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BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, August 20, 2018
Kerala CM seeks Rs 2,000 cr relief package from PM as state suffers Rs 19,512 cr loss; Walmart completes deal to acquire 77% stake in Flipkart; India's CAD to widen to 2.5 per cent of GDP in FY19: Moody's; and Infosys CFO M D Ranganath steps down after 17 years. Watch more in this episode of Business Wrap.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, August 20, 2018
Kerala CM seeks Rs 2,000 cr relief package from PM as state suffers Rs 19,512 cr lossAbout 357 people have lost their lives in what could be called the worst-ever flood in a century in Kerala. So far, the National Disaster Response Force has evacuated over 10,000 people from the worst-affected areas of southern state. In an unprecedented relief effort under the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 67 helicopters, 24 aircraft, 548 motorboats and thousands of rescue personnel from Indian Navy, Army, Air Force, National Disaster Response Force, Coast Guard, other Central Armed Police Forces have been pressed into service to rescue and evacuate people from submerged areas to relief camps and for distribution of relief materials.Walmart completes deal to acquire 77% stake in FlipkartUS-based retail giant Walmart Inc on Saturday said it has completed its $16 billion deal with Flipkart and now holds 77 per cent stake in the Indian e-commerce major. The Bentonville giant's investment includes $2 billion of new equity funding to help accelerate the growth of the Flipkart business.The mega deal, announced in May this year, is the largest so far in the Indian retail space. This is also Walmart's biggest acquisition and will help it compete more aggressively with its US-based rival Amazon.Ayushman Bharat scheme: Delhi govt yet to take a call on signing MoU with CentreThe implementation of the government's ambitious Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme in the national capital hangs in balance as the Delhi government is yet to take a call on signing an MoU with the Centre over it.The Delhi government has not yet given its approval for being part of the health insurance scheme which aims to provide a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually and benefit more than 10 crore poor families across India.India's CAD to widen to 2.5 per cent of GDP in FY19: Moody'sIndia's current account deficit (CAD) will widen to 2.5 per cent of the GDP in the current fiscal due to higher oil prices that has been accentuated by rupee depreciation, Moody's and other experts have said. Rupee last week dropped to a record low of 70.32 to a US dollar as political turmoil in Turkey and concerns about China's economic health continued to support safe-haven assets and weighed on emerging market currencies.Rajiv Biswas, APAC Chief Economist, IHS Markit, said a further widening of the CAD is expected in 2018-19 to around 2.4 per cent of GDP, due to a further increase in the oil import bill and the impact of rupee depreciation on import costs.No ATM to be replenished with cash after 9 pm from next yearNo ATM will be replenished with cash after 9 pm in cities and 6 pm in rural areas from next year even as two armed guards will accompany crisp notes in transit as per a new directive issued by the Home Ministry. The deadline for putting money in the ATMs located in Naxal-hit areas is 4 pm while private cash handling agencies must collect money from the banks in the first half of the day and transport notes only in armoured vehicles.In a notification, the Home Ministry said the new Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) would come into effect from February 8, 2019 in view of the spurt in incidents of attacks on cash vans, cash vaults, ATM frauds and other internal frauds leading to increased sense of insecurity.Infosys CFO M D Ranganath steps down after 17 yearsInfosys Chief Financial Officer MD Ranganath, who held several leadership positions during a tenure of over 17 years with the company, has resigned. Ranganath will continue in his current position as Chief Financial Officer till November 16, 2018. The Board will immediately commence the search for the next CFO. Explaining the reason behind the move, Ranganath said that he decided to quit to pursue professional opportunities in new areas.


PTI
August 19, 2018
The mega deal, announced in May this year, is the largest so far in the Indian retail space. This is also Walmart's biggest acquisition and will help it compete more aggressively with its US-based rival Amazon.


BusinessToday.In
August 13, 2018
Last week, Future Retail posted a 3.56 per cent rise in net profit at Rs 153.12 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. According to a regulatory filing by Future Retail, total income during the April-June quarter stood at Rs 4,541.94 crore.


Dipak Mondal
August 10, 2018
The CCI concluded that Flipkart and Walmart \"are neither close competitors in the B2B sales nor have a combined market share that raises competition concern\".


