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Pay By Reliance Jio UPI-Powered Payment Process

Reliance Jioannounced its entrance in the UPI-powered payment space. It offered this facility to over 370 million customers through an app update. Available only to selected customers in the beginning, Jio’s UPI payment facility will soon be available for others.

Reliance Jio’s UPI-payment facility

Mukesh Ambani led telecom company is eying into the flourishing market of UPI-payment. Presently this market is ruled by Google Pay, PhonePe, Paytm and several others. Jio would be the first in the telecom companies and second in payment banks to start UPI-payment service. It already has a wallet service called JioMoney. The UPI option has been integrated in the main app MyJio and it works similar to others.

Users will be asked to sign up to get virtual payment address (VPA) with UPI handle @Jio. They would require providing their mobile numbers and debit card numbers attached with their bank accounts for generating UPI PIN. It is anticipated that the new service would be rolled out with the brand name JioPay. Presently Reliance provides autopay facility under JioPay. Under this service, the users are allowed to recharge their phone numbers five-days in advance before their … Read the rest

IMF World Economic Outlook: India Growth Would Impact Global Growth Story

Gita Gopinath of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that India would have an effect on the global growth story. She further maintained that India had already pushed the global forecast down by 0.1%. She’s the Chief Economist of the IMF.

India projection of IMF

The world body has slashed India’s growth forecast in its World Economic Outlook released in Davos, Switzerland. It sees India’s growth to remain at 4.8% but it is 1.3% lesser in three months. Ms. Gopinath said that IMF revised the global growth down for 2019 by 0.1% considering the size of the Indian economy and its impact on global growth. She further said that the vast majority of the downgrade was from India.

Issue with India growth

Ms. Gopinath minced no words in highlighting the issue ailing the Indian economy. She said that the biggest issue was in the financial space. She indicated the stress in the financial sector, especially in non-bank financial corporations. The weakness in credit growth is visible and there appears to be an increased risk in lending in the markets. Also, there had been a weakness in rural income growth. But … Read the rest

Jeff Bezos Announced $1 Billion Investment In India By Amazon

Amazon chief JeffBezos announced $1 billion (£770m) investment in India. He said that the investment would be used to digitalize small and medium businesses. It would help the businesses to operate and sell their products online.

Jeff Bezos in India

He was in New Delhi to attend a company event where he said that the 21st Century was going to be the Indian century. He was on his three-day visit to India. While addressing the audience at the event, he said that democracy had dynamism, energy and growth.

Mr. Bezos said that Amazon would export goods worth $10 billion from India by 2025. Also, he underlined that the online retail giant had already committed its $5.5 billion investment in the country.

Jeff Bezos met with protests

Thousands of small traders from 300 cities registered their protest against Amazon that they alleged to have a negative impact on their businesses in the local market. They said that the retail giant was driving them out of market by offering lucrative discount offers and promoting a few big sellers on his platform.

Ecommerce market in India

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The US-China Took First Concrete Step Towards Defusing Trade War

The United States and China signed a trade truce after nearly two decades of conflict. This truce came as a big breather for the global businesses that had been suffering losses due to the trade war between the two dominant economic powers of the world.

The US-China trade deal

Beijing would import an additional $200 billion in US products over two years and it would include additional $32 billion in agricultural goods. The current import would be bigger than the purchases of 2017 before Trump launched an offensive on China.

The trade war resulted in soyabeen exports to China reducing to only $3 billion from $12 billion in 2017. Due to the export slump, the Trump administration had to pay $28 billion to farmers as aid in the last two years. But leading economists are questioning whether the US farmers would be able to meet the growing demand for soyabeen.

Twice-yearly dialogue process is also restored in the deal. Previous US administration used to conduct the dialogue regularly before Trump scrapped the process.

Trump said the deal was momentous

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25 Crore Workers From 10 Central Trade Unions Call For 24-Hour Nationwide Bandh On January 8

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has called for Bharat Bandh against the disinvestment, privatisation and labour reform policies of the central government. According to CITU, ten central trade unions were supporting its cause.

CITU calls for a nationwide strike

CITU said that it had been over four years since the last Indian Labour conference took place in August 2015. In the last conference, the government created a Group of Ministers to consider the 12 point-charter of demands of the labour unions. But nothing happened after that meeting. It further said that the government started selling Public Sector Undertakings and natural resources to strengthen the failing economy.

Worker’s demand

The 24-hour strike is called to oppose privatization policies of the central government and present a 12-poing common demand like working-class on pay hike, fixing of the minimum wage, social security and uniform five-day week.

Services affected by Bharat Bandh

Banking services are more likely to get affected by the nationwide strike but private sector banks are likely to work as usual. But the transport sector is likely to get the maximum impact of the strike. According to SBI, … Read the rest

PM Modi Calls Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata And Others To Revive Economy

In the run-up to budget 2020-21, PM Narendra Modi met the top industrialists of the country to brainstorm ideas to strengthen the GDP that has plummeted to the lowest levels in the six-years.

PM meets industrialists

PM Modi called Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani, Tata patriarch Ratan Tata, Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra, telecom boss Sunil Bharti Mittal, Gautam Adani and others to hiss office to discuss the economic condition of the country and find ways to boost the economy that has dropped to 4.5% according to the latest GDP data of July-September quarter. Also, the slump in the manufacturing sector and consumption played a crucial role in slowdown.

Measures taken to check slowdown

• Corporate tax slashed to 22% from 30% in September

• The tax rate for new manufacturing units was also slashed to 15%

• Bank recapitalization

• Merger of 10 public sector banks into 4

• Support for auto industry

• Plans for infrastructure projects

• Tax benefits for startups

Corporate tax was reduced to attract foreign direct investment. With these deductions, India became on par … Read the rest