The value of mobile wallet transactions saw a sharp rise.
Schemes But No Jobs The worst hit was the trading sector, followed by MSMEs in the plastic,
cracker, tanning, stone, and stitching (clothing) sectors.
Let's Talc J&J vehemently denies any wrong doing, calls its product absolutely safe.
From 'What' To 'How' Of Consumption "Back-end technologies are changing traditional business models. The 'connected consumer' is changing the way purchase decisions are made."
Is It Time For Drone Taxis? "Drone taxis can be a solution to both road congestion and the heavy need for infrastructure."
The Future Office "Technology is set to completely change the nature of your job. Experts differ only on the pace of change and the number of jobs that will be destroyed/created."
Quantum Jump "Quantum computing is where artificial intelligence was 20 years ago. Given the ease with which this technology takes hold, and that quantum systems are on the cloud, it is available to everyone."
Rise Of The Connected Ecosystem "Interdevice connectivity and seamless data flow are ushering in an era of infonomics with focus on cost, efficiency and user experience," says Balesh Sharma, CEO of Vodafone Idea.
Schooling Them Differently "It is widely accepted that children are visual learners. Almost 75 per cent of children's learning is through what they see. India needs to transform the education system using technology to bring in conceptual and personalised learning."
Connected Devices Are Here "India is taking the first steps to 5G, which offers data speeds that are 20 times faster and allows 100 times more devices to be connected compared to 4G."
Get Set For The Bot Era "The day is not far when, with sheer computing power along with AI and robotics, we will be able to deal with unstructured tasks."
Drones: The New Frontier "Drones are about to open up a completely new dimension in application areas as diverse as photography, delivery and security."
3D Printing For Faster Healing "Failing organs and tissues can be revived or replaced with the help of lab-grown and 3D-printed substitutes," says Dr K Ravindranath, Founder and Chairman, Gleneagles Global Hospitals Group.
The Digital Abode "Smart home technology is exciting and full of possibilities. But adoption of new technology comes with challenges, ranging from low level of awareness, wariness, to even inertia."
Towards A Simpler World "India has one of the lowest insurance penetration rates among the big countries. The government is trying to change this through schemes such as Ayushman Bharat."
The Modal Model "The government's larger initiatives like GST and specific ones to transform ports, in tandem with technological innovations such as IoT, robotics, and unmanned vehicles and equipment, will first impact transportation of containers, rather than passengers."
Farming Ripe For Makeover "The impact of rising temperatures, reducing rainfall and declining soil health will soon take a heavy toll on agriculture."
The New Skyways "As developed nations start using Autonomous Flying Vehicles to offer a multitude of services, Indian drone service providers face a multitude of problems. There are many regulatory challenges as use of large parts of India's airspace is restricted."
The Number Crunchers "Get ready for lower trading costs and better order execution as algo trading catches on big time with the help of a conducive regulatory framework."
Reshaping Mobility "By 2030, India will have at least seven mega cities with a population of over 10 million and nearly 50 cities that are at least a million strong. Sustainable mobility solutions will be needed."
A Bridge Over The Lending Gap "Online P2P lending has emerged as a powerful source of alternative credit in India, especially for MSMEs."
The Promise Of Precision Medicine "Large-scale genome sequencing and correlating the DNA signatures with specific disease or drug sensitivity will allow clinicians to specify personalised treatment," says Rakesh K Mishra, Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology.
The Bharat Breakthrough Rural and small town India was deprived of the benefits of banking innovations for decades. UPI, with its fast spread and ease of use and adaptability, is breaking the digital divide between India and Bharat.
A Joint Front "An open source drug discovery programme allows capabilities to be linked and used, at negligible cost. India has already taken a step in this direction," says Samir K Brahmachari, Founder Director, CSIR-IGIB, and Former Director General, CSIR.
Evolution Of The 'Humachine' "The robo-advisory market worldwide will grow to $2.2 trillion by 2020 as against the current estimate of over $230 billion."
Caution: Tech At Work "The staid construction industry is rewriting the rules as companies use next-gen technologies. Components are tagged from origin to consumption using sensors," says SN Subrahmanyan, CEO & MD of L&T.
An Autonomous Revolution India is now the fifth-largest automotive market and home to nine out of ten most polluted cities in the world. Further rapid urbanisation and spread of cities will require it to adopt innovative mobility solutions.
Delivering Economic Growth: One bite at a time Online food delivery and discovery platforms are changing the way Indians eat, says Sriharsha Majety. The secret sauce: Logistics, data and technology, all deeply embedded in the granular knowledge of Indian food preferences.
Legit Online Chemists Traditional pharmacies will have to step up if they are to stay in the game
Farm Loan Waiver Is Not The Answer Rajasthan, the third state that elected the Congress to power, also declared that farm loan waiver
Kotak Vs RBI When the RBI refused to consider Kotak's preference capital route to
dilute the promoter's stake, the courts also declined relief.
Compliance Nightmare As the third quarter ends, filing annual GST returns appears to have become a challenge
The Three 'I's Of Farming Income, innovation and integration are key to new-age agriculture as opposed to input-intensive monocropping, along with complementary and supplementary enterprises. These will ensure stability for small and marginal farmers, points out Tomio Shichiri.
Leela Sale Hotel Leela
Ventures is reportedly
close to selling its majority stake in Canadian alternative asset manager
Brookfield Asset Management
Unplugged The ambiguity between the two types had stalled India's nascent electric car push spearheaded by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd
Now, for the diplomas in AI, Data Analytics In the last two years, especially for advanced machine learning and AI,
there has been 250-300 per cent increase in the number of people
seeking to enrol
Security First The TRAI expressed hope that In Flight voice and data services would be operational in 3-4 months