BusinessToday.In
August 10, 2018
The Walmart-Flipkart deal is expected to help the government rake in up to Rs 13,700 crore.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, August 9, 2018
IMF sees Indian economy as an elephant that is starting to run; SBI launches a unified payment terminal MOPAD; Swedish furniture maker IKEA opens its first store in India; and Google CEO Sundar Pichai questioned by US senators over reported Chinese search engine. Watch more in this episode of Business Wrap.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, August 9, 2018
IMF sees Indian economy as an elephant that is starting to runThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes the $2.6 trillion economy is an elephant that is starting to run.What's more, its latest report on India not only reaffirms that the country is \"again one of the world's fastest-growing economies\" - accounting for about 15 percent of global growth - but also that India it could be what China previously was for the world economy.The report's favourable medium-term outlook reflects continued robustness in private consumption and a recovery in investment, which is supplemented by progress in bank balance-sheet repair and improved credit growth. WhatsApp officially rolls out forward message feature; restricts limit to 5 usersInstant messaging app WhatsApp has finally rolled out the limited 'forward message' option for India, which restricts a forward message to just five users, the company said on Wednesday. The Facebook-owned company has been under fire ever since several incidents of lynching, linked to rumours spreading through WhatsApp, were reported from different parts of India. \"The limit has started to appear this week for people in India who are on the current version of WhatsApp,\" the company said in a statement on Wednesday. Ikea opens its first store in Hyderabad todaySwedish retail giant Ikea has put all its might behind the company's first store in India opening in Hyderabad. The company put in around 12 years of work and took 6 years after their announcement to open their first Indian outlet. It is finally opening today. Flipkart-Walmart deal: CCI nod to US retail giant's Flipkart acquisition for $16 billionThe Competition Commission of India (CCI) cleared the acquisition of India e-commerce major Flipkart by the United States-based retail behemoth Walmart. The approval from the competition watchdog clears the path for the biggest FDI deal in the history of Indian corporate sector. Back in May, Walmart had announced acquisition of 77 per cent stake in Flipkart in lieu of $16 billion. Once the deal is complete, the 11-year old Indian e-commerce firm will be valued at $20.8 billion.SBI launches a unified payment terminal MOPAD State Bank of India, the largest lender with a fifth of the market share, launched a payments machine that would help merchants eliminate the multiple choices that they keep to facilitate transactions from cards to QR code based payments. The new device titled MOPAD, or Multi Option Payment Acceptance Device, is a Point of Sale (PoS) terminal that would along with cards accept payments through UPI, Bharat QR, and SBI Buddy wallet which till now required different tools to receive payments as reported by the Economic Times.Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal has this suggestion on ownership for Indian startupsFlipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal has a suggestion on ownership for Indian startups. One of the country's newest billionaires courtesy his recent exit from the company post its $16 billion deal with Walmart, Bansal told The Economic Times that differential voting rights will be helpful for the Indian startup ecosystem, especially for entrepreneurs. Bansal's decision to sell his entire stake to Walmart was reportedly the result of differences with the investors.  Google CEO Sundar Pichai questioned by US senators over reported Chinese search engineGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai is being questioned by six US senators on reports about the company's plan to release censored search engine in China as reported by the Indian Express. Reports that came out last week stated that Google is planning a censored search engine project for China via The Information. Following these reports, six US senators including Florida Republican Marco Rubio have written to Pichai. Google has neither confirmed nor denied these reports.


BusinessToday.In
August 8, 2018
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) cleared the acquisition of India e-commerce major Flipkart by the United States-based retail behemoth Walmart.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, August 8, 2018
Bansal's decision to sell his entire stake to Walmart was reportedly the result of differences with the investors.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, August 1, 2018
US President Donald Trump has previously used the Harley-Davidson brand to lash out against India's high import duties, so nobody will be surprised if he chooses to make an example of Walmart and Amazon as well to push for fair play.


Reuters
July 31, 2018
The RBI in April had said that payments firms such as Mastercard and Visa should within six months store data only in the country for \"unfettered supervisory access\". But US firms protested and the Finance Ministry has recommended relaxing the directive.


Ajay Joseph
New Delhi, July 24, 2018
It is important to dispel a notion that the regulatory regime is inadequate for Indian start-up founders to protect their interests.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 24, 2018
Flipkart's new platform will have a different target audience and have a different value proposition than the parent company.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 18, 2018
Walmart might even bring in talent from its Asda unit in UK that it had sold to rival, Sainsbury for $10 billion in April.


BusinessToday.In
July 16, 2018
A partnership with Flipkart could have unleashed a formidable force in terms of a voice-based shopping experience - Google's strength in building an online shopping ecosystem, along with its AI-powered speaker Google Home.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 13, 2018
Walmart has said that it will fulfil whatever is the regulatory requirement, according to an official aware of the development. The US retail behemoth reportedly added that it will get the tax implication of the deal examined.


BusinessToday.In
July 9, 2018
In an emotional post on Facebook after the Walmart deal was announced, Sachin had written \"Sadly my work here is done and after 10 years, it's time to hand over the baton and move on from Flipkart.\"


BusinessToday.In
July 3, 2018
Walmart, on the other hand, maintains that the deal with Flipkart will not only prove beneficial for small supplier and farmers, but will also generate employment.


BusinessToday.in
New Delhi, July 3, 2018
Pantene, Unilever, Colgate will not last long against Patanjali, says Baba RamdevAfter upstaging giants like Unilever, Colgate, Pantene and Nestle, Baba Ramdev is openly mocking these companies as competition goes fierce in India's FMCG segment. Baba Ramdev who founded Patanjali Ayurved said that all these companies would wither away and it is just a matter of time. \"People pass away in 100 years... so these companies will also pass away in a couple of days... we have just made them do shirsasana... in a couple of days they will attain moksha also,\" the baba said. However, Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved that had recorded over 100% growth rate about a year ago saw a considerable dip in demand in the past year. A senior manager told Business Today in June this year, \"Their store filling frequency is pathetic. When the consumer asks for the product and it's not available she obviously moves to other brands.\"Flipkart deal in line with govt's FDI policy, says WalmartUS retail giant Walmart on Monday said its proposed $16 billion acquisition of Flipkart was in accordance with the government's FDI policy even as local shopkeepers and traders continued their protest against the deal. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) organized mass sit-in protests across cities such as Delhi and Mumbai against the deal on Monday. The traders body fears Walmart's buyout of Bengaluru-based Flipkart will create a monopoly in the retail market and drive mom-and-pop stores out of business. CAIT has been urging the government to scrap the deal and constitute a regulatory authority to monitor the country's e-commerce market.Trump: WTO needs to change ways or US will do 'something'President Donald Trump is warning the World Trade Organisation that if the United States isn't treated \"properly, we will be doing something.\" Trump is again denying plans to withdraw the U.S. from the WTO but tells reporters in the Oval Office that the trade organization needs to change its ways. Trump has struck US allies with tough tariffs and is planning to impose tough trade penalties on China later this week. He says the WTO has treated the U.S. \"very badly and I hope they change their ways.\" He says he's not \"planning anything now\" but if the WTO doesn't treat the U.S. properly, \"we will be doing something.\" Trump did not elaborate. He spoke during a White House meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Nikkei Manufacturing PMI rises to 53.1 in June, the fastest growth in 2018The latest Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) survey brings plenty to cheer about. The PMI rose to 53.1 in June from 51.2 in May, consistent with the fastest improvement in the health of India's manufacturing economy in the year so far. This is the 11th consecutive month that the manufacturing PMI remained above the 50-point mark. A score above 50 means expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction. According to the survey, the sector's activity grew at the strongest pace since last December, supported by rise in domestic and export orders.Sanju surpasses Baahubali 2 to register highest single day collectionRanbir Kapoor-starrer Sanju has created history by recording the highest single day collection for a Hindi film. On the third day, according to trade analyst, Taran Adarsh, the Rajkumar Hirani-directed biopic cashed in Rs 46.71 crore. In doing so, it surpassed the Rs 46.50 record set by Baahubali 2 in April, 2017. The film was released across 4,000 screens in India, and 1,300 screens overseas. It grossed Rs 34.75 crore on Friday, Rs 38.60 crore on Saturday, and created history on Sunday. In total, the film has managed to mint Rs 120.60 crore in the first three days of its release, making it the highest weekend opening for a film in 2018.


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