Tuesday, 18 January, 2022
TopicSmall businesses

Topic: small businesses

From Agra to Prayagraj, spike in suicides is the untold story of pandemic business distress

Each morning, the small towns of UP awoke with anxiety about suicides as incidents increased in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-induced lockdowns.

Overhaul regulation of E-marketplaces. Small sellers have stake in platform economy growth too

Vidhi India researchers find that the Indian Competition Act and other legal instruments can fail in their task of building a sustainable e-commerce ecosystem in India.

Facebook launches loans programme for small businesses across 200 cities in India

Partner Indifi will offer credit to firms that advertise on Facebook. The loans will range from Rs 5 to Rs 50 lakh with 17 to 20% interest rates, potentially without collateral.

Financial bailouts must be for struggling businesses to preserve jobs, not repay old debts

The Indian govt & the RBI launched many schemes to ensure availability of credit during Covid, but financial institutions are still cautious about new lending.

Delhi e-rickshaw drivers, vendors turn to selling vegetables as lockdown dries up finances

Non-essential business owners have taken up this less profitable livelihood to survive lockdown. But they fear a disrupted supply chain may affect resumption of businesses.

Covid-19 does not see race, religion, caste before striking, says PM Modi

The coronavirus outbreak has changed the contours of professional life. These days home is the new office and internet is the new meeting room, he added in a post on LinkedIn.

Facebook re-prioritises to adjust to changing user behavior during Covid-19 lockdowns

Facebook is building new features to help users and small businesses to make money despite the prevailing restrictions.

Talk Point: GST anti-profiteering body may increase corruption, red tape

The anti-profiteering body does have a good chance of becoming another bureaucratic layer which needs to be bribed to keep your restaurant/business running

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of Congress, a forerunner of women's question in India | PTI

Be it Congress, BJP, AAP—women’s question in India is a partisan issue. And that’s not so bad

India's woman question tests party imagination. Congress's focus on Nirbhaya, Unnao rape victim, and BJP's Uniform Civil Code show how.
President Xi Jingping addressing a meeting

Nations must secure global supply chains, prevent inflation shocks: Xi Jinping at WEF

In his 3rd address to World Economic Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping said 'we need to resolve various risks and promote the steady recovery of the world economy'.

Defence

HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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