Pranav Mukul

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Better city planning: E-governance, efficient public transport a must
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Niti Aayog, in the draft of its 3-year action plan, has suggested steps such as creating adequate living and office space, preventing slum creation, building new cities for increased urbanisation and improved quality of urban life

With GST days away, discount sales of gadgets, footwear flood markets
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

GST rollout: This week, online marketplace Paytm Mall announced a three-day Pre-GST Clearance Sale from June 13-15, in which over 6,000 retailers sold more than 500 brands.

Internet economy is the future, but India doesn’t have a big player, says Soumitra Dutta
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

In an interview with The Indian Express, Dutta pointed out that entrepreneurship and increased focus on domestic market will help create more jobs.

Affordable segment: High land cost a wall before ‘Housing for All’
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

While a slew of measures, such as interest subvention for home loans up to Rs12 lakh, by the government may resolve the demand-side issues, a key supply constraint remains in form of high-land cost.

$1-trillion digital economy by 2022: Govt to discuss roadmap with IT leaders
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

The meeting, which is expected to be held on June 16, will be chaired by IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Privacy is culture specific, MNCs hit by Aadhaar, says TRAI chief
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

A clutch of petitions filed by those opposing what they call the unchecked use of Aadhaar is currently in the Supreme Court.

E-way bill system: Hunt for an IT partner on the way
Tue, May 30, 2017

The Goods and Services Tax Network has placed the draft RFP for public feedback to hire a Managed Service Provider for developing backend

GST calculation: Finance Ministry asks telcos to re-jig prices
Sat, May 27, 2017

Industry questions govt’s maths of input tax credit, saying its estimates do not concur with the Centre’s

Any unauthorised use of Aadhaar information will face prosecution: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Sat, May 27, 2017

The Union minister also talked about the growth of India's digital economy to $1 trillion by 2025, compared with $270 billion currently.

Apple in talks with govt to scale-up production in India, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Wed, May 24, 2017

Currently, the company manufactures the iPhone SE model through Taiwanese firm Wistron in Bengaluru.

Potential threat: Flokibot, malware for PoS devices
Mon, May 22, 2017

Reportedly, the Flokibot malware has already affected the PoS infrastructure in Brazil, with some incidents also being spotted in the US, Paraguay, Australia, and Argentina.

IT sector: ‘Despite headwinds, performance-linked job loss in range’
Fri, May 19, 2017

Nearly 62 per cent of Infosys' revenues in FY17 came from clients in North America, including the US, where tightened norms for H-1B visa has created pressure on Indian IT firms.

Government panel to assess telcos’ financial stress
Wed, May 17, 2017

The inter-ministerial group, which will submit its recommendations within three months, will comprise five senior officials from DoT, and three joint secretaries from the departments of economic affairs, financial services, and revenue.

Wannacry ransomware: ‘Regular software updates can keep threats at bay’
Tue, May 16, 2017

In running key financial systems, experts say, govt should regularly bring in updates.

E-commerce sales: The economics of discounts
Fri, May 12, 2017

Discounts are considered be a major driver behind high-volume sales and acquiring customer loyalty. As some of the major e-commerce players start their sale season, we take a look at the maths behind it

Interview with Arvind Panagariya: ‘Energy, banking sectors not lowest-hanging fruits for asset sale’
Tue, May 09, 2017

Panagariya said that while the process of undertaking such an asset sale programme is underway, the government might not initially look at lucrative sectors due to the complexities involved.

Demonetisation effect: After a dip in Jan and Feb, digital payments rising
Tue, May 09, 2017

There was a sharp jump in March, likely due to last-minute tax collections and payment rush towards various income tax-saving instruments.

Housing and Transportation: Smart standards needed for better city planning
Sat, May 06, 2017

The Niti Aayog has pointed out that the design and maintenance of city roads being a major challenge across Indian cities.

Mobile Handsets: Now, a phased manufacturing initiative to boost local production
Wed, May 03, 2017

‘Scheme expected to fuel local value addition in mobile phone manufacturing by 39-50% in 3 years’

Draft 3-year action plan: Niti Aayog concerned over handling of NPAs, tax disputes
Fri, Apr 28, 2017

The draft plan noted that pending tax litigation cost the taxpayer and the government in terms of resources including delays in the collection of revenue.

Technology leap: ‘5G to usher in higher speed, reliability’
Fri, Apr 28, 2017

As 4G mobile technology spreads throughout the country, the Centre and telecom regulator have already started moving towards bringing 5G.

Telecos reducing carbon footprint: Erratic grid supply drags clean plan
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

In response to Trai’s consultation on Approach Towards Sustainable Telecommunications, operators have flagged concerns such as ‘sensitive areas’ , non-standard towers like poles etc and high costs in deploying infrastructure which uses renewable energy

4G just in, Centre gears up to make 5G a reality by 2020
Sat, Apr 15, 2017

ITU in February proposed the downlink peak rate for 5G at 20 gigabits (or 20,000 megabits) per second.

Amazon gets Reserve Bank approval to operate its own prepaid wallet
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

The wallet would be used only for captive purposes on the Amazon.in portal

FabFurnish brand to cease as Future Group consolidates segment
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

The move comes at a time when other online furniture sellers such as Pepperfry and Urban Ladder are also reeling under pressure of high cash burn and slowing sales.

Five-year plan expires: PM Modi to soon hold meet on 3-year action plan
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

The Nehruvian-era planning process was replaced, and according to the new plan, the Niti Aayog would prepare a fifteen year vision document, seven-year strategy paper, and a three-year action plan.

Online Services: On the table, a measuring formula
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Despite adoption of various methods to improve the quality of services delivered, lack of mechanism for evaluating the improvement in services has proved to be a key hurdle for development of online governance

Snapdeal buy may give Flipkart SoftBank high
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

Flipkart will have to work out certain issues but the support it would get from SoftBank would provide it with legroom to compete with Amazon; for a consumer, this could mean continued discounts, say experts

Promoting Digital Transactions: MeitY for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts
Thu, Apr 06, 2017

As per the Finance Act, 2017, Aadhaar number has been made mandatory for filing income-tax returns and while applying for a new Permanent Account Number (PAN) from July 1.

Telecom sector: Data war churns consolidation
Wed, Mar 29, 2017

As revenue from voice services shifts towards data, telcos are trying to tap it by acquiring spectrum to deploy high-speed mobile internet services.

‘Focus start-up’ continues
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Startup India Action Plan, which consists of 19 items spanning across areas such as handholding, funding support, incentives and an industry-academia partnership, comes as a much-needed fillip to new ventures

Behind D-Mart’s bumper IPO lie fundamentals of business: Stick to basics
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Experts say that the high-listing premium given by the markets to D-Mart should be seen as a mark of respect to a well-run company that follows the most basic fundamentals of doing a business.

Vodafone-Idea merger: Consolidation may not reduce competition in medium term
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

Vodafone-Idea merger: The consolidation comes as a good news for the consumer, who is expected to see more competitive tariffs, especially for data

Shopclues case: ‘Chemistry between founders key to investor confidence’
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

Earlier this week, the Board of Directors of the e-commerce firm issued a statement backing Radhika and Sethi.

Government confirms: There are no plans to brew beer on the moon
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

“There is no plan to brew beer on the moon by any spacecraft to be made by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

E-commerce payment disputes: Commerce Ministry tells sellers group to approach consumer affairs ministry for resolution
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

The e-retail sector has been in troubled waters for over a year now