COVID-19: Thomas Cook offers ultra affordable Europe vacations

With the travel and hospitality industry reeling from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, Thomas Cook — one of India’s top holiday brands — is offering shorter, and far more affordable, European vacations. These five-day vacations will start from just Rs 19,700, and also come with EMI payment options. However, the list of destinations comprise […]

Modi on China: World ready to fight expansionist powers

In his most direct attack against China’s encroachment on the Indian border, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said everyone should understand that the age of expansionism is over, and that the world today is determined and ready to fight any such power. “Friends, the age of expansionism is over,” Modi said, in a thinly veiled […]

No cash? Get a car on ‘subscription’ from Maruti Suzuki

Maruti Suzuki, the country’s largest carmaker, has started a car subscription service in India in association with ORIX, a Japan-based car rental service provider. Car subscriptions are like car leasing, but with more flexibility that comes at typically higher costs. Unlike car leasing, car subscriptions typically do not come with conditions such as travelling limits. […]

Regional Hindi news channels dominate results of 46th DD Free Dish e-auction

Five regional Hindi news channels were among the 15 that found themselves in the results of the 46th e-auction for broadcasting on the DD Free Dish DTH platform. These channels have won the right to transmit their signals on the country’s largest TV channel distribution system for a period of one year from July 1. […]

COVID-19: Dr Reddy’s signs deal to make and sell favipiravir globally

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, one of India’s biggest pharmaceuticals manufacturers, said it has signed a licensing agreement with Japan-based FUJIFILM to manufacture anti-viral drug favipiravir. Favipiravir is traditionally used to treat infuenza, and is also being tested in COVID-19 patients. Dr Reddy’s said the tie-up is part of the Japanese company’s efforts to ramp up the […]

China says India’s app blocking is discriminatory, against international trade

The Chinese embassy in India has called the Indian move to block 59 apps from China as ‘discriminatory’ and ‘against the general trend of international trade and E-commerce’. India blocked the apps yesterday in response to China ratcheting up its military presence on the Indian border, ostensibly in preparation for an attack on India. The […]

Dixon Tech to help ramp up ‘disruptive’ COVID-19 test production

Dixon Technologies, the NOIDA-based contract manufacturer of electronics, said it has entered into a contract with Bangalore-based Molbio Diagnostics to manufacture a disruptive RT-PCR COVID-19 test that can give a major boost to India’s Coronavirus containment efforts. It has entered into a Rs 30 cr deal to manufacture 1,000 Qattros, a viral testing machine that […]

Kerala requests center to restart international flights to the Gulf

The Kerala government has requested the central government to restart international flights to Dubai, keeping in mind the Dubai government’s decision to reopen the airport and the requirement of Indians to return to work. “We have requested that flights to Dubai be restarted, given that the authorities there have given permission for residents of Dubai […]

ABB India expects no ‘significant adjustments’ due to COVID-19

ABB India, the local unit of the Swiss-Swedish machinery and equipment maker, said it does not “anticipate any significant adjustments” due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lock down. “The Company has evaluated the liquidity position, recoverability, carrying value of its assets and does not anticipate any significant adjustments at this stage […]

Tata Power gets letter of award for 100 MW solar farm in Maharashtra

Tata Power Renewable Energy, a unit of Tata Power, has been awarded a contract to supply solar electricity to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co for a period of 25 years. State and central power utilities award such contracts by conducting a bidding process in which companies are expected to offer their cheapest rate for supplying […]

Open to keeping temples closed – Kerala temple board

N Vasu, president of Kerala’s largest temple board, today rejected claims by Sangh Parivar allied organizations that temple boards were reopening Hindu places of worship with an eye on money. Hindu Aikya Vedi, which shares many of its leaders with other Sangh Parivar organizations, had yesterday strongly opposed the decision to reopen temples amid the […]