- 70% startups hit by Covid-19, 12% shut: FICCI-IAN survey(16:41)
New Delhi, July 5 (IANS) The Covid-19 pandemic has made an unprecedented impact on the Indian businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups. According to a joint survey by FICCI and Indian Angel Network (IAN), the pandemic has hit the businesses of around 70 per cent startups.
- Online searches drop for Tik ToK, WeChat, ShareIT as India bans Chinese apps(15:41)
New Delhi, July 5 (IANSlife) The Indian government's decision to ban 59 Chinese owned apps has impacted online searches for those apps. A study found that on the June 29, the day the ban was imposed there was a 229 percent increase in the number of searches for Tik Tok and a 255 percent increase in the number of searches for WeChat. On the same day, the percentage increase in the number of times apps like Weibo, Shareit, and UC Browser were 57, 78, and 82 percent, respectively, reveals study by SEMrush.
- Locusts unleash new lifeline for 'bandwallahs'(14:24)
Lucknow, July 5 (IANS) Every cloud has a silver lining, and this holds true for a particular community these days with locusts swarms descending like plague across states. The 'bandwallahs' in several districts of Uttar Pradesh have truly turned adversity into opportunity. Completely out of work since the lockdown began in March with most weddings and ceremonies cancelled they now are in hot demand to shoo the swarms away.
- Congress bets on Man Friday Shivakumar to revive in Karnataka(00:09)
Bengaluru, July 5 (IANS) The opposition Congress has picked its Man Friday D.K. Shivakumar to revive its fortunes in Karnataka after three consecutive electoral defeats since May 2018 state Assembly polls, with the worst being in May 2019 general elections, when it retained one and lost 20 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats it contested in a pre-poll alliance with the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) in the southern state.
- IB roped in to trace UP gangster Vikas Dubey(23:38)
New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) The Intelligence Bureau, the country's elite intelligence agency, has been roped in to trace wanted criminal Vikas Dubey for killing eight policemen in Kanpur. The Intelligence Bureau sleuths are now helping the Uttar Pradesh Police's Special Task Force (STF) to trace the whereabouts of one of the gangsters Dubey, who has around 60 cases in his name and also has political patronage.
- Ganguly used to make me wait for the toss every single time: Nasser(17:34)
Mumbai, July 4 (IANS) Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly and former England skipper Nasser Hussain have had quite a few epic battles on the cricket pitch and while they are both good friends off it, the former English captain has admitted that he hated the Indian skipper for making him wait at the toss. But with time Nasser has realised that the current BCCI President is a lovely person.
- 30% individual super spreaders caused 80% Covid infections globally(14:38)
San Francisco, July 4 (IANS) Nearly 80 per cent of the Covid-19 infections have been caused by the top 30 per cent most infectious people worldwide and there is a very wide range of infections that are still undetected, says Dr Lucy Li, a data scientist at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (CZB).
- Honey trap gangs on prowl in Delhi-NCR, police bust rackets(14:37)
New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) A growing number of cases of gangs luring businessmen into honey traps and then extorting money are being reported in Delhi-NCR. Several active gangs have been busted by the Delhi and Gurugram Police during the nationwide lockdown period.
- 'Country of Origin' a matter of consideration for Indian consumers(12:38)
New Delhi, July 3 (IANSlife) As the government orders e-commerce players to display the "Country of Origin" of products sold on their platforms, a survey reveals three in ten urban Indian respondents (31 per cent) consider the Country of Origin of a product important when buying it, but it ranks lower than other factors. The Quality of the product (77 per cent), its price (53 per cent) and the brand name or the parent brand (34 per cent) are all notably more important when deciding what to buy.