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Will 18 pc GST on sports education be a death knell for investments in the sector?

“India has huge potential in sports. It is a sports loving country. We have no shortage of talent. But we need to provide the right kind of opportunity and create an ecosystem to nurture the talent. A strong sporting culture can help the growth of a sporting economy,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on June 15, 2017, while inaugurating the ... Read More »

Toyota seeking to halve Japan car models as domestic market shrinks

 Toyota Motor Corp is aiming to halve the number of car models it sells at home by 2025, a person briefed on the matter said – the second time this month that a Japanese automaker has emerged with plans to sharply scale back in a shrinking domestic market. Car sales in Japan have been on a declining trend for more ... Read More »

BSNL Partners Lava, Micromax to Bundle Offers With Low-Cost Handsets

HIGHLIGHTS BSNL has tied up with Micromax and Lava to give bundled offers The offer will be given on Lava & Micromax phones with BSNL SIM cards BSNL’s latest Rs. 429 plan gives voice+1 GB data per day for 90 days Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has tied up with device-makers Lava and Micromax to offer mobile handsets at low cost to its customers with ... Read More »

BlackBerry ‘Krypton’ Motion Full-Touch Android Smartphone Leaked

HIGHLIGHTS BlackBerry’s new all-screen smartphone leaked BlackBerry Krypton likely to launch as Motion It is said to come with Snapdragon 625 SoC BlackBerry’s long-rumoured ‘Krypton’ Android smartphone has been leaked in a new render. Prolific tipster Evan Blass has leaked a render showing the alleged BlackBerry ‘Krypton’ which is speculated to be unveiled as BlackBerry Motion. One of the biggest highlight of ... Read More »

Facebook Testing ‘Context’ Button in Effort to Curb Fake News

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook is testing a new button to let users know in-depth information It will help the social media giant curb fake news much better Facebook has also hired people to thwart deceptive ads on its platform Facebook said Thursday it was testing a new “button” to allow users to get more context about a news source, in the latest move ... Read More »

India’s national internet registry breached, but says heist was trivial

Indian antivirus and endpoint vendor Seqrite claims the nation’s internet registry has suffered a data breach, but the registry’s parent organisation says while it was attacked the information obtained was trivial. Seqrite says its researchers noticed “an advertisement on DarkNet announcing secret access to the servers and database dump of over 6000 Indian businesses – ISPs, Government and private organisations.” ... Read More »

Germany’s Dialog to buy Silego in Internet-of-Things play

FRANKFURT, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Germany’sDialog Semiconductor said on Thursday it would acquire privately held California-based Silego Technology Inc for up to $306 million, helping to strengthen its position in the market for the so-called Internet of Things. Silego is a leading maker of Configurable Mixed-signal Integrated Circuits, or CMICs, that integrate multiple functions into a single chip that can ... Read More »

We’re all connected now, so why is the internet so white and western?

We recently passed a milestone in the history of human connectivity – people online now ​make up the majority​ of the world’s population. This has largely gone unnoticed, but it is an important moment and not just for statistical reasons. North American and European internet users now make up only about a quarter of the world’s users. Furthermore, while countries ... Read More »

Charles King’s Macro Raises $150 Million to Finance Film, TV Slate

The media company’s investors include Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective, Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Libra Foundation. Macro, the multicultural media company founded by former WME partner Charles King, has raised an additional $150 million in financing from a slate of investors that includes Laurene Powell Jobs’ philanthropic and investment vehicle. The round, which incudes equity and debt financing, will ... Read More »

The indifference of families to the education of girls is widening the gender gap in all spheres

Class in progress at Govt Girls Senior Secondary School in Sangam Vihar (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO) A recent HT report found that government schools in Delhi have an enrolment ratio that is 52% female and 48% male. The same for citywide private schools is 40% female and 60% male. The report discusses case studies of families in which in spite of financial constraints, ... Read More »