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Jul 7, 2017 - Red flags emerge for India's bond market as farmer bailouts rise

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Kaspersky flags cyber threats to Digital India

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SBI Life IPO plan gets IRDA approval

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Bharti Airtel and Tata Group have held exploratory talks to merge its telecom, overseas cable and enterprise services and direct-to-home businesses.

IL FS in talks to sell majority stake in QVC Group

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Harrow Investment sells 5% stake in Redington (India) for Rs250 crore

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SoftBank aims to raise $3-5 billion via bond issue

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Amazon infuses Rs 341 crore into India wholesale business

Funding comes close to another investment of Rs 1,680 cr that Amazon made in Indian online business

Flipkart planning offline cart to sell foreign brands

Flipkart is in advanced talks with Giordano for a licensing deal to sell the Hong Kong-based apparel and accessory retailers products both offline and online in India.

Epigamia raises Rs 90 crore from Anheuser-Busch In-Bev founders

The company has sales and distribution workforces in cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad and it owns the Hokey Pokey brand of ice cream.

With GST, ecommerce loses the edge in iPhone pricing

Apple used to bill iPhones for online sellers mostly from southern markets such as Hyderabad and Bengaluru, where the VAT was 5 per cent.

GST impact on ecommerce: Amazon India gets big relief, tax dispute in Karnataka thrashed

Amazon India has got a relief from its three-year-old tax litigation with the Karnataka government.

Former Vodafone India COO Naveen Chopra may join PE firm TPG

A global buyout firm, TPG has been bullish on the Indian market and has put more than $1.67 bn in local companies so far through 31deals.

Wi-Fi may spoil mobile internet's party

Increase in Wi-Fi infrastructure will cause a shift in data traffic to fixed lines, as mobile internet speeds are still not up to scratch in India despite sharp drop in prices

Tatas, Bharti on a call to explore joint front in telecom and DTH

Discussions between both sides have revolved around a possible merger between unlisted Tata Teleservices and Tata Sky and the listed Tata Comm with Bharti Airtel.

India ranks 23rd among 165 nations in cybersecurity index

The report said about 38 per cent of countries have a published cybersecurity strategy and an additional 12 per cent of governments are in the process of developing one.

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India telecom ARPU nosedives

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Rising debt, falling revenue adversely affected debt-servicing capabilities of telecom firms.

Cisco India President Dinesh Malkani quits

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Dual MRPs on online packaged goods to soon be history

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Amazon's B2B arm gets 341cr in fresh funds

Started in 2013, the wholesale retail vertical, which runs AmazonBusiness here, has so far managed to get about Rs 350 crore in multiple tranches from its parent.

Grofers eyes monthly GMV run rate of Rs 100 cr, to bring 40000 merchants under B2B

Online grocery firm Grofers, which has remodeled itself by switching to inventory from hyperlocal and launched B2B operations for additional revenue, has now around 8,500 merchants on board for the latter.

GST: Colgate drops oral care product prices by 9%

Mumbai: Oral care leader Colgate-Palmolive (India) has dropped prices on toothpastes and toothbrushes by 8-9% following tax reductions in the new GST regime.

Patanjali biz will grow 100% in next 5 yrs: Ramdev

Mumbai: Yoga guru-turned FMCG entrepreneur Baba Ramdev has said that his Patanjali group's turnover would grow 100% for the next five years.

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Government may relook at tax rules for edible commodities

Certain goods such as cottage cheese, wheat, rice, other cereals, pulses other than those put up in unit container and bearing a registered brand name, attract zero GST.

Future Enterprise exits from FMCG arm

Future Enterprise sells nearly 15 crore shares in FMCG arm Future Consumer

43 McDonald's outlets ran sans valid licence since Apr: Ex Indian partner Vikram Bakshi

Bakshi said the health licence was necessary to be obtained from local municipal bodies to run the restaurants for water hygiene and proper maintenance.

Govt bans practice of dual MRP at airports, malls

The Union ministry of consumer affairs on Thursday decided to ban the 'dual' MRP policy, a practice through which sellers charge a higher MRP for their products in certain spaces like malls, airports and hotels.

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