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BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 17, 2018
On the simplification of the GST law, the ICAI said it should be made less complex so everyone -- from a layman or an unorganised taxpayer to big businesses -- can understand it without any help from a tax expert.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 17, 2018
Changes in visa rules to have serious adverse consequences on US economy: Nasscom  Indian IT body Nasscom has said the recent work visa-related changes announced by the US will have \"potentially serious adverse consequences\" on the American economy as it will make it more difficult for companies to employ skilled foreign nationals to fill critical skills gaps in the US. One of the changes, which come into effect on September 11, allows US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicators full discretion to deny applications, petitions, and requests without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID).  People should have rights over their data; firms mere custodians: Trai  Trai has said firms collecting user data don't have a right over it and emphasised that consumers' consent should be mandatory and they should also be given the 'Right to be Forgotten'. Terming the existing data protection framework as inadequate, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) recommended to DoT that companies should not use meta-data to identify users and should disclose any data breaches. It said entities controlling and processing user data are \"mere custodians\" and all of them should be brought under a data protection framework.  Jaypee ready to sell cement business to refund homebuyersJaiprakash Associates Limited (JAL) pleaded before the Supreme Court on Monday that the company would deposit another Rs 600 crore to refund homebuyers if it was allowed to dispose of its identified assets, which included a cement plant at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. Senior advocate Fali S Nariman, counsel for JAL, informed a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that the Noida-based real estate company has already deposited Rs 750 crore with the Supreme Court's registry and it would pay another Rs 600 crore in seven instalments for paying the principal amount to the homebuyers.ICICI Bank decides to postpone AGM by a month  ICICI Bank has decided to postpone its annual general meeting (AGM) by a month amidst independent enquiry on alleged cases of impropriety against the bank's CEO Chanda Kochhar. The meeting has been rescheduled to September 12. Meanwhile, Kochhar has gone on leave till the completion of an external enquiry into alleged conflict of interest in extending loans to some corporates like Videocon. Kochhar and her family members are facing allegations of quid pro quo and conflict of interest with respect to a loan extended to certain entities, including the Videocon group. Multiple agencies, including the CBI and regulator Sebi, are already probing the alleged lapses involving Kochhar and her family members. SBI tells its 70,000 employees to return 'compensation' paid for working overtime during note banMore than 70,000 employees of associate banks of the State Bank of India are angry. Banking staff worked overtime post-demonetisation to meet the demands of long queues of people waiting to exchange old notes with the new ones. The bank staff had been promised \"overtime compensation\" by the employer banks for the \"extra hours\" they worked post-demonetisation. The 70,000 officers and employees of banks like State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Travancore and State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur - these all merged with the SBI on April 1, 2017 - got the compensation but now they are being asked to \"return the compensation for extra work\". IMF warns of rising risks to global growth amid trade tensions  The global economy is still expected to grow at a solid pace this year, but worsening trade confrontations pose serious risks to the outlook, the International Monetary Fund has said. The IMF's updated World Economic Outlook (WEO) forecast global growth of 3.9 per cent this year and next, despite sharp downgrades to estimates for Germany, France and Japan. The US economy is still seen growing by 2.9 per cent this year, and the estimate for China remains 6.6 per cent, with little impact expected near term from the tariffs on tens of billions of dollars in exports the countries have imposed on each other so far.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 13, 2018
