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he Industry body Tower And Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) said that around 90 per cent of employees in the country is working from home and the adoption of e-Services, OTT platforms, e-Commerce and e-Governance etc has increased and all this has led to a significant upsurge in mobile and internet traffic by almost 20-30 per cent.

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  • The list of relief measures includes a waiver on interest on loans for three months and on rentals during the lockdown period. The retailers also highlighted difficulties in paying salaries and emphasised the need for security in retail shops.

    In a recent letter to finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Indian Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA) said the hike in the GST rate to 18% effective April 1 from 12% would “draw out Rs 15,000 crore from the ecosystem and devastate the retail sector already under attack from Covid-19" and further impact 80 crore consumers at a time when their spending capacity could come under pressure.

    "We strongly appeal to you to not increase GST on mobiles. The increase of 6% would directly lead to hike in prices of product, impacting consumer behaviour leading to a slowdown in demand affecting business adversely,” said the letter written by AIMRA national president Arvinder Khurana.

    While the increase in time spent is almost same in metros (11%), mini metros (15%) and tier II cities (12%), tier I cities witnessed 8% increase. Among the different age groups, the 35-44 year olds have shown maximum increase of 18%, followed by 15-24 year olds (12%) and 25-34 year olds (9%).

    The Trump brand once seemed promising to Indian developers. But it, too, is struggling to surmount one of the country’s worst economic slumps in years. “In the past, the Trump name may have helped attract investors, but gone are those days,” said Pankaj Kapoor, the managing director of Liases Foras, an Indian real estate research company.

    The Department of Posts is also moving ventilators, COVID-19 Test Kits and other medical equipments as per requests of various organisations from selected locations to destinations across the country by using cargo airlines and its own mail motor network. The routes of these mobile post offices are decided depending upon requirements, the statement said.

    “The rupee has depreciated significantly against the US dollar. Since we maintain less than 5% profit margin for all our hardware products, we have no option other than to increase prices,” Manu Jain, India head at Xiaomi, India’s leading handset maker, said in a note to customers.

    The US has emerged as an important energy supplier for India, with total crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports worth an estimated $6.7 billion, officials said. Imports of the two commodities in April-December 2019 have already surpassed the shipments during the entire previous fiscal year.

    Handset makers and mobile retailers said the proposed GST hike on mobile phones is a “counter-intuitive and insensitive” move that will place an additional burden of ₹15,000 crore on the consumers

    In a Whatsapp message sent by the offline cellphone retailer lobby, All India Mobile Retailers Association (AIMRA), to the trade on Friday evening said retailers will boycott "Samsung business for three (11,12 & 13th February) days.

    The malicious activities in 2019 saw a 30% increase from the year before.

    While the daily total time spent per viewer also jumped from 3 hour 46 minutes in January to 3 hours 51 minutes each in week under consideration. The increase in TV viewership was driven by kids (20%) after schools were shut down and kids could even venture out due to restrictions in place.

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