ACC says ‘cautiously optimistic’ despite COVID surge

ACC, one of India’s largest cement makers, said it maintains a ‘cautious yet positive’ outlook on the market for the coming months despite the sudden surge of COVID-19 cases in the country. “The Company believes that the Government is taking all possible steps to intensify the vaccination program and control the spread of Covid. With […]

Den Networks caps a year of declining sales, profits

Den Networks, a prominent Indian cable feed provider that is now part of the Reliance Industries group, today reported a set of disappointing financial performance numbers, capping a year of pain and degrowth. The company’s subscription revenue, which is overwhelmingly composed of the monthly subscription fees paid by cable TV subscribers, fell to 190 cr […]

Bharti Airtel restructures: Digital comes in, telecom goes out

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel seems to have borrowed a leaf from rival Reliance Jio in announcing a restructuring of its business that puts its digital business at center stage, while moving the pipe or connectivity business to a separate, wholly owned subsidiary. This is the opposite of how things stand now. At present, the connectivity […]

Dr Reddy’s gets nod to start supplying Sputnik V

Pharmaceuticals manufacturer Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd said it received permission from India’s drug regulator to import and supply the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in India. Like the other two vaccines approved in India, the nod for Sputnik V is also an ’emergency use authorization’, meaning that it cannot be sold to anyone and everyone, but […]

TCS employees stay put amid pandemic uncertainties

Tata Consultancy Services, the largest India-based provider of IT and outsourcing services, reported its lowest ever IT employee churn numbers even as the world grappled with economic uncertainties caused by a pandemic. For the year ended March, the company lost just 7.2% of its employees. Typically, IT companies see attrition levels of nearly double that. […]

Closure of Sterlite Copper turns India into a net importer of refined copper

The closure of Vedanta Ltd’s Tuticorin copper smelter in May 2018 has turned India into a net importer of refined copper, according to newly released government data. While India was a net exporter of refined copper to the extent of 3.34 lakh tonnes in the year ended March 2018 (prior to the shut down); the […]

ArcelorMittal is Infosys’ new client

Outsourced services provider Infosys today bagged a major client in the form of ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel and mining company. ArcelorMittal is a Luxembourgish multinational steel manufacturing corporation headquartered in Luxembourg City. It was formed in 2006 from the takeover and merger of Arcelor by Indian-owned Mittal Steel and is the world’s largest steel […]

With govt nod, Hero MotoCorp to vaccinate full workforce

In what is likely to become a norm soon, Hero MotoCorp has announced that it will vaccinate its entire workforce, including contract workers, against COVID-19 at its own cost. “With the government opening up the vaccination process against the coronavirus for the corporate sector, we have decided to vaccinate our workforce and other stakeholders within […]

IoT: Vodafone Idea wants to become techco, not just telco

Vi Business, the enterprise arm of Vodafone Idea Ltd. (VIL), said it has taken a crucial step towards turning itself into a techco from being a telco for its enterprise customers. It has become only telecom company in India to offer a secure end-to-end IoT solution offering that comprises connectivity, hardware, network, application, analytics, security […]

BSNL withdraws highly popular Rs 449 Bharat Fiber plan

BSNL, a state-owned telecom provider, has withdrawn the enormously popular Rs 449 Fiber Basic Plan with effect from today. The plan was put in place in November last year in response to the launch of a cut-throat, Rs 399 plan by Reliance Jio, India’s largest telecom operator. The 499 plan gave 3,300 GB of high-speed […]

Karnataka overtakes Gujarat, Raj to emerge No.1 solar state

Karnataka has emerged as India’s No.1 state in terms of installed solar power capacity overtaking early leaders such as Gujarat and Rajasthan, according to the latest numbers from the Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India. According to these numbers, the south Indian state accounted for almost a whopping 19% of India’s total […]

Bharti Airtel raises $100 mn from Mastercard via Africa mobile money stake sale

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel said US-based payments processor Mastercard will invest $100 mln (Rs 730 cr) into its Africa mobile payments business. The announcement comes two weeks after TPG Group invested $200 mn in Airtel Money Africa. The latest agreement values Airtel Africa’s mobile money business at $2.65bn on a cash and debt free basis, […]

HAL points to 6% FY sales growth, double-digit PAT growth despite COVID

HAL or Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, a government-owned aircraft maker, reported a 6% growth in its revenue for the current year despite a one-month shut-down related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bangalore-based company reported provisional revenue of Rs 22,700 crores for the year ending today, up from Rs 21,438 crores for the year ended March 2020. […]

India on track to meet 2022 renewable energy target: Govt

India has a whopping 77.17 gigawatt of renewalble power generation capacity either under implementation or in the process of being allocated for implementation, according to data from the ministry of new and renewable energy, Government of India. This is equal to about 83% of India’s total renewable energy capacity of 93 GW in place as […]

Kerala cable TV association starts voice calling service

Kerala Cable TV Operators’ Association, the biggest organization of local cable operators in Kerala, will inaugurate its much-awaited voice calling service on Thursday, March 25. This will make it possibly the first cable TV operators’ association in the entire country to diversify into voice services. It was one of the first to branch out into […]