1. Telecom Commission approves Net Neutrality rules for IndiaThe Telecom Commission, the highest decision-making authority under the Ministry of Telecom approved the net neutrality rules earlier this week. These rules mandate that internet service providers cannot diferentiate between web content, ensuring the Indian contiue to get non-discriminatory and unrestricted Internet access. However, mission critical services like autonomous cars and remote access surgery, which need high-speed internet lanes have been kept out of the ambit of net neutrality.2. WhatsApp issues circular to protect users against fake newsAs a part of its digital literacy initiatives, WhatsApp released a 10-point circular to help users to identify false information. These 10 points take cognisanceof loopholes usually exploited by fake news generators. The circular asks WhatsApp users to look for telltale signs to identfiy fake news. It also warns WhatsApp users to never take information they get on the instant messaging platform on its face value.3. JioPhone gets Google Maps supportGoogle Maps extended support to KaiOS, the feature-phone operating system running on JioPhone and Jiophone. The new update has alrady found its way to JioPhone. Users need to update their operating system to its latrst version following which they can find Google Maps on the Jio Store. After this, they cam intall and use the application.4. Oppo Find X launched in India at Rs 59,990Oppo Find X, the all-screen, no-notch flagship smartphone by the company has been launched in India at Rs 55,990. The device comes with a flagship spec-list - Snapdragon 845, coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. What sets it apart is the screen which dominates the entire front, amounting to a screen-to-body ratio of 93.8 per cent. The front camera, other sensors and the rear dual cameras have been mounted on a motorised slider that pops out of the top.5. New Apple MacBook Pro laptops launched with better processorsApple unveiled new 13-inch and 15-inch models of Macbook Pro with faster performance, more memoory and enhanced security. The new 15-inch Macbook Pro performs 70 per cent faster than its predecessor, whereas the 13-inch Macbook Pro boasts a 100 per cent boost in performance. The new Macbook Pro laptops also come with Apple's virtual assistant Siri. With Apple's T2 chip, not only can these laptops access Siri, but also offer more secure interface.6. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 to be launched on July 19Xiaomi confirmed that it will launch the Mi Max 3 on July 19. In a poster released by the company on its Weibo account, Xiaomi claimed that the Mi Max 3 will come with a larger screen and a bigger battery. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is likely to come with an octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, coupled with either 3GB, 4GB, or 6GB of RAM, along with 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. A higher-specced Mi Max 3 Pro with the Snapdragon 710 is also expected.7. Moto E5 Plus, Moto E5 launched in IndiaMotorola launched its budget offerings, the Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus, in India at Rs 9,999 and Rs 11,999 respectively. Both devices are Amazon exclusives and are available for purchase as of now. The Moto E5 is powered by Snapdragon 425 along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, whereas the Moto E5 Plus comes with the Snapdragon 430, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The USP of the Moto E5 Plus is its humongous 5000mAh battery. In the optics department, the Moto E5 Plus comes a 12MP rear camera and a 8MP front camera. The Moto E5 comes with a 13MP rear camera, albeit with lesser features and the same 8MP front snapper as the Moto E5 Plus.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 13, 2018
Taking a shower doesn't just keep you feeling fresh and smelling of that lovely lavender or lime shower gel you just got for yourself, it also does wonders for your body.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 12, 2018
The unique flagship from Oppo will be sold exclusively via Flipkart and Oppo's offline channels as well. The device is available in a single variant which is priced at Rs 59,990.


Mail Today Bureau
July 3, 2018
The Confederation of All India Traders organized mass sit-in protests across cities such as Delhi and Mumbai against the deal on Monday. The traders body fears that Walmart's buyout of Bengaluru-based Flipkart will create a monopoly in the retail market and drive mom-and-pop stores out of business.


BusinessToday.In
July 2, 2018
The CAIT has challenged the deal in the Competition Commission of India - an authority which is yet to approve the Walmart-Flipkart merger. Before approaching to CCI, the traders' body wrote two letters to Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu to express the business community's concerns.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, June 29, 2018
Last year too, a similar protest had taken place but a full-blown strike was averted as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and staff council came to an agreement after a series of meetings.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, June 28, 2018
Samsung Galaxy J8 with AMOLED Infinity Display to go on sale in India from June 28The Samsung Galaxy J8 has finally gone on sale in India. Samsung launched the Galaxy J8 in India last month and the company had announced the device would be available on June 20th. However, it did not go on sale on the date and was postponed to June 28. The device will be available via Samsung's offline retail outlets. The J8 will be available across most major retailers, including Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm and even Samsung's own online store. The device is priced at Rs 18,990 and has been released in Black, Blue and Gold.Vivo Nex S and Nex A to launch in India on July 19The Chinese technology company, Vivo, is geared up to introduce two new smartphones in India, i.e. Nex S and Nex A on July 19. On Wednesday, Vivo sent an invite indicating new developments in the near future. Vivo's current flagship phone in India is the X21, which is priced at Rs.35,999. The Nex S and Nex A series will offer superior hardware and software specifications and will supersede the X-series. One of the most notable features of the phone is the presence of a pop-up camera. The new camera system helps Vivo attain a 91.24 per cent screen-to-body ratio, making it almost bezel-less.Apple, Samsung finally reach settlement over patent infringement lawsuitApple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday settled a seven-year patent dispute over Apple's allegations that Samsung violated its patents by \"slavishly\" copying the design of the iPhone.Terms of the settlement, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, were not available.In May, a US jury awarded Apple $539 million, after Samsung had previously paid Apple $399 million to compensate for patent infringement. Samsung would need to make an additional payment to Apple of nearly $140 million if the verdict was upheld.How much, if anything, Samsung must now pay Apple under Wednesday's settlement could not immediately be learned.Instagram rolls out video calling feature along with new features in Explore tabInstagram is no longer just a picture sharing a social network. The application has rolled out support for video calling within its messaging interface. It also received a few major updates including an all-new IGTV interface and platform for longer video uploads.The new video calling feature on Instagram is available to all users. To access the feature, you'll have to update the app to the latest version.In order to make a video call, the user will have to head to the chat section and select a contact. In the chat section, you'll find a camera icon on the top right corner for video calling. Tap the new camera icon in the right corner, and the video chat will ring your friends' phones.Samsung to launch Galaxy Note 9 on Aug 9 Samsung is all geared up to launch its latest flagship, Galaxy Note 9. The upcoming Galaxy Note series will be unveiled in New York on August 9. The handset is likely to come with an upgraded battery and faster wireless charging. Press invites have been sent for the big event which will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York at 11 am EST (8:30 pm IST) on August 9.The Galaxy Note 9 will feature a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Earlier this month, renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 were leaked from OnLeaks. Renders reveal the phone to be thicker and also have horizontal camera arrangement. It will also feature a fingerprint scanner under the camera.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, June 28, 2018
The Chinese technology company, Vivo, is geared up to introduce two new smartphones in India, i.e. Nex S and Nex A on July 19. On Wednesday, Vivo sent an invite indicating new developments in the near future.


Nidhi Singal
New Delhi, June 27, 2018
Another USP of Vivo X21 is the dual-camera set-up at the back - a 12 MP primary lens and a 5 MP secondary shooter - easily capturing images in the bokeh mode


Team BT
New Delhi, June 25, 2018
Claustrophobics, brace yourselves; Emirates is experimenting with windowless aircraft.


Nidhi Singal
New Delhi, June 21, 2018
The Redmi Y2 is Xiaomi's second attempt at a selfie smartphone and aims to compete against the the offerings from Honor, Vivo and Oppo. With its good looks, portrait selfies and dual camera setup at the rear, the Redmi Y2 does not disappoint.


E Kumar Sharma
New Delhi, June 19, 2018
It wants to focus on India and other emerging markets, while at some stage, perhaps sometime in 2019, it may also look at a foray into the US market. It already has an office in Boston and is scouting for a partner in the US.


BusinessToday.In
June 17, 2018
Niti Aayog's Governing Council on Sunday met for the fourth time at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The Governing Council is the premier body tasked with evolving a shared vision of national development priorities, sectors and strategies with the active involvement of States in shaping the development narrative.


PTI
New Delhi, June 16, 2018
In changes to its immigration policy tabled in Parliament yesterday, the UK Home Office announced a relaxation of the Tier 4 visa category for overseas students from around 25 countries, excluding India.


Nidhi Singal
New Delhi, June 14, 2018
After the display notch, it is the in-display fingerprint sensor that is the next upcoming innovation in the smartphone world. The Vivo X21 packs in both. But priced at Rs 35,490, can it compete against the likes of OnePlus 6?


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