Weekly Wrap-up: ECommerce Tax, India’s 1st ECourt, New WhatsApp Features & More…


It’s Monday morning and time to do our customary Weekly Wrap-up. If you were offline for any reason, this is a great way to catch up with all the Tech Buzz!

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Even though the official commercial Jio launch is a month away, other telecom majors have started feeling the heat already. Airtel and Idea have slashed their prepaid tariffs by around 50% on an average, which makes us wonder how these companies have been looting us.

The Government of India has summoned the Tesla to set up manufacturing units in the country and serve as the production hub for the Asian markets. Tesla has been keen on entering the Asian markets for very long, and with the Model 3 it proposes to make a dash into the electric automobile scene.

As per the newly passed rules, airlines may have to pay up to Rs. 10,000 to the passenger in case of cancelling or delaying the flight beyond 2 hours. The compensation they will have to pay in case they deny boarding will stand at Rs.20,000.

Saregama, one of the oldest media companies in the country has adopted a new strategy for combating piracy. It earlier offered free online streaming of over 1.1 lakh songs and now it is offering legal song downloads starting at Rs. 2.

MP will impose this additional special ECommerce tax on every shipment which arrives in the state, be it from India or outside India. MP Govt. plans to generate an additional Rs 300 crore via this tax.

In a big boost for importers in India, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has decided to make all cargo and custom clearances to go paperless effective 2017. This will bring down the dwell time (time required to clear a cargo at the port) to few hours, from more than 250 hours which is the norm now (9-12 days

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National Green Tribunal, also known as an environment saviour, has yet again called for a ban on old diesel vehicles. NGT had requested for ban on diesel vehicles, with engines larger than 2000cc, in Delhi last year with a plan to extend the same to 11 other large cities in India.

Flipkart, is going to launch F-assured to improve the experience of customers on its website and enhance the shopper’s delight. It is basically a bumped up regular Flipkart service that will ensure there are more rigorous quality checks and faster deliveries made.

In a reply to a question posted in Rajya Sabha, Environment Minister Anil Dave pointed the finger at leading ecommerce portals and classified sites such as Snapdeal, Amazon, Olx, Quikr, Alibaba, eBay etc and informed the House that advertisements in these websites regarding sale of rare animals is rampant, and strict ‘cyber-patrolling’ is required to check the practice, and choke out such illegal trade.

In one of the most bizarre moves ever taken by Indian Govt., the Culture Ministry has decided to grade and rate artists based on superficial and completely random factors such as age, experience and popularity.

RBI is working towards making funds transfer via smartphone easier and more secure. This was revealed by the RBI Governor, Raghuram Rajan, while speaking at the IDRBT Banking Technology Excellence Awards function.

India got it’s first e-court last week, the 17th of July, 2016 and it was inaugurated at the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad. It will serve the netizens of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Reports have resurfaced pointing to two Nokia-branded smartphones, running on the latest version Android Nougat. According to a report by GizmoChina, Nokia will be launching two devices this year, from HMD’s stable.

As per reports coming in, Myntra’s first offline outlet would either open in New Delhi or Bengaluru. Exclusive brands owned by them would be the first to populate this store.

All of the image retouching apps that you are familiar with are about to get a major setback soon with the launch of Prisma for Android. The app has been available for iOS for a quite some time now, but it is now available in beta for Android devices as well.

If you are running Windows 7 and above then you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free provided you are not running the Enterprise and RT edition of windows. But the window closes on July 29th!

Various Govt. departments have joined forces to make sure that both PAN (Permanent Account Number) and TAN (Tax Deduction Account Number) are allocated within 24 hours. Earlier, PAN Card was issued after 15 days, and TAN card could have taken between 7-20 days, depending on various approvals.

Groupe Spécial Mobile(GSM) Association, a global organisation that reflects the interests of telecom operators worldwide, has launched its secure universal log-in solution, Mobile Connect, in India.

A report jointly released by Opera and Wudstay reveals that lack of mobile connectivity is the biggest fear of Indian travelers, while a vacation is actually a time to be unoccupied.

WhatsApp has actually added a new ‘secret font’ named ‘FixedSys’ that users can not explicitly change, but use it every now and then with the help of a keyboard symbol. The new font is available on the latest WhatsApp build on iOS and Android OS both.

Despite economic challenges, low income and harsh conditions, India has beaten US when it comes to creating young coding wizards. As if to confirm the findings of Barclays report, Google has just awarded a 14 year old Indian school student for creating an app which provides a solid navigation system for fishermen.

Lured by the incredible potential of on-demand video market in India, and following the footsteps of Netflix, Amazon is all set to take a huge gamble by investing heavily for creating original videos under their Prime brand.

ixigo, India’s leading travel meta search engine has launched its own chatbot called ‘ixibaba’. Ixibaba is an AI (Artificial Intelligence) bot having a persona of real baba. The bot can provide quick and quirky answers to all travel related queries.

Tinder Social is more casual as compared to Meetup though, and allows people to add others to the groups to plan an event together. This activity can range from adventure sports, partying, brunching, photography to pursuing common interests.

As per some of the leading research agencies, campus recruitment of IT engineers will drop for the first time since 2009; and around 5-10% of existing workforce in IT industry, which amounts to approximately 1.8 to 3.7 lakh workers, will lose their jobs due to automation.

LifeHover is India’s first GPS-based technology platform for requesting quick and reliable ambulances in case of emergencies and otherwise. The app immediately provides the coordinates to the nearest ambulance and notifies the urgency of the condition.

Google has embraced crowdsourcing in a massive way for their flagship Google Maps tool. In a latest update shared by Google, they have turned billions of users into their editors, as users can now edit maps, insert recommendations and even approve the changes made by others.

The US Justice Department has arrested Artem Vaulin, who is supposedly the ringleader of the world’s biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents. But the site mirror is back up again!

In its first Mobile First Insights (MFI) report for India, Opera Mediaworks reports that Music, Video & Media apps drive the maximum ad impressions in India.

As much as 78% of the surveyed population in India felt that pretty celebrity faces don’t influence their buying decision anymore. Quality is the numero uno consideration to go for a particular brand and not the pretty face, the product cover carries.

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