Miscellany

Miscellany

To brew tourism in its cuppa coffee

The state of Karnataka that accounts for over 70% of India’s total coffee production is betting high on tourism around its coffee.

The last chunk of rainforest coffee on this planet is in India and grows along the Western Ghats covering Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Karnataka’s coffee gardens are a haven for wildlife, dozens of rare bird species, some 50 different types of tress apart from natural flora and fauna.

Workplace worries keep Indians out of vacations

Work-related concerns seem to be on the top of the mind of Indians when they deny themselves a vacation. Indians top the list of people who avoid a vacation for the fear that important work decisions will be made in their absence, finds a study.

Uber dealt blow after EU court classifies it as transport

Uber [UBER.UL] should be classified as a transport service and regulated like other taxi operators, the European Union’s top court said in a landmark ruling on Wednesday that could impact other online businesses in Europe.

Uber, which allows passengers to summon a ride through an app on their smartphones, has transformed the taxi industry since its launch in 2011 and now operates in more than 600 cities globally.

Coulomb new Apple India sale head

Cupertino based technology company Apple Inc has named Michel Coulomb as the new head of sales for the company in India after its earlier chief Sanjay Kaul stepped down from the post with immediate effect to boost the sales.

Apple did not reply to an email over the change of guard in India while sources said Coulomb would take charge immediately.

With a meagre marketshare Apple struggling to withstand the India conditions which have just made all its phones a bit more expensive.

Ola acquires Foodpanda’s India biz

Ola Cabs is re-entering the food delivery space by acquiring Foodpanda’s India business from Germany-based Delivery Hero Group in an all-stock deal. Ola will also make an additional investment of $200 million in the company to spruce up the operations.

Saurabh Kochhar, who was the CEO of Foodpanda India until recently has decided to move on to pursue other opportunities. Pranay Jivrajka, Founding Partner at Ola, has been appointed as interim CEO of this business unit, supported by the existing leadership team at Foodpanda India.

Proposed ban on H4 US visas has 1,50,000 Indian spouses worried

Sanjana Boppanna (26) works with an NGO in the Bay Area in California. Her techie husband Anand is employed with a bank in San Francisco. The wife holds a H4 visa, a type of visa granted to spouses of H1B visa holders.   

The US currently has some 1,50,000 Indian spouses on H4 visas of which some 100,000 have either taken up a job or doing some business, after the Obama administration extended work authorisation to spouses of H1B visa holders in 2015.

False commercials can lead to prison term

The cabinet is set to clear the new consumer protection bill on Wednesday that has provision of jail term for companies publishing or broadcasting misleading advertisements.

The new bill would replace the current Consumer Protection Act, which was enacted in 1986. Wide-ranging changes are being made in the current law, which may be passed in this session of Parliament since it has been vetted by many committees and incorporated various suggestions, an official said.

Fox's Star to bring Disney cash and cricket in India

Walt Disney Co’s expected deal with Twenty-Fi­rst Century Fox Inc would give the world’s best-known entertainment firm new advantages in India, such as cricket rights and local-language TV shows for the fast-growing media market.

Through the $75 billion deal, which a source said is expected to be announced on Thursday morning, Disney would be able to distribute its programming on Star India, operator of 69 TV channels in eight languages, as well as the popular Hotstar streaming service. Disney also would gain global rights to professional cricket.

Home stay option catching up with corporates

With disruptions in the economy hitting businesses, companies have started exploring cheaper options of overseas corporate stay. They are enquiring about home stay options for employees for longer stay. The industry is confident that by next year home stay bookings will catch up with India Inc.

Artificial Intelligence to help create 2m jobs by 2025

Fears about Artificial Intelligence making millions jobless are unfounded, finds Gartner. By 2025, AI will create two million net new jobs. In the process, it may take away several repetitive jobs from humans and create for them new positions that need higher levels of skills and management capabilities.

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