.



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Bringing jet fuel under GST will boost growth: SpiceJet chief at WEF

Ajay Singh

He said the move would bring down fares, help aviation sector see growth and thus compete globally


LATEST NEWS  : Ajay Singh, owner of low-cost carrier Spicejet, on Friday, pitched for bringing aviation turbine fuel (ATF) under the ambit of goods and services tax (GST) to lower cost. The move will help bring down fares and boost the aviation sector’s growth, Singh said at the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit.


Bringing fuel under GST will help airlines claim input tax credit, which will help lower cost.


“In aviation cost, ATF is the biggest item. We want the ATF cost to be reduced. States should reduce sales tax and bring it within GST so that we can claim input tax credit. If that happens, prices will come down, fares will come down and the aviation sector will see growth,” said Singh at the conference organised in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).



On the states’ insistence, petroleum has been kept out of GST and hence continues to face the cascading effect of multiple taxes. However, certain petroleum products including cooking gas, kerosene and naptha are a part of GST.


He added that the sector is discussing the GST-related issues with the government.


“GST is a concern… these glitches would be sorted out over a period of time. We found that the government was very receptive to hearing ideas, so we are discussing it with them,” said Singh.


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