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April 22, 2020

Facebook buys 10% stake in Reliance Jio
Facebook Inc has bought 10 per cent stake in Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio for Rs 43,574 crore, making it the largest minority shareholder in Jio Platforms Limited. As part of the deal, Facebook's messaging platform WhatsApp will collaborate with Ambani's e-commerce venture Jio Mart to help "people connect with small businesses." Facebook would like to help people and businesses in India create new opportunities with its partnership with Jio, Zuckerberg said. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani termed the deal as a milestone in the Modi government's 'Digital India' initiative.

Coronavirus impact: Microsoft reports 46% drop in recruitment, Google freezes hiring
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt global economies, firms across the world have stopped fresh hiring. Tech-giant Microsoft has reduced job openings to nearly half in just the past three weeks. On March 22, 2020, Microsoft listed about 5,580 openings. By April 20, that number sunk to 3,028, a 46% drop in hiring activity. LinkedIn has seen an even more stark drop in hiring. On March 1, 2020, LinkedIn listed 510 openings. As of this week, LinkedIn shows only 2 openings for its entire business, the data platform added.
 
Coronavirus lockdown: CII urges govt to allow select activities in 'hotspot' areas
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Tuesday suggested the government to allow select activities even in the hotspots other than the containment zones. The activities should be restricted only in the demarcated zones of the containment zones, CII said in a letter. The industry body also sought clarity on the zones and how to operate within the zones. The central government recently released a list of economic activities that will be permitted after April 20.

Robots to clean coronavirus wards at AIIMS, Delhi
Milagrow, a leading consumer robotics manufacturer in India, will test AI-powered robots iMap 9 and Humanoid ELF in the COVID-19 ward at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi. These robots will sanitise the ward. Manufactured in India, iMap 9 is a floor disinfecting robot that can navigate and sanitise the floors without any human intervention.

Delhi-Noida border sealed; doctors, essential workers, goods supply exempted
Gautam Buddh Nagar district authorities have sealed the border between Delhi and Noida with certain exemptions to check the spread of coronavirus in the district. The directive has been put into effect immediately.
Violators will face punitive action under sections 51 and 60 of National Disaster Management Act and Section 188 of Indian Penal Code.
 
David Li to replace Jay Chen as Huawei India CEO
Amid nationwide lockdown, Chinese technology company, Huawei Telecommunications India, has announced the appointment of David Li as the Chief Executive Officer of its India operations. Li will succeed Jay Chen, who moves on to take up a leadership role within Huawei Asia Pacific Region.



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