Customers never charged for IUC, unlimited calls to continue as before: Airtel
Telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Friday said it has never charged its customers separately for IUC and that the unlimited calling benefits will continue for subscribers without any change. The comments came a day after Reliance Jio announced that calls by its users to other networks in India will become free from Friday, as the Interconnect Usage Charges (IUC) regime ends.
Health Minister reviews preparedness for COVID-19 vaccination dry run
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday chaired a high-level meeting to review preparedness at various session sites in the country for coronavirus vaccination trial run on January 2. The senior officials of the health ministry apprised the minister on various improvements that have been made to make the pan India dry run glitch free, such as number of telephone operators has been increased to answer every possible query from the teams on the ground conducting the dry run.
Flights to UK resume from Jan 8, only 15 flights per week till Jan 23
Flights between India and the United Kingdom will resume from January 8, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced on Friday. The flights were suspended after the mutated strain of coronavirus wreaked havoc across the island nation last month. Earlier this week, the suspension was extended till January 7. Until January 23, only 15 flights per week have been approved for airlines of both countries. Flight operations will be allowed to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad only, Puri mentioned.
SEBI fines Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani over RPL share trades
Regulator Sebi on Friday imposed penalties on Reliance Industries Ltd, its Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani as well as two other entities for alleged manipulative trading in the shares of erstwhile Reliance Petroleum Ltd (RPL) back in November 2007. Fines of Rs 25 crore and Rs 15 crore have been imposed on Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and Ambani, respectively. Besides, Navi Mumbai SEZ Pvt Ltd has been asked to pay a penalty of Rs 20 crore and Mumbai SEZ Ltd has been directed to pay Rs 10 crore.
Zomato receives record 4,100 orders per minute on New Year's eve
Zomato set an unprecedented record of 4,100 orders per minute (OPM) on New Year's Eve as more people ordered food online since they stayed in due to the night curfews and restrictions imposed in many states due to COVID-19. The online food delivery platform recorded its highest ever velocity on December 31, 2020, according to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Deepinder Goyal. Live-tweeting interesting statistics on the order numbers, Goyal talked about the rise in order value and the subsequent tension which strained the systems and gripped his tech team.
December GST collections highest ever at Rs 1.15 lakh crore
The Goods and Service Tax collection for December 2020 touched a record high of Rs 1.15 lakh crore. This is the highest ever collections since the implementation of the countrywide tax in July 2017, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Friday, January 1. Out of the headline amount, IGST (Integrated GST) stood at Rs 57,426 crore (comprising Rs 27,050 crore collected on import of goods), while cess was at Rs 8,579 crore (including Rs 971 crore collected on import of goods).Central and state GST stood at Rs 21, 365 crore, and Rs 27,804 crore.
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