Weekly Wrap-up: Ola-Uber War, India’s Own GPS, ECommerce Entry Tax & More…


It’s Monday morning, and is customary, it’s time to do a quick wrap-up of the posts published on trak.in last week. If you were offline for any reason, this is a great to catch up with all the tech buzz!

Weekly Wrap-up: Ola Corporate, BookMyShow Financials, Paytm Sound Pay & More…

According to a report by IANS, Ola was overcharging its customers by adding up extra on the toll prices across Delhi-NCR. The incident has happened to a few specifically while going from Noida to Delhi or vice-versa.

I am sure you have heard about the new marketing channel for your Mobile and Desktop browser users – Web Push Notifications, which drive higher engagement among your users, and drive transactions. Here is a complete guide on how to implement it…

Delhi Govt. will soon launch their own app-based bus service; besides relaunching their car-pooling app Poochh-O for helping commuters during the odd-even period.

Facebook has taken note of difficulties faced by Hindi users and has now rolled out a new Hindi transliteration keyboard, that makes typing in Hindi a breeze. The feature is currently available inside the Facebook app for Android phones.

Aptly termed as Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance or UMANG, this app has been conceptualized by the Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, under the National e-governance Division (NeGD).

Hotstar’s parent company, Star India has now launched ‘Hotstar Premium’ video streaming service. This is a paid service with a subscription cost of Rs. 199/month. Hotstar says that this service will have “the latest English shows and movies” available for live streaming in the country.

Working in line with its ‘Customer First’ philosophy, Airtel is planning to redesign its online recharge and payments interface across both, its website and its mobile app. This will improve the customer experience on Airtel platform and they would be able to recharge their numbers effortlessly.

Motorola has launched a G Turbo Virat Kohli Edition smartphone, as a tribute to the fantastic cricketer and a sportsman. An addition to its speedy G series, the handset is exactly the same as the existing model. The only visual difference is the Virat emblem or the stylish ‘V’ at the back panel of the phone.

Unocoin has got the approvals to launch India’s first mobile Point of Sale(PoS) app for merchants in India. Unocoin claims that it is the simplest to use PoS app in the world which allows seamless transactions between customers and merchants.

Airtel has approached TRAI seeking their permission for an exclusive video content network delivered only to their users over a closed network. One of the biggest content providers of videos worldwide has approached Airtel for collaborating on content distribution using closed electronic communications network (CECN) of Airtel.

Showing strict intolerance towards import of sub-standard products, India Govt. has placed a blanket ban of all Chinese mobile which doesn’t have International Mobile Station Equipment Identity or IMEI number; all types of milk & milk products and some products made from steel.

To strengthen its hold in India, LeEco is planning to set up manufacturing units in India along with a research and development centres which will provide support to its expansion programs across the world.

BlackBerry has now launched BBM Money, a payment solution, in partnership with Digitsecure, a payments platforms to cater to the BBM users in India. HotRemit is a product of Digitsecure, which does the work of a mobile wallet, which has been used to create the BBM Money service.

For budding entrepreneurs, the two must haves are a bunch of innovative ideas and good networking. Their immediate connections are those they’ve formed in and around their college campuses, as most of them are either fresh graduates or dropouts.

Ant Financial, which is an affiliate of Alibaba has successfully raised $4.5 billion from a bunch of high profile investors. Valued at roughly $60 billion, Ant Financial has now become world’s most valuable private Internet company.

Alibaba backed Snapdeal is now attempting for horizontal expansion, as they have decided to diversify into travel and food niche. Users of Snapdeal can now book & flight bus tickets, and order food as well

India is currently witnessing healthy mobile subscriber growth – According to TRAI’s monthly telecom subscription report for Feb 2016, India added 8.7 million new mobile subscribers taking the total subscriber base to 1026.66 million. Feb 2016 witnessed highest growth in last 12 months during which time it has added a total of 66.54 million subscribers.

Chinese companies like ZTE, Huawei and Alcatel Lucent develop cheap telecom equipment and systems which are imported by Telcos in India. A strict duty has been imposed on import of such equipment by India to protect Indian manufacturers from losing out on the opportunities.

DBS Bank has launched India’s first mobile-only bank, Digibank, at the financial district of the country, Mumbai. Making its foothold strong, is a completely digital branch which will work on the principles of artificial intelligence.

Is Service tax is applicable on my service? This is one of the most important questions that every service provider asks from this legal advisor. Service tax is one of largest revenue source for the Indian government and hence, government is really after it and does not accept any non compliance with Service tax.

In a latest war of words initiated, Ola has claimed that their ‘Micro’ category of cabs have beaten entire fleet of Uber in India. This is a huge claim, considering that Uber is attempting to raise funds in the USA; and at the same time fighting a bitter battle inside India and other Asian countries.

A special Govt. panel has decided to exempt Apple from strict norms pertaining to opening of retail stores. This special privilege for Apple means that they will no longer have to comply with the rule that 30% of all raw materials should be procured locally.

WhatsApp is expected to add three new features – Call Back, Voicemail and Zip File sharing to the application. This is in addition to end-to-end message encryption, rich text chats, PDF sharing and cloud storage integration it introduced this year to its global users.

ISRO successfully launched IRNSS-1G, which is the 7th satellite under IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System). 1-G can has a lift-off mass of 1,425 kg. India now becomes 5th country to have its own GPS system

As per a recent ASSOCHAM study, only 7% of management graduates in India are employable, while those who get employed, are receiving an average salary of Rs 10,000.

The Gujarat Government has passed a bill that imposes an E-commerce Entry tax which basically taxes goods purchased through any online marketplace. According to the Government, passing the bill is a measure to protect the local traders and businesses from online cheaper prices.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) along with Ministry of Corporate Affairs are working together to introduce one common number for every business establishment in India. This common number will soon replace every other ‘number’ including corporate, employer and tax payer identification numbers; TAN, CIN and more.